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Sunday, December 28, 2014

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NATO's Buildup In The Black Sea Is Raising Concerns In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
USS Donald Cook.(Reuters / Bogdan Cristel) *Russia To Counteract NATO's Boosted Presence In Black Sea – Envoy -- RT* Moscow is being forced to come up with countermeasures in response to NATO's increased presence in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said following an announcement on the arrival of another US warship in the area. “Unfortunately, the Black Sea is becoming a place where non-regional powers have a permanent presence. What they are doing there is unclear,” Aleksandr Grushko said. “Of course, we will take the necessary countermeasures,” he continued. Grushk... more »

Looks Like We Have A Police Problem-- Ask Frank Serpico... Or Jello Biafra

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
A few days ago we took a look back on the 1992 war between the police and Body Count. They were hardly the only punk rock band to decry police racism and violence-- just the band that the police felt most threatened by. MDC never managed to sell the millions of records that Ice-T sold. Their music, which you can hear in the video above, was less accessible... and those initials stood, at least for a time when they moved from their native Austin to San Francisco, for Millions of Dead Cops. They did a lot of songs the police wouldn't have liked, like "I Remember" and "Dead Cops"-- a... more »

Videos: Iran Chat with Gary Sick + Amin Tarzi - What America Needs to Know about Iran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 59 minutes ago
*America and Iran are two stupid lovers who have bad girlfriends. America has Israel, who is abusing the kindness of America, and Iran has the Arabs, who are ungrateful about what Iran has sacrificed for the Palestinian cause. So they both deserve what they get for being stupid. * *Wikipedia: * Gary G. Sick (born 1935) is an American academic and analyst of Middle East affairs, with special expertise on Iran, who served on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He has written two books on U.S.-Iran relations, in addition to a numb... more »

lifted

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
Rare Abduction Testimonies The Experiencers

Pearson Overtakes Saudi Arabian Education System

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
This June 24, 2014 article is from Innovation Africa Kigali, Rwanda. It seems that Pearson– which already “has a significant presence in Saudi Arabia”– has “pledged its support for a new education initiative” in Saudi Arabia. Saudi King Abdullah is adding an extra $21 billion to the Saudi Arabian education budget. Pearson is there– already– to dip into those […]

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”; Jim Valvano, "Three Things..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.” - Jim Valvano

The Ride to Wounded Knee

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
  Photos by Ken Marchionno  Dec 28, 2014 http://300-miles.org/OT/index.html

Béji Caïd Essebsi: "My three goals as Tunisia’s president"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Earlier this week, Béji Caïd Essebsi became the first Tunisian freely elected president of the country.* *"While Tunisia's commitment to elections and other democratic processes has been inspiring, building deep roots for the democratic institutions and values that can stand the test of time will take years. Still, the country offers more hope than any other Muslim country shaken by the 2011 political upheavals and deserves as much political and economic support as the United States and Europe can muster."* *-- the conclusion of a NYT editorial,* "Tunisia Wins Again" *by Ken* The... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, "An Ocean Apart"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
This video features sailing ships and dolphins as well as sun drenched shores. The music is from the CD/DVD "Deep Still Blue" by the band 2002. The title of the song is "An Ocean Apart". The software used is Apple's "Motion". - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BfPONyDT_WQ Long playlist by 2002: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqq5ELgfnYU

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Sometimes galaxies form groups. For example, our own Milky Way Galaxy is part of the Local Group of Galaxies. Small, compact groups, like Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG 87) shown above, are interesting partly because they slowly self-destruct. Indeed, the galaxies of HCG 87 are gravitationally stretching each other during their 100-million year orbits around a common center. The pulling creates colliding gas that causes bright bursts of star formation and feeds matter into their active galaxy centers. *Click image for larger size.* HCG 87 is composed of a large edge-on spiral galaxy... more »

Chet Raymo, "How Things Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"How Things Are"* by Chet Raymo "Any global tradition needs to begin with a shared worldview - a culture-independent, globally accepted consensus as to how things are. From my perspective, this part is easy. How things are is, well, how things are: our scientific account of Nature, an account that can be called The Epic of Evolution. The Big Bang, the formation of stars and planets, the origin and evolution of life on this planet, the advent of human consciousness and the resultant evolution of cultures - this is the story, the one story, that has the potential to unite us, becaus... more »

"A Good Fight..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow." ~ William McFee

“A Dream Within A Dream”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Alan Parsons Project, “A Dream Within A Dream” "For my own part, I have never had a thought Which I could not set down in words With even more distinctness that which I conceived it. There is however a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy Which are not thoughts and to which as yet I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt to language. These fancies arise in the soul, Alas how rarely, only at epochs Of most intense tranquillity When the bodily and mental health are in perfection. And those mere points of time When the confines of the waking world Blend with the world of dreams. And ... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, “Old Man, Old Man”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Old Man, Old Man”* "Young men, not knowing what to remember, Come to this hiding place of the moons and years, To this Old Man. Old Man, they say, where should we go? Where did you find what you remember? Was it perched in a tree? Did it hover deep in the white water? Was it covered over With dead stalks in the grass? Will we taste it If our mouths have long lain empty? Will we feel it between our eyes if we face the wind All night, and turn the color of earth? If we lie down in the rain, can we remember sunlight? He answers, I have become the best and worst I dreamed. When I move my f... more »

"The Land Of Dreams..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Father, O father! what do we here In this land of unbelief and fear? The Land of Dreams is better far, Above the light of the morning star.” - William Blake, “The Land of Dreams”

Free Download: Jiddu Krishnamurti, “The Book of Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." - Jiddu Krishnamurti Freely download “The Book of Life” by Jiddu Krishnamurti, here: - http://keychests.com/item.php?v=ucpoaaqjnwg

The United States Air Force vs. the UFO Witnesses

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 3 hours ago
As I was completing my final UFO book, I ran into a number of things that were somewhat disturbing. Some of those were the ongoing Air Force attitude that these things weren’t alien in nature, those who saw them were somehow deluded, and it was the Air Force mission to convince people that UFOs were an illusion. It didn’t matter to them how honest the witnesses might be, how carefully they had made their observations, or what their level of education or expertise might be. The Air Force mission was to stop the UFO reports. If they had to lie about it, misrepresent the situation, hid... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Saint-genis-laval, Rhone-Alpes, France. Thanks for stopping by.

"Moving Through Darkness: The Places We Go"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Moving Through Darkness: The Places We Go"* by The DailyOM "Often it takes something major to wake us up as we struggle to maintain an illusion of control. In life, most of us want things to go to the places we have envisioned ourselves going. We have plans and visions, some of them divinely inspired, that we want to see through to completion. We want to be happy, successful, and healthy, all of which are perfectly natural and perfectly human. So when life takes us to places we didn’t consciously want to go, we often feel as if something has gone wrong, or we must have made a mis... more »

Ever Think About Converting To Catholicism?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I've always been a spiritually-inclined person, even-- or especially-- when I was taking acid and wandering around the world from Sufi sites in Turkey, Hindu sites in India, Buddhist sites in Thailand to Jesus' birthplace in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and a Jewish synagogue in Yangon. I worked in a non-sectarian meditation center in Amsterdam for four years and experienced all I could in the way of spirituality. Organized religion, on the other hand, has never been for me. My father, a devout atheist, told me they were all run by hucksters looking to enrich themselves with a minimu... more »

What's Wrong With The U.S. Secret Service?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Critical Decisions After 9/11 Led To Slow, Steady Decline In Quality For Secret Service -- Washington Post* The Secret Service began struggling to carry out its most basic duties after Congress and the George W. Bush administration expanded the elite law enforcement agency’s mission in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. According to government documents and interviews with dozens of current and former officials, the recent string of security lapses at the White House resulted from a combination of tight budgets, bureaucratic battles and rapidly growing demands on ... more »

(Former IMF Chief Economist:  Break Up Citigroup!)  Obamacare Spending All Dumped into the Third Quarter in Order to Maintain the Illusion of Economic Recovery . . . The Financial Media by Refusing to Ask Obvious Questions Have Left the American People Unprepared for Another Drop in Living Standards and Ability to Cope

Sardonicky has the last word on our last words of the year. Don't miss them. They are more than worth your time. The Game's Afoot! Dr. Pangloss Amuck. Former IMF Chief Economist: Break Up Citigroup By Simon Johnson, Project Syndicate 27 December 14 merica’s presidential campaign is already well underway. The election is not until November 2016, and very few candidates have formally

“The Old Man And the Sea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Old Man And the Sea”* by James Quinn "Ernest Hemingway is one of the most renowned writers in American history, with classics such as "A Farewell to Arms," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "The Sun Also Rises" to his credit. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. He constructed a new literary style characterized by lean, hard, sparse dialogue. He influenced literature and young authors for decades. As a teenager I was immediately drawn to his gritty realistic novels. There was no nonsense to his novels. They always involved man’s struggle against death and hardship. Mos... more »

Soldiers in UK need police protection, but the rest of us have none. Madness

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 6 hours ago
The UK is a basket case. It is governed by people who despise the indigenous population and who only see us in terms of how much money we can make for them. Our safety, our opinions, our lives - these don't matter to them one iota. We 'plebs'; we factory-fodder; we ordinary people - we are hated by our rulers. They insult us by daring to call our country a democracy, when it is plain for all to see that if one doesn't play the 'soggy biscuit game' at Harrow, Eton or similar degenerate's paradise, then one simply has no chance of getting into parliament. Yes, their are women ther... more »

Pakistan Is Not A Fan Of The TV Series 'Homeland'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Pakistani Officials Furious Over ‘Homeland’ -- New York Post* Claire Danes is lucky no Emmy voters live in Islamabad. Pakistani officials are furious with Showtime after watching the fourth season of its hit show “Homeland,” which they say portrays their country as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued “hellhole.” The diplomats took copious notes of every slight while binge-watching all 12 episodes — including the lack of greenery in the depiction of the nation’s capital, Islamabad. They complained directly to producers of the Emmy-winning drama, but their gripes fell on deaf ears, ... more »

Terror Victims Confront ISIS Detainees on Iraqi TV

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
Title: Terror Victims Confront ISIS Detainees on Iraqi TV. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: December 28, 2014. Description: In an Al-Iraqiyya TV program, titled "In the Grip of the Law," ISIS detainees are taken to the scene of a terror attack, where they are confronted by members of their victims' families. The program aired on December 24.

"For This Is What We Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

"Why People Are Sad..."

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

"How Are Things Going, Joe?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“You go up to a man, and you say, "How are things going, Joe?" and he says, "Oh fine, fine — couldn't be better." And you look into his eyes, and you see things really couldn't be much worse. When you get right down to it, everybody's having a perfectly lousy time of it, and I mean everybody. And the hell of it is, nothing seems to help much.” - Kurt Vonnegut

"Argument: Stepping Back from Anger"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Argument: Stepping Back from Anger"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "The emotional trigger than begins an argument may have little to do with your present situation, but has dug up a wound. When we find ourselves in an argument, we may feel like we are losing control of emotions that have taken on lives of their own. When we can become aware that this is happening, taking a deep breath can help us step back from the situation. Once we can separate ourselves from the heat of the moment, we may find that the emotional trigger that began the argument has little to do with the presen... more »

2015 Feliz Año Nuevo - Happy New Year Free Wallpapers II

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 7 hours ago
Hola! Esta es la segunda parte de nuestra mega colección de *imágenes, fondos y wallpapers de Año Nuevo 2015 con mensajes en Español y en Inglés*. Se trata de una bonita serie que le ofrecemos a usted en exclusiva para que los comparta en sitios web, foros, blogs y redes sociales. Son hermosas *imágenes* coloridas con mensajes como *"Feliz Año Nuevo" y "Happy New Year"*. Son diseños especiales en fondos y wallpapers coloridos y con un gran número *2015* en ilustraciones listas para ser parte de nuestras felicitaciones para este año venidero que seguramente será de mucho éxito y ben... more »

Flurries

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Various fleeting thoughts have been floating across my mind today, falling like snowflakes... **** Firstly, Maureen Lipman on *Broadcasting House *describing the British media's coverage of the Syrian conflict: I've seen no pictures. I've seen nothing on 24 hour news. I am well accustomed to seeing every rooftop that descends in Gaza because that's where all the reporters are, in the same hotel, all chatting away and all swapping photos. But as far as Syria's concerned, they're all absolutely petrified to do anything or report on anything. That seems to me to be a pretty good d... more »

Does China Control Access To The Internet Within Its Borders?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think -- Brendon Hong, Daily Beast* *China takes great pains to regulate Internet users within its border, but civil unrest remains largely uncensored—and helps the government gauge public sentiment.* HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard. At the time, news about the purge of Bo Xilai, a princeling and member of China’s Central Politburo, was still making waves in China. Over chilled beers, he shared a few observations: “Everybody is talking about Bo Xila... more »

Tanker Enemy - Chemtrails - The Secret War

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
so, we have to leave it to the Italians to come up with a decent chemtrails documentary? The major contention of this documentary made by anti-War World group Tanker Enemy is that The Weather or The Sky has been manipulated in various chemical and electromagnetic ways to look like *NATURAL DISASTERS ARE KILLING OFF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE* each event, and that this activity has been UN-sponsored since 1966. The producers of this documentary suggest that this is the role of these so-called chemtrails, "To evoke natural slaughter and deterioration of the human species on a massive scale."... more »

Exploding Navy Budget Threatens Food Stamps

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
I leave early in the morning for St. Mary's, Georgia where I will join the annual King's Bay nuclear submarine base protest vigil on New Year's Eve. This alternative New Year event has been going on for something like 35 years. While I lived in Florida I must have attended more than 20 of these. Folks hold a retreat, share food, and review their activism at the Crooked River State Park which is located next door to the nuclear sub base. I've missed these events since we moved to Maine in 2003 and was excited to be invited to come and speak during the retreat this year. (Presid... more »

Miley Cyrus goes topless in sultry bedroom snap as she hits out at censorship on Instagram - Daily Mail obviously don't do irony

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
This Daily Mail article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2888906/Miley-Cyrus-goes-topless-sultry-bedroom-snap-hits-censorship-Instagram.html includes this line: 'Free The Nipple is an equality movement that's meant to empower women across the world, against female oppression and censorship, as many states still have laws against public toplessness.' The photos of Miley Cyrus that accompany the article have the nipples obscured or airbrushed out... Hmmmm The Daily Mail obviously don't do irony.

China Confirms That It Is Testing Missiles With MIRV Capabilities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Photo:* China's DF-41 missile *Chinese Military Confirms DF-41 Flight Test -- Bill gertz, Washington Free Beacon* *Beijing says new multi-warhead missile does not change nuclear policy* China’s People’s Liberation Army on Thursday confirmed that its military conducted a flight test of a new long-range missile that U.S. intelligence agencies say involved the use of simulated multiple warheads. “China has the legitimate right to conduct scientific tests within its border and these scientific tests are not targeting any country or target,” PLA Sr. Col. Yang Yujun told reporters at a... more »

american torture

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
The truth won't change just because you got offended !

The Most Read 14 Posts of 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
It's the quiet time, that part of the year betwixt end of term and January 2nd where nothing happens. At least as far as blogging goes, anyway. Should writers venture into print their fare is the reflective post on 2014's happenings, predictions of events to come and perhaps, just perhaps, a meditation on Christmas telly. I won't be upsetting this apple cart, *it's a holiday after all*. So here, just for you, are the most read posts published since the beginning of the year. In reverse order they are ... 14. Identity Politics and Intersectionality 13. Obituary: Stuart Hall 12. Manag... more »

Civil Rights or Civil War

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein.) Mrs. Flannigan asked me at the kitchen table today, "Do you think the Civil Rights movement would've continued if Dr. King had lived?" It's certainly a question worthy of unpacking, although trying to predict alternate history is the slipperiest of slopes. One has to factor in the men surrounding Dr. King at the time of his assassination in Memphis in April 1968, the political landscape, the power yet the limits of personal charisma, etc. Plus, one must look at the latter-day race relations and try to extrapo... more »

American anti-intellectualism more popular than ever, and why not?

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
First published on *K12NN Wire* on December 28, 2014 ------------------------------ *"The capitalists, from the start, complained that universities were unprofitable. These early twentieth century capitalists, like heads of investment houses and hedge-fund managers, were, as Donoghue writes "motivated by an ethically based anti-intellectualism that transcended interest in the financial bottom line. Their distrust of the ideal of intellectual inquiry for its own sake, led them to insist that if universities were to be preserved at all, they must operate on a different set of princ... more »

U.N. Drastically Scaling Back Its Mission In Darfur

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The UN Is Scaling Back Its Troubled Peacekeeping Force In Darfur As Violence Increases -- Business Insider/IBTimes* The United Nations will cut its peacekeeping forces in Darfur after months of intense pressure by government officials in Sudan, the New York Times reported. The UN has fielded its mission in Darfur, one of the largest peacekeeping operations in the world, since 2007. But the mission has often been accused by the international community of failing to protect citizens and the withdrawal of peacekeeping forces comes at a time when violence in the region is increasing... more »

News Rot: The Black OP Media of 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
The mainstream media in 2014: No more than a black Op By Brenda Norrell Censored News TUCSON, Arizona -- No one spins wars better than CNN and no one kills with drones better than the White House. The paid media in the US marched to the tune of their handlers in 2014, continuing the rot and decay of US manufactured news. The news became no more than a black OP, a dark operation of the

The U.S. and Mexico: Hand-in-Hand in Human Rights Violations

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
The U.S. and Mexico: Hand-in-Hand in Human Rights ViolationsBy Frontera NorteSur Censored News Though little-noticed by the U.S. media, events north of the border bore striking similarities to developments in Mexico in 2014. Like in the mass protests that arose south of the Rio Bravo and then rapidly extended worldwide over the police killings and forced disappearances of the Ayotzinapa rural

YEAR END THOUGHTS ON 2014 / ALLEN L ROLAND

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*Here I am perched on this pale **blue** dot in space, Earth. Our Sun, which is 4.7 billion years old, is located 26,000 light-years away from the galactic center on one of the spiral arms of our galaxy ~ the Milky Way. The Sun makes one complete orbit around the galaxy about once every 225 million years. In contrast, stars near the galactic center complete a lap in a few million years or less.* *Most of our galaxy is relatively uncrowded ~ the nearest star to our Sun, for example, is 4.2 light-years away. Roughly 10 million stars are known to orbit within a light-year of the galax... more »

U.S. Preparing To Transfer It's Afghan Military Gear To Ukraine Over The Objections Of The Kabul Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov *Afghanistan Against US Plans To Transfer Military Gear To Ukraine - Kabul Official -- RT* Kabul is against Washington's alleged decision to transfer weapons and machinery left from its military mission in Afghanistan to Ukraine, an Afghan presidential administration official told TASS. The issue will be discussed with Obama, he added. American specialists in Afghanistan are currently preparing US army MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles to be transferred to Ukraine, according to the information obtained by the Afghan presidential administra... more »

Kryon: The Inanate Revealed

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
Found at: http://www.i-uvsweden.com/i-oliver-blog/dna-communication-entitythe-innaterevealed

PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill are sweethearts, but they keep their jobs only by promulgating U.S. government propaganda, including outright lies regarding today’s Russia. In contrast you will watch here Russian moderator Oksana Boyco, of the same caliber, but with no government restrictions, interviewing Hanne Stine Nabintu Herland, a Norwegian author and debater educated as a historian of religions at the University of Oslo. I watched this video three times, discovering that I missed a lot on my first two passes. One thing I learned was that a large majority of the German people are strongly opposed to any kind of war or conflict with Russia. So it would seem that only Chancellor Merkel is owned by Washington. How great it would be if the American people could match the German people and thereby prevent World War III. Even Henry Kissinger, reviled by the American left, has come out in favor of common-sense detent. Unfortunately, however, by watching only American TV most Americans will be suckered into welcoming the end of the human race.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ http://youtu.be/JAbdtSsy_dE ‘Bomb something that looks valuable’ - Norwegian NATO pilots told in Libya - historian *RT* *Published on Dec 26, 2014* Liberalism and secularism are considered to be cornerstones of Western civilization, though many feel that their overemphasis has led away from traditional values and ethics into exceptionalism, intolerance and aggression. How have these factors influenced Western political thought, and can history's lessons help us avoid major confrontation in such a turbulent geopolitical environment? Oksana is join... more »

Ukraine Crisis -- News Updates December 28, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Travel Chaos As Ukraine Suspends Transport Links With Crimea -- Euronews* Thousands of vehicles have been stuck at the border between Ukraine and Crimea, after Kyiv authorities reportedly blocked movements at two out of three crossing points. It comes after Ukraine stopped rail and bus travel between the mainland and the peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in March. “It’s a total mess. The mess began right after the referendum (in Crimea), mess on both sides,” said driver Mikhail Semin. *Read more* .... *Ukraine Crisis -- News Updates December 28, 2014* Ukraine: All quiet on... more »

TV Watch: Looking back via AMC's "Breaking Bad marathon" and ahead to the "Better Call Saul" premiere

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*AMC is running a complete Breaking Bad marathon.* *by Ken* If you're reading this now, chances are pretty good that you're *not *in at the start of AMC's complete-series segmented marathon of *Breaking Bad*, which began this morning at 10am ET/PT, 9am CT, and 8am MT (as best I can tell -- if ever there was a time to consult your local listings, this is it), but you've still got oodles of time to join in. run continuously through Tuesday morning, December 30, then start and stop at various times, with some repeats, timed to reach the end in time for the launch of the *BB *prequel ... more »

History Lesson: 'The Negro Problem' in St. Louis

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
From KETC, Living St. Louis Producer Jim Kirchherr looks back at the ethnic, political and social conflicts taking place in East St. Louis in the early 1900s. These tensions erupted into violence on July 1, 1917, after police officers were shot.

The Propaganda Game's Afoot

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
There will be no need, after all, for us to don our Sherlock Holmes tinfoil deerstalkers to investigate whether there's an orchestrated White House-corporate media plot underway to gaslight Americans into believing that their economic travails are mainly all in their heads. (see my last post.) The game's afoot, Watson. And since it's brain-damaging football season, it's being advertised as a sporting event that we're all invited to attend. The agenda is this: rather than acknowledge the most extreme wealth gap in modern history and suggesting legislation ( say, higher taxes on the r... more »

More Data on Ukraine's Zaporozhiya Nuclear Power Plant

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Operator refuses to provide details but says "radiation in the area is within acceptable limits" "State nuclear power company Energoatom says the unit was disconnected from the electricity net early Sunday to prevent internal damage to the generator. It did not give further details, but said radiation in the area is within acceptable limits" http://lasvegassun.com/news/2014/dec/28/ukraine-nuke-plant-unit-taken-offline/ I interpret this quote as indicating that there has indeed been a radiation release.

Emergency Shut Down Reported At Ukraine's Largest Nuclear Plant

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, is in southeast Ukraine on the banks of the Dnieper River. © Wikicommons *Emergency Shutdown At Ukraine’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant -- RT* One of the reactors at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant has automatically shut down after a glitch. This is the second halt in operations in recent weeks at the plant in Ukraine’s southeast, which covers at least one fifth of the country’s power needs. “Unit 6 at Zaporizhzhya NPP was disconnected from the network by the automatic system that prevents damage to the generator. The reactor ... more »

Ongoing Problems with Ukraine's Zaporozhiya Nuclear Power Plant

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Yahoo is reporting that "Ukraine shuts down faulty nuclear power plant reactor" December 28, 2014: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ukraine-shuts-down-faulty-nuclear-power-plant-reactor-104143422.html I am very concerned about the Ukrainian reactor. There is almost no news about the latest shutdown and the stories that I can find simply report the basic fact of the shutdown (due to some unexplained electrical problem) and provide no other information (e.g., see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/28/ukraine-nuclear-plant-offline_n_6386690.html ). Recall that problems were first reporte... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday, and as usual it is time for my weekly rant.. I have had a lot of critics come out of the woodwork over the last while claiming that I have been "neglectful" in not putting up more articles pertaining to some of the major subjects of the day.... I used to put up a multitude of articles every day a few years back, but I found it better that I concentrate on subjects that I found to be of the greatest importance, and to leave a lot of other subjects to other bloggers and those who I stand behind as the "best" bloggers that I know.... Of course many of th... more »

Eight Down, an Infinity to Go: a Love Story

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
This is not a sponsored post. This is not a post about crafts or recipes or special deals available only to readers of this blog. It's a post about love. So if that's not your thing, check back again tomorrow. If it is your thing, hopefully I don't mess this up too bad. While we're busy going through disclaimers I should probably clarify this post isn't written by Debra, the owner of this blog. This is her other half (I won't say better because we all know that's not true). I decided to take over posting today for one special reason: love. You see, eight years ago today, a much youn... more »

How Long Will The U.S. - Iranian Alliance Of Convenience Against The Islamic State Last In Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A Shi'ite fighter, center, mans a heavy machine gun as he takes his position on at the outskirts of Balad, north of Baghdad December 25, 2014. (Stringer/Reuters) *The U.S. And Iran Are Aligned In Iraq Against The Islamic State — For Now -- Washington Post* Iranian military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over the past year as Tehran has delivered desperately needed aid to Baghdad in its fight against Islamic State militants, say U.S., Iraqi and Iranian sources. In the eyes of Obama administration officials, equally concerned about the rise of the brutal Islamist gro... more »

Changing The Firmament

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
http://www.globalresearch.ca/ On the second anniversary of the founding of the Idle No More Movement, Irvin Studin writes: There can be little doubt that the aboriginal question is by far the most important moral question of Canada’s early 21st century. No other public question in Canada has its historical weight, inertia and complexity. But what is the aboriginal question for this century? Are we talking about standards of material well-being for aboriginal people? Is it about social status and professional opportunity? Or does the... more »

Nigerian Boko Haram MIlitants Launch Attacks In Neighboring Cameroon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Cameroon: At Least 30 People Killed in Boko Haram Attack -- Sputnik* The militants of Boko Haram have killed around 30 people in Mbaljuel, a village in the north of Cameroon. MOSCOW, December 28 (Sputnik) — The militants of Boko Haram have killed around 30 people in Cameroon, regional governor Mijiyawa Bakary told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The militants attacked Mbaljuel, a village in the north of the country, bordering Nigeria. "We do not yet have all the facts, but our divisional officers and security officials are filling us in," Bakary told the agency Saturday, adding that t... more »

Hold Fast To The Freedom Of Your Soul - The Wisdom Of Beinsa Douno

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*“Hold fast to the freedom of your soul, to the power of your spirit, to the bright thoughts of your mind, and to the good feelings of your heart. Treasure your good deeds as precious stones, which you have attained in your life. They are your reward in life. Enjoy the path of light in which you are walking, more than the lost path of darkness, which you have left behind.* *Prepare yourself, work hard, be ready, because the door of the Kingdom of God will be open soon. You need to enter in as the light enters everywhere freely. Be as light, if you would like to enter into the ... more »

US, NATO Formally End Afghanistan Combat Mission

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*U.S.-Led Forces Formally End Afghanistan Combat Mission -- Wall Street Journal* *Afghan Forces Left to Battle Taliban Largely on Their Own* KABUL—The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission on Sunday, leaving Afghan forces to battle a still-resilient Taliban insurgency largely on their own. The International Security Assistance Force is being replaced with a smaller force that will focus more narrowly on counterterrorism and on training Afghan soldiers and policemen. U.S. President Barack Obama in his Christmas address said the change in mission mark... more »

2015 - An Election Year

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I think the first thing we should do is take the Canada Elections Act off the books. In the first place, the advantage of governments waiting for opportune times to call an election is mitigated by the reality that a government could simply time all sorts of tax-cuts and spending initiatives to coincide with the "fixed" election date. In the second place, when the government that crafted the legislation violated the spirit of it, what's the fucking point? Here we've been, for a year now, guessing whether harper will call a snap election, still under the same Act that's supposed to ... more »

Neil's PINK "Gold" bars for Dummies & Fools

Unknown at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 14 hours ago
Admin: By now you would have known that Neil Keenan is a fraud working for the Cabal together with David Wilcock, Ben Fulford, Drake Kent Bailey, Thomas Williams and the whole lot. Since being outed in Sept, 2014, the Keenan Team had been fighting against the tide, in control damage PR. But it is like trying to plug the leaks in the boat in mid ocean. Sooner or later, the truth will sink in. His latest video, first released by his Indonesian Kemo Sabe, Jo. H, on Dec 22, 2014 was allegedly recorded on Nov 22, 2014. But the evidence within the video itself, show that it could not hav... more »

Massive Rescue Operation Underway To Save Passengers Trapped On A Burning Ferry Off The Greek Island Of Corfu

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Hundreds Of Passengers Remain Trapped On Blazing Ferry As Rescue Operation To Free Them Is Hampered By Bad Weather And Gale-Force Winds Off Corfu -- Daily Mail* * Ferry carrying 423 passengers and 55 crew caught alight off Greek island * Evacuation of Italian ferry Norman Atlantic currently underway off Corfu * Passengers still trapped on ship as rescue efforts hampered by weather * Reports of explosions on board but authorities said no injuries reported * Vessel had been travelling from Greek port of Patras to Ancona in Italy Hundreds of passengers remain trapped on a blazing ferry... more »

Climate Tricks 36: Avoid Looking at Data 450,000 Years Ago or Longer

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
The anthropogenic or "man-made" warming/CC camp is generally a parochial and short-time reference hypothesis. I say parochial because they only focus and blame carbon dioxide (CO2) as climate driver and generally don't mention or discuss other natural contributors to climate forcing like the Sun, galactic cosmic rays (GCRs), water vapor, Pacific decadal oscillation (PDO) and Atlantic multidecadal oscillation (AMO), volcanoes, etc, And I say "short-time" reference because they generally look back over the past 160 years only, in the mid 1800s which coincided with the end of the li... more »

The End Of An Era For The Queen's Guard

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Elite soldiers of the Queen’s Guard have pulled back from public positions at many landmarks in response to possible threats from Islamic extremists *Retreating Of The Queen's Guard: End Of An Era As Palace Sentries Fall Back In Face Of Mounting Fears Of New 'Lone Wolf' Terrorist Attack -- Daily Mail* * Security bosses have withdrawn Royal Guards from posts outside palaces amid fears of a 'lone wolf' terror attack * Elite soldiers of the Queen's Guard no longer allowed on sentry duty alone and are accompanied by armed police * But the measures have ... more »

Noth Korea Deploys Its Female Agents To Have Children With Foreigners So That They Can Be Blackmailed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*North Korea's Honey Trap Scheme Revealed -- The Telegraph* North Korean defector reveals how rogue state sends female agents to have children with foreign politicians, businessmen and journalists North Korea has blackmailed dozens, if not hundreds, of politicians, journalists and businessmen after seducing them with female agents, a former elite North Korean politician has revealed. In a scheme called "the seed-bearing programme", high-level visitors to Pyongyang would be sent an attractive consort, only to find out several months later that they have a child in North Korea. ... more »

Democracy Under Threat-- Or Is It Already Too Late?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and feeling chipper. I tweeted an upbeat statement about Bernie Sanders' likely presidential run: Just once before we pass on, shouldn't we have a president NOT owned by Big Business & Wall St.? It's still up to us http://bit.ly/1rr7eOe. And then I started thinking about the implications of the "It's still up to us" phrase. Is it? I revisited an interview Tom Hartmann had done (above) a few months ago with Martin Gilens, Professor of Politics at Princeton University. Gilens was on Hartmann's show because he co-authored, along with Profe... more »

The Magic of the Fibonacci Sequence

Waking Times at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Video - *Explore the hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. The post The Magic of the Fibonacci Sequence appeared first on Waking Times.

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Looking over our shoulder....

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
Traditionally this is the time of the year that we look back over the past 12 months and remember the highlights, both good and bad, in an effort to 'do better' in the coming year. I would suggest that perhaps we had better keep our eyes firmly in the future lest we walk off the cliff from the highlands of a vibrant democracy and fall into the swamp of authoritarianism and tyranny, we have been traipsing through the scrub-lands of oligarchy for some time now. However when we have strayed from the path it is often instructive to retrace our steps and see where thing went wrong and h... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*British headteachers' chief says after-school tutoring is 'child abuse' and youngsters should be allowed to play with their friends instead of being forced to do extra learning* Sending children to tutors for up to two hours after school is 'child abuse' and they should go and play in the park instead, according to the leader of a head teacher's union. Gail Larkin, president of the National Association of Head Teachers, said children were being forced to sit through hours of unnecessary tuition by pushy parents competing with one another. She added that instead of two or three ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Social psychologists attack the "denier" accusation* *Almost any Leftist writing with a pretense at scholarship is conspicuously marred by its one-sidedness. Only "facts" that support Leftist prejudices will be considered. This of course can only be considered as propaganda and will do little to persuade anybody with some knowledge of the field concerned. Jonathan Haidt and a few others have come to realize that such writing is largely pointless. It will only persuade those who are already believers.So in an effort to upgrade the standards of scholarship in the soci... more »

The Unbelievable Lie

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
David Mitchell has penned a satirical Review of 2015 (yes, 2015) for the *Observer*. It contains a sarcastic passage on the subject of BBC bias, from which it's probably safe to assume that he doesn't believe it exists and that the BBC is just super. His own experiences of working for the BBC must have helped him reach that conclusion, for if there's one thing you can say about topical BBC comedy programmes, it's that they're always studiously balanced and politically neutral. You never find David Mitchell, for example, mocking the *Daily Mail,* UKIP, posh Tories and Christian... more »

Celebrating women bishops

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
This morning's edition of *Sunday* was a celebration of the Church of England's historic decision to appoint woman bishops. It was guest-hosted by the BBC's religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt. Her studio guests - two Anglican vicars, a Jewish Orthodox feminist and the vice-president of the Islamic Society of Britain - were all women too. There was also an interview with Justin Welby. Everyone was highly enthusiastic about the move. There was much talk from Caroline of "diversity" and whether the Church "is finally an equal opportunity employer", plus considerable us... more »

Sunni Tribes of Iraq, Left Out In The Cold, Go Around Baghdad And Ask Washington For Arms To Fight ISIL

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 21 hours ago
*"Sunni tribesmen take part in military training, as they prepare to fight against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Nov. 16, 2014. Reuters/Ali al-Mashhadani." Source: International Business Times.* *1. An excerpt from, "Iraq calls on US to arm Sunni tribes against ISIL" Anadolu Agency, December 26, 2014:* Iraq has called on the U.S. to arm 100,000 Sunni tribesmen in the country against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to an adviser to Iraqi parliament speaker. Wahdah al-Jamili's comments came Friday following a meeting betwee... more »

Vladimir Putin: A Look At How A Onetime "Nobody" Growing Up In The Slums Of Saint Petersburg Became The "World's Most Powerful Person."

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Boris Yelstin, then-president and Putin, then-prime minister, in December 1999 *Putin's Extraordinary Path From Soviet Slums To The World's Stage -- Elena Holodny, Business Insider* Vladimir Putin may be the wild card in world affairs right now, but he didn't gain that influence overnight. The Russian President's ascension to power is filled with spies, armed conflicts, oligarchs, oil and (of course) judo. So here's how a onetime "nobody" climbed up the ranks to become the "World's Most Powerful Person." *Read more* .... *My Comment:* The links that are provided by this article... more »

The Kremlin Continues To Ignore The Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones Fighting In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Anton Tumanov’s grave in his home town of Kozmodemyansk, 400 miles east of Moscow, Russia (Tom Parfitt/The Telegraph) *Secret Dead Of Russia's Undeclared War -- The Telegraph* The Kremlin’s denial that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine has left families of dead servicemen searching for truth and justice. Tom Parfitt reports Anton Tumanov gave up his life for his country - but his country won’t say where, and it won’t say how. His mother knows. She knows that Mr Tumanov, a 20 year-old junior sergeant in the Russian army, was killed in eastern Ukraine, torn apart in a rocket... more »

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