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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

15 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

10:36pm MST

China Is Facing A Deflationary Debt Spiral

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 32 minutes ago
*Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph*: *Bank of America warns of 'lethal' damage to China's financial system as deflation deepens* *'Deflation, Devaluation, and Default' loom in China this year. The denouement for Shanghai's bourse will not be pretty, says the US bank. * *WNU Editor:* Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has been predicting tough times for China in the past few years .... but it looks like for this year he may be right. I have not been back to China for the past two years .... but my Chinese friends who live there are all telling me the same thing .... the boom years are co... more »

It's hard to think of many more inspiriting musical greetings than the start of Johann Strauss II's "Tales from the Vienna Woods"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 36 minutes ago
*Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra play the Waltz King's Tales from the Vienna Woods -- and with an actual zither for the zither solo at 1:56! (Not all conductors and orchestras use an actual zither. The zither version is much more piquant than the schmaltzy alternative for solo-string ensemble.)* *by Ken* By the time music started coming out of the headphones I was already thinking there wasn't going to be music after all, just odd assorted beeps and blips and a background of hiss. The first time, the offer of music had been a surprise, and oddly assorted though the ... more »

A Sign Of The Times

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago

Pope on Paris attacks: Don't kill in the name of faith, but don't ridicule religion either

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 44 minutes ago
"No nation in the world has ever been founded on atheism." - Giambattista Vico. *Title: Pope on Paris attacks: Don't kill in the name of faith, but don't ridicule religion either. Rome Reports. Date Published: January 15, 2015. * "It's true that one cannot react violently, but if Dr. Gasbarri, who is a good friend of mine, insulted my mother, he should expect a punch." - Pope Francis. This Pope is awesome.

China's Miltiary And Diplomatic Presence Is Growing In South Sudan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
China has been proactive in diplomatic efforts to pacify South Sudan, where it has invested heavily but where civil war has slashed oil production. Photograph: Joe Chan/Reuters *Voice of America*: *China Peacekeepers in South Sudan to Focus on Protecting Civilians, UN Says* *WNUI Editor:* If the focus of the Chinese military presence in Suuth Sudan is to protect civilians ... why is it that the South Sudanese army is well stocked with Chinese anti-aircraft missiles .... *Chinese Anti-Aircraft Missiles Appear in South Sudan* (Peter Dorrie, War Is Boring). *More News On The Growing ... more »

i'll just die if i don't get this recipe

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
all is full of love remote control war

Jan. 16: ...And even the Irving press did good.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 2 hours ago
First, you must read www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/01/quran-charlie-hebdo-radicalism-p-20151881632716947-html This is far the most intelligent commentary I have found on the Paris shootings. The writer sees the shootings not as a result of the teaching of Muhammed, but as a result of the collapse of Muslim society - and the resulting distortion of what Muhammed taught. I think he's right. Worse, I think one could made exactly the same case about the collapse of the Christian faith caused by a social crisis in the Western world. The Paris shootings, ISIL, all the rest, hav... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*New Orleans area hurricane levee designs should be reanalyzed by 2018, Corps of Engineers says ~Mark Schleifstein*

South Sudan's Civil War Could Cost The Country And The Region Tens Of Billions Of Dollars

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *Report: War in South Sudan Will Cost Country, Region Billions* *WNU Editor:* What also does not help South Sudan is that cheap oil prices has further decimated what remains of it's economy and finances .... *Cheap Oil Is Devastating South Sudan *(War Is Boring) *More News On The Economic Cost Of South Sudan's Civil War* Report counts cost of prolonged war in South Sudan -- Reuters South Sudan Conflict Could Cost Country $28B Over Five Years -- WSJ South Sudan’s Economy Dragged Down by War, Report Says -- WSJ South Sudan war costing billions, economists warn -- ... more »

Russia Shocks Europe By Ending All Gas Transfers Through Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
European dependance on Russian natural gas (image by Michael Collins) *Daily Mail*: *Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine* *WNU Editor: *This is a major announcement from Russia .... the equivalent of using a nuclear economic bomb .... and one that will severely impact Ukraine and all of Europe. Not surprising .... prices are now skyrocketing throughout Europe, and for a country like Ukraine that earned fees and concessions for this transfer .... that is now all but dead and one that will profoundly impact its finances. And while the internati... more »

Unity Rally in Paris Photo Op + Free Speech Hypocrisy Controversy

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
By TheLipTV The Paris Unity Rally was a good photo opportunity for many world leaders, but controversy has ensued with the staged display of politicians made to look as though they were in front of the 3.7 million people that took to the streets. Many also raised eyebrows at the presence of heads of state that themselves had persecuted journalists, yet now found the time to express solidarity with free speech and the rights of Charlie Hebdo. Visit TheLip.tv *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Manufactured 'Cascades' on Social Media Can Direct Behavior and Decisions

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Heather Callaghan *And how the 'cascade' can be directed...* Was the Internet or Social Media created for your benefit? The current set-up allows for some exposure of new ideas and online connection between friends and family. However, it is also a major surveillance tool and a boon to behavioral psychological researchers observing in secret. It turns out, human behavior (the most highly studied topic of all time) is so pathetically predictable - especially on social media - that its direction and influence can be cracked using a mathematical algorithm. Information cascades - off ... more »

Parents Across America Urge Action on ESEA and Testing

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Parents Across America Action Alert *Urgent action alert:ESEA and testing* As we mentioned in our last newsletter, Congress is moving pretty quickly now on the long-delayed reauthorization of ESEA, formerly NCLB. First up is a Senate education committee hearingon testing and accountability on January 21, and we want to be sure our Senators know by then that we expect them to make some real changes in the test-and-punish regime of NCLB. Most promising is a proposal from new Senate Education Committee chair Lamar Alexander, R-TN, who replaced retiring Senator Tom Harkin as the Repu... more »

What In The World Just Happened In Switzerland?

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Michael Snyder Central banks lie. That is what they do. Not too long ago, the Swiss National Bank promised that it would defend the euro/Swiss franc currency peg with the “utmost determination”. But on Thursday, the central bank shocked the financial world by abruptly abandoning it. More than three years ago, the Swiss National Bank announced that it would not allow the Swiss franc to fall below 1.20 to the euro, and it has spent a mountain of money defending that peg. But now that it looks like the EU is going to launch a very robust quantitative easing program, the Swiss Na... more »

CPS Investigating Parents for Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Joshua Krause By all appearances, Daniel and Alexander Meitiv are smart, responsible parents who want to instill independence in their children. They don’t like to throw caution to the wind, but they do believe that kids should be granted some freedom, so that they may learn how to take care of themselves from an early age. They practice what’s known as “free range parenting” as opposed to hovering over their kids and showering them with fear and paranoia like most parents do these days. Unfortunately, their attempts to instill responsibility and self-reliance in their children h... more »

Wall Street Has A Rival In The Fight To Dominate Capitol Hill-- Foreign Interests Are Ponying Up Too

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
If our children still studied Civics, Ken Silverstein's book would be a perfect text Earlier today, we looked at how Wall Street banksters and their lobbyists have bought off the entire Republican Party and the influential Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- the New Dems and Blue Dogs. But Wall Street banksters aren't the only culprits in a self-serving jihad against American democracy. Yesterday, Michael Krieger, at Liberty Blitzkrieg, shined a light on how foreign governments and their agents are buying power in Congress as well. He quotes the Martin Gilens/Benjamin Page stu... more »

The Islamic State Is Being Hit Hard By Falling Oil Prices

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring*: *Oil Prices Are Dropping Like a Rock—And Hitting Islamic State* *Update #1:* CTC Perspectives: The Impact of Crude’s Collapse on the Islamic State -- Combating Terrorism Center *Update #2:* How Effective Are The Attacks On Islamic State Oil Production? -- OilPrice.com *My Comment*: The Islamic State became a formidable force before they got involved in the oil business .... so that is why today .... oil must be just a bonus to them. But it is true that when oil was around $100/barrel .... Islamic State leaders probably developed plans and strateg... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic: **Belgium Faces Its Own Terror Threat* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 15, 2015* Spies Scramble to Unravel Hebdo Mystery -- Nancy A. Youssef & Tim Mak, Daily Beast Oil Prices Are Dropping Like a Rock—And Hitting Islamic State -- Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring The War with Radical Islam -- Jeffrey D. Sachs, Project Syndicate Al Qaeda Is Back In A Big Way -- Armin Rosen, Business Insider A Moment to Engage North Korea -- Bloomberg editorial Why the UN is planning fresh military offensive in Congo: briefing -- Ariel Zirulnick, C... more »

Musical lnterude: 2002, “The Dreaming Tree”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
2002, “The Dreaming Tree” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_hOphl_fsg&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Spiral galaxy NGC 1097 shines in southern skies, about 45 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. Its blue spiral arms are mottled with pinkish star forming regions in this colorful galaxy portrait. They seem to have wrapped around a small companion galaxy below and left of center, about 40,000 light-years from the spiral's luminous core. *Click image for larger size.* That's not NGC 1097's only peculiar feature, though. The very deep exposure hints of faint, mysterious jets, most easily seen to extend well beyond the bluish arms toward the left. In fact, four faint je... more »

The Dying of the Trees

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 5 hours ago
Long, long ago, before the 1970s, thousands of people would make a springtime pilgrimage to the Catoctin woods of Maryland to enjoy the flowering dogwood trees. Today, the tourists no longer come, because 79 percent of the dogwoods are dead, and the rest are dying. A mystery fungus created a rapidly spreading blight, which penetrated the bark and blocked the flow of water and nutrients. It killed new dogwood seedlings. The experts were puzzled. Could the trees have been weakened by acid rain, smog, increased UV radiation, or a changing climate? The dogwood die-off captured the...more »

"I Wish You Enough"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am experienc... more »

i am charlie

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
If you can't laugh at god who can you laugh at ? Charlie Hebdo

Chet Raymo, “Navigating”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Navigating”* by Chet Raymo “My ignorance grows by leaps and bounds. I try to keep up. I read "Science" and "Nature" every week. I check the new-book shelves in the college library for anything of interest. I do a modest amount of surfing science sources on the internet. Yet I fall farther and farther behind. The store of reliable human knowledge accumulates exponentially faster than my ability to assimilate. So I mostly tend my bailiwick. My own little garden of verses. The wispy bits of universe that cling to my life like an aura of places been, things seen, syllables heard. Mo... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Thanks for stopping by.

"A Lesson From A Pebble"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"A Lesson From A Pebble"* "Drop a pebble in the water and with just a splash it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water and in a minute you forget, But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone. Drop an unkind or careless word and in a minute it is gone; But ... more »

"Heaven And Hell"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Heaven And Hell"* by Paulo Coelho "The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap, he sat. In deep meditation, he sat. Suddenly his meditation was interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a samurai warrior. "Old man! Teach me about heaven and hell!" At first, as though he had not heard, there was no perceptible response from the monk. But gradually he began to open his eyes, the faintest hint of a smile playing around the corners of his mouth as the samurai stood there, waiting impatiently, growing more and ... more »

Visit to Chief Seattle's Grave

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
We walked 12-miles in the rain today from Bainbridge to Chief Seattle's grave on the Suquamish reservation. Around his grave site these words are inscribed in the stone: "Even the rocks that seem to lie dumb as they swelter in the sun along the silent seashore in solemn grandeur thrill with memories of past events connected with the fate of my people, and the very dust under your feet responds more lovingly to our footsteps than to yours, because it is the ashes of our ancestors, and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch, for the soil is rich with the life of our k... more »

Ukraine and Russia Situation ( January 10 , 2015 )- Ukraine is already under the thumb of the West and Russia labors under the current sanction regimes of the EU / US , the ruble onslaught and the effects of drastically lower oil prices -- note the warnings of war as an end result

Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Russia..... Tweets and News Snippets..... *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 5m 5 minutes ago #Russia may seek early repayment of $3bn lent to #*Ukraine*. Is 3bn bail bond w/ 60% GDP trigger. Could called in Apr. http:// itar-tass.com/en/economy/770608 … *Kyiv Post* ‏@KyivPost 18m 18 minutes ago #Russia threatens #Ukraine with $3bn loan recall ahead of new peace talks in Berlin on Jan 12 http://www.kyivpost.com/content/kyiv-p ost-plus/moscow-threatens-kyiv-with-3bn-loan-recall-ahead-of-peace-talks-377066.html … [image: Embedded image permalink] *** Today Fitch ... more »

World News Briefs -- January 15, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Time:* *Belgium Anti-Terror Raid Foils Imminent Attack* *MIDDLE EAST* ISIS losing Kobani* with 1,000 militants dead*. ISIL launches *fierce attacks across Iraq*. U.S.-led forces launch 22 air strikes *against militants in Syria, Iraq*. Iran announces construction *of two new nuclear plants*. Kerry says may meet *Iran's Zarif again this week*. Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers push ahead *on Iran sanctions - senior senator*. Saudi Arabia building 600-mile *‘Great Wall’ to keep out Islamic State*. Turkish premier equates *Israel's Netanyahu to Paris attackers*. US Consulate in Jerusale... more »

Louise Arbour: Over the edge: Deadly conflict in an interconnected world

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Title: Louise Arbour: Over the edge: Deadly conflict in an interconnected world. Source: IdeasIdees. Date Published: June 13, 2013. Description: * Inequalities within countries and between them are becoming more visible and less tolerable. Economic, social, cultural, religious differences generate conflict while personal ambitions and greed easily transform manageable conflicts into deadly ones. Ideas and institutional reforms in international conflict prevention have not kept pace with technological progress. Universal human rights, justice, security and prosperity for all, enco... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds. It will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." - Charles Mackay, Scottish journalist, circa 1841

Bill Whittle: Multiculturalism Caused the Paris Attacks...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*indeed it did.*

Belgian Police Thwart 'Major Planned Terrorist Attacks' By Islamic State Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Anti-terror raid in Belgian town centre 'leaves two dead after 10-minute gun battle with Islamic State cell sent back to carry out attacks on Europe'* * Official says that the police anti-terror raid is 'jihadist-related' * Men targeted were under surveillance having returned from Syria last week * Islamic State video yesterday called for lone-wolf attacks in Europe * Comes after investigators said they were probing arms dealer who sold guns to deli killer Amedy Coulibaly *WNU Editor:* If reports on the Islamic State's involvement in sending this terror cell to Europ... more »

Did Argentinian President Cristina de Kirchner Cover-Up Iran’s Involvement In The Bombing Of A Jewish Community Centre In 1994 That Killed 85?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*The Guardian: **Argentinian president accused of covering up details about the country's worst terrorist attack* -- The Guardian *WNU Editor:* The Argentine government is denouncing these accusations ....* Argentine government bluntly rejects 'Iran cover up' accusation as 'nonsense' *(Merco Press) .... but these are serious accusations from the chief prosecutor who investigated these bombings, and he is clearly not happy that the government has chosen to ignore his findings and conclusions. *More News On Accusations That Argentinian President Cristina de Kirchner Covered-Up Iran’...more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
I have to mention this because it’s about the BBC and a ridiculous submission to a ridiculous demand, so inappropriate in the light of recent events. This is an excerpt from Douglas Murray’s article in the Spectator. The night after the *Charlie Hebdo *atrocities I was pre-recording a Radio 4 programme. My fellow discussant was a very nice Muslim man who works to ‘de-radicalise’ extremists. We agreed on nearly everything. But at some point he said that one reason Muslims shouldn’t react to such cartoons is that Mohammed never objected to critics. There may be some positive things t... more »

Breakfast time

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut

Is Kamala Harris The One? Not So Fast

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Cotton-headed California progressives seem to be so relieved that our neoliberal lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has decided to forego a Senate run-- who cares about the governorship, anyway?-- that they appear to be falling head over heals in love with Attorney General Kamala Harris based on... I'm not sure. She has a liberalism reputation but no one seems to know much about where she stands on the issues that will face the Senate if she's elected. I noticed a tweet Tuesday morning that indicated she had consulted with... not Elizabeth Warren, not Bernie Sanders, not Jeff Merk... more »

Robert King in Sweden with Amnesty International for the release of a new song and music video about Albert Woodfox by Meja

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 7 hours ago
Robert King of the Angola 3 is currently in Sweden supporting Amnesty International’s ongoing campaign to "Free Albert Woodfox" through the launch of a new song called *Yellow Ribbon*, written by the Swedish artist, Meja, as well as an accompanying music video featured above (view Amnesty's press release here). Meja's song *Yellow Ribbon* is helping to publicize Amnesty Sweden's online petition asking Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell "to immediately remove Albert Woodfox from close confinement, and as soon as possible release him as allowing Albert Woodfox his freedom is...more »

Argentinian president accused of covering up details about the country's worst terrorist attack per The Guardian

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
The Guardian reports http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/14/argentina-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-jewish-community-centre-bombing that: 'An Argentinian federal prosecutor has accused the country's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of attempting to cover up Iran's involvement in the bombing of a Jewish community centre in 1994, in which 85 people were killed. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman said on Wednesday that he had issued a request that judge Ariel Lijo interrogate Fernández and the foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, "for being authors and accomplices of an aggrava... more »

Case Study House #5, by Whitney R. Smith: ‘The Loggia House’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
While many mid-century modern architects could do little more than design a floor and a ceiling and four walls of glass – unleashing one glass box after another on the world – architects like Whitney R. Smith was doing something different. While they may have looked superficially similar Smith was designing layered spaces that nested and interlocked, in houses with broad roofs which provided a "sense of shelter," with the fire "burning deep in the solid masonry" of the house – deceptively simple houses giving both prospect and refuge, that brought in and opened up to nature. "B... more »

U.S. Congress Losing Patience On Lack Of Progress In An Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Azernews *Reuters:* *Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers push ahead on Iran sanctions - senior senator* *WNU Editor:* With talks on Iran's nuclear program going basically nowhere .... Iran announced today the building of two new reactors .... *Rouhani Announces Iran is Building Two New Nuclear Plants* (Algemeiner) .... as permitted by the interim agreement signed between the 6-powers and Iran in 2013 .... *State Dept: Iran Allowed to Build New Nuclear Reactors* (Washington Free Beacon). As to the nuclear talks themselves .... I am not optimistic .... in fact... more »

'Uncaged Corporate Parrots' And The False GMO Narrative

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 8 hours ago
British Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has stated that genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more ‘eco-friendly’. She adds that steps should be taken to speed up this development. Her statements come as little surprise to many because Truss's predecessor, Owen Paterson, was also a staunch supporter of GM technology. He was so staunch in his support that fellow Conservative Party MP Zak Goldsmith stated Paterson was little more than an industry puppet (see here). Paterson was ignorant of or quite content to ignore the devastating, deleterious... more »

Indian Nations ask Obama to reject KXL and request emergency meeting

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
. Tribal Nations Ask President Obama to Reject KXL and Request Emergency Meeting with Department of Interior Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association concerned about exclusion of Tribal interests on tar sands pipeline debate and the impact on Treaty Rights Link to Letter (PDF) By Indigenous Rising  Posted at Censored New Rapid City, SD – The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s

“The True State of The Economy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“The True State of The Economy”* by Karl Denninger "Yes, we hear, jobs are plentiful (so says the Obama administration) Yes, we hear, the economy has mended (so says all the people driving around in new F-150 gas guzzlers) Yes, we hear, housing is recovering (so says the NAR and the rest of the pump monkeys in housing) Yes, we hear, it's all going to be ok (so says the stock market near all-time highs) Ok, if that's true, then how about this? “Approximately 62% of Americans have no emergency savings for things such as a $1,000 emergency room visit or a $500 car repair, according t... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

Dieudonné charged with material support for comedy

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 9 hours ago
Dieudonné is so funny he's a threat to public safetyParis, France Dissociated Press France's most popular comedian, Dieudonné Mbala Mbala, has been arrested and charged with providing material support for comedy. After detaining the French comedian Wednesday at his home in Quenelle-sur-Seine, the French authorities announced that anyone caught laughing at Dieudonné's performances, whether on youtube, Facebook, twitter, or anywhere else, would also be arrested and charged with providing material support for providing material support for comedy. "And if you think that's funny, wise g... more »

Anti-Pope Francis. Judæomoslem-loving Enemy Of Humanity

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 10 hours ago
When asked today in the Philippines about the Moslem murder of innocent Europeans who were slain for not submitting to Islam, the foul anti-Pope, Francis, stated: *"It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."* Any Catholics who still delude themselves that the Church of Rome is anything but a vehicle for globalism and outright evil, need to wake up fast. This 'Church' is pro-immigration, pro-Jewish, pro-Moslem, lax on pædophile priests buggering innocents whose devout parents refuse to recognise a need to pr... more »

Man Chased By Dinosaur

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
The best response to an awful start for 2015 is to have a laugh. And as I'm resting my typing fingers this evening, give this a look. Laugh? First time I watched it I nearly wet meself.

‘Never Going To See $ 100’ Oil Again Says Saudi Prince

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The Saudis understand that the market is been flooded with oil and that fifty dollar oil will force at least some of that flood to be stemmed. It will hurt but losing massive market share will actually hurt just as much and that will be difficult to recover. This way they can make adjustment and plausibly ride it out for a couple of more years. After that they can see were to go from there. If supply is heavily curtailed some price strengthening will be safe. I just think that the fracking risk is way larger than all the number crunchers understand. all those rigs will ... more »

No more toxic fungicide: Oregano essential oil protects corn crops from fungal infections

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
[image: oil] With its abundance of natural volatiles it may well be sufficient to toss a dash of the oil in with every sacked ton of grain in order to preserve it best. The fumes may carry the active ingredient to all affected grain surfaces. I would like to know if that holds up. Then it becomes wonderfully easy to protect grain. Regardless, this is a game changer that allows safe protection. Other chemical fungicides have generally been problematic and often less than effective in low dosages leading to over dosages. The active ingredient may even be synthesized and used to... more »

10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Let us be honest. It is always a brutal year for human rights any where any when. Let us get over all that. What is changing and it is changing slowly and steadily is that the doctrine of human rights separated from its parent in Christianity has been the hammer with which the disenfranchised have been able to wrestle elite power to the mat. Those with apparent power will run amok. Legal constraint will vary and change through time and circumstance. It is political blow back and human rights that tame these tendencies. Today we have in the USA a suddenly militarized pol... more »

Saudis Tell Shale Industry It Will Break Them

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
[image: 2014.12.30.Oil.Smith.main] As i have mentioned, this is crash and burn time for the oil industry and it is possible that it will last a long time. Way more significant is that the majors are going to be seriously hurt this time around. They are drilling all that expensive oil and they cannot escape easily. Add in the core reality that we are about to exit the whole carbon fuel industry at exte4rme speed. I may enter the market with conversion kits, but that is only to make the point once and for all. right after, all auto manufacturers will convert en mass becaus... more »

“Gallup CEO Blasts US Leadership: ‘The Economy Is Not Coming Back’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Gallup CEO Blasts US Leadership: ‘The Economy Is Not Coming Back’"* by Jim Clifton, Gallup CEO & Chairman Submitted by Tyler Durden “The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America does. We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician ... more »

The Economy: "Repeat After Me: The Dollar Is Not Real Money"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Repeat After Me: The Dollar Is Not Real Money"* by Bill Bonner "We promised to return to a more traditional subject: money. And so we do. Dow down 187 points, or 1.1%, yesterday. We repeat our guess: It will probably take a real crisis in the stock market to bring the Fed back into the QE business. Then we’ll see the real fireworks of a bubble market. In the meantime, money changes hands in a world filled with economists, central banks, newspapers and TV. What people believe about it, and what they see and hear, affects what they think of the money in their pockets and what they ... more »

CBC's "Fifth Estate" sells it's reputation to globalist propaganda machine - "Putin - The Long Shadow"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Vladimir Putin walks through doors* *in Grand Kremlin Ballroom** to give Annual State of Federation Address in 2014* CBC's *"Fifth Estate" *news program has a long and admirable reputation for flushing out the truth and bringing justice to the victimized. Now, it seems to have been whored out to the globalist propaganda machine in order to vilify Putin: Here's the broadcast: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2646889875/ The show begins with Putin walking through the golden doors of the Kremlin Grand Ballroom, down a long red carpet, audience respectfully silent...as he approach... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
Evidence of Revision - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Spike EP on Vimeo. "Now — but today is January 15th, it is Martin Luther King's birthday. Now I'll start with a very famous passage. It's not usually the passage you hear from the "I Have A Dream" speech. Almost always when the Dream speech is quoted — and now it's quoted in commercials, right? Numerous times, or on radio spots, background. King's voice, as though it's some kind of American chorus for whatever- when, at any moment we need to feel better about ourselves and about race relations. We often just skip right over th... more »

War Returns To Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Ukraine Lurches Back Toward War as Merkel Urges Rapid Talks* *WNU Editor*: Reinstating conscription, losing ground to rebels, scores being killed and wounded, multiple attacks throughout the region .... so yes .... war has returned to eastern Ukraine. *More News On The Conflict In Ukraine* Ukraine separatists claim victory in battle for airport in Donetsk, their stronghold city -- AP Ukraine separatists claim victory in battle for airport -- Stl.com Fighting at Donetsk airport under way – Ukrainian military operation press center -- Interfax Ukraine Pro-Russian Forces... more »

Here's a whole bunch of stuff we can't control...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
as my friend Larry, over at *Acts of the Apostasy,* says, "Not my circus, not my monkeys." I can't do anything about Pope Francis (bless his heart), *saying really stupid stuff.* Should I be worried about the possibility of him possibly leading souls to hell? Nope. Because *my* motto is: "Let God sort it out." How about the dopes in Boston *chaining themselves to barrels of cement in the middle of a Boston freeway?* Another no. I *do* feel sympathy for those stranded and inconvenienced by the dopes, though. Call to Islamic prayer being broadcast at Duke University? (Are they... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*New Orleans smoking ban debate continues at City Hall ~Alex Woodward, Gambit * *Sex offender asked woman to call taxi before intruding into her St. Claude Avenue home, NOPD says ~Naomi Martin, Nola.com* *James Gill: John Guandolo’s new line of work * *BESE approves contract to aid special ed overhaul ~Will Sentell, New Orleans Advocate * *Grand jury seated; Dave Peralta could face new charges ~WVUE* *BODY ELECTRIC Group Exhibition* *Stevie Wonder concert scheduled in N.O. for March ~WWLTV*

Why I Hate School But Love Education

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Video - *Pursuing a college degree does not guarantee you your dream job, so does success in the school system correlate to success in life? The post Why I Hate School But Love Education appeared first on Waking Times .

5 Ways to Unf*ck the World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Gary 'Z' McGee* - The earth will go on evolving with or without us. In fact, in many ways it is better off without us. No, it’s the human world that’s f*cked. The post 5 Ways to Unf*ck the World appeared first on Waking Times.

Iraq Continues To Criticize The U.S. Led Coalition For Not Doing Enough Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters: **Iraq says U.S.-led coalition not doing enough against Islamic State* *WNU Editor:* The Iraqi government is frustrated .... the momentum is not going their way. It also looks like the Iraqi government is expecting miracles .... and they are hoping that the U.S. will do the dirty work to get rid of the Islamic State. Someone should tell them (the Iraqi government) that this is not going to happen, that this is their fight .... and they are the ones who must do the "heavy lifting". In the meantime .... *US Troops Continue To See Fire in Iraq* (Defense News) *More News On... more »

Are The 26 Republicans Who Opposed Marsha Blackburn's Deportation Amendment Really "Moderates?" Of Course Not

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
If you were worried about Steve Stockman and Michele Bachmann retiring... Minutes after Marsha Blackburn's racist amendment to deport DREAMers passed the House 218-209, Fox News' Capitol Hill chief correspondent, Chad Pergram tweeted that the there were "26 GOP defections. Mostly moderate R's." Earlier, *Politico* writers Seung Min Kim and Jake Sherman posted that GOP moderates rebel against House immigration measure. Let's take a look at the 26 Republican "moderates" who voted against Blackburn's racist explosion: *•* Mark Amodei (R-NV)- R+5, 16.6% *•* Mike Coffman (R-CO)- D+1, 16.7... more »

Last Call for Blogging Awards Nominations!

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
This is the last call for nominations for the best IR-related blogging of 2014. The “Duckies” will be awarded at ISA-New Orleans on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the third annual Duck of Minerva and Sage Blogging Awards and Reception. We need your help and nominations for the best blogging of 2014 in these categories: 1. Continue reading

With Oil Prices Tanking, Thank Gawd That Premier Brad Wall Set Aside Some Royalty Money For Saskatchewan's Hard Times

leftdog at Buckdog - 12 hours ago
... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!! So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(

The Iraqi Army Is Not Prepared To Retake Mosul From The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Rebecca Collard, Time*:* Meet the Men Being Trained to Fight ISIS by the U.S.* *WNU Editor*: I do not feel optimistic that after a few months of U.S. training .... 4,000 Iraqi soldiers/police officers with minimum weapons will be able to retake a city of 2 million .... and in a city where a majority of its inhabitants are hostile to the Shiite dominated government in Baghdad. What I do see is a bloodbath .... and the probable destruction of Mosul. In the meantime .... the Islamic State continues its offensive .... *ISIL launches fierce attacks across Iraq* (Al Jazeera). *Update:... more »

With Oil Prices Tanking, Thank Gawd That Premier Brad Wall Set Aside Some Royalty Money For Saskatchewan's Hard Times .......

leftdog at Buckdog - 12 hours ago
... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to rip of Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!! So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(


David Greene at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
https://dcgmentor.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/the-red-and-blue-conundrum/ [image: images]Each day I open links to articles about a growing movement to do away with Common Core, APPR, TFA, Standardized Testing and the privatizing of education. I know and have worked with so many of the groups and individuals pushing for the removal of top down corporate education reform, what I called Profit Led Fed Ed. Jonathan Kozol, Deborah Meier, Mark Naison are but some of the individuals. The Bad Ass Teachers (BATS) and its affiliates, Save Our Schools (SOS) and its affiliates, New York Collective ... more »

The Islamic State Is Waging Psychological War Against U.S. Troops (And Their Families)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *Islamic State's Psychological War on U.S. Troops* *WNU Editor: *And this warfare is effective .... *U.S. Military Families Are Deleting Their Online Presence Because Of Security Concerns*


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 12 hours ago
*Irish warned of doomsday sea levels if climate change continues* *The article below is pure assertion, with no scientific data to back it up. So let me provide some scientific data. Below you will see that there has been NO sea level rise going on in Ireland. So the article below is not based on any known actual trend. It is sheer speculation* Irish scientists have warned that large areas of Ireland could disappear into the ocean with rising sea levels due to climate change. In a global warming special on RTE’s environment series Eco Eye, experts warned about the catastroph... more »

The Islamic State Has Established Its First Base In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail/AP:* *ISIS sets up its first base in Afghanistan, run by former Guantanamo prisoner now operating out of Helmand less than three months after British troops left the region* * New leader actively recruiting fighters and even battling Taliban militants * Tribal leaders report that recruits are offered $500 a month to join up * Comes after Pakistani Taliban leaders pledged allegiance to IS in video *WNU Editor:* The Islamic State is also consolidating its position in Pakistan .... *Pakistani Taliban splinter group again pledges allegiance to Islamic State* (Long War Journ... more »

Amnesty International: Satellite Images Show Destruction Of Nigeria Villages By Boko Haram

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The Guardian: *Boko Haram: satellite images reveal devastation of massacre in Nigeria* *Before-and-after photographs show more than 3,100 structures destroyed by fire in villages where hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed* *WNU Editor: *This is what "scorched earth" looks like. *More News On Amnesty International's Report That Satellite Images Are Showing the Destruction Of Nigeria Villages By Boko Haram* Nigeria's Boko Haram: Baga destruction 'shown in images' -- BBC Amnesty says satellite images show Nigerian destruction -- AP Boko Haram accused of 'crime against humanity' as...more »

A sackable offence

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
The BBC doesn’t understand why some people are calling for the sacking of Tim Willcox. As Hadley Freeman says in her article, reminding Jews about ‘Israel and the Palestinians’ to apologise for Muslim antisemitism is fair game to the BBC. To them “It’s swings and roundabouts” The person who really ought to be sacked is Jon Donnison. His relentless Tweeting is so blatantly biased it’s almost as if he’s playing a game of chicken. Seeing how far he can go before getting the boot. Some kind of bravado or something. Jeremy Bowen might like to take a refresher course as well. I’m not 10... more »

Can Ayahuasca Cure PTSD?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*April M. Short* - Donald “Donnie” Bumanglag spoke with Reset just months after sipping the psychedelic, sacred, traditional healing brew ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon. The post Can Ayahuasca Cure PTSD? appeared first on Waking Times.

WHO CARES ABOUT SCHOOLS: Even after Rhee and Atlanta!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015Part 3—The Post refuses to ask:* It’s fascinating to see the way the Washington Post reported the story in question. The famous newspaper’s bungled report ran 1800 words. Beyond that, the report included a pair of graphics, one of which seems to be irrelevant to the questions at hand. The lengthy report appeared on the front page of Sunday’s editions—the highest-profile spot of the week. The report concerns a type of event our big newspapers have bungled for at least forty years—“huge gains” on a standardized test at a local, low-income grade school. B... more »

CENSORED NEWS: US and UK: Deadly game of entrapment

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
CENSORED NEWS: US and UK: Deadly game of entrapment: The United States and United Kingdom have engaged in deadly games of entrapment, resulting in long prison terms, agents fathering childr... more »

The Wheel Turns But The Hamster Died Long Ago

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 12 hours ago
You have to love it when politicians and overpaid bureaucrats waste your hard-earned money (and time) just in order to state the obvious. Witness the case of the beleaguered Northland School Division. In January 2010, then Education Minister Dave Hancock fired the entire board of trustees and placed them with on government-appointed trustee appointed by the government. At the time, I felt this was long overdue. It was obvious to anyone capable of drawing oxygen that the school board was a complete mess....too many bureaucrats, too much wasted money, deplorable staff housing con... more »

AFT and NEA's Politics of Appeasement and Capitulation

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
At a time when parents and teachers and students have begun to make an impact on bringing an end to the education genocide that began in earnest in 2002 with NCLB, the corporate unions and their chief enabler, Diane Ravitch, have decided that their places at (or under) the Corporate Education table have to be protected, testing resistance be damned. Evidence: AFT has joined the corporate think tank, Center for American Regress, to whole-heartedly embrace the Arne Duncan of state testing in grades 3-8 and once in high school, PLUS "grade-span" testing, which will happen within 3-5, ... more »

US and UK: Deadly game of entrapment

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
The United States and United Kingdom have engaged in deadly games of entrapment, resulting in long prison terms, agents fathering children, violence and death By Brenda Norrell Censored News Top: UK undercover cop Mark Kennedy (Mark 'Flash' Stone') who fathered children. Photo 2: 'Anna' infiltrator in Florida and California The US and UK undercover agents have been playing a deadly

Fluoride: Calcifier of the Soul

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain, and is sometimes called the "third eye" as it is a light sensitive, centrally-located organ with cellular features resembling the human retina. The post Fluoride: Calcifier of the Soul appeared first on Waking Times.

A Sign That The Economic Situation In Canada Is Now Worsening: Target America Is Pulling Out Of Its Canadian Operations!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I decided to take a slight detour from all the Charlie Hebdo false flag shooting reports that are still being shilled by the Jew spew media.... That false flag has swallowed up way too much of all media "reporting" and has indeed diverted peoples' attention away from what matters, including the serious economic situation that is now upon us! Just the other day, I took a walk through the local shopping mall here in Central Canada, and again what I saw absolutely shocked me... NOBODY and I do mean NOBODY was doing any purchasing in any of the stores... Everywhere I looked, I saw peopl... more »

U.S. Releases Five More Detainees From Guantanamo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Five Yemeni inmates released from Guantanamo* *US transfers detainees to Oman and Estonia, at least six years after the Pentagon cleared them for release.* *More News On The U.S. Releasing Five More Detainees From Guantanamo* Five Yemenis transferred from U.S. custody at Guantanamo: Pentagon -- Reuters Five Guantanamo detainees released to Estonia and Oman - leaving 122 in the detention center Obama pledged to close -- AP Pictures show ‘catastrophic’ effects of Boko Haram attacks -- France 24 5 Guantanamo Prisoners Released, Sent to Estonia and Oman -- NYT Guantanamo ... more »

The Clearing Of Iraq’s Jurf Al-Sakhr, Babil And Its Impact

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
After twelve unsuccessful tries the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and militias were finally able to clear Jurf al-Sakhr, a long time Islamic State (IS) base in northeastern Babil in October 2014. Insurgents had been operating out of that section of the province since 2003 when it was known as the “Triangle of Death.” When IS was able to rebuild its networks after 2011 it began operating out of Jurf al-Sakhr. It became a center of car bombs and armed attacks upon Baghdad and into the southern half of the country. Government forces tried again and again to enter Jurf al-Sakhr througho... more »

Perpetual Fear of the Next Health ‘Crisis’ Keeps us Living in Panic

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Marco Torres* - If you haven't already noticed, there's an agenda at play every year to keep people in a state of fear. The post Perpetual Fear of the Next Health ‘Crisis’ Keeps us Living in Panic appeared first on Waking Times.

Artificially engineered jumps of currency exchange rates are uncivilized

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
*...they hurt financial planning, create easy profits and easy losses...* In Fall 2011, the €1 euro was worth CHF 1.2 Swiss francs and the franc had the tendency to climb further towards parity. The Swiss Central Bank decided to protect its domestic importers and pegged the currency to the euro. For 15 months or so, the euro was worth CHF 1.2. *Leonhard Gauss only appeared in the seventh series of the banknotes, one printed in 1984. The current eighth one, printed in 1995, contains no mathematician or scientist whom I can recognize. Am I overlooking someone?* Some lucky-yet-reali... more »

World News Briefs -- January 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Swiss central bank shocks markets with currency 'tsunami'* *AP:* *Switzerland stuns markets by giving up on currency peg * *MIDDLE EAST* ISIS losing Kobani* with 1,000 militants dead*. ISIL launches *fierce attacks across Iraq*. U.S.-led forces launch 22 air strikes *against militants in Syria, Iraq*. Iran announces construction *of two new nuclear plants*. Kerry says may meet *Iran's Zarif again this week*. Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers push ahead *on Iran sanctions - senior senator*. Saudi Arabia building 600-mile *‘Great Wall’ to keep out Islamic State*. Turkish pre... more »

'They see those attackers as heroes'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
http://youtu.be/XpK_EU2Wpsw We have a serious problem

The Oft Neglected Path: To climb or not to climb- the question is answered

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
Zen Gardner's article this morning was a breath of not only fresh air, but brought with it the exhalation of doubts and second guessing. I have often said that if we ask a question and sincerely and openly seek an answer, it will appear before us. It might mean following that path that leads us to listen to a particular song, or to read an article, but it's up to each of us to acknowledge and accept or reject the answer when it makes itself known. This article was one of those answers to the question that has been ringing in my mind and heart for the past week. The question is:... more »

Je Suis Charlie - The Movie - How the media sees it's main role as preventing 'Islamophobia'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
http://youtu.be/8cMy-OnV-ks Because to the likes of the institutionally anti Israel BBC, preventing 'Islamophobia' is the most important role.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC:* *Global conflicts to dominate Davos agenda* *AP:* *World Economic Forum warns over international conflicts * *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 15, 2015* French Aircraft Carrier to Join Fight Against ISIS -- DoD Buzz ISIS control of Syria reportedly expands since start of US-led airstrikes -- FOX News Pentagon officials, Syria opposition fighters meet to discuss Islamic State battle plan -- Washington Times US general meets with Syrian rebels -- The Hill US Troops Continue To See Fire in Iraq -- Defense News On board with the US air crews fighting Islamic S... more »

Swiss National Bank moves to Ditch Euro Cap- Sending Shockwaves?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
What's going on here? This seems to be a surprise? Of course, who really knows? Personally, I have a bit of a problem believing that any bank would make such a surprise move. [image: http://ei.marketwatch.com//Multimedia/2014/11/17/Photos/ZH/MW-CZ430_swiss__20141117160646_ZH.jpg?uuid=b40b2b78-6e9d-11e4-a36b-061242be7836]The Swiss National Bank rocks the Market? The Swiss National Bank shocked investors by ditching its currency ceiling against the euro and slashing its deposit rate to negative 0.75%. Check out the original url on this breaking news: http://www.marketwatch.com/st... more »

The Charlie Hebdo Shooting Hoax: I Knew This Was Coming - Criminal European Rabbi Wants European Union To Pass Laws To Allow Jews To Carry Guns!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
The Charlie Hebdo "shooting" was indeed a false flag attack where NOBODY got killed... It was a sham and a disgusting propaganda exercise conducted on the French people, where the result will be much the same as what has happened here in North America... Removal of peoples' personal rights and freedoms... But there is another more sinister aspect to this fraud "shooting" that I first questioned two articles ago, when I asked the question as to why the French and the British are suddenly putting security forces into place to protect the Jews ONLY.... To me, this alone shows how truly... more »

The Conservative Broadsided Corporation

Alison at Creekside - 15 hours ago
Noam Chomsky : *"**That's the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don't work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital."* All graphics from Friends of Canadian Broadcasting I get Dr Dawg's point : "Dismantle. Then remantle out of new material" But I'm afraid once the goal of dismantling is achieved, there will be no remantling. More likely, just as the dismantling is almost complete, the Cons will opt for keeping a severely controlled ConBullshitCorp limping along under an ever diminishing mantle as a useful and somewhat less ridiculo... more »

Will The GOP Eviscerate Wall Street Reform? Not Without The Help Of The New Dems

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
bipartisan Generally speaking, the New Dems are thought of as the arm of the conservative, corporate-oriented DLC inside the House. That isn't the way it was meant to be, however. Almost two decades ago 5 right-wing Democrats-- Blanche Lincoln (AR), Joe Lieberman (CT), Bob Graham (FL), Evan Bayh (IN) and Mary Landrieu (LA)-- started the Senate branch of the New Democrat Coalition, primarily to push through the unfair trade agreements Wall Street and Big Business were clamouring for. None of those senators are still serving; all were defeated in reelection bids or otherwise driven fr... more »

Preperations for War with Russia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
A train loaded with US military vehicles, including Strykers, Humvees, and SUVS was seen rolling through the city of Klaipeda, Thursday, as American troops resume NATO training in the region. The 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrived in Lithuania from their base in Vilseck, Germany, on Janary 8th. The US troops have since resumed allied training under 'Operation Atlantic Resolve', with the Lithuanian military. You can be certain that after these war games are over near the Russian border that this military hardware will be left there in anticipation of future uses. Will this mean war for ... more »

Now Is The Time, Justin

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://theeyeopener.com/ Talk of proportional representation has been around for a long time. Linda McQuaig writes: The most widely-supported version of PR for Canada — called Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) — is used in Germany, Scotland and New Zealand, and has the advantage of combining local representation with a seat count in the legislature based on the popular vote. MMP was recommended by the Law Commission of Canada in a 2004 report on Canadian electoral reform. It has the support of nonpartisan groups like Fair Vote Cana...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Common Core: Republican Minefield?* Nine months from now, Republican candidates for president will meet on the stage of the Reagan Presidential Library (with the old Air Force One providing great visuals) for the first debate of the 2016 race. It seems likely that among those in attendance will be at least four – Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush – who support (or once supported) the Common Core. Republicans are about to find out what’s been percolating among the grassroots. Properly undertaken, a debate about Common Core could be healthy for the party and ... more »

Ma takes it on the Chin

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
[image: IMG_9374] *Ants savaging a caterpillar*. Haha. For weeks many of us watching the KMT in increasing disarray have been waiting for someone to point out that Ma is still Chairman of the KMT because he can't resign. Well, it finally happened. KMT member Chen Shu-fen (陳淑芬) said that Ma’s resignation as chairman on Dec. 3 last year and the KMT Central Standing Committee’s decision to hold a new election for the role contravene the charter, as Ma may step down only when he is no longer president or has his party membership revoked. Could the sudden objections be arranged by Eric C... more »

Marijuana: The Endocannabinoid system, the Legal system and the Tax system

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
The Question remains: if the US government has made medical Marijuana legal, as was hidden in the 2015 US Budget, then why is there so little news about it? Why is there so little information out there about it? Next Question: IF the US gov has legalized medical marijuana, then WTF is wrong with the Canadian Government?!? Seriously?! d Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System *[image: Get the PDF Version of this Document]Dustin Sulak, DOMaine Integrative Healthcare* As you read this review of the scientific literature regarding the therapeutic effects of cannabis and cannab... more »

The Chinese Air Force Are Now Posting Photo Galleries Of Their Planes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Tyler Rogoway, Foxtrot Alpha/Jalonik:* *These Stunning Photos Of China's Flankers Are A Sign Of Cultural Change* *WNU Editor:* They want to show-off like every other air force around the globe.

Jack London, "Credo"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago

These Are The 5 U.S. Weapons That Russia Should Fear

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Reuters *Zachary Keck, National Interest:* *5 U.S. Weapons of War Russia Should Fear* *WNU Editor:* Being one who grew up and lived on the other side (Russia) for most of my life .... I can say this without hesitation ..... there was only one U.S. weapon that we all feared .... America's nuclear arsenal.

An Analysis On President Obama’s Mark On The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit Fort Stewart. (White House photo) *Stephen Losey, Military Times*: *AMERICA'S MILITARY: A conservative institution's uneasy cultural evolution* *WNU Editor: *This is a continuing series from Military Times on the U.S. military. And yes .... it is a must read.

Liberty in Singapore, Speech by Rainer Heufers in 2013

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 18 hours ago
Reposting this from the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL), a nice speech by Rainer Heufers during the ISIL World Conference 2013 in Lauseanne. ---------- ... Right now Singapore is where I have been based for the last two years. I created my company there and now that I am coming from Singapore, I always get the response, “Oh Singapore, great country isn’t it?” I am always a little surprised how often I hear that and where I hear that. So I started to wonder, do we have a case of Libertarian Orientalism actually? Who are among the admirers of Singapore? President ... more »

Why Lionel Declares #IAmNotCharlie to the #CharlieHebdo Clueless Acolytes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
*Title: Why Lionel Declares #IAmNotCharlie to the #CharlieHebdo Clueless Acolytes. Date Published: Lionel Nation. Date Published: January 14, 2015. Description: * Lionel joins Debbye Turnet Bell on Arise America TV to discuss the issue that has lost all sense of reality and proportion. Most of those who swear they're emphatic and ardent supporters of #CharlieHebdo have no earthly idea of the vile and disgusting tripe that's been presented couched as "satire." This ain't the Daily Show, folks. This isn't The Onion. But never let the facts get in the way of a great hashtag event. Deta... more »

Inconsistent Verdicts

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 19 hours ago
R. v. Catton, 2015 ONCA 13: [21] Inconsistent verdicts are a subspecies of unreasonable verdicts: *R. v. Pittiman*, [2006] 1 S.C.R. 381 at para. 6. If a trier of fact returns a conviction on one count (or against one accused), and an acquittal on another count (or against a co-accused), the inconsistency in the verdicts will only render the conviction unreasonable if the appellant can demonstrate that on any realistic view of the evidence, the verdicts cannot be reconciled on any rational or logical basis: *R. v. McShannock* (1980), 55 C.C.C. (2d) 53 (Ont. C.A.) at 56; *Pitt... more »

Saudi Arabia's 'Great Wall' to keep out Isil

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The Telegraph reports http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11344116/Revealed-Saudi-Arabias-Great-Wall-to-keep-out-Isil.html that Saudi Arabia is building a second defensive wall to keep Islamist terrorists out of it's lands and to prevent civilian deaths. 'The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long "Great Wall" - a combined fence and ditch - to separates the country from Iraq to the north. Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the "Two Holy Mosques" of Mecca and Medina, as... more »

Fukushima Updates ( January 15 , 2015 ) - Fukushima Plant continues to spew radiation unabated , despite being ignored by major media - health effects will move through ecosystem / up the food chain and at some point will manifest itself in humans.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Links..... 04:02 PM EST on January 14th, 2015 | 138 comments Huge radiation spike detected at Fukushima plant — Multiple records set near workers trying to stop nuclear waste flowing into ocean — Cesium up 7,500% this week 06:23 PM EST on January 13th, 2015 | 217 comments Fukushima released 13,000,000,000 times more neutrons than initially estimated — “Obvious implication for human health” — Gov’t: “Neutron radiation is the most severe and dangerous radiation” known to mankind; Can travel great distances 02:21 PM EST on January 13th, 2015 | 253 comments ABC: ‘Mysterious surge’ ... more »

Liberty in the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
* Reposting this article from the ISIL. Thanks Joe for this opportunity. ---------- BY JOE KENT - JANUARY, 13TH 2015 Nonoy Oplas is an economist in the Philippines, and the President of Minimal Government Thinkers Inc. Over the past five years, he has established network and alliances with other free market-oriented think tanks in Asia and other parts of the world. Nonoy was interviewed by the International Society for Individual Liberty about liberty in the Philippines. He blogs at funwithgovernment.blogspot.com. *Joe*: What does the average person in the Philippines think of ... more »

War Ink: A Gallery Of Pictures And Stories Of Soldiers And Their Tattoos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Brown Miller Communications:* *Powerful Exhibit Honors Veterans' Stories Through Ink* *WNU Editor:* Tattoos do nothing for me .... and even though my GF is always bugging me to get one (she has three) ... I have always declined. But I do understand that tattoos are important to others .... and in the U.S. military for some it is very important. This is why this new online exhibit .... *WAR INK* .... is a must see for vets who use tattoos to tell their story.

Navy to Recertify, Modernize Tomahawk Missiles in 2019

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Block IV Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles]The U.S. Navy’s arsenal of Block IV Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles(TLAM) is due for a refurbishment beginning in 2019 as the missiles reach the end of their 15-year warranty. The Navy also will use the opportunity to modernize the weapons. The Block IV Tomahawk entered service in 2014 with a 15-year life and the recertification by the missile’s manufacturer, Raytheon Missile Co., will renew the life of the missiles by another 15 years, Chris Daily, Raytheon’s Tomahawk deputy program manager, told reporters along with, Chris Sprinkle, the... more »

French officials to visit India to rescue stalled Rafale jet deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]A French delegation will visit New Delhi this month to try to salvage an agreement to supply 126 Rafale fighter jets to the Indian Air Force, in one of the world's biggest defence deals, which has hit a snag over the local assembly of the planes. India is insisting that France's Dassault Aviation take full responsibility for the production of the aircraft at a state-ran facility in Bangalore under the 2012 bid offer, Indian defence ministry officials said. France has said it will help Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd stick to delivery schedules, but that it cannot g... more »

Elbit Systems wins $117 million in Israel defence contracts

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Hermes 900 UAV]Elbit Systems Ltd said on Thursday it won contracts worth $117 million (77 million pounds) from Israel's Ministry of Defence for the supply of command, control, computer, communications and intelligence (C4I) systems. Most of the agreements will be carried out over six years. Under the contracts, Israel-based Elbit said it will develop the next generation of the digital army project, a master programme to computerise all operations in the land forces, connecting all field and command echelons into a central data network. Read more

Iraq / Regional War Updates ( January 15 , 2015 ) - Iraq and Syria battlefield and political front items of note ...... Confronting Extremism ( within and outside the islamic world ) , Hate Speech vs Free Speech ( and the question of perceived double standards ) , and the Spectre of Sectarianism ,

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Anti War.... France Arrests 54, Announces ‘Hate Speech’ CrackdownJustice Ministry Orders Arrests of Racists by Jason Ditz, January 14, 2015 Print This | Share This Paris celebrated free speech today with the return of attacked satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which quickly sold out its millions of copies as people expressed support for the expression of controversial opinions. That would all make a much better story, however, if France didn’t use the exact same day to arrest scores of people for “hate speech,” announcing a planned crackdown on unacceptable language. France’s Justic... more »

India And The United States: Strengthening Defence And Security Ties

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8I Neptune]India and the United States relations are comprehensive and multi-faceted in nature and there is a new energy in India-US defence and security partnership. Relationship of the two countries has strengthened post 9/11 and resultantly, India-US have cooperated in sensitive intelligence sharing and joint counter-terrorism efforts. Both countries have been victims of terrorism and face common security threats and challenges such as global terrorism, state-sponsored terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism and cyber-terrorism among others. Read more

US Navy approves multi-role SM-6 for use on more ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Standard Missile 6 (SM-6)]The U.S. Navy authorized ships in the Aegis Combat Weapon System baselines 5.3 and 3.A.0 series to carry the Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6. The authorization expands the missile's use from five ships to more than 35 ships. "SM-6 is the longest range integrated air and missile defense interceptor deployed, and its multi-role capabilities are unprecedented," said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-6 senior program director. "Its use is transforming how we define fleet defense." Raytheon has delivered more than 130 missiles to the U.S. Navy, which d... more »

Taiwan prepares to take 2 US Perry-class frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Elrod (FFG-55)]The R.O.C. Navy said Wednesday that it will send personnel to the United States later this year to prepare to take delivery of two of four Perry-class guided missile frigates the United States has agreed to sell to Taiwan. “We will send them to the U.S. in the second quarter of the year,” a source in the Navy told CNA. The Navy wants the frigates to replace its aging fleet of Knox-class vessels, which have been in service for about 40 years. Read more

UK MoD publishes third annual update to defence equipment plan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Successor class SSBN]The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released the third annual update to the defence equipment plan, which sets out its spending plans for the next decade. The ten-year plan includes spending nearly £163m on new equipment and support services for the armed forces. Approximately £40bn is likely to be spent on the acquisition of submarines, while £15.4bn and £11.1bn have been allocated for land equipment such as tanks and armoured vehicles, and helicopter capabilities, respectively. Read more

U.S. Upgrades its Nuclear “Doomsday Planes”

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: E-4B Nightwatch]Should a world crisis ignite a nuclear war, the U.S. is ready to keep the president, defense secretary and key staff members up in the air and out of danger for days without refueling. How? In a E-4B doomsday plane. With new communications upgrades, the most powerful survivors aboard the plane, a heavily modified Boeing 747, can manage military operations with “enhanced connectivity,” according to Forbes. Read more

Main figure in Navy bribery scandal expected to plead guilty

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)]The central figure in a Navy bribery scandal is expected to plead guilty Thursday to buying classified information about ship movements by providing cash, travel, entertainment expenses and prostitutes. Leonard Glenn Francis, 51, chief executive of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., would be the sixth person to plead guilty in the case -- leaving only Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Kheme Misiewicz asserting innocence and awaiting trial. Federal prosecutors allege that Francis bribed two Navy officers, an enlisted sailor and a now-former Naval... more »

U.S. Military Families Are Deleting Their Online Presence Because Of Security Concerns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*CNN:* *After ISIS Twitter threat, military families rethink online lives* *WNU Editor:* I have a good friend who works for Canada's RCMP .... when I asked him a few months ago on why he was not on Facebook .... he told me that it was against department policy. As he told me .... no point in making it easy for criminals to find out where you live, and to let them know who is important to you. This is actually becoming a growing trend ..... French law enforcement were told after the Paris attacks last week the same thing .... remove your social media presence .... *Source: Terror c... more »

First female officer reports to submarine USS Minnesota

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Minnesota]The first woman to serve aboard a Navy fast-attack submarine has reported to the USS Minnesota. She is one of six officers expected to join fast-attack crews in the months ahead. Two more women will report to the Minnesota by the end of January, with three more slated to join the USS Virginia in the spring, said Lt. Cmdr. Tommy Crosby, a spokesman for the Navy’s Submarine Force Atlantic. Integration of Virginia-class submarines comes three years into the Navy’s effort to gradually bring female officers and enlisted into its undersea service. Female officers fir... more »

Reports: Policewoman Targeted By Paris Driver - Here we go again?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
Sky are reporting http://news.sky.com/story/1408158/reports-policewoman-targeted-by-paris-driver that: 'A Paris policewoman has been injured after a motorist drove at her outside the President's residence, according to reports. According to newspaper reports the car had been driving the wrong way along a one-way system and left the 37-year with wrist, knee and back injuries. Le Parisien newspaper said four suspects ran away from the car. Two have been arrested on Rue d'Anjou and two are still on the run. It is unclear if this incident is related to last week's terror attacks and ... more »

Musical Interlude: Karunesh, “Moon Temple”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Karunesh, “Moon Temple” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE1yQu6I0A4

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“This pretty, open cluster of stars, M34, is about the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Easy to appreciate in small telescopes, it lies some 1,800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus. At that distance, M34 physically spans about 15 light-years. *Click image for larger size.* Formed at the same time from the same cloud of dust and gas, all the stars of M34 are about 200 million years young. But like any open star cluster orbiting in the plane of our galaxy, M34 will eventually disperse as it experiences gravitational tides and encounters with the Milky Way's interstellar c... more »

Trust Teachers

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Sent to the Washington Post, Jan 14. A new proposal for the revision of the federal education law calls for annual testing to see how students are progressing, to allow teachers "to diagnose and help their students." ("AFT backs annual testing, with an asterisk," Jan 14). The proposal is saying, in other words, that teacher evaluations of students means 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. Those who place high value on standardized test results should trust the comp... more »

The U.S. Military Has No Legal Basis To Detain A Known African Warlord Who Has Committed Genocide

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Craig Whitlock, Washington Post:* *Detention of African warlord raises legal questions for Pentagon* *WNU Editor:* This is a fascinating case .... what should the U.S. government/military do when U.S. soldiers are in an Africa country and during the course of their mission they are given a known war criminal who has been accused of committing genocide. From my point of view this is where a place like Guantanamo may become very useful .... where a detainee like this warlord could be put until his international legal status has been determined. But I also know that this is not goin... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) GSDF troops ride motorcycles off a CH-47 JA helicopter during drills at Camp Narashino in Chiba Prefecture on Sunday. REUTERS

Is Russian Foreign Policy A Complete Mess?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters. © RIA Novosti. Valery Melnikov *Mark Adomanis, Moscow Times:* *Russia's Foreign Policy Is Full of Contradictions* *WNU Editor:* This commentary reinforces the point that I have been making in the past few days on how surprised I have been on the outdated view that many pundits in the West still have of today's Russia .... pundits/analysts/media organizations/think tanks/politicians/etc. .... many of them still believe that today's Russia is like the old Soviet Union .... when in fact it is nothing like that. Being one who has been immersed in ... more »

Small Portable Water Filter Makes a Big Difference in Kenya

WTStaff at Waking Times - 23 hours ago
*Video - *Designed to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, the LifeStraw Portable Water Filter features no moving parts, requires no power supply, and never needs maintenance. The post Small Portable Water Filter Makes a Big Difference in Kenya appeared first on Waking Times.

Smirking in Seattle?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Our 14-mile peace walk through Seattle ended today at the Sadako Sasaki statue near the Friends Meeting House. Following the closing ceremony at the statue we moved to the ferry and made our way back to Bainbridge Island for supper at the Winslow Co-Housing. I am spending the next two nights in an apartment at the Co-Housing complex where 80 people live. The furnished apartment is temporarily empty while the owner is out of town so I have the whole place to myself. We walked through Seattle's downtown black community, the Asian community, the business district during the lunch ... more »

Molly's Kitchen Sink Writing Problem

mollymew at Molly'sBlog - 1 day ago
*MOTOR MOUTH OF THE PEN:* Well it's back to blogging, and my old problem remains - motor mouth of the pen. I've always had a tendency to 'kitchen sink' anything I write. The old 'and another thing and another thing and another thing' habits refuse to die. I've begun to write reviews of books that I've been reading. Production, however, is miniscule. I've had a review of 'Pierre-Joseph Proudhon', one of George Woodcock's many biographies on the burner for some days now, but it's a dish that keeps cooking but never seems to be done. It's been decades since I first read the book,... more »

Hebbadabbado?  (Satisfied Stratum of Centrist Commentators — People Well Pleased with Obama’s Record and Slapping Down Liberals Who Fault Obama’s Leadership)  It’s Not Just Fox News:  How Liberal Apologists Torpedoed Change/Made Democrats Safe for Wall Street (They Got What They Wanted?)

Paris Trumps Boston? New issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly Yabbadabbahebdo? The words defending offensive speech and those defending the offensed are flying around the internets. There are even some excellent arguments to be found among them. Here are my picks. Charlie Hebdo Paul Craig RobertsJanuary 13, 2015 The Charlie Hebdo affair has many of the characteristics of a false flag

Should U.S. President Obama Replace His National Security Team?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Pete Souza/White House *Leslie Gelb, Daily Beast:* *This Is Obama’s Last Foreign Policy Chance* *The failure of Obama or Biden to show up in Paris made clear that most of the president’s team can’t be trusted to conduct U.S national security policy and must be replaced—at once.* *WNU Editor*: Leslie Gelb has been working and writing on Washington politics and foreign policy/national security for the past few decades .... but after reading his above commentary .... I have to wonder what has he been doing during the Obama Presidency. His call for President Obama to replace his staff... more »

Je Suis No Tears For The Creatures Of The Night

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
-by Melody Siegler One of my long time best friends, Bob Filbey, sent me a cartoon he had just done. My "career" has just made new headway. Every editorial cartoon I've ever done has been submitted for free to our 3 local publications (in Humbolt County). None were ever published locally. Because of the Comic Show at the Sewell Gallery on display this month in Eureka and the execution of several cartoonists in France, the North Coast Journal requested I do a comic about the event, so apparently I will finally be published locally in that rag this week! I presume there is no ... more »

Neo-Slavery Makes Comeback

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Inmates work eight hours per day for major corporations such as Chevron, Motorola, Nordstrom’s and Target, yet only have the possibility of making up $1.25 an hour. In addition, companies that provide services like phone calls overcharge prisoners on even the most basic services, making hundreds of millions in profits annually. RT’s Ben Swann speaks to Hedges, who explains how this shadowy system came into existence.

Russia shuts off gas valve to Europe - drops Petro$

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*UPDATE: January 14, 2015* According to *DAHBOO77*, Russia is pulling out of the petrodollar: *Russia -- not so comfortable in Europe anymore* Russia, claiming that Ukraine has been up to its historical nasty habit (yet again) of siphoning off Russia's gas as it travels through the Ukraine part of the pipeline towards Europe, has shut off the gas valve....thus denying several European countries their gas. Russia is saying that its gas will be diverted to Turkey instead.*** If Europeans want any of it, they will need to build their own pipeline to Turkey to get it. Late last ye... more »

'Deflation, Devaluation, and Default' loom in China this year. The denouement for Shanghai's bourse will not be pretty, says the US bank. by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph : China is at mounting risk of a financial crisis this year as growth sputters and deflationary pressures trigger a wave of defaults, Bank of ...

This month, WQXR is taking 30 popular pieces from our year-end Classical Countdown and asking music experts to give us their "next step" compositions. Countdown Piece: Gershwin's Rhapsody in BlueCountdown Position: No. 11 For a next step: Try the Yellow River ConcertoChoice by: Long Yu, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of ...

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