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Saturday, January 3, 2015

3 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

10:30pm MST

TV Watch: "The Comeback" comes around to a question similar to one being played out in "Mad Men" -- a question of humiliation

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 20 minutes ago
*Valerie (Lisa Kudrow) and her nemesis Paulie G (Lance Barber) on the set of Seeing Red, in The Comeback* *by Ken* Since I last wrote (briefly) about the resuscitated season of *The Comeback* last week, a couple of things have happened. First, I thought of a possible factor in my confessed reluctance to abandon the show, even though I haven't really enjoyed it, and second, we've gotten the extra-long finale. You recall the premise. The original *Comeback*, as created and written by Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow, had Kudrow as TV actress Valerie Cherish making what now turns... more »

peace and love

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

Transformation One Chakra at a Time

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Meme - *How we can shift our focus to remedy negative emotions that correspond to the chakras. The post Transformation One Chakra at a Time appeared first on Waking Times.

Deflation, the Good and the Bad

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
Many people dislike inflation or rising prices of goods and services, understandable. So deflation or declining prices of commodities is good for them? Who benefit, who lose, if deflation happens? In Europe, high prices of commodities and services, partly due to high taxes, discourage people from high spending. Cheap oil should encourage them to travel more, spend more, but it seems it did not do the trick, now the threat of deflation in the Euro area is getting higher. source: http://uk.businessinsider.com/europe-and-deflation-2014-10?r=US And here is the recent inflation data f... more »

11 Reason to Put More Avocado to Your Diet

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Anna Hunt - *Here is a list of some of the benefits of regularly including avocados in your diet. The post 11 Reason to Put More Avocado to Your Diet appeared first on Waking Times.

Why Be Surprised That Overly Entitled Wall Street Banksters And Their Political Protectors Rape Young Children?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
The first paragraph of Jeffrey Epstein's wikipedia page is awkward: "Jeffrey Edward Epstein (born January 20, 1953) is an American financier and sex offender. He worked at Bear Stearns early in his career and subsequently formed his own firm. But he's pals with Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew and his 50,000-square-foot 9-story mansion just off Fifth Avenue is supposedy the largest private residence in Manhattan. So who cares if he was convicted of soliciting an underage girl (14 years old) for prostitution in 2008? Besides, among the lawyers defending him were Alan Dershowitz and K... more »

Back Home from South Country

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Just got back home from trip to Georgia and Florida for the new year's peace protest and retreat. After the events I made a stop in Graham, Florida to visit the tree farm where my office was during my time on staff with the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice. Old friends John & Martina Linnehan are living there now and keeping the organization going with their current focus on sustainable living. I also went to nearby Gainesville where I lived for 10 years before moving to Maine and had dinner with long-time peacenik friends Julie Netzer, Miriam Elliott, and Eve & Richard Mac... more »

No Blog Post Today

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 5 hours ago
Waiting on the resolution to a plumbing problem (thankfully small in the grand scheme of plumbing problems) and cleaning up the (again, small) mess left in its wake. I’ll be back next week. Linda

The Economy: "What Happens When Your Credit Card Stops Working?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"What Happens When Your Credit Card Stops Working?"* By Bill Bonner "America does not run on cash. It runs on credit. In theory, America’s line of credit is unlimited. But in practice… it can get complicated, fast. The US is the first and largest economy ever to function on credit. Americans have 3.75 credit cards per person. They do some 60 million credit card transactions every day: 67% of gasoline purchases are done with credit cards, 62% of travel expenses, 67% of clothing. About 40% of low- and middle-income households use them to pay basic living expenses – rent, mortgage, g... more »

The History of Christianity in Iraq/Mesopotamia: Yesterday and Today - Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, OP

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*"ISIS burns 1,800-year-old church in Mosul" Al Arabiya News, July 20, 2014.* *Title: The History of Christianity in Iraq/Mesopotamia: Yesterday and Today - Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, OP. Date Published: March 22, 2013. Source: College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Digital Commons.* "We've built many new churches, especially in the North, because most Christian populations since 2003 are leaving Baghdad, Mosul, and Basra, and everywhere in Iraq, and trying to go to have more peace and safety in the Kurdistan region, or going out of borders to Syria, Turkey, Europe, Americ... more »

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 11

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*• GOP and FOX whip up the hate over a POW exchange• Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 14: Iowa asylum escapee Rep. Steve King* *It's the Old Crackpot Switcheroo!* *Nebraska Crackpot Rep. Lee Terry was merely one of a flock of Crackpot Cuckoobirds who were all gung-ho for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. . . until it happened and The Word came down from Crackpot Central -- and all hell broke loose.* *Crackpot Utopia:* *A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in... more »

Russia Prepares For Hard Times

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, heads the Security Council in Moscow's Kremlin on Dec. 26, 2014. Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service/RIA Novosti *Vasily Kashin, analyst, Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Moscow/Defense News*: *Russia Prepares for Lengthy Confrontation With West, Economic Restructuring* *WNU Editor: *Everyone that I know in Russia is expecting hard and tough times as a result of Ukraine, western sanctions, and the fall in commodity prices like oil. As an outside looking in I find the entire situation very strange .... living in ... more »

These Are The African Wars In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2014. The Atlantic *Peter Dorrie, War Is Boring:* *These Are The Wars That Will Rage In Africa In 2015* *WNU Editor:* A good summary on the conflicts that are now raging in Africa. Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, Congo, the rise of Al Qaeda/Islamic State affiliated terror groups .... are on the top of my "to watch" list. *Update:* Wars to watch on the global scene .... *10 Wars to Watch in 2015* -- Jean-Marie Guehenno, Foreign Policy (free registration necessary to read the article).

Jan. 3: Pope Francis is an environmental-terrorist threat to New Brunswick

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
The Irving press seems to be ignoring the story; but the pope has announced at a recent environmental council that he is declaring climate change his issue of the year. Now, as we all know, there is no climate change. If there were, the oil barons would never soil their good names and lie about it just to make huge profits. Maybe we should send a real expert to straighten out the Pope. Perhaps somebody from the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies - or maybe even Irving Columnist Norbert Cunningham. ____________________________________________________________________ The big, big sto... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
NDTV (facebook) *Top Commentary/Analysis/Editorial:** Militant Islam’s 2014 march* -- Carol J. Williams, Stars and Stripes/Los Angeles Times *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 3, 2015* New Year, New Strikes: Coalition Renews Efforts to Expel Islamic State with Fresh Force in Iraq and Syria -- Samuel Oakford, VICE News Iran deal would mean a less volatile world -- Julian Borger, Gulf News China: 2014 Year in Review -- Edited by Asif Farooq and Scott McKnight, The Diplomat Xinjiang: Has China's crackdown on 'terrorism' worked? -- Carrie Gracie, BBC China editor 'Th... more »

Diabetes - an Evolutionary Hypothesis

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 9 hours ago
Hyperlipid wrote an interesting post a while back about the Inuit, and how a genetic mutation means that many of them are never in ketosis even eating a very low carb diet. Basically, the mutation ensures that low carb brain metabolism runs predominantly on glucose, not ketone bodies. Because similar mutations are common in other populations dependent on low carbohydrate seafood diets, it must be a valid alternative to ketone metabolism in these populations. But what really interested me is that not everyone has the mutation. Natural selection has kept the Inui... more »

Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia - The Subtext

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
Not Exactly ChummyThis non-stop lying Ziofascist propaganda piece recently appeared in the US propaganda mouthpiece, BloombergView. Greencrow has added a candid subtext in* RED.* http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-12-31/inside-obamas-secret-outreach-to-Russia By Josh Rogin *Subtext by Greencrow* President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, *Actually, Obama has been working for months to try and outsmart the Grand Chess master....with no success at all.* despite the fact that Rus... more »

Hatey Katey

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Hows about Katie Hopkins? You either love her or hate ‘er, don’t you? I mean dontcha? I wouldn’t like to be on the wrong end of a tongue lashing from Katie, but you have to admire someone who’s made a successful and maybe lucrative career out of shit-stirring. Creative or what? Mind you, the Tweeting thing was witty. I don’t know about the ‘sweaty’ bit - what was that actually about - but the *“Not so independent when it matters most are we jocksville?"* had a bit of a sting in it, eh what? The Apprentice has a lot to answer for. Katie does take risks in pursuit of infamy. Her sp... more »

World News Briefs -- January 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Top Story*: *Four large parts of crashed AirAsia jet found on sea floor (Reuters)* *MIDDLE EAST* US-Led airstrikes hit multiple IS positions *in Syria, Iraq: Central Command*. ISIS takes 170 men hostage in N. Iraq *in search for flag-burners.* Iraqi General warns of military woes* in fighting extremists*. Intense clashes between Syrian troops, al-Qaida militants *rage near Lebanese borders*. Report: *Two hostage rescues fail in Syria*. Syrians fleeing war* maimed by landmines*. Islamic State seeking bases inside Lebanon: *Lebanon security chief*. Iran, 6 powers move closer* ... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*Natural disasters: The riskiest spots in the U.S. ~DisasterMap.net* *Slabbed gets pictures plus other goodies* *Massive re-enactment set for Battle of New Orleans ~Cain Burdeau, AP* *A Night on the Town ~Richard Campanella* Slabbed gets pictures plus other goodies

NASA Faked Mars Mission: Why I Am NOT Sold On The "Mayan Head" On Mars Discovery

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
One of the best researchers out there that has come up with some truly dynamite articles and facts is of course Jim Stone, who writes the blog: Jim Stone Freelance, at www.jimstonefreelance.com.... Jim has been so spot on for the last while with his findings concerning so many topics, including the missing Malaysian flight MH370 flight that most definitely flew to Diego Garcia, and of course the Malaysian flight MH17 false flag that was most definitely the last flight of the missing MH370! It has been so hard to find many mistakes that Jim has ever made, but just like myself, he i... more »

The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *The former US Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor suggests that the our educational system is deliberately dumbing down America. The post The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Top Story:* *Russia’s Future Air Force Could Resemble … The U.S. Air Force* -- Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 3, 2015* Foreign Legion: Contactors from abroad allowed to serve in Russian army -- RT Russia Prepares Testing Of 'Killer Robots' -- Business Insider Russian Navy to Continue Anti-Piracy Mission off Coast of Somalia -- Sputnik Putin signs law on military service in Ukraine for Russian nationals in Crimea -- ITAR-TASS Alleged Russian spy ring busted at NATO air base in Lithuania -- Washington Times Taliban video highlig... more »

New Year, Same Old Bias

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
There was a short series of reports on Radio 4's *Broadcasting House* last year that I meant to blog about at the time, but (for some reason) didn't. There were three reports in the series. The first focused on the stories of desperate (im)migrants trying to get to Europe via the Spanish (Gibraltar-like) enclaves on the Moroccan coast. (There have been quite a few such reports on the BBC in the past couple of years - Paul Mason's pieces for *Newsnight* being the ones I remember most clearly). The second focused on the stories of (im)migrants trying to get to the UK via Calais, ... more »

12 datos curiosos de los Reyes Magos que quizás no sabías...

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 11 hours ago
1. Se cree que los tres Reyes Magos provenían de distintos continentes, África, Asia y Europa, aunque lo más probable es que su punto de origen fue Persia, hoy Irán. 2. Otra versión cuenta que los Reyes Magos representaban las religiones paganas de Asia, África y Europa, quienes acuden ante Jesús como reconocimiento del cristianismo. 3. Existen relatos que hablan de cuatro y hasta doce reyes que visitaron a Jesús, sin embargo, la versión más extendida determina tres por el número de regalos que presentaron en el pesebre: incienso por ser Dios; oro por ser Rey; y mirra por ser homb... more »

The Legacy of Video Game Music

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Reading the music press, artists are forever banging on about the influence of this or that musician and how their roads to music-making came via raids on parents' vinyl collections. No one will admit to the uncool commonplace of having folks who listened to CDs or, even worse, matured on a diet of *Now That's What I Call Music*. Another particularly important but much-overlooked newcomer to the scene in the 80s was video game music. Readers here know I like my beats 'n' bleeps, and this came about partly because my mum sat me in front of TOTP just as the New Romantics and electro... more »

Steve King Schedules Iowa Hate Fest For 2016 Candidates

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
2 drivers of the GOP racist agenda: Steve King and Steve Scalise With all the talk about GOP Whip Steve Scalise's consorting with neo-Nazis and KKK racists, you'd think Republican presidential contenders would be careful about addressing meetings called by the David Duke figures among them. And yet, in three weeks, the architect of the racist Republican Know Nothing agenda towards Hispanic and Asian immigrants, Steve King (R-IA) has a public meeting of candidates to discuss how to deport immigrants, the so-called the Iowa Freedom Summit, a meeting which will be addressed by right-win... more »

Lord of the Pigs: Obama Dines at Exclusive Honolulu Eatery

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Emperor Barack Obama is going to be sure to milk the taxpayers for the remaining two years of his dismal tenure and the ongoing Hawaiian Christmas vacation is a preview of his retirement. Obama has drawn criticism during his extended holiday for playing too much golf, wrecking the wedding plans of a military couple and now breaking bread at a swanky Honolulu eatery. Never mind that millions of Americans are wallowing in the existential hell of broken dreams and financial ruination thanks to Obama's economic policies, he is going to swill booze with the elitist limousine liberals as... more »

Lebanon Security Chief: Islamic State Seeking Bases Inside Lebanon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Image:* The flags of Lebanon and Islamic State. (photo credit:Courtesy) *Reuters:* *Islamic State seeking bases inside Lebanon: Lebanon security chief* *WNU Editor:* There has been continuous battles between Islamic State forces and Syrian/Hezbollah forces on the Lebanese-Syrian border for the past year. These borders are not that easily marked .... and I am sure that there are spots in Lebanon that IS forces would find to be a very tempting target to control due to their strategic position. As to the bigger picture .... these are just more signs that the wars in Syria and Iraq a... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
I was interviewed by Bob Tollast for Global Politics about current issues in Iraq. Michael Rubin mentioned my "24 Voices On The Unity of Iraq" piece, which he participated in his article "Is Iraq Doomed to Split Apart?" for Commentary Magazine.

Chief Al Qaeda Suspect In U.S. Embassy Bombings In Kenya And Tanzania Dies Days before Start Of His Trial

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Abu Anas al-Libi was captured by US Special Forces on 5 October 2013. Reuters *Reuters:* *Suspect in U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya, Tanzania, dies before NY trial* *WNU Editor:* He may have died .... but I must confess that a part of me feels he has escaped justice. As it is now .... the *debate on his guilt or innocence* will probably go on for a few years. *More News On Abu Anas al-Libi Dying Days Before His Terrorism Trial In New York City* Libyan charged in 1998 US embassy bombings dies -- AP Libya terror suspect Anas al-Liby dies before US trial -- BBC Libyan accused of US e... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 13 hours ago
*Vineyards are ditching grape varieties that can't cope with rising global temperatures (?)* *Amusing: Wine wisdom from Sweden. An unusual *domaine*, surely. I suppose you could grow grapes in glasshouses there but then how would you describe the *terroir *? Risibly, I guess.Sarcasm aside, however, the whole thing is demonstrable nonsense. The thermometers tell us that global temperatures have changed by only hundredths of one degree over the last 18 years -- not remotely enough to affect anything. Grapes are grown over a far wider temperature range than that. They eve... more »

Reincarnation: The Eastern View

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Richard Smoley* - Reincarnation has become an increasingly popular doctrine in the West. For example, polls taken in the US over the past couple of decades have shown that between 20 and 28 percent of the population believe in it. The post Reincarnation: The Eastern View appeared first on Waking Times.

Give Us The Wolf: CNN Targeting by Sony Hackers Exposed as Hoax

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
The so-called “monkey in a tropical forest” who is currently the head of the big government circus has set America up for yet another embarrassing foreign policy fiasco. The rush to judgment to blame North Korea over the Sony hacking and subsequent takedown of that country’s internet increasingly looks like it was directed at the wrong target. There are serious questions being asked by experts over whether the hacking and subsequent hyping of “terrorist” threats against movie theaters showing “The Interview” is hogwash. The government and the media that serves as it's propaganda a... more »

Unhinged Lindsey Graham Blames China For Sony Hacking

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
Senator Lindsey Graham has developed a reputation for being somewhat of a hysteric over the years and Sunday morning’s appearance on CNN’s State of the Union was a testament to the bizarre nature of the Palmetto State princess. John McCain’s little buddy spewed nonstop nonsense to hostess Dana Bash, the temporary replacement for the insipid blathering sow Candy Crowley who left the network earlier this month. Graham’s interview was a tour de force of bullshit that ran the gamut from him blaming China for the Sony hack for which North Korea was fingered to calling for Republican le... more »

North Korea Mocks Narcissist Obama as "Monkey in a Tropical Forest"

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
Following a relentless propaganda campaign that induced hordes of gullible schmucks to show their “patriotism” by going to see a tasteless movie on Christmas, the mighty Wurlitzers are purring again this morning. In comments attributed to the North Korean regime of the petulant Kim Jong Un – whose mock assassination was the centerpiece of the movie *The Interview* – Emperor Barack Obama has been called out as a “monkey”. The blistering denunciation of Dear Leader comes along with a denial that the Un regime had any responsibility in the Sony hacking caper despite being targeted by... more »

Scorned Narcissist Obama Smacks North Korea With Sanctions Over Being Called a Monkey

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
Despite mounting doubts that North Korea was actually behind the Sony hacking and bogus “terrorist” threats over the movie “The Interview”, Emperor Barack Obama today whipped out a new round of sanctions against the “Hermit Kingdom”. With the news rolled out to much pomp and circumstance, Obama took a break from his endless taxpayer funded golf vacation in Hawaii to announce yet another executive order to circumvent Congress. Hell hath no fury like that of a narcissist scorned and while the presstitutes in the corrupt media eagerly regurgitate every Obama lie to the masses of asse... more »

Washington's Quiet Proxy War Against Vietnam

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*Image: Taken from the website of one of many US-funded "rights advocates" in Vietnam, Dr. Cu Huy Ha Vu can be seen openly advocating US-backedsedition in Vietnam. Vietnam, like so many other nations, has been fightinga quiet battle to fend of US subversion for years. **January 3, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Washington's meddling across Asia has grabbed headlines recently in Hong Kong where US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded opposition leaders attempted to trigger a "color revolution" targeting the government of Beijing and Hong Kong's local administrators. Its... more »

Mysteries That Rewrite Human History

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Alec Cope* - Throughout the ages, time and time again; humans have been lied to. The post Mysteries That Rewrite Human History appeared first on Waking Times .

Will New GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Really Allow Fed Audit?

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
The news that Harry Reid - who was just ousted as Senate Majority Leader - was injured during an “exercise accident” is a perfect metaphor for the Democratic party being hit by a truck in the November mid-terms. The former Nevada Gaming Commissioner turned politician suffered multiple injuries including “broken ribs” and “facial bones” when a piece of gym equipment broke and the pathetic little twerp fell hard. Unfortunately for America, Reid’s injuries were not sufficiently serious to keep him from returning to the Senate for the opening of the new session of Congress this week. ... more »

Russia Is Investing Big On Land-Based Military Robots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Mosc*ow Times:* *Russian Battle Robots Near Testing for Military Use* *WNU Editor*: Actually .... Russia has been trying to catch up on U.S. developments when it comes to robot tech with military applications. Below are some links to developments in Russia on "robot warfare". *More News On Russia's Land-Based Military Robot Program* Russian Terminator & Combat Robots (Video) -- Military.com Russians Usher in New Era of Warfare with Battle Bots -- Free Republic Russia Wants Autonomous Fighting Robots, and Lots of Them -- Popular Mechanics Armed Russian robocops to defend missile base... more »

Completing Evolution

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Dr. Stewart Bitkoff* - Man is the meeting point between heaven and earth and is created with a spiritual destiny. Within each person there is the capacity to create, make decisions and destroy... The post Completing Evolution appeared first on Waking Times.

Correspondents Look Ahead - a look back

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Having lived alongside BBC Radio ever since I was a (geeky) teenager, I seem to have been tuning into Radio 4's annual *Correspondents Look Ahead* for what seems like forever and a day - so long, in fact, that I can't even remember if it actually *was* broadcast during my teenage years or not. Is my (middle-aged) memory playing tricks on me? It's certainly been going on for a long time though. The sharpest memory I have of the programme comes from the early 2000s and concerns the BBC's then Washington correspondent Matt Frei. For a few years, his sneering take on the Bush admini... more »

Apparently There Are Some Systems That The NSA Cannot Crack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Mashable:* *Snowden leaks reveal encryption programs that NSA couldn't break* *WNU Editor*: Give them time .... they have the resources and money to crack any system. *More News On The Systems That The NSA Cannot Hack* New documents reveal which encryption tools the NSA couldn't crack -- Verge Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security -- Spiegel Online Snowden docs show limit of NSA’s snooping -- The Hill New Documents Reveal What the NSA Can't Crack Yet -- Popular Mechanics Snowden reveals how to go ‘level 5′, give the NSA fits -- Slashgear The Encryption Tools the NSA ... more »

Sammy Alito-- The Worst Of The Supremes... And The Democrats Who Allowed Him To Be Confirmed

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
With the retirements of Tim Johnson (D-SC) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and the defeats of Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) this year, only 3 Democrats remain in the Senate who were among the 19 Dems who voted with the GOP on January 30, 2006 to cut off debate and, in effect, allow Alito to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The remaining Alito-Democrats still voting in the Senate today: Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Bill Nelson (D-FL). It's worth noting that both Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were two of 25 Democrats who voted against ending the... more »

U.S. Government Publishes List Of Infrastructure Targets For Hackers To Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Atlantic:* *A Hacker's Hit List of American Infrastructure* *WNU Editor*: Ooops .... more »

Is Bolivia A Latin American Success Story?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Latin American Herald Tribune:* *Bolivia Has Highest Foreign Reserves in Latin America* *WNU Editor:* For a country that is run by *an illiterate socialist* .... he is doing a far better job at managing his government finances than all the "smart people" elsewhere in Latin America.

My 'Feel Good' Video For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Hat Tip:* Theo Spark

Ruble , Oil , Gold Big Monday Movers - commodities in focus generally and not in a good way ( December 29 , 2014 ) - Ruble and oil back to moving downward , commodities in general under pressure , solar items of note , China launches swaps between yuan and ruble today ( perhaps explaining ruble and oil fall ) ...... Monday wrap of news on note - note impact in Brazil as one flashing red light on the commodity bubble bust coming into full view !

Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets and blurbs.......... [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Commodity Prices Are Cliff-Diving Due To The Fracturing Monetary Supernova - The Case Of Iron OreSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 12/30/2014 - 17:05 *The worldwide economic and industrial boom since the early 1990s was not indicative of sublime human progress or the break-out of a newly energetic market capitalism on a global basis*. Instead, the approximate $50 trillion gain in the reported global GDP over the past two decades was an unhealthy and unsustainable economic deformation financed by a vast outpouring of fiat credit ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The School Choice Year Ahead* A number of state leaders have signaled their intent in the year ahead to expand existing school choice programs or inaugurate new ones; the field looks promising particularly in Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. The past three years have been perhaps the best for school choice in the United States since parents really did control community schools. The great danger of this success is that it will be coopted and ruined by people who understand the need for individual freedom in education because the alternative produces s... more »

Reflective observations

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Right on cue PMW and BBC Watch published Fatah’s 50th anniversary graphics, which shed new light on Jeremy Bowen’s statement that Abbas’s party has renounced violence, which looks ever more fanciful to say the least. "If the ground of Mecca is for worship, the ground of Jerusalem is for Martyrdom-death (Shahada)." “O young [Palestinians], Fatah is calling you” "Take up your arms again, so that your enemy won't find rest" "We were created to resist - the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) - Al-Asifa Army" "Fatah will carry on the struggle in all its forms until ... more »

Mark Mardell's beard

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The above image shows the team of BBC reporters involved in this year's *Correspondents Look Ahead *on Radio 4. From left to right, there's Carrie Gracie, Kamal Ahmed, Lyse Doucet and Bridget Kendall. Furthest to the right (ironically) is presenter Michael Moore...er no, actually it's Mark Mardell with a newly-grown beard, though he certainly does a bit like Michael Moore these days... If this year's *Correspondents Look Ahead* were Jesse Jesse from the *Fast Show, *it would emerge from its luxurious Islington shed saying, "This year I 'ave mostly been talking China". More con... more »

stephen harper: Canada's once, and future COWARD!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
stephen harper woke up in a panic. This was not unusual. (Or, as George Orwell would put it: "This was usual.") What if somebody, somewhere, discovered evidence of one of his many violations of the criminal code and went public about it? What if the mass of cretinous backbench Conservative MP's got frustrated with his cowardly, dictatorial ways and rebelled against him? What if CSIS came to him with a genuine, bona-fide terrorist threat, rather than all the silly bullshit they're usually fixated on. What if ...? At that moment, another of stephen harper's fears came true and he de... more »

Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIuCwnnDq8k

Free Download: Richard Bach, "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" by Richard Bach "Born in 1936, Richard Bach is an American author who has written many excellent books. His quotes are inspirational and motivational. "Jonathan Livingston Seagull;" "Illusions;" "The Bridge Across Forever;" to name only a few of his books. His books are ones that have great messages in them If you have never read one of his books, you should. Notice: This electronic version of the book has been released for educational purposes only. You may not sell or make any profit from this book. And if you like this book, buy ... more »

"Once There Lived A Village..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all- young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self. Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth. But one creature said at last, "I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall l... more »

Links because Catan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*Friday did the 149 - 212-1 - 151-1 -162A, once again enjoying the massive switchback descent into Meishan. That descent is a rare treat. Don't miss it.* Gosh, I'd sure like to say I was working or otherwise doing something productive, but I've just learned *Settlers of Catan... *so I'm not getting anything done. ______________________ *Daily Links*: - Match fixing in Taiwan baseball - Number of white collar expats in Taiwan stagnant for a decade - *Hegemonic warfare watch*: Pillsbury in Foreign Policy: Are US and China preparing for war? The answer is yes, and the issue... more »

Is String Theory About to Unravel?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
Except that i do not need string theory to produce the entirety of creation. I only needed guidance from my mathematica and a thought experiment that produced firstly the only fundamental particle that actually matters and can be described as the neutral neutrino. From that it becomes plausible to derive by natural self assembly the electron positron pair that just happens to be the basis of dark matter making up the bulk of the physical universe. with these neutral constructs it becomes possible to self assemble neutron pairings that then can decay into neutron protn pairi... more »

The First People

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
Some of what is said here is simple nonsense but a lot of the rest conforms somewhat to the much more detailed effort here to piece together time lines going back 200,000 years. What i find interesting is the recognition of a recent human bottleneck which is completely understandable in terms of the Pleistocene Nonconformity but not for instance the Atlantean Subsidence in 1159 BC. The former event suggests few survivors at all. It is more astounding that we have actual records at all from the Indian subcontinent. At least survivors did make it through. At the same ... more »

Link Between Mushrooms, Bees, and Mass Extinction

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
Who would have ever guessed that our pollinators feast on a form of mushroom nectar in order to detoxify? This is an important discovery that fully supports my long held initiative to promote forest development and general grooming. All of that produces wood chips to be put on the ground and now we have even better reasons to do so. Besides truffles of course. This perhaps over states the connectivity although not entirely once we add back the spirit aspect. . *The Link Between Mushrooms, Bees, and Mass Extinction* *Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer* *http://www.wakingtimes.... more »

Sri Yantra Geo-glyph

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
[image: mantra] I am somewhat surprised that i do not know about this, yet it appears well documented. It certainly is one of the ongoing series of geo gylphs also called crop circles in England where we have hundreds now many equally as complex as this one. Part of the problem perhaps was that when this showed up in 1990, the british press was debunking the English glyphs by providing credence to hoaxers Bob and Doug (i think i recalled the names correctly). The majority of all these Glyphs can be explained by airborne microwave laser technology as demonstrated recently by US... more »

The 7 Global Summits To Watch In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Defense One/Council On Foreign Relations:* *Seven Global Summits To Watch in 2015* *WNU Editor:* The two big ones will be the G7 (June 6-7), and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (May).

Secret World War II Nazi Underground Nuclear Weapons Facility Discovered In Austria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Hidden: While the nearby Bergkristall site was explored by Allied and Russian forces after the war, the Nazis appeared to have gone through greater lengths to conceal the newly-discovered tunnels near St Georgen *Daily Mail: Found, Hitler's secret nuke plant: Vast underground complex where the Nazis worked on developing nuclear weapons is discovered in Austria* *WNU Editor*: I find it hard to believe that they only discovered it now .... this is a massive complex .... someone had to know. *More News On The Discovery Of A Underground Nazi WMD Facility In Austria* Vast secret Nazi ... more »

Fri. Pussy - Late financial edition

Demeur at Demeur - 21 hours ago
Shot stabbed shot punched kicked tazed. Is there anything we won't do to each other? Almost forgot raped, abused and neglected. I'd take the last one there. Leave me the hell alone then we can skip the others. Just can't think of any good innuendos this week. Have any to spare? And let's face facts nothing is sacred anymore. Santa Claus didn't come to town and your bills are going to go up shortly. No global warming they say. Really? Then how's come west Texas is about out of water and California needs a trillion gallons just to break even? Frack you say? If oil drops farther you... more »

RSS AMSU: temperatures 1979-2014 grouped in many ways

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Climate apparently jumped to a warmer basin of attraction in 1998, noise ever since* One month ago, I discussed the ranking of the global mean temperature in 2014 according to the UAH, RSS AMSU satellite datasets. The December 2014 figures weren't out yet but it turns out that my system of predictions always works very well and the ranking of the years may be more or less predicted before the last month is known. RSS AMSU have published their December 2014 values. The global mean temperature anomaly was +0.284 °C, just 0.04 °C warmer than the value in November which increases th... more »

Report: Iran And U.S. Have Made Progress In Their Nuclear Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
The Bushehr nuclear power plant, south of Tehran. Photograph: Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour/Reuters *RT: **US, Iran ‘tentatively agree’ on partial expatriation of uranium stockpile* – report *WNU Editor*: It looks like this deal is going to happen. *Update:* Iran, six powers closer to nuclear agreement -- AP *Update #2:* Iran rejects reports of agreeing with US on nuclear materials shipment to Russia -- ITAR-TASS *Update #3:* No nuclear deal between Iran, US: Official -- Times of India

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Night Light” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VzYAPBVJc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"The lovely, symmetric planetary nebula cataloged as MWP1 lies some 4,500 light-years away in the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan. One of the largest planetary nebulae known, it spans about 15 light-years. Based on its expansion rate the nebula has an age of 150 thousand years, a cosmic blink of an eye in the 10 billion year life of a sun-like star. *Click image for larger size.* But planetary nebulae represent a very brief final phase in stellar evolution, as the nebula's central star shrugs off its outer layers to become a hot white dwarf. In fact, planetary nebulae ordinari... more »

Middle East Wars Have Claimed More Than 100,000 Lives In 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
A photo provided by the Syrian opposition shows people in Aleppo inspecting the damage after an apparent surface-to-surface missile strike on the city. (Aleppo Media Center / February 20, 2013) *Financial Times*: *More than 100,000 killed in one of Middle East’s bloodiest years* *WNU Editor:* The civil war in Syria, the conflict in Iraq, the war against the Islamic State, civil war in Libya and Yemen, the Israel - Hamas war in the Gaza strip, terrorism attacks throughout the region .... it is easy to see how this 100,000 number was reached. The scary part is that there is now a re... more »

Chet Raymo, "Mysticism"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Mysticism"* by Chet Raymo "Talk about the "mystical experience" in the company of scientists and you'll often get looked at as if you were going on about crop circles or astrology. This not quite fair, I think. The "mystical experience" is too well documented in the religious literature of the world to be so easily dismissed. Granted, people who report these experiences often invoke the language of supernaturalism, and the language is properly suspect. But we use the descriptive categories we are familiar with, and supernaturalism is deeply ingrained in our culture. Is there a w... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

U.S. Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages Held By The Islamic State In Syria Has Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Photo:* Military personnel perform a nighttime fast rope training exercise from MH-60L Blackhawk helicopters, piloted by soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, in 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elisandro T. Diaz/Released) *Daily Mail*: *US Special Forces forced to abandon attempt to free Jordanian fighter pilot held hostage by ISIS after being shot down in Syria when their helicopters come under heavy fire* *WNU Editor:* This appears to be a full scale rescue attempt that had to be aborted because of discovery. I suspect t... more »

DoD Buzz’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*DoD Buzz*: *Top 10 Stories of 2014* *WNU Editor*: My favorite story was this one .... *Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?* What can I say ... after spending billions equipping and arming the Iraqi army .... the U.S. Air Force is now destroying a good part of it.

"We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship to the reality, the hard substance of things" (Mario Cuomo, 1984)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*We saw and heard a snatch of Mario Cuomo's 1984 Democratic National Convention keynote speech earlier this evening. This clip is still only 7:48's worth, but that's 7:48 of what remains one of the great American orations. You can find a complete transcript here.* *"The outpouring of praise for Cuomo speaks to a purposeful and centered life that didn't need the Oval Office or jurist's robes to be revered."* *-- Jonathan Capehart, in a washingtonpost.com PostPartisan post,* "In praise of Mario Cuomo" *by Ken* "On behalf of the great Empire State and the whole family of New York," t... more »

Top Ten Stories On Military Tech (From Defense Tech)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 more evocative portrait ... more »

Rik Mayall gone but not forgotten

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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