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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

24 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

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Why Did President Obama Praise A Muslim Cleric Who Had Called For The Killing Of U.S. Soldiers?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 minutes ago
Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah. Wikipedia *Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U.S. Soldiers -- Washington Free Beacon* Controversial cleric gets nod in Obama’s speech at the United Nations President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric *Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah* and referred to him... more »

Is President Obama The Most Secretive President?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 minutes ago
*Obama: The Most Secretive President? -- Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast* *A presidential administration expected to be more open and transparent than preceding ones has become focused on keeping secrets and preventing legitimate public inquiry.* Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history. That, anyway, was the conclusion of a couple of the high-powered panelists Monday night during a debate on freedom of the press v... more »

Foget Steve Israel's Utter Incompetence And Grotesque Corruption For A Minute-- Will Boehner Be Speaker Again?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 minutes ago
Boehner's lawsuit against Obama is turning out to be the bust most people predicted it would be. A Federal Court of Appeals threw out an almost identical lawsuit yesterday. Henry Decker, writing for the *National Journal*: "When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his plan to sue President Barack Obama for delaying enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, the reviews were swift and negative. Legally, the lawsuit seemed destined for failure. Politically, it looked like a dud that could actively backfire on the GOP." This morning Greg Sargent warned about ... more »

An Increasingly Remarkable Series of Unprovoked Bullying Attacks Puts Brian Leiter in the Sight of Open Statement Signed by A Growing Number of Philosophers in US and Worldwide

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 55 minutes ago
Brian Leiter, well-known philosopher at the University of Chicago law school and even more well-known philosophy blogger, has recently come under some heavy criticism from colleagues in North America and overseas, following a remarkably strange series of completely unprovoked, outright nasty, harassing and openly threatening email-attacks against Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins, philosopher at the universities of British Columbia and Aberdeen, and some others. These as well as the one against Jenkins are documented here and here. The latter of these resources also offers the following furth... more »

The science is settled, says Leo

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
With stiff competition from an assortment of loony luminaries, Carbon Dioxide gives their Clown of the Year Award this year to man-child Leonardo di Caprio, a fellow who pretends for a living. His performances in recent weeks have been exceptional, culminating in his claims that sea ice is disappearing, his hypocritical appearance at the so-called People’s Climate March ( losing his hearing when asked about his yachts, for example), and lecturing the UN on climate change (also without mentioning his four homes, private jets and renting the FIFTH biggest yacht in the world from an... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. *Click for larger, desktop sized, image.* Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so di... more »

Gold news of note ( September 24 , 2014 ) -- Gold demand down some say ( 50 tonne gold smuggled into India in 10 days, 30% reached Mumbai ) ..... Options Expiration on the Comex Tomorrow - October contract for gold and silver ........ Venezuela opens gold vault to impromptu inspection -- So how about it, central banks ? China will take control of gold pricing, Sprott's Charles Oliver says ........Von Greyerz thinks Swiss gold referendum proposal has a good chance ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mumbai/50-tonne-gold-smuggled-into-india-in-10-days-30-reached-mumbai/article1-1267634.aspx 50 tonne gold smuggled into India in 10 days, 30% reached MumbaiManish Pachouly, Hindustan Times Mumbai, September 23, 2014 First Published: 22:01 IST(23/9/2014) | Last Updated: 22:05 IST(23/9/2014) Ads by Google *Download State Tax Rates*taxrates.com - Free sales tax rate tables for each state. Download now for free! EMAIL PRINT FONT SIZE A | A+ | A- *SUBSCRIBE BREAKING NEWS ALERT* 0 COMMENTS 1 66 About 50 tonne gold has been smuggled into the c... more »

My Two Speaking Engagements in October

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
I will be speaking in Indiana and Maine in October. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, I will be in North Manchester, Indiana, at Manchester University (Cordier Auditorium, 7 – 8 p.m.). The title of my talk is, “When Education Reform Becomes ‘Erroneous Ideology Well Funded.” I will include information from my book, A Chronicle of Echoes: […]

Keep yer clothes on, Scott Brown -- Cosmo's now "picking brains over brawn"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Isn't it just like us to be trotting out -- yet again -- these ancient beefcake pictures? Sure, but ask yourself whether they aren't still the most noteworthy thing about our Scott.* *by Ken* Before we get to the, er, meat of this story, could we pause for a bit of, er, dressing? Namely, *Cosmo* is now doing political endorsements? Huh? It might be useful here to have some political strategists to poll on the expected impact of a *Cosmo* endorsement. I'm not suggesting that *Cosmo* readers don't vote. I bet a lot of them do. Or at least as high a precentage as that of non-*Cosmo*... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 25th Sept)

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 2 hours ago
Bank of England deputy asks US to fine banks less The deputy governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, said: “I am trying to build capital in firms and it’s draining out the other side (in fines and penalties).” Bailey has called for better co-operation with US regulators over the scale of fines being levied on banks to ensure they do not weaken their financial position. Regulators in

"The Universe As A Hologram"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Universe As A Hologram"* by Michael Talbot "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon "In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though there are some who believe his discovery may change the face of ... more »

The Arab Spring Is Dead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 213, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to conduct strike missions,September 23, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck *After U.S. Airstrikes In Syria: If The Arab Spring Wasn’t Dead Already, It Is Now -- Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post* For well over a year now, the Arab Spring has struggled on life support, doomed to die with barely a whimper. Instead, it ended defi... more »

Debating Drug Prohibition at the Oxford Union

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*Guest post here from the **Mises Institute**, interviewing Mark Thornton, Mises Institute Senior Fellow, who recently took part in Oxford University’s Oxford Union Debates.* *Mises Institute:* *Why were you invited to debate at Oxford?* *Mark Thornton:* The Oxford Union can pretty much get whoever they want to debate, including presidents, prime ministers, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, and even Julian Assange, so I was honoured that they invited me. I met several students in the Oxford Union and at Oxford University who were familiar with my work on the drug war and at the Mi... more »

"Being Human: A Personal Credo"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Being Human: A Personal Credo" by John Robbins "There is so much pain and death in our times. This is not an easy time to be a person of conscience and feeling. It can be terribly hard today to stay in touch with your deep soul. It can seem all but impossible to keep your love alive. The world has a way of blowing relentless hurricane winds at our little flickering candles of faith. This is what I have to say at this time in history. I stand here in the face of the anguish of our time, and I affirm that it is possible to see it all, to gaze fully into the abyss, and yet not become... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Video: Drew Brees speaks against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in favor of future consistent player discipline ~New Orleans Advocate * *Businesses won’t have to return BP spill payouts ~Janet McConnaughey, AP *

Insanity is not what it was

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Just for the record, since I’m officially sick of hearing that "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Not only is that not the definition of insanity, Einstein never said that.* And not only did he not say it, what’s wrong with doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Ever heard of metal fatigue? Or tipping points? Anyway, there is a respectable definition of insanity that we can use over and over: *Insanity.** n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantas... more »

Bash Bug - worse than Heartbleed bug ? September 24 , 2014 .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Tweets ..... *Symantec* ‏@symantec 3h BREAKING: Bug in Bash shell creates #security hole; could allow attacks on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X http://ars.to/1rkxDtB Ars Technica [image: View this content on Ars Technica's website] Bug in Bash shell creates big security hole on anything with *nix in... By Sean Gallagher @thepacketrat Could allow attackers to execute code on Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X. View on web *Brinda Lovely* ‏@BrindaLovely 49m Worse than Heartbleed? Today's Bash bug could be breaking security for years http://theverge.com/e/6604738 via @verge #*bashbug* The Verge Wor... more »

The Social Media War on Terrorists: U.S. State Department Tweets Photos Of Four Dead Islamic State Jihadis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Advertising with an edge: The US State Department is using a Twitter account to frighten would-be ISIS recruits with images of dead jihadis – implying that any aspiring infidel-hunter could be the next casualty *Think Again! US Tweets Photos Of Four DEAD ISIS Jihadis As It Launches Social Media War On Terrorists -- Daily Mail* * 'Think Again Turn Away' social media campaign aims to dissuade would-be jihadis from joining up with ISIS * It has already tweeted pics of airstrike gunsights, rocket launches and two Americans who were killed fighting with Islamist radicals * US State Depar... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Can You Imagine?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Can You Imagine?" * "For example, what the trees do not only in lightning storms or the watery dark of a summer's night or under the white nets of winter but now, and now, and now - whenever we're not looking. Surely you can't imagine they don't dance, from the root up, wishing to travel a little, not cramped so much as wanting a better view, or more sun, or just as avidly more shade - surely you can't imagine they just stand there loving every minute of it, the birds or the emptiness, the dark rings of the years slowly and without a sound thickening, and nothing different unless the ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

Get Down on Your Knees

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
*Written by: *Ray Davies (The Kinks) *Lyrics:* You look like a real human being But you don't have a mind of your own Yeah, you can talk, you can breathe You can work, you can stitch, you can sew But you're brainwashed Yes you are, yes you are Get down on your knees You've got a job and a house And a wife, and your kids and a car Yeah, you're conditioned to be What they want you to be And be happy to be where you are Yes you are Get down on your knees Get down on your knees The aristocrats and bureaucrats Are dirty rats For making you what you are They're up there and... more »

Official: New Airstrikes Under Way; Planes Targeting Refineries Used By ISIS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*New Airstrikes Under Way; Planes Targeting Refineries Used By ISIS -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- U.S. and coalition warplanes pounded ISIS positions in eastern Syrian, targeting oil installations being used by the so-called Islamic State terror group, a U.S. official with knowledge of the operation told CNN on Wednesday. The latest round of airstrikes appeared to be part of the effort to cut off money flowing to ISIS, which has been selling the oil to help fund the group's efforts. The airstrikes came just hours after U.S. President Barack Obama called for united action to confron... more »

White House Petitioned to Declare Police Watchdog as Terrorist Group

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 4 hours ago
The ongoing disintegration of what was once a free country into an authoritarian fascist police state under the helm of El Presidente Barack Obama is now evolving. With Barry exercising the divine right of a king in launching yet another war in the Middle East - without the approval of Congress - the forces of government must be free to operate with total impunity in *The Homeland.* The war on terror which is now well into its second decade has served to restrict civil liberties, enable a criminal government, justify the expansion of a massive surveillance state and transform a goo... more »

Your $$$$$ Pissed Away on More War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 24, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*'We're Not Sure Their Capabilities Match Their Desire' -- Shane Harris/John Hudson/Justine Drennan, Toronto Star And Foreign Policy* Is the Khorasan Group as dangerous as the White House is making it out to be? Before the first U.S. military aircraft attacked the headquarters of the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, early Tuesday morning, waves of American Tomahawk cruise missiles began pounding targets 130 miles west, near the battleground city of Aleppo. They weren't targeting the Islamic State, though. They were battering the training camps and explosives-making facilities of a... more »

Taken out to the Woodshed

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 5 hours ago
*Woodshed* There is a common expression in English..."Someone is going to be taken out to the woodshed". It means that someone is going to be severely punished. This expression harkens back to the days when the father of the family was the supreme disciplinarian and one of the primary parenting rules was "Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child". Children were regularly taken out to the woodshed and given a strapping by their father. In a large family such as I grew up in, there was always a hush in the household when someone was going to be disciplined. You could feel the dread ... more »

World News Briefs -- September 24, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Obama Vows To Defeat Isis And Rallies UN Against 'Network Of Death' -- The Guardian* * President insists he will not repeat mistakes of predecessor * Addresses United Nations general assembly in New York * Russia urged to ‘change course’ and cooperate with west Barack Obama sought to rally the world for a new struggle against Islamic extremism at the UN general assembly on Wednesday, while trying to reassure a global audience that he would not repeat the mistakes of George W Bush’s so-called “war on terror”. Speaking to the United Nations general assembly in New York, hours after ... more »

(Irony Dead) Why Obama (Assumed the Least Likely) Bombs (Lone Nuts Assaulting In Battalions?) Employing Wimmenz Is Cheaper (Surprise Us!) Obamas Avoid NC (Like the Plague) Donald Trumps (Taxpayers/Workers Slump)

US Now Props Up Assad Regime. Irony Dies. Apocalypse Now. Fighting in Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over. Before we begin today's essay proper, Bob Reich has some words to keep in mind about what's still happening to people in the U.S. (During the "overseas" bombing runs.) And I don't mean the Big Boys. (Our democracy is not for sale.) No bankruptcy for you! There’s no starting over for millions

“Bread, Circuses and Bombs - Decline of The American Empire”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Bread, Circuses and Bombs - Decline of The American Empire”* by James Quinn "Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions- everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses." - Juvenal, “Satire” (100 A.D.) “Roman satirist and poet Juvenal was displaying contempt for a degraded Roman citizenry that had shunned civic responsibility, shirked their duties of citizenship within a republic, and had chosen... more »

"Some Of The Dumbest Taxes Throughout History"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Some Of The Dumbest Taxes Throughout History"* by Simon Black "In the days of ancient Rome, it was tradition for the upper class to liberate their slaves after a set number of years. The Roman government, however, looked at this as an opportunity to generate revenue, and they taxed the newly freed slave on his freedom. I can’t imagine anything more repulsive than paying tax on freedom. But they gave it a pretty good try– In 1696, the English government under William III (William of Orange) passed a new law requiring subjects to pay a tax based on the number of windows in their ho... more »

Director Of U.S. National Intelligence Admits That He Originally Dismissed The Islamic State: So Why Does He Still Have His Job?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 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 *Our Intelligence Director Dismissed ISIS: Why Does He Still Have a Job? -- Andrew L. Peek, The Fiscal Times* It is baffling how James Clapper still has a job. In an interview with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius on Wednesday, the Director of National Intelligence admitted that he had completely underestimated ISIS. H... more »

Chinese call America's bluff: what moon landing?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 7 hours ago
My friends.... I have no idea if this is actually true, but it's so damn funny that I just had to post it!!! Love D http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/chinese-lunar-rover-finds-no-evidence-of-american-moon-landings/ CHINESE LUNAR ROVER FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF AMERICAN MOON LANDINGS [image: moon-rover-china] [image: Facebook]0[image: Twitter]0[image: Google+]0[image: Pinterest]0[image: Email] Beijing | Top officials of the Chinese Space Program have come out this morning and expressed their feelings that the American moon landings “were a complete hoax” reports the Beijing Daily Express. 2... more »

Pride: "Mining Communities Are Being Bullied, Just Like We Are"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Last night a film critic friend invited me to see a new movie being released Friday, *Pride*. It's a dramatization of a true story set in Thatcherite England (1984), during an historic year long coal mining strike. The movie is spectacular and is a celebration of a bond between humans in the face of cold, ugly corporate power being enforced by right-wing government. The film is set as a piece the brings together politically conscious London gays and Welsh miners. There is plenty of prejudice and hatred woven throughout the plot but when a miner goes to a London gay dance club to ... more »

Ubuntu

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
According to Michael Onyebuchi Eze, the core of ubuntu can best be summarized as follows: "A person is a person through other people" strikes an affirmation of one’s humanity through recognition of an "other" in his or her uniqueness and difference. It is a demand for a creative intersubjective formation in which the "other" becomes a mirror (but only a mirror) for my subjectivity. This idealism suggests to us that humanity is not embedded in my person solely as an individual; my humanity is co-substantively bestowed upon the other and me. Humanity is a quality we owe to each ot... more »

Is Syrian President Assad The Big Winner From U.S. Airstrikes Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads a meeting of his cabinet in Damascus on Aug 31. (Sana/Reuters) *U.S. Airstrikes Are Targeting Islamic State, But They May Wind Up Helping Syria’s Assad -- Washington Post* BAGHDAD — As the United States launches airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the Obama administration is walking a precarious line — attempting to crush the militants’ capacity without strengthening President Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power. On a complex battlefield, the American attacks may wind up giving Assad breathing space, at least in the short term,... more »

Musical Interlude: Logos, “Cheminement”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Logos, “Cheminement” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOuXP8aVWHU Incredibly beautiful... do watch this on full screen... magnificent. - CP

What Is The Real News Coming From Iraq And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Yesterday’s Real News Out Of Iraq and Syria -- Max Boot, Commentary* There were three big stories yesterday out of Iraq and Syria. Question: which is the most significant? *Story No. 1:* The U.S. Navy and Air Force, in cooperation with five Arab allies (Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) launched a series of air strikes and cruise missile strikes on ISIS targets in and around Raqaa, Syria. Separately, the U.S. launched air strikes against the Khorasan group, another jihadist terrorist organization in Syria, closely linked with the Nusra Front, which was said to be plo... more »

A Look At Three Top Terror Groups: ISIS, al-Nusra And The Khorasan Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*What's The Difference Between ISIS, al-Nusra And The Khorasan Group? -- CNN* (CNN) -- Not long ago, the threat of terrorist attacks against the United States boiled down to two words: al Qaeda. But this week's U.S. airstrikes against al Qaeda offshoots show the President is playing whack-a-mole against a new generation of terrorists. The attacks Tuesday inside Syria came in three waves and targeted ISIS, the Khorasan Group and, apparently, al-Nusra Front. The groups share a similar ideology. But there are key differences. Here's how each stacks up: *Read more* .... *My Comment... more »

Jihadi Websites: Khorasan Group Leader Muhsin al-Fadhli 'Killed In U.S. Air Strike In Syria'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*'We've Killed World’s Most Wanted Terrorist': American Officials Believe Muhsin al-Fadhli Died In Airstrikes On Syria Where He Was Plotting Toothpaste Tube Bomb Attacks On US And Europe -- Daily Mail* * Fresh wave of airstrikes hit ISIS targets in north west Syria overnight, according to a conflict monitoring group * Witnesses allege aircraft came from the direction of Turkey, but Turkey denies its airspace was used for attacks * Meanwhile American forces carried out separate overnight attacks on ISIS in both eastern Syria and inside Iraq * Blitz comes as jihadists claim leader of ... more »

Why Islamic State Kills Hostages

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
As we know, one burgeoning income stream for the psychotic would-be caliphate is ransom payments. Despite a covenant between Western states to not pay out for the safe return of citizens kidnapped by terror groups *of whatever persuasion*, Islamic State has a tendency to release Danes, French and Germans who've fallen into their clutches. A rare moment of pity? An attempt to divide the coalition arrayed against it? Or is mercy redeemed through bundles of cash made payable by a labyrinth of back channels? I know what I believe. This is scant compensation for British and American hos... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

"How To Destroy Your Credibility (PA State Cops)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"How To Destroy Your Credibility (PA State Cops)"* by Karl Denninger "Yeah, I get it. Someone got the best of you. He shot two of your guys and you can't find him. This *****es you off (as it would anyone else if their friend or relative had been targeted.) The difference is that "anyone else" doesn't get this sort of response- ever- from the police. Nonetheless that you're *****ed off does not provide legal or moral cover to suspend the entire Constitution, including everyone's right to quiet enjoyment of their own private property, because you're incapable of dealing with one nu... more »

Pointers . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 8 hours ago

War by Way of Deception.....the 1967 Connection

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
I'm reading a fascinating and timely book called Guilt by Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War by Jeff Gates. Noam Chomsky said about the book, "Breathless just reading it." I want to share a bit from the book because of its direct relevance to the current US-Israel attack on Syria. Gates writes: [President] Lyndon Johnson was lobbied in 1967 by Arthur Goldberg [US Ambassador to UN] to protect the Jewish state in the lead-up to the Six-Day War. When Goldberg deployed heart-rending rhetoric to portray Israeli vulnerability and the pending victimization... more »

World Buzzing in Aftermath of ISIS Psyop

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
*Scripted engineered consent for expanded war raises worldwide suspicion.* Bernie Suarez Psychological operations and the end result of these operations are little known to most of humanity. Those that conduct the operations don't announce what they are doing, in the same way a magician never gives away his secrets. Understanding the principle of secrecy and how important it is to magicians is all you need to understand the culture of secrecy among the ranks of the controlling class. One of the tricks to understanding how to stay sane in an insane world is understanding the proc... more »

Satire? Sadly, No: "Americans Who Have Not Read a Single Article About Syria Strongly Support Bombing It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Americans Who Have Not Read a Single Article * *About Syria Strongly Support Bombing It"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Borowitz Report) — "In a positive development for the U.S.-led campaign of air strikes in Syria, a new poll indicates strong, broad-based support for the mission among people who have yet to read a news article about Syria. According to the poll, released on Tuesday, the bombing campaign got a thumbs-up from people who had no information about Syria’s civil war, including its duration, the parties involved, and what a Sunni is. Additionally, the air stri... more »

ISIS, Syria, the Rebels and the US-Led Coalition: What Governs Who?

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
In a phone call today with a friend working on issues pertaining to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), an interesting question arose. In particular, what types of conflict are going on with the fight against ISIS? My friend wanted to draw attention to the R2P aspects of the crisis, and whether the “intervention” on the Continue reading

Peg Robertson Says No to Common Core Testing in CO

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Posted here earlier: *Citizens of Colorado, I address this letter to you, because you are my community, my people. You have the power to shift the momentum in our public schools – where our students are increasingly being taught to the test under the intense high stakes conditions created via Race to the Top. Meanwhile, child poverty is ignored. I send this letter to you because I have made attempts to have a dialogue with the decision-makers. I have spoken with Secretary Arne Duncan, I have written to President Obama, and I have spoken in front of the Colorado Legislative Education... more »

Supplemental: Michelle Bernard and the human race!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014Are American pundits human:* As we’ve noted many time, the current debate about domestic violence in the NFL has provided a chance to watch the way our national pundits reason. As we’ve watched this debate unfold, pundit behavior has almost always struck us as barely human. This morning, on The Diane Rehm Show, Michelle Bernard provided the ultimate example. Bernard is a slightly strange duck in national pundit terms. When she began appearing on Hardball in January 2008, she was still president of the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative group. ... more »

How to put more time in your day and regain sanity...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*or at least use your time to it's best advantage. * *#1 * * Turn off your email notification * It's that simple. Now I realize that for some people who may be running a business that relies on customer service, knowing when an email comes in could be important. But the majority of us don't need dinging sounds going off every time an email drops into our inbox. I became concerned when I noticed my heart skipping a beat whenever the notification sounded, so I turned it off. The sky didn't fall in, my cat didn't start sleeping with my dog (even though she'd love to snuggle up w... more »

Will The U.S. Coalition Of Persian Gulf Nations Against The Islamic State Hold Together?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
PHOTO: Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation against ISIS targets in Syria, Centcom said. Centcom identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. ABC News *Airstrikes In Syria Against Islamic State Bring Together Persian Gulf Nations At Odds -- Washington Post* The four Persian Gulf nations whose warplanes flew in concert with U.S. jets over Syria this week have spent the past few years acting with far less harmony, riven by divergent approaches to address the growth of Islamist political movements in the A... more »

The Ukrainian Military Shootdown (?) of Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 -October 4th 2001

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
Ukrainian Military Shootdown (?) of Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 - October 4th 2001 from Spike EP on Vimeo. *Ukraine admits it shot down Russian airliner By Ben Aris in Moscow* 12:01AM BST 13 Oct 2001 Ukraine finally admitted yesterday that its military shot down a Russian airliner that crashed into the Black Sea last week, killing all 78 passengers and crew. Evhen Marchuk, the chairman of Ukraine's security council, conceded that the plane had probably been brought down by "an accidental hit from an S-200 rocket fired during exercises". Russian investigators believe a missile e... more »

Despite U.S. Air Strikes The Islamic State War Machine Continues To Advance In Kurdish Areas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Fighters Advance Despite U.S. Strikes; Obama Vows To Dismantle 'Network Of Death' -- Reuters* (Reuters) - U.S. planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded. President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, asked the world to join together to fight the militants and vowed to keep up military pressure against them. "The only language understood by killers like this is the lang... more »

President Obama At The U.N.: Vows To Fight ISIL 'Network Of Death

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Obama Vows To Fight ISIL 'Network Of Death' -- Al Jazeera* In a speech to UN general assembly, Obama stresses on global role to counter growing radicalisation and other crises. US President Barrack Obama has affirmed his country's commitment to a coalition it is leading against the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group, calling on leaders of the world, especially the Middle East to stand against ideologies of "extremism and sectarianism". Addressing world leaders on Wednesday in the annual general assembly of the Untied Nations in New York, Obama said the US will be a "re... more »

How Much Did Yesterday's U.S. Strikes In Syria Using The F-22 Fighters Cost The American Taxpayer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal/U.S. Air Force, via Reuters *First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast* F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were needed in case the Syrians used their sophisticated air defenses. But Raptors don't come cheap. Fears of a potent Syrian air defense system drove the U.S. Air Force to send its silver bullet force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into battle for the first time ever. The Pentagon confirmed on Sept. 23 that the $150 million jets had struck an ISIS command and control facility in Raqqa... more »

Dine' Women at Flood Wall Street Top Pic at Rolling Stone

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Photo of Dine' (Navajo) women at Flood Wall Street top pic at Rolling Stone http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/pictures/flood-wall-street-the-best-photos-20140923 Dine' Robyn Jackson's photo, as it happened, was even better on Censored News! . Photo by Robyn Jackson Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/09/now-flooding-wall-street-photos-by.html

Thing is - Paul Calandra is right

Alison at Creekside - 10 hours ago
Boris Buckdog Lorne Montreal Simon Canadian Cynic Kev Stephen Lautens Aaron Wherry Paul Calandra responds : Harper's Parliamentary Secretary Paul Calandra is pleased to use Israel as a shield to avoid answering Mulcair's questions in the House of Commons about Canadian troop deployment in Iraq and we are all rightly appalled at both him and Andrew Scheer. And yet ... thing is - Calandra is right. Questions about the current Canadian mission in Iraq *are* always about "Israel", the Cons' preferred collective term for the various neocon government officials tha... more »

Dine' Women on Democracy Now! 'NO' to being a 'resource colony'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Watch on Democracy Now! Dine' (Navajo) women say 'NO!' to resource colonization on the Navajo Nation. 'NO!' to coal and uranium mining: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/23/flood_wall_street_100_arrested_at

Big Oil Brown greenwashes his legacy at U.N. Climate Summit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of Damien Luzzo. no_more_fracking____1_1.jpg Big Oil Brown greenwashes his legacy at U.N. Climate Summit  by Dan Bacher  Jerry Brown, one of the worst governors for fish, water and the environment in California history, spoke to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City on September 23 in a cynical attempt to greenwash his

METRO PODCAST | Thorne Dreyer : Lamar Hankins discusses a major scandal at the Church of Wells cult in East Texas

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Lamar talks about the revelations in his chilling investigative report for The Rag Blog, entitled ‘Child murder in Texas.’ Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | September 24, 2014 Lamar W. Hankins, a columnist for The Rag Blog … finish reading *METRO PODCAST* | Thorne Dreyer : Lamar Hankins discusses a major scandal at the Church of Wells cult in East Texas

Andrew Scheer Is The WORST House Of Commons Speaker In The Entire History Of Canada's Parliament!!

leftdog at Buckdog - 10 hours ago
Speaker Scheer and the death of Parliament*By Montreal Simon* For years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament. They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent. They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition. But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off. For this is what happened when Tom Mulcair rose to ask this question about Canada’s mysterious mission in Iraq: *“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has failed to answer clear questions... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Naked Truth'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
NAKED TRUTH Posted on September 23, 2014 Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Sep. 23, 2014. The powered elite money brokers running the global economy are descendants of an ancient bloodline known as the Anunnaki. The most important intel exposing them is their diabolical “Secret Covenant” plan for humanity. Let us look at some of it.  They state that: “The poisons will be

U.S. F-22 Raptors Used In Combat For The First Time -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The use of fifth generation US stealth F-22 Raptor fighters against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in Syria could be explained by the United States’ fear of Syrian air defense forces. © US Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock *In Syria, Pentagon's F-22 Fighter Plane Makes First Combat Appearance -- Wall Street Journal* *Pilots Fly F-22 Over Syria to Bomb Militant Islamic State Group Targets* WASHINGTON—The Pentagon's most advanced fighter plane made its combat debut in the U.S.-led strikes on Syria,serving a crucial purpose for a sensitive mission that depended on st... more »

Morales: U.S. is after our Natural Resources

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Bolivian President Evo Morales harshly criticized US President Barack Obama in an interview with RT Spanish, calling him a war criminal who should be tried in international court. The outspoken critic of US policy did not mince words in the interview, lashing out at capitalism, the UN Security Council and America’s “imperialist” foreign policy. RT’s Marina Portnaya has more of the president’s statements.

Oct 12: Book Unveiling: Nin Tonantzin Non Centeotl Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 11 hours ago
Nin Tonantzin Non Centeotl Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother Book Unveiling/Community Celebration Oct 12, 2014 Indigenous Peoples Day noon-2pm Global Justice Center. 225 E. 26th St., South Tucson, AZ, 85713. The unveiling of my book "Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas" (University of Arizona Press) will also be a fundraiser on behalf of Calpolli Teoxicalli, in recognition of all the selfless and untiring work they have freely given to our besieged communities in Arizona. More details forthcoming.

Is There Still A Statewide Republican Party In California?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Friday the Republicans' annual 3-day neo-fascist conclave begins at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC. Featured speakers include a grab bag of some of the craziest lunatics on the fringes of the far right, from extremist current and former elected officials like Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, David Brat, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, to random freaks-with-a-following like Glenn Beck, Mat Staver, Ollie North, William Boykin, E.W. Jackson, Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, Gary Bauer, and some Duggars and Duck Dynasts. The meeting of the American neo-fascist movement is bound to... more »

U.S. Continues Air Strikes In Iraq And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *US Launches 2nd Round of Syria Airstrikes -- Voice of America* A U.S.-led coalition bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for a second day on Wednesday, targeting the militants' transportation capabilities. U.S. Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East, reports an airstrike in eastern Syria damaged eight vehicles that the Pentagon says were being used to move equipment into Iraq. The latest bombing is the 20th in Syria since Tuesday, when Washington and five Arab allies began the air campaign by bomb... more »

World News Briefs -- September 24, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*More Airstrikes Against ISIS As Obama Urges Action At U.N. Against Extremism -- CNN* (CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama called for united action to confront violent extremism Wednesday, as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly after a second day of U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Airstrikes were carried out overnight Tuesday into Wednesday against five more targets: four in Iraq and one in Syria, the U.S. Central Command said. In Syria, a U.S. aircraft and coalition plane struck an ISIS staging area near the Iraqi border, northwest of Al Qa'im, damaging eight ISIS vehicles... more »

Stuffed Crust Pizza Breadsticks

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Do you love stuffed crust pizza as much as I do? Do you ever wish you could eat just the crusts? I know that my kids and I do and now you can! Today I am over at the Rhodes Blog sharing one of my favorites, Stuffed Crust Pizza Breadsticks. This is one of my go to recipes when my kids are screaming for pizza and we aren't having something else for dinner, they get what they want and I get a nice side dish! These bread sticks are better than regular bread stick, because everything is better with cheese, right? For the full ingredient list and instructions, head over to the Rhodes B... more »

Tunnel vision

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Blink and you’d’ve missed it. I nearly did, but ‘Mr. Sue’ happened to be watching BBC 1 last night, and spotted with eagle-eyed acuity that the upcoming programme was Jane Corbin’s elusive Panorama “War of the Tunnels.” He woke me up! Because, dear reader, I was fast asleep. Early to rise etc. etc. I tried to put myself in the shoes of Mrs Average Viewer. You know, the kind with a casual, non committal interest in the subject. I kept thinking “But Corbin didn’t mention this” and “What about that?” which I suppose Mrs A V might not have done. Or would she? I wanted to see whether... more »

Hong Kong Democracy vs. China Dictatorship

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
I am reposting some interesting reports and opinons here about the ugly turn of events in Hong Kong recently where the China Communist Party in Beijing has put its heavy feet on HK people's aspirations for freedom and deeper democratization. ---------- Undermining the Rule of Law *"As the government and bureaucrats find that they typically cannot count on the legislature making new laws, they interpret existing laws with ever wider discretion. The scope of arbitrary regulation is broadening. This does serious damage to the rule of law, although that probably does not start out as... more »

Supplemental: Liberal channel ignores public schools!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014Tim Russert meets Diane Ravitch:* As noted in our previous post, the late Tim Russert was an attack dog concerning Social Security. That’s almost literally true. During Campaign 2000, Candidate Bush proposed partial privatization of the venerable program. Candidate Gore opposed the proposal. Russert went on the attack. Speaking with Joe Klein, he used the word as a cudgel: KLEIN (5/6/00): The concern I have about the Gore campaign is that he has learned one lesson and he's kind of becoming a one-trick pony. RUSSERT: *Attack. Attack. Attack.* KLEIN:... more »

The U.S. Gambit in Syria

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago

Ebola Survival Handbook

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*The Book You Need to See You Through the Coming Pandemic* Kimberly Paxton *The Daily Sheeple* If you’re paying attention, you’ve noticed that the newsfeeds are full of horror stories about Ebola. Right now, most of the concern is focused in the farthest corner of the earth, in a handful of small countries that seem far less civilized than ours. However, if the warnings filtering out of the CDC and the WHO are any indication, Ebola will be coming to our shores, and it could potentially be the worst pandemic the United States has ever faced. Since the medical community appears to b... more »

$500 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
It has been a long time since we have had an amazing, magical trip to Disneyland. We took our oldest when she was an infant, but of course, doesn't remember any of it and at 2 weeks postpartum, it wasn't ideal for me either. It has been 8 years since our fantastic trip for our Honeymoon and I am currently planning a full Disney trip complete with a trip to the Bibbidi-Bobbidi- Boutique for my 5-year-old and breakfast with the characters. Since our trip is still in planning stages, I thought I would help would love to help someone else experience some Disney Magic. I have come toge... more »

Obama points out all the "failings" of America at UN speech and brings up Ferguson, MO...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
while the blacks there *continue to loot and riot.* *Obama to the UN: * "In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, *I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri* – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear." "But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in Amer... more »

Tom Hayden : Marching for a green economy ‘built to last’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, calling it ‘a moral imperative.’ By Tom Hayden | The Rag Blog | September 24, 2014 NEW YORK — With hundreds of thousands … finish reading Tom Hayden : Marching for a green economy ‘built to last’

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 24, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Analysts: Airstrikes Will Fail Unless Ground Troops Combat Islamic State -- DoD Buzz* The U.S. airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State without ground forces in Syria and Iraq capable of fighting the terrorist group, several analysts said. “I do think that air power alone is not going to be decisive. Air strikes themselves don’t tend to produce lasting political results. Air power tends to not succeed in the absence of a powerful ground component,” said Benjamin Friedman, research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute, a Washingto... more »

WILLFUL IGNORANCE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
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Bad Evals: Further Thoughts on Having it All

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
So, I got some bad teaching evaluations from last semester (bad by my standards at least. Hell, by anybody’s standards). It’s kind of thrown me for a loop because I pride myself on being a good scholar, a good teacher, and a good husband/father. But, sometimes it may not be possible to pull off all Continue reading

The Kurds: Israel's not so improbable ally

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*Interesting article from Standpoint magazine* Focusing on the history between the Khazars and the Kurds............ While Israel's relations with its neighbours remain deeply problematic, its ties with the Kurds have for years helped nurture a military force that has proved itself more resilient than the US-funded Iraqi army. *For years Israel's relationship with the Kurds was kept secret,* but gradually the issue has cropped up more and more in interviews in Israeli media and in academic reports. The Kurds constitute the world's largest stateless people. There are 30 million Kurd... more »

People on strike

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Yeah they are not consuming. Yeah they are not making babies Yeah take not you masters of the universe that depend upon ever expanding prodigy.

THE HOUSES OF NANTUCKET COUNTY: Russert on board!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014Part 2—A curious tilt under Welch:* Everyone talks about Rupert Murdoch. No one discusses Jack Welch. On its face, this differential treatment might seem a bit hard to explain. For all previous reports in this award-winning series, click here. Murdoch and Welch are both enormously wealthy people with well-known political outlooks. Each man has run one or more major American news org—Welch during the Reagan/Bush and Clinton/Gore years, Murdoch to this very day. Murdoch invented the Fox News Channel, which is routinely said to operate in its owner’s ... more »

Can PM Abadi Appeal To Iraq’s Sunnis?

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Premier Haider Abadi has only been in office for a few weeks now, but he has huge work ahead of him. One main goal is for him to reach out to Iraq’s Sunnis in the hopes that they will support his new government and help in the fight against the insurgency. He knows this, and is being pressured by the Americans do to the same as a precondition for their military support. So far the prime minister has touched on some of the community’s main demands, but he has not done anything concrete about them yet. Sunnis have voiced a number of demands for the last few years. Some of those inc... more »

The Coffee Salute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Tempest Over Obama's Tea Cup Salute: Commander-In-Chief Sparks Anger By Saluting Marines With Drink In His Hand -- Daily Mail* * President was exiting his Marine One helicopter after landing in New York City for speeches about global warming and fighting ISIS in Syria * Commander-in-chief is a military title that entitles Obama to a salute, and he's expected to return the gesture * On Tuesday he saluted two uniformed US Marines while holding a cup in his hand, a breach that won't win him fans among veterans or servicemen * Twitter erupted with the president's indignant detractors * ... more »

What If They Gave a War Protest and Nobody Came

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
It turns out that Americans are not war-weary after all. They're just weary of being weary. They're all outraged out. They're replete on Marching for Climate. Bombing another Middle-Eastern country? Yawn. Were there any nip-slips on Dancing With the Stars last night? Maybe I'm all wrong about the ennui. Because if narrowly-framed polls are any indication, the propaganda efforts by Frighteners, Inc. are working really well. A sizeable portion of the population, besides being bored out their skulls, really does believe that Islamists are on the verge of breaching the borders of The Ho... more »

Syria Is The 7th Country That President Obama Has 'Bombed' During His Presidency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement at the White House in Washington on the air strikes in Syria, prior to departing for the United Nations in New York. Reuters *'Peace' President? How Obama Came To Bomb Seven Countries In Six Years -- The Independent* US has engaged in conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and now Syria Barack Obama, the man many hoped would be the 'peace President' when he entered office, has bombed seven countries during his six years in office. The President oversaw the first US air strikes launched in Syria this week, in a... more »

What Is The World Reaction To U.S.-Led Airstrikes In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Around World, Mixed Reactions To U.S.-Led Airstrikes In Syria -- Washington Post* The start of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria drew mixed reactions across the Middle East and around the world Tuesday, ranging from staunch support by Britain to harsh condemnation by Russia. In the Middle East, the fight against Islamic State militants is shifting regional dynamics, winning support from Arab nations that opposed previous U.S. military inventions in the region. At least on the first day of bombing, there was little public backlash, with virtually no outcry beyond a pro-Islamic State p... more »

U.S. Is Carrying Out Vast Majority Of Strikes On Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The Independent *U.S. Is Carrying Out Vast Majority Of Strikes On ISIS, Military Officials Say -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — The vast majority of airstrikes launched against Sunni militant targets in Syria have been carried out by American war planes and ship-based Tomahawk cruise missiles, military officials said Tuesday, in what they described as the successful beginning of a long campaign to degrade and destroy the Islamic State. In disclosing the identities of the five Sunni Arab nations that joined or supported the attacks in Syria — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, ... more »

Turkey Taco Soup

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
I was introduced to this recipe from a freezer meal group I was apart of. We loved it, it is pretty healthy if you don't top it with sour cream and it is delicious. It gets serious bonus points for freezing really well to help out on days when you just don't have a ton of extra time to cook. You will need: - 1 lb ground turkey - 1/2 onion, diced - 1 28oz can diced tomatoes - 1 15.5oz can red kidney beans - 1 16oz can black beans - 1 15oz can pinto beans - 1 15oz can whole kernel corn - 1 packet taco seasoning - 1 1oz packet of ranch dressing seasoning - ... more »

The Gay agenda

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
We lived for thousands of years persecuting Gays. There was never anything wrong with that. Now we admit we were wrong, but I am tired of everything Gay. I am tired of transgender and all these marginal folks taking up the political space that needs more poke.

Paper Enemy & Alliance of Monarchies

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Obama launched his attack on Syria using F-22 Raptor warplanes — employed in combat for the first time — from a base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and by firing around 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles from US Navy Aegis destroyers. The cruise missiles cost more than $1 million each. Imagine the money burned during this attack. The Washington Post reported the attacks "have flattened targets in ways destined to test Obama’s doctrine requiring 'near certainty' that no civilians be killed." The Obama war team boasts that their allies in this affair make up a US-Arab alliance tha... more »

Winter Is Coming To Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters *In Ukraine, Winter Is Coming -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast* *Once again Russia brandishes the threat of a gas cutoff to squeeze Kiev and coerce Europe. Folks are taking cold showers already, and the weather soon will be glacial.* MOSCOW — Fur coats may well be in high demand this winter among those glamorous ladies in Ukraine who can afford them. But many others will be happy just to get a hot shower before bundling up in their icy apartments. Once again, the Kremlin is threatening its trouble neighbor with a long-term cutoff of gas supplies, and al... more »

4 Republican Committee Chairs In Vulnerable Districts Who Steve Israel Is Protecting From Defeat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
One of the tragedies around Pelosi's decision to appoint and reappoint corrupt Blue Dog Steve Israel to head the DCCC for the last 2 cycles is that he has taken all Republican leaders and all Republican committee chairs off the table. None, not even ones in vulnerable seats, have been or will be opposed by the DCCC. The Republicans like nothing more than defeating Democratic leaders and committee chairs, but Israel has his reasons. This cycle there are 4 GOP committee chairmen in considerably more vulnerable districts than some of the ridiculous deep red districts Israel has chose... more »

Fitch Warns on What Happens to the US as Dollar’s ‘Pre-Eminent Reserve Currency Status’ Erodes

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
From: http://wolfstreet.com/2014/09/22/fitch-warns-when-the-dollars-pre-eminent-reserve-currency-status-erodes/ *Fitch Warns on What Happens to the US as Dollar’s ‘Pre-Eminent Reserve Currency Status’ Erodes* by Wolf Richter September 22, 2014 It’s very risky for an American credit ratings agency to downgrade the US Government. Standard & Poor’s found out when it stripped the US off its AAA rating in 2011 over the debt-ceiling charade. The Department of Justice then sued S&P over its role in the financial crisis, i.e. for slapping AAA-ratings on toxic securities to pocket fatte... more »

Ukraine Crisis News Updates -- September 24, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Ukraine Crisis: Rebels Declare Early Poll Date -- BBC* Rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine say they will hold elections on 2 November, in an apparent show of defiance towards the government in Kiev. Although Ukraine is holding parliamentary polls a week before, it has offered the pro-Russian rebels a vote on self-rule in December. A shaky ceasefire has held since 5 September and the two sides have since agreed to set up a buffer zone. UN officials say 3,245 people have been killed since fighting began in April. That number does not include the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines p... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Disrupting the student loan bubble* In 21st century America, disruptive technology is all around us. Smartphone apps allow us to summon transportation at the touch of a button, to book accommodations in a stranger’s apartment, to arrange an impromptu dinner party with people we have never met and to navigate our way through unfamiliar cities without the need of a map or compass. Of course, not everyone is delighted by these miraculous innovations. The people still doing business the old-fashioned way see technology as an existential threat, and are scrambling to find ways to defen... more »

Murray Gell-Mann on foundations of quantum mechanics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Last Monday, Murray Gell-Mann celebrated his 85th birthday: congratulations! As far as I remember, I have never published a blog post that would be primarily dedicated to Gell-Mann's comments about the foundations of quantum mechanics. So this is the first time. The 17-minute-long video monologue above was taken from multi-hour interviews with him (and analogously, many others) on the "Web of Stories". Along with Jim Hartle, Gell-Mann is the co-author of their "strongly decoherent" version of the consistent histories, an approach to the foundations of quantum mechanics. For yea... more »

Teacher Preparation Matters for Teacher Attrition

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
from Ingersoll, Merrill, and May (2014), available here:

A Fossil Fool

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://toronto350.org/ Stephen Harper is at the UN today to attend a meeting of the Security Council. He chose not to attend yesterday's meeting on climate change. As appalling as Harper's decision to skip that meeting was, Tom Walkom writes that, in the end, he probably did the climate a favour. In the past, when Harper has attended such meetings, his strategy was two fold: to obstruct and to delay: He made an alliance of convenience with Russia, Australia and, at one point, Japan to deep-six any attempt to resurrect Kyoto. ... more »

US defends inexcusable airstrikes in letter to UN- no concern for climate change?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
The *Nobel peace prize winning*-* planet loving, environmentally concerned President* and his sick sidekick at the UN have no qualms about destroying the environment when it comes to making war. Deal with the cognitive dissonance that has taken hold of your mind. Obama doesn't care about the environment- He is not a peace president. A spell has been cast upon you. Break it! Stop believing the lies you are spoon fed and look at the reality. Witness the lies of the war whores, humanity crushers, soul destroyers and environment destroyers *US Ambassador to the UN says Syrian regime has... more »

Ingalls Shipbuilding Authenticates the Keel on Aegis Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: Keel authentication DDG 114]Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division today authenticated the keel for the company's 30th Aegis guided missile destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). To make it official, Georgeann McRaven, ship sponsor and wife of retired Adm. William McRaven, former commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, proclaimed the keel of DDG 114 to be "truly and fairly laid." "We have a long history of building surface combatants, and the DDG 51 destroyers have become the backbone of the U.S. Navy's fleet," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Bria... more »

Amazon Creates New 'X Factor' or Crowdsourcing Offer

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 17 hours ago
This week Amazon added another layer to their offer, a new ‘crowdsourcing’ book submission one, which as with all things Amazon today, immediately polarised many. The lure is to attract would be authors into what some would call a digital slush pile 'X factor’ competition, where readers vote and those works that get the votes, win and potentially get selected for stardom and the recognition their authors want. Under the new service Authors will be asked to submit never before published works. Amazon will then make available a preview of the work and enable readers to review and no... more »

Grading in Ec 10

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago
An instructor in introductory economics asks: I have a question that may be of interest to the students and faculty who read your blog. In searching the archives of your blog, I did not see a blog post on the following: How do you assess and evaluate those students? I have a colleague who administers only one assessment - a final. Most of the rest of my department uses a variety of activities, assessments and evaluations - homework sets, reading quizzes, writing, midterm and final. Here is the weighting we use to grade each semester in ec 10 at Harvard: 40 percent on the final ... more »

SWETS Go Bust

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 19 hours ago
We remember well the lucrative STM journals market and the value added role the subscription agents had carved out consolidating subscriptions across thousands of institutions and publishers. It was a classic one stop shop and rewarding for all parties. The likes of Swets and Ebsco dominated and their position looked increasingly secure. Then came the shift to digital and new players who also offered digital consolidation, publishers who wanted to increasingly deal direct and institutions who discovered the power of buying consortia. The market shifted and that was without the eve... more »

USS Coronado (LCS 4) Performs Live-Fire Test of Norwegian Naval Strike Missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The crew of the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully performed a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California, Sept. 23. During the test, the Norwegian-made Kongsberg NSM was launched from the deck of Coronado and scored a direct hit on its intended target, a Mobile Ship Target (MST). The Kongsberg NSM is a long range precision strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. Read more

Finmeccanica unit sues to block U.S. helicopter deal for Airbus

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: UH-72A Lakota]AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, has sued the U.S. Army to block its plans to buy 155 helicopters built by Europe's Airbus without a competition, arguing that its own helicopters would be cheaper to buy and operate. AgustaWestland asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington to issue a temporary restraining order barring the Army from awarding the contract to Airbus without a competition, according to the complaint filed Sept. 19. The U.S. Army issued a notice to industry on Sept. 4, saying that it planned to buy only EC-145 helicopt... more »

MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar Proves Capabilities in Performance Tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MFC MEADS]The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) at Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of representatives from the German Air Force and guests from MEADS partner nations. This was the first time the MFCR has been operated in Germany. “The latest test again gives evidence of the maturity of the MEADS development results,” said Siegfried Bücheler, director of Programs and Supply Chain... more »

Russian Air-to-air Missiles Hit Target

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: First ever exercise]In a first ever exercise, three rounds of air-to-air short range Russian missile were test fired by the Indian Air Force (IAF) as part of their user trial on Tuesday. The missiles were coordinated to destroy tow bodies released from pilotless target aircraft (PTA) flown from a defence base off the Odisha coast. The tests which were initially planned on last Thursday could not be conducted due to technical glitches in the PTA. Another attempt on Friday was postponed due to inclement weather. Sources said the non-DRDO Russian missiles were fired from fight... more »

Fighter aircraft for Thiruvananthapuram station

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The Indian Air Force (IAF) station here will host more military aircraft, including jet fighters, in the coming days, senior air force officials said on Tuesday. The increased military activity, the officials said, was a sign of the IAF fast-tracking its strategic doctrine to exert a stabilising influence over the Indian Ocean from the straits of Malacca to that of Hormuz, one of the world’s busiest sea routes. The Southern Air Command (SAC) was the pivot of India’s emerging “look east” strategy, they said. The bulk of the world’s trade, including a lion share of its oil shipments,... more »

The Realist Report - World War III for Dummies

John Friend at The Realist Report - 19 hours ago
On this edition of The Realist Report, we'll be joined once again by Mike King of *TomatoBubble.com*. Mike and I will be discussing a number of subjects including his recent *World War 3 for Dummies* article. We will focus on the mysterious "ISIS" group, the geopolitical landscape in both the Middle East and Russia, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. You can download the entire program *here*. Below are relevant links for this program: - *World War 3 for Dummies* - *War-mongering Jews compare ISIS to "Nazis," demand "boots on the ground" - John Friend* - *Meet the W... more »

Speakers in Houses

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 20 hours ago
Well, we've always suspected The Mouthpiece takes his orders from the Great Grey Glans. Mr. Mulcair finally called him out on it, and duly punished. On Iraq no less, where the Harper Regime has deployed Canadian troops but won't tell us anything else about it. Trudeau the enabler apparently changed the subject. 

In Syria, Pentagon's F-22 Fighter Plane Makes First Combat Appearance

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The Pentagon's most advanced fighter plane made its combat debut in the U.S.-led strikes on Syria,serving a crucial purpose for a sensitive mission that depended on stealth. Pilots flying the F-22 Raptor flew bombing runs over Syria to target the militant Islamic State group, U.S. officials said. Officials didn't say what targets the F-22 struck, but said it was used later in the series of strikes, which lasted several hours. Read more

In first, Fire Scout drone helicopters being deployed to Pacific

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-8C Fire Scout]The Navy will soon deploy unmanned surveillance helicopters to the Pacific for the first time, according to defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Four MQ-8B Fire Scouts will be aboard the USS Fort Worth — one of several new fast, shallow-water vessels known as littoral combat ships — when it leaves San Diego later this year, Northrop Grumman Fire Scout project manager Tom Twomey said this week. The ship’s deployment to the Asia-Pacific theater will mark the start of a continuous LCS presence in the region, according to the Navy. Read more

Navy says may trim Northrop drone order due to better reliability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-4C Triton]I mproved reliability of Northrop Grumman Corp's unmanned MQ-4C Triton spy plane means the U.S. Navy may buy fewer of the drones than the 68 it now has on order, a senior navy official said on Tuesday, a move which may result in lower revenues for the planemaker. The Navy's goal is to have 20 of the huge drones available at any given time to use for five continuous "orbits" of maritime surveillance. It takes four planes to make up one orbit. Rising reliability rates mean the Navy may not need as many of the high-altitude aircraft as first thought, said Captain J... more »

Navy mulls N-powered aircraft carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Future INS Vikrant]The navy on Tuesday said it was working on the design of the second indigenous aircraft carrier which may be propelled by a nuclear-powered engine. The design is at a conceptual stage, Director-General of Naval Design Bureau Rear Admiral Atul Saxena said when asked if the force was considering using nuclear-powered engine for it. The navy is already constructing the 40,000-tonne first indigenous aircraft carrier at the Cochin Shipyard Limited and has plans of building one more such vessel which is expected to be more than 60,000 tonnes in weight. Read more

Herald Homes: Vela House by Organon Architecture

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 20 hours ago
[image: image] Nice to see one of my houses on the front page of the *Herald Homes* lift-out this morning. I never like it however when my clients move out, but 16 years after loving his renovation Kleme Vela is moving on to pastures wider than the Pt Chev site he’s been in since 1990. That’s the sketch, above, I did for him back in 1996, from which the renovations started, making sure (as the *Herald* says) “the new part seamlessly matched the old. It’s hard to believe [continues the *Herald*] that the architect-designed living room, with its wood-panelled window seat [below], t... more »

Ukraine situation ( September 24 , 2014 ) With all eyes and ears following the latest bombing runs in SYRAQ , recall the Ukraine / Russia situation remains very unsettled ...... Internal and external politics ( Russia / Ukraine / EU / US on Ukraine situation ) , state of play - ceasefire and negotiations to implement Minsk Protocol , Sanctions / Sanction reaction watch , Natural gas situation fo Ukraine and EU .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Tweets..... Retweeted 8 times *Blogs of War* ‏@BlogsofWar 11h *Ukraine* *crisis*: Rebels declare early poll date - *BBC* News http:// goo.gl/BZxINy - *Chris Burman-Day* ‏@CBD_security 10h *BBC* News - *Ukraine* *crisis*: Military to pull back artillery in east http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29311056 … @*Carmdale* #*carmdaily* *RUSSIA NEWS SERVICE* ‏@EINRussiaNews 11m #Putin warns #*Ukraine* against implementing EU pact http:// s.einnews.com/iBiR6YXUES #*Russia* - Moon of Alabama followed *Johnsons Russia List* ‏@JohnsonRussiaLi 5h #Ukrai... more »

Smug condescension, other signatures of Sagan, Tyson eras

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Honza U. sent me a link to a wonderful text by Robert Tracinski, Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Science of Smug Condescension (thefederalist.com) That website seems to be all about Neil deGrasse Tyson whom I don't consider too important in one way or another (perhaps just because I have never been exposed to his recent TV program: I have no idea whether I would like most of it!) but he plays the role of the "symbol" of some undesirable trends in the attitude to science that the laymen are being led to in this world. Neil deGrasse Tyson – and before him, to some extent, even Carl Sagan... more »

USS McClusky Returns Friday From Final Deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS McClusky (FFG 41)]The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky is scheduled to return to San Diego on Friday from its final deployment, the Navy announced Tuesday. The vessel and its crew of more than 200 left San Diego on April 10 to conduct anti-drug smuggling missions off Central and South America. The Navy is phasing out frigates in favor of the new littoral combat ships, which are fast, maneuverable vessels designed for fighting in coastal areas. Read more

Russia's large-scale military drills Vostok-2014

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Large-scale military drills Vostok-2014 are coming to an end in Russia. Over 100,000 servicemen, thousands of tanks and aircraft, dozens of ships participated in the drills. The exercises are to continue until September 25. The drills are the final stage of a series of command and staff, and special exercises, drills, and surprise inspections in 2014. *Snap checks and military drills in the Russian Armed Forces* This is not the first large-scale checkup of the operational readiness of the country's Armed Forces. Since the beginning of the year, Western, Central, and Eastern Militar... more »

Iran to launch different Mowj class destroyers, Fateh submarines soon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Jamaran corvette]A senior Iranian Navy official announced the country’s plans to launch Fateh submarines and different Mowj Class destroyers in the near future, APA reports quoting Fars News Agency. “We will soon launch the Fateh class submarines and the second, third, fourth and fifth version of Mowj class destroyers, and one of them will be unveiled this year,” Head of the Navy’s Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Office General Ali Gholamzadeh said in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday. Asked if Iran is capable of building heavier and bigger destroyers than its fi... more »

Senator David Fawcett says submarine maintenance more important than building them

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]It is “far more important” that South Australia secures ongoing submarine maintenance work than it is to build 12 submarines in the state, an SA Liberal MP has told the Government. The Advertiser understands that Senator David Fawcett, who has a wealth of Defence experience, including military service and Defence committee work, spoke about submarines at the partyroom meeting yesterday. Debate has flared recently about the Future Submarines project as the Government gets closer to making a decision about buying submarines from overseas or building them here. ... more »

Russian Defense Minister orders tighter control over Pacific nuclear sub base construction

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu expressed his displeasure on Tuesday over the construction of the docking and maintenance facilities at a naval base in the country's Far East intended for the deployment of Russia’s Borei-class strategic nuclear-powered missile submarines. While inspecting the construction of the Pacific Fleet’s facility on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Avacha Bay on Tuesday, Shoigu expressed his dissatisfaction with the work of the local supervising bodies overseeing the quality of construction works. “This is a very serious matter to joke about [the constr... more »

Ed Miliband forgot, how convenient or maybe revealing!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Labour aides said the Labour leader forgot to deliver key parts of his speech to the Labour Party conference - the key parts were those in which he was to promise to "deal with our nation's debts" and another on immigration. Ed Miliband forgot? Maybe he did, in which case do we want someone that forgetful as Prime Minister? What might he forget if he was Prime Minister? Ed Miliband forgot? Maybe he did or maybe he has tried to be clever as by 'forgetting' he didn't have to address the enormous National debt and the deliberately massive rise in uncontrolled immigration that were two ... more »

Pope Francis Says World War III Has Already Begun

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
De – Nazifying Islam is a serious challenge that will consume many before it runs its course. That is ultimately why everyone is holding back rather than charging in. The solutions are obvious and stunningly specific. I also do not think that Islam as a religion can survive a proper cleansing as fascism failed to survive Nazism either. It is easy to begin of course. It is merely to separate Christian friendly text from the Koran and then label all other teachings there as teachings of the Anti Christ. This is made easy by the deliberate dualism of the text itself. One then con... more »

Oldest house in Britain Discovered to be 11,500 Years Old

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This very early date is important and more important is the existence of permanent housing. These people did not migrate at all and must have depended on the lake and forest for sustenance. This compares well to the Pacific Northwest. That culture is at least as old and surely similar. Further work is needed to determine what they ate. I see no evidence of middens here but that may only mean they have not been identified at a nearby locale. This is also a snapshot of all Europe then. We have Stone Age villages only only one thousand years after the... more »

Deep Sea 'Mushroom' May be New Branch of Life

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Mushroom] The initial explosion produced an incredible variety of life types which was ultimately decimated. today we find lucky outriders of what may well have been a rich grouping. Whatever it is it is new to science and joins many other oddities that will need to be studied deeply before we are finished. DNA work will help sort a lot of this out as our data basses steadily improve. Otherwise it is a neat and unusual creature. * Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life* * By Paul Rincon* * 3 September 2014Last updated at 17:43 ET* *The bizarre creatur... more »

Massive Extinct Volcano Discovered Beneath Pacific Ocean

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What this illustrates is that our present resolution actually is terrible. we need to spend the coin to do much better. Then we have to follow up with robotic submersibles that can run forever and close map the ocean floor. It will take millions of devices to do it all but then why not? Our own land masses are barely as well surveyed and much there can be done also. Remote sensing works and it is now a question of equipping millions of drones to do this properly while operating other missions as well. My point is that useful close spaced mapping of just several square ... more »

Meet Israel’s Newest, Most Expensive Weapon: The INS Tanin Submarine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
In a commemoration aboard Israel’s 4th and newest submarine, the INS Tanin (“crocodile,” or “alligator”), the IDF on Sunday held a wreath-laying ceremony at the site where 69 soldiers of INS Dakar went down with the ship, in the Mediterranean Sea some 270 miles off the Israeli coast in 1968, the Israeli army said. “We will guard, protect, and act in any enemy coast, and fight bravely for the navy and the state of Israel,” Adm. Ram Rothberg, said at the event, The Jerusalem Post noted. Referring to the prowess of the new Dolphin-class craft, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz ... more »

US Aggression Drags World into Age of Global Anarchy

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
Allied with barbaric regional regimes who gestated "Islamic State," Washington's attack on Syria sets dangerous new precedent. *September 24, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Without a UN mandate or even a cohesive narrative, the United States and its regional allies have begun unilaterally bombing targets in Syria. Together with Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar - the very sponsors of extremists groups fighting inside of Syria, including the Islamic State, its offshoot al Nusra, and other Al Qaeda aligned factions - the US has opened a new chapter on global anarchy. *Image:... more »

Miliband a great original?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
Ed Miliband nicked his opening joke from Tony Blair's speech to the Labour Party conference in 2006, almost word for word. Then Blair said: "I know I look a lot older. That's what being leader of the Labour Party does to you. Actually, looking round some of you look a lot older." This year Ed Miliband said: "Since I was here 4 years ago, I feel wiser. I feel older. A lot older! But hang on, some of you lot look older too." Is Ed Miliband lazy or his script writers?

AIPAC, ISIS And The U.S. Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
None of AIPAC's 7 American publications, *Defense Digest*, *Near East Report*, *Homeland Security Monitor*, *Energy Monitor*, *Issue Memo*, *Israel Connection* or *Middle East Spotlight* discusses ISIS, let alone instructs Congress how to vote on the war with the so-called "Islamic State." In general, if you want to know how AIPAC wants congressmembers to vote just check on what its most slavish adherents do. Behind the scenes AIPAC was lobbying Congress like mad in favor of destroying ISIS. AIPAC urges Congress to grant the president the authority he has requested to protect Ame... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Your Choice

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! I am on an unexpected trip to the Pacific Northwest so there won't be a new challenge until October 8th. At that time, we'll recap and get back on track. Until then, please continue with last week's challenge, choose a challenge from THIS PAGE, create your own challenge, or ... take a break! I appreciate your patience and I'll see you on October 8th! Until next time ... *WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!*

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind III: “Balance - Lullaby for Grown-ups”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind III: “Balance - Lullaby for Grown-ups” Deeply relaxing and soothing music for sleep, relief of stress and anxiety, for meditation and healing. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQGpjO-eagc&feature=related

Henry David Thoreau, "I Learned This, At Least..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the univ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the multi-headed southern constellation Hydra, the winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. *Click image for larger size.* Still, for earthbound astronomers NGC 3621 is not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy. Some of its brighter stars have been used as standard candles to establish important estimates of extragalactic distances and the scale of the Universe. This beautiful image of NGC 3621 traces the ... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Capitalism in crosshairs as Socialism promoted at opening event of People’s Climate March* *The Communist sympathizers are getting bolder. That they called it a "people's" march alone tells you that. It is classic Communist jargon* New York City – Socialism was praised and promoted to raucous applause by the hundreds in attendance at the People’s Climate March event on September 20, featuring organizer Bill McKibben, author Naomi Klein, socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The event, held at the Unitarian Church... more »

US Strike on Syria is Desperation Incarnate

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*September 24, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The West was racing against the clock - attempting to justify war with Syria by allegedly "fighting" the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) in Syrian territory before the world fully realized the West and its allies had in fact created ISIS in the first place and was to this day arming, funding, and directing them. In haste that can only be described as desperation bordering criminal insanity, the West announced that it has begun air and missile attacks on Syrian territory. It alleges that it is attacking ISIS, however - and unlike its ... more »

"Don't Wonder..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Don't wonder why people go crazy. Wonder why they don't. In the face of what we can lose in a day, in an instant, wonder what the hell it is that makes us hold it together." - "Grey's Anatomy"

Chet Raymo, “The General And The Particular”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The General And The Particular”* by Chet Raymo “Of the fundamental particles of which the world is made, each one is identical to all others of its species. Every electron is a clone of every other electron. Every proton is interchangeable with every other. And the laws by which the fundamental particles interact and bind are fixed and immutable. Physics would not be possible if there were not an elemental sameness to the world, a concrete block redundancy. As a young man I was trained as a physicist. I was taught to revel in the general, to see through the particulars to the sam... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Dreams: The 12 Steps”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Dreams: The 12 Steps”* by Paulo Coelho "When Joseph Campbell created the expression “follow your blessing,” he was reflecting an idea that seems to be very appropriate right now. In “The Alchemist,” this same idea is called “Personal Legend.” Alan Cohen, a therapist who lives in Hawaii, is also working on this theme. He says that in his lectures he asks those who are dissatisfied with their work and seventy-five percent of the audience raise their hands. Cohen has created a system of twelve steps to help people to rediscover their “blessing” (he is a follower of Campbell): *1. T... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

The Poet: John Glenday, "Concerning the Atoms of the Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Concerning the Atoms of the Soul"* "Someone explained once how the pieces of what we are fall downwards at the same rate as the Universe. The atoms of us, falling towards the centre of whatever everything is. And we don't see it. We only sense their slight drag in the lifting hand. That's what weight is, that communal process of falling. Furthermore, these atoms carry hooks, like burrs, hooks catching like hooks, like clinging to like, that's what keeps us from becoming something else, and why in early love, we sometimes feel the tug of the heart snagging on another's heart. Only th... more »

Climate Change March Highlights Global Issue

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago
Demonstrations around the world. It is good to know that it has become international issue. Please watch the video here

"The Wonder Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We live in radical times surrounded by tasks that seem impossible. It has become our collective fate to be alive in a time of great tragedies, to live in a period of overwhelming disasters and to stand at the edge of sweeping changes. The river of life is flooding before us, and a tide of poisons affect the air we breathe and the waters we drink and even tarnish the dreams of those who are young and as yet innocent. The snake-bitten condition has already spread throughout the collective body. However, it is in troubled times that it becomes most important to remember that the wond... more »

"Life Is Not..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
- http://walkerbaitproductions.com/?p=746

"Taking Another Look: Importance of Second Chances"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Taking Another Look: Importance of Second Chances"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Everyone deserves to be given a second chance in life and the opportunity for forgiveness. When we meet someone for the first time, we often create a defining image in our minds of who that person is. We may also determine whether or not that someone is worth getting to know. Sometimes when an initial interaction is particularly uncomfortable or challenging, we can decide to close our hearts to this new acquaintance entirely. But being too quick to judge can cause us to lose out on a potentially wo... more »

"How It Really Was"

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

"FBI, DHS Go Full Scaremonger: Warn Police Of Airstrike-Inspired "Homegrown Extremists" & "Disgruntled Employee" Threats"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"FBI, DHS Go Full Scaremonger: Warn Police Of Airstrike-Inspired * *"Homegrown Extremists" & "Disgruntled Employee" Threats"* by Tyler Durden "While careful to note 'no specific threats' have been found, it appears the FBI and DHS have decided it's time to show why local police departments needed to be fully militarized after all. In the first bulletin, according to Bloomberg, US security officials warned federal and local police to watch for “homegrown violent extremists” who may be motivated to attack by airstrikes in Syria. In the second bulletin, the FBI and DHS assess that dis... more »

U.S. Told Iran That Their Intention Was To Strike Islamic State Targets In Syria But Were Not Going To Target Assad's Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile, as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, in the Arabian Gulf, September 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst/U.S. Navy *Exclusive: U.S. Told Iran Of Intent To Strike Islamic State In Syria -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and told Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. "Ira... more »

America's Mission Creep To War In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *How Obama’s War Against ISIS Just Keeps Growing -- Michael Crowley, Time* *A mission that keeps shedding its limits.* Barack Obama’s war against ISIS has come a long way from Sinjar Mountain. It was six weeks ago, on Aug. 7, that the President announced his first airstrikes against the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). It was a profound decision for a President long determined to avoid military action in the Middle East—and for a war-scarred country resistant to foreign interventions. It was also the first of many incremental steps towards Monday ... more »

spaceflight

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Lettuce Prey Four Whirled Peas

While the "MANHUNT" For Eric Frein Is Going On, How Many Citizens Have The Cops Murdered?

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
*Have you seen this man...on your lottery machine???* We all know the Pennsylvania State Police are searching for Eric Frein whom they accuse of shooting two Pennsylvania State Policemen, killing one of them. But while the "MANHUNT" for Eric Frein is going on, how many citizens in that time period have police murdered, beaten, tazed, and brutalized and *how many Constitutional laws have the police broken* while doing their "MANHUNT"? (I will update this post DAILY, as police murder citizens DAILY, as long as this "MANHUNT" is going on. There is a "MANHUNT" on for *Eric Frein*, ac... more »

ISIS AND THE THREAT TO ISRAEL

While the forerunners and later derivative groups of what is now ISIS, or IS as they now prefer to call themselves, were busy fighting Israel’s enemy in Syria, Israel and the US together with their Western allies were content to let the al-Assad regime forces and the Islamists slug it out between them. Both sides remain, however, the enemy of Israel. But, as the civil war in Syria progressed, so the various Islamist forces ranged against al-Assad began to coalesce. Though still not quite fully united, the group that now calls itself the Islamic State has emerged by far the most infl... more »

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