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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

11 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

10:35pm MDST

The Supreme Court Made A Catastrophic Mistake— The Failure Of Citizens United

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 31 minutes ago
Friday, Nick Confessore wrote in the *NY Times* how secret, dark money from undisclosed sources is dominating the elections and that it will be even worse in 2016. Although several corporate whores were elevated to the Supreme Court to specifically accomplish these kinds of virulently anti-democracy stratagems— think Bush I and II nominees Clarence Thomas, Sammy Alito and John Roberts plus Reagan holdover Antonin Scalia— the Court framed their *Citizens United* decision in a very different way. The dominance of secretly funded advertising defies one of the underlying assumptions... more »

Rabbis urge ICE not to deport illegal aliens

John Friend at The Realist Report - 40 minutes ago
According to a report published by the *Jewish Telegraph Agency*, a number of rabbis in America are currently lobbying Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to either cancel or delay deporting criminals who have illegally migrated to the United States because doing so would be "an injustice" that infringes upon the "human rights" of the illegal invaders. I wonder what these rabbis have to say about Israeli immigration policy, where *illegal immigrants are arrested, interned in concentration camps, and deported en mass*? Reform rabbis are contacting Immigration and Customs En... more »

Mucking about in the print shop

risa bear at A Way to Live - 55 minutes ago
New rollers arrived, necessary because the old ones were thirty years old and past saving. I remember what those cost, and I can tell you they've gone up about two hundred percent. They also arrived without roller trucks. Trucks are the rubber-tired wheels at the ends of the rollers, whose job is to roll on tracks on either side of the bed of the press. I could see that the ones I had might fit the new rollers, but they were fused onto the old rollers by bimetallic corrosion. I could order new ones, or ... ... several hours later, having banged on every tool in the shop with every o... more »

Dodging the Tuition Debt Bullet

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
Student tuition debt is astronomical in the US, and Germany announces free higher ed for all... The post Dodging the Tuition Debt Bullet appeared first on Waking Times.

Childhood Leukemia and Nuclear Plant Releases

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Children are vulnerable to environmental harms, especially radionuclides from nuclear power plan plumes - 500X typical background - produced during re-fueling: Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants - a likely cause of childhood leukemia. Dr Ian Fairlie 29th September 2014. The Ecologist http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2574389/radioactive_spikes_from_nuclear_plants_a_likely_cause_of_childhood_leukemia.html When nuclear reactors are refueled, a 12-hour spike in radioactive emissions exposes local people to levels of radioactivity up to 500 times greater than during no... more »

a hero of freedom

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
The People vs. Larry Flynt - Larry Flynt's speech

Documentary Film Claims That There Is Another NSA Leaker with Higher Rank Than Snowden

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
Documentary Film Claims That There Is Another NSA Leaker with Higher Rank Than Snowden October 11th, 2014 Via: The Hollywood Reporter: A second National Security Agency whistleblower exists within the ranks of government intelligence. That bombshell comes toward the end of Citizenfour, a new documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras about NSA informant Edward Snowden that had its world premiere on Friday at the New York Film Festival. In the key scene, journalist Glenn Greenwald visits Snowden at a hotel room in Moscow. Fearing they are being taped, Greenwald communicates with ... more »

TV Watch: It's surely not enough to say that "The Good Wife" is "the smartest drama currently on the air"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*In this Season 6 preview, Good Wife cast members talk about the new season.* *"Six seasons in, however, I've become weary of evangelizing for [The Good Wife]. Recently, I had lunch with an entirely charming TV maker, who was educated and intelligent about many forms of television but had never watched The Good Wife, because, he admitted with a shrug, he perceived it as being 'for women.' Although he was a fantastic lunch companion, he's dead now."* -- New Yorker *TV critic Emily Nussbaum, in* "Shedding Her Skin: *The Good Wife*'s thrilling transformation" *by Ken* When I say in t... more »

The Act of Killing

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Kurt Vonnegut, "Requiem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Requiem"* by Kurt Vonnegut “The crucified planet Earth, should it find a voice and a sense of irony, might now well say of our abuse of it, "Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do." ․ The irony would be that we know what we are doing. ․ When the last living thing has died on account of us, how poetical it would be if Earth could say, in a voice floating up perhaps from the floor of the Grand Canyon, "It is done. People did not like it here.”

Fukushima: "Gov’t Models Show Typhoon Making Direct Hit On Fukushima"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Gov’t Models Show Typhoon Making Direct Hit On Fukushima"* Center of Vongfong expected over nuclear plant Tuesday by ENENews.com *"Japan Times, Oct. 9, 2014:* "A supertyphoon is on course to hit Japan over the weekend, meteorologists said Wednesday. The monstrous storm “strength is very much similar to Haiyan,”said a meteorologist at the Meteorological Agency. Vongfong was registering gusts of the same strength. Its present course will see it smash into Japan some time over the weekend, just days after another typhoon." *Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2014:* "Imagery from satellite (and ... more »

The Round City Concept

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
This idea of a round city may not be the answer to all the problems but this can build a far better environment... The post The Round City Concept appeared first on Waking Times.

Re-Greening The Deserts

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
This film should be an inspiration to everyone to not give up and save the deserts of the earth. The post Re-Greening The Deserts appeared first on Waking Times.

Proclamation 2914 - Proclaiming the Existence of a National Emergency -December 16, 1950

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
*By the President of the United States of America* *A Proclamation**Whereas* recent events in Korea and elsewhere constitute a grave threat to the peace of the world and imperil the efforts of this country and those of the United Nations to prevent aggression and armed conflict; and *Whereas* world conquest by communist imperialism is the goal of the forces of aggression that have been loosed upon the world; and *Whereas*, if the goal of communist imperialism were to be achieved, the people of this country would no longer enjoy the full and rich life they have with God's help buil... more »

The Lying Bastards at Tulane's Cowen Institute

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Tulane's Cowen Institute has been CorpEd's hothouse of dissembling and lies in New Orleans for a long time. Some years back it became obvious to anyone looking at their annual celebrations of the privatization of NOLA schools that they were making it up. Now finally, they have stepped beyond the bounds that Tulane University's enablers can stomach. They just withdrew the last propaganda piece from their website and issued an apology. Wonder if they will do the same for the other crap they have been posting for years. Here is a clip from Times-Picayune: In a high-profile embar... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Festival Acadiens, showcase for Cajun culture, underway in Lafayette ~Kevin Thibodeaux, The Advocate *

Great Start in Rangeley

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Made it to Rangeley, Maine to start our Walk for Peace & A Sustainable Future...... invited to a turkey supper with more than a hundred people at the local UCC church where we are sleeping on the floor - they just had Br. Senji Kanaeda sing an old Negro spiritual to the assembled ....beautiful start to our peace walk! The reception has been fantastic.

An eye for freckles

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
And talking about programmes I enjoyed.... When I was about 20 I had the idea of fusing science with poetry (as you do) and I remember writing a love poem that used imagery drawn from X-ray crystallography. I recall comparing the diffraction pattern of regularly spaced spots produced by the process to the freckles of a young lady I particularly admired at the time. It was a god-awful poem (most of them were), but I had vivid flashbacks to it whilst listening to *An Eye for Pattern: The Letters of Dorothy Hodgkin *over five day this past week on Radio 4. Dorothy Hodgkin won the N... more »

Your Money or Your Life?

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 7 hours ago
October 11, 2014 There’s an old joke (I remember it as part of Jack Benny’s comedy routine back in the 1950s) about the wealthy penny pincher who was confronted by an armed robber saying, “Your money or your life?” The … Continue reading →

Mike Huckabee Wants To Start A Third Party Even More Reactionary Than The GOP

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
A right-wing propaganda site reported Thursday that Mike Huckabee fears the Republican Party is getting too liberal. In poll after poll, the vast majority of normal Americans think the Republican Party has drifted way too far to the right. But Huckabee is now whining publicly about starting a third, more reactionary political party. Two days after threatening to leave the Republican Party and run for the White House in 2016 as an independent because the GOP has "abdicated" on same-sex marriage, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Newsmax that the GOP would be walking away fro... more »

11 Ways Volunteering Can Change Your Life

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
In virtually every corner of this planet there is a place where you can volunteer... The post 11 Ways Volunteering Can Change Your Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Here below (second re-post of the day) is Paul Craig Roberts' reply to his followers concerning reports that the CIA was active in West Africa just prior to the ebola outbreak. It's a sufficiently important and short enough read that I have decided to reproduce it in larger print than usual. Otherwise, please note that the pair of videos in the first re-post of the day (below this one) shift to another video every 20 to 25 minutes. I strongly advise that you stop after watching the lead-off episode of each. The host of those videos, Alex Jones, has been rooting out evidence of the descent of the U.S. toward a police state for perhaps the entire 21st century. Indeed, Paul Craig Roberts has honored him by consenting to be interviewed by him 88 times!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 8 hours ago
------------------------------ *Ebola Update — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ October 11, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Ebola Update Paul Craig Roberts A number of readers have read reports that the CIA was active in West Africa just prior to the ebola outbreak, and some have read reports that the ebola strain is a weaponized version engineered to spread by air and surface contact. Some readers ask me to confirm or refute these reports, and others want to know if the... more »

Satellites Detect 'Thousands' of New Ocean-Bottom Mountains

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
[image: Ocean floor] Ocean bottom viewing is now increasing rapidly and we can expect an excellent view in the next twenty years or so. Yet we already have a surprise. The ocean floor is peppered with volcanoes that are not so apparent in continental geology. The instant take home is that the handful we see are the scant above water reps of a massive population. The sea floor turns out to be hugely active. That actually put a niggling question sitting there in the back of my mind to rest. The process is ongoing, and very active and extremely common. We have just see... more »

Why Wheat is One of the Worst Carbs for Your Health

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is another round on the wheat problem which is clearly serious as it can be handed most of the blame for the outbreak of obesity. More work is needed on alternatives as well as we might expect. We also need to know if any form of wheat is viable in some way. Regardless the solution itself is simple enough and that is to limit yourself to a rare serving. That is certainly less than every day. At least then it is a treat only. *Why Wheat is One of the Worst Carbs for Your Health* *September 3, 201* *Natasha Longo,* *http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/03/wheat-one-worst... more »

DNA Analysis Shows That Native American Genealogy Is One of the Most Unique in the World

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is obviously important and cleanly proves the existence of a single founder population. We still had ample hybridization coming off that founder population but only much later when it would remain a minority effect. That founder population did come out of the Bering area and off course migrated along the sea coast and then eventually inland until all the continents of North and South America was populated.This certainly took place as early as 20,000 BP and possibly and plausibly much sooner. Much later other came and that includes a substantial injection of Europeans duri... more »

8 Food Myths I Learned at Nutrition School

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It is about common sense after all, however this is directly from a licensed nutritionist who was taught incorrect doctrine. She corrected herself, but most others may never go there. Thus it is common to find a nutritionist still promoting nonsense. Change has not come easily and just how regulated is this industry. The food industry is mired in scientific controversy and self serving commercial misinformation. There is no truly safe source of information for the consumer at all. The only positive is that the long term trend is good. *8 Food Myths I Learned at Nutriti... more »

Oct. 11: rock bottom

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
The Friday and Saturday edition of the TandT for this week are the worst I have yet seen in that whole, wretched Irving press. For Wednesday, the section A news is not just trivial; some is downright bizarre. On A2, there is a story that there's no need for an Ebola panic in NB. Okay. That's a reasonable story to report on. But the big picture to illustrate the story is of parking lot construction at the Dumont hospital. A photo, like a story, should tell us something. What the hell does this photo tell us about Ebola? Below it is a story about roadwork in Moncton wrapping up. And... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving .... which means that I must prepare a feast for tonight ... and for tomorrow. Therefore .... blogging will be light and sporadic for today and tomorrow.

The U.S.-Led Air War In Syria Has Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
U.S. sailors inspect aircraft before launching them from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 2, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Card *U.S.-Led Air War In Syria Is Off To A Difficult Start -- Washington Post* REYHANLI, Turkey — The U.S.-led air war in Syria has gotten off to a rocky start, with even the Syrian rebel groups closest to the United States turning against it, U.S. ally Turkey refusing to contribute and the plight of a beleaguered Kurdish town exposing the limitations of the strategy. U.S. officia... more »

Breaking news...Eric Morecambe's leg has been sawn off

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Oh for Gawd's sake! Some despicable scrote has tried to nick Morecambe's main tourist attraction, the Eric Morecambe statue. Every day, whether sunshine has been brought or not, hordes of locals and tourists lift a leg and raise an arm in honour of Morecambe's favourite son (and his pal, Ernie) and get snapped by their friends and family for so doing. And now someone - apparently a Morecambe man - has attempted to saw through Eric's standing leg and make off with him. The statue has now been removed by the council for repairs. Well, I've heard it all: Syria, missing airlin... more »

Musical Interlude: Enya, “A Day Without Rain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Enya, “A Day Without Rain” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiKm93w0j-o

The BBC's attitude to sexual abuse during the 1990s

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Per Paul Merton's autobiography as reported in The Telegraph: "I heard about him (Dave Lee Travis) 20 years ago. A technician somewhere told me that there was a rule at the BBC: Don't leave him alone with a woman." If the BBC knew about Dave Lee Travis's pecadillos but did nothing to stop him, let alone report him to the police, then are they not also guilty of an offence?

Saturday Interview: Harry Paterson

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Harry Paterson is a socialist activist from Nottingham where he has spent his political life. His first book, an excellent history of the 1984-5 miners' strike in Nottinghamshire, *Look Back In Anger* was published this summer. You can follow Harry on Twitter here - Do you regularly read blogs? If so, which ones? I do. Yes. Your own, of course. Richard Seymour’s, too. I dip in and out of the hilariously-named Socialist Unity from time-to-time. Although far less frequently than I once did. I used to be a big fan of David Osler’s blog before he shut it down. He’s a good mate is Dav... more »

Scott Walker Disputes Ronald Reagan's Admonitions Against Starting A GOP War Against Women

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Now that the Republican primary is over, Scott Brown is trying to present himself to New Hampshire voters as more moderate and more mainstream than his record shows he is— particularly on issues important to women voters (and to men who like and respect women). Brown has been lying, claiming he has always supported women having the ability to get contraception easily. He recently said he has supported that "since I was 18 years old." In light of his anti-women voting record from he was a senator from Massachusetts, Politifact rates Brown’s claims “mostly false.” And even a far mor... more »

Hospital Drama

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Julia McFarlane is beside herself with joy! “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The BBC has gone to town with my colourful but moving report on the gruesome injuries in Gaza, complete with graphic images.” Next up, Julia McFarlane takes her camera to Kobane to capture poignant images of civilians caught in the battle between the Kurds and ISIS. Not. Okay, so there’s nothing wrong with highlighting the courage and hard work of those doctors who had to struggle with an overwhelming number of casualties in extremely difficult circumstances. But it does seem gratuitous to open it ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional Long War Updates ( October 8 , 2014 ) -- Death dealing in Iraq continues unabated , ISIS wages strategic battles to control flow of water and dams in Iraq ..... Syria - Pentagon: US Won’t Shift ISIS Campaign Over Kurdish Town Kobani One of Many Targets Under Attack by ISIS Right Now ....... Despite airstrikes , pressure still seems to be applied on Kobane by ISIS -- Tweets of the day !

Catharsis Ours - 11 hours ago
Anti War....... 169 Killed Across Iraq As Bombs Return to Baghdad by Margaret Griffis, October 07, 2014 Print This | Share This At least 169 people were killed and 55 were wounded across Iraq on Tuesday. Also,*Canada*‘s parliament has authorized airstrikes in Iraq. The strategic value of water in *Iraq* has made it one of the favorite weapons of the Islamic State. Not only do they continue their attempts to control the Mosul and Haditha Dams, they have also been diverting water away from villages that refuse to come under their control. And, they also are demolishing levees in order ... more »

8 Ways to Use Honey Outside of the Kitchen

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
"If we only use honey for its sweet taste and glorious texture, we miss out..." The post 8 Ways to Use Honey Outside of the Kitchen appeared first on Waking Times.

The Strange World of John Boener

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 11 hours ago
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Those of you who have visited my blog frequently know by now that the U.S. government lies about, or conceals, everything of importance to its citizens and that the so-called mainstream media repeat these lies and remain mum on things our government is doing secretly. Those of you who have followed alterntive news sources know that early on "Dubya" Bush paid Haliburten to construct an archipelago of detainment camps for holding illegal immigrants and "other purposes" ...and that a couple years ago huge numbers of plastic coffins, each large enough to hold several bodies, were discovered outside these compounds. Finally, the current alter media is abuzz with stories of the government deliberately admitting into the U.S. individuals likely to have contracted ebola. Add to that rumors of undergound havens (presumably for the rich and powerful) stocked with ebola antibodies. So be very careful when near strangers and prehaps research and purchase antibodies to protect yourselves.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ http://youtu.be/hlKtUofd2Qg?list=UUvsye7V9psc-APX6wV1twLg CDC Secretly Panicking Over Ebola *Published on Oct 10, 2014* Alex Jones welcomes Dr. Edward Group to the show and Dr. Group shares some information he got at a conference over how the CDC actually feels about the possibility of an Ebola outbreak. http://youtu.be/XfkE-7-oJNY?list=UUvsye7V9psc-APX6wV1twLg CDC Orders Hermetically Sealed Coffins For Ebola Victims *Published on Oct 11, 2014* The CDC has instructed funeral homes to bury Ebola victims in hermetically sealed caskets, a potential... more »

The Chinese Are Preparing For War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
People's Daily *Why Do So Many Chinese Expect War? -- Julian Snelder, National Interest* A professor of classical music in Beijing startled me in 2010 when he said, “When I look at my students, I fear we are headed for war within five years.” “War with whom?,” I enquired. “With anyone.” His students don't seem like fenqing (“angry youth”). They are in a musical conservatory, after all, not a military academy. Many have overseas connections. But they are also ambitious, emotional, fiercely nationalist and for them war – any war – would be a gratifying affirmation of their country... more »

Major Cyber Bank Heist Planned ( October 11 , 2014 ) Russian cyber hackers gearing up for the big one - a billion dollar heist ? If russian government " encouraged " retaliation , logical an American Bank would be the target .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
Tweets.... *Constantin Gurdgiev* ‏@GTCost 4m4 minutes ago Missed $4trn banks' heist in real econ RT @TraderStef: #*Europol* Discovered #Russia Cyber-Criminals $1Bn Banking Plot http://www. standard.co.uk/business/busin ess-news/criminal-gangs-in-1bn-city-cyber-raid-plot-9787302.html … Evening Standard [image: View this content on Evening Standard's website] Criminal gangs in $1bn City cyber raid plot Criminal gangs are plotting a $1 billion (£618 million) cyber-heist on global financial institutions, Europol has warned, as they ratchet up the pressure on banks reeling from the record... more »

The Shard of Babel

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
"...and coils or writhes, like a bloated, muddy python..." And now for something completely different... I would never really have expected myself to warm to a series of short BBC talks by an *Observer* columnist with a taste for the French structural/post-structuralist/quasi-Marxist Roland Barthes [and fancy the BBC commissioning that!...er?!?], yet warm to them I most certainly have. In fact, I'm even hotter for them than one of Nando's extra extra hot peri-peri marinades - the subject of Peter Conrad's third piece in his BBC Radio 4 series, which started last Monday. Were I an... more »

Is Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Weapons In Crimea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Boston Globe *Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms In Crimea -- Washington Free Beacon* *Obama backing indirect talks with Moscow aimed at cutting U.S. non-strategic nukes in Europe* Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe. Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied U... more »

'Life after death'? Scientists gather 'out-of-body' evidence in 'largest-ever' study

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
Reuters / Finbarr O'ReillyReuters / Finbarr O'Reilly *Its funny after you have had an NDE, its kind of humorous to think people don't believe it happens... but its all perspective I suppose... -AK* Found at: http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/10/life-after-death-scientists-gather-out.html *'Life after death'? Scientists gather 'out-of-body' evidence in 'largest-ever' study* Source: http://rt.com/news/195056-life-after-death-study/ Published time: October 11, 2014 08:28 Edited time: October 11, 2014 13:16 It seems that scientists have finally offered evidence that conscious... more »

What Happens If The Big Banks Collapse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*U.S. And UK To Test Big Bank Collapse In Joint Model Run -- Reuters* Oct 10 (Reuters) - Regulators from the United States and the United Kingdom will get together in a war room next week to see if they can cope with any possible fall-out when the next big bank topples over, the two countries said on Friday. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on Monday will run a joint exercise simulating how they would prop up a large bank with operations in both countries that has landed in trouble. Also taking part are Federal Reserve Chair Jan... more »

Circular Rainbow over Australia

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
A full circle rainbow was featured as NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day this week.(Photo: NASA/Colin Leonhardt, Birdseye View Photography) Full circle rainbow featured by NASA Brandie Piper, KSDK (St. Louis) 6:23 p.m. MST October 3, 2014 COTTESLOE BEACH, Australia – Have you ever seen a full circle rainbow before? Most people see rainbows from the ground, which makes them look like an arch. But when you see a rainbow from the air, you can see it's actually a full circle. Earlier this week NASA posted this photo, taken over Cottesloe Beach, Australia, as the Astronomy Picture of the ... more »

New York Times article by Martin Sivak on the 12 Octobr election

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 14 hours ago
This article appeared in the Opinion pages of the *New York Times* on 10 October, 2014, two days before the Bolivian national elections. While this site does not agree with all the author's views, his piece is well written and informative and much better than the usual anti-Morales diatribe written in the US press. _____________________________________________________________________ BUENOS AIRES — On Sunday, Bolivians are widely expected to re-elect their president, Evo Morales, for an unprecedented third term. He is still overwhelmingly po... more »

Revisiting The Maidan Massacre In Kiev That Started The Crisis In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
An aerial view shows Kyiv's Independence (Maidan) Square following some of the worst clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police. (Olga Yakimovich / Reuters) *Special Report: Flaws Found In Ukraine's Probe Of Maidan Massacre -- Reuters* (Reuters) - For millions of Ukrainians, it was a crime against humanity. In February, more than 100 protesters were gunned down in the Maidan uprising that toppled the president, Viktor Yanukovich. The victims are now known as “the Heavenly Hundred.” In April, prosecutors arrested three suspects, members of an elite unit within the... more »

Aisha North: A short update on the energies - October 11, 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/a-short-update-on-the-energies-68/ *A short update on the energies* By Aisha North, October 11, 2014 As the quickening continues, you will all at some time or another begin to lose your footing, and we do mean that in the very best sense. You see, what we are referring to, is your old way of maintaining focus and balance by striving to keep the old coordinates in equilibrium, and now, you will all need to be cast off from that old foundation in one way or the other in order for you to be able to complete the trajectory that you started upon... more »

When Journalism Fails

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.today.com/ Apparently, many journalists -- including Andrew Coyne -- believe that Stephen Harper's decision to join the bombing brigades in Iraq is justified. Michael Harris believes that Harper's decision is folly and that the reaction to it illustrates "the slow collapse" of Canadian journalism. After all, when it comes to war in the Middle East, Harper has a record. That record includes not only his full throated campaign to join George Bush's invasion of Iraq, but also his support for military action in Libya: ... more »

RT.COM: Bankocalypse drill - US and UK to run ‘too big to fail’ collapse simulation on Monday

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) speaks to U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew.(Reuters / Alastair Grant) http://on.rt.com/1cqv9nBankocalypse drill: US and UK to run ‘too big to fail’ collapse simulation Published time: October 11, 2014 03:07 The US and UK will stage a comprehensive simulation next week check whether the countries’ financial and banking sectors are still vulnerable to the problem of the ‘too big to fail’ institutions and coordinate their actions in case of such collapse. Government financial leaders from Britain and US will simulate a failure o... more »

Yet another date with Gavin Esler

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Safak Timur If you were wondering how Gavin Esler's *Dateline London* is getting on, well today's edition was an interesting one. Since my last major review of the programme's guest list in August we've seen some more classic left-biased *Dateline *panels. There was one (on 13 September) consisting of Abdel Bari Atwan, Agnes Poirier, Steve Richards (of the *Independent*) and Kevin McKenna (of the *Observer*), where all four guests came from the Left, and there was another (on 4 October) with Abdel Bari Atwan, Steve Richards, Marc Roche and Diane Wei Liang, where three out of the ... more »

'Life after death'? Scientists gather 'out-of-body' evidence in 'largest-ever' study

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
http://rt.com/news/195056-life-after-death-study/ 'Life after death'? Scientists gather 'out-of-body' evidence in 'largest-ever' study Published time: October 11, 2014 08:28 Edited time: October 11, 2014 13:16 Get short URL [image: Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly] Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly Tags Health, Medicine It seems that scientists have finally offered evidence that consciousness after death really could exist, as the largest-ever study into the issue showed that patients could recall intricate details despite being officially declared clinically dead. Researchers based at the... more »

Harvey Organ's Gold and Silver Blog Has Been 'Deleted by Court Order' ????

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
10 OCTOBER 2014 Harvey Organ's Gold and Silver Blog Has Been 'Deleted by Court Order' Several patrons have asked me if I know what has happened to Harvey Organ's precious metals blog. I have been given to understand by an email that his site on Google blogger has been 'deleted by court order' and in accordance with Google's terms of service and content policy. The specific terms of the court order or the originator have not been revealed to me. It is not clear to me that Harvey himself knows this yet. I had thought Harvey's Precious Metals blog was fairly benign, and Google has be... more »

Libya Updates ( October 11 , 2014 ) -- While Political Analysts and Journalists ( safely in London ) claim Libya isn't a failed state yet , we can agree it isn't a successful one !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Tweets..... *libyaherald* @libyaherald · Oct 10 Too soon to label Libya as a failed state say political analysts and journalists at London event http://goo.gl/74F1rP @libyaherald *libyaherald* @libyaherald · 21h21 hours ago Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shura Council: We are working to take control http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/10/ben ghazi-revolutionaries-shura-council-we-are-working-to-take-control/ … @ libyaherald *libyaherald* @libyaherald · 16h16 hours ago Protests for and against the HoR http://goo.gl/48nxFM @libyaherald *libyaherald* @libyaherald · 20h20 h... more »

Two Great American Authors Come Out For Shenna Bellows

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday Marianne Williamson endorsed Shenna Bellows for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Susan Collins. "We desperately need candidates who carry the banner of new possibilities for America,” she wrote to her supporters, “and we need to support them in every way possible when they appear. Shenna Bellows represents such a banner. Let's help her get to Washington, so she can do the things we want to see done there." There were 5 specific points Marianne seemed most enthusiastic about after meeting personally with Shenna. *•* As Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties U... more »

The World's Deadliest Epidemics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The first outbreak to be seen on the map is the Plague of Justinian of 541 and 542. It ravaged areas of modern-day Europe, Northern Africa, and Russia, killing 5,000 people a day at its peak *The World's Deadliest Outbreaks: Interactive Map Shows The Human Cost Of Flu, Bubonic Plague And Ebola Globally Since 541 -- Daily Mail* * Interactive map shows the reach of diseases, as well as death tolls and their symptoms, such as fever and rashes * It details the world's most deadly outbreaks since 541 - when the Plague of Justinian struck Europe and beyond * Map also includes modern outbr... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*The great credential race* One of the most deplorable features of modern education is the great credentials race. Competition for the best jobs has led to job applicants trying to trump one another by offering higher and higher levels of education. The end result is that many jobs which were once perfectly well-handled by people with just high school -- or even grade school -- education now require a college degree and may even require graduate qualifications. This has become hugely expensive for students in both time and money, with no clear benefit to the community. Teachi... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Dana Nuccitelli and The Guardian are at it again* *Nuca is always the same. He gives lots of links in support of his assertions but if you follow those links back they always lead to dubious claims by fellow Warmists.Below is the first part of a hit-piece that he has just done in The Guardian on some prominent skeptics. I have not reproduced his links but you can get them from the original. Follow them through and you never get to any proof of anything -- just theories, models and speculation. Warmists have nothing else. I have by the way seen an email from Fred Singer... more »

Harvard Students Continue to Demand University Divest from TFA

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
From the Crimson two weeks ago: A dozen members of the Student Labor Action Movement assembled outside Massachusetts Hall on Friday afternoon to deliver a letter to University President Drew G. Faust, imploring Harvard to cut ties with Teach For America if it does not make several key changes to its program by Oct. 8. The effort is part of a larger national movement started by United Students Against Sweatshops that criticizes Teach For America, a nation-wide program that recruits college graduates to teach in low-income communities for at least two years, for undermining the quali... more »

ROC National Day: Ma calls for Hong Kong Democracy

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
In his 10/10 speech President Ma urges China to try democracy, first in Hong Kong, and the whole world reports on it (LA Times, The Guardian via AFP, IBTimes). Hong Kong's importance is at last putting Taiwan on the world stage, as an up-and-coming writer on Taiwan reminded me in chat today, to our mutual satisfaction. The Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council followed Ma in calling for democracy in Hong Kong... Protecting Hong Kong people's basic human rights such as freedom of assembly and speech and allowing Hong Kong democracy to blossom "will not only guarantee Hong Kong's stabili... more »

Ebola Updates ( Weekend Report - October 11 - 12 , 2014 ) Current items of note , views on subject

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links ..... H/T Naked Capital Ebola Before Discharge, Dallas Victim Had Fever of 103 Degrees New York Times New York City’s JFK airport begins enhanced Ebola screening program Reuters The fight to save the last Ebola-free district in Sierra Leone Washington Post (furzy mouse) Why Africa Can’t Handle Ebola: the Destruction of the 3rd World Ian Welsh Tweets - 10/11/14 .... *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 10h10 hours ago An Ebola Outbreak Would Be Advantageous For Globalists http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-1 0/ebola-outbreak-would-be-advantageous-globalists … *zerohedge* @z... more »

Pilots, Doctors and Scientists Tell the Truth about Chemtrails Video

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Published on October 1, 2014* Experts present revealing evidence of the dangerous effects of Geo-Engineering Chemtrails has had on nature and human health. Scientists, doctors, pilots, meteorologists and more share their concerns with the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in a Hearing on Chemtrails and Geoengineering from July 15, 2014 Please send this video to your local politicians and anyone you feel can make a difference. Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4WhY... Watch the full 3 hour hearing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugXhF... *Source: h... more »

Data Surveillance K-D (Kindergarten-Death)

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
From Save Our Schools New Jersey (my bolds): If you are concerned about data privacy - both your own and that of your children - please read this legislation, which the full NJ Assembly is voting on Thursday. It would create a longitudinal (Pre-K through post college employment) data tracking system on each student who enters New Jersey public schools or pre-schools, attends a NJ university or works in NJ. The data would be identifiable to that individual and would include: Individual level enrollment, demographic, and program participation data; performance on each State assessmen... more »

Quiz: Can you tell Sky News from BBC News?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Here's a delightful quiz to brighten up this October morning. Can you tell your 'biased BBC' from your 'biased *Guardian*'? Below are the news headlines from five UK media organisations at 11.00 am on Saturday 11 October 2014. From their running orders can you work out which media organisation it is? There's one each from (in alphabetical order) BBC News, the *Guardian*, ITV News, Sky News and the *Telegraph*. Which is which? [Answers in the comments field below.] *Mystery media outlet 1* 1. Ebola exercise to test Britain's readiness 2. UN warning as deaths from Ebola pass 4,000... more »

ZEROHEDGE: Last Time It Was This Crazy, the Stock Market Crashed

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-09/last-time-it-was-crazy-stock-market-crashed Last Time It Was This Crazy, the Stock Market Crashed Submitted by testosteronepit on 10/09/2014 23:16 -0400 Wolf Richter www.wolfstreet.com www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter It’s anecdotal evidence, but it’s everywhere in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. A neighbor was cooling her heels by the curb, suitcase next to her. She’s going to Europe on a “vacation-thing,” organized and paid for by her company, she told me. A team-building perk. She’s a coder at a startup, her first job out of colle... more »

Looking for guided cycling on the east coast?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*A Taichung road.* My friend the awesome Cheryl Robbins writes: This Website contains detailed information about two-day cycling tour itineraries along the east coast of Taiwan in October and November. They include stops and overnight stays in indigenous Amis communities. Great natural scenery, culture, hospitality, cycling...For those requiring an English-language tour guide an extra benefit is that it will be me! Who could ask for more? www.u-design.url.tw/2014bike/index02.html?refresh=1 _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and it... more »

Yeah but no

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
“The Palestinians accuse the Israelis of genocide” Yeah, but “Israel sees its armed forces as the most moral in the world” and “Israel calls Hamas ‘terrorists’ whose every operation is a war crime” Mmm, but “Hamas sees its resistance to occupation as legitimate.” Yeah. That’s one way of establishing false moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel. “*The Palestinians accuse the Israelis of genocide*” .........and, purportedly, on the other hand: “*Israel sees its armed forces as the most moral in the world. Israel calls Hamas terrorists whose every operation is a war crime.*” ........ more »

Lyse Doucet on compassion

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
There was an interesting interview on this week's *Newswatch *with the BBC's Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet - so interesting that I'll transcribe it for you. She discussed the dangers faced by journalists in the light of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (S-PIS?). I'd never thought of them having 'sleeper cells' before. Though Israel and Gaza may be almost entirely safe for BBC reporters, places like Syria or Iraq (or Yemen or Pakistan, etc, etc) are far from safe, and getting ever less safe. I would not want to be a BBC reporter in such places for anything in the ... more »

From: Callum McPetrie

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 19 hours ago
Hiya http://fushengde.net/spent.php?higher=ndbfy3659nfnyu callummcpetrie@yahoo.co.nz Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Rare Good News

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 19 hours ago
*Hawk takes Drone down from Skies*

Transcending the 7th Chakra

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 19 hours ago
What lies beyond the 7th Chakra is a great mystery many have tried to understand... The post Transcending the 7th Chakra appeared first on Waking Times.

1st Airbus A400M for Germany leaves the paintshop

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Luftwaffe A-400M]The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has now been painted in its new colours at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. The dark, matte tone reduces the visibility of aircraft at altitude, as well as being radar-absorbent to make it harder to detect by radar. The craftsmen in Seville used around 500kg of paint – enough to paint about 100 family cars. Read more

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces get 5 intercontinental ballistic missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RS-24 Yars ICBM]Russian rocket divisions received in the third quarter of the current year five ballistic missiles of the Yars road mobile complex, head of the Defense Ministry’s department of military representations Oleg Stepanov told Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday. Besides, the Strategic Missile Forces have received six alerting vehicles and 12 training units. Russia has intensified retraining of officers of Strategic Missile Troops to mobile ground-based Yars missile systems. Source

Greece poised to sell some of its F-16 fighters to Bulgaria

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HAF Block-52 F-16]Greece is in talks with the US and Bulgaria about selling some of its old F-16 fighter jets to Sofia and leasing new ones from Washington, Kathimerini understands, Greek eKathimerini writes. NATO asked Bulgaria in February to update its air force’s capability and the country’s defense officials have approached Athens about the possibility of buying between six and eight Fighting Falcon planes, sources said. The issue was first discussed when the country’s two defense ministers met in March. Read more

Defense department report questions amount spent on F-22 spare parts

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-22 Raptor]The Air Force could not determine if it paid jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney “fair and reasonable” prices for spare parts for engines that power the stealthy F-22 Raptor, a Department of Defense Inspector General’s report has concluded. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, based at Wright-Patterson, also could not determine how much it paid for individual spare parts under a $1.6 billion sustainment contract on the F119 engine on the fifth-generation, supersonic fighter jet, the report said. The Feb. 10 report, released last month to the Dayton Daily News... more »

The best discipline

The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 19 hours ago
Oh. I write every day. (Not this blog. My economics blog. Every day, four a.m.) When I write, I'm fussy. After I get the idea down on paper I start at the top and read and fix things and take a break and read and fix things and take the dogs out and read and fix things. I start reading at the top, stop when I have to fix something, fix it, and start reading from the top again. You have to read from the top, I think, to get the "flow" right. Also, sometimes the tense is wrong or the plurals are wrong or there is some other mistake, and you don't catch it if you start reading from th... more »

Neoliberal Voyeuristic Entertainment, 2014

Fred Drumlevitch at Fred Drumlevitch - 19 hours ago
article with video: *http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/magazine/fine-dining-for-second-graders.html* video: *http://nyti.ms/1stkqAN* I won't begrudge these kids this visit to a fancy restaurant. It may well be highly memorable for them, and as an indirect result, one (or more) of them may grow up to become a great chef — or more fittingly, an activist pursuing things that really matter, such as social and economic justice, that have gotten short shrift in recent years at the hands of both major political parties. Some may see this visit as "charming" — and indeed, in the most lite... more »

Secretive X-37B space plane will use shuttle hangars

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: X-37B]NASA today confirmed long-known plans for a secretive military space plane program to take over the use of two former shuttle hangars at Kennedy Space Center. The Air Force's X-37B program will occupy Orbiter Processing Facilities 1 and 2, which are connected to each other, near the Vehicle Assembly Building. The partnership "ensures the facilities will again be used for their originally-intended purpose — processing spacecraft," NASA said in a press release. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Read more

Finmeccanica's Alenia defends record of aircraft in U.S. probe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: C-27 Spartan]Alenia Aermacchi, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, on Friday defended the record of its G222 cargo plane, known as C-27A in the U.S. military, despite fresh controversy about a $486 million U.S. program to use the plane in Afghanistan. "Alenia Aermacchi is proud of its work on the G222," the company said in a statement. "In spite of many challenges, including an aggressive schedule, the G222 was on budget and even exceeded at that time the U.S. Air Force requirements." Alenia said it was disappointed when the U.S. Air Force decided in March 2013 to scrap the... more »

First Steel cut on £348M Royal Navy Warship Contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Steel was cut today for the first of three new Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) at a ceremony in Glasgow attended by the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Chief of Defence Materiel. The vessels, which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in a contract that has protected more than 800 Scottish jobs. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This multi-million-pound contract will benefit the dedicated workers of the Clyde, their fam... more »

Australia receives first Canberra-class LHD

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Canberra-class LHD]The Australian government has accepted the first of its two Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) from BAE Systems, the vessel's prime contractor said in a statement on 8 October. The ship will remain at BAE Systems' Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne before its commissioning at Sydney later in 2014, the statement added. It is due for delivery to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 28 November. Canberra , which is based on Navantia's Juan Carlos I aircraft carrier design, completed its final contractor sea trials in late August. Read more

France-Russia warship deal in choppy waters amid sanctions against Putin

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]At the shipyard in Saint Nazaire the superstructure sticks out like a sore thumb, a great tower surrounded by cranes and lifting devices that signal to the town that the helicopter carrier is moored here, in the oily waters of the naval dockyard. Peering through the barbed wire, you can pick out its name, Vladivostok, in Cyrillic script on its hull. A Russian Orthodox priest came to baptise this 200-metre monster. Further along, in a dry dock, its younger sister, Sebastopol, has also been promised to the Kremlin. Two “grey” ships, as they call naval vessels... more »

Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS America]The U.S. Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America, Oct. 11 during a ceremony at 1 p.m. EDT in San Francisco, according to a Defense Department news release issued today. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address, the release said. Mrs. Lynne Pace, wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Mrs. Pace will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life.” “This ship, forged in... more »

Stephen Harper intervenes in purchase of new missiles: Source

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Sea Sparrow missile]Prime Minister Stephen Harper settled a dispute between Treasury Board and the Defence Department to approve an $800-million, sole-source purchase of next-generation Sea Sparrow missiles for the Royal Canadian Navy’s aging frigates, sources familiar with the situation say. The decision was taken early this week following a written request earlier this month by three ministers — Industry Minister James Moore, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Works Minister Diane Finley — that won out over the objections of Treasury Board president Tony Clement, so... more »

Agreement between Fincantieri and Finmeccanica for naval vessels

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The announcement on the occasion of the launching ceremony of the “Pietro Venuti” submarine. Today, in the presence of Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) hosted the launching ceremony for the “Pietro Venuti” submarine, the third unit of the four U212A “Todaro” class twin units ordered to Fincantieri by the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM for the Italian Navy. Among others, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, attended the ceremony. He was welcomed to the shipyard on behalf of Fincantieri b... more »

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Names Virginia-Class Submarine USS Oregon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 793, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Oregon. During a ceremony held at the Battleship Oregon Memorial in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Mabus announced the submarine will be named to honor the long-standing history its namesake state has had with the Navy. Mabus also recognized USS Portland (LPD 27) which he named last year in honor of Oregon’s largest city. “Sailors and Marines, like the citizens of Oregon throughout history, are pioneers. The... more »

Submarine and shipbuilding summit planned for Adelaide

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Martin Hamilton-Smith]A summit on ship and submarine building in Australia will call on the local defence industry to help the South Australian Government strengthen its case for the Navy's next submarine fleet to be built in Adelaide. The State Government hopes to bring together a range of experts involved in the naval ship building field to help form the its submission to a national defence industry white paper. In recent months, the Federal Government backed away from a promise to build submarines in Adelaide with fears it was close to signing a deal to buy the Japanese ... more »

Al Jazeera's Pro-ISIL Propaganda And Media War Against The Kurds In Kobane, Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
Interesting, @ABC reporting #ISIS almost pushed out of #Kobane while @AlJazeera says they have gotten deeper into the city. #Syria — Military Studies (@ArmedResearch) October 11, 2014 Let's be clear about what Al Jazeera is and what it is not. It is not a news organization. Let's just get that out of the way. And we don't have to look at its recent coverage of the events in Syria and ISIL's onslaught against Kobane to figure that out. We can look at its track record since the so-called Arab Spring began. There is a reason the Egyptian government has arrested Al Jazeera journalist... more »

Report: Global Unrest Has Increased By 20% In The Past Quarter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *These Are The Countries That Have Destabilized The Most Over The Past 3 Months -- Jeremy Bender, Business Insider* Leading global risk analytics firm Maplecroft has released its latest quarterly Civil Unrest Index. The index tracked changes in social or political unrest that could disrupt business operations across 197 countries. Maplecroft found that globally, civil unrest has risen in 20% of countries worldwide from the third to fourth quarter of this year. This rising unrest has taken the form of mass demonstrations, ethnic or religious violence,... more »

U.S. Air Force Pilots Are Becoming Frustrated In Their Air Campaign Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/U.S. Air Force/Reuters *Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast* *Obama’s no-boots-on-the-ground pledge is keeping America from fighting an effective air campaign in Iraq and Syria.* Within the U.S. Air Force, there’s mounting frustration that the air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is moving far more slowly than expected. Instead of a fast-moving operation with hundreds of sorties flown in a single day—the kind favored by many in the air service—American warplanes are hitting small numbers of targets... more »

Hong Kong's "Occupy Central" Fooling No One

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
China's People's Daily says "Occupy Central" is a US-backed color revolution ... because *it is* a US-backed color revolution. *Image: Martin Lee was previously in Washington D.C. before an audienceat a talk organized by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED).He is now a prominent co-organizer of street demonstrations he plotted withhis counterparts in Washington earlier this year. **October 11, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - China's People's Daily in an article titled, "Why is the US so keen on ‘Color Revolutions’?," states what has become abundantly obvious over the pa... more »

Urban Gadabout: Last call for Open House New York Weekend (October 11-12)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 Erased Its Flawed VAM Report… But I Did Not.

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day 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 day ago
*UPDATE: October 11, 2014*. No sooner than I posted my ebola postulation below than the Internet virtually exploded with articles like this. It* reminds me of the theory of the 100 monkeys. Everyone knows. **....when the virus reaches “critical mass” we will see a media blitz like we have never seen before in this country. Most of the sheep will be frightened into turning to the government for help. They will willingly comply with the new vaccine requirements.* *The rest of us, who are presumably awake, will be forced to take the vaccine, or we will eventually be isolated where ... more »

Ebola Is Not A 'Joking Manner'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Newburgh, Indiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

TURN Agenda Supporter, Greg Anrig, on NPE Panel

Jim Horn at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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