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Thomas Paine

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Friday, November 14, 2014

14 Nov - Blogs Im Following II

10:25pm MST

Let's celebrate that great champion of the American working man, mining mogul Donny "Safety Is for Suckers" Blankenheim

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 22 minutes ago
*Donny, aka the "Dark Lord" of Coal Country, shares his insights with the Senate Appropriations Committee at a 2010 hearing on efforts to prevent mine disasters.* *by Ken* I had a post slotted in for tonight to be called "Work sucks!" or something of the sort, but I thought we should put that off to take time to honor that great friend of workers everywhere, mining mogul Donny "Safety Last" Blankenship, chief executive of West Virginia's Massey Energy. Howie has already covered the story of how, a mere four years after the fact, Donny is being indicted for his indispensable contri... more »

Iran Airs A Video Of Its RQ-170 Clone In Flight But Critics Are Labeling It As A Fake

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
*Iran Just Released Video Of A Stealth Drone — But Is It Real? -- Washington Post* Three years ago, a stealthy Air Force RQ-170 Sentinel drone crashed in eastern Iran, highlighting the U.S. government’s surveillance efforts there and inflaming tensions between the two countries. It appeared to mark the first time that a U.S. drone had fallen into enemy hands. Iranian officials now say that recovery has paid off. They just released video they claim shows a new Iranian drone reverse-engineered from the RQ-170 lost in 2011. That aircraft sustained little damage when it crashed, the ... more »

Has The Islamic State Peaked?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 40 minutes ago
*Has ISIS Peaked? Terror Group Suffers Setbacks In Iraq -- Tim Lister, CNN* (CNN) -- Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finally beginning to feel the pressure?  The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing ISIS to change its behavior and inflicting serious losses of both territory and fighters. Analysts tell CNN it is too early to say ISIS has "peaked." It controls vast areas of northern and western Iraq, as well as much of northeastern Syria, and exercises draconian authority in areas as far ap... more »

Gregor Robertson, Derrick Corrigan and Doug McCallum

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 hour ago
Must say, in all my years in Canada I have never seen this much dirty politicking in civic elections, children, a bunch of foul-mouthed children slinging mud balls, sliming each other, blackmail, lies, distortion and bluster... Unfortunately one side always goes dirty first and human nature brings a response in kind... Awards for stealth attacks goes to the Vancouver Sun....Clearly they went gang-busters against Gregor Robertson(and I`m no Gregor fan).....CKNW gets an award too...CKNW twice daily had Bruce racist Allen screech away like a drug addicted loser screaming for more ... more »

Contact !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.

Not Everyone Is Talking About The Osama Bin Laden Raid

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*UNSUNG HEROES: The 77 People On The Bin Laden Raid Who Are Staying Quiet -- Brian Adam Jones, Task & Purpose* 79 men launched the raid to kill bin Laden. 79 of thousands who worked for more than a decade to find him. Two have stepped forward. Every Thursday, Task & Purpose tells a story of heroism, usually from the 2.6 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. In light of the recent publicity surrounding a couple of the several dozen men who were on the bin Laden raid, we’ve decided to recognize those who are doing the right thing and staying in the shadows. Between the SEALs, t... more »

U.S. Planes Spy On American Cell Phones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program -- Wall Street Journal* *Devices on Planes that Mimic Cellphone Towers Used to Target Criminals, but Also Sift Through Thousands of Other Phones * WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations. The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, oper... more »

Missing Molly; or, How The Nation got me to buy a book -- actually two

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*For $9.99 you can get Molly as a PDF or ePub download, or for $11.99 plus shipping you can get the book Molly Ivins: Letters to The Nation as an *actual paperback book*. I decided I wanted Molly preserved between the covers of an actual book, and Kurt Vonnegut too.* *"As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office."* *-- Molly Ivins (of course)* *by Ken* Maybe it was post-election-season blues, but the marketers at *The Nation* punched a hole right through my... more »

Musical Interlude: “Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ46Ot4_lLo

"The Most Beautiful People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Laguna Indigo II (Aurora)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, "Laguna Indigo II (Aurora)" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfvKD_SaQdQ

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"While most spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, have two or more spiral arms, NGC 4725 seems to have only one. In this sharp color image, the solo spira mirabilis is tightly wound, traced by bluish, newborn star clusters. The odd galaxy also sports obscuring dust lanes, a prominent ring, and a yellowish central bar structure composed of an older population of stars. *Click image for larger size.* NGC 4725 is over 100 thousand light-years across and lies 41 million light-years away in the well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices. Computer simulations of the formation of s... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Song of Amergin"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The Song of Amergin" by Chet Raymo "It is commonly called "The Song of Amergin," and it is reputed to be the first poem composed in Ireland, by one of the "Milesian princes" who colonized the island several hundred years before the birth of Christ. "The Song of Amergin" "I am the wind on the sea. I am the ocean wave. I am the sound of the billows. I am the seven-horned stag. I am the hawk on the cliff. I am the dewdrop in sunlight. I am the fairest of flowers. I am the raging boar. I am the salmon in the deep pool. I am the lake on the plain. I am the meaning of the poem. I am the poin... more »

Psychology: “Top 10 Self-Control Strategies”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Top 10 Self-Control Strategies”* by PsyBlog “Self-control is vital to our success. People who have good self-control tend to be both more popular and more successful in many areas of life. Those with low self-control, though, are at risk of overeating, addictions and underachievement. Unfortunately, as we all know to our cost, self-control frequently fails. Part of the problem is we overestimate our ability to resist temptation. Self-control can be built up, like a muscle. But you need to do the right types of mental exercises. So, here are ten techniques to boost your self-contr... more »

Psychology: "First Impressions"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“People Know When First Impressions Are Right”* by ScienceBlog “First impressions are important, and they usually contain a healthy dose both of accuracy and misperception. But do people know when their first impressions are correct? They do reasonably well, according to a study in the current "Social Psychological and Personality Science" (published by SAGE). Researchers had two separate groups of more than 100 people meet in a “getting-acquainted” session much like speed-dating, until the people had spoken with everyone else in the group for three minutes each. At the end of ea... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "I Can Still See You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Put out my eyes, and I can see you still, Slam my ears to, and I can hear you yet; And without any feet can go to you; And tongueless, I can conjure you at will. Break off my arms, I shall take hold of you And grasp you with my heart as with a hand; Arrest my heart, my brain will beat as true; And if you set this brain of mine afire, Then on my blood-stream I yet will carry you." - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

Psychopaths: "The Genesis of Evil"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Genesis of Evil"* by Andrew Lobaczewski, Ph.D. "Ever since ancient times, philosophers and religious thinkers representing various attitudes in different cultures have been searching for the truth as regards moral values, attempting to find criteria for what is right, what constitutes good advice. They described the virtues of human character and suggested these be acquired. They created a heritage ... which contains centuries of experience and reflections. In spite of the obvious differences among attitudes, the similarity or complementarity of the conclusions reached by ... more »

The Internet: "ICSI Netalyzr"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"ICSI Netalyzr"* by UC Berkeley "Netalyzr is a free tool that analyzes your network for possible problems—large and small—helping you determine your overall network health. As soon as you start the test (and agree to the security certificate), Netalyzer performs various tests on your computer's connection. When the tests are complete, you'll see an exhaustive rundown of all the results, including a handy "Noteworthy Events" section at the top that details the possible problem areas. Tests that pass are marked as green, minor problems are marked in yellow, and problems get the cla... more »

Tonights Movie Is 'The Patrol'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*From Wikipedia: *The Patrol is a 2013 British action drama film set in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2006. It looks at the Afghan conflict through the eyes of British soldiers.[1] It won Film of the Festival (Feature) at Raindance Film Festival 2013.

cornhole in the park

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

"Overachieving and Overreaching: A Sign of Imbalance"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* "Overachieving and Overreaching: A Sign of Imbalance"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "Sometimes when we don't feel good enough, we create imbalance by overachieving or needing to be the best at something. Overachievers are people who have achieved but still feel the need to do more, creating an imbalance in their lives. People who exhibit this behavior may be trying to compensate for feelings of insecurity and doubts about their worth. They may be chasing unresolved issues from their past into the present, or they might not be looking at their lives as a whole, but judging themse... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Ummm, yeah...

"All of Us Here On This Spinning Blue World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"All of Us Here On This Spinning Blue World"* "Let's not plan too much or expect or promise or say how much or how little or outline how things must be or how they must not be. All of us here on this beautiful spinning blue world, let's just love each other from one millisecond to the next as much as we can." - A. J. Constance


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes

'Nuff Said !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

If Common Core Survives, Blame Its Supporters

Jim Horn at @ THE CHALK FACE - 5 hours ago
Posted at Schools Matter November 11: For those who have denied the danger that Diane Ravitch represents to the testing resistance movement, have a look at this latest attempt to garner support for Weingarten’s efforts to keep alive the maggot-infested body of Common Core. Despite the efforts of the Gates Foundation and others to treat […]

Ancient Practices To Open Your Third Eye

Waking Times at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video -* The pineal gland is an important endocrine gland that is said to be the seat of enlightenment - our Third Eye The post Ancient Practices To Open Your Third Eye appeared first on Waking Times.

This Is What Union Power Looks Like in MA

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
MTA members show union power; DESE rescinds proposals linking licensure to educator evaluation *MTA President Barbara Madeloni and Vice President Janet Anderson sent the following message to MTA members on Friday, November 14:* We did it! In recent days, thousands of you have contacted state education officials to express your opposition to linking your license to your evaluation. MTA members sent e-mails, spoke out at DESE’s “town halls,” organized building meetings and made plans to attend upcoming DESE meetings in Malden and Bridgewater. Today, the commissioner of education r... more »

Will Zionist ISIS bomb al-Aqsa? and other stories

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 5 hours ago
[image: aqsa] Recent stuff you may have missed: *Will Zionist ISIS bomb al-Aqsa? * Powerful right-wing leaders inside Israel conspired to bomb Masjid al-Aqsa in 1980. If they try again, it’s World War III. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/07/isil-aqsa/ Other stories I neglected to post here: *Canadian Defence Minister exposes NWO, UFOs* http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/05/hellyer/ * Ashura-JFK-9/11 and the beauty of Shia Islam* http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/03/ashura/

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Iraqi security forces took part Thursday in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Adhaim, a village in Diyala Province north of Baghdad. Reuters *Is The Tide Turning Against Islamic State? -- Kenneth Kaplan, CSM* Iraqi security officials said today their forces had recaptured Baiji oil refinery, while US Defense Secretary Hagel said yesterday that IS advances had been stalled. IS leader Baghdadi, meanwhile, released an audio call for more attacks. Is the tide turning in Iraq against the self-described Islamic State, or are events there just the normal... more »

World News Briefs -- November 14, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*G20 Summit: World Leaders Gather In Brisbane -- BBC* World leaders are arriving in Australia for this weekend's G20 summit in the Queensland city of Brisbane. The two-day summit, attended by the US, Chinese and Russian leaders among others, will focus on promoting growth. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said leaders would discuss job creation, identifying tax cheats and strengthening the global economy. Tensions with Russia over Ukraine will also draw attention, while campaigners want climate change on the agenda. In Brisbane, local government workers have been given a day... more »

Kurdistan. NATO’s new Southern Flank?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
If all goes well for NATO, Israel *and the Kurds.* *Turkey will be supplanted as NATO’s Southern Flank.* It seems to be just a matter of time.....I hold the opinion that Turkish leadership has become aware of what looks to be it’s impending betrayal *A bit of background* *“For a long time, Turks have resented the “curse of strategic significance” related to its forming NATO’s southern flank. They felt it enabled the military to keep a watchful eye over their politicians”* The Military keeping a watchful eye over Turkey’s politicians. Makes one wonder who exactly is is in charge, d... more »

Transpicuous News Ep “Welcome to the Circus: Big Banks Dog and Pony Show”

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 5 hours ago
Transpicuous News, November 14, 2014. This weeks review of the main stream media news, and delving into the ridiculousness of the global economic and political circus. http://the-one-network.org/transpicuous-news-ep-welcome-to-the-circus-big-banks-dog-and-pony-show/ U.S. POWER SHIFT Republicans take control of Senate http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/04/politics/election-day-story/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 Ron Paul: US elections are 1-party monopoly http://rt.com/usa/202295-ron-paul-midterm-elections/ If You Really Think It Matters Which Party Controls the Senate, Answer These Questions... more »

How the Brain Creates Ghosts

Waking Times at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Buck Rogers* - Are ghosts merely creations of the brain, or do some people have more developed perception than others? The post How the Brain Creates Ghosts appeared first on Waking Times.

Mission I’m Possible Numero 1. ON The One Network as MIPPERU.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
Mission I’m Possible Numero 1. ON The One Network as MIPPERU. *WE”RE BACK we encourage open dialogue and we are focusing on the Clean up of the Amazonia, on THE ONE NETWORK.* *MIPPERU Show Numero Uno.* *Every Saturday But starting on The 15th November at 4PM EST.* *Welcome to the show and click on the link to listen live.* [image: MIP Peru on The One Network First Show to be Saturday 15th November 2014 at 4PM Peru or 5 PM EST and weekly Following.] *MIP Peru on The One Network First Show to be Saturday 15th November 2014 at 4PM EST and weekly Following.* *MISSION I’m Possible Live fro... more »

Battle Out Run for the Sega Master System

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
What would you do if you owned a Ferrari F40? Taking this most coveted of 1980s supercars and using it to smash bad guys off the road is one possibility few would have considered, but that's the premise of this 1989 release for the Sega Master System. As an iteration of the *OutRun* series of games, *Battle Out Run* (note new spelling) is unlikely to stoke many folks' nostalgic fires. Indeed, price-wise it's a little more expensive than your average Master System title, which may suggest something about its comparative rarity. Like the rest of the franchise in the good old days, yo... more »

The Implosion Of Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Libya Is On The Verge Of Collapse -- Deutsche Welle* *Three years after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is being torn apart by power struggles. The security situation is catastrophic and the country is sliding into civil war. * Bombings in Tripoli, explosions in Tobruk, deadly fighting between rival militias in Benghazi - barely a day goes by in Libya without terrible news. On Thursday (13.11.2014), two car bombs exploded in the capital. On Wednesday, at least five soldiers died in several attacks in the east of the country. The latest incidents show that those in pow... more »

Shocking MH17 shotdown photo passes some tests but failed in others

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
*One hour after I posted it, a commenter's URL convinced me that the photo is fake. See the featured comment below the post.* But you still want to see what I wrote before that, right? ;-) Here it is. The MH17 aircraft was shot down above Eastern Ukraine on July 17th around 13:20 UTC. A ground-to-air missile or an air-to-air missile are the leading "technical" explanations of what happened. The ground-to-air missile theory (probably using a Buk missile; recently vaguely endorsed by the German intelligence) would leave the question "who did it" and "why" open. The air-to-air missile ... more »

House Passes Keystone XL-- With Help From 31 Democrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
bye-bye Mary-- glad to see you go; too bad it wasn't a primary Harry Reid has prevented a vote on the Keystone Pipeline boondoggle but the House just passed it again and this time-- at the urging of Mary Landrieu and a few other red state Democrats-- he's agreed to allow a vote. This isn't going to save Landrieu's doomed reelection; it's just going to further tarnish the Democratic brand. Although Obama has vowed to veto the bill, it's not inconceivable that the Republicans and corrupt conservative Republican wing of the Democratic Party can muster enough votes to override a veto. B... more »

A Russia - Ukraine War This Winter?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Is Russia Planning A Winter Offensive? -- Michael Kofman, CNN* (CNN) -- The buildup of separatist forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, and Moscow's patently confrontational tone are raising the specter of another offensive in eastern Ukraine before winter grips the region. On Wednesday, NATO warned that "columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops" had been spotted entering Ukraine. Is this crisis about to flare up again, just two months after Russia withdrew its forces? Given the strategic costs, it migh... more »

Keenan's fake Blue BOOK of redemption? PART 1

Amin Fasei at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 8 hours ago
FAKE BOOK? FACT CHECK 101 PART 1 (2014/11/14) by Dawn Johnson Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and Neil's JP Morgan SECRET BLUE BOOK. What do they all have in common? Neil Keenan claims he has a "secret" book. It is a book from JP MORGAN & COMPANY (THE BANK). IT IS DATED "*1934*" Neil is claiming that Queen Elizabeth II is mentioned in this book with Bill Clinton in an email he sent to Drake Kent Bailey who placed it on his webpage. Link http://americannationalmilitia.com/more-documentation-keenan/ *Here are some facts:* *Bill Clinton was born 19th AUGUST 1946 * - He wa... more »

Debate on Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
I'm a big fan of Rick Rozoff from StopNATO based in Chicago. He has an incredible mind and is a fan of The Kinks. A good man.

The Humanitarian Situation Continues To Get Worse In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Nowhere To Run In Eastern Ukraine --New York Times* DONETSK, Ukraine — Teachers preside over half-empty classrooms. Cars breeze through streets once chronically choked with traffic. Restaurant windows are boarded up. Officially, a cease-fire has been in effect in the rebel areas of eastern Ukraine since September. But with war once again looming, and artillery blasts regularly shaking the night in the capital, Donetsk, things are far from returning to normal. Another clear sign of that is the obvious depopulation of much of the rebel-held territory. Though exact estimates vary, ... more »

The funniest man in London...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
A Yeoman Warder, William "Bill" Callaghan, imparts a fair bit of historical knowledge with great humour during a tour of the Tower of London. Not a great fan of children though..., nor the French, Italians and quite a few others. Give this man his own history series, he's comedy gold! Thanks to Theo Spark for the spot.

On the Line With a High-Tech Twist

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
I'm on the line hoping for a human connection press 1 for english press 2 for spanish press 3 if you wanna hang up this call is being monitored for security and training purposes electrical wires and signals via huge antennas beaming possible carcinogen radiofrequency [RF] radiation wifi smart meters cell phones endless barrage penetrating our bodies our minds the surveillance society the fear society run amok brought home to you it's the cigarette scandal with a high-tech twist

We Need New Leadership That Changes This War Mentality

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with former Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura, covering everything from the myth of voter fraud to endless war in the Middle East. Ventura was a professional wrestler before becoming the governor of Minnesota. I once heard him on C-SPAN tell the story that soon after he was elected he got a call from the CIA. They wanted to meet with him. Should I come to Washington, Ventura asked? No, we are in the basement of the state capital he was told. He met with them and their question was: How did you get elected? Ventura maintained that ... more »

Musings On Iraq in The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
--> My article on Iran’s policy in Syria and Iraq was republishedin Business Insider, and also cited in "iraq's shiite militias to the rescue" by Mustafa Habib in Niqash.

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- November 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (front 3rd L) poses for a picture with Ukrainian government forces members, who take part in a military operation in eastern regions of Ukraine, as he visits a polling station on the day of a parliamentary election in the town of Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, in this October 26, 2014 handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service. REUTERS/Ukrainian Presidential Press. Friday, November 14, 2014 *Ukraine's PM Says Main Task Is to Build Army To Stop Russia -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine's top priority is to build an army strong ... more »

Sweden Says That They Have Proof That A Submarine Violated Their Territorial Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
The sonar image allegedly shows sub-sea tracks left by a mini-submarine. BBC *Sweden Confirms Submarine Presence -- Voice of America* Sweden says it can confirm a submarine violated its territorial waters near Stockholm in October. “There is no doubt, we have excluded all other explanations. Swedish territory has been seriously and unacceptably violated by a foreign power,” said Supreme Commander Sverker Göranson in a statement. The statement did not disclose the nationality of the submarine, but it is widely believed to have been Russian, a theory that was fueled by local news re... more »

Coast Salish Nations Sign International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Coast Salish Nations Sign International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea Treaty makes Kinder Morgan Expansion Project illegal in Coast Salish Law International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea COAST SALISH TERRITORY, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC; SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 – Today, First Nations from the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, and Washington State have come together to sign an historic

Globalization-- Who Is It Good For, Y'all?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
On Monday we took a look at the dangers posed to ordinary working by the rush to bipartisan corporate globalization. You should give it a read as background to what's unfolding now that Congress is back in Washington for a few days, desperate to find something they can pass and get signed into law. And, of course a trade pact that generates billions and dollars for multinational corporations while crushing the aspirations and dreams of American workers seems perfect for the Beltway Conservative Consensus, which is, after all, underwritten by those same corporations that benefit mo... more »

Trader Joe's, decluttering, and a recommendation...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
* because I can't handle any more politics for this week.* It will be our first visit to the Trader Joe's in Spokane. It doesn't take much to get us excited, now does it? De-cluttering continues apace. Two more boxes for the thrift store. *A really cool product to save you money:* *Woolzies, Wool Dryer Ball, set of 6 ,Natural Fabric Softener * I'm all about saving money. Our electricity bill skyrockets in the winter since we have electric heat. While we are pretty diligent about heating with our wood stove, this year we've already been way better at keeping the furnace off. T... more »

Putin Still Enjoying High Poll Numbers In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
BBC *Love Him or Hate Him, Vladimir Putin's Poll Numbers Have Never Been Higher -- Mark Adomanis, Forbes* In the increasingly severe standoff between East and West, there’s a general assumption among most Western policy makers and analysts that Russia’s worsening economy will severely weaken Vladimir Putin’s domestic position. As a regime with “performance legitimacy,” Putin’s ought to be highly vulnerable to any downturns in growth. Astute analysts of Russian politics have long noted that, upon coming to power, Putin essentially cut a deal with the Russian public: you stay out of... more »

Putin: Russia Readies For A Catastrophic Drop In The Price Of Oil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Russia prepared for ‘catastrophic’ drop in energy prices – Putin *Putin Says Russia Prepared For Oil Price Collapse As More Sanctions Threatened -- The Guardian* *At G20 summit, Russian president says he regards sanctions over Ukraine as pointless, illegal and likely to harm world trade* Vladimir Putin has admitted for the first time that he is prepared for his country to face a “catastrophic” slump in oil prices, as David Cameron said Europe would have no choice but to step up sanctions if the Russian president did not abide by previous agreements to respect Ukraine’s independenc... more »

G20 Summit To Start Soon In Australia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*World Leaders Arrive In Australia For G20 Summit -- Voice of America* World leaders are arriving in Brisbane, Australia for a two-day meeting of the world's top 20 economic powers expected to focus on global finances, climate change and Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Friday in the eastern coastal city, after Kyiv accused Russia of sending a fresh influx of troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine. Also, four Russian warships have entered international waters off Australia's northeastern coast. Australian warships were sent to monitor them. Russia has said the w... more »

Khibiny - The Russian Game Changer?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*UPDATE: I have updated my November 7, 2014 post about the Canadian First Nations (aboriginal) boys allegedly murdered in the 1950's....* Helicopter pad on the grounds of the Kremlin, June 2014 This past June I went on a river cruse through Russia. It was a wonderful trip. I might touch on it again from time to time, as it "blew my mind" as we used to say in the 60's. In any case, the article below, copied from Northerntruthseeker...reminded me of an incident that took place in Moscow. When we went to the Kremlin we were shown the office building where Putin works out of...v... more »

Supplemental: Balls and bowls!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014An obvious right-wing scam:* At long last, we’re prepared to admit it: We sometimes think the new Salon must be a right-wing scam. It must be an effort to create a new “progressive” politics—a politics which will convince the entire country to vote for Republican candidates. Surely, the kids can’t be *this* daft, we say. Hence our conspiracy theory! Alas! A few of the kids may be this daft—and this disconnected from the country. What can you say about work like this from adorable Joanna Rothkopf? *Animals that kill their babies have bigger balls* It's sc... more »

Abbot and Harper: expended energy

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
The uncomfortable and awkward weirdness that are the combination of the dudebromate Australian PM and the spiteful vacuum of anti-humanity that is the Canadian PM when they're together results in some profound stupidity.  In Canada, the falling price of oil and the approaching cost parity of renewable and green energy, in addition the really big energy consumers making climate deals, is making

China Raises Issue Of U.S. Spy Flights Near Their Borders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A Chinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island in this U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken August 19, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout *China Raised Issue Of U.S. Spy Flights During Military Talks: Pentagon -- Reuters* (Reuters) - China raised the thorny subject of U.S. military spy flights during talks that led to agreements this week on reducing friction between the two militaries, but was told U.S. missions in international airspace and waters would continue, the Pentagon said. Th... more »

United Nations: Islamic State Committing War Crimes On A Massive Scale

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer *UN Says Islamic State Imposing Rule Of Terror In Syria -- BBC* *The militant group Islamic State is committing war crimes and imposing a "rule of terror" in areas it controls in Syria, a UN report says.* The report, based on more than 300 witness interviews, said IS was using "extreme violence" against civilians. Men caught smoking have had their fingers amputated, w... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Fathoming of depths previously unreachable occurs for all Gaia inhabitants as the Cosmic Waves increase in intensity and frequency

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Fathoming of depths previously unreachable occurs for all Gaia inhabitants as the Cosmic Waves increase in intensity and frequency* by ÉirePort Fathoming of depths previously unreachable occurs for all Gaia inhabitants as the Cosmic Waves increase in intensity and frequency. Alternatives diminish, primaries are at forefront. Hue-manity consciousness continues to rise; hu-manity consciousness follows. *Points of entrance are not yet sensed by hu-manity, yet results are evident;* *Hue-manity is aware, and aligns with the direction of the entering energetics.* *Standards are raise... more »

Buzzfeed: Twelve Native Americans who are making a difference

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Klee Benally, a Diné, is a busy man. He’s a musician, documentary film director, and project coordinator for Indigenous Action Media. 12 Native Americans Who Are Making A Difference These Native Americans are standing up to represent their heritage and their culture. Watch some of them taking a stand on Rebel Music: Native America NOW, an MTV Facebook Premiere Exclusive.posted on Nov. 13,

IMITATIONS OF NEWS: Burning not especially bright!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014Part 5—The suits are selling the product:* Last evening, on her eponymous TV show, Rachel Maddow was killing time right from the jump. Maddow is devolving rapidly, and she’s doing so right on the air. Here’s how she burned Minutes 4 and 5 of her “imitation news” show last night: MADDOW (11/13/14): I mean, the news is just nuts today. Even like the quirky, sidebar human interest stories today have a “guh” component. *You may have seen headlines today about a tiger being on the loose near EuroDisney in France?* You know, you see those headlines, and you thi... more »

Native Americans joins lawsuit against Enbridge and Tarsands Nov 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Lawsuit Targets Secretive Plan to Ramp up Tar Sands Oil Shipments in Alberta Clipper Pipeline Press statement Posted at Censored News On November l2, 2014, Honor the Earth joined with the White Earth Nation, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Indigenous Environmental Network in a lawsuit against the US State Department. The suit challenges the State


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Week 11 Saints vs. Bengals X-Factor: RB Mark Ingram ~Barry Hirstius, Who Dat Dish* *New Orleans Fringe Festival: Top 10 picks for 2014 ~Chris Waddington * *New Orleans Book Festival Kicks off Friday, November 14th ~WGNO* *Reporter's Notebook: WWNO In Saigon ~Eve Troeh & Jesse Hardman *~We’re here in Vietnam thanks to the Solutions Journalism Network Story Fund, to look at how officials, experts and local people are planning and adapting for future flooding and water management. For our first week we’re focused on Ho Chi Minh City. Dr. Phi directs an innovative interdisciplinary cen... more »

World News Briefs -- November 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Ukraine And Russia Take Center Stage As Leaders Gather For G20 -- Reuters* (Reuters) - A showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely at the G20 summit in Australia starting on Saturday, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine launch a new offensive in a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people. British Prime Minister David Cameron blasted Russia's actions as unacceptable on Friday, warning that they cou... more »

Right hands, wrong tools: 'Easy' counts for a lot in international development

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 13 hours ago
I love that my new organization has a weekly radio program. Radio remains one of the most effective ways of communicating in countries like Nicaragua.While my previous work experience with Cuso International in Honduras has probably given me a jump-start of close to a year for this latest position in Nicaragua, that’s not to say things are humming along just yet. But at least this time I've been prepared to have nothing go according to plan. International work placements have a lot in common with onions. You might think you know what what you're looking at after a few days of... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War and War on ISIS Updates - November 11 -12 , 2014 ( Iraq / Syria / Jordan / Turkey / Lebanon in focus )

Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago
Evening Tweets ..... CounterPunch follows *primus* ‏@primus123456789 4h4 hours ago Coalition Divided Over Goals http://ln.is/www.voltairenet.org/Kdbkm … [ *Voltaire* *Network*] *Michael Weiss* ‏@michaeldweiss 6m6 minutes ago Guys in offices in New York were right all along--> Obama seeks new Syria strategy review to deal with ISIS, Assad http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/12/pol itics/obama-syria-strategy-review/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter … CNN <a class="u-inlineBlock u-alignTop js-openLink" href="http://t.co/Ouqy0l9XLl" style="color: #0084b4; display: inline-block !important; ma... more »

Their Real Enemy

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
From the very beginning, Stephen Harper has claimed that he stands for and with the troops. But, Michael Harris writes, the men and women who have actually been in battle have declared war on the Harperites: In fact, the veterans are here not to praise Caesar but to bury him. That’s why veterans Ron Clarke and Mike Blais have launched an Anybody But Conservative campaign to rally opposition against the government in time for the election. Those who have been watching the veterans’s file closely on Harper’s watch — rather than listening to the Top Gun drivel being dished out by t... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shares a light moment with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before they testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the administration's strategy and military campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Nov. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz *Dempsey Again Cites Possibility Of Sending U.S. Troops Into Iraq Combat -- McClatchy News* WASHINGTON — Less than a week after the Obama administration announced that it would double the U.S. tro... more »

British Prime Minister David Cameron Compares Russia To Nazi Germany

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France June 5, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stefan Rousseau/Pool *Cameron Compares Russia to Nazi Germany Ahead of Meeting With Putin -- Sputnik* British Prime Minister David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine ahead of meeting with Vladimir Putin on Saturday at the G20 summit in Australia. MOSCOW, November 13 (Sputnik) – UK Prime Minister David Cameron has likened Russia to Nazi Germany over Moscow’s actions i... more »

Hospice of the Valley: Ghouls Described as Caregivers

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Why Hospice of the Valley is Worse than No Care My dad has Parkinsons. Last spring the medication that controls his Parkinsons’ symptoms – leva dopa – stopped working and started producing cognitive effects including severe confusion, memory loss, and hallucinations. I had to move my dad into an assisted living facility. He then ended up in the Emergency Room because he was having trouble swallowing and thought he was choking. I then had to move him again to a higher level of care. The facilities I’ve moved him to – Thunderbird and The Heritage in Carefree have been accommodating ... more »

Eighty-Four Percent of Boulder Valley Students Refuse State Tests

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
From The Daily Camera: More than 1,500 Boulder Valley high-school students — 84 percent of the district's seniors — refused to take the state's new science and social studies tests Thursday in a widespread protest against how much classroom time is devoted to standardized testing. At Boulder's Fairview High, nine out of 530 eligible seniors took the test, while about 200 seniors showed up at the school to wave signs, collect food and school supplies for holiday drives, and write letters to policymakers. "That we had so many students out there in the freezing weather really shows ho... more »

You Are God: The True Teachings of Jesus

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Brandon West* - "Truly great spiritual teachers never practiced religion, they practiced love, and sought universal truth..." The post You Are God: The True Teachings of Jesus appeared first on Waking Times.

9 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

Waking Times at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Meme - *Here's a list of some amazing uses for that Apple Cider Vinegar you have been keeping. The post 9 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar appeared first on Waking Times.

Guatemalan Indigenous Communities Beat Monsanto & Seed Privatization

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jeff Abbott* - For 10 days, the streets in front of the legislature were clogged with thousands of protesters demanding the repeal of the law... The post Guatemalan Indigenous Communities Beat Monsanto & Seed Privatization appeared first on Waking Times.

US Warns Russia On Its Plans To Have Military Flights Near The American Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*US Warns Russia Over Military Flights Near American Shores -- Voice of America* The United States has expressed renewed concern about Russian military flights near U.S. borders and has warned Moscow to abide by international law. In a terse statement Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Russia's need for routine training activity. But she said the number of flights near North America had increased in recent months, and that the United States did not consider Russia's security environment as warranting such activity. The European Leadership Network, a Lo... more »

Easiest Picture Garland Ever

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
Hello again! It's Lorene from just Lu. Today's project is a super easy paper garland -- perfect for a birthday party, room decor, a Christmas tree, decorating your mantel -- it can go anywhere, everywhere, anytime. So easy I'm not even sure I should call this a tutorial! :) How to Make the Easiest Paper Garland EVER *Supplies* - thumbnails of images, printed on cardstock (mine are 1.5” squares) - scissors - circle punch - twine - double-stick tape - (optional) colored cardstock Cut out the squares and circles of your printed images, using scissors and the circle ... more »

Hacking Concentration: The Complete Guide to Getting Into the ‘Zone’

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Deane Alban* - "It’s been said that the greatest power of the human mind is its ability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time." The post Hacking Concentration: The Complete Guide to Getting Into the ‘Zone’ appeared first on Waking Times.

The U.S. Army Drawdown Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Army Cuts Hit Officers Hard, Especially Ones Up From Ranks -- New York Times* FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — For all the insecurities of war, Capt. Elder Saintjuste always figured the one thing he could count on from the Army was job security. A Haitian immigrant who enlisted as a teenager, he deployed three times to Iraq, missing so many birthdays and Christmases that he sometimes felt he barely knew his four children. He hid symptoms of post-traumatic stress so he could stay in the Army, because he loved his job and believed that after 20 years he could retire with a captain’s pension. ... more »

Lawlessness And Disorder-- Big Coal

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*With update: Donny Blankenship indicted!* There have been myriad complaints that the Obama administration has been systematically letting the banksters off the hook-- fining the share-holders who really didn't have any criminal intent, while letting the criminally minded executives skate away without charges... with their inflated bonuses. And why is Cliven Bundy still running around free? Yesterday NPR and *Mine Safety and Health News* released the results of an investigation into another class of coddled criminals who thumb their nose at lawful society and get away with it: the ... more »

Nov. 14: Taking up where Nov. 13 left off.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 15 hours ago
This is my second attempt to use up all the notes I have on current events. And, before I even start, I must admit I forgot an excellent book for those who want to get a sense of what it's like to be in a war. It's Farley Mowat's "And No Birds Sang' It's about the little heard of, but very difficult, struggle to push Hitler's armies out of Italy. Now, we go to stories the Irving Press missed ( partly because it used up so much space showing pictures of "entrepreneurs" getting hall of fame awards). KM oil (Kinder-Morgan Oil) is suing environmental protesters. Well, it has a good... more »

Philosophical Differences versus False Allegations: Defunded Fake Clinic Responds

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday (November 13/14), Lambton Crisis Pregnancy Centre announced the rescinding by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) of the second instalment (amount unknown) of a $83,800 grant. Here it is. Due to a fundamental philosophical difference the OTF has decided to rescind the grant. This means we received funding for one year’s operation but will not receive further funding for the second year. . . . One particular blog has been making false allegations regarding our Centre and is taking credit for the rescinding of the OTF grant. This same group has been making allegati... more »

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Consideration For Noncompete Can't Be Continued Employment

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 15 hours ago
Florida, like some other states, allow unscrupulous employers to present noncompete agreements to existing employees and say, "Sign or be fired." What does the employee get for agreeing not to work for a competitor for a year or two? Continued employment. That's it. The effects of this can be pretty devastating. Say you left your job for a better opportunity. You start the new job and then, whammo! You have to agree not to work in your industry for 2 years, all your contacts belong to the new employer, and they can fire you a week after you sign. Fair? Heck no. Legal? Yes, in most s... more »

Russia To Halt Nuclear Cooperation With US Next Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A Russian serviceman passes by the opened SS-18 intercontinental ballistic multiple-warhead Satan missile launching silo in the town of Kartaly in the Russia's Chelyabinsky region, August 16, 2002. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *Russia To Halt Nuclear Cooperation With US Next Year: Report -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — Russia has informed the United States that it is planning to reduce its participation next year in a joint effort to secure nuclear materials on Russian territory, a move that could seriously undermine more than two decades of cooperation aimed at ensuring that nuclear b... more »

Pentagon To Announce Massive Shakeup Of U.S. Nuclear Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will have to spend billions of dollars over the next five years to make emergency fixes to its nuclear weapons infrastructure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce on Friday, after two separate Pentagon studies concluded that there are “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” according to senior defense officials. The reports are a searing indictment of how the Air Force’s and Navy’s aging nuclear weapons facilities, silos and submarine fleet have been allowed to decay si... more »

Are China And The United States Preparing For War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Fang Fenghui (left), chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, welcomes Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Beijing on Monday. Kuang Linhua / China Daily *China And The United States Are Preparing For War -- Michael Pillsbury, Foreign Policy* *Despite the Obama-Xi handshake deal, the probability of confrontation will only heighten as long as the PLA remains a black box. * At a Nov. 12 news conference in Beijing, General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to notify the other side before major mil... more »

Kevin McCloud wrote a Grand Designs episode 'deliberately' targeted at fans' drinking game

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
I knew it... Kevin McCloud must realise... The Independent (sic) reports that: The *Grand Designs* presenter has revealed he made an episode of his long-running architecture show “deliberately designed to get people as drunk as possible” after discovering its fans had invented a drinking game based on the series. The rules of the drinking game required viewers to drink when regular incidents happened on the show, such as the owners running out of money or quitting their job to manage the project. McCloud said: “We even actually wrote an entire programme around the drinking and it’... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War ( November 14 , 2014 ) Best tweets of the day covering the ongoing Regional war !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *Syria Pulse* @TheSyriaPulse · 3h3 hours ago @HusseinLouay's arrest by Syrian authorities came days after his statement saying regime would collapse - http://almon.co/2a9w #Syria Al-Monitor [image: View this content on Al-Monitor's website] Syrian authorities arrest opposition leader Louay Hussein, leader of the opposition Building the Syrian State movement, has been arrested Nov. 12 by regime forces on the Syrian-Lebanese border. View on web *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 3h3 hours ago #Emirates resumes #Erbil flights on Sunday http://fb.me/3nJz80iNQ *R... more »

In regard to the meetings this week in Beijing, the redoubtable Michael Hudson tells it like it is. Here are a few selected passages taken from the transcript of this don't-miss video. "Mr. Obama also said that the United States was going to cut back carbon emissions. But at the same time, he's still pushing for the XL Pipeline … to bring Alberta tar sands oil into the United States. That, of course, is the single most high pollution activity on the entire planet." "Mr. Obama has looked very uncomfortable at these meetings because he knows that he hasn't gotten anything that he wants.” In Brisbane "... you're going to see … Europe being completely left out. The sanctions that the United States and NATO have insisted that Europe impose on Russia means don't trade with Russia. So Russia has put on the counter-sanctions against French and Baltic and European exports to Russia. French farmers are already demonstrating.” “The Baltic states are screaming because Europe, France, Latvia, and even Germany had been looking to the one growing market since the last few years is Russia, and the United States says, don't deal with Russia ... Europe is left in a position of economic stagnation and shrinking.”

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 19 hours ago
------------------------------ Original Here . . *President Putin Pledges to Increase Trade with China and Asia to Rebuke Sanctions* The $400 billion, 40 year oil and gas deal between China and Russia is a response to the new cold war pressure and sanctions on Russia, says economist Michael Hudson - *November 13, 14* http://youtu.be/8vRVbjDlsxc *Bio ... more »

Romanian hacker Guccifer says Nuke Chicago in 2015 conspiracy i.e. Illuminati plan.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
From the spelling I'd be tempted to call the hacker Gooch-ifer. However, Watson calls him Goose-ifer to make him sound like the Lord of Light or something. Woo, scary bogeyman. *"This world is run by a group of conspirators called the Council of Illuminati, very rich people, noble families, bankers and industrialists from the 19th and 20th century,"* Guccifer, currently serving a seven-year sentence in his home-country jail.

Lockheed Martin Delivers the 200th Romeo Helicopter to the U.S. Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MH-60R Romeo]The U.S. Navy received its 200th submarine-hunting MH-60R “Romeo” helicopter from Lockheed Martin following a patch signing with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two (HSM-72). The cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s anti-surface and anti-submarine operations, MH-60R helicopters have flown more than 250,000 hours in operation with the Fleet, providing increased surveillance and situational awareness. “We are proud to continue supporting the U.S. Navy by delivering a multi-role aircraft with a game-changing sensor suite that shifts the advantage from the sub... more »

US Air Force awards Rolls-Royce multi-million dollar AE 2100 engine contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HC-130J Super Hercules]The US Air Force has awarded a contract worth over $100 million to Rolls-Royce to purchase spare engines and parts for its C-130J fleet and to support Foreign Military Sales customers. Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines power all C-130J aircraft in the US military and global fleets, while legacy C-130 aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines. Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Customer Business, said, “Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines provide the dependable, efficient power required by the US Air Force and our allies to complete their transpo... more »

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI ballistic missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported. The successful launch was the culminating point of the Field Training Exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command. The ISPR further added that the purpose of the launch was to ensure operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group besides re-validating different design and technical parameters of the weapon system. Read more

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up, 11/14/2014

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up, 11/14/2014* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "It’s official. Obama Care is a series of enormous lies that were crafted by Democratic leaders. They all knew Obama Care was a lie, and they voted for the lies. Now, there are new revelations from one of its chief architects, MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, who was caught on video tape repeatedly explaining how the lies were formulated and why. Gruber basically said it would not have passed if Democrats told the truth about the bill, and he also calls the American voter “stupid.” This is the biggest polic... more »

Sukhoi-30s remain grounded; Court of Inquiry in final stages

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKI]Nearly a month after a Sukhoi-30 fighter plane crashed near Pune, the entire fleet of front line combat aircraft continues to remain grounded pending a Court of Inquiry (CoI) that is in its final stages. This is the longest period that the Russian-made aircraft has been grounded since 2009 when its flying was suspended for nearly three weeks following an accident. Air Force sources said the CoI is in its last stages and will come out with a report soon. Read more

China-Pakistan Fighter Jet Nears First Foreign Deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: JF-17 Thunder]An unidentified Middle Eastern country is in “advanced” talks to make the first foreign purchase of a fighter jet jointly developed by Pakistan and China. The joint sales team from the Pakistan Air Force and China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation also known as CATIC, are in advanced talks with 10 other countries to sell the JF-17 Thunder, said PAF Air Commodore Khalid Mahmood, who heads sales and marketing for the fighter jet. “We are in advanced negotiations with a Middle Eastern country, but the political situation over there has delaye... more »

SK-1, WJ-600 UAVs on display at Zhuhai Air Show

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: WJ-600 UAV]Various new advanced unmanned aerial vehicles were on display during the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai in Guangdong province between Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 according to our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily. Among all the drones displayed at the show, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation's Skyhawk, also known as the SK-1, and the WJ-600 garnered the most attention from aviation experts. The SK-1 is an unmanned aerial scout which plays a very similar role to the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter of the United Stat... more »

Russian Jet Forced Out Of Baltic Air Space By Dutch F-16 Fighters On NATO ‘Policing’ Mission

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]A Russian jet identified as a military transport plane flew through Baltic air space dangerously close to the countries of Lithuania and Estonia Wednesday night, without revealing its flight plan to either country in what appears to be just the latest in an increasingly worrying series of provocations by Russian jets, possibly testing NATO defenses. A pair of Poland-based F-16 NATO fighter jets immediately took to the skies to intercept the Russian jet and escort it on its way to its intended destination in Kaliningrad, a Russian base in the Baltic... more »

Carrier Gerald R. Ford remains 'biggest challenge' for Newport News Shipbuilding's parent company Huntington Ingalls Industries

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS Enterprise and USS Gerald R. Ford]Building a new class of aircraft carrier was only half the challenge for Newport News Shipbuilding. Now all the new pieces have to work together. Sunday marked one year since the christening of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, and the ship came up for discussion Thursday at the Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston, which heard a presentation from Mike Petters, president and chief executive officer of the shipyard's parent company, Huntington Ingalls Industries. Petters was asked what concerns and challenges would occupy HII goi... more »

Fort Worth First LCS to Deploy with Drone Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-8B Fire Scout]The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship will deploy with an unmanned aircraft system on board for the first time when the USS Fort Worth leaves here next week on deployment to the Pacific region, service officials said. The Fort Worth, or LCS 3, will soon deploy with what’s called a surface warfare mission-equipment package – a collection of integrated on-board technologies including 11-meter rigid inflatable boats, 30mm machine guns, MH-60R helicopters and the MQ-8B Fire Scout, a helicopter-like vertical take-off-and-landing drone. “This first time we’re brin... more »

Egyptian Sailors Missing After Navy Vessel Hit in Unprecedented 'Terrorist' Attack

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
An Egyptian navy vessel came under "terrorist" attack in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, leaving eight personnel missing and five injured, armed forces officials said. A number of boats fired on a military craft conducting a training mission around 45 miles off the coast of northeastern Damietta province, according to the state-run MENA news agency. Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has been at the center of a full-blown insurgency since the military removed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power in mid-2013. However, this is the first such sea-borne attack. Read more

Friday beaver does a temporary encore - Massey mine disaster relook

Demeur at Demeur - 20 hours ago
It was four and a half years ago I reported about this and never thought for once that a CEO might go to jail. The original story from my first posting http://demeur.blogspot.com/2010/04/miners-revisited-and-beavers-not-happy.html Seems I was dead on about what was going on in his mine. In 1992 Don Blankenship was appointed the President, Chairman and CEO of Massey Coal Company one of the largest in the U.S. He was the head when an explosion at the Upper Branch Mine took the lives of 29 miners. This happened in April 2010. By December Blankenship resigned saying he was retiring.... more »

Nowra gets first glimpse of Navy's new Romeo

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MH-60R Romeo Seahawk Helicopter]The Royal Australian Navy has showcased the first of its 24 new next generation helicopters, for the first time since arriving from the United States. More than 100 civilians and navy personnel gathered at HMAS Albatross in Nowra on Friday morning to get a glimpse of the MH-60R Seahawk. Three of the Romeos have already landed from the United States, as part of a $3.2 billion acquisition which will deliver another 21 of the aircraft in coming months. Read more

Navy says it learned from USS Miami fire; senator wants to hold congressional hearing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Miami]Shipyard firefighters and Navy crews participated in 54 fire drills over a three-year period but nothing prepared them for an arson fire that swept through a submarine and burned for hours on end, exhausting firefighters and crippling a $900 million nuclear submarine. Navy investigators concluded that firefighters needed to spend more time preparing for a worst-case scenario event after the May 2012 fire aboard the USS Miami at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Navy says it has learned lessons from the Miami fire. Read more

Rosetta scientists are allowed to wear their favorite shirts

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Sad news:* Alexandre Grothendieck, one of the 20th century best mathematicians, died. Philae was the first man-made object that landed on a comet (thrice), after it made two "unnecessary" jumps (a two-hour jump plus another eight-minute jump). But an important British member of the team (he's really the #1 scientist-in-chief in Rosetta) is already finding himself under some heavy criticism, as BMWA1 pointed out. *Try this video, and go to 1:42, to see an interview with this man. His tattoos are all about Rosetta.* This man was acknowledged to be important enough to be a spokes... more »

Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ohio class SSBN]The Pentagon will have to spend billions of dollars over the next five years to make emergency fixes to its nuclear weapons infrastructure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce on Friday, after two separate Pentagon studies concluded that there are “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” according to senior defense officials. The reports are a searing indictment of how the Air Force’s and Navy’s aging nuclear weapons facilities, silos and submarine fleet have been allowed to decay since the end of the Cold War. A broad review was begun afte... more »

Indian navy closely watching PLA submarine movements in Indian Ocean

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Changzheng-2]The Indian Navy is closely watching the activities of the Chinese PLA Navy in the Indian Ocean, including movement of Chinese submarines to Sri Lankan ports, even as the Indian Army is getting ready to commence joint military exercises with China. On Thursday, Naval Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said: “As far as the Chinese deployment is concerned, this is part of their programme for the anti-piracy escort force which has been operating in the Indian Ocean since 2008 and (as) part of that they regularly deploy ships and occasionally we have seen the presence of subm... more »

Being A Drone Spotter For Pakistan Must Be The Most Dangerlous Job In The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region, in Peshawar November 29, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Fayaz Aziz/Files *Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan -- Umar Farooq and Syed Fakhar Kakakhel, Daily Beast* Identifying targets for the lethal American drone attacks in Pakistan was always dangerous. Then al Qaeda created its own strike force to target the informants. PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Half a dozen men sit on the floor in a grimy r... more »

Starkly Beautiful Images from Comet Millions of Miles Away have Global 'Wow' Factor

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: The picture released by the European Space Agency ESA on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 was taken by the ROLIS instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during descent from a distance of approximately 3 km from the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, the European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet. (AP Photo/ESA)] Look at all that lovely dust. Now we find out is that dust happens to be elemental carbon as i suspect it may be. However, i do n... more »

The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: http://www.wakingtimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ancient-Japanese-art.jpg] Parahistory. The problem is content. It is simply not trivial to create the described body of 'knowledge' without a body of antecedents. Yet all this material is dismissed as nearly modern fabrication. The other escape hatch is to investigate whether it all may have been channeled. You see my difficulty. What is not going to be available is textual antecedents with a neat provenance. Yet i do not wish to discount this material at all. It needs to be studied and respected and perhaps l... more »


arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Why is it that decades of attack has gone nowhere? Think about it. they were beating up on this horse back in the sixties. It is not addictive yet it does not go away. The truth is spelled out here. Laetrile is effective in suppressing the actual spread of cancer and this was properly confirmed forty five years ago. Our so called cancer industry wants no cure unless they can be used to extract huge payouts and a chronic condition is most profitable of all. Thus we have seen natural solutions been slandered for years and Laetrile is merely a public example. All that is slow... more »

A Cyberwar Quietly Rages Over Hong Kong

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Tens of thousands of people gather on Connaught Road Central on Oct. 4, near the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Forces Building. The protesters demand that Chief Executive Chun-ying Leung resign from his position in Hong Kong. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)] At least this stage of the conflict will be largely out in the open without easy recourse to plausible deniability. That suggests that something may be learned that we can count on elsewhere. Hong Kong's real defense is the promise of a public reaction that will not respond to government attempts to control. Thu... more »

Sunken Soviet Submarines Threaten Nuclear Catastrophe in Russia's Arctic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
While Russia's nuclear bombers have recently set the West abuzz by probing NATO's air defenses, a far more certain danger currently lurks beneath the frigid Arctic waters off Russia's northern coast — a toxic boneyard for Soviet nuclear ships and reactors whose containment systems are gradually wearing out. Left to decay at the bottom of the ocean, the world is facing a worst case scenario described as "an Arctic underwater Chernobyl, played out in slow motion," according to Thomas Nilsen, an editor at the Barents Observer newspaper and a member of a Norwegian watchdog group that m... more »

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/starttls-downgrade-attacks *ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption* NOVEMBER 11, 2014 BY JACOB HOFFMAN-ANDREWS Recently, *Verizon* was caught tampering with its customer's web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, *researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers' data to strip a security flag—called STARTTLS—from email traffic.* The STARTTLS flag is an e... more »

Washington And Her 7th Century Gulf Allies Will Try To Replace Assad At All Costs

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Obama’s Syria Review Looks to Shift Focus to Attacking Assad" by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, November 13, 2014:* Gulf Arab nations involved in the US war are keen to see Assad ousted, and that’s at least part of the force driving them toward a faster regime change, with officials saying they want such a move within the next 6-12 months. That means having the regime change imposed long before any alternative faction has been manufactured to take over. Officials like Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R – GA) have conceded as much, saying the US will simply hope that someone pre... more »

The CIA Is 'Paying Off Relatives Of Those Accidentally Killed In Drone Strikes'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
People gather at the site of a drone strike on the road between the Yafe and Radfan districts of the southern Yemeni province of Lahj in this August 11, 2013 file photo. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer/Files *Bags Of Cash For Families Of The Innocent: How The CIA Is 'Paying Off Relatives Of Those Killed In Botched Drone Strikes' -- Daily Mail* * Faisal bin Ali Jaber, 56, has two relatives killed in 2013 U.S. drone strike * Took his case to Washington where he spoke with Obama aides * Several months later he was handed blue plastic bag containing $100,000 * Given cash by Yemen officials who ... more »

Is NATO Dead?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The Economist *The End Of NATO -- Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution* Declaring the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dead has been a pastime of analysts since the end of the Cold War. The alliance, today 28-members strong, has survived 65 years because its glaring contradictions were often overlooked, given the dangers of an expansionist and nuclear Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact subjects. From its beginning, NATO had billed itself as a democratic Western bastion against Soviet totalitarian aggression—if not always in practice then at least in theory. NATO never had much... more »

Vaughn Palmer, Voice Of B.C.....BC Liberal Election Promised Riches From LNG Forgotten and LNG Questions Not Asked

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
How sad indeed, I watched Vaughn Palmer`s voice of BC ......linked directly below. http://vimeo.com/111777187 The topic was LNG, Vaughn`s guest was David Keane of the (BCLNGA) British Columbia Liquid Natural Gas Alliance.... I was hoping for some good questions, tough follow-up questions and good old fashioned journalistic inquiries, sadly I came away disappointed, no, make that I came away in disgust, Vaughn Palmer`s hour long episode on LNG confirmed what we here at The Straight Goods have known for some time, ...British Columbia`s mainstream media are useless, there is no j... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Test and Evaluation Squadron 22 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt during carrier qualifications at sea, Oct. 29, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Alex Millar

Further proof that the U.S. uses incentives more than the EU

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
As if any more proof were needed, I recently came across yet more evidence that U.S. state and local governments give far more in location incentives than EU Member States do. A paper given this spring at the annual meeting of the Association des Économistes Québécois (Association of Quebecois Economists) includes a summary of project-by-project subsidy reporting by the consulting firm ICA Incentives. ICA Incentives, which has on several occasions provided me data on $100+ million incentives in Europe and the United States, reports on the announcements of large investment projects. ... more »

The Collective Evolution

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Film - *A powerful documentary that explores a revolutionary shift affecting every aspect of our planet. The post The Collective Evolution appeared first on Waking Times.

What does my evening with Gay Talese and Sam Roberts have to do with The New Yorker's announcement of its new paywall system?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*While thinking about *The New Yorker*'s announcement of its new online paywall system, I saw Gay Talese talk about the new 50th-anniversary edition of his chronicle of the building of the Verrazano Bridge in conversation with the NYT's Sam Roberts at the NY Transit Museum.* *by Ken* Okay, the time has come. We knew it was going to happen. The (free) party is ending at newyorker.com, just like we knew it would when *The New Yorker* announced that for the summer its newly redesigned website was going to be thrown open to one and all. (See my July post "*The New Yorker* offers a big... more »

Is China Financing Russian Aggression?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping leave after shaking hands before the opening ceremony of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia summit in Shanghai May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool *China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression -- Gordon Chang, Daily Beast* Russia’s economy is tanking, but Putin is sending long-range bombers on sorties in the Gulf of Mexico and combat troops into Ukraine—thanks to billions in new energy deals from Beijing. President Obama may say China can be America’s “partner,” as h... more »

What Is Russia Up To By Sending Bombers Close To The US?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Tu-95 bombers (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov) *What is Vladimir Putin Up To Sending Russian Bombers Close To The US? -- Howard Lafranchi, CSM* Experts play down concerns about a return to Cold War days. But Russian long-range bombers coming close to the US, plus other seemingly provocative acts, indicate a retrenched power attempting to assert its global presence again. WASHINGTON — Russia’s announcement Wednesday that it plans to send long-range bombers to patrol the skies of America’s backyard over the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico may have sounded to many Americans like t... more »

How Jinnah Fabricated The Lie Of Two Nation Theory - MJ Akbar

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan" By M.J. Akbar (2012). * *This is a video about the history of the founding of Pakistan in 1947 by Indian journalist and author M. J. Akbar. This excerpt is from a larger talk called, "Tinderbox: India and Its Neighbours" that M. J. Akbar gave at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia on July 12, 2012.* *Wikipedia:* Muhammad Ali Jinnah (25 December 1876 – 11 September 1948) was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's independence on 14 Augu... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: Princess Bride FTW

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Check out this set of tweets tying together feminism and Princess Bride. My guess is that you check out #feministprincessbride you will find many more. The movie keeps on giving.

Ukraine Military And Separatists Clash At Donetsk Airport (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Video Emerges of Ukraine Military and Separatists Clashing at Donetsk Airport -- Vice News* Ukrainian military forces and separatist fighters exchanged fire at Donetsk Airport on Wednesday, as the fragile ceasefire between the Kiev government and breakaway factions in eastern Ukraine frayed further. The video released by pro-Russia news organization Novorossiya TV shows separatist fighters trading fire with an armored vehicle near the airport. Four minutes into the clip an explosion ignites close to the cameraman, following several minutes of the fighters shooting at the distant ... more »

Why Russian Trucks Designated 'Cargo 200' Are An Ominous Sign That War Is About To Return To Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A 'Cargo 200' truck, carrying the bodies of Russian 'volunteers' killed fighting in Ukraine, crosses the border into Russia. Maria Turchenkova/Echo Photo Agency *Ukraine Crisis: Russian 'Cargo 200' Crossed Border - OSCE -- BBC* *Vehicles apparently used to transport soldiers' bodies have been seen crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border, monitors from Europe's security body have said.* The OSCE monitors said in one case a vehicle marked "Cargo 200" - Russia's military code for soldiers killed in action - crossed from Russia into Ukraine on Tuesday and later returned. Ukraine and t... more »

What Is Vladimir Putin's Agenda (In 90 Seconds)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago

EFN Asia 45: Growth, Inequality and the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
During the "Asian Cafe", Day 1 of Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Conference 2014 last week in Hong Kong, I was the speaker for the Philippines. About 10 Asian countries were discussed very quickly, 10-15 minutes including open forum. So there were 10 speakers, each with own rapporteurs from their own countries. The theme was observation about growth and inequality in our respective Asian countries. My thesis is simple: It is not inequality per se that is the problem, but the condition of the poor, if it has improved through time or not. And I argued that Yes the condition of ... more »

New Article From Jim Stone Absolutely Verifies My Report From Mid-April On Russian Aircraft Turning Off US Aegis Cruiser's Defenses!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Several months back I put up an article that stated that a Russian SU24 fighter plane buzzed an American Aegis Cruiser, the USS Donald Cook, while the ship was near Russian territorial waters near the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea. (Read my previous article here). That Russian aircraft then proceeded to do the unthinkable by "turning off" the Aegis cruiser's defenses using new state of the art Russian electronic jamming technology! The plane then was able to do several simulated bomb runs at the helpless cruiser without one shot being fired from the cruiser itself... It was... more »

Moscow Stockpiles Gold As Russia Prepares For Economic War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An employee holds an ingot of gold at the precious metals safe vault of the Central Bank in Moscow January 24, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin *Putin Stockpiles Gold As Russia Prepares For Economic War -- The Telegraph* *Russia's central bank added to its reserves of bullion in the third quarter, according to the latest report from the World Gold Council * Russia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West. The latest research from the World Gol... more »

The Generic Brand – How Advertising Works

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *A humorous glimpse at how advertising works. The post The Generic Brand – How Advertising Works appeared first on Waking Times.

Defending the People Who are Supposed to Be Our Enemies

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I had a call early this morning from PressTV in Iran asking for me to comment on the latest ISIS news from Iraq. The story is more mayhem there and Obama, right after the recent election, saying he is going to send another 1,500 GI's to Iraq - essentially doubling the US troop levels. I made my customary comments which included: ISIS is a CIA/Saudi creation; more war brings greater profits for the war corporations; and this allows for the continued surrounding and destabilizing of Iran. After I was done I spoke to the PressTV worker who has been calling me for the past year or ... more »

Islamic State Announces Its Own Currency That Will Be Backed By Gold, Silver, And Copper

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ISIS Announces New Currency -- CNN* (CNN) -- ISIS is planning to mint its own currency in gold, silver and copper, the group said Thursday. Its aim is to stay away from the "tyrant's financial system," ISIS said in a statement. It said it would issue another statement to explain the new currency's exchange rate, and where it can be found. The currency will include seven coins: two gold, three silver and two copper. The move is "purely dedicated to God" and will remove Muslims from the "global economic system that is based on satanic usury," ISIS said. The group, which calls its... more »

A Look At Why A British Suicide Bomber Is Commited To Die For Islam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Kabir Ahmed, who it is reported has blown himself up in Iraq. Derby Telegraph *Inside The Mind Of A British Suicide Bomber -- James Harkin, Newsweek* If Kabir Ahmed is dead, as suspected, he will have become Britain’s first ISIS suicide bomber. For those struggling to understand why a 30-year-old with a wife and three children would end his life in an ISIS attack on an army convoy in a small town north of Baghdad, he left an extensive record. In several interviews over the summer of this year, he told Newsweek how he came to join ISIS and why, in the end, he wanted to give his life... more »

Is The Pentagon And White House Clueless About The War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Larry Downing/Reuters *The Pentagon Is Officially Clueless About The ISIS War -- Tim Mak, Daily Beast* Where’s the legal justification for the war? Will American troops fight? And who are they really battling? The answers to all those key questions appear to be: TBD. On this much, all of Washington can agree: the United States is at war with ISIS. But beyond that, the nation’s executive and legislative branches have got nothing. On the most salient questions of the day—coming ISIS strategy, the president’s legal justification for war, ISIS’s strength, the status of ISIS’s leader... more »

Forgotten Malaysia Airline Flight 370 Updates ( November 13 , 2014 ) Search End Game in view ? MH 370 to be declared lost at the end of 2014 ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets..... For the families - stay strong ! *wrath* ‏@ValeFan_Eca 3h 3 hours ago What did i say i told y so > Families furious over report *MH370* to be declared 'lost' http://dailym.ai/1AZkNbZ via @MailOnline Daily Mail Online [image: View this content on Daily Mail Online's website] Families furious over report MH370 to be declared 'lost' Relatives of MH370 passengers have criticised beleaguered Malaysia Airlines after an official reportedly said authorities would set a date to announce the pl... View on web *The Star* ‏@staronline 13h 13 hours ago Over... more »

Harry Reid Surrenders His Sword

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Gaius Publius* We don't need much comment here. Harry Reid has just said he will surrender to most things the Senate Republicans want to do, if they have the votes to do them. The Hill (my paragraphing): *Reid: 'No desire' to obstruct GOP * By Alexander Bolton Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday pledged to work with Republicans when they are in the majority and eschew the strategy of obstruction he has accused them of using against Democrats. “I am ready, Mr. President, to work with him in good faith to make this institution function again for the American... more »

"Fort Lauderdale Police Arrest 90-Year-Old Man For Feeding Homeless People!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Fort Lauderdale Police Arrest 90-Year-Old Man For Feeding Homeless People!"* A 90-Year-Old and Two Reverends Cited for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale by Hezakya News "Six police officers recently arrested members of Love Thy Neighbor, a group that feeds homeless people every Sunday at a public park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. One of those arrested on Sunday was Love Thy Neighbor's 90-year-old founder, Arnold Abbott, who has been feeding the homeless for decades. At least four police cruisers and a half dozen uniformed cops were ready and waiting for Love Thy Neighbor wh... more »

"Stuck in the Mud: Staying in Pain"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Stuck in the Mud: Staying in Pain"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Pain can serve as one of life's great teachers, but it is important to move through it and not become stuck in our pain. Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component to the grand cycle of life. And when experienced as such, pain can serve as an important teacher. It is when we get stuck in our pain that it becomes detrimental to our well-being and development. If you notice that you feel closed-off, resentful, heavy-hearted, or that you try very hard to avoid being hurt again, there may be a part of you that i... more »

Bioaccumulation: Cesium is One Among the 1000 Radionuclides Unleashed by Fukushima Now Bioaccumulating in Flora and Fauna

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Radiation levels in fresh water samples at Fukushima Daiichi have been going up, rather than down. Contaminated ground water at the site is pouring into the ocean at an officially reported rate of 300-400 tons daily: Ground water contamination is extraordinarily high, with the well between the ocean and unit 1 measuring a record 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90 alone in July 2013. TEPCO stated the total bequerels per liter is *likely 10 million* when all beta ray sources are included. TEPCO had originally interpreted the July 2013 beta tests as indicatin... more »

From Ancient Egypt to Modern Science: The Forgotten Link

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince* - The Hermetic books are clearly an Egyptian and Greek mix. Here is the link between ancient Egypt and modern science... The post From Ancient Egypt to Modern Science: The Forgotten Link appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 13, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Khaled Abdullah/Reuters *Yemen’s a Model Alright—For Disaster -- Michael Shank and Casey Harrity, Daily Beast * Guns, drones and special forces were not enough to stabilize Yemen, and they won’t be enough to stop ISIS Remember the so-called “Yemen model,” the seeming success story for a U.S. policy targeting terrorists that President Barack Obama pointed to a few months ago? Well, it’s not a model anyone would want to point to anymore. While the world’s attention has been focused on the atrocities and momentum of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Yemen is teetering on... more »

World News Briefs -- November 13, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*U.S. Military Chief Weighs Frontline Role for U.S. Troops in Iraq -- Bloomberg* President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said more U.S. troops may be needed in Iraq for a “long and difficult” fight against Islamic State, as military planners assess the shortcomings of Iraqi forces. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers today that more complex operations in Iraq, such as efforts to retake Mosul or secure the Syrian border, may require deploying a limited number of additional American military advisers in action with Iraqi soldiers... more »

He's Back! Abu Bakr al Baghdadi- We didn't even have time to miss ya!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
I am chucklin'! Could see this comin' a mile away. Baghdadi is all fire and brimstone..... Good to scare the gullible or those who want to be scared. Me? I yawn at the predictability of it all. But do wonder if the Canadian media is prepping for yet another Gladio/Stay behind Op? Pay attention as you read *"Erupt Volcanoes of Jihad"*- Seriously? Is this some phallic obsession? Or have I had too much celebratory wine? hehehe... Baghdadi. Allegedly? *Days after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly injured ( Or killed?) *in an air strike, t*he Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham leader ... more »

(Bye Bye Blue Dawgs But No Thank You for New Dims Gift)   Obstruction Pays Off for Republicans (F*cks Rest of Country, So It's All GOOD!)  Market Liars Still Rule  (Dead In the USA?)  Coal Kills Thousands  (Dirty Dirty Amazon)

BREAKING (Your Attention, Please!): U.S. Companies Now Stash $2 Trillion Overseas. That's More Than They Have Onshore U.S. companies are for the first time holding more than $2 trillion overseas, according to an analysis that paints a bleak picture of whether that money will make its way home and the limited economic impact it would have even if it does. Corporate cash has hit $2.1

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: A Deadly Triangle + William Dalrymple: Afghanistan & the history of military disaster

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Wikipedia: * William Dalrymple is a British historian, and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. His books have won numerous awards including the Duff Cooper and the Wolfson Prize, and he has been 4 times longlisted and once shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. *Video Title: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: A Deadly Triangle. Source: Brookings Institution. Date Published: June 20, 2013. Description:* Brookings President Str... more »

5 of the Best Brain Foods

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Infographic - *Give your brain a boost each day by eating at least one of the following foods daily. The post 5 of the Best Brain Foods appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 13, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Pentagon Officials Say Islamic State Fight May Need U.S. Combat Forces -- Wall Street Journal* *Defense Secretary, Joint Chiefs Chairman Say U.S. Military Strategy Remains an ‘Iraq-First’ Approach* WASHINGTON—Top Pentagon officials said on Thursday that the U.S. military strategy in Iraq and Syria remains an “Iraq-first” approach aimed at stabilizing that country and doesn’t include plans for American combat troops, but that conditions on the ground could change U.S. calculations. In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen.... more »

Nigel Farage on Invading Imperial Germany

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Compare and contrast. One party leader is caught on tape saying he'd like to do away with the NHS and replace it with an American-style health insurance scheme, and has recently said the allies should have invaded imperial Germany, even if it cost an extra 100,000 casualties. Another leader gives a beggar money and looks a bit like an Aardman Animations national treasure. Guess which one the press reserves its opprobrium for? I just want to say something quick about Nigel Farage's comments about the First World War. While the headline writers have grabbed on the 100,000 number band... more »

Don't Freak Out If Jon Tester Is Named DSCC Chairman

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Yesterday we listed the 6 Members of the U.S. Senate most likely to cross the aisle and help Mitch McConnell move his agenda. #6 was Montana's senior senator, Jon Tester. At the same moment, *Politico* broke the story that Harry Reid would probably appoint Tester to be the next DSCC chair. And he did. I have mixed feelings on that one but I do want to say that I know Jon Tester and he is *not* some corrupt corporate conservative. His politics are populist and-- given the confines of his red-leaning state-- he's probably about as good as we're going to get from Montana. When Progr... more »

Syria's Moderate Rebels Are Being Crushed By The Syrian Military And Jihadists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A rebel fighter aims his weapon as he takes a position on the frontline against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the Handarat area, north of Aleppo, November 11, 2014. Hosam Katan/Reuters *Syria Rebels In South Emerge as West's Last Hope As Moderates Crushed Elsewhere -- Newsweek/Reuters* With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a corner of the south are seeking a higher profile and more help, as the last Western-backed forces holding out against both President Bashar al-Assad and the jihadists. The southern rebels, described by ... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 13th November)

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
300,000 more people live in poverty than previously thought The study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the government method for calculating absolute poverty – the number of people living below a breadline that rises each year in line with the cost of living – incorrectly assumed that all households faced the same inflation rate. But in the six

Islamic State And Al Qaeda Agree To Join Forces In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. *Islamic State And al-Qaeda 'Agree Deal' In Syria -- The Telegraph* *Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliate reportedly agree to stop fighting and work together in Syria.* Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria have reached a deal to stop fighting each other, it was claimed on Thursday night. Isil and Jabhat al-Nusra have battled bitterly for more than a y... more »

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