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Thursday, September 25, 2014

25 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

Ancestry according to the U.S. 2000 census: Co...
Ancestry according to the U.S. 2000 census: Counties with plurality of German ancestry in light blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While trains were used to transport U.S. Soldi...
While trains were used to transport U.S. Soldiers and their equipment during the Korean War, trains in North Korea were targets of attack by U.S. and other U.N. forces. Here, U.S. forces target rail cars south of Wonsan, North Korea, an east coast port city. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Soldiers from the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division i...
Soldiers from the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division in action near the Ch'ongch'on River, 20 November 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Checking In On Sean Eldridge's Campaign In Upstate New York… Oy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 minutes ago
This morning Alex Isenstadt did a provocatively titled article for *Politico*, The Worst Campaigns of 2014. How hard is it to point to Eric Canter's loss and laugh your ass off now? Or Pat Roberts'? Or Chris McDaniels'? I'm looking for some Beltway pundits who wrote that Cantor was in trouble before Dave Brat popped out of the fascist swamp to beat the Majority Leader back home. More interesting that these obvious banner races, however, is Isenstadt's inclusion of poor (which) Sean Eldridge. It's been clear since last spring, when Isenstadt wrote his classic Chasing Sean Eldridge ... more »

The Incredible Story Of Former CIA Agent John T. Downey The Longest Held American Captive Of Any War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 minutes ago
*Photo*: Downey crossing Hong Kong and freedom in 1973. CIA *“Your Future Is Very Dark” -- Andrew Burt, Slate* *The incredible story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.* America was riding high in June 1951, and so was John T. Downey, a 21-year-old English major and football star, as he stood in the courtyard of Yale’s old campus one Monday morning beside his beaming mother. Downey had graduated from one of America’s most elite institutions, just as the Korean War turned 1 year old, with U.S. forces then pushing back a Communist offensive ... more »

Steve, plumping for wartime PM

Alison at Creekside - 39 minutes ago
Yesterday at Goldman Sachs in New York in a Q&A with the WSJ editor, Harper seemed keen to give the impression that the US had taken the initiative and come to Canada cap in hand requesting further military contribution in the fight against ISIS in Iraq : Transcript excerpt : WSJ : "Would you rule out a military contribution to any effort?" Harper :"I haven't ruled out ... we haven't ruled out anything." WSJ : "Has the United States formally asked you to contribute?" Harper : "The United States just recently in the last couple of days has asked for some additional contribution an... more »

The Bitte Truth

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 55 minutes ago
"The information war for Ukraine" - Satirical German program "Die Anstalt" (Eng Subs)

U.S. Military's 21st Century Robots Of War (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago

Quagmire? We're Specialists, It Seems (All Calling for Leadership Before Now Want Boots on the Ground?) Meltdown Political Theater In Action

Anyone who predicted that here is where we were headed long ago has now won the bet. A very bad bet. With a lot of casualties upcoming. But lots of profits for the military-industrial complex. And somewhere they are all standing and applauding. Because they cannot lose now. Almost everything that is happening now suggests this will end badly. We've failed to curb ISIS in Iraq because,

Where Is North Korean Leader Kim Jung-Un?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the construction site of apartment houses for educators of Kim Chaek University of Technology in this undated photo released by North Korea"s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 13, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA *Is He Really Un-Well? Rumors Over Health Of North Korean Dictator After Weeks Without Public Appearance -- Daily Mail* * Kim Jong-un's health said to be at risk due to his high cheese consumption * 31-year-old imports vast quantities of Swiss Emmental - his favourite variety * His weight has ballooned in recent ... more »

To La.’s Accountability Commission, As They ReVAMp Teacher Evals

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
In 2010, Louisiana Representative Frank Hoffman authored the bill to include student test scores as part of teacher evaluations. Hoffman said that he “would never do anything that would hurt good teachers”– an irony, since via his bill, Hoffman had decided that the definition of a “good teacher” is one whose value can be assessed […]

“A Shiksa's Guide to Understanding Rosh Hashanah”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“A Shiksa's Guide to Understanding Rosh Hashanah”* by Sarah Sweeney “I married a nice Jewish boy, and it's been fascinating learning Jewish traditions and partaking in holidays that I previously mispronounced (Yom Kippur (yom keh'POUR) with a Rhode Island accent sounds like "yaahm kippah"). Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when you can trade in your English Happy New Year for the Hebrew L'shana tovah meaning "for a good year". The Hebrew year is 5775. Members of the Tribe don't bother with B.C. or A.D.; they operate off a lunar calendar, not unlike the Babylonians or ... more »

TV Watch: With "Parenthood" launching its (abbreviated) final season, any chance of cutting back on the "buddy"s?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*So this would be the school that Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter) dreamed up last season. Interesting to see all these Bravermans-by-marriage gathered onsite -- in addition to Kristina, Joel (Sam Jaeger), the estranged husband of Julia B (Erika Christensen), the only born Braverman in sight, and of course family matriarch Camille (Bonnie Bedelia). Season 6 launches tonight.* *by Ken* I guess they're going to have to get that school up and running, or failing, pretty quick, with *Parenthood* returning tonight for a mere-13-episode sixth and final season. It was one of the strang... more »

Pentagon: Too Soon To Say 'Winning' Against Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby says United States is conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. © Flickr/ Chuck Hagel *Too Soon To Say 'Winning' Against Islamic State - Pentagon -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Thursday it is too early to say that the U.S.-led coalition is "winning" against Islamic State, pointing to the group's continued access to financing, volunteers and weapons even after being bombed in Syria and Iraq. "Your question gets at ... How do you know you're winning? And what I'm telling you is, it's going to... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

"What's The Use..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“People are so isolated, and so alone, and so suspicious, and so competitive with each other, and so sure that they are about to be conned by their neighbor, or by their mother, or by their sister, or their grandmother. What's the use of having fifty percent of the world's wealth, or whatever it is that you have, if you're going to live this pathetic, terrified life?” - Arundhati Roy

"And Never, Never To Forget..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget”. - Arundhati Roy

“Gaza and the Threat of World War”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Gaza and the Threat of World War”* by John Pilger “There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.” “For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion o... more »

FBI Says It Has Identified 'Jihadi John' Seen In ISIS Execution Videos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*BREAKING NEWS: FBI Says It Has Identified 'Jihadi John' Seen In ISIS Execution Videos But Will Not Reveal His Identity Or Nationality -- Daily Mail* * FBI Director James Comey would not reveal the man's identity * Did not address whether U.S. believes man actually carried out the killings * Said the FBI believes that ISIS is 'looking to try to do something in the U.S.' * The executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the 'Beatles' * Comey said he was 'not confident at all' the threat from Khorasan militant group was thwarted by this week's airstrikes * Comey also told re... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 5 hours ago
*Obese pupils 'do worse at school'* *No mystery why. It is mostly the poor who are fat and the poor have lower average IQs. This is an IQ effect, nothing else* Its damage to health is well known but obesity could take a heavy toll on a child’s grades. At least six studies have found that boys and girls who are dangerously overweight do worse at school than others – with girls particularly vulnerable. Researcher Anne Martin said the effect is big enough to make a difference to grades and urged teachers to think about the effects of obesity on their pupils. It is unclear why bei... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 25, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*War Without End: The U.S. May still Be Fighting In Syria In 2024, 2034, 2044 . . . -- Jack Shafer, Reuters* This must be what perpetual war looks like. In a Pentagon briefing yesterday, Army Lieutenant General Bill Mayville called the cruise missiles and bombs flung at targets in Syria “the beginning of a credible and sustainable persistent campaign.” How long will the campaign last? “I would think of it in terms of years,” Mayville responded. Although the bombs exploded on Syrian soil, they didn’t target Bashar al-Assad’s battered, murderous regime. The bombs were addressed to ... more »

Oil in the Amazon

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
This video comes from the folks at Amazon Watch. If you feel passionately about the Amazon and health of our climate, please take 30 seconds and sign this petition.

World News Briefs -- September 25, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*French, U.S. Planes Strike Islamic State; Britain To Join Coalition -- Reuters* (Reuters) - French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join. The French strikes were a prompt answer to the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria by militants, who said the killing was punishment for Paris's decision last week to become the first European country to join the U.S.-led bombing campaign. *Read more ....* *MIDDLE EA... more »

“The Call of Duty- and Destiny” (Adapted)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Call of Duty- and Destiny” (Adapted)* by James P. Pinkerton *Sam:* "It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too sma... more »

Sept. 25: smoking, insanity, and our world...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 5 hours ago
Sixty-four years ago, tobacco company stocks were the yellow brick road to wealth. Then, in 1950, Reader's Digest ran an article titled "Cancer by the Carton", warning of the dangers of smoking tobacco. The tobacco companies reacted quickly. They set up a foundation to do "research" proving that tobacco was harmless. (Some admitted the danger, but advertised its filter tips as sure protection.) Camel cigarettes ran ads for years that featured pictures of doctors in white coats saying that Camels were recommended by more doctors than any other cigarette. In fact, the ads said they p... more »

Dregs of Humanity: Paul Calandra Edition

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 6 hours ago
Take a look at this piece of shit: This shameless buffoon has been very busy under stephen harper. That's because an utter scum-bag like stephen harper finds vile, revolting specimens like this to be highly useful. The idiot's name, of course, is Paul Calandra. Paul will go on and on about how hard-working his father was. Seems to me that Calandra Senior should have spent less time at work and more time instilling values into his son. Calandra also goes on at length about (I believe) his two daughters. I hope and pray that someone besides this dirt-bag is teaching those kids about b... more »

Turkish-Syrian Border "A Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
Title: Turkish-Syrian Border "A Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech. Source: The Real News. Date Published: September 24, 2014. Description: Vijay Prashad says Obama's comments on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease

Satire: “Colorado School Board Votes to Ban Students”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Colorado School Board Votes to Ban Students”* by Andy Borowitz ARVADA, Colo. (The Borowitz Report) — “A conservative school board in Arvada, Colorado, that earlier purged its history curriculum of materials it deemed unpatriotic has voted to ban students from its schools for espousing similarly objectionable views. “At the end of the day, it would be the height of hypocrisy to ban unpatriotic books from our schools but allow unpatriotic students to attend them,” Harland Dorrinson, a spokesman for the school board, said. “This was a very easy call for us.” By transforming its scho... more »

French farmers burn crop over Russia sanctions

Around 130 tractors blocked the RN12 highway for over two hours in Landerneau on Wednesday in the latest farmer protest against the Russian ban on EU food imports that was prompted by EU sanctions over Ukraine. Farmers set fire to potatoes, cauliflower, tyres and hay among other items, and displayed an effigy of French President Francois Hollande in a guillotine. [image: Potato Protest: French farmers burn crop over Russia sanctions] Tags: FRANCE RUSSIA SANCTIONS PROTESTS

Washington allocating $40 million in aid to Syrian opposition

Washington is allocating an additional $40 million to render assistance to the so-called moderate Syrian opposition. Tags: UNITED STATES SYRIA

Stephen Harper considering sending more Canadian troops to Iraq

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is considering increasing Canada’s direct military involvement in the fight against the Islamic State terror army in Iraq. Tags: CANADA IRAQ

US ties itself in legal knots to cover shifting rationale for Syria strikes

US government lawyers have invoked Iraq’s right to self-defence and the weakness of the Assad regime as twin justifications for US bombing in Syria, in a feat of legal acrobatics that may reopen questions over its right to intervene in the bitter civil war. Tags: UNITED STATES SYRIA IRAQ

Ukraine opposes lifting sanctions on Russia

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on Western countries not to lift the sanctions on Russia until Kiev captures the land controlled by pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine. Tags: RUSSIA UKRAINE SANCTIONS

Russia tops ISIS threat, Ebola worst of all? Lavrov puzzled by Obama’s UN speech

Following the US President’s speech at the UN, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov was puzzled with Barack Obama’s ranking of international threats: deadly Ebola virus top, followed by so-called Russian aggression and ISIS in Syria and Iraq only third? Tags: RUSSIA UNITED STATES UNITED NATIONS

Russia calls for intl probe into Ukraine burials with signs of execution

Russia is calling for an international investigation into the discovery of burial sites with signs of execution at locations where the Ukraine National Guard forces were stationed two days earlier. Tags: UKRAINE BARBARITY RUSSIA

Donetsk miners uncover the bodies of brutally murdered women

Miners working at the Kommunarskya Mine near the village of Kommunar discovered the corpses of civilians brutally murdered by Kiev forces and buried in shallow graves. [image: The scene of the gruesome discovery in Donetsk] Tags: UKRAINE BARBARITY

Turkey Bars Kurds From Entering Syria to Fight Islamic State

Turkish troops used tear gas to disperse a crowd of Kurds seeking to enter Syria to defend their ethnic kin there against Islamic State, whose advance in the past week has driven tens of thousands to flee. Tags: TURKEY SYRIA

Time for the US to Dump the Word "Homeland"

It's time to do away with the word "homeland. Tags: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Bombing ISIS: A Question

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Early last month with ISIS/ISIL/IS running amok in northern Iraq and leaving a trail of bodies in its wake, I argued there was a temporary coincidence of interest between the US/UK, the decaying apparatus of sectarian Iraqi state, the Kurds and the opportunities for labour movement and socialist politics in the region. Since then air strikes have happened, special forces are in action, the collapse of Iraq has been stymied by a new power sharing deal, and weapons and training have flowed to the Kurdish peshmerga. It's also worth noting that Kurdish forces are secular and, by any de... more »

17 Fake Dems Voted With Darrell Isis To Hold Eric Holder In Contempt

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The ugly face of Isis in America On June 28, 2012, House Witch Hunt Committee chair, Darrell Isis (R-CA) introduced H.RES 711: *•* *Resolved*, That Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, shall be found to be in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. *•* *Resolved*, That pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 192 and 194, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall certify the report of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, detailing the refusal of Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, to produce do... more »

After Killing Boko Haram's Leader, Nigeria's Military Is Now Claiming That They Are 'Winning The War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Distributed by Cameroon Officials) A photo of Abubakar Shekau (R) appearing to be dead was released by the Cameroon military officials. The photo on the left side is used to show the resemblance. Chinatopix *Boko Haram Fighters 'Surrender' As alleged Chief Killed -- BBC* More than 260 Islamist militants have surrendered in north-eastern Nigeria, the military has said. Soldiers had also killed a man who featured in Boko Haram's propaganda videos pretending to be the group's leader Abubakar Shekau, it added. Last year, the military said that Shekau may have been killed, without prov... more »

Let Them Eat Pizza

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 8 hours ago
I would have gone to the People's Climate March in Manhattan, even though, as a permitted Sunday parade, I didn't expect it to amount to anything more than tilting at windmills (ha!) - but I had already missed all of first daughter's competitions this season, and her last show for the year, in Saugerties, NY was scheduled for the same day. I had a lovely weekend with her and was very glad I went, especially as she took two firsts. Thus, I was happy having learned there was to be another protest on Monday that I could join, #FloodWallStreet, especially because the plan was for mass... more »

Israel Accuses Iran Of Conducting Nuclear Detonation Tests At It's Top Secret Parchin Military Site

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
...and Israel says Iran tested nuke detonators at this base http://t.co/zU0c5eU8m2 #Parchin @DigitalGlobe pic.twitter.com/F5md1snUvi — Jeff Harrison (@JeffHarrison) September 24, 2014 *Israel Says Iran Used Parchin Military Site For Testing Nuclear Detonation Technology -- Reuters* * Israeli statement precedes Iranian president's U.N. speech * Says uranium used to test nuclear trigger technology * Iran has denied IAEA access to Parchin site * Tehran denies allegations it seeks nuclear weapons (Adds detail on IAEA investigation, paragraphs 21-23) JERUSALEM, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Israe... more »

Obama Tiptoes Into War Against ISIS In Syria, Turns To Chicago-Based Indie Rock Band For Inspiration In UN Speech

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
"The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies – Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.” Look at the young British Muslims, who responded to terrorist propaganda by starting the “notinmyname” campaign, declaring – “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.” Look at the Christian and Muslim leaders who came together in the Central African Republic to reject viol... more »

Iran's President Blames The West And 'Certain Intelligence Agencies' For The Rise Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Iran Blames Outside Influences For Rise Of Islamic State -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iran President Hassan Rouhani blamed the rise of the Islamic State group and other militants on "certain intelligence agencies" but also said the solution to stopping them must come from the Middle East region itself. "The extremists of the world have found each other and have put out the call, 'extremists of the world unite'. But are we united against the extremists?" Rouhani asked in a speech to the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. The comments are among the strongest yet by... more »

Criminal US Attacks Syria: Again, More Evidence That This War Against "ISIS" Is Really About Removing Assad!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
The US has continued their "bombing" attacks against (non-existent) "ISIS" targets in northern Syria. I have been watching all the reports come in the last few days, and all I have seen is US videos where they claim that they are "hitting ISIS targets" but in reality we see no people or militants in any of these videos which leads to the thought that these videos themselves are frauds and the US is actually filming these missiles and bombs hitting empty buildings... AND we find some truthful reports that the only victims of these "bombings" have not been "ISIS militants" at all, b... more »

Supplemental: Profiles of Ray and Janay Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014The actual people from our latest cartoons:* We hope this may be one of our last posts on the Ray Rice matter. That said, the weirdly unfocused discussions just keep humping along. Now, we’re arguing about Bill Simmons, who has always struck us as dim, and also about Hope Solo. We aren’t discussing that federal judge. The truth is, everybody really enjoys discussing the NFL. To us, these discussions have rarely made any real sense. They’ve rarely taken any discernible shape. Today, we thought we’d share two recent profiles of the people in the cen...more »

*gilga-mike‏: the vision of mobility

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 9 hours ago
I am posting the epic words of my friend gilga mike... from somewhere on the coast of Spain, where he is making his journey to educate the world. http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-epic-journey-of-gilga-mike.html - Open letter – - Presentation and sharing of the clearest ºvisionº – a ^download^ - - the offer to You to participate, comment, advice, criticize, share, evaluate, re-fine, im>>or even>better: con>tri>bute, imment - ...DO and BE in it whatever Your passion, expertise and calling may be. You KNOW in your heart that we HAVE to DO something to sa...more »

The TRUTH About Crimea: Crimea For Dummies!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
After taking yesterday off from writing to concentrate on family issues, it is back to blogging... It seems that the criminal US President went in front of the United Nations Security Council just the other day and started spewing false rhetoric about the Russian Federation again, including an interesting tirade about how Russia should have never allowed (?) Crimea to rejoin the federation. I have the link to an article that covers that speech here. It was again nothing but false rhetoric and nothing more than pure lies... But again the US media has again tried their best to vil... more »

Night Moves . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 9 hours ago
SOME FOLKS REALLY EARN THEIR PAY. Like the pilot of that Harrier AV-8B landing at night on the flightdeck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island somewhere in the Arabian Sea. Do visit David Cenciotti's site, The Aviationist, which has fine pictures of aircraft and events from around the world, to see the video. Brave people.

Supplemental: What occurs in the press corps stays in the press corps!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014The terrible face of Clinton hatred, September 1998:* Last week, we were researching the late Kirk O’Donnell, who died at age 52 in 1998. Kirk O’Donnell was Lawrence O’Donnell’s cousin. Early in his adult life, he was a widely-respected chief aide to House speaker Tip O’Neill. We were researching Kirk O’Donnell because we were puzzled by something his cousin had said. Along the way, we came upon the startling face of Clinton-hatred as it existed in September 1998. We thought that hatred was worth recording. Here’s the way it went down: Al Hunt wrote ... more »

Bash ShellShock: upgrade your Linux-like platforms

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
I have often emphasized that Linux is an example of non-commercial, communism-based software architecture where no one is financially motivated to take his responsibility for the quality and safety of his products seriously. Today happens to be a day which makes my words much more important than they have been for many previous years. Yesterday, a serious bug that the media often declare to be worse than Heartbleed was found in Bash, the world's most widespread command line shell for Unix (a Unix counterpart of DOS, you could say). The bug affects all versions of Unix and Linux r... more »

Life Under Islamic State Rule Leaked On YouTube (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Living Under The ISIS Terror: Woman Reveals Crushing Oppression Of Life In Fundamentalist Regime In Video Shot From Under Her Hiqab -- Daily Mail* * The unidentified woman captures rare glimpse into life in new regime * She is approached by gunman who berate her for showing face * Women are also seen with Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders * French women are seen speaking to worried relatives at home A mystery woman has covertly provided the world with a rare glimpse of life in the heartland of the Islamic State using a camera concealed beneath her niqab. The extraordinary foo...more »

Iraqi Prime Minister: ISIS Terror Plot Uncovered To Hit New York And Paris Subways

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *BREAKING NEWS: ISIS Terror Plot To Hit New York And Paris Subways: Iraqi PM Claims French And American Jihadis Are Being Trained For Attacks On Their Homelands -- Daily Mail* * Haider al-Abadi claimed Iraqi intelligence officials uncovered a terror plot * American and French militants are being trained to attack home countries * Abadi said intelligence was credible but was 'not sure' if attack is imminent * U.S. intelligence sources responded by appearing to knock down the claims * They said there is no evidence to suggest Abadi's informat... more »

FFWN: 9/11 perp Harari reported dead; US arms & trains ISIS to fight ISIS

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 10 hours ago
*US False Flags * 1) 9/11 perp Mike Harari reported dead at 87 http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/09/22/harari-dead/ [image: http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/harari-arrest.jpg] 2) Former CIA: Sandy Hook and Boston bombing obvious false flags https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CYPrt4Hr8BI 3) Wolf and Fetz do Sandy Hook on "The Power Hour" http://www.thepowerhour.com/schedule.htm *Election Fraud in Scotland?* 4) Proof Scottish vote was manipulated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbJif7vISQg 5) No exit polls for Scottish referendum h... more »

Remember " War against Iraq, Syria & Iran? " ISIS wants Saudi Arabia?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*I am packing a heck of a lot of info into this post! It has to be done. * *Sit down for a spell and read.* *The US strikes ISIS oil targets? *Lots of news outlets presenting the US air strikes as strikes on ISIS assets.. *Let’s be straight on this. *These aren’t ISIS oil assets. These are Syria’s oil assets. And there is no doubt in my mind that ISIS ‘took over’ these oil assets so the US could take these same oil assets out! *Recall this?* *War against Iran, Iraq and Syria? * Pepe published a piece that coincided with everything I had found for that long ago post, so I used it as a... more »

Syrian Government Assessing It's Military Options As Airstrikes Continue Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Territorial control in the Syrian Civil War as of August 2014. Map by Evan Centanni, starting from blank map by NordNordWest. License: CC BY-SA *U.S.-Led Airstrikes Could Open New Fronts For Syrian Battles Against Islamic State -- Washington Post* BEIRUT — Syrian government forces drove back Islamic State fighters near Damascus, a report said Thursday, in a possible sign that President Bashar al-Assad’s military may step up offensives amid the wider fallout from U.S.-led airstrikes against the militants. On another front, Syrian Kurdish fighters appealed for warplanes to target Is... more »

Tewa Women United Gathering for Mother Earth 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago

A Few More Details and Developments Regarding Brian Leiter's Unprovoked Bullying of Colleagues

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 11 hours ago
So, reading from the number of hits on this blog since yesterday evening, I can assume that a precious few have missed yesterday's post on the bizarre and completely unacceptable behaviour of Brian Leiter towards Carrie Jenkins of UBC and Aberdeen and a number of other almost exclusively female academic colleagues. Today, Feminist Philosophers, posted an update on Leiter's alleged attempt to apologise to Jenkins, and the devastating effects his behaviour has had on Jenkin's state of mind and health. Here, it also surfaces that Leiter's claims that another female philosopher had "ti... more »

The U.S. Is Now Back In The Middle East Quagmire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama departs after chairing a meeting of the United Nations. Security Council at the 69th U.N. General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid *Islamic State Drags Obama Back Into Mideast Quagmire -- Samia Nakhoul, Reuters* (Reuters) - American-led and Arab-backed air strikes carrying the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria have dragged Washington into a new Middle East war - exactly the kind of conflict Barack Obama spent his presidency trying to avoid. No one doubts this dramatic escalation presages a long co... more »

Paul Ryan Declares War Against Math-- Steve Israel Declares War Against Rob Zerban

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
There aren't many-- if *any*-- Republicans who have been more demonized in those annoying DCCC emails begging for money from lo-info grassroots Dems, than Paul Ryan. Reading them, you'd think the DCCC is gearing up to fight-- if not already in the midst of hand-to-hand combat-- against the despised and much-vilified (rightfully despised and vilified) Ryan. But no, as we saw yesterday, the DCCC has once again-- as in every single re-election race he's ever run-- given Ryan a free pass. There will be no DCCC spending against Paul Ryan. There has never been any DCCC spending against P... more »

Officials: War Against The Islamic State Could Last Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Pentagon Spokesman On Fighting ISIS: 'I Think We Are In This For A Matter Of Years' -- CNN* (CNN) -- The United States and its allies are steeling themselves for what an American defense official described Thursday as a years-long fight against the so-called Islamic State, a revelation that came as airstrikes pummeled oil refineries in Syria used by the terror group to help fund its operations "I think we are in this for a matter of years," the Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told CNN Thursday. "... We are steeling ourselves for that period of time." U.S.-led air... more »

The War Against The Islamic State Is Going To Cost Billions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Costs Rack Up In ISIS Fight -- The Hill* The United States launched nearly 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Islamic militant targets in Syria on Tuesday, each of which cost about $1.5 million to replace. The military also used F-22s, F-16s and B-1 bombers to pound Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions, which cost between $20,000 and $65,000 per flying hour. The figures highlight how President Obama’s campaign against the terrorist network will have high fiscal costs for the nation, even as the bills from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars fade from memory. The fight against... more »

Shocker: Holder Won't Be A.G. for Life

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
Well, knock me over with a feather. Attorney General Eric Holder will only serve about seven-eighths of his two-term stint as the nation's chief selective law enforcement officer. With any luck, he'll take another spin through the revolving doors a year or two before Obama does. Assuming, that is, that the Senate will deign to confirm any replacement who is not Alberto Gonzales or Michael Mukasey. If the GOP takes the Senate, I am sure things will go a lot more smoothly. They will no longer have to pretend that there is any major difference between the two corporate parties. I guess... more »

Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe) The “Water Walker”

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), The “Water Walker” Photos and article by Ayse Gursoz Republished with permission by Ayse Gursoz from Indigenous Rising Censored News With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes. She is

The Military Campaign Against The Islamic State -- News Updates September 25, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Islamic State Crisis: US Hits IS Oil Targets In Syria -- BBC* The US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) has targeted 12 oil refineries in Syria on a third night of air strikes against the militants. Raids carried out by US, Saudi and UAE aircraft killed 14 of the group's fighters and five civilians in eastern Syria, activists said. According to the Pentagon, the refineries generated up to $2m (£1.2m) per day in revenue for the militants. In northern Syria, Kurdish forces say they have pushed back an IS advance. US President Barack Obama has vowed to dismantle the IS "networ... more »

UP Hooligans, Part 4

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
This article by Prof. Antonio “Tonton” Contreras was widely shared in facebook yesterday. It looks cool, well-written, but not necessarily well-argued. *An open letter to the UP Hooligans a.k.a. enemies of UP* Among the urban legends propagated by this article are, *For some, your act was so abominable to a point that 23 members of the faculty of the School of Economics of your University, my Alma Mater, rushed to defend Abad and condemn you in strong words…* *In calling you as enemies, they took the side of Abad. In declaring your act as pure hooliganism, they became instruments f... more »

First Voices Indigenous Radio: Mapuche author Pedro Cayuqueo

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
By Liz Hill Censored News One of John Kane’s guests this morning on “First Voices Indigenous Radio” was renowned Mapuche journalist and author Pedro Cayuqueo. Amalia Isabel Cordova provided interpretation. If you missed John's fascinating conversation with Pedro, who has become a recognized voice not only for Mapuche issues but also Indigenous and intercultural intellectual debates across

Silicon Valley Corporatists

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
James Hall Remember the days when an entrepreneur would perfect their whiz kid ideas in a garage and bring them to market? Did Steve Wozniak ever envision the behemoth that Apple would become and the cult camp that worships every new product that flows from their robotic coolie assembly lines? Riots Over Rotten Apple Mania describes an example of the forbidding underbelly of corporatist business model that Apple exemplifies so dramatically. Notwithstanding this record of 21st century sweat factories, do the venture vulture capitalists of Silicon Valley interject added value in t... more »

World News Briefs -- September 25, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Ebola Spread Stabilizing In Guinea As Toll Nears 3,000: WHO -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The spread of Ebola seems to have stabilized in Guinea, one of three West African states worst-hit by the disease, but a lack of beds and resistance in affected communities means its advance continues elsewhere, the World Health Organization said. Underscoring drastic measures being taken to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly virus, Sierra Leone put three more districts -- home to over a million people and major mining operations -- under indefinite quarantine. *Read more* .... *MID... more »

On Louisiana Gulf after Climate March: Nothing has changed

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Message from the People's Climate March posted by Cherri Foytlin Sep 24 2014 Photo: Cherri Foytlin at the People's Climate March, by Karen Savage. The view I have now of Brooklyn Bridge, will soon be replaced with fracking rigs. Coming into Baton Rouge, buildings will change to tank farms, New York Harbor will become BP soiled waters, the subway tunnels – pipelines and canals that let the

Family Night at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
I was given tickets to Ringling Brothers in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. Last night I took my girls to the Circus, my two daughters and my youngest sister. Before we entered the circus, it had been a rough day. My 5-year-old experienced mean kids at school for the first time and my heart was breaking for her, it was amazing to watch it all melt away as entered the circus. I seriously spent so little time watching the circus and so much time watching the girls. My 11-year-old sister had never been to a circus before and in one of my Instagram photos from last nig... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 25, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Pentagon: New Airstrikes Target Refineries Used By ISIS In Syria -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- U.S. and coalition warplanes pounded ISIS positions in eastern Syria on Wednesday, targeting what a Pentagon official described as mobile oil refineries being used by the so-called Islamic State terror group to help finance its operations. The latest round of airstrikes were aimed at cutting off money flowing to ISIS, which makes up to $2 million a day from oil produced by the mobile refineries, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, told CNN. Fighter jets from Saudi Arabia an...more »

THE HOUSES OF NANTUCKET COUNTY: A slightly comical demographic!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014Part 3—What made Chris Matthews run:* To what extent was the late Tim Russert friends with Jack Welch and Bob Wright? We haven’t seen much reporting on that somewhat abstruse topic. In November 2000, one small suggestion appeared. For all previous posts in this award-winning series, click here. In November 2000, USA Today’s Peter Johnson wrote the very rare profile of Russert—a profile which seemed to be slightly skeptical concerning Russert’s well-known moral greatness. (We can find no public link to Johnson's fascinating profile.) Using several comi... more »

Five Land Defenders Arrested at Utah TarSands Protest

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Five Land Defenders Arrested at Utah Tar Sands Protest Posted on September 25, 2014 by Utah Tar Sands Resistance Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 BREAKING: Five Land defenders were arrested yesterday morning at the construction site of US Oil Sands’ tar sands strip-mine in Utah. The Canadian company’s 32,000 acre lease-holding are on state-managed land in the Book Cliffs, on the East Tavaputs

Cancer cure, cura del Cancer

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 13 hours ago
Cancer is cured by sending chemical signal telling cancer to stop spreading...They have found a "Stop spreading molecule" Cancer before and after the "Stop spreading molecule" http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140924145016.htm Seed Newsvine

Lets take a step back

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Are there not a thousand other regions in the word we should fear if they wold bring their governance here? We are being played like Gobbles. Invent a threat and then get ready for a long war.

Navajos to protest liquor permit in Tohlakai NM on Saturday

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
STANDING FOR TOHLAKAI ALLIANCE  Navajo Technical University students sign "standing for Tohlakai alliance"  petittion. By Standing for Tohlakai Alliance Censored News September 24, 2014 TOHLAKAI, NAVAJO NATION -- Who will speak for the people? The people will! The people gather – this Saturday, September 27th, 2014, beginning at 9:00 am at the Tohlakai Store. The purpose:  To

Skin in the game

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Knock Knock its a cruise missile attack. What more motivation do we need to keep assholes plugged up?

Premier Abadi Retires Two Of Iraq’s Top Generals, But Members Of Parliament Wants Them Prosecuted

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
On September 21, 2014 Islamic State (IS) led insurgents captured an army base in Saqlawiya, which is to the north of Fallujah in Anbar. Some 300 soldiers were said to have died with others captured. This was the largest military collapse since the fall of Tikrit in June. In response Premier Haider Abadi retired two top commanders in the Iraqi army General Abboud Qanbar, the deputy chief of staff of operations and General Ali Ghidan the Ground Forces Commander. The two had been under fire before, which has led some parliamentarians to call for their investigation and perhaps prosec... more »

The Smart Meter Divide and Conquer Model in Relationships

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
[image: Toner-Carillo fight 2]Heather Callaghan Uh-oh! A bizarro new study probing human behavior and energy usage almost sounds like the makings of a reality TV show. Why? Because smart meters could be a cause of conflict for roommates, friends and spouses. Anyone sharing a home. But not for reasons you might think... No, it is not the negative health effects of smart meters, the invasiveness of surveillance, the insecurity that comes from remote control or the idea that smart meters are actually leading to soaring energy costs that leads to conflict according to researchers. In... more »

Engineers vs. Thugs: the Power of Bitcoin, Cryptography & Tech

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*Brave The World* Vinay Gupta is one of those unique minds. A pragmatist without the negativity, and a visionary unleashed from ideology. Visit BraveTheWorld.com Visit HexaYurt.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Tips from MSM: How Not to Get Raped By a Police Officer

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Amanda Warren Recently, a string of Oklahoma law enforcement officers have been outed for untold numbers of female sexual assault victims at their hands while on duty. Some lurid details appear in this Associated Press story. Have you seen the picture on the right floating around online? Were you shocked by it like I was? While it doesn't accurately depict *exactly*what was said, except for the words inside quotes, it is indeed the underlying message. Actually, it's much, *much* worse than that if you view the news segment it was taken from. Here below we have not only Captain G... more »

Aspire Charter Schools: Busing to Maintain Segregation

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
When parents showed up last week to enroll their children at the Aspire (Coleman) charter school in Memphis, they were told there were no more seats, due to plans to expand next year to take in 6th grade. Even if there were no expansion plans, you can't have too many children of parents who weren't there months ago to squeal with delight at the prospect of getting their children into a new segregated corporate reform school. Protect the brand. The solution provided: Bus these 30 or so children an hour away to another Aspire store called Aspire Hanley, which *last year had worse tes... more »

A Look At The Chinese Military Over 35 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Chinese amphibious warfare training. From The Chinese War Machine *The Chinese War Machine -- Kyle Mizokami, War Is Boring* A 1979 book is an amazing look back at Beijing’s military. The Chinese War Machine changed that. The 1979 book was, for a long time, the best look at the Chinese armed forces an ordinary person could hope to get. The authors and contributors — including a youthful Bill Sweetman—hailed from highly-regarded institutions including Sandhurst, the Warship Society, the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute, the Rand Corporation and Jane’s. And The Chinese War Mac... more »

Elevator Logic

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I think it was JP Morgan but I could be wrong in Rockerfeller, who said when the elevator operators are giving you stock tips the crash is self evident. So know we have the wonderful distraction of ISIS. They are cumming to your bedroom and will fuck you harder than the usual Crack Hoe, Routinely Americans protected by some or other amendment slaughter a half dozen or more citizens but this is just considered life in the big city When some man in black says he will attack we go def con four. The New York City police force could roll back ISIS in a week with the stop and frisk The mo... more »

US Aggression Drags World into Age of Global Anarchy

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*Allied with barbaric regional regimes who gestated "Islamic State," Washington's attack on Syria sets dangerous new precedent. * Tony Cartalucci 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*: After years of condemn... more »

US Strike on Syria is Desperation Incarnate

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci The West was racing against the clock – attempting to justify war with Syria by allegedly “fighting” the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Syria 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 campaign in neighboring Iraq – the US in... more »

Students Protest School Reeducation Policies, Rewriting U.S. History to Downplay Civil Disobendience

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Melissa Melton Following a teacher “sick out” that shut down two Denver area high schools, hundreds of students walked out of their classrooms in protest Tuesday over a school board proposal to supposedly support “patriotism” and “respect for authority” but “downplay civil disobedience” in their history curriculum. Via Fox News: The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls of instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting wi... more »

A Close Look At Israel’s Newest And Most Expensive Weapon (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Meet Israel’s Newest, Most Expensive Weapon: The INS Tanin Submarine -- The Algemeiner* 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. Referr... more »

America Is Going To War Against The Islamic State With Weapons And Systems That Have Been Slated To End

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq on September 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Shawn Nickel/U.S. Air Force/Handout *Obama Goes To War With Weapons He Scrapped -- Investors.com* National Defense: The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready. With the decision to launch air and missile strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in addition to ongo... more »

13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Gaye Levy It has been over two years since I wrote about the “Perfect Storm of Civil Unrest”. Looking back, it would be easy to think that perhaps the article was a bit reactionary given current events at the time. On the other hand, not a whole lot has changed since then. These are still uneasy times. The names and faces of the powers-that-be may be different, but the actions are the same. Normal, ordinary middle class families are still struggling and corporate corruption, hidden agendas, and cover-ups are still commonplace. The threat of an Ebola or other pandemic, global ec... more »

The King Fire Chronicles: Life on the Edge of a Natural Disaster

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Daisy Luther For eleven days now, forest fires have raged around us. Worsened by the drought on the West Coast, a seemingly unquenchable inferno is eating up the trees, the brush, and anything that gets in its way. It’s like the fire is a living thing, one that wants to get free and consume everything. I’m rarely forthcoming about even our general location, for the obvious privacy reasons, but I want to share what it’s like for a real family – mine – to live on the brink of disaster for an extended period of time. For the past week and a half, we’ve wondered on a daily basis if TH... more »

The State Of Play-- November's Maine Senate Contest

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
My two favorite senators are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. They both have phenomenal records, not just on voting, but on *leading*. No one's perfect though. Bernie, for example, endorsed anti-choice Michigan reactionary Jerry Cannon, the former commandante of the Guantánamo gulag. What does that say about Bernie? Not much; just that he's human and makes mistakes. Sherrod Brown would be on that list too-- making it a trio-- if not for a crucial vote he took approving torture… a bridge too far. (He's still my third favorite senator.) So what about Elizabeth Warren? Not many ... more »

Who Is Paranoid About Guns?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
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A Mere Mortal

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.ctvnews.ca/ Andrew Nikiforuk writes that, according to Gus Van Harten, the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement -- which Stephen Harper signed without any public debate -- trumps both First Nations and provincial rights which, up to this point, have been enshrined in Canadian jurisprudence. Van Harten has several concerns about the agreement: It gives China unique Most Favoured Nation status and "obligates Canada, *but not China*, to open its economy to the other state's investors." It allows Chinese investors, in general, to purchase assets in Canad... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Obama Organizes World Community on Climate Change* The great community organizer stood before the United Nations and rallied the peoples of the world on global warming. “Nobody gets a pass,” Barack Obama said, not even developing nations. At this point, he might have shot the Chinese delegation a glance over his teleprompter. He continued, “The alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching,” he said, alluding to the environmentalists rallying elsewhere in New York. Did he evoke a presidential mandate from his election? No, the country is too divided for that. Instead, he b... more »

Awakening in the Whirlwind: "The Event"

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
Over the past few days there has been a HUGE shift of energies- on all levels of awareness: physical, emotional, mental, planetary and most especially in that consciousness that is accessed by everyone through perceived "dreamtime" "astral" and "higher dimensional" realms. Though many perceive these areas or "realms" to be separate from what they see as "reality", or of this "solid" earthly dimension, they are in fact the true reality in which we exist. In which I AM, ONE, Source,..... ALL of us, exist as I AM and are all ONE. We- in this water vessel that we call our body- ar... more »

A Look At 5 Weapons That The Islamic State Uses That We Should Fear

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Islamic State extremists captured a chemical weapons plant near Baghdad last month and now likely possess sarin-filled rockets, Iraqi officials told the United Nations on Tuesday. (Reuters) *Five ISIS Weapons of War America Should Fear -- Robert Farley, National Interest* ISIS’ path to prominence—from amassing large amounts of territory and taking on all challengers—lies in its choice of arms and tactics. Over the past year, ISIS has scored a series of remarkable victories over Iraqi, Kurdish and Syrian forces. It has succeeded despite a lack of access to the heavy weaponry that... more »

The Capitalism Machine is Killing Us

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
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Boeing Is Getting Out Of The Jet Fighter Business

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets, in the Arabian Gulf. (REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Burck/Handout) *Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets -- Wall Street Journal* As Orders for F/A-18 Dry Up, Executives Shift Focus to Bombers, Drones and Trainers Boeing Co. BA +0.94% , which has built milit... more »

Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Sept. 23 at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. The launch team, under the direction of the 57... more »

Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar Completes Design Reviews, Prepares for Delivery

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: AN/APG-83 SABR]Demonstrating the maturity of its active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully concluded all engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) design reviews for the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) in just 12 months. Northrop Grumman's AN/APG-83 SABR is a direct replacement for legacy F-16 radars and includes fifth-generation radar capabilities, the largest synthetic aperture radar map available for the F-16 and robust electronic protection. SABR was competitively selected by Lockheed M... more »

Upgraded P-3 Orion Delivered Ahead Of Schedule

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: CBP P-3 Orion]Lockheed Martin delivered a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft 34 days ahead of schedule on Sept. 23 from its facilities here. This is the 10th of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications and phased depot maintenance. The aircraft received an Avionics Upgrade Modification which included flight station panels and controls, new autopilot system and an update to the Airborne Early Warning (AEW) mission system computer. Read more

Turkey Preparing for Syria Occupation?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 17 hours ago
*Image: Turkey's population suffers the consequences of conflict stokedintentionally across its border with Syria by its own government in Ankara.Refugees created by chaos of NATO's own meddling are straining state resources that should be used to develop Turkey. (AP) * *September 25, 2014 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - As Western-backed terrorists drive allegedly tens of thousands of refugees into Turkish territory, and amid what is being called a "sustainable, persistent campaign" of air assaults, missile strikes, and other assorted attacks on Syrian territory, the West is preparing ... more »

Monetary Policy Rules

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago
Here is a website that gives up-to-date graphs of several policy rules.

Czech ex-PM Nečas: stop hostility towards Russia

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
*Related:* see also "The lies Europe tells about Russia are monstrous" by Czech ex-president Klaus in The Spectator (where they called him – generously yet deeply pessimistically – the last outspoken leader in the West) There are folks in Czech politics who enjoy repeating the mindless Obama-style, and sometimes even Bandera-style if not Hitler-style, hateful proclamations against Russia and designing silly methods intended to harm Russia (which is often the goal even if they also harm themselves or their citizens or allies). But I think that it is getting increasingly clear ever... more »

Musical Interlude: Karunesh, “Moon Temple”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Karunesh, “Moon Temple” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE1yQu6I0A4#t=225

A liitle Frasier for Rosh Hashonah

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Frasier Crane speaks Klingon instead of Hebrew at his son's Bar Mitzvah. Shana Tova everybody... But you should really be getting ready for schul now!

Dutch To Join Anti-ISIS Airstrikes In Iraq, Will Send Fighter Jets And Military Personnel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]The Netherlands will join the United States in its ongoing air campaign to combat Islamic State group militants in Iraq but will not participate in the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. The Dutch will send military personnel and fighter jets to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the ground, Dutch officials announced Wednesday. "The Netherlands will make six F-16s available for the first phase of the campaign, for one year," Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher told reporters on Wednesday after an emergency meeting at the Hague, according to the Agenc... more »

Iran overhauls Su-24 fighter jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-24MK Fencer]The Iranian Air Force experts have overhauled several Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets successfully for the first time. Each Su-24 jet was overhauled after 35,000 person-hour works at the Shahid Doran Air Base in Shiraz, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported Sept. 24. The Su-24 is a supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft developed in the former Soviet Union. Read more

South Korea Formally Announces Intent to Buy 40 Lockheed Fighter Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]South Korea formally announced on Wednesday that it would buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a deal that includes transfers of technology for the development of the country’s own advanced fighter jet. South Korea picked Lockheed Martin’s F-35A as the sole choice for its air force’s new fighter jet in November and has since been negotiating the terms of the deal. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Han Min-koo called a meeting of top military procurement officials to approve the purchase, the Defense Acquisition P... more »

Iran reveals drone designed to shoot down aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Karrar-4 UAV]Iran unveiled what it claimed was a new domestically produced unmanned attack drone on Tuesday. "The research, trials and tests are over," Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami told the semi-official Fars News Agency. The new drone, called Karrar-4, is designed for anti-aircraft operations and is "capable of destroying various flying aircraft including fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters," Hatami said. Read more

Textron Systems Fury™ Lightweight Precision Weapon Engages Target During Live-Fire Demonstrations

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Textron Systems Fury™]Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, a Textron Inc. business, announced today a pair of successful live-fire demonstrations of its new FuryTM lightweight precision guided glide weapon off of a Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The combined Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems and Unmanned Systems team dropped Fury last month from a Shadow 200, engaging and detonating on the target. This marked the first live drop of the Fury and the first live weapon drop from the Unmanned Systems Shadow ... more »

NATO concludes AWACS mission in Afghanistan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-3A Sentry]NATO has flown the final missions of its Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) over Afghanistan, the alliance disclosed on 21 September. Flown under the auspices of Operation 'Afghan Assist', the last mission of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF) was flown out of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan on the same day as the announcement. The deployment of an undisclosed number of NATO AWACS aircraft to Afghanistan was first approved in 2009, with the aircraft arriving in theatre mid-January 2011. Read more

Courting Vietnam, US prepares to ease arms embargo

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: P-3C Orion]Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China. Senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the initiative said Washington wants to support Vietnam by strengthening its ability to monitor and defend its coastline, and said unarmed P-3 surveillance planes could be one of the first sales. Such aircraft would also allow Vietnam to keep track of Ch... more »

Navy halts nuclear work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Albany (SSN-753)]The Navy has suspended most nuclear work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard after discovering, on two separate occasions in recent weeks, that civilian workers improperly handled potentially contaminated equipment. The problems that led to the nuclear work stoppage "were minor and did not result in any impact to the safety of the public, the environment or employees," said Jeff Cunningham, a shipyard spokesman. The shipyard paused all but the most critical nuclear operations on Sept. 13 after the second safety violation, Cunningham said. It's unknown when the wo... more »

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Minimum Extent for 2014

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: time series] What we have seen clearly developed is an Arctic minima which is matched by an Antarctic Maxima. This surely implies that the net global change is close to zero or is even zero. As well this apppears stable enough and will possibly remain in place for some time as other maxima have. I am thinking in terms of at least ten more years. Our best available indicator will be the Antarctic which appears to provide a clean signal. I think that a conjecture linking these two events will win the day and i am now satisfied. Long Term Historical records suppor... more »

The Case for a Foreign Legion

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The fundamental role of a foreign Legion is to suppress sectarian war making. Thus in Iraq, the Shiite army cannot really tackle the Sunni ISIS without triggering a broader civil war and active Arab intervention. A foreign legion can be formed up even under some form of UN mandate and properly supplied to USA standards in equipment and training. Better the mission is also clearly defined. It is to root out sectarian war making regardless who is involved. Strong states will have no problem while the weak cannot properly interfere. It certainly worked under imperial for... more »

A Promising Alzheimer’s Treatment for Pennies a Day

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The clear take home is that the vitamin B complex will slide into deficiency as we age and this will likely be expressed as a developing Alzheimers. I will go much further. A principle cause of age related symptoms are sypmtoms of deficiency of some sort. We have already encountered this phenomena with vitimin D. Ideally we hit the biological wall fully in our prime and then collapse quickly as all animals in the wild do. Instead we have a curious lingering decline. All this conforms to an Age deficiency syndrone that needs to be closely policed. *A Promising Alzheimer’s Tr... more »

A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
A reminder of course that it all takes time, but that is now internet time as I like to remind folks. They all have cell phones and a good idea is shared immediately with half a billion folks who know farming. Next year will be different. More important than even the science is the new atmospheric water device that I posted on here recently. It is the no technology version of the Eden machine that draws a hundred gallons a night out of the atmosphere and waters an adjacent crop row or a tree. It needs no power and is completely passive. Better yet, the collection pool is id... more »

Russia to Base Subs with Cruise Missiles at Novorossiysk

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Novorossiysk Russia plans to deploy submarines carrying cruise missiles with a range of over 1,500 km in the port of Novorossiysk, the Black Sea Fleet commander has said. With NATO ships permanently present in the Black Sea since the outbreak of Ukraine crisis there are plans to create a submarine base in Novorossiysk to avoid concentration of all vessels in one base - a situation observed in February and March in Sevastopol, in Crimea, ITAR-TASS quoted Alexander Vitko as saying to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Putin, commander in chief of Russia’s armed forces, arri... more »

Scotland No vote has halted a wider debate about Trident

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Nowhere was the relief over Scotland’s decision last week to remain part of the United Kingdom more acutely felt than with those responsible for Britain’s nuclear deterrent system, Trident. The Scottish National Party had promised that independence would lead to the removal of Trident submarines and the associated nuclear warhead storage facilities from their bases on the Clyde estuary, not far from Glasgow. Irrespective of various Ministry of Defence contingency plans, it would have been very difficult if not impossible to relocate them. Consequently, a... more »

Perfect Timing: NATO-Backed Terror Group Kills French Tourist

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*September 25, 2014* (Tony Cartlaucci - LD) - Terrorists aligned to Al Qaeda have allegedly beheaded a French tourist kidnapped in the North African nation of Algeria. The BBC in their article, "French hostage Herve Gourdel beheaded in Algeria," would report that (emphasis added): *The beheading, the spokesman says, is to "avenge the victims in Algeria... and support the caliphate" proclaimed by IS in Iraq and Syria.* *Jund al-Khilafa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) pledged allegiance to IS on 14 September. * *Until then it had been known as part of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ... more »

BREAKING: Prosecutors Search NTU ICU Which Taipei Candidate Ko Once Headed

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
News now flashing across the intertubes. Apparently prosecutors searched the ICU at NTU hospital where current independent and leading Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je used to be the head. I don't have any more details at the moment. Conclude what you will, I will update when I can confirm.... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Climate Tricks 33: UN Fooling Government Leaders to Accept Expensive Energy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Reposting here a good article written by a friend, Dr. Willie Soon, a Malaysian-American astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, and Lord Christopher Moncton. Posted in Washington Times. I have met Willie twice, in NYC in 2009 and in Chicago in 2010. --------------- *Boycotting the U.N. climate summit* By Willie Soon and Christopher Monckton - - Thursday, September 18, 2014 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sensibly declined to attend yet another climate summit — this time called by Ban Ki-moon for Tuesday in New York under the auspices of ... more »

The Throwdown Switch : The Way That You Kill Hitler

Spike EP at News Spike - 22 hours ago
*Now you don't see it...* "We switched the dental records on the way out of the bunker, prior to the final breakout." *Hugo Blaschke* *Hitler's Personal Dentist* ...and now you do. James Brady was NOT shot with a .38 - his whole skull would be in pieces. Certainly if it was loaded with illegal "devastator bullets which explode when they hit things He was shot with a .22 - a pop-gun by comparison. Here we see James Brady and James Brady's head injury, right next to the gun that *didn't *cause them, along with the Secret Service agent that just put it there... The DC policeman wi... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*The astounding ignorance of John Kerry* One of the disturbing aspects of the global warming debate is that so many of the leading public officials who espouse alarmism know so little about the basics of climate science. I have seen many instances of ignorance over the years and have largely gotten used to it, but I recently happened on an example from Secretary of State John Kerry that astounded me. Reporters and commentators noted that in his major speech on climate change given in Jakarta on 16th February, Secretary Kerry claimed that “climate change can now be considered anoth...more »

NSA Intercepts Were Key In Locating The Key Leaders Of The Khorasan Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*NSA Intercepts Key To Locating, Bombing New Al Qaeda Group In Syria -- Washington Times* Intelligance agency’s surveillance key to airstrikes on al Qaeda offshoot in Syria The U.S. ability to pinpoint with airstrikes the operational hubs of the al Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Group in Syria and penetrate one of its bombing plots shows the importance of the much-maligned National Security Agency, defense analysts said Tuesday. The Khorasan Group is an especially hard target because, unlike other al Qaeda spinoffs, it stays in the shadows and refrains from pronouncements on social medi... more »

The Haig Doctrine - New York Times, March 20 1981

Spike EP at News Spike - 22 hours ago
WASHINGTON, March 19— Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. said today that the Reagan Administration would try to develop a strategic ''consensus'' to counter the Soviet Union in an area stretching from Pakistan to Egypt and including such disparate nations as Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Haig also held out the possibility of improved relations with Iraq, one of the most anti-Israel nations in the region, and one that has been closely identified with the Soviet Union in the past. He said Washington had noted ''... more »

Drug Price Control 42: New Round of India Price Caps

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Another round of drug price control in India. Lessons for the Philippines? Discussion below, after the news report. --------- *India caps prices of 36 more drugs to improve access - government official* BY ADITYA KALRA AND ZEBA SIDDIQUI NEW DELHI/MUMBAI Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:34pm IST *(Reuters) - India has capped the prices of 36 drugs, including those used to treat infections and diabetes, in its latest move to make essential medicines more affordable, a senior official of the country's drug pricing authority told Reuters on Friday.* *The medicines join a list of 348 drugs deemed esse... more »

Why Did The U.S. Bomb Islamic State Targets In The Middle Of The Night When Everyone In ISIL Was Home Sleeping?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*My Comment:* It is a good question .... why bomb these buildings in the middle of the night when everyone was home sleeping ... why not bomb them in the middle of the day when all of these Islamic State leaders and their support staff would be working in their offices and in the buildings that were targeted and bombed. All that these airstrikes did was kill a few janitors and security staff .... and for a short time (maybe) disrupt their command and control centers.

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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-24/venezuela-default-looming-what-bofa-banker-wanted-look-first With A Venezuela Default Looming, This Is What A BofA Banker Wanted To Look At First [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/24/2014 22:00 -0400 - Bank of America - Bank of America - Bank of England - default - Federal Reserve - Germany - Reality - Transparency - World Gold Council inShare3 With a 66% chance of default/devaluation implied by the Venezuelan credit market, BofA economist Francisco Roriguez sprung an... more »

My Two Speaking Engagements in October

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

Get Down on Your Knees

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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