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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Monday, September 29, 2014

29 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, m...
Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, meeting Secretary Clinton for a working dinner in Washington DC, May 18, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: United Nations General Assembly hall ...
English: United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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"Never More Frightening..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 minutes ago
"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." ~ Laurens van der Post

Netanyahu Declared War On The UN And Islam In The Same Speech At UNGA

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 minutes ago
*This dumb ass mentioned baseball player Derek Jeter and Palestinian group Hamas in the same speech.* On Monday, September 29, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu topped the insanity and stupidity of his speech last year at the United Nations General Assembly by *giving a speech in which he declared war on both the UN and Islam*. Netanyahu referred to the UN's Human Rights Council as the "terrorist" rights council and he equated ISIS with Hamas in a vain and futile attempt to legitimize his government's recent vicious onslaught against Gaza in the eyes of the international c... more »

Demilitarization Censored: Pacific Islanders withdraw support for Indigenous World Conference

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 24 minutes ago
"What happens at the UN when indigenous peoples even attempt to speak to the issue of demilitarization? We are forced to leave the "process" with the one thing we cannot even consider bargaining away: our conscience." -- Noho Hewa Statement by Kalamaoka’aina Niheu Ohana Koa-NFIP Censored News Aloha kakou, It is with great sadness and outrage to find at the 11th hour that Paragraph 21

Fence-Jumper Made It Far Deeper Into The White House Than Previously Known

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 41 minutes ago
Image: Mashable Composite, WhiteHouse.gov *White House Fence-Jumper Made It Far Deeper Into Building Than Previously Known -- Washington Post* The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident. An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of th... more »

Listen: Are Indigenous Issues sold out at the UN?

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 42 minutes ago
Indigenous Peoples' summit pushed out of the spotlight Updated 29 September 2014, 11:54 AEST During a frantic week in New York when world leaders gathered to discuss climate change and the security situation in Syria and Iraq, a meeting of the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples has largely slipped under the radar. Indigenous Peoples' summit pushed out of the spotlight (

Israel's Mossad Is Looking For New Recruits

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*(Mossad website)* *Israel’s Mossad Comes In From The Cold In Search For New Recruits -- The Guardian* Israel’s infamous spy agency drops secretive cloak-and-dagger approach and goes online to seek out potential agents It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world’s most secretive espionage organisations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now, all it takes to apply for a job at Israel’s Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse. The usually shadowy Mossad ... more »

Having A Starbucks At The CIA Headquarters In Langley

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Image from Sprudge *At CIA Starbucks, Even The Baristas Are Covert -- Washington Post* The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world. But these aren’t just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks. “They could use the alias ‘Polly-O string cheese’ for all I care,” said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security reasons. “But giving ... more »

US Gunrunning to Cartels: Four facts mainstream media doesn't want you to know

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
Arizona police circulated ATF Project Gunrunner 'Weapons of Choice' in 2008 By Brenda Norrell Censored News When US Attorney General Eric Holder resigned, the Blaze reported that it was in response to the fact that a federal judge ruled that Fast and Furious documents must be released. Still, the mainstream media is scratching itself, and refusing to report on the ATF gunrunning weapons to

Regulatory Capture-- A Story Of Democratic Dysfunction In The Face Of Increasingly Unfettered Capitalism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
This is far more true today than it was in 1902 Last week's most important story wasn't that mini-states Belgium, the U.K. and Denmark are joining in the bombing of airforceless ISIL-- or even the birth of Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. The biggest news was broken by Ira Glass on NPR's *This American Life*. That one and change long YouTube at the bottom is the entire show but I suspect NPR will persuade Google to take it down so… if they do, you can listen to it here too and you can read the transcript here. And remember as you listen to one outrage after another, the Fed refused to sp... more »

Louis Freeh and Opus Dei

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
What a tangled web they weave! Irony abounds. Thought you'd find this article interesting as well as informative (included below). The strange case of Robert Hanssen, simultaneously running COINTELPRO operations against the American left and allegedly "spying" for the Soviet Union, supposedly at great cost to our national security, unbeknownst to the FBI, now takes an even more interesting twist as we discover that not only he but his boss and fellow parishioner Louis Freeh were members of the same secretive religious order. Was he infiltrating the FBI and the right wing of the Ca... more »

Rogue Courts in Canada Trample Self-Represented Litigants

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 1 hour ago
By Denis G. Rancourt, PhD  [1] There is a crisis of access to justice in Canada. It is a crisis of systemic judicial partiality against ordinary citizens who cannot afford brand-name “justice”. PURPOSE AND METHODS FOR THIS ARTICLE In this article I describe the phenomenon in Canada of systemic and often-egregious judicial and legal-system bias against self-represented litigants. In a

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know." - Aldous Huxley

"What's Really Destroying the American Middle Class"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"What's Really Destroying the American Middle Class"* By Robert Reich "I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped Seattle enact the first $15 per hour minimum wage in the country. Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example. Contrary to the dire predictions of opponents, the hike won’t cost Seattle jobs. In fact, it will put more money into the hands of low-wage workers who are likely to spend almost all of it in the vicinity. That will create jobs. Conservatives believe the economy functions better if the rich... more »

The Zionist-WASP Split of 1991 - Israeli "Absorption Centers"

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
PM Yitzhak Shamir (R) Greets new immigrants from Ethiopia at a Hedera Absorption Center. יצחק שמיר מברך עולים חדשים מאתיופיה במרכז הקליטה בחדרה Photograph: ISRAELI TSVIKA, GPO. 09/01/1991 . *"No one here can promise that today's borders will remain fixed for all time. But we must strive to ensure the peaceful, negotiated settlement of border disputes. We also must promote the cause of international harmony by addressing old feuds. We should take seriously the charter's pledge "to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors."* *UNGA Resolutio... more »

Google Says Taiwan is a province

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
Google is appending "Taiwan Province" to its map products. Drop them a polite line to say this is wrong. It is US policy that Taiwan's status is undecided and Taiwan is not a province of anything. *UPDATE*: The Report a problem page for MAPS. You'll probably have to use the box. *UPDATE*: To explain why sometimes you see it, sometimes you don't, recall that in the ROC, municipalities are the equal of provinces. Hence you won't see it for Taichung, Taipei, Tainan, K-town, and New Taipei City. Google's usage is inconsistent and silly, because there could never be a "Taiwan Province,... more »

“U.S. Aggression - Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“U.S. Aggression- * *Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire?”* by 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 o... more »

The Bad Seeds

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
The Monsanto Company has been active for over 100 years in the United States, and yet the St. Louis based genetically modified seed and chemical giant’s long legacy of nefarious actions has only recently come into public view. The mainstream in America is just now waking up to the destruction caused to humans, animals and the environment by Monsanto after all these years, but for the people living in communities that have been damaged and even destroyed by the corporation’s unscrupulous practices, the harsh truth has been ever-present. The Monsanto Company has been active for ov... more »

Tribunal on Indian Boarding Schools Wisconsin Oct 22 -- 25, 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Devastating Effects Of Boarding Schools On Indigenous  Peoples: Second Annual Tribunal On The Abuse Of  Indigenous Human Rights October 22 - 25 AN INVITATION You’re invited to attend our forum focused on the experiences of Native children who were forced at early ages to attend Indian boarding schools.  This Tribunal is scheduled for October 22 through the 25th, 2014,

Any wonder our spooks can't get all that intelligence stuff right? They're mainlining, er, Buttfucks coffee

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Paulie (Tony Sirico) undergoes culture shock -- okay, he goes kind of nuts (there's much worse to come than we see in this clip) -- as he accompanies Pussy ("I'm fuckin' Rockford over here"), under orders from Tony, tracking down the year-old Saturn belonging to AJ Soprano's science teacher Mr. Miller (stolen from the school parking lot), having turned up a lead that one of the malefactors was wearing a uniform from, you know, Buttfucks, in "46 Long," the epic Episode 2 (written by David Chase) of The Sopranos.* *"I have no idea what they do. I just know they need coffee, a lot of ... more »

America's Oil Boom Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*US Poised To Become World’s Leading Liquid Petroleum Producer -- Financial Times* The US is overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid petroleum, in a sign of how its booming oil production has reshaped the energy sector. US production of oil and related liquids such as ethane and propane was neck-and-neck with Saudi Arabia in June and again in August at about 11.5m barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency, the watchdog backed by rich countries. With US production continuing to boom, its output is set to exceed Saudi Arabia’s this... more »

Various Announcements

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
AmCham Taichung is hosting DPP Taichung mayoral candidate Lin Jia-lung, Tues, Sept 30, 6:30, Tempus Hotel. That's tonight. *++++++++++++++* The American Institute in Taiwan sent this around, click on READ MORE at bottom to see more: Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6. For some voters, this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot r... more »

Yemen News of the day ( September 30 , 2014 ) -- Al-Qaeda Bomber Attacks Rebel-Held Yemen Hospital, Killing 15 Houthis Maintain Hold on Capital as Tensions Rise ...... Tweets of the day !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Anti War..... Al-Qaeda Bomber Attacks Rebel-Held Yemen Hospital, Killing 15Houthis Maintain Hold on Capital as Tensions Rise by Jason Ditz, September 28, 2014 Print This | Share This As the Shi’ite Houthi movement continues to expand its control over the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, they are quickly attracting the attention of southern Islamist factions, including al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Today, a suicide bomber from AQAP drove a car bomb into a Houthi-controlled hospital in the Maarib Province, killing at least 15 people and wounding 50 others according to the loc... more »

The U.S. Created, Not "Underestimated," ISIS Threat In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*President Obama attracts so many flies because nothing but horseshit comes out of his mouth. Flies aren't stupid, they can smell Obama's bullshit from miles away.* In an *interview with CBS's 60 Minutes*, the Bullshiter-In-Chief Barack Obama said that the U.S. intelligence community "underestimated" the ISIS threat in Syria. LOL. Good one Barry. In reality, the U.S intelligence community created the ISIS threat in Syria. They were not caught off-guard by the rise of this transnational terrorist group because they were the ones who trained, armed, and financed them. The global... more »

President Obama's ISIS War Strategy Is Hurting Him Politically

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Public Strongly Backs Airstrikes Against Islamic State; Obama Struggles Politically -- Washington Post* More than 7 in 10 Americans support airstrikes against Sunni insurgents in Iraq, up from 45 percent when the threat of the Islamic State first became apparent in June. Support for action in Iraq and Syria spans Democrats and Republicans, with 9 in 10 saying the Islamic State poses a serious threat to U.S. interests. President Obama’s approval ratings continue to lag, especially on handling international affairs and immigration. Majorities see him a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Landrieu’s new hiring efforts challenged by another city employees group ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens* *Uber’s bumpy start in New Orleans ~Jeanie Riess, Gambit *

TSA Gestapo Issues Warning on Phony Obama Terror Group Khorasan

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 6 hours ago
The top dog of America's airport Gestapo forces, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has issued a bogeyman alert over the phony "terrorist" group Khorasan. Never mind that the existence of the crazier than ISIS (ISIL, IS) Muslim marauders has already been debunked as more political trickery by Obama to scare the bejesus out of Americans. The government is still selling Khorosan past it's expiration date in order to capitalize on America's first workplace beheading and the possibility that old men with cane swords may be lurking in the aisle seats. According to The Hill in a s... more »

How To Make A War Stratgey On The Fly

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington, June 8, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing *For Obama, A Swift Leap From No Strategy To A Full Battle Plan For Islamic State -- Washington Post* After keeping his promise to avoid American involvement in extended wars for nearly six years, President Obama on Monday began a military engagement that he acknowledged is likely to far outlive his time in office. The launch of airstrikes in Syria and expanded U.S. action in Iraq, at the head of a dozens-strong coalition of nations, is... more »

Washington Post Editor Threatens Genocide of Alawites In Syria If They Keep Backing Assad

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*The Washington Post and ISIS are both advocating the genocide of Alawites, though obviously in their own different ways.* Alawites, the esoteric religious sect that Assad belongs to, is not only facing threats of genocide from terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Nusra, but also from the radical war hawks on The Washington Post editorial board. *The Angry Arab - Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Post calls for the threat of "destruction" of Alawites:* From Mike: "Hi As'ad, Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor of The Post. He wants to destroy the Allawite commu... more »

Comparing Obama To Reagan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Reuters *Who Had It Easier, Reagan Or Obama? -- Thomas Friedman, New York Times* OVER the past few weeks I’ve been reading Ken Adelman’s fascinating history “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War.” Adelman, who led Reagan’s arms control agency, was an adviser at Reagan’s 1986 Iceland summit meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Using some newly declassified documents, Adelman fills out the extraordinary dialogue between the two leaders that set in motion a dramatic cut in nuclear arms. You learn a lot about Reagan’s leadership in the book. For me... more »

U.S. Troops Prepare To Assist In The Battle Against The Ebola Epidemic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*U.S. Troops Battling Ebola Get Off to Slow Start in Africa -- WSJ* Rare Military Effort Comes as Concerns Mount Over Epidemic's Expansion The American military effort against history's deadliest Ebola outbreak is taking shape in West Africa, but concerns are mounting that the pace isn't fast enough to check a virus that is spreading at a terrifying clip. On Saturday, a handful of troops from the Navy's 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion led a bulldozer through thigh-high grass outside Liberia's main airport, bottles of hand sanitizer dangling from their belt loops. They had been... more »

METRO | Lamar W. Hankins : Facing evil in East Texas

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
We look at how the Church of Wells cult recruits members into its fold, and the almost total emotional control the three ‘elders’ have over the group. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | September 29, 2014 WELLS, … finish reading *METRO* | Lamar W. Hankins : Facing evil in East Texas

Lowering Taxes Is the Only Decent Tax Reform

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Tax reform being on the agenda this last election, this guest post by Laurence Vance suggests there is only one decent tax reform that should be considered:* *The best tax is always the lightest.* — Jean-Baptiste Say *There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on compulsion.* — Frank Chodorov *There can be no such thing as “fairness in taxation.” Taxation is nothing but organised theft, and the concept of a “fair tax” is therefore every bit as absurd as that of “fair theft.“* — Murray Rothbard *Since the very fact of taxation is an interference w... more »

The Ostrich Factor

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 6 hours ago
Garrett Hardin was a lad who not only thought a lot, but could also think well. I recently discovered a Hardin book I had not heard of, *The Ostrich Factor — Our Population Myopia* (1998). Hardin was an interesting blend of an ecological conservative, and a growth-hating political conservative who detested economists. I hoped that this book would provide fresh insights on the huge and difficult problem of overpopulation. After *Living Within Limits* was published in 1993, critics noted that Hardin complained about overpopulation, but failed to provide a remedy. Hardin admitted ... more »

Heavenletter #5057 Rise and Serve, Rise and Shine

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*Heather Tucci-Jarraf has often called these *Heavenletters* "God's post-it notes"....and this one today really hit me in the heart... **I think its the closest emotion I have felt since 2009 to what I experienced in my NDE in that San Diego hospital ICU ward... and yet here I AM still walking the planet today! Since then I've only wanted to experience the full emotion Oneness with Source again. * *That is what is missing in our experience on this planet. If you can imagine love as sunshine on your skin at the beach, you get close to knowing it... it was that palpable... felt s... more »

Your Employer Wants To Indoctrinate You With Their Politics

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 7 hours ago
I recently found out about an organization called the Job Creators Network, which some big CEOS are involved in like Roger Ailes (you know, Faux News), David Hernandez of Liberty Power (formerly with, Enron), and other big corporate heads. Their major goal in life seems to be to indoctrinate employees into voting against their own interests. Well, that's not what they say. They say: America’s employees, particularly non-union employees, are an untapped reservoir of support for free enterprise. Job Creators Network’s E2E Communication Program leverages employee support by providing e... more »

The Water Wheel

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
My great-grandfather, Richard E. Rees, was born in 1843 in the hamlet of Cwmbelan in the parish of Llangurig, Wales. It had a stream with a waterfall. Beside the waterfall was the flannel factory, built in the 1830s. The factory was powered by a waterwheel, which had an iron frame. Cwmbelan was in sheep country, and the flannel was made from wool. In the wake of the last ice age, much of Britain was a lush rainforest. It was home to animals like the beaver, boar, elk, reindeer, wisent (bison), antelope, lynx, wolf, bear, wolverine, lion, spotted hyena, elephant, black rhino, a... more »

The War Against The Islamic State Is Expanding With Turkey And Iran Preparing To Become Involved

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*U.S., Kurds Strike At Islamic State In Syria -- Reuters* (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in an area controlled by Islamic State, killing at least two civilian workers. Strikes on a building on a road leading out of the town also killed a number of Islamic State fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs... more »

(Bonus) quotes of the day: On currency depreciation

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“The so-called improved competitiveness resulting from currency depreciation in fact amounts to economic impoverishment. The "improved competitiveness" means that the citizens of a country are now getting fewer real imports for a given amount of real exports. While the country is getting rich in terms of foreign currency, it is getting poor in terms of real wealth — i.e., in terms of the goods and services required for maintaining people's lives and well-being.” *- Frank Shostak, ‘Will Currency Devaluation Fix the Eurozone?’ *“[F]lexible exchange rates preclude an e... more »

Changing Our Dumb Discourse And Ending Austerity

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*by Alice Marshall* I want to thank the entire DownWithTyranny community for the terrific work you do supporting progressive candidates for office. As we all know to our cost, it is very difficult for progressive candidates to raise sufficient funds to be competitive. The DownWithTyranny community not only raises funds, but through its Blue America page, and this blog, offers them visibility. It is easier to raise funds if there is evidence of online support, which brings me to the subject of this post. We are all acutely aware of how embarrassing our public discourse has become.... more »

Canada Attacks Indigenous Rights at UN

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation at Peoples' Climate March, ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York. Photo by Zack Embree. Excerpt from Vancouver Observer: In response to Canada's objections over the non-binding document on Indigenous rights, high-profile First Nations groups issued a strongly-worded joint statement condemning the federal government's stance:   Indigenous peoples'

Unmasking the Five Eyes’ Global Surveillance Practices

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
Five Eyes *The question nobody ever seems to ask in all this...if they have this global ability to peer up our proverbial "bung hole" as it were, then how is it that groups like ISIS/ISIL, have any a ghost of a chance of ever arising? The answer is of course...because they want them too! No budgets without any threats... institutional bureaucratic self-interest prevails! Someone once said to do a great evil takes a bureaucracy... and Hitler had his IBM punch cards didn't he to round up all those concentration camp victims... Humans are quite capable of astounding atrocities, bu... more »

Is Baghdad About To Fall? Fierce Fighting Reported Near Iraqi Capital. ISIS Militants Less Than 2 Miles From Baghdad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*ISIS Militants Less Than 2 Miles From Baghdad, Fierce Fighting Reported Near Iraqi Capital -- New York Daily News* *The Islamic State group has made gains in Iraq, approaching the country's largest city Monday, as American-led airstrikes have hit the group's strongholds in Syria. The news of the bloodthirsty group's march towards Baghdad comes after President Obama admitted the U.S. underestimated the group — and overestimated the Iraqi Army. ‘He told me he would take off his uniform and run,’ said Canon Andrew White of an Iraqi soldier who is supposed to be protecting him.* The... more »

Quote of the Day: On free-range children

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*"Free and unsupervised play has lost ground, its place has been taken by the play date, deliberately negotiated in advance and the purposefully organised activities of contemporary childhood: tee-ball and soccer camp, swim class and 5k runs. More and more, parents feel obliged to steer their children toward those activities that might have a future payoff… But as any cultivator of plants knows, to promote one trait can cause others inadvertently to atrophy." *- Michael J. Lewis, ‘Children Who Never Play’ [Hat tip Montessori Australia] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.C... more »

Troops Not Buying It

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Seven out of 10 of the more than 2,200 active-duty respondents to this year's Military Times Poll oppose the idea of sending substantial U.S. ground forces back into Iraq to battle the Islamic State militants and their allies. In addition, over the past four years of the annual poll, the percentage of active-duty troops who believe the first U.S. war in Iraq was a success has declined significantly. See more *here *

War, peace and subjugation

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Interesting Start the Week this morning. All Tom Sutcliffe’s guests have authored worthy tomes about religion and war. Justin Marozzi’s well received “Baghdad” sounded fascinating, and so did Christopher Coker’s “Can War be Eliminated?”. But the primary focus of this episode was a book titled: “*Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence” *written by a woman whom Suttcliffe addressed as “Keiron”. It was only when she gratuitously introduced “Israelis bulldozing Palestinian homes” that I realised that Keiron was in fact Karen - Karen Armstrong, the former nun who ‘wants... more »

Attacks Remain Low In Iraq 1st Week of September But Massacres Keep Casualties High

MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
For the last several weeks the number of reported security incidents has dipped, but casualties have stayed at a high level. Fighting in Iraq remains intense in some parts of the country, but the insurgent charge during the summer has largely been subdued accounting for the decline in attacks. At the same time there are more and more reports of the Islamic State carrying out mass executions of people in its conquered territory, which accounts for the large number of casualties. This is likely the status quo in Iraq for the foreseeable future. In the first week of September there... more »

Chocolate Topped Cookie Dough Bites

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
I am a cookie dough junkie. All through my last pregnancy, the hardest thing for me to stay away from was cookie dough. I had to stop making cookies all together so I wouldn't accidentally end up with some of the dough in my mouth. Shortly after my daughter's birth we had a potluck and one of my husband's sisters brought these. I can't tell you how many times I have had them since. If only I had discovered them when I was pregnant! They are delicious, easy to make and raw egg free. For the Dough: - 1/2 C. Softened Butter - 3/4 C. Brown Sugar - 1 tsp. Vanilla - 1/4 C.... more »

Why Kevin D. Williamson is Too Dumb to Write

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
Let me make some disclosures, ones that may upset some of my liberal readers (all five of them). But I make them because I'm no longer young enough to care what people think about my positions. I am what I am and you can take me or leave me. I was never so obsessed with the zeitgeist to give a shit one way or the other about fashion or political correctness and to fall into the perennial trap of trying to please everyone at once.. One of the things about me is that I am very conservative in certain areas. I do not believe in flag burning. I think defining that as free spee... more »

BENJAMIN FULFORD SEP 29, 2104 - BIS wishes to keep global central banking system intact after revolution

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*The following are the views solely of Benjamin Fulford and the people he works with. -AK* *BIS wishes to keep global central banking system intact after revolution* Monday, September 29, 2014 by Benjamin Fulford The Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, is angling to keep its central role in world power even if the Federal Reserve Board secret government of the United States in overthrown, according to BIS and MI5 sources. The Swiss claim, with some justification, that they have always been a neutral place for nations to deal with each other, even in times ... more »

An interesting choice of photo by the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The BBC report that: 'A man in Oklahoma has beheaded one woman and wounded another after being fired from his job, police have said. Alton Nolen, 30, attacked the two women at Vaughan Foods distribution plant in Moore, Oklahoma, on Thursday afternoon. A manager who is also a reserve police officer stopped the attack by shooting and injuring Mr Nolen. A police spokesman said the FBI was investigating Mr Nolen's background, after colleagues said he had recently tried to convert them to Islam.' They illustrate the story with this photo of Alton Nolen Why would this chap behead someon... more »

Alan Bennett in the strangest and sweariest video I can imagine - NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
I've posted the wonderful 'This Be The Verse' by Philip Larkin before, but it's worth repeating: They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at one another’s throats. Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, And don’t have any kids yourself. Now I've found this piece of Alan Benne... more »

The U.S. Intel Community Is Contradicting President Obama's Claim That They 'Underestimated' The Threat From ISIS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Obama Faces Backlash After Blaming Intel Community For Missing ISIS -- FOX News* One wouldn't be surprised if President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, woke up Monday morning checking for tire tracks after his boss effectively threw him under the bus for having "underestimated" the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group. But Obama's remarks in a "60 Minutes" interview drew immediate objections from lawmakers and the intelligence community. In the interview, Obama was asked how the Islamic State was ab... more »

Is President Obama's War Strategy Uniting Islamic Militant Groups Throughout The Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra members gesture while posing on a tank on Al-Khazan frontline of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province.( Reuters / Hamid Khatib) *Alliance From Hell: Al Nusra Fighters In Syria Want To Merge With ISIS – Creating United Army Of Fanatics -- Daily Mail* * Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria under pressure from members to merge with ISIS * Demand for alliance comes after both groups were hit by U.S.-led air strikes * But sources say it may not work without weaker Al Nusra merging with ISIS * Groups share ideology but split during power struggle betwe... more »

Unrest In Hong Kong -- News Updates September 29, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Hong Kong Residents Defy Officials’ Call to End Protests -- New York Times* HONG KONG — A wave of protest in Hong Kong extended into the working week on Monday as thousands of residents defied a government call to abandon street blockades across the city, students boycotted classes and the city’s influential bar association added to condemnation of a police crackdown on protesters a day earlier. The continued public resistance underscored the difficulties that the Hong Kong government faces in defusing widespread anger that erupted on Sunday, after the police used tear gas, peppe... more »

Reckless behaviour from BBC Radio Kent?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I see that UKIP supporters in Kent are highly displeased with BBC Radio Kent. Complaints are, apparently, winging their way to the BBC as we speak. Presenter John Warnett interviewed Conservative defector Mark Reckless on this morning's Radio Kent breakfast programme (some 2 hours 10 minutes in) in a manner that can only be described as "aggressive" (which won't have pleased Ian Katz, Jamie Angus or Evan Davis). He hammered away at the question of Mr Reckless "lying" to the Conservatives in the run-up to his defection to UKIP. John Warnett tackled him pretty much exclusively from ... more »

Mike Philbin artist - the slaughtered paintings r.i.p. - oil on canvas hardboard etc 1995

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 11 hours ago
*THE SLAUGHTERED PAINTINGS R.I.P.* *oil on canvas 3ft by 4ft* many of you only know me as a writer of surrealistic novels and a Free Planet blogger but there are far fewer of you who know of my former life, as a figurative artist. To remedy this, here’s a brief selection of the twenty or more 'wonderfully therapeutic' images I created through the 80's. [image: B4INREMOTE-aHR0cDovLzMuYnAuYmxvZ3Nwb3QuY29tLy1SYWIwaEhueDNEOC9VTFptSEZNeVRzSS9BQUFBQUFBQUJRNC9zTUM2WlNSVWYtVS9zMTYwMC9yZGhkei5qcGc=]oil on hardboard 6ft x 4ft [image: B4INREMOTE-aHR0cDovLzEuYnAuYmxvZ3Nwb3QuY29tLy1oSmdFQnFUc... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 11 hours ago
*Teachers Union Trying to Block School Choice Loses in Florida Court* Florida children won in court Wednesday. In a hearing that lasted approximately 19-minutes, Leon County circuit court judge Charles Francis dismissed the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit to block the state’s innovative Personal Learning Scholarship Account school choice option, finding that the FEA did not have standing to challenge the law. Although the FEA has 15 days to rework its argument, this ruling means that nearly 1,000 Floridian children will likely be able to use their scholarship accounts this...more »

Willie Nelson, Neil Young honored for Keystone pipeline fight!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
(Photo above by Michael Friberg / Bold Nebraska Bold Nebraska Censored News Willie Nelson and Neil Young honored by the Rosebud, Oglala, Ponca and Omaha Nations for their dedication to family farmers, ranchers and native families. The buffalo hide was hand-painted by artist Steve Tamayo and volunteers called "Pipeline Fighters" with symbols to tell the story of people killing

Making It Up As We Go Along

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
*How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes, and the Corporate Media Went Along* As the U.S. expands military operations in Syria, Democracy Now looks at the Khorasan group, the shadowy militant organization the Obama administration has invoked to help justify the strikes. One month ago, no one had heard of Khorasan, but now U.S. officials say it poses an imminent threat to the United States. As the strikes on Syria began, U.S. officials said Khorasan was "nearing the execution phase" of an attack on the United States or Europe, most likely an attempt to blow ... more »

keith olbermann: derek jeter is not god. (a must-see!)

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
Dog, I am a glad this baseball season is over. And not only because the Red Sox finished in last place.

Is U.S. Bombing Of Syria And Iraq Uniting Islamic Miltiant Groups Throughout The Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Nusra threatens West and Arab nations -- Al Jazeera Al Nusrah Front leader says Americans and Europeans will pay the 'tax' of war -- Long War Journal US struggles to blunt Syria rebel anger at strikes -- Stars and Stripes/AP

Afghanistan To Sign U.S. Security Agreement. U.S. To Keep 10,000 Troops In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Afghanistan To Sign U.S. Security Agreement On Tuesday -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Afghanistan will on Tuesday sign a crucial security agreement allowing the United States to leave a small contingent of troops in the country beyond this year, U.S. officials said. U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said on Monday that Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani would send a representative to sign the agreement the next morning at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul. Cunningham said he would sign on behalf of the United States and protocol... more »

Frequent Flyer Miles… Alan Grayson To The Rescue?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Few people know that Congressman Alan Grayson clerked for both Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, respectively the most right-wing and the most progressive justices on the current Supreme Court. We first started to get to know Grayson when he began a primary campaign against Charlie Stuart, a Chamber of Commerce type good ole boy conservative Democrat for the Orlando congressional seat held by Republican Rik Keller. Blue America endorsed Grayson, who was running as an anti-war candidate, but didn't win the primary that time, beaten by the Establishment; and immediately starte... more »

Ashraf Ghani Sworn In As Afghanistan's New President Replacing Hamid Karzai

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Inaugurated After Bitter Campaign -- The Guardian* Ceremony marks first transition of power since Hamid Karzai became president after 2001 US-led invasion After an exhausting and contentious election process, Ashraf Ghani, a US-educated anthropologist turned reformist politician, has finally been sworn in as president of Afghanistan in the first peaceful transfer of power since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. “I am no better than you,” Ghani told an audience of 1,400 guests, including approximately 200 foreign dignitaries at the Arg, the president... more »

35 (or more) Turkish tanks lineup for their move into Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*It sure looks as if an official invasion from the Turkish border is being prepped.* I suspect that the tanks will support all the fighters that are entering from the hill tops of Turkey, overlooking Syria. Ya know the ones the mainstream media lies about? The "spectators" baloney I saw a video on some network news outlet where the spectator/fighters jus'tcan't take it anymore and stream over the border as "ISIS" shoots at them and amazingly misses every single one of them?!?! Amazing? Really amazing, that ISIS, which is 'fighting Kurds' missed every single PKK fighter What are th... more »

It's Cool to be a Nihilist ~ Glenn Beck

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 12 hours ago
I saw this fabulous clip at an intriguing collaborative blog *--Synthetic_Zero*, which bears Nietzsche's remonstrance at the top "Light for some time to come will have to be called darkness". I'm not quite sure what meaning is intended with the dead lion on the floor of Glenn Beck's studio - there must be some, right? - but anyway, I have to be grateful to him for putting everything else together. Click here to listen to the NPR story he laments.

Piercing questions are out?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
There's an interesting interview with *Newsnight*'s new lead presenter, Evan Davis, starting tonight, in the *Telegraph*. The piece, by Bryony Gordon, mentions the issue of bias: Evan Davis was born 52 years ago in Malvern, Worcestershire, to South African parents. He grew up in Surrey, attended Dorking County Grammar School, and got a first from Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics, before studying public administration at Harvard. He was a member of the SDP while he was at Oxford, but it would be wholly inaccurate to accuse him of typical BBC Left-wing bias – his first ... more »

World News Briefs -- September 29, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*After Night Of Tear Gas, Hong Kong Protesters Dig In -- CNN* Hong Kong (CNN) -- Thousands of pro-democracy protesters remained camped out on major highways in the heart of Hong Kong on Monday, defying government attempts to both coerce and cajole them into giving up their extraordinary demonstration. The protests have brought widespread disruption to the heart of one of Asia's biggest financial centers, blocking traffic on multilane roads and prompting the suspension of school classes. A police crackdown on demonstrators on Sunday -- involving tear gas, batons and pepper spray -... more »

To Build the Ultimate Telescope

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
In the end, a million pieces of hardware scattered throughout the solar system will do a lot for us and the capability is mostly in place while the economics are not too much behind. When we do launch a craft to another planet, we will have ample images to inform us about our target. That craft will be fast and sent to collect high resolution data. It will also be a lot sooner than anyone thinks. We are on an exponental curve. It will still be a serious challenge. *To Build the Ultimate Telescope* *by PAUL GILSTER on AUGUST 20, 2014* *In interstellar terms, a ‘fast’ mi... more »

Passenger Plane Design Set to Evolve in the Name of Efficiency and Emissions Control

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
[image: A flying saucer shape is one option to be investigated by the CleanEra group in its push f...] I do think that there is merit in pursuing a seriously widened design that is no more than two levels high. more struts would become necessary but our materials today are well up to it. This would be aerodynamic and provide a natural airfoil across the front. The actual wings themselves could be much shorter then while providing ample control. Some thing like this could easily be built today and could hold four times the passenger load. That would represent a major improvement i... more »

Come ride The BUS with SOS, United Opt Out, and The Badass Teachers’ Association

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Come ride The BUS with SOS, United Opt Out, and The Badass Teachers’ Association. via Come ride The BUS with SOS, United Opt Out, and The Badass Teachers’ Association.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
I have an urgent need to raise $300-400 in the next 48 hours. I had an unexpected and unannounced change in living circumstances for which I am unprepared (found out* after* I went shopping for monthly supplies which based on what my budget would have been). If you can help donations can be sent via Paypal to AMERICANKABUKI@GMAIL.COM or use the button on the right side of the blog. I'll remove this post when the need is met. Thank you in advance!

Catalist: Manipulation and Propaganda of the Far Left...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*and I don't see anyone talking about this.* While I agree that a crazy person whacking off someone's head in an attack already being referred to as "workplace violence" is newsworthy, there are more important things going on. When Google Reader shut down it's RSS feed, I switched to Feedly. Unfortunately, Feedly is a poor substitute with erratic feeds, repetition, and dropped feeds. What it *does* provide, if you view it in title-only format, is a simplified overview of all the blogs and news sites all neatly lined up on a page. That means I can scan a whole page of titles, som... more »

No Turbulent Times Show For Tonight...

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I am sad to report that there will be no Turbulent Times show tonight on Outside Radio... Whitewraithe has been having a difficult time since her employment was terminated as of last Friday, and she is in no shape emotionally or physically for doing tonight's show... To top that off, I have been suffering from a sinus infection that I seem to get at this time of year due to the rapid change in weather in this part of Canada.... My voice is horrible right now, and I doubt if I would be in any shape for a live show tonight.... I want to thank everyone for their patience, and I will b... more »

The STOLEN Scottish Independence Referendum: Scottish Referendum Rigged - The "How" And The "Why"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
It is amazing that people just do not get it when it comes to the stolen Scottish Independence Referendum... This is just one of many elections and referendums that have been "stolen" over the last decade at least in countries all over the world.... If people do not understand that we all must put an end to these frauds, then our entire system of freedom is gone... The whole concept of "democracy" which is essential in the face of growing tyranny world wide is now nothing but a farce where elections are constantly fixed and the true aspirations of those who actually go out and vote ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 29, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
An F/A-18C Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 87 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf to conduct strike missions against Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) targets, Sept. 23, 2014. The George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Burck *Analysts: Pace Of Campaign Could Strain U.S. Navy Forces -- Stars and Stripes/Virginia Pilot* (MCT) — Although U.S. airstrikes a... more »

Oct 29, University of Arizona

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 13 hours ago

Peacefully redrawing Middle East borders

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Several years ago, Dr Sheldon Cooper FTW outlined a clever plan to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Dr Gablehauser said that Dr Cooper was a nut but everyone knows that Sheldon's IQ is 187 which means something. *This map is perverse but it also shows that these loons have some visions, unless most of the civilized world.* Here, we are going to solve not just one problem of the Middle East but all of them. ;-) A general problem is that the existing borders don't really reflect the conditions on the ground too well which is why there are civil wars and why the current borders... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Elementals of Light precess to Higher Vibrational levels as completion of Ascension protocols for Gaia collective takes place

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://gaiaportal.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/elementals-of-light-precess-to-higher-vibrational-levels-as-completion-of-ascension-protocols-for-gaia-collective-takes-place/ *Elementals of Light precess to Higher Vibrational levels as completion of Ascension protocols for Gaia collective takes place* September 29, 2013 Elementals of Light precess to Higher Vibrational levels as completion of Ascension protocols for Gaia collective takes place. *Masters of Illusion* cannot exist in the current energetic structure of Gaia. That term is meaningless. Freedom of perception now is experien... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Éireport Group 9-28-14 Message to GaiaPortal Blog Readers…

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://gaiaportal.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/eireport-group-9-28-14-message-to-gaiaportal-blog-readers/ *Éireport Group 9-28-14 Message to GaiaPortal Blog Readers…* September 29, 2014 We of Éireport Group wish to clarify some points about the GaiaPortal blog messages. The Essence of the GaiaPortal blog is communication on multiple levels. Those who receive a message on one level of awareness, will perhaps receive it differently from those at a different level of awareness. There is no level which is “better” than another. Each is simply unique unto itself. GaiaPortal messages may... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*by American Kabuki* *A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.* *This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.* *Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.* *Nobody is able to achie... more »

Bolivian public transport: cable cars offer unique city views

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 13 hours ago
Here is an article published in the *New York Times,* by Alissa Walker on 19 August, 2014. *Watch How Bolivia Built The World's Longest Urban Cable Car System* [image: Watch How Bolivia Built the World's Longest Urban Cable Car System] In most parts of the world, cable cars are relegated to ski areas or amusement parks. But in South America, cities use the gondolas to navigate undulating terrain as public transportation. Later htis year, two more lines will open in Bolivia’s La Paz-El Alto network, making it the longest urban cable car system in the world. This new “subway in the s... more »

More Questions...this time from Andy Marr

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Continuing with the idea of monitoring all the questions put by particular interviewers, here's a full list of all the questions put by Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning show to Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and David Cameron over the last couple of weeks. Do they show bias? Before we think about that though... As I wrote when introducing the idea yesterday, such surveys as this can't pick up on tone [questions such as: Was it a hostile interview? An over-friendly interview?]. That, however, is something that many people who allege BBC bias *do* pick up on. Listing the questions ... more »

Quote without comment

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 14 hours ago
Cyril R., on SeekerBlog: If we are serious about greenhouse gas emissions then the only way forward is to realize we need 10x more energy even with the best energy efficiency technology employed globally. And then plan fossil fuel consumption accordingly. But then we have 10x the energy need while we need 10x less ghg emissions long term! I think we will find that in such a future world,


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*R. v. Akana**, *2009 NUCJ 18: [3] Ms. Akana is presumed by the law to be innocent of these charges. This principle is protected by the *Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms*. This principle is fundamental to our contemporary notion of justice. [4] The presumption of innocence is not affected by either the number or the seriousness of criminal allegations faced by an accused. This presumption of innocence can only be displaced by a finding of guilt following a trial. There has been no trial in Ms. Akana's case. [5] Ms. Akana has the right not to be denied reasonable ... more »

15 fondos nuevos y wallpapers especiales para pc, laptop, tabletas y ipad. - Imágenes en alta resolución.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 14 hours ago
Ya está aquí nuestra nueva colección de imágenes bonitas en alta resolución para cambiar el fondo de tu pc, laptop, tableta o ipad. Son imágenes selectas sobre diversos temas que harán lucir tu monitor de una forma muy especial. Si eres sucriptor por correo y estás recibiendo estas actualizaciones nuevamente, por favor ponte en contacto con nosotros para conocer tus preferencias en fotos y material gráfico. Puedes dar "Reply" a este correo o escribirme a través de nuestro formulario de contacto directo haciendo click aquí. Espero tu mensaje. Gracias.

The Latest Military Fiasco In Iraq The Fall of Camp Saqlawiya, Anbar

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
During the summer the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) faced one collapse after another. First the country’s second largest city Mosul fell, then western Kirkuk province, and northern Salahaddin including Tikrit. The militants were then stopped, and the Islamic State (IS) turned north and east towards the Kurds and Yazidis. Eventually, it seemed like a rough stalemate had settled across the nation’s fighting. That changed in the middle of September when the IS was able to overrun a small army base north of Fallujah called Camp Saqlawiya. This showed that the insurgents still hold the o... more »

Ukraine Ceasefire On The Verge Of Collapse After 12 Killed And 32 Wounded In Renewed Fighting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Ukraine Army Sees Worst Day Since Truce as Battles Flare -- Bloomberg* Ukraine’s army endured its deadliest day since signing a cease-fire with pro-Russian militants 3 1/2 weeks ago, straining efforts to find a lasting settlement to the six-month conflict in the nation’s east. Nine Ukrainian servicemen were killed in attacks during the last 24 hours, including one incident in which separatists fired at an armored personnel carrier from a tank near the airport of Donetsk, the combat zone’s largest city, according to military spokesman Andriy Lysenko. Twenty-seven soldiers were wou... more »

Ten Things That Taiwan Does Right

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*Breakfast on the road* The well known expat blogger Carrie Kellenberger recently posted a list of Ten Things That Taiwan Does Right. My personal ten: *1. No guns and no gun cult*. We have a few gun loons, but guns are thankfully strictly verboten in Taiwan. That means that in Taiwan, road rage almost never turns one person into a corpse and another into a killer. Nor do we have the open carry insanity, or mass killings, or guns in schools (WTF?), or the US' vast gun-related suicide death toll. In Taiwan, only gangsters have guns and for them they function largely as status symbols... more »

Three bears

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago

European Intelligence Agencies Were Never Briefed By The U.S. On The Khorasan Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra is seen in front of a burning vehicle. Reuters *Europeans Say U.S. Never Briefed Them On Plot By al-Qaida Group -- Kansas.com/McClatchy News* IRBIL, Iraq European counterterrorism specialists say their American counterparts never mentioned an imminent plot by al-Qaida operatives in Syria to attack Western targets and didn’t brief them on the group that’s supposedly behind the plan, a previously unknown terrorist unit that American officials have dubbed the Khorasan group. The interviews with the specialists, from two ... more »

A motion for non-suit may be denied where plaintiff self-represented even if it would be allowed were counsel acting

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
*Luhowy v Government of Nunavut**, *2013 NUCJ 21 [5] While self-represented litigants are expected to inform themselves of the *Rules*, the Court cannot in good conscience hold such parties to the same standard it would expect of counsel. [6] In my view, the case Mr. Luhowy attempts to make for wrongful dismissal is problematic. Had he been represented, I would have challenged counsel respecting aspects of the case within the context of a "no case to meet" motion as allowed by Rule 346. [7] It should not come as any surprise that Mr. Luhowy did not appreciate the stric... more »

The Canadian Rodney Dangerfield

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://businessmanagementcoursesuk.com/ Last week was not a good week for Stephen Harper. Certainly, Paul Calandra's performance in the House did not cover his boss in glory. But, Michael Harris writes, Stephen Harper's performance at the UN -- in front of an almost empty chamber -- gained him no praise or respect: Harper has got to realize that you can’t score points talking up peace and maternal health. Everyone in the world knows he is itching to get deeper into the war in Iraq to bolster his international tough guy cred. You can’t win applause a... more »

Poll: Most Americans Believe That The U.S. Will Use Combat Troops Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch. *Poll Shows Americans Expect U.S. To Send Troops to Fight Islamic State -- Wall Street Journal* Nearly three-quarters of Americans don’t believe President Barack Obama’s assertion that the country won’t use ground troops to fight the militant group Islamic State in Iraq or Syria, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds. The poll shows a substantial lack of trust in ... more »

Stefan Verstappen Interview – “Defense Against the Psychopath

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Stefan Verstappen is a Canadian writer, researcher, and adventurer. He has published six books and several dozens of articles on a variety of subjects. His latest book is, *The Art of Urban Survival.* His book is on my wish list! :) (I don't mean Amazon) *Video * Audio h/t Gnostic Media

Nora Gedgaudas- IQ, Fat and Good Food- Interview

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Better eatin' for better living and better health. Keep in mind your brain is fat and cholesterol................. Nora Gedgaudas, a widely recognized expert on what is popularly referred to as the "Paleo diet" is the author of the best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the newly released book: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It. She is also an experienced nutritional consultant, speaker and educator. She maintains a private practice in Po... more »

Are You Ready To Upgrade The U.S. Senate? Let's Start In Maine Where We Have A Clear Choice

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
It's almost the end of the quarter-- and you know what that means-- hundreds of e-mails from the DCCC and DSCC and their careerist candidates begging for money. Please tell them you already gave-- through Blue America-- to individual candidates whose agendas you believe in and whose values you share. As you probably know, we’ve supported Shenna Bellows' entirely grassroots campaign for Senate in Maine this cycle more than any other candidate, and now we’re asking you to step up again. She’s running as an outspoken, unapologetic progressive in a blue state that voted for President... more »

Questions Arise On The Role Of U.S. Soliders In Iraq.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gena Fedoruk and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Marcel Trott take off in a KC-135 Stratotanker from a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to support airstrikes in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. Multiple KC-135 Stratotankers were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch *Lines Blur For US Troops In Fight Against ISIS -- The Hill* President Obama insists he will not have “boots on the ground” in the fight against the Islamic S... more »

Brits Are Starting To Wonder Why They Are At War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*War Against Isis: It's Started, But Do We Know What We're Doing? -- The Independent* Military experts are among the doubters The first RAF Tornado combat jets, carrying laser-guided bombs, may have started their mission in Iraq, but military experts, politicians and Brits on the ground in Baghdad, haunted by what followed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, are struggling to convince themselves that the current strategy will produce the desired outcome – and, in some cases, what that outcome is. Concerns over the House of Commons's overwhelming vote on Friday to join the United States ... more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Most News channels have paper reviews, where a couple of personalities leaf through the daily papers, making witty observations about content that has caught their eye. Some of the personalities are not known to me, like the celebrities on the Daily Mail website. Media personalities, like mysterious who-the-hell-are-they celebrities, seem remarkably samey. This might be because they are “metro-centric” and I’m more of your rural pleb. Personalities and media pundits must cluster and collect in upmarket or trendy parts of Londonistan, and I think they might be the ones who acquire ... more »

Canadian Jihadist Claims That Terror Attacks Will Soon Hit New York City

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Farah Mohamed Shirdon, Canadian Jihadist Thought Killed In Iraq, Appears In Vice Video -- CBC* Fighter says in interview he wasn't recruited to join ISIS A Calgary man who was rumoured to be dead after travelling to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appears to be alive and has conducted a video interview with media outlet Vice. Farah Mohamed Shirdon, of Calgary, first came to attention in an ISIS video released earlier this year in which he tears up his passport and makes threats against the enemies of ISIS — naming both Canada and the U.S. In August, CBC reported t... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Obama anti-energy nominee thwarted* The Natural Resources Defense Council will gain a new president and the Obama administration will lose Rhea Sun Suh, controversial anti-oil and gas nominee for head of the huge bureaucracy that runs the national parks and fish and wildlife service in the Department of the Interior. That announcement last week culminated a bruising confirmation process that Suh, an experienced and savvy lower-level Interior official, seemed to sail through. However, press revelations wounded her reputation because her history caught up with her: for four years, S... more »

Earth Facing Solar Flare 9/28

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
And this non-earth-facing flare from the prior day....

Hong Kong Democracy vs. China Dictatorship, Part 2

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
This is one of the scenes in Hong Kong last night. Photo from @PhelimKine, tweeted last night with this note, *"These images will haunt the #China & #HongKong govts for a very, very long time. #solidarityHK #OccupyCentral "* From the fb photos of the Harbour Times last September 22, 2014: *Student Strike starts. The university mall in the Chinese University of Hong Kong is full. Alex Chow, Hong Kong Federation of Students Secretary-General, urged "Democracy Now!" Lester Shum, the federation's deputy, said "we should be the one who decide the future of Hong Kong.* The Democracy Mo... more »

Five Stages of Awareness? (or is it Six?) ~ a Guest Post by Tim Murray

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 17 hours ago
Tim Murray has graciously allowed me to post his recent correspondence. If you think this is as brilliant as I do, you might want to later check out the marvelously irascible Dave Cohen's tour de force series, *Adventures in Flatland* Part I and Part II ...(III is yet to be published). They make for excellent companion reading to Tim's article here - and between them, I can hang up my hat when it comes to the immutability of human nature, the futility of activism, and the absurdity of life in general. *Untitled*, Oil on Canvas ~ Judith Fouser Wit's End Collection *Five Stages of... more »

Swinish Boehner Calls for Boots on the Ground in Syria

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 18 hours ago
The American political class enjoys many perks as our so-called elected representatives. There is of course the regular paycheck, enough paid vacation time to make even European socialists envious, great health insurance and a generous retirement package after a minimal qualifying period. All on the taxpayer dole too and that doesn't count the paid junkets, free meals and high paid lobbying gigs that await thanks to the revolving door between Washington and private industry. If a politician is prominent enough, they also are able to land face time in the media with the top honor b... more »

We’re heading home to tasks undone!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 18 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014You ought to be very angry:* Later today, we’re heading home from this, the Hudson Valley, on Amtrak. And no, we don’t mean Acela! In the meantime, you ought to be angry about many things found in recent newspapers. For starters, you ought to be angry about this passage shown below from Paul Krugman’s new column. The column deals with the power of the mega-rich, about whose vast wealth most of us are less than fully informed: KRUGMAN (9/29/14): Does the invisibility of the very rich matter? Politically, it matters a lot. Pundits sometimes wonder why A... more »

China Watchdog Finds $10 Billion in Fake Currency Trade

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg Containers sit at the Port of Qingdao, in Qingdao. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-25/china-foreign-exchange-watchdog-finds-10-billion-in-fake-trade.html *China Watchdog Finds $10 Billion in Fake Currency Trade* By Bloomberg News Sep 25, 2014 8:39 AM GMT+0100 China *uncovered almost $10 billion in fraudulent trade nationwide* as part of an investigation begun in April last year, including many irregularities in the port of Qingdao, the country’s currency regulator said today. *Companies “faked, forged and illegally re-used” documents for expor... more »

War, Media Propaganda and the Police State An Interview With Prof. James F. Tracy

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
*Source:* *https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvtTGZEcS8mbWdB7prg4QNw* *You might wish to look at this also:* https://www.facebook.com/StudentsInSupportOfProfessorJamesTracy

AISHA NORTH: The manuscript of survival – part 426

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
*The manuscript of survival – part 426* by Aisha North September 28, 2014 Let us begin this missive by saying that you have by now already accomplished to pierce a few holes in that membrane that separates you from your own greatness, and like stars on the firmament, these small apertures will begin to exude a powerful light that will begin to attract you attention, but also the attention of others. *You see, you are not just here to discover your own greatness, you are here to utilize that high voltage of light to create change on a vast scale, not just for your planet, but for A... more »

A surge of attacks against classical GR

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
A decade ago, an organized movement of hardcore crackpots began its public assaults against string theory. Because most of the central results of the string theory paradigm have been established with as much rigor as you may ever get in natural science, it was pretty clear to me that given someone's semi-successful efforts to obfuscate some of the pillars of state-of-the-art science, it would soon or later become possible to attack *any* result in science and team up with journalists who will do the job. The deterioration of the public discourse was faster than I could imagine. To... more »

Mexico: Anomalous Object Over Cocoyoc

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 20 hours ago
Contributing editor *Ana Luisa Cid* sends us a video taken over Cocoyoc, Mexico by* Hector Ramírez Villanueva*, a long-time videographer of the unexplained. Prof. Cid writes: "The witness described feeling a strange sensation prior to the sighting, as if something "informed" him where he should be looking to. Cocoyoc is a municipality in the Mexican state of Morelos, founded by the Tlahuiltecas in the 9th century. The area, famous for its lush vegetation and fertile soil, has long been known as a UFO hotspot. *VIDEO* at: *http://youtu.be/31caeKIHijg* Inexplicata Podcasts covering i... more »

Messages From Higher Self - Practice Building People Up To Others

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
 Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/116550793025117941917/posts?cfem=1* 

US resumes supply of Hellfire missiles to Israel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AGM-143R3 Hellfire]The US has now supplied some of the Hellfire missiles that Israel requested in the course of the conflict with Hamas this summer, and more are on the way, The Times of Israel has learned. Washington had halted a transfer of the missiles in mid-August, with the State Department saying that weapons shipments to Israel would be undergoing additional review due to the war in Gaza. Supplies of ammunition used by Israeli tanks were also affected by the review procedures, but those and other affected supplies have also now been resumed. Read more

35 years after their arrival at Kadena Air Base, F-15 fighters remain potent

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Capt. Jonathan Mahan is the stereotypical fighter pilot: calm, confident, with a steely gaze and a sharp sense of humor. He has a cool nickname and a mustache so perfectly groomed that it would make “Top Gun” character Goose proud. However, being an F-15 pilot in the 67th Fighter Squadron’s Fighting Cocks — one of two storied squadrons stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan — couldn’t be further from a cute cliché. Its members constantly train to keep their combat skills sharp in case they are called upon by their Japanese allies to defend the island nation or maintain air superiorit... more »

‘Whispers of Peace,’ by Abiodun Olaku

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 21 hours ago
Artist Michael Newberry, whose pieces you’ll see here often, says of Nigerian artist Abiodun Olaku, There are very few, alive or dead, artists whose works I love. Abiodun Olaku is one of them. I was musing today what a mess contemporary art has made of understanding what is new and innovative in art. Most people would call Abiodun's work traditional because it is unpretentious and representational. The shame is in thinking it is old fashioned blocks people from seeing its innovations. Lol, we can't help it as we are naturally programed to close down and stare at highway acciden... more »

Chinese Navy Continues Flight Test Campaign of Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft Y-8FQ Cub/GX-6

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Y-8 GX6 MPA]A new picture recently surfaced from China showing the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) added a second Y-8FQ aircraft to conduct flight test and eventually qualify the new type of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) variant of Y-8, the Y-8FQ Cub (also known as GX-6 for High New 6) first surfaced on the Chinese internet in November 2011 as we reported at the time. The Y-8FQ is based on the Y-8 Transport aircraft by Shaanxi Aircraft Company, equipped with four WJ-6C turbofan engines with 6-bladed propellers. Read more

Indian Navy has transformed from buyer to builder: Naval chief

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Kolkata class DDG]When the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was kicking off his ambitious “Make in India” campaign in New Delhi last week, for the Indian Navy, the call for strengthening domestic manufacturing was an icing on the cake; it was celebrating the Golden Jubilee of indigenous warship design and construction. Few are aware that from seaward defence boards and tugs and eight INS Sandahyak survey ships to INS Nilgiri and Leander class ships based on borrowed Yarrow design to bigger broad beam Leander class ships with more speed and power, to Delhi class, Shivalik, Kolko... more »

Meet the Zumwalt: The Navy's stealth destroyer will go to sea next spring

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: DDG1000 (Zumwalt) class DDG]The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works. The futuristic shape of the Zumwalt, DDG 1000, has become familiar after more than a decade of graphics presentations and artist drawings, and models of the destroyer have been a staple at naval expositions for years. But now the whole ship is coming together, all construction blocks assembled and set afloat. People wal... more »

EXPOSED: How arms dealer Thales bankrolled Zuma

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Jacob Zuma]President Jacob Zuma and the ANC were deep in the pockets of French arms giant Thales. This is according to explosive documents obtained exclusively by the Sunday Times that reveal how Thales fixer Ajay Sooklal allegedly arranged flights, fancy clothes, legal fees and lavish hotel stays in Europe for Zuma when he faced corruption charges linked to the arms deal. Thales's South African subsidiary Thint won a R2.6-billion contract in 1997 to fit four new navy frigates with combat suites. The documents are transcripts of testimony given under oath before retired Jud... more »

China and Pakistan begin joint naval exercise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Type 054A (Jiankai) class DDG]After their visit to Iran, the Changchun, a Type 052C guided-missile destroyer, and Changzhou, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate of the PLA Navy's 17th Escort Task Force, arrived at Karachi on Sept. 27 to prepare for a joint naval exercise with Pakistan, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. Both vessels from the PLA Navy's East Sea Fleet are on their way to the Gulf of Aden to conduct anti-piracy missions. They stopped by in Iran and Pakistan to conduct a joint naval exercise with the two nations. The Chinese and Iranian navies carri... more »

Despite Signs of Disrepair, Berlin Is Hesitant to Boost Military Spending

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Sea Lynx helicopter]Germans learned in recent days that no more than seven of their navy's 43 helicopters can fly, only one of their four submarines can operate, and one in three of their army's weapons systems lack necessary equipment. The revelations last week in a leaked parliamentary report and acknowledged by German defense officials have led to allegations of mismanagement and media criticism of Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman to hold the post and a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. But one response has been slow in coming: calls to increas... more »

Why President Obama Cannot Blame The U.S. Intelligence Community For Underestimating The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
60 Minutes/CBS *Why Obama Can’t Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS -- Eli Lake, Daily Beast* On ‘60 Minutes,’ the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS. There’s one problem with that statement: The intelligence analysts did warn about the group. Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq. But in a... more »

Consciousness: The Beginning and the End

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: consciousbrain] I was dragged kicking and screaming into a clearer understanding of the physical machinery of our consciousness. It is not what we thought it was. It is way greater. It is also way more impressive as well. Our real physical self has a companion component that is constructed of neutral particles that we understand today as dark matter and whose physical density is at least three orders of magnitude less than our identified physical reality, yet whose information content is also three orders of magnitude greater than our own. This physical Dark Matter... more »

Sale of Japan subs to Australia has both sides treading carefully

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]The possible sale by Japan of its Soryu-class “stealth” submarines to Australia was a delicate issue in both countries and a decision would take some time, according to Japanese ambassador Yoshitaka Akimoto. Speaking at Canberra University’s National Security Institute, Mr Akimoto said Japan welcomed and supported the growing strat­egic presence of Australia in the region and beyond. He said that while Japan and Australia were discussing the purchase of Soryu-class submarines or assistance with submarine technology, the issue was very sensitive in both count... more »

Aspartame: The Bitter Truth Behind This Toxic Sweetener Video Presentation

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
* 10 September 2013* Watch this special video about aspartame and discover the truth behind this toxic artificial sweetener. You may even be surprised how it affects your overall health. *http://aspartame.mercola.com/?x_cid=y..*

Turn the Tables: Stopping Western Aggression in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
*September 29, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) As the US begins token airstrikes on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border, the fighting capacity of the "Islamic State" or "ISIS," has seen no visible setbacks. This is because ISIS is in fact the very proxy mercenaries intentionally created to fight the West's proxy war against Iran and its arc of influence stretching from neighboring Iraq, through Syria, and into Lebanon. As early as 2007 - a full 4 years before the 2011 "Arab Spring" would begin - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article titled, ""Th... more »

The 60 Minutes Interview Of President Obama Was Pathetic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Steve Kroft's Softball Obama Interviews Diminish '60 Minutes' -- Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic* Exactly one question attempted to challenge an Obama decision and hold him accountable for it, and for what was he being held accountable? Failing to start another war or foreign entanglement! Note that the Obama Administration surged troops into Afghanistan, carried out the Bin Laden raid, was complicit in the Stuxnet attack on Iran, violated the War Powers Resolution when unilaterally deciding to participate in the war on Libya, is presently planning for a new drone base in Northwe... more »

Influence of parity violation on biochemistry measured

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Parity violation could matter in biology, after all* Up to the 1950s, people would believe that the laws of physics were invariant under the simple left-right mirror reflection. However, neutrinos were found to be left-handed and other processes linked to the weak nuclear force that violate the left-right symmetry were found in the 1950s. You know, the direction of the electron that leaves a nucleus after it beta-radiates is correlated with the nucleon's spin even though the velocity is a polar vector and the spin is an axial vector – such a correlation couldn't exist in a left-rig... more »

President Obama: U.S. Underestimated Threat Of Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Obama: U.S. Underestimated Rise Of ISIS In Iraq And Syria -- 60 Minutes/CBS* The U.S. had expected the Iraqi army to do more against extremists, president says in acknowledgment of intelligence shortcomings President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. underestimated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL) and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off the militant group in an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes. The president was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft about comments from Director of National Intelli... more »

President Obama On 60 Minutes (Full Interview)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago

Jim Traficant

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Congressman Jim Traficant - A Tractor Fell on Him.* "My plan would repudiate all debt owed to the Federal Reserve bankers except that amount owed to other countries or individuals. The Fed’s interest rate constitutes usury, and it would be prohibited from printing money. America would create a national governmental, not private, bank. This bank would have credit offices in all American cities and counties and would be totally transparent. It would print and issue money to our citizens and our companies without interest. The National U.S. Bank would print and issue money on the ba... more »

Europe's Biggest Lenin Statue Is Toppled In The Ukrainian City Of Kharkiv

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Lenin Is Toppled! Thousands In Ukraine's Second Largest City Cheer As Nationalists Fell Statue Of Communist Leader Before Chopping Off Its Nose -- Daily Mail* * Statue 28ft tall had stood in Kharkiv's Freedom Square for 50 years * Governor allowed protesters to hack through metal in hours-long demolition * Cheers, flares fired and anti-Russian chants as statue hurled to ground * City is near Russian border and was briefly overrun by pro-Russians in April * Since then there have been counter-protests by Ukrainian nationalists * Interior minister welcomed the destruction of 'bloody Co... more »

Mass Graves Are Being Found Throughout Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
I thought "enough dead bodies!" when we came across another burial site outside #Donetsk. Reality of war. E.#Ukraine pic.twitter.com/3kTEZPkUN0 — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) September 27, 2014 *Another Mass Grave Reportedly Found In E.Ukraine -- RT* Another mass grave has been found in eastern Ukraine by the Donbass self-defence forces near Nyzhnia Krynka village, days after the OSCE confirmed the discovery of 3 mass burials in areas recently abandoned by Kiev forces. The new site of suspected murders is not far from the town of Makeevka, Donetsk People’s Republic first depu... more »

Mind War in the UK

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Mind War in the UK from Spike EP on Vimeo. "The root cause of this terrorist threat is a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism. This is nothing to do with Islam, which is a peaceful religion which inspires countless acts of generosity every day. Islamist extremism on the other hand believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in a quasi-mediaeval state. To defeat ISIL – and organisations like it - we must defeat this ideology in all its forms. As evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terro... more »

Ukrainians Are Preparing For A Cold Winter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© RIA Novosti *After Months Without Natural Gas From Russia, Ukraine Could Face A Cold, Cold Winter -- National Post/Washington Post* KYIV, Ukraine — The frigid water that comes out of the hot faucet of Alexander Korniienko’s shower in Kyiv is a warning for his nation: After months without natural gas shipments from Russia, Ukraine may be facing a chilly winter. Ukrainian citizens are layering their sweaters in preparation for yet another tough confrontation with the Kremlin, this time over energy. It is a replay of previous wintertime gas cut-offs from Russia that led to accusat... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Machiavelli's The Prince (1513) Chapter XXIII: How Flatterers should be Avoided I do not wish to leave out an important branch of this subject, for it is a danger from which princes are with difficulty preserved, unless they are very careful and discriminating. It is that of flatterers, of whom courts are full, because men are so self-complacent in their own affairs, and in a way so deceived in them, that they are preserved with difficulty from this pest, and if they wish to defend themselves they run the danger of falling into contempt. Because there is no other way of guarding ... more »

Double Trouble For Cameron As One Conservative Defects To The Fascists And Another Resigns In A Sex Scandal

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Just under a month ago, we reported how Conservative Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell had ditched the Tories and joined the fascist-oriented UKIP. The libertarian-leaning Carswell resigned from Parliament, triggering a by-election, in which he is favored to win-- and become the UKIP's only Member of Parliament. Earlier today he was joined by another Tory Member, Mark Reckless, a drunkard and former UBS Warburg stock crook, the Member for Rochester and Strood, southeast of London in north Kent. Like Carswell, he dumped the Conservative Party, joined UKIP and triggered a by-ele... more »

HIV in Libya

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"HIV is the first disease in history where if you're immune to it, you're gonna die from it"* *- Dr Robert Wilner* Correspondence *Nature* *448*, 992 (30 August 2007) | doi:10.1038/448992a; Published online 29 August 2007 Libya should stop denying scientific evidence on HIV Vittorio Colizzi1, Tulio de Oliveira2 & Richard J. Roberts3 1. University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Rome, Italy 2. South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, South Africa 3. New England Biolabs, 240... more »

The LIDA Machine

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Associated Press (Exact date not shown on copy but tests took place 1982/83) Loma Linda (Veterans Hospital research unit)* *San Bernardino County* An old medical, Russian-made device that transmits pulses of 40 MHz radio signal at pulse rates designed to match relaxed and sleeping states originally. The machine, known as the LIDA, is on loan to the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital through a medical exchangeprogram between the Soviet Union and the United States. Hospital researchers have found in changes behavior in animals. "It looks as though instead of taking a va... more »

Quote of the day (a long one): On education

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
"The vast majority of today’s science teachers simply do not understand what it means to learn. They do not understand that there is a necessary order to learning, and that adhering strictly to this order is the only way to ensure that the student has a clear, independent grasp of the material. “Today’s teachers seem more concerned with enabling their students to parrot impressive-sounding words than they are with fostering their ability to think. That is why a high school chemistry teacher of Kira, one of my former students, said the following when he began a section on quantu... more »

George Robertson

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Dunblane Secret Documents Contain Letters by Tory and Labour Ministers*Neil Mackay - The Sunday Herald, News, 2 March 2003 LETTERS between Labour and Tory ministers and correspondence relating to Thomas Hamilton's alleged involvement with Freemasonry are part of a batch of more than 100 documents about the Dunblane mass murder which have been sealed from public sight for 100 years. The documents include a letter connected to Hamilton, which was sent by George Robertson, currently head of Nato, to Michael Forsyth, who was then Secretary of State for Scotland. Until now it was tho... more »

Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Leonard Cohen, "Anthem" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ma5tF6TJpA

"My Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"What surrounds the florid Rosette nebula? To better picture this area of the sky, the famous flowery emission nebula on the far right has been captured recently in a deep and dramatic wide field image that features several other sky highlights. Designated NGC 2237, the center of the Rosette nebula is populated by the bright blue stars of open cluster NGC 2244, whose winds and energetic light are evacuating the nebula's center. Below the famous flower, a symbol of Valentine's Day, is a column of dust and gas that appears like a rose's stem but extends hundreds of light years. *Click... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Avid Pursuer"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Avid Pursuer"* by Chet Raymo "In his autobiography, "Speak Memory," the novelist and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov writes of the joys of butterfly collecting: "The highest enjoyment of timelessness...is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone. A thrill of gratitude..." The possibility of learning more and more about butterflies - those tiny truths - drew Nabokov, the avid... more »

"A Perpetual Illusion..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Human life is thus only a perpetual illusion; men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does of us in our absence. Human society is founded on mutual deceit; few friendships would endure if each knew what his friend said of him in his absence, although he then spoke in sincerity and without passion. Man is then only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others. He does not wish any one to tell him the truth; he avoids telling it to others, and all these dispositions, so removed from justice and reason, have a natura... more »

"Honoring Life Changes: The Wisdom of Fear"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Honoring Life Changes: The Wisdom of Fear"* by The DailyOm "Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it. Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careers—all of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new. Fear has ... more »

Ma-Xi Meet Up and Other Xit

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*A curve on the Hsinchu 60. There used to be a giant statue of an aboriginal warrior on that platform above the road, but it toppled off.* By pounding on Hong Kong, Xi is losing Taiwan says a piece at The American Interest today. But their stance on Hong Kong has already had a significant knock-on effect in another area of concern for China: Taiwan. Though Taiwan’s current president, Ma Ying-jeou, was seen as gingerly steering his country towards gradual and eventual unification with the mainland, recent events in Hong Kong have created a political consensus that reunification is j... more »

"We're All Mad Here..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat, "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come *here*." - Lewis Carroll, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” True, true, lol... - CP

The Poet: Robert Bly, "Things to Think"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Things to Think"* "Think in ways you've never thought before. If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message Larger than anything you've ever heard, Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats. Think that someone may bring a bear to your door, Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose Has risen out of the lake, and he's carrying on his antlers A child of your own whom you've never seen. When someone knocks on the door, Think that he's about To give you something large: tell you you're forgiven, Or that it's not necessary to work all the time, Or that it's been decided that if ... more »

"A Riddle..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "A Riddle..."* “This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins towns, And beats high mountain down.” - One of Gollum’s riddles for Bilbo in “The Hobbit,” by JRR Tolkein. • Answer: *Time*

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Thanks for stopping by.

"Essential Books For Surviving In A Post-Disaster World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Essential Books For Surviving In A Post-Disaster World"* by George Ure and Gaye Levy "We are not suggesting it will happen, but suppose something goes terribly wrong and there is a major terrorist attack in a big city. If this happened, there would be a tremendous ripple effect going forward in time for the entire country. Perhaps because of a recent death (Whitney) but one such city comes to mind: Houston. *The Nightmare Scenario:* Let us imagine a national nightmare moment. One of our nuclear weapons is missing from the national inventory. (And don’t kid yourself: there coul... more »

"The Poetry..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.” - Oscar Wilde

War Photographer Comes Back From Syria To Show You The Truth

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Title: War Photographer Comes Back From Syria To Show You The Truth. Source: We Are Change. Date Published: September 28, 2014. Description: In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Benjamin Hiller who's an German American free lance journalist who recently came back from Ukraine and Syria.

What right-wing scumbags say vs. what they actually do, PA edition

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Ken* I love this. By way of background, I have an e-mail screen name that wound up being used mostly for political mailings, including campaign stuff. Do I have to tell you what an incredible amount of sludge it draws? I dread even looking at the list of new posts, and manage to do it periodically only so I can keep the sludge from piling up. Meaning that when I do attack the mail list, my mindset is delete, delete, delete. I still don't know what prompted me to open this particular item. Now I see that Joe Sestak's name is in the "from" column, and that might have gotten m... more »

It's all right for words to mean what they say

The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 1 day ago
Eudora Welty: It's *all right*, I want to say to the students who write to me, for things to be what they appear to be, for words to mean what they say. It's all right too for words and appearances to mean more than one thing — ambiguity is a fact of life. But it is not all right, not in good faith, for things not to mean what they say. From Michael Leddy's Against “deep reading” at *Orange Crate Art*.

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