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Sunday, November 9, 2014

9 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

10:22pm MST

"A Little Parenthesis In Eternity..."
noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 minutes ago
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of Infinity. Life is Eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in Eternity." - Paulo Coelho

What's Next For The Ambitious Young Guy Who Ran The Worst Congressional Race Of 2014?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 minutes ago
As far as we know, so far Sean Eldridge spent $4,659,027 in his failed NY-19 congressional run ($2,840,000 of which was from his personal wealth). His opponent, Chris Gibson, who spent $1,798,884, was an early DCCC target because the district has a PVI of D+1 and because Obama won the district twice, 175,800 (53%) to 150,359 (45%) against McCain and 157,279 (52%) to 138,384 (46%) against Romney. Problem though, is that while Obama was racking up an almost 20,000 vote margin in 2012, Gibson beat the DCCC's Red-to-Blue candidate, Julian Schreibman, by over 15,000 votes. That same Ob... more »

Crossbreeding Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 33 minutes ago
There is a lot of terrorist crossbreeding going on right now across the Muslim world. Recently, Jihadist groups operating in the Sinai *openly declared that they will officially join ISIS*. Yesterday, the *Pakistani government published a report* saying that thousands of fighters in its tribal areas are deflecting from the Taliban and throwing their support behind ISIS. And *a city in Libya* said it has joined the so-called Islamic State. ISIS, known for its brutality, massacres, and religious bigotry, has ideological appeal in many conservative areas in Arab and Muslim societies.... more »

(Wise Up, Janet Weiss 2!)  Actually, Democrats Have a Clear Agenda and Are More Ideological Than Republicans (They Are the Proud Neolibs)  How the Koches Made All That Money and How They Intend To Keep It (Loopholes (and They Own US))

Now, neoliberalism is often thought of as synonymous with privatization, deregulation, and trade and capital liberalization, but the state will discard these policies for corporate handouts the instant elites get into a self-inflicted mess, as with the Wall Street crash. This has left the Democratic Party in a bind. It relies on votes from social groups like women, union members, Blacks,

Fall of the Berlin Wall: Then and Now

Jeffrey Stacey at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Today 25 years ago the Berlin Wall was torn down, one of the most consequential events of the 20th Century, catalyst for the end of the Cold War and freedom for millions stuck behind the Iron Curtain yanked down on them by the USSR. I was a student just starting to get interested in the Continue reading

Amrullah Saleh On The Difference Between The Taliban And ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Video Title: Amrullah Saleh Speaks of Taliban and IS or ISIS. Source: Afghanistan101Films. Date Published: September 5, 2014. Description:* Amrullah Saleh Speaks of IS or ISIS with John Simpson. Quote: "Will the Taliban be like IS here, pushing us and overrunning population centers? No. The Taliban have lost politically. What they have is lethal power and the power to unleash terror, but they do not have acceptance in the society. Plus, the Afghan power structure, with all its shortcomings and flaws, has been an inclusive system. You do not find a particular constituency being exc... more »

Christianity and the Sino-American Relationship

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Last week, the Economist reported on the expanding sway of Christianity in China. While the numbers are difficult to pin down, The Economist reports that some argue that the number of Christians in China exceeds the number of official members of the Chinese Communist Party (87 million). What we are witnessing in China then is Continue reading

Disney on Ice SLC Winner

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 2 hours ago
Disney on Ice is hands down our favorite family outing of the year and this time we are excited to see Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3 and Tinkerbell on ice. Who is the giveaway winner who is going to be joining us?! Congratulations to Jaylene Steele for winning the family four pack! Didn't win the tickets but you still want to come? Find all of the information about purchasing the tickets below! Disney on Ice will be at the Energy Solutions Arena in SLC on the following dates: - November 12 – 16, 2014 - Wednesday, Nov. 12 7:00 PM - Thursday, Nov. 13 7:00 PM - ... more »

Common Core Is Designed to Drive Your Local Curriculum.

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
Proponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) like to promote the idea that CCSS is “not a curriculum.” The CCSS website further states the disjointed idea that local districts somehow retain true freedom over what is taught in the classroom. This is a lie. CCSS is a laundered curriculum. That is, in order for schools to truly […]

The Economics Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*Much of the media discussion around the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall focusses on American military politics and the politicians of the time. But to truly understand why the Soviet system in Eastern Europe collapsed, says Ryan McMaken in this guest post, we must look to Mises’s pioneering work on economic planning.* Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Like most historical events that are commemorated as if they took place on a single day, the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, was just one of many interrelated ev... more »

TV Watch: "Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles" completes a strong season, with an emotional farewell to Josh Flagg's beloved grandmother

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Edith Flagg (1919-2014)* *"I've always known that one day I would walk through the doors of that penthouse, and she would no longer be there anymore."* *-- Josh Flagg, on returning to Grandma Edith's apartment,in the Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles season finale* *by Ken* Here again is why I avoid burning up the Intertubes for TV news that I don't need to know until I need to know it. I guess the rest of the world knew in August that Edith Flagg, the 94-year-old grandmother of *Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles* real-estate flogger Josh Flagg, had died, whereas I got to w... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Out of Place Artifacts Forbidden Archeology

If we had an affair how would that work

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
I am all like needles and pins and you are all circumstance and I give nothing awa but you have such a beaurtiful reveal its a match made in heaven if we were sixteen

Uranium Destroys DNA Through Chemical Action AND Radioactive Decay

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
Chris Busby has an excellent article at The Ecologist I highly recommend reading concerning the publicly unrecognized risks of uranium fallout - especially U 234 - from nuclear weapons: The 'forgotten' uranium isotope - secrets of the nuclear bomb tests revealed Chris Busby 4th November 2014 http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2619320/the_forgotten_uranium_isotope_secrets_of_the_nuclear_bomb_tests_revealed.html *Papers reluctantly released by the UK Government in the bomb test veterans' legal case for compensation reveal what it has long denied, writes Chris Busby - tha... more »

The Equity Project’s results are meh @NEERAVKINGSLAND

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 4 hours ago
That charter school in NYC paying their teachers $125K per annum: they do all right, but no better than similar no excuses chains. So much for the grand experiment. In the interest of full disclosure, I applied to teach at that school, twice. The first time, right before I finished my PhD and the second […]

On the Cusp of Nuclear War?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
There's a lot of other serious shit going down everywhere. But I have to say that this crisis in the Ukraine has me spooked. And the fighting in Iraq and Syria. It's all connected to the USA's deluded attempts to maintain full spectrum dominance over the entire earth, all of human civilization. From 1945-1991 they had to contend with a rival super-power. The USSR's implosion meant that the USA was now the world's only super-power. But by 1991, the USA had its own problems. And, for the rest of the world, 1991 wasn't 1945. In 1945, Europe and Japan were in ruins. India and China were... more »

Why do we label difficult text “frustrational?” Is that even a word?

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 4 hours ago
Many districts mandate the use of DIBELS and similar assessments to track progress in reading. Anyone familiar with these methods know that the complicated task of reading cannot be defined so myopically. Take Amplify’s mCLASS, for example. If you use this tool, you’ll notice that reading tasks that are too difficult for students are by default […]

To take a piss outside

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
Yeah I just did it. There is something deep inside us we want to piss out. I just did it.

The Chines kept the empire with Enuchs

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
The Gay men that died for the Bush Empire will never be comprised.

Making Russia the New Enemy

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. That's the warning from the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, who's in the German capital for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former MI-5 intelligence officer Annie Machon joins us live with her thoughts.

I have no to rule the zombie mind

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
Please exucse my grammer but the point remians the same, Rule and regulations and eforement are a fools game. That will lead to the end of civilazation faster and further than Zombies.

Why I no longer watch the news

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
Cause its all bullshit and promos for drugs or futher propaganda,

The problem is not ignorace but will

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
The Democrarats got handed an appovolyse during the last election. I got to say that was a good thing, All those defeated half men an woemen will be replaced with real warriors for social justice. For poeple that really believe America can be a beacon on a hill,

Jack Ma Jack Ma

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
I have been to Hangzhou and walked it many bridges tis means I do not understand Ja Ma at all but I know where he walked and that in this ecomomy of ignorance is something

Science Fiction can not hold a candle to the now day things that are real

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
I walked out of the house in 1977 a high school graduate with my backpack in this mess along with my bong were books that I thought would help me make the great right cross from dependent to salary bring and fifty years later and a world of experience I am still paralzed between the obious choices and the dark chocalte work that might bring a thought or a code to the world as something bold to behold. If I had known in 77 that advertising would rule the world I might have done something to bring more bling but at that time I would have vomited and stuck with a path to make real mone... more »

Etheric Rainbow Shower

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
https://thebluetemple.wordpress.com/tag/cosmic-heart/ *This is not a new post, its over a year old, but seems to be meant for this time, at least that's my sense of it, and is we know there is no time, only NOW... Take what resonates from this... BTW, the entire Earth is a crystal light chamber... you don't have to go to inner earth for that... -AK* JULY 18, 2013 *Etheric Rainbow Shower* I was shown a vision in awakening this morning of what is happening energetically to me and others with the changing in energies. Beings of the Elohim were with me. We were on a platform over... more »

Who is ready for climate or other collapse/

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
That would be Germany, France, Austria, Demark and Switzerland to name a few. Why do we not waste money to catch up in this disaster gap?

How Deep Will The Divide Be Between Corporate Republicans And For-Profit Republicans? And Between Real Democrats And ConservaDems?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
It's long but Alan Minsky did a thorough biopsy of the tumor debilitating the Beltway Democrats. He starts by acknowledging what the mainstream media won't-- that the shellacking last Tuesday was a debacle for the Blue Dogs and New Dems who make up the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, what Minsky calls "the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party." His premise is that their misery is an opportunity for normal, non-Beltway, non-careerist, progressive, grassroots Democrats. And that opportunity is what the Goldwaterites seized after they disaster in 1965 and what the Tea Part... more »

We are bored

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Rich, famous, poor and destitute. We are bored out of our minds because there are really no more questions to be answered. We know no matter what the questions that have twarted us for centuries are all now on a path of revelation. How else can you explain the Pope being a fan of the Big Bang Theory. What to do with this fucking boredom. Travel is in but if you have traveled its more pain in the as than pleasure. I could do the same things at home with a bottle of wine if you know what I mean. ABC means in Euro travel speak another bloody castle. I never in my lifetime want to spend... more »

Who is the enemy, who will I fight

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
The list in history is pretty long. Most people today would be hard to motivate to kill Germans or Japanese Bit Jihadis who have no country and are not really a threat we are all in a thrall to exterminate Ignoring their orgins. People are people and we are all the same we do not want to kill each other This is part of our lizard brain so I know the Jihadis like the Sybolyis Liberation Army will fade

“Tear down this Wall!” [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Sitting on my shelf at home is a small piece of concrete covered on one side in paint. I got it in Berlin in 1990. It's a piece of the Wall: the symbol for decades of the regime it protected, that finally fell 25 years ago today. Nothing more defined the nature of the regime than the prison wall it was; nothing was more historically significant in the last half-century than its fall. Behind the Iron Curtain for which the wall was the symbol –”a symbol of the tyranny of the totalitarian state under which the individual was viewed as the property of the state” – “a breathtaking mor... more »

A Message of Hope: If You Are in a Shell…

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video -* This performance by Harry Shum, Jr. sends a powerful message of hope to those who struggle with feeling alienated. The post A Message of Hope: If You Are in a Shell… appeared first on Waking Times.

EFN Asia 44: Day 2 of Conference 2014

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
It was a dynamic start on Day 2, November 7. A speed dating where participants and speakers were lined up on chairs facing each other and talk to each other for about three minutes and when the bell rings, move to the next chair and talk to the next person. This way, participants are "forced" to talk to other people whom they may be shy or unwilling to talk to :-) One of the key questions to discuss was, what do you think of the sessions and topics the previous day. For new faces participants, the immediate questions of course were the names, institutes or groups in their countrie... more »

What #webackEd Means

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Tens of thousands of people pouring out onto that there Twitter showing *support* for Ed Miliband? What has the world come to? Stranger things have happened, just not that often. And so it came to pass that for the best part of 24 hours, #webackEd trended on Twitter. It still is at the time of writing. Starting *before* last night's round of hyped-up difficulties by @CharlieWoof81 and @jon_swindon, as hashtags go it can be described as an unqualified success. It even managed to resist blandishments and hijackings by trolls and the like. Of course, trending topics are here today, ... more »

Putin: ‘Love is the meaning of life’

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
[image: Russian President Vladimir Putin. (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev)]Russian President Vladimir Putin. (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev) http://rt.com/news/203339-putin-love-meaning-life/ *Putin: ‘Love is the meaning of life’* Published time: November 07, 2014 20:21 Get short URL Vladimir Putin is known for his sharp wit, but musings on love are a relative novelty. In an unexpected remark Friday, the Russian president spoke of the “meaning of life,” saying that for him “in general” it is love that matters. Briefly digressing from politics, Putin ventured a philosophical obser... more »

A Message From The "We Are Here" Team

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
HUE-BEING http://www.morningmessages.com/message.cfm *A Message From The "We Are Here" Team* from: Peggy Black's Morning Messages We are here. It is our desire to share these messages and offer an invitation for humans to establish a strong link and awareness connected to the many aspects of their own multidimensional reality. Each and every individual who awakens to the knowing that they are multidimensional starhumans contributes to the whole. It is important for humans to realize that they travel from one dimension to another many times a day. Remember you only see what you belie... more »

Boyd Bushman

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 8 hours ago
So the Internet is all ablaze with the “deathbed” statement of Boyd Bushman who apparently has some fine credentials and who said that he had proof that aliens have visited Earth. He even held up a picture of an alien that some claimed was the same sort of fuzzy, hard to see pictures that are often offered as evidence of aliens. The picture he held up didn’t look all that fuzzy to me. It seemed to be quite easy to see the alien. Bushman’s claim was that he had worked at Lockheed – Martin (and some other defense related corporations) and a few wondered if that was true. It seems, ho... more »

High-Level Nuclear Talks Are Now Underway With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Kerry, Ashton, and Zarif in Vienna, Austria, on October 15, 2014. Photo by AFP *Iran, U.S., EU Tackle Nuclear Differences In Oman, Two Weeks To Deadline -- Reuters* (Reuters) - With two weeks to a deadline for a breakthrough deal, senior envoys of Iran, the United States and European Union met in Oman on Sunday to tackle stumbling blocks in efforts to defuse the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program. Reiterating Iran's official line, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by Iranian media as saying the Islamic Republic would not aband... more »

Is America’s Newest Destroyer Already Outdated?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*America’s Newest Destroyer Is Already Outdated -- James R. Holmes, The Diplomat* To be effective, Zumwalt destroyers require command of the sea, which the US can no longer take for granted. Hie thee hence, sea fighters, to peruse Information Dissemination‘s take on the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer. Pseudo-pseudonymous pundit “Lazarus” gives a nifty profile of the newfangled vessel. That’s worth your time in itself. Though not in so many words, moreover, he depicts the attention-grabbing DDG-1000 stories of recent weeks and months as a red herring. Sure, Zumwalt features a... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
http://spaceweather.com/ CME TARGETS EARTH, AFTER ALL: On Nov. 7th, when an X-flare from AR2205 hurled a CME into space, at first it appeared that the cloud would miss Earth. Follow-up computer modeling by NOAA analysts suggests that the CME might deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field after all. A complete forecast follows this movie of the eruption recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory: The CME left the sun traveling approximately 600 km/s (1.3 million mph) albeit not directly along the sun-Earth line. If the computer models are correct, the outski... more »

KIPP Puts Up to 30 Problem Students in Empty Basement When Visitors Are in the Building

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
You have heard about KIPP's padded cells for kindergartners and KIPP school leaders putting garbage cans on children's heads and making them bark like dogs, and you've heard about children forced to sit on the floor for days until they have earned desks, but now comes, yet, another KIPP abuse strategy. On VIB (Visitor in Building) days, at least one KIPP school puts up to 30 problem students in the empty basement for hours until the visiting investors, dignitaries, or politicians have left the building. Also during this time, no class changes occur, even though visits might last ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, Sunday again.. And again time for my usual weekly rant… I am finally feeling so much better this week than I did the week before, and have no more signs of a cold or sinus infection. Honestly, I do not wish what I had on anybody because it was horrendous…. Where to start this week… The US just finished their "mid term" selections.. err…elections, and what we have are more of the same… Honestly, did anyone living in the United States actually think there was going to be any changes in Washington DC? The newly elected Congress critters and Senators are not... more »

Thanks for the kind offer, but I prefer to renew my subscription at my own damned pleasure, thank you

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*by Ken* Did you ever have one of those days where you finished a blogpost that only took you three or four hours to write and you figured, hot diggity, you could still maybe get a few hours' sleep before you had to stagger not more than a couple of hours after the crack of dawn to catch a train -- no, actually, the first of two trains, because of weekend planned subway service changes -- to get to South Ferry to meet your group to catch the Staten Island Ferry for your walking tour of Great Kills, where you've never been as far as you can remember, and you're *all set to schedul... more »

Diktats from the cupboard

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
CBC is reporting that at the last minute the cupboardly-man got that idea that Canada should make a claim on the North Pole. Which specific North Pole, he didn't say. It is hard enough if you've ever had the misfortune to work for someone who operates like this. Last minute changes happen, and some overactive leaders get panicky near deadlines,  keeping everyone stressed. However, requesting a

The Opportunity to rid Canada of Harper!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
You know how the Conservatives are using best Republican practises by putting a catching label on everything. Well Justin should start branding the 2015 elections as *The opportunity to rid Canada of Harper*.

A new-look 'Songs of Praise'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Here's some news you may have missed: The BBC’s Songs of Praise is to include regular services from a variety of denominations because the show’s traditional Anglican following is “dwindling”. Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion, said the 53-year-old series would be broadcast from multiple locations each week, including Pentecostal, Roman Catholic and Salvation Army churches. It will also include “magazine-style” reports on topical issues such as the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Mr Ahmed told the Telegraph that the changes, which will be implemented from next ... more »

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster News ( November 9 , 2014 ) - Recent items of note on Fukushima nuclear plant status , radiation contamination concerns ( consider North American concerns , thyroid cancer concerns ) ..... H/T to Energy News , Simply Info and Fukushima Diary for their reporting !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 11 hours ago
Energy News..... Japan in focus ! 10:11 AM EST on November 7th, 2014 | 567 comments NYTimes: Doctors want ban on thyroid cancer screenings — “A tsunami of thyroid cancer… Stop the diagnosis… We need to actively discourage early detection” — WSJ: Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers — Study: Fukushima-related tumors can spread very fast, must be closely monitored 01:02 PM EST on November 4th, 2014 | 166 comments Nuclear Expert: Fukushima is a pretty close approximation of ‘The China Syndrome’; Melted fuel cores burned through containment vessels and material is be... more »

Defunding Anti-Choice: A How-To

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
After DJ!'s involvement in the rescinding of a grant of public funds to a crisis pregnancy centre, aka fake clinic, we've been asked how to go about it. First thing to know -- it's not difficult. Second thing -- the ferreting part is tedious. Third thing -- it's immensely gratifying. And FUN! While we at DJ! despise crisis pregnancy centres, we don't deny their right to exist. What we do want to deny is access to public funds. We chose Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), which distributes gaming proceeds to Ontario communities and groups, because it is a huge granting organization... more »

AISHA NORTH: The manuscript of survival – part 429

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*The manuscript of survival – part 429* November 9, 2014 by Aisha North Once more we would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the way that you continue to embrace these ever evolving and rapidly unfolding sequences of events that were initiated during the week of gatherings that took place a short while ago in Crete. Again, this was indeed something that involved a much, much larger number of participants than those collected under the same roof or even in that specific geographic location. For not only was that crowd more than outnumbered not just by all of the o... more »

Whose Gonna Take On The Big Machine?


Was Islamic State Leader al-Baghdadi Killed In A U.S. Air Strike This Weekend?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Fate Of ‘Critically Wounded’ ISIS Chief Unclear -- Al Arabiya* *The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was “critically wounded” when a U.S.-led air strike targeted the western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim, tribal sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday.* U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement that U.S.-led air strikes targeted ISIS leaders near their northern Iraqi hub of Mosul late Friday, without confirming whether Baghdadi was killed, AFP reported. “This strike demonstrates the pressure we continue to place on the ISIL ... more »

Pause for Thought

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Alan at *Biased BBC* has written a couple of thoughtful posts, perhaps prompted by our discussion about Steve Rosenberg's *Today *report on Russian attitudes to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I very much appreciate them, especially their tone - which was much better judged than mine. (Sorry Alan.) I think we're still going to have to agree to disagree over that particular Steve Rosenberg report, but Alan's point about how BBC journalists can become too close to the subjects they are supposed to be reporting on (with careful, clear-eyed dispassion) is a well-made one and one that mad... more »

The Criminality Of The GMO Biotech Industry: Poison First, Regulate Later

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 13 hours ago
Global Research and Countercurrents 14/11/2014 The GM Contamination Register database has been run by Genewatch and Greenpeace for about ten years and contains cases dating from 1997 to the end of 2013 [1]. The authors of a new paper, published in the International Journal of Food Contamination, analysed the 400 or so cases in the database by crop and country [2]. GM rice accounts for about a third of contamination cases, despite the fact there is officially no GM rice grown anywhere in the world. The authors suggest this high level might be related to the routine testing of import... more »

Plots and Rumours of Plots

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 13 hours ago
Even the *Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday* is sometimes forced to print the truth. But this morning's front page was not one of those occasions. Apparently, Tristram Hunt "plunges in the dagger and has joined the much-trailed revolt of Labour MPs. Except he hasn't. If you read behind the headline he "revealed his doubts in private conversations with senior Labour colleagues". This is tantamount to writing "we've made this up" or, rather, taking the comments made by Simon Danczuk and transposing them on to someone else. Much the same can be said of of the reputed 20 shadow ministers worki... more »

garth hudson returns to big pink

laura k at wmtc - 13 hours ago
This week, Columbia Records released *The Basement Tapes Complete*, six CDs of music made by Bob Dylan and The Band at the house they lived in - the legendary Big Pink - in West Saugerties, New York, during the summer of 1967. Although The Band, and Bob Dylan, and Bob Dylan and The Band, are among my favourite musical artists in the world - and although I love The Basement Tapes (a double-album from 1975) - I greet this announcement with only mild interest. I'll be excited to hear any actual new material, but different versions of already-recorded songs are never that interesting to... more »

Haslam Water Carrier, Jon Alfuth, Claims to Be the Voice of Teachers

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Jon Alfuth has tapped in to the main artery of corporate welfare education reform schooling in Tennessee, with a blog up called Bluff City Education, where Alfuth leads a team of fellow TFA cult members in massaging and pasting up all the news that corporate education reformers want to frame for educator and parent consumption in West Tennessee. As a former drum major at UWisconsin-Madison, Jon is now leading the corporate reform school parade in Tennessee. Who is Jon Alfuth? This is from his LinkedIn profile: Jon has a post up today to announce the public portal that Haslam and... more »

The 5 Worst Generals in U.S. History

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Photo:* General Lloyd Fredendall. Wikipedia *Commanders of Chaos: The 5 Worst Generals in U.S. History -- Michael Peck, National Interest* It would be nice if all American generals were great. How might Vietnam or Iraq have turned out if a George Washington, a Ulysses Grant or a George Patton had been in command? Alas, call it the laws of probability or just cosmic karma, but every nation produces bad generals as well as good ones—and America is no exception. What is a bad general? Defining that is like defining a bad meal. Some would say that failure on the battlefield warrants... more »

Mexico: Alleged "UFO" Marks Found in Croplands to the South of Parral

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Source: El Heraldo de ChihuahuaDate: 8 November 2014* *Mexico: Alleged "UFO" Marks Found in Croplands to the South of Parral* *Erick Moreno - El Heraldo de Chihuahua* VILLA OCAMPO, Durango - The owner of the "Don Isaac" ranch was startled last Thursday when he reached his property only to find that strange imprints had been found in a sorghum field - an area measuring 2,500 square meters (26,000 sq.ft.). Locals have attributed such events to extraterrestrial activity. A UFO phenomenon occurred in a ranch of this locality, flattening the sorghum crop and forming circles and trian... more »

Afghanistan Updates ( November 9 , 2014 ) - A look at the political situation , Taliban stage attack inside a police HQ in Kabul , US military withdrawal items of note and Afghan Army readiness status .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Sunday Tweets.... *Omar Samad* ‏@OmSamad Oct 31 Afghan leader references Taliban at Beijing http:// news.yahoo.com/beijing-hosts- regional-conference-afghanistan-041128999.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory … Wonder what Taliban (& backers) think of "*political* opposition" term. Yahoo News [image: View this content on Yahoo News's website] Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have... Vi... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Post by Neil Young. Dodson from David Berez on Vimeo.

It's Going To Be A Very Nasty Election

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/ On Friday, the Canadian Press reported that The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has voted to abandon its traditional neutrality during federal elections: Members of the union have complained bitterly about what they claim is the muzzling of federal scientists and political interference with their work. The union, which represents some 55,000 professionals in the public service, has traditionally chosen to stay at arm's length from elections. But union president Debi Daviau says ... more »

Open Source Revolution – 3 Ways Humanity Will Never Be The Same

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Jefferey Jaxen* - The post Open Source Revolution – 3 Ways Humanity Will Never Be The Same appeared first on Waking Times.

ASD Tries Massages and Cupcakes to Buy Support for Murder of Schools on Hit List

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Chris Barbic is back in action and was answering questions at an ASD Neighborhood Fair yesterday, where a total of 64 souls showed up for cookies and massages and propaganda messages. The big news is, however, that the resistance will meet at Glenview Community Center on Wednesday at 5:30 PM. . . . .Barbic answered questions from The Commercial Appeal during the ASD Neighborhood Schools Fair at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy. Partly a student-recruiting event, the fair made available to parents the representatives of about 10 charter schools which will be ... more »

Will North Korea Ever Use Its Nuclear Weapons?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Will North Korea Ever Use Its Nuclear Weapons? -- The Guardian* *The US has claimed that Pyongyang is now able to shrink a nuclear weapon to fit on a ballistic missile. NK News asked an expert panel how worried we should be.* A senior US general claimed last week that North Korea has the expertise to build a nuclear warhead that can be mounted on a ballistic missile – although he added that there was no evidence that it had actually done so. General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of US forces in South Korea, said he thought Pyongyang has access to the necessary technology to m... more »

On The Front-Line In The Battle For Kobane (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Kurdish militants fire a machine gun mounted on a truck at ISIS positions during fighting west of Kobane last week *On The Front-Line In The Battle For Kobane: Amazing Pictures Of The Life-Or-Death Struggle For Syrian Border Town Show Kurdish Fighters Battling Through Rubble-Strewn Streets Against ISIS Extremists -- Daily Mail* * Images from the front-line show the trail of destruction in the war-torn town where there has been weeks of fighting * Islamic State militants have been making their advances on Kobane since September as residents are forced to flee * Men can be seen carr... more »

Watch Germany Commemorate The Berlin Wall’s Fall (Live)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *The live link to the ceremonies *is here* (Hint: Here is a chance to brush up on your German).

Yes, But WHY Didn't Democrats Turn Out On Election Day? WHY?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
A Member of Congress, a strong, active, unambiguous progressive who sailed to victory Tuesday, called me complaining about Pelosi's tele-caucus meeting the other day. The Democrats, Pelosi said, did badly in the election because-- wait for it-- turnout was bad. It *was* bad... something like only 36.6% of registered voters went to the polls. But that in itself doesn't explain why the Democrats did poorly, nor why Republicans did well. On C-Span's *Newsmakers* this morning, Bernie Sanders said he thinks "many of the Democratic candidates did not run on an agenda which resonated with... more »

Germany Marks The 25th Anniversary On The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Somber, Hopeful Ceremonies Mark 25 Years Since The Berlin Wall Fell -- CNN* (CNN) -- Jumping out of buildings, running through barbed wire, flying makeshift planes and digging secret tunnels -- all desperate measures used by people to flee East Berlin after the wall went up. Those images and memories flooded back into Germany's collective conscious on Sunday, as the nation celebrated 25 years since the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. On November 9, 1989, tens of thousands of Germans literally tore it down by hand -- using their fists, pickaxes, sledgehammers and shovels. Then Ea... more »

Argentina: A Fireball Over San Juan Province?

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 15 hours ago
[*The spate of incoming fireballs and meteorites hasn't been limited to the Northern Hemisphere, as this article from Diario de Cuyo shows -- SC*] *Source: Diario de Cuyo and Planeta UFODate: 11.07.2014* *Argentina: A Fireball Over San Juan?* A reader of Diario de Cuyo saw a strange, bright light crossing the skies at hig speed. The photos were taken from a car at the intersection of Ig. de la Roza and San Miguel avenues. 18:09 hrs. San Juan, 7 November - "That's not a plane. What is it?" wondered Daniela Pérez as she drove in her car along with her family, stopping at the light... more »

Lest We Forget

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 15 hours ago
Indeed we must not forget, not just the terrible toll that war takes upon those who engage in it both directly and indirectly but we must also not forget what the second world war was about and how it all started. I must give a brief history lesson here of the period BEFORE the war in Europe which in my view is important to understand when talking about democracy as I do in this blog. It all started with one megalomaniac who was the leader of a political party and was elected to a MINORITY government in 1933, that he was arrested and found guilty of treason some 10 years earlier for... more »

Blossom Goodchild - November 8, 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
*Blossom Goodchild - November 8, 2014* I was just taking some time to tune in for today’s session, when out of nowhere, the song ‘Consider Yourself’, from the musical ‘Oliver’, came into my mind. The chorus ran through my head and I smiled … *'Consider yourself ... at home; Consider yourself ... one of the family. We’ve taken to you ... so strong, its clear, we’re ... going to get along. Consider yourself ... our mate. We don’t want to have ...no fuss, for after some consideration we can state, consider yourself ... one of us! I realise that was sent through from you ... and th... more »

Was The Andrew Marr Show biased?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Was this morning's *The Andrew Marr Show *biased? Before I give my answer to that I'd like to pass on the result of a little study I did whilst watching it. I decided to simultaneously follow the programme on Twitter using the hashtag *#marr, *noting down the allegations of bias being made. It was quite an experience. Like *QT* audiences, the *#marr *hashtag appears to be heavily used by political activists seeking to steer the debate and, again like on *QT*, the left-wing activists shouted loudest. There was a *#webacked *campaign running by Labour activists and a parallel *#save... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*These 7 Countries Will College Educate You for Free* The cost of college tuition has skyrocketed, with huge increases over the past five years as college aid has been reduced by state budgets. In Arizona, for example, this increase in tuition has been 77 percent. In Georgia, it's 75 percent, and in Washington state, 70 percent.Two-thirds of American college students graduate with college debt, and that debt now tops $1.2 trillion. By every indication, college is now more expensive than it has ever been, out of reach of not only poor Americans, but even middle class ones. While va... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*There is no "hidden" heat* Just in case you were not aware, since about 1997 or so, there has been nearly no global temperature rise. This is despite atmospheric CO2 concentration continuing to rise. To date there are some 55 ideas to explain this slowdown in global warming. Some of the ‘explanations’ presume the so-called ‘greenhouse effect’ is operating as the IPCC models calculated; it’s just that the heat has hidden elsewhere, maybe deep in the ocean. I wondered if there was empirical data available of the greenhouse effect? And could it show whether or not the greenhouse ef... more »

Bolivia Gives Legal Rights to Mother Earth

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
http://humansarefree.com/2014/11/bolivia-gives-legal-rights-to-mother.html#more *Beautiful concept, lets just hope they define "collective good" more clearly, many a despot has done his rule of tyranny in the name of the "greater good"... -AK* *Bolivia Gives Legal Rights to Mother Earth* Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature. Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to ... more »

Argentina Buying Gripens? Brits Say 'No Way'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Saab Gripen E/F fighter]Argentina’s Defense Minister Agustin Rossi surprised just about everybody when he announced on Oct. 21 that his government intended to buy 24 Saab Gripen E fighters to re-equip his nation’s ancient Air Force. But Rossi’s request appeared to ignore a likely insurmountable hurdle to the sale: Britain, its longtime foe, has a near veto on the export of the combat jet as a result of the substantial number of UK systems in the jet. More than 30 percent of the new version of the Gripen being developed by Saab is supplied by British industry. Selex ES’ key ... more »

Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Map of the six sightings of a Buk missile launcher on July 17 and 18]This report analyses evidence from open sources, in particular social media, relating to the Buk missile launcher filmed and photographed in eastern Ukraine on July 17th that many have linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While other open source information is available on other aspects of the downing of MH17, the Bellingcat MH17 investigation team believes that this particular investigation provides solid information about the origin and movements of the Buk filmed and photographed on July... more »

India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-II missile off Odisha coast

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Agni II missile]India on Sunday successfully test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army. "The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from a mobile launcher from the Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range at around 9.40 AM," defence officials said. Describing the test of the state-of-the-art missile as fully successful, ITR Director MVKV Prasad said, "It was a user trial conducted by the Army." Read more

Politics Today And My Vote - These are The Seats for the Senate

Oilsforfun-Cristina Homem de Melo at GlobaLove Think Tank - 20 hours ago
© Cristina Homem de Melo

Ruben Ireland - Illustration - master of cool

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
oh, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely and stylish -- that's all Free Planet can say about the stunning illustration work of UK-artist Ruben Ireland.

WZ-10 could be as good as Apache: Chinese expert

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: WZ-10 attack helicopter]On Nov. 6, Chen Hong, a Chinese military expert, told Chinese state mouthpiece, the People's Daily, that the WZ-10 attack helicopter designed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation could be as good as the US Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter. The WZ-10 helicopter began its service with the PLA back in 2012. It is capable of carrying seven tons of munitions and stay operational for three hours. In addition, Chen said that the combat radius of a WZ-10 is 300km. Like the AH-64D Longbow Apache, the WZ-10 is a very powerful helicopter, Chen said. At the Z... more »

Crisis-hit MiG aircraft ejects 3 fuel tanks on Gwalior farm

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MiG-21 Bison]An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter plane dropped three fuel tanks on outskirts of Gwalior city on Saturday during an in-flight emergency. MiG-21 fleet's upgraded Bison variant was on a training mission at Gwalior airbase when the pilot was forced to jettison the tanks. They were dropped 5 km from the base runway and landed on a field 500m away from a residential locality, said sources. "Emergency crew swiftly responded. The pilot followed procedure and we're relieved no one was hurt," an IAF officer said. An investigation has been launched. It was a routine trai... more »

What drives some negative reviewers of "Interstellar"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
At the beginning, the Interstellar movie I would see on Thursday was getting almost entirely positive reactions. Even today, most of the professional reviewers rated it with 73%. But if you search for the reviews at generic websites, you will notice that the most typical rating of self-anointed critics is actually 2 stars. Where does the gap come from? Well, the gap has – and the negative reviews have – numerous reasons but some of the most obvious ones are not being discussed. Many of the negative reviewers are lazy, intellectually limited, anti-science spoiled brats; and many othe... more »

SRM - Solar Radiation Management - chemtrails is 4 real

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
personally, I'd rename this from SRM (Solar Radiation Management) to SDM (Solar Deflection Management) but the information in this informative video from investigative sky-journalist Jim Lee is well worth the viewing.

Amrullah Saleh On Afghanistan, Pakistan, And The Post-2014 NATO Withdrawal [August 2012 Interview]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 21 hours ago
*Wikipedia: * Amrullah Saleh is a politician in Afghanistan who served as head of the National Directorate of Security from 2004 until his resignation in 2010. Prior to that he was a member of Ahmad Shah Massoud's Northern Alliance. . . . According to Ambassador Hank Crumpton from the CIA, who led the Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001, Saleh possessed "good technical skills and emerging leadership traits". Ambassador Crumpton also writes in his recent book that he found Saleh to be “young, brilliant, honest, and devoted to a free Afghanistan" The resignation of Sa... more »

Cuomo Reelection an Obvious Moskowitz Opportunity

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 22 hours ago
On November 4, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was re-elected. As the New York Times reports, some voters lamented “lack of an acceptable option.” In the days preceding the election, Cuomo vowed to “bust” the public school “monopoly.” In the days following Cuomo’s reelection, New York charter queen Eva Moskowitz, who is hinting at a NYC […]

Blast from the Past: Taroko 1914

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
The Puli Image collection on Facebook sent around this picture taken in July of 1914 by Japanese troops operating in Taroko. Explanation below: 《大正3年(1914)太魯閣討伐記念繪明信片- 九中隊將校與ムクシイバワ社(摩古伊波社)的首棚合影 大正3年(1914)7月,太魯閣討伐軍隊萩野守備隊所屬的第九中隊,進佔太魯閣族ムクシイバワ社(摩古伊波社,約今花蓮縣銅門附近),與該社的首棚珍貴合影。 「首棚架」是太魯閣部落族人依據gaya「出草」後,置放敵首之處,一般置放於部落之前方不遠處,除警告進入部落範圍外,同時寄予被馘首之靈保護部落之意。 更多太魯閣戰役百年影像,11月8日起在埔里圖書館展出 _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Ukraine Ceasefire Is Crumbling As Fighting Flares Throughtout The Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 Issues," similar to the kind of series I used to contribute to. This "tough ... 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! - 1 day 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. (UPDATE: Here again is the link for MIT's 1999 commencement festivities. Again, the boys are introduced at 11:05.)* *by Ken* I was horrified to discover earlier today that the MIT video of their 1999 ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Makes one believe in fate on a Sunday Morning.

Where do you want to diredt your rage?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Yeah baby thats the truth!

Red Box - Lean On Me

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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