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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Europe NATO warns Russian military build-up in Crimea could exert control over Black Sea Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev ...


An interesting juxtaposition of news items caught my attention today. First there's this, from an interview with Russia's envoy to NATO: "As far as I remember, even NATO officials themselves admit they have no credible materials confirming that Russian weaponry and military vehicles cross the border and that Russian troops are ...

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PARCC Is Down to DC Plus Ten States, and Louisiana Isn’t One of Them

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 minute ago
Louisiana State Superintendent John White insists that Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in the spring of 2015. PARCC is one of two federally-funded consortia that developed tests for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Supposedly, in spring 2015, Louisiana students will […]

China Takes Russia's Side Over A Disputed Arms Buy With Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 minutes ago
*Money Dispute With Kiev Threatens Future Chinese Arms Buys -- Washington Times* China is colluding with Russia to avoid paying $14 million to the Ukrainian government for a second Zubr-class amphibious landing hovercraft — or air-cushioned landing craft — that was delivered by Kiev to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in early March. The delivery came days before the Russian annexation of Crimea, where the vessel was built. At issue is the question of who gets the $14 million. Since the contract was signed between China and Ukraine before Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Bei... more »

French Defense Minister: Russia May Never Receive Mistral Warships

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 44 minutes ago
*French Defense Minister Says Russia May Never Receive Mistral Warships -- New York Times* PARIS — Two warships that France agreed to sell to Russia might never be delivered, the French defense minister said on Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow, which said Paris must honor its contract in full. The remarks by Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian came a week after President François Hollande said France would postpone the handover of the first of the ships to the Russian Navy “until further notice.” “It is possible that we never deliver them,” Mr. Le Drian said in an in... more »

Are Empaths Actually Communicating Telepathically?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Jocelyn Daher* - If science can harvest this technology of reading minds, are we communicating with one another and dismissing it as purely an individual experience? The post Are Empaths Actually Communicating Telepathically? appeared first on Waking Times.

Russia Unveils New Troop Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
With fuel consumption of 100 liters per 100 kilometers, the Punisher won’t win any awards for fuel efficiency. facebook.com/toparsenal *'Punisher' Vehicle Tested for Security Forces -- Moscow Times* A prototype of an armored vehicle called the Punisher, being developed for Russia's security forces, presented at a testing ground outside Moscow, according to a Facebook community of weapons enthusiasts. The test run of the "menacing" machine for the Federal Security Service took place last week at the Dmitrovsky Testing Ground, a post on facebook.com/toparsenal said. Developed by ZiL... more »

Historically, the United States has been admired by the rest of the world because of its “freedom.” When I grew up in the 40s and early 50s there certainly was freedom …and the word “terrorism” was never heard. Nowadays virtually all terrorism in the U.S. is the work of the government. And in place of freedom, the present U.S. government has unleashed sociopath stormtrooper cops with license to terrorize and murder anybody they wish, including children, without punishment. I feel so bad for today’s children. It’s hard for me to picture myself growing up under these conditions. Would I have become a cop instead of a Ph.D. physicist? I certainly hope not. But one thing I’m sure of is that I would never murder anyone, even if ordered to do so and knowing that I wouldn’t be punished for it.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 hour ago
------------------------------ *Guest Column by John Whitehead — Growing Up in a Police State * ------------------------------ December 4, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter America’s Children: The Trials of Growing Up in a Police State By John W. Whitehead “It’s been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and he’s still covered in burns. There’s still a hole in his chest that exposes his ribs. After breaking down the door, throwing my husband to the ground, and s... more »

Melatonin and the Pineal Gland

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video -* Video about melatonin and the self-repairing process of the human body. The post Melatonin and the Pineal Gland appeared first on Waking Times.

Cell (2015)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 2 hours ago
0775440 Download Cell Full StreamingFull Movie Cell Full Movie with duration 120 Min and broadcast on 2015-01-01 and MPAA rating is 0. - *Original Title :* Cell - *Movie title in your country :* Cell - *Year of movie :* 2015 - *Genres of movie :* Horror, Science Fiction, - *Status of movie :* In Production - *Release date of movie :* 2015-01-01 - *Companies of movie :* - *Countries of movie :* - *Language of movie :* English, - *Durationof movie :* 120 Min - *Average vote of movie :* 0 - *Youtube ID of movie :* - *Translation of movie :* IT,E... more »

Theory as thought

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Recently a friend and colleague wrote me to say: “The SS piece is actually really useful to me as a model for dealing with Political Science post paradigm wars.” Which prompts me (as if academics ever need such a prompt) to revisit an issue I raised almost a year ago: the role of Continue reading

Odds and Ends

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
*A field prepared for planting.* Friend observes: Ma probably won't be able to get anything controversial through the legislature til the end of his term. Yep! This means that his fury and frustration will be largely directed at his own party. I'm thinking Taiwan might actually run out of hot dogs, popcorn, and beer by the time I am through watching the KMT savage itself. The new cabinet is out, and it is very similar to the old cabinet. Ma has made former Premier Jiang Yi-hwa the Sec-Gen of the Presidential Office. He's not just circling the wagons; he's turtling. This Apple Dail... more »

'Tis the season for regifting: Presenting a cautionary tale

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* My goodness, can it really be coming up on 19 years since the classic *Seinfeld* "regifting" episode first aired? You can find the script for "The Label Maker" here, on the SeinfeldScripts website. *Again, the script of "The Label Maker" can be found here.* I don't know that Mssrs Berg and Schaffer, who wrote the script for "The Label Maker" (Season 6, Episode 11), *invented* the term "regifting," but I'm pretty sure I'd never heard it before, and even Widipedia acknowledges, "The term was popularized by an episode of the NBC sitcom *Seinfeld* ('The Label Maker')," but... more »

A Look At North Korea's Secretive Elite Hacker Unit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*In North Korea, Hackers Are A Handpicked, Pampered Elite -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the attack that was launched last month but a U.S. national security source said it was a suspect. Defectors from the North have said Bureau 121, staffed by some of the most ... more »

HOLY WAR AT HARRODS Vanity Fair, September 1995

News Spike - 3 hours ago
_____________________________________________________________________________ HOLY WAR AT HARRODS Vanity Fair, September 1995 _____________________________________________________________________________ *Foreword* Although Mohamed 'Al' Fayed's capacity for fantasy, vengefulness, and thievery had all been aired in the DTI report of March 1990, Fayed's heavily-publicized gifts to children's charities helped him prosper in British society. Five years later the American current affairs magazine, Vanity Fair, sent its top investigative journalist, Maureen Orth, to England t... more »

Free Trade 41: David Ricardo, CPE, FPE and Consumer Surplus

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc. has a joint project with SEANET, the regional free market think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, to promote free trade and market reforms in the ASEAN countries. This is the first of the many public education activities that we will undertake. The first known theoretician to articulate the theory and beauty of comparative advantage was the British investor and later, political economist, David Ricardo. After reading Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations", he was enamored with classical economic theories and studied and wrote on his own. When good... more »

Terminator: Genisys Official International Trailer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*My Comment: *I have always loved the Terminator franchise. Looking forward to this film.

CDC Upsells Vaccine with Antivirals!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
So, changed my headline from "Problem- Flu vaccine not effect. Solution? Ineffective but highly profitable antivirals" to the post heading *" CDC Upsells Vaccine with Antivirals" Why?* *Because that is exactly what the CDC is doing! This is a tried and true sales technique!* upselling *A sales strategy where the seller will provide opportunities to purchase related products or services, often for the sole purpose of making a larger sale.* I will have much more to say about this big pharma scam. For now. - Federal officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thurs... more »

Fukushima Updates ( December 5-7 , 2014 Weekend Report ) - Parade of Horribles for your consideration.......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Energy News..... 04:48 PM EST on December 5th, 2014 | 8 comments “Deadly strontium” spikes to record level outside Fukushima Reactor No. 2 — Up nearly 50,000,000% in recent months (CHART) 10:09 AM EST on December 5th, 2014 | 65 comments Japan Gov’t-funded Report: MOX fuel particles found over 100 km from Fukushima — Plutonium-239 levels ‘significantly enhanced’ after Reactor 3 explosion — Nuclear fuel material transported in atmosphere across long distances (MAP) 01:32 PM EST on December 2nd, 2014 | 208 comments Official back from Fukushima: Invisible blanket of death covers... more »

Two Documentaries On The Battle For Stalingard

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*My Comment:* Friday is usually movie night (I will post a movie for tomorrow) .... but here are two good documentaries on the Battle for Stalingrad.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 5, 2104

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Many Trials For Ashton Carter -- Russell Berman, The Atlantic* The next defense secretary will inherit "no shortage of challenges to our national security," President Obama said in his nomination. Ashton Carter's stewardship of the Pentagon may only last for the final two years of the Obama presidency, but the veteran of Washington's national security establishment won't have the luxury of being a caretaker defense secretary. "We face no shortage of challenges to our national security," President Obama said while formally nominating Carter in a White House ceremony on Frida... more »

And so to bed...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
Running a small-scale, non-self-promoting blog like this between the two of us - a quiet(ish), non-campaigning, personal place for Sue and me to pour out our semi-organised thoughts about BBC bias and other matters (*pace* the blog's name, and accompanying get-out clause) - it's inevitably hard to keep up with the totality of BBC-bias-related matters... ...especially this week, when (unusually) BBC-bias-related matters have returned to centre-stage after a relative lull (see elsewhere)... ...Family, friends, work, home repairs, *I'm a Celebrity *(for me)*, **The Apprentice *(for S... more »

World News Briefs -- December 5, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Orion Zooms Around Planet, Drops Into The Pacific; Recovery Underway -- L.A. Times* The Orion spacecraft launched Friday morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida and finished its first test flight by falling gently into the Pacific Ocean, supported by a trio of parachutes. The Orion blasted off at 4:05 a.m. PST, circled the globe twice, reached 3,600 miles above Earth, then placidly landed in the sea off Baja California. The flight, lasting about 4 1/2 hours, tested various systems of a spacecraft that scientists hope will one day carry humans to Mars. Once Orion landed off the We... more »

The Truth About America Today: North Korea Calls The United States The Dirtiest Word Possible..

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
It should be no shock to anyone living in America that I and others are not going to pull any strings and call America what it really is... An EMPIRE that is now in its twilight and on the road to full collapse and oblivion... It is so sad that during my lifetime that great Republic has found itself ruined due to a criminal tribe of "chosen ones" who have steered American policies both foreign and domestic and have turned the American leadership into a group of soulless criminals that have been in pursuit of power and domination... Right now, I want to present the following importa... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: Star Wes Awakens

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
The folks here are big, big fans of Star Wars, so we were most happy this week with the new teaser. Many parodies have/will ensue. Here is the Wes Anderson take:

Locked in a Sensory Deprivation Tank for 60 Minutes

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *The humorous Rhett and Link from Good Mythical Morning share their experiences of being locked in a sensory deprivation tank for 1 hour. The post Locked in a Sensory Deprivation Tank for 60 Minutes appeared first on Waking Times.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of MI6

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
"*Journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard* maintains that Foster had been "*drafting a letter involving Waco" *on the very day of his death. Moreover Evans-Pritchard says that Foster kept a Waco file in a locked cabinet that was off limits to everyone, including his secretary. Prior to Waco, Foster was *"dignified, decent, caring, smart"* says *Linda Tripp*; in its aftermath though, she said: *"Vince was falling apart." * *She was with the former White House deputy counsel when the news about Waco broke on television. **"A special bulletin came on showing the atrocity at Waco and the c... more »

And tonight's 'Is the BBC biased?' Trivial Post of the Day award goes to Craig for...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Just to keep Sue up to date... Alas, the BBC's Michael Buerk went a couple of days ago, but...and bite on this, Beeboids...a Tory...yes a Tory!...has been voted into the last four of ITV's *I'm a Celebrity. * If anyone spots a single BBC tweeter egging on Edwina to win, please let us know!

Professor Michael J Prichard of MI6

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
EIR has been well-known for our exhaustive coverage of the death of Princess Diana, identifying otherwise unpublished leads, and pointing to the involvement of British and other intelligence agencies, in the run-up to the crash, and in the effort to cover up the evidence that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were the targets of a murder plot. Some of the information provided in the e-mail posting has been independently verified by EIR. Indeed, three *MI6* officials, identified as having been intimately involved in the events leading up to the fatal crash, and the ensuing cover-up, hav... more »

Been AWOL for a week

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 7 hours ago
Yes indeed, LNG is a colossal bust....unless the energy giants get everything for free they won`t build.. Mr. Don F.....your comment about John Horgan is correct, ...I warned Mr. Horgan personally about what just went down....It appears even the NDP drank the LNG kool-aid..stupid asses.. So afraid the NDP were/are... Afraid to be labeled anti-business....Stupid asses...After the cowardly NDP voted in favour of the LNG tax bill they still got hammered in the press..by Palmer, By Gary Mason, by Smyth...Christy Clark slammed them.. After all these years you would think the NDP would ... more »

The Pro-GMO Lobby: Anti-Science And A Politically Motivated Agenda

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 7 hours ago
RINF 5/12/2014 The pro-GMO lobby claims that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GM food and therefore the GMO debate is over. It claims that GMOs guarantee higher yields and less pesticide/herbicide use. The claim is also made that GM agriculture has no adverse impact on soil, the nutritional value and health of crops or biodiversity. The industry and its supporters claim that the ‘scientific community’ believes GMOs can only have positive effects and point to research to back this up. These claims are bogus. Many analyses have highlighted the inadequacies of the res... more »

Odd The Way The 1% Get Away With Their Crimes-- Even Murder Sprees. Are We In Russia?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I always knew him as "Bobby," another of Susan Berman's rich friends. Now he's Robert Durst. I didn't know any rich people-- only poor people like myself-- when I was hanging out with Susan, except for her and the rich friends she introduced me to. Bobby Durst was someone she knew from boarding school, after her parents were killed in Mob hits, if I remember correctly. Her dad was a Vegas Jewish Mafia big shot-- not on a Sheldon Adelson level-- but a real big shot nonetheless. David "Davie the Jew" Berman. She wrote a book about it and got famous. I'm pretty sure I took the insid... more »

Is This Iranian General The Real Leader Of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, And Yemen?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Qassem Suleimani celebrating with Hade Amre, chief of Shia militias, during the liberation of Jawlala in Iraq from the Islamic State. *Iran's Military Mastermind Is 'The Leader Of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, And Yemen' -- Michael B Kelley, Business Insider* As the US provides air coverfor Iranian-backed militias fighting ISIS (aka the Islamic State, ISIL, and/or Daesh) in Iraq, the longest continuously serving American official in the country has strong opinions about who is in control. Ali Khedery, who served as a special assistant to five US ambassadors and a senior adviser to three h... more »

Factory Chicken Farmer Invites Activists to See the Horrors of his Farm

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - "Being invited into a corporate farm to observer this is quite unique, as these farmers are under serious scrutiny by the corporations they work for..." The post Factory Chicken Farmer Invites Activists to See the Horrors of his Farm appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Pushing War with Russia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution lashing out at Russia over its foreign policies. The language of the non-binding document has been widely equated by critics to Cold War-style rhetoric. RT's Gayane Chichakyan looks at the diplomatic falling out between the US and Russia.

Clans

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Rutgers University law professor (and blogger) Mark S. Weiner has been awarded the 2015 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for ideas set forth in his 2013 book, The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom. The award includes a $100,000 cash prize and is administered by Continue reading

Socialized Medicine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Like air - at this point free, though not always clean - medical attention should be free and abundant for all. But the free enterprise-niks got their greedy hands on dispensing health care and turned it into a profit machine. In fact many of those same interlocking corporate entities that own the 'health insurance' gambit are doing alot of the polluting. They have no real incentive to stop poisoning us. Last Monday I made my first trip to the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital complex at Togus here in Maine near Augusta. I had recently applied for coverage and was accepte... more »

WHAM! You are there.

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
[image: Picture] The thing about this trip is that no one can tell you exactly where it leads. Google doesn't know. Siri doesn't know. The moment of arrival can't be predicted or plotted. Traveling this way is disconcerting at first. In a non-linear world everything is sort of vague and non specific. Surprises are everywhere. Times, deadlines and even destinations have little relevance. What matters is the doing. The Pando reminds me of what we'll find there. The Pando is an ancient clonal colony of quaking Aspen, found in Utah, USA. Estimates of its age start at 80,000 years but ... more »

Shiite Militias Are Committing War Crimes In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Shiite Militias Win Bloody Battles In Iraq, Show No Mercy -- Wall Street Journal* *Fatwa-Inspired Fighters’ Take-No-Prisoners Tactics Deepen Worries About Sectarian Tensions; ‘We Get Their Confessions, and Then We Kill Them’* JURF AL-SAKHER, Iraq—In a makeshift barracks about 40 miles south of Baghdad, Ahmed al-Zamili flipped through pictures on his mobile phone: an Islamic State fighter’s corpse hanging from a crude noose, a dead man on the ground clutching an AK-47 and a kneeling, blindfolded man uttering a confession. Mr. Zamili says the men were... more »

Senior Iranian Official Confirms That They Carried Out Air Strikes Against Islamic State Targets In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A picture taken on April 18, 2010 shows US-made F-4 Phantom fighter jets flying during the Army Day parade in the Iranian capital Tehran. Iranian fighter jets struck Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon said on December 2, 2014, signaling Tehran's determination to confront the jihadists and Washington's tacit partnership with arch-foe Iran. Iran acquired its F-4 fighters from the United States before the 1979 revolution that toppled the country's pro-US monarchy. Reuters *Iran Confirms It Carried Out Air Strikes Against Islamic State Extremists In Ir... more »

The Sun vs Russell Brand

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
"When I was poor and I complained about inequality, people said I was bitter. Now I'm rich and I complain about inequality, they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed." Normally something to pin on your tumblr, this week it's become something of a prophecy. Russell Brand was ambushed on Channel 4 news (two million views and rising) for having the temerity to stand with New Era Estate residents against the sale of their homes to American-based property sepculators. Scenting an... more »

Great Progressive Moments: Right-Wing Liar Dinesh D'Souza Gets Demolished By Thom Hartmann

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 9 hours ago
. . *By MARC McDONALD* Dinesh D'Souza is a professional right-wing liar. Like Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the right-wing noise machine, D'Souza loves to spew lies during debates. He also constantly sets up absurd straw-man arguments to try to undercut his opponents. Because of his relentless approach and because of the nature of live on-air debates, D'Souza often sounds a lot more authoritative and informed than he really is. Lots of wingnut commentators do this sort of thing. But D'Souza has it down to an art form. It basically means that D'Souza gets away with an awful lot of ... more »

The BBC News website exposes its...bias

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
...and, in the light of the previous post, I've just clicked on the BBC News website and found that the 'most read' and 'most shared' article is *Nigel Farage defends breastfeeding comments amid row* in which our Nigel "insists" on this and that, and is "criticised" by all and sundry - i.e presisely the sort of piece those *YouGov* respondents might have had in mind. So (as we scientists say) what is all that 'reading' and 'sharing' about then? Well, a clue might be provided by the Comments section beneath the BBC article. Click on the 'Highest Rated' and you'll see all manner ... more »

The Population Explosion

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 9 hours ago
Following the publication of *The Population Bomb* in 1968, the new predicament of overpopulation was inducted into our gruesome mob of predicaments. World leaders snapped to attention, contemplated their options, realized that promoting population control was political suicide, and chose to step around the messy issue. The house was not on fire today, just some smoke. The big exception was the Chinese, whose one-child program successfully prevented 350 million births. It was sometimes heavy-handed, but ignoring runaway growth would have guaranteed a super-heavy disaster. China... more »

Failure of Indian country news is crime against humanity

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News It should be considered a crime against humanity for salaried reporters, supposedly covering national Indian news, to stay home and plagiarize instead of being present in DC.  Those reporters are failing as watchdogs to prevent the theft of Indian water rights, and Indian land rights. Real reporters in Indian country could do a great deal to protect land and

Pesto Pita Pizza and Creamy Pesto Salad with Mezzetta Memories

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
Thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring today's discussion. I am a pizza junkie. There, I said it. I'm proud of it too. I've always loved it and always will. But my husband isn't quite as big of a fan. He likes the occasional pizza just fine, but since our oldest daughter will only eat pepperoni pizza, he is really done with it. He wants something a little more sophisticated, enter Mezzetta recipes. Pita pizzas, using Mezzetta have been a lifesaver. Two of my husband's biggest criticisms of pizza are the thickness of the crust and the taste of the sauce. Pita pizzas resolve both problems... more »

Is the media (the BBC?) biased against UKIP? The public says, 'Yes'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
The mob-like tendencies of social media outlets were well described by Matthew Parris (boo!) in the *Spectator*, though (being an old media man) he rather underplays the extent to which this is, in part, only a quickening and democratisation of the old media's periodic hues-and-cries. Another feature of social media outlets, not mentioned by Matthew (though probably implied), is the way they gravitate towards being echo chambers. Being part of a social media echo chamber can be very satisfying. It's a friendly place - at least for those inside the echo chamber (though, like a ma... more »

China's Former Top Security Chief Has Been Arrested For Corruption And Leaking State Secrets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Zhou Yongkang has been under investigation since July. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters *China Arrests Ex-Security Chief Zhou Yongkang -- BBC* *Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.* The Supreme People's Procuratorate, China's top prosecuting body, said it had opened a formal probe against him. Before he retired two years ago, Mr Zhou was the head of China's vast internal security apparatus. Many of his former associates and relatives also face ... more »

Alberta Schools and GSA's

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 10 hours ago
With the controversy and dialogue that has emerged recently with the debate over the Alberta government's Bill 10 I thought I'd weigh in with some thoughts of my own. Anytime you decide to mix politics and education issues you are bound to get a storm it seems. I should start out by saying that I believe strongly in GSA's and that the Bill in its current form is utter garbage. (For a timeline of how exactly we got into this trainwreck, this post here provides a good overview of events.) In its original form, Bill 10 would allow students who wanted to form a GSA, but whose school... more »

The Perils of a M/W/F Class

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
Greetings, fellow Duck readers. I realize I’ve been MIA this semester – DGS duties and ISA-Midwest stuff took too much of my non-research time. Another factor in my absence, however: a Monday Wednesday Friday schedule. And, it sucked.[1] Like large-tornado-near-my-hometown sucked. Today marks the last Friday class of the semester – thank god.[2] Even though I Continue reading

Kp Message (Early as Hell on the Morning of) 12-5-14… “The Decepticons”

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
Kp Message (Early as Hell on the Morning of) 12-5-14… “The Decepticons” Posted on 2014/12/05 by kauilapele [image: 140411_kp_mauna_kea_P1010046_150_30]Why I feel the NEED to write this now, I have no idea. But I had a 2:20:00 conversation with AK this evening, and, after getting *him* completely straightened out, I left the conversation. He is basically well. It was clear, however, that the following statement applied: “We are our own ‘Partners in Contrast'”. Bringing stuff up that needs to be cleared. Etc., etc. And those “Partners in Contrast” may take a variety of forms. The thin... more »

Not my circus...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
[image: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys]

President Obama Officially Nominates Ashton Carter To Be The Next U.S. Secretary Of Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Obama Nominates Ash Carter To Lead Defense, Hagel Not At Ceremony -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will announce Friday that Ash Carter is his pick to replace outgoing-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the White House confirms. "With a record of service that has spanned more than 30 years, Ash is quietly regarded as one of our nation's foremost national security leaders," Obama said Friday from the White House's Roosevelt Room, with Carter standing by his side. Carter himself said that it was an "honor and a privilege" to be nominated. "If confirmed in this job, I... more »

Conservative Party Deserves a Slap Upside the Head

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
The harpercon party of Canada follow a revolting coward. In fact, they tremble in fear of their craven, cowardly pathetic "leader." That leader's name is stephen harper. he's a disgusting coward who thinks nothing of sending Canadian soldiers to face death to make himself feel manly, but when he himself faces danger, chooses to pee himself hiding in a closet. These imbeciles believe (simultaneously) that global warming isn't happening and that it is happening but it's got nothing to do with the carbon gases that industrial civilization has pumped into the atmosphere. Those scientist... more »

Bill Whittle: OBAMA'S BLACK SKIN PRIVILEGE...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*we all know this is true.* I remember before Odumbo was elected the first time listening to the libtards crow, "This is history being made." There was no concern about his qualifications. Not one thought was given to his background. All these non-thinkers cared about was proving they weren't racists. If you dared to bring up anything negative they tried to shame you into submission by calling you a racist. And they're still doing it. And we're still taking it. Obama's handlers knew exactly what they were doing by dragging this unqualified (except for his skin color) "man" i... more »

"Our" Nazis

Spike EP at News Spike - 11 hours ago
*Fedden Mission* *"The Mission had been told that Nordhausen was a large underground factory, and that they would see extraordinary production methods, but they had no idea that they would be brought face-to-face with such an undertaking. The reaction of the Mission to this visit ... was one of the utmost revulsion and disgust. This factory is the epitome of megalomaniac production and robot efficiency and layout. Everything was ruthlessly executed with utter disregard for humanitarian considerations. The record of Nordhausen is a most unenviable one, and we were told that 250 of ... more »

Chicago Politics

Spike EP at News Spike - 11 hours ago
Book Discussion: Shakedown - Exposing The Real Jesse Jackson from Spike EP on Vimeo. "It was a shotgun ordination..." "Exposing the real Jesse Jackson is about one of the most Politically Incorrect activities one can undertake in this country" - G. Gordon Liddy Jesse Jackson and The Black Boule, Agents & Provocateurs from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"It was a shotgun ordination"* *- G. Gordon Liddy* * "Didn't he preach today...?"* *- The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan on Jesse Jackson at the Million Man March, 1995.* * "Jesse's position on ordination was that he needed to be a Reverend in ... more »

British Court: UK Mass Surveillance Laws Do Not Breach Human Rights

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Satellite dishes at a GCHQ outpost in Cornwall, near where transatlantic fibre-optic cables come ashore. Snowden revealed that GCHQ taps such cables and shares vast quantities of personal information with the NSA. Photograph: Kieran Doherty/Reuters *UK Mass Surveillance Laws Do Not Breach Human Rights, Tribunal Rules -- The Guardian* *Rights groups brought case against GCHQ after Snowden revelations on extent of electronic surveillance in UK and US* Britain’s legal regime governing mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies does not violate human rights, a tribunal... more »

Will Christie Officially Change New Jersey's State Motto From The Garden State To The Pay-To-Play State?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Constipation is a horrible afflication It's hardly news a big priority for Republicans is to privatize whatever they can while they have a hold on power. Last year New Jersey's bribe-taking/Pay-to-play governor, Chris Christie, privatized sales and marketing functions of the state's lottery-- despite the fact that New Jersey had an award-winning lottery and sales had steadily increased when sales and marketing functions were being done by state workers. Average growth over the last decade was just about 3% annually. Only one bid was received. No surprise: it was by a company that had... more »

Welfarism 30: Big Government and Corruption of People's Values

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
Last Thursday, I went to De La Salle University (DLSU) main campus in Manila to speak at a class on Development Studies, handled by my wife. I put here the IPN logo because looking back, IPN has greatly helped our think tank in guiding us to some policy discussions and advocacies, plus giving us some modest donations. Recognizing their support to us. Welfarism in my presentation is defined as the political and social belief that individual and parental responsibility should be subsumed or substituted by more government responsibility in improving people’s welfare. So, from educat... more »

Sen. McCain leads planned theft of Apache lands for copper mining

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA Published time: December 04, 2014 18:00Edited time: December 05, 2014 10:55 Get short URL Reuters/Gary Cameron By RT http://rt.com/usa/211531-native-indian-lands-mining/ Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished

U.S. Preparing To Launch Airstrikes Against Islamic State Targets In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Black smoke billows from a warehouse after an airstrike in Zawura, December 2, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *US Mulls Airstrikes On Islamist Training Camp In Libya -- The Australian/The Times* *THE US is plotting to expand its military campaign to Libya after fighters loyal to Islamic State were seen training in the east of the country.* A US commander has acknowledged that discussions are under way in Washington about broadening the anti-Islamic State campaign to Libya. David Rodriguez, commander of US Africa Command, revealed at a Pentagon briefing that Islamic State training ... more »

Friday Pussy - Us vs Them

Demeur at Demeur - 12 hours ago
Reality isn't always what it's cut out to be. Is there prejudice ? Of course there is otherwise we'd all wear the exact same clothing and hair styles. And note when working on a job site with multi racial folks when lunchtime comes they all gravitate in groups to their own familiar cliques. But that's not to say it's out of some underlying hate. It's just the way we are as humans. May date back to survival of the group. It now seems the police in this country have taken that to a whole new level. It's now an "us against them mentality". If you aren't part of the police force then y... more »

Paiute Leaders Statement to Congress on Pyramid Lake Water Rights

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Paiutes protest planned theft of Pyramid Lake water rights Photo by Bad Bear Sampson 2014 Paiutes fighting to protect their water rights to Pyramid Lake say this document proves the current Paiute chairman has waived rights: JOINT STATEMENT OF: ELWOOD LOWERY CHAIRMAN PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE TRIBE STEPHEN HARTMAN VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL FISH SPRINGS RANCH LLC BEFORE THE:

Libya's Civil War Continues To Escalate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Black smoke billows in the sky above areas where clashes are taking place between pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, and the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels, who have joined forces with the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, in Benghazi November 26, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori *Airstrike Targets Tripoli Outskirts as Libya's Rival Groups Battle -- Voice of America/Reuters* TRIPOLI, LIBYA - Forces allied to one of two rival governments vying for power in Libya conducted an airstrike near Tripoli on Thurs... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Feathered Economic Hit Men'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
THE FEATHERED ECONOMIC HIT MEN Posted on December 5, 2014 Please post & distribute. MNN. Nov. 5, 2014. The economic hit men have now donned feathers to corrupt the leader in Kahnawake. They tell the leader, “Here’s some money. Don’t worry about the people. Take the money for yourself and your family.” With the band council proposal to give us money for Kahnawake and the Mohawk interest

Cure for insomnia

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
What are you supposed to do when you wake up in the middle of the night and you just know that you’re going to stay awake. Make toast? Or watch Question Time on the iPad. If only Yvette Cooper would direct her not inconsiderable passion and intelligence to less juvenile, more sophisticated political ideas she’d be okay. Must be the old man. As soon as that poor guy in the audience had finished asking his abominable question, I knew that Yvette was about to say ‘diversity’. It’s as if Yvette and co. are stuck in a time warp where landladies automatically have ‘No blacks, No Iri... more »

KRISTOF VILLAGE: Nicholas Kristof, god of the whites!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014Part 4—Infallibly right like him:* This has been a Week That Was in American news. Gaps of imagination have surfaced in the wake of the decision by the Staten Island grand jury: In this morning’s New York Times, a letter writer from New York City calls the decision “unfathomable.” In the letter directly above that letter, another writer, from California, fathoms their decision just fine. Can you fathom the existence of people whose judgments about such a matter may actually *differ* from yours? Or do you traffic in the ancient belief that those who dif... more »

Jews extort Croatians for $4 million in "Holocaust" reparations

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 12 hours ago
The organized Jewish community has successfully extorted the Croatian government for roughly $4 million as a result of their endless promotion of *the fake "Holocaust" narrative* of WWII. *The Jewish Daily Forward* reports: Croatia will give land and an office building in Zagreb collectively valued at about $4 million to the city’s Jewish community as restitution for property expropriated during World War II. According to the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the community will receive a six-story building and a surrounding land parcel owned by the government in the central par... more »

Multiple Attacks By Militants Reported In Kashmir

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*20 Killed in Surge of Violence in Indian Kashmir -- Voice of America* NEW DELHI - Indian officials say at least 20 people, including 11 security personnel, were killed in a series of attacks blamed on militants in Indian Kashmir. The worst attack took place when militants armed with AK 47 rifles hurled rocket propelled grenades before dawn at an army camp in Uri, where there is a large army base. The camp is located near the line of control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Army officials called it a suicide attack and said that six militants died in the exchange o... more »

China Conducts Another Flight Test Of Hypersonic Strike Vehicle

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), (AFP Photo / Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA) *China Conducts Third Flight Test of Hypersonic Strike Vehicle -- Washington Free Beacon* Missile-launched Wu-14 glide vehicle designed for nuclear strike against U.S. through missile defenses China conducted the third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week as part of its strategic nuclear program and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of defeating U.S. countermeasures, defense officials said. The flight test of the developmental Wu-14 hypersonic glide... more »

World News Briefs -- December 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*NASA’s Unmanned Orion Capsule Blasts Off on Maiden Voyage -- Wall Street Journal* Intended to Demonstrate Suitability for Human Exploration of the Solar System NASA successfully launched an initial, unmanned version of a capsule on a test flight intended to demonstrate its suitability for human exploration of the solar system in coming decades. Following a flawless countdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a heavy-lift Delta IV rocket lifted the pear-shaped, 11-foot tall Orion spacecraft on the start of its long-awaited inaugural voyage. *Read more* .... *MIDDL... more »

Media Blackout on Ukraine Nuclear Plant Conditions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
I can find NO new information on the Zaporizhye nuclear plant event. Almost all information I can find on the web is dated 12/3, or derives from news reports made on 12/3. I can find NO new information anywhere, even Twitter feed posts are dated. I want to know why there has been NO UPDATES on the status on a nuclear plant problem that hypothetically could cause cooling problems for the core or spent fuel? I'm not implying that events are not as reported. However, I find the dearth of information significant. It reminds me of how ebola disappeared from the headlines after Obama ... more »

The 50 Latest Coconut Oil Benefits Backed by Science

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Chantelle Zakariasen* - We should note that countries with an abundant consumption of coconut are amongst some of the healthiest people on the planet today... The post The 50 Latest Coconut Oil Benefits Backed by Science appeared first on Waking Times.

Medical Cannabis a Much Safer Alternative to Painkillers

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Marco Torres* - Many pain experts are now advising that physicians recommend cannabis therapy in in lieu of opiate medications... The post Medical Cannabis a Much Safer Alternative to Painkillers appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 5, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Obama Set to Introduce Carter as Nominee for Defense Secretary -- Bloomberg* The pick won’t bring the independent political power base of his three immediate predecessors, reflecting the president's determination to maintain tight White House control over military matters. Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama plans to name today his fourth defense secretary, who officials say will be Ashton Carter, a seasoned Pentagon official expert in budgeting and weapons systems who would take over as the military confronts Islamic State extremists amid spending restraints. Carter, ... more »

Britain's Secret War in Syria

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago

Fear and Racism in the Matrix of Maximum Confusion

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - "Our struggle here is to awaken to the bigger issues at play in the decay of our sacred world, and to navigate the tumultuous seas of fear, triviality and distraction..." The post Fear and Racism in the Matrix of Maximum Confusion appeared first on Waking Times.

NYC Stands Up In Response To Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision [VIDEO] | News One

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Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-up, 12/5/14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-up, 12/5/14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “It seems the mainstream media (MSM) is determined to bombard us with the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie. Michael Brown was not gunned down with his hands up. Forensic evidence and eye witness testimony from a half dozen African Americans has disproven this, and it is indeed not a fact. It appears the MSM wants to develop a race problem in America. I guess that saying from Joseph Goebbels (WWII Germany) about telling a lie big enough, and to say it long enough, the people will believe it. I wonder if this is why USA Tod... more »

There Are No Syrian Moderate Terrorists But 300 Members Of Congress Voted To Give "Them" Billions Of Our Taxpayer Dollars

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
We live in a political system where Congress shirks it's clear and unambiguous responsibility to declare war. Instead we get military actions of dubious legality and with superficial public support, which often quickly sours. Thursday the House came as close as they do to debating and voting for war. Disguised as H.R. 3979-- "The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014"-- the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was clearly meant to draw as little public attention as possible. It passed by a big margin, as always, only 87 Democrats and 32 ... more »

Operation Auroragold: A Look At How The NSA Is Hacking Into Every Global Cell Phone Network

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Zoran Milich, Reuters *Operation Auroragold -- The Intercept* *How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide* In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya, a secret message was delivered to the National Security Agency. An intelligence unit within the U.S. military’s Africa Command needed help to hack into Libya’s cellphone networks and monitor text messages. For the NSA, the task was easy. The agency had already obtained technical information about the cellphone carriers’ internal systems by spying on documents sent among company employees, and these details... more »

CIA 'Torture Report' To Be Released Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Inside the Battle Over the CIA Torture Report -- Josh Rogin & Eli Lake, Bloomberg* After months of internal wrangling, the Senate Intelligence Committee is finally set to release its report on President George W. Bush-era CIA practices, which among other details will contain information about foreign countries that aided in the secret detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists. Several U.S. officials told us that the negotiations are nearly complete between the Central Intelligence Agency and the committee's Democratic staff, which prepared the classified 6,300-page repo... more »

Fact and Logic Checking Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 16 hours ago
This is the first of two posts fact checking Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope. The first will focus on clearcut misrepresentations of the truth. A second will focus on his overall spin. Klein proclaims the increase in test scores from 2002 to 2010 on the reliable NAEP federal test as evidence that his expensive and […]

States With Pro-Employee Laws: No Use-It-Or-Lose-It Vacation

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
You've probably seen the commercial. A kid says, in response to the study that over 400 million vacation days go unused, "That's the stupidest thing I ever heard." Yep. Stupid. Odds are, if you don't take those vacation days, you lose them. Employers that have policies saying vacation is paid out at the end of employment must comply with those policies. In most states, employers can refuse to pay out unused vacation at the end of employment by implementing a use-it-or-lose-it vacation policy. Many employees are rudely surprised when they find out the employer that wouldn't let them ... more »

The Real Villain Is Stephen Harper

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://globalnews.ca/ The opposition parties are calling for Julian Fantino's resignation. It's true that Fantino has bungled every cabinet position he's held. But he has never run any ministry for which he has been held responsible. Michael Harris writes: *No* Harper cabinet minister runs his or her department. Fantino does what every other cabinet minister does — exactly what he’s told to do by the PMO. He did what he was told as minister of state for Seniors, as associate minister of Defence, as minister for International Coop... more »

Goering vs. Churchill

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*Halifax and Goering - Carinhall, 1937* "You ask, what is our policy? I will say: *It is to wage war*, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us..." *- Winston Churchill, May 1940* "The world is full of the most damnedable lies about me, and the damnedable thing is that most of them are true..." *- Sir Winston Churchill, date unknown* Richard Burton vs. Churchill from Spike EP on Vimeo. *O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!* *My tables—meet it is I set it down* *That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain—* *At least I ... more »

Freemasonry, Pirates and False Flags

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
*" ..*.[This calls for] *a Global concerted effort led by US, Europe, the UK and Russia on all sources of terror; the same kind of struggle as our Forefathers had against Piracy on the High-Seas"* *- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak,* *11am EST, Sept. 11 2001* *Amy* - A pirate? *Will Bailey* - A pirate, a pirate, O yes, a pirate, he. *C.J. Cregg - *A privateer, actually. *Amy* - Isn't that just a hired pirate? *Will Bailey *- Yeah. *privateer* Line breaks: pri¦vat|eer Pronunciation: /ˌprʌɪvəˈtɪə / Definition of privateer in English: NOUN *1 historical An armed sh... more »

MEMRI

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
Tuesday, the YouTube account for the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, was indefinitely removed from the video sharing site. MEMRI is a Middle East watchdog that uploads content revealing extremism, but YouTube said the outlet was blocked due to “repeated or severe violations” of their “Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.” According to Truth Revolt, speculations suggest that one viewer possibly complained about MEMRITV sharing videos of Muslim hate-speech. The hate speech policy on YouTube states: “There is a fine line between what is and wh... more »

Snow day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago

Bill Whittle: What happens if the lights go out?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 18 hours ago
*are you ready?*

2015 Breakthrough Prize: videos

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*Free Einstein*: Fred Singer has informed me about a wonderful birthday gift, "Digital Einstein" to all the readers who have managed to have their birthday on December 5th – e.g. Werner Heisenberg, Shelly Glashow, or your humble correspondent. The Princeton+HUJI collection contains thousands of (scanned...) Einstein's papers – for free. ;-) Info. It's amazing to see how the 1896 papers' fonts look just like \(\rm\LaTeX\). The 2015 Breakthrough Prize has gone to three experimental teams led by Perlmutter, Riess, and Schmidt who discovered the accelerating expansion of the Universe ... more »

Merkel against net neutrality

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
It is well-known that net neutrality is just another communist plot by people who are detached from reality and who advocate egalitarianism at every level and in every aspect of the human lives, being completely unable to comprehend that differences are crucial for the system to work efficiently and to make people happy, safe, and prosperous. Their proposals – encapsulated in childish, pleasingly sounding propaganda – threaten not only the further progress of the Internet but even the efficiency and safety of the Internet as it has marvelously developed in the recent decades. The... more »

Reopening criminal trial after verdict

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 19 hours ago
R. v. Sheeller, 2014 ONCA 867: [4] The trial judge applied the correct test in determining whether to permit the defence to reopen the trial after a verdict. She acknowledged that she had a discretion to reopen the trial and also correctly indicated that the discretion should be exercised in limited circumstances. The trial judge noted that the effect of the injuries on the complainant was not an issue in the trial itself and it played no part in her assessment of the evidence or her ultimate determination. She concluded her reasons on the application to reopen with th... more »

Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-22 Raptor]High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built. But the Raptor—and indeed all U.S. fighters—have a potential Achilles’ heel, according to a half-dozen current and former Air Force officials. The F-22’s long-range air-to-air missiles might not be able to hit an enemy aircraft, thanks to new enemy radar-jamming techniques. The issue has come to the fore as tensions continue to rise with Russia and a potential conflict between the great powers is once again a possibility—even if a remote one. “We—the U.S. ... more »

The U.S. Army Wants A New Hand Gun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
After 30 years with the Beretta M9, the U.S. Army is looking for a new standard-issue sidearm. *U.S. Army Wants A New Gun -- CNN* After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract. For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While the Beretta lasted three decades, the U.S. military's first semiautomatic standard-issue sidearm, the M1911 from Colt, lasted nearly 90 years. It was issued during the U.S. war in the Philippines through the World Wars to Viet... more »

Kalashnikov Has A New Brand And A New Development Strategy For It's Famed Rifle

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*The AK-47 Softens Its Image -- Jason Karaian, The Atlantic* A rebranding promotes the world-famous killing machine as a "weapon of peace" One of the most recognizable instruments of war is getting a makeover. Kalashnikov Concern, the company behind the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rife, unveiled a new corporate identity at a high-profile event in Moscow yesterday. A more stylized logo for the parent company was revealed, along with a somewhat Orwellian new marketing slogan—"promoting peace." In the original Russian, the new corporate catchphrase can translate to "weapons of peace,"... more »

Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet to make maiden flight in 2017

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su T-50]First Russian fighter jet of the fifth-generation fitted out with a second-stage engine is expected to make a maiden flight in 2017, Vyacheslav Massalov, the Director General of the United Engine-Building Corporation said on Thursday. He said the second-stage engine will be 17% to 18% more efficient than the engine of its predecessor, the G4 aircraft. “The aircraft that’s known as Item 30 at present and that has a second-stage engine is supposed to make its maiden flight in 2017,” Massalov said. “The efficiency of the new engine is 17% to 18% higher than that of the... more »

Fighter jet crashes near school outside Moscow

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A MIG-29 fighter jet crashed during a test flight in a residential area near a village school just outside Moscow. Both pilots ejected and were taken to hospital. The jet crashed near the village of Chemodurovo, southeast of Moscow, during a test flight as the crew was returning to the Flight Testing Institute’s airbase in Ramenskoye, local officials told Tass news agency. Emergencies Services chief Radik Asulbaev, flying in a helicopter to the crash site, transported one of the seriously injured pilots to the Sklifosovsky hospital in Moscow, officials told RIA Novosti. The other ... more »

Canada’s decision to withdraw from AWACS program causes problems for NATO

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-3A Sentry]Canada’s decision to withdraw from NATO’s AWACS program has created quite a problem for NATO. Tony Osborne of Aviation Week has some of the details. Here is some of what Osborne writes below: Until the country’s flag was lowered at Geilenkirchen in July, Canada had been the third-largest contributor to the program, providing four complete flight crews. The last Canadian personnel left Geilenkirchen at the end of August. By quitting both the AWACS and also the new Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) operation, Canada aimed to save CAD$90 million ($79 million) annu... more »

Mysterious NASA Plane Spotted

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: NASA WB-57]A mysterious NASA plane has been spotted in eastern Africa, leaving people curious whether it was on some secret mission. The broad-winged white plane named WB-57 was photographed by the satellite company Digital Globe in the Republic of Djibouti in September, ABC News reported. "I really cannot give you any of the details. You know the airplane was there, you see it in the picture. But I really can't tell you what it was for," Jim Alexander, a NASA official with the WB-57 High Altitude Research Programme, told ABC News. Read more

OEMs Challenged in Asia by New Providers of Maritime Surveillance

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Innovative maritime surveillance solutions]Traditional providers of maritime surveillance aircraft and systems are being challenged by smaller companies offering lower-cost solutions that are especially attractive to smaller countries whose priorities are littoral protection. At the recent Maritime Domain Awareness and Coastal Surveillance Conference and Exhibition in Singapore, organized by IQPC, major OEMs such as Airbus D&S, Dassault Aviation, Saab and Thales were outnumbered by a clutch of lesser-known entities. Some of them have already achieved sales success in Asia. ... more »

The Navy's Smart New Stealth Anti-Ship Missile Can Plan Its Own Attack

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
America's primary anti-ship missile, the Harpoon, has been in service now for close to 40 years and the Navy has been very reluctant to evolve when it comes to its anti-ship capabilities. Times are changing, with China's Navy on the rise and Russia flexing its muscle, the Cold War staple just won't do. Enter Lockheed's ninja-like Long Range Anti-Ship Missile to save the day. The Harpoon was once the 'gold standard' of anti-ship cruise missiles, but its subsonic flight profile, limited range, less than stealthy design, and relatively simple targeting and navigation methodology have... more »

Boost development of modern weapons: Xi Jinping to China's PLA

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Xi Jinping]Chinese President Xi Jinping today called for accelerating the development of military equipment to make the world's largest army even stronger, as a massive programme for its modernisation was launched. Xi, who is also the chief of the military besides being head of the communist Party, said advanced weaponry is the embodiment of a modern army and a crucial support for national security and rejuvenation. The equipment system building should be information-led, and pay great attention to the weaponry's quality, Xi said addressing a conference of the People's Li... more »

Coast Guard Admiral: LCS ‘an Incredible Ship’ for Drug Interdiction

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Freedom class LCS]The Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations has high praise for the littoral combat ship (LCS) as a platform for intercepting drug-running boats. “What an incredible ship … tailor-made for that mission set,” said VADM Charles D. Michel, speaking of the LCS Dec. 4 to an audience at the Defense Forum, an event sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute. The LCS has performed drug interdiction operations in the Caribbean Sea area in support of Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF-South), the drug-interdiction headquarters in Key West, Fla. The LCSs sup... more »

France shocked by anti-Semitic rape of teenager, the BBC not so much

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The Times http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4287659.ece?CMP=Spklr-118434390-Editorial-TWITTER-thetimes-20141204-World&linkId=10985302 reports that: 'A brutal rape of a Jewish teenager and burglary of her home by a gang of apparently Muslim youths is being seen as evidence of growing anti-Semitism in France. The assault at gunpoint, in which the attackers demanded cash because "Jews have money", sparked a wave of indignation and an upsurge of fear in France's 500,000 strong Jewish community.' I look forward to the BBC's shocked coverage of this news story........ more »

The BBC's latest attempt to minimise the effects of immigration on the UK

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
BBC Radio 5 live had a piece on rented accommodation this morning, just after 07:30. Factors in rising rents that could be mentioned were rapacious landlords and too low a level of building new homes (low supply). Oddly an important factor behind increased demand, immigration, was not mentioned. Do the BBC not consider demand to be as economically important as supply? Do the BBC have an unwritten policy that the negative impacts of mass immigration must not be mentioned if at all possible?

BBC News and the word 'controversial'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30340579 report on a restriction on immigration in Australia and use the word 'controversial' to describe the policy: ' The Australian parliament has approved changes to immigration laws that include reintroducing controversial temporary visas for refugees.' Oddly Barack Hussein Obama's pro immigration policies are not described as 'controversial'. It seems that 'controversial' policies are ones that the BBC disapproves of.

The ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

Gentong Taek at MOVIE HD DOWNLOAD - 21 hours ago
Full Movie The ABCs of Death 2 Online StreamingFull Movie The ABCs of Death 2 Online Streaming with duration 125 Min and broadcast on 2014-10-02 with MPAA rating is 4. 2926810 2926810 - *Original Title :* The ABCs of Death 2 - *Movie title in your country :* The ABCs of Death 2 - *Year of movie :* 2014 - *Genres of movie :* Horror, - *Status of movie :* Released - *Release date of movie :* 2014-10-02 - *Companies of movie :* Drafthouse Films, Magnet Releasing, Timpson Films, - *Countries of movie :* Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, United Sta... more »

The U.S. Air Force's New Advanced Stealth Fighters Will Be Armed With Old And Obsolete Weapons And Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast* American fighter planes are the fastest, most maneuverable jets in the world. But their weapons are becomingly increasingly obsolete—and that has some in the U.S. Air Force spooked. High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built. But the Raptor—and indeed all U.S. fighters—have a potential Achilles’ heel, according to a half-dozen current and former Air Force officials. The F-22’s long-range air-to-air missiles might not be ab... more »

Iran’s Moudge Class Assembly at Bander Abbas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Iran appears to be constructing another Moudge class frigate]Digital Globe imagery shows Iran making progress assembling ship modules brought out to the dry dock in January. According to measurements taken on imagery, Iran appears to be constructing another Moudge class frigate. The incomplete boat was located adjacent to the Sahand, another vessel in the series, which is still in the process of being fitted out. The two 1,400 ton frigates will support Iran’s goal of projecting force beyond the Sea of Oman. Experience operating beyond Iranian waters was highlighted most rec... more »

Incheon warships South Korea’s coastal defense frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Incheon class FFG]South Korea Navy currently has two reported commissioned Incheon-class frigates built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, world’s largest shipbuilding company based in Ulsan, South Korea. While three frigates were launched by there respective shipbuilders, one by Hyundai Heavy Industries and two by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. Another frigate is scheduled to be launched by STX. Incheon-class frigates are developed to replace SoKor’s aged Pohang class corvettes and Ulsan class frigates. There are 20 planned Incheons for Sokor Navy. Read more

How to Control Magnetic Atoms on Graphene

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Scanning electron micrograph of cobalt atoms on graphene grown on a ruthenium substrate] Thus we will be able to mask the substrate to provide separate domains which then determine the magnetic properties of the cobalt on top of the Graphene. Step by step we are working up profoundly complex 3D structures that can handle complex tasks. Remember the huge jewel given to Princess Leia in Starwars. I suspect that we will make an even better tool. Graphene is turning out to be tyhe actual keystone tool for fabrication of electronic devices of the future. Its flexibility in te... more »

Mystery of Sea-Star Deaths on Pacific North Coast of North America Solved

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a real die off just like many other die offs that occur sporatically all over the world, often driven by infection, or at least finished off by infection. This will certainly disturb the biome for some time as other species also explode and then collapse as the starfish come back. At least there is no linkage to radioactivity as that group of cheerleaders like to claim. . *Mystery of sea-star deaths on Pacific north coast of North America solved* *By Camille Bains,* *The Canadian Press - An ochre sea star with one leg disintegrating from star wasting syndrome ... more »

Runaway Electron Theory at LPPFusion

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is about the ongoing efforts at LLPFusion. Here they are working at eliminating so called run away electrons. These bleed power of course and makes reactions just that more difficult to attain. It is also a reminder that this is the nature of this type of work. I find this configuration interesting because it has the potential to also be a Star Ship Engine because it coverts fuel directly into electron flow without a heat exchanger. It is getting better and we may have more progress in a few months. *Physics of Plasmas, the leading journal in the field of plasma ph... more »

Dead Hearts” Successfully Transplanted For The First Time

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This new system effectively doubles the time available to transplant the heart from four hours to eight hours. This is not perfect but it is still a huge improvement. It is noteworthy that it may affect 30% of those on waiting lists. Now we can concentrate on extending the window much further as we now have a working protocol that allows such a possibility. All this remains a stop gap method. What i want to see is the insertion of an artificial scaffold with stem cells to grow out a new heart. Itr is becoming more and more possible and it will end human ... more »

Is The U.S. And Iran Coordinating Their Military Operations Against The Islamic State In Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Nicholas Kamm/Pool *State Dept: U.S. Discussing Islamic State Fight With Iran -- Washington Free Beacon* The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that the United States has been discussing with Iran its efforts to combat the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Iraq. The discussions have taken place in the past several weeks, most recently on the sidelines of the latest round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna two... more »

The Islamic State Have A 10-Foot Sniper Rifle

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Fearsome: An Isis terrorist has been photographed aiming a 10-foot long sniper rifle out of a flat window in Kobane *ISIS's Latest Killing Machine: The 10-Foot Sniper Rifle That Can Fire Bullets Three Times The Size Of A Normal Gun -- Daily Mail* * Isis terrorist photographed aiming a 10-foot rifle out of a window * The fearsome weapon is thought to fire 23mm calibre bullets * 'Gun could be effective against lightly armoured vehicles,' says expert It's so big that it has to be supported on two tripods and fires ammunition that's three times the size of standard rifle ammo. An Isis t... more »

OK, If You Were Still Wondering, Teabaggers-- Like The Know Nothing Party They Are Descendents Of-- Hate Immigrants

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Wednesday "at high noon," the Tea Party's motley true believers, Michele Bachmann, who resigned from Congress as part of a deal to avoid fraud charges, Steve King and Ted Cruz, called for a massive demonstration in Washington against King Obama's amnesty argle bargle. Bachmann on the TV channel of systemic racism, Fox News: "I'm calling on your viewers to come to DC on Wednesday, December 3, at high noon on the west steps of the Capitol. We need to have a rally, and we need to go visit our senators and visit our congressman, because nothing frightens a congressman like the whites ... more »

Profiting from Preschool

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
--> Comment posted in response to "Poll: Californians strongly in favor of preschool" Education Week December 4, 2014 and in response to "Poll shows support for high-quality preschool," EdSource, Dec, 2, 2014. Preschool would be great if it were really preschool. But it is now "school." Preschool is now "academic," filled with academic standards and tests. Every test given, (excuse me, every "assessment") is profit for the .001%. (Eager parents, in fact, can download preschool tests (see e.g. tests available at the oddly named "have fun teaching" website: http://www.havefuntea... more »

Inside The Battle For Kobane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Inside Kobane: A City In Complete Ruins - And The One Secret Hospital Left Standing Attempting To Put Back The Pieces Bit By Bit -- Daily Mail* * The clinic is the only one left standing in the war-ravaged town that has become a symbol for Syrian civil war * The walls are splattered with blood as the small team of medics barely have time to clean and sterilise * Doctors are sometimes forced to operate by torchlight since power generators regularly fail Like much of this battered Syrian Kurdish border town on the front lines in the battle against the Islamic State group, most of it... more »

Dirty Pictures from Creators of Ecstasy

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Film - *Documentary about Dr. Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the rogue chemist who discovered Ecstasy and over 200 other mind-altering drugs. The post Dirty Pictures from Creators of Ecstasy appeared first on Waking Times.

Exxon CEO Just Knows Common Core Is the Answer

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are advertised on the CCSS website as “ensuring all students are ready for success after high school”: Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State […]

Islamic State Fighters Continue To Hold Their Ground After Months Of Air Strikes And Ground Assaults

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Islamic State Cedes Little Ground Despite Air Attacks -- Reuters* (Reuters) - They have made enemies across the globe and endured three months of U.S.-led air strikes, but Islamic State fighters have surrendered little of their self-declared caliphate to the broad sweep of forces arrayed against them. Across thousands of square miles in Syria and Iraq, the radical Islamists face an unlikely mix of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, Shi'ite and Kurdish militias and rival Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels. While they have lost towns on the edges of their Iraqi realm, especially in ethnically mix... more »

Oil Price Cascades Ripples Through Global Economy ( December 4- 5 , 2014 ) - News of the Day focusing on impacts of falling oil prices ( and Ukraine politics hitting EU and benefitting Turkey as Russia cancels South Stream pipeline ) .......... Venezuela , Russia , Saudis , Turkey and GCC Nations , US by way of Shale Oil in focus ............

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets..... *DAILY SABAH* ‏@DailySabah 13m 13 minutes ago #Russian switch to #Turkey forces #EU to reconsider pipeline stance http:// ow.ly/FomhH [image: Embedded image permalink] *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 26m26 minutes ago Could Falling Oil Prices Spark A Financial Crisis? http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-0 4/could-falling-oil-prices-spark-financial-crisis … zerohedge [image: View this content on zerohedge's website] Could Falling Oil Prices Spark A Financial Crisis? The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to ... more »

War On the Horizon?  (Don't Tell Anyone But Everyone Knows)

No Comment. (But you know me, so discreet!) (NSA Directive) Tomgram: Engelhardt, War to the Horizon Posted by Tom Engelhardt December 4, 2014. P.S. Today’s post is a companion piece to my previous essay, "Iraq 4.0?" Tom Party On! The War Party Ascendant By Tom Engelhardt It was the end of the road for Chuck Hagel last week and the Washington press corps couldn’t have been more

U.S. Admits That It Failed In An Attempt To Rescue Luke Somers From His Al Qaeda Captors In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Pentagon: Mission Failed To Rescue U.S. Hostage In Yemen -- USA Today* WASHINGTON — U.S. commandos failed to rescue American journalist Luke Somers in Yemen recently because he was not at the raid site, the Pentagon acknowledged Thursday. Yemeni troops did rescue other hostages. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement that the operation included air and ground forces, but that Somers was "not present at the targeted location. Details about the mission remain classified." Kirby said the Pentagon was announcing the raid only to "provide accurate informatio... more »

The Road to Awareness/Agape

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
(3 days of Love notes...) 1. This is not an ordinary journey. It asks you to frequent places you'd prefer to avoid. The awareness of who you are in every circumstance is not comfortable at first. There is only one thing to pack. It is called acceptance. There are at least ten to leave behind: -denial -blame -righteousness -fault -finger pointing -justification -anger -vindication -judgment -reasons – *any* You see, on this trip you'll confront yourself in every disguise. You'll look like lovers, cheaters, liars, bosses, strangers, bullies, friends, parents, siblings, ch... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region. *Click image for larger size.* Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic C... more »

"A Brief Crack Of Light..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness." - Vladimir Nabokov

A slow and much needed goodbye to the education reform opposition.

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
In what may come as a surprise to some, or simply seep into the ether with nary a glance, I have decided to fold up, close up, and shut down At the Chalk Face altogether in the next few days. It’s been an interesting, what, almost five years. To be honest, I think I’m done. […]

The Poet: Bliss Carman, "Earth Voices"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Earth Voices"* "I heard the spring light whisper Above the dancing stream, 'The world is made forever In likeness of a dream. I am the law of planets, I am the guide of man; The evening and the morning Are fashioned to my plan. I tint the dawn with crimson, I tinge the sea with blue; My track is in the desert, My trail is in the dew. I paint the hills with color, And in my magic dome I light the star of evening To steer the traveler home. Within the house of being, I feed the lamp of truth With tales of ancient wisdom And prophecies of youth.'" Bliss Carman, "Earth Voices"

"I Can Pretend..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“I like the stars. It's the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they're always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here I can pretend... I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come and Gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don't last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend...” - Olethros, in “Sandman”

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Willawarrin, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by.

"Our Problem..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” - Howard Zinn • Yes, the grand thieves are running the country, and *their* Masters live in ... more »

Islamic State Fighters Continue To Hold Their Ground After Months Of Air Strikes And Ground Assaults

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Islamic State Cedes Little Ground Despite Air Attacks -- Reuters* (Reuters) - They have made enemies across the globe and endured three months of U.S.-led air strikes, but Islamic State fighters have surrendered little of their self-declared caliphate to the broad sweep of forces arrayed against them. Across thousands of square miles in Syria and Iraq, the radical Islamists face an unlikely mix of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, Shi'ite and Kurdish militias and rival Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels. While they have lost towns on the edges of their Iraqi realm, especially in ethnically mix... more »

"One Day At A Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"One day at a time - this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering." - Ida Scott Taylor

“Jon Stewart On Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision: 'I Honestly Don't Know What To Say'”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Jon Stewart On Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision:* * 'I Honestly Don't Know What To Say'”* By Ed Mazza “The decision by a New York grand jury not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner prompted protests throughout the city and across the nation. On Wednesday night's "Daily Show," it also left Jon Stewart momentarily speechless."I don't know, I honestly don't know what to say," he stammered. "If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more f*****g time," Stewart said. "But I would really settle for less f*****g tragedy to be honest wi... more »

i love you too

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

U.S. And Britain Vow To Not Abandon Afghanistan After Troops Leave

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center) talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah during a NATO meeting in Brussels on December 2. *U.S., Britain Pledge Not To Forsake Afghanistan After December Pullout -- Washington Post* LONDON — The United States and Britain vowed Thursday that they will not abandon Afghanistan even after international combat troops are withdrawn at the end of the month, closing a chapter of a military engagement that began in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Both U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and... more »

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