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Saturday, August 9, 2014

9 August - Blogs I'm Following

English: ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 27, 2010) The ai...
English: ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 27, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the Navy's 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, heels hard to starboard during high-speed turn drills. George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean supporting fleet training operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Micah P. Blechner/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 minutes ago

If You Want To Vent Your Racism On Facebook, Maybe You Shouldn't Run For Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 minutes ago
They all look the same to me; which one is Mark Walker? After the North Carolina Republican primary runoff last month, many people were stunned by what happened in NC-06 (think Mayberry), where a heavy Establishment favorite, Phil Berger's son, Phil, Jr., was defeated by fringe right-wing extremist, Baptist Choral Pastor/gun nut Mark Walker. As we explained at the time, Walker is a Science denier who wants to abolish the minimum wage and raise the Social Security retirement age to 70. And Walker is not just anti-choice, but believes women who are the victims of rape or incest should ... more »

A Look At The U.S. Military Forces That Have Been Deployed To Attack The Islamic State In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is shown under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting sea trials on Jan. 27, 2010.(Photo: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Jason Winn, U.S. Navy) *Ready So Strike: How The US Is Armed To The Teeth In The Middle East After Moving Ships, Jets And Troops Within Striking Distance... And Britain Has Its Base In The Med To Drop Ai -- Daily Mail* * U.S. forces have spent last two months moving ships, weapons and troops within close proximity of conflict zone * Two F/A18 fighters flew from American 'supercarrier' in Persi... more »

photos from france, may 2014

laura k at wmtc - 34 minutes ago
GivernyI have been avoiding the photos I took on my trip with my mom in May. I suspected they were going to be pretty crappy and I didn't want to see them. But finally I did go through them, got rid of the worst offenses, and posted the rest on Flickr for safekeeping. I'm not happy with them, but... oh well. If you're curious: they are here. There are some nice photos of my mom, and I'm even allowing a few of me to stay up, as intensely camera-shy as I am.

The Iraqi Army Does Not Have The 'Heart' To Fight. The Kurdish Fighters Do Not Have The Bullets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer *ISIS Beating Iraqis and Kurds As One Lacks 'Heart' And The Other Ammo -- ABC News* The Islamic militia ISIS has been able to roll back both the Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga force because one lacks the "heart" for a fight while the other lacks the firepower, according to Americans familiar with both forces. ISIS has easily swept the Iraqi army from Anbar province in the sout... more »

Islamic State Unleashes A Propaganda War Against The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Obama's Red Line. @ShamiWitness , @HazemIbnAlBaraa . @ghazishami @Afghananalyst @AbuYazidMuawiya @AbuBakr1924 pic.twitter.com/anZIwyyISe — Jizya Collector (@unseenocean) August 9, 2014 *'A Message From ISIS To The US': Islamist Militants Tweet Gruesome Images Of Dead American Soldiers And Vow To Blow Up Embassies As Terrorist Convoy Is Wiped Out In SECOND Round Of Airstrikes -- Daily Mail* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Militants who support the terror group ISIS tweeted threats to America on Friday after Barack Obama began airstrikes in Iraq * Some warn of car bombs at embassies wh... more »

Iraq's Minority Communities Feel the Wrath Of Islamic Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*'A Catastrophe': Yazidi Survivor Recalls Horror Of Evading ISIS And Death -- CNN* Irbil, Iraq (CNN) -- Which is worse: Running desperately for your life, or seeing others' lives end without enough to eat or drink? It's an impossible question to answer. Then again, it's difficult to fathom most anything thousands of minority Yazidis have endured in recent weeks as they've fled from ISIS militants into remote, rugged, sparse mountains of northern Iraq. "With my own eyes, I saw dogs feeding off dead bodies," one of those Yazidis, a man named Tariq, told CNN. "It's not a crisis. It... more »

The Continuing Israeli Genocide Of Gaza: Further Proof That Hamas "Rockets" Are A Hoax!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
The Israelis are back shooting their missiles at targets in the largest open air prison camp known as the Gaz Strip today, and again it does seem that Israel will again escalate the "conflict" with their ultimate goal still being the destruction of the entire Gaza Strip and the wiping out of its 1.8 million Palestinian inhabitants. It is indeed genocide, and sadly the world is still brainwashed by the Jew spew media into the false notion that it is a "war". Today, I had to spend a bit of time in a dentist's office this morning, and during my wait I happened to open up the so called... more »

President Obama: No Timetable Tor U.S. Airstrikes In iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Obama Says Tackling Iraq's Insurgency Will Take Time -- Reuters* (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday U.S. airstrikes had destroyed arms that Islamic State militants could have used against Iraqi Kurds, but warned there was no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to tear Iraq apart. But speaking before U.S. warplanes struck militant targets for the second straight day, Obama said it would take more than bombs to restore stability, and criticized Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government for failing to empower Iraq's Sunnis. "I don't think we're going ... more »

U.S. Launches More Air Strikes Against Islamic State Fighters In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*U.S. Conducts Four More Airstrikes in Iraq to Defend Yazidis -- Wall Street Journal* U.S. Attacks Rely on Mix of Fighter Jets and Unmanned Aircraft WASHINGTON—The U.S. military launched four airstrikes Saturday in northern Iraq designed to defend members of the Yazidi religious minority who were coming under attack from Islamic extremists, American officials said. The U.S. attacks relied on a mix of U.S. fighter jets and unmanned aircraft, and followed a set of three strikes on Friday. While Friday's strikes were intended to keep the militant group calling itself the Islamic Sta... more »


Seth Mandel, a neocon propagandist writing for *Commentary* magazine, seems to think that Hamas has overplayed its hand during the current crisis in the Gaza Strip. Mandel says “that maybe the international community is so torn up by the violence in Gaza that they want more than ever to prevent its recurrence. And no matter how often they try to blame Israel, they seem to understand that there’s only one way to prevent future bloodshed: demilitarize, at least to a significant degree, the Gaza Strip”. Looking at the demonstrations around the world, particularly the massive display of... more »

No Nukes Canada

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
The question of the day is was the bombing of Nagasaki a war crime? It was a terrible thing, but in the context of WW2 and the fanatical resistance by the Japanese it was unfortunate choice but hard to condemn.

Ghost of Sunday Classics preview: Could we have a royal operetta without a dreamy prince?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*GILBERT and SULLIVAN: Princess Ida: Act I, Introduction and Opening Chorus, "Search throughout the panorama for a sign of royal Gama"* *Pavilion attached to* KING HILDEBRAND*'s palace. Soldiers and courtiers discovered looking out through opera glasses, telescopes, etc., *FLORIAN* leading.* *CHORUS*: Search throughout the panorama for a sign of royal Gama, who today should cross the water with his fascinating daughter -- Ida is her name. Some misfortune evidently has detained them -- consequently, search throughout the panorama for the daughter of King Gama, Prince Hilarion's flame! ... more »

John Friend no longer writes for American Free Press

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 3 hours ago
Yesterday I received a letter from Willis Carto, publisher of both American Free Press and The Barnes Review, notifying me that I will no longer be writing for AFP. The letter reads in part: Dear John, As of August 10 we need to discontinue your weekly columns for American Free Press. [...] [...] we realize that you interview unsavory characters on your web radio site. Interviewing Fritz Berg so that he can spew forth his hatred of me and everything we ever have worked for is not acceptable. Listeners to your program no doubt constitute readership from AFP. We would appear very st... more »

"The Next Bin Laden is Here" - Don't Be Fooled

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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“George Carlin's Philosophy on Aging”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Jon Enroth, “George Carlin's Philosophy on Aging” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5wJrnFBb_E ◆ Hat tip to Julie Mitchell for this material.

"Time, Life, and the Roller Coaster"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Time, Life, and the Roller Coaster"* by CP Remember when you were 10 years old, and summer felt like it lasted forever? Got a little older, not so bad, still plenty of time to do everything you wanted. Someone told me back then that time speeds up the older you get. Being young, and knowing everything as the young do, I of course ridiculed this idea. But guess what- it’s true. Now I view life, and time, as a roller coaster with just one enormous riser. As you climb the beginning towards the top time is slower to pass. At 30 or so you’re at the very top, then you start the fall to... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“The Gaza Saga Continues”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Gaza Saga Continues”* by James Zogby “Bombs stopped falling on Gaza for three days, allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to return to what had once been their homes and neighborhoods. For many, this brief respite provided no relief since they emerged from their shelters only to find that the places they knew no longer existed. Homes in which they were born and raised, that held within their walls memories of the lives they lived, had been reduced to rubble. Not only had lives and hope been victims of this onslaught, memories were shattered, as well. The one-month ... more »

"Our Attitude..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.” - Justice William O. Douglas

Aug. 9: The Blame Game...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 4 hours ago
First, something that didn't make the news in the Irving press. There's been something of a revolt at the New York Times. Reporters and editors demanded of the owners that they be allowed to use the word 'torture' in connection with the CIA. Until then, they had been forced to use terms like 'enhanced interrogation techniques'. Of course. Torture sounds crude and cruel , while enhanced 'interrogation techniques' sounds scientific and sophisticated. And that helps to brainwash the public into thinking there's nothing wrong with it. And brainwashing is what most of the news media are ... more »

"Love and Strife Don't Spill a Drop"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Love and Strife Don't Spill a Drop"* by Chris Floyd "In days past, I was a lawyer. Yes, a lawyer, can you believe it? It seems… ridiculous now, doesn't it? An orderly system meant to govern human society, to establish justice, to advance the progress and enlightenment of the human race. Yet that system, that civil cosmos – to which I was so passionately committed – embraced and protected the most wretched evils, entrenched the powerful in their unjust privilege, oppressed the poor and weak most relentlessly and wickedly, yet at every step – at every step – sang hosannas to itself... more »

‘I’d Like to Join ISIS and Kill with Them’: Children Volunteer for Jihad

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
VICE has taken another look at the inner workings of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), this time focusing on the effective and disturbing way that the radical Islamists recruit one particular group: children. “For us, we believe that this generation of children is the generation of the Caliphate,” one ISIS fighter tells the camera. “God willing, this generation will fight infidels and apostates, the Americans and their allies, God willing. The right doctrine has been implanted in these children. All of them love to fight for the sake of building the Islamic State and for... more »

The Economy: “Are You A Zombie?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Are You A Zombie?” * by Bill Bonner "It was unbelievable," said a colleague, encountering the complexity of modern life. "My son got arrested for having a marijuana cigarette on him. I had to go to court with him. First, the judge seemed to know the whole thing was a farce. She looked down at my son and the other kids who were at the same party and were all arrested along with him. She said, 'You all have to realize that marijuana is against the law in the state of Maryland. Also, it is a door to more serious problems. Every addict I've had in my courtroom has started out with p... more »

How Canada's NDP enables and seeks to participate in the Israel genocide

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 5 hours ago
Logo from the NDP petition By Denis G. Rancourt It is no longer a question of serious debate whether Israel's intentions and actions constitute genocide, versus less serious crimes against humanity, or simple war crimes [1]. The Israeli establishment, Jewish Israeli citizens, and some prominent members of the Jewish diaspora all expressly call for genocide (extermination, cleansing, "mowing

Early Morning Thoughts

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 6 hours ago
August 9, 2014 This morning, I did something I rarely do on blog post day. After reading some of the morning news, I went out into the garden. While it was still in shade from the walnut tree, while the … Continue reading →


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
*Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack* By Glenn Greenwald The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza. Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to it... more »

The Matrix: Shackles for the Mind

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
There are movies out there that every time you watch them you catch something new- something that you hadn't noticed when you watched it previously, something that you didn't remember, or perhaps didn't recognize for what it was. Some times when you watch a movie - even one that you've seen many times before- when you literally have a huge WOW moment when suddenly you "get it". I'm currently working through another abscessed tooth (*sigh* yea, know!), so today I was taking it easy. Nick and I sat in bed and watched a movie. The Matrix There were a few times that we paused the mo... more »

Central Bankers/US Government Set Stage For False Flag Event

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
*X22Report* According to the latest stats wage growth is non existent. Wholesale inventories barely grew which will hurt Q2 GDP and the number revising game begins. Housing is collapsing and the government has now changed the rules for FICO credit to pump real estate back up. Record numbers of Americans are renouncing their citizenship. The sanctions on Russia are backfiring and now Russia is making plans to get supplies from the BRICS nations. While Congress was on vacation the Central bankers/US Government started bombing the Islamic State in Iraq, this is setting the stage for... more »

Trickle Up? Not While Blue Dogs And New Dems Hold Powerful Positions Inside The Democratic Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
There are so few of them left (22), that it's pretty easy to keep track of the handful of mangy Blue Dogs left in Congress. Basically the same species-- just with less overt bigotry-- the New Dems are not as well known-- unless you're on Wall Street or K Street. Here's the whole disgusting list-- in short the Republican wing of the Democratic Party inside the House of Representatives: *•* Ron Kind (WI), Chair *•* Jim Himes (CT), Vice-Chair *•* Rick Larsen (WA), Vice-Chair *•* Gerry Connolly (VA), Vice-Chair *•* Ron Barber (Blue Dog-AZ) *•* John Barrow (Blue Dog-GA) *•* Ami Bera (C... more »

(U.S Strikes Iraq) Psychopaths Uncloaked, US Corps Drool Over New African Investments, $16B Insufficient Bank Fraud Settlement (Come To Local Market for Jailbird Ringleader!)

I've said it before and I'll say it again. They've all got to go. Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a MistakeThis is a slippery slope if those words have any meaning left. Airstrikes are in part to protect American advisors sent earlier to Erbil to support Kurds there because Iraqi central government won’t. The U.S. is assuming the role of the de facto Iraqi Air Force. What happens next week,

Cops Execute Yet Another Dog in Front of Owner

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
One of the more disturbing elements of the rise of the locked and loaded American police state is the ongoing killing of pets in front of their owners. With the militarizing of law enforcement and the impunity with which police now are allowed to operate, the death toll of dogs continues to mount. Family pets are being gunned down by government goons coated in black Kevlar so frequently that the practice has actually been given a formal name: "puppycide". Hulking cops adorned with heavy body armor are more frequently turning their firepower on hapless four-legged targets. It is qu... more »

Shields and Brooks on Iraq reluctance, Nixon’s legacy

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
Shields and Brooks on Iraq reluctance, Nixon’s legacy. Source: PBS NewsHour. Date Published: August 8, 2014.

US Military Web site for Northern Morocco

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 8 hours ago
Now.... this is interesting! American Kabuki/Bill's article today is dead on the money (and funny as hell to boot!). As a little lead in to this article I'll copy the conversation I just posted in my skype ONE room:| d.breakingthesilence: well darlins- here's the day so far: -military convoy goes down the highway just after midnight- in sets of three- two military trucks "escorting" a pristine white 18 wheelers transport trucks. several sets of three go by. -6:15 am heather see's a huge military convoy- with military and white trucks mixed. -6:45 am- several more sets of three t... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
From the Vineyard of the Saker: Who is Mr. Putin? by Mikhail Khazin (MUST SEE!) There is a lot of nonsense and garbage floating around on the Internet about the personality of Vladimir Putin, mostly written folks who not only know nothing about him, but who don't even understand the basics about how the Russian state works. Today, I want to share with you a video (especially translated for this purpose by the Russian Team) in which the renowned Russian economist Mikhail Khazin shares his view of Putin and of Putin's current position vis-à-vis the hostile and russophobic West. ... more »

Russia & China , BRICS news ( August 9 , 2014 ) -- De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement ....... First BRICS Bank, Now BRICS Food Bank ....... Turkish list of food suppliers to Russia to be ready soon -- Mutual partnership is creating highly favourable conditions for the Turkish economy, ensuring stability of food manufacturing, the Russian veterinary watchdog said........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-09/de-dollarization-accelerates-chinarussia-complete-currency-swap-agreement De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/09/2014 14:21 -0400 - BRICs - Central Banks - China - Hong Kong - India - Newspaper - Renminbi - Switzerland - Turkey - Vladimir Putin - Yuan inShare3 *The last 3 months have seen Russia's "de-dollarization" plans accelerate.* First Gazprom clients shift to Euros and Renminbi, the... more »

We are all Hamas

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
BBC News 24 has been treating viewers to an ongoing all-afternoon account of today’s protest in London. Tens of thousands of people were marching. There was a veritable sea of Palestinian flags. We are all Hamas now. Banners with “victory to the intifada.” “Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Friends of Al Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, Muslim Association of Britain, Palestinian Forum in Britain." It was a quiet, peaceful protest according to several of the participants, apart from the hysterical individuals who screeched ill-i... more »

Bleeding chunks from the 'Spectator'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
It's time for another digest from the *Spectator *(an intermittent *Is the BBC biased?* feature that falls under our '...and other matters' remit.) Here are some choice extracts from this week's edition: *David Frum: Diary* A quiet rural county in a peaceable dominion may seem a planet removed from the violence of the Middle East. But my wife and I wake up before six to read about the latest rocket attack upon Israel from Gaza. Our eldest daughter, Miranda, travelled to Tel Aviv in search of adventure early last year. She was recruited by a local modelling agency, and her face no... more »

August interlude: What we pondered in southernmost Maine!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014* *Bringing Rick Perlstein back home:* After even the briefest of sojourns, it’s hard to return to the mundane topics which form our public discourse. In Maine, we pondered two different claims—the claim that “my current state of consciousness...is just a feature of my brain at the present time” and a second claim by Rick Perlstein concerning the film, The Exorcist. Below, we highlight Perlstein’s claim. It’s featured in his suddenly semi-controversial new book: PERLSTEIN (page 206): The Exorcist opened in twenty-six theaters. As word of mouth spread, the s... more »

Tim Whewell on 'From Our Own Correpondent'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Tim Whewell's report on this morning's From Our Own Correspondent bears transcribing in full. It's the sort of report which shows what the BBC *can* do - something it's important for blogs like this to point out from time to time (as we do). It follows the story of 36 year-old Narakorn Kittiyangkul, the Thai national killed by a Hamas mortar attack during the present conflict, and features Roni Keidar, who (along with her husband) runs a communal farm in Netiv Haasara, right on the Gazan border: It's often the footnotes that are most intriguing. And there's a footnote to the Gaz... more »

The Emperor's rage: Obama: Long Term Iraq Strikes!!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
When I saw this headline I was not surprised and yet I feel infuriated! *Obama warns of LONG TERM Iraq airstrikes.* The airstrikes are going to last months! How many months? A years worth of months? Two years worth of months? How many months? -Laying the groundwork for an extended airstrike campaign- *President Obama said Saturday that the strikes that began the day before could continue for months * *“I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks” claims Obomba* * “This is going to be a long-term project.”* *Quoting the mass murderer * Mr. Obama had suggested that* wide... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Saints RB Mark Ingram Serves Up Slices of “Humble Pie” ~Barry Hirstius, Who Dat Dish* *Observation Deck: New Orleans Saints ~Mike Triplett, ESPN* *With Brees on sideline, McCown, Griffin show stuff ~Nick Underhill, The New Orleans Advocate * *Ex-prosecutor Perricone says he doesn't remember online comments ~David Hammer, WWLTV * *Richard Campanella Cityscapes: Anniversary Of An Epidemic ~Eve Troeh, WWNO*

GMO Golden Rice: The Scourge of Asia

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Ulson Gunnar Asia’s dependency on rice cultivation for both subsidence and income is intuitively understood. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates the agricultural population of lowland rice cultivation in Asia to be over 470 million - larger than the entire population of the United States. Improvements in rice cultivation would stand to lift hundreds of millions from debt and poverty. Conversely, the disruption of rice cultivation would threaten to mire hundreds of millions in deeper debt, inescapable destitution, and all of the negative s... more »

Breaking The Set - Abby Martin - George Galloway Solutions on ISIS Crisis & Gaza Massacre

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 11 hours ago
RT > Breaking The Set > Abby Martin features an interview with UK politician George Galloway, discussing the violence in Gaza and the latest airstrikes the US military has launched against Islamic militants in Iraq. Looking forward to the premier of Galloway's forthcoming documentary called THE KILLING OF TONY BLAIR.

John Baird thinks that it is Palestinians' fault that they are being butchered by Israel

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, blames Palestinians that they are being butchered by Israel. He is a bigger jackass than his boss Stephen Harper who holds similar views. *Tories Release Pro-Israel Ad Amid War In Gaza, But They Don't Want Everyone To See It* Other political parties don't have much different views including Justin Trudeau. Read more here.

John Kerry to Starving Africans: ‘Don’t Build New Farms, Just Plant More GMO’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Melissa Melton *“You better eat everything on your plate, dear. There are children starving in Africa.”* How many kids in first world countries have likely heard their mom utter that phrase at the dinner table at least once? It may be an overused image, but that doesn’t make it any less valid. There really are lots of starving children in Africa. Well, this week Secretary of State John Kerry took to the podium at the U.S.—Africa Leaders Summit to say that Africans shouldn’t build more farms because that would contribute to man-made global warming through a process that “releases... more »

In Hawaii, Today's The Day… Two Moments Of Truth For Progressives

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Today is primary day in Hawaii. Iselle hit Friday but had lost some ferocity and came in as a tropic storm. With the exception of the polling sites at Hawaii Paradise Community Center and Keone-opoko Elementray School on the Big Island, all polling sites will be open from 7AM 'til 6 PM. Hurricane Julio is also weakening slightly but may hit the Big Island tomorrow. The rare twin storms shouldn't hold down turnout in the election. And today's contests couldn't be clearer. The Senate race features two well-known politicians, one progressive (Senator Brian Schatz) and one from the R... more »

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl on Piketty

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 11 hours ago
In *The New Republic*. A tidbit: Only very extreme scenarios, where every wealthy individual *does all of the following at the same time* can lead to the sort of explosive inequality dynamics Piketty fears: 1. Marries someone at least as wealthy or bequeaths all wealth to one child. 2. Consumes very little. 3. Avoids paying most taxes. 4. Contributes little to charity or politics. 5. Invests optimally while avoiding Bernie Madoff and his ilk. And it is hard to imagine why anyone would care about the existence of such an inbred, self-denying, and politically-remove... more »

METRO | Sunshine Williams : Austin’s illustrious mayor likes them ‘bad boys’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Hizzoner fetes ex-Louisiana governor and ex-con Edwin Edwards, who joins the rarefied company of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and noted doper Lance Armstrong. By Sunshine Williams | The Rag Blog | August 9, 2014 AUSTIN — Mayor Lee Leffingwell is … finish reading *METRO* | Sunshine Williams : Austin’s illustrious mayor likes them ‘bad boys’

Australian Proposal Would Require Suspicionless Domestic Spying by ISPs

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Nadia Kayyali and Jeremy Malcolm *Electronic Frontier Foundation* The Australian government announced new anti-terrorism measures this week, in response to the alleged involvement of Australian citizens with extremist groups in countries including Syria and Iraq. Quietly omitted from the briefing at which those changes were announced, but separately leaked to the press this week, were the government's plans to introduce mandatory data retention requirements for Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These changes are causing an outcry from privacy advocates and political ... more »

What's Troubling about Nel Noddings' Interview at Chalkface

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
I listened to Shaun Johnson's interview with Nel Noddings, and it was obvious that both interviewer and interviewee were prepared for different interviews. After spending a good chunk of time before the interview making a case for his continuing the show in the absence of former co-anchor, Tim Slekar, Shaun sort of got into an introduction to Nel Noddings that encouraged listeners to get one of her books (no titles mentioned) and to read "a couple of chapters." In fact, I wish Shaun had read a couple of chapters before the interview, for what followed was a wobbly unfocused compla... more »

Afghanistan Election Update ( August 9 , 2014 ) ...... Rough Agreement Outline on Unity Government - both parties agree to accept the results of the audit, and both agree to share power whoever is the winner....... US deadline of September 5 ( to determine whether a full withdrawal of US troops would need to occur ) driving much of the rush to resolve the Afghanistan political uncertainty.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/08/afghan-presidential-candidates-unity-government-20148811455553354.html Afghan poll rivals sign unity government deal Feuding presidential candidates sign US-brokered deal to cooperate on the formation of a national unity government. Last updated: 09 Aug 2014 08:20 LISTEN [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates have signed a deal to work on the formation of a national unity government, as an audit attempts to decide the winner of the cou... more »

Opening Up To Uncertainty by Roxana Jones

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RoxanaJones/posts*

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
For those who are not regular readers of this blog .... Saturday is spend the time with family, do chores, play some golf, and catch up on what needs to be done. Unfortunately .... blogging tales a 12 - 16 hour hiatus. But blogging though will return later tonight.

Saturday Interview: Lily Jayne Summers

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 12 hours ago
Lily Jayne Summers is a founder and editor of The Columnist, a cross-party e-zine that blogs on current affairs and entertainment news. Lily is also a member of the Labour Party in Stoke-on-Trent North, and has been known to tweet compulsively. - Why do you blog? Because, it's a way for me to express my political views and to challenge other people's notions or assumptions about an opinion or a political debate. Quite frankly, blogging is the best way to express yourself and the best way to be engage in politics. The only way to engage properly is to put your opinions across vigo... more »

Update: The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored Islamist Caliphate

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance *Prof Michel Chossudovsky* *First published by Global Research on June 14, 2014.* *Update, August 9, 2014* *President Barack Obama has initiated a series of US bombing raids in Iraq allegedly directed towards the rebel army of the Islamic State (IS).* *The Islamic State terrorists are portrayed as an enemy of America and the Western world. Amply documented, the Islamic State is a creation of Western intelligence, supported by the CIA and Israel’s Mossad and financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar... more »

What a load of bollocks.... Magharebia.com... US Military Web site for Northern Morocco

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: * *'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" * *- President Ronald Reagan* By American Kabuki *There's a very curious web site about the Rif mountain region which encompasses Northern Morocco, Tunisa and Algeria. Its very well written with very professional graphics and web site. And its run by US Miiltary's African Command out of Germany (plainly stated in the ABOUT page on the site). The web server is a cloud based service and the DNS server is in San Diego. But there's been a very interesting trend lat... more »

Fukushima Updates ( August 9 , 2014 ) Inevitable that Tepco would finally admit they will dump highly contaminated water directly into the Pacific Ocean...... Also inevitable that no matter how often Tepco and Japan lie about the dire state of affairs , they eventually will have to come clean and discuss the brutal truths - Japan is a dead nation walking and the rest of the planet is screwed ( think food chain clusterfark , water / air contamination which will be ongoing for centuries. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago
Inevitability...... http://enenews.com/shock-water-fukushima-reactors-be-dumped-ocean-attempts-deal-problem-failed-officials-better-allowing-contamination-spill-directly-ocean-like-video ‘Shock’: Water underneath Fukushima reactors to be dumped in ocean — Attempts to deal with problem have ‘failed’ — Officials: It’s better than radioactive substances just “spilling directly into the ocean” like it is now AFP, Aug. 7, 2014 (*emphasis added*): *Tepco ‘running out of space’ for tainted water* — [Tepco] on Thursday unveiled a plan to dump scrubbed water directly into the ocean,... more »

Common Core Inspires New Tests to Further Segregate Children Based on Class

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
In Tennessee, they call it "personalized learning time" made possible by a "skills-based universal screener" administered three times a year (on top of all the other testing). In Dickson County, all the "screened" children are dumped into a Power Learning Block (PLB) once a day based on their scores screening results. In Cell Power Block 1 we have the black birds, whose low scores mean 45 minutes of intervention each day with other black birds. In Block 2 we have the Brown Birds, who get a half hour of remediation every day. And in Block 3, we have the white red birds who get 15 ... more »

Obama Warns of 'Long-Term Project' in Iraq

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
U.S. air missions and aid deliveries to Iraq will continue as long as needed, but U.S. airstrikes have already destroyed weapons the militant Islamist rebels could have used to launch new attacks, President Barack Obama said Saturday. Saying fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham had advanced on the strategic northern city of Erbil more rapidly than the U.S. had expected, Obama said in a nationally televised news conference from the South Lawn of the White House: "I don't think we're going to solve this problem in weeks. This is going to be a long-term project." Re... more »

"It is my opinion that the irresponsibility and recklessness of the Obama regime is without precedent. Never before has the United States government or the government of any nuclear power gone to such great efforts to convince another nuclear power that that power was being set up for attack. It is difficult to imagine a more provocative act that more endangers life on earth. Indeed, the White House Fool has doubled up, convincing both Russia and China that Washington is planning a preemptive first strike on both. Republicans want to sue or to impeach Obama over relatively inconsequential issues, such as ObamaCare. Why don’t Republicans want to impeach Obama over such a critical issue as subjecting the world to the risk of nuclear armageddon? The answer is that the Republicans are as crazed as the Democrats." "Wherever one looks in American politics one sees crazed people, psychopaths and sociopaths who should not be in political office." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ *Washington Threatens The World — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ August 8, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Washington Threatens The World* Paul Craig Roberts The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group... more »

Dogma Is the Deeper Problem Today

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 14 hours ago
Steven Goddard has a post on "1950 scientific consensus", which included the belief that "continents don't move". My response: *The continents were moved by design, at least into their present shapes and distribution. The design is so exact (the probability is one in a million million that they were placed by chance), and the supposed continental movements today so small, that it would take several hundred thousand years for them to move away from the designed placement (and that placement is but one small aspect of the design, which encompasses both the terrestrial and celestial sp... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Elite donors of American allies in the Persian Gulf region have poured an immense amount of resources into rebel groups like IS in efforts to advance on three general goals: opposing Iran, its ally Bashar Assad and his government in Syria, and fomenting the Sunni-Shia divides in the region.

Libertarians Saving Us All From "Collectivism"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
So, yesterday i was watching this Youtube video where Senator Elizabeth Warren grills the Federal Reserve Board Chair about the failure of these trillion dollar Wall Street banks to make the "living wills" that their legislatively obligated to do, in order to prevent even bigger messes than happened after Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. But in the comments, there were the usual right-wing fuck-faces, attempting to belittle the brilliant Warren with the sort of stupid tripe that these imbeciles are infamous for. But then, one of the "grown-up" right-wingers piped-up with this gem: The o... more »

The Secret To True Love . Author Unknown

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/100089295954896252788/posts*

The Moon

LeDaro at LeDaro - 14 hours ago
Last night the Moon was closet to the Earth. I took the picture below by a tablet. I understand it happens once a year.

The World You See It Is Just A Movie In Your Mind - A Poem by Jack Kerouac

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
The world you see is just a movie in your mind. *Rocks dont see it.* *Bless and sit down.* *Forgive and forget.* *Practice kindness all day to everybody* *and you will realize you're already* *in heaven now.* *That's the story.* *That's the message.* *Nobody understands it,* *nobody listens, they're* *all running around like chickens with heads cut* *off. * *I will try to teach it but it will* *be in vain, s'why I'll* *end up in a shack* *praying and being* *cool and singing* *by my woodstove* *making pancakes.* *Jack Kerouac* *Source:*... more »

Is "Trickle Up" Back?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
On Thursday, Paul Krugman wrote that evidence is mounting to support the notion that inequality can sabotage a market economy. There will always be some inequality in market economies. But gross inequality is a drag on economic growth: It’s true that market economies need a certain amount of inequality to function. But American inequality has become so extreme that it’s inflicting a lot of economic damage. And this, in turn, implies that redistribution — that is, taxing the rich and helping the poor — may well raise, not lower, the economy’s growth rate. Neo-Conservatives, of c... more »

Ominous for Lebanon- Saad Harriri, son of Rafik, returns

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, considered Lebanon’s most influential (?) Sunni Muslim politician,* returned unexpectedly* to Lebanon on Friday after three years of self-imposed exile. *Mr. Hariri’s return is being seen as a bid to reassert his leadership* over Lebanon’s Sunni community amid growing concern that many Sunnis are being radicalized by the war in Syria. Mr. Hariri, above, left Lebanon in 2011 after his government was toppled by a coalition that included the Shiite militia Hezbollah. *He has split his time between Paris and Saudi Arabia, citing concerns for his safe... more »

Right-Wingers Squeal Like Pigs Over New Book On Saint Ronald Reagan

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
I have to admit that I was hesitant to buy the latest installment in Rick Perlstein's outstanding series on the rise of the modern American right-wing at first. The book entitled "The Invisible Bridge" was pretty pricey for an e-book at 19.99 (Amazon.com) but after hearing the caterwauling of the poor, poor, perpetually persecuted pack of professional victims of movement conservatism I ponied up immediately. There is never a better endorsement than that of the 'conservative' outrage machine, I would hope that I was not the only one that was influenced to shell out the dough for th... more »

The Islamic State: Battle for Iraq (Vice News Series)

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced their intention to reestablish the caliphate and declared their leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph. Flush with cash and US weapons seized during recent advances in Iraq, the Islamic State’s expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching ... more »

Two Ohio Democrats With Very Different Views Of Health Care Reform-- Michael Wager And Jennifer Garrison

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday we looked at what happened when a real Democrat, Michael Wager, was confronted with idiotic Republican assertions about health care reform. Conservative Republicans in Ohio and across the country opposed Social Security, opposed Medicare, opposed Medicaid and now oppose the Affordable Care Act, all as a matter of course. It's the nature of who and what they are. Wager, the progressive Democrat running in the northeast corner of the state east of Cleveland, doesn't share that nature. He pushed back, talked about how he thinks the Affordable Care Act doesn't go far enough b... more »

ERAPSCO to supply sonobuoys to US Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 15 hours ago
[image: Sonobuoys]ERAPSCO, a joint venture between Sparton and Ultra Electronics' (ULE) subsidiary USSI, has been awarded a contract to supply sonobuoys to the US Navy. The production subcontracts, worth $90.5m and $75.5m, will be awarded by ERAPSCO to Sparton DeLeon Springs and Ultra Electronics USSI, respectively. Sparton president and chief executive officer Cary Wood said: "We are firmly committed to development of innovative technology and to providing the US Navy with the highest quality products that help further its mission." Read more

Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
By Juan Cole *This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.* Al-Zaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some ares of which are controlled by the IS fighters. Also on Friday, the Naqshbandi Army denied any involvement in a push on the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, denouncing it as racist. The Naqshbandi Sufi order is important... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*UK: Teacher jailed for hitting a seven-year-old boy when he made mistakes during reading lessons at mosque* *Beating is normal in madrassas* A teacher has been jailed for hitting a young boy when he made mistakes during reading lessons at a mosque. Arfaq Hussain, 36, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, used his knuckles to rap the seven-year-old around the knee in what the judge described as 'unforgiveable conduct'. The offence came to light in December 2012 when another pupil told a teacher that he did not want to do PE classes at the Jame Masjid Mosque in Batley, West Yorkshire, bec... more »

Obama & Airstrikes to Protect Iraqi Kurds: 1991 Deja Vu all Over Again

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
By Juan Cole Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com *This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.* During the Gulf War in early 1991, then-president George H. W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party. In the Kurdish north and in the Shiite South, hundreds of thousands heeded his call. But after the short war was over in March, Bush appears to have completely lost interest in the Kurds and Shiites who rose up and now were in danger of being massacred by the Baath army. Gen. H. Norman ... more »

Russia and China planning to dump the US dollar

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments. “*The draft document between the Central Bank of Russia and the People’s Bank of China on national currency swaps has been agreed by the parties*,” and is at the stage of formal approval procedures, ITAR-TASS quotes the Russian regulator’s office on Thursday. The Russian Central Bank is not giving precise details on the size of the currency swaps, nor when it will be launched.... more »

Better late than never

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Two long awaited pieces have appeared in the press. Belated but welcome. The Guardian piece is all the more remarkable because it’s in the actual Guardian. Next we’ll be hearing something like this on Channel 4. (Only joking) It’s still written with the ever present caveat - ‘I’m no fan of Israel, but’. Nevertheless there’s some tacit acknowledgment that antisemitism is behind a great deal of the tidal wave of knee-jerk Israel-bashing despite all those cries of “anti-Israel-ism is different from antisemitism.” It asks itself whether boycotting artistic ventures linked with Israel... more »

There the evil thing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Compared to the Koch brothers Mr Burns from the Simpsons is a progressive. The power, wealth and influence of these gentlemen is frightening. H/T Galloping Beaver

Ebola reaches UK: Briton feared to have caught virus after travelling in West Africa

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
*A BRITON is feared to have caught the deadly Ebola virus after travelling in the West African region where it has claimed more than 800 lives.* It is now feared that Ebola has reached the UK [GETTY] Health chiefs in Wales said yesterday that the condition of the suspected victim is being "closely monitored". Officials confirmed that the unnamed patient from Cardiff, South Wales, contacted them after feeling ill on their return to British soil. They were effectively quarantined in their own home and would speak to doctors on a daily basi... more »

Email Giants Unite to Thwart Government Snooping

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 16 hours ago
By now it is painfully apparent that there will be *no* legitimate government oversight of the NSA Stasi. There are now over a years worth of stories based on the documents procured by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that show the culture of contempt towards the privacy of law-abiding Americans that exists at the agency. Rather than engage in working to implement serious reforms that limit NSA programs to their stated purpose of tracking of suspected terrorists, there are only attempts to further erect a firewall around the NSA. Choosing to engage in demagoguery and obfuscation... more »

Britain considers airstrikes on Iraq-pushing R2P as the selling point

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
So much for the US alone. So much for limited time. So much for limited area. *Boiling frogs* *Britain considers air strikes to avert genocide in Iraq* -Britain could join America in launching military strikes -US forces began raids against fighters in northern Iraq on Friday after Barack Obama pledged to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. - But it is understood British forces could also take part in attacks if the situation in Iraq deteriorates *Who decides if the situation is deteriorating? The perpetual war mongers? The mass killing machine? * - It is understood that there has... more »

Jeffrey Smith Challenges Neil deGrasse Tyson on GMOs

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made waves last week with a video and Facebook letter aimed at critics of genetically modified organisms in food. His argument spun the idea that the process to achieve a GMO is exactly the same as traditional agricultural techniques. There were writers who called him out on enmeshing genetically engineered organisms (transgenics) in crops with traditional practices of selective breeding. In "round three" of Tyson's statements he continues the enmeshment. Jeffrey Smith, founder of Institute for Responsible Technology, has challe... more »

US-Led Airstrikes Begin Against ISIS Militants in Iraq

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Written by Nick Bernabe, *Social Media Manager of Free and Equal, March Against Monsanto and Founder of The Anti-Media.* ISIS, now known as IS or the Islamic State, has been sweeping across wide swaths of Iraq and Syria; reportedly slaughtering civilians, Shi’ite Muslims, and other non-Sunni people living in occupied areas. The latest in this string of violence includes up to 40,000 people trapped on Mount Sinjar, surrounded by IS militants, facing death by execution or dehydration. While the rise of the Islamic State has been blamed on al-Maliki’s S... more »

Peoples Climate March

Peoples Climate March


Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
[image: ANATOLI "TONY" KOPITCH 1948-2008] *FREE SPIRIT* My lifestyle, to some, is ever so strange. Something, they say, I should re-arrange. A "free spirit" they call me, because, I AM me. Yet, I amaze them with the things that I see. THEY live a life of deadlines and hurry, Being on time, is their greatest worry. This one has ulcers, that one's a wreck! How can I sit there and say "what the heck?" I have this feeling, one that I trust, I will arrive, if, be there I must. So much can happen in the blink of an eye. That's all it takes... for someone to die! THEY fret and they wor... more »

Free Planet - scum wages - corporate hand me downs

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
*is there really anything else needs adding?*

GMO Golden Rice: The Scourge of Asia

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
[image: 6546456]*August 9, 2014* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Asia’s dependency on rice cultivation for both subsidence and income is intuitively understood. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates the agricultural population of lowland rice cultivation in Asia to be over 470 million - larger than the entire population of the United States. Improvements in rice cultivation would stand to lift hundreds of millions from debt and poverty. Conversely, the disruption of rice cultivation would threaten to mire hundreds of millions in deeper debt, inescapable... more »

Andrew Bolt on Gaza

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The Bolt Report - Gaza: http://youtu.be/e8GkE1EY_QA

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Suggests Resuming MiG-31 Interceptor Aircraft Production

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MiG-31 Foxhound]The production of MiG-31 interceptor aircraft should resume, as they could prove effective for another 15 years, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday. “The aircraft had no rivals. That was the opinion of the Military-Industrial Commission, the Defense Ministry, the industry on the whole and even the State Duma, which used to hold special hearings on the subject of the interceptor. The production should be revived, as the jet is being upgraded. Read more

Northrop Grumman to Highlight Key Capabilities at the 17th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HAMMR]Northrop Grumman Corporation is highlighting its space and missile defense capabilities during the 17 th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium to be held here Aug. 11-14 at the Von Braun Center. The symposium's 2014 theme is "Space and Missile Defense: Foundational to U.S. Strategy Today and in the Future." Northrop Grumman is this year's Titanium sponsor and will host the Salute to the Warfighter event Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. in Booth #601. "This year's symposium will address homeland, regional and partner nation missile defense and space and missile defense technology... more »

MH17 unlikely shot down by fighter jets: Hishammuddin

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: SA-17 Grizzly - BUK-M1-2]Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today denied reports in the social media that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 was shot down by fighter jets. He said intelligence and evidence gathered from the fragments of the ill-fated aircraft clearly showed it was shot down by missiles that were launched to the air from the ground. "Based on military intelligence and evidence from a portion of fragments found, it is not likely the bullets were used from air to air but from surface to air. Read more

Seattle's Foss Maritime tug tows famed USS Constellation aircraft carrier to scrapyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The famed aircraft carrier USS Constellation set forth on its last voyage Friday, but this time towed by the ocean-going tugboat Corbin Foss. The 1,008-foot Constellation’s 16,000-mile journey from Bremerton will take the carrier around the southern tip of South America to Brownsville, Texas, where it is set to be scrapped. The Corbin Foss tug is owned and operated by Seattle-based Foss Maritime. The Foss tug will take the long route to Texas around the bottom of South American and around what is called “Cape Horn” by mariners, and not through the Panama Canal, because the aircraft... more »

Japanese defense ministry mulls introducing ground-based SM-3 interceptor missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: SM-3 launch]The Defense Ministry is considering introducing a new ground-based type of interceptor missile that the United States is developing, in an effort to bolster Japan's ballistic missile defense system, ministry sources said. The ministry intends to introduce new ground-based SM-3 missiles, in addition to the sea-based SM-3s that the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) already possesses, to enhance Tokyo's readiness to intercept ballistic missiles heading toward Japan. The ministry is expected to allocate tens of millions of yen from the fiscal 2015 state budget for... more »

US plan to fire from Australian ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Hobart class AWD]Australian and US foreign and defence ministers will start ­negotiations next week which could lead to American commanders being able to fire missiles directly from Australian ships. This would happen as part of an integrated effort on defence against ballistic missiles, which will be discussed in full at Tuesday’s Australia US Ministerial (AUSMIN) talks in Sydney. In 2016 the first of three Australian air warfare destroyers, HMAS Hobart, will come into service. The three will be fitted with the powerful Aegis missile defence system. Read more

More than 100 aircraft, 8 ships ready for Iraq air campaign

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-2C Hawkeye]The U.S. has a massive force of ships and aircraft in the Persian Gulf for the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. The first airstrikes against the Islamic State were carried out by two aircraft from the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, which is in the Persian Gulf along with the amphibious assault ship Bataan; the amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall; the cruiser Philippine Sea; and the destroyers Arleigh Burke, O’Kane and Roosevelt, according to the Defense Department. The amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde is elsewhere in the region, acc... more »

Hyundai Heavy Industries launches South Korean Navy submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Yun Bong Gil Ham]Hyundai Heavy Industries has launched a new 214-class submarine, to be equipped with locally produced cruise missiles, for the South Korean Navy. The vessel is the Yun Bong Gil Ham, which weighs 1,800 tons, is 214 feet long, and has a top speed of 20 knots. The ship is the fifth 214-class submarine of the country's navy. Read more

Russia Navy to receive new submarine for Black Sea Fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Project 636.5 Varshavyanka class SSK]Project 636.5 Varshavyanka head diesel-electric submarine Novorossiysk produced for Russian Black Sea Fleet will be handed over to the country’s Navy on August 28, a high-ranking source in the military and industrial sector told ITAR-TASS on Friday. “A festive St. Andrew naval flag-hoisting ceremony will be held abroad Novorossiysk at the Admiralty Wharfs in the city of St. Petersburg on August 28,” the high-placed military source said. He recalled that this submarine would be put on trials at Northern Fleet’s deep-water ranges after it ... more »

Australia extends Collins-class submarines maintenance contract with ASC

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]ASC has been awarded a contract extension to provide maintenance on the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Collins-class submarine fleet. The company will continue to perform all maintenance work at its headquarters in Osborne, Adelaide, South Australia, and Henderson, Western Australia. ASC interim chief executive officer Stuart Whiley said: "This new contract recognises the significant improvement in performance and availability of the submarine fleet. Read more

Biking Lanyu

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
This week I went to Lanyu for the first time, to enjoy one of the best experiences Taiwan has to offer with one of my closest friends, Drew Kerslake, and his lovely family. I have long wanted to go. Traveling with Drew was special because he's been on the island many times and first started coming in the 1990s, meaning that people there know him, and he knows many things about Lanyu that few outsiders know. What a wonderful introduction! Already planning my next trip.... (Andrew's beautiful and informative post) Click on READ MORE (image intensive, may be a few minutes loading up).... more »

Tesla wants $500 million for its Gigafactory

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 22 hours ago
Leigh McIlvaine (@Leigh M.) of Good Jobs First alerted me to this article on what Tesla Motors wants in incentives to land its $5 billion Gigafactory: $500 million. This massive 6500 worker facility will produce the next generation of batteries in order to introduce a less expensive line of cars in 2017, the Tesla Model 3. This would be a more affordable vehicle than the widely praised Model S, which starts at $69,900. I'm not joking about the praise: *Consumer Reports*, my go-to source for product testing due to the fact that it does not accept ads and thus has complete independenc... more »

After Iraq Is Afghanistan Next?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The view is shown from a turret of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle making its way back to Camp Leatherneck after a combat logistics patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 14, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alex Roberts *Is Afghanistan Is Going the Way of Iraq? -- Joshua Keating, Slate * The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene by an Afghan soldier on Tuesday doesn’t just mark the first killing of a U.S. general in a war zone since Vietnam. It’s also a disturbing example of a problem that coalition forces had seemed to be getting under control: so-called insi... more »

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind: “VI Spirit - Through My Eyes (Nebulae)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind: “VI Spirit - Through My Eyes (Nebulae)” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HTgHuUuDQg&playnext=1&list=PLCC1D

"If You Caught A Glimpse..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"If you caught a glimpse of your own death, would that knowledge change the way you live the rest of your life?" - Paco Ahlgren, "Discipline"

"The Dreamers Of the Day..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. *Click image for larger size.* This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's e... more »

"Even Darkness Must Pass..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Sam: "It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know... more »

The Poet: Theodore Roethke, "The Waking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"The Waking"* "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Of those so close beside me, which are you? God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, And learn by going where I have to go. Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how? The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair; I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Great Nature has another thing to do To you and me, so take the lively ... more »

"Remain True..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge." - Teilhard de Chardin

Chet Raymo, "Six Impossible Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Six Impossible Things"* by Chet Raymo "It is morning. Early morning. I am sitting at my desk with my laptop open before me. The shelves are lined with books. At my elbow, the big glass windows looking out to Dingle Bay. On the sill, morning glories and tomatoes. At my other elbow, a mug of coffee. In an hour or two I'll have breakfast. This is my White Queen time. "But one can't believe impossible things," cries Alice, in frustration. "Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast," replies the White Queen smugly. If I can believe six impossible t... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: Stata and Death

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 23 hours ago
Fun post that sorts the patterns of life and death in Westeros and beyond. I am sure that some multivariate analysis is likely, but was not presented in the post.

How nice to have a straight person point out that "marriage is for procreation" isn't just legal but religious BS

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*Sorry, Frank, that's just some silly old myth about love having anything to do with marriage. Now, Peg and Al Bundy, they were a bona fide married couple, because they were, of course, Married -- With Children. Of course, once they stopped procreating, however grateful the world would have reason to be, Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Paul Niemeyer probably would have had to blow the whistle on them. Not that Al would have objected.* *"In contrast to 'traditional marriage,' [Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Paul] Niemeyer said, same-sex marriage ignores 'the... more »

After Today's U.S. Air Strikes In Iraq, ISIS Is Now Calling On Jihadists To Attack US Interests Worldwide

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’ -- Daily Caller* The terror group President Barack Obama threatened to strike in Iraq Thursday evening is itself threatening to strike the American homeland. “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), told VICE Media in a video interview posted online Thursday. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.” “We will humiliate ... more »

The Pingtung 172

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
On Monday the 4th of Aug I went down from Fangliao to Kenting in the morning to wait for Drew (post above this one). We were heading to Lanyu from Houbihu port in Kenting the next day, but in the meantime I wondered what could be done with the afternoon? Drew had the perfect answer: the Pingtung 172. Click on READ MORE.... *ROUTE NOTES*: The Pingtung 172 starts from the 199 just before the switchbacks. There's a sign for an archaeological site, turn right. The road runs southeast for about 15 kms until it hits the tiny hamlet of Fenshuiling, where you can get snacks and water. It ... more »

"The Struggle..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise; for goodness, and we are not good; for overcoming evil, and evil remains; for patience and sympathy and love, and yet we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish. We are keyed not to attainment, but to the struggle toward it." - T. T. Munger ◆ And ... Monty Python, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlBiLNN1NhQ

Health: "Stop Stress From Killing You"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Stop Stress From Killing You" by Elizabeth Walling "What is stress? Physiologically, stress could be considered any event that triggers a marked response by the adrenal glands. In basic terms, this response is the release of cortisol. It's the body's natural reaction to any stressor. For occasional stressors, cortisol can provide a burst of benefits like increased energy, heightened reflexes and a higher threshold for pain. However, when stress is chronic, as it often is in modern society, cortisol levels can remain unnaturally high and lead to damaging effects, which include: • P... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

NJ Guv Kris Krispy's hard-headed fiscal realism wows the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities -- or maybe not so much

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Garden State voters love Governor Krispy for his unflinching fiscal realism.* *"The Center says New Jersey could get on track if the governor and legislature produced forecasts together, worked with outside experts, and opened up those discussions to the public."* *-- from a report by WNYC News's Jessica Gould* *by Ken* Perhaps the reason we're hearing all this talk about a "comeback" for New Jersey Gov. Kris Krispy is that, rather than going all gooey and apologetic, he has by God *stuck to his guns* and thereby allowed Garden State voters to remember why they love him -- for hi... more »

If Iraq Falls The World Will Blame President Obama

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama meets with his national security team today in the Situation Room. pic.twitter.com/vDJeYJOz9Z — The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 7, 2014 *The World Will Blame President Obama If Iraq Falls -- George E. Condon Jr., National Journal* *The White House is under intense pressure to use American force to save the people trapped by terrorists on the mountaintop. And it understands why.* The world will not blame the Iraqi government if the children and women huddled atop Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq die of hunger and exposure. Nor will Pope Francis blame Prime Minis... more »

What Is The Right Way To Use U.S. Air Power Against the Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Smart Way to Bomb ISIS -- John Allen Gay, National Interest* *Obama is reportedly weighing attacks on the Islamic State. What factors should shape his decision?* The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes against the Islamic State after several days of advances by the putative caliphate. Also under consideration is the delivery of humanitarian aid to minority groups that fled as ISIS approached, with thousands reportedly trapped without food or water in rough terrain and scorching heat. France and Turkey may be joining in an American intervention—apparently... more »

Friday Night Is Movie Night: Tonight's Movie Is Fail Safe (2000) World Nuclear Holocaust

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* This was broadcast live .... which is remarkable when one considers TV today. The use of black and white instead of color gives it that 1960s look .... but what I love about this film are the parade of stars who are in it. Sit back .... and enjoy. The Wikipedia entry for Fail-Safe (The Film)* is here*.

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 8, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazer August 8, 2014. US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital on Friday after President Obama said Washington must act to prevent 'genocide.' Azad Lashkari/Reuters *Obama Intervenes In Iraq: Lessons Learned From Benghazi And Rwanda -- Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor* *Benghazi and Rwanda, two crises where military intervention was not used, likely figured in the backdrop of Obama's decision on what to do about a ... more »

World News Briefs -- August 8, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*U.S. Bombs Islamic State After Obama Call To Prevent Iraq 'Genocide' -- Reuters* (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide". Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate unbelievers, have advanced to within a half hour's drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region and a hub for U.S. oil companies. They have also seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, Kurdish authorities confirmed on Friday, which co... more »

Updated Aug 9, 2014: The RV, Nesara, SwissIndo: Zooming out to see the template

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/08/as-you-may-have-noticed-after-quite.html FRIDAY, 8 AUGUST 2014 *The RV, Nesara, SwissIndo: Zooming out to see the template* As you may have noticed, after quite a long absence, I have been hit with the "writing bug". lol For the past few months I have been focusing my attention and a large amount of my energy to working on the things that are "unseen". During this time, using the computer or writing at all was .... difficult. Not only did I literally feel something blocking me from writing, when I would open the computer, it would... more »

Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
AP/Lefteris Pitarakis This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize marijuana. *Listen to the show (Dennis Kucinich interview begins at 15:45):* (Trouble listening? Right-click to download the podcast here.) Guests, in order of appearance: Michael Cindrich, Dennis Kucinich. Subscribe to Truthdig Podcasts Subscribe directly: [image: iTunes] If you don't have iTunes, copy this address: Visit the Podcast A... more »

Cheerful . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago

Forty Years and a Mule

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari.) "Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning." - Hunter S. Thompson, *Rolling Stone* obituary for Richard Nixon, June 16, 1994 I was a mere, callow lad of 15 when Richard Nixon became the first US president to resign from office four decades ago today. During the early 70's, Dad had taken us on two vacations in Washington, DC and, politically speaking, it was like being in the middle of a highly-charged EMF Fear Cage. We lived in Maryland, Agnew Country, and the Capitol wa... more »

The RV, Nesara, SwissIndo: Zooming out to see the template

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
As you may have noticed, after quite a long absence, I have been hit with the "writing bug". lol For the past few months I have been focusing my attention and a large amount of my energy to working on the things that are "unseen". During this time, using the computer or writing at all was .... difficult. Not only did I literally feel something blocking me from writing, when I would open the computer, it would "magically" die, or the internet would "magically" disappear- sometimes continuously for days at a time, lol. .... everyone around here began to ban me from hanging out, be... more »

CIA DRONE control Huts

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 1 day ago
*CIA Drone Control Huts* These two "huts" were constructed in early 2007 outside the CIA main dining room. Each of the huts has 18 roof-top air-conditioning units, with 4 rows of 4 and 2 separately. This suggests 16 pilot drone controller cubicles each with its own AC units, with two addititional AC units for common areas. Cubicles are customarily self-contained with light and AC systems to shield from external light, noise and interference. While there appear to be no public photos of CIA drone operators, below are military drone cubicles. CIA operators allegedly train at milita... more »

Arguing on the Internet

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
In this discussion topic, I argue that what is true about science is not undone by how science is abused, but that at the same time, what is false about religion remains false no matter how nice the intentions. This has descended into a testy exchange with the religious desperado "Fidel" who is having an argument with himself about the evils of corporate science. Occasionally he makes windy, but entirely meaningless claims for religion out of nowhere. I and three others have been trying to re-state the original point several times, to no avail. Here at Dr. Dawg's, Mandos is trying... more »

Stop Look Around, Something bad is going down

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
What we know about celebrity its both gained and inherited and in both cases its an instrument of power and can be a great generator of lifesyles of the rich and famous wealth Celibrity is the silent lottery we all play no matter how hard we think about doing away with gambling Celebrity is all high school and the people that promote know that was were you traveled from kid stage to adolescence and that stage of life was a chrysalis to determine your final essence For most of us it did not go well, it was very awkward some of our group of elementary leaders tapped in to this well Not sa... more »

Massive US force in Persian Gulf for ISIS- WaPo pushes for wider war

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Is this a message to another nation? Let me throw it out there.... Iran? Update below- entertaining a possibility as to who is getting the message.. Massive US force in Persian Gulf The U.S. has assembled a massive force of eight ships and 104 aircraft in the Persian Gulf for the air campaign against ISIS in Iraq. The morning strikes involved two FA-18 fighter-attack planes that dropped 500-pound, laser-guided munitions on a mobile artillery place near Irbil, the Pentagon said. The jets for both strikes came from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, according to a Defense Depa... more »

Sometimes It's Hard To Distinguish Between Steve King And Peter King

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Long Island's terrorist-supporter and racist Peter King has long been fair game here at *DWT*. The man practically begs for it; he's never meeting a war that he didn’t like. His deranged crusade for the terrorists he likes, and his misguided attacks on the terrorists he hates with McCarthy-esque witch trial hearings against Muslim-Americans. But what makes King particularly repugnant is his brash, combative nature in the way he defends his asinine views. We have nothing against politicians with strong convictions but we'd like those convictions based on reality, not bigotry and ig... more »

Ignored By The West Libya Has Become A Failed State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Libya Crumbles As The United States Looks The Other Way -- Washington Post editorial* THREE YEARS after U.S. and NATO forces helped liberate Libya from the dictatorship of Moammar Gaddafi, the country is beginning to look a lot like another nation where an abrupt U.S. disengagement following a civil war led to chaos: Afghanistan in the 1990s. In Libya, heavily armed militias are battling for control of Tripoli and Benghazi as well as the international airport. The United States, France and other Western governments involved in the 2011 military intervention have evacuated their ... more »

Pawns of The Planet of The Apes: Return of The Last Caliph

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Pictured: ISIS Jihadists rampaging across Iraq.* In the last two months northern Iraq has seen the mass exodus of ancient communities of Christians, Yezidis, and other religious minorities as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has swept across territory, facing little resistance. A disastrous turn of events in the last week and a half around the Sinjar mountains in northwestern Iraq has caused an urgent humanitarian disaster and forced the Obama administration to act. Critics say it is too little too late. The White House has not done anything to contain this fire, and instead... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 1 day ago
*The Clock Stopped at Hiroshima* *At precisely 8:15 AM on August 6th, 1945 ~ 200,000 people eventually died from an Atomic Bomb dropped by the United States on Japan and our world permanently changed, for at that moment man had discovered the ultimate means to destroy ourselves but now, 69 years later, we are still learning the intellectual and soul based moral bearings needed to control the fearsome murderous beast we unleashed on Hiroshima and then three days later on Nagasaki. Perhaps now we are ready to fully experience the life sustaining choice of love, social cooperation an... more »

Indy Corporate School Complex Gearing Up for IPS School Board Buyout

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
by Doug Martin Even though the filing deadline is not until the end of the month, the Indy Chamber has already handpicked candidates to elect to the IPS school board to completely turn the city’s schools over to the greedy. Readers who have read *Hoosier School Heist* know exactly what this means and are well aware of the group of billionaires and lapdogs who desire to turn Indianapolis into New Orleans, where no true public schools exist now. Indianapolis didn’t have a hurricane to take advantage of, but it did have Bush Family friend Al Hubbard, NJ hedge funder Alan Fournier, and ... more »

A3 Newsletter: How Long Can Injustice Endure (Aug. 8, 2014)

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 1 day ago
Desmond Tutu says apartheid was such an injustice that it had to end. We wonder if the Palestinians in Gaza can have the same hope? The Angola 3 have long stood in opposition to colonization, oppression and genocide internationally as well as here at home. We painfully watch our US made F-16's dropping US made bombs on innocent civilians in an effort to drive the indigenous people from their land in spite of peace agreements and UN mandates. We have to question not just the prison industrial complex that keeps Albert ridiculously isolated in the worst possible circumstances in s... more »

Nigeria's War Against Boko Haram is Intensifying. Boko Haram Gains A 'Foothold' In Neighboring Cameroon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
File photo of Boko Haram militants. AFP *Nigerian Army Fights To Push Boko Haram Out Of Two Northeast Towns -- Reuters* Nigeria's military fought gun battles with Boko Haram Islamists in two key northeastern towns on Friday, after the militants killed dozens of people and drove soldiers out of Gwoza town two days ago, security sources and the military said. On Friday the military launched strikes to push the rebels out of Gwoza, the security sources said, and the garrison town of Damboa, which the militants sacked a month ago.Both towns lie on roads linking Nigeria to Cameroon a... more »

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