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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6 August - Blogs I'm Following

Irony alert : The people promoting 'Free Trade' are the largest promoter of Sanctions ( which involves wityhdrawing 'the world's international reserve currency' from selective use by the mechanism of dishonouring IOUs...which are impossible to honour anyway. It's no wonder I don't understand economics.

10:38pm MDST

The Neighbours You DON'T Want vs The Neighbours You DO

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 19 minutes ago
When I first heard the story and read the article about some crazy neighbours, my initial feeling was one of gratitude that they didn't live next to me. It was only a day or two later that it was pointed out to me that this story actually happened in town here. Now, I have no idea exactly where these sweet hearts live but as I said, they don't live next to me thankfully. I feel bad for the family on the receiving end of all this nonsense and it makes me grateful for the good neighbours I have had since I've lived here. Since I moved in here, the houses on either side of me have ... more »

Fears That Russia Will Invade Ukraine Continue To Grow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 minutes ago
*Pentagon Chief Echoes Concerns of Possible Russian Invasion of Ukraine -- Voice of America* PENTAGON — A top U.S. official is voicing concern that Moscow may be preparing to invade Ukraine. For days, Western officials have been warning about the Russian military buildup along the border with Ukraine. After a visit to U.S. European Command Headquarters, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his concern clear. “When you see the buildup of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that's being put along that... more »

President Obama: Ukraine Does Not Need Lethal U.S. Military Aid Right now

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
*Obama: No Need Yet For More U.S. Military Aid To Ukraine -- Reuters* (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Ukraine did not need additional military assistance to help fight insurgents in the eastern part of the country but a Russian invasion would raise "a different set of questions." Obama's comments came after NATO said on Wednesday Russia had massed some 20,000 troops on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade. At a news conference at the conclusion of a U.S.-Africa summit in Washington, Obama was asked whether the Un... more »

Police not following Constitution because Obama doesn't ? ( August 6 , 2014 ) Hellmetta PD in New Jersey may feel that way ...... When you think of the way various Police Departments across the nation have conducted themselves , just which might explain why police misconduct is soaring !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 33 minutes ago SHOCK VIDEO: Cop Explains Why Police No Longer Follow the Constitution “Obama just decimated the freakin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. If he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.” The Free Thought Project Matt Agorist *August 5, 2014* A brutally candid video was captured and uploaded to youtube Monday of an Helmetta, NJ cop. Steve Wronko had gone to the Helmetta Police Department with a list of objections about recent violations at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. According... more »

How Safe Does A Safe Seat Have To Be To Keep A Congressman From Being A K'az'r?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 37 minutes ago
Can you think of the last time we backed the DCCC on anything? I can't. And Steve Israel? Never. But in the case of Floridian gerrymandering, the DCCC is correct and the Congressional Black Caucus is wrong. CBC Chair Marcia Fudge may be right about Steve Israel not valuing minorities-- hello? Blue Dog?-- and I'm delighted Fudge is going to try to block his rise in the House leadership. Do you know what a *kʼazʻr* is? Well, ok? That's the Yiddish spelling. Let me trying an English transliteration: chazzer… but the "ch" has a guttural sound like you're about the spit out a deep thr... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
"In 1716, English astronomer Edmond Halley noted, "This is but a little Patch, but it shews itself to the naked Eye, when the Sky is serene and the Moon absent." Of course, M13 is now modestly recognized as the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, one of the brightest globular star clusters in the northern sky. *Click image for larger size.* Telescopic views reveal the spectacular cluster's hundreds of thousands of stars. At a distance of 25,000 light-years, the cluster stars crowd into a region 150 light-years in diameter, but approaching the cluster core upwards of 100 stars could ... more »

"I Hope You're Getting This Down..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down.” - Bertrand Russell

"10 Lies You Were Tricked Into Believing" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
*"10 Lies You Were Tricked Into Believing"* by Marc "Today, it’s time to learn something new, by unlearning ten lies you thought were true. * 1. Alone means lonely.* ‘Alone’ doesn’t always mean lonely, and ‘relationship’ doesn’t always mean happy. Being alone will never cause as much loneliness as the wrong relationship. If things don’t feel right, take a break and spend some time with number one you. Find yourself first. Appreciate your own worth. And next time you’re in a relationship that’s sinking, you’ll be prepared to swim to safety. *2. Happiness comes when you have ... more »

President Obama: Sanctions Are Working Against Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 42 minutes ago
*Obama: Russia Sanctions "Are Working As Intended" -- CBS News* U.S. and European sanctions on Russia "are working as intended," President Obama said Wednesday, because there has incredible strain on the country's economy. The severe sanctions on key sectors of the Russian economy were announced last week in an attempt to pressure Russia to convince separatists in Ukraine to stop destabilizing the eastern part of the country. But Russia continues to amass troops on its border with Ukraine, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Wednesday that there is a growing threat of an inva... more »

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 44 minutes ago
*"Unison Benediction" * "Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve, to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness and still that ancient necessary pain preserve. Return to the most human, nothing less will teach the angry spirit, the bewildered heart; the torn mind, to accept the whole of its duress, and pierced with anguish… at last, act for love.... more »

"Twixt Night And Morn..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
“Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.” - Lord Byron

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“What Are Mirror Neurons?” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
*“What Are Mirror Neurons?”* by Lizzie Buchen "A newly discovered type of brain cell may help us prep for social interactions. The cells are a special type of "mirror neurons," which are thought to aid understanding of the actions and intentions of others. Mirror neurons fire both when you do something, like grab a bottle of wine, and when you watch another person do the same thing. Instead of carrying out a step-by-step reasoning process to figure out why a friend is grabbing a bottle of wine, we instantly understand what's going on inside his head because it's going on in our he... more »

Zane Grey, "Recipe For Greatness" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
"Recipe for greatness- To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great." - Zane Grey

"An Old Farmer's Advice" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
"An Old Farmer's Advice" Author Unknown "* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong. * Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. * Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. * A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. * Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled. * Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. * Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. * Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. * It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. * You cannot unsay a cruel word. * Every path has a few pu... more »

"The Ants of Gaia" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
*"The Ants of Gaia"* by Joe Bageant "The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incom...more »

"Luminarium" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
*"Luminarium"* by Anniina Jokinen “This site combines several sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature. Nothing replaces a quality library, but hopefully this site will help fill the needs of those who have not access to one. Many works from Medieval, Renaissance, Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries can be found here. The site started in early 1996. I remember looking for essays to spark an idea for a survey class I was taking at the time. It seemed that finding study materials online was prohibitively difficult and ... more »

Libya on fire ( literally true in places ) August 7 , 2014 ---- ISIS like tactics in Benghazi by Militants - is Hifter's Brigade cornered at the Benina Airport ? Brega Depot fire under control – NOC ...... Political situation in focus !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 55 minutes ago
Insecurity items ...... reminds me of ISIS methodolgy as far as acquiring serious war gear , becoming more like an Army ! Libya's Extremists Tighten Grip Over Benghazi CAIRO — Aug 6, 2014, 12:53 PM ET By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Pres [image: Associated Press] An umbrella group for eastern Libya's extremist militias announced Wednesday that it had overrun three more army bases in the eastern city of Benghazi and seized large amounts of heavy weapons, including armored vehicles, as they tig... more »

"Change" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 58 minutes ago
*"Change"* by Derrick Jensen "History is predicated on at least two things, the first physical, the second perceptual. As always, the physical and the perceptual are intertwined. So far as the former, history is marked by change. An individual’s history can be seen as a series of welcomings and leavetakings, a growth in physical stature and abilities followed by a tailing off, a gradual exchange of these abilities for memories, experiences, and wisdom. Social histories are similarly marked by change. The deforestation of the Middle East to build the first cities. The first writte... more »

Israel Has Proposed An Extension To The Truce But Hamas Has Rejected It But Talks Are Continuing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
Palestinians walk amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly *Gaza Ceasefire Holds On Second Day, Extension Talks Under Way -- Reuters* (Reuters) - A 72-hour Gaza truce held through its second day on Wednesday and Israel said it was ready to extend the deal as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamas-ruled enclave. Egypt's intellig... more »


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
METRO | Roger Baker asks, ‘Is Austin’s “Strategic Mobility Plan” smart planning or a billion dollar boondoggle?’ This one’s a must-read.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 hour ago
Post by Yasir Ali.

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 6, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Which Mideast Power Brokers Support Hamas? -- Josh Levs, CNN* (CNN) -- If the Gaza truce holds and Israel's Operation Protective Edge comes to its conclusion, some things are certain. Both Israel and Hamas will declare military victory -- Israel pointing to the destruction of militants' tunnels and depletion of Hamas' rocket supply; Hamas pointing to dozens of dead Israeli troops and the survival of Hamas leadership in Gaza. But unlike in previous conflicts, when Hamas had the support of many Arab nations, things have changed. This time, as CNN has reported, the fighting between... more »

Israel-US has interupted its slaughter in Gaza only to press forward with its genocide

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 1 hour ago
By Denis G. Rancourt Israel's long-term goal is to cleanse all of the territory that it militarily controls, by whatever most-efficient means it can get away with, which is facilitated and funded by the USA. Since 1948, the name of the game is genocide, and this is no secret. Israel's plans have been explicitly expressed and Israel's genocide against Palestinians follows exactly the pattern

What Happened to the WTC Gold on 9/11? (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
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Caught on Camera: Man Beaten, Arrested (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Arkansas Police Accountability Project FOX16 (PULASKI COUNTY, AR) - "Yeah I thought I was going to get shot, is what I thought." Martin Mcclain Jr. says he was at a gas station trying to get money for a job he did for a friend when several undercover sheriff's deputies showed up. That's when this happened. "They got out and they started hollering my name, and they had guns and I took off running, next thing I know I was getting hit in the head," says Mcclain. According to a sheriff's office report Mcclain was arrested for drugs after deputies found marijuana, meth, and ecstas... more »

Afghanistan sees a new uptick in green on blue murders ( August 6 , 2014 ) - and the questions should be how complete is the vetting and do we trust the " vetters " ? Why are we seeing these attack upticks now ? How can there be trust between Afghan soldiers and Western soldiers at this point in time ? If there can't be trust , why are we still there if we can't realistically train soldiers who will try to kill key targets ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago AFGHAN OFFICIAL: GENERAL’S KILLER HID IN BATHROOMRafiqullah opened fire when the generals walked into view, the official said [image: Afghan official: General's killer hid in bathroom] Image Credits: Public domain *by* ASSOCIATED PRESS | AUGUST 6, 2014 [image: Share on Facebook]13[image: Tweet about this on Twitter]18[image: Share on Google+]0[image: Email this to someone][image: Print this page] ------------------------------ The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid... more »

My 2014-15 “Back to School” Post

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
I started my 2014-15 school year on Monday, August 4. On Thursday, August 7 (which happens to be tomorrow), the students return. Thus, the three days beginning this week have been faculty professional days. I planned to write a different, more research-based post in the days prior to my students’ return, but mentally, I feel […]

Honest Politician Speaks At County Fair (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks GMOs Originated 10,000 Years Ago? (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Not a god. Heather Callaghan Of course not - he is, after all, a PhD - but he will let fans think that. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, *Cosmos*host, and is beloved for his sense of humor and putting complex concepts into layman's terms. He is an Internet sensation as the subject of memes and is paid homage in YouTube video series like Epic Rap Battles of History. After a talk, a French journalist asked Tyson - allegedly about genetic modification. Tyson told GMO critics to "chill out," but had more to say about how we have always altered the world's biology to serve u... more »

The Problem With Foreign Intervention in Under 2 Minutes (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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The Majesty of Life by Joe Rogan (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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Thoughts on the CIA's Senate spying booboo: Does anyone have any idea wtf is going on here?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Remember when 2001: A Space Odyssey astronauts Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) and Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) thought they had evaded HAL's all-watchful eye so they could talk about their suddenly glitchy computer's, er, problems? But HAL wasn't to be messed with so easily! Kind of like our own CIA, maybe?* *"The inspector general’s account of how the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities touched off angry criticism from members of the Senate and amounted to vindication for Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee’s Dem... more »

Kuwait in US Treasury cross - hairs on financing extremists groups in Syria and Iraq ! Note Treasury action against three individuals , as well as Kuwait actions to get Islamic Charities in line !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago WASHINGTON--The Treasury Department sanctioned three Kuwait-based financiers on Wednesday for allegedly funding extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, underscoring the Obama administration's growing concern about Kuwaitis' links to al Qaeda and other terror groups. *** The Treasury Department's top counterterrorism official, David Cohen, called on Kuwait to do more to combat the financing of terrorism from inside its borders. "We and our international partners, including the Kuwa... more »

ECONOMICS FOR REAL PEOPLE: Planning Without Central Plans

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] Here’s your news about tonight’s event hosted by our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group: *Economics Group: Seminar - Planning Without Central Plans* We all go about our daily lives unaware of the plans others have made for theirs, yet somehow, for the most part, our plans coordinate. We go for a beer, and the pubs have beer; we go to for hot chips and fine dining, and the city delivers. We leave the house with just pieces of printed paper and a plastic card, and fully expect all our reasonable needs to be met. (And even some of o... more »

babe ruth was not a fat red sox: thoughts on historical fiction arising from dennis lehane's "the given day"

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
I recently read *The Given Day*, Dennis Lehane's novel about 1919 Boston, especially the Boston police strike, and the widescale rioting that followed. The book is an engaging hybrid of historical fiction and noir crime thriller. It deals with labour history, racial bigotry in both Jim Crow states and Boston, radical political organizing, and the United States during World War I and on the eve of Prohibition. It's also full of great characters, plot twists, and suspense. If you enjoy historical fiction, I do recommend this book. However, I'm writing about it to highlight somethin... more »

Libya debacles on a daily basis " Form of Government " continues unabated , not that the West seems to care , other irons in the fire these days !

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Forgotten Libya ! Foreigners Flee Libya: 22 Killed in Battle for Tripoli AirportNations Scramble to Evacuate Stranded Citizens Amid Growing War by Jason Ditz, August 03, 2014 Print This | Share This Nations across the world are scrambling to get the last of their citizens out of Libya while the getting is good, as a nascent civil war continues to escalate, with the battles centering on major cities like Tripoli and Benghazi. Today, the fighting again was over control of the Tripoli Airp... more »

Second Source of Surveillance State Leaks is Big Trouble for Obama

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
A new story that was published yesterday by the online magazine *The Intercept* has the potential of being big trouble for President Barack Obama and the national surveillance state. The piece, by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux is entitled "Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System by the Numbers" and expands on their earlier piece "The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist". The latest set of leaked secret documents come from 2013, *after* former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had fled Hawaii with his cache of information... more »

Implied term of contract

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
First Elgin Mills Developments Inc. v. Romandale Farms Limited, 2014 ONCA 573: *[49] *Fifth, the application judge effectively implied a term where the normal conditions for doing so are not met. A court may imply a term in a contract where doing so is necessary to give effect to the intention of the parties and to give business efficacy to the agreement: see *M.J.B. Enterprises Ltd. v. Defence Construction (1951) Ltd.**,* *[1999] 1 S.C.R. 619, at paras. 27-29. Further, it must be obvious that the parties intended the contract to include such a term before a court will imply it.*

WWI: What we lost

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
100 years to the week after the First World War began, its consequences are still so manifestly inescapable and so shudderingly awful that it’s still almost impossible to comprehend the war and its effects – and virtually impossible to write about while doing justice to the horror. It was not the first industrial war, but the greatest immediate tragedy of the war was the industrial-scale loss of life. The millions slaughtered on the battlefield for neither strategic nor tactical gain; the millions who died immediately afterwards of the influenza epidemic exacerbated by the war; an... more »

Call to Action 8-8-2014

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
God is real. Although gender is not applicable, for this discussion god will be referred to as male. For this discussion, god is not the same as Source, One or the Creator. He is a powerful being, who has been here for eons. He is and has been called by many names. It is tempting to refer to him as a “false god” yet that would be inaccurate. He fits the definition, which, according to Webster’s New World dictionary, is “any of various beings conceived of as supernatural, immortal and having special powers over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature; deity, esp... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 6 hours ago
*Ban Government—Not Sweets—in Schools to Combat Bureaucratic Obesity* In recent weeks states have been grappling with a host of unintended consequences stemming from new USDA regulations affecting food and beverages available in schools. Chocolate milk was a near casualty in Connecticut. Earlier this month one Washington state school district threw in the towel and banned birthday cupcakes in classrooms. Instead of baked treats, students can share gifts of pencils with their classmates instead, according to school officials. Just weeks after the new food rules went into effect on J... more »

Limited MH-17 Search Has Run It's Course- Nothing to do with fighting, it's done

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
That's right readers- the LIMITED search has run it's course and investigators are set to leave as early as tomorrow. The MH-17 investigation seem to be little more then a ruse. A PR show. Or an attempt to gather intel. What it does not appear to be is a thorough investigation. I had previously mentioned the fact that Kiev, rather then call off the fighting in the area, took the opportunity to slaughter civilians and try to take back territory. Odd behaviour for a government that claims to want just such an investigation *Refresh your memory... * MH-17: Ukraine releases unconfirme... more »

Demolishing Piketty

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: piketty_0]The spectre of Piketty’s book *Capital in the Twenty-First Century* still stalks world best-seller lists, learned pontification on National Radio, and the wet dreams of Laila Harre and John Minto. Neither dreams nor pontifications –nor book sales – find themselves encumbered by the realisation that Monsieur Piketty just does not know his subject. He purports to have written a book on capital and growth, claiming the rise in the former will outstrip the latter, thereby increasing inequality and undercutting wages. What he fails to understand – what he is utterly ... more »

World News Briefs -- August 6, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Gaza Ceasefire Holds On Second Day, Extension Talks Under Way -- Reuters* (Reuters) - A 72-hour Gaza truce held through its second day on Wednesday and Israel said it was ready to extend the deal as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamas-ruled enclave. Egypt's intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo, the state news agency MENA said, a day after he conferred with Israeli representatives. The Palestinian team, led by an official from Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party, ...more »

Libya Is Descending Into Anarchy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Libya MP Sounds Global Alarm at Growing Mayhem -- Bloomberg* Libya’s turmoil could have “negative ramifications on a global scale” if the country continues to spiral out of control, a senior lawmaker told the country’s newly elected parliament. Abu Bakr Bueira, who chaired the opening session, told lawmakers in Tobruk today that the international community shoulders a “great responsibility” to ensure that the country’s chaos did not lead to weapons proliferation, oil smuggling and illegal immigration. The new legislature would “affirm to the world that Libya is not a failed state... more »

Republican Party Spokesmodel Claims The First Amendment Protects Christians Only

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I finally stopped following the demented Twitter ravings of GOP Hate Talk Radio host Bryan Fischer and… my life is more relaxed and productive without all that satanic hatred and bigotry spewing out of him. One thing about Fischer, though… whatever extremist, anti-social nonsense he's spouting now, will become official Republican Party doctrine in a relatively short time. Today's trash-talk is tomorrow's party platform-- first in Texas and then in even normal states' Republican Parties. Friday he was reminding he followers that the far right position is that the First Amendment wa... more »

Christian Values Mocked (Evil White Men Unite!), Okay That Stock Market Rigged:  Citigroup and Bank of America Stock Worthless Without Implied Government Guarantees, and JPMorgan Has Spent $18 Billion Buying Back Its Own Stock With No Dividends For Public Backing

I'd say those executive bonuses were well worth it, god, er . . . Lloyd. *Having a steady pool of billions of dollars to prop up a stock’s share price might seem like a neat trick to top corporate executives whose compensation is tied, in part, to the performance of the company’s stock, but it does little to help a nation struggling from the aftermath of the economic ravages unleashed

Dave's Cruel Summer

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
2013. Labour had a crap summer. As MPs departed for sunnier climes a great gaping political hole opened up. Into its maw poured all kinds of grumbles and whinges, with advice tacked on. "Ed needs to do this. We need some policy. We're not cutting through." Since then Labour's policy maypole has got firmly planted, and the shadow cabinet are spending the silly season dancing around it, tying yet more ideas and initiatives to the mast. Under the heading of 'The Choice', Labour are using the news vacuum to get its message across. Good. Conversely, Dave's summer woes are piling up. Fir... more »

Central African Republic's Ceasefire On The Verge Of Collapsing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
CAR soldiers. © REUTERS/ Luc Gnago *Central African Republic Ceasefire In Tatters After Clashes -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Central African Republic's Muslim rebels and Christian militia accused each other on Tuesday of violating a ceasefire deal signed last month, following days of clashes in the country's remote north. The signing two weeks ago in the neighboring Congo Republic raised hopes of a political solution to sectarian violence that has killed thousands and displaced more than a million people since the Muslim Seleka fighters seized power in March 2013. The Christian "an... more »

The Islamic State Now Has A Toe-Hold In Lebanon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*ISIS Gains First Ground in Lebanon -- The Wire* Militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the Lebanese city of Arsal in fighting that began on Friday and continued Monday. According to The Telegraph, a Syrian rebel group set up check-points in the border city but have not yet declared the area as part of the caliphate. In addition to 40,000 residents, there are roughly 120,000 refugees living in Arsal. The conflict broke out after the Lebanese Army arrested Abu Ahmad al-Jumaa, a former commander in the Free Syrian Army who later declared alle... more »

Zapatistas begin exchange with National Indigenous Congress 2014 at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Zapatistas send message of solidarity to Palestine Photos by EZLN collective Inauguration of the First Exchange of Indigenous Peoples of Mexico with Zapatista Peoples English/Spanish/Italian/French Inauguration of the First Exchange of Indigenous Peoples of Mexico with Zapatista Peoples The words of

The Enduring Myth Of Hiroshima

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
Today marks the 69th anniversary of that fateful day in 1945 when the US B29 Stratosphere bomber nicknamed "Enola Gay" opened its bomb doors at approximately 810am in the morning from some 35000 feet altitude above the peaceful and non-military city of Hiroshima, Japan. At that point, an elongated Uranium powered nuclear explosive device known as "Little Boy" fell from the aircraft and begun its approximately 4 and 1/2 minute fall to the ground below. At almost exactly 815 am, Japan time, the device exploded in the atmosphere just above Hiroshima in a fireball measuring some 300... more »

METRO | Roger Baker : Is Austin’s ‘Strategic Mobility Plan’ smart planning or a billion dollar boondoggle?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
What most voters probably don’t know about Austin’s upcoming big bucks transportation bond package. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | August 6, 2014 [Roger Baker joined Austin community activist Bill Oakey and host Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio, … finish reading *METRO* | Roger Baker : Is Austin’s ‘Strategic Mobility Plan’ smart planning or a billion dollar boondoggle?

Russian Sanctions Will Only Speed Up Moves To Limit The U.S. As A Reserve Curency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The dollar is currently boosted by being a reserve currency Photo: Reuters *Russia Sanctions Accelerate Risk to Dollar Dominance -- Bloomberg* U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia threaten to hasten a move away from the dollar that’s been stirring since the global financial crisis. One place the shift has become evident is Hong Kong, where dollar selling has led the central bank to buy more than $9.5 billion since July 1 to prevent its currency from rallying as the sanctions stoked speculation of an influx of Russian cash. OAO MegaFon, Russia’s second-largest wireless o... more »

“Doing the Right Thing” for Teachers and Students

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
“Doing the Right Thing” for Teachers and Students.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Halted (For The Moment): This Is A Must See - Israel Caught Setting Up Rocket Launcher In Gaza!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
I had to take yesterday off to take care of family and personal business... But it was an interesting day indeed, for it seems that the latest "ceasefire" by the criminal Israelis against the innocent people of Gaza seems to actually be holding, at least for the moment... That and the psychotic Israeli government did announce that it had pulled its murdering army out of the strip itself... Yes, the attacks have halted for the moment, but the cost to the innocent people of Gaza is frightening with some (reported) 1865 innocent lives lost as well as almost 1/3 of the strip flattened a... more »

The Humanitarian Crisis In Donetsk Intensifies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters *From Embattled Donetsk, a Plea for Body Bags -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast* *As the fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine, civilian casualties mount, and neither the local authorities nor international agencies are able to cope.* They call themselves, simply, “Responsible Citizens.” Day and night this week a group of a few volunteers in Donetsk, Ukraine, have been digging injured people out from under the ruins in Kievsky and Ploshadka districts and transporting the victims of bombing and artillery attacks to shelters using their private cars or taxi... more »

Jew hides mother's death to collect "Holocaust" benefits

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
Who could do something so treacherous, so undignified, so dishonorable? Apparently, a Jew named Gary Jacoby out in New York. The *Jewish Telegraph Agency* reports: A New York man was charged with hiding his Holocaust survivor mother’s death in order to collect her reparations benefits. Gary Jacoby, 61, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday on grand larceny and forgery charges, the *Daily News reported*. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Jacoby’s mother, Laura, died in 2008 at age 93. *Over the next four years, he allegedly collected $56,000 in her benefi... more »

Air defence troops to hold S-300 fire drills in southern Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 10 hours ago
[image: S-300PMU2]Air Defense Troops in the Central Military District will hold large-scale fire drills by air defense missile systems S-300, Buk, Tor, Osa at firing range Kapustin Yar in Russia’s southern Astrakhan region from August 18 to 23, chief press officer of the Central Military District Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. “Military exercises will end with S-300 preparatory fire drills on complex targets released from target system Saman which fly on trajectories typical for advanced tactical airplanes and cruise missiles,” he noted. Air defense format... more »

Russia Imposes Sanctions Against The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Moscow Retaliates Against Western Sanctions With Bans on Agricultural Imports -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, August 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday banning imports of agricultural products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia for one year, the Kremlin press service said. The decree «prohibits or limits foreign trade operations to import to the Russian Federation certain types of agricultural products, originating from a country that decided to impose economic sanctions against Russian legal entities and/or individuals or those tha... more »

Why Monsanto's 'Cure' For World Hunger Is Cursing The Global Food Supply (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Sayer Ji *What if the very GM agricultural system that Monsanto claims will help to solve the problem of world hunger depends on a chemical that kills the very pollinator upon which approximately 70% of world's food supply now depends?* A new study published in the *Journal of Experimental Biology *titled, "Effects of field-realistic doses of glyphosate on honeybee appetitive behavior," establishes a link between the world's most popular herbicide – aka Roundup – and the dramatic decline in honeybee (Apis mellifera) populations in North American and Europe that lead to the coini... more »

Is Hezbollah Building Terror Tunnels Into Israel?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An Israeli army officer during an army-organized tour in a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks. Credit: Jack Guez/Reuters *Israel Concerned Hezbollah Building Terror Tunnels -- Washington Free Beacon* *Eyes turn to Lebanese border following destruction of Hamas tunnels.* JERUSALEM—Even before it finished defusing the tunnel threat from the Gaza Strip Monday with the detonation of the last of 31 Hamas attack tunnels, the Israeli army began shifting its attention to the possibility of a similar threat from Hezbollah along the border with Lebanon.... more »

Why Aren't ISIS and Al-Qaeda Attacking Israel? (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Dees Illustration Brandon Turbeville With the recent slaughter of Palestinians taking place on television screens across the world, only the grossly misinformed would believe that Israel’s Palestinian extermination program is actually “self-defense.” Yet for all of Israel’s whining about how it is being targeted by “Islamic extremists” and “terrorists,”(which should be translated to mean Palestinians, Iran, or any other secular or nationalist Arab government in the region) there is a curious and deafening silence when it is confronted with actual terrorists and Muslim fanatics su... more »

Jeff Merkley Money Bomb Starts Tomorrow-- But On Blue America, It Counts Today Too

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Six years ago, then Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley was one of Blue America's top Senate priorities-- and, more than most, he has completely lived up to our hopes… and then some. Merkley immediately became one of the progressive leaders in the Senate who knows how to get things done. So when his campaign told us they were doing a money bomb this week, no one had to ask us twice. You can contribute to his reelection campaign here. And don't get the idea that Oregon is some kind of deep blue paradise. Although more voters have registered as Democrats (39.7%) than Republicans (31.... more »

Iraq's Yazidi Community Is Facing Extermination By Islamic State Jihadists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Thousands have fled the Sinjar town as Islamic State militants forced the Kurdish forces guarding the frontiers to retreat. Reuters *Up To 40,000 Iraqis Forced To Choose Between Dying Of Thirst... Or Slaughter By Extremists: Refugees Stranded On Mountain Surrounded By ISIS Waiting To Kill Them -- Daily Mail* * Families from Yazidi minority forced from homes by Islamic militants * Around 20 children have died on mountain from harsh conditions * UN chief: 'There is no water, no vegetation. It’s a total disaster' Some 40,000 Iraqi refugees face starvation after being forced into hiding ... more »

What precisely is Klout worth, say, in education?

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
Mike Petrilli highlights the top twitter feeds in education for 2014 according to Klout. Alas, once again, yours truly and the host of other authors on our site fail to make this coveted list. But how important is this metric, really? You might detect some sour grapes on my part in evening taking the time […]

The New Poster Child For The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Islam Yaken before and after joining ISIS. (Photo courtesy: Twitter) *Islamic State's New Icon Is A Hipster Jihadi -- The Telegraph* Sword-wielding supporter of the Caliphate is a university graduate from a well-off Cairo family, say friends. Islamic State jihadists ruling over much of Syria and Iraq have a new icon, whose fashionably styled curly hair and black-rimmed glasses contrast strikingly with the pose in which he has been photographed: astride a horse, and waving a shining scimitar above his head. Identified by friends as a young Egyptian university graduate from a well-... more »

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 6, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Russian Troop Increase At Ukraine Border Raises Concerns -- CNN* Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) -- A new buildup of Russian troops along the Ukraine border raised concerns Tuesday that Moscow might be contemplating another intervention like the one that annexed Crimea earlier this year. According to a NATO official, Russia now has about 20,000 troops stationed "in an area along the entire border with eastern Ukraine." The buildup nearly doubled the troop deployment in the last week by adding 8,000 more forces to 12,000 already there, the official said. It comes a week after the United St... more »

Fourth Florida Court Recognizes Gay Marriage

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 12 hours ago
Adding to the landslide of cases coming down in Florida, a Palm Beach court ruled that it must recognize a Delaware same-sex marriage. In this case, another silly result from Florida's constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex marriages was that a widower couldn't be designated as a personal representative for his spouse's estate. “There is no justification in denying Mr. Simpson the privilege of acting as the fiduciary, based solely on the gender and sexual orientation of his now-deceased spouse,” ruled the judge. No clerks of court have started issuing marriage lic... more »

My appearance on Empower DC’s We Act radio on my school’s co-location

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 12 hours ago
Just in case you’re interested in a lengthy discussion about a public school co-location with a charter from the inside.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face Tagged: charter school, Colocation, empower dc, public school, radio


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
6th August. Our “BBC is biased” community is to get some competition. From the Respect party. (H/T Deegee) The first half of their statement reads like something we might have said ourselves, here at “Is”: *“George Galloway has announced that he will establish his own public enquiry into the BBC’s role in reporting the events of the past few weeks in Gaza.** The Bradford West MP had previously announced that he is refusing to pay his licence fee until the BBC demonstrated a more impartial standard of broadcasting on the conflict. Galloway has been openly critical of the its ed... more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Tuesday 5th August 2014. Today I’ve mostly been watching the BBC News channel. I really don’t know how anyone in their right mind could accuse the BBC of being pro Israel. The BBC has leapt on the carefully timed, attention-seeking resignation of Sayeeda Warsi in order to undermine the conservatives and highlight the weakness in the coalition. The BBC’s anti-Israel / pro Hamas rhetoric has been especially noticeable after the gift that Baroness Warsi’s resignation has generously handed them. They snapped up the opportunity to show Crispin Blunt throughout the day, denigrating Israel...more »

World News Briefs -- August 6, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Gaza Cease-Fire Takes Hold Ahead Of Talks With Israelis In Cairo -- Washington Post* JERUSALEM — A three-day cease-fire that ended the round-the-clock carnage and terror in Gaza and southern Israel was holding Wednesday ahead of negotiations in Cairo on a longer-term truce and perhaps a broader deal for the ravaged Gaza Strip. Over the coming days, Egyptian mediators plan to shuttle between Palestinian and Israeli delegations to try to work out an agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, speaking in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp., urged both sides to t... more »

"Cutting the grass" in Gaza

Alison at Creekside - 12 hours ago
Total number of declared *civilian* casualties via United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of Aug 5, 2014 .

What Led Israel to Stop the Assault — and What Comes Next? (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
*Democracy Now* After a nearly month-long assault that left at least 1,865 Palestinians dead, Israel has pulled its ground forces from the Gaza Strip under the 72-hour ceasefire that went into effect earlier today. Israeli and Palestinian factions have agreed to attend talks in Cairo on a longer-term agreement. Gaza officials say the vast majority of Palestinian victims were civilians in the Israeli offensive that began on July 8. Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed. Palestinians are returning to homes and neighborhoods that have seen a massive am... more »

Education is different than everything else

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Just an observation. I saw some coverage on CNN about the Ebola epidemic. As with any medical story, this is typically what you see on screen: This guy’s everywhere, right? But at least he’s a doctor. We don’t see a lot of “experts” or those with expertise commenting on education We see a lot of […]

Moqtada al-Sadr’s Difficult Relationship With Iran Interview With Subaltern Research Services’ Dr. Nicholas Krohley

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
For many years during the U.S. occupation of Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr was considered an Iranian proxy. Iran gave military assistance to Sadr’s Mahdi Army and during the Surge Moqtada left Iraq and went to Qom for religious training. The truth of the matter was that Tehran never really trusted Sadr to do its bidding, while he expressed strong nationalist ideas. In more recent times Iran got many of its Iraqi allies to send fighters to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, while Sadr did not. Today Iran is mobilizing militias to confront the insurgency in Iraq and Sadr has brou... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 6, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New ‘Insider Attack’ In Afghanistan As Investigators Probe Killing Of U.S. General -- Washington Post* KABUL — A day after a U.S. Army general was fatally shot at a military academy near Kabul, Afghan officials Wednesday reported a new “insider attack” in which a police officer in southern Afghanistan killed several of his colleagues at a highway checkpoint. The police officer in Uruzgan province first poisoned his colleagues’ food, then opened fire on them before fleeing in a police vehicle, Afghan officials said. There were conflicting reports on the number of dead and on whet... more »

Dust if You Must...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*I'm going to pull weeds.* Stolen from *That Mr. G Guy*, who stole it from *Boudica BPI Weblog* *My comment at Mr. G Guy's Blog:* Adrienne August 6, 2014 at 9:39 am That was pretty much my mom's motto. Growing up in Minnesota where the weather could change in a flash, if it was a nice day we headed to the lake to swim. Mom always said, “The dust will wait.” Some of the neighbor ladies were just the opposite. Clean, clean, clean. As a result, it was my mom who taught most the neighbor kids to swim. What do you think these “kids” remembered when they grew up – their mom's cle... more »

Musical Interlude: Josh Groban, “Remember When It Rained” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
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Robots Get X-Ray Vision With Wi-Fi (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
TechSwarm | Wi-Fi makes all kinds of things possible. We can send and receive messages, make phone calls, browse the Internet, even play games with people who are miles away, all without the cords and wires to tie us down. At UC Santa Barbara, researchers are now using this versatile, everyday signal to do something different and powerful: looking through solid walls and seeing every square inch of what’s on the other side. Built into robots, the technology has far-reaching possibilities. “This is an exciting time to be doing this kind of research,” said Yasamin Mostofi, professo... more »

Rahm Slashes Schools to Funnel Cash to Corporate Pals

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
The reptilian Rahm Emanuel has a conscious strategy to allow profiteers and privatizers to take over Chicago Public Schools, and he is using the money saved by starving the schools and cutting teacher pensions to provide corporate subsidies to his cronies. David Sirota has the story: Months after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said budget constraints forced him to push for pension cuts and mass school closures, an analysis of government documents reveals the city has $1.71 billion in special accounts often used to finance corporate subsidies. While the Emanuel administration has reject...more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Driven to desperation by the now 4 month long army offensive in eastern Ukraine, thousands have been fleeing the conflict zone to Russia - forced to leave their lives and homes behind. Maria Finoshina reports now from one of the border crossings.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Texas Stands With Gaza held a 5,000 person gathering in Austin, Texas Saturday August 2nd, 2014 to march and rally in solidarity with Gaza. Speakers included: - Dr. Rania Masri, Professor, writer, human rights activist - Minister Jim Rigby, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Jewish Voice for Peace - Sheikh Islam Mossaad, North Austin Muslim Community Center - Snehal Shingavi, Professor, writer, human rights activist


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, "Land of Make-Believe" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Moody Blues, "Land of Make-Believe" - • For the Dreamers, still believing and hoping for a better world, may you never stop dreaming... - CP

A Photo Gallery Through The Years Of The Dome The Survived The Hiroshima Bombing 69 Years Ago (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument - known as the Genbaku Dome - at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. UN Photo *69 Years After Hiroshima, A Look At The Dome That Survived -- Washington Post* Sixty-nine years ago today, United States airmen dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At 8:15 a.m., the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people. The Genbaku Dome was the only building left standing near the hypocenter of the bomb’s blast. Designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, it was completed in 1915 a... more »

The Ebola Virus Pandemic: “A Weapon of Mass Destruction”?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*The deadly Ebola virus* Joachim Hagopian The Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classify the Ebola virus as a biowarfare agent. Reports of up to 90% of humans infected die within a very short time. Therefore, it is a very real, extremely potent potential weapon of mass destruction. Every single day Ebola keeps cropping up in different places, eight cases spreading into Africa’s most populated nation Nigeria, several more now have surfaced beyond the African continent with suspected new cases in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. At least six others fresh of... more »

Japan Observes The 69th Anniversary Of The Hiroshima Bombing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Japan Marks 69th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Japan marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States on Wednesday, seeing tens of thousands of people in Japan coming together for peace ceremonies in remembrance. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui urged people to listen to the voices of survivors as he delivered a speech at a ceremony also attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. “‘Water, please.’ Voices from the brink of death are still lodged in th... more »

Musical Interlude: Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells Finale” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
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Obama's Policies

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 14 hours ago
Obama's 'policies,' we hear so much about Obama's policies and so little about what those might be that it puzzles me. If we're talking about any policy he might have been able to persuade congress to implement, we have only the Affordable Care Act which was supported by a majority of Americans and still is when you ask them but isn't when you ask them if they support "Obamacare." Of course "Obama's Policies" is a metonym -- a stand-in word for a Black man in the White house -- and not as a servant. Very often the dung flung at him is recycled from accusations fairly made against ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*SLFPA-E board challenges constitutionality law blocking its lawsuit ~Kevin McGill, AP* *Corps of Engineers seeks updated plan outlining smaller drilling site in Mandeville ~Faimon A. Roberts III, The Advocate* *Army Corps notifies 565,000 Louisiana residents that their Katrina, Rita claims are denie ~Mark Schleifstein* *Blood Feud: Why I Hate the Atlanta Falcons ~Barry Hirstius, WhoDat Dish*

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
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Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
It's actually been 69 years since the US dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). The US is the only country in the world that has ever used these kinds of weapons against other human beings. Historian Gar Alperovitz has written about the US bombing.... Here is how General Dwight D. Eisenhower reports he reacted when he was told by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson that the atomic bomb would be used: *“During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on ... more »

Israel - Hamas Ceasefire Holds For A Second Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas Holds For Second Day -- Wall Street Journal* Gaza Strip Residents Venture Out, Survey Damage A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was holding for a second day Wednesday in advance of talks in Egypt on a long-term truce and a more comprehensive deal on the Gaza Strip. Many of Gaza's 1.8 million people ventured into the streets in search of food, medical supplies and other staples, taking advantage of the 72-hour pause in Israeli shelling and airstrikes. Others who had been living in shelters returned after a month of war to their homes or wha... more »

A Driver's Dashboard Camera Video-Tapes A Missile Strike In Front Of His Car In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Dangerous Drive: Missile Narrowly Misses Car On Road Near Donetsk (PHOTO, VIDEO) -- RT* A shocking video has emerged online, with a Donetsk resident posting footage of a missile landing right in front of his car. The footage shows him driving, and then the missile rapidly approaching, almost hitting the car itself, with smoke then obscuring the view. One might think that the driver would have been killed in the impact, but he emerged safe and sound from the car, which was all that got smashed. The man posted the video on the main Russian social network Vkontakte, entitling it “M... more »

Russia statements and moves regarding the Ukraine situation ( August 6 , 2014 ) - Examining where things stand with natural gas , Russian sanctions and Peace Keeping Forces in the restive East Ukraine Region !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago Europe, Russia want gas market out of sanction discussion — PM World August 06, 14:32 UTC+4 Possible Russian oil and gas sanctions on the EU would first hit Russia, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk says [image: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk] Polish Prime Minister Donald TuskAP Photo/Yves Logghe Putin orders government to consider retaliation to western sanctions WARSAW, August 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Europe and Russia do not want fuel market sanctions amid the Ukraine crisis, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday. “Quite the contrary,... more »

I Shall Blog On!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Twitter, twitter. All's a twitter! You've got to get on twitter! I don't see anything real arising out of this, but given the blog-o-sphere's increasing emptiness, and my own narcissism, I think this is what I'll continue to do. I sent an email to this public transit activist group about five days ago. I asked 'em if there were any meetings or events coming up. Still haven't heard back from them. Is this why the left divides itself into tiny "coalitions"?

Last Night's Primaries-- Justin Amash Kicks Boehner's Ass

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I knew it was coming but I'll still amazed it came. The teabaggers couldn't even save one of their incumbents, Kerry Bentivolio in the suburbs west and northwest of Detroit in Oakland and Wayne counties. Boehner's Chamber of Commerce wing of the party recognized he was weak and they moved in for the kill. But what was so startling was that the Republicans of the district picked this monstrosity to replace him. Watch that video up top made by some Bentivolio supporters. This guy Dave Trott's going to be the worst piece of crap in the whole Congress. And he nearly beat Bentivolio t... more »

Iraq and Regional War News of the day ( August 6 , 2014 ) Updates on the state of play within Iraq , with an eye on Lebanon as well !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Anti war.... ISIS Repelled From Mosul Dam by Kurdish FightersMilitants Still Trying to Seize Key Dams in Mosul, Haditha by Jason Ditz, August 05, 2014 Print This | Share This According to reports yesterday that ISIS had managed to take over parts of Iraq’s Mosul hydroelectric dam, the nation’s largest such dam. Officials now say Kurdish fighters have managed to repel that attack. The ISIS fighters continue to press the offensive againstboth the Mosul Dam and the Haditha Dam down in the Anbar Province. The dams would give ISIS control over water flow on Iraq’s two major rivers, as well... more »

The Humanitarian And Refugee Situation In Ukraine Worsening

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
People surround a clergyman reading a prayer at a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in Rostov region near the Ukrainian-Russian border, southern Russia on July 9, 2014. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters *More People Fleeing Fighting In Ukraine As Crisis Deepens -- Voice of America* GENEVA — The United Nations refugee agency reports more than 117,000 people are internally displaced in Ukraine and an estimated 168,000 have crossed into Russia. The UNHCR says humanitarian needs are increasing as the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate. ... more »

METRO | Alice Embree : Texas stands with Gaza

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 15 hours ago
Thousands march in Austin protesting the Israeli invasion and demanding an end to U.S. complicity. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | August 6, 2014 AUSTIN — Thousands convened at the state Capitol in Austin on August 2nd for … finish reading *METRO* | Alice Embree : Texas stands with Gaza

Australian journalist forced to resign following criticism of Israel

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Mike Carlton, Journalist *Former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton says he resigned from the paper because he was “sick of being stuffed around” over his angry response to critics of one of his articles.* Carlton’s column, which was published more than a week ago, was critical of Israel‘s actions in the conflict with Gaza. He resigned last night after being told by Fairfax’s director of news and business media, Sean Aylmer, that he would be suspended because of inappropriate comments he made to critics of the column. Carlton told 702 ABC Sydney the comments were “prob... more »

Caught In A Rut Of His Own Making

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago Stephen Harper claims that his is a steady hand at the economic tiller. But now even the conservative C.D. Howe Institute disputes that claim. Carol Goar writes: But as the government heads into the last year of its mandate, even the prime minister’s ideological allies are beginning to question his judgment. The latest to call for a course change is the C.D. Howe Institute, a fiscally conservative think-tank supported largely by businesses. In a study released last week, the 56-year-old resear... more »

Scrap the " European Recovery " Meme ( August 6 , 2014 ) - The European "Recovery" Is Over: Italy "Unexpectedly" Enters Triple-Dip Recession ....... Futures Tumble On Abysmal European Data, Euro Stocks Turn Red For 2014; German 2Y Bunds Negative ....... Greek Bonds Tumble To 2-Month Lows As Troika Gives Up And Goldman Downgrades Periphery

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago The European "Recovery" Is Over: Italy "Unexpectedly" Enters Triple-Dip Recession [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/06/2014 06:38 -0400 - Gross Domestic Product - Italy - Lehman - Recession - recovery - Sovereign Debt - Unemployment inShare11 Goodbye European recovery, we hardly knew you. It must have come as a huge shock to all hypnotized lemmings aka "sophisticated investors" who have been following the manipu... more »

NATO Raises Fears of A Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) attends a news conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium. Pascal Rossignol / Reuters *NATO Says Russia Could Be Poised To Invade Ukraine -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday. Stating the conflict in Ukraine was fueled by Russia, NATO said in a statement that the troop build-up had f... more »

The Typical Household: Now Worth more then 1/3 Less (36%)

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Short on time today so just this tidbit. I call this stating the obvious. Too late. The masses (95%) have lost one third of their wealth. The upper echelons have increased their wealth substantially in the same period of time. 14% on average. With the 1% benefiting even more! Which makes the case that the elites have indeed vaccumed up the wealth from the lower 99% . Trickle down has always been nonsense. Vacuuming or suctioning the wealth of the general population has always been the reality. Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’... more »

Labor Econ 15: Europe's High Long-Term Unemployment

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
Long-term unemployment means people who are unemployed for 12 months or more. The number is big in Europe, around 12.5 million people in the European Union, of which around 9.5 million are in the Eurozone area, according to this paper by the Economic Policy Viewpoint, March 2014. Including the short-term unemployed, some 26 million Europeans are unemployed. EU countries generally have rigid and strict labor policies, the "exensive to hire, difficult to fire" policy. I like somehow the "flexicurity" policy in Denmark, sort of "easy to hire, easy to fire" labor policy, which actual... more »

The Phoenix That Wouldn't Rise.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago WEDNESDAY, 6 AUGUST 2014 *The Phoenix That Wouldn't Rise.* Over the past two years I have spoken several times about the templates that the "cabal" and "Powers that Were" continuously use in all of their activities. These templates play out over and over again in all aspects of business/finance, war, "politics", "terrorism"/false flags, and "history". Once you can identify the template that "they" are using, then you can see the entire scenario for what it is and know exactly how it is being playe... more »

Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah" "I did my best, it wasn't much, I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch. I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you. And even though It all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah"

AISHA NORTH: Welcome to the August Gathering around the Pond

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
Welcome to the August Gathering around the Pond Sunday August 3By Aisha North Dear family of light! July has been a transformational month for so many of us, but now we have entered August, and with it comes a new opportunity to connect even deeper. For today, at 21:00 Oslo time, it gives me much joy to once again invite you all to another Gathering around the Pond, our monthly group meditation. This is what the CCs have to say about it: “By now, the traces of energetic renewal has become apparent to so many of you, and even if this season has already brought you many a fruitful... more »

Marc F. Bellemare: How to Publish in Academic Journals

The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 18 hours ago
Via Reddit, Marc Bellemare's intro to his how-to, with link (PDF, 21 slides). For the writing tips. Also, in the PDF, Bellemare links to Keith Head's introduction formula -- how to write the intro.

AISHA NORTH: A short update on the Gathering

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
A short update on the Gathering By Aisha North As a new day dawns, we can once again congratulate you all on a job well done, for what you managed to complete during this latest installment of your communal get-together was nothing short of impressive. You see, these communal efforts all tie together like giant pieces of a puzzle, so everything you have accomplished before has laid the foundation for what was now put into place. And so, what has taken you many months to fulfill, will now finally come into fruition. For this last installment so far was indeed a major one, as thi... more »

AISHA NORTH: A short update on the Gathering

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
A short update on the Gathering By Aisha North As a new day dawns, we can once again congratulate you all on a job well done, for what you managed to complete during this latest installment of your communal get-together was nothing short of impressive. You see, these communal efforts all tie together like giant pieces of a puzzle, so everything you have accomplished before has laid the foundation for what was now put into place. And so, what has taken you many months to fulfill, will now finally come into fruition. For this last installment so far was indeed a major one, as thi... more »

AISHA NORTH: Welcome to the August Gathering around the Pond

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
Welcome to the August Gathering around the Pond Sunday August 3By Aisha North Dear family of light! July has been a transformational month for so many of us, but now we have entered August, and with it comes a new opportunity to connect even deeper. For today, at 21:00 Oslo time, it gives me much joy to once again invite you all to another Gathering around the Pond, our monthly group meditation. This is what the CCs have to say about it: “By now, the traces of energetic renewal has become apparent to so many of you, and even if this season has already brought you many a fruitful... more »

Russia's Tank Biathlon World Championship Competition Has Started

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Russia Tank Biathlon World Championship Begins -- The Telegraph* The world championship tank biathlon using T-72 machines begins in a military training area near Moscow Twelve countries have taken part in the start of Russia's tank biathlon world championships. The contestants include many former USSR republics, amid the worsening situation between Ukraine and Russia. Angola, Venezuela, India and Kuwait are also among the countries represented in the obstacle race which involved driving T72 B tanks across bridges and through water. *Read more* .... *More News On Russia's Tan... more »

Russia's Tank Biathlon World Championship Competition Has Started

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Russia Tank Biathlon World Championship Begins -- The Telegraph* The world championship tank biathlon using T-72 machines begins in a military training area near Moscow Twelve countries have taken part in the start of Russia's tank biathlon world championships. The contestants include many former USSR republics, amid the worsening situation between Ukraine and Russia. Angola, Venezuela, India and Kuwait are also among the countries represented in the obstacle race which involved driving T72 B tanks across bridges and through water. *Read more* .... *More News On Russia's Tan... more »

The Phoenix That Wouldn't Rise.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
Over the past two years I have spoken several times about the templates that the "cabal" and "Powers that Were" continuously use in all of their activities. These templates play out over and over again in all aspects of business/finance, war, "politics", "terrorism"/false flags, and "history". Once you can identify the template that "they" are using, then you can see the entire scenario for what it is and know exactly how it is being played out. The template that was used for the Colorado theatre shooting, Sandy Nook school shooting, Sikh temple shooting, the Boston Marathon bomb... more »

The Enemy Is Gandhi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Native American, “Ghost Dance- Power Drums, Spirit Pride” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Native American, “Ghost Dance- Power Drums, Spirit Pride” - Turn it *UP*!

Musical Interlude: Josh Groban, “Gira Con Me” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Josh Groban, “Gira Con Me” - ◆ English Lyrics: *"Gira Con Me Questa Notte"* *"Turn With Me Tonight"* "The world turns with me tonight. Small steps that I make with you. I follow your heart, and I follow the moon So hidden far from me. The world turns with us tonight, Ah, if only far from here there existed A place where to discover my heart, To know if it can love you or not. And it will turn, and it will turn, My heart together with you, And the earth will turn, And my life will turn, And one day, yes, it will understand. It's you who turns ... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Uno” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Deuter, “Uno” -

US warship passes through Dardanelles Strait

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Vella Gulf]A U.S. guided missile cruiser passed through the Dardanelles Strait earlier Aug. 6 en route to the Marmara Sea. The USS Vella Gulf is 172 meters long, 16 meters wide and equipped with an Aegis air and ballistic missile defensive system, Tomahawk cruise missiles, anti-submarine missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The ship entered the Black Sea in May to take part in naval drills in the Black Sea amid the high tension in eastern Ukraine. Read more

Russian Army to Equip Ground Forces With ‘Iskander’ Missiles by 2018

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Iskander M (SS-26 Stone)]The missile brigades of Russia’s Ground Forces will be equipped with advanced weaponry and hardware, including the 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 Stone) theater ballistic missile systems, as part of the 2020 state rearmament program, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a teleconference. “In order to bring Iskander missiles into use, the army needs adequate infrastructure” the minister added. In 2008, Russia launched the most extensive reorganization of its armed forces in its history. The army command system experienced a major transformation,... more »

Helping Others . A Narration by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*Helping others* - by emphasizing their qualities more than their failings " *We are always more likely to improve a situation if we concentrate on the positive rather than the negative. Try to apply this rule in your relations with others. For example, rather than criticizing their failings, focus on what is positive in them, to see how they can be further improved. Even if there is only one good thing, focus on that. Leave their failings alone, and try as much as you can to help them improve their qualities. It will be of greater benefit to them and to you too, for the evolu... more »

Sarajevo & the Serbian Black Hand : Synthetic Terror - Made in the British Foreign Office

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
Sarajevo & the Serbian Black Hand : Synthetic Terror - Made in the British Foreign Office from Spike EP on Vimeo. "The colossal bloodletting of World War I began in Sarajevo, Bosnia with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by a Serbian nationalist fanatic named Gavrilo Prinkip, an activist of the group called the Black Hand, a Mazzini-style Serbian underground national liberation group. But the Black Hand was controlled by Serbian military intelligence. Colonel Apis of Serbian military intelligence was in turn an asset of the Okhrana, the Russian intelligen... more »

Russia orders Ka-52K helicopters for Mistral-class LHDs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kamov Ka-52K 'Hokum B']Russia has ordered a batch of Kamov Ka-52K 'Hokum B' naval attack helicopters for the Russian Navy's Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels. Speaking to IHS Jane's , a Russian defence industry source stated that the order included 32 Ka-52K helicopters. These will be built by Progress Aresenyev Aviation Company 'Nikolai Sazykin', a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. Each Mistral-class LHD is capable of operating an air wing of around 16 naval helicopters, although their air group composition has yet to be finalised. Read more

Turkey Is Boosting Weapons Exports With A Focus On Africa, Here’s Who Benefits

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: T129 attack helicopter]NATO-member Turkey has long been a purchaser of Western weapons, but the country raised eyebrows last year when it announced a $4 billion deal with a Chinese firm to co-develop a missile defense system, rejecting offers from Russian, U.S. and European defense companies. And while Turkey is still a major purchaser of Western military hardware, and has to Russia’s chagrin welcomed NATO missile defense systems in its territory, it’s rising in the ranks as a major arms exporter in its own right. The country is trying to boost exports by $1.6 billion this... more »

Fuselage for NATO's first AGS unmanned aerial vehicle program completed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RQ-4B Global Hawk]NATO says the fuselage of the first Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aerial vehicle for the alliance has been completed by Northrop Grumman. The fuselage was completed at a company facility in Mississippi and its being transferred to California, where production of the long-endurance aircraft will be completed. "The UAVs will be equipped with a state-of-the-art, Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program ground surveillance radar sensor, as well as an extensive suite of line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, long-range, wideband data links, NATO said.... more »

Russian Air Force Gets New Batch of Su-30M2 Fighters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Su-30M2 Flanker]Russia’s aircraft maker Sukhoi has delivered another batch of its multirole fighters Su-30M2 to the country's Air Force, according to the company’s press office. “Under the state arms procurement program, the Sukhoi company handed over a batch of multirole fighter jets Su-30M2,” it said Tuesday in a press release. New aircraft were reportedly flown to the airbase in the eastern Russian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur where they had been tested. Read more

Crunch Time For UCLASS: USD Kendall, Rep. Forbes, & The Requirements Fight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: X-47B UCLASS]August is the month of decision for UCLASS, the Navy’s controversial program to build armed drones that fly off aircraft carriers. At stake: whether the “Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance & Strike” aircraft will be primarily a scout (surveillance) or a bomber (strike). The new Deputy Secretary of Defense, Bob Work, delayed the Navy’s release of an official Request For Proposals (RFP) while he studied the question, with a crucial meeting in the new few weeks. Read more

MTU to showcase IMO Tier III solutions at SMM

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MTU Series 4000]MTU will be using next month's SMM event in Hamburg, Germany, to showcase its solutions for meeting the IMO Tier III emission standard that comes into force in 2016 . "MTU is well-prepared for IMO Tier III, be it with SCR exhaust aftertreatment systems for diesel engines or with gas engines," explains Dr. Michael Haidinger, Chief Sales Officer at MTU's parent Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. Customers benefit from an integrated concept for IMO Tier III comprising an MTU drive and SCR system which need little space and offers an excellent power-to-weight ratio. ... more »

IAF to extend life of Kiran jet trainer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Kiran Mk2 jet trainer]The Indian Air Force (IAF) has initiated the process to extend the operational life of the Kiran trainer aircraft, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. The IAF conducts the intermediate stage of flying training for ab-initio pilots on the Kiran aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to complete their technical life over the next couple of years. Read more

Five major weapon systems Russia could provide to China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Tu-22M Backfire]Russia can provide five major weapon systems to the People's Liberation Army of China, said assistant professor Robert Farley from the University of Kentucky in his article written for the Washington-based National Interest magazine. Russia's jet engines can solve China's lack of reliable power systems, Farley said. Not only fourth-generation fighters such as the J-10, J-11 and J-15 are facing this problem, but even fifth-generation stealth fighters like the J-20 and J-31 as well. "Russian engines don't have a reputation for extraordinary reliability, but t... more »

India stalls dealings with Finmeccanica over alleged corruption in VVIP helicopter deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AW101 VVIP helicopter]The defence ministry has put on hold all dealings with Italian company Finmeccanica, which is facing a probe in connection with alleged corruption in a deal for VVIP helicopters, as it awaits legal opinion on blacklisting the group. The move is expected to impact on contracts worth Rs 30,000 crore as the Italian company and its subsidiaries are in the fray for several deals. The government has also issued an advisory asking departments not to process acquisition cases involving Finmeccanica till the Attorney General gives his opinion on whether the gr... more »

Japan defence paper warns over China's 'dangerous acts' in sea, air

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Japanese and Chinese ADIZ]Japan warned Tuesday that China's "dangerous acts" over territorial claims in the East China Sea could lead to "unintended consequences" in the region, as fears grow of a potential military clash. The comments appeared in an annual defence white paper approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, with the report heaping criticism on Beijing's unilateral declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) late last year. The ADIZ -- which overlaps on territory claimed by Japan -- sparked regional criticism as well as condemnation from Wash... more »

Sea-based nuclear weapons in Asia: Stabiliser or menace?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Jin class SSBN]On this day in 1945, the first nuclear weapon was used in conflict, with devastating consequences for the people of Hiroshima. In Asia today, nuclear weapons remain part of the strategic reality, for better or worse. But calculations about nuclear armaments in the region may be changing, notably with the introduction of Chinese and Indian submarine-launched nuclear weapons. This could have profound implications for whether nuclear weapons continue to help keep the peace or become instruments of instability and catastrophic escalation. Often, strategic analyst... more »

"Each time Israel attacks Gaza and massacres its trapped civilian population the same process repeats itself in both U.S. media and government circles: the U.S. government feeds Israel the weapons it uses and steadfastly defends its aggression both publicly and at the U.N.; the U.S. Congress unanimously enacts one resolution after the next to support and enable Israel; and then American media figures pretend that the Israeli attack has nothing to do with their country" "The new Snowden documents illustrate a crucial fact: Israeli aggression would be impossible without the constant, lavish support and protection of the U.S. government, which is anything but a neutral, peace-brokering party in these attacks."-- Glenn Greenwald

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 22 hours ago
------------------------------ Dispatches Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli AttackBy Glenn Greenwald 4 Aug 2014, 12:00 AM EDT Original Here U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo credit: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in I... more »

Amnesty International: Human Rights Abuses Are Widespread In Nigeria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Held Down So Their Throats Can Be Slit Before Being Dumped Into A Shallow Grave. But Now It Is Boko Haram ‘Terrorists’ Who Are Savagely Executed By The Nigerian Army -- Daily Mail* * Footage emerges of Nigerial soldiers appearing to slit throats of insurgents * Boko Haram suspects are held down next to mass grave before execution * Video obtained by Amnesty International amid claims of Nigerian 'war crimes' * Nigerian Defence says it is investigating the footage, taken in March * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Gruesome footage has emerged of what appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitt...more »

Liberating Libya: The Failed Intervention | Quadriga

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
Title: Liberating Libya: The Failed Intervention | Quadriga. Source: DW. Date Published: August 1, 2014. Description: Three years after the fall of the dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is a country ravaged by violence and chaos. Armed militias, Islamists and others are battling for control. Can anything stop Libya falling apart? And how effective - or how damaging - are military interventions of the kind that took place there? No gas. No electricity. No water. No central government. Only imbeciles and criminals would call what happened in Libya a "liberation."

Last Night's Primaries-- Justin Amash Kicks Boehner's Ass

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
I knew it was coming but I'll still amazed it came. The teabaggers couldn't even save one of their incumbents, Kerry Bentivolio in the suburbs west and northwest of Detroit in Oakland and Wayne counties. Boehner's Chamber of Commerce wing of the party recognized he was weak and they moved in for the kill. But what was so startling was that the Republicans of the district picked this monstrosity to replace him. Watch that video up top made by some Bentivolio supporters. This guy Dave Trott's going to be the worst piece of crap in the whole Congress. And he nearly beat Bentivolio tw... more »

U.S. State Department Officials Are Expecting Trouble When The Long-Awaited Senate Report On CIA Torture Is Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) *U.S. Heightens Embassy Security, Anticipating Report On CIA Interrogations -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is increasing security at some American embassies in anticipation of the public release of a long-awaited Senate report detailing the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the additional security measures reflected concerns that the report could prompt protests in countries wher... more »

Has The Gaza Conflict Brought A New Low In U.S.-Israel Relations?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Has Gaza Conflict Brought New Low In U.S.-Israel Relationship? -- Elise Labott, Richard Roth & Josh Levs, CNN* (CNN) -- Tensions between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been strained for years. But the conflict in Gaza has ushered in a new low, some analysts say. "It's probably the worst relationship between a leader of the United States and a leader of Israel since all the way back to the Eisenhower days," says David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN who served as adviser to four U.S. presidents. "The relationship has gotte... more »

Imagine A Country With A Peace Clause In It's Constitution

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
But imagine it quickly but what's left of it is being deconstructed as you read this. Although the American media doesn't cover Japanese politics, we tried warning *DWT* readers that Japanese voters had decided to get on a neo-fascist path again last year. Much to the delight of U.S. Republicans and militarists, Japan elected a new nationalist extremist and right-winger with shit for brains, Shinzo Abe. The Japanese economy headed right into the toilet as he adopted a Japanese version of the Paul Ryan budget. Now he's building up Japan's military in a way that is worrying to all of... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Mend

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*The Warmists really think you're dumb* *The graph below was provided with the article below. Yet the graph clearly shows a DECLINING trend, exactly the opposite of what they are claiming! And if you look at the statistics for the number of fires between 1960 and 2013 all the big numbers occur in the '60s and '70s -- again the opposite of what they are claiming!* The administration released a video Tuesday aimed at clarifying the link between climate change and one of the most tangible products of climate change: wildfires. Wildfires have been an an increasing topic of conver... more »

Everyone Finds God When In Combat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system is fired to intercept enemy rockets *'Hand Of God Sent Missile Into Sea' -- WND* Iron Dome operator: 'I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes' More claims of divine intervention are being reported in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, with an operator of Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system saying he personally witnessed “the hand of God” diverting an incoming rocket out of harm’s way. Israel Today translated a report from a Hebrew-language news site, which noted the Iron Dome battery failed three times to intercept an i... more »

Israel Claims That Hamas Provided The Funds That Resulted In The Killing Of 3 Israeli Teenagers And The Start Of The Gaza War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Israeli soldiers sit atop of a Merkava tank in south Israel bordering the Gaza Strip after they returned from the Palestinian enclave Aug. 4, 2014. (Xinhua/JINI) *Israeli Claim: Hamas Funded The Kidnapper Who Started The Gaza War -- Eli Lake, Daily Beast* Israeli officials have not provided specifics publicly to support their claim that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping that sparked the latest war. Until Tuesday. Hamas funded the man who allegedly led the kidnapping ring that abducted three Israeli teens—and helped spark the latest Gaza war, in the process. But the accused... more »

METRO | Bruce Melton : Is Austin Energy now against alternative energy?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The future is bright and breezy, not black and dirty. Whatever is going on with Austin Energy misses some very important and fundamental news. By Bruce Melton | The Rag Blog | August 5, 2014 AUSTIN — Really? Austin Energy … finish reading *METRO* | Bruce Melton : Is Austin Energy now against alternative energy?

Top 5 Most Absurd Pretexts for War in Modern History

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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The Fourth Horseperson

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 1 day ago
*The Fourth Horseperson* A play in one act (Three bearded men - Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses - are standing about on an unadorned stage) Muhammad: Maybe today will be the day. Jesus: Oh, I hope so. I can't wait to start revealing the truth to all of these people. Can you believe what they're doing? Starting wars and starving the poor, and claiming to respect me at the same time? I totally want to see them repent! Moses: Yes, I know what you mean. I feel very passionately about clarifying the law I brought down from Sinai. Muhammad: I am so impatient for the arrival of the fourth... more »

Whistleblower: Federal Reserve "Highly Alarmed" After Modeling Shows Bitcoin Conquering Dollar by 2021

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Activist Post* The Federal Reserve is apparently very worried about bitcoin disrupting the monetary system. According to an alleged whistleblower's post on Reddit, Fed governors were "highly alarmed" by internal economic modeling that showed Bitcoin has the potential to completely displace the dollar by as early as 2021 (which they called "worst case"). The whistleblower, who currently remains anonymous, claims to work for the Federal Reserve as a researcher who was tasked with doing "econometrics and related modeling" for Bitcoin. He writes: The Dirty: We were directed to upg... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Bri, Nicole, MB and I worked the Veterans for Peace table at the Brunswick peace fair last Saturday * - The 10th annual peace fair last weekend in neighboring Brunswick was better attended than any I had ever remembered. Likely had to do with the outrageous Gaza massacre going on and local folks needed to be around one another so they could share their feelings. Community is important, especially during dark times. I was busy all day talking with people and handing out literature from VFP, the Global Network, PeaceWorks, and from Jeju Island. - The cease ... more »

DOE Plans to Leave Strontium 90 in Groundwater

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*The Resident* The Department of Energy recently revealed its cleanup plans for F Reactor at the Hanford Site in Washington State: just leave the radioactive contaminants in the groundwater to dissipate and monitor it. For 264 years. The Hanford Advisory Board would like to see a pump system implemented to protect the area's drinking water, but the DOE claims that will be unnecessary - and of course, too expensive. Follow the Resident on Twitter. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newslet... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*SLFPA-E board challenges constitutionality law blocking its lawsuit ~Kevin McGill, AP* *Corps of Engineers seeks updated plan outlining smaller drilling site ~Faimon A. Roberts III, The Advocate*

BOOM: Top Ebola Scientist Joked About Culling Humanity with Engineered Virus

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Aaron Dykes & Melissa Melton Media coverage is now focusing on the experimental Ebola treatments being given to two American Ebola patients who contracted it while caring for victims in Africa — the site of the world's deadliest outbreak. But that Ebola treatment, created by a leading bioengineering scientist from the University of Arizona who "joked" about wiping out humanity with a "better" genetically engineered virus during a post-lecture Q&A focused on over-population issues, citing the Hollywood film 'Contagion.' As Truthstream Media previously reported, on February 2, 2012,... more »

The Last U.S. General Killed In Action Was In South Vietnam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*US General Killed In Battle Is Highest-Ranking Officer Killed In Conflict Since Vietnam -- IBTimes* A major general was killed on Tuesday at a military training academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed in a news conference. The general, who has not been identified, is believed to be the most senior U.S. military officer to be killed in conflict overseas since the Vietnam War. At least seven major generals died in battle during U.S. military operations in Vietnam between 1967 and 1970. Among them were George William Casey Sr., whose helicopter hit a ... more »

UNSEALED: The US Sought Permission To Change The Historical Record Of A Public Court Proceeding

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
David Greene *Electronic Frontier Foundation* A few weeks ago we fought a battle for transparency in our flagship NSA spying case, *Jewel v. NSA*. But, ironically, we weren't able to tell you anything about it until now. On June 6, the court held a long hearing in *Jewel *in a crowded, open courtroom, widely covered by the press. We were even on the local TV news on two stations. At the end, the Judge ordered both sides to request a transcript since he ordered us to do additional briefing. But when it was over, the government secretly, and surprisingly sought permission to “remo... more »

Military Brain Technology Could Create "Lucy-type" Super Soldiers for a Day

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
image source *Activist Post* Mind control scientists continue their quest to alter the human brain. Recent experiments have opened the doors to many methods that researchers believe show promise. One technology that appears to be reaching perfection is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. In a new Department of Defense video seen below, they casually state that super-powered brains might not remain in science fiction films such as *Lucy *for very much longer. Using a cap which works with 22 electrodes positioned around the body, scientists believe they can enhance natural abiliti... more »

NBC News Crew Threatened with Arrest for Filming National Park

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
FreeThoughtProject Mark Mulholland, a reporter from NewsChannel 13 and camera man Matt Soriano were threatened with arrest by a corrections lieutenant on Thursday, July 24, simply for having an empty prison inadvertently in the background of a report. Mulholland was on the grounds working on a story about Grant’s Cottage- the site where President Ulysses S. Grant died- for the 129th anniversary of Grant’s death. The cottage happens to be on the grounds of the now closed prison, which had already been empty for three months. With prisoners vacated, the only people on the gro... more »

U.S. Major General Killed In Afghanistan Identified As Major General Harold Greene

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*U.S. General Dead, German General Wounded In Afghan Attack -- Reuters* (Reuters) - A U.S. general was killed and more than a dozen people were wounded on Tuesday, including a German general, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, U.S., German and Afghan officials said. The U.S. Army said late on Tuesday the slain general was Major General Harold Greene, a senior officer with the international military command ISAF. He was the most senior U.S. military official killed in action overseas since the war in Vietnam, military officials said. "These so... more »

World News Briefs -- August 5, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Gaza Ceasefire Sets Stage For Cairo Talks -- Al Jazeera* *Humanitarian truce brokered by Egypt holds in Palestinian enclave as both sides agree to take part in indirect talks.* A 72-hour truce took hold in Gaza on Tuesday as Israel withdrew troops following four weeks of bitter fighting and Palestinians ventured out to find scenes of destruction. The guns fell silent after 29 days of fighting, bringing an end to the bloodshed that killed at least 1,867 Palestinians and 67 people in Israel. Officials on both sides confirmed they had sent small delegations to Cairo for talks aimed... more »

Now packing heat isn't just about Tiny Penis Syndrome. It can "turn an otherwise ordinary day into an open carry adventure!"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*An Open Carry Adventure* *Safe - Responsible - Fun* *Do you carry a gun and sometimes struggle with how to best explain the reasons to your children? In today's politically incorrect society, it's not easy raising kids to understand and respect the Second Amendment. "My Parents Open Carry" was designed to help parents and children have a meaningful discourse on freedom and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.Have fun with Brenna and her family as they turn an otherwise ordinary day into an open carry adventure!* *"I believe in the right to bear arms, and as a small business owner,... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*As Gaza Cease-Fire Holds, A Haunting Question: When Will The Next War Begin? -- Griff Witte and Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post* JERUSALEM — After nearly a month of round-the-clock carnage and terror, Gaza and southern Israel experienced something new on Tuesday: calm. Once an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire kicked in at 8 a.m., there were no rocket attacks or missile strikes. No tunnel infiltrations or shelled schools. But there were no celebrations or declarations of victory, either. Just a single, haunting question: If this war is truly over, how long until the next one begin... more »

Latest Government leaker - August 5 , 2014 - ( Progeny of Edward Snowden ? ) splashing TIDE ( Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment ) all over the secret corridors of Government and into the popular lexicon ! Real Snowden exposes another Obama falsehood !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago Here Comes Snowden 2.0... And How The Government Determines If You Are A "Terrorist Threat" [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/05/2014 19:03 -0400 - Iraq - national security - New York City - Obama Administration - Tom Cruise inShare4 Moments ago CNN blasted a headline stating that the US believes there is a new, post-Snowden leaker exposing national security. Why? The reason is the following article that was... more »

Odds and Ends, first week of August 2014

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*The main difference between the Gates Foundation funded Common Core and Dr. Maria Montessori's method is this: Montessori did not create educational theories and then try them out on children. She did the opposite. — Jeffrey Katz* It's been a very busy summer. Here in Los Angeles we're faced with a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school board special election to replace my dear friend, the late Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. I've been super busy working on the campaign to elect Dr. George McKenna, working on projects around the house, and preparing for my first semest... more »

Innumerate "professionals"

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 1 day ago
I'm used to seeing nonsense on this heyah in-tar-web thing, but sometimes I stumble across something that strikes me as... special, yeah.  Call it special. One such type of special is the blogger Stock, who calls his blog Nuke Professional.  His latest post is supposedly about "understanding cesium". How does he go about understanding it?  He starts "With all the big numbers, scientific

11 Too Big To Fail Banks still represent the so called " systemic risk " ( living wills rejected but note the classic can kick to next July ) , even after all of the desperate rescue measures by the FED , Treasury , FDIC and numerous interventions to prop the financial system up by Regulators like the OCC ? And how many of these banks are truly solvent after all of the years since the first crashes rolled through in 2008 ? Without government supports ( express or implied ) , what value is truly there ? Maybe folks should start questioning more and accepting less ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago Wall Street Isn't Fixed: TBTF Is Alive And More Dangerous Than Ever [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/06/2014 18:33 -0400 - AIG - BAC - Bank of America - Bank of America - Bank Run - Bear Stearns - CDS - Citigroup - Discount Window - Fail - fixed - Fractional Reserve Banking - Free Money - Gambling - LBO - Lehman - Main Street - Meltdown - Merrill - Merrill Lynch ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Tania Krämer for Deutsche-Welle joins the tunnel diggers in the Gaza Strip. The Jewish newspaper *Haaretz* has a beautifully written story called *The underground ghetto city of Gaza: Having despaired of the world, of the fear, of the blood, the only refuge left to us was the earth. We buried ourselves alive. *You can find it *here*

Ebola hysteria worldwide and in particular the US - well founded fears or a cynical justification for ever greater controls imposed on citizens , martial law , gun confiscation - all things perhaps sought but unable to achieve without a " crisis " ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago UN AND FEDS PLAN TO FIGHT EBOLA WITH TYRANNYThere are plenty of ways to protect public health without resorting to tyranny. Securing the Southern border would be a good first step [image: UN and Feds Plan to Fight Ebola With Tyranny] Image Credits: ganatlguard, Flickr *by* ALEX NEWMAN | THE NEW AMERICAN | AUGUST 5, 2014 [image: Share on Facebook]0[image: Tweet about this on Twitter]0[image: Share on Google+]0[image: Email this to someone][image: Print this page] ------------------------------ With estimates suggestin... more »

Chris Trotter’s questions to Jamie Whyte answered

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Chris Trotter is asking rhetorical questions of Jamie Whyte. But first, Trotter’s set-up: “Maori are legally privileged in New Zealand today,” Whyte told Act’s annual conference in Hamilton, “just as the Aristocracy were legally privileged in pre-revolutionary France.” Presumably, in making this bold comparison, our Cambridge graduate had some notion of what those aristocratic privileges included …. Let’s list just a few of them: - The French Aristocracy were exempt from taxation. - French aristocrats presided over their own seigneurial courts – i.e. they were able to... more »

Matt Ubelhor, the Walmart/Amway Family Greeder

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
by Doug Martin With $106,000 of in-kind contributions from Mitch Daniels’ school privatizing Aiming Higher PAC (page 7), $13,000 of in-kind contributions (page 11) from Brian Bosma, a $1,500 direct deposit from Mike Pence’s committee (page 10), and $53,000 (page 8) in hard cash from the anti-critical thinking Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Business for Responsible Government PAC, Matt Ubelhor, Indiana's state rep. from district 62, in 2010 fed his pockets and his ego with $61,000 of the Walton/DeVos/hedge fund Hoosiers for Economic Growth PAC money (page 7) and officially became a Walm... more »

When the Depraved Get Depressed

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
Just when you thought the filthy rich couldn't get any more depraved, they get so mind-numbingly depraved that they don't even care what the deprived might think of them. From the *New York Post*: *A Manhattan corporate attorney is leading a group of wealthy Hamptonites who want to tear down a Water Mill road sign honoring a nun killed in a 2012 hit-and-run — because, he whines, he’s tired of repeating her depressing tale to guests.* *“Every time someone visits, I am forced to recount this tragedy because they ask who Sister Jackie was,” John Carley, a former counsel to rental-car... more »

Edward Snowden Goes To The Bolshoi To Make His First Public Appearance In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Эдвард Сноуден тайно посетил оперу в Большом театре — LIFENEWS (@lifenews_ru) August 5, 2014 *Snowden Makes First Public Appearance, Secretly Visits Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre -- RT* The US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has visited Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in his first public appearance since coming to Russia a year ago. Reporters were hardly able to recognize the former CIA employee without his signature look glasses. The NSA whistle-blower apparently decided to mark a year of asylum in Russia by making a public appearance. He att... more »

Who Is On America's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System/Watchlist

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, By The Numbers -- By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept* Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments—more than 40 percent are ... more »

NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List Identifies Israel As A Top Spy Threat To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israel Flagged As Top Spy Threat To U.S. In New Snowden/NSA Documeny -- Newsweek* Israel was singled out in 2007 as a top espionage threat against the U.S. government, including its intelligence services, in a newly published National Security Agency (NSA) document obtained by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, according to a news report Monday. The document also identified Israel, along with North Korea, Cuba and India, as a “leading threat” to the infrastructure of U.S. financial and banking institutions. The threats were listed in the NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List, according ... more »

METRO EVENT | Austin friends to celebrate the life of John Muir

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Event: John Muir’s Wake Place: Shoal Creek Saloon Address: 909 North Lamar Blvd., Austin When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 Hours: 4-6 p.m. AUSTIN — Friends of John H. Muir will gather at Shoal Creek Saloon on Sunday, August 24, to … finish reading *METRO EVENT* | Austin friends to celebrate the life of John Muir


Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Alarming example of how state works with mainstream media to justify its malfeasance Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | *INFOWARS.COM* Another alarming example of how the U.S. government works hand in hand with the mainstream media to justify its malfeasance emerged today when the Associated Press published a story about the scope of the terror watchlist in advance as part of a ploy to “spoil the scoop” and water down the impact of the new revelations. A huge new article by the Intercept reveals how under the Obama administration the size of the terror watchli... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“In silhouette against a crowded star field toward the constellation Scorpius, this dusty cosmic cloud evokes for some the image of an ominous dark tower. In fact, clumps of dust and molecular gas collapsing to form stars may well lurk within the dark nebula, a structure that spans almost 40 light-years across this gorgeous telescopic portrait. * Click image for larger size.* Known as a cometary globule, the swept-back cloud, extending from the lower right to the head (top of the tower) left and above center, is shaped by intense ultraviolet radiation from the OB association of very ... more »

“The Paradox of Revenge” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Paradox of Revenge” * by “The passion for revenge is strong and sometimes almost overwhelming. But our intuitive logic about revenge is often twisted, conflicted, parochial, and dangerous. Revenge is a primitive, destructive, and violent response to anger, injury, or humiliation. It is a misguided attempt to transform shame into pride. Many governments, religions, traditions, and cultures provide guidance on when revenge may and may not be sought. Unfortunately this guidance is often unsatisfactory because it excludes groups of people, often mistreats ... more »

History: "General Sherman's Final Solution" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"General Sherman's Final Solution"* by Thomas J. DiLorenzo "In a recent issue of "The American Enterprise" magazine devoted to the War between the States, Victor Hanson, a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, defends and makes excuses for Lincoln’s intentional waging of war on Southern civilians. This included the bombing, pillaging and plundering of their cities and towns, the burning of their homes, total destruction of farms and livestock, gang rape, and the killing of thousands, including women and children of all races. (See "Merchant of Terror: General Sherman and ... more »

"What Is The Galactic Butterfly?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Is The Galactic Butterfly?"* by "This ancient Mayan symbol is called the Galactic Butterfly which is said to represent all of the consciousness that has ever existed in this galaxy. It is a symbol of unity which connects people regardless of distance, events, or time. The consciousness of living things, including animals, plants and humans. The consciousness that organized raw materials into a whirling disk of stars, planets and solar systems. God. The Greeks believed butterflies to be human souls flying to heaven. They also likened them to cognitive thou... more »

Kahlil Gibran, "The Seven Selves" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Seven Selves" by Kahlil Gibran "In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper: First Self: Here, in this madman, I have dwelt all these years, with naught to do but renew his pain by day and recreate his sorrow by night. I can bear my fate no longer, and now I rebel. Second Self: Yours is a better lot than mine, brother, for it is given to me to be this madman's joyous self. I laugh his laughter and sing his happy hours, and with thrice winged feet I dance his brighter thoughts. It is I that would rebel aga... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Walking the Path" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Walking the Path" by Paulo Coelho "I reckon that it takes about three minutes to read my text. Well, according to statistics, in that same short period of time 300 people will die and another 620 will be born. It takes me perhaps half an hour to write a text: here I sit, concentrating on my computer, books piled up beside me, ideas in my head, the scenery passing by outside my window. Everything seems perfectly normal all around me; and yet, during these thirty minutes, 3,000 people have died and 6,200 have just seen the light of the world for the first time. Where are all those t... more »

"Take The Power..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” - Susan Polis Schutz

Chet Raymo, “A Life Sentence” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Life Sentence”* by Chet Raymo “’We each only really speak one sentence in our lifetime. That sentence begins with your first words, toddling around the kitchen, and ends with your last words… in a nursing home, the night-duty attendant vaguely on hand.” Where did that come from? A review by David Kirby of poet Mary Ruefle's new book, quoting Ruefle on a thought that Ezra Pound learned from Ernest Fenollosa... OK, OK, forget the provenance, or who the heck is Ernest Fenollosa. It's that lifelong sentence I'm interested in, the one that begins with ma-ma and ends with… Well, we'... more »

New Intelligence Leaks Reveal A 'Far-Reaching' Partnership Between The NSA And Israeli Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Cash, Weapons And Surveillance: The U.S. Is A Key Party To Every Israeli Attack -- The Intercept* The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza. Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its I... more »

to see the farm is to leave it

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
the story of your enslavement

U.S. Government Believes There Is A New Leaker Disclosing Sensitive U.S. Intelligence Secrets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New Leaker Disclosing U.S. Secrets, Government Concludes -- CNN* (CNN) -- The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN. Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a news story published Tuesday by the Intercept, the news site launched by Glenn Greenwald, who also published Snowden's leaks. The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or susp... more »

Most Americans Don't Like Their Own Congressmember

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Like most Americans, I don't like my congressman. Adam Schiff is a slimy Blue Dog/New Dem of low moral character who will do anything to further his careerist goals. He's far more conservative than his newly redrawn district but few voters in the district suspect as much. There is no Republican running against him but he has $2,042,527 cash on hand against an unknown independent opponent, Steve Stokes, who raised $5,562 ($4,047 in the form of a check from himself). In 2012 Schiff was reelected with 76% of the vote. In CA-28 (Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Los Feliz, Atwater, Silber... more »

Murray Rothbard was a disaster

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
A couple of friends have been researching so-called anarcho-capitalist Murray Rothbard. Per-Olof Samuellson started it, with the comment: Murray Rothbard was a great economist[1], and a disaster when it came to politics. And he’s right. Consider: Rothbard praises the mafia: Unorganized, or street, crime, in contrast, is random, punkish, viciously aggressive against the innocent, and has no redeeming social feature. Whereas, he says, *Organized crime is essentially anarcho-capitalist*, a productive industry struggling to govern itself; apart from attempts to monopolize and inju... more »

Orwell Strikes Anew:  We Tortured Some Folks (Don't Worry, They Understood) How the West Murdered Truth

Obama Lightens Up on Torture (Aug. 1 Press Con) Our peace prize president said at his friendly Friday afternoon press conference that "we tortured some folks." I'm guessing that if you say something like that very matter of factly without great emphasis on the meaning of the words you just uttered, that the meaning might escape your audience. Particularly if you call them "folks." Just


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Whilst the BBC ignore worldwide protests over Gaza, a British Gas spin-off group, BG Group, has found nearly £2.5 BILLION worth of natural gas in the troubled region. BG owns around 90% of the rights to offshore gas field exploration around Gaza. Since the discovery, Israel stepped up a maritime blockade and confiscated Gaza's energy resources - leading to criticism that not only are they separating Palestinians from their land, but stealing their resources as well.

Russian President Putin's Opponents Are Remaining Silent

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The sanctions targeted government officials, mostly Putin's former colleagues from the security services, heads of key state companies and some of Putin's mouthpieces in the Duma and the Federation Council. Ana Paula Hirama / Flickr *No Palace Coup in Sight for Russia -- Ivan Nechepurenko, Moscow Times* When the U.S. government announced its first round of sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's friends over the Ukraine conflict in May, it made no bones about their aim: Increase the cost for them of Putin continuing his course and they will influence him to back off or, ultim... more »

Russian President Putin Has Given The Order To Prepare Sanctions Against The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Vladimir Putin visits Voronezh. © RIA Novosti. Alexei Druzhinin *Putin Orders Retaliation as Russia Seeks Aid for Ukraine -- Bloomberg* President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to prepare a response to U.S. and European sanctions as Russia said eastern Ukraine neared a “humanitarian catastrophe” and required immediate international assistance. “Political instruments of pressure on the economy are unacceptable, they contradict all norms and rules,” Putin said today during a meeting with Alexey Gordeev, governor of the Voronezh region near Ukraine. Any retaliation “must be don... more »

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