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Sunday, January 11, 2015

11 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

9:20am MST

Chilling Video Of Paris Grocery Gunman Amedy Coulibaly Has Been Posted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 minutes ago
*Daily Mail:* *Calm stare of the Jewish deli terrorist in his suicide address: Jihadist admits link to Charlie Hebdo killers in ISIS video - as French police link him to ANOTHER shooting* *WNU Editor:* A very chilling video of someone who wanted attention, who wanted to kill as many people as possible, and who wanted to die. The full video is below. *More News On Paris Grocery Gunman Amedy Coulibaly* Paris gunman appears in video, declares loyalty to Islamic State -- Reuters Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly appears in video justifying murders -- The Telegraph Paris attacks: Video ap... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 minutes ago

Financial News Report - January 11 , 2015 -- Focus on Europe items of note including - ECB QE Quandary , Gold , Greece potential for bank runs , Russia and Ukraine situations......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 46 minutes ago
Tweets..... *Kyiv Post* @KyivPost · 4h4 hours ago ZIK: Foreigner may head #Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau http://www. kyivpost.com/content/ukrain e/zik-foreigner-may-head-ukraines-anti-corruption-bureau-377085.html … *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 3h3 hours ago Arab Banking’s Schubert sees China starting a currency basket which would include gold *Robin Wigglesworth* @RobinWigg · 2h2 hours ago Deutsche Bank doesn't see eurozone QE until March, and warns "risk is that design of QE underwhelms the market". [image: Embedded image permalink] Holger Zschaepitz ... more »

Massive Unity Rally Underway In Paris Right Now (Live Stream And Updates)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by head of states as they attend the solidarity march (Rassemblement Republicain) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer *Daily Mail*: *'We are here to support freedom. We will not be beaten': Paris sees ONE MILLION people stage defiant march alongside world leaders including David Cameron in moving tribute to 17 terror victims* *More News On Today's Massive Rally In Paris* Live: Grieving France takes to the streets in massive display of national unity -- France 24 France attacks: Paris rally: Li... more »

How Do Other Countries View The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan travels through the Pacific Ocean with other ships assigned to the Rim of the Pacific 2010 exercise, north of Hawaii, July 24, 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McCord *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *What Do Chinese and Russians Think of the U.S. Military?* *Update:* *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat: **International Perceptions of the U.S. Military, Revisited *(The Diplomat) *WNU Editor:* I can only speak for myself .... but from my own experiences and from knowing a few people in both Russia and China .... I can say ... more »

CNN Has A Video That They Will Play When The World Ends

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Jalopnik:* *This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends* *Update*: Does CNN really have a video ready for the apocalypse? (BBC) *WNU Editor: *I am sure Ted Turner had a hand in producing it. But if the "end of the world" was approaching .... the last thing that I would be doing is watching CNN. *Update #2:* As to what will I be doing .... Golf course .... with my GF .... drinking/tasting my most expensive scotch/cognac/wine.

Opps - Paris Attackers Funded by Pentagon Dinner Guest

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
*January 11, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) Corroborating claims by French security agencies, a bizarre interview conducted just before the death of terror suspect Chérif Kouachi reveals that he had been in Yemen and in direct contact with none other than Anwar Al Awaki - the notorious Al Qaeda leader allegedly killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. *Image: The Kouachi brothers, arrested twice for terrorism, convicted and imprisoned for terrorism, having met senior leadership of Al Qaeda, having trained with and fought alongside Al Qaeda, French intelligence would - 6 months ago ... more »

Harper History, Part 1 - The Early Years

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 1 hour ago
This is the first of a series of monthly articles examining the actions of Stephen Harper and his Party colleagues both before and after his rise to power with particular emphasis upon words and actions that effect our democracy. The 2015 Federal Election will undoubtedly be critical to to whether or not our Parliamentary Democracy survives or degrades further into the abyss of an elected dictatorship. It is I believe important that we remember the actions of this Regime over the last 15 years or so that have moved us so close to this situation. It is these things that I hope to hig... more »

Top 10: Carrier Deck Mishaps

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor:* Ouch! But on a more serious note here is a good discussion on the future of aircraft carriers .... *The Carrier Debate (Information Dissemination)*.

A 'Silent' Motorcycle For The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Silent Hawk is a hybrid engine bike for use in reconnaissance missions. The idea is that for normal operations, the bike would use diesel, gasoline or jet fuel. But when it gets closer to the enemy, it would run almost silently on electricity *Daily Mail:* *US military is developing SILENT motorcycles: Stealthy electric bikes will let fighters sneak up on the enemy* * Silent Hawk is a hybrid engine bike for use in reconnaissance missions * For normal operations, the bike would use diesel, gasoline or jet fuel * Close to enemy lines, the bike would run almost silently on electricity *... more »

The Dismantling Of Bagram Air Field In Afghanistan (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Burned Afghan National Army trucks wait to be demolished on the massive Bagram Air Field in the Parwan province of Afghanistan on Jan. 2, 2015. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters *Joshua Barajas , PBS Newshour* -- *Photo essay: Remnants of the trillion-dollar war in Afghanistan rust in the desert* *WNU Editor:* Looking at these pics .... just reinforces the feel that it was a waste.

U.S. Drone Rules in Afghanistan Go Unchanged

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
U.S. Reaper drones at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. One is armed with two 500-lb bombs. Source: GlobalPost *John Knefel, Rolling Stone* -- *Drone Rules in Afghanistan Go Unchanged, And Other Reasons the War Isn't Really Over* *WNU Editor: *The war is definitely not over .... and in fact it may now be escalating. This is a brief but sobering assessment of the Afghan war and on how the White House is "managing it".

Well, that's all right then!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
This is how Andrew Marr began his programme this morning: Good morning to you. Events in Paris dominate every single paper today, and I'd like to start this morning by quoting Matthew Parris in *The Times. *His point is that this will pass, this apparent confrontation between the West and Islamism. "This is no high noon and none is coming. Our culture and governments are infinitely superior, more competent and more powerful. there is not the remotest chance that fundamentalist Islam will sweep the globe or hobble our free media. We should have more confidence in ourselves than tha... more »

Afghanistan's Heroin Epidemic Continues To Escalate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
On an early morning in Kabul, bystanders watch addicts use heroin below the Pule Sukhta, or the burnt bridge. UN officials estimate that there are up to 1.6 million drug users in Afghan cities. (Kiana Hayeri/For The Washington Post) *Washington Post:* *Heroin addiction spreads with alarming speed across Afghanistan* *My Comment:* If you grow it people will consume it .... Afghanistan Set Record for Growing Opium in 2014 (CNS). Afghanistan's problem with heroin and the consequences of heroin addiction is unfortunately going to be with that country for a very long time.

Frank Guinta (R-NH) Caught Lying To Voters About His Campaign Finance Violations

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Carol Shea-Porter, an educator and community activist, first ran for Congress in 2006. Rah Emanuel was the head of the DCCC and he wanted nothing to do with her, her grassroots supporters or her progressive ideas. He did everything he could to undercut her and ran a conventional establishment politician, state House Democratic leader Jim Craig. In a 4-way primary, Shea-Porter trounced him with a whopping 54% of the vote. Democrats wanted a fresh, independent voice and they wanted a woman in Congress, New Hampshire never having elected one. In the fall, Carol-- despite the DCCC wri... more »

The Wolf Returns To The Side Of The Lion.....by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 hours ago
Source of picture: http://zenom-art.deviantart.com/art/Wolf-and-Lion-by-moonlight-126141332 *The wolf returns to the side of the lion and the once sheep will follow but not as before.* *Now, the lions in sheeps clothing, full of courage, full of Light, full of Love.* M.N. Hopkins

Gleanings from Facebook

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
A wonderful conversation on Facebook involving the always-interesting Katy Biggs turned up this picture of a sign in southern Taiwan, asking people to scoop the poop. The image is taken from the famous painting The Gleaners. A commenter pointed out that The Gleaners is actually familiar to locals in Taiwan, which is why it was chosen. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Congress Is Finally Pushing For 9/11 Truth

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Derrick Broze Congressmen Stephen F. Lynch and Walter B. Jones and former Senator Bob Graham were joined by families of 9/11 victims as they announced the introduction of a new House Resolution which calls on President Obama to declassify 28 pages of the "Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001." Although the final report amounts to over 800 pages, the 28 pages were classified by former President George W. Bush shortly after the report was released. The Representatives introduced a similar resolution in 2013 and receiv... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 3 hours ago
*Climate change: Why some Australians won't believe it's getting hotter* *Peter Martin, Economics Editor of the Leftist "Age" newspaper presents below an argument with all the usual Warmist holes in it. Once again we find an argument from authority, with not a single actual climate datum mentioned. It is his central contention below that climate skeptics are ideologically motivated but it apparently has not occurred to him that Warmist scientists might be ideologically motivated! Typical one-eyed Leftist reasoning. Awkward facts, such as the disablingly high temperatures repo... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 3 hours ago
*All the Children Left Behind* As millions of students returned to school this week after Christmas break – pardon, “winter holiday” – 535 children legislators convened in Washington to determine, among other things, whether they will allow to continue unchecked the steep deterioration of America’s educational system. No Child Left Behind, the behemoth federal legislation that’s left not simply one child but an entire generation behind, may be approaching its day of reckoning. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairs of their respective chambers' education co... more »

Who is ISIS, and Why do they have offices in Washington DC?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 3 hours ago
Perhaps this will shine a little light about ISIS. Perhaps this will spotlight what we've always known? Coincidence? Yea..... I think NOT. https://public.isishq.com/public/SitePages/Home.aspx

Paris False Flag: List of links for info

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 3 hours ago
For those who are blasting the truth about the False Flag attack in France, I have compiled a list of links to refer to. I do not agree with all of the information, or the conclusions reached by the various authors, but each piece of this puzzle gives a more broad based view of what was done and what is being done. http://sitsshow.blogspot.com/2015/01/false-flag-paris-gunmen-met-with-known.html Said Kouachi, one of the accused shooters in the Charlie Hebdo attack, traveled to Yemen and met with former CIA asset and Pentagon dinner guest Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011 according to intellige... more »

What happens when Anita Anand doesn't like what she's hearing?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 3 hours ago
Here's Anita Anand's introduction to yesterday's edition of *Any Answers?*: The attacks on the offices of *Charlie Hedbo*, a kosher supermarket and the cold-blooded murder of a policewoman in Paris have quite rightly caused collective outrage. But I'm asking you this afternoon, what about collective culpability? How are we as a society going to answer this question: How have we come to this? Are you worried about backlashes? Rupert Murdoch has this morning tweeted, "Maybe most Muslims are peaceful but until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held... more »

Protecting Organic Seed Integrity - Free Downloads From The Organic Seed Growers Association

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
*Why Protect Organic Seed?* The organic seed industry is at the same time especially vulnerable to transgenic contamination and also a crucial link to reducing contamination. Organic seed, which by definition is free of genetically engineered (GE) contaminates, is the foundation of organic agriculture. Organic crops grown with contaminated seed will inevitably yield a contaminated crop. GE contamination, however trace, is unacceptable. Compromised organic seed integrity has broad-reaching impacts on the viability of organic farms and the credibility of organic products. Organic ... more »

How Does He Get Away With It?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
That's the question Bob Hepburn asked in yesterday's *Toronto* *Star*. The record is stunning: How does Harper get away with dismantling the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, which promoted democracy and human rights around the world for 24 years? How does Harper get away with cutting funding for organizations such as Kairos, a coalition of church groups that advocated for human rights? How does Harper get away with introducing a fair elections act that was so unfair it should rightly have been called the anti-democratic elections act? How does Har... more »

Court Sides with "Experts", Rules You Don't Own Your Body

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
By Aaron Dykes & Melissa Melton Why is the government forcing kids to take chemotherapy left and right when it's known to be more deadly than the cancer itself? And for that matter, if chemo was such a magic cure-all that worked to really "treat" cancer, then why are people so worried about getting it in the first place? I mean, heck, if you get cancer you can just get government-approved chemotherapy! “Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy." ~ Dr. Allen Levin Visit TruthstreamMedia.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLIT... more »

When Dealing With Risks, It's Not About More Studies - Sheldom Krimsky, Ph.D

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
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All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Michael Snyder Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought that there are families out there that actually want to try to become less dependent on the system. So if you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on you... more »

Forcing Chemo on a 17-Year-Old Girl Is Deadly, Research Reveals

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Sayer Ji *A 17-year-old girl is being forced to receive chemotherapy that is guaranteed to cause her premature death. Will you stand up to save her? * Background: The Connecticut Supreme Court *ruled on Jan. 8th* that a teenager diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma who declined treatment with chemotherapy will be made to undergo treatment anyway. The 17-year-old female, who cited chemotherapy's adverse health effects as her primary reason for refusing, is now in protective custody at Connecticut hospital where she will be forced to undergo treatment against her will, and the will ... more »

Central Bankers Push The Recovery Illusion Before The False Flag Event

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
By X22Report Central Banker propagandists push the idea that we're in "recovery". Apparently retails stores closing, mortgage declines, record auto loan defaults and labor non-participation rate are all signs of recovery. Something's brewing, prepare yourself wisely. Visit X22Report.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

"U.S. Inner City Turmoil and Other Crises: Ron Pauls Predictions for 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"U.S. Inner City Turmoil and Other Crises: * *Ron Pauls Predictions for 2015"* by Dr. Ron Paul "If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege. It didn't happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security ... more »

Charlie Hebdo: Could Paris attack happen in London? Per BBC News who have to get one of their obsessions into the report

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Towards the end of this BBC report on whether similar attacks to the Paris one could happen in London, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30725171 the BBC display their obsession with the possibility of an anti Muslim backlash. '... there is another issue that the UK government and others will be thinking very carefully about: how to prevent a backlash. So while the Paris attack was very obviously carried out by jihadists inspired by the al-Qaeda ideology, Home Secretary Theresa May has been very careful today to emphasise that everyone in society should be working together to eradicat... more »

The 'Sunday' after the Paris massacres

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
According to Rod Liddle in the *Spectator*, ...the BBC, yet again, has misjudged the story in its news coverage, wringing its hands over the treatment of French Muslims, while at the same time insisting that the murders were nothing to do with Muslims – it was just mad terrorists. As if to prove him right, this morning's *Sunday *on Radio 4 continued in exactly the same vein. We hadn't even got to the end of Ed Stourton's introduction before we were hearing a French Muslim woman complaining: 18 months ago I was wearing the hijab. Now I'm wearing a woolly hat. Why? To melt into... more »

J-10B fighter may be close to entering service: Kanwa

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 5 hours ago
[image: J-10B Vigorous Dragon]A photo posted on the internet indicates that the J-10B, the upgraded version of China's's J-10 fighter is almost ready for service, reports Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada. The photo shows more than 10 J-10B fighters parked on an unidentified airfield in China. After the J-10A went out of production last year, the first J-10B is likely to be commissioned in 2015, the magazine said. The plane was originally designed for use with the domestically developed WS-10 Taihang turbofan engine but will use the Russian A... more »

Why Obama Won't Reach an Agreement With Iran

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 5 hours ago
The argument of course is that they have everything that they can reasonably get or even want. Maybe that is true, except that Iran has accepted a lot of pain for something that will never be needed.. It is possible that they do not understand that and it is possible that the build lobby made it happen as they have done in so many other places. The enthusiasm for nuclear power and weapons has never made good sense and it has been fed by a industrial lobby that never gives up. Somehow it is our pyramid construction program. My point is that alternatives have always been a... more »

Dassault Insists on Latest Rafale Version for India, Doubles the Price

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]Dassault has offered the latest version of the Rafale fighter, the F3R for nearly double the price of the F3 version it originally bid with in the Indian fighter aircraft competition. The company is reportedy insisting that India take the latest version as the French company is upgrading aircraft in the French Air Force to the F3R version and all future aircraft manufactured will be of the latest version. After it was declared the lowest bidder in the Medium Multi Role Fighter Aircraft (MMRCA) competition, the French manufacturer upped the price from about US... more »

Light Combat Aircraft Tejas-PV1 equipped with new generation electronic warfare suite

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]An advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite developed by the DRDO was successfully tested onboard the country's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas-PV1 today. "After obtaining due flight clearances and certification, the first flight sortie of LCA PV1 with the EW equipment operational took place today. The equipment was noted to be detecting radar signals operating in and around the flight path," a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) release said here. In addition to the Radar Warner, the EW suite, tested in Bengaluru, was also equipped with a jammer, which g... more »

Russia, India Complete Draft Project for Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]Russia and India have completed the preliminary design for the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), the regional director of international cooperation at the united Russian-Indian aircraft manufacturing company said Saturday. “As of now, we and our Indian colleagues have completed the creation of the export version of the [Sukhoi] PAK FA, known in India as FGFA. We already have documents and understanding of the scope of the next phase of design, the scale of future production,” Andrey Marshankin said in an interview with the Russian News Servi... more »

North Korea offers to suspend nuclear tests if U.S. suspends military drills

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington (CVN-73)]North Korea said on Saturday it was willing to suspend nuclear tests if the United States agreed to call off annual military drills held jointly with South Korea, but Washington rejected the proposal as a veiled threat. The offer, which the North's official KCNA news agency said was conveyed to Washington on Friday through "a relevant channel", follows an often repeated demand by Pyongyang for an end to the large-scale defensive drills by the allies. "The message proposed (that) the U.S. contribute to easing tension on the Korean peninsula by ... more »

Russia’s stealth ‘black hole’ submarine prepares for 4,000km trip, deep water trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: RFS Rostov on Don SSK]A new Russian advanced stealth submarine, dubbed a “black hole” by NATO for its ability to be undetectable, has begun preparations for deep water tests. However, it must first make a 4,630km journey to the Barents Sea in Russia's north. "The crew of the electric diesel submarine Rostov on Don which was handed to the Russian Navy by Admiralty Shipyards has started the preparation for the passing from the Baltic Sea zone to the Barents Sea,” Captain Igor Dygalo from the Ministry of Defense said. Before the submarine begins its test operations, it must tra... more »

As we launch the USNS Trenton, a look at Alabama's role in the future of the Navy: opinion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: USNS Trenton (JHSV-5)]Today I'm visiting Mobile for the christening of the Navy's newest ship, the USNS Trenton. This important event continues a long tradition of naval ships built on the Gulf Coast to defend out great nation and recognizes the strong connection between the American people and our Sailors and Marines. But it also continues the commitment of this administration to grow our Navy fleet. Read more

S. Korean Navy to set up submarine command next month

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: Chang Bogo class (Type 209) SSK]The South Korean Navy will set up a submarine command next month as part of efforts to boost the country's underwater capabilities, a naval officer said Sunday. "The submarine command will be established on Feb. 1 in the southern port city of Jinhae after extending the current 9th submarine flotilla," the naval officer said, requesting anonymity. The new command will be in charge of the naval underwater capabilities under the leadership of a two-star general, he added. Read more

The monstrous beer conjecture

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
Numerologists of the world, unite! You may win a 5-liter barrel of Pilsner Urquell if you find a physically motivated mathematical proof of a fascinating identity. *Pictures are sometimes hiding very different messages than what meets the eye.* Monstrous moonshine started with the observation that the bizarre number \(196883+1\) appears at two seemingly totally unrelated pieces of mathematics. \(1,196883\) are the dimensions of the two smallest irreducible representations of the monster group, the most complete sporadic group in group theory, while \(196884\) is the second sublea... more »

The Year the Nose Fell Off

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 11 hours ago
January 10, 2015 Despite today being sunny and cold, here, with the promise of a warm-up later next week, things are looking pretty cloudy in the oil patch over the unfolding year ahead – and, sadly, what happens in the … Continue reading →

Dick Cheney Wins?  (Fairy Tales from Paris) Illogical Thinking About Terrorists?  (CIA's Hidden Hand in 'Democracy' Groups)

This Was Dick Cheney’s Coup: Why America’s Torture “Reform” Is A Total Sham . . . Feinstein’s first recommendation — basically to formalize into law the Executive Order the president issued on his second day in office banning most kinds of physical torture — has received the most attention. It aspires to “close all torture loopholes,” without saying that the

Want To Go Inside Syria? No Need... Reese Erlich Did It For Us

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
If you've been reading *DWT* for a while you've had the opportunity to get intense behind-the-scenes insight into places in the news, from Egypt, Iran and Libya to Cuba, Palestine and Afghanistan from award winning foreign correspondent and author Reese Erlich. And now he has a new book out, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect and it's a chance to learn a lot more about what's going on in Syria now-- *and why*-- than by reading the mainstream media. I had a chance to ask Reese a couple of questions yesterday as he was preparing for a long f... more »

Hitchens '07: Danish Muhammad Cartoons

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
"In a media totally dominated now by image, totally dominated, it was not considered appropriate to tell the American public 'here's a story, it's all about the fight over some pictures, but we're not going to show you what the pictures are.' The image-dominated press said 'no, we're not going to show you' neither out of solidarity with our Danish colleagues, which would be a good point, or just to show you what the fuss is about. That's either out of fear of the religious, or it's either out of fear of offending them, which is more or less the same thing. It's blackmail. In the U... more »

Financial Markets Report - Europe in Focus ( January 7 , 2015 ) - Brent falls below 50 but rebounds on rumors of the death of Saudi King Abdullah .....Greece remains under financial pressure as Grexit fears swirl - fanned by Germany....Economic concerns continue in Europe - Dec CPI Estimate -. 2% versus Nov +.3% ....Italy youth unemployment hits 44 percent ... Ukraine debt restructuring likely - 5 year default probability hits 81 % ..... Euro falls in central bank reserves , Swiss currency interventions continue ..... Ruble still under pressure , fall tied to Brent price pressures.....

Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Evening Tweets.... *Yves Smith* @yvessmith · 10h10 hours ago Why Grexit Would Not Help Greece: Yves here. While readers may take issue with an economist who comes original... http://bit.ly/1BLeg11 *Yves Smith* @yvessmith · 14h14 hours ago Despite Current Glut, Oil Producers Continue Game of Chicken: When the world gives you too much oil, drill for more. http://bit.ly/140cMEz *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 1h1 hour ago "The ECB Has Lost Control" - Spiegel Asks If "Helicopter Money" Comes Next? <span class="tco-ellipsis" style="background-attachment: initial; backgroun

Remember who the real enemy is,

skrashen at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
"Remember who the real enemy is." (Heymitch to Katniss, in Catching Fire) There is a good reason why some educators are reluctant to let young people read The Hunger Games ("If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again," Jan. 10). The Hunger Games reveals the philosophy behind the Department of Education's Race to the Top. Distract the oppressed by forcing them to compete against each other to gain a few small prizes from the oppressor. Posted as a comment at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/10/if-we-stop-telling-kids-what-to-rea... more »

NYC report: The curious standoff between Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD gets, well, a bit curiouser

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*NYPD Commissioner Bratton (right) is in a pickle: He needs both to support and be supported by both Mayor de Blasio (left) and the NYPD.* *"If the [NYC cops] are trying to send a message by not working, whatever they decide that message is, perhaps they should save taxpayers some money and just go on strike."* -- Washington Post *columnist Catherine Rampell, in hercolumn* "NYPD should go ahead and strike " *by Ken* Since my Wednesday report on the strange work non-stoppage by NYC cops, developments have sort-of-developed, though not in any especially clear way. The headline on a ... more »

The U.S. military industrial complex has been spending our money faster than it can be printed while Congress saves money by paring Social Security and lowering minimum wages of those who can still find jobs. Now here is irrefutable proof that the defense contractors who gladly accept trillions of tax-payers dollars produce the most expensive fighter planes in the world ...that will be sitting ducks if ever in combat with modern Russian fighters. As Pogo once said: "We have met the enemy and they are us."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 15 hours ago
------------------------------ The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America's Away *Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defenses.* Federico Pieraccini Original Here *Russian Sukhoi Su-30 Fighter Jet**This article is an excellent read to understand how Russia's technological level is best in its class in many military sectors, especially with regar... more »

Canadian Politics - A Brief Overview Part 3 - New Democratic Party and Green Party

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 15 hours ago
*Common Canadian Quip: "Who Cares about Tom Mulcair?"* Before Christmas, I promised my readers I would complete my trilogy of *Canadian Politics 101 - A Brief Overview (previous posts dealt with The Conservatives and The Liberals)*with a post about the last of the main parties - *The New Democratic Party (NDP).* Frankly, I have had a hard time getting back to the task... because of the ennui that envelopes me whenever I try to write about politics, Canadian Politics in particular. So this is going to be a final wrap up...with the promised "summation" post combined with this on... more »

"The Female Eunuch"

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
"The Female Eunuch" Germaine Greer argues that scaring women is "big business and hugely profitable." It is fear, she wrote, that "makes women comply with schemes and policies that work against their interest". Sexism is indeed creating a second class citizen, and fear works equally well on men, don't be a slave to either. (art by John Holmes)

Jan. 10: Damn!

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 17 hours ago
I got the name of our province's chief medical officer wrong. It's Cleary. There's a reason for that which exonerates me completely. But it's too long and complicated to explain. Trust me. _____________________________________________________________________ The banner, front page, read all about it story, is about a man who's personalized licence plate was called back because it had an offensive word on it. So the man turned it in, and was given a new one. Gee. I bet The Guardian and Al Jazeera and the New York Times really wish they had an editor who could pick out the big stories ... more »

Satan's Man In Rome, Ray Burke, Knows Who To Blame For All His Woes: Women!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Right-wing drag queen, Raymond Cardinal Burke Pope Francis demoted Raymond Cardinal Burke from a powerful Curia job to a ceremonial post once he recognized him as a cancer within the Vatican. But Burke is still a darling of the far right of the church and they still cover his hateful blatherings. Yesterday, the Pope met with Burke for 45 minutes, although the routine meeting had already been scheduled before Burke's latest hate-filled outburst about the feminization of the Church. The 66-year-old American cardinal emerged as one of the leaders of the conservative camp at last fall’... more »

Coming up tomorrow...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
According to the website blurb for tomorrow's *Sunday *on Radio 4, Nabila Ramdani will be granted yet another opportunity by the BBC to malign the dead at *Charlie Hebdo. *Yes, she's back on the BBC tomorrow morning: John Laurenson reports from Paris on the reaction from French Muslims on this week's events whilst Edward Stourton discusses the wider implications of the shootings and the protests earlier this week against the 'Islamisation of Europe' in Germany and Sweden with Riem Spielhaus, Nabila Ramdani and Sara Silvestri. That blurb provokes another obvious response: Why "the r... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 19 hours ago
*As his parish shrinks, new Plaquemines president maps strategy to reclaim land ~John Snell, WVUE* *Residents reluctantly let go of cherished way of life on Bayou Corne ~David J. Mitchell * *Gov. Bobby Jindal asks state Supreme Court to uphold law banning wetlands damage suit against oil companies ~Mark Schleifstein* *Neighbors brace for headaches from N. Rampart streetcar construction ~WWLTV* *Triple Degree Program at LSU Serves The Growing Biomedical Industry In Louisiana ~Janaya Williams, WWNO* *Pitot House landscaper explains the geometric beauty of parterre gardens ~Stephani... more »

Afghans Rally In Support Of The Charlie Hebdo Attackers Calling Them Heroes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Afghan men shout anti-U.S slogans during a demonstration in Jalalabad province February 22, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Parwiz *Reuters: *Afghanistan rally hails Charlie Hebdo attackers as 'heroes' *WNU Editor*: In a country that supports the death penalty for a Muslim who converts to Christianity .... this show of support should not surprise anyone. On a bright note .... only a few hundred showed up. *More News On Afghans Rallying In Support Of The Charlie Hebdo Attackers* Afghan demonstration praises Charlie Hebdo attackers -- AFP Rally Held In South Afghanistan In Support Of Charlie H... more »

Farmers Rise Up Against Monsanto

Waking Times at Waking Times - 20 hours ago
*Video -* In February 2005, David Runyon of Geneva, Indiana became a victim of Monsanto’s reckless persecution of farmers. This is his story. The post Farmers Rise Up Against Monsanto appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Air Strikes Continue Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach *Reuters:** U.S.-led air strikes focus on Kobani, Syria: U.S. military* *WNU Editor*: Dropping 5,000 bombs and missiles may be impressive on paper .... but the Islamic State is still continuing its offensive .... *Islamic State Launch Pre-Dawn Assault on Iraq's 'Sacred City'* (Vice News) *More News On The U.S. War Against The I... more »

Hidden in ‘Plain Sight’

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 20 hours ago
*Julian Wash* - The “eyes” don’t really see at all, but it’s the “brain” that does the busy work of assembling an image. The post Hidden in ‘Plain Sight’ appeared first on Waking Times.

There is no Anti-Vaccination Movement

Waking Times at Waking Times - 20 hours ago
*Levi Quackenboss - *There is no such thing as the anti-vaccination movement. People who exempt their children from vaccination don’t have a “common goal.” They only care about their own. The post There is no Anti-Vaccination Movement appeared first on Waking Times.

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Turmeric vs Curcumin

Waking Times at Waking Times - 20 hours ago
*Deane Alban - *Turmeric and curcumin have many health benefits but pay attention to their differences and side effects. The post Health Benefits and Side Effects of Turmeric vs Curcumin appeared first on Waking Times.

Awakening the Third Eye – Be Careful What You Wish For

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 21 hours ago
*Gregg Prescott* - For some people, the opening of the 3rd eye can show them things that they really didn’t want to see. For others, it’s a journey of enlightenment. The post Awakening the Third Eye – Be Careful What You Wish For appeared first on Waking Times.

Heartsick

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 21 hours ago
The scientists and technocrats paid by the nuclear, carbon, and chemical complexes will tell us that the eco-system was not subject to enough radiation contamination from Fukushima to cause crippling tippling-points in animals already at risk because of widespread habitat loss and destruction. The scientist and technocrats paid by the nuclear, carbon, and chemical complexes will tell us that exposure can be measured and effects predicted using models (such as the ICRP) with bankrupt assumptions. The scientists and technocrats paid by these powerful complexes will scratch their h... more »

The Measure of Greatness?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 21 hours ago
*Open* - You recognise greatness when you see it. It has a sense and quality all of its own. It has nothing to do with popularity, fame or fortune... The post The Measure of Greatness? appeared first on Waking Times.

Libya's Warring Factions Agree To Hold New Talks Sponsored By The UN

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Libyan factions to hold talks in Geneva* *WNU Editor:* All sides are miles apart for any hope of compromise and reconciliation. I expect the civil war to continue. *More News On Libya's Warring Factions Agreeing To Hold New Talks Sponsored By The UN* Libya's factions agree to new talks in Geneva next week -- Reuters UN to host Libya peace talks in Geneva next week -- AFP Libya: Rival Factions to Participate in UN-Backed Talks in Geneva -- Deutsche Welle UN to Host Libya Talks in Geneva Next Week -- Sputnik Senior UN envoy meets with Libyan stakeholders, warns ‘time r... more »

French Police Chief Investigating Charlie Hebdo Conveniently Commits Suicide

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 21 hours ago
 *Arc de Triomphe in Paris*  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIQ4aFPcHAc&feature=youtube_gdata I am unable to upload the video linked above directly onto my blog but in it, *Morris108* interviews a contact in France who says the *Commissioner in charge of investigating the Charlie Hebdo Paris massacre was conveniently offed the night of January 7/8, 2015.* Also copied from the Comments on Morris's video: *"The black African "gunmen met with former French president Sarcosky prior to this event. The 18 year old driver was actually in school. The two official videos are garbage, spe... more »

Beware of multiple measures

skrashen at Schools Matter - 21 hours ago
I predict there will be lots of discussion about testing in connection with "rewriting" the federal education law. And some of this will be a call for multiple measures, which seems to be a step in the right direction, especially when proponents mention seemingly reasonable assessments, eg student feedback, classroom observations. Watch out: Anthony Cody points out that these measures are considered valid by the Gates Foundation only if they correlate with higher test scores (chapters 2 and 3, The Educator and the Oligarch, 2014, Garn Press).

Northerntruthseeker A Bit Under The Weather

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 22 hours ago
I came down with a severe case of Influenza two days ago, and am now just on the road to recovery… My son caught it earlier in the week, and he passed it on to me as expected… It is indeed one wicked bug and one that I definitely do not want to pass off to others…. I will be back posting new material hopefully tomorrow, including my usual weekly rant…. Thanks for your patience, and during my absence you can of course look at the fabulous articles put up by those who I call the best bloggers that I know… They are of course listed in the left hand column of this blog…. And as usual…... more »

Transpicuous News Special Report LIVE tonight

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 22 hours ago
Good evening everyone. Tonight I will be doing a LIVE special report on CCN and TONE. I will running through the events of the false flag "attack" in Paris France, outlining the back ground information that I've been researching for the past 3 days and pulling together some very interesting timing dots that I highly doubt are just "coincidental". Please join me tonight at 7pm GMT on CCN and TONE and of course right here on Removing the Shackles. http://www.consciousconsumernetwork.tv/ http://the-one-network.org/

28 House Dems Sold Us Out On Keystone XL Yesterday... Will Obama?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
It's not news around here that the Republican House passed some Keystone XL Pipeline legislation again. Everyone knew they would and everyone knew they would do it the first week of the new session. It passed 226-153. And it isn't news that every single Republican voted for it. What about our centurions in the Democratic Party? Well, 153 voted against it. But 28 crossed the aisle and voted with the GOP. I bolded the names of the new members, but here's the list of the Members who are willing to keep destroying the planet for whatever transactional business their careerist agendas... more »

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Warns That Tensions Over Ukraine Could Spiral Into Nuclear War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Moscow Times/Reuters*: *Gorbachev Warns Tensions Over Ukraine Could Spiral Into Nuclear War* *WNU Editor:* Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is pushing a new book .... so I guess his promoters said .... lets create a little controversy and fear to push the speaking fees and the book. As all of you readers can tell .... I am not a fan of Gorbachev. Having said that .... the chance of a nuclear war in Europe because of Ukraine is .... zero. *More News On Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Warning That Tensions Over Ukraine Could Spiral Into Nuclear War* Gorbachev is... more »

Reactions Strong to MS-PBS KIPP-vertisment

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Apparently Jon Alter has been sent by Bill Gates to use discredited information to promote the newest paternalistic schooling solution to the "Negro Problem." Here are the comments at the transcript page: Jim Horn • 3 minutes ago The myth of the 80+ percent of KIPPsters going to college has been discredited for years. The KIPP Foundation reported in 2014 that, of those who finish 8th grade at KIPP, 44% go on to earn a college degree. Given the fact that 40-60 percent of kids entering 5th grade at KIPP never finish 8th grade at KIPP, this 44% is far from miraculous. In fact, it mean... more »

Russia Hints That It May Recall Its Loans Back From Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Russia says Ukraine has violated loan terms: agencies* *WNU Editor:* There has been no reforms on the economy. Corruption still exists. And the war in the east has completely destroyed the infrastructure and economy of that region. To say that I see no bright lights on the horizon in this case is an understatement. And even if the EU/IMF/World bank pumps tens of billions of dollars into Ukraine .... absent any real reforms this money is just going to disappear. *More News On The Ukraine Economic Crisis* Russia May Demand Payment of Ukraine Bailout Bond Amid IMF Talks -... more »

I Am a Human

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Witness Against Torture protesters gather in front of the White House to recite the words of Fahd Ghazy, a man held at Guantánamo for thirteen years without charge or trial.

The People United......

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
“SELMA” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

North Korea Offers To Suspend Nuclear Tests (With Conditions)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *North Korea offers to suspend nuclear tests in return for end to U.S. drills* *WNU Editor:* This "offer" is going to go nowhere. *More News On North Korea Offering To Suspend Nuclear Tests* North Korea offers to halt nuclear tests, if U.S. eases animosities -- AP North Korea Willing to Impose Temporary Nuclear Tests Moratorium -- WSJ North Korea will suspend nuclear tests if US calls off South Korea military drills -- The Guardian N Korea Offers to Suspend Nuclear Tests in Exchange for End to US Drills -- Sputnik North Korea offers US deal on nukes -- The Hill N. Korea h... more »

Musings On Iraq In the News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
I was mentioned in “Government of Iraq Releases 2014 Casualty Data” by Patrick Schmidt in Iraq Business News, in "By The End Of 2015 Daash Will Be Under Siege In Anbar And The End Of Its Dream Of A State" by Elijah Magnier in Al Rai, and in "The Obama Administration Has Made A Striking Choice In Iraq," by Armin Rosen and Michael Kelley in Business Insider.

Torture is Just the Way We Roll in the USA! USA! USA!

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
*“Goddamn, motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit.”* *-Captain Spaulding* With all due respect to Maine Senator Angus King on the CIA torture report he is dead wrong: that is *exactly* who we are. *"Did we torture people? Yes. Did it work? No"* King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN after the release of the heavily redacted, watered down sample that was the executive summary. Flying in the face of King’s pronouncement is the grim and sordid evidence provided by a Washington Post/ABC News poll that showed that 59 percent of Americans are down ... more »

US Non Farm Payroll Report ( January 9 , 2015 ) - Once you consider very low labor participation number and bad average hourly earning data , not so hot ...... prospects for the months ahead cloudy - factoring closures and layoffs and effects of oil price slam !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets....... Supposedly 9 of 14 sectors outperformed their twelve month average.... *Saxo Bank* ‏@saxobank 24h 24 hours ago #Fx #Forex Squawk: *US* *employment* *report*: I'm not impressed.This was not an impressive... http://bit.ly/1xPt5jQ @JohnJHardy *TradingFloor.com* [image: View this content on TradingFloorcom's website] A squawk by John J Hardy on tradingfloor.com By *TradingFloor.com* @TradingFloorcom A squawk by John J Hardy about US employment report: I'm not impressed.This was not an impressive report, but does the market care, seems to be the imm on tradingfloor.co... more »

Cuckold, Jonathan Pelto, Soldiers on for Diane and Randi

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
I received a letter from Jon Pelto last evening expressing his, um, anger I guess, at my recent post on the Ravitch and Cody April NPE talkathon coming up in Chicago, this year featuring both corporate misleaders of AFT and NEA. Here is the heart of the letter, which details precisely how Pelto got screwed in every bad way by Weingarten during his run for governor of CT last year. In the end (pun alert), however, he remains loyal to his very core. . . . I write the note on my own behalf and certainly don’t speak for any of the 220+ members of the Education Bloggers Network – sin... more »

Let Me Be Bolder

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Great spirit give me strength to be bolder to say what needs to be said to do what I know I must do to stand with those suffering and in pain Let me remember my life is a thin thread in the colorful fragile web of life Let me feel my connection to Mother Earth remembering what being human truly means to serve the present age

His Own Worst Enemy

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
http://timandolive.com/ From the beginning, Stephen Harper dreamed of transforming Canada into a petro-state. Many things have combined to kill his dream -- not the least of which is the falling price of oil. Carol Goar believes Canadians might have been willing to forgive Harper for things over which he had no control. Unfortunately, Harper has refused to do anything about the things he can control. Goar compiles a remarkable list of Harper's mistakes: The first impediment is his absolute refusal to admit he misjudged Canada’... more »

Grocery Stores Are Now Under Military Protection In Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
People walk at the refrigerated foods section inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva *Bloomberg:* *Venezuelans Throng Grocery Stores Under Military Protection* *WNU Editor*: This reminds me of the good old Soviet Union and its remarkably efficient bureaucratic and distribution system (I am being very sarcastic here). When you mess around with market forces .... this is the end result. Mind you .... I suspect that the black market (like in the old Soviet Union) is flourishing. As for Venezuelan President Maduro attempts to get* aid from Ch... more »

Russia Moves To Establish A Military Presence In the Arctic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Elisabeth Braw, Newsweek:* *Putin Makes His First Move in Race to Control the Arctic * *WNU Editor*: It's really all about the oil .... *Russian oil major Rosneft to yield over $2.8 trillion in revenues from Arctic development* (ITAR-TASS) *More News The Russian Military Buildup In The Arctic* Russian Marines to Prepare for Arctic Warfare in 2015: Northern Fleet -- Sputnik Air force and air defense army for Russia's Arctic to be in place 2015 — General Staff -- ITAR-TASS Russia to Form Air Army in Arctic in 2015: Army Chief -- Sputnik Upgraded MiG-31 interceptors to cover Russia's... more »

NSA District Democrat Representative Brings Fascist Back Surveillance Bill

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
What is always left out whenever Dutch Ruppersberger is cited is that his home district happens to be the location of the headquarters of the NSA Stasi in Fort Meade, Maryland – a wretched hive of scum and villainy. The domestic spying and data-mining apparatus as well as the local economy in and around the Second Congressional District in Maryland depends on Dutch going to Washington and delivering the bacon for the expansion of the ever growing surveillance state. The Hill piece also states that *“Ruppersberger lost his 2014 co-sponsor of the bill, former House Intelligence Comm... more »

U.K. Forced To Ask The U.S. For Help In Search Of Russian Submarine Believed To Be Off The North Atlantic Coast

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The latest operation follows a recent surge in Russian naval and airforce activity (shown in graphic above) *Daily Mail:* *The Hunt for Red October: Ministry of Defence forced to ask US for help in search for Russian submarine thought to be lurking off North Atlantic coast* *WNU Editor:* When you mothball major parts of your military .... there are consequences. In Britain's case .... if there is a Russian sub in the neighborhood .... it appears that they no longer have the capability anymore to even defend their coastline. *More News On U.K. Requests For U.S. Assistance In Search... more »

Iran Claims To Have Activated Its Own Iron Dome Sysytem

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Free Beacon:* *Iran Activates ‘Real Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System* *WNU Editor:* When I see it .... I (may) believe it. *More News On Iranian Claims To Have Activated Their Own Iron Dome System* US–Iran Tension: 'Real Iron Dome' In Place; 'America Could Not Be Trusted,' Supreme Leader Says -- IBTimes Iran deploys ‘real Iron Dome’ missile defense system -- RT Iran claims to have built the ‘Real Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System -- Ya Liban Iran Claims To Have Deployed Its Own ‘Superior’ Iron Dome Defense System, But No One Has Seen It -- IJReview Iran Activates ‘Real... more »

"The Most Important Story in All of Finance"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Most Important Story in All of Finance" * By Richard Duncan "The classical gold standard existed up until the time of World War I. At that point, all the European nations went off the gold standard because they didn't have enough gold to fight the war. Under the gold standard, gold was money. So you had to pay for things with gold. You couldn't have big trade deficits with other countries because you'd have to pay with your gold. After a while, you wouldn't have any more gold… and so you'd stop buying things from other countries. But during World War I, European governments w... more »

Week One Of The New Congress And The GOP And Their ConservaDem Allies Have Already Passed A Bill To Kill Healthcare For Millions Of Working Families

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Gwen Graham had an exciting first week in Congress-- thanks, EMILY's List Just a few days into the new Congress and we're starting to get a clearer picture of which Democrats are delighted to sell out Democratic values and principles... and the interests of their own constituents for their own personal agendas. The first corrupt reactionary to show his colors was NJ Machine boss George Norcross' slimy little brother Donald, who had been sworn in to fill the unexpired term of Robert Andrews. Norcross' first substantive vote was to cross the aisle and back the Keystone XL Pipeline. He ... more »

Cowardly U.S. Media Refuses to Publish Inflammatory Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
The audacious and savage attack on the Paris offices of a satiric newspaper yesterday by radical Islamists sent shockwaves throughout the civilized world. Two heavily armed gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the French publication Charlie Hebdo and proceeded to single out and execute writers and cartoonists. Their "crime" was publishing images and stories that offended Muslims by showing rude caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. It was a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between violent religious primitivism and decent society and it is a certainty that the gunmen will be... more »

Former Obama Economic Commissar Calls for Gas Tax as Oil Prices Plunge

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
If there is one thing that Democrats are notorious for other than feckless whining it is their love of taxing the hell out of the American people to fund a massive crony capitalist government. The average working Joe or Jane are constantly faced with seeing their purchasing power eroded by a government that engages in wealth confiscation to fund its continued expansion and the warfare-welfare state. Think of it as a giant blood-sucking tick that can never eat enough or a lawless gang of shakedown artists using their state-backed power to engage in legalized extortion of the sort t... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Amusing: Another "hottest" year* *If 27 HUNDREDTHS of one degree floats your boat, good luck. Your boat will still probably sink, however, when you note that it is only the fiddle-prone terrestrial measurements that show "hottest". All the satellite data show no such thing. The fact that neither NCDC, GISS nor JMA have acknowledged the disagreement with satellite data reeks of collusion and fraud. Not that there is anything new about that. The way the Warmists contantly act as if statistically insignificant differences of hundredths of a degree meant something is sci... more »

7 Superfoods that Taste Amazing

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Infographic -* Seven superfoods that taste amazing together and how each benefits the body. The post 7 Superfoods that Taste Amazing appeared first on Waking Times.

The Paris attacks and 'Dateline London'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
That edition of *Dateline London* was a good deal stronger than might have been expected. It brought out, doubtless much more powerfully than it ever intended, the absolute gulf in outlook between even the most liberal of the *Dateline *panelists and the sole Muslim in the studio. Everyone except Nabila Ramdani took the side of the cartoonists and freedom of speech. She, in contrast, insulted the dead, made excuses for the killers, played the 'backlash' card and expressed the belief that freedom of speech ought to be curtailed. Agnes Poirier began by talking very movingly abou... more »

Do sunspots during pregnancy shorten baby's life by 5 years?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
The Huffington Post, SciAm, and others bring our attention to a new spooky Norwegian paper Solar activity at birth predicted infant survival and women's fertility in historical Norway by Skjærvø, Fossøy, and Røskaft in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Yes, a proper Norwegian citizen is obliged to have an o-slash (or, in simple terms, \(o_\mu\gamma^\mu\)) in her or his name. They've looked at 8,662 lives of people in Norway begun between 1676 and 1878. The number of sunspots is approximately changing in 11-year-long cycles. They seem to believe that the solar maxima increase the ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Dartmouth College accuses dozens of students of cheating in sports, ETHICS and religion class * Dartmouth college has suspended 64 students accused of cheating in a sports ethics class and charged them with breaking the exclusive Ivy League school's honour code. College officials confirmed the number of students charged but declined to comment further until the appeals process ends later this month. The students under investigation are all athletes who were being given special classes in ethics and religion. Prof Randall Balmer noticed he was receiving far more answers to his... more »

Empower It Forward: I am Empowered!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Empower It Forward!!!!!I am very proud of Brian and Jorge and their team who have worked relentlessly on this project for the past three months. The time and effort that they have put into this has been incredible, and the process of it's evolution has been amazing to watch unfold. Please share this awesome video with your friends and family and social media groups. It is TIME for us to Be the Change by helping others Be the Change. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-empower-it-forward-project Love d Be the Change You Wish to See in the World. Join the movement; Empower... more »

"Team Civilization"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
Iraqi Sanctions, Starvation in Afghanistan, Consistent support for and use of torture across decades, "Operation Protective Edge", ... Bah! It should go without saying, that the murder of some racist cartoonists doesn't absolve us of all of our crimes. Bah! To even have to say that!

And this is what matters to Jon Donnison...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The BBC's Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison will never change. Make him the BBC's Jupiter correspondent and he'd still twist any story to his own obsessive agenda, especially on his favoured medium, Twitter: Damning critique of Netanyahu's "vulgar" response to #charliehebdo killings by Israeli writer Roy isacowitz http://t.co/e6LAJq3X00 — Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) January 10, 2015 Roy Isacowitz is a prominent supporter of BDS against Israel and an arch critic of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Patriotic Russian Cat Stands To Attention For Russian National Anthem

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Patriotic Russian Cat Stands To Attention For National Anthem http://youtu.be/9san71pUngI

U.S. Justice Department And The FBI Have Recommended That Former General And CIA Director Petraeus Be Charged With Passing Secrets To His Mistress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *FBI and Justice Dept. Said to Seek Charges for Petraeus* *WNU Editor:* Apparently the recommendations were made last year, but Attorney General Eric Holder has not made his decision to proceed. It looks like some in the Justice Department/FBI are not pleased with this .... and are now leaking this information out. Still .... the prospect of former General and CIA Director Petraeus going to jail .... that just boggles the mind. *More News On The U.S. Justice Department Recommending That Former General And CIA Director Petraeus Be Charged With Passing Secrets To... more »

Coming up shortly...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
A heads-up for today's *Dateline London...* The guest-list is a familiar one - U.S. liberal Michael Goldfarb, French left-winger Agnes Poirier, Algerian-born French journalist Nabila Ramdani and British conservative Alex Deane. I guessed two of those in advance. Agnes Poirier is the first person the BBC turns to whenever anything major happens in France. And Nabila Ramdani was an inevitability. She has been all over the BBC in recent days. Her latest *Guardian *article, *Charlie Hebdo: Don’t blame this bloodshed on France’s Muslims. We were appalled by the murders yet now find ou... more »

Boko Haram's bloody massacre and orgy of murder - January 10 , 2015 -- Boko Haram ( ISIS in Africa ) wipes out 16 towns and kills thousands in its hugest terror attack involving town of Baga , while the world media focuses on France. Terror is terror wherever it occurs - even if it occurs in Africa and doesn't involve journalists.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets and items of note....... *Sputnik* ‏@SputnikInt 2m 2 minutes ago Girl carries out suicide attack in #*Nigeria*, leaving 19 dead, 18 injured http://bit.ly/1A2XojI MOSCOW, January 10 (Sputnik) – A girl, believed to be as young as ten years old, carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria’s restive Borno State, leaving at least 19 people dead and 18 injured, AFP reports, citing local officials. "Casualty figure: 20 dead and 18 injured, including the female suicide bomber that detonated the improvised explosive device," said Gideon Jubrin, a spokesman for Borno State’s plioc... more »

Boeing Delivered All P-8As to U.S. Navy on Schedule and on Cost in 2014

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Boeing last month delivered the eighth P-8A Poseidon of 2014, completing all planned deliveries to the U.S. Navy for the year on time and on cost. That airplane, the 21st overall for the program, flew from Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida on Jan. 8. It joined other P-8As being used to train Navy crews. “Our U.S. Navy and P-8 industry team continues to meet milestone after milestone on this world-class program,” said Jimmy Dodd, Boeing Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement vice president and program manager. “We’re delivering an aircraft tha... more »

Russia's Northern Fleet Receives S-400 Air Defense Systems: Spokesperson

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: S-400 Triumph air defense missile system]Russia's Northern Fleet has increased its air defense capability with the addition of S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems, the Fleet's spokesperson Vadim Serga said Friday. "A division of air defense of the Northern Fleet has adopted into service new S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems," Serga stated without giving further details. The S-400 Triumph long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system can engage any aerial target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles at a distance... more »

HAL hands over overhauled Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft to IAF

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Su-30MKI Flanker]The first of the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter planes, overhauled within the country, was today handed over to the Indian Air Force by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Nasik, making India the only nation to re-do the Russian-made aircraft. The overhauling of the fighter, which is the backbone of the IAF, was done by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The company said the second aircraft is also ready for delivery. The handing over coincided with 50 years of establishment of Nasik Division of the HAL. Read more

Je Suis Charlie

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The most populare Hashtag in @twitter history is #JeSuisCharlie http://t.co/vfKXllJk1G ” via @alexandre_comte pic.twitter.com/REe7zrsMXE — Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) January 9, 2015 In lieu of a *BBC Trending *article on the subject... Besides being an interesting phenomenon, I think the extraordinary popularity of the hashtag also says something about who are real friends are. Besides Europe, Israel, the U.S., Canada and Australia, it's gratifying to see strong bursts of support for the hashtag in Colombia, the Caribbean and the central band of South American (including Brazi... more »

The Pentagon Wants To Develop Artificial Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo from 21st Century Wire *National Journal:* *The Military's New Year's Resolution for Artificial Intelligence* *WNU Editor*: Hmmmm .... they can replace the Generals. *Update #1*: Pentagon Wants Real Artificial Intelligence -- Sputnik *Update #2*: Pentagon Wants ‘Real Roadmap’ To Artificial Intelligence -- Next Gov

Austal Launches Sixth Cape Class Patrol Boat

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: HMAS Cape Leveque]Austal is pleased to announce the launch today of the sixth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. The launch of Cape Leveque marks the third year in a row a CCPB has been launched in the first week of January; preceded by Cape St George (CCPB01) in 2013 and Cape Byron (CCPB02) in 2014. Cape Leveque is the sixth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) by Austal as Prime Contractor under a design, bui... more »

Missile Launcher Contract Gives Hints to Saudi Arabia’s Naval Expansion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Mk-41 VLS]A little noticed December contract award for the missile launchers used as part of the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Combat System gives hints to the direction of a potential $20 billion U.S. naval arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Included in the initial $235 million award from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) — with options to increase the award to $356.79 million — to Lockheed Martin for an unspecified number of MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems included a contract option to set aside 26.3 percent of the funds — or about $93.8 million of the $356.79 million — for Saudi Arabian VL... more »

film trailer - Buttgereit Marschall Kosakowski - German Angst

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
*ouch!*seems like, if you're a goggle-eyed fan of extreme or outré or deeply disturbing + strictly adult cinema Hollywood has let you down - you'll have to go via Germany (and other foreign countries) for your gory cinematic titbits. Here's a new film that looks like it's fallen right out of the Video Nasty Seventies, GERMAN ANGST by co-directors Buttgereit Marschall and KosaKowski, subtitled *Three German Tales of Love, Sex and Death*. Not for the faint-hearted - here's the TOC that's Table Of Contents: *ALRAUNE by Andreas Marschall* *FINAL GIRL by Jörg Buttgereit* *MAKE A WISH by ... more »

Philippines to buy two C-130 transport planes from US Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: C-130H Hercules]The Philippine military yesterday signed a pact with the US Navy to buy two secondhand C-130 transport planes to boost its capability to fan out quickly for territorial defence and humanitarian operations. Washington has been helping develop the military capability of its former colony in the face of serious security challenges in the South China Sea, as China steps up its presence in disputed areas. China claims almost all of the sea, believed to be rich in mineral and oil-and-gas deposits. Read more

Ship named for Macon hero taken out of service

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60)]A ship named after Macon’s only Medal of Honor recipient has sailed its final voyage for the Navy. The USS Rodney M. Davis will be officially decommissioned March 31, but the ceremony will be held Jan. 23. On Dec. 19 the ship returned from its final deployment, a six-month cruise in the Pacific, to its homeport Naval Station Everett in Everett, Washington. Read more

New Reactor Cores Key To Ohio Replacement Subs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: USS Nautilus 60th anniversary cake]One of the most secretive agencies in the Navy didn’t just invite reporters to its headquarters today: It offered them cookies and cake. The agency? The Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. The occasion? The 60th anniversary of the first submarine ever to sail under nuclear power. But there’s a lot more going on at “Naval Reactors” than nostalgia, an edible USS Nautilus, and affectionate jokes about the late Admiral Hyman Rickover, the notoriously tough founder of NR in whose honor the Navy is naming its next sub. As soon as the celebration’s d... more »

Godma, Satanma, Pixiema, Unicornma, Santama, Big-Bangma... Free Planet always wins!

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
*it's important that you believe, slave* *GODMA:* (n) *the fanatical assertion of the existence of God as its sole justification such that anyone challenging such nonsense is likely to be accused of Blasphemy, a made up 'sin' against a made up 'deity'.* Godma, Satanma, Pixiema, Unicornma, Santama, Big-Bangma... they're all the same arbitrary fake-lawset or misguided belief model to ensure you're acquiescence to Profit-making Patent-protecting War World-ism. Facts are these, "We are it," and nothing else matters but our Custodian protection of our Free Planet. No one's going to sav... more »

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden: Living in Russia Is 'Great'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Edward Snowden appears in the trailer for the film Citizenfour. Praxis Films via YouTube *National Journal:* *Edward Snowden: Living in Russia Is 'Great'* *WNU Editor:* Being one who has lived in Russia for more than half of my life .... I would not say living in "Russian is great" .... I would say that "it is different". But it is true .... there are things that I do miss back in the "old country" .... sighhhh ..... quite a bit when you think about it. Oh oh .... I am getting that urge to book a flight. *More News On NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Saying That Living in Russia I... more »

New Virginia-class sub to be named for Rickover

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Los Angeles-class SSN]Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday that an upcoming Virginia-class attack submarine will be named for the late Hyman G. Rickover, the admiral known as the father of the nuclear Navy. Virginia class submarines are built in a teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat of Groton, Conn. and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The two yards take turns delivering them to the Navy. The Hyman G. Rickover will be delivered by Newport News. Read more

Graphs at a glance: 22 million eligible voters didn't vote in 2010, twice the number of Tory voters. Who has the guts to rouse this army of undead votes?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
The main political parties try desperately to seduce supporters away from UKIP and the SNP. Famous politicians cover up their extensive blemishes, prepare their little speeches, and go out to campaign with all the insincerity of teenage Lotharios collecting kisses. They chase the national flags relentlessly. But they leave undisturbed a far larger untapped reservoir of votes: all the people

Saturday Interview: Kyle Robinson

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Kyle Robinson is a popular Labour councillor on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and a town councillor in Kidsgrove, where he was previously Lord Mayor. When not campaigning, doing some casework, or helping out with a local civic function, Kyle can be found on his blog or hanging out on Twitter. *You use blogging to support your council work - have you found it useful?* I love blogging. It gives me a chance to share my own community news and local people always tell me they feel informed. *What was your best blogging experience?* Once I wrote an article about the Kidsgrove Re... more »

The Dirac roundtable

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
The latest Dirac medal went to string theorists Gabriele Veneziano, Ashoke Sen, and Andrew Strominger. See TRF, August 2014. This October 2014 roundtable with the winners was hosted by Atish Dabholkar, a physicist at the Abdus Salam Institute for Theoretical Physics. At the beginning, Veneziano is fighting the myth that he found his formula by randomly searching through mathematical books in the library. Just to be sure, this is no straw man. For example, go to 1:02:10 of the TV documentary with Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe, and you may check that it's routinely said that... more »

Edward Snowden Talks About Cyberwar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*PBS*:* Exclusive: Edward Snowden on Cyber Warfare* *WNU Editor:* We all know that the NSA is conducting surveillance operations on all of us .... Edward Snowden revelations no longer surprise us there. But his analysis on cyber-warfare is something new .... and this is why *this PBS report* is a fascinating must read. *More News On Edward Snowden Talking About Cyberwar* Snowden: U.S. policies diminish cyberattack defenses -- USA Today Snowden: Don’t Hack Back -- WSJ Snowden advises cyber defense instead of offense in new interview -- National Monitor Edward Snowden: On Cyberattack... more »

Mobile Phones Cause Cancer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: cancer] The problem continues to not receive proper attention. We have posted several times mostly voicing our disquiet. Today we all live in a sea of microwave radiation and this is clearly deleterious to our health and promotes cancer formation. More worrisome, closeness to microwave towers is a far more serious risk than expected. Worse than all that, it is almost impossible to know how close you happen to be and 300 meters is a huge radius. It tells me that in the city, we are all exposed far more than desirable. So even if you do not use a cell phone at all... more »

India’s Geographic Challenge

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: west-bengal-india-map-205] It needs to be recalled that India has a land mass similar to Europe to the Urals. The maps fool you. for whatever reason India failed to develop effective nation states prior to the European consolidation under the British. Truth is, it was only in Europe that and truly only in England that a functioning Nation State emerged with a sorted out political system that was no longer dynastic. Both the USA and France was inspired by this rapidly evolving framework. England's unique system was then supported by a rapidly expanding mer... more »

The Disunited States: A French Writer Navigates 1930s United States

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This snapshot from eighty years ago opens a door on the present. A nation and I mean all nations must promote a narrative on inclusiveness. The USA has been actually quite good at this, not least because they insist on the adoption of an idea of Americanism. The difficulty as always has been that every citizen feels a sense of alienation from such an ideal. This can come about because of economic advantage or lack thereof, ethnic or racial pride and a sense of misgovernance. This has been the agenda of all domestic politics for two centuries. A long stint of economic ... more »

Disrespecting professional judgment

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Sent to the Washington Post, Jan 9 Several experts claim that without annual standardized testing, we don't know if students are progressing ("Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing," January 9.). They are telling us, in other words, that teacher evaluations of students mean nothing: We should value scores on a single test constructed by distant strangers more than the judgments of professionals who work with students every day. Stephen Krashen Original article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/obama-administration-draws-line-i... more »

By the time NJ voters figure out that Gov. Krispy really ISN'T on their side, he'll probably have gotten everything he needs from them

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Gov. NJ Fats with his close personal friend Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his, um, close personal friend-in-law Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant* *"The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Cowboys franchise has a stake in Legends Hospitality, a group that was tapped to manage the observatory at One World Trade Center, which is controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Susana E. Guerrero, executive director of the New Jersey ethics commission, told the Journal that Christie can accept tickets and flights on Jones’s private jet because Jones is a ... more »

Fighting Resumes In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WSJ:* *Fighting Flares Up in Eastern Ukraine* *WNU Editor*: I am surprised that the fighting is flaring up. Winter in eastern Ukraine is cold .... people prefer to stay indoors rather than venturing out. But I guess the war goes on .... regardless of the weather. *More News On The War In Eastern Ukraine* Ukraine says separatists intensifying rocket attacks -- Bloomberg/AP Ukraine crisis: Rebels 'intensify Donetsk and Luhansk attacks' -- BBC Ukraine: Separatists Intensify Attacks on Army Posts -- New York Times Six killed, including four soldiers, in Ukraine clashes -- AFP Six killed... more »

This Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video -* Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this: your existence is part of something much, much bigger. Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this: your existence is part of something much, much bigger. The post This Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence appeared first on Waking Times.

Is Fidel Castro Dead?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Fidel Castro rumors sweep across social media but with no sign of death in Cuba: http://t.co/Es4sxRr2aU — The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2015 *Financial Times:* *Rumours of Fidel Castro’s death swirl in Cuba and on social media* *WNU Editor:* If Castro was dead .... we would know about it within a few hours. Even the Cuban government cannot keep that type of secret for long. *More News On Reports That Fidel Castro Is Dead* Hundreds mourn the 'death' of Fidel Castro after rumours sweep Twitter (but are they confusing him with recently departed Fidel Castro Odinga from Nair...more »

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, “Live at the Royal Albert Hall”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Moody Blues, “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8474UHL-dk

Radical Cleric Abu Hamza Sentenced To Life By A U.S. Court On Terrorism Charges

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC: *Radical cleric Abu Hamza jailed for life by US court* *WNU Editor: *It took years for this conviction .... too long in my opinion .... but this is probably the last that we will ever hear of Abu Hamza. As for radical clerics who preach hate, incite violence, and support radical Islamic militants ... the warning to them is clear .... if you use your position to preach this hatred as well as supporting these radical and violent groups .... there are consequences. As for Abu Hamza .... it is probably *this crime which doomed him*. *More News On Radical Cleric Abu Hamza Senten... more »

Translink Funding Referendum and Bill Tieleman, Hell No To Both Of Them

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written by Grant G* Bill Tieleman appears to be drunk on more than just cheap wine these days, perhaps drunk with the power of taxpayer`s money.. First let me say this, I was planning on writing a post explaining why we must vote down the Translink referendum on more taxation... However, we must first clear up a few things...Bob Mackin and his relentless digging deserves credit for the first part of this posting... Bob Mackin has found out that Bill Tieleman and his company are vying for lucrative Translink contracts, contracts that are to be let out after the referendum, depen... more »

Translink Funding Referendum and Bill Tieleman, Hell No To Both Of Them

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written by Grant G* Bill Tieleman appears to be drunk on more than just cheap wine these days, perhaps drunk with the power of taxpayer`s money.. First let me say this, I was planning on writing a post explaining why we must vote down the Translink referendum on more taxation... However, we must first clear up a few things...Bob Mackin and his relentless digging deserves credit for the first part of this posting... Bob Mackin has found out that Bill Tieleman and his company are vying for lucrative Translink contracts, contracts that are to be let out after the referendum, depend... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Here lie familiar shapes in unfamiliar locations. On the left is an emission nebula cataloged as NGC 7000, famous partly because it resembles our fair planet's continent of North America. The emission region to the right of the North America Nebula is IC 5070, also known for its suggestive outlines as the Pelican Nebula. Separated by a dark cloud of obscuring dust, the two bright nebulae are about 1,500 light-years away. At that distance, the 4 degree wide field of view spans 100 light-years. *Click image for larger size.* This spectacular cosmic portrait combines narrow band images... more »

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: The Last Word Goes To Asterix and Obelix

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
pic.twitter.com/WNMiyedO9B — Astérix (@asterixofficiel) January 8, 2015 The cartoonist brought back the characters he co-created and drew an image of Asterix and Obelix bowing their heads in grief *Daily Mail:* *Asterix returns to pay tribute to the Charlie Hebdo victims: Cartoonist behind legendary comic strip comes out of retirement to show his respects* *WNU Editor*: I have so much to say on this incident .... but I am burned out. I started to write a commentary on this terrorist event, the media coverage, reactions from different governments, the commentaries and editorials ... more »

Paris Shooting Suspects Under French Radar for YEARS

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*Image: Dead men don't talk. French security agencies successfully liquidate all suspects in the recent Paris shooting.**January 10, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The Paris shooting suspects were no strangers to the French government and its security and intelligence agencies. One suspect, Cherif Kouachi, was arrested by French police in 2005, tried and sentenced to 3 years in prison for "association with wrongdoers with the intention of committing a terrorist act," but his sentence would later be suspended. Slate Magazine would report in their article, "The Details of Paris Susp... more »

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