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Sunday, September 28, 2014

28 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

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Obama Hatchet Man Eric Holder Tenders His Resignation

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 38 minutes ago
These days it's hard to find much positive in this land of false hope and chump change but today is one of those very few days when news is announced that actually improves American government. President Barack Obama's vicious hatchet man of an Attorney General, the dishonorable Eric Holder has announced his resignation. Holder is one of the all time most thoroughly rotten bastards to ever hold the office. He ranks up there with the infamous John Mitchell who was Nixon's A.G. and a Watergate criminal who ended up in prison. If this were truly a just and decent country - which it i... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 45 minutes ago

SITE: Jihadist's Tweets Indicate That The Leader Of The Khorasan Group Is Dead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The messages appeared to provide confirmation that U.S. airstrikes in Syria might have killed Khorasan leader Muhsin al-Fadhli. (Courtesy: ABC News) *Khorasan Leader Killed By U.S. Strike In Syria: SITE Quoting Jihadist -- Reuters* (Reuters) - A Twitter account run by an Qaeda member said the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan group was killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria, SITE monitoring service said on Sunday, following several days of uncertainty over whether he survived the raid. A U.S. official on Sept. 24 said the United States believed Mohsin al-Fadhli, a senior al Qa... more »

All That Dead Money

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 hour ago
http://muncievoice.com/ In 1974, Arthur Laffer famously drew a curve on the back of a napkin while he had dinner with a reporter from the *Wall Street Journal*. The curve illustrated Laffer's theory that, as governments cut taxes, their revenues increased. Margaret Thatcher gave the curve a try and it didn't work. Ronald Reagan gave it a shot, too; but he managed to create the biggest deficit -- up to that time -- in American history. Next in line was Brian Mulroney, whose application of the Laffer Curve caused Canada to hit the ... more »

Why Should The Arabs Continue To Roam Endlessly In A Political Wilderness Of Their Own Making?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Yesterday I happened to pass a TV set while a nice MSNBC was trying to get through her job by interviewing Hisham Melhem, the thoroughly Americanized Lebanese journalist and Al Arabiya News Washington bureau chief. She may not have known it-- trying desperately to keep whatever he was talking about inside the time she was allotted to to with this guy-- but it was an interesting interview, not the questions, of course, but what Melhem had to say. As best I could tell, he wound up on her show because of an article he had penned for *Politico* last week, Within Our Gates-- Arab Civil... more »

Demonstrations Break Out In Hong Kong Prompting A Police Crackdown

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Police, Protesters Clash As Hong Kong Demonstrations Turn Violent -- CNN* Hong Kong (CNN) -- Police are in a tense standoff in Hong Kong with tens of thousands of pro-democracy student demonstrators, recently joined by the like-minded Occupy Central movement, which has announced the formal start of a campaign of civil disobedience in the Chinese territory. The weekend's demonstrations follow a week of student-led boycotts and protests against what many see as the encroachment of China's political will on Hong Kong's governance, in the face of China's decision to only allow Beijin... more »

Cop Shooting in Ferguson Could be a Signal of Renewed Unrest

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 hour ago
Memorial to Michael Brown Torched by Vandals Things may be ready to heat up again in Ferguson, Missouri after a police officer was shot and wounded on Saturday night. While the tensions have substantially died down after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August led to mass protests and the dispatching of militarized police to put down the unrest they have been percolating beneath the surface. Earlier this week a memorial to 18 year old Michael Brown was burned down leading to renewed protests. This is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode and the shooting could be the... more »

Obama Regime to Begin Selling Arms to Vietnam

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 hour ago
After nearly six years of living in the existential Hell of Obamastan it should be pretty obvious to all by now that there is nothing sacred to this villainous administration. With Mr. Hope and Change signing off on yet another war in the Middle East that most certainly is going to need American "boots on the ground" at some point, the dirty hidden dealings within his administration are ongoing. Now according to Reuters the Obama regime is about to lift the arms embargo and begin selling weapons to Vietnam. The Reuters piece which is entitled "Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to e... more »

Sudden eruption of Mt Ontake killes at least 30 people - September 28 , 2014

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Tweets.... *バジル* ‏@basilsauce 1h BBC News - Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on *Mt* *Ontake* http://bbc.in/1qIBwVq pic.twitter.com/UnnTYNkzvk [image: Embedded image permalink] *The Sun Newsdesk* ‏@SunNewsdesk 3h More than 30 feared dead after Japanese volcano erupts: http:// bit.ly/1rlTjrM pic.twitter.com/jhp6iyfiKx [image: Embedded image permalink] Over 30 people feared dead near Japanese volcano after eruption Published time: September 28, 2014 06:08 Edited time:... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 hour ago
*University Forcing its Fraternities to Admit Women to Ensure Equality * Both genders must be “equally represented” in leadership positions. Wesleyan University in Connecticut has decided to force all of its fraternities to become coed within three years because all-male fraternities are both dangerous and unfair to women. The new rules will require all Greek organizations to have both male and female members and have both genders be “well represented” in leadership positions in order to qualify for campus housing and meeting spaces. University President Michael Roth and trustees C... more »

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War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Former General and Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus (Reuters/Jason Reed) *Defeating ISIS Will Take Years And Require Use Of Ground Forces: David Petraeus -- National Post/Bloomberg* TOKYO — The U.S.-led fight against Islamic jihadists will take years and will need ground forces to succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Friday. “We’re talking about years, many years in the case of Syria,” he told business executives at a Tokyo hotel. “What we’re doing right now is disrupting. We are gradually chipping away at the strength” of the Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sha... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 hour ago
*American Medical Association prostitutes itself to the climate change scare* And let's be clear that it is just a scare. No-one knows what the future holds. Warmism enthusiasts thought that on the basis of the slight warming of the last part of the 20th century they could predict warming from that point on. But their models and predictions were wrong. There has been no climate change (no warming) in the 21st century and no-one knows if the next change will be towards cooling or warming. So the scare is no better than religious prophecies of doom. JAMA is of course not the fi... more »

Election Collection

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
*A candidate in Yunlin county hangs a sign at a junction of minor roads.* Well, the November local elections are coming up in less than two months. Once again, a view of some of the election posters I've seen in my travels in the last few weeks. No sign of President Ma on any KMT signs! A sure sign of his (un)popularity. Click on READ MORE to see more. KMT candidate overlooks a road. Education is my priority, he says A candidate's banners line a bridge. At a big intersection in Zhushan. This on faces the one above. Taiwan has scores of female candidates. I dunno why he uses a ... more »

Daily Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
*Rode the Hsinchu 60 this weekend. Had to quit partway up, insomnia once again killing a ride for me. But it's really lovely up there.* With exquisite timing, President Xi of China once again proposed one country, two systems for Taiwan, even as Hong Kong students and their supporters are involved in mass protests over the failure of that program. It's fascinating to watch as the world media have their eyes on Hong Kong, while similar and much larger protests in Taiwan were largely ignored or covered pro forma. Enjoy some links as the protests in Hong Kong continue... ______________... more »

Rock Snot a State Secret?

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 2 hours ago
Back in May of this year a reporter from *The Canadian Press made a request to speak to Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientist Max Bothwell* the recognized expert on Rock Snot (*a single-celled algae that attaches to rocks on river bottoms*) what followed can only be called bizarre. It most certainly shows exactly how far the Harper Regime has moved from their 'Open and Accountable' promise when they took power and reinforces what we already know about their perchance for suppressing information, particularly science information. Having never received the requested interview the repor... more »

A scandalous bishop, blasphemy in Pakistan, Opus Dei, atheist evangelicalism, R.E., abortion in Brazil and someone ranting against the West over Iraq

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
It's been quite the day for 'good old-fashioned' newspaper sex scandal exposés, hasn't it? First there was Conservative MP Brooks Newmark being forced to resign over some lewd photos he sent to an undercover reporter at the *Sunday Mirror*, which (along with the defection of Mark Reckless to UKIP) is, understandably, dominating the headlines of pretty much every media organisation in the country. Then came the *Mail on Sunday*'s exposé of a leading Catholic bishop for having an affair with at least one one woman. The bishop has now resigned. That story led this morning's *Sunda... more »

We Are The Wayseers - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
*We are the Wayseers* *We come from all generations* *All Lands* *All races* *For, we are the Wayseers* *We appear to the world as sheep* *Yet, we have the eyes of the eagle* *The heart of the lion* *We are resilient* *We are strong* *We are patient* *We follow not the dictates of politicians, priests or money changers* *We only hold dear the words of the Prophets,* *The Saints of all ages* *And* *Those who Serve The Good* *For, they were thee Wayseers before our arrival upon this Earth* *As we will be the Wayseers for those yet to come* *For, you see us not* *Yet, we ... more »

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Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
[image: Hsinchu60_23] *Rode the Hsinchu 60 this weekend. Had to quit partway up, insomnia once again killing a ride for me. But it's really lovely up there.* With exquisite timing, President Xi of China once again proposed one country, two systems for Taiwan, even as Hong Kong students and their supporters are involved in mass protests over the failure of that program. It's fascinating to watch as the world media have their eyes on Hong Kong, while similar and much larger protests in Taiwan were largely ignored or covered pro forma. Enjoy some links as the protests in Hong Kong conti... more »

Banned Books Week 2014

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 4 hours ago
Banned Books Week is drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean we have to stop celebrating banned books and the ability to read them! As usual, the best resources are the official Banned Books Week site, the American Library Association and the National Council of Teachers of English (its related anti-censorship page is good, too). The Banned Books YouTube channel has some great read-out

Lockheed to buy European satellite for South Korea in F-35 deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]Lockheed Martin Corp said it will buy a European-built military communications satellite for South Korea as part of a $7 billion deal to supply Seoul with 40 F-35 fighter jets, in what industry observers call among the most unusual "offset" agreements ever to accompany a major arms sale. Lockheed, which builds its own satellites, declined to detail the cost of the new satellite or name its manufacturer, but said the spacecraft would provide a "state-of-the-art" system that met South Korea's military requirements. "The Lockheed Martin offset commitment ...... more »

Proton-M returns to flight with Russian military launch

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
Russia’s Proton-M rocket has successfully conducted a return-to-flight mission Sunday with the deployment of a military satellite for the Russian government. The mission, carrying a payload named Olimp, ends four months of downtime for Russia’s heavy-lift rocket following a launch failure in May. The Proton-M, which is the largest and most powerful rocket in Russia’s fleet, first flew in 2001 although its design is much older. A modernised version of the earlier Proton-K, which was used from 1967 to 2012, the Proton-M can trace its lineage back to Vladimir Chelomei’s Universal Roc... more »

US confident of countering nuclear threat of PLA's Type 094 sub

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
[image: Type 094 (Jin) class SSBN]China's Global Times says the United States has studied various ways to counter the nuclear threat of China's Type 94 Jin-class submarine. The report comes after a satellite image indicated three of the ballistic missile sumbarines had been deployed to Yalong Bay in Hainan province. The Type 094 has a displacement of 8,000 tons surfaced and 11,000 tons submerged. With a top speed of over 20 knots, the submarine is powered by a nuclear reactor can remain submerged for 90 days. Designed as a ballistic missile submarine, a Type 094 can carry between 12... more »

Pakistan Navy successfully test-fires torpedoes, anti-ship guided missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 5 hours ago
[image: Anti-ship guided missile]Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Asif Sandila while expressing his satisfaction over war preparations of the Pakistan Navy, has said that the navy is determined to be all time prepared to deal with any challenges posed to the national security, ARY News reported. Pakistan Navy conducted fire-power exercises in the North of Arabian Sea on Saturday, in order to check the effectiveness of Navy’s state-of-the-art weaponry and the ability of precisely hitting the targets. During the exercises, Pakistan Navy fired torpedoes from Agosta 90B Class Submar... more »

Newly-procured 4 Chinese K-8w fighter aircraft arrive in Jessore

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 5 hours ago
[image: K-8 Karakorum]The present government has taken various steps to modernise Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). In this connection, the government has taken steps to induct nine K-8W trainer jet aircraft made by China. As part of this induction process, in the 1st phase pilots of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) landed at Bangladesh Air Force Base Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman, Jessore with four K-8W aircraft safely Saturday from China, an ISPR press release said. Rest of the five K-8W aircraft would be brought to the country at a later stage. Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Ba... more »

Russia’s Yak-152 trainer to go into production in 2016

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 5 hours ago
[image: Yak-152]In 2015 the Irkutsk Aviation Plant will launch two samples of the light Yak-152 trainer. Developed by the expert Yakovlev Design Bureau, which is part of the Irkut Corporation, the new trainer is destined for primary pilot preparation. The "flying desk" will be tested in 2016, after which it will go into serial production. For initial training, the Yak-152 plans to use flight professionals from the air force academies. " In the first years of training, students will learn to fly with instructors, they will learn how to execute a simple flight known as the 'pancake'... more »

What is the Pentagon’s secret space drone doing?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 5 hours ago
[image: X-37B]For almost two years, an unmanned space plane bearing a remarkable resemblance to NASA’s space shuttle has circled the Earth, performing a top-secret mission. It’s called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle — but that’s pretty much all we know for certain. Officially, the only role the Pentagon acknowledges is that the space plane is used to conduct experiments on new technologies. Theories about its mission have ranged from an orbiting space bomber to an anti-satellite weapon. The truth, however, is likely much more obvious: According to intelligence experts and satellite... more »

DRDO develops CO filters for submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 5 hours ago
[image: CFKIII room filter]Like any automobile, submarines generate a lot of harmful gases like carbon-mono-oxide (CO). India was importing special room filters for submarines which could absorb CO as well as other gases. To ensure safety of the Naval staff, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) has not only developed its own CO filters called 'CFKIII room filters' but also room filters that can absorb over 40 different gases, at almost one fifth of the imported cost. The information on CO filter is on display at the three-day AXIS technical festival organized by stu... more »

Maya Is Eczema Free After A Raw Food Diet

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
[image: Foto: This is Maya, she was dealing with severe Eczema for years, the photo on the left is not even the worse. dehappy5_mama on Instagram decided to try a Raw Food Plant based diet and within a short period of time this is the result. Whole foods are the best medicine. Her post below: Yes! We did it!!!!! Maya is eczema FREE!!!!!!!! 󾰀󾰀󾰀󾰀󾰀󾰀 Some of you may remember my post when we jumped with my poor kids straight to banana island. It has been a fun ride since then and look we are having the results already! I am so happy and want to share with all of you as promised hal... more »

Questions, Questions - 'Newsnight'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
My old 2009-10 blog about BBC bias had a Unique Selling Point [not that it helped sell it much!] in the form of my thousand+ survey of *all* political interviews across a spectrum of BBC current affairs programmes over many months, counting the number of interruptions politicians received from BBC interviewers and then seeing if a pattern of bias emerged. (It did.) What was deliberately missed out of that survey was the content of the interviewer's questions. In order to avoid the dangers of subjectivity as much as possible, all interruptions were considered equal. The supposed mo... more »

new Jupiter Ascending trailer - oh, yes.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 6 hours ago
new trailer for Jupiter Ascending, remember this is a film by the team who made the Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas. Expect large-scale drama, sets, action... *Jupiter Ascending is scheduled for an early 2015 release in cinemas.*

Ten Ways To Good Health

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago

Tom Cotton 2016 - The Post-Truth Coup

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
"Rejecting criticism of its latest TV ad, Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton plans to keep running the “Farm Bill” message beyond its current ad buy. “We’ve gotten such great feedback from farmers, taxpayers, and supporters that we’re actually going to increase the size of the ad buy,” said David Ray, a spokesman for the Cotton campaign. In a local interview this week, Cotton said he’s “proud” of his demonstrably dishonest commercial, adding that the fact-checkers didn’t spend time “growing up on a farm,” so he knows “a little bill more about farming than they do.” As defen... more »

The GMO Labeling Conundrum

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
*September 28, 2014* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) It would seem that large agricultural corporations touting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) they claim possess enhanced benefits for farmers and consumers would be proud to differentiate their products on the shelves from organic and traditionally produced food. However that is not the case. Not only is big-ag attempting to hide the true nature of their products, but the many big-business food processors that incorporate GMO ingredients into their final products are likewise attempting to mislead consumers. The obvious fear is that con... more »

Britian Is Now At War As Two Tornado Jets Fly Over Islamic State Territorys

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The MOD confirms RAF Tornados fly over Iraq from Cyprus following parliamentary approval. pic.twitter.com/R663Hv0D6f — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 27, 2014 *Female Top Gun Leads UK's First Iraq Combat Mission: As Britain Goes To War For First Time In Six Years, Two Tornado Jets Take Off For Secret Sortie Over Jihadi Held Territory... But Drop No Bombs -- Daily Mail* * Unnamed officer flew from RAF base in Cyprus on the highly dangerous sortie over IS-held territory in Northern Iraq * The sortie, lasting several hours, was the first mission for the RAF’s Operation Sh... more »

Al-Nusra Front Vowing Retaliation For U.S.-Led Air Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Islamic State Crisis: Al-Nusra Issues Threat Over Air Strikes -- BBC* Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam". In an online statement, the al-Qaeda-linked group called on jihadists around the world to target Western and Arab countries involved. It comes as the US and other nations widened air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria. The Pentagon said jets hit the Syrian city of Raqqa on Saturday as well as IS positions near the Turkish border. Kurdish fighters have been defending the Kurdish town of Kob... more »

Six Ways To Kill Weeds Without Using Roundup Herbicide

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
[image: Foto: 6 WAYS TO KILL WEEDS - WITHOUT ROUNDUP! Did you also know that you can reduce your weed growth by mowing high? Yep, it's a fact! About 3 inches is where you want to be. BOYCOTT MONSANTO'S ROUNDUP, the most toxic of 9 herbicides and pesticides tested in a recent study. READ: http://healthychild.org/6-ways-to-kill-weeds-no-roundup-required/ READ: http://www.planetnatural.com/organic-lawn-care-101/maintenance/ READ: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/ #6WaysToKillWeeds #BoycottRoundup #BANRoundup #Roundup #glyphosate #herbicide #pesticides #Weeds #Vinegar... more »

Is The Khorasan Group A Deliberate White House Lie?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist -- Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO* *It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us. * We’re being had. Again. For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in i... more »

Hillary Is Better Than Paul Ryan On Some Stuff… At Least There's That

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
When I woke up this morning, I saw a tweet by Joe Stiglitz that caught my attention-- part of a series regarding a new article he had just published, Europe's Austerity Zombies. The tweet struck a chord because of an historical tidbit I have been mulling over from Rick Perlstein's latest book, The Invisible Bridge. First the tweet: "France’s so-called socialist gov't is lowering corporate taxes & cutting expenditures-- a recipe almost guaranteed to weaken the economy." Now the Perlstein tidbit, which was referencing the catastrophic Nixon-Ford economic crisis and Ford's classic neo... more »

Assad Should Stop Flattering Himself; Erdogan Should Stop Deluding Himself; Obama Should Stop Congratulating Himself

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*1. An excerpt from, "Obama Struggles to Strike ISIS Without Helping Assad" by Melanie Batley, Newsmax, September 26, 2014:* President Barack Obama faces a difficult challenge to target the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria without inadvertently bolstering the authoritarian regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,* The New York Time*s reported. After three days of American airstrikes in the country, pro-government Syrians are boasting that despite assurances by Obama otherwise, Assad and the Syrian Army stand to gain from the offensive. "The U.S. military leadership is now fighting ...more »

Rockets Fired At U.S. Embassy In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Al Qaeda-Linked Militants In Yemen Say Fire Rocket Towards U.S. Embassy -- Reuters* (Reuters) - An al Qaeda splinter group said it launched a rocket towards the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Saturday, wounding several guards, to retaliate for a purported U.S. drone strike in a northern province of Yemen the day before. The U.S. State Department said it had no indication that the embassy was the target of the attack and that none of its staff were wounded. The rocket landed 200 metres from the heavily fortified embassy, hitting members of the... more »

Remarkable Idiocy: “Economically-driven Education”

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
On October 2, 2014, I will be speaking in Indiana to an audience chiefly comprised of university students who have a passing understanding of the intentions of moneyed interests to usurp control of public education. With a mind toward preparing for my upcoming engagement, I happened to read three pertinent (and powerful) articles: This one on September 26, 2014, […]

do canadians support a war against isis? not so much.

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, Canadians protested in huge numbers, adding their voices to the unprecedented global outcry against the "pre-emptive" war. It was that massive public support - almost statistical unanimity - that allowed Jean Chretien to keep Canadian Forces out of the war. Even Stephen Harper, who as Opposition Leader was as gung-ho as any Connecticut Cowboy, has since admitted that the war was "absolutely an error". What's more, even most USians now agree that other countries, such as Canada, were right to not support the invasion. Now, we're told, it's different.... more »

diego

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
diego rivera "El Albanil" 1904

Ghost of Sunday Classics preview: Our Frantz knows it's all a matter of technique

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*"It's technique"* -- *tenor Kerry Jennings as Frantz* *by Ken* This was looking like the week for our curtain-lowering Bruckner Ninth, but I've made an executive decision that we can't leave Offenbach's *Tales of Hoffmann* the way we did. So in preparation for tomorrow's farewell to Hoffmann, I thought tonight we'd enoy a tasty morsel from the Antonia act (which we're resolutely calling Act III, the last of the three "mad loves" promised to recount in the Prologue. As regular readers know, some of my most loved operatic activity takes place with or even among the minor characters... more »

I'll Make You Pancakes Obama....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
A Russian babushka (grandma), gives Obama advice, in rhyme!, in the best Russian tradition. She calls him Obamashka, an affectionate rendering of his name in Russian. She offers to pray for him, to cook him blinis (pancakes), to take him to church to meet her priest so that they can all pray for America together, and advises against cozying up to Nazis, explaining that this always ends up badly.

Antoinette's Birthday Fun

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 13 hours ago
Our friends, Antoinette and Doug, asked if we wanted to meet up for sushi last Friday. Of course we did! I found out the morning before they got here that it was also Antoinette's birthday, which she had failed to tell me! Facebook knows all.......... Anyway, luckily, no rain. We recommended I Love Sushi because they were bringing their puppies and we needed outdoor seating. Met there, we pulled up and parked just as they were pulling up. Got an outdoor table. Food was amazing, and Kurt had a few too many drinks. I had an amazing banana smoothie. It was an fabulous lunch with... more »

Ukraine; Backs off on EU brokered Gas deal & US Counterinsurgency ops deployed

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*I am playing catchup here so....* Read about the EU brokered gas deal yesterday, it was certainly being touted as a win/win/win for all parties- Ukraine, Russia and the EU. And then I see this!? *Ukraine backs off from EU-backed gas deal* This had to have had the blessing of the US! How else to explain this chaos & chill inducing decision? *War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.* The European Union’s energy commissioner em...more »

Mohawk Nation News BEER HALL PUTSCH

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
BEER HALL PUTSCH Posted on September 25, 2014 Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Sep. 25, 2014. The tactics that Doug Ford is using for his election campaign for mayor of Toronto reminds us of Hitler’s famous “beer hall putsch” to totally control a meeting. Hitler went into the beer halls with his armed brown shirt goons and

Pasolini

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
I know the names of those responsible for the slaughter... I know the names of the powerful group... I know the names of those who, between one mass and the next, made provision and guaranteed political protection... I know the names of the important and serious figures who are behind the ridiculous figures... I know the names of the important and serious figures behind the tragic kids... I know all these names and all the acts (the slaughters, the attacks on institutions) they have been guilty of... I know. But I don't have the proof. I don't even have clues. ... more »

Greg Orman-- Better Than Pat Roberts… But He's No Rick Weiland Or Shenna Bellows

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Several Democratic Party partisans, who apparently don't understand what Blue America is all about, have been pestering me to add Kansas independent, Greg Orman, to our Senate page. That's never going to happen. We prefer an independent to a garden variety Democrat any day of the week or any minute of any day-- but independents like Bernie Sanders who represent independence not just from the 2 corrupt DC party establishments, but independence of mind when it comes to the interests of the 99%. The two most independent Senate candidates running this year are Shenna Bellows, the pro...more »

Mysterious Ways

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 17 hours ago
September 27, 2014 Well, of all the things I could have imagined happening from my little side garden of tomatoes, the one I probably would not have imagined is the one that, in fact, did happen. While I was sitting … Continue reading →

US Considers a no fly zone to 'protect civilians' from SAA in North/Eastern Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*Here is the latest!* *-The Obama administration has not ruled out establishing a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria to protect civilians from airstrikes by the Syrian government* *-Mr. Hagel and General Dempsey indicated they are open to considering the request of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for a buffer zone.* * Refute By Exposing the Contradiction/s * * Show that a statement is false or at least unreliable by exposing a contradiction with other statements or facts. * *Official narrative or conspiracy* *-The US and co. claim that they are bombing north/eastern Syr... more »

Akhal-Teke: The Golden Horses of Turkmenistan...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 18 hours ago
*never heard of them until last week.* The *Akhal-Teke* is a horse breed from Turkmenistan, where they are a national emblem. They have a reputation for speed and endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen. The shiny coat of palominos and buckskins led to their nickname "Golden Horses". These horses are adapted to severe climatic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds. There are currently about 6,600 Akhal-Tekes in the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia, although they are also found throughout Europe and North America. *read m... more »

Lord love a duck...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 18 hours ago
Where to start... Thursday's Big Story in Section A (p. 3) is literally big, taking up three-quarters of a page. It's made up largely of quotations from two cousins, Brian Murphy and Mike Murphy. telling us what gee-whiz sweethearts they both are. and how they are, God bless them, setting up their own law firm to "help the little guy". And this, apparently, is why both went into politics as Liberals because that's the party that's well-known for having no contacts with big money. The reporter asks no questions except to give us important information like - they sat in comfy chair... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Pliancy of choice in relation to Gaia energetics is of paramount importance

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*Pliancy of choice in relation to Gaia energetics is of paramount importance* by ÉirePort Pliancy of choice in relation to Gaia energetics is of paramount importance. Restitutionals complete their functions within Higher and lower energetic grid structures. Festivational relationships are in their current resting places. Foundations of chance are no more. Freeing movements are called for at this moment. ÉirePort | September 27, 2014 at 09:04 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-sE

12 imágenes de paisajes naturales en invierno, primavera, otoño y verano.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 20 hours ago
Ya está aquí nuestra nueva colección de *paisajes naturales en invierno, primavera, otoño y verano.* Una súper colección de fotos que sintetizan *las cuatro estaciones del año*. Espero que estas imágenes sean de su completo agrado y en breve le tendremos más y mejores *fotografías de nuestro hermosa planeta*. Saludos en la distancia. -José Luis

Jesse Killed Martin

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
"In 1968 Ernestine Campbell and her husband owned the Trumpet Hotel which abutted the Lorraine. No one had ever talked to her or asked her about what she saw on that fateful afternoon. Ernestine said she left the hotel and started for home just before 6:00 p.m., driving her gold-bronze Cadillac up Butler and turning right on Mulberry. As she passed the Lorraine driveway on Butler, she saw Dr. King standing on the balcony. She didn't hear anything because she had the car windows up and the radio on. As she turned the corner onto Mulberry she looked up and saw Dr. King lying on the ... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 21 hours ago
I was mentioned in “How an ISIS attempt to free prisoners in Baghdad could spiral into something much worse” on Vox. I was interviewed by Sajad Jiyad for his article "The fake sheikh: Why the media repeat Ali Hatem's false 'claim,'" on his blog. I was cited in "Brief Note on Fighting in Fallujah and the Periphery" in Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi's blog. My article on Premier Abadi's need to reach out to Sunnis was republished by Business Insider. Finally I talked with Karl Morand for his "Update on the Conflict in Iraq" for the Middle East Week Podcast.

Steve Israel Cutting More Of His Terrible Recruits Loose-- Jerry Cannon (MI-01)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
Steve Israel picks candidates who disagree with these wild ideas-- and they lose Back in May, the DCCC announced they had reserved $43.5 million in TV time for endangered incumbents like Blue Dogs John Barrow, Nick Rahall and Collin Peterson and for Steve Israel's mostly wretched, conservative, doomed recruits. One of his worst recruits, Michigan reactionary and anti-Choice nut Jerry Cannon-- the former commandante of the Guantánamo gulag-- was promised two big runs of negative ads against Republican incumbent Dan Benishek: $450,000 on Traverse City broadcast from Sept. 2 to Sept. 2... more »

Medicare, Dr. Mengele, and You

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 21 hours ago
So, the multimillionaire architect of Obamacare went on a luxury trek up Mount Kilimanjaro recently with two of his trust-fund nephews. I am guessing that much to his dismay, he got a bit winded moving through all those exotic ecosystems. His 57-year-old body, so buff, so pampered, must have protested with a few creaks and groans. His middle-aged elite lungs probably gave out a few embarrassing wheezes. His technocratic brain, deprived of oxygen at the freezing summit, sent him a Eureka moment message: If Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D. can't live forever in a young body, then neither should ... more »

Outbreak of Respiratory Illness Among US Children

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 22 hours ago
Outbreak of a Respiratory Illness Escalates Among Children and Mystifies Scientists CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS SEPT. 25, 2014. The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/health/outbreak-of-a-respiratory-illness-escalates-among-children.html?emc=edit_th_20140926&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32962000&_r= [excerpted] An outbreak of respiratory illness first observed in the Midwest has spread to 38 states, sending children to hospitals and baffling scientists trying to understand its virulent resurgence. As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 226 c... more »

Should U.S. General Dempsey Resign?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during an awards ceremony for Newman's Own grant winners at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon, Sept. 24, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton *Is It Time For General Dempsey To Resign? -- Col. Gary Anderson, USMC (Ret.), Best Defense/Foreign Policy* General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, knows that the Obama strategy for dealing with the self-proclaimed Islamic State is doomed to fail as currently structured; he has done as much to speculat... more »

Nomi Prins: "The real battle between the US and Russia is over the gateway countries in political flux. The real winners will be the private banks and oil companies that will reap the strategic benefits from gateway control over related markets and resources, supported by military and political might, and augmented with speculative capital for years to come. American and global citizens, oblivious to all this, will be the losers in this global shell game."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 22 hours ago
------------------------------ Gateway Policies: ISIS, Obama and US Financial Boots-on-the-Ground ------------------------------ Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9:28PM Original here President Obama’s neo-Cold War is not about ideology or respect for borders. It is about money and global power. The current battle over control of gateway nations - strategic locations in which private firms can establish the equivalent of financial boots-on-the-ground - is being waged in the Middle East and... more »

North American Indian Home Remedy For Asthma

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
Herbal Remedies Asthma used by the Winnebago and Dakota tribes to stimulate the removal of phlegm in asthma. The rootstock was official in the U.S. Source: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/native-american-galleries/?album=3&gallery=36

The U.S. War Against ISIS Could Cost Up To $1.5 Billion A Month

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Sept. 25, 2014. Kirby showed slides and videos highlighting U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett *The War Against ISIS Could Cost American Taxpayers Up To $1.5 Billion A Month -- Shadee Ashtari, Huffington Post* As the military campaign against the Islamic State expands into Syria, its cost will increase as well. According to one defense spending expert, the United States' war on the militant group could now be costing taxpayers up to... more »

Kiev Regime Violating Ceasefire

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
The US-NATO backed regime in Kiev is violating the cease fire in eastern Ukraine by shelling civilian homes. It is clear that Kiev (and their western backers) are out to sabotage the ceasefire in order to keep the war going on Russia's border. Just as the US-NATO are creating chaos and endless war in Syria and Iraq the plan calls for more of the same in Ukraine.

Iceland Bankers Convicted and Unemployment is Down

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 23 hours ago
Remember Iceland? During the high-flying early 2000s, its three main banks went berserk, paying high interest rates to international investors that accumulated deposits equal to more than 100% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and making loans equal to 980% of GDP. When the collapse came, Iceland took a route not taken by Ireland, Spain, and other EU countries: Rather than bail out the banks, the government simply let them go bankrupt. The value of the krona fell by about half, the country was embroiled in disputes with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom over paying ... more »

A pressing matter

risa bear at A Way to Live - 23 hours ago
Way back in time I was a letterpress printer, linotypist and bindery operator, and such people tend to acquire a "hobby" shop somewhere along the way. I have had a Chandler & Price 10X15 press and a type cabinet (48 cases of type) since about 1986, and for most of that time the shop faced away from the window into the garage. Its footprint assured that ours would be a one car garage, and we need that space now -- for one car and a teardrop trailer. So I got out the jacks, straps, come-along and pry bar and turned everything sideways. I actually like it better like this. This shop ha... more »

Saturday Interview: Evan Smith

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 23 hours ago
Evan Smith is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University, South Australia, and works at the intersection between contemporary history, politics and criminology, with a little bit of cultural studies thrown in. He has written widely on the British far left, immigration, anti-racism and political activism. He currently runs his own blog Hatful of History and tweets from @hatfulofhistory. He has recently co-edited a volume of the history of the British far left, *Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956* (Manchester University Press), and co-writt... more »

Messages From Higher Self - There Is No, "Almost"

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/116550793025117941917/posts?cfem=1*

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*A Cult Of Pain ~The Angry Who Dat* *These 'Little Ponies' Draw Out The Bronies ~Clint Durrett, WWNO* *‘New Orleans on Tap’ this Saturday ~Deepak Saini, WGNO*

U.S. Led Coalition Air Strikes Are Now Striking Targets In The Central Syrian Province Of Homs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
AFTER AIRSTRIKES A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets targets in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch *US-Led Coalition Strikes Islamic State Targets In Central Syrian Province Of Homs For The First Time -- Daily Mail/AFP* * The coalition also targeted IS in the town of Minbej for the first time * There are now 'near continuous' combat flights over Syria, a US official said * Britain, Belgium and Denmark have now added their firepower... more »

Air Force Missions over “hostile” Syria require this newest jet

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Hostile Syria?! Since the US started bombing Syria- I have been trying to understand, why it is that Damascus has remained mostly silent on the raids. Bombing the areas that have been under siege for so long can do nothing but assist Syria in their fight against the takfiri- But, what about the very obvious fact that the US& Israel want Assad gone. And will inevitably try to fire on Syrian targets. Perhaps Syria does indeed have very superior air defences? And those air defences are cause for concern? The audio isn’t available yet, but, will soon be. Regardless I am posting it... more »

Ten Buck Friday on Saturday: Week Four...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*being off line for almost an entire day has scrambled my internal calendar.* Each Friday (or Saturday in this case) we are asking our readers to sacrifice one latte to send $10.00 to help us take back our country - vote by vote. *WyBlog* and *Proof* are on the bandwagon for Thom Tillis in NC and so am I. *You can contribute to Thom Tillis here.* Political Clown Parade offers up not only a great post for Ten Buck Friday (really - where does she get the time to do everything she does??), but gave us a list of people who need our help. With six weeks to go, the fight for contr... more »

Getting It And Them

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
www.nationalpost.com/ Paul Calandra's behaviour this week -- first preening arrogance, then blubbering self pity -- is symptomatic of our sick politics. Andrew Coyne writes: There is no useful distinction to be made between sincerity and pretence in this tableau. Mr. Calandra’s self-pity was undoubtedly genuine, his manipulativeness admirably unforced. And the House’s empathetic response? We know you have no intention of changing anything. Neither do we. Indeed, your non-answers weren’t a great deal different than the non-answe... more »

The Rise Of The 'Rebel' Islamic State In The Middle East Is Nothing New

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Ancestors of ISIS -- David Motadels, New York Times* CAMBRIDGE, England — IN the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus and, of course, the Islamic State in the Middle East, known as ISIS, or ISIL — these movements not only call for holy war against the West, but also use their resources to build theocracies. Though in some respects unprecedented, these groups also have much in common with the Islamic revivalist movements... more »

Tensions In Ukraine's Second Largest City Of Kharkiv Increasing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *Tanks Patrolling Streets of Kharkiv After Court Bans Peace March -- RIA Novosti* KIEV, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - Tanks have started patrolling the streets of Kharkiv, reads the statement posted on the website of Ukraine's Interior Office in Kharkiv on Saturday. "To augment measures to guard public order, the chief administration of Ukraine's Interior Office in Kharkiv has made a decision to put tanks belonging to the vehicle fleet of the police to the patrolling of the city streets," reads the statement. The move came after the court in Kharkiv had earlier banned a peace ... more »

Ryder Cup 2014, Gleneagles, day two - BBC Sport - more BBC incompetence

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
From 14:07 onhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/golf/29040204 ' 3rd: Donaldson & Westwood ALL SQUARE Johnson & Kuchar 1 UP' All square and one up at the same time? More idiocy from the BBC's arts graduates

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Back Teaching, My Way This Time* by TOM MCLAUGHLIN People ask if I miss teaching. Up to very recently I've said, "Sometimes, but the feeling goes away quickly." I do miss it though. When I had autonomy in my classroom, which I did up to retirement, teaching was a very gratifying experience. But the federal government has been taking over more and more of public education and it became apparent that I would soon lose my academic freedom and be forced to teach the way "progressives" (a misnomer, that) would dictate. Then there are increased meetings and more meaningless paperwork ...more »

Ted Cruz, Führer Of The Value Voters Summit Neo-Fascist Fringe

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
All my friends think I'm crazy for asserting-- all year-- that the Republicans will pick Ted Cruz as their sacrificial lamb to face Hillary in 2016. Some of them are deluding themselves that Hillary will even be the nominee-- pure wishful thinking-- but most point to polls that show Cruz is way down at the bottom of the pack. CNN's Sept 11 poll of New Hampshire Republicans shows Cruz at 6%, ahead of Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, but way behind Rand Paul (15%), Jeb Bush (10%), Paul Ryan (10%), Chris Christie (9%), Huckabee (9%) and even trailing non-starters like Rick Perry, Marc... more »

Ukraine Back-Tracking On E.U. Brokered Gas Deal With Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The EU, which depends on Russian gas piped through Ukraine for about 15 percent of its demand, has been trying to broker a deal to maintain shipments since May. Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg *Ukraine Backs Off From EU-Backed Russia Gas Deal -- Express Tribune/AFP* *KIEV: War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.* The European Union’s energy commissioner emerged from hours of acrimonious negotiations in Berlin on Friday... more »

Fukushima nuclear disaster ( September 27 - 28 , 2014 ) While the world correctly follows the unfolding crisis in Syria / Iraq , Libya , Ukraine / Russia situation , Afghanistan , Ebola situation - let's not forget the worst nuclear disaster still is unfolding as we speak .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Energy News links .... 05:27 PM EST on September 26th, 2014 | 72 comments Newly released data shows Florida hit with highest level of radioactive material from Fukushima measured anywhere in world outside Japan — #1 out of more than 1,500 test results — Total radioactive iodine was up to 500% of amount reported 01:06 AM EST on September 26th, 2014 | 212 comments Nuclear Expert: We found ‘mystery’ Fukushima plutonium; Why it’s there is yet to be understood, this was not expected — US Gov’t Expert: I don’t want to go down the rabbit hole too far… There’s speculation about plutonium... more »

RT: Dawkins on biology, psychology of ISIS, religion

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
I've liked some of the intellectual videos about atheism (like Jonathan Miller's Atheism Tapes with Steve Weinberg and others) but it just happens that these profound enough intellectual debates began to be moved to places such as the Russian media in recent years. Russia Today has just posted this video of its program "Worlds Apart" hosted by Oxana Bojko. I am confident that she is so advanced that she will be able to peacefully read my comment that there are hotter babes on Russia Today – both those from the post-Soviet realm as well as those imported from the U.S. But holy cow,...more »

On most recently looking into Steven Pinker!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014How did these giants not notice:* For the first time since an elderly friend became ill four years ago, Amtrak semi-failed us yesterday. But that's a different story. This morning, up here in the Hudson Valley, before we go to visit our friend, we were reading Steven Pinker, in an interview in in the Book Review section in tomorrow's New York Times. Asked for his favorite science writers, Pinker responded alphabetically: PINKER (2/28/14): Broadly defined: Dan Dennett, Jonathan Gottschall, Colin McGinn, Geoffrey Pullum, Mary Roach, Robert Sapolsky, St... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Muslim anger and global warming* *The inability of Muslims to see any wrongdoing by their fellow Muslims seems to be common worldwide. And we have now seen a prime example of it in Australia. A report of it below. After a young Afghan Muslim, Numan Haider, was shot by police, the sentiment among his community seems to be that he had done no wrong. He had simply made a "mistake" and police should not have shot him. That the police shot him while he was stabbing them with a knife and inflicting serious injuries doesn't matter, apparently. "Infidel" police should let themse... more »

Moron the Vile Paul Calandra

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
You see, we have a Parliament. Through a crappy, "first-past-the-post" electoral system, we elect people to represent us. Those representatives ("Members of Parliament" or "MP's") tend to come from those organized ideological entities called "political parties." These parties have the financial resources, the affinities with the hegemonic culture and etc., to be able to wage these campaigns and appeal to broad groups of similarly afflicted Canadians. But, you know, as opposed to tiny groups of super-brained anarchists who already know how everything should work but couldn't explain ... more »

Will War Break Out Over The Use Of The Nile River?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Image from Elias Kifle *Nile Water Wars? -- Robert Kaplan, Stratfor* In the 21st century, water could emerge as a more precious commodity than oil. As populations rise, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous century, water becomes a more valuable and critical resource. This is especially true if certain models of climate change portend drought here and there. Wars may not occur because of water; but water, nevertheless, can emerge as both a more important factor and a constraint in geopolitics. A telling example of this has been the increasing tension in the last few years be... more »

Catalonians To Hold An Independence Vote On November 9

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Catalonia President Signs Independence Referendum Decree -- BBC* The president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence. Artur Mas wants Catalonia to hold a Scottish-style vote on 9 November, but does not have the backing of the central government in Madrid. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has said he will block any referendum. Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, is one of Spain's richest and most highly industrialised regions, and also one of the most independent-minded. On 19 September Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 10... more »

No Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*No Breakthrough In Iran Nuclear Talks, Sides Agree to Keep Talking -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers made little progress in overcoming significant disagreements in the most recent round of nuclear talks, including on uranium enrichment, Iranian and Western diplomats close to the negotiations said on Friday. Officials from Iran and the six countries had cautioned ahead of the talks in New York that a breakthrough was unlikely to end sanctions on Tehran, although they had hoped substantial progress could be made in narrowing disagreements. A senior State Departme... more »

A Military Quagmire For China In South Sudan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Is China Entering Its Own Military Quagmire Abroad? -- Kevin B. Sullivan, The Week* Chinese troops are being deployed in a restive, oil-rich region in a far-off continent. What could possibly go wrong? Word came earlier this month that one of the world's major powers is preparing to deploy troops to a restive and resource-rich part of the globe in order to protect civilian life and oil facilities. But no, this isn't the U.S. in Iraq. The superpower in question is China, and the region is East Africa. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Beijing had deployed 700 troop... more »

Why is political advertising exempt from rules on lying?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) only considers lying an offense if it fools more than half the target market.  If OFT rules were applied, all UK elections would be judged completely "fair".  This is because no political party for decades has won the votes of more than a third of the electorate let alone half. Does anyone doubt that politicians lie? Politicians know we know they lie, not

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar - the mirror of Inception - new trailer

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
A new trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has surfaced, and wow! *"Interstellar expands out in the way Inception contracts inwards, it's a very classically constructed movie, but the freshness of the narrative elements really enhance it,"* Nolan told Empire. [source DIGITAL SPY]

Quarter Three Local By-election Results 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Q2 Average/ contest +/- Q2 +/- Seats Conservative 64 24,875 28.1% -1.5% 389 -271 -8 Labour 60 23,393 26.4% -5.5% 390 -359 +6 LibDem 44 12,607 14.3% +3.2% 287 -84 +1 UKIP 50 13,479 15.2% +1.7% 270 -250 0 SNP* 1 595 0.7% -1.0% 595 -297 -1 Plaid Cymru** 1 228 0.3% +0.2% 228 -101 0 Green 34 3,758 4.2% -2.1% 111 -259 +1 BNP ... more »

I Could Take You There - A Poem by Seldom Heard

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Pilgrim's Way Symbol *To listen to this inspired poem put to music, please click on the link provided below. * *Enjoy...........* *I Could Take You There - Poetry Put To Music by Seldom Heard* 

Denel Reveals Progress With Marlin, Darter, Raptor Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: A-Darter missile]During last week’s African Aerospace and Defence show in South Africa Denel Dynamics revealed that the Marlin active radar-guided missile will undertake its first flight test early next year. This will be a ground-launched ballistic trial at the Overberg Test Range to examine the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful completion of this phase will lead to programmed tests of the missile’s guidance systems, before closed-loop guidance tests are undertaken, in which the seeker controls the guidance system. In the meantime, the seeker will undergo ground-... more »

Turkey’s strategic reliability as a NATO ally has become questionable at best

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
Air base in Incirlik, Turkey Increasing Turkish divergence from U.S., European Union, and Western strategic objectives has given urgency to Western military planning as to how to compensate for the probable lack of access in the near future to Turkish bases, air space, and surface transit options. Planning by NATO states and other allies of NATO — from Australia to Israel — must also take into account the possibility that Turkey could move from being an alliance partner to a state which could take an obfuscating or even adversarial position in the region. Turkey’s increasingly ind... more »

Successful MTG Light Off for USS Zumwalt

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Rolls-Royce MT30 Main Turbine Generator Set]The future USS Zumwalt, the first ship of the DDG 1000 multimission destroyer class, performed a successful Generator Light-Off of its first Main Turbine Generator Set (MTG) this week, Rolls-Royce announced. The ship is now power self-sufficient enabling follow-on systems testing and trials. Neil Pickard, Rolls-Royce, Program Executive said, “On behalf of the entire DDG 1000 program team, I am very pleased to confirm the successful Light-Off of the first Rolls-Royce MT30 Main Turbine Generator Set this week. The accomplishment of t... more »

Operation Shader is ready to go: Britain buys 20 Tomahawk missiles ready to strike IS today as SAS on ground and Tornadoes in air prepare to take country back to war

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Tomahawk block IV cruise missile]Britain has bought 20 Tomahawk missiles from the US in preparation for its bombing campaign against Islamic State. Costing £1million each, they are fired from submarines and can be computer-programmed to turn corners. They have already been fired in the Gulf by the US and are likely to be among the first weapons used by the British military in Operation Shader. Read more

U.S. To Launch New Generation Submarines To Counter Threats From The Bulging Fleet of Russia and China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Bratsk (left) and Samara (right)]A submarine race is in the making. The U.S. has announced its new generation Ohio class submarines to address new threats from Russia and China. In an insightful assessment, the U.S. Navy expresses its concerns about the rapidly expanding submarine fleet of Russia and China while defending the new submarine push of U.S.A. Vice Adm. Michael Connor, the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Submarine Force commander, notes that the fast-paced development of ballistic missile submarine by Russia and China's will require a matching deployment of U.S. submarine fl... more »

Corbett Report - who is really behind ISIS?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
in this educational podcast, James Corbett of Corbett Report in Japan deconstructs the whole terror-porn machine *currently known as* ISIS. Let's see if this gutsy independent investigator gets to the bottom of his opening question, "Who is really behind ISIS?" "We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them." ― George Orwell, 1984 "Excellent weapons, excellent, weapons... How do we know? Er, we looked at the receipt." - Bill Hicks 1992-3

Hertzan Chimera Unit - GRAVITY CAN'T COME FROM THE ATOM - holes in the universe

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
*the red and the green EXCESS*well, well, well, Mr Philbin, nice to see you here again in the arena of alt-phyics.debate, thirty years after you first proposed this HC Unit theory, what's new, old buddy? Gravity. That's what's new. Where does it come from? Certainly not the atom, as everything would be sticking to everything all the time (which it clearly isn't). But we know that enough atoms will cause a gravity acceleration. We know there is NO OTHER PLACE for gravity to come from? There is, but you won't like it... Go on then... long pause with folded arms. Stern visage. Pout.... more »

No One Listened to Rotherham’s Sex Gang Whistleblower | VICE

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
'In February 2006, a serious assault on Lauren, a 16-year-old girl, sickened Cole. He filed a witness statement to the police, which claimed that an Asian man had tried to force Lauren to give oral sex to one of the gang and she had refused. He recalled, "She spat in his face and he ordered the gang to assault her in retaliation". Lauren was beaten senseless. According to the report, she was cornered between a marble screen and revolving door by four Asian men and a white lad. She had no escape. As one punched her in the face, another was kicking her in the body. When the first tw... more »

Black holes do NOT exist

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: A scientist from University of North Carolina states she has mathematical proof that black holes (illustrated) can't exist. She said it is impossible for stars to collapse and form a singularity. Previously, scientists thought stars larger than the sun collapsed under their own gravity and formed black holes as they died] I have waited a long time for someone to say this, mainly in the off chance that there was some evidence out there other than artistic imagination to support this idea. I have long had a much different issue with the popular model. First though, a hi... more »

Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
The cooperative movement has a long history, but what is needed most is a system of loan guarantees that encourages their establishment as even a first choice. In this way local people employ local people and provide real income stability and even a potential support net for job seekers. It is also obvious that this form of structure is able to service the lower third of the economy in particular far better than any other system and should be encouraged. It can internally grow its own equity for expansion as well. The system should also be linked directly to microfinance as wel... more »

Blombos Rock Compared to Australian Rock

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Aging this and other like artifacts is profoundly problematic and always suspect. However they conform well with the Atlantean Global Bronze Age between 5000BP and 3000BP when the appropriate tools existed, including meteoritic iron and hardened Bronze. The actual use of lines as an aid to retaining knowledge also conforms with the contemporaneous Ogam script which may well have been used by seamen for recording locations. Earlier is also a possibility provided we precede the Pleistocene Nonconformity of 12900 BP. Yet there is so far scant evidence to compare while the Atla... more »

Propane Producing E Coli

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Regardless of future energy sources biological propane will be a handy fuel to produce and use, particularly in agriculture which easily produces ample feedstocks that would be well converted into propane for either resale or internal use. Propane is a high temperature fuel and many processes do demand a high quality heat best supplied this way. After all, commercial kitchens use propane or gas for exactly that reason and this also is a way to consume waste oil as well. That extra step is very desirable. This is early days, but this has a clear niche future when we formally a... more »

Islamic Non Compete Clause

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
One of the hallmarks of opposition to Islam and it is not properly a religion either is the mistakan idea that rational human beings will compromise based on what I prefer to describe as natural law. In practise Islam is a scheme to introduce a primitive barbaric code of conduct into a civilized community to the advantage only of males and generally Arab males. In this way it explicitly compares to Nazism which was in fact inspired by Islam. Communism walked the same path in the end as well although they made athism the underlying religion. Both took extraordinary measures to... more »

Hartle, Srednicki on foundations of QM

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
In August, there was a workshop on the foundations of quantum mechanics (see 12 videos) where lots of nonsense has been said but there were smart and reasonable people, too. Santa Barbara is a nice and sunny place in California but it's also a source of almost reliably sensible comments on quantum mechanics. Because we discussed Murray Gell-Mann's comments about quantum mechanics a few days ago, I think it's natural to start with Gell-Mann's co-father of the Consistent Histories, Jim Hartle. He gave a talk about the emergence of classical physics. I could obviously describe the ...more »

Why Is China Staying Out Of The Coalition Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
China supports resolving disputes through negotiations and its 2.3-million strong army, and does so for defensive purposes only, says Beijing. Photograph: Joe Chan /Reuters *Why China Stays Out Of Islamic State Fight, For Now -- Peter Ford, CSM* *China is the top oil investor in Iraq, and Islamic State leaders say they have Chinese recruits. But Beijing is reluctant to get involved due to limited military capability in the Middle East and mistrust of US intentions.* Beijing — One might expect China to be heavily involved in the international fight to stop Islamic State jihadists f... more »

U.S. Secretary Of Defense: Iraq, Syria Conflicts To Require More Money

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Iraq, Syria Conflicts to Require More Money, Hagel Says -- Bloomberg* Conducting a sustained campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will require increasing the Pentagon’s budget, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today. “We’re going to require additional funding from Congress as we go forward,” Hagel said at a Pentagon press conference. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the new commitments for Iraq and Syria have created a budget shortfall in the Defense Department’s $554.2 billion request for fiscal 2015, which... more »

Would you trust your delicate Constitution to a marauding band of thug-justices? (Do we have a choice?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*For the full version of the infographic, visit the Center for American Progress website.* *by Ken* For people who continue to cling forlornly to what remains of the Constitution and American values, there aren't many words scarier than "The Supreme Court is headed back to town." We all remember the phrase "First Monday in October," which is when the new Court term always begins. Ahead of that date the gang will do some conferencing. And in this term, a lot is hanging on the preliminaries. As ThinkProgress's Ian Millhiser and Nicole Flatow wrote in a much-circulated piece earlier... more »

The Pentagon Outlines Its Plans (And Needs) To Confront The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a press conference at the Pentagon September 26, 2014. Hagel said defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, will require a long-term commitment by the U.S. and its allies on many fronts, and will not be achieved by air strikes alone. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt *Fight Against Islamic State: What Pentagon Officials Say Are Challenges Ahead -- Christian Science Monitor* *Airstrikes alone will not be enough, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday. The fight in Syria against the Islamic... more »

Former Diablo Canyon inspector still questions NRC decisions at plant | Local News | SanLuisObispo

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Former senior resident inspector at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant Michael Peck has submitted a lengthy opinion piece to The Tribune explaining his reasons for appealing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s conclusion that Diablo Canyon is seismically safe. In his 3,000-word opinion piece sent Tuesday, Peck said he was “left with the impression that the NRC may have applied a special standard for Diablo Canyon.” He said that in his 30-year career in the NRC, he had never seen the agency handle a safety evaluation the way it had with Diablo Canyon. In his appeal, called a differing... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington’s double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to violate all law. It is even more amazing that every person present did not get up and walk out of the assembly. The diplomats of the world actually sat there and listened to blatant lies from the world’s worst terrorist. They even clapped their approval."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative? — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ September 25, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative?* Paul Craig Roberts Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world... more »

The U.S. And Its Allies Are Putting On A Big Show In Syria And Not Really Bombing ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is 'Not Islamic'"* by Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, September 18, 2014: A number of Gulf and Arab states have signed up with Washington to fight ISIS, but only because they plan to insert a Trojan Horse into the “war” agenda. *Their troops hidden in the belly of the wooden “horse” are gathered — not to fight ISIS — but to fight a quite different war. They want to turn it into a renewed offensive against President Assad and Syria. *Indeed, at their preliminary summit in Jeddah, the Arab States agreed to a new Arab security architectu... more »

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 400 ISIL Militants Have Been Killed By U.S. Led Airstrikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Image from the BBC) *400 ISIL Militants Killed In Int'l Alliance Attacks -- Kuwait News Agency* AMMAN, Sept 23 (KUNA) -- At least 400 militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were killed on Tuesday in air strikes launched by the US-led international alliance against terrorist sites, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. Another 300 militants of the ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and other militant groups were also wounded in the attacks, the SOHR said in a statement. *Read more* .... *My Comment*: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been consisten... more »

I Believe That Man........From A Speech by William Faulkner

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
[image: William Faulkner Quotes] *I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he along among creatures has an inexhaustable voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poets, the writer's duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man to endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the recor... more »

New Wars Mean New Profits

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Defense Contractors Are Making a KillingBy Dan Froomkin Stock prices for Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman set all-time record highs last week as it became increasingly clear that President Obama was committed to a massive, sustained air war in Iraq and Syria. It’s nothing short of a windfall for these and other huge defense contractors, who’ve been getting itchy about federal budget pressures that threatened to slow the rate of increase in military spending. Now, with U.S. forces literally blowing through tens of millions of dollars of munitions a d... more »

Combat Pay Authorized For US Advisors In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Combat Pay Authorized For US Advisers In Iraq; Combat Operations On Case-By-Case Basis -- Red State* Back in June, when the potential October Surprise of military action against ISIS was only a dim gleam in Obama’s eye, some 300 US advisors were deployed to Iraq. What was notable about this deployment was that they were not authorized combat pay. As I noted at the time: It is difficult to see how we help Iraqis “take the fight to the terrorists” if the men we send to do this will be so far removed from combat that they do not draw hazardous duty pay. In order to evaluate what is... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWFCocIfXI&list=RD9qWFCocIfXI

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"These are galaxies of the Hercules Cluster, an archipelago of island universes a mere 500 million light-years away. Also known as Abell 2151, this cluster is loaded with gas and dust rich, star-forming spiral galaxies but has relatively few elliptical galaxies, which lack gas and dust and the associated newborn stars. The colors in this remarkably deep composite image clearly show the star forming galaxies with a blue tint and galaxies with older stellar populations with a yellowish cast. *Click image for larger size.* The sharp picture spans about 3/4 degree across the cluster cent... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Incredible Potential of Unexpectedness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Incredible Potential of Unexpectedness”* by Chet Raymo “The Jesuit scientist/mystic Teilhard de Chardin imagined what he called a "noosphere" (from the Greek word for "mind") as the next stage of terrestrial evolution- an envelope of pure human thought embracing the planet. This would be the inevitable result of human progress on a spherical Earth of finite surface area. We rub up against each other. We are stimulated by proximity. Railroads and airplanes extend the range of our interaction. Better still (he wrote), "thanks to the prodigious biological event represented by t... more »

"The Chief Obstacle..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race." - Don Marquis "I love humanity, but I hate people." - Edna St. Vincent Millay

"The Universe Cares Not For Us"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Universe Cares Not For Us" By Martin Pribble "I wrote recently about the idea of a "Re-Enlightenment" and about moving forward toward a world which was not controlled by mythology, dogma, and religious doctrine. In a rather flippant final paragraph I wrote: "We need to look at humanity to see how to fix it, not to look skyward and pray for intervention, or worse, the end of days. And I really do think we can do this; we have the knowledge, we have the means, let's make this thing work for all of us." I really think this future is possible. And there are several important thi... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Forget This Idea of Seeking Happiness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Forget This Idea of Seeking Happiness”* by Paulo Coelho “Countries where income is under US$ 10,000 a year are countries where the majority of the population is unhappy. However, it was discovered that from that figure upwards, monetary difference is not all that important. A scientific study conducted on the 400 richest persons in the United States shows that they are only slightly happier than those who earn US$ 20,000. The logical consequence: of course, poverty is something unacceptable, but the old saying that “money does not bring happiness” is being proved in laboratories.... more »

"The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Lytham, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Night Pleases Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.” - Jorge Luis Borges

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Sea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Sea”* “The pull is so strong we will not believe the drawing tide is meant for us, I mean the gift, the sea, the place where all the rivers meet. Easy to forget, how the great receiving depth untamed by what we need needs only what will flow its way. Easy to feel so far away and the body so old it might not even stand the touch. But what would that be like feeling the tide rise out of the numbness inside toward the place to which we go washing over our worries of money, the illusion of being ahead, the grief of being behind, our limbs young rising from such a depth? What would t... more »

"A Conspiracy Theorist?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"When you philosophically oppose an entire power elite, you cannot help but sound like a conspiracy theorist. Social power is by nature a conspiracy." - Tom N

"Curveballs..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Just when we think we figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So, we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find ourselves back to the things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way. Sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

"Is Virtual Collective Consciousness the Future?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Is Virtual Collective Consciousness the Future?"* by Yousri Marzouki "Britlin Losee was a breakthrough for Whitacre's musical creative mind, not only through her dazzling admiration to the artist but most important through her deeply intimate and spontaneous endeavor. Her sensational YouTube video message is a load of emotional cues. This young girl inspired what is now referred to as Eric Whitacre's virtual choir. The hundreds of vocalists who responded to Whitacre's online appeal had to follow his "silent" directing gestures and provide their own tinge to the performance. Thus, ... more »

Everything You Need To Know About The Rise Of The 'Islamic State'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ISIS: Everything You Need To Know About The Rise Of The 'Islamic State' -- Nick Thompson, Richard Allen Greene and Inez Torre, CNN* The group began in 2004 as al Qaeda in Iraq, before rebranding as ISIS two years later. It was an ally of – and had similarities with -- Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda: both were radical anti-Western militant groups devoted to establishing an independent Islamic state in the region. But ISIS – unlike al Qaeda, which disowned the group in early 2014 – has proven to be more brutal and more effective at controlling territory it has seized. *Read more* .... ... more »

"Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings." (In case this never occurred to you!)* *by Ken* Sometimes questions that seem too obvious to be worth asking can produce answers that are surprisingly interesting. For example, would you really think it necessary to ask, as LinkedIn seemed to feel I wanted to, "Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings"? I don't go to a lot of meetings myself (thank goodness!), and after something like three years I still regard my smartphone as something like an enemy agent, which I ha... more »

Unofficial Book unveiling today at Mexicayotl Academy in Tucson

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 day ago
Official-unofficial... what's the difference... I will forever remember that it was at Mexicayotl where I presented my book for 1st time in public. THE ANTS OF QUETZALCOATL: Today I unveiled my book, "Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother" at Mexicayotl Academy in Tucson. Well... it wasn't an actual unveiling (that's Oct 12 - Indigenous Peoples Day) but what it was is, I taught 1st graders, and 2nd and 3rd graders, about the Nahuatl creation story of Maiz: "Quetzalcoatl, the ants and the Gift of maiz." After teaching it to them, they extemporaneously performed it. It was awesome... In ... more »

you are a psycho slave

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
the story of your enslavement

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Corps: Slip-up caused cofferdam wall collapse ~David Hammer, WWLTV* *2 bartenders sue Pat O’Briens over wages, tips ~Bill Lodge, New Orleans Advocate *

Tonights Movie Is 'The Devil's Brigade' (1968)

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

"How It Really Is"

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

“Denying Palestinians Their Humanity: A Response to Elie Wiesel”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Denying Palestinians Their Humanity: * *A Response to Elie Wiesel”* by Sara Roy “Mr. Wiesel, I read your statement about Palestinians, which appeared in The New York Times on August 4th. I cannot help feeling that your attack against Hamas and stunning accusations of child sacrifice are really an attack, carefully veiled but unmistakable, against all Palestinians, their children included. As a child of Holocaust survivors—both my parents survived Auschwitz—I am appalled by your anti-Palestinian position, one I know you have long held. I have always wanted to ask you, why? What c... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 26, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*No, Containing ISIL Is Not “Good Enough” -- Brad Taylor, War On The Rocks* Is the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) contained? And would that be good enough? Dr. Christopher Bolan of the U.S. Army War College seems to think so. He argued as much recently here at War on the Rocks. While Bolan’s line of reasoning is appealing to many Americans who are tired of costly foreign entanglements, both parts of his argument fall apart when subjected to scrutiny. ISIL is not contained. Bolan states that approximately 30,000 ISIL fighters, armed with little more than rifles, face a... more »

"All That's Left..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
In the movie “The Lion in Winter”, when the sons, in the dungeon, think they hear Henry coming down the stairs to kill them: *Richard:* "He's here. He'll get no satisfaction out of us. Don't let him see you beg...Take it like a man! *Geoffrey*: "You fool! As if the way one falls down matters!" *Richard:* "Well, when the fall is all that's left, it matters a great deal."

Mathematical incompetence at the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The BBC's report http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/29387421 on the first day of the Ryder Cup includes this: ' The US won the opening foursomes session 2½-1½ but Europe surged back to clinch the fourballs 3½-1½ to take the overnight advantage.' There are four points available in each half of the first two days, one per match. So how can the fourballs garner a total of five points. That's the trouble with employing a load of Arts graduates...

“5 Totally Vile Right-Wing Moments This Week: Hannity Stands Up for Child Abuse”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“5 Totally Vile Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Hannity Stands Up for Child Abuse”* By Janet Allon *“1. Sean Hannity: My father beat the crap out of me and look how great I turned out. *Sean Hannity vociferously defended pro-football player Adrian Peterson, who is facing indefinite suspension and criminal charges for beating his four-year-old with a tree branch, this week. While Hannity allowed that Peterson may have gone too far, as did Hannity’s dad, apparently, the Fox host feels that neither deserves to be charged as criminals. Hannity regaled his guests with tales of his beat... more »

Ready for the Weekend Quasi-Linkage: Are Political Scientists Useless?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Steve and I had a good Twitter exchange with Tom Ricks about whether or not political science is useless to policymakers, particularly quantitative work and modeling. I thought this exchange was funny because today I saw that Colin Kahl, friend and more importantly, a damn good political scientist, was just appointed as Vice President Biden’s Continue reading

Russia - Ukraine - E.U. Gas Deal Reached

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Exclusive: Ukraine Prime Minister Says Russians 'Want Us To Freeze' -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The prime minister of the Kiev government accused Russia on Thursday of attempting to freeze Ukraine in the coming winter by using natural gas as a weapon to subjugate the former Soviet Republic. "They want us to freeze. This is the aim and this is another trump card in Russian hands. So, except military offense, except military operation against Ukraine, they have another trump card, which is energy," Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said in an interview on the sidelines of the United Nat... more »

Hundreds Of Afghan-Taliban Fighters Have Stormed And Captured A Strategic District Sothwest of Kabul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ghazni province, Afghanistan. VOA *Deadly Taliban Offensive Gains Ground In East Afghanistan -- Al Jazeera* *An attack by an estimated 700 Taliban fighters that began five days ago has left more than 100 people dead* Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province southwest of the capital and are on the verge of capturing it after killing dozens of people and beheading some in days of fighting, officials said Friday. The Ghazni provincial government has lost contact with police in the province's western district of Ajrestan, said Asadullah Safi... more »

Ebola: "U.S. Govt. Patented Ebola In 2010 And Now Owns All Victims' Blood"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"U.S. Govt. Patented Ebola In 2010 And Now Owns All Victims' Blood:* *It's All Scripted! Ebola Outbreak And Impossibly Rapid Vaccine Response Clearly Scripted"* by Mike Adams "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't." William Shakespeare, “Hamlet” (Act II, Scene II) "On the very same day that vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline is being fined $490 million by Chinese authorities for running an illegal bribery scheme across China [3], the media is announcing the "astonishing" launch of human trials for an Ebola vaccine. Care to guess who will be manufacturing this vaccine once it...more »

A Parliament of Whores - The Sexual History of Watergate

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
"Courts are a capricious venue for arguments about history. Sometimes, as when a British court last year resoundingly rejected the Holocaust denial of "historian" David Irving, litigation can help protect established history from those who would maliciously rewrite it. But conspiracy theorizing generally is better addressed in the public arena by rigorous confrontation with facts. That's true both out of respect for freedom of speech---even wrong-headed speech---and because historical truth does not always fare so well in court. A jury in Tennessee in 1999 embraced the loonies... more »

Neoliberalizing the academy

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Josh’s post on his experience with course evaluations has gotten me thinking about the practice of using course evaluations. Because my personal circumstances differ from Josh’s (e.g. I do not have children), I have been able to avoid some of the painful tradeoffs he discusses and have not yet had to confront ‘bad’ evaluations. Reading Continue reading

What About Party Discipline?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
John Barrow, from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party Yesterday we saw that most of the 17 Democratic House Members from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party who voted for Darrell Issa's strictly partisan resolution to hold Eric Holder in criminal contempt were defeated in 2012. Among the few remaining 3-- Bill Owens (New Dem-NY), Jim Matheson (Blue Dog-UT) and Mike McIntyre (New Dem/Blue Dog-NC)-- picked retirement this year over certain defeat at the polls. That leaves John Barrow (Blue Dog/New Dem-GA), Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN) and Nick Rahall (Blue Dog-WV). The... more »

Was The F-22 Debut Combat Performance Over Syria Impressive?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *F-22’s Baptism Of Fire Impresses Defense Experts -- FOX News* The Air Force's costly and controversial new F-22 Raptor made its public debut during bombing runs over Syria earlier this week and defense experts said they were impressed by the first glimpse of its lethal firepower. “It seems to have been very successful – it was designed to have that ‘first night,’ precision strike capability,” Rebecca Grant, president of Washington D.C.-based defense research firm IRIS Independent Research, told FoxNews.com. “This proves that the F-22 is a... more »

Local Council By-Elections September 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- August Average/ contest +/- August +/- Seats Conservative 15 4,965 26.1% -1.0% 331 +50 -2 Labour 14 5,345 28.1% +0.7% 382 +63 +1 LibDem 11 4,166 21.9% +2.5% 378 +131 +1 UKIP 13 2,597 13.7% -4.4% 200 -41 +1 SNP* 0 0 Plaid Cymru** 0 0 Green 8 716 3.8% -3.6% 90 -47 0 BNP 0 0 TUSC 2 60 0.3% +0.1% 30 +14 0 Independent*** 7 ... more »

The Unbearable Lightness of Neo-Liberal Historical Revisionism in Education

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Dana Goldstein studied intellectual history at Brown before she became a reporter, then a grad student at Columbia, and now another author among the growing tribe of young, privileged white folks with new books intended to make the world safe for corporate education reform. Goldstein joins Cornellian Amanda Ripley, Yalie Anya Kamenetz, and fellow Columbia alum, Elizabeth Green, in offering their non-educationist and non-scholarly takes on issues ranging from how to make "smart kids," "build great teachers," referee the "teacher wars," or understand "the test." All of this recent and... more »

Under A Harper Conservative Government, When Canada Talks To The World ... No One Listens Anymore ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 day ago
*Stephen Harper Mocked Over Empty UN General Assembly For His Speech*

Healthy Lunches: "Frozen" Lunch

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
What princess lunch series would be complete without a little Frozen magic? Our house is still full of Elsa and Anna from morning until night and so this snowflake Elsa themed meal fits right in. If your child is anything like mine, quesadillas are on the very short list of things she will eat, so I wanted to incorporate them into one of our fun lunches and what better way than by cutting one of the tortillas into a snowflake? You will need: - two tortillas - cheese, I wanted to use white cheese to complete the look, but I knew my daughter wouldn't eat it. - spinach ... more »

Meet The Female Arab Pilot Who Led The First Airstrikes Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*UAE's First Female Fighter Pilot Led Airstrike Against ISIS -- CNN* (CNN) -- Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri may be ISIS' worst nightmare. The first female fighter pilot in the United Arab Emirates, she led a strike mission this week against the terror group, that country's ambassador to the United States said Thursday. "She is (a) fully qualified, highly trained, combat ready pilot, and she led the mission," Yousef Al Otaiba told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." The UAE has joined the United States and a handful of other Arab nations in conducting airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. This summer, t... more »

Inside Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
A frank discussion with pensioners in Pervomaisk, Lugansk area of eastern Ukraine.

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