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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

8 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

11:23pm MST

Storytelling in Tucson

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 13 minutes ago

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 28 minutes ago
“Pamela and Randy Copus are the duo known as 2002. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards and a wind instrument called a WX5. Both musicians also provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a "virtual choir" with a celestial, angelic quality.” 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqLFemZOOg&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 39 minutes ago
"These clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula and dutifully cataloged as NGC 7023, this is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers. Surrounding it, obscuring clouds of dust and cold molecular gas are also present and can suggest other convoluted and fantastic shapes. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. *Click image for larger size*. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteris... more »

"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 43 minutes ago
"When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant and which know me not, I am frightened and am astonished at being here rather than there; for there is no reason why here rather than there, why now rather than then. Who has put me here? By whose order and direction have this place and time been allotted to me? 'The remembrance of a guest that tarries but a day.'” - Blaise Pascal "All day I think about it, then at night I sa... more »

"Black Elk's Vision"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
"I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it ... more »

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noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
* "16 Harsh Truths that Make Us Stronger"* by Marc “*1. Life is not easy.* Hard work makes people lucky – it’s the stuff that brings dreams to reality. So start every morning ready to run farther than you did yesterday and fight harder than you ever have before. *2. You will fail sometimes.* The faster you accept this, the faster you can get on with being brilliant. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. So get out there and do something! Either you succeed or you learn a vital lesson. Win – Win. *3. Right now, t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
Calcutta, West Bengal, India. Thanks for stopping by.

"Everything..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Where the Soul Is: Finding the Place You Belong"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Where the Soul Is: Finding the Place You Belong"* by The DailyOm "There will likely be times in your life when your soul evolves more quickly than your circumstances. There will likely be times in your life when your soul evolves more quickly than your circumstances. Your subconscious mind may be ready to move forward long before you recognize that you are destined to embrace a new way of life. Your soul intuitively understands that changing habitats can be a vital part of the growth process and that there may be one part of you that is eager to move to another home, another stat... more »

“12 Universal Truths That Will Change Your Life for the Better”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“12 Universal Truths That Will Change Your Life for the Better”* by Lamisha Serf-Walls “I'm no Oprah and I certainly haven't learned all there is to learn about life, but there are a few things that I know for sure. These universal truths apply to you no matter where you are in life or what mistakes you've made in the past. So read them, apply them, and watch the magic happen in your life. *1. Everything and I mean everything you want to achieve begins with a thought...so allow yourself the time and space to daydream, visualize, and use your imagination to craft the most amazing s... more »

An Homage... To Coco Chanel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
What would you do if you saw someone flaunting this Camélia Ruban bow watch by Chanel? The price, undercounted, is $233,000 at the Chanel store in Beverly Hills. This is how it was described by *Modern Luxury*: *The Bowed and Beautiful* So mesmerizing, Chanel's dazzling Camélia Ruban bow watch is enough to stop time. Feuturing more than 1,500 black and white diamonds set in 18K white gold, this stunning sparkler dazzles. Bit don't let the silvery siren fool you-- it is far more than just a pretty face, as was Coco Chanel herself. As a symbol mademoiselle held most dear, the piece... more »

Chet Raymo, “Lessons”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Lessons”* by Chet Raymo “There is a four-line poem by Yeats, called "Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors": "What they undertook to do They brought to pass; All things hang like a drop of dew Upon a blade of grass." Like so many of the short poems of Yeats, it is hard to know what the poet had in mind, who exactly were the unknown instructors, and if unknown how could they instruct. But as I opened my volume of The Poems this morning, at random, as in the old days people opened the Bible and pointed a finger at a random passage seeking advice or instruction, this ... more »

Israel Has Guts

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
"Israeli warplanes hit two separate areas near Syria’s capital of Damascus yesterday, including a facility at the city’s international airport, and reveals Tel Aviv’s role in the destabilzation of Syria and aiding Islamic insurgents inside Syria." - *"Aiding ISIS: Israel bombs Syria for fifth time in 18 months, gives arms, medical aid to militants"* 21st Century Wire, December 8, 2014. Israel's periodic attacks on Syria's military facilities, research centers, high-tech weapons, is proof of its courage and military brazenness. And this has to be respected. Israel can attack Syria... more »

The Poet: Antonio Machado, "Wayfarer"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Wayfarer"* "Wayfarer, the only way is your footsteps, there is no other. Wayfarer, there is no way, you make the way by walking. As you go, you make the way and stopping to look behind, you see the path that your feet will never travel again. Wayfarer, there is no way - Only foam trails to the sea." ~ Antonio Machado

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

Big Energy threatens climate talks in Peru

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Dear all, Please find the briefing paper published by Attac France and Aitec in the framework of the Lima UNFCCC conference to highlight how TTIP and CETA are jeopardizing climate and energy transformation processes : Here in English : Climate or TTIP, make your choice! https://france.attac.org/IMG/pdf/note_tafta_lima_-en.pdf Here in French : Climat ou

Pineal Gland Activation – The Mechanics of Ascension

Waking Times at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Video -* It has been understood by ancient cultures for centuries that the Pineal Gland is the seat of great power and potential. The post Pineal Gland Activation – The Mechanics of Ascension appeared first on Waking Times.

Absolutely no selfies to be taken with the rock-star-like Duke of Cambridge -- er, you know, Prince William, the bald guy

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*"Sorry for the delay -- the royal couple are stayinghere because they couldn't afford Brooklyn."* *by Ken* So Joe Dator has slid into newyorker.com's "Daily Cartoon" chair -- replacing David Sipress, who seemed to be doing it, like, forever -- just in time to memorialize the great occasion of the royal visit of the Duke of Cambridge. (I know, "Duke of Cambridge" still sounds like a made-up title to me, but I assume it's what he's got printed on his business cards.) And it turns out that there is great controversy surrounding the visit to the White House of the man who stands sec... more »

Welcome Back Alberta

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Cannabis Oil Unveiled

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Raluca Schachter* - "Over the last 20 years Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting and underreported developments in recent modern science..." The post Cannabis Oil Unveiled appeared first on Waking Times.

Controlled Opposition – The Hidden Hand of Misdirection

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Zen Gardner - *It’s all misdirection, controlled opposition for the mind. This game of ruthless deception is endemic to the fabric of the entire matrix. The post Controlled Opposition – The Hidden Hand of Misdirection appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Empire Picking Up Speed, On Skids Or Just Going Off to War Again, Johnny?  (Another Fabricated Jobs Report) Incurious/Vapid NeoLiberals

WHEN DO THE ANTI-OLIGARCHY RIOTS START? From Zero Hedge: “Riddles” Surround 36th Dead Banker Of The Year So reminiscent of the movie "Munich." No, not the politics; the belief in assassinations being the answer: revenge. (Or providing a vast evidentiary basis for what happens to the "bad" examples.)* But I digress. One of my favorite scientists/thinkers echoes my thoughts on what feminism

Tom Geoghegan's New Book: Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind Of Labor Movement

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
In 2009 when Rahm Emanuel resigned from Congress, many of us who aren't from Chicago got to know union activist Tom Geoghegan for the first time. When he decided to run for Emanuel's seat, we did a series of posts about him and his accomplishments here. The special election primary had 26 candidates, including 13 Democrats and 5 Greens-- a real clusterfuck. The ultimate winner-- of both the primary and the general-- was Michael Quigley who took 12,100 votes (22%). Tom was down in the middle of the pack with 3,336 votes (6%). Before and after that one foray into electoral politics, ... more »

the creator's glory

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin. Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory.

Canada offering Ukraine military aid outside of NATO?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Well that's what "Defence" Minister Rob Nicholson is claiming, from Kiev? I don't believe the outside of NATO part- Ukraine has made no secret of their intention to join NATO. And Canada? Over the moon (happy/delighted/pleased) with NATO deceit, lies, treachery and more! In fact fully participating! *G&M* Defence Minister Rob Nicholson was in Kiev Monday for Canada’s announcement, which will include sending Canadian soldiers to Ukraine to train that country’s military police. It could also include training in battlefield medicine and security measures A group of Canadian military p... more »

Schools Matter Welcomes Kuhio Kane

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
I began my college education at the University of Hawaii. I had a rather unique view of education. That is, I never considered a need for any diplomas or any special recognition for what I did in college. Actually, I chose UH over several other choices because I was and continue to be an avid surfer. I eventually settled in as a dual major in pre-med and English literature, Aldous Huxley being my hero at the time. I have also attended several other universities: Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada; University of California, Santa Barbara; CSU San Luis Obispo; and l... more »

Satire: “Fox: Obama Seeks Advice on Establishing Monarchy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Fox: Obama Seeks Advice on Establishing Monarchy”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "President Barack Obama spent several hours on Monday in a closed-door Oval Office meeting seeking advice on how to establish a monarchy, Fox News reports. According to Fox, the President peppered his Oval Office guest with detailed questions about the mechanics of setting up a monarchy and was curious about the perks and powers that go along with it. Obama’s guest advised him that establishing a monarchy would probably require rewriting or even replacing the Constitution, an opti... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
I have a personal emergency to attend to. Blogging will return tomorrow. *Update:* Someone just emailed me if everything is OK with my family .... yes .... everything is A-OK. It is just that one of my business partners .... (yes I have other projects) .... called me that he needed to see me because there is a crisis/emergency in his family .... and being loyal to my friends and partners .... I just cannot say no.

U.S. Senate Torture Report To Be Released Tuesday. U.S. Beefs Up Security Abroad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Impending CIA Interrogation Report Creates Fear of Violence -- ABC News* U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and the fear is that its release could threaten American lives. The report, due to be released Tuesday by the Senate, is described as shocking in its very graphic descriptions of secret interrogations, including some details that have never been heard before. All U.S. facilities around the world are being urged to r... more »

New Earth Matrix – Why you feel the way you do – Arcturians

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
http://sacredascensionmerkaba.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/new-earth-matrix-why-you-feel-the-way-you-do-arcturians/ *I've just included the channeling here, the full commentary that preceded it is quite long and can be seen at the link above... I find the channeling itself self explanatory. But that's just me... the commentary may be helpful to many... -AK * *New Earth Matrix – Why you feel the way you do – Arcturians* by ANNAMERKABA DECEMBER 8, 2014 “The creation of the new matrix earth has indeed been instituted into the new reality structure of your being. For the new matrix of t... more »

The Economy: “What Do Central Banking and ‘Twerking’ Have in Common?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“What Do Central Banking and ‘Twerking’ Have in Common?”* by Bill Bonner “New York is filling up with holiday shoppers and tourists. On Saturday, we went to the Broadway show 'Jersey Boys.' It was not an especially complex or subtle storyline. But the music, of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, was lively and agreeable. It took us back to the early 1960s. Those were the days! Back then people had jobs... prices were fairly stable... and the GDP was growing at twice or three times today's rates (and so were personal incomes). How was it possible? Back then, under chairman Willia... more »

'Deep State' in Charge

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Here are some interesting words from an activist I recently made contact with after seeing him interviewed on RT: These people [US ruling corporate oligarchy] are always looking to get their mitts on resources (oil and gas in the Middle East, for instance) – even less to use them ourselves than to control (or deny) others’ access. (Likewise, as you point out, the militarization of everything from space, to the Antarctic, to IT.) For example, Washington worries far less about the canard “our dependence on Middle Eastern energy” (on which, relatively we don’t much depend, getting m... more »

Market Socialism: Basic Ideas

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Market socialism: oxymoronic or just plain moronic? These days the '99%' and 'Another World is Possible' are slogans fluttering atop many a radical social movement. Yet on those occasions activists' deliberations turn to what a post-capitalist future might look like, there will be a lot of talk about participatory democracy, community networks, the decentralisation of power and so on. The state might (might!) occasionally get a look in as something that can facilitate the building of the new society, but what definitely *will not* are markets and market-type mechanisms. And it's en... more »

We Hear from Hinton

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
Kathy Dawson got a response to her open letter to the Mayor of Hinton, Alberta. Kathy wanted to know why the town gave $10K of its photo radar bonanza (total available: $100K) to a fake pregnancy clinic. [via email from:] Lil Wallace, Executive Assistant - Office of the Mayor; Office of the Town Manager Dear Ms. Dawson: Thank you for your enquiry respecting the Quality of Life grant program that Hinton offers. Hinton is a diverse community that works and builds together. This includes improving several aspects of the quality of life for our citizens through grants such as the Qu... more »

AISHA NORTH: A short update on the Gathering December 8, 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
https://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/a-short-update-on-the-gathering-3/ *A short update on the Gathering* By Aisha North December 8, 2014 And so it is with the greatest of pleasure that we can welcome you all to the New, in every sense of the word. For as you once again came together to pool your resources in the way that only you can, you once again managed to establish yourselves on a very new level of existence, one that has been unattainable for mankind up until now. But now, you have arrived, and alongside you a whole new world has come into being. We know that thes... more »

Meet the The Mushroom Of Immortality & The King of All Herbs

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Alanna Ketler* - Chaga is extremely powerful because it contains within it, the actual life force of trees - the most powerful living beings on this Earth. The post Meet the The Mushroom Of Immortality & The King of All Herbs appeared first on Waking Times.

Top U.S. General Has Misgivings As The U.S. - NATO Afghanistan Mission Ends

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Photo: *Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson. ISAF *U.S. General Has Misgivings as Afghanistan Mission Ends -- New York Times* KABUL, Afghanistan — Shortly after the speeches concluded, the flags were folded and the band silenced, the last American general to lead combat operations in Afghanistan offered his candid assessment of the war. “I don’t know if I’m pessimistic or optimistic,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the departing commander, considering the United States military’s reduced role next year. “The fact that we are in less places, the fact that there are less of us as a c... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Binding the Arrows'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
BINDING THE ARROWS Posted on December 8, 2014 Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Dec. 8, 2014. A copy of this Objection was sent by registered mail to the Governor General of the Corporation of Canada: Never ending Longhouse uniting all Ongwehonwe on Onowaregeh. “To: Every Ongwehonwe in the Rotinoshonni Confederacy and to all our Friends and Allies on Onowaregeh: She:kon.

The Law of Flaw

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*Updated 12:25 GMT.. fixed a missing part of a sentence... don't cha just love cut and paste when you leave out an entire sentence???? Should make a bit more sense now.... -AK* *AK Note: * *I got a call from KP the other day. It was a long chat, hadn't really spoke to him in over a year. I love that guy! He let me know of a few other groups having a bit of drama, groups in Hawaii and Peru, the situation here in Morocco is not at all unique. There seems to be general letting go of illusions and judgements around the world as the energies continue to rise while earth rejoins 5th ... more »

Coffee: It’s All Good

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
Ongoing research into the world’s favourite recreational drug continues to suggest that coffee is nothing but god for us. Not only have most of coffee's purported ill effects been disproven -- the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension -- but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer's disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for ... more »

Today: Indigenous Women at UN Climate Summit Peru

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
WECAN INTERNATIONAL AT THE UNFCCC COP20 2014 Top photo by Robin Milam Posted at Censored News WECAN International is headed to Lima, Peru this December for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP20 negotiations. Join WECAN and our allies for a series of events and mobilizations in pursuit of climate justice, systemic change, and equitable solutions that

Bishop Hill gets it right after all

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Another strange one tonight relates to a piece today at *Bishop Hill*. The tactics of the less reputable members of the environmental fraternity has long been to prevent any sort of industrial activity by making the cost of policing their protests so high as to wear public opinion into submission. One has to say that this approach has not been entirely unsuccessful. It was interesting then to see the comments of Mr Justice Gilbart in rejecting FrackFree Balcombe's application for judicial review of West Sussex Council's decision to allow planning permission to the Cuadrilla proje... more »

Neo-Nazi hoaxes on Twitter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Commenters at *Biased BBC* have picked up on a piece at *Jihad Watch *by Robert Spencer with the disturbing headline *UK Labour Party: “UKIP has evil money grabbing jews in their party”*, based on an earlier post by at the same blog by Pamela Geller. It highlighted a grossly antisemitic tweet by North London Labour, "official branch of the North London Labour presence" attacking a member of UKIP. Robert Spencer wrote: Labour is backpedaling furiously now, of course, and denying (in the teeth of abundant evidence to the contrary), that this appeared on an official Labour site... more »

Kenya's Counterterrorism Police Admit To Running Death Squads Targeting Militants That Have Been Identified By Western Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Exclusive: Kenyan Counterterrorism Police Admit To Extrajudicial Killings -- Al Jazeera* Kenyan officers suggest program in which terrorism suspects were killed without trial on basis of Western intelligence Kenyan police have assassinated nearly 500 terrorism suspects as part of an extrajudicial killing program supported by intelligence provided by Israel and the United Kingdom, an Al Jazeera investigation has revealed. Officers from four units of Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) said that police assassinated terrorist suspects on government orders. The police killings... more »

U.N. Needs $16.4 Billion To Finance Humanitarian Assistance Programs In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
UN Photo/UNHCR *U.N. Seeks $16.4 Billion to Address Crises in 2015 -- New York Times* GENEVA — Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed on Monday for $16.4 billion to finance humanitarian assistance programs in 2015, warning that the gap between needs and available resources is widening. The appeal, a barometer of the global impact of wars and disasters, calls for 27 percent more funding in 2015 than the amount requested a year ago for 2014 and is intended to aid more than 57 million people in 22 countries. The number of people aff... more »

Ashton Carter - Warmonger

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*Just sketch for me what the situation was in June 1994.* In June 1994, North Korea was preparing to remove some fuel rods from a research reactor which they'd been operating at Yongbyon. [The] fuel rods contained five or six bombs' worth of weapons-grade plutonium. They were going to take those fuel rods and extract the plutonium from them. *That's reprocessing?* So-called "reprocessing." We felt that that would bring a potentially hostile nation to the United States across the nuclear finish line, and that that wasn't acceptable to us. We were not, by any means, confident tha... more »

Supplemental: Do you belong to a race?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014Letter writer makes good point:* On November 30, Michael Eric Dyson wrote a piece in the Sunday New York Times about the Ferguson grand jury. Dyson started like this: DYSON (11/29/14): When Ferguson flared up this week after a grand jury failed to indict the white police officer Darren Wilson for killing the unarmed black youth Michael Brown, two realities were illuminated: *Black and white people rarely view race in the same way or agree about how to resolve racial conflicts,* and black people have furious moral debates among ourselves out of white earsh... more »

PERU Tribunal Denounces Violations to Rights of Nature

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Casey Camp, Ponca, speaks on fracking at Peru Tribunal Tribunal Denounces Violations to Rights of Nature By Global Alliance Monday, December 8th, 2014 Censored News Yasunidos caravan arrived at Rights of Nature Tribunal in LimaINSPITE of Ecuador's customs to release the bus tocontinue their Caravan from Mexico!  International Rights of Nature Tribunal Day 1 Lima, December 6th,

'Greater Israel' in Motion

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Israel, with full US backing, wants to expand their control in the region. A take down of Syria would give Israel a new base of operations as they work with the Pentagon to make long-range plans for 'regime change' in Iran. Watch this one as it develops. Very provocative program.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*BREAKING: The Supreme Court Just Refused BP’s Attempt To Skirt Settlement Costs ~Ari Phillips, Think Progress*

Why most minority rights NGOs oppose net neutrality

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*Zero rating: unlimited Facebook data for cell phones* Yesterday, The New York Times wrote an insightful text about the minority activists' opinions about the net neutrality meme. Obama’s Net Neutrality Bid Divides Civil Rights Groups The Grey Lady says that it is usually expected that net neutrality is favored by the far left-wing fringe of the Democratic Party. However, the real-world data suggest something else. The conservative judge Antonin Scalia has supported this egalitarian concept for a decade. But most of the "civil rights groups" that The New York Times enumerates actua... more »

PERU TRIBUNAL: Verdicts on Violation of Rights of People and Nature

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Peoples of the 4 river basin of Peru present their case for violations to Rights if Nature and the peoples impacted by oil development in the northern Amazon of Peru. Photo by Robin Milam Tribunal verdicts on violation of rights of people and nature By Global Alliance Monday, December 8th, 2014 Censored News International Rights of Nature Tribunal Day 2 Delegation of Saweto with

PERU Tribunal Denounces Violations to Rights of Nature

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Casey Camp, Ponca, speaks on fracking at Peru Tribunal Photo Robin Milam Tribunal Denounces Violations to Rights of Nature By Global Alliance Monday, December 8th, 2014 Please go to updated link: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/12/peru-tribunal-denounces-violations-to.html

UNICEF: 2014 'A Devastating Year For Millions Of Children'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Unicef Calls 2014 One Of Worst Years On Record for World’s Children -- New York Times* The year 2014 has been one of the worst on record for the world’s children, the United Nations said on Monday in a report that chronicled a litany of war, violence, atrocities and disease, mostly in the Middle East and Africa. Up to 15 million children are directly entangled in violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine, said the report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, or Unicef. Globally, the report said, an estim... more »

CDC admits that the Flu Vaccine Does NOT work.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
The CDC actually admits that the Flu vaccine doesn't work.... then tries to sell you another drug to cure you when you actually get the Flu after all. Seriously.... I can't make this crap up!!! Love d

Contractual interpretation and headings

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Neely v. MacDonald, 2014 ONCA 874: The headings contained in a contract are part of the language chosen by the parties and can properly be considered in interpreting the provisions that follow, provided the wording of the contract is not inconsistent with such an interpretation: Cathcart Inspection Services Ltd. v. Purolator Courier Ltd. (1981), 34 O.R. (2d) 187 (S.C.), at para. 29, aff'd 39 O.R. (2d) 656 (C.A.); Toronto (City) v. Toronto Railway, [1907] A.C. 315 (P.C.). Failure to read an agreement in accordance with its headings may lead a court to misconstrue the contractual pr... more »

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brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
CRISPY CRITTERS Posted on December 8, 2014 Mohawk Nation News  Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Dec. 8, 2014. The Mohawks called the Jesuits “Ratisti’hen’sta:tsi, which means “burnt to a crisp”. The people carry out the punishment for three capital offences, treason, espionage and conspiracy, by burning the criminal[s] at the stake. These crimes could lead to the annihilation of

Right Wing Strategy: "Making Themselves Look Good To The Heritage Action/Purity-For-Profit Crowd"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Ted Cruz has a vision: President Ted Cruz, the first U.S. President born in another country. From a family of Cuban fascists who found Texas compatible with their authoritarian ideology, Cruz is eager to implement a plan to force Obama to rescind his executive action delaying the deportation of Hispanic and Asian immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens. Right wing propaganda writer Byron York, writing for the *Washington Examiner*, a Republican weekly owned by fascist Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, explained Cruz's seemly demented strategy in his column Friday. York delve... more »

Russia Displays Air Defense Systems In The Middle Of Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
People walk past a launcher truck which is used as a part of the S-400 air defence mobile missile launching systems in front of Russian Army Theatre in Moscow, December 8, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin *Russia Displays Air Defense Systems Amid Ukraine Tensions -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia displayed its mobile air defense missile systems in central Moscow on Monday, underlining its military might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin said last week that Russia would have enough resources and resolve to protect it from what he described as enem... more »

The Roswell Slides and the Aztec UFO Crash

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 12 hours ago
For a couple of decades I have been chasing stories of pictures of the Roswell crash. I have been given the names of some of those who supposedly had pictures, talked to others who thought they might have seen pictures, and tried to find those who might have taken pictures as part of the official investigation. In this I have failed, other than finding lots of pictures of alien bodies, all of which seem to be traced to hoaxes, frauds and science fiction movies. I have not seen the Roswell slides but have heard descriptions of what they show as many of us have. I know a little about... more »

Russian Foreign Ministry: ​US Seeks To Overthrow The Russian Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva October 15, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool *US Seeks To Overthrow Political Leadership In Russia - Foreign Ministry -- RT* By imposing sanctions on Moscow, the US aims to change the political leadership, says the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that Washington is “twisting the arms” of its allies so that they can continue an “anti-Russian front.” “Behind the formally-declared aim to make us alter our position towards U... more »

The Afghanistan War Is Officially Over For The U.S. And NATO (Kind Of)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses service members on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz *My Comment:* So .... combat operations for U.S. and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan are now officially over .... *US, NATO end Afghan combat command after 13 years* (AP). But the war continues .... *Afghan war rages as foreign forces go out the door* (Reuters). As for the future .... the problems continue to build .... *In Kabul’s Valley of Death, hints of Afghanistan’s security woes* (Washington Post). In an... more »

Obama disses the future King of England...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*by managing to allocate about 20 minutes to meet with him today. * No, really. Obama Schedule || Monday, December 8, 2014 by Keith Koffler on December 7, 2014, 11:03 pm *10:45 am || *Meets with Britain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge *11:20 am || *Meets with middle-school students who are participating in an “Hour of Code” event to honor Computer Science Education Week *3:45 pm || * Tapes an interview for The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert; George Washington University With his narcissistic propensity for being late, his schedule leaves about 20 minutes to spend with th... more »

Easy "Floating" Phrase or Photo Charm Ornaments

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
Hi again, Lorene here from just Lu with some more fun Doctor Who (or whatever you're into) easy crafts. Last Christmas, I made my favorite Whovian (that's Debra) a whole Doctor Who tree, complete with a Weeping Angel tree topper, character tree skirt, police box lighted sign, Doctors and companions garland, and oodles of Doctor-inspired ornaments. The ornaments I'm showing you today are so easy and use acrylic plastic sheets to create a "floating" feel, similar to floating frames. They look great on a Christmas tree, but you could also hang them from a rear-view mirror in your ... more »

White Lives Matter...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*or do they?* *WHITE LIVES MATTER*

Why You Should Question Everything

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Mike Sygula* - When it comes to the mainstream media, we should always question everything we are told... The post Why You Should Question Everything appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- December 8, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Syria, Iran Accuse Israel Of Air Strike; Arms For Hezbollah Are Likely Target -- CSM* Israel did not confirm the strikes, reportedly near the Damascus airport and Lebanon's border, but analysts noted Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke earlier of dealing with regional threats. Israeli warplanes bombed two areas near Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian military said, drawing harsh criticism from the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers. The warplanes struck near the city’s international airport and outside Dimas, a town close to the Lebanese border. The Syrian government said via state ne... more »

Wynne vs harper & his prostitution law

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I'm not a fan of Kathleen Wynne. She was a willing team member of the corrupt and anti-democratic McGuinty gang. She passed a "progressive" budget that's chock-full of privatizations and revenue-busting tax-cuts. But the fact of the matter is that I hate harper even more. His regime is vastly more corrupt and anti-democratic. So I'm finding it interesting that Wynne and harper are in conflict over his recent anti-prostitution law. I don't like this law because it uselessly re-criminalizes sex-work in ways that the Supreme Court already found unconstitutional. I'm willing to see how ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 8, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch *America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits Against IS -- Spiegel Online* The United States has conducted far fewer sorties in its battle against the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than in previous wars. Military officials claim one reason is a much higher air-strike hit ratio. Despite United States President Barack Obama's stated vow to "degrade and destroy" th... more »

Can Iraq’s Militias Be Successfully Integrated Into The Security Forces?

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
Today the Iraqi government has become dependent upon militias to defend the country against the insurgency. These armed groups might be up to half of Baghdad’s forces. The question is what will happen to these militias after the insurgency is defeated? Can they be integrated into the security forces and whom will their loyalties lie with? Some are connected to political parties and many were created by Iran to either fight the Americans or defend the Assad government against the Syrian rebels. Iraq faced a similar dilemma in 2005 when the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq’s Badr Bri... more »

THE AGE OF BELIEF: Truly believing at Rolling Stone!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014Part 1—Our miraculous brain in action:* As Rolling Stone’s folly kept unfolding, we were struck by something we read in the Outlook section of Sunday’s Washington Post. We refer to a standard description of the greatness of our human brain. The description appeared at the start of a book review by Professor Trefil. What you see below is a thoroughly standard account of our human greatness. At least in the west, we humans have glorified ourselves in this way since the dawn of time: TREFIL (12/7/14): *The human brain, that marvelous instrument we all carry ... more »

YouGov's latest BBC polls

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
The latest YouGov poll about public perceptions of BBC bias is out: And also on the other big BBC question...:

The Republican Wing Of The Democratic Party Claims It Still Doesn't Have A Silver Stake Through It's Heart

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Even House progressives tell me it's Hoyer's turn to be leader next-- doom! Adam Green of the PCCC pointed out when Landrieu was handily defeated by some hack GOP nonentity Saturday that the last of the Democrats from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party who prevented the public option in the Affordable Care Act-- the others being Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln-- had all been driven from office within 4 years; I think he left out Mark Pryor-- but he also lost his Senate seat last month. Good riddance to all of them. Take a look at the ProgressivePunch lifetime c... more »

Vienna Conference On The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Opens Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Risks Of Nuclear War Rising Because Of Global Tensions And Insecure Stockpiles, Warn Experts -- The Independent* 'Too many nuclear weapons in the world remain ready to launch on short notice,' the military, political and diplomatic figures say Urgent action is needed to minimise the risk of a nuclear war, more than 120 senior military, political and diplomatic figures from across the world have warned. Ahead of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, which starts today, the experts wrote in a letter that the danger of such a conflict was “underestimat... more »

"60 Minutes" Presents: Honoring Our Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*My Comment:* This 60 Minutes report was done a few years ago .... but it is only now that I am watching/posting it. Better late than never.

Putin Pipeline Moves and EU Stupidity

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*December 8, 2014* (F. William Engdahl - NEO) - South Stream, the $45 billion project to deliver Russian natural gas via underwater pipeline through the Black Sea to Bulgaria and on to other Balkan and southern European markets, is dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the death pronouncement on December 1, during a trip to Turkey to meet Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It has major geopolitical and economic consequences for the EU. As Putin explained, “If Europe doesn’t want to realize this, then it means it won’t be realized. We will redirect the flow of our energy... more »

Firing Up The Base

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.hilltimes.com/ It's interesting to consider the titles of bills that the Harper government steamrolls through parliament. Consider a few: The "Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act.” Or the "“Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.” That's the new prostitution law. Or "The Black April Day Act." If you missed that one, Michael Harris reminds you that it: created April 30 as the day to commemorate the diaspora of Vietnamese citizens after Saigon fell to the Viet Cong in 1975. Thousands of those re... more »

A Look At Chris Kyle, The Deadliest Sniper In US Military History

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Meet The Navy SEAL Who Became The Real Life Jason Bourne -- New York Post* *With 160 confirmed kills, Chris Kyle was the deadliest sniper in US military history — and is the subject of a buzzed-about new film, “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle and directed by Clint Eastwood. In his new book, “Modern American Snipers,” author Chris Martin tells the history of these special warriors and how technology and skill produced a soldier who could shoot someone from a mile away. In this excerpt, he explains Kyle’s success — and reveals the one person who got the best of him... more »

Marine Medal of Honor Recipient: ‘I’m Just Tired Of Us As Americans Living In Fear’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Image: Twitter, Dakota Meyer *Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Invites Islamic State To His Home — To Die -- Washington Times* ‘I’m just tired of us as Americans living in fear’ The Islamic State group has encouraged its members to target military personnel in their homes, but for Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, having a few terrorists show up at his door would be a “dream come true.” Mr. Meyer posted a photo Tuesday on Twitter of himself in a chair with a pipe in his mouth, the Handbook for Marine NCOs in one hand and a sword in the other. The photo was posted with... more »

Doubling of native women in prison is a blight: Editorial

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
Justice department study shows 97 per cent increase in jailed aboriginal women over the past decade Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers has repeatedly highlighted the stark overerepresentation of native women in the prison population. ADRIAN WYLD / THE CANADIAN PRESS Published on Mon Dec 08 2014 The crisis was hidden in plain sight. For years, Corrections Canada has reported that the number of aboriginal women behind bars was swelling. Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers has repeatedly highlighted the stark overepresentation of native women in the prison popul... more »

NATO Intelligence: 'Don’t Get Russia Wrong'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
A US serviceman (front), accompanied by Ukrainian soldiers, takes part in military exercises outside the town of Yavoriv near Lviv, September 19, 2014 (Reuters / Roman Baluk) *'Don’t Get Russia Wrong': NATO Intel Warns Against Misjudging Moscow On Ukraine -- RT* Russia doesn’t want Ukraine to be split up, NATO intelligence officials say, warning their colleagues against wrongly assessing Moscow’s policy on the crisis in eastern Ukraine. That’s according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel written by intelligence officers from several NATO countries. They argue that Moscow ... more »

Help Stop (or at least embarrass) CPC Cheaters

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 17 hours ago
Remember the 2010 Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament movement? Then, before Twitter was as omnipresent as it is now, the CAPP Facebook group built more than 200,000 followers. Now that the CONs have their majority and have had 4+ years to fuck the country -- and doing an excellent job at it -- we have a chance next year to get rid of the bastards. But. They're going to do everything they can to stop us. Including of course cheating. In each of the past three elections, CONservatives have been caught cheating. With the absolute minimum cost or penalty. You think they won't do... more »

Breakfast

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( December 8 , 2014 ) - Israel strikes targets within Syria on Sunday ..... following ISIS within Syria and Iraq - and the efforts to confront ISIS ......... Turkey policy not to change in near term ( until West gives Turkey what it wants regarding Syria ) .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Links .... *Defying US, Iraq Plans Winter Offensive in Mosul* *Rivalries Resurface in Iraqi Town Recaptured From ISIS* *Officials: ISIS Executes 19 Tribesmen Near Kirkuk* *Israel Attacks Syria, Bombs Damascus Airport* *UN Details Israeli Military Ties With Syrian Rebels* *Syria Repels ISIS Attack on Eastern Air Base* *ISIS Executes 12 Shi'ite Militiamen North of Baghdad* Militiamen Among 103 Killed Across Iraq Here's One Place Where Gasoline Prices Are Rising: Islamic State Tweets..... *Joyce Karam* ‏@Joyce_Karam 2m 2 minutes ago #Erdogan extends lifeline to #Putin. #Russi... more »

A Look At The U.S. Exit Strategy From Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to American troops during a visit to Forward Operating Base Gamberi on Dec. 7, 2014. (Mark Wilson/Reuters) *Hagel Visits Afghan Outpost Seen as U.S. Way Out of Longest War -- David Lerman, Bloomberg* *The outgoing Secretary of Defense called the base "a model" that the U.S. can use in its exit strategy from the war torn country. * Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Pentagon is counting on a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan to help lead the way out of America’s longest war. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took a 30-minute helicopter ride from the ... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Student Privacy Concerns Add to Common Core Resistance* There are many things to hate about Common Core standards. From convoluted, unsolvable math problems, to an increased reliance on soulless standardized testing, to a lack of local control and adaptation to individual circumstances, just about everyone can find something to object to. One of the most concerning aspects of the program, however, is the invasive collection of personal data from students, an area that has received far too little attention in media discussions of education. All states opting into Common Core have... more »

The Taliban In Pakistan Are Getting Hit From Both Sides

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Pakistani Taliban Hit By Surge Of Counter-Terror Operations -- The Guardian* Nine fighters killed by drone missiles in Afghanistan, as US hands over Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader to Islamabad All summer Pakistan has missed no opportunity to complain that the leaders of one of the country’s deadliest militant groups have found safe haven across the border in the wilds of eastern Afghanistan. But with the election of a more amenable president in Kabul and a dramatic improvement in relations between Islamabad and Washington, the Pakistani Taliban fighters hiding inside Afghanist... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Billions won’t satisfy Warmists* By Christopher Booker in Britain Led by the BBC, the usual media suspects were quick to trumpet last week’s claims by the Met Office and the World Meteorological Organisation that 2014 is set to be “the hottest year ever”. It’s funny that the rest of us hadn’t noticed; least of all those citizens of North America and Russia whose lives were lately disrupted by record snowfalls. It is true that the temperature records compiled by the avid warmists of the Met Office and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (the one formerly run by climate activis... more »

Thanksgiving and Puritan Geopolitics in the Americas

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
This is an excellent essay on the early history that brought English settler to New England. Central to this was the serious population expansion taking place in this part of Europe that had not been so explicitly identified. A lot of it was surely the recovery from the Black Death. Perhaps also this drove improving wages and this meant better infant survival. All this made colonization possible. As posted, it also meant enslaving the surplus poor and shipping them overseas to staff plantations. This was Ireland's lot most noticeably, but also throughout England. Scotland had... more »

Vegan Diet And Its Benefits

Waking Times at Waking Times - 18 hours ago
*Video - *Here are some of the arguments promoting a vegan diet and its health benefits. The post Vegan Diet And Its Benefits appeared first on Waking Times.

Satellite Separation

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 18 hours ago
12 years ago... Australia had a Space Programme. The video shows booster separation of the Japanese H2A at 12:15:40, the Japanese ADEOS-2 at 12:16:20, the Australian FedSat at 12:16:40, the Japanese MicroLabSat at 12:17:00 and WEOS at 12:17:20 That was 35 years since the previous Australian Space Programme, and the previous Australian Spacecraft, WRESAT in 1967. We were world leaders then, just as FedSat is still the most complex and capable MicroSat ever launched. And just as with FedSat, the powers that be decided that our future was in digging holes in the ground, not out in s... more »

MOSH - shape capture AND motion capture - jiggle deforms or soft tissue simulation

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems unveil new technology for motion and shape capture (MoSh) that helps animators jump the "Uncanny Valley" by turning a few moving dots into detailed body shapes that jiggle and deform like real humans.* Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-tiny-motions-digital-life.html

Atlas V Rocket to Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday — Weather Permitting

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Atlas V payload fairing]The most powerful Atlas V rocket is scheduled to fly for the first time from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday evening, carrying clandestine cargo into orbit, some 55 years after a very different version of the venerable booster made its debut on the West Coast. Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster from Space Launch Complex-3 East on South Base is expected to occur between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday. The actual launch window for the 200-foot-tall rocket remains classified due to the hush-hush spacecraft on board for the National Recon... more »

White Solutreans From Stone-Age Europe the True and First Native Americans.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
*The Clovis person's genome is as far from Western Europe as it is possible to go*. this title is a 'bit deceptive' in that, "There is no trace of the Solutreans (S.W. French) having survived or evolved in USA," so they can't technically be termed 'the first Native Americans' in the same sense that I can't be called Japanese just because I took a flight there once and ate some of their rice/fish/meat. The Solutreans were travellers, like the Vikings who visited The Americas after them, and then the Spanish/Portuguese/British Empires... who came to rape riches and kill aboriginals w... more »

Laser defense system under test at White Sands

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HEL-MD system]A possible future of Army laser weapons is undergoing testing on White Sands Missile Range. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, or HEL-MD, is a proof of concept weapon system designed to demonstrate how a laser system can be developed into a tactical, mobile platform that can be deployed and used in the field. Not an adopted Army weapon system, the HEL-MD is a test bed that is being used in various test environments and scenarios to evaluate the capabilities and determine what a system like it can do, and how it can be further developed. Read more

Russia Deploys Tactical Ballistic Missile System, Pounding Ukraine 33 Times In 24 Hours

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Iskander-E tactical missile]Russia sent in its Iskander missiles to Crimea, according to a representative of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' General Staff who had spoken with the Ukraine Today. These short-range missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, according to the report. The missiles have a range of about 500 kilometres and each missile unit is manned by 108 personnel, according to the analysis of the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre. Read more

Syria Asks UN for Sanctions Against Israel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-16 Netz]Syria has appealed to the United Nations in outrage over alleged attacks by the Israel Defense Forces against targets near Damascus on Sunday afternoon. The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “requires sanctions to deter Israel,” according to a report broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television news. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied reports of the attacks. Syria alleged the Israeli Air Force bombed targets in and around the Dimas air base and the Damascus international airport, including a warehouse in which advanced Russian-made S-300 miss... more »

Iran Detects, Shoos Away U-2 Spy Plane: Commander

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: U-2 Dragon Lady]Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base said his forces identified a U-2 reconnaissance plane and forced it to leave the country’s airspace after warning. Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said on Sunday that the intruding aircraft, only in possession of the US, was forced to leave the country when the Air Defense systems were prepared to hit the plane. “Last week, a warning was given to the plane (U-2) somewhere in the country, and the missile system also prepared to hit it, but the plane returned immediately after receiving the warning,” the com... more »

Dimensionful universal constants are unphysical cultural artifacts

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Michael Duff has released a hep-th preprint How fundamental are fundamental constants? about a topic I consider elementary and I understood it when I was a high school student. The realization is that the numerical values of dimensionful (having units) universal constants of Nature depend on arbitrary and physically unimportant human decisions and don't really affect the character of the physical laws. By a more economic parameterization of the physical observables, e.g. the choice of \(1=c=\hbar=\epsilon_0=k=G=\dots \) units, one may completely eliminate the symbols of these const... more »

LCA Navy all set for ski-jump trials at SBTF Goa

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: LCA NP-1]Scripting a new chapter in India's naval aviation history, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Naval Prototype-1 (NP-1) is all set to undertake critical trials at INS Hansa in Goa for the first time. Sources confirm to OneIndia that the NP-1 undertook ‘extensive pre-requisite flying' at HAL Airport in Bengaluru ahead of its expected ferry to Goa soon. "The aircraft is in a good shape now. In the last two weeks alone, we did five flights. Specified speed, Mach No, altitude, Angle of Attack, undercarriage operations and ground accelerations all have been tested and fou... more »

New Dry Dock Likely to be Completed by Mid-2016

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: INS Vikramaditya]The construction of the new dry dock inside the Mumbai's Naval Dockyard is in advanced stage and is likely to be completed by mid-2016, a senior Naval officer said on Sunday. "The work (going on for last few years) is in advanced state and there are plans to test the strength of retaining walls constructed by dewatering the dry dock area, which will be carried out in February 2015," a senior Naval officer said, adding, if the result is favourable then further construction work would be carried out. Once the Mumbai dry dock is ready, it can even refit country... more »

Ultra Electronics' Sonar Systems Wins GBP27 Million Royal Navy Deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: HMS Kent]Ultra Electronics PLC on Monday said its Sonar Systems subsidiary has won a GBP27 million contract from the Royal Navy to work on its Sonar 2050 Technology Refresh Programme. Ultra said the ten-year deal will see it deliver and support new hull-mounted sonars for the Royal Navy's eight Type-23 frigates. "I am very pleased that Ultra has been awarded the Sonar 2050 Technology Refresh contract. This is a significant opportunity and it demonstrates Ultra's continuing ability to supply and support cutting edge sonar systems to the Royal Navy. We look forward to working ... more »

U.S. Presence at Spanish Base Continues to Grow

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
Rota Naval base The American strategy calling for increased attention to the Asia-Pacific region does not mean other areas of the world are less important to U.S. interests and the growth of the naval base here is a case in point. In 2010, the NATO allies agreed to increase ballistic missile protection for Europe. Two American Aegis-equipped frigates now call Rota home and two more are scheduled to join them next year. These are the first American ships home-ported here since Polaris-missile submarines left in the 1970s, U.S. base officials said. Read more

Widows oppose selection of CO cited for role in fatal helo mishap

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Cmdr. Jana Vavasseur]Last year, two pilots were killed when high seas swept a chained helicopter off the flight deck of the destroyer William P. Lawrence. The ship's commanding officer, Cmdr. Jana Vavasseur, who ordered the ship to top speed in dangerous conditions on the Red Sea, has now been selected for major command, according to the Navy's recent screening board results. Vavasseur's selection has prompted outrage in the aviation community, particularly among the wives of the deceased pilots and the spouses of aircrew still serving. Read more

High Court rejects appeal in frigate kickbacks case

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Lafayette class FFG]The Taiwan High Court on Saturday rejected an appeal by jailed Navy Captain Kuo Li-heng (郭力恆), upholding an earlier decision for a 15-year prison term with a NT$200 million (US$64,290) fine. Kuo was convicted in connection with the Lafayette frigate procurement scandal for receiving NT$1.1 billion in kickbacks for brokering the deal to purchase six Lafayette-class frigates from France in 1991. After the court sentencing this April, Kuo lodged a motion to object — as the High Court imposed an additional six months of jail time in lieu of paying the NT$200 ... more »

Remembering Pearl Harbor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
USS Arizona *Unforgettable Photos From The Attack On Pearl Harbor, 73 Years Ago Today -- Business Insider* December 7, 1941 began as a perfect Sunday morning for the troops serving the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. Under a early morning South Pacific sun, softball teams were lining up on the beach. Pitchers warmed up their arms, while batting rosters were finalized and the wives and kids came over from seaside church services. They did not know that for hours the Japanese naval fleet and air forces had been speeding across the ocean toward America's Pacific base. There, like a string... more »

Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
The struggle to sample the whole spectrum continues. Super high energetic photons beg explanation and i would like to know if any are produced locally at all. If not then we are thrown back on the likes of black holes. I would like to see if they correlate to Quasars. I also need to see if we can make these types of photons ourselves. That usually leads to a clearer understanding. Otherwise a neat advance that continues to fill in our spectrum. *Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum* *http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/03/20/mysterious-objects-at-the-edg... more »

Don’t Forget Why Marijuana Legalization Is Winning

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
I personally grew up with a perceived truth drilled into me. It was simply that prohibition did not work and the side effects are awful. Thus while personally rejecting recreational drugs generally, I certainly have seen no reason to ever promote prohibition ever. Yet we then engaged in a fifty years repeat of prohibition with global consequences rather than National consequences. It is now coming apart because the American taxpayer simply cannot continue to underwrite both the enforcement and the criminal community. Nor can all our allies and every other participant. In the ... more »

Monsanto Is Using Big Data to Take Over the World

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
I am glad that they are taking this on. It will not preserve their other protocols at all but will assist all farmers in optimization of production. This needs to be done and it will change the face of agriculture. Everyone needs to understand just how much has already been done with new information. It is the core reason organic farming is now leaping ahead of industrial methods. That expansion alone will eliminate industrial farming globally.. How to make it a paying proposition is the likely challenge. *Monsanto Is Using Big Data to Take Over the World* * The GMO gian... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“NGC 660 lies near the center of this intriguing skyscape, swimming in the boundaries of the constellation Pisces. Over 20 million light-years away, its peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings nearly perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. *Click image for larger size.* The bizarre configuration could have been caused by the chance capture of material from a passing galaxy by the disk galaxy, with the captured debris strung out in a rotating ring. Th... more »

Is The CIA Being 'Thrown Under The Bus' Over The 'Torture Report'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*CIA Won’t Defend Its One-Time Torturers -- Shane Harris & Tim Mak, Daily Beast * *When the long-awaited ‘Torture Report’ finally drops, don’t expect the CIA to stand up for its interrogation programs—or disavow those controversial efforts.* There may have been bourbon punch and festive lights at the CIA’s holiday party Friday night, but a frosty gloom hung in the air. As everyone in the agency’s Langley, Va., headquarters knew, the long-awaited “torture report” from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Democrats was set to drop early the next week, perhaps as soon as Monday morn... more »

FIGHTING THE FASCISTS. Canadians At Home.

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 23 hours ago
*Written by Robin Mathews* *FIGHTING THE FASCISTS. Canadians At Home. * From the start … let’s say it clearly. And face it. The Hard Right, The Dirty Harper Fighters, The One Per Cent, The Bilderbergers, Big Oil, (Give the name you use for the government-swallowing corporate mafia taking over). They want a fascist world. That means those forces want a world in which “representative government” is representative of big wealth, of big corporations only … where legislators are hand-picked. That means those wealthy forces always want huge private corporations to swallow gove... more »

Emissions Down at Daiichi Compared to Last Few Days Dec 1 23:50

Majia's Blog - 23 hours ago
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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day 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 »

The Cokely Affair

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Bro. Steve Cokely Vs Irv Rubin of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), Military Wing of the ADL from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"But Mr. Cokely, you can blame him from reacting when you get up before an audience and read a statement, I don't care where it comes from, to the effect that Jewish Doctors were innoculationg Black kids with AIDS..!"* *Bro. Cokely :* "Well, what I think you outta do is look into the New York Times, which talks about the Doctors in Zaire who got into an agreement with Mobutu to shoot up Black people - this Ethnic Weapons Program is being used all over the world - un... more »

Libertarian Nonsense

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Completely untrue. Jesus broke no laws and he wasn't a Roman citizen. The Pharisees demanded that Pilate crucify him for breaking Jewish law by impersonating the messiah. Jesus wasn't an enemy of the state, he was an enemy of the Church. Or the Temple. So, this is completely backwards. Jesus wasn't crucified because the Roman State in Judea was too strong, he was crucified because it wasn't strong enough. The Roman State was too weak to defy the clergy. And they were bonkers.

U.S. Intelligence Fears Blowback If The CIA Torture Report Is Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Impending CIA Interrogation Report Creates Fear of Violence -- ABC News* U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and the fear is that its release could threaten American lives. The report, due to be released Tuesday by the Senate, is described as shocking in its very graphic descriptions of secret interrogations, including some details that have never been heard before. All U.S. facilities around the world are being urged to r... more »

"A Path..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.” - Carlos Castaneda

"Essential Books For Surviving In A Post-Disaster World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Essential Books For Surviving In A Post-Disaster World"* by George Ure and Gaye Levy "We are not suggesting it will happen, but suppose in March something goes terribly wrong and there is a major terrorist attack in a big city. If this happened, there would be a tremendous ripple effect going forward in time for the entire country. Perhaps because of a recent death (Whitney) but one such city comes to mind: Houston. *The Nightmare Scenario:* Let us imagine a national nightmare moment. One of our nuclear weapons is missing from the national inventory. (And don’t kid yourself: t... more »

METRO | Elaine J. Cohen : To weave the future

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The Zapatista’s struggle to reclaim dignity and autonomy is similar to the struggle of the Lakota and other First Nation peoples. By Elaine J. Cohen | The Rag Blog | December 7, 2014 AUSTIN — In mid-November, here in Austin, … finish reading *METRO* | Elaine J. Cohen : To weave the future

The Poet: Jane Hirshfield, “Come, Thief”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There is a moment before a shape hardens, a color sets. Before the fixative or heat of kiln. The letter might still be taken from the mailbox. The hand held back by the elbow, the word kept between the larynx pulse and the amplifying drum-skin of the room's air. The thorax of an ant is not as narrow. The green coat on old copper weighs more. Yet something slips through it - looks around, sets out in the new direction, for other lands. Not into exile, not into hope. Simply changed. As a sandy track-rut changes when called a Silk Road: it cannot be after turned back from." ~ Jane Hirshfield... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Perv hunting on the metro

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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