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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

25 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

Happening NOW: Thousands of BlackLivesMatter protesters shut down the Mall of America, the nation's largest mall, on the busiest shopping day of the year chanting, "While you're on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe!"  The corporate news won't cover this, spread the word! Like our page US Uncut!
Happening NOW: Thousands of BlackLivesMatter protesters shut down the Mall of America, the nation's largest mall, on the busiest shopping day of the year chanting, "While you're on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe!" The corporate news won't cover this, spread the word! Like our page US Uncut!

10:38pm MST

Come On A Little Musical Trip With Me

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 33 minutes ago
I was a drug taker when I was a kid. College is one big drug-haze. I smoked weed every day and did most everything else whenever I could get my hands on it. Acid was special though. I didn't just drop acid willy nilly. Acid was always a very special experience for me, every single trip, something between 30 and 50 in all. And music was always a very important component of every acid trip I ever took-- and beyond just the Airplane, Dead and The Byrds. I certainly nearly wore out my copy of *The Classical Music of Pakistan* by the Ali Brothers, the most accomplished of the qawwali, ... more »

Islamist Militia Fighters Attack Oil Ports In Libya Using Speedboats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Black smoke billows out of a storage oil tank in Libya (Reuters Photo) *22 Libya Soldiers Slain After Speedboat Attack On Oil Ports -- i24 News* *Country's oil production dropped to less than half since clashes with Islamists erupted two weeks ago* Islamists killed at least 22 soldiers Thursday after a surprise attack in which they used speedboats in a failed bid to seize some of Libya's main oil terminals, officials said. The fighting in the oil-rich region came as pro-government forces lost ground to Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi, where jihadists beheaded six... more »

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, “Dream Ten”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, “Dream Ten” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ7eSn_9uT0&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“It's easy to get lost following the intricate filaments in this detailed mosaic image of faint supernova remnant Simeis 147 (S147). Also cataloged as Sh2-240, it covers nearly 3 degrees or 6 full moons on the sky. That's about 150 light-years at the stellar debris cloud's estimated distance of 3,000 light-years. * Click image for larger size.* Anchoring the frame at the right, bright star Elnath (Beta Tauri) is seen towards the boundary of the constellations Taurus and Auriga, almost exactly opposite the galactic center in planet Earth's sky. This sharp composite includes image dat... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "Sweet Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Sweet Darkness"* "When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your womb tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring yo... more »

Chet Raymo, “Finding It Where You Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Finding It Where You Are”* by Chet Raymo “Yes, I've been to Walden. Been there several times, in fact. With students. We sat on the earth at the site of the cabin and read from the book. And the wind stirred the pines, and the hickories, and the oaks, and rippled the pond that shone like silver in the early morning sun. And then, to honor the spirit of the man we came to visit, we sat silently, as if on the stoop of his cabin with friends, knowing that any words, even his own, intruded on the haunting beauty of the place itself. Walden Pond Mary Oliver has a poem called "Going To... more »

"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"* by Marc "A silhouette of a human being stands before you. Perhaps an old friend. Perhaps a neighbor. Perhaps a perfect stranger, like me. Here are 11 things we all need you to keep in mind… * 1.* *You never really know how much the people around you are hurting.* You could be standing next to someone who is completely broken inside and you wouldn’t even know it. So never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. And remember that there are two ways to spread light in this world: You can either be a flame of hope, or a mirror tha... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"Give Some Back..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Pain, or damage, don't end the world- or despair or f***in' beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you've got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man- and give some back." - “Al Swearengen”, Ian McShane's character in “Deadwood”

Election 10: Comelec Critics and Commissioner Luie Guia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
Today, Commission on Elections (Comelec) new Commissioner Luie Guia, a friend from undergrad days in UP Diliman some three decades ago, posted in his fb wall this message below. I am reposting this with his permission. I also added two of his photos posted in his wall. *To all my co-workers in Comelec.* *I am relatively new in the Commission on Elections and I was told that criticisms are part of the job. I have been trying to understand this situation especially as I have been associated with many of those who have recently been attacking Comelec on this single issue of election ... more »

"The Future"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." - Niels Bohr "The future ain't what it used to be." Yogi Berra "Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus We could list things of concern and consideration, of course... the coming, and absolutely unavoidable, world economic collapse, and it's subsequent suffering and hardship; the fact of global warming and climate change; the loss of civil liberties and freedom, and the existence of a true pol... more »

"The Present"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*Deputy Wendell:* "It's a mess, ain't it, sheriff?" *Sheriff Bell:* "If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here." - "No Country For Old Men" The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9poCAuYT-s “History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that’s worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.” - Henry Ford "Our time is brief, and it will pass no matter what we do. So let us have purpose in spending it. Let us spend it so that our time matters to each of us, and matte... more »

Sunday Classics (holiday edition): It's "The Nutcracker" -- the whole deal! (One more time!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*With the "Nutcracker Suite" sequence of Disney's Fantasia now unavailable, I thought to kick off we'd just look at this little teaser from Helgi Tómasson's San Francisco Ballet staging.* *by Ken* [*To repeat, this is a second "encore presentation" of 2011's complete-Nutcracker post (the first since since all the way back in 2012!), which I thought came out pretty darned well. As I wrote in 2012, you probably think it's a huge labor-saver just running a post "rerun," and perhaps I thought so too, but it didn't work out that way.*] The plan is pretty simple. As promised in last nig... more »

Another Top Islamic State Leader Killed By Coalition Airstrikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*ISIS Governor Of Mosul Killed In Coalition Airstrikes -- CNN* (CNN) -- The latest ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul was killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday, according to Iraqi police. Hassan Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Taluut, was killed 18 miles south of Mosul in the village of Qayyara, according to Maj. Gen. Watheq Al-Hamdani, a senior regional Iraqi police commander who is leading the government's efforts to retake Mosul from ISIS. Jabouri is the second ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul killed by airstrikes and had been in office for less than 25 days. Ear... more »

U.S Stockpiling Massive Quantities Of Military Equipment In Kuwait To Fight The Islamic State In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *U.S. Stockpiling Fighting Vehicles Near Iraq Ahead of Anti-ISIS Offensive -- US News and World Report* Military equipment in Afghanistan is being detoured to battle different and deadly extremists. Since June, the U.S. military has been slowly stockpiling massive amounts of its gear coming out of Afghanistan at a depot in Kuwait adjacent to a bustling commercial port, in preparation for ultimately shipping it across the border into Iraq for an allied offensive against the Islamic State group. The facility's warehouses and large asphalt ... more »

Canada`s Parliament, or a Banana Republic Country Club, No Difference, Democracy is Dead in either House Today

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 3 hours ago
*Written by Robin Mathews* A CHRISTMAS DAY PROPOSAL TO SAVE THE PARLIAMENT OF CANADA, CANADIAN DEMOCRACY, AND THE CANADIAN PEOPLE FROM THE CALCULATED, FOUL, AND MALICIOUS ACTIONS PRESENTLY BEING UNDERTAKEN THERE TO EFFECT A COUP D’ETAT AND TO ERECT A FASCIST DICTATORSHIP IN CANADA. A major Opposition Party with Independent Members of Parliament and/or Members of The Senate; or the Opposition Parties and Independent Members of Parliament and/or Members of The Senate; or a body of Members of Parliament and/or The Senate – self-selected without Party approval; or Members of eithe... more »

The Growing Crisis Of Female Veterans Battling PTSD From Sexual Trauma

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Female Veterans Battling PTSD From Sexual Trauma Fight For Redress -- Washington Post* Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health-care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military. The veterans and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past. Judy Atwood-Bell was just a 19-year-old Army private when she says she was locked inside a barracks room at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, forced to the ... more »

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Adapted for our troubled times

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 4 hours ago
Our six-part Christmas Special. Starring Cameron, Clegg, Thatcher, Osborne, and Duncan Smith, with cameos by the Great British Public... Come back for Episode 2, published tomorrow

"The Past"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.” - Wendell Berry “You have to know the past to understand the present.” - Dr. Carl Sagan “Stop thinking about the past, and don't worry too much about whats going to happen in the future. Your presence is a present, so live for today, and appreciate everyone and everything you have. Stop thinking about what you don't have, what you wish you had, who walked out of your life, and whatever else that falls in that cat... more »

"Here's To The Crazy Ones"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

UFO: Mothership Leaves Sun Causing Solar Explosion

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
http://www.ufosightingsdaily.com/2014/12/mothership-leaves-sun-causing-solar.html *Mothership Leaves Sun Causing Solar Explosion* Dec 24, 2014 UFO Sighting News. Date of sighting: Dec 24, 2014 Location of sighting: Earths Sun Source: http://helioviewer.org/ Was looking at the Helioviewer online and noticed this giant triangle UFO leaving our sun. It exit caused a massive solar explosion. I say in the video that the UFO is moon size, but in the lower left corner is the earths size...which is smaller than this mothership. I have a cold so sorry about my voice. SCW Posted by ... more »

Aisha North: A message from Mother

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
https://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/a-message-from-mother-5/ *A message from Mother* as channeled by Aisha North December 23, 2014 Beloved ones, I have returned to give you another message from the very core of your being, the part that is also a part of me, the feminine divine spark, the one that sits at the very centre of All of creation. For it is time to rejoice dear ones, as what was torn asunder is once more complete, and what was once ripped away has been restored to full glory. For you are no longer divided, WE are no longer divided, and so, this time I come with ... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
http://suzanneliephd.blogspot.com/2014/12/looking-back-to-move-forward-2006.html NOW onto our Look Back to Move Forward for the year of: 2006 *THE JOURNEY OF A PHOTON* by Suzanne Lie Ph.D. *Integrating the Spirit into Matter* You are a photon, a beam of Multidimensional Light. You have been traveling through the Universe, with your previous stop being the Pleiades. You have come to assist the Earthlings in their awakening and seek a human who will allow your entrance through its Crown Chakra. Yes, there appears to be a human who is ready to open their Third Eye. Perhaps you can ... more »

Heavenletter #5142 Comradeship with the Great Spiritual Ones

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
* Heavenletter #5142 Comradeship with the Great Spiritual Ones* December 23, 2014 God said: Greater magnificence is appearing because of eyes that can see and ears that can listen, most of all because of hearts synchronized to the tune of My heart. You are going to have more and more revelations, ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. I do not speak of complicated here. Simple is better, do you agree? Of course, you agree with Me. As a matter of fact, when something new reaches you, it is invariably simple. That’s what an insight is. When you have it, it is simple. When y... more »

(Cop Lovers?)  The Real Crimes  (Guess Who Refuses to Remain Silent about the Immorality of Government Denying Healthcare Insurance to 300,000 to 500,000 of North Carolina’s Working Poor)  Oil Crash Coming Amid Lies of More Robust Economy?

I've just spent most of Christmas day listening to Live from Daryl's House. This rocks. "Bring it on home. Come on down to myyyy house!" Smokey! Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren! Allen Stone? Great sounds. Which does not undermine the seriousness of this next Christmas message: This Christmas, homeless data is changing in shocking ways: Fewer people on streets, but a record for homeless kids

American Octogenarians, Feinstein and Grassley, Demand A New War On Drugs... In Afghanistan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
I was in Afghanistan twice, both times for extended stays, the first being in 1969. Over the years, I've written a few disparate posts about it on my travel blog but 45 years later, I'm still processing the Afghan experience and trying to make some sense out of it. I always recall that my initial thought was that I wasn't just driving my VW van across space-- Europe, Turkey, Iran and into Afghanistan-- but across time as well. There was always a distinct feeling that it wasn't 1969; it was more like 969. And I was back again in 1971... although it still seemed like 969. After Ira... more »

A Pottersville Christmas

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
It all started after dinner with my kids last night with a visit to the new home of my former Chilean neighbor (the ex-Pinochet henchman who loves to sing karaoke). They have a six year-old yellow Lab named Max who's a sweetheart, as all yellow Labs are. This is Max attacking his Flintstone-sized rawhide chew, just one item in a stocking I packed with goodies. Max again. He had that thing halfway chewed down by the time we left a few hours later. Mrs. JP opening one of her presents. It could've been HST or Dennis Lehane or something having to do with the Romanovs.... more »

Arne Duncan In My Mother’s Back Yard?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
My mother has two great interests: Plants and animals. If she visits someone’s house, she is likely to peruse the grounds and ask for a clipping of any number of plants in order to take each clipping home, root it, and grow her own plant. As to animals, in addition to the standard number of […]

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Roman Krznaric* - Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives... The post Six Habits of Highly Empathic People appeared first on Waking Times .

Blessed Christmas...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*Now may the Godof hope fillyou with all joy and peacein believing, sothat you will aboundin hope by the powerof the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13*

We Can Stop War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
100 years ago - Amid the darkness of World War I came an isolated but beautiful moment where peace, faith, hope and humanity overcame the bonds of war, and, even if for a night and a day, peace became possible.

Business 360 20: Trade and Development in Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
* This is my article for the business magazine published monthly in Kathmandu, Nepal. ---------- Asia is home not only to the most populous nations around the world like China, India and Indonesia, but also to the fast-growing economies, big and small. Opening up to global trade is among the most useful policies that governments of these more fortunate economies have undertaken. Below is a short summary of the human resources – producers and consumers, sellers and buyers, entrepreneurs and workers – of selected Asian economies. For brevity purpose, only the big population (above 2... more »

MQ-8C Fire Scout Helicopter Drone Makes Its First Flight From US Navy Destroyer USS Jason Dunham

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Helicopter Drone Makes First Flight from Navy Destroyer -- Defense Tech* A helicopter drone developed by Northrop Grumman Corp. has made its first flight from a U.S. Navy destroyer, the company announced. The MQ-8C Fire Scout on Dec. 16 completed 22 autonomous takeoffs and landings aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, according to a Dec. 23 release from the Falls Church, Virginia-based defense contractor. “This is the first sea-based flight of the MQ-8C and the first time an unmanned helicopter has operated from a de... more »

Yemen's Senior Intelligence Officer Has Been Abducted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Shi'ite Houthi rebels man a checkpoint in Sanaa Dec. 11, 2014. The Houthis are an armed Shiite faction whose fighters had swept down from the north and stunningly captured Sanaa from the army about a month earlier. Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi *Gunmen Abduct Senior Intelligence Official In Yemen -- Business Standard/IANS* Gunmen kidnapped a senior Yemeni intelligence officer in the capital Thursday, a security officer told Xinhua. About 20 gunmen raided the house of Maj. Gen. Yehya al-Marani, the head of political security bureau for domestic affairs, at dawn, and then took him to... more »

Alan Grayson's Very Special Christmas Present For His LGBT Constituents

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Members of Congress have no executive authority-- not in DC and not in their own districts or states. But that has never stopped Alan Grayson. Right after he was elected to the House he went on a crusade against the foreclosure-industrial complex cheating Central Florida homeowners out of their homes. Since working closely with the chief justice of the Orange and Osceola counties judiciary, foreclosure were cut in half for Grayson's constituents-- a lot more than most congressmen every accomplish for the people they represent. Well, he's done it again. After the U.S. Supreme refus... more »

These Are The Deadliest Weapons In The Hands Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A T-72 main battle tank captured by Islamic State fighters. (Internet photo) *Global Times Lists Islamic State's Nine Deadliest Weapons -- Want China Times* After the first confrontation between US ground forces and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq's western Anbar province, China's Global Times says the terrorist organization has nine weapons systems that American soldiers will likely face on the battlefield. Most of the arms that Islamic State possesses were captured from the Iraqi security forces in previous battles. It has dozens of Russian-made T-72 main battle tanks pur... more »

Higher Self Message - The Solstice Fires of Ascension: A Message for the Masters

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
http://aprilsairings.blogspot.com/2014/12/hs-message-solstice-fires-of-ascension.html Tuesday, December 23, 2014 HS Message - The Solstice Fires of Ascension: A Message for the Masters by April Bender The flood gates are open, an explosion of light dances it's way in, the unified heartbeat of Prime Creator pulses forth. Anchored pillars of light ignite and blaze forth colossal fires of shimmering crystalline energy, casting aglow all vessels/portals which have been painstakingly prepared. They now stand awash in brilliant crystalline fires of divine truth and divine potential... more »

Brian Leiter's Christmas Present: Threatening Colleagues with Defamation Suit for Signing "The September Statement" and Carrie Ichikawa-Jenkins with Exposure of Intimate Health Details

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
Remember *The September Statement* from earlier this year, signed by 648 academic philosophers in North America and elsewhere against Chicago philosopher and law professor Brian Leiter's unacceptable treatment of his UBC colleague Carrie Ichikawa-Jenkins, ending in Leiter's statement of resignation from the institutional ranking operation he had founded and coordinated up till then, the *Philosophical Gourmet Report*? If not, a recapture of some of the essential of this sad and disgraceful story is here (start at the bottom to get the adequate chronology). This detailed chronologic... more »

Christmas, 2014

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
In honour of the season, I will be getting blotto today. Go fuck yourselves with anal beads and plenty of lube!


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Student Debt and Default Explode While U.S. Department of Education Fiddles* A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined what steps it had taken from fiscal years 2011 through 2014 to improve student debt and loan repayment rates. In a nutshell, a big fat nothing—and taxpayers will be stuck paying off tens of billions in bad loans as a result. According to the OIG: The Department’s outstanding student loan debt portfolio more than doubled in the last 6 years, from $516 billion at the end of FY 2007 to $1.04 trillion at the end ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War - December 19 , 2014 - Focus on Iraq / Syria / Lebanon / Turkey / Iran Political and Battlefield related items ..... Media and journalists in the cross-hairs once again ( Iraq / Syria / Turkey ) ..... Notice the correlations !

Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links... *1,000 Paratroopers Will Go to Iraq in Late January* *Pentagon Claims ISIS War Cost $1 Billion So Far* *US Sending 100s More Ground Troops to Iraq* *ISIS Retakes Iraqi City of Baiji, Troops Flee to Oil Refinery* *US Backed Talks Between Clerics and ISIS in Effort to Save Hostage* Sinjar Operation Continues; 142 Killed Across Iraq Silence of the Sheikhs Puts US Iraq Strategy in Doubt Iraq Wins One-Year Reprieve on Gulf War Reparations Due to Crisis Amid Iraq War, Basra Autonomy Bid Gaining Greater Support Iraq PM Drops Lawsuits Against Journalists Tweets...... *VICE News*... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Legal Opinion That ‘EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is Unconstitutional’ Means More Than You Think* It’s a dead certainty that the Left will denounce Harvard constitutional law professor Lawrence Tribe for accepting a retainer from coal giant Peabody Energy to write an analysis concluding that “the EPA acts as though it has the legislative authority to re-engineer the nation’s electric generating system and power grid. It does not.” It’s more certain that Tribe had concluded that before Peabody came knocking at his door with buckets of money. It’s even more certain that the EPA was not t... more »

Merry Christmas 2014

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 17 hours ago
Most mornings, I turn on the TV in the play room across from my bedroom in order to listen to it as I get ready for my day. (I don’t keep a TV in my bedroom. Just never think about watching TV in bed.) I usually begin with about half an hour of soothing instrumental […]

Lenin at Christmas

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 18 hours ago
(H/T Harry Paterson)

Free Planet - Christmas Message - reality is what we make it

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
FREE PLANET CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: were we to ALL DECIDE that 'this is a Free Planet' wouldn't that be OUR REALITY? It's real easy to want something so badly that it just happens. Right? That's how our world works. I mean, 1) if we can convince ourselves of 'god' 2) if we can convince ourselves of 'santa' 3) if we can convince ourselves of 'for-profit corporate war world' Surely, we can convince ourselves that we need to 'protect this limited resource' from egomaniacal over-exploitation and mass-slavery to the working week. We need something called THE LIVING WEEK - where we all e... more »

If Joseph and Mary tried to reach Bethlehem today...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Every year people start articles with the line 'If Joseph and Mary tried to reach Bethlehem today...' What follows is usually some article full of lies and at best half truths that is designed to raise the hatred of Israel and thus Jews. This year The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/22/if-joseph-and-mary-tried-to-reach-bethlehem-today-they-might-get-murdered-by-palestinian-terrorists/ fisked one such article rather well. Have a read and keep it on file for next year...

Merry Christmas to all my friends

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Massive Dinosaur Boneyard Gives Up its Secrets

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Massive dinosaur boneyard gives up its secrets] It is good to see the mixed nature of these huge herds been confirmed so powerfully in their sudden death. I suspect that the Therapods acted as the lions and simply followed these herds as they grazed. It is still a dramatic picture caught for an instant of time. The size of this bone-yard is huge and we are getting multiple specimens which is often as important as any single specimen. Here we can make educated guesses regarding relative species densities even with some level comfort. Alberta has become a treasure ho... more »

Are We Close to Discovering Planet X?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Well maybe. I do think that the core solar systam was formed by the Jupiter engine which accumulated mass until it could expel as large body. Each time this happens, the orbits are readjusted. Far out, i am way more doubtful and we are looking to see a planet acquired instead. This makes sense simply because any such planet had almost enough momentum to simply pass through. That leaves us an orbit that could be flattened out while leaving it a long way out. Yet this must have happened a very long time ago. At least we are now getting hints and it will still need dec... more »

Human Eye Can See 'Invisible' Infrared Light

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Recall the clear spectral blue color we observed with our recent dark matter experiment. This is very much within the spectral windows we use. Yet we do not readily detect dark matter itself because dark matter absorbs all this. It is only when we load the system that it begins to shed light as occurs in that 1000 watt bulb at 50,000 volts. We now clearly understand why a spirit body must be almost invisible, yet potentially see-able. Do remember that Dark Matter uses the scalability of electrons which makes the line itself rather narrow and pretty specific. The rest of the b... more »

Beyond the Five Senses: The Powers Latent in Humankind

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Of course all these latent powers are difficult to identify and evaluate. Yet they are physically real enough. What has been lacking is a clear explanation that allows predictive experimentation. That we are now working toward here in this blog. As stated earlier, we are trying to correctly integrate our visual perception with our pineal gland perception of the deep blue part of the spectrum. This will likely be a shock for most folks as it will be a bolt from the blue (pun intended) Other senses are likely just as plausible but likely less critical. . * Beyond the Five ... more »

Report: The Islamic State Has Launched Chemical Attacks On The Iraqi City Of Hit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*ISIL Launches Chlorine Gas Strikes In Iraq’s Anbar Province -- Press TV* ISIL Takfiri militants have launched chlorine gas strikes on a sub-district in the city of Hit in the troubled western province of al-Anbar, an Iraqi security source says. The ISIL militants attacked the Baghdadi district with mortar shells loaded with chlorine gas, the unnamed sources said on Wednesday. According to the source, the district has come under siege and heavy shelling by the ISIL terrorists. The situation has already left people, mostly children in the area, in dire need of food supplies. *Rea... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Santa Claus and service members bow their heads in prayer during the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance holiday tree lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 18, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy

Private U.S. Contractors Are Returning To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. soldier performs a radio check during a patrol in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad (Reuters/Saad Shalash) *As U.S. Troops Return To Iraq, More Private Contractors Follow -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior U.S. official said. How many contractors will deploy to Iraq - beyond the roughly 1,800 now working there for the U.S. State Department - will depend in part, t... more »

Only In Red America-- My Husband's Not Gay

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Utah, a virtual theocracy inside America, came into focus a bit here at *DWT*... for no particular reason. This evening, let's round out the coverage by noting that the Beehive state is one of the most closeted locales anywhere in the country. But that doesn't mean there aren't gays-- not by a longshot. It just means the public parks, public toilets and parking lots are where gay men wind up having sex-- just like it was in the rest of America in the 1950s and '60s. All those guys hanging around Memory Grove Park (in the shadow of the Temple), Oxbow Park, Jordan Park, Harmony Park... more »

MH17 - Facts are starting to support Greencrow's theory voiced back in July 2014

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
From WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM This story suggests that the Ukrainian pilot, Captain Voloshin, shot down MH17 via mis-identification with a real target. So, with the eastern Ukrainians lacking any real air force, what target was Captain Voloshin searching for that would look like a Boeing passenger jet? As it happens, Russian President Vladimir Putin was flying through the same area on that very day, returning home from a six day visit to Cuba and South America. Putin's Presidential jet, not as grand as Air Force One, is based on the Ilyushin 96. The IL-96 is a passenger jet, and is ... more »

U.S. Senate Report: Afghanistan Is At Risk Of Becoming A Narco-State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Senators: Without US Aid, Afghanistan Turns Into Narco-State -- The Hill* Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a bipartisan report Tuesday that aims to fight the Afghanistan drug trade. “The Afghan drug trade funds the Taliban, fuels corruption and creates major public health challenges,” Feinstein said Tuesday. “Afghanistan could become a narco-state without an effective, comprehensive and coordinated counternarcotics strategy, coupled with unprecedented levels of international cooperation. “If we don’t act, Afghanistan’s drug trade could under... more »

Santa drinks reindeer piss!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
"Unfortunately, as I write this on Christmas Eve, I know whatever you infidels out there are quaffing is probably a lot nastier than reindeer piss…" Full story: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/12/24/reindeerpiss/

Analysis: U.S. Troops Will Remian In Afghanistan Beyond 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for U.S. Marines and British combat troops in Helmand, October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani *Prediction: Obama Will Decide To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016 -- Michael O'Hanlon, Reuters* In 2015, I predict that President Barack Obama will rethink his plan to have all operational U.S. combat forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. That goal was announced in spring 2014. It fit in the context of Obama’s longstanding goals, laid out in his 2012 reelection campaign, to end both the Iraq and Afghanista... more »

Sunday Classics (holiday edition) preview: For the first time since 2012, we bring back the legendary DWT gala "Nutcracker ('The Whole Deal')"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*You'd want to think twice before bidding on this record. The ABC Command label tells you it's one of the inferior later pressings; you want an original gold-label issue. (Note: Unfortunately, last year's preview-opening video clip of the Nutcracker Suite segment of Walt Disney's Fantasia has disappeared -- not entirely surprisingly, I guess. To be honest, I don't like it much anyway.)* *by Ken* As far back as the mind recalls, Sunday Classics has celebrated the holiday musically at last in part with music from Tchaikovsky's ballets, and last year I went whole hog and offered a com... more »

Is Saudi Arabia And The U.S. Colluding To Collapse The Price Of Oil?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices? -- Andrew Topf, OilPrice.com* The oil price drop that has dominated the headlines in recent weeks has been framed almost exclusively in terms of oil market economics, with most media outlets blaming Saudi Arabia, through its OPEC Trojan horse, for driving down the price, thus causing serious damage to the world's major oil exporters – most notably Russia. While the market explanation is partially true, it is simplistic, and fails to address key geopolitical pressure points in the Middle East. Oilprice.com looked beyond th... more »

Venezuela Is On The Brink Of Economic Collapse And Bankruptcy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Sliding Oil Prices Leave Socialist Venezuela On Brink Of Financial Collapse -- Washington Times* President Nicolas Maduro under international pressure for jailing opposition figures The ongoing plunge in global oil prices is pushing Venezuela toward economic collapse just as President Nicolas Maduro — the hand-picked successor to the late socialist Hugo Chavez — faces mounting international criticism for jailing opposition figures after months of street protests. Where Chavez once drew praise from the world’s leftist elite for using the high price of crude oil during the 2000s t... more »

Merry Christmas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor: *A small confession. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. And even though I am Russian Orthodox (we will be celebrating on January 7, 2015) .... I always make a point of enjoying both dates (Do you blame me?). Blogging will be light for the next few days .... but when I have time and everyone else in my home is off busy doing something else .... I will be parking my butt in front of my computer to take a look at what is happening around the world at that moment .... and to post news stories that deserve our attention. So .... Merry ... more »

Christmas 2014

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Dear friends and readers of this blog, Merry Christmas. The holiday season is a good time to relax, step back from our normal busy schedules and have reunion with our families and clans, friends and former schoolmates and officemates, meeting new friends, On my part, my family took a bus/roll on roll off (RORO) trip to several islands of the country and the two girls enjoyed two great beaches so far. Last Sunday, we went to White Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro province. This used to be a very famous destination for those who want white sand beach. But I think people now ha... more »

UK & Ireland Winter 2014/15 Update

rss2009 at Global Cooling & New Ice Age UK - 1 day ago
*UK & Ireland Winter 2014/15 Update* Real time satellite images from over the past few months have clearly indicated a growing and colossal area of much colder than average surface temperatures in the middle of the Gulf Stream/Atlantic (Please see image below). This is of quite some significance as the Gulf Stream effectively acts as a heat machine for our shores, in particular, during our winter months. An example of this could be a location such as Newfoundland, who is on a similar latitude to the ourselves, but don't inherit the influence of the Gulf Stream. They, therefore, exp... more »

Peace on Earth

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Holiday Salutations to everyone...* *Believe it or not, this is almost always the most difficult post to make, every year. For so many years running now*.* Wanting always to express to everyone here how much I appreciate them stopping by. Reading. Commenting. Leaving links. Offering insights. * *I wish everyone of you all the best. Love. Laughter. Family. Good Health. * *PS: Barring anything earth shattering happening, I am going to take a couple of days off, so no new posts. It is a much needed break, but, I left a bunch of posts to read and I will respond to comments :)* Ro... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 24, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Did ISIS Shoot Down A Fighter Jet? -- Jamie Dettmer & Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast* The Islamic State, or ISIS, claims it has shot down a Jordanian fighter jet and captured its pilot. Will this undermine the kingdom’s bedrock role as an ally in the war? Islamic militants scored a significant propaganda coup today, displaying the captured pilot of a Jordanian warplane they claimed to have shot down over northern Syria with a shoulder-fired missile. The Jordanian F-16 is the first plane flying with the U.S.-led coalition to be lost in t... more »

World News Briefs -- December 24, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Several Nations Tighten Christmas Security -- Voice of America* Security forces are on high alert in several countries this Christmas because of concern that radical Muslim groups could attack churches or Christian communities. In Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, security officials said they had deployed 80,000 police officers and 65,000 military personnel across the country to deter any acts of violence against Christian targets. Indonesian Chief of Police General Sutarman, who uses only one name, said he hoped Christmas and New Year celebrations would be... more »

Christianity Is Being Wiped Out In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Residents walk near a damaged church June 8 in Qusair, Syria, on their way to inspect their houses and collect their belongings. (CNS/Reuters/Rami Bleibel) *Christianity Forced From Its Middle East Birthplace -- The Australian/The Times* SAMIR’S children still remember their last Christmas in Maaloula, before Islamist militants overran the ancient Syrian Christian town. “They remember the snow,” Samir says, rubbing his thumb over the tiny crucifix tattoo imprinted on his hand, as he waits for handouts at a refugee centre in Beirut. He knows, however, that it is only a matter of t... more »

Report: Islamic State Has Converted Christian Churches Into Torture Chambers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A woman walks inside a damaged church in Maaloula. The Christian town was attacked last spring by extremist forces. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki *ISIS Is Turning Christian Churches Into Torture Chambers Where It Forces Believers To Convert To Islam… And Funding Its Terror Mission By Selling Stripped Artifacts To Western Collectors -- Daily Mail* * Christian churches are reportedly being turned into torture chambers * Artifacts worth millions have been stolen and sold to western collectors * Experts say the fanatics goal is to 'wipe out' Christianity Islamic State militants are turning Chri... more »

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 6

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*• And now a word about South Carolina• Pat Robertson and his magic asteroid• I'll have a pack of Twizzlers and an IUD to go, please* *Eight-year-old South Carolinian Olivia McConnell (see No. 1, Exhibit B) thinks she's so-o-o smart just 'cause she's smarter than the whole of her state's GOP. Okay, she's only eight, so she doesn't realize that this isn't all that remarkable a feat.* *Crackpot Utopia:* *A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Ba... more »

U.S. Military: Jordanian F-16 Fighter Jet Was Not Shot Down By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jordan Plane Not Shot Down By Islamic State, Says US -- BBC* *The Jordanian plane that crashed in Syria was not shot down by Islamic State (IS) militants, the US says.* The plane was lost in IS territory on Wednesday morning, and the pilot has been captured. IS militants said that they shot down the plane with a heat-seeking missile. However, the US says "evidence clearly indicates" that this is not true. Jordan is one of four Arab states in a US-led coalition that has launched air strikes on IS targets in Syria. *Read more* .... *More News On U.S. Military Reports That The Jo... more »

Round up: MH-17, Syria,Turkey, Falling oil prices- what's next? The Fed & that bogus Sony hack!!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
My trusty lasso and I had rounded a bunch of news stories, over the week, safely corralling them but not getting them into the barn. Consider this post the metaphoric* barn.* *MH17 * * Witness registered truthful by lie detector- May be taken in to protective custody* The investigators used a polygraph during the interview, which showed no evidence of the witness lying, he added. *“The facts were reported by the witness clearly and with no inconsistencies. The investigators lean towards considering them truthful. A polygraph examination confirmed them too,”* the official said. ... more »

Russia Tells France To Deliver The Mistral Warship Or Give Back The Money

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The two Mistral-class helicopter carriers Sevastopol (L) and Vladivostok are seen at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on Dec. 23, 2014. Stephane Mahe / Reuters *Mistral Delivered Or Money Back, Russia Tells France In Warship Deal Standoff -- ITAR-TASS* *Everything is stipulated in the deal, including terms of delivery, penalty sanctions, procedures of how we can ask for a refund, Russia's deputy defense chief Anatoly Antonov says.* MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Russia's deputy defense chief has demanded that France honours its ob... more »

October Surprise 1973 - Silent Coup

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Coming Soon : October Surprise 1973 - Go Quietly... Or Else... from Spike EP on Vimeo. Haig/Nixon: Nixon Doesn't Care About Ellsberg from Spike EP on Vimeo. Haig is *lying* through his teeth. Silent Coup : The Removal of a President from Spike EP on Vimeo. In a controversial new book on the Nixon resignation,* Silent Coup: The Removal of a President*, the authors said that White House aide John Dean was responsible for the cover-up of the 1973 Watergate break-in, that General Alexander Haig was attempting to unseat President Nixon, and that General Haig was also “Deep Throat.” ... more »

Holiday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

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