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Sunday, December 7, 2014

7 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

10:29pm MST

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 minutes ago
Linesville, Pennsylvania, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

A Growing Morale Crisis In The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 26 minutes ago
A U.S. soldier takes a break during a mission to clear Route 1 of improvised explosives in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2013. The soldier, assigned to the 87th Sapper Company, conducted the clearing mission to maintain freedom of movement for military and commercial traffic. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Chenee' Brooks *AMERICA'S MILITARY: A Force Adrift -- Hope Hodge Seck, Military Times* *How the nation is failing today's troops and veterans.* After 13 years of war, troops feel burned out and without a sense of mission. More doubt their leaders and their job security. For ma... more »

Syria Reports Israeli Airstrikes Near Damascus Airport

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 26 minutes ago
*Syria Says Israeli Jets Hit Damascus -- Al Jazeera* Israel yet to react to state TV's claim its jets struck two places, one near Damascus airport, but caused no casualties. Syria has accused Israel of carrying out air strikes against two government-held areas in Damascus province, one of them near the Damascus international airport. There was no immediate reaction to Sunday's report from the Israeli authorities. "The Israeli enemy attacked Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, namely the Dimas area and the area of Damascus International Airport," state TV said... more »

"Where else in our weak economy are there so many good job opportunities as in racketeering?" (Charles Simic)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
*Relax, Mr. Crook! If you're big and powerfulenough, there's no need to hide your face!* *"It ought to be obvious by now that if we ever become a genuine police state, it will not arise from an authoritarian ideology necessarily, but as the end result of that insatiable greed for profit that has already affected every aspect of American life from health care to the way college students are forced into debt."* *-- Charles Simic, in a NYRB blogpost,* "A Thieves' Thanksiving" *by Ken* Earlier tonight Howie pointed out ("Corruption At The Top -- In China They Punish It . . . For Real... more »

“Ash Carter Predicted 9/11″: ESP or foreknowledge? and other stories

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 hour ago
The new Secretary of Defense a 9/11 criminal?! This week's output in case you missed it: “Ash Carter Predicted 9/11″: ESP or foreknowledge? (outraged exposé) Why the Ferguson grand jury was wrong (op-ed, with Dr. Bob Reuschlein) I Almost Blew Up the SFPD ("reality fiction") 9/11-Warren Commission on Race in America?! (dark humor & satire)

Harry Targ : Contradictions in this political moment

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
It’s unclear what the contradiction between reaction and resistance will bring in the months ahead. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | December 7, 2014 On contradictions Political philosophers influenced by the writings of Marx and Engels emphasize … finish reading Harry Targ : Contradictions in this political moment

Nadim Shehadi Breaks Down ISIS To Its Many Different And Contradictory Parts

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*An excerpt from, "What is hiding behind Islamic State" by Nadim Shehadi, Chatham House, December 2014: * One element is the General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries, former Ba’ath Party officers from Saddam Hussein’s disbanded army with over thirty years of experience ruling the land. Many have been in hiding or in exile, given sanctuary and support by the Syrian regime. Another important element is the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order, a Sufi order which is powerful in the region and with connections that are not well understood. They include senior members of ... more »

No Wright in your backyard, say planners

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
No, the problem isn’t just New Zealand’s: innovative building is increasingly difficult worldwide. And it’s almost always been all but impossible in Britain. ( When I was there twenty years ago I was told by a former Wright apprentice to whom I was introduced that he had discovered early on after emigrating from Iraq to Britain that the UK was not the place for innovative organic architecture to flourish.) No surprise then that would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s first home on a property in Britain has been knocked by by arseholes philistines planners, who have told the owner he... more »

History Lesson: American Guinea Pigs

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago

Corruption At The Top-- In China They Punish It... For Real

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Things likely to end badly for corrupt power mongers Xander Feng and Zhou Youngkang Early last summer we looked at a guest post by Qiao Li, a friend of mine from the neighborhood, China's Naked Officials. "Naked officials (裸体官员)," she explained, "are Chinese bureaucrats who send their family members overseas with the illegal assets they amassed through corruption and graft. These officials are 'naked' as they are the only ones left behind, working hard to accumulate and funnel capital overseas under the names of their relatives to popular destinations like the U.S., Canada and the U.... more »

Kiev Are The Terrorists

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Ukrainian Major and military expert Oleksandr Taran who's been on the "enemy" territory and drove about 300 km in current conflict zones says that he did see Cossacks and volunteers that came from Russia fighting on the militia's side but didn't see any regular Russian military units. He also says that the Kiev government and security services act like terrorists.

H'ostess With the Mo$test

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 3 hours ago
For that special One Percent someone who has everything but still wants more, more, more: a complete set of gold-embossed cocktail napkins with a selection of original Hillary quotes (including one borrowed from Teddy Roosevelt). Only the best will do for the blotting of sensitive Dom Perignon-stained chops and the prevention of stains on antique mahogany coffee tables. And if you order now, you will also receive a free Hillary magnet, reminding you not to forget to put on your movie star shades in the dead of night while texting before getting behind the wheel of your Mercede... more »

Cosby

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
"In the aftermath of the rash of fires at black churches, and with the strong support of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Church Arsons Prevention Act of 1996. With bipartisan sponsorship by Reps. Henry Hyde and John Conyers and Sens. Edward Kennedy and Lauch Faircloth, it enhances federal jurisdiction over and increases the federal penalties for the destruction of houses of worship. And Congress and the Administration provided $12 million for a federal investigation of the church fires. In addition, the Act gives ... more »

Some Perspective on the Headlining Antarctic Ice Loss Trends

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Guest post by Chip Knappenberger* The mainstream media has lit up the past few days with headlines of “ alarming” news coming out of Antarctica highlighting new research on a more rapid than expected loss of ice from glaciers there. But, as typical with blame-it-on-humans climate change stories, the coverage lacks detail, depth, and implication as well as being curiously timed. We explain. The research, by a team led by University of Cal-Irvine doctoral candidate Tyler Sutterley, first appeared online at the journal *Geophysical Research Letters* on November 15th, about two week... more »

Two from Youtube

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
Time Mapping Taiwan: Brilliant map of Taiwan over the centuries (Youtube). Hitler discovers the KMT lost the election (Youtube). _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

MEMRI TV: Iraqi Shiite Imam and Former MP Jalal Al-Din Al-Saghir: The Shiites Control the Entire Region

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Video Title: Iraqi Shiite Imam and Former MP Jalal Al-Din Al-Saghir: The Shiites Control the Entire Region. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: December 7, 2014. Description:* Iraqi Shiite Imam and former MP Jalal Al-Din Al-Saghir said that even though the Shiites are the minority in the numerical sense, "we are the majority, strategically speaking." The Shiites control the oil reserves in the region, as well as the straits controlling international maritime traffic, he said. The address was posted on the Internet on April 28. "Do you think that the Syrian army is behind the improved... more »

Garner, Brown and Rodney King

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 4 hours ago
*By Jenna Orkin* *December 5, 2014* As a friend and I were sitting in a coffee shop this evening, a crowd of protesters passed outside, shouting their outrage on the Eric Garner and Michael Brown verdicts. It took a moment to make out the words of the spondaic chant but then all at once, the meaning hit with the force of three punches: "I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" The police response to this: "If he was talking, then it means he *could *breathe," is reminiscent of Elizabethan witch trials. They'd tie you up and throw you in the river. If you drowned, you were innoc... more »

singing to god

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Perv hunting on the metro

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
Many people have noticed and commented on these signs in the Taipei metro which assure riders that the restrooms are checked for hidden cameras placed by pervs. h/t for the pic goes to John E. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

"Claiming Our Feelings: Passive Aggressive Behavior"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* "Claiming Our Feelings: Passive Aggressive Behavior"* by The DailyOm "The way to end passive aggressive behavior on your part or others’ is with complete honesty and truth in any situation. If you’ve ever found yourself repressing your anger and behaving in other ways to get your point across, you may be someone who is adept at engaging in passive-aggressive behavior. Although passive-aggressive behavior is recognized as a psychological disorder, it also describes the behavior that many people use to cope with confrontational situations. Such behavior has the outward appearance of... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Dark Cloths of Night"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Dark Cloths of Night"* by Chet Raymo "For years I taught a general studies astronomy course for liberal arts students. And often, when we reached the home galaxy, I asked, "How many of you have seen the Milky Way?" The answer was usually one or two at most out of a class of thirty. Which is no surprise. I can't see the Milky Way from my neighborhood, which is about half-way between Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. You'd have to live somewhere pretty far out in the country to see the Milky Way from the eastern United States. We first came to this little isl... more »

"Only One Catch..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute ... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Each to His/Her Own Destiny”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Each to His/Her Own Destiny”* by Paulo Coelho “A Samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty, went to visit a Zen monk to ask him for his advice. When the monk had finished his prayers, the Samurai asked, "Why do I feel so inferior? – I have faced death many times, have defended those who are weak. Nevertheless, upon seeing you meditating, I felt that my life had absolutely no importance whatsoever." "Wait. Once I have attended to all those who come to see me today, I shall answer you." The samurai spent the whole day sitting in the temple gardens, watching the people go ... more »

"If It Were Not So..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"We are all liars, because The truth of yesterday becomes a lie tomorrow, Whereas letters are fixed, and we live by the letter of truth. The love I feel for my friend, this year, is different from the love I felt last year. If it were not so, it would be a lie. Yet we reiterate love! love! love! as if it were a coin with fixed value instead of a flower that dies, and opens a different bud." - D. H. Lawrence

Vince Foster

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
Vince Foster from Spike EP on Vimeo. *FOSTERGATE* *by James R. Norman [Resigned from Forbes because this story was spiked.]* *"Was White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster selling US secrets to Israel? The CIA suspects he was." * TWO weeks before his death on July 20, 1993, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent W. Foster went into a deep funk. The official cause of death, given by former Independent Counsel Robert Fiske Jr. (who was later replaced by Kenneth Starr), was suicide driven by depression over, among other things, several newspaper editorials. But Vince Foster had a much b... more »

For newspapers now, “the search for profit [is] probably more important than it has ever been.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Since the future of newspapers in the internet age is on ever the minds of media mavens – not least how to get them making money in the new cyber age – it struck me on reading some history recently that making money hasn’t historically been the record of some the world’s great papers, and neither have they always been the papers they’re now thought to have been. Basically, newspapers haven’t always haven’t always provided news (so nothing new there then) and have only in some periods been reliably profitable. Many have always needed the backing of a wealthy enthusiast either for ... more »

Israel attacks Syria aiding their takfiri (Kurds and others) Netanyahu hints in advance

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*Lots of reading including, best for last, UNDOF confirming Israel supporting terrorists in Syria* *Telegraph:* Israel’s air force launched two raids inside Syria including the area of Damascus airport, the Assad government claimed on Sunday. “The Israeli enemy attacked Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, namely the Dimas area and the area of Damascus International Airport,” state television announced. There was no confirmation from Israel. [image: IDF attack on Dimas in Syria]Israel attack on Dimas *Israel struck two areas* -Damascus International Airport a... more »

Noah's Annual List Of Great Holiday Gift Ideas Is Here!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*By Noah* (Bite me, O’Reilly. I said *holiday*, not Christmas) It’s that most wonderful time of the year again, and that means you just might be desperate for ideas on what to get for those special someones in your life. So, every year, I take on the role of would be *Down With Tyranny* personal shopper and try to come up with those perfect items that really say just how you feel: gifts that will make sure that *you* are always remembered. *1. The White Castle Candle* To me, nothin’ says Christmas Love better than a whole bag of White Castle Burgers! Vegans be damned. They can... more »

Who cares about Len’s hidden room?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
No, I don’t care about what’s going on behind Len Brown’s closed doors, or hidden doors. I care about how much ratepayers’ money he’s (over)spending, and what he’s going to Auckland right out in public. His grandomania and how much we’re forced to pay for it – in which he’s far from unique in this country, just the most indebted -- is far more important than what goes on behind locked or hidden doors in the mayoral chambers. Monument building does not an affordable city make. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ih... more »

athletes in solidarity against unpunished police abuse crimes murder

laura k at wmtc - 8 hours ago
Derrick Rose Reggie Bush Davin Joseph Eric Garner

10 reasons you should participate in write for rights on wednesday, december 10

laura k at wmtc - 8 hours ago
This Wednesday, December 10, is Human Rights Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, the first document of its kind. Every year on December 10, Amnesty International holds a global letter-writing event: Write For Rights (in Canada). Thousands of people around the world write letters calling for action for victims of human rights abuses, and offering comfort and support to political prisoners. Here are 10 reasons you should participate in Write For Rights 2014. *1. It's easy.* Amnesty makes it really easy... more »

The U.S. Air Force Promotes The A-10 While Calling For Its Demise

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Watch the A-10 Movie the U.S. Air Force Doesn’t Want You to See -- David Axe, War Is Boring* *Official film praises the same jet the flying branch wants to retire.* The U.S. Air Force has practically begged Congress to allow it to retire its roughly 300 A-10 Warthogs, those venerable twin-jet attackers that saved countless soldiers’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan—and which recently returned to Iraq to help battle Islamic State. The flying branch argues that the new F-35 stealth fighter is an adequate replacement for the low- and slow-flying Warthog—and the Air Force should spend ... more »

Jeremy Thorpe, The Silent Conspiracy

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Former *Panorama *reporter [now freelance] Tom Mangold has presented the most extraordinary documentary on Radio 4 this week: *Jeremy Thorpe, The Silent Conspiracy*. If you've not already heard it I would urge you to listen. It's quite something. The phrase "The Jeremy Thorpe Affair" is one I've heard, on and off, throughout most of my life but, strangely, I've never thought to find out what it was all about. I knew it was a famous political scandal, had something to do with homosexuality and that there were allegations of murder attempts involved (somehow), and that Mr Thorpe g... more »

“Do you think I'll live to be 85?”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Health advice from a recent email: I recently picked a new G.P. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing 'fairly well' for my age. (I've just reached 65). A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, “Do you think I'll live to be 85?” He asked, “Do you smoke tobacco, drink beer, wine or hard liquor?” “Oh not much grog these days and don't smoke” I replied. “I'm not doing drugs either!” Then he asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks, fatty roasts and barbecued Ribs?” I said, “Not much.... my former doctor said that all red meat is very u... more »

Getting Out From The Matrix

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *We become part of a designed society, a program, that we all created and that is not unline the famous program from the film, The Matrix. The post Getting Out From The Matrix appeared first on Waking Times.

Kurd/ISIS Symbiosis: Maliki has evidence of Kurdish collusion when Mosul fell

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
For some unknown reason when I make posts about the Kurds and all the machinations that surround that *situation. Kurdistan*. *Cooperation with Israel*. Collusion with NATO. Reads and visits drop way, way down. To about 25 percent of what they usually are. It's as if the blog disappears? So, I expect this post to do the same. It's almost as if certain search engines are trying to steer people away from reading about this topic. *Too bad.* I am just going to keep writing on the topic.* It's also a topic that earned me some detractors. *Shrugs shoulders. Can't make everyone happy all t... more »

Does Anyone Still Remember the Influx of Bible-Spouting NeoCons Who Descended On Iraq in 2003? (They Never Stopped Fluxxing)  Chuck Hagel's Firing (Elizabeth Drew) John Brockman Tribute

I am a proud leftist and believe we can hold opinions on matters both national and international without missing a neuronal impulse; however, Scott Creighton (who writes under the moniker of Willy Loman from "Death of a Salesman") thinks we haven't focused enough on the neoliberal reason for our overseas continuing murder-of-innocents catastrophe. I agree in this instance. Yemen: Hostage

14 Truths About Being An Introvert (That Mainly Introverts Will Understand)

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Sofia - *What does it mean to be an introvert? It’s not the stereotypical notion of the shut-in, that is for sure. The post 14 Truths About Being An Introvert (That Mainly Introverts Will Understand) appeared first on Waking Times.

Ten Surprising Twists in the History of Hallucinogens

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Keri Blakinger - *LSD lore may have peaked in the '60s, but hallucinogenic compounds have taken humans—from our prehistoric ancestors to Cary Grant—on a far longer trip. The post Ten Surprising Twists in the History of Hallucinogens appeared first on Waking Times.

Energy Econ 31: Coal, Renewables and Possible Blackouts in Germany

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
In my continuing debate with some members of the "Amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA)" fb group, I posted these 14 news stories there. Still very civil debate, something that I like. 1. From WSJ, March 27, 2014: *Shale gas, not windmills, can free the continent from reliance on Russia.* *Moscow's invasion of Crimea has now forced European governments to finally admit, among other inconvenient truths, that taxpayer-funded windmills will not deliver energy security, much less improved geopolitical leverage against Moscow. There are few silver linings to Russia's re... more »

Nook: The Bride Stuck on the Shelf?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 10 hours ago
It must be the season when dreamers and some journalists cast their thoughts to opening their presents, sitting around open fires, drinking egg nog, watching sentimental films and potentially losing sight of reality. Last week the long overdue divorce between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft was made absolute and the ill matched pair were finally put out of their misery. As we looked back over the couple’s short history, it is clear that the marriage was somewhat ill-conceived, and one more of convenience and hope than business logic. On one hand it was reliant on Barnes & Noble stre... more »

A Look At Some Of The Weapons Behind The U.S. Army 'Muscle'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Image: Flickr/The 621st Contingency Response Wing/CC by 2.0 *The U.S. Army's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War --Michael Peck, National Interest* *The weapons behind the muscle.* When it comes to lethal weapons, the U.S. Army has no shortage. Some may be too expensive, some too complex and others may be desired by politicians and defense contractors, but not the troops on the field. Nonetheless, today's U.S. Army can generate an astonishing amount of firepower and deliver it in a variety of settings from small-war counterinsurgency to big-war mechanized combat. With that in mind, here ... more »

The House of Saud

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*"I will take no action which might prove hostile to the Arab people." * *- President Franklin D. Roosevelt,* *Letter to King Ibn Saud, April 1945* PBS Frontline : The House Of Saud from Spike EP on Vimeo. FDR meets with King Ibn Saud, of Saudi Arabia, on board USS Quincy (CA-71) in the Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, on 14 February 1945. The King is speaking to the interpreter, Colonel William A. Eddy, USMC. Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN, the President's Aide and Chief of Staff, is at left. Note ornate carpet on the ship's deck, and life raft mounted on the side of the 5"/38 twi... more »

"Holocaust" museum receives $25 million donation

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 10 hours ago
A Jewish family living in Arizona is set to donate $25 million to the *U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum* - the largest donation in the museum's history. The *Jewish Telegraph Agency* reports: An Arizona family is donating $25 million to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — the largest gift in the Washington museum’s history — to increase its educational programming. The gift from the William Levine family of Phoenix will be used to expand and diversify its reach, *especially to young people*, according to the museum. The museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Education now will be ... more »

Fracking Chemicals May Harm Reproduction and Developmental Health

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Waking Times - *Researchers determined that exposure to chemicals released in fracking may be harmful to human health in men, women and children. The post Fracking Chemicals May Harm Reproduction and Developmental Health appeared first on Waking Times.

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is December 7th, and time again for my weekly rant.. Today is of course the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese "surprise" attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii…. But by now anyone with even a bit of intelligence knows that attack was absolutely not a "surprise" at all, but was a deliberate provocation by one of the most criminal Presidents of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt…. As true historians have been discovering, Roosevelt was a true criminal and a mass murderer responsible for some of the most heinous genocides ... more »

A 'Glimpse' At China's Future Aircraft Carriers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Have We Just Glimpsed China’s Vision of Future Aircraft Carrier Designs? -- Andrew S. Erickson* Andrew S. Erickson, “Have We Just Glimpsed China’s Vision of Future Aircraft Carrier Designs?” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国 (6 December 2014). A high-caliber model manufacturer may just have provided a unique glimpse into the Chinese vision of aircraft carriers to come. To stimulate discussion in China-watching circles, it is useful to assess the commercial enterprise’s three new indigenous carrier models critically and consider their possible significance before wa... more »

The Rise Of The Islamic State In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Islamist supporters in Libya Photograph: Reuters *US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control Of Northern Libyan Town -- The Guardian* * Isis supporters declare Derna the first town in Libya to join Isis * US believes Isis is running training camps across Libya It is a warm October evening in Derna, a small town on Libya’s north east coast, 450 miles from the capital, Tripoli. The main square is packed with young men, brought by a summons from the town’s self-proclaimed emir to swear allegiance to a newly formed Islamic caliphate. The emir, on a stage just visible through the jumpin... more »

CNN Loses Nearly 300 Pounds of Ugly Fat

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 11 hours ago
CNN, America’s self-proclaimed “most trusted” name in news has just lost approximately 300 pounds of ugly fat now that Candy Crowley is departing. In a Friday announcement, network boss Jeff Zucker confirmed via an internal memo that the hostess with the mostest is moving on. Crowley has been a fixture at CNN for years and was the network’s go to girl for all things political. The departure of Ms. Crowley leaves a gigantic hole in the Sunday morning masturbatory festival of the official government propaganda shows. Her finale will be today when she interviews former President Geor... more »

"Mad Man" or just a "Man"?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
I think I can answer my own questions. Was the murderer of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, a symptom of a wider malaise of misogyny in society, or was he just the archetypal crazy loner? Because it's important to know when someone is representative of a serious social problem and when someone is an isolated example and not representative of general traits of a... more »

Eat To Beat Inflamation And Boost Your Immune System

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 11 hours ago
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HIGH NOON FOR NEIL KEENAN

Gforce at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 12 hours ago
Get your white hats ready folks it's a duel coming up Black v white. HIGH NOON FOR NEIL KEENAN By Dawn Johnson *I do not know what fate awaits me. I only know I must be brave. For I must face a man who hates me Or lie a coward, a craven coward; Or lie a coward in my grave. lyrics from High Noon* *Imagine the scene*. Two cowboys one wearing a black hat the other wearing a white hat in the middle of a typical Wild West Street, each with their hands trembling close to their holsters waiting for that right moment to draw fire with their guns... This is the situation between N... more »

Indigenous leader enroute to UN climate summit murdered

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
The Guardian reports, "The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima. "The killing highlights the violence and harassment facing environmental activists in Ecuador, following the confiscation earlier this week of a bus carrying climate campaigners who

U.S. Defends Failed Yemen Rescue Attempt (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*U.S. Saw Little to Lose in Yemen Rescue Attempt as Execution Neared -- Bloomberg Businessweek* The death of two hostages during a rescue attempt in Yemen shows how little room there is for bad intelligence or bad luck when U.S. forces go into action on such high-risk missions. Faulty intelligence doomed a raid in Syria earlier this year to rescue American journalist James Foley, who wasn’t where he was thought to be and was subsequently beheaded in August by Islamic State militants. British aid worker Linda Norgrove was accidentally killed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in Octo... more »

You Are Invited

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago

Both Parties Support War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution denouncing Russia's foreign policies. See who voted in House of Reps for picking a fight with Russia..... click *here*

Journalists First

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
http://www.quillandquire.com/ Except for the occasional episode of *The Nature of Things*, I don't watch CBC Television. But I do listen to Radio 1. The Gomeshi Affair has revealed deep seated problems at CBC Radio. So I read Noah Richler's piece in today's *Toronto Star* with interest. Richler writes: There are many bright lights at the CBC and some very accomplished journalists and perhaps even good managers, without question, but these are up against the obdurate culture of an institution under siege. Fighting to remain the same i... more »

U.S. Releases 6 Guantánamo Detainees To Uruguay

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees to Uruguay -- New York Times* WASHINGTON– The United States transferred six detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Uruguay this weekend, the Defense Department announced early Sunday. It was the largest single group of inmates to depart the wartime prison in Cuba since 2009, and the first detainees to be resettled in South America. The transfer included a Syrian man who has been on a prolonged hunger strike to protest his indefinite detention without trial, and who has brought a high-profile lawsuit to challenge the military’s procedures... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Fountains of New Life Abound as Nova Gaia Arises

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Fountains of New Life Abound as Nova Gaia Arises* by ÉirePort Proteus mechanisms conflagrate unawakened energetics of lower Gaia. Transmission of malaprops abates. Star flashes make themselves known in highly apparent manner. Participations increase with the Gaia arising. Fountains of New Life abound as Nova Gaia arises. ÉirePort | December 7, 2014 at 09:51 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-tr

Pearl Harbor...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*December 7th, 1941*

Gold Report ( December 7 , 2014 ) - Gold repatriation ( Netherlands , Germany - also Belgium investigating the return of their gold held overseas ) ..... Global news touching on gold , manipulation of the price of gold , CME watch ( gold being removed at a nice clip ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Tweets.... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 45s 46 seconds ago The Unavoidable Peril of Financial Sphere Bubbles http://www. prudentbear.com/2014/12/the-un avoidable-peril-of-financial.html#.VISxnowa6XY.twitter … Excellent Report from Doug Noland in his Weekly Missive GATA.... Currency ties key to dollar reserve hegemony, BIS study says Submitted by cpowell on Sun, 2014-12-07 12:20. Section: Daily Dispatches By Patrick Graham Reuters Sunday, December 7, 2014 LONDON -- Changes in the size of a loosely defined global "dollar zone" could lead to faster than expected shifts in... more »

Qatari anti Semitism

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
When an Israeli wins a swimming race in Qatar then the Qatari TV company show their true colours. The Israeli flag in their graphic has had its Star of David expunged. Thankfully they haven't managed to remove the one on Guy Barnea's swimming cap and I hope its presence really pisses them off. Of course this incident won't get a mention on the institutionally anti Israel BBC.

Rocket power

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
The launch of NASA's Orion Spacecraft has had idiots saying how this was launched by the most powerful ever rocket. Hmmmm. This Delta IV is configured with three massive liquid-fuel rocket engines in a row. Each of the three rocket engines produces 702,000 pounds of thrust, which means this vehicle has 51 million horsepower to get the craft into space. The first stage of the Saturn 5 that powered the Apollo Spacecraft had five bell-shaped F-1 engines which each weighed over nine tons and generated 1.5 million pounds of thrust. So each Delta IV engine produces less than half ... more »

I wish I could at least get a post out of my miscommunications with the Customer Care folks at The New Yorker

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*This cartoon (click on it to enlarge) from the current New Yorker doesn't strike me as all that funny, but it does represent a sort of royal take on the idea of making lemonade when life gives you lemons, which is a subject of the post that follows.* *by Ken* I like that old saying about how when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. I don't mean to say that it has often served as practical advice for me. It's just that I like lemonade (provided it's not too sweet), and thinking of this old saying gets me to thinking about lemonade (i'm *extremely* suggestible where fo... more »

Israel is built on Arab land

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Israel is built on Arab land, Palestine was an Arab country. That's the line that ignorant anti Semitic bigots use all the time. That it's not true doesn't bother them, so what I'm about to show here will have no effect on them. However facts are important, so here's a photo of a page from a French encyclopedia from between the two World Wars. Can you find Palestine? What's on its flag?

How Will Wasserman Schultz's Post Mortem Committee Explain Mary Landrieu, Al Muratsuchi And Ileana Ros-Lehtinen?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
It isn't difficult to do a post mortem on Mary Landrieu's idiotically-doomed Senate race. Saturday's runoff saw the 3-term Louisiana Senator struggle to reach beyond 40%. In 2008 she beat Republican John Kennedy 988,298 (52%) to 867,177 (46%), the same percentage she got in her 2002 reelection. Saturday's results were Cassidy 712,330 (55.94%), Landieu 561,099 (44.06%). She won 15 of the state's 64 parishes. She never had a chance. Although she raised $18,570,680 to Bill Cassidy's $13,165,150 (as of Nov. 16), outside spending was heavily weighted against her, with conservative grou... more »

Immigration debate will get 'very nasty', Labour MP warns

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Labour MP and immigration expert, Frank Field, has told a few home truths to the BBC. ' Frank Field, a labour MP, said that immigrants are contributing 'a lot less' than people think to the economy The immigration debate will get "very nasty" if politicians continue to ignore the pressure the foreigners are placing on Britain's public services, a Labour MP has warned. Frank Field, a former employment minister, said that immigration is causing Britain's population to increase by the size of the city of Birmingham every two years. He said that while immigrants make a positive con... more »

Understanding the Sacred Self

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - The Self isn’t limited by the qualities that inhibit us here on earth, it’s free to move around as it pleases... The post Understanding the Sacred Self appeared first on Waking Times.

Warning From Australia: Gardasil Injuries Can Have A Permanent Impact by Annette

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: vaccine science?] Warning: Gardasil injuries can have a permanent impact by Annette Melbourne, Australia Sane Vax, Inc., 4 December 2014 I write our daughter’s story to give you an idea of the permanent impact Gardasil injuries can have on a young girl’s life. My daughter has battled her injuries for over 5.5 years. Thank you for taking the time to read her story. Before our girl got sick she was a high achieving student, an active member of the Student Leadership Council, a Scouts girl and a fantastic field hockey player. She got sick after receiving 2 Gardasil vacci... more »

Lawless Lands: Those Guilty of Execution Without Trial Range From Iranian Ayatollahs To American Cops

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
Every human being in a free, open, and enlightened society is entitled to a free and fair trial. That is a basic human right. And when we look around the world, from East to West and North to South, that right is not being respected by the arrogant authorities in power. If Osama bin Laden had been granted a free and fair trial in an American courtroom, that would've been something rare, special, and extraordinary. But that didn't happen for a very good reason, because the U.S. government was not interested in getting at the truth of the 9/11 crime. Its mind was already made up on 9/... more »

10 Movies That Can Transform Your Understanding Of Life

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Jeff Roberts* - These 10 powerful films are essential viewing to expand your perception of our world... The post 10 Movies That Can Transform Your Understanding Of Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Your Information is in the Mail

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
I see a Con MP is proposing to increase the $5 fee for an Access to Information Request which given what *Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says*may at first seem like a reasonable idea. *"We need more investigators, and it is not my office that is in a crisis, it is the fact that Canadians' right to access government information is in jeopardy, that is the real issue," Legault said. "Because my office is underfunded to such an extent that we can't investigate their complaint in a timely manner, their rights are being thwarted." * However as a number of observers have said ... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The new segregation* Organizers of a recent Ferguson protest at the University of Missouri requested “only people of color” take part in the event’s “die-in,” one element of a larger demonstration that prompted at least two classes to be shelved so students could participate. “During the demonstration we will hold a ‘die-in’ in the student center. We are asking that only people of color be the ones to do so,” event organizers stated in an email obtained by The College Fix. “We are asking non-people of color to stand holding hands in solidarity.” “The ‘die-in’ is meant to represen... more »

New Blogs September/December 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
It's about time I did another one of these. 1. Durham University Labour Club (Labour) (Twitter) 2. fluteandnut (Labour) (Twitter) 3. Janine Booth (AWL) (Twitter) 4. Labour in Tooting Bec and Balham (Labour) 5. Murder of Goths (Unaligned) (Twitter) 6. National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (Unaligned/education) (Twitter) 7. New Approach (Unaligned/disabled rights) (Twitter) 8. New Era Estate For All (Unaligned) (Twitter) 9. Ninety Nine Club (Unaligned) (Twitter) 10. Occupy Milton Keynes (Unaligned/Occupy) (Twitter) 11. Outspoken Redhead (Unaligned/feminist) 12. Politics ad Infinitum (Unali... more »

The BBC's Gobby becomes UKIP's Director of Communications

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Crikey, this is going to send the *#bbcbias* lefties on Twitter into overdrive! UKIP has just announced its new Director of Communications: Paul Lambert one of the best known figures in Westminster and a veteran of many years standing in the BBC's political coverage has accepted the role of Director of Communications working with the UKIP media team. He will be an important addition to an expanding and professional team as UKIP gears up for next years' general election. Mr Lambert said: "Over the past few years I have been following the work of UKIP and Nigel Farage and I feel th... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Fall snow cover in Northern Hemisphere was most extensive on record, all due to warming, of course* *You can explain anything if you want to. In science it is called an "ad hoc" explanation -- known to the layman as being wise after the event. And the Warmist writer below does that. He offers various explanations for why the observed cold is actually due to warming somewhere.But he actually has nothing to explain. He has drunk the NOAA Kool-Aid about current record high temperatures. He hasn't noticed the carefully unpublicized fact that temperatures in the 21st century... more »

Olive Wars

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
BBC Watch reminds us that Jeremy Bowen's heavily-trailed Radio 4 documentary *Olive Wars* is to be broadcast this afternoon. Having read the accompany BBC News website article by Jeremy Bowen, I think I'll give it a miss. The article is staggeringly one-sided, even by the BBC's standards, and comes so close to reading like pro-Palestinian propaganda that it probably *is* pro-Palestinian propaganda. It begins with Jeremy Bowen recalling his first taste of "delicious" West Bank olive oil at the hands of a generous Palestinian farmer. That farmer was "unlucky enough" to live near a ... more »

Danny, the Champion of the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
And talking of Rod Liddle's piece in today's *Sunday Times...* He has lots of other sharp and funny things to say on other matters too, all of which you can find behind the paywall there... ...but I'm going to recommend the rest of his section on the BBC above all, as it's very good indeed. It begins: It is with enormous pleasure and, indeed, humility that I bring to you the latest utterings of Mr Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television. Danny last made an appearance in this column back in March, with his considered opinion that he could earn at least twice his £320,000 BB... more »

Hold the front pages!: The BBC's James Harding thinks the BBC is getting it about right

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Sunday radio and TV programmes usually contain a newspaper review, so why shouldn't we? Opening up this morning's *Sunday Telegraph *(on the computer) and there's a prominent piece by James Harding, the BBC's Director of News and Current Affairs. It's a response to Wiganpiergate. He argues that rows between governments and the BBC are nothing new and that the relationship between them should never be cozy (indeed). He insists that the BBC has been covering the economy in a balanced way and that the BBC wouldn't have been failing in its job this week if it didn't focus on the big... more »

Lockheed missile deal with Poland worth $250 million: defense ministry

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JASSM long-range air-to-surface missile]A contract won by Lockheed Martin Corp to supply Poland's air force with JASSM long-range air-to-surface missiles is worth about $250 million, the Polish defense ministry said. "The contract signing is planned for December 11. At this stage we only confirm the value ... around $250 million," the ministry said in an emailed answer to Reuters questions. Polish officials had previously said the deal had been concluded, but did not say how much it was worth. Read more

Killer in the Sky: Russia's Deadly Su-35 Fighter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-35S Flanker-E]The Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E is the most potent fighter currently in operation with the Russian Air Force. The powerful twin-engine fighter, which is an advanced derivative of the original Soviet-era Su-27, is high flying, fast and carries an enormous payload. That, combined with its advanced suite of avionics, makes the Su-35 an extremely dangerous foe to any U.S. fighter, with the exception of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Read more

India and Russia signed Inter-Governmental Agreement for developing Multi Role Fighter Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement for designing, developing and producing the Multi Role Fighter Aircraft. The announcement was made by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 5 December 2014 during the parliamentary session. Moreover, Indian Fighter aircraft MIG 21 is being phased out and aircrafts MIG 29 are being procured from Russia. Read more

British military base in Bahrain is a 'reward' for UK's silence on human rights, say campaigners

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Duncan]The Royal Navy will set up a permanent base in Bahrain, to the dismay of human rights campaigners who say the base is a “reward” for the British’s government silence over torture, attacks on peaceful protesters and arbitrary detention in the tiny kingdom. British minesweeper vessels have operated from temporary structures at Mina Salmon port for several years, but speaking in Bahrain the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced a new deal with kingdom for a £15m naval base. It will be able to host destroyers and the Royal Navy's powerful new Queen Elizabeth ai... more »

HMCS Chicoutimi completes sea trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMCS Chicoutimi]A Defence Watch reader has informed me that HMCS Chicoutimi was handed over to the Royal Canadian Navy on Wednesday after completing sea trials and a four-year long Docking Work Period. The reader wanted to know why there was no announcement by the RCN on what should have been a major milestone in Canada’s submarine program…. then suggested that as far as the federal government was concerned “when it comes to submarines there is no such thing as good publicity.” Read more

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Through My Eyes (Nebulae)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Through My Eyes (Nebulae)” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HTgHuUuDQg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"NGC 6888, also known as the Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. This colorful portrait of the nebula uses narrow band image data combined in the Hubble palatte. It shows emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in the wind-blown nebula in red, green and blue hues. NGC 6888's central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136). * Click image for larger size.* The star is shedding its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun's mass every 10,000 years. The... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Meaning Of Life?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“The Meaning Of Life?”* by Chet Raymo "There is only one meaning of life, the act of living itself." – Erich Fromm "I had heard from a high-school student in the midwest who had read my book 'Skeptics and True Believers,' in which, as you may know, I take to task all forms of faith that lack an empirical basis, including astrology and supernaturalist religion. He writes: "Are we just meaningless beasts roaming a meaningless Earth with the sole purpose of popping out babies so we can raise them to live longer, more meaningless lives?" A good question, the best question. What we hav... more »

The Poet: Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"The Peace of Wild Things"* "When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free..." - Wendell Berry

"The Predator of Man"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"The Predator of Man"* by Carlos Castaneda “’Predators Mind.’ This is the Castaneda term for that which aligns man with the thought center of service to self. In “Active Side of Infinity,” Don Juan tells Castaneda of the Earth being invaded in the mists of time by creatures of condensed darkness, the so-called Flyers which use man as food. The key idea as that these cosmic predators gave man their own mind. This is reasonable in light of much other material. At the human level, a system based on exploitation and consuming and control is seen to shape people in its own image: The ... more »

“The Fermi Paradox: Are We Alone In The Universe?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“The Fermi Paradox: Are We Alone In The Universe?"* by Rebecca Sato and Casey Kazan "Are we the lone sentient life in the universe? So far, we have no evidence to the contrary, and yet the odds that not one single other planet has evolved intelligent life would appear, from a statistical standpoint, to be quite small. There are an estimated 250 billion (2.5 x 10?? ) stars in the Milky Way alone, and over 70 sextillion (7 x 10?? ) in the visible universe, and many of them are surrounded by multiple planets. The shear size of the known universe is staggeringly and inconceivably vast.... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Thanks for stopping by.

Gurnee District 56 buys lots of Apple stuff. Apple gives Gurnee an award. US DOE is proud of Gurnee.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 23 hours ago
For more details, see See "Home Room: The official blog of the US Department of Education": https://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/12/future-ready-why-action-today-is-required-to-meet-the-challenges-of-tomorrow/comment-page-1/#comment-545916 PS: The DOE blog claims Gurnee 56 had excellent test score gains. I was unable to confirm this from the Gurnee 56 district website.

The years of Obama-bashing have helped bring racism, sexism, and all the other "-isms" of hate out of the shadows

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"The United States has never been "post-racial" as some would claim . . . . That said, prior to the emergence of Obama, outward expressions of virulent racism had been increasingly muted and forced underground by decades of hard work. . . . What has happened in the intervening years of the Obama presidency has been nothing less than a great unleashing -- the legitimization of racism and racist expression."* *-- Bob Johnson, in "Conservative demonization of Obamaallowed racists to crawl out from under their rocks" (Daily Kos)* *by Ken* Last night I indicated that I meant to come ... more »

The most essential story of our time (an absolute must read) is related here by reporter John Pilger. Among his quotes is that by distinguished American investigative journalist Charles Lewis: "...if we journalists had done our job 'there is a very, very good chance we would have not gone to war in Iraq'.” Pilger notes that Dan Rather of CBS and David Rose of the Observer gave the same answer: "...had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist." "The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News – but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times." "The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia – when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and Nato." "The suppression of the truth about Ukraine is one of the most complete news blackouts I can remember." "As I write this, the US Congress votes on Resolution 758 which, in a nutshell, says: 'Let’s get ready for war with Russia'.” Blogger's remark: A nuclear war with Russia could kill us all ...thanks to our despicable mainstream media.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ AlterNet / By John Pilger Original Here Propaganda Has Triumphed over Journalism, and the Consequences Are Enormous *We need a press that teaches the young to be agents of people, not power.* ------------------------------ *December 5, 2014* | Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washin... more »

British Mind War Networks

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
British Networks from Spike EP on Vimeo. *Pritchard: J'Accuse!* by Carol A. Valentine Curator, Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum "Your Majesty, the people are crying out for truth." "Let them have half-truths . . ." March 15, 1997 -- On March 9, 1997 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the London Sunday Telegraph wrote a piece Did FBI shoot in cold blood at Waco? In the piece, Ambrose promotes the new Waco flick, "Waco: The Rules of Engagement." No one would argue that some Branch Davidians were murdered on April 19, 1993. But let's look at Mr. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (just plain "Ambr... more »

Whole Lot of Whistling Going On

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 1 day ago
December 6, 2014 After reading, this week, about how falling oil prices – and, thus, falling gasoline prices – will be such a boon to the global economy (and lord knows it could use a little boon, right now,) I’m … Continue reading →

Churchill's First World War

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*With Kaiser Wilhelm at a military review* Churchill's First World War from Spike EP on Vimeo. "Everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse. I am interested, geared up and happy. Is it not horrible to be made like this?" - Winston Churchill, 1914 BBC Disinformation : Edward VII - Prince of Pleasure from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"For long years, King Edward wove, with masterly skill, the Nessus robe that was to destroy the German Hercules."* *- Leipziger Neuste Nachrichten, after the death of Edward VII, May 1910* *"What neither Azincourt nor Poitiers could do, the genius of E... more »

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Paul Wolfowitz - West Point Graduation Commencement, June 2001 from Spike EP on Vimeo. "Extensive scientific research has demonstrated that on an average day in June, the average human brain is capable of remembering at most one thought from a commencement speech. But since today is cooler than average, and West Pointers are definitely above average, I will challenge you to think this morning about two words: "surprise" and "courage." This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of a military disaster whose name has become synonymous with surprise—the attack on Pearl Harbor. Interest... more »

Bail pending appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
In order to get bail pending appeal an accused must show, among other things, that the appeal is not hopeless. The Court recently described what must be show as follows in R v Charles, 2014 SKCA 121: [7] The threshold that Mr. Charles must meet is not high. He does not have to show that he will be successful on the appeal, he need only show that the appeal is not frivolous: see *R v Switucka*, 2009 SKCA 115 (CanLII), 337 Sask R 218[*Switucka*].

Paid Shills Earn Their Money By... Writing Comments On Letters To The Editors? Seems Like Easy Money

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*- by Jack Hannold* My recent contribution to DWT (Fracking Isn't Going To Save The World) wasn’t only posted here; it was also sent to a local newspaper, the *South Jersey Times*, as a letter to the editor. Although it wasn’t printed until Wednesday morning (Dec. 3), it had been posted on the nj.com web site (shared by all the Newhouse-owned papers in the state) on Monday afternoon, and also posted on *DWT* at Midnight Monday (9 PST). Then Wednesday afternoon, the *SJT* posted this letter from a paid shill who works for Joe Bast’s Heartland Institute: To the Editor: The letter ... more »

Owen Barfield - Man and Meaning

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Video Title: Owen Barfield - Man and Meaning. Source: ObjectiveBob. Date Published: July 12, 2013. Description:* A documentary on Owen Barfield (1898-1997). Owen Barfield was a Christian philosopher educated at Oxford, where he met his good friend C.S. Lewis in 1919. Barfield was instrumental in converting C.S. Lewis to theism during the early period of their friendship. A member of the Inklings, Barfield's thinking informed the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. His abiding interest was in the history of language, through which he investigated the evolution... more »

A Catastrophic and Catalysing Event

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor"* *- Rebuilding America's Defenses* *Project for a New American Century (PNAC)* *October 2000* Paul Wolfowitz - West Point Graduation Commencement, June 2001 from Spike EP on Vimeo. "This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of a military disaster whose name has become synonymous with surprise—the attack on Pearl Harbor. Interestingly, that "*surprise attack*" was preceded by an astonishing number of unh... more »

Tonight's Movie Is Conspiracy (2001)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*From YouTube:* Conspiracy is a television film which dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The film delves into the psychology of Nazi officials involved in the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" during World War II. It is an English-language adaptation of the German film The Wannsee Conference (1984) which is a must see for anyone who appreciates WW2, Holocaust historical films. The movie was written by Loring Mandel (inspired after viewing a 1984 documentary on the subject), directed by Frank Pierson, and starred an ensemble cast, including Kenneth Branagh as Reinhard He... more »

Is The Pentagon Out Of Control?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Can Ashton Carter Rein In A Pentagon Out Of Control? -- Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post* Chuck Hagel may not have been able to work with the ever more powerful National Security Council staff, but this discussion of personalities misses the point. The key to success for a defense secretary today is the ability to manage not White House aides but rather the Pentagon, which is the world’s most complicated and most dysfunctional bureaucracy. Ashton Carter, the president’s presumed choice as the next secretary, is a brilliant man and perhaps has made some friends at 1600 Pennsylvania ... more »

Battleship

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Few things say family entertainment more than "I've sunk your battleship!". Plenty of times during the course of the 80s my brother and I would disinter our *Battleship* set. It wouldn't be long before each of us were plugging red hit pegs into our beloved aircraft carriers. But could we ever hunt down each other's two-hit destroyers? If the devil was an ocean-going vessel ... Yet not in my wildest imaginings, being as it was encumbered by *Transformers* and dreams of a computer of one's own, did I entertain the possibility *Battleship* would warrant a movie based on the game. Besid... more »

Congress Spends Millions to Strip Social Security Benefits from Dying Nazis

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Living in America in these corrupt and sordid times means that we are represented by the largest collection of clowns, liars, cheats, charlatans and government gravy train riders in history. I speak of the United States Congress which outside of the Obama White House is the most dismal excuse for what passes as a functional democracy in memory. Never ones to rest on their tainted laurels for playing a crucial role in destroying America, the legislative body continues to plumb the depths of decency with theirslimy showboating and pandering. The nadir may have been reached yesterday... more »

The Nauseating Hillary Clinton 2016 Country Western Video

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Give one thing to the Hillary Clinton political machine, it is not about to make the mistake that Barack Obama did back in 2008 when he spoke of the “bitter” people who cling to their guns and religion. With that one statement, then candidate Obama immediately managed to piss off a critical demographic and he would never be forgiven by them for it. Mrs. Clinton, a woman who would sell her newborn grandchild’s soul to Satan for the chance sit upon the throne in the Oval Office is not about to make the same mistake. One of the many arms of the Clinton octopus, a super PAC called “Sta... more »

Film: "We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook" Exposes The United States As A Deeply Subverted Nation!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I am a troubled truth seeker these days… At the beginning of last week, I put up here the most important video yet produced by independent researchers that exposes the truth about the Sandy Hook operation of December 14th, 2012 for everyone to see for themselves… My article about that film is here….. Since the release of that video via both Youtube and Vimeo, some dastardly trolls and conmen have been doing their worse at trying to suppress this video and to have it removed… Obviously, the truth about Sandy Hook cannot be seen by the American public to these criminals, and they have... more »

"But that's just my view"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
As we may have said before here (yes, I'm sure we have), Jon Donnison uses Twitter as a key part of his reporting. This week he used the medium for a BBC-backed Q & A session with Twitter, Facebook and email users. For those who want to read a transcription of the whole thing (and who wouldn't?), here it is. Who knows whether the chosen questions were representative, given how they came in, though I did spot a few decent-looking questions on Twitter (such as those asking what Australia's Muslim community could do to tackle Islamic extremism) which weren't asked, and the questio... more »

Biggest Scientific Fraud: Water Fluoridation

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Film - *How tap water fluoridation is an imprecise, unhealthy and fraudulent way of distributing this toxin. The post Biggest Scientific Fraud: Water Fluoridation appeared first on Waking Times.

Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt's 9/11

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of that fateful day in 1941 when the Japanese fast carrier task force known as Kido Butai launched some 351 airplanes in two waves towards the US Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Oahu Island, Hawaii….. The result was at the time almost catastrophic for the United States navy in the Pacific with some 18 ships sunk or heavily damaged…. Some 2400 sailors and civilians on Oahu also lost their lives in the attack, and it catapulted the United States into the second World War… For the first 20+ years of my own life, I actually believed the report... more »

Knowing the Matthew Price of everything and the value of nothing

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
For those paying attention at the back, a post earlier this week presented evidence of strong pro-immigration bias from *Today*'s newly-appointed 'chief correspondent' Matthew Price. Doing my duty as a conscientious blogger, it's only right to follow it up as another report was broadcast later in the week which slightly qualifies my earlier criticism. The earlier reports focused on heart-tugging personal stories from immigrants, on the downsides of the government's moves to cap benefits for immigrants, and on the pro-immigration views of various influential parties and experts. Fr... more »

Happy/Betty

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Gerald Ford actually **won** the 1976 Presidential Election..." * *- Tarpley* *First Lady Betty Ford Reads President Gerald Ford's Concession Speech to members of the Press with (l-r) Steve, President Ford, Susan, Mike, and Gayle watching behind her.* *"Above all, look at the guy's wife - this tells much!"* - Tarpley *"In the close 1976 election, Carter prevailed by vote fraud in New York, Ohio, and other states, but Ford was convinced by Nelson and Happy Rockefeller, as well as by his own distraught wife Betty, that he must concede in order to preserve the work of “healing” that... more »

The Map of Twitter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Found this funny. Thought I'd share. Using short sentences. Courtesy of @pandamoanimum, @davidlbereseford and @davidschneider.

The Anti-Populist Wall Street Democrats Want A Little Populist Cover-- Just A Little

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Last week we took a quick glance at Schumer's anti-Obamacare re-positioning, not because he's Chuckie Schumer, the consummate asshole from Brooklyn, but because he's in charge of DSCC massaging. In the last couple of days, the *NY Times* has run columns by both Thomas Edsall and then Paul Krugman on Schumer's pronouncements, each very much worth reading through. Edsall went first and he was more sympathetic to Schumer's divisive position, almost calling it "populist." He wrote that "According to Schumer, President Obama and his party suffered defeat last month in large part becaus... more »

Schools Matter Welcomes David Greene

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
David Greene has spent 57 of his 65 years in Public Schools. He taught high school social studies and coached football for 38 years. He was an adjunct and field supervisor for Fordham University mentoring new teachers in the Bronx. He is presently a program consultant for WISE Services and treasurer of Save Our Schools . His essays have appeared in Diane Ravitch's website, Education Week, US News and World Report, and the Washington Post. He wrote the most responded-to Sunday Dialogue letter in the New York Times entitled, “A Talent For Teaching”. He has appeared on radio, local TV,... more »

The Disposable World

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*The Disposable World* I was thinking the other day about why the United States and the "West" keeps pushing the idea of human interplanetary travel. There are a whole bunch of new movies being released for the holidays with the theme of "Interstellar" travel. Not coincidentally, the CBC had a couple of reports about how science is studying the idea of humans going beyond earth's orbit into outer space and even beyond our solar system. These so-called "scientific" reports invariably neglect to factor in the Van Allen radiation belts. The inconvenient truth about the Van Alle... more »

China's Economy Is Now The World's Largest

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Previous Post:* IMF: China Now Has The World's Largest Economy. America Is Number 2 *WNU Editor:* Here is a good read ....* The Chinese Century* -- Joseph E. Stiglitz, Vanity Fair

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