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Monday, November 3, 2014

3 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

11:45pm MST

Neo-Cons and Corporate Fascists for Hong Kong Democracy?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 36 minutes ago
Many "Occupy Central" supporters now admit the US National Endowment for Democracy's (NED) role in ongoing chaos in Hong Kong and simply say, "so what?" Here's what... *November 4, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - James T. Griffiths of the South China Morning Post was preparing a hit piece on analysts exposing the US role behind Hong Kong's ongoing street protests organized by "Occupy Central." Through a series of various logical fallacies, Griffiths was attempting to undermine and discredit these alternative news sources that have filled in the missing pieces intentionally left out ... more »

"Rise of ISIS" Documentary Points All of The Blame At Maliki, Wrongly

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 39 minutes ago
*Source: PBS.* *"Frontline: The Rise of ISIS* (Tuesday, PBS, 10 p.m.) gives answers. It’s a must-see background investigation and it lays blame. It doesn’t outright condemn, but the conclusion is easily found – blame is laid at the feet of Nouri al-Maliki, who was prime minister of Iraq from 2006 until 2014, and the Obama administration, which dithered neurotically while al-Maliki created the condition for ISIS to flourish. I’ve watched it twice and concluded that the issue of Islamic State is less about religious fundamentalism than it is about gangsters and testosterone-driven ... more »

Watch Maps to the Stars 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 57 minutes ago
*Maps to the Stars (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 6.9 Release : 21 May 2014 Duration : 111 min Genre : Drama Director : David Cronenberg Writer : Bruce Wagner (screenplay) Cast : Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska Synopsis Maps to the StarsThe Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remak... more »

Musical Interlude: Logos/Arcan, “Beauté Eternelle”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Logos/Arcan, “Beauté Eternelle” - https://www.youtube.com/

Gaius' Quick Senate Scorecard for 2014 Races

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
-by Gaius Publius As we move to election day, I'd like to offer the following as a quick scorecard, a list of Senate races to watch. In the following table, the first seven races (bolded) are those marked "competitive" by the *New York Times* in an interesting interactive write-up. The second group (Roman font) lists races I'm interested in, for a variety of reasons. In some, the Republican is likely to win (for example, McConnell, Collins, Capito). In others, the Democrat is given at least a chance (Pryor, Landrieu). The Weiland race you've likely read about; he has an interes... more »

Conflict and judicial recusal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Conflict of interest remains a challenging area for judicial officers. The recent Newfoundland and Labrador decision in Cabana v. Newfoundland and Labrador, 2014 NLCA 34 suggests that disqualifying conflict may not be present in matters where Ontario judicial officers have customarily found it. As a general rule Ontario judicial officers decline to hear contested matters where one of the parties is represented by someone who is a member of the same law firm as the judicial officer's spouse. So a judge will not hear her husband's associate argue a matter. The customary refusal is... more »

"The Only Question..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“This sharp cosmic portrait features NGC 891. The spiral galaxy spans about 100 thousand light-years and is seen almost exactly edge-on from our perspective. In fact, about 30 million light-years distant in the constellation Andromeda, NGC 891 looks a lot like our Milky Way. At first glance, it has a flat, thin, galactic disk and a central bulge cut along the middle by regions of dark obscuring dust. *Click image for larger size.* The combined image data also reveal the galaxy's young blue star clusters and telltale pinkish star forming regions. And remarkably apparent in NGC 891's e... more »

Tecumseh, "Live Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of liv... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Song of the Builders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Song of the Builders"* "On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God - a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe.” ~ Mary Oliver, “Why I Wake Early”

"Effort and Understanding: Having It Easy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Effort and Understanding: Having It Easy"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we view the lives of others and think they have it easy, we are not seeing the whole of their life or the story they are presenting. Our lives are an exercise in facing challenges. We dream the grandest of dreams as youngsters only to discover that we must cultivate copious inner strength and determination in order to meet our goals. Our hard work does not always yield the results we expect. And it is when we find ourselves frustrated by the trials we face or unable to meet our own expectations that we... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Defeat"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Defeat"* by Paulo Coelho "Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf: ‘That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I’m alive, because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is in my sap, we are one thing.’ Does a man who spent years preparing to climb the highest mountain in the world feel defeated on reaching that mountain and discovering that nature has cloaked the... more »

Ron Jacobs : BOOKS | ‘Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
This collection of essays, poetry, and art, much of it from the pages of CounterPunch, is provocative and enlightening. By Ron Jacobs | The Rag Blog | November 3, 2014 In 1771 in the North Carolina colony, Justice Martin Howard … finish reading Ron Jacobs : *BOOKS* | ‘Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence’

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

“Loving Your Servitude”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Loving Your Servitude”* by James Quinn “The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of th... more »

"Decisions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Except for totally impulsive or psychotic behavior, every human decision comes down to the choice between two alternatives." - Jeff Duntemann

"The Decline of Critical Thinking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Decline of Critical Thinking"* by Lawrence Davidson "In 2008 Rick Shenkman, the Editor-in-Chief of the History News Network, published a book entitled "Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth about the American Voter" (Basic Books). In it he demonstrated, among other things, that most Americans were: (1) ignorant about major international events, (2) knew little about how their own government runs and who runs it, (3) were nonetheless willing to accept government positions and policies even though a moderate amount of critical thought suggested they were bad for the country... more »

3 City States that Control the World

Waking Times at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Video -* An interesting short film about three sovereign, corporate city states that control the world. The post 3 City States that Control the World appeared first on Waking Times .

What is Going on in Africa?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago

Where did the Butter go?

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 3 hours ago
As I've said before in this blog, butter consumption in New Zealand was high in the 1940's, was halved by wartime rationing (1943-1948), rose again to its 1942/43 peak by the mid 60's, and is now a quarter what it was then. How did people in the 1940's and 1960's manage to eat that much butter? I've tried, and I can't do it, even on LCHF. And people back then didn't have French cookery books, Julia Childs was still working for the OSS (she didn't appear on NZ TV till the late 1980's, after Kiwis started drinking wine). This is how we did it Wikipedia’s entry on “New Zealand Cu... more »

LNG Debate, Facts Versus BC Liberal Fiction....NDP`s Norm MacDonald

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
*Today at the British Columbia Legislature....The people`s house(Grant G)* *________________ * *N. Macdonald:** I rise to speak on Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act.* *That was interesting. I'm not sure the minister actually read the bill if you're talking about the revenues that you still are trying to lay out in front of British Columbians. This bill is a year and a half late coming, and here it is. The reality is here before us to contrast with the frankly ridiculous rhetoric around LNG from this minister and from the Premier in particular, but really from a... more »

"Business leaders often give remarkably bad economic advice, especially in troubled times" (Paul Krugman)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*"[D]oesn’t [successful business people's] success with money mean that they know how the economy really works? Actually, no. In fact, business leaders often give remarkably bad economic advice, especially in troubled times."* *-- Paul Krugman, in his NYT column today,* "Business vs. Economics" *by Ken* PK's column today is one after my own heart. I've tried a number of times to explain this distinction, between business and economic competence, drawing only on my intuitive sense of the critically different way the two groups look at the same problems, and the obviously different ... more »

Watch Kick Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 4 hours ago
*Kick (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 6.0 Release : 25 Jul 2014 Duration : 146 min Genre : Action, Comedy, Romance Director : Sajid Nadiadwala Writer : Vakkantham Vamsi (story), Rajat Arora (screenplay), Keith Gomes (screenplay), Sajid Nadiadwala (screenplay), Chetan Bhagat (additional screenplay), Rajat Arora (dialogue) Cast : Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda Synopsis KickOn a train journey in Warsaw, psychiatrist Shaina meets Himanshu, who is a police officer from India to discuss their prospective marriage. Both are reluctant to ent... more »

Watch Your Final Vote On Your "Recap" Screen When You Vote On Electronic Voting Machines: They're "Flipping" All Over The Country!!!

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 4 hours ago
*It can ONLY be concluded: it is on PURPOSE -* Here are examples of ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES flipping voters' votes from around the country: *Touch-Screen Votes Flipping Dem to Repub in North Carolina's 'Toss Up' U.S. Senate Race: Most expensive Senate race in U.S. history - and balance of Senate along with it - may be determined by 100% unverifiable votes...* *E-Votes Flip D to R in Texas, R to D in Illinois: More Trouble With Touch-Screens (2014 Edition)* *"Touch-Screen Votes Flip 'No' to 'Yes' on Abortion Amendment to State Constitution in TN"* *"Unverifiable Diebold Touch-S... more »

Winter Hits Kiev

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Residents in Kiev, Ukraine protested and blocked streets due to lack of heating, hot water and electricity. Maybe instead of making war on their fellow citizens in eastern Ukraine the NATO puppet government in Kiev might want to take care of things back home. One person commented after this video on YouTube with the following: Phone John McCain and Victoria Nuland [fuck the EU fame] they will give you some cookies. Maybe instead of the US-NATO shipping more weapons of war to Kiev the citizens of the Ukraine should demand peace with their fellow citizens and an end to their corru... more »

Sweden Freaks Out - Again

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Recently there was a big scare in Sweden that Russia had sent a nuclear submarine into their waters. There was no evidence of this but the global media gobbled it up. It turned out to be more fear tactics on the part of NATO as they attempt to bring Sweden and Finland into the 'western alliance' - better known as the US war machine's 'European Branch of Operations'. This video is a parody of the Swedish fear about a 'Moskol' attack. It should come as no surprise that the US Ambassador to Sweden is Mark Brzezinski who is the son of former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brz... more »

Watch The Murders of Brandywine Theater Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 5 hours ago
*The Murders of Brandywine Theater (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : N/A Release : 18 Apr 2014 Duration : 71 min Genre : Drama, Fantasy, Horror Director : Larry Longstreth Writer : Larry Longstreth Cast : Dian Bachar, Danielle Lozeau, Martin Klebba, Dallas Page Synopsis The Murders of Brandywine TheaterA depressed, small-town ventriloquist named Henry (Dian Bachar of Southpark, Baseketball) finally comes out of his shell when his puppet 'Moxxy' (voiced by Les Claypool of Primus fame) begins speaking up for him. All is seemingly well until the cruel and charismatic puppet be... more »

Watch Alien Abduction Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 5 hours ago
*Alien Abduction (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : Not Rated Score : 4.9 Release : 01 May 2014 Duration : 85 min Genre : Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Director : Matty Beckerman Writer : Robert Lewis Cast : Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski, Jillian Clare Synopsis Alien AbductionA vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina. Description Alien AbductionYou wake up after having been abducted by aliens. Mash A to clench your sphincter. It only works so well, as you now have an alien probe ... more »

Protest to save Pyramid Lake

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Today at Carson City, Nevada, State Legislature. Natives fight for future generations after tribal chairman sells out water rights Photos by Bad Bear Sampson

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
I am calling it an early night. It has been a long and hard week (finished up on a personal web project that I will share with all of you faithful readers in the next few weeks) .... and I am totally bushed. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Concentration!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
The unique focus of the Montessori educational environment is on building the child’s concentration – concentration being the key to everything that follows. The first essential for the child's development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behaviour. He must find out how to concentrate, and for this he needs things to concentrate upon. This shows the importance of his surroundings, for no-one acting on the child from outside can cause him to concentrate. Maria Montessori, *The Absorbent Mind* This delightful wee video is one of a series of sho... more »

You've Been Conned, Hoodwinked, Bamboozled, Led Astray, Run Amuck (The Republicans Most Aggressive Attempt to Suppress Votes Yet And It Looks Like it Will Succeed) Votes Being Flipped In Dozens of States Already (We Are Sooooo F*cked) Karl Rove Smirking?

Latest in on rightwing voter/voting attacks from our friend at News from the Underground: Computer scientists have rebutted Michael Shamos - 1 Update ES&S machines are flipping votes in Arkansas - 1 Update One more lie in that crappy piece about e-voting - 1 Update The Hill has published a rightwing scammer's piece (with input from the very

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

“Modern Day America: One Step Away from the Third Reich”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Modern Day America: * *One Step Away from the Third Reich”* By John Stanton “Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financially incapacitate any person or organization in the United States, seize control of the nation’s communications infrastructure, mobilize military forces, expand the permissible size of the military without congressional authorization, and extend tours of duty without consent from service personnel. Declared sta... more »

The Economy: "This Is Monumentally Absurd..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"This Is Monumentally Absurd..."* by Bill Bonner 'The Dow jumped another 195 points on Friday. What do you think? Was that because the economy is so healthy? Are stock market investors looking for years of healthy earnings growth ahead? Did buying the Dow at today's valuations suddenly become a reasonable investment move? Or could it be because Japan has just done something monumentally absurd? It is hard to know what attitude to take when talking about Japanese financial policies. Mockery? Pity? Gratitude? It is easy to mock the Japanese. They have a government debt-to-GDP ratio... more »

The Ross Sisters

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
In this photo provided by Britain's Royal Air Force and taken Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, a Russian military long range bomber aircraft photographed by an intercepting RAF quick reaction Typhoon flies in international airspace. Royal Air Force *Why Russia Is Buzzing NATO -- Marc Champion, National Post Wire Services* In a single 24-hour period this week, Russia dispatched 19 combat aircraft — including “Bear” strategic bombers — to probe North Atlantic Treaty Organization air defences. It also test-launched a ballistic missile in the Barents Sea, north of Sweden, that hit a target in... more »

Littlest Pet Shop Party

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 6 hours ago
“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Littlest Pet Shop. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. We have always loved Littlest Pet Shop Pets in our house. My daughter loves carrying a few around her pocket and introducing them to people when we are out and about. I love the stories she creates for each animal and how the possibilities for imaginative play are endless. When we decided to throw a Littlest Pet Shop Party for my 5-year-old and her friends, she was so excited to share one of her f... more »

"Freeze" the Syrian Conflict? Here's that truce I mentioned so many months ago

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*We are walking back to August 28/14. A stroll down memory lane, if you will?* *To a blog post entitled ISIS = Smoke & Mirrors. Giving cover now for strikes on Syria* *If you didn't read it then, you may want to now? On that date, I made these statements and wrote them down for all the readers here* *"Here is how I see events falling into place based on the information at hand--The US will launch airstrikes into Syria.-They are and have been laying the groundwork for sometime now.- Creation of the petro state Kurdistan- -Soften targets for an onslaught of Islamists, Kurds, Tu... more »

Newly Discovered Neuron Adds to the Mystery of the Mind

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Anna Hunt - *A new type of neuron has been identified in the brain that appears to be more effective in transmitting information than a regular brain cell. The post Newly Discovered Neuron Adds to the Mystery of the Mind appeared first on Waking Times.

‘Oh! What a Lovely Pestilence!’: Why Governments Love Destruction (and Always Fail to Act)

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz must be prancing around like excited schoolgirls about Ebola, say Chris Campbell & Daniel Oliver in this Guest Post*. [image: Why Governments Love Destruction (and Always Fail to Act)]We’ve given Ebola a lot of thought this weekend. And how different this crisis would be without the government getting in the way. Despite the insanely underwhelming (yet typical) response from the government, most people can’t imagine that we could deal with any type of crisis without government intervention. Most are inundated with the idea that we *need ... more »

World News Briefs -- November 3, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Pakistani rangers (wearing black uniforms) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) officers lower their national flags during a daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint check-post at Wagah border, near Lahore November 3, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Mohsin Raza *India, Pakistan Lower Flag At Wagah Border Ceremony Day After Deadly Attack -- Reuters* (Reuters) - India and Pakistan solemnly lowered their national flags at a dusk military ceremony on their main land border crossing on Monday, a day after a suicide attack killed almost 60 people on the Pakistani side. India's home ministry had... more »

A Note on Porn and Misogyny

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
I agree with Julie Bindel. There's a phrase that won't win many friends. In feminist and socialist circles, pornography can polarise opinion in ways few issues can. And as par the course for strict dividing lines, either side are soon painted into absolutist corners. In this case, those against banning porn self-identify as sex-positive as opposed to the sex-negative killjoys on the other side. For the feminists and socialists who take the opposite view, they are the ones who are consistent opponents of sexual violence while the opposition are "malestream" feminists or left friends ... more »

Tomorrow's Endorsements-- In The Races On My Own Ballot In Los Angeles

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
I live in Los Feliz, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. I vote down the street in a neighbor's garage. We don't have any high-profile races to vote on here-- nothing that will swing Congress one way or the other. Our gubernatorial race-- pitting incumbent Jerry Brown against a random Republican from the Greed and Selfishness wing of his party-- is not being seriously contested. The last publicly available poll showed Brown ahead 56-37%. Almost all the Democrats running statewide are way ahead in the polls-- including good candidates like Betty Yee (Controller), Dave Jones (Insurance ... more »

Finally, This Should be Good News for Europe…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*Guest post by Kris Sayce from **Money Morning Australia* [image: For those who live in Europe, where the jobless rate is in double-digit percentage figures, price deflation is good news.] There’s good news for *Europe*. It’s just what the people there need. We just hope they get to enjoy it. But t... more »

Britain's New Spy Chief Says Some U.S. Hi-Tech Firms Are Aiding Terrorism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Robert Hannigan (right) took on the role of director of GCHQ (left) last month after a distinguished career as a senior diplomat Photo: Crown copyright *Britain's Spy Chief Says US Tech Firms Aid Terrorism -- The Telegraph* New GCHQ director Richard Hannigan accuses some Silicon Valley companies of becoming 'the command and control networks of choice' for terrorists Technology giants such as Facebook and Twitter have become "the command and control networks of choice" for terrorists and criminals but are "in denial" about the scale of the problem, the new head of GCHQ has said. R... more »

When Joni Met Chachi Charlie

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 8 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari.) Or *Sleepless 700 Miles From Dallas.* To quote my fellow Bay State scribe Charlie Pierce, "Well, this didn't end well." Specifically, this is what happens when the proverbial Irresistible Force of facts meets the Immovable Object of paranoid teabagger Ignorance and Stupidity. In Ankeny, a little burg in the middle of Iowa, Joni Ernst decided to diversify her appeal to 30-something Klan members still holding out hope the Black Guy Who Shall Not Be Named will make one move toward their guns by trying to ap... more »

Are We Finally Ousting the World’s Last Dictators? Sadly, No.

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
[Note: This is a guest post by Andrew G. Reiter, Assistant Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College.] Following massive public protests challenging his attempt to amend the constitution and extend his 27-year rule; Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation Friday, bringing an end to one of the world’s longest standing dictatorships. In Continue reading

Pushing to Revive Our Drowned Democracy

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Reading the names of innocents killed by US drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan outside the gates of Hancock Field drone base near Syracuse, New York in April, 2013. More than 30 were arrested that day including several of us from Veterans For Peace* - My volunteer lawyer finished up with negotiations today and sent me the court document to sign that ends my arrest case at the Hancock Field drone base in New York. I reluctantly agreed to plead guilty to Disorderly Conduct (two counts) under the New York Penal Law. I'm told these charges will be expunged from my rec... more »

African Union Issues An Ultimatum To The Military In Burkina Faso

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*African Union Issues Burkina Faso Ultimatum -- Al Jazeera* *African Union gives West African country two weeks to pick civilian leader or face sanctions over military takeover.* The African Union (AU) has given Burkina Faso's military leadership two weeks to return the west African state to civilian rule or face sanctions if they fail to comply. "We ask the armed forces to transfer power to the civil authorities, and the council has determined a period of two weeks for the transfer," Simeon Oyono Esono, head of the AU's Peace and Security Council, said on Monday following a meet... more »

Giant Sun Spot Still Growing

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago

Is America’s War Against The Islamic State Quickly Turning Into A Quagmire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Kurdish refugees from Kobani watch as thick smoke covers their city during fighting between ISIS and Kurdish peshmerga forces on Oct. 26, 2014. Photo by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters *Obama’s Quagmire -- Fred Kaplan, Slate* *America’s campaign against ISIS has already lost its way.* America’s war against ISIS is quickly turning into a quagmire. A few signs of progress have sprung up in recent days. U.S. airstrikes have slowed down the Islamist group’s onslaught against the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria. A much-cheered caravan of Kurdish peshmerga fighters is making its way fr... more »

Ottawa Parliament Hill False Flag Shooting: BUSTED! Obviously FAKE CPR Performed On Victim Of Ottawa Shooting!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
It has now been almost 2 full weeks since the infamous "shooting" on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario,Canada.... As a Canadian, I am deeply disgusted by what I continue to see and read via the Jew spew media outlets, and especially the Talmudvision brainwashing boxes... The criminals are still harping about this "shooting" and they are still calling for all Canadians to "rally" behind the criminal Harper regime in Ottawa for their fraudulent 'war' on the phoney "ISIS" terrorist group.... And of course we find the media going wild with calls for all Canadians to give up some of th... more »

Watch Below Dreams 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 10 hours ago
*Below Dreams (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.0 Release : 18 Apr 2014 Duration : 82 min Genre : Adventure, Drama, Music Director : Garrett Bradley Writer : Garrett Bradley Cast : Elliott Ehlers, Jamaine Johnson, Rebecca Matalon, Leanne Miller Synopsis Below DreamsAgainst the backdrop of New York and New Orleans, Elliott, Leanne and Jermaine question their ability o dream amidst a crumbling economic climate. Opening in the streets of downtown Manhattan, Elliott (23), living at home after college, is surrounded by incomplete projects, frustrated and in search of purpose. ... more »

Watch Trippel Trappel Dierensinterklaas 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 10 hours ago
*Trippel Trappel Dierensinterklaas (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : N/A Release : 08 Oct 2014 Duration : 65 min Genre : Animation Director : Paco Vink Writer : Arnoud Rijken, Michiel Snijders Cast : Bartho Braat, Hans Somers, Reinder van der Naalt, Kasper van Kooten Synopsis Trippel Trappel DierensinterklaasThree young pets set out to find Saint Nicolas to hand over their wish list with presents. Description Trippel Trappel DierensinterklaasA-Film is de grootste onafhankelijke filmdistributeur in de Benelux. A-Film brengt kwaliteitsfilms met commerciële potentie uit. In de ... more »

Watch The Quitter 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 10 hours ago
*The Quitter (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 8.2 Release : 12 Sep 2014 Duration : 85 min Genre : Comedy, Drama Director : Matthew Bonifacio Writer : Bill Gullo Cast : Matthew Bonifacio, Julianna Gelinas Bonifacio, Destiny Monet Cruz, Neil Jain Synopsis The QuitterWhen a failed baseball player's ex-girlfriend moves back to the neighborhood with her seven-year-old daughter, he realizes he carries more regrets than how he handled his baseball career. What follows is his earnest, awkward, and at times hilarious fight to become the father he never was. Description The Quitter... more »

Breaking! End of the world may be OK!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014The latest sign of the Times:* Headline in this morning’s hard-copy New York Times: “U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warning” Placement in this morning’s Times: Page A6

When an idiot shows his idiocy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Sometimes it's just so amusing when an idiot shows his idiocy and ignorance, especially when they think they've been so clever. Take a look at this little Twitter exchange It would take a heart of stone not to laugh!

A talk by (and chat with) the U.S. ambassador

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*A very good communicator with the task to defend a mixed bag of policies* In March 2007, I met the Czech ambassador to the U.S. His secretary called me to Cambridge, MA and told me that (then) Czech president Klaus wanted to meet me (and a few other global warming skeptics including Fred Singer and Pat Michaels) during a lunch in Washington D.C. It was nearly a civic duty to arrive when your president wishes so, I was told, so I bought the air ticket and wasn't sorry about it. It was my only visit to D.C. (so far?), a city I liked (and probably prefer over the Big Apple which is ove... more »

Norway Aurora

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Source: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141103.html

Supplemental: The canisters and corrections of Maddow County!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014Mocking the liberal world:* Let’s pray that we’ll be permitted to ignore Rachel Maddow this week. Her work last work was so absurd, so disingenuous, that the lunacy should be recorded. We’re going to start with The Canisters of Maddow County. Last Wednesday night, Maddow opened her program with one of the rambling, folksy asides she uses as part of her branding. A set of canisters sat before her. After thanking Chris Hayes, Maddow began wasting everyone’s time. We apologize for the length of our excerpt. To watch the full segment, click here: MADDOW (1... more »

androcles and the lion

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
The earliest form of the story is found in the fifth book of Aulus Gellius's 2nd century Attic Nights. The author relates there a story told by Apion in his lost work Aegyptiacorum ("Wonders of Egypt"), the events of which Apion claimed to have personally witnessed in Rome. In this version, Androcles is given the Latin name of Androclus, a runaway slave of a former Roman consul administering a part of Africa. He takes shelter in a cave, which turns out to be the den of a wounded lion. He removes a large thorn from the animal's foot pad, forces pus from the infected wound, and band... more »

National Energy Board, A Farce And Sham(Dogwood Iniative)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
Energy executive blasts Kinder Morgan review as “fraudulent,” quits [image: Energy executive blasts Kinder Morgan review as “fraudulent,” quits] * http://dogwoodinitiative.org/blog/fraudulent-process* *Marc Eliesen has withdrawn as an intervenor in the federal government’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker expansion project, detailing his reasons for quitting in a scathing 1,500 word letter to the National Energy Board.* *Eliesen is the former CEO of B.C. Hydro and the former Chair of Manitoba Hydro. A deputy minister in seven different federal and p... more »

Hungary opens way for SouthStream: Defying EU edicts aka US bullying

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*Following up on this post: Washington Bullies Hungary to prevent it from choosing it's own way...* *What will Washington do now?* * Hungary Opens the Way for South Sream as Orban Defies EU* Hungary’s parliament approved a law that would open the way for the construction of the Russian-backed South Stream natural gas pipeline, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s latest show of defiance toward the European Union. Lawmakers approved an amendment allowing a company to construct a gas pipeline even if it doesn’t have the licenses needed to operate it, according to parliament’s website. The l... more »

How Did The Islamists In Syria Receive Advanced American Weapons?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra members pose on a tank in northern Idlib province(Reuters) *How Did Islamists Receive American Weapons? See The Evidence From Guided Missile That Exploded Near Syrian Front Line -- The Independent* Exclusive: Soldiers near Mediterranean coast tell of daily missile attacks Syria’s special forces troops are strung out across a pinnacle of hills here just north east of Lattakia on one of the country’s most dangerous front lines, under daily missile attack from reinforced rebel forces now supported by Isis. The officers, all of whom are para... more »

Rethink Reality & Choose a New Paradigm

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*RJ Spina* - "Emotions and thoughts are just tumble weeds that blow through the holographic field. They are not you..." The post Rethink Reality & Choose a New Paradigm appeared first on Waking Times.

Satire: “McConnell Campaign Rocked by Photo Showing Him With Science Book”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“McConnell Campaign Rocked by Photo * *Showing Him With Science Book”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "The reëlection campaign of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) went into a tailspin on Monday with the emergence of a leaked photograph showing the Senator reading what appears to be an advanced science text. The picture, which appeared on the gossip site TMZ, shows a visibly absorbed McConnell reading a scholarly volume entitled, “The Man-Made Causes of Global Warming.” For McConnell, who has repeatedly punctuated his public statements on climate change with ... more »

Can The Rebel Region In Eastern Ukraine Become An Independent And Functioning State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*This Rebel Region In East Ukraine Is Basically Functioning Like A State -- Max Seddon, Buzz Feed* Russia-backed rebels have organized elections for Sunday. Max Seddon reports from Donetsk, Ukraine, for BuzzFeed News. DONETSK, Ukraine — More than half a year after armed men seized buildings across Ukraine’s two easternmost provinces and declared their intent to join Russia, rebels are facing a task they never planned for — becoming a fully fledged independent state, starting with elections set for Sunday. With Kiev’s central government and its Western allies powerless to stop th... more »

Russia Responds To Rebel Held Elections In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Russia Says It Respects Results of Eastern Ukraine Separatist Vote -- Wall Street Journal* *EU Denounces the Vote as Illegal and a Threat to Cease-Fire* KIEV, Ukraine—Russia said it “respected” the results of elections in the pro-Moscow separatist regions of Ukraine, restoking tensions with Kiev and the West, which denounced the votes as illegal and a threat to a fragile cease-fire. Russia had signaled last week it would recognize the vote, which took place Sunday in the presence of tanks and with results cementing the status quo all but predetermined. Kiev and Western officials... more »

Ukraine Rebels Win In Elections Held In Rebel Regions (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Ukraine Rebels Keep Power in Elections In Breakaway Regions -- New York Times* DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebel election committees announced on Monday that the leaders of two breakaway regions in Ukraine had won enough votes to stay in power, as expected, and Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “respected” the voting. The central election committee in Donetsk said that the separatist leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the breakaway region called the Donetsk People’s Republic, had won the balloting there with about 78 percent of the vote. He will now... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Eminence of Gaia Energetics provides all Hue-manity with validation of coronal crafting at the Highest Level

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*Eminence of Gaia Energetics provides all Hue-manity with validation of coronal crafting at the Highest Level* by ÉirePort Eminence of Gaia Energetics provides all Hue-manity with validation of coronal crafting at the Highest Level. Crescents of BEingness are now unveiled at all Gaia-culture levels. Impacts of Sol beams allows transcendence of each Hue-being and hu-being to the next level (phase) of consciousness. Fractals of awareness continue to manifest the Higher D "reality". Consequences of individual and collective Heart-Thought manifest near instantaneously, a benefit to ... more »

EFN 42: Other Speakers in Conference 2014

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
In two days, the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Conference 2014 will start here at Harbour Grand Hong Kong. Here are the speakers and rapporteurs of *Session 2: Reality Checking in Asia, **Asian Cafe*. This will be on Day 1, November 6. First sub-session: - Hong Kong/Peter Wong, Executive Director, LRI/TBC - Thailand/Dr. Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, Executive Chairman, Thailand Future Foundation/Armin Reinartz, Senior Analyst, FNF Southeast and East Asia - Bangladesh/Dr Naushad Faiz, Economic Consultant, Mir Shahabuddin Mohammad, Secretary General, FBCCI (TBC) - Myanmar/Aye Kya... more »

Crystals – Healing Stones or Just Rocks?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Video - *Even if technology proves crystals are powerful, how can a person sense crystal energy? The post Crystals – Healing Stones or Just Rocks? appeared first on Waking Times.

The Battle For Kobani -- News Updates November 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Islamic State Advance on Kobani Halted as Peshmerga Join Fight -- Bloomberg* Kurds have repelled advances made by Islamic State militants in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, days after Iraqi Kurdish fighters joined the battle, a senior official said. The arrival of about 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters known as Peshmerga, armed with heavy weapons, helped halt the advance of Islamic State fighters, said Ibrahim Kurdu, a senior Kurdish official. The al-Qaeda breakaway group has been attacking the town near the Turkish border for more than six weeks, seeking to expand the cali... more »

Blue America's Final Stretch-- South Dakota, Maine, MI-06, CA-33

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
For our final push, Blue America ran independent expenditures in 4 races, two for Senate seats and two in House races. When Adelson and his slimy allies jumped into the CA-33 race with a million dollars worth of racist smear against Ted Lieu, we decided to reach likely voters with a full page ad in the *L.A. Times*, which we think has worked very well. Early vote returns from Democrats started spiking very sharply as soon as the ad ran. Ted Lieu is now significantly ahead of the Adelson puppet in the race. The two Senate races are both long-shots, one in South Dakota against Mike ... more »

Changing in Times of Accelerating Change

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - "No man ever steps in the same river twice. For it is not the same river, and it is not the same man. There is nothing permanent except change." The post Changing in Times of Accelerating Change appeared first on Waking Times.

Rise Against Bullying

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 14 hours ago
I have another full day ahead of me so this will likely be the only sign of life for the foreseeable future. However, I'd be remiss in my responsibilities to my young Canadian friend Justin Preston if I didn't do this for him. You may or may not remember Justin from a Youtube video he did a couple of years ago that went somewhat viral. It commemorated the second anniversary of Jamie Hubley's suicide but the central message was a plea to end bullying. In the index card text, Justin goes on to say he was bullied for being gay as was Jamie and that the effect was so toxic, he... more »

Top U.S. General Explains Why The US Military Didn't Stop The Islamic State Massacre Of Iraqi Tribe That Fought Back

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Dempsey Explains Why US Didn’t Stop Islamic State Massacre of Tribe That Fought Back -- Washington Free Beacon * Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq did not prevent the massacre of 400 people from the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq’s al Anbar province because the U.S. did not have adequate ground intelligence to be made aware of the impending massacre. “The Iraqi Security Forces in al Anbar province are in defensive positions and would be unlikely to be able to respond to a request for assistance from the Alb... more »

TFA Teachers Produce Lower Reading and Math Scores

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
I talked with a TFA recruit last week in Memphis, and she had 20 days of working with kids last summer as her teacher preparation for working with children this year who need the most experienced and professionally prepared teachers. If she makes it for two years, she will then go on to a career, while continuing to congratulate herself on what a fine thing she did for the poor children of Memphis. She will continue, too, to be inundated with propaganda from the TFA home office that will try to recruit her into service at one of the total compliance chain gang schools like KIPP or... more »

Massacres Are Becoming A Daily Occurrence In Islamic State Controlled Territory

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Massacre: Young men use mobile phones to take pictures of the dead bodies inside Hit *Yet Another Grim Massacre Of Men, Women And Children By ISIS Is Discovered, Taking Recent Death Toll Of Sunni Tribe Past 300 -- Daily Mail* * The victims were Sunni tribesmen in village of Ras al-Maa * Another 17 people were kidnapped by the militant group * Mass executions are now a daily occurrence in ISIS controlled territory Islamic State (ISIS) group extremists have lined up and shot dead at least 50 tribesmen, women and children in Iraq's Anbar province, officials said, in the latest mass ki... more »

Is a HAARP Weather Weapon Causing the California Drought?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton* - Here’s a look at several events on the West Coast radar that definitely beg the question of whether or not the California drought is an engineered disaster... The post Is a HAARP Weather Weapon Causing the California Drought? appeared first on Waking Times.

Comcaac (Seri) holder of traditions passes to Spirit World

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Comcaac (Seri) holder of traditions passes to Spirit World By Brenda Norrell Seri land on coast  Censored News DESEMBOQUE, Sonora, Mexico -- Amalia Astorga, Comcaac (Seri) and upholder of traditions, passed to the Spirit World after a long life of living and sharing Comcaac culture and traditions on Seri land, on the coast in Sonora, in northwest Mexico. Alejandro

Call Northside 666 — Or why the AZ. GOP now pretends to denounce the Paul Ryan Budget!

Fred Drumlevitch at Fred Drumlevitch - 15 hours ago
Perhaps The Devil made them do it. Longtime readers of this blog will know from my generally-leftist positions as well as a past post that critiqued the Democrats broadly and Democratic Congressman Ron Barber specifically, that I'm no fan of Barber, as he has often voted in ways that are quite unprogressive, and even downright right-wing. But the day before Halloween I received in the mail an attack advertisement against Barber from the Arizona Republican Party that is really quite astonishing in what it says, considering its origin. That AZ. Republican Party origin is only me... more »

Watch Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 15 hours ago
*Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : Not Rated Score : 4.6 Release : 06 Feb 2014 Duration : 91 min Genre : Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Director : Kaare Andrews Writer : Jake Wade Wall (screenplay) Cast : Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton Synopsis Cabin Fever: Patient ZeroA group of friends think they're going to the perfect spot for a bachelor party; a secluded private island. They quickly learn the island is not as private as they thought. The island is home to a lab thought to be empty, but in actuality a deadly, extremely fast acting, flesh e... more »

The Rise And Fall Of The Sons Of Iraq Interview With Abu Abed

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
Abu Abed was the head of the Sons of Iraq (SOI)/Sahwa in Baghdad’s Amiriya. He cut a deal with the American forces to create security units in his district, and was known as a fierce fighter. When the civil war ended however he was at a loss as to his future. Both the government and Al Qaeda in Iraq went after him with an arrest warrant and assassination attempts. He ended up fleeing to Jordan and then Sweden for his safety. To help explain his story and the rise and fall of the Sahwa is an interview with Abu Abed, which was facilitated by Diane Maye, Associate Dean of Terrorism ... more »

LET CUOMO LOSE

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
As the prosti-suits of the AFT continue to apologize for the charter fanatic, Cuomo, teachers and parents should use this election as a reminder to Hillary and the neolibs that collaborators and corporate whores will not be rewarded for taking sides against public education. With both Dems and the Tea Party on the same miseducative page, it matters not who is in power as the genocide plays out. Both will face the wrath of parents, teachers, and students betrayed.

World News Briefs -- November 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A pro-Russian separatist stands guard during the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic leadership and local parliamentary elections at a polling station in the settlement of Telmanovo, south from Donetsk November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev *Pro-Russian Rebels Name Leader In Ukraine As Crisis Deepens -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine named a leader of their breakaway republic on Monday after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future of the former Soviet state. Organizers o... more »

ALEC Is & Should Be A Campaign Issue

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Being a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council is and should be a campaign issue. This past week, a PAC released letters identifying ALEC members in various states, and ALEC HQ blew a gasket and released a presser – that is, as usual full of inaccuracies and misleading statements. Regardless of whether its dark money or not THANK YOU to the Patriot Majority for the robocalls and mailers on ALEC legislators. To ALEC members all I can say is Too bad, so sad You made your ALEC bed, now lie in it Oh, how I hope America will #VoteNo2ALEC And kick your ex... more »

We've Seen This Movie Before

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.ctvnews.ca/ Stephen Harper has made an initial six month commitment to the war in Iraq. If anyone thinks the war will be over in six months, Jeffrey Simpson writes, he or she has been smoking something funny: Last week, the U.S. military and civilian leadership gave an off-the-record briefing in Baghdad. The New York Times reported the briefers saying it will be a “multiyear” campaign. In Syria, the briefers predicted that no ground campaign against the Islamic State could begin for 12 to 18 months. In the words of Antho... more »

THE WAY WE ARE: Discussing a very important topic!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014Part 1—Chancellor Barnhart knows best:* What is the nature—the *actual* nature—of our nation’s public discourse? Consider a news report in last Tuesday’s New York Times. The news report treated an extremely important topic. At some (alas) undisclosed point in time, MIT conducted a survey among its students about sexual assault on its campus. At the start of last week, the institution released a bewildering report on the survey’s findings. People shouldn’t get assaulted on MIT’s campus or anywhere else. As he started his news report, Richard Perez-Pena pres... more »

86% Of Canadians WILL NOT BENEFIT From The Conservatives 'Income Splitting Tax Cut' .... Only For The Rich!!

leftdog at Buckdog - 15 hours ago
* Stephen Harper's 'Just Society' is just for the rich ............*

China Develops A Drone Laser Based Defense System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Reuters/Erik Hildebrandt *China Unveils Laser Drone Defence System -- The Guardian* *Laser has 1.2-mile range and can bring down small low-flying aircraft within five seconds of locating target.* China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported. The machine has a 1.2-mile range and can bring down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a statement by the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), one of the developers. Xinhua ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Reuters / Badi Khlif *US Plan For Proxy Army To Fight Isis In Syria Suffers Attack -- The Guardian* *Syrian opposition leader blames Washington for rout as air strikes on Isis seen as aiding Assad crackdown* The US plan to rally proxy ground forces to complement its air strikes against Isis militants in Syria is in tatters after jihadis ousted Washington’s main ally from its stronghold in the north over the weekend. The attack on the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) by the al-Qaida-aligned Jabhat al-Nusra came after weeks of clashes between the two groups around the city of Idlib... more »

More Than Half of Breakfast Cereals Exceed Limits For Arsenic

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*April McCarthy* - Most foods contain some amount of organic arsenic, which occurs naturally in the earth. A recent study found that cereal contains much more than typical... The post More Than Half of Breakfast Cereals Exceed Limits For Arsenic appeared first on Waking Times.

DILBIT : The smartest guys in the room

Alison at Creekside - 17 hours ago
*Burnaby To Appeal NEB's Kinder Morgan Access Decision * *Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Advertising Blitz During Election Doesn't Count as Elections Advertising: Elections BC Ruling* *Kinder Morgan slaps Burnaby residents with multi-million-dollar lawsuit* *Kinder Morgan questions how much B.C. First Nation still eats fish* *Gay serum rumour riles Burnaby politics* Ok, I don't think we can pin that last one on the smartest guys in the room, but meantime ... *Energy Executive Blasts Kinder Morgan NEB Review As “Fraudulent,” Quits * Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen referred to the... more »

Anthony Cody Documents the Most Frightening Reform Threats

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 17 hours ago
Rarely does a blogger get an opportunity to edit his editor, but since I’m reviewing Anthony Cody’s The Educator and the Oligarch, I’ll make this suggestion. I wish he’d moved Chapter 21 to Chapter 17. Had he done so, even Bill Gates would have a hard time denying the truth of his warnings about the […]

Lion Rock 15: Mary Ruwart's Book, "Healing Our World"

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
The Lion Rock Institute (LRI) Reading Club Salon 2014 on the theme, "Class and Inequality" will be held tomorrow here at Harbour Grand Hong Kong. Among the reading assignments for participants is this book by Mary Ruwart, published in 1992, revised in 1993 and 2003. It's a nice book, 22 chapters. There are five suggested chapters for the round table discussion. Chapter 8, "Destroying the Environment". Mary mentions various layers of aggression. These are the different layers, from the base layer of No Aggression to the 4th layer. Monopoly (via government franchising, other schem... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*UK: Faith schools which 'indoctrinate' children against homosexuality face being closed down under new Government rules* *How about schools that indoctrinate pupils IN FAVOUR OF homosexuality?* Schools found ‘indoctrinating pupils about gay people’ will face being closed down under new rules designed to promote ‘British values’, the Government confirmed today. The Department for Education insisted it was ‘nonsense’ to suggest teachers would have to give lessons on gay rights. But a spokesman insisted Ofsted, which has introduced the new rules the wake of the Islamist Trojan Hors... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*IPCC Links New Report to Sneering Stephen Schneider* *An organization whose reputation is in tatters links its new document to a rude, intolerant, highly politicized climate crusader* Earlier today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the final installment of its latest tome. The 40-page summary of what is, itself, a summary of already-public material can be seen here. Page two contains the following statement: “This report is dedicated to the memory of Stephen H. Schneider 1945-2010.” That’s right. This supposedly scientific body, composed of supposedly ... more »

Israel Develops A Maritime Version Of Its "Iron Dome'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
The C-Dome system (Photo: Rafael) *Israeli Firm Adapts Iron Dome for Intercepts at Sea -- Defense News* *Rafael floats ship-based concept at Euronaval Exhibition.* TEL AVIV — Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer’s 50-day war. The state-owned developer and prime contractor for Israel’s Iron Dome will unveil its maritime point defense concept at the annual Euronaval exhibition in Paris that star... more »

It's very unwise to deny the message of Novorussian elections

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
One week ago, I discussed the elections in the bulk of Ukraine and mentioned that the separate polls are accelerating the political divergence of the different parts of Ukraine. Now we know the results of the elections in Novorussia, too. It's probably hard to quantify the precise turnout because almost a million of people have fled or moved somewhere. Nevertheless, we hear that the turnout was about 60%. *Ostrich. To help the EU to satisfy their gender quotas, I chose a female one. Note that it's a myth coined probably by Pliny the Elder (AD 23–79) that ostriches bury their head... more »

North Korea Launches Ballistic-Missile Submarine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*North Korea Launches Refurbished Soviet-Era Submarine With Missiles Capable Of Hitting Neighbouring South And Beyond -- Daily Mail* * Unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un visited a North Korean air force base * He checked out equipment on a fighter jet and ‘gave instructions’ to pilots * South Korean source said North’s pilots have little experience in air battles and are ‘seized with fear’ Belligerent North Korea was reported yesterday to have launched a refurbished Soviet-era submarine, capable of firing ballistic missiles that could easily reach its enemy neighbour, South Korea - ... more »

New York Isn't The Only State With Democratic Legislators Crossing Over To The Dark Side-- Meet Florida's Worst Fake Dem: Darryl Rouson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
Before we get to the guest post by Kartik Krishnaiyer, let me remind *DWT* readers just who Darryl Rouson is. The St. Pete area state Rep. may have cured his severe cocaine addiction but his record shows that he's still a crook and a danger to society in every other way. Rouson has been plagued with serious ethics and criminal problems for his entire professional life and it came as a surprise to no one that he officially joined the Republican Party-- which he had been supporting anyway-- in 2005. Two years later, though, in a quest for elective office in a deep blue district, he ... more »

Crisis In Burkina Faso -- News Updates November 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Burkina Faso's Military Promises Transitional Government Amid Continuing Protests -- IBTimes* Burkina Faso’s military said late Sunday that it will install a transitional government after the country’s president Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday. The announcement comes after thousands of protesters gathered to protest the army's decision to appoint Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida as a transitional leader of the West African country. The military said, in a statement that it will help enforce a transitional government “with all the components to be adopted by a broad consensus," add... more »

The Cancer Cold War

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
The Cancer Cold War from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"As a fourth great goal, I will offer a far-reaching set of proposals for improving America's health care and making it available more fairly to more people.* *I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a Cure for Cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a... more »

US Struggles to Keep Asia in Dark Age

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
US-funded newspapers promote US-funded NGOs in their efforts to halt infrastructure projects that would reduce flooding, produce clean, renewable energy, and provide jobs and development for millions. *November 3, 2014 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - "The Irrawaddy," which claims to be "a leading source of reliable news, information, and analysis on Burma/Myanmar and the Southeast Asian region," has doggedly covered efforts by so-called "activists" to prevent the construction of dams all across Southeast Asia - from Myanmar (still called by its British imperial nomenclature "Burma" by ... more »

Pro-Russian Rebels Win Their Elections In Two Areas Of Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Pro-Russian Separatist Zakharchenko Wins Ukraine Rebel Vote -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatist Alexander Zakharchenko has easily won an election for leadership of a breakaway republic in eastern Ukraine, the vote's organisers said on Monday. Sunday's vote, the climax of a six-month separatist rebellion in Ukraine's industrialised east, took place in defiance of Kiev's pro-Western authorities and was certain to worsen the standoff between Russia and the West over the future of the ex-Soviet republic. "The central election commission deems Alexander Zakharchenko to be t... more »

Suicide Bomber Kills Scores At India - Pakistan Border Crossing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*60 Killed In Suicide Attack Near Wagah -- International News* LAHORE: Sixty people, including three Rangers officials, were killed and over 80 received injuries when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the third Rangers checkpost, around 500 yards away from the Wagah border on Sunday. Forty-five people, including women and children, died on the spot, while 15 others succumbed to injuries at different hospitals.The injured were shifted to the Ghurki, Services and Mayo hospitals where the condition of 30 victims was stated to be critical. *Read more *.... *More News On Sunday's S... more »

Nov. 3: an extra on Donald Savoie's vision of the future...and....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 19 hours ago
In his Saturday column for the Times and Transcript, prof. Don Savoie writes glowingly of the world of the future when globalization is complete. Now, I am not an economist or student of government. But I am blessed with a normal intelligence with a normal capacity for seeing what is obvious - and that tells me Dr. Savoie is wrong. First, the definition of globalization. It means the integration of peoples and governments of countries with an international system of economics. In this case, the economic system is a perversion of capitalism called oligarchy. Roughly, that means all... more »

Albie's First Word

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*A fairy-tale about a child with a dramatical physical twist* The book (available as hardcover or e-book) is beautiful. While the cute realistic illustrations could lead you to believe that it is a fairy-tale about the Little Red Riding Hood or a similar character, the actual child who is the hero of the story is a boy who would become much more famous than the Little Red Riding Hood. I won't tell you what this child was saying or excited about and what was his first word but you may guess (it is possible to make the right guess!) and read the book to verify whether your guess wa... more »

Thales' first Compact FLASH dipping sonar system passed Factory Acceptance Test

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Compact FLASH dipping sonar system]Thales announced yesterday at Euronaval 2014 in Paris that its first Compact FLASH dipping sonar system has passed its Factory Acceptance (FAT) Test in Brest, the first test for this new variant of the highly successful FLASH family of dipping sonars. This important milestone will be followed by a delivery from Brest to AgustaWestland in Yeovil, England, where it will be installed in the Super Lynx 300 naval helicopter. The FAT was witnessed by a dedicated Project Team from AgustaWestland who have now 'signed-off' the successful test resul... more »

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Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
*M'Diq Coastline in the Morning*by American Kabuki I moved into my new apartment Saturday morning. Its a small 1 bedroom place but very clean and the view is fantastic. And did I mention it has working plumbing? Ah civilization! I couldn't afford this place were it not the off season. The Spanish fill this town in the summer as its so close to Spain and the ferry from Ceuta to Malaga. The owner wanted twice as much but settled for half of what she was asking. These beach units have to be lived in or else mold grows in them from the moisture. They need to be aired out daily. C... more »

Oil Wars

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
[image: DSC02877] *Filipino workers have a day out on the bike trail outside Fengyuan.* The bad oil/food safety issue is inevitably being dragged into the local campaigns and becoming a partisan political issue in some areas. Since it is generally viewed as a deep-seated problem, candidates for major positions from both parties are forced to come with policies on it. Or at least pretend to have policies for it, since local governments can't do much... A Taipei Times report shows how the DPP is positioning the oil issue as a government cover-up since the powerful Wei family of Ting H... more »

Occupy Hong Kong Updates ( November 3 , 2014 ) - Not front page news in the West presently , but the protests continue.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 22 hours ago
Tweets..... *SCMP News* @SCMP_News · 2h2 hours ago A look at the makeshift communities that protesters have built at # OccupyHongKong sites http://f.sc.mp/eIREQyX [image: Embedded image permalink] *SCMP News* @SCMP_News · 6h6 hours ago Carrie Lam dismisses Occupy camp's proposals for ending impasse http:// f.sc.mp/RlUWYCI SCMP News retweeted *SCMP VideoMoJo* @SCMPVideoMoJo · Nov 1 #HK student group Scholarism stage "Yellow Umbrella Flash Mob" in Times Square, CWB #UmbrellaMovement More - *George Chen* ‏@george_chen 6h6 hours ago REAL LIF... more »

Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
As i posted a long time ago, this was the likely resting place of the media darling of the 1930's*, *Ms Amelia Earhart. This provides us effective confirmation and work has led to a likely deep water target for the plane. It appears that with their last fuel, they set the plane down at the first available atoll that they could reach. One assumes that they ran into unexpected headwinds and they lost the inevitable gamble. It is very unfortunate and a little more common than most pilots will ever admit. Our other public sampling of the risks accepted by pilots in... more »

Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: http://ei.marketwatch.com//Multimedia/2014/10/23/Photos/MG/MW-CX324_ebola__20141023163827_MG.jpg?uuid=dd1c8c1c-5af4-11e4-8136-318794dd535f] Ebola is a lousy prospect for weaponization and even in normal conditions, it dies out very quickly because folks simply become cautious and victims become immediately quarantined. That appears to be good enough. It is not good enough for those victimized but there is also good evidence that massive intravenous vitamin C can save the infected. It really sounds like this is a very beatable disease. In the meantime we have already r... more »

Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Human Test

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: Isabella Beukes, of Santa Rosa, Calif., has been legally blind for more than 40 years. An experimental treatment derived from embryonic stem cells seems to have enabled her now to see not just color but also some shapes.] *Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Human Test * by Rob Stein October 14, 2014 http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/14/346174070/embryonic-stem-cells-restore-vision-in-preliminary-human-test Isabella Beukes, of Santa Rosa, Calif., has been legally blind for more than 40 years. An experimental treatment derived from embryonic stem cel... more »

The Giza Pyramids – Unravelling the Mystery

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
I have not read the rest of the story as yet and i will want to see his proposed explanation. It certainly provides us a different explanation for the inner workings that eliminates other uses. Otherwise, i have a practical building protocol that delivers on time and on budget and does place the casing stones first. That is a must. It also leaves open the whole question of purpose and i think that there is ample evidence to suspect a meaningful purpose for this pyramid. Internal hoisting of blocks is a practical means to build this structure that is far superior to doin... more »

Atlantic Tsunamis of 539 AD and 1014 AD

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: Great Sun Glyphs] Where did these come from? I looked for impact data several years ago and pulled a blank. suddenly we have two significant impactors that produced real tsunamis. On the other hand, we seem to avoid linkage to any climate change. Thus i do not think either were comets but were asteroids.. Coastal regions are vulnerable for long miles inland and all populations need to rethink their exposure. All examples are unpleasant. These tsunamis will also show a signature inundation on the Eastern side of the Atlantic. Why has it not been noted. Likely w... more »

China Successfully Develops Laser System Able to Shoot Down Drones in Seconds: Reports

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Laser defense system]China has successfully developed a laser defense system that can shoot down small-scale low flying drones within a two kilometer radius in five seconds, Xinhua news reported. The laser system with its precision, speed and low noise can shoot down drones at an altitude of 500 meters and a speed of 50 meters per second (180 kilometers per hour or 112 miles per hour), the news agency reported on Sunday evening citing a statement published by the China Academy of Engineering Physics. The academy’s statement added that the laser system would be installed in ... more »

Eye-in-the-Sky Blimp Boosts Singapore’s Spying Ability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Blue Devil Blimp]A missing airplane and a rise in piracy attacks off the coast of Singapore has prompted the city-state to boost surveillance efforts with a radar-equipped blimp over its skyline. An unmanned helium-filled balloon the length of an Olympic-size pool will be held down by fortified ropes to float 600 meters (2,000 feet) above ground -- more than twice the height of Singapore’s tallest building, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its website. “Both aviation and maritime domains have to be closely monitored in the light of the more recent developments,... more »

Damen increases its Landing Ship Transport range by introducing the LST 100

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Damen LST100]The 24th Euronaval exhibition, world greatest Naval Defence & Maritime Exhibition & Conference, was chosen by Dutch manufacturer Damen Shipyards to officially increase its Landing Ship Transport vessels range by showcasing the new mid-size LST100. The Damen’s LST vessels range in length from 80m to 120m overall. All LST family has aft deckhouse, a protected internal cargo deck and flexible, and a helicopter dek aft of the deckhouse. Read more

J-15 carrier-based fighter modified for catapult launch

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: J-15 Flying Shark]A model of China's J-15 carrier-based fighter displayed by an unknown ship design & research institute indicates has revealed that the PLA Navy is modifying the landing gear of the fighter for future aircraft carriers designed with catapults, reports the state-run Global Times. The landing gear retraction jack of the new J-15 seems to be thicker compared to earlier models, said the report. The nose gear seems to be designed for catapults and arresting gear. Read more

Indigenously built N-submarine’s sea trials by year end

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: INS Arihant]In a major boost to indigenisation of defence manufacturing, India’s first nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarine ‘INS Arihant’ will head out for sea trials by the year-end. “INS Arihant’ will be ready for sea trials by the end of this year,” an official aware of the developments relating to the 6,000-tonne submarine said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Once the trials are through and the submarine enters service, India will not only complete its nuclear triad of delivering nuclear weapons from land, sea and air, but also join an elite club of six natio... more »

Musical Interlude: Logos, “Cheminement”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Logos, “Cheminement” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOuXP8aVWHU

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“What is causing the picturesque ripples of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5? The ripples, as well as the greater nebula, were imaged in unprecedented detail by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006 and again late last year. The red color was recoded by a Hubble filter that left only the light emitted by energetic hydrogen. The precise reason for the ripples remains unknown, with two considered origin hypotheses relating them to relatively dense portions of either ejected or impacted gas. *Click image for larger size.* The reason for the broader red glowing ring is more clear, with exp... more »

Fincantieri reveals its new PPA patrol ship at EURONAVAL 2014

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
Fincantieri PPA (Pattugliatore Polivalente D’Altura), Offshore Polyvalent Patrol, is first revealed at EURONAVAL 2014. The vessel can perform a wide range of offshore patrolling missions thanks to its innovative modular sections conception. PPA have been chosen by Italian Navy for the replacement program of Italian corvettes, patrol vessels and Durand de la Penne destroyers. Read more

Antique submarines still key to struggling Taiwan fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Guppy class SSK]At 70 years old, Taiwan's World War II-era "Hai Pao" submarine would not be out of place in a museum, but the antique vessel is still part of the navy -- a sign of the island's ongoing struggle to strengthen its fleet. The sub's interior gleams with highly polished copper and is the pride of its crew. But the fact that the former US warship is still on active duty is testament to Taiwan's decades-long battle to build up its submarine force, with potential suppliers wary of jeopardising relations with China. Read more

Rick Berman-- As Evil And Destructive As The Koch Brothers And The Adelsons?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
The first thing this morning, we tried, once again, dealing with the nature of conservatism and its historical demands for austerity. Thursday the *NY Times* came at it from another perspective-- a secretly taped speech by Dr. Evil, Rick Berman, an opportunistic union-busting fanatic and a vicious operative for the worst of the one percent. A sleazy lobbyist, he calls what he does "public relations" and he is the direct descendent of G.E.'s contemptible right-wing propagandist Lemuel Boulware. His enemies are environmental groups, organized labor (and working families), health, an... more »

Deadly At Any Speed (Pete Peterson Lies Alert!) It's A Power-Hungry, Fee-Ridden World (And Why It's Not An Accident That You Are Lunch:  Fear the Wrath of the Privatizing .01%) Even Bigger Gilded Age Here We Come! (Nation of Cowards?)

Still wonder why there's less and less funding of education? That it's all been a BIG mistake? (Yes, I know this essay is too long, but the information within deserves the length - and so do you!) Corporations Act To Make Congress A Wholly Owned SubsidiaryOctober 31, 2014 As Election Day approaches, two reports show exactly how corrupted our political system has become. Unless voters

"Leaning Into the Light..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You c... more »

A Cherokee Proverb

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, generosity, empathy, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked the grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, ... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “The Eskimos Have No Word for ‘War’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Eskimos Have No Word for ‘War’”* “Trying to explain it to them Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene. Their houses, like white bowls, Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes Of night and day. They listen politely, and stride away, With spears and sleds and barking dogs To hunt for food. The women wait, Chewing on skins or singing songs, Knowing that they have hours to spend, That the luck of the hunter is often late. Later, by fires and boiling bones In streaming kettles, they welcome me, Far kin, pale brother, To share what they have in a... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

With U.S. Assistance Iraq Is Planning Launch An Offensive Against The Islamic State In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout *Iraqis Prepare ISIS Offensive, With U.S. Help -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — Iraqi security forces, backed by American-led air power and hundreds of advisers, are planning to mount a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters who have poured into the country from Syria, a campaign that is likely to face an array of logistical and political challenges. The goal is to break the Islamic St... more »

rtod

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Revolutionary thought of the day: Hunger isn't about the amount of food around. It's about being able to afford and control that food. After all, the U.S. has more food than it knows what to do with, and still 50 million people are food insecure. Raj Patel, author of *Stuffed and Starved* and *The Value of Nothing*, quoted by Naomi Klein in *This Changes Everything*

negative reviews and threats of lawsuits: let's not give in to corporate bullying

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
There's a new bully in town, and he's not going after fat kids in the school cafeteria. He's a corporate bully, and he's gunning for *you*, his dissatisfied customer. An increasing number of companies are threatening lawsuits against customers who post negative online reviews about their products or services. At least one company has actually sued a former customer for defamation, based on negative reviews - and won. This is a chilling development for anyone who cares about free speech, a free internet, and consumer advocacy. But it may not be as dire as it sounds. *A slightly mo... more »

The Islamic State Continues To Attract Thousands Of Jihadists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Airstrikes Against Islamic State Do Not Seen To Have Affected Flow Of Fighters To Syria -- Washington Post* More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials. The magnitude of the ongoing migration suggests that the U.S.-led air campaign has neither deterred significant numbers of militants from traveling to the region nor triggered such outrage that even more ... more »

Al Qaeda Forces Rout U.S. Trained Syrian Rebels. Heavy Weapons And Supplies From The U.S. Seized

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A fighter for the moderate Free Syrian Army sits in a shooting position behind sandbags during clashes with loyalist forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Nov. 2. Moderate rebels elsewhere in northern Syria were pushed back by Islamists over the weekend. (Hosam Katan/Reuters) *Syrian Rebels Armed And Trained By US surrender To al-Qaeda -- The Telegraph* *Moderate rebels in Syria that the US have armed and trained to fight jihadists have surrendered to al-Qaeda * Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have s... more »

Tennessee Valley Authority dealing with dam seepage issue ( November 2 , 2104 ) - 7 nuclear reactors potentially at risk ? ( H/T Energy News ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://enenews.com/sinkhole-develops-dam-water-starting-seep-base-7-nuclear-reactors-downstream-nrc-notified-event-plants-evaluating-potential-impact-flooding-official-uncommon-occurrence-monitoring-continuousl Johnson City Press, Oct. 30, 2014 (*emphasis added*): Oct. 20 inspection of [Tennessee's Boone] dam revealed a sink hole… Six days later, an *uncommon occurrence* happened when *seepage was found near the location of the sink hole at the base of the dam*… NRC, Oct. 30, 2014: … BOONE DAM STABILITY ISSUES… “TVA conducted a briefing for government officials… after discovery of a ... more »

Pentagon Resents White House Management Of The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria, Saturday, August 31, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *Military Hates White House ‘Micromanagement’ of ISIS War -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on. Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to... more »

UN Warns Of Irreversible Climate Change Without Concerted Change - Harper Guilty Of Environmental Criminal Negligence

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 day ago
*U.N.: Phase Out Fossil Fuels By 2100 Or Face ‘Irreversible’ Climate Impact* *Stephen Harper Ranked #1 Worst ‘Climate Villain’ In The World* *Crimes against humanity: Stephen Harper and the ethics of climate change *

Selling the "ISIS" Brand - The BFP Roundtable Takes on "Islamic Terror"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*ISIL: Savages of the world, unite!* The best marketing strategy that ISIL has at its disposal is having the U.S. and the West pose as its enemies on the battlefield. The stupid "Mujahideen" hear about the U.S. airstrikes and flock to the group that is fighting the "infidels." In reality, we know the U.S. is doing very little damage to ISIL's positions and military hardware in Syria and Iraq, and is secretly giving an endless amount of arms and money to the terrorist group via third parties such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Read the article *"ISIS Stunner: Terrorist Organiza... more »

What I Did With My $427.76 *Highly Effective* Winnings

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
In 2013-14, I was rated as a “highly effective” teacher. The rating was based upon two classroom observations by one of our school administrators, an in-house semester “exam” (the quotes around the word exam are meant to convey a shoddy, last-minute delivery of an exam that if it were an assignment for a course I taught, […]

France sees violent protests in Nantes after police grenade kills a protester ( November 2 , 2014 ) Mayhem seen previously in " MENA " spreading to Europe ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets....... *RT* ‏@RT_com 40m40 minutes ago 100 arrested, 9 injured: Violent clashes in #France after protester killed ‘by police grenade’ http://on.rt.com/zc4gzs [image: Embedded image permalink] Top news story *Umanand Amin* ‏@umanandamin Nov 1 Violent *Protests* Erupt in *France* Over Alleged Police Brutality: Violent *protests* broke out on Saturday in two ... http://bit.ly/1u9xD3x NDTV [image: View this content on NDTV's website] Violent Protests Erupt in France Over Alleged Police Brutality Violent protests broke out on Saturday in two French cit... more »

Jon Stewart asks, "Who are these lovable scamp Koch Brothers?" and answers his own question

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"How bad can they [the Koch Brothers] be?" Jon asks. "I mean, if they were evil, would a baby agree to appear in one of their advertisements?"* *"Now that we know the Koch Brothers are pouring an unending waterfall of money through a cleverly masked network of unaccountable organizations to peddle electoral influence, the ad sounds less inspiring."* *-- Jon Stewart, in the above report, responding toa Koch Industries ad placed on The Daily Show* *"The poll . . . shows that the proxy candidates of billionaires are likely to win ninety-eight per cent of next Tuesday's races, with th... more »

Like everything else, international volunteering gets easier with experience

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 day ago
Home sweet home for the next four months Meet new boss: Check. Open Nicaraguan bank account: Check. Find place to live in Managua for the next four months: Check. And so we are ready, Paul and I, for whatever comes next. As we had expected, we are settling into our Cuso International positions much quicker this time around, having been able to draw on our last experience in Honduras and get things done in a much more efficient fashion. There will be unexpected bumps and frustrations to come; there always are. But how different it feels to be a more seasoned Central American v... more »

"UNFREE in Palestine" -- A most important new book for all who study national liberations

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 1 day ago
UNFREE in Palestine -- Registration, Documentation and Movement Restrictions By Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay PlutoPress, 2013, pp. 222 Book reviewed by Denis G. Rancourt, PhD The new book by academics Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay is a brilliant achievement, and a landmark in the study of both the ongoing Israel genocide in Palestine [1], and national liberation struggles in general. At

Fukushima Radiation Creeping Towards US West Coast

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *What are the implications of Fukushima radiation approaching the waters off the US West Coast? The post Fukushima Radiation Creeping Towards US West Coast appeared first on Waking Times.

Watch Unspoken Words 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Unspoken Words (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.4 Release : 05 May 2014 Duration : 125 min Genre : Action, Drama Director : Henderson Maddox Writer : Henderson Maddox Cast : Ajiona Alexus, Hannah Marie Bailey, Detra Bickerstaff, Terry Bookhart Synopsis Unspoken WordsBorn into the world as an orphan, Dante Jordan has all odds against him. His life was destined for despair, living in a group home with an abusive foster mother. Dante had a dream that leads him on a journey. Along the way he finds a love for slam poetry. Poetry develops his voice. He also finds himself in a... more »

Security in an Open Society - by DCI William E. Colby, Address to the NSA, 1973

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*William E. Colby* Approved for release by NSA on 12-01-2011, Transparency Case #3852 The following is an edited version of the address given in the NSA Auditorium in November as the feature of Security Week 1973. Good morning ladies and gentlemen.. It is a real pleasure to be be here. When I assumed this new post I made a talk to some of our people at CIA and others from the community and I made the point that my appointment by the President and my confirmation by the Senate was an appointment of the intelligence profession, not a personal thing, and that it was a mark of ... more »

Watch American Weapon Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*American Weapon (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 2.8 Release : 01 Mar 2014 Duration : N/A Genre : Horror, Thriller Director : Cliff Vasko Writer : Cliff Vasko Cast : Amin Joseph, Maria-Elena Laas, Benjamin Mouton, Nika Williams Synopsis American WeaponThe story of six beautiful travelers who head to the mountains for a getaway weekend, only to be terrorized by a homicidal war veteran, who has been programmed to kill without remorse. Description American Weapon American Weapon Trailer on Youtube *Watch American Weapon Full Movie* Search Result Related American Weapon

METRO | Lamar W. Hankins : The failure of Greg Abbott’s best arguments against marriage equality

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
It appears that the issue of marriage equality is less a matter of partisanship than it is of pandering to the religious right. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | November 2, 2014 Most lawyers are embarrassed to … finish reading *METRO* | Lamar W. Hankins : The failure of Greg Abbott’s best arguments against marriage equality

Saudi Scholar Sami Habib: Israel Is Responsible for 9/11

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
At least some of the scholars in Saudi Arabia are waking up and challenging the official 9/11 narrative. This is good to see. It shows that they are not completely brainless. Hope it is a sign of things to come. It is about time that some of the brighter minds in Saudi Arabia are beginning to reexamine 9/11 and Israel's participation in that crime. Of course, it is a mistake to view Israel as responsible for all of the crises, injustices, and problems of the Muslim world, that's absurd, but there is no question that it played a big role in the 9/11 attacks that led to the criminal i... more »

“Keeping Our Minds Supple: Questioning Everything”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Keeping Our Minds Supple: Questioning Everything”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Being open-minded means that we are willing to question everything, including those things we take for granted. A lot of people feel threatened if they feel they are being asked to question their cherished beliefs or their perception of reality. Yet questioning is what keeps our minds supple and strong. Simply settling on one way of seeing things and refusing to be open to other possibilities makes the mind rigid and generally creates a restrictive and uncomfortable atmosphere. We all know someone w... more »

Some Comedy

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Dogs on bike paths *sigh** This is an actual news report of an actual upcoming event: In order to provide people of foreign nationalities in Taiwan with the best tax experience and to prevent false receipts or unidentified sources of information, the National Taxation Bureau (NTB) of Taipei, Ministry of Finance (財政部臺北國稅局) is holding a talent show to promote taxation awareness on Nov. 9 in Daan Park at 1:30 p.m. *The Ministry of Finance invites foreigners over 14 years of age who are not native speakers of Mandarin to come and give performances related to paying taxes, all in Mand... more »

"Alas..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays, we go." - Henry Austin Dobson Simon & Garfunkel, "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnZdlhUDEJo

The Saker Podcast No1

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
The Saker Podcast No1 * Don't Miss.....* *Ebola Today: WHO adopted a Global Vaccine Plan 2012*

"In The Middle Of Here And Now..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?" - Richard Bach, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

"In The Time Of Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In the time of your life, live - so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unwor... more »

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