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Thursday, August 7, 2014

7 August - Blogs I'm Following

10:35pm MDST

Sum rule constraint on BSM models

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 minutes ago
*Guest blog by Paul Frampton, paper by PF and Thomas Kephart* It is good to back after my unexpected sabbatical of 2 years and 4 months in South America. During that time the BEH scalar boson (called \(H\)) was discovered on July 4th, 2012 at the LHC by both the CMS and ATLAS groups. The subsequent experimental study of the production and decay of \(H\) provides particle phenomenology with the first really new data for decades. Physicists who are less than 50 years old cannot remember the excitement in particle phenomenology of the 1970s. In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s which included...more »

Will The Ugliness Of The GOP Primary In Mississippi Swamp McConnell In Kentucky?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
On top of the court case he filed last week to vacate the results of the Mississippi Senate election, Tea Party sore loser Chris McDaniel has been trying to pick a new fight-- this time with poor, embattled Miss McConnell, threatening to turn Kentucky's far right fringe-- which he so desperately needs in his neck-and-neck fight against Alison Lundergan Grimes-- into a pack of stay at home protestors in November. McDaniel is mad at the world-- especially after the state GOP told him to go pound sand last night. “As Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell has the opportunity to sho... more »

Vegan Recipe & Cookbook Review - Raw Lime Parfait from The HappyCow Cookbook (#HappyCowRoadTrip)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 35 minutes ago
When I first became vegan, eating out was difficult. There weren't many veg-friendly restaurants, let alone vegan establishments. Servers typically didn't know what the word "vegan" meant and had no idea what was in the meals they served. We were relegated to picking and choosing items off the "a la carte" menu ... workable but not ideal. The HappyCow site is a valuable tool for vegetarians and vegans. Simply type in the name of a city and it will list vegetarian, vegan, and veg-friendly establishments in the area. It's a great resource for traveling or simply keeping up with restau... more »

Israel Confirms That Rockets Have Been Fired Form Gaza Thereby Violating The Cease-Fire (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
*Israeli military: Rockets fired from Gaza violate cease-fire -- CNN* Gaza City (CNN) -- Rockets from Gaza hit Israel early Friday morning, breaching a cease-fire that had held for more than two days, the Israeli military said. "Moments ago, 2 rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. Terrorists have violated the cease-fire," the Israel Defense Forces wrote on Twitter. It wasn't immediately clear how Israel would respond. The IDF pulled its ground forces out of Gaza on Tuesday but said they were maintaining "defensive positions" around the territory. Earlier, negotiators in Ca... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 40 minutes ago
"What's that in front of Orion? Forty kilometers north of Kahta, Turkey, lies Mount Nemrut, a mountain adorned with the fragments of vast statues built over 2000 years ago. The stone sculptures once stood nearly 10 meters high and depicted lions, eagles, various ancient gods, and King Antiochus I Theos, who ruled Commagene from 86 BC to 38 BC. Ruins of the bodies of several sitting figures are visible on the hill above, illuminated by moonlight. Zeus' head can be found near the above image's center, while the king's head is seen next closest to the horizon. *Click image for larger si... more »

"The Object Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 40 minutes ago
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." - Marcus Aurelius

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Makes A Surprise Visit To Afghanistan To Promote Power-Sharing Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 50 minutes ago
*Kerry In Kabul To Try To Break Deadlock Over Afghan Presidency -- Reuters* KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday for his second visit in under a month to push a deal between the country's two presidential candidates on how to share power after an audit of a disputed election is complete. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah shook hands on an agreement to resolve the election row after Kerry's visit in July but they remain far apart on critical components of their pact to form a united government. Although a painstaking audit of all ... more »

President Obama Gets It Right On Iraq; US Military Should Airlift Maliki Out of The Green Zone And Drop Him In The Mountains

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 53 minutes ago
*Iraq's religious and political leaders are telling Prime Minister Maliki to stop with the blame game. Eight years in power is enough. * President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq. Source: The White House. Date Published: August 7, 2014.

We Are At War With Radical Islam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*The Geography of Horror -- Peter Berger, American Interest* We are in effect at war with Islamist radicalism. It is very unhelpful if this reality is denied, as the Obama administration has tried to do. Two news items, spread within days over all the media, must be seen together so as to disclose an ominous reality. One was the news that Meriam Ibrahim and her family had finally arrived safely in the United States. The other news was that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was proclaimed Caliph of the new Islamic State. The story of Meriam Ibrahim tells of yet another horrendous cruelty perpet... more »

An Epic Slaughter Is Now Engulfing The Entire Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Apocalypse Ignored: As Gaza Grabs The Headlines, Epic Slaughter Engulfs The Rest Of The Region. But Where Are The Protests? * The fragile ceasefire in Gaza was still holding last night after three days, offering a glimmer of hope that the brutal conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas might be at an end. Israel believes it has killed more than 700 Hamas fighters in the past four weeks and destroyed at least 32 of the underground passages through which Hamas smuggles weaponry and launches terrorist attacks on the country. In their cold-bl... more »

The Islamic State’s Bloody Campaign To Exterminate Minorities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*The Islamic State’s Bloody Campaign To Exterminate Minorities: ‘Even Genghis Khan Didn’t Do This’ -- Washington Post* In the back of a cavernous hall, standing behind rows of solemn-looking men, an Iraqi politician known for her passion began to shriek. Her name was Vian Dakhil: the lone representative of the Yazidi people in Iraq’s parliament. And she was asking for someone, anyone, to listen. The Islamic State had just expelled thousands of her people from the northern town of Sinjar. Stranded on a barren mountain without food or water, they faced extermination. Women, she said... more »

Breaking News: Gaza Ceasefire Broken. Mortars Have Been Fired At Israel Hours Before End Of Cease-Fire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor*: From Haretz: *Mortars fired at Israel, hours before end of cease-fire* *Update #1*: Al Jazeera is reporting explosions *in northern Gaza*. *Update #2:* *Two rockets strike near Eshkol, violating ceasefire *-- Times of Israel *WNU Editor*: This ceasefire is collapsing.

Does Jindal Have a Case with Common Core as Federal “Scheme”?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
It is no secret that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has aspirations for the White House. On June 13, 2014, Jindal visited the “presidential testing ground,” Iowa. Many in Iowa did not know who he was. To me, a Louisianian, it is absolutely no surprise that Jindal said that a 2016 presidential run is “something” he […]

Obama Authorizes Targeted Airstrikes In Iraq

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Source Brandon Turbeville President Barack Obama has now authorized airstrikes in Iraq for the purposes of allegedly targeting Sunni extremists and ISIS militants currently running rampant across the country. Obama can now authorize the strikes if it is deemed necessary to “prevent a potential act of genocide.” "I therefore authorized targeted air strikes if necessary to help forces in Iraq as they fight to break the siege and protect the civilians trapped there,” Obama said. Obama reassured Americans that he will “not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another... more »

"Hope..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Hope gives us the courage to confront our circumstances and the capacity to surmount them." - Jerome Groopman

"Twilight of the Psychopaths"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Twilight of the Psychopaths"* by Dr. Kevin Barrett "Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." - John Lennon When Gandhi was asked his opinion of Western civilization he said it would be a good idea. But that oft-cited quote is misleading, assuming as it does that civilization is an unmitigated blessing. Civilized people, we are told, live peacefully and cooperatively with their fellows, sharing the necessary la... more »

"Why Bother?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Rating Schools: Use Library Quality

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Response to LA Times editoral: Grading California's Schools, August 7 More relevant than using outcomes (test scores, graduation rates) in rating schools is an "input" factor: the quality of the library. Study after study shows that that students living in states with better school libraries do better on tests of reading achievement. California ranks near the bottom of the country in school library quality and is dead last in the ratio of school librarians per student. Our students get little help from the public library: According to the latest "most literate cities" report, ... more »

Adventures in pressure canning: Today's Romano green beans...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour ago
*first time with the new pressure canner. It was fun.* *We'll talk about Odumbo being an a-hole some other time. * After finishing weeding the veggie garden, I picked two big bowls of Romano style green beans. Roma's are a large flat bean, very tender with lots of flavor. To cook, I steam them for a very short time, maybe 5 minutes, slather on the ghee, salt, and pepper. Like eating candy! But these critters were headed to my new pressure canner. I had the gauge checked at the Kootenai County Extension office on Tuesday, and I'm doubly glad I did. The gauge was a pound shy,... more »

“When the Money Runs Out... So Does the Empire”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“When the Money Runs Out... So Does the Empire” * by Bill Bonner "In 2006, we wrote a book with Addison Wiggin called "Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis." The idea of the book was as follows: Empires are not the result of conscious thought; they happen when a group is large enough and powerful enough to impose itself on others. But empires are expensive. They are typically financed by theft and forced tribute. The imperial power conquers... steals... and then requires that its subjects pay "taxes" so that it can protect them. The US never got the hang of it. It ... more »

Sean Hannity Is The #1 Israel Shill In The United States

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 2 hours ago
Above: Sean Hannity with his wannabe lover or blackmailer or employer Bibi Netanyahu. Monday through Friday this week, I turned on my local rightwing radio channel 94.3 "The Talker" on my way home from work at 5pm. Hannity devoted 100% of his shows this week to being blatantly, rabidly, embarrasingly pro-Israel. While every word out of his mouth was being an apologist for Israel, every single one of his guests was like an infomercial for Israel. One day he had on the mother of one of the 3 Israeli teens that were killed which supposedly gave "the reason" for Israel to start their ... more »

President Obama Has Authorized Airstrikes Against Islamic Militants In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Obama Authorizes Targeted Airstrikes In Iraq -- CBS* President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants who have advanced into the Kurdish region of Iraq and seized the country's largest dam Thursday. The president also announced that the U.S. launched air drops of food and water on a mountain in northern Iraq on Thursday where a religious minority group remains trapped by Islamic militants. "At the direction of the Commander in Chief, the U.S. military conducted a humanitarian assistance operation in Northern Iraq to air drop critical meals and water... more »

U.S. Drops Aid to Iraqis (Update: President Barack Obama Has Authorized Airstrikes In Iraq To Protect U.S. Personnel)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*U.S. Drops Aid to Iraqis; Militants Are Hit -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — United States military aircraft on Thursday dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq, a senior Pentagon official said. The military made the announcement after the supplies had been delivered and the planes had left the area. President Obama was scheduled to discuss the mission in a televised address Thursday night. Kurdish and Iraqi officials said that airstrikes had begun Thursday night on towns in northern Iraq seized by the Islamic S... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
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Iraqi Officials Claim US-Led Airstrikes Begin Against ISIS Militants in Iraq

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
*Nick Bernabe | The Anti-Media* *Image credit: Ian Vaughan* According to the New York Times, Iraqi and Kurdish officials say that US airstrikes have begun in northern Iraqi areas controlled by ISIS militants, *“Kurdish and Iraqi officials attributed the bombing campaign to American forces. An announcement on Kurdish television of what was described as an American intervention prompted street celebrations and horn-honking by residents of towns under siege by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”* Pentagon officials have denied these claims. ISIS, now known as IS or the Isla... more »

THE GAZA CONFLICT: IRRISISTIBLE FORCE MEETS IMMOVABLE OBJECT

It doesn’t look good for the people in the Gaza Strip. It’s unlikely that the present ceasefire will hold long enough for there to be any meaningful outcome for both the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Israelis are demanding the Palestinians disarm and the Palestinians flatly refuse to do so. It is an all too familiar tactic that the Israelis have always employed when dealing with the Palestinians whereby they make an unrealistic offer which they know the Palestinians cannot possibly accept and then, when the Palestinians reject the offer, the Israelis and their backers blame th... more »

Tomorrow night, for the 40th anniversary of Nixon's abdication, Dick Cavett shares his bird's-eye view of Watergate

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
"With the exception of the nightly network news shows, no one on television devoted more airtime to Watergate than talk show host Cavett. From 1972 to 1974, America watched the Watergate scandal unfold on *The Dick Cavett Show* as Cavett interviewed nearly every major Watergate figure — on both sides of the crisis — including John Ehrlichman, Alexander Haig, G. Gordon Liddy, Jeb Magruder and members of the Senate Watergate Committee: Senators Howard Baker, Daniel Inouye, Herman Talmadge, Lowell Weicker, and more." *-- from the PBS preview materials for Dick Cavett's Watergate,whic... more »

No Agreement To Extend Gaza Cease-Fire As Deadline Looms (Update: Hamas Will Not Extend Cease-Fire)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Mediators Race Against Clock To Extend Gaza Truce -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Mediators worked against the clock on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, as the three-day ceasefire entered its final hours. Israel said it was ready to agree to an extension as Egyptian go-betweens pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian delegates in Cairo on ending a war that has devastated the Hamas-controlled enclave. Palestinians want an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza lifted and prisoners held by Israel to be freed. Hamas's armed wing said it wa... more »

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Has Been Given Russian Asylum For 3 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Russia Extends Snowden’s Asylum For 3 Years – Lawyer -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) — Russian authorities have extended the temporary asylum for fugitive National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden for three years starting from August 1, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said Thursday. Russia’s Federal Migration Service refused to comment on the report. Political asylum is not under consideration. In this case, a decision was made about his residence permit. The permission was issued for three years with a possibility of extension for another three year... more »

How Longterm And Widespread Corruption In Ukraine Brought About The Crisis Of Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Banknotes of Ukrainian hryvnia are seen in Kiev in this May 23, 2012 file photo. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files *Special Report: How Scams And Shakedowns Brought Ukraine To Its Knees -- Steve Stecklow, Elizabeth Piper and Oleksandr Akymenko, Reuters* (Reuters) - Late last year, Ukraine’s consumer protection agency began filing lawsuits against Foxtrot, the country’s largest electronics retailer. By early March, Foxtrot faced at least 231 separate suits that demanded fines totaling more than $150 million. Many of the suits accused the company of minor violations of Ukraine’s l... more »

Russian Bombers Are Testing U.S. Air Defenses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Russian Tu-95 bombers (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov) *Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct More Than 16 Incursions of U.S. Air Defense Zones -- Washington Free Beacon* ‘Spike’ in Bear H flights over past week seen as test of U.S. air defenses Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials. The numerous flight encounters by Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers prompted the scrambling of U.S. jet fighters on severa... more »

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Iraq ‘Falling Apart,’ ‘Not The Way It Was Supposed To Be’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Wolf Blitzer: Iraq ‘Falling Apart,’ ‘Not the Way It Was Supposed to Be’ -- Washington Free Beacon* CNN’s Wolf Blitzer described to viewers the grim reality Iraqis face. Speaking on television Thursday afternoon, Wolf said, “The whole country of Iraq is seemingly falling apart right now. This was not the way it was supposed to be after President Obama announced that all U.S. forces would be leaving. He was hoping obviously, that there would be some peaceful transition there.” He continued, “Iraq right now falling apart and tens of thousands of minorities- Christians and Yazidis a... more »

US participating in international Eager Lion exercise in Jordan - News - Stripes

Paul Coker at News Spike - 4 hours ago
AMMAN, Jordan — Eager Lion, a 12-day annual military exercise involving 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, is underway as the civil war rages next door in Syria. About 5,000 Americans from all services are participating in the Jordanian-led exercise, which will focus on “issues such as integrated air and missile defense and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to address current and future conflicts’ security issues,” said Maj. Gen. Awni al Adwan of the Jordanian army and chairman of the joint task force. Jordanian and U.S. officials played down any link between the exercise an... more »

Time to stick a stake through the heart of the Resource Management Act

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: Whose_Bloody_Land_is_it_Anyway] I’ve waited twenty f’ing years for a mainstream politician to say this, and when they finally do it’s when their party is heading down the gurgler. But at least it’s finally being said: *Resource Management Act - It’s a failure - time to chuck it out – start again* "It is time the politicians admitted the RMA is a failure." said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte. " National's Nick Smith has promised another series of minor amendments to the RMA saying the law is holding back the country's economy. He is just tinkering with a wreck. No one thinks... more »

Ukraine situation ( August 4 , 2014 ) - a detailed look at the state of play in the ongoing civil war , sanctions and counter sanction watch , economic impacts - intended and unintended !

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/08/ukraine-sitrep-by-gleb-bazov.html MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014 Ukraine SITREP by Gleb Bazov *The Shrinking Cauldron - The Surrender of the 72nd Brigade* The Southern Cauldron has entered the final stages of its existence; the agony of the units deprived of provisions has begun. The Surrender of the 72nd Brigade Original: Colonel Cassad LiveJournal Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Today, the remnants of the 72nd Separate Mechanized Brigade fled into the territory of the Russian Federation. According to Russia Today: Four hundred and thir... more »

Iraqi And Kurdish Sources Are Reporting That U.S. Airstrikes On ISIS Militants Have Begun (Update: Pentagon Denies)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Islamic State militants stand guard after controlling a checkpoint in Khazer at the border area of the Kurdish semi-autonomous region, August 7, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer *Airstrikes On ISIS Militants Have Begun, Kurds and Iraqis Say -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — Airstrikes on towns in northern Iraq seized by Islamist militants began late Thursday in what Kurdish and Iraqi officials called the first stage of an American-led intervention to blunt the militants’ advance and provide emergency aid to tens of thousands of refugeeds. The Pentagon firmly denied that American force... more »

As Bombs Away in Iraq, Cass Sunstein/CIA Committee Prepares Snowden Response???

Isn't Cass short for Cassandra? Or just Miss Info? “Statement by the Press Secretary on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology – On August 9, President Obama called for a high-level group of experts to review our intelligence and communications technologies. Today the President met with the members of this group: Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone,

Russia Is Calling Up It's Military Reserves

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2014. Grigory Dukor / Reuters *Russia Calls Up Military Reserves -- Guardian Liberty Voice* Russia’s Defense Ministry is calling up military reserve units for training and drills. The Defense Ministry website indicates that exercises and tactical training will be conducted from now through October. The notice gives details on the units, where they will train, and the nature of their exercises. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, began calling up Ukraine’s reservists last week, and the Ukrainia... more »

Top Ukrainian Rebel 'Prime Minister' Of Donetsk Region Resigns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Alexander Borodai (left), the former leader of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", shakes hands with his replacement, Alexander Zakharchenko. Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters *Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Resigns, Names Field Commander as Successor -- RIA **Novosti* MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) — The prime minister of Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Boroday, announced his resignation Thursday. «I came here as a crisis manager, a startuper if you wish. A lot was done in the past days, and DPR has proven itself as a state. Now I cede my place to a res... more »

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 7, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Ukraine’s Donetsk Becomes Ghost Town As National Forces Shell Separatists -- FOX News* DONETSK, Ukraine – Residents of this eastern Ukrainian city are fleeing in droves as national forces step up mortar attacks aimed at dislodging the pro-Russian separatists who are clinging to control of a city once populated by 1 million people. An eerie calm has descended over the nearly deserted city center and suburbs alike, the silence broken only by the sporadic shelling that becomes heaviest at night. Those Donetsk residents who have remained are on edge, as forces sent by Kiev have step...more »

Mahdi al-Harati (CIA/AQ/ MB) Selected mayor of Libyan capital Tripoli ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*What a fortuitous turn of events for the NATO global war machine*!! To have their man in place in Tripoli, the Libyan capital..... WOW! AQ/CIA/Mossad/NATO- Mahdi is their man *The 'rebel warrior' Mr al Harati Mayor of Tripoli. Not really elected. Mahdi al Harati was S-elected.* *“An Irishman who commanded rebel groups in both Libya and Syria has been elected as the mayor of Tripoli, it has been reported.* *Mahdi al-Harati, an Irish citizen from Firhouse in Dublin, was chosen as the city head by the Libyan capital’s new municipal council on Wednesday, state news agency Lana said.* ... more »

Why Only Morons Will Buy Into Another US War

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the ... more »

Hypocrisy in the Debate about Income Inequality

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
A popular and frequently-cited “inequality” discourse has risen to challenge the dominant neoliberal discourse that economic deregulation and globalization will “raise all boats” by increasing the overall standard of living in western economies, particularly by increasing access to lending, as illustrated by Wolfowitz’s short tenure heading the World Bank (see Hitt, 2005). Several well-established academic economists – especially Emmanuel Saez (2008) and Thomas Piketty (2014) - have played particularly important roles in establishing the most-often cited discourse of economic ine... more »

Neil Young: Chemical Factory Farming Threatens the "Garden of the World"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Heather Callaghan While people have been torn over beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's recent comments on genetically modified organisms, another beloved Neil took a stand - largely unnoticed. While Tyson claims he never took a side, he still holds that genetic engineering is no different than what we've been doing for tens of thousands of years. One gets the impression from his view that corporatism and science become one for survival - despite negative consequences - and anyone who objects can go back to...being backward? Neil Young took an entirely different point-of-v... more »

IDF Hamas Human Shield Manual a Sloppy Forgery - The Evidence

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
*The Israeli Defense Force just got caught red handed manufacturing fake evidence to prop up their Gaza narrative* On August 4, 2014 the IDF released what they claimed to be scans of a captured Hamas combat manual which explains the benefits of human shields (Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Human Shields). This juicy story got quite a few people excited, and within 2 days their blog post had over 81,000 likes on Facebook. It turns out though, that the documents that they uploaded were forgeries, and sloppy forgeries at that. The work was so shoddy that you ... more »

FORCED TO FIGHT IN UKRAINE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Some Ukrainian soldiers have been appalled by the methods used by the army in the east. Over 400 troops crossed the border to Russia seeking refuge there. Maria Finoshina met some of them.

A Centrist Platform Will Not Turn Out Democratic Voters In NY-19… And Neither Will Steve Israel's Bagels And Lox

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
After college, a whole lot of friends of mine chose to move out of NYC and raise their families in the northern Hudson Valley. The ones who moved up to Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia wound up in a quintessential swing district, NY-19. The district is 89.7% white and the median household income is $53,769, a bit below the state's $55,246. This area used to be part of the Republican heartland of the Northeast and even a very successful local boy, Franklin Roosevelt, never carried the area in any of his presidential runs! Even George Bush won the district both times. More recently, as... more »

Newspapers: Sponsored content, advertorials and the shifting balance of power

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
Norm Farrell has a useful post about sponsored content, the new name for advertorials. And The Gazetteer wondered what I thought, as a former newspaper manager. Farrell says sponsored content is bad. “How should readers react when business pages are presented by an industry lobby like the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers? I don't care to pay a newspaper that presents promotional pieces of advertisers as news nor do I wish to pay a newspaper that hesitates to publish stories that affect reputations of its sponsors,” he asks. “If the Vancouver Sun's business pages are pres... more »

Fetus Tunnel Vision and Lying for Baybeez

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
Just because it's so rare to see evidence of intelligence or self-awareness among fetus fetishists, I offer these two links. Here's an anti-choice "trainer"(whatever that is) who admits that *gasp* not everything is about abortion. One of my colleagues at Students for Life of America recently asked me for an example of pro-lifers doing things that appear weird to our society. The first thing that came to mind was something that my brother Timothy and I call FTV: “Fetus Tunnel Vision.” *fetus tunnel vision* *noun* 1. the inability to see and/or acknowledge human rights injusti... more »

World News Briefs -- August 7, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Twelve Hours Before Truce Ends, Israeli Official Says No Agreement On Extending Cease-Fire -- Haaretz* Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Cairo still trying to negotiate extension; senior official says Israel taking Hamas threats to renew fire very seriously. With 12 hours to go until the expiration of the cease-fire in Gaza, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday that at this stage there is no agreement on extending the break in fighting between Israel and Hamas, and that Israel was taking very seriously Hamas threats to renew its rocket fire toward Israel when the... more »

August 7:A pause to revisit August 5

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
I had a lot to cover in the last blog - so an important topic got lost. It's Tuesday's paper, p. A1 (NB's natural resources debate rages). It's on the development on shale gas, etc. It shows both sides - BUT - one side comes first and takes up half of a long article. Any journalist knows that not many readers will be sticking around after the first half. The first half is a cheer for development, and the cheerleader is Dr. Savoie of U de Moncton. (Have you ever heard Dr. Savoie make any criticism of anything the Irvings want?) There is also ample reference to Prof. Saillant's book... more »

Listen to teachers, read the research

skrashen at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Sent to the Jewish Journal, August 7, 2014 Ellie Herman ("To save education, listen to teachers," August 6) points out that many of those driving education policy in the US have never taught. The situation is even worse: Education policy makers are also ignorant of educational research: They are unaware that scientific studies published in professional journals provide no support for the massive amount of testing done in schools today, and that study after study shows that the most serious problem facing American education is our high rate of poverty, not the lack of tough standards... more »

Failure at An Early Age

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Fourteen years ago Louisiana had the dubious distinction of being the first state in the Union to require elementary school students to pass a state test, the LEAP, to be promoted to the next grade. Parents, teachers, and principals in high poverty neighborhoods all over Louisiana knew what was coming, and all the "Lean on Jesus" test prep rallies that could be staged by parents and churches did not alter the plague of failure among 4th and 8th graders who were retained until they could pass the test. Test results predictably reflected family wealth and income, as all high stakes t... more »

Bolivia President declares Israel 'terrorist' nation, urges global boycott

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
President Morales speaks out against Israeli terrorism and US imperialism By Brenda Norrell Indigenous Resistance Bolivia President Evo Morales has called for a boycott against Israel. Morales, founder of the Network in Defense of Humanity, condemned both the genocide being carried out by Israel in Palestine, and the United States for its hypocrisy and feeding Israel's military. The

Road Rage Karma

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Road Rage Karma: http://youtu.be/pexIwT39m5Q

Mosul Archbishop Nikodimos Daoud: ISIS Perpetrates Genocide against Iraq's Christians

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Mosul Archbishop Nikodimos Daoud: ISIS Perpetrates Genocide against Iraq's Christians. Date Published: August 7, 2014. Source: MEMRI TV.

Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
I'm not ashamed to admit it. *Better Off Alone* is a damn fine tune from 1999, a song that soundtracked my summer in a sweltering factory.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 7, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*U.S. Weighs Airstrikes On Iraq -- Wall Street Journal* Washington Wants to Aid Religious Minority Besieged by Insurgents The U.S. military is considering launching airstrikes and dropping emergency relief supplies into Iraq to aid members of a religious minority driven into the mountains last weekend by Sunni extremist militants who now are imperiling other areas in northern Iraq, U.S. defense officials said. Last Sunday, the militant group Islamic State took over Sinjar, a Kurdish-controlled town with a large population of Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking group that follow a pre-Isla... more »

Road Trip Lego Boxes

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
We have had a crazy summer this year. My brother's wedding, a vacation and many, many sleepovers at grandmas, just to name a few. My sister brought her five boys out for 6 weeks this summer, after not being together for just about four years, it was so much fun to be able to be together this summer. The not fun part? The two 30 hour drives that her family had to take to get here and back home again. Road trips with kids can be exhausting, but these little Lego boxes are easy to whip up and provide hours of entertainment, without worrying about losing the pieces. You will need: ... more »

Obama Wines and Dines African Dictators as Ebola Spreads - Geneva Business Insider

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
This month on the Geneva Business Insider, James Corbett and David L. Smith discuss: the latest on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the decision to send infected patients to Germany and the US for treatment; the conflict in Gaza and what it has done to the population of the world's largest open-air prison; and the latest moves on the Eastern European chessboard as Putin bristles at Poland's "Ukraine invasion" fears. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered b... more »

“Vonnegut on Nagasaki”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Vonnegut on Nagasaki”* by John LaForge “The rights and wrongs of Hiroshima are debatable,” Telford Taylor, the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, once said, “but I have never heard a plausible justification of Nagasaki” — which he labeled a war crime. In his 2011 book “Atomic Cover-Up,” Greg Mitchell says, “If Hiroshima suggests how cheap life had become in the atomic age, Nagasaki shows that it could be judged to have no value whatsoever.” Mitchell notes that the US writer Dwight MacDonald cited in 1945 America’s “decline to barbarism” for dropping “half-understood poisons” on a civ... more »

CHOMSKY ON ISRAEL'S "SADISTIC" GAZA ATTACK

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades. After Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, Chomsky co-authored the book, “Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians” with Israeli scholar Ilan Pappé. His other books on the Israel/Palestine conflict include “Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood” and “The Fateful Tria... more »

The Politics of Artificial Intelligence and Automation

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
The Pew Research Internet Project released a report yesterday, “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs” where it describes a bit of a contradictory vision: the future is bright and the future is bleak. The survey, issued to a nonrandomized group of “experts” in the technology industry and academia, asked particular questions about the future Continue reading

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Santo Estêvão, Santarem, Portugal. Thanks for stopping by.

“Gaia's Psychic Scream: Why Ecological Destruction Leads to Human Conflict”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Gaia's Psychic Scream: * *Why Ecological Destruction Leads to Human Conflict”* by Mike Adams “Can you feel it? Something isn't right with the world. Viral pandemics, wars, droughts, escalations of violence, irrational behavior, corporate greed gone wild, open border conflicts, media madness and more... Clearly, something has shifted away from balance. At first, I thought these events were lining up just by coincidence, but now I'm convinced there's a common cause behind it all. Something, in other words, is driving humanity into a state of madness. But what is it? I've pondered t... more »

"Missing Our Old Habits: Enduring Discomfort"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Missing Our Old Habits: Enduring Discomfort"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Sometimes when we break a habit or addiction we find ourselves missing it like a dear friend. Whenever we make the effort to free ourselves of an addiction or a habit we no longer need, we are often surprised to find ourselves missing the old pattern as we would a familiar friend. This sounds counterintuitive, because we think we should instinctively gravitate toward that which is good for us. And yet, it makes a lot of sense when you consider that we humans are creatures of habit. This is why we gravita... more »

and tomorrow

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Sarah Montague acts out the news headlines with colourful vocal intonation. It reminds me of a 12 year-old of my acquaintance practicing for a speech and drama recital. ‘You have to put expression in’ she said as she grappled with the challenge of injecting emotion into a poem about an owl. The way Sarah Montague says ‘Gaza’ is a typical example. She enunciates it as one trying to evoke a little kitten. ‘Aww, Gaaahza’. On the other hand, the word ‘Israel’ is expelled with audible spittle-fleck. She must be visualising a rattlesnake. We’ve already had an avalanche of emoting about... more »

“3 Ways Your Fear of Being Alone Sabotages Your Relationships”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“3 Ways Your Fear of Being Alone Sabotages Your Relationships”* by Sherrie Campbell, PhD “Being single isn't fun. In fact, it can be a very lonely time, and that time only becomes worse if being single or being alone is your biggest fear. There are many benefits to alone time and the most significant benefit is learning how to love yourself, stand on your own and work on building your confidence. There is nothing more appealing than confidence and nothing more attractive. If you continue to end up in dead-end relationships, your fear of being alone is probably keeping you with the... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

Greg Hunter, “Gregory Mannarino- System Is Dead- Cascade of Events Will Happen”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*Greg Hunter, * *“Gregory Mannarino- System Is Dead- Cascade of Events Will Happen”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Analyst/trader Gregory Mannarino says the recent Argentina bond default is a big deal and is a symptom of a much bigger global problem—debt. Mannarino explains, “I’ve been talking about the insurmountable debt problem for years now. It is the greatest threat to humankind—period. What really needs to be understood here is that it is not just a financial issue, but also a resource issue. We have been allowed through this mechanism of failing monetary system that pulls... more »

Access to books helps close the reading gap in kindergarten

skrashen at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
--> Access to books helps close the reading gap in kindergarten Stephen Krashen Fryer and Levitt (2004) examined reading and math test scores in kindergarten and grade 1 from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (about 1000 schools). Their focus was the gap between black and white children. For reading, the difference between black and white children at the start of kindergarten was .40 (where 0 = mean, sd = 1). Thus, black children scored 40% of a standard deviation below white children. When Fryer and Levitt controlled for SES, (parents occupation, parent occupation, household... more »

US will NOT work with Assad to fight AQ/ISIS aka Nato's Islamist mercs

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*This news should come as no surprise to anyone, anywhere, at all!* *U.S. Rules Out Working With Syria’s Assad to Counter al Qaeda * *President Barack Obama has called on Mr. Assad to step aside* and has promised to step up military aid to the moderate Syrian opposition, though rebel leaders say U.S. support has been too small in scale to make a difference on the battlefield where they are fighting a two-front war against the Assad regime and Islamists. During the meeting with Caesar (PR created PSYOP hashed and rehashed twice here) and other opposition leaders, *the two White Hou... more »

SPECIAL FEATURE: David Rovics' Palestine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
*SPECIAL FEATURE: David Rovics' Palestine Set on Soundcloud* All David's songs about Palestine in one place for free download or streaming, starting with "Gaza," just written in July, 2014. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

PLEADING FOR LIFE IN IRAQ

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
The war of insurgency that ISIL Takfiri militants have waged in Iraq is indiscriminately affecting people from all faiths living in the country. Now concerns are rising over the plight of a specific minority, the Yazidis also known as Izadis, who face extermination as a result of the ISIL violence in the north. The Iraqi parliament has been urged to help do something for the plight of one of the world’s most ancient minorities. It's all very complicated in Iraq and I am not following the day-by-day story enough to have a good opinion. Here though is a report from the Vineyard of... more »

Can The Islamic State Be Stopped?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Will Anyone Stop ISIS? -- Josh Levs, CNN* (CNN) -- If you're following the news about ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, you might think you've mistakenly clicked on a historical story about barbarians from millennia ago. In a matter of months, the group seized territory in both Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate, celebrating its own shocking slaughter along the way. "I don't see any attention from the rest of the world," a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq told the New Yorker. "In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and t... more »

PLANE CRASH VIEW FROM MALAYSIA

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
*MH 17: WHO STANDS TO GAIN? * By Chandra Muzaffar The Russian military has released military monitoring data which challenge allegations circulating in the media pertaining to the MH 17 crash in the Donetsk Region of Eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014. Questions have been raised about Kiev military jets tracking MH 17, Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the deployment of Buk missile systems. Kiev should also release military data on the circumstances leading to the crash. So should the Pentagon which re... more »

President Obama Is Considering Launching Air Strikes Or Airdrops Of Food And Medicine To Aid Trapped Iraqis Fleeing Islamic Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
President Obama. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Obama Weighs Military Strikes To Aid Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday. The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been... more »

Islamic State Has Captured Iraq's Biggest Dam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Reuters *Rebels Capture Iraq’s Largest Dam -- New York Times* ERBIL, Iraq — Sunni militants captured the Mosul dam, the largest in Iraq, on Thursday as their advances in the country’s north created an onslaught of refugees and set off fearful rumors in Erbil, the Kurdish regional capital. Residents near the dam and officials in the region confirmed that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, held the dam, a potentially catastrophic development for Iraq’s civilian population. The dam, which sits on the Tigris River and is about 30 miles northwest of the city of Mosul, provi... more »

New Spy Tech Can Recover Voice Imprints From Physical Objects

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*Activist Post* Thanks to a new eavesdropping technology developed by MIT, speech can now be recovered from any physical object simply from the sound wave imprint left by an individual. Even more impressive is that researchers could detect speech from an object photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass, as well as analyze video recordings and extract the data from objects in a room even when the people targeted were off camera. You can see the full demonstration of how this "visual microphone" technology works, and how it combines with other similar discoveries, in ... more »

Searching For Answers About The Ebola Virus Fear: Ebola - Another Round For The Propaganda Matrix

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
With the situation in Gaza in a momentary "cease fire" and very suddenly and almost magically the Jew spew mainstream media distancing themselves from the LIES that the MH17/MH370 shoot down over the Ukraine was done by Russia, all news has suddenly turned towards the "outbreak" of the new and improved Ebola Virus in west Africa... I for one am not sold on this sudden outbreak and "epidemic" being a fluke and have indeed looked at all the evidence so far... I see this as definitely a manufactured and weaponized virus (explains the US "patent" on this new Ebola Virus as well as this ... more »

Kurdish Peshmerga claim to have killed ISIS leader Tarkhan Batirhvili aka Abu Omar al-Shishani

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I do not believe this news to be true. Not based on this one report. I do not believe this news to be true because this killing is being claimed by the Peshmerga who are completely in bed with NATO/US/Israel/UK Until there is more verification of this claim, I am going to say worth noting, but absolutely worth questioning. Long time readers will know who/what Abu Omar al-Shishani is claimed to be: *Fierce ISIS fighter* Long time readers here will also be aware of what/ who I believe him to really be: *Specials ops/NATO affilited * *kurd.net * ISIS leader Tarkhan Batirhvili aka Abu... more »

Iraq's Largest Christian City Has Fallen To Advancing Islamic Militants. Tens Of Thousands Are Reported Fleeing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*ISIS Overtakes Iraq's Largest Christian City -- CNN* (CNN) -- Iraq's largest Christian town has been overrun by the same militant Islamists who have gained a foothold in parts of eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq. The latest advance by ISIS (or the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has caused thousands of Christians in the city to flee, just as other minority groups targeted by ISIS have done, as well as Shiite Muslims. The French government confirmed that the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh has fallen into the hands of the militant al Qaeda ... more »

An Opportunity In Montana-- A Chance To Swap Out John Walsh For Progressive Icon Franke Wilmer?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*UPDATE:* John Walsh officially dropped out of the race this morning. When the DSCC under Schumer tried to insert a Beltway-oriented corporate DLC hack, John Morrison as the Democratic candidate against floundering Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in 2006, Montana Democrats rose up and slapped Schumer down by nominating insurgent populist John Tester (now *Senator* John Tester). Though Schumer made sure Morrison could outspend Tester two to one, Democratic voters gave Tester a 65,757 (61.8) to 38,394 (35.5%) drubbing and then went on to win a seat that the pundits said would be "... more »

Top 10 U.S. Military Helicopters Of All Times (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
NUMBER 1. BOEING AH-64 APACHE is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft's forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat ... more »

Where The U.S. And Europe Get Their Fuel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Simran Khosla/GlobalPost *Here's Where The US And EU Get Their Fuel [MAPS] -- Business Insider/Global Post* Using data from the World Trade Organization we created these maps to show which foreign nations the United States and European Union get most of their fuel imports from. The World Trade Organization defines fuels as petroleum, natural gas, coal, and other energy products. Russia is a prominent trading partner for both the EU and the United States. *Read more *.... *My Comment:* Bottom line .... the EU is screwed.

U.S. Sailor Survives Having A 50,000 lb F/A -18 Run Over Him On The Flight Deck Of The USS George H.W. Bush

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, front, and the guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea and USS Gettysburg participate in a group sail. All three ships are part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group and are underway conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. Navy Visual News Service.Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bash *Virginia Beach Sailor Loses Leg In Aircraft Carrier Mishap -- CBS* VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is said to be one of the most dangerous places in the world. It’s something Heather Kolhepp’s fami... more »

Rachel Roth : Are Texas jails safe for pregnant women?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Jails in the state are endangering pregnant women and their fetuses, despite the state’s professed interest in ‘unborn babies.’ By Rachel Roth | The Rag Blog | August 7, 2014 What’s going on in Texas? Jails in the state are … finish reading Rachel Roth : Are Texas jails safe for pregnant women?

A Jewish American Woman Who Lived In Palestine Speaks Out Against The Israeli Occupation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*A Jewish American woman (Anna Baltzer) who spent time in Palestine to observe and document human rights violations and to help with the overall situation there explains and shares photographs of her experiences while living in Palestine. * *"Anna Baltzer* is such an amazing person and the perspective she brings to the cause is beyond words. Check out her page and give her a like to show some support!" ~ Tone S. Listen to more *David Rovics* music below (featured in Anna Baltzer's video): *Listen to more David Rovics music here. **SPECIAL FEATURE: Palestine Set on Soundclo... more »

THE CAR CULTURE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Mr. Big loves cars especially the financing the oil is a nice additional addiction to the wallet We were taught to carry our wallet, like bearing the cross around our necks, a public acknowledgement of our servitude we are all on this sinking ship together Obama says to Africa *"Coca-Cola will help provide clean water, General Electric will assist with infrastructure development, and Marriott will build more hotels."* Look the hell out Africa! Mr. Big is coming to town tonight You gonna get, like India got, cars and wallets financing is nice from the west to the east Mr. Big ... more »

A Historical Look At Five U.S. Generals Killed By Hostile Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Maj Gen Dillard, Maj Gen Greene, Gen Sedgwick *Five US Generals Killed In Action -- Annie Waldman, BBC* Maj Gen Harold Greene, killed by an Afghan soldier in an insider attack, follows a long line of US generals killed in war. And their deaths say much about the changing nature of warfare. In the past decade, thousands of American soldiers have lost their lives to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet news this week of Maj Gen Harold Greene's death made headlines. Gen Greene is not only the highest ranking US military official to have been killed since the start of the war in Afgh... more »

When Old Meets New: the "Religion" Template

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-old-meets-new-religion-template.html THURSDAY, 7 AUGUST 2014 *When Old Meets New: the "Religion" Template* by D. Further to yesterdays article about Templates, today I would like to discuss another major template that has been playing out for eons and is a major part of controlling the people. This is the template of "Religion". http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-phoenix-that-wouldnt-rise.html Back in the "good ol' days", before printing presses, radio, TV's and the internet, the information that was given to ... more »

Harvesting Humanity

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
I sorry sorry I acted that way I told you the truth and even you would have to admit in a diplomatic way Now your angry that your will is denied as an emperor you have been a pretty good bride Experts at hard things find penetration of soft wings to delicate to be policy but if a bird could fly or a bumble bee could wonder at a hummingbird in flight it must make some thunder when immediate lighting does not make the situation right The world is very plain beneath our feet we understand a lot of things that previously lead to disastrous defeats So the question is now what about th... more »

Pan-Kurdish Force Tries Expel Islamic State From Sinjar In Northern Iraq With Help From Baghdad

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
The Islamic State (IS) wants to break down borders across the Middle East and create a new caliphate, which it announced in June 2014. Most of its attention has been on challenging the governments in Damascus and Baghdad. In early August however it turned its attention to northern Iraq and attacked areas under control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Earlier it was able to out duel the Kurdish peshmerga in Jalawla, Diyala. Then in August it seized several towns in northern Ninewa province including Sinjar. This caused a response by not only the KRG, but the Turkish Kur... more »

City Evicts Elderly Man from His Tent in the Woods – by Ruthlessly Demolishing it in Front of His Eyes

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Lily Dane Sam is a 70-year-old man who lived in Tent City, an encampment site in the forest in Lakewood Township, NJ. He lived in a home he constructed out of a wood frame and tarps. Last month, the camp, which housed 80-120 people over the last ten years or so, was closed by local authorities. Housing structures in the camp were demolished. Police State USA reported that Sam was one of the unfortunate souls who lost his home when the government decided to come in and destroy the camp: An impoverished man learned the true nature of government as he watched tearfully as bureau... more »

Thursday Morning Linkage: Ebola Edition

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
The death total of the Ebola viral outbreak in West Africa now exceeds 900, leading the World Health Organization to declare it a “global health emergency.” Urbanization and weak states in the region, coupled with rural practices of bush meat consumption, appear to be some of the problematic drivers of the epidemic. Local populations skepticism Continue reading

Ken Wachsberger : Academic publishing is destined to fail without a publisher-author partnership

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
Publishers have to show that they give a damn about their writers because writers are paying attention. By Ken Wachsberger | The Rag Blog | August 7, 2014 In the May 26, 2014 issue of The Nation, Scott Sherman wrote … finish reading Ken Wachsberger : Academic publishing is destined to fail without a publisher-author partnership

Monkey gets copy rights to selfie

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 13 hours ago
*Monkey chases Photographer, uses camera to take selfie* "Mr Slater has complained that Wikimedia’s decision to include his image in its database had affected his livelihood and resulted in a loss of earnings from royalties." Pray tell the world, Mr Slatter Exactly how many thousands you lost? The picture itself (rights to it) maybe worth $5K, *While the story on how it came to be was worth Much, Much More had you not behaved like a selfish Gorilla.* Seed Newsvine

Its Thursday and the world is still turning

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Hamas says war will continue until demands are met. I asked the same thing of Steve Harper but no response as of yet. I expect Hamas is in the same boat. Which is a nice segway to Justin Trudeau's love of terrorists. Can we just have an intervention to stop him from going to Syria to join the ISIS jihad. Elboa out of control in Africa. How can this be, after all these countries spend an average of several dollars a year per capita on health care. Putin goes for the bacon in his mano a mano fat fight with fat Steve. Cant we just get along. Now due to the laws of supply and demand ba... more »

"What the financial press did not report [in last Friday’s payroll jobs report] is that the US is in a structural jobs depression. In the 12-month period from July 2013 through July 2014, 2.3 million Americans of working age were added to the population. Of these 2.3 million only 330 thousand entered the labor force." "As I have emphasized for years, the West already lives in the dystopia forecast by George Orwell. Jobs are created by hypothetical add-ons to the reported payroll figures and by inappropriate use of seasonal adjustments. Inflation is erased by substituting lower priced items in the inflation index for those that rise in price and by redefining rising prices as quality improvements. Real GDP growth is magicked into existence by deflating nominal GDP with the understated measure of inflation." "Every sphere of Western existence is defined by propaganda. Consequently, we have reached a perfect state of nihilism. We can believe nothing that we are told by government, corporations, and the presstitute media." --- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ *Defining Away Economic Failure — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ August 4, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Defining Away Economic Failure* * Redefinition Is America’s Most Powerful Factor of Production* Paul Craig Roberts Last week’s government guesstimate that second quarter 2014 real GDP growth will be 4% seems nonsensical on its face. There is no evidence of increases in real median family incomes or real consumer credit that would li... more »

High Level Government Pedophile To Be Exposed: Victim Speaks Out

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Brian Clare at the Children Screaming To Be Heard event in London England. Brian is one of the many victims of child sex abuse in England and details his story of what he had to go through. Brian currently has a criminal court case against a high level British elite who is responsible for the child sex abuse. Be the Change! Donate Today! *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

Obama: ‘The American People WANT Me to Sign All These Executive Orders’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Melissa Melton The single quotes in this article’s headline denote a paraphrase of something Obama basically said Wednesday at his U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit specifically in defense of his use of executive orders to bypass Congress whenever he feels like it. Quote: *“The American people don’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Congress to get something done,” *Obama said. Really? The American people don’t want the president of the United States to follow the Constitution? Strange, coming from someone who liked to refer to himself as a “constitutiona... more »

Is PM on solid legal ground with his defense of IDF tactics?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
This article begins thus: 'Is PM on solid legal ground with his defense of IDF tactics? Citing Protocol 1 of the rules of war won't help when it comes to dead children, says expert, but Israel's 'careful' approach would be vindicated in a neutral court. ' The trouble is that the United Nations and other trans National bodies are not neutral with regards to Israel. More here http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-pm-on-solid-legal-ground-with-his-defense-of-idf-tactics-in-gaza/

America Is Bummed

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Not that we really needed an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll to tell us this stuff: More people than ever before in the history of the greatest exceptional g-d-blessed nation that the world has never known now think that their children will be worse off than they are. The magic number is three-quarters, or 76% (as an aide-memoire for the pop quiz, just remember the magical year that the Declaration of Independence was signed, 1776). Also for the first time, most Americans now believe that record wealth disparity is a driver of the lousy economy. And for one more time in a whole s... more »

9/11 Truth Is Hitting The Mainstream

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
*[Editor's Note: The following post is by The Dollar Vigilante Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]* An absolutely monumental shift is in process that most have not recognized yet. The truth, or at least some truth, is about to be shown to the American masses about 9/11. I say American masses because everywhere I’ve gone in the world outside of the US, with few exceptions, almost everyone knows that the US government conspiracy theory on 9/11 is for people with tin-foil hats that are either completely zombified or are under mass hypnosis. Most of the rest of the world looks on the US li... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Want your child to do well at school? Eat dinners as a family: Sitting together at meal times boosts concentration and social skills* It’s a cry that rings out in millions of British homes every evening. But in the age of computer games and social media, ‘dinner’s ready’ rarely means families actually sit down and eat together. Now new research suggests parents striving to bring up well-behaved children should insist that they gather round the table with the rest of the family. Psychologists who studied children aged six to eleven found they concentrated more at school, acquired ... more »

Jeff Merkley Is Not A Garden Variety Politician

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Today is Jeff Merkley's money bomb. We gave you a heads up yesterday. Merkley isn't just one of the biggest success stories Blue America has had in backing a progressive because he was able to beat a Republican incumbent; that was just the beginning. Since getting into the Senate, Merkely has been one of the most outstanding members fighting for working families and being in the forefront of every important issue the Senate has taken up. As you can see from our Senate page, Blue America donors have become infatuated with the prospect of electing Shenna Bellows to the U.S. Senate ... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Gulf Dead Zone Remains The Size of Connecticut ~Eileen Fleming, WWNO* *Saints ready if Williams 'brings it' ~Mike Triplett, ESPN* *Home prices still rising in N.O. market, though slowly ~Jaquetta White, New Orleans Advocate* *Officials consider raising tolls to replace Causeway railing ~WWL* *National publication says La. has 'best business climate' in the country ~Scott Satchfield, WVUE* *Red Flame Hunters All Youth Indian Tribe *

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Stuck in meetings this morning. Blogging will return at 12:00 EST

Turkey Takes On Big Pharma, Big Banking, Zionists?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
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What reaction by Israel wouldn't be disproportionate?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'Israel is bigger than Gaza and the West Bank, but it is smaller than almost everywhere else. Less than a century old, it is a democracy surrounded by hostile nations and under permanent attack by terrorists who wish to see it wiped from the surface of the Earth. What is a "proportionate" response to a hydra-like enemy who sees the Final Solution as work in progress? All terrorism aimed at Israel is genocidal in spirit. What would a "proportionate" response to that ambition look like?' More common sense from Matthew d'Ancona in the usually rather anti Israel London Evening Standar... more »

The Nut Gallery

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.ctvnews.ca/ They tried, "He's in over his head." That didn't work. They tried,"He'll sell pot to your kids." That went up in smoke. Now they're floating the message that Justin Trudeau "consorts with religious extremists." According to the Huffington Post: Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, who recently circulated flyers making questionable claims about Trudeau's position on pot legalization, took to Twitter Wednesday to launch a different kind of attack on the Liberal leader. Fantino's jab abou... more »

The Killing of A U.S. General In Afghanistan Is A Sign Of Things To Come

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*U.S. General's Killing May Be A Bad Omen -- Peter Bergen and David Sterman, CNN* (CNN) -- On Tuesday, an Afghan soldier killed a U.S. major general and wounded a German brigadier general, as well as up to 15 others, in an attack at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The attack is an ominous sign regarding the potential risks to American service members as the majority of U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan. If a Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan is signed in coming months, the United States is likely... more »

Putin's Approval Rating Is At An All-Time High In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Putin's Approval Rating Hits All-Time High at 87% -- Mashable* Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings soared to an all-time high of 87% this week, leaving just 13% of his countrymen and women shaking their heads at the man who's helped send eastern Europe into crisis. President Putin's high rating comes on the heels of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — hit by a rocket believed to be fired by pro-Russian rebels using a system provided by Russia — and as thousands of Russian troops amass at Ukraine's border. The numbers come from a poll released by the Levada... more »

Spanish Navy Training Ship Caught Smuggling Cocaine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 16 hours ago
[image: Juan Sebastián Elcano]Spain’s Civil Guard has seized 127 kilos of cocaine from the naval training ship, Juan Sebastián Elcano. The operation was carried out jointly with the Spanish Armada, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HIS). The operation began several months ago with the arrest in New York of two people from Colombia and the seizure of twenty kilograms of cocaine. Read more

Weeks after UN vote, India seeks Israel missile deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 16 hours ago
[image: Barak missile]A fortnight after India voted for a UNHRC resolution against Tel Aviv on its Gaza offensive, the Modi government is moving the cabinet committee on security (CCS) to buy 262 Barak-I anti-ship missile systems and spares, costing nearly Rs. 1,000 crore, from Israel. The purchase was cleared by defence acquisition council under then defence minister AK Antony last December. South Block sources said the CCS note was moved this week for the purchase of the missiles from Israeli Aircraft Industries and Rafael Advanced Systems of Israel. Both firms were probed by the ... more »

When Old Meets New: the "Religion" Template

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
Further to yesterdays article about Templates, today I would like to discuss another major template that has been playing out for eons and is a major part of controlling the people. This is the template of "Religion". http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-phoenix-that-wouldnt-rise.html Back in the "good ol' days", before printing presses, radio, TV's and the internet, the information that was given to the public was handed down by the emperors, kings, feudal overlords, and religious leaders. Their Word was LAW. Their Word was tantamount to being the voice of god. ... more »

Russia hackers loot more than a billion passwords - and how hackers make money off this activity .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/08/russian-hackers-stole-12-billion-passwords-20148752422349560.html Russian hackers 'stole 1.2 billion passwords' US security firm says Russian group stole more than a billion internet usernames and passwords over several years. Last updated: 07 Aug 2014 07:22 LISTEN [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] The hackers had been collecting databases of personal information for years [Reuters] A US security firm says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion usernames and passwords in a serie... more »

Iraq Updates ( August 7 , 2014 ) -- Maliki refuses to surrender his hold on the Prime Minister post , death dealing continues throughout Iraq as Baghdad comes further into view of ISIS and other Sunni fighters , Updates from Kurdistan and its battles against both ISIS and the Maliki Government

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Anti War...... 938 Killed As Maliki Continues His Obstinate Push To Remain Leader of Iraq by Margaret Griffis, August 06, 2014 Print This | Share This The full extent of the troubles that have befallen the Yazidi people of northern Iraq has not yet come to light, but the fighting for their land continues. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to consider stepping aside for Iraq’s sake. At least*938 people were killed and 107 more were wounded*. Many of the dead are Yazidis, dying from exposure were they have taken refuge or by execution at the hands of the Islamic State. ... more »

The only Czechoslovak citizen behind the first nuclear bombs

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*By Karel Pacner, a partial transl. by LM* It's another Hiroshima anniversary and this article is rather interesting, I thought. *The only Czech who was assisting during the birth of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima* Almost nobody knows that one emigrant from Czechoslovakia was called to the narrowest team of the Manhattan Project by Robert Oppenheimer. His name was George Placzek. *A photo from Leipzig, 1931. The unsung hero of physics George Placzek sits on the left side from Bohr.* He was born in Brno, Moravia, in a mostly German-speaking Jewish family but the family... more »

A summer school

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
I've spent two days at a summer school, preaching about strings and black holes in two talks for mathematics-and-physics-enhanced schoolkids from Northern Bohemian basic schools and high schools. *"Genoa" where the school took place, like other towns in this mountain range, is full of pensions of all kinds and sizes. Incidentally, "Venice" is nearby, too.* It was fun, the people were very interesting and the Jizera Mountains in the Western Sudetes are a good place to visit, too. There would be too many things to write about but I am afraid it is not an optimal material for thi... more »

The Economy: “Three Signs That NEVER Fail to Predict a Bear Market”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Three Signs That NEVER Fail to Predict a Bear Market”* by Bill Bonner “The Dow fell 139 points yesterday. Gold dropped $3 an ounce. It's too early to know if this is just a head fake... or the start of a bear market. Our old friend Mark Hulbert at the Hulbert Financial Digest thinks a bear market is developing. Citing the work of Hayes Martin of investment consulting firm Market Extremes, Hulbert says there are three indicators that never fail to predict a bear market: In fact, no bear market has occurred without these three signs flashing at the same time. Once they do, the aver... more »

NH90: Retrofit of New Zealand’s fleet completed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: NH90 Retrofit]Members of the NH90 team in New Zealand have a lot to celebrate: They have just completed the retrofit of four NH90 TTH helicopters at the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) operational base in Ohakea. The purpose of the retrofit was to upgrade the first four NH90s from initial to final configuration. The RNZAF operates a fleet of eight NH90 TTH, four of which were delivered already in the final form. With the retrofit, RNZAF’s current NH90 fleet has reached its final configuration. The retrofit was performed between September 2013 and July 2014 at the cus... more »

The Day Of The Prophet Is Over......by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*No years of study are required, no classes or seminars needed, no gurus are necessary. For you are your own greatest guru. Yes, yourSelf is the great revealer of Light. YourSelf, the infuser of great spiritual strength and stamina. Non other.* *The day of the Prophet is over. Now, is the time for all to be a professor of truth. Now, is the time to trust in your own inherent goodness and strength. Now, is the time to listen to your own Inner Voice. * *Now, is a time of great liberation. * *Freedom arrives with the dawn. * *Freedom arrives with the coming of the Light.* *M.N. H... more »

Hypersonic missiles are the future for India and Russia – new BrahMos Chief

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra]BrahMos Aerospace has already signed an MoU with the Moscow Aviation Institute on the development of hypersonic missiles There is need to sign some more agreements between India and Russia, isn't it? Can you elaborate on this? Both India and Russia have successfully demonstrated that if they work together they can create systems unparalleled in the world such as the BrahMos. DRDO in India is working on the hypersonic field and Russia is also working on it. We want to bring number of institutions from India and Russia together to realize the best poss... more »

More Chinese missiles will be revealed soon: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: DF-41 Missile]After the Chinese government acknowledged the existence of the DF-41 nuclear solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, the Nanning Evening News said that more advanced missiles will be revealed in the near future. The information regarding the DF-41 was accidentally released in a report from the official website of the Shaanxi Environmental Monitoring Center. The paper said the names of various other types of new missiles including the DF-26, the HQ-1 and the HQ-26 were also mentioned in the report. This suggests that more missile systems wi... more »

Russia not plan new deals on drones with Israel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Searcher II UAV]Contracts on drones concluded with Israel before are already finalised, whereas the Defense Ministry does not plan new deals in this sphere with Israeli companies, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. He gave these comments on media reports that Israeli Defense Ministry had instructed all country’s companies creating unmanned aerial combat vehicles not to begin and not to continue talks over possible new contracts with Russia in this sphere. “We have bought everything a long time ago and we have no current contracts [over drone d... more »

Boeing Awarded $250 Million Contract to Modernize NATO AWACS Fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: NATO E-3A Sentry]Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane. The new technology ensures compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements, giving the aircraft broader access to airspace around the world. “Increasing airspace access means greater mission efficiency by saving time and fuel during operations,” said Jon Hunsberger, Boeing AWA... more »

Armed Forces of Malta Celebrate The Delivery of Their First AW139 Helicopter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Armed Forces of Malta celebrated today the delivery of their first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter during an official ceremony. The aircraft, delivered in June, will primarily be used to perform maritime border control missions. The best-in-class AW139 was selected following an extensive evaluation process thanks to its unmatched capability, performance and value for money characteristics. Read more

Kamov ready to supply seaborne helicopters to Indian Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Kamov Ka-52K]Russia’s Kamov helicopter design bureau and Russian Helicopters are ready to jointly supply modern seaborne helicopters for the Indian Navy on request, Kamov Chief Designer Sergei Mikheyev said on Tuesday. “Upon request from the Indian Navy, we are ready to supply jointly with Russian Helicopters the necessary number of seaborne helicopters and offer the latest developments to the Indian side, including the Ka-52K helicopters,” Mikheyev said. Helicopters operational in the Indian Navy and Coastal Guard have long grown obsolete over the absence of programs for t... more »

VP-45 launches first P-8A CTOT Harpoon missile at RIMPAC

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8A Harpoon launch]Patrol Squadron (VP)-45 Combat Aircrew Four (CAC)-4 recently completed the first P-8A Coordinated Time on Top (CTOT) AGM-84D live missile shot with a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) P-3C crew during RIMPAC 2014. The missile shot was comprised of a P-8A-launched AGM-84D Harpoon missile and a JMSDF P-3C- launched ATM-84D Harpoon telemetry missile. The result was a successful strike against a surface target – with both missiles arriving simultaneously. The challenging exercise displayed the P-8A Poseidon’s ability to coordinate with a foreign ass... more »

Submarine North Dakota Completes First Voyage

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]The nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, North Dakota (SSN-784), returned to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard Tuesday following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas, called alpha sea trials. North Dakota is the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, the most capable class of attack submarines ever built. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. North Dakota's alpha sea trials included a range of submarine and propulsion-plant operations, submerging for the first time, and hig... more »

Bulgaria's Navy Needs New Ships, Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Preveze class SSK]Bulgaria's Navy need 2-3 new multifunctional ships, said the commander of the Bulgarian Navy, Rear Admiral Dimitar Denev, quoted by the BTA wire service. The ships should be built in Bulgarian shipyards, because the current ones are old, Russian-made and do not comply with NATO standards. If they are built in Bulgaria, they would be cheaper and the maintenance would be easier, in Denev's words. Read more

Strong People..........by Michael P. Watson

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago

Dogsitting

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 23 hours ago
We are dogsitting our neighbor R.J.'s dogs for three weeks (started last Thursday). He is back in the States getting married. The dogs are two Yorkies that get along perfectly with the pugs. But, it is a houseful of pets and kinda crazy! :). Luckily, we like dogs more than people.......... I made my own applesauce today. Apples are not cheap in Costa Rica as the apples we know in the US are not grown here. However, for some reason, the grocery store had them marked half off today, so I bought some and made awesome applesauce. It turned out great. It was pretty simple really,... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 23 hours ago
*Brain-dead Warmist logic again* *D'oh! If the Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, then it is not warming at all: The rest of the world is not warming and 2 multiplied by zero gives a sum of zero. And if the Arctic is indeed warming while the rest of the world is not then the warming is clearly the product of local influences, not global ones. Hence Arctic warming does not prove global warming* Scientists were baffled by the mysterious craters that appeared in northern Russia earlier this month. Researchers now believe these craters may have been crea... more »

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

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-explains-police-longer-follow-constitution/ 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! - 1 day 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"

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

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

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

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.” - Lord Byron

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“What Are Mirror Neurons?”

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

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

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

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Insecurity items ...... reminds me of ISIS methodolgy as far as acquiring serious war gear , becoming more like an Army ! http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/libyas-extremists-tighten-grip-benghazi-24865022 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"

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

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

IMPORTANT HISTORY ABOUT PALESTINE

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

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 day 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 day ago
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Caught on Camera: Man Beaten, Arrested

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 day ago
US General’s Death a Blow to Afghan Withdrawal PlanMaj. Gen. Greene Was a Logistics Expert Working With Afghan Military by Jason Ditz, August 06, 2014 Print This | Share This The death of US Major General Harold Greene in Afghanistan yesterday is sparking new concerns for the US strategy in the country, as he was supposed to be a key part of bringing the Afghan military up to self-sufficiency and allowing a drawdown of US forces. Maj. Gen. Greene was a logistics and acquisitions expert and was to oversee teaching the massive Afghan military to sustain itself in the field without rely... more »

My 2014-15 “Back to School” Post

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks GMOs Originated 10,000 Years Ago?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
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The Majesty of Life by Joe Rogan

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/us-sanctions-three-kuwaitbased-financiers-20140806-00846#.U-JbYr-AHgI.twitter 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

Second Source of Surveillance State Leaks is Big Trouble for Obama

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day 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 »

69 years ago today: Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
why the bomb was dropped

Implied term of contract

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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