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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

1 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

11:56pm MST

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 20 minutes ago
*"Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East" by Gerard Russell (2014).* *WikiSpooks:* Gerard Russell is a career diplomat in the British foreign service and the former head of the Islamic Media Unit. Gerard Russell, is the former Head and Spokesman for the Islamic Media Unit; In this country, few would know the name of Gerard Russell, but to millions of Arabs he is the voice of Britain. *Video Title: Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: The disappearing religions of the Middle East. Source: New America. Date Published: November 14, 2014. Des... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
“A lovely starfield in the heroic northern constellation Perseus holds this famous pair of open or galactic star clusters, h and Chi Perseii. Also cataloged as NGC 869 (right) and NGC 884, both clusters are about 7,000 light-years away and contain stars much younger and hotter than the Sun. *Click image for larger size.* Separated by only a few hundred light-years, the clusters' ages based on their individual stars are similar - evidence that they were likely a product of the same star-forming region. Always a rewarding sight in binoculars, the Double Cluster is even visible to the u... more »

The Poet: Manuel Bandeira, "Be Like A River"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
*"Be Like A River"* “Be like a river that flows Silent in the middle of the night Not fearing the dark of the night, Reflecting any star that is in the sky. And if the sky fills with clouds, Clouds are water, like the river, so Reflect them too with no regret In the silent depth.” - Manuel Bandeira, Brazilian poet


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
“Imagination is the outreaching of mind, the bombardment of the conscious mind with ideas, impulses, images and every sort of psychic phenomena welling up from the preconscious. It is the capacity to "dream dreams and see visions...” - Rollo May

Paulo Coelho, "Walking the Path"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
"Walking the Path" by Paulo Coelho "I reckon that it takes about three minutes to read my text. Well, according to statistics, in that same short period of time 300 people will die and another 620 will be born. It takes me perhaps half an hour to write a text: here I sit, concentrating on my computer, books piled up beside me, ideas in my head, the scenery passing by outside my window. Everything seems perfectly normal all around me; and yet, during these thirty minutes, 3,000 people have died and 6,200 have just seen the light of the world for the first time. Where are all those t... more »

Chet Raymo, “Supernatural and Metanatural”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
*“Supernatural and Metanatural”* by Chet Raymo "I first wrote about Jan Vermeer's "The Milkmaid" back in the late-summer of 2009, when the painting was the star of a show at New York's Met. I was so enchanted with the painting that I made it the desktop on one of my laptops, where it has remained ever since. (Click image to enlarge.) What I like about the painting is the way it celebrates the commonplace, especially the way it illuminates simple material things - bread, milk, wicker, brass, cloth, ceramic, wood, plaster, skin. We see these things as they are, but also - though the ... more »

Ukraine Announces A Temporary Ceasefire With Pro-Russian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
A scene from mid-October of the devastation at Donetsk airport as Ukrainian troops searched for the remains of a fellow soldier. (Photo Sergei Loiko) *Kiev Says Limited Truce With Pro-Russian Separatists Reached -- Wall Street Journal* Fighting Around Donetsk Airport Stops as Russian, Ukrainian Officials Negotiate Cease-Fire KIEV, Ukraine—The Ukranian government said Monday that it had reached a truce with pro-Russian separatists in one of the hottest spots of the monthslong conflict in eastern Ukraine, potentially signaling progress in the implementation of frequently violated p... more »

In A Major Diplomatic Defeat, Russia Announces That It Will Not Build The South Stream Gas Pipeline To Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
*In Diplomatic Defeat, Putin Diverts Pipeline to Turkey -- New York Times* MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decis... more »

Britain's Foreign Secretary Raises Concerns On Russian Planes 'Probing' U.K. Air Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond addresses the media after a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna October 29, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger *Philip Hammond: Russian Planes 'Probing UK' -- BBC* Britain is concerned about the "extremely aggressive probing" of its airspace by Russian aircraft, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said. He made the remark while being questioned by a Commons committee about arms export licences to Russia. He told MPs the UK was responding to Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis via EU-wide sanctions. But the... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Rock Springs, Wyoming, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"If The Government Had To Dig A Hole"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago

"Mourn Not..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Mourn not the dead. But rather mourn the apathetic throng - the cowed and meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak.” -Ralph Chaplin

Fracking Isn't Going To Save The World

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*-by Jack Hannold* The price of gasoline has been falling lately because U. S. oil production has soared to its highest level in decades, producing a worldwide surplus. OPEC’s Thanksgiving Day announcement that its members won’t soon cut oil production means prices will remain low for now. One Russian oil executive thinks OPEC wants to crash the U.S. shale oil boom, which he compares to the dot-com boom of the 1990’s. He predicts prices will rise again in 2016, after OPEC finishes “cleaning up the American marginal market.” Fracking for shale oil costs more than conventional dri... more »

World AIDS Day 2014: Five Data Points, Four News Items, and Three Films

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Today is World AIDS Day, an annual day of remembrance and reflection on the global AIDS crisis held since 1988. Overshadowed this year by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we should keep in mind that this problem is not over even if it has receded from news coverage in recent years. Here are 5 facts Continue reading

"Leaving the Earth a Better Place: A Legacy of Love"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Leaving the Earth a Better Place: A Legacy of Love"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "It is a great act of love to leave the earth a better place when we leave than which we found her. We inherit this great planet from our parents and from the generations that came before. Then, in concert with the surrounding culture, our elders teach us how to care for the land and the sea, ourselves and each other. They model ways of being in relationship with every other expression of life on earth. But whether they act with care or carelessness, compassion or cruelty, generosity or greed, we h... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

And So It Goes (2014)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 4 hours ago
Download And So It Goes For FreeWatch Movie And So It Goes HD with duration 94 Min and broadcast on 2014-07-18 and MPAA rating is 15. 2465146 2465146 *Original Title :* And So It Goes *Movie title in your country :* And So It Goes *Year of movie :* 2014 *Genres of movie :* Comedy, Drama, Romance, *Status of movie :* Released *Release date of movie :* 2014-07-18 *Companies of movie :* Envision Entertainment, ASIG Productions, Castle Rock Entertainment, *Countries of movie :* United States of America, *Language of movie :* English, *Durationof movie :* 94 Min *Averag... more »

Legal bills based on hourly rates not always appropriate; value not hours matters

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Bank of Nova Scotia v. Diemer, 2014 ONCA 851: [35] Having said that, it is evident that the fairness and reasonableness of the fees of a receiver and its counsel are the stated lynchpins in the *Bakemates *analysis. However, in actual practice, time spent, that is, hours spent times hourly rate, has tended to be the predominant factor in determining the quantum of legal fees. [36] There is a certain irony associated with this dichotomy. A person requiring legal advice does not set out to buy time. Rather, the object of the exercise is to buy services. Moreover, th... more »

The Economy: "Graphic Stories of America's Huge Wealth Gap"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Graphic Stories of America's Huge Wealth Gap"* by Paul Buchheit “How many times do you have to get hit over the head until you figure out who's hitting you?” - Harry S. Truman "Just 70 individuals now own as much wealth as half the world. In the U.S., the richest 40 individuals own as much as half the country, and the 16,000 American households in the top .01% have accumulated an average net worth of over a third of a billion dollars. As extreme wealth continues to grow out of control, inequality worsens for the rest of us, plaguing our country and our world, spreading like a te... more »

Kahlil Gibran, “The Asylum”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Asylum”* by Kahlil Gibran "I was strolling in the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man who was reading a philosophy book. His behavior and his evident good health made him stand out from the other inmates. I sat down beside him and asked: ‘What are you doing here?’ He looked at me, surprised. But seeing that I was not one of the doctors, he replied: ‘It’s very simple. My father, a brilliant lawyer, wanted me to be like him. My uncle, who owns a large emporium, hoped I would follow his example. My mother wanted me to be the image of her beloved father. My sister... more »

Afghanistan Update ( December 1 , 2014 ) - Political intrigue in Kabul unfolds even as the Taliban continues fighting - not time for a winter break so far !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Anti War..... Kabul Police Chief Resigns After Latest Taliban AttackSouth African Aid Workers Slain in Sunday Attack by Jason Ditz, November 30, 2014 Print This | Share This Kabul police chief General Zahir Zahir has resigned from his position today, after the latest attack on the Afghan capital city killed three South Africans, an aid worker and his two children. Spokesmen for Zahir’s office declined specific comments, beyond saying that he “will not continue his job as police chief anymore.” It is unclear if he resigned voluntarily or was about to be sacked. However, this was not... more »

Ferguson Grand Jury decides not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson ( November 24 - 25 , 2014 ) - The decision and the aftermath - news and views from around the US and World !

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Tweets..... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 6m 6 minutes ago Guest Post: Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 'Coincidences' Too Glaring To Ignore http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-2 6/guest-post-did-they-want-more-violence-ferguson-10-coincidences-too-glaring-ignore … zerohedge [image: View this content on zerohedge's website] Guest Post: Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 'Coincidenc... Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence? Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after this week's violent protests arcoss the country... View on we... more »

How To Be A Man

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission case: When the gummint goes into superstealth mode, there's often an unsavory stench

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Built to last? Sure, but it didn't.* *Now you saw it; then in November 1963 you didn't. When New Yorkers discovered that McKim, Mead and White's magisterial Penn Station, a fixture of the city since it opened in 1910 (we see it above from the inside and out), could really just go bye-bye, the trick became harder to work quite so easily. By the turn of Grand Central Terminal came for demolition, there was already a Landmarks Preservation Commission, created in 1965, and New Yorkers were prepared to fight back. And even win -- even if the fight had to be fought all the way to the S... more »

Playing Our Part for the Planet

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
http://astro-awakenings.co.uk/december-2014-astro-energy-report * Playing Our Part for the Planet* By Sarah Varcas The final month of 2014 is dominated by the penultimate exact Uranus/Pluto square mid month (14th/15th December). With it we enter the grand finale of this potent alignment which has been with us since 2012 and finally begins to fade come April next year. No one has been left untouched by the quickening power of this time. Many peoples’ lives now bear little resemblance to how they looked before these two planetary heavy-weights began their alchemical dance. Nothing ... more »

A pisser of a prediction

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
“ *No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world*.” – *Christine Stewart*, former Canadian Minister of the Environment NZ’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (henceforth, The Pisser) says we’re all going to drown by 2040 due to 1) thermal expansion of the oceans, and 2) melting polar ice. Yet while the oceans have been rising steadily but slowly since the last little ice age, in recent years the rate of rise has slowed, not accelerated, as as this chart illu... more »

JFK Exposes Secret Societies that Run America

Waking Times at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Video -* JFK hints at the threat of secret societies that run the American government behind the scenes. The post JFK Exposes Secret Societies that Run America appeared first on Waking Times.

Dear Alberta Lottery Foundation: We Have Questions

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
[This is a letter written to the Alberta Lottery fund on November 19, 2014, by Celia Posyniak, Executive Director, Kensington Clinic, Calgary. Some background on her concerns can be found in our series on public funding of three Alberta crisis pregnancy centres: Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre, Medicine Hat Pregnancy Support Society, and West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre (Hinton). Links to CAPSS added.] To Whom It May Concern: I am writing to express my concerns regarding the awarding of lottery funds to so-called crisis pregnancy centres (CPC) in Alberta. Specifically, ...more »

GAIA PORTAL: "Sterilizations" of lower energetics is now underway

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
*"Sterilizations" of lower energetics is now underway * by ÉirePort "Sterilizations" of lower energetics is now underway. hu-beings harboring such feel the neutralization, and prepare for egress. Gaia Higher Beings heed the call for all Humanity, as recognitions are prescient. Sensations in all dimensional bodies increase and those with the prodding are assisting the transmute. Multiple timelines have sealed... only the Higher Gaia timeline remains. "Casual" participants in the lower energetics become casual-ties. All Gaia participants now fully protected as they recognize the ... more »

The Border Cafe

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
*ORIGINALLY POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2014* *The Border Cafe * A work of fiction (or is it?) *By American Kabuki* Chapter 1 It had been a long winter for both. Weary from the battle the operatives approached the rendezvous with trepidation. They hated each other had scars to prove it. Campo Blanco's war with Team Noir was thousands of years old. They suffered much loss of life in the skirmishes. Team Noir had one objective acquisition and power and they did it well. They did it ruthlessly. Campo Blanco had the advantage of the rising energetics. Herve entered the cafe cautiously, P... more »

Auckland grandomania ever-more costly for ratepayers

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
ACT leader David Seymour has written a great short piece in the Herald attacking Auckland’s “Super-Council” for its debt, over-spending and rates rises. Auckland Council needs to stop and take a breath, he says, citing its vote by a narrow majority to impose grotesquely large rate increases on thousands of Auckland's ratepayers. The increases are staggering: 126,000 households will face increases of 10 per cent or more, 25,000 of 20 per cent or more, and almost 4000 of more than 40 per cent… The increased pressure on rates is largely due to three factors: setting the Uniform ... more »

Dr. Rudd and the Planned Assisted Suicide of the College of Education at U of Memphis

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
University of Memphis Faculty Senate meeting: December 2, 2:40 PM, Rm. 261 University Center Be There to Protest The University of Memphis Faculty Senate will hear details of CorpEd's teacher miseducation plan tomorrow, which will divide UofM's college of education into two castes: one for teacher candidates trained to serve corporate charter schools that impose the penal "no excuses" teaching model on the children of the poor. This group of teacher candidates are to be Relay-ed into poor and black schools after they are indoctrinated in techniques for grinding out test scores a... more »

God wants a Trudeau!!!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Best explanation so far for the reason oil prices have tanked. Along with them the last shred of economic credibility that Harper had.

Should Progressives Play "All or Nothing" With the End-of-Year "Tax Extenders"? Yes.

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The very very rich *by Gaius Publius* I wrote recently about the lame-duck battle-- behind the scenes and in the press-- being waged over end-of-year "tax extenders." I offered a progressive strategy (repeated below) for maximizing the number of "good" tax credits that would be extended ("renewed"), like credits for renewable energy and expiring-in 2017 expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit. But to fully understand what this amorphous "package" really contains, let's take a closer look; it will be useful to know exactly what's at stake. Are these "tax extenders" really "a lit... more »

I Believe Shia LaBeouf

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Shia LaBeouf, ex-Hollywood beefcake turned avant-garde performance artist hasn't featured on this blog before. But he does now and for good reason. If you haven't heard the story, he's alleged that he was raped during a project back in February. The exhibit, #IAmSorry, sees a paper bag-wearing LaBeouf silently sitting alone in a room with members of the public as they talk/cajole/berate him. On his bag is written the legend 'I am not famous anymore'. According to LaBeouf, One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 min... more »

What you can do with a bike

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
Here’s what you can do on Christmas Day when you get that bike you asked for. Mind you, you’ll have to get to Skye first. And avoid the whisky. [Hat tip Suzuki Samurai] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Russian Fighter Jet In Near Miss With A Nowegian F-16 (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Norwegian F-16 in Near-Miss With Russian Fighter Jet -- Wall Street Journal* Norway’s Armed Forces Release Video of Pilot Dodging Russian MiG-31 OSLO—The Norwegian Armed Forces released a video of a Russian fighter jet flying uncomfortably close to a Norwegian F-16, highlighting potential collision risks when intercepting Russian aircraft in international airspace on behalf of NATO. The release of the video on Sunday follows a series of publications by Norwegian defense authorities regarding encounters with Russian aircraft this year, and it marks another sign of escalating con... more »

Ukraine's Government Has Lost Support For Its Cause In The Rebel Regions Of The East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Ukrainian servicemen, who are members of an artillery section, gather near a cannon being fired during a military operation against pro-Russian separatists near Pervomaisk, Luhansk region, Aug. 2, 2014. *In Ukraine's East, Support For The Central Government In Kiev Is Dying -- L.A. Times* A year ago, Luda Nesterenko didn't give much thought to her nationality. With a Ukrainian mother and a Russian father, Nesterenko, like so many in this region of the former Soviet Union, is a mix of two Slavic cultures so close that she hardly felt the need to differentiate between them. But tha... more »

Russia Accused Of Using Its Special Forces In The Battle For The Airport At Donetsk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Russia Accused Of Backing Fresh Offensive Against Donetsk Airport As Nato Accuses Moscow Of Violating Ceasefire By Sending Advanced Weapons To Separatists -- Daily Mail* * Ukraine army says Russian special forces have attacked for three days * Comes amid accusations of weapons smuggling in Russian aid convoys * Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 15 more injured Russian special forces are leading attacks on Donetsk airport as fighting in east Ukraine intensifies despite a two-month-old ceasefire, the country's military claims. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko...more »

Google: Renewable energy is still unsustainable energy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
A working definition of so-called renewable energy remains as “energy produced by means that would be uneconomic without tax breaks and subsidies.” The distinguishing characteristic of so called 'renewable energy' is *not* that it is renewable (or there wouldn’t be such opposition to nuclear, or new hydro), *but that it doesn't produce reliable energy*. Renewable energy is economically unsustainable energy. Google thought they could change that. Google failed. Starting in 2007, [say two Google engineers who worked on the project] Google committed significant resources to tackle ... more »

Do not sell anything at retial if its in Wal Marts interests

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
The people in China, and by that I mean the goverment realized that a long time ago. So as a colliquiy or addendum I add. Do not manufacture anything in China's interest. Now you see the world more clearly.

Russia---Keeper of the World's Moral Compass

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
UPDATE: CBC is again under DOS attack. Last week it was out of service for a couple of days....Canadians must be saying some things on the comments forums that the PTB don't want to hear : P^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^NOTE: I have updated my Arts and Crafts Page with some photos of Christmas Crafts I'm currently working on (hence the slower Blog posting) Enjoy! *Rare Russian Bear** *Posted as a Metaphor for Russia* *---caged by US/EU sanctions* One of the nicest parts of growing old is watching what I call "the worm turn". So many things we took for granted as being "bad" over ...more »

Basics: The German Euro is Undervalued

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 10 hours ago
I keep telling people that the German euro is undervalued, but some folks seem not to believe me. (See the comments section from this post last year for an example.) But this is a really big deal. The dominant narrative about the eurozone crisis is that fiscally irresponsible countries like Greece were bringing the once-proud currency to its knees, and weakening the European project to boot. Meanwhile, the virtuous Germans keep on cranking out trade surpluses and have to bail out Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain. And it's pretty clear that the Germans believe this version of eve... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'CA'NAZISM'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
CA’NAZISM Posted on December 1, 2014 Mohawk Nation News                                              Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Dec. 1, 2014. Canada is the first colony to register with the Vatican/CROWN in 1867 as a corporate state. The definition of Nazism is the merger of corporation and state. All those carrying Canadian identification are the new Nazis! Harper is

Nigeria Ends Its Military Training Program With The US

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Nigerian soldiers. This Day Live *Nigerian Government Calls Halt to U.S. Training for Army -- Bloomberg* The U.S. is cutting short a training program for Nigerian soldiers following a request by the West African nation’s government less than a month after Washington said it refused to sell the country Cobra attack helicopters. “At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion,” the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Abuja, said in an e-mailed statement. The program was designed to help Nigeria battle the Islamist mil... more »

Are The Taliban Starting To Use Birds For 'Suicide Bomb Attacks'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*A Different Kind Of Bird Strike: Afghan Police Discover Explosives INSIDE Bird After Shooting It When They Saw Antenna Sticking Out Of It -- Daily Mail* * Afghan police have shot dead a large bird carrying a suspected bomb * Officers opened fire after spotting wires coming out of its feathers * The bird was equipped with a GPS tracker and mobile phone detonator * This comes as the last NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan * Taliban insurgents have increased the number of attacks on Afghan troops * Police complain they have not got enough weapons to cope with attacks Afghan poli... more »

Who pays for government?

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 11 hours ago
Source. Click on graphic to enlarge.

Canadians fighting for Freedom

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I know nothing about death is war except when you look back in history it was mostly useless. Now we are fighting a Bob Dlyan song and its attractive to most I want to fight and may die to help the Kurds fight off ISIS just when they need it most. So where were these Canadians when Churchill invented gas warfare by gassing the Kurds a century ago. Maybe today they are more democratic. Baby boomer tranished by the Vietnam war know in the words of a herion addict Freedom means nothing left to lose So can we apply this addiction to our thoughts about ISIS? I say hell ya! What exactly ar... more »

Supplemental: Ruth Marcus starts including some facts!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014 The way our discourse works:* What follows strikes us as very depressing. But it’s a strong example of the way our “public discourse” now works. Last Monday, the Washington Post published a letter from a reader who was very upset. The reader said she had been in tears as she read a recent column by Ruth Marcus. Headline included, Marcus' column had started like this: MARCUS (11/16/14): *Cruel and unusual punishment for the autistic* Reginald Latson’s path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Staffor...more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*DON'T STOP BELIEVING: Saints Beat the Odds vs. Steelers~Barry Hirstius, Who Dat Dish*

Say Goodbye to #TurkeyPardonGate

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
Let the national healing begin: the Good Christian Bitch who dissed the Obama daughters for dressing and acting like teenagers is gone, resigned, fired in order to spend more time with God, with whom she evidently has a close personal relationship: *Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), resigned Monday following a Facebook post that criticized Malia and Sasha Obama's appearance at the annual White House turkey pardon ceremony, according to NBC News. * *According to screenshots posted by Gawker on Saturday, Lauten wrote to the first daught...more »

Afghan President Overhauling The Country's Security Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Afghan President Sees Stability In New NATO Relationship -- Stars and Stripes* BRUSSELS — The coming launch of NATO’s training and advisory mission in Afghanistan will mark a new phase in Kabul’s relationship with the alliance that will bring peace and stability to the country, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday. The newly elected president, who was making his first visit in that role to alliance headquarters on Monday, thanked NATO for all it had done for Afghanistan during the combat mission due to end this month. The alliance first assumed responsibility for security i... more »

U.S. F-16 Air Force Pilot Killed In Mideast F-16 Crash Before Islamic State Mission

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in a non-combat-related incident November 30. pic.twitter.com/nvmDnaQsnh — CENTCOM CG PAO (@CENTCOMCGPAO) December 1, 2014 *US Air Force Fighter Pilot Killed In Non-Combat Crash In Middle East As F-16 Comes Down Shortly After Take-Off -- Daily Mail* * US Air Force fighter pilot killed in the Middle East shortly after take-off * Military said crash did not take place in Iraq or Syria where US planes are engaged in a bombing campaign against ISIS militants * US has several Middle Eastern bases supporting aerial ef... more »

Stephen Buhner- Plant Intelligence

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
If this interview doesn't get you thinking...... check your pulse. ;) I am reading one of Stephen Buhner's books *The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth* by Stephen Harrod Buhner [image: Select book for larger view]So far, so good. His website: http://www.gaianstudies.org/Stephen.html He's not *down on humans* and suggests we serve the plants. Stephen Harrod Buhner is the author of 19 books, including Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, The Lost Language of Plants and Sacred Plant Medicine. Enjoy!

Denzil Minon Wong

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I could and should unload comedic hellfire at what some allege is an empty suit. His name invites paradoy. Especially when in the opinion of many he screws it up every time. minan wrong minnan little wang as far as I am concerned this guy represents everything wrong with Western Society. We got to work together people to make one plus one that is not two. This guy is the Chinese what Gerio Mammolit is to Italians. Stupid no matter what the Anthony. Yet both these bozo's get relecected time after time. Voters are the stupid ones expecting change.

The Awareness Field

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
[image: Picture] There is a field of Awareness. In it, grows love. What surprises those who happen upon it is the stark contrast found there. This is not a planned garden of pruned roses. It is rather haphazard. There are thorns as well as barren spots of dirt. Vibrant poppies and delicate violets thrive amidst dandelions and weeds. In some places, there are rocks. It is shocking more for what is not seen there, than for what is. The prize-winning orchid is no where to be found. Awareness and love cannot be systematically bred for perfection. They are found in common places where n... more »

Jesus speaking to me from the Cloud

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Yes you may be surprised but I had a problem and I googled it and Jesus solved it So I am no longer a sceptic Jesus is alive and he is speaking to me but more importantly he is solving problems in the cloud

The Awakening – A Clash Of Two Civilizations

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 12 hours ago
Watching the taking down of the system, the collapse of this matrix we are living in, has been a wild ride. The truth of what is taking place is becoming more and more in your face and transparency is coming out in the main stream media via a multitude of avenues- news, tv shows, movies, books etc... The trick is to SEE and comprehend what is being said. I have just finished uploading this weeks Transpicuous News Show and again there is some very big pieces of transparency that are being spread through the MSM News, which I discussed in some detail. (I am hoping to have the TN ... more »

Important Video: We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
It is now almost a full two years since the Sandy Hook FRAUD Operation of December14th, 2012.... Since the time of that fake operation that was nothing more than a drill where nobody died, the American people have been subjected to a wraith of tyranny and deception based upon the psychological effect of the false fear generated by that operation.... We are also now watching as the government in the United States passes new legislation that will enforce mental health "evaluations"in the poor American Public Education System and thus put many innocent American children on psychotropic... more »

Iraq's Military Has Tens Of Thousands Of 'Ghost Soldiers'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Reuters / Stringer *Iraq Says It Found 50,000 'Ghost Soldiers' On Payroll -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iraq's new government has discovered 50,000 "ghost soldiers" who received army salaries without showing up for work, a practice which accelerated the military's collapse in the face of Islamic State fighters six months ago. The names were uncovered in an investigation launched by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who took office in September, his spokesman Rafid Jaburi said. "Ghost soldiers" were men on the army payroll who paid their officers a portion of their salaries and in return... more »

Stand With Those Who Are Cast Aside

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
I am back home from Missouri and feeling happy that I went to St. Louis to stand with people in the black community. I just told my sister (my travel agent) that this is where I got my start as an organizer - working in the black community in central Florida. I am not afraid of black people and relate to their burning rage and exasperation with the white dominated system. I am most happy to see a generation of young black folks who are strong and clear and doing great organizing. And I am equally proud of the young white activists who are supporting their black brother and sist... more »

Report: US, Turkey Close To An Agreement On Joint Military Missions Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *US, Turkey Reportedly Close To Agreement On Joint Mission Against ISIS -- FOX News* The U.S. and Turkey are close to an agreement on a joint military action against the Islamic State militant group in northern Syria, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal, citing officials from both countries, reported that the proposed deal would allow the U.S. and its coalition partners access to Turkish air bases to use as launch points for air strikes. The agreement would also provide for a protected zone along part of the Syria-T... more »

Many Voters Don't Have The Mental Capacity To Understand An Abstract Term Like "Uninhabitable"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Today, Bernie's 5-song EP, We Shall Overcome was released. (Note: I refer to him as "Bernie" instead of Senator Bernie Sanders, not out of disrespect but for the same reason Madonna is known as Madonna and Cher is known as Cher... not to mention Beyonce, Elvis, Eminem, Prince, Björk, Pink, Bono, Seal, Morrissey, Divine, Moby, Banksy, Rihanna, Enya, Oprah, Liberace and Hillary.) Yesterday when Bernie sent out the graphic tweet above, it reminded me that his focus has always been very much on the economic justice issues that impact the day to day lives of ordinary working families. ... more »

Two Supermarkets Deviate from the Status Quo

Waking Times at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Video - *Two inspiring supermarkets help their customers take back control over food. The post Two Supermarkets Deviate from the Status Quo appeared first on Waking Times.

PIcking off the morons and declaring victory!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Creep me out to the point of no return A friend of mine loves to stream video. He is so surprised when he sees Fortune 500 companies as he imagines them advertising on what is essentially pirate video. So like the drug trade but the DEA does not have to pay to advertise. My friend has countless come ons on his screen. Asian, Russian and even Arab wives, and lonely middle age housewives without filters. Lately he has been bothered by a special thing. Eighteen old girls who want to chat and meet. Holy Fuck Batman did my Spider sense go off big time. First of all I (speaking as the vo... more »

FBI Issues Urgent Warning To All U.S. Military Personnel Of ISIS Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*FBI Warns Military Of ISIS Threat -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the US to carry out these attacks." "We also request members of the military review their online social media presence for any information that might attract the attention of violent extremists," the bulletin said, advising that members of the military "use caution and practice operational ... more »

A Terror Plot Directed At Oprah?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Photo:* Wikipedia *Oprah Targeted in Foiled Terror Bomb Plot -- Judicial Watch* The Chicago studios of talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey and the iconic “Sears Tower” (renamed Willis Tower) were the targets of a terrorist truck-bomb plot in 2009. But initially unbeknownst to federal authorities, two of the conspirators recently were arrested for unrelated state crimes in different parts of the country. The alleged bombers targeted Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Studios because they resented her popularity and power, while the tower was selected because of its obvious landmark status. The bom... more »

Al Qaeda Christmas Spectacular: Plot To Blow-Up 5 Passenger Planes Before Christmas Uncovered

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Al Qaeda Plot To Blow Up 5 Passenger Planes In Christmas 'Spectacular' -- Express* TERRORISTS are plotting to blow up five European passenger jets in a Christmas "spectacular", security experts say. The threat has been taken so seriously it came close to leading to an outright ban on all hand luggage, a senior insider has revealed. Mobile phones and electronic devices could still be banned from plane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities feared imminent. The warning comes as Whitehal... more »

The Fear of Fear: How To Beat It

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Julian Rose* - "Be wary of those who claim that fear is 'an illusion'. It is not. We cannot 'escape' fear by pretending it doesn't exist." The post The Fear of Fear: How To Beat It appeared first on Waking Times.

Cyber Monday Pussy

Demeur at Demeur - 14 hours ago
Caption: Catnip - check, Tuna - check, Play mouse - check. Now where's the masters credit card and when can Amazon have this delivered? The entire holiday stick has just lost its' luster I guess. May be due to an aging population or maybe there's no room left in the closet for the once used Chia pets of Christmases past. Do you really need a computerized electronic nose hair trimmer? Cross that one off your list aunt Martha. Quit chuckling and put it back on the shelf. And what was to be so thankful for this fine holiday season? Twenty five million around the world are parked in te... more »

Use of Cholesterol Drug in Middle Age Lowers Heart Risks for Decades Later

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
This is extremely important news. Statins are often poorly tolerated and there comes a time when the patient really needs to reduce their dosage. I personally have observed this although i have used them for a decade. Other recent information informs us that Coenzyme will ameliorate this problem. Thus we do have options. The real argument here is that a five year program of Statins will work to seriously lower the risk thereafter. That is sufficient to make it a key tool in any persons anti heart attack regimen. Lowering the risk matters. Statins are continuing to find ad... more »

Woman ‘Spontaneously’ Revives After 45 Minutes Without a Pulse

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
What is very good news is that the medical staff thought nothing of continuing CPR for 45 minutes. When i had my major Heart Attack in 2005, i recieved immediate CPR that was sustained for twenty minutes. This was already considered exceptional then and even then the whole medical team was working on the assumption that my brain had not survived the process. It took the stubborn determination of my wife to make them stay the course and bring me back. It is clear that we have a sea change in understanding the possibility of resurrection provided CPR is sustained. In this case... more »

Like Something the Lord Made

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
This is a great story well worth the effort. it tells of a great talent making his way in the world to his destiny and the changes he wrought and the utter esteem earned by his students and true successors. The lesson is that talent can always find a way that all others will miss. It tells the story of the pioneers of cardiac surgery and gives us a sense of their stunning achievement. Their real legacy is the million of lives well extended. That its greatest talent had to also step around the color barrier without been able to actually attend college is remarkable but not ... more »

Principal: School Doesn’t Work For Most Kids

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
Like everyone i have posted plenty on obvious improvements to the education process. Yet we all suffer from our own experience as our primary guide. That is just as obviously not good enough and plenty of kids simply fail to thrive, often because of the impact of emotional baggage. What this brings home is that the student must take personable responsibility to advance his educational agenda. In truth, my own successes and failures were produced by this personal willingness to go the extra mile and search out additional resources. Teachers need to identify this an... more »

A Former American Hostage Describes His Treatment From The U.S. Government When he Finally Escaped From His Jihadist Captors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Matt Schrier. CBS *Former al Qaida Hostage Recounts Nightmare – Of Dealing With FBI -- McClatchy News* WASHINGTON — The only thing as bad as being tortured for months as a captive of jihadists in Syria was dealing with the U.S. government afterward, according to one former American hostage. Matt Schrier, 36, a freelance photographer held by extremists for seven months in 2013 until he escaped, has told McClatchy that the bureaucracy he endured upon his return home was a second kind of nightmare following the months of abuse he suffered while he was a hostage. “I never thought it ... more »

Inside Walmart - Don't Shoot

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Protesters shut down a Walmart store in St. Louis South County on Sunday evening. For the fourth consecutive day, the activist group led by Bishop Derrick Robinson has shut down multiple retailers in the St. Louis area to protest the grand jury ruling on Monday to not indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown.

Is It Wrong To Equate Islam With Violence?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (2L) accompanies Pope Francis as he departs from Istanbul after a three day visit, November 30, 2014. Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end the conflicts there. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov *Pope Says It Is Wrong To Equate Islam With Violence -- Reuters* ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim l... more »

Boom and Bust:Oil

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
The bust in oil is not complicated. Many people bet on Peak Oil. This was not a stupid be but one as wonderful as betting on Betamax vs VHS. It a game, a game we all play and should bet upon like the lottery. Some civilizations like many Europeans ones have faced this challage in an adult way. For the last two decades in real terms the worst prices Euro contries have always won from higher oil prices. Figure that out. Its easy but complicated if you give evidence to every half truth. Next to currency's commodities are the greatest sources of speculation. Free Market thinkers thin... more »

Inequality 21: Marx, Keynes and Pikkety are ideological soulmates

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
During the Philippine Economic Society (PES) 52nd annual conference last November 14, 2014 held at Intercon Hotel, Makati City, the most stimulating presentation I saw was that by Dr. Raul Fabella, my former teacher in Econ 141 (International Trade) at UPSE undergrad in the 80s. Sir Raul's plenary paper was entitled *The "Piketty Inequality and the Role of the State in Economic Thinking*. To see the other papers at the conference, see PES website. A true blue academic, Sir Raul started with the ideological basis of inequality angst of many current thinkers, especially among gov... more »

Renewable Energy Becomes Scotland’s Main Source of Electricity

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Anastasia Pantsios* - Clean, renewable energy sources are now Scotland’s number one source of power, according to new figures from the UK’s Department of Energy... The post Renewable Energy Becomes Scotland’s Main Source of Electricity appeared first on Waking Times.

Is Support For The Islamic State From Other Radical Groups Limited To Only Pledges And Endorsements?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr Baghdadi delivers a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. Some have thrown their support behind Islamic State without placing themselves under Baghdadi's leadership. YouTube *Islamic State Seen As Interloper By Larger Militant Groups -- L.A. Times* Since declaring a caliphate, Islamic State has garnered support from more than a dozen Islamist militant groups in the Middle East and Asia, but the dearth of endorsements by many of the largest and most recognizable groups serves to underscore the limits of the newcomer's grand ambition. The Al Qaeda breakaway grou... more »

Volunteers Collect 900 Pounds of Produce to Give to Hungry

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Through the efforts of just over a dozen volunteers, thousands of pounds of fresh fruit were gathered to give to the hungry. The post Volunteers Collect 900 Pounds of Produce to Give to Hungry appeared first on Waking Times.

KRISTOF VILLAGE: Himmler revealed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014 Part 1—Our mental and moral powers:* We live in a very challenging time. In part for that reason, we were struck by a letter we read in Saturday morning’s Washington Post. The letter was written by a man who “was an appellate immigration judge on the Board of Immigration Appeals from 1995 to 2003.” He said that he’d been “deeply offended” by a front-page report in the Post. The letter writer still works for the Justice Department. We include the headline over his letter. We assume the headline was prepared by the Post: *A profile of an extremistI was ... more »

The Land of Don’t

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - "Forget the restrictions and shirk the programming at every level – grow your own food, collect your own water, speak your own words, live your own dreams, share your own truth." The post The Land of Don’t appeared first on Waking Times.

Is The U.S. Coalition Shifting Their MIlitary Campaign Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A man runs while pointing at a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State, Nov. 27, 2014. *Airstrikes Mark Shift In Coalition Focus To ISIS 'Capital' -- CNN* (CNN) -- The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria has stepped up its attacks on the militant Islamist group's de facto capital, with 30 airstrikes targeting Raqqa overnight, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday. Separately, another opposition activist group based in Raqqa... more »

Something Doesn't Add Up

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://saveourschoolsnz.com/ After Michael Sona was convicted of election fraud, Stephen Harper had nothing to say, even though the judge in the case concluded that Sona did not act alone. Michael Harris writes: After all, the fraudsters who broke the law almost certainly used information from the Conservatives’ Constitutent Information Management System, CIMS, to come up with the lists used in making the illegal calls. Isn’t the PM worried about the alleged theft and abuse of this proprietary information, if it was a theft? Might it ... more »

Is Saudi Arabia 'Playing With Fire' In Pushing For Lower Oil Prices

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Saudi Arabia was pumping around 10 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude and members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers would be increasing output over the next few months. (Reuters) *Saudis Risk Playing With Fire In Shale-Price Showdown As Crude Crashes -- The Telegraph* A deep slump in prices might heighten geostrategic turmoil across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and the core Opec states are taking an immense political gamble by letting crude oil prices crash to $66 a barrel, if their aim is to shake out the weakest shale producers in... more »

Ray RIce, ISIS and Ethical Oil.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Our beloved prophetic Prime Minster defined government as an institution dedicated to the creation of a just society. I fear this has become a bridge to far. Government has become an Institute for Hypocrisy Management. Ray Rice cold cocked his wife in an elevator. I wonder what percentage of men world wide have done the same thing behind closed doors. Way to many for sure, and one is too many. However humans are imperfect animals and maybe those with roid rage are worse. The NFL has a culture that may tolerate aggressive behaviour, and drug cocktails to enable humans to do inhuman... more »

Oil at $40 a barrel- Russia and Turkey make an energy deal ???

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Two Bloomberg articles*: *1st* and * 2nd* BTW: Oil is up today!: Crude oil prices made a small gain with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.46 to US$67.61 a barrel *Oil’s decline is proving to be the worst since the collapse of the financial system in 2008 and threatening to have the same global impact of falling prices three decades ago that led to the Mexican debt crisis and the end of the Soviet Union.* *Russia, *the world’s largest producer, can no longer rely on the same oil revenues to rescue an economy suffering from European and U.S. s... more »

Ever Wonder Why Pelosi Pushes A Woman Theme So Heavily-- A Counterbalance To Rahm's Ugly Sexism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
overcompensating tiny ballet dancer, Rahm Emanuel No one has a worse record of candidate recruitment than Steve Israel-- although when you consider that almost all of Rahm Emanuel's recruited candidates were subsequently defeated for reelection or forced to resign rather than face certain defeat, you can see a clear bridge between the two machiavellian clownish DCCC chairs. Emanuel, a classic runt-bully type, was always good at p.r. and effortlessly played the always lazy, naive and credulous Beltway press. Even before he became DCCC chair he had made sure he was known as Rahmbo and ... more »

James Watson, world's #1 biologist, mostly forced to sell Nobel medal

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
Many people have received a Nobel prize in medicine. Whom would you consider the most important living laureate? Well, I think that there's very little doubt that James Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA and a co-winner of the 1962 Nobel prize in medicine, would be chosen by the largest number of respondents. Several years ago, James Watson would be declared an unperson for having pointed out – in a rather straightforward, unfiltered way – that different groups of people differ in their abilities, too. Note that the TRF blog post has attracted almost 200 comments. Let me emphasize th... more »

Tilting at Windmills

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 17 hours ago
In honor of the youth of the world, I will be silent on December 10. I will wear a green wristband, take a picture, and send it to www.climatesilencenow.org. I will do it even though, as the following essay from TransitionMilwaukee demonstrates, it *IS* impossible to avert a horrendous crash. The author ably demolishes the pet fantasies of climate activists for a green high-tech society, despite the obligatory hopium tacked on in the last section. We are not, as he asserts, on the "brink" of the 6th mass extinction - it is well underway. In fact, the case can easily be made ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*£244MILLION - That's the staggering sum taxpayers pay each year to help children in British schools who cannot speak English* Teaching children who come from immigrant families to speak English is costing the taxpayer more than £244 million a year. The extraordinary level of funding allocated to deal with the language problem in schools emerged just days after immigration from the European Union was revealed to have reached a record high. Department for Education figures for the current school year suggest the costs have risen by about £40 million in just three years – up from ... more »

Post Election Roundup, WWE edition

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
[image: DSC03433] *A sign that will bring back old Taiwan memories: "salt food".* Wow... watching the KMT party core meltdown amid a local media frenzy is pure enjoyable spectacle, better than WWE. The fun begins at the top as Vice Chairman and whatnot are resigning left and right. I updated yesterday's post to note that the KMT charter requires the President to be the Chairman of the Party. Ma thus has a perfect excuse not to resign. Media scuttlebutt says Ma will appoint Wu Den-yi, the current Veep, as Acting Chair (Can this be true? Ma and Wu running things? That's like having b... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*More on the Ivanpah boondoggle* *Overlooked: Deserts have lots of sand* Dr Klaus L.E. Kaiser In California’s sunny south is the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility (ISPF). It’s a massive structure in the Mojave Desert that was supposed to deliver an energy output of approximately 1.7 million MWh (megawatt-hours) of electric energy annually. ivanpah The ISPF uses 173,500 heliostats (adjustable mirrors to follow the sun) that reflect the sunshine onto boilers located on centralized power towers. The facility covers 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) of public land and received $1,600 million in go... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
This may be a challenging month with all the drama. It is my intention to walk through this period in the most complete love I can for all. I have no grievance with Heather, and yes its true she was angry for a short while with me for something I put online but we straightened out that energy long ago. It does not need to be spoken of again. I am deeply saddened that others have chosen to dig up things in my experience here and speak for me about them without me asking if they could represent me in that way. They do not speak for me, that situation was reconciled months ago i... more »

Hiliarion's Weekly Message - November 30, 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*HILARION's WEEKLY MESSAGE* By Marlene Swetlishoff November 30-December 7, 2014 Beloved Ones, These are difficult times, as you continue to let go of all that you once held dear. Many of your expectations of what your lives should have been are now scattered to the winds of change. *Everywhere you gaze, there is a choice to be made – love or fear. *Choosing love opens your heart to the pain of letting go of your dearest and deepest dreams and expanding into the unknown. This is a new frontier of consciousness and you are the carriers of the new dream. Yet you hold on to those ... more »

Stay out of the Grave: Blaze a Trail

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
A message for a Monday morning. It's a bright new week. Shall we move forward and blaze a trail? love D

The Rare Treasures Of Eton College

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 19 hours ago
How many times do you stand inches away from an original Guttenberg Bible? Yesterday we were privileged to in a very small party of Royal Warrant Holders at Eton College. After an uplifting service in the Chapel, visiting the oldest classroom in the UK with names of former pupils carved into ever pew and over every wall, visiting the old school kitchens and the refectory we went to the college library. The library itself wasn’t huge, some two generous rooms with a mezzanine floor but with walls shelved from top to bottom with rare books. The librarian, Michael Meredith led us st... more »

Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissions Type 056 and Type 056A Corvettes on the same day

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 056A Corvette]Just a few days following the commissioning of its first Type 056A ASW corvette (read our story here) the Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned two more corvettes simultaneously: On the same day (November 28th), the PLAN inducted Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Chaozhou (hull number 595) and Type 056A ASW Corvette Zhuzhou (hull number 594). According to Navy Recognition's Chinese sources, "Chaozhou" (hull number 595) was launched in the water one year ago (on 12/11/2013). "Chaozhou" is 17th to be commissioned in the PLAN and the 9th corvette commissioned s... more »

USAF toasts Whiskey designation for CRH fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HH-60G Pave Hawk]The US Air Force has settled on the HH-60W designation for its future fleet of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk-derived combat rescue helicopters (CRH), some five years before it will start taking delivery of the new type. Announced on 24 November, the step will lead to the “-60 Whiskey” replacing the air force’s current fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawks in performing the personnel recovery role. These entered use from 1982. “The official name of the HH-60W will be determined at a later date,” says the USAF, which will eventually operate a fleet of up to 112 of the new ... more »

RAF Marham future safeguarded

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
RAF Marham is set to be the new home of four Lightning II stealth combat aircraft after the Ministry of Defence signed the contract last week. Helping to secure the long-term suture of the base, the Defence Minister Philip Dunne said the deal will “cement the central role of Norfolk in military aviation.” South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss welcomed the announcement, which comes after four years of campaigning alongside fellow MPs, local councillors, residents, businesses and the media to protect the base. Read more

Five Most Popular Posts for November

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 21 hours ago
Most read this month were: 1. Who is White Van Dan? 2. SWP Bullies London Black Revolutionaries 3. What #webackEd Means 4. Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour Leader 5. Labour's Leadership Woes It has been a right busy month on the blog, placing November fifth on the all-time hits chart. It's been one of those 'saying the right thing at the right time' affairs. Worry not, next month I'll be touching on the obscure stuff because *nothing* happens over Christmas, ever. Having White Van Dan forced on us like some paragon of working class virtue got mine, yours and the zookeeper's goat in ... more »

Israel Air Force to get only 14 F-35 fighter jets, not 31 as planned

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]The ministerial committee on defense procurement on Sunday approved the purchase of just 14 new F-35 stealth fighter jets, instead of 31 as the Israel Air Force had wanted. Defense officials said the purchase was merely being staggered, and that the additional 17 fighter jets would be acquired in 2017, after additional consultations and an additional vote by the committee. The 31 F-35s are to be added to the 19 already purchased to form two stealth fighter squadrons of 25 planes each. The first group of 19 cost $2.75 billion, funded out of U.S. military ai... more »

Xian JH-7B fighter-bomber has new homegrown engine: Huanqiu

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: JH-7B Flounder]A Russian military news website claims China has installed an indigenous engine in its Xian JH-7B fighter bomber. The plane has been designed to be difficult to detect, reports Huanqiu, the website of China's nationalistic Global Times. A Xian JH-7B that has carried out test flights has been powered by the LM6 turbofan engine designed specifically for the aircraft which boasts more powerful thrust than the country's latest WS-10A engine. Read more

China moves ahead to develop sixth-generation fighter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Boeing Concept FAXX]China is moving ahead to develop a sixth-generation stealth fighter after it finishes the fifth-generation J-20 and J-31, Igor Korotchenko, head of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, has told the Moscow-based Voice of Russia. The United States is the first nation to forge plans for the design of a sixth-generation fighter. Several artist renditions have already been revealed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. In an official statement, the US Navy claimed that a sixth-generation fighter — called FAXX — will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA... more »

Fort Hood first to get new radar system for unmanned aircraft flights

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MQ-1B Gray Eagle]Installation begins next month on a first-of-its-kind radar system at Robert Gray Army Airfield. The ground-based, sense-and-avoid radar system will paint a 3-D picture on a computer screen to help unmanned aircraft system operators know what’s flying around them. It eventually could lead to allowing unmanned and manned aircraft to share airspace at Fort Hood — something currently prohibited. “We’re green light, all systems go to get this up and running,” said Viva Kelley, product director for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Concepts prod... more »

Matthew J. Levin - loathsome, monstrous creatures - surreal sculptures

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
Matthew J. Levin (a United States artist who exhibits via Beinart, as do most of the top-notch surrealist/horror artists) has been sculpting *loathsome, monstrous creatures* for many years. Here are a few of my favourites from his extensive collection of sculptures. *BEINART SUPPLEMENTAL:* while I was on the Beinart site, and being such a fan of photorealism, I couldn't resist this chilly tiny toe dip into the extreme and delicious work of Swiss artist Till Rabus. These are all oil on canvas, large fomat. Giger, Helnwein, Rabus; there really must be something in the Swiss wat... more »

Hood Tech to help with jet engine research

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: AV-8B Harrier]U.S. Navy flight-test experts needed a company that specializes in to in-flight aircraft jet engine blade vibration and monitoring to help conduct flight tests on the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jump jet. They found their solution from Hood Tech Corp. in Hood River, Ore. Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif., have announced their intention to negotiate exclusively with Hood Tech for a one-year contract for AV-8B support. The AV-8B is a vertical- and short-takeoff fighter-bomber designed to op... more »

Beyond the Lights (2014)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 22 hours ago
Download Beyond the Lights Full MovieWatch Movie Beyond the Lights High Quality with duration 116 Min and broadcast on 2014-11-14 and MPAA rating is 2. 3125324 3125324 *Original Title :* Beyond the Lights *Movie title in your country :* Beyond the Lights *Year of movie :* 2014 *Genres of movie :* Drama, *Status of movie :* Released *Release date of movie :* 2014-11-14 *Companies of movie :* Relativity Media, *Countries of movie :* United States of America, *Language of movie :* English, *Durationof movie :* 116 Min *Average vote of movie :* 6.8 *Youtube ID of movi... more »

The US Fifth Generation Fighter F-22 At Japan Joint Exercise Was A Warning To China And Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: F-22 Raptor]The U.S. fifth-generation fighters F-22 and F-35 made a splash at the recent, biennial US-Japan Exercise known as "Keen Sword" in Japan. The mid-November exercise saw the participation of 11,000 U.S. personnel from the U.S. Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, the U.S. Army Japan and Marine Expeditionary Forces. The presence of lethal fighters were a warning of sorts for regional biggies like China and Russia with combat scenarios and strategies at the joint exercise sending clear messages aginst the duo, according to a report in Want China Times. The highlights we... more »

Human Rights Ignored Amid NATO's War in Ukraine

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
Grad rockets fired indiscriminately into populated areas by Kiev regime - a war crime NATO has condemned before, but only when politically convenient. *December 1, 2014 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - *"The Grad rocket cannot be targeted, so shooting it into a town full of civilians, with no specific military objective, violates the laws of war."* These words were found in a 2011 Human Rights Watch (HRW) document titled, "Libya: Rocket Attacks on Western Mountain Towns - Grads Striking Civilian Areas," one of many reports ceaselessly cited by the United Nations and in turn, NATO as par... more »

Heeding defense needs, China’s aircraft carrier ambitions appear to move closer to reality

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Liaoning CV]Since China deployed the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier purchased from Ukraine and later refurbished and relaunched by the Chinese navy as a training carrier, speculation has swirled around the construction of a homegrown aircraft carrier. Although Chinese authorities have never openly confirmed whether a homemade carrier is underway, they have also never denied it. China's military officials have given some clues, however. Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said last August that although the Liaoning is China's first aircraft carrier, "there will s... more »

Launch video: Russian nuclear sub test-fires Bulava ballistic missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
Russia's Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine, the Aleksandr Nevsky, successfully launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a Friday statement. The test launch was made from the Barents Sea firing range Kura, located on the Kamchatka Peninsula, from an underwater position. The test completes this year's launch series. Source

Subs debate may help price, says Abbott

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]The political debate over who will build Australia's next generation of submarines has had an upside, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The government is seeking options on how to replace the fleet of six Collins class submarines, due to be retired around 2030. Labor says Mr Abbott has broken an election promise to build the submarines in Adelaide and argues Australian shipbuilder ASC can do the job. Read more

Mining 43: Mandy Armas, Christian Monsod at the PES Conference

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 23 hours ago
The Philippine Economic Society (PES) held its 52nd annual conference last November 14, 2014 at the Intercon Hotel in Makati City. I attended it, I am a lifetime member of the PES. Nice conference as usual, especially the simultaneous panel discussions in the afternoon. The morning keynote speeches were also good, with Sen. Sonny Angara, then House Speaker Sonny Belmonte. The heads of WB-PH and IMF-PH also spoke and they over-talked. The current PES President, Dr. Stella Quimbo + her team have good political connections to get these two high level legislators. There were about seve... more »

Why The Guardian Remains The Enemy

Spike EP at News Spike - 23 hours ago
[image: Ed Miliband eating a bacon sandwich]*'It is disturbing how common it is in Labour circles to believe that Britain’s newspaper editors gather in darkened rooms to plot the publication of Miliband’s many gaffes.' Photograph: Ben Cawthra/Rex**Well, they do. Only, they all work for Rupert Murdoch, the rooms are bright and sunlit, Murdoch hates all Labour politicians and his editor's salaries are dependent on making Millibean look foolish.**Also, the only reason Brother Ed is leader of the Labour Party in the first place (and not his far more able, gifted and visionary brot... more »

Musical Interlude: Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5gDGcXIEQE

Bolivia's Nuclear Power Plant is Disturbing News to Native Americans

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Native Americans alarmed by Bolivia President Evo Morales announcement of building a nuclear power plant By Brenda Norrell Censored News The announcement by Bolivia President Evo Morales that Bolivia would build a nuclear power plant came as troubling news to those who attended the Climate Change and Protection of Mother Earth Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010. Ofelia Rivas,

"I Promise You This..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am- a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. *Click image for larger size.* Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's ... more »

Aldous Huxley, "Lightly"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Lightly"* "It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Ju... more »

Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"* by Fyodor Dostoevsky "For I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. And it is just this faith of mine that they laugh at. But how can I help believing it? I have seen the truth- it is not as though I had invented it with my mind, I have seen it, seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul for ever. I have seen it in such full perfection that I cannot believe that it is impos... more »

Chet Raymo, "As Time Goes By"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "As Time Goes By"* by Chet Raymo "Is time something that is defined by the ticking of a cosmic clock, God's wristwatch say? Time doesn't exist except for the current tick. The past is irretrievably gone. The future does not yet exist. Consciousness is awareness of a moment. Or is time a dimension like space? We move through time as we move through space. The past is still there; we're just not there anymore. The future exists; we'll get there. We experience time as we experience space, say, by looking out the window of a moving train. Or is time… Physicists and philosophers have... more »

"Did You Ever Wonder?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?" ~ Calvin and Hobbes

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Thanks for stopping by.

Do Not Pay Your License Fee - Stephen Sackur

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
HARDtalk - Ilan Pappe - Author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Professor of History, University of Exeter from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"In the name of Holocaust memory, let us not allow the continued genocide in Gaza to continue"* *Professor Ilan Pappé* *"Has his Anti-Zionism undermined his academic integrity?" - no, his academic integrity has undermined his Zionism.* Zionists cannot win any moral debate on the merits, on the historical record, or on the facts; and they know this. When faced with righteous truth-telling, their default last line of defence to attempt to force a... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)* *"Like Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, even when he's funny Kurt Vonnegut is depressed."* *-- John Leonard, in "God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut" (2004),included as the afterword to Vonnegut by the Dozen* *"I am moved to suspect that most of our finest humorists, including Mark Twain, may have been not especially funny people who painstakingl learned their clowning only in order to seem insincere when speaking dismally of the future of mankind."* *-- Kurt Vonnegut, in "Only Kidding, Folks?," an essay onthe Polish science-fiction novelist Stanislaw Lem* *by... more »

"All The Lessons..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
◆ Hat tip to Tyler Darden for this material. - http://www.zerohedge.com/

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Jim Rickards, “The Death of Money: Project Prophecy 2.0” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lcNrJVIgb8

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Republicans Accuse Obama Of Treating Immigrants Like Humans”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama’s proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President, on Thursday night, of “flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress.” McConnell was brutal in his assessment of the President’s speech on immigration, blasting him for “eliminating the fear of deportation, which is the great engine of the American economy.” “Fear is what keeps... more »

PERU: Rights of Nature Tribunal Dec 2014

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

Adolf Hitler and Mystery Airships in Liverpool - 1913

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"**Even the silent gas dirigibles of the Hoothi are felt in our bones while still a million miles distant."* A somewhat atypical phantom airship report appears in today's newspapers. It's from the suburbs of one of the great cities, Liverpool. With a population of around three quarters of a million, Liverpool is more than three times the size of the biggest city to have previously reported a mystery aircraft, Cardiff. According to the *Standard*, (p. 9; above): Several people report having seen a mysterious aircraft over the north of Liverpool on Saturday evening [25 January 1913... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Republican People who have known her say Elizabeth Lauten was always a goodie-two-shoes overachiever with a mediocre, inside-the-box mind; she still lists her 1580 SAT score from 2000 on her LinkedIn page-- along with the fact that she's been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 2013. Before thrusting her racist ass onto the national stage last week with a typically nasty KKK Thanksgiving Facebook post about the president's two teenage daughters, North Carolina native Elizabeth Lauten was probably best known for her insipid reviews of episodes of The Bachelor a... more »

rtod: this changes everything

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Revolutionary thought of the day: All of this is why any attempt to rise to the climate challenge will be fruitless unless it is understood as part of a much broader battle of worldviews, a process of rebuilding and reinventing the very idea of the collective, the communal, the commons, the civil, and the civic after so many decades of attack and neglect. Because what is overwhelming about the climate challenge is that it requires breaking so many rules at once - rules written into national laws and trade agreements, as well as powerful unwritten rules that tell us that no governmen... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
we are born alone... we live alone... and we die alone... what have we if not each other ?

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

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

Protests as Ski Area Opens with Sewage Snow on Sacred Site

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Protests as ski area opens with 100 percent treated sewage snow on sacred site By Klee Benally indigenousaction@gmail.com www.protectthepeaks.org FLAGSTAFF, Ariz — On Friday, November 28, 2014, more than 50 people rallied and marched as Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from 100% treated sewage on the sacred San Francisco Peaks. With no natural snowfall,

Edward Snowden's Conversation Across Cyberspace

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 1 day ago
Desert Dawn - Sweet Emotion - Desert Dawn - Broomfield, CO - 12.31.12 ... Edward Snowden and John Perry Barlow, "A Conversation Across Cyberspace" ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Leave it to *Politico* to try to make something out of nothing. Nothing? Rick Perry *is* the governor of Texas, a big deal-- especially in Republican politics. But still... nothing; just watch the drug-addled closet case on the video above. In 2012, Perry came in fifth in the Republican Iowa caucuses-- between Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann. The new poll from Quinnipiac shows Perry with support from two percent of Republican voters-- behind Mitt Romney (19%), Jeb Bush (11%), Chris Christie (8%), Ben Carson (8%), Rand Paul (6%), Ted Cruz (5%), Mike Huckabee (5%), Paul Ryan (5%... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place," writes Danny Cooke in describing this drone-shot video he posted of the mostly abandoned city of Pripyat, which is closer to the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant than the mostly abandoned city of Chernobyl is.* *by Ken* The date was April 26, 1986, and the event we know as "the Chernobyl disaster" remains, as Wikipedia puts it, "the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties." (The closest challenger to date is the Fukushima disaster of 2011.) The above video was posted ... more »

Broadcasting House

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Today is (as I may have mentioned before) Advent Sunday and, even though I'm an unbeliever, I love my Christian heritage and would dearly love, like Thomas Hardy, to see the oxen kneel on Christmas Eve, hoping it would be so. Thus, as today is the first day in the Church's liturgical calender (its News Year's Day at it were), I've been trying to write posts today that reflect a fresh spirit on my part - more Ebenezer than Scrooge (leaping ahead somewhat to the next liturgical festival). Actually though, reading back, they are, by and large, just the same as before. So, like New Y... more »

The Roswell Slides and Premature Disclosure

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
There are times when premature disclosure can ruin an investigation and close avenues of research. Back in the last century (which is a line that cracks me up for some reason) Gerald Anderson burst on the scene with his tale of seeing the crashed saucer over on the Plains of San Agustin. Contrary to popular belief, I was the first to talk to him and found his tale interesting but in conflict with the information that Don Schmitt and I were developing. We didn’t understand how the Barney Barnett tale fit into the whole Roswell picture, especially if Anderson’s date and location were... more »

Planck all-sky polarization data out: Mon-Fri

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
*Update:* For some data announced on Monday, see e.g. Spergel's Twitter ESA's Planck spacecraft is two orders of magnitude more expensive than the BICEP2 experiment (a telescope at the South Pole) that ignited so much excitement in Spring 2014. *Planck: live broadcast* With various expectations, people are waiting what Planck may say about the polarization data of the CMB – and the foregrounds. In comparison with BICEP2, Planck should have some advantages. Between 2009 and 2013, it was mapping the whole sky. Also, it should be looking at nine frequencies. Finally, two days ago... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 1 day ago
*Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. (The News Commenter)* *Fourteen teens have been killed by the police since Michael Brown was gunned down on August 9th and young African Americans are killed by cops 4.5 times more often than people of other races and ages*. *We are obviously watching our** police shift their mission from saving lives to prosecuting drug wars, social injustice and an increasingly visible militarized police state: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *"A**s long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption**."*Martin Luther King ... more »

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

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
At the risk of sounding obsessive - which is something no blogger has ever been accused of before - our old friend Hugh Sykes, even before I started reading blogs about BBC bias, has always struck me as the dictionary definition of a BBC reporter - a highly intelligent, brilliantly-gifted reporter working for the impartial BBC whose less-than-neutral views, whilst reporting, have hardly ever been disguised, despite carrying the brand mark of BBC objectivity. For me he was *the* voice of the BBC during the Iraq War, always working to criticise the war and berate Western foreign po... more »

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

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
One of the things you learn in studying history is how many lies there are that we believe are truths. One of them is that going to war is good and patriotic-----but only when it happens on our side. Anybody on the other side who shoots back at us is evil, and quite possibly insane. For generations, British children (and Canadians) were taught that the building of the British Empire was something to be proud of, to feel patriotic pride about. Why? Well, it showed that the British were a more highly developed "race" than the peoples they conquered. The soldiers and sailors who did t... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
I wrote this post for Tom Rick’s Best Defense on some of the best Iraq news sites. My article on the controversy over whether Baghdad will arm Anbar's tribes was reprinted in Al Mada.

An anti-Thatcherite 'Point of View'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Pessimistic philosopher John Gray is a fascinating intellectual figure and Radio 4 can count themselves lucky to have him as one of their *A Point of View *presenters but, thinking in terms of BBC bias, Radio 4's *A Point of View *has long been a clear-cut, open-and-shut case of BBC left-wing bias. I've expounded several times before about the programme's blatant bias (see the link to *A Point of View* on the right), with its hordes of left-wing presenters and one solitary, lonely, belated right-wing exception (Roger Scruton), but, among that crowd, John Gray has always stood out a... more »

WNU Editor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
It has been a rough few weeks (work, travel, health, etc.), so I going to hang out with friends and family for the rest of the day. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Republican People who have known her, say Elizabeth Lauten was always a goodie-two-shoes overachiever with a mediocre, inside-the-box mind; she still lists her 1580 SAT score from 2000 on her LinkedIn page-- along with the fact that she's been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 2013. Before thrusting her racist ass onto the national stage last week with a typically nasty KKK Thanksgiving Facebook post about the president's two teenage daughters, North Carolina native Elizabeth Lauten was probably best known for her insipid reviews of episodes of The Bachelor ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
*Advent 1955* *by John Betjeman* The Advent wind begins to stir With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, It's dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry And branches bending to the gale Against great skies all silver pale The world seems travelling into space, And travelling at a faster pace Than in the leisured summer weather When we and it sit out together, For now we feel the world spin round On some momentous journey bound - Journey to what? to whom? to where? The Advent bells call out 'Prepare, Your ... more »

James Harding, Putin and Nick Cohen

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Partly for the sake of provocation - and I mostly mean for the sake of recording my own feelings of provocation on reading the piece - and, also, just because it's him, please take a read of Nick Cohen's denunciation of BBC Director of News James Harding at *Standpoint* and its less-obviously-left-wing follow-up at the *Spectator*. It poses some serious questions about Mr Harding's past record [the then- *Times* man's passing over the expenses scandal] and present BBC directorship, alleging cronyism - the kind of potentially devastating charges that the BBC boss ought to be compel... more »

Murphy's Laws Of Combat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Hat Tip*: Theo Spark

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again.. And as usual, time for my weekly rant… Yes, I have been MIA for the last few days… I decided to take a small "break" just to unwind and concentrate on some family and personal matters… Hey, I run this blog and I post articles when I am available or when time permits… There may be some out there that do not like the fact that I do not post articles from time to time on a regular basis, and honestly those people can bite me…. We ALL need a break once in a while, because knowing what I and others know and about how truly sad and sick our world really... more »

Epigrams & Bromides I

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
- There can be no single path to sustained learning or living; diversity and adaptation in both biological and social worlds are required for survival. - The strength of a democracy is determined by the levels of participation and shared well-being of its constituents. - Economic success without personal happiness is misery; personal happiness without economic well-being is a myth. - Real freedom is comprised of equal proportions of liberty and responsibility. - The greatest threat to freedom is a shortage of trust; as trust recedes, policing mov... more »

Another Miscellany for Advent Sunday (afternoon)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
What did we learn, bias-wise, from the previous post then? That Evan Davis may have been pushing his pro-EU bias at us on *Newsnight*, that Andrew Marr's show was pretty much OK, that Radio 4's *Sunday *was its usual liberal-biased self, and that Hugh Sykes still doesn't like UKIP (and ain't afraid to show it on Twitter)... ...in other words, biases (where found) from the usual, expected direction. *** It's not always like that though (and I refuse to be the sort of blogger who refuses to admit that). Take today's *The World This Weekend *with Mark Mardell, which rather surpri... more »

Hope Girl: TON speaks out on OPPT

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
The One Network Speaks Out on the OPPTOn Thanksgiving day, in one of the bravest interviews I’ve seen in a long time, Lisa Harrison, Brian Kelly, Dani, Mel Batty, and Mel V gave a no-holds-barred personal testimony regarding OPPT filings and their creator Heather Ann Tucci Jarraf. The “OPPT Filings” are a set of documents that were filed with the UCC (Universal Commercial Code) that allegedly foreclosed on all world governments and restored the value of monetary and banking systems back to the people. In December of 2012 several alternative media groups were used to spread awarene... more »

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