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Friday, January 2, 2015

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Top Ten Stories On Military Tech (From Defense Tech)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 minutes ago
*Defense Tech:* *DefenseTech’s Top 10 Stories of 2014* *WNU Editor:* My favorite story was this one .... *U.S. Military Begins Testing ‘Smart’ Rifles*. The above video is a promo on the rifle.

Stars and Stripes Top 10 Most Read Stories Of 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
Stars and Stripes *Stars and Stripes:* *Stripes.com's top 10 most read stories of 2014* *WNU Editor*: My favorite story is this one .... *DOD wants bullet that can change direction after being fired*

"A Prayer for the World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"A Prayer for the World"* "Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly, So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color. Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness, So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrow of our neighbors. And let the lig... more »

Sony Hack Update ( January 2 , 2015) - President Obama Issues Executive Order Imposing Additional Sanctions As To North Korea - Specific Individuals And Entities Identified !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Tweets..... ( connection between targeted individuals and entities with Sony hack ???? ) *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 4s 4 seconds ago Obama just hit these North Koreans with sanctions over the Sony hack http://www.vox.com/2015/1/2/74821 29/north-korea-sanctions?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=vox&utm_conte …nt=article:fixed via @*Max_Fisher* US targets Vox [image: View this content on Vox's website] Obama just hit these North Koreans with sanctions over the Sony hack Yes, believe it or not, there were some North Koreans not yet under US sanctions. View on we... more »

"What Is Your Task?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Said a philosopher to a street sweeper, “I pity you. Yours is a hard and dirty task.” And the street sweeper said, “Thank you, sir. But tell me, what is your task?” And the philosopher answered saying, “I study man's mind, his deeds and his desires.” Then the street sweeper went on with his sweeping and said with a smile, “I pity you too.” - Kahlil Gibran

"If My Answers Frighten You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions." - Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield, "Pulp Fiction"

Everything That Should be Said About DMT

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video - *Terance McKenna says just about everything that should be said about DMT. The post Everything That Should be Said About DMT appeared first on Waking Times.

Stars and Stripes 10 Most Watched Videos Of 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Stars and Stripes*: *Stars and Stripes' most watched videos of 2014* *WNU Editor:* My favorite is *Inside look at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier* (see above video).

Mario Cuomo (1932-2015)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*by Ken* Some of these passings are really hard, and this is a really hard one. Because Mario Cuomo was a politician and a genuinely decent human being. He respected people and understood the role government had to play in improving their lives. There aren't a lot of pols, especially not those who rise to a station like three-term governor of New York State, who by example can make a person feel better about the human race. Of course Mario (it just seems like he'd want us to think of him as Mario) was also incredibly smart and hard-working. And for all of that, his record as gove... more »

Tonight's Movie: Hitler - The Rise of Evil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: Hitler: The Rise of Evil is a Canadian TV miniseries in two parts, directed by Christian Duguay and produced by Alliance Atlantis. It explores Adolf Hitler's rise and his early consolidation of power during the years after World War I and focuses on how the embittered, politically fragmented and economically buffeted state of German society following the war made that ascent possible. The film also focuses on Ernst Hanfstaengl's influence on Hitler's rise to power. The miniseries, which premiered simultaneously in May 2003 on CBC in Canada and CBS in the United St... more »

ARIZONA MOVES AGAINST RAZA AND AFRICAN AMERICAN KNOWLEDGE

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 3 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS!!! THIS IS BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS!!! THESE ARE HUPPENTHAL'S LAST DAYS IN OFFICE AND WANTS TO GO OUT WITH A BANG! ANOTHER ATTACK AGAINST RAZA AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN TUCSON. PLEASE SHARE/FORWARD/TWEET/ AND STAY TUNED. THIS IS AN ESCALATION AS DURING THE ASSAULT ON ETHNIC STUDIES, THEY HAD LEFT ALONE AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES. NOT ANYMORE! Arizona Department of Education Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sally Stewart 602-542-5072 Sally.Stewart@azed.gov SUPERINTENDENT HUPPENTHAL FINDS TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DI... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Why oil prices keep falling — and throwing the world into turmoil -- Brad Plumer, VOX *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 2, 2015* Rebels: Obama administration ignored early plan to stop Islamic State -- Roy Gutman, McClatchy Foreign Staff ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says -- Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast Generation change in Saudi Arabia? -- Deutsche Welle Analysis: Saudi Arabia's big oil bet? -- Al Jazeera Is Afghanistan ready for the drawdown? -- Haroun Mir, Al Jazeera Obama Has a Curious Definition for the End of War -- Kia Makarechi, Vanity Fair... more »

Día de Reyes - Mensajes para Celebrar - 6 de Enero

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 4 hours ago

Satire: "Jeb Bush Resigns as George W. Bush’s Brother"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Jeb Bush Resigns as George W. Bush’s Brother"* By Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "In the strongest sign to date that he intends to seek the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has officially resigned his position as George W. Bush’s brother. “No longer being related to his brother is a key step to clearing Jeb’s path to the nomination,” an aide said on New Year’s Day. “We expect his poll numbers to soar on this.” According to the aide, the former Florida governor resigned his post as brother in a ten-minute phone call with Ge... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Become" trivial? Surely you jest...

"Who Owns You, And The Entire World, In One Graphic"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* Atop the pyramid, the Rothschild family, with an estimated fortune of *$500 **trillion.* Masters of the Universe, indeed...

"Ignored Reality Is Going To Wipe Out The Human Race"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Ignored Reality Is Going To Wipe Out The Human Race"* by Paul Craig Roberts "To inform people is hard slugging. Everything is lined up against the public being informed, or the policymakers for that matter. News is contaminated by its service to special interests and hidden agendas. Many scientists or their employers are dependent on federal money. Even psychologists and anthropologists were roped into the government’s torture and occupation programs. Economists tell lies for corporations and Wall Street. Plant and soil scientists tell lies for agribusiness and Monsanto. Truth t... more »

"5 Studies That Show How Wealth Warps Your Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"5 Studies That Show How Wealth Warps Your Soul"* Inequality 'triggers a chemical reaction in the privileged few. It tilts their brain.' By Zaid Jilani "You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country." - Gore Vidal “Money can't buy happiness,” the old adage warns, although poverty is hardly a day at the beach. But according to several recent studies, excessive wealth not only fails to bring contentment, it warps your soul. (Or brain, for the skeptics among you.) That's the thesis of a Mich... more »

Islamic State Militants Are Posting Photoshopped Images Where They Are Destroying Symbols Of The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Islamic State militants often create images showing their gunmen achieving one of the Sunni ultraextremist group's biggest dreams: overrunning the United States or another Western country, and burning down (or blowing up) the symbols of their liberal democracies. *Radio Free Europe: What IS Militants Fantasize About: Fighter Jets, White Horses, And Destroying Big Ben* *WNU Editor:* Fantasy is too polite of a term to use in describing this. *Update*: *Capitol Hill burning down and Big Ben collapsing under a bomb attack: The sick pictures that show fantasy world of Islamic State* --... more »

Amateur Video Shows Pitched Fighting On The Ground In Kobani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* These Islamic State fighters want to fight to their death .... all that I can say is that I hope God (or a U.S. air strike) quickly grants them their wish. *More News On The Battle For Kobani* Monitor: Kurdish forces seize 70% of Kobane -- Al Arabiya Kurds regain most of Kobani but ISIL fights on in Syrian border town -- Euronews Kurdish forces retake 70 percent of Kobani -- Al Bawaba Pentagon: Coalition Warplanes Stepped Up Airstrikes in December -- WSJ Veteran Chechen IS Militant Reported Killed In Kobani -- Radio Free Europe Prominent ISIS leader killed in Kobani -- ... more »

Ian Morris: "War! What Is It Good For?"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*"War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots" by Ian Morris (2014).* *Wikipedia:* Ian Matthew Morris (born 27 January 1960) is an American historian. He is currently Willard Professor of Classics at Stanford University. Morris grew up in the United Kingdom. He attended Alleyne's comprehensive school in Stone, Staffordshire, and studied ancient history and archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He gained his PhD at Cambridge University. From 1987 through 1995. he taught at the University of Chicago, and since 1995 he has been... more »

Great Minds Seize Alike

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 5 hours ago
Zalas Thanks to my internet friend Julie Generic, who is the relentless powerhouse behind the behemoth Facebook chronicle of Weird Weather (and a damn good poet too), I share with you a hilarious message for *HOPE* in 2015 - may we prolong this abomination for just one other annual cycle, before collapse drags us all, shrieking in terror, towards purgatory. Also don't miss the annual, essential list from Desdemona Despair, of the 50 Doomiest Graphs accumulated in the past twelve months. Oh, and that picture up there is just because I can scarcely imagine a move evocative portrait ... more »

Rik Mayall gone but not forgotten

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
http://youtu.be/CZBBIO7vncM A great documentary on the BBC tonight, watch it if you can. This was the end song.... "cos I'm evil and my middle name is Jeremy"

Qatar's Double Game Of Supporting Islamic Extremists Exposed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Elizabeth Dickinson, Foreign Policy* -- *The Case Against Qatar* *.... The tiny, gas-rich emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars through obscure funding networks to hard-line Syrian rebels and extremist Salafists, building a foreign policy that punches above its weight. After years of acquiescing -- even taking advantage of its ally's meddling -- Washington may finally be punching back. * *WNU Editor: *This is a long article and analysis .... but it does make the case that Qatar has been supporting Islamic Extremists for years, and are one of the main reasons why the wars... more »

Egypt Warns George Clooney's Wife That She Risks Arrest If She Enters The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Guardian**:* *Egypt warned Amal Clooney she risked arrest* *WNU Editor:* They will arrest her if she steps foot into Egypt .... on that I have no doubts. *More News On Egypt Warning Amal Clooney That She Risks Arrest If She Enters The Country* Amal Clooney threatened with arrest by Egypt over criticism of justice system -- The Telegraph Amal Clooney risked arrest in Egypt by exposing flaws in country judicial system as she fights for Al Jazeera journalists -- New York Daily News Report: Egypt threatens Amal Clooney with arrest over damning report on judiciary -- Jerusalem Po... more »

President Obama has Issued An Executive Order Slapping North Korea With New Sanctions Over Their Cyber Attack On Sony

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. slaps more sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack* *WNU Editor*: But did North Korea launch a cyber attack against SONY? Some experts have doubts .... New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack (NYT). *More News On The U.S. Imposing Sanctions On North Korea Over Their Cyber Attack On SONY* In Response to Sony Attack, U.S. Levies Sanctions on 10 North Koreans -- New York Times U.S. imposes sanctions on N. Korea following attack on Sony -- Washington Post Sony cyber-attack: North Korea faces new US sanctions -- B... more »

Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz & those underage sex slaves...

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*BTW: I have just updated this post- scroll down to read * *Anyone notice that Prince Andrew's predilection for pedophilia is back in the news?* Scummy Royals! And all their sick friends. Jimmy Saville doesn't stand out in this crowd of evil psychopaths. Those we revere and allow to lead us? Like the so called 'royals'? What in the hell is royal or regal about them? Nothing. It's just your indoctrination... clouding your mind. *Today: BBC- Prince Andrew- Royal Scumbag* * Preys on children* - -A woman claims that between 1999 and 2002 she was forced by Epstein to have se... more »

Space Alert Now Available

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
The latest edition of our Global Network *Space Alert* newsletter is now available online *here* It takes a bit of time to load since it is such a big file. It's now being printed and will be in the mail to members soon. We are happy to supply folks with multiple copies for distribution in your community at no cost other than reimbursing us for postage to mail it to you. If interested let us know how many copies you could use and we will send them to you ASAP. Just send your street mailing address and numbers wanted to globalnet@mindspring.com Thanks for your help in spreadin... more »

Alan Waldman : The 27 best films I saw in 2014

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
My favorite 2014 movies include ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Boyhood’ and ‘A Place at the Table.’ By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | December 31, 2014 I saw 27 excellent films in theaters, on cable/dish TV, and via Netflix and … finish reading Alan Waldman : The 27 best films I saw in 2014

What's Next For Staten Island?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
"We," said Jon Stewart, getting more *serious* last month than one usually expects, "are definitely not living in a post-racial society." What he didn't say-- and couldn't have known as the time-- is that the D.A. responsible for failing to get a Grand Jury indictment against the cop who murdered Eric Garner on camera, Dan Donovan, would be propelled-- largely because of that failure in the polarized racial atmosphere of Staten Island-- into the front-runner position for the congressional seat being vacated by convicted felon Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm. Staten Island Republican... more »

IPS and the National School Board Buyout

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
*By Doug Martin * Although the local powers-that-be who funded the members who won the Indianapolis Public School board 2014 election are well known and mentioned in my book *Hoosier School Heist* (Al Hubbard, David Harris, Bart Peterson, the Chamber, Eli Lilly’s John Lechleiter, Anne Shane, and Christel DeHaan of Tony Bennett scandal fame, to name a few), some of the wealthy outsiders who bought the IPS board in 2014 are relatively new to Indiana. These new funders last year loaded the campaign chests of IPS candidates LaNier Echols (Carpe Diem charter school’s dean), Mary Ann Sul... more »

Why you do not see Acid anymore!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
What a relief to know the truth, I thought we were in a post acid period, period.

Cancer is Social

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Cancer is the best death, apparently. As a medical practitioner and former editor of the *British Medical Journal*, one supposes Dr Richard Smith knows what he's talking about. His argument is almost philosophical, making the case that a long descent into the grave allows for the wrapping up of one's personal affairs and prepares friends and family for life after you. Considered in isolation from the traumatic experiences this disease causes millions of people every year, I suppose there's a certain logic to it. Though I'm not too sure about "wasting" billions on curing cancer. The ... more »

Did India Intercept A 'Terror Boat' Filled With Explosives From Pakistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Sydney Morning Herald:* *Pakistani crew blows boat up after high-speed chase with Indian navy* *WNU Editor*: Some in the Indian media are now starting to question this report .... *Little evidence of ‘terror’ link, may have been petty smugglers*(Indian Express). The Pakistani media is saying that it was a fishing boat .... *Pakistani media claims the intercepted boat was a fishing vessel* (First Post) *More News On India Intercepting A Boat From Pakistan * Officials: Boat carrying explosives blows up off Indian coast -- Al Jazeera Pakistani crew blow up fishing boat after chase ... more »

A Celebration Of John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader Extraordinare

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
-by Melody Siegler, constituent Who is John Lewis? Easy answer: he’s my congressman- the GA-05 district. *DWT* readers may find my experience shocking (or not)-- but a lot people I know one way or the other from around the country don’t actually know the name of their congressman. And, if I say (rather proudly) “mine is John Lewis” that simply doesn’t register. For those of you who might wish to inform clueless friends, here’s a very very brief rundown: John Robert Lewis: Born in rural Alabama in 1940, town of Troy. At age 18, March 1958, meets MLK Jr. Lewis had written to Kin... more »

A Look At 'True Cost' Of The Afghan And Iraq Wars

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Mark Thompson, Time*: *The True Cost of the Afghanistan War May Surprise You* *WNU Editor:* Projecting a $4 - $6 trillion cost seems a be lot .... but when you realize that Britain only finally paid off it's World War One debts this year .... *Osborne to Finish Paying Off U.K.’s Century-Old WWI Debts* (Bloomberg) .... adding interest and debt servicing coupled with health care costs .... $4 - $6 trillion actually may be the low end.

As The U.S. And NATO Prepare To Leave Afghanistan, The Country Faces An Economic 'Time-Bomb'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *AFP*: *Afghanistan faces economic timebomb as NATO war ends* *WNU Editor*: You know there is a problem in Afghanistan when you read things like this .... *.... The Kabul government is expecting income this year of around $1.8 billion dollars -- less than the value of Afghanistan's opium crop, which feeds the coffers of the Taliban.* If the Taliban is in a position to bring in as much money (if not more) than the Kabul government, there is going to be a problem. But this has always been the problem .... Afghanistan is a country where the economy func... more »

The Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
* Thanks to Jan @ Gnostic Media for this most excellent, informative & enlightening interview * The problems and solutions discussed in this interview are in alignment with the attacks against us that were mentioned in the previous post- *"Enough of the human family have become aware that despite our numbers, presently, we are becoming greatly endangered. Attacked on many fronts. Through toxic food. Heinous medical interventions. GMO’s. Injections and injunctions. Perception Management. Nuclear Energy. Factory farming. Corporate eminence and trade agreements that actually enslav... more »

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wants To Re-Examine Deadline For The Coalition Troop Withdrawal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CBS 60 Minutes*: *Afghan president on 2016 troop withdrawal* *WNU Editor*: This is not a surprise .... he does not want U.S./NATO soldiers to leave right now .... especially since the Taliban have escalated their attacks, and the Afghan army appears to be more adept at launching artillery strikes on wedding parties than on the Taliban .... *Afghan soldiers arrested after rockets kill wedding guests* (Euronews). As to what is my take on what the U.S. and its coalition partners should do .... *2014 was the lowest NATO troop death toll in a decade in Afghanistan* .... I want to see ... more »

Federal Judge Says All Florida Clerks Have Duty To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 10 hours ago
So, it's official. On Tuesday, January 6 at 12:01 a.m., gay marriage is legal in Florida (absent some intervention by the 11th Circuit or the Supremes). While Greenberg Traurig had previously advised the clerks not to issue the licenses, after the ruling by Judge Hinkle ruled that all Florida clerks have a duty under the Constitution to issue same-sex marriage licenses. In a display of extreme douchebaggery and poor-loserdom, clerks in Duval, Baker, Clay, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties have decided to stop all marriage ceremonies in their offices, just so they don't get the gay c... more »

The dreaded Culture as viewed from any angle

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
I hate my cutlure that all encompassy me its just not hman but in every way makes me want to be waiting for a democratic, politacly corect overload that will fuck me in the as without oversight The cuture in now under control have you heard a protest song in this century I guess that means things are perfect forTaylor Swift I am so happy she writes her own stuf no way like Hunger GAMES.

Has the MAN given up the fight?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
I got to think about this picture from Vietnamm. We hit them hard because they were communists. I would give you a handful of communist as a better plan than the one finger of the capitalist man. There is no narritive that can disguise that the Vietnamm war was a massive disguise. We had so many men and women that died so viantly for an absolute lie. Do not believe me look at the world today Yep all those men an women died for no reason expet if they had not done it with the draft they would have found pistols. Has the MAN just realized the village he torched to save it could be his ... more »

Cancer Lies

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
Cancer fundamentally involves mutations in DNA. Cancer rates are growing globally. Cancer rates are growing because our environment is becoming more genotoxic. For years our medical authorities have blamed cancer on hereditary and lifestyle choices, such as smoking. These factors do indeed help predict the likelihood of an individual getting cancer, particularly smoking. Smoking is an environmental cause of cancer over which we have some control. However, most environmental causes of cancer are hard to control because they derive from genotoxins in our air, food, water, cosmetics, ... more »

Attention all parents of small children: Find out what is safe for them to eat and drink and feed them only those things. Then counsel them against the things they must not eat or drink ...ever.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ *Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT* Posted By *ANH-USA* On December 23, 2014 @ 6:40 pm In *Protect Our Children* Original Here Why? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food. For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles [1]. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics ... more »

Prepare For the Apocalypse

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
A while ago I posted about the absurdity of basing our future opposition to harper on an electoral process that he has abused and debased: Imagine if you lost a fair chunk of change at a neighbourhood poker game. To the asshole neighbour who nobody really likes. The guy who blatantly lies to your face about pretty much everything. Then it starts to turn out that there's a marked card. "It's not a marked card! It's an old deck and shit happens!" The asshole claims. (Last card game, he swiped poker chips from players sitting beside him. Then he claims he legitimately thought they wer... more »

World News Briefs -- January 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Top Story:** AirAsia QZ8501: Search teams find more bodies at sea (BBC)* *MIDDLE EAST* US-led coalition jets *pound IS stronghold in Syria*. Iraqi general warns of military woes *in fighting extremists*. Iraqi Kurds recapture *key village from ISIL*. Sunni tribes: Baghdad handed over *its military to Iran*. Lebanon army clashes *with militants in Arsal*. Seven killed in clashes between *Yemen's army and tribesmen: local officials*. Saudi Arabia *executes 'drug smugglers'*. Israeli settlers stone *U.S. diplomatic cars: police*. *ASIA* Indian Coast Guard intercepts *explosives-... more »

Warrior of Truth, Defender of Love

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
It would seem that many many people are waking up to the truth about the so called "New Age" and "Ascension" movements. Since recording the One Peoples Roundtable Discussion I have received messages from so many people- by email, skype, facebook etc...- all discussing this topic. When I wrote my article "When Old Meets New: the "Religion Template", I thought I truly understood the depth of this deception, and yet each week I have learned more and more and come to understand just how deep the delusion and deceit have been implanted. As I shook my head to clear out the fog of prog... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Rampart, St. Claude streetcar line work to begin ~New Orleans Advocate * *Steve Scalise still on my mind ~Slabbed* *Battle of New Orleans Was Crucial US Victory After All, Historians Say* *British memorial for Battle of New Orleans eyed ~Cain Burdeau, AP * *I Ain’t Superstitious ~Adrastos, First Draft*

Mysterious positivity of the Amplituhedron

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*Some comments on papers by Susskind; and Arkani-Hamed et al. (twice)* So far, the latest arXiv preprints emerged on December 31st. The paper arXiv:1501.00001 (with the new redundant zero) should be out on Monday. On the Sylvester day (for Yankees: 1/2 of Europe plus Israel uses this name for New Year's Eve), three hep-th papers were authored or co-authored by very famous physicists. One was by Nima, another one was by Arkani, and the third one was... by Susskind. ;-) Leonard Susskind wrote an essay about the ER-EPR (worhhole-entanglement) correspondence and especially about the int... more »

What If, Indeed!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Arne Duncan has set off a furious response with his tweet, "What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?" I have a few what ifs of my own. *What if:* - the federal government incentivized integrated public education, rather than segregated corporate reform schools? - corporate foundations committed funds to ending childhood poverty? - CEOs recognized that capitalism is amoral and public institutions are not? - Arne Duncan woke up one day as a human being, instead of a c... more »

All Is Calm, All Is Blight

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Americans certainly are a short attention-spanned bunch, not to mention stuck like glue to whatever the top-trending story is on any given day. Our anxieties are fleeting and fickle. One month, all we cared about was the Ebola outbreak. By the next month, when nobody we knew personally had actually caught or died of the disease, it was on to the next big thing. Namely, Kim Kardashian's butt. I have to say that I'm really fond of the actual next big thing on the Things We Hate List. Because politicians are now even more feared than the crappy Economy they helped to create! Granted, ... more »

Are people who hate conspiracy theories crazy?

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 12 hours ago
Government propagandists want you to hate “conspiracy theories.” But, according to a growing body of evidence, you’d have to be crazy to obey. Full story: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/01/391122/Conspiracy-theories-Scavenging-for-truth 8

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up* From *YouTube*: 2014 for the F-35 program was all about momentum, maturity and meeting our milestones. The enterprise was expanded with maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S., the program met its production goal of 36 aircraft delivered, the first F-35C sea trials were completed with 100% success, and new commitments were received from international partners and foreign military sales nations. *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 2, 2015* Iraqi general warns of military woes in fighting Islamic State militants -- AP ... more »

CTV surrenders to downloading

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Thats it I consume lots of Bell Media. I do not know how much prior research they put into guests. Your interview with Anwar was off flavour. As a viewer I got the message that Bell Media is a ok with downloading. That is because what I heard from your content. Perhaps they believe they are way better positioned to a very low royalty future than Rodgers. Thats my stock tip for the day. Full disclosure I lost my fortune on NORTEL. Bernie Madox is in jail, but the Nortel cartel is living large. I believe in the future their will be a reality TV show about digital hoarders. They just ... more »

In Whose Pocket?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
https://www.colourbox.com/ We on the Left like to think that the Harper government is in the pocket of Big Business. But, Jim Stanford writes, recent decisions have caused business to re-evaluate its support for Harper and Co: More recently, however, the relationship between Ottawa and the corporate sector has become more complicated. Canada’s business leaders might be wondering whether Santa Claus was replaced by the Grinch – because on several issues, the Conservatives have come into direct conflict with business. With a tough elec... more »

7 Things Truth Seekers Should Stop Doing in 2015

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - What can we do as truth seekers to improve our odds of success against this global cabal of control and oppression? The post 7 Things Truth Seekers Should Stop Doing in 2015 appeared first on Waking Times.

The Universe in a Nutshell

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Video - *What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? The post The Universe in a Nutshell appeared first on Waking Times.

A Powerful Mindfulness Meditation for a Spiritually Positive New Year

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*David James Lees* - As we usher in the New Year I’d like to share with you a powerful spiritual coaching method and mindfulness meditation that will rebalance, harmonise and empower you for the year ahead. The post A Powerful Mindfulness Meditation for a Spiritually Positive New Year appeared first on Waking Times.

Connecting With Nature Increases Vitality and Wellness

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Josh Richardson* - If you are to connect more with anything this year, let it be nature. It will not only allow you to connect more to yourself but others as well. It is fuel for the soul. The post Connecting With Nature Increases Vitality and Wellness appeared first on Waking Times.

Sandy Hook HOAX Blown Wide Open: Fake Noah Pozner Used For Recent Pakistani School Shooting!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
Yes it is a new year.... And I truly wanted to start this year's blog articles off with a bang... And I found one that is truly a bombshell.... With this latest evidence, we can all finally state without any doubt that the Sandy Hook "shooting" of December 14th, 2012, was an elaborate operation and a massive fraud imposed on the American people..... Just over two weeks ago, we all heard about a new school "shooting", this time in Pakistan... The reports have still been coming in but it seems that according to Pakistan's news services, some 141 people, including some 132 children w... more »

Sunlight Holds Key To Killing Breast Cancer

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - A new study finds vitamin D -- the 'sunlight vitamin' -- strikes to the very heart of breast cancer malignancy. The post Sunlight Holds Key To Killing Breast Cancer appeared first on Waking Times.

Auto-correct Changes "Schumer" To "Schemer"-- Remember How Schumer Saved Wall Street Executive Pay Excesses With His Say On Pay Scheme?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
I had dinner with an old friend the other day, visiting from Wall Street, where he works with banksters on compliance issues-- although, more often than not, on banksters trying to make it *look* like they're complying with the law while running end games around those very laws and rules. At one point he started cursing out New York's Senator, Chuck Schumer, recipient, since 1990, of $20,721,989 in legalistic bribes ("campaign contributions") from the Finance Sector, more than any other Member of Congress other than 3 presidential candidates, Obama, McCain and Hillary Clinton. Schu... more »

Syriza-led Greece shouldn't get a penny

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
A financially collapsing Greece has been damaging the world markets throughout 2011 before the country bankrupted in Spring 2012. Center-right Antonis Samaras (New Democracy) became the prime minister in June 2012. Since that moment, Greece was pretty much going in the right direction. It even managed to achieve a modest budget surplus. I should have written about those relative successes. We should have praised them because this anomalous era of relative sanity may soon be over. A few days ago, the Parliament gave less than 60% of votes to Stavros Dimas, a former EU commissioner an... more »

To Be Great, Be Whole....A Poem by Fernando Pessoa

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*To be great, be whole.* *Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.* *Be whole in everything. * *Put all you are* *Into the smallest thing you do.* *So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor* *Because it blooms up above.* *Fernando Pessoa*

Simply Producing More Books Isn't The Answer

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 16 hours ago
What happens when the amount of books available to read exceeds the market’s ability to read them! We have always struggled with more books than buyers. The economics of market forces has always prevailed, choking back on production, shrinking shelf space and reducing the rewards to those who aspire to make fame and fortune from their writing. It was simple when we only had the physical book. The market was controlled by the shelf space available, the cost of the inventory and the rate of purchases. We still produced more titles and units than could be purchased, but for those wh... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( January 2 , 2014 ) After a bloody 2014 , what lies ahead for 2015 ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links.... *Iraq 2014: 48,590 Killed and 26,516 Wounded* *76,000 Estimated Killed in Syrian War in 2014* *ISIS Forces Near US 'Non-Combat' Troops in Anbar* Tweets..... Haidar Sumeri retweeted *Reidar Visser* ‏@reidarvisser 8h 8 hours ago Sad to see once more US pundits don't understand #Iraq's constitution with calls for Dayton-style top-down federalism http://www. foreignaffairs.com/articles/14274 2/robert-a-pape-keven-ruby-and-vincent-bauer/hammer-and-anvil … fred walton retweeted *archicivilians* @archicivilians · 12h12 hours ago MAP: What Assad Regime Controls in #Syria ... more »

Expect Big Changes For The U.S. Military In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Defense One:* *Here’s What To Expect in National Security in 2015* *WNU Editor*: Aside from having a new Secretary of Defense and bigger commitments to numerous challenges and conflicts worldwide .... the big battles will be on the defense budget .... what to cut and what to keep.

Tony Bloody Blair, Again

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 17 hours ago
Like a grinning whack-a-mole, Tony Bloody Blair has popped up again with his ever-so-helpful pearls of wisdom. The groove hasn't changed for 20 years. Centre ground, blah blah, too leftwing blah, don't scare business. *Someone pass me a mallet*. In his *Economist* interview, he suggested that left/right battles are always won by the Conservatives. The not so subtle subtext being the Labour's "leftism" disarms the party and it will lose. Take a leaf out of his book; only grey managerialism can defeat hard right Tory governments. In that case, some might say Blair has nothing to worry... more »

Apple Gives Free 14 Right to Cancel in EU

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 18 hours ago
We could never understand why Amazon allowed ebooks to be returned and found it very frustrating when every month one always appeared in the Kindle reports. Was it a lost sale? Did they not read what the work was about and returned it as rejected? Did they just not like it and returned it unwanted? Did they read it and then returned it for their money back on a free read? We will never know as Amazon doesn’t say. Now just to raise the questions further Apple has just started to allow European users of their iTunes stores to “return” goods without giving a reason. This may bring... more »

Give Thanks To And Support Organic Farmers In 2015

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
“I always wanted to get away from the chemical side of farming ‘cause I never liked it from the start. And I’m pretty sure that it was my father’s demise. I wanted to not handle chemicals around my children more than anything. We didn’t have any songbirds for ten years after they sprayed with grasshopper poison. They eventually came back over time. We have all kinds of beautiful birds now. I’d never go back to the conventional way of farming, ever.” - Brian Krumm, Organic Oats Farmer, Krumm Country Farms, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Thank a non-GMO farmer. WATCH the 4-minute v... more »

DARPA Projects To Watch In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Defense Tech:* *DARPA Projects to Watch in 2015* *WNU Editor: *A lot of cool tech being developed. For anyone who is interested in more .... the DARPA website* is here*.

Russian And Chinese News Agencies Are Starting To Compete Against The BBC

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*John Lloyd, Reuters*: Russian, Chinese ‘news’ coming to a TV near you *WNU Editor:* I have started to use both news services RT and CCTV this past year. And while I do not trust them for the news that they report within their own borders .... outside and on the global scene I do find that these agencies do provide a consistent counterpoint from the standard main stream media. But as regular readers of this blog know .... I always identify the sources that I used for this blog. On a side note .... another advantage with RT and CCTV is on the issue of copyright .... unlike some west... more »

Billie Kyles

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
Hollywood Acredits the Memes : Billie Kyles - The Witness in Room 306 from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"Because you know, that was a dum-dum bullet...." - The Liar Rev. Billie Kyles* "*Philip Mellanson*, a professor and author, testified that *Memphis Police Inspector Sam Evans*, now deceased, told him that he ordered tactical units away from the Lorraine at the request of a specific *"Memphis Minister" *associated with Dr. King, whom he named. The notion that the "Memphis Minister" was involved in the assassination and inadvertently revealed his participation during a public speech is... more »

The Ka

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
*Ka* *Ka-(ba)* *Ka-(ba)-Lah*

Over The Objections Of Congress, President Obama Is Rushing To Close Guantanamo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Obama's big push on Guantanamo* *WNU Editor:* What I find astounding is that this determination to transfer Guantanamo is releasing some very unsavory characters .... *Did President Obama Free A Nuclear Terrorist From Guantanamo?* As to who is left .... *.... Of the remaining 127 detainees left at Guantanamo Bay, 59 have been deemed eligible for transfer after a lengthy interagency review process. Fifty-two of those eligible for release are from Yemen. However, their potential release is complicated by serious political instability in Yemen. The Yemeni government may... more »

Poll : 23% of us are Con loonies

Alison at Creekside - 19 hours ago
*Ottawa Citizen : Some say PM could justifiably shut down Parliament in crisis: survey* "A small but growing minority of Canadians says the prime minister would be justified in closing down Parliament and the Supreme Court in the face of “very difficult times,” according to a survey What a fabulously leading survey question! Who wants to know this? It found 23 per cent of respondents said the prime minister would be justified in shutting down Parliament when the country is facing a crisis or “very difficult times,” and 17 per cent would accept dissolving the Supreme Court for the s... more »

Scott Aaronson and sheer lunacy of U.S. academic feminism

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Larry Summers is a 90% feminist. In fact, he was giving a proof of these "credentials" right before his conflicts with that movement began. During his January 2005 speech about women in STEM fields, he was just talking about his two twin daughters. He was educating them in a "gender neutral" way so he bought them trucks. (Enough for 99% Czechs to consider him a victim of a craze.) One girl placed a smaller truck on top of a bigger truck and told the other one: "Look, the daddy truck is carrying the baby truck." Even for a feminist of Summers' caliber, that may have been enough to le... more »

The Lost Continent of Kumari Kandam

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
*Adam's bridge has nothing to do with any of this as it is a development of the last two thousand years. It really is at present day sea levels and is unrelated to the general rise that took place from 13000 BP through 3000 BP. Yet the land bridge itself is real enough and provides a natural Ice age route between Southern India and Southern Africa. thus even before we began to consider subsidence at all our core problem is solved.Once past the sea ridges, though we have pure sea bottom that was never above water. However we do have another issue and that i... more »

Are You Sensitive to Gluten, or Just Roundup?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
We really need to ask that question. Too much gluten is not a good plan but that should ony cause the intestinal flora to work much harder. The so called allergy could well be something else altogether. We certainly have an excellent case for round up interfering in the gut. This will take careful research to properly resolve. It really would not be a great idea to toss out wheat without knowing. *Are You Sensitive to Gluten, or Just Roundup? American Wheat Often Doused With Toxic Herbicide Before Harvest* *By Ethan A. Huff, Natural News | December 12, 2014* *The mystery ... more »

The Real American Snipers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Foriegn Policy (Phil Zabriskie)*: *The Real American Snipers -Clint Eastwood's new movie on famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle only shows part of what it means to kill in combat*. *WNU Editor:* A different take on the movie .... and well worth the read.

Birds 'Heard Tornadoes Coming'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
We had already come to the conclusion that bird flocks share mind to mind communication. Now they step it up and add precognition and take immediate evasive action. A full day is far too long to comfortably anticipate a storm full of tornadoes as the physical evidence is all upwind and still slight. Such evidence needs to be far more robust to convince anyway. Yet we need to expect subtle signals somehow providing noise. Infra sound from active tornadoes could do it, but we do not know here if that is the case here. Not enough data to close this one but suggestive anyway. Bi... more »

NASA Photos Confirm Moon is Artificial?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
However you stand on your head the reality here is that we are looking at a lot of splatter craters likely laid down deliberately in order to mask the underlying shell. It is simply way too orderly. We lack serious overlapping as well which strongly suggest that this is not random at all and that a statisical analysis of crater distribution will surprise us Now from this it is clear that further work is confirming the reality that this object is actually hollow. If the shell thickness stands up which is reasonable then we have a massive interior space that sustains a modified ... more »

James Moore Speaks For The Dead In Lac Megantic Quebec

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 21 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* There he is, a dirty rotten foul-mouthed bastard, his name is James Moore...He is part of Stephen Harper`s cabinet, ...Today James Moore said probably the most disgusting piece of slimy verbiage ever uttered by a Harper Conservative, now that`s saying something. James Moore has channeled the near 50 dead residents of Lac Megantic Quebec and puts words in their mouth.. For those who forgot, or never heard, although I find it hard to believe anyone could forget that fateful day when an unmanned train ran downhill into Lac Magentic Quebec, blew up, exploded... more »

A Look At Fifteen Critical World Elections In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Suffragio:* 15 in 2015: Fifteen world elections to watch in 2015\ *My Comment: *The first election will be in Greece (January 25), and they have the potential to vote in a party that will profoundly impact the Euro .... but my prediction from the last Greek election still holds .... expect the status quo to win. As to the elections that I am personally interested in .... they are .... Canada in October (because I live here) .... and my prediction is another Conservative majority win with the reason being that the opposition parties will be splitting the vote. Russia's parliamentar... more »

Wretched ConservaDem Marty Chavez... Still Shilling For His Corporate Benefactors-- This Time Against Net Neutrality

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*DWT* has been covering vile right-wing New Mexico Democrat Marty Chavez for a decade. When he ran for mayor of Albuquerque in 2005 he opposed raising the minimum wage and ran as an anti-taxing, anti-spending and anti-liberal faux-Dem. The DCCC has always been interested in getting him into Congress; he's their kind of guy. As mayor he managed to piss off unions, environmentalists and social progressives cobbling together a coalition of conservatives across party lines. He's remembered for having endorsed several Republicans in local races and for his endorsement of Republican Pet... more »

DARPA Projects To Watch In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Defense Tech:* *DARPA Projects to Watch in 2015* *WNU Editor: *A lot of cool tech being developed. For anyone who is interested in more .... the DARPA website* is here*.

Russian And Chinese News Agencies Are Starting To Compete Against The BBC

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*John Lloyd, Reuters*: Russian, Chinese ‘news’ coming to a TV near you *WNU Editor:* I have started to use both news services RT and CCTV this past year. And while I do not trust them for the news that they report within their own borders .... outside and on the global scene I do find that these agencies do provide a consistent counterpoint from the standard main stream media. But as regular readers of this blog know .... I always identify the sources that I used for this blog. On a side note .... another advantage with RT and CCTV is on the issue of copyright .... unlike some wes... more »

Ebola In Graphics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Economist:* *Ebola in graphics - The toll of a tragedy* *WNU Editor:* This Economist post has an excellent collection of tables, graphs, and maps on the Ebola epidemic .... check it out.

A Look At Who Has Conquered The Most Territory In Syria In The Past 10 Months

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
#Syria Map 1: March 10, 2014 Map 2: January 1, 2015 pic.twitter.com/neW5esfjWy — Pieter Van Ostaeyen (@p_vanostaeyen) January 1, 2015 *WNU Editor: *In short .... the Syrian Free Army has been crushed, the Syrian government has lost the east, the Kurds are getting squeezed at Kobani, and the Islamic State and Al Qaeda affiliated groups now control half the country.

The Failure of the Post-Colonial State in the Middle East: A Conversation with Chris Giannou

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Wikipedia:* Chris Giannou (born 1949) is a Greek Canadian war surgeon and served chief surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) until December 2006. Giannou left his official post with the ICRC after 7 years as the head of Unit Surgery, and today carries out international surgical missions around the world on their behalf. He is the topic of the Cineflix film "On the Border of the Abyss" which covers his lifetime of work in helping less-fortunate people and in mastering the concepts of war surgery. The documentary was aired, as "War Surgeon: Chris Giannou"... more »

U.S. Military Vet Says That It Is Easy To Be Recruited To Fight Against The Islamic State In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: US vet says fighting in Syria was as easy as buying airplane ticket to Miami *WNU Editor: * I am not surprised .... *US vet says fighting in Syria was as easy as buying airplane ticket to Miami.* If supporters of the Islamic State could easily go to Syria to join the Islamic State .... why not for the other side. But what is disturbing about the above FOX report is that according to this U.S. military vet, many who do go there are not qualified to fight .... and for those who want to leave .... even for him .... there are obs... more »

MNN 'MENACE FROM WITHIN'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
MENACE FROM WITHIN MENACE FROM WITHIN   Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN, 1 Jan. 2015. The military sends in an advance force which is often sacrificed in battle. The band councils, national,... View on mohawknationnews.com Preview by Yahoo

Manly P. Hall: Author and Mystic

Mars Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus, and which he published at the age of 25 (or 27, 1928)* *He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.* *Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material from Hall’s private collection.* ... more »

The Islamic State Is Winning The Hearts And Minds Of Fellow Islamic Radicals

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC, Robert Windrem:* Is ISIS Winning Battle for Islamic Radicals' Hearts and Minds? *WNU Editor*: U.S. intelligence is clearly worried that this is a growing trend .... *The Pentagon Is Trying To Understand Why The Islamic State Is So Dangerous*. What's my take ... the Islamic State has a lot of enemies .... but they also have a lot of supporters. In this context Lt. General James Terry's remarks (see above video) makes sense .... it is going to take time for the Islamic State to be routed on the battlefield, and it is going to take even longer to extinguish their appeal among t... more »

Let's kick off the new year with an upbeat thought from psychologist Dacher Ketner: "We are built to be kind"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"We are built to be kind"*: *A question that has intrigued UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner is why people, who we know to be motivated by self-interst to perpetuate the species, are "so frequently and routinely good, and generous, and sacrificing?" And he insists that nobody understood this better than Charles Darwin, who believed that "communities that have the most sympathetic members will flourish and raise the greatest number of offspring."* *by Ken* Hat tip to The Frisky's Rebecca Vipond Brink ("Here's Why Humans Are Built to Be Kind") for sharing this upbeat lesson f... more »

U.S. Intensifying Its Military Commitment To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
American troops and equipment have begun arriving at Al Asad Air Base in Anbar Province. American commanders say their goal is to train 5,000 Iraqi recruits every six weeks. Credit Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times *Washington Post:* *U.S. advisers in Iraq stay out of combat but see fighting edging closer* *WNU Editor*: U.S. soldiers who are on the ground may be staying away from the combat .... but the U.S. air force has certainly been busy over the skies of Iraq and Syria this past week .... *New Year bomb attack on ISIS: America launches TWENTY NINE air strikes over Syria an... more »

Crisis In Ukraine -- News Updates January 1, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Bloomberg:* Ukrainian Army, Rebels Trade Blame Amid Warning of Hard 2015 *WNU Editor:* With both sides far apart on the key issues .... I do not see peace coming to eastern Ukraine. My prediction .... come springtime the war will restart with the ferocity of what happened last summer. For the rest of Ukraine .... the economy has .... for all intents and purposes .... collapsed. This will become the number one issue in Ukraine later this year .... aside from the war. *Ukraine Crisis -- News Updates January 1, 2015* Ukraine says rebels keep up attacks into New Year -- Reuters Kiev ... more »

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Dance Of The Searching Souls”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Kevin Kern, “Dance Of The Searching Souls” - https://www.youtube.com/

"The Eternal Silence of Infinite Spaces..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The eternal silence of infinite spaces frightens me. Why now rather than then? Who has put me here? By whose order and direction have this place and time have been ascribed to me? We travel in a vast sphere, always drifting in the uncertain, pulled from one side to another. Whenever we find a fixed point to attach and to fasten ourselves, it shifts and leaves us; and if we follow it, it eludes our grasp, slips past us, and vanishes for ever. Nothing stays for us. This is our natural condition, most contrary to our inclination; we burn with desires to find solid ground and an ultima... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Big, beautiful NGC 5584 is more that 50,000 light-years across and lies 72 million light-years away toward the constellation Virgo. The winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. Still, for earthbound astronomers NGC 5584 is not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Home to some 250 Cepheid variable stars and a recent Type Ia supernova explosion, key objects for astronomical distance determinations, NGC 5584 is one of 8 galaxies used in a new study that includes additional... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"What you pay for in life, you get. What you don't pay for, you don't get. The currency is a concerted, persistent effort in thought, word, and deed. Each designed to raise expectations, instill optimism, and imply your inevitable success. And to make "things" happen even faster, understand to the absolute core of your being that this is how you created everything now in your life. What you pay for in life, you get." "You buy that?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com

"And Never, Never Forget..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." - Arundhati Roy

Chet Raymo, “Pointless?”; “They Don't Know Neither Do I So There You Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Pointless?”* by Chet Raymo "Theresa drew our attention to the Templeton Foundation's two-page ad the New York Times that gave the responses of a dozen prominent scientists and scholars to the question "Does the universe have a purpose?" You can read the complete essays here. I am reminded of a previousMusing* in which I put the question to three famous (fictional) characters. Specifically, I asked for a response to Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg's famous remark near the end of his 1977 best-selling book, "The First Three Minutes": "The more the universe seems comp... more »

"The Question To Ask..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer." - Leo Buscaglia

"No BS Theory of Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "No BS Theory of Life"* by Dr. Robert Lanza "Forget the self-help books. No book or person can promise you happiness. Christmas time is the mostly likely time of the year to experience depression. We share our love with friends and family, and get lots of gifts. So why aren't we all joyous? What the hell is going on? Did you ever wonder why people like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson didn't fare any better than you or I despite all their money, fame, and access to people of wisdom? The answer lies in your own backyard. Look at the shrubs, tangled with vines, with here and there... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Intellectual Prostitutes!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 a week for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for things, and if any of you would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my pape... more »

“Cold-War-Style Propaganda Posing as News”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Cold-War-Style Propaganda Posing as News”* by Dave Lindorff “As shameful a propagandist for Washington’s war machine as the New York Times has been over the years, sometimes I still cannot believe the brazenness of its abandonment of even a pretext of dispassionate journalistic standards. One of those moments came today, when I read the left-column page-one article by Jim Yardley and Jo Becker headlined “How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal that Derailed.” In this Putin hit piece, the two journalists write that the pipeline in question, the so-called South Stream, which was intended ... more »

India - Pakistan Border Clashes Continue

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Voice of America:* India, Pakistan Trade Deadly Fire in Kashmir *WNU Editor*: I have lost count on the number of gun battles that have occurred on this disputed border. But this one was intense .... and both sides are not backing down. *More News On The Border Clashes Between India And Pakistan* Five dead in New Year's Eve clashes on India-Pakistan border -- Reuters Kashmir: Five troops killed in India, Pakistan clashes -- BBC Skirmishes Flare on India-Pakistan Border -- NYT 3 soldiers killed in Kashmir gunfight between India and Pakistan -- CNN India and Pakistan exchange deadly fi... more »

"The Ultimate Choice..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature. Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate." - Erich Fromm

Ring In The New Year With “Tubular Bells”!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5gDGcXIEQE

Waking Times’ Top 20 Most Popular Articles of 2014

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Dylan Charles* - 2014 was a phenomenal year in so many ways, and it is with abundant gratitude and appreciation that we say thanks The post Waking Times’ Top 20 Most Popular Articles of 2014 appeared first on Waking Times.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Rip-off News round-up 2014. Our pick of the last year's media

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Welcome to our eye-watering compilation of some of the rippingest rip-offs of 2014 January RBS payouts to UK staff expected to total £500m despite an £8bn loss The bank is now expected to show an £8bn loss after announcing that mis-selling scandals and legal bills in the US were forcing it to take a £3bn hit. Analysts at Credit Suisse calculated the bank's total losses since the 2008

"Letters to the Future"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Letters to the Future"* by Olaf Stapledon “In 1917 the author Olaf Stapledon published “Letters to the Future,” a series of 4 letters addressed to his great grandson in the year 1999. This post is Letter 1, excerpted. How remarkably relevant they seem today... “To my Great Grandson in early manhood. Sir, If ever you come upon this letter, forgive its preglacial dialect, and have patience to spell out its meaning. How gladly would I address you in whatever speech lives in your ears! The thoughts which follow must, I know, reach you only as dead and fragile specimens; but today th... more » 
 
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