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Thomas Paine

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

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

10:45pm MST

Will Falling Oil Prices Severely Impact Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 minutes ago
*Why Russia’s Unfazed By Falling Oil Prices -- Zero Hedge* *Oil is not quite as powerful a weapon against modern-day Russia as one might think.* By arguing that the slump in oil prices will finish off Russia just like it did the Soviet Union, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing in the Daily Telegraph, is forgetting how far Russia has come since those dark days. It is true that the USSR couldn’t cope with falling oil revenues and that Saudi Arabia is credited with helping to break up the former empire by dramatically increasing oil production from 2 million to 10 million barrels per ... more »

Will OPEC Win The Oil War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
*Oil Wars: Why OPEC Will Win -- Roger Andrews, Oil Price* In the green corner we have the US shale producers. In the red corner we have the oil exporting countries of OPEC. Assuming the fight is fought to a conclusion, who wins? OPEC wins. The US shale producers will shut down first. The reasons are: • The US shale producers are motivated by economics, and all other things being equal will have an incentive to cut production at or around the point where production cost exceeds sales price. • The OPEC countries are motivated by social imperatives. They have historically used their... more »

USAID Exposed in Cuba - What it Tells Us About US Subversion Worldwide

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 43 minutes ago
*December 13, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Revealed in an Associated Press (AP) investigation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had for two years attempted to create and exploit a social network within Cuba for the purpose of sparking unrest and overthrowing the Cuban government. The program was an abject failure, primarily because the Cuban government took the necessary measures to investigate, interrogate, and otherwise disrupt what was foreign-backed sedition. AP would reveal in its report titled, "US co-opted Cuba's hip-hop scene to spark change... more »

We Are Change

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 43 minutes ago
*We Are Change - Video on how Israel is supporting ISIS* *Excellent Summary on Middle East Geostrategic Politics* Folks, unlike *the BBC* (Biggest and Best Calumny) discussed in my previous post, this video and the alternative news source wearechange.org...is what real alternative news is all about. Thankfully, we have these news sources which we should support, especially as we get closer to the "end game" described in this video..... and in this excellent article by one of my fav bloggers, Paul Craig Roberts.

Real Americans love torture 'cause it's not just manly, it's FUN -- just ask Jack Bauer

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 45 minutes ago
*In the end there was one band of terrorists even torture couldn't help Jack Bauer wipe out: ax-wielding network programmers.* *"Sometimes, it seems, the drama of torture is too great to resist; even when producers know how dangerous and damaging it is in the real world."* *-- NPR's Eric Deggans,* this morning on *Morning Edition* *"There's just one problem with these scenes, according to former FBI agent and interrogation expert Joe Navarro: 'None of it works,' he says. 'I've done thousands of interviews, and I can tell you, none of [the TV torture stuff] works.' "* *-- from Eric D... more »

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, “Liquid Mind V: Serenity - Awakening”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
“Liquid Mind is deeply relaxing and soothing music for relief of stress and anxiety, meditation, healing. Chuck Wild, “Liquid Mind V: Serenity - Awakening” Images courtesy of ESA, NASA and The Hubble Space Telescope.” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCa4dpKyzwo&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
"Which part of this picture do you find more interesting- the land or the sky? Advocates for the land might cite the beauty of the ancient domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia. These picturesque domes appear as huge layered beehives and are made of sandstones and conglomerates deposited over 350 million years ago. *Click image for larger size.* Advocates for the sky might laud the beauty of the Milky Way's central band shown arching from horizon to horizon. The photogenic Milky Way band formed over 10 billion years ago and now includes many well-known nebulae and br... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo "Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from the March 9, 2006 issue of Nature. The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the... more »

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "A Map to the Next World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
*"A Map to the Next World"* "In the last days of the fourth world I wished to make a map for those who would climb through the hole in the sky. My only tools were the desires of humans as they emerged from the killing fields, from the bedrooms and the kitchens. For the soul is a wanderer with many hands and feet. The map must be of sand and can't be read by ordinary light. It must carry fire to the next tribal town, for renewal of spirit. In the legend are instructions on the language of the land, how it was we forgot to acknowledge the gift, as if we were not in it or of it. Take not... more »

"One Big Road..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you're riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!” - Bob Marley

"10 Lies You Were Tricked Into Believing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"10 Lies You Were Tricked Into Believing"* by Marc "Today, it’s time to learn something new, by unlearning ten lies you thought were true. * 1. Alone means lonely.* ‘Alone’ doesn’t always mean lonely, and ‘relationship’ doesn’t always mean happy. Being alone will never cause as much loneliness as the wrong relationship. If things don’t feel right, take a break and spend some time with number one you. Find yourself first. Appreciate your own worth. And next time you’re in a relationship that’s sinking, you’ll be prepared to swim to safety. *2. Happiness comes when you have ... more »

"Parts of the One: Ants and Bees, a Metaphor"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* "Parts of the One: Ants and Bees, a Metaphor"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We can learn a lot from watching ants and bees living in community and working for the greater good. When we see ants and bees out in the world, we often see just one, but this belies the reality of their situation. More than any other species, ants and bees function as parts of a whole. They cannot and do not survive as individuals; they survive as members of a group, and the group’s survival is the implicit goal of each individual’s life. There is no concept of life outside the group, so even to use t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Our government has decided that the too-big-to-jail banks are also too big the bail OUT. Therefore, it is a given that the next banks to crash will refinance themselves by bailing IN, which means conficating their depositors' money. Theoretically, we are all protected by deposit insurance up to $250,000, but the FDIC doesn't have enough to remburse one bank's loss, much less if they all collapse at once. Moral: If you have money deposited in one of the big banks, get out PRONTO and put it in a credit union.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 hour ago
------------------------------ USAWatchDog interview on new bail-in rules 12-9-14 Posted on December 10, 2014 by Ellen Brown http://youtu.be/Ey20x-VlDYQ *Published on YouTube Dec 9, 2014* When a financial crash does happen, you can forget about getting immediate access to your money. Ellen Brown of The Web of Debt Blog says, “The banks will say, well, we don’t have it. All the money goes into one big pool since Glass Steagall was repealed. They are allowed to gamble with that money and that’s what they do. I think maybe Bank of America is the most vulnerable because of Merrill Lync... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Well of Madness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* “The Well of Madness”* by Paulo Coelho “A powerful wizard, who wanted to destroy an entire kingdom, placed a magic potion in the well from which all the inhabitants drank. Whoever drank that water would go mad. The following morning, the whole population drank from the well and they all went mad, apart from the king and his family, who had a well set aside for them alone, which the magician had not managed to poison. The king was worried and tried to control the population by issuing a series of edicts governing security and public health. The policemen and inspectors, however, ... more »

The U.S. Navy's LCS Fleet To Be Upgraded

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
The Navy is phasing in littoral combat ships such as the USS Freedom to replace aging Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships and Osprey-class coastal mine hunters. James R. Evans/U.S. Navy *The U.S. Navy’s New Warship Is the U.S. Navy’s Old Warship … With More Weapons -- David Axe, War Is Boring* *Littoral Combat Ship gets upgrades to become a frigate* Back in the 1990s, the U.S. Navy came up with a radical plan to replace its tried-and-true Perry-class frigates, at the time the sailing branch’s most numerous surface warship. The idea was to b... more »

Yowza, is Republicrook ex-Guv "Virginia Slick" Bob McDonnell going away for 10 years? (Or maybe more!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*One shuffle closer to the chain gang?* *As Howie asked in September, when the jury dropped the hammer on Governor Bob and Mrs. Governor Bob, "After Throwing His Own Christian Wife Under The Bus, Whose Wife Will Bob McDonnell Be In Prison?"* *by Ken* When we last dallied with "Slick Bob" McDonnell, he and his wife -- the onetime love of his life and indispensable partner in his political career, whom he had taken to portraying publicly as That Crazy Bitch (as I put it in July, "Man, what a dingbat ex-VA First Lady Mo McD is! Yes, the Dingbat Defense emerges as the McDonnells' secr... more »

no idea

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
What is the difference between an "asshole" and a "REAL ASSHOLE" ? The "asshole" knows he's an "asshole", the "REAL ASSHOLE" has no idea !

A Look At The U.S. Navy's Newest Underwater Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*U.S. Navy's Newest Addition To Fleet Could Be a Robotic Spy 'Fish' -- Daily Press* *It's a fish. It's a sub. No, it's Nemo.* The Navy's newest drone is an underwater robot disguised as a fish — a tuna to be more specific, though the project has been dubbed Silent Nemo, after the popular Disney film about a clown fish. Currently under testing by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell and Boston Engineering, the unmanned underwater vehicle is able to make tight turns and move through the water quietly, making it ideal for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Once... more »

Is There a Conspiracy to Bring Honest Money to the World?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - Freedom for the human race begins with freedom from servitude to corrupt money. Is there a secret plan to make this happen? The post Is There a Conspiracy to Bring Honest Money to the World? appeared first on Waking Times.

The Movie Tonight Is 'Hell In The Pacific' (1968)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*From Wikipedia:*The film contains little dialogue, and much like its predecessor – the film *None but the Brave* – is not dubbed or sub-titled, thus authentically portraying the frustration of restricted communication between the Japanese- and English-speaking. The film was entirely shot in the Rock Islands of Palau in the north Pacific Ocean, near the Philippines in the Philippine Sea. The film was originally released with a rather abrupt ending, one that left many dissatisfied with the outcome of the struggle these men endured. The subsequent DVD release has an alternative endi... more »

Could or Would the US bail out it's own oil sector (and the banks)??

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
* The question asked by GE news (MSNBC)* *link* An economist who correctly predicted the fall in oil price this year has told CNBC that *the U.S. government could look to bail out its energy sector in 2015 *as the commodity's low price starts hitting the country's economy. "The U.S. energy sector is clearly important," Steen Jakobsen, the chief economist at Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, told CNBC Wednesday. "They are paramount to the long-term strategic issue that the U.S. will be self-dependent on oil." Jakobsen is part of team that puts together an annual "outrageous predic... more »

The Real You

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video* - Alan Watts inspires us with this important message about the meaning of your life. The post The Real You appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- Dcember 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Photo from Cypress Mail *The Outlook On A Ukraine Stalemate -- Anatole Kaletsky, New York Times/Reuters* LONDON — The “day of silence” observed this week by the Ukrainian Army and its pro-Russia rebel opponents was an event of enormous importance for global economics as well as geopolitics. The cease-fire’s success confirmed that the truce agreed to on Sept. 5 is mostly holding, despite some localized fighting and the almost unanimous predictions of Western pundits that the war would quickly resume. The durability of the truce suggests that relations between Kiev and Moscow are gr... more »

Hugh Nibley - "The Human Condition"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Wikipedia: * Hugh Winder Nibley (March 27, 1910 – February 24, 2005) was an American author, Mormon apologist, and professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). A prolific author and professor of Biblical and Mormon scripture at BYU, he was fluent in numerous languages, including Classical Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian, Coptic, Arabic, German, French, English, Italian, and Spanish. He studied Dutch and Russian during World War II. He also studied Old Bulgarian and Old English, and his fluency in Old Norse was reportedly sufficient to enable him to read an entire encyclopedia in N... more »

Face-Sitting and Freedom

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
From the marches, rallies and strikes of the labour movement through Reclaim the Night and slutwalk set pieces, occupations outside St Paul's, sit-ins, teach-ins, kiss-ins, die-ins, hashtags seething with rebellion, round-robin emails, flash mobs and naked bike rides; the repertoire of modern protest is a multifaceted thing. Surely everything that can be has taken place under the contentious sun. Or perhaps not. This afternoon a group of protesters gathered outside the Palace of Westminster and ... sat on each others' faces. Hardly a mass action to be sure, but its heavy trailering... more »

The Movie Tonight Is 'Hell In The Pacific' (1968)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*From Wikipedia:*The film contains little dialogue, and much like its predecessor – the film *None but the Brave* – is not dubbed or sub-titled, thus authentically portraying the frustration of restricted communication between the Japanese- and English-speaking. The film was entirely shot in the Rock Islands of Palau in the north Pacific Ocean, near the Philippines in the Philippine Sea. The film was originally released with a rather abrupt ending, one that left many dissatisfied with the outcome of the struggle these men endured. The subsequent DVD release has an alternative endi... more »

World News Briefs -- December 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Congress Passes Tougher Russia Sanctions But Gives Obama Leeway -- Bloomberg Businessweek* The U.S. Congress has voted for tougher sanctions to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, moving beyond steps the White House and European Union have been willing to take while giving President Barack Obama leeway in applying most of the provisions. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which passed the Senate and House unanimously, authorizes -- but doesn’t require -- providing lethal assistance to Ukraine’s military as well as sweeping sanctions on Russia’s energy sector. Th... more »

"Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That * *US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For"* by OCC "Courtesy of the Cronybus(sic) last minute passage, government was provided a quid-pro-quo $1.1 trillion spending allowance with Wall Street's blessing in exchange for assuring banks that taxpayers would be on the hook for yet another bailout, as a result of the swaps push-out provision, after incorporating explicit Citigroup language that allows financial institutions to trade certain financial derivatives from subsidiaries that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, expl... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow Will Not Bend To US Diktat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Photo:* Russia's Foreign Ministry. © ITAR-TASS/Gennady Khamelyanin *Moscow Not To Bend To US Diktat — Russian Foreign Ministry -- ITAR-TASS* *The comment came in response to US plans to exert economic and military pressure on Russia over alleged breaches of the Russia-US Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty* MOSCOW, December 12 /TASS/. Moscow will not bend to US diktat, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The Ministry’s comment came in response to US plans to exert economic and military pressure on Russia over alleged breaches of the Russia-US Intermediate Range Nuclea... more »

Why do they not just quit?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
All the nutbars believe in natural law. So to try and keep human performace at a price the world can not afford is going against natural law. Entertianment is what we do as humans, it has replaced picking nates from other apes as number one. Time after time the powers that be fail miserably when they try to make something humans have always accepted a toll highway. Make me wait this is reasonable but after a year, its mine. Dead media that might have some life in my world. If your smart you would sell it to me in a pristine fourm without all the bullshit. I would pay.Today the price ... more »

Did You Help Elect Matt Cartwright To Congress? Here's What You Got For It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
In 2012 Blue America encouraged Matt Cartwright to run against entrenched Blue Dog and cororoate whote Tim Holden in eastern Pennsylvania. We raised consciousness and contributions for Cartwright and we ran a concerted I.E. campaign in the district. Our #1 focus in all of our activities: Holden's shilling for the fracking industry, based on the key role Holden played in helping the GOP pass the Halliburton Loophole which opened the fracking floodgates. We ran billboards like the one above and Facebook and Google ads like these two: Holden even stooped to a personal attack on... more »

Russian Foreign Ministry Reacts Angrily To US Senate Bill To Arm Ukraine And To Impose More Sanctions On Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Moscow Slams New US Law on Lethal Aid to Ukraine as 'Confrontational' -- Sputnik* The Ukraine Freedom Support Act approved by both houses of the US Congress causes deep regret as it bears "an openly confrontational nature", Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said Friday. MOSCOW, December 12 (Sputnik) — Moscow sharply criticized on Friday the adoption of a US Congress bill aimed at providing lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions against Russia. "The Ukraine Freedom Support Act approved by both houses of the US Congress without debate and proper v... more »

Spending bill passed: Would someone please tell me what the hell's going on?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*because I'm totally flummoxed, which is similar to being confused, only worse.* Obama "appeared" to side with the Republicans on the budget bill. Conservatives in the Congress are pissed at the old guard in the GOP. Libtards are mad at Obama. Pelosi is disappointed in Obama, and Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a hero, and a very strong contender to be our next president. Of course, I don't believe any of this Kabuki theater going on in DC. I don't believe Pelosi is "disappointed" in Obama. I don't believe that Warren, a communist sympathizer to her core, is really pissed at ... more »

bobby keys, 1943-2014

laura k at wmtc - 9 hours ago
Terrible news for the music world this week, and for the world of unabashed, unrepentant, hard partying rock-and-roll. I have loved Bobby Keys for as long as I've known of his existence, which is to say a very long time. If you read *Life*, Keith Richards' memoirs, you know a few good Bobby Keys stories. And if you love the music of the Rolling Stones' best years, you've been loving Bobby Keys, too. Keith and Bobby shared a birthday, and much of their lives. The death of Bobby Keys hits Stones' fans with a special kind of force. Bobby Keys: Bruce Weber writes about him here.

"Torture Is Exactly Who We Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Torture Is Exactly Who We Are"* by Missy Beattie "I could not read the names without weeping—a list of the tortured detainees. I stared at each name, lingering, imagining, feeling. I thought of the euphemism, enhanced interrogation, like collateral damage, a manipulation of words to mitigate the depravity by making the unacceptable sound less repugnant. Torture by any other name is still torture. Defending the CIA’s violations, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said this really wasn’t legally torture, but “we knew as bad as these people were, we were doing this to fellow human ... more »

Canada Blocks NAFTA Investigation Into British Columbia Fish Farm Impacts on Wild Salmon

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
For Immediate Release, December 12, 2014 Contact:  Alexandra Morton, (250) 974-7086Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 499-9185 Canada Blocks NAFTA Investigation Into British Columbia Fish Farm Impacts on Wild Salmon Decision Threatens Salmon Runs

Selling Space

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Today is my space day for sure. I began the morning by having a one hour meeting with a Danish woman via Skype who is writing her academic dissertation on the moral/ethical consequences of private space flight and planetary colonization. She was refreshingly aware of all the nuances of corporate driven space technology issues today. I can't wait to see her final paper. Following that I began work on the Global Network's next newsletter called Space Alert! As I was sorting through various documents I came across the video above. This is a promo piece for the annual Space Sympos... more »

Mulcair/Trudeau would DESTROY this country!!!!!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 9 hours ago
Right-wingers are given to hyperbole because they're not good at putting things into perspective. Hypocrisy is second nature to them. So that's why you'll often hear one of them bellowing words to the effect of how either of the Liberals or the NDP would be a disaster for Canada. To my knowledge though, it tends to be right-wingers who are in power when people die from drinking tap water. It's right-wing governments that cause us to die from eating tainted meat. It's right-wing governments that decimate our hospitals to the point where people die in ambulances driving around loo... more »

"Jon Stewart Lambasts Fox Newsian for Idiotic Comment on Torture"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Jon Stewart Lambasts Fox Newsian for Idiotic Comment on Torture"* By Janet Allon "Jon Stewart and his "senior intelligence correspondent" Hasan Minhaj had a little debate on Wednesday night's show about whether are not the United States is "awesome." They were spoofing idiotic Fox Newsian Andrea Tantaros commentary that America is awesome in part because it stopped torturing people, and the "only reason this administration wants to have this discussion is because they think we are not awesome. And we are awesome." "That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," said Stewart i... more »

What Does the Rise of AI have to do with Ferguson and Eric Garner?

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
One might think that looking to the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and the recent spate of police brutality against African American males, particularly Michael Brown and Eric Garner, are remotely related if they are related at all. However, I want to press us to look at two seemingly unrelated practices (racial discrimination and technological Continue reading

Ukraine President Poroshenko: First Casualty-Free Day In Seven Months In Seven Months Of War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. © RIA Novosti. Alexei Druzhinin *Poroshenko Says Truce In Ukraine Now 'Real' -- Radio Free Europe* Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said a "real" cease-fire is now in place in eastern Ukraine, and Russia's foreign minister said the shaky truce presents an opportunity to end the conflict. Speaking on December 12 during a visit to Australia, Poroshenko said for the first time in seven months, Ukraine's military had not suffered a single casualty. "You simply can't imagine how important it is for me. This is the first night when I don't hav... more »

5 Signs a Spiritual Journey is in Order

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Gary 'Z' McGee* - There is everything wrong with the unhealthy culture you have been raised in. You do have a choice, however... The post 5 Signs a Spiritual Journey is in Order appeared first on Waking Times.

DIY TARDIS Key and Door Sign Charms

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
Hi there! I'm Lorene, here again to share some more Doctor Who charms (or ornaments) with you. I promise that I do make more stuff than just Whovian fan crafts... but really, the Whovian stuff is my favorite. Maybe someday I will share something else ;) *(If you want to see some examples of other creations, head over to my blog, just Lu. My days are busy with 3 kids and a job I love as a virtual assistant, so I don't post there much lately, but there are still lots of fun projects!)* And now, to the matter at hand: TARDIS stuffs. Last Christmas, I made my favorite Whovian (tha... more »

Iran And The U.S. Are Now Bombing The Same Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires rockets during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, some 23 miles north of Aleppo, Aug. 9, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic *It’s A Weird War When Iran And The U.S. Are Bombing The Same Country -- Michael Williams, Reuters* The McDonnell Douglas’ F4 Phantom was a workhorse of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. It was retired from the USAF and the British Royal Air Force some 20 years ago. But the vintage fighter-bomber put in a surprise performance a few days ago over the skies of northern Iraq. Iranian Air F... more »

People Are Strange: Unusual UFO Cults Examined

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 10 hours ago
*People Are Strange: Unusual UFO Cults Examined* *By Scott Corrales* The story was unlikely to make the newswires, much less the major newspapers in the Northern Hemisphere, concerned as they were with celebrity gossip and political infighting. The event, after all, had transpired out where God lost his sneakers, as some would say, or the back of beyond, in the language of more polite society. For it was out in the alkaline deserts of Chile where a unit of the state police - the *Carabineros* - had suppressed a religious sect with very strange beliefs in the summer of 2010. Law ... more »

A Look At The U.S. Navy's Newest Underwater Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*U.S. Navy's Newest Addition To Fleet Could Be a Robotic Spy 'Fish' -- Daily Press* *It's a fish. It's a sub. No, it's Nemo.* The Navy's newest drone is an underwater robot disguised as a fish — a tuna to be more specific, though the project has been dubbed Silent Nemo, after the popular Disney film about a clown fish. Currently under testing by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell and Boston Engineering, the unmanned underwater vehicle is able to make tight turns and move through the water quietly, making it ideal for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Once... more »

The growing movement against Teach For America

David Greene at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
The growing movement against Teach For America Please share: [image: no-tfa] For those of you who missed the AMERICA TONIGHT TV (12/11/14) piece on the hurt of TFA, or don’t have access the AJA channel in your area, here is the ONLINE LINK (The 9 minute segment has been broken up into two parts). by Lisa Binns @binnsee & Christof Putzel @ChristofPutzel *The growing movement against Teach For America* *Teach For America is a brand name in education, but it has seen increased backlash from its alumni and school officials* December 11, 2014 11:00PM ET by *Lisa Binns* @bin... more »

Top Iran Commander: U.S. Military Option Is Now Off The Table

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
General Hossain Salami boasts about Iran’s long-range missiles on Iranian TV. Image: MEMRI *Iran: U.S. Military Option Is Off the Table -- Washington Free Beacon* *Iran unveils flurry of new long-range missiles, lasers, satellites* A credible U.S. military option against Iran is off the table and something the Obama administration can “no longer even think about,” according to one of Iran’s top military leaders, who claimed in a wide-ranging interview that Iran has deployed advanced missiles and satellites capable of tracking foreign militaries. Hossein Salami, the deputy commande... more »

The Top 50 "Elders" in the Tribe of the Very Very Rich

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* I've been writing about the "billionaire class" lately, trying to characterize them, give them names, faces and wealth numbers. For example, we know that the Top 20% owns 85% of American wealth, as of 2009. We also know that income distribution, which isn't quite the same as wealth distribution, is also very skewed. For example, this is from 2011 data (slightly rounded): - Average income of Top 0.01% — *$23,800,000* per year - Average income of the rest of the Top 0.1% — $2,800,000 - Average income of the rest of the Top 1% — $1,020,000 - Average income... more »

Searches of cell phones on arrest; some might suggest a warrant was appropriate

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
R. *v. *Fearon, 2014 SCC 77: Consequently, four conditions must be met in order for the search of a cell phone or similar device incidental to arrest to comply with s. 8 . First, the arrest must be lawful. Second, the search must be truly incidental to the arrest. This requirement should be strictly applied to permit searches that must be done promptly upon arrest in order to effectively serve the law enforcement purposes. In this context, those purposes are protecting the police, the accused or the public; preserving evidence; and, if the investigation will be stymied or significa... more »

Jewish hypocrisy: Ethnostate for them, multiculturalism for us

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 11 hours ago
Compare the following two articles, which demonstrate the profound hypocrisy of the organized Jewish community when it comes to multiculturalism and immigration policy in Israel versus the Western world. The first article was recently published by the *Jewish Telegraph Agency*: Israel’s Knesset passed a bill easing detention procedures for African migrants while *preventing the infiltration of more illegal migrants into Israel.* The Knesset approved the measure on second and third readings Monday by a vote of 47-23. The vote came hours before the government voted to dissolve itself... more »

Iran Says That Nuclear Talks Will Resume On December 17

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Next Round Of Iran Nuclear Talks Set For December 17: Iranian Deputy FM -- Sputnik* *The Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister announced that the next round of talks on the country's nuclear program would be held in Geneva on December 17 and would include a number of bilateral meetings and separate talks with the US delegation.* TEHRAN, December 11 (Sputnik) — The next round of talks between Iran and a group of international mediators on Tehran's controversial nuclear program will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva on December 17, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister ... more »

Property Is Racist

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 11 hours ago
Originally published on CounterPunch While most cops - as so many contend in the USA these days - may not be racists (let's say, for the sake of argument, that they aren't), it is nevertheless still the case that the police, as an institution, is racist through and through. This is because, among other things, as an institution, the police is an appendage of the larger institution of property. The police serves property. And property - in the US at the very least - is inextricable from racist dispossessions of wealth. Property is racist. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the term ... more »

An Iranian Fighter Explains Tehran’s War In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*In His Own Words, An Iranian Fighter Explains Tehran’s War In Syria -- Jassem Al Salami, War Is Boring* *Wounded combatant’s interview is shockingly candid.* An Iranian fighter named Sayyed Hassan Entezari, who was injured and paralyzed fighting in Syria on behalf of Bashar Al Assad’s government, recently sat for an interview with Mashregh News, a Website run by Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The interview, part of Tehran’s propaganda campaign in support of the Syrian regime, offers rare insight into the proxy fighters’ beliefs and motives. War Is Boring has translated port... more »

Syrian Rebel 'Hell Cannons' Have Killed 300 Civilians

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Syrian Rebel 'Hell Cannons' Kill 300 Civilians: Monitoring Group -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons. Two-thirds of the deaths, or 203 people, were in the northern city of Aleppo where the so-called "hell cannons" have been fired on government-held districts of Syria's second city. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the violence using sources... more »

U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes Against The Islamic Satte In Both Syria And Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The US has launched airstrikes against Isis targets in Iraq and Syria (Reuters) *US-Led Coalition Hits Isis Targets In Syria And Iraq -- IBTimes* The US-led coalition has carried out 27 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the past three days, according US military officials. The airstrikes targeted fighting positions, buildings and fortifications close to the Syrian cities of Kobani and Aleppo, as well as positions close to the border with Iraq, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. Airstrikes were also launched on targets near the Iraqi cities of Ramadi, Ar... more »

Friday Pussy - I know nuthing

Demeur at Demeur - 12 hours ago
A time line of torture, who knew what and when. Important to note that the U.S. government executed Japanese soldiers after WWII for their part in water boarding prisoners. And if they think they can get off via some statute of limitations law they'd better think again. We're still capturing and convicting WWII German war criminals some 70 years later. So according to the following article not only did Bush and Cheney know about the torture they approved its' use. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30416398# The CIA director claims they did not know how to conduct such an in... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Sun Setting on British Empire'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
SUN SETTING ON BRITISH EMPIRE Posted on December 12, 2014 Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Dec. 12, 2014. When every corporate band council refuses to take an oath to the Queen, it is the beginning of the end for the British Empire in North America. Queenie: “On your knees when you’re talking to me, slave!” To work for Indian Affairs in Ottawa, I had to “swear that I will

Plunging Oil Prices May Trigger Unrest In Oil Producing Countries

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Plunging Oil Prices May Trigger Unrest -- Mark Thompson, CNN* A global glut of oil will persist next year, putting further pressure on prices and raising the risk of unrest in some producing countries. That's the stark warning from the Paris-based International Energy Agency, which on Friday cut its forecast for global demand growth in 2015. It now sees demand growing by less than 1% next year. Oil prices have already fallen by more than 40% in six months, but there's little sign of that stimulating demand yet, or constraining production enough to remove excess supply. "Oil pri... more »

World News Briefs -- December 12, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
An EA-18G Growler launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in this U.S. Navy picture taken in the Arabian Gulf October 28, 2014. Credit: Reuters/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Handout via Reuters *Islamic State Target Of 27 Strikes By U.S. Allies -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States and its allies carried out 27 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in the past three days, U.S. military officials said on Friday. Fighting positions, buildings and fortifications were hit in seven attacks n... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 12, 2104

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
John Brennan, Central Intelligence Agency director, speaks at a rare news conference at CIA headquarters in Virginia, Dec. 11, 2014. *Brennan Defends CIA Against Criticism in Torture Report -- Voice of America* Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, responding to a scathing government report, defended his agency’s use of extreme tactics to obtain information from detainees held abroad after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. "There were no easy answers, and whatever your views are on EITs [enhanced interrogation techniques], our nation and in particular... more »

Michele Bachmann Cornered Obama At The White House Party And Said ONE Incredible Thing To Him

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
'"I turned to the president and I said, something to the effect of, 'Mr. President, you need to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities, because if you don't, Iran will have a nuclear weapon on your watch and the course of world history will change,'" she told the Washington Free Beacon. "And he got his condescending smile on his face and laughed at me and said, 'Well Michele, it's just not that easy.' And I said to him, 'No, Mr. President, you're the president, it will happen on your watch, and you'll have to answer to the world for this.' And that was it and then I left. Merry Chris... more »

5 Myths About Marijuana Debunked

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Owen Poindexter* - Here are five of the most popular arguments against cannabis legalization that are easily undermined by objective data. The post 5 Myths About Marijuana Debunked appeared first on Waking Times.

The U.S. Navy's LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Program Is 'Spooking' The Russians

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*AI Capable US Anti-Ship Missile Spooks Russia, Lavrov Vows To Retaliate -- IBTimes* The United States is spooking Russia yet again with its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile or LRASM. The latest weapon from U.S. is built with artificial intelligence -- capable of sending messages to multiple missiles of its kind in what could be describe as a spider-web communication system. The built in AI makes several missiles capable of independently strategising an offense against its enemy. The missile can also send threat signals and coordinates to other war ships and aircrafts within the batt... more »

Nigel Farage on Russell Brand after Question Time

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
'... my take on Russell Brand. The leader of the revolution. The messiah of hipster, new media. The doyen of stock statements and half-funny jokes. Well I'll tell you what I found out tonight: the messiah has feet of clay, and the revolution is not occurring on Mr Brand's side – it's happening with UKIP, and it's happening fast."' More here http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/6313800?1418385059&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

House Passes Torture Bill

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
They come not to abolish pain, but to inflict even more of it. Congress just held its annual holiday party for its high-rolling donors. This year's cutesy theme was *The Cromnibus That Stole Christmas*. Yet again, they reprised their Scrooge role, robbing the poor and giving to the rich. And boy, were they ever sneaky about it this time around. As the whole world was reeling over revelations that Torture R Us, our leaders hastily wrapped up an Economy-sized giant rectal feeding tube in shiny paper, bestowed it upon a reeling public, and told us to "crom" it up our asses. They robbe... more »


Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
*Censored 2015 Award* *For Outstanding Investigative Journalism* *Presented to* *James Horn* “KIPP Forces 5thGraders to ‘Earn’ Desks by Sitting on the Floor for a Week” Published by *AlterNet, *December 17, 2013 *We Hereby Congratulate You* Peter Phillips, President, Media Freedom Foundation Mickey Huff, Director, Project Censored Andy Lee Roth, Associate Director, Project Censored

With Allies Like This, Who Needs Enemies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* The world's most two-faced nation fights ISIS while letting terrorists raise money. Why won't Washington stop them? WASHINGTON, D.C.—It has been dubbed the most two-faced nation in the world, backing the U.S.-led coalition against the militants of the Islamic State while providing a permissive environment, in the words of one top American official, for terrorist financiers to operate with impunity. And despite a growing furor on both sides of the Atlantic, Qatar, the tiny but super-wealthy Gulf emirate, shows ... more »

Anonymous Hacker Turned FBI Informant Gives Dire Warning About America's Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*'There Is No Security': Anonymous Hacker Turned FBI Informant Gives Dire Warning About America's Security -- Daily Mail* * Hector Montsegur inflicted cyber attacks that caused up to $50m damages * He was detained by the FBI, threatened with prison and harm to his 2 kids * Agreed to become an informant where he discovered the system is fragile * Warns nation relies on contractors like Edward Snowden, a cyber attack could shut down phone systems, water supplies and airports, he says 'In all reality there is no security,' Monsegur told CBS's Charlie Rose, in his first interview after ... more »

Fetus Freaks Get "Special" Permission at Parliament Hill

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 15 hours ago
Like almost nobody else, DJ! reported on the MASSIVE display of anti-choice underground gas-line markers on Parliament Hill in October. MASSIVE fizzle though it was, it now appears that it was against the rules to boot. But, when you have friends in high places [bold mine]. . . A visually striking anti-abortion protest on Parliament Hill technically broke several rules on the use of the public space, but federal officials made *special exceptions to allow the event to proceed anyway*. ... NDP Leader Tom Mulcair stopped to speak briefly with a volunteer that day, and five days l... more »

Time For The Democrats To Bid Adieu To The Blue Dogs?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Wednesday afternoon, the DCCC was asking people to sign petitions against "Boehner's" Wall Street giveaway in the omnibus appropriations bill. They carefully neglected to mention that the most vile provisions are being pushed by, among others, the Finance Chair of the DCCC, Wall Street shill Jim Himes (New Dem-CT) and by most of the Blue Dogs and New Dems left in Congress-- including the ones who were defeated and are just hanging around the lame duck looking for K Street jobs. We've written about how Himes and his fellow Wall Street shills have been working on this since last year... more »

Eric Chu running for KMT Chair

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*What path will the KMT take?* Current New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu announces he's running for KMT Chair, and denies he's going to run for President. Note how Chu has appropriated many DPP/reform critiques and ideas, including constitutional reform, lowering the voting age, and criticisms of the wealth distribution. Classic move, to yank the rug out from under the opposition by adopting its ideas. Chu is the popular choice of the party faithful and widely seen as the most likely candidate. The most common complaint at the moment is that Chu is just another Ma Ying-jeou. The comp... more »

Was This The World's First Cyber Attack?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Mysterious ’08 Turkey Pipeline Blast Opened New Cyberwar Era -- Bloomberg* The pipeline was outfitted with sensors and cameras to monitor every step of its 1,099 miles from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. The blast that blew it out of commission didn’t trigger a single distress signal. That was bewildering, as was the cameras’ failure to capture the combustion in eastern Turkey. But investigators shared their findings within a tight circle. The Turkish government publicly blamed a malfunction, Kurdish separatists claimed credit and BP Plc (BP/) had the line running again in ... more »

Time Cloak Used to Hide messages in Laser Light

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
[image: Made with optical collusion, the cloak is a stitch in time (Image: Science Photo Library/Getty)] I am not sure this is what is advertised but it certainly provides additional data channels that may elude discovery rather well. The security problem is not entirely solved yet but i do expect to see it off sooner than later which will we a huge boon to the industry. This has the advantage of been a hardware solution.Certainly a combination of hardware driving new software is an excellent way to secure data for a long time..I think that we can do that rather well and ... more »

The History of a Dangerous Idea called Austerity

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
*[image: Greece, 2010: Tens of thousands of striking Greek workers took to the streets, some throwing stones at police, in a defiant show of protest against austerity measures aimed at averting the debt-plagued country’s economic collapse. (Photo: underclassrising.net)]* When an economy enters a crash and burn phase, there are always plenty of things wrong. Yet what is most wrong is that all collateral has been marked down in terms of evaluation which means simply that if the loan stock is supported by a 50% loan to value ration, then it deteriorates to say 75% loan to value ration... more »

Howard Storm's Near-Death Experience

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
I have read a great number of Near earth Experiences or NDE's. All were from folks who were at worst uninformed or at least ambivalent toward spiritualism. This is the first one in which a determined Atheist was confronted and his initial experience is horrific. Yet this is our first observation. It is noteworthy that mind to mind communication is either rejected at this level or simply not available. That sort of makes sense as that would empower such beings far beyond what advanced spirits would want to tolerate. He did come back with a huge amount ... more »

Han Purple: A 2,800-year-old Artificial Pigment

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
*[image: "Egyptian blue" tripodic beaker]* This is something we would not think of otherwise. However, 2400 years ago Chinese alchemy, or more properly Chinese Chemistry was at the height of its prestige and investment. This led to a number of discoveries that are been just now coming back into our knowledge base. Not least because it was deliberately well hidden through obscure codes. This is one of their discoveries and an important one before the modern era. All good stuff recently rediscovered and understood. *Han Purple: A 2,800-year-old artificial pigment that quantum... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-up, 12/12/14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
* “Weekly News Wrap-up, 12/12/14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The $1 trillion budget that just passed the House of Representatives has something in it for everybody–to hate. Conservative Republicans hate that Obama Care and illegal immigration are funded and liberal Democrats hate the rollback of rules for Wall Street and political donations are dramatically increased. Lots of Republicans think they lost, and plenty of Democrats revolted against the President and they also think they lost. There have been big splits with Republicans in the past, but the new news is the Democ... more »

States With Pro-Employee Laws: No Firing For Legal Off-Duty Activity

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
Here in Florida, like many states, you can be fired for pretty much anything as long as it isn't discrimination, whistleblowing, making a worker's comp claim or some other protected activity. That means you can be fired because your boss doesn't like your hobby, your friends, the fact that you prefer whiskey over beer - just about anything they don't like about your non-work activities. Most states allow this kind of nonsensical firing, and business owners have to pay higher unemployment taxes as a result of other employers' whims. Taxpayers pay the cost too, in higher taxes due to ... more »

Arcturian Transmission to Earth Part 1

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
http://suzanneliephd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/arcturian-transmission-to-earth-part-1.html *Arcturian Transmission to Earth - Part 1 * as channeled by Suzanne Lie1-4-14 The Arcturians *Dear Readers, * *I just finished going over the fourth book of the Pleiadian Perspective on Ascension. It is titled, “It Is The NOW.” There are some very informative messages through out the book that I want to share you. I edited this book quite a bit and some of these messages were not in the first book. Also, the book won’t be published for a bit. Therefore, I decided that since I needed to read t... more »

No evidence David Wilcock is a fraud & a Cabal WMDz? You gotta be kidding, right?

Gforce at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 16 hours ago
*- Mahathir M.What does it take to see the light? Too many people asking the same question. So here's a compilation of what have been available in the cyberspace. Some has been around for several years. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But none is more blind than those who refuse to see. These are their own words (nothing edited).Richard says:* December 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm Hi Jean, I have to say I am really disappointed to see this video on your web site. I see no credible information given to support the claim that David Wilcock is a fraud and his work on “Financial Tyrann... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*EPA asks Corps to hold up permit for St. Tammany well ~Faimon A. Roberts III, Advocate *

Aisha North: A short update on the energies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
https://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/a-short-update-on-the-energies-76/ *A short update on the energies* by Aisha North December 11, 2014 The times they are a’changing, and for so many of you, these are no longer words devoid of meaning. For not only the time, but everything about you has started to change now at such a rapid rate, you would be hard pressed to keep up with it all. So again we say that no matter what happens in this upcoming period, try not to try at all when it comes to hanging on. In other words, allow the flow – or perhaps we should use the word flood – t... more »

You Can Command An Iraqi Division For Only $2 Million

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Members of Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters eat on their vehicle on the outskirts of Baiji, north of Baghdad, Dec. 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad *Ghost Army: You, Too, Can Command An Iraqi Division For Only $2 Million -- Peter Van Buren, Reuters* Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi recently revealed that there are 50,000 “ghost soldiers” who haunt the payrolls of the Iraqi Army. Many see the phenomenon as a factor in the army’s defeat at the hands of the Islamic State, and as an example of how Prime Minister Abadi is trying to initiate reform. How corruption like this is han... more »

North Korean Defectors Are Accusing The Regime Of Castrating Dwarfs And Using Children For Chemical Weapons Tests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured, as Ji Seong-ho has claimed that under his rule babies with disabilities are "taken away by hospital staff, never to be seen again' whilst children with developmental difficulties are neglected until they die" (REUTERS/KCNA) *North Korea's Disappeared: Regime 'Performs Experiments On Disabled People Before Leaving Them To Die' -- The Telegraph* *North Korean defector says disabled disappear and mentally ill left to die under Kim Jong-un's regime, amid claims dwarfs are castrated and chemical weapons tested on children * North Korea is sy... more »

A Foremost Fabulator

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://www.webchercheurs.com/ Stephen Harper came to Ottawa claiming that he was a righteous man. He stood, he said, for the truth. But, Michael Harris writes, with Harper it's never been about the truth. It's been about advertising -- and he arranges for Canadians to foot the bill: We’re living in the age of propaganda politics financed by the public between elections; appearance and reality are now separated by light years of marketing BS. As the PM postures as the veterans’ champion, his government has quietly agreed to transfer t... more »

BBC Question Time - Russell Brand vs Nigel Farage - full confrontation video

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
what the hell is Free Planet doing covering a 'politics' event like BBC Question Time where Nigel Farage goes head-to-head with Russell Brand? Or should that be the other way round? Anyway, lively debate... Oh, I know what pisses me off about politicians THEY NEVER ANSWER THE FUCKING QUESTION because 'the amoral and arbitrary rules of *The Game of Debate*' insist upon it. You will never receive an answer from such a political game player who frames his responses as one side of a debate. For me, it's dead simple. Earth is a limited resource, for all the life forms on it. We need t... more »

Iraq - Syria Regional War Updates ( December 12 , 2014 ) - Focus on political and battlefield reports touching on Iraq / Syria / Lebanon

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Links.... *Obama Rejects Senate War Bill as 'Too Limiting'* *ISIS Leader: 'If There Was No US Prison in Iraq, There'd Be No ISIS'* *Iraq Shi'ite Cleric Sadr Readies Militia for Move on Samarra* *Senate Committee Votes on ISIS War Authorization* *In Syria ISIS Focus Is on Rival Rebels, Not Assad* 182 Killed Across Iraq as Millions Stream in for Arbaeen Observances Mosul Food Prices Soar Ahead of Harsh Winter Tweets.... *Syria Pulse* @TheSyriaPulse · 57m57 minutes ago Russia's deputy FM told Lebanese factions what they wanted to hear, offered little insight into policy on #Syr... more »

Syria / Iraq Regional War Updates ( December 1 -2 , 2014 ) - Focus on geopolitical items of note for Iraq , Syria and Turkey as well . ISIS shocker for Saudis !

Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Links..... *Iraq: 5,640 Killed in November, 465 More on Monday* *ISIS Kills 16 Iraqi Troops Along Syrian Border* *US Rejects Syria No-Fly Zone, Actively Discussing Buffer Zone* *Iran Targets ISIS in Clear Sign of US Cooperation* *Sadr Bloc Demands US, Iran Stop Intervening in Iraq* *Islamists Dominate New Syrian Rebel Coalition* *ISIS Suffers Losses in Kobani, Still Has City Surrounded* 12/2/14 - Tweets...... *Syria Deeply* @SyriaDeeply · 9h 9 hours ago #Syria: The Executive Summary, 12/2 http://nwsdp.ly/l26df Syria Deeply retweeted *Liz Sly* @LizSly · 12h12 hou... more »

Airline Boss Sorry Over Daughter's Nut Row but better than British Airways

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
As reported by Sky http://news.sky.com/story/1390559/airline-boss-sorry-over-daughters-nut-row ' Korean Air's Chairman Cho Yang-ho told reporters the 40-year-old's behaviour was "foolish" and that he regrets he did not raise her better. The row happened after Cho Hyun-ah, who was travelling in first class, was offered macadamia nuts in a bag and not on a plate.' British Airways don't even serve Macadamia nuts any more.

Torture, MI6 & 9/11

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*"ONLY 9/11 Truth can stop Bush, the Iran War, World War III...* *...if you do not address 9/11 YOU GET NOTHING..."* *Quotes from Fox News host Andrea Tantaros* *“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome”* *“But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”* *“They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this... more »

U.S. Defense Secretary: Future US Navy Small Surface Combatant SSC to be based on LCS

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Lockheed Martin SSC]According to a statement by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released on December 11th, the future Small Surface Combatant (SSC), a more lethal and survivable ship being considered as a follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), will be based on the two existing LCS: The Freedom class designed by Lockheed Martin and the Independence class designed by Austal. *Statement by Secretary Hagel on the Littoral Combat Ship* *Earlier this year, expressing concern that the U.S. Navy was relying too heavily on the littoral combat ship (LCS) to meet long-term tar... more »

Energy conditions from entanglement-glue duality

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
One of the great conceptual insights in the research of quantum gravity of the recent 5 years or so was the realization that the geometric connection of two regions of the spacetime – according to a theory that respects the postulates of quantum mechanics and allows the spacetime to be curved, too – is physically equivalent to the entanglement between the degrees of freedom that lived in these previously separated regions of the spacetime geometry. Folks like Mark Van Raamsdonk deserve to be credited for the original discovery of this broader concept. The Maldacena-Susskind ER-EPR ... more »

“I don’t need to consult a folder to tell you what I believe in”

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Thurrock's Tim Aker MEP takes Labour's Westminster Candidate and former Ed Miliband aide, Polly Billington, to task on the NHS during a debate at a local college in Thurrock. “I don’t need to consult a folder to tell you what I believe in” and an attack on Labour's PFI record, I like the cut of Tim Aker's jib. Whilst Polly Billington seems to be just another Labour machine politician who would rather make a fool of herself looking up what the current party line is rather than risk saying something off-message.

Second C-130J Super Hercules Delivered To Republic Of Tunisia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tunesian C-130J Super Hercules]The Republic of Tunisia received its second C-130J Super Hercules during a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility here. Tunisia received its first C-130J in April 2013, marking the first delivery of a J-model to an African nation. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js, as well as to provide training and an initial three years of logistics support. Read more

The Pentagon Is Considering Redeploying Nuclear Missiles In Europe To Counter Putin

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tu-22 Blinder]The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile that the United States has charged violates a 1987 nuclear treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday. Brian P. McKeon, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said US cruise missile deployments are among a range of options being considered if Russian fails to return to compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. McKeon did not provide details of the military options being studied but sai... more »

Russians will join PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Ka-226T Sergei]Russia will help build at least 12 nuclear reactors in the next two decades and will join the “Make in India” initiative of the Modi government through the manufacture of “advanced” Russian helicopters in India for both civilian and military use. About 400 of the Kamov Ka-226 twin-engine helicopters could be manufactured initially. Following problems that are being faced, New Delhi has also asked Moscow to establish manufacturing facilities in India for spares and components for Russian defence equipment used by the Indian armed forces. An MoU that envisages... more »

Saab receives FMV order to extend Gripen lease in the Czech Republic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JAS-39 Gripen]Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the extended lease of Gripen from Sweden to the Czech Republic. This agreement provides for the continuing support and upgrade of the Czech aircraft for a further 12 years. The order is valued at approx. SEK 576 million. Gripen has been in service with the Czech Republic since 2005. In May 2014 a new agreement between Sweden and the Czech Republic extended this partnership for a further 12 years. Read more

It will cost $400M to keep CF-18s flying until 2025 while Harper decides whether to buy F-35 jets: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: CF-18 Hornet]A long-awaited market analysis into which fighter jet could replace the CF-18s tells the Harper government it can postpone a decision and keep flying the current fleet until 2025, but it will cost roughly $400 million. The report by a panel of independent experts, part of a package of documents put before the federal cabinet last summer, warns that the aging jets should not be flown much past that date because that would pose an unacceptable, costly risk. All of the research was done to help the Harper government decide whether to continue with the oft-maligned... more »

Philippine, Brunei leaders view S. Korea's FA-50 fighter jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F/A-50 Golden Eagle]The leaders of the Philippines and Brunei on Friday took a look at a South Korean indigenous fighter jet specially displayed for them at an air base in this southeastern port city, the Air Force said. President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines and Brunei's leader Hassanal Bolkiah were briefed on the FA-50's capacity ahead of their departure from Busan on Friday, it said. The visit was made at the request of the two leaders, military officers said. For the occasion, the light fighter plane flew from an air base in Wonju, some 132 kilometers southeast... more »

Italy to run F-35 fighter jet service center

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Joint Strike Fyra]Italy's defense minister and the U.S. ambassador to Italy have announced that an Italian site run by defense contractor Finmeccanica has been designated as the maintenance center for all F-35 fighter jets based in Europe. The deal, announced in Rome Thursday, will be a boost for Italy, which is suffering from double-digit inflation and withering investments. It will also help Finmeccanica, whose image was tarnished by corruption allegations surrounding a helicopter contract for India. Read more

Vietnam dismisses China’s position paper on East Sea claims

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ly Thai To (HQ-012)]Vietnam's foreign ministry condemned Thursday a position paper China has used to outline its arguments against the jurisdiction of an international arbitration case which the Philippines has been seeking to challenge Beijing’s expansive maritime claims. “Once again, we reiterate that Vietnam has incontestable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands,” Le Hai Binh, the Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement Thursday, using the Vietnamese names for the Paracel and Spratly chains respectively. “Vietnam’s established position is... more »

Silent running: How do you navalise a variable speed drive for a modern warship?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 26 GCS]The Royal Navy's latest large procurement project, the Type 26 anti-submarine frigate, is proceeding well with many of the prime contractors being announced. One of the most fundamental is its propulsion system that has been awarded to General Electric's Power Conversion's naval business. There are many challenges in providing propulsion on modern marine vessels, not least is one that fundamentally comes under the ambit of being a warship. The Type 26's primary role is searching for submarines, as well as a secondary role as a general support and humanitarian ves... more »

Hospital face pressures as winter hits - health leaders - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
The BBC once again manage to report on the pressures faced by the NHS, without exploring why demand is rising. There's a few lines that hint at rising demand but that's all: '"While the NHS is used to seeing a spike in demand during winter months, this year emergency departments have experienced a spring, summer and autumn crisis as well, leaving no spare capacity in hospitals as we approach winter." At the same time, GP surgeries are struggling to cope with unprecedented levels of demand."' Now why might demand be unprecedented? Could one factor be that the massive rise in imm... more »

Kinloss rescue co-ordination centre closure announced

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
RAF Kinloss The search and rescue co-ordination centre at Kinloss in Moray is to close, the Ministry of Defence has announced. A total of 27 RAF posts and 10 civilian posts are said to be affected by the relocation to the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham. The Kinloss centre co-ordinates RAF, Royal Navy and Coastguard search and rescue helicopters, as well as the RAF mountain rescue service. Read more

Watch the U.S. Navy test out its ultra-precise laser system in the Persian Gulf

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
It’s no secret that the United States military has some of the most advanced weaponry in the world, but even so, it’s still hard to believe some of the weapons they use nowadays are real. With things like rail guns, self-guiding bullets, and pseudo-mechanical exoskeletons for foot soldiers, our arsenal seems like something straight out of a science fiction movie. The latest addition to the growing list of sci-fi tech is the U.S. Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS for short) — the most advanced “directed energy weapon” the military has deployed to date. Read more

German arms manufacturer fined €37m for Greek bribes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Rheinmetall]German armaments and car parts conglomerate Rheinmetall has been fined €37 million after a subsidiary bribed Greek officials to buy a €150 million air defence system. The fine is the first of its kind imposed on a German armaments company and comes amid a wider investigation into one of Germany’s most influential and secretive industries. The case involves a deal brokered a decade ago by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE), a Bremen-based subsidiary of the Düsseldorf concern, to sell an “Asrad” air-defence system to the Greek army for €150 million. Read more

Russia's Military Expansion 'Bigger' in 2015 But Still Lags Behind US and China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ivan Gren assault ship]Despite the Russian economy's looming recession in 2015, Moscow plans to increase the country's military spending to a record-breaking US$62 billion or 3.3 trillion rubles since the post-Soviet era. Russia's military is expected be bigger and stronger in 2015 with cash ready to buy more submarines, aircraft, missiles and artillery for its armed forces. Russia will design and manufacture a fleet of its own universal amphibious assault helicopter carriers as part of its long-term naval programme of shipbuilding through 2050, according to a high-ranking... more »

12 sailors implicated in submarine shower scandal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)]Up to a dozen sailors are suspected of viewing secretly recorded videos of their female shipmates undressing in a submarine shower over a period of 10 months, according to a new investigative report obtained by Navy Times. The scandal has marred the Navy's gender integration effort begun four years ago. While it appears only one sailor has been implicated in the videos' production and distribution, 11 are suspected of watching them and failing to report the matter to their commanders. Read more

John Horgan.--The Straight Goods

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Herding cats, compelling a diverse and widely varied in opinions caucus to come together as one, as united is at times as difficult as herding cats... Corporations, CAPP, Kinder Morgan...Stephen Harper`s unholy alliance with all things oily and tarry, Christy Clark`s incestuous relationship with the industrial hard-hat, media outlets like the Vancouver Sun..The Province..Global TV..CKNW radio... Propaganda on levels that would make Herr Joseph Goebbels blush.. Oil..Pipelines..LNG...Coal....Raw logs... The gullible public has been so inundated with industr... more »

Cheney's Still Not Arrested-- Liu Tienan Just Got A Life Sentence

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
As close to prison as Cheney will ever get Despite our best hopes, of course there is no chance Cheney or any of his criminally-minded torturers will be held accountable form anything in the Torture Report. And there's no chance the Wall Street banksters will be held accountable for pillaging the economy. And, worst of all, there's no chance any Members of Congress will be held accountable for writing the laws that create and sustain such a system. Could this really be anything like what Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, John Jay, Patrick... more »

Falling Oil Prices And Sanctions May Slow Russia's Military Buildup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian servicemen take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, November 5, 2012. (Sergei Karpukhin / Courtesy Reuters) *Sanctions, Oil Price Slump May Slow Russian Military Upgrade -- Voice of America* Moscow, a major player in the global arms business, has worked to re-equip and modernize its armed forces in recent years as well as boost its international sales. But Dmitry Gorenburg, a senior research scientist with CNA Corporation, a Washington-based think tank specializing in defense-related issues, says the drop in world oil prices, Western sanctions and limited ma... more »

(Calling Dick Cheney!)  CIA Lied To Congress? Alert the Media!  (But, Wait . . .)  Bilderberg Always Picks Leaders (Not Too Late To Prosecute Banksters?)   How Dems Became Dims   (Since Rolling Labor and Crushing the Left Was His Favorite Activity, From Jumped Into This Feet First)  Rahmbo Took Shady Cash?

And you thought nothing much had been going on in the Democratic Party? That the Dims were an organic growth? BREAKING: Brennan: What? Me Worry?Like I and many others have said many times before: There are no permanent secrets - everything always comes out. Now that we know the crimes of those responding to the 9/11 "Crisis," we are reassured that they stopped under Obama and that they

Forget The Torture Report, When Will The False Flag Terror Report Come Out?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
"A limited hangout, or partial hangout, is a public relations or propaganda technique that involves the release of previously hidden information in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details. It takes the form of deception, misdirection, or coverup often associated with intelligence agencies involving a release or "mea culpa" type of confession of only part of a set of previously hidden sensitive information, that establishes credibility for the one releasing the information who by the very act of confession appears to be "coming clean" and acting with integrit... more »

The Challenge of Spiritual Balance on Earth

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Jed Shlackman* - "Cultivating peace and love is valuable, but we also must be able to take assertive action and to set energetic boundaries..." The post The Challenge of Spiritual Balance on Earth appeared first on Waking Times.

Senior IS Commander Reveals How U.S. Prisons In Iraq Helped In The Birth And Growth Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Isis: The Inside Story -- Martin Chulov, The Guardian* One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with middle-distance stares, wearing brightly-coloured prison unif... more »

21 Natural Alternatives to the Flu Shot

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - These natural foods and medicines are your best bet for staying this flu season while avoiding a useless flu shot. The post 21 Natural Alternatives to the Flu Shot appeared first on Waking Times.

Your Value Cannot be Monetized

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
You Tube Link here Hundredth Monkey Project

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Authorization For War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Senate Panel Votes to Authorize U.S. War on Islamic State -- Bloomberg* A Senate panel voted to give President Barack Obama a three-year authorization to use military force against Islamic State, opening a debate unlikely to be settled until the new U.S. Congress convenes next month. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee acted today along party lines, with the 10 Democrats voting yes and the eight Republicans voting no. It was the first congressional vote on granting Obama war-fighting authority against the Sunni extremist group and its affiliates. Chairman Robert Menendez, the ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Another Answer Came”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “Another Answer Came” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILt_GZqJzjQ

The Will and the Word of I AM

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
If you can't read the text, change your YouTube settings to 720 HD and expand to full screen. Excuse the embeded ad,that's not my doing... its because of the 2nd piece of music. Will replace that shortly....

Legitimate scientific skeptics object to calling science deniers "skeptics." Here's a suggestion: "lying, stinking buttwipes"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The mascot of the Australian Skeptics.* *Climate-science disinformers don't qualify as "skeptics," say these 48 prominent scientists and thinkers, because they aren't interested in evidence -- just denial.* *"Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration."* *-- from a statement signed by 48 fellows ofthe Committee for Skeptical Inquiry* *by Ken*... more »

The Islamic State Is Failing To Feed And Meet The Needs Of The People That It Has Conquered

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, in this June 11, 2014 file photo. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer/Files *Can Islamic State Feed The People It Conquers? -- Bloomberg* As winter takes hold in the Islamic State-captured city of Mosul, soaring prices for meat and basic foods are sending an extra chill through Iraqi households. Residents used to eating traditional Mosul kibbeh, balls of wheat stuffed with minced lamb, and bean soup with beef say they can now only afford to eat rice and lentils for most... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Ambience Minimus" (Full Album)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, "Ambience Minimus" (Full Album) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o86EfzmbOfQ

"We Are All..."

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

The Rough Road of Honest Discovery

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Zen Gardner* - "Realizing we were born into an abusive system designed to keep us down and disabled is a wonderful discovery." The post The Rough Road of Honest Discovery appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. This grand spiral galaxy can be found toward the northern constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major). *Click image for larger size.* This superbly detailed view reveals M81's bright yellow nucleus, blue spiral arms, and sweeping cosmic dust lanes with a scale comparable to the Milky Way. Hinting at a disorderly past, a remarkable dust lane actually runs straight through the disk, to the left of the galactic center, contrary to M81's other prominent spiral features. T... more »

The Poet: W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The More Loving One”* by W. H. Auden “Looking up at the stars, I know quite well That, for all they care, I can go to hell, But on earth indifference is the least We have to dread from man or beast. How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me. Admirer as I think I am Of stars that do not give a damn, I cannot, now I see them, say I missed one terribly all day. Were all stars to disappear or die, I should learn to look at an empty sky And feel its total dark sublime, Though this might t... more »

Chet Raymo, “All Natural Shapes Blazing With Unnatural Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“All Natural Shapes Blazing With Unnatural Light”* by Chet Raymo “Behind the blue of a Sun-lit sky, hidden in the dark of night, invisible to our unaided sight, far off in the winding eddy of the Milky Way, a star-birthing nebula, NGC 7822, a seething cauldron of creation, 40 light-years wide, in which the Earth and all that we formerly thought as ours would be as a dust mote (click to enlarge). NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite teases grandeur out of darkness, forces us to face a universe of incomprehensible fullness. Powerful winds of stellar radiation ... more »

David Adair

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

CIA Torture/Human Experimentation = Manchurian Candidate Creation

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
This story, from Washington Post today, caught my eye*. *Reading the piece linked below it is clear that Washington Post is spinning this as that "learned helplessness" theory created by Seligman. But this one tiny paragraph suggests so much more. What happened to the man specifically mentioned below goes well beyond 'learned helplessness' It would only make sense that there were several more experiments going on besides 'learned helplessness' . It appears as if learned helplessness is the one being acknowledged. However, past behaviour being the best indicator of present behaviou... more »

Islamic State Now Using Drones To Film Their Suicide Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Watch: Islamic State Drone Films ‘Suicide Attack’ In Syrian City -- Washington Post* A video posted online on Tuesday by the Islamic State appears to show drone footage of the besieged city of Kobane, where the jihadists have battled Kurdish militias since September. It was uploaded by the Islamic State's media branch in Aleppo, northern Syria, and seems to show the blasts of a number of suicide bombings in embedded panels. This is not the first time the extremist organization has used footage seemingly taken by a drone from Kobane. In one of its most eerie propaganda videos, th... more »

Undercover Cops Busted by Crowd in Oakland

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
An undercover cop last night in a Berkeley, California protest was caught flashing his gun at protesters after he and another undercover operative were outed when someone pulled his mask off his face. Some witnesses claimed the two cops were previously seen banging on bank windows and trying to incite protesters to commit violence. The two cops were eventually identified as California Highway Patrol sent into Oakland supposedly unknown to the Oakland Police Department. This makes total sense. If police are going to put agent provocateurs inside of protests then it would be wise... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 11, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
C.I.A. Headquarters in Langley, Va. Credit Pool photo by David Burnett *Dark Again After C.I.A. Torture Report -- New York Times editorial* We have not always agreed with Senator Dianne Feinstein on national security issues like wiretapping, but the California Democrat who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee has displayed commitment and courage in the investigation of the illegal detention, abuse and torture of prisoners by the Central Intelligence Agency. Realizing she had one last chance to get this report to the public before Republicans take over the Senate, Ms. Feinstein ... more »

The Poet: Maya Angelou, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”* by Maya Angelou “The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds... more »

Malcolm Guite on Owen Barfield

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Related: *Owen Barfield - Man and Meaning*. *Malcolm Guite - The Great Dance: Love and the Virtues from Dante to Lewis*.

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“The Myth of Human Progress”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Myth of Human Progress”* By Chris Hedges “Clive Hamilton in his “Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change” describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that “catastrophic climate change is virtually certain.” This obliteration of “false hopes,” he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The first is attainable. The second, because it means that those we love, including our children, are almost certainly doomed to insecurity, misery and suffering within a few decades, if not a few years, is much harder to acquire. To... more »

Keith Baldrey, Sean Leslie and Tom Fletcher, Our Blind, Deaf and Deliberately Dumb Legislative Reporters(BC Liberals Disguised As Media)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
* Written by Jim Quail * Quail Worth & Allevato Barristers & Solicitors http://jimquail.com/2014/12/11/lng-free-passs/ *British Columbia LNG – the Press give the Liberals a free pass * *Posted on December 11, 2014* *Can you imagine. . .* - *if an NDP provincial government told voters it would create a huge new industry that would bring full employment, fill the public treasury and eliminate the provincial debt?* - *if they promised that this wonderful new industry would start operating by 2015?* - *if not a single player in this new industry had made any commi... more »

World News Briefs -- December 11, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CIA Boss John Brennan Defends Post-9/11 Strategy -- BBC* CIA Director John Brennan has defended the agency's post-9/11 interrogation methods but admitted some techniques were "harsh" and "abhorrent". Speaking at CIA headquarters, he said some officers acted beyond their authority but most did their duty. A scathing Senate report two days earlier said "brutal" methods like waterboarding were ineffective. But Mr Brennan asserted the CIA "did a lot of things right" at a time when there were "no easy answers". *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* Syria's southern rebels* take step towar... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"ONLY 9/11 Truth can stop Bush, the Iran War, World War III...* *...if you do not address 9/11 YOU GET NOTHING..."* Well, torture is not the issue when it comes to Guantanamo anyway. No-one is (or was) in Guantanamo because they possess useful information that they have failed to give up - the torture and the interrogation is there merely to force submission, at which point the CIA offers you a job as a double agent and the training begins. Guantanamo isn't an intelligence centre or a Black Site, it's a terrorist training and Mind Control indoctrination facility. The point wit... more »

Satire: “Cruz: Stop Blaming Bush for Things He Did”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Cruz: * *Stop Blaming Bush for Things He Did”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on Thursday, telling reporters, “I’m sick and tired of people blaming George W. Bush for things he did.” In the aftermath of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, Cruz said, “Democrats have been busy with their favorite game again: bringing up catastrophic things that President Bush did and then blaming him for them.” The Texas Senator raised the invasion of Iraq as an example of ... more »

I hate Harper

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
I wish I could explain my hatred rationaly no its just for me so bad I can not think about Canada and have him in the same frame.

The News

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
the news is now an ocxymoron, Run from it.

Not going to pay

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Hey I got eyes and ears and do not market second class shit\ you motherfucker should be ashamed realising 4:3 video get in the game or die and die is scary because we need a content condiunt.

Friday Morning Ramble…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Left-wing loon and failed/failing/failingest political pundit Martin/Martyn Bradbury still hasn’t got over the election trouncing. *2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle* – Martyn/Martin Bradbury, DAILY BLOG Mind you, some National supporters are still thankful for the support of Martyn/Martin’s little helpers. *Mana planning to stand in 2017* – David Farrar, KIWIBLOG “Whenever a small country gets mentioned specifically in an international report, that report there gets noticed… A new OECD working paper claims that income inequality hurts economic growth, and particularly hurt ... more »

We Need to Talk About Sandy Hook Video - Investigation of Sandy Hook showing How and Why Sandy Hook did not Happen as Portrayed.

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 1 day ago
This video is a collaboration of 10 of us, who have investigated Sandy Hook. It is a long video but it goes through the whole Sandy Hook reasons of WHY it could not have happened as it was portrayed. It reveals all the information in one video and the slips of tongues. My part in the video is about how the police dash cams did not show one child being evacuated from the school along

Ideology, Politics, and the Deficit

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
In terms of actually existing economics, cutting Britain's public spending deficit is not the most pressing of problems. But as we know, this thing we call politics is consumed by a reality of its own devising. Since the tsunami of crisis swept in from the coast, swamping our financial institutions and putting banks into life boats hastily inflated with taxpayers' billions, the Conservatives' singular message has been to blame Labour for the failure of Britain's flood defences. In a rare astute move the Tories have linked their austerity mania with the "necessity" of cutting the def... more »

29 ways to lose an ele3ction

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
If I had what you have I would be scary Peps and preps would not chirp knowing they faced my broadside I know you connected in a good way to democracy So with you power why does our next leader not come on line or before the mike and just say simply I would not do that that way? The parade of Harper absurdities is already blocking traffic all over the nation and as a matter of fact the world has taken notice and is wondering why Canada has elected three times an asshole as world class as this guy. I might be partisan but even BM the PM did not every week insult our intelligence with ... more »

Hong Kong Property Rights

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Did you know that in Hong Kong you can only buy property for 100 years. This the result of 6000 years of civilisation knowing the economic risks of perpity. Now in Canada the Chinese come as predators. We are all like deer in the headlights stunned by the big cash money. We are making a big mistake giving away the future or real estate to those who have been kicked out of their home market for abuses that the Empour had to resolve.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Perigo on Nathaniel Branden

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
“One of the cleverest con-men ever. Glib and plausible to a fault. On the level? Not remotely. Ayn Rand's biggest mistake, with no other mistake coming close. Guilty of all the things he accused her of, including intellectual bullying. (Told Tibor Machan for example their friendship would be over if Tibor kept posting on SOLO.) An ignoble liar, whose systematic, conscientious deceitfulness screams from the pages of Rand's journals, where we know more in hindsight than she knew at the time. An extraordinarily angry man who made anti-anger a virtue and legitimate rage a vice. Booris... more »

GOP Push Uses California Drought Emergency To Enrich Corporate Farms And Wreck Environmental Protections

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Tuesday the House passed David Valadao's misleadingly-named California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, 230-182. It was co-sponsored by 6 clueless right-wing California Republican ideologues, Ken Calvert, Paul Cook, Doug LaMalfa, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock and Devin Nunes, plus the most right-wing fake Democrat in the California delegation, Blue Dog Jim Costa. Every Republican voted for it and Costa was joined by 5 of his fellow reactionary Blue Dogs who generally back conservative Republican approaches: John Barrow (GA), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Nick Rahall... more »

U.S. Accuses Russia Of Violating Two Arms-Control Treaties

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters / Maxim Shemetov *U.S.: Russia In Violation Of Two Arms-Control Treaties -- Radio Free Europe* WASHINGTON -- The United States has accused Russia of violating two key arms-control treaties. Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller said at a congressional hearing on December 10 that Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). Russia has denied that it violated the INF Treaty and accused the United States of its own violations. Russian President... more »

Why President Obama Is Not Going To Replace CIA Director John Brennan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
John Brennan, Central Intelligence Agency director, speaks at a rare news conference at CIA headquarters in Virginia, Dec. 11, 2014. *Why Brennan Is Still Leading the CIA -- Mike Dorning and Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg* John Brennan has been as close as anyone to President Barack Obama on his most sensitive national security decisions, from drone strikes to the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. That helps explain why Obama isn’t abandoning his Central Intelligence Agency director despite some calls for his resignation following release of a Senate report detailing the CIA’s br... more »

"Appreciating Suggestions: Other People’s Agendas"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Appreciating Suggestions: Other People’s Agendas"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "People will always have an idea about how you should live your life, but your idea is the only one that matters. As children, our parents had dreams for us. They wanted us to do well in school, and to do whatever was necessary to reach our highest potential. Later in life, friends may try to set us up with their idea of the perfect partner or the perfect job. Spouses may have agendas for us, too. People close to us may have ideas about how we should live our lives, ideas that usually come from love ... more »

The Killing of Brian Jones

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
A Story of Our Time : Brian Jones The Rolling Stone - BBC March 2nd 1971 from Spike EP on Vimeo. *BRIAN JONES, July, 1969, London.* One of the original members of the Rolling Stones. Unique musician, helped the group get started, under control of drugs by 1966, took LSD that caused personality changes and depression. Seemed to have brain damage and disintegrated. Compared his arrests and planted grass to the treatment Lennie Bruce had received, forced to drop from the group. *Keith Richards*, of the Stones, said, * "Some very weird things happened the night Brian died. We had... more »

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