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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

1 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

7:32am MST

Guess Who's Watching The Hen House?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 minutes ago
During the election, we talked a bit about how the CIA and other spy agencies worked hard it insert their own operatives into Congress as members, with the object of getting control over oversight of their own agencies. There were some successes (William Hurd in Texas) and some failures (Kevin Strouse and Bobby McKenzie) but electing Members of Congress isn't the only way the National Security State can keep control of their shit. This week, investigative journalist Lee Fang, resting for *Republic Report*, exposed another: high-paid lobbyists being hired by Intelligence shills to ... more »

Top 100 Independent Tweeting Bloggers 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 hour ago
I know at least two people have been looking forward to this year's independent bloggers' list. Sure, it's a bit different from the curmudgeonly elder sibling, but that's all for the good. Here's where blogging folk are keeping it real and (mostly) doing it because it's a passion, not a payslip. If you want to geek out over definitions have a look at last year's. If the commentators list is the top 40 as revealed by Radio 1 every Sunday afternoon, then think of this as your alternative/indie chart tucked away in the pages of the *NME*. Enough of that. Here's the list for 2014. How ... more »

Breaking: New Year dawns on schedule!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2015With us in a distant locale:* Yesterday, we journeyed to the Hudson Valley to attend a bit of a memorial service. The new year has dawned bright and clear in this locale. With apologies, we expect to resume our current series on Saturday.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 hour ago
*Climate change caused the AirAsia crash* *You knew it, didn't you?* The AirAsia jet in which 162 people lost their lives this week behaved in ways "bordering on the edge of logic" according to Indonesian aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman citing leaked information from the air crash investigation team. The Airbus 320-200 climbed in a way that was impossible to achieve by the pilot, adding that it subsequently "didn't fall out of the sky like an aeroplane", he told Fairfax Media. "It was like a piece of metal being thrown down. It's really hard to comprehend … The way it goes down... more »

Ukraine - Russia Situation - After the travails of 2014 , what lies ahead for 2015 ? Recent items of note touching upon the complicated geopolitical situation of Russia and Ukraine.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Tweets...... *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 11h11 hours ago Guest Post: 2014 - A Russian Viewpoint http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-31/guest-post-2014-russian-viewpoint … *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner · 43m43 minutes ago #Lithuania Adopts #Euro as #Russia Worries Rattle Baltics. Draghi Says Euro Area Will Benefit From Lithuania. http://bloom.bg/1vuZaYi *Bloomberg Business* [image: View this content on business's website] Lithuania Adopts Euro as Russia Worries Rattle Baltics By *Bloomberg Business* @business Lithuanians celebrated with fireworks and toasted champagn... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 hour ago
*Student, 13, Shares Lunch, Gets Detention * A 13-year-old boy at Weaverville Elementary School in California shared his school lunch — a chicken burrito — with his friend who was hungry. For this, he got detention. The food-sharing miscreant, Kyle Bradford, told KRCRTV: “It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” said Bradford. But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from sharing their mea... more »

Election Expulsions

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
[image: DSC03693] *Bike paths to nowhere: this boondoggle travels along the HSR right of way in Miaoli for a kilometer and then dies. Brilliant.* Sorry about the light blogging, but I am swamped with work. Well, it's a new year, but same old politics. First, Clara Chou, the talk show host who accused the President of getting under the table money, six million US bucks worth, from the Ting Hsin Group, has been expelled from the KMT. The TT reports: The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday denied media personality Clara Chou (周玉蔻) a chance to present herself at the party’s Centra... more »

Echo Chambers

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 hour ago
Just a passing thought about the BBC News website's busy *Echo Chambers * blog. It's strapline is "Blogging global opinion, clearly" and its "About this Blog" mission statement reads: Echo Chambers unscrambles the noise of the global debate, from social media to scholarly journals, Kansas City to Kathmandu. Well, let's just put it this way: You won't read much from Kathmandu at *Echo Chambers. *It's Kansas City all the way, being almost entirely a blog about the U.S.A. It's strapline should, therefore, be changed to "Blogging U.S. opinion, clearly" and its "About this Blog" missio... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War ( January 1 , 2015 ) - Battlefield and political news of note touching on Iraq and Syria .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Links..... *Can ISIS Extend Current Momentum In 2015?* *Shi'ite Militias Redraw the Map in Central Iraq* *Jordan Stopped ISIS Airstrikes After Pilot's Capture* *US Begins Training Recruits; 231 Killed Across Iraq* Syria Rebels: Obama Administration Ignored Early Plan to Stop ISIS Is ISIS Winning Battle for Islamic Radicals' Hearts and Minds? British Woman Held Over Syria Terror Offenses Tweets.... *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 3h3 hours ago Pictures of #Peshmerga-ISIS confrontations on New Year's Eve http:// fb.me/77n3ZkQ95 *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 3h3 hours ago #S... more »

Tugging at the heartstrings

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
Here's a well-made point from Biased BBC: deegee December 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm [image: Child-with-flag.png] The BBC ends the year as it intends to continue. Above is a screen grab from the BBC News homepage (International edition). Surely this fails every test for neutrality? The ‘brave’ child with the Palestinian flag ‘confronts’ armed Israeli soldiers. Tugs at your heartstrings. Some might call that *child abuse* but in reality the child was in no danger unless, of course, someone off camera decides to up the ante. I would call it blatant propaganda. UN Security Council rejects Pal... more »

Here's to 2015!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
Well, here it is then, 2015. Hope it's a good one! ***** BBC Radio 4 is beginning the year by paying handsome tribute to one of its star presenters, James Naughtie. In honour of his famously long and elaborate questions on *Today* - each consisting of a minimum of six sentences, an-over-50-words-long main clause and at least 30 subordinates clauses - the station is broadcasting a day-long dramatisation of the book which the *Today* man's questions most frequently bring to the listener's mind: Tolstoy's *War and Peace*. *War and P*e*ace *is often said to have a conservative bias ... more »

Happy New Year!

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
A.D. 2014 has been a great year. First of all, my mother celebrated her 69th birthday on December 6th. In 2005, when she was 59, she went missing for a week during Hurricane Katrina. When the storm hit, she was alone at my sister’s house in Meraux, which filled with water in five minutes as […]

I Survived Another Happy New Year!

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
WNU Editor: Groannnn .... I am getting too old for this .... blogging will resume when I wake up.

Cartoon For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)*

Videos: The Strength of The Egyptian Military In Egyptian Politics And Its Controversial Reconciliation With Qatar

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*"Supporters of Egypt's military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi set fire to a Qatari national flag during a demonstration outside the Qatari embassy in Cairo on November 30, 2013 (AFP Photo/Mahmoud Khaled)" [Source: AFP, "Egypt, Qatar plan reconciliation summit: diplomat" December 24, 2014].* *Title: Mona El-Ghobashy on the Egyptian Military's Role in Curtailing Democratization. Source: DU Center for Middle East Studies. Date Published: September 21, 2014. Description:* CMES Director Nader Hashemi sits down with Mona El-Ghobashy, former Assistant Professor at Barnard College, to discus... more »

Johnny Palacios Hidalgo - natural surrealism - sublime

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 3 hours ago
*Peruvian painter Johnny Palacios Hidalgo [1970] was born in Lima, Peru and studied art between 1988-1998 in the National Art Museum and the National School of Fine Arts.* [source TUTTART] The only thing Free Planet can say about Johnny's work is, "Sublime."

Did President Obama Free A Nuclear Terrorist From Guantanamo?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Photo:* Former Gitmo detainee Mohammad Zahir *Frontpage Magazine:* *Obama Frees a Nuclear Terrorist* *WNU Editor:* The 4 Guantanamo detainees who were recently released to Afghanistan were let go on the recommendation of the Guantanamo Review Task Force who deemed them .... "cleared for release." The implication is that they had been "cleared" of any wrongdoing and their release is risk-free. Apparently that is not true. The Long War Journal did some digging and found a very different story .... *4 Gitmo detainees transferred to Afghanistan are veteran insurgents, files allege*.... more »

Free Planet resolution - Pancakes Tomorrow - real life choices

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 3 hours ago
*image from Bee Movie (2007)*"Pancakes Tomorrow," that's what I said last night, and I meant it. Pancakes, here in England, is not something one normally has for breakfast. But last night I made the effort to 'make it happen'. I had the recipe, I had the ingredients, I had the Canadian maple syrup. I had the intention to make pancakes. Well, I didn't. The wife did. She did all the work on this one. *Pancakes Tomorrow* was her idea. But it was a revelation (and, by jove, they were tasty) in the sense that it was one of those moments in life where you go... a Road to Damascus moment... more »

Government austerity cuts are being carried out without thought or care. So say top civil servants with no axe to grind. What are you going to do about it in this General Election Year?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 4 hours ago
The Welfare State was hard won by generations of Britons before us. It is as much an inherited right as is the unearned income received by some from their inherited property and financial assets. Doubtless the Welfare State can be reformed and improved. However, evidence from independent top civil servants shows government reforms of the Welfare State are not driven by well considered

When Worlds Collide.

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 4 hours ago
World-views anyway. Here are two therapeutic handbooks, both widely used in psychological counseling. The first is The Christian World View of Psychology and Counseling www.reformation.net/COR_Docs/Christian_Worldview_Psychology.pdf Mr. George C. Scipione, Th.M., M.A., Chairman Dr. Lawrence Crabb, Ph.D., Co-Chairman Dr. Ed Payne, M.D., Co-Chairman With contributions by members of the Psychology and Counseling Committee of The Coalition on Revival Dr. Jay Grimstead, D.Min., General Editor Mr. E. Calvin Beisner, M.A., Assistant to the General Editor *6. Scientific MethodWe affi... more »

The Pentagon’s Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
The Pentagon’s New Year’s Resolutions -- Time You make them, I make them, we all make them…but few of us keep them. In keeping with the seasonal delusion, let’s imagine our favorite world’s biggest office building is a sensate creature, and suffered shortcomings and regrets just like the 25,000 humans who toil there: Read more .... My Comment: This list is from 2012 .... but it is still appropriate for today.

Five Most Popular Posts for December

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 4 hours ago
Most read this last month were: 1. Top 100 Tweeting Politics Commentators 2014 2. *The Sun* vs Russell Brand 3. Man Haron Monis: It's Not About Islam 4. How Not to Start a Trending Topic 5. Market Socialism: Basic Ideas No prizes for guessing that my annual link-baity list came tops in December. *It does so every year*. And the rest speak for themselves. As I'm a touch hung over from last night's festivities, I'll eschew the usual rambling and leave it there.

CIA Admits That They Were Responsible For At Least HALF Of All UFO Sightings In The 1950's And 60's

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
#1 most read on our #Bestof2014 list: Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us. http://t.co/BKr81M5OUN (PDF 9.26MB) — CIA (@CIA) December 29, 2014 *Daily Mail:* CIA says at least HALF of all UFO sightings in the 1950's and 60's were spy planes, NOT aliens *WNU Editor*: OK .... so they were responsible for half .... what about the other half? *More News On The CIA Admitting That They Were Responsible For At Least HALF Of All UFO Sightings In The 1950's And 60's* CIA Behind UFO Sightings in 1950s and 1960s -- Newsweek UFO or CIA? Agency takes credit for '50s ... more »

2015: International Year of Light and Soils

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
*Man's evolving understanding of light* Welcome to the year 2015 = MMXV = 13*5*31 (it took me a minute to write the product in this nicely symmetric way). Hours ago, my hometown of Pilsen (along with Mons, Belgium) became the European Capital of Culture. One of the minor advantages is that whatever I will write on this blog in this year will automatically become the official opinion of the European Union. I could talk for hours about every place shown in this video. For example, around 2:34-2:36, you see the spot where I enjoyed a collision with a big dog in the summer. ;-) Big ce... more »

End of year notes

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 6 hours ago
Well, this past year was certainly eventful. Some ups, some downs, some progress, some setbacks, all of which is to be expected as we continue on this journey. I'd like to close out 2014 with the following blog post which will give readers some updates and include some final thoughts for the year from yours truly. I'll keep this brief. *First of all*, I am not hosting a radio program at the moment, obviously. I simply do not have the time in my schedule right now. Also, I've felt a bit fatigued lately. I just don't have the passion and energy at the moment, and haven't for at least ... more »

Watch A Stunning Video Of Jets Being Launched From A U.S. Aircraft Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Business Insider/The Aviationist*:* Stunning GoPro Footage Brings You Aboard An Aircraft Carrier During Fighter Launches* *WNU Editor:* When we see airplanes on carriers .... it is usually from the pilot's perspective. This one is different .... it is from the perspective of the crew that prepares the jet for its launch. From *YouTube*: The Catapult Topside Petty Officer's job is to ensure the safety of all personnel on the flight deck during launching operations, and to ensure the proper hook-up of the aircraft to the catapult. The video starts with about one minute until launch... more »

2015 A Pivot Year.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 hours ago
Another year is upon us and in the midst of all the turmoil out there, i think it is appropriate to make a few important predictions. Quite honestly the pivot has already occured with the abrupt decline in the price of oil from $95 to $50. Most expect a recovery. Do not count on it. Better yet, organize your life to accommodate the removal of oil from all our lives. Simple mass manufacturing can displace every oil based engine inside of five years. There is nothing we do on Earth that is more capable of changing how we all live than the removal of the oil industry that pre... more »

Harvard Study: This is What Meditation Literally Does to the Brain

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 hours ago
Good advice here also. It is really easier than most make it into. we need to step back and not stress the mind. That is how it really works best. What we continue to show is that the process of relaxation and *intention *guides the brain to enhance itself beneficially. I see no reason to describe this process any other way. Intent is the one factor that everyone has left out yet is is obvious. Intend to become smart and voila, it occurs. A physical assist is also available by hanging a northward pointing magnet around your throat to stimulate the pineal g... more »

Problems Continue With The F-35. Program May Be Delayed For Four More Years!

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Reuters *Daily Beast (Dave Majumdar)*: *New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 * *WNU Editor*: Apparently the software is 4 years behind!?!?!?! And while the F-35 will still be armed with missiles, its 25 mm cannon will not be functional?!?!?! So much for the advocates of this program who have been stating repeatedly that the F-35 is the *plane of the future for protecting ground troops .... not the A-10*. More at this link .... *The Air Force's Rationale For Retiring The A-10 Warthog Is Bullshit* (Fox Trot Alpha). *More News On The F-35 Program's Problem In Not being ... more »

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Says He Is Open To High Level Talks With South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters/KCNA *Bloomberg*: *Kim Jong Un Says Open to ‘Highest-Level’ Talks With South Korea* *WNU Editor:* This is not the first time that the two Koreas have gone down this road. if the past is any indication .... my advice will be to now be optimistic. *More News On North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Saying He Is Open To High Level Talks With South... more »

Happy New Year 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! And my prediction for the new year is a simple one .... it is going to be an interesting 2015.

Lying Liars Still In Charge (Don't Ask - It's Really A Little Bit Late for the Citizens To Get Incensed)  But Some Are Trying To Shine A Light

Happy Birthday, Patti Smith! 2015 will ring in either the wake-up call we've all been awaiting since the election of our non-progressive nightmare in 2008 or it will be the final death knell of representative democracy in the United States of America. And there is nothing that can be done about it. (If a largely turned-off or apathetic out of political PTSD population doesn't get involved

The Next Generation Of NYPD Looks To Be About As Rotten As The Current One

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
Over the past few days we talked about the corrupting nature of the culture of policing-- from the perspective of victims and from the perspective of good apple police officers who were sickened by the entire filthy enterprise. By now, everyone has read about the spoiled brat attitude the police took in turning their backs on Mayor De Blasio last Saturday at the funeral of slain policeman Rafael Ramos. Monday, De Blasio spoke at Madison Square Garden at the graduation ceremonies for 884 new police officers from the city's Police Academy. The assholes booed and heckled him, while h... more »

Celebrity Deaths 2014 (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* I know that this video has nothing to do with wars and conflicts .... but culture and entertainment does have an impact on all of our lives .... and this is that one time in the year that this blog acknowledges it.

Happy New Year To All Of My Readers

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
I have been laid up, so to speak, for the last few days with one heck of a cold... But I am a stubborn and persistent blogger, and I want to send this message off to everyone... Happy New Year to all of my readers.... I am truly crossing my fingers that this year will be one of good fortune for everyone.... But with the Jews and their plans to implode the entire world economy this year, it could be one of hardship and uncertainty.... Again, let us all hope for the best for this coming year... But always be prepared for the worst! More to come NTS

RT Wraps Up The Events That Shaped 2014 (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *A link to even more videos from RT on the events that shaped 2014 *are here*.

Site C Dam Not Required, British Columbia Could Save $15 Billion Dollars

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 10 hours ago
That`s my answer to all provincial political parties, I would never give money to the corrupt BC Liberal Government or party, the Greens are not a political force as of yet and the BC NDP is lost in the wilderness, although that hasn`t stopped them from sending me at least 300 emails in the last two months asking for money...Requests coming in Carole James, David Eby, John Horgan`s name and a dozen others, plus continual asks from the Federal side of the NDP party for casholla.... *The answer is HELL NO...!* To be perfectly clear, Thomas Mulcair squandered Jack Layton`s foot in t... more »

Sandra Rambler 'Born and Die Apache'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
By Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache Traditionally Speaking Photo Jennifer Johnson Apache Messenger                 "The words of our ancestors still hold true today, 'You are born an Apache!  You will die as an Apache! Don’t ever act like the White Man—the enemy!'"             How do you respond to a White Man whose name is Paul Gosar, an Arizona Congressman who recently said, “

The Tender Carnivore

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 11 hours ago
Paul Shepard was an animal with a PhD who made the astonishing discovery that he really was an animal, and so was everyone else. This sort of thinking makes us sweaty and nervous, because we prefer to believe that we are the creator’s masterpiece — not the cousins of disgusting baboons and orangutans. It’s insulting to call someone’s kid a cute animal. Two-legged primates evolved as hunters and gatherers in healthy wild habitats, living in groups of a dozen or so. These highly intelligent animals were perfectly at home in natural surroundings, but today’s two-legs are overwhelme... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

The 50 Most Unforgettable Photos Of 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
In June, ISIS took over the Iraqi city of Mosul. Kurdish peshmerga fighters have led the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Here, a fighter held a grenade launcher overlooking the edge of Mosul in September. *WNU Editor:* The link to these 50 photos* is here*. *Update: *Photographers Reveal The Stories Behind 2014's Most Powerful Pictures (Business Insider).

"Party Like It's 1969!"; plus five New Year's wishes

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*AMC sez, "Party Like It's 1969":* *This is no ordinary New Year's libation. It's the Mad Men Champagne Cocktail.* *by Ken* From the folks at Mad Men Social Club (links onsite): *The Mad Men Cocktail Guide: Party Like It's 1969!* Want to make this evening's New Year's Eve bash a memorable one? Ditch the pedestrian champagne flutes and mix things up with the *Mad Men* Cocktail Guide. From Gimlets to Greyhounds, Mai Tais to Manhattans, you'll find inspiration, ingredients, and instructions that'll have you ready for a midnight toast to remember all year long. So when it's time to be... more »

U.S. Department of Defense: 2014 Year In Photos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. special forces soldiers provide security while an Afghan special forces soldier directs other Afghan soldiers during a firefight with insurgents in the Gelan district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Feb. 8, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. David Devich *WNU Editor*: The link to this impressive photo gallery *is here.*

Happy New Year!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Happy New Year, folks! Wishing you the very best in 2015, and thank you all for stopping by!

Dec. 31: "Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow"

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 12 hours ago
"Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time;" The lines above are proof that William Shakespeare must have read the Irving press every day. That is probably why he became aware of creeping in this petty pace. The editorial advises us to "..reflect on 2014'. But the reflection is pretty narrow, strictly local, stuff. The whole thing is really just staring at the editor's unattractive belly button. Its closing advice is to start a new slate to find solutions to issues. How's that for thoughtful and precise advice? And we all know that if anybod... more »

The White House Releases 'Best Photos Of 2014'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
"The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution. There were so many cameras and strobe lights flashing but the end result was kind of cool. See the video at here." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *WNU Editor:* The White House link *is here*. *Update #1:* From President Obama's emotional embrace with an Ebola survivor to the First Lady's trip to China with her daughters: The White House releases best photos of 2014 -- Daily Mail *Update #2:* Bill Murray, Corvettes, and 3D portraits: these are the White House's photos of the year -- The ... more »

NY Theater

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago
My family and I have spent the past several days in New York City enjoying some theater (and fine dining). We much enjoyed *A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder*. But the revival of *Cabaret* with Emma Stone as Sally Bowles and Alan Cumming as the Emcee was amazing. It is open only for a few more months. I strongly recommend you see it if you can.

The Verge 50: The Most Important People Of 2014 (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* A non-political/non-business list of the top 50 for 2014.

A Look At Some Of The Top Stories Of 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Top News Stories For 2014* World in 2014: the stories of the year -- The Telegraph The Top 5 Events of 2014 -- George Friedman, Stratfor Year in Review: The Top Stories of 2014 -- NBC 2014 Year in Review: The Events That Shaped a Turbulent Year -- Wall Street Journal Top International Stories of the Year 2014 -- Chosun Ilbo 2014: not such a bad year after all -- The Guardian What (not) to look forward to in 2015: ISIS, life on Mars, Europe's mood -- Tim Lister, CNN Here are the top military stories on Checkpoint in 2014 -- Washington Post Stripes.com's top 10 most read stories... more »

man's failure

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago
All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal. John Steinbeck

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Falling Through Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
2002, “Falling Through Time” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5SjXaxc74

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r... more »

The Poet: John Gillespie Magee, Jr., "High Flight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"High Flight"* "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew — And, while with silent lifting mind I have t... more »

"Pass It On..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; 'Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears. Pass it on." - Rev. Henry Burton

"Our Best Choice..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment." - William Glasser

"Free Downloads: The Books Of Paulo Coelho"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“Asking Questions”* by Paulo Coelho "Warriors of light always keep a certain gleam in their eyes. They are of this world, they are part of the lives of other people and they set out on their journey with no saddlebags and no sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always make the right decisions. They suffer over the most trivial things, they have mean thoughts and sometimes believe they are incapable of growing. They frequently deem themselves unworthy of any blessing or miracle. They are not always quite sure what they are doing here. They spend many sleepless nights, beli... more »

"And This Is The Weaving Of Human Living..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"...and this is the weaving of human living: of whose fabric each individual is a part; each is intimately connected with the bottom and the extremist reach of time: and not one of these things nor one of these persons is ever quite to be duplicated or replaced: but each is a new and incommunicably tender life, wounded in every breath, sustaining for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe." - James Agee, "Now Let Us Praise Famous Men"

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Coppenbrügge, Niedersachsen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by.

"Even The Biggest Failure..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"The early bird catches the worm; a stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to ‘seize the day'. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves like Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wonder... more »

"Only This Moment..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand- and melting like a snowflake..." - Marie Beyon Ray

"The Power..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” — J. K. Rowling... more »

Creative Consumer Network: LIVE STREAMING alternative media in 5, 4, 3......

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
In 15 minutes the Creative Consumer Network will be going live, and we will be live streaming our welcome at midnight GMT!!! CCN: CREATIVE CONSUMER NETWORK: is going live January 1, 2015 at Midnight GMT (4 PM PST/7 PM EST on Dec. 31) Livestreaming of the Alternative Media for the Awakening Mind WATCH CCN LIVE http://www.consciousconsumernetwork.tv/


Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
Johnson Conversation with Martin Luther King on Jan 15, 1965 (WH6501.04) Listen: Download: WAV MP3 Browse Johnson Finding Aids Tape: WH6501.04 Conversation: 6736 Date: January 15, 1965 Details: Martin Luther King Transcript: *In responding to Dr. King's suggestion for the appointment of African American to a Cabinet-level post, Johnson laid out his priorities on racial matters, particularly in legislation and in Cabinet-level appointments. Johnson and King discuss the importance of the Voting Rights Act in the context of much broader legislation to help black Americans, especia... more »

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 9

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*• Pompous Blowhard of the Year Award: Bill O'Reilly• FOX "News" announces new spinoff: The FOX Benghazi™ Shopping Channel!• Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 11: DiGiorno Pizza* *In Crackpot Utopia it was still the Year of Benghazi -- see No. 2.* *Crackpot Utopia:* *A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Bachmannism, Boehneresque.* *by Noah* *1. Pompous Blowhard of the Year Award: Bill O'Reilly* When I thought about who deserved this awar... more »

The Top 10 Most Popular Natural Health Stories of 2014

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Anthony Gucciardi* - 2014 was a year full of victory, disturbing news, and amazing findings in the world of natural health. Already, it’s easy to see that 2015 will be even more interesting and eventful... The post The Top 10 Most Popular Natural Health Stories of 2014 appeared first on Waking Times.

5 Ways to Stay Mindful in 2015

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Jennifer Sodini* - In order to stay strong, practicing mindfulness is an excellent way to integrate the lessons of 2014 in to 2015, and the list below contains 5 ways stay mindful in the year ahead. The post 5 Ways to Stay Mindful in 2015 appeared first on Waking Times.

Top 14 Post of 2014

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
I can't believe 2014 is already over. It was a crazy year for Housewife Eclectic. Lots of fun projects and recipes. Frozen was a big part of Housewife Eclectic this year, as was Doctor Who. What would blogging be without a little geek throw in? Here are the top posts of 2014 in no particular order. My daughter loves these Elsa and Anna Hair Bows. We still live and breathe Frozen. Technically part of 2013, this post went live just about a week before the end of last year and it was far and away the most popular this year. Who doesn't want an Frozen Anna Cloak? We went on a crazy ... more »

Peace in the New Year!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Checking in from the Crooked River State Park next to the King's Bay nuclear submarine base on the Georgia-Florida border. We vigiled at the front gate of the navy base yesterday as workers were going home. I handed out quite a few leaflets to drivers as I stood in the concrete strip in the middle of the road in the lane exiting the base. Folks had to wait at a traffic light so it was hard to avoid me. About a dozen of us were spread out on various corners with signs, banners, and leaflets. I only received 3-4 negative responses as I kept wishing the drivers a Happy New Year.... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Oh, if you "liked" 2014 you're just gonna *LOVE* 2015...

50 postales de Año Nuevo 2015 con nombres de personas para compartir

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 15 hours ago
[image: 2015 Free Pictures] [image: Año Nuevo 2015] Esta es una MEGA colección de postales de año nuevo con nombres de personas. Si no encuentra su nombre, puede solicitarlo en los comentarios de Facebook aquí abajito. Gracias por ser parte de nuestra comunidad. ¡Feliz Año Nuevo 2015!

Iraq / Syria Regional War Report ( December 26 - 27 , 2014 ) - Round of news and views touching on Regional War ..... Persistent report ( which might be dead wrong , but for what it's worth ) involves US accused of repeatedly dropping supplies and arms to ISIS positions in Iraq ( Iraq MP Hasan Salem ) ...... US withdraws advisors / personnel from Al Assad Airbase in Anbar Province ..... Jordan pilot ejected over Syria after technical failure , not hit by ISIS operated weapons ..... Special Focus on Aleppo , Syria battleground......

Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links.... *ISIS Has Governing Woes, But Retains Territory* *US Massing Thousands of Vehicles in Kuwait for ISIS War* *Syria Kills 50 in Airstrikes on ISIS-Held Towns* *Rebels in Syria's Aleppo Announce 'Total Merger'* *Kurds Kill 44 ISIS Fighters in Northeast Syria* *US Preparing Surge of Military Contractors to Iraq* *Iraqi Police: US Airstrike Kills ISIS Governor of Mosul* Syria's War Enters New Year More Fragmented Than Ever Turkey, Iraq Pledge More Military Cooperation in Fight Against ISIS Lebanon's Hezbollah Detains 'Israeli Spy' in Its Ranks Tweets...... *Rekka* @Rekka_K · ... more »

2015 Prediction: More Agent Provocateurs, Double Agents and Triple Double-Crossers

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 16 hours ago
*Double agent draws gun on* *crowd after being outed at Berkley protests* My mother had a "saying' for every occasion. Wise words drawn from history or experience that served as cautionary lessons for her children. One of them was, *"There's no honour amongst thieves"*. (Loosely drawn from Shakespeare's Falstaff in *Henry 1V, Part I*). When a person or a nation does not obey the law...they cannot be trusted by *anyone*, including their fellow scofflaws. Double agents surrounded us in 2014. We had the above "outing" of a double agent at a demonstration in Berkley, California. ... more »

The Economy: Greg Hunter, “Rick Ackerman: ‘We are Definitely in a House of Cards Situation’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“Rick Ackerman: * *‘We are Definitely in a House of Cards Situation’”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Financial analyst and newsletter writer Rick Ackerman is no stranger to contrarian calls. At the beginning of 2014, he said forget about rising interest rates because they were going down. They did. Now, Ackerman predicts rates will go lower and will stay low for a long time. Ackerman explains, “My perspective is that of a deflationist, and it’s been easy for me to see. Even though we have inflation in certain things, the much bigger picture is deflationary. *It is that huge $1 ... more »

Obamacare: “Again, An Admission You Were SCAMMED”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“Again, An Admission You Were SCAMMED”* by Karl Denninger “And where are you, Boobus Americanus? You're not in the streets. You're not picketing both the White House and The House of Representatives, nor the Senate. You're not in front of Pelosi's home, or Boehner's, or any of the other Congresscritters. You're going to get drunk tonight, aren't you? Good- go celebrate your consent to being robbed. Oh sure, you were robbed by a thief in the night originally, but now you've consented to the continued theft that flows into the coffers of the medical and insurance "industries", lev... more »

Happy New Year!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago

Satire: “House Majority Whip Calls For Clearer Labeling Of White Supremacists”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“House Majority Whip Calls For Clearer Labeling Of White Supremacists”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Tuesday that he would introduce a new bill requiring clearer labeling of white supremacists.The White Supremacist Labelling Act of 2015 would require white supremacists to wear 4-inch-by-6-inch name tags clearly designating them as members of an official hate group. “Right now, it’s impossible to tell the difference between neo-Nazis and collectors of WWII memorabilia,” Scalise said. The Louisiana congressman ... more »

2015- A Happy New Year? A Year Humanity Takes Charge!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
2015- what will it bring? I admit to having not good feelings about 2015. Plenty of situations ongoing. *Ukraine*, *Turkey Pt 1 & Pt. 2*, *Syria.* Oil Prices. Russia. Banks. Bail ins. NATO global tyranny. Etc., Rather then focus on the negative, let’s look at the positive aspects the worsening global situation is bringing to fruition. I've definitely come away with the impression that global awareness of the psychopathy of those we have allowed to lead is has grown, greatly! Humans are realizing a predator is stalking them. The human species is now moving into the action s... more »

Driving In Costa Rica, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 17 hours ago
Driving in Costa Rica is.................interesting. I found out from a friend recently that there are no driver's training courses here. It is very apparent when driving, and Kurt and I only drive from our house to town, which is about three miles away, only about 1 on the highway. Here are some strange things you will encounter in Costa Rica while driving. And for those of you who use your phone while driving? Not even possible here with all the driving distractions. 1. People do not use blinkers. And those that do generally turn them on to turn the opposite of which way t... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 31, 2014* The Afghan war that didn't really end yesterday ended in defeat -- Dan Murphy, CSM Afghanistan ends 2014 with mix of violence, hope -- Lynne O'Donnell, AP Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State -- Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark, Spiegel Online The end of Christian communities in Iraq? -- Trudy Rubin, Stars and Stripes/The Philadelphia Inquirer Gaza Is Nowhere -- Roger Cohen, NYT Mere borders will not contain Yemen’s wars -- Faisal Al Yafai, The National ... more »

How to Know Happiness

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Susan V. Ferguson*The realization that you never die changes your entire attitude towards living and you have the opportunity to become less attached to the perils, failures, and successes of your current identity self... The post How to Know Happiness appeared first on Waking Times.

The Face of Resistance: Censored News 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 17 hours ago
Thank you to all the photographers who contributed to Censored News!

Oil price war with Latin America threatens Canada’s oil patch?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*A price war is brewing* between Canada and Latin America over who will satisfy U.S. Gulf Coast refiners’ hunger for heavy oil. [image: Bank of Canada] *The new Seaway Twin pipeline* will almost double the amount of heavy Canadian crude coming to Gulf terminals and plants to about 400,000 barrels a day starting in January, according to Calgary-based based ARC Financial Corp. The shipments are growing even without the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been delayed for six years because of environmental opposition. Keystone,or a reasonable facsimile, will be come to pass... The Canadi... more »

Jay Dyer - Dialectic Enlightenment & The Entertainment Industrial Complex

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*This was a very timely interview, *considering the* psyop* movie *"The Interview"* - *"The Interview" It is America and Americans that should be offended !* Then becoming aware of the true meaning of the word- *entertainment:* "Entertainment" PennyDecember 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM Just as a point of interest I looked up the etymology of the word entertain It seems interesting containing 'enter' and 'tain' the enter to me speaks of entering your mind and the tain- searched that out latin 'teneo', I hold. so it seemed it would suggest holding your mind? and sure enough... http://www.... more »

Artist Lecture - Robert Nickelsberg: Afghanistan: A Distant War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*Title: Artist Lecture - Robert Nickelsberg: Afghanistan: A Distant War. Source: CUNYQueensborough. Date Published: October 7, 2014. Description:* Renowned photographer Robert Nickelsberg will address the brutality and suffering amid the stunning beauty of the convulsions that have devasted Afghanistan. The lecture will include an extraordinary portfolio of images, accompanied by incisive commentary, that explain the country's tragic history. Sponsored by the QCC Art Gallery and Military and Veterans Services. "Nickelsberg, a photographer, came to Afghanistan for the first time i... more »

World News Briefs -- December 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*MIDDLE EAST* U.S.-led forces launch *10 air strikes in Syria, Iraq*. Syria Kurds control *70 percent of besieged Kobani: monitor*. Kurds in new Islamic State *group offensive in Iraq*. Iraqi forces *'recapture Dhuluiya from Islamic State'*. Shi'ite militias expand influence, *redraw map in central Iraq*. Houthis killed in *Yemen suicide bombing*. At least 23 killed in Yemen suicide bombing: *state news agency*. Palestinians join* International Criminal Court*. Palestinians* decide to join ICC*. Netanyahu threatens *Israeli response to ICC approach*. Iran says new U.S. sanction... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
A Canadian Army crewman stands inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter flying over Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, July 5, 2011. (BAZ RATNER/BAZ RATNER/REUTERS) *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 31, 2014* Iran and Iraq Deepen Defense Ties, Sign Pact -- Defense News Iran in new deal to boost Iraq army -- Al Arabiya/AFP Iranian Navy's AB-212 Helicopters Destroy Targets in Massive Wargames -- Fars News Agency Russian Naval Destroyer Leaves English Channel, Enters North Sea -- Sputnik Russia's second Black Sea Fleet Varshavyanka sub to take northern deepwater tr... more »

Censored News 2014: Defending the Sacred and Exposing the Exploiters

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 18 hours ago
Censored News Photos Around the world, the struggle to defend Mother Earth and human rights, and expose the exploiters is maintained by the good hearts as a sacred trust by Brenda Norrell Censored News The year of 2014 was a difficult one for many, and the struggles to defend the earth and defend human rights were fought with sacrifice around the world. The most viewed articles at

The Testing Front for 2015 Will Not Be About Annual Testing

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 18 hours ago
Reading a piece in Politico this morning by Caitlin Emma puts into focus a number of potential developments for the lucrative world of testing accountability in 2015. There is, of course, the Republican feint led by the ethically-challenged Lamar Alexander, who is trying to cut a deal with the ethically-challenged Rhonda Weingarten to get approval on a new ESEA reauthorization that would hasten the charter takeover. Will Weingarten cut a deal to reduce the number of tests in exchange for support of Alexander's plan to kill Title I by passing the money down to his red state cronie... more »

5 Trends You Will See Intensify in 2015

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 18 hours ago
*Marco Torres & Michael Forrester* - Those who want change are putting their neck out and standing up for what they believe in. Others are satisfied with following the blind... The post 5 Trends You Will See Intensify in 2015 appeared first on Waking Times.

Jordan Has Suspended Military Actions Against The Islamic State Since The Capture Of Its Pilot

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Official: Jordan halts ISIS strikes after capture* *WNU Editor:* The wrong message to send to the Islamic State .... but I guess there is a lot of internal politics at play within Jordan *Update:* Jordan Stops Bombing ISIS After Jet Goes Down In Syria (NPR)

The Taliban Are At The Gates Of Kabul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Kabul was eerie and dangerous under the Taliban. It feels that way again*. *WNU Editor:* A depressing read from the Washington Post .... and probably very accurate. The above video is from Al Jazeera .... and it is discussion on what is the future of Afghanistan. What is my prediction .... when the winter season is over and the opium harvest has been brought in .... the war in Afghanistan is going to erupt to a level not seen since the Taliban came to power. Do not be surprise if a major city .... like Kandahar .... is hit with continuous and bloody warfare.

Report: U.S. Wants To Re-Engage With Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) *Bloomberg (Josh Rogin)*: *Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia* *WNU Editor: *It is not going to happen .... and the reason why comes down to trust .... both sides do not trust each other. My prediction .... U.S. - Russian relations are going to be in the "toilet" for a long time, and will continue to be there long after the crisis in Ukraine has come to past.

The Muslim Churchill: His Greatest Quotes

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 19 hours ago
*Today, the New World Order is waging Global War on Islam (GWOI) launched by the satanic 9/11 inside job. Yet any Muslim who advocates self-defense, even in the most tepid language, risks being sent to Guantanamo.* *Below are some Churchill quotes to inspire those defending Islam. (And I'm not talking about CIA/Mossad mercenaries like the idiots of ISIS and Beaucoup Haram.) * *For the source of the quotes, see: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/12/31/muslim-churchill/* *Quotes by the Islamic Churchill* "It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in do... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 19 hours ago
*New Year's Eve brings warning for those planning to use Uber in New Orleans ~WDSU* *French Quarter signs attest to jitters over violent crime ~Caitlan McNally, N.O. Advocate * *Lafitte Greenway to open in Spring 2015 ~Jeanie Riese, Gambit* *Tonight: 15 New Year's Eve concerts in New Orleans ~Gambit *

Standing Up For Ed Snowden?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 20 hours ago
Saturday we asked if you would hide Ed Snowden in your home, to protect him from the American National Security State, the way heroes during World War II hid Jews and Resistance fighters from the Nazis at great personal risk. Before Snowden was granted asylum in Russia-- provoking the CIA coup in Ukraine and American sanctions that are destroying Russia's economy-- he addressed a handful of Russian officials, lawyers and human rights advocacy organizations on July 12 at Sheremetyevo Airport. As a follow-up to Saturday's post, I'd like to offer Snowden's verbatim address: Hello. ... more »

Terror in the Big Apple

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 20 hours ago
When two New York City police officers were shot to death this month, they were parked in front of a public housing project during an anti-terrorism training exercise. That just about says it all. Cop union boss Patrick Lynch is actually correct about there being a war in the Big Apple. But it's not only a war of the cops against a liberal Democratic mayor and against the people protesting police brutality. It's the war of neoliberalism against the poor and working classes, and it's been going on for decades. The cops function to ease the gentrification process, and to contain the d... more »

Oliver Stone: The CIA's 'Fingerprints' Are All Over Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Oliver Stone with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Facebook *Hollywood Reporter*: *Oliver Stone on Ukraine Protests: "The Truth Is Not Being Aired in the West"* *WNU Editor: *Oliver Stone's Facebook post on this topic *is here*. Not surprising .... the comments thread is overwhelmingly negative. What is my take .... while it is true that the U.S. has been involved in shaping Ukrainian politics for years .... *Senior U.S. Diplomat Admits That The U.S. Has Spent $5 Billion To Influence The Ukrainian Government* .... it is also true that this part of the world has seen it... more »

Yankton Sioux seeks dismissal of Transcanada's KXL tarsands permit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
Faith Spotted Eagle YANKTON SIOUX, IHANKTONWAN, SEEKS DISMISSAL OF TRANSCANADA’S BID FOR SD PUC PERMIT STATUS ON JANUARY 6, 2014 By YANKTON SIOUX TRIBE Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Chair Censored News Wednesday, December 31, 2015 YANKTON SIOUX NATION -- In a determined move, the Yankton Sioux Tribe will square off with Transcanada on


Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 20 hours ago
Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

Living With Falling Oil

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 21 hours ago
By now it's no secret that the declining price of oil and introduced a certain level of economic uncertainly as we close out the year. I won't pretend to be an expert on the economics of it all but for the curious I will say that while I find it concerning and I find myself paying careful attention to it these days, I'm not overly worried or freaking out things. I can only give the perspective of one person working in the heart of Canada's oil patch here. Work has slowed down in recent weeks but part of that was due of course to the Christmas holiday. I try to keep my nose to gr... more »

The Syrian Regine Is Running Out Of Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Syrian President Bashar Assad. Business Insider: *The Assad Regime Is Running Low On Soldiers* *My Comment:* Introducing conscription in order to have enough soldiers to fight in this messy and horrific civil war is not going to go over well .... especially when one looks at the high casualty rates for those who have served (100,000 killed in the past 3 1/2 years .... a force of 300,000 at the beginning of he conflict .... to a force of 150,000 today). People are now getting tired of this civil war .... *Some Alawites are beginning to question their support for Syria’s Assad* (Wash... more »

Top ten things you need to know about 2015

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 22 hours ago
1) Oil prices defying gravity giving rise to to a worldwide thinking that something about pricing is out of control. More importantly than that there has to be a big back story to this collapse. I was a bleiber in peak oil and that has to say the least not been the trend, and if will continue in 2015. I would just have to remind the fans of foment, Thomas Malthus may have been wrong for nearly at thousand years, but his logic has to touch home on a planet with an eco death vibe. The same people that told you smoking was good for your are supporting a selfish campaigned to convince ... more »

Amazing 96 Year Old Yogini Attains World Record

Waking Times at Waking Times - 23 hours ago
*Video - *This 96-year-old woman now holds the World Record for being the oldest yoga instructor. The post Amazing 96 Year Old Yogini Attains World Record appeared first on Waking Times.

Jebber VS Hillary

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 23 hours ago
If this happens its the signal to the world that in the USA democracy is dead. USA USA USA USA USA sounds like Kim cheer to me.

Five More Guantanamo Inmates Are Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
FOX News: *US releases 5 more Guantanamo Bay prisoners, sends them to Kazakhstan* *My Comment*: So much for listening to the objections from Congress. At this rate .... there will only be a handful of inmates left in Guantanamo by the middle of 2015. *More News On Five More Guantanamo Inmates Being Released* Five Guantánamo Prisoners Are Released to Kazakhstan -- New York Times Pentagon, moving to close Guantanamo, sends five prisoners to Kazakhstan -- Washington Post U.S. sends five Guantanamo prisoners to Kazakhstan for resettlement -- Reuters 5 more Guantanamo Bay detainees tra... more »

Staten Island Republican Mobster Mikey Suits: "I Know I'm A Moral Man, A Man Of Integrity"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The media is implying that Boehner pushed Grimm into resigning. It may be true; we'll probably never know for sure since Grimm's resignation from Congress well may have been part of a plea deal with the Feds to keep him from getting a long, long prison term. Forcing elected officials out of office-- even organized crime figures like Grimm-- isn't something that gets talked about publicly in America. "After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective Jan. 5," Grimm said in a statment Monday evening. "This decision is made wi... more »

ISIS transfers Peshmerga fighters to Syria- US drops weapons to ISIS in Iraq!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
That is not the headline to the article. The post title is how I see this incident. I have written more then one post on the symbiosis that exists between some of the Kurds and ISIS. Yes, I get flak for it. Shrugs shoulders. Oh, well. I got to call it as I see it. And that is how I see this! This transfer of fighters took place right around Christmas (IraqiNews.com)* December 28/2014*The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated, that the* ISIS organization has arrested 70 Peshmerga forces members and transferred them from Iraq to the Shaddadi City, which is considered an ISIS stro... more »

Shop-lifting as a revolutionary act

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
I got nothing. That was just something I heard from an anarchist recently. If you want proof of the Left's incapacity to shape the world, there you have it. Jesus fucking christ.

A Thought For The New Year

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
http://www.canada.com/ Andrew Coyne ends the year with a surprising -- for him -- admission. When it comes to a contest of ideas, he writes, the Left is winning: It wasn’t until late in the year that it dawned on me: the left is winning. I don’t mean this in a partisan sense. If the NDP represents the left, it had a terrible year, fading in the polls federally, turning in a miserable showing in the Ontario election and losing two mayoral races, in Winnipeg and Toronto, it had earlier been favoured to win. But in the contest of ideas... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Green Prospers Because None Dare Call it Treason!* By Rich Kozlovich The title of this article is based on a quote from Sir John Harington who said “Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason[?] "For if it prosper, none dare call it treason”. It seems to me that Harington was explaining how important it is that treason must be defined and called to account for what it is in order to prevent the success of traitors. Because if their treason should proper - none can dare risk calling it treason any longer – that opportunity would have passed because the traitors are now in cha... more »

The Future is about TIME

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 1 day ago
Are we able to predict the next five years any better than we did the last five? What is very clear is that technology and how we apply it is not only changing what we consume, but what we create, how we discover it, value it, share it and is changing our very culture. It was once said that we were no longer listening to music but starting to make it, no longer reading but starting to write our own stories, no longer just watching TV and films but starting to make them. Today these statements are very real and the tools and technology to create media is available to all, along wi... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Essays that champion educational freedom* *Book review of "COMMON GROUND ON COMMON CORE", Edited by Kirsten Lombard* Over the last several years, Common Core education standards have become an increasingly important issue for parents and teachers, as they see how children are affected by the policy. Yet, the details of what exactly Common Core is, how it works and how it came to be remain hopelessly complex and difficult for the novice to understand. In the face of slick advertising campaigns by Common Core’s corporate backers and lofty speeches from politicians, the truth can be ... more »

What Will Be The International Flashpoints For 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Islamic State fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Reuters: *After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer* *My Comment: *Here are my predictions on what will be the major flashpoints for 2015 .... Russia/Ukraine coupled with a even greater worsening in ties between the West and Russia, the war against the Islamic State and the ongoing civil war in Syria, the continuing rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, another financial crisis brought on by too much debt and crashing oil prices, China's e... more »

German Politicians Want An Inquiry On U.S. - NATO Taliban 'Hit List' For Drone Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo from The Danger Room Spiegel Online: *Obama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan* *My Comment*: If more reports like this one continue to come out .... it would not surprise me to see a movement growing (especially in Europe) to have top U.S. officials .... President Obama included .... to be indicted for war crimes. Whether or not that day in court will happen is something that we will have to wait and see (I personally doubt that it will happen) .... but sanctioning certain targets for assassination is making a lot of people uncomfortable .... in N... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War ( December 31 , 2014 ) - News from the battlefields , political items of note - as well as items touching upon neighboring nations ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Links.... Hundreds Killed During Liberation of Duluiya in Iraq Iraqis Bicker Over Liberating Mosul US Military Drops Weapons in Areas Held by ISIS in Iraq Syria: Army Lets Civilians Escape Siege Tweets..... Acid Jordi retweeted *الرقة تذبح بصمت *‏@Raqqa_Sl 2m 2 minutes ago #Syria the Airstrike target Ali Dham School and Social Security #Syria PHOTO : FOR Social Security NOW [image: Embedded image permalink] *Charles Lister* ‏@Charles_Lister 41m 41 minutes ago Image allegedly shows a US-supplied BGM 71E-3B TOW missile system captured by Jabhat al-Nusra in #Idlib, #... more »

Polygamy in the UK - the benefits (system)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Polygamy in the United Kingdom From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Polygamous marriages may not be performed in the United Kingdom, and if a polygamous marriage is performed, the already-married person may be guilty of the crime of bigamy. Polygamous marriages legally performed in another country where the law allows it are not recognized for pension, immigration or citizenship purposes.[1] However, they may be recognized for the purposes of welfare benefits. This decision was not made without controversy, and there have been protests against it.[2] None the less, it is unofficia... more »

Top 10 News in 2014, Happy New Year 2015

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Happy New Year friends. May we be even happier in 2015 compared to 2014 and previous years. Well, there are reasons for optimism, and here is my list of the *Top 10 global news of 2014* *1. Economics 1, Cheap oil.* Thank you competitive capitalism for reasserting yourself. OPEC cartelization and cronyism is boink, shale oil and gas capitalism is cool. We have entered a world of rising abundance. The on-going cheap world oil further affirms that. That's for the last five years. Here is the chart for the last 45 years. *2. Economics 2, Inequality de Piketty* Inequality is good and ... more »

Iraq Kills 300 Islamic State Fighters In A Major Battle North Of Baghdad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC: *Iraqi forces 'recapture Dhuluiya from Islamic State'* *WNU Editor:* If these reports are accurate .... it is a huge victory for the Iraqi army. This also suggests that the Islamic State is not very good at defending sites when confronted by an organized military opposition. *More News On The Battle For Dhuluiya* Iraqi forces 'retake Dhuluiyah from ISIL' -- Al Jazeera Iraqi forces clear Dhuluiyah of ISIS jihadis: commanders -- Daily Star/AFP Iraqi forces recapture town in Salahudin province -- Xinhuanet

Top Ten Dance Songs 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
The last day of the year and there's one final item of business for this blog to transact. *It's tradition*. 10. *Loving Me Wrong* by Stanton Warriors 9. *Delorean Dynamite* by Todd Terje 8. *F For You* by Disclosure feat. Mary J Blige 7. *Conjure Superstar* by Maceo Plex (NSFW!) 6. *Love Taking Over* by Dusky 5. *Rather Be* by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne 4. *Flicker* by Porter Robinson 3. *All I See* by Bondax 2. *Now I Feel Good* by Starsmith 2014 was dismal for all sorts of reasons, and that was true for dance music too. This year not one single piece of trance made the li... more »

North Korea Is Doing Everything In It's Power To Stop the Movie 'The Interview' From Entering The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Business Insider/The Telegraph: *North Korea Has A Dedicated Military Team To Keep The Interview Out Of The Country* *My Comment:* When it comes to North Korea .... nothing surprises me .... nothing. But it looks like the case from the FBI citing North Korea as the main culprit behind the cyber attack against Sony is falling apart .... *FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence *(Shane Harris, Daily Beast). *More News On Doubts Being Raised That North Korea Was Responsible For The Sony Cyber Attack* Experts doubt North Korea was behind the big Sony ... more »

Pope Francis is the Man who Would Not be King

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
The church was never meant to anoint a king. Now we have a pope who clearly understands that. In fact applying his influence correctly, the church could usher in the true kingdom of heaven as an imitation of Jesus and his brilliant demonstration of the Rule of Twelve. We are due also. The current econimic model is literally about to dissolve, just as fast as we can produce automobile motors. That ends the fuel tax on all incomes globally and hte surplus of cash washing around the economy will underwrite a total rebuilding of our economy. As one can expect change is coming so... more »

Scientists Link Autism To These Toxic Chemicals During Fetal Development

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: fetus] This work is tightening up the story for autism. Add in the recent knowledge of pathological changes in the brain as well and we have clear targets for the first time. Again, the circumstantial linkage between roundup and brain defects leading to autism is compelling and convincing. Yet regulators are sitting on their hands. Add in the bee collapse and it is becoming clear that our chemical protocols as well as our chemical fertilizer systems are becoming unsustainable. Thus transition to organics could well become mandatory and completely necessary. This pu... more »

Mysterious Origin of the Viking Sword Ulfberht

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: An Ulfberht sword displayed at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany. (Martin Kraft/Wikimedia Commons)] How does one recreate master craftsmanship derived from millennia of empirical research that has been lost? At least they still make real Samurai swords. It is this that has made these famous swords almost mystical in reputation. Here we get further hints regarding what went into such craftsmanship. The sword has at least been replicated and that is a great step. . *A Step Closer to the Mysterious Origin of the Viking Sword Ulfberht* *By Tara Mac... more »

It Looks Like NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Is Going To Stay In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Intriguing image from Citizenfour of Ed Snowden and his girlfriend making food together in Moscow, via @NewYorker pic.twitter.com/vVu3lHvpDw — Tom Parfitt (@parfitt_tom) October 11, 2014 RT: *Meet Edward Snowden’s new friend: Rick the dog* *WNU Editor:* I openly speculated last year that Edward Snowden must be an idiot to give up his Hawaiian home, well paying job, and a girlfriend who was devoted to him .... for principle and getting stuck for the rest of his life in Moscow. Hmmmm .... if the above picture is any indication .... I was clearly wrong about the girlfriend. As to him... more »

Global Maps from Orbiting Carbon Observatory

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is very important because it clearly uncouples fossil fuel co2 from the burning of savanna in the southern hemisphere and makes our whole global CO2 story dicey. Remember we use only Hawaii and now it is clearly driven by rising southern hemisphere CO2. Worse we can no longer apply that number to the Norther Hemisphere at all. It could well be that we have been wrong all the way along. Our proxy may only be measuring the trend in agricultural waste burning in the tropics. Better yet the only CO2 hot spot is China as fully expected in the northern hemisphere. What... more »

Russia's Government Budget Is Being Squeezed By Lower Oil Prices

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters: *As oil falls, Russia choked by military, social spending *My Comment:* President Obama was right when he said that the only thing that was keeping the Russian economy afloat was high oil prices .... and if prices were to go down, they would impact their economy directly .... *Russian economy attacked through oil prices – Obama (RT)*. As a result some hard decisions will need to be made by Putin next year .... and basically it all comes down to "guns or butter". His closest aides and advisers are telling Putin to cut the military budget .... *Russia Has To Slash Military ... more »

OPEC Price War Deepens

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Telegraph: *Brent oil hits new low as Opec price war deepens slump* *My Comment:* Enjoy it while it lasts. *More News On Declining Oil Prices* Oil Set for Biggest Slump Since 2008 as OPEC Battles U.S. Shale -- Bloomberg OPEC Resolve on Supply Promises No Calm for Oil Markets: Energy -- Bloomberg OPEC oil output hits six-month low in December on Libya -- Reuters Why Oil Will Probably Stay Cheap in 2015 -- Jordan Weissmann, Slate Saudi Arabia's Playing The Oil Market The Right Way For The Lowest Cost Producer, Almost Like Standard Oil -- Tim Worstall, Forbes Are low oil prices here... more »

To York, PA: What Charter Schools USA Employees Think of Charter Schools USA

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
York, Pennsylvania, schools are facing being handed over to a for-profit charter school company, Charter Schools USA, via court order. The York schools are broke, and one man, David Meckley, has been chosen by the state to fix York’s money problems. For some reason, Meckley believes that handing over York’s schools to a profit-driven company will solve […]

Before The Selma March Massacre There Was B. Bumble & The Stingers And... Tchaikovosky

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
With apologies to Ken-- and in recognition of all the work he's done to make sure everyone at *DWT* knows everything there is to know about *The Nutcracker*-- I wanted to mention something not many people do remember about the score to that 1892 ballet. First though, by way of a little refresher, this is a performance by the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Volker Hartung, filmed in Hamburg, February 1, 2009. Officially Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite op.71a, it is better known in America as the *March of the Toy Soldiers*. And there was a 1962 version, ... more »

For Ukraine This Has Been The Worst Year Since World War II

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Euronews: *Ukraine turns its back on its ‘worst year since World War II’* *My Comment:* It has been a year and a half since I last visited Ukraine .... it feels like a decade. And I must confess .... when I was last there .... the last thing that was on my mind was the possibility of unrest, civil disorder, revolution, civil war, and economic collapse. Yup .... my mind and focus was on places like Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc .... but never on my backyard. I guess this is why the video below hits home ....

It Looks Like NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Is Going To Stay In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Intriguing image from Citizenfour of Ed Snowden and his girlfriend making food together in Moscow, via @NewYorker pic.twitter.com/vVu3lHvpDw — Tom Parfitt (@parfitt_tom) October 11, 2014 RT: *Meet Edward Snowden’s new friend: Rick the dog* *WNU Editor:* I openly speculated last year that Edward Snowden must be an idiot to give up his Hawaiian home, well paying job, and a girlfriend who was devoted to him .... for principle and getting stuck for the rest of his life in Moscow. Hmmmm .... if the above picture is any indication .... I was clearly wrong about the girlfriend. As to him... more »

Russian Foreign Minister: New U.S. Sanctions Will End Russian Cooperation On Iran And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters) IBTimes: *Russia warns West's increasing sanctions could end cooperation on Syria, Iran* *WNU Editor:* U.S. - Russian relations are in tatters .... and as a result Russia has little if any interest to now help the U.S. on any issue. The same can be said about the U.S. .... they also have zero interest in helping Russia on any issue. As to the threat from Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that Russia will end cooperation with the U.S. on Iran and Syria .... from where I am standing .... they hav... more »

Musical Interlude: Ocarina, "Song Of Ocarina"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ocarina, "Song Of Ocarina" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EneCMurZRpY

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What's going on in the center of this spiral galaxy? Named the Sombrero Galaxy for its hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane and a bright halo of stars and globular clusters. Reasons for the Sombrero's hat-like appearance include an unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. *Click image for larger size.* Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actua... more »

"It Come, Then, To This..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It comes, then, to this: that to be "viable", livable, or merely practical, life must be lived as a game - and the "must" here expresses a condition, not a commandment. It must be lived in the spirit of play rather than work, and the conflicts which it involves must be carried on in the realization that no species, or party to a game, can survive without its natural antagonists, its beloved enemies, its indispensable opponents. For to "love your enemies" is to love them *as *enemies; it is not necessarily a clever device for winning them over to your side. The lion lies down with ... more »

Was The Peshawar School Attack A False Flag Black Op By The ISI, Blackwater, And The CIA?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
For documentation, background info, and details of the Peshawar school attack check out Aangirfan's post from December 18 called, *"Security Services Did Peshawar School Massacre." * There are many interesting things in that post that the media hasn't reported on, like the fact that there was a first aid drill going on prior to the attack. Also, the army and police arrived late to the scene of the crime despite the building being a highly valued military school where Pakistani officers send their children. Those two details immediately raise suspicion about this attack. The first... more »

Did The U.S. Offer A Prisoner Swap With Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The armed forces identification card of Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati is seen in this undated still image taken from video in an undisclosed location made available to Reuters TV on January 9, 2012. Credit: Reuters/via Reuters TV *Reuters*: U.S. calls for release of Americans in Iran, denies swap deal *WNU Editor:* The U.S. is denying these reports .... but this White House has a history of making deals with groups that they vowed they would not make deals with .... especially when it came to hostages/prisoners. *More News On Reports Of A U.S. Offer To Swap Prisoners With Ira... more »

The Magister's Apprentice : Clara Oswin/Oswald and the Secret War Inside Freemasonry

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Magician, Magickian, Mage, Magus or Magister...?* *"You know what's even rarer in this world? Second chances - I don't even know who to thank..."* *The Reverand Mr Magister.* *Magister, High Priest of Azæl the Fallen Angel,* *Practioner of the Black Arts and Occult Science of the Dæmons of Dæmos* *Magickian.* *The Twelth Doctor - Who Dresses like a Magician.* *Honking, Great, Unfinished Pyramid, situated right in the middle of Central London...* *...and situated in direct opposition to the 3 W Offices...* *Aka, The Master's TARDIS, aka Cyber-Control.* "On his return, Wren sub... more »

Venezuela Is On The Brink Of Default

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Time: *Low Oil Prices Pushing Venezuela Towards Default* *WNU Editor*: The lineups (see the above video) remind me of the old Soviet Union .... all this wealth .... but everyone (with the exception of those at the top in government) are poor. *More News On Venezuela's Economic Crisis * Venezuela Confirms Recession, Highest Inflation in Americas -- VOA Venezuela's president blames opposition for deep recession -- AP Maduro blames plunging oil prices on U.S. 'war' vs Russia, Venezuela -- Reuters Venezuela accuses US of starting oil war to 'destroy' Russia and Venezuela -- Al Jazeera... more »

E. J. Dionne Jr. urges that "all sides stop fighting and pool their energies to easing the marriage and family crisis that is engulfing working-class Americans"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Says E.J.: "Kenworthy’s argument is that we can 'successfully embrace both flexibility and security, both competition and social justice.' His wish list is a straightforward set of progressive initiatives."* *"We now seem to be living in the Age of High C, a period when every fight is Armageddon, every foe is a monster, and every issue is either the key to national survival or the doorway to ruin. . . ."When I look around, I see a lot of liberals who live quite traditional family lives and even go regularly to churches, synagogues and mosques. I see a lot of conservatives who a... more »

7 Under-Reported Conflicts In 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A gun fight between loyalists of former president Francois Bozize and ex-rebels who ousted him killed nearly 55 people in Central African Republic. (Photo : Twitter) *Washington Post:* *7 awful conflicts that were under-reported in 2014* *WNU Editor:* Libya, Yemen, Assam, The Sudans, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia/Kenya .... 7 conflicts that are always covered by this blog. I would also add .... Central African Republic, Mali, Colombia, and Congo.

Chet Raymo, “Holy Ignorance”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Holy Ignorance” * by Chet Raymo “At a press conference in 2002, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously explained foreign policy: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." The same can be said of science. The textbooks are full of known knowns. We are quite confident affirming the circulation of the blood, the distance to the Sun, the common descent of animals and plants. I sit h... more »

Dec. 30+: Lord love a duck....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
...the Irving press is still plunging. On p. A1, the big story is a human interest, shed a happy tear story about a South Korean family here in Moncton that is going to be allowed to stay here. But that's not the real story at all. The real story is that they were admitted to Canada in 2003, worked hard to set up a successful business, then were told by Canada Immigration in 2011 to go back to South Korea. But public pressure forced Canada Immigration to back off. This is not really a story about a happy ending for the family. It's a story about the bizarre behaviour of Immigration... more »

Libya Updates ( December 30 , 2014 ) -- Oil tanks still burn at Al Sidra as the conflicts rage on ..... EU threatens both sides with sanctions - as if ? News of the day from the war torn and troubled nation ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets...... *Caleb Weiss* ‏@Weissenberg7 3h 3 hours ago Ansar al Sharia #*Libya* operating a checkpoint in #*Benghazi* Retweeted 38 times *Zaid Benjamin* ‏@zaidbenjamin Dec 29 #IS claims responsibility for the beheading of activist Abdelsalam Al-Bargathi who was abducted in #*Benghazi* #*Libya* [image: Embedded image permalink] *LibyaAlHurra* @LibyaAlHurraTV · 6h6 hours ago Tobruk Medical Center:18 wounded including 3 children,1 Bangladeshi national,1 head injury,1 in ICU. The others have various injuries.#Libya LibyaAlHurra retweeted *Good M... more »

The Poet: Rolf Jacobsen, "When They Sleep"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"When They Sleep" "All people are children when they sleep. There's no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, a few hours when no one will do anybody harm. If only we could speak to one another then when our hearts are half-open flowers. Words like golden bees would drift in. God, teach me the language of sleep." - Rolf Jacobsen, "The Roads Have Come to an End Now"

"Life is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Life is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid" Author Unknown "Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take. In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles. S... more »

"No Bragging Point..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It shouldn’t be a bragging point that “Oh, I don’t get involved in politics,” as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn’t insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.” – Bill Maher

Kahlil Gibran, “Children of Gods, Scions of Apes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Children of Gods, Scions of Apes”* by Kahlil Gibran "All that you see was and is for your sake. The numerous books, uncanny markings, and beautiful thoughts are the ghosts of souls who preceded you. The speech they weave is a link between you and your human siblings. The consequences that cause sorrow and rapture are the seeds that the past has sown in the field of the soul, and by which the future shall profit. My Soul gave me good counsel, teaching me to love what the people abhor and to show good will toward the one they hate. It showed me that Love is a property not of the ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Horton, Michigan, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ma5tF6TJpA “I can't run no more with that lawless crowd, while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud. But they've summoned, they've summoned up a thundercloud, and they're gonna hear from me...” Good luck, and God help us all, in 2015...

"The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The American People Are Utterly Clueless About* * What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015"* by Michael Snyder "The American people are feeling really good right about now. For example, Gallup’s economic confidence index has hit the highest level that we have seen since the last recession. In addition, nearly half of all Americans believe that 2015 will be a better year than 2014 was, and only about 10 percent believe that it will be a worse year. And a lot of people are generally feeling quite good about the people that have been leading our nation. According to Gallup, once agai... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 30, 2014* As AirAsia debris found, Indonesia learns from Malaysia mistakes -- Jeffrey Hutton, CSM Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes? -- Clive Irving, Daily Beast Iran Is Getting Away With Murder -- Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic An opening in Afghanistan: Kabul’s deal with Pakistan -- Amir Taheri, New York Post FBI Fixated on North Korea for Sony Hack Despite New Evidence -- Shane Harris, Daily Beast China’s economic vulnerabilities -- Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum Ebola Leaves West African Economies Ailing Heading Into... more »

World News Briefs -- December 30, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*MIDDLE EAST* UN Security Council* rejects Palestinian resolution*. UN rejects Palestinian resolution* to end Israel's occupation*. U.S.-led coalition air strikes *hit Islamic State in Syria, Iraq*. Islamic State group *claims suicide attack in Iraq*. ISIS claims car bomb *targeting Syria gas plant.* Residents of eastern Syria create* popular resistance group to battle IS*. US does not back *UN Palestinian statehood resolution*. Iran says nuclear talks set for Jan 15, *vows to stand firm*. U.S. names more *Iran targets for sanctions*. US Treasury *enforces Iranian sanctions*. ... more »

Taliban Claim Victory Over NATO, But They Were Never The Target

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
If it helps their morale to claim victory over NATO, then have at it. Shoot your crappy guns in the air, repeat your AllahuAkbars and celebrate like fools. But the Taliban was never the real target of NATO operations in Afghanistan, and neither was the invented al-Qaeda, so for the Taliban to claim victory is pathetic. Waiting out a foreign army on your own soil is nothing to brag about. That's what you're supposed to do, as Chris Rock would say. If the Taliban defeats the corrupt and deceitful army of Pakistan on Pakistani soil, only then will they have the right to brag. The U... more »

They Say The Wars Are Ending, But It Appears That They Will Still Go On

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. soldier kneels at the memorial for Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Morris and Spc. Wyatt Martin on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Vance Trenke AP: *US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on* *WNU Editor:* I definitely do not see any light at the end of the tunnel.

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