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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

29 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

10:30pm MST

Paulo Coelho, "The Good Fight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 minutes ago
*"The Good Fight"* by Paulo Coelho "In 1986, I went for the first and only time on the pilgrimage known as the Way to Santiago, an experience I described in my first book. We had just finished walking up a small hill, a village appeared on the horizon, and it was then that my guide, whom I shall call Petrus (although that was not his name), said to me: "We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Many times in our lives we see our dreams shattered and our desires frustrated, but we have to continue dreaming. If we don’t, o... more »

Writer, nuclear power expert, and green-powered-Earth advocate Harvey Wasserman reflects on how much better our country would have been today if President Kennedy had not been cruelly taken from us by conspirators never quite identified ...except maybe now in the must-watch preceding post!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 53 minutes ago
------------------------------ *Can We Ever Recover from the Murder of John Kennedy?* Harvey Wasserman | November 24, 2014 7:25 am ------------------------------ The images we ingest never cease to shape us. Just 51 years ago, the head of a profoundly gifted young man was blown apart. A few months earlier he’d given a speech that promised a new dawn. He reached out to our enemies. He talked of going to the moon, of technological breakthrough and human promise. And he stopped the radioactive madness of atmospheric Bomb testing, a reason many of us are alive today. It’s easy to i... more »

This interview appears to be an open and shut case that Lyndon Johnson ordered John Kennedy's assassination.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 53 minutes ago
------------------------------ http://youtu.be/IeDRov7zutYNixon's Dirty Trickster: LBJ Killed JFK | Interview with Roger Stone breakingtheset *Published on Nov 4, 2013* Abby Martin speaks with former Nixon White House advisor and self-proclaimed 'GOP Hitman', Roger Stone, about his new book 'The Man Who Killed Kennedy' as well as his career behind the scenes of dirty politics. Cherchez la Verite

Rochester, NY, Parents: Say No to a Charter Founded by a Con Man

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
Dear Parents of Rochester, New York: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents have approved a charter school to be opened in your community in September 2015: The Greater Works Charter School (GWCS). GWCS lead applicant Ted J. Morris, Jr.– the man chiefly promoting the project– has […]

Being Thankful

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 2 hours ago
November 29, 2014 Thanksgiving was beautiful. The day was cloudless and sunny, with temperatures in the mid forties by afternoon. I went with friends to one of their parents’ home for dinner. The meal was delicious and the visit cordial. … Continue reading →

Turning inward

risa bear at A Way to Live - 2 hours ago
This is that time of year when, just to keep from falling in the mud and breaking something, one goes all domestic.

We revisit the maxim of Dilbert's PHB, "It isn't a problem if you can give it to someone else"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*DILBERT by Scott Adams* [*Click to enlarge*] *by Ken* Sometimes readers leave comment that are too interesting to simply let pass into history. So it is with one I only recently noted, added to the post I wrote last Saturday, "When is a problem not a problem? Words to live by from Dilbert's Pointy-Headed Boss," taking off from that day's above-repeated *Dilbert* strip. "It isn't a problem if you can give it to someone else." My employer hosted a series of seminars, open to all who desired to attend, under the group title of "Pass The Monkey". It was literally how to make any... more »

‘US legitimacy waning over 9/11 hoax’

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 3 hours ago
"The participation of high-level Americans in the 9/11 deception explains the US government’s reluctance to release the explosive 28 pages and risk igniting the greatest scandal in world history." Full article with links and videos: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/29/911hoax/

what i'm reading: this changes everything by naomi klein, one of the most important books you'll ever read

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
*This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate*, by Naomi Klein, is incredibly difficult to write about. I've been putting sticky notes beside important paragraphs as I read, and my copy now looks like an art project, bristling with coloured paper squares. I can say without exaggeration that this is one of the most important books you'll ever read. In her clear, readable prose, Klein demonstrates exactly what is destroying our planet: unregulated, unchecked capitalism, brought to you by the scourge of our era: neoliberalism. (US readers may be more familiar with the term neoc... more »

Who Owns Yoga?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Film - *A film about the evolution of yoga in modern society. The post Who Owns Yoga? appeared first on Waking Times.

Criswell Predicts

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
Plan 9 from outer space trailer

"The Best Slave Is A Slave That Doesn't Know He's A Slave- America Today In Pictures"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Best Slave Is A Slave That Doesn't Know He's A Slave-* *America Today In Pictures"* by Tyler Durden “This is why America is in the shape that it's in... The best slave is a slave that doesn't know he's a slave.” - http://www.zerohedge.com/ Any questions?

25 Phenomena Across The Globe

Waking Times at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Video - *25 natural phenomena you have to see to believe! The post 25 Phenomena Across The Globe appeared first on Waking Times.

The View from Kiev Political Activist

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Ukrainian political activist Margarita Montyan talking about how the oligarchs all took the West's inducements for warfare as a chance to rip off money allocated for it. Fascinating analysis of Ukrainian situation - even if you don't know a lot about internal politics in Kiev you can still learn much from this spirited woman.


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

The Plant Most Fundamental to Life on Earth

Waking Times at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Anna Hunt - *Reforesting trees is vital to the survival of life on planet Earth. The post The Plant Most Fundamental to Life on Earth appeared first on Waking Times.

"Jump" Principle

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
*R v Johnsrud*, 2014 ABCA 395: “Jump” Principle [9] This principle of sentencing suggests that sentences for repeat offenders should increase gradually, rather than by large leaps. The appellant concedes that he has a lengthy criminal record, including several convictions for firearms offences. He was sentenced in 1999 to a term of imprisonment of 24 months for attempted robbery. He says that a 7.5 year sentence is too great a jump. [10] In his 42 years, the appellant has received a variety of sentences for weapons-related offences, violating court orders and crimes of violence. ... more »

An Instructive Afternoon in Ferguson

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
*Standing in front of what looks like a brand new police and city court building, likely funded by the heavy fines levied on black residents in Ferguson* Today two of us from Veterans for Peace went to Ferguson to see what was going on. The town had the atmosphere of a festival along the main drag. When we arrived cops were blocking the street near the police department (where most of the nightly protests have been held) as a large group of black motorcyclists zoomed into a parking lot nearby. All along both sides of the downtown business strip people (predominately white) were p... more »

The Democratic Party Is At A Crossroads... Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Yesterday, everyone-- or at least everyone who isn't already bored with the subject-- was buzzing about a *Wall Street Journal* piece by Peter Nicholas, Siobhan Hughes and Byron Tau, Democratic Rifts Surface in Wake of Midterm Election Defeat. And it went beyond the ire and tensions around the idiotic assertions of Chuck Schumer earlier in the week-- and beyond Obama threatening to veto an anti-family "compromise" tax extenders deal Harry Reid was working out with Mitch McConnell. The White House said the deal would help "well-connected corporations while neglecting working famili... more »

From the Files: Latin America's Legendary UFO Cases

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 7 hours ago
[*Some of our readers may recall Inexplicata's presence as a column called "Orbis Tertius" in the UK's defunct UFO Matrix magazine. The following article was featured in an issue, and we reprint it here as a useful - and hopefully interesting - summary of classic cases for our newer readers. Some of the material can also be found in earlier Inexplicata entries -- SC* ] *Latin America’s Legendary UFO Cases* *By Scott Corrales* Top ten lists are an unavoidable fact in the modern age, and “top ten” lists of ufology are no exception. But most UFO events elude simple lists, due to th... more »

Where We Belong

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
*Where We Belong* is a collection of Paul Shepard essays that discuss how we perceive the natural world, and how this influences the way we treat it. Most of the essays were written between the 1950s and 1970s. They include some ideas that evolved into major components of his classics. Almost half of this book is devoted to provocative discussions of pioneer diaries, a special treat. Humans evolved as hunters and scavengers on tropical savannahs. Today, our genes are still those of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers — not Anthropocene cell phone zombies. Shepard believed that the pr... more »

U.S. Funding Neo-Nazi Extremism in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
An amendment to the 2015 NDAA that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was dropped at the request of two of the largest Jewish pressure groups in the United States.

Saturday History Lesson: Confronting Nuclear Death Machines

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
"Polaris Action" is an 11-minute 1960 film by Hilary Harris, about nonviolent demonstrations and civil disobedience against Polaris nuclear missile firing submarines, in New London, CT. (They have since been supplanted by the multi-warhead Trident ballistic missile submarines.)

Star Wars - the Force awakens - first teaser trailer

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 8 hours ago
Erm, what to make of this seventh part of the nine-part epic? Seven of Nine?

What Happens To Former Russian Spies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Anna Chapman. Wired *Ex-Spy Anna Chapman, From Russia Unloved -- Anna Nemtsova, Saily Beast* With scarlet lips and chemical red hair, the erstwhile agent is still making headlines in the West. She’s put out a film exalting the virtues of the Russian army (even the units in Ukraine). But her audience in the Motherland is negligible. MOSCOW—Every now and then I run into Anna Chapman at a nail salon called “Little Fingers” on Potapovsky Avenue in downtown Moscow. One would expect a red-haired, red-lipsticked celebrity-ex-spy, wearing expensive designer dresses that are tight enough t... more »

Jeb Bush’s Very Bad Motives

Jim Horn at @ THE CHALK FACE - 8 hours ago
Previously published at Schools Matter. As it proved to be George W’s presidential calling to finish Poppy’s war in Iraq, it looks as if 2016 could be the beginning and likely end of Jeb’s crusade to finish the education privatization plan that got put on hold in 1992 by Poppy’s crushing defeat. Actually, the plan […]

Proposed FDA Food Safety Rules Would Inhibit Small Local Farmers To Such a Degree That They Would Either Be Forced to Drastically Change Sustainable Practices or Get Out of the Business (New Rules for All Designed for Big Ag Enterprises that Pollute Air/Water/Land and Produce Chemical-Ridden Food and Unsanitary/Inhumane Conditions for Animals/Vegetables/Employees)

Attention, friends (both Americans and every friend of the natural world)! My latest note from one of my favorite local farmers calls for concerted action from us all before it's too late. Can citizen awareness stop the corporations from ruining our health? Or will we once again let a lobbyist-ridden government organization (our government organization) - the FDA - get away with not

The Creeping Dumbassery of Texas

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 9 hours ago
*"Education is dangerous - every educated person is a future enemy."* *- Hermann Goering* When a state elects a foreign born, transplanted chicken fried motherfucker like Ted Cruz as one of its U.S. Senators it is immediately understood that the voters there aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. Texas is steeped in all of the worst types of Americana including militant Christian Zionism, the carpet-bagging Bush crime family, the John Birch Society, big energy bandits, the Dallas Cowboys and more deranged holy rollers than you can shake a serpent at. It is the latter along with ge... more »

An Epidemic of Plagiarism

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Salaried plagiarizers, and stay-at-home re-writers, have turned Indian country journalism into a sweatshop of stolen words and photos By Brenda Norrell Censored News The plagiarism by stay-at-home reporters has become an epidemic in Indian country. It is plagiarism, compounded by deception. Salaried plagiarizers, and stay-at-home re-writers, have turned journalism into a sweatshop of stolen

Nuclear Missile Trains Are Making A Comeback In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The last surviving RT-23 missile perched above its railway based launcher at the Central Museum of Railway Transport in St. Petersburg. George Shuklin / Wikicommons *Russia Looks to Revive Nuclear Missile Trains to Counter U.S. Attack Capability -- Moscow Times* Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces are considering bringing back iconic Soviet-era nuclear missile trains as Moscow pumps money into a complete overhaul its aging nuclear arsenal. According to an unidentified source in the Russian military-industrial complex quoted by the TASS news agency on Thursday, the Moscow Institute of... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*May 24, 1983* *DR. ALBERT CLAUDE DEAD AT 84* DR. ALBERT CLAUDE DEAD AT 84; WON NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE *By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN* Dr. Albert Claude, a founder of modern cell biology who never graduated from high school and who went on to win a Nobel Prize in medicine, died Sunday night in Belgium. He was 84 years old. Dr. Claude was the first scientist to apply the electron microscope to the study of cells. The instrument had been used by physicists and metallurgists, but Dr. Claude saw its potential and worked to find ways of preparing delicate cells to withstand the high vacuum an... more »

Precognition: How Our Body Reacts Up To 10 Seconds Before Events Happen

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Arjun Walia - *Extended human capacities are beginning to exit the realm of superstitious thinking and find their way into the world of confirmed phenomena. The post Precognition: How Our Body Reacts Up To 10 Seconds Before Events Happen appeared first on Waking Times.

Russia Has Successfully Tested A New Submarine Based Bulava Intercontinental Missile

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Night Set Alight As Russian Sub Test-Launches Bulava Missile -- RT* Russia’s second Borey-class nuclear submarine test-fired a strategic Bulava intercontinental missile. The night blast-off from a submerged boat was the first successful SLBM launch for the Aleksandr Nevsky. The K-550 Aleksandr Nevsky is the second Borey-class submarine, the new generation of boats carrying Bulava nuclear missiles. It has undergone modifications based on trials of the head submarine of the class, the Yury Dolgoruky, so its capability to fire the designated weapon is of paramount interest to the Ru... more »

Nov. 29:We'll deal with the Friday edition quickly...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
...because there's, as usual, nothing much in it. Section A, page 1 headlines the news there was a snowstorm Thursday. Gee. Who would have guessed? But they proved it. They had a picture of somebody standing in the snow (presumably for all those who missed seeing a person standing in the snow on Thursday. Page 2 has a big news story (advertisement) about Riverview having big sales. And so it goes. The good news is on the editorial and op ed pages. The editorial (on abortion) is well done. Alec Bruce does a solid job on the need for child care programmes. David Suzuki has a horrifyi...more »

Kurds Accuse Turkey Of Supporting The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Armed men, believed to be Kurdish fighters, run after an explosion during fighting against Islamic State militants at a location west of Kobani November 23, 2014 (Reuters / Osman Orsal) *ISIL Reportedly Attacks Syrian Town Kobane From Turkey -- Al Jazeera* Turkey denies attack came from its side of the border while Kurdish activist accuses Istanbul of cooperating with ISIL The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists said, though Turkey denied that the fighters had used ... more »

Dineh Jean Whitehorse: Boarding schools, relocation and sterilization

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
. Jean Whitehorse, Dineh, AIM West ---- Watch live streaming video from earthcycles at livestream.com Watch video: Jean Whitehorse's presentation begins at minute 25, after Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, and Raquel Arthur, Pyrmaid Lake Paiute By Brenda Norrell Censored News SAN FRANCISCO -- Jean Whitehorse, Dineh from Navajo Nation, spoke on abuse in boarding schools, bias in children's

The Air War Against The Islamic State Has Become A Mixture Of Tatics, Strategy, And Politics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Nov. 23, 2014: An explosion following an air strike is seen in Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border. (REUTERS) *US Flies Roughly 85 Percent Of Airstrike Against Islamic State, In Complex Mix Of Tactics, Politics -- FOX News* The United States is conducting roughly 85 percent of the multi-national air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the most recent Pentagon report. U.S. fighter planes and drones have conducted 819 strikes, compared to 157 from the 10 other countries, states the detailed report obtained last week by FoxNews.com. The U.S. began the s... more »

A Look At The Uneasy Relationship Exists Between President Obama And The Pentagon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the Defense Strategic Review at the Pentagon in Washington January 5, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque *WNU Editor:* Presidents and the Pentagon usually have a different viewpoint on national security and defense related issues .... especially during times of war. President Obama has not been an exception to this rule .... but this AP article is a surprising and sobering analysis on the current relationship between the White House Obama and the Pentagon .... and it is a severe take. The link is here .... *For Obama and the Pentagon, an u... more »

Adjournment for absent witness

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
R. v. Evic, 2014 NUCA 1: The Crown maintains on appeal that the trial judge erred in her application of the test for an adjournment based on the non-attendance of a witness as set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in Darville v. The Queen, [1956] SCJ No. 82 [Darville]. The test is the following: There was no disagreement before us as to what conditions must ordinarily be established by affidavit in order to entitle a party to an adjournment on the ground of the absence of witnesses, these being as follows: (a) that the absent witnesses are material witnesses in the case; ... more »

Rewriting History In Real Time: Egypt

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
If the Arab Spring can say to have "started" anywhere, it was in Tunisia on December 18, 2010 in rural Sidi Bouzid when a 26 year old vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, gravely insulted by an authoritarian policewoman, set himself on fire, igniting weeks of demonstrations that spread across the country and unseated Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years of repressive rule. Protests spread rapidly to Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Egypt. Less than a month after the protests started Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia and one month after that Egyptian President Ho... more »

Gila River O'odham Lori Riddle: Protecting sacred land

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
. Lori Riddle, O'odham, with Govinda of Earthcycles earthcycles on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free By Brenda Norrell  Censored News  SAN FRANCISCO -- Lori Riddle, O'odham of Gila River Indian Community, spoke on how her family endured the poisons of living on a Superfund site, during the American Indian Movement's gathering, AIM West, here Nov. 21 -- 22, 2014. Speaking on the long

Islamic State Fighters Enjoy Junk Food And Western Gadgets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An Isis fighter in Raqqa *Isis Fighters Crave Snacks And Gadgets Of The West They Disdain -- Financial Times* What do jihadi militants crave on their break at the battlefront? Pringles are one frontline favourite. Another is Red Bull. Thousands of foreign fighters who have flocked to Syria want to create an austere Islamic state harking back to the past. But they have retained their taste for the modern-day snacks and gadgets of the western countries they disdain. Locals are not only living in fear of these militants, who use brutal mass executions and beheadings to impose their ... more »

Fukushima Updates - November 29-30 , 2014 - Updates regarding Site remediation efforts at Fukushima , updates on global contamination

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
Energy News.... Latest Headlines: 06:50 PM EST on November 27th, 2014 | 219 comments Fukushima Worker: They’re covering up how much contamination is flowing into ocean — Scientist: We are measuring higher radiation levels off Japan — Plume near California already exceeds expectations, and will keep rising for years to come — TV: “Cleanup can’t be done… They lied from the start, Tepco is a den of inequity” (VIDEOS) 08:39 AM EST on November 27th, 2014 | 126 comments Fukushima fallout on vegetation in South Florida exceeded gov’t notification limit by over 1,000% — Nearly triple the h... more »

Fukushima Alert

Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
If you are in Japan you should monitor the webcams (available here) and radiation readings (http://netc.com/): <img alt="" height="261" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAesAAAFBCAIAAADYFhB+AAAgAElEQVR4nOydaXMcVZaws5bc96W2rFVVpcXCGwZbYJttoDFbA15lY1nWUpJqkWTtkmXtkmVbsi0bDAabHRpDY6ChgQa6e2Z6IronJmJiYubDxMT8iPkP74eTeSsrs1SSzTLzRujECSiXsm7e9bnnnnvyJtbe1tHemmlvzWTaOjraOzraOzvbO7s6stnOXLYzl80W8vneQk9/d99wT//pnoHxnsEzPYMTPYMTPYOTPUOTp4an+kemB0/PjkzMnZ6aH59aGJ+cHz0zMzg2dWpwPNc73JE91ZrJN5/saDre8tLREy81Hn+p8aWXGl86fvR407GmppeaTjQ1t5xsbW/v7Mp2F7r7e/tG+obG+0cmB0Ym+0en+kam+kan+kan+0... more »

Woman Beating Sports Thug Ray Rice Wins NFL Appeal Case

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
It is a lamentable fact of modern American society that professional sports figures are elevated to role models with youth. This is especially so with the evolution of major sports leagues into global marketing colossuses whose merchandising money dwarfs that of revenue generated by the actual“games”. Professional athletes have been embraced as idols going back to the pre-television era and the likes of Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe and others so living vicariously through them is not a new phenomenon by any stretch of the imagination. Sports however do mirror society and the times in wh... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*His defense still struggling, the Saints’ Rob Ryan puts extra emphasis on third down ~Ramon Antonio Vargas ~N.O. Advocate * *41st annual Bayou Classic! ~NOLA DEFENDER* *Conservative activist James O’Keefe targets Mary Landrieu for undercover video, says he has 'big story' ahead of runoff ~The Advocate * *New Orleans mulls a smoke ban in public places ~Cain Burdeau, AP via Daily Comet*

Jeb Bush's Ghastly Gall and Bad Motives

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
As it proved to be George W's presidential calling to finish Poppy's war in Iraq, it looks as if 2016 could be the beginning and end of Jeb's crusade to finish the education privatization plan that got put on hold in 1992 by Poppy's crushing defeat. Actually, the plan was on life support when Poppy got beat, as the New York Times had reported in 1991 that Daddy Bush's ED secretary, Lamar Alexander, was fashioning the "education president's" reforms to fit hand in glove with the business plans of Lamar's former partner, Chris Whittle: He [Whittle] plans to establish a laboratory ca... more »

Letter to St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
*VFP member Russell Johnson manhandled by St. Louis cops at city hall protest* Dear Editor: I have been in St. Louis for the past week. I came from my home in Maine to join other members of Veterans for Peace who have come to your community to stand with those who are outraged over the killing of Michael Brown. Yesterday I helped shut down the Galleria Mall for about 90 minutes on what was appropriately renamed 'Brown Friday'. I picked up your paper (11-30-14) and was drawn to the Opinion page. I read local columnist Bill McClellan's piece suggesting that it was "Time to move on..... more »

Google breakup: the MEPs are fools

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
A few days ago, the European parliament voted (75% yes) to recommend the huge search engine(s) to be unbundled from the commercial services – which means to break Google. These efforts vaguely followed from a 2010 complaint by Google's competitors who argued that the Google search results favor Google-related products and pages. Well, they probably do but they're allowed to use any formula, I guess. The broader claim is that Google is "nearly" a monopoly. In many European countries, Google boasts 90% of the search engine market; the share is below 70% in the U.S. In Czechia, Goog... more »

Syrian Foreign Minister: US-Led Strikes Haven't Weakened The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A pair of US F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria. (Reuters) *Syria: US Raids Have Failed To Weaken ISIL -- Al Jazeera* Foreign Minister Moualem says coalition's air strikes having little impact, as his government urges Turkey to do more. Syria's foreign minister has said US-led air strikes had failed to weaken the grip of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls. A US-led alliance started attacking ISIL targets in Syria in September as ... more »

Bomb Attack Kills 15 In Western China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*15 Killed as Explosives Are Hurled at Food Court in Xinjiang -- Bloomberg* Fifteen people, including 11 attackers, were killed and 14 hurt as a group in vehicles hurled explosives at a food court yesterday in the latest flare-up in China’s Xinjiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The group randomly hacked people after the blasts in Shache County, Xinhua reported today. Police on patrol nearby evacuated the crowds and killed 11 of the attackers, the news agency said. President Xi Jinping has blamed Uighur separatists, the Muslim ethnic minority that makes up a... more »

Gold Updates - November 29-30 , 2014 Weekend Report - Swiss Gold Initiative vote for November 30 2014 on deck !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago
GATA.... Zero Hedge: GOFO signals growing shortage of real metal Submitted by cpowell on Fri, 2014-11-28 19:58. Section: Daily Dispatches 3p ET Friday, November 28, 2014 Dear Friend of GATA and Gold: Zero Hedge reports today that the gold forward offered interest rate has sunk to the lowest level in history, signifying that market participants are paying to borrow gold and that there is a great shortage of metal among commercial and central banks. Zero Hedge writes: "But how, the skeptics will ask, is it possible that there is a shortage of gold when gold prices keep tumbling day a... more »

The Zionist-WASP Split of 1991 - Sept. 11th

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
The Zionist-WASP Split of 1991 - September 11 1991 from Spike EP on Vimeo. "On September 11, 2001 the definition of National Security changed for most U.S. citizens. For an entire postwar generation, “National Security” meant protection from nuclear attack. On that day, Americans redefined that threat. On September 11, 2001 three hijacked airliners hit three separate buildings with such precision and skill that many observers believe those flights were controlled by something other than the poorly trained hijackers in the cockpits. This report contends that not only were the buil... more »

Back In The Resource Trap

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
http://www.slideshare.net/ Falling oil prices are puncturing Stephen Harper's dream of transforming Canada into an energy superpower. Tom Walkom writes: For this government, Alberta’s oilsands were the key to Canada’s economic future. Alberta heavy oil would be sold to the world at premium prices. Spin-offs would provide jobs for Canadians across the country. It was a coherent vision. But it rested on one thin reed: an oil price high enough to cover the cost of extracting bitumen from the tarsands. Now, with oil prices expecte... more »

Saturday Interview: Cath Elliott

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
Cath Elliott is a Unison activist and feminist commentator from Suffolk. Having taken a bit of a break from blogging at Too Much to Say For Myself, you can usually find Cath tweeting away about *The Apprentice* and *Question Time*, among weightier matters. *How and why did you get into blogging?* In 2007 I was invited “above the line” on the *Guardian*’s Comment is Free site. Up until then I’d been commenting regularly on CiF under the monicker ‘MsWoman’, but the then editor, the late Georgina Henry, liked my contributions so much she invited me to write for the site. I think after... more »

Libya Updates - November 29 - 30 , 2014 - State of play politically and on Battlefield.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Links.... Libya Strongman Vows to 'Take Tripoli' From Islamists Struggle Over Libya's Oil Risks Breaking Up Country: Rival PM Tweets..... *Good Morning Libya* @Morning_LY · 2h2 hours ago #MustRead | Kronos Advisory - A View to Extremist Currents in #Libya http:// bit.ly/1yuwhRq *Alwasat *‏@alwasatengnews 3h 3 hours ago #*Libya* | 10 thousand families have fled #Benghazi due to the clashes. Read more... http://www.alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/49702/ … [image: Embedded image permalink] *Alwasat *‏@alwasatengnews 2h 2 hours ago #*Libya* | Kissinger: *Libya* has bec... more »

Totally like Bishop Baines

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Just a reminder - as I've not mentioned it for some time - that *Today*'s platitudinous religious spot *Thought for the Day *is still being deliciously parodied by TFTD Abridged, whose mission statement reads as follows: Every day the BBC's flagship news programme Today is interrupted by a couple of minutes of religious moralising. I can get it down to 140 characters or less. Today's abridgement has not yet been posted but while we fans of TFTD Abridged are waiting with baited breath, here's a sample of our hero's work from this very week. That nice bishop Nick Baines did Monday... more »

Democrats Break for the Lifeboats as Chuck Schumer Blasts Obamacare

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
As a former U.S. politician named Claude Swanson once so eloquently put it: *“When the water reaches the upper decks, follow the rats”. *Those “rats” are now rushing to evacuate the sinking ship of the doomed Barack Obama administration after the great Tuesday massacre of 2014. The latest example being prominent Democrat Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer of New York who earlier this week blasted Obamacare with both barrels. According to a story from Reuters, “Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House” Schumer inveighed against dear leader in a Tuesday speech at the Nation... more »

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Retrospective

CM at LILITH NEWS - 14 hours ago
ENTERTAINMENT Less than 3 weeks from now the last of the 3 Hobbit films will be released, bringing to end an era of Tolkien-based films... and opening the door for other filmmakers to make their own Tolkien-esque films. Warner Brothers knows this is the end of an era and thus have released the video below, a retrospective on all 6 films - and incidentally a promo for the last of the 6 films. The good news however is that these films have made fans hungry for more. But there are no more Tolkien books worth making. So out of necessity, we should turn to other books that are worthy ... more »

Peter Allen and former prime ministerial reputations

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Hip, hip, hooray! (according to YouGov) Here's a recent comment from *Biased* *BBC *(the blog not the broadcaster) *:* *Will all end in tears* November 29, 2014 at 10:02 am Have a listen to Peter Allen on Five Live (01:46.30) The item is about whether or not an award should be withdrawn from Labour’s Tony Blair because of his involvement in the invasion of Iraq. But note how easily Allen turns it into an anti-Thatcher piece. All to do with Blair. Flip all to do with Thatcher. But not on the biased BBC. Been said before, will be said many, many, many times again – there is not even an ... more »

Yes, There's An Ethics Committee In Congress-- But It's Main Job Is White-Washing Criminal Behavior Of Colleagues-- Like Mikey Suits Grimm

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Protected Yesterday, when I wrote this post, it was November 27, 2014. I was shocked when I saw the posts I had written on November 27, 2012 and November 27, 2013, both about how the House Ethics Committee was asked by the FBI to defer any investigation into the only Member of Congress currently under indictment, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm. The Staten Island Republican, who was just reelected, in an increasingly blue district, 56,221 (55.4%) to 42,786 (42,786), is a former FBI employee who betrayed the agency by joining the Gambino Crime Family (Mafia); he also knows where an awful ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Report ( November 29-30 , 2014 Weekend Report ) - Updates on State of play from Battlegrounds in Syria and Iraq , US role continues to expand in Iraq , Turkey complicit with ISIS regarding Kobane attacks of today ? Lebanon in focus as direct negotiation os tap with militants .....Jihad from afar ( Qatar ) more attractive than Jihad up from and personal ) .... Kurdish relations with Baghdad in focus

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Links.... *US Plans to Retake Mosul in January* *Shi'ite, Sunni Militias Join Forces on Outskirts of Baghdad* *US Will Use Psych Evaluations to Screen Syrian Rebels for Training* Battles Rage in Ramadi as 126 Are Killed in Iraq The Future Battle of Mosul Will Be 'Easy,' Iraqi Governor Says. No, Really. Turkey Considering Heavy Weapons for Kurdistan Region India Says No Contact With 39 Men Held by ISIS in Iraq Tweets..... *Sputnik* ‏@SputnikInt 6m 6 minutes ago US-led coalition failed to weaken #IS in #Syria- Syrian Foreign Minister http://bit.ly/12fhuxe [image: Embedded... more »

How to Develop the Four Primary Skills of All Meditation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Paul Cavel* - "You cannot fully and completely develop one aspect of meditation, in body, mind or energy, without all other skills being developed in tandem." The post How to Develop the Four Primary Skills of All Meditation appeared first on Waking Times.

Clearing up the BBC's guidelines on Twitter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Following on from earlier posts... So just what are the BBC's editorial guidelines as regards Twitter? Well, one concern - especially in the light of many BBC reporters' frequent one-sided "retweeting" of *non*-BBC peoples' highly biased tweets (Jon Donnison's constant retweeting of articles critical of Israel, for example whilst never retweeting any pro-Israel articles, unless he's mocking them) - is that such one-sided "retweeting" might damage the BBC's 'reputation for impartiality'. The BBC reporter's 'get out clause' is the familiar RTs, #Tags not endorsements (or variants ... more »

How to Outsmart Modern Wheat and Gluten Intolerance

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - "Modern wheat is quickly becoming the new high-fructose corn syrup and a menace to wellness." The post How to Outsmart Modern Wheat and Gluten Intolerance appeared first on Waking Times.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*British teachers ‘scared to teach about Jesus’: Fear of offending other faiths prevents children learning true meaning of Christmas, BBC presenter claims* Fear of ‘offending’ different faiths means pupils are not being taught the true meaning of Christmas in schools, according to a BBC presenter. Roger Bolton, of Radio 4’s Feedback programme, said that some secular teachers are also ‘unsympathetic to religious education’. As a result, many pupils are not learning the crucial fact that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. A lack of understanding of Christianity is also preven... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Hundreds of Records Fall During U.S. Cold Spell* Mid-November 2014 has been a time of record-setting temperatures and snowfall. Hardly anyone in the United States can avoid it, and even if your locale hasn’t experienced record cold itself, somewhere in your region has. This is not how global warming is supposed to work. The United States has experienced an unusual amount of record-breaking cold weather and weather-related phenomena in 2014. Early in the year, in large part due to the polar vortex, hundreds, if not thousands, of American cities and towns experienced multiple days ... more »

Food Addiction: It’s Not An Eating Disorder

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Jowita Bydlowskais* - "People have this response that food addiction can’t be as bad as cocaine addiction partly because society doesn’t see overeating as a problem..." The post Food Addiction: It’s Not An Eating Disorder appeared first on Waking Times.

Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - "Now we have scientific evidence that not every viral infection is bad, but may actually be beneficial to health..." The post Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines appeared first on Waking Times.

Gardasil Changed Our Definition of Normal by Francine Pugliese

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
NinaGardasil Changed Our Definition of Normal By Francine Pugliese Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sane Vax, Inc., 21 November 2014 Nina is the youngest of my three children. I had no idea a trip to the pediatrician’s office for a checkup and one simple injection could change our lives so drastically. For the last seven years, our daughter has fought to regain some semblance of her normal life. Spending long hours at the gym watching her play basketball and dreaming of sports scholarships have all been traded in for one simple wish, a pain free day for Nina. I continued to pray that, d... more »

Survivantes du Cervarix en République Tchèque par Marcela Jandova

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
Marcela*Survivantes du Cervarix en République Tchèque* *Marcela Jandova, Liberec, République Tchèque* J’habite la République Tchèque. Comme les vaccins HPV n’ont pas encore été rendus obligatoires dans notre pays, c’est à titre privé que nous devons acheter les vaccins. Quand j’ai eu 15 ans, il y a eu des réductions tentantes sur le Cervarix. Beaucoup de tracts traînaient dans les cabinets de médecins. Ces tracts destinés à la promotion du vaccin faisaient la promotion du vaccin susceptible de protéger contre le cancer du col de l’utérus. Ma mère pensait qu’il s’agissait d’un bon v... more »

What Went Wrong In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Thirteen Years Later, What Went Wrong in Afghanistan -- Anand Gopal, Newsweek* *President Barack Obama has abandoned his aim of ending America’s combat role in Afghanistan at the end of this year and has broadened the U.S. military mission to counter the advances of the Taliban. In his latest book, “No Good Men Among the Living,” journalist and author Anand Gopal describes where the U.S. went wrong in its -- so far -- thirteen-year occupation of the largely lawless country that once harbored Osama bin Laden.* From its earliest days, the Hamid Karzai government in Afghanistan was...more »

Cervarix Survivors in the Czech Republic by Marcela Jandova

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
MarcelaCervarix survivors in the Czech Republic by Marcela Jandova Czech Republic Sane Vax, Inc. 15 November 2014 I come from the Czech Republic. We have to purchase HPV vaccines privately as this is not a mandatory vaccine in this country yet. When I was about 15 years old there was a tempting discount on the Cervarix vaccine in our country. There were plenty of leaflets lying around in doctors‘ surgeries promoting the vaccine to protect against cervical cancer. My mother believed that this was a good vaccine to get to protect me from cervical cancer later in life. Before having... more »

Taliban Step-Up Their Attacks In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Afghanistan On Edge As Stepped-Up Taliban Attacks Kill At Least 6 -- Washington Post* KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents struck targets across Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding scores more, extending a string of attacks in recent weeks that have put Afghans on edge, two months into the term of the new U.S.-backed government. The most brazen assault began Thursday night, when five Taliban suicide bombers and a group of fighters tried to infiltrate Camp Bastion, an air base in the volatile southern province of Helmand, triggering an intense gun b... more »

Musical Interlude: Arnd Stein, “Besinnlichkeit”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Arnd Stein, “Besinnlichkeit” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZKqtJBE0dY

The idea of the Westminster elite and the Establishment being out of touch is blown apart by 'Today'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
At the risk of sounding like a right-wing Citizen Smith... The closing discussion on this morning's *Today *discussed whether politicians are out of touch with the public with Matthew Parris of the *Times *and Michael White of the *Guardian*, two doughty defenders of the Westminster elite. The balance here (besides one leaning rightwards and the other leaning leftwards) was in setting someone who defends the Westminster elite 100% and says that it's the public that's out of touch and someone who thinks the other goes a bit too far and, himself, only defends the Westminster elite ... more »

DSME & ROK Navy cut first steel of future KSS-III (Jangbogo III) heavy diesel-electric submarine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: steel cuting cutting ceremony of the first KSS-III]The steel cuting cutting ceremony of the first KSS-III (Jangbogo III programme) heavy diesel-electric submarine took place yesterday (November 27th) at DSME shipyard in presence of the Republik of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) Chief of Staff, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) representatives and DSME officials. Under the Jangbogo III programme, the first submarine is due to be launched in 2018 and handed over to the Republic of Korea Navy at the end of 2020 following two years of sea trials. The second submarine will... more »

Egypt receives ten Apaches

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: AH-64E Apache]After delivery was suspended for many months, the Egyptian Air Force has finally received ten Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States. On November 24 the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) released a photo showing the helicopters, covered in white protective plastic, after being delivered to an Egyptian port. On April 22 this year Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby announced that the United States was lifting its suspension of military aid to Egypt, allowing deliveries to go ahead. Read more

Angolan military expenditure to top $13 billion by 2019

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Macae-class patrol boat]Angola's military and defence expenditure will increase from the current $6.5 billion to $13 billion by 2019 due to increased demand for border security equipment, fighter jets, multi-role aircraft, helicopters, navy vessels and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In a new report entitled “Future of the Angolan Defence Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2019,” US-based defence market analysts Market Research said Angolan defence spending will be driven by the need to modernise and improve the operational capabilities ... more »

Egyptian Court Dismisses Murder And Corruption Charges Against Former President Mubarak, His Sons, And Senior Aides

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Egypt Court Dismisses Charges Against Mubarak -- Al Jazeera* Deposed president, along with his sons, was also cleared of corruption charges relating to the sale of gas to Israel. An Egyptian court has thrown out a case against former President Hosni Mubarak for conspiring to murder protesters during the 2011 Egyptian revolution due to a technicality and lack of jurisdiction. Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal were also cleared by Chief Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi of corruption charges related to exporting gas to Israel. The same Cairo court acquitted Habib al-Adli, former Mu... more »

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister: US Responsible For Two-Thirds Of All Military Conflicts

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Godwin administers the oath of enlistment to U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Conover during a ceremony on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan's Paktia province, April 27, 2014. Goodwin and Conover are assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javier Amador *US Responsible For Two-Thirds Of All Military Conflicts – Russia’s Top Brass -- RT* US interference in the internal affairs of countries around the world has brought neither peace, nor democracy, said Russia... more »

Did Duncan Weldon misspeak on 'Newsnight'?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Did you spot what former-TUC-chief-economist-turned-*Newsnight*-economics correspondent Duncan Weldon did last night? Discussing David Cameron's latest immigration speech with Kirsty Wark, Duncan prefaced his analysis with these words: Before we look at the detail though it is worth remembering, you know, immigration in general, European immigration, is not a drain on the public finances. In general migrants contribute more than they take out. Now, that's a potentially misleading way of putting it, isn't it? I took him to mean that all immigration, including EU immigration, is no... more »

Russians on the horizon at HMS Tyne keeps watch

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Russian ships]Barely visible on the horizon, these are the Russian ships that were shadowed through the English Channel by a Portsmouth-based offshore patrol vessel. HMS Tyne monitored the squadron of Russian warships as they moved through the Strait of Dover after carrying out exercises in the North Sea. The destroyer Severomorsk, a landing craft, a rescue tugboat and a tank ship have anchored in the Bay of the Seine, off the coast of northern France, to wait out a storm, according to a Russian defence ministry statement reported by local news agencies. Read more

Air warfare destroyer $600m cost problem not unusual, says Jackman

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Hobart class DDG]If sticking to budgets and timelines on major projects was easy Elders would have made a billion dollars, the company’s former chief executive Malcolm Jackman said yesterday in defence of the air warfare destroyer project. With suggestions the AWD program is $600 million over budget, Mr Jackman said that amount was “a lot of taxpayers’ money” but at 7 per cent of the project’s $8.5 billion costings it would not be an unusual outcome. Using the blowout to accuse shipbuilder ASC of being incompetent was “a very unfair cop”, said Mr Jackman, now the chief execu... more »

With Mistral Suspension, France Seeks to Boost Ties with Poland

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Scorpene class SSK]France placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia, a move French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian personally conveyed to his Polish counterpart during a recent trip to boost relations with Warsaw. French President François Hollande suspended the ship’s delivery due to the deadly conflict in east Ukraine, the president’s office said on Nov. 25. “The president of the republic considers the present situation in east Ukraine still does not allow the delivery of the first [projection and command ship],” the Elysée preside... more »

Russian Navy successfully tests new missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Bulava test launch]The Russian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in as many months, proving its reliability following a troublesome development. The Defense Ministry said the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine test-fired a Bulava missile from an underwater position in the Barents Sea. The missile's warheads reached designated targets at a testing range in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. The Bulava suffered many failures during a decade of tests, raising doubts about the fate of Russia's most expensive ... more »

Sea Ceptor air defense missiles selected for Brazils Tamandaré class corvettes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Sea Ceptor missile]MBDA has announced the selection of its Sea Ceptor naval air defense system by the Brazilian Navy. The weapon will provide local area air defence for the Brazilian next generation Tamandaré class corvettes. Brazil’s is now the third navy to have chosen Sea Ceptor following the selection of the system for the UK’s Royal Navy (RN) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). Read more

The 'Today' Christmas guest editors 2014

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Waking up this morning, the fifth most important story in the world - according to the BBC News website - was Lenny Henry to guest edit R4's Today . I'm guessing that someone important must have already noticed that this might be seen as naval-gazing and inappropriate (given all the more important news stories around this morning) so, in the last hour, the story has plummeted to 12th place. Still, the angle the BBC News website chose in reporting the story is interesting. Its focus, via that headline, is on Lenny Henry - the famous comedian who hit the headlines recently with hi... more »

Hong Kong: "Pro-Democracy" Protesters Reject Will of the People

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
Occupy Central deliberately ignores overwhelming public demands to end protests, resorts to clashes with police, violence. *November 29, 2014 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Fully qualifying claims that the so-called "Occupy Central" or "Occupy Hong Kong" movement is little more than US-backed political subversion dressed as "pro-democracy," mobs remained in the streets, creating chaos as police worked to reopen streets and return order to downtown Hong Kong. A recent poll carried out by one of the movement's own collaborators - the Public Opinion Programme (HKU POP) of the University o... more »

Big Pharma Plays Hide-the-Ball With Data

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: 2014_11_14_Cover_600 x 800] The problem with data in all science is that negative results are rarely disclosed for any number of good reasons. My argument though is that all data needs to be disclosed as a matter of course. I will; go further than that. All data needs to now be saved electronically and delivered to a records depository with a cover submission letter. That at least establishes a working protocol that preserves data at low cost. The data can be withheld for sensible time periods before it is released. The first huge benefit is that all new researchers ... more »

The Bizzare Electromagnetic After Effects of Near-Death Experiences

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What this indicates is that the spirit or light body which you may recall is physical and information dense as well has been powerfully charged up and is much more under the control of our consciousness. The recovery of the body certainty demands as much as it must overcome the shock of death or near death. I have heard the phrase ' change of polarity' whatever that may mean. Yet it does take note. The take home is that you will be changed, but generally it is for the better. The physical side effects are clearly a nuisense and may be corrected. . *The Bizzare Electromag... more »

Chicken of Tomorrow

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Essentially this is a story that is well worth understanding. It made meat protein available universally at a very competitive price. It also triggered an attempt to copy the process with other animals. This all makes animal protein cheap and ample. The merging alternatives will always demand more labor and inputs and a higher sales price. Fortunately folks are prepared to pay premium pricing for premium food. While i see problems in terms of Beef and Hogs that may force major changes, i also see the farmed fish industry tracking the success of the chicken industry. ... more »

Saturday Short Shorts: The Doom is Upon Us

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
[image: IMG_9098] *The dew on a chill fall morning is amazing.* *UPDATE 3*: Dammit. My family is watching vote count. I'm so nervous now I can't update. But Ko ahead by 80K with 500K votes counted... *UPDATE 2*: Many onlookers reporting that barbed wire and barricades are going up around KMT HQ. *UPDATE* *1*: This video has been making the rounds (with English) -- CCP supporters in front of Taipei 101 beat a woman, say they want the CCP to come over and eliminate all of the onlookers because Taiwan is China. Well, that little piece of Taiwan certainly is... +++ I'll be updating th... more »

Pol. Ideology 58: Democracy, Coercion and Civil Society

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Democracy has many definitions and people can reveal their philosophical and ideological leaning based on how they define the word. The most common or even generic definition of democracy perhaps is “power by the people, for the people.” This connotes or implies that the people have similar if not monolithic interests and goals in society, which very often is not the case. Another common definition is that democracy is “rule and will of the majority/people” in society and such majority rule should prevail over the minority. Critics of this definition call this as “mob rule” where... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 day 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 day ago

Five Must-Have Essential Oils

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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..."

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"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"

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*"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..."

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"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?"

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Perrinton, Michigan, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Infinite Distances..."

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“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”

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*“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”

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*“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..."

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"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

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