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Monday, September 15, 2014

15 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

English: Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Shkrebnev...
English: Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Shkrebneva on their wedding day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KAZAN. Sabantui, a Tatar festival.
KAZAN. Sabantui, a Tatar festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: TOKYO. President Putin on a tatami at...
English: TOKYO. President Putin on a tatami at the Kodokan Martial Arts Palace. Русский: ТОКИО. На татами во дворце спортивных единоборств «Кодокан». (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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NATO Still Does Not Know How To Combat Putin's Miltiary Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 minutes ago
U.S. 173 airborne brigade soldiers leave a C-130 aircraft during the “Steadfast Javelin II” military exercise in the Lielvarde air base, September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins *NATO Could Have Trouble Combating Putin’s Military Strategy -- David Axe and Robert Beckhusen, Reuters* Since Russian troops seized Ukraine’s strategic Crimean peninsula in late February, and separatists backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin began waging a bloody insurgency in the country’s east, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has walked a fine line. The transatlantic military alliance has sen... more »

Quote of the day:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 38 minutes ago
*“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.”* -- Ayn Rand, *The Fountainhead* [Hat tip Dr Michael Hurd] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Al Qaeda Acknowledges 'Mistakes', But Denies That It Is In Decline

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 43 minutes ago
Decline: With an unprecedented wave of extremists pledging allegiance to rival Islamic extremist group ISIS (pictured), Al Qaeda is struggling to recruit new members to its cause and is even suspected of claiming responsibility for failed attacks it did not actually carry out in order to appear more active *Al Qaeda Denies Decline, Acknowledges 'Mistakes' by Its Branches -- New York Times/Reuters* (Reuters) - Al Qaeda dismissed as "lies" a U.S. assessment that it is in decline, but a defiant online message issued by the network on Sunday made no mention of the ultra-hardline Islam... more »

Hopes For A NATO - Russian Alliance Are Now Gone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 43 minutes ago
*NATO’s Hopes for Russia Have Turned to Dismay -- Steven Erlanger, NYT* LONDON — The NATO summit meeting last week in Wales was dominated by Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. The rift with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was an extraordinary contrast to the last NATO summit in Britain, in 1990. A year after the Berlin Wall fell, NATO issued the London Declaration, asserting that “Europe has entered a new, promising era.” Eastern Europe is liberating itself, the declaration said. “The Soviet Union has embarked on the long journey toward a free... more »

"Tank Man"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Tank Man" by Wikipedia “He who is brave is free.” - Seneca "Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, is the nickname of an anonymous man who became internationally famous when he was videotaped and photographed during the protests at Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. Several photographs were taken of the man, who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks, preventing their advance. One of the most widely reproduced versions of the photograph was taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press from the sixth floor of the Beijing Hotel, about half a mile (800 meters) away f... more »

"Laughter, Hope, Power..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Laughter is the sound of hope. Hope is the seed of power. Power is the combined force of a multitude of voices joined together... that began as a mere whisper in the immense darkness and the ferocious cold and only kept alive by small, improbable notes of laughter." - Ricardo Levins Morales


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

"A Deeper Truth..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"There's a truth deeper than experience. It's beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabhakar told it to me, just as I'm telling it to you n... more »

"Undistracted Energy: Pure Thoughts"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Undistracted Energy: Pure Thoughts"* by The DailyOM "The longer we are able to hold a positive thought, the stronger that energy around us becomes. If we make no effort at all, our thoughts usually scatter in a vast array of directions. They start and stop and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our thoughts without controlling them, we will be amazed at how truly inconsistent they are. Yet, if we apply our minds to a specific task, especially one that interests us, they gather together and allow us to focus our attention, creating great power... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Overland Park, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"A New Day Will Come..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Sam: "It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "The Winter of Listening"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Winter of Listening"* *․ * "No one but me by the fire, my hands burning red in the palms while the night wind carries everything away outside. All this petty worry while the great cloak of the sky grows dark and intense round every living thing. What is precious inside us does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence. What we strive for in perfection is not what turns us into the lit angel we desire, what disturbs and then nourishes has everything we need. What we hate in ourselves is what we cannot know in ourselves but what is true to the pattern does ... more »

What Do Americans Think About Foreign Policy in 2014?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Today, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) released their biennial report of U.S. public attitudes on foreign policy, drawn from a large national sample carried out in May of this year. This year, my co-author Jon Monten and I participated in the team that designed the survey and analyzed the findings. [As an aside, we Continue reading

"On A Long Enough Timeline..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." - "Tyler Durden", "Fight Club"

“Mr. Fix-It: The Handyman’s Way of Living (and Dying)- Chapter 15”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Mr. Fix-It: The Handyman’s Way of Living (and Dying)* * - Chapter 15”* by Chet Raymo “He was a professional engineer, and a good one, but when it came to the business of dying, he was a rank amateur. That in itself is no bad thing. The “am-” in “amateur” derives from the Latin word for love. It has been suggested that the root of the Latin for love, am, had its origin in baby talk, like yum-yum or mmmm! an expression of delight. There can be no doubt, in reading my father’s journals, that he was in love with the engineer’s way of grappling with the world. Even in the midst of para... more »

NATO Chief To Russian President Putin: Do Not Test Us

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Chris Wattie/Reuters *NATO Chief Warns Moscow: No More Stealth Invasions -- Eli Lake, Daily Beast* Russia is now threatening NATO allies in the Baltics. If Moscow tries another invasion of commandos and spies, the alliance is prepared to act, NATO's top general said. On Monday, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove had a not-so-subtle message for Russia: it will consider stealth and unofficial invasions to be a trigger for war. Europe knows these stealth invasions all too well. Russia first sent teams of special operations forces wearing uniforms without insignia in February into... more »

Respectability vs RESPECT: Part One

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 2 hours ago
R•E•S•P•E•C•T is of course: Respectability is a different kettle of fish, however. The very foundation of patriarchy is cemented with the premise that only some women are respectable - that is, worthy and deserving of respect - and others are NOT. My co-blogger fern hill recently addressed the *stigma* of abortion. And we have many more blogposts at DJ! that challenge the notion that respectable women should grieve, do penance, and wear ashes on their head when a pregnancy - their OWN, in fact - is terminated. By choice. Or when it's forcibly rejected by the body, an occurrence ... more »

Bad Advice on Making Academic Babies: opting in and out of heteronormative panic

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
What I remember most about my post-grad Gender and Politics seminar were the extensive discussions we had about having babies. It was 2004, and debates about babies vs careers, and whether women should ‘opt out‘ to raise families, were heated and divisive. Women were told in the 1980s and 1990s that the highest feminist aspiration Continue reading

Frank Torre (1931-2014)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Joe and Frank Torre in 1977, kid brother's rookie managerial season, as player-manager of the New York Mets. (Frank's seven-year Major League career ended with the Phillies in 1963.) It was Frank who, at age 20, stood up to their violently abusive father.* *"When I was a teenager and my brother Frank was in the World Series in '57 and '58 against the Yankees, Braves winning in '57 and the Yankees in '58, little did I know the next time these two teams would meet in the World Series, I would be managing the Yankees."* *-- Joe Torre, in his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech, Jul... more »

President Obama Threatens Retailiation If Syria Shoots At US Military Flights

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
An undated handout photo distributed by Syrian News Agency (SANA) on July 9, 2012 shows a missile being launched from a mobile platform during a live ammunitions exercise by Syrian air defence forces in an undisclosed location. (File Photo: Reuters) *Report: Obama Would Retaliate If Syria Shoots At US Military Flights -- The Hill* President Obama recently vowed to retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad if Syrian forces shoot at U.S. military planes, according to *The New York Times*. In meetings with foreign policy experts, former government officials, journalists and c... more »

Fukushima - September 15 , 2014 .... “Very Frightening”: Journalist on popular Japan news program found dead — Only person reporting about Fukushima on national TV — Chilling recent quote: “I want you to know I will never commit suicide” — No news coverage of death, no obituary, ‘strange’ nuclear message shown on air ........ Ocean hits record high for radioactive Strontium at all 6 locations near Fukushima reactors — Levels up to 20 times higher than reported last week — Officials: Contamination from highly radioactive ‘debris’ is seeping into ground and flowing out to sea......Expert: Plutonium contamination of Pacific Ocean food chain from Fukushima now suspected; “Real source of potential long term problems for humans” — Newspaper: “Leakage of highly contaminated water into sea must be dealt with immediately” — Gov’t: Effect on health of US public not ‘significant’ ........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Energy News...... http://enenews.com/very-frightening-journalist-very-popular-japan-news-program-found-dead-only-person-reporting-fukushima-issues-national-tv-chilling-recent-quote-happens-will-never-commit-suicide-video *Interview with Beverly Findlay Kaneko, evacuee from Yokohama, Japan*, Social Uplift, published Sept. 14, 2014: A TV journalist named Mr. Masaki Iwaji, he was the only TV director to work on the Fukushima issue — the humanitarian problems and the corruption involved — and get it on national TV… He was found dead and there are rumors that it was suicide, but there i... more »

The BBC’s Nick Robinson v Alex Salmond: where will corporation tax be paid? Both are wrong, surely?!

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 3 hours ago
SOURCE TELEGRAPH: Alex Salmond goes to war with BBC over RBS 'leak' An irate Alex Salmond today declared war on the BBC after the Corporation disclosed Royal Bank of Scotland’s decision to move its headquarters to England if there is a Yes vote. The First Minister dismissed the economic significance of announcements by RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, Tesco Bank, TSB and Clydesdale Bank to

Everything Is Coming Apart

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*The Great Unraveling -- Roger Cohen* It was the time of unraveling. Long afterward, in the ruins, people asked: How could it happen? It was a time of beheadings. With a left-handed sawing motion, against a desert backdrop, in bright sunlight, a Muslim with a British accent cut off the heads of two American journalists and a British aid worker. The jihadi seemed comfortable in his work, unhurried. His victims were broken. Terror is theater. Burning skyscrapers, severed heads: The terrorist takes movie images of unbearable lightness and gives them weight enough to embed themselves ... more »

U.S. and ISIS Are Set To Deal The Death Blow To The Assad Regime

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Forget ISIS, this is the true face of terror.* Both the United States and *the Islamic State of Israel and the States* seek to overthrow the Syrian government. So far they have been unsuccessful, but, as they say, if at first you don't succeed, try, and try again. Persistence and patience are what ultimately lead to victory. And just because ISIS beheaded a few American and British nationals that doesn't make them strategic enemies of their criminal governments. Journalists and aid workers are expendable assets for evil agencies such as the CIA, MI6, and Mossad. They use them up ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters *Obama's IS Plan Looks Good On Paper. But In Practice? -- Dan Murphy, CSM* If US statements are taken at face value, Obama has set the country a mammoth task in the Middle East with a very low probability of success. President Barack Obama's plan to confront the self-styled Islamic State is, on paper, simple. Put Sunni Arabs in the lead so that jihadis won't claim that they're being unfairly targeted by infidel "crusaders;" mount a robust air campaign against IS in support of Iraqi government forces; build a non-jihadi Syrian army that can defeat the regime... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Peace fair voices from Brunswick, Maine held on August 2. Every community should have one.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Was working on the peace walk route some more again today. Still have two nights with no place for walkers to lay their heads. One church turned us down because the pastor was reluctant to take it to their congregation due to the political nature of the event. Peace is so political. I could not help but think of things like: - Thou shalt not kill - They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. - But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: bu... more »

World News Briefs -- September 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Islamic State Crisis: World Leaders Pledge Iraq Support -- BBC* Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants "by all means necessary". A joint statement by foreign ministers taking part in a major conference in Paris said support would include "appropriate military assistance". The talks had been called to agree a strategy to combat the group, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria. The meeting followed a whirlwind tour of the Middle East by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Mr Kerry, who attended the summit, has been drumming up support fo... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Gaza: “Nation of Cowards”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Nation of Cowards”* By John Chuckman “What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences and machine-gun towers, a population with nowhere to run? No, that is not put strongly enough. Not just attack, but use the latest and most ferocious weapons from the American arsenal to slaughter more than 2100 people, including more than 500 children, destroying along the way a major portion of the housing, businesses, and institutions of a poor people. The definition of a coward is not the traditional mili... more »

Syrian Army destroys ISIS-controlled bridge

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Peninsula Qatar* *BEIRUT: Syrian special forces yesterday destroyed a bridge over the Euphrates River used by Islamic State to move supplies in eastern Syria, media run by Hezbollah said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, said an explosion had destroyed the bridge in Deir Al Zor city that is of vital importance to Islamic State as the only way for it to move into parts of the city it controls.Islamic State seized control of most of Deir Al Zor province in July. Parts of Deir Al Zor city, including its airport, remain in government hands.* Tomorrow, ... more »

Foto Hasil Modifikasi Toyota Corona Terbaru 2014

irfan ganteng at Yaya Blog's - 7 hours ago
Foto Hasil Modifikasi Toyota Corona Terbaru 2014 – Selamat sore sahabat modifikasi dimanapun anda berada, sudah siapkah agan-agan ente semua memperhatikan penampakan terbaru seputar modifikasi mobil terbaru 2014. Pasti telah pada penasaran yah. setuju sobat, dalam kans kali ini kami dari team mobilmodif.info akan memberikan text sepanjang Model Modifikasi Toyota Corona Terbaru 2014, untuk lebih

“The Moment of Truth”: Too many agendas

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“A proper government is the agent of its citizens, not the master. In its role as the agent, the default should be openness, not secrecy; in very few contexts is it appropriate for the government to operate in secrecy. Only when the government can convince its citizens that secrecy is necessary for protecting their rights is it acceptable. With respect to the NSA [and GCSB **and SIS* *] surveillance programs, that burden has not been met.” *- Yaron Brook, YARON BROOK'S POV — NSA MONITORING: SHOULD WE BE WORRIED? IT HAD BEEN BILLED by Kim DotCon as “The Moment of Truth” – "a ... more »

Sean Eldridge Taking Upstate New York By Storm?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Sean at home in his $5 million dollar Soho loft *-by Concerned Monticello Democrat* As far as campaign budgets go, Sean Eldridge has more money than God. Or, to be more precise, $3,069,179 raised so far ($1,340,000 from his own bank account); $962,959 already spent, albeit mostly wasted on over-priced consultants taking him for a ride; and $2,106,220 cash-on-hand, all as of the June 30 filing deadline. It could easily double as campaign professionals (hustlers) persuade Sean to pay no attention to the polls that show him losing by over 20 points. This self-funding multimillionaire, ... more »

Libya Civil War News Updates -- September 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 13, 2014. © REUTERS/ Hani Amara *Dozens Killed In Tripoli Suburb Under Siege -- US News and World Report/Al-Monitor* *A coalition of Libyan militias has imposed a siege on a suburb of Tripoli controlled by the Warshefana tribe.* On the outskirts of Libya's capital, Tripoli, the residents of an area known as Warshefana are surrounded on all sides by armed militias who, in addition to attacking built-up areas, have imposed what amounts to a siege, blocking the entry of f... more »

Ebola Epidemic Out Of Control -- News Updates September 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*U.S. Scientists Say Ebola Epidemic Will Rage For Another 12 To 18 Months -- Daily Mail* * U.S. scientists say the Ebola crisis is worsening * They predict the virus will rage for another 12 to 18 months * As of September 7, there had been 4,366 Ebola cases including 2,218 deaths, more than half of them in Liberia * The most recent figures from Liberia reported 400 new cases as of September 7 - almost double the number reported the previous week The Ebola epidemic affecting West Africa is predicted to last a further 12 to 18 months, according to U.S. scientists. Epidemiologists ha... more »

For Those Suckers That Still Think The "Beheading" Videos Are Real: Here Is A Hillarious Look At How To Make Your Own "Beheading" Video

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
I for one am sick of these fraudulent "beheading" videos... Everyone with any common sense can see by now that they are indeed the fraudulent creation of that Mossad front called "SITE" that is run by that snake in the grass Jewess known as Rita Katz... This very criminal group created those absolutely laughable and atrocious "bin Laden" videos in the last decade well after Osama bin Laden died in December 2001, and they are again on the US Government payroll to produce these latest scams to scare the gullible American public into supporting new wars of aggression for the glorious ... more »

Will Dog the Bounty Hunter Save School Enrollment in a Dying City?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Every day brings a new reason to wonder why anyone would ever move to Memphis to teach. Salary schedules are a thing of the past, and pay raises are now bonuses that are based on test scores. Teachers are in constant fear of being surplussed or excessed or some other term to disguise the ugly truth of teacher firing. Pay for advanced degrees has been eliminated, and the oligarchs are pouring millions into alternative certification programs that now jeopardize the future of legitimate teacher education programs at University of Memphis. White missionary temps fill the remaining d... more »

What A Medal of Honor Presentation At The White House Looks Like (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Here's What A Medal Of Honor Presentation At The White House Looks Like -- White House* This afternoon at the White House, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their actions in Vietnam. Most Americans know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. armed forces can receive -- but what goes into the actual award ceremony at the White House? *Read more *.... *My Comment:* A fascinating look on the inside of a Medal of Honor presentation.

“An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“An Unbearable and Choking Hell: * *The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11”* By John W. Whitehead “I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people - and the West in general - into an unbearable hell and a choking life.” -Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of ho... more »

Media and the Middle East and Other Mysteries

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
We waited for this programme with bated breath. BBC Watch marked it as one to listen out for, as did we at “Is the BBC Biased?” John Lloyd has written about the Middle East before and he has an authoritative manner, but I’m afraid this programme disappointingly turned out to be just more of the same. I’m waiting for Hadar’s critique, which I’m sure will soon be with us, packed with specific examples of the ‘omissions and subversions of fact’ that commenter ‘amie’ refers to here. I hope she won’t mind if I steal a chunk out of her comment: “Ceserani’s narrative, whether intended... more »

“Lifting The Fog Of Pretense”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Lifting The Fog Of Pretense”* by James H. Kunstler “There are times when events are in charge, not personalities. The unseen forces that hold the affairs of nations and economies in equilibrium dissolve, particles fly out of the many centers, and things heat up toward criticality. Glance in the rear-view mirror and say goodbye to the Era of Wishful Thinking. This was the time when the USA was inspired by its Master Wish: to be able to keep driving to Wal-Mart forever. Looked at closely, the contemporary idea of Utopia was always a shabby package. On one side, all the pointless d... more »

The Incredible Story Of Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Despite Wounds, Medal of Honor Recipient Killed Up To 175 Enemies, Saved comrades -- CNN* (CNN) -- As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he will receive from President Obama in a White House ceremony Monday. Adkins, of Opelika, Alabama, is being honored for his actions in Vietnam's A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handf... more »

To Chris Barbic: There Will Be No Civility for Child Abusers and Corporate Profiteers

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
--> When Tennessee received its $501 million Race to the Top (RTTT) grant, it also accepted the requirement to annually label the bottom five percent of TN public schools for turnaround or charter conversion. The Achievement School District (ASD) was set up to administer this task, and Chris Barbic was hired away from his job as CEO of a total compliance Texas charter chain to be Superintendent of the new ASD. As long as the RTTT rules stay in effect, Tennessee will have a continuing supply of bottom five percent schools to turn over to the ASD, which then may choose to hire n... more »

FIPA 2025

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 9 hours ago
14 January 2026 In retrospect, the US military occupation of the Tar Sands and northwest BC coast to Kitimat and Prince Rupert in 2025 was a little predictable. The confrontation with China over energy resources had been brewing for years. The 2014 ratification of FIPA by then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper placed Canada on US defence planners' 'potential adversary' list as it gave an

U.S. F-15 Is Hit By Islamic State Anti-Aircraft Batteries On A Mission In Iraq. Pilot Forced To Land In Turkey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A fighter from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), mans an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the rear of a vehicle in Mosul, Iraq, July 16, 2014. VOA *ISIL Hit U.S. F-15 With Anti-Aircaft Batteries Captured From Iraq -- World Tribune* WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been operating anti-aircraft batteries stolen from the Iraqi military. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL deployed an unspecified number of anti-aircraft artillery to counter Western air strikes in northern Iraq. Western diplomatic s... more »

Alan Waldman : Australian true-crime series ‘Underbelly’ not for faint-hearted

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
This powerful show chronicles actual bloody underworld wars and police malfeasance in Sydney and Melbourne from 1976 to 2004. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | September 15, 2014 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his … finish reading Alan Waldman : Australian true-crime series ‘Underbelly’ not for faint-hearted

Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden Predicts 5,000 U.S. Personnel On The Ground In Syria And Iraq By December

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Ex-CIA Director Predicts 5,000 US Personnel On Ground By December -- The Hill* Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Sunday said he predicts there could be nearly 5,000 U.S. personnel on the ground overseas by the end of the year to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “In terms of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, logistics, advice, command and control assistance, tactical air control parties, look I’m betting we’re up close 5,000 by the end of the year,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” Hayden explained he doesn’t think they will be “combat maneuver un... more »

Former NSA Director General Hayden: U.S. Air Strikes Against The Islamic State Are Like Casual Sex

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Retired Gen. Hayden Warns: Airstrikes Can Be Like ‘Casual Sex’ Without Commitment -- Washington Times* Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden used a recent conference call with reporters to warn about the dangers of relying on air power to attain military objectives in the Middle East. The former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency also raised eyebrows when he likened the temptation to lean on air power to casual sex. “The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex: It seems to offer gratification but with little commitment,” said Gen. Hayd... more »

Islamic State's War Chest Is Rapidly Growing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Islamic State: Oil Magnates of Terror -- Bloomberg Businessweek* Since it swept across northern Iraq in early June, capturing towns, refineries, and oil wells along the way, the terrorist group calling itself Islamic State may be making more money than any other terrorist group, according to U.S. intelligence officials and antiterrorism finance experts. While al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas depend on the kindness of wealthy sympathizers and state sponsors, Is... more »

US And Iran Exchange Rejections To Cooperate In Military Operations Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Caren Firouz *US Open to Future Talks With Iran on Fighting Islamic State -- VOA* PARIS— - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he has rejected Obama administration requests for help in fighting against Islamic State militants in Iraq. U.S. officials say there is no military coordination with Iran but Washington is open to future talks on fighting the Islamic State. Khamenei said the U.S. ambassad... more »

Supplemental: The Houses of Journalist County, delayed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014Award-winning series to be resumed next week:* We thought our main post last Friday was one of the worst we’ve ever done. There was a bit of a reason for that. But in order to tell you what it was, we’d have to post the admittedly funny material we decided to skip! In our award-winning series, The Houses of Journalist County, we’ve been asking a basic question, a question we’ve been asking since 1999: Can you run a middle-class democracy with a multimillionaire press corps? In the current lingo, will real journalism ever emerge from The Houses of Journal... more »

A Postive Abortion Story

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
[Guest post by Jaden Fitzherbert, cross-posted at NB Media Co-op.] Here is my story. I had a miscarriage before I made my abortion appointment. I realized that I was pregnant in my third year of university, when I got back from Christmas break. I had denied it for about a month and when I arrived back in Fredericton and still felt ill and hadn’t gotten my period I decided that I should take a pregnancy test. I bussed to Wal-Mart, bought the test and ashamedly took the bus back to my UNB residence. How could I possibly be pregnant? I was well educated on safe sex practices, I was u... more »

Musical Interlude: The Call, “Let The Day Begin”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
The Call, “Let The Day Begin” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t5Zmet3x2k

Satire: “Integrity Disqualifies Sanders for White House”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Integrity Disqualifies Sanders for White House”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s potential bid for the 2016 Presidency was declared over, on Monday, before it even began, because of a key feature of the American political system that makes a person with integrity ineligible for the White House. According to some experts, the electoral system has developed a number of safeguards over the past few decades to prevent someone with independence and backbone from occupying the Presidency. “Bernie Sanders’s failure to become a member ... more »

Turbulent Times Live Show For Tonight, Monday September 15th 2014, At 6PM CDT (7PM EDT) On Outside Radio

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Whitewraithe and I have decided to do a live Turbulent Times show for tonight, Monday September 15th, 2014, to "catch up" on current events, to discuss the infamous "ISIS/ISIL" fraudulent "threat", and to possibly touch on the 13th anniversary of the infamous Israeli assault on America aka "9-11". We hope that everyone will tune in and even join in the chat room (www.turbulenttimes.chatango.com) to share opinions and to possibly send us a few questions.... Here are some of the links: Live show: www.outsideradio.blogspot.com Chat room: www.turbulenttimes.chatango.com Feel free to... more »

Starry, starry sky....

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*650 40-second exposures of star trails make for a dizzying sky... by Lincoln Harrison: http://bit.ly/1s1L5Ah*

More Republican Voter Disenfranchisement Over The Weekend-- Why Are They So Scared Of Voters?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
The history of democracy has always been a battle between conservatives trying desperately to restrict the right to vote and progressives battling to increase it. Conservatives predicted the world would end if anyone other than older, white, male, property owners voted. While they fought and threatened and fought some more, progressives won the franchise for working people, for women, for young people, for ex-slaves, for minorities, immigrants, renters… But conservatives and the wealthy elites they represent, never give up. Today the battle over the franchise is a rear guard actio... more »

Who Has Joined The Coalition To Battle The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Who Is Doing What In The Coalition Battle Against ISIS? -- Ashley Fantz, CNN* (CNN) -- In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone." Allies and partners of the United States, Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy the militant group that has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker. The United States has conducted more than 150 airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS, and Secretary of State John... more »

Supplemental: Flailing cable behemoth in action!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014This is CNN:* Last Thursday evening, CNN’s Erin Burnett interviewed Craig Carton. At age 45, Carton is a high-profile “sports talk” host at WFAN, the New York City AM sports radio giant. We didn’t know that as we watched Thursday’s show. Burnett introduced Carton as “a friend of Ray Rice,” which he may also be. She didn’t mention his prominence in the sports radio business. Whatever! In its official transcript, CNN clownishly identifies Carton as “a childhood friend of Ray Rice,” who is actually eighteen years younger. More striking is the ridiculous wa... more »

Love Quest Day 1

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
Welcome to our Quest for Agape. To love without condition is surrender. It is ultimate truth. There is nothing that stands in the way of this love; nothing to hide, to protest, to blame, to judge, to avoid. There is nothing to risk. This is not to say that it feels this way, for it does not. On your way to Agape you’ll want to hide. You may perceive hiding as the safest route to take. Once taken, you’ll realize something; you are not in Agape, you are merely alone. Although love begins within, this is a physical existence. It is meant to be lived out loud, with all of us.... more »

Sam Bass, Aztec and Scott Ramsey

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 11 hours ago
Here’s something that I have been thinking about for a while. Scott Ramsey and I debated the reality of the Aztec UFO. One of the witnesses to part of the story was a fellow named Bass who was nicknamed Sam. He reportedly knew something about the case but we couldn’t interview because he had been killed in a traffic accident in Vietnam. I mentioned that this name didn’t appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., though they had tried to identify everyone who died there whether from combat, sickness or accident. In fact, they included the names of those who had been... more »

How not to do business...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*and lose money.* I have some areas of lawn that need thatching. I bought a thatching rake to spot thatch, but doing the entire lawn by hand is not an option since it is so large. I stopped by the local rental place to check out the size of the thatcher to ascertain whether it would fit in the back of our van. With lots of machinations we could probably get it in. However, the blasted thing weighs about 160 pounds (real weight - not an exaggeration.) So I say to the nice gentleman, "Coeur d'Alene Tractor charges me $20.00 to pick up and deliver my lawn tractors when I have them... more »


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I just saw the headline on the Huffington Post what most of of us post millions should view as truth and I say its toast telling me what to think is the equivalent of telling me to play hockey in a unflooded rink The ice may be available but when my skate hits a rut I will be thrown. Canada my beloved country faces its own Scottish referendum cira 2015 do we want to more Germany or anglo saxon should we worship more Queen or mother earth do we have a single Mother? History is more than good stories its our place on this earth and I for one no matter what my defects do not want to work... more »

Easy Under the Sink Dishwasher Detergent Organization

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias If there was one place in my house that was in desperate need of a makeover, it was under my kitchen sink. Everything was kind of haphazardly thrown in there and finding what you needed was always a pain. I have been putting it off forever, but when a sink leak ruined a bunch of dishwasher detergent, I knew it was time for an makeover You will need: - Containers, various shapes and types. I liked having a container with a lid for my dishwasher tabs, but... more »

Paris Conference On Peace And Security In Iraq Opens In Paris

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Paris Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, nations represented, Sept. 15, 2014 *World's Top Diplomats Pledge Iraq Support -- Voice of America* About 30 countries have pledged to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by "all means necessary" including military aid. In a statement following a Monday conference in Paris on the crisis, diplomats said aid should come in line with "needs expressed by the Iraqi authorities, in accordance with international law and without jeopardizing civilian security." The conference included officials from about 30 countries, ... more »

Aisha North: A short update on the energies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
A short update on the energies by Aisha North September 15, 2014 As many of you have noticed the amplitude is once again increasing as we all prepare you for that incoming blast of light that will once again envelop your entire planet in this upcoming period. For as many of you know, you are approaching an important time of your year, when you once again enter what we like to call a focal point of energies. For what you call your Equinox is once again approaching, and with it, a whole new set of coordinates will come into being. You see, this period will this time also come accom... more »

Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and named by Time Magazine as one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. Visit his site to see why.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality* SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 ORIGINAL HERE No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today. A survey, released on September 6, of 1,947 Harvard Bu... more »

The BBC and Gaza

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
The BBC's institutionally anti Israel coverage was on show during the Israel Hamas conflict in Gaza. Hence the campaign to: Modify the BBC Gaza boilerplate "on the Palestinian side more than [whatever is their current claim] have been killed, the majority of them civilians" to "Hamas sources claim [whatever is their current claim] have been killed, the majority of them civilians. However Israeli sources strenuously contest this claim as to both the total number and the percentage of those killed who can be claimed to be civilian". More here http://5mfi.com/and-the-majority-were-n... more »

Citing Failed War on Drugs, World Leaders Call for Widespread Decriminalization

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
It is clear that the USA has abandoned its so called war on drugs. This has opened the door to others who have held back as the USA could simply make the price too rich for many. That has obviously ended. Now we have a clear international movement to assemble a global consensus to implement a more rational system and we can be sure that it will not be restricted to marijuana, nor should it ever be as the same problems accrue to all including some so called foodstuffs. As observed, we actually know how to do this. In fact the changes are happening much faster than i had antici... more »

Why was Stonehenge Built?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
They really do not know and it can never be confirmed but the actual real extent of the site and its complexity has been largely expanded. We do know that people came here for a reason. A lot of past emphases has been placed on ritual but that is more our own expectations. such would exist. but the background culture was tribal and this means that this was an annual gathering place for the surrounding culture to gather and sort things out. Iceland viking culture is a good example and it is quite imaginable to derive something similar. A also think this happened comm... more »

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
[image: Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast] This does not appear to be unusual but it was apparently unexpected but are now discovered and may still lead to something useful. What it does make clear is that this methane does seep extensively along the expected horizon even if the bulk is frozen solid. This may also provide accessible natural gas reservoirs that will be close to surface. However it is likely pressure would be a problem and significant natural storage could be impossible. *Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast * *By Becky Oski... more »

Do All Languages Derive from a Single Common Ancestor?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
[image: pieter_bruegel_the_elder_the_tower_of_babel_vienna] We have some reason to think that there was a common language maintained by mind sharing. There is no other way in which it could be maintained. So barring that option all natural language arises naturally and sorts itself out. Face to face sharing soon sorts out preferences. This naturally produces geographically disparate threads and an evolutionary process with ample strangeness. Today our common mind is the internet and English. Thus English is converging on a pattern of accepted usage rather noticeably. ... more »

Nobody Could Ever Have Predicted

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Happy sixth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Main Street! As President Obama so blithely assured us last week, America is bouncing back and bouncing forth to fight more manufactured Terror: *Next week marks six years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks, through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back, America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.* *Our technology companies and universities are unmatched. Our manufacturing and auto indust... more »

All leaders

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Take you someplace you had never imagined Copyright Steve 2014

Someone’s Already Fighting ISIS: The Syrian Arab Army

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci Since 2011, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has waged a relentless war within Syrian territory against what it has said from the very beginning was an invasion of heavily armed, foreign-backed sectarian extremists. In retrospect, the transparently ludicrous nature of articles like the Guardian’s “Syria’s rebels unite to oust Assad and push for democracy” is self-evident. The article would lay out Syria’s claims side by side with the West’s narrative by stating: In one of the fiercest clashes of the insurrection, Syrian troops finally took control of the town of Rastan... more »

World News Briefs -- September 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Iraq's President Fuad Masum (L), French President Francois Hollande (2ndL), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (2ndR) and U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry (R) pose for a family photo during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool *Islamic State Crisis: World Leaders Pledge Iraq Support -- BBC* *Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants "by all means necessary".* A joint statement by foreign ministers taking part in a major conference in Paris ta... more »

The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Michael Snyder The idea that the Obama administration has the budget deficit under control is a complete and total lie. According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially run a deficit of 589 billion dollars for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014. But this number is just for public consumption and it relies on accounting tricks which massively understate how much debt is actually being accumulated. If you want to know what the real budget deficit is, all you have to do is go to a U.S. Treasury website which calculates the U.S. national debt to the penny. ... more »

World War III For Dummies: A Great "Tomato Bubble" Report!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
As I stated yesterday, the United States government is now working hard with the laughable Mossad agents that run the group known as SITE in producing fake "beheading" videos at an ever increasing rate... These psychotic criminals are now "going for broke" in trying to convince a more skeptical American public that "something must be done" about this non-existent and laughable "ISIS/ISIL threat". It is so ridiculous to see so many people being treated as gullible saps for falling for these incessant lies.... I was in a coffee shop just the other day and I was alarmed by what I wa... more »

How Wearable Smart Tech Will Control Your Life

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton Privacy? What’s that? IF you take your cues from propaganda outlets like TIME, wearable technology is what’s next in our lives and in a big way. Simply carrying around a cellphone — which is really a complicated mini-computer in and of itself — won’t be fashionable or sensible for much longer. As the likes of futurist Ray Kurzweil and others have long been predicting, wearable wrist-watch and eyeglass style wi-fi units (and eventually implantables) will be the new mediary between “Us” and “The Net.” From lulling us to sleep to waking us up, monitori... more »

UK School Using Biometric Fingerprint Data to Make Sure Kids Eat ‘Healthy Diet’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Melissa Melton The use of biometrics on children in various areas of the school setting, from swiping a finger to check out a library book or scanning a palm to purchase a lunch is sadly not new. What *is* new is what a headteacher recently told parents to justify the use of fingerprint scans in the lunchroom at Redhill School in Stourbridge, England. Via EAGNews.org: We are aiming to have a cashless system throughout the school. The catering system is better for parents because they don’t have to provide children with lunch money every morning. From our perspective it is far mo... more »

Supplemental: This is what a “source” looks like!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014Burnett interviews Craig Carton:* Last Thursday evening, Erin Burnett conducted a highly instructive interview. She spoke with a man named Craig Carton. He was introduced as “a friend of Ray Rice.” Eventually, Carton seemed to say that Rice was honest and forthright with Roger Goodell in the now-famous June 16 meeting. You can see the relevant transcript below. Just for fun, we’re including one comical part of the error-strewn CNN transcript—the description of Carton as a “childhood friend of Ray Rice.” (Carton is eighteen years older than Rice.) We’v... more »

Monday Short Shorts: Richard Bush (UPDATED), Gangs, and Burning Bunnies

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*Toilets. Necessary when you're discussing politicians.* Gotta love Taiwan. Check out the KMT candidate for Miaoli: The Taipei District Court in July last year sentenced Hsu to nine years in prison for illegal profiteering for accepting up to NT$10 million (US$332,000) in bribes in the first ruling on the case. He also lost his citizenship privileges for six years. Hsu has appealed the verdict and continued to proclaim his innocence. He said he would continue to fight to clear his name and to win in November. He's been kicked out of the KMT but is still running as its candidate an... more »

Checking in

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
The worm turns slowly in my mind. But here is what I have been thinkingaboot things not new. ZNation may not have got good reviews but I loved it. Its less highly produced but the premier introduced us to a world that will run with the Walking Dead. Political wedge of the week. Justin should contrast Mr Harper's Rhetoric with reality but also put some price tags to the bullshit. Throwing money at the Ukraine is only a level above throwing money at Africa. The talking point all the MRE the US sent there recently are now for sale at the local market to the non connected. Justin sho... more »

Ukraine:Trident/NATO games. NATO arms. NATO military dictatorship planned?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*Some interesting news items:* *Ukraine Fighting Prompts U.S.-Russia Meeting in Paris* And if I may? The Businessweek article is full of insinuation- So, I’ll cut to the chase- *Kerry and Lavrov will meet in Paris and talk Ukraine today* also *there is a NATO training exercise taking place today & running for two weeks in Ukraine* The U.S. is participating in an annual training exercise in Ukraine with 14 other nations, according to a statement from Navy Captain Greg Hicks, a spokesman for U.S. European Command. The two-week field training exercise, which won’t include any live fire... more »

Action Alert! Help Activist Post Expand and Go Ad-Free

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
*As most of you know, Global Political Awakening has been republishing Activist Post articles since we began in 2010. Activist Post is on the cutting edge; working around the clock to provide the most important news of the day to promote peace and liberty, counter the mainstream propaganda and provide a platform for other independent journalists Please support their goal to expand and go ad-free. * *How can a man be a philosopher and not maintain his vital heat by better methods than other men.*– Henry David Thoreau. *Activist Post* Dear friends, We are excited to announce ... more »

Islamic State Rebuilds Its Manpower In Iraq And Syria

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Islamic State has been able to rebuild its cadres to 20,000 fighters or more (*AFP*) The Islamic State’s (IS) ability to take and hold a swath of northern Syria since 2013 and then parts of northern Iraq in 2014 could only be accomplished through a large armed force. Recently the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimatedthat the organization has anywhere between 20,000-31,500 fighters in both countries. That was a big increase from some predictions, while others have pointed to even larger numbers. For example, analyst Najim al-Kasabtold the Daily Beast in July 2014 that IS... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A general view shows damaged houses in the city of Ramadi July 30, 2014. © REUTERS/ Osama Al-dulaimi *United States Military Advisers Arrive In Western Iraqi Province Al Anbar: Reports -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, September 14 (RIA Novosti) - A group of United States military advisers arrived in the city of Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar Province, 100 km (approximately 62 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraqi news agency, Al-Ikhbariya reported on Sunday. "The American advisers visited the operational headquarters of Al Anbar province on Saturday evening, where they held a meeting with the hea... more »

Arrest Kissinger...and "Commentary" editors!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 14 hours ago
*My 9/11 anniversary article "Arrest Kissinger for Both 9/11s" has gone viral. * *http://presstv.com/detail/2014/09/10/378306/arrest-kissinger-for-both-911s/* *America's top neocon rag, Commentary Magazine, responded by falsely attributing my article to the Iranian government:* *Iran Promotes 9/11 Conspiracy on Anniversary* *An acquaintance with extensive legal experience writes: * *"The accusations made by Commentary are, in themselves accusations of criminal conduct and are actionable under the definition of Criminal Libel."They are accusing you of being an unregistered age... more »

Aaron Blake Is Wrong-- Bill Maher Didn't Pick The Wrong Guy When He Announced He Will Try To Defeat GOP Douche Bag John Kline

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Actual wrong guy Friday night, Bill Maher ended his big-buzz Flip A District competition by announcing the right-wing jerk he would work to defeat in November: John Kline in southeast Minnesota. Democrats have grown unaccustomed to anyone holding any Republican Party leaders or committee chairmen, like Kline, accountable for their destructive policy agendas. That's because DCCC chairman Steve Israel has taken the entire GOP leadership, including all their committee chairs, even ones like Kline in vulnerable districts, off the table. (Its a deal he has with them that keeps them from r... more »

Ukraine's Defense Minister Threatens To Develop Nuclear Weapons If NATO Does Not Supply Arms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey *Ukraine Threatens to Restart Nuclear Weapons Program -- Telesur* Ukraine's Defense Minister confirms new arms being provided by NATO. The Ukrainian Defense Minister said on Sunday that his country will restart its own nuclear program if it does not receive satisfactory military support against what he alleged to be a nuclear threat from Russia. ''I am drawing attention to Russia’s threatening of Ukraine with the use of tactical nuclear weapons, Valeriy Heletey said on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference he added ''If we fail to defend ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*School Board Bans Chapstick: Gateway Drug to What ... Maybe Burt's Bees Lip Balm?* The extent of idiotic zero-tolerance policies in public schools is almost unbelievable. Now comes this new example from Augusta County schools in Virginia - banning chapstick. As the News Virginian reports: "An 11-year-old Stuarts Draft Elementary School student has collected petition signatures and officially asked the county school board to allow elementary students to use Chapstick. Stuarts Draft fifth-grader Grace Karaffa appeared before the school board Thursday night, saying she had... more »

SALEM VILLAGE AND CABLE NEWS: Anderson Cooper attempts to report!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014Part 1—CNN and the NFL:* Last Thursday, Anderson Cooper got it massively wrong. There’s nothing new about that, of course. When the big business known as “cable news” finds a story it very much likes, competent journalistic practice tends to fly out the window. The coverage of Ray Rice and Roger Goodell has become a fascinating example of this broken journalistic culture. We’re not sure when we’ve seen a richer example of the way modern, novelized “news coverage” works, especially in the fever swamps of “cable news” and general punditry. In Cooper’s seg... more »

Hubris Is Alive And Well

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Some economists saw the Great Recession coming. Certainly Robert Reich did. But, as Paul Krugman writes in this morning's *New York Times*, an army of economists missed the boat. They did so for a number of reasons: Clearly, economics as a discipline went badly astray in the years — actually decades — leading up to the crisis. But the failings of economics were greatly aggravated by the sins of economists, who far too often let partisanship or personal self-aggrandizement trump their professionalism. Last but not least, economic policy makers systematically chose to hear only what... more »

Iraq / Syria Updates ( September 15 , 2014 ) -- State of play on political fronts and battlefronts...

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Moon of Alabama.... September 15, 2014 The New "Regime Change" Plan - Attack Damascus From The South There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus. Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their starting position in Quneitra governate in south-west Syria. (A similar plan in spring 2013 was only partially executed and later aborted,) Quneitra governate is a strip next to the Israel occupied Golan heights with a southern border to Jordan and a north western border wit... more »

Ukraine Defense Minister: NATO States Are Supplying Us With Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Ukrainian servicemen ride in armoured vehicles near Slovyansk, Ukraine. Gleb Garanich / Reuters *NATO States Are Supplying Ukraine With Weapons - Minister -- B92* *NATO states are supplying Ukraine with weapons* In an interview with Ukrainian television Geletey said that he held "verbal consultations with the defense ministers of the leading countries of the world, those that can help us, and they heard us," RT is reporting. "The supply of weapons is ongoing," he added. This announcement came a few days after a similar statement made by an aid to the Ukrainian president caused a d... more »

NATO And U.S. Troops Begin Military Exercises In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*US And Nato Troops Begin Ukraine Military Exercise -- BBC* About 1,300 troops from 15 countries - including the US and other Nato members - have begun a military exercise near Lviv in western Ukraine. The US says the drill had been planned before the current crisis in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels. Clashes have continued in eastern Ukraine, particularly around the city of Donetsk, despite a ceasefire deal. Russia denies sending troops to aid the rebels, as alleged by Ukraine and Nato. Over the weekend, Ukrainian Defence Minister Va... more »

Raytheon begins full rate production on TALON Laser Guided Rockets for the UAE

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 16 hours ago
[image: TALON Laser Guided Rocket]Under a $117 million contract awarded to Raytheon Company, Raytheon Missile Systems has begun production of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. In 2013, the Armed Forces General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates awarded Tawazun a contract to procure the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. "Full rate production of the TALON LGR is a significant milestone for Raytheon and the program," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. "UAE defense manufacturing industry participated in development of this revolutionary system and the end user can now b... more »

The Senses-Shattering Conclusion

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI Okay. So I've figured that they don't thwart the main bad-guy in the recent clash in California. But they do uncover some of the weaknesses of his crazy mind-control/spying/totalitarian plan. Or something. I haven't got the details of this all figured out at all, as you can see. But it seems to me that it ties up a lot of knots to have the goal for the final battle to be to stop the bad-guy from doing on a global scale what he just achieved (at great cost) on the state-wide scale. That way, everyone understands the issue already going in. Also, her hack... more »

Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’

Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics. Barack Obama did the lot. And now he’s taking America to war in Syria as well as Iraq. Oh yes, and he’s going to defeat Isis, its “barbarism”, “genocide”, its “warped ideology” – until the bad guys are “vanquished from the earth”. What happened to George W Bush? Tags: UNITED STATES WAR ON TERROR IRAQ SYRIA

NATO Loses Ukraine

The United States and NATO attack on the Russian Federation has failed. The Ukrainians who refused to accept the legitimacy of the West’s puppet government emerged victorious on the battlefield. If there is any doubt on that point, Ukraine’s decision to sign the Minsk Protocol cease fire agreement is proof. President Poroshenko seemed like a man in the cat bird seat when western nations chose sides in a civil war and kicked out his predecessor. The road to hell was paved with very bad intentions. Tags: UNITED STATES NATO UKRAINE

China mulls joining Eurasian Development Bank

The two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off on Thursday in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, with the possibility of China joining the Eurasian Development Bank (EADB), anti-terrorism and expanding SCO membership expected to be high on the agenda, said analysts. Tags: CHINA RUSSIA KHAZAKHSTAN KYRGYZSTAN TAJIKISTAN UZBEKISTAN BANKING

Long-Awaited Relief: Russian convoy delivers aid to Lugansk, E. Ukraine

All 200 trucks in Russia’s 2nd convoy carrying long-awaited humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have crossed the border after weeks of delays that occurred despite an agreement on relief corridors in the Minsk ceasefire deal. [image: Long-Awaited Relief: Russian convoy delivers aid to Lugansk, E. Ukraine] Tags: RUSSIA UKRAINE AID

Sotloff's parents told they could be prosecuted for paying ransom to IS

The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff were told by a White House counterterrorism official at a meeting last May that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid ransom to try to free their son. Tags: UNITED STATES DICTATORSHIP

Kiev claims Putin wants to destroy Ukraine

In the latest instance of war of words between Kiev and Moscow, the prime minister of Ukraine has accused Russia’s President Vladimir Putin of attempting to destroy Ukraine as an independent country. Tags: UKRAINE RUSSIA

Police investigate alleged assault by HPD officer caught on video

A recently-promoted Honolulu Police Department sergeant with a history of domestic violence accusations is under internal investigation after a security surveillance video surfaced showing him apparently beating up his girlfriend in the Waipahu restaurant where she works. Tags: UNITED STATES POLICE

Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list

The Russian targets in the latest EU sanctions which have now come to light. The latest restrictions tighten the screws on 5 Russian state-owned banks already under sanctions. The length of loans they now can get from Europe has been reduced to 30 days. [image: Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list] Tags: EUROPEAN UNION RUSSIA SANCTIONS

UK, Germany reject joint strikes against ISIL in Syria

Some US allies, including the United Kingdom and Germany, have refused to join Washington's planned military campaign against ISIL terrorists in war-ravaged Syria. Tags: UNITED KINGDOM GERMANY SYRIA

Egypt urged to free activists who defied protest law

Amnesty International called Friday for the release of more than 20 demonstrators including two prominent female activists detained in June for defying Egypt's controversial law on protests. Tags: EGYPT PROTESTS

Cannabis profits eyed by Monsanto, Cargill, Warren Buffett and George Soros...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/35647/The-Invisible-Hand-Cultivates-Cannabis/ *The Invisible Hand Cultivates Cannabis* By Staff News & Analysis - September 15, 2014 Warren Buffett's company subsidiary is marketing pot-growing spaces ... Talk about savvy marketing. Cubic Designs Inc., a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has sent hundreds of fliers to weed dispensaries in Colorado, Washington, and California. *"Double your growing space,"* one flier reads in capital letters, while another page adds, *"Grow your profits."* – The Week Dominant Social T... more »

Fighting Is Intensifying In Eastern Ukraine. Ceasefire On The Verge Of Collapsing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Despite Cease-Fire, Fighting Escalates in Eastern Ukraine City -- New York Times* DONETSK, Ukraine — Heavy fighting broke out Sunday between Ukrainian and rebel forces on the north side of Donetsk, killing at least six people in one of the most serious clashes since the 10-day-old cease-fire came into force. The airport, where Ukrainian troops are almost surrounded, was on fire, billowing black smoke, and a house and a city market burned just off the main boulevard inside the city. “It’s not a cease-fire. It’s full-on fighting,” a rebel fighter said. Tanks were out on the street... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*Since when is speaking AT the same as speaking FOR?* *The post below is from the far-Left "Daily Kos". They do not as yet know what Curry will say. But you must not even speak at some places. Just being in the company of conservatives discredits a person, apparently. In Communist and Fascist regimes you could be executed for the company you keep, so it is nice to see what company the American Left keepsCurry is actually a Warmist. She just doubts that we know how severe the warming will be. She allows that it could be trivial. That is enough to get her cast into outer dar... more »

The New York Times Tries To Explain President Obama's ISIS Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
President Obama on Wednesday in Washington. Mr. Obama says he is aware of the “political price” he pays for being deliberate. Credit Pool photo by Saul Loeb *Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama -- Peter Baker, New York Times* WASHINGTON — Just hours before announcing an escalated campaign against Islamic extremists last week, President Obama privately reflected on another time when a president weighed military action in the Middle East — the frenzied weeks leading up to the American invasion of Iraq a decade ago. “I was not here in the run-up to Iraq in 2003,” he told a group ... more »

Just leave the goat alone...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Thisfootage is allegedly from an IDF drone or plane of Palestinians raping a goat...

Gaza: Life amid the rubble - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The conflict in Gaza is over, for the moment, whilst Hamas restock with weapons. So it's time for the BBC to get the poor Palestinians front and centre in the British mind and so, purely incidentally of course, raise anti Semitism in the UK. This piece is odd as in order to illustrate how the evil Israelis have destroyed happy Palestinian lives they include lines like this: 'Teacher Abdul Karim Abu Ahmed, 55, says Shejaiya used to be a beautiful district and that he was proud to live here. He had a big house with a garden that he shared with his wife and 11 children, aged seven t... more »

Someone's Already Fighting ISIS: The Syrian Arab Army

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*September 15, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Since 2011, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has waged a relentless war within Syrian territory against what it has said from the very beginning was an invasion of heavily armed, foreign-backed sectarian extremists. In retrospect, the transparently ludicrous nature of articles like the Guardian's "Syria's rebels unite to oust Assad and push for democracy" is self-evident. The article would lay out Syria's claims side by side with the West's narrative by stating: *In one of the fiercest clashes of the insurrection, Syrian troops finally took ... more »

Should A Taliban Fighter Who Survived The Attack At Camp Bastion Be Given The Death Penalty?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*A Taliban Fighter Survived The Attack On Afghanistan’s Camp Bastion. Will He Get The Death Penalty? -- Washington Post* Two years ago Sunday, 15 insurgents crept onto one of the largest coalition military bases in Afghanistan, penetrating its external perimeter and launching a fierce attack with grenades, machine guns and other weapons. The toll was significant: Two Marines were killed, 17 other coalition members were wounded and nine aircraft were either destroyed or severely damaged. Only one of the armed attackers involved in that Sept. 14, 2012, attack on Camp Bastion surviv... more »

Russia Deploys SU-30 Fighter Jets in Crimea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-30SM Flanker]Russia has deployed Su-30 fighter jets at the Belbek air base near Crimea’s Sevastopol, acting Sevastopol governor told RIA Novosti in an interview Friday. “New Su-30 aircraft have already been deployed in Belbek,” Sergei Menyailo said. He did not say how many Su-30 fighter jets were deployed, but RIA Novosti sources estimated their number at up to 20 aircraft. Read more

Russia to Handover High-Speed Landing Craft for Vietnam

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Ivan Kartzov landing ship]Amphibious ship Ivan Kartzov high speed (280 tons the amount of water displacement) has completed state testing in the Pacific Ocean, near the military port Vladivostok (Russia) and is about to hand over to the Vietnamese Navy, according to Red Star newspaper (Russia) dated 11.9. This is a lightweight class amphibious ships of project 21820 (code named Sea Cow), with displacement water volume of 280 tons, 45 meters long, 8.5 meters across, a draft of 1.9 m, maximum speed is 35 knots (65 km/h) in 0.75 m high wave mode. Range of class amphibious ass... more »

The US Needs a Third Missile Defense Site

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System]Ten years ago this month, the United States began to address its vulnerability to limited long-range nuclear missile strikes when the first ground-based interceptor (GBI) became operational at Fort Greely, Alaska. The president and Congress share a joint duty to protect the American people and not allow potential adversaries to hold U.S. foreign policy hostage by threatening nuclear attacks against our homeland. Yet despite this consensus, our homeland missile defense system is not as robust as it must be to stay ahead of a growing ran... more »

Australia to use UAE as base for ISIL attack

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Al Dhafra Air Base The UAE is to be used as a base for eight military aircraft and 600 personnel from Australia as part of the international coalition in a bid to counter the ISIL terrorist threat. Some factors Australia will be taking into consideration include force protection and security, mission planning and intelligence gathering to ensure the safety of their military advisers. “The UAE was chosen for the base of this operation as it is the Middle East headquarters of Australia’s defence force,” said Pablo Kang, Australia’s ambassador to the UAE. Read more

Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises begin

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-2K Hawkeye]Taiwan kicked off its annual Han Kuang series of military exercises Monday to test the joint combat readiness and defense capabilities of its armed forces in the event of an attack from China. The five-day exercises started with a simulated attack on the country's military bases and other facilities, with the three main branches of the armed forces mounting a coordinated response. The exercises, the most important war games in Taiwan, will also focus on anti-landing, anti-airborne and maritime drills, and drills on cyber warfare, the military said. Read more

The U.S. Government Has Four 'Doomsday' Planes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Boeing E-4B NAOC(Image from Strategic Air Command) *Inside The President’s ‘Doomsday’ Planes -- New York Post* America has a doomsday plane. Actually it has four of them. But the US government does not — repeat, DOES NOT — talk openly about its doomsday planes. The doomsday plane is like a mirror to Air Force One — a great big flying working office for the president and his or her staff. But while Air Force One is your everyday, garden variety kind of presidential flying office, the doomsday plane is built and equipped to keep the US government running in the event of a nuclear wa... more »

Two Plymouth warships could be handed over to new Scottish nation

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMS Argyll]Plymouth would be asked to hand over two major warships to Scotland in the event of a 'yes' vote on independence, it has been revealed. The SNP would want the rest of the UK to hand over a number of military assets so Scotland could establish its own armed forces. According to policy documents that could include Plymouth-based frigates HMS Argyll and HMS Sutherland. Read more

Russia’s Pacific Fleet Begins Spot Checks Over Seas of Japan and Okhotsk

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Tu-142 Bear-F/J]The Russian Naval Aviation's Pacific Fleet has started spot checks in airspace over the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk to check the combat readiness of the Eastern Military District (VVO), the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday. "Crews of the long range Tu-142 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and Il-38 medium-range ASW aircraft from Pacific Fleet air bases started to working out a series of tactical objectives in anti-submarine warfare in the airspace over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk. Aircraft to... more »

Russian Northern Fleet test latest fire cruise missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Naval forces from Russia's Northern fleet successfully launched five cruise missiles in the central part of the Barents Sea on Saturday. Over the course of the drills, the crews of nuclear submarines ‘Voronezh’ and ‘Smolensk’ carried out underwater launches of Granit anti-ship cruise missiles, while the destroyer ‘Admiral Ushakov’ launched a Moskit cruise missile. The 4K44 Redut coastal defense system was also tested with the launch of a Progress cruise missile. Read more

Truong Sa submarine ready for testing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Truong Sa SSM]Hoa on September 10 told the press that he has received notices from the Naval Academy and Ministry of National Defence about the formalities needed to test the sub at sea. He said that he is following the procedures to obtain a license and is now drawing up a testing plan. “I hope the sub can go to the open sea by the fourth quarter of the year. I am happy about the state’s great iterest in the submarine,” he said. Read more

Soryu submarine deal: Japanese insiders warn sub program will cost more, hurt Australian jobs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]Former senior Japanese military personnel have spoken out for the first time against the submarine deal the Abbott Government hopes to conclude with Japan. Australia is considering buying 10 state-of-the-art Soryu class submarines from Japan, at a reported price of more than $20 billion. But Japanese military insiders have warned that it will cost much more. They told the ABC there was great reluctance within the Japanese military to share their expertise, and said it would take Australia decades to perfect the submarines' top secret technology. Read more

Gaza Militants Started To Dig Tunnels Right After Last Month's Ceasefire Was Called (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*My Comment:* I guess everyone is getting ready for the next war.

Rule of Law 24: Policemen as Violators of Traffic Rules

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
This photo is circulated in facebook today, should have been taken recently. Can you count the violations? (1) no helmet, (2) no plate, (3) no side mirrors, what else. The same three (at least) violations. Pogi at asteg daw kasi pag walang helmet. Basta may baril. Riding in tandem. :-) No helmets, seems no plate too. See the two traffic enforcers. Deadma lang, If the violator is a government officer, all violations are waived and allowed. (1) No helmet, (2) using a mobile phone while driving, (c) no side mirrors, and possibly no plate too? "Importante itong ka-text ko. Naiwa... more »

Bonus quote of the day:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 22 hours ago
*“If only *1984 *and *Animal Farm * were required reading by Year 8.”* - Michelle Ray, TWITTER Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Run, Bernie, Run

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 the concrete block’s nose likely to be the deciding factor in which way 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 resp... more »

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and #Giveaway

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day 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 day 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 day ago
Heavy Metal Trailer

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

New Army Commercial Sends WRONG Message to the World

Scott Ryan Anderson at Table Of Wisdom.com - 1 day 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 [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Tweets... *Yannis Koutsomitis* ‏@YanniKouts 14m #Libya: Ansar al-Sharia jihadists & Islamist militias are staging a new assault to capture Benghazi airport http://bit.ly/1uBR9nE - *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 su... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

CDC whistleblower: behind the media blackout

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
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Don’t shoot the messenger

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 […]

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