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Thomas Paine

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

Friday, November 28, 2014

28 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

10:34pm MST

The question now is, how soon will Ray Rice be back on a football field?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
*NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thought taking a second bite at the disciplinary apple could get him off the hook for bungling his original disciplining of wide receiver Ray Rice. A U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones has now said it doesn't work that way.* *by Ken* "Ray Rice wins appeal of his suspension, is eligible to play for any NFL team," reads the headline on Marissa Payne and Cindy Boren's washingtonpost.com "Early Lead" report, If you look at U. S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones's ruling, it makes sense. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had already punished Ba... more »

Google gives Taiwan a boost

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
Today's Google search home page. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Bears on ice

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago

Five Must-Have Essential Oils

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video -* Five essential oils that are a must-have in the medicine cabinet and how to administer them. The post Five Must-Have Essential Oils appeared first on Waking Times.

Consciousness is More than Computation!

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video- * consciousness The post Consciousness is More than Computation! appeared first on Waking Times.

70% of fresh chickens are contaminated with potentially lethal food poisoning bacteria

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 2 hours ago
Fee explains the real story to KJ... SOURCE DAILY MAIL: Named and shamed: The supermarkets where up to 78% of fresh chickens are contaminated with potentially lethal food poisoning bacteria The bug is responsible for an estimated 280,000 cases of food poisoning each year and as many as 100 deaths.  The study revealed that Asda was the worst performer, with a contamination rate of 78 per

To Merryl Tisch: Take Responsibility for the Ted Morris Charter Con

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
In November 2014, both the New York Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved the opening of a Rochester charter in September 2015 for a lead applicant, Ted J. Morris, Jr., who has been found to be a fraud. (For a good summation of the issue, read this post.) NY Regents […]

In stunning scientific news, scientists learn to tell wingnuts Jeff Sessions and Mike Enzi apart

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Mike Enzi or Jeff Sessions? Oh wait, that's actually the much funnier Jeff Sessions look-alike, the late comedian and actor Henry Gibson.* *by Ken* Oh sure, you could always tell them apart using seat-of-the-pants empricial techniques. Like knowing that Jeff Sessions is from the Confederacy Forever wing of the Republcian Party, you could say, "Slavery is an abomination," and wait for him to drawl, "The South will rahz again." Or knowing that Mike Enzi is from the Western Survivalist wing, you could pretend to be a revenooer and see if he goes for his shotgun. Of course, the Teaba... more »

Photos March to Protect the Peaks

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Louise Benally leads march for Protection  of San Francisco Peaks Photos by Klee Benally

Arizona's Education Taliban is at it Again

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
This time, Arizona's right to lifers, aka right wing, religious wing nuts, are at it again, wreaking havoc on the state's youngest, most vulnerable population. Today's *New York Times* reports the story of how young people should have their lives and their children's lives ruined because of religious fanaticism and those who still want to live in the Dark Ages, where women and children knew their place, or else. Ms. Smith, the school board member and parent, said she had been driving her family home from church back in January when her son told her about what was in the textbook. ... more »


Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
[image: Picture] And for one more day, BRAVE Mandala will guide your visual journey with the CHAK-Dala above and the words below. ~Sophia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. VASTness A drop in the ocean, and the ocean in a drop. Within us is all the wisdom, all the deep feeling, of all things that have ever lived. Trees, who have witnessed and felt for thousands of years. Humans, who have struggled and laughed, thrived, learned and then transformed into something else. We exist as a momentary collection of star dust while we worry about money and traffic and whether we are work... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Namibia has some of the darkest nights visible from any continent. It is therefore home to some of the more spectacular skyscapes, a few of which have been captured in the below time-lapse video. We recommend watching this video at FULL SCREEN (1080p), with audio on. The night sky of Namibia is one of the best in the world, about the same quality of the deserts of Chile and Australia. Visible at the movie start are unusual quiver trees perched before a deep starfield highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. This bright band of stars and gas appears to pivot around... more »

"The Future..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours, and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more, and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try... more »

The Poet: William Stafford, "Ask Me"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Ask Me"* by William Stafford "Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life. Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or to hurt: ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made. I will listen to what you say. You and I can turn and look at the silent river and wait. We know the current is there, hidden, and there are comings and goings from miles away that hold the stillness exactly before us. What the river says, that is what I say."

"The Hyphen..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit." ~A.W. and J.C. Hare, "Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers," 1827

Chet Raymo, "Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Free Will"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Free Will"* by Chet Raymo “That was the title of an article in the March 18 issue of "Science." What, I wondered, is experimental philosophy? If it's experimental - that is, based on reproducible empirical data - then it's science. And what new, pray, might philosophy - experimental or otherwise - have to say about free will? I read eagerly. The author begins by saying that most central philosophical problems concerning free will, morality and consciousness are notorious for their resilience, many of them stretching back to the earliest... more »

"Wandering Through Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"One wanders through life as if wandering through a field in the dark of night, wearing a blindfold and very heavy shoes, with a poisonous toad waiting patiently beneath a clump of weeds, knowing full well that eventually you will step on him." ~ Lemony Snicket

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Perrinton, Michigan, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Infinite Distances..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Nevada's Mysterious Cave of the Red-haired Giants”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Nevada's Mysterious Cave of the Red-haired Giants”* by Terrence Ayn “Many Native American tribes from the Northeast and Southwest still relate the legends of the red-haired giants and how their ancestors fought terrible, protracted wars against the giants when they first encountered them in North America almost 15,000 years ago. Others, like the Aztecs and Mayans, recorded their encounters with a race of giants to the north when they ventured out on exploratory expeditions. Who were these red-haired giants that history books have ignored? Their burial sites and remains have been ... more »

“The Origins of Human Language”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Origins of Human Language”* by the Huffington Post “Human language arose in southern Africa, a study in "Science" magazine claims. Language then spread across the globe through human migration. The claim complements fossil findings that point to southern Africa as the birthplace of modern humans. According to the Washington Post, researcher Quentin Atkinson of the University of Auckland in New Zealand conducted the study by breaking down 504 languages into their smallest components, called phonemes. As the Post explains, the words "rip" and "lip" are separated by one phoneme,...more »

"No Reason..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." – Steve Jobs

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Saudi Arabia Update - November 28 , 2014 ) - Just coincidence that as Saudi Arabia leads OPEC war on US shale oil , that ISIS suddenly raises its head with alleged cell strikes against Saudi Shiites ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Tweets...... *Al-Monitor* ‏@AlMonitor 16m 16 minutes ago #IslamicState cell strikes Shiites in Saudi Arabia http://almon.co/2asj *Al-Monitor* [image: View this content on AlMonitor's website] Islamic State cell strikes Shiites in Saudi Arabia By *Al-Monitor* @AlMonitor A deadly attack by an Islamic State cell on Saudi Shiites has upped the ante in the jihadists' threat to the Saudi royal family as the guardians of Islam's most holy sites. View on web Thomas van Linge and 9 others follow *Brooklyn Middleton* ‏@BklynMiddleton 4h 4 hours ago Report: #*SaudiArabia* is at war... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 28, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*OPEC Decision: Winners And Losers -- Kim Hjelmgaard, USA Today* VIENNA — The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries chose not to cut oil production levels Thursday, pushing down oil prices and creating winners and losers in the process. In the winners' corner are the Arab Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia. The kingdom is likely happy to let oil prices, down 35% since June, adjust on their own accord to maintain market share and revenue levels, said Nayef Nofel Shoshare, a Vienna-based oil expert. OPEC's largest producer may also be reluctant to show the world it fears ...more »

all the way

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Astroturf Illustrated!

Alison at Creekside - 6 hours ago
Heh. After slagging off on the protesters on Burnaby Mountain for days for being "professional protesters", SunNews ran this headline banner reading "Ineffective Kinder Morgan Protests" under their friendly coverage of four huge pro-oil signs up on the mountain. But wait ... haven't we seen those counter-protest signs somewhere before? Oh here they are! Back in May at the "No Enbridge!" protest on Sunset Beach in Vancouver, representing : *Canada Action * "Full Value for Canadian Resources - Support Northern Gateway" Just two guys with a grassroots website and four counter-prot... more »

World News Briefs -- November 28, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Nigeria Unrest: Kano Mosque Attack 'Kills Dozens' -- BBC* Dozens have been killed in a gun and bomb attack during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say. Many more people have been hurt, with one rescue official putting casualty figures at almost 400. The Central Mosque is where the influential Muslim leader, the Emir of Kano, usually leads prayers. The emir recently called for people to arm themselves against Islamist militant group Boko Haram. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* Fifteen Islamic State targets hit by *U.S., allies sin... more »

Cold & Wet in Gaza

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Post by Shehab News Agency.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 28, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad last week. The U.S. military has altered its plans to train and equip all Iraqi forces to fight ISIS and will instead focus on readying nine select brigades to take on the terrorist group *America Ditches Decade-Long Plan To Train A Full-Scale Iraqi Army In Favor Of Creating A Small Force Actually Able To Fight ISIS – Instead Of Running Away From The Militants -- Daily Mail* * 'The idea is, at least in the first instance, to try and build a kind of leaner, meaner Iraqi army,' a senior U.S. official said * The U... more »

The Bernie Project-- At iTunes And Amazon Monday

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
There's something horrible about Chris Christie being a Bruce Springsteen fan, even if the admiration is strictly a one-way street. And, I admit, there was something creepy about a reactionary Wall Street creation like Paul Ryan leaking his iTunes playlist to prove he had some connection to a zeitgeist normal humans could relate to. Who could imagine that the guy who wants to gut Social Security and see grandma and grandpa die without medical care also likes to rock out to Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, the Dead, Green Day, Twisted Sister, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin? Rage's Tom ... more »

Alien, Marjorie Fish and Zeta II Reticuli

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
Here’s an interesting thing. I was watching *Alien*and in the beginning, after they have been awakened by the computer, they assume they have arrived back home, more or less. Veronica Cartwright, as Lambert, is sitting in front of a computer screen that was probably high tech in the late 1970s but is no longer, and says, “That’s not our system.” They attempt to contact Antarctica control (which, given this situation, is probably hours away by radio, given the speed of light) and receives no answer. Sigourney Weaver, as Ripley, then says, “That’s not our system.” Lambert says, “I kn... more »

Shut It Down!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
*These two women workers at Macy's led chants as we passed their closed store* *I'm right in the middle of this shot in the green waving a peace sign* The Galleria Mall in St. Louis was shut down today as hundreds of black and white activists walked chanting through the enormous shopping center on "Black Friday". We learned about the action just before it began and when we arrived inside the mall many activists were already there leading chants like: - Shut it down - Indict, convict, put the killer cops in jail - the whole damn system is guilty as hell - No justice, no... more »

“The Fascinating Differences Between the Conservative and Liberal Personality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The Fascinating Differences Between * *the Conservative and Liberal Personality”* By Jared DeFife "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin," laments Linus van Pelt in a 1961 Peanuts comic strip. Yet in today's hyperpartisan political climate, religion and politics are obsessively debated, while the "American people" that politicians and reporters constantly refer to seem hopelessly divided. Meanwhile, psychologists are increasingly exploring the political arena, examining not just the ideological differences, bu... more »

Is Russia Two Years Away From An Economic Meltdown?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A man reads a newspaper under signs with currency exchange rates in Moscow, November 28, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov *Russia ‘Two Years From Meltdown’ As Economic Distress Grows -- The Australian/The Times* RUSSIA’S mounting economic crisis is likely to pose an existential threat to President Vladimir Putin’s leadership within two years, one of the country’s most respected economists said ­yesterday. The economic distress signals are becoming clearer and ­although western sanctions are not the only cause of Russia’s problems, they make escape from the downturn far more di... more »

Fukushima Daiichi Looks VERY Bad This Morning

Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
Unit 1 is having very obvious emissions. I thought I saw an earthquake on the TEPCO 4 cam as well. more »

Wild Bill: Do not despair...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*we need our enemies to remind us of who we are and what we can do when our backs are against the wall.* Be thankful for the left.

US, Canada and Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
US, Canada & Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN Published time: November 22, 2014 07:59Edited time: November 23, 2014 14:43 Reuters / Mike Segar Tags Canada, Hate crimes, Russia, UN, USA,Ukraine UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes.

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 11.28.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 11.28.14” * By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "I told you last week there would be no charges for the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, and no charges were brought. Of course, there was rioting and violence, and that seems to be what was wanted. The Governor of Missouri did not deploy the National Guard, and things got out of control. Was it done on purpose? One thing is for sure, this is NOT about race. The Obama Administration wants it to be; otherwise, he would not have sent Al Sharpton to Ferguson. This is about a very bad economy and an ... more »

Nuclear power's dark future | The Japan Times

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
Nuclear power constitutes the world’s most subsidy-fattened energy industry, yet it faces an increasingly uncertain future. The global nuclear power industry has enjoyed growing state subsidies over the years, even as it generates the most dangerous wastes whose safe disposal saddles future generations. Despite the fat subsidies, new developments are highlighting the nuclear power industry’s growing travails. For example, France — the “poster child” of atomic power — is rethinking its love affair with nuclear energy. Its parliament voted last month to cut the country’s nuclear-g... more »

According To Russian President Putin, Everything Is 'Fine'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a live broadcast nationwide phone-in in Moscow in this April 17, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Files *Putin Says Russia Doing Fine in Face of Tumbling Crude Prices -- Bloomberg* President Vladimir Putin said Russia will cope with the rout in crude oil after benchmark prices plunged to a four-year low near $70 a barrel. “We are satisfied overall with the situation and do not see anything so extraordinary in what is happening,” he said today in Sochi, Russia. “Winter is coming and I am sure that th... more »

U.S. Alarmed By The Growth Of The Islamic State Throughout North Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Islamic State Spreading Into Northern Africa, Alarming U.S. -- Washington Times* Libya, Egypt at risk of Shariah brutality In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region. Through its savvy use of social media and slick production of recruitment videos, the Islamic State — also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL — is attracting a growing number of indi... more »

What's the environmental impact of modern war? | Environment | The Guardian

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
Ban Ki-moon has called on nations to do more to protect the environment from the destruction of war, but even in times of peace our militaries have a huge impact on natural resources read: What's the environmental impact of modern war? | Environment | The Guardian

Federal Judge Blocks Review Of Alaska Mine's Impact On Salmon | ThinkProgress

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
*‘King Salmon’, United States, Alaska, Naknek, Bristol Bay, 2013. * CREDIT: FLICKR/ CHRIS FORD A federal judge has dealt a procedural blow to the EPA’s efforts to protect a remote part of Alaska from the impacts of what could be the largest copper and cold mine in North America. On Monday, Judge H. Russel Holland of the U.S. District Court of Alaska issued a preliminary injunction in favor the Pebble Mine’s efforts to block the EPA, thus preventing the EPA from taking further steps in its Clean Water Act (CWA) review process. Under section 404(c) of the CWA, the EPA has the authori... more »

Kinder Morgan pulls out of Burnaby Mountain!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
A Kinder Morgan employees drill on Burnaby Mountain in the background as a signs placed by anti-pipeline demonstrators are pictured in the foreground in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Kinder Morgan has stopped drilling on Burnaby Mountain and will move out its equipment beginning today, a company spokeswoman said Friday. Photograph by: Jonathan Hayward , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Local Council By-Elections November 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Oct Average/ contest +/- Oct +/- Seats Conservative 23 14,393 31.3% +4.3% 626 +176 +1 Labour 21 10,689 23.3% +0.1% 509 +69 -4 LibDem 14 4,101 8.9% -3.6% 293 -51 0 UKIP 17 8,737 19.0% +0.0% 514 +141 +2 SNP* 2 2,419 5.3% -0.4% 1,210 -345 +1 Plaid Cymru** 1 104 0.2% +0.2% 104 +104 0 Green 13 1,534 3.3% +0.8% 118 +22 0 BNP 0 0 0 TUSC 6 155 0.3% +0.3% 26 -9 0 Indepe... more »

A great darknes full of pilss

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
So major phama dictates where the failed F35 will be deployed and the dAMAGE that will not be done t0 the ememeuu will end up in civl court lik e a clASS action for idenifinyg assholes that in the next phase will be seperated from life Thats harsh but sometimes killing people proves we are smart. What a bunch of bullocks as the English would agree killlng on man for purppose brings down on you positon the whole family tree. These are not people from ferguson they have not lost a single flawed soldier they have lost a peice of humanity which now the sun dictactes the angle of the drone that... more »

President Obama: More Guantanamo Prisoners To Be Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A Navy officer, center, and two Army officers enter Camp VI at the detention center at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Walter Michot / Miami Herald / MCT / August 6, 2012) *Obama On Gitmo: More Detainees Expected To Be Released -- Washington Times* President Obama is getting ready to release more detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to reports. After transferring five suspected terrorists from the lockup at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, or Gitmo, the Pentagon has said that more will be transferred out in December, the Wall Street Journal ... more »

Shellmound March: Protect the Sacred 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Friday, November 28 at 12:00pm - 3:00pm in Pacific time Starts within an hour Corner of Ohlone Way and Shellmound St. Emeryville CA Please join us for the 15th anniversary of our annual protest. In 1999, the City of Emerryville built the Mall that now sits on the corner of Shellmound St and Ohlone Way. This was once a Ohlone village site and it is one of the largest Shellmounds

Carnage In Nigerian Mosque Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Nigeria Unrest: Kano Mosque Attack 'Kills Dozens' -- BBC* *Dozens have been killed in a gun and bomb attack during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say.* Many more people have been hurt, with one rescue official putting casualty figures at just under 200. The Central Mosque is where the influential Muslim leader, the Emir of Kano, usually leads prayers. The emir recently called for people to arm themselves against Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The group has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009 and has killed mor... more »

MH17: Malaysia's Barring from Investigation Reeks of Cover-up

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
*November 28, 2014* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - It was a Malaysian jet, carrying Malaysian passengers, flown by Malaysian pilots, yet after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, Malaysia has been systematically blocked from participating in the investigation, leaving an overwhelmingly pro-NATO bloc in charge of the evidence, investigation and outcome as well as the manner in which the investigation will be carried out. Despite the integral role Malaysia has played during several pivotal moments in the aftermath of the disaster, it appears that the closer ... more »

Is Current U.S. Policy On Syria And The Islamic State Eroding Its Influence In The Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Conflicting Policies On Syria And Islamic State Erode U.S. Standing In Mideast -- New York Times* BEIRUT, Lebanon — American and Syrian warplanes screamed over the Syrian city of Raqqa in separate raids this week, ostensibly against the same target, the Islamic State militants in control there. In the first raid, on Sunday, United States warplanes hit an Islamic State building, with no report of civilian casualties. On Tuesday, Syrian jets struck 10 times, killing scores of civilians, according to residents and Islamic State videos. The back-to-back strikes, coming just days aft... more »

Harry Reid, Tax Extender Basics, And A Suggestion For Senate Progressives​

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* Two of the most interesting lame duck battles are shaping up in the Senate. The first is the nomination of Antonio Weiss for an under-secretary job at Treasury. His nomination is strongly opposed by Elizabeth Warren and others. For more, see here (me on Warren), here (*The Nation* on Warren), here (Howie Klein on the pushback) and here (me on the pushback, plus some soothing music). The second is the battle over end-of-the-year "tax extenders" (extensions of tax breaks that expire each year). Consider this a backgrounder so you won't have to play catch-up when ... more »

U.S. Deploying A-10 Warthogs And Reaper Drones To Combat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Deadly force: A line up of A-10s at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Planes of this type will arrive in Kuwait for combat operations next week *A-10 Warthogs And Reaper Drones Called Up To Blast ISIS From The Skies: U.S. Air Force's Most Feared Ground Attack Planes Will Strike Militant Targets Within Days -- Daily Mail* * A dozen A-10s are being moved from Afghanistan to Kuwait by next week to start patrols over Iraq and Syria * Fearsome planes can approach targets low and slow and are protected against small arms fire and RPGs - ISIS's favored weapons * More drones armed with ... more »

I obey: "Hang up your opinions with your coat"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Hugh Sykes, the absolute epitome of BBC impartiality Though technically it should have been awarded yesterday's prize for 'Impartial BBC Tweet of the Day', a subsequent tweet from BBC legend Hugh Sykes is so obviously impartial that it must receive a prize all to itself. So, step forward again Hugh, and congratulations! Your commitment to disproving claims of left-wing BBC bias is truly second-to-none: I know, & enjoy the enrichment of, many migrants. I hope @David_Cameron highlights their contribution, not irrational 'concern' about them. — HughSykes (@HughSykes) November 27, 2014... more »

Two Dead, Two to Go in Ohio

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
This is the security video capturing the last few seconds of 12 year-old Tamir Rice's life. Note how fast the Cleveland cops shoot him dead. We're talking two seconds or less. This video plainly belies their official story that they told the kid three times to drop the gun. They even had the nerve to circle in red the kid's hand as it supposedly reached for the gun. Maybe his final thought was to hand it to them. He never even had the chance to put his hands up. Since we've established the child was 12 and that he had just a toy gun, we don't need any further context. The ... more »

Bias by omission?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
You don't have to be a Conservative or a woman to appreciate Kathy Gyngell's latest article at *Conservative Woman*: We need a road map on how to quit the EU. Don’t expect head-in-the-sand BBC to help. Kathy wonders why the news of the huge shortfall in EU spending of £259 billion, to which Britain might be asked to contribute some £34 billion, will have come as a surprise to most people. She blames the BBC. And I think she's right to say that the BBC failed to forewarn the British public about the hole in the EU budget and, more generally, that the BBC has long underplayed the ne... more »

Consciousness & The Art of Loving Our Experience

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Phil Watt* "It’s not our individual consciousness but the whole of consciousness which is the unifying factor..." The post Consciousness & The Art of Loving Our Experience appeared first on Waking Times.

AIM Panel on Racist Mascots and Genocide

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
. Watch live streaming video from earthcycles at livestream.com Video Part I Racist Mascots, Sat., Nov. 22, 2014 American Indian Movement, AIM West, Panel on Racist Mascots and Genocide  By Brenda Norrell  Censored News  Videos by Govinda at Earthcycles SAN FRANCISCO -- Bill Means, Lakota, said there is no issue more important than racism. The racism of sports mascots continues the

U.S. Trainers Now Have Modest Goals In Training The Iraqi Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Tribal fighters take part in a military training to prepare for fighting against Islamic State militants, at the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province November 15, 2014. Picture taken November 15, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *U.S. Seeks To Build Lean Iraqi Force To Fight The Islamic State -- Washington Post* After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the U.S. military is shifting its strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up an entire army anew. At the... more »

The 'Militarization' Of Crimea Is Raising NATO Concerns (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*NATO Commander Warns of Crimea 'Militarization' -- Voice of America* KYIV - The top U.S. general in Europe said he is alarmed at the Russian militarization of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and by provocative Russian military flights in NATO airspace. After meeting with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv, General Philip Breedlove, head of the U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said the military buildup by Moscow includes cruise and surface-to-air missiles able to exert, as he put it, "military influence" on the region. “We are very concerned with the milita...more »

American Blood Sport: 2014 Black Friday Carnage Begins Earlier than Ever

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Don’t even bother with the formalities of the traditional family Thanksgiving dinner this year. Just grab a turkey sandwich on the way out the door to the earlier than ever Black Friday sales events. In an ongoing race to the bottom, American retailers have gradually shifted their "door buster" sales extravaganzas from midnight on Friday into turkey day itself. Perhaps I am too old fashioned in that I find it abhorrent that a cherished annual holiday is being poisoned by the now obvious flaws in the American character. It just seems like greed, sloth, selfishness, the need for tha... more »

Will Nashville School Board Put More Poor Children on the Charter Chain Gang?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
A compelling question is coming in early December for the members of the Metro Nashville School Board: Will you assert the ethical responsibility that you are charged with by your positions as custodians of children's educational welfare, or will you double down on supporting a morally bankrupt school caste system, whereby children of the poor are separated and confined in total compliance corporate testing camps that no parent on the school board would ever allow for their own children? Will you read this book and see how well-positioned you are for making the new Nashville anothe... more »

They willl tell your anthig

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
So just be aware whehn you are a bear the sound is more foufued dig down deep to resist my amie

Mohawk Nation News 'Shame On You America'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
SHAME ON YOU AMERICA Posted on November 27, 2014 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Nov. 27, 2014. John Robles, our Taino Ongwehone brother, lives in Russia. He posted a list of shame as his “thanksgiving” tribute to the United States of America. MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go

Homebirthed Babies Stolen from Parents for Not Using Hospital

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Terri LaPoint* - "Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms? Or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?” - President Barack Obama The post Homebirthed Babies Stolen from Parents for Not Using Hospital appeared first on Waking Times.

Evil no more Eviel

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Eviel does not exist. Its just the actions of bad people. In the defence of Evil I just want to say society keeps beyond some understanding of comprhesion creating senarios where never detected before 1964, evil exists. It comming for you my friend and be afraid. If you shoot your wife and kids as a mistake your a time warriror. Every day accoss the world and in the US A in gerneral people so pariond shot thier love ones as a mistake. I axe you now stupid peple is this the world we want to live in whe5e we are so afaid of a singl\ miwSTQ3 we blast away never rembering our children no... more »

Never Marry Tribal

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Great Empires collapse but love last. We as it stand have about a hunded years on these great land and oceans which represent our birth place we call earth. So many great monkeys rule us today if we could make a video presentation representing them all it would be a OLED presentation of great assholes. Why are all our leaders all so feeble is it just in our soul we need some one to corral us like we ar pigs at the trough for one last hit on the world before we are processed down to the asshole which is sold as wieners of elagance/

USrahell & NATO Love Supporting Islamic Radicalism In The Name of Democracy And Human Rights

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
The problems in Syria won't ever be fixed by the morally and politically bankrupt U.S. government and NATO. All they have the power to do is set fire to the country and tear it to pieces using their well-trained Jihadist barbarians, as they did to Libya. U.S officials are like the outsiders in Ferguson who come into town preaching the gospel of revolution and leave behind them nothing but fires that have to be put out by the real residents who have built up businesses and made the community worth living in. USrahell is good at starting fires, creating riots, and terrorizing count... more »

The court should add notional pre-judgment interest to the jury’s general damages award when determining whether an offer to settle attracts the costs consequences of rule 49.10 of the Rules of Civil Procedure

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Wilson v. Cranley, 2014 ONCA 844: [20] As the trial judge noted, s. 128 of the *CJA* provides that a person who is entitled to an order for the payment of money is entitled to an award of pre-judgment interest on the amount ordered, from the date the cause of action arose to the date of the order. Pre-judgment interest is ordinarily awarded, absent special circumstances, to reflect the value of the money wrongfully withheld from the plaintiff: *Andrew Kowalczewski Insurance Brokers Ltd. v. Hunt**, *[2001] O.J. No. 4429 (C.A.), at para. 13. [21] As pre-judgment inte... more »

Life Is Not Easy Inside Crimea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Teenagers Murdered, Women Hounded On The Street And Money So Tight Even The Strippers Can't Get Paid: Inside 'Prison Cell' Crimea After Russian Invasion -- Daily Mail* * MailOnline sees residents handcuffed in the street and harassed by police * People are snatched from the street for political activism * Teenagers killed by police 'just for speaking native Ukrainian' * Russians forced to take 'fake holidays' in former tourist jewel on Black Sea * Desperate plight of people revealed after Putin annexed Crimea in March Murdered for speaking their mother tongue, kidnapped for their r... more »

The gender imbalance in IT results from laws of Nature

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Someone retweeted a tweet with a hyperlink pointing to The Register, *The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous* ------------------------------ The Z80 and 6502 generation wore the sexist stereotype, now it's up to them to fix it, where Mark Pesce – an IT entrepreneur, futurist, and author – blasts the gender asymmetry among the programmers and other IT folks. It was started by the nasty generation of the fans of the Z80 and 6502 microprocessors and they have to fix it, too. He has noticed that the fifth graders are the oldest group in which the girls are visible. It... more »

SHORT WEEK, SHARP DECLINE: Hillary Clinton’s appalling demands!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014Part 3—The Washington Post, then Slate:* Paul Krugman still doesn’t get it. In this morning’s column, Krugman traffics in facts and information. He has been writing such columns ever since 1999, when he tried, three separate times, to explain the way in which Candidate Bush was misstating his own budget plan. Krugman doesn’t get it! Our society’s modern post-journalism doesn’t deal in information and facts. Our “journalism” deals in the swill which appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post. The Post’s Thanksgiving morning report swallowed most of page A2. ...more »

Ukraine: An Impending Coup & Military Dictatorship?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
Around September of this year I started to pick up bits and pieces of information in varying media accounts that* led me to believe that there will be yet another regime change in Ukraine. *This one *will be another western backed coup* same as the first one that forced out Yanukovych. But, instead of the pretense of 'democracy' we will be looking at a* full fledged fascist military coup backed by the Oligarchs- You know who these people are? They are modern day war lords, dual nationals (Israelis) and completely despotic.* It was a Daily Beast article from today that inspired me t... more »

Europe Becoming Irrelevant

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Former Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini has hit out at sanctions implemented against Russia, saying they are counterproductive. He also believes this is a very bad time for the EU to be losing a valuable economic partner.

Easy Felt Doctor Who Ornaments or Charms

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
Hello again! I'm Lorene, Debra's BFF (or is it more grown-up to say bestie?) and the sometimes-blogger over at just Lu. I started working as a virtual assistant about a year ago, and I love it but that means that my little ol' blog takes the back seat most all of the time. \ Last Christmas, I made my favorite Whovian (that's Debra) a whole Doctor Who tree, complete with a Weeping Angel tree topper, character tree skirt, police box lighted sign, Doctors and companions garland, and oodles of Doctor-inspired ornaments. Today I'm here to share some of the super easy felt ornaments I m... more »

The contiunig war on Vaccines and Sciene

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I say this is no accident. For all of human history science has been worshiped. Now our leaders wish to destory it. Who is being manipulated. The drug plan for humanity is all Phipick K Dick, Drug them up an they will not complian. With enough visual and aural stimulation they will be paws in your game. Hey always as it everwas but what is the plan I got a big screen TV under the Dick will I get PHV under the latest Man?

Two Teachers in Tulsa Represent the Conscience of Teaching

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
As the NEA and AFT suits cut deals with corporate education child abusers to impose more of their lucrative and immoral business solutions on school children and teachers, the new voices of teaching are stepping forward to protect children and themselves from the rapacious privatizers who are in charge of public education. From the Tulsa World: Why are two first-grade teachers risking the jobs they love to take a stand against new student tests and surveys? Because they know they’re not alone. “It’s definitely not about my evaluation,” said Skelly Elementary School’s Nikki Jones.... more »

Ezra Levant fuxxup AGAIN

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I gotta say, there's so much more going on the world, but it just warms my cockles to hear that shitty lawyer, failed publisher, hack writer Ezra Levant was found guilty of libel and ordered to pay $80,000 in compensation: An Ontario judge who heard a defamation lawsuit against Sun News Network host Ezra Levant has ruled that he libelled a Saskatchewan lawyer in a series of blog posts. Justice Wendy Matheson has ordered Levant to pay $80,000 in damages to Khurrum Awan and remove "defamatory words" about the man from his website within 15 days. It couldn't have happened to a fouler p...more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: Thanksgiving Edition

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
On this Thanksgiving, we give thanks to the internet for spawning such joy and silliness as this:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Black Friday

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Video* - Ready for Black Friday? Here's an artistic reminder of just how weird things have gotten out there the day after Thanksgiving... The post Have Yourself a Merry Little Black Friday appeared first on Waking Times.

I would give my life for you in less time than a heartbeat

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Willing to die I guess I am and I live on \ on a street you pass by everytime you commute you motherfucker killing our socity but I will not want to wipe you out I fell pity on those so ignoratn as yourself I am all in for better solutions and when I successfly deploy my Math Weapon with a fabvroc trigger guard All around me will fall and humans will live with a golden signal

Ruled by Children we are bad parents whats your exucse

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
If you really get down with the Chinese the Japanase or Koreans, you will see a bunch of suits behaving like Bugsy Malone. The leadership is not mature. The leadership is medival. Yet they are ploughing the thougthfull world underground. Its simple they understand the lizard brian and the Emperour is to usefull to make you do something you would never do but as a result feel usefull to do what you do Asia is a enigma to some but not to me its children practicing democracy to rule men and sometime women is a great skill a skill that has been practiced for six thousand years in Asia. I ... more »

Hitler : The Post-modern Putsch - The Making of a Manchurian Candidate

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
*Gefreiter Hilter, circa 1917* "Many people believe that this feeling of Destiny and mission have come to Hitler through his successes. This is probably false. Later in our study (Part V) we will try to show that Hitler has had this feeling for a great many years although it may not have become a conscious conviction until much later. In any case it was forcing its way into consciousness during the war and has played a dominant role in his actions ever since. Mend (one of his comrades), for example, reports: *"An eine eigenartige Propheseiung errinere ich mich noch in diesem Zusam... more »

Last Round Up....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*My amazing, wonderful son and I enjoy the excellent winter weather we're having. Which is bad news, because the island is desperately in need of rain.* Well, the election is barreling toward us. Tomorrow is Judgment Day, when Skynet will blast the hopes of one party. Or something like that.... The vote count can be followed at the Central News Agency site in English. h/t to my man Michal for the link. The KMT's TV commercial showing a Korean woman beating Taiwan at cards and implying that Korea's newly signed FTA with China will devastate Taiwan's economy was widely panned as sma... more »

Inside The National Security State Not Much Ever Changes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
There's been some dispute about what S. 2685, the U.S.A. Freedom Act of 2014 would have done and not done to protect American citizens from the excesses of an unaccountable national security state. Since it won't become law-- the Republicans successfully filibustered it Nov. 18-- I guess we don't have to dig too deeply into the fine points. Actually not *all* the Republicans filibustered it. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) both crossed the aisle and voted for cloture with all the Democrats (except Bill Nelson of Florida); they do that sometimes. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mik... more »

Reports: Deranged Susan Rice Buried a Shank in Chuck Hagel's Back

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
Following the Tuesday massacre at the polls three weeks ago it was inevitable that President Barack Obama would find scapegoats for he and the Democrats’ own dismal failures. The first marquee name blood sacrifice is that of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The early consensus seemed to be that Hagel was a bad fit although stories have begun to seep out that the real reason for his ouster is that he was shanked in the back by Obama’s inner circle of advisors. Chief among those who appear to have their fingerprints on the blood dripping dagger protruding from between Hagel’s shoulde... more »

All Smoke And Mirrors

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
marinduquegov. Julian Fantino announced this week that his government had earmarked $200 million for veterans' mental health services. However, as Michael Harris points out: Getting the news of the $200 million mental health initiative from Fantino wasn’t just insulting — it was classic Harper media control. The announcement was made on a Sunday, when opposition critics and veterans’ advocates were largely unavailable. The benefit to that strategy is that the story came out just the way the Harper government likes it — witho...more »

Does “Burn This Shit Down” Qualify as Inciting a Riot?

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
Finally after months of waiting, shameless race-baiting and media exploitation the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case came down Monday night. Police officer Darren Wilson was *not* charged with any crime in the August killing of the “gentle giant” and anyone who thought that he would be based on the evidence is a damned fool. This was a cut and dried case ever since that convenience store video of young Brown showing a hulking goon roughing up a clerk was released. It is in my personal opinion pretty certain that even if Brown wasn't taken out by Wilson that h... more »

States With Pro-Employee Laws: No Solicitation Of Employees Through Misrepresentation

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
I've written before about the possibility of suing an employer for fraud if they misrepresented the job. If you are lured into a job, specifically if you give up another job or move to accept the job, and the employer had no intention of keeping the promises they made, you may have a claim against them for fraud. However, any such claims have to be made under common law in most states. You may or may not succeed, depending on your state law and the facts of your case. However, one state, California, thought it was so important to protect its citizens from this kind of employer misbe... more »

Global Oil Prices Collapsing. Russian Ruble Hits New Low

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Oil tankers in a Russian railway siding. The sharp fall in crude prices has added downward pressure on the Russian ruble on currency markets. Reuters *Russian Ruble Falls To New Lows As Oil Prices Slide -- Wall Street Journal* Ruble Down to 49.90 Against the Dollar MOSCOW—The Russian ruble weakened to new lows in early trading on Friday, hit by a drop in oil prices after OPEC members rejected calls for drastic action to cut their oil output. OPEC members’ decision to keep their production ceiling unchanged sent Brent crude prices below $72 per barrel for the first time since mid-2... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( November 28 , 2014 ) - Focus on Iraq , Syria and Lebanon !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links..... *US Plans Smaller Iraqi Anti-ISIS 'Vanguard' Force* *Aleppo Residents Pessimistic About Latest UN Ceasefire Push* *Peshmerga and ISIS Clash Outside of Kirkuk; 181 Killed Across Iraq* *Nemesis: The Shadowy Iranian Training Shia Militias in Iraq* The Myth of the Caliphate Foreign Affairs Tweets.... DAILY SABAH retweeted *DAILY SABAH Opinion* @DS_Opinion · 11m11 minutes ago The core of#ISIS is #Baathist - by Mahmut Övür @mahmutovur | DS Column http://ow.ly/F10TZ #Iraq [image: Embedded image permalink] Acid Jordi retweeted *Agathocle deSyracuse* ‏@... more »

BREAKING: Germany's DW Reports ISIS Supply Lines Originate in NATO's Turkey

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*November 28, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci -LD) Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published a video report of immense implications - possibly the first national broadcaster in the West to admit that the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) is supplied not by "black market oil" or "hostage ransoms" but billions of dollars worth of supplies carried into Syria across NATO member Turkey's borders via hundreds of trucks a day. The report titled, "'IS' supply channels through Turkey," confirms what has been reported by geopolitical analysts since at least as early as 2011 - th... more »

List of banker deaths: might be a good time to get out of the finance industry!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
This list was published on Jim Stone's website on November 26th, 2014. As you know, Jim doesn't list articles separately, so they must be saved in their entirety if you wish to refer to them in the future. I am publishing this list for the purpose of exposing the repetitions of how many, if not most, of these financial people have died. D ps: might be a bad time to be a banker! http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/ Anonymous posted an astonishing list of dead bankersIf you had any doubts about the dead banker meme, take a look at this list and how these people died. Simply stunnin... more »

Is Gold Facing A 6,000 Year Bubble?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Swiss Set For Gold Vote Amid '6,000-Year Bubble' Warning -- CNBC* With Switzerland edging toward an important referendum on its gold holdings, high-profile critics and advocates have added their voices to the argument. Meanwhile, the country's citizens have been quietly increasing their own personal reserves. On Sunday, voters in the European country will head to the polls to decide whether the Swiss National Bank (SNB) should refrain from selling any more of its gold and instead boost its gold holdings from 7 to 20 percent. The initiative is being proposed by the ultra-conservat... more »

Mel V Interview with The One Network: Closure and Moving Forward

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
THE ONE NETWORK talks Freedom Central - CLOSURE Yesterday morning Lisa Harrison, Brian Kelly, Mel Batty and I sat down to talk with Mel V from Freedom Central to discuss our adventures of the past 2 years, our time in Morocco, the OPPT UCC filings, and our current direction. In this interview, we talk candidly regarding our personal experiences here in Morocco, and our current push to move forward and create our new reality, using the lessons of the past to guide and illuminate this journey into the future.

SS Athenia - "I Shall Drag The United States In..."

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*"It is most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores in the hope especially of embroiling the United States with Germany . . . . For our part we want the traffic — the more the better; and if some of it gets into trouble, better still."* *- First Sea Lord Winston Churchill,* *Telegram to the Chairman of the Board of Trade,* *May 1915* SS Athenia was a steam turbine transatlantic passenger liner that was built in Glasgow in 1923 for Anchor-Donaldson Line, which later became Donaldson Atlantic Line. She worked between the United Kingdom and the east coast of Canada unti... more »

New Brunswick Happy Dance

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 16 hours ago
First, the news that New Brunswick is entering the 20th century on women's rights. Next, some celebratory media releases from groups that worked their butts off for this: Reproductive Justice New Brunswick, Sexual Health and Rights, and Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. And a sample of the predictable and ridiculous foot-stomping from the Fetus Freaks: LifeShite and Fetal Gore Pr0n Gang. Here at DJ!, where we like to think we helped a little, the main take-aways are: 1. This is a grand success for a new generation of reproductive justice activists. It looks good on them and mu... more »

Heavy Fighting Reported In Iraq's Anbar Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
A member of the Iraqi security forces mans a gun during an intensive security deployment after taking control of Saadiya in Diyala province from Islamist State militants, November 24, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer *Fierce Fighting Rages In Iraq's Anbar -- Al Jazeera* Army says assault by ISIL on provincial capital Ramadi fended off amid plan to triple defence budget to fund war effort. The Iraqi army says it has held off a fierce assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the city of Ramadi. The claim comes amid an announcement by the Iraqi government that it wi... more »

Zimbabwe : Robert Mugabe and the AIDS Crisis

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
Do you realise that in Zimbabwe today, they have 5000 deaths every single week, more than 20,000 Africans die every single week in that country from what gets faithfully reported to the World Health Organization and the CDC as either "AIDS-related complications", "AIDS-Complex opportunistic infections or most frequently "Liver or organ failure resulting from anti-retroviral medication toxicity." And that the largest industry in Harare is the making and selling of coffins. But the Ministry of Health is extremely proud - because every single child born in Zimbabwe in the last 15... more »

Russian Warships In The English Channel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Severomorsk anti-submarine ship. Photo: Wikipedia.org *Russia Conducts Naval Drills In English Channel: Navy -- Sputnik* The Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet is holding drills in the English Channel, the Fleet’s Western Military Region’s press service announced Friday. MOSCOW, November 28 (Sputnik) – A squadron of ships from the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet is holding drills in the English Channel, the Western Military District's press service said Friday in a statement. "Today, a squadron of ships and support vessels from the Northern Fleet … have passed the narrowest part of the En... more »

St Louis' Gateway Arch Bomb Plot Foiled

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Ferguson Plotters Planned To Bomb St Louis' Gateway Arch, Kill Prosecutor And Police Chief: Report -- IBTimes* Two members of the New Black Panther Party who were arrested last week on federal weapons charges are alleged to have had plans to bomb St Louis' iconic Gateway Arch, and kill a prosecutor and police chief involved in the Michael Brown shooting case, according to reports. The men planned to kill St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson, according to sources cited by the St Louis Post-Dispatch. The report added that t... more »

EU Chief: Decentralization And Federalization Of Ukraine Will Solve The Current Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L).(Reuters / Eric Vidal) *EU Chief Calls For Decentralization And Federalization Of Ukraine -- RT* To solve the current crisis in Ukraine, the country should become decentralized and federalized, Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, announced in his political anniversary speech in Paris this week. Quoting "1,000 deaths" in the country since the cease-fire agreement was reached in Minsk on September 5, Van Rompuy said he could no longer call the situation a cease-fi... more »

Did Russian President Putin Threaten Ukrainian President Poroshenko In Their Last Phone Conversation?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Vladimir Putin talking on the phone (archive) © ITAR-TASS/Alexey Druzhinin *Kremlin Confirms Putin-Poroshenko Phone Conversation, Denies Alleged Threats -- ITAR-TASS* *The two presidents discussed bilateral relations and the situation in the south-east of Ukraine.* MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The Kremlin has confirmed the instance of a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko but dismissed as fiction the rumours of alleged threats by Russia. “It is true that Putin and Poroshenko talked by telephone on Wednesda... more »

LÉ James Joyce floats at Babcock’s Appledore shipyard for the first time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: LÉ James Joyce]The second Irish Navy vessel to be built at Babcock’s Appledore shipyard completed a significant milestone on Sunday. (November 23) Almost a year after her keel was laid, the Irish Naval Service’s LÉ James Joyce, was floated for the first time – the 90m vessel is already 92% complete. Babcock Shipbuilding director Andrew Hamilton said: “We are delighted to achieve this important and highly visible milestone to quality, budget and schedule. Read more

A Look At How The Political Elites In Ukraine, Russia, And In The EU Ignored The Warning Signs That Brought Us The Crisis To Where We Are Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
When Russia realized that Yanukovych was considering signing the association agreement with Brussels, President Vladimir Putin made sure to make it clear what Moscow's reaction would be. Putin's gambit ultimately worked and Yanukovych backed away from the deal. DPA/ RIA Novosti *Summit of Failure: How The EU Lost Russia Over Ukraine -- Spiegel Online* One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela M... more »

Lockheed Updates Unmanned U-2 Concept

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: U-2 Dragon Lady & RQ-4 Global Hawk]The fat lady has not necessarily sung on the fate of the U.S. Air Force’s high-flying U-2 intelligence aircraft. Lockheed Martin has crafted a reduced-cost plan to “optionally man” its U-2, throwing a new possibility into the mix as Congress weighs whether to shift to an all-Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aircraft fleet for high-altitude reconnaissance. With an optionally manned U-2, advocates for the so-called Dragon Lady say the venerable aircraft finally can match the endurance offered by the RQ-4B Global Hawk. Convincing lawmak... more »

S. Korean Navy receives new amphibious landing ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: ROKS Cheonwangbong]The South Korean Navy took delivery Friday of the country's first indigenous next-generation amphibious landing ship expected to boost the military's landing and transportation capabilities, the state arms procurer said. The 4,500-ton LTS-II ship Cheonwangbong, named after the country's second-highest peak of Mount Jiri in the southern region, had been built with the country's own technology by shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. since 2011. Capable of accommodating 300 fully-armed troops as well as amphibious tanks and two helicopters,...more »

MiG-31 fighter force to get $630 million upgrade

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MiG-31 Foxhound]Russia's Defence Ministry has signed a 30 billion rouble ($630 million) contract with a major state-owned aircraft manufacturer to modernize over 50 of its high-speed MiG-31 interceptor jets, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. The move comes amid a 20 trillion rouble ($500 billion) ongoing state rearmament program and rising tensions over Ukraine that have seen Russian jets repeatedly test the boundaries of NATO airspace in recent months. "The armed forces will receive over 50 modernized MiG-31s by the end of 2018," RIA quoted Deputy Defense Minister Yury ... more »

Agni-IV Set for 1st User Trial

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Agni IV missile]After the success of three consecutive developmental tests, India is readying to carry out first user trial of surface-to-surface nuclear tipped intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni-IV from a defence base off the Odisha coast early next week. Defence sources said preparation was on in full swing at the Wheeler Island test facility for the scheduled test likely to be conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army on December 2. This is the second test of the missile in one year. Earlier, the missile was successfully test fired f... more »

Ukraine's President Says Country Opposes Federalization. Most Russians Believe Their Soldiers Are Not Fighting In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Pro-Russian separatists pose at a checkpoint near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine November 20, 2014. Reuters *Ukraine Conflict Update: Ukrainians Oppose Federalization While Russians Support Kremlin -- IBTimes* Authorities in Kiev said Thursday a federal state is not an option, just as opinion polls in Russia indicated most citizens believe Kremlin statements Russia is not involved in the Ukraine conflict -- but would support the decision if it did happen. The news comes on the same day Ukraine's lawmakers voted to keep pro-Western Prime Minist... more »

China Delivers First P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel to Nigerian Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel]According to local media, the first of two P-18N offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Nigerian Navy was delivered today at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China. CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). This OPV, reportedly nammed The Century, is the first patrol ship China has exported to West Africa. Read more

Cochin Shipyard Delivers Nine FPVs to Coast Guard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ICGS Anagh]The Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha today that the Cochin Shipyard, as on 20th November, 2014, has delivered nine Fast Patrol Vessels (PSVs) to the satisfaction of Indian Coast Guard. Cochin Shipyard is currently working on the following orders placed by Ministry of Defence: - Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Project (Project-71) for Indian Navy. - 20 Fast Patrol Vessel project for Indian Coast Guard. Details of orders of Ministry of Defence at Cochin Shipyard and progress of work made so far are given below: Read... more »

China denies reports to set up 18 naval bases in Indian Ocean

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
India reportedly took up the issue with Sri Lanka, where China also built another port at Hambanthota Defending its submarine’s docking at Colombo port as common practice, Chinese military today termed “utterly groundless” reports that it is setting up 18 naval bases in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar and several other places in the western and southern Indian Ocean. “The report is not accurate”, Geng Yansheng told a media briefing here replying to a question about a report published in a Namibian newspaper on November 11 quoting a Chinese media report stating that China plans to set ... more »

Abbott christens RAN's biggest ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMAS Canberra]The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been cheered into the fleet at Sydney's Garden Island. In a ceremony on Friday, NUSHIP Canberra became HMAS Canberra, prompting a rousing cheer from the ship's company and the large number of visitors on board for the occasion. That included Prime Minister Tony Abbott who said this was a proud day for the navy and Australia. Read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth: The sensitive aircraft carrier issue

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Queen Elizabeth]It's quite likely that the first squadron of fighters to operate from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier will belong to the US Marines rather than Britain, naval insiders have told me. Asked about such a scenario on Newsnight, General Lord David Richards, until earlier this year the UK's top serviceman, said it "would make good sense". Under current plans there will be a gap in 2019-2020 in which HMS Queen Elizabeth will be ready but not its British air squadron, whereas the Americans are taking delivery of more aircraft and doing so more quickly. Rea... more »

BHIC to design and construct six frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Royal Malaysian Navy LCS SGPV]Malaysia-listed shipbuilder Boustead HI (BHIC) has received a letter of award to design and construct six units of second-generation patrol vessels (Frigate-class) with littoral combat capabilities for the government of Malaysia. The contract was offered to a joint venture between BHIC and Contraves Advanced Devices (CAD), and awarded by Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), an associate of BHIC and a subsidiary of Boustead Holdings. Effective date of the contract is likely on or before 22 December, which includes a further contract to supply classifie... more »

Iranian Navy to Unveil 6 New Warships Equipped with Missile Systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Habibollah Sayyari]Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the country plans to launch six advanced warships equipped with various types of missile systems in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas in the near future. “Six warships equipped with short, medium and long range missiles, which will largely increase our surface-to-surface missile power, will be unveiled in Bandar Abbas,” Sayyari said in a televised interview late on Wednesday. Elsewhere in his remarks, the commander said that the homegrown Damavand and Fateh destroyers will be added ... more »

Japan mulls financing body to boost weapons exports

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: US-2 patrol seaplane]The central government is considering the creation of a financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shift away from the country’s pacifist past and strengthen its regional security ties as China’s military power grows. As a first step, the government plans to convene an advisory panel to consider specific proposals to create a way to finance military sales by Japanese firms and fund defense industry cooperation abroad, according to four people involved in the matter. One possibility to be considered is for... more »

How The US Navy's Latest Anti-Submarine Aircraft Sees Under The Waves

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon has been a part of the US Navy for a year this month. The converted airliner brings the latest in anti-submarine capabilities, reaching greater altitude and speed than its predecessor (without the nausea factor for its crew). At the front of the plane, the P-8A sports an exclusive radar system supplied by Raytheon. In certain detection modes, the 408-pound radar system has a range of 200 nautical miles and provides ultra-high resolution images. A shorter-ranged setting offers enough precision to pick up on “small targets with limited ex... more »

How Rosetta comet technology will protect Royal Navy sailors

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Successor class SSBN]Space technology developed on the Rosetta comet mission is coming back to Earth and will be used to protect Royal Navy submariners. Processes used by the Philae lander to analyse gases on comet 69P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be incorporated into equipment that monitors the air quality on board the next generation of Britain’s nuclear-powered submarines. Scientists from the Open University helped create the Ptolemy gas analyser used to examine the make-up of the comet, creating a device the size of a shoebox and weighing just 5kg that had the same analyt... more »

Darwin's Dilemma' May Be Solved

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: PHOTO: Charles Darwin at his home at Down House, Kent, 1880.] It turns out that before the Cambrian explosion that Earth was oxygen poor. Thus evolution was slow and restricted to single cell life. That changed through extensive geological processes and the rate of evolution increased five fold to produce the Cambrian explosion. That ultimately led to a virtuous cycle that maintains our modern levels of oxygen. After saying that though, until now everyone has accepted an oxygen level of forty percent which is radically different than what this work has s... more »

Spontaneous Remission of Disease – What We Don’t Know About Healing

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This actually begs a huge question which has been empirically observed forever but never properly explained in terms of empirical science. Think about this for a moment. The phenomena has been sitting out there in plain sight since before Jesus and science has chosen to merely ignore the problem posed. We are a touch overdue. Fortunately it conforms to our recent understanding of the physical reality of Spirit itself. We now know Spirit represents information content many orders of magnitude in excess of out known physical bodies and it clearly can possess the power to reset... more »

Every 7 Years Your Body, Mind and Spirit Evolve in These Ways

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: transformation evolution] I have tackled this topic to some degree myself but this appears to be a decent effort to associate observation with the known biological pattern. I think that the seven year cycle is rather limited though. It is better to recognize zones of development instead. A good physical example is muscle development during puberty. It is then that the best result can be achieved. Replicating the biology later allows for substantial regrowth. As well the last period of maturation from eighteen through twenty five is when scholarship is best incu... more »

Ancient Roman Nanotechnology Inspires Next-Generation Holograms for Information Storage

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: http://img.theepochtimes.com/n3/eet-content/uploads/2014/10/19/lycurgus-cup.jpg] This vase is a delightful demonstration of possibilities and is certainly driving research. All good. It is also neat work by ancient goldsmiths that clearly was treasured. We need to replicate that . I suspect that using similar methods as i describe below we can use a range of metals to discover a range of effects. Cobalt and cadmium come immediately to mind. Been embedded in the glass, a simple wash with a gently acid would clean the surface to a fine level of safety. *Ancient Rom... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 22 hours ago
*COMMON CORE MATH* With folks like these educating America's kids, what could go wrong? *Homeschool parents sue brute cops after they are tasered, pepper-sprayed, and have their kids taken away* A Missouri homeschooling couple filed a lawsuit last week against local police after two officers entered their home in 2011 without a warrant, pepper-sprayed them, verbally and physically assaulted them, shot the father with a taser, and threatened to shoot the family dog – all in front of their terrified children aged 8-13. It all began when a child protective services caseworker v... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*More unsettled science* *The journal article below reveals that estimates of Antarctic ice were way out. The sea ice should be shrinking according to the famous Warmist "models" but it is in fact expanding. And now we know that it is not only expanding in area but also thickening in size. Pesky! So it will be more resistant to global warming than predicted, if such warming ever eventuates. The findings are from what they found when they sent a robot sub under the ice.An explanation of "deformed" ice: "These thick, craggy floes likely wouldn't exist without the fierce wind... more »

Andrew Slack Asks The 13 Crucial Questions About Ferguson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Andrew is someone I know from progressive activists circles and who also happens to lead the Harry Potter Alliance, which uses popular culture to make social justice popular. Today he gave me permission to crosspost the 13 questions from his Facebook page. *Guest Postby Andrew Slack* Here are 13 questions I have around Ferguson, numbered but in no particular order of importance. While I realize it's long, I think these questions are important and worth asking about, acting around, and wrestling with: *1) #‎WHYTWELVESHOTS*: Not even in Officer Wilson's telling of the story, did ... more »

FFWN: Be thankful it hasn't happened yet!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
For links to all the stories, see: http://noliesradio.org/archives/92117 [image: happy-thanksgiving] Be thankful it hasn’t happened yet It's Thanksgiving 2014. You’re still here – reading this. So…. Be thankful. Be very, *very* thankful. Terrible things have happened. Terrible things are happening. And undoubtedly, terrible things will continue to happen. But it could be a whole lot worse. And yes, I know it’s bad. Every week, Jim Fetzer and I bring you a hideously depressing summary of all of the awful things going on in the world. It’s a TV show called False Flag Weekly News, an... more »

Why The U.S. Plan To Save Iraq Is Doomed To Fail

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad Nov. 19, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani *Sunni vs. Shi’ite: Why The U.S. Plan To Save Iraq Is Doomed To Fail -- Peter Van Buren, Reuters* If the United States was looking for the surest way to lose Iraq War 3.0, it might start by retraining the failed Iraqi Army to send north — alongside ruthless Shi’ite militias — into Sunni-majority territory and hope that the Sunnis will welcome them with open arms, throwing out the evil Islamic State. Maybe it’s time for a better plan. And the way to find one is by underst... more »

Happy Thanksgiving To My American Friends And Readers

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have started to get into the habit of taking Thursdays off to do some personal business… But since today is American Thanksgiving, I figure I would say "Happy Thanksgiving" to all of my friends and readers in the United States….. I sure hope everyone in America is taking today to be thankful… But always remember that while you are stuffing your faces with turkey and other fixings, there are many out there that are not so privileged and do need your help… Take the time to give what you can and to lend a helping hand to those in need… One other thing…. Tomorrow is of course "Black ... more »

Volunteers Peacefully Protect Ferguson Small Businesses

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Oath Keepers on the rooftops in Ferguson! John Karriman, veteran police officer and Academy instructor on guard. pic.twitter.com/E0MvMVM8rd — Stewart Rhodes (@StewartRhodesOK) November 27, 2014 On this American Thanksgiving day we should be thankful for the Oath Keepers.

Kinder Morgan, Stage 4 Symptom of Corporate Cancer, Stage 5 is Democracy`s Death

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written by Robin Mathews* Kinder Morgan. Economist Robyn Allan in TYEE. Corporate Robbers in British Columbia. The National Energy Board …. A part of the story Robyn Allan doesn’t tell. The story is so large, so corrupt, so – to many, many ordinary Canadian eyes – so criminal - Robyn Allan couldn’t possibly have told all of the Terasen/BC Transmountain Pipeline System story. More has to be laid out. British Columbians must know, first, that the National Energy Board is their enemy – and they must treat it – openly – as that. (Other enemies are more obvious.) In his 2014 b... more »

Have a happy Charles Ives-accompanied Thanksgiving!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Certainly one of the things Ives wants to do is to provoke us, to challenge us to think about music in ways we never have," says Michael Tilson Thomas as he talks about and performs Charles Ives's Holidays Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in their PBS series Keeping Score. You can watch the Ives show here.* *by Ken* We've done it before, and by gosh, we're going to do it again: celebrate Thanksgiving with the symphonic poem the American original composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) created to depict *Thanksgiving*, which formed part of his *Holidays* Symphony (or ... more »

IPR and Medicines 31: The Policy Workshop's Hong Kong Dialogue

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
It was another stimulating discussion on "Policy Dialogue on IPR and Innovation", a small group forum for independent and market-oriented Asian think tanks held in Harbour Grand Hong Kong last November 5, 2014 and sponsored by The Policy Workshop (TPW), a NY-based public affairs firm. The night before the Policy Dialogue and after the Lion Rock Institute's Reading Club Salon 2014, TPW sponsored a dinner at the hotel. Our group photo below, a mixture of Reading Salon + Policy Dialogue participants. The small group forum was under the Chatham House Rule, we participants can mention... more »

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Some 21,000 children die every day around the world. The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 27, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Geopolitical Impact of Cheap Oil -- Martin Feldstein, Project Syndicate* CAMBRIDGE – The price of oil has fallen more than 25% in the past five months, to less than $80 a barrel. If the price remains at this level, it will have important implications – some good, some bad – for many countries around the world. If it falls further, as seems likely, the geopolitical consequences on some oil-producing countries could be dramatic. The price of oil at any time depends on market participants’ expectations about future supply and demand. The role of expectations makes the oil marke... more »

Ain't No Maidan Allowed Here

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The US government supported the violent Maidan in Kiev that set Ukraine on path to civil war on Russia's border The US government funded much of violent uprising against Socialist government in Venezuela The US government was linked to 'Occupy Hong Kong' wanting to give China a black eye and balkanized future on and on the story goes The US government opposed the largely non-violent Occupy movement across America the message of the 99% a big threat to the ruling 1% The US government fears the Ferguson inspired protests now happening across the nation violent police sent in to brea... more »

TransCanada astroturfers

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
TransCanada has dumped its US pr firm Edelman 10 days after the Greenpeace leak of documents outlining their joint dodgy strategy to use third party front groups to aggressively attack opponents of the Energy East pipeline, and to do and say what “TransCanada can’t" : "TransCanada immediately denied it had implemented those tactics, which were widely criticized." The leaked docs - some adorned with the TransCanada logo - date back to May and include various tactics for targeting opponents like Council of Canadians using forty Edelman employees and nine TransCanada staffers. TransCa... more »

Inukjuak, Resolute and Grise Fjord

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Inukjuak, Quebec is tragically related to Resolute Bay and Grise Fjord, communities created 2000 km away in the High Arctic. In 1953 Inuit from Inukjuak were involuntarily relocated north by the Government of Canada, essentially, in order to act as flagpoles. They represented Canada's efforts to occupy the uninhabited High Arctic and counter the feared expansionist activities of other nations. Families were split up and relocatees were placed in the cruel position where to survive they had to quickly acquire new hunting techniques in the face of much harsher climatic conditions. ... more »

World News Briefs -- November 27, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri waits for the start of a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in Vienna November 27, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader *Oil Prices Plunge After Opec Meeting -- BBC* The price of oil slumped after the Opec oil producers' cartel decided not to cut output at its meeting in Vienna. Opec's secretary general Abdallah Salem el-Badri said they would not try to shore up prices by reducing production. "There's a price decline. That does not mean that we should really rush and do something," he said. Following the announcement B... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Ready For A Thanksgiving Day Dust-Up?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Banning political discussion from Turkey Day would probably be a great idea in many families. But if you have a brother-in-law who parrots, *verbatim*, the most recent Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage show every time he opens his mouth, it's probably hopeless. Place settings of the nice red, white and blue illustration above aren't likely to solve anything. Facts don't penetrate the conservative mind. As Ken made clear when he defined "the whole hulking Modern American Right" Tuesday: *"Our brains are like a fortress, and no way can you come in."* That isn't going to stop someone l... more »

Nov. 27: The news and other bunk....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
We'll start with the news. A big story on A1 for Wednesday tells you all you need to know about the TandT. "Pup has dramatic recovery after being found abandoned". And, sure enough, there's a huge photo of a recovered puppy, with another photo inside. I can imagine the scene in the newsroom now. An editor calls for ace reporter Brent Mazerolle. "Mazerolle, get on on your horse. We have a fast-breaking story. It's about a puppy. Front page stuff. Bring a photographer. Get all the facts." An excited Brent Mazerolle rushes home, and opens his secret closet. What to wear? The Superm... more »

The Time-Lag Diet-Heart Hypothesis - Last Ditch of Opposition to LCHF

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 1 day ago
In their “Against the Grain” Lancet letter, Jim Mann and co. cited a 2012 Swedish study[1] that correlated a rise in butter and fall in carbohydrate consumption with a later rise in serum cholesterol levels in Sweden, after decades of cholesterol-lowering advice was overturned by a LCHF revolution beginning in 2004. Recently, the Swedish blog Diet Doctor published this graphic showing the continuing decline in heart disease mortality. The LCHF revolution in 2004 hasn’t exactly slowed the decline. In fact, one could say the decline in MI incidents in men had stalled ... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
PROFOUND PIPELINE SPEECH Posted on November 27, 2014  Mohawk Nation News  Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Nov. 27, 2014. In 1976 the MNN editor was working at Indian Affairs in Ottawa. One evening I was working late. A man came to see me. He spoke about 24-year old Nelson Small Legs Jr., who had appeared at the Berger Commission on the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline. His appearance

The arbitrariness of detention is determined by what police did and not what they could have done

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*R. v. Stevenson*, 2014 ONCA 842 [56] Whatever lawful police power, apart from the arrest power, the police may have had to detain the appellant, they did not purport to exercise any such power. The police arrested the appellant. The police conduct at and after the gunpoint encounter with the appellant, is only consistent with a full arrest. The arbitrariness of the appellant’s detention must be determined having regard to the police power actually exercised and not by reference to some other police power which may have been, but was not, exercised: *R. v. Whitaker*, 2008 BCC... more »

Huey Sykes and the News

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
And the award for 'Impartial BBC Tweet of the Day' today goes to... ...drum roll please... Mr. Hugh Sykes. (Applause). Emotive headlines like 'Net #Migration Soars!', are raw @UKIP fodder unless accompanied by cost/benefit analysis (who?why?recruited? etc). — HughSykes (@HughSykes) November 27, 2014

Oops in Ferguson Case

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

Military And Intellgience News Briefs -- November 27, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Soldiers prepare turkeys for a Thanksgiving Day meal in the dining facility on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 23, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak *U.S. Bases Around The World Gear Up To Support Thanksgiving For Troops -- Stars and Stripes* AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Thanksgiving is not a holiday for cooks, professional or amateur, on or off base. At Aviano Air Base, Mary Ann Lauro, the executive chef of La Bella Vista Club, and a handful of helpers on Wednesday were preparing Thanksgiving lunch for more than 200 people expected to fill the dining room on Thursday. T... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 27th November)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
300,000 paid less than minimum wage. Yet in the past year, no companies were prosecuted The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for the Office for National Statistics recently found that about 287,000 workers were paid at less than the minimum wage in 2012, although the TUC puts the figure closer to 350,000. But despite ministers’ claims that the government is getting tough on under-payers,

The Egypt Code: The Mystery of 10,500 BCE

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Brandon West* - "In spite of the inflexibility of the egyptologists, the ancient Egyptians themselves are speaking to us clearly..." The post The Egypt Code: The Mystery of 10,500 BCE appeared first on Waking Times.

To My American Readers .... Happy Thanksgiving

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*How The Civil War Created Thanksgiving -- Kenneth C. Davis, New York Times* Of all the bedtime-story versions of American history we teach, the tidy Thanksgiving pageant may be the one stuffed with the heaviest serving of myth. This iconic tale is the main course in our nation’s foundation legend, complete with cardboard cutouts of bow-carrying Native American cherubs and pint-size Pilgrims in black hats with buckles. And legend it largely is. In fact, what had been a New England seasonal holiday became more of a “national” celebration only during the Civil War, with Lincoln’s p... more »


War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his China's counterpart Xi Jinping (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Klimentiev) *No, Russia and China Aren’t Teaming Up Against America -- Kyle Mizokami, War Is Boring* The odd couple of totalitarian regimes is less powerful than you think. In mid-November, Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu flew to Beijing for high-level military talks. Shoigu was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan to discuss “current issues of international and regional security and bilateral military and military-techni... more »

SWP Bullies London Black Revolutionaries

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I'm not familiar with London Black Revolutionaries but looking at their Facebook page it appears they do some very good, if not strictly lawful, work. From active solidarity with the homeless and immigrants, to protesting against racist police murders in the US, they're a refreshing change from the would-be Lenins of the far left. As you might expect, hearing a bandwagon trundling along in the distance, the SWP tried to get a piece of last night's LBR-arranged 5,000 strong 'FromLondon2Ferguson' protest outside the American embassy. According to this LBR statement below, the SWP didn... more »

The MIlitary - Arms Race Continues In The Pacific

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning with support ship. IMINT *Pacific Militaries Rising -- Michael Auslin, Wall Street Journal* While the growing weapons capabilities of Asian nations make the threat of war more serious, they may also encourage diplomacy. The Royal Australian Navy this week commissioned its newest and largest warship, joining Japan and China in the aircraft-carrier club. It’s a reminder that Asia is set to see increasingly capable navies and air forces operating in its regional waters and skies. While this development raises the potential for international confli... more »

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