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Friday, October 10, 2014

10 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

Русский: флора Проспект Парка отражается в вод...
Русский: флора Проспект Парка отражается в воде. Svenska: En vy i parken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Lullwater, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, lo...
The Lullwater, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, looking south from Binnen Bridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Urban Gadabout: Last call for Open House New York Weekend (October 11-12)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 minutes ago
*Part of Prospect Park's restored Lakeside*: *The two Lakeside tours are booked up, but reservations aren't required for an OHNY visit to Lakeside. The list of no-registration events is here.* *by Ken* I realize that a last call for Open House New York Weekend, which takes place tomorrow and Sunday, isn't likely to be of great interest to non-New Yorkers. It should be of paramount interest to New Yorkers, though, and I think others might, if only in the service of curiosity about the world around us, want to at least glance through the roughly a zillion listings on offer. (The eve... more »

What Is The Ebola 'Nightmare Scenario'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
*The Nightmare Ebola Scenario That Keeps Scientists Up At Night -- Julia Belluz, VOX* Ebola fear and conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the disease. But even scientists — who have thought very deeply about Ebola and pandemics — are beginning to worry. What they fear, however, is slightly different from the zombies and airborne Ebola that keeps many of us up at night. I asked them about what it would take for Ebola to spread further in America and around the world. Here's their worst-case scenario: *Read more* .... *My Comment*: A good summary on what is the "nightmare... more »

Kenny From "Kennysideshow" Has Passed Away!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 30 minutes ago
I got some very shocking news today…. A fellow REAL truth seeker, known as "Kenny" who wrote the great blog, "Kennysideshow" at www. kennysideshow.blogspot.com, passed away suddenly on September 18th, 2014…. He was 62 years old…. I was not informed of Kenny's passing, and it came to my attention today thanks to Buelahman, who of course writes "Buelahman's Revolt" at www.buelahman.wordpress.com…. He wrote a short article to inform everyone of Kenny's passing, and I have it right here for everyone to see for themselves: RIP KENNY One of the most insightful, gracious, and important in... more »

Cowen Institute Erases Its Flawed VAM Report… But I Did Not.

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
The Cowen Institute at Tulane University has been promoting the New Orleans Charter Miracle since 2007. Cowen Institute has been trying since then to sell the “transformed” post-Katrina education system in New Orleans. The results are tepid. Still, Cowen tries to sell this New Orleans. Consider this excerpt from Cowen’s history: [Following Hurricane Katrina] the majority […]

What evil lurks in the hearts of men

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
* Evil * *Passport Photo? Or Police Mug Shot?* *This post is a brief look into the heart of evil...in its various forms...*  I think I’ve finally got this Ebola thing figured out. This is my theory….how I arrived at it is by using my usual methodology. I try to get into the minds of the perps…using their “values” and goals and apply that “logic” to whatever devious plot, false flag or hoax that’s current. In the case of Ebola….it seems to be directed particularly at people who travel. There seems to be a concerted effort at getting people either not to travel…or to submit to ... more »

Ebola Is Not A 'Joking Manner'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Comment Prompts Ebola Scare On Flight From Philadelphia -- CBS* PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A single comment about Ebola from one passenger on a flight out of Philadelphia prompted a scare in the air and a dramatic response when the plane finally landed. We want to tell you up front that no one had Ebola on the plane. But this situation demonstrates how public health officials are trying to stay on top of the threat and how even a mention of this deadly disease is taken extremely seriously. *Read more* .... *My Comment*: If I was on that plane .... my anger would be through the roof.

We Will Be on The War Report on Public Education Sunday at 6 ET

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Denise Wilburn and I will be discussing *The Mismeasure of Education* with host, Dr. James Miller at 6 Eastern time. Hope you can listen in, but it is archived, too.

Not seeing the Taiwan forest for the China trees

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*Went to a performance of the Chiotian Drum Troupe yesterday. Here is one of the troupe leaders.* Today brings us several articles on the Hong Kong protests, including one from Jeffrey Wasserstrom, the well known scholar, in Foreign Policy, and another from John Garnaut, the Australian journalist who actually gets Taiwan. Several years ago I had a conversation with an acutely intelligent friend who is also an acutely intelligent observer of Taiwan, and he pointed out that the Chen Shui-bian Administration had done such a good job separating Taiwan from China that at academic confer... more »

WHO Lists 13 Hotspots For Ebola: Ebola News Updates -- October 10, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Ebola’s Next Stop May Be Ivory Coast as WHO Prepares Neighbors -- Bloomberg* Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal top a list of 13 countries the World Health Organization is urging to be prepared for cases of the Ebola virus to ensure the epidemic doesn’t spread further. The WHO is concluding a three-day meeting in the Republic of Congo today with a goal of developing a checklist African countries should use to ensure they’re prepared. Representatives from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and African Development Bank were there as well. The virus ... more »

Tonights Movie Is 'Windtalkers'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: I have always enjoyed this movie, and I am surprised to see it on YouTube.

Tales of the Inscrutable Criminal Mind: Remember, kids, crime doesn't pay -- unless you're rich, powerful, and VERY careful

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake disaster, the James Perse store on Bleecker Street did a "Japan Window." Last week the store became the site of one of the annals' more perplexing heists.* *by Ken* I confess that in tonight's tale it was the "with underwear" in the head that made me click through to this true-crime report by DNAinfo New York's Danielle Tcholakian. I don' know why, exactly, or what I expected to find, but the underwear -- while it's definitely in there -- turns out to be the least of the perplexities of this story, in which the $28 boxers and $85 T-shirt are liter... more »

I Don't Believe The Eric Frein "Diary" Story

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 3 hours ago
You would have to have blind faith in government, like a religion, to believe the stories in the "news" that "officials" are telling us about Eric Frein. The latest is: they found a "diary" in which he virtually gave a play-by-play confession. Eric Frein, they tell us, shot two cops, killing one of them, and he has been hiding from the police for almost a month. *'I shot him and he went quiet and still': Chilling diary of Poconos cop killer details his sniper attack on state police barracks* NOW...don't forget one of the earlier stories they told us: they found Eric Frein's "soi... more »

Democratic Party Racketeer in Chief Hits the Fundraising Trail

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 3 hours ago
With the November elections now less than a month away along with the near certain Democrat loss of control of the Senate President Barack Obama is hitting the fund raising circuit. The man has zero shame and with America currently in arguably the worst condition *at least* since the dreary days of the mid-1970's our emperor fiddles while the country gets closer to burning. There are multiple crises ongoing that will have lasting effects better deserving of the attention of the so-called leader of the free world. Yet Mr. Obama continues to be as incompetent, tone-deaf and floating ... more »

Top 10 Demands Made by the IOC

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
Early this month, Oslo, Norway essentially dropped out of the bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics by refusing to fund it. Part of the possible reasons for the Norwegians' disinterest were the IOC's list of demands, which were partly: - Cars and drivers for IOC members, with special dedicated highway lanes - Street lights synchronized to prioritize IOC traffic - Separate airport entrance for IOC members - Samsung phones for all IOC members - All furniture must have "Olympic appearance." - "IOC members will be received with a smile on arrival at hotel" ... more »

Mexico Shocked By Student Massacre Case

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Suspected Student Massacre Shocks Violence-Weary Mexico -- Newsweek* They could not have known that what started off as a routine drive to raise funds would end in one of the gravest criminal acts in recent history in Mexico. Several of the 43 disappeared students had only recently arrived in Ayotzinapa, a small town in Guerrero State, to start classes at the teachers college when they were hauled into official vehicles by local police, not to be seen again. But for decades, a lethal mix had been seething in Ayotzinapa, known for having a violent and subversive streak that draws ... more »

Musical Interlude: Ronan Hardiman, “Take Me With You”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Ronan Hardiman, “Take Me With You” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGbnRuujzb0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“These clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula, NGC 7023 is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers, though. Still, this deep telescopic view shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. *Click image for larger size.* Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight. Centra... more »

The Poet: John O’Donohue, “For The Time Of Necessary Decision”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“For The Time Of Necessary Decision”* “The mind of time is hard to read. We can never predict what it will bring, Nor even from all that is already gone Can we say what form it finally takes; For time gathers its moments secretly. Often we only know it’s time to change When a force has built inside the heart That leaves us uneasy as we are. Perhaps the work we do has lost its soul Or the love where we once belonged Calls nothing alive in us anymore. We drift through this gray, increasing nowhere Until we stand before a threshold we know We have to cross to come alive once more. May we... more »

"The Diaries Of Dogs And Cats"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"DOG DIARY":* 7:00 AM - Outside! My favorite thing! 8:00 AM - Dog food! My favorite thing! 9:30 AM - A car ride! My favorite thing! 9:40 AM - A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 10:30 AM - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing! 12:00 PM - Lunch! My favorite thing! 1:00 PM - Played in the yard! My favorite thing! 2:00 PM - Looked out the window and barked! My favorite thing! 3:00 PM - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing! 4:00 PM - Chased a bird out of the tree! My favorite thing! 5:00 PM - Milk bones! My favorite thing! 6:00 PM - Watched my people eat! My favorite thing! 6:20 PM - Tabl... more »

"What Life Expected From Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.” - Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997)

“If Only You Knew”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“If Only You Knew”* by Teresa Marchese “This morning, I saw a young man, hanging dead from a tree. It started out as a typical Friday morning. It was 6:45 am. I brought the "toys" today; weights, bars, balls and boxing gloves, to have my clients work at stations. I run Rock Solid Fitness, a women's outdoor fitness club, at San Francisco's Land's End. We run trails and hills and stairs on this rocky park of cypress and redwood. But this morning, the first client to arrive begged for a "wimpy" workout, so we headed out to Land's End trail. It was a beautiful morning, and I thought ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Newburgh, Indiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

TURN Agenda Supporter, Greg Anrig, on NPE Panel

Jim Horn at @ THE CHALK FACE - 4 hours ago
Posted earlier at Schools Matter Before Greg Anrig started to work for the Century Foundation, he was a writer for Money Magazine. Somewhere along the line, he became an expert in education policy, at least the kind that requires “intense collaboration among administrators and teachers” (Anrig, 2013)–the same kind embraced by the Gates and Broad Foundations. […]

"A Speck Of Dirt..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Perhaps we are looking at this from a wrong perspective; this search for the truth, the meaning of life, the reason of God. We all have this mindset that the answers are so complex and so vast that it is almost impossible to comprehend. I think, on the contrary, that the answers are so simple; so simple that it is staring us straight in the face, screaming its lungs out, and yet we fail to notice it. We're looking through a telescope, searching the stars for the answer, when the answer is actually a speck of dirt on the telescope lens.” ~ Jason Q.

Chaos Theory: "The Real Butterfly Effect"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*Chaos Theory: "The Real Butterfly Effect"* By youngneill "What exactly is chaos? The name "chaos theory" comes from the fact that the systems that the theory describes are apparently disordered, but chaos theory is really about finding the underlying order in apparently random data. When was chaos first discovered? The first true experimenter in chaos was a meteorologist, named Edward Lorenz. In 1960, he was working on the problem of weather prediction. He had a computer set up, with a set of twelve equations to model the weather. It didn't predict the weather itself. However thi... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Heaven and Hell"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Heaven and Hell" by Paulo Coelho "A man, his horse and his dog were traveling down a road. When they were passing by a gigantic tree, a bolt of lightning struck and they all fell dead on the spot. But the man did not realize that he had already left this world, so he went on walking with his two animals; sometimes the dead take time to understand their new condition… The journey was very long, uphill, the sun was strong and they were covered in sweat and very thirsty. They were desperately in need of water. At a bend in the road they spotted a magnificent gateway, all in marble, w... more »

Brian Leiter Announces He Will Step Down As PGR Editor After The 2014-15 Edition.

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 5 hours ago
This is following up on recent events reported here, here and, most recently, here. Today, Brian Leiter posted the following on his blog, *Leiter Reports*: ... the Advisory Board and I have agreed on the following statement regarding the plan for the PGR: The 2014-15 PGR will proceed as planned, with Berit Brogaard joining Brian Leiter as co-editor and taking over responsibility for the surveys and the compilation of results, with assistance as needed from Brian and the Advisory Board. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 PGR, Brian will step down as an editor of the PGR and join th... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 10, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Turkish Kurds look towards the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria near Mursitpinar bordergate October 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Umit Bektas *Kobani Is Falling To ISIS In Syria. Kurd Protests Explode In Turkey. -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* The Erdogan government’s refusal to save a Kurdish town from the jihadists across the border could reignite a civil war in its own territory. GAZIANTEP, Turkey — It is like old times. Kurdish protestors clashing with Turkish riot police in towns across southeastern Turkey and u... more »

World News Briefs -- October 10, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*US Warns Kobani May Be About To Fall As Isis Advance Further Into Town -- The Guardian* Deputy US national security adviser says it will be difficult to prevent Isis taking over town in the absence of any ground force Islamic State (Isis) fighters have moved deeper into the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border and may well capture it, said the deputy US national security adviser. Tony Blinken said the militants controlled 40% of the town, echoing figures from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said Isis had taken almost complete control of an area whe... more »

Giveaway: $50 to BuyCostumes.com

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 5 hours ago
Halloween is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, you are scrambling to pull together Halloween costumes for your various activities. This year we have a couple of parties, a trunk or treat and Halloween itself. It makes for a crazy, but really fun couple of weeks. This year, my daughter has a couple of different Halloween costumes, an Elsa costume for when she goes trick-or-treating with her little sister and this darling Peach costume for her big party. We looked all over for a great Peach costume and when she saw this one, she fell in love. It is fancy, and ... more »

Paisajes Naturales en todas las Estaciones del Año

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 6 hours ago
Ya es sábado *11 de octubre* y para los que no sabían, les informo que hoy se celebra el *Día Internacional de la Niña*. Y le comento que si necesita usted imágenes para felicitar alguna nena, puede usted hacer click aquí y ver nuestra colección especial. De lo contrario, quiero decirle que el día de hoy hemos traído hasta su pantalla una bonita serie de *paisajes naturales en todas las estaciones del año*. Espero que los disfrute mucho como lo hice yo... Saludos en la distancia. -José Luis

“He’ll never get out of here”: Common Law activist Dean Clifford adopted as International Prisoner of Conscience after his year long incarceration without charges or trial in a Canadian prison

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Dean Clifford, Canadian Political Prisoner *Breaking ITCCS News, October 10, 2014 (Brussels)* The ITCCS Directorate today adopted Canadian common law activist Dean Clifford as an International Prisoner of Conscience and began campaigning for his immediate release from “barbaric police state conditions”. The ITCCS will be presenting a formal petition of Habeas Corpus to Canadian courts to secure his release. Clifford was arrested without a warrant or charges in November, 2013 while giving a public talk on common law rights. Since then, he has been confined incommunicado in a Brando... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Nothing is ever lost in this adventure of all adventures. The lessons and discoveries of every single life, no matter how large or small, difficult or easy, are added to the whole. Like stones in the base of a pyramid, they permanently raise and forever support every manner of adventure that follows. And so it is that the hearts of those who came first continue to beat in all subsequent generations forevermore. Every single life is added to the whole, and yet each remains its precious unique self.” “I got you, babe -” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good on... more »

How to Eradicate UKIP

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
There's a toxic purple blot on the electoral landscape. Even Madagascan lemurs knew Douglas Carswell would vault his by-election. Marrying a generally well-liked, rooted MP to an anti-politics insurgency was always going to be a rocket from the Clacton crypt. And so the kippers have their first elected member, but what a strange fish he is. UKIP's odour of prejudice and small mindedness does not attach itself to Carswell. Don't get me wrong, his politics are bunk. They are tasteless warm ups for oligarchy with democratic-sounding trimmings, but racism and sexism are not morsels you... more »

Can Virginia Democrat John Foust Survive The Steve Israel Effect?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
If Comstock wins in November, Sean Hannity and Steve Israel deserve the credit Last week the NRCC put $605,144 into ads against John Foust, the Democrat running in the open northern Virginia seat from which mainstream conservative Frank Wolf is retiring. The Republican candidate to replace Foust is anything but a mainstream anything. It’s notorious right-wing sociopath Barbara Comstock. The $605,144 last week was just a part of the $1,218,367 budget the NRCC has allocated for the race. Steve Israel took one look at the amount and backed out immediately, withdrawing the ads he had sc... more »

America's Airstrikes In Afghanistan Are Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*U.S. Airstrikes In Afghanistan Hit Two-Year High -- Army Times* As the U.S. approaches the end of major combat operations in Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes there hit their highest point in two years in August. U.S. aircraft dropped 436 bombs and other weapons in August, according to U.S. Central Command. That’s the highest point since August 2012, when the U.S. conducted 588 airstrikes. And it’s well over the typical number of monthly airstrikes over the preceding 12 months, which ranged between 76 and 272. U.S. aircraft released an average 149 weapons per month between A... more »

The Israel Lobby: In Defense of Christians?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
An excerpt from, *"Israel Lobby: In Defense of Christians?"* by Maidhc Ó Cathail, The Unz Review, October 2, 2014: Having long since captured the sympathies of America’s evangelical Christians, Israel’s friends have recently been attempting to show empathy for the persecuted Christian churches of the Arab World in what appears to be a concerted effort to garner support for Tel Aviv’s regional aspirations. Only founded earlier this year, a previously obscure non-profit organization called “In Defense of Christians” suddenly attracted international headlines during its inaugural summi... more »

The Rise of Mega Cities

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Waking Times* The human population on planet earth has risen to a whopping 7.2+ billion people, more than doubling in … The post The Rise of Mega Cities appeared first on Waking Times.

Respectability vs RESPECT: Part Two

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
This and this are connected. Different women, separated by class, professional status, age, resources and geography. The connection between these women: they shared an intimate and sexual space with men who did not respect them. These men, feeling unjustly deprived of 'their' entitlements, deliberately and malevolently harmed and tried to injure them by exploiting the double standard about women's sexual expression that still persists in this 21st century. In the case of *Nicole* and *Kim* in Halifax, the vindictive actions of a man who felt justified to impugn the respectability... more »

U.S. Air Bases On Okinawa And In Japan Put On High Alert For Typhoon Vongfong

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Japan Braces For Typhoon Vongfong; U.S. Air Bases Put On Alert -- NBC* TOKYO - Japan was preparing for Typhoon Vongfong on Friday, with the most powerful storm of the year packing winds gusting up to 156 mph as it powered north toward the Okinawa island chain that is home to U.S. military bases. Vongfong was downgraded from a "super typhoon" by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center Friday but was still the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, threatening to dump up to 19 inches of rain on Okinawa. *Read more* .... *Update:* U.S. Military Braces for Typhoon Vongfong to Hit Japan; Kad...more »

Who am I? What is life? Why don't I feel real any more?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 8 hours ago
Free Planet is a strange beast, it goes into the dark places normal blogs tend to shy away from. And that's a good thing. But (in a similar vein) it's also a dangerous thing, a precarious balancing game. And here's why. I've just written this piece of sobbing self-exploratory for the core character of my Kumiko (war world #3) novel, and I think it's just a little too close to the bone of HOW I REALLY FEEL about the horror we call living. Here's the chapter: please, don't take it too literally. Even though that's what it is. *who is that stranger?* *I don't feel real any more.* *This... more »

Could the Rights to Common Core Ever Be Sold?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 8 hours ago
Let’s talk the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) copyright. CCSS is owned by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It’s theirs to do with whatever they wish. So saith the copyright– which they have already modified once. NGA and CCSSO can do what they wish with the […]

Supplemental: People don’t know how the press corps works!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014But then, we never tell them:* On September 25, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza discussed an important topic. He discussed the relationship between Hillary Clinton and the national press. This could become an important topic if Clinton runs for president, and especially if she becomes the Democratic nominee. In truth, Cillizza discussed the attitudes of Clinton World more than he discussed the attitude of his own guild. He was quite frank about all the hate directed at him and his kind. As he started, Cillizza described “the dark and, frankly, parano... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

Even After A Number Of Defeats al Shabaab Is Still A Potent Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Somalia's army soldiers and peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) enter the town of Barawe during the second phase of Operation Indian Ocean October 6, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Feisal Omar *Somalia's Islamist Rebels Down But Not Out After Military Setbacks -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Military strikes that drove al Shabaab rebels from a strategic Somali port this week and killed their leader last month have dealt the group a hefty blow, but it is far too soon to declare victory say Somalis, Western diplomats and military commanders. Youths celebrated the routing ... more »

After Weeks Of Heavy Fighting Libya Now Facing A Massive Refugee Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A building on fire, which witnesses say was hit by a rocket, burns after clashes between rival militias in the Sarraj district in Tripoli(Reuters) *Over 100,000 People Displaced In Libya Over The Past Three Weeks -- UNHCR* *This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 October 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.* With fighting among rival armed groups intensifying in a number of areas of Libya, we are seeing growing displacement – now estimated at 287,000 people in 29 cities and ... more »

Ten Buck Friday: Week Six...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*imagine a world without Harry Reid.* You can make that a reality by helping out Republican contenders for Senate seats. Is it worth ten bucks a week to you to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again? With that in mind, this week we look to the Senate seat in Alaska. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Dan Sullivan? *Real Clear Politics has Sullivan up 4.8 and rates the race as a toss up.* *And yesterday CNN polls showed this:* *Let's help keep those numbers up... * *You can contribute to Dan Sullivan here. * (If you mark your con... more »

Rage and Fury Sweep Mexico, the World: Justice for Ayotzinapa

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Rage and Fury Sweep Mexico, the World:  Justice for Ayotzinapa By Frontera NorteSur Censored News Oct. 10, 2014Swelling outrage over a police massacre and the forced disappearance of scores of students swept Mexico and the world this week.Tens of thousands of demonstrators demanded justice for six people killed September 26 and 27  by municipal police officers and paramilitary gunmen in Iguala,

The Economy: “A Major Move Lower For Stocks”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“A Major Move Lower For Stocks”* by Bill Bonner “Wow! Dow down 334 yesterday. Talk about volatility. Things are getting interesting. Meanwhile, what's wrong with the Bowery? We search high and low. We can't find a bum or an alcoholic. The area no longer looks anything like the old down-and-out Bowery of the 1960s and 1970s. Everywhere you look you see the latest fashions... chic New Yorkers... and $600-a-night hotel rooms. Last night at dinner, our companion nodded toward a nearby table and said, "Look, there's Michelle Pfeiffer." The name sounded familiar, but we couldn't place h... more »

The Economy: “Anatomy Of A Dislocation-In-Process”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Anatomy Of A Dislocation-In-Process”* by Karl Denninger “No, this is not a crash call. It is, however, a warning- that you should beware of the conditions that have preceded severe market dislocations before, be aware of them, pay attention to them, and contemplate whether it is worth being involved in the market at this particular time. Market dislocations come from many causes but have one common precursor- over-extension of credit (margin debt) that must be rapidly unwound. The are seeded in an environment that is generally volatile in the negative direction, thus exposing a ... more »

Top Iranian General Spotted In Kurdish Controlled Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, poses with Kurdish fighters in Iraq in this undated photo. (photo by Twitter/@Mojtaba_Fathi) *Iran Op-Ed Asks Soleimani To Defend Kobani -- Al-Monitor* The advancement of the Islamic State group (IS) militants on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani near the Syria-Turkey border has alarmed many Iranian citizens, resulting in protests and even an op-ed by an Iranian news site asking the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, to take action. Protests broke out in several Kurdish cities in western Iran, as well as other cities across ... more »

Ridiculously sexy/sexist videos - Rule 5 Friday - Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Nicki Minaj - Ananconda Jennifer Lopez - Booty ft. Iggy Azalea

An explosion, bombing or fire at Parchin, Iran. Was Israel involved?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I am qualifying my post by stating- What exactly happened is very unclear! This incident may or may not have occured as Israeli media is suggesting. Accidental? Intentional? Fire? Explosion? Bombing? Can’t be sure. Whichever the case, for the reason of timing alone, this news is curious. The UN show. Ongoing P5+1 talks. And the situation on the northern border of Syria. *P5+1 * *Iran: nuclear talks might be extended if November deadline missed* *"Iran and the P5+1 (major world powers) are very serious on resolving the remaining disputes by November ... but everything including a... more »

There They Go Again— Republicans Aiming For Government Shutdown After The Elections

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Fred Upton voted to shut down the government once-- and he plans to do it again, right after the midterms There are virtually no Republican-held districts outside of the former slave-holding states where shutting down the government polls well. District after district in crucial Republican areas in the Northeast, Midwest, and far West have polls publicly available showing that the Republican incumbents would lose if they advocated shutting down the government as an anti-Obamacare tactic. And yet they all have— and are planning to do it again. Let’s look at 4 vulnerable Republican inc... more »


Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 11 hours ago
Cowell Lime Works Santa Cruz, California: Lime was manufactured here in the late 1800s and early 1900s Cowell Lime Works Historic District TreeAndSeaTV Uploaded on Dec 15, 2010 A history and tour of the Historic District at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lime was manufactured here in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Lime Kiln Chronicles Wordgeezer... Qct. 10, 2014Thank you for this excellent piece of history. I remember hiking in the Wilder ranch in the 1950's. One of the things I remember is the old kilns. We ... more »

Friday pussy - Only worried about tuna supply not viruses

Demeur at Demeur - 11 hours ago
MERS, MERSA, SARS,SWINE FLU, ENTRO, NORO and lest we forget DENGUE, WEST NILE, and lastly MARBURG. Oh there's plenty of others but I'll spare you the gory details because it isn't Halloween just yet. Forget zombies this is the real deal. There's enough viruses and bacteria out there to wipe us all out. Keep using the super ultra anti bacterial washing products and you're playing right into their little trap. They can adapt and mutate quickly but we sure can't. Be afraid? Heavens no. You'll more than likely get hit by a cross town bus or fall from a ladder changing a light bulb than... more »

Islamic State Poised To Overrun Iraq's Anbar Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
BBC *Islamic State Fighters Are Threatening To Overrun Iraq’s Anbar Province -- Washington Post* BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants are threatening to overrun a key province in western Iraq in what would be a major victory for the jihadists and an embarrassing setback for the U.S.-led coalition targeting the group. A win for the Islamic State in Anbar province would give the militants control of one of the country’s most important dams and several large army installations, potentially adding to their abundant stockpile of weapons. It would also allow them to establish a supply line... more »

Kurdish Riots Continue In Turkey: 31 People Dead, 351 Injured

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*31 People Dead, 351 Injured During Riots in Turkey: Interior Minister -- RIA Novosti* ANKARA, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - More than 1,000 protesters have been detained, 31 killed and 351 injured during riots in Turkey, which began as demonstrations in support of Syrian Kurds, who are defending the city of Kobani from the Islamic State (IS) militants, Turkish Interior Ministry Efkan Ala said Friday. "According to the latest reports, 31 people have been killed in the riots and 351 injured, of which 139 are law enforcers. Some 1,024 people have been detained, 58 of them were arreste... more »

The Battle For The Syrian - Kurdish City Of Kobani Has Become A Spectator Sport In Turkey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Fight For Kobani Is A Spectator Sport In Turkey -- USA Today* SURUC, Turkey — The battle for control of the Syrian border town of Kobani has become a spectator sport of sorts for some Kurds on the Turkish side of the border. Dozens of people spend the day sitting on the hills outside Suruc, scouring the skyline for signs of the fighting. On Thursday, as soon as a jet flew overhead, a murmur ran through the crowd. Those with binoculars followed the plane circling Kobani, hoping to see another airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition like the one they saw in the morning. *Read more* ..... more »

The Battle For Kobani Continues. Islamic State Now Controls 40% of The City. Massacre Fears Rise

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Fighting Rages As Kobani Teeters On Falling To IS Militants -- Voice of America* Fighting raged on Friday in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani near the Turkish border, with Syrian Kurdish leaders saying key government buildings have fallen to Islamic State forces. Kurdish sources told VOA's Jamie Dettmer on the Turkish side of the border that the Islamic State has control of the court house, police headquarters and the main municipal building the city center. Anwar Muslim, head of the Kobani Council, said the Islamic State is in control of half of the city, including Kurdish def... more »

THE WAY WE ARE: Cokie describes the storylines!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014Part 5—Our most dishonest elite:* How “professional” is our press corps when reporting a White House campaign? Historically, the record isn’t real great. In his iconic book, The Making of the President 1960, Theodore White painted an embarrassing portrait of the national press corps in action. By the end of the 1960 campaign, reporters covering Candidate Kennedy had abandoned all pretense of objectivity, White seems to say in his famous book. Flying around on the Kennedy plane, scribes sang satirical songs about Nixon, with Kennedy staffers singing alon... more »

NPE Panel to Include TURN Agenda Advocate, Greg Anrig

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Before Greg Anrig started to work for the Century Foundation, he was a writer for *Money Magazine*. Somewhere along the line, he became an expert in education policy, at least the kind that requires "intense collaboration among administrators and teachers" (Anrig, 2013)--the same kind embraced by the Gates and Broad Foundations. Anrig wrote a book in 2013 that promotes the reform successes where corporate unionism has been strong: *Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence That Collaboration Builds Effective Schools.* Cincinnati and Springfield figure prominently, where the AFT local ... more »

World News Briefs -- October 10, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Pakistani Teen, Indian Activist Win Nobel Peace Prize -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Yousafzai, aged 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner by far. Satyarthi, 60, and Yousafzai were picked for their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. *Read more* .... ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 10, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Deputy Secretary General: NATO would Beat 'Islamic State' Should It Cross Into Turkey -- Deutsche Welle* *NATO's Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow tells DW that the Atlantic military alliance would defeat IS should they be foolish enough to attack Turkish territory. He also warns of a frozen conflict in Ukraine. * Alexander Vershbow is the deputy secretary general of NATO. He served as the US ambassador to NATO (1998-2001), Russia (2001-2005) and South Korea (2005-2008) and has held numerous other senior positions in Washington. *DW: *Turkey said that NATO had drawn up ... more »

The Bowl of Light

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Shared Wisdom Hank Wesselman Ph.D, paleoanthropologist and author of the *SpiritWalker Trilogy*, invites you to join him for a discussion of the newly published book, *The Bowl of Light* (Sounds True Publishing, 2011). As modern interest in indigenous wisdom grows, more and more spiritual seekers are turning to Hawaiian shamanism for its remarkable ability to reveal our inner divinity to us. With The Bowl of Light, paleoanthropologist Hank Wesselman, PhD, provides a rare glimpse into the heart of this tradition as he unveils the teachings passed down to him from the great Kahun... more »

Left-wing "Clacton" speaks (on the BBC's 'Question Time')

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
I see that many UKIP supporters have taken to the social media airwaves to wax highly indignant about last night's *Question Time. * Their problem was mainly with the *QT* audience. This edition of the programme came from Clacton-on-Sea, where some 84.3% of the electorate have just voted for parties of the Right (UKIP 59.7%, the Conservatives 24.6%). So, if any bias emerged in the wake of the by-election, you'd expect a right-wing (audience) bias, right? Well, the opposite bias emerged - in spades. Most of the *QT *audience members who expressed an opinion during last night's e... more »

The 2011 Japanese tsunami

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Watch especially from 1:25, scarier than any horror film. Please don't forget the horror that happened in Japan in 2011, charities are still collecting. Other incredibly scary videos from 2011's tsunami include this one from Sendai airport This one

Across the Twitterverse

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
Since your master of ceremonies finally, *finally *got his galley proof of *Tatterdemalion *printed and shipped to my house, things will be full speed ahead from now until the end of the year for the final assault in this third and final revision phase. That means blogging (save for Election Night, natch) may be a little thin for the rest of the year. But rest assured, the paucity of posts will be worth it because yours truly will finally do another Assclowns of the Year retrospective. Yes, folks, 50 of 2014's biggest assclowns will be raked over the coals of lib'ral indignatio... more »

Norway grounds F-16 fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: RNoAF F-16]Small cracks are discovered in several of the fighter jets that normally are scrambled when Russia’s strategic bombers fly outside the coast of northern Norway. “We have found cracks in a significant number of aircrafts, but will not comment on how many,” the Ministry of Defense and the Air Force say to the newspaper Bergens Tidende. “The Air Force takes this case seriously and is working continuously to solve the problems. The cracks occur in the hull under the cockpit. Some of the planes with cracks can still be used, while others must be repaired first,” the ... more »

Blast From the Past: British Pathe Films of Taiwan from Japanese era

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
There is a collection of 80,000+ British Pathe films like this on Youtube, all free. Most about Taiwan are from the post-war period and tend to reflect the propaganda of the era. But a few.... here is Lanyu, 1931. Lanyu!!! The US liner President Hoover aground off Taiwan Aboriginal marriage ceremony, 1932 _______________________ [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!

Why Are the Farmers Depressed and Suicidal?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
Heather Callaghan, *Contributor* *Waking Times* Is the same thing that’s destroying the bees also crippling our farmers? When Ginnie Peters’ … The post Why Are the Farmers Depressed and Suicidal? appeared first on Waking Times.

Ebola: What is the Real Story?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Ebola - what is really going on? By the looks of the media reports we should all be hiding under our beds. One news story this morning reported that airplane cabin cleaning crews at New York’s LaGuardia International Airport began a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, citing, in part, possible exposure to the Ebola virus. Meanwhile, a poll found most Americans want flights banned from West African nations. Yesterday I heard an interview on National Public Radio with Deborah Malac the US ambassador to Liberia. She was repeatedly asked why it is taking the US so long to build field hos... more »

Where Is North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (4th R) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay tribute to founding President Kim Il Sung and former leader Kim Jong Il to mark the 61st anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 27, 2014. Credit: Reuters/KCNA *Kim Jong Un: Dead Or Alive? -- Gordon G. Chang, Daily Beast* He was a no-show once again today at an event he normally wouldn’t dare miss. If he does resurface after his ‘leg injury,’ here’s how we’ll know if... more »

Kauilapele's blog: NEO 10-10-14… ” Russia in Negotiation with China for alternative SWIFT Bank system”

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*http://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/neo-10-10-14-russia-in-negotiation-with-china-for-alternative-swift-bank-system/* *The thing is, HSBC already owns SWIFT! And you can't get more Asian than HSBC! -AK* *NEO 10-10-14… ” Russia in Negotiation with China for alternative SWIFT Bank system”* Posted on 2014/10/10 by kauilapele rather felt this item was quite significant. Read on… -KP —————————————————— Russia in Negotiation with China for alternative SWIFT Bank system Russia and China, the two strategic Eurasian nations, are moving clearly to ultimately break free of the st... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
My article “Iraq’s Economy Collapsing Under Pressure of Security Crisis” was republished by the Centre for Research on Globalization, and another on the Islamic State's attempt to destroy Iraqi society through violence was republished by Business Insider. I was cited in "Chaos in Iraq: Are the Kurds Truly Set to Win?" by Winston Harris for Small Wars Journal.

TURN's Critical Friends

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
With the number of local AFT and NEA affiliates dwindling from continued exposure of their corporate union agenda, Broad's TURNcoats proudly proclaim their Critical Friends. Some very prominent and familiar names, indeed: --> Critical Friends bring diverse perspectives, serve as resource persons, and inform the TURN dialogue. *Name* *Title* *Organization* Cynthia Apalinski 2012 Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow US Department of Education Linda Darling-Hammond Professor Stanford University David Florio Division Director California Education Association Jim Fraser Dean of Educ... more »

9 Reasons to Think Twice Before Taking Antibiotics Ever Again

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
Paul Fassa, *Natural Society* *Waking Times* A study published by Mayo Clinic found that almost 70% of Americans are on … The post 9 Reasons to Think Twice Before Taking Antibiotics Ever Again appeared first on Waking Times.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Is A No-Show At A Major Anniversary Event Fueling Speculation That Something Is Wrong

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Kim Jong-un 'No Show' Increases N Korea Speculation -- BBC* *North Korean leader Kim Jong-un missed a key political anniversary ceremony, state media said, amid speculation over his absence from public view.* On Friday his name was not on a list of those who visited a mausoleum to mark the ruling party's anniversary. Mr Kim has not been seen for more than a month, the longest hiatus since he came to power in 2011. State television last month said he had an "uncomfortable physical condition" and later showed him limping. On Friday, South Korea said it believed Mr Kim remained in... more »

North And South Korea Exchange Machine-gun Fire On The DMZ

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Two Koreas Exchange Machinegun Fire At Border, No Casualties -- Reuters* (Reuters) - North Korea fired machinegun rounds into South Korea on Friday, prompting the South to retaliate with its own fire, the South's defence ministry said, three days after the rivals exchanged fire at a disputed sea border. A ministry official said shots were fired at the border town of Yeoncheon, but added no one was hurt. South Korean activists had sent leaflets critical of the North Korean regime flying into the North from the town. South Korea's military returned fire after hearing the sound of t... more »

Numerous Flaws found in Ukraine's probe of Maidan massacre

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
Interesting and timely considering the MH-17 debacle. *Perhaps Kiev’s cover up is unraveling?* [image: photo]Maidan smoldering- no peaceful protests "In a country where justice often isn’t blind, there’s another possibility:* Sadovnyk was being framed, and saw flight as his best option. In court last month, he called the case against him “a political lynching.”* In the days before he vanished, his wife and his lawyer say, Sadovnyk and his family received death threats. A Reuters examination of Ukraine's probes into the Maidan shootings - based on interviews with prosecutors, defence... more »

He Should Blush

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.macleans.ca/ It's fascinating to hear the Harper Party conflate its own self interest with the national interest. The latest example is a Tory proposal -- buried in an omnibus bill -- to change the Copyright Act so that "free use of news content" could be used in political ads. The change would provide a treasure trove for those who produce attack ads. Tasha Kheiriddin writes: What’s truly bizarre about this is that the Conservatives haven’t done well with attack ads over the last couple of years. Every time they run on... more »

Bill Whittle: YOU'RE NOT A LIBERAL! ...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*you're really an infant (and not a very smart one.)* More and more these days, people who call themselves "liberals" have bumper-sticker philosophies that are liberal -- they're not even leftist. They're infantile. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle dissects one of these childish, undeservedly self-righteous positions and compares the modern "liberal" to the real deal.

If The Democratic Party Establishment Had A Soul, There Would Be A Battle For It Raging Now

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*This post started yesterday and below is a continuation— although it stands on its own as well. It’s a familiar top to DWT readers— the toxic disease called “corporate Democrats.”* Democrats want to run a lifelong conservative Republican, Patrick Murphy, currently posing as a New Dem inside the Florida House delegation, as the “alternative” to Marco Rubio in 2016. Murphy is one of the worst (i.e., most Republican) freshmen among House Dems, right up there with worthless Blue Dogs Pete Gallego (TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and fellow New Dems— also worthless— Sean Patrick Maloney (... more »

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Work Breaks For Employees

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 15 hours ago
Or, States That Don't Suck For Employees, Part VII Some people don't believe me when I tell them that no federal law requires any breaks for employees, but it's true. No lunch breaks, rest breaks or even bathroom breaks are mandated by law (and don't tell me about OSHA and bathroom breaks*). A majority of states also don't have any laws requiring breaks for anyone but minors. Still, if you're lucky you might live in a state that has some laws requiring work breaks. Here's how it breaks down: - *Meal breaks:* Only 20 states require any meal breaks. California, Colorado, New H... more »

Opt Out Letters from Albuquerque

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
From KOB: * Created: 10/03/2014 5:56 PM By: Stephanie Claytor, KOB Eyewitness News 4 * More and more parents of APS students are joining forces with teachers. They've had it with standardized testing, and many are not making their children take the tests. These parents are using social media to get the word out that your child doesn't have to take the tests. Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education member Kathy Korte is leading the map, circulating a form letter on the “Stand4NMkids Facebook Page, hoping more parents will opt their kids out of standardized testing. “We know t... more »

The Cooler

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
by American Kabuki October 10, 2014 We are born into life seeking answers. Seeking experience. We are born with bountiful imaginations, children really don't distinguish that much between the imaginary and "the real". Neither do our dreams. As we grow up, we encounter what some call *"the partners in contrast"*. Could be the little kid how stole your Tonka truck just to watch you cry. Or the mystery person who stole the beautiful new bike you got at Christmas with the streamers and shiny paint. Or the nasty little girl who told you you the lie that you were ugly and nobody lik... more »

10-10 Links + Comments

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*Taichung Mahor Jason Hu stopped by an event in Wuci in western Taichung today to speak for a few moments and press the flesh. An excellent populist politician, and personally affable, Hu has trouble walking and standing since a stroke, and had to be supported most of the time. * A few comments.... __________________ *Daily Links*: - Taiwan Brain Trust's English Newsletter. Some good info here, including serious discussion of the ECFA FTA failure. - Ma says Taiwan eager to share democracy experience with China. Democracy experience... democracy experience.... That would... more »

Crispy & Juicy Fried Chicken: It's All About the Details

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
[image: Fried Chicken, Homemade Fried Chicken] Colonel Sanders may get all the attention for his fried chicken, but here's the thing: I've never really liked KFC. In fact, for most of my life I haven't liked fried chicken at all, even though by all accounts I should. I love fried food, chicken is yummy, so logically combining the two should work out, right? But I've come to realize not all fried chicken is created equally. After a considerable amount of experimenting I've finally landed on a fried chicken recipe that is a home run. It's fried chicken I love to eat, is a hit any ti... more »


Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 16 hours ago
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Economist Educators Best in Class Teaching Award. These three were chosen by the Board of the National Economics Teaching Association (NETA) from numerous submissions. Prizes are provided by Cengage Learning. *1st** Place Michael Enz, Roanoke College* *Self Grading* * 2nd Place Sherri Wall, University of Alaska-Fairbanks* *Team Based Learning (TBL) - Econ Style!* *3rd Place Amy Cramer, Pima Community College* *Voices on the Economy, or VOTE. * Winners will receive a ca... more »

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

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: wayseers] *I asked SH to read one of my poems in his special way to music. What he created exceeds all my expectations. I think he did a fantastic job rendering my poem to music.Many thanks. :)* *Mike* *"WAYSEERS"* POEM BY: M. N. HOPKINS +Michael Hopkins VOCALS BY: SELDOM HEARD MUSIC BY: SUGAM KHETAN AKA 4LIENETIC *Please click on the link below to listen to Seldom Heard's rendition of my poem:* *Seldom Heard Reciting My Poem, "We Are The Wayseers"* *You can also read the poem in written form at:* *http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2014/09/... more »

Grandfather, Tell Me About the Land - A Guest Post by Pam Bickell

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: A Gurung villager with his grandson] Grandfather, Tell Me About the Land, Short Fiction by Pam Bickell Notes Along The Path Blog, 4 October 2014 “Grandfather, tell me about the land.” “What is it you wish to know, grandson?” “Why is the land so important to grandmother? She touches the plants and land like she touches my baby sister,” the child said, shaking his head. “And this confuses you?” “Yes, grandfather. How can dirt be that important?” “I’m going to tell you a story and when I am finished, will you tell me if you’re still confused?” “Of course, grandfather!” “Once t... more »

Typhoon Yongfong Update ( October 10 , 2014 ) Yongfong expected to make direct hit on Fukushima — Gov’t models show center of Vongfong over nuclear plant next week

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
http://enenews.com/latest-govt-models-show-typhoon-making-direct-hit-fukushima-center-vongfong-expected-be-nuclear-plant-tuesday-maps Japan Meteorological Agency track for Typhoon Vongfong as of 12:00p JST Oct. 10: Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau track for Typhoon Vongfong as of 9:00a JST Oct. 10: China’s National Meteorological Center track for Typhoon Vongfong as of 1:00p JST Oct. 10 : Hong Kong Weather Watch track for Typhoon Vongfong as of 11:54a JST Oct. 10: *See also: ‘Monstrous’ supertyphoon on course for Japan — CNN: Could be a hypothetical Category 6… Cloud field would cover e... more »

Farewell, Durga Maa - A Photo by Lovell D'Souza

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
[image: Durga Maa] Farewell, Durga Maa - BY LOVELL D'SOUZA - I, THE BIG PICTURE - — 4 OCT, 2014 - *After the frenzy, delirium and the intensity of the six day-long Durga Pujo celebrations at the Chatterjee home in Gariahat, Durga Maa, who was revered, pampered and indulged as the daughter of the home for the entire affair, makes her way out to go back to where she belongs amidst mixed emotions. Until she comes back again next year.* *Source:* *http://happyfeet.us/big-picture/farewell-durga-maa/*

Hong Kong Democracy Protests ( October 10 , 2014 - With Friday Talks with the Hong Kong Government called off , can the protests once again fill the street of Hong Kong ? How will the Authorities react ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets.... User Actions Follow *Chris Graham*‏@cjgraham82 LIVE: Students urge Hongkongers to occupy 'every inch of the streets' in renewed call for democracy #OccupyCentral http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong /article/1613434/live-liaison-office-website-targeted-hackers-government-cancels-talks … - *SCMP News* @SCMP_News · 2h2 hours ago Newlyweds have wedding march through protest site in Admiralty http:// f.sc.mp/NHdcuW0 [image: Embedded image permalink] *SCMP News* @SCMP_News · 16m16 minutes ago Volunteers are setting up tents at the protest site in Causeway ... more »

The very meaning of "probability" violates the time-reversal symmetry

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
An exchange with the reader reminded me that I wanted to dedicate a special blog post to one trivial point which is summarized by the title. This trivial issue is apparently completely misunderstood by many laymen as well as some low-quality scientists such as Sean Carroll. This misunderstanding prevents them from understanding *both* quantum mechanics *and* classical statistical physics, especially its explanation for the second law of thermodynamics (or the arrow of time). *Time goes up (up=future, down=past). The right diagram.* What is the issue? For the sake of completeness, ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( October 10 , 2014 ) - As ISIS Gains Mount, Growing Doubts on US Strategy ( Air strikes becoming ineffective , ground war looms ) ..... Tweets of the day - battle of Kobane in focus !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Anti War..... Overview ..... As ISIS Gains Mount, Growing Doubts on US StrategyKerry: US Will Press on With 'Long-Term' Strategy by Jason Ditz, October 09, 2014 Print This | Share This Large portions of the key Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fell today, and much of theIraqi Anbar Province has fallen as well. Months of US air war hasn’t stalled ISIS’ gains even a little. That’s fueled growing doubts about the US strategy against ISIS, to the extent that there even is a strategy. The losses are palpable, and that’s got the hawks pushing for even further escalation. Former State Departme... more »

ZEROHEDGE: Did Today's "Satan Signal" In S&P Futures Give The 'All-Clear' For Selling To Begin?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-09/did-todays-satan-signal-sp-futures-give-all-clear-selling-begin *Did Today's "Satan Signal" In S&P Futures Give The 'All-Clear' For Selling To Begin?* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/09/2014 19:07 -0400 Even Bob Pisani knows by now that *the European Close seems to create a trend-reversal moment intraday that few machines (and even fewer humans) are willing to fight.* Whether this is remnants of short-term cycles found due to POMO or just a drop in liquidity is unclear; but what is clear, it happens, and all too regularly... except today. ... more »

DRS Unveils Very Small SIGINT Sensor

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: RC-12N Guardrail]Imagine reconnaissance teams operating in enemy territory being able to hump in their own tiny signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensors, able to gather intel on both electronic emissions (ELINT) and communications (COMINT). Ok, they don’t have to hump them in because each one weighs roughly two-and-half pounds. Sound like science fiction? Well, DRS, the American subsidiary of Finmeccanica, has unveiled what it claims is the world’s smallest SIGINT package — roughly the size of a small self-contained hard drive. Read more

Almaz Antey delivers S-400 systems regimental set to Russian Defense Ministry ahead of time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: S-400 Triumf]Another regimental set of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems will soon be transferred to the Russian Defense Ministry, a spokesman for the Almaz Antey air defense systems manufacturer told Interfax-AVN on Thursday. "This regimental set will be handed over to the Defense Ministry as part of the 2014 state defense order on Friday, ahead of time," he said. The S-400 systems will be handed over during a ceremony at the Kapustin Yar training range in Russia's Astrakhan region, he said. Read more

Air Force successfully test fires guided missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: FA-50 Golden Eagle]The Air Force said yesterday that its indigenously developed FA-50 fighter jet had succeeded in firing a guided missile that reached its intended target in the sea. The live firing exercise took place on Wednesday over the East Sea, the Air Force said. During the drill, an FA-50 fighter jet fired a guided missile, an AGM-65G Maverick, from an altitude of 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) and hit its target about 7 kilometers away. The target was a retired ship. “With the successful live firing, we were able to confirm the precision attack capability of the FA-5... more »

The Military's Future Car Is Much Crazier Than You Ever Imagined

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
An enclosed, armored seat. Cameras and sensors to see through the walls. Crew augmentation. And a fighter-jet style cockpit. DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technologies concept is the future fever dream of armored troop transportation. Alright, so I'm not going to go ahead and say THIS IS DEFINITELY THE FUTURE OF ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIERS RIGHT HERE TOTALLY HAPPENING, because the joy of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is mostly just to imagine. It's to think of not only what the future could be, but what the future could be, and apply those ideas to warfighting. Which is ... more »

ISIS, Turkey, and the Propaganda of Intervention

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*October 10, 2014* (Eric Draitser - NEO) - Today’s headlines are filled with reports of the imminent fall of the Syrian city of Kobani to forces of the Islamic State (ISIS). There are terrifying descriptions of an imminent massacre and the looming threat to Turkey as Islamic State forces move ever closer to the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkish President Erdogan waxes poetic about how he “warned the West” about the threat IS would pose and the dangers of inaction. It seems that everyone, including security experts and pundits, agree that the situation is critical and that US bombardmen... more »

Russia To Develop AEW Aircraft A-100 Based On Upgraded Il-76MD-90A

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Il-76MD-90A]Russia’s Beriev is preparing a new airborne early warning variant of Ilyushin’s upgraded transport aircraft, the Il-76MD-90A, fitted with the new Vega Premier radar system in a rotating antenna, Rostec reported Wednesday. Russian Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military cargo plane has completed its maiden flight and will become the platform for a future long-range radar detection and control prototype plane, A-100. Concern Vega a part of the United Instrument Corporation, has developed a radar system for the new plane. The new aircraft was tested for in-flight controllabil... more »

Moving images of HMS Prince of Wales

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Dockyard workers faced a weighty problem trying to manoeuvre HMS Prince of Wales into position in Rosyth. The time lapse film shows the double docking of two of the aircraft carrier's largest hull sections. At a combined weight of 14,000 tonnes, the LB02 and LB03 sections were docked down over a two day process at the dockyard. Read more

Taiwan's new stealth corvette designed to blind Liaoning

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tuo River-class stealth corvette]The first of Taiwan's Tuo River-class stealth corvettes launched earlier this year was designed especially to counter the radar and command center of China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Aleksey A Maslov, the director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia has told the website of RTR-Planeta based in Moscow. Though known as carrier-killers, the Tuo River-class corvette was not developed to actually sink the Chinese carrier, Maslov said. However, this class of vessel has the capability to con... more »

India's 1st indigenous aircraft carrier taking shape at Kochi

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Vikrant]India's first indigenous aircraft carrier was taking shape in the Cochin Shipyard Limited at Kochi, one of the nine Defence PSUs in the country, where 85 per cent of the work relating to its hull are complete, a senior official said here today. "Around 85 per cent of the hull is complete and 90 per cent of the fabrication is over. 85 per cent of the erection has been over," Commodore K Subramaniam (Retd), CSL Chairman and Managing Director told reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by the CII. Interacting with journalists in the sidelines of a CII-... more »

Navy to commission missile defense base in Romania

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Aegis Ashore installation]The Navy will commission its new missile defense base in southern Romania on Friday, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield vehemently opposed by Russia. The base represents a rare expansion of the U.S. footprint in Europe, and the even rarer construction of a new Navy base from the ground up. The base in Deveselu will be the first to feature the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system, a land-based version of the sophisticated radar tracking system installed on U.S. warships since 2004. Read more

Why are we in Vietnam Iraq/Syria?

Alison at Creekside - 21 hours ago
*Bloomberg* : *Syria-to-Ukraine Wars Send U.S. Defense Stocks to Records *: "Led by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), the biggest U.S. defense companies are trading at record prices as shareholders reap rewards from escalating military conflicts around the world. President Barack Obama approved open-ended airstrikes this month while ruling out ground combat. “To the extent we can shift away from relying on troops and rely more heavily on equipment -- that could present an opportunity.” [enthused a chief investment officer who oversees $66 billion including Northrop Grumman Corp... more »

My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: awkmountain560.jpg] This is an excellent answer to a difficult problem including your opinions. One third of humanity cannot form independent opinions that are not at least borrowed and self gratifying. They simply lack the training. Another third can because they have the training to do it properly. That is just the way it is. The rest muddle along in between those positions. The hard part is to simply not listen and perhaps tell the speaker that his position is found to be unpleasant and an unnecessary incitement to egos. After all anti antisemitism has zero ... more »

Massive 5,000-Year-Old Stone Monument Revealed in Israel

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Again this is contemporaneous with the great Pyramid culture in Egypt and another successor of large stone construction that can be traced back another five thousand years as well. This was a wide spaced tradition that arose where ever populations arose although that is not often often recognizible by today's population distribution. It purpose remains uncertain, but that applies to all structures of this age. One imagines a shaman having a remarkable vision and his king having a dream and that is as good as it gets. Practical generally is missing. At least we have recognize... more »

Hong Kong Confronts Reality of Chinese Autocracy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
China is now entering a hard spot that all autocrats eventually find. It is the tolerance limit between the ruler and the ruled. This is at a time when all China is rift with local riots opposing petty local tyrants. Attempting to impose the same doctrine in Hong Kong can only do badly and plausibly lead to a major revolt ripping through southern China. Certainly Hong Kong and Taiwan are positioned to fill all the media with the news and comment that would support such a movement and they have been there before. This can become a real threat. The problem of an autocrat is that ... more »

World's Largest Beaver Dam Explored by Rob Mark

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Something to add to your bucket list, but I think I will take a helicoptor. And just in case you ever wondered why the boreal forest lack roads, I tnink this tells the story. Add in beavers who dam anything possible and working your way through rice paddies looks like a piece of cake. Also notice the scant game. This is seriously hungry country as well and is it own testimonial to the low human population numbers. You really better like eating beaver. Yet there are ways to make it work. Yet imagine a family of beavers setting out to construct a dam that is almost three thou... more »

(Wonder Why Newsmooth All Quiet On the Ukraine Front?) All Systems Go:  The Elite View of the New Iraq-Syria War (Blasting Bill Maher, Sam Harris and HBO for Promoting Ignorance/Blood Libel About Islam)

With Oil Prices in Freefall, Morgan Stanley Can’t Close on an Oil DealSo we've suffered a temporary "corporatizing-the-planet fail?" I've said from the beginning of this millions-of-dollars-paid-to-even-lowly-muckraking-personnel era that this is only necessary because they're preparing for the fall of the U.S. and know they'll need many millions of dollars in order to secure their locked,

Navy eyes new anti-ship missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile]It’s been nearly 40 years since the Navy started its relationship with the Harpoon missile, but now the service seems to have eyes for another surface-to-surface anti-ship missile: A younger, more agile Norwegian. The Navy test-fired the Naval Strike Missile from the littoral combat ship Coronado on Sept. 23, and the brass liked what they saw. “This demonstration provided us with a tremendous opportunity to see the capabilities of both the ship and the missile, and what we saw today has great potential for LCS and other fleet assets,” said Rear... more »

USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Cole (DDG-67)]The U.S. is sending the guided missile destroyer USS Cole into the Black Sea on Friday as part of an ongoing presence mission in the region since Russia seized the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. “The U.S. is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine,” according to the Thursday statement from U.S. 6th Fleet. The ship will be the first U.S. ship... more »

Here Are Amazing Photos Of Russia Dismantling An Outdated Nuclear Submarine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Didsmanteled nuclear submarine]Russia is currently in the process of expanding and modernizing its navy. This might have something to do with Moscow’s apparent appetite for military conquest — although Russia also has a few nuclear submarines that are dangerously past their prime, considering the fissile materials that are still stored onboard. In 2009, one rusted behemoth was transported to a factory in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok, close to the Korean peninsula, for decommissioning. With the vessel fully out of water, the pictures offer an amazing perspective ... more »

Official: Iran Self-Sufficient in Building Light Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ghadir class SSM]There are three classes of submarines, Head of the Navy's Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Office General Ali Gholamzadeh said on Wednesday, adding that Iran has attained self-sufficiency in building “light” submarines. He also said that Iran will unveil a home-made semi-heavy submarine in the coming months, and announced, "We are designing and building heavy and semi-heavy submarines, and the Fateh (Conqueror) submarine will be unveiled this (Iranian calendar) year (ending March 20, 2015),” Also last month, Gholamzadeh announced the country's plans to la... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up, October 10, 2014”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up, October 10, 2014”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "It’s all Ebola all the time. The Obama Administration got this wrong from the beginning. It told us there was very little chance of a case getting to the U.S.–wrong! Then they told us there was little chance of it becoming an epidemic–again, wrong! If that was the case, the head of Health and Human Services would not be saying there may be other Ebola cases in the U.S. Also, the head of the CDC would not be comparing Ebola to the AIDS crisis. This is a big problem folks, and the Obama Administration is gett... more »

A brief study in one of the ways that Greens lie

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 22 hours ago
Mostly, they seem to be lying to themselves.  However, that they repeat falsehoods as fact cannot be disputed and suggests that the entire Green philosophy is one enormous delusion. A little while ago, I was flabbergasted by one Bob Wallace, moderator, censor and ban-hammer wielder of Cleantechnica.com [1], who flatly stated that nuclear is not dispatchable.  Not just once to me, but many times

Korea Unification Soon?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Is the North Korea dictatorship crumbling further? Is the N-S. Korea unification happening soon? I really wish so. Famous investor Jim Rogers, a rich American businessman who moved to Singapore since 2007 as he believed that this is the Asian century, said in 2013 during the Jeju Forum that he believed that a North-South Korea unification is possible by 2018 (+/- one year), and that it will be the "most exciting economy in the world." Yes, about 70 M people, with huge resources rechanneled from military to global trade. Below are some encouraging news reports from various sources th... more »

CMS, ATLAS metaexperiment: deficit of deficits

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*A fewer poorer people kind of means that the society is rich, right? ;-)* Benjamin Nachman of SLAC and Tom Rodelius of Harvard published an amusing piece of comparative literature: A Meta-analysis of the \(8\TeV\) ATLAS and CMS SUSY Searches Able to produce papers like that, they should be named professors of comparative literature. In fact, they're better than the average professors of comparative literature because those usually don't know lognormal distributions and related concepts. I count them into this field because one really doesn't need to know any physics (what the expe... more »

Another Example Of Gross Military Waste In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Afghan Air Force C-27A, 2010. Wikipedia *U.S. Destroys $500M Planes, Sells For 6 Cent Scrap -- Washington Free Beacon* *U.S. supplied 16 planes to Afghan military* Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around six cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the ill-fated program. The Department of Defense purchased for the AAF a total of 20 Italia... more »

This Is What Happens When America's Delta Force Snatches You

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*What It’s Like To Be Snatched By The Delta Force -- Michael Daly, Daily Beast* Swarmed, Tasered, and trundled into a vehicle blindfolded—and that was just the beginning for alleged al Qaeda member Abu Anas al-Liby. Now he’s complaining about his treatment. Poor little jihadi! Just listen to the accused al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby recount how he was treated by men who suddenly swarmed him outside his home in Tripoli as he returned from morning prayers last October. “I was Tasered in both my legs and hands,” he says at the start of a tale told in an affidavit unsealed thi... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago

Kate Braun : The October Full Moon is called a Hunter’s Moon or a Blood Moon

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The opposition of Wednesday, the masculine Odin’s day, with the feminine full moon creates its own balance, adding the imperative forcefulness of Odin to the nurturing love of Lady Moon. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | October 7, … finish reading Kate Braun : The October Full Moon is called a Hunter’s Moon or a Blood Moon

Mikey Suits Has Some Bargaining Chips He Hopes Will Keep Him Out Of Prison

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
You votin' for me? FBI agent turned Gambino Crime Family thug turned Republican congressman Michael “Mikey Suits” Grimm has never had his ugly departure from the FBI publicly aired. That’s because his head wouldn’t be the only one to role if all the dirt comes to the surface. The FBI wants to make a deal and guarantee Grimm gets a lenient sentence with minimal prison time in return for him retiring from politics. He’s still threatening to spill the beans on everything. The FBI witch hunt he’s always whining about could even expose the $400,000 cash bribe that Thomas “Gus” Kontogiann... more »

Friday Afternoon Ramble:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“The basic and crucial political issue of our age is: capitalism versus socialism, or freedom versus statism. For decades, this issue has been silenced, suppressed, evaded, and hidden under the foggy, undefined rubber-terms of **‘conservatism’ and ‘liberalism’* * which had lost their original meaning and could be stretched to mean all things to all men. “The goal of the ‘liberals’—as it emerges from the record of the past decades—was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a st... more »

Poll: Three-Quarters Of Russians View The U.S. As A Hostile Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*United States Viewed As Hostile Country By Three-Quarters Of Russians: Poll -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - Three-quarters of Russians view the United States as a hostile country while China, Belarus and Kazakhstan are viewed as the most friendly states, a Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) poll published Thursday revealed. "The most hostile country to us Russians... is the United States, and if six years ago a quarter of respondents (25 percent in 2008) thought so, today - three-quarters think so (73 percent in 2014). The main "friend" of Russia in ... more »

METRO PODCAST | Thorne Dreyer : Singer-songwriter Sara Hickman on her life, her art, and her battle with depression

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
In a memorable interview, Sara Hickman joins us on Rag Radio in conversation and live performance. Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | October 9, 2014 The delightful and talented Austin-based singer-songwriter Sara Hickman is our guest on … finish reading *METRO PODCAST* | Thorne Dreyer : Singer-songwriter Sara Hickman on her life, her art, and her battle with depression

The House That Bill Gates Built?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
A friend from college sent me this meme, created by Stop Common Core New York. I thought I’d share. This is surely how numerous parents nationwide feel about Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Math Development Group Chair Phil Daro’s EngageNY/Eureka math product: Perhaps billionaire Bill Gates will move in, just to prove that his *CCSS stuff* […]

What Did President Putin Do On His Birthday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Vladimir Putin on an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve. Inspecting snow leopard's habitat on 29 October, 2010. (RIA Novosti / Alexei Druzhinin) *'Everything Aches!’ Putin Reveals How He Spent His Birthday In Siberia -- RT* Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed what he did for his 62nd birthday on Tuesday, when took the day off work and headed into the Siberian wilderness. After walking 9 kilometers in a Siberian mountain range, “everything aches,” he said. “I believe we’ve never celebrated a Walking Day so far. Well, I had one the day before yesterday. I di... more »

New Government Accounting Standards to Require Subsidy Disclosure

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
In a move with potentially enormous implications, Good Jobs First reports that the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) will soon issue new draft rules for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for governments. Don't fall asleep; this could be awesome! As regular readers know, one of the things bedeviling subsidy debates is the lack of transparency in what governments actually give to businesses, and on whether incentive recipients actually deliver on their promised jobs and investment. We have just seen how Boeing is moving 2000 jobs out of Washington state despit... more »

Ex-Army Chief Lord Richards: ISIS Could Be Defeated In Six Months If Britain And US Put 'Boots On The Ground'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo*: Former Army chief Lord Richards said it was 'naive' to think ISIS could be defeated without greater involvement by western forces *ISIS Could Be Defeated In Six Months If Britain And US Put 'Boots On the Ground', Says Ex-Army Chief Lord Richards -- Daily Mail* * Former Chief of the Defence Staff says western countries must step up * Warns it is 'naïve' to think ISIS could be overcome without ground troops * Britain issues plea for Turkey to do more to tackle threat on Syrian border Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq could be defeated within six months if Britain and Ameri... more »

For America's entertainment, the great Right-Wing Noise Machine is putting on its favorite show: FEAR-O-RAMA

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*With Tom Toles update (see below)* *Living with the Great Right-Wing Noise Machine means we always get a show. Alas, the show they most enjoy giving us is an especially schlocky low-budget horror flick.* *by Ken* If the Republicans pooled their lying carcasses to be carved up and sent to a lab for careful analysis -- and I mean the *best* lab, with the finest detecting equipment -- there is no chance that you would find anywhere in the rubble so much as a single honest cell. These are creatures so debased that they are now committed to going to their graves without ever publicly ... more »

How President Obama Stalled Debate On Developing A Syria Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama speaks on the phone from the Oval Office, September 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque *Special Report: How Syria Policy Stalled Under The 'Analyst In Chief' -- David Rohde and Warren Strobel, Reuters* (Reuters) - Throughout 2012, as signs mounted that militants in Syria were growing stronger, the debate in the White House followed a pattern. In meeting after meeting, as officials from agencies outside the executive residence advocated arming pro-Western rebels or other forms of action, President Barack Obama’s closest White House aides bluntly delivered the ... more »

Great Coming Event in NYC

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
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East Nashville United to Jesse Register: Start Over!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
from Andy Spears at TN Education Report: In response to MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register’s proposal to redesign schools in East Nashville into an “All-Choice” zone with more charters and schools turned over to the struggling Achievement School District, a group of parents in East Nashville calling itself East Nashville United is now asking for a review of a consultant’s report on Metro Schools. ENU has previously called on Register to start over with any plan for East Nashville schools and more recently has asked for more time in order to allow for broader community input ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 9, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden (l.) writes as President Obama speaks on Oct. 6 with members of his national security team and senior staff about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Kevin Lamarque, Reuters *Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease -- Abby Haglage, Daily Beast* The only epidemic in the U.S. is an outbreak of fear-mongering. Everybody panicking when they get the flu will stretch the emergency system to a breaking point. When the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday, any sense of calm that remained about th... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Pre-Katrina and Today, the Army Corps of Engineers Always Has the Final Say ~Sandy Rosenthal*

How to Overcome Fear When Facing Real Danger

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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World News Briefs -- October 9, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ebola Crisis: Global Response Has ‘Failed Miserably’, Says World Bank Chief -- The Guardian* Jim Kim demands $20bn fund and says ‘we failed miserably’ as cases in Spain and US fuel fear of western pandemic The president of the World Bank, Jim Kim, admitted on Wednesday that the international community had “failed miserably” in its response to the Ebola virus that has killed more than 3,800 people in west Africa and warned that the crisis now affecting Spain and the US was going to get much worse. Amid signs yesterday that western governments were being forced to take the risks o...more »

Chile: UFOs Over San Clemente

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 1 day ago
*Source: La TerceraDate: October 5, 2014* *Chile: UFOs Over San Clemente* *By Ignacio Bazán (for La Tercera.com)* A wooden table and an open bag of potato chips with a knife in the middle. Three muleteers are chatting at a store in Vilches, a community located in the pre-Cordilleran area of the Seventh Region - the San Clemente Commune, some 50 kilometers east of Talca. The men also share three beverages at the end of a day darkened by the shade of trees. *"Have you ever witnessed any UFOs hereabouts?"* "No, that's all a lie," replies Eladio Gajardo, a middle-aged muleteer with ... more »

ZEROHEDGE:There Is No Mystery To Today's Selloff

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-09/there-no-mystery-todays-selloff There Is No Mystery To Today's Selloff [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/09/2014 13:42 -0400 There is no surprise to why stocks are selling off today. If anything, it was yesterday's surge that was quite shocking and caught everyone by surprise, paradoxically doing more damage to investor sentiment than an orderly decline would have done as it once again spooked retail investors by the senseless and very *whiplashy* moves the market is now subject to. Case in point: after yesterday... more »

Aisha North: The manuscript of survival – part 427

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*The manuscript of survival – part 427* by Aisha North October 9, 2014 For now, the quickening you have entered will begin to manifest in a myriad of ways. Some of them will feel familiar, while others will happen in a very unexpected manner. You see, this opening that you have allowed yourself to take part in will be put to good use, and through these openings many a form of information will continue to flow in, and through this information, a whole host of related events will come into being. Remember, you are all individuals, but by now you are so deeply connected that whateve... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Wisconsin Whitewash?'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
WISCONSIN WHITEWASH? Posted on October 9, 2014 Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Oct. 8, 2014. Blue Skies Inc. is holding a supposed “Truth Commission on Indian Boarding Schools” in Wisconsin on October 22 to 24, 2014. The U.S. is exporting its genocide program. The holocaust of Great Turtle Island is well known. Over 150 million Indigenous people were eliminated. Canada is

Include your name on Comments.

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
I get comments and questions regularly from Mr. or Ms. Anonymous. If you have something to ask or say, put your name on it. Claim it. Your name doesn't guarantee that I will post it, but not including your name will guarantee that I won't.

Ebola, Complacency and Crisis

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Health emergency in West Africa? Who gives a shit. Until the last month or so, that pretty much summed up the attitude in Western newsrooms and policy-making circles. After all, when is there not some kind of health crisis blighting the people of Sub-Saharan, central and southern Africa? HIV/AIDS is an ugly shadow cast over the fate of entire nations. According to the UN 1-in-20 live with the disease, with over 15% of 15-49 year olds infected in some countries. As awful a social disaster and human tragedy this is, it pales next to Malaria where, despite falling infection rates, it ... more »

One MH-17 Passenger Wearing Oxygen Mask- Why?- Updated!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Saw this earlier and had been scratching my head as to why this passenger had put a mask on? *The body of an Australian passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was found wearing an oxygen mask*, Dutch prosecutors say*, raising questions about how much those on board knew about their fate *when the plane plunged out of the sky above eastern Ukraine in July. Interesting, no? The passenger did not have the mask on his face, but its elastic strap was around his neck, said Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the Dutch National Prosecutor's Office which is carrying out a criminal investigati... more »

We’re in an Economic Neverland - Part 2

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post by Bill Bonner, continued from yesterday (check out part one here).* *Yesterday, Bill Bonner looked at some of the destructive effects of Zero or Negative Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP or NIRP), and the issuing of all that new debt . Today he continues …* *Neverland - Part 2* *"There can be nothing more unreal in its pretensions than debt currency itself." *— Charles Holt Carroll (1860) *Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit* I spent much of the spring at our ranch in Argentina. I was cut off from the flow of news and opinion. No telephone. No TV or radio. But I was still thinking… in... more »

Supplemental: Egan mocks the other side!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014 The plutocrats cheer when that happens:* Do you know what the word “confit” means? Neither do we, and we just looked it up! More precisely, we don’t know what “confit” means as used at the start of Timothy Egan’s column in today’s New York Times. Even after looking it up, we don’t understand the columnist’s use of “confit.” Then again, that seems to fit. His column strikes us as a good example of a counterproductive type of liberal condescension. Below, you see the way he starts, headline included. Egan simply can’t explain “the confit of conventional w... more »

The Ebola Crisis: News Updates -- October 9, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CDC Chief: Ebola Is Worst Outbreak Since AIDS -- Time* A top U.S. health official says Ebola is the biggest world health crisis since HIV/AIDS. Dr. Thomas Frieden spoke Thursday at World Bank headquarters in Washington during a meeting on the Ebola outbreak that has crippled three West African nations and has been detected in several other countries. Frieden, who leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, predicted the fight to wipe out the disease will be a long one because the virus keeps changing. He said the only outbreak he has seen resembling the current one is ... more »

Does Endless War Define All Our Elite Political Groupings Regardless Of Party?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I wish I could say that Leon Panetta’s book, *Worthy Fights*, will be the capstone of his wretched political career. But with Hillary likely to be the next president, I suspect Panetta’s repulsive attacks on Obama will only guarantee him position and influence to come. Everyone knows the 76 year old Panetta was Bill Clinton’s OMB Director and then Chief of Staff and then Obama’s Director of the CIA and then Secretary of Defense. Fe people know that earlier Panetta, a conservative by nature, was a Republican who worked for California Republican Senator Tom Kuchel and then for Pres... more »

Begins Saturday in Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Walk begins on Saturday - see route information *here*

America's Lap Dogs

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
When it comes to economic sanctions there are no winners... A reality that's becoming increasingly clear in Europe, where several member states are taking a financial hit from trade restrictions against Russia. This week we heard from German, French and Czech officials - saying they'd prefer the sanctions to be scrapped. For more on this, let's go live to the British MP George Galloway.

Venezuela: Strange Object Photographed Over El Avila Park

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 1 day ago
Contributing Editor *Guillermo Gimenez* gives us the following heads-up on a situation in Venezuela that was made known on a Twitter feed = the following photos show an object over the Wararia Repano National Park (Parque El Avila). The images were taken by photographer *Francisco Lemus* at around 12:59 pm on Tuesday afternoon (10-7-14) Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

Latest Violence On The Kashmir Border Between Pakistan And India Worst In 11 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Kashmir Clashes Continue as India, Pakistan Trade Blame -- Voice of America* SIALKOT, PAKISTAN - Pakistan and India have continued to exchange heavy gun and mortar fire along their disputed Kashmir border, rendering almost non-existent a mutual cease-fire in the Himalayan region that has largely held since 2003. At least 24 civilians have died while thousands fled to safety on both sides since the violence broke out more than a week ago. The deadly clashes are taking place along a densely populated 200-kilomter border referred to as the “working boundary” that separates Pakistan’... more »

Oct. 9: the news media and manipulation

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
Most news media don't tell the news. They create it. For example....... In the Korean war, UN forces easily beat North Korea - China became very worried that they were looking to an invasion of China. (And the Chinese were right. The UN commander, Douglas MacArthur, had been making it clear, much to the anger of the American government, that he intended to invade China.) So, China ordered the UN troops not to go beyond a certain point. And MacArthur sent them beyond it. What happened then was chaos and panic as China kept its word, and sent a massive force into North Korea. I knew C... more »

Free Download: “The Consequences of the Economic Peace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Consequences of the Economic Peace”* by Grant Williams “The presentation, entitled “The Consequences of the Economic Peace,” is a look at the ramifications of several decades of easy credit and an attempt to draw parallels with a time in history when the world looked remarkably similar to how it does now.” If you're interested in the geopolitical and economic forces that have shaped our world today then I highly recommend this superb presentation. “The Consequences of the Economic Peace” may be freely downloaded here: - https://www.mauldineconomics.com/

Russia Is Also A Target For The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Omar al-Shishani, seen in a new Al Hayat Media Centre video released by the Islamic State(Joanna Paraszczuk/Twitter) *Islamic State Grooms Chechen Fighters Against Putin -- Bloomberg Businessweek* When the Islamic State commander known as “Omar the Chechen” called to tell his father they’d routed the Iraqi army and taken the city of Mosul, he added a stark message: Russia would be next. “He said ‘don’t worry dad, I’ll come home and show the Russians,’” Temur Batirashvili said from his home in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, on the border with the Russian region of Chechnya. “I have many ... more »

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