Thomas Paine

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

10:37pm MST

Do Not Pay Your License Fee - Stephen Sackur

Spike EP at News Spike - 27 minutes ago
HARDtalk - Ilan Pappe - Author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Professor of History, University of Exeter from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"In the name of Holocaust memory, let us not allow the continued genocide in Gaza to continue"* *Professor Ilan Pappé* *"Has his Anti-Zionism undermined his academic integrity?" - no, his academic integrity has undermined his Zionism.* Zionists cannot win any moral debate on the merits, on the historical record, or on the facts; and they know this. When faced with righteous truth-telling, their default last line of defence to attempt to force a... more »

Kurt Vonnegut shows us how to be funny even "when speaking dismally of the future of mankind"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
*Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)* *"Like Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, even when he's funny Kurt Vonnegut is depressed."* *-- John Leonard, in "God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut" (2004),included as the afterword to Vonnegut by the Dozen* *"I am moved to suspect that most of our finest humorists, including Mark Twain, may have been not especially funny people who painstakingl learned their clowning only in order to seem insincere when speaking dismally of the future of mankind."* *-- Kurt Vonnegut, in "Only Kidding, Folks?," an essay onthe Polish science-fiction novelist Stanislaw Lem* *by... more »

"All The Lessons..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 47 minutes ago
◆ Hat tip to Tyler Darden for this material. - http://www.zerohedge.com/

The Economy: Jim Rickards, “The Death of Money: Project Prophecy 2.0”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 47 minutes ago
Jim Rickards, “The Death of Money: Project Prophecy 2.0” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lcNrJVIgb8

Satire: “Republicans Accuse Obama Of Treating Immigrants Like Humans”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 47 minutes ago
*“Republicans Accuse Obama Of Treating Immigrants Like Humans”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama’s proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President, on Thursday night, of “flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress.” McConnell was brutal in his assessment of the President’s speech on immigration, blasting him for “eliminating the fear of deportation, which is the great engine of the American economy.” “Fear is what keeps... more »

PERU: Rights of Nature Tribunal Dec 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
2014 Rights of Nature Tribunal Click for Print quality poster Información sobre el Tribunal en español Convening parallel to Lima UN FCCC COP 20 Free & open to the public Parallel to the UN FCCC December 2014 meetings in Lima, the Global Alliance intends to host its second International Rights of Nature Tribunal. The intention is to hear a small number of cases aligned with the UN FCCC

Adolf Hitler and Mystery Airships in Liverpool - 1913

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
*"**Even the silent gas dirigibles of the Hoothi are felt in our bones while still a million miles distant."* A somewhat atypical phantom airship report appears in today's newspapers. It's from the suburbs of one of the great cities, Liverpool. With a population of around three quarters of a million, Liverpool is more than three times the size of the biggest city to have previously reported a mystery aircraft, Cardiff. According to the *Standard*, (p. 9; above): Several people report having seen a mysterious aircraft over the north of Liverpool on Saturday evening [25 January 1913... more »

Why Would Anyone Expect Farmer Fincher To Employ Someone Unlike Racist Hound Elizabeth Lauten

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Republican People who have known her say Elizabeth Lauten was always a goodie-two-shoes overachiever with a mediocre, inside-the-box mind; she still lists her 1580 SAT score from 2000 on her LinkedIn page-- along with the fact that she's been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 2013. Before thrusting her racist ass onto the national stage last week with a typically nasty KKK Thanksgiving Facebook post about the president's two teenage daughters, North Carolina native Elizabeth Lauten was probably best known for her insipid reviews of episodes of The Bachelor a... more »

rtod: this changes everything

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
Revolutionary thought of the day: All of this is why any attempt to rise to the climate challenge will be fruitless unless it is understood as part of a much broader battle of worldviews, a process of rebuilding and reinventing the very idea of the collective, the communal, the commons, the civil, and the civic after so many decades of attack and neglect. Because what is overwhelming about the climate challenge is that it requires breaking so many rules at once - rules written into national laws and trade agreements, as well as powerful unwritten rules that tell us that no governmen... more »

alone

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
we are born alone... we live alone... and we die alone... what have we if not each other ?

(Hagel Out Why?)   Uppity Folk Unite!  (Cornel West Leads the Way)

The discourse is deodorized because the issues that prophetic voices highlight, such as mass incarceration, wealth inequality, and war crimes such as imperial drones murdering innocent people, are ignored. Deodorized? So piquant a critique. But, back to that stirring essay in a moment. First off, Hagel leaves? Gee, you mean his antiwar rhetoric was only for getting hired? Or was it just

Protests as Ski Area Opens with Sewage Snow on Sacred Site

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Protests as ski area opens with 100 percent treated sewage snow on sacred site By Klee Benally indigenousaction@gmail.com www.protectthepeaks.org FLAGSTAFF, Ariz — On Friday, November 28, 2014, more than 50 people rallied and marched as Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from 100% treated sewage on the sacred San Francisco Peaks. With no natural snowfall,

Edward Snowden's Conversation Across Cyberspace

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 6 hours ago
Desert Dawn - Sweet Emotion - Desert Dawn - Broomfield, CO - 12.31.12 ... Edward Snowden and John Perry Barlow, "A Conversation Across Cyberspace" ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

It's A Slow News Weekend But I Have Some Good Art So... Want To Read About Rick Perry's Presidential Fantasies?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Leave it to *Politico* to try to make something out of nothing. Nothing? Rick Perry *is* the governor of Texas, a big deal-- especially in Republican politics. But still... nothing; just watch the drug-addled closet case on the video above. In 2012, Perry came in fifth in the Republican Iowa caucuses-- between Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann. The new poll from Quinnipiac shows Perry with support from two percent of Republican voters-- behind Mitt Romney (19%), Jeb Bush (11%), Chris Christie (8%), Ben Carson (8%), Rand Paul (6%), Ted Cruz (5%), Mike Huckabee (5%), Paul Ryan (5%... more »

No, you still don't want to be anywhere near Chernobyl

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*"There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place," writes Danny Cooke in describing this drone-shot video he posted of the mostly abandoned city of Pripyat, which is closer to the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant than the mostly abandoned city of Chernobyl is.* *by Ken* The date was April 26, 1986, and the event we know as "the Chernobyl disaster" remains, as Wikipedia puts it, "the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties." (The closest challenger to date is the Fukushima disaster of 2011.) The above video was posted ... more »

Broadcasting House

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Today is (as I may have mentioned before) Advent Sunday and, even though I'm an unbeliever, I love my Christian heritage and would dearly love, like Thomas Hardy, to see the oxen kneel on Christmas Eve, hoping it would be so. Thus, as today is the first day in the Church's liturgical calender (its News Year's Day at it were), I've been trying to write posts today that reflect a fresh spirit on my part - more Ebenezer than Scrooge (leaping ahead somewhat to the next liturgical festival). Actually though, reading back, they are, by and large, just the same as before. So, like New Y... more »

The Roswell Slides and Premature Disclosure

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 8 hours ago
There are times when premature disclosure can ruin an investigation and close avenues of research. Back in the last century (which is a line that cracks me up for some reason) Gerald Anderson burst on the scene with his tale of seeing the crashed saucer over on the Plains of San Agustin. Contrary to popular belief, I was the first to talk to him and found his tale interesting but in conflict with the information that Don Schmitt and I were developing. We didn’t understand how the Barney Barnett tale fit into the whole Roswell picture, especially if Anderson’s date and location were... more »

Planck all-sky polarization data out: Mon-Fri

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
ESA's Planck spacecraft is two orders of magnitude more expensive than the BICEP2 experiment that induced so much excitement in Spring 2014. With various expectations, people are waiting what Planck may say about the polarization data of the CMB – and the foregrounds. In comparison with BICEP2, Planck should have some advantages. Between 2009 and 2013, it was mapping the whole sky. Also, it should be looking at nine frequencies. Finally, two days ago, ESA promised us results in the coming 5 days: CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: PLANCK 2014 - THE MICROWAVE SKY IN TEMPERATURE AND POLARIZA... more »

WHY FERGUSON MATTERS / MILITARIZATION OF POLICE STATE

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 9 hours ago
*Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. (The News Commenter)* *Fourteen teens have been killed by the police since Michael Brown was gunned down on August 9th and young African Americans are killed by cops 4.5 times more often than people of other races and ages*. *We are obviously watching our** police shift their mission from saving lives to prosecuting drug wars, social injustice and an increasingly visible militarized police state: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *"A**s long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption**."*Martin Luther King ... more »

Well, that's my excuse. What's Hugh's?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
At the risk of sounding obsessive - which is something no blogger has ever been accused of before - our old friend Hugh Sykes, even before I started reading blogs about BBC bias, has always struck me as the dictionary definition of a BBC reporter - a highly intelligent, brilliantly-gifted reporter working for the impartial BBC whose less-than-neutral views, whilst reporting, have hardly ever been disguised, despite carrying the brand mark of BBC objectivity. For me he was *the* voice of the BBC during the Iraq War, always working to criticise the war and berate Western foreign po... more »

Nov. 30: Patriotism and the rush to kill...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
One of the things you learn in studying history is how many lies there are that we believe are truths. One of them is that going to war is good and patriotic-----but only when it happens on our side. Anybody on the other side who shoots back at us is evil, and quite possibly insane. For generations, British children (and Canadians) were taught that the building of the British Empire was something to be proud of, to feel patriotic pride about. Why? Well, it showed that the British were a more highly developed "race" than the peoples they conquered. The soldiers and sailors who did t... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
I wrote this post for Tom Rick’s Best Defense on some of the best Iraq news sites. My article on the controversy over whether Baghdad will arm Anbar's tribes was reprinted in Al Mada.

An anti-Thatcherite 'Point of View'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Pessimistic philosopher John Gray is a fascinating intellectual figure and Radio 4 can count themselves lucky to have him as one of their *A Point of View *presenters but, thinking in terms of BBC bias, Radio 4's *A Point of View *has long been a clear-cut, open-and-shut case of BBC left-wing bias. I've expounded several times before about the programme's blatant bias (see the link to *A Point of View* on the right), with its hordes of left-wing presenters and one solitary, lonely, belated right-wing exception (Roger Scruton), but, among that crowd, John Gray has always stood out a... more »

Message in a bottle to Restinga/Smir Beach

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago

WNU Editor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
It has been a rough few weeks (work, travel, health, etc.), so I going to hang out with friends and family for the rest of the day. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Why Would Anyone Expect Farmer Fincher To Employ Someone Unlike Racist Hound Elizabeth Lauten

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Republican People who have known her, say Elizabeth Lauten was always a goodie-two-shoes overachiever with a mediocre, inside-the-box mind; she still lists her 1580 SAT score from 2000 on her LinkedIn page-- along with the fact that she's been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 2013. Before thrusting her racist ass onto the national stage last week with a typically nasty KKK Thanksgiving Facebook post about the president's two teenage daughters, North Carolina native Elizabeth Lauten was probably best known for her insipid reviews of episodes of The Bachelor ... more »

Advent

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
*Advent 1955* *by John Betjeman* The Advent wind begins to stir With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, It's dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry And branches bending to the gale Against great skies all silver pale The world seems travelling into space, And travelling at a faster pace Than in the leisured summer weather When we and it sit out together, For now we feel the world spin round On some momentous journey bound - Journey to what? to whom? to where? The Advent bells call out 'Prepare, Your ... more »

James Harding, Putin and Nick Cohen

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Partly for the sake of provocation - and I mostly mean for the sake of recording my own feelings of provocation on reading the piece - and, also, just because it's him, please take a read of Nick Cohen's denunciation of BBC Director of News James Harding at *Standpoint* and its less-obviously-left-wing follow-up at the *Spectator*. It poses some serious questions about Mr Harding's past record [the then- *Times* man's passing over the expenses scandal] and present BBC directorship, alleging cronyism - the kind of potentially devastating charges that the BBC boss ought to be compel... more »

Murphy's Laws Of Combat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Hat Tip*: Theo Spark

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again.. And as usual, time for my weekly rant… Yes, I have been MIA for the last few days… I decided to take a small "break" just to unwind and concentrate on some family and personal matters… Hey, I run this blog and I post articles when I am available or when time permits… There may be some out there that do not like the fact that I do not post articles from time to time on a regular basis, and honestly those people can bite me…. We ALL need a break once in a while, because knowing what I and others know and about how truly sad and sick our world really... more »

Epigrams & Bromides I

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
- There can be no single path to sustained learning or living; diversity and adaptation in both biological and social worlds are required for survival. - The strength of a democracy is determined by the levels of participation and shared well-being of its constituents. - Economic success without personal happiness is misery; personal happiness without economic well-being is a myth. - Real freedom is comprised of equal proportions of liberty and responsibility. - The greatest threat to freedom is a shortage of trust; as trust recedes, policing mov... more »

Another Miscellany for Advent Sunday (afternoon)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
What did we learn, bias-wise, from the previous post then? That Evan Davis may have been pushing his pro-EU bias at us on *Newsnight*, that Andrew Marr's show was pretty much OK, that Radio 4's *Sunday *was its usual liberal-biased self, and that Hugh Sykes still doesn't like UKIP (and ain't afraid to show it on Twitter)... ...in other words, biases (where found) from the usual, expected direction. *** It's not always like that though (and I refuse to be the sort of blogger who refuses to admit that). Take today's *The World This Weekend *with Mark Mardell, which rather surpri... more »

Hope Girl: TON speaks out on OPPT

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
The One Network Speaks Out on the OPPTOn Thanksgiving day, in one of the bravest interviews I’ve seen in a long time, Lisa Harrison, Brian Kelly, Dani, Mel Batty, and Mel V gave a no-holds-barred personal testimony regarding OPPT filings and their creator Heather Ann Tucci Jarraf. The “OPPT Filings” are a set of documents that were filed with the UCC (Universal Commercial Code) that allegedly foreclosed on all world governments and restored the value of monetary and banking systems back to the people. In December of 2012 several alternative media groups were used to spread awarene... more »

9/11 : Door Hop Galley - Patsy Control

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
Curt Weldon Press Conference : 9/11 Patsy Control - Able Danger & Door Hop Galley from Spike EP on Vimeo. *WELDON:* Door Hop Galley (ph) which is another classified program. In the course of that briefing — and there was a Navy admiral in the room, Admiral Wilson, in charge of DIA, and Richard Schiefren (ph) was in the room. Richard Schiefren (ph) was an attorney at DOD. In the course of that discussion, Richard Schiefren (ph) discussed Able Danger. I did not know that up until I watched the Heritage Foundation speech that I gave in 2002, where I document the meeting, in the brie... more »

A Short Story On A Hypothetical Middle East Nuclear War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
An interception by the Iron Dome anti-missile system is seen as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel before a 72-hour ceasefire was due to expire August 13, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen *How The Middle East’s First Nuclear War Started -- Mathew Burrows, Politico* *The following is a fictional story by Mathew Burrows, who, for the past decade, has overseen the creation of the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends Report—an intelligence-based futurist guide that has become essential reading for the White House as well as the Departments of State, Defense and H... more »

Laughing All The Way

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ Stephen Harper is in power because the two so called "progressive" alternatives have spent more time fighting each other than fighting him. The current furor over sexual harassment continues that scuffle -- despite Peter Goldring's recent inane suggestions. Tim Harper writes: The level of distrust between the two parties seeking to become the progressive alternative to the Stephen Harper Conservatives has never been deeper. Had the tables been turned, New Democrats believe Tom Mulcair would have reached... more »

Public Funds for Anti-Choice, Anti-Sex Religious Organizations (an ongoing series)

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
[Open letter to Mayor Rob Makin, Hinton, Alberta, by Kathy Dawson*. Background here. Links added.] Dear Mayor Makin, Town of Hinton, Your grant information indicates that groups that advance a specific moral or religious point of view are ineligible for your Quality of Life Grant. Can you explain why West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre (Hinton) was given $10,000 of public money? West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre (Hinton) is a religious based mission, an affiliate of CAPSS and bound by CAPSS Core documents (which can be found here (pdf)). They are a Christ-centred mission that...more »

A Conversation On What It Means To Kill In War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Troops are trained to kill, but not to deal with the consequences of killing.(Reuters/Andrew Burton) *It’s Time For An Honest Conversation About What It Means To Kill In War -- Phil Zabriskie, Quartz* Last week, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Congressional committee that his office was still considering whether or not the US should send ground troops to Iraq to fight ISIL (a.k.a. the Islamic State). Some in Congress and the military think the idea is past due, and that only American combat troops can neutralize the threat ISIL poses to Syr... more »

Ukrainian Nationalists Want A Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Radical protesters (R) clash with Interior Ministry and law enforcement members on the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks, marked by activists and supporters of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party and far-right activists and nationalists to honour the role of the movement in the history of Ukraine, during a rally near the parliament building in Kiev, October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko *Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* The men behind Ukraine’s nationalist militias are looking to replace the fumbling government in Kiev one way or anot... more »

When Will Evangelicals Stop Hating And Start Following Jesus' Teachings Instead?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Despite the $762,885 in independent expenditures organized crime gambling kingpin Sheldon Adelson and his circle threw into the CA-33 race to elect a random Republican stooge, progressive champion Ted Lieu won the race handily-- and with a bigger turnout than any other Los Angeles districts-- 59.19% to 40.81%. Lieu significantly outperformed his predecessor Henry Waxman, who had another conservative trying to buy the seat in 2012. Waxman's margin against billionaire Bill Bloomfield was 53-47%. There were several reasons Lieu beat Elan Carr so decisively despite all the Adelson cas... more »

Sign Of The Times: Guns Sell Like Hotcakes on Black Friday

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
Call it a sign of these troublesome times in America but early Thanksgiving weekend retail reports reflect that one particular item more than others was selling like hotcakes. Despite overall lower in-store sales on the day of the animals aka Black Friday firearms were literally flying off the shelves. According to the website for financial network CNBC in story entitled “The right to bear arms--on Black Friday! Gun sales surge on retail holiday”: *Apparel and electronics are far from being the only things consumers seek out on Black Friday—many really like firearm deals as well.... more »

A Look At The Humanitarian Crisis In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Donetsk Residents Struggle With Daily Life Amid Ukraine Conflict -- NBC* DONETSK, Ukraine — Among shattered windows and the sounds of fighting, Alina wondered how her house was still standing. Her neighborhood in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk had been shelled the night before. "Without any warning," she recalled while standing amid broken glass. "It was a miracle that it didn't hit my house ... Everything is so unexpected." The city has found itself at the heart of a months-long conflict between Ukraine government troops and pro-Russia rebels who want to declare their own... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

A Thanksgiving post two days late

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 15 hours ago
After returning to the classroom almost two years ago, as a teacher, I’m struggling with the poverty narrative that privileged commentators like myself blame for public education’s true faults. I don’t disagree with any of it. We should keep hammering away at it. Here’s my problem. I’m not poor. I never was truly poor. I’m […]

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Energy Market Impacts of Recent Federal Regulations on the Electric Power Sector * Executive Summary The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued several new regulations on the electric power sector in recent years, the vast majority of which target power plant emissions under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA). These regulations include, but are not limited to: new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and particulate matter; the CrossState Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to address interstate transport of air pollution; Mercury and Air Toxics Stand... more »

Vitriolic nastiness does not breed respect.

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
Stephen Lewis , the former Ontario NDP leader, United Nations ambassador and lifelong human rights advocate recently took aim at the “pre-paleolithic Neanderthals” in office and their role in the decline of Parliament, the suppression of dissent, the plight of First Nations, their blinkered climate-change policy and our plummeting world status. That his words have been picked up by numerous newspapers *and bloggers* this week makes it no less important that his assessment of the Harper Regime be repeated here, they are words that need repeating time and time again. *Lewis told the S... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Crony Capitalism in Common Core -- Surprised?* Follow the money. It all ends up in the hands of a very few. Pearson Foundation is getting the contracts because of its partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation. Greed, secrecy, deceptions, and lies …. and to think Democrats accuse Republicans of the very things, while Democrats are the ones using government to get richer. The deceptions run very deep. It’s time for exposure. The saga begins on one summer day in 2008, when Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman (known as the architect ...more »

Blindsided: 藍天變綠地 UPDATED X 3

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
[image: DSC03426] *Liyu Reservoir in Miaoli, way below full. Taiwan is in the midst of drought, worsening the haze and smog.* Wow. Everyone went to bed last night *stunned*. Many people thought Lin might win Taichung (not me, pessimism overcame me, I think), and of course Ko seemed a shoo-in for Taipei and Keelung no contest as well. Changhua was in the polls too. But nobody saw Taoyuan flipping, or Hsinchu City by a nose. Penghu seemed like a surprise, because I read complaints that planes back had all been booked and no one could come home to vote. But it turns out Ko's wife is fr... more »

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The Revenant (2015)

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Miscellany for Advent Sunday

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
This week's *Newswatch *had Evan Davis on to answer questions about his interviewing technique following complaints from viewers about his interruption-strewn interview with Owen Paterson MP (and Emily Maitlis's just-as-interruption-strewn interview with Sir Malcolm Rifkind), which we discussed here on Thursday. Evan put in a larger-than-life performance, being himself, and Samira Ahmed was clearly charmed. He conceded that he'd interrupted a couple of times too often but stood by his performance overall, saying that Mr Paterson had been given a long time to give his first answ... more »

The Obama Admin Uses Psych Tests To Select Psychopaths Out of The Loose Pile of Syrian Rebels And Then Trains Them To Be Part Of ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
"Under the plan, which has not been finalized, “moderate” fighters will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. Successful participants would gradually attain access to higher levels of training and weaponry, and fighters found to be wanting would be dismissed from the program. The screening for the Syrian fighters is also aimed at ensuring that militants aligned with the Islamic State or other extremist groups don’t infiltrate U.S.-sponsored training. U.S. officials have said that training will occur in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and two other countries. Some training is already believed t... more »

MoD orders review into spiralling cost of Project Pegasus nuclear plant

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, Berkshire, United Kingdom The Ministry of Defence has ordered a review into the costs and construction timetable of a highly sensitive manufacturing plant that will enrich uranium for Trident nuclear missiles, amid fears the budget had spiralled out of control. Project Pegasus, a £634m facility to be built at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire, is said to be struggling over costs and scheduling. The MoD had said that Pegasus would be completed between 2016 and 2020. The AWE, which manufactures and maintains Britain's nucle...more »

Messages From Higher Self - Anytime You Don't Follow Through

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
*Source:* *https://plus.google.com/u/0/116550793025117941917/posts*

Armed and ready to go: RAF's next-gen fighter passes key weapons test ahead of 2018 lift-off

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-35B STOVL Lightning II]These new pictures show the RAF's next-generation F-35B fighter, bristling with fearsome state-of-the-art weaponry. However, the deadly-looking weapons are actually trial or 'dummy' ordnance, which are identical in fit and form to their lethal counterparts but incapable of causing damage. A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States. Read more

David's Sling air defense system to deploy for trial period

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: David's Sling Weapons System Stunner Missile]The David's Sling air defense system will soon be deployed for a trial period, before becoming operational, the IDF said in recent days. David's Sling can intercept short-range to medium-range rockets and missiles, including Hezbollah's Katyusha rockets. Its range of coverage is three times that of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system. The system will be deployed in various areas around Israel for a trial period, the IDF added. After that, David's Sling will also be set up to intercept hostile aircraft and missiles with longer... more »

Iran’s New Training Plane Displayed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: K10 Swift]A new single-cabin aircraft, made by Iran for training purposes, was put on display in a recent aviation exhibition. The 7th International Exhibition of Aviation Industry, held on Iran’s southern island of Kish in November, saw a new training plane, dubbed K10. The light aircraft has been manufactured by Iran’s Plane Manufacturing Company (HESA) in two different classes, K10 and K10-1. Read mpore

Iran drones range upgraded to 3,000km: General

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Ababil drone]A senior Iranian military official says domestically-manufactured drones are capable of operating within a range of 3,000 kilometers. Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said Saturday that Iran is today able to design and build different types of drones for various operations. In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems, including a variety of domestically-manufactured... more »

US keen for co-production, co-development in defence with India

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: P-8I Neptune]With India being one of the top priorities of the Obama Administration, the US is keen to explore co-production and co-development opportunities in defence with the rising Asian power and expand maritime security cooperation to further strengthen the strategic ties. "We think there is a strong potential (in Indo-US defense ties). We want to translate that strong potential into action and reality. And that is desired on both sides," Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar told PTI on the eve of his visit to New Delhi. "The way y... more »

Norfolk-based cruiser to sail around the world

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Normandy (CG-60)]The passageways are cleanly swept and smell of fresh paint; colorful life jackets and flight deck gear is laid out in neat rows in the helicopter hanger; and the forecastle and fantail are draped with tightly coiled lines: Normandy is preparing for INSURV. In the life of most ships, preparing for the Board of Inspection and Survey inspection is all consuming. But not on Normandy. The crew doesn't have the luxury of focusing solely on this major inspection. Over the past two years, the cruiser has been transformed from a quarter-century old ship, with an ... more »

Is it time to stop bashing bankers? Continuing revelations of "cringeworthy behaviour" suggest not.

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
Is it time to stop bashing bankers? Have the crooks already been biffed out of the ring? Are we just hindering the new saintly bankers? As they clean up after the few bad apples who spoiled it for everyone else? Of course not. And in saying this we are in good company: Even the Governor of the Bank of England no longer believes in the "few bad apples" theory of rotten bankers. In November

A missile testing blitz revamps Russian ICBM modernization

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: K550 Alexander Nevsky]The Russian Navy successfully test-fired a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in two months, proving the new Russian submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) has improved its reliability and is now ready for deployment. The test was performed at night, on Friday November 28, 2014 was the third successful flight in a series of five developmental testing designed to verify the missile’s reliability after it suffered a series of failures in earlier flights. The Russians plan to launch two additional Bulava missiles next year a... more »

Operation Pig

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*By Anonymous Operative* Yesterday, Chris Christie let all pigs know he is not on their side. And by Pigs, I don’t mean his Wall-Street campaign donors. The New Jersey Governor vetoed a bill that would outlaw the transporting of pregnant pigs in small, debilitating crates. For good measure, he attacked the bill's supporters as "partisan politicians"... and they returned the compliment. This bill, created by veteran progressive state Senator Ray Lesniak, was created to protect these animals’ rights. Unfortunately, Pigs can’t vote in Republican primaries (or the Iowa caucus) thus it... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“It looks like a lunar landscape but this remarkable photograph actually shows our Milky Way and the planet Jupiter in all their glory - viewed from a cave in America's Utah desert. The spiral galaxy, which cannot be seen with the naked eye, was captured by photographer Wally Pacholka using a 35mm camera and 50mm lens on a tripod with a 30-second exposure - long enough to collect the light but not to see the stars moving. *Click image for larger size.* Pacholka, 59, an architect from Long Beach, California, relied on the light of a crescent moon to illuminate the subject and chose th... more »

Chet Raymo, “Red Fish, Blue Fish...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Red Fish, Blue Fish...”* by Chet Raymo “In his autobiography, the brilliant physicist John Archibald Wheeler makes this confession of faith: "Whatever can be, is." He goes further: "Whatever can be, must be." Anything not prohibited by the laws of nature, exists, he says. Well, that's an extravagent claim, but it passed my mind the other day when my colleague Maura T. invited me up to the Science Building to see a strange creature she had just added to the aquarium. Here's a pic, Chaetopterus, the parchment tube worm. In nature, it makes its own U-shaped "parchment" tube, which, e... more »

"A Dent In The Universe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?" - Steve Jobs

The Poet: Langston Hughes, "Dreams"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Dreams"* "Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow." - Langston Hughes

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Wellington, New Zealand. Thanks for stopping by.

"A Magical Mind: Wish"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"A Magical Mind: Wish"* by The DailyOm "When we wish for something our consciousness opens to receiving it like a flower unfolding its petals to receive a bee. From blowing dandelion seeds into the air to throwing a penny into a fountain, we have all felt inspired to make a wish, to whisper our secret desires into the ears of the universe and wait for signs that we have been heard. Some wishes come true while others remain ethereal visions that either stay with us or fade like a star in the light of morning. Whether they come true or not, wishes are important missives, expressing ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "The Good Fight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Good Fight"* by Paulo Coelho "In 1986, I went for the first and only time on the pilgrimage known as the Way to Santiago, an experience I described in my first book. We had just finished walking up a small hill, a village appeared on the horizon, and it was then that my guide, whom I shall call Petrus (although that was not his name), said to me: "We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Many times in our lives we see our dreams shattered and our desires frustrated, but we have to continue dreaming. If we don’t, o... more »

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

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *Can We Ever Recover from the Murder of John Kennedy?* Harvey Wasserman | November 24, 2014 7:25 am ------------------------------ The images we ingest never cease to shape us. Just 51 years ago, the head of a profoundly gifted young man was blown apart. A few months earlier he’d given a speech that promised a new dawn. He reached out to our enemies. He talked of going to the moon, of technological breakthrough and human promise. And he stopped the radioactive madness of atmospheric Bomb testing, a reason many of us are alive today. It’s easy to i... more »

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

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ http://youtu.be/IeDRov7zutYNixon's Dirty Trickster: LBJ Killed JFK | Interview with Roger Stone breakingtheset *Published on Nov 4, 2013* Abby Martin speaks with former Nixon White House advisor and self-proclaimed 'GOP Hitman', Roger Stone, about his new book 'The Man Who Killed Kennedy' as well as his career behind the scenes of dirty politics. Cherchez la Verite

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

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Dear Parents of Rochester, New York: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents have approved a charter school to be opened in your community in September 2015: The Greater Works Charter School (GWCS). GWCS lead applicant Ted J. Morris, Jr.– the man chiefly promoting the project– has […]

Being Thankful

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 1 day ago
November 29, 2014 Thanksgiving was beautiful. The day was cloudless and sunny, with temperatures in the mid forties by afternoon. I went with friends to one of their parents’ home for dinner. The meal was delicious and the visit cordial. … Continue reading →

Turning inward

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
This is that time of year when, just to keep from falling in the mud and breaking something, one goes all domestic.

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*DILBERT by Scott Adams* [*Click to enlarge*] *by Ken* Sometimes readers leave comment that are too interesting to simply let pass into history. So it is with one I only recently noted, added to the post I wrote last Saturday, "When is a problem not a problem? Words to live by from Dilbert's Pointy-Headed Boss," taking off from that day's above-repeated *Dilbert* strip. "It isn't a problem if you can give it to someone else." My employer hosted a series of seminars, open to all who desired to attend, under the group title of "Pass The Monkey". It was literally how to make any... more »

‘US legitimacy waning over 9/11 hoax’

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
"The participation of high-level Americans in the 9/11 deception explains the US government’s reluctance to release the explosive 28 pages and risk igniting the greatest scandal in world history." Full article with links and videos: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/29/911hoax/

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

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
*This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate*, by Naomi Klein, is incredibly difficult to write about. I've been putting sticky notes beside important paragraphs as I read, and my copy now looks like an art project, bristling with coloured paper squares. I can say without exaggeration that this is one of the most important books you'll ever read. In her clear, readable prose, Klein demonstrates exactly what is destroying our planet: unregulated, unchecked capitalism, brought to you by the scourge of our era: neoliberalism. (US readers may be more familiar with the term neoc... more »

Who Owns Yoga?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Film - *A film about the evolution of yoga in modern society. The post Who Owns Yoga? appeared first on Waking Times.

Criswell Predicts

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Plan 9 from outer space trailer

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Best Slave Is A Slave That Doesn't Know He's A Slave-* *America Today In Pictures"* by Tyler Durden “This is why America is in the shape that it's in... The best slave is a slave that doesn't know he's a slave.” - http://www.zerohedge.com/ *Any questions?*

25 Phenomena Across The Globe

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *25 natural phenomena you have to see to believe! The post 25 Phenomena Across The Globe appeared first on Waking Times.

The View from Kiev Political Activist

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Ukrainian political activist Margarita Montyan talking about how the oligarchs all took the West's inducements for warfare as a chance to rip off money allocated for it. Fascinating analysis of Ukrainian situation - even if you don't know a lot about internal politics in Kiev you can still learn much from this spirited woman.

FUCK EVIL !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The Plant Most Fundamental to Life on Earth

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Anna Hunt - *Reforesting trees is vital to the survival of life on planet Earth. The post The Plant Most Fundamental to Life on Earth appeared first on Waking Times.

"Jump" Principle

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*R v Johnsrud*, 2014 ABCA 395: “Jump” Principle [9] This principle of sentencing suggests that sentences for repeat offenders should increase gradually, rather than by large leaps. The appellant concedes that he has a lengthy criminal record, including several convictions for firearms offences. He was sentenced in 1999 to a term of imprisonment of 24 months for attempted robbery. He says that a 7.5 year sentence is too great a jump. [10] In his 42 years, the appellant has received a variety of sentences for weapons-related offences, violating court orders and crimes of violence. ... more »

An Instructive Afternoon in Ferguson

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Standing in front of what looks like a brand new police and city court building, likely funded by the heavy fines levied on black residents in Ferguson* Today two of us from Veterans for Peace went to Ferguson to see what was going on. The town had the atmosphere of a festival along the main drag. When we arrived cops were blocking the street near the police department (where most of the nightly protests have been held) as a large group of black motorcyclists zoomed into a parking lot nearby. All along both sides of the downtown business strip people (predominantly white) were p... more »

The Democratic Party Is At A Crossroads... Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Yesterday, everyone-- or at least everyone who isn't already bored with the subject-- was buzzing about a *Wall Street Journal* piece by Peter Nicholas, Siobhan Hughes and Byron Tau, Democratic Rifts Surface in Wake of Midterm Election Defeat. And it went beyond the ire and tensions around the idiotic assertions of Chuck Schumer earlier in the week-- and beyond Obama threatening to veto an anti-family "compromise" tax extenders deal Harry Reid was working out with Mitch McConnell. The White House said the deal would help "well-connected corporations while neglecting working famili... more »

From the Files: Latin America's Legendary UFO Cases

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 1 day ago
[*Some of our readers may recall Inexplicata's presence as a column called "Orbis Tertius" in the UK's defunct UFO Matrix magazine. The following article was featured in an issue, and we reprint it here as a useful - and hopefully interesting - summary of classic cases for our newer readers. Some of the material can also be found in earlier Inexplicata entries -- SC* ] *Latin America’s Legendary UFO Cases* *By Scott Corrales* Top ten lists are an unavoidable fact in the modern age, and “top ten” lists of ufology are no exception. But most UFO events elude simple lists, due to th... more »

Where We Belong

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 1 day ago
*Where We Belong* is a collection of Paul Shepard essays that discuss how we perceive the natural world, and how this influences the way we treat it. Most of the essays were written between the 1950s and 1970s. They include some ideas that evolved into major components of his classics. Almost half of this book is devoted to provocative discussions of pioneer diaries, a special treat. Humans evolved as hunters and scavengers on tropical savannahs. Today, our genes are still those of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers — not Anthropocene cell phone zombies. Shepard believed that the pr... more »

U.S. Funding Neo-Nazi Extremism in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
An amendment to the 2015 NDAA that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was dropped at the request of two of the largest Jewish pressure groups in the United States.

Saturday History Lesson: Confronting Nuclear Death Machines

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
"Polaris Action" is an 11-minute 1960 film by Hilary Harris, about nonviolent demonstrations and civil disobedience against Polaris nuclear missile firing submarines, in New London, CT. (They have since been supplanted by the multi-warhead Trident ballistic missile submarines.)

Star Wars - the Force awakens - first teaser trailer plus extras

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
Erm, what to make of this seventh part of the nine-part epic? Seven of Nine? The Dark Side is a red crucifix? The Angel of 'light', isn't that Satan? Mommy, am confuze. DISNEY'S NEW "INTERNATIONAL TRAILER" HAS EVEN MORE STUFF in it. And Mark Hammill as the aged jedi. THIS GUY EXCITEMENT-NAILS IT but it sounds like he hasn't seen the International Trailer yet, or he'd be double- triple-gasming all over his editorial lap-dance. *SW7 TEASER CONCLUSION:* thirty years later, and the Empire never went away. Further intel: David Pena from the Film Junkee video (above) reckons th... more »

What Happens To Former Russian Spies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Anna Chapman. Wired *Ex-Spy Anna Chapman, From Russia Unloved -- Anna Nemtsova, Saily Beast* With scarlet lips and chemical red hair, the erstwhile agent is still making headlines in the West. She’s put out a film exalting the virtues of the Russian army (even the units in Ukraine). But her audience in the Motherland is negligible. MOSCOW—Every now and then I run into Anna Chapman at a nail salon called “Little Fingers” on Potapovsky Avenue in downtown Moscow. One would expect a red-haired, red-lipsticked celebrity-ex-spy, wearing expensive designer dresses that are tight enough t... more »

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