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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

20 Nov - Blogs Im Following

In case you are wondering through Ukraine and come across a tank, the British embassy in Kiev has issued a handy pocket guide to indentifying whether it is Russian (bad guys) or Ukrainian (good guys)... * * * #Putin still denying #Russia's troops & hardware are in #Ukraine. Here's a ...

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What Ukraine Truce?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
Pro-Russian separatists controlling the border with Russia pose near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in Severniy, on the border with Russia in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Kiyev November 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Antonio Bronic *Almost 1,000 Dead Since Ukraine Truce - UN -- BBC* An average of 13 people have been killed daily in eastern Ukraine since a 5 September ceasefire came into place, the UN human rights commissioner says. In the eight weeks since the shaky truce came into force, the UN says 9... more »

Coalition NOW!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 40 minutes ago
I'm not talking about the opposition parties. They've had years to clue-in to the reality that harpercon "conservatism" is a greater danger to this country than anything else and they continue to waste more time fighting against each other and treating the harpercons as if they're just disagreeable. I'm talking about people. I'm talking about the environmentalists, the unions, the peace movement, feminists, the First Nations, angry veterans, angry scientists, angry artists. Can they (we) not find common ground and unite to destroy this threat to Canadian democracy? Can groups of s... more »

Secret Science Reform Act of 2014: a step towards transparency

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 43 minutes ago
*An effort to eliminate shamans and would-be scientific pressure groups possessing no verifiable evidence from the EPA decisions* President Obama has threatened to employ dictatorial strategies and completely circumvent the lawmakers during his divine personal mission to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal our planet. *If hired by the government as a researcher or an adviser, a shaman is enough to serve as a basis of the EPA decisions as of today.* After all, isn't it enough to control the EPA and to borrow a Michael Mann from the Penn State [I know that the überjerk is elsew... more »

The Global Warming Scam: Even NASA Admits That Winters Are Going To Get Colder...Much Colder!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 47 minutes ago
It does not take a rocket scientist these days to realize that the world is getting much colder... These last few weeks here in central Canada have been much much colder than in previous years, with winter rearing its ugly head at an earlier time than usual....BUT this is nothing compared to what is happening across the continental United States (and much of Europe as well) right now..... I have been keeping tabs on all the reports coming out about RECORD cold temperature reports across America, and the higher than normal snow fall in most American cities (Buffalo just had 6 feet of ... more »

Megyn Kelly: Compilation of President Ribbon Cutter of the purple lips saying he can't do what he's going to do...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 53 minutes ago
*and no one is going to do a damn thing about it.* Because I believe the Republicans want the same thing. They'll stomp around and make a bunch of noise, but will do absolutely nothing of any substance. And we all wonder why we're exhausted?

Fighting The Insurgency In Iraq 2004 vs 2014

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 hour ago
Many of the current events in Iraq harken back to previous times. In 2004 the insurgency made a major progression from hit and run tactics and setting off roadside bombs to making a surge into some of the country’s urban areas. The American and Iraqi forces responded with the two battles of Fallujah and other smaller clearing operations. By the end of the year, American commanders were claiming that they had broken the back of the insurgency. A series of intelligence reports were saying the opposite. They warned that the militants were actually getting stronger. The parallels with... more »

Why Does Stephen Harper, His Government And Every Single Member of The Conservative Party Of Canada INSIST ON STEALING Billions From Canada's Veterans??

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 hour ago
Every single member of the Conservative Party of Canada should hang their heads in SHAME for stealing from Canada's military Veterans!!!

Further On Criminal Nations Agreement To Steal Everyone's Savings Accounts: Important Video Discusses Financial Crisis And Bank "Bail Ins"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
As I stated in a previous report, the G20 "summit" in Brisbane Australia last weekend was a complete farce... The criminal leaders of the G20 nations used their bashing of Vladimir Putin as a cover and smokescreen for their REAL agenda which was of course to sign off on a very criminal agreement to basically steal everyone's savings account monies if their Jewish banking lords and masters ever declare a state of financial collapse! People everywhere MUST be alerted to this travesty and absolutely move right now in getting every cent in their savings accounts out immediately... I ... more »

CMS releases 1/2 of 2010 data to the public

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 hour ago
Hours ago, the CMS Collaboration – one of the two major detectors at CERN's LHC collider – has made a cool announcement via Twitter. A part of the complete data on the collision became public: CERN makes public first data of LHC experiments (press release) ------------------------------ CMS releases first batch of high-level LHC open data (an extra CERN news article) ------------------------------ OpenData.CERN.CH (CMS subset, policies) So far, what we're given are just the high-level data from Run B in 2010. Recall that the center-of-mass energy was \(7\TeV\) at that time. The da... more »

Hunger Games Free Printables

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 hour ago
As part of my Hunger Games party, I wanted to create some fun printables based on the books to use on the display tables and as labels for all of the different food. In the end I created three different 8x10 printables for decor and five 4x6 printables to display with the food. You can download all of them at the end of this post. For me, there is not more iconic line in Mockingjay then "I tell him real." I wanted to capture that in a simple, straightforward way, so I created these two printables for the food table. I love the Real printable so much that I plan on displaying it lon... more »

Yesterday's Man -- Again

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 hour ago
http://news.nationalpost.com/ There is a lot of florid rhetoric coming from supporters of the Keystone Pipeline these days -- both north and south of the border. But, Tom Walkom writes, Keystone isn't as important as its shills claim it is: The truth is that even if Keystone fails, a pipeline from the tar sands to tidewater will be built. The Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats disagree on many things. But all agree that the so-called Energy East pipeline — from Alberta to New Brunswick — should go ahead. Similarly, a world... more »

Why Dan Malloy Won Reelection And Mary Landrieu Will Lose Her Runoff... By A Lot

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Animals smell fear-- and it emboldens them. Tuesday most Democrats did the right thing for America and humanity by voting against the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The calculus about how much more poison the earth could take wasn't on the minds of the fearful Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans and their Big Oil allies. Their calculus was about winning reelections (some, like Mark Warner for example, in 6 years) and political advantage back home and with campaign donors in return for failing to find the intestinal fortitude it would take to display some co... more »

Starting Thursday off right with Trey Gowdy...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 2 hours ago
*calling Gruber "an insomniac with Tourette syndrome."* Tourette (too-RET) syndrome is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that starts in childhood. It involves unusual repetitive movements or unwanted sounds that can't be controlled (tics). For instance, you may repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or jerk your head. In some cases, you might unintentionally blurt out offensive words. source

US Never Intended to Defeat ISIS

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
*November 20, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - A torrent of "foiled" terror plots have recently undulated headlines across the Western World. In Rochester New York, the FBI netted a man they claimed was plotting a shooting spree targeting US service members. In Australia, over 800 security agents swooped in on 15 ISIS suspects whom the Australian government claimed were plotting to randomly behead a member of the public. In the UK, 4 suspects allegedly linked to ISIS were arrested before carrying out a plot Scotland Yards claims was aimed at the Queen of England herself. According ... more »

Blind Obedience, the Tool of Tyrants

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 2 hours ago
*A guest post by Pamela Mac Neil * *“**Here is how you're going to vote and here are your talking points”* On capital hill the above line is the kind of conversation, probably repeated many times, initiated by junior in the PMO's office, to Harpers backbenchers and various cabinet MP's. He/she may continue to say, the PM wants this bill passed at tomorrows question period and by the way, junior may add to the selected MP, usually a back bencher, the PM would also like you to ask this question in the House. Could the PM elaborate on "unconfirmed reports of a possible terrorist attac... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 2 hours ago
*Some comments on the latest Warmist shriek from Norm Kalmanovich* *A summary of the latest IPCC emission is here. It claims that the climate change "fight" is affordable and that we must cut emissions to zero by 2100. That would mean putting all gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles off the road and closing around 95% of America's electricity generators so is basically off with the fairies. Facts don't matter to the insane, of course, but Norm Kalmanovich points us to the the basic facts anyway*: This latest HadCRUT4 global temperature data shows that the increase in CO2 emission... more »

Top White House Official Says U.S. Should Consider Giving Lethal Weapons To Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken has said Washington should reexamine its policy of not providing lethal aid to Ukraine. Radio Free Europe *Top Official Says U.S. Should Consider Giving Weapons To Ukraine -- Chicago Tribune* President Barack Obama's choice to fill the number two spot at the State Department, Anthony Blinken, spoke favorably on Wednesday about the possibility of providing weapons to Ukraine, which is grappling with pro-Russian separatists. Testifying at a congressional hearing on his nomination to be Obama's deputy secretary of state, Blinken said the... more »

OSCE: Ukraine Peace Outlook Is Bleak

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Ukraine Peace Outlook Is Bleak: OSCE Official -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are "bleak", underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group that includes senior representatives from Ukraine and Russia, said there was no alternative to peace accords signed in Minsk in September, no matter how dir... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
For the next week and a half "Military and Intelligence News Briefs" and "World News Briefs" will be posted at 16:00 EST and 17:00 EST respectively instead of the usual hours of 8:00 EST and 9:00 EST.

Iran 'Final' Nuclear Talks Deadline Likely To Be Extended

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Kerry In Paris As Nuclear Talks Move Toward Deadline -- Voice of America* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Thursday in Paris with the foreign ministers of France and Saudi Arabia to discuss the ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Later in the day he travels to Vienna, where officials from Iran and a group that includes the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany have been trying to end a year of talks with a comprehensive agreement. Their deadline is Monday. *Read more* .... *More News On The Iranian Nuclear Talks* John Kerry Stops in Paris ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 3 hours ago
*UK: School marked down for being 'too white'* *The delightful pupils concerned* Ofsted was accused of “political correctness” today after downgrading a top rural primary school for effectively being too English. The education watchdog faced a backlash from MPs and parents following the decision to penalise Middle Rasen primary in Lincolnshire for not having enough back or Asian pupils. In a report, inspectors said the school was “not yet outstanding” because pupils’ cultural development was limited by a “lack of first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British soci... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( November 20 , 2014 ) - Turkey still upset that US is failing to meet its criteria for embracing the Anti ISIS Campaign ....Is the Endgame for a two year truce - with Assad still in control ? Key news and views regarding Syria and Iraq !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Tweets..... *Syria Deeply* @SyriaDeeply · 23m23 minutes ago President Erdogan Criticizes U.S. for Failing to Meet Turkey’s Conditions to Join Anti-ISIS Coalition http://news.yahoo.com/erdogan-raps-u s-syria-ahead-biden-visit-175850996.html … #Syria Yahoo News [image: View this content on Yahoo News's website] Erdogan raps US on Syria ahead of Biden visit President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chided the United States for failing to meet Turkey's conditions to play a bigger role in the anti-jihadist coalition in Syria, in a new sign of strains... View on web *Syria Deeply* @S... more »

Surprise School Lockdown Drill Lands Florida Principal in Hot Water

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 3 hours ago
A Florida middle school principal has been suspended after an unannounced lockdown drill terrorized students and parents. The genius idea was the brainchild of Jacquelyn Moore of Winter Haven’s Jewett Middle Academy Magnet School. The drill, which led to students sending panicked texts to their parents without knowing that it was fake shines a light on the ongoing transformation of the at one time *land of the free and home of the brave* into the new and malevolent garrison state of *The Homeland*. I get it that in our sicker by the day society that school shootings are now a grim ... more »

A Look At The Drone War In Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Supporters of Pakistan's Islamist party Pasban hold placards as they shout anti-American slogans during a protest in Karachi October 23, 2013, against US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region. (Reuters/Athar Hussain) *The Unblinking Stare -- Steve Coll, New Yorker* The drone war in Pakistan. At the Pearl Continental Hotel, in Peshawar, a concrete tower enveloped by flowering gardens, the management has adopted security precautions that have become common in Pakistan’s upscale hospitality industry: razor wire, vehicle barricades, and police crouching in bunkers, fingering mac... more »

A Look At The Islamic State's Gradual Expansion Into North Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Map: Islamic State's Growing Sphere of Influence *The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa -- Mirco Keilberth, Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Reuter, Spiegel Online* Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance. The caliphate has a beach. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea around 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Crete ... more »

Iran Nuclear Talks Update ( Present Deadline is November 24 , 2014 ) - Secretary of State John Kerry joins talks in Vienna - by flying in , Kerry has now elevated urgency of talks and may imply a potential break through could be at hand ...... Arak still as sticking point as Iran refuses to budge on its position there ..... Amid optimism ( Iran ) and pessimism ( US and UK ) , stay tuned as the talk wind down to November 24th !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Tweets..... *Antoun Issa* ‏@antissa 12m12 minutes ago Don't let #*Iran* walk away from the table, do a deal now, writes Gary Sick @*Politico* http://almon.co/2ajx Ebola Deeply and 33 others follow *The Associated Press* ‏@AP 38m 38 minutes ago BREAKING: US official says Kerry to travel to Vienna to join *Iran* *nuclear* *talks* as deadline looms: http://apne.ws/1uVnqHa The Associated Press Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna later Thursday to join high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran as... more »

U.S. Drone Pilots Reveal The Intense Pressures Of Conducting A War From The Air

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
A Predator drone at Balad Air Base in Iraq. Much of the U.S. military strategy against the Islamic State group depends on drones. *The Heavy Toll Of A Drone War -- Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report* *Intelligence analysts and drone pilots reveal the intense pressures of conducting a war from the air. * JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Virginia – In early June, the Islamic State group's ravaging of Iraq was at full throttle as its fighters steadily marched on Baghdad. On June 11, members of the extremist network stormed the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, taking 49 people hostage. O... more »

Jimmy Ruffin...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 4 hours ago
*+1936-2014+* *RIP*

Weasel Queen Nancy Pelosi Enlists in War on Women

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 4 hours ago
Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi is to Democratic party failure what KY jelly is to anal sex and the loathsome bitch’s hypocrisy was on full display earlier this week. The weasel queen along with a good number of her putrid crony caucus in the House drew scathing criticism for refusing to allow Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth who is eight months pregnant to vote remotely in Tuesday's leadership elections. Duckworth is not only ready to give birth but is also a military veteran who lost two limbs in the service of her country. If there is a level to which Pelosi won’t stoop it has y... more »

Arthur Finkelstein: "We have to convince Canadians to drink pig piss"

Alison at Creekside - 4 hours ago
In his bestseller *Party of One*, Michael Harris cites a lecture the usually reclusive Republican Party backroom political strategist Arthur Finkelstein gave to a conservative free market private college in Prague in May 2011. I've uploaded it below. In introducing Finkelstein, aka "the merchant of venom", the college president lauds his work with Ayn Rand and his successful campaigns for Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu : "He pioneered the concept of independent expenditure campaigns which would operate ... more »

7 Health Benefits of Kombucha

Waking Times at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Meme -* Kombucha Tea has been used as a healing beverage for many years because it produces remarkable health benefits. The post 7 Health Benefits of Kombucha appeared first on Waking Times.

Hong Kong's People Have Spoken - End the Protests

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
Will Hong Kong's "pro-democracy" movement heed the voice of the people and leave the streets indefinitely? Or remain there, revealing their true, self-serving agenda? *November 20, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Despite an ongoing media circus in the West portraying a "popular uprising" in Hong Kong, China - in reality the Chinese people and particularly the citizens of Hong Kong have grown tired of the unrest. After popular demand, the Public Opinion Programme (HKU POP) of the University of Hong Kong conducted a poll asking whether or not the "Occupy Central" movement should co... more »

Air Force begs for F-35 to be top priority over A-10 jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]Despite attempts by the Air Force to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II, nicknamed for its toughness and one of the military’s most beloved airplanes, a scrappy band of lawmakers has put up a fight that has started to yield some results. But if the A-10 survives, the Air Force warns, the already delayed introduction of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could face another setback. For months, the Air Force has said it can no longer afford its fleet of A-10s, a decision that came to symbolize the effects of the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Bu... more »

Boeing frustrated by Canada’s move to extend life of fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: CF-18 Hornet]U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. is frustrated by Canada’s decision to extend the life of its aging fleet of fighter jets, a move that will delay a decision on buying replacements, a company official said on Wednesday. The comments were a rare public expression of unhappiness by Boeing about the way Canada is conducting the process to buy new fighters. Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 is seen as the leading contender to replace Canada’s 80 CF-18 Hornet fighters, and the country could take delivery of an initial four F-35 jets in 2017 under an agreement with the U.S. ... more »

J-31 stealth jet gets bad reviews after Zhuhai Airshow flight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: J-31 Gyrfalcon]China's newly unveiled J-31 stealth fighter has received bad reviews at home and abroad after making its first public demonstration flight during the biennial Zhuhai Airshow in the southern province of Guangdong. The criticism of J-31, China's second fifth-generation fighter jet, mainly stems from the dark exhaust emitting from the jet's engine, which indicates the engine's poor efficiency in burning fuel. There are two types of engines used on the J-31 jets — the RD-93 used by Russia's MiG-29 fighters will be fitted to those intended for foreign clients, whi... more »

Eurofighter Typhoon jet to get new one billion euro radar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: Eurofighter Typhoon]Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have through their Eurofighter project signed a 1 billion euro (0.83 billion pound) contract to provide their jointly backed Typhoon jet with a new sort of radar, in an effort to secure new orders. The fighter is produced by Eurofighter partner companies BAE Systems , Airbus and Finmeccanica , and BAE said it signed a contract worth 365 million pounds ($572 million) to integrate the new radar onto the jets. Under the deal signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday the Typhoon jet will in future be available with the "Cap... more »

Russia's modernised Tu-160 fighter jet completes first flight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: Tu-160 Blackjack]Russia's Tu-160 strategic bomber has completed its first flight after modernisation, the aircraft's designers Tupolev said Wednesday. "On Nov 16, 2014, the Tu-160 bomber performed its first flight after a major overhaul," the Tupolev Design Bureau said in a statement. According to the company, the bomber took off from the Kazan airfield, in the Tatarstan Republic (a constituent republic of the Russian Federation), and the flight lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes, Xinhua reported. Read more

US Flying Over Russia to Take Photos Under Open Skies Treaty

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: OC-135B Open skies]During the past several days, a U.S. observation plane has been flying over Russian skies, taking photos of military installations and equipment — all with permission of the Russians. The flight comes amid Russia's increasing isolation over its military moves in Ukraine and fears of a new Cold War between Moscow and Washington. Once upon a time, all surveillance flights were conducted covertly by the likes of Francis Gary Powers, the former Air Force pilot who spent almost two years in a Russian prison after his U-2 spy plane was downed by a Soviet missile... more »

A Tour of The Hospital Aboard USS America, U.S. Navy’s Newest Ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: OR-2 USS America]The USS America, the newest U.S. Navy ship, was recently commissioned during San Francisco’s Fleet Week. Some good friends of Medgadget were hired to take the official photo, and while helping out we got to meet Captain Hall, the commanding officer of USS America. Hearing that we report on medical technologies, the captain invited us aboard to take a look at the medical facilities that were designed to serve injured troops in time of war and civilians during humanitarian missions. We jumped at the opportunity and now invite you to come along for a tour of ... more »

Navy Keeps Whole Multi-Year Order For Sikorsky Helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: SH-70B Sea Hawk]The U.S. Army and Navy will follow through on a planned $1.3 billion contract to buy more than 100 helicopters from Sikorsky, a purchase that months ago was expected to be trimmed by more than two dozen aircraft. The Army awarded the Stratford-based company a $771.9 million contract for 41 UH-60M Black Hawks helicopters and 24 HH-60M medical evacuation Pave Hawks helicopters. The Navy will buy 37 MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters for about $535 million. The orders come as the next phase of an $8.4 billion multi-year contract the Pentagon signed with Sikorksy in 201... more »

USS Simpson Departs For Final Deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: USS Simpson (FFG 56)]To begin the ship’s final deployment, USS Simpson (FFG 56) departed her homeport Nov. 14, for regularly scheduled theater security missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Commanded by Cmdr. Ken Anderson, the crew concluded a highly-successful maintenance availability and intense training exercises, and was outfitted with four Fire Scout (MQ-8B) vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles prior to departure. Simpson returned from her last 6th Fleet deployment just eight months ago and recently got underway with the Iwo Jima ... more »

Navy gets close to Russian warships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
Dramatic Defence Department photos show how close Royal Australian Navy ships came to Russian warships off Queensland last week. The navy was forced to rush two frigates to the Coral Sea after four Russian ships appeared unannounced. The Defence Department also launched P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft to keep watch over the Russians as they headed south. Read more

Swedes find evidence of submarine; Russians call them unmanly

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: Sonar image]It’s a disappointing kind of victory, but in the shadow war Russia is waging with its neighbors, last week’s announcement that the Swedish navy has secured hard evidence that a foreign submarine breached its waters in October is about as good as it gets. Flanked by Sweden’s prime minister and top defense official, the commander of Swedish armed forces, Sverker Göranson, told a crowd of assembled reporters that an exhaustive analysis of evidence collected during last month’s submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago had definitively concluded that a small submar... more »

Australian-made submarines substantially cheaper than government suggests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 8 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]Australia's government-owned shipbuilder says it could construct a new fleet of submarines in South Australia for less than $24 billion, making it competitive with rival overseas bidders. Complicating the task of foreign shipbuilders who are pitching for the business, the interim head of Adelaide-based ASC told a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday morning that the firm believed it could build 12 new submarines for between $18 billion and $24 billion. Estimates for the cost of the government's favoured overseas option are between $20 and $30 billion. Rea... more »

Significant Carbon confirmed on Comet

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
We are about half way there. A comet turns out to be a mass of frozen methane, water, and carbon dioxide and related molecules. This clearly will lack internal strength and easily break up as we well know from observed comets tightly orbiting the sun at perihelion. What this does explin is the genesis of comet dust. As the comet passes close the the Sun, its temperature rises sharply, and all the surface will experience temperatures well over the heat of molecular disassociation. All this will free an enormous amount of elemental carbon which will pick up static charge... more »

Graphene-Based Supercapacitors Could Lead To Battery-Free Electric Cars Within 5 Years

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
It appears that this technical solution is well on its way to the top of the class for batteries. It is also worth noting that the possibility of using this material as a structural element has not been missed either. Thus what is coming is shells that are also energy storage devices as well. It is quite a revolution and sets the stage also for aircraft and space craft. The momentum for this is gathering continuously and is now impressive. . *Graphene-Based Supercapacitors Could Lead To Battery-Free Electric Cars Within 5 Years * *November 12, 2014 | by Lisa Winter* * ht... more »

How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
[image: Communication between brain networks in people given psilocybin (right) or a non-psychedelic compound (left).] This clearly establishes that the tool is effective. Now can it be guided? It would be really handy to absorb a large dose of fresh material, then use this process to ensure that the knowledge was well absorbed. It likely does not work that way of course but now we have an experimental prortocol that allows us to ask good questions like this without been utterly wrong headed. I also like the graph style. it remove the distraction of physical representation whi... more »

Aerial Power's Drones Deliver a Clean Sweep of Solar Panels

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
[image: Aerial Power's SolarBrush aimed at reducing the maintenance costs of a solar field by 70 p...] This is a seriously good idea. Otherwise the cleaning bill must be ridiculous. This can end all that and put the whole problem on simple care and maintenance. It is also good to see a real commercial application for this hardware. I would also like to see such a device rigged out to assist tree management as well although that is likely far to tricky to make sense.. *Aerial Power's drones deliver a clean sweep of solar panelsBy Nick LavarsO... more »

Ebola Global Updates ( November 20 , 2014 - Emphasis on Status of West Africa , Global Relief and Treatment Efforts , Economic Impacts , Tribute to Fallen Doctors in Sierra Leone !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
Tweets....... *Kazi Media Canada™* ‏@Kazi_Canada 5m5 minutes ago #Science [image: ▪] Ebola Response in Liberia Is Hampered by Infighting: Many confirmed cases still go unreported, fami... http://kazi.info/1yrvy1o *The New York Times* [image: View this content on nytimes's website] Ebola Response in Liberia Is Hampered by Infighting By *The New York Times* @nytimes Many confirmed cases still go unreported, families cannot find out whether their relatives in treatment are alive or dead, and bodies have been cremated because a larger cemetery was not yet open. View on web *back nu... more »

Bill Hicks was shot by a Quiet Loner with a Wife and a Family

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
Bill Hicks Was Shot by a Quiet Loner with a Wife and Family... from Spike EP on Vimeo. “I was born William Melvin Hicks on December 16, 1961 in Valdosta, Georgia. Ugh. Melvin Hicks from Georgia. Yee Har! I already had gotten off to life on the wrong foot. I was always “awake,” I guess you’d say. Some part of me clamoring for new insights and new ways to make the world a better place. All of this came out years down the line, in my multitude of creative interests that are the tools I now bring to the Party. Writing, acting, music, comedy. A deep love of literature and books. Tha... more »

Israeli Drone Commander Talks About Making Agonizing Life And Death Calls In Seconds

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Israeli Drone Commander: 'The Life And Death Decisions I Took In Gaza' -- The Telegraph* *Exclusive: Israeli drone commander who served throughout the last three Gaza wars tells The Telegraph that he has made some 'wrong calls' but has 'learnt to live' with life and death dilemmas * Few human beings are forced to take life-or-death decisions as routinely - or as rapidly - as those who hold the shattering power of Israeli drones in their hands. Major Yair, one of Israel's most experienced drone commanders, served throughout the last three wars in Gaza. Day after day, this 31-yea... more »

The Crappy News Network

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
The Crappy News Network from Spike EP on Vimeo. *THIS* is CNN...

India Has An Economic Vision For Afghanistan, Pakistan Only Has Bullets And Bombs To Offer

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "India and Pakistan 'battle' for Afghanistan" by Shamil Shams, DW, November 19, 2014:* "There is nothing new about Pakistan's Afghanistan policy though. The country's military and civil establishment, analysts say, still consider the Taliban an important strategic ally, who they think should be part of the Afghan government after the NATO pullout. Observers say that the Pakistani military hopes to regain the influence in Kabul it once enjoyed before the United States and its allies toppled the pro-Pakistan Taliban government in 2001. "Kabul is friendlier towards... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Ask The Mountains”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Vangelis, “Ask The Mountains” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EBYf3lYSEg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“To see a vista like this takes patience, hiking, and a camera. Patience was needed in searching out just the right place and waiting for just the right time. A short hike was needed to reach this rugged perch above a secluded cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in California, USA. And a camera was needed for the long exposure required to bring out the faint light from stars and nebulae in the background Milky Way galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Moonlight and a brief artificial flash illuminated the hidden beach and inlet behind nearby trees in the above composite image ta... more »

"The Paradox of Our Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Dr. Bob Moorehead, "The Paradox of Our Time" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181B7yainqY

"The Question of Worthiness: Shifting into Gratitude"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Question of Worthiness: Shifting into Gratitude"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we question whether or not we are worthy of something it is important at that time to shift into gratitude. We all know what it’s like to finally get something we want, only to find ourselves feeling as if we don’t deserve it. Whether it’s a car, a new job, or a date with someone wonderful, we suddenly feel as if we are not up to it. Something in us wants to reject this gift from the universe, perhaps because it requires that we think of ourselves in a new way or makes us question why we sho... more »

Chet Raymo, “Then To The Elements Be Free”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Then To The Elements Be Free”* by Chet Raymo “Be cheerful, Sir. Our revels are now ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on: and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.” “Surely one of the most beautiful passages in all of dramatic literature... more »

FARC Rebels Agree To Release Kidnapped Colombian Army General

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Colombia Kidnap: Farc Agrees Conditions For Release -- BBC* Colombia's Farc rebels have reached an agreement with the government over the conditions necessary for releasing an army general and four others. Announcing the agreement in Havana, Cuban and Norwegian officials acting as mediators said the hostages would be released as soon as possible. However, the details of the agreement were not released. Peace talks between the two sides were suspended after the men were captured by the left-wing rebels at the weekend. Ruben Dario Alzate is the first Colombian general to be abducte...more »

Have You Ever Done Anything To Stop Our Government From Torturing People? You Can

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
You may have noticed that we're not big on asking *DWT* readers to sign petitions. Groups like the DCCC ruined them just the way they ruined crowd-sourcing e-mails. They always use they as a means to get people to give over their contact information so that they can be preyed upon by people looking for contributions. Recently, though, we did urge people to sign a petition to keep Nancy Pelosi from appointing Wall Street's Jim Himes chairman of the DCCC. It appears to have worked. So let's try another! This one is a wide coalition effort that was organized by our friends at Daily K... more »

Fukushima: “Everything’s dying… Dead, dead, dead, and dead.”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"West Coast Scientists: Many Animals On Sea Floor Looking Sick Or Dead- * *“Everything’s dying… Dead, dead, dead, and dead.”* by ENE News National Geographic, Nov 17, 2014: "Urchins and cucumbers seemed to have escaped the ill effects of the virus until now. But in recent weeks, reports have started to come in that they too are dying along beaches in the Pacific Northwest, Hewson said. He and his team are studying the urchins and sea cucumbers that are already dying to see if the same killer is responsible. Dr. Bill Bushing, kelp forest ecologist, Nov 2, 2014: "I’ve mentioned befo... more »

The mild PHEV: the next little thing?

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 11 hours ago
Leveraging existing assets is one of our best prospects for cleaning up the air and cutting petroleum consumption.  An under-appreciated possibility is using conventional hybrids, even retrofitting existing ones, to substitute a bit of grid power for petroleum fuel. In an article on advanced lead-carbon batteries for mild hybrids at GCC, there are these notable phrases: The state-of-charge (SoC

Major Organizational Changes Are Coming To The CIA

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
CIA Director John Brennan (Reuters / Gary Cameron) *CIA Director John Brennan Considering Sweeping Organizational Changes -- Washington Post* CIA Director John Brennan is considering sweeping organizational changes that could include breaking up the separate spying and analysis divisions that have been in place for decades to create hybrid units focused on individual regions and threats to U.S. security, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said. The proposal would essentially replicate the structure of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and other similar entities in the ... more »

The Shooting At The Jerusalem Religious Seminary: Are We Dealing With Another Hoax?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
Yes, the Jew spew media is at it again.. Going absolutely hog wild the last few days with outlandish reports about a "Palestinian Terrorist" who went into a Jewish religious Seminary in Jerusalem a few days ago and proceeded to "kill" 4 American (what are the odds?) rabbis in cold blood using an axe (?), knives, and a pistol.... The Jew spew media has been pumping out picture after picture and report after report about this shooting for the last two days making it look that no other report from anywhere else in the world matters when it comes to the most cherished and evil "chosen on... more »

EFN and LRI's Workhorses

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
The Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia annual conferences, the various big events of the Lion Rock Institute (LRI), like other major events in the world, would not be possible without the efficient hands and minds behind them. I am referring to the workhorses of EFN and LRI, Pett Jarupaiboon (FNF's Regional Program Officer for EFN and Human Rights) and Wilson Li, respectively. Above photo, Wilson and Pett at the dinner gala and last day of EFN Conference 2014 in HK, at the famous racetrack. They could afford to smile widely then as the bulk of many work has been done. Lower photo, ... more »

Diana - Court Jews, Court Arabs and the House of Jack the Ripper

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
*"Dynamism is usually the result of disequilibrium. My disequilibrium comes from the very fact that I’m a foreigner… * *I’m a Jew to the Catholics, a Catholic to the Jews, an Englishman to the French, and a Frenchman to the English. * *I’ve always been neither one thing nor the other – which is an unsettling thing to be. " * *- Goldsmith* The Mayfair Set Part.3.of.4 - 1987 : Destroy the Technostructure from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"I am entirely for free enterprise and free markets. But I’m not for the destruction of one’s society. "* * "In the primal world, man’s relationship with n... more »

Aim West live Nov 21 -- 23 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Earthcycles and Censored News will be live in San Francisco Fri, Sat and Sun Schedule at www.aimwest.info

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia. Thanks for stopping by.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” - Kahlil Gibran

"The Meaning..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning." - Joseph Campbell

Psychology: "We Remember What Is Meaningful To Us"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"We Remember What Is Meaningful To Us"* by the Association for Psychological Science "We hold many beliefs about memory - for instance, if you study more, you learn more. We are also constantly making judgments about particular instances of learning and remembering - I'll never forget this party! That was easy to understand. I'll ace it on the test. But do beliefs influence judgments, and how do judgments affect memory performance? "There's a disconnect among beliefs, judgments, and actual memory," says Williams College psychologist Nate Kornell. Ask people to predict how or what t...more »

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Told Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov To Ignore President Obama's Remarks That Russia is A Threat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Reuters/Carolyn Kaster) *Kerry To Lavrov: Ignore Obama’s Naming Of Russia On Top Threats List -- RT* Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US Secretary of State John Kerry called on him to “pay no mind” to a statement by President Obama, in which Russia was included to a list of top global threats. President Obama voiced the three most significant global threats at the UN General Assembly in September. Ebola topped his list, followed by “Russian aggression in Europe.” In third place was the th... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago

"Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*Click here, then again, for larger size.* *"Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies"* by HighExistence, Nizkor *"Description of Fallacies: *In order to understand what a fallacy is, one must understand what an argument is. Very briefly, an argument consists of one or more premises and one conclusion. A premise is a statement (a sentence that is either true or false) that is offered in support of the claim being made, which is the conclusion (which is also a sentence that is either true or false). There are two main types of arguments: deductive and inductive. A deductive argument... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
Roman - Clive James Interviews Roman Polanski (1985) from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"I don't know that you can speak of shock … Nothing is too shocking for me. I don't really know what is shocking. When you tell the story of a man who is beheaded, you have to show how they cut off his head. If you don't, it's like telling a dirty joke and leaving out the punch line."* *"You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.""If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much a... more »

Maurice Templesman

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Good Morning -* *This ain't Vietnam still* *People lose hands, legs, arms for real* *Little was known of Sierra LeoneAnd how it connect to the diamonds we ownWhen I speak of Diamonds in this songI ain't talkin bout the ones that be glowinI'm talkin bout Rocafella, my home, my chainThese ain't conflict diamonds, is they Jacob? don't lie to me mayneSee, a part of me sayin' keep shinin',How? when I know of the blood diamondsThough it's thousands of miles awaySierra Leone connect to what we go through todayOver here, it's a drug trade, we die from drugsOver there, they die f... more »

Alan Waldman : ‘Foyle’s War’ is a smart English mystery series set during and just after WWII

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
Michael Kitchen is an unflappable British top cop who solves wartime crimes and post-war spy shenanigans. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | November 19, 2014 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and … finish reading Alan Waldman : ‘Foyle’s War’ is a smart English mystery series set during and just after WWII

The Seduction and Destruction of the Ego

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*RJ Spina* - "Liberate your heart and mind so others can be liberated from bondage." The post The Seduction and Destruction of the Ego appeared first on Waking Times.

Nation Building In The Rebel Regions Of Eastern ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*East Ukraine: Back In The USSR -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* *Gone are the wild-eyed revolutionaries in Donetsk and Luhansk, replaced by steely-eyed bureaucrats and seasoned combat veterans.* DONETSK, Ukraine — They shuffled in the hallway wrapped up to withstand the cold, waiting to register documents with the health authorities of the separatist authorities in the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, and as they waited they shared whispered complaints about their new political knyaz (masters) taking care not to be overheard. “Separatist fighters came into our district and star... more »

On immigration: As the president prepares to make his big announcement, we ponder what it means to be an American

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*You can watch the president here. The message from the White House is: "It's time to fix our broken immigration system. Tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation on new commonsense steps he's taking to fix as much of it as he can. Tune in tomorrow at 8pm ET on http://WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration-Action #ImmigrationAction."* *by Ken* Howie passed along the clip of the president talking about what he's going to do tomorrow on immigration, wondering if I was thinking about writing about it. Not so much, I replied. Then it occurred to me that I do have something to say. ... more »

Fear Of A Deadly ‘Religious War’ Between Jews And Muslims Is Rising

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Fear Of Deadly ‘Religious War’ Between Jews And Muslims Raised After Synagogue Attack -- Washington Post* JERUSALEM —Israelis and Palestinians expressed fear Wednesday that their decades-old conflict was moving beyond the traditional nationalist struggle between two peoples fighting for their homelands and spiraling into a raw and far-reaching religious confrontation between Jews and Muslims. The threat — perhaps more accurately the dread — of an incipient but deadly “religious war” was expressed by Muslim clerics, Christian leaders and Jewish Israelis one day after a pair of Pal...more »

Libya Updates - November 19 , 2014 - Focus on Security situation and internal struggles....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Tweets...... *Good Morning Libya* @Morning_LY · 4h4 hours ago The #Libya-n National Army forms four new military zones: 1 - South 2 - Central (Sirte - Ajdabiya) 3 - al-Watya Airbase 4 - Bani-Walid. *Good Morning Libya* @Morning_LY · 10h10 hours ago RPT:#Islamic_State fighters in #Tripoli_Province are part of the so-called Dawn militia coalition led by Saladin Badi [image: Embedded image permalink] *LibyaAlHurra* @LibyaAlHurraTV · 27m27 minutes ago #Libya: UN Security Council adds Ansar Sharia to terror list http://www. telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews /africaandin... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 20th November)

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 15 hours ago
Tuition fees: Three quarters of students won’t be able to pay off their debt Student debt is now so high compared to average salaries that many graduates in respectable public sector professions will be unable to repay their fees even by the end of the 30-year repayment period, the Higher Education Commission warns. This funding "black hole" is forcing the Government to indirectly subsidise

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- November 19, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama. (Ian Waldie/Bloomberg) *President Obama Needs To Fix His Flawed Islamic State Strategy -- Washington Post editorial* THE BEHEADING of another American by the Islamic State brought an appropriately harsh condemnation from President Obama, who called it “an act of pure evil.” Such words about the murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig, ought to reinforce the urgency of destroying the terrorist entity before it can further embed itself in Syria and Iraq and commit other atrocities — such as genocide against non-Muslim communities or a d... more »

Gold Report - November 19 , 2014 -- As we get closer to the Swiss Gold Initiative Referendum on November 30 , 2014 , expect misdirections and blatant manipulation !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Gata..... Support for Swiss gold referendum proposal weakens as campaign heats up Submitted by cpowell on Wed, 2014-11-19 22:04. Section: Daily Dispatches By Katharina Bart and Jan Harvey Reuters Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Support among Swiss voters for a referendum proposal that would force a huge increase in the central bank's gold reserves has slipped to 38 percent, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, falling short of the majority backing it needs to become law. Under the "Save our Swiss gold" proposal, the Swiss National Bank would be banned from selling any of its gold reserve... more »

CETA AND TTIP: Don't Let Them Get Away With It

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 15 hours ago
RINF 20/11/2014 As part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), there are plans to enshrine massive powers for corporations that will allow them to challenge regulations both at home and abroad if they affect profits. EU member states could find domestic laws quite useless as they become challenged in secretive, offshore tribunals where national laws have no weight and politicians no powers to intervene [1]. It would enable US companies investing in Europe to bypass European courts and challenge EU governments at international tribunals whenever they find tha... more »

The Population Bomb

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 15 hours ago
In 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich achieved infamy by publishing *The Population Bomb*, one of the most controversial eco-books ever printed. Ehrlich has been condemned to spend eternity with Thomas Malthus, in a dungeon reserved for doom perverts. To this day, professors still use the two lads as great reasons to never take seriously anyone who asserts that there are limits to growth. We all know, of course, that humankind has no limits. We have technology! Actually, Malthus never predicted catastrophic famine. He simply stated the obvious — when population reaches overshoot, th... more »

Ukraine situation ( November 14 , 2014 ) Examining the very wide range of issues on the Ukraine situation , Russia's economic / geopolitical situation , sanctions regimes and implications , G-20 this weekend - presented through different points of view !

Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *Sijbren de Jong* ‏@Sijbren_deJong 5h 5 hours ago When the going get's tough.. Banks get going. Piece by @jason_corcoran on the *bankers* *leaving* <a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav

Climate Science

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*"My model is right - it's the Real World that's wrong"* *- Anonymous IPCC Climatologist* *"Nevertheless, an effective political substitute for war would require "alternate enemies," some of which might seem equally far- fetched in the context of the current war system. * *It may be, for instance, that gross pollution of the environment can eventually replace the possibility of mass destruction by nuclear weapons as the principal apparent threat to the survival of the species. Poisoning of the air, and of the principal sources of food and water supply, is already well advanced, ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

The Economy: "The No. 1 Reason to Own Some Gold"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"The No. 1 Reason to Own Some Gold"* by Bill Bonner "Want to know the secret of success in today's civilized world? Be civilized. More on that in one moment... First, we note that the Dow hit a new record high yesterday of 17,688, after rising 40 points. And gold is just a buck shy of the $1,200-an-ounce mark. It appears to have bottomed out. Time will tell. Remember that gold is not an investment. It is money – the best money. You keep some on hand; you never know when you may need it. Now, back to the secret of success... *The Prisoner's Dilemma: *In 1962, Robert Axelrod was st... more »

Geldof Thinks a Christmas No. 1 Will Distract from the Fact He Killed His Wife and Daughter

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
Note the Floor Pattern from the Temple of Solomon (the Devil's Mosaic) on the shirt on the right. Also familiar to the Dweller on the Threshold. Also known as The Red Room, Also known as The Black Lodge.

Herbert Marcuse and One-Dimensional Man

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
Here's a name you don't hear often in radical circles any more: Herbert Marcuse. Even in the hallowed halls of sociology, this important Frankfurt School thinker merits nary a mention these days. And this is a shame because his work represents a strand of Western Marxism that never gave up hope in something better. Whereas miserable old Adorno, suitably fashionable in these dystopian times, offers a philosophical counsel of despair the body of work Marcuse left relentlessly grappled with contemporary social trends to find the political exit pointing beyond capitalism. When hope is ... more »

World News Briefs -- November 19, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Obama To Announce Immigration Executive Action In Prime Time Address Thursday -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will unveil his long-awaited immigration plan Thursday evening, changing rules governing deportations that could affect millions of undocumented immigrants and setting off an explosive battle with Republicans. Obama's prime-time address will be followed Friday by an event in Las Vegas, sources tell CNN. While exact details of his announcement aren't yet public, the basic outline of the plan, as relayed by people familiar with its planning, includes def...more »

Go long on Vandium?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
I read that Vandium batteries may have squared the green energy circles. That is what to do when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. If this proves to be true it will be a revolution. Naw, the Man would never allow it!

The mild PHEV: the next big thing?

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 17 hours ago
Leveraging existing assets is one of our best prospects for cleaning up the air and cutting petroleum consumption.  An under-appreciated possibility is using conventional hybrids, even retrofitting existing ones, to substitute a bit of grid power for petroleum fuel. In an article on advanced lead-carbon batteries for mild hybrids at GCC, there are these notable phrases: The state-of-charge (SoC

More Connections Between the Mafia and Wall Street   (Stark Parallels Between Gambino Crime Family and JPMorgan Chase)  Why Do These Persist After Madoff's Escape from View? (Jamie Dimon Worth the Bonuses!)

No comment here. The joke is on US. From our friend, Pam, at Wall Street on Parade. Wiseguys: Drawing Parallels Between the Mafia and Wall Street Persists Pam Martens November 19, 2014 Every now and then, someone raises the question of Mafia infiltration on Wall Street or suggests that Wall Street has become an Ivy-league educated, better tailored version of the mob. Now, two lawyers,

Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*What about this relationship between ISIS and the Kurds? (not brand Yazidi specific)* It's seems to be a real working relationship. I have remarked on that symbiosis, more then once here at the blog. And elsewhere too! *FWIW: I believe the Kurdish Pashmerga and ISIS to be joined at the hip to the American/Israeli evil twins.* It seems much more likely that there is cooperation and coordination between the Kurds and ISIS. It’s a thought that has been in the back of my mind for sometime now. When one takes a look at the land grabbed by ISIS and the desired Kurdistan one can’t help ... more »

The New Committee Chairs

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
Yesterday we talked a little about the battles for position inside the two House conferences. It's all been sorted out and these tare the new Committee Chairs that the Republican Steering Committee will submit to the full GOP conference for a rubber stamp. Boehner pretty much keep the extremists out of important positions, depending, of course, on how you define "extremist." He got to pick Intelligence and Ethics on his own and he opted for, respectively, Devin Nunes, the Boehner suck-up who famously accused Justin Amash (R-MI) of being an Al Qaeda tool, and Charlie Dent. Candice ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 19, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Paratroopers from U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) march in formation with their partners from the Polish army's 6th Airborne Brigade, on April 23, 2014, at the start of a training rotation with Polish forces. Kathleen McInnis, a security expert at London’s prestigious Chatham House research center, says Poland is the only NATO European nation with a strong program of military spending. A.M. LaVey/U.S. Army *Europe, Facing Multiple Threats, Still Isn’t Spending On Defense -- Stars and Stripes/McClatchy News* BERLIN (Tribune News Service) — A column ... more »

School marked down by Ofsted for being 'too white' - Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Ah 21st century Britain... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11240700/School-marked-down-by-Ofsted-for-being-too-white.html

Japan’s Abenomics Death Spiral

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
*The Berlin Wall hasn’t been the only near-scientific experiment in recent decades testing political and economic ideologies to destruction. As Peter Schiff writes in this Guest Post, in recent years Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe (pronounced Ar-Bay) has turned his country into a virtual petri dish of Keynesian ideas. The result, **as even he has now had to concede** -- and as has been reported many times here at NOT PC -- is a rolling economic disaster.* As Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has turned his country into a petri dish of Keynesian ideas, the trajectory of Japan's... more »

Interim U.S. Secret Service Chief Testifies On The Agency's Problems

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on ''Oversight of the United States Secret Service''? on Capitol Hill in Washington November 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque *Interim Secret Service Testifies On Agency's Failures -- CNN* (CNN) -- Joe Clancy, the interim director of the U.S. Secret Service, said that the agency has been "severely damaged in recent years by failures" and explained some key mistakes made by the Secret Service when a fence jumper was able to run inside the White House two months ago. In his appe... more »

Greg Hunter, “Gerald Celente: Global Economy on Unquestionable Decline Leading to War”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Gerald Celente: Global Economy on* * Unquestionable Decline Leading to War”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Top trends researcher Gerald Celente is forecasting a slowing global economy in 2015, and oil is a leading indicator. Celente explains, “It’s all in oil. We’ve been talking about oil prices since they peaked in June of this year. Now, you are seeing a 30% decline in Brent crude and West Texas (crude oil). This is big and it’s not a manipulated market. This is real. Yes, supply is up, but demand is down, and demand is down big time. You don’t have to look at that as an ass... more »

Good faith in contract

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 19 hours ago
Bhasin *v.* Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71: Canadian common law in relation to good faith performance of contracts is piecemeal, unsettled and unclear. Two incremental steps are in order to make the common law more coherent and more just. The first step is to acknowledge that good faith contractual performance is a general organizing principle of the common law of contract which underpins and informs the various rules in which the common law, in various situations and types of relationships, recognizes obligations of good faith contractual performance. The second step is to recognize, a... more »

Satire: “G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan: “We Must Make America Somewhere No One Wants to Live”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan: * *“We Must Make America Somewhere No One Wants to Live”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party’s long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters, “We must make America somewhere no one wants to live.” Appearing with House Speaker John Boehner, McConnell said that, in contrast to President Obama’s “Band-Aid fixes,” the Republican plan would address “the root cause of immigration, which is that the United States is, for the most part, habitable.” “For years, imm... more »

US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help Take Down Iran

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
The American revolution was supposed to have happened because of the revulsion our 'founding fathers' had with the institution of 'divine right of kings' or monarchy. Supposedly the new American nation went to war with England because a revolutionary 'democracy' was the preferred way of organizing our new nation. (Of course the truth was that the American 'founding fathers' had their own dreams of empire which is just what has sadly turned out for this country. But the mythology of America is all about our rejection of monarchy.) Fast forward and we see the headlines in the *Po... more »

NOT PJ: Sexist Pigs in Space

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 19 hours ago
*This week saw a perfect storm of spacefaring milestones, loud shirts, and crying. It was enough to bring Bernard Darnton (right) out of retirement.* Last week’s landing of the Philae spacecraft on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko gave us insights into not just the earliest epoch of the solar system but also the postmodern political universe. Through the comet lander’s separation, descent, and landing sequence, project scientist Dr Matt Taylor gave a television interview explaining the progress of the spacecraft, its experiments and scientific goals. He concluded his interview by sa... more »


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 20 hours ago
I no longer can deal with any of what's going on. I'm wiped and whipped. Taking a short break. Thank you in advance for understanding.

That Berkeley tolerance for free speech...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago

Is The Russian Navy A Threat?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Russian warships open fire during a presentation during Navy Day celebrations off the coast of the far eastern city of Vladivostok July 29, 2007. Russia's navy will start sorties in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean as part of a drive to boost Russia's military presence on the world's oceans, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Maltsev *Should West Be Worried By Russia Naval Moves? -- James Kraska, Special to CNN* Just as Russian ground forces have moved into Ukraine, in recent weeks Russian air and naval forces have conducted a handfu... more »

Russia - China Vow To Strengthen Military Ties. Will Conduct Joint Naval Exercises In The Mediterranean And Pacific In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
China's President Xi Jinping (right) and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, attend a welcome ceremony at the Xijiao State Guest Hotel, before the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia summit in Shanghai, on May 20, 2014. Reuters/Carlos Barria *Russia And China To Conduct Joint Naval Exercises In The Mediterranean And Pacific In 2015 -- IBTimes* The navies of Russia and China have agreed to conduct naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean in spring 2015, according to a statement issued by the Russian navy on Wednesday. Tha... more »

Russia Just Relaxed Its Gun Laws

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Some Russians Are 'Horrified' By The Lax New Gun Legislation -- Business Insider* After a change to national gun law on Tuesday, Russians can now carry certain guns in public for the purposes of "self-defense." The new policy allows the use of weapons to "protect their lives, health and property" but not against "women, disabled persons, and minors, unless they attacked you with a group and arms," according to an analysis by Russian media site Arguments and Facts. These weapons include "long-barreled weapons, pistols, revolvers, 'home-made tubeless firearm units' with cartridges... more »

One Million Page Views

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 20 hours ago
For those interested in such things, this blog had its 1,000,000th page view this morning. No, I don’t know exactly when or who it was, only that last night, I was some five hundred views short and this morning, I’m over the top. This, of course, doesn’t mean that there has been one million different visitors because, as with most blogs, there are some regulars who read the postings, and add their own comments. It just means that there have been one million page views. For those who wonder about this after looking at the “Flag Counter,” that was added a couple of years ago and the... more »

Supplemental: What you can read in the New York Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 20 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014Maddow versus the world:* You can read things in the New York Times you won’t likely see on TV. Yesterday morning, on the front page, a news report carried this headline: “Immigration Has President Altering Stand.” Michael Spear reported the various times in recent years when Obama has said that he can’t legally go where he now seems to be going on immigration. What are the merits of this case? We aren’t sure—and you won’t likely see that explored on The One True Liberal Channel. That was yesterday’s New York Times. In this morning’s New York Times, ... more »

France Has A Growing Islamic State Problem

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Almost 50' French Jihadists Killed In Syria -- The Local* Around 50 French nationals have been killed in Syria fighting alongside jihadists, the Prime Minister said on Wednesday. France also announced it will deploy six Mirage fighter jets against Isis fighters in Iraq. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that "close to 50" French citizens have been killed fighting alongside jihadists in Syria. A government source told AFP the precise number, as of Monday, was estimated at 49. "We know the number of French nationals, more than a thousand, who are involved in this p... more »

Taking Better Care of the Mind

Waking Times at Waking Times - 21 hours ago
*Video - *A talk to help you realize how easy it is to take better care of the mind and maximize its and your potential. The post Taking Better Care of the Mind appeared first on Waking Times.

Taliban Launch An Attack On Kabul's Green Village International Zone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Taliban activity has increased in the area recently, intelligence sources have said [Reuters] *Taliban Suicide Bombers Die In Attack On International Zone In Kabul -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan. The attackers tried to break into a complex known as Green Village, starting with the explosion of a van at the gate of the heavily guarded area in eastern Kabul that houses foreign contractors... more »

Easy Katniss Shirt and Baby Hunger Games Pictures

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
If there is one thing that Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings and I love to do, it is to photograph our babies dressed up in cute costumes. We have down Harry Potter, Frozen and now we bring you The Hunger Games. I have to say, this is one of my favorites. I loved making these easy and fun Katniss shirt for my little one, I think I need to make one in my size! Scroll down passed the shirt instructions to see more images from the baby shoot! You will need: - A black shirt - Gold Glitter Heat Transfer, I used the Cricut brand found here. - a cutting machine (I used a Cricut Ex... more »

Military Officer Named As Interim Prime Minister For Burkina Faso

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Military Officer Named Interim Prime Minister in Burkina Faso -- New York Times* OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The military officer who seized power in Burkina Faso after the ouster of President Blaise Compaoré last month was named on Wednesday as prime minister in a transitional government intended to steer the country to elections within a year. The appointment of Lt. Col. Isaac Zida, 49, a senior officer in the presidential guard, seemed to run counter to the entreaties of the United States and of other nations for the military to return to barracks and focus on what the State ... more »

Again... The Question Of Effective Wall Street Regulation

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Manchin, Senate Banking Committee Monday evening, the *Wall Street Journal* published an OpEd by two members of the Senate Banking Committee, the most conservative Senate Democrat, Joe Manchin (D-WV) and one of the most progressive, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), The Fed Needs Governors Who Aren't Wall Street Insiders. Wall Street banksters were petrified and furious when Warren was put on the Banking Committee, but Manchin's appointment to the same committee helped calm them down a bit. They expected him to balance out her populism. The OpEd may worry them. She's ... more »

Colors as a Reflection of Human Nature

Waking Times at Waking Times - 22 hours ago
*Meme - *Your favorite color can tell a lot about you. Here are six colors and their reflection of human nature. The post Colors as a Reflection of Human Nature appeared first on Waking Times.

Putin Greets New U.S. Ambassador With Demand To Stay Out Of Russia's Internal Affairs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
New U.S. ambassador to Russia John Tefft (L) shakes hands and presents his credentials to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, November 19, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Putin Greets New U.S. Envoy With Demand Not To Interfere -- Reuters* (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin greeted the new U.S. ambassador to Russia on Wednesday with a demand for Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner and stay out of its internal affairs. The new envoy, John Tefft, said in a written statement after presenting his crede... more »

Johnny Hazard : From the streets of Mexico: ‘Fue el estado’ (‘The government did it’)

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 23 hours ago
President Peña Nieto has decried incidents of inconsequential or fabricated violence by protesters without mentioning government-perpetrated atrocities. By Johnny Hazard | The Rag Blog | November 19, 2014 “We have been tolerant — excessively tolerant, according to some critics. But … finish reading Johnny Hazard : From the streets of Mexico: *‘Fue el estado’* (‘The government did it’)

19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
Here are the stats no one wants you to see. It did not have to be this bad but it is. What has happened in the past seven years is that the economic contraction of 2008 has restructured the economy . The reason for this is that lending finance has not properly recovered at all and is still not likely to. It has stagnated and cheap housing means nothing if few can qualify for a loan to buy one. The Obama administration has been completely incapable of providing economic leadership or even an idea. Whatever you may think of FDR or Reagan, they led on economic issues. Both ... more »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
[image: When Google Met Wikileaks] This is Assange's interaction with Google which was surely in pursuit of an unclear agenda. What emerges is that Google is seriously intertwined with the USA intelligence community at a level much higher than commercially anticipated. That is something to think about. All this is the scant tracks of government actions and priorities that we cannot easily discern whose risks are well hidden. Just how are these system risks discovered and evaluated? *Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems * *By Julian Assange* *Filed: 10/23/14 at 12:47 PM | ... more »

North Georgia Mothman Report

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
This is an extremely important report. It not only conforms to known Mothman reports but adds a completely fresh perspective not least from tyhe fact that the wirness was able to inspect the creature so closely. I have little doubt that this creature is either an imported alien to this planet or the result of advanced biological engineering by Earth sources. This is clearly not part of any natural evolutionary process. This creature levitated or demonstrated gravity neutralization and then activated an impeller rather than flap the wings which are sufficient only f... more »

Are Factual And Religious Belief The Same?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
[image: Evolution.] This is a bit of philosophical grinding and perhaps we discover that the word belief itself is been used far too liberally. Yet let us address modern man and 10,000 years ago. Modern man is agricultural man and so far we have zero evidence of his presence any earlier. Think about that please. I also am comfortable that he was introduced on Earth in colonizing groups in at least several locates around the Earth. That represents a pretty clear break from the ancestral stock which engaged in operating hunting bands. Since then agricultural man has back bre... more »

Living as Individuals Amid the Constructed Homogenization of Mankind

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 23 hours ago
*Era Denmark - *“To treat everyone equally is offensive, because it fails to recognize anyone as an individual.” The post Living as Individuals Amid the Constructed Homogenization of Mankind appeared first on Waking Times.

Leaked Doc: Tar Sands Strategic Plan

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 23 hours ago
READ LEAKED DOCUMENT TARSANDS STRATEGIC PLAN Download now! http://www.scribd.com/doc/246904129/Strategic-Plan-Quebec The 'plan' includes using a grassroots scheme Tarsands Alberta, Canada, poisoning the Cree and other Native peoples, now threatening the continent with dirty pipelines

BRAVE NEW VOICES: Kristof decrees!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 23 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014Part 3—The nation’s racial scold:* This morning, we punished ourselves. We forced ourselves to reread all four parts of Nicholas Kristof’s series of New York Times columns, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It.” (Yes, that headline has appeared at the top of each column.) The analysts wept in their carrels, sensitive to the punishments they knew we were absorbing. For ourselves, we were somewhat surprised: Upon rereading, Kristof’s columns were even less impressive than we would have supposed. We were struck by how little he had to say about race that can...more »

The murders in Jerusalem

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Vile, disgusting and will happen again unless action is taken.

Labour's 'clear' position on immigration

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Labour's Emma Reynolds is quizzed about "racism" on immigration, and how Labour a few years ago attacked Conservative leader Michael Howard for racism for even metioning immigration, now want to talk about it when Labour are losing votes on the issue of immigration.

Whitby-Oshawa and the Ukraine

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
So, it seems that only 31% of the electorate turned out for the Whitby-Oshawa by-election. What does that mean? It means that most voters there, like most voters in the rest of Canada, don't care enough about the harpercons' serial abuses of the fundamentals of theirs and our democracy. Nothing has sunk in. Violation of the principle of responsible government, covering-up of crimes against humanity, contempt of Parliament, .... oh well, you know the drill. Unlike the majority of voters. It also shows that the opposition parties have done a terrible job of educating the people abou... more »

Ukraine Will Not Enter Into Direct Talks With Russian Separatists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk addresses a news conference in Kiev November 14, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko *Ukraine Rules Out Direct Talks With Separatists -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia urged Ukraine's leaders on Wednesday to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, but Kiev rejected the call and told Moscow to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists". Kiev and the West accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine by providing the rebels with money, arms and reinforcements. The West has imposed sanctions on Moscow over the conf... more »

CorpEd Reeling in Memphis as ASD's Barbic Threatens the Impossible

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
The corporate school takeover model in New Orleans that has failed everyone except for corporate socialists is not going down so well in the attempted replication in Memphis. The lawyer/superintendent, Dorsey Hopson, who was put in charge of coordinating the giveaway of Memphis schools to the corporate welfare kings and queens of the charter school/real estate industry, is finding his task a bit more complicated than delivering the closing argument that he anticipated would win the day for the corporate reform schools. At this point, parents, teachers, and students in Memphis don... more »

So Ebola walks into a hair salon.....

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Good afternoon my friends! Sorry I have been silent for a few days. I've broken my thumb (again, lol)- my right thumb, and apparently my left thumb is too obtuse to learn a simple thing like: how to click the space bar.... so my writing/typing is sorta.... slow. Hence I've been focused on gathering info for this weeks Transpicuous News Show, instead of writing. BUT.... this article screamed for me to respond, and I'm taking the gimpy left thumb to task to type out this very quick comment: .... If this woman that purported was on the "ebola watch list"* actually Had "Ebola"*........ more »

The War Against The Islamic State Is Primarily An Ideological Conflict Rather Than An Economic One

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters *To Kill The ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money -- Charlie Winter, Daily Beast* *When you take away the gas smuggling revenues from the so-called Islamic State, it’s likely to get more donations—and take more hostages.* LONDON — It’s now widely recognized that the so-called Islamic State is not only very brutal, it is very rich, with a larger and more sophisticated financial infrastructure than any terrorist organization before it. The self-proclaimed “caliphate” rakes in millions of dollars a month from a range of income streams, including money from do... more »

Greg Grey Cloud free after Lakota song in Senate defending Mother Earth

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Photo Frank Thorp V via Twitter Lakota song as Keystone XL vote fails in the US Senate By Brenda Norrell Censored News Greg Grey Cloud, Crow Creek Lakota and co-founder of Wica Agli on Rosebud in South Dakota, was free last night after being jailed for sounding out in the US Senate the song of the people whose water and land is threatened by the dirty Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone

Japan's smartphone zombies wreak havoc on the streets? Not unique to Japan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
It isn't just in Japan. I see this here in a medium size Canadian city, almost daily. I have had these dullards almost walk into me on the sidewalk- have witnessed as these fools walk into things (tree and post) and had one texting idiot riding her bicycle straight towards my vehicle, while I was driving, in a parking lot!!! Recently in BC a young gal lost her life, walking on the train tracks, texting and listening to music Who the hell even does that??!! It's tragic. Completely preventable. Her parents are heartbroken. Darrell Phillips, Tiffany's father, had a message for other kid... more »

Talking tough

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago
The cupboardly man is talking tough regarding two regions of the world with the potential to blow-up. Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Palestine are flirting with major war and insurrection. Our PM may think it is low risk to mouth-off to Putin or declare some kind of weird love for right-wing Israeli governments, but sometime in the next year or three he could find himself facing requests to back-up

Keystone XL Pipeline Defeated By One Vote-- For Now

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Chris Mooney has been doing some terrific reporting for the *Washington Post*, primarily on Science. Last week's look at the correlateions between a primitive or fundamental interpretation of Bronze Age religious traditions and a fear or misunderstanding of science is enlightening. He wanted to examine whether religious belief rather than political ideology, better explains why some people resist the science on issues like climate change, evolution, and stem cell research. The results varied but he concludes that "when people deny science, they do it because they think it conflict... more »

The Islamic State Now Has A Foothold In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ISIS Comes To Libya -- CNN* (CNN) -- The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group's insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya. Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union. The fighters are taking advantage of political chaos to rapidly expand th... more »

Coming Home To Roost

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca The Canadian Press reported yesterday that former Conservative MP Bill Casey wants to run for the Liberals in his old riding: Former Conservative and Independent MP Bill Casey says he plans to seek the federal Liberal nomination in his Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. Stephen Harper threw Casey out of the Conservative caucus after Casey voted against his government's budget because it altered the terms of the Atlantic Accord, which governed cash transfers between Nova Scotia... more »

Crisis Pregnancy Centres: Alberta Fake Clinics Get Public Money

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
As promised, we're taking a look at other crisis pregnancy centres (CPCs) in Canada that apply for and receive public funding. Back here in our how-to identify and expose fake clinics getting public money, Kathy Dawson found that the Alberta Lottery Foundation (ALF) does indeed funnel money to CPCs. Alberta Lottery Foundation is like the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It redistributes the province's ill-gotten gains to "worthy" community assets. (Or does it?) It's got a ton of dough to hand out -- $1.486 billion in 2013-14 alone. The website has a handy search function. Kathy used t... more »

Don’t Forget Why Marijuana Legalization Is Winning

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Maia Szalavitz* - "The magnitude of the change is hard to understand without knowing a bit of recent history—and if we are going to continue to move toward rational drug policy..." The post Don’t Forget Why Marijuana Legalization Is Winning appeared first on Waking Times.

Syria / Iraq Regional War Updates - November 19 , 2014

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Evening Tweets.... *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 49m49 minutes ago #US pledges more support for #Kurds http://fb.me/4oI1SdZ3W Joel Wing retweeted *Ben Van Heuvelen* @berendvh · 4h4 hours ago Victory against ISIS in Baiji, but Iraq's biggest refinery cannot restart until pipeline routes are secured. http://goo.gl/eZJqtT Iraq Oil Report [image: View this content on Iraq Oil Report's website] Security, crude supply needed for Baiji restart By Iraq Oil Report @iraqoilreport Technical teams are to assess the damage to the refinery itself, but securing crude import and fue... more »

UN Report: Islamic State has Enough Weapons To Continue The War For Two More Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Islamic State fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of a northern Raqqa province in Syria. (Reuters) *Isis Has Enough Weapons To Carry On Fighting For Two Years, UN Warns -- The Guardian* * Arsenal is sufficient enough to threaten region ‘even without territory’ * Much of Isis’s weapon stocks were stolen from US-backed Iraqi military * Report recommends sanctions including seizing Isis oil tanker trucks * Foreign jihadis flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’ A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that the militant group know... more »

Follow the Money! (In Ukraine)

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Putin is a KGB leader. However what is going on in Ukraine? Remember we did have what the consesus said was a democratic goverment overthrown by a K street mob. Now we learn the first move of the new goverment was to vanish the countries gold reserves. Something is rotten in Ukraine.

Fracking Approved in Largest National Forest in Eastern U.S.

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Anastasia Pantsios* - "The USFS had initially proposed to ban fracking in the 1.1 million acre forest, the first outright ban of the practice in a national forest. But....." The post Fracking Approved in Largest National Forest in Eastern U.S. appeared first on Waking Times.

Jeju Solidarity Forever

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The nine person Washington state peace delegation to Jeju Island, South Korea is nearing the end of their solidarity visit. Last night they held a meeting with villagers and supporters for extended sharing. Here is a brief report from Emily Wang: Yesterday night, we had a really inspiring sharing and dialogue with 9 foreigner visitors including Father Bix. With this chance, they shared their experiences and people here also expressed our thankfulness. We encourage each other in this long struggle and have question to each other. For instance, how to deal with anger, trauma...? W... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Would News Briefs and Military And Intelligence News Briefs will be posted later today.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Upset Mom Finds Herself Contacting the News After Reading the Answers on Her Son’s Islam Worksheet* A mother in Union County, North Carolina, told WJZY-TV that her son, a freshman at Porter Ridge High School, brought home a worksheet on Islam containing some questionable answers. She was upset enough over the assignment that she contacted the school and her local news station after reviewing the material. The sentence that bothered the mom the most stated, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” It should be noted that school officials have yet to provide a ...more »

Wasting Thousands of years of History!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
*Those who do not study the past are bound to repeat it*. That's common sense. Yet the Man prefers Henry Ford " History is bunk" The masters of reality hate history because it is the most effective way to penetrate and destroy their reality distortion field. Obviously reading the Art of War is an good entry into understanding how people thousands of years ago knew how to deal with our current mess. They would recommend not getting into it in the first place.

What Do You Stand For?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
‘I am a patriot,’ writes Tighe Barry, ‘serving my country the best that I know how.’ Barry is the art director for the peace group CODEPINK and a long time peace activist based in Washington DC.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Another blast on the trans-fat trumpet* For many years, the received wisdom in the medical literature was that eating saturated fat was bad for you and likely to give you heart attacks. That was always nonsense and, in one of those 180 degree turns so common in the medical literature, has recently been abandoned. Such fats are good for you these days. Greenies and food freaks (largely overlapping categories, it would seem) hopped on the bandwagon a decade or so ago and began their usual coercive strategies. They pressured food manufacturers to stop using such fats. Vegetable... more »

DCNS opens a subsidiary in Australia to better market its SMX OCEAN SSK for the RAN

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
French naval defense group DCNS opened today a subsidiary in Australia named "DCNS Australia". The move, which coincides with an official visit to Australia by French president François Hollande with Thales and DCNS CEOs alongside, is aimed at getting closer to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and ultimately better marketing the SMX OCEAN submarine when the opportunity arises. *SMX Ocean SSK*: SMX Ocean is a new heavy conventional submarine (SSK) which was unveiled by DCNS at Euronaval 2014. It is based on the Barracuda SSN currently under construction. Xavier Mesnet (Submarines Ma... more »

Oil And The Conspiracy Theories That It Spawns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Saudi Oil Policy Uncertainty Unleashes The Conspiracy Theorists -- Reuters* * Market debates if Saudis will no longer defend oil prices * Private briefings, long Naimi silence puzzle OPEC experts * Conspiracy theories abound about what Riyadh is up to LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - If Saudi Oil Minister Ali al Naimi wants to stop conspiracy theories spreading before a crucial OPEC meeting next week, it's too late. Naimi's intervention last week after a two-month silence failed to address a question energy markets want answered: is the OPEC leader no longer willing to defend oil prices... more »

Report: Chicago schools teaching ‘safe’ anal sex to 5th graders

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
*EAGnews.org* CHICAGO – A graphic sexual education curriculum meant for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) fifth and sixth graders shocked parents during a presentation given during “report card pickup” at the Andrew Jackson Language Academy. [image: cps6-300x194]The presentation included slides that are clearly not age appropriate, and include “demonstrations” of applying male and female condoms (FC), DNAinfo reports. While CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey said in a statement that the “objectionable material presented at Andrew Jackson Language Academy this week is not and never was part... more »

Should We Be Scared Of Artificial Intelligence And Terminators?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Why Elon Musk Is Scared Of Artificial Intelligence — And Terminators -- Justin Moyer, Washington Post* Elon Musk — the futurist behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX — has been caught criticizing artificial intelligence again. “The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe,” Musk wrote in a comment since deleted from the Web site Edge.org, but confirmed to Re/Code by his representatives. “10 years at most.” The very future of Earth, Musk said, was at risk. “The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety,” he wrote. “The recognize ... more »

CNN: Libyan "Rebels" Are Now ISIS

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*November 19, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The United States has attempted to claim that the only way to stop the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq is to first remove the government in Syria. Complicating this plan are developments in Libya, benefactor of NATO's last successful regime change campaign. In 2011, NATO armed, funded, and backed with a sweeping air campaign militants in Libya centered around the eastern Libyan cities of Tobruk, Derna, and Benghazi. By October 2011, NATO successfully destroyed the Libyan government, effectively handing the nation over to these... more »

2004, MG and LRI Were Born

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
The Lion Rock Institute (LRI) held its 10th year anniversary Dinner Gala last November 06, 2014, at Harbour Grand Hong Kong, the same venue for the EFN Asia Conference 2014. Among the most memorable photos for me that night is this. From left: Parth Shah, President of the Center for Civil Society (CCS) in India, Andrew Work, co-founder of LRI, HK, me, and Barun Mitra, founder and Director of Liberty Institute, India. Parth, Andrew and me were batchmates at the "Mackinac Leadership Conference 2004", held in April 2004 at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midlands, Michigan, ... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Self-contained Higher Beings enter all of Gaia consciousness at this timeby ÉirePort

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Self-contained Higher Beings enter all of Gaia consciousness at this time* by ÉirePort Self-contained Higher Beings enter all of Gaia consciousness at this time. Far-reaching connections form readily with all ready to ascend to the next level. Far-reaching elements of these portend rapid change. Flashbacks contribute only as needed for consciousness ascension. Forgone efforts now release. Flashes of Higher Gaia are visible to all. ÉirePort | November 19, 2014 at 09:33 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-te

Anholt-Gfk Nations Brand Index: The Best Countries In The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Anholt-Gfk Nations Brand Index -- USA Today* Well, it took about 70 years. Yes, from being the world's pariah in the decades following Nazism and World War II, Germany is now the world's favorite country, according to the Anholt-Gfk Nations Brand Index, which measures the image of 50 leading nations. The Teutonic powerhouse knocked the United States from its longtime perch at the top of the ratings, which measure "twenty-three different attributes that make up the six overall dimensions on which national image is based." "Germany appears to have benefited not only from the sports ...more »

Does The U.S. Congress Care About The War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Here’s How Much Congress Cares About Fighting the Islamic State -- Washington Free Beacon* Empty chairs galore On Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee met to discuss the war against the Islamic State. “This was no minor congressional hearing involving witnesses from various and obscure think tanks,” the Washington Examiner‘s T. Becket Adams said of the hearing. “Both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made appearances to testify on U.S. military action against the Islamic State.” Despite that, many representat... more »

Brazilian air force confirms Gripen acquisition numbers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Saab Gripen E/F]A leading Brazilian air force figure has confirmed that 108 Saab Gripen NG multi-role fighters will be acquired for the force. Following the announcement in October that a $5.8 billion contract had been signed for the first batch of 36 aircraft, an air force representative confirmed to the International Fighter conference in London on 18 November that the full requirement will be for 108 airframes. The Gripen will initially replace Dassault Mirage 2000C fighters that have already been retired, and eventually the Northrop F-5EM and Alenia/Embraer A-1M aircraft... more »

Unmanned Team of K-Max® Helicopter and Indago Quadrotor Demonstrate Firefighting Capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the unmanned K-MAX helicopter lifted and dropped more than 24,000 pounds of water onto the fire. “The unmanned K-MAX and Indago aircraft can work to fight fires day and night, in all weather, reaching dangerous areas without risking a life,” said Da... more »

Nigerian Air Force Interested in Textron’s Scorpion Combat Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Scorpion tactical jet]The Nigerian air force is concerned that efforts to acquire new combat aircraft from Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises LLC to battle Boko Haram militants will be blocked over concerns about the country’s human rights record. “We are really handicapped in attacking the enemy where we want,” Air Vice Marshal R.A. Ojuawo, the director of operations for the Nigerian air force, said Tuesday. “We need capabilities for a timely response.” Nigeria has battled the Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram over control of the country’s northeast. Nigeria in recent da... more »

First missile systems Iskander-M delivered to Russia’s Central Military District

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Iskander-M]A brigade set of tactical ballistic missile systems Iskander-M was delivered to troops in the Russian Central Military District involving the Volga River region, Siberia and Ural, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The ministry noted that this was the fourth missile formation of the Ground Troops and first formation in the Central Military District fully transferred to the operation of missile systems Iskander. Missile equipment deliveries include several tens of launchers, transporter loaders and command and staff vehicles, life-supporting machinery and an info... more »

NATO Missile Defense Not Targeted at Russia: Senior US Official

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: THAAD]The NATO ballistic missile defense system is not targeted at Russia and aims to improve regional stability, a senior US arms control official said. "Limited ballistic missile defense capabilities are not capable of threatening Russia's strategic nuclear forces and are not a threat to strategic stability," Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller said Tuesday during a speech in Romania, where a missile defense site will be completed in 2015. Gottemoeller pointed out the limited scope of the missile defense system, which US officials... more »

Barack Husein Obama: somewhat inconsistent or a liar? You be the judge.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Barack Husein Obama: somewhat inconsistent or a liar? You be the judge. Just don't expect an investigation on the Obamamessiah worshipping BBC.

DRDO to abandon indigenous fighter jet engine Kaveri project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Kaveri engine]The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to wind up the Kaveri engine (GTX-35VS ) programme, signaling an end to a desi dream of equipping its own fighter jet with a home-grown power plant. Sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to OneIndia on Tuesday that the DRDO has already moved a file recently seeking the closure of the ambitious engine development project undertaken by Bengaluru-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE). The proposal now needs to get the approval of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and finally ... more »

Watch an SR-71 Pilot Explain How the Cockpit Works

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
An SR-71's exterior is all smooth, swooping surfaces. The Blackbird's interior, however, is a cramped assemblage of dials and switches need to keep the supersonic spy plane aloft. Don't be intimidated, would-be pilots. In this video, longtime SR-71 pilot Richard Graham walks you through the bevy of controls and explains what each one tells you. Read more

Coast Guard Receives First C-27J for Modification

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: C-27 Spartan]The Coast Guard has taken delivery of its first C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, which will go through modification to a maritime patrol/transport aircraft for the service. The Coast Guard is acquiring 14 C-27Js from the Air Force, which retired the aircraft as a cost-cutting move. In acquiring the Spartans, the Coast Guard is able to truncate acquisition of the Airbus-built HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft at 18 aircraft, the last of which recently has been delivered, at half of the planned procurement of 36. Read more

F-35C completes initial sea trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter completed its first phase of developmental test (DT) aboard an aircraft carrier Nov. 14, three days ahead of schedule aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). During the DT-I event, F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) the F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force (ITF) from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Maryland, tested the carrier suitability of the aircraft and its integration with carrier air and deck operations in the at-sea environment, achi... more »

S. Korea to put K-2 combat tank into full service by 2017

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: XK-2 combat tank]The arms procurement agency said Wednesday it will complete the deployment of some 100 next-generation battle tanks fitted with an indigenous engine and transmission by 2017. During a defense project committee meeting presided over by Defense Minister Han Min-koo, the government decided to deploy the K-2 Black Panther by the end of 2017, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The development of the advanced combat vehicle had been delayed after it repeatedly failed to meet the military's requirements due to faulty components. De... more »

Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
Today I am thrilled to bring you a giveaway for one of this year's hot holiday toys! Enter below! *Welcome to the Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser Giveaway, *hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Step2! It's time to start thinking about holiday shopping and if you have a child in the 4-8 age range, we have an AWESOME new toy from Step2 to introduce to you: the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser! Details of the Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser (obtained from the Step2 website): Little riders, get ready to kick up some dirt and rev up your engines with the Spin & Go Xtreme ... more »

An evaporating landscape? Possible issues with the KKLT scenario

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
*By Dr Thomas Van Riet, K.U. Leuven, Belgium* *What is this blog post about?* *In 2003, in a seminal paper by Kachru, Kallosh, Linde and Trivedi (KKLT) (2000+ cites!), a scenario for constructing a landscape of de Sitter vacua in string theory with small cosmological constant was found. This paper was (and is) conceived as the first evidence that the string theory landscape contains a tremendous amount of de Sitter vacua (not just anti-de Sitter vacua) which could account for the observed dark energy. * The importance of this discovery should not be underestimated since it profound... more »

‘Sexy and cute’: Japan’s new strategy to recruit soldiers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
The series "National Defence - Men/Women" covers the daily lives of 60 service men and women including jet pilots, anti-missile aegis destroyer navigators and gunnery mates - showing a side that most military magazines would not. Soldiers were directed to pose like pop stars or fashion models in or out of uniform to maximize their charm, some even going shirtless. Japan's ageing society and decreasing young population have military recruiters struggling to hire new service men and women to sustain the 225,000-strong forces. Read more

SEA to supply communication systems for UK submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Astute class SSN]SEA has been awarded a contract by BAE Systems to deliver external communications systems (ECS) for integration into the UK Royal Navy's submarine fleet. The £23m agreement, which involves detailed design and long-lead procurement, covers the initial part of the two-phased project. SEA managing director Steve Hill said: "It is the culmination of fifteen years [of] hard work, often in close partnership with the Royal Navy. Read more

Australia wants new Japan propulsion system for its submarines: sources

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: HMAS Waller]Australia wants a new Japanese propulsion system for its next generation of submarines, government officials with direct knowledge of the matter said, bolstering Tokyo's position as the likely builder of the multibillion-dollar fleet. Reuters reported in September that Australia was leaning towards buying 12 submarines based on Soryu-class vessels built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The new submarines will replace six ageing Collins-class boats. In talks since then, Canberra has said it wants a lithium-ion battery propulsion syste... more »

First Pilot To Fire Missile From A Predator Drone Breaks Silence: Before 9/11 I Had Osama Bin Laden In My Crosshairs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*War Is No Video Game – Not Even Remotely -- Scott Swanson, Breaking Defense* *The first person to fire a Hellfire missile from a Predator drone in combat and destroy a target writes here about his experience. Scott Swanson has never written about this before. Read on. The Editor.* Flying a Predator drone in combat is nothing like playing a video game. Take it from me, the first person to pull the trigger in a lethal missile strike from a Predator. As one of the early Air Force pilots to fly that Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV, I cringe when people make snide comments about the ... more »

Fracking And LNG, British Columbian Government`s Head Stuck In The Sand, (Andrew Nikiforuk Video)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Watch Andrew Nikiforuk`s Award Winning LNG video..... Be Prepared to be Shocked, be prepared to lose your lunch.. Be prepared to Recall the British Columbia Liberal Government and Toss Them in JAIL! http://thetyee.ca/Video/2014/11/17/Andrew-Nikiforuk-on-LNG-and-Petro-State-Politics/ _________________ The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Hertzan Chimera Unit - size of an HC Unit - atoms are flat created between two planes.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
*the thickness of the dotted line**random HC Unit thought for 2014:* imagine you've just done the washing up, you've washed two same size drinking glasses and they fit together one on top of the other to 'dry' on the side. You come back an hour or so later and bubbles of 'not properly rinsed' water have lodged themselves between the two same size glasses (or planes of glass) and they're all (roughly) the same size. Like atoms of a similar energy state. And, I know this isn't how it'd work, for sure, but, what if, "There are two boundaries to the potential 'size' of an atom based on t... more »

A Look At The History Of Money And Its Relation To War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A far cry from the Federal Reserve. (Reuters) *What The Islamic State’s Currency Tells Us About The Bloody Origins Of Money -- Matt Phillips, Quartz* The propaganda war from ISIL, the Sunni jihadist group controlling swaths of northern Iraq and Syria, took a somewhat expected turn last week. The black-clad fighters best known for their months-long jag of mass killings and filmed beheadings suddenly wanted to talk about monetary policy. On Thursday, the group’s heretofore unknown finance ministry announced vague plans to mint a series of gold, silver, and copper coins for its own c... more »

Will U.S. Combat Troops Be Used In Retaking Mosul?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses questions from U.S. military members during a town hall meeting in Baghdad, Nov. 15, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen *Is The Next Battle Of Mosul The Clash In Which U.S. Troops Will See Combat In Iraq? -- Washington Post* Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey appeared on Capitol Hill on Thursday, defending the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State and President Obama’s decision last week to double the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 3,000. But Dempsey also talked about a... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Cheers

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »

Congressional Freshmen Pick Their Class Presidents-- Ted Lieu (D-CA) And Ken Buck (R-CO)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Presidents: Ken and Ted This year's House Republican freshman class is over twice the size as the Democratic freshman class-- 41 to 17. Both classes elected their respective class presidents this week (Freshman Orientation Week), after the new members had a chance to meet and feel each other out. The Republicans picked extremist Colorado crackpot Ken Buck. The Democrats were more discerning and strategic, electing one of California's most accomplished and up-and-coming political stars, Ted Lieu. Blue America endorsed Ted Lieu and we've done a lot of writing about him here at *DWT*. ... more »

U.S. Troops In Europe Told To Not Wear Uniforms Off Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. servicemember watches as the flag at the Ramstein U.S. Air Force base in Germany is lowered to half-mast in honor of a killed soldier. Reuters *U.S. Troops In Europe Ordered Not To Wear Uniforms Off Base -- Washington Times* U.S. military bases in Europe have been ordered to “limit to the max extent possible” instances where personnel wear uniforms off base. U.S. European Command put out the directive Nov. 10. “In addition, all personnel should review individual social media account security and geo-location functions/settings to ensure their profiles are not overly reveal... more »

U.S. To Review Its Policy On 'Hostage Negotiations'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *White House Reviewing Policy Toward U.S. Hostages Held By Militants -- Reuters* (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free Americans being held by militant groups overseas, the White House said on Monday. In recent months, Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans, including Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger, whose death was announced in a video released by the group on Sunday. "The administration’s goal has always been to use every appr... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Free To Fly"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, "Free To Fly" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI1WnY30nJo

Is 'Object 2014-28E' A Russian Satellite Killer? (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An artist’s conception of a Soviet anti-satellite weapon destroying a satellite in 1984. (Defense Department Photo) *Unusual Russian Orbiter Has Stargazers Wondering: Is It A Satellite Killer? -- Fred Weir, CSM* *Object 2014-28E, a Russian satellite, has been scooting across the skies in an odd fashion – and stirring speculation that Russia has reignited its space-weapons program.* Moscow — Is it just a piece of space junk, or an orbital predator? That is the question many amateur astronomers and, no doubt, military professionals are asking themselves as they track an odd space ve... more »

Terry Waite

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
In his best-selling book, "Under Fire," Oliver North of Iran-Contra fame makes one brief reference to Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Church of England. Noting Waite's presence among those on hand to welcome released hostage David Jacobsen in Beirut on Nov. 2, 1986, North adds, "Terry had risked his life to gain the release of all the hostages, but not long afterward, in January, 1987, he too would become a hostage." Risked his life, true. But contrary to the charade created for the world by impresario North, Waite had nothing to do with obtaining the release of any hostage ... more »

Hunt vs. Liberty Lobby

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Have you come here to kill me? You can't kill me. Nobody can kill me."* *"I discovered before breakfast was concluded, however, that E. Howard Hunt, the convicted Watergate burglar and official of the Central Intelligence Agency, had filed a lawsuit against Victor Marchetti, a former high-ranking officer with the CIA and against Liberty Lobby, Inc., publisher of Spotlight, for an article Marchetti had written and Spotlight had published about the assassination of President Kennedy.... I had a new...mission. I would represent the defendants, Marchetti and the newspaper; we would w... more »

"Our True Friends..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with sad supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives." - Paulo Coelho

"The Nature of Courage"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Nature of Courage" by ClassicLit "Tolkien had experienced war and violence first hand in World War I. Like many of the writers from his era, his world could never be the same, after seeing his best friends die, and his land in ruin. Shippey writes, "The life experiences of many men and women in the twentieth century have left them with an unshakable conviction of something wrong, something irreducibly evil in the nature of humanity, but without any very satisfactory explanation for it." Defeat seems inevitable. The forces of evil are strong. And, the quest isn't really a ques... more »

Free Downloads: Orison Swett Marden, “The Joys of Living”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Joys of Living”* by Orison Swett Marden “Resolve every morning that you will get the most out of that day, not of some day in the future, when you are better off, when you have a family, when your children are grown up, when you have overcome your difficulties. You never will overcome them all. You will never be able to eliminate all the things which annoy, trouble, and cause friction in your life. You will never get rid of all the little enemies of your happiness, the hundred and one little annoyances, but you can make the most of things as they are. The reason why our liv... more »

Omar Khayyam, "The Rubaiyat"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumin'd Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show; But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days; Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays. The Ball no question makes of Ayes and Noes, But Here or There as strikes the Player goes; And He that toss'd you down into the Field, He knows about it all- HE knows- HE knows! The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The Rosette Nebula is not the only cosmic cloud of gas and dust to evoke the imagery of flowers - but it is the most famous. At the edge of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros, some 5,000 light years away, the petals of this rose are actually a stellar nursery whose lovely, symmetric shape is sculpted by the winds and radiation from its central cluster of hot young stars. *Click image for larger size.* The stars in the energetic cluster, cataloged as NGC 2244, are only a few million years old, while the central cavity in the Rosette Nebula, cataloged as NGC 2237, is about 50 light... more »

Derrick Jensen, “A New Declaration”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A New Declaration”* By Derrick Jensen "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That the real, physical world is the source of our own lives, and the lives of others. A weakened planet is less capable of supporting life, human or otherwise. Thus the health of the real world is primary, more important than any social or economic system, because all social or economic systems are dependent upon a living planet. It is self-evident that to value a social system that harms the planet’s capacity to support life over life itself is to be out of touch with physical reality. That any wa... more »

“95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness”* by MarcandAngel “At the cusp of a new day, week, month or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go. It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our long-term goals and happiness. The questions below will help you with this p... more »

“The Greatest Source of Humility”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Greatest Source of Humility”* by Guy McPherson “Perhaps the greatest source of humility surrounds us every day. When I was a child of about ten years, I used to lie on the backyard lawn nearly every summer night, staring at the haunting mystery of the starlit sky. The Idaho town of a few hundred people in which I lived produced little light pollution, so with unaided eyes I could see the stars of Pleiades and all the brighter stars. Many of these nights under the stars I wept uncontrollably at my insignificance in the universe. I had never heard of Carl Sagan, but I knew I wa... more »

Chet Raymo, “Very, Very, Very, Very, Very...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Very, Very, Very, Very, Very...”* by Chet Raymo "In a short story that was published posthumously in the New Yorker earlier this year, the inestimable Primo Levi meditated on the limits of language. The story was called “The Tranquil Star.” He writes "The star was very big and very hot, and its weight was enormous," and realizes immediately that the adjectives have failed him: “For a discussion of stars our language is inadequate and seems laughable, as if someone were trying to plow with a feather. It's a language that was born with us, suitable for describing objects more or le... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Saint-genis-laval, Rhone-Alpes, France. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Dark Hours..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them. There I can find, as in old letters, the days of my life, already lived, and held like a legend, and understood. Then the knowing comes: I can open to another life that's wide and timeless. So I am sometimes like a tree rustling over a gravesite and making real the dream of the one its living roots embrace: a dream once lost among sorrows and songs." ~ Ranier Maria Rilke

Putin: 'US Wants To Subdue Russia'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President of Russia Vladimir Putin.(RIA Novosti / Alexey Druzhinin) *Putin:'US Wants To Subdue Russia, But No One Did Or Ever Will' -- RT* The US has no plans to humiliate Russia, but instead wants to subdue it, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that no one had ever succeeded in doing so – and never will. Speaking at a forum of the All-Russia Peoples' Front in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russian leader said that history was not about to change, and that no one would manage to suppress the country. "Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia – and n... more »

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"In the Middle..."* "In the middle of a life that's as complicated as everyone else's, struggling for balance, juggling time. The mantle clock that was my grandfather's has stopped at 9:20; we haven't had time to get it repaired. The brass pendulum is still, the chimes don't ring. One day you look out the window, green summer, the next, and the leaves have already fallen, and a grey sky lowers the horizon. Our children almost grown, our parents gone, it happened so fast. Each day, we must learn again how to love, between morning's quick coffee and evening's slow return. Steam from a pot ... more »

“Some Things You Need To Know”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Some Things You Need To Know”* by Marc “I know you’re reading this. And I want you to know I’m writing this for you. Others will be confused. They will think I’m writing this for them. But I’m not. This one’s for you. I want you to know that life is not easy. Every day is an unpredictable challenge. Some days it can be difficult to simply get out of bed in the morning. To face reality and put on that smile. But I want you to know, your smile has kept me going on more days than I can count. Never forget that, even through the toughest times, you are incredible. You really are. So... more »

Might anti-Obamacare zealots live to regret throwing every tool they could think of at the ACA?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*If the Supreme Court gives the wingnuts their way in the King v. Burell challenge to the ACA, it will mean a mess, yes, says James Surowiecki, but not the end of Obamacare.* *"Obamacare’s opponents may win when the Supreme Court finally decides King, sometime next year. But it could turn out to be a fight they’d have been better off losing."* -- The New Yorker*'s James Surwiecki, in* "On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself" *by Ken* It's not as hard as you might think to be a jerkwad incompetent right-wing scumbag, because as you maraud your way through life, destroying e... more »

"How It Really Is"

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


urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
*ummm . . this is another PERFECT example of how dumb-downed cattle are treated!* *worldtruth.tv* [image: volkswagon-644x372] You won’t find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has been allowed for this car because the myth that 50 mpg is virtually impossible to obtain from even a stripped down econobox is too profitable to let go of, and when it comes to c... more »

Senate vote fails on Keystone Native chant sounds out

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
---------------- UPDATE: Greg Grey Cloud, Lakota, free after Lakota song in the US Senate defending Mother Earth from Keystone XL pipeline tarsands: By Brenda Norrell Censored News Greg Grey Cloud, Crow Creek Lakota and co-founder of Wica Agli on Rosebud in South Dakota, was free last night after being jailed for sounding out in the US Senate the song of the people whose water

It Has Begun- Germany to Break From US/UK, Join Russia/China Alliance! (Jim Willie BOMBSHELL)

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
Silver Doctors July 20, 2014 *By Jim Willie, GoldenJackass.com* The grand stage leans East for the European players, with steps taken to the right, the weight having shifted, the messages suddenly more angry, more filled with disgust, more loaded with open confrontation. The commercial forces aligned with Russia are coming to the fore. The departure after a recent re-election by Chancellor Merkel should serve as the final slam of the hammer. She stood in the wrong camp, the banker and politician camp. They do not run Germany. The marriage is over, the glow gone, the lawyers in th... more »

Here’s Why Diamond Engagement Rings are a Marketing Scam

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video* - Do you know the marketing history of one of the greatest cultural scams of all time, the diamond engagement ring? The post Here’s Why Diamond Engagement Rings are a Marketing Scam appeared first on Waking Times.

Iran Nuclear Talks Begin In Vienna (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at the Iranian embassy for lunch with former European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Vienna November 18, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader *Kerry, Zarif Say Iran Nuclear Deal Possible as Deadline Looms -- Voice of America* Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful the U.S. and group of five other world powers can reach a deal with Iran on the country's nuclear program, but that he will not make any predictions. Negotiators from Iran and the so-called P5+1 group that includes the U.S., Britain, China... more »

The Orchestra of Reality – Science, Spirituality and Symbolism

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Phil Watt* - "From a scientific perspective, you might call God the zero-point energy field or the quantum field of possibilities..." The post The Orchestra of Reality – Science, Spirituality and Symbolism appeared first on Waking Times.

5 Inventions That Herald an ”Outernet” Revolution

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
"For many in the modern world, open access to the World Wide Web is being viewed as an essential human right..." The post 5 Inventions That Herald an ”Outernet” Revolution appeared first on Waking Times.

Best UFO Pictures

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Best UFO Pictures

Thomas Mulcair`s Party of Wallflowers, The Disturbing Truth Unraveled

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written By Grant G* The hypocrisy emanating around alleged sexual harassment of 2 NDP MPs by 2 Liberal MPs has reached an astonishing level. A quick recap on the history of this burning issue. Earlier this year 2 (Unnamed) NDP MPs came to Thomas Mulcair and complained about some form of harassment, possibly sexual harassment, the alleged perpetrators were apparently 2 Liberal MPs...From what we know. Thomas Mulcair apparently went nowhere with those complaints, never brought it up to Parliament Hill`s investigative arm Internal Economy....Apparently Mulcair just sat on the ... more »

Former Top NATO Official General Harald Kujat: Turkey Wants To Drag NATO Into Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
"General Harald Kujat (born 1 March 1942) is a retired German general officer of the Luftwaffe. He served as Chief of Staff of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, from 2000 to 2002, and as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 2002 to 2005" (*Wikipedia*). "Turkey basically wants to drag NATO into this situation because the actual goal of Turkey is to neutralize Assad. And if a war broke out in Syria, then Turkey would of course take the opportunity. But alone it's too weak for that. That's the situation we are currently in. And therefore ISIS's actions and what's happ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 18, 2104

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Reuters/Nicholas Kamm) *The Iran Nuclear Talks Have A Week Left To Triumph Brilliantly Or Utterly Collapse -- Steve Levine, Quartz* With the final stretch of talks to begin tomorrow for a sanctions-lifting-and-nuclear-halting accord with Iran, the consensus is that Tehran and Western countries’ envoys will fail, and will extend their negotiations. But a small number of analysts argue differently—that, because of the stakes, especially for Iran, the likelier scenarios are starker: either a clear breakthrough, or an acrimonious collapse of the talks. Quartz has predicted that it w... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Sorry to be away so long. Been busy. But the news of Labour’s new leader so excited me I felt I had to return! No, not really. I’m about as inspired by him as everyone else has been. Which apparently isn’t very much. Even Russell Brown is underwhelmed, blogging before catching a plane that Labour's leadership result and the means by which it was achieved both seem disastrous for the party and for the prospects of the centre-left. Little didn't win the support of the party or the caucus, he loses his electorate more badly every time he contests it, and he's vowing to dump all ... more »

"WTC Demolition Participant Murdered?" - story going viral!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
"Accidental drowning"…but weighted down?! *Was Michael Calabrese murdered to prevent him from talking about his participation in the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7?* That is the explosive charge leveled by an anonymous source calling himself “Dave Adam.” According to former NSA officer turned whistleblowing journalist Wayne Madsen, “Adam” fears for his life in the wake of Calabrese’s apparent murder. In an exclusive interview with Truth Jihad Radio, Wayne Madsen explained that pseudonymous source Dave Adam came forward during the past two weeks… ... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Chapter 6: THE STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING GENERALS :SS OBERGRUPPENFUHRER DR.ING.HANS KAMMLER AND GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON* *"Pilscn and the Skoda Works were captured by Combat Command B Third Armored Division, the same unit that captured Kammler's unique metropolis, with its treasure trove of missiles and jet engines, at Nordhausen in Saxony on April 11." * *- Tom Agoston, Blunder! How the U.S. Gave Away Nazi Supersecrets to Russia 1* World War Two ended in Europe with the armored divisions of U.S. General George S. Patton's Third Army lunging deep into the tottering Third... more »

Will ISIS Ever Get Its Hands on Battlefield Nukes?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
"President Obama has been unwavering and definitive in declaring he will not deploy U.S. ground troops into combat to fight ISIS militants. Period. But for the first time since the start of then anti-ISIS offensive dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve, the president volunteered a scenario which he said would change his mind. *“If we discovered that [ISIS] had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon, and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then, yes,” the president told reporters at a news conference in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday. “I would order it.”* There is ... more »

World News Briefs -- November 18, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Spur Renewed Violence -- Voice of America* JERUSALEM - With Israel vowing to use “a heavy hand” in response to Tuesday’s attack on a synagogue by two Palestinians that left four Israelis dead and six wounded, the violence has taken on renewed and dangerous dimensions, analysts say. For weeks now, simmering tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have boiled over into a rash of attacks against Israelis, clashes between Palestinians and police, and attacks at mosques and synagogues. Israeli and Palestinian leaders have reacted strongly to the violen... more »

Likeliest Congressional One Termers

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Robert Dold, GOP freshman in the bluest district Steve Israel managed to lose This morning, *Roll Call* ran a short list of the likeliest congressional one-termers. It wasn't based on the likelihood of whacked out extremists saying something blatantly insane. Newly elected radicals like Jody Hice (R-GA), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Mark Walker (R-NC), Tom Emmer (R-MN), and Ken Buck (R-CO) were elected by voters who knew exactly what they were buying... and went for it anyway. You can expect, for example, the kind of primitive rural voters and the smug, well-fed, white suburbanites in Col... more »

Philadelphia Teacher Carol Heinsdorf Where Have All the Libraries Gone?

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*Just in case you savvy reporters out there would like a copy of testimony tomorrow in a big story, too bad you are too busy covering Honey Boo Boo* This testimony of Carol Heinsdorf, member of APPS (Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools) and the PSLA (Pennsylvania School Librarians Association) Legislation Committee, has been accepted as written testimony in the Basic Education Funding Commission hearings. This is a strong advocacy plea for improved school library programs with certified school librarians for the School District of Philadelphia. SDP is the 8th largest school di... more »

“An ‘Owner's Manual’ for a Successful Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“An ‘Owner's Manual’ for a Successful Life”* by Bill Bonner Mahatma Gandhi, on being asked, “What do you think of Western civilization?” answered, “I think it would be a good idea.” “The Dow rose 13 points yesterday. Gold jumped $18.40 to settle at $1,201.90. Nothing to get too excited about. So we return to "The Secret of Success." The Battle of Rorke's Drift was either a triumph for Western civilization or a bloody disaster, depending on how you look at it. The battle – which pitted British against Zulu – took place on January 22, 1879, in what is now South Africa. The Zulus v... more »

Report: Iran Uses Chinese Banks And Companies To Finance International Operations Of The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Elite Quds Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Quds provides arms, aid and training for pro-Iranian militant groups in the Middle East such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Shi'ite Muslim militias in Iraq. Reuters *Exclusive: Iran Uses China Bank To Transfer Funds To Quds-linked Companies – Report -- Louis Charbonneau, Jonathan Saul and James Pomfret, Reuters* (Reuters) - There is no trace of Shenzhen Lanhao Days Electronic Technology Co Ltd at its listed address in the beige and pink-tiled "Fragrant Villa" apartment complex in this southern Chinese city. The building's managers say they’ve never heard of it. But a Western intelligence... more »

Philadelphia Hearing on High Stakes Standardized Testing Wednesday

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools Tomorrow Philadelphia teachers, parents and students, the community, will be ringing the Liberty Bell in front of the Education Committee of the Philadelphia City Council at City Hall. Democracy in action. Education for Democracy. Democracy for education. *Pennsylvania Education Crisis Highlights - November 18th, 2014* *Philadelphia Links* *Standardized Testing Hearing in Philadelphia* *Wednesday, November 19th, 3pm, City Hall Room 400* A public hearing on the impact of standardized testing on teaching and learning will be held before the Educ...more »

FARC Confirms Capture Of Colombia General. Peace Talks In Danger Of Collapsing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Colombian Leftist Rebels Acknowledge Capture Of Army General -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels confirmed on Tuesday they are holding a Colombian army General Ruben Dario Alzate and two others, whose capture on Sunday led the government to suspend two-year-old peace talks taking place in Havana. "The three were captured by our units because it involves enemy military personnel, who were carrying out their duties in a war zone," the statement said. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended the Havana peace talks on Sunday after he said the leftist Revolutionary... more »

Russian Economy Facing Hard Times As Sanctions And The Drop In Oil Prices Start To Bite

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Russia Sees Recession Next Year If Oil Price Falls to $60 -- Bloomberg* Russia’s economy will sink into a recession next year if the price of oil slumps to $60 a barrel and the U.S. and its allies tighten sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said. The economy of the world’s largest energy exporter won’t grow faster than 1 percent in 2015 even if oil prices hold steady and the severity of sanctions remains unchanged, Siluanov said in an interview in Singapore yesterday. The price of Brent has slumped by almost a third this year to below $80 a bar... more »

Tory Higher Education Funding Farce

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I never set out to be the blogging equivalent of Mystic Meg, but annoyingly I've had several predictions turn out to be true. Here's one of them. Two years ago, almost to the day, I argued that the new funding regime brought in by the LibDem-supported Conservative government would leave Higher Education with a yawning funding gap. Would you Adam and Eve it, this morning *The Indy* led with Tuition fees: three quarters of students won't be able to pay off their debt. I appreciate the intricacies of HE funding is hardly tip-of-the-tongue stuff, so here's a quick overview. Universitie... more »

Nombres de mujeres en marco circular con rosas rojas para ver, descargar y compartir.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 1 day ago
Esta es la lista de nombres ganadores de nuestra promoción con fecha 18 de noviembre de 2014 en nuestra página de Facebook. Gracias a todas las personas que participaron y felicidades a todos los ganadores. Les recordamos que con frecuencia lanzamos diversas promociones en las que usted, su familia y sus amigos pueden participar. Para poder hacerlo, deberá usted ser miembro de nuestra comunidad en Facebook. Y ser miembro es tan fácil como entrar a nuestra página y darle click al botón "Me Gusta". Gracias.

Caspian Report: Feasibility of the US strategy against ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Video Title: Feasibility of the US strategy against ISIS. Source: Caspian Report. Date Published: November 17, 2014. Description:* Back in the month of September the American President, Barack Obama, said that the US intends to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS for short. Obama managed to assemble an impressive coalition against ISIS, including countries such as France, Germany, the UK and even Saudi Arabia. But at the same time the coalition lacks certain key players. Notably Iran and Turkey. Furthermore the coalition’s military interventions are limited to airs... more »

Nov. 18:

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
The Nov.7 Times and Transcript Section A has the usual trivia with occasional breaks for silliness. On page. 1, Justice Minister MacKay believes the life sentence with no parole for Justin Bourque was appropriate because it will deter other people from killing police officers. That's pretty dumb even for MacKay. Any person who is unbalanced enough to murder police officers simply because they represent something distasteful to him is not going to be deterred by anything. As for revenge-seekers in the public, they're as disturbed as the killer is. The long sentence is appropriate -... more »

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Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 1 day ago

Ukraine Now Admits That Its Gold Is Gone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
21st Century Wire *Ukraine Admits Its Gold Is Gone: "There Is Almost No Gold Left In The Central Bank Vault" -- Zero Hedge* Back in March, at a time when the IMF reported that Ukraine's official gold holdings as of the end of February, so just as the State Department-facilitated coup against former president Victor Yanukovich was concluding, amounted to 42.3 tonnes or 8% of reserves... ... we reported of a strange incident that took place just after the Ukraine presidential coup, namely that according to at least one source, "in a mysterious operation under the cover of night, Ukr... more »

'NO! Keystone tar sands!' Wica Agli in DC to support Rosebud President

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Wica Agli Travels to Washington, D.C. to Support President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance November 17, 2014 Press Release  Reposted from Lakota Voice http://lakotavoice.com/2014/11/17/wica-agli-travels-to-washington-d-c-to-support-president-scott-of-the-rosebud-sioux-tribe-and-the-cowboy-and-indian-alliance/ Wica Agli members are in Washington, D.C.

Pacific Ocean Tipping Points

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Life is resilient but abrupt changes in ecosystems typically produce escalating species extinctions. Abrupt changes in ecosystems are described as tipping points. The idea of a tipping point has been studied quite extensively by environmental scientists, among others. For example, this study on "tipping elements" explores factors whose impact is sufficient (especially in combination) to cause tipping points. The study focuses on rapid climate change as a critical tipping point: Duarte, C. (2012) Tipping Elements in the Arctic Marine Ecosystem. AMBIO, 41, 44-55. The existence of e...more »

Intolerable Bias

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The BBC’s conduct over the recent outbreak of violence in Israel has been worse than ever. Today a parade of commentators, one after another, have reacted to the synagogue murders with a begrudging half-hearted condemnation swiftly followed by the kind of justification that they know the public will swallow, namely that violence is understandable because of Netanyahu, ‘the occupation’ and the settlements. We even had to watch Ben Brown interviewing an individual named Ismail Patel from Leeds ‘Friends of Al Aqsa’ who couldn’t even bring himself to condemn the murders, and Rachel S... more »

Paths to disaster

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 1 day ago
bility and innovation. Thus chineses scholars are very good at following standard models, but not at developing their own. Chinese military aircraft design, relies heavily on Russian aircraft, which the Chinese buy and then copy. The Chinese LFTR development program, already appears to fallen behind its projected staff level, and the Chinese LFTR project date, is highly dependent on having a large and well qualified staff working on the project. Fortunately major progress in the development of efficient, safe, low cost, and highly scalable nuclear technology is possible withou... more »

Democratic Delusion And The New Clinton Map

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Does Hillary really expect wealthy conservative lobbyist Evan Bayh to deliver white working class voters for her? As we mentioned Sunday evening, Zephyr Teachout's new book, Corruption In America, is out now. She's been going around the country promoting it and the ideas behind it. Thursday she was in DC, speaking at a forum held by Mark Schmitt's financial reform organization, New America. Early yesterday she was at Twitter: "We need more populist, pro-teacher, pro-public, anti-monopoly Democrats running in primaries." We sure do-- part of the reason we have been so passionate in ur... more »

Ukraine Prepares For War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ukraine Readies For Possible Russian-Backed Attack -- Voice of America* DONETSK AND LUHANSK PROVINCES, UKRAINE - Ukraine's military is preparing to repel a possible assault by Russian-backed rebels in the east following reports of Russian military reinforcements crossing the border. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said Monday in an interview with the daily German daily Bild that the country is ready for total war. Ukraine's military is beefing up its defenses just a few kilometers from rebel-held territory in the Luhansk region. Private Sergai Eava with the 39th battalion sa... more »

Differences in the Bioregional State Compared to Left-Libertarianism, Summarizing Other Critiques of Malthusianism, Deep Ecology, and Bookchin

Mark at Toward a Bioregional State - 1 day ago
*The Dichotomous World View of Left-Libertarians, in one image from the Bilderberg-rag The Economist: "If only we can remove the cronyism, we're free." Sure, however, the enemy can be us ongoingly as well. That caveat requires a more nuanced sense of regionalized and cross-regionalized institutions to maintain open markets and open politics since they will hardly stay open by themselves I expect. That requires novel formal checks and balances against any freshly ongoing cronyism, to keep such open choices available instead of freshly colluded against. * *The Bioregional... more »

Whitby-Oshawa Voters Drive Another Nail Into Coffin of Canadian Democracy

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
Who knows what it is they like about the Conservative Party of Canada? Is it harper's armageddon-inducing denial of climate change? (Which is not so much based on "skepticism" about the science as it is on his being a bought-and-paid-for shill for the oil industry.) Is it the way the harper selects career criminals and unstable morons as senators and heads of government agencies? Is it the election fraud that they like? Is it the anti-democratic omnibus bills? Part of the reason why we have these disgusting results can be found in the complete absence of any sense of mourning on th... more »

NATO Warns Of Russian Military Buildup In Ukraine And On The Russian Side Of The Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NATO Leader Sees 'Serious Military Buildup' In Ukraine -- Reuters* (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg denounced on Tuesday what he called a serious Russian military buildup both inside Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border and urged Moscow to pull back its troops. Stoltenberg said NATO saw movement of troops, equipment, tanks, artillery and also of advanced air defense systems in violation of a ceasefire agreement. Russia denies providing arms or troops to support a separatist pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine, which began after the removal of a K... more »

Not Enough Drones Are Involved In The War Against The islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Air Force *Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast* The American campaign against the Islamic State is being largely fought from the sky. And even that aerial effort is being shortchanged, military insiders tell The Daily Beast. The president has declared the fight against ISIS to be a top priority. But within some corners of the U.S. military, there are growing concerns that the fight isn’t getting the resources it needs. Specifically, senior military officials tell The Daily Beast, there’s a “shortage” of drones and other surveillance planes needed t... more »

Chasing Footnotes and the Fort Monmouth Radar/Visual Sightings

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
I have been chasing footnotes again as I work on my new book. This time the trouble wasn’t as outrageous as it has been in the past. I was researching the series of sightings at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. These were radar and visual sightings that took place on September 10 and 11, 1951. It all began when a student radar operator tracked an object at a speed faster than fighters at the time. Not much later, the pilot of a jet trainer saw an object that he believed to be a flying saucer. Other radars were involved, though one of those sightings on the tenth was clearly a balloon. Th... more »

Let Landrieu Lose

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
from NYTimes today: WASHINGTON — Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana pushed hard on Monday to round up votes for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, part of a last-minute effort to help her survive a close runoff and one of the toughest battles of her political career.

The Human Dilemma

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
George Monbiot writes this is the age of loneliness "We are shaped, to a greater extent than almost any other species, by contact with others. The age we are entering, in which we exist apart, is unlike any that has gone before. The war of every man against every man – competition and individualism, in other words – is the religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone rangers, sole traders, self-starters, self-made men and women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, who cannot prosper without love, there is no such thing as society, only heroic individualism. What c... more »

BRAVE NEW VOICES: Something for everyone!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014Part 2—Ann Compton pimps Bush pimping Bush:* There was something for everyone in the Outlook section of Sunday’s Washington Post. But first, we had Monday morning. In the New York Times, we liberals got conned once again. Charles Blow was very upset with the partisanship in Washington. That led him to please us with this: BLOW (11/17/14): *[T]he tipping point will likely come when the president takes executive action on immigration,* which, according to reports, could protect up to five million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Republicans are...more »

Top U.S. General: Islamic State Terrorists Are ‘A Bunch Of Midgets’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iraq's Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi (L) meets with U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the defence ministry in Baghdad November 15, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer *Martin Dempsey: Islamic State Terrorists Are ‘A Bunch Of Midgets’ -- Washington Times* Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a visit to U.S. troops in Baghdad not to fear — Islamic State terrorists were simply “midgets” with a radicalized view of the world. In his words: “[They’re] a bunch of midgets running around with a really radical ideol... more »

16% of French believe in global Zionist conspiracy

John Friend at The Realist Report - 1 day ago
An article appearing in *The Algemeiner*, an online Jewish daily newspaper, highlighted and summarized two public opinion polls recently conducted in France. Apparently, 16% of those polled believed in a global Zionist conspiracy, and 25% believed that international Zionism is a major force operating in the Western world. No less than 16 percent of France’s residents think that there is a “Zionist conspiracy on a global scale,” according to results of a survey released Sunday. Additionally, one in four – 25 percent – also believe that “Zionism is an international organization that ... more »

500K/hr in a train its true!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
In North America going 140K is a big deal. Why?

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