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Thomas Paine

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Friday, September 19, 2014

19 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

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19 Sept - Bloglines

10:35pm MDST

British Fighters Scramble To Intercept Two Tu-95 Russian Bear H Bombers Flying Close To U.K. Airspace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 minutes ago
An RAF 6 Squadron Typhoon (bottom) intercepts a Russian Bear aircraft. Crown Copyright *Pictured: Moment British Typhoon Fighter Jets Scrambled To Intercept Two Russian 'Bears' Flying In International Airspace -- Daily Mail* * The mission was RAF Lossiemouth's maiden Quick Reaction Alert * The pilot involved called it a 'flawless scramble and intercept' * And said it was a 'milestone' for the base and a 'very proud moment' Royal Air Force jets were deployed from Scotland to intercept Russian military 'Bear' aircraft that were flying too close to the airspace it guards. Aircraft bas... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 minutes ago
“This galaxy is having a bad millennium. In fact, the past 100 million years haven't been so good, and probably the next billion or so will be quite tumultuous. Visible on the upper left, NGC 4038 used to be a normal spiral galaxy, minding its own business, until NGC 4039, toward its right, crashed into it. The evolving wreckage, known famously as the Antennae, is pictured below. *Click image for larger size.* As gravity restructures each galaxy, clouds of gas slam into each other, bright blue knots of stars form, massive stars form and explode, and brown filaments of dust are stre... more »

Russian Warplanes Entered Swedish Airspace Promting Protests From Stockholm

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
Su-24M of the Russian Air Force in May 2009. Wikipedia *Sweden Protests Against Airspace Violation By Russian Planes -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Sweden said two Russian warplanes entered its airspace this week, calling the intrusion a "serious violation" and sending a protest to Moscow's ambassador in the Nordic country. Countries in the region have become increasingly wary of Russia's military ambitions since Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March. Western powers have also accused Russia of sending troops to back rebels in eastern Ukraine - a charge it denies. Sweden's forei... more »

Moments After President Obama Left The White House Man Jumps The Fence And Runs Into The Mansion Prompting An Evacuation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 56 minutes ago
A U.S. Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland, September 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing *BREAKING NEWS: Fence Jumper Broke Through The Doors Of The North Portico And ENTERED The White House Moments After Obama And His Daughters Left For Camp David * * President Obama had left the White House only minutes before * Reports say man charged towards north portico and was tackled * Parts of th... more »

Tesla Deal Even Worse Than First Thought

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 hour ago
Via an email from Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First, we learn that the Tesla deal, as enacted by the Nevada Legislature, is even worse than announced. Aside from the widely touted 6500 jobs only being 6000 jobs for which the state is paying for, it turns out that Tesla doesn't even have to create the jobs itself! You read that right. Tesla gets to receive tax credits for investment and job creation not only for itself, but for any of its suppliers ("participants," in the law's language) that locate on the project's huge location. Theoretically, Telsa does not even have to create half th... more »

Patrick Walsh Reviews A Chronicle of Echoes

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
On September 19, 2014, New York teacher and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) chapter leader Patrick Walsh published the following review of my book, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education, on the online news site, Truthdig. Patrick Walsh, 2012 My heartfelt thanks to Patrick for his interest in my work. Below […]

This Sunday a major climate-change demonstration, possibly the largest in history, will take place in New York City. As the ice that covers the polar seas is shrinking, while the ice shields that cover Antarctica and Greenland are melting, the number of Americans who believe it isn't happening has risen to 23%. And of course our paid off, or hopelessly dim, members of Congress fail to recognize the urgency of doing something about it. Below the Tomgram masthead, Rebecca Solnit has written a thoughtful wakeup call. For my part, I've added for the climate-change deniers a graph showing the sea levels on the U.S. east coast revealing that (1) there were no ice caps either >100 million years before or 30 million years after the impact of a monstrous asteroid on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, (2) the sea levels were extremely high when there were no ice caps (compare with height of the George Washington Monument), and (3) the appearance of the ice caps that we presently enjoy may have been linked to a meteor or comet that struck the Chesapeake Bay 35.4 million years ago (and another one of the same type creating a crater of about the same size and age in Siberia). Moral: support those demonstrators in New York this Sunday!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 hour ago
------------------------------ *The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises * *Change in a Time of Climate Change * By Rebecca Solnit Original Here with links I was not able to embed There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly -- from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For ... more »

"Look Me In The Stars..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"A voice said, Look me in the stars And tell me truly, men of earth, If all the soul-and-body scars Were not too much to pay for birth." - Robert Frost

"As We Are..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Each of us tend to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are- or as we are conditioned to see it." - Stephen. R. Covey

Chet Raymo, “The Mystery of Life? I Don't Know”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Mystery of Life? I Don't Know”* by Chet Raymo "Albert Einstein said, "Theories should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." At first glance, this may sound like a Zen koan, or a paradox. In fact, it is a profound statement that says more than volumes of philosophy. But first, a bit of background. From the dawn of time, people have resisted saying "I don't know." They looked instead for explanations in tribal tradition, sacred books, or the supposed wisdom of shamans, priests and prophets. The most common cover-up for ignorance is to invoke divinity. A storm that devastat... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Thanks for stopping by.

"Life Is One Big Road..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you're riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!” - Bob Marley


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"I've wondered why it took us so long to catch on. We saw it and yet we didn't see it. Or rather we were trained not to see it. Conned, perhaps, into thinking that the real action was metropolitan and all this was just boring hinterland. It was a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth,'' and so it goes away. Puzzling..." - Robert M. Pirsig

The Poet: Czeslaw Milosz, "Hope"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Hope is with you when you believe The earth is not a dream but living flesh, That sight, touch, and hearing do not lie, That all things you have ever seen here Are like a garden looked at from a gate. You cannot enter. But you're sure it's there. Could we but look more clearly and wisely We might discover somewhere in the garden A strange new flower and an unnamed star. Some people say we should not trust our eyes, That there is nothing, just a seeming, These are the ones who have no hope. They think that the moment we turn away, The world, behind our backs, ceases to exist, As if snatc...more »

How To Defeat ISIS: Break Up Iraq And Make Up With Assad

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
According to the article below, written by a former Naval Intelligence Officer, the quickest and easiest way to defeat ISIS is to break up Iraq into three regions (Sunni, Kurds, Shiite) and make up with Assad in Syria. As long as this war drags on in both countries ISIS will only get stronger and meaner. And the ideas that are outlined below make much more sense on a practical level than the drivel in President Obama's speech last week. ISIS won't ever be defeated if Saudi Arabia has any role in the so-called international coalition, let alone a significant one, which it would if the... more »

"Of This, One Is Certain..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* "Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be, whether a long string of perfectly blue days that begin and end in golden dimness, the most seemingly chaotic political acts, the rise of a great city, the crystalline structure of a gem that has never seen the light, the distributions of fortune, what time the milkman gets up, the position of the electron, or the occurrence of one astonishing frigid winter after another. Even electrons, supposedly the paragons of unpredictability, are tame and obsequious little creatures that rush around at the speed of l... more »

Psychology: "What Is the 'Sleeper Effect'?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"What Is the 'Sleeper Effect'?"* by PsyBlog "In the 1940s during WWII, the US Department of War wanted to know if their propaganda films were really working. So they carried out a series of experimental studies into how they affected soldier's attitudes. The complacent assumption was that the films should easily influence the average GI. Producers and psychologists alike expected to see a huge shift in attitudes towards the war after they were viewed. What they found was nothing of the sort and the results came as a bitter blow to propagandists everywhere. While the films were i... more »

Will Ukraine's Ceasefire Hold?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A boy sits on an armored personnel carrier as he poses for a picture during a parade in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica *Why This Ukraine Ceasefire Will Stick -- Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters* The war in eastern Ukraine, which has had more impact on the European economy than any news coming out of Frankfurt or Brussels, appears to be ending. Despite the sporadic attacks that have wrecked previous ceasefire attempts. Investors have mostly assumed that the ceasefire would not hold, either because Russian President Vladimir Putin is deceitful and greed... more »

Satire: “Queen Accepts Scotland’s Apology”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Queen Accepts Scotland’s Apology”* by Andy Borowitz LONDON (The Borowitz Report) – "In the aftermath of Scotland’s “no” vote in the referendum on becoming an independent country, Queen Elizabeth II, of Great Britain, took to the airwaves on Friday morning to inform the people of Scotland that she “graciously and wholeheartedly” accepted their apology. “Although the matter of independence has been settled, one question remains very much open,” she said in an address televised across Scotland. “And my answer to that question is this: yes, I forgive you.” The Queen made only scant r...more »

Looks like Republicans get the last laugh over Senate (non)confirmation of presidential appointments

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Former Clinton administration deputy chief of staff Maria Echaveste was named yesterday by President Obama to be our new ambassador to Mexico. The good news for her is that -- as a nonjudicial appointee, not subject to post-"nuclear option" majority vote -- she shouldn't feel any rush about packing.* *by Ken* Goodness knows, most Democratic pols aren't good for much, but set them alongside their Republican counterparts and, well, we're looking into an absolute void. At this point it's hard to think of any exception to the general principle that *all Republicans are vile, worhless... more »

Who Owns The 'Interceptor Cellphone Towers' Near The White House And Congress?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Photo from Art Bell Dark Matter *‘Interceptor’ Cellphone Towers Found Near White House, Senate -- Washington Times* Mysterious “interceptor” cellphone towers that can listen in someone’s phone call despite not being part of any phone networks have turned up near the White House and Senate. A company that specializes in selling secure mobile phones discovered the existence of several of the towers in and around the nation’s capitol. “It’s highly unlikely that federal law enforcement would be using mobile interceptors near the Senate,” ESD America CEO Les Goldsmith told the technol... more »

Saturday Morning Ramble: No, No, No

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: image] “There are going to be big changes, even with a NO vote.” *What next after the Scotland referendum?* – Eamonn Butler, ADAM SMITH INSTITUTE *Scottish referendum: Alone, Scotland will would go back to being a failed state* – Niall Ferguson, TELEGRAPH *The masses are far more rational than the unhinged political class* – Brendan O’Neill, SPIKED *Celebrities react badly to the referendum result* – SPECTATOR *Scottish Leader Quits* – VODKA PUNDIT *Scotland and the irrational media* – Alberto Mingardi, ECON LOG *Scotland the Brave* – James Allan, QUADRANT Most sociali... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

The Economy: "This Country Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better "

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"This Country Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better "* by Bill Bonner Colonia, Uruguay - "Scotland voted to stay part of Britain... Even so, we're considering a campaign to free Maryland (about which, more anon). We are in Uruguay giving a speech to a group of Argentine investors. What can we tell them that they don't already know? They've seen it all. Yesterday's edition of "El Clarín" newspaper reported that the Argentine peso had dropped past the 15-to-the-dollar level for the first time. When we first came to Argentina – it must have been in about 2005 – we recall getting only... more »

Take Your Foul Postcards and Go Home, It's Over

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 hours ago
There is plenty to say about the brand-spanking-new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. But for now, I want to focus on one exhibit, entitled "The Safety of Women." The default position of the museum is stridently progressive. That factor alone will lead many to conclude it is biased and ignores the sentiments of many Canadians. For example, in one gallery visitors will view videos depicting forceful pro-life and pro-choice arguments. The videos appear on screens above a circular table with digital tablets that allow visitors, upon completion of the videos, to vote on the issue -- fo... more »

A Mole Inside Assad's Embassy Aided Syrian Rebel? Problematic tale

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*WSJ- A tale that beggars belief -To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of* Was he a mole? Really? *First issue- *We have no way of knowing if he actually ever worked in the Syrian embassy? This entire narrative could be completely contrived to give the US government deniability as it issued passports to destabilizers and terrorists. You want to know how American citizens came to be in Syria fighting with ISIS? Look no further then the US government and their covert ops and operatives Bassam Barabandi, a diplomat in the Syrian embassy here, (allegedly) was leaving Ram... more »

The New Democrats Get It Right On Iraq - Walkom

leftdog at Buckdog - 4 hours ago
By backing Barack Obama’s ill-considered war, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau have signed onto a fool’s errand. America’s latest Middle East war is a fool’s errand. U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is hastily conceived, relies on uncertain allies and risks further inflaming an already volatile region. In Canada, the only major political party with anything resembling a sensible position on this war is Tom Mulcair’s NDP. After days of dithering, the New Democrats have decided to oppose Canadian involvement. Mulcair made that cl... more »

On The Scotland Independence Fail

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
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Help Obama Kickstart World War III!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
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The Laughable And Ridiculous Phoney "ISIS/ISIL Terrorist" Threat Continues: Excellent Video From Snordelhans, AKA Snordster - New ISIS Horror Threat!!!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
I have noticed that the Jew spew media reports on their fraudulent "ISIS/ISIL" threat has taken a bit of a breather for the last two days while the world media focused on making sure that the slaves in Scotland were not able to break free from the criminals that control the United Kingdom… But even with that massive voting fraud in Scotland, the criminals in the US and Israel are still working on getting all their forces in place to have Syria destroyed…. I did read a few articles the other day that showed that this fraud "ISIS/ISIL" group was suddenly into film making… Several repo... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 19, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Scotland Referendum: Is UK Less United? -- Al Jazeera* Scotland rejects independence from the United Kingdom but is promised greater autonomy Scotland has voted against independence from the United Kingdom after a hard fought and passionate campaign. It was a vote that threatened to break up a centuries old union, with far reaching consequences for Britain's standing in the wider world. Opinion polls had suggested a contest too close to call but in the end it was a convincing result. The No campaign secured 55.3 percent of the vote while the pro-independence Yes camp polled 44....more »

"Yesterday At 7 A.M., The Ambulance Arrived..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Yesterday At 7 A.M., The Ambulance Arrived..."* by Bill Bonner Salta, Argentina - "We are traveling today. No time or place to catch up on the financial markets. All we know is that the Dow closed at a new record. Gold lost $13 an ounce. So we will tell you a bit of what went on at our ranch in Salta Province in northwestern Argentina... It's a beautiful spot, in a harsh and majestic sort of way. In early spring it's windy, cold and very dry. The cattle are getting thin. But the grapes, irrigated from a small stream, are beginning to put out leaves. "We'll feed the cows what is l... more »


KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
Just the other day I was reading a book about SETI and the author committed the error of appealing to an authority… which means he didn’t have a good argument other than to say that these prestigious people and organizations have weighed in and they say UFO phenomenon is all hogwash. Sure, I know you’re confused so I’ll expand. He was writing about UFOs, which, if you’re going to discuss SETI you need to address, even if it is to dismiss the idea of alien visitation. He wrote that the Air Force began to study the problem with Project Blue Book in the 1950s and then with the Univers... more »

Did Anyone Actually Think The English Would Let The Scots Go Free? Massive Vote Fraud In Scottish Referendum! (No Shock Here)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
Yes, I have read over the last few hours all of the websites and the fraud Jew spew articles that claim that the Scottish people "did the right thing" in voting NO for Scotland to be free of the United Kingdom and begin the road to full independence…. Even though the "official result" was 55% NO vote to 45% YES vote, I began to wonder along with so many others if there was indeed shenanigans in this entire referendum voting……. We have all seen in the last several US Presidential "elections" where the criminals used Diebold machines to swing votes towards candidates with the most bl...more »

World News Briefs -- September 19, 2014 (Evening News)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Scots Spurn Independence In Historic Vote, Devolution Battle Begins -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom. A vote for the union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom breaking up. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* ... more »

Welcome To America-- A Guest Post By Melissa San Miguel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Melissa San Miguel currently serves as one of California Young Democrats Latino Caucus, Northern California Regional Directors and Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party Region 1 Chicano Latino Caucus. This opinion piece was written after conducting interviews as part of her work with the National Center for Youth Law. Melissa can be reached at melissa.san.miguel@gmail.com *Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned... more »

Yemen On Brink Of Civil War As Fighting Escalates Between Houthi Rebels And The Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Yemen Fighting Rages As Truce Talks Collapse -- Yemen* *Fierce battles continue for second day in capital city Sanaa, pushing country to the brink of civil war.* The United Nations has failed to mediate a peace deal between Yemen's Houthi rebels and the government, as Shia fighters advanced into the capital in an escalation of violence that has brought the country to the verge of a civil war. The UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, left the northern city of Saada on Friday after trying to mediate a deal that could pave the way for a new government and more political representation... more »

In the Interests of Fair Play...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
...a little pre-Election Day warning to the Republican Party.

Supplemental: The Houses of Anderson Cooper County!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014Incompetence has its rewards:* We’ll give you this: Except to the NFL kingpin himself, it doesn’t much matter if Roger Goodell keeps or loses his job. Nothing much turns on Goodell’s job status, except the joy of the chase. That said, we’re not sure when we’ve seen a dumber performance than the one turned in by Anderson Cooper and the CNN team as they’ve staged their dimwitted rampage against Goodell over the past two weeks. How dumb has the CNN gaggle been? Just try them: When they read Don Van Natta’s report for ESPN, they didn’t notice that none of ... more »

Ebola Worst-Case Scenario: More Than 500,000 Cases By January

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Ebola Worst-Case Scenario Has More Than 500,000 Cases -- Bloomberg* The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to hundreds of thousands more people by the end of January, according to an estimate under development by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that puts one worst-case scenario at 550,000 or more infections. The report, scheduled to be released next week, was described by two people familiar with its contents, who asked to remain anonymous because it isn’t yet public. The projection, which vastly outstrips previous estimates, is under review by resear... more »

Harry Potter and the cauldron of STIs...

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
That headline doesn't quite capture all the cheekiness, humour, irreverence and tongue-twisting (at times!) facts overload (but in a GOOD way) of an Insight Theatre *show*. You must attend one to get their infectious (ouch!) jokes and insightful moments. I won't give away any punchlines; suffice to say JK Rowling's penchant for quirky names is amply explored in the naughty bits... err, skits about Sexually Transmitted Infections. Hilarious, inspired and clever! The lively and talented writers/performers are adolescents who work with Planned Parenthood Ottawa staff to produc... more »

AP Report: The CIA Has Ceased Spying Operations On Friendly Western Governments

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Image from Comite-Valmy *WNU Editor:* The link to the story* is here.* *My Comment:* If true .... this is unprecedented. This is a developing news story .... it will be updated later tonight.


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 10 hours ago

Love Quest Day 5

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
It is our fifth day. Love yourself. It sounds like a simple thing, doesn’t it? If it were, most of us would be there. Like riding a bike. We learned about bike riding and self love around the same time. We were very young. When learning both, there was this gentle period of acclimation where someone – mom, dad, big brother, big sister, uncle or aunt – held you until the right moment. It was that moment when you were on your own. Your balance, speed and success were each self determined. You were heading out into the world – solo. What you gleaned from the lessons they ga... more »

Love Quest Day 4

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
Welcome to day 4! At the midpoint of our Quest today, we are “just as far in as we’ll ever be out”. (Anna Nalick) There have been some times I’ve seen with my heart and some times I’ve seen with my head. My buttons are still there, waiting to be pushed. The difference now is that rather than being swallowed up by them, I know where they are. I recognize them and feel when they are being pushed *before I respond. *At that point, I am more in charge of my responses than I’ve ever been. Agape is power. It takes control of your life and adds order to it. Until now, you may feel s... more »

Former President Bill Clinton: 'U.S. Has Proven It Can't Win An Iraq Land War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Bill Clinton: U.S. Has Proven It Can't Win An Iraq Land War -- CNN* (CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton voiced support for the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS and said only the Iraqi people can win a land war in Iraq. Speaking Thursday night on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Clinton said the United States has proven it can't win an Iraq war with boots on the ground, but that moderate Sunni tribal leaders working with an inclusive Iraqi government can. "We can't win a land war in Iraq, but they can and we can help them," Clinton said. Clinton said he thinks President Barack O... more »

10 Hard Facts About the Holocaust

John Friend at The Realist Report - 10 hours ago
*How the "Holocaust" was faked* *What is the "Holocaust" story really all about?*

The story of the day

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
by Capt. Fogg Bleary-eyed, the zombie turns on the TV, holding the antidote, the cup of coffee in one hand hoping to see whether UK retains it's U. "After the break we're back with the story of the day" says the talking head, or the panel of happy-talk bobbleheads. The story of the day, of course is the new iPhone. The latest thing from Apple, the news from McDonalds, the celebrity "selfie" of the day. No point in checking the Benghazi channel. It's back to Al Jazeera where I get my answer and am reminded of the size and complexity of our world. All sorts of things going on, sca... more »

Gladue Factors

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Aboriginal over-representation is one of the most documented trends in the Canadian criminal justice system. The over-representation of Aboriginal peoples has been addressed by section 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code which currently reads: A court that imposes a sentence shall also take into consideration the following principles: …. (e) all available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances should be considered for all offenders, with particular attention to the circumstances of aboriginal offenders. R. v. Gladue, [1999] 1 S.C.R. 688 ... more »

Friday Pussy - Scotish/UK edition

Demeur at Demeur - 10 hours ago
Lads and Lassies the vote is over but maybe not just yet. There's reports of massive voter fraud in the counting process. No this wasn't about dead people voting or someone without proper ID, Westminster must have known they'd be booted out of power after sticking it to the masses for the last several years.We'll see if this is pursued further. Here's just a taste of the punishment that the folks at the bottom of the economic ladder have had to endure. Miss an appointment at the social welfare office and see your benefits cut for 6 months. Have an...more »

Confused Homosexuals.

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago

Supplemental: A remarkable column by Catherine Rampell!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014Also, those NFL arrest rates:* Catherine Rampell has a remarkable column in the Washington Post. We don’t mean that as a compliment. Rampell’s column concerns the way we the people view our public schools. We’ll grant you, she does say this: RAMPELL (9/19/14): Few consistent tools are available to measure the quality of U.S. education over time; the best we have is probably the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, first administered in 1971. And *believe it or not, NAEP scores have been steadily improving, with most national measures now a... more »

The U.S. Military Becoming More Vocal In Opposing President Obama's Stratgey To Combat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Rift Widens Between Obama, U.S. Military Over Strategy To Fight Islamic State -- Washington Post* Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship. Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group. Reti... more »

The GOP Way Of Dealing With Immigration-- Sell Visas To Rich Foreigners And Rake Off A Cut

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Primarily because of Harry Reid's childish pique at Tom Daschle, he isn't allowing the DSCC to engage in keeping the open South Dakota Senate seat blue. Reid is a madman who would have preferred Blue Dog corporate shill and sleazy lobbyist Stephanie Herseth Sandlin-- who was rejected by South Dakota voters in 2010-- instead of prairie populist, and Daschle ally, Rick Weiland. Reid should get over himself and get a grasp that control of the Senate is more likely to stay with the Democrats if they keep Tom Johnson's South Dakota seat than if they spend millions of dollars on showy-... more »

Emotionalism, Violence and Stupidity: the Attack by UP Student Activists on Sec. Abad

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
I am not exactly a fan of DBM Secretary Butch Abad. If I have the chance to question him face to face, I will come prepared with lots of numbers and data, but will never do or plan any physical harm. Unfortunately, emotionalism, violence and stupidity has ruled the minds of some idiot activists in UP. Shame on you, mga bobo. If you dislike a person or his/her ideas, hit hard on data and logic, never do physical attacks. The use of physical attacks is among the indicators of mentally sick people. Reposting this. The photos I added myself and not part of the original statement. -----... more »

President Obama: ISIS Threat 'Doesn't Frighten Us'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
President Obama meeting last year in the White House to discuss the apparent use of poison gas in the Syrian civil war. Credit Pete Souza/The White House *Obama: ISIS Threat Against U.S., Allies 'Doesn't Frighten Us' -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- With approval in hand to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the ISIS terror group, President Barack Obama said Thursday the plan keeps with "the key principle" of U.S. strategy: No American combat troops on the ground. "The American troops deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission," he said in televised remarks from the ... more »

Interjurisdictional Immunity and Paramountcy - Matthew 6:24. No one can serve two masters: except for Canadian banks

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Banking is a federal matter. Accordingly one might think that banks should be subject to federal regulation so all Canadians deal with banks on the same basis. That thinking would, as a result of Canada's odd constitution be wrong. Apparently banks are supposed to serve two masters... *Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte*, 2014 SCC 55: C. The Doctrine of Interjurisdictional Immunity Does Not Apply [62] The Banks argue that the doctrine of interjurisdictional immunity renders the *CPA*inapplicable to their credit card activities. Interjurisdictional immun... more »

A Look At The Islamic State Network

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge) * Structure: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi employs a network of deputies, councils and executives with the power to act on the ISIS leader's behalf. These senior militants are believed to give orders to a group of 24 regional governors, who in turn head 'councils' managing everything from the sale of oil, to the treatment of prisoners *The ISIS Family Tree: Sinister And Organised Network That Begins With 'The Caliph' And Continues With A Rigid Chain Of Command Down To Foot Soldiers -- Daily Mail* * Jihadist group uses a strict hierarchical system to manage terro... more »

France Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State Targets In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *France Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State In Iraq -- Voice of America* France says its fighter jets have successfully carried out the country's first airstrikes against Islamic State insurgents inside Iraq. The office of French President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets launched a strike against a militant logistics depot in northeastern Iraq, adding that it was destroyed completely. Iraqi military officials said the airstrikes targeted positions near the town of Zumar. France said there would be more operations in the coming days. *Read m... more »

SALEM VILLAGE AND CABLE NEWS: What Roger Goodell might have been told!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014Part 4—The brain cells of Anderson Cooper:* A week ago Tuesday, on September 9, Anderson Cooper was puzzled. The previous day, a damning videotape had been released by TMZ. It showed Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens’ running back, punching his fiancée, Janay Palmer, inside an Atlantic City elevator. Previously, there had been no tape of what occurred in the elevator. A different videotape had shown Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée off the elevator that night. But there had been no way to see what happened inside the conveyance. As usual, Cooper was ... more »

Central Bankers Ready To Attack Syria Under The Pretext Assad Unleashed The Islamists

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
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Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US “Intel”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci The absence of America’s so-called “intelligence” regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine in a 34-page Dutch Safety Board preliminary report raises serious questions about the credibility and legitimacy of both America’s political agenda, and all agencies, organizations, and political parties currently behind it. The report titled, "Preliminary Report: Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17" (.pdf), cites a wide variety of evidence in its attempt to determine the cause of flight MH17's crash and to prevent similar accide... more »

U.S. to Bomb ISIS in Syria, but Censor ISIS Threat Just Across Mexican Border?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton This is the security theater people are continuing to trade their liberty for here in America. While Obama is busy finalizing plans to airstrike Syria, and the House of Reps just passed a resolution to arm, fund and train “appropriately vetted” Syrian rebels, in the meantime high level law enforcement have been given a censored alert bulletin that ISIS is operating a terrorist cell out of Juárez, just across the unsecured U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas and that potential terrorist attacks involving car bombs and other explosive devices are i... more »

Thousands Of Syrian Kurds Flee Into Turkey To Escape Islamic State Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Turkey Opens Border To Syrian Kurds Fleeing IS -- BBC* *Turkey has allowed thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants to cross its southern border, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.* TV footage showed exhausted people, mostly women and children, crossing into the south-eastern border village of Dikmetas under tight security. The move followed clashes with Turkish Kurd protesters who were calling for the refugees to be allowed in. Syrian Kurds have been massing along the Turkish border since Thursday. They have been fleeing escalating clashes between IS and... more »

UN climate change: 1000 scientists say no

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
image source Jon Rappoport Read it. It’s a shocking 321-page report assembled by The Climate Depot: *“More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims.” * It names names. It lists reasons for the dissent. Reality is engineered consensus. But when that doesn’t work, “experts” just assert there is a consensus when there isn’t. “What the hell, let’s just say that ‘everybody agrees’ manmade warming is destroying Earth and we have ten minutes to solve it, and let’s get our friends in the press to shut out the naysayers. You know, media blackou... more »

The Dow And S&P 500 Soar To Irrational Heights – Meanwhile Ultra-Wealthy Rush To Buy Gold

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Michael Snyder Did you know that the number of gold bars being purchased by ultra-wealthy individuals has increased by 243 percent so far this year? If stocks are just going to keep soaring, why are they doing this? On Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 both closed at record highs once again. It is a party that never seems to end, and there are a lot of really happy people on Wall Street these days. But those who are discerning realize that we witnessed the exact same kind of bubble behavior during the dotcom boom and during the run up to the last financial... more »

Kelley Eidem - cancer 'snot' - spicy food cure.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 12 hours ago
*death by curry*massive caveat up front: THIS IS STILL SPECULATION as an alleged treatment for cancer (via its outer surface weakness) so don't go ballistic when your doctor says, "Poppycock." He's probably never heard of this before... According to Kelley Eidem: *The number one reason cancer is able to grow is excess sticky fibrin, a.k.a. 'snot.' Get rid of the sticky snot that surrounds cancer and the cancer will go away.It's not often discussed but, cancer cells are covered with lots of sticky fibrin. The fibrin in cancer is no different than any other fibrin in the body in ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*The GOAT speaks: follow the leader ~Girod Street End Zone*

Congress Votes To Fight ISIS By Funding ISIS To Fight Assad

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Image source Brandon Turbeville On September 17, 2014, the United States House of Representatives voted to approve the White House plan to arm and train the alleged “moderate” Syrian rebels. The vote was 273-156 in favor of the $500 million plan. Of course, the bill in question was actually an amendment that was cynically attached to a bill designed to continue funding for the federal government in the short-term, ensuring maximum support from members of the House. Then, on Thursday September 19, the U.S. Senate followed suit by approving the plan as well. The support for the ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Trumpeter Shamarr Allen arrested, accused of punching deputy ~Danny Monteverde, New Orleans Advocate* *New Orleans City Council restructures panel overseeing home demolitions amid disputes ~Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger* *New Orleans fighting Amtrak over construction of 'prison' fence near Gert Town ~Brandon McClendon* *Meet the men behind St Slammany Parish DA Candidate Brian Trainor ~Slabbed* *New Orleans Delegation Looks At The Limits Of Austin's Water Management System ~Jesse Hardman, WWNO*

Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Despite the official narrative of congressional Republicans and Democrats hating each other's guts, the political Bickersons of the Senate were simply unable to resist the aphrodisiac of more military violence. They indulged themselves in a little afternoon delight on Thursday. They achieved a rare public simultaneous orgasm. Flushed and spent, (half a billion dollars' worth of high tech weapons for complete strangers while the long-term unemployed are forgotten) they left town to smoke a cigarette and search out more johns donors. And President Obama, who'd enjoyed the porn spectac... more »

Stop telling obvious inspirational self serving stories

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Its like toilet humor, just grow up! I call for a constitutional amendment to protect us from the tearjerker. The last refuge of a filmmaker is to make a movie where people fall in love and one the partners dies in the end. *Love Story *the end. I am also done with Holocaust movies. Every one as part of a liberal education should watch at least three, Schindler's List, The Grey Zone and one of the thousand others. If that has not filled your boots with misery your sick. We have enough real soul sucking calamities in our lives, investments in higher production values to tell us li... more »

Uh, Yeah. We Got Nothing.

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
The midterms in this day and age are, as the Republican Party capably proves every other year, a mere dress rehearsal for the real lunacy to come in the general elections. Every election cycle, we see the GOP trying to rebrand itself as something that it is not because the cynical Republican bean counters have some reptilian glimmer of recognition that this is what a large section of the electorate wants. So we hear the same ridiculous denunciations that there's a War on Women or a War on Teh Gays or on Brown People. We see the same tired, half-hearted minority outreach ... more »

Scotland Votes NO!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
The greatest thing about this whole exercise was that it was democracy in motion. There is no doubt with over 80% participation that the people have spoken. Its Pareto's law. At least there be justice in the decision. The no side was forced at the last minute to make goverment more relevant. Both sides can claim victory. Neither side can say the truth won out. I was all for an independent Scotland but in my own self interest I celebrate that the nationalists in Quebec will not gather much fuel from this result. That is not to say that the Quebecois do not deserve their day. IMHO the... more »

Moving the goal post- Attacking ISIS. Attacking Syria- US training ISIS!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Of course, attacking Syria was always the real goal. * The ISIS illusion was just the smoke and mirrors to justify the initiating actions. Today we can really get a sense of the goal posts being moved. Or the smoke clearing? Whichever? *Memes or mind viruses that have already invaded your consciousness are being reactivated* *1-Syria & chemical weapons* Israel believes Syria kept 'significant' chemical arsenal Intelligence official says Syria has held on to combat-ready chemical weapons despite giving up relevant raw materials • Using chemical weapons against Israel, even on a sm... more »

Week Three: Ten Buck Friday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*just do it. We need to turn this country around.* Proof and Wyblog are suggesting our donation this week should go to Tom Cotton in Arkansas. While Real Clear Politics has Cotton up by a tiny bit, the race is still considered a toss-up. Diogenes is suggesting Dr. Bill Cassidy, who is running against the odious Mary Landrieu. I give a special appeal to donate to the campaign of Dr. Bill Cassidy. It is of the up most importance we defeat Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The race is virtually a dead heat, and this is a chance to finally defeat the Landrieu family political mach... more »

Scotland's Referendum -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Scottish Referendum: Scotland Votes 'No' To Independence -- BBC* Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes". Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured. *Read more* .... *Scotland's Referendum -- News Roundup* ...more »

World News Briefs -- September 19, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Scotland Rejects Independence as U.K. Vows Extra Powers -- Bloomberg* Scotland voted to stay in the U.K. in a referendum on independence, stepping back from a breakup of the 307-year-old union while wringing promises of more financial power from Prime Minister David Cameron. After a count through the night, 55.3 percent of Scottish voters supported the “no” campaign against 44.7 percent who backed independence. U.K. shares helped lead European equities to a 6 1/2-year high and the pound rose to the strongest level in two years against the euro after the Better Together campaign p... more »

My secret crush: Vince Ready

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 14 hours ago
Cartoon in the Ubyssey by Indiana Joel Earlier this week, somebody with a sense of humour and an obvious knowledge of B.C. labour history swapped a photo of mediator Vince Ready for the saintly image of God in the Wikipedia entry on God. Vince Ready - our homegrown Holy One. Once bickering parties in a labour dispute learn that Ready has been called in to help them reach a settlement, you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief as everyone starts thinking about getting back to work. I'm sure Ready has all kinds of skills as a mediator, but at this point, after so ... more »

Andre Agassi's New Passion: Corporate Welfare

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Andre Agassi is touring the country checking out the 27 charter schools he has built with real estate tycoon, Bobby Turner. Agassi says its all worth the effort to make his millions from taxpayer dollars just to see children so "engaged in learning," as they are below in the East Nashville Rocketship charter school. Story from WSMV.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 19, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*France Announces First Strikes On ISIL Target -- Al Jazeera* Two fighter jets took part in US-led operation that destroyed logistics depot held by Sunni rebel group, president says. France has carried out its first air strikes against positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, joining a US-led operation to defeat the Sunni rebel group. In a statement issued on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said the strike destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIL. It said that at least two Rafale fighter jets were involved in the operation in northeastern Iraq, and that t... more »

Bernie Sanders Explains Why Arming Syrian Terrorists Is A Bad Idea-- Mark Walker (R-NC) Campaigns On War Against Mexico

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
The GOP has a lot of freaks and nuts running for Congress this cycle. As we've explained before, few are as off-the-chart out of their minds, as North Carolina extremist Mark Walker. Watch the video up top, in which he talks about "blitzing somebody [Mexico] with a couple of fighter jets to make our point" and how he doesn't have a problem with going to war against Mexico. Or is that his stand up comedian role? But, really, how much crazier and off-the-rails are the fanatics like Walker than the Republicans already in Congress. Wednesday the bulk of the House Republicans-- 159 of ... more »

Magic Steve

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.stonecoldmagicmagazine.com/ Between now and the next election, Stephen Harper will try hard to be a magician. He'll try to make his record disappear. Michael Harris writes: That is a conversation Harper isn’t anxious to have, for any one of a number of reasons. The mismanagement and bottomless dishonesty on display during the F-35 acquisition process, for instance. Then there’s the PM’s performance during the Wright/Duffy Affair. You remember how he treated the the truth on that occasion as a kind of multiple choice exercise in storyte... more »


Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
*In Glasgow, “Police are investigating ten cases of electoral fraud.”* *Voters turned up at polling stations to find that people had already voted using their names.* *Police officers have removed the ballot papers concerned.* *Read more* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Domestic Violence Victim Workplace Protection

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
Or, States That Don't Suck For Employees Part V Massachusetts was the latest state to enact a law requiring employers to give victims of domestic violence time off work without penalizing them. Since I frequently raunch on Florida for being so anti-employee, I decided to write today to give my home state props for being one of sixteen states that have laws protecting employees who become domestic violence victims. - *Massachusetts*' law requires employers with 50 or more employees to give up to 15 days off for medical attention, securing new housing, court proceedings and ot... more »

No Country for Old White Men

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 16 hours ago
Or, Point and Laugh. A group of former Liberal backbenchers is blasting Justin Trudeau’s “discriminatory” decision to call on all party MPs to vote in favour of abortion rights in Canada. Many (most?) of these pathetic old misogynists and homophobes are former members of Liberals for Life, aka the Gang that Prompted Jean Chrétien to Over-ride Riding Association Takeovers Nominations. Chief among them, of course, is Tom Wappel, an execrable POS if there ever was one. (Really, check the Wiki entry.) Here at DJ! we're no great fans of Justin Trudeau, but you gotta love this. Libe... more »

Messages From Higher Self - There Is No Dark Switch

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
Source: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116550793025117941917/posts

FIPA apples don't fall far from the tree

Alison at Creekside - 17 hours ago
At that one hour trade committee meeting in 2012 that comprised the entirety of public and parliamentary interaction with the Canada-China FIPA, the only witness providing testimony came from DFAIT -- Ian Burney, assistant deputy minister for DFAIT’s trade policy and negotiations branch, and support staff. Ian Burney is the son of Derek Burney, former Mulroney chief of staff/ NAFTA negotiator and former head of Harper's transition team in 2006, former Canadian ambassador to the US and former Vice Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). A tireless plumper for incre... more »

Groundbreaking Research Offers Concrete Evidence of Widespread Forced Labor Among Foreign Migrant Workers in Malaysian Electronics

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
http://www.verite.org/research/electronicsmalaysia *Groundbreaking Research Offers Concrete Evidence of Widespread Forced Labor Among Foreign Migrant Workers in Malaysian Electronics * *New Verité Study Finds Forced Labor in Malaysian Electronics Industry* You might think about debt bondage in relation to making bricks in South Asia or building skyscrapers in the Middle East, not putting together the pieces of your newest mobile phone or laser printer in Malaysia. But if you are reading this on a tablet, smartphone or computer monitor, then you may be holding a product of forced ... more »


Barbara Ann Levy at WPB/NYC and Anything Else; A Curated Green Rights Collection - 17 hours ago

U.S. State Department Publicly Dismissed The Threat Of The Islamic State, But Privately Increased Their Own Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*State Department Downplayed Islamic State Threat, Privately Ramped Up Security -- Washington Times* Defense contractor task order illustrates growing alarm over Islamic State militants’ advance Weeks before the State Department assured Americans that things were operating “normally” at its consulate in the Kurdish capital of Erbil in August, concerned procurement officials were quietly saying the advance of militants of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, meant the government needed to shell out tens of millions of dollars to counter a “rapidly deteriorating” security ... more »

Far right extremism and the backlash

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Yesterday’s Today programme prominently featured a statement about a right-wing backlash that has obviously caused a mini sensation at the BBC, the way such things always do. It’s a mirror image of the radicalisation problem with young Muslims, which the BBC is much less eager to dwell on in that worried, headless chicken kinda way they reserve for the non-Islamic form of radicalisation. An anonymous infiltrator, nay, a student, of far right radicalisation who must remain nameless, (because of potential attacks) has issued a warning that dangerous far right groups are radicalising ... more »

Typhoon day links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
*A strongpoint built above Keelung, probably in the Sino-French War when the French occupied the port*. Batten down the hatches -- a tropical storm is hitting us tomorrow and Sunday. __________________ *Daily Links*: - Ben has good review of the local election in Taipei. Ko Wen-je lays out his tax and banking details in an attempt to derail an attack on him by the KMT as corrupt. The public ain't buying the KMT attacks. - Ships of the Desert: mockups in no man's land, China. Here's the mock up of the Taichung airbase in Gansu. - Premier promises to guard Taiwan's f... more »

War Amongst the Whites : The Zionist / WASP split of 1991

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
I'd like us still to be the undisputed leader of the world," George Bush told me when I had occasion to ask him recently where he wanted the country to be after a second Bush Administration. Bush credited Ronald Reagan with establishing a "very solid foundation, strong defense—keep our sights set on the demise of the Soviet Union." But he credited himself with confirming America's world leadership through decisive action. "Both Panama and the liberation of Kuwait helped, because I think there was a perception," a "kind of an aftermath of Vietnam, that the U.S. wouldn't fight, woul... more »

The REAL Reason Britain is Freaking Out About Scottish Independence

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 18 hours ago
*Washington's Blog* *Oil* David Cameron and the British media have been freaking out about the potential Scottish independence. They’ve blathered on about “history”, “common defense” and other red herrings. But it’s really all about oil … Specifically, if Scotland becomes independent, it gets to keep 90% of the revenues from its huge oil reserves. The New York Times reports: Scottish nationalists have long argued that being governed from London has deprived their country of its fair share of the wealth from Britain’s oil and natural gas fields, which mostly lie in North Sea... more »

A pro-BICEP2 paper

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
It's generally expected that the Planck collaboration should present their new results on the CMB polarization data within days, weeks, or a month. Will they be capable of confirming the BICEP2 discovery – or refute it by convincing data? Ten days ago, Planck published a paper on dust modelling: Planck intermediate results. XXIX. All-sky dust modelling with Planck, IRAS, and WISE observations I am not able to decide whether this paper has anything to say about the discovery of the primordial gravitational waves. It could be relevant but note that the paper doesn't discuss the polar... more »

John Kerry: Iran Could Lead The Fight Against The Islamic State If The US 'Fails Miserably'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*John Kerry Suggests Iran Could Lead Fight Against Isil If US 'Fails Miserably' -- The Telegraph* *Secretary of state's hypothetical scenario likely to frustrate White House and stoke Sunni suspicions.* John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was "failing miserably" in its effort to defeat the jihadists. The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US groun... more »

Raytheon begins building critical components for AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: AN/TPY-2]The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will soon have greater agility and capability in its fleet of AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radars. Raytheon has begun construction of two major sub-components of the AN/TPY-2 under a $53 million contract announced by the Department of Defense on Sept 2. The units Raytheon is building will enable the MDA to rotate sub-components out of the field to receive depot-level upgrades while keeping the radars up and running. Read more

Scottish Independence Referendum Results - NO!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 18 hours ago
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Raytheon Tests New Extended Range Griffin Missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Griffin missiles]Raytheon is testing a new extended range Griffin missile which triples the range of the existing weapon and adds infrared imaging guidance technology, company officials said. “We start off with a baseline Griffin and add an extended range rocket motor. This more than triples the range of the current Griffin and it has more than twice the range of the Hellfire,” said James Smith, the business development lead for Raytheon’s advanced missile systems. The existing Griffin missile, which can be launched from the air, sea or land, uses GPS and laser guidance tech... more »

Amid Rooivalk restart talks, Denel eyes new platform

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Rooivalk attack helicopter]An ongoing discussion about restarting Rooivalk production includes an option to design a new platform based on technology developed for South Africa’s indigenous attack helicopter, says Denel Group chief executive Riaz Saloojee. Last March, South African defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula publicly expressed interest in restarting a Rooivalk production line that has gone dormant since 2007 after delivering only 12 aircraft, but offered no details on timing or funding. Those discussions between the Ministry of Defence and Denel Group are ongo... more »

AVIC To Debut Y-20 Air Freighter, Fighter Jets At Airshow China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Xian Y-20 Kunpeng]China will debut the Y-20 heavy air freighter and other advanced aircraft and weaponry this November at the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China. "There will be more than 120 aircraft from 39 countries and regions at this year's Airshow, including the popular Airbus A380 and [China's] J-10 fighter," He Ningka, mayor of Zhuhai, in Guangdong Province, host city of the Airshow, told reporters at a Tuesday press conference. "Besides, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China will present its Y-20, FC-1 fighter ... more »

Ebola Updates ( September 19 , 2014 ) - Latest on the fast developing Ebola situation presently centered in West Africa !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Tweets....... *RIA Novosti* ‏@ria_novosti 7m Russian specialists take positive steps toward creating vaccine for #Ebola http://bit.ly/1uLKEyI #EbolaResponse [image: Embedded image permalink] *SgtMaj-USMC* ‏@retireleo 17h U.S. officials in *meltdown* on Obama's *Ebola* mission Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/u-s-of ficials-in-meltdown-on-obamas-ebola-mission/#lChqMUuREdHSsHsk.99 … The State Dept will be in charge of military foolish *Bakarr King* ‏@BAKARR_KING 1m PRESS RELEASE THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT DURING THE THREE-DAY “OSE-TO-OSE *... more »

E. Ukraine Rebels Merge to Form the United Army of Novorossiya

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 19 hours ago
*Aaron Nelson | The Anti-Media* On Wednesday (September 17, 2014), Fyodor Berezin, the leader of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, announced the merging of the People’s Republic of Lugansk and Donetsk militia, forming the ‘*United Army of Novorossiya*‘. In the video below, the new Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Military Forces of Novorossiya recommends beginning the next stage of the war, no longer on the defensive but on the offensive, with plans to take back Kiev. The announcement came just two days after a video surfaced from Donetsk which appeared to prove the ceasefire with K... more »

Scores Of Islamic State Militants Killed In Iraq While Loading A Chemical Warhead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*14 IS Militants Killed As Their Rocket Explodes -- Business Standard* Baghdad, Sep 16 (IANS/EFE) At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded. Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad. Al-Dhuluiya was also where four members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen suffered symptoms of asphyxiation after inhaling chlorine gas release... more »

Scotland: No wins.

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 19 hours ago
Massive 84.5 % voter turn-out. Close finish at 55 % for No. Verdict: Good result. Further devolved powers are clearly on the radar, democratic participation is renewed, and Scotland can now serve as an inspiration to serious constitutional reform in other parts of the UK, which could create more regionally relevant representation and governance. If, if, if, the momentum can be harnessed and

Is ISIL Islamic?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Barack Obama, David Cameron, the BBC and others are very keen to try to convince us ordinary citizens that ISIL is not Islamic, but are they telling porkies? The ever watchable Andrew Klavan, determines if President Obama and others are correct when they declare that the terror group ISIS/ISISL/Islamic State is not, in fact, Islamic.

Scotland votes NO ! September 19 , 2014 - No Vote carries the day convincingly - by ten points. Issue settled for a generation....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
*RT* @RT_com · 6m #Indyref final result: Yes - 44.7% No - 55.3%. Turnout: 84.51% http:// on.rt.com/9lwhmq pic.twitter.com/2V09ACtYkY - Zero Hedge..... [image: Tyler Durden's picture] The Scotland Referendum: Who Voted How And Why?Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/19/2014 - 07:13 The following post-referendum poll from Lord Ashcroft does a good summary of *who voted how and why*. However, the most telling distinction is the following: - *Voters aged 16-17: YES: 71%; NO: 29%* - *Voters aged 65+: YES: 27%; NO: 73%* How will last night's vote look like in 5, 10 or 15 ye... more »

Scotland poised to vote Yes for Independence ? ( September 14 , 2014 ) -- With just a few days remaining , a twenty point deficit has swung ( according to at least one poll ) to an eight point YES vote lead ..... News and views of the day on the historic vote to come on Thursday !

Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Final Week..... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-15/why-scotland-has-all-leverage-one-chart Why Scotland Has All The Leverage, In One Chart [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/15/2014 08:09 -0400 - Albert Edwards - Deutsche Bank - Eastern Europe - Eurozone - Evans-Pritchard - Federal Reserve - fixed - Great Depression - Greece - Ireland - Italy - None - Portugal - Reality - Trade Deficit inShare As Scotland prepares to vote for or against Independence from the Union on Thursday,... more »

U.S. Navy Removes Destroyer's Top Three Commanding Officers In Mid-Deployment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Cmdr. Curtis Calloway, left, CMC Travis Biswell and Cmdr. Ed Handley, former XO, (not pictured) of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) have been reassigned amid an investigation, the Navy announced. (Navy) *Navy Removes Destroyer's Top Three Commanding Officers Mid-Deployment -- RT* In an extremely rare move, the US Navy removed a ship’s top three commanding officers from their posts while it is at sea. The Navy is conducting an investigation into the command climate aboard the USS James E. Williams (DDG-95). Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway was relieved as comman... more »

Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US "Intel"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*September 19, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The absence of America's so-called "intelligence" regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine in a 34 page Dutch Safety Board preliminary report raises serious questions about the credibility and legitimacy of both America's political agenda, and all agencies, organizations, and political parties currently behind it. The report titled, "Preliminary Report: Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17" (.pdf), cites a wide variety of evidence in its attempt to determine the cause of flight MH17's crash a... more »

Netherlands May Send F-16 Fighters, Weapons to Iraq to Combat IS: Reports

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]The Netherlands could use F-16 fighter aircraft and send arms to Iraqi Kurds in order to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, active in Iraq and Syria, local media reported Thursday. An unspecified number of the Netherland Air Force F-16 fighters may take part in operations against Sunni extremists in Iraq and possibly in Syria, The Trouw, a Dutch newspaper, said as quoted by Reuters. Dutch ministers will reportedly discuss the possibility of taking military action against the IS militants on Friday, during a Cabinet session. Read more

China to continue intercepting US jets that come too close

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: J-11 Flanker-B]China’s navy commander has vowed to continue intercepting United States military surveillance planes that come close to its coast, while saying he wants to avoid a repeat of a collision that downed two jets 13 years ago, killing a Chinese pilot. “It’s become routine for the US to conduct close-in surveillance of China and I don’t see the end of these activities. The US won’t be the US if it stops doing it,” People’s Liberation Army navy chief Admiral Wu Shengli told top US navy officials at an global forum in Newport, Rhode Island, on Wednesday, said a report... more »

South Korea fires warning shots at North's patrol boat

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
South Korea fired warning shots on Friday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed maritime border to the west of the divided peninsula, the South's military said. Such incidents are not unheard of along the tense sea border between the rivals but it came on the day that the Asian Games officially opened in the South, with North Korean athletes participating. A South Korean Defense Ministry official said the North Korean vessel intruded into waters controlled by the South off Baengnyeong island just after noon but it turned back six minutes after the South Korean navy fir... more »

Weaponized Turboprops Edging Out Fighter Aircraft?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Challenger 605]Transport and business aircraft equipped with weapons and sensors could be emerging as low-cost alternatives to fighter planes as recent procurements have shown. Boeing announced today at AAD 2014 that it moving forward with its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), with ground and flight testing underway. According to Robert Schoeffling of Boeing Military Aircraft, the prototype aircraft, based on the Bombadier Challenger 605 platform, had progressed from a paper design to being integrated with sensors and systems in just two years. Read more

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.19.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.19.14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “The U.S. is at war with ISIS, well, sort of. ISIS is definitely at war with America. ISIS produced a video warning of putting U.S. ground troops back in Iraq. It looks like the President is listening to ISIS because he has said repeatedly that there will be no boots on the ground. I don’t think a single general and many in Congress think this plan will work. Everybody says we will have to use ground troops if we are serious. We could have bombed ISIS months ago and didn’t, even though the Iraqi government was begging ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“The Sleeping Beauty galaxy may appear peaceful at first sight but it is actually tossing and turning. In an unexpected twist, recent observations have shown that the gas in the outer regions of this photogenic spiral is rotating in the opposite direction from all of the stars! Collisions between gas in the inner and outer regions are creating many hot blue stars and pink emission nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and released in 2004. The fascinating internal motions of M64, also cataloged as NGC 4826, are thought... more »

The secrets of the desert aircraft ‘boneyards’

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base What happens when an aircraft is no longer needed? In the desert dry of the south-western US, vast ‘boneyards’ are homes to thousands of aircraft, Stephen Dowling writes. If you find yourself driving down South Kolb Road in the Arizona city of Tucson, you’ll find the houses give way to a much more unusual view; rows of military aircraft, still and silent, spread out under the baking desert sun. On and on, everything from enormous cargo lifters to lumbering bombers, Hercules freighters and the F-14 Tomcat fighters made famous in Top Gun. Read more

Giant MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone flies across the United States

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MQ-4C Triton]This morning, a giant Navy surveillance drone landed at Patuxent River base in Maryland after flying over the Gulf of Mexico and the American southwest from an airfield owned by Northrup Grumman in Palmdale, CA. The test flight represented the first cross-country flight for the MQ-4C Triton drone after 15 previous test flights. The drone is just the first piece in what the Navy calls Broad Area Maritime Surveillance, or BAMS. The MQ-4C Triton will be used to keep tabs on a wide area using “radar, infrared sensors and advanced cameras to provide full-motion vid... more »

Navy to Conduct Strike Missile Demonstration Aboard LCS 4

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Coronado (LCS 4)]The Navy is scheduled to conduct a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile (NSM) aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while underway in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 24, a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman announced in a Sept. 18 release. The Kongsberg NSM is a long-range precision-strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. This demonstration is intended to test the capabilities of the Norwegian-made missile from a sea-based platform against a Mobile Ship Target (MS... more »

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years. The $2.7 billion fast-attack submarine should be ready to join the fleet by the end of the decade, Mabus said after the naming ceremony held with state and local officials and some Vermont veterans of the submarine service. It will be the third U.S. Navy vessel to carry the name V... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Temp. rise 1910-1940 same as 1970-2000, IPCC does not claim former is from CO2* Tweet from Patrick Moore *A Closer Look At Record August Fraud From NASA* August was cool in the US, western Europe, southern Asia, parts of Siberia, Australia, Africa, South America, Antarctica and the Arctic. It was the first or second coldest summer on record north of 80N. And NASA says it was the hottest August ever. Compare vs. August 1998, when almost the whole world was hot. We have passed a tipping point of full out fraud at government agencies. SOURCE *What Can Conservatives Do... more »

U.S. Senate: Chinese Hacked U.S. Military Contractors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
The US Senate claims that hackers associated with the Chinese government attacked commercial and military targets.(Reuters) *Chinese Hacked U.S. Military Contractors: Senate Panel -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Tr... more »

The UK's Would-Be Assassins

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 21 hours ago
I take no pleasure in seeing an enthusiastic mass movement thwarted when it came down to it, but there is a consolation for disappointed Yes people as they woke up this morning. The Scottish referendum has changed politics forever. *In order to save the union, they almost had to kill it*. The new constitutional settlement for Scotland has to be followed by more powers for Wales, Northern Ireland and, yes, England too. It goes without saying that local government should get more clout and that the centralised farce of the jerry-rigged UK be replaced by a federal state befitting a fam... more »

US Accuses Syria Of Breaking The Chemical Weapons Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Syrian President of breaking global chemical weapons agreements. © REUTERS/ Jacquelyn Martin *Kerry: Assad Broke Chemical Arms Treaty -- The Hill* Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is evidence Syrian President Bashar Assad is using chlorine gas, “in violation” of a global chemical weapons treaty. "We believe there is evidence of Assad's use of chlorine," Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Chlorine gas is not on the list of chemicals Syria declared to the international community, but Kerry said its us... more »

"Self-respect, Opinions...:

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“If someone in your life talked to you the way you talk to yourself, you would have left them long ago.” - Carla Gordon “The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross “We only feel dehumanized when we get trapped in the derogatory images of other people or thoughts of wrongness about ourselves.” - Marshall Rosenberg “My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.” - Oscar Wilde

“Whose Path Are You Walking?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Whose Path Are You Walking?”* by Dennis Merritt Jones "It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path." - Paulo Coelho "Have you ever had others criticize you for the path in life you have been called to walk, be it spiritual, career, lifestyle, and so on? Often those who tend to have the greatest opposition to the pathway we walk are family and friends. Of course this can be extended to include religious institutions, political parties, and cultural traditionalists as well - many of which make no bones about it, prid... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Quenemo, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The CIA Prepares To Go To War Against The Islamic State Even Though They Think President Obama's Strategy Is Doomed To Failure

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Inside The Ring: CIA Goes To War Against Islamic State -- Bill Gertz, Washington Times* Behind the scenes of the U.S. military preparations for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group Islamic State, the CIA is gearing up for new drone strikes and a surge in intelligence-gathering operations to support it, according to U.S. officials. The agency is beefing up its presence in countries near Syria, including Jordan, as part of increased U.S. military operations in the region, said officials close to the agency. Liaison with regional spy services al... more »

A New Jersey Democrat Explains Why He's Stopped Contributing To DCCC Candidates

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
Fressers from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party Jack Hannold is one of the *DWT* regular sources on political news in New Jersey. Rachel Maddow has Steve Kornacki. Ken and I have Jack. Today the *South Jersey Times* published an OpEd by Jack that may be difficult and confusing for Democrats who don't pay close attention to electoral politics. In the waning days of August, my email account was flooded with 30 messages from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, all of them urging me to donate to their campaign fund before some Aug. 31 deadline. I didn't contribute... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "What Is There Beyond Knowing?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"What Is There Beyond Knowing?"* "What is there beyond knowing that keeps calling to me? I can't turn in any direction but it's there. I don't mean the leaves' grip and shine or even the thrush's silk song, but the far-off fires, for example, of the stars, heaven's slowly turning theater of light, or the wind playful with its breath; or time that's always rushing forward, or standing still in the same- what shall I say- moment. What I know I could put into a pack as if it were bread and cheese, and carry it on one shoulder, important and honorable, but so small! While everything ... more »

Burris Calls Out Common Core; Duncan-friendly EdPost Indignant

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 23 hours ago
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are really good for American education, but sadly, non-foundation-financed, public school administrators like New York principal Carol Burris seem to have trouble coming around to falling in line with those *higher standards*(c). In fact, Burris had a fantastic opportunity on September 9, 2014, to Embrace the Common Core. Unfortunately, she decided […]

Energy Econ 26: Dealing with Power Deficit in 2015

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Independent think tank, Stratbase Research Institute (SRI) published yesterday my paper, "Energy and Rice Deficiency: Reform Challenges for the Last Quarter of the Aquino Administration." I uploaded the paper in my slideshare account, 11 pages, check it there. For this article, I will only discuss the part on power and energy. President Aquino has officially requested for a Congressional Resolution to deal with projected power deficiency next year, especially on the hot months of March to May 2015, or just six months from now. I believe they have a reason to panic. Chart 1. Power ... more »

"The Power of Disengagement: Playing Mind Games"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Power of Disengagement: Playing Mind Games"* by The DailyOM "Life should not be lived through a series of mind games, but from truth and looking deep within. For better or worse, many people have been raised to believe that communicating in an honest and open way will not get them what they want. They have learned, instead, to play mind games or go on power trips in the service of their ego’s agenda. People stuck in this outmoded and inefficient style of communication can be trying at best and downright destructive at worst. We may get caught up in thinking we have to play th... more »

"Interesting Times"

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

Chet Raymo, "Hanging On"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Hanging On"* by Chet Raymo "I change the desktop image on my laptop every now and then, generally when I come across a new image I like. In the last year or so you'll remember that I wrote about Caravaggio's "The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt" and Vermeer's "The Milkmaid." Live with an image for a while and it's inevitable that you learn something from it. Here is the painting I've had as my desktop in recent weeks, Winslow Homer's "Snap the Whip", 1872, one of America's sentimental favorites. A simpler, more innocent time. Boys at recess, barefoot in the grass. Hand-me-down clo... more »

"The Ultimate Choice..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature. Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate." - Erich Fromm

The CIA Has Just Released A Trove Of Formerly Top Secret Documents

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Photo via cia.gov) *New Trove Of CIA Articles On al-Qaeda, The Cold War And The Beiruit Bombing, Among Many Subjects -- Washington Post* The Central Intelligence Agency has released a new, extensive collection of declassified articles from its in-house journal, providing glimpses into the spy organization’s thinking on everything from Al-Qaeda’s secrecy tactics in Afghanistan to how it has managed public relations crises. The documents, posted on the agency’s website Thursday, are from “Studies in Intelligence,” the CIA’s in-house professional journal. The publication’s mission i... more »

AIT warns on Typhoon Fung-Wang this weekend

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*h/t to James Lick for the image. Lick says it is falling in intensity at the moment but has moved to a course that will take it directly over Taiwan.* Tropical Storm Fung-Wong This Emergency Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau are tracking the development of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong. The tropical storm is expected to strengthen as it moves north and west toward Taiwan. It is increasingly likely the storm will pass over Taiwan on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, ... more »

The CIA Is 67 Years Old Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). © AFP 2014/ Saul Loeb *Central Intelligence Agency -- RIA Novsoti* MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the principal US foreign intelligence and counterintelligence organization, marks its anniversary on September 18. The CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence assessment to top US policymakers. It was established by the National Security Act (NSA) of 1947, which was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947, and came into force on September ... more »

U.S. Congress Agrees To Arm Radical Terrorist Group ISIS Under The False Label of "Syrian Rebels"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves the U.S. Congress's decision to arm ISIS.* The U.S. Congress *has voted to officially arm the "Syrian rebels"* and implement the Obama administration's strategy against ISIS, whatever that is. Technically, there is no such thing as "Syrian rebels." Those who wish it was true because they want to see Assad overthrown so bad really need to grow up and stop living in a fantasy world. It isn't true now, and it wasn't true three years ago. This is not something that basement dwelling conspiracy theorists believe, but is a reality t... more »

Intersex Surgery in the 18th Century | New Republic

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 1 day ago
Sex-Change Surgery in the 18th Century | New Republic "> According to Brand's report, published in 1787, he noticed an “irregularity” in the patient’s “external parts.” After further examination, he concluded that the child’s “part, which had the appearance of the labia pudenda, was in fact the scrotum,” and suggested an “operation to free the penis from its confinement.” He went ahead and made some alterations, enabling the child—whose name is unknown—“to urinate standing up, wear trousers, and enjoy the privileges of being a male.” The child's wishes were of course deemed irrelev... more »

How Artillery Was Used In The Ukraine Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The outskirts of Mariupol on Sept. 4, 2014 under pro-Russian separatists heavy artillery action. Montreal Gazette *The Right (And Wrong) Way To Use Artillery: Ukraine Edition -- Popular Mechanics* *When Russia-Ukraine becomes an artillery war, everyone loses.* It just wouldn't be a European war without the bang-whistle-bang of artillery shells flying back and forth. Maybe it’s something about nations warring with their neighbors, but European militaries have taken to bombarding each other with alarming frequency ever since the cannon was invented. That goes for the current battle ... more »

"Governments can err, presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that Divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted on different scales."

*C* at The Web (Untangled) - 1 day ago
*Speech before the 1936 Democratic National Convention* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 27, 1936 A Rendezvous With Destiny President Roosevelt: "Senator Robinson, Members of the Democratic Convention, My Friends: Here, and in every community throughout the land, we are met at a time of great moment to the future of the nation. It is an occasion to be dedicated to the simple and sincere expression of an attitude toward problems, the determination of which will profoundly affect America. I come not only as a leader of a party, not only as a candidate for high office, but as one upon... more »

As Ukraine Disintegrates, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Gets A Standing Ovation In The U.S. Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko addressing a joint meeting of Congress in the US Capitol in Washington. © REUTERS/ Kevin Lamarque *As Poroshenko Gets Standing Ovations in Western Capitals, Ukraine Disintegrates -- Dmitry Babich, RIA Novosti* Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is touring the United States and Canada, addressing legislatures and getting standing ovations. The problem is, however, that such an enthusiastic reception in North America and the West in general is usually seen as sort of a bad omen for political leaders from the former Soviet Union. Nearly ten year... more »

According To CNN The Scottish Referendum Vote Result Is 58% Yes, 54% No

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*My Comment:* It looks like someone is definitely excited in CNN on Scotland declaring independence with 110% of the vote. *Hat Tip*: Zero Hedge

TV Watch (sick-day edition): Binge-watching Season 3 of TNT's "Dallas"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The 2012-14 (and beyond) Ewings: Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), John Ross (Josh Henderson), and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe)* *"You selfish bastard! Lying and cheating were the only two things you were good at, and now you've failed at them too!"* *-- Pamela Barnes Ewing, after slapping terminallyestranged husband John Ross, in "Victims of Love," Episode 12 of Season 3 of Dallas (2012)* *by Ken* I love that line, even if I'm not sure Julie Gonzalo has read it quite right. Surely Pamela means to stress the "them too," but she kind of half-stresses "failed" and "to... more »

Ukraine President Poroshenko Leaves The U.S. With No Commitment To Lethal Militatry Aid

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ukraine Leader Gets Support In U.S., But Not Lethal Aid -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- American leaders offered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a high-profile platform Thursday to advocate for greater support to his besieged military, though the levels of assistance ultimately offered by the United States fell short of his requests. After an address to a joint session of Congress, Poroshenko met with Secretary of State John Kerry and later with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, where he requested help arming his troops to battle Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine -... more »

First Results Declared In Scottish Referendum: No 54%, Yes 46%

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Scottish Independence: First Referendum Results Declared -- BBC* *The first results are coming in for the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country.* Clackmannanshire was the earliest to declare, with "No" winning 19,036 votes and "Yes" on 16,350 on an 89% turnout. Counting will be carried out through the night, with individual results announced for each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas. The final national result is expected after 06:30 BST (05:30 GMT) on Friday. A YouGov on-the-day survey published shortly after polls clos... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I'm leaving early in the morning for Unity, Maine to work at the Common Ground Fair all weekend. Our chapter of Maine Veterans for Peace will have a booth at the fair so I will be helping to staff that throughout the weekend. In particular we'll be promoting our coming Maine Walk for Peace & a Sustainable Future. Tens of thousands of people come from all over Maine and New England to the event so it is a great place to do outreach. While there I've got to buy some garlic to plant in our garden as that crop goes in during the fall for an early spring surprise - the first crop th... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

9/11: “Anatomy of a Great Deception”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*9/11: “Anatomy of a Great Deception”* By David Hooper “This “docu-thriller” from father-turned-filmmaker, David Hooper takes us on a journey of awakening that begins with an innocent question. Soon, his life is turned upside down as he grapples with the life-changing conclusions of his findings. The film was made to wake up his friends and family. Now, it’s poised to wake everyone else.” - http://www.globalresearch.ca/ ◆

“Did Chimpanzees Just Reveal the Origins of Human Violence?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Did Chimpanzees Just Reveal the Origins of Human Violence?”* By Lynn Stuart Parramore “Where does violence come from? Is war a strictly human phenomenon, or do other animals have warlike capacities? Researchers studying chimpanzees have long noticed that sometimes the animals attack and kill one another. Some scientists think that this violence is a result of human impact on their environment. Not so, says Harvard University evolutionary biologist Richard Wrangham, senior author of a new paper that has sparked heated discussion in the scientific community. The work of Wrangham an... more »

The Economy: “Guess What: The States (And Scotland) Have The Hammer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Guess What: The States (And Scotland) Have The Hammer”* by Karl Denninger “Here's an interesting take on the whole "Scotland" breakaway issue, and it directly bears on the United States as well. We often hear that a state "can't" secede successfully, for the simple reason that the Federal Government controls too much of the economy and that if, say Texas, was to say "**** you" the result would be the immediate collapse of the Texan-cum-nation economy. Not so fast, kemosabe. There is a downside to massive debt accumulation by a sovereign and so-called "modern finance", and it is t...more »

Scotland Referendum: Live Updates

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* This post on the results of Scotland's referendum will stay on top for the next 12 hours. For new posts/news stories .... scroll down. *Scotland Referendum On Independence: Live Updates* BBC 5: LIVE -- BBC Radio Scottish independence: Live blog -- Scotsman Scotland Decides: Live -- BBC Scottish referendum: Live -- Reuters Scotland referendum: Live Report -- AFP Scottish referendum: Scotland decides 'yes' or 'no' to independence - live -- The Guardian Scottish independence referendum live: Latest news as Scotland decides Yes or No -- Independent Scottish Independence Vot... more »

Breaking Bread: Student Punished for Sharing Lunch

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
KRCR TV News Heather Callaghan *Lunch police: No sharing allowed!* Here we have a school that has a policy, not with safety in mind - only as an afterthought - but one that hinges on strict adherence to said policy. Two students were given two different school-prepared lunches. One of the lunches was obviously inadequate, so the classmate gave of his own plate - and was met with detention. The problem this writer has with it is the use of zero tolerance force in the lunch room of all places. And when trauma and guilt are inflicted on a student who would otherwise be praised for... more »


According to this *Guardian *report Abbott has ‘played down the possibility that Australia’s renewed involvement in Iraq would increase the chance of terror plots against Australian targets. He said Australia was targeted in Bali in 2002 before any involvement in the previous Iraq war’. This is utter nonsense. All Abbott is attempting here is to mimic John Howard’s ridiculous attempt to hoodwink the Australian people over the reasons for the Bali bombings. Today’s terror threats – if, indeed, there really are any – are as a direct result of this government’s plans to send Australia... more »

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