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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

3 Dec - Blogs I'm Following II

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A Walton’s Plan to “Fix Public Education.” Uh huh.

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 23 minutes ago
I used to shop at Walmart. In September 2012, I couldn’t bring myself to do so anymore. Several months prior, in April 2012, I began investigating the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) right around the time that watchdog group Common Cause filed its original whistle blower complaint against “nonprofit” ALEC for its lobbying of legislatures nationwide to […]

Jeb Bush Says He Won't Pander To The Right-WIng Yahoos Who Dominate The Republican Primary System... So There!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 28 minutes ago
After all the dust settles and the fuss dies down, this is what Hillary will be facing Yesterday started with a bang for people handicapping the Republican 2016 presidential nomination. Ohio junior Senator Rob Portman, George W. Bush's spectacularly failed Director of Management and Budget and (earlier) Trade Rep, said he won't be running for president (nor, presumably, the job most people thought more likely, vice president). Recent polls showed him hovering around zero percent, even less than also-rans like Rick Perry (2%), John Kasich (2%), Bobby Jindal (2%), Marco Rubio (2%) and ... more »

U.S. Navy Investigating If Female Officers Were Secretly Filmed While Showering Aboard The Subamrine USS Wyoming

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.; 9 January 2009. Wikipedia *Navy Investigating If Female Officers Were Secretly Recorded On Submarine -- Washington Post* The Navy is investigating reports that some of the first women ever assigned to a Navy submarine were secretly recorded on video while showering, a Navy official said. The incidents allegedly occurred on the USS Wyoming, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that is based in Kings Bay, Ga. The Navy first learned of the allegations last month, and launched an investigation along with the ... more »

Mary Oliver, "Evidence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
*"Mysteries, Yes"* "Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood. How grass can be nourishing in the mouths of the lambs. How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance with gravity, while we ourselves dream of rising. How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken. How people come, from delight or the scars of damage, to the comfort of a poem. Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads." - Mary Oliver, "Evidence"

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
Gila, New Mexico, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Free Download: Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations" "Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil." - Marcus Aurelius "Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was the Roman emperor from 161 to his death in 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Lucius' death in 169. He was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. His tenure was marked by wars in Asia against a revitalized Parthian Empire, and with Germanic tribes along the Limes Germanicus into Gaul and across the Danube.... more »

“No Escape from Existential Reality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“No Escape from Existential Reality”* by Sartre "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick "Finally agreement! No one can dispute the reality that we all will die. Since most choose to block out this fate or find it discomforting to consider, the roots of denial are sown. Refusal to confront the one great similarity that all humans share, is a trait that has greatly affected our political and social lives. Life is to be lived, no doubt. But how you live it greatly depends upon how you treat the final ending. Death, freedom, existentia... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Change and Renewal”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Change and Renewal”* by Paulo Coelho “When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling. They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’ Of course. Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The next leaves will have their own nature, they pertain to a new summer that approaches and which will never be like the one that passed. Living means changing– and the seasons repeat these lessons to us every year. Changing means going through a period of depression: we still don’t know the new and we have to forget everything we used to know. Bu... more »

China Will Have More Naval Ships Than The U.S. By 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet conducted the year's first open-sea training exercise in the West Pacific Ocean on Thursday morning after sailing through the Miyako Strait as scheduled, military sources revealed. (Xinhua/Li Yun) *Report: Chinese Navy’s Fleet Will Outnumber U.S. by 2020 -- Defense Tech* China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military’s ability to strike global targets, according to a new report. The 2014 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the U.S. Nav... more »

This video was called to my attention by Paul Craig Roberts, who drew from it this conclusion: "Governments at every level in America, state, local, and federal, have created an army of psychopaths under the rubric of police who murder and brutalize the citizens who are taxed to pay the salaries of their tormentors. Some Americans are so brainwashed and subservient that they provide knee-jerk justifications of every criminal assault by the goon thugs on the public. You know a population has degenerated into nothing when it defends its oppressors."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 hour ago
------------------------------ *This is What Happens When You Call The Cops* By Martin Armstrong Armstrong Economics December 2, 2014 http://youtu.be/IlY9C6pzxKc There is a new music video that is going viral entitled This is What Happens When You Call The Cops. It is a shocking video putting together numerous clips of Police Brutality that is very disturbing to say the least. It has captured the stark transformation of the police into a militaristic force far removed from the old days. The days of Norman Rockwell are gone and this is what I fear is unfolding as the Domestic War ... more »

Is Ashton Carter The Next U.S. Secretary of Defense. Or A False Story?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
An Italian journalist created a fake Twitter account in the name of likely US Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter on Tuesday, fooling reporters and bringing a torrent of phone calls to the White House and the Pentagon *White House Won't Confirm Nomination Of Former Pentagon Official Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary After A FAKE Twitter Account Broke News Of His Selection -- Daily Mail* * White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to say if Carter would be the next secretary of defense * An Italian journalist-hoaxer had claimed to be the former deputy secretary and tweet... more »

Rudd Angry that U of Memphis Faculty Won't Accept Privatization Agenda

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
The University of Memphis Faculty Senate yesterday rejected the university president's plan to cut a sweetheart deal with a corporation to provide punishing, paternalistic preparation for teachers trained to go into Memphis schools with impoverished children. Reports from eyewitnesses describe a sulking and angry President Rudd, who offered no defense for his actions beyond the insipid claim that he was giving free rent to Relay for the poor children of Memphis. Below is the deal signed by Rudd behind closed doors without any vetting among faculty, either inside or outside the Co... more »

Top U.S. General In Africa: Islamic State Has Set Up Training Camps In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Various Islamist militant groups are competing for power in eastern Libya. BBC *Islamic State Has Training Camps In Libya, Warns US Commander -- The Telegraph* *Army General David Rodriguez says US keeping a close eye on growing camp of militants.* The Islamic State group, which overran large areas of Iraq and Syria, has set up training camps in eastern Libya and the American military is closely monitoring the situation, a top US general said Wednesday. Western countries have been increasingly worried that Libya's political turmoil could provide fertile ground for Islamic extremi... more »

U.S. And Iranian Forces Are Operating In Separate Areas In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Iran Attacked Islamic State Forces in Iraq -- WSJ* U.S. Not Coordinating With Tehran on Airstrikes Iran launched airstrikes in recent days against Islamic State forces along its border with Iraq, an effort to exert more military influence in the region in the face of America’s resurgent role. It was the first public disclosure of Iranian air force attacks on Islamic State in Iraq. Iran didn't coordinate the strikes or share intelligence with the U.S., officials from both countries said Wednesday, showing that even though their interests in fighting Islamic State are aligning, ther... more »

Star Watch: Selling the "Gunsmoke" belt buckle? Say it ain't so, Burt R!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Lot 148 of 676*: *A gold tone Gunsmoke belt buckle designed by Al Shelton for the Wyler Foundry, engraved on the back, "To My Longtime Friend Burt Reynolds from Al Shelton" (2 5/8 by 3 1/2)* *by Ken* Sure, I could be ranting about those gosh-darn Republicans, or the clueless clods in the Customer Non-Care Dept. of a certain magazine I could name but won't (except to say that it rhymes with "You Corker"). But tonight's news won't wait. There's not much more than a week for you to study the 676 lots that make up Julien's Auctions' offering of "Property From The Life and Career of B... more »

Birdman (2014)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 3 hours ago
Download Birdman HDWatch Movie Birdman High Quality with duration 119 Min and broadcast on 2014-10-17 with MPAA rating is 32. 2562232 2562232 *Original Title :* Birdman *Movie title in your country :* Birdman *Year of movie :* 2014 *Genres of movie :* Comedy, Drama, *Status of movie :* Released *Release date of movie :* 2014-10-17 *Companies of movie :* Worldview Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, *Countries of movie :* United States of America, *Language of movie :* English, *Durationof movie :* 119 Min *Average vote of movie :* 8.9 *Youtube ID of movie :* 2bqh-... more »

On Literature & J.M. Keynes: Standing Upright Here

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*This is a guest post by **Mark Hubbard** from his **Life Behind the IRon Drape** blog. He reckons it’s his biggest, brightest, best and most important post ever – and these few words here are just a taste…* *‘Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art – the art of words.' - *Ursula Le Guin *‘Not I, some child born in a marvellous year, Will learn the trick of standing upright here.’ *- from the Allen Curnow poem "The Skeleton of the Great Moa in the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch" From time to time on my blog I ramble through matters literary. In m... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*U.S. Walks Fine, Awkward Line When Addressing Iranian Airstrikes In Iraq -- Dan Lamonthe, Washington Post* Iranian fighter jets are now said to be bombing the Islamic State militant group in Iraq. It’s an escalation in Tehran’s presence there — and a development that has forced U.S. officials to walk a fine line while addressing it. The latest example came Wednesday, when Secretary of State John F. Kerry was asked if he was aware of any Iranian airstrikes in Iraq, and whether he thought they were helpful in the fight against the militants. He declined to confirm whether any occu... more »

US Considers "safe zone" aka Kurdistan expansion in Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*Expanding the war on Syria works out so well for the Israeli/Kurdish tag team.* Just ignore the spin from Washington Post about creating a * "safe zone",* anyone who has been reading here would or should know, this is about creating Kurdistan. A nation born of political expediency, same as Israel. *U.S. considers opening new front against Islamic State to create a safe zone in Syria* Creating a "safe zone"- Gives one the warm fuzzies, no? So let's read all about it! The Obama administration is weighing the* opening of a new front i*n the air war against the Islamic State in Syria... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Monday Reads: We call it riding the Gravy Train ~Dakinikat, Sky Dancing* *David Vitter does a turn-around-bend-over, joins Common Core opposition ~The Advocate*

America having its MENA moment ? November 25 , 2014 - How long before the World Press focuses on " America Winter " ?

Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Tweets.... Seems similar to protests in Egypt , Libya and Syria at the onset..... Ebola Deeply and 19 others follow *CNN* ‏@CNN 56m 56 minutes ago Protesters are flooding streets across the U.S. as #*Ferguson* dismay spreads coast to coast: http://cnn.it/1y0E9LR guido olimpio and 5 others follow *Sputnik US* ‏@SputnikNewsUS 7m 7 minutes ago Tensions rise as protesters move closer to #NationalGuard lines in # *Ferguson*. http://bit.ly/1y9UVFE *Julie Tremaine* ‏@julietremaine 8m8 minutes agoProvidence, RI #*Ferguson* protesters have completely shut down... more »

Not Surprised is Not Good Enough: what soldier atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan can teach us about Ferguson

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
By some strange twist of fate I happened to watch the Kill Team, a documentary about the infamous US platoon that intentionally murdered innocent Afghan men while on tour. When, in 2010 the military charged five members of the platoon, the case drew international attention due to the graphic nature Continue reading

World News Briefs -- December 3, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Mediators Dag Nagoda (2nd R) of Norway and Jose Luis Ponce (3rd L) of Cuba address the media next to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) negotiator Pastor Alape (L), FARC lead negotiator Ivan Marquez (2nd L) and Colombia's lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle (R) in Havana December 3, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Enrique De La Osa *Colombia Peace Talks With Farc Rebels 'To Resume' In Cuba -- BBC* *The Colombian government and Farc rebels have agreed to resume peace talks, which were suspended last month over the abduction of an army general, mediators say.* Officials... more »

These Are The Countries That Are Being Hit Hard By Cheap Oil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Cheap Oil Is Hitting These Countries The Hardest -- Fuel Fix* OPEC’s decision not to cut its oil production benchmark of 30 million barrels per day at its annual meeting in Vienna may have widely been seen as shot at U.S. shale producers — who are helping the country to become the largest oil producer in the world — but choosing to do nothing is already hurting its own members. Unlike their international counterparts, producers in the United States have break-even points far lower than $100. In some shale plays, as in parts of the Eagel Ford Shale in South Texas, the break-even p... more »

Global Landmine Casualties Have Fallen 25 Percent In The Past Year To A 15-Year Low

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
A member of the Afghan National Police (L) holds a tray of land mines while speaking to members of the U.S. Army's 52nd Ordinance Group, 63rd Ordinance Battalion, 766 Explosive Ordinance Disposal company near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 21, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Burton/Files *Landmine Casualties Fell By 25 Percent Over Last Year To 15-Year Low -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Fewer people were killed or wounded by landmines over the past year than at any time since record-keeping began in 1999, and production of the weapons has a... more »

New York City Is Increasingly Becoming A City For Rich Elites, Instead Of Real People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I used to wonder if I was the only person who regretted NYC letting the real estate developers "clean up" Times Square. I miss the seediness and grit, now replaced with the bland anti-reality charmlessness of DisneyWorld. I've seen similar homogenization initiatives ruin interesting and unique corners of the world from Thailand to tiny Essaouira in Morocco. And what have they done to my old Mission District neighborhood in San Francisco? The ugly-- some say racist-- face of gentrification targets the most desirable places first. And New York is getting it worst of all. This week,... more »

George Osborne's Autumn Statement Failure

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Would you trust someone with the economy when they don't know what season it is? Well, the British electorate did as as it's winter that means Autumn Statement time! How exciting. Alas, a bravura performance from George Osborne it was not. Forced to backpedal on collapsing tax revenues and missed deficit targets, while throwing in the bingo phrases - "the mess we inherited", "Labour's recession", and "long-term economic plan", it was enough to keep the Tory benches in good, if hardly excitable, order. Yet over the way, it was a different story. Rarely have the two Eds been tickled ... more »

Use your Subconscious

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Have you ever been preparing a talk or writing an article (or designing a house) and the words (or designs) aren't flowing? Yet you've done the work, the reading, the planning, the thinking and your mind just seems to go blank! As one very wise Montessori trainer once said, "Let the engrams1 do their work!" What does that mean? It means, once you’ve “programmed” your brain with all the information you need, put down pen and paper, close the laptop, go do some gardening (or driving) and you’ll find your thoughts will start to form in your conscious mind. Read this neat article... more »

Cronyism, Corruption Government Power–and “Net Neutrality”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The description: “Cronyism,” a new rallying cry in all political quarters, is now being offered as a reason not only to restrict free speech but to impose “income equality” on the grounds that the rich obtain their wealth only through “gaming” the system. Is there any truth to the claims that our government is corrupt and cronyism rampant? The answer is yes, but not in the way that proponents of more government power claim. This talk by Steve Simpson explores the true nature of government corruption and cronyism, how it manifests itself in various ways, its consequences, and what ... more »

Music Zimmer–Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Since I haven’t posted anything by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a while, here’s a beautiful rendering by his wife Margaret of his proposal for a Glasgow music room: [image: image] Head to ArchDaily's post for the original. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

"How It Really Is"

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

“Trying To Stay Sane In An Insane World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Trying To Stay Sane In An Insane World”, Part 1* by Jim Quinn “I mean—hell, I been surprised how sane you guys all are. As near as I can tell you’re not any crazier than the average asshole on the street.” – R.P. McMurphy, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” “Years ago, it meant something to be crazy. Now everyone’s crazy.” – Charles Manson “In America, the criminally insane rule and the rest of us, or the vast majority of the rest of us, either do not care, do not know, or are distracted and properly brainwashed into acquiescence.” - Kurt Nimmo "I have to admit to being baffled b... more »

"The Answer Why..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom. It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom." - Richard Bach, “Nothing by Chance”

"A Time Out Musical Interlude"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Be kind to yourself, if you won't who will? Take a break, relax and enjoy some of my personal favorites... 2002, “Remember Now” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq4qjI8VVzg Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ&list=PLNKlGsV2eGP133YSTBqc1KnC86sRyNNre Logos, “Cheminement” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOuXP8aVWHU Chris de Burgh, "Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl5cWaBE-gA Justin Hayward, “Celtic Heart” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iTAFGIM_0w Justin Hayward, “The Way of the World” - https://www.yout... more »

There Can Only Now Be One 'Jong-un' In North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a women's soccer match between the national team and the Wolmido team at the remodelled May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on Oct. 28, 2014, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Oct. 29, 2014. KCNA/Reuters *North Korea Decrees No One Else Can Be Named Kim Jong-un -- ABC News* North Korea has decreed that no one else can have a name that is similar to the name of their dictator Kim Jong-un, and those that have the name Jong-un must get a new name. Jong-un is a common Korean name for both men and ... more »

Comments CAPTCHA

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
You know, according to Blogger’s Blog Stats I had 5,129 pageviews yesterday … but only nine comments. [image: image] Go figure. Maybe when Google’s new replacement for that horrible anti-spam CAPTCHA system finally filters down to this humble blog’s comments system, it will be so much easier for everyone to comment that the boards will be lighting up. I can dream, can’t I? [Hat tip Greig McG.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Paris Auction selling Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo and Plains Sacred Items

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Klee Benally confronts auctioneer Alan Leroy in Paris Paris auction continues fifth year of cultural genocide selling Kachinas, Masks, and other Sacred Items By Brenda Norrell Censored News The EVE Auction in Paris is again selling sacred items of Pueblos, Dine' and the Plains, continuing an act of cultural genocide for the fifth year.  Despite protests, the Eve auction plans to sell

Supplemental: The kids are all right, the Post reports!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014One key improvement omitted:* In last Sunday’s Outlook section, the Washington Post ran an upbeat report about these kids today. Professor Finkelhor wrote the report. This is the way he started, hard-copy headline included: FINKLEHOR (11/30/14): *The kids are all right after allThe news media likes to characterize today’s young people as risk averse, narcissistic, app-dependent, over-scheduled, entitled and “pornified.”* Among the culprits are too much praise, not enough challenge, helicopter parents, cellphones and of course, the Internet. *But by ... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Another Trail of Tears'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
ANOTHER TRAIL OF TEARS Posted on December 3, 2014  Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Dec. 3, 2014. As Don Corleone said, “We’ll give them an offer they can’t refuse”. The INDIANS known as the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake MCK were obviously trained at the school of dirty tricks. I saw these tactics played on our people when I worked at Indian Affairs. They tried to

What might be the death null for the F35

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
Stealth Stealth Stealth Not!!! If its not even theoretically stealth will the US still build this Turkey? The answer is probably. Which makes you Question just what the heck happened to America? I have given up trying to keep up with all the reported shortcomings of this craft. And almost every day a new problem is reported.

FBI Issues Warning After Cyber Attack On Sony Pictures

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Exclusive: FBI Warns Of 'Destructive' Malware In Wake of Sony Attack -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to describe the one that affected Sony, which would mark first major destructive cyber attack waged against a company on U.S. soil. Such attacks have been launched in Asia and th... more »

Resting Bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago

Specific Performance

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
Matthew Brady Self Storage Corporation v. InStorage Limited Partnership, 2014 ONCA 858: [28] As Matthew Brady points out in its factum, the trial judge granted specific performance because (i) the property was unique, (ii) damages would not be an adequate remedy, and (iii) there was a fair, real and substantial justification for specific performance. Although InStorage does not contest that these are the appropriate principles, it submits that the trial judge erred in all three respects nonetheless. It says that specific performance should not have been granted because Matthe... more »

The Economy: "This 'Economic Disaster Zone' Will Create Big Gains Someday"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"This 'Economic Disaster Zone' Will Create Big Gains Someday"* by Bill Bonner "We are here in Lower Manhattan. It does not seem much like an "urban jungle." It is too cold and rainy. After a brief excursion outside, you have to warm yourself by an artificial fire, with a coffee. Or, after 7 p.m., with a glass of Jameson. Then the fog of the outside world clears long enough to think about "the hurtin'" and other philosophical puzzles. Nobody wants to be a-hurtin'. And nobody wants to own an asset in a sector that has the hurtin' on it. But that is usually the best thing to buy. Ma... more »

Latest Global Corruption Index Report Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Corruption A 'Problem For All,' Latest Global Index Shows -- Deutsche Welle* No country in the world has managed to achieve a perfect score of 100 in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index. The study by Transparency International urges failing states to adopt radical anti-corruption measures. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, published by Transparency International on Wednesday, corruption is a problem "for all economies." To prevent the growing problem, the anti-corruption group said leading financial centers in the EU and US need to "act together with fast-g... more »

SUSY and extra dimensions together are more compatible with LHC data

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
In the morning, I read the daily papers on the arXiv and exactly one paper stayed open in my browser: Auto-Concealment of Supersymmetry in Extra Dimensions (Stanford-Oxford-Airforce Collaboration) Eminent physicist Savas Dimopoulos along with his pals (Howe, March-Russell, Scoville) argue that the LHC data don't imply that the superpartners – new elementary particles implied by supersymmetry – have to be as heavy as usually assumed. Instead, they may be rather light and such a theory yields predictions that are compatible with the LHC data – so far compatible with the Standard Mode... more »

All Fracked Up

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
- The red house is ours. This photo was taken last week after a snow storm - we had more snow last night so it is fairly accurate view of our neighborhood right now. I am in bed sick in an upstairs room looking out over this very street. I must have caught a bug on my way home from Missouri. A good day to stay in bed and write a blog post. - Obama is now preparing his nomination for new Secretary of Defense and it looks like Ashton Carter will be the pick. Most know little about him but here is a note from renowned anti-nuclear activist Jackie Cabass... more »

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: U.S.-Led Strikes On Syria Ineffective

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during a meeting with leadership and members of the Tartous branch of al-Baath Party in Damascus November 20, 2014, in this picture released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Credit: Reuters/SANA/Handout via Reuters *Assad Says U.S.-Led Strikes On Syria Ineffective: Paris Match Magazine -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S.-led strikes in Syria have made no difference and described himself as a captain trying to save his ship, in comments to a French magazine and carried by the presidency's Twitter feed on W... more »

Pentagon: Iran launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State Targets (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Analysts said Al Jazeera footage showed an Iranian F4 Phantom jet over Iraq (Photo courtesy of Al Jazeera) *Iranian Airstrikes Target ISIS In Iraq -- New York Times* EHRAN — Iranian fighter jets conducted bombing raids against Sunni extremists in Iraq last week, hitting targets near a 25-mile buffer zone that Iran has declared along its border, an Iranian politician, American officials and independent analysts have confirmed. The bombing raids, along with Iran’s support for Shiite and Kurdish militia forces on the ground, illustrate the increasingly open role Iran is playing in Ir... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: The War Against The Islamic State Could Take "Years"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari speak during a meeting prior to a round table session with the global coalition to counter the Islamic State militant group at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. REUTERS/Virginia Mayo/Pool *Kerry: It Will Take Years to Defeat Islamic State -- Voice of America* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it will take years to defeat the Islamic State militants, but that coalition airstrikes against the insurgents have made it "much harder" for them to launch new a... more »

Symbolic Gestures Are Nice-- Voting Records Are More Important-- Meet Hakeem Jeffries

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Tuesday evening Chris Hayes had Hakeem Jeffries on his show. Jeffries is one of three Members of Congress who represents the Brooklyn neighborhood I grew up in, along with Yvette Clarke and Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm. Jeffries, a well-spoken former corporate lawyer for Viacom. He drove corrupt conservative incumbent, Ed Towns into retirement by announcing a primary largely backed by progressives who couldn't wait to see the last of Towns. But instead the primary was Jeffries versus a candidate considerably to the left of him, Charles Barron, who the Democratic Establishment abhor... more »

Wheat Kings

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Looks like the Conservatives are going to give the kingdom to ADM for nothing! How third world, how a Canada we do not recognise.

Project Pounce and MJ-12

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 11 hours ago
While working on my new book, I stumbled across a reference to Project Pounce and I remembered that it was one of those projects that had been associated with MJ-12. Linda Howe might have been the first to have heard of Pounce, or I suppose, I should say the first outside of those inventing these things. According to the information I have, Howe met Richard Doty, he of the AFOSI at the time on, April 9, 1983, in Doty’s office at Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. He told her that his superiors had told him to show her a document. He handed her several sheets of paper and told ... more »

Russia Throws Down the Gauntlet

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Throwing down the Gauntlet in Medieval Times...meant War!* Russia would win nuclear shooting war...Aussie newspaper report Things are heating up in the renewed "Cold War" resurrected against Russia. Russia recently had to cancel the "South Stream" pipeline through Bulgaria to Europe. The EU had attached so many conditions that it was no longer worth Russia's while to construct and activate the pipeline. Bulgaria is out of $400 million in revenue but their foot dragging and internal corruption resulted in their shooting themselves in the foot for the sake of thwarting Russia. ... more »

Here We Go With More ISIS Bullshit.... Reports Claim (CIA/Mossad Run) ISIS Has Built A "Nuclear Weapon" From Stolen Radioactive Material

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I knew this would eventually happen... The United States and the criminal and psychotic state of Israel have been running their fraud "ISIS" operation in the Middle East for the last year at least with the ultimate goal of having the peaceful nation of Syria destroyed... However, up until this time their fraud "ISIS" has not garnered the fear around the world that it was supposed to project as more and more people are finally in on the scam and are calling it for what it is... A Mossad/CIA invented group for the purpose of having a convenient boogeyman for more nations to be destroy... more »

World News Briefs -- December 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Iran's Air Force Bombs Isis In Iraq, Says Pentagon -- The Guardian* *Washington and Tehran deny coordination as part of US-led coalition against Islamic State* Iran’s air force has attacked targets of Islamic State (Isis) in eastern Iraq, the Pentagon has said. Tehran has denied carrying out raids and acting in coordination with the US, which is leading a western-Arab coalition to defeat the jihadi group. The Pentagon said air strikes in Iraq’s Diyala province were the first since Isis captured the Iraqi city of Mosul in June. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, ins... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*US Says It Could Take Years To Rein In ISIL -- Al Jazeera* *Despite serious damage inflicted on armed group, defeating them still a long way off, says US Secretry of State Kerry.* US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned it will take years for a US-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as Washington said arch-foe Iran had launched its first air strikes against the fighters. Speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels during the first high-level talks of a coalition of 60 nations fighting ISIL, Kerry said that strikes against the fighters were ... more »

Israel's Nuclear Arsenal Under Scrutiny: UN Panel Urges Israel To Give Up Its Nuclear Arms (Good Luck To That Ever Happening!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
*I have been doing a lot of personal and family business the last while, and I figure it was indeed time to get back into putting up articles at this blog tackling world events....They are a bit overdue....* We all know by now that our Jewish controlled puppet governments have been lying for decades about the existence of Israel's massive nuclear arsenal..... It is a fact that criminal nation has somewhere in the neighborhood of 300+ nuclear weapons with a vast array of delivery systems including Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles, submarine launched cruise missiles, and has now ... more »

Jose Luis Vilson’s Teacher’s Voice

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Teacher Voice Perhaps the most original of Jose Vilson’s themes is his poetic and thoughtful discussion of the teacher’s voice. Of course, we teachers must all have our own voice, but we also share a means of communicating in a common manner, and it should also inform policy discussions. The first two posts on This […]

Sicily: Plant Seeds Not War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
A hundred miles off the coast of Africa, the American military has built a base in Niscemi, Sicily. Behind the cordoned-off facility, there is a new war instrument : the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). According to journalist Antonio Mazzeo Due, “The MUOS embodies the many contradictions of neoliberal globalization. It kills in the name of peace and order. It destroys the climate, the environment, the land. It squanders human and financial resources.” Sicilian activists are against the military exploitation of their land and have been organizing to fight against the MUOS. For... more »

KRISTOF VILLAGE: Condescension alleged!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014Part 3—Columnist brings us together:* Back in 1968, an eighth-grader held up a sign at a rally for Candidate Nixon. The sign became famous, so much so that it has its own Wikipedia entry. “Bring us together,” her sign famously said. That didn’t occur under Nixon. But as of today, it seems that the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof has accomplished this worthwhile task. Last Sunday, Kristof posted the fifth installment in his endless series, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It.” In this morning’s paper, a letter captures two of our own reactions: LETTER TO TH... more »

Does The Ukraine Military Have The Weapons Needed To Match And Defeat The Pro-Russian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Ukrainian troops at the scene of a separatist mortar attack near Sloviansk, Ukraine on May 11, 2014. Ukraine Ministry of Defense photo *How Ukraine’s Arsenal Matches Up Against The Russian-Backed Separatists’ -- Robert Beckhusen, Reuters* On Nov. 18, several rockets fired from a separatist Grad launcher slammed into an apartment building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Toshkovka. It was another shelling in what’s become an almost daily event — as both sides in Ukraine’s civil war turn to heavier weaponry to shift the battle in their favor. But no soldiers were harmed in this shel... more »

Accident At Ukraine Nuclear Plant Forces Reactor Shutdown

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant (Photo from www.npp.zp.ua) *"Nuclear Accident" In Southeast Ukraine, PM Yatsenyuk Says -- Deutsche Welle* *Ukraine's government says a nuclear accident has occurred in the country's southeast. The incident is said to pose no threat, however. * A statement from Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday said a nuclear accident had taken place in the country's southeast. Ukraine's energy minister said a short circuit led to a drop in production energy production, and insisted it posed no danger. "The accident happened in the third block of the ... more »

10 Fabulous DIY Christmas Wreaths

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
One of my absolute favorite parts of decorating for Christmas is making a wreath for our front door. I have gathered some of my very favorite wreaths in this post, including one that you can even make just with toilet paper tubes! How cool is that? Candy Cane Christmas Deco Mesh Wreath by Big Bear's Wife. Glittery Snowflake Wreath on Better Homes and Gardens. Ribbon Candy Wreath on Hometalk. Ho Ho Ho Santa Wreath by The Love Nerds. Candy Wreath Tutorial by Gwynn Wasson Designs. Grinch Wreath by Style Blue Print. Natural Christmas Wreath by Fyne's Designs. Holly Wreath by Create... more »

Student Privacy and Opting Out

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
from Peggy Robertson: Student Privacy Matters has recently posted information to support parents in understanding how they can exercise their rights to protect their children’s privacy under federal law. As we have reviewed the documents there are a couple things that stand out as absolutely urgent for all parents to know. First, for parents of children under age 13, you have the right to review and REFUSE any online programs and online testing that your child is using – programs in which your child is entering the data (this does NOT include online programs the teacher is using to... more »

Spied On by BP

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jess Worth* - The first time I appear to have blighted BP’s radar was when I wrote an article about the campaign to shut down the Canadian tar sands... The post Spied On by BP appeared first on Waking Times.

"Ed Balls Dirty Dancing with Ed Miliband

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
Ed Balls Dirty Dancing with Ed Miliband: http://youtu.be/HvowfpyjkOA

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 14 hours ago
*More unsettled science* *A rather amusing bit of research below. It contradicts previous Warmist claims that the effect of CO2 buildup will take decades -- saying that the effects (unquantified) will instead take only 10 years to emerge. The fact that they haven't emerrged in the last 18 years seems to be rather overlooked. But they have good news for us plebs too: Sea level rise will take thousands of years to happen! Where are you Al Gore? But it's all just computer modelling so needs no serious consideration other than to note that you can get all sorts of funny stuff out... more »

Earth’s Quarantine Force Field Discovered By NASA?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
Gregg Prescott, In5D Guest Waking Times NASA recently discovered what appears to be a ‘force field’ over Earth, fueling the fire over whether our planet has been under spiritual and physical quarantine as many have suggested. According to Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the electron barrier exists in the […] The post Earth’s Quarantine Force Field Discovered By NASA? appeared first on Waking Times.

What Was In That Apple, Really?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Ida Lawrence* - Other cultures and religions have a different story of the origin of humans, and an uplifted role of the woman... The post What Was In That Apple, Really? appeared first on Waking Times.

Gold and "the Fed"

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
Below are two excellent videos to share with your networks. Both shed *some *light of transparency on two of the most important issues that the general public needs to understand on the topic of the US and the global economy. D As a precursor to my coming Gold Report, Please watch this video below- this is absolutely TRANSPARENCY at it's finest!!

Mainstream Conservatives And Teabaggers Live On Different Planets When It Comes To Science

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
It's poetry in motion And now she's making love to me The spheres're in commotion The elements in harmony She blinded me with science "She blinded me with science!" And hit me with technology Although there are still fringe extremists and dyed-in-the-wool racists in Congress whining that it's time to shut down the government again, that the GOP-written report about Benghazi was a coverup, and that impeachment should be on the table, the Republican Establishment has ruled out doing anything more than humoring them-- if they can. Boehner doesn't have enough votes to keep the government ... more »

Why Is The FBI Still Investigating Former Four-Star General And CIA Director Petraeus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Former CIA director and retired general David H. Petraeus (Reuters / Alex Gallardo) *Why Is The FBI Still Targeting Petraeus? -- Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, Bloomberg* By all outward appearances, David Petraeus appears to be mounting a comeback. The former general landed a job at powerhouse private-equity firm KKR, has academic perches at Harvard and the University of Southern California and, according to White House sources, was even asked by the President Barack Obama's administration for advice on the fight against Islamic State. Yet it turns out that the extramarital affair that ... more »

Tax Fairness

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://occupynatick.org/ The Robert Reich documentary, *Inequality For All* explains with remarkable clarity what has happened in the United States over the last forty years and in Canada over the last thirty years. Reich argues that the economy will implode unless there is a fairer distribution of income between citizens. That idea is beginning to percolate in Canada. Carol Goar writes: But continuing to neglect the problem will allow the top 0.01 per cent of the population to skim off an ever larger share of the national incom... more »

R.I.P. Jean Beliveau

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Sports is like a religion and its heavenly players our Saints and messiahs. Very few players are worthy of this adulation, especially when not performing. Jean Beliveau was Muhammed Ali, Babe Ruth and Pele combined on the ice, and Gary Grant, Mandala and Gandhi off the ice. Just like it will never be possible for there to be another Beatles or Dylan, there will never be another hockey player or true Canadian like Jean Beliveau. An extraordinary man. I was so lucky to live in his moments and be inspired by him while he was still with us. Thank you Mr Beliveau. A great video essay c... more »

What Will It Take to Get You to Swallow GMO and Nanotech Foods?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Heather Callaghan* - Apparently you will be the one getting a label if you don't want GMOs or nanoparticles in your food. Read on... The post What Will It Take to Get You to Swallow GMO and Nanotech Foods? appeared first on Waking Times.

Russia Tells France That Delays In Delivering The Mistral Carrier Will Damage Military Cooperation In The Future

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
© Sputnik. Danichev Alexe *Russia Says Mistral Delay Affects Future Military Cooperation -- Sputnik* *Russian order of French ships was a display of trust on the Russian side, a gesture that even in the most important and complicated issues of security Moscow is willing to rely on its partners, Russian envoy to NATO said.* BRUSSELS, December 3 (Sputnik) — France's hesitancy to make good on its promised delivery of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia have influenced Moscow's attitude towards military cooperation with its foreign partners, Russia's envoy to NATO, Ale... more »

High Tech Equipment Stolen From French Mistral Helicopter Carrier That Is Being Built For Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
© ITAR-TASS/Vadim Zhernov *'Non-Sensitive' Theft From Mistral Warship Earmarked For Russia -- Deutsche Welle* French authorities are investigating the theft of technical equipment from a warship whose delivery to Russia was scuppered by the conflict in Ukraine. The missing gear was said to be neither classified nor sensitive. Two computer hard drives, a motherboard, and a graphics card contained within two central processing units were stolen from the Mistral helicopter carrier ordered by Russia and currently under construction in the Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire. Magistrate ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional Report ( December 3 , 2014 ) - Best collections of links and tweets pertaining to Syria and Iraq Regional Conflicts and Politics !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links..... *US Coalition Brags About ISIS Shutting Cell Phones Off in Mosul* *US Eyes Same Syria Rebels CIA Already Trained* Syria Death Toll Now Exceeds 200,000: Monitor Jihad Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be, Say Disgruntled ISIS Recruits 205 Killed Across Iraq Tuesday Facing Financial Crisis, Iraqi Ministers Halve Their Salary Morning Tweets..... *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 15m15 minutes ago In an exclusive interview with @ParisMatch — #Syrian President accuses # Turkey of providing direct support to #ISIS. [image: Embedded image permalink] *Rudaw English* @Rud... more »

Tweet from The Labour Party (@UKLabour) showing the degree of incompetence within the Labour Party

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
The Labour Party (@UKLabour) tweeted at 0:43 PM on Wed, Dec 03, 2014: According to George Osborne, this is what it looks like when the plan is working. #onlyforafew http://t.co/36XFtMmigS (https://twitter.com/UKLabour/status/540124185289170944) Have the Labour Party not heard of a spell checker? How long did the Labour Party have to prepare this image and check it? Who signed off on it?

Is A Top Secret And Futuristic 'Pulse Detonation Jet' The Reason Why Mysterious Bangs Are Being Heard Across The Atlantic?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Is this Proof Mysterious Bangs Heard On Both Sides Of Atlantic WERE Caused By A Top-Secret US Jet? Footage Of Hypersonic Engine In Action Reveals It Sounds Almost Identical To Unexplained Noises -- Daily Mail* * Sounds reported at the weekend from Aberdeen to Devon in the UK * Loud booms were also reported over Buffalo and Lockport in New York * Twitter users blamed meteors, fireworks, aliens and 'the end of the world' * A woman in south London managed to record the mysterious bangs * An expert told MailOnline the noises sound like a 'pulse detonation engine' * Some claim this is p... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*How the Grassroots are Toppling Common Core* All over the country, grassroots pressure is driving states to ditch the increasingly unpopular Common Core education standards. Politicians are hurriedly backing away from their previous support, and next year’s incoming class of legislators are enthusiastic about reform. As of this writing, six states have withdrawn from Common Core: Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah. Ohio is currently considering a bill to withdraw, and earlier this month Tennessee introduced similar legislation. Lawmakers in Wisconsin... more »

Ukraine Nuclear Accident ( December 3 , 2014 ) Ukraine's Prime Minister belatedly reports an accident at Ukraine's largest nuclear plant - one week later ! Allegedly no radiation leaks and no problems , but electricity is out for several dozen towns and villages..... Ukraine bonds not overjoyed by this news and sell off !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
http://rt.com/news/211047-nuclear-plant-accident-ukraine/ Accident at Ukraine nuclear plant revealed by prime minister Published time: December 03, 2014 11:15 Edited time: December 03, 2014 12:14 Get short URL [image: Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant (Photo from www.npp.zp.ua)] Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant (Photo from www.npp.zp.ua) 1.3K1.8K Tags Accident, Nuclear, Scandal, Ukraine There has been an accident at a nuclear plant in the southeast of Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has revealed during the first session of his new Cabinet. A minor accident occurred at the Zaporozhskaya n... more »

Five lies about America’s Debt, or How the Grinch Steals Christmas

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
US Congress is "struggling" to come up with their 2015 budget. I say "struggling" in quotes, because that is an extreme understatement. By December 11th 2014, US Congress has to come up with a 2015 budget for the government. .... almost two and a half months AFTER the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year began. Of course, as the elections set up a new floor of mess, the very act of passing anything in congress is a clusterfuk of epic proportions. Between the Keystone Pipeline insanity, the military budget cut ongoing arguments, the Immigration law fiasco, the begging for Ebola "e... more »

The Book of Life (2014)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 19 hours ago
2262227 Watch Movie The Book of Life Streaming In HDWatch Movie The Book of Life HD with duration 95 Min and released on 2014-10-17 and MPAA rating is 29. - *Original Title :* The Book of Life - *Movie title in your country :* The Book of Life - *Year of movie :* 2014 - *Genres of movie :* Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Family, - *Status of movie :* Released - *Release date of movie :* 2014-10-17 - *Companies of movie :* Twentieth Century Fox, - *Countries of movie :* United States of America, - *Language of movie :* English, - *Du... more »

Raytheon's new precision guided projectile hits the mark in recent testing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Excalibur Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM)]Raytheon Company successfully test fired four Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) guided projectiles. Three of the GPS-guided rounds flew to the required range and hit within the required distance of their targets. One round was fired to the minimum range requirement and impacted just a few meters from an off-axis target. The tests validated the functionality and performance of the Raytheon design. Fired from the U.S. Marine Corps M327 120 mm Rifled Towed Mortar, the four rounds met all test objectives. "These firings... more »

40,000 Javelin Missiles Delivered and Counting

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: FGM-148 Javelin]The Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently delivered the 40,000th Javelin missile to the U.S. Army. Javelin is the world's premier shoulder-fired anti-armor system. After launch, Javelin automatically guides itself to the target, allowing the operator to take cover and avoid counterfire. The operator can reposition immediately after launch or reload to engage another threat. Following launch, Javelin climbs above its target for improved visibility and then strikes where the vehicle’s armor is weakest. Javelin’s launch design all... more »

Steve Jobs Words To Feature in Apple Antitrust Case

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 20 hours ago
Apple’s Dominance of the digital music market has declined as the market shifts to streaming on demand. As Apple attempts to win back lost ground with its recently acquired Beats music streaming services and embed the enabling app in its latest update to the iOS operating system used on iPhones and iPads, it once again faces many questions in court over its previous iTunes software practices within the digital music market. The current Californian case, brought by Melanie Wilson and Marianna Rosen, is seeking $350 million and under its class action status, it is estimated that the... more »

Pakistan adds home-made fighter jets to airforce

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JF-17 Thunder]The head of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) said on Tuesday that 50 home-assembled multi-role JF-17 Thunder fighter jets had been introduced into the Pakistan airforce. Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, chief of the PAC, said the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had already received 50 of the home-made aircraft and that the supply of the second block would start this month. “The five aircraft of the next block would be inducted (into PAF) this year,” Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, told AFP on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition And Seminars (Ideas) in Karachi, a... more »

Rising Gripen Sales Show Global Need For Light Fighter Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saab Gripen E/F]The Saab Gripen is quietly usurping fighter aircraft sales while competitors like the Lockheed F-35 face cuts in global sales orders. In October, Saab won a $5.4 billion contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter for Brazil. The order comprises of 28 single seat and eight two-seat Gripen NG aircraft for Brazil’s air force. The delivery is expected to start in 2019, the company said in a statement today. Read more

India and France to fast-track Rafale deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]Indian and France agreed on Monday to overcome differences and fast-track ongoing negotiations for the purchase of 126 Rafale fighter jets from France, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. The decision came during discussions between visiting French Defence Minister Yves Le Drian and his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar. Both sides also decided to expand strategic cooperation, the official added. Negotiations have been going on since 2012 when India selected Dassault Rafale from among competing medium multi-role combat aircraft. Differences cropped up be... more »

Tinker Air Force Base's entire fleet of AWACS planes would survive another year under defense bill

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-3G Sentry]U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe protected Tinker Air Force Base’s entire fleet of AWACS planes as part of a final deal hashed out Tuesday by leaders of congressional defense committees. Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, blocked — at least for a year — an Air Force proposal to cut seven of the 27 command-and-control planes and a reserve unit associated with them at Tinker. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, whose district includes Tinker, already had secured the money to maintain the entire fleet. Read more

The US IS Now In An 'Awkward' Position Over Syria And Iraq

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: EA-18G Growler]Whether they're directly cooperating or just "deconflicting," the US air force is operating alongside the Syrian and the Iranian air forces over Iraq and Syria. On Monday, an unnamed US defense official told the Huffington Post that the US was aware that the Iranian Air Force was carrying out air strikes against ISIS targets in eastern Iraq. "We are aware of that. I wouldn't say we're necessarily concerned with it — we kind of have our eyes on it," the official told the Huffington Post. The official noted that the Iranian strikes occurred close to the Iran-Ir... more »

Aircraft carrier USS Stennis testing flight operations

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS John C. John Stennis]The aircraft carrier USS John C. John Stennis departed Bremerton Monday for San Diego. A spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Higgins, says it will conduct flight operations off Southern California but return to Puget Sound in time for Christmas. The carrier has completed a 16-month, $240 million maintenance period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Flight operations will test the resurfaced flight deck and certify the air wing. Read more

PLA's YJ-18 anti-ship missile useful against US carrier group

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Footage of what appeared to be China's YJ-18 anti-ship missile, rumored to be in development, was shown recently in a news report on state broadcaster China Central Television. If reports about the missile are accurate, it will be China's first combination subsonic and supersonic anti-ship missile. According to an unnamed source cited by a military affairs column on Chinese news web portal Sina, the YJ-18 will be the basis for a series of models that will be adapted for launch from warships, submarines and from the coast and will likely replace current anti-ship missiles, given it... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Letting Go (Lunar Voyage)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Liquid Mind, "Letting Go (Lunar Voyage)” Music by Chuck Wild, background vocals by A. J. Teshin and Seven Whitfield. "Liquid Mind IX Lullaby: Letting Go.” Footage from multiple Apollo lunar missions (1963-1972) courtesy of NASA.

As Oil Prices Plunge

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This break is important. It is not a response to fleeting news or unrelated actions. it has to do with the developed reality that $90 oil is developing unlimited supply by way of shale oil in particular. That is just beginning. With a wall of oil at $90 a price reversal was inevitable. We can then expect price stability to be established at between $50 and $60. This will allow costs to be brought back in line and excessive capitalization to be wrung out of the market. This is still only double what was paid during the last two decades of the twentieth century so this repre... more »

Quantum Gravity

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: ESA’s Optical Ground Station in the Canary Islands has set a new distance world record in ‘quantum teleportation’ by reproducing the characteristics of a light particle across 143 km of open air. Photo courtesy ESA] At the end of the day there is only one force in the universe that generates everything else. Gravity is the least expression of this 'force' and that is because it is directly derived from the critical notion that Empirical Infinity less Mathematical Infinity is not Zero. Yet our particle universe sets up geometrically allowing even this to be collected a... more »

How Little We Know About the Brain

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
We simply do not have the operating code or anything that even looks like it. I expect that we have reactions to stimuli that is ordered by the operating system. Those signals in the brain then generate more complex ordered actions. I go a lot further than this though. I now conjecture that the whole physical apparatus is driven by the spirit body which has the necessary information density. Even better for theorists, it has a natural replicable three dimensional architecture that is as uniform as our electronic memory. Actual information is encoded with photonic Mobius str... more »

What the Fall of the Wall Did Not Change with George Freidman

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is an excellent article that throws seventy years of global confrontation into perspective. What a waste of human lifetimes! In the end, it also took global economic expansion to prove the poverty of the ideas themselves. That is what took two full generations after the European Wars had reduced the old dispensation. What has not changed is that Europe has a geographically natural center of gravity in Germany. It was the efforts of other nation states to contain this that produced the huge wars. Now all have created a communion of states called the EU that is slo... more »

Malky Mackay, Dave Whelan and Mario Balotelli - differently treated by the BBC, why?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'Malky Mackay, Dave Whelan and now Mario Balotelli. Mackay said: nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers. Dave Whelan said: Jewish people chase money more than anyone else. And Balotelli reposted a tweet in which Super Mario is compared to a Jew because he's good at grabbing coins.' All rather similar comments but whilst the BBC were happy to jump on the bandwagon attacking Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan for other comments that they made more than the Jew related ones, they seem less keen on criticising Mario Balotelli. Are anti Semitic remarks seen as less s... more »

The new cold war: Putin's forces target U.S. Navy and allies

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)]On Feb. 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin watched the 2014 Winter Olympics, one of his signature achievements, come to a close from the stands of the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi in an epic display of Russian culture. Musicians, ballet dancers and athletes paid homage to the rich history of Russian arts and technological accomplishments. A massive children's choir sang the Russian national anthem and Russian dancers celebrated everything from the achievements of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, to the writings of Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Tol... more »

Defense Bill Punts on Navy Plan to Mothball Cruisers, Adds Money for 12th LPD, Growlers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Green Bay (LPD-20)]The compromise 2015 defense bill between the House and the Senate will allow the Navy to move ahead with putting two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in mothballs but stops short of endorsing the service’s plan to layup half of the cruiser force, according to a Tuesday background briefing to reporters from House and Senate staffers. Language in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will allow the Navy to start the preservation and modernization process for two of the ships next year — in line with the early part of the Navy’s plan... more »

First images of Hsiung Feng III missile launches released

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Taiwan's main weapons research and development unit released videos and photos of the trial launch of its Hsiung Feng III and Tien Kung III missiles for the first time Tuesday. The images of the Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missiles and Tien Kung III surface-to-air missiles were unveiled by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology at its headquarters in Longtan, Taoyuan County. Taiwan's Chengkung-class frigates and Chinchiang-class corvettes have already been fitted with the Hsiung Feng III missiles. Read more

Russian Warship Tops Syrian Port of Tartus

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vice Admiral Kulakov DDG]The anti-submarine destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, the Russian Northern Fleet, entered the Syrian port of Tartus after concluding their combat exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, today announced the official Sana news agency. The media outlet, citing Russian sources, said that the ship will stay a week in Tartus, where the crew will conduct repairs caution and be refreshed. Before joining the crew conducted military maneuvers in heavy traffic conditions and is also trained in detecting submarines and persecution, he said. Read more

Report: Chinese Navy’s Fleet Will Outnumber U.S. by 2020

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Jin class SSBN]China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military’s ability to strike global targets, according to a new report. The 2014 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the U.S. Navy respond by building more ships and increase its presence in the Pacific region – a strategy they U.S. military has already started. The commission asked Congress to increase its Pacific fleet up to 67 ships and rebalance homeports such that 60-percent of the force is based in the region by 2020. Re... more »

24 naval submarines involved in mishaps since 2011

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: TRV-72]There have been 24 mishaps involving Indian naval submarines since 2011, claiming the lives of 22 personnel besides four others going missing, Rajya Sabha was informed today. While Boards of Inquiry (BoIs) have been instituted in all these cases, the findings of the completed BoIs indicate "human error and technical issues as the reasons behind the mishaps", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in reply to a written question. While three accidents each occured in 2011 and 2012, seven happened in 2013 and 11 till November 6, this year. The accidents in 2013 include... more »

Prop Rep vote in the House tomorrow

Alison at Creekside - 21 hours ago
Here's what the last federal election results would have looked like under Prop Rep as compared to what we got with First Past the Post : Although the Cons increased their vote percentage by less than two points, this was enough to give them 24 more seats than in 2008, when they were already over-represented anyway. From Fair Vote Canada via email : Fair Vote Canada has just learned that NDP Democratic Reform Critic Craig Scott will introduce the following motion for PR to the House of Commons tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday December 3). *That, in the opinion of the House: * *... more »

Russia All Out In Preparation For War - New Tactical Submarines Shooting Under Arctic Ice; Mimics Pentagon’s Control Site

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vladimir Monomakh SSBN]Russia has a new strategic nuclear submarine that can shoot lighter Bulava missiles even when moving and even when under the Arctic Ice, according to a Russian political news portal, PRAVDA.ru. This new submarine is named Vladimir Monomakh and will be in the hands of the Navy of Russia by mid-December. Vladimir Monomakh is just the first round of the many nuclear submarines of its type under the Russia's Project 955 Borei. Submarines under the Project 955 will all be equipped with "ascending rescue chambers." The next in the project is a submarine to ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Will our Sun look like this one day? The Helix Nebula is one of brightest and closest examples of a planetary nebula, a gas cloud created at the end of the life of a Sun-like star. The outer gasses of the star expelled into space appear from our vantage point as if we are looking down a helix. The remnant central stellar core, destined to become a white dwarf star, glows in light so energetic it causes the previously expelled gas to fluoresce. *Click image for larger size.* The Helix Nebula, given a technical designation of NGC 7293, lies about 700 light-years away towards the const... more »

Chet Raymo, "Starlight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Starlight"* by Chet Raymo "Poor Calvin is overwhelmed with the vastness of the cosmos and no small dose of existential angst. He is not the first, of course. Most famously the 17th-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal wailed his own despair: "I feel engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces whereof I know nothing and which know nothing of me. I am terrified...The eternal silence of these infinite spaces alarms me." And he didn't know the half of it. Not so long ago we imagined ourselves to be the be-all and end-all of creation, at the center of a cosmos made expressly for... more »

"Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“Life don't owe you nothing.” - August Wilson, “Fences”

"Perhaps It Is Better..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future." - Arthur C. Clarke • Graphic: "La Marcha de la Humanidad"/ "The March of Humanity” By David Alfaro Siqueiros

"I Often Dream About Falling..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"I often dream about falling. Such dreams are commonplace to the ambitious or those who climb mountains. Lately I dreamed I was clutching at the face of a rock, but it would not hold. Gravel gave way, I grasped for a shrub, but it pulled loose, and in cold terror I fell into the abyss. Suddenly I realized that my fall was relative; there was no bottom and no end. A feeling of pleasure overcame me. I realized that what I embody, the principle of life, cannot be destroyed. It is written into the cosmic code, the order of the universe. As I continued to fall in the dark void, embraced by ... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
* "Flare, Part 12"* "When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world. Notice something you have never noticed before, like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb. Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain, shaking the water-sparks from its wings. Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no. Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also, like the diligent leaves. A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. Scatter you... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Wellington, New Zealand. Thanks for stopping by.

"Hearing the Whisper Underneath the Noise"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Hearing the Whisper Underneath the Noise"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "There is beauty and power when we listen to the whisper. You may have noticed that if you want to speak to someone in a noisy, crowded room, the best thing to do is lean close and whisper. Yelling in an attempt to be louder than the room’s noise generally only hurts your throat and adds to the chaos. Similarly, that still, small voice within each of us does not try to compete with the mental chatter on the surface of our minds, nor does it attempt to overpower the volume of the raucous world outside. If we ... more »

“The Tragic Password Mistake Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“The Tragic Password Mistake Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make”* By Jeff Fox “You’re smart. You don’t use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right? Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there’s a good chance your passwords will still be far easier for hackers to crack than you think. Can you tell how strong a password is? To see, try to figure out which of the four passwords below a... more »

Labour bare faced cheek faithfully reported by the propaganda arm of the Labour Party aka BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
The Labour Party's propaganda arm aka the BBC faithfully and with a straight face report in this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30291460 that: '... shadow chancellor Ed Balls criticised Mr Osborne for failing to "balance the books". "Unless growth is strong and wages are rising for working people the deficit doesn't come down," he said. "Without a plan for jobs and work, it's not going to work."' Shameless is one word that comes to mind...

Yale/Oxford/MIT/Rockefeller theoretical physicist to lead Pentagon

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Not too original news from Planck*: inflation constraints, \(n_s= 0.9652 \pm 0.0016\) and \(r\lt 0.09\) (including dust-cleaned WMAP9 low \(\ell\) polarization), via Mathew Madhavacheril. Ongoing ground-based experiments will either guarantee discovery or impose \(r\lt 0.01\). Chuck Hagel resigned as the U.S. Secretary of Defense last week and no one wants to succeed him. Well, it seems that it's just "almost no one". After quite some time, I am impressed by the credentials of the likely pick (the credentials don't guarantee great outcomes, of course, but I still care about them)... more »

Airstrikes, Artillery & Advisers: Four Decades of Recycled U.S. Foreign Policy

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 23 hours ago
President Barack Obama announces expansion of U.S. military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, 9/10/2014 (Photo Credit: Saul Loeb) "Those whose lives have been ruined don't care about the geopolitics behind bomb attacks; they tend to blame the attackers. The failure of the American campaign in Cambodia lay not only in the civilian death toll during the unprecedented bombing, but also in

In the Name of the King III (2014)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 23 hours ago
2379386 Watch Movie In the Name of the King III High QualityDownload In the Name of the King III HD with duration 85 Min and released on 2014-02-05 and MPAA rating is 4. - *Original Title :* In the Name of the King III - *Movie title in your country :* In the Name of the King III - *Year of movie :* 2014 - *Genres of movie :* Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, - *Status of movie :* Released - *Release date of movie :* 2014-02-05 - *Companies of movie :* - *Countries of movie :* - *Language of movie :* English, - *Durationof movie :* 85 Min - *Average... more »

Bruce Springsteen Isn't Going To Back Chris Christie's Presidential Run-- And Neither Will Wall Street

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I was in the music business much of my life and I can tell you, everyone loves the fans-- the ones waiting on line to buy the records and tickets even before they're on sale, the ones who know more about the artists than the artists do, the ones who make the press realize that there's something going on out there they haven't tuned in to yet. But sometimes it gets a little too much and the difference between a fan and a stalker starts to blur... sometimes ominously. No one likes that. In the late 70s some friends and I had a small indie label in San Francisco, 415 Records. The ba... more »

Advanced Technology in Ancient Civilizations

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *Ancient civilizations had advanced technology and this video will show you a demonstration on the Egyptians' science. The post Advanced Technology in Ancient Civilizations appeared first on Waking Times.

Scraping Off the Hedge Fund Scum

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Anticorruption activist Zephyr Teachout in a protest on the the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in New York City. Molly Hensley-Clancy for BuzzFeed News From BuzzFeed: A small group of parents and activists targeted hedge fund billionaires Dan Loeb, Paul Singer, and Paul Tudor Jones in a protest today over New York state education funding. Led by Zephyr Teachout, an anti-corruption activist who ran against Andrew Cuomo in the recent New York governor’s race, the protestors decried the political influence of New York’s wealthiest financiers on public education — namely through t... more »

Understanding The Science of Water

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - "Water is central and absolutely essential to the process of every cell in our body...." The post Understanding The Science of Water appeared first on Waking Times.

Never Make The Game Harder Than It Has To Be (K.I.S.S.- Keep It Simple St—d)

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Never Make The Game Harder Than It Has To Be (K.I.S.S.- Keep It Simple St—d). via Never Make The Game Harder Than It Has To Be (K.I.S.S.- Keep It Simple St—d).Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Let's look at two problems built into ACA-based health-care coverage, one of which we have a shot at doing something about

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Ken* This evening I want to think about two major problems with the way Obamacare works -- one having to do with the way it's set up, which could probably be fixed fairly straightforwardly but won't be because it would require Congress to do the fixing, and one that requires only a change in the way health-care consumers shop for coverage which probably won't be solved because, well, it's just too difficult for shoppers. *THE STRUCTURAL PROBELM FOR FAMILIES* This morning on the radio I heard a report that persuasively called attention to what indeed struck me as a serious pro... more »

U.S. Stealth Fighters Cannot Hide From Chinese Missiles And Radar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
F-35 and F-22. Photo from Military Photos And Photoshops *How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets -- Bill Sweetman, Daily Beast* *A gang of advanced missiles and a bleeding-edge radar unveiled at a Chinese air show could mean big trouble for the Pentagon’s best fighters.* Once, no magic act was complete without the magician’s revealingly dressed assistant. Her job was not merely to be sawn in half but to dominate the mostly male audience’s attention at moments when a focus on the whereabouts of the rabbit might blow the gaff. That was a useful lesson to bear in... more »

Satire: "Obama's Boldest Executive Order Yet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Obama Signs Order Converting Little-Used Government* * Building into Housing for Amnestied Immigrants”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – "In what some are calling his boldest executive order to date, President Obama signed an order on Tuesday that would convert a little-used government building in the nation’s capital into housing for amnestied immigrants. Signing the order in an Oval Office ceremony, the President said that American taxpayers would finally receive some value for a building that remains empty and unused for much of the year. “It will be a cause ... more »

Greece Updates ( December 2 , 2014 ) - New Democracy submits proposals for constitutional reforms ( including reducing Parliament from 300 to 200 ) ..... Greece and Troika still wrangling over the most recent program review - Greece already has tabled a sharp increast for its VAT on Hotel Services and phasing out early pensions ( Troika seeks more of course ) .... Will we see early elections next Spring ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_02/12/2014_545083 *Conservative MPs submit proposals for constitutional review* A committee of New Democracy MPs asked by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to propose changes to the Greek Constitution suggested Tuesday that the number of lawmakers in Parliament should be reduced from 300 to 200 and that the president of the republic should be given greater powers. The proposals submitted by the panel Tuesday also included changes to the law providing ministers and MPs with immunity from prosecution and for the president to be ele... more »

Is Crumbling Oil Prices Making Russian President Putin Weaker And More Dangerous?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Crumbling Oil Makes Putin More Dangerous: Expert -- Matthew J. Belvedere, CNBC* Russian President Vladimir Putin is being pushed "further into a corner" by falling oil prices, leaving him little option but to continue his aggression toward Ukraine and confrontation with the West, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer told CNBC on Tuesday. Putin has "gone all-in on an anti-U.S., must-keep-Ukraine nationalist engagement," Bremmer said on "Squawk Box." He said it's "completely inconceivable" for Putin to back down. "This is what is behind all his approval ratings. It's behind who he ... more »

W A N D E R E R S

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Terror at 24 hours notice

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Thank *goodness* for Andrew Little’s timely intervention, so that 48 hours of “emergency” warrantless surveillance by spy agencies was reduced from 48 hours to only 24 in National’s new rushed-through anti-terrorism bill – and the bill’s “sunset clause” for when its powers expire was brought forward to 2017. Because those 24 hours make *so* much difference. Yes, that is sarcasm you’re hearing there. In his explanation for agreeing to vote for the bill, Little appeared more concerned about its timetable than its content. "People should always be sceptical when there are demands... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 2, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ashton Carter, the Wonk Who Would Lead the Pentagon -- Shane Harris & Tim Mak, Daily Beast * Obama is widely believed to tap an ex-physicist who cuts military waste like a laser to become the next secretary of defense. Call it the revenge of the wonk. After being passed over for Defense Secretary last year while serving as the Pentagon’s No. 2, Ashton Carter, a widely admired manager noted for his knack for wrangling budgets and weapons contracts, left government. It seemed as if he’d never serve in the top slot. But now, with Carter’s former boss, Chuck Hagel, having crashed an... more »

The Art of Rock Balancing

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Gravity Glue Balancing The Stones

"How It Really Is"

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

World News Briefs -- December 2, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (C) holds up the hands of newly appointed Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) and newly appointed Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Groysman during a parliament session in Kiev, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich *Ukraine Parliament Votes In New Government, Fresh Ceasefire Hopes Fade -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament voted in a new government on Tuesday, putting foreign technocrats in key financial roles and renewing terms for the foreign and defense ministers in a signal that no major change in policy is likely on the rebellious e... more »

The Economy: “5 Complete Lies About America's New $18 Trillion Debt Level”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“5 Complete Lies About America's New $18 Trillion Debt Level”* by Simon Black “On October 22, 1981, the government of the United States of America accumulated an astounding $1 TRILLION in debt. At that point, it had taken the country 74,984 days (more than 205 years) to accumulate its first trillion in debt. It would take less than five years to accumulate its second trillion. And as the US government just hit $18 trillion in debt on Friday afternoon, it has taken a measly 403 days to accumulate its most recent trillion. There’s so much misinformation and propaganda about this; le... more »

Another Bermuda triangle we can do without

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Grant Dalton is about to go the taxpayer government to talk turkey about getting “support” for a sum from the government taxpayer to help prop up his budget -- projected to be “north of $100 million” -- for Team Dalton to contest the next America’s Cup, announced yesterday to be held in Bermuda. Dalton didn’t make the argument in his round of interviews this morning, presumably because he thought he wouldn’t need to, that New Zealand involvement would be good for New Zealand business. He was only concerned it would be good for Team Dalton. But since others will be making that ca... more »

How Not to Start a Trending Topic

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
We're practically in perpetual motion territory. It's swollen to the size of a Jovian red spot that preys on lesser Twitter squalls, and rips the energy from them to power its own storm engine. We're talking #CameronMustGo again, the unstoppable, irrepressible social media phenomenon of the last week and a bit. Sure thing it got a bit of a push yesterday after snarky attacks on it in the press which were sooo predictable that Mystic Meg here pointed out their foolishness a week ago. Embarrassing. But perhaps even more cringeworthy than professional journos pontificating from platfor... more »

Did 2014 Create A More Moderate Version Of Congressional Republicans?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Monday there was a big buzz over Alex Isenstadt's Obama Republicans? post in *Politico*. The premise is that the new Congress will include 26 Members from districts that Obama won in 2012 and another 47 from districts Obama *nearly* won, many of which are absolutely Hillary Clinton territory. Isenstadt makes the point that the Republicans in these seats-- *if* they behave rationally (and, of course, there is no reason whatsoever to assume they all will)-- may be less likely to go the way of the crackpot teabaggers and neo-fascists and stick to a more moderate mainstream conservati... more »

As Oil Prices Continue To Plunge, A Look At Its Impact On Geopolitics And The Global Economy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*As Oil Prices Plunge, Wide-Ranging Effects For Consumers And The Global Economy -- Steven Mufson, Washington Post* Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season. The result could be one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history, potentially reshaping everything from talks over Iran’s nuclear program to the Federal Reserve’s policies to further rejuvenate the ... more »

ISIS. Dirty Bomb/Nuclear Weapon. Obama's justification for war expansion

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Today's news:* Does ISIS Have A Nuclear Weapon? Islamic State Supporter Claims Militants Have Dirty Bomb *Islamic State group has reportedly developed a nuclear weapon made from radioactive material stolen* from an Iraqi university, according to a militant who claims insider knowledge. Hamayun Tariq, a British ISIS member now based in Syria, claimed on social media that the group obtained the uranium from Mosul University and now *possesses a “dirty bomb”* that it is now *considering detonating in a public area.* If true, this would confirm fears voiced by Iraq’s United Nations a... more »

La Revolte d'Atlas

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: image] If you’re a student of French political protest, you’ll realise that every single French class, interest group and pressure group has been in protests or on strike but one: French students hurl rocks when fees increase, French farmers burn crops when tariffs decrease, and French truck drivers block roads for every other perceived wrong. But there is one kind of men and women in France who rarely protest. Every other kind and class have stopped, when they so wished, and have presented demands, claiming to be indispensable. This week however it was the turn, long o... more »

Free Speech in Germany?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Abby Martin speaks with author and journalist Max Blumenthal about his recent trip to Germany and how he was treated like an anti-Semite for his criticism of the state of Israel.

Body Image, Eating Disorders & Marketing – Is This the Real Barbie?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*April McCarthy* - An entire generation of young girls is being psychologically damaged by the onslaught of 'sexy' marketing tactics... The post Body Image, Eating Disorders & Marketing – Is This the Real Barbie? appeared first on Waking Times.

Brain science without the brain

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
There’s an old story about a lawyer questioning a doctor about an autopsy. *Lawyer: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?" Witness: "No." Lawyer: "Did you check for blood pressure?" Witness: "No." Lawyer: "Did you check for breathing?" Witness: "No." Lawyer: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?" Witness: "No." Lawyer: "How can you be so sure, Doctor?" Witness: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar." Lawyer: "But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?" Witness: "Yes, it ... more »

The Mind-Boggling Stupidity of Our "Mission" in Iraq

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
Sometimes it just sort of creeps up on you, gradually, inexorably. The complete and utter insanity that's going on in the Middle East right now. Let's review: Saddam Hussein murders his former leader and takes over Iraq and the CIA gives him a list of Iraqi communists to kill. Saddam is happy with the benevolence of the CIA but he's more enamoured with the Stalinist mode of national industrial development, so he opts for the Soviets to be his protector. In 1979, the Shah of Iran is overthrown in a revolution led by pretty much the entire country (angered at his corruption and viole... more »

Einstein Never Would Have Passed a Standardized Test

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Albert Einstein might or might not have had dyslexia but he didn't do well with the standardized curriculum in Germany primarily because of its authoritarianism . That's a fact and his parents left Germany because they didn't like the rote memorization and mindlessness inherent in the German schools. It's all in his biography. Mindlessness and blind obedience is not a recipe for a healthy society. From the American Museum of Natural History: He loathed Germany's rigid education system, which was based upon rote learning. "It's a true miracle," he commented years later, "that modern... more »

Is The U.S. About To Create A 'Safe Zone' In Syria And A New Front Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*U.S. Considers Opening New Front Against Islamic State To Create A Safe Zone In Syria -- Washington Post* The Obama administration is weighing the opening of a new front in the air war against the Islamic State in Syria, part of an offensive to push back militants along the western part of Syria’s border with Turkey and create a relatively safe zone for U.S.-backed Syrian rebel forces to move in. Under the plan, U.S. aircraft flying from Turkey’s Incirlik air base would target positions the militants currently hold along the border north of Aleppo, eastward toward the besieged tow... more »

While America Faces Economic Collapse - US Jewish Controlled Government To Give (For Free Of Course) To Israel Some Of Its "Top" F35 Fighter Jets!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have long shown in previous articles where the newest US "fighter" aircraft, known as the F35 "Lightning II" is an absolute LEMON.... It is a horrible aircraft that is much too slow, much too heavy, cannot fly in the rain or at night, can only carry a very limited amount of armaments, does not have "stealth" no matter what the proponents claim, guzzles fuel at a stupidly alarming rate, is useless in any dogfight, and is hyper-overpriced... It is disgusting that the sucker American taxpayers are continuing to pay for and support such a ghastly ridiculous aircraft that will leave Am... more »

Know Your Rights This Holiday Season – Police Checkpoints

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video* - Knowing your rights when dealing with police and law enforcement officers is essential these days as police become more aggressive with citizens... The post Know Your Rights This Holiday Season – Police Checkpoints appeared first on Waking Times.

Taking a Stand

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
BuzzFeed's Jazmin Michole writes: On Saturday, November 29, 2014, days after the Grand Jury Decision, Knox College Women’s Basketball Player Ariyana Smith bravely held a one woman demonstration at the Knox College v. Fontbonne University game held in Clayton, MO. During the singing of the national anthem, Ariyana walked with her hands up towards the American flag and fell to the ground for a full 4.5 minutes to bring awareness to the inhumane killing of Micheal Brown in which his body was left to lay on a neighborhood street for 4.5 hours. While Ariyana lay on the ground in hon... more »

U.S. Confirms Reports That Iran Is Now Bombing Islamic State Targets In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Iranian Jet Struck Islamic State Targets In Iraq, U.S. Official Says -- Washington Post* Iranian aircraft conducted strikes against Islamic State positions in Iraq last weekend, expanding Tehran’s presence as a close ally of Iraq’s Shiite-led government. “We do think they did do some airstrikes at targets in Iraq,” a senior U.S. defense official said, adding that “we have no reason to doubt those reports.” “We’ve long said they have a presence in Iraq, contributing to helping the Iraqis against ISIL,” the official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity given th... more »

Can the West co exist with Islam?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
If Turkish leader and general all all round religions nut is any indication the answer is no. There is just way to much wacky thought even by so called moderates. I think the solution is to go right back to the separation of Church and State. No exceptions for religion. One law fits all. Also a zero tolerance forigren policy. That means if you are lead by a nutter, we do not do business with you. Join the nutter alliance.

Dec. 2: Bad journalism - a classic example....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
"What are N.B.'s protocols for law enforcement gun use?" is on A1 of the Dec. 1 edition of the Moncton TandT. It's also one of the longest stories I have seen in the Irving press and, for all its length, it says nothing whatever. The blame for this does not lie with the reporter. It lies with the assignment editor and the page editor. For a start, this is obviously piggy-backing on the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. What's wrong with that? Well, this isn't Ferguson, Missouri. I don't know of any fear that is terrifying the people of Moncton as they wait f... more »

Islamic State Militant Tweets That They Have Built A "Dirty Bomb'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Islamic State Has A 'Dirty Bomb' Says British Jihadi, Amid Claims 40kg Of URANIUM Was Taken From Iraqi University -- Daily Mail* * Chemical was stolen from Mosul University, northern Iraq, in July * UN ambassador wrote letter at time of theft fearing 'mass destruction' * Hamayun Tariq among jihadis to boast of explosives on Twitter * Hinted at the potential destruction of such a bomb if detonated in London * British 37-year-old had social media account suspended afterwards Islamic State fanatics claim to have constructed a dirty bomb after stealing 40kg of uranium from an Iraqi u... more »

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