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Thomas Paine

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

17 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

10:40pm MDST

A Look At How The Islamic State Changed From A Guerilla Army To A Major Player In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 minutes ago
Justin Bronk: ISIS is a guerrilla army that has captured large stocks of modern weaponry. *From Guerrillas To Conquerors: How ISIS Has Changed -- Justin Bronk, CNN* (CNN) -- It is a question that the global community is seeking to understand as the crisis in Iraq and Syria deepens. How can such a numerically small force as ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, has taken control of vast swathes of Syria and Iraq, and how can it hold the ground taken while simultaneously conducting multiple offensive actions in both countries? The most recent CIA estimate in September 2014 put... more »

The theological "gradualism" being talked about in the Vatican has nothing to do with (shudder) "political" change -- ha-ha!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 31 minutes ago
*"The Company Way"*: *"Whoever the company fires, I will still be here."* *by Ken* Let's say you're in charge of a big old church and you love the ancient dear but you've got the feeling that in some ways it's kind of stuck in, you know, the Dark Ages. Now you have a shot at doing something about it, and not that large a window. You have to know that one of your problems -- heck, probably your *biggest* problem -- is your large cohort of faithful insiders, for whom "the company way" is working just fine, thank you. After all, they're faithful insiders. Okay, so maybe I'm not speak... more »

Determining the Purpose of the Mysterious Nazca Lines

Waking Times at Waking Times - 36 minutes ago
*Video -* The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in southern Peru. Scholars of all types have struggled with determining the purpose of the lines. The post Determining the Purpose of the Mysterious Nazca Lines appeared first on Waking Times.

"How It Really Is"

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

Turning Off The Lights In Islamic State Controlled Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Elizabeth Palmer, Iraq, Power Grid. CBS *Iraq Is Cutting Off Electricity From Regions Held By ISIS -- Kevin Drum, Mother Jones* Here's a fascinating little factlet: Areas of northern Iraq controlled by ISIS have suffered "massive reductions" in electricity use. A small part of this is probably due to reduced demand thanks to the economic damage ISIS has wreaked. But Andrew Shaver says that's not the primary explanation: The observed reductions have resulted from changes in supply. Fighting between Iraqi military and Islamic State forces has resulted in some downed transmission lin... more »

Watch Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avontuur 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avontuur (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.2 Release : 09 Apr 2014 Duration : 70 min Genre : Animation, Family Director : Gioia Smid Writer : Mies Bouhuys (original characters), Tingue Dongelmans (screenplay), Fiona van Heemstra (screenplay) Cast : Georgina Verbaan, Tjitske Reidinga, Peter Paul Muller, Plien van Bennekom Synopsis Pim & Pom: Het Grote AvontuurThe friendship between the impulsive and adventurous Pim and the more cautious Pom is put to the test when they are faced with trying to find their way home. Description Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avon... more »

Watch White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 7.1 Release : 25 Sep 2014 Duration : 91 min Genre : Drama, Thriller Director : Gregg Araki Writer : Gregg Araki (screenplay), Laura Kasischke (based on the novel by) Cast : Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Thomas Jane Synopsis White Bird in a BlizzardKat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the lo... more »

Watch As Above Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*As Above (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 6.2 Release : 29 Aug 2014 Duration : 93 min Genre : Horror, Thriller Director : John Erick Dowdle Writer : Drew Dowdle (screenplay), John Erick Dowdle (screenplay) Cast : Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil Synopsis As AboveMiles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reac... more »

Watch Noble Fir 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*Noble Fir (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 8.0 Release : 08 Mar 2014 Duration : 95 min Genre : Drama Director : Joseph Arney, Christopher W. Graham Writer : Joseph Arney, Christopher W. Graham Cast : Richard E. Wilson, Mandy Rose Nichols, Desiree Aceves, Samuel Pearson Synopsis Noble FirNearing the end of harvesting season, Christmas-tree farmer Henry Dean fights to control his growing anger over an unnamed tragedy. Description Noble FirNoble fir trees (Abies procera) are evergreen conifers that growers commonly plant on Christmas tree farms. When allowed to grow to full ... more »

Watch Kite Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*Kite (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 4.5 Release : 28 Aug 2014 Duration : 90 min Genre : Action, Drama Director : Ralph Ziman Writer : Yasuomi Umetsu (based on the film by), Brian Cox (screenplay) Cast : Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes Synopsis KiteNever Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley,'The Secret Life of the American Teenager,' Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. Whe... more »

Watch The System Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*The System (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.2 Release : 30 May 2014 Duration : N/A Genre : Action, Drama Director : Shahzad Ghufoor Writer : Wajid Zubairi Cast : Kashaf Ali, Nadeem Baig, Ejaz Hussain Bugti, Shafqat Cheema Synopsis The SystemThe story is about a lower middle class boy Haider Ali who is the son of a Pesh Imam. He is in love with his neighborhood girl Sara. Haider's uncle is a normal government officer who do not consider taking bribe as a sin. Haider gets hooked by the local SHO in a mob firing case. Ultimately after getting away with this case Haider's l... more »

"Trend Analyst on Stocks: “If The Dow Drops Below 15,000… I Would Suggest People Start Buying Food & Ammo”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Trend Analyst on Stocks: “If The Dow Drops Below 15,000…* * I Would Suggest People Start Buying Food & Ammo”* by Mac Slavo “Stock markets across the world are starting to crack. Last night Europe was heavily in the red with drops in excess of 3% in some market exchanges. And, as soon as the bell rang this morning on the East Coast, U.S. stocks continued the global decline. Though the Federal Reserve released a report today indicating that the U.S. economy was on pace to grow moderately, investors were having none of it. After topping 17,000 for all time highs just a few weeks ago,... more »

A Look At The Groups Fighting In Iraq And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*A Guide To The Many Groups Fighting In Iraq And Syria -- NYMag* Many of us, when we hear the term civil war, tend to picture a two-sided affair: the rebels and loyalists. Through most of history — whether in Rome under Julius Caesar, the U.S. in the 19th century, or Cuba in the '50s — that's how these things have played out. But Syria has a far messier, more confusing conflict. Depending how you count them, there are a dozen or more players, and among them an ever-shifting pattern of alliances and hostilities. Martha Crenshaw, a senior fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institut... more »

Studholm Lodge No. 1591 : Churchill, Titanic, World War I and the House That Jack Built

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
*John Charles Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey* *"The Studholme Lodge* takes pride in having had no less that 17 Provincial Grand Masters elected from its members. Other prominent Brethren have included *HRH the Duke of Clarence*, the first honorary and later full member, the *Earl of Yarborough, Lord Edward Stanley (later the 7th Earl of Derby)* private secretary to Lord Roberts, Sir George Cave, 1st Viscount Cave, later to become Home Secretary, Admiral Sir Reginald Hall, Lord Hugh Cecil, younger son of the Prime Minister, *Lord Salisbury* and many more. *These were Winston Churchi... more »


Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
http://www.sifma.org/services/bcp/fema-pandemic-exercise-series/ FEMA Pandemic Exercise Series *PANDEMIC ACCORD: 2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy * Overview The Federal Executive Boards in New York City and Northern New Jersey in partnership with FEMA Region II, The Department of Health and Human Services Region II, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Clearing House Association are sponsoring a two year series of pandemic influenza continuity exercises - tabletop exercise 2013 (comple... more »

I suppose this was spam, but I fell for it, so this is the best post you're going to get in this time slot

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Okay, you're smarter than I am. I bought it.* *by Ken* I don't usually fall for spam scams, which I guess this was. I sat down at the computer with something like 50-55 minutes left to bang out a post, probably from two subjects I had vaguely mapped out. I did a little further tinkering with one of them, but decided to check my e-mail to see whether maybe God had e-mailed me something that with just a little dusting and polishing could be turned into a post. I didn't see that, but I did see what looked like an Amazon offer of a 90% discount offer, if you just clicked through and ... more »

The Islamic State War In Iraq -- News Updates October 17, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*On Outskirts Of Baghdad, Islamic State’s Advances Raise Tensions -- Washington Post* ABU GHRAIB, IRAQ — About 14 miles from Baghdad International Airport, a mortar shell landed with a thud. A second followed, closer, and then a third struck across the Iraqi army’s lines, as the Islamic State militants zeroed in on their target. The volley of mortar fire outside the Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib this week was not unusual in itself; Islamic State fighters and the Iraqi army have regularly exchanged fire in this area for months. But now, officials worry that gains by the extremist g... more »

Russian Talk Show

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 4 hours ago
*Russian Crest* Watch this Russian Talk show...from a link copied from The Vinyard of the Saker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGuuorNhzWw#t=60 [I'm sorry, YouTube won't allow me to upload these videos directly onto my blog, for some reason.] ....to find out how Russians view the west...following Obama's recent horrific speech to the UN. As stated during the talk show, Russians regard Obama's remarks about their country--in a list that also included ebola and ISIS--as an "official declaration of war". Interesting glimpse into the Russians viewpoint. They are right about most... more »

Tonights Movie Is 'The Bunker' (1981)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago

To The Displeasure of USrahell, Turkey, Saudi Arabia And Qatar, The Kurds of Kobani Will Not Bend Their Knees To The Barbarians of ISIL

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Al Jazeera office occupied in Ankara 4 claiming Kobane about to fall 4 over 1 month. Sign reads 'Kobane will win.' pic.twitter.com/BCVdH7hYKL” — The Rojava Report (@TheRojavaReport) October 17, 2014 According to the Pentagon and Al Jazeera, Kobani fell a month ago. But it's a good thing the Kurdish fighters in Kobani don't listen to what the Pentagon or Al Jazeera have to say about the fate of their town. Kobani has survived the economic and arms siege imposed on it by both Turkey and the KRG in Iraq, while at the same time successfully resisting ISIL's repeated assaults. This is a... more »

We Are Screwed: Obama Chooses Democratic Party Hack as Ebola Czar

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
Today President Barack Obama began to mitigate the damage that the arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States has done to his already dismal reputation. With the mid-term elections now only eighteen days away and the Democrats hemorrhaging worse than Thomas Eric Duncan, Barry stepped to the plate and is ready to name the nation’s first Ebola Czar. Meet Ron Klain, a Democrat party hack who formerly served as a chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden. Mr. Klain has no medical background but can be counted upon to be a reliable water carrier for the party which is what really ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 17, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Pacific Rim *Seven Bad Endings To The New War In The Middle East -- Peter Van Buren, Real Clear World* You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster -- a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car -- and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?” Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots t... more »

Ten Buck Friday: Week 7...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
*let's help out Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner.* Real Clear Politics has Gardner up 3.0 and rates the race as a toss up. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Cory Gardner? I know that I can blow twice that amount with one trip to the Dollar Store. Skip one shopping trip and help get rid of Dingy Harry. *Please...* *You can contribute to Cory Gardner here. * *Only 18 days until election day. * (Mark your contribution as "Ten Buck Friday" so they'll know the conservative blogosphere is behind them.) *Other races to watch and donate to:* Contribute to *Tom ... more »

World News Briefs -- October 17, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to 2 Vice Presidents, Is Named to Lead Ebola Response -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday named Ron Klain, a seasoned Democratic crisis-response operative and White House veteran, to manage the government’s response to the deadly virus as public anxiety grows over its possible spread. Mr. Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joseph R. Biden Jr., is known for his ability to handle high-stakes and fast-moving political challenges. He was the lead Democratic lawyer for Mr. Gore during the 2000 election recoun... more »

10 Things Blocking Agape~Love Quest~Day 5

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
Sometimes it seems as if there is no love around you. Serious faces, worried looks and anxious glances fill the heads of the people who walk through your life. Mostly, eyes avoid contact. In uncertain times, we tend to fall back, at least internally, to a specific state of comfort. If concern and focus on the problem (whatever it is) is where you spend the most time, that's where your natural zone is and where you'll head when under stress. What happens on our journey through “time” is that we arrive knowing every aspect, dimension and version of ourselves. There is no “veil” and... more »

Deasy Gone: Good Riddance

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
When you have go so low in the barrel as to pull up the scumbag, Steve Barr, to say something good about John Deasy, you know things could not get much worse for the oligarchs' agenda. And so another Broad alum meets a fitting end.

Ebola: "I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: * *Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola"* by Abby Norman "Ebola is brilliant. It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect. That's why we're all so terrified. We know we can't destroy it. All we can do is try to divert it, outrun it. I've worked in health care for a few years now. One of the first things I took advantage of was training to become FEMA-certified for hazmat ops in a hospital setting. My rationale for this was that, in my home state of Maine, natural disasters a... more »

Fifty years of Bullet Train

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Read it and weep. We cant do it because..... buses, planes, and cars would cry.

Peace Walk: Cars, Oil & Endless War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Walking along the road slows everything down. Today I noticed a bird at the top of a tree on the other side of the road singing as we passed by. We heard a big pack of dogs at a 'doggie daycare' howling as we went by - they were pleading to come along with us but the chain link fence prevented their act of solidarity. Four graceful and powerful horses moved in unison as they intently watched us pass them by. We were hosted for lunch by an organic farm family that gave us fresh tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, melons and a comfortable place to relax under a warm sunny sky. But the ... more »

Canada Con Revenue Agency - Birds&Bees vs GunsGunsGuns

Alison at Creekside - 7 hours ago
The Canada Con Revenue Agency is bothering birdwatchers now. The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists pictured at left (membership-300, annual revenues-$16,000) got a stern letter from the CRA just after they sent a letter to two federal cabinet ministers complaining about government-approved neonicotinoid insecticides that damage bee colonies. CBC : "The stern missive says the group must take appropriate action as necessary "including refraining from undertaking any partisan activities," with the ominous warning that "this letter does not preclude any future audits." The CRA has ... more »

This Is What We're Doing For Shenna Bellows' Race In Maine

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Election day is two weeks from next Tuesday. I’m sure you either know there’s a lot at stake or just don’t care. Blue America isn’t trying to save the Democratic Party. That isn’t our job and it isn’t possible anyway— not with them working against themselves the way they have this cycle. Instead we have focused on a small handful of races where we feel there’s a legitimate shot to replace a conservative with a progressive. One of those races is for the Maine senate seat that Susan Collins has occupied for 18 years. When Olympia Snowe was the senior senator in Maine she was mostly ... more »

A Look At The Number Of U.S. Airstrikes Against The Islamic State In Syria And In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) *U.S. Airstrikes In Syria Are Now Dwarfing Those In Iraq, Thanks To The Fight For One Town -- Washington Post* The Syrian border town of Kobane is still in danger of falling to the Islamic State, more than a week after the U.S. military began launching airstrikes on militants there regularly. Hundreds of fighters have been killed, the Pentagon’s press secretary said Wednesday, but even more are swarming the area. How frequently is the U.S. military dropping bombs around Kobane? This graphic, developed for Checkpoint, gets at the raw numbers of airstri... more »

The Battle For Kobani -- News Updates October 17, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*US Commander: Losing Kobani to IS 'Highly Possible' -- Voice of America* The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Kurdish forces have made "encouraging" progress against Islamic State militants trying to seize Kobani, but it is still "highly possible" the Syrian border city may fall into the group's hands. General Lloyd Austin told reporters at the Pentagon Friday that the Islamic State group appears to have made the decision to make seizing Kobani its main effort. Even as it assists the fight in Kobani, General Austin said the U.... more »

Russian navy to conduct rocket fire off Cyprus while Ankara sniffs for oil

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*h/t Marie @ The Significance of R* *And let me say Marie, this is a gem of news story*! The back story to this recent news, and it's a big one, has been previously covered here at the blog Add caption * Tensions are expected to soar when Russia carries out military exercises in the region as Turkey threatens to encroach in Cyprus waters to hunt for energy.* Ankara said survey vessel Barbaros will start explorations within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone from Monday. And at the same time Russia’s navy will be conducting a four-day rocket-firing exercise off the island’s northern co... more »

Mohawk Nation News '9/11 Radioactive Dump'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
9/11 RADIOACTIVE DUMP Posted on October 17, 2014 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Oct. 17, 2014. Many of our Haudenosaunee men proudly worked on the Twin Towers in New York City. We always wanted to know the truth on what really happened on September 11, 2001. Huge caverns of melted granite below Twin Tower foundations caused by thermo nuclear explosions

Video from the Peace Walk

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Video by Vietnam veteran Eric Herter from Brunswick. Day six of the walk from Rangeley to North Berwick. This day was from Lewiston to Gray.

The Islamic State Now Has Warplanes In Its Arsenal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Does ISIS Have An Airforce? Terrorist 'Fighter Pilots' Are Being Trained On Captured MiGs By Saddam Hussein's Ex-Air Force Officers -- Daily Mail* * Witnesses say ISIS are carrying out test flights at an airport near Aleppo * Understood to have captured three Soviet-made jets from Syrian Air Force * They are using former Iraqi Air Force officers to train prospective pilots * News comes as Al Qaeda looks to mend relations with the Islamic State * Statement emerged today calling for jihadists to set aside their difference ISIS fighters are being trained to fly three captured fighter ... more »

Watch Another Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 8 hours ago
*Another (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 6.3 Release : 17 May 2014 Duration : 80 min Genre : Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi Director : Jason Bognacki Writer : Jason Bognacki Cast : David Landry, Maria Olsen, Lillian Pennypacker, Ana Paula Redding Synopsis AnotherA beautiful young woman is driven into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences when she learns she may be the devil's kin. Description AnotherDharma Trading Company has been a supplier of fiber arts supplies for more than 40 years. Request a FREE catalog with everything you need for home ... more »

Very Encouraging. 4 out of 5 High Schoolers on a Bus have seen 'Loose Change' and know the U.S. Government was behind 9/11

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 8 hours ago
I am sharing this story/information which is very encouraging to me. I believe people have to be willing to look at the truth in all matters to understand and be willing to give up their learned beliefs to understand the Truth of self. It begins with being willing to look at the truth of history and what this government has done. My daughter is a high school student. She rides a bus to and

Politics Ukraine Style

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
© ITAR-TASS/Maxim Nikitin *Whole Families Run For Seats In Ukraine’s Parliament, President Hands Down Precinct To Son -- ITAR-TASS* Though the parliamentary elections in Ukraine is scheduled for October 26, voters already know the names of many future deputies, who happen to be relatives of active-duty politicians KIEV, October 17. /TASS/. Early election of deputies to Ukraine’s national parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is still more than a week off but the voters already know the names of many future deputies, who happen to be relatives of active-duty politicians. These politici... more »

The Conflict Continues Between Ukraine And Its Eastern Regions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC* *Ukraine Peace Plan Blow As Rebels Reject Donetsk And Luhansk Autonomy Deal -- The Telegraph* *Announcement comes as Ukrainian forces say they have been shelled or otherwise attacked 50 times on Thursday * Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have rejected an offer of greater autonomy within the country, effectively torpedoing the 12-point peace plan signed by the warring sides last month. The announcement came as Ukrainian forces said they had been shelled or otherwise attacked 50 times on Thursday. Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, signed the law on "spe... more »

Remembering Mark Bell

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Some very sad news for dance fans I've only just picked up. Mark was an important influence on the wave of rave and electronica that conquered Britain in the early 90s. As such, and as one half of LFO there can be few better ways to remember him.

Supplemental: This is what “liberal” pandering looks like!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014Chris Hayes bombs Bill Maher:* Do liberals get pandered to on MSNBC? Sometimes, yes, they do. Consider Chris Hayes’ handling of the epic debate between Bill Maher and Ben Affleck. Affleck appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday evening, October 3. Three nights later, Hayes devoted a segment to the discussion. He teased the topic right at the start of his program: HAYES (10/6/14): Plus, the epic Ben Affleck/Bill Maher smack down. AFFLECK (videotape): *Because it’s gross! It’s racist.* HAYES: All In starts right now. Ben Affleck had called Maher a ...more »

Tuning into Passion and Ambition

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *We all have a little voice inside of our head that tries to hold us back. Sometimes you have to turn down that voice and find passion. The post Tuning into Passion and Ambition appeared first on Waking Times.

Spain: UFO Over a Woodland Area (1978)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 10 hours ago
*Spain: UFO Over a Woodland Area (1978)* *Researched by Joaquin Mateos and Antonio Moya* The mountainous area located between the communities of Aznalcollar - El Alamo - El Castillo de las Guardas, amid the Sierra Morena, corresponds to a vast woodland area that extends some 6000 hectares (14000 acres) belonging to the Provincial Deputation of Seville. The site is some 40 kilometers distant from this city, between 6 degrees longitude west and 37'40 degrees latitude west, approximately. The landscape there is beautiful and wild, filled with pine and eucalyptus trees, streams, hills... more »

A Natural Gas Deal Between Russia And Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) stands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) as Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stands on the back during a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit (ASEM) in Milan October 17, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Dal Zennaro) *Putin Says Gas Deal With Ukraine For Winter Months Only, Poroshenko Says No Deal At All -- RT* Kiev and Moscow have failed to resolve their gas supplies dispute, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said after meeting Russia’s leader. According to Putin, only an agreement fo... more »

Fred Upton Cancels The One Debate He Had Agreed To With Paul Clements-- And It Wasn't Even About A Fan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Fred Upton only agreed, reluctantly, to one debate— and only after Paul Clements started gaining tremendous traction in the southwest Michigan 6th congressional district. Upton, an heir to the Whirlpool fortune that once— but no longer— was the biggest employer in the area, doesn’t like being questioned or reminded of his record. Shipping all those Whirlpool jobs— i.e., Republican-backed “outsourcing”— doesn’t go over well with his constituents. Western Michigan along the 94 in towns from Three Oaks, New Buffalo, Sawyer up through Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, and over to the 196... more »

No Breakthrough In Milan Talks On Ukraine Crisis. Kremlin Said Talks Were "Full Of Misunderstandings And Disagreements."

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Fail To Reach Breakthrough -- Financial Times* Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, failed to reach a breakthrough to end the crisis in Ukraine, after a tense meeting brokered by EU leaders in Milan. Mr Putin and Mr Poroshenko discussed a number of thorny issues, from allowing drones to monitor the border between the two countries to the structure of local elections in the pro-Russian separatist region of eastern Ukraine. They pledged to enforce a truce agreed last month that has since been frequently breache... more »

Miley Cyrus demonstrating what camel-toe is - A Friday Night Rule 5 Post

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
From the 2013 MTV EMA Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam.

ISIS and the Jets? US central command has NO knowledge.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
This story is a steaming pile of stinkin' excrement! The story originates with a "monitor" * Islamic State flying three jets in Syria: monitor* *That means one individual initiated the claim. * With hope of getting the ball rolling. Ya know, that 'no fly zone' ball that has been being tossed around for some time now? *Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report* and U.S. Central Command said it was not aware of Islamic State flying jets in Syria. *U.S. MILITARY KEEPING "CLOSE EYE"* *"We're not aware of ISIL conducting any flight operations in Syria or elsewhere," U.S. Ce... more »

Monarchs and milkweed; understanding the plant, pollinator partnership

cowboss at WALLACE SPRINGS ECO CENTRE - 11 hours ago
Monarch butterfly populations have declined at an alarming rate. Researchers are citing a 90-percent drop over the past 20 years Monarch on milkweed via commons.wikimedia.orgThis year I set out to examine interactions between milkweed plants and the pollinators and caterpillars that depend on them for breeding and food. What I found is astounding and quite contradictory of a lot of the mainstream "for profit" message that is being conveyed. I add the caveat that my research was conducted in Ontario Canada and is possibly most relative to the Canadian Monarch crisis but I do believe ... more »

Mishal Husain gets gratuitous with Justine Greening

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Sue wondered what I made of Mishal Husain's interview with Justine Greening (re Ebola and West Africa) this morning? [after 8.10]. She found it "gratuitously aggressive". Listening to it, so do I. I agree entirely with her that it was an "out of order" interview - misjudged and needlessly adversarial. Mishal sounded as if she was interviewing-by-numbers. She also seemed woefully under-prepared and Miss Greening appeared to be patiently correcting her and filling her in about everything. The two surrounding interviews about Ebola [with the captain of RFA Argus, David Eagles, a... more »

U.S. Soldiers Being Sent To The Heart Of The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa Have Received Only 4 Hours Of Training

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training -- Tim Mak, Daily Beast* As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus. American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly. Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to arrive have been hol... more »

Pacific Climate Warriors Block World's Largest Coal Port in Canoes!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
. Climate Warriors celebrate after blocking coal ships! . . . By 350.org Censored News NEWCASTLE, Australia -- The Pacific Climate Warriors have been welcomed back to shore after a long day blockading the Newcastle Coal Port. Only four of the twelve ships, including two coal ships, scheduled to pass through the port have broken the blockade lead by a group of Pacific Climate

President Obama Names Ebola ‘Czar’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Obama to Name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar -- Wall Street Journal* *Klain Previously Served as Vice President Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff* President Barack Obama plans to name Ron Klain, a longtime Democratic aide, as the administration’s “Ebola czar,’’ an official said Friday. Mr. Klain will be charged with coordinating the administration’s response to the disease, including its efforts to detect, isolate and treat Ebola patients in the U.S. The administration also is taking steps, including a military deployment, to stop Ebola at its source i... more »

Spain: Five Children and a UFO (1979)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Spain: Five Children and a UFO (1979)* *Researched by Joaquín Mateos, Manuel Filpo, J. Ignacio Alonso and Antonio Moya* *The Witnesses:* The case involves five (5) children, four of them of school age, whose names and addresses are as follows: *Paquita Castillo Álvarez, 7, of GerenaAntonio Castillo Parra, 7 1/2, of GerenaJosé Jiménez Martínez, 7, of GerenaSoledad Valderas Gutierrez, 7, of Gerena* And one final witness, a four-year-old girl, whose name we do not have, but who was also playing with the rest of the group. All of these children attend the local school. *Location... more »

Nigerian TV: Government And Boko Haram Have Agreed To A Ceasefire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Boko Haram, Nigeria Government Agree To Cease-fire -- Voice of America* Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government have agreed to a cease-fire. Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff Alex Badeh issued an order Friday, telling all service chiefs "to comply with the cease-fire agreement between Nigeria and Boko Haram in all theaters of operations." The text went out after Danladi Ahmadu, who calls himself the secretary-general of Boko Haram, told VOA that a cease-fire agreement had been reached. *Read more* .... *Nigerian Government And Boko Haram Have Agreed To A Ce... more »

World News Briefs -- October 17, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Obama To Name Ron Klain To Serve As Ebola Czar -- CBS* President Obama will name former White House official Ron Klain to serve as a so-called "Ebola czar" to oversee the government's handling of the virus, CBS News confirms. Klain, who previously served as chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden and for Vice President Al Gore, will report directly to the president's homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and national security adviser Susan Rice, the White House said. He'll be responsible for ensuring that the American people are protected as Ebola patients are treated in this... more »

THE WAY WE ARGUE: The liberal world and the dogma rules!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014Part 5—Increasingly, we want our Maypo:* Just for the record, we aren’t big fans of Sam Harris’ anti-religionism. For ourselves, we don’t have any religious or cosmological views, aside from the view that we humans are *very* poorly equipped to answer cosmological questions. That said, we the humans have always been religious. It’s kind of silly to think that we the liberal intellectuals can find a way to stamp that out. As a political matter, the impulse toward that approach also seems counter-productive. What about Harris’ interest in the views of Mu... more »

Celestial Symphonies

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 12 hours ago
I hear the wind among the trees Playing the celestial symphonies; I see the branches downward bent, Like keys of some great instrument. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow THOU WERT A BAUBLE ONCE, A CUP AND BALL WHICH BABES MIGHT PLAY WITH; AND THE THIEVISH JAY, SEEKING HER FOOD, WITH EASE MIGHT HAVE PURLOINED THE AUBURN NUT... ~ William Cowper, *The Yardley oak*, 1791 click here for more images from Thomas Pakenham's book, *Meetings with Remarkable Trees* Three centuries he grows, and three he stays, Supreme in state, and in three more decays. ~ Dryden Three hundred year...more »

Friday Pussy - Humans are incompetant edition

Demeur at Demeur - 12 hours ago
Asian cat always knows to wash his paws after touching humans Having dealt with nasty things for the last 20 plus years I must put my two cents in on the Ebola situation. I've worked with everything from Asbestos to DDT and even Hanta virus so I know a thing or two about personnel protective equipment. What I've witnessed over the last few weeks has been utter incompetence. There's hastily set up medical "clinics" in western Africa. Good intention but far from what they need. At the beginning they didn't even have something as simple as a bottle of ble... more »

Criminal wiretap evidence can be produceable in civil matters

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
*Imperial Oilv. Jacques,* 2014 SCC 66: A party to a civil proceeding can request the disclosure of recordings of private communications intercepted by the state in the course of a criminal investigation

What have we here?

risa bear at A Way to Live - 12 hours ago
Leaden skies, scudding clouds, a bit of rain and wind. Well, they are welcome; that was the longest summer, I think, we've ever had here, and the water in the well was getting low. It's that time of the year, for us Northern Hemisphere inhabitants: inventory is on my mind. I'm going to prowl about in the kitchen, the pantry and the cold room to write down items and, for some, their current weight. This will help us with the upcoming Hummingbird order. Here is an inventory, with remarks, from a post here from four years ago: *February 2010 Stored Food Inventory* We've always bough... more »

30 Ways of Being That Will Fill You With Joy and Change Your Life for the Better

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Josh Richardson* - These 30 ways of being will inspire you to live with joy and fulfillment in these uncertain times, setting an example for others... The post 30 Ways of Being That Will Fill You With Joy and Change Your Life for the Better appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 17, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Advance of Islamist Terrorists Tests Obama’s Flat No on Ground Forces -- Bloomberg* President Barack Obama is facing the slippery-slope problem in Iraq and Syria that he’s sought to avoid, with some advisers concluding that limited airstrikes are insufficient to break Islamic State’s momentum. As airpower has failed to dislodge the extremists from the Syrian border town of Kobani or halt their offensive in Iraq, Obama’s appeals for strategic patience are being challenged by some U.S. military and intelligence officers and diplomats who say more needs to be done. *Read more* ...... more »

GAIAPORTAL: Variances in energetic inputs occur at this moment

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*Variances in energetic inputs occur at this moment* by ÉirePort Variances in energetic inputs occur at this moment. All Hue-Beings are affected as construance of markups is enabled for each. Flatterings fall away; Solidifications come shortly. Energies of confluence increase. "Force Fields" of Light are present within the totality of Gaia, at this moment. ÉirePort | October 17, 2014 at 09:14 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-sU

And the Lies Drone On

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
While President Obama ponders appointing appointed a Wall Street-connected political fixer Ebola Czar and considers imposing travel restrictions in a theatrical attempt to Keep Ebola Out, there will of course be no such travel restrictions on his bombs and drones. They will continue to fly with impunity, creating endless and widespread death, destruction and panic in places that the Ebolaphobes can't even identify on a map. And since the majority of Americans don't care about drone casualties, the Obama administration can both fly with impunity and lie with impunity. So what if a pl... more »

Turmeric – Natural Medicine to Regenerate Brain Cells, Fight Cancer and More

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - Turmeric and curcurmin are extremely powerful healing agents that can fight cancer, regenerate damaged and aging brain cells, and more... The post Turmeric – Natural Medicine to Regenerate Brain Cells, Fight Cancer and More appeared first on Waking Times.

Irresponsible Government

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://thechronicleherald.ca/ Brent Rathgeber's book, *The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada* is seminal. Frances Russell writes: Canada’s parliament is now a damp squib, a meek handmaid to power. Parliament is ruled by the prime minister and the cabinet , not the other way around. Conservative MPs see themselves as obedient servants of the party, cabinet and prime minister, not representatives of their constituents. You could call it “executive or presidential democracy.” It certainly is the polar opposite of parliamentary d...more »

If People Are Happy, Nobody Can Drag Them Into a War

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Video* - Philosopher and spiritual leader Osho talks common sense about the root causes of war, noting how people who are happy, joyous and in love have no reason to be interested in fighting with others. The post If People Are Happy, Nobody Can Drag Them Into a War appeared first on Waking Times.

Climate and Security Revisited

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
I made two presentations yesterday at Colorado College where I first talked about climate and security and then spoke about global climate governance. I’ll post about each issue in turn. With the Pentagon this week releasing its new strategy on climate change adaptation, this is a timely moment to revisit how far we have come with climate and security Continue reading

Where "decolonization" goes off the rails

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 14 hours ago
This case is appalling. The judge, misguided. The parent, equally so. A child's life likely hangs in the balance because of a deeply flawed application of cultural relativism and the reluctance to challenge popular postcolonial and anti-oppression discourses. The rationale goes a bit like this. European society created modern science and colonialism. Colonialism was bad because it suppressed

Russia To Boost Its Military Presence In Former Soviet States

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A Beriev A-50 early warning aircraft flies with fighter jets over Red Square and the Kremlin during a military parade in Moscow in 2010. Photograph: Vladimir Nikolsky/Reuters *Russia Strengthens Air Defenses With Bases in Belarus and Central Asia -- Moscow Times* As Moscow moves to bolster its military presence in ex-Soviet allied states, the head of the Russian air force announced that Russia will establish an airbase for fighter jets in eastern Belarus in 2016, state media outlets reported Wednesday. Colonel General Viktor Bondarev also said Moscow planned to expand its airbas... more »

Russian Defense Minister: U.S. Statements Hint On Plans For 'Action' On Russian Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov watch events to mark Victory Day in Sevastopol May 9, 2014. *Moscow Says U.S. Working On Military 'Scenarios' At Russia's Borders -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu accused the United States on Thursday of working on military "scenarios" near Russia's borders that he said were a source of grave concern. Interfax news agency quoted Shoigu as expressing surprise at a speech on Wednesday in which U.S. Defense Sec... more »

Tod Fletcher – An Appreciation

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 15 hours ago
By David R. Kimball October 17, 2014 Tod Fletcher In late 2002 or early 2003 I first read an article entitled “9/11 In Context: Plans and Counterplans,” and it was one of the most insightful I had come across up to that time. But who was the author of the article, the mysteriously named “Max Kolskegg”? It wasn’t until years later that I learned that “Max Kolskegg” was a pen name used by Tod Fletcher. It was with sadness that that I learned recently that Tod Fletcher and his wife Susan passed away a little over two weeks ago. (Please see articles linked below.) Tod’s article... more »

Gardasil: Reclaiming My Life In Denmark by Anika Hjorth

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
[image: Gardasil changed our lives]Hjorth Family Gardasil: Reclaiming my life By Anika Hjorth Denmark This is the sequel to *Gardasil changed my whole life.* I have been in treatment for six weeks now. The first three weeks I only got IV C-vitamin, starting at half dose (25.000 mg). Glutathione was also given IV in half dose to begin with (See protocol here). *September 11th – after 42 days of treatment – 11 IV C-vitamin and 3 IV glutathione* I have listed my symptoms before and after treatment. The treatment continues. - Extremely low blood pressure (down to 70/43). *Only a few ... more »

Glenn Close raised in a cult?! The Moral re-armament cult?In her own words...

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Glenn Close- Raised in a *Cult.* Celebrity news is not my norm, however, this caught my eye! Perhaps this cult upbringing explains why she has a male name? Glenn's father, a doctor? A CIA doctor? Entirely possible. In fact I would say, definitely! She claims she was able to "break free" from cult indoctrination at 22, but, doesn't say how she managed what must have been a difficult process. She just "calmly walked away" Doubtful. *The scoop-* She spent a major part of her childhood with the Moral Re-Armament, a religious group her father joined when she was 7 years old. She also said... more »

The Five New Non-Permanent UN Security Council Members Are Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand And Spain

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand And Spain Win Non-Permanent UN Security Council Seats -- DNA India* Turkey failed to secure a place on the council despite intensive lobbying amid the 193 member nations Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain won seats on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday for two years from January 1, 2015. The 193-member UN General Assembly elected Venezuela with 181 votes, Malaysia with 187 votes, Angola with 190 votes. All three countries campaigned unopposed for their seats after being chosen as the candidates for their resp... more »

Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Potent Electoral Issue-- For Those Who Use It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
PPP polled minimum wage as an issue in half a dozen battleground states with heavily-contested state-wide races, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana. Support for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 was strong across the board, ranging from 61% in Illinois to 53% in Wisconsin. Opposition was strongest in Wisconsin, but still weak at just 39%. One key finding should serve as a warning to conservative anti-minimum wage fanatics, like former Illinois gubernatorial front runner Bruce Rauner. The opposition of Republican candidates to increasing the mini... more »

Easy DIY Dollar Store Jumbo Googly Eyes

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
Few things are more fun than googly eyes. Go ahead, name three craft supplies that can make you smile more than googly eyes. ... Wait, that's probably not fair. Because ANY new craft supplies are worth smiling over. But anyway, googly eyes are just plain fun and if I've learned anything from my years of life, it's how to make a fun thing even funner: make it JUMBO! Really, my mantel has never had so much fun. The giant googly eyes might just have to stay up year-round because I'm not sure I can ever "blind" my awesome bookcase mantel and take away all the personality that these cu... more »

Plans For A Unified Iraqi National Guard Falters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Tribal fighters deploy on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Baqouba northeast of Baghdad earlier this month. Reuters *U.S.-Backed Plan For Iraqi National Guard Falters -- Wall Street Journal* *Lawmakers Say Rival Sects Can’t Agree on the Force* BAGHDAD—A U.S.-backed plan to bring Iraq’s fractured sectarian tribal forces fighting Islamic State under the supervision of the central government is in danger of being abandoned, lawmakers said. Momentum has swung against the proposal to create a national guard that would encompass local forces in Iraq’s provinces as rival political blocs... more »

Not making friends with Nigel

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Continuing to catch up, this week's *Panorama *on Nigel Farage seems to have caused the biggest hoohah among BBC watchers. From Twitter to *Biased BBC *(where you'd expect the reviews to be hostile) to *Digital Spy* (where you'd expect the reviews to be much less hostile), the overwhelming body of opinion is that Darragh MacIntyre's report was "anti-UKIP" and showed "left-wing bias" on the BBC's part. [The *Digital Spy* responses are especially interesting, given that a good proportion of those claiming "anti-UKIP" bias on the programme's part claim to be non-UKIP people themsel... more »

Report: Biden's Cokehead Son Was Kicked Out of the Navy

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
In the latest exhibit of the lack of values possessed by America's political elite the news has come out that Vice President Joe Biden's son was booted out of the U.S. Navy earlier this year for cocaine use. Hunter Biden was discharged back in February according to the Wall Street Journal. While Navy officials are unable to provide details due to privacy laws, "people familiar with the matter" according to the WSJ have confirmed it was for the Bolivian marching power. Interestingly, the son of Joe had only recently joined the Navy reserves and had to obtain a special waiver to do ... more »

NATO Expansion: Chicken or the Egg?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Rear Adm. John Kirby battled with Associated Press reporter Matt Lee at the State Department’s daily press briefing on Thursday. The Pentagon press secretary stated by positioning forces within several kilometers of the Ukrainian border, the Russian army was encroaching on NATO’s “doorstep.” Lee pressed the spokesman on this statement, seeking to clarify whether Ukraine is in fact a member of the Western military alliance, and whether NATO’s eastward expansion over the past 15 years is a factor in the escalating tensions.

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( October 17 , 2014 ) -- ISIS makes gains in Iraq while fought to a standstill at Kobane ( Syria ) .... Tweets of the day...

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Anti War .... Gen. Allen: ISIS Making Substantial Gains in IraqInsists Kobani Airstrikes 'For Humanitarian Purposes' by Jason Ditz, October 16, 2014 Print This | Share This Former Afghan War commander and President Obama’s point-man on the new ISIS War, retired General John Allen continued to offer assessments on the ongoing conflict, insisting today that it was too soon to say whether or not the US is winning the war. That said, Allen conceded that ISIS is continuing to make “substantial gains” on the ground in Iraq, and still has “tactical momentum” in several areas around western ... more »

“when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
“when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4) In case you were wondering why Islamists seem so keen on beheading kufr...

Iran and the Proxy War in Kurdistan

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
*October 17, 2014* (Eric Draitser - NEO) - In the midst of the war against ISIS (Islamic State) now taking place in both Iraq and Syria, a possible shifting of alliances that could fundamentally alter the balance of power in the region is taking place, and no one seems to have noticed. Specifically, the burgeoning relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq has the potential to remake the political landscape of the Middle East. Naturally, such a development is part of a broader geopolitical gambit by Iran, and it will ... more »

Angela's Crashes

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
So it *can* happen the other way. Whether you class this as 'counter-evidence' or merely 'the exception that proves the rule, the question on last night's *Question Time* which dealt with Lord Freud's comments about disabled people and the minimum wage produced a highly unexpected reaction from the audience - something that sounded like genuine outrage at a politician's shameless grandstanding (h/t Guido Fawkes). Like the rest of us, Labour's Angela Eagle was probably expecting the usual kind of *QT* audience - one apparently packed with noisy left-wing activists and students. She... more »

India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear Capable Cruise Missile Nirbhay

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
India today successfully test-fired its potent nuclear-capable cruise missile 'Nirbhay', a state-of-the-art missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The test was conducted from the Integrated Missile Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha, days after Cyclone Hudhud hit the state's coastal region. (10 must-know facts about Nirbhay) Nirbhay (which means fearless) is very manoeuvrable and can fly at tree-top level, making it difficult to detect on radar, and strikes targets more than 700 km away carrying nuclear warheads, giving India the capability to ... more »

Lorentz violation: zero or 10 million times smaller than previously thought

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
One of the research paradigms that I consider *insanely* overrated is the idea that the fundamental theory of Nature may break the Lorentz symmetry – the symmetry underlying the special theory of relativity – and that the theorist may pretty much ignore the requirement that the symmetry should be preserved. The Super-Kamiokande collaboration has published a new test of the Lorentz violation that used over a decade of observations of atmospheric neutrinos: Test of Lorentz Invariance with Atmospheric Neutrinos The Lorentz-violating terms whose existence they were trying to discover a... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up, October 17, 2014”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up, October 17, 2014”* by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “I know you have been hearing all about Ebola, and it looks like things are getting worse, not better. Look at this headline from USA Today “10,000 Cases of Ebola per Week.” That’s what the World Health Organization says we could be getting in West Africa in a few months. So, why are there no flight restrictions out of West Africa? Do the dimwits at the CDC not understand the concept of quarantine? This is the number one protocol of infectious disease, and many doctors and politicians are saying the same thi... more »

Annapurna circuit trekking route: Western companies should build better GSM coverage

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
One week ago, Cyclone Hudhud landed in Eastern India and it brought some bad weather to the Himalaya Mountains, too. October is very popular with the courageous visitors of Nepal. However, meteorologists must have failed to predict that such a cyclone is likely to bring lots and lots of snow to the highest mountains in the world. As you must have heard, unexpected avalanches killed at least 29 people yesterday even though 220 people have been saved. The casualties include 4 Canadians, 4 Nepali guides, 3 Nepali herders, 3 Indians, 3 Israeli, 3 Poles, 2 Slovaks, and some people with... more »

Russian Aviation Regiment Receives New Su-34 Fighter-Bombers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-34 Fullback]Russia's Southern Military District (SMD) aviation regiment has received six new Su-34 fighter-bombers, renewing the regiment's fleet by 75 percent, the SMD press service said Friday. "In accordance with the plan of re-equipping the troops of the SMD, a separate bomber aviation regiment, stationed in the Rostov region [town of Morozovsk], has received another batch of new fighter bombers Su-34 in the amount of six units. All aircraft have been accepted by the engineers of the Morozovsk aviation regiment, who checked the readiness of the aircraft for operation... more »

Sukhoi crash: Flight data recorder points to technical snag

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKI Flanker]The flight data recorder of Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 MKI that crashed into a field near Pune has been recovered and preliminary findings suggest a technical snag in the fly-by-wire system as the cause and not human error, say sources. The Sukhoi fighter plane crashed on a sugarcane farm about 200 metres from a human settlement in Kolawadi village near Theur in Pune district around 5.30 pm on Tuesday. There were no casualties. The pilot and the co-pilot, who were on a training sortie, ejected to safety at Ashtapur village two kilometres from the crash si... more »

US Navy awards Raytheon $49.5 million enhanced Laser Maverick production contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AGM-65 Maverick]The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $49.5 million contract for production of new laser-guided Maverick missiles (AGM-65E2/L). The Navy also intends to exercise a contract option to purchase additional units bringing the total contract value to $54.9 million. The Maverick weapon system, a U.S. Air Force (USAF)-led joint service program, is a forward firing, precision-guided, close air support missile. Maverick is effective against a wide variety of fixed, stationary, moving and maneuvering land and sea targets. "The Navy has an operational need for i... more »

The destructive low-cost precision of the Excalibur artillery shell

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
"Raytheon is testing a new laser-guided 155mm artillery shell which adds laser-designation to GPS guidance in order to provide more targeting options and better pinpoint targets on-the-move," reports DoD Buzz. It's called the Excalibur S. Unlike expensive missiles, which require sophisticated avionics and propulsion systems, this is a comparatively cheap artillery shell which, instead of following a parabolic course to hit its target, it can change course in mid-flight, effectively flying to its target that can be 25 miles (40 kilometers) away. The video below shows how the previo... more »

F-35A Fighter Jets to Be Poorly Armed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]Only about half of the Air Force's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, which cost a hefty W121 billion, will be fully armed due to lack of combat weapons (US$1=W1,062). Seoul decided to buy 40 F-35As at a total cost of W7.34 trillion last month and claimed that would allow the Air Force to "overwhelm" North Korea. But it has bought only half the weapons needed for the F-35As in a war, according to Air Force data submitted to Saenuri Party lawmaker Song Young-keun Wednesday. Read more

BAE Systems upgrades Typhoon to boost fighter jet's abilities to attack targets both in the air and on the ground

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Eurofighter Typhoon]Defence giant BAE Systems has upgraded a clutch of the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to boost the aircraft’s abilities to attack enemy targets both in the air and on the ground. The supersonic Typhoon was originally designed as a Cold War-era fighter to take on fleets of enemy aircraft, like a modern day equivalent of the Second World War’s iconic Spitfire. But modern operations in warzones like Afghanistan and Iraq have proved the need for the Eurofighter to perform as a bomber and engage ground targets as well – a role some defence analysts had... more »

Northrop Grumman flies second MQ-4C prototype

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-4C Triton]The US Navy has flown the second Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a maritime-focused derivative of the high-altitude, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk. The second aircraft enters the test campaign 17 months after first flight of the original prototype. The first aircraft in September completed a cross-country flight from Northrop’s UAS factory in San Diego to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The second aircraft will now be prepared to complete the same cross-country journey later this month. Read more

Whatever happened to Richard Black?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
I've heard very little news in recent days, but I did manage to hear a few minutes of *Today* on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. They were building towards an interview with former environment secretary Owen Paterson (which I didn't hear), based on a speech he'd just given/was about to give (I can't remember which), calling for a wholesale government re-think on global warming whilst bashing 'the Green Blob' (Greenpeace et al) for causing more harm than good. A brief foray onto Twitter shows that one BBC reporter's coverage of Mr Paterson's speech has won plaudits from some quarte... more »

Russia to Relaunch Soviet-era Nuclear Battlecruiser in 2018

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kirov-class battlecruiser]Russia's Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered battlecruiser, currently undergoing extensive renovation and rearmament, will hit the water in 2018 as Russia's most powerful warship, Northern Design Bureau chief Vladimir Spiridopulo was quoted by the state-run TASS news agency as saying on Thursday. The ship went into service in 1988, but has been mothballed at the Sevmash Shipyards in Severodvinsk since 1999. After years of delays, work on her restoration began in January of this year. "This will be a complete overhaul of the ship, [to make it] almost ne... more »

Navy Declares IOC For E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye]The U.S Navy has declared initial operational capability (IOC) with the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The first operational squadron to fly the new airborne early warning aircraft is Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-125 based at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. “The commodore declared IOC last week,” said Capt. John Lemmon, Naval Air Systems Command’s program manager for the E-2D effort on Thursday. Capt. Drew Basden, commodore of the Navy’s airborne command and control wing, indicate that he signed the aircraft into IOC on Oct. 9—but dat... more »

Taiwan considers permanent armed ships for disputed South China Sea island

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou]Taiwan is considering stationing armed vessels permanently on a disputed South China Sea island, officials said, a move bound to renew friction in a region claimed almost wholly by China, with Vietnam already dismissing such a plan as "illegal". The potentially energy-rich Spratly islands are one of the main flashpoints in the South China Sea, with claims also from Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei, and are closely watched by the United States after China placed a giant oil rig in nearby waters also claimed by Vietnam. Itu Aba, also known a... more »

USS La Jolla visits SD one last time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS La Jolla (SSN 701)]Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 (CSS-11) will welcome the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) in a welcoming ceremony at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21, at Naval Base Point Loma. La Jolla is scheduled for decommissioning later this year, and will subsequently be converted to a Moored Training Ship (MTS) that will be permanently moored at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, S.C. La Jolla's visit to San Diego will be her final visit to the city and her namesake township. Read more

India developing air-launched version of Nirbhay missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
DRDO is developing an air-launched version of the 1,500-km-range Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile which would be capable of being fired from the Air Force's frontline Su-30MKI combat aircraft. "This Nirbhay missile would be capable of being used from air, land and ships and submarines. An air-launched version of the missile is also being planned," DRDO chief Avinash Chander told PTI here. Source

2 ballistic missile defense-equipped ships moving to Yokosuka

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Milius]Two additional ships with ballistic missile defense capabilities will relocate to Yokosuka during the next three years, a move aimed at placing the Navy’s best ships in the Asia-Pacific region. The destroyers USS Benfold and USS Milius will leave San Diego and report to Yokosuka in the summers of 2015 and 2017, respectively. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in April that two more ships would homeport in Japan by 2017, though the specific ships hadn’t been announced until today. Read more

Tender Cancellations Bring International Helicopter Procurements To A Halt In India

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: DHRUV LUH]Indian helicopter procurements have come to a stop after the Defense Ministry reportedly cancelled another light utility helicopter (LUH) global tender intended for the Navy. The tender called for 56 naval helicopters that were expected to be inducted by 2016. According to reports, competitors Airbus Helicopters and AgustaWestland, have been informed of MoD’s decision to cancel the tender. In August, the Defense Acquisitions Council (DAC) headed by Defense Minister Arun Jaitley retracted a tender to procure 197 light choppers worth $1.5 billion for the army and air... more »

$300 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 21 hours ago
It is the week of giveaways over here! I love celebrating birthdays! This week Alli from Cupcake Diaries is turning 30. And to celebrate, I’m teaming up with her and some of my other blogger friends to give away a $300 Amazon gift card! [image: $300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway] I’m so excited about this giveaway!! Amazon is such a great way to do so much shopping. This gift card will be perfect for the holidays! Check out the amazing group of bloggers participating in this giveaway! I’m so excited to be collaborating with such a fun group of ladies. You will love their blogs! [image: A... more »

U.S. Marine Survives A Sniper Shot To The Helmet In Afghanistan (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Viral Video: Marine Survives Sniper Shot To The Helmet In Afghanistan -- Washington Post* The Marines are deep in southern Afghanistan when they peer out of a doorway. One of them asks if there is cover from gunfire outside. Seconds later, there is the crack of a single gunshot, and a sniper rifle round deflects off the top of one of their helmets. “Oh, s—!” the hit Marine says, as he and his fellow Marines scramble back inside the compound. The gritty video has gone viral this week, and appears to have been recorded on a camera mounted to one of the Marine’s helmets. It depicts... more »

Collapse In Global Oil Prices Is Raising Fears That Venezuela Will Default On It's International Debt Obligations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Venezuela Goes From Bad to Worse as Oil Prices Plummets -- Bloomberg* Since becoming Venezuela’s president 18 months ago, Nicolas Maduro has contended with chronic shortages of everything from toothpaste to medicine, the world’s fastest inflation and sinking foreign reserves. His predicament is about to get worse. Prices for Venezuela’s oil, which accounts for 95 percent of the nation’s exports, are tumbling to a four-year low and threatening to choke off the export dollars the country needs to pay its debts. “It’s a direct hit on tax revenues,” Lars Christensen, chief emerging-m... more »

Only a small minority...?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
Over and over again the general public of this country and others in the West are assured by our politicians and media that it is only a small minority of Muslims that are not peaceful followers of 'The Religion of Peace'. Many people believe this because they want to believe it. The trouble is that poll after poll shows this position to be untrue. I've blogged about this before, showing the Pew opinion polls that reveal what Palestinians really think about Israel and Jews, results that institutionally anti Israel news organisations such as the BBC never ever report. Brainwashing ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Spirit Moves”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
2002, “Spirit Moves” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmwGjLx5bOo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Is the night sky darkest in the direction opposite the Sun? No. In fact, a rarely discernable faint glow known as the gegenschein (German for "counter glow") can be seen 180 degrees around from the Sun in an extremely dark sky. The gegenschein is sunlight back-scattered off small interplanetary dust particles. These dust particles are millimeter sized splinters from asteroids and orbit in the ecliptic plane of the planets. *Click image for larger size.* Pictured above from 2008 October is one of the more spectacular pictures of the gegenschein yet taken. Here a deep exposure of an e... more »

“Blue Skies: The Sky Is Blue Even on a Cloudy Day”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Blue Skies: The Sky Is Blue Even on a Cloudy Day”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Darker days are just as much a part of life as are the days graced with sunshine. When we refer to a “beautiful day,” we are often describing a day that is sunny, clear, and without a cloud in sight to mar a sky that is a brilliantly perfect blue. We find ourselves bouncing along, light in spirit, free from worries, and enjoying the moment. That is, until the clouds begin to form. The sky may turn grey, and a fog may roll in. Puffs of white take on whimsical, darker shades, and our beautiful day dis... more »

The Purges Are Now Beginning In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Ukraine Purge: Communists, Cronies, And Crooks Face The Axe -- Fred Weir, CSM* *Ukraine is launching a review of officials to weed out former President Yanukovych's appointees, members of the Communist Party, and anyone living beyond their reported means. But critics say the move could hurt Ukraine more than help it.* Moscow — For the past few weeks angry crowds of Ukrainian activists have been literally trashing politicians suspected of corruption or pro-Russian sympathies – by throwing them into garbage-filled dumpsters, holding them down, and dousing them with water. Now tho...more »

The Middle East's Archaeological Treasures Are Now being Looted By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Location: The first scene in The Exorcist, filmed at Hatra, sees a priest (played by Max von Sydow, pictured) at an archaeology dig find an ancient talisman belonging to Mesopotamian demon Pazuzu *ISIS’s Looting Campaign -- David Kohn, New Yorker* For the past eighteen months, the University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Katharyn Hanson has been spending a lot of time analyzing satellite images from Iraq and Syria. As fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) overrun the region, they have been digging up many archaeological sites and looting whatever they find. “Yo... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“If you frequently give yourself permission to doodle, wander, and be totally unproductive, and you actually relish such interludes, I can guarantee that your genius, creativity, and productivity will increase exponentially. I've seen it happen a billion times. Operative words, were "frequently," "permission," and "relish"; does not work with "stingily," "regret," and "guilt." “Through the roof,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” www.tut.com

The Poet: Arlene Gay Levine, "The Road"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Road"* "Here is the road: the light comes and goes then returns again. Be gentle with your fellow travelers as they move through the world of stone and stars whirling with you yet every one alone. The road waits. Do not ask questions but when it invites you to dance at daybreak, say yes. Each step is the journey; a single note the song." ~ Arlene Gay Levine

Paulo Coelho, "Hagakure (Hidden by the Leaves)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Hagakure (Hidden by the Leaves)"* by Paulo Coelho "After serving as a samurai for many years, Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659- 1719) decided to share everything he had learned with one of his disciples, Tsuramoto Tashiro. The outcome of these conversations became the book called "Hagakure (Hidden by the Leaves)," which withstood the passage of time. Rereading his text, I realized that the great part of the teachings it holds could be applied to our daily lives. A samurai, as we know, was a warrior with a code of conduct (known as bushido), based on three important principles: (a) discipl... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, "Humility In The Face of Complexity"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Humility In The Face of Complexity"* by Chet Raymo "In the September, 2009 issue of "Harper's Magazine," contributing editor Mark Slouka has an essay titled "Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School." The title and subtitle say it all. Education in America today is all about preparing Americans to compete in the global marketplace, says Slouka, all about inflating the nation's GNP. Math and science are key to making our kids competitive. He quotes everyone from Bill Gates to Thomas Friedman on the need for job related skills. What is taught in the schools at any given t... more »

Has Ro Khanna’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Mike Honda Finally Flamed Out?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Khanna, a corporate Democrat eager to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to lower the tax rates for his wealthy supporters, sounds like a Republican. And Republicans and conservative pseudo-Democrats have financed his jihad against progressive icon Mike Honda in the Silicon Valley. Plenty of rich Silicon Valley tycoons with far too much money are behind Khanna’s relentless bid for office. Many of the companies, like Google and Facebook, who have helped the NSA and CIA with unconstitutional domestic spying against their customers, are Khanna’s biggest contributors. Google, in... more »

Would you conserve if you had solar power?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
[image: Would you conserve if you had solar power?]*The sun provides energy*Our new home will be solar powered. As a "greenie", I am "geared" towards conservation. We turn off lights, use little or no heating/cooling, etc. I spoke to someone who has solar power and they commented that they *don't* conserve energy. That got me thinking and is the basis of this survey: Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Watch Asylum Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Asylum (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 6.2 Release : 04 Apr 2014 Duration : 93 min Genre : Horror Director : Todor Chapkanov Writer : Chris Mancini (Comedy Screenplay), Chris Mancini (Horror Screenplay), Tex Wall (horror screenplay) Cast : Stephen Rea, Bruce Payne, Dimo Alexiev, Velizar Binev Synopsis AsylumAn eleven-person riot squad races to an insane asylum to quell a recent inmate outbreak and hostage situation. They arrive, only to be caught off guard by a sudden barrage of insane patients. When they've finally fought off a wave, two of their squad members are missing... more »

Oct. 16: Sometimes it's easier to talk about what's not in the Irving press...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
...than to talk about what is. For example... The Wall St. Journal for Oct. 14 says that the reason third world countries lack enough health workers is because Canada, the US and Europe encourage health workers in those countries to emigrate to them. The poor countries pay the bills to train them. Then we grab them, free. The result is that the poor countries can't even deal with normal conditions, let alone crises. Really, rich countries should be offering free university training to produce adequate numbers of health workers. A tiny and poor country like Cuba can do it, and it has... more »

See How President Obama's Islamic State Strategy Is Falling Apart (3 Minute Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Hat Tip:* Washington Free Beacon

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 16th October)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
MPs seek inquiry into £1m bonus of disability firm boss MPs have called for an inquiry into why a charitable scheme providing cars for the disabled paid its chief executive more than £1million in bonuses and benefits last year. Mike Betts, head of not-for-profit company Motability Operations, took home bonuses totalling £911,915 in the year to September 2013, as well as a £125,000 payment in

ProPublica Must Read Reporting on NC Charter Scam

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
A clip: . . . .Mitchell’s schools are also distinguished from public schools by their different tone. Staff and students pledge to avoid errors that arise from “the comfort of popular opinion and custom,” “compromise,” and “over-reliance on rational argument.” Students must vow “to be obedient and loyal to those in authority, in my family, in my school, and in my community and country, so long as I shall live.” The schools also use a rigid instructional approach in which teachers stick to a script and drill students repeatedly through call and response. Latin is taught as early as... more »

Turkey Now Allowing The U.S. To Launch Drones To Fly Over Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An MQ-1 Predator drone soars over a desert landscape in this undated photograph released by the U.S. Air Force. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lt Col Leslie Pratt/Handout *Exclusive: Turkey OK’s American Drones to Fight ISIS -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* *Turkey is now allowing the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft to fly over Syria. But so far, traditional warplanes are out of the question.* Send in the drones. But keep the manned aircraft at home. That’s the message from the Turkish government to the U.S.-led coalition bombing ISIS and other extremists in Syria. Despite some re... more »

Watch The Giver 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*The Giver (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : PG-13 Score : 6.7 Release : 15 Aug 2014 Duration : 97 min Genre : Drama, Sci-Fi Director : Phillip Noyce Writer : Michael Mitnick (screenplay), Robert B. Weide (screenplay), Lois Lowry (book) Cast : Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård Synopsis The GiverThis film, based on Lois Lowry's book, tells the story of a perfect world. Everyone here is happy. When Jonas is 18 years old, he's chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. He enters into training with an old man called The Giver. From the Giver, Jonas l... more »

"Will anyone go to jail for this? No." (Ian Welsh on contamination-by-fracking of drought-stricken California's water supply)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Clean water is one of California’s most crucial resources, and these documents make it clear that state regulators have utterly failed to protect our water from oil industry pollution. Much more testing is needed to gauge the full extent of water pollution and the threat to public health. But Governor Brown should move quickly to halt fracking to ward off a surge in oil industry wastewater that California simply isn’t prepared to dispose of safely."* *-- Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney for the Center forBiological Diversity, in the RT report cited below* *"What will stop this so... more »

Pacific Standoff Begins: Warriors arrive in canoes to halt coal ships

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. Live coverage by Aaron Packard, 350 Pacific:  NOW! Pacific Islander Climate Warriors in Canoes Halting Coal Ships See update at Censored News: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/pacific-climate-warriors-block-worlds.html AUSTRALIA: After the stand off with the first coal ship, which inched it's way through, there's been no other ships coming through when they're were 6 scheduled

Syria's Rebel Groups Are In Disarray

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Free Syrian Army fighters are silhouetted as they stand on one of the front lines of Wadi Al-Daif camp in the southern Idlib countryside September 18, 2014. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi) *Syrian Opposition Falls Deeper Into Disarray -- David Ignatius, Washington Post* The political disarray of the Syrian opposition — and the regional feuding that drives it — deepened in Istanbul this week, as Qatar pushed its preferred Islamist candidate into a key leadership position of the major rebel coalition despite bitter protest from rival factions backed by Saudi Arabia and other nations. The I... more »

Transsexual TV show "good for the Jews"

John Friend at The Realist Report - 1 day ago
In yet another display of the utter debasement and perversion of mainstream American culture, spearheaded by *radical Jewish intellectuals and activists*, a new television show promoting transsexualism is currently being broadcast by Amazon's online television network. *Jewniverse*, a rather interesting online Jewish daily, published an article yesterday proudly proclaiming this disgusting, subversive propaganda masquerading as "entertainment" is actually "good for the Jews." Amazon’s first foray into television, *Transparent*, looks like it will be good for the Jews, especially if ... more »

More Gladio: Destabilization in Venezuela

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, revealed important information on the killing of the youngest socialist member of the Venezuelan Assembly, Robert Serra. Maduro reported that, although it was perpetrated in only 11 minutes, that crime had been planned for more than 3 months. Remember that Venezuela has huge supplies of oil and the US/UK oil barons want full control of it. Thus they are working overtime to destabilize the nation (using Colombia as their agent) just as they are doing to Russia, China, Syria and on the African continent.

Fast tracking immigration visas from Ebola hell holes...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*I don't believe I'm reading this. * From Doug Ross: *VIRAL SUICIDE: Obama DHS Now EXPEDITING Visa Requests From Ebola-Infected Countries* Wondering how Thomas Eric Duncan was able to enter the U.S. while suffering from Ebola? He asked for a visa *and received one in August*. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security is proudly advertising its "*Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States*." You read that right. Not only are the Obama Democrats leaving our doors wide open to those seeking en...more »

Space Week Event in Nagpur, India

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Global Network board member J. Narayana Rao writes: The Dharna (Squatting) could not be as planned because in the State of Maharashtra, Assembly elections for the state legislature have been announced to be held on 15 the October and the Police will not give permission to organize any public events. Permission has to be obtained from the Election commissioner and so the squat took place in the Railway Pensioners Office. Members of the Pragatisheel Railway, Mahila Samaj and the S.E.C. Railway Pensioners participated.

What Would The Battle For Baghdad Actually Look Like

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Rich Clabaugh/Staff *What Would An Actual Battle For Baghdad Look Like? -- Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor* *Islamic State militants and supporters are close at hand, but so too are Shiite fighters defending their homes and family.* There's been a lot of hand-wringing and armchair quarterbacking lately over whether Baghdad is in imminent danger from the forces of the so-called Islamic State. The short answer? The city appears mostly safe for now. But that doesn't mean circumstances won't change. And if they do, the tactical situation could evolve with lightning speed. As i... more »

“Our Souls Turned into Weapons”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Our Souls Turned into Weapons”* by Robert Koehler “During basic training, we are weaponized:our souls turned into weapons.” Jacob George’s suicide last month — a few days after President Obama announced that the US was launching its war against ISIS — opens a deep, terrible hole in the national identity. George: singer, banjo player, poet, peace warrior, vet. He served three tours in Afghanistan. He brought the war home. He tried to repair the damage. Finally, finally, he reached for “the surefire therapy for ending the pain,” as a fellow vet told Truthdig. He was 32. Maybe anot... more »

Watch 7500 Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*7500 (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : PG-13 Score : 5.1 Release : 03 Oct 2014 Duration : 97 min Genre : Horror, Mystery, Thriller Director : Takashi Shimizu Writer : Craig Rosenberg Cast : Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung Synopsis 7500On May 12th, Vista Pacific Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. The take-off is routine but what transpires over the next ten hours is anything but ordinary. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin. Descr... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Iraq / Syria War ( Weekend Report - October 11 -12 , 2014 ) Even as the US pushes for Turkey to become active in the Anti ISIS Coalition , Turkey stands firm on its three conditions regarding participation ( two of which are the no fly zone and buffer zone inside Syria ) .... State of play in Kobane , State of play in Iraq ( note the ground swell for US / Coalition boots on the ground )

Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
FWIW .... US in secret ISIS Deal - with Turkey and Iran ??? Tweets - 10/12/14... *Joyce Karam* ‏@Joyce_Karam 11m11 minutes ago AP: #Turkey OKs use of Airbases against #ISIS including Incirlik. Significant for #Kobane http://www.stripes.com/us-says-turkey -oks-use-of-bases-against-militants-1.308035#.VDrS-W9aGU8.twitter … [image: Embedded image permalink] Joel Wing retweeted *Luay لؤي الخطيب* ‏@AL_Khatteeb 16m16 minutes ago #ISIS Boot Camp in #Mosul #Iraq, training foreign fighters smuggled via # Turkey's Corridor. <a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" data-quer... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 16, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ISIS Retreats From Besieged Syrian City -- Piotr Zalewski, Time * But Anwar Muslim, the head of Kobani's local government, tells TIME more than a thousand civilians are still trapped in the city center. The Syrian city of Kobani, just across the border from Turkey, breathed easier Thursday as U.S. coalition airstrikes helped dislodge jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) from several neighborhoods. ISIS Retreating from Kobani, Says Kurdish OfficialThree Dutch Bikers Have Joined the War Against ISISJoan Rivers Died From 'Therapeutic Complication... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Masters of War – You Lie and Deceive

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Audio -* A powerful song by Bob Dylan, "Masters of War," pretty much sums up how many of us feel about the masterminds and corporations that continue to feed the war machine. The post Masters of War – You Lie and Deceive appeared first on Waking Times .

Ebola Victim's "Explosive Diarrhea" May Trigger Dallas State of Emergency

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
In the aftermath of the news of the latest domestic Ebola victim as well as revelations of unsanitary procedures at the hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan was treated, Dallas is on the brink of a state of emergency. With 29 year old nurse Amber Vinson now a confirmed case and the probability of more on the way a state of dread is creeping through the DFW Metroplex. Stomach churning details of Duncan’s *“explosive diarrhea”* and *“projectile vomiting”* as well as the lack of any sort of suitable protective gear have caused Texas Health Presbyterian hospital to issue a public apology... more »

World News Briefs -- October 16, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ramped Up Air Strikes Stall Islamic State Advance On Syrian Town -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Two days of heavy air strikes by U.S. warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani. Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after seizing strategic points deep inside the town. The tempo of coalition air strikes has increased dramatically, with U.S. fighter and bomber planes carrying out 14 raids against Islamic Stat... more »

Turbulent Times Is Back!!!! LIVE Show Tomorrow (Oct 17th) At 6PM CDT (7PM For Those On The American East Coast)...

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
We are back!!! Whitewraithe and I will definitely be doing a brand new LIVE Turbulent Times show tomorrow, October 17th, 2014 at 6PM Central Daylight Time (7PM for the East Coast of the US)…… We have a lot of catching up to do, and I am trying to find out if some people may join us as "special guests" for tomorrow's show as well…. The show can be listened to live over Outside Radio, at www.outsideradio.blogspot.com, for anyone to listen in….. We also have our chat room at www.turbulenttimes.chatango.com for everyone to chat during our live broadcast and to ask any questions there…... more »

Expect Two Dozen U.S. Ebola Cases In the Next Few Weeks. You Do Not Want To Know What Is The 'Worst-Case' Scenario

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*U.S. Ebola Cases May Exceed Two Dozen by November, Researchers Say -- Bloomberg* There could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month, according to researchers tracking the virus with a computer model. The actual number probably will be far smaller and limited to a couple of airline passengers who enter the country already infected without showing symptoms, and the health workers who care for them, said Alessandro Vespignani, a Northeastern University professor who runs computer simulations of infectious disease outbreaks. The two ne... more »

Glenn Greenwald: “Why Privacy Matters”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Glenn Greenwald: “Why Privacy Matters”* “Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide." “TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on T... more »

The Economy: "The Most Dangerous Market Since 2008"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Most Dangerous Market Since 2008"* by Bill Bonner “The Dow ended the session down 173 points yesterday, after falling more than 300 points during the day. Press reports told us that investors were worried about weak US consumer sales and falling producer prices. Combined with falling crude oil prices, these make it look as though a European-style slump is coming to the whole world. But what did you expect? It is autumn. The days dwindle down... life closes in on you. It comes as a shock. Like when you turn 60 and you suddenly realize that you are... alas... mortal. You wil... more »

Watch Psychotic State 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Psychotic State (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 4.6 Release : 01 Mar 2014 Duration : 208 min Genre : Drama, Horror, Thriller Director : Derek Young Writer : William Pattison (book), William Pattison, Derek Young (story), Derek Young, Derek Young Cast : Derek Young, Adam Ginsberg, John Rutland, Denise Greenfield Synopsis Psychotic StateDavid Coleman spends his whole life looking to fit in. He is constantly bullied and screwed over by his so called friends. He finally has the family he had always wanted when his foster mom dies of Cancer. Now his life is nothing but hell. ... more »

Watch Trapped Abroad Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Trapped Abroad (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 8.2 Release : 19 Apr 2014 Duration : 100 min Genre : Action Director : Janchivdorj Sengedorj Writer : Battushig Amarsanaa, Janchivdorj Sengedorj Cast : Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam, Erdenebileg Ganbold, Bayasgalan Jadamba, Bold-Erdene Sugar Synopsis Trapped AbroadN/A Description Trapped AbroadBanged Up Abroad (rebadged as Locked Up Abroad for the National Geographic Channel, Preso en el extranjero in Latin America, Voyage au bout de l'enfer in France ...,Trapped !! ~ Facts about h4 visa, its provisions and limitations. Welcoming a... more »

The New Ebola Scare: Answering The Question Everyone Should Be Asking - Is Ebola A Hoax?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I am continuing to watch all the reports, especially from the known liars at the Jew spew media outlets, about this Ebola scare….. There is so much fear mongering coming out and more and more these liars are pushing hard for everyone to go out and get the "new" Ebola "vaccine" the moment that poison is available…. I for one have always smelled a rat when it comes to all this fear, for we all know by now that the propaganda of fear, especially when it comes to these "pandemics", is done to purposely to get the gullible sheep to run for any solution that the Pharmaceutical industry th... more »

5 Steps to Fearless ~ Love Quest ~ Day 4

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
[image: Picture] At the midpoint of our Quest, allow me to diverge. The motivation to do so is born of love, yet it needs to be introduced first, as typically our journey stays on a direct course – one that leads to discovering Agape. For just today, we'll discuss how to USE what you've discovered; how to demonstrate Agape. Here's why. In the US, the “ebola crisis” has been ramped up and, in my opinion, is out of control. I've seen it everywhere today, even amongst the very young children I work with. This is Fear Porn, plain and simple. It's been orchestrated by the “powers that b... more »

Senator Bernie Sanders: "This Is Not What Democracy Is Supposed To Be About"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In the video above, Bernie Sanders was addressing the Culinary Workers Union at their convention in Las Vegas yesterday. He made a powerful speech about how the right wing oligarchs and plutocrats divide working people up so that they can dominate American politics. “We are not living in a democracy when 60 percent of Americans are not voting, while billionaires like the Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions to buy the United States Senate. That's called oligarchy, not democracy… The Koch Brothers are trying to buy the Senate. This is not what democracy is supposed to be... more »

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