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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Stellar 'Incubators' Seen Cooking up Stars
Stellar 'Incubators' Seen Cooking up Stars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Trifid 5.8 8.0 24 microns spitzer
Trifid 5.8 8.0 24 microns spitzer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Trifid Nebula Found, http://antwrp.gs...
English: Trifid Nebula Found, http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap071226.html, a close detail of http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0712/trifidpillars_hst_big.jpg. The same image seems here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Trifid.nebula.jet.arp.750pix.jpg; only this is in more detail. Category:Hubble Space Telescope images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Musical Interlude: 2002, “Elysian Fields”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 minutes ago
2002, “Elysian Fields” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuZa1I5mgcc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 minutes ago
“Colorful NGC 1579 resembles the better known Trifid Nebula, but lies much farther north in planet Earth's sky, in the heroic constellation Perseus. About 2,100 light-years away and 3 light-years across, NGC 1579 is, like the Trifid, a study in contrasting blue and red colors, with dark dust lanes prominent in the nebula's central regions. *Click image for larger size.* In both, dust reflects starlight to produce beautiful blue reflection nebulae. But unlike the Trifid, in NGC 1579 the reddish glow is not emission from clouds of glowing hydrogen gas excited by ultraviolet light from... more »

America Will Soon No Longer Be No. 1

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 minutes ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *America Is On The Verge Of Losing Its Place In The World As No. 1 -- Business Insider* The U.S. economy is the largest economy in the world. But it wasn't always the largest. And it's unlikely to remain the largest economy for much longer. The chart above comes to us via Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid. "As Alexander, Rome and Britain fell from their positions of absolute global dominance, so too has the US begun to slip," Reid writes in a new note to clients. "America’s global economic dominance has been declining since 1998, well before the Global Financia...more »

"The Whole Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 27 minutes ago
"The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues." - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"

Paulo Coelho, “The Dead Man Who Wore Pajamas”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
*“The Dead Man Who Wore Pajamas”* by Paulo Coelho "I remember reading a piece of news on the Internet that a man was found dead in Tokyo on 10 June 2004, dressed in his pajamas. So what? I imagine that most people who die wearing their pajamas either a) died in their sleep, which is a blessing, or b) were in the company of their relatives or on a hospital bed – death did not come quickly, so they all had time to grow used to “the undesirable one,” as Brazilian poet Manuel Bandeira called it. The news goes on: when he died, he was in his room. So, the hospital hypothesis is out and ... more »

"The Rhythm Of Living..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress." - Bruce Barton

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
Falmouth, Maine, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Meet Jamal Maarouf, Syria's Most Moderate Rebel Leader Supported by the US Govt.

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 34 minutes ago
An excerpt from, *"The Frontman vs. al Qaeda: Meet Jamal Maarouf, the West's best fighting chance against Syria's Islamist armies"* by Susannah George, Foreign Policy, March 11, 2014: Maarouf says he would be open to Western support, and it's not hard to see why his political and religious views make him a potentially attractive partner for those concerned with the rise of Islamist extremists. "I love my country and I am a practicing Muslim," he explains, "but my religion preserves dignity and freedom for other people as well." The rebel commander says he's fighting for an inclusi... more »

Chet Raymo, “Examination of Conscience”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 36 minutes ago
*“Examination of Conscience”* by Chet Raymo "I have been reading Stephanie Smallwood's “Saltwater Slavery,” a close examination of the trade in human beings between the coast of West Africa and the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a sobering read, but if there is one thing I came away with, it was this: We have an enormous capacity to rationalize the most horrendous crimes. Everyone involved in the slave trade - the European owners of the ships, the masters of the trading companies, the ship captains and crews, the plantation owners in the West Indies and the Chesapea... more »

The Poet: Tom Disch, "What to Accept"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 36 minutes ago
*"What to Accept"* by Tom Disch "The fact of mountains. The actuality Of any stone - by kicking, if necessary. The need to ignore stupid people, While restraining one's natural impulse To murder them. The change from your dollar, Be it no more than a penny, For without a pretense of universal penury There can be no honor between rich and poor. Love, unconditionally, or until proven false. The inevitability of cancer and/or Heart disease. The dialogue as written, Once you've taken the role. Failure, Gracefully. Any hospitality You're willing to return. The air Each city offers you to breat... more »

"Choose One..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 39 minutes ago

"You Are the One You Are Waiting for: Turn to Yourself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 39 minutes ago
*"You Are the One You Are Waiting for: Turn to Yourself"* by The DailyOM "Ultimately, you are the one. We spend a lot of our lives looking for role models, mentors, teachers, and gurus to guide us on our path. There is nothing wrong with this and, in fact, finding the right person at the right time can really help. However, it is important to realize that in the absence of such a figure, we can very safely rely upon ourselves. We carry within us everything we need to know to make progress on our paths to self-realization. The outer world serves as a mirror. Or to use another metaph... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 39 minutes ago

A Look At U.S. Foreign/Military Policy Failures

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in the Oval Office, Aug. 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *The Failures Of US Foreign/Military Policy -- Jack A. Smith, Foreign Policy Journal* The United States insists on throwing its formidable weight around and being recognized as world hegemon, but refuses to take any responsibility for the great number of negative results that emanate from its constant military and political interventions in the affairs of other states and regions. At this time of great conflict in the wo... more »

Russia And China Criticize The U.S. Over Missile Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
The heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in Dushanbe on September 12, 2014. © RIA Novosti. Mikhail Klimentiev *Bloc Led By Russia And China Criticizes U.S. Over Missile Defense -- Reuters* (Reuters) - A security bloc led by China and Russia took a swipe at the United States on Friday, saying the development of unilateral missile defense systems would undermine global security. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which also includes four Central Asian states, did not name the United States in a statement issued at a summit in the Tajik capital... more »

“Jon Stewart's Hilarious and Definitive Rant About Obama's New ISIS Strategy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Jon Stewart's Hilarious and Definitive Rant About Obama's New ISIS Strategy”* 'This can't be fixed by waving a magic bomb.' By Janet Allon “Jon Stewart put together a brilliant extended piece last night on President Obama's shift from measured military action to pretty much declaring war on ISIS. The late-night comedian noted that Obama once said 'we can't play Muslim extremist whack-a-mole," which is Stewart's least favorite version of that game. But seriously, polls say that 65 percent of America supports bombing Syria, which is "a full 15 percent more than those who can find S... more »

Satire: “White House Vows to Use Every Synonym for War Against ISIS”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“White House Vows to Use Every Synonym for War Against ISIS”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Amid some confusion as to whether it had, in fact, declared war on ISIS, on Friday afternoon, the White House attempted to clarify matters by vowing to use “every synonym for war at our disposal.” After the Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that the United States was not at war, only to be contradicted later by the White House’s statement that it was, the White House spokesman Josh Earnest held a press conference to state that “no synonyms for war have been taken off... more »

Too Many White Male Officers In The U.S. Military?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Senior American commanders of World War II. Seated are (from left to right) Gens. William H. Simpson, George S. Patton, Carl A. Spaatz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Courtney H. Hodges, and Leonard T. Gerow; standing are (from left to right) Gens. Ralph F. Stearley, Hoyt Vandenberg, Walter Bedell Smith, Otto P. Weyland, and Richard E. Nugent. Wikipedia *Army Is Worried Too Many White Men Lead Combat Units -- Washington Times* Sociologists worry lack of black officers will have detrimental effect on minorities U.S. Army sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers le... more »

China ascendant ? ( September 12 - 14 , 2014 ) -- With all eyes on Russia ( tensions with EU and US over Ukraine situation ) , China is slowly and quietly becoming the next global economic superpower ...... and without occupying any foreign lands......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-12/end-empire-de-dollarization-chart-china-and-russia-are-banking End Of Empire - The 'De-Dollarization' Chart That China And Russia Are Banking On [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/12/2014 21:06 -0400 - Afghanistan - China - Deutsche Bank - End of Empire - Global Economy - Iraq - Jim Reid - President Obama - Purchasing Power - recovery - Reserve Currency - Ukraine inShare History did not end with the Cold War and, as Mark Twain put it, whilst*history doesn’t... more »

moving ocean

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Floor studs wuth fused concrete from Ground Zero on 911

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 3 hours ago
I wonder if this was saved for evidence? ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

Well, it was only music, and it's a school, you know, so . . .

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Manhattan P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village* *"We are very grateful for the years we were able to have [music teacher] Eve Zanni with us and for her contribution to the cultural tenor and atmosphere of the school."* *-- Michelle Farinet, parent coordinator at P.S. 41in Greenwich Village, in an e-mail to parents* *by Ken* Here are some parent comments quoted by DNAinfo New York's Danielle Tcholakian: "Music was one of the reasons we chose 41 -- I was just really impressed." *-- Shirley Brady, a fourth-grade motherwho'd known about Eve Zanni's extracurricularprograms and unusual teac... more »

ENTIRE LEADERSHIP OF ISIS OPPOSITION WIPED OUT BY ‘UNEXPLAINED’ EXPLOSION

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
"Most powerful armed group in Syria" takes massive hit *by* OLIVER LANE | BREITBART Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic ‘moderates’ opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State. The blast in the Northwest region of Idlib, Syria on Tuesday killed senior members of rebel group the Ahrar-al-Sham brigade (AaS), including leader Hassan Abboud and 45 others including senior members from other rebel alliance groups, reports The Times. The Idlib region stand... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Battle of Waterloo' (1970)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *Cavalry, artillery, infantry, great aerial shots, Scottish bagpipes, beautiful women, a brooding Napoleon, Christopher Plummer .... this film has it all.

Al Jazeera Does A Program On Origins of ISIS, Forgets To Mention Its Own Negative Role

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
The Al Jazeera media channel, especially its Arabic version, has for years stoked the fires of sectarianism and terrorism in the Middle East, above all in Iraq. One of the reasons why there was passive acceptance of ISIS in Sunni communities in Iraq when the terrorist group started taking over cities in a rapid fashion is because Al Jazeera and other politically-driven media channels had spread propaganda against the Iraqi government for several years. Alienated Sunnis were ripe for the taking in Iraq because they had been brainwashed by Al Jazeera. The channel continuously frame... more »

Independence For Scotland: Vote YES On Scottish Independence -Scotland Finally Has A Chance To Get Free From The British!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
For a change of pace in terms of my articles here at this blog, I figured I would chime in on the vote that is coming this week, the 18th of September, for Scotland to vote for independence from the United Kingdom. For the longest time, after the call for vote on this referendum was cast months ago, the NO vote was well out in front, which at the time meant that the people of Scotland were satisfied with the "status quo" and originally were going to cast their vote to stay in the union... However, some major changes have occurred over the last few months and now all polls show the Y... more »

The Arab Fall

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
The Arab Spring has gone from peaceful demos in favor of democracy to Saudi Arabia training a sectarian army to defeat a terrorist group. — Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) September 12, 2014 An excerpt from, *"The Arab Fall"* by Jared Feldschreiber, World Policy Blog, October 1, 2012: "Real democracy in the region is still a long ways off, said *Foreign Affairs' *Jonathan Tepperman, and there is little the United States can do to compel good democratic governance. “It would be a mistake to think this is all about the United States,” Tepperman said. Western policymakers long sup... more »

Obama’s ISIS Strategy: A Clausewitzian Perspective

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
Much ink has been spilled over the last few days concerning President Obama’s speech on Wednesday evening regarding ISIS, as well as how his strategy will face many challenges going forward. Some cite that he does not go far enough, others that he has not fully laid out what to do in Syria when he Continue reading

If You're Wondering Who's Worse, The Democrats Or The Republicans, You're Missing The Entire Point-- Which Is Exactly What They Want

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Greg Sargent asked yesterday about the latest manifestation of a left-right alliance, this time against unconstitutional war. If the "left" and the "right" are forming an alliance, who is it aimed at? Who are they fighting? [T]here are internal disagreements among Republicans over how to vote on the narrower question of arming the rebels, with some conservatives demanding a vote on this separate from one on the “continuing resolution” temporarily funding the government. The White House wants GOP leaders to package the two together. This is more than just an arcane Congressional p... more »

Diabolical Deceptions, Dengue Fever and Dirty Nuclear Politics

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Richard Wilcox, PhD “I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” - *Tom Waits * This article is a further investigation into a recent story I reported on which was based on a trusted Japanese source. The Japanese government may have been involved in hanky-panky by using dengue fever in order to scare the public away from gathering in Tokyo's major parks and prevent any huge anti-nuclear protests from occurring (1). I mistakenly reported in the original article that the date of the protest to be held was September 27th, when in fact it was to be on the 23rd. ... more »

Vote YES On Scottish Independence – Scotland Finally Has A Chance To Get Free From The British

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Michael Snyder Scottish voters finally have the opportunity to fulfill William Wallace's dream of a Scotland that is free and independent of England forever. All they have to do is vote yes next week. Without a doubt, a divorce from the British would be quite messy, and life would probably be more comfortable in the short-term if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. But hopefully the people of Scotland are looking beyond short-term concerns. Today, the United Kingdom is a horribly repressive Big Brother police state that is dominated by bureaucratic control freaks. You ca... more »

Space Weather Update ( September 12 , 2014 ) Government Expert: “There’s been a giant magnetic explosion on the sun… it’s pointed right at us” — CBC: “One of the biggest possible” solar flares — “Strong G3 level” predicted for Earth on Saturday .......... TV: Largest nuclear operator in US “prepared to take action if needed, to protect our systems

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
http://www.solarham.net/geo.txt :Product: 3-Day Forecast :Issued: 2014 Sep 12 1230 UTC # Prepared by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center # A. NOAA Geomagnetic Activity Observation and Forecast The greatest observed 3 hr Kp over the past 24 hours was 5 (NOAA Scale G1). The greatest expected 3 hr Kp for Sep 12-Sep 14 2014 is 7 (NOAA Scale G3). NOAA Kp index breakdown Sep 12-Sep 14 2014 Sep 12 Sep 13 Sep 14 00-03UT 5 (G1) 6 (G2) 4 03-06UT 5 (G1) 7 (G3) 5 (G1) 06-09UT 2 6 (G2) 5 (G1) 09... more »

Strategy Revealed: Make Syria "Look Like a Nail"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Bernie Suarez The Obama speech is done. Those hypnotized by his lies ponder his message. The U.S. has the "authority" to attack ISIS/ISIL. The U.S. will enter the sovereign nation of Syria without permission because apparently it doesn't need permission. Obama in his usual deceptive talk, had the usual smirk on his face as he narrates his role in the now well established global empire of oppression, the U.S. empire. The new world order is here. Spread the word. The mass psychopathy is at an all time high, only this time there is no one to stop this violent empire. Is there anyone...more »

TSA Tries to Screen Man After He Arrives at Destination

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
*Kahler Nygard* They tried to get me to do additional screening of my Body after I was already off the plane and headed out of the airport. I ended up leaving the airport without incident from the Denver police. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Stanford designs ant-sized radio to control 'Internet of Things'

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
A Stanford engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna. Read full story *here*. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

CNN: Scotland May Leave the UK, So U.S. Should Apologize for Revolution and Rejoin UK

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
*Truthstream Media* The pathetic desperation of monarchs and megabanks is being heard far and wide at the idea that Scotland might actually vote itself independent of the Crown...but here in America, we have one journalism professor promoted by CNN who believes we should come crawling back begging for forgiveness and a chance to take Scotland's place. Quote: "David Wheeler says the U.S. would be better off if we apologized for our revolt and joined the U.K." because "We hold this truth to be self-evident: Brits have a superior society." Visit TruthstreamMedia.com *Get truth ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*What Can We Expect From The Anti-Islamic State Coalition? -- John Vandver/Jennifer Svan/Matt Millham, Stars and Stripes* U.S. officials are working hard to build a broad, international coalition to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. What’s unclear is whether the international effort will produce a coalition of consequence or one in name only. At the NATO summit last week, the U.S. announced formation of a 10-nation “core coalition” that includes nine NATO members plus Australia. It has since grown. *Read more* .... *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- Septe... more »

ISIS is a Fictional Villain to Perpetuate the War on Terror

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
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Early Warnings

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
*First phone following August 7th 1998 Double Event:* *Albright : **"My God Pru, I had no idea your embassy was so vulnerable..."* *Ambassador Bushnell : **"Madame Secretary, I sent you a letter..."* *Albright : [Silence]* October Surpise 2000 : The Israeli Attack on USS Cole from Spike EP on Vimeo . *U.S. missiles pound targets in Afghanistan, Sudan* *The El Shifa Pharmaceutical Industries factory lies in ruins, hit by U.S. cruise missiles * *Retaliation for bombing of U.S. embassies in eastern Africa* *August 20, 1998* *Web posted at: 5:53 p.m. EDT (2153 GMT)* *WASHINGT... more »

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence* *Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam* *by Martin Luther King, Jr* *Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967* *Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City:* I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam.... more »

World News Briefs -- September 12, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Kerry Says Comfortable U.S. Will Form Broad Anti-ISIL Coalition -- Reuters* ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he was comfortable that the United States would form a broad-based coalition to fight Islamic State militants but said it would not be appropriate for Iran to be involved in the efforts. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Barack Obama's plan, announced on Wednesday, to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier to defeat Islamic State Sunni fighters that control swathes of both countries. *Read mor...more »

The Bennis Plan: Here is a Real Strategy for Dealing with ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
The Bennis Plan: Here is a Real Strategy for Dealing with ISIS. Source: The Real News. Date Published: September 12, 2014. Description: Military strategies have failed, only a political and diplomatic solution will work

Meet The Republican Wing Of The Democratic Party-- Still Undermining The Affordable Care Act

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Far right extremist and anti-health care fanatic Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is running for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat. Yesterday his bill to allow substandard health insurance policies to be sold on the open market-- even if they are just scams that cheat consumers-- passed the Republican-controlled House 247-167. Every single Republican-- including the fake moderates-- voted for it… and they were joined by the usual suspects from the Democratic side of the Chamber. 25 Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party crossed the aisle and voted with the GOP. Extr... more »

Is President Obama Correct When He Touts Yemen And Somalia As Successful U.S. Counter-terrorism Campaigns?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Touting Yemen, Somalia As Success Stories, Obama Sets Low Bar For Iraq -- Michael Pizzi, Al Jazeera* The US trumpeted its success in fighting Al-Qaeda affiliates in those nations, but eliminating them proved impossible As he laid out his plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State insurgency, President Barack Obama told the nation Wednesday night that he planned to pursue the extremists who have seized much of Syria and Iraq just as the U.S. has done “successfully” in Yemen and Somalia. For those familiar with the ongoing collapse of those two states, Obama set a ... more »

Canadian Broadcasting Company: American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
In the U.S., a cash-grab by police and government is dressed up in terms like “interdiction and forfeiture,” or “the equitable sharing program.” (CBC) *The corporations posing as governments are getting desperate for cash now...** -AK* http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/american-shakedown-police-won-t-charge-you-but-they-ll-grab-your-money-1.2760736 American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money *U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can* By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Upda... more »

Just for Fun

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
A friend sends the following puzzle. Find the X that fits in this sequence: *16 06 68 88 X 98* For those who don't get it, I will post a hint in a few days.

The Bloodshed In The Central African Republic Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A man waves a machete in a protest against French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) *The Central African Republic’s Forgotten Crisis -- The Nation* *This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and Foreign Policy In Focus.* Take a look at the World section of nearly any mainstream news outlet and the main story will be Iraq, Syria, Ukraine or Gaza—all of which are suffering acutely from their respective conflicts. Yet even together they hardly enjoy a monopoly on gruesome civil wars or protracted refugee crises. At a time of so ... more »

Supplemental: Susan Reimer gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014What Edie Dugan said:* People shouldn’t punch other people. It’s especially true that people who are much bigger and stronger shouldn’t punch those who are smaller. The NFL seems to have a fair number of players who engage in domestic violence. We’d love to see the Players Association step in and make something good happen. What would something good look like? We thought Susan Reimer got it right in this part of yesterday’s column in the Baltimore Sun: REIMER (9/11/14): Experts on the subject are filling the airways right now, and *there is hope this ve... more »

The Trammps - Disco Inferno

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Lazy. So here's a cut from my top 100 songs of the 70s. Let's disco!

EU And The U.S. Impose New Russian Sanctions. Russia Responds

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*EU, U.S. Impose New Economic Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine -- Globe and Mail/Reuters* The European Union and United States enacted a new round of sanctions against Russia on Friday over its role in Ukraine, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies and asset freezes on leading Russian politicians. The EU and the U.S. government have been stepping up pressure on Moscow after its annexation of Crimea in March and what the West sees as an effort since then to further destabilise Ukraine by backing pro-Russian separatists in the east with troops a... more »

Murder is a Crime

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*Yes, actually they were.* Well, they charged, prosecuted and convicted him in absentia in early 2001 with ordering the 1998 Embassy Bombings under RICO - and he had absolutely nothing to do with that either.

Supplemental: Shira Springer fully believes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014We’re not sure what or why:* What did the NFL know and when did the NFL know it? Like you, we have no idea. We’re in no position to say. We *are* in position to watch TV and evaluate the journalistic conduct. In that respect, we were struck by something we saw on last night’s Maddow show. Rachel was speaking with Shira Springer, sports enterprise reporter for the Boston Globe. Below, you see the first Q-and-A. Springer’s statement struck us as odd: MADDOW (9/11/14): So tonight we have the owner of the Ravens, as well as the NFL itself, disputing this r... more »

Can Ukraine Win The War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
THE SITUATION IN THE EASTERN REGIONS OF UKRAINE – 11.09.14 full size map http://t.co/zyCf1JWiXn pic.twitter.com/GC32eIph55 — NSDC of Ukraine (@NSDC_ua) September 11, 2014 *Can Ukraine Win The War In The East? -- Ian Bateson, Kyiv Post* When tanks and artillery entered the southern Donetsk Oblast from Russia on Aug. 27 it caught Ukrainian forces off guard, sending shockwaves through Ukraine’s leadership. Resistance quickly crumbled as the advancing forces took Novoazovsk and surrounding villages. With reports that Russian regulars led the offensive not Russian-supported Ukrainian ... more »

Sock Puppets for War...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*H/T to ZipADee who said in the comments:* The way you presented your thoughts in *this posting* motivated, and helped, bring it about. I'd heard of a.k.a. obama as a 'Sock Puppet' before, but the idea for this show came from your posting: let's go with that! The 'lunacy' of it all is better seen when we take off the 'OZ glasses!' Thanks! We need to quit focusing on Obama. He's a sock puppet. His handlers purposely keep your focus on him (can you say golf, vacations, tan suits, bad "optics") so they may maneuver behind the scenes unimpeded. And if anyone thinks that the "been a... more »

Hamas, Hezbollah fighting Israeli, ISIS terror

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 9 hours ago
[image: Leaders of the REAL war on terror]Leaders of the REAL war on terror[image: Leaders of the REAL war on terror] *I just debated arch-Zionist WND Jerusalem correspondent Aaron Klein on Press TV. The topic: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s admission that Hamas is now militarily and diplomatically stronger.* Watch the debate between Kevin Barrett and Aaron Klein at Press TV Read the corrected transcript at Veterans Today

Major Northern Lights Display Expected This Weekend

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
[image: The northern lights dance over Earth in shimmering green light on Aug. 29, 2014.] We are likely to have a speacial time in the skies this weekend. The northern lights will be super charged and visible rather far to the South. Take advantage of this and go for a drive out into a rural area where urban lighting will not obscure your viewing it is is at all possible.Perhaps the day will come in which outdoor lighting is no longer necessary but that is certainly not now. I actually grew up without any such lighting nearby, so solving that problem was as simple as tu... more »

Canada-China Trade Agreement to be Ratified?

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 10 hours ago
Breaking news from Ottawa: We’ve just heard that *Prime Minister Harper could be about to ratify the secretive and extreme Canada-China FIPA investors deal in the next few hours*. This deal would allow *China’s massive companies to sue Canadian governments in secret tribunals if we make decisions that put Canadian interests ahead of their corporate profits* – restricting Canadians from making democratic decisions about our economy, environment and energy. *It gets worse: If Prime Minister Harper approves this international investors’ deal it could bind us for **31 years**.* As yo... more »

The human brain has never been logical...its a holographic pattern processor...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
My choice of vocations over the past 32 years has involved logic to one degree or another as it related to computer hardware, computer software or the Internet and the web. Part of the reason this field attracted me was that after being in high school during the Vietnam Era I had come to very depressing conclusion the world was seriously fucked up. It was quite clear that my country had no qualms about killing 58,000 men in a stupid foreign civil war by a banker named Robert McNamara. And our politicians are still trying to get us mixed up in other people's civil wars. In pro... more »

Ukraine President Concedes That There Is No Military Solution To The Crisis. Is Now Looking For A Political Solution

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a news conference at the European Council headquarters during an EU summit in Brussels August 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Laurent Dubrule *Ukraine's Leader Sees No Military Solution Of Crisis, Eyes Reforms -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Friday there could be no military solution to his country's crisis and said he hoped "a very fragile" ceasefire in the east would hold, allowing him to focus on rebuilding the shattered economy. Petro Poroshenko also said a new wave of European Union sanctions against Russia underlined ... more »

THE WARNINGS FROM JOURNALIST COUNTY: Jacob Weisberg, Boo and Dowd!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014Part 5—Journalists and movie stars:* In 1986, Jacob Weisberg, then 20 years old, issued a prescient warning about the emerging fatuous conduct of our pundit class. Eighteen years later, Weisberg was editor of Slate. Direct from New Hampshire, he offered these absurd remarks about three Democratic contenders: WEISBERG (1/20/04): [Wes] Clark’s argument is his military background. Having seen the general up here a few times, David confirms my impression of yesterday that Clark’s performances have improved to an amazing degree. But *David sees Naomi Wolf-ty... more »

A Vote For Susan Collins Is A Vote For...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Although Rick Santorum has reassured his far right-wing allies that Collins has to occasionally make believe dh's a moderate to trick Mainers, she *never* betrays the GOP when push comes to shove, voters still expect her to come through for the mainstream when it's important. Yesterday it was important, very, very important. And she sure didn't come through for mainstream Americans. She was as extreme and out of her skull as Ted Cruz or Paul LePage. If you're looking for a reason to switch to Shenna Bellows, yesterday's vote to shut down another Republican filibuster of Tom Udall's... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Sean Payton purchases 100 jerseys in support of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still * *Could Wojjah Godhell face Sean Payton rule?~ Paul Murphy, WWLTV* *NOPD accused of racially profiling Latinos, aiding federal immigration agents ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens* *New Orleans As A Tech Hub? Here's Why GE Says 'Yes' ~George Anders, Forbes* *City orders homeless to vacate camp under expressway; time running out ~Brian Wiechert*

Northern Rocks with a dusting of snow

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago

Civil War In Syria News Updates -- September 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad pose as they gesture in the town of Halfaya in Hama countryside, after claiming to have regained control of the area September 12, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/George Ourfalian *Syrian Forces Win Battle With Rebels In Hama -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Friday it had taken control of a town northwest of Hama where the Nusra Front had been massing forces, dealing a blow to the al Qaeda-linked group that has been trying to open new fronts after losing ground to Islamic State. The army also said it had secured nearby areas cl... more »

Ten Buck Friday - Week Two...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*where we can sacrifice a couple of lattes in the interest of taking back our country.* A group of us bloggers have gotten together to revive Ten Buck Friday which was first instituted in 2010. Looking at the political candidates who may make a difference and the ones who need help is our goal. If enough of us send a $10.00 donation to one of these candidates, it could make all the difference they may need to win. I think ten bucks is pretty cheap to get rid of Dingy Harry! This week we're focusing on these candidates for the Senate: *Contribute to Dan Sullivan Here* *Contri... more »

Syria's Rebels Tell The U.S. That They Will Decide Who To Wage War Against, Not Who The White House Tells Them To

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Reuters *Syrian Rebels: We'll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad, Whether Obama Likes It or Not -- Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* If the U.S. arms the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS, they are going to battle the Syrian regime at the same time—no matter what the White House says. President Obama has reversed course, and is finally promising to openly arm the moderate Syrian opposition. But he wants the rebels to use those weapons to fight only ISIS, not the Bashar al-Assad regime. The Syrian rebels plan to use them to fight both at the same time. For the Free Syrian Army, the loose conglom... more »

Regrets, They Had a Few...

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
.... but then again, too few to mention. Not that it would have meant anything in the grand horrific scheme of things, but reports that the Nobel Committee is now kicking itself in the ass over awarding Barack Obama the 2009 Peace Prize appear to be premature, if not entirely bogus. Antiwar blogger David Swanson (or someone claiming to be David Swanson) today posted a purported missive from the "Norwegian Nobel Institute" which quotes one Thorbjorn Lagland as saying the committee joins with other Peace Prize winners "in expressing its regrets over the conduct of the 2009 prize r...more »

U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry: U.S. Not At War With The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Kerry: U.S. Not At War With ISIS -- CNN* (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration's strategy includes "many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war." "What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation," Kerry told CNN's Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "It's going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it's a ma... more »

Weirdly surreal - Shockingly haunted - Adult symbolism world of Art of Tenia

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 12 hours ago
I came across the weirdly surreal, and shockingly haunted, adult symbolism world of Art of Tenia quite by accident, and I'm very glad I did. *Born in 1986 in Sicily, Italian artist Gianluca Gambino aka **Tenia** currently works for a graphic design agency in Catania and as character designer for 2 small video game companies in Berlin and Paris. His surreal and haunted graphics are created in Photoshop.* Tenia says,* "My works are ruthless radiographs of the soul, compositions dense with symbols and layers, prepared to leave the viewer disturbed, restless and intrigued by the mystery...more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry In Turkey 'Begging' Them To Participate In Military Operations Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels on 25 June (AFP). *Kerry In Turkey To Build Global Coalition Against Islamic State Group -- Voice of America* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Turkey Friday to help build international support in the fight against Islamic State extremists. During talks with Kerry on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Turkey refused to endorse a U.S.-led comprehensive plan to defeat the Islamic State militants. Ten Arab nations did join the coalition, promising to help the U.S. destroy the Islamic State wherev... more »

More of that Movie Idea

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
Part I, II, III It just occurred to me; the heroine is going to be assaulted by a team of cops, including the lead villain, and then the big baddie is going to depart, to bust other heads, and that's when she's going to continue fighting and that's when she's rescued by the mentor-figure. I decided I'd have him say that one reason why he came to help her was because he admired that she continued fighting. Because (as it turns out) he is a fighter. So, why not make explicit her reasons for continuing to struggle? So then I thought that while she's recovering from the initial beatin...more »

Premier Haider Abadi’s New Iraq Government

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
President Fuad Masum, Kurdistan Democratic Party Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, Dawa, State of Law Vice President Osama Nujafi, Mutahidun Vice President Iyad Allawi, Nationalist Coalition/Wataniya Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Dawa, State of Law Deputy Premier Salah al-Mutlaq, al-Arabiya Deputy Premier Hoshyar Zebari, Kurdistan Democratic Party Deputy Premier Bahaa Araji, Sadrist/Ahrar, National Alliance Defense Minister VACANT Interior Minister VACANT Agriculture Minister Falah Hassan Zaidan, Mutahidun Communications Minister Hassan Kadhim Rasheed, Badr Organization, State of Law Cult... more »

Mapping U.S. Air Strikes In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*What U.S. Airstrikes Look Like In Iraq, Mapped By Region -- Washington Post* As the United States’ air war in Iraq moves into its second month, there are a lot of ways to crunch the data that has been released. One is to track what has been hit. Another, depicted above, is to pay attention to where the bombs and missiles have been landing. As this map shows, the U.S. military has dropped ordnance around the Mosul Dam at least 94 times since President Obama first authorized airstrikes in Iraq on Aug. 7. At least 29 more airstrikes have been conducted around Irbil, the northern Ir... more »

World News Briefs -- September 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*West African Health Centers Can't Keep Up With Ebola Outbreak, WHO Says -- CNN* (CNN) -- The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday. "In the three hardest hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in the Ebola-specific treatment centers," said Margaret Chan, the WHO director-general. "Today, there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire count... more »

Sacred Economics?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
[image: Garden of Earth] By American Kabuki Perhaps its my religious upbringing but I really cringe when the mundane is sacralized. Things, rituals, words, dates on a calendar, places, even foods, are often called sacred (or their prohibited inverses profane) to evoke awe and separation and unquestioning acceptance of ideas. This video brings out some very good points, but I am of the feeling this new kind of economics is not fully fleshed out yet. Gift economy is a great term, but it kind of assumes creativity involves no effort or work or labor. And any creative person can tel...more »

PRISONER SWAP

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Self-defense forces in E. Ukraine have exchanged a batch of prisoners with the Ukrainian army in a move that was stipulated as one of the key issues of the Minsk ceasefire agreement reached between the two sides last week. Many believe that the ceasefire is being used by Kiev to resupply and reposition their troops who lately had been suffering severe losses on the battlefield in eastern Ukraine. Various NATO countries have been shipping weapons to Kiev's army in recent days. No doubt that this is a US-NATO proxy war against Russia.

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Paid Sick Leave

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 14 hours ago
Or, States That Don't Suck For Employees, Part IV Oh, sure, if you're lucky enough to qualify for Family and Medical Leave, you may or may not get some paid time off if you have a serious medical condition. You're paid under that law if you have any paid sick leave or vacation time, and then the rest of the leave is unpaid. However, whether or not you get any paid sick time is up to your employer. That is, unless you live in a state beginning with the letter C. California became the second state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave under the law signed this week. Most employees w... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Obama Rejected "Best Military Advice" -- Dustin Walker, Real Clear Defense* CENTCOM Chief Urged Modest Combat Contingent As he laid out his strategy to combat the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, President Obama rejected the “best military advice” of his top military commander in the Middle East. Quoting two U.S. military officials, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said “that his best military advice was to send a modest contingent of American troops, principally Special Operations forces, to ... more »

Stunning Inequality

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://rabble.ca/ The Broadbent Institute has just released a study on the distribution of wealth in Canada. Rick Smith, the institute's director, writes: While the growing income share of the richest 1 per cent often dominates the headlines, looking at the distribution of wealth as opposed to income provides a broader view of the economic resources available to an individual or family. A family’s wealth can be thought of as the amount of money that would be left over if they sold all their assets and paid off ... more »

Republicans Literally Want To Push Obama Into A War… So They Can Blame Him For The Inevitable Consequences

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Drunken Speaker to ravenous GOP funders: "Somebody's boots have to be on the ground" Call me crazy but I didn't get the idea Obama was all that enthusiastic about jumping into another amorphous Middle East war, especially with traditional allies England, Germany and Turkey all saying "good luck but we'll sit this one out, if you don't mind." *The Times* responded to Obama's speech very differently from the way the congressional warmongers did by pointing out that "as President Obama prepares to send the United States on what could be a yearslong military campaign against the militant... more »

Musical Interlude: John Fluker, “Through New Eyes” (Red Cloud Peak)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
John Fluker, “Through New Eyes” (Red Cloud Peak) “I wanted to share this beautiful, peaceful music and decided to use some of my own photos to give the eye some interest as you listen. I took these photos on a hike by myself up Red Cloud Peak (14,041 ft.) late Sept. of 2007 in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It's typically hiked via Silver Creek Trail, which is accessible from half-way up the east side of Cinnamon Pass in Hinsdale County.” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3FSfoBLgU4

8 Fabulous Halloween Wreaths

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
It is coming. Costumes are hanging on racks in the stores. Halloween candy has its own aisle and I. Can't. Wait. Halloween is my 5-year-old's favorite holiday and her love for it is contagious. We fill out house with pumpkins and leaves and all links apple spiced. The first thing I always make for a holiday is a new wreath. Here are some of the ones I have been looking at this year. Spooky Ghost Wreath at Better Homes and Gardens. Be-Witching Wreath by Craftomaniac Burlap Halloween Wreath by Housewife Eclectic. Lace Spider Web Wreath by The Thriftress Candy Corn Wreath by The Ca...more »

Geomagnetic Storm

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
Links from the video page Hook Echo's Article: http://www.suspicious0bserverscollective.org/the-blog/gamma-ray-bursts-gravity-waves-electrostatic-shocks-large-earthquakes ... New Dawn Magazine: http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/ PNG Volcano Sonic Shockwave: http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/video_papua_new_guinea_volcano_eruption/33672914 Climate Update: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2014/8 NASA and Hurricanes: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-hs3-hurricane-animation-paints-colors-of-the-wind/#.VBKxGhbMBO4 Rosetta Map: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/rosetta/fi...more »

Ebola Updates ( September 12 , 2014 ) -- VIROLOGIST: ‘IT’S TOO LATE, EBOLA WILL KILL 5 MILLION’ Expert says virus will infect entire population of African countries ........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-09/sierra-leone-to-visit-every-home-to-track-down-ebola-dead/5729036 [image: Ebola victim being buried in Kenema] PHOTO More than 20,000 volunteers will go door-to-door as part of a three-day curfew to identify Ebola victims and remove bodies GETTY IMAGES/MOHAMMED ELSHAMY, FILE PHOTOS Volunteers in Sierra Leone are to visit every home in the country of 6 million to track down people with Ebola and remove dead bodies. Steven Ngaoja, the head of the country's Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, said more than 20,000 volunteers would go door-to-do... more »

Definition of Irony:John Kerry Visits Saudi Arabia on Anniversary of 9/11

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
You have to hand it to Secretary of State John "Skull and Bones" Kerry, as the nation's top diplomat the man scores right around zero on the political sensitivity scale. Kerry, who is a source of ongoing embarrassment to the image of the U.S. stopped off in Saudi Arabia on Thursday - the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that murdered over 3,000 Americans. Considering the dismal quality of the nincompoops at the State Department like Marie Harf, Jen Psaki and Victoria Nuland it is unsurprising that nobody bothered to take into account the fact that 15 of the ... more »

2 Navy F/A-18 Hornets Have Collided Over The Pacific Ocean. One Pilot Missing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
#BREAKING MT @US7thFleet: #USNavy F/A-18 Hornets crash in Pacific Ocean. We will continue to release updates. http://t.co/hOarswxHHJ — U.S. Navy (@USNavy) September 12, 2014 *Two F/A-18 Hornets Crash In The Pacific Ocean -- Virginia Pilot* Two F/A-18 Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard the carrier Carl Vinson crashed into the western Pacific Ocean this morning. One of the pilots was quickly located, rescued and receiving medical attention aboard the carrier, according to a Navy news release. A search was underway for the second pilot. The guided-missile cruiser Bunker Hill, g... more »

Iraq / Syria situation ( September 12 , 2014 ) -- Vetted ‘Moderate’ Syria Rebels Commander: We’re Allied With ISIS 'Very Large Number' of FSA Rebels Have Joined ISIS ....... Despite Speech, Obama Has Yet to Order Syria Strikes So Far, Centcom Authority Limited to Strikes Inside Iraq ....... Israel ‘Concerned’ US War on ISIS Will Temper Hostility Toward Iran Steinitz: Iran Must Remain Top Priority ........ Air Force Commander: Syria Strike Needs Boots on the Ground Kerry Admits: No Ally to Send Ground Troops ........ Tweets of the morning !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Anti War...... Vetted ‘Moderate’ Syria Rebels Commander: We’re Allied With ISIS'Very Large Number' of FSA Rebels Have Joined ISIS by Jason Ditz, September 11, 2014 Print This | Share This While the Obama Administration presents its ultimate goal in Syria as propping up “vetted, moderate rebels” as an alternative to ISIS, those self-same rebels are increasingly allying themselves outright with ISIS. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the most endorsed faction from the US perspective, is eagerly attaching itself to ISIS, with FSA commander Bassel Idriss admitting he regularly collaborates with...more »

Did President Obama Ignore His Generals When He Asked For Options On Combating The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with U.S. President Barack Obama on the second and final day of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort near Newport in Wales on Friday. *Obama Rejects 'Best Military Advice' in Fighting ISIS -- Weekly Standard* In deciding how to destroy ISIS, President Obama has rejected the "best military advice." The advice was recently given to the commander in chief from his military leaders. "Responding to a White House request for options to confront the Islamic State, Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said ... more »

Watch What You Buy: DHS to Guide Retailers in Spotting Terrorists

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Paul Lawrance Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, announced that the Department of Homeland Security will be giving retailers guidance on how to spot a potential terrorist based on what a customer buys. The Washington Times reports: While saying the government cannot prohibit sales of some everyday materials, Mr. Johnson said retailers should be trained to look for anyone who buys a lot from what he described as a “long list of materials that could be used as explosive precursors.” He said it was an extension of the “If you see something, say s...more »

Goodbye sweet Laila

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Brian Kelly and Laila the dog... Photo by Julian RoblesLaila the dog passed away last night. Forever the guardian of the children and watchdog of all who visited... she will be missed. Laila was a Moroccan street dog that became part of everyone's family here.

Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Dees Illustration Jon Rappoport People want to believe medical science gives us, at any given moment, the best of all possible worlds. And of course, the best of all possible worlds must have its enemies: the quacks who sell unproven snake oil. So let’s look at some facts. As I’ve been documenting for years, the medical cartel has been engaged in massive criminal fraud, presenting their drugs as safe and effective across the board—when, in fact, these drugs have been killing and maiming huge numbers of people, like clockwork. I’ve cited the groundbreaking review, *“Is US Healt... more »

CDC Whistleblower: This Is the Real Smoking Gun

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Jon Rappoport On August 27, CDC scientist William Thompson came out of the shadows and revealed that he had participated in a major scientific fraud: He and his co-authors had published a 2004 study claiming there was no MMR-vaccine connection to autism. They had omitted vital data which contradicted that finding. The MMR vaccine was causing autism. Thompson knew it. So did his co-authors. They buried that chilling fact. In Thompson’s confession, released through his Cincinnati attorney, Rick Morgan, Thompson asserted that he would work with Congress, but he wouldn’t speak to re...more »

Ukraine Situation ( September 12 , 2014 ) -- Sanctions from the EU and US , Russian Responses to same in focus ...... Ceasefire still in effect and holding , ongoing attempts at resolution of Eat Ukraine situation in focus .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Itar Tass..... Special status for Donetsk, Luhansk regions no threat to Ukraine's integrity — Poroshenko World September 12, 15:32 UTC+4 Local governments will be entitled to settle language problems and control expenditures of local budgets, but problems of foreign and home politics will remain in the competence of central authorities © AP Photo/Virginia Mayo [image: Igor Plotnitsky, head of the Luhansk People’s Republic] Luhansk and Donetsk republics may start negotiating their political status with Kiev soon KIEV, September 12. /ITAR-TASS/. A bill on a special status of a number of...more »

U.S. Government Denies Claims of Toxic Exposure to 9/11 First Responders

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Tess Pennington There were a unique group of people that emerged during 9/11. They were the ones who, instead of running away from the attacks, were running towards it. They were the helpers. They were the ones working for days trying to dig victims out of the debris. They were the ones who worked at ground zero trying to help emergency response units. They were the ones setting up missing persons areas. As many of you know, I worked at the American Red Cross during September 11, 2001. An hour after the first terrorist attacks, my chapter became the headquarters for dealing with ... more »

25 Vaccines That Contain Carcinogens

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
*Experimental Vaccines* National Cancer Institute Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk EPA Admits you are Eating Neurotoxins CDC Vaccine Ingredients Aborted Fetal Cells Used In Vaccines? Cure Search Children’s Cancer Incidence Rates Over Time Flavor Enhancer MSG Added to Flu Shot Types of Children’s Cancers Vaccine Exemption Forms *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Action Alert! Keep the Internet FREE from FCC Regulation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
*Activist Post* Following Internet Slowdown day on September 10, millions of people and businesses across the Web continue taking action against transforming the Internet from a level playing field to a tiered system of privileged access. There are many threats to our free and open Internet access, and we have made great strides in preventing some of them, but we need to be louder than ever now. For those who might not be familiar with what is at stake please read the following link, which contains a key video as well: *Net Neutrality Solution is to Give Crony-Filled FCC Autho... more »

Johns Hopkins: 'Magic Mushrooms' Help Longtime Addicts Quit Smoking

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Psilocybin mushrooms *Activist Post* Johns Hopkins researchers report that a small number of longtime smokers who had failed many attempts to drop the habit did so after a carefully controlled and monitored use of psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic agent in so-called "magic mushrooms,” in the context of a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program. The abstinence rate for study participants was 80 percent after six months, substantially higher than typical success rates in smoking cessation trials, says Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and b... more »

Judge, Prosecutor Who Let Ray Rice Go Denied Philly Mom Who Carried Licensed Gun

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
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More than 1/3 of Americans Believe 9/11 Was a False Flag Attack

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
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Threat of Job Loss Increases Compliance to Vaccines: Study

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Heather Callaghan As it turns out, according to a new "study," hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy. This is according to a Henry Ford Health System study, funded by Henry Ford Health System and citing the "data" from Henry Ford Health System. The upper echelon of Henry Ford, acting under their created task force, is attempting to pass off a "*duh!*" observation of authorities using power over subordinates as a true-blue health study. Yet, nowhere in the study is there any proof of redu... more »

PINK: You and Me

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
[image: You and Me by Pink]

The Geopolitics of World War III

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
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Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.12.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.12.14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “America is at war in the Middle East. President Obama came on national media this week and said ISIS terrorists in eastern Syria and western Iraq “will find no safe haven,” and he wants to “ultimately destroy ISIL.” Of course, Secretary of State John Kerry said it really was not a war but a “significant counter-terror operation.” To that I say horse hooey! This is war any way you cut it, even if it is supposedly only an air campaign with military “advisors.” Just think, President Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize at the b... more »

Colonel Richard Kemp on the recent Israel Hamas conflict

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
http://youtu.be/_l5Ifb5Gp1s

More People Die Violently At Home Than In War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
In 2008, one in three countries in the world had a homicide rate greater than 10 per 100,000 Photograph: Tomas Bravo/Reuters *Violence Between Individuals 'Kills Nine Times More People' Than wars -- The Guardian* Report urges global bodies, governments and aid agencies to review approaches to tackling violence in light of figures. Nine times as many people are killed in disputes between individuals, including incidents of domestic violence, than are killed in wars and conflicts, according to a report which urges global bodies, governments and aid agencies to review approaches to t... more »

Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas - No Shit Sherlock

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
AP have finally got around to reporting the obvious... ' Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. ' More here http://bigstory.ap.org/article/evidence-growing-hamas-used-residential-areas Of course hell will freeze over before the BBC acknowledge this fact as well.

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory

Everything you ever wanted to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes. [image: 9/11: A Conspiracy Theory] Tags: 9/11

ISIS and Israel allies against a Palestinian state

Netanyahu’s depiction of Hamas and ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which now calls itself Islamic State) as “branches of the same poisonous tree” is a travesty of the truth. Tags: OCCUPIED PALESTINE AKA ISRAEL PALESTINE IRAQ SYRIA

Ukraine - U.S. Meddling Dims Prospects for Peace

The Minsk Ceasefire Protocol has very little chance of succeeding. In fact, the meeting between the warring parties was not convened to stop the violence as much as it was to buy time for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) to retreat and regroup. Tags: UNITED STATES UKRAINE

Saudi Arabia agrees to host training of moderate Syria rebels

Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama's broad strategy to combat Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Syria and Iraq, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Tags: UNITED STATES SAUDI ARABIA SYRIA

Poland stops reverse gas flow to Ukraine, Kiev blames Russia

Ukraine’s state-controlled gas transit company says Poland cut off reverse flows to Ukraine, alleging that a quarter of Russian gas imports to Poland went missing. Gazprom said it continues to supply the same amount of gas as previously. Tags: RUSSIA POLAND UKRAINE NATURAL GAS

US government violates international law, no right to use force in Syria

The US President says Washington will carry out airstrikes on Islamic state and arm Syrian rebels in a bid to fight the extremists. Brian Becker, from the anti-war Answer Coalition, says there is every reason to be concerned by Obama's words. [image: ‘US govt violates intl law, no right to use force in Syria’] Tags: UNITED STATES SYRIA WHITE HOUSE

Busted: Spanish soldiers and cops in huge drug ring

Three soldiers, one Civil Guard officer and a policeman have been arrested in connection with a highly sophisticated cocaine and hash smuggling ring busted on Tuesday in different parts of mainland Spain. Tags: SPAIN POLICE CORRUPTION

E.Ukraine offensive went bad, too late for Donetsk, Lugansk 'special status'

On the 5th day of the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, President Poroshenko has announced moves towards a possible change of status for Lugansk and Donetsk republics. [image: 'E.Ukraine offensive went bad, too late for Donetsk, Lugansk 'special status'] Tags: UKRAINE

French favour booting Brits from EU: Poll

A new poll says a majority of French people believe Britain should be booted out of the European Union, rather than have its concerns taken into account by Brussels. It's a question sparked by a possible referendum on Britain's membership in the EU. Tags: FRANCE UNITED KINGDOM EUROPEAN UNION

Germans want cooler relations with USA

Germans want more independence from the United States in security and diplomacy affairs, according to a major survey released on Wednesday, which showed negative attitudes towards the USA have hardened. Tags: IRAQ UNITED STATES

Argentina: Confirmation for the Bellocq UFO Photo

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO & LV7 Radio (Tucumán Argentina)Date: 09.08.14* *Argentina: Confirmation for the Bellocq UFO Photo* Fernándo Távara of the MUFON Perú organization analyzed the original image of an Unidentified Flying Object photographed over San Francisco de Bellocq, which appeared in La Voz del Pueblo newspaper last Wednesday. Andres Stessens, the photographer, is an aide to municipal delegate Gerardo Chedrese. Távara further references a second figure that is also visible, but less clearly so. "I have dismissed the cause being a photography error, lens stains or birds," no... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*Calgary yesterday*

The U.S. Army Is Building A Better Grenade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
This graphic was released by the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal to illustrate how a grenade in development would work. (U.S. Army image) *This Future Army Grenade Could Kill Enemies Hiding Behind Walls -- Washington Post* When U.S. combat troops are caught in a firefight, one of the quickest ways for them to turn the tide in their favor is to use grenades. The 40mm rounds can be fired from a launcher attached to a rifle, landing on enemies a few hundred meters away. But they have limitations, especially when enemy fighters take cover behind a wall or other obstacle. The U.S. Army’s...more »

Background Conference Call on the President's Address to the Nation | The White House

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/10/background-conference-call-presidents-address-nation tells us that: 'ISIL has been I think a galvanizing threat around the Sunni partners in the region. They view it as an existential threat to them. Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria.' 'Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria.' Really? Are you sure? I'm pretty sure Egypt, Jordan and Iraq border Saudi Arabia to the east and north. Arguably Israel over water. But not Syria. If the Barack Hussein Obama White House has this poor a grasp of t... more »

True and scary

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Yaakov Kirschen (@drybonescartoon) tweeted at 10:37 AM on Fri, Sep 05, 2014: A wave of violence on the horizon.#drybonescartoon http://t.co/XhGgaTvhMt (https://twitter.com/drybonescartoon/status/507824888707424256)

US Strategic Command Confident About Russian Military Satellite Crash

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kosmos 2495 Re-Entry]Russian reconnaissance satellite Kosmos-2495 re-entered the atmosphere and crashed last week, a spokesman for the US Strategic Command told RIA Novosti on Friday. "US Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space [JFCC Space] through the Joint Space Operations Center [JSpOC] assesses with high confidence that Kosmos-2495 re-entered the atmosphere and was removed from the US satellite catalog as a decayed object on September 3," the spokesman said. The Russian Defense Ministry previously denied media reports of a Russian military satel... more »

Agni-I Hits Target Area With Pin Point Accuracy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Indian army personnel on Thursday successfully test fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-I from a defence base off the Odisha coast. The test was conducted by the strategic forces command (SFC) integrating all the operational systems and the strategic command network. Defence sources said the indigenously developed missile, propelled by solid rocket propellant system, blasted off from the launching complex-IV located in Wheeler Island, a part of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 11.15 am. Read more

The U.S. Army Shows Off Its New Laser Cannon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog -- Autopia * Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)—basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck—was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. This test was done in a windy and foggy environment, an essential step to proving the technology is useful for naval deployment. The H... more »

First of Chad’s MIG-29 Arrives In N’Djamena

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: N’Djamena airbase]Over the last decade, Chad and Sudan have been engaged in a serious proxy war to support armed opposition groups in their respective countries. This support intensified near the end of 2005. Since then, both countries have attempted to bring the various warring parties back under control—though with little success. Despite cooler heads prevailing, Chad continued with the acquisition of more advanced aircraft like the MIG-29 multirole fighter, especially since neighboring Sudan had already acquired the platform from Belarus in mid-2008. (Sudan’s MIG-29 can b... more »

USAF, Lockheed discover permanent fix for F-16 longeron cracks

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-16 Fighting Falcon]The US Air Force (USAF) and Lockheed Martin have found a potential fix for the longeron cracks that were discovered in some of the service's F-16 fighter aircraft. In August, the USAF grounded 82 of its F-16D aircraft after an immediate time action compliance technical order (TCTO) found structural cracks in the canopy sill longerons between the front and rear pilot seats, as reported by Flightglobal. US Air Force Materiel Command spokeswoman Sue Murphy said the proposed permanent repair would involve installing a strap over the cracked longeron, instea... more »

UPDF Airforce fighter jet pilot survives death after crash-landing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
An air force trainee pilot survived death when a fighter jet he was learning to fly crash landed in a home in Patek Village, Bobi Sub County, in Gulu District. The unnamed pilot parachuted out of the L-39 fighter plane which then crashed on a pit latrine before it caught fire. No one on the ground was injured but the pilot was taken to hospital for medical examination. Read more

Azerbaijan to supply NATO with unmanned aerial vehicles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Yaver Jamalov]The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are today being produced in Azerbaijan by a joint venture of Azerbaijan and Israel, the Azerbaijani Defence Industry Minister Yaver Jamalov said Sept. 11. He made the remarks at the opening of the ADEX 2014 - Azerbaijan International Defence Industry Exhibition in Baku. Jamalov said that this year Azerbaijan, aside from its own armed forces, will supply NATO with up to 100 UAVs. Read more

Retiring U-2: As ISIS Battle Looms, Airborne Recon Decays

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: U-2 Dragon Lady]On September 10, only hours before the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, President Obama summoned the nation to a renewed campaign against Islamic terrorists in the Middle East. Using one of several names for the fanatics who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, the president said, “This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL, wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.” As the president’s words indicate, precise application of air power is crucial to ... more »

Assembly phase for new aircraft carrier begins

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Future HMS Prince of Wales]The largest hull sections of Britain's second of two new aircraft carriers have been docked in Scotland, marking the beginning of the ship's assembly. The two hull sections -- one weighing about 6,700 tons and one weighing at nearly 9,000 tons -- were built by BAE Systems at company facilities in Portsmouth, England, and Glasgow, Scotland and are now in dry dock at Rosyth. "Every milestone in the carrier program is hugely significant and the recent announcement that HMS PRINCE OF WALES will enter service means there is a real sense of excitement a...more »

Russia Already Capable of Mirroring US Prompt Global Strike

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Project 941 Akula (NATO: Typhoon) class SSBN]Russia already has sufficient defensive means to match the US Prompt Global Strike (PGS), but they still need to be developed and enhanced, military experts told RIA Novosti. EVERYTHING WE NEED Former Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Army General Yuri Baluyevsky said that Russia is strong enough to ward off an American attack: "We already have a system of swift retaliation." The president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems and Doctor of Military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov agreed with this viewpoint, bu... more »

Extracurricular activities are indeed just "extra"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
I am happy to report that I agree with Scott Aaronson – and obviously with Steve Pinker – that the universities should focus on the learning and scholarly work while sports and similar things should be treated as cherries on a pie. Also, I agree with them that the standardized tests are – if you allow me to use a quote we invented along with Winston Churchill – that the standardized tests are the worst method to "rate" applicants except for all other methods that have been tried. ;-) I've served on a Harvard undergraduate student admission committee, Harvard graduate student admi...more »

China To Deploy Troops To South Sudan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
U.N. Photo/ Alberto Gonzalez Farran *China Sending 1,800 Peacekeepers to South Sudan -- Voice of America* China is sending hundreds of troops to join the U.N. peacekeeping force in war-torn South Sudan, where Chinese companies have major oil interests. Comments from China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday followed a report in the Wall Street Journal that said China was deploying troops to protect South Sudanese oil fields and the Chinese workers and installations around them. Responding to reporters' questions, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made no mention of oil or Chinese... more »

Obama turned Tail with Sarah Palin

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Sarah Palin at Western Conservative Summit] Is there really a better way to describe Obama's concept of a foreign policy reset. I think that Sarah is clearly finding her voice and she certainly is not going to shy away from hard language that sugar coats nothing. Obama's utter failure has now seriously worsened the Islamic threat itself and that actually took some doing. Foreign Policy Rule #1 is to never leave a power vacuum. Fully exiting Iraq as he did, did just that. The government in place has drawn into itself and the Shia community and has avoided the Sunni a... more »

NATO Preparing Several Thousand Troops to Counter Russia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) British PPM David Cameron (C) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen watch NATO jets fly past at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, on Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)] This immediate reaction force needs to be based in Romania with access to a major Naval Base as well and an airbase That provides tactical mobility in the Black Sea and closeness to supporting Kiev where the current threat happens to be and also were NATO is weakest on the ground. The Baltic States have enough of their own muscle to disc... more »

Google Aims to Archive All Human Knowledge

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It says something to know that this can be contemplated. It is also excellent news as vast amounts of archived material can be made available. That this is truly huge is often not well understood. Yet imagine the mining industry alone which gathers hard data daily and has been doing so for centuries. Most of that was simply lost. Yet It all had value. That means even the raw data which may be thousands of individual assays. The importance of doing this cannot be underestimated. Most interpretation is about a statistically significant number of eyeballs. Thus a system in plac... more »

Discovery Suggests Surprising Uses for Common Bubbles

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an important discovery. It shows the way to low cost manufacture of nano emulsions at least. It will open up a plethera of applications in process chemistry and medicine certainly. That it could be this easy is the real surprise. It may even find its way into delightful food products way sooner than anyone thinks. If thyevsize isc reduced sharply enough we may have emulsions that simply do not separate. *Discovery suggests surprising uses for common bubbles* by John Sullivan Princeton NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2014 Princeton researchers have discovered th... more »

Rosetta Comet is Darker than Charcoal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I have been saying for over seven years that the proper explanation for the unique characteristics of a comet is carbon dust. It naturally charges up and forms a tail as it approaches the sun. Any other explanation esentially fails on that point. For that reason I had to see a black covered object for this conjecture to stand at all. Thus we can claim a bullseye. We predicted just this. As well when the huge comet impacted Earth around 12900 BP it filled the atmosphere with carbon dust which acts as a marker for the Pleistocene nonconformity. It is always wonderful when all the... more »

Mitt Romney: The Need for a Mighty U.S. Military

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Some how I suspect that Mitt Romney will be running for president. He was born in 1947 and that makes him 67. He is a healthy 67 and that means he has at least eight more years in front of him. He actually can do it and he is now an elder statesman. The fact he is now publishing pretty well confirms this and the midterms are only weeks away. Until then he is staying quiet. I even think that he has an excellent chance of getting the nomination by acclamation. At the same time the only viable Democratic candidate is Hillary and she her record will matter and hurt her.... more »

New Technology Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: New Technology Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent] This is a technological stretch but also promising. Solar cells are with us and getting efficiency up to almost fifty percent woukd make them highly useful and susceptable to continously dropping costs as well. The real benefit of solar cells are that they are immediate and justifies a structure providing shade. This sets the stage for the higly efficient Eden machine that then draws water from the atmosphere to feed an adjacent tree in the desert. It is obviously not our only energy solution but it happ... more »

Neanderthals and Humans Interacted for Thousands of Years

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The idea that the Neanderthals went extinct is actually a serious error. They never did at all and their presence in our genome fully confirms just that. As well, I have one clear old report of a small extant village of these peoples that is confirmed by recent knowledge. What did happen is that burgeoning human populations simply absorbed this unique bloodline through the sheer weight of numbers. Without significant conflict at all, this was then inevitable. Their own natural economy simply failed to produce larger communities and any raiding would produce forced matings as hap... more »

Twelve Missing Commercial Jets

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
While i am pretty sure that the missing Malayasian craft crashed into the Indian Ocean west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, we also have real planes missing and not located at all as this item makes very clear. One alternative is that the planes were simply stolen and stolen tail numbers applied to them for resale. This can only work with a military somewhere who can prevent questions been asked. Yet even then i find it difficult to believe it can be successfully sustained for any length of time as other serial numbers do popup. Any large building anywhere makes a great targ... more »

More Proof that Near-Death Experiences are Real and Diminish the Fear of Death

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Diminishing the fear of death is the easy one. By definition you are left with the conviction of having been there. that is good enough for anyone. What i personally found astonishing is that when i had my one and only lucid dream is that i met my mother there and she chose to do things that allowed me to confirm a third party contact, none of which was even slightly predicated upon my direct memory's. I had conviction regarding the validity but then i also had real world confirmation outside of the dream itself. I have now understood that the information content of our sp... more »

Mining ‘Tsunami’ Set to Take Africa by Storm?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The sad reality is that the only way for superior mining methods to be deployed is to have it done with a foreign company who brings in industrial expectations and skills as well. That also means that non tax paying artisan miners who pollute severely are pushed out and the mine is developed to modern standards. This is surely not a bad exchange. Mining has opened up globally and every jurisdiction wants to get lucky. The real payback is in the form of an advanced community and infrastructure in that one part of any country that likely would never have been improve... more »

Oldest Metal Object in Middle East Discovered in Woman's Grave

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: A copper awl was discovered at the archaeological site Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley of Israel, dating to 5100 B.C. to 4600 B.C.] This is good news although i expected as much. There was plenty of native copper to source and work and it is unimaginable that it would ever be overlooked when simply smashing it with a hammer stone gave you a piece of shaped copper to trade and use as a tool. This gets us back into six to seven thousand years ago. As well such copper was rarely buried as well. This meant that most remained in circulation. Thus this is the exception tha... more »

Jack the Ripper Identified by DNA

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
After all these years we actually were able to use DNA. That is most impressive and it also closes the case with a convincing suspect who was already on the most likely list. That they also confimed the victims DNA as well simply locks it down and leaves no opportunity to question the science. Without hard evidence we had a dozen prospects of which a couple perhaps were viable by todays standards of understanding. Hard evidence has now sealed the deal. It was a dramatic case that shocked hugely in that like its imitators, it was not imaginable. It still is not imaginable but it... more »

Why Cannnabis Is the Future of Medicine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: > on March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.] Add in the minor detail that consuming it in juice form nicely sidesteps unwanted side effects to make it very safe and we have an important therapy that needs detailed investigation. from this long list of known effects we need to think of it as a therapeutic tonic that restores health mostly and should be at the top of every healers tool kit.I would also suspect that like true tonics, the effects are slight for those who are particularly healthy. I know this to be quite true for ginseng. Yet looking at this list, i think ... more »

New Technology Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: New Technology Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent] This is an old idea that may now be capable of exploitation. A thirty percent improvement would give us cells that are stable around thirty percent overall which represents a serious gain. I personally suspect that all this will be surpassed soon enough with other energy protocols. Yet this industry has so far had a solid thirty year run in development and markets. That is a long time for something i never had much lasting faith in. In the meantime the invested stock assures a ready marke... more »

Russia and America Need to Be Allies

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Iraqis Yazidis, who fled their homes a week ago when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, gather inside a building under construction where they found refuge] I think what bothers me most is the lack of strategic sense been demonstrated by the USA in particular as well as their instinctual anti Russian bias on display from time to time. Throw in Putin's own instincts tempered only by a well honed caution to not stick his foot into it and we have the present nonsense. Strategically Russia needs to be brought into NATO and NATO needs to confront I... more »

Nikola Tesla Explains Why He Never Married

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
His frank opinion of the changes in the position of women in society taking place then is worth noting as he did not have the luxury of hindsight. Otherwise it is a reminder of male attitudes a century ago that was very much instilled through teachers and culture. That it came apart is also worth remembering and that such belief systems slowly disappeared also. Perhaps now men and women are taught to think in terms of equality however individually incorect that actually is. Yet the top third of society generally pull it off so I do not think that the historic change was misplaced... more »

Rainforest Fungus Eats Plastic

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I can accept a good start and that is what this gives us. Best it can be used in landfills and forgotten about. That empowers acrtual collection as a potentially successful strategy and allows our handling chain to accept terminal landfill solutions to actually solve the problem. It can easily made self collecting by deposit fees to facilitate picking and running down outliers. It also suggests that our land fills need to operate windrows to speed this processup along with other friendly processess. That way the problem can be fully resolved to allow additional processing ... more »

Divine Cancer Mathematics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What this excellent survey does for us is provide a palette of useful and effective tools that can and will cure the majority of cancers and suppress the rest allowing survival. That is good enough. With this one can hang out one's shingle and expect to save the majority of cancer patients and rather handily at that. Unfortunately most victims come to this reality so deep into their disease that they run a severe risk then of dying from cardiac arrest or toxemia. The healer can never guarantee a cure but then healing is never the true goal of the healer. it is to establ... more »

Butter Knife That Grates Cold Butter

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The idea is simple enough and perhaps it is time to have these out there. The problem is certainly real enough and with butter coming back into favour it is perhaps time to make sure this problem goes away. Many inventions are simple enough and this one is more a problem of creating presence as it will easily join everyone's cutlery. I suspect that every manufacturer will jump on this bandwagon and the market will soon be well supplied. This will be a design patent and there is simply too many ways to successfully alter that. *Butter... more »

Star of David?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
A bit here on the long history of the Star of David which is a recent addition to hte Jewish tradition but long used in India. It is plausibly a natural symbol for the lotus although that really needs to be four squares instead. I do suspect that these ancient symbols were actually associated with Bronze age science and mathematics. They are certainly suggestive and recall that the lotus is the natural symbol for the elements themselves. In have not posted to that yet but I will. From this it becomes obvious that adoption by Judaism may even be inappropriate however origina... more »

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
In 1945, the victor called together all nations sort of and put together a new world order. There were issues but by and large it worked for a long time. Now it is largely unraveled, not least by misteps and human folly and certainly needs to be reassembled under a fresh international conscensus. Who is going to do it? While they are dithering the greatest economic contraction in global history is setting up and gathering steam. This will sweep away the flood of hot cash running around created by the oil industry expansion. Thus no natioanl power will avoid severe diminishmen... more »

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This unfortunately is the inevitable result of policy since 2008 and must continue until structural reforms are thought out, understood and implemented. Focus must be placed now on the unemployed and directed toward empowering the natural community as i have discussed in the past. Simple credit arrangements can power this type of transformation almost overnight. The EU has a trained workforce that is presently idle. Capitalizing that which happens to be also the cheapest way to produce employment would produce for the EU a stunning eight percent growth for at least a d...more »

Switzerland's new Natural Swimming Pool does away with the Chemicals

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: The Naturbad Riehen swimming pool is entirely chemical-free (Photo: Helen Schneider)] This is a welcome development that will take years to fully popularize but it is certainly of to a solid start. A more interesting challenge is to integrate such systems into a natural water system to allow the huge traffic that is desired. Water turn over certainly matters then and it may simply not be possible. Our present technology is very much a dressed up tank with huge maintenance costs that soon stills the owner's enthusiasm. Replacing that with a living grotto is natural... more »

Arab Spring Today: Cronyism and Green Shoots

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Tunisia's premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa (R) presents his new government during a parliamentary session in the constituent assembly in Tunis on Jan. 28, 2014. Tunisia's leaders the previous day signed the new constitution adopted by lawmakers, a key goal of the revolution three years ago that touched off the Arab Spring. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)] This is a pretty clear analysis of what must change and will change however much it is resisted. It is truly unfortunate that the European powers were never serious in their colonization of the Middle East. By mere accident... more »

EVENT: First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
The First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival with over 60 films is happening soon (Website and Facebook). Their press release is just a click on READ MORE away... The First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival Comes Out Taiwan International Media and Education Association (TIMEA) has joined hands with Portico Media to create The First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival (TIQFF). The festival will be held in the two biggest cities of Taiwan: Taipei, from Sept 26 to 30, and Kaohsiung, from Oct 3 to 7.In their inaugural year, the organizers have programmed 60 movies fr... more »

The "middle skills" shortage: The common core will make it worse

skrashen at Schools Matter - 21 hours ago
Sent to the Wall Street Journal, Sept. 11, 2014 "German robots school U.S. workers" (Sept. 10) is the most recent of a series of reports in the Wall Street Journal on the substantial shortage of job applicants with "middle skills," requiring less than a college degree but more than high school. Instead of increasing apprenticeships and investing more in vocational education for young people interested in this path, we now have the common core standards, which will make things much worse. Schools should include literature, but as Susan Ohanian points out, the common core elitist lan... more »

12 U.S. Black Hawks and Chinooks Land In A Polish Field When They Realized That They Were Lost

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Lost and found ... US helicopters after they were forced to make an emergency landing amid heavy fog in Poland. Source: AFP *Lost American Military Choppers Drop In On Rural Poland Fields To Ask For Directions -- New York Daily News* The Black Hawks and Chinooks landed in Gruta and Nowa Wies in northern Poland as they returned from military exercises in Lithuania. Shocked locals were at first concerned, until they realized it was lost Americans and rushed over to take photos with the crews. A total of 12 American military helicopters, thrown off course by foggy weather, dropped d... more »

Syrian Civil War News Briefs -- September 11 - 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: Regular reader mlacix has provided the following brief summary on the Syrian civil war. *Syrian Civil War News Briefs -- September 11 - 12, 2014* I think there is no question on who is winning - SAA - this war, and who actually will win it, only IS could change the situation, but it's depend on how they decide, where they want to focus their fighting, in Iraq or in Syria. My bet is on Syria, because it's the softer target, but we will see. The situation on the Syrian frontlines are not so bad from the SAA's point of view, here is a short summary: - Aleppo: Not much ac... more »

The (NY, DC, LA, and CA) Story of Eureka Math

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 23 hours ago
In Louisiana, there has been a bit of mystery surrounding the only math curriculum “selected” in March 2014 by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and promoted as “LSU-developed Eureka Math.” It sure sounds like… dare I write it… grass roots CCSS math development, huh? Then comes […]

New York Times & The L.A. Times: President Obama's Startegy To Combat The Islamic State Is Based On Dubious Assumptions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington September 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Saul Loeb/Pool *Analysis: Obama Strategy In Iraq, Syria Hinges On Long Shots -- L.A. Times* As the United States pivots back onto a war footing in the Middle East, President Obama's strategy is rooted in at least three basic assumptions, all of them highly questionable. In his prime-time speech Wednesday, Obama envisioned the emergence of a newly unified Iraqi...more »

Rape Isn't Romantic-- Or Sexual-- What About When The Victim In A Man?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Gary Jones, Army, 1984-'86: *At first I thought he was playing around. He managed to wrestle me onto my back, and I started freaking out. He pinned my arm above my head and my knee in the crook of his arm and covered my mouth with his right hand and looked at me and said, 'You will not make a noise.'* This week a friend pointed me to a twitter hashtag, #WhyIStayed, that illustrates why women stay in abusive relationships. The arguments on it, many of which are pretty universal, work for men who stay in abusive relationships too. You know the old saw about how if men could get p... more »

9/11 Tribute (Has Every Single Person in Government With Any Integrity Left Already Gone?)

Not really news (anymore): Big Banks Fined Mega-Billions; CEOs Remain Untouched, Above the Law*_ _ _ _ _ _ _ World Trade Center Building 7 was 610 feet tall, 47 stories, and would have been the tallest building in 33 states. Although it was not hit by an airplane on 9/11, it completely collapsed into a pile of rubble in less than 8 seconds at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11. In the 6 years since 9/11,

Remembering An American Hero Who Saved 2700 Lives On 9/11

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Directing the evacuation on September 11th. Security Guards Jorge Velasquez and Godwin Forde are on the right. Photograph: Eileen Mayer Hillock. *13 Years Ago: Rick Rescorla Saved 2700 Lives -- Never Yet Melted* Born in Hayle, Cornwall, May 27, 1939, to a working-class family, Rescorla joined the British Army in 1957, serving three years in Cyprus. Still eager for adventure, after army service, Rescorla enlisted in the Northern Rhodesia Police. Ultimately finding few prospects for advancement in Britain or her few remaining colonies, Rescorla moved to the United States, and joined ... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Some amusing non-news about ozone* Here it is, right from the horse's mouth, the horse being the summary in the official WMO report which is giving a lot of Greenies erections at the moment. Im my usual pesky way I went back to the original science rather than accepting journalistic spin about it. Read it and see whether you think there is anything notable in it: Total column ozone declined over most of the globe during the 1980s and early 1990s (by about 2.5% averaged over 60°S to 60°N). It has remained relatively unchanged since 2000, with indications of a small increase in... more »

Why Is Turkey Refusing To Support President Obama's Strategy Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC* *Turkey Joins The Coalition Of The Unwilling -- Thomas Seibert, Daily Beast* With ISIS on its doorstep, the Turkish government balks at support for Obama’s strategy. ISTANBUL, Turkey – A diplomatic crisis looms. Turkey, a key U.S. ally and the only NATO member that borders areas controlled by ISIS jihadists in Syria and Iraq, is in a prime location to hit the extremists next door. But it prefers not to. Instead, Ankara is seeking a low-profile role – so low as to be almost invisible -- in the international alliance that Washington is building up against the so-called caliph... more »

Arab States Reluctant To Support The U.S. In Their Fight Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of a Gulf Cooperation Council and Regional Partners meeting in Jeddah September 11, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool *Arabs Give Tepid Support to U.S. Fight Against ISIS -- New York Times* BEIRUT, Lebanon — Many Arab governments grumbled quietly in 2011 as the United States left Iraq, fearful it might fall deeper into chaos or Iranian influence. Now, the United States is back and getting a less than enthusiastic welcome, with leading allies like Egypt, Jordan and Turkey all finding ways on Thursday to avoid specifi... more »

Drug Price Control 40: CWF Wants Price Dictatorship for Lipitor

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Last Wednesday, an email from James Auste (below), founder and Executive Director of Cancer Warriors Foundation (CWF) was forwarded by email by the Secretary General MeTA Philippines, Ms. Cecile Sison, to members of the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) PH, Coalition for Health Advocacy and Transparency (CHAT), ETHIKOS and Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI) Health cluster. I am a member of MeTA PH and CHAT so I saw it. The email therefore was widely circulated to many stakeholders in the PH health sector – government, industry players, NGOs, academe. James is asking for anot... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Was Devils Tower once an explosive volcano? Famous for its appearance in films such as Close Encounters, the origin of Devil's Tower in Wyoming, USA is still debated, with a leading hypothesis holding that it is a hardened lava plume that probably never reached the surface to become a volcano. The lighter rock that once surrounded the dense volcanic neck has now eroded away, leaving the dramatic tower. * Click image for larger size.* High above, the central band of the Milky Way galaxy arches across the sky. Many notable sky objects are visible, including dark strands of the Pipe Ne... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Joy of Unbelief”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Joy of Unbelief”* by Chet Raymo In a recent “New Yorker,” James Wood reviews a new collection of essays called “The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now,” edited by the literary scholar George Levine and published by Princeton University Press. Wood doesn't mention, as I recall, the play on the title of The Joy of Sex, but apparently Levine's book has something of the same theme: You'll have more fun in life if you shed your theological inhibitions and let it all hang out. Well, I'll have to read the book when I get back to my nook in the college library, but as ... more »

"They Have To Learn It..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it. To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all the tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. For this reason young people, who are beginners at everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn t... more »

"Our Goal..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so." - Blaise Pascal

"The Supreme Paradox"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Supreme Paradox"* by Robert Ardrey ․ "Man is a fraction of the animal world… We are not so unique as we should like to believe. The problem of man’s original nature imposes itself upon any human solution. Amity – as Darwin guessed but did not explore – is as much a product of evolutionary forces as contest and enmity. In the evolution of any social species including the human, natural selection places as heavy a penalty on failure in peace as failure in battle. ․ A certain justification has existed until now, in my opinion, for submission of the insurgent specialists to the cen... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Friday Afternoon Ramble

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Cartoon by Nick Kim * The joy of MMP, Case #567: Did you know that a National win in Epsom could elect a Labour government? *Read This One Post To Understand MMP Better Than A Political Science Professor* – Peter McCaffrey, KIWIBLOG Long overdue. *Whyte says shopkeepers should be free to arm themselves* – HERALD *Shop killers* – NOT PC *Shop owner cleared . . . but to police he’s still a criminal* – NOT PC “Metiria and Green co-leader Russel Norman will illogically spend $400 million on paying the In-Work child credit for children born of parent(s) not ‘in work.’ Logically th... more »

Is This The Reason Why President Obama Made His Address To The Nation Wednesday Night?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Republicans Expand Edge as Better Party Against Terrorism -- Gallop* GOP also holds advantage as party better able to keep country prosperous. PRINCETON, NJ -- The Republican Party has expanded its historical edge over the Democratic Party in Americans' minds as being better able to protect the U.S. from international terrorism and military threats. At this point, 55% of Americans choose the GOP on this dimension, while 32% choose the Democratic Party. This is the widest Republican advantage in Gallup's history of asking this question since 2002. The latest update on this 12-year... more »

"Wiser..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth." - Ludwig Borne

"The Genesis of Evil"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Genesis of Evil"* by Andrew Lobaczewski, Ph.D. "Ever since ancient times, philosophers and religious thinkers representing various attitudes in different cultures have been searching for the truth as regards moral values, attempting to find criteria for what is right, what constitutes good advice. They described the virtues of human character and suggested these be acquired. They created a heritage ... which contains centuries of experience and reflections. In spite of the obvious differences among attitudes, the similarity or complementarity of the conclusions reached by ... more »

“How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath”* by Scott A. Bonn, Ph.D “Many forensic psychologists and criminologists use the terms sociopathy and psychopathy interchangeably. Leading experts disagree on whether there are meaningful differences between the two conditions. I contend that there are significant distinctions between them. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, lists both sociopathy and psychopathy under the heading of Antisocial Personality Disorders (ASPD). These ... more »

A Look At The U.S. Generals Who Will Be Leading The Campaign Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Retired Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen said after his retirement that 'I don't think there's any question' Iraq would have been safer if the US hadn't withdrawn all its forces, but now he's on mop-up duty as ISIS grows. *Obama Administration Taps Retired General John Allen – Who Opposed Iraq troop Pullout – To Coordinate 'Coalition' Effort Against ISIS -- Daily Mail* * Top Marine said after his retirement that 'I don't think there's any question' Iraq would have been safer if the US hadn't withdrawn all its forces * He was caught up in the 2013 David Petraeus sex scandal after an inves... more »

U.S. Boots On The Ground Will Be Needed For Syrian Airstrikes To Be Effective

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Navy SEALs conduct special reconnaissance on a suspected location of al Qaida and Taliban forces. Navy special operations forces are conducting missions in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Tim Turner. *Syria Airstrikes Need Boots On The Ground, AF Officer Says -- USA Today* WASHINGTON — U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander told USA TODAY. The spy planes flying missions o... more »

CIA Assessment: The Islamic State Has Between 20,000 And 31,500 Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ISIS Can 'Muster' Between 20,000 And 31,500 Fighters, CIA Says -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates. The terror group that calls itself the Islamic State "can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria," a CIA spokesman told CNN on Thursday. Analysts and U.S. officials initially estimated there were as many as 10,000 fighters, including those who were freed from prisons by ISIS, and Sunni loyalists who have joined the fight as the group advanced across Iraq. *Re... more »

Obama's ISIS Speech Inspires Little Confidence

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
In one of the many ironies of history, President Barack Obama, who left Iraq back in 2011 to fulfill a campaign promise, "is winding down his time in the White House by defending fresh military action in that nation," *writes* Jennifer Bendery in The Huffington Post. The speech that President Obama made last night was as much an anti-ISIS speech as it was a pro-American speech, as Newt Gingrich said afterwards on CNN. And there is nothing wrong, or surprising, about that. Every U.S. president beats his chest in every speech, whatever the time or occasion. It's mandatory. But mix...more »

False Flag Weekly News: 9/11 anniversary special edition!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
*False Flag News: 9/11 anniversary* 1) WTC 7 Billboard Lights Up NYC! http://ae911truth.org 2) High Rise Safety Initiative has enough signatures http://highrisesafetynyc.org/its-official-we-have-enough-signatures/ 3) 9/11 Truth Events in NYC https://www.dropbox.com/s/aqt77or4ge3jz9s/9-11%20Anniversary%20Event%20Planning_LINKED.doc?dl=0 4) 9/11 author-researcher Christopher Bollyn returns to USA http://bollyn.com/#article_14864 \ 5) 9/11 truth events in Washington, DC http://dc911truth.org/ 6) 9/11 truth hits the editorial page http://www.reflector.com/opinion/letters/let... more »

Read it: FEPZs = Suicide Pact for Taiwan's Farmers

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Industrial storage?* If you read one thing today, you need to read this piece by Dennis Engbarth at IPS on the effect of the FEPZs on Taiwan's agriculture and agricultural processing industries: utter destruction. However, the most controversial segment is a so-called value-added agriculture plan promoted by Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Pao-chi. Chen Chi-chung, a professor at the National Chung Hsing University Agricultural Policy Center, stated, “Taiwan may become the first producer of agricultural goods that will permit agricultural produce from all over the world, inc... more »

9/11

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"A world ended thirteen years ago," says Mitch Waxman* *in his Newtown Pentacle blogpost today, "cold and humorless," Mitch Waxman shares these before and after photos (you can click on them to enlarge), noting: "September 11th is the only thing that can make a New Yorker flinch, a subject which causes all of our carefully cultivated callouses to fall away. City people have thick skins, but the subject is still raw around these parts."* *by Ken* Mitch Waxman's Newtown Pentacle blog is always worth checking out for the entertaining record of his curmudgeonly wanderings around the ...more »

Heavenletter #5039 - Love Is on the March

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Heavenletter #5039 Love Is on the March September 11, 2014 God said: Rise and shine, beloveds. The day you have been waiting for will be here before you know it. It may well be here by the time this Heavenletter reaches you. Hello, Sunshine. Bye-bye, worries and concerns. What a waste of non-existent time, anyway. There is going to be a celebration all over the world. It is like a new color has been discovered, and, of itself, is painting the world a new hue. This is the color of peace, and it is the color of joy. Rub your eyes. Pinch yourself, this day is finally here. You are h... more »

Removing the Shackles: Solar Update: Sol has Heart!!!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/09/solar-update-sol-has-heart.html THURSDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2014 Solar Update: Sol has Heart!!! *Posted by D ... Breaking The Silence at 05:09* It's been a long time since I have given a solar update, but the video images from last night just begged to be posted. In the past 48 hours we have had two major solar flares- an M4.5 and an X1.6- both came with CMEs and are directly geoeffective Earth facing. The M4.5 launched a slow moving CME that should intercept Earth early tomorrow- Sept 12. The X1.6 launched a fast moving CME that...more »

A Burger for Stevie . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago
Burger King Japan’s Kuro Pearl burger,which has a black bun, black sauce and black cheese in addition to black-pepper heavy beef patties. ACCORDING TO SALON, Burger King Japan is re-introducing its pitch-black cheeseburger. Goths will love 'em . . .  If I ran any of the anti-Harper parties, I'd air-freight 400-500 of 'em from Tokyo. Put each one in a nice re-cycled cardboard box with

Millions At Risk In Ebola Outbreak

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Millions More At Risk In Ebola Outbreak, British Study Finds -- The Telegraph* *Research by the University of Oxford reveals how 15 more countries across Africa could be hit by the Ebola virus * The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history could spread to a further 15 countries in West and Central Africa, putting up to 70 million people at risk of infection, a ground-breaking study has found. Research by the University of Oxford compared historic outbreaks to the virus’ possible transmission in bats and chimpanzees to predict how the disease could spread... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 11, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Obama's Strategy: Kill ISIS Before They Kill Us -- Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky* (CNN) -- Think that President Barack Obama has done a back flip on Iraq and Syria, gotten that old-time religion and is now a convert to the "let's kill them wherever we find them" approach of his predecessors? Think again, or at least lay down until the feeling passes. Indeed, stripped to its essence, what the President has outlined isn't some grand strategy to transform the region or even to "ultimately destroy" ISIS; it's a much narrower transactional one to protect the homeland. And here... more »

"How It Really Was, And Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A think tank called the "Project for the New American Century," headed by people like Dick Cheney, revealed the thinking behind 9/11: “America’s military must rule out even the possibility of a serious global or regional challenger anywhere in the world. The regime of Saddam Hussein must be toppled immediately, by U.S. force if necessary. And the entire Middle East must be reordered according to an American plan." PNAC’s most important study notes that *"selling this plan to the American people will likely take a long time, absent some catastrophic catalyzing event- like a new Pea... more »

World News Briefs -- September 11, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with other attendees before the start of a Gulf Cooperation Council and Regional Partners meeting in Jeddah September 11, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool *U.S. Wins Arab Support For Syria/Iraq Military Campaign -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier. After talks in Saudi Arabia's summer capital Jedda... more »

Fuelling the Flame Within: Montessori Education and the Development of the Self

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Steven Hughes is a paediatric neuropsychologist who was so impressed at what he saw in his daughter’s Montessori school – so intrigued at how beautifully the Montessori system reinforces a child’s growth and natural brain development – that he joined the company: lending his considerable ability to the Association Montessori International Global Research Committee and travelling the world to talk about their work. Last night he spoke to an Auckland audience of 300 about the way Montessori education “fuels the flame” of each child's unique identity, and how mainstream education hel... more »

Doubts Are Increasing That The Ukraine Truce Will Hold

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Why Ukraine’s Peace Plan Leaves The Door Open For A Winter Of Conflict -- Simon Shuster, Time* The peace process allows Russia to try a less violent means of keeping Ukraine dependent and divided — energy blackmail by shutting off its fuel supplies The armistice in eastern Ukraine came like clockwork with the end of the summer fighting season, and both the government forces and the separatist rebels have taken it as a chance to entrench, consolidate their gains and make up for their losses. Even the separatist forces, who with the aid of Russia were on the offensive before the c... more »

Obama's Circus Act, Evil ISIS Clowns: Too Many Balls To Juggle

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Too many moving parts, too many"* by Colonel Patrick Lang: Obama appears to have a mass of moving parts in his campaign plan: - The plan assumes that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey can be made into active supporters of an anti-IS "war." Qatar and Saudi Arabia were the only Wahhabi dominated states until IS proclaimed its caliphal status. These two countries are deeply sympathetic to IS' goals if not its methods. *Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia were instrumental in the early stages of development of IS as it morphed from AQ Iraq, into the Islamic State of Iraq and ...more »

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