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Now that a new generation of civil rights activists is making its collective voice heard, the same very important persons who lately scoffed at Occupy and declared it dead are scoffing once again. The demonstrators staging the nationwide die-ins and strikes and generally disrupting life for the self-satisfied Establishment are rankling them for all the usual reasons. They don't have a single charismatic leader for possible co-optation by the Duopoly. They aren't going through official channels by groveling before politicians, or running for office themselves. They aren't getting ou...more »
Gavin Newsom and Eric Garcetti, into tech When I first moved to California, the U.S. senators were both from Northern California. Democrat Alan Cranston, from a prominent Northern California family was from Palo Alto, when he was elected to the first of 4 terms starting (1968). Republican S.I. Hayakawa was born in Vancouver, Canada,but was the president of the University of San Francisco and lived in Mill Valley when he was elected to his single term.Since 1992, that's the Dianne Feinstein seat, another Bay Area politician.. Caught up in John McCain's Keating 5 scandal, Cranston deci...more »
*"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9.* *Title: "Peace Plan" Rejected! Ukraine's President Rejects Putin's Plan, Continues Shelling of Donetsk. Source: DAHBOO77. Date Published: January 18, 2015. Description:* Further to the dramatic footage yesterday, Ukrainian troops have launched a massive assault on militia-held areas, according to RT. This comes on the heels of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rejecting a peace plan proposed to him last week by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. As Reuters reports, Putin's spokesm...more »
Within days, the French Political elite and their international allies were using the tragedy to sell new policing measures. By Steve Weissman | Reader Supported News | January 19, 2015 ∗ French-based journalist Steve Weissman joined legendary satirist Paul Krassner and … finish reading Steve Weissman : We are all Charlie, even as political hacks steal Charlie’s soul
Monty Neill finds himself in the unenviable, though totally expected, position of doing PR for the corporate unions, who find themselves in bed with Arne Duncan and Bill Gates on testing. Here is what Monty posted to all the lists: Reality check. One person emailed me to ask the meaning of 'grade span.' It means a requirement to test annually once in each of grades 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12, in reading/ELA, math and science. This is what the 1994 law called for (tho without science) and it was quite livable if states did not attach sanctions - and most did not. The context is the House ...more »
*In his current "Cartoon Lounge" video, Bob decides, while clearing out his old office, that there's no way he's tossing the album from his bar mitzvah in 1957 at the Hotel Pierre, where he "made out like a bandit."* *by Ken* Would it be fair to guess that most readers have had the experience of an office move on the job? Offhand I can remember four of them -- two each on two jobs -- and while of course they're nowhere near as traumatic or exhausting as home moves, they can be pretty trying and tiring. I bring this up in connection with a distinguished visitor to this space we had...more »
"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the...more »
“No matter how great the desire is to please another, let it be no greater than the desire to be yourself. Please, it's why you're there. Otherwise ain't no one happy.” “So pleased with you,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com
“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter; to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo C. Rosten
*"Fear By Another Name"* by Michael Brenner "Assassination of American citizens by presidential dictate, blanket suspension of habeas corpus indefinitely, massive wiretapping and surveillance with and without warrant, torture as the official policy of the United States government – these are trademarks of the “war on terror” pursued since 9/11. This despite the absence of a single serious attack over the past twelve years and the scattering of a defanged al-Qaida – the only group that once had the potential capability to do us major harm. The extraordinary trashing of our cherished...more »
* "The 12 Rules of Survival"* by Laurence Gonzales "As a journalist, I've been writing about accidents for more than thirty years. In the last 15 or so years, I've concentrated on accidents in outdoor recreation, in an effort to understand who lives, who dies, and why. To my surprise, I found an eerie uniformity in the way people survive seemingly impossible circumstances. Decades and sometimes centuries apart, separated by culture, geography, race, language, and tradition, the most successful survivors–those who practice what I call “deep survival”– go through the same patterns o...more »
*“Sky High”* by Chet Raymo “As upright primates, the sky is half of our visual field, but we give it only a tiny fraction of our attention. Food, drink, sex and shelter are all to be found close to the ground. What goes on above our heads is mostly irrelevant. Here in Ireland the sky is much more than half our visual field; we couldn't ignore it if we wanted to. Our cottage is perched on a hill above Dingle Bay, and beyond the garden wall the land slopes to the sea, as if trying to get out of the way, surrendering the view to- air. Insistent, in-your-face, not-to-be-ignored nitrog...more »
Bell (Re), 2015 ONCA 19:  The appellant has succeeded in this court and accordingly should be entitled to its costs throughout. The settlement offer referenced by the respondent in its submissions is irrelevant to the issue before this court. So too are its submissions in relation to events involving a creditor of the appellant.  In our view, there is no reason why the appellant should not be entitled to its costs below in view of its success in this court. Further, there is no reason to fix a different amount from the figure to which the parties agreed...more »
It's like quoting from the bible the sacred cows are coming home to graze on the bones of the nation 'wasichu' the one who eats the fat CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Herndon, *Virginia*, has been awarded a $963,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ground subsystems support. Contractor support includes sustainment engineering, technical assistance and program management services for ground subsystems to include sustainment, assessment, system modification and technical support. Work will be...more »
This morning, Pope Francis will leave the Philippines and go back to the Vatican. He arrived four nights ago, January 15, from Sri Lanka. The visit at UST yesterday in the morning and the last mass at Luneta in the afternoon drew several millions of people. Yesterday too, some leftist groups in the Philippines played epal, unfurled streamers calling for social justice, social debt, socialism. What a bunch of lousy minds. If it was Senator X or Congressman Y or Governor or Mayor Z, or other party list groups unfurling streamers and placards showing their faces and names during t...more »
By SCG This is footage of the Charlie Hebdo shootings which has been restricted or taken down from a number of websites. As you will see it contains no blood, gore or graphic violence. It does however punch a major hole in the official story. Visit StormCloudsGathering.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email
By Ben Swann on RT 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. Visit BenSwann.com *Get truth de...more »
It's like quoting from the bible the sacred cows are coming home to graze on the bones of the nation 'wasichu' the one who eats the fat *CONTRACTS* *AIR FORCE* Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $963,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ground subsystems support. Contractor support includes sustainment engineering, technical assistance and program management services for ground subsystems to include sustainment, assessment, system modification and technical support. Work will ...more »
*French President François Hollande has condemned the violence, calling France’s commitment to freedom of expression "non-negotiable".* *“There are tensions abroad where people don’t understand our attachment to freedom of speech,” *Hollande said. *Image of a French police officer wearing a kepi at the Pithiviers deportation camp. * *This shot was censored in the original version of the film, Night and Fog (1955)* *Image of a French police officer at the Pithiviers deportation camp. * *His kepi has been obscured by a wooden beam, at the behest of the French film censors. * ...more »
*“5 Outrageous Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Red-Faced Fox Actually Admits It Made a Mistake”* By Janet Allon *“1. Ben Carson says totally crazy thing; O’Reilly blames the liberal media. *It does not seem to matter what kind of crazy thing Fox rave-fave Dr. Ben Carson says; his Faux friends will back him up. This week Carson likened American patriots to Islamic State militants in a speech at the Republican National Committee's (RNC) winter meeting. This was an odd and perplexing move to be sure, but Carson was fully committed to it. He spoke admiringly of the Islamic State fight...more »
*“The USA Homefront 2015”* by James Howard Kunstler “For one who has been a close observer of the US socio-political-economic scene since the Kennedy era, the nation has gotten itself into a pretty sorry state. The pervasive racketeering that poisons American life from the money-in-politics farce, to the shameless, chiseling medical-pharma cabal, to the SNAP-card and disability rights empire of grift, to the college loan swindle, to the disgusting security state apparatus, to the corporate tyranny of local life and economies, to the delusional techno-narcissism of the media, to the...more »
By Free Radio Revolution The latest development in the ongoing ISIS psyop is that their supposed British hostage John CantLIE is heading up a 24/7 news organization for the terrorist group. Seriously, our reality is made for TV by the rulers. Peace needs you to wake up. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email
We live in a fake world and for a period of time it has served us inevitably well the south was built with slave and it remains a powerhouse today At the end of the day we have to eat we need clothes and entertainment the south is all about that Meanwhile were the thinking goes on talking about both coasts the people are freaking out seems Mathus was a math major after all there is no way to square a cube when there in not enough oxygen to fill a space station so vast that men just crawl over the surface moving flags and other rags telling us its part of our collective sacred truths ...more »
If you enjoy detective shows, murder mysteries, and legal dramas, you learn a lot of things that don't necessarily reflect reality. Here are some things you may learn from these shows. 1. Women are crazy and kill people. I have already blogged about and disproportionate percentage of female murderers on TV detective shows. In reality, about 90% of homicides are committed by men. I don't know what percent of TV murderers are women, but on some shows it's well over half. 2. Defense lawyers are all scum. On quality police and legal dramas, most categories of people are portrayed as...more »
This week's obituaries included the last living link to two landmark moments in the history of freedom of expression. Al Bendich was just two years out of law school when he wrote the brief that is credited with the victory in the famous "Howl" obscenity case. In 1957, Lawrence Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg's masterpiece "Howl" in book form and sold it in his City Lights bookstore (now a San Francisco institution). Ferlinghetti was arrested on obscenity charges; the story of his trial is tremendous. You can read a bit about it in Bendich's *New York Times* obituary; the mov...more »
(Blogger's Note: The first parts of this article follow.) *Who Owned the Treasure?* As the Oak Island Treasure Company retreated to Halifax to devise another attack plan, another problem arose. The legal ownership of any treasure recovered was in suddenly in dispute. English law, enacted centuries earlier, gave the rights to any treasure to the crown, allowing the monarch to reassign a percentage to the discoverer. However, there was no requirement for the finder to receive financial benefit or reward, other than the thanks of the crown. In other words, the crown could take all th...more »
• Exhale • Going through it The long duration of dark The cold winter night The silent day When will I know my reason When can I enter into peaceful solitude Life is but a blink of the eye A bat of the lash If you want to know I'm chasing the wind And will soon be mown down By the sharp blade Come on spring Make me new again I set and wait for both Anonymous
Mayor Total Sell-Out -by Denise Sullivan Mayor Ed Lee issued his annual State of the City report from the shame and pity that is his San Francisco last Thursday, and while it might look good on paper, his critics are less than enthused. Lee touts jobs and housing as major contributions to municipal welfare on his watch. Transformation of the long-suffering Tenderloin and Mid-Market area is another dramatic change he likes to take credit for, though the jury is way out on who won in that deal. Along with the general Mahattanization of our seven by seven square miles, Lee's brief resu...more »
FORGOT TO POST THIS... A GREAT READ RE THE ARCE V HUPPENTHAL ANTI-ETHNIC STUDIES TRIAL: If you haven't seen them, here are the materials submitted in the 9th circuit case regarding Arizona's ban on Ethnic Studies (HB 2281: regardless of what the courts say, many of us will never recognize this immoral state measure as a "law.") https://turtletalk.wordpress.com/…/ninth-circuit-materials…/
If you love American Sniper I got to tell you right now your understanding of the world is Dick. (Dick Nixon edition) A righteous man or army comes to your town are you going to salute or fight back? And by the way America lost the war in Iraq by a Superbowl blowout so put that epoch on the statue for the vets of Falujia on your lawn American Sniper projects unlimited power at the viewer but the fact is America can not control Ferguson Missouri let alone Iraq America needs dumbfucks like Kyle and they breed them every day raised on Honey Boo Boo and Judge Judy they will stand up whe...more »
*Kurdish Militia (YPG)** alongside their ISIS brothers, together, battle Syrian Army forces- * *My Kurd/ISIS symbiosis theory just keeps on proving itself to be accurate* Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish sources and a monitoring group said, breaking a longstanding tacit agreement between the two sides to focus on other enemies in a complex civil war. In Syria’s predominantly Kurdish northeast,* (same area of Syria where ISIS is holed up) *Assad´s forces and Kurdish militia, mainly the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (Y...more »
Humanity's rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation — particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources — are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related studies.January 16, 2015 Common Dreams That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal
------------------------------ *Kiev Renews War On Eastern Ukraine * ------------------------------ January 18, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Kiev Renews War On Eastern Ukraine It was obvious from the beginning that the ceasefire that the Russian government supported would be used by Washington’s Kiev vassal state to recover from defeat by the Donetsk Republic and launch a new attack. The Western media, of course, will lie about the renewal of hostilities by Washington. Russian peoples ...more »
------------------------------ Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and SkepticismBy Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman The Justice Department on Wednesday issued a press release trumpeting its latest success in disrupting a domestic terrorism plot, announcing that “the Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested a Cincinnati-area man for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials.” The alleged would-be terrorist is 20-year-old Christopher Cornell (above), who is unemployed, lives at home, spends most of his time playing video games in...more »
*The Devil, as Pictured in Rich Men's Tricks* Recently, I spent over three hours watching the video linked below: *Aangirfan posted it on his blog and notes: "Everything Is A Rich Man's Trick, by Francis Richard Conolly, explains in great detail how we are conned by the rich elite.* *The video covers 9 11, the Bush Family, the Woolwich attack, Gladio, the JFK assassination, Hitler, the Nazis, Islam, the World Wars, the Mafia, the CIA, the Robber Barons, the Rothschilds and much more.* *There is a huge amount of detail on JFK.* *The video explains how the elite supply both sid...more »
Just a very quick note about the headline on this morning's *Mail on Sunday*. We're told that Ed Miliband and Ed Balls knew the economy was speeding into a brick wall and therefore privately urged Gordon Brown to go for an election in Autumn 2007. This, from a book by former Doncaster mayor and self-styled fixer for Labour in Yorkshire, Martin Winter. An aside. Apparently EdM confided all this to Winter, who has kept his counsel for seven-and-a-bit years until the pre-election period came round. According to the piece Winter has grown disillusioned with Miliband and says of him "He...more »
At least the pretending is over. From Monty Neill: The NEA is working with Reps Sinema and Gibson to obtain organizational endorsement for their bill (allowing grade-span testing) which they will re-introduce in the House on Jan 21.. . .FairTest strong endorses this bill and urges all groups to endorse it. If you want to tell NEA how disgusted you are to see them supporting a bill analogous to making only half of murders illegal, you may email here: EDuncan@nea.org My letter to NEA: If I were trying to come up with the worst idea of the year, it would be something called “grade-...more »
Yesterday about 60 people gathered at Ground Zero Peace Center for a five-hour meeting that included speakers and music. I talked during the event about the program of the Global Network and my participation in the MLK peace walk through Washington state. Following the meeting the folks broke up into small groups and I joined the one that was planning the civil disobedience action at the front gate of the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine base. The submarine base is less than one mile down the two-lane country road from the peace center. We walked in single file through the rai...more »
It has been reported recently that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has made a bid to join the Rome Statute and thus recognise and be recognised by the International Criminal Court, and that this move has been recognised and affirmed by the U.N. general secretary, who have stated that the State of Palestine will join ICC by April 1 this year. ICC itself has welcomed this move by the PA as being consistent with the ICC's general striving to make the Rome Statute and the ICC universally recognised as a legitimate international legal institution. As an immediate effect, the ICC has opene...more »
I recall during the first year of my history degree circa 1996 that there were 5 main areas of history. A few chuckled as the teaching assistant wrote the acronym S.P.E.R.M. on the board. Along with the subject of my first undergraduate paper of my degree, this is one of the few things I recall from back then with any degree of clarity. "S" for Social, "P" for Political, "E" for Economic, "R" for Religious and "M" for Military. I'd have to say my strongest areas were political and military. Indeed that first paper I wrote, on the Spanish Armada of 1588, proved to be a good indic...more »
No, this isn't a Bernie Sanders infographic Paul Ryan's spokesperson has already chirped in that the bold tax plan President Obama is including in his State of the Union Tuesday is "not a serious plan. We lift families up & grow the economy with a simpler, flatter tax code, not big tax increases to pay for more spending." Ryan's plan is, of course, is based on the Austerity Agenda that has mired Europe in endless recession and on the so-called "dynamic scoring" (i.e., trickle down economics) that has bankrupted Kansas. I can't wait to hear Joni Ernst's response. The White House relea...more »
*"So-called democracy exists in this Angle-French world, which means the rule of the people by the people. Now, the people must possess some means of giving expression to their thoughts or their wishes. Upon examining this problem more closely, we see that the people themselves have no original convictions of their own. Their convictions are formed, of course, just as everywhere else. The decisive question is who enlightens the people; who educates them? Capital actually rules in those countries; that is, nothing more than a clique of a few hundred men who possess untold wealth and...more »
I was intrigued that Maxine Mawhinney introduced the speech on antisemitism that Theresa May gave to the Board of Deputies of British Jews as ‘today’s top story’. And jolly good a speech it was too. It seemed to have gone down well. I’m not so sure about the tactfulness on that particular occasion of including Muslims when stressing the government’s aim to make all minorities feel safe, but I can see why she felt the need. The problem is this. Surrounding Jewish places of worship, education and social activities is not Tackling Antisemitism. It’s protecting Jews, maybe. But it’s ...more »
*Allen L Roland, spiritually guiding Marina, on Skype, as she heals herself by facing and going through her early childhood fears.* *There can be no greater feeling of satisfaction, as a heart centered advisor and consultant, than guiding someone through their deepest fears to the euphoric joy of embracing and giving a voice to the innocent and fearless child within themselves. Every step and relationship in my life has prepared me for this heart centered work particularly with combat veterans with PTSD. At age 81, I feel completely in sync with my destiny, I'm most definitely i...more »
*Foxtrot Alpha/Jalopnik:* *The B-52 Is Becoming A Terrifyingly Intelligent Smart Weapons Truck* *WNU Editor:* This plane just refuses to die .... and for good reason .... it is an incredibly lethal and effective weapons platform that has proven track record, and one that will continue to impact U.S. military operations and strategy in the years to come.
Delegation meeting today w/ the Emir of #Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani pic.twitter.com/4pfRdCY5QU — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 18, 2015 *The Guardian:* *John McCain leads US delegation of senators on tour to train Syrian rebels* * Group met with Saudi and Qatari leaders who support Syria’s opposition * Civilians continue to flee rebel-held areas *Update: *US senators in Saudi Arabia to discuss Syria -- Al Jazeera *WNU Editor:* The optics of this trip are interesting. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are laying the red carpet for Sen. McCain and his delegation, and it ...more »
*The Guardian:* *Niger rioters torch churches and attack French firms in Charlie Hebdo protest* *At lease five killed as armed protesters angered by cartoon of prophet Muhammad go on rampage in capital* *WNU Editor*: It took a few days, but many predominantly Muslim countries are now participating in mass demonstrations against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons .... and in the case of Niger .... into violence. The riots and violence in Niger are deeply troubling because part of the country borders on the Nigerian side where Boko Haram operates. It will not take much for that brand of ra...more »
As Washington's corporate jet is filling up on both sides of the aisle in preparation for a new flight of educational fancy, it seems appropriate to suggest a name for the new flight plan for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was most recently titled No Child Left Behind. "Dr. King Left Behind" seems to me an entirely appropriate designation, as it represents the obvious intent of those who have come to believe, or to weakly pretend as much, that the continued use of racist and standardized tests represents the primary civil rights strategy of the 21st Century. To se...more »
And as it's Sunday.... Here's a selection of classic jokes from the one Radio 4 comedy programme that even the Prophet Mohammad would find funny, *I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue.* Enjoy them while you can as rumour has it that Samantha is to be replaced next series by...Nabila Ramdani. (My source say that the kindly old archivists have already met her, but they haven't been very welcoming, claiming Nabila has already begun rubbing them up the wrong way. She says she had to give them a good mouthful, and that soon put them straight.) Samantha tells me she has to nip out now as she's ...more »
A man poses with the new issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo at a cafe in Nice.. (photo credit:REUTERS) *France 24:* *Poll: Nearly half of French oppose Mohammed cartoons* *WNU Editor:* If you understand French, the details on *this poll are here*. *More News On Recent Polls In France That Show A Deeply Divided Country On The Publishing Of The Mohammed Cartoons* Muhammad cartoons divide French: poll -- The Local Opinion Poll : French Split on Charlie Hebdo Cartoons on Prophet Muhammad; 57% Support, 42% Don't -- IBTimes 42% of French people say cartoons that upset Muslim...more »
I enjoyed *The* *Andrew Marr Show *today. The paper review featured David Aaronovitch of *The Times *and someone he introduced as "Isabel Hardman of almost everywhere", which is both funny and true - though she's still got a long way to go to beat Nabila Ramdani (who, according to Twitter - and, therefore, clearly true - will be reading Radio 4's *Shipping Forecast *later today). There was a telling sign of BBC thinking though during a powerful section of the paper review dealing with anti-Semitism. David Aaronovitch was beginning to make a point that, despite being true, is rare...more »
*Bloomberg:* *Ukraine Forces Retake Most of Donetsk Airport, Government Says* *WNU Editor:* Some Ukrainian news outlets are boasting that this is the biggest tank attack since WWII .... *Ukraine army starts active operations. Biggest tank attack since WWII* (ZIK.ua) .... on Ukraine soil this is probably definitely true. But what is more ominous is that I am reading reports that the Ukraine Army now has orders to resume active military operations .... in short .... the ceasefire is now OFFICIALLY dead. Expect the conflict and the heavy bombardment of the cities to escalate, and wha...more »
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is Sunday again, and it is time to get back to doing my weekly rants on Sundays! It has been an amazingly frustrating week for myself... I thought I was over that horrific Influenza bug that tortured me last weekend, and instead I spent the best part of last week still suffering the side effects of the Flu and having one heck of a wicked head cold.....To top it off, I have had constant headaches all week along with a cough that seems to persist and never go away.... I decided to take yesterday as a day to just lie back, get some proper rest, take a mu...more »
*Jerusalem Post:* *Cache of 'jihad meth' seized in West Bank* The amphetamine, "Captagon", enjoys popularity throughout the Arab world and has now reached the Palestinian territories. *Update #1:* ISIS Fighters Use Amphetamines For Courage -- Western Journalism *Update #2: *The Gulf seems captivated by captagon, but why? -- Justin Thomas, The National *WNU Editor:* The above video report is from last year .... since then the drug's use has exploded. It appears to be also a major means for the various military groups to fund the purchase of weapons .... a further guarantee that ...more »
Manufactured Terrorism – U.S. Officials Claim Credit for Stopping Another Terror Attack Created by the FBI Michael Krieger | Posted Friday Jan 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm *[image: Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.12.36 PM]Nearly every major post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecution has involved a sting operation, at the center of which is a government informant. In these cases, the informants — who work for money or are seeking leniency on criminal charges of their own — have crossed the line from merely observing potential criminal behavior to encouraging and assisting people to participate in ...more »
I guess the could blame the walking conflicts-of-interest who inhabit the DCCC and EMILY's List, which pushed Graham so hard, but if you're taking any advice from either the DCCC or EMILY's List-- other than using it as a negative indictator-- there's already a problem. Although Graham was careful to hide just how right-wing her instincts are, she never portrayed herself as anything but a cliche-spouting careerist. Yesterday Florida blogger "gimleteye," asked the question that became apparent on the day she declared her candidacy: namely: will she push toward the right, like her f...more »
Gotta hand it to those Ontario Liberals! First, Dalton McGuinty blows around $750 MILLION of OUR money to save the political careers of two of his MPPs. Then, not wanting to own up to this fact, he refuses the will of the majority in the legislature to turn over the records that provided the people's representatives with the accounting of his partisan extravagance. In this, McGuinty was only taking a page of out of stephen harper's playbook. There are now TWO first ministers in the history of the Westminster system of parliamentary government found to have been in contempt of a leg...more »
Not blogging today. Instead, enjoy my piece in The Diplomat today. The title is not mine; mine was *ZOMG! Taiwan Could Independence! "Tension" and the Coming Obsolescence of US Taiwan Policy.* _______________________ [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!
The Mail reports http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2914839/Two-Eds-hid-truth-global-crash-Miliband-Balls-knew-UK-economy-fall-cliff-year-happened-kept-secret.html that: 'Two Eds hid truth about global crash: Miliband and Balls knew UK economy was due to 'fall off a cliff' a year before it happened... but kept it a secret The pair reportedly urged Gordon Brown to call a snap election in 2008Knew it was only way Labour could hold power once economy crumbled George Osborne said revelation 'exposed cynicism' of Balls and Miliband Labour leader has not denied claim, dismissing ...more »
*The Warmist fraud gets ever more bald-faced -- "Hottest year" bulldust is totally unscientific* *See the report below from -- where else? -- The Guardian. I remember The Guardian from the days when it was The Manchester Guardian -- and it hasn't improved. It is still a purveyor of Leftist deception.The Japan Meteorological Organization was, I think, the first off the blocks with the claim that 2014 was the world's hottest year -- and skeptics were quick and vociferous in pointing out the holes in that claim. But NOAA and NASA have learnt nothing. They can't afford to. ...more »
HST - Who Killed Hunter Thompson..? from Spike EP on Vimeo. It was just after dawn in Woody Creek, Colo., when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday morning, and as usual I was writing about sports. But not for long. Football suddenly seemed irrelevant, compared to the scenes of destruction and utter devastation coming out of New York on TV. Even ESPN was broadcasting war news. It was the worst disaster in the history of the United States, including Pearl Harbor, the San Francisco earthquake and probably the Battle of Antietam in 1862, when 23,000...more »
We all know that when backed into a corner Harper will do almost anything to avoid any negative information about his regime from emerging from his*$65 million plus a year PMO spin machine* and that this is particularly true of bad economic news. We know in the past he prorogued parliament in order to avoid what could have been a negative vote on his 2008 fiscal update, whilst not quite as controversial the question must be asked is the *delaying of the 2015 budget till April* or beyond more of the same? Given the difficulty that Parliamentarians and the Parliamentary Budget Office...more »
*British school inspectors asked 10-years-olds pupils if they knew 'what Lesbians did'... to check teachers were promoting 'British values'* *Just an attempt by Leftist inspectors to discredit the teaching of British values* Ofsted inspectors asked ten year olds at a Christian school if they knew what lesbians 'did' to check they were being taught about British values, it has been claimed. Grindon Hall Christian School has made a formal complaint over an 'intrusive' inspection conducted in the wake of the Trojan Horse controversy over Islamist attempts to infiltrate schools. Ins...more »
Last night I published the article "Silent weapons for Quiet wars", and I briefly mentioned my own shift in perception: "This week I realized that we are witnessing the opening salvos of World War III.... ...Upon reading this, I realize that WWIII actually started a long time ago. What we are witnessing is it's END." My own internal struggle has been very difficult this week, as all that I have been watching play out across the world stage has been a very strong indicator that we are indeed seeing the the opening salvos of WWIII. I am not the only person to see this, as there hav...more »
I'd just like to comment on a thread at *Biased BBC *that concerns blog 'favourite', BBC Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison, as there a few points that need making... ...and, at the end of this post, we'll see another shocking example of Jon Donnison's irresponsible tweeting. *** Alan's post notes that a BBC News website article, *Israel-Palestinian 'war crimes' probed by the ICC*, contains the following passage: The Palestinians' starting point begins a day after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, who were* subsequently murdered, by Hamas militants* in the West Bank on 1...more »
In a bakery not far away there was a baker, who treated his customers extremely unequally. To some he gave plain buns, others spiced buns with candied fruit, and to others iced buns. He said the bankers worked harder than the nurses, and so deserved the icing. And the accountants were cleverer than the teachers but didn't work as hard as the bankers, so they deserved the candied fruit buns.
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk Watching the Harper government serve up a pre-election budget has become a drama in the Theatre of the Absurd. That's because -- as Tim Harper wrote last week in the *Toronto Star* -- for Stephen Harper, politics trumps math: The new Conservative math is political math. There’s another name for it. It’s a shell game. Finance Minister Joe Oliver appears ready to arbitrarily set a future oil price — one that neither he nor Prime Minister Stephen Harper can predict — that will allow him to proceed with vot...more »
[image: B92 Borhan]Iranian experts have successfully tested a new domestically-made fighter aircraft, named 'Borhan', in the country’s national wind tunnel facility. The Borhan fighter, which is also known as B92, has been completely manufactured by the Iranian military experts and has successfully passed wind tunnel tests. Currently, 70 percent of the detail design of the fighter, which is an updated and optimized version of Shafaq fighter, has been completed and its mock-up has been also manufactured. Read more
[image: Tian Yi drone]China has recently modified its Tian Yi unmanned aerial vehicle with two smaller engines and a redesigned nose, according to information revealed by the aircraft's designer, Chengdu Aircraft Corporation, reports American expert in Chinese military development Richard D Fisher Jr in the UK's IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. The Tian Yi was first displayed in model form to the public at the Zhuhai Air Show of 2006. The drone then appeared at the airfield of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation in mid-2008 as a medium-sized single turbofan-powered UAV with V-shaped vertical...more »
[image: DF-21D MRBM]China's Dong-Feng 21 ballistic missile may have been deployed at the Changbai Mountains in the northeastern region of the country as a deterrent against Japan and Taiwan, reports the International Herald Leader, a newspaper under the auspices of the official news agency Xinhua. Before the New Year, state broadcaster CCTV aired footage of a major People's Liberation Army winter drill which revealed a missile transportation vehicle of the Second Artillery Corps, the PLA's strategic missile division. Military analysts believe the vehicle was carrying the DF-21, a ...more »
Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking teamed up to fight the rise of evil, artificially intelligent machines that are about to conquer the world. At least, the world revolution seems imminent according to the PayPal-Tesla-SpaceX entrepreneur who has paid $10 million to fight the threat in order to make his words louder. The annual Edge.org question was "What do you think about machines that think?". Some of the answers were nontrivial and interesting. In fact, I actually liked the answer by James O'Donnell, a classical scholar, who said that "no one would ask a thinking machine what it or h...more »
The decommissioned USS Constellation has reached a South Texas shipyard where it will be scrapped. Officials with towing company Foss Maritime announced the former aircraft carrier arrived Friday afternoon in Brownsville. International Shipbreaking Ltd. will be paid $3 million to scrap the former military vessel, plus the proceeds from recycling. Read more
[image: HMS Dragon (D35)]Navy chiefs have sent HMS Dragon, a Type 45 destroyer, to the South Atlantic after a deployment in Chile. Last night naval sources said the move was part of the MoD’s effort to speed up the “operational drumbeat” by which the Navy keeps guard over the Falklands. With Argentina attempting to lease 12 supersonic bombers from Russia, the MoD is also to install a new £200million air defence missile system in the islands. Read more
[image: Hyundai Heavy Industries]City-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has inked a memorandum of understanding with South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Limited, the world's largest shipbuilding company, in a bid to boost its submarine manufacturing capabilities at one of India's oldest ship building yards. At the same time, HSL sources said the shipyard is also looking at tying up with South Korea lithium polymer battery manufacturer - Kokam - to enhance its competencies in submarine building. The development comes close on the heels of HSL forming a consortium with B...more »
[image: The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile launch]The most advanced missile system on the planet can hunt and blast incoming missiles right out of the sky with 100% success rate — from a truck. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), with the utmost and unmatched precision, can equalize tensions around the world with its mobility and strategic battery unit placement: In April 2013, the Pentagon deployed a THAAD battery to Guam in order to deter North Korean provocations and to further defend the Pacific region. Impressively, the THAAD missile does not...more »
1. In many ways, the surge in Green Party membership is more significant and remarkable than the rise of UKIP. Consider the people people bleaters for a moment. Since about 2011 this has been the anti-establishment party the establishment can't get enough of. Every advantage has been afforded them. The backing of certain papers, wall-to-wall rolling news coverage, loads of slots on *Question Time*. Fair or foul, the media lit a rocket under UKIP's arse and hundreds of thousands of people have taken notice. The Greens have had none of this. Their media profile is lower, they have no ...more »
"What will become of these galaxies? Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Most frequently when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In this case, however, the two galaxies are quite similar, each being a sprawling spiral with expansive arms and a compact core. As the galaxies advance over the next tens of millions of years, their component stars are unlikely to collide, although new stars will form in the bunching of gas caused by gravitational tides. *Click image for ...more »
*"What If You Slept"* "What if you slept And what if In your sleep You dreamed And what if In your dream You went to heaven And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower And what if When you awoke You had that flower in your hand Ah, what then?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"The first rule of life is to reveal nothing, to be exceptionally cautious in what you say, in whatever company you may find yourself. If you have a secret, you have only to whisper it to your dearest friend with the strictest injunction that it will go no further, and within half a day the story is all over town, and when you do make what would seem to be a perfectly sensible remark, you will find it reported in the most grotesque form, thus incurring no end of criticism to rebound upon you." - Elizabeth Aston
*Dart-Throwing Chimp: **A Crowd’s-Eye View of Coup Risk in 2015* *My Comment: *This is a rather good survey and analysis. I disagree with its placement of Venezuela as #8 (the probability is low even with all of its problems) ... but the other countries .... no dispute there.
*“Away Above The Chimney Pots”* by Chet Raymo “So Oz finally became home; the imagined world became the actual world, as it does for us all, because the truth is that once we have left our childhood places and started out to make up our lives, armed only with what we have and are, we understand that the real secret of the ruby slippers is not that "there's no place like home", but rather that there is no longer any such place as home: except, of course, for the home we make, or the homes that are made for us, in Oz: which is anywhere, and everywhere, except the place from which we ...more »
*"The Circles Of Our Lives"* "Within the circles of our lives we dance the circles of the years, the circles of the seasons within the circles of the years, the cycles of the moon, within the circles of the seasons, the circles of our reasons within the cycles of the moon. Again, again we come and go, changed, changing. Hands join, unjoin in love and fear, grief and joy. The circles turn, each giving into each, into all. Only music keeps us here, each by all the others held. In the hold of hands and eyes we turn in pairs, that joining joining each to all again. And then we turn aside, ...more »
Sam: "It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know...more »
*A direct proof that the professional alarmists are intentionally lying* As I discussed in detail, the surface temperature record significantly disagrees with the satellite datasets when it comes to the question whether 2014 was a warmest or near-warmest year. Satellites answer this question with a clear "No": 1998 was 0.3 °C warmer than 2014. This difference (decrease of temperature) is rather safely greater than their error margin which allows you to say that the global mean temperature as defined and calculated via the RSS methodology, for example, almost certainly didn't peak i...more »
*William Young, Newsweek:* *ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca* *WNU Editor*: In the past year the Islamic State's message to fellow Sunni Muslims has been very clear .... it is they (and they alone) who have the divine mandate to rule the Islamic world. This in turn has attracted thousands of Jihadists who are willing to die for this cause .... resulting in a fanaticism that has propelled the Middle East into a religious sectarian war of the likes that has not been seen for centuries. Will they succeed .... I have my doubts .....but their eyes are on Mecca and Jerusalem .... and this is t...more »
Imagine getting free access to an electronic library when travelling on the tube. Well that is what travelers can now enjoy on Line 4 of the Beijing metro. The metro lines carriages feature barcodes which people can scan with their tablets or smartphones and this then enables them to select from a selection of books. Howeve,r there are some obvious challenges today. Firstly there is only a choice of ten books and these historical Chinese texts. This may be a novelty today and prove too restrictive for many tomorrow. Next, the books are planned to change every couple of months, whi...more »
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says nuclear weapons are the "life" of his nation. (KCNA) *Harry J. Kazianis, The Week *-- *Why invading North Korea would be insane* *My Comment: *Is deposing a tyrant and the system that put him there worth one million .... two million .... maybe three million lives .... that is what probably will happen if the "nightmare scenario" unfolds. But even if the U.S. should decide that this is the best course of action to take .... I doubt that South Korea and China will ever sign-off on it.
Why are there streaks of both blood and love in the histories of religious communities? By Rabbi Arthur Waskow | The Rag Blog | January 18, 2015 The murderous attacks in France last week have called forth a mixture of … finish reading Rabbi Arthur Waskow : Is murder a ‘sacred practice’ in ALL religions?
Last fall, I wrote about how the U.S. government was insisting that any climate mitigation commitments agreed to in the 2015 Paris climate negotiations be non-binding political pledges. I argued that was appropriate because the high bar for treaty ratification in the U.S. Senate made legally binding commitments unlikely. This kind of soft “pledge and Continue reading
The U.S. airlines don't have their shit together when it comes to the lucrative market opening between the U.S. and Cuba. This morning, the *NY Times* reported that the major airlines are missing the initial rush. initial: first year on the lifting of the travel restrictions. [B]efore airlines can schedule direct flights to Havana and other airports, the two countries must still negotiate a new air service agreement. Until that happens, travelers will have to rely on charter flights booked through specialized travel agencies, and that is not expected to change for the next 12 to...more »
*The Times of Israel* recently ran a story offering readers a glimpse into a powerful, and quite effective, *hasbara* organization operating in the heart of Washington, DC. *The Israel Project*, which has a $7.5 million annual budget, *"is passionately committed to Israel and the Jewish people,"* according to associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who was quoted in the article. Josh Block is a frenetic, sharp-tongued, non-stop PR machine with a preternatural ability to spit out facts and figures that bolster the case of the Jewish State. Since 2012 he h...more »
*Pretoria Square, Palermo* *Recitative, Giovanni da Procida* Palermo! O my country! Country so regretted! The exile greets thee after three years of absence! On thy enchanted shores I had my birth. I discharge my debt toward thee. Here is liberty! *Aria, "E toi, Palerme!" ("E tu, Palermo!")* And thou, Palermo, o beauty that's outraged! Thou, always dear to my enchanted eyes, ah! raise thy face, bowed under servitude, and become again the queen of cities! Everywhere on foreign ground I went seeking avengers for thee, but, insensible to thy misery, each said: "Rise up against your oppressor...more »
Republican Puts $2,500 Bounty on Transgender People | Alternet Think Progress breaks down the insanity: The bill provides that any student who encounters “a person of the opposite biological sex” in a bathroom or locker room shall have a legal cause of action if it’s because the school gave the trans student permission or didn’t explicitly prohibit the trans student from using thatfacility. The “aggrieved” student would be entitled to $2,500 from the offending school “for each instance” he or she encountered a trans student in a sex-divided facility in addition to monetary damages “...more »
*“'Pin' Meet 'Housing Bubble 2.0'”* by Jim Quinn “The 30 Year U.S. Treasury bond yield hit 2.35% yesterday. That is the lowest rate in U.S. history for the 30 Year Treasury. During the deepest darkest depths of the recession in March 2009, after the stock market had fallen over 50%, the yield was 3.5%. One year ago it was yielding 4.0%. Long term interest rates are not controlled by Yellen. They reflect the economic prospects of the country. When they are rising it means the economy is doing well. When they are plummeting to all time lows, the economy is either in recession or head...more »
This is a document that the public need to read- the truth of how this economic "crisis" was driven on purpose, to enslave the people of the world. This delves into the reason for computers, energy control, that modern education was created to control children and to brain wash them. Banking is the control. This week I realized that we are witnessing the opening salvos of World War III.... ...Upon reading this, I realize that WWIII actually started a long time ago. What we are witnessing is it's END. d Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863. "*Give me control of a nation's money a...more »
“Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Discusses Current Events” Alex Jones talks with expert Dr. Paul Craig Roberts about current events, and the coming collapse and when he thinks it will happen. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uXTmoyIAUg&list=TLJu1bT_QXKIc
It is funny how certain words are triggers. Not in the way of words like "hate" or "racist", "Love" or "beauty", but in a way that seems to become more powerful at a certain moment in time. A word can be seen and heard as just a word.... and yet suddenly that same word can become something bigger.... something more than just a mere word. In that instant it can become a beacon that shines out and into each one of us, penetrating our armor and bringing for an unexpected emotional response that seems to sing from within our very consciousness. Sometimes the singing is subtle, grow...more »
Not content with suicide they want to make the news. Thats a tough problem to handle but as the people at NASA say nothing is impossible so lets invest that way because more than a colony at Mars I want to go to a coffe shop without AK 47
*Chris Mark, NRO:* *Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite* *We should be proud of men like Chris Kyle, not skittish or ashamed.* *WNU Editor:* The above video is on Taya Kyle and "American Sniper". Interestingly .... in Russia .... the men who have served as snipers are revered .... something that* even Hollywood realized a few years back*. *Update:* Maybe the culture is changing .... *‘American Sniper’ Makes Eastwood’s Friday With $30.5M, Can It Hit $80M By Monday?* – Saturday Update (Hollywood Deadline). *Update #2:* Saw the movie .... not an e...more »
There are a dozen Republican kooks on the Senate Budget Committee, all right-wing ideologues who worship at the alter of low taxes for the wealthy and torture for ordinary working families. All 12-- Mike Enzi (WY-chair), Chuck Grassely (IA), Jeff Sessions (AL), Mike Crapo (ID), Lindsey Graham (SC), Rob Portman (OH), Pat Toomey (PA), Ron Johnson (WI), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Roger Wicker (MS), Bob Corker (TN) and David Perdue (GA)-- are advocates of Europe's disastrously-failed Austerity agenda. To counter the right-wing insanity, the Democrats have 10 members on the committee and they ...more »
*Photo: *A Minuteman-III missile in its silo. Wikipedia *Dave Majumdar, National Interest*: 4 U.S. Weapons of War That Need to Be Retired Now *America's military sports some of the finest weapons imaginable. However, there are a few exceptions...* *WNU Editor:* No argument from me on these four .... I would add a few more but I will be spending a good part of my day listing them.
By SCG The details of the Charlie Hebdo shooting almost don't matter because the agenda is moving forward. We don't have to speculate as to how this event is going to be used. It has already started and it's becoming plain to see. Visit StormCloudsGathering.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email
Several days ago, I was angered by a news story in the NewsToday section that violated a basic principle of journalism. A news story exists only to tell us what happened, not to tell us what to think about it. But NewsToday carried a major story about the Paris shootings which opened with a highly emotive sentence designed to create hatred rather than to tell us what happened. I wrote to the ombudsman about this, and received an excellent response. She agreed with my point, and investigated how this happened, and reminded staff that this is wrong. Then she noted my comment that the...more »
*how about broadcasting a rosary, too.* This is nauseating. Posted by Jim Hoft on YouTube: This video was taken in front of the student activities center on the north side of the UCLA campus near the athletic field off Sunset Boulevard. Frida's Islamic call to prayer. Hat Tip Avi Yeah, I know. Something else I can't do anything about. Down girl...
WNU Editor: This is now all political. Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Dianne Feinstein .... that is a lot of high-power support from Capital Hill for a former General and CIA Director who may now be facing some serious charges. More News On Former CIA Director Petraeus Receiving Support From Capital ...
I have no idea whether Petraeus should be indicted, but this is a good indicator: Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the Republican senator John McCain told CNN Petraeus should not be indicted. Speaking to the same channel, Holder refused to comment on the case other ...
To the Editor: The Senate recently released a report critical of the Central Intelligence Agency, reporting in stomach-turning detail on the tortures visited by the CIA on suspected terrorists. Some political leaders, such as Sens. Dianne Feinstein and John McCain, supported the report. Others denounced it, in particular the nation's arch-advocate of ...
International Business Times Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Sunday attacks like the ones that took place in Paris killing 17 people last week could happen in the United States. In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said she ...
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