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Thomas Paine

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

Saturday, November 8, 2014

8 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

10:38pm MST

Ukraine Ceasefire Is Crumbling As Fighting Flares Throughtout The Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
*Ceasefire Is Crumbling As Fighting Flares In Ukraine -- Independent.ie* War 'is not over yet' says rebel chief after sniper and shell attacks "The war is not over yet," Igor Plotniskiy, the newly- elected head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic said in video statement televised and posted on the LPR website. The LPR wants "maximal integration with Russia," he said. Ukraine said yesterday its forces killed the rebels at Donetsk Airport in the biggest separatist loss since a September 5 truce. Russia sent tanks and military vehicles across the border into rebel areas,... more »

Can Bernie Sanders Do An End Run Around Anti-Democracy Conservatives-- With A New National Holiday On Election Day?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 37 minutes ago
Over the years there have been attempts to move election day to the weekends so that people who work for a living can actually vote without a lot of extra hassle. Louise Slaughter penned one last year. "Having Election Day on a Tuesday," she said at the time, "is an outdated requirement that simply does not comport with the schedules of modern Americans. Instituting weekend voting would make it easier and more convenient for Americans to exercise their right to vote, and would help reduce lines at the polls and increase voter turnout." Although many Republicans said they liked the... more »

U.S. Launch Air Strikes To Kill Islamic State Leaders. Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘Critically Wounded'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Warplanes Hit Convoy Near Mosul In Attempt To Kill ISIS Leaders -- CNN* CNN) -- U.S. warplanes attacked a convoy near Mosul in Iraq this weekend in an attempt to kill ISIS leaders, said a spokesman for U.S. Central Command. Col. Patrick Ryder, in a statement Saturday, said he could not confirm that top ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in the convoy. Ryder issued that information in response to news reports indicating the ISIS leader may have died or been injured. "I can confirm that coalition aircraft did conduct a series of airstrikes yesterday evening in Iraq against what w... more »

Ottawa Parliament Hill False Flag Shooting: Canada's False Flag Terror - Fingerprints Of US Involvement! (Imagine My Shock!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I had honestly by this point wanted to steer away from the ridiculous Ottawa false flag shooting of last month that was DEFINITELY a false flag operation that was set up from the get go…. The criminal Harper regime in Ottawa has long needed such a "terrorist" attack to take place somewhere in Canada just so it can get the Canadian people to "rally" behind their fraudulent war on 'ISIS', while at the same time get some draconian legislation passed that would inhibit the freedoms of the Canadian people…. The timing of that fraud "terrorist" attack could not have been more perfect for ... more »

Jesuitry and Masonry by Helena P. Blavatsky

News Spike - 1 hour ago
*CHAPTER 8* "Christian and Catholic sons may accuse their fathers of the crime of heresy . . . although they may know that their parents will be burnt with fire and put to death for it. . . . And not only may they refuse them food, *if they attempt to turn them from the Catholic faith, *BUT THEY MAY ALSO JUSTLY KILL THEM." *-- Jesuit Precept *(*F*. *S*TEPHEN *F*AGUNDEZ, in*Proecepta Decalogi. *Lugduni, 1640). "*Most Wise. -- *What hour is it? "*Respect. K. S. Warden. -- *It is the first hour of the day, the time when the veil of the temple was rent asunder, when darkness and const... more »

towards a cruelty-free face: switching to products not tested on animals

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
I've begun changing my personal care products to cruelty-free: natural products from companies that are better for the environment and don't test on animals. I'm not sure how far I'll be able to go, but I've begun the process. After a lifetime of using conventional products, I was moved to think more about this by a few different sources. When I worked in the children's library, I often saw a book about animal cruelty. It was not the one I wrote about here, about dogs, but a book in a series called "Tough Issue," similar to the kind of series I used to contribute to. This "tough i... more »

Why Very Few Real Dems Voted for Obama's NeoLib Dims (Such Large-Scale Public Theft With No Solid Policies To Pay Back Taxpayers) Jeb and George Bush:  Our Fracking Mentors/Investors

There is very little I (and almost everyone I know) despise more than being confronted constantly with the smug faces of the smarmy banksters like Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Bankfein and their warm friendship with President Obama (not even getting into the smug Bush dog faces involved in every type of taxpayer scam). Very few real Dems voted for the Dims that were running (and running in) this last

Tommy Magliozzi provides shocking evidence about the progress and happiness of mankind

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Tommy (with Ray on his right, at MIT, June 4, 1999) explains that once the boys finally got down to thinking about their commencement speech, they determined through close study of other commencement speeches that one thing they seemed to have in common was that they all had a beginning, a middle, and an end -- providing them with not just inspiration and a guideline but a challenge.* *by Ken* I was horrified to discover earlier today that the MIT video of their 1999 commencement which I had plunked atop my Tuesday remembrance of the latem great Tom Magliozzi -- either Click or C... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“This sharp Hubble Space Telescope view looks deep into NGC 6752. Some 13,000 light-years away toward the southern constellation Pavo, the globular star cluster roams the halo of our Milky Way galaxy. Over 10 billion years old, NGC 6752 holds over 100 thousand stars in a sphere about 100 light-years in diameter, but the Hubble image frame spans the central 10 or so light-years and resolves stars near the dense cluster core. *Click image for larger size.* In fact the frame includes some of the cluster's blue straggler stars, stars which appear to be too young and massive to exist in a... more »

Rumi, "The Trap Is Hidden..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The pleasures of this world are delightful from a distance before the actual test. From a distance they appear to be refreshing water, but when you approach them, you find they are a mirage. The world’s bait is visible, but the trap is hidden...” - Rumi, "Jewels of Remembrance," Mathnawi VI, 316-317; 321

Paulo Coelho, "The Law of Jante"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The Law of Jante" by Paulo Coelho "'The Law of Jante?' Of course I had never heard of this, so he explained what it was. I continued on my journey and discovered it is hard to find anyone in any of the Scandinavian countries who does not know this law. Although the law exists since the beginning of civilization, it was only officially declared in 1933 by writer Aksel Sandemose in the novel “A Refugee Goes Beyond Limits.” The sad truth is that the Law of Jante is a rule applied in every country in the world, despite the fact that Brazilians say that “this only happens here,” and t... more »

Free Download: Jiddu Krishnamurti, “The Book of Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." - Jiddu Krishnamurti Freely download “The Book of Life” by Jiddu Krishnamurti, here: - http://keychests.com/item.php?v=ucpoaaqjnwg

"The Eternal Silence Of Infinite Spaces..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The eternal silence of infinite spaces frightens me. Why now rather than then? Who has put me here? By whose order and direction have this place and time have been ascribed to me? We travel in a vast sphere, always drifting in the uncertain, pulled from one side to another. Whenever we find a fixed point to attach and to fasten ourselves, it shifts and leaves us; and if we follow it, it eludes our grasp, slips past us, and vanishes for ever. Nothing stays for us. This is our natural condition, most contrary to our inclination; we burn with desires to find solid ground and an ultima... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Calcutta, West Bengal, India. Thanks for stopping by.

"Shedding Light on Ourselves: Parts that Don’t Want to Heal"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Shedding Light on Ourselves: **Parts that Don’t Want to Heal"* by The DailyOm "When we choose that which is not best for us, there can be a deep seated part of us that does not want to heal. In almost every case, we know what is best for us in our lives, from the relationships we create to the food we eat. Still, somewhat mysteriously, it is often difficult to make the right choices for ourselves. We find ourselves hanging out with someone who leaves us feeling drained or choosing to eat fast food over a salad. We go through phases where we stop doing yoga or taking vitamins, even... more »

William Shakespeare, "The Excellent Foppery..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars: as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!" - William Shakespeare, “King Lear”

The Poet: Robert Bly, "Things to Think"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Things to Think"* "Think in ways you've never thought before. If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message Larger than anything you've ever heard, Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats. Think that someone may bring a bear to your door, Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose Has risen out of the lake, and he's carrying on his antlers A child of your own whom you've never seen. When someone knocks on the door, Think that he's about To give you something large: tell you you're forgiven, Or that it's not necessary to work all the time, Or that it's been decided that if ... more »

Turn up the volume

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
sure this is the eay way but if you want meaingful change it has to happen with soft sounds of inclusion amd most importanlty a realistic plan we can not change the world overnight but please please give us a fortnight

Chinese Domestic Natural Gas Fracking Boom, Direct From Ground To Pipeline(One by One British Columbia Is Losing LNG Customers)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
- *China's shale gas ramp-up may surprise the skeptics. Beijing wants drillers to grow output from a standing start to a third of current U.S. levels – around 270 billion cubic meters (bcm) annually – by 2020. That’s a stretch. But on plausible assumptions, the People's Republic could get there within a decade. New discoveries and further joint ventures with the likes of Texas-based FTS International would help.* *The development of vast domestic shale resources has taken on fresh urgency as China attempts to shift power generation away from smog-producing coal towards cleaner-burn... more »

Sit rap

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
Sitrap is my friend it can gather anywhere but most of all it keeps me from jail with all my ex friends. Yes be aware and the bad men will not put you in jail for just being rare.

Post Malthus Interigation

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
How desensitised am I that I could care less about the little ice worms squirming about and sometimes a goal from a shit tell me why these creatures should be something upon which I will place concern or even better attention The world as I know it has blown up and its not just me Its not just age no its fundamentally different and now for me Nihilism is the key Build your skyscrapers in the sky sell the aerial rights to the Chinese make me live like an extra from Bladerunner fire me if I sneeze. To what all end to you push this stuff this revolution of uneasy well if you want ... more »

Failure to launch

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
FaILURE to launch failure to launch failure to make the launch failure to find a place to hide when the launch blew up failire to lanch as a face identified failure to launch in a universere filled with stars never seeing the pull of the great dipper.

Alan Moore - My Mate Steve Moore (no relation)

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
Alan Moore - My mate Steve Moore (no relation) and Endymion from Breaking Convention on Vimeo. October Gallery, London, 26th October 2010. Comic book legend (usually writer, but is fast becoming superhero in his own right), psychogeographer, novelist, yarn spinner, Olympic standard imaginator (ok so that’s not a real word) and “one of the world's most inept LSD dealers” (according to Wickedpedia, so can’t be true) – came along to the gallery to perorate profoundly about something spectacular. This lecture was part of a series held at the October Gallery on the last Tuesday of eac... more »

Out of the Sauge machine we got Lou Reed

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
Makes one believe in fate on a Sunday Morning.

Where do you want to diredt your rage?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
We got an app for that renders it into a managelble joke. Call me parionid I think the man runs all the protest web sites to cool us down. FUCK YOU MAN. I will never forgive him,

For the truth its a payed more,

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
Yeah baby thats the truth!

Red Box - Lean On Me

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
I can't remember the last time I heard a song I had completely forgotten. But it happened to me yesterday just as my wig was getting cut. I loved this song when it came out. Loved it so much that it disappeared down the memory hole for 29 years. Here it is in case it slips my mind again ...

Why Is Pakistan Such A Mess? - Ahmed Rashid

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
Afghanistan and Pakistan seem to be miles apart in their cultural and political development. *Afghanistan's new first lady is a Christian Lebanese-American* who is out front about her support for women's rights, birth control, internally displaced refugees, and other progressive issues, while in Pakistan two Christians were recently *burned to death by an extremist Muslim mob*. From a cultural standpoint, the two countries are going in opposite directions. Afghanistan is becoming more and more tolerant, *as it was in the past*, before the ignorant Saudi, American, and Pakistani gove... more »

Delusions of Grandeur

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 6 hours ago
November 8, 2014 The Republicans took control of both houses of Congress here in the US midterm elections this last week – to Republican cries of joy and Democratic moans of despair across the country. President Obama ordered 1500 more … Continue reading →

Steve Leads

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Yes, yes I do we need some king of burgermisters to keep us intact but over thousands of years the capaitalist system has been fantastically intact no one is going to attack a hot dog stand that has absored four hundred year an todays gmo and some how remaind intact If this was an action movie the dead would be resurected with a soy adiditive My people and they are few and right to have that opinion for we now live in a world where even the biggest scientifict exeri,mpte would be branded untrue. So as we hop between the campfires realisezint the uS MIitary was more windshield that in any e... more »

Traitors, enemy agents raise millions for foreign terrorist army occupying Palestine

John Friend at The Realist Report - 7 hours ago
A group of some of the wealthiest and most influential people in America, consisting of both traitorous American citizens and hostile, subversive agents and partisans of the Jewish state of Israel, recently raised millions of dollars for the terrorist army of the Zionist regime occupying Palestine. At a gala in Los Angeles, California, over $30 million was raised for the Israel Defense Forces, a foreign military organization widely known to engage in and commit acts of false flag terrorism, indiscriminate bombing of civilian and civil infrastructure, torture, and other barbaric, hor... more »

Observations from the Future

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *Here's an interesting and quite humurous take of how today might be viewed from the future. The post Observations from the Future appeared first on Waking Times.

Guest Post By Michael Bart-- An Immutable Law Of Physics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Michael is one of my oldest friends. He and I went to college together, spent time in Amsterdam, Finland and San Francisco and, in recent years, have been sharing vacation rentals in places from Bali to Tuscany. He shared some ideas this morning about the midterm elections, from the perspective of someone who isn't as all-consumed by politics as the regular **DWT** team.* *Moment of (Political) Inertiaby Michael Bart* The 2014 midterm election results are in, and America has become even more unbalanced than it’d been Monday. It reminds me of an essay I began a year ago after not... more »

Before the Six-Day War - by Alexandre Solzhenitsyn

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*"Elie Wiesel is such a ridiculous character. In private Elie Wiesel is the subject of much ridicule. The expression “There’s no business like Shoah-business” is literally coined for him. So it’s not as if I’m the first one to call the emperor naked, but in public — yes.* *He’s turned it into a business, where he casts himself as a person who’s doing all this from anguish and pain and personal sacrifice, while he has made a fortune out of it."* *Norman Finkelstein* *"Sir Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer, and a leading historian of the modern world.* *In 1... more »

Pay no attention to the liar in the cupboard

Dave at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
Nothing demonstrates cowardice in a politician as much as attempting to sneak things, which should be completely public, past the citizenry in a clandestine fashion intended to hide the truth. Boris laid the groundwork here. Why is the coward bearing the title "prime minister" so hell-bent on sole-sourcing the F-35? BECAUSE HE'S MADE A DEAL HE HASN'T TOLD YOU ABOUT. He's hiding something - he


Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
Aviation Week is reporting that it has evidence showing Canada has asked for a switcheroo with four formerly US-bound production F-35s so that Canada would receive these airframes next year. Four isn't anywhere near the total figure of 65 that was in play before the Conservatives were embarrassed into rebooting the fighter procurement process so that it was in line with Canadian legal

Did The Man bury Zero Theorem?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Without any further explanation I would say yes. Zero Theorem alone sounds communist. In reality its a film by Monty Python dynamo Terry Gilliam. He has made masterpieces like Time Bandits and Twelve Monkeys. Zero Theorem is his latest attempt to explain to the people that when it comes right down to it, no matter who you are your fucked. The only true happiness exists in evolution, if you can not grab the sun like a beachball and control the sunset, your doomed to a life of mediocrity and death. Terry Gilliam like me believes all religions no matter what great case they give for... more »

Cartoonified War Propaganda

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 7 hours ago
The heck with those quietly murderous Navy Seals getting all the glory, when it's the demented *Marine Penguins* who have the real guts in the gruesome national spectacle that we call Perpetual War. In the simpering guise of a Veterans Day public service announcement, first lady Michelle Obama has bared her toned arms to arm an adorably psychopathic quartet of Hollywood penguins with her official White House (top secret, just like CIA torture) marching orders: *Get out there* and stealthily gin up the patriotism and pity for the returning troops! According to the slickly produced re... more »

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-_2G7MMgc

Nov. 8, maybe 9

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
For a start, take a look at Al Jazeera. It's easily available on the web, has a very wide range of news, a very wide range of opinions, and in all categories is far superior to Canadian Press and Associated Press, and all the others in our daily diet. It's worth regular reading. And if you are suspicious because it's an ay-rab paper, and so can't possibly have the great minds like the Irving press does, note that its reporters and commentators are from all over the world - including Canada. _______________________________________________________________________ And, as we approach Re... more »

If the Man With No Name was a woman...

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 8 hours ago
I’m fascinated by my new boss, the *presidenta* of Femuprocan. She’s a hard-core *campesina* and *colectivista,*of an era that would have known the revolutionary years of Nicaragua’s Sandinista movement. Whenever I see her, she’s standing off to one side of the group, cigarette in hand, observing the scene with an impenetrable gaze. Cue the theme song from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” She intimidated me when I met her on my first day of work this past Monday, me in my summer dress and sandals with my hair up, her in what I now think of her uniform: jeans; long-sl... more »

The Costs of Irredentism

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
In For Kin or Country, the basic idea is to explain a set of policies that is always expensive. When one tries to take the territory of another country, there tends to be a response. While folks dismissed Obama’s line about Putin’s moves having a cost, it turns out that he was right. These costs Continue reading

"The Trouble Is..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Chet Raymo, “Mr. Fix-It: The Handyman’s Way of Living (and Dying), Chapter 21”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Mr. Fix-It: The Handyman’s Way of Living (and Dying), Chapter 21”* by Chet Raymo “I have now lived fourteen years longer than my father, and well past the age when his own father died. A century ago, the average male lifetime in the United States was 45 years. Today it’s in the late-70s—and rising. Never before in history have so many of us had the expectation of a ripe old age. The average lifetime won’t rise forever, of course, at least not without some genetic jiggering. There are biological clocks ticking in every cell of our bodies. Our cells are fated one-by-one to die, each... more »

Yemen Updates ( November 8-9 , 2014 ) Lead item - Houthis reject new Yemen Cabinet , demand reshuffle ....... various items of note on fluid situation in Yemen.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
Tweets...... *Al Arabiya English* ‏@AlArabiya_Eng 5m5 minutes ago Houthis reject new Yemen cabinet, demand reshuffle http://ara.tv/2vkr5 Al Arabiya English [image: View this content on Al Arabiya English's website] U.N. sanctions Yemen's Saleh, two rebel leaders By Al Arabiya English @AlArabiya_Eng Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and two senior Houthi rebels were blacklisted on Friday View on web The Intercept and 11 others follow *Stratfor* ‏@Stratfor 10m10 minutes ago The General People's Congress dismissed *Yemen*'s pres from party leadership Nov 8, the party said, @... more »

The World's First Digital Trigger For Firearms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Wave Of The Future: A Digital-Electronic Trigger -- Guns.com* Creative Digital in collaboration with Michael’s Machines developed an electro-mechanical firearm trigger that can control the rate of fire for a semi-auto and automatic weapon. The system is controlled through the use of a solenoid directed by a computer processors, explained Mike Otte, of Michael’s Machines. The computer processor connects to multiple sensors to instruct the solenoid on a rate of fire or to disengage automatic fire if needed. Read more .... *Update:* Get Ready for Electro-Mechanical Triggers -- Wash... more »

Gold / Silver and PM November 8 , 2014 report - Tweets linking to Ed Steer's Saturday report ( excellent ) , great commentaries from Jesse's Americain Cafe ) and fantastic GATA items of note !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 10 hours ago
Tweets...... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 7s8 seconds ago @EdSteerGSD:JPMorgan et al painted key reversals to the upside in all of them http://www.caseyresearch.com/gsd/edition/gr eenspan-gold-is-currency.-no-fiat-currency-including-the-dollar-can-match-it/ … *Sufiy* ‏@Sufiy 3h3 hours ago *Jesse*'*s* *Café* *Américain*: Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Short Squeez... http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2014/11/gold-d aily-and-silver-weekly-charts_7.html?spref=tw … *Sufiy* ‏@Sufiy 3h3 hours ago *Jesse*'*s* *Café* *Américain*: A Tale of Two Markets: Gold Market... more »

Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums with This Simple Ayurvedic Technique

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *Two respected doctors discuss why oil pulling is so beneficial to the teeth and gums, as well as throat and sinuses. The post Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums with This Simple Ayurvedic Technique appeared first on Waking Times.

China Prepares For President Obama's Visit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
China's president, Xi Jinping, and Barack Obama are due to meet again at in Beijing this month *To China, Shift In Obama’s Political Fortunes Eclipses U.S. Economic Gains -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — The last time President Obama went to China, five years ago, he was a political supernova from a nation with a depleted, debt-ridden economy. When he returns to Beijing on Monday, he will be a political casualty from a country with a resurgent economy. White House officials hope the later distinction will outweigh the earlier one when Mr. Obama meets with President Xi Jinping befo... more »

A joke

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Overhead on BBC Radio Localshire: As the organiser for my local BBC radio Bonfire Night display, I've been asked to make sure to include the Muslim community. I'm pretty sure they will enjoy the explosions anyway but, just to make sure, we are building the bonfire in the shape of a mosque.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
A few factoids from this morning's *Today, *courtesy of the chief constable of Essex Police, Stephen Kavanagh: - 30 billion pieces of content are placed onto the internet each month - In one minute over 100 hours of video footage are placed online - In one minute a third of a million tweets are sent out into the world Just thought I'd share those with you and make it 30 billion pieces of content +1 this hour. No video and no tweets though, alas.

A New Phase In The Republican Party's Koch-Funded War Against Science

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Passing of the flame: Broun to Buck Boehner and Cantor had a good laugh when they stocked the House Science Committee with a pack of wild anti-science yahoos like Paul "straight from the pit of hell" Broun (R-GA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Randy Weber (R-TX), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), et al. Right after the Republicans rolled up big victories in both houses of Congress. Frank Bruni opined in the *NY Times*, that science was in for an even rougher time for the next couple of years. Climate change may be... more »

Why The Emergence Of The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Is A Threat To The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Putin Signs Secret Pact To Crush NATO -- Zero Hedge* *Submitted by Marin Katusa via Casey Research,* Back on September 11 and 12, there was a summit meeting in a city that involved an organization that most Americans have never heard of. Mainstream media coverage was all but nonexistent. The place was Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, a country few Westerners could correctly place on a map. But you can bet your last ruble that Vladimir Putin knows exactly where Tajikistan is. Because the group that met there is the Russian president’s baby. It’s the Shanghai Cooperation Organ... more »

Poking the Trillium: CPC Grant Rescinded!

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
Last week DJ! reported on public funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) being given to a religious anti-abortion group, specifically the Lambton Crisis Pregnancy Centre. I also wrote to OTF and tweaked them on Twitter. And got this quick response. @fernhilldammit Thanks for this. As a public funder, we don't condone discriminatory practices. Getting info. We'll get back to you tmw. — Ontario Trillium Fdn (@ONTrillium) October 30, 2014 A further response on Twitter directed me to OTF's website where one can download a PDF called Policy Suite, dated October 30, 2014 (!). I... more »

A valiant whistle blower exposes banksters' criminality, resulting in what might have seemed to be a very large fine. However, a significant part of the fine was legally deducted from corporate taxes ...and NO PERP WENT TO JAIL. Indeed, for his part in the crimes, Jamie Dimon was later awarded a 74% increase in salary! N.B. You may like to watch the interviews with Alayne Fleischmann and Matt Taibbi on Democracy Now (link below).

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/7/matt_taibbi_and_bank_whistleblower_on ------------------------------ The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare Chase whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann risked it all. Photo: Andrew Querner Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking *By Matt Taibbi *| November 6, 2014 She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it ... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
My article on government corruption denying aid to Iraq’s displaced was republished in Al Mada and Sotaliraq. My interview with ex-Sahwa leader Abu Abed was reprinted in Business Insider, along with my piece on the Islamic State's executions of members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar. I was cited in "Iraq's Existential Crisis: Sectarianism Is Just Part Of the Problem" by Maha Yahya for Carnegie's Middle East Center, and in "iraq's tribes not united on extremists" by Mustafa Habib in Niqash.

It's Saturday, my tabs are full...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*and I have to go to work later so I'm just going to throw it all out there. * Here's what caught my eye this week: This was the best put together article on the recent decision on same-sex "marriage" from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. It's longish by blog standards, but I think it is important to read so as to give you proper ammunition for discussions with those who think Bob and Burt should be able to get married because, after all, they love each other. You're not going to get far by quoting the Bible. *Fed Appeals Court: No Constitutional Right to Same-S... more »

Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev Warns That The World Is 'On The Brink Of A New Cold War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The West should lift its economic sanctions against Russia and consider the remarks that Russian President Vladimir Putin made at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said Saturday. © RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov *Mikhail Gorbachev Warns Of ‘New Cold War’ Over Ukraine -- The Guardian* Former Soviet Union leader says tensions between US and Russia should be kept under control Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new cold war. The former leader of the Soviet... more »

New Earth Media PRESS RELEASE: War Crimes Drama in Washington, DC Courtroom

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
REPOSTED FROM: http://www.newearth.media/press-release-war-crimes-drama-in-washington-dc-courtroom/ *PRESS RELEASE: War Crimes Drama in Washington, DC Courtroom* By Santi 7 November 2014 *Rod Class DC Gun Case Exposes the War Powers Act of 1917* Sacha Stone, London, England, founder of New Earth Nation, interviewed Rod Class about his DC Court Case three days before he was arrested in a bizarre series of circumstances October 28, 2014. This case has shined a focused spotlite on the level of Corruption going on in the Courtrooms of America. The Rod Class DC Gun Case, 1:13-cr-0... more »

A balanced world map: more than cute arts?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Frank Jacobs blogging for Big Think posted (and Sean Carroll reposted) a fascinating distorted map of the world drawn by Gaicomo Faiella: What's so fascinating about it, Carroll asks? If you want to think yourself, please don't open the rest of this blog post, and/or don't read anything beneath the ads. In fact, I can tell you that the map contains infinitely many coincidences or fine-tunings relatively to a generic set of continents you could draw according to the same template. Don't you still know what is special? Try to think harder and really don't read anything below the ... more »

The One Network welcomes MIP Peru !!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
I am looking forward to listening and watching Dave's new radio show on the One Network!! http://xi4.com/2014/11/08/mip-peru-merge-one-network-new-radio-tv-show/ MIP Peru. Merge with The One Network. This is the New Radio TV show. *MISSION I”M POSSIBLE ANNOUNCE A NEW RADIO TV SHOW .* [image: MIP Peru on The One Network First Show to be Saturday 15th November 2014 at 4PM Peru or 5 PM EST and weekly Following.] Click on the link to go to MIP Peru on The One Network, First Show to be Saturday 15th November 2014 at 4PM Peru or 5 PM EST and weekly Following at that same time . *MIP PERU w... more »

Google Wants to Store Your Genome

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
Further to thumbprints...... *thud* Google glasses that can record your every move, and now they wanna track your genomes? ..... I would read the fine print very carefully. I suspect you'll find some interesting things in their "Terms and Conditions"..... ... Just sayin' http://www.technologyreview.com/news/532266/google-wants-to-store-your-genome/ Google Wants to Store Your Genome For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud. - By Antonio Regalado on November 6, 2014 Why It MattersGenome data on millions of people would lead to new medical disc... more »

Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
THIS is the main stream media giving the world transparency.... or at least, a piece of transparency that many people haven't SEEN or understood. Matt Taibbi has been covering a certain angles of the financial collapse for a while, and though his information is incomplete, it gives an excellent starting point for those who are looking for answers as to "why", and explains some of the background that the regular new networks have been glossing over. The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-9-billion-wi... more »

U.S. And Russia Talk Ukraine, Syria, And Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Nicholas Kamm/Reuters) *U.S. And Russia Talk Ukraine, Iran -- Washington Post* BEIJING – Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that the United States and Russia will keep talking about the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, though he made clear that Washington does not accept Moscow’s denial of involvement arming pro-Russian rebels. “Suffice it to say that we do have some disagreements about some of the facts on the ground with respect to Ukraine,” Kerry said following a meeting with... more »

RTs, #Tags not endorsements

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
A whole week has gone by without us doing a post about Jon Donnison. (Yes, I know. Can it really be that long?) His misdeeds on Twitter are fast approaching a scandal but that doesn't seem to stop the Sydney-based BBC correspondent from pouring out a daily diet of tweets and re-tweets about Israel and the Palestinians. Nearly all of the ones about Israel are from an unsympathetic perspective. I can't recall a single one that's unambiguously positive about Israel. *If* he could just bring himself to tweet or re-tweet good news about Israel as well as bad things it wouldn't be quite... more »

ISIS Deserter: Syrian Jihadists Spend As Much Time Killing Each Other As They Do The Enemy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Almouthanna said ISIS regularly executed innocent women and children following a battle, file picture *ISIS Deserter Reveals How Syrian Jihadists Spend As Much Time Killing Each Other As They Do The Enemy… And A British Recruit Stood Out As He Joked About Cutting Off Heads From His First Day -- Daily Mail * * Abu Almouthanna joined ISIS as they had better weapons and paid cash * At a terror training camp he met a Briton who laughed about beheading * After 14 months of fighting for ISIS he fled as they kept murdering civilians * He said ISIS also kept fighting other Jihadis and not ... more »

Riding through the 2014 election sign madness

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
Well! After weeks of not riding and nursing painful hip flexor back to a modicum of health, I decided to test it by riding the easy 120 km flat route to the Chiayi HSR with Merican Teacher. This route goes through Changhua City, Xihu, Pitou, Xiluo, Huwei, Tuku, and Xingang, a tour of flyover country. Along the way I snapped about a thousand photos of the latest election posters. Now that numbers have been assigned to the candidates, signs have exploded across the landscape. Click on READ MORE to see more (image intensive)... All along the route candidates were holding meetings and... more »

Russia Focus ( November 8 - 9 , 2014 ) Ukraine situation / state of play updates ( gas wars on hold until March 2015 and Europe gets its gas for the Winter ) , Russia makes moves with China and to withstand sanctions regime.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Zero Hedge..... Russia Nears Completion Of Second "Holy Grail" Gas Deal With China [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/07/2014 18:29 -0500 - BRICs - Central Banks - China - Crude - Crude Oil - Germany - Japan - Natural Gas - Reserve Currency - SWIFT - Ukraine inShare20 Six months ago, something few had expected would take place in 2014, or even in the coming years, happened: under Western pressure and out of a desire to diversify away from an increasingly hostile European market, Russia signed the so-ca... more »

Iran's Nuclear Stockpile Is Growing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Raheb Homavandi *Iran's Uranium Stockpile Grows Before Deadline For Nuclear Deal -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas has grown by 8 percent to nearly 8.4 tonnes in about two months, U.N. atomic inspectors say, an amount world powers probably will want to see cut under any nuclear deal with Tehran. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a confidential report on Iran to IAEA member states on Friday, less than three weeks be... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: No Link Between Iran Talks, Other Middle East Issues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he speaks to the media during a news conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing November 8, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee *Kerry Says No Link Between Iran Talks, Other Middle East Issues -- Reuters* (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that there was no link between talks on Iran's nuclear program and other issues in the Middle East. The United States has already rejected a proposal floated by Iranian official... more »

The Daily Mail

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
"Oh...my...God...the Daily Mail!" Are they wrong though? For their part, the BBC and Left-wing media continue to discount facts about migration they consider inconvenient. The Corporation ignored a powerful article by former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett in the Mail defending Mr Fallon, in which he said those who claim a large influx of migrants does not create problems are living in a ‘fantasy land’. Then, on Wednesday, the BBC gave blanket coverage to a deeply questionable report by University College London that claimed EU workers had contributed £20billion to the publ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( November 8 -9 , 2014 ) - Nusra aggression against " moderates in Syria continues .... US gearing up to send troops to Anbar as " advisers " .... Is the US negotiating with Iran on ISIS as well as nuclear talks ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Anti War..... Nusra Front Seizes More Villages From Moderate Syria RebelsPro-US Rebels Abandon Villages in Face of Offensive by Jason Ditz, November 07, 2014 Print This | Share This The US attacks on Syrian al-Qaeda faction Jabhat al-Nusra distanced them from their former allies in the Syrian moderate rebellion, and those rebels are now paying the price in lost territory, as Nusra treats them as US proxies for the sake of retaliation. Nusra forces seized four villages in Idlib Province today, allbelonging to pro-US moderate factions, and also seized the town of Minnig in Aleppo Prov... more »

Can Anyone Really Be Surprised That Cuomo's Man Jeffrey Klein Sold Out The New York Senate Democrats... Again?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Andrew Cuomo, Jeffrey Klein-- same, same Blue America didn't get involved with all that many state legislative races this cycle. But one we did work on was in the Bronx, for a reformer and former New York Attorney General, Oliver Koppell, who ran against an extremely corrupt fake Democrat from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, state Senator Jeffrey Klein. The New York State Senate had been under Republican control for decades until 2008, when a majority of Democrats were elected. However, because small factions of conservative state senators elected as Democrats have split... more »

Open Thread

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
Mrs. JP and I are running off now to attend a book sale so this may be it for today. Be good, play nice and opine on whatever you wish.

Cowardly harper's Kinks

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Is it possible that harper was so emotionally moved by his ordeal of hiding in the closet during the stand-off on Parliament Hill that he introduced cowering in the closet into the BDSM role-playing at 10 Sussex Drive? But then he got too much into the mindset he was in during the stand-off that he evacuated his bowels and made a horrible mess thus bringing an end to this new scenario? I'm just asking here.

British Police Foil Islamist Terror Plot To Kill Queen Elizabeth

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth walks past soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, during the Ceremony Of The Keys at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Reuters) *British Police Foil Islamic Terror Suspects' Alleged Plot To Kill Queen Of England: report -- New York Daily News* Four Islamic terror suspects had allegedly hatched a murderous plan to stab the 88-year-old Queen Elizabeth, according to The Sun. An alleged plot to kill the Queen of England was foiled by British police, it was reported Friday. Four Islamic terror suspects had hatched a murderous plan to stab the 88... more »

Becoming Our Burden

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/ As EKOS reports that the Harperites are making political hay from the fear of terrorism, Paul Adams argues that there is a good case to be made for doing almost nothing about it: It’s never going to be easy to catch lone-wolf terrorists before they strike. None of what the government is suggesting now seems likely to change that. And the expanded police and intelligence state we erected after September 11 already seems capable of catching and convicting the mostly low-grade terrorist conspiracies springing ... more »

Fellow U.S. Navy SEALs Are Calling Rob O'Neill A LIAR After Claiming He Is The One Who Killed Osama Bin Laden

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Photo: *Ready for combat: Rob O'Neill on duty. He spent 16 years in the Navy after gorwing up in Butte, Montana, and rose to become one of the most-decorated SEALs ever, with 400 combat operations under his belt *EXCLUSIVE - SEALS AT WAR: Fellow Warriors Brand Rob O'Neill A LIAR After He Claims He Was The Shooter Who Fired Three Bullets Into Bin Laden's Head -- Daily Mail* * MailOnline revealed that O'Neill is 'The Shooter' and the man who will be interviewed next week publicly discussing the death of bin Laden * His account says that he rushed into bin Laden's room and shot him i... more »

Kate Adie throws fireworks at Israel

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Before listening to reports about Israel on *From Our Own Correspondent *I will admit to sometimes experiencing a tightening feeling in my stomach. I had that feeling this morning on hearing that today's *FOOC *was leading with a piece prompted by the recent troubles in Jerusalem. I expected the worst and got it from Kate Adie's introduction: These have been days of mounting tension in Jerusalem, most of it connected with the Temple Mount or Haram esh-Sharif, a site sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians alike. Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel earlier in the week after po... more »

The Meaning of Namaste: Many Translations, One Universal Intention

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Stephanie Lucas* - The literal translation of this greeting varies with each language; however, they are all pretty much saying the same thing... The post The Meaning of Namaste: Many Translations, One Universal Intention appeared first on Waking Times.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Could ADHD be triggered by mothers being exposed to air pollution while pregnant? * *It is saddening that I have to say so but the study described below is typical epidemiological crap. They concluded what they wanted to conclude and damn the data. The focus of the study was Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the atmosphere and in food. So what did the results show? "Maternal and cord adducts were not significantly correlated with prenatally air monitored PAH, ETS, or dietary PAH." In other words those villainous PAHs had no effects that could be detected in the blood ... more »

Argentina: Incidentes en la Costa Atlántica

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*INCIDENTES EN LA COSTA ATLANTICAOBSERVACIONES OVNI EN NECOCHEA y QUEQUEN* *- FILMACION DE UN OVNI EN NECOCHEA- LANCHAS PESQUERAS PROTAGONIZAN FENOMENO LUMINICO EN EL MAR- TESTIMONIOS DESDE LA COSTA- INCIDENTES DE SIMILARES CARACTERISTICAS EN LA MISMA ZONA* *Investigación: GUILLERMO DANIEL GIMENEZE-Mail: gdgneco@yahoo.com* *EVIDENCIA FILMICA DEL FENOMENONECOCHEA - ENERO DE 2000* La ciudad de Necochea, en la costa atlántica argentina presentaba el pasado mes de enero sus hoteles en su gran mayoría colmados todos por la asistencia de miles de turistas que acuden a és... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Student Suspended for Slicing Apple During Healthy Snacks Presentation* Da'von Shaw, a Bedford, Ohio high school student, brought apples and raisins to school for a "healthy eating" presentation he was giving to his speech class. He took out a knife to slice an apple, and I'm sure you can all guess what happened next: “When I took out the knife the teacher then told me that I couldn't use it, so I didn't hesitate I just gave it to her,” said Da'von. He continued with his other classes, but late in the day was suspended for five days. The suspension letter charged him with having ... more »

Aisha North: A short update on the energies, November 5, 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
A short update on the energies November 5, 2014 by Aisha North By now, many of you have already become quite adept at floating in these very new waters, and with this proficiency also comes a confidence that will help not just you, but so many in your vicinity as well. Let us explain. *For you are the forerunners in every sense of the word, and now, as you have dared to go where no man has gone before you, you have entered virgin territory with the totality of your being, and as such, you have also made that old well of ancient knowledge available to all those who dare to go and ... more »

Memphis Students and Parents Demand Green Dot Stay Out of Their School

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
The Great School Awakening continues in Memphis, where parents, students, and teachers of Raleigh-Egypt High School rallied Friday to demand that the corporate predators from Green Dot Schools stay clear of school property and the property of other local schools on the ASD hit list for next year. A clip: As 20 students held signs telling the charter school assigned to take over Raleigh-Egypt High to “Go Home!!” and “Go Away,” community leaders staged a press conference to push for an alternative: iZone school status. iZone schools — short for Innovation Zone — are turnaround school... more »

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Chase whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann risked it all. Photo credit: Andrew Querner http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-9-billion-witness-20141106 The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare *Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking* BY MATT TAIBBI | NOVEMBER 6, 2014 She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn’t take it anymore. “It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street,” she says. “I t... more »

Anti-missile system for airliners passes testing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
An autonomous system that protects aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles is to be installed on Israeli civilian aircraft. The system from Elbit Systems Electro-Optic is called Flight Guard and uses thermal imaging and laser-fiber technology, which creates high-intensity laser beams, according to an announcement by the Israeli Air Force and Elbit Systems. "Flight Guard is installed on the lower part of the aircraft and contains four sensors that enable detection, identification, tracking and, ultimately, disruption of the flight path of a missile fired in the direction of the fligh... more »

Chinese air force to train with Thai pilots

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: JAS-39 Gripen]The Thai and Chinese air forces will hold their first joint training session for pilots later this month, paving the way for a full military exercise between the forces in future. Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Thursday the two sides have been working on the plan for some time. The proposal was finally approved by Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan during Gen Prawit's visit to China at the end of last month. China will send four pilots to be trained in Thailand, while Thailand will send four pilots to be trained in China. They will use each other'... more »

Wisdom after the event

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
There's a surprising amount of agreement among people on both the Right and the Left that George Osborne is attempting to pull a confidence trick over the EU's £1.7bn demand: *Dan Hannan, Conservativ*e: "The EU sticks us with a bill. Ministers double it, apply the rebate, return to the original figure and claim victory. We're meant to cheer?" *Nigel Farage, UKIP*: "Osborne trying to spin his way out of disaster. UK still paying full £1.7bn, his credibility is about to nose dive". *Ed Balls, Labour*: "By counting the rebate Britain was due anyway, they are desperately trying to cl... more »

Lux Leaks in Canada

Alison at Creekside - 18 hours ago
I thought we'd have a look at a few of the 35 Canadian corps mentioned by the *International Consortium of Investigative Journalists* in their Luxembourg foreign tax fiddling leaks but first ... On Monday, Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay proclaimed in the House: "One of our government's key areas of concern is the issue of international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance." By Wednesday, courtesy of CBC, NDP Megan Leslie shot back : "An international investigation has revealed a Canadian crown corporation uses phony Luxembourg shell companies to avoid paying... more »

October Surprise 2016 : The New Face(s) of The Enemy

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
The New Face(s) of The Enemy : Tarpley Reveals Prospective Ruling Class Manchurian Candidates for 2016 from Spike EP on Vimeo. *Wall Street's Manchurian Candidates Then and Now and the Franklin Cover-Up * *Jimmy Carter / Reubin Askew*, 1976; *Barack Obama / Deval Patrick*, 2008 *Ben Sasse / Tom Cotton,* 2016 ? Or *Mia Love*...? *"Beware Outsider Non-Politicians with Elitist Resumes"* http://tarpley.net/wall-street-manchurian-candidates-beware-outsider-non-politicians-with-elitist-resumes/ *That's What He Said**Barack Obama Sounds Just Like Deval Patrick.* *Is That Good ... more »

Shell Game : The History of the Peak Oil Scam in Graphs

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*The price data graphed above are in nominal terms, meaning they are in "dollars-of-the-day" and have not been adjusted for inflation. * 1.OPEC begins to assert power; raises tax rate & posted prices 2.OPEC begins nationalization process; raises prices in response to falling US dollar. 3.Negotiations for gradual transfer of ownership of western assets in OPEC countries 4.Oil embargo begins (October 19-20, 1973) 5.OPEC freezes posted prices; US begins mandatory oil allocation 6.Oil embargo ends (March 18, 1974) 7.Saudis increase tax rates and royalties 8.US crude oil entit... more »

Ebola Updates - November 8 , 2014 ( great daily note from Ebola Deeply - 11/7/14 ) - Focus on Africa and vaccines , US fears abating ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Tweets.... *pdjmoo* ‏@pdjmoo 3m3 minutes ago *Ebola* surging in Sierra Leone amid lack of treatment centers: U.N http:// ow.ly/DZWoM RT @Reuters #*EBOLA* #Africa #SierraLeone Reuters Top News [image: View this content on Reuters Top News's website] Ebola surging in Sierra Leone amid lack of treatment centers: U.N The number of Ebola cases is surging in Sierra Leone due to a lack of treatment centers, the United Nations said, while scarcity of food may also be forcing some people to leave quarantined areas, View on web *Stefano Zannini* ‏@StefZannini 2h2 hours ago #*Ebola* Figu... more »

Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
Featured Image American Spirit / Shutterstock.com http://brownpelicanla.com/issue/brown-pelican-la/article/lifesitenews-a-mass-sterilization-exercise-kenyan-doctors-find-anti-fertility-agent-in-un-tetanus-vaccine1 *LifeSiteNews: ‘A Mass Sterilization Exercise’: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine* Fri, Nov 07, 2014 By Steve Weatherbe, LifeSiteNews, Nov 6, 2014 *...Kenya Catholic Doctors Association stated, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control ... more »

US Air Force awards Raytheon contract for Griffin missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: ВGM-176B Griffin B]Raytheon Company has been awarded a not to exceed $85.5 million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for Griffin missiles and support. The first increment of the contract was funded at $32.5 million and orders are expected for missiles and engineering services over the life of the contract. Raytheon will deliver Griffin A and B Block II/III missiles as well as test and support equipment under firm-fixed-price contract line item number along with engineering support under a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line item number. Work will be per... more »

Republican Victory And John McCain Is Good News For The A-10 Thunderbolt, Bad News For The F-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: A-10 Thunderbolt II]One of the consequences of the Republican win in this week's midterm elections is that the A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, a warplane that had been on the chopping block due to budget cuts but is popular with U.S. troops, will probably survive for a few more years. That's because the plane has powerful friends among the Senate's new Republican majority. But that creates a battle for resources with the Air Force's newest, and most expensive project, the Lockheed Martin F-35. Read more

Indonesia mulls replacing F-5 fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-5 Tiger II]The Indonesian military is now weighing advanced fighter jets to replace the F-5 E/F Tiger II light attack planes which have been in service with its air forces in the last three decades. Three fighter jets originally produced in Russia, Sweden and the United States have been shortlisted to replace the Indonesian 14th Squadron based in Madiun, East Java. They were Sukhoi Su-35, JAS-39 Gripen and F-16 Block 52+. "It's yet to be decided. We have considered Gripen besides Su- 35 and F-16 planes. We also considered political aspect to decide, " Indonesian Military ... more »

Former Bodyguard To Kin Jong Il Talks About His Experiences With The Former North Korean Leader

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*North Korean Defector: 'I Was Kim Jong Il's Bodyguard' -- CNN* Seoul (CNN) -- Head butting stacked tiles, smashing a slab of granite on your chest with a mallet, breaking light bulbs with one finger. All vital qualifications if you want a job protecting the elite of North Korea. Propaganda footage from North Korean TV shows a staggering array of physical feats, using taekwondo and other martial arts. Visually impressive -- although it's not certain how the skills would keep an armed assassin at bay. Lee Young-guk was bodyguard to the late Kim Jong Il for 10 years until just befo... more »

Graphs at a glance: Governor of the Bank of England said the housing boom is the greatest threat to the UK recovery. So what are we doing about it?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
Does the UK Housing Boom really exist? It's common knowledge that London house prices have ballooned, but is the rest of the UK bubbling up too? Figures from the Office for National Statistics show this is actually not the case. Since the banker induced economic crisis of 2008 London house prices have rocketed by 40%. UK house prices too have grown by a not insignificant 12%. However this

Pentagon briefing suggests Canada about to buy at least four F-35 jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]A​ leaked, classified, high-level Pentagon briefing – dated Oct. 27 – ​by the top U.S. Air Force general heading the F-35 program to the secretary of the Air Force reveals Ottawa wants four F-35s next year and confirms the Harper government must deliver a signed “letter of intent” by “mid-November” to secure the deal.​ Canadian military and ex-military sources familiar with pro-F-35 lobbying inside the Canadian military confirmed they were aware of the government’s back-channel efforts to secure four of the warplanes as soon as possible and use them to anc... more »

Turkish drone, Bayraktar II, to be delivered to the Army in two months

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Bayraktar II, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), whose software and infrastructure systems were developed by Turkish engineers, has successfully gone through flight tests and is scheduled to be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) by the end of the year. Bayraktar is expected to make a major contribution to the TSK, particularly in operations in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia with its capacity to fly silently. Bayraktar, which was developed by a partnership of two privately owned Turkish companies, has been able to reach an altitude of 27,030 feet and fly for... more »

Israeli Air Force receives its fifth M-346 jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The Israeli Air Force received its fifth Italian M-346 jet this week. The Air Force will use these planes – called "Lavi" in the IAF – for the training of pilots. The aircrafts are manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi, an Italin firm. The first of these jets arrived in the Hatzerim Air Force Base in July, but up to now they were only flown by trainers in the military school of aviation. In two months pilots in their last stage of pilot school will begin training in the new jets. "It’s the most comfortable jet for training I have ever seen," an officer involved with bringing the jet to... more »

India gifts second patrol ship to Seychelles – 'PS Constant' has the youngest Seychellois commanding officer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: PS Constant]A new maritime patrol vessel gifted to Seychelles by the Indian government has today joined the archipelago’s Coast Guard’ fleet. The 46 metre long and 7.5 metre wide vessel is the second fast attack ship given to the Indian Ocean island nation by India after ‘PS Topaz’ in 2005. The handing over ceremony was held this morning at the Seychelles Coast Guard base at Ile du Port-overlooking port Victoria where the Seychelles President James Michel who is also the commander-in-chief of the archipelago's Defence Forces unveiled the plaque revealing the name of the new ... more »

US food supply contamination fears fears ( November 8 , 2014 ) - Fukushima radiation contamination in food products apparently a concern in the US as far back as 2012 ( screenings for US political conventions ) - this occurred een as Government officially downplayed contamination risk !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
http://enenews.com/emergency-govt-network-radiation-testing-food-supply-democrat-republican-conventions-after-fukushima-obama-inauguration-seafood-meat-fruits-vegetables-milk-water-all-checked-radiological-contami New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Aug. 2012 (emphasis added): The Wadsworth Center, which has *already tested milk samples in preparation for the upcoming national political conventions*, has now been *asked to test additional samples* of other foods from the sites during the conventions. In August and September, during the conventions… labs will test... more »

Fire Breaks Out Aboard 'Unlucky' Russian Anti-Submarine Ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A fire broke out aboard an “unlucky” Russian anti-submarine ship that was moored for repairs in the docks of Sevastopol, a news report said. The fire aboard the Kerch warship was “localized” within an hour and nobody was injured in the incident Tuesday, a navy spokesperson said, Interfax reported. The Kerch had suffered a series of mishaps during its decades in service, the report said, adding that the ship had an “unlucky” reputation among Black Sea Fleet sailors. Read more

Virtual reality helps to build Royal Navy ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Workers on the ship design team at BAE Systems in Portsmouth have started using a 3D graphics system which allows people to walk through a computer-generated version of a warship before it has even been built. It means engineers can spot design flaws and safety issues long before the steel is cut, potentially preventing costly design changes later on. The system can also be used by sailors and safety inspectors to give their input on the design of a warship. Read more

Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Montgomery

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Independence class LCS]The Navy will christen littoral combat ship (LCS) Montgomery Nov. 8 during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard, will deliver the principal address at the ceremony. Mary Sessions, wife of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama), will serve as the ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by Sessions breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship, which is a time-honored Navy tradition. The selection of Montgomery honors the capital city of Ala... more »

DCNS hopes to expand footprint in India

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Scorpene class SSK]At the Nantes-Indret Centre of French Shipyard DCNS, where naval propulsion and energy generation systems for conventional and nuclear submarines are developed and tested, four neatly-packed cooling systems are kept for delivery to Mazagon Dock for fitment on the Indian Scorpenes under construction. Alongside, there’s a bigger refrigerant, still being put together, meant for the latest of U.K.’s Astute class of nuclear attack submarines (SSN). Nearby is a completed system for the French Navy’s new-generation Barracuda SSNs. The Indian Scorpenes are on sch... more »

The Georgetown Set

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
*James *and* Cicely Angleton *associated with a group of people who lived in Georgetown. They were mainly journalists, CIA officers and government officials. This included *Mary Pinchot Meyer, Cord Meyer, Anne Truitt, James Truitt, Frank Wisner, Thomas Braden, Richard Bissell, Desmond FitzGerald, Wistar Janney, Joseph Alsop, Tracy Barnes, Philip Graham, Katharine Graham, David Bruce, Ben Bradlee, Antoinette Pinchot Bradlee, Clark Clifford, Walt Rostow, Eugene Rostow, Chip Bohlen *and* Paul Nitze.* Nina Burleigh, the author of A Very Private Woman (1998) has pointed out: *"The you... more »

The Way Frozen Bank Accounts are used by the West

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
Gaddafi was just a bit overboard in the wardrobe department *What isn't stated in this article is how many trillions in derivatives can be created from the "frozen money"... and its money they likely won't have to release for quite a while... -AK* http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/06/neo-how-are-frozen-bank-accounts-used-by-the-west/ Thursday, November 6th, 2014 Posted by Jim W. Dean *NEO – How are Frozen bank accounts used by the West?* *The Way Frozen Bank Accounts are used by the West* … by Sofia Pale, … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow ________ *[ Editor... more »

Nine Remedies To Get Rid Of A Nasty Cold by Omved

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
[image: natural cold remedies] Get rid of the nasty cold *9 remedies to get you well!* Omved Blog Common cold is an ailment that can affect us any time of the year. Not only is it a draining experience but the blocked passages can be quite painful! We've listed 9 remedies that can help you get rid of the cold naturally. Bookmark this post so that you can head to a speedy recover the next time you feel a bout of flu or cough coming on. *Remedy #1 - Keep yourself hydrated* You need to drink lots of fluids to get rid of the congestion. Opt for water at room temperature or orange ... more »

A Photo Gallery Of The Beautiful Landscapes Which Were Once The Scene Of Some Of World War One's Bloodiest Fighting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
* (Click on Image to Enlarge)* The Lochnagar crater on the 1916 Somme battlefields in France is the largest man-made mine crater created in the First World War on the Western Front. It was created by a mine laid by the British Army's 179th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers underneath a German strongpoint called.The mine was exploded at the launch of the British offensive against the German lines on July 1, 1916 *Still Bearing The Scars Of War, The Beautiful Landscapes Which Were Once The Scene Of Some Of World War One's Bloodiest Fighting -- Daily Mail* * Atmospheric shots were ta... more »

Australian jobs promise as Sweden’s Saab Group bids for Navy’s $20 billion plus submarine project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Gotland class SSK]Swedish defence giant Saab Group has launched an audacious bid to build the Australian navy’s future submarine. In a move that could mean thousands of jobs for South Australia and other states, industry sources have told News Corp Australia that Saab Group has presented a three-pronged strategy to secure the $20 billion plus Federal Government contract. It includes a lower price than its competitors and a smooth flow of Japanese submarine technology from the Soryu Class boat, because Sweden is a partner in the Japanese project. Read more

Right Thinking - The Wisdom Of Rudolf Steiner

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
[image: Saturday Right Thinking 1] *Source:Notes Along The Path Blog*

More Memes of the 9/11 Myth

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
*"The components of the mythological event have to be established in the psyche of the masses beforehand..." **- Tarpley* *By Barry Chamish :October 7, 2001 - PRACTISING FOR THE WTC/PENTAGON BLASTS IN ISRAEL Operations as complicated and risky as the WTC/Pentagon attacks could not possibly have gone ahead without practise exercises. There are good reasons to suspect that Israel was chosen as the venue for at least two dry runs and that its government, under pressure, covered up both incidents. Consider two such exercises which preceded... more »

OPEC's Weaker Members Are Feeling The Pinch As Oil Prices Continue To Plunge

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*OPEC’s Weak Links Feeling Pain --Fuel Fix* Here’s why the U.S. shale upstarts just might win a confrontation with Saudi Arabia as oil sinks: While the Arab nation is as flush with cash as ever, the finances of some fellow OPEC members are deteriorating quickly. Venezuela, for example, has burned through billions of dollars, leaving its foreign reserves near a decade-low, to stave off default. In Nigeria, officials are struggling to stem a selloff in the currency that has left it at a record low. Those financial strains have Venezuela calling for action to prevent further declines ... more »

Sweeping things under the carpet

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Here's where the BBC's bias tends to show itself most strongly: when downplaying the threat from Islamism. Stories which they seem to fear might harm relations with the 'Muslim community' tend to be far more cautiously reported (under-reported or diluted) by the BBC than by most other British media organisations. Take this morning for example. Contrast the news priorities of the ITV, Sky and BBC news website. Both ITV and Sky are leading with the alleged Remembrance Day terror plot. Not so the BBC, which is leading with EU-related trouble for the Tories. Here are their respective... more »

U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Has An Approval Rating Just 26 Percent Among National Security Workers And Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo (all not pictured) at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz *Hagel Approval Rating Just 26 Percent Among National Security Workers, Troops -- Defense One* Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just a 26 percent approval rating among individuals currently serving within the national security community, according to findings from a new sur... more »

Nima's public lecture at Perimeter

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
Nima Arkani-Hamed is the world's leading particle phenomenologist, at least among those under 45 years and my wonderful ex-colleague (and co-author). He's been mentioned in many contexts on this blog. More recently, he became a highly mathematically sophisticated theorist, too. That's why we would read about the twistor minirevolution that culminated with things like the amplituhedron, too. But a day ago, he gave a popular lecture at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada. Because it's a popular lecture, it spends more time with things that other people have discovered, and n... more »

Stephen Philip Cohen On India And Pakistan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
*"Shooting for a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum" (2013) by Stephen Philip Cohen.* *Amazon Description for "Shooting for a Century":* The rivalry between India and Pakistan has proven to be one of the world's most intractable international conflicts, ever since 1947 when the British botched their departure from the South Asian subcontinent. And the enmity is likely to continue for another thirty-five years, reaching the century mark. This has critical implications for both countries and the rest of the world. Renowned South Asia expert Stephen P. Cohen explains why he expects... more »

US Not Confirming Ukraine Reports Of A Russian Tank Column Crossing The Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*US Not Confirming Russian Incursion -- SKY News* The United States says it can't confirm reports of a new Russian military incursion in eastern Ukraine despite claims by the Kiev government. A Ukrainian military spokesman said on Friday that a column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery and 30 truckloads of troops crossed into the separatist-controlled Lugansk region. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki admits Russian battle tanks, armoured vehicles and cargo trucks had been seen on Thursday at a rail yard about 25 kilometres from the border. She said the United States did n... more »

TV Watch: Come on, February -- "Better Call Saul" is getting closer! (And Mike Ehrmantraut lives!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Updated, with the actual clip embedded* *Latest tidings from the Better Call Saul set in Albuquerque* *by Ken* Be still, my heart! I know the above picture is crap [UPDATE: *all fixed! see the explanation below* -- Ed.], but yes, that really is our very own Saul Goodman -- or rather, I gather, some yokel named Jimmy McGill. And *Better Call Saul* is apparently on target for a February rollout. And the 2:27 tease is authentically worth the trouble for anyone who's looking forward to the series as much as I am. It's got a slew of in-front-of-the-camera as well as behind-the-camera ... more »

Here Are The 18 Things That Navy SEALs Always Have When They Go On A Mission

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Here Are 18 Things Navy SEALs Never Leave Home Without -- Business Insider* The Navy SEAL who claims to have shot Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 and is speaking with Fox News later this week has revealed his identity to The Washington Post. Robert O’Neill reportedly earned 52 commendations over 16 years in the Navy. He was involved in the 2009 raid on the Mearsk Alabama, the event that inspired the film “Captain Philips.” And he now says he was one of the SEALs who shot the most wanted terrorist alive. The SEALs have some of the highest-pressure jobs in the ent... more »

What Might Alien Life Forms Look Like?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - * Our ideas about what alien life forms might look like could be wrong afterall. The post What Might Alien Life Forms Look Like? appeared first on Waking Times.

Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill Explains The Hardest Part Of Being A Navy SEAL

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill. *The Man Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Explains The Hardest Part Of Being A Navy SEAL -- Armin Rosen, Business Insider* The Navy SEAL who is claiming to have killed Osama Bin Laden during a Fox News documentary later this week has allegedly been identified. Numerous news outlets have reported the Fox interviewee is former SEAL Robert O'Neill, a 16-year Navy veteran with a decorated service record that includes two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, and 52 overall commendations. *Read more* .... *My Comment*: Saying goodbye with the understanding that it... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( November 6 , 2014 ) - ISIS going to go on a " Hard Money " standard ? More US troops off to Iraq - heading into harms way in Anbar ? Al Nusra and ISIS working closer together - will islamist hardliners weed out " moderates ? Tribal battles increase in Anbar - schisms increasing , where might his take things ? Additional items of note to consider ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets...... *Al-Monitor* @AlMonitor · 38m38 minutes ago #Syria official: negotiations with US blocked by Saudi Arabia http:// almon.co/29lv *Al-Monitor* @AlMonitor · 2h2 hours ago Following #ISIS advance, Jabhat al-Nusra has also moved to #Turkey's border http://almon.co/29ld @fehimtastekin #Syria Al-Monitor [image: View this content on Al-Monitor's website] Jabhat al-Nusra deflates hopes of Assad opponents Following the Islamic State's advance, Jabhat al-Nusra has also moved to the Turkish border, routing moderate rebels and dashing the hopes of “train and equip” propone... more »

Should The U.S. Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Make Money From His Death?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Is Rob O’Neill Going To Make Money From Bin Laden’s Death? I Really Do Hope So - Because A Lot Of People Have Made Money Out Of HIM -- Piers Morgan, Daily Mail* A year ago, I hosted a launch party in New York for my new book. At one stage, a CNN colleague introduced me to a tall, burly, red-headed guy in his mid 30s wearing a navy blue suit and open neck shirt. ‘Meet Rick,’ she said. ‘He’s just left the Navy after 16 years. He had a vice-like handshake and notably steely eyes. ‘Oh really, well thank you for your service.’ My colleague laughed. ‘You’d be a lot more grateful if yo... more »

A kitchen garden is its own revolution

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
*Control food and you control the people.* -- Henry Kissinger*Grow it, pick it and eat it fresh*. -- Risa Bear To the extent possible, provide for yourself those things certain people would try to force you to buy from their cronies.

Our problem is not teacher quality: Our problem is poverty.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Sent to Time Ideas (Nov. 7). Re: How to ditch the common core and teach kids real skills (Time Ideas, Nov 5, 2014) Marty Nemko suggests that we need "dream-team" teachers because American students' performance on international tests is so bad. A substantial amount of research shows, however, that when we control for the impact of poverty, American test scores are at the top of the world. Our overall scores are unspectacular because there is so much child poverty in US, now 25%. High-scoing countries have much lower levels of child poverty. Our problem is not teacher quality: ... more »

The End of the Affair? Nah.

biancatanis at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
After hearing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s histrionic and foot stomping comments calling public education “a monopoly” and calling for competition and teacher sanctions, it appeared that NYSUT, the AFT, and Governor Cuomo may have had a falling out. Or did they? To be fair, it was always a secret, clandestine affair that caused union members to […]

"We have a huge problem: People do not think the recovery has affected them" (Democratic pollster Celinda Lake)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"We have a huge problem: People do not think the recovery has affected them, and this is particularly true of blue collar white voters. What is the Democratic economic platform for guaranteeing a chance at prosperity for everyone? Voters can’t articulate it. In the absence of that, you vote for change."Our number one imperative for 2016 is to articulate a clear economic vision to get this country going again."* *-- Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, to washingtonpost.com'sGreg Sargent, in* "What really went wrong for Democrats" *"Obama had a historic opportunity to be the next F... more »

How An American Prison Camp In Iraq Became The Focal Point For The Emergence Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*How The Islamic State Evolved In An American Prison -- Terrence McCoy, Washington Post* In March 2009, in a wind-swept sliver of Iraq, a sense of uncertainty befell the southern town of Garma, home to one of the Iraq war’s most notorious prisons. The sprawling Camp Bucca detention center, which had detained some of the war’s most radical extremists along the Kuwait border, had just freed hundreds of inmates. Families rejoiced, anxiously awaiting their sons, brothers and fathers who had been lost to Bucca for years. But a local official fretted. “These men weren’t planting flower... more »

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, "Above the Clouds"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Kevin Kern, "Above the Clouds" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJCU1eMWUOo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars and faint dust nebulae of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. *Click image for larger size.* The disturbed looking group of galaxies at the lower left is well-known as Stephan's Quintet. About 300 million light-years distant, the quintet dramatically illustrates a multiple ga... more »

"The Choices You've Made..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“If you’d like to know what your choices have been, look at yourself and the life you have lived. What you see is the choices you’ve made.” - Dr. Shad Helmstetter

"Just Once..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too, just once. And never again. But to have been this once, completely, even if only once: to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"Experiences We Don’t Understand: Hidden Gems"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Experiences We Don’t Understand: Hidden Gems"* by The DailyOm "All of the events in our lives lead to other events, they are all connected. Sometimes we have an experience that we don’t understand, but if we look deeply, or wait long enough, a reason for that experience will usually reveal itself. All the events in our lives lead to other events, and all that we have manifested in this present moment is the result of past events and experiences. We cannot easily tease apart the many threads that have been woven together to create our current reality. Experiences that don’t make s... more »

1400 Dead Going On 4000: The Blood Soaked FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup Built with Slave Labor

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 1 day ago
I'm brought up with football – that is what North Americans call "soccer" – and I continue to enjoy watching games occasionally. In particular – as most fans of the sport – I immensely enjoy the World Cup play offs, taking place every forth year and assembling the very best players in a context packed with emotion and challenge. In sports, this event has almost the status and grandiosity of the Olympics – and, alas, is headed by an almost as obviously corrupt organisation, FIFA (read this and this) whose executive committee members and higher officers I'm sure all enjoy all sorts o... more »

"The Most Precious Resource..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time." - Steve Jobs

Post # 27,000: The Daily "Near You?"

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

"We Can't Pretend..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The early bird catches the worm; a stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to ‘seize the day'. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves like Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wonder... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'All Quiet On The Western Front' (1979)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*From YouTube:* A remake of the WW I classic war film to deter future wars. Starring Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, and Donald Pleasance

Chet Raymo, "What Does It All Mean?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Does It All Mean?"* by Chet Raymo "A good friend tells me via e-mail that she is reading Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." I read the book for a second time two years ago, in the new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It's one of those novels I had to read twice - once in middle age (I would not have had the patience in youth) and once in settled maturity. In middle age, it was all about Anna, and passion, and doubt. In old age - for me at least - it's about Levin, settled, happily married, enjoying as much intellectual peace as might be possible in this bi... more »

Nov. 7: Miscellania

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
This is not one of the regular blogs. It's one I've started just out of frustration at the lying and corruption that characterizes so much of our news media. I have a little list of items to demonstrate that. First, MacLean's is Canada's largest news magazine. It can afford to hire the cream of the crop as its editors and writers. So go to Google to check out Maclean's Magazine, July 24. You will find there an article on Putin by Michael Petrous, who is a sort of pit bull of the lying world that journalism has become. (Yes. I know he has a doctorate from Oxford U. Don't fall that th... more »


KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
A document labeled with the Majestic tag has been found. It has a proper provenance, which means the origin of the document can be traced by anyone who wishes to do so and there is no doubt it is authentic. The first page, which was classified as Top Secret is entitled, “Report by the Joint Logistic Plans Committee the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Joint Logistic Plan for ‘Majestic.’” There are some interesting things on that page. It identifies the problem, saying, “1. Pursuant to the decision by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on J.C.S. 1844/126, to prepare the Joint Logistic Plan in suppor... more »

"In The Solitary Mind and Soul..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual - for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost." - M. Scott Peck

“Cheyenne Autumn and Beyond”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Cheyenne Autumn and Beyond”* by Christy Rodgers “Autumn in the US is oddly bookmarked by the two holidays that celebrate the origins of European settler colonialism in the Americas: Columbus’ landfall on October 10, and that mythological encounter of multicultural good will, the first successful harvest of the Plymouth Colony on the fourth Thursday in November. For those who would reflect on a fuller meaning of that history stripped of the hagiography of the victors, this period is a good one in which to be reading Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’ new book, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History o... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 7, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Day The Wall Came Down -- Fred Kaplan, Slate* *Why the fall of the Berlin Wall led to the world we know today.* On a Sunday afternoon 25 ago, as a Boston Globe reporter, I strolled through the rubble of what had been the Berlin Wall, wondering how I might explain to a younger person, 25 years hence, that there ever was a 12-foot-high wall in this space dividing one of the world’s most vibrant cities and binding together one of the world’s most sclerotic empires. And now here we are, about to commemorate the golden anniversary of Nov. 9, 1989, when the wall came crashing down,... more »

Socialist Appeal's Scottish Turn

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Earth shattering events have earth shattering consequences. The consequences of the Scottish referendum have been seismic. Labour north of the border is a bruised sack of bones and skin, punch drunk by a collapsing membership and a fed up electorate. Meanwhile, the nationalist parties - the SNP, but also the Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party - are riding high on the many hundreds of thousands drawn into politics for the first time. Things will never be the same again. Nor will it be for one of Britain's most dogmatic Trotskyist groups. The group known after its dull and drea... more »

Christy Clark and Rich Coleman Are Attempting to Hoodwimk $billions of Dollars From British Columbia Taxpayer`s Pockets

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Christy Clark and the BC Liberal`s LNG fantasy is turning into an exercise in financial stupidity.. The Vancouver Sun ran a short little story about the LNG Canada proposal for Kitimat, their headline is bold.. "Proposed Kitimat LNG Project Will Cost Up To $40 Billion Dollars:Company" http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Proposed+Kitimat+project+will+cost+billion+company/10363249/story.html As reported in an earlier post the mainframes and modules for this plant will be built in S. Korea and or Japan.... These energy giants are wanting to and expecting to write off the entire bui... more »

Topsoil and Civilization

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 1 day ago
Outside the entrance of the glorious Hall of Western History are the marble lions, colorful banners, and huge stone columns. Step inside, and the popular exhibits include ancient Egypt, classical Greece, the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, Gutenberg, Magellan, Columbus, Galileo, and so on. If we cut a hole in the fence, and sneak around to the rear of the building, we find the dumpsters, derelicts, mangy dogs, and environmental history. The Darwin of environmental history was George Perkins Marsh, who published *Man and Nature* in 1864 (free download). Few educated people today ha... more »

US NOT Confirming Claimed Russian Incursion as Kiev says 200 Rebels Killed

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Following up on two previous posts- * *Earlier today** Kiev: Laying Siege to the Separatist East* *From Tuesday November 4/14:** Ukraine: Poroshenko breaks Minsk ceasefire- Moving troops- Revoking autonomy laws...* Kiev claimed a Russian invasion was taking place..... I had some serious doubts as to the validity of the aforementioned claims*. For one simple reason. The claim seemed completely unsubstantiated.* *So, it comes as no surprise that the US is NOT CONFIRMING Kiev's incursion claims* *The United States says it can't confirm reports of a new Russian military incursion in ... more »

World News Briefs -- November 7, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Obama Authorizes Up To 1,500 More Military Personnel To Deploy To Iraq -- Wall Street Journal* President Asks Congress for $5.6 Billion to Fight Islamic State Militants President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq and is asking Congress for $5.6 billion, as the U.S. looks to ramp up the fight against Islamic State militants. The military personnel will serve “in a noncombat role to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces, including Kurdish forces,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. They will be authorized to operate at f... more »

Hey AFT and NEA! Stop Trying to Buy Useless Politicians

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
If the public numbers are right, the AFT and NEA spent $75 million on the election this year that got them nothing. There was the Corbett takedown in Pennsylvania, but the loss by Corbett was a foregone conclusion years ago. And Torlakson won in California, but that's not a whole lot of return on a $75 million investment. Both unions are like flailing, dying monsters, choking on their own corruption and ineptitude. Neither has relevance to advancing the teaching profession, for protecting teachers and children from corporate predators, or for using their hundreds of millions of d... more »

More evidence of activists in the 'Question Time' audience

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The left-wing Twitterati think they've found their Amy Rutland. Amy Rutland, you may recall, was the well-connected Labour Party activist who posed as an ordinary member of the public on *Question Time *in March 2013 and launched a nasty attack on UKIP during the programme. For some people that provided further evidence that the *Question Time *audience is rigged in favour of the Left. She was rumbled because she boasted about her appearance on Twitter and her party's opponents noticed and kicked up a storm. Something similar appears to have happened this week, except that it's... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference." - Ralph Nader Don't be fooled, folks, or dismayed that "your" party lost these elections. It's all a dog-and-pony show to give you the comforting, and totally false, illusion that you matter, that we matter, that We the People are in control of this government, and our destiny. We are not, and do NOT. Abraham Lincoln said, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not peri... more »

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