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Sunday, September 21, 2014

21 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

10:14pm MDST

Many Iraqis Believe That The Islamic State Is A Creation Of The CIA

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 minutes ago
*Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. And The Islamic State Are United -- New York Times* BAGHDAD — The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking. “We know about who made Daesh,” said Bahaa al-Araji, a deputy prime minister, using an Arabic shor... more »

Iran Wants Concessions On Its Nuclear Program If It Is To Aid The West In It's War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 minutes ago
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *Exclusive: Iran Seeks Give And Take On Islamic State Militants, Nuclear Program -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult it may be for th... more »

Support The Peoples' Climate March By Helping Paul Clements Defeat Upton

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 minutes ago
As the UN prepares for a Climate Change summit hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Tuesday, this morning New York saw a massive People's Climate March down the west side of Manhattan, one of dozens of climate change events around the globe. The official count was 310,000 people participating. Ban Ki-moon: "Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one proble... more »

Eco-Friendly Tips For Autumn 2014

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 13 minutes ago
Welcome to the first day of Autumn and our annual Eco-friendly tips and ideas. Planning ahead, for the cold winter months, is smart! Let's face it, taking a little action now, rather than waiting for disaster to hit, just makes sense. It means less hassle, less money, and could possibly save a life. At the very least, it's nice to head into winter knowing that things are in good working order. So let's prepare ... [image: Eco-Friendly Tips For Autumn 2014]*Autumn is the perfect time to prepare for winter!* Food [image: Eco-Friendly Tips For Autumn 2014]*Preserving food now m... more »

Chinese Warships Make Their First Visit To An Iranian Port. Will Conduct Joint Naval Exercises

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
People take pictures of Changchun destroyer from the 17th Chinese escort naval fleet in southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran, on Sept 20, 2014. The 17th Chinese escort naval fleet docked in South Iran's Bandar Abbas port on Saturday for a five-day visit. [Photo/Xinhua] *Chinese Fleet Of Warships Docks At Iran’s Bandar Abbas -- Press TV* *A Chinese fleet of warships has docked into the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.* The fleet, comprising a warship and a destroyer, docked on Saturday for the first time ever. The Chinese fleet docked into the Iranian territorial waters w... more »

A Challenger To Putin In The Next Russian Presidential Election?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
In an interview published Sunday by French newspaper Le Monde, Khodorkovsky, pictured in Kiev, indicated his willingness to lead the country through what he sees as its present crisis. Photo: TMT *Once-Jailed Oligarch 'Ready' to Challenge Putin for Presidency -- ABC News* The last Russian oligarch to challenge President Vladimir Putin politically -- and pay dearly for it -- says he's ready to try again. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once Russia's richest man and the head of Russian energy giant Yukos. But after he made political moves against Putin, he was quickly tried and convicted on... more »

Thousands March In Moscow Against Russia's Support For Separatists In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
*Russia's Opposition Holds Peace March For Ukraine -- Voice of America* MOSCOW - Opposition activists and anti-war demonstrators marched in the Russian capital Sunday, urging peace in Ukraine and an end to Russia's military support for separatists, even though the Kremlin denies backing the rebels. Organizers of the march said over 50,000 people took the streets in Moscow, but police claimed the number was exaggerated, putting it instead at 5,000. It was for the second time this year that Russians demanded the Kremlin end what activists see as its military actions in Ukraine. But ... more »

Fukushima debacle Updates ( September 21 , 2014 ) -- Recent items of note focusing primarily on the Fukushima ongoing disaster but also issues of concern in the US regarding nuclear contamination matters

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Energy news...... Japan..... 02:17 PM EST on September 21st, 2014 | 47 comments VIDEO: Radioactive material now flowing toward Tokyo and contaminating their water supply; Problems “actually only getting worse” — “Truth is no one in world really knows how to deal with Fukushima” — Gov’t Expert: Tepco “should give up’ making ice walls 08:47 PM EST on September 20th, 2014 | 75 comments Japan Times: Fukushima plant plagued by problems as radioactive material bleeds into Pacific — Radiation level in groundwater now 25,000 times higher than when year began 10:02 AM EST on September... more »

What Israeli Nukes?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Israel’s Worst-Kept Secret -- Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith, Defense One/The Atlantic* *Israel has a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons.* Former CIA Director Robert Gates said so during his 2006 Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense, when he noted—while serving as a university president—that Iran is surrounded by “powers with nuclear weapons,” including “the Israelis to the west.” Former President Jimmy Carter said so in 2008 and again this year, in interviews and speeches in which he pegged the number of Israel’s nuclear warheads at 150 to around 300. B... more »

Will Humans Allow Capitalism to Destroy Life on Earth?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Today 400,000 say No in NYC. What do you say?

“Islamic State”: Pretext for US attack on Syria?

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 2 hours ago
*[image: Blood Libel] * *"*The US threat to bomb Syria, using ISIL as the pretext, is yet another preposterous false flag scenario." Full story: *http://presstv.com/detail/2014/09/17/378996/islamic-state-pretext-for-us-attack-on-syria/ * *[image: Blood Libel]*

Cooking in Costa Rica and Sushi Wednesdays!

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 2 hours ago
I have been cooking a lot in Costa Rica and eating a lot at home. Trying out a lot new recipes. Some good, some not. One of my most recent favorites is falafel burgers. SO good. The recipe makes exactly enough for Kurt and I for dinner. I make them and put them over rice, and add some fresh guac and hot sauce to the top. The first time I added some black beans to the rice as well, so it was kinda a mix of a Costa Rican and Middle Eastern meal. Have made that twice, both times super good. Another meal I made recently I really liked was pasta with cauliflower alfredo sauce. ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"What's that in front of Orion? Forty kilometers north of Kahta, Turkey, lies Mount Nemrut, a mountain adorned with the fragments of vast statues built over 2000 years ago. The stone sculptures once stood nearly 10 meters high and depicted lions, eagles, various ancient gods, and King Antiochus I Theos, who ruled Commagene from 86 BC to 38 BC. Ruins of the bodies of several sitting figures are visible on the hill above, illuminated by moonlight. Zeus' head can be found near the above image's center, while the king's head is seen next closest to the horizon. *Click image for larger si... more »

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet- On Talking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Prophet- On Talking"* by Kahlil Gibran "You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly. There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape. And there are those who talk, and with... more »

"Intelligent Life In The Universe?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” - Calvin & Hobbes

Chet Raymo, “Intelligent Life in the Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Intelligent Life in the Universe”* by Chet Raymo "Hi, honey. The plane just touched down. I'll call you again when I get to the parking lot." "Hi, honey. I'm in the car. Had to wait for my bag. I'm setting out now." "Hi, hon. I'm on the freeway. I should be home in about forty minutes." "Hi, honey. I'm stopping at the Wine Basket for a bottle or merlot. See ya in about ten minutes." "Hi, hon. I'm turning into the driveway. Be there in a sec." The Earth hums with useless info. Twitters with inanity. IMs with imbecility. Our planet glows like a radio star, luminous with lunacy. I opin... more »

Russia and China De-dollarization updates ( September 21 , 2014 ) -- The PetroYuan Cometh: China Docks Navy Destroyer In Iran's Strait Of Hormuz Port ...... Russia and China keep accumulating the eternal currency – gold ( enemy of fiat currencies such as the dollar ) ......Russia FinMin Calls For Shift Away From US Treasurys Into BRIC Bonds, Settlement In Non-Dollar Currencies ( what will China and Brazil do ? )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-21/petroyuan-cometh-china-docks-navy-destroyer-irans-strait-hormuz-port The PetroYuan Cometh: China Docks Navy Destroyer In Iran's Strait Of Hormuz Port [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/21/2014 16:35 -0400 - Abu Dhabi - Central Banks - China - Crude - Crude Oil - Guest Post - headlines - Iran - Renminbi - Reserve Currency - Yuan inShare2 *Since China fired its first 'official' shot across the Petrodollar bow a year ago, there has been an increasing groundswell o... more »

Scooters and Pharmacies

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 2 hours ago
So, I posted before about the scooters we got, which we are loving. This is a good thing, since we have been without a car since August 2. While our friend was visiting the States, we borrowed his, but since he got back, we have been solely using the scooters. Basically, when you move to Costa Rica and drive a car here, you have 90 days to pay the taxes on it. This is not simple though. You have to leave the car with a customs agent who has to have someone from the government inspect it and put a *value* on it. This is not based on USA blue book. It's their calculation. Y... more »

Will Rogers, "Live Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“This would be a great world to dance in if we didn't have to pay the fiddler." - Will Rogers

“Are We Living in a Holographic Universe?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Are We Living in a Holographic Universe?”* by The Daily Galaxy “What if our existence is a holographic projection of another, flat version of you living on a two-dimensional "surface" at the edge of this universe? In other words, are we real, or are we quantum interactions on the edges of the universe - and is that just as real anyway? Whether we actually live in a hologram is being hotly debated, but it is now becoming clear that looking at phenomena through a holographic lens could be key to solving some of the most perplexing problems in physics, including the physics that re... more »

AIR and Fordham Institute Grade Standards; Common Core Wins!

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
This is the story of two organizations that took diverging roads to grading state standards: American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Fordham Institute. Let’s start with AIR. In a report released September 2014, AIR has “internationally benchmarked” state education standards. Now, this is not to be confused with the famed-yet-elusive “international benchmarking” of the Common […]

"Samurai"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"I have no parents: I make the heavens and earth my parents. I have no home: I make awareness my home. I have no life or death: I make the tides of breathing my life and death. I have no divine power: I make honesty my divine power. I have no means: I make understanding my means. I have no magic secrets: I make character my magic secret. I have no body: I make endurance my body. I have no eyes: I make the flash of lightning my eyes. I have no ears: I make sensibility my ears. I have no limbs: I make promptness my limbs. I have no strategy: I make ‘unshadowed by thought’ my strategy. I have... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Roselle, Illinois, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“7 Best Shakespeare Insults”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“7 Best Shakespeare Insults”* by The Huffington Post "You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so." Shakespeare employs this biting insult in "Macbeth" to establish the complete and utter repulsiveness of the three witches. Their "withered and wild" features cause Macbeth and Banquo to question if the sisters are even human beings. "Methinks thou art a general offence, and every man should beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon you." In "All's Well That Ends Well," Lafeu hits infamous liar and coward Porolles with... more »

“The Enneagram: A Guide to Understanding Yourself and The People Around You”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Enneagram: A Guide to Understanding * *Yourself and The People Around You”* by Margaret Cochran, Ph.D. “Have you ever looked at the people you know and work with and wondered why they behave the way they do? Why one person would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it, and another person would argue the importance of having a shirt at all? Why would yet another type of person be chronically over-committed, habitually complain about it and yet persist in cramming still more things into their already-overflowing calendar? What do these very different kinds of people wa... more »

"On The Meridian Of Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"On the meridian of time, there is no injustice: there is only the poetry of motion creating the illusion of truth and drama." - Henry Miller, “Tropic of Cancer”"

"Life, Destiny, Fate..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such" ․ "Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it."... more »

"A Moment With Nature..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Stress and the Brain"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Stress and the Brain"* by Deepak Chopra "The human body responds to stress with a powerful fight-or-flight reaction. Hormone surge through the body, causing the heart to pump faster and sending extra supplies of energy into the bloodstream. For much of human history, this emergency response system was useful: It enabled people to survive immediate physical threats, like an attack from a wild animal. But today, the stress in most people's lives comes from the more psychological and seemingly endless pressures of modern life. Daily challenges like a long commute or a difficult boss... more »

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Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 3 hours ago
Wow, time flies in Paradise! No postings since August 17? We had our first visitors over the last weekend in August. Lisa and Brian, two of our friends from Michigan, came to Costa Rica. Lisa found some insanely low price via Delta to fly out and booked it. Lisa is a friend of mine from high school in Manistee, and Brian is her husband. Lisa is also an attorney, like I formerly was in my past life. They are the ONLY people I know who travelled more than Kurt and I did. They also are obsessed with animals and have no children, so they are very similar to us. Anyway, Lisa... more »

Since Vlad "Pudding Boy" Putin likes to play dress-up (and dress-down), maybe he might consider suiting up as a mailman

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*The caption for this photo accompanying this week's update on the website of Yle Uutiset (described by Wikipedia as "the main news program" of Yle, the familiar short form of Yleisradio, the Finnish national broadcasting company) reads: "Yle's Moscow correspondent Marja Manninen said postal workers showed 'not the slightest bit of interest' in the homoerotic stamps."* *by Ken* I've been meaning to catch up with this story since I was alerted to it by a friend's Facebook pass-along, which directed me to a Bilerico Project post by John M. Becker, "Finland Trolls Russian with Tom of... more »

A Most Important Video That Everyone Should Watch: "Adolf Hitler - The Greatest Story NEVER Told!"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
I received an important email just the other day that alerted me that one of the best videos ever made over the last while has finally been completed… That video is of course presented by "Truthwillout" and is entitled: "Adolf Hitler - The Greatest Story NEVER Told"…. I have that video right here for everyone to take and copy for themselves… It is a must see by everyone and something that should be shared with others to see the truth about the one man that has been most vilified by the Jew run mainstream media for the last 75+ years at least…. Here is that finally completed video i... more »

AID NOT WAR IN UKRAINE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
The third convoy of Russian humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine has arrived in the war-torn city of Donetsk. Earlier, Kiev and self-defense forces signed a memorandum aimed at effectively halting all fighting in eastern Ukraine after talks in Minsk. While the US-NATO keep saying that Russia has invaded Ukraine what has really been happening is that these shipments of humanitarian aid have been delivered to the smashed cities in eastern Ukraine.

Has the Israel Lobby lost ground in its perpetual war against US academia?

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 3 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt The US Israel Lobby is dedicated inter alia to suffocating academic freedom and to intimidating all scholars away from any educational, research, or political stance against Israeli war crimes. The Lobby does win victories, such when it blocked the tenure and all academic appointments of the outstanding scholar Norman Finkelstein, and too many others. It wins, also,

The Short-Termist Cost of Security

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
It is no secret in the academic IR community that securitization theory, an approach developed in Europe as part of the Copenhagen School of security studies, has struggled to get traction here in the United States. While the approach is widely used elsewhere in the world, from Europe to Asia, American IR scholars have been Continue reading

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The Milky Way was not created by an evaporating lake. The colorful pool of water, about 10 meters across, is known as Silex Spring and is located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. Illuminated artificially, the colors are caused by layers of bacteria that grow in the hot spring. Steam rises off the spring, heated by a magma chamber deep underneath known as the Yellowstone hotspot. *Click image for larger size.* Unrelated and far in the distance, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy arches high overhead, a band lit by billions of stars. The above picture is a 16-image... more »

The Plan Is Working: Real Teachers Quit

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
with links to research study, from MSU website: - Contrary to popular opinion, unruly students are not driving out teachers in droves from America’s urban school districts. Instead, teachers are quitting due to frustration with standardized testing, declining pay and benefits and lack of voice in what they teach. . . .

ETHICAL CONCERNS?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago

BACK HOME FROM FAIR

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Just back from a weekend at the Common Ground Fair where I volunteered at our Maine Veterans for Peace table. Twenty thousand folks came to the fair on Friday and 23,000 came on Saturday. Sunday's crowd was less as it rained for awhile. I am quite tired, sleeping in the car was a challenge but I pulled it off. Always great to see old friends and meet new people. Had many great political discussions as you can imagine. I'll write more about it tomorrow. Right now I need a shower and some good sleep in a real bed. Was able to do alot to promote our upcoming Walk for Peace with... more »

President Obama Hypes The Feel Good Coalition In Radio Address; Washington Has Lost Too Much Credibility In Iraq And Syria To Be An Effective Global Leader In The Anti-ISIS Struggle

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
1. An excerpt from, *"Obama on War: It’s World vs. ISIS - President Keeps Trying to Play Up 'Coalition'"* by Jason Ditz, AniWar.com, September 20, 2014: In his weekly radio address, President Obama continued to play up the idea that the war on ISIS is going to be fought primarily by a massive, worldwide coalition he has assembled. . . The address appears like it could’ve been largely written the same time as the week and a half ago war speech, echoing the same attempts to downplay the scope of the conflict to the American public, while insisting that the bulk of the fight is going... more »

Video: Muslim Brotherhood Regime In Turkey Provides Its Clean, Modern Public Transportation To Dirty ISIS Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*U.S. and NATO ally Turkey has been key to ISIS's military victories in Syria and Iraq.* An excerpt from, *"Turkey could take in Muslim Brotherhood leaders ousted from Qatar, Erdogan says"* AP, September 16, 2014: Erdogan also told a group of journalists on board his plane during his return from a visit to Qatar late Monday that Turkey could take in leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who have been asked to leave Qatar. . . Erdogan also told reporters that Turkey could provide refuge to Muslim Brotherhood leaders now being forced to leave Qatar. The leaders had sought refuge in ... more »

Death Penalty For Banksters? ANY Penalty For Banksters?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I understood the concept of class enemies from the very beginning. The son of a working class family, I never entertained the idea of identifying with conservatives-- never ever. That said, the first scholarship I ever won was a prize in a UN-sponsored elementary school contest about the death penalty. I came in second in Brooklyn, the most populous of New York's 5 boroughs, something like 3 million people back when I was in school, less than Los Angeles, but more than Chicago, Houston, or Philly. I took the pro-death penalty side. It was a theoretically argument because I didn't ... more »

A Look At The Khorasan Terror Group That U.S. Intelligence Regards As More Dangerous Than Al Qaeda Or ISIS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CBS News: New Syrian Al Qaeda Cell Developing Bomb Plots Against US Flights -- CBS* WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A cell of “veteran al Qaeda fighters” may not be dominating headlines like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but the group of explosive-making experts from Osama bin Laden’s old network are a direct threat to U.S. aviation. The al Qaeda cell calling itself “Khorasan” has U.S. counterterrorism agencies warning that they are unable to track the group’s Western passport-holding recruits in Syria. The veteran operatives are explosives experts, loyal to al Qaeda leader Ayman a... more »

Yemen Government Quits. Country On The Brink Of Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Yemen PM Resigns As Clashes Continue In Sana'a -- VOA* Yemen's prime minister has resigned as fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite opposition fighters continued in the capital of Sana'a on Sunday. Mohamed Basindawa stepped down amid nearly a week of intense clashes in the city. Military and Shiite Houthi rebels faced off near a school in northern Sana'a overnight, despite an announcement by the U.N. envoy Saturday that pro-government forces and Shiite rebels would sign a peace deal. *Read more *.... *More News On The Crisis In Yemen* Yemen PM quits amid rebel clas... more »

Profiling Shane Smith

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Man who likes red wine Radio 4's *Profile* doesn't just bring the personalities of its subjects alive, it also reflects the personalities of its presenters. A *Profile* by Edward Stourton, for example, will have a very different character to one by, say, Mark Coles. This week's profile of VICE Media co-founder Shane Smith, for example, not only projected the hipster-businessman character of its subject but the John Peel-like warmth, dry humour and vocal inflections of its presenter, Mark Coles - plus his Peel-like love of music. Shane Smith, a punk-loving Canadian, comes from Iris... more »

And Then Came Petro

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 8 hours ago
Granted that it wasn’t quite the 29 standing ovations that the corrupt U.S. Congress gave to the extremist leader of "God's chosen land" during a 2011 speech but Washington’s puppet from Kiev brought still brought down the house. Last week's disgusting orgy of adoration was showered upon mass-murdering Ukranian oligarch Petro Poroshenko aka the Chocolate King who was trotted out before a joint session of Congress. Porky Poroshenko was taking a break from the ongoing "anti-terrorist" operations in East Ukraine to solicit more American taxpayer loot for the US-EU-NATO Axis of Aggres... more »

The Suicidal Nationalism of Ukraine

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*Full text of President George H.W. Bush's speech, later dubbed the "Chicken Kiev speech" by commentator William Safire, to a session of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine, 1 August 1991.* *This speech was authored by Condileeza Rice.* Well, first, thank all of you for that warm welcome. And may I take this opportunity to thank all people of Ukraine that gave us such a warm welcome, such a heartfelt greeting. Every American in that long motorcade -- and believe me, it was long -- was moved and touched by the warmth of the welcome of Ukraine. We'll never forget it. Chairman Kravchuk, t... more »

All roads lead to Tristram

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
It's party conference time again. For BBC bias bloggers with an interest in UK politics and the feeling that the BBC is biased on such matters there's no better time (except during elections) to test that out. But how to do so when you've not got a great deal of time on your hands? Well, by picking one programme and monitoring its coverage throughout. This year I'll be mostly covering *The World This Weekend/The World at One*. I'll take the opportunity to cover each edition more generally though, and sketch them out in some detail before becoming more statistical at the end of eac... more »

The Push Is Growing To Add More Minority Officers In U.S. Army Combat Battalions And Brigades

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Photo:* Brig. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, deputy commanding general for support, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Army Stars and Stripes Award during the 27th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Global Competitiveness Conference. www.Army.mil *Army Still Looking To Add Minority Officers To Combat Arms -- USA Today* Stories about race and opportunity and leadership touch a lot of buttons with readers and the Sept. 12 report in USA TODAY on the lack of African American commanders in Army combat battalions and brigades is a good example. Readers — civilians and uni... more »

A Look At The U.S. General Who Has Been Given A 'Mission Impossible'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Photo: *Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata / faoa.org *Obama Taps Star General To Build Syrian Rebel Army To Fight ISIS -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* General Michael Nagata is promising to build a new force to destroy ISIS but lawmakers worry he has been given an impossible mission. As lawmakers prepared to take a risky and fateful vote on Obama’s plan to train and equip the Syrian rebels, the man who assured them it could be done was Gen. Michael Nagata, Obama’s point man for the mission to build an ISIS-killing army in Syria. There are skeptics both inside and outside the govern... more »

"Climate March" Hides Real Culprits and Real Solutions

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
Climate march is silly at best - dangerously counterproductive at worst. *September 21, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - Big business and the big political parties and politicians they own have converged in what is being disingenuously called the "People's Climate March." MSNBC would report in an article titled, "The largest climate march in history kicks off in New York," that: *They’re calling it the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet. On Sunday morning, protesters from all over the United States and the world are converging on Manhatt... more »

World Peace Day

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
Today we embody our power and speak as One. Embrace the globe with a single word – peace. Let peace birth your every thought and direct each movement. See our earth transformed. She is not a mess of countries and conflicts but One star, encircled by light. She is lit from within, gorgeous and luminous with our brilliance, the light of eternity, the radiance of One. ~Sophia

Love Quest Day 7

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
Good morning. How perfect that our conclusion is reached on World Peace Day. For self love is peace; Agape is that quiet within. Once found, for however fleeting a moment, you know truth. There is nothing to worry about. You know where home is. You know how to get there. This was not supposed to be easy. It was supposed to be formative. We came here to grow, to evolve, to remember truth in the most dire of circumstances. We are not thrown here, as if to the lions. We arrive upright, excited and ready. Remember that. It will alleviate your self pity and righteous indigna... more »

Adventures in Canning: Pears...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*and some things I learned.* - Pears *do not* ripen well on the tree and are picked unripened. They *will* ripen after picking by leaving them on your kitchen counter. - To tell if a pear is ripe, press gently on the pear right next to the stem. If it is soft, the pear is ripe. - Stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, etc) will* not *continue to ripen after picking. Ripening indicates a build up of more sugar in the fruit which will not happen with stone fruit. All they'll do is get softer, not riper, after picking. - Unfortunately, peach... more »

Hollywood Accredits the Memes : Resident Evil 5

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*The setting of Resident Evil 5 has a similar feel to the film Black Hawk Down.* *"If a zombie apocalypse does happen—and this is important— **DO NOT follow the CDC's guidelines as your only course of action. The CDC zombie plan includes no mention of shotguns, torches, hot-wiring cars, seeking high ground, traveling at night vs. day, or really any worthwhile strategy for keeping zombies out of your house. Parts of it are good, but it probably would serve the public better in the event of, for instance, a hurricane." **- Atlantic** Magazine, 2011* *"The game runs strictly in hi... more »

Islamic State's "video game" latest Zionist fear-mongering propaganda

John Friend at The Realist Report - 10 hours ago
I was checking my email this morning, and came across this ridiculous article published in *The Jerusalem Post*. How absurd is all of this "ISIS" propaganda and fear-mongering? It amazes me people can really buy into this nonsense. What is a bored jihadi-in-training to do on a quiet evening? Islamic State would suggest playing its purported video game simulating terror attacks, *Grand Theft Auto: Salil al-Sawarem [Sound of Swords]*. *It was not confirmed whether the game actually exists or if ISIS graphics and Arabic subtitles and dubbing were simply placed over video of an existin... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics: Hoffmann just can't get over his "three mistresses"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*"It's a song of love that soars aloft sadlly or madly"*: *Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Hoffmann) and Hibla Gerzmava (Antonia) at Moscow's Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater* *by Ken* In preparation for our quick survey of the poet Hoffmann's account of his three "mad loves," as set out last week, in last night's preview we made the acquaintance of the first of them, Olympia-- the "artist," according to Hoffmann's reckoning. (We'll come back to this in a moment.) As I noted last night, making Olympia's acquaintance is more than Hoffmann did before he fell soul-convulsing... more »

A Year Later, Kenya Remembers The Westgate Mall Massacre

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Kenya Marks Anniversary Of Deadly Westgate Mall Attack -- BBC* Kenya is marking a year since the attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre, in which at least 67 people were killed. A memorial plaque will be unveiled and a candle-lit vigil held. The siege at Westgate lasted four days, with CCTV footage showing terrified shoppers fleeing the gunmen and cowering behind counters. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack in response to Kenya's military operations in Somalia. *Read more* .... *More News On Kenya Remembering The Westgate Mall Massacre* Kenya M... more »

WHY LIBERALS HATE ARNE DUNCAN

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
WHY LIBERALS HATE ARNE DUNCAN. via WHY LIBERALS HATE ARNE DUNCAN.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

What Is Next For Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Hard Choices Await A War-Weary Ukraine -- Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor* Lingering fighting and economic disarray have left Ukraine divided not only between east and west, but even among patriotic Ukrainians at odds about what to do next. Kiev and Zaporizhia, Ukraine — One sunny afternoon in early September, several dozen people, mostly middle-aged women, raced across Kiev’s broad Vozdukhnoflota Avenue, just in front of Ukraine’s main military headquarters, and sat down in a long hand-holding line to halt traffic. Police quickly sealed off the area, and the women began sta... more »

will canada become a country continually at war? or, stephen harper gets his wish in iraq

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
I had been living in Canada but a few short months when Stephen Harper, as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, formed his first minority government. At the time, this blog hosted an active and lively ongoing discussion about Canadian culture and politics, and my personal acculturation. I did not like Harper or his Conservatives, but I balked at what I saw as hyperbole from certain progressive people: Harper will turn Canada into the United States. I felt the two countries were different enough to make that particular magic trick impossible. Now, almost ten years later, at le... more »

Jim Willie: The Crash Heard Round the World- Saudis to Reject USD for Oil Payments

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*From: http://goo.gl/rbD2MT* *Jim Willie: The Crash Heard Round the World- Saudis to Reject USD for Oil Payments* Posted on September 21, 2014 Putin kicked out the Rothschild bankers from his country.*[Ahem... my Russian friend tells me the Bank of Russia is still Rothschild controlled central bank and enjoys the same immunity from prosecution from the Russian government the US Federal Reserve has in the USA... -AK ]* Putin interrupted the US Govt heroin trade supply routes out of Afghanistan. Like Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, the elite banker chambers wish to remove Putin and ... more »

Why Is China Having Measles Outbreaks When 99% Are Vaccinated?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Sayer Ji *China has one of the most vaccination compliant populations in the world. In fact, measles vaccine is mandatory. So why have they had over 700 measles outbreaks from 2009 and 2012 alone? The obvious answer is the the measles vaccines are simply NOT effective.* A recent study published in *PLoS* titled, "Difficulties in eliminating measles and controlling rubella and mumps: a cross-sectional study of a first measles and rubella vaccination and a second measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination," has brought to light the glaring ineffectiveness of two measles vaccines (meas... more »

Sanction-Drunk West Forgets to Target ISIS Sponsors

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Ulson Gunnar As the US and Europe prepare another round of sanctions against Russia over the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, the third round of such sanctions since the conflict began shortly after the Euromaidan unrest resulted in the installation of a NATO-backed regime in Kiev, a curious and inexplicable oversight appears to have been made. While wild accusations have been leveled against Russia over its involvement over the violence in Ukraine, claims ranging from covert support up to and including unsubstantiated claims of a “full scale invasion,” prominent media organizations... more »

Did Russia Use Two Tactical Nuclear Warheads In The Battle Of Luhansk Airport Early This Month?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Ukraine's Defense Minister Valery Geletey (RIA Novosti) *‘They’ll Ridicule Us’: Ukraine Defense Minister ‘Claims’ Russia Used Nukes -- RT* A reported claim by Ukraine’s Defense minister that Russia used tactical nuclear weapons against his troops sparked sarcastic comments from Moscow and criticism from the rival Ukrainian Interior Ministry. The allegations, by Col. Gen. Valery Geletey, were first reported by Roman Bochkala, one of the Ukrainian journalists accompanying the minister in his recent trip to Poland. “So Russia did use tactical nuclear weapons against Ukrainian troops,... more »

CLIMATE CHANGE IS HERE / THE PEOPLE MARCH BUT WILL THEY ACT

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*A selection of posters from the People's Climate March. (photo: (L-R) Favianna Rodriguez, Nicolas Lampert, Collin Matthes)* *Climate Change is here and now and can no longer be ignored as public demand for action has reached the tipping point. The largest climate change action in history takes place today in New York City as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, representing over 1,400 environmental justice groups, march peaceably through Manhattan's streets as a reminder to the UN that their pathetic inaction will no longer be tolerated by the people ~ but will the people act: A... more »

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Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 13 hours ago

Ukraine Balking On Pulling Back It's Troops

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Ukrainian servicemen secure the area during an exchange of prisoners-of-war (POWs) near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 20, 2014. *Ukraine: Cease-fire Violations Have To Stop -- VOA* The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops on Sunday of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a September 5 cease-fire and said Kyiv would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the truce violations stopped. Ukraine's warring sides agreed on Friday to withdraw artillery and other heavy weapons to the outer limits of a 30-kilometer (19-mile) buffer zone, ... more »

October Surprise 2014 - The Wave of Assassins

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Francisco Martin Duran, aka Trenchcoat Man* *"If you walk up to the front gate of the White House and ask to speak to the President, they will say to you "No, go away"; if you then go around to another gate and ask to see the President, you are immediately picked up and taken away to St. Elizabth's Psychiatric Hospital.* *They have an actual diagnosis for this, they have about 120 or so a year - they call them "White House Cases".* *If you try to get into the White House, then you're delusional - and the reason that you're delusional is because they think the President of the the... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Ted Lewis: 2014 Mauti Family Reunion set for Superdome * *Stephanie Grace: The politics behind a “nonpolitical” levee board* *How This Looming Threat Could Devastate the U.S. Energy Industry ~Adam Galas, Motley Fool*

It's Sunday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*time for:* *Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES*

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is Sunday, September 21st, 2014, and again time for my weekly rant… I do wish that everyone has taken notice of the severe drop in temperatures around the world and how cold it is this time of year in contrast to previous years… This is supposed to be the first day of Autumn here in the true centre of Canada, and usually temperatures this time of year hover well into the 20 degree Celcius range… And yet temperatures are indeed well below normal with frost warnings happening more and more at night…. This of course is exactly what I and others have been s... more »

Director Of U.S. National Intelligence: We Underestimated The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on ''Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States'' on Capitol Hill in Washington March 12, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Files *James Clapper: We Underestimated The Islamic State -- David Ignatius, Real Clear Politics/Washington Post* WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam -- by underestimating the enemy's will, according to James Clapper, the director of national inte... more »

Mining 41: Presentation at the UP MINERS Forum

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
The UP Mining Engineering Society (UP MINERS), an organization of BS Mining Eng'g majors in UP Diliman, organized a forum on "Enlight EM Up" last Thursday, September 18, 2014. Thanks to Neil Esber, a member of the organization and in charge of the event, for inviting me. Good audience, though most of them are Eng'g majors, very few from the School of Economics. There were two other speakers. Engr. Velasco of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB, DENR) spoke first. Photo below, from left: Neil Esber, Dexie Baay, President of UP MINERS, and Engr. Velasco. The third speaker... more »

Should President Obama Ignore His Generals?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
President Barack Obama and Brig. Gen. Erik Kurilla view photos of fallen military personnel at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Why It’s OK for Obama To Ignore Military Advice -- Lawrence J. Korb, Defense One* *Here we go again.* Many critics of President Barack Obama who want us to send thousands of American ground troops to destroy and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, claim that by pledging not to give a direct combat mission in Iraq and Syria to the troops, Obama is ignoring military advice ... more »

Saturday Interview: Anna Chen

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
Anna Chen is a London-born writer, poet, broadcaster and Orwell Prize shortlisted blogger. She was the co-ordinating press officer for the Socialist Alliance (2000-1) and the Stop the War Coalition (2001-3). Her documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and 4, pioneering explorations of race and class, include the groundbreaking 10-part series, Chinese in Britain (2007). She writes and presents an arts series, Madam Miaow's Culture Lounge, for Resonance FM. You can follow Anna on Twitter here. - Why did you start blogging? I started blogging as Madam Miaow in 2007 to stop me chucking heavy obj... more »

Paying Off Time on the Lazy River with Lives on the Corporate Treadmill

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
The New York Times has a piece today about the latest in the recreational arms race at the second and third tier colleges that are educating the next generation of America's corporate drones. It's called the Lazy River, which allows students to totally relax between fraternity/sorority parties and football weekends. Meanwhile over at the VA and the homeless shelter, the online colleges are aggressively recruiting brain-damaged soldiers and discarded schizophrenics whose enrollment dollars will swell the bank accounts of the predatory scumbag execs who fume that their days at colleg... more »

Wearing It Proudly

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.macleans.ca/ This week Stephen Harper heads to the United Nations, an organization which he has consistently snubbed. The goal is to present himself as a world statesman -- not to the UN, but to the folks back home. The problem, however, is what the problem always is for Harper. He's never willing to put his money where his mouth is. In fact, his singular talent lies in taking money away, even as her praises his own achievements. If you really want some insight into Harper's expertise in international affairs, Carol Goar s... more »

Firestorm Over Professor Steven Salaita's Sacking for Criticizing Israel

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Image by: Carlos Latuff Stephen Lendman Criticizing Israel publicly entails huge risks. Becoming persona non grata in politics, the media, business and academia may follow. It's a career ender for most who try. At most, short-term protests follow. They're usually or entirely local. Salaita's University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign (ULUC) sacking elevated public anger to a new level. Thousands of scholars, students, colleagues, friends, Israeli critics and others rallied to his defense. They're steadfast. They continue. They want Salaita reinstated. They want him given full pay... more »

Blackwater-like contractor seeks to legalize private police in the U.S.

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Private contractors from LEAR Asset Management Eric Blair There are very few news stories about government overreach that shock me these days, but this week there were two -- both in California. Each came and went with barely a whisper in the media, even from the "liberty" news. Perhaps we're so bombarded with mafia tactics by the government that some events just get lost in the chaos. And no, one of these developments is NOT the Los Angeles School District acquiring tanks and grenade launchers, although that's probably of equal significance. Below is the first of these local stor... more »

Normal People Have No Choice In The Ugly Arkansas Senate Race

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Right-wing extremist Tom Cotton (r) with his lovely, blushing beard, Anna Mark Pryor is way too conservative for my tastes. According to ProgressivePunch his 62.82 crucial vote score for the 2013-14 session marks him as the 2nd most conservative Senate Democrat, slightly better than Joe Manchin (D-WV) and slightly worse than Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN). That's why you haven't been reading much about him and his see-saw reelection race in Arkansas here at *DWT*. He's sure not on the Blue America ActBlue Senate page-- and never will be. But that doesn... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Heartland Institute Responds to Activist Groups’ Attempt to Purge Texas Text Books of Inconvenient Climate Science Facts* The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) and the Texas Freedom Network, two left-wing activist groups, released a report this week claiming non-alarmist facts about the climate “distort” science and must be removed from drafts of new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. The five-page report, titled “Analysis of Climate Change in Proposed Social Studies Textbooks for Texas Public Schools,” singled out The Heartland Institute for criticism,... more »

Home Depot cyber hack Updates - really keep close tabs on your financial records / credit and debit card transactions ---- ( September 18 , 2014 ) -- 56 million card impacted ....... self checkout lanes the target ...... pincard debit card spikes after Home Depot heist ....... Home Depot hit by similar if not the same malware as Target ( still unsolved ) ..... In other cyber hack news - medical records for sale underground , goodwill vendor hit ( not discovered for 18 months )

Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/09/home-depot-56m-cards-impacted-malware-contained/ Home Depot: 56M Cards Impacted, Malware Contained [image: facebook][image: twitter][image: google_plus][image: reddit][image: pinterest][image: linkedin][image: mail] *Home Depot* said today that cyber criminals armed with custom-built malware stole an estimated 56 million debit and credit card numbers from its customers between April and September 2014. That disclosure officially makes the incident the largest retail card breach on record. [image: pwnddepot]The disclosure, the first real information ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Tree-huggers note: Trees are bad for the planet!* *The NYT says so (below)* AS international leaders gather in New York next week for a United Nations climate summit, they will be preoccupied with how to tackle the rising rate of carbon emissions. To mitigate the crisis, one measure they are likely to promote is reducing deforestation and planting trees. A landmark deal to support sustainable forestry was a heralded success story of the last international climate talks, in Warsaw last year. Western nations, including the United States, Britain and Norway, handed over millions of ... more »

Leonard Cohen is 80

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
"Happy 80th Birthday!" to Leonard Cohen today...

Is Qatar A State Sponsor Of Terror?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Qatar's promotion of extremism has infuriated its neighbours Photo: REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen *How Qatar Is Funding The Rise Of Islamist Extremists -- The Telegraph* *The fabulously wealthy Gulf state, which owns an array of London landmarks and claims to be one of our best friends in the Middle East, is a prime sponsor of violent Islamists* Few outsiders have noticed, but radical Islamists now control Libya's capital. These militias stormed Tripoli last month, forcing the official government to flee and hastening the country's collapse into a failed state. Moreover, the new overlo... more »

United Nations: 70,000 Syrian Kurds Have Fled Into Turkey From Islamic State Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Thousands Of Syrian Kurds Flee ISIL -- Al Jazeera* About 70,000 cross into Turkey after ISIL fighters take dozens of villages along border, escalating fears of massacre. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past two days, fleeing an advance by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, the UN's refugee agency says. By Sunday, more than 70,000 refugees had crossed the border, said the UNHCR. Meanwhile, Kurdish forces in Turkey issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in... more »

Correlation is not causation

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
Fun examples.

MPs Obstructed, Undermined and Impeded!

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
*Recently Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke to her fellow MP's and the Speaker of The House regarding the governments ever increasing practice of limiting debate upon important legislation before The House. She contends that * *the rights of her and her colleagues in parliament have been “obstructed, undermined and impeded” and that “constituents are deprived of their right to have their concerns adequately voiced in the House” by this practice. It is hard to disagree with that assessment.* *What follows are a few extracts from her presentation which I recommend you read in ful... more »

Afghanistan's Presidential Rivals Sign A Power-Sharing Unity Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Afghan Rivals Sign Deal to Share Power Ending Deadlock -- Bloomberg Businessweek* Afghanistan’s dueling presidential candidates signed an agreement today to share power, ending months of deadlock to pave the way for U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond this year. Under the four-page agreement, top vote getter Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will become president and issue a decree appointing runner-up Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive officer, Sayed Aqa Fazl Sancharaki, a spokesman for Abdullah’s camp, said by phone. Following a meeting of tribal elders and constitutional change... more »

In their own words...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Instead of me doing my usual Sunday morning thing about Radio 4's *Sunday*, let me present you with a selection of quotes from this week's edition, extracted from each of the programme's segments, and allow you to make what you want of it... ***** *BBC Rome correspondent David Willey on the visit by Pope Francis to Albania, in response to William Crawley's question about why he's going there - his first papal trip to a European country outside of Italy*: The Pope, you know, begins his thinking on how to evangelise by going to the margins, the most vulnerable countries... And I t... more »

Italy's unelected Prime Minister under fire as father faces fraud probe

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under increasing scrutiny Saturday as media interest grew in a bankruptcy fraud probe of his father, who has spoken out to defend his innocence. Tags: ITALY POLITICS CORRUPTION

Switzerland set for Ebola vaccine clinical trials

Clinical trials of two experimental vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus are due to begin soon in Switzerland, the country's Tropical and Public Health Institute said on Thursday. Tags: SWITZERLAND HEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

French PM slams farmers for torching tax office

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday vowed to prosecute farmers in Brittany who torched tax and insurance buildings and dumped vegetables in the streets in protest at falling living standards. Tags: FRANCE TAXATION AUSTERITY PROTEST

Vote Fraud in Scottish Referendum?

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. The papers were from 10 different boxes across Glasgow, and not concentrated in one area. Tags: UNITED KINGDOM SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM FRAUD

CNN gaffe shows 110 per cent turnout in Scottish referendum

CNN living up to their famed high standards. Tags: UNITED STATES ESTABLISHMENT MEDIA SCOTLAND REFERENDUM

Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US “Intel”. Fabrications and Omissions Supportive of US-NATO Agenda Directed against Russia

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. Tags: UKRAINE MALAYSIA UNITED STATES NATO RUSSIA

Staying together

Why did Scotland’s referendum fail? Would the establishment ever allow an independent Scotland? Is this the last time we will see a vote for independence in Scotland? Was the result of the referendum considered a success for the Scottish? Did this referendum pave the way for others – for example Catalonia? [image: CrossTalk on #Indyref: Staying Together] Tags: UNITED KINGDOM SCOTLAND INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM FRAUD

Ukraine's putsch-installed president addresses US Congress

Speech by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a joint session of Congress on 18th Sept 2014 [image: Petro Poroshenko address to Congress Full Speech] Tags: UKRAINE UNITED STATES

We the undersigned demand a revote of the Scottish Referendum, counted by impartial international parties.

We demand a revote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote.

CIA puts on hold all spying operations in Western Europe

The CIA’s European Division has halted its operations in Western Europe in response to several spying scandals in Germany and the continent’s negative reaction to the revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on European leaders and citizens. Tags: CIA ESPIONAGE EUROPE

Transpicuous News Ep 1- Ebola

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Transpicuous News Ep 1- Ebola20 September 2014 Debut broadcast of Transpicuous News with Dani Arnold McKenny. In this episode D discusses the current Ebola ‘situation’ in West Africa. When Ebola isn’t really ebola, and EV-D68 is really Polio: Digging deep to connect the dots of medical mythology. Audio Only THE NOT EBOLA PANDEMIC LINKS AND SHOW NOTES D’s “ebola” articles The Ebola Outbreak: The “Pandemic” that isn’t. When is Ebola not Ebola? … When it walks off an airplane- Ebola: WHO wants to recreate the Smallpox debacle- September 7, 2014 Ebola-Gate! Lets look at the oil reserves ... more »

UPDATED: 911-STYLE BUILDING COLLAPSEOF MEGA-CHURCH IN NIGERIA

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*This is a very strange story, I found this at Project Camelot. This is either a controlled demolition of building or a 9/11 style thermite/energy and/or micro-nuke attack (we still don't know what brought down the twin towers - but it wasn't because of two airliners....). * *What is curious about this story though is this is an American-Style mega-church guest house of the popular Nigerian Christian preacher TB Joshua who is purported to have predicted an asian country would lose an airliner with 200+ people on it. * *This prediction of attacks in Kenya is also curious:* ... more »

A conversation with Nima Arkani-Hamed

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
On behalf of the Science Museum in London, science historian Graham Farmelo hosted a conversation with a top particle physicist of his generation, Nima Arkani-Hamed, on November 14th, 2013. *A 55-minute video of excerpts from the event was posted just two months ago. You may speed the video up by a factor of 1.25 or 1.5, if you wish ("options" wheel).* Nima has said lots of interesting and important things about theoretical physics of the 20th century (it's easy to highlight the breakthroughs of the 20th century in 3 minutes: relativity, quanta, and their cooperative applications... more »

Graphs at a glance: Middle-paying jobs have been disappearing for years. Is that why in spite of the economic recovery, wages are still stagnant?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
It used to be the case that when unemployment fell wages rose. Bank of England figures show this has been true up to the last recession, but stopped being true since the recovery that started in 2013. According to Ben Broadbent, a deputy governor of the Bank of England,  “average pay growth [in 2014] is almost 2% points – more than four standard deviations – weaker than the 1993-2012

Air Force Launches Cosmetic Fixes for Self-Inflicted Rot in Nuclear Missile Crews

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: LGM-30 Minuteman III]After a string of what the Secretary of the Air Force called “systemic” violations of nuclear weapons procedures, the service has moved to address what one internal email called “rot” in the nuclear missile corps. Air Force higher-ups plan to fix problems involving low morale, poor discipline, alcohol and drug use, security lapses, leadership failures and widespread cheating, by offering bonus pay (like Navy nuclear war teams get), a “nuclear service” medal and additional modernization of the Minuteman III missiles. The Air Force maintains 450 Minutema... more »

Missile arms refused to Irish troops in line of fire

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: FGM-148 Javelin]Irish troops were sent into the highly-dangerous UN mission in the Golan Heights without missiles that military sources said would have been a "game changer" in any fire-fight with Islamist rebels. Instead, the Javelin missiles, which cost €70,000 each, remained back in the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare while Irish peacekeepers armed with just machine guns and rifles were caught up in a dramatic gun battle with al-Qaeda-linked rebels. The revelation comes just weeks after Irish soldiers managed to rescue trapped fellow UN Filipino troops who were surrounded by r... more »

Russia fires Iskander-M missiles during large-scale drill in Far East

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Russia has successfully fired Iskander-M missiles during Vostok-2014 maneuvers in the Far East. It was the first launch of its kind for the Eastern Military District. Early on Saturday, the Iskander-M missile brigade was ordered to move to the firing pad in the remote woodlands of the Jewish Autonomous Region. The missile strike eliminated all training targets. The aim of the exercise is to check the coordination between staff and commanders of different combat arms, as well as improve the command and control of troops while performing advanced tasks. Read more

Russian Military Aircraft Complete Redeployment During Exercises: Defense Ministry

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: A-50 Mainstay]The crews of the Russian air force units have completed redeployment at the airfields of the Eastern Military District as part of the Vostok 2014 drills, a Russian Defense Ministry representative told reporters Sunday. "MiG-31 interceptor aircraft, Su-27 fighters, Su-30SM, Su-35S and Su-34 fighter aircraft, Su-24 attack aircraft, A-50 early warning and control aircraft, An-26, An-30 and An-12 aircraft, Ka-52 and Mi-24 attack helicopters, as well as Mi-8 transport helicopters have completed redeployment at the Eastern Military District airfields over the past 24... more »

Analyzing Peace Mission 2014: China and Russia Exercise with the Central Asian States

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
From August 24-29, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held “Peace Mission 2014” at China’s Zhurihe Training Base, in Inner Mongolia in North China. This is China’s base for engaging in large-scale exercises with foreign armies on its soil. Peace Mission 2014 was the largest military exercise conducted by the SCO, with five of the six member countries participating (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan but not Uzbekistan). Read more

French jets strike ISIS targets in Mosul, Iraq

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: dassault Rafale]French Rafale jet fighters struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time yesterday, (Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 09:40 ET) expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS. The French Rafales hit “a logistics depot of the terrorists” near the city of Mosul. The mission lasted five hours, and included three aerial refuelling from KC-135 FR tankers. A previous mission which took place earlier last week involved The mission involve two Dassault Rafale fighter jets from No 3/30 squadron “Lorrain”, flying intelligence gathering missions carrying... more »

Argentina's defense budget with many pledges but not much beef

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Meko 140 corvette]The Argentine 2015 budget contemplates 25.2 billion pesos (*) for the Defense ministry which includes refurbishing aircraft, tanks, sea vessels and the incorporation of state of the art radars for air space control, according to the bill presented to Congress this last week. “The Argentine armed forces are planning for 2015 the training of personnel and the necessary means to achieve an operational aptitude and attitude from all arms' systems so as to have the dissuasive capacity that enables to discourage threats which affect the vital interests of the nat... more »

New York Times - Inside the World of Longsword Fighting - fantastic martial reconstruction

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
What a brilliant idea. *Longsword enthusiasts are resurrecting ancient sword technique as a modern, organized sport, with timed bouts and complex rules*. [source NY TIMES]

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ

All Naval ships will soon have stealth features

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Kolkata]All Indian naval ships will have stealth features in future and some of the designs have already been incorporated in the existing platforms, according to V. Bhujanga Rao, Director-General (Naval Systems and Materials), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). He said DRDO labs have the capability to design and develop stealth technologies for the naval vessels. While the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam was the lead facility, other labs like the Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) and the Naval Physical and O... more »

US Navy Issues Warnings on Russia, China’s Submarine Fleets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Jin class SSBN]The Navy’s top Atlantic Submarine Force commander said Thursday that Russia and China’s ballistic missile submarine development will impact how the U.S deploys its fleet. Navy Vice Adm. Michael Connor said global threats today are far more numerous and dispersed compared to the Cold War when the U.S. focused solely on Russia. Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has treated Russia more like a partner. However, those goodwill feelings have changed since Russia has shown aggression in its recent conflict with Ukraine and instituted some tactics the U.S. hasn... more »

Kaggle: quantifying the African soil

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
If the most important task for the mankind and the computerkind (the fourth best friend of man's, after puppies, books, and women) was to recognize tau-tau semileptonic decays of the Higgs boson, the second most important task was to predict the properties of the African soil. Currently it's the only open Kaggle contest whose data aren't huge – in gigabytes – and that also offers the winners a few bucks. You download a 13 MB training file and an 8 MB test file – an order of magnitude smaller files than what one needed in the Higgs contest. The training file contains 1157 soil... more »

EyeSys Industries - fake or true - who can we believe?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
In the following interview, *former CIA contractor Steven Kelley states unequivocally that ISIS is a "completely fabricated enemy." Kelly continues on to say "The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy."* Woah, even this *bold (public) accusation* sounds like a psy-op within a psy-op ... do these cellul... more »

Why I'm a Leftist

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 22 hours ago
I'm a leftist because I'm all about the fucking truth man!

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“It's easy to get lost following the intricate filaments in this detailed mosaic image of faint supernova remnant Simeis 147 (S147). Also cataloged as Sh2-240, it covers nearly 3 degrees or 6 full moons on the sky. That's about 150 light-years at the stellar debris cloud's estimated distance of 3,000 light-years. * Click image for larger size.* Anchoring the frame at the right, bright star Elnath (Beta Tauri) is seen towards the boundary of the constellations Taurus and Auriga, almost exactly opposite the galactic center in planet Earth's sky. This sharp composite includes image dat... more »

The Worst Republican? Yes, There's A Worst

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This morning I saw a tweet by Noam Scheiber that got my attention: "The worst Republican in America may be about to lose office." The worst? Forget for a minute that whoever it is may lose, how does anyone sort out the racists, fascists, corporate whores and psychopaths who are the core of GOP officialdom to come up with just one "worst Republican?" Ted Cruz isn't up for reelection. That rapist doctor is Tennessee, Scott DesJarlais already won his seat. Deranged sociopath Paul Broun isn't running again and his off-the-shelf replacement, Hate Talk radio host Jody Hice hasn't been ... more »

(The Loooooong Con Continues) Six Years After Wall Street Collapse, Banks Are Still Untamed (Dubya and Slick Lucratively Teach Genial Leadership To Stoopids) Change! (Right)  Functional Stupidity Rewarded (If We Give Up On Politics, We’re Done For:  Powerlessness Is Self-Fulfilling Prophesy)

"If you buy people," old Sambo used to say, "buy them thoroughly." - John Le Carré The Honorourable Schoolboy (p. 146) It's good to know what the "big boys" say in private, isn't it? The Big Boys. They know to stay bought. (You may want to refill your drink now.) Robert Reich's blog It's a private club. And you are not a member. Before I begin this essay proper I just wanted to point

Sanction-Drunk West Forgets to Target ISIS Sponsors

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*September 21, 2014* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) As the US and Europe prepare another round of sanctions against Russia over the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, the third round of such sanctions since the conflict began shortly after the Euromaidan unrest resulted in the installation of a NATO-backed regime in Kiev, a curious and inexplicable oversight appears to have been made. While wild accusations have been leveled against Russia over its involvement over the violence in Ukraine, claims ranging from covert support up to and including unsubstantiated claims of a "full scale invasion," pr... more »

Chet Raymo, “Matters of Life and Death”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Matters of Life and Death” * by Chet Raymo “For the past few days I've have passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he writes, to see a dead wild animal. He mentions squirrels in particular. They teem in his backyard, he says, all year long, but he has never seen, anywhere, a dead squirrel. "It is always a queer shock, part a sudden upwelling of grief, part unaccountable amazement. It is simply astounding to see a dead animal on the highway. The ... more »

The Poet: William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Second Coming"* *․ * "Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"3 Simple Questions That Will Change Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"3 Simple Questions That Will Change Your Life"* by Jonathan "I love simple solutions to seemingly complex issues, don’t you? So often we seem to complicate the daylights out of things by over-analyzing, dissecting and brainstorming. I gravitate toward simple solutions whenever possible. Asking yourself the right question is one of the simplest ways to direct your thoughts in a positive direction without jumping through a bunch of mental or emotional hoops. What are the right questions? In particular, those that stimulate your mind to consider new possibilities or interrupt old es... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Lead"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Lead"* "Here is a story to break your heart. Are you willing? This winter the loons came to our harbor and died, one by one, of nothing we could see. A friend told me of one on the shore that lifted its head and opened the elegant beak and cried out in the long, sweet savoring of its life which, if you have heard it, you know is a sacred thing, and for which, if you have not heard it, you had better hurry to where they still sing. And, believe me, tell no one just where that is. The next morning this loon, speckled and iridescent and with a plan to fly home to some hidden lake, was dea... more »

Cosmology: “What Will the Universe Look Like In A Trillion Years?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“What Will the Universe Look Like In A Trillion Years?*” by Ray Villard "A trillion years from now the universe will be a much simpler place for far-future astronomers to ponder. One trillion years? Yes, when the universe is 100 times its presents age the only stars left will be the ones that are the longest burning: red dwarfs. New star formation will have died out eons earlier, so there will be no iridescent nebulae, supernova blasts, or blue giant stars like Rigel in the constellation Orion. Our Milky Way will have lost its identity long ago through merging with the Andromeda g... more »

"A Brief Crack Of Light..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness." - Vladimir Nabokov

"Lunatics..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.” - Ambrose Bierce

Anthropology: "What Is the 'Cuevas de las Manos'?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Is the 'Cuevas de las Manos'?"* by Wikipedia "Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is a cave located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south from the town of Perito Moreno, within the borders of the Francisco P. Moreno National Park, which includes many sites of archaeological and paleontogical importance. The Cave lies in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape, some 100 km (62 mi) from the main road, National Route 40. It is famous (and gets its name) for the paintings of hands, made by the ind... more »

Halcion - SWEET DREAMS OR NIGHTMARE?

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Halcion - **It's the Most **Widely Prescribed **Sleeping **Pill in the World.* *But is it Safe?* SWEET DREAMS OR NIGHTMARE? The most popular sleeping Pill in the world faces a mounting challenge over its safety ------------------------------ When officer Reg Browne walked into the room, 83 year-old Mildred Coats was stretched out on her bed clutching a cheery birthday card in her left hand. Several towels had been placed gently around her head to absorb the blood spilling from eight gunshot wounds. Anticipating a heated domestic dispute, Browne had donned a bullet- proof vest befo... more »

Post-Referendum Blues

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Tommy (looking at the hills):* Doesn't it make you proud to be Scottish? *Renton (drunk, 'clean,' and pissed off):* It's shite being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low! The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization! Some people hate English. I don't! They're just wankers! We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers! Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized by! We're ruled by effete arseholes! It's a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy! And all the fresh air in the world won't make any f... more »

The Zionist-WASP Split of 1991 - The Coup

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"We were not surprised" - John Major* *"I think Boris Yeltsin is the West's man" - Dave Emory, 1991* *" Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin... was a controversial ruler to whom the Russian people owe a debt of gratitude. * *The U.S. will remember Boris Yeltsin as someone who, despite his limitations, meant well and worked to bring his country back to the family of nations, to freedom and humanity, which have been so often lacking in Russia's tortured history. " * *- **Ariel Cohen PhD., * *- The Heritage Foundation* MOSCOW — Here is Vice President Gennady I. Yanayev's statement announ... more »

Chernobyl AIDS

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
According to EuroNews today, *5%* of teenage prostitutes in Western Ukraine generally test anti-body positive to HIV and *a quarter of 14-15 year old girls in Odessa *today are selling themselves on the streets (in part, often as the only means by which they may gain access to medical services). This first part is not true. In 1990, the Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russian Doctors developed the term or diagnosis of "Chernobyl AIDS" - the children growing up in the zone of fall-out or in proximity to the Dead Zone, their immune systems would suddenly spontaneously collapse, and many... more »

Breaking Non-News: All 4 of MA's New Low-Scoring Schools Have High Poverty Scores

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
And the planned cultural sterilization and segregation turnaround plans continue. . . .At first glance, we may want to blame the educators and their teaching methods. They are primarily responsible for the material that each student learns everyday. However, looking deeper into this issue, each of the six new schools contain students with underpreviledged families. The National School Lunch Program exists in all six underperforming schools. To be elligible for this program, which includes free lunch or a reduced lunch costing no more than 40 cents, a family of four must have an ave... more »

"What You're Fighting For..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for." - Paulo Coelho

A forest road

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
Everyone takes a break sometime; we are fortunate here in having the hills very near us to run to, and so we did that last week. Our first stop was the place, thirty-seven years ago, that we honeymooned. I had been part of a Hoedad crew parked there for five or six weeks by the Forest Service on a tree planting contract, and had fond, if still fresh, memories of the place, with its grove of seven-foot-diameter Douglas firs and mystical bend in the river. Beloved and I owned at that time a housetruck -- a cab-over-engine 1946 Chevrolet two-ton flatbed with a cedar-shake house built o... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics Preview: "The name of the first was Olympia"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Party chez Monsieur Spalanzani!* *A real doll is Olympia, the first of Hoffmann's "mad loves." (That's Matthew Polenzani and Anna Christy at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2011.)* *by Ken* We heard the ineffable line "The name of the first was Olympia" last week -- five times over, actually -- as the poet Hoffmann prepares to give his crowd of adoring students in Luther's tavern his account of the first of his promised three "mad loves." Now we hear it again, in three languages, showing how hard it is to make the line work quite as poetically in any language but French, where "Olympia,"... more »

Sept. 20: What a dreary life...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
...to read the Irving press every day. Other papers, even the bad ones, at least dream up exciting headlines like "Drug-crazed Stephen Harper dances naked at evangelical conference". Nor is it necessary invent interesting stories. In The Atlantic for June 2014, there was a fascinating story on where the wage gap comes from (in the US, but I expect it's the same in Canada), It's called "How the rich shall inherit the earth". Average income has been relatively flat for a century.(The chart is designed to allow for inflation). The top 1% have piled up wealth at a much greater rate. Bu... more »

Tommy

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Tommy trailer

Is America In Decline?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*45 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation -- Zero Hedge* What has happened to America? Please show these numbers to anyone that does not believe that the United States is in decline. It is time for all of us to humble ourselves and face the reality of what has happened to our once great nation. For those of us that love America, it is heartbreaking to watch the foundations of our society rot and decay in thousands of different ways. The following are 45 facts that show how far America has fallen in this generation, but the truth is that this list could have ... more »

Yemen success story unraveling ( September 20 , 2014 ) Yemen's Houthi rebels capture State TV today as fighting occurs in Sanaa !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets..... *Yemen Updates* ‏@yemen_updates 6m #*Sanaa*_Now: Huge explosion rocked the entire Madbah and 60 Meter Road near the Faculty of Medicine... #Yemen #*Sanaa* - *Yemen Updates* ‏@yemen_updates 9m #*Sanaa*_Now: Violent clashes and explosions rocked the vicinity of the 1st Armored Division, followed by machinegun exchange. #Yemen - *Peter Twele* ‏@petertwele 16m So glad to hear that the #Yemeni government has reached an agreement with # Shia #Houthi rebels http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep /21/sanaa-violence-end-yemen-shia-houthi-agreement … The Guard... more »

UFOs Are Real

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The Administration Debates Various Plans To Cripple The Islamic State (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*My Comment:* Not a fan of rap .... but the video does carry the message. *Hat Tip:* Theo Spark

Tweets of the Week #2

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Welcome to the second edition of “Tweets of the Week.” It was a busy seven days for news and my twitter feed provided much useful information — in micro-form. The Scottish independence referendum featured especially prominently in my feed. This was perhaps my favorite tweet about the final result: Prior to the vote, my feed was Continue reading

Time2wake Up 2 Keenan's BS: The All Fake Nude Keenan Show

Jason Leewig at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 1 day ago
*Admin: Today we welcome Mahathir Mokthar (MM) to publish his own article under his name. MM and his team of graphic artists had been instrumental in producing many of the graphic illustrations used by other authors of this blog. * - Mahathir Mokthar My first article will comprise mostly graphic compilations found in the internet or materials sourced by our own team. If you have materials of interest and want some graphic compilation done, please send them to me at mahathirMM@gmx.com. All of our graphic compilation can be downloaded and distributed freely. Please visit this pag... more »

Zapatistas Más allá de la compartición (Beyond Sharing)

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Zapatistas Subcomandante Moises Beyond Sharing Subcomandante Moises speaks on sharing -- outside the arena of politicians, exploiters and capitalism. The upcoming time of global sharing is on Dec 22, 2014 -- Jan. 3, 2015 sep192014 Editorial 3. Más allá de la compartición Editorial Más allá de la compartición La compartición es algo más allá. Compañeras y compañeros de la Sexta de

The U.S. Army Is Stretched On Four Continents

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno (L) speaks during a meeting with Fang Fenghui (not pictured), Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, at Bayi Building in Beijing February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool *Army Scrambles On 4 Continents: Odierno Previews New Doctrine -- Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., Breaking Defense* WASHINGTON: The Mideast may have the spotlight right now, but it’s not the only area that has the Army of Chief of Staff worried. In an uncanny parallel to the 1990s, the end of a large-scale ground deployment — in Europe then, in Iraq and Af... more »

Wild Bill: What really causes AIDS...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*and how to fix it.* I've been saying this since AIDS first appeared and I remember that time very well. All of my homosexual friends from my years as a ballroom dance instructor and hairdresser are gone. They died of AIDS because no one would tell them the truth. I miss them...

Libya Updates ( September 20 , 2014 ) --- Benghazi’s bloody Friday – ISIS Flag hung in Tripoli ....... ten targeted murders in 24 hours ( answers questions regarding security ) ....... Two Governments for Libya isn't new - but does Libya also have two Central Bank Heads as well ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Libyan Herald..... Benghazi’s bloody Friday – ten targeted murders in 24 hours *By Noora Ibrahim.* [image: Murdered blogger holding sign reading "Smile you are in Benghazi"] Murdered blogger Tawfiq Bensaud holding sign reading “Smile you are in Benghazi” (*Photo: Noor Aldin Alhaddad*) *Benghazi, 20 September 2014:* In an unprecedented wave of killings across Benghazi assassins have slain ten of the 13 individuals they targeted in the past 24 hours. It was the worst day of violence in the city since the 2011 revolution in what appears to have been an orchestrated campaign by extremist... more »

Blackwater Founder: We Could Stop The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Erik Prince testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on security contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington October 2, 2007. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing *Blackwater Founder Wants to Fight Ebola, ISIS, and for the GOP to ‘Get Off Their Ass’ -- Asawin Suebsaeng, Daily Beast* Erik Prince says his old private army could have dealt with the Islamic State militants on their own—and that Republicans need to start fighting ‘like we pay them to.’ Erik Prince has a message for ISIS: You’re lucky Blackwater is gone. On Friday night, the co... more »

Livestream Indigenous Women defending our Climate

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
NOW! Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, New York time 5 pm (2 pm Pacific time) This event features activists Shelley A. Young, Kandi Mosset, Elle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations of Tribal

One Lucky Old Gal

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 1 day ago
September 20, 2014 Now that the Empire is busy fighting everything from ISIL to Ebola, I guess it’s time for me to get the yard and gardens ready for winter. This past week was cool and rainy. We had three … Continue reading →

Who Voted To Arm Syrian Terrorists-- And Who Voted Not To?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Last night John Amato and I went to the first of two rallies in L.A. this weekend meant to help turn out Democratic voters. The main speaker was Alan Grayson and he was out here supporting CA-33 progressive Democrat Ted Lieu. Without any doubt, the biggest reactions came when Grayson explained why he was one of the leaders of the fight against arming and training the so-called "moderate" Syrian terrorists-- the tragic McKeon Amendment that passed the House Wednesday, 273-156. Grayson went on for 45 inspired minutes on all the reasons why this policy is wrong and destined to fail o... more »

The Sandy Hook Hoax Continues…. Newtown Residents Threatened, Bribed, To Shut Up! (As Expected)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
It has been a while since I filed a report at this blog about the infamous Sandy Hook operation of December 14th, 2012 where a well planned criminal operation took place that involved the entire town of "Newtown" Connecticut in a scheme where a "school" was targeted by a non-existent "gunman"…. The public was deliberately led to believe that some "20 students and 6 teachers" were killed by a young autistic gunman who possessed supernatural abilities so it seems….. The problem has been that since that "shooting" where absolutely nobody died, many independent investigators have looked ... more »

All War is a War for the Future

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*NOTE: I have updated the previous (September 9, 2014) post on the MH17 report as of September 21, 2014* *"I want war!" The Medium is the Message* Way back in the 1970's when I was in my early 20's I used to have a subscription to *TIME* *magazine. Every week when it arrived I dropped what I was doing and read it cover to cover. Even at that tender age, I was a political animal (bird?). A few months after the Watergate break-in in 1972, TIME did a multi-page spread on the scandal. I absorbed the information all weekend and when I went back to work on Monday, my mind was sti... more »

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice Runs Away From Reporters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama receives his daily briefing from Susan Rice, his national security advisor, on Aug. 12 in Chilmark, Mass. (White House Photo by Pete Souza via Flickr) *Susan Rice Bolts From Podium, Unable To Answer Reporters' Questions At White House Press Briefing -- American Thinker* The National Security Advisor of the United States did something astonishing yesterday. In the middle of a reporter’s questioning, she bolted from the podium of the White House press-room, saying, “Nice to see you,” fleeing a situation she evidently was unable to cope with. The question that caused ... more »

Land of Fear: Panic Rules as White House Evacuated

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
The corrupt corporate-state media has done such an effective job in promoting the menace of ISIS that an intruder who climbed over the fence at the White House succeeded in triggering a panicked evacuation of part of the building. Wow. If this is all that it takes to get Americans to piss all over themselves then the terrorists have truly won. The intruder, who actually managed to make it inside late yesterday has been identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42 year old man from Texas. Given the mounting paranoia over the imminent infiltration of the U.S. homeland itself by the head-c... more »

Klabona Keepers Blockade at Sacred Headwaters

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Photos from the hunting blockade at the Ealue Lake Road, entrance to the Sacred Headwaters. Photo by Eliza Muirhead From Klabona Keepers Censored News BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory - September 18, 2014 The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. This area is home to numerous

Stone Buddhas

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
Reposted from Buddhism and Permaculture It looks like the peppermint oil soap misted onto the kale has saved it, just barely. From a distance the greens don't look too bad, but from up close the older leaves are fine green lacework. But the flea beetles are gone, who knows where. I gather the worst leaves and give them to the residents of the poultry moat. I'm also delivering to them a fair amount of zucchini, sliced, some comfrey, and bunches of seeded grapes. I stand companionably among them, munching my own grapes (the seedless ones). The chickens are quickly done with theirs an... more »

Another Former Top General Is Critical Of President Obama's Islamic State Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo*: General James T. Conway *Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’ -- Daily Caller* The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is doomed to fail. “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding,” retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the... more »

LISTEN First Voices Indigenous Radio

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
FIRST VOICES INDIGENOUS RADIO Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am Hosted by: John Kane (Interim Host), Liz Hill (Producer) Listen to Thursday's show: http://archive.wbai.org/show1.php?showid=fvoices Web Site: http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalknative/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/letstalknative Blog: http://www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com

Do Not Save the World, Please

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 1 day ago
originally published on CounterPunch Climate change is a scientific fact. The planet is warming, and this warming is anthropogenic - that is, it is caused by people. The evidence for this is overwhelming. And as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, and as glaciers and ice caps continue to melt, we all bear witness to ever new hurricanes, floods, fires, and other disasters. We even have new terms to describe these - e.g., extreme weather events. Famine, disease, war, water insecurity, and other insecurities proliferate. In confronting these exigencies, people’s tendency to ... more »

Transpicuous News Show: episode 1- Ebola

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Welcome to the new look of Transpicuous News! We will be recording regular episodes of The Transpicuous News Show on The One Network. As each episode is released, I will posts the videos and all the related material here. Last week we filmed my first episode of Transpicuous News for the One Network. This episode is focused on the "Ebola" outbreak and other "viral" issues ongoing in the world at this moment. I am putting together episode 2 with some follow up information..... soon. http://the-one-network.org/transpicuous-news-ep-1-ebola/ http://transpicuousnews.blogspot.com/2... more »

'Water Ceremony' New York photos by Roberto Nutlouis

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. Photos by Roberto Nutlouis, Dine' from Pinon, Arizona Gearing up for the Peoples Climate March, and World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in New York: Navajos join other Indigenous Peoples for Water Ceremony  Ya'at'eeh (Greetings) My name is Roberto Nutlouis. I am a Dineh (Navajo) from the community of Pinon AZ. My clans are Bitter Water, born for Big Water. 

Are Islamic State Militants Araid Of Being Killed By A Woman?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
ISIS militants are afraid they won’t go to heaven if they are killed by a woman.Photo: Reuters *ISIS Fighters Terrified Of Being Killed By Female Troops -- New York Post* WASHINGTON — Kurdish fighters battling ISIS desperately want more guns and armor, but they already have a secret weapon: The fanatics they’re fighting fear that if they get killed in combat by a woman, they won’t go to heaven. “They have many female battalions, as you know who fought very bravely,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who chairs the House International Relations Committee, told The Post of the Kurds. Royce,... more »

'Four Day of Action to Protect our Home, the Salish Sea'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Compassion Games International - Protect the Sacred Our Dear Friends and Beloved Relatives,   This weekend marks the momentous beginning to the 4 Days of Action to Protect the Salish Sea. This explosive expansion of human consciousness in the heart of the Pacific Northwest is about to change everything. Together we are the living representation of Nawtsamaat, “One House. One Heart.

Lakotas Owe Aku: 'Uranium investors got the blues again'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
FORUM: Powertech Uranium investors got the blues again, mama Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands.  Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization as our major tool in achieving our goals.  The principle location

Love Quest Day 6

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Hello! Welcome to Saturday. We’ve almost reached the end of this Quest. We’ll finish on Sunday, which is technically the beginning of next week. This is intentional and perfect as we are eternal and this journey is circular. It never ends. We will have another Quest on October 13th, 2014. As Facebook does not allow for the addition of new dates, look for another event invite in a few weeks. As we uncover self love, we discover beneath each layer is only more. There is not an end to love, a limit to how much you get to have or a time when your heart can’t take anymore. Mo... more »

'Harmony with Nature' Living Well, UN Secretary General report

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Harmony with Nature Report of the UN Secretary General   Shared by our friends in Bolivia, Boletin Ruta Critica Read document: http://ucordillera.edu.bo/descarga/harmony.pdf

What Next for Politics?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
It's been a huge week, a profound week for British politics. What does it all mean for the parties and movements jostling for position in the referendum's aftermath? As far as Westminster is concerned, a bullet has been dodged. There is a cloying desire for a return to business as usual, and just as many determined to carry on as if it has. Not least among them is our old pal Dan Hodges. With the referendum done he's turned in one of the worst, most complacent articles I've seen. On the basis of Dave hitting the TV cameras yesterday morning to announce he's tying further Scottish p... more »

Military Plant In East Ukraine Devastated By Massive Explosion; Kiev Blames, Accuses Russia Of Using Tactical Nuke

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Zero Hedge.... Military Plant In East Ukraine Devastated By Massive Explosion; Kiev Blames, Accuses Russia Of Using Tactical Nuke [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/20/2014 13:08 -0400 - headlines - Poland - Ukraine inShare Last night's headlines crowed in bright red flashing text that Russia and Ukraine had (once again) agreed a cease-fire and terms over the borders between the two nations. Perhaps not surprisingly, mere hours later, *Ukraine is claiming that Russia has broken the truce... with the use of a tactical nuclear weapon at ... more »

"Boots on the ground" pour into Syria- PKK appeals for Kurds to fight with ISIS in Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*This is how you hide an agenda in plain sight- And that is exactly what is being done!* *As I mentioned previously- the "boots on the ground"* *-Soften targets for an onslaught of Islamists, Kurds, Turks and whoever else they have holed up in Northern Iraq* *The Islamists have moved into place- Cue the Kurdish fighters via the PKK * *PKK Appeals to Kurds in Turkey to Fight for Kobane* *ERBIL, Kurdistan Region ( Northern Iraq)– The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) appealed to young Kurds in Turkey to rush to the aid of Syrian Kurds in Kobane, where its sister forces have been alone... more »

Timothy Cardinal Dolan twists himself into a pretzel to defend gays marching in St. Patrick's Day Parade...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*and the "Catholics" at Patheos (no link on purpose) have ramped up their support for this very, very bad decision.* *NB:* If you think this only a Catholic issue and since you're not a mackerel-snapping statue worshiper it doesn't affect you, think again. Life does not proceed forward in a vacuum. You can see this sort of thing happening in our politics, our institutions of learning, and in almost all mainstream churches. These are not separate issues, but are intertwined to destroy our culture. Cardinal Dolan's response to the self-identifying homosexuals marching in the St. ... more »

Spain's Catalan Parliament Approves A November Independence Vote

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Catalan Parliament Approves Independence Vote -- BBC* *Catalonia's parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving its regional president the power to call an independence "consultation".* Spain's government opposes the Catalan "consultation" vote and is taking the dispute to the Constitutional Court. The move comes a day after Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom. Catalan President Artur Mas said Scotland's referendum had "shown the way" for Catalonian independence. He is preparing Catalonia for a similar vote on 9 November, with large-scale supp... more »

Apple Says They Aren't Going To Help The CIA And NSA Illegally Spy On Their Customers Any More

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Do you believe them? Or any of the big tech companies? They all lied and lied about protecting our privacy while allowing the spy agencies easy access to all our personal information and communications, as though we are all legitimate suspects in some kind of Orwellian dystopia. Apple CEO Tim Cook, is savvy enough to know how that cooperation with the worst aspects of the National Security State has damage Apple's precious, hard-earned brand, which has already been tattered around the edges. Yesterday Cook released this statement at Apple.com: At Apple, your trust means everythi... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
I was mentioned in “US air campaign against Islamic State expands to southwestern Baghdad,” by Bill Roggio in the Long War Journal, and cited in "If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day" on Syria Comment.

Airborne Ebola: A Clear and Present Danger

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*PTORBLOG* According to the *Center for Aerobiological Sciences*, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at *Fort Detrick, Maryland*: (1)* Ebola has an aerosol stability that is comparable to Influenza-A* (2) Much like Flu, *Airborne Ebola transmissions need Winter type conditions to maximize Aerosol infection* "Filoviruses, which are classified as Category A Bioterrorism Agents by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA), *have stability in aerosol form comparable to other lipid containing viruses such as influenza* A virus, *a low inf... more »

Supplemental: Ann Hornaday gets it extremely right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014We would extend her critique:* On Thursday, we thought Professor Dyson had an unusually strong op-ed piece in the New York Times. We highly recommend it. We think Ann Hornaday tops him today! She does so on the front page of the Washington Post. For our money, you’ll rarely read a more cogent analysis than the one Hornaday offers. In the hard-copy Post, her piece appears beneath this headline: “Hollywood turns abuse into an easy plot device” Hornaday is a film critic. She’s discussing Hollywood, not cable news—but we think her analysis travels, espe... more »

New Population Projections Estimate A World With 11 Billion People

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates -- National Geographic* *Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.* *Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.* In a paper published Thursday in Science, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude that instead of leveling off in the second half of the 21st century, as the UN predicted less than a decade ago, the world's population will continue to grow beyond 2100.... more »

The State Of Today's American Media

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Previous Post:* Poll: Trust In Mass Media Reaches An All Time Low

BAY AREA BASEBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 1 day ago
*Click on photo to enlarge* *In a world of growing deception and turmoil, it's time now for the innocent purity of baseball in the San Francisco Bay area and both the Giants and A's are in the hunt for the divisional playoffs. Where you live in the Bay Area plays a big difference in your team allegiance but in my case I have a loyalty to both teams and find myself capable of an objective analysis of **their **chances to advance in 2014: Allen L Roland, Ph.D * *Having lived for over 30 years in the North Bay Counties of Sonoma and Marin, I have been a fervent Giants fan but when I... more »

A-PHI-cra - The Fibonnaci spiral ration in Africa - PHI

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Africa • Phi - 1:1.618 - the Golden Ratio • The Golden Ratio—Golden Mean—Phi • sacred geometry & the flower of life • From: Nassim Haramein's Facebook page Aphicra... http://resonance.is/ The Resonance Project

More Israeli Female Soldiers Want Combat Roles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The four female paramedics that saved lives during Operation Protective Edge (Photo: Gadi Kablo, Yedioth Aharnoth) *More Israeli Female Soldiers Fought In Gaza Than In Past Wars, But Some Say Not Enough -- Washington Post* TZE’ELIM, Israel — After five days treating wounded Israeli soldiers on the battlefields of the Gaza Strip this summer, Staff Sgt. Noam Dan was taking a break with her unit when a commander from another army battalion walked past. Dan, like the other soldiers, was wearing fatigues and a helmet and carrying a gun. But the commander’s eyes stopped on the dark brai... more »

Scottish referendum: Gordon Brown vows 'powers will be delivered' - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29289035 that 'Gordon Brown has said the promises made ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on change and further devolution will be delivered. The former prime minister said it was time to move from the "battleground to the common ground" after a majority in Scotland voted "No" to leaving the UK. He added: "We will lock in today the promises that we have made".' No we won't. The English are sick and tired of paying the Scots to keep them quiet, especially as they moan anyway. Why should they get the Ba... more »

Afghanistan Election intrigue ( Unity deal reached or not ? Ghani President or not ? ) - Results due Sunday ....Afghan Presidential Candidate Wants Official Vote Count Kept Secret ..........Key meeting at Presidential Palace with President Karzai , and contenders Abdullah Abdullah / Ashraf Ghani postponed - snags regarding Unity Government deal ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/afghan-rivals-reach-unity-government-deal-2014920175519743582.html Afghan rivals reach unity government deal Power-sharing pact, to be signed on Sunday, will end months of crisis following disputed presidential polls in June. Last updated: 20 Sep 2014 18:30 LISTEN [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] Earlier results of the June 14 run-offs have led to street protests with Abdullah's supporters claiming fraud [AFP] Afghanistan's two rival presidential candidates have agreed to sign a pow... more »

Second Thoughts About the West’s (Weak) Opposition to the Putin Doctrine

Jeffrey Stacey at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Russia may have agreed to a ceasefire with Ukraine the week before last, but in addition to regular violations of it by both Russian forces and pro-Russian rebels, it is important to understand that what not long ago was considered an irregular conflict has transitioned into open warfare between Russia and Ukraine. Most of Continue reading

Antarctica is a climate denier, too

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
*Absolute record high in sea ice area improved by a few percent* These days, the climate alarmist media are full of tirades against the penguins. Children should only be allowed to play with the polar bears and not the penguins, we often read, because penguins are evil conservatives, anti-Gore and anti-Stalinist mavericks and contrarians paid by the Koch brothers and the dirty Big Oil. Why did the climate alarmist whackos begin to hate these cute animals (and even erase Linux from their hard disks and stop rooting for the ice-hockey team in Pittsburgh)? If you open the Cryosphere... more »

The Spanish couldn't get enough Scottish referendum stories

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Today's *Dateline London *was a Scottish referendum special. There were four guests. Two were from left-wing newspapers, namely Kevin McKenna of the *Observer* and Catherine MacLeod of the *Herald, *and two were from right-wing newspapers, namely Iain Martin of the *Telegraph *and Celia Maza de Pablo from the Madrid-based *La Razón*. Of the UK-based journalists, that roughly translates as one pro-SNP, one pro-Labour and one pro-Conservative. That's where the balanced stopped though. There was an evident pro-union bias in that guest selection: Kevin McKenna voted 'Yes'; Catherine ... more »

American Gun Culture: Rambo Wanna Be Kills Cop and Flees into Mountains

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
During the ongoing decline of America there is never any shortage of tales of people and institutions doing crazy things and there is a doozy from Pennsylvania. The bizarre story of one Eric Frein, who is described as an "anti- law enforcement survivalist" ambushed and murdered a Pennsylvania State Trooper and wounded another before melting away into the woods of the Pocono mountains. Frein, according to an acquaintance is possibly reenacting the movie "Rambo: First Blood" in his psychotic fantasy. He is just another American who has become unable to separate the difference betwe... more »

DARPA Testing Planes That Will Have Laser Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control turret that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed initial flight testing. The prototype turret was tested on the University of Notre Dame’s Airborne Aero Optical Laboratory Transonic Aircraft in Michigan. Credit: Air Force Research Laboratory *DARPA Testing Planes With A 'Star Wars'-Style Laser Cannon -- CNet* We don't have X-wing fighters just yet, but we may soon have their laser weapons. DARPA is working on a system that's downright Lucasian. P... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Mayor asks The Governorcist to remove all state prisoners from OPP ~Jim Mustian, New Orleans Advocate * *After a bumpy legal road, Uber arrives in New Orleans ~Leigh Isaacson, WVUE * *Public meetings set on proposed changes at Morganza control structure * [image: http://instagram.com/p/tEW1bLQVdI/] *

A Plan to Convert the US Dollar to Gold as Money

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
image source David Redick *Why Gold?* All forms of money serve as a ‘medium of exchange’, and ‘unit of account’, which is convenient and flexible compared to barter. Key Point: Note that when a valuable commodity (such as gold) is used as money (‘monetization of gold’), the money is worth as much as the goods or services in the transaction. It is not just a ‘symbol’ or ‘measuring device’. This is also true of barter, but with gold’s high value per weight and volume, etc., using gold is more convenient, and thus helps improve commerce. Two more benefits of using commodity money... more »

Alt media success panics neocons

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
A new neocon propaganda operation is shrieking:* "Alternative media = foreign enemies." * They're panicking because... "The emergence of 'weaponized truth' in the alternative media represents an ineluctable backlash against the neocon-Straussian big lies epitomized by the false flag operation of September 11th, 2001." Full story: http://presstv.com/detail/2014/09/20/379343/alt-media-success-panics-neocons/

Camera Traps Capture "Fantastically Bizarre" Animal Hitchhiking

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Rising animal consciousness? -AK* http://io9.com/camera-traps-capture-fantastically-bizarre-animal-hit-1636358011 Camera Traps Capture "Fantastically Bizarre" Animal Hitchhiking by George Dvorsky Yesterday 4:40pm Earlier this month, conservationists working in South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park were very suprised when they reviewed photos snapped by their camera trap. Images revealed a mongoose-like genet hitch-hiking on the backs of at least two different species of animals — behavior never seen in the mammal. Zoologists have observed cowbirds riding on the backs of cattl... more »

“Combating Emotional Vampires”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Combating Emotional Vampires”* by Dr. Judith Orloff “Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? It's important to be surrounded by supportive, heart-centered people who make us feel safe and secure. It's equally important to pinpoint the emotional vampires, who, whether they intend to or not, leech our energy. To protect your sensitivity, it's imperative to name and combat these emotional vampires. They're everywhere: coworkers, neighbors, family, and friends. In Energy Psychiatry I've treated a ... more »

@JohnToryTO: Veering hard right? Stepping into the asshole vacuum? WTF? | #TOpoli

Orwell's Bastard at Orwell's Bastard - 1 day ago
Look, I'll be the first to acknowledge: this makes no sense on first review. The guy's cruising. He's managed to define the comfortable centre, make himself the default anti-Ford candidate, and take advantage of Olivia Chow's miscalculations and bad positioning. All he has to do is not fuck himself up again, and he's got some very serious help to keep from doing just that. And then Friday: - Opens the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid / Pride thing again, only to have it blow up in his face. - Thinks "some of my best friends are gay" constitutes effective damage control.... more »

Evidence the Scottish Independence Vote Was Rigged? Balderdash!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Truthstream Media* Voting for independence? From inside the corrupt system you want independence from? What could possibly go wrong? It isn’t as if leading up to this the Queen didn’t get all freaked out (the official term is “bajiggity”), Cameron didn’t make ridiculous teary-eyed speeches about how he would be heartbroken if they left and begging the Scots to stay, the banks and IMF didn’t panic or threaten Scotland repeatedly, neocon think tanks didn’t preposterously claim a Yes vote would cause Putin to annex Eastern Ukraine, the media didn’t continually tell the Scottish p... more »

Scotland Indepence Referendum Updates ( September 20 , 2014 ) ----In the aftermath of the " surprisingly easy " NO Vote in Scotland on the Independence question , questions are being asked ...... Was the Scottish Vote a sham ? And was " Vote Rigging " Caught On Tape?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Zero Hedge..... Was Scottish Vote Rigging Caught On Tape? [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/19/2014 14:50 -0400 - Germany - Japan - Martin Armstrong - Twitter - Twitter inShare9 Given the pre-vote polls and 300 years of historical resentment, many were somewhat surprised at the overwhelming "No" vote in last night's Scottish Independence referendum. While we now know that the vote broke very cleanly between old ("no") and young ("yes") Scots, the following clip suggests the possibility that more was afoot than that... more »

Beemageddon: Syngenta Wants Increase in Pesticide Levels

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Chris Carrington Syngenta is asking federal regulators to increase the allowable levels of some pesticides, even though experts have linked the chemicals to massive bee die offs. The company wants the Environmental Protection Agency to pass an increase of 4.9 parts per million of thiamethoxan. The current allowable level is 0.1ppm, Syngenta wants it increased to 5.0ppm. You can read the details on the regulations.gov website which published the request on September 5th. The request itself was filed on August 22nd. Tiffany Stacker of E&E reports: Neonicotinoid pesticides are one ... more »

official film trailer - 20,000 days on Earth - Nick Cave biopic.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
new film starring writer, musician and stage performer Nick Cave. *Reluctant film star*, that's how Nick Cave would have described himself before directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard convinced the lead singer of The Bad Seeds to take on the extremely-central role in their new film 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH. Here's the official trailer:

Do Not Buy Your Aircraft Carrier From Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Don't Buy Your Aircraft Carrier From Russia -- Kyle Mizokami, Real Clear Defense/War Is Boring* *India learned the hard way with INS Vikramaditya* Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States or Europe. That pretty much leaves, well, Russia. India has been a big buyer of Russian weapons for 50 years. Those haven’t been easy years for New Delhi. India’s defense contracts with Russia have consistently suffered delays and cost overruns. And the resulting ... more »

On Transparency Is Obama Even Worse Than The Cheney-Bush Regime?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In January 2009, the newly elected President Obama said that "transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." Watch the video above. He also said that "The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. And the way to make government accountable is to make it transparent so that the American people know exactly what decisions are being made, how they're being made and whether their interests are being well-served… For a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city. The old rules said that if there was a defensible argument ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents* Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week. Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to in... more »

Now The Government is Militarizing American Schools

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Numerous stories have revealed that the militarization of the American police has expanded into the nation’s schools as well. The U.S. government’s 1033 program to offload surplus military gear on local civilian police forces is glaring evidence of just how far off the rails that the overreaction to the 9/11 attacks have gone. The mass expansion of the Big Brother style national surveillance state, the ongoing government war on civil liberties, the irrelevance of the Posse Comitatus Act and the arming of police as if they were on the streets of an occupied country is now well into... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Brainless braying bimbo changes nothing with her latest book* *BOOK REVIEW of "This Changes Everything" by Naomi Klein.The laws of nature do not mandate a progressive paradise* Naomi Klein keeps coming up with fresh new ideas about how to spark an elusive mass social movement against capitalism and corporations. In her 2000 bestseller No Logo, the progressive journalist attempted to harness the nascent anti-globalization movement to unleash "a vast wave of opposition squarely targeting transnational corporations." In 2007, her book The Shock Doctrine bogusly asserted that fre... more »

Phony Democrats Exploit Minimum Wage Hike for Cheap Political Gain

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
The Democrats and particularly President Barack Obama have been politicking over raising the minimum wage in a transparent attempt to attract low-income voters. While it is understood that it is difficult to exist on the meager sum provided by jobs such as Wal-Mart greeters and Whopper floppers, the opposite side of the argument is that government forced wage hikes will only result in higher prices that will be passed on to the customers. Not to appear insensitive but if working at one of America's fast food chains or an emporium of made in China products does not provide a suffic... more »

Both Sides In The Ukraine Conflict Agree To A Buffer Zone Banning Military Action

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ukraine Deal With Pro-Russian Rebels At Minsk Talks -- BBC* Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict. The nine-point deal includes setting up a 30km (19-mile) buffer zone, a ban on overflights of part of eastern Ukraine by military aircraft and the withdrawal of "foreign mercenaries" on both sides. The agreement was announced at talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, where a ceasefire was agreed on 5 September. More than 3,000 have died in fighting in two eastern regions since April. The original ceasefire has b... more »

The 'Newsnight' after the night before

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Closer to an 11% than a 10% margin, the thumping decisiveness of the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum probably played no small part in the shock decision of Alex Salmond to step down. Waking up to this morning's *Today* I thought he must have died as well overnight, given the speak-well-of-the-dead tone of the coverage. It was like listening to an actual obituary rather than just a 'political obituary'. I watched last night's *Newsnight *too. It had the cream of its Scottish team on display - Kirsty Wark, Laura Kuenssberg, Andrew Neil and Allan Little - plus a smatt... more »

Better Off?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
http://yrfn.ca/ The latest Conservative campaign ad proclaims that we are all "better off under Harper." But the latest EKOS poll suggests that Canadians don't feel that way at all. Rather, they believe we have entered what Frank Graves calls the "Age of Stagnation:" So in a very real sense, progress — the promise of a better life, security and the comforts of middle class membership — has stopped. Moreover, the evidence is that the momentum of this new world of “progress lost” is in the wrong direction. The trajectories a... more »

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