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Friday, September 5, 2014

5 September - Blogs I'm Following

10:30pm MDST

United Nations: Iran Misses Deadline On Nuclear Cooperation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flies in front of its headquarters during a board of governors meeting in Vienna November 28, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader *Iran Misses Deadline On Nuclear Cooperation -- Deutsche Welle* Iran has failed to keep up with a timeline to answer questions on its nuclear program. The UN's nuclear watchdog released this information in its quarterly report. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that the international community's effort to probe allegations of Iran's secretive nuclear program has failed t... more »

Welcome to PANYNJ Imperial Wizard Kris Krispy's rampaging young Port Authority Krispy Kop Korps

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 28 minutes ago
*Honoring the shield*: *It appears that the new crop of Port Authority Police Dept. probationary officers has imbibed the spirit(s) of the PANYNJ's spiritual grand imperial wizard.* *"If they are going to treat themselves and others at a bar like this, what will they do when they’re on the job?"* *-- a "source" quoted in DNAinfo's* "New Port Authority Police Go on Drunken Rampage After Graduation" *by Ken* The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has never been exactly a model of "good governance," but now Garden State Grand Imperial Wizard Kris "NJ Fats" Krispy has gotten his... more »

Does anyone know....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
...what kind of bug this is? This is the second time I've photographed one. Strangest bug I've ever seen. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

OSF Treating Haitians as Insects

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 1 hour ago
*John A. Carroll*‏@haitianhearts OSF Treating Haitians as "Insects" http://blogs.pjstar.com/haiti/2014/09/ 05/osf-treating-haitians-as-insects/ … via @pjstar -

Iran's Supreme Leader Has Approved Joint Military Efforts With The US To Contain The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. © RIA Novosti. Sergey Guneev *Iran's Supreme Leader Said To Approve Military Cooperation With US -- Christian Science Monitor* *The BBC reports that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved joint military efforts with the US to contain Sunni militants in Iraq. The unconfirmed report comes amid signs of de facto US-Iranian cooperation. * Istanbul — Iran’s top commander has been authorized to coordinate military operations with US, Iraqi, and Kurdish forces battling Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq, according to a report today by ... more »

ISIS and the Persecution of Christians in Iraq by Adnan Ibrahim

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*The Muslim world is burning this flag:* And will raise this one: *Video Title: ISIS and the Persecution of Christians in Iraq by Adnan Ibrahim. Source: dffarah. Date Published: September 5, 2014. Description:* Taken from the Sermon entitled 'Dots on Letters' in which Dr. Adnan Ibrahim says, "Iraq is a Mosaic unparalleled in the world, in it live the worshipers of God in the far right and the worshipers of the devil in the North without a problem, ‘To you be your Way, and to me mine’, the worshiper of the Devil with the worshiper of God Most Gracious, this is the great Iraq." This ... more »

NATO Leaders Vow To Increase Defense Spending

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *NATO Leaders to Vow to Lift Military Spending -- Wall Street Journal* *Commitment Would Be Nonbinding* NEWPORT, Wales—Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will pledge at a summit here to lift their military spending to 2% of each country's gross domestic product over the next 10 years, according to three officials familiar with the negotiations over the summit communiqué. Only four of NATO's 28 member states currently meet or exceed that level: the U.S., U.K., Greece and Estonia. The decision to cite the 2% figure was the subject of inte... more »

LONG BEEN KNOWN THAT CIA CONTROLS MEDIA

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
The CIA and Associated Press intelligence reporter Ken Dilanian regularly collaborated on stories promoting the spy agency’s image, according to a report by The Intercept. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show how during his time with the Los Angeles Times, Ken Dilanian worked with the agency to more positively portray CIA actions, at times explicitly promising positive news coverage, according to the report. RT’s Lindsay France digs into the newly revealed documents to explore the depth of the relationship.

“Drought Apocalypse Begins In California As Wells Run Dry”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Drought Apocalypse Begins In * *California **As Wells Run Dry”* by Mike Adams “Water wells in central California have begun to run dry, reports the LA Times. "Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville [that] many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water." Tulare County has confirmed their wells have run out of water, and so far hundreds of homes have no running water. According to the LA Times, rumors are also spreading that Child Protective Services officials will begin taking children away fro... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Citizen Watch 3: Political and Economic Reforms After SONA 2014

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
Yesterday, I participated in Round 3 of Citizen Watch's Roundtable Discussion, on political and economic reforms after the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino last August. The forum was held at UP NCPAG, Diliman campus. Jointly organized by Stratbase Research Institute (SRI), and the Office of the VP for Public Affairs, UP Diliman. The Participants were: 1. Prospero "Popoy" De Vera, the UP Vice-President for Public Affairs. 2. Ramon Casiple, Executive Director of the Institute For Political And Electoral Reform (IPER) 3. Atty. Randy Bello, Vice President For ... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Stalin'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*My Comment:* It is hard to believe that this man ruled the Soviet Union for decades.

Joan Rivers (1933-2014)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Joan preps to guest-host WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show, on which she was a frequent guest, this past January. (Photo by Amy Pearl/WNYC)* *by Ken* Among the plethora of remembrances of Joan Rivers now pouring forth, I commend to your attention to the one on the WNYC website, " Joan Rivers, Unflinching And Iconic Comedian, Dies At 81," by Mike Katzif, the "digital producer" of the station's *Soundcheck* broadcast, above all for the generous assortment of audio clips included of appearances she made on WNYC, all but one from *The Leonard Lopate Show*. For once, I don't think there's li... more »

Washington's International Coalition Against ISIS Terrorists Excludes Popular Militias Like The PYD In Syria, But Includes This Demonic-Looking Retarded Cleric

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Angry Arab - Those Saudi Wahhabi clerics are key US allies in the war on ISIS*. *Angry Arab - Saudi and Qatari clerics: * Yes, Saudi and Qatari clerics have been ordered to condemn ISIS as of late but the problem is that those clerics are lacking in credibility and it is easy for ISIS to dismiss them and mock them, as it has done. *Angry Arab - Saudi regime is in deep trouble*: It will eventually hit everyone: that both Al-Qa`idah and ISIS come out of the same ideological background as the Saudi regime. It will be inevitable: people will conclude that to stem the tide of those... more »

The Poet: Barbara Crooker, "In the Middle..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"In the Middle..."* "In the middle of a life that's as complicated as everyone else's, struggling for balance, juggling time. The mantle clock that was my grandfather's has stopped at 9:20; we haven't had time to get it repaired. The brass pendulum is still, the chimes don't ring. One day you look out the window, green summer, the next, and the leaves have already fallen, and a grey sky lowers the horizon. Our children almost grown, our parents gone, it happened so fast. Each day, we must learn again how to love, between morning's quick coffee and evening's slow return. Steam from a pot ... more »

Archaeology: “From Foraging To Farming: The 10,000-Year Revolution”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“From Foraging To Farming: The 10,000-Year Revolution”* by PhysOrg “Excavation of 19,000-year-old hunter-gatherer remains, including a vast camp site, is fuelling a reinterpretation of the greatest fundamental shift in human civilisation – the origins of agriculture. The moment when the hunter-gatherers laid down their spears and began farming around 11,000 years ago is often interpreted as one of the most rapid and significant transitions in human history – the ‘Neolithic Revolution’. By producing and storing food, Homo sapiens both mastered the natural world and took the first s... more »

Chet Raymo, “Walking Wary”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Walking Wary”* by Chet Raymo “Virginia Woolf called them "moments of being," those unanticipated encounters with something in nature (including, of course, human nature) that sets one back on one's heels, drops the jaw, sends chills up the spine. I use clichés, but the experiences are anything but clichés. What makes them special is the way they break through and illuminate what Woolf calls "the grey cotton wool" of everyday experience. Sylvia Plath describes these rare and precious encounters in her poem "Black Rook in Rainy Weather." "Spasmodic tricks of radiance," she calls t... more »

"The Trouble With Most People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds." - Will Durant

Guatemala Rejects U.S. Trade Law Protecting Monsanto and GMOs

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Big Biotech's promise to feed the world, by squeezing out every other choice against the will of the impoverished people intended as the target - is beyond cruel and exploitative. It is another way that the U.S. occupies other countries. How else are other people in these countries supposed to view multiple soft-sanctions on food, but as an act of war? The people of Guatemala caught on to the deceptive nature of a U.S. Trade Agreement with Central America which was marketed as a way to "modernize" them. It also pretends to protect new seed varieties and paints ... more »

Turkey Faces Blowback For Support Of ISIS Fighters In Syria

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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The Police Tool Used To Hack iCloud and Other Crazy News

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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Police Harass Man Sitting in Car in Front of His House Until He Exercises His Rights

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Hunter Sanders* Video explanation: "So I'm sitting in my car in front of my house drinking a Redbull after I got done working all night. At around 12:30 am august 29th 2014 when the police respond to a call across the street for domestic disturbance (I assume because I heard an argument from their house before the police showed up). At 12:50 the officer walked from their house across the road to my vehicle and asked for my ID without identifying himself. I told him I was in front of my house, my name, and I asked if I was being detained. He tried to open my door. This is when I s... more »

Talk Of Nuclear War Over Ukraine Beginning To Surface In Mainstream Media

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Brandon Turbeville Until now, the talk of nuclear warfare between the United States and Russia has been confined to prescient and observant researchers largely operating within the alternative media. Western media outlets, while attempting to Portray Putin as the new Hitler and Russia as a provocateur, still attempt to paint a picture of a winnable confrontation between the two superpowers. Indeed, Western media outlets along with opportunistic politicians are attempting to nurture anti-Russian sentiment amongst the American people who, unfortunately, have no r... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: NATO Week!

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
I have been lax in my Friday Nerd Blogging duties lately. Partly because I have been so obsessed with NATO and its summit. Now that the communiques are launched, it is time to relax and embrace that fave NATO song:

Cognitive Dissonance

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

U.S. Confirms That Al Shabaab's Leader In Somalia Was Killed In A Drone Strike This Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
US Confirms al-Shabab Leader Ahmed Godane Killed -- BBC The leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed following a US attack earlier this week, the Pentagon has said. The US carried out air strikes on Monday night destroying a vehicle and an encampment south of the capital. Somalia's president issued a statement on Friday urging militants to embrace peace after the death of their leader. Godane was one of the US state department's most wanted men. It had placed a bounty of $7m (£4.2m) on his head. Somali analyst Nuur Mohamud Sheekh told the BBC t... more »

Heavenletter #5033 - Bring What You Want to the World

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
*Heavenletter #5033 - Bring What You Want to the World* September 5, 2014 God said: Life in the world keeps chugging along. Life in the world, as you know it, may never settle down. Therefore, it is incumbent for you to settle down. Within yourself, you settle down. You are wise and calm. Life brings unexpected stories, and yet you can read these stories without alarm. What an imagination life has! What it puts together cannot be taken back, yet, what life puts together keeps changing and growing, and sometimes dreams do come true. There are dreams you have that are imminently t... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- September 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Russia-Ukraine Crisis Moves NATO Back Toward Its Roots -- Nic Robertson and Josh Levs, CNN* (CNN) -- The future of Europe may rest on whether NATO can recover its roots. With Russian President Vladimir Putin "land grabbing" and violating international law, the alliance is finding itself "brought back to its core," says Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO's former secretary general. But it isn't prepared. When NATO was founded in 1949, its central task was to protect its members against military aggression and work to promote democracy -- which, in the years following, often meant stand... more »

The Zarqawis

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
*U.S. distributed photo* *Picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shortly after his death. * See http://www.defenselink.mil/home/photoessays/2006-06/p20060608b2.html, slide 2, caption *"Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell briefs reporters in Baghdad, June 8, 2006, on the June 7 air strike that killed terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi. U.S. military officials released the photo to Caldwell's right of the deceased Zarqawi."* According to NBC News, the Pentagon had pushed to "take out" Zarqawi's operation at least three times prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but had been vetoed by the Na... more »

US Key Man in Syria Worked Closely with ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*NATO won't destroy what it created over a period of many years. It will send a few advisers to Iraq, and drop a few bombs, but in the shadows it will continue to feed the ISIL terrorist machine with more money and better weapons.* Video Title: US Key Man in Syria Worked Closely with ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: August 17, 2014. Description: One of the key US men in Syria, the "Free Syrian Army" (FSA) Col. Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, who operated mostly in the Greater Aleppo area, was open about his daily communication and collaboration with extremist ji... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

"Less Time And Inclination..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction.” - Rachel Carson

World News Briefs -- September 5, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Ukraine And Pro-Russia Rebels Sign Ceasefire Deal -- BBC* Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in the east have signed a truce deal to end almost five months of fighting. The two sides agreed to stop firing by 15:00 GMT and the truce appeared to be holding. But the rebels said the truce had not changed their policy of advocating splitting from Ukraine. Meanwhile, Nato has agreed to form a multi-national "spearhead" force capable of deploying within 48 hours. More than 2,600 people have died since rebels stormed several eastern cities. The takeover - which followed the annexation by R... more »

Obama’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost in Kiev

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 6 hours ago
While having lunch at a local eatery on Thursday, the television was on and the area news channel was spewing the same lies and State Department talking points on the vilified Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The patrons at the lunch counter were all staring into the electronic crackpipe as they mentally digested the daily dispersal of bullshit as I nearly choked on my 5.99 blue plate special meatloaf. Things have never been what they are sold as in Ukraine, anyone who is inclined to stay informed can easily do so in the era of the internet and social media. But... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Society of Environmental Journalists' 24th Annual Conference Coverage * *A reaction to the reckless ~Disenfranchised Citizen* *So Many Reasons To Participate In #FalconsHateWeek (But It's All In Good Fun) ~Jason Saul, WWNO*

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party --An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 7 hours ago
(PHOTO: Angela A. Allen-Bell joins Amnesty International in support of the Angola 3 outside of the Louisiana State Capitol on April 17, 2012.) *Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party* *--An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell* *By Angola 3 News* This past July, students from Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there, students landed an impromptu interview with Warden Burl Cain, where they asked him about an inmate at Angola named Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore, who has now been in soli... more »

After Throwing His Own Christian Wife Under The Bus, Whose Wife Will Bob McDonnell Be In Prison?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Will Bob McDonnell start a song and dance group in prison? Yesterday, when I first heard-- well, read-- on twitter the jury in Virginia declare Bob McDonnell guilty on one corruption charge after another, 11 in all, I just couldn't wait to watch Rachel Maddow's show. She may not know much about electoral politics beyond a "D" or an "R," or anything at all about telling a Balkan from a Baltic, but *no one* knows as much about the intricacies of the Bob McDonnell case as Rachel. And no one has presented the case in a more delightful and informative way. The moment I saw the verdict com... more »

NATO Summit News Updates -- September 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*NATO Agrees On New 'Spearhead' Force To Meet Global Threats -- CNN* (CNN) -- The future of Europe may rest on whether NATO can recover its roots. With Russian President Vladimir Putin "land grabbing" and violating international law, the alliance is finding itself "brought back to its core," says Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO's former secretary general. But it isn't prepared. When NATO was founded in 1949, its central task was to protect its members against military aggression and work to promote democracy -- which, in the years following, often meant standing against the Soviet em... more »

Supplemental: High praise for work which makes no sense!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014Fratricide and Richard Nixon:* Do you believe there is any such thing as a “Los Angeles artist” named XVALA? We ask that person because “Los Angeles artist XVALA” is currently in the news, if any such thing as the news exists. Emily Yahr has the story, or something like it, on-line at the Washington Post, if you believe in the Net: YAHR (9/5/14): While news about hundreds of nude celebrity photos stolen from Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others have thrown the Internet into a frenzy, one artist has decided to take advantage of the madness. *Los Angel... more »

CEASEFIRE IN UKRAINE FOR NOW

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Kiev officials and representatives of the two self-proclaimed republics in southeastern Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire, as the contact group met behind closed doors in Belarus.

Free Download: Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* Mark Twain's "Letters From the Earth"* by Wikipedia “Letters from the Earth” is one of Mark Twain's posthumously published works. The essays were written during a difficult time in Twain's life; he was deep in debt and had lost his wife and one of his daughters. Initially, his daughter, Clara Clemens, objected to its publication in March 1939, probably because of its controversial and iconoclastic views on religion, claiming it presented a "distorted" view of her father. Henry Nash Smith helped change her position in 1960. Clara explained her change of heart in 1962 saying that ... more »

NATO Is Not Ready To Admit Ukraine As A Full Fledge Member

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen talk during the NATO-Ukraine meeting at the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, September 4, 2014. (Reuters/Facundo Arrizabalag) *NATO Too Wary of Russian Threats to Let Ukraine Join -- Simon Shuster, Time* Despite Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine, the U.S.-led alliance is keeping Kiev at a distance With its aggression against Ukraine, Russia achieved in just a few months what Vadim Grechaninov has been trying to do for a decade. His mission as President of the Atlan... more »

On Iraq, Former President Bush Looks Like A Genius Compared To President Barack "No Strategy" Obama

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*The mentally deficient man with guts is a thousand times better than the indecisive intellectual. * “[It] would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” - Former President George W. Bush in 2007. [*Source*]. "The interesting part abou... more »

U.S. Military Charter Plane With 100 Americans Has Been Forced Down In Iran By Iranian Fighter Jets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*U.S. Military Charter Plane Forced To Land In Iran -- Washington Post* A U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan has been forced down in Iran by Iranian fighter jets, according to officials familiar with the incident. The plane, which departed Bagram air base on Friday, was chartered by the Pentagon from Fly Dubai, an airliner based in the United Arab Emirates, and was carrying approximately 100 Americans and possibly a pair of Canadians. After being intercepted by the fighter jets, the plane was escorted to the southern Iranian city of Bandar Abbas. *Read more* .... more »

Most of the links that Paul Craig Roberts provides here have been taken up in one form or another in my previous five re-posts. Please play at least the short videos you will find in two of them ("a picture is worth a thousand words"). The one thing new to me were the Germans in Dresden (burned to the ground in WWII) packing the streets calling Chancellor Merkel a war monger, which she is so long as she continues to be a vassal of Washington. A "must see" ...so I embedded this video below.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 8 hours ago
------------------------------ *Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ September 2, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane* Paul Craig Roberts Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If... more »

NATO'S MISSION CREEP INTO ENDLESS OFFENSE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
To discuss the latest developments in Ukraine and at NATO’s summit in Wales, RT is joined live by British investigative journalist Tony Gosling and political analyst Chris Bambery.

Carl Sagan, “Humility”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Carl Sagan, “Humility” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8GA2w-qrcg

“The Pale Blue Dot: Where We Make Our Stand”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Carl Sagan, “The Pale Blue Dot: Where We Make Our Stand” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PN5JJDh78I

“New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way * *To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea”* By James Cave “Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood. Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo "supercluster." But as the new map shows, the Milky Way's 100 billion stars are actually part of something 100 times bigger: a supercluster of galaxies astronomers have christened Laniakea, mea... more »

Adventures in canning: Sweet cherry peppers and beef stew...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*couldn't be easier.* The cherry peppers were my major goal when planting all the pepper plants. All the other peppers were just companions for the cherry peppers. Anyone who gardens knows that when ordering seeds a sort of insanity ensues wherein you order *waaaaay* more than you need. I crammed in some banana peppers to fill up the spaces between the cherry peppers and added some onion. These will be delicious stuffed with feta cheese. The store where I work had a good sale on boneless beef bottom round rump roasts. This meat came from the *Double R ranch*. It's perfect ... more »

Before Today's Ukraine Ceasefire Announcement, The Pentagon Reported That Russia Had Just Deployed It's Best Troops On The Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Pentagon: Russia Has More Capable Troops On Ukraine Border -- *Wall Street Journal* Current Deployment Is Called Smaller But More Dangerous Than Previous Forces The Pentagon said Thursday that the Russian troops along Ukraine's border represent the most capable force Moscow has deployed to the area since the current crisis began. The potent border deployment, which is smaller but more dangerous than previous ones, highlighted the degree to which the two sides remain at odds and the difficulty of achieving a cease-fire. In March, Russia had a far larger force, of more than 50,000, ... more »

Absent express findings supporting a finding that finding is an error of law

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
*R. v. Batty,* 2014 ONCA 620: While this court cannot “revisit factual findings or correct errors of mixed fact and law” (R. v. R.R., 2008 ONCA 497, 234 C.C.C. (3d) 463 at para. 24), an absence of findings capable of supporting guilt amounts to an error of law (R. v. Seath, 1999 ABCA 347, [2000] A.W.L.D. 93 at para 28 referring to R. v. Schuldt, [1985] 2 S.C.R. 592, [1985] S.C.J. No. 76 at 599).

Even Senator McCain ‘Accidentally’ Refers to the Syrian Rebels as ‘ISIS’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Melissa Melton *Oops.* The supposed differences between the Syrian rebels (which our government says are the “good guys”) and ISIS (the “bad guys”) are becoming so hard to differentiate these days, that apparently even our government’s most stalwart supporters of war can’t keep their lies straight when the cameras are rolling. I’ve written multiple articles (here, here, and here) on the fact that good ‘ol Uncle Sam in the form of the Obama Administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars to ISIS, the terrorist enemy in Iraq and Syria that our government also helped train ... more »

Joan Rivers

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Putting my outsized cigar aside for a couple of minutes, here are some classic lines from Joan Rivers: My daughter and I are very close. We speak every single day and I call her every day and I say the same thing, “Pick up, I know you’re there.” And she says the same thing back, “How’d you get this new number?” The whole Michael Jackson thing was my fault. I told him to date only twenty-eight-year-olds. Who knew he would find 20 of them? Bo Derek turned down the role of Helen Keller because she couldn’t remember the lines. And here's the BBC's attention-seeking Jon Donnison, twee... more »

17 Fake Cell Phone Towers Discovered Across U.S.

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Chris Carrington Now why would someone want to erect fake cell phone towers across the United States? Who would have the money and the manpower to do so? Who owns them? Who is using them to track your calls? These are just a few of the questions Les Goldsmith, Chief Executive of the security company ESD America, wants answered. Talking to *Popular Science *magazine Mr Goldsmith said: One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at a casino in Las Vegas. What we find suspicious is t... more »

Mike Brown Protesters: Willing to Die for Justice

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*by Mark Daniels* "The most iconic photo of the Ferguson Protests" Photo Credit: Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen On August 9, 2014 Michael Brown of Ferguson Missouri was shot numerous times and killed by Ferguson Police Officer, Darren Wilson, followed by days and weeks of mostly peaceful protests with some rioting and looting and a militarized police response including Governor Jay Nixon's State of Emergency declaration and deployment of the Missouri National Guard on the streets of Ferguson. As a result, Ferguson residents were subject to martial law measures which i... more »

Hamas Sermon - Hamas are open about wanting to kill all Jews, why don't the BBC admit this truth?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Hamas are open about wanting to kill all Jews, why don't the BBC admit this truth? http://youtu.be/R7WAoczRV_k The BBC is institutionally anti Israel and this is seriously affecting their coverage of Israel and the Palestinians.

WE'RE WATCHING YOU, BARACK / 9/11 MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 11 hours ago
*President Obama catches the eye of former Vice President Dick Cheney at Obama's 2008 inauguration. (photo: Flickr)* *As we approach the 13th Anniversary of America's greatest act of treason, perhaps only satire can fully reveal the true extent of the Big Lie and how literally half of Washington, DC has been silenced or blackmailed by AIPAC into remaining silent over the fact that 9/11 was an inside job. The only way to stop the current **military **escalation follies **throughout the Middle East **is to finally fully reveal the 9/11 Lie they were** all** initially born from: Allen ... more »

Human Rights Research and Researchers in IR: Are We REALLY that Odd?

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Before APSA last week, I had the privilege of attending a small conference put on the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) Project at William and Mary. The conference was a chance for researchers in different research areas to write about the policy-relevance of their issue area and compare research and researchers in their area Continue reading

That Republican Civil War… It's Still Burning Out Of Control

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
One's indictable and one's… another Bush The University of Florida released a poll last night showing Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio (and Hillary) with the highest popularity ratings in the Sunshine State's newest twist on a 2016 presidential survey. Nationally, the Big Money elites who call the shots in the GOP, want a top tier candidate to start focussing on already. Believe it or not, among GOP voters, Chris Christie, most likely next governor to face the fate Bob McDonnell just ran into yesterday in court, is still the highest ranked "candidate." The sad Republican Party rankings: *•* C... more »

SKY News Films The Presence Of Heavily Armed Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The men were filmed travelling in a small convoy *Sky Films Troops 'In Russian Gear' In Ukraine -- SKY News* *The men were travelling in a convoy that included an armoured personnel carrier and two machine gunners mounted on pick-up trucks.* Sky News has filmed well-armed, well-equipped troops, who appear to be wearing recent issue Russian combat gear, operating alongside rebel forces in south-eastern Ukraine. The men were travelling in a small convoy, which included an armoured personnel carrier and two machine gunners mounted on pick-up trucks. The vehicles were marked with the ... more »

Supplemental: Maddow discusses McDonnell’s conviction!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014We get a new impression:* To us, the prosecution of Bob McDonnell seemed like a shaky idea. He doesn’t seem to have done very much to help businessman Jonnie Williams. We thought the prosecution was a bit of a stretch, with a bit of a banana republic feel. We’d prefer to see progressives learn how to win fights with such governors at the polls. Unfortunately, as our new progressive world unfolds, we keep getting saddled with leaders who don’t seem well suited to this approach. We also weren’t crazy about the coverage in the Washington Post. That extends ... more »

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- September 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© ITAR-TASS/EPA/Alexander Ermochenko *Combat Operations In Donetsk, Luhansk Republics Suspended For Now — Source -- ITAR-TASS* Militiamen of DPR and LPR hold more than 1,000 Ukrainian servicemen captive, and are ready to start start the exhchange of prisoners at any time DONETSK, September 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Combat operations in Donetsk, Luhansk self-proclaimed republics have been suspended for now, a high-ranking source from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told ITAR-TASS on Friday. “There have been no reports about military hostilities in the DPR and LPR over t... more »

Argentina: Unknown Object Over Villaguay

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: VISION OVNIDate: September 5, 2014* *Argentina: Unknown Object Over Villaguay* By Silvia Pérez Simondini Dear friends - José Javier Perotti of Villaguay, Entre Rios, has sent me an interesting home video - unedited, which makes it truthful. In any event, it is necessary to have it analyzed by our specialists to insure that we are facing an anomalous object. Thank you, José, for always being alert and collaborating with us. *VIDEO at*: *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrOPtJaSjo0&feature=youtube_gdata* Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in... more »

The (Better) Half Has Never Been Told: A book review by Cyril Blubberpuss, Esq

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Since the golf ball cleaner on the links was busted and I was waiting for my caddy to suck my Titleists clean, I was thinking about a book I'd read recently by some liberal named Edward Baptist. It's called, *The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism*. Now, as if that wasn't a provocative enough title with its call for class warfare, it seems as if the limp-wristed *Economist*, which published a review of the book, has pulled it under some politically correct liberal faux outrage. The libs, most of them coming from Crooks and Liars (includ... more »

Three new 'noes'

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
I hear Craig is putting his feet up and is smoking a big fat cigar instead of blogging, though he disputes this. Meanwhile here are three recommends. Some might argue that they only tangentially relate to the BBC, but those of a particular turn of mind might say they relate to the BBC quite a lot. No Peace with Islam. No recognition of (moderate) Islam. No negotiations with Islam. Daniel Greenfield has written two particularly sparky articles on his blog Sultan Knish. The first one, The Deadly Israeli House Strikes Again, sets out the absurdity of the fact that in the eyes of t... more »

Sweetness and Blight

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
The latest in Bam Spam: Take it from one who knows: The constant maintenance of cynicism is exhausting. So when I eagerly clicked on the link in the email from Obama factotum Jon Carson to learn just how I, too, can stand up to cynicism and give Hope a chance, I fell right back into the morass. It was nothing but another freakin' money grub from Obama's political machine! Not even one Panglossian quote, or a picture of Pollyanna, or a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, or anything to make us feel better. Just gimme, gimme, gimme. You may cynically be thinking that t... more »

Dilanian's Dizzying Defense & Dissemination of Disinformation:My Own Discussion with the 'CIA's Mop-Up Man'

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 12 hours ago
On Wednesday afternoon, The Intercept's Ken Silverstein dropped a bombshell: A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. That reporter is Ken Dilanian, who has since joined Associated Press as an intelligence

NATO And Russia Give Cautious Support To Today's Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Nato Leaders Cautiously Welcome Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement -- The Guardian* *Both Ukrainian military and pro-Russia rebels have agreed to a ceasefire under terms proposed by Vladimir Putin* Nato leaders cautiously welcomed an apparent breakthrough in the five-month Ukrainian conflict after the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, and one of the leading pro-Russia separatist leaders agreed to order a ceasefire on Friday. But Poroshenko, who expressed cautious optimism about the truce, caught Nato officials off-guard with the disclosure that, while Nato was not arming Ukraine,... more »

TV = Weapon of Mass Deception

John Friend at The Realist Report - 12 hours ago
*The television is a weapon of mass deception. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors.*On average, Americans watch over 4 hours of television every single day. 98% of American households have at least one television, and 49% of Americans openly admit they watch too much television. Television has had profoundly negative impacts on American cultural and social life. It hinders education and learning, promotes excessive materialism and commercialism, and encourages degenerate, narcissistic, and hedonistic lifestyles. Television promotes violence and unrealistic life expectations. It... more »

All Armed Forces Involved In The Ukraine Civil War Are To Remain In Current Positions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Armed Forces To Remain In Current Positions In Ukraine After Ceasefire Deal-Source -- Reuters* MINSK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The ceasefire deal in Ukraine includes a prisoner exchange, while armed forces on both sides will remain in their current positions, a source close to talks said on Friday. The source also said the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will monitor the implementation of the ceasefire. *Read more* .... *My Comment:* The next few days are going to be critical. For now .... I personally expect the truce to hold .... and I hope that the focus... more »

Ukraine Government And Pro-Russian Separatist Leaders Have Agreed To A Ceasefire -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Ukraine, Separatist Rebels Sign Truce -- Voice of America/Reuters* MOSCOW - Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists signed an agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine starting at 6:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Friday. "A preliminary cease-fire protocol has been signed in Minsk. The protocol should go into effect on Friday," President Petro Poroshenko tweeted Friday, adding in a subsequent tweet that "Peace is an aspiration of the entire world. Peace is an aspiration of all of Ukraine, including the millions of residents of the Donbas." The Donetsk People's Republic of Novorossiya also c... more »

KIPP: Waiting for the Marshmallow While Getting the Fist

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
*Educators have jumped on the bandwagon, hoping to teach the skills of delaying gratification to inner-city kids. Dave Levin, co-founder of KIPP (a network of charter schools) employs teaching these cognitive tricks to all his students, who also each wear T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Don’t eat the marshmallow!” *Source When you hear white middle class corporate reformers talking about the need to have poor brown and black poor children learn to "delay gratification," who can help but wince! After all, black children were being served the same message over a hundred years ... more »

THE HOUSES OF JOURNALIST COUNTY: Game-show elements, roving trucks!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014Part 4—The Values of Journalist County:* Does it matter if our best-known stars live in The Houses of Journalist County? Theoretically, it doesn’t matter at all. Theoretically, a person can live in a very large house while performing top-notch journalism. Somewhere, it’s possible that this has even occurred! Second question: Does it matter if stars invent silly tales about the modesty of their lives—tales designed to make us think they’re just like us? Personally, we think that practice starts to suggest a certain lack of respect for the truth. Beyond t... more »

Sarah Brightman

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
that is a talent.

in the US: “The top 3% held 54.4% of all wealth in 2013, up from 44.8% in 1989. The bottom 90% held 24.7@ of wealth last year, down from 33.2% in 1989.”

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Wow! So much for democratic capitalism.... Leubsdorf, B. (2014, Sep 5) “Rich-Poor Gap Widened Amid Recovery, Fed Finds.” The Wall Street Journal, B1. [Excerpted]…Average, or mean, pretax income for the wealthiest 10% of US families rose 10% in 2013 from 2010, but families in the bottom 40% saw their average inflation-adjusted income decline over that period, according to the Fed’s Survey of Consumer Finances, which is conducted every three years. The report showed little change in average take-home pay for middle-and upper-middle class families, who ‘failed to recover the losses ... more »

Establishment is Afraid of End The Fed Movement in Germany

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Ken Jebsen a former main stream media journalist in Germany and Lars Maehrholz a skydiver that became the main organizer of the massive Monday peace vigils in Berlin. The protests in Berlin are not a left or right movement but a social media movement against the establishment that have grown to over a 100 cities and 3 countries. They started with Lars 2 1/2 months ago and with the help of Ken fm have grown to a very large number which made the main stream media in Berlin slander and attack the movement. [image: Establishment is Afraid of End T... more »

Steven Sotloff and Israel

Israeli press comes short of linking Sotloff to the Mossad but it produces the necessary evidence that would make such a suggestion into a valid option. Tags: OCCUPIED PALESTINE AKA ISRAEL MOSSAD IRAQ FALSE FLAG

Baltimore City Police Detective Plans To Leave After Alleged Intimidation

A Baltimore City police detective who claims he’s been intimidated on the job is leaving the force. He says he’s been harassed since testifying against fellow officers who were convicted in a misconduct case. Tags: UNITED STATES POLICE STATE WHISTLEBLOWER

Schizophrenic Man Armed with Pellet Gun Shot 80 Times By Police Until He ‘Had No Face’

A man in Laredo, Texas ‘armed’ with a simple pellet gun was shot by police about 80 times, until he ‘had no face’. [image: LPD officer-involved shooting at Gateway Truck Stop] Tags: UNITED STATES POLICE STATE

Candidates in elections must prove their sanity – Russian MP

A nationalist lawmaker suggests making politicians disclose their psychiatric problems to the public and punish those who try to hide them by removing them from polls. Tags: RUSSIA POLITICS

Juveniles charged with felonies for stripping bark from school's tree

After allegedly admitting to the act, both were charged with second-degree criminal mischief. Tags: UNITED STATES POLICE STATE

The Islamic State (ISIS) Used to Justify Renewed U.S. “Humanitarian Bombings” in Iraq and Syria

“There is no doubt that Islamic State is an utterly reactionary sectarian force. But it is a force that came out of U.S. Policy and the destruction of the whole region. ISIS or Islamic State, is a direct result of U.S. Policy of fomenting religious, ethnic national differences, in Iraq, in Syria, as policy for the war in Iraq and for overthrowing the government in Syria. Again and again they have used absolutely reactionary groupings in these policies.” [image: The Islamic State (ISIS) Used to Justify Renewed U.S. “Humanitarian Bombings” in Iraq and Syria] Tags: UNITED STATES IRA... more »

Palestinians put Gaza reconstruction cost at $7.8bn

The PA's assessment also found that the Strip's education sector would need around $143 million to get back on its feet. Tags: PALESTINE GAZA

Ukraine Crisis - Ukrainian Soldiers Counting Losses

Soldiers from 72nd Mech. Brigade tell their story. [image: Ukraine Crisis | Ukr. Soldiers Counting Losses | English Subtitles] Tags: UKRAINE

France, UK going mad over Syria

As horrors of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) go viral, reactions in Paris and London show a kind of self-inflicted confusion when leaders try to relate to the crisis. Tags: UNITED KINGDOM FRANCE SYRIA

Shocking Report: True Victim Of Fraud US Judicial System, Edgar Steele, Has Just Passed Away!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Today, I am saddened to report that a true warrior and fighter for freedom for all of us, Edgar Steele, has passed away..... Edgar Steele has been falsely imprisoned in a California state penitentiary for the last 3 years on false and trumped up charges.... Tragically, his wife, Cyndi, was just informed yesterday that he passed away under very strange circumstances..... I want to present the following report that comes from another Canadian patriot and true seeker of the truth, Arthur Topham, from his Radical Press website, at www.radicalpress.com, that explains in some detail the ... more »

World News Briefs -- September 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Ukraine And Pro-Russia Rebels 'Sign Ceasefire Deal' -- BBC* The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels meeting in Minsk have signed a preliminary protocol to start a ceasefire, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says. He said that the truce would start at 15:00 GMT. The announcement came after reports of further clashes in the east. Western countries are meanwhile working on further sanctions against Russia. The West accuses Russia of sending arms and troops to back the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies this. The talks in Minsk, capital of Belarus, involve former Uk... more »

Read Like You're Watching TV with Spritz

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
One of the strangest things to me is when I talk to people who say they hate reading and haven't read a book since they graduated high school or college. I'm not judging, but it makes me sad on the great literature they're missing out on by not reading. I understand. Reading can be challenging, time consuming and sometimes downright boring. And today's fast-paced, bite-sized digital world has changed reading in many ways — though the jury is still out on whether this is a good thing or not. But what if there was a way to read that was more like TV: more relaxing, more bite-sized, a... more »

Kiev/East Ukraine Seperatists agree on ceasefire- Azov/ISIS similarities

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
From left to right:- Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, representative of self proclaimed "People Republic of Donetsk", Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, rebel leader of "People Republic of Lugansk" Igor Plotnitsky make an official statement on the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, on September 5, 2014*RT * The truce agreement comes into force starting 6 pm local time (15:00 GMT). The president has ordered to cease fire starting at the time stated in the protocol. *“I give the order... more »

Large Drop In Fighting In Iraq 3rd Week of August, 2014

MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
For the last two weeks of August 2014 there was a decided decline in the number of security incidents reported in the press. The third week of the month saw the fewest acts of violence and a corresponding drop in casualties. In Baghdad for example there was a large reduction in dead and wounded because there were hardly any car bombs, while Kirkuk saw hardly any attacks. This all point to the fighting in Iraq settling into a rough stalemate From August 15-21, 2014 there were only 150 incidents mentioned in the media. This was the lowest of the year surpassing the previous nadir of... more »

Friday pussy - reflective edition

Demeur at Demeur - 13 hours ago
Put down your weapons. Turn swords into plowshares and let's get on with life. Too much greed and hate in the world. Was it something in the water? "Us" never really wins against "them". What fools these mortals be. Momma sends her sons to war and they don't come back. Was the sacrifice really worth it? Raise a flag and stand tall with a nation we're told. Are we really any better than them? It's all just an illusion. What's worse a beheading or a bombed baby? Okay no fair that was a choice between cancer or leprosy. All comes down to numbers on a mortality chart with no faces t... more »

The Islamic State’s Rebirth In Iraq In 2012

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
When the United States withdrew from Iraq at the end of 2011, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was considered at its nadir. Much of its leadership was dead or in prison. The number of attacks it was able to carry out was way down, and many believed that the group would devolve into a criminal gang. Instead in 2012 the organization started rebuilding. One sign of its revival was the number of car bombs that it was able to launch. An analysis of these attacks showed that ISI was able to steadily restore its networks and capabilities as the year progressed eventually leading it to beco... more »

The Second Ebola Outbreak Is Just As Strange As The First

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Joshua Krause Exactly one month ago I wrote about, and charted the alarming spread of the Ebola virus. As I explained in the article, the virus is behaving very strangely. It doesn’t become infectious until the person shows symptoms, it isn’t airborne and it’s extremely lethal; all conditions that would normally keep a virus from reaching an epidemic status. And yet it continues to spread like wildfire. By the time I had the opportunity to write about it, 800 people had died in the span of over 5 months. Now one month later, the number of deaths has nearly doubled to over 1500 pe... more »

Russia Negotiates Ceasefire In Ukraine: NATO Responds With Troops, Warships, and Sanctions

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
image source Brandon Turbeville Only hours after Russian President Vladmir Putin managed to secure a fragile ceasefire between the Western-backed fascist regime in Kiev and the Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine, NATO has rewarded Russia's efforts by shipping NATO soldiers into Western Ukraine, increasing the number of NATO navy vessels in the Black Sea, and leveling new sanctions against Moscow. According to Reuters, Western Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and one of the main separatist leaders of Eastern Ukraine have agreed to order ceasefires on Friday, pendi... more »

Ten Buck Friday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
is *baaaack.* And we have *Proof Positive *to thank. Thanks, Proof. *All my incumbents in Idaho are considered safe. It is Idaho, after all. So, I'll be spreading my money around the country.* *Please consider joining us in promoting Ten Buck Friday. * *From Wyblog:* Back in halcyon years of old (2010), some conservative bloggers put forth a plan where, a poll would be taken of conservative candidates around the country and the winner would be the recipient of a ten dollar contribution to their campaign from each of the participants. Forgive me for not taking a poll, but ther... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Nato Agrees On New 'Spearhead' Force Amid Ukraine Crisis -- BBC* *The Nato military alliance has agreed on a new "spearhead" force amid growing concern at the Ukraine crisis and the rise of Islamic State militants.* The move was announced at a meeting of Nato leaders in Wales. Talks on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine have begun, but more clashes were reported close to the city of Mariupol. Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russia rebels are attending the talks in Belarus, while Western countries ponder further sanctions on Russia. The West accuses Russia of sending arms and troops to back ... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine And Pro-Russian Rebels Have Agreed To A Ceasefire Starting at 14:00 GMT

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Kiev, E. Ukraine Militia Sign Ceasefire Agreement -- RT* Kiev officials and representatives of the two self-proclaimed republics in southeastern Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire, as the contact group met behind closed doors in Belarus. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed the ceasefire agreement on his Twitter account. The truce agreement comes into force starting 6 pm local time (15:00 GMT). The president has ordered to cease fire starting at the time stated in the protocol. *“I give the order to the chief of the General staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to ... more »

Et Tu, Brian?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ When Brian Mulroney appeared before a parliamentary committee to explain his connections to Karl Heinz Schreiber, Stephen Harper let it be known that Mulroney was *persona non grata*. Yesterday, Mulroney got his revenge. Interviewed for CTV's *Power Play*, he took Harper apart. On the prime minister's public spat with Beverley McLachlin, he said: You don't get into a slagging contest with the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, even if you thought that he or she was wrong. You don't do... more »

Links and comments

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*This little guy has been hanging round our screen door for the last couple of days. I've been trying to get a shot of him. What a pleasure to finally get a good shot.* No time to blog.... - Hanjie's Blog: Matsu -- trip + pics - Thinking Taiwan: when surveys become propaganda instruments: the recent survey parading around FocusTaiwan and other pro-KMT sites is an example of the ugliness to which the dark side will stoop. - Shocked, just shocked to hear the Taiwanese investors are superstitious and irrational, according to the Economist. Sometimes I get tired of the... more »

Nulandistan

Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
We Hereby Proclaim the People's Democratic Republic of Nulandistan from Spike EP on Vimeo. Nulandistan: Victoria Nuland, US Ambassador to NATO 2006 Interview from Spike EP on Vimeo. *Victoria Nuland: *"But there have been some wacky moments. I remember when I was breastfeeding my second one being on a long negotiation with Secretary Albright and I was - and at one point we got off an eight hour flight. This was a little bit intimate, but just to give you a sense of things. And she wanted to go right into a pre-brief. And I said,* "Madam Secretary, I think it will be a good thing ... more »

Here Is The REAL Truth About The Mossad Run "Terrorist" Group Known As "ISIS": The ISIS Islamic Terrorists Are Supported By The US, Israel, And Saudi Arabia

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
Is it not remarkable about how the US/Israel criminal cabal constantly come up with all these fraud "terrorist" groups to fuel their equally false and absolutely laughable "war on terror"? I am still surprised to this day how truly gullible people are that they cannot see the truth about this latest and greatest "terrorist"group known by the acronym "ISIS" as being nothing more than a massive fraud to use the psychology of fear to try to scare the crap out of them. What this "ISIS" truly is is nothing more than the next great "threat" to the world following in the footsteps of t... more »

A Dark Time

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 15 hours ago

Let ISIS flow

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
You will know we have reached peak ISIS when the suitcase nuke is unpacked. A bomb is a bomb. Nuclear bombs are more scary because of the ancillary effect of radiation. I have been to both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The Economist would not find a city in Continental America so desirable today. The reality is we have very little to fear from ISIS. It would be so easy for ISIS, Al Queda or any other terror group to attack a shopping mall. Remember the the Beltway Sniper? I guess Islamic terrorists do not have internet access when they make their plans. Relax people you are more likely... more »

Does The Chamber Of Commerce Think South Dakota Is Small And Inexpensive Enough For Them To Buy?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday we talked a little about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, virtually an arm of the Republican Party, occasionally endorses fake Democrats from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. And yesterday they added Georgia Blue Dog/New Dem corporate whore John Barrow to the list of disgrace that thus far includes Scott Peters (New Dem-CA), Jim Costa (Blue Dog-CA) and Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX). I wonder what they're waiting for to endorse Sean Patrick Maloney (New Dem-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog/New Dem-AZ); their records are as putrid as Peters, in fact… even worse... more »

Infantile Anarchism

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Getting the world that we want is going to be a struggle. This should go without saying. It's going to mean a struggle between those who have, those who think they're happy in the present circumstances, and those who are unhappy with the system - many of whom are also those who are have-nots. It's going to mean weak people going up against strong people. In this day and age it's going to be unarmed civilians going up against a militarized state. We have two options (that I know of ) for this struggle. 1) My proposal is that we work with the system we have. We work with the system t... more »

America's Five Biggest Foreign-Policy Fiascoes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. soldiers salute during a mass reenlistment ceremony in a U.S. military camp in Balad, Iraq on Nov. 11, 2008. Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters *Mistakes Were Made: America's Five Biggest Foreign-Policy Fiascoes -- Robert W. Merry, National Interest* There were dubious decisions in the nineteenth century, but it was in the twentieth that misguided adventures were really in vogue. The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has raised arguments on the part of some, including myself, that this ominous turn of events in the Middle East flows directly from the regional destabilization w... more »

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Crackdown On Misclassification

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 15 hours ago
Or, States That Don't Suck For Employees, Part IIIWith wage theft rampant and employers trying to figure out ways to not pay employment taxes (and avoid application of employment laws), many employers try to say, "Boom! You're an independent contractor now." They shove an independent contractor agreement in front of an employee and stop paying employment taxes. The employee is told to take it or hit the road. While the handy-dandy SS-8 form that IRS has is a good tool for employees to force employers to correctly classify them, some states have taken larger steps to protect employee... more »

BotWatch Special - The MH17 VicSims

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Michael Jackson, “Earth Song” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASbug4J4kIg

'Friendly Fire' Bombing By A B-1 That Killed 5 U.S. Soldiers In Afghanistan Is Blamed On Poor Communications

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A B-1B Lancer similar to this one dropped two bombs on a ridgeline where five American soldiers and one Afghan soldier were located. All were killed in the friendly fire incident in June.(Photo: Master Sgt. Ben Bloker, U.S. Air Force) *Report: Bombs Killed U.S. Soldiers After Location Mix-Up -- USA Today* A friendly fire incident that killed five American soldiers and one Afghan soldier in June was caused by failures from the "key members" of the ground team who called in an airstrike from a B-1B Lancer, according to an accident investigation report released Thursday. A team of U... more »

Why Russia Will Win A Resource War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Russia Can Hit Back With Resource War -- Gary Litman, Real Clear World* This week, heads of 28 nations gather in Newport, Wales, for a NATO Summit described by a former NATO military commander as “the most important since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” In the face of increasing Russian military action in Ukraine, NATO leaders will discuss what mix of tools, including new and stricter sanctions, would cause the Russian leadership to rethink its Ukraine policy. Today’s headlines don’t tell the story, but in spite of the tumult in its eastern regions, Ukraine finds itself on the path ... more »

German Supermarket Giants Demand Return to GMO-Free Fed Poultry by Henry Rowlands

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: German Supermarket Giants Demand Return to GMO-Free Fed Poultry] German Supermarket Giants Demand Return to GMO-Free Fed Poultry by Henry Rowlands Green Med Info, 3 September 2014 Germany's top supermarkets, the powerhouses of Europe when it comes to retail, have delivered a blow to the biotech industry by forcing the German poultry industry to return to the use of non-GMO feed. *Global GMO Free Coalition on Facebook* It was announced last Thursday that the German supermarkets, with a broad consensus, recently demanded from the German Poultry Association (ZDG) to stop us... more »

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago

Are Ukraine's Nuclear Reactors Safe?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*A Worrying Factor In Ukraine's Chaos: 15 Nuclear Reactors -- Washington Post* WASHINGTON — As Ukraine looks like a country teetering on the edge of war, there's an important factor to keep an eye on: The country's 15 nuclear reactors. "There haven't been many conflicts in states with nuclear power facilities in the past, so we're really entering unknown territory here," said Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Russia and Eurasia Program. NATO has already shown its concern, sending a small team of civilian experts to Ukraine in ... more »

Shoddy forgery exposed in 1963 Green Hilton Agreement docs presented by Keenan

Jason Leewig at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 16 hours ago
- by GrandeLander (Sept 5, 2014) On May 14, 2012, Keenan & Co sent out a Cease & Desist order signed by Keith Scott & Neil Keenan. This was just weeks before Neil had his lawsuit dated 11.22.2011 (48th anniversary of JFK assassination) withdrawn. To the global audience, it appeared that Neil Keenan (the plaintiff on behalf of the Dragon Family) was finally ready to slay the "Cabal Beast" in an open court. He broadcast it in his U-turn updates. The world was all excited and glued to the U-turn drama series for this climax, an epic court battle. But like all popular long running TV ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
“The large stellar association cataloged as NGC 206 is nestled within the dusty arms of neighboring spiral galaxy Andromeda (M31), 2.5 million light-years distant. *Click image for larger size.* Seen near the center of this gorgeous close-up of the southwestern extent of Andromeda's disk, the bright, blue stars of NGC 206 indicate its youth. Its youngest massive stars are less than 10 million years old. Much larger than the clusters of young stars in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy known as open or galactic clusters, NGC 206 spans about 4,000 light-years. That's comparable in size ... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Searching For Meaning”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Searching For Meaning”* by Paulo Coelho “At such a moment it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it all.” - Viktor Frankl “Terrible as it was, Viktor Frankl’s experience in Auschwitz reinforced what was already one of his key ideas. Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life. Fr... more »

Blame Jack

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 17 hours ago
(Editor's note: Blame Jack the Ripper. Blame literary agent Philip Spitzer for being arrogant enough to think he can inform me through his flunky that I need to trim 100,000 words from my novel just to please him. Or you can blame me for my verbosity in drafting a quarter of a million word monstrosity last year. Either way, I'm fast running out of pages and I still have 20,000+ words to delete from my novel, and that's a compromise of 50,000 words. So please enjoy the most notorious examples of my alleged wit and wisdom from my last couple of weeks on Twitter.) Joan Rivers to 2... more »

Chet Raymo, “The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics”* by Chet Raymo “Before I leave John Updike's bouquet of odes to natural processes, let me share these lines from "Ode to Entropy": “Death exists nowhere in nature, not In the minds of birds or the consciousness of flowers, Not even in the numb brain of the wildebeest calf Gone under to the grinning crocodile, nowhere In the mesh of woods or the tons of sea, only In our forebodings, our formulae.” Can that be true? That no other creature than ourselves anticipates non-existence? Surely, other animals experience danger. The wildebe... more »

"Somewhere..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
“Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.” - T.S. Eliot ◆ Gary Jules, “Mad World”

The Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Past"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"The Past"* by Ralph Waldo Emerson "The debt is paid, The verdict said, The Furies laid, The plague is stayed, All fortunes made; Turn the key and bolt the door, Sweet is death forevermore. Nor haughty hope, nor swart chagrin, Nor murdering hate, can enter in. All is now secure and fast; Not the gods can shake the Past; Flies-to the adamantine door Bolted down forevermore. None can re-enter there,— No thief so politic, No Satan with a royal trick Steal in by window, chink, or hole, To bind or unbind, add what lacked, Insert a leaf, or forge a name, New-face or finish what is packed, Alt... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
Athens, Attiki, Greece. Thanks for stopping by.

"Our Best Choice..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment." - William Glasser

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.5.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.5.14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Once again, the Ukraine crisis is the top story. There is a cease-fire between the pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine. I hope this is a legitimate effort and not a tactic to stall for time until NATO can send in more troops. I hope this is not a way to say well, we tried to talk to Russia, and it did not work out, and now we have an excuse for wider war. Anyone who thinks Russia is not heavily involved is dreaming. After all, it is Vladimir Putin laying out a “seven point plan” to end hostilities in eastern Ukraine. ... more »

President Zeman demands real evidence of a Russian invasion

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
It's been estimated that the Czech sanctions against Russia would cost us about $1 billion if they continued in 2015. It's a lot of money which is one reason – and the lack of any good outcomes of the sanctions so far is another – why sensible politicians are skeptical towards sanctions, much like the top Slovak politicians. *Zeman and Putin. Yes, Zeman is currently the tallest head of a country in the world.* On behalf of their countries, Czech and Slovak PMs (Sobotka and Fico) won the right not to join future EU sanctions or their parts. President Zeman said that harder sanctio... more »

Oliver Giroud can't help being gorgeous...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
#RainbowLaces: Change the Game: http://youtu.be/eTb-eepjheE

I Decided To Be Happy..... by Voltaire

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago

Iraq / Syria Updates ( September 5 , 2014 ) - War Mongerers continue to press for more War against ISIS - not just Iraq but Syria as well ! Tweets of the day....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/09/september-5th-iraq-sitrep-by-mindfriedo.html FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 September 5th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Infighting begins... Short Analysis: I put this on top because I feel it is very, very important. It talks about the escape of a Shia recruit from Daash in Tikrit during the Spykar base massacre by playing dead. His captors are merciless takfiris, who don't think twice about killing the Shia. The beginning of his account is depressing and tragic, but what he talks about later is nothing short of amazing and touching. Sunni families gi... more »

No new Nato bases in eastern Europe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: NATO Summit]Poland has confirmed there will be no new Nato bases in eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression. The alliance is creating a new “spearhead” force of some 4,000 troops designed to react if Russia attacks its eastern borders. But Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski told press on Thursday (4 September) at a Nato summit in Wales that that the force will not be physically stationed in the region. The only new facilities will include airfields, vehicle parks, and ammunition depots to help it to deploy more quickly. Read more

Boeing Laser Demonstrator Destroys Targets through Wind and Fog

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Boeing and the U.S. Army have proven the capabilities of the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) in maritime conditions, successfully targeting a variety of aerial targets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. “Under windy, rainy and foggy weather conditions in Florida, these engagements were the most challenging to date with a 10-kilowatt laser on HEL MD,” said Dave DeYoung, Boeing Directed Energy Systems director. “As proven at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in 2013 and at Eglin Air Force Base this spring, HEL MD is reliable and capable of consistently acquirin... more »

B-1s Continue to Prove Worth Over Iraq

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: B-1 Lancer]As the air war over northern Iraq expanded over the last week, Pentagon officials for first time acknowledged that land-based bombers have begun conducting strikes against the Islamic State, or ISIS, as it is formerly known. Though the specific bomber type was not named, B-1B Lancers are widely believed to be the bombers providing much needed air support to Kurdish forces who retook the Mosul Dam. The appearance of the B-1 in Iraq should come as no surprise, as its long-range, all-weather, day or night, and low- or high-altitude capabilities have made it one of... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 20 hours ago
*Climate sceptics should be 'crushed and buried' says eco-Fascist Sir Paul Nurse * *Once again note a major Warmist statement that fails to mention a single scientific fact. All Warmists have is abuse, as we see again below. They only ever make vague generalizations about "science". We are obviously not supposed to question them. Why? Because they have no answers. Their science is pseudo-science* Politicians who do not believe in climate change should be 'crushed and buried', according to the new president of the British Science Association. Sir Paul Nurse, who starts his pr... more »

UH-1N 'Huey' retired from USMC service

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Bell UH-1N Twin Huey]The US Marine Corps (USMC) has officially retired the last of its Bell UH-1N 'Huey' helicopters after more than 40 years of service, it was announced on 3 September. A 'sundown' flypast of the last UH-1N to be operated by Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 773 took place at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Louisiana, on 28 August, during which the helicopter was accompanied by its Bell UH-1Y Venom successor. Having entered service in 1971 the UH-1N flew its final combat operation in Afghanistan in 2010, since when it has been... more »

Singapore AF Gets New M-346 Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: M-346 Master]The Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) has taken delivery new Advanced Jet Trainer, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 aircraft, into 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base in France, according to an official statement. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, said, "It allows our trainee pilots to be able to be exposed to air combat environments within the cockpit - they can be simulated, as in handling electronic warfare systems, multi-mode radar and Beyond Visual Range missiles, early in their training. And I think this will enhance the quality and realism of our flying training, and ... more »

Stavridis: Russian Mistrals Could Work Well As NATO Rapid Reaction Force Asset

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]The suspended delivery of two French-built amphibious warships to the Russian Navy could give NATO an opportunity to buy a ready-made platform for its planned rapid reaction force, retired Adm. James G. Stavridis — former NATO Supreme Allied Commander — told USNI News on Thursday. “France has made a good decision stopping the sale process — it would be absurd for NATO to be providing assistance to Ukraine on the one hand while selling arms to Russia on the other,” said retired James G. Stavridis — U.S. Naval Institute’s Chair of the Board of Directors — said ... more »

Russian Navy to buy marine version of the Pantsir AAMG system

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Pantsir-M AAMG]The Russian Navy will receive the new Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun system in 2016. It is lighter, more compact, and efficient than its Kortik predecessor, although it may require the modernization of Russian warships. The export prospects of the new anti-aircraft missile and gun system (AAMG) are also still vague, experts say. Service testing of the Pantzir AAMG, which was designed for use by naval forces, has been completed. After 2 years, the sailors will have a promising anti-aircraft gun mounted on the deck of their ships, and it will replace the... more »

The US spy planes frequent China's coastline

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RC-135 Combat Sent]A US media report that said the Pentagon recently claimed that a "Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept' of a US plane" has stirred up broad concerns in both countries. In response, Yang Yujun, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Defense said large-scale and frequent close-in reconnaissance missions launched by the United States jeopardize the maritime and aerial security of both countries, adding they are a potential cause of accidents. The United States stepped up surveillance of China's coastline following the end of the Cold War in the 1... more »

Russia, China in talks over Su-35 fighter jet deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Su-35 Flanker-E]Russia and China are pushing ahead with talks over the supplies of multi-functional Sukhoi-35 fighter jets and diesel-electric submarines of Amur-1650 project, the general director of the Rostec corporation, Sergey Chemezov, has told the media. He is in China on an official visit. “To my knowledge the negotiating process is underway. The contract has not been signed yet,” he said. According to the Russian Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade Russia’s export of military hardware was estimated at $1.2 billion, and in 2013 that parameter, too, was no less th... more »

Has NATO Policy Failed In Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Analysis: NATO Confronts Failed Policy In Ukraine -- Oren Dorell, USA Today * Going into their NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, Western leaders are focusing on a failed policy in Ukraine. And so far, they lack a plan to reverse Russia's aggressive moves to bolster separatists' hold on eastern Ukraine. Just two weeks ago, Ukrainian troops appeared poised to wrap up a military offensive against Russian-backed separatists who'd been fighting an insurgency since April. But the Ukrainian gains were soon reversed as Russia ignored Western economic sanctions aimed at deterring its bac... more »

Ukrainian Troops Give Accounts Of Fighting Russian Army In Ilovaysk Outside Donetsk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Russian Soldier: 'You're Better Clueless Because The Truth Is Horrible' -- The Guardian* Despite Moscow denials, Ukrainian troops give accounts of fighting Russian army in Ilovaysk outside Donetsk Bloodied, dirty and stinking, the Ukrainian soldiers who passed through the town of Komsomolske on Saturday morning made for a sorry sight. But they were the lucky ones, who had managed to escape alive from an assault they say involved regular units of the Russian army. Having fled from encirclement in the town of Ilovaysk, their column of 70 armoured vehicles and hundreds of soldiers ... more »

Pro-Russian Separatists Backed By Russian Troops Keep On The Offensive In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Defying NATO, Ignoring Ceasefire, Russian-Backed Troops Keep Rolling -- Daily Beast* *Pro-Russian separatists backed by Russian troops are closing in on Mariupol, the strategic city that stands between them and a land route to Crimea.* MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Volunteer battalions outside Mariupol retreated Thursday after shelling and mortar fire hit positions just outside the city. As evening fell, the staccato thunder of Grad missiles could be heard close enough so the noise rumbled through the center of town. All this ratcheted up fears that a much-anticipated Russian-backed assau... more »

France Facing Costly Financial Penalties For It's Decision To Suspend Delivery Of A Mistral Naval Assault Ship To Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*France Faces Huge Mistral Bill For Halting Russia Deal -- BBC* The decision to suspend delivery of a Mistral naval assault ship to Russia risks costing France at least 1bn euros (£800m), officials say. French President Francois Hollande said Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine meant conditions were not right for delivery of the helicopter-carrier. He later said "a ceasefire and a political settlement" should be in place before the deal could go ahead. Russia was expecting two Mistral ships - the first one in October. A French diplomat earlier said the contract was suspended until... more »

Benghazi Survivors Break Their Silence On The Terror Attack That Killed U.S. Ambassador Stevens And Three Other Americans

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Top CIA Officer In Benghazi Delayed Response To Terrorist Attack, US Security Team Members Claim -- FOX News* A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News’ Bret Baier. Their account gives a dramatic new turn to what the Obama administration and its allies would like to dismiss as an “old story” – the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens a... more »

U.S. Troops ‘Frustrated And Confused’ Over Mixed Message On ISIS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*‘Frustration And Confusion’ Among US Troops Over Mixed Message On ISIS -- FOX News* America's GI "boots on the ground" in Iraq are so frustrated with the White House message about their mission against the Islamic State -- which Vice President Biden vowed Wednesday to chase "to the gates of Hell" -- that they're wondering how they'll accomplish the goal "when we can't even leave the front gate of our base." Biden on Wednesday delivered what was probably the toughest statement to date from the administration, declaring, after another U.S. journalist was beheaded by the Islamic St... more »

The School-To-Prison Pipeline

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
All my school teacher friends are back at work now. Many sound as excited and optimistic as their charges do. M pal Roland spent a whole day over the weekend at a teacher supply store buying stuff for his kids. He said they're an especially wonderful group this year… but he says that every year. And he means it every year. He already broke my heart with one story though. One of his kids, a little boy living with a foster family, seems tightly wound and ready to fight. I think he's 7 or 8. His dad's in prison, which has got to be hard on a kid that age. And his mother shot him in th... more »

U.S. And British Plans For Launching A Military Campaign Against The Islamic State Will Be Limited To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain visited students at Mount Pleasant Primary School, in Newport, Wales, as leaders gathered for a NATO summit meeting on Thursday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times *David Cameron And Barack Obama Aim For Broad-Based Assault On Isis -- The Guardian* Prime minister's rhetoric around Isis ramps up, despite there being no immediate plans for UK involvement in US air strikes The building blocks for a lengthy military and political assault on Islamic State (Isis) forces were being put in place on Thursday after Barack Obama ... more »

NSA Official: The Islamic State Is Using Edward Snowden's NSA Leaks To Evade U.S. Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi and Edward Snowden. Photo from The Moroccan Times *Islamic State Using Snowden Leaks To Evade U.S. Intel: NSA Official -- Washington Times* Disclosures from classified documents help terrorist group’s militants avoid detection A former top official at the National Security Agency says the Islamic State terrorist group has “clearly” capitalized on the voluminous leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and is exploiting the top-secret disclosures to evade U.S. intelligence. Bottom line: Islamic State killers are harder to find becau... more »

Ravitch Warms to Tuckerism: Can Randi Be Far Ahead?

Jim Horn at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Posted September 4 at Schools Matter. I posted the other day on the new (old) Tuckerism that Joe Nocera was promoting (again) in the New York Times. Obviously, Tucker’s THL (Testing Hysteria Lite) has resonated with the neolibs as a way to stave off the revolution against testing, while preserving its worst features and maintaining […]

The Islamic State Is Doctoring It's Videos Of President Obama To Make Him Look 'Haggard'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The islamic State Is Doctoring It's Videos Of President Obama To Make Him Look 'Haggard' *How Isil Doctored The Image Of Obama, Making Him Appear Haggard In Videos -- The Telegraph* The terrorist group carefully manipulate their videos to make the US president look as tired and weary as possible, demonstrating its technical prowess Isil's video editors have carefully manipulated colour and screen size to make Barack Obama look as haggard as possible in their recent productions. The two videos disclosing the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff display Isil’s mastery of comp... more »

"Sitting with Our Sadness: The Heart of Humanity"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Sitting with Our Sadness: The Heart of Humanity"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side. The last thing most of us want to hear or think about when we are dealing with profound feelings of sadness is that deep learning can be found in this place. In the midst of our pain, we often feel picked on by life, or overwhelmed by the enormity of some loss, or simply too exhausted to try and examine the situation. We may feel far too disappointed and angry to look for anything rese... more »

Former CIA Operative: There Are Islamic State Cells In The U.S., And They Have The Capability To Commit Terror Atatcks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Fmr. CIA Operative: ISIS Cells Are Here In The U.S., And They’re Capable Of Striking -- CNN* (CNN) – Militant group ISIS released another gruesome video, showing the beheading of a second American, journalist Steven Sotloff. The terrorist group has gained strongholds in eastern Syria and northeastern Iraq, and, according to a former CIA operative, ISIS cells have already infiltrated the U.S. "The people who collect tactical intelligence on the ground, day-to-day – and this isn't Washington – but people collecting this stuff say they're here, ISIS is here, they're capable of stri... more »

The Scottish independence vote is going to the wire

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
If Scotland chooses independence, Chris, Fee and KJ wonder who might have to bail out whom... SOURCE DAILY MAIL: Salmond toasts 'very encouraging' opinion poll which puts his Yes campaign just six points behind in independence battle Support for the Yes vote has surged following the First Minister's triumph in last week’s TV debate against former Chancellor Alistair Darling, leader of the

Who put the Fox in charge of the Henhouse? Dirty Politics contaminates the food supply.

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 1 day ago
Those of my readers from outside New Zealand might be interested in this local story. Especially you Australians. It starts here: Katherine Rich, a former National party MP, now the chief executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council, an industry lobby group, is on the advisory board responsible for the health star rating system. For some reason the N.Z. Government takes the position that we can only counter diet-related ill health by paying the food industry to do something about it on their own terms. This kind of assumes some basic honesty and interest in science on t... more »

How ISIS Sows 'Global Panic'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Militant Sunni jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have captured several cities and towns in Iraq in the last three months. (Reuters) *How ISIS Sows 'Global Panic,' And Other Facts About The Jihadist Group -- CBC* Fighting on numerous fronts in Iraq and Syria, Sunni militant group threatens Americans. The black-clad jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) made international headlines in June when it captured several Iraqi cities in quick succession, killed members of other sects or religions and imposed a harsh form of Shariah law. Its notori... more »

Rest In Peace Joan Rivers

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Joan Rivers

"How It Might Really Be"

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

Mark Twain, "Congress"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." "All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity." "...the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes." "The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn't leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether- Well, you'd think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there." "It could probably be shown ... more »

The full DC Circuit Court of Appeals pulls back from the brink of health-care loony-tune-itude

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*It was a good day for judicial sanity, not such a good day for the Great Right-Wing Noise Machine. Cartoon by Joel Pett (March 2013) -- click to enlarge.* *"When the full DC Circuit announced they would rehear the case, by contrast, that was an indication that the two Republicans who blocked the subsidies may be outliers who reached an idiosyncratic result in an easy case. The fact that all six of the other judges who have considered the Obamacare subsidies have also upheld them also lends credence to this view."* *-- legal eagle Ian Millhiser, today, in* "BREAKING: Federal Appeal... more »

Why Are Sunni Arabs Supporting And Fighting For The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Inside The Mind Of An ISIS Fighter -- Arwa Damon and Holly Yan, CNN* (CNN) -- To the outside world, they're a force of ruthless yet mysterious insurgents bent on terrorizing civilians and expanding Islamist rule. But as one former ISIS fighter tells CNN, the mentality goes much deeper. "The main and principal goal of the Islamic State that they tell their new members is to establish an Islamic state that will encompass the Arab world," the man said in Turkey. "And after that, we go to other countries." Just two weeks ago, the man was in Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in northern Syri... more »

Heavenletter #5032 - Whose Eyes You Seek

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Heavenletter #5032 - Whose Eyes You Seek* September 4, 2014 God said: In the world, sometimes when love is proclaimed, it may lose its sparkle. You have longed for the moment of betrothal, and, then, when the moment comes, when your love is proclaimed, a wedding date set, details to take care of, a little of the tinsel of romance may become ordinary. No longer do you feel like you are dancing on the stars. No, you are relegated to ordinariness. You are just an engaged couple now and rather fair game to the crowd. When you wed, rice and flower petals may be thrown at you. You are... more »

You'll Never See This Guy On The Evil U.S. Media

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*They send ISIS to Syria to destroy it, and now they want to use the pretext of ISIS's control over certain parts of Syrian territory to attack and invade Syria! You have to admire the hubris of these clever bastards.* A reformed Al-Qaeda militant, one who no longer espouses violence, ignorance, intolerance, and extremism towards Muslims or Westerners, is the worst nightmare of the CIA and its evil media. What Washington wants is not educated young people in these countries, but more brainwashed and gullible Jihadists willing to die to promote Washington's aims, more suicide bombe... more »

It's Nato, not Russia, provoking the Ukraine crisis

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Op-ed that is right on the money! Mail & Guardian Africa's Best Read* Such a good read I simply have to use it entirely. It's so refreshing to read something closer to fact as opposed to the constant stream of fantastical news we are inundated with in the West COMMENT For the West’s masters of war, it’s a good time to be in Wales. A military alliance that has struggled for years to explain why it still exists has a packed agenda for its Newport summit. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) may not be at the centre of Barack Obama and David Cameron’s plans to ramp up interve... more »

The Story Of One Man Who Survived An ISIS Massacre In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Shiite Soldier Tells How He Smeared Comrade's Blood Across His Face And Played Dead To Survive Massacre After Executioner MISSED -- Daily Mail* * Ali Hussein Kadhim, 23, was captured by ISIS in June in Tikrit, Iraq * He was one of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers abducted, was put in firing line * Killer shot three men then missed his head, he fell forwards playing dead * Spent three days on the run, now back home with daughter in south Iraq * He has identified himself in picture released by ISIS of their 'victims' A man who was lined up in a firing squad by ISIS has described his incredib... more »

“It's Official: Public Opinion Of Congress Sinks Below That Of A Used-Car Salesman”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“It's Official: Public Opinion Of Congress * *Sinks Below That Of A Used-Car Salesman”* by Simon Black “Poll after poll confirms what I’m sure you’ve already been feeling. People are disenchanted with the existing system. They don’t trust the government, they don’t trust the banks, and they don’t trust the media. You can hear the rumblings of grumblings, and it’s only growing louder and louder. *Lost confidence in government: *If you were to ask 10 Americans if they have confidence in Congress, less than one would now say yes. And it’s not just disgust with the legislature. It’s al... more »

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Three Top ISIS Leaders In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *Pentagon Denies It Killed ISIS Chief As Airstrikes Hit Top Extremists -- Daily Beast* The right-hand man of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed by an airstrike in Mosul. An airstrike in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul killed at least two members of the group, including an aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, according to the Iraqi Defense Ministry. Reports that Baghdadi himself had been killed by a U.S. airstrike circulated in Turkish and Kurdish media Wednesday and were repeated to The Daily Beast by multiple Iraqi sources. But a Pentagon official denied that the ISIS leader... more »

A short update on the energies - September 3, 2014

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/a-short-update-on-the-energies-61/* *A short update on the energies* By Aisha North • September 3, 2014 • As the time changes, you too are accelerating your growth in every direction. And so, as night becomes day and you awaken, what you will find will be something very different from the day before. Let us explain. By now, you have grown accustomed to this ever increasing speed of light, and so, as you continue to hurtle ever onwards, carried forth by this increasing flood of light, you will find yourself as if new, almost from one mom... more »

Study Proposes Outrageous Solution In Lieu of Family Dinners

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
"It's been great kids - gotta go!" Heather Callaghan It's true - magazines, television and other popular media increasingly urge families to return to the kitchen, stressing the importance of home-cooked meals and family dinners for both physical health and emotional strength. It's almost like a sick joke to finally push for things that are so out of reach for the average family. Especially after decades of culture creation eroding family life away, and an economy deeper in the toilet than ever before. So what could researchers have to offer? But first... Foodist "extraordinair... more »

Tainted Fruit - Watch Out For This Hidden Ingredient

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
[image: Blueberries picture]Heather Callaghan *Case reveals possible allergy to this hidden fruit and veggie residue.* A 10-year-old girl has a history of asthma, seasonal allergies and anaphylaxis when exposed to cow's milk or penicillin. She sat down to eat a blueberry pie, with none of those ingredients. One bout of anaphylactic shock later, led allergist researchers to dig deeper for the trigger ingredient. What they found concerns us all, and you'll never find it on a label. And not it's not *just* pesticides. People with food allergies always have to watch what they eat. No... more »

The American Bankers Association and the Quiet War on Students

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Devon Douglas-Bowers College students and graduates around the nation are buried in debt and trying to succeed in an extremely difficult and competitive economic environment. Many people are graduating only to find that they are unable to get the jobs they want either due to the small number of available positions or, more usually, the problem that they lack "experience" – and are thus reduced to working menial jobs while paying back exorbitant loans. So far very little legislation has been passed to aid students in paying back their loans, and many blame politicians. However, t... more »

Bombshell: CDC whistleblower goes further: mercury causes autism

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Jon Rappoport The brief explosive video is posted at autismmediachannel.com on the home page: “CDC Whistleblower William Thompson on Thimerosal.” Beyond admitting to fraud in a 2004 CDC study that exonerated the MMR vaccine, Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist, asserts there is a connection between mercury (thimerosal) in vaccines and autism. Thompson states that giving a vaccine containing mercury to a pregnant woman is something he would never do. Couched in science-speak, Thompson winds up his remarks with this: “There is biologic plausibility right now to say thimerosal cau... more »

The Doublespeak Dictionary for Dictatorship

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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Satire: “Growing Pressure on Obama to Do Something Stupid”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Growing Pressure on Obama to Do Something Stupid”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Arguing that his motto “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not a coherent foreign policy, critics of President Obama are pressuring him to do something stupid without further delay. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) led the attack on Thursday, blasting Obama for failing to craft a stupid response to crises in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. “Instead of reacting to these events with the haste and recklessness they deserve, the President has chosen to waste valuable time... more »

Friday Morning Ramble…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”* - H. L. Mencken Sean Plunket invites Rawshark/WhaleDump to phone in. Kim DotCon makes the call. *Kim Dotcom takes his right of reply, calls Sean Plunket* – RADIO LIVE “Labour candidate hopeful and Massey University tax lecturer Deborah Russell has blogged a piece to allay our fears over Labour’s proposed capital gains tax (CGT), which she says is a fair tax. Only, as you will see from our correspondence with her, my fears are only heightened.” *Practical Example of How Unfair Labour’s CGT Will... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- September 4, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(L-R) French President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi meet to discus Ukraine at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, in Wales September 4, 2014 (Reuters / Alain Jocard) *Will They Stop Putin? -- Kyiv Post* Ukraine was high on the agenda when the NATO summit started in Wales on Sept. 4, with leaders of the 28-nation alliance looking for ways to bolster Ukraine and punish Russia for its aggression. “... more »

Preparing the ground for more whistleblowers

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Jon Rappoport It’s possible we will get more whistleblowers coming out and admitting they covered up vaccine damage. In order to help prepare the ground, some education is required. This article is a backgrounder. The intention is to sweep aside the vaccine propagandists whose main thrust is: the US medical system is excellent, just fine, science is succeeding on all fronts, so why should we doubt vaccines; don’t worry, be happy. In the wake of the CDC whistleblower scandal, many such “defenders of the realm” have emerged. Expressing generalized outrage and disbelief, they assur... more »

Why Is Independence So Frightening To Some People?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Brandon Smith In past articles I have examined the nature of power and division in our society and have always come to the same conclusion, that there are only two types of people: the people who want control over others and the people who just want to be left alone. However, there are also subgroups that swim within the boundaries of each end of the spectrum. Often, psychologists and self-help gurus attempt to promote the idea that the defining quality of the average person’s life is whether he is a follower or a leader. I have seen this spectrum applied to every political and so... more »

Science for Sale: Get Your Very Own Industry-Funded Studies Today!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*How Bought & Paid For Academic Papers Twist the Truth* *Truthstream Media* When whistleblowers expose the corruption of gov’t and Big Pharma, are we surprised they are marginalized, demonized and labeled as frauds … particularly since the industry just wants to bring its ousters down to the their level. What science isn’t fixed to the policy… I mean, really?! Phony wars, hazardous GMOs, vaccines, drugs and much more. You can’t open any of these supposedly prestigious journals today and just read something and trust it. First you have to find out who wrote it and then you have to... more »

The Undoing of US “Interventionism?”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Tony Cartalucci Russian journalist Andrey Stenin, missing for a month in Ukraine, has been confirmed dead. He was part of a convoy of refugees fleeing the fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region when he came under artillery fire. The vehicle he was in, along with several others, was destroyed, the occupants killed, and the evidence covered up. Officers representing the regime in Kiev had apparently rifled through the destroyed vehicles beforehand, collecting evidence and looting belongings. It is even suggested by Russian sources that the regime in Kiev attempted to use Stenin as a... more »

Joan Rivers: Like her or not, you'll have to admit...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*she raised one classy daughter.* Melissa Warburg Rosenberg, better known as Melissa Rivers, has conducted herself with grace and dignity in the face of what can only be described as a rather shocking occurrence. Recognizing that Joan Rivers is a public figure, she has given continuous updates on her mother's condition, and has never failed to recognize with gratitude the public offers of prayers and condolences while ignoring the less than positive ones. Good job, Joan. RIP You'll be missed.

Militarization, Surveillance, and Profit: How Grassroots Groups are Fighting Urban Shield

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Nadia Kayyali *Electronic Frontier Foundation* While all eyes are on the disturbing evidence of police militarization in Ferguson, are you paying attention to what’s happening with law enforcement in your own back yard? In the San Francisco Bay Area, the answer is yes. A coalition of community groups has come together to call attention to Urban Shield, a four-day long “preparedness” exercise for law enforcement and other agencies that will take place from September 4-8. They’ve organized a week of education, including a march and demonstration outside of the event on Friday, Sep... more »

Once more unto the (climate) breach

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
I just happened upon a Foreign Policy piece from May 6 of this year framing climate change as a ‘Clear and Present Danger’. To summarize, the author argues that Obama’s plans to address climate change are a political non-starter in the US: Republicans are generally more opposed to carbon control policy than ever and the Continue reading

World News Briefs -- September 4, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*US, EU Preparing New Round Of Economic Sanctions Against Russia -- RT* The United States is planning a new round of sanctions aimed at the Russian Federation over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said on Thursday, and the European Union is reportedly on the verge of doing the same. Reuters reported on Thursday that the White House is working on a new wave of sanctions against Russia, which may be imposed in tandem with embargoes expected to be announced by European Union representatives later this week. The newswire made the announcement as the White House participa... more »

Deep Purple and the Collapse of the Soviet Union: Rock Aid, Armenia and HAARP

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Rock Aid - Smoke on the Water (with HAARP Accompanyment) from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"Funky Claude was running in and out* *Pulling kids out the ground"* *WE NOTE: *The Space Shuttle Atlantis (*STS-27*) flew directly over *Spitak* on a *CLASSIFED *Department of Defence Mission over the course of four days from *2nd-6th December 1988* Gorbavechev has confirmed in numerous subsequent interviews, the Armenian Earthquake *BANKRUPTED *the USSR, more so than *Afghanistan* or even *Chernobyl*. It would not recover. Quote:* "Up to 45000 people died and a further 50,0000 were homeless after ... more »

Catching up on Ukraine- Ceasefire talk/NATO in Wales/MH-17 no press conference

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Just a couple of items that seem interesting- *The Gulf Today * DONETSK: Pro-Russian separatists need “proper guarantees” that Ukraine will honour any ceasefire agreement, a rebel leader said on Thursday, underscoring the lack of trust between the two sides after six months of conflict. Leaders of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics proposed the creation of a “security zone” split into five sections, each of which would be monitored by 40 observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe. Rebels also said they would allow a humanita... more »

Mother Jones Story on Gates Core

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
A clip from a big story in Mother Jones. How to Spend $200 million to buy what you want:

Seven Leftwing Reasons for Staying With Us

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Viewed from afar, Better Together has been a poor show. Not in terms of numbers involved out canvassing day after day. I'm on about the politics on offer. The vision thing. Yes have it. That an independent Scotland will share the monarchy, be a semi-colony of the Bank of England and fancies a corporation tax race to the bottom with rUK and the Irish doesn't really matter. *It won't be this forever*. Where Salmond and the SNP have been really clever is allowing 'Scotland' to be populated by all kinds of aspirations. It's a sail catching every gust of hope, and one that may well blow... more »

Supplemental: Did Frank Nixon kick his sons?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014The way Fawn Brodie reasoned:* In 1981, an influential book was published by the late Fawn Brodie, who had succumbed to cancer before publication. Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character was a work of psychobiography. Sadly, the weird influence of Brodie’s weird book has continued into the present: One unfortunate part of the book seemed to transmigrate into the press corps’ coverage of Campaign 2000. Eight years later, Rick Perlstein cited the book as a major source for an early, cartoonized part of his important best-seller, Nixonland. Yesterday... more »

Al-Qaida Fighters Are Now Stationed Along Israel's Border In The Golan Heights

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israeli Golan Residents Tell Government To 'Wake Up' -- Al-Monitor* Sgt. Shahar Shalev, the 72nd casualty of Operation Protective Edge, was laid to rest Sept. 2 at a funeral in the Hispin community on the Golan Heights. Shalev hailed from the neighboring community of Alonei HaBashan, less than a kilometer from the Syrian border. Echoes of nearby explosions could be heard in the area, resonating from the battles between the Syrian army and the rebels opposing the government. The Israel Defense Forces occasionally blocked roads and redirected traffic onto alternative routes, worrie... more »

Progressive Frauds Unmasked-- Hochul Raises from Democrats Against Education

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
When Clinton was president, my industry's trade association contributed $50,000 to the DNC in my name. I've been plagued by ravenous, contribution-hungry Democratic candidates ever since then-- and almost never good ones. Yes, it's how I came to meet Howard Dean and make him a raw vegan brunch at my house once, but other than Dean, it's been one monstrosity after another, from Dick Gephardt, the author of the legislation allowing Bush to invade Iraq, to wheeler-dealers like Terry McAuliffe. This week I got an invitation in the mail from the most unlikely of Democratic corporate s... more »

Sept. 4: hysteria?

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
Section A has a few pages of N.B. party platforms worth reading. Alward's platform is already dead in the water because we know what he'll do ----whatever Mr. Irving tells him to do. Gallant's platform? I would award it two yawns, possibly three. There's nothing in it that has a grip on anything this province needs. If either of them is elected, I would expect Mr. Irving to do another arrogant repeat, and call for a provincial conference of his human hamsters to plan the economic future (in one weekend at a good hotel.) I have lots of sympathy for the Greens, but their programme i... more »

The Gaza War Cost Billions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israel Says Gaza War Cost $2.5 Billion -- Voice of America* Israel says its 50-day war against Hamas militants in Gaza cost more than $2.5 billion. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told an economic conference in Tel Aviv this week that a large part of the cost came from more than 6,000 attacks Israeli forces carried out on targets in the Palestinian enclave along the Mediterranean, mostly airstrikes. But he said the country also spent $100,000 each time its Iron Dome missile defense system shot down one of the 600 rockets the militants fired across the border at the Jewish state - ... more »

Beware: Facebook's "Soft Censorship"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*September 5, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - The Land Destroyer Report maintained a Facebook page under the name Anthony Cartalucci. Since 2009 it was used to express my personal thoughts regarding the news of the day, as well as share relevant links with followers. Today, Facebook, without warning or opportunity to appeal, decided that the Facebook account must be changed over to a "page." By doing so, all those following my account no longer would receive updates, because of Facebook's "news feed" filters. The premise behind news feed filters is that people have too many "fr... more »

Russian General Wants A Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine Against The U.S. And NATO

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian military vehicles drive down Tverskaya Street during rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow May 5, 2014. Vladimir Filonov / MT *Russian General Calls For Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine Against NATO -- Moscow Times* A Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U.S. and its NATO allies as Moscow's enemy number one and spell out the conditions under which Russia would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance, Interfax reported Wednesday. R... more »

U.S. Teachers Need to Stand with Teachers in Canada

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Haven't seen much info on the ongoing teacher strike in British Columbia on the evening news or even education blogs but it's happening. Vancouver teachers Teachers chose to go on strike and only teachers can end the job action, Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday in her first recent public comments about the strike. Clark was pressed by reporters on how long her government would allow the strike to continue, but she insisted a deal must come through negotiation, not legislation. “We need to get teachers to suspend their strike while we get back in the classroom and while we barga... more »

Bears

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Photographer unknown

Joan Rivers RIP

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Joan Rivers on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show from 1986 http://youtu.be/-lEX6HI4Mew

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