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Sunday, September 14, 2014

14 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont
Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:34pm MDST

Run, Bernie, Run

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 minutes ago
I haven't watched *Meet the Press* since I was in high school. Today they had Bernie Sanders on, who, coincidentally, went to that same high school, James Madison in Brooklyn. He'd never been on *Meet the Press* before, which helps explain why I stopped watching that program. I suspect a political toadie who also went to Madison, Chuck Schumer, has been on *Meet the Press* plenty of times. But Schumer, thank the Lord, will never run for President. Bernie, it appears will, presumably as a Democrat-- so a party switch-- so that he can debate Hillary and, push her in a moire populist...more »

Don Brash: “There is a huge bidding campaign going on, with virtually no party putting forward policies which would actually deal with some of the fundamental issues facing the country”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 29 minutes ago
With everything else gong on in this Reality TV election campaign, what Don Brash finds most depressing is that the man named after a concrete block will almost certainly end up holding the balance of power – with the baubles waved under his nose likely to be the deciding factor in which was he swings. Yes, I find this perhaps the most depressing aspect of the campaign. Winston, the man whose policy promises are so outrageously expensive that NZ First policies are the only ones which Dr Michael Dunn (on behalf of the Taxpayers’ Union, and for 12 years the man responsible within th... more »

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and #Giveaway

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 33 minutes ago
[image: Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and Giveaway] *An estimated 17 billion cardboardtubes are thrown away each year*What do you do with toilet paper tubes? Search the Internet and you'll find a host of creative uses for them. I, myself, have reused them as seed starters, composted them, and recycled them. Keeping them out of a landfill is great but that's just one half of the equation. The other half involves the manufacturing process. As with any product, tubes require resources and energy. If a company doesn't make their own tubes, then packaging and transportation are als...more »

Obama: If Assad Defends Against US Attack, US Will Attack

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Anthony Freda Art Brandon Turbeville Only hours after delivering his ridiculous address to the American people regarding his strategy to combat an organization that is entirely the product of the United States and NATO and one that is still under complete control of these powers, Obama conducted a meeting with “foreign policy experts,” former government officials, and journalists. The meeting, of course, is nothing more than round two in the volley of propaganda coming from the White House in its attempt to drum up more support from the American people for direct military inter... more »

Heavy Metal

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
Heavy Metal Trailer

Are Missouri Dems engineering a Republican-style grand-jury report in the Ferguson case?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Demonstrators outside the Ferguson PD on August 30* *by Ken* I don't know whether Ferguson (MO) police officer Darren Wilson should be indicted in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, or if so what me should be indicted for. Rather obviously I don't have all the information or know all the relevant law. The thing is, the St. Louis County grand jury now hearing the case is going to have masses of information and law dumped on them, but may not be in a much better position to answer thes e questions. What's disturbing, though, is the suggestion that "the fix is in,... more »

Jupiter Ascending

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

New Army Commercial Sends WRONG Message to the World

Scott Ryan Anderson at Table Of Wisdom.com - 2 hours ago
When I saw this commercial, I honestly thought perhaps the Army is now making ads specifically targeting homosexuals. (We all know that it's just a matter of time.) I'm definitely ---not--- saying that graphic artists are all homosexuals. However, many male artists are and the eye gesture of the soldier looked like some kind of furtive homosexual-look. It looked like the actor-soldier could have been turning on the "gaydar" for other homosexuals watching the ad. I was working on my computer while watching football and that impression prompted me to "Google" this commercial (to ...more »

The ghost at the ACT party proposal

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Dairy owner Virender Singh was stabbed as he fought back against intruders into his shop, only to have to fight back against police who charged *him* for having the temerity to defend himself. Greg Carvell defended himself and the occupants of his family’s gun shop, and was arrested and charged for it when the police arrived twenty minutes after the fact. Michael Vaimauga was arrested for assault after he stopped a burglar breaking into a shop. As an Avondale dairy owner said when a colleague was stabbed in the neck and back by a robber, “When we protect ourselves, we get charged... more »

Libya Updates ( September 14 , 2014 ) -- Political and security status updates - daily chaos............“No negotiations” with Libya Dawn says Thinni, condemns Sudan ........ Diplomatic delegation from neighbouring states meets in Tobruk ....... John Kerry in Cairo throws US support behind the House of Representatives ......... Ghariani sacking “imminent”: HoR spokesman .......... HoR sacks Central Bank governor

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
*Al-Monitor* ‏@AlMonitor 5m A coalition of Libyan militias has imposed a siege on a suburb of #Tripoli controlled by the Warshefana tribe http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/original s/2014/09/libya-tripoli-suburb-siege.html … #Libya Al-Monitor [image: View this content on Al-Monitor's website] Dozens killed in Tripoli suburb under siege A coalition of Libyan militias has imposed a siege on a suburb of Tripoli controlled by the Warshefana tribe. View on web Libya Herald...... “No negotiations” with Libya Dawn says Thinni, condemns Sudan *By Libya Herald staff.* [image: The Prime ... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

CDC whistleblower: behind the media blackout

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Jon Rappoport Aside from a few bland stories about William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower, the major media have maintained a forced blackout. Thompson has publicly admitted he and his co-authors committed gross fraud in erasing a vaccine-autism connection. Consider the explosive angles on this story, angles which would ordinarily rate front-page coverage and top billing on the evening news. Thompson, in writing, has admitted fraud. He was a co-author of the cooked and slanted 2004 study, published in the prestigious journal, *Pediatrics*. That study gave a free pass to the MMR v... more »

The Extravagant Hypocrisy of Obama’s Foreign Policy Mandarins

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Image: Steven Senne, Associated Press James F. Tracy Foreign policy analysts gathered before journalists at the Center for American Progress on September 12 in an event titled, “Combating the Islamic State.” The occasion was held to unveil the analysts’ co-authored report, “Supporting the Syrian Opposition: Lessons from the Field in the Fight Against ISIS and Assad.” The document’s overall thesis is that US resources must be directed at correcting the “humanitarian situation” (p. 11) in Syria by concentrating on “the defeat of ISIS” with “the removal of Assad” as “a more long te...more »

late on a Sunday night - and not the usual blog

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 4 hours ago
I guess it all started when Obama gave his fatuous, self-serving, and lying address on the "war against terror". Maybe it was that bit about how the world looks to America to lead for justice and freedom. This is grade school storybook stuff. The trouble is that so many Americans believe it when, in fact, the US may well now be the most hated nation in the world. It has never led anything for Justice and Freedom. American history from the start has been a history of aggression, conquest and exploitation. First they conquered and killed and/or displaced the native peoples (just as C... more »

Ebola: “U.S. Government To Buy 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits To Prepare For Full-blown Global Pandemic”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“U.S. Government To Buy 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits * *To Prepare For Full-blown Global Pandemic”* by Mike Adams “The U.S. State Department has just put out a bid for 160,000 Ebola hazmat suits, announced a U.S. manufacturer called "Lakeland Industries." The company's press release, published at Yahoo Finance, reads: "With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health. Th... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
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Don’t shoot the messenger

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Centuries ago when bad news had to be delivered to the king, the worst job to have was messenger. Armenian king Tigranes the Great was said to have executed the first messenger that gavr notice of Roman invasion – “and with no man daring to bring further information, without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him..." It didn’t stop the invasion. Cleopatra threatened to treat a messenger's eyes as balls for telling her that Marc Antony had married another. “I bring the news,” said the messenger, “I... more »

Ostriches, sand, heads and beheadings

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Did you know that ostriches, the world's largest bird, have three stomachs and that, unlike all other living birds, they secrete urine separately from faeces? Or that they run so fast in part because they have just two toes on each foot (most birds have four), with the large nail on the larger, inner toe resembling a hoof? Or that their famously large eggs are the largest of any living bird and weigh as much as two dozen chicken eggs, though they are actually the smallest eggs relative to the size of the adult bird? Or that they *don't* bury their heads in the sand when in danger? ... more »

BotWatch : Surveillance and Counterintelligence on the Internet

News Spike - 4 hours ago
*Rethinking John Lennon’s Assassination* *The FBI’s War on Rock Stars* *By Salvador Astucia* *Rethinking John Lennon’s Assassination* *The FBI’s War on Rock Stars* By Salvador Astucia *PART II: THE BUREAU* *Chapter 4: FBI Surveillance on the Internet* *The Internet Police* In the spring of 2003, I began posting my findings about John Lennon’s murder on an Internet discussion forum about the Beatles: rec.music.beatles. A few people responded in a civilized manner, but overall, the response was vitriolic, demented, vulgar, and sadistic. The participants on rec.music.beatles quick... more »

American police stole $2.5 billion from Canadian visitors

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Sounds like going to a Third-World country. American police are targeting their northern neighbors, according to a travel warning from the Canadian government. State and federal law enforcement officers are reportedly shaking down Canadians visiting the US, illegally confiscating legally carried cash. Over 61,000 of these incidents have occurred since 9/11, resulting in $2.5 billion being seized, according to The Washington Post. See Washington Post article here. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

(Those Effing Geniuses!) Breach Birth:  Bipartisan Bullshot Brings New War

If anyone ever thought this guy, Ezra Klein, was an intellectual (or even very well read (or educated)) . . . . I mean, no f*cking wonder the Obama crowd has always seemed like they're in a daze. Having spoken with David Halberstam at length at a Key West Seminar many years ago about his book referenced in the essay below, I can attest that this amazement about poli sci knowledge is a known (

The World's Longest-Running Refined Seed Oil Experiment

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 5 hours ago
This table is from Dr Malcolm Kendrick's latest blog post, which is about the possibility of a retrospective "publication bias" deleting findings that don't support the lipid hypothesis on certain websites. The data, from the European Heart Study 2008, has been tabulated by Dr Kendrick to show the correlation between saturated fat consumption and CHD mortality between countries. [image: guessinggame] What's striking is the big gap between the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Western European states (and, for some reason, Israel). France, with the lowest CHD mortal...more »

Rule against perpetuities

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
The rule against perpetuities says: Any valid interest must vest not later than twenty-one years after the death of some life in being at the creation of the interest. For the purposes of the rule, a life is "in being" at conception. Recognizing a life "in being" is a life span of an individual plus nine months (at the most) the rule limits vesting to say 90 years (at highest) plus 21 years or about 111 years.

Rule in Hodge's Case

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
The Rule in Hodge's Case (1838), 168 E.R. 1135 is generally taken to say: "In a case made up entirely of circumstantial evidence, before the accused could be found guilty, the jury must be satisfied, not only that those circumstances were consistent with his having committed the act, but they must also be satisfied that the facts were such as to be inconsistent with any other rational conclusion, than that the prisoner was the guilty person." The Court of Appeal in R v Bui 2014 ONCA 614 makes it clear this does not mean only conclusions based on proven facts but more generally... more »

Some thoughts on Scottish independence and BBC bias

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Given that both Sue and myself have - in our own different ways - had an absolutely crazy, hectic, unforgettable week this past week (massed cellos, new-born twins, overtime, exhibitions, Edinburgh...oh, yes, new-born twins!...), it's not surprising that *Is the BBC biased? *has been very quiet over the last few days (for which, apologies)...and might very well be just as quiet next week too (for which further apologies...but, fear not, our vast legions of readers, we *will* burst out with renewed vigour and purpose next month)... As I've a spare few hours I intended to write about... more »

Do Members Of Congress Really Sell Out America For A Little Cash From Big Oil?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Since 1990 the Oil and Gas industry has pumped $221,453,356 into congressional campaigns, legalistic bribes that went almost four to one to Republicans, exceptions being a handful of Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party whom Big Oil finds it useful (and easy) to bribe. The Dirty Dozen House Members taking the most in bribes from Big Oil since 1990 are all Republicans: *•* Joe Barton (R-TX)- $1,816,205 *•* Steve Pearce (R-NM)- $1,675,914 *•* John Boehner (R-OH)- $1,398,338 *•* Don Young (R-AK)- $1,238,763 *•* Mike Conaway (R-TX)- $1,139,718 *•* Lor... more »

Weingarten Hearts Cuomo (By Proxy); Willing to Undercut Teachout via Last-minute Robocall

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 7 hours ago
On September 9, 2014, New York State democrats voted in a primary election that turned out to be an embarrassment for incumbent Andrew Cuomo. His most viable opponent was a relatively unknown Fordham University professor with no political machine behind her, Zephyr Teachout. Teachout lost, but not without taking a notable bite out of Cuomo support. As […]

George Kukla (1930-2014)

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
*A well-known Czech American climate skeptic* *This happened already 3 months ago but wasn't really covered in the blogosphere...* I re-learned from Willie Soon that George Kukla died at age 84 of an apparent heart attack. His Columbia University wrote a biography of him with a somewhat insulting title. *Kukla received a Medal of Merit from Czech president Václav Klaus in 2011.* Jiří (=George) Kukla was born in Prague in 1930. His journey around the world was colorful. In the 1960s, he would manage to be an adviser to Fidel Castro. But he would also work in China, Chile, Antarctic... more »

Quote of the day: On lawyers

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
"Justifications for the bar examination are invariably predicated on paternalistic assumptions about the ability of ordinary people to choose qualified lawyers; such arguments ignore the number of ordinary people who, today, cannot afford qualified lawyers at all under the current anticompetitive system." - Alan Mendenhall, ‘The Lawyers Guild’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Legal Rights of Linguistic Minorities

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
First submitted September 13, 2014 to Peoples College of Law ------------------------------ *"We therefore live in a period where the prevailing Zeitgeist is at least receptive to the notion that we do not have to be identical ethnically or linguistically." — Dr. Fernand de Varennes* [image: 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision on Rights of Linguistic Minorities]In an era where right-wing millionaires use their obscene wealth to finance arch-reactionary legal firms like Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to craft deceptive causes of action to destroy academic freedom, students' acc... more »

The Real News: Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels Are Nowhere to Be Found

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*"Haha, we sure fooled them stupid suckers good, didn't we Barack?" "Yes we did, Mr. President, yes we did."* *Former President George W. Bush on the non-existent WMDs in Iraq after invading the country:* "A slide showed Mr Bush in the Oval office, leaning to look under a piece of furniture. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere," he told the audience, drawing applause. Another slide showed him peering into another part of the office, "Nope, no weapons over there," he said, laughing. "Maybe under here," he said, as a third slide was shown." (*"Bush jokes...more »

9/11 truth, Palestine TKO Zionist gatekeepers

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 8 hours ago
[image: Fight Bob Fest 2009: Allen Ruff caught on video punching a guy for wearing an "Israel Did 9/11" T-shirt...which inspired this new T-shirt design][image: Fight Bob Fest 2009: Allen Ruff caught on video punching a guy for wearing an]If this were a boxing match, the “9/11 Truth & Palestine” team just won a TKO. .. *"**All in all, the Zionists are looking more and more like dinosaurs bloated with money and power and teeth and political muscle, roaring out their attempts to intimidate younger and newer and smarter life forms, and approaching the edge of extinction." * Full artic... more »

Regime Change In Syria Has Been A Bust So Far, But Suicidal U.S. Empire Will Risk Destruction of Entire Region To Achieve Its Criminal Aims

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*President Obama is planning to invade Syria, a country that has never attacked America, under the pretext of fighting the CIA-sponsored terrorist group ISIS.* "President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of *The New York Times reports*. *If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system,"* Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his... more »

Another Fake "Beheading" Brought To You All By The Mossad Group Called SITE!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
*My apologies to everyone.. The original post for this article got deleted by accident today, when I did some editing.. Arrgggg… I tried to retrieve the original posts, but I have been unable to get the original article back… If anyone has copied it, please send it to me to replace this one… Thanks… Well here goes with trying to do this article from scratch again….* I am indeed flabbergasted by what I came across over the last 24 hours.. It appears that the known Mossad agent, Rita Katz, is at it again with the fraud videos when today someone sent me a few links that show that her ... more »

Jews warn Europeans about "far right" parties

John Friend at The Realist Report - 10 hours ago
The organized Jewish community in Europe, lead by Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, is once again trying to dictate to Europeans who they can and cannot vote for. *The Times of Israel* reports: *European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians*, the leader of the World Jewish Congress warned Saturday ahead of a major rally against anti-Semitism WJC president Ronald Lauder also voiced concern that Islamic extremists are trying to “use all means,” particularly online, to stir hatred and pointed to the threat posed by rad... more »

Former Egyptian Interior Minister: We Gave CIA Early Warning about 9/11

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Title: Former Egyptian Interior Minister: We Gave CIA Early Warning about 9/11. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: September 14, 2014. "I told him [Mubarak] that we had warned the CIA, and he said that he would tell them. The CIA told Bush that they had received no warning about the attack, but Mubarak insisted that we had warned them. *Finally, they admitted that it was true, but said the warning hadn't been in writing.*" The CIA, always one for following official bureaucratic procedure.

Hilarion - September 14, 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*Hilarion * September 14-21, 2014 Beloved Ones, It is time to divorce yourselves from the endless distractions that present themselves in relentless attempts to take you from your inner core of knowing. Look instead to the heavens and to the alignments that are taking place in the cosmos. This is, indeed, big news and important for you to take note of as you go about your daily activities and duties upon the planet. There is much that is now available to be discerned and re-discovered. As the Earth moves more into a spherical time belt, it brings into focus many ancient remembr... more »

Cop on Tape: “You Must Be Doing Something Wrong if You Need to Invoke Your Rights”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Melissa Melton It has been upheld time and time and time and TIME again that the First Amendment protects one’s right to film police officers in public. Period. That is it. End of story. It is also not illegal to film locations from public property, even those that have been designated as “secure.” A sign is not a law and does not negate the Constitution. It just isn’t and it just doesn’t, despite an apparent effort to make it seem that way. Now listen to what this cop says to these guys who recently decided to film prisoners being transported in and out of the Duval County, Flor... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics: The poet Hoffmann and the legend of Kleinzach

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*"Le nom de la première était Olympia"* *Nicolai Gedda, tenor; Paris Conservatory Orchestra, André Cluytens, cond. EMI, recorded 1964* *Richard Tucker, tenor; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, cond. Live performance, Dec. 3, 1955* *Léopold Simoneau, tenor; Orchestra of the Concerts de Paris, Pierre-Michel Le Conte, cond. Philips-Epic, recorded 1958* *Plácido Domingo, tenor; Orchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa, cond. DG, recorded 1986* *Francisco Araiza, tenor; Staatskapelle Dresden, Jeffrey Tate, cond. Philips, recorded 1987-89* *by Ken* I don't think I have...more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Have an emergency to attend to .... the GF's basement is flooding (sump pump is not working). Must drive to her place to take care of it. Blogging will return when I get back .... probably later tonight.

Aurora Borealis 9-12-14

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
Aurora Borealis 9-12-14 from Lights Over Lapland on Vimeo. On September 11th and 12th two CMEs interacted with Earth's magnetosphere causing a KP-7 Geomagnetic storm. The storm sparked large aurora displays that will never be forgotten by the people that were lucky enough to witness the event. This short film is for everyone else... For more information please visit our website and be sure to like our Facebook page so you can see new images as they are captured on our nightly adventures in Abisko.

Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/senator-demands-us-courts-recover-10-years-of-online-public-records/ Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records *"Restore access," lawmaker says of docs purged because of computer upgrade issue.* by David Kravets - Sep 13, 2014 6:50 pm UTC The head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is urging the federal bureaucracy to restore a decade's worth of electronic court documents that were deleted last month from online viewing because of an upgrade to a computer database known as PACER. Senate Judiciary Commit... more »

Daffy's In Charge

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
http://www.poxteer.com/ Last week was a banner week for the Harper government. It announced the ratification of FIPPA. And it also announced a reduction in EI premiums -- not for employees, but for employers. David MacDonald writes: The idea is that small businesses with a payroll of under about $550,000 a year will have a portion of what they paid in EI refunded to them. Only the employers get some of their money back, not any of the workers. Also, this is at a time when EI is so restricted that six out of 10 unemployed Cana... more »

Where Are All The Anti-War Protesters?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Protesters against the war in Iraq participate in the 'March on the Pentagon' in Washington, March 17, 2007. Thousands of anti-war proestors, some carrying yellow and black signs reading ''U.S. out of Iraq now!'' marched toward the Pentagon on Saturday, one of a number of protests held or planned around the country and the world. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst *Anti-War Crowd Stunningly Silent On ISIS Plan -- Howie Carr, Boston Herald* I could have sworn we were going to war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But the president, a well-known theologian, has informed... more »

The Psychology of Being a “Non-Conspiracy Theorist”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Bernie Suarez There is a brand of people amongst us. They have no name but they exist. They are everywhere, at work, at home, at school, and in the streets, stores, and shopping malls. It is highly unlikely to not know someone who belongs in this category. It’s the so called non-conspiracy theorists. You know, the guy who tries to terminate conversations by alleging that you are nothing more than a “conspiracy theorist” and the information you share is false or not believable. Yes, that guy. Let’s meet face to face with your typical non-conspiracy theorist. We all know them, they ... more »

Indy's John Harris Loflin and José Evans' Big Gig at International ED Conference

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
By Doug Martin *Below is, first, a press release from public school activist John Harris Loflin, director of education and youth issues at the Black and Latin@ Policy Institute. * *(Loflin's research has appeared here at *Schools Matter *in various forms, in my blogs, as well as a guest blog **posted** by Douglas Storm which was **picked up by** the *Washington Post Answer Sheet.) *Following Loflin's press release is a press release from Indianapolis **City-County Councilor José Evans, who will give the keynote address at this South African education conference.* *To local ur...more »

Belated Friday Nerd Blogging: Scottish Secession Edition

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
I am not a fan of Scottish independence, so I thought we should get equal time from the Yes/Aye side:

Sunday Open Thread: ISIS Worship edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
During McCain's permanent gig on MEET THE PRESS, not one talking head has had the balls to ask him why he wanted to arm ISIS last year. — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) September 13, 2014


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Post by Prince Ea.

San Diego School District Gets New MRAP from Feds

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Recent stories on California cities that are divesting themselves of federally provided surplus military equipment are more of an anomaly than a trend. While San Jose and Davis may be dumping battlefield designed mini-tanks, the San Diego School District cops are pretty damned proud of their brand spanking new MRAP (Mine Resistant Armor Protected) vehicle. The U.S. government's 1033 Program has been drawing plenty of belated criticism in the aftermath of the militarized police response to unrest in Ferguson, MO, but it is still providing military grade equipment to civilian agenci... more »

The real KaBoom...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*is not just that the Obama's "celebrated" 9/11 by showing up for a photo-op at the charity named KaBoom (btw - where were the first daughters?), or tweeted that they were joining "millions of others" in a day of service (which is a load of cr*p.)* Here's the *real* KaBoom: *KaBoom!* *I'll leave the captioning of the back view to y'all.*

This Week Obama Washed His Hands to Seal Doomed Democrats Fate

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Some will see it as the final betrayal of a political Judas. Others, in particular those who have been drinking the toxic brew of hope and change flavored Kool Aid will cheer it. Wednesday night, in a much trumpeted and ballyhooed speech to the nation, President Barack Obama announced that he is now committing the United States to another war in a never ending series of which have driven the country towards moral and financial bankruptcy. He also washed his hands to seal the fate of the Democrats who are on the brink of an electoral wipe out on the first Tuesday in November. Rather... more »

Ten years ago a Reagan Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and a Democrat Senator published an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled "Second Thoughts on Free Trade" ...causing a sensation. The liberal think-tank Brookings Institution organized a conference -- televised by C-Span -- for these two to explain, or perhaps defend, their heretical position. But this improbable duo dominated the conference, and the Reagan Republican, in response to a question, predicted that due to US jobs off-shoring "In 20 years the US will be a Third World country." However, he was too optimistic. Now he concedes that the US has become a Third World country in just 10 years!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *The De-industrialization of America * ------------------------------ August 11, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Titus On January 6, 2004, Paul Craig Roberts and US Senator Charles Schumer published a jointly written article on the op-ed page of the New York Times titled “Second Thoughts on Free Trade.” The article pointed out that the US had entered a new economic era in which American workers face “direct global c... more »

Desperate and Doomed Democrats Launch Jihad Against NFL Commissioner

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Not only have the Democ*rats* in Congress hit bottom but they have now set up a drilling rig to further plumb the depths. The jackass party - which apparently has nothing serious to devote their time to - is now going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. This latest stunt by Democ*rats* is an obvious extension of the phony controversy over the Washington Redskins team name. Both are blatant cases of trolling for identity group based emotions in an election year. This new Democ*rat* dog and pony show capitalizes on that recently released video former Baltimore Ravens running back ...more »

Will America's War Against The Islamic State Threaten Future Pentagon Budget Cuts?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Wikipedia *Cuts To Defense Budget Threatened By Battle Against Islamic State -- L.A. Times* Members of Congress and the White House anticipated a peace dividend by winding down America's foreign wars, closing bases and shedding tens of thousands of troops. But President Obama's new, open-ended strategy to confront Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria is likely to eat into some of the nearly $500 billion in Pentagon spending cuts that were planned over the next decade. The first five weeks of U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq has cost $262.5 million, according to the Pentagon, ... more »

A New Constitutional Settlement for England

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 13 hours ago
We could well be days away from ending the 307 year old union between Scotland, and England and Wales. This penny has finally dropped with establishment politics. They have looked into the abyss and are terrified that irrelevance could be staring right back at them. Characteristically, their attempt to ward of the spectre has been threat and promise. The former has been the gift of Scottish financial institutions this week, pledging to move headquarters down to London in the event of a Yes vote. Particularly amusing was Deutsche Bank's David Folkert-Landau warning that Scottish ind... more »

Islamic State Claims To Have Beheaded A British Aid Worker

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*'People Will Be Sickened That This Man Is British': David Cameron Vows To Bring Jihadi John And His Fellow ISIS Killers To Justice After Beheading Of 'Hero' British Hostage And Threat To Kill Again -- Daily Mail* * Father-of-two from Perth, Scotland, abducted by militants in Syria last year * Hostage: 'You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States' * Militants previously beheaded journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley * Video released hours after 44-year-old's family made direct plea to captors * PM vows to hunt down 'murderers' after what he called 'act of ...more »

Quote without comment

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 13 hours ago
With sufficiently cheap energy, pollution would become a thing of the past; at current levels of energy usage, this is impractical.  Most of our species is still locked in the subsistence-agriculture trap, and simply extending the First World system of coal- and petroleum-fueled industrialism to them would probably destroy the planet. This knowledge is the specter at the feast of progress,


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Hurricane season quiet so far, but not over yet ~Amy Wold, The Advocate * *Deadline comes and goes for homeless to leave camp under expressway ~Meg Gatto, WVUE *

Poems About Virgins Is How The Islamic State 'Fires Up' Their Troops

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Umm Layth, who left her family in Scotland to join ISIS, is believed to be part of a women's police force that supplies fighters with sex slaves (Middle East Media Research Institute) *ISIS Pens Poem About 72 Virgins To Ignite Base -- New York Post* How do Islamic extremists fire up the troops? Poems about virgins, of course. During a investigation into home-grown terrorists, the FBI monitored communication between two Boston Muslims, Tarek Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra. Mehanna would be charged with aiding al Qaeda and given 17 years in prison, Abousamra fled the US before arrest, ... more »

The Politics Of Division: Islamic Fundamentalism And Christian Jihad

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville Thirteen years after 9/11, Western governments and their media mouthpieces are working in overdrive to create as much religious, ethnic, racial, and gender-based tension and division as possible. From Islamic fundmentalism, media-promoted racial violence, and the culture industry’s carefully crafted separation and division between men and women, the goal is to divide the American people and the people of the rest of the world into as many different sects and divisions as possible so that they project all of the wrongs they have suffered onto the backs of the “ot... more »

'It's Madness! US opposes ISIS in Iraq, supports them in Syria'

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*YouTube* Elite donors of American allies in the Persian Gulf region have poured an immense amount of resources into rebel groups like IS in efforts to advance on three general goals: opposing Iran, its ally Bashar Assad and his government in Syria, and fomenting the Sunni-Shia divides in the region. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

World Shocked At ISIS Beheadings ... while our ally Saudi Arabia continues to whack heads off routinely as part of their justice system!

leftdog at Buckdog - 14 hours ago
*"In the space of two weeks last month, according to the rights group Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia executed as many as 22 people. At least eight of those executed were beheaded, U.N. observers say. It appears that the majority of those executed in August were guilty of nonlethal crimes, including drug trafficking, adultery, apostasy and "sorcery." Four members of one family, Amnesty reports, were beheaded for "receiving drugs." [...] last year, a reported shortage of trained swordsmen led to some hope that the practice could wane, but recent evidence suggests otherwise. It's...more »

Why Has The Islamic State's Twitter Feed Gone Silent?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*File Photo*: A militant Islamist fighter on the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province (Reuters) *Islamic State's Twitter Silence Raises Questions -- NDTV/AFP* San Francisco: Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and worldview on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, according to U.S. government sources, raising questions about whether the government has pressured Twitter to clamp down more aggressively or whether the group has mov...more »

Does U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry Know What His Officials Are Doing?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Kerry 'Taken Aback' By James Foley's Mother's Reaction To Handling Of Case -- CNN* (CNN) -- The U.S. government Friday defended its handling of James Foley's case after the slain journalist's mother told CNN that officials suggested the family could be charged if they tried to raise money to free him. Saying everything possible had been done to bring the journalist home, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters officials worked very closely with Foley's family and with his employer, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni. "Any advice that this department or other department... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] It is Sunday, September 14th, 2014, and according to the criminal US Government, "ISIS" is out to get you!! Yes, I am truly sickened by all the fraud Jew spew media reports that have been constantly bombarding the gullible saps living in the once free United States of America with all the bullshit lies about how "ISIS" or "ISIL", or what ever phoney baloney acronym they can come up with next, is this great threat…. I cannot help but laugh at the ridiculous notions concocted to make this absolutely fraud "terrorist" group look so evil…. Sadly, the vast majority... more »

Was The U.S. 'Surprised' By The Rapid Growth Of The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Islamic State's Rapid Growth Caught U.S. By Surprise -- L.A. Times* As Islamic State fighters from Syria blitzed across northern Iraq this summer, they swept thousands of fresh recruits from Iraqi Sunni tribal militias, prisons and insurgent groups into their ranks, nearly tripling the size of their armed force and catching U.S. authorities by surprise, U.S. intelligence officials said Friday. Dismantling the lethal new alliances in Iraq will be a key focus as the Obama administration scrambles to push back the fast-growing extremist army, which has achieved major military gains,...more »

So, This is where it bogs down a bit

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
In all honesty, I've been making-up a fair bit of what I've written in the past few days as I've been typing it. I've had some basic ideas and they've been fleshed-out as you see them here. Now, what's supposed to happen is the heroine is supposed to meet the baddy again, more as an equal than as an unarmed, overwhelmed teenager. I don't know if she'll win this confrontation or not. She's supposed to meet the hackers, especially that lead guy. I don't know the logistics of that yet. She's supposed to reconnect with the white boyfriend. Actually they're supposed to become lovers dur...more »

The BBC report that Merkel to speak in Berlin against anti-Semitism

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29195685 thst ' German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to speak at a mass rally against anti-Semitism later, amid a sharp rise in attacks on Germany's Jews. The event in Berlin comes 75 years after the outbreak of the World War Two, in which six million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany.Mrs Merkel has vowed to do everything she can "to ensure anti-Semitism doesn't have a chance".' Of course as this is the institutionally anti Israel, and sometimes borderline anti Semitic BBC, they also add that: 'The surge in anti-Semitism follows the... more »

Shockingly, CIA Director John Brennan Is Still Not In Prison-- Or Even Out Of A Job

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Since August 1, Ken and I have written 4 posts vaguely along the lines of Obama Hasn't Fired John Brennan Yet-- Let Alone Had Him Arrested, the others being here (August 3), here (August 6), and here (August 25). September is nearly half eaten up and I thought it was already past time for us to look at the scandal of unaccountability again. If we don't punish government criminals who break the law then we are guaranteed to have future government criminals to break the laws-- even worse. Had Kissinger faced the firing squad he earned, for example, I bet Cheney wouldn't have shredd... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*The Newest Threat on College Campuses: Microaggression* Andrew Klavan Well, it’s back to school time and all across our country, college students are suffering from an insidious form of oppression called microaggressions. These are defined as commonplace verbal or, behavioral indignities… that communicate racist or sexist slights or insults…” Microaggressions take place when, for instance, a woman sees a black male and clutches her purse more tightly making it too damn hard for him to snatch the thing away from her… or when two men hear a woman speaking and look at one another ... more »

Afghanistan Updates ( September 14 , 2014 ) - With Results from the Runoff Election between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani due to be brought forward this week , Indecision , speculation , veiled threats of protests - all reign supreme as to what happens next ......US Has Failed to Curb Afghan Graft: SIGAR........... UN threatens to cut Afghanistan aid if election staff harassed ....... WH Wants Unity Govt. Vow Honored ....... Afghanistan blames US for killing civilians President Hamid Karzai's office says US air strike killed at least 11 civilians in eastern Kunar province.........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
http://afghanelections14.com/ The Indecision: What they are saying September 14, 2014 by ncoburn As negotiations start and stop and the Afghan economy continues to decay, there’s not much happening other than talk in the media. So to keep everyone updated on what’s being said, here’s some choice excerpts: [image: karzai-building-11-sep-14] Tolo photo of Karzai opening the new guesthouse Ahsraf on the current state of negotiations: “We must come together and continue political talks. Afghanistan is the home of all of us; therefore, we need an inclusive national unity government…O... more »

Islamic State Reaction To President Obama's 'Strategy'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Hat Tip:* Zero Hedge

Is President Obama's Strategy To Fight The Islamic State Starting To Fall Apart Before It Has Even Started?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*"Moderate" Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US -- Zero Hedge* First it was the 'broad coalition' that appeared a little narrower than President Obama explained to the world last week. Today, 2 more crucial aspects of the 'strategy' appear to be faltering. Despite the promise of $500 million to train "moderate" Syrian terrorist/rebels to fight ISIS, GlobalPost reports Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time. Under the deal, "the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is fo... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

DARPA's Jet Pack Gives Supersoldiers a 4-Minute Mile

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
ASU There is an array of research that seeks to create super soldiers. Back in 2010, a plan was announced to install transcranial ultrasonic mind control devices into soldiers' helmets in order to boost alertness, as well as relieve battle stress and pain. The Department of Defense has also been working on an augmented reality creation called iOptik, which would enhance a soldier's biology by offering simultaneous fields of vision, while enabling full data integration. Then of course there was T.A.L.O.S. an *Iron Man*-like suit that incorporates biometrics, liquid body armor that ... more »

How September 11th is Used for Global Mind Control

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
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In an era of the “Clipboard Culture.”

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 16 hours ago
I can’t say for sure if I invented this term on the fly or not. I lamented to my colleagues that the “clipboard culture” needs to end. Those of us subjected to daily and weekly observations from insiders and outsiders, each with their own rubrics and requirements, we teachers tire immensely of the “visitor.” They […]

The Simpson's Scottish Character Emphatically Supports Independence

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
In the popular FOX show *The Simpsons*, Scottish character Groundskeeper Willie weighs in on Scotland's vote for Independence from the United Kingdom. He seems to emphatically support Independence for Scots. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Blackwater-type Mercenaries Drop from Unmarked Helicopters to Raid Legal Marijuana Gardens in California

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
*CBS - SF* Private military contractors are now policing the war on drugs by raiding legal marijuana gardens in California according to an explosive report by CBS San Francisco. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Essential Reading for Democracy.

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
There have been a *number of articles* highlighting former Conservative MP Mr. Rathgeber’s new book *Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada in recent days**.*That he outlines the tight control that the PMO exercises over the Conservative MP's is hardly a surprise given that he quit the Conservative caucus over having his private members bill nixed by them, however such concerns by those who sit, of have sat, in the House are not new. “*Mr. Rathgeber, twice elected as a Conservative before quitting caucus last year, outlines how MPs have seen their ... more »

Clampetts clownshow distracts from FIPA

Alison at Creekside - 16 hours ago
Gosh, was it only five years ago that Alberta Energy spokesman Tim Markle said "Chinese takeover is good news for Alberta", even as Harper was blowing off the Kyoto Accord, supposedly due to China's crappy environmental record, and pledging to build a monument to victims of communism? Beginning Oct 1 for the next 31 years until 2045, under the *Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement* Harper just ratified on Friday, Chinese corporations will be able to directly sue the Canadian government for any public interest measures that interfere with their abili...more »

Russia, Nigeria Sign Contract for Mi-171Sh, Mi-35 Helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Mi-35 Hind]Russia and Nigeria have signed a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 helicopters, Rosoboronexport deputy general director Sergei Goreslavsky told reporters Friday. "The Mi-171Sh machine is in steady demand on the foreign market. A contract with Nigeria was recently signed," Goreslavsky said, commenting on the August contract. According to him, the helicopter is in demand in Africa, and Mozambique is very interested in the rotorcraft. Rosoboronexport"s top manager said several Mi-35M"s will be also sent to Nigeria, without specifying the number of machine... more »

Send British nukes to US if Scotland votes Yes say military chiefs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Britain's independent nuclear deterrent should be moved to the Unites States if Scotland gains its independence next week, senior military figures have said. Speaking to the Sunday Express they said the plan would ensure that our four Trident missile-carrying Vanguard submarines would not remain in the hands of a Non-Nato foreign country and deprive Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond of any “leverage” in post -independence negotiations. The call, which one senior US politician last night said would be “overwhelmingly supported” in Congress, comes only t... more »

US to deliver armed aircraft to Lebanon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Cessna_AC-208B]American Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale said on Friday that his country is to provide Lebanon with armed Cessna aircraft, in addition to Hellfire missiles. In a statement delivered after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Hale said the aircraft would be bought with Saudi funds recently pledged to the Lebanese army. "Over the last two weeks, a series of accelerated shipments of American arms and armaments have arrived here," he said. "This week brought the delivery of more Hellfire missiles to the Lebanese army." Read more

India identifies 15 weapon systems for export

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile]The Defence Research and Development Organisation, which is struggling to meet deadlines for delivering key military projects, is working on an elaborate weapons export plan to make inroads in the lucrative global arms market. Backed by a government that seeks to transform India from the world's biggest weapons importer into an export powerhouse, the DRDO has identified 15 weapon systems that could help the country get its foot in the door in the international arms bazaar, DRDO chief Avinash Chander told HT in an exclusive interv...more »

Australia moves against ISIL

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Boeing 737 AEW&C Wedgetail]The Australian Government is preparing to contribute to an international coalition to counter the ISIL terrorist threat. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released the following statement: “The Australian Defence Force will prepare and deploy to the United Arab Emirates up to eight Royal Australian Air Force F/A18 combat aircraft; an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft; and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker and Transport aircraft. In addition, the Australian Defence Force will prepare a Special Operations Task Group as military adviser... more »

Navy ends search for missing pilot from jets that collided at sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)]The U.S. Navy ended its unsuccessful search Saturday for the missing pilot of one of two U.S. Navy FA-18C Hornet fighter jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, a San Diego-based aircraft carrier. The two jets crashed about seven miles after launching from the Carl Vinson's flight deck at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the Navy. The aircraft carrier was about 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island. One pilot was quickly located and returned to the aircraft carrier to receive medical attenti... more »

S. Korea spots signs of N. Korea's submarine rocket development

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Golf II class SSK]South Korea's military confirmed Sunday it has detected signs of North Korea's development of a submarine-based ballistic missile launch system. In a report to an opposition lawmaker, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said there is an indication that the North is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). "There is no intelligence yet that North Korea has an SLBM in operation. But the possibility of a North Korean submarine equipped with an SLBM has been detected recently," the JCS said in the document submitted to Rep. Jin Sung-joon of the ma...more »

I. P. Pavlov: 165th birthday

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*A Russian patriot and anti-communist whom communists had to nurture* Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, a pioneer of physiology, was born in Ryazan (200 km Southeast of Moscow) in September 1849. At Technet.cz, Karel Pacner published a fascinating chapter of his book about the geniuses of the 20th century. Pavlov would live and work in extremely poor conditions and he was happy about that, anyway. He was a hard-working perfectionist who studied the functions of various organs (digestive system, nerves etc.) etc. He brought the genuine, careful scientific method to the research of physio... more »

Free Planet - Be brave - Ban all organised religions

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
*God can't speak for himself?*So, two thousand years ago, according to the Bible, according to the Koran, according to a plethora of 'religious texts yet to be folded into the bi-partisan mix', some beardy omnipotence in the holy sky tore off a reflection/refraction/hologram of his eternal multi-dimensional self, named him *My Only Son Jesus* and ushered him forward as a Ritual Sacrifice for the sake of Mankind's Absolution in the Endtimes to come. *Screech of narrative brakes!!!* What? Wait a minute. An all-powerful, everywhere-everything throne-seated deity in the clouds, in Heav... more »

September 12 Solar Flare - Another View

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago

Higgs the mass killer: in defense of Stephen Hawking

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Stephen Hawking was brought to deep financial troubles when he lost $100 against TRF guest blogger Gordon Kane after the two men have agreed on a bet that the Higgs boson would or wouldn't ever be discovered, or something like that. (I have won $500 for an analogous bet: yes, the Higgs boson has been discovered.) So evil tongues could argue that it's the reason why Hawking says that Higgs has made physics less interesting – and now why he accuses the Higgs particle of the plan to destroy the world. Will it destroy the world? Probably not but the threat, while small, has a totally le... more »

Contrasts… In New Hampshire's Congressional Elections

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This anti-Frank Guinta ad (above) that the DCCC is running in the Manchester, Portsmouth and Rochester media markets of eastern New Hampshire is meant to show voters that Guinta is "outside New Hampshire’s mainstream." Fortunately Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter runs her own campaign and ignores the DCCC sand their messaging. This is a third-rate self-referencing ad that might work among Beltway partisans but says little to regular New Hampshire voters. As are the vast majority of DCCC expenditures, it's pretty much a waste of effort and a waste of money-- although, no doubt, it ... more »

GARDASIL : « La décision que je regretterai toute ma vie » ! par Wendy Barnes Early

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
[image: Courtney- Gardasil] *GARDASIL :* « *La décision que je regretterai toute ma vie » !* Par Wendy Barnes Early et Paola Kansas, 10 septembre 2014 voudrais partager avec vous toute l’histoire de Courtney, tout ce qui est arrivé à ma fille après qu’elle ait reçu le vaccin Gardasil. – Heureusement, elle n’a reçu qu’une seule injection. C’est au cours de l’été 2012 que j’ai conduit ma fille chez le pédiatre pour l’examen annuel de routine. Son médecin a vivement recommandé que Courtney reçoive le Gardasil, ce vaccin fortement recommandé pour les adolescentes. Trois ou q... more »

Juicy Stuff from LSE Comparing Hong Kong and Taiwan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Mountain of stimulants* Taiwan in Comparative Perspective has an issue comparing Hong Kong and Taiwan. Everything is available. Thanks, guys. Full Text of Volume 5 Introduction to Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective: Centres–Peripheries, Colonialism, and the Politics of Representation *Fang-Long Shih and Carol Jones* Lost in China: Mainlandisation and Resistance in post-1997 Hong Kong *Carol Jones* Taiwan's Colonial Experiences and the Development of Ethnic Identities: Some Hypotheses *Bruce Jacobs* Nuclear Energy Friend or Foe: The View from Taiwan and Hong Kong *Simona... more »

Musical Interlude: Mars Lasar, “Seven Tears”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Mars Lasar, “Seven Tears” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtmk_MCDFAI

Musical Interlude: Mars Lasar, "Valley Of The Giants"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Mars Lasar, "Valley Of The Giants" "Yosemite Valley on the wings of an eagle only as Mars Lasar can take you. This transcendent musical adventure is a multi-sensory journey through one of the world 's most magical creations of nature, Yosemite Valley. Cd produced in 2006. See more from Mars at www.marslasar.com" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CiiIHkMe74


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Don't Hit Panic Button: Rob Ryan Guarantees Better Defense ~Barry Hirstius, Who Dat Dish * *Churchill Downs Inc. seeking to sell Fair Grounds ~Ted Lewis, New Orleans Advocate *

The War On Syria Is Back On: Obama Declares War On Syria - Why The Real Target Is Assad, NOT ISIS! (What I Have Been Saying For Months Now!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I am truly sick and tired of all the bullcrap going around about this fraudulent "terrorist" group that conveniently goes by the ridiculous acronym "ISIS"….. People need to wake up damn fast and realize the bitter truth that this fraud group is absolutely and with out a shadow of a doubt just another US CIA, and Israeli Mossad, phantom group that is being used to set the stage for American invasion of the peaceful and innocent nation of Syria. Sadly, even now there are such idiots out there that do not realize that they are being played as suckers and dumb ass sheep that will bli... more »

Sure, you've traveled everywhere worth going, but have you been to -- North Korea?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*You haven't been to Mount Myohyang (and its scenic parking lot)?* *"A lot of people don't know they can even come here, and then when they get here they say it's not what they were expecting. They think it's going to be all doom and gloom and death and sad faces."* *-- 27-year-old Australian Rowan Beard of YoungPioneers, a pioneering tour operator in North Korea* *by Ken* If planning your next destination fills you with dread because you've been to everyplace good, and especially everyplace your friends have been to, take heart and think of these magic words: *North Korea* Wha... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo. *Click image for larger size.* The picture spans 20 ar...more »

Chet Raymo

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Broken Web”* by Chet Raymo “Every fall, when a mysterious seasonal alarm clock tells them to go, the monarch butterflies of our New England meadows set off on one of the most remarkable migrations in the animal kingdom. They wing their way to a tiny patch of forest in the mountains of central Mexico that they have never visited before, where they are joined by millions of their cousins from all over eastern North America. They rest and feed and wait out the winter. Then, in the spring, they set out for northern meadows, breeding and dying along the way. There will be no Mexic... more »

History: "What Was the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Was the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest?"* By David Crossland "In September 9 AD, Germanic tribesmen slaughtered three Roman legions in a battle that marked the "big bang" of the German nation and created its first hero - Hermann. This battle represents nothing less than the birth of the German nation, a devastating victory over three Roman legions by Germanic tribes in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. The battle created the first German hero, Arminius, or Hermann as he later became known, a young chieftain of the Cherusci tribe who led the rebellion and was hailed for ce... more »

"What They Are Capable Of Being..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

"Being Proud of Who You Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Being Proud of Who You Are" by Dr. Kevin Ross Emery "We have been told that pride goeth before the fall and that pride is not just a sin, but one of the seven deadly sins. Of course we also have the idea that we should take pride in our work, be proud of our country, our loved ones, and our accomplishments. But no matter how hard I looked, I could not find a definitive list of the prides I should or should not have, and which prides I can justifiably have as a patriot without landing in the depths of hell for eternity. Though I did get the impression that I could be proud of the c... more »

School Board Privatization: Committee for a Better _________ (Your City Here)

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Not far from my home, on a vacant lot next to a major highway, I noticed an advertisement for our upcoming local school board elections. The name of the candidate is not familiar to me, but each time I pass the board, I wonder, “Who is funding you?” The purchasing of local school board races […]

Hemp For Victory

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

“The Human Need for a ‘Higher Purpose’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Human Need for a ‘Higher Purpose’"* by Evolutionary-Metaphysics "One of the more compelling reasons why some people hope for the existence of a purposeful creative process is because it can give a sense of meaning to their lives. Believing in a purposeful process is like having faith that our existence is orderly and meaningful, whereas to reject the possibility of purpose is like resigning yourself to the notion that our existence is ultimately meaningless, mindless, and possibly chaotic. The idea that consciousness has some kind of higher purpose has always been popular bec... more »

"How Is One To Live..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You conti... more »

"The Search for Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Search for Truth" By David Chandler “Some people might wonder what motivates a physics teacher to get up and talk about religion and world issues. I am not a professional political scientist or sociologist or theologian. But I am a concerned citizen and a thinking person. To be a scientist does not mean you have to be a one-dimensional person out of touch with life beyond the lab. Physics used to be called natural philosophy. It is a branch of philosophy in that it is part of the quest for truth. The same thing that motivates me to ponder the true nature of the physical world ...more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Kahlil Gibran, “The Asylum”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Asylum”* by Kahlil Gibran "I was strolling in the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man who was reading a philosophy book. His behavior and his evident good health made him stand out from the other inmates. I sat down beside him and asked: ‘What are you doing here?’ He looked at me, surprised. But seeing that I was not one of the doctors, he replied: ‘It’s very simple. My father, a brilliant lawyer, wanted me to be like him. My uncle, who owns a large emporium, hoped I would follow his example. My mother wanted me to be the image of her beloved father. My sister... more »

"Beheading" video- ISIS beheads UK "hostage" David Haines

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Ok, I can't pass this shit up- It's way toooo theatre of the absurd Another beheading video- but, nothing is shown. Went back to get it off of You Tube and it's gone!! (if you see it, leave a link?) This video is so formulaic. But, not credible. Other then from a catapulting the propaganda point of view? The first video I viewed didn't show the decapitated head prop at the end. And, like all the beheading videos prior, there is no beheading actually shown You know what else was interesting? The "ISIS" actor says that David Haines served with the Royal Air Force... Curious? Or not re... more »

"Remembering to Pause: Beyond Reacting"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Remembering to Pause: Beyond Reacting"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Remembering to pause and take a breath before we react can shift the energy of the outcome. We have all had the experience of reacting in a way that was less than ideal upon hearing bad news, or being unfairly criticized, or being told something we did not want to hear. This makes sense because when our emotions are triggered, they tend to take center stage, inhibiting our ability to pause before we speak. We may feel compelled to release the tension by expressing ourselves in some way, whether it’s yelling b... more »

[September 2013] Nusra Front Suicide Bomber: We Will Avenge Osama bin Laden if the Americans Come to Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*On Wednesday, September 10, President Obama said he would expand U.S. airstrikes against ISIS (the Islamic State) and hit them in Syria.* *Video Title: Nusra Front Suicide Bomber: We Will Avenge Osama bin Laden if the Americans Come to Syria. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: September 21, 2013. Description:* This footage is taken from a longer video showing al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) invasion of the ancient and mostly Christian town of Maaloula, the world's only town where Aramaic is still spoken by its inhabitants. The suicide bomber, Abu Musaab, is seen sending a... more »

Obama Buggers Europe: Sanctions Deepen the Recession

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Excellence from James Petras via Canadian Dimension* *Worth reading the whole piece. Seriously.* The Obama Administration actively pressured Europe to impose harsh sanctions on Russia in order to defend the violent takeover (‘regime change’) in the Ukraine. England, France, Germany and the rest of the European regimes gave in to Washington’s demands. Russia responded by imposing reciprocal sanctions, especially on agriculture goods, and is establishing alternative trading partners and increasing trade with China, Iran, Latin America and Africa. The sanctions policies occur at a time... more »

Tweets of the Week

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Though I’ve been blogging at the Duck of Minerva for more than 9 years, I haven’t posted much content for several years. My last post here was in mid-February. You can find maybe half a dozen posts in 2013 and 2014. It’s a terrible record. Embarrassingly, I had to look up my username just to log in. There Continue reading

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