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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Fwd: Broad sorry for minimum wage tweet per BBC sport

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 minutes ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/31011948 that England cricketer Stuart Broad is sorry for tweeting that: > "I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10% > earners in the world. #stay #humble." > > Oddly the BBC don't say whether what Stuart Broad tweeted was true or not. > That's the trouble with the BBC, they really aren't interested in facts, > preferring the censorship of views that they and the other politically > correct zealots deem to be 'offensive'. >

The Taiwanese Navy's Newest Ship: The Panshih

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 10 minutes ago
[image: Panshih AOR]Eager to moderate the threat it faces from an increasingly sophisticated China, Taiwan has been investing heavily in modernizing its naval capabilities. As part of that effort, Taipei recently welcomed a U.S. Senate decision to approve the sale of four Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates for its navy. While Taiwan purchases a considerable amount of military hardware from the United States, it also has a vibrant indigenous defense industry. Read more

Ukraine Arms Embargo Could Delay Delivery of Russian Frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 minutes ago
[image: Admiral Gorshkov (Project 22350)]The Ukrainian military equipment embargo to Russia could cause delays in the construction of the Russian Navy’s new class of frigates and slow a planned modernization effort of Russia’s northern fleet, according to a Monday report in Jane’s Defence Weekly. Russia’s 4,500 ton Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates (Project 22350) is powered – in part – by two M90FR gas turbines built by with Ukrainian manufacturer Zorya-Mashproekt. With the embargo in place the task has shifted to Russian manufacturer NPO Saturn without the aid of the Ukrainians. R... more »

Pentagon wants $350b nuclear upgrade to deter aggressive Russia, China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 minutes ago
[image: Pentagon wants $350b for upgrades]The Pentagon is asking for $350 billion to upgrade its nuclear deterrent capability to handle growing aggression from Russia. “Russia and U.S. cooperation has ground to a halt,” retired Navy Admiral William Fallon told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Updating aged nuclear deterrent capabilities, he said, “should be a top consideration.” Fallon, who retired in 2008 after commanding U.S. Central Command, is part of a week-long visit by defense leaders to Congress to push funding for the Pentagon before the federal budget is re... more »

Malaysia Eyes Submarine Base Expansion Near South China Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 31 minutes ago
RMN Kota Kinabalu On January 25, Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced that Malaysia would look to equip its naval base close to the South China Sea with an air defense system. Hishammuddin made the announcement during a visit to the base, known as the RMN Kota Kinabalu, as part of a three-day working trip to the country’s east to examine its military preparedness. He said that the base required an advanced air defense system to ensure its protection. The need to enhance the base’s defenses is understandable. The RMN Kota Kinabalu is the only base with the facil... more »

Vietnam’s 5th Russian-built submarine to begin trial run this May

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 31 minutes ago
[image: HQ-186 Khanh Hoa]The fifth of the six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam has agreed to buy from Russia is scheduled for a trial run this May, according to the manufacturer, the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg. The submarine codenamed HQ-186 Khanh Hoa is a Project 636.1 diesel-electric submarines. It was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards on December 28, 2014. The first two subs, HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, arrived in Vietnam in January and March of 2014. Read more

Former Vice Chief Of Staff Of The U.S. Army: al-Qaeda Has ‘Grown Fourfold In The Last Five Years’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 35 minutes ago
*PJ Media*: *General Tells Senators al-Qaeda Has ‘Grown Fourfold in Last Five Years’* *WNU Editor*: With the exception of FOX News and a few blogs .... no one is covering this incredibly important story. But the best part of Gen Keane's (Ret.) testimony today was the following .... .... *“U.S. policymakers choose to ignore the very harsh realities of the rise of radical Islam. In my view, we became paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequences in the Middle East after fighting two wars. Moreover, as we sit here this morning, in the face of radical Islam, U.S. policymakers refuse... more »

US navy looks at next generation SSNX submarines and 200 mile range torpedoes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 42 minutes ago
[image: USS North Carolina (SSN-777)]The U.S. Navy is starting early preparation work to design a new nuclear attack submarine to replace the Virginia-class boats (SSN-774) in the 2030s. The new attack boat would become operational in 2044 after the last Block VII Virginias are built. Nine years to identify, design and demonstrate the new technologies the new attack boat will need. Johnson said that he has formed a small team to work on a five-year plan to begin to do some of that work. The team will consult with industry and will identify the threat environment and technologies the... more »

SYRIZA

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
*If you owe the bank £1000, they own your ass.* *If you owe the bank £500 Billion - their ass is yours...* *And "SYRIZA" is Greek for "E.U. Reap What You Sow"* *ORGANISE - You are called-upon to aspire and work towards The Good...* *"...if Greece falls and is removed from the eurozone - the eurozone will collapse. We said from the beginning the eurozone is in danger, the euro is in danger, but it isn't in danger from Syriza... it is in danger from the very policies of austerity"* *- Euclid Tsakalotos, SYRIZA* *"Greece must have assistance if it is to become a self-supporting and... more »

"What Do They Know? Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"What Do They Know? * *Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations?"* By Michael Snyder A lot of ultra-rich people are quietly preparing to “bug out” when the time comes. They are buying survival properties, they are buying farms in far away countries and they are buying deep underground bunkers. In fact, a prominent insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland says that “very powerful people are telling us they’re scared” and he shocked his audience when he revealed that he knows “hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips an... more »

Former Top U.S. Generals: Current U.S. Policy Makes ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan Wars Unwinnable

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, left, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. *U.S. News And World Report:* *Absence of White House Strategy Makes ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan Wars Unwinnable* *Victory in military campaigns against the Islamic State group, the Taliban, the Haqqanis and others means nothing without concrete plans, retired top commanders say.* *Update #1:* Retired generals: U.S. set for failure in Iraq and Syria without clear strategy -- Washington Post *Update #2:* Former U.S. Military Leaders Outline Extremist Threat -- USNI ... more »

A Tale of Two Houses: Sisi Mourns House of Saud, Obama Scorns House of Netanyahu

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Photo: A needless murder by Egyptian police of a female socialist activist on the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. The Sisi regime only buries itself with such brutal acts.* *An excerpt from, "Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn Saudi King who derailed Revolution" by Juan Cole, January 26, 2015:* In a great irony, the Egyptian government attempted to cancel the commemoration of the January 25 revolution four years ago, on the grounds that the late King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia needed to be mourned. The Saudis played a sinister behind-the-scenes role in undermining buddin... more »

A U.S. Intelligence Employee Was Responsible For This Weeks Drone Crash At The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Intelligence Employee Crashed Drone on White House Grounds* *WNU Editor:* The punishment can be severe .... "Federal law bans flying drones or model aircraft over Washington, D.C., for security reasons. Violators of the ban face up to a year in prison". *More News On A U.S. Intelligence Employee Being Responsible For This Weeks Drone Crash At The White House* White House Drone Crash Described as a U.S. Worker’s Drunken Lark -- New York Times Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House -- Reuters Man Who Crashed Drone at White Hous... more »

Kosovo Rocked By Riots And Sectarian Tensions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters: **Police, protesters fight running battles in Kosovo* *WNU Editor*: Kosovo is poor and corrupt .... made worse by sectarian tensions. If it was not for the presence of a 5,000-strong NATO peacekeeping force backed by hundreds of EU police officers stationed in Kosovo to encourage the rule of law .... the entire country would now be engulfed in warfare and ethnic cleansing. *More News On The Growing Unrest In Kosovo* Kosovo Police Use Tear Gas to Clear Anti-Gov't Protesters -- AP Kosovo police clash with crowd at protest over minister -- BBC Police and protesters clash in ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - What do you see?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 3 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »

David Bentley Hart - Christianity and Its Fashionable Enemies

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*David Bentley Hart - The Beauty of The Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (2004).* *Title: David Bentley Hart - Christianity and Its Fashionable Enemies. Source: ObjectiveBob. Date Published: March 6, 2013. Description:* David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian, philosopher, and patristics scholar. Hart was educated at the University of Maryland, the University of Cambridge and the University of Virginia. He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), Duke Divinity School, and Loyola College in Maryland. Archbishop of C... more »

Stop the Big Polluter Agenda - Take Action!: NRDC's Save BioGems

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
Will you help stop the #BigPolluterAgenda? Please send your message to the President: http://on.nrdc.org/1BuDD85 @NRDC (twitter) Stop the Big Polluter Agenda - Take Action!: NRDC's Save BioGems

buddha truth

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
We will all get old We will all get sick We will all die

Draft Dodging And Evasion Is Becoming A Growing Problem For The Ukraine Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*ITAR-TASS:** Ukrainians grow unwilling to serve in the army — media* *WNU Editor:* The above report is from Russia .... and even though Russian media coverage is biased against the Ukraine government .... this report is very accurate. Even among my own family in Ukraine .... all of the sons of my cousins who are of military age left the country last summer .... they all expected the fighting to intensify and they also all expected the introduction of conscription by the Ukraine government ... and they have been proven right. In the coming weeks and months I expect draft dodging ... more »

Notes on the blizzard that wasn't -- at least not right where we are

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*"We'd love to come, but the weathermongers have paralyzed us with fear."* Well, I stayed up a good part of the night waiting for the blizzard that didn’t come. And then, at about 3 A.M., the forecast was downgraded to overcast with a chance of flurries. The kid in me was disappointed, but the part that passes for an adult was really happy that I didn’t have to shovel my driveway. I don’t fault de Blasio, Cuomo, or Christie for their abundance of caution, but enough already with the exuberant weathernoia of the television forecasters. Also, memo to the forecasters in their hermet... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- January 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Kyiv Post: **Ukraine hides devastating losses as Russia-backed fighters surge forward* *WNU Editor*: Full scale war has returned to eastern Ukraine ... and the casualty rates among the civilian and military populations have skyrocketed. I do not see any hope of peace talks and/or a truce being agreed upon or discussed at any time in the near future. *Ukraine War News Updates -- January 27, 2015* Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk -- Reuters Ukraine rebels pursue offensive in worst fighting since September -- Euronews Ukraine army units retreating to pre... more »

An Ebola Marshall Plan?: How to Stop Ebola and Salvage the Health System in Sierra Leone

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
This is a guest post by Dehunge Shiaka, a gender expert in Sierra Leone. This is post #3 of a series he has written on the impacts of Ebola in Sierra Leone (post 1, post 2). How can we ensure that when Ebola ends, Sierra Leone’s medical infrastructure and economy doesn’t disintegrate with it? Yesterday Continue reading

Nigeria: Unraveling the Mystery of Boko Haram

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
*January 28, 2015 *(Eric Draitser - Counterpunch) The most entertaining mysteries are the ones with compelling protagonists, enigmatic and often surreptitious antagonists, and surprising or shocking conclusions. Indeed, without these essential elements, one is unlikely to read the story at all. However, when it comes to politics and geopolitics, somehow our mass media storytellers – the scores of journalists, military and counter-terrorism ‘experts,’ and establishment mouthpieces – fail to even point us in the right direction. Not only do they not follow the threads of the story, the... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*This General Rescued New Orleans—Now He Wants to Save the World ~Kevin Knodell*

The Mysterious Civilization of the Olmecs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 hours ago
It is additionally related that the Olmecs came originally from an island to the North called Atzlan as well. Since crossing from even the American Mainland and the Mississippi delta by sea meets that description and the known existence of such a named city close by the copper fields of lake Superior, it is easy to assign this to a remnant of the Atlantean world ended in 1159 BC. We can assume ample earlier contact as well, but now also reflect that this was an ideal refugia and that the establishment was itself never driven by copper itself. It is important to understand t... more »

EU Exploits Paris Attacks to Build US-Style Police State in Europe

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 6 hours ago
*January 28, 2015* (Vladimir Platov - NEO) - After the bloody events in Paris, when journalists of Charlie Hebdo were murdered in the broad daylight, all across the globe numerous journals have been discussing who could benefit from this tragedy. In some countries (primarily Muslim) the manifestations against the provocative publications of controversial cartoons of the Prophet that mocked the religious feelings of all Muslims are still on the rise. Some experts have linked these provocative anti-Muslim cartoons with the acquisition of Charlie Hebdo by the Rothschilds in December 2... more »

Former Top Pentagon Spy: President Obama Is Paralyzed By Radical Islam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Defense Department *Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast:* *Spy General Unloads on Obama’s ISIS War Plan* *Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn likens the fight against Islamic militants to the Cold War and calls for an international chain of command akin to that of the Allies in World War II.* *Update #1*: Gen. Michael Flynn: ISIS Demands Soviet-era, All-out Fight -- Newsmax *Update #2:* Former Defense Intel Chief Blasts Obama -- Weekly Standard *WNU Editor: *Thomas Ricks* sums it up best* .... former DIA Chief Michael... more »

U.S. Has Cut Funding To Syria's 'Moderate' Rebel Movement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Syrian rebel fighters. (Reuters/Hosam Katan) *Jamie Dettmer and Tim Mak, Daily Beast:** Exclusive: Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash* *Even the favored secular militias groomed to fight ISIS have seen their funding cut in half.* *Update #1*: Covert CIA Mission to Arm Syrian Rebels Goes Awry -- WSJ *Update #2:* U.S. foreign policy in Syria is failure -- Doyle McManus, Omaha.com/L.A. Times *WNU Editor:* With this cut in funding .... one has to then wonder what will these U.S. soldiers/trainers then do .... *US troops heading to Middle East to train Syria rebels* (Al Jazeera). Hmmm ... more »

Israeli war planes striking Syria- Presently!- Right now! Second strike in 24 hours

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*Here is the latest:* *IDF strikes targets in Syria after 2nd red alert in a day* Right now, present time, it is being reported that IDF warplanes are targeting Syria *"Israeli Air Force warplanes attacked Syrian military targets shortly after midnight on Wednesday (Israeli/Syria time)* * Residents in the northern Golan Heights reported hearing air raid sirens at 12:33 am. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced the IAF strikes moments later.* * Arab media outlets reported that artillery positions of the Syrian military's 90th brigade were attacked"* *IDF tanks in the Golan Heigh... more »

Ethnic Security Dilemma Regrets

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
One of the regrets of my career is that I was developing the ethnic security dilemma concept the same time as Barry Posen, who published his in Survival in 1993. As I prepared for my comprehensive exams in 1991 in IR and Comparative Politics, I focused on ethnic politics for the latter exam. I wrote Continue reading

Grown-up Chicken Nuggets

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 7 hours ago
Chicken nuggets are practically a food group for most kids. Even as an adult there's something fun about chicken nuggets. But as our palates refine, we want something more sophisticated than the dino nuggets. Sure, Chick-fil-A nuggets are good, but it's hard to justify dropping $7 when you have a craving. So make your own faster than you can make it through the drive through! These grown-up chicken nuggets are easy to make, easy on the wallet and something adults and kids will eat. Plus, you can easily transform them into a full meal. *INGREDIENTS* - 2-3 chicken breasts, cut ... more »

Perp Walk.....This is what should happen to the perps of 9/11

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*NeoNazi Graffiti on the side of Military Vehicle in Ukraine* *See Video below for what happened to those behind this mindset* Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD15bxM3mTc#t=683 From *Vinyard of the Saker* blog No need to editorialize. Just watch and go through your own mind if the perps that were behind all the horrors of the last decade+ since 9/11 were treated to this kind of retribution. gc

Middle East / North Africa / Pakistan Alert - January 27 , 2015 - Notice how Iraq / Syria Conflict has drawn the Regional Powers from proxy involvement into even closer involvement ! Each place you look , ISIS / Al Qaeda fingerprints can be found ! Very close to spiraling beyond design plans for original strategies of proxy puppet masters ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 8 hours ago
Links..... Syria / Iraq.... *CIA’s Syria Rebel Arming Program in Tatters* *Militias Kill 70 Civilians After Iraq Retakes Diyala* *ISIS: Japanese Hostage, Jordanian Pilot Have Less Than 24 Hours* *Assad Seeks Agreement on US Airstrikes in Syria* *Controversy as Canadian Troops Get Into More Fights With ISIS* *Kurds Claim Victory Over ISIS in Kobani Fight* Assad Rejects Syria Opposition 'Puppets' as Moscow Talks Begin Syrian Opposition Starts Talks in Moscow, Expectations Low 215 Killed in Iraq, Including Civilians Executed by Shi'ite Militiamen Gunshots Fired at Emirati Plane on L... more »

Beyond Perfidy - The Real Holocaust Denial That Ridicules History and Regards Suffering as Legal Tender

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
Russia, like most invited nations, is sending a lower-ranked official and will be represented by the *Kremlin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov.* This unusual diplomacy deteriorated into a public spat when a Polish radio station asked the country's foreign minister, *Grzegorz Schetyna* whether it was petty not to invite Mr Putin. *He decided to answer by crediting the Ukrainians for liberating Auschwitz, rather than the Soviet Union's Red Army.* 'Anti-Russia hysteria' Moscow was incensed, saying it was time to stop *"ridiculing history"* and engaging in* "anti-Russia hysteria". *... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama (R) speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Bill Schneider, Reuters:* Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 27, 2015* ISIS Still Strong Despite Major Defeat in Kobani -- Harvey Morris, Time Three Lessons From Islamic State's Retreat -- Noah Feldman, Bloomberg The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists? -- Katrin Kuntz and Gregor ... more »

World News Briefs -- January 27, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani*. *MIDDLE EAST* Kurds expand offensive after driving *IS out of Syrian town*. Shia fighters accused of *killing civilians in Iraq*. Airlines halt flights to Baghdad *after gunfire hits plane*. Rockets from Syria hit Golan Heights, *Israeli military says*. Yemen's Houthi fighters free *presidential chief of staff: official*. Erdogan settles in as Turkey's strongman,* constitutional change or not*. Obama brings large delegation *to cement ties with Saudi Arabia's new king*. Obama defends US ties as he *pays respects in Sa... more »

Paul Craig Roberts laments the fact that American neoconservatives have constructed an unopposed fifth column within Russia that may yet turn Mother Russia into another vassal of Criminal America. He believes that "To survive Washington, Russia desperately needs people who are not romantic about the West." and "To dramatize the situation, if President Putin will grant me Russian citizenship and allow me to appoint Michael Hudson and Nomi Prins as my deputies, I will take over the operation of the Russian central bank and put the West out of operation."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 9 hours ago
------------------------------ *Russia In The Cross Hairs — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ January 13, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Russia In The Cross Hairs Paul Craig Roberts Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity. The New Chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, has declared the Russian news service, RT, which broadcasts in multiple languages, to be a terrorist organization equival... more »

Legacy business legislation in San Francisco is necessary to survival of humanity

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*"Family-owned bars and restaurants, corner groceries, unique boutiques, and arts- and culture-related businesses -- the very places that once gave San Francisco its charm -- have been the first to go" in the city's hemorrhage of small businesses. Cuco's, a Lower Haight taqueria, was run for 23 years by Carmen Campos and her husband Domingo.* *"To live in a city without small businesses owned and patronized by people of all ethnicities is unthinkable to me."* *-- the author* *by Denise Sullivan* I don't know about where you live, but here in San Francisco, we have a disturbing phe... more »

Failure to consider immigration consequences of sentence an error in principle

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
R. v. N. F., 2015 ONCA 51: [11] The failure to consider the specific immigration consequences of a carceral sentence of six months or more was an error in principle disentitling the sentencing judge's decision to the deference usually accorded to such decisions in this court. Left to consider the fitness of the sentence, as is our mandate under s. 687 of the *Criminal Code*, we are satisfied, however, that in this case and despite those consequences, the sentence imposed reflects no error.

The Fiction of Austerity: How Greek Default May Sill Unravel the EU

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
*Guest post by Frank Hollenbeck* [image: Flag of Greece]Greece is back in the headlines. This should surprise no one. It was naïve to think that Greeks would accept being debt slaves forever. Despite all the rumblings that Greece will be forced to leave the Euro, there is in reality no mechanism by which EU countries can force a Eurozone member to exit the currency union. It really is all a bluff. This is a standard scare tactic used by governments to induce people to give up freedom for a little security. Greece currently owes a little over 300 billion euros to various creditors... more »

Is Iran Threatening To Assassinate Israeli PM Netanyahu's Sons And The Sons Of Other Israeli Leaders?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Mashregh News, a website linked with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, ran this photo depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sons Yair and Avner in a sniper’s crosshairs. (Image source: Mashregh News) *Times of Israel*: *Iranian site suggests targeting PM’s sons in response to Syria strike* *News network affiliated with Revolutionary Guards also threatens sons of Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon* *WNU Editor*: I guess this is Iran's way of saying that they will now cross a "red line" .... after they had accused Israel of crossing a "red line". Either way .... with these threats and warn... more »

What are Those Floaty Things in Your Eye?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *What are the worm-like objects floating across your field of vision, and why are you seeing them? The post What are Those Floaty Things in Your Eye? appeared first on Waking Times.

Labour’s global wealth tax?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
I thought you might like to know that one of the top contenders for Labour’s vacant presidency position is Professor Nigel Haworth, from Auckland University, whose recommended summer reading included the much-debunked tome *Capital in the 21st Century *by French academic Thomas Piketty calling for a global wealth tax. Perhaps some aspiring journo might ask Mr Little if we might expect Piketty-style rhetoric from the party should Mr Haworth achieve his desired position? And Mr Haworth if he shares Piketty’s envy problem, and agrees with his anti-capitalism, his alleged facts, his ... more »

Desire: What Do We Really Want?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - Everything we long for here on earth is a mask that hides our true desire; our true longing, which, little do we know, is for a higher state of consciousness... The post Desire: What Do We Really Want? appeared first on Waking Times.

Iran Warns Israel That They Have 'Crossed The Line'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iran says Israel crossed 'red lines', vows to respond: IRNA* *WNU Editor*: Iran is saying that they told the U.S. to communicate their "threat" to Israel .... but the U.S. is saying that no threat to Israel was delivered in the latest round nuclear talks between US and Iranian official .... *US says it did not pass Israel Iran warning of ‘consequences’* (Times of Israel). as to Israeli reaction .... they are expecting the worse .... *Ya'alon: Iran and Hezbollah seek to start war* (Middle East Monitor) *More News On Iranian Warning Israel That They Have 'Crossed The Line... more »

Musical Interlude: Tom Barabas, “Solar Wind”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Tom Barabas, “Solar Wind” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKe57CRyKY8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"Why are there faint rings around this spiral galaxy? Possibly because the galaxy, NGC 4911, is being pulled at by its neighbors as it falls into the enormous Coma Cluster of Galaxies. If NGC 4911 ends up like most of the galaxies in the central Coma cluster, it will become a yellowish elliptical galaxy, losing not only its outer layers, but dust, gas, and its cadre of surrounding satellite galaxies as well. Currently, however, this process is just beginning. * Click image for larger sizes.* Visible in the above deep image from the Hubble Space Telescope are NGC 4911's bright nucleu... more »

Israel And Syria Exchange Fire On The Golan Heights

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Israeli soldiers stand next to mobile artillery units near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights, January 27, 2015. Photo by Reuters *Haaretz:* *IDF points at Hezbollah as enabling rocket attack from Syria* *Four rockets were fired from Syria, two of which exploded in open areas of Israel's Golan Heights. Attack comes in wake of airstrike on Quneitra, which killed an Iranian general and six Hezbollah members.* *WNU Editor*: This is going to escalate. *More News On Israel And Syria Exchanging Fire On The Golan Heights* Israel, Syrian elements exchange fire in Golan Heights -- C... more »

70 Years of Holocaust Propaganda: 70 Years of Misery

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 11 hours ago
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. On the 27th January 1945, Allied soldiers entered Auschwitz, closing down the internment camp and industrial complex which had been built just outside the Polish town of Oświęcim. The name of Auschwitz has become synonymous with suffering. We all know the stories of the 4.5 million Jews who were done to death by the evil Nazis in Shower Rooms which had inside them carefully hidden Gas Chambers. We all know how the wicked Germans destroyed all evidence of their crimes against humanity, including making the ashes of their millions of victims disappe... more »

"The First And Wisest..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"The first and wisest of them all professed To know this only, that he nothing knew." - John Milton, "Paradise Regained"

A Video Moment With Nature: David Arkenstone, "Across The Great Ocean"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
David Arkenstone, "Across The Great Ocean" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvlkaOxd2JU#t=216

"The Land Of Dreams..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Father, O father! what do we here In this land of unbelief and fear? The Land of Dreams is better far, Above the light of the morning star.” - William Blake, “The Land of Dreams”

The Poet: James Broughton, "Quit Your Addiction"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Quit your addiction to sneer and complaint. Try a little flaunt, Call for comrades who bolster your vim and offer you risk. Corral the crones, Goose the nice nellies, Hunt the bear that hugs and the raven that quoths. Stay up all night to devise a new dawn...” - James Broughton, “Little Sermons of the Big Joy”

Chet Raymo, "Know Thyself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Know Thyself"* by Chet Raymo "The ancient Greek aphorism, attributed to Socrates and others. Good advice, I'm sure. If only we knew what it means. Is it the same as the "examination of conscience" we were asked to perform as young Catholics? "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." Well, yes, it is good to ask ourselves if we have lived up to our highest moral aspirations. But surely "Know thyself" means more than that. Does it mean to be aware of our self-awareness? That is to say, not to act impulsively, but reflectively. Thoreau's "I went to the woods because I wished to live d... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"Life Moves On..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” - Henry Miller

"8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"8 Reasons Why You Act Against * *Your Own Better Judgment"* by Mark Sisson "We all make poor choices against our better judgment. It’s kind of what makes us human – the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy bar tastes good, but you know you’ll feel awful after eating it. Yeah, that blog is fun to read, but you know you’d be much happier if you finished that essay for class first. And yet five minutes later, a candy bar wrapper sits, emptied of its contents; your molars house fragments of nougat and sport a caram... more »

Sociology: "Shame On The Rich"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Shame On The Rich"* by Elizabeth Norton “For fans of the British upstairs-downstairs TV series “Downton Abbey,” skullduggery may seem evenly distributed among the social ranks. But in real life, it's the upper classes that are more likely to behave dishonorably, according to new research. Observers of human nature have long puzzled over the possibility of an ethical class divide. On the one hand, people with fewer resources and dimmer prospects might be expected to do whatever's necessary to get ahead. On the other, wealthy types may be more focused on themselves, because money, ... more »

"Your Country..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Your country ain't your blood. Remember that.” - Santino “Sonny” Corleone

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

Supplemental: This just in from our nation of sheep!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015Someone finally clarifies a few basic bone-simple points:* The Deflategate stampede has demonstrated how easy it is to get a whole nation to recite a deeply flawed script. By how much were the Patriots’ footballs under-inflated last week? The NFL hasn’t yet stated its findings! But so what? The entire nation is reciting a set of claims derived from a murkily-phrased account in a leak from an anonymous source. Such claims routinely turn out to be wrong. But so what? As of now, the entire nation is reciting a bunch of unconfirmed claims. Today, at Busines... more »

BBC backtracks on NYC Blizzard Warnings

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Montana Thunderstorm* The *BBC (Biggest and Best Calumny) *again mis-spoke when it predicted a Historic Snowstorm in NYC over the past few days. Apparently only a light dusting fell. My view is that this was yet another "Media Drill" to make sure that the main$tream media is still lock, stock and barrel the tool of the evil ones. They NEED to do this every month or so...construct either a false flag, a false flag hoax (the two are not the same) or a BIG LIE. Of course, it might also have been that they tried to "Haarpify" (manufacture) the weather... as they have done in the pas... more »

Porter Robinson - Flicker

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 12 hours ago
No words. Just music.

U.S. President Obama Visits New Saudi King

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*BBC: **Obama visits Saudi Arabia's new King Salman* *WNU Editor*: no one in the media is going to be elaborate on how much U.S. - Saudi relations have deteriorated in the past few years .... suffice it to say that it is not good .... *Jonathan Broder, Inside the Saudi-U.S. Rift* (Newsweek). *More News On U.S. President Obama's Trip To Saudi Arabia* Obama defends close US relationship with Saudi Arabia -- CSM/AP Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties -- AFP Obama cites Saudi help on security, anti-terror issues -- USA Today Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king-aide -- R... more »

Snowpocalypse 2015

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
For today and the foreseeable future, Pottersville will be known as Ice Station Zebra. The initial weather forecast was for 7-11", with less striking inland. As you can see from my dumpster behind my house, we got considerably more than 11" overnight and today. To give you a better sense of scale, that pile of snow on the lids is about as tall as a three year-old child. I haven't seen this much useless, unwanted white shit since the 2012 Republican National Convention. This is our poor 17 year-old girl Betsy before I'd begun clearing her off. I left the wiper blades up la... more »

Czech president: a UNSC raid needed to erase ISIS from the face of Earth

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Exactly 70 years ago, on January 27th, 1945, the worst extermination camp in the world history, Auschwitz, was liberated by the Red Army. Many politicians who came to that place have completely misunderstood the fact that the main official commemorative ceremonies actually don't take place in Poland but in Czechia – in Prague and Terezín, a smaller concentration camp – where they are organized by Moshe Kantor's ECJ (European Jewish Congress). At the end, the two different ceremonies didn't overlap because they were remembering different events. In Czechia, people were remembering th... more »

The time will never come

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest? asks the BBC. That was supposed to be the Big Question they were addressing on Sunday morning. I can think of many other “Is the time coming?” subjects worth questioning, and many other institutions of whom ‘laid to rest’ would be a good basis for a TV debate. This very question seems outrageous and insulting. Laying the Holocaust to rest means what, exactly? Putting it behind you? Shrugging it off? On the audio version (BBC World service) of ‘BBC Trending’, the presenters playfully explored the best pitch to voice “Shake it off”. ... more »

While pondering the legal mess surrounding NYS Assembly Speaker "Smelly Shelly" Silver, Jeffrey Toobin offers us a "war story" from yesteryear

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Smelly Shelly is talking about delegating powers, but not -- at least so far -- about stepping down.* *by Ken* I still owe you a post on my imagined link between former Russian oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and now-indicted NYS Assembly Speaker "Smelly Shelly" Silver, charged -- as *The New Yorker*'s esteemed legal correspondent, Jeffrey Toobin, sums it up -- "with taking more than four million dollars in bribes disguised as legal fees." That post is still coming. Meanwhile, a quick update. Once the immediate dust of Smelly Shelly's arrest and indictment settled, it began o... more »

Jan. 26: This is why the next post will NOT be about the Irving press........

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 13 hours ago
really, what can one say about a paper whose Monday. A1 headline, is about a man reported to having been seen with gun in a residential area (featuring a photo of two police with rifles looking for him) - and Tuesday's big story on B3 is the same story with the same photo. Talk about saving money! Back to Monday on A3 for a piece of propaganda disguised as news. "Metro Moncton boasts savvy entrepreneurs." In this case, the word "entrepreneur" like the word "terrorist" is a loaded one, except that that images for "entrepreneur" are warm and fuzzy. "Boasts" is another loaded word.... more »

Kurdish Military Successes Against The Islamic State Are Raising Alarm Bells In Baghdad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Jack Moore and Suadad al-Salhy, Newsweek*: *Kurdish Land-Grab Stuns Baghdad* *WNU Editor:* This so sums up the problem with Baghdad and Iraqi politics. Instead of being grateful and happy that Kurdish forces are engaging and winning the war against the Islamic State .... the Iraqi government is more worried on what will this mean in future talks and negotiations with the Kurds on issues like autonomy, territory, and oil production/share of revenues..

"Why There Will NOT Be Peaceful Revolution"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Why There Will NOT Be Peaceful Revolution"* by onpoint "There have been and are presently several movements calling for a peaceful revolution across the US to fight for the restoration of liberty, equal opportunity, less government, etc.. * Ron Paul’s rEVOLution / Campaign for Liberty * Gerald Celente’s Occupy Peace Movement * Occupy Wall St. (protests were focused on the symptoms rather than the problem) * Tea Party Movement etc. Tell me, what has changed? I can tell you that a lot has changed, but in the opposite direction from that with which these movements were founded. * T... more »

Libya Update - January 27 , 2015 -- Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli attacked by gunmen , attack results in numerous deaths . Disturbing as this allegedly was one of the most secure locations in Tripoli. Corinthia very popular with foreigners ( at least five dead foreigners , of at least 11 dead in total due to the attack .) ISIS , Former Gaddafi " dead - enders - not clear who sent the killers just yet .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Tweets..... *Rana Jawad* @Rana_J01 · 7h7 hours ago 1. security employee of Tripoli's Corinthia hotel tells us they received a threat "few days ago" telling them 2 "empty the building"- #libya *Rana Jawad* @Rana_J01 · 7h7 hours ago 2. Situation still murky, multiple sources tell us gunmen r still inside the hotel, an interior ministry source says "one arrested" #libya *Rana Jawad* @Rana_J01 · 7h 7 hours ago 3. there was a shooting by gunmen in hotel reception hall, some ppl escaped through back acc. to one civilian at scene. #libya *Rana Jawad* @Rana_J01 · 7h7 hours ag... more »

Snow in the Face

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Swirling wind face slapping snow almost up to knees I don't fear it the force of nature is fierce and beautiful in the moment the angry mother smacks her children's bottom but still they pay no mind their appetites are more than the mother can sustain mother is furious the brats couldn't care less

Chicago Event Discusses NATO Expansion & Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
At a meeting on January 10, 2015 two speakers discussed the background causes of the Ukraine troubles (now drawing the U.S. and Russia closer to possible military confrontation). Speaking were Dr. John J. Mearsheimer, co-director of Program on International Security Policy at University of Chicago; and Rick Rozoff, manager of the Stop NATO website, and also from Chicago. Dr. Mearsheimer spoke of the real reason of the crisis: "We are interested in peeling away Ukraine and Georgia from Russia's orbit and making [them] bulwarks of the West, right on Putin's doorstep." Mearsheimer g... more »

Passenger Jet Hit With Gunfire While Landing At Baghdad International Airport

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
An Iraqi Airways plane lands at Baghdad International airport, Jan. 27, 2015. *Reuters*: *Airlines suspend Baghdad flights after airplane shooting* *WNU Editor:* Bullets now .... anti-aircraft missiles later .... I would not want to be flying into Baghdad right now. *More News On A Passenger Jet Being Hit With Gunfire While Landing At Baghdad International Airport* Airlines halt flights to Baghdad after gunfire hits passenger plane arriving from Dubai -- AP Airlines suspend Baghdad flights after shots hit plane -- Washington Post Flydubai Jet Hit by Gunfire as It Lands in Baghdad -... more »

Everyone should get away for a few days

risa bear at A Way to Live - 14 hours ago
We went away for a couple of days in the (alarmingly) splendid weather we are having in the West and rested and recharged ourselves at the famous Sylvia Beach Hotel, a "literary" bed and breakfast in Newport, Oregon, not so very far from home for us. Each room is dedicated to a famous author and decorated accordingly. Some, such as Tolkien, Poe, and Seuss, are so imaginatively turned out that I'm not sure it would be restful to stay in them. We tried Melville, which was fun (it has the biggest bed, known as Moby), especially reading all the journal entries by the newlyweds, and th... more »

Did You Know the IRS and the Fed are Private Corporations?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Pao L. Chang* - Most people living in the USA have no clue that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a foreign agency... The post Did You Know the IRS and the Fed are Private Corporations? appeared first on Waking Times.

'The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled': Exploiting 'Jewishness' for the Sake of Violence: The Core of Israeli Hardliner Political Rhetoric

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 14 hours ago
This is of some interest in the aftermath of developments globally following the longstanding and growing global criticism of the Israeli apartheid politics and the latest round of Israeli state run carnage in illegally occupied Palestinian territories, and the official Israeli responses to my own country's recent decision to recognise Palestine as a sovereign state. For me as a philosopher interested in reasoning on value issues, including political issues, this development is of particular interest, as it has gradually unfolded what seems to be a core of Israeli political hardli... more »

Con candidates Go Newclear

Alison at Creekside - 14 hours ago
Remember three years ago when charts like this one mapped the links between the various Ethical Oil players in the Con regime spanning cabinet ministers, media personalities, and political contractors and web designers? The connections were based on research by Emma Pullman at DeSmogBlog and the website Deep Climate : Conservatives Go Newclear . They each discovered that Hamish Marshall, former Manager of Strategic Planning in the Office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and then principal at pollster/strategist Abingdon Research, had created and hosted some 50 Con-connected website... more »

Islamic State In Libya Storm Tripoli Hotel Killing 9

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:** At least eight dead as gunmen storm hotel in Libyan capital* *More News On Today's Islamic State Attack In Libya* Gunmen Storm Libyan Hotel; 4 Foreigners, 5 Guards Dead -- NYT/AP Gunmen assault luxury Tripoli hotel, at least nine dead -- AFP Gunmen storm hotel in Libyan capital; at least 8 killed -- Washington Post Gunmen Storm Libyan Hotel, Killing Nine People -- WSJ Libyan official says 9 killed in Tripoli hotel attack -- Daily Star Gunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Libya -- CNN Militants Kill at Least 4 in Assault on Luxury Hotel in Tripoli -- Bloomberg Businessweek Islam... more »

A Few Books on the Go ....

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Don't know what else to say today. Think I'll mention some books I'm working on ... First up is David Nasaw's biography of Andrew Carnegie called *Andrew Carnegie*. Dig, ... I bought it a long time ago, for $6 at Sears. But it's a good book. Comprehensive and fair. I think it's important to learn how the USA become an industrial super-power and these biographies by honest historians help give the story a human scale. Nigel Hamilton's *The Mantle of Command*, I don't like quite so much. There haven't been many books that focus on FDR's role as actual Commander-in-Chief during WWII. Th... more »

Did The U.S. Trade A Convicted Al Qaeda Terrorist For An Imprisoned American Couple?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Shane Harris James Kirchick, Daily Beast*: *Exclusive: Freed Al Qaeda Agent Was Part of Proposed Swap for Jailed Americans* *Before the Qatari government freed an imprisoned American couple, they asked for a jailed terrorist in return. That al Qaeda agent was recently released from the Supermax prison.* *WNU Editor*: I have to concur with their analysis .... *.... the Bergdahl trade opened a kind of Pandora’s box, signaling to foreign governments that they can pressure the United States to make concessions on terrorism by trading Americ... more »

The 2014 Employment Boom

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
Why did employment grow by about 3 million in 2014? Here is the answer from a new paper: We measure the effect of unemployment benefit duration on employment. We exploit the variation induced by the decision of Congress in December 2013 not to reauthorize the unprecedented benefit extensions introduced during the Great Recession. Federal benefit extensions that ranged from 0 to 47 weeks across U.S. states at the beginning of December 2013 were abruptly cut to zero. To achieve identification we use the fact that this policy change was exogenous to cross-sectional differences across ... more »

Israel To Torpedo Iran Nuclear Deal?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Iran Nuclear Deal Prospects Fade as Israel Digs In Against Terms * *WNU Editor:* It sounds like the Iranian nuclear talks/deal are deadlocked over the critical points of verification and limiting the production of nuclear material (something that this blogger has been predicting for years) .... and some are now looking for a "fall-guy" (like Israel) to blame when these talks finally collapse. March 24 is the deadline for these talks .... and my prediction is that they will be delayed once again .... in turn thereby ratcheting up the pressure for more sanctions. In t... more »

Transpicuous News Sun Jan 25th: Good cop,Bad cop- Same police force

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
Good afternoon everyone- sorry for the delay! Here is the recording of Transpicuous News Report from Sunday January 25, 2015, and all the links to the various stories I was following. I am currently scrambling to get TN ready for tomorrow nights midweek report- all hell is breaking loose, once again. Please tune in tomorrow night- Wed Jan 28th at 11pm GMT for the LIVE stream of the midweek Transpicuous News report. http://transpicuousnews.blogspot.com/2015/01/transpicuous-news-sun-jan-25th-good.html S&P Suspended and Fined $80 Million in SEC, State Mortgage Bond Cases http://... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Inside the Controversial Prayer Rally: Bobby Jindal Prays But Fails To Rally ~CenLamar* *Drew Brees to help Odell Beckham Jr. set record ~John Hendrix, Who Dat Dish* *Homeless woman seeks $4.5 million in suit against New Orleans Saints, NFL ~Kyle Barnett, Louisiana Record* *Children's rape kits untested ~Alex Woodward, Gambit * *Conservation: The Trouble With Asian Carp ~Paul Greenberg, Gun & Garden*

Je Suis Hypocrisy? Selective Free Speech & the Secular Inquisition

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Matthew Butler* - The brutal Paris attacks have been rightly condemned. Yet the tragedy has been exploited to distort the very right it’s become an emblem for – freedom of expression... The post Je Suis Hypocrisy? Selective Free Speech & the Secular Inquisition appeared first on Waking Times.

SELMA ON OUR MINDS: Race is our product, our tribe’s only product!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015Part 4—A slippery professor churns script:* By some act of legerdemain, Professor Joseph seemed to know where the dispute had come from. Why had some people criticized Selma’s portrayal of President Johnson? According to Professor Joseph, Selma’s treatment of Johnson had “sparked a controversy that could threaten the film's legacy and, in the short term, its chances for prestigious awards.” Professor Joseph wrote his column about this matter for NPR. The column appeared on NPR’s web site on January 10. The assessment we have quoted was perfectly plausibl... more »

Churchill in Defeat : Greece and the Balkans

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent. * *Behind that line, lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. * *Athens alone - Greece with its immortal glories - is... more »

Churchill in Defeat : A New Cold War

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent. * *Behind that line, lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. * *Athens alone - Greece with its immortal glories - is... more »

Remembering The Liberation Of Auschwitz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*BBC:* *Auschwitz 70th anniversary: Survivors mark camp liberation* *More News On The 70th Anniversary Of The Liberation of Auschwitz * 70th years since Auschwitz liberation: LIVE -- RT Live: 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation -- France 24 Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on without Putin -- AP Auschwitz Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary of Camp’s Liberation -- Time Survivors mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation -- UPI Auschwitz-Birkenau commemorations -- Deutche Welle Survivors Recall Auschwitz, Ponder Lessons -- VOA Obama marks Holocaust Remembrance Day -- USA... more »

World News Briefs -- January 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory* *MIDDLE EAST* Kurds expand offensive after driving *IS out of Syrian town*. Shia fighters accused of *killing civilians in Iraq*. Airlines halt flights to Baghdad *after gunfire hits plane*. Rockets from Syria hit Golan Heights, *Israeli military says*. Yemen's Houthi fighters free *presidential chief of staff: official*. Erdogan settles in as Turkey's strongman,* constitutional change or not*. Obama brings large delegation *to cement ties with Saudi Arabia's new king*. Obama defends US ties as he *pa... more »

Revolutionary Family Shows True Meaning of Self-Reliance

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Cole Mellino* - By growing all of their food themselves, except staples such as wheat, rice and oats, they are able to eat fresh and delicious, organic food for $2 a day per person. The post Revolutionary Family Shows True Meaning of Self-Reliance appeared first on Waking Times.

The Economy: "Greece Is Once Again a Victim of Democracy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Greece Is Once Again a Victim of Democracy"* by Bill Bonner "And then democracy comes into being after the poor have conquered their opponents, slaughtering some and banishing some, while to the remainder they give an equal share of freedom and power." – Socrates, Plato’s "The Republic" "A snowstorm battered the East Coast of the US today. Politics rocked southern Europe. Sitting here on the edge of the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a gentle breeze stirring the trees… birds singing… surfers carrying their boards across the sand… it’s hard to imagine the tempest in North... more »

The Facts About the Measles Outbreak and Vaccine

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Tess Pennington* - As many of you are aware, the measles outbreak continues to spread into multiple states. Here is what you can do about it. The post The Facts About the Measles Outbreak and Vaccine appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Shane Harris M.L. Nestel, Daily Beast:* *American Women Shut Down Russian Spies* *Moscow’s answer to James Bond they ain’t. A team of alleged Russian agents, busted by the FBI, had trouble even getting the ladies to talk to them.* *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 27, 2015* FBI breaks up a Russian spy ring in New York City -- Washington Post Commenting on Busted Spies is Unethical, Says Anna Chapman -- Sputnik Infantry: Israel Makes Life Hard For Snipers -- Strategy Page Warplanes: Iran Reinvents Cruise Missiles -- Strategy Page Iran Expects Russia to Honor Cont... more »

The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 17 hours ago
Since the Islamic State’s (IS) startling charge across northern and central Iraq in the middle of 2014 the group has faced a steady loss of manpower. That has come from fighting against pro-government forces and increasingly from Coalition air strikes. Not only has it lost many rank and file fighters, but also some of its top commanders and officials. This steady loss is depriving the organization of its leadership, and could be isolating Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Every week brings new news of a top IS member being killed in Iraq. Those include several field commanders and senior IS ... more »

What's Going On In Greece?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* Just a fast comment, a quick hit, since I'm on deadline editing an interview. The recent news is that the left-wing Syriza party has won the Greek general elections, sparking concern that Greece might default on its debt, on purpose, and exit the euro. Naturally the holders of that debt, led by Germany, are aghast at the prospect. The word "irresponsible" comes up. Here's Paul Krugman on that (my emphasis): *Ending Greece’s Nightmare* Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first Eu... more »

The Secrets Hidden in the Pyramids of Egypt

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *Could it really be that the great structures were built not as tombs for the pharaohs but for something much more powerful than the mighty Egyptian kings themselves? The post The Secrets Hidden in the Pyramids of Egypt appeared first on Waking Times.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged For Desertion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, ex-military intel officer says* *WNU Editor:* Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer is a reliable source .... so reports that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is going to be charged for desertion are probably true. Was he worth trading for five high valued Taliban leaders .... that debate will probably be with us for he remainder of President Obama's term and for future swaps. *More News On Reports That Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Will Be Charged For Desertion* Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, retired officer tells Fox -- Washi... more »

Recruitment Ads For Joining The British Military Fail To Attract New Recruits

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Armed forces failing to attract recruits despite MoD spending £30MILLION on TV adverts as it is revealed one in three top brass face the chop* * £14.5million spent on Royal Navy ads, £6million on Army, £8million on RAF * But the Army only recruited 6,000 in 2014 - falling short of its 10,000 target * Plans by General Sir Nicholas Carter will now cut top brass by up to a third * Will mean many of the army's 500 colonels and 200 brigadiers will be axed * 'Revolution' is an effort to raise professionalism and reduce bureaucracy *WNU Editor*: Someone should tell the MoD ... more »

When He's Naked, He Looks Ridiculous

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://cupe3902.org/ Yesterday, the opposition parties hammered the Harper government on what was supposed to be its signature issue going into the upcoming election. The NDP's Nathan Cullen observed that the prime minister had "painted himself into a corner:" They spent the surplus before they had it, and they spent the surplus on an economic scheme in which only 15 per cent of Canadians receive any benefit, but 100 per cent of Canadians will have to pay for it. Still, Joe Oliver insisted, the government would balance the budget... more »

The Aircraft Carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Prepares For War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Sea.* U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 5, 2012) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) operates in the Arabian Sea during sunset. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 3rd Class James Stahl/Released) *Zero Hedge*: *Aircraft Carrier Stennis Has Biggest Ordnance Onload Since 2010* *WNU Editor*: They are definitely "armed fo... more »

After Four Months Of Heavy Fighting Kurdish Forces Have Defeated The Islamic State In Kobane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle* *WNU Editor*:The war will now shift elsewhere .... but this is a big and symbolic win for the Kurds. *More News On The Defeat Of Islamic State Forces In Kobane* Celebrations on Turkish border as Kurdish troops raise their flag in Kobane after driving out the Islamic State following four months of heavy fighting -- Daily Mail Islamic State group pushed out of Syria's Kobani -- FOX News/AP Monitor: Kurds Push IS Out of Kobani -- VOA Kurdish Forces Declare Complete Victory in Kobani -- WSJ Syrian Kurds 'drive... more »

Wise Investment: Kieron Smith or Blinkbox ?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 18 hours ago
So would you invest in a service that still has to prove itself or someone who has done it more than once and brings ability to the table? The troubled UK supermarket Tesco was forced recently to refocused on its core business and as a result dropped its potential universal media service offer Blinkbox. The film/video service was acquired by TalkTalk for a reported £5million and Australian company Guvera entered talks to buy the music service. This left the ebook business Mobcast, which it bought for £4.5m from author Andy McNab and business partner Tony Lynch in September 2012. Th... more »

Private Central Banks Working Together to assist US Federal Reserve

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
* Gazing into my crystal ball................* As you read this article below it should be quite clear that* the ECB stimulus, Canada’s Central Bank rate cut *and the *Swiss decoupling from the Euro* were* ALL moves undertaken to enable the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates down and the US dollar high! * *Swiss shocker!? *Swiss National Bank moves to Ditch Euro Cap- Sending Shockwaves? Swiss Business Leaders & Politicos at White House PROMISING US Job Creation??! *In plain words, through the cooperative/conniving acts of global central banksters, working together, the US will... more »

Greece Situation Aftermath , Ukraine / Russia situation getting hotter , Big Earning misses in US - P&G / CAT , FX in focus - failed SNB intervention ( January 27 , 2015 )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Looks like we are finally seeing a reaction today from markets to the Election in Greece on Sunday..... Along with poor earnings , poor data and currency effects , not a happy start in Europe or NY.... Tweets..... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 1m 1 minute ago It’s Not The Greeks Who Failed, It’s The EU http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-2 7/it%E2%80%99s-not-greeks-who-failed-it%E2%80%99s-eu … *zerohedge* [image: View this content on zerohedge's website] It’s Not The Greeks Who Failed, It’s The EU By *zerohedge* @zerohedge It’s important that we all, European or not, gras... more »

Is the issue Feds vs. States?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 19 hours ago
Lamar Alexander: "Most of the controversy that exists today is the result of Washington getting involved [in state education policy] over the last six or seven years." (http://time.com/3681776/ lamar-alexander-no-child-left-behind/) I disagree. Whether the standards and tests come from the feds or the states, there is still (1) too much testing; (2) no evidence that the standards and tests will help students and no effort to find out if they have worked in the past or will help in the future; (3) no need for the fanatic focus on standards and tests: There is overwhelming evidence ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 19 hours ago
*Inside the world's most expensive school: $140,000 a year Swiss institute has its own yacht, concert hall and equestrian center and counts royalty among its pupils* It is widely regarded as the most expensive school in the world with fees more than double those of Eton. The Institute Le Rosey charges £80,000-a-year in fees and has taught the children of Sir Roger Moore and Elizabeth Taylor. It is also a firm favourite of European royalty and the super-rich. Officials from the school travelled to London last week in a bid to attract more students to the boarding school. The ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*Giant East Antarctic glacier melting with warmer oceans* *I have no reason to doubt that the glacier concerned is melting somewhat. Glaciers do that from time to time. They also expand from time to time. And I don't doubt that there is warmer water in its vicinity. But what is causing the warmer water? They offer only assertion about that. No data. No evidence. No survey of the possibilities. And, since there has been no statistically significant climate change for 18 years, the cause cannot in fact be climate change. Sub-sea volcanoes have recently been detected in West A... more »

CDC's Own Data: Vaccine-Infant Death Link by Sayer Ji

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
[image: CDC's Own Data: Vaccine-Infant Death Link] CDC's Own Data: Vaccine-Infant Death Link by Sayer Ji Green Med Info, 23 January 2015 *The CDC's own research has found that the long denied vaccine-SIDS link is real.* If you believe the official pronouncements of top governmental health agencies like the CDC and FDA, all the vaccines in the present day schedule are *a priori* safe and effective. Not only are you told that they can't harm you, but that *not taking them* can kill you. Parents are under even more pressure. They are told that refraining from vaccina... more »

'The Times They Are A Changin'

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 20 hours ago
Nielsen's 2014 annual review of the music industry has negative signs in front of chain store sales (-20%), total new album sales (-14%), and sales of new songs online (-10.3%), with only positive signs in front of streaming music and vinyl album sales. This is despite CD sales in the US generating some $141 million last year. Many believe that the book trade should learn from the digital revolution that is taking place within the music business. The reality is that the music business is very different and right across the music business there is both evolution and revolution. So... more »

funerals and politics

Kevin Wood at The Galloping Beaver - 21 hours ago
RIP RCMP Constable David Wynn Constable Wynn was murdered while performing his duties as a sworn officer of the law and by all accounts was a pretty good guy who leaves behind a wife and children who will never see him again. He was a former paramedic who joined the Mounties and did a nasty, occasionally dangerous, often thankless, probably often frustrating job that the vast majority of us

Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology - tiny metal sphere from space - real panspermia evidence?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology sent balloons 27km into the sky to collect debris from space and isolated several particles including this tiny metal sphere that has a gooey organic core. But then it gets weird... yes, after an opening like that 'it gets weird'. *“It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre,” he said.“We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is mad... more »

Airbus' A321neo LR Could Be A Perfect Platform For A Future European Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Airbus A321neo LR]Our colleagues from the French strategic and defense newsletter "TTU" published an interesting analysis of a possible military application for Airbus' latest airliner project. During a press conference held in Toulouse on January 13, Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, announced the imminent launch of a new "Long Range" version of the A321 airliner. Scheduled for entry into service in late 2018 and named "A321neo LR", this aircraft will be developed from the cell of the new A321neo and will have transatlantic range. Read more

AN−70 adopted by Armed Forces of Ukraine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: An-70]On January 22, 2015, handing of the Order of Ministry of Defense of Ukraine about adoption of the AN−70 military STOL transport by Armed Forces of Ukraine took place at ANTONOV Company. In the enclosure to the order the AN−70 is noted as a transport aircraft of Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is intended for aerial delivery, air transportation of troops and tangible assets, provision of maneuvers and troop’s activity and decisions of special tasks. Read more

U.S. 'Cannot Stop' Russian Nuclear Missiles — Deputy Prime Minister

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Aegis ashore]U.S. missile defense “cannot stop” Russia's nuclear weapons, a top minister said, in an apparent reversal of Moscow's policy of slamming U.S. anti-ballistic missile capability as a dire threat to Russian security. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who overseas Russia's military-industrial complex, boasted of unspecified breakthroughs in Russian military technology during a talk show on the state-run Rossiya 1 television channel on Sunday night. “We will not disclose those technical details to anybody,” Rogozin said, according to comments quoted by Interfax ... more »

Spanish Patriot missiles deployed and working in Turkey’s south, says battery commander

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Patriot system]Spainish Patriot air defense missiles have been deployed in the southern Turkish province of Adana, as part of Turkey’s request for NATO assistance on the country’s border with Syria, the head of the Spanish unit in Turkey said on Jan. 26. The battery commander of the Spanish Patriot air defense missile system, Captain Luis Burgos Sanchez, said they have deployed Patriot missiles at the General Recai Engin barracks in Adana. “Five of our launchers are now active. All the launchers are equipped with four missiles,” said Sanchez, adding the missiles are specifi... more »

Exelis wins interim redesign contract for US Navy’s tactical jammer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: ALQ-99 jamming pod]Exelis has received a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The technology will also be provided to the Australian government through a Foreign Military Sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available to an international ally. Read more

Pakistan Air Force inducts indigenously-built JF-17 Thunder fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
Pakistan's Air Force yesterday formally inducted indigenously-built JF-17 Thunder fighter jets into its combat school. The PAF said that a special ceremony was held at the Combat Commanders' School at PAF Base Mushaf to include the fighter in the country's defence force. The jets carried out a display that was met with applause by a jubilant crowd that had gathered for the ceremony. Read more

10 dead after Greek fighter jet crashes in Spain during NATO exercise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: F-16 crash Albacete]Ten people are dead and another 19 people are injured after a Greek fighter plane crashed during a NATO exercise in Spain on Monday, Spain's Defense Ministry said. The F-16 jet plummeted just after takeoff at Los Llanos air base in Albacete — about 165 miles southeast of Madrid — before colliding with other planes on the ground, a Defense Ministry official said. The day’s fatalities, which included the jet's two pilots, were made up of eight French citizens and two Greek, the ministry announced. Read more

Two-color sensors eyed for P-8A missile defense

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: AN/AAQ-24(V) DIRCM]Electro-optics experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. will begin upgrading the sensors in the airborne missile-defense system aboard the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet under terms of an order announced Friday. Officials of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., awarded a $7 million delivery order to the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems segment in Rolling Meadows, Ill., to start installing two-color infrared sensors in the P-8's AN/AAQ-24 Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system. The order calls f... more »

Multi-million pound contract announced for A&P Falmouth to fit-out and maintain four new RFA ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Tide class AOR]Falmouth ship repair firm A&P has been awarded a multi-million pound Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s four new tankers. The announcement was made by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne during a visit to A&P Falmouth at the port's docks this morning. The new Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (Mars) tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and provide fuel to warships and task groups. The tankers will support deployed amphibious, land and air forces close to the shore a... more »

U.S. to Aid India in Building Aircraft Carriers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: INS Vikrant]Tucked away in a new defense deal with India was an agreement for the U.S. to aid India in fielding aircraft carriers that China views as a threat. As part of a Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) signed by President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, the U.S. agreed to “form a working group to explore aircraft carrier technology sharing and design.” Under the agreement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that “we will begin to realize the enormous potential of the U.S.-India defense industrial partnership. Read more

Musical Interlude: Daniel Kobialka, “Gift of Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Daniel Kobialka, “Gift of Dreams” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRs7KGXAQ0o

USS Green Bay moves to Japan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: USS Green Bay (LPD-20)]San Diego said goodbye to the amphibious ship Green Bay on Monday, as another local warship transfers to Japan. Earlier this month, the Navy announced that the San Diego cruiser Chancellorsville will leave this summer as part of what’s being called a long-range plan to send the most advanced and capable units to the Asia-Pacific region. Destroyers Milius and Benfold are also scheduled to leave San Diego for Japan in the next two years. Read more

PLA to commission more third-generation warships this year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Type 052B Guangzhou (Luyang I)]China is looking to replace more of its obsolete warships by putting more third-generation surface combat vessels into service in the year of 2015, according to the country's Global Times on Jan. 26. After commissioning three Type 052C guided-missile destroyers — Changchun, Zhengzhou and Jinan — between 2013 and 2014, a destroyer division of the PLA Navy's East Sea Fleet based in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province is expected to soon get its fourth destroyer, Xian, equipped with the Zhonghuashendun system also known as the Chinese Aegis. This will ma... more »

SAAB Chooses Kongsberg Sonar and Multibeam Systems For Swedish Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: A19 (Gotland) class SSK]Defence and security company SAAB has selected a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic package for installation on two Swedish A19 submarines. The delivery will consist of SA9510S Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonar for submarines and the leading EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder. The main purpose of the SA9510S sonar is to detect mines, obstacles and the sea-floor in a wide swath ahead of the submarine. Read more

Is America's Dominance Below the Seas Coming to an End?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)]U.S. defense strategy depends in large part on America’s advantage in undersea warfare. Multiple Quadrennial Defense Reviews, National Military Strategies, and Congressional hearing statements highlight how quiet submarines, in particular, are one of the American military’s most viable means of gathering intelligence and projecting power in the face of mounting anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) threats being fielded by a growing number of countries. America’s superiority in undersea warfare results from decades of research and development (R&D), ... more »

Argentina To Disband Its Intelligence Agency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC:* *Argentina to dissolve intelligence body after prosecutor death* *WNU Editor:* Only a few days after accusing Argentina's spy agency for being behind the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner's announcement that the agency will be disbanded caught everyone by surprise. No investigation. No analysis of the facts. Just a decree that the agency is to be is banded. Hmmmm .... something tells me that there is a lot more to this story than what they are telling us. *More News On the Announcement That Argentina;s Spy Agency Is To Be ... more »

Monday Pussy - We got to get out of this place but first where's MY bonus?

Demeur at Demeur - 1 day ago
(What you mean I sign up for 5 tours in Iraq? Thought we done with that.) Kick the can down the road and hope nobody notices. Big follower of world news here and it's a safe bet the money boys are gaming the system yet again. Oil is the name of the game at the moment and just like the gold rush of long ago anybody with a drilling rig is out there pumping. But the price is down you say so how can that be? Simple. Those rigs and leases don't come cheap and once you've started it's hard to stop. While the Saudis have long since paid for their oil infrastructure the new kids on the bl... more »

The Market’s Gift: Low Clothing Prices

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Clothing is no better example of capitalism at work in an unregulated environment. The manufacturer must seriously over produce just to have all prospective sizes in stock at the end of the retail system. Thus there is always end of season product that cannot be sold. At the same moment a hundred competitors fill those same outlets with fresh product. Thus the whole industry is working against a rush to market mentality and this puts massive downward pressure. It is so chaotic and so impossible to regulate, it seems governments have actually dodged the industry. As well ... more »

The Takenouchi Manuscripts

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I am revisiting this topic. We can make certain observations that presently conform with other cultural evidence and material evidence. 1 The Chrysanthemum symbol shows up and this is an important expression of the theoretical basis of the physical world and conforms to my expectations regarding the most ancient documentation. Sumeria also shows this symbol. 2 Pyramids were used to communicate off planet. This provides a rational basis for the world wide distribution and their sometimes curious locations. 3 Initial management was through long lived 'god' rul... more »

Archaeologists in China Find 2,800-Year Old Tombs Surrounded by 28 Chariots and 98 Horses

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is at the height of the late Bronze Age and conforms to the palace system that was then global in scope but local in expression. That a previous ruler had established statelets also fits what we have seen elsewhere. .I do not think it was possible to operate otherwise and such a system worked very well when all such statelets were separated by sea. This described the Atlantean system while they dominated the copper trade. Appling the same system with statelets sharing common borders was only an invitation to warfare and empire building. Until continental warfare could... more »

US helping India keep tabs on Chinese submarines in Indian Ocean

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Type 091 Han-class SSN]The United States is regularly updating India on Chinese submarine deployments in the Indian Ocean. Last month, a US drone picked up a Chinese nuclear-powered attack submarine on the surface off Yemen. The information was relayed to the security establishment in New Delhi's South Block. China's deployment of submarines-three in the past year-in the Indian Ocean have worried Indian planners. This intelligence cooperation with the US assumes significance in the light of the first-ever US-India joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocea... more »

Russian Spy Ring Busted In The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *3 Men Are Charged With Serving as Secret Agents for Russia in New York* *WNU Editor:* Apparently this ring was focused on recruiting college girls .... *Feds: Russian Spies Tried to Recruit NYC College Girls* (Newsweek). College girls !?!?!?!? Hmmmm .... I do not think this part of the operation was for spying. *More News On Russian Spy Ring Busted In The U.S.* U.S. Says Russian Spy Ring Sought NYSE, Sanction Secrets -- Bloomberg Businessweek Three Russians charged as spies in NYC -- AP FBI cracks 'Russian spy ring' -- BBC FBI arrests alleged Russian spy in New... more »

Helping Those Who Need Help In The Ukraine War Zone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
People peer through the windshield of a trolleybus in Donetsk, on 22 January. At least six civilians were killed when a shell hit a trolleybus stop in rebel-controlled Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters *The Guardian:* *Ukraine at war: 'People feel abandoned'* *Update:* Kiev ‘punishes’ civilians in Donetsk with travel permits and drugs blockade -- The Guardian *WNU Editor*: Kudos to the Guardian for covering this story. I have been hearing reports that Kiev has been blockading medical shipments to rebel controlled areas for the past two months .... this report from M... more »

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