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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

31 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

10:39pm MST

Competition Between Taliban And ISIS Grows, As ISIS Expands Its Presence In Af-Pak Region

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 25 minutes ago
*The blind leading the blind . . . * The Taliban grew out of U.S., Saudi, and Pakistani support for terrorists in Afghanistan. ISIS (or Daesh) grew out of U.S., Saudi, Israeli, and Turkish support for terrorists in Syria. The U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and Pakistan now say that they are genuinely fighting the vicious terrorist groups that they created, but reality says otherwise. *An excerpt from, "Mullah Omar is a fool and illiterate warlord, al-Baghdadi says" Khaama Press, January 29, 2015:* The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has c... more »

Stepping back into NYC's "club era" -- the Yale Club today, the University Club in March

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*McKim, Mead and White's University Club,at Fifth Avenue and West 54th Street* *by Ken* This morning I made sure to get enough of my day's posts posted so that I could go out and play, notwithstanding the arctic weather here in the Big Apple. Today that meant a special of the historic "club" districts of Midtown Manhattan, including a visit to the largest of them all, the Yale Club (which survives in part by sharing its facilities with a bunch of other clubs, like that of my alma mater, I was surprised to be reminded). Matt Postal has been doing a series of tours for the Municipa... more »

Latest from Regis Tremblay

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
This episode has photos from today’s over-the-top police assault on the Village of Gangjeong to dismantle a Peace Tent and tower. An update on the progress of the base construction and Joyakgol screening The Ghosts of Jeju around S. Korea. Also a commentary on the state of US aggression around the globe.

Sisi In Europe: Peace With Israel Will Create A New, Better Reality In The Region; MB In Turkey: Bring Us The Heads of Sisi And His Journalist Supporters

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Title: Egyptian President Al-Sisi at Davos: Time Has Proven the Genius Nature of Sadat's Peace Initiative. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: January 30, 2015. Description:* In his January 22, 2015 speech before the World Economic Forum at Davos, Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi stressed the need for a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution, and said: "Nobody could tell what was going on in President Anwar Al-Sadat's mind when he proposed his vision for peace... But the years that have passed have proven the accuracy and genius ... more »

ASEAN Voices 2: PH Multinationals in the Region

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
* This is my second article for the new Jakarta-based magazine, January 2015 issue. My first article published in the maiden issue December 2014 was entitled, *Is the PH power supply ready for the AEC?* *Southeast Asia’s economy is largely driven by rising household consumption, and one industry that thrives on this consumption like no other is food and beverages, fueled by rising personal incomes and increased spending.* Consequently, this is also an industry where local companies have been particularly ambitious, with several evolving into successful global exporters. On the oth... more »

The merits of the concept of terrorism

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
About a week ago I published a piece with the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) on the analytical and political utility (or lack) of the concept of terrorism. I cannot reproduce it here in full for Duck readers because the ISN owns it. But, since I think the topic might be of interest to Continue reading

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its elongated appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away, but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years i... more »

"The Most Beautiful People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The Poet: Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Road Not Taken”* by Robert Frost “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back. ... more »

Evans, Kissinger and Korshack

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“It's part of nature's built-in checks and balances, that while there may be times when you think you can't even help yourself, precisely in such moments there will always be someone else nearby... you can help, instead. Which, I think you know, is actually one of the fastest ways to help yourself. I sure feel better.” “I hope that helps,” The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

Chet Raymo, “When The Morning Stars Sing Together”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“When The Morning Stars Sing Together”* by Chet Raymo "A Chinese proverb: 'A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.' Which might be an acceptable epigraph for this blog. I can't imagine anyone coming here looking for answers. Certainly, providing answers is the last thing on my mind. I would like to think you come for song. We are, I think, by and large, a community who distrusts answers, at least answers that are vehemently held. We are made uncomfortable by stridency. By dogma. By the desire to proselytize. We wear our truths lightly, gaily... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Assen, Drenthe, Netherlands. Thanks for stopping by.

“How Your Brain Reacts To Watching TV”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“How Your Brain Reacts To Watching TV”* by Benjamin Plackett “I’m showing you slices of the brain,” Joy Hirsch, the Director of fMRI Research at Columbia University Medical Center tells me. More specifically, she’s talking about some images of an fMRI brain scan she took while her subject was watching a video sequence. “Every possible visual area is just going nuts,” she adds. What does this mean? It shows that the human brain is anything but inactive when it’s watching television. Instead, a multitude of different cortexes and lobes are lighting up and working with each other to ... more »

Home Safety Watch: Say, it's Super Bowl weekend -- watch out for bedroom TVs toppling over onto the kiddies!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*"From 2011 to 2013, an average of 11,000 children under age 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving TVs or injuries involving both televisions and furniture, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. From 2000 to 2013, 279 people were actually killed by falling TVs and furniture."* *-- from "TVs tip over on toddlers with surprising frequency,causing injuries and deaths," on washingtonpost.com* *by Ken* Super Bowl weekend means different things to different people. To me, for example, it means that maybe I should check out which... more »

Kate Braun : Candelmas celebrates Lord Sun’s renewal

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Candlemas falls on the day before the Full Moon, which could add the energy of “making things happen” to your event. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | January 31, 2015 “Spring Fever, spring is here at last/Spring Fever, … finish reading Kate Braun : Candelmas celebrates Lord Sun’s renewal

SaturDay is Music Day

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Anniversaries. The BBC loves them. So do I. Today, 31st January, is the 218th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert. And it that's not worth commemorating, then what is? It would be shameful BBC bias to say otherwise.

Owen Bennett-Jones might not approve, but...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
I'd be failing in my duties as a hopefully-honest blogger if I failed to point [belatedly] out that - two Sundays ago - Radio 4's *Sunday* broadcast another excellent piece on the concern of Parisian Jews from John Laurenson. It's a must-hear. John Laurenson's reporting has been the subject of several reports here and I'm going to persist in keeping faith with him, despite a couple of pieces pointing towards our displeasure with him. Our displeasure after all is sometimes what we need. If we aren't occasionally affronted by a BBC reporter who is clearly trying to report what he... more »

Leading Scientists, Physicians and Politicians Expose GMO Dangers

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Film -* The world's leading scientists, physicians, attorneys, politicians and environmental activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of GMOs. The post Leading Scientists, Physicians and Politicians Expose GMO Dangers appeared first on Waking Times.

Peter Augustine Lawler's Lecture - Lost in the Cosmos: Self-Help We Can Finally Believe In

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Wikipedia:* Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was a Southern author from Covington, Louisiana, whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. He devoted his literary life to the exploration of "the dislocation of man in the modern age." His work displays a combination of existential questioning, Southern sensibility, and deep Catholic faith. After many years of writing and rewriting in coll... more »

Harper goes full on North Korean ...

Dave at The Galloping Beaver - 8 hours ago
Jeremy Nuttall describes the Friday noontime fiasco when Harper gathered Ottawa-bureau reporters in one place, had them sign an embargo on information and then cut them off, preventing them filing stories on the Harper anti-terrorist legislation. Good read! And, this is just the beginning. We all know Harper finds democracy an inconvenient obstacle to his hold on power. Expect more, a lot more

"11 Life Goal Hacks: How to Achieve Anything"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"11 Life Goal Hacks: How to Achieve Anything"* by PsyBlog “We're all familiar with the nuts and bolts of goal-setting. We should set specific, challenging goals, use rewards, record progress and make public commitments (if you're not familiar with these then check out this article on how to reach life goals). So how come we still fail? This psychological research suggests why and what mindsets should help us reach our goals: . *1. Stop fantasizing:* The biggest enemy of any goal is excessive positive fantasizing. Research on fantasizing in goal-setting shows that positive fantasies... more »

Richard Dawkins is a dork

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Richard Dawkins, Romana and K9 Click bait. Websites that include advertisements use it to help boost their hits and increase revenue. It even exists on blogs that don't advertise. One of my old blogging chums *Not a Sheep *is a firm proponent of one its incarnations: the fifth rule of blogging. This is the art of putting up pictures of pretty women in various stages of undress in order to attract visitors to your blog. Without realising it, it turned out that I was pretty good at employing Rule 5 on my old blog. It may have been closed for five years but, nonetheless, thanks to Ru... more »

Epigenomics and How Natural Nutrients Heal Genes

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Pao L. Chang* - Geneticists have discovered that the human genome consists of not only genes, but also a highly complex genetic switch system, composing of millions of genetic switches. The post Epigenomics and How Natural Nutrients Heal Genes appeared first on Waking Times.

Rise in Sea Level More Intense Than Previously Understood

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Essentially the first hundred years measured gave us around one solid meter of sea level rise. That is certainly respectable but less that predicted. Since then we had the half degree warm up that finally bit in around 1990 and we have since had surge over the past twenty five years. That may now be reversing though. In the meantime the data continues to make it difficult and all controversial. What is clear though is that a global drive to correctly reforest everything while integrating it with agriculture is mankinds future. I personally would like to see restoration ... more »

Average Life Expectancy Heading for 100

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is a remarkable claim and i hope is not caused by blind linear extension. Every other expectation is for running into a biological plateau. So if we do things within a reasonable framework it is believable that the average will plateau between 85 and 90. On the other hand biological remediation is also on the way over the next decade. This could make this prediction work out. We certainly see plenty of effort on the problem and serious success. However such a change would need to take the maximum up over 125. Way more important however, this will also demand restorati... more »

70000 Year Old African Settlements

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
[image: Asadheader] It is surprising that they can pin down the time period so well. Even better they used a non robust tool kit to take dangerous large animals and this was seventy thousand years ago. Of course, they may well have had the capacity to mind influence their game which makes the process easy. It certainly begs the question of what the Clovis hunter was doing 12900 years ago. The difference is glaring What this means of course is that plausibly all Africa was populated already with significant villages everywhere it was viable unless they... more »

Doctors Confessing to Intentionally Diagnosing Healthy People With Cancer to Make Money

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The idea that so much of medicine has been turned into a racket is horrifying. Yet here we are with the natural consequence. Only a doctor who knows it is all a fraud would cross the line and sell such a scheme. After all, his patients are usually elderly and vulnerable and will go soon enough anyway. Also look at the money this guy was pulling in. That alone tells you he is sick. I have noticed in Canada that most doctors have been able to adjust their hours to actually have a life. Medicare makes that possible as they all pay. When i grew up back in the fifties, every ... more »

Obama's Fascist Dog Whistle

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 9 hours ago
In what President Obama grotesquely calls the fourth quarter of his game, he is simultaneously acting as both head cheerleader and star player of the plutocracy's burgeoning corporate global coup. Under the guise of a campaign called the "middle class economy," he's performing an epic fake on the heads of the populace and executing end-runs around democracy itself. And he does all of this while Deflategate is sucking up all the media oxygen in the room. You have to hand it to Obama. Against all odds, his approval rating has clawed its way back to the 50 yard line. Fully half the th... more »

The Clearest Explanation On Money And The Law Of Attraction!

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *Also known as the law of "Reaping and Sowing", The Law of Attraction simply states, whatever you give out in Thought, Word, Feeling, and Action is returned to you. The post The Clearest Explanation On Money And The Law Of Attraction! appeared first on Waking Times.


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
KAYONI #85 KAYONI #85   Please post and distribute. MNN. Jan. 31, 2015. Paper currency is fiat and based on nothing. Ongwe'hon:weh land is the only real asset. The following Obje... View on mohawknationnews.com Preview by Yahoo

Anthony Lawson Is Dead!: In Memory Of Anthony Lawson....

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
I just received some very shocking news today that Anthony Lawson, who's fabulous videos I have been promoting at this blog site, passed away on January 8th, of this year due to Colon Cancer.... It was indeed a shock, and again I only found out about his passing away just today! I want to present the following video that comes courtesy of Anthony Lawson's son, and is a touching tribute to a man that I personally think was truly one of the real heroes in this entire real 'truth movement'... I have that video right here for all to see for themselves, and of course my own thoughts and ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Taking some R&R. Blogging will return tomorrow.

You're probably dying for some inside dope on Dartmouth's new no-hard-liquor policy, right?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*I know you can't actually read this timeline of "The Process" involved in President Hanlon's historic reform plan, but if you really care, you can click on it to enlarge. Actually, I was thinking more that it might make a lovely wallpaper; just print out this PDF on any suitable-for-wallpapering material.* *by Ken* I expect you've heard something about the new plan announced by the president of Dartmouth College to make the campus a better, safer healthier place for everyone to live and learn -- you know, the plan that includes banning hard liquor from the campus. (Ah, now it rin... more »

Happy Birthday John Lydon, 59 today...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
John Lydon is 59 today, hard to believe. I could put any number of Sex Pistols tracks up here, or indeed numerous Public Image Limited ones. Here's what I chose, the rather uplifting Public Image Ltd, Rise (the 12"Version) 1986 seems a long time ago now! http://youtu.be/Nv0efmUKP9s

Update from Jeju Island

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Catholic Bishop Peter Kang Woo-Il is in Gangjeong (white hair, on the bus beneath the tower) Longtime Jeju international team member Paco reports: After 16 hours without food and drink in the freezing cold and wind, the crackdown has ended and the tower is being taken down. However, Bishop Kang has negotiated the following with the police: The people who were arrested earlier will be released and the people who were in the tower have been taken to the police station where they will be questioned and released and not imprisoned. We will see what else happens from now...10 people ... more »

Tony Abbott's for the chop (according to Jon Don)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
*Warning: There may (possibly) be heavy sarcasm in the following post:* The BBC's impartial Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison is tweeting about Australian politics today - a subject area for which he's widely known. As someone who no one (in their right mind) would think of being anything other than a scrupulously fair BBC reporter, no sensible human being would ever (for one second) expect our Jon to be anything other than scrupulously fair towards the main politician in the country he's now reporting from (much to his evident delight). Despite obsessive Jon Don watchers saying t... more »

Fracked Up: Radioactive Waste Problem

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
With the worldwide price of oil continuing to drop, natural gas companies in North Dakota are trying to stay competitive by pushing through changes allowing radioactive fracking waste to be dumped in landfills. Current rules require drillers to transport potentially harmful fracking byproducts to specialized facilities in neighboring states, but with the industry fighting for its survival, cutting corners is just one strategy to remain profitable. RT’s Marina Portnaya examines.

The Truth About ISIS (Or ISIL, Or Daesh, Or What Ever Name They Will Think Of Next...) ISIS Recruiter Admits Funding Comes From America!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
Yes, ISIS, or Daesh, Or ISIL, Or... Well, what ever they will call their fraud terrorist group next, has still been making the news everywhere over the Jew spew media these days... It does appear that the criminals in our own governments are still going to milk this fraud terrorist group for what its worth, and to try to strike fear into the people that we must "fight this terrorist group" while at the same time agree to give up our freedoms in our nations for the illusion of "security"..... I have stated it clearly for years that these fraud "terrorist groups" are just that.. FRAUD... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
My articles on the Islamic State’s leadership losses and its shifting of car bombs to tactical attacks were both listed on Real Clear Defense.I was quoted in "Iraq Just Released A Video Of Airstrike Against ISIS" by Armin Rosen in Business Insider.

"How It Really Is"

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


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? “Carpe...” Hear it? "Carpe, carp... more »

Dmitry Orlov, "The 5 Stages of Economic Collapse"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The 5 Stages of Economic Collapse"* by Dmitry Orlov "Elizabeth Kübler-Ross defined the five stages of coming to terms with grief and tragedy as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, and applied it quite successfully to various forms of catastrophic personal loss, such as death of a loved one, sudden end to one's career, and so forth. Several thinkers, notably James Howard Kunstler and, more recently John Michael Greer, have pointed out that the Kübler-Ross model is also quite terrifyingly accurate in reflecting the process by which society as a whole (or at least... more »

Local Council By-Elections January 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Dec Average/ contest +/- Dec +/- Seats Conservative 6 2,898 30.6% +1.4% 483 +40 0 Labour 5 2,152 22.7% -4.1% 430 +48 0 LibDem 4 1,127 11.9% +1.8% 282 +38 0 UKIP 6 1,055 11.1% -7.3% 176 -122 0 SNP* 1 1,460 15.4% +8.5% 1,460 +625 0 Plaid Cymru** 0 0 Green 3 742 7.8% +6.3% 247 +172 0 TUSC 0 0 Independent*** 2 31 0.3% -3.3% 16 -205 0 Other**** 0 0 * There was one b... more »

How Russia Uses Deception "Maskirovka" To Outfox Its Enemies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Lucy Ash, BBC News*: *How Russia outfoxes its enemies* *WNU Editor: *Lucy Ash focuses on the Russian military's use of deception .... but it also plays a critical part in Russian foreign policy and in state media .... especially now when Moscow is facing the western world by itself. But the real masters at "maskirovka" .... without question .... are the people who work *in this building*.

The Conspiracy of Language

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Why the deliberate confusion? For us to draw awake and aware conclusions would mean the inevitable fall of their power structure. The post The Conspiracy of Language appeared first on Waking Times.

Vaccines Are A Scam: OH NO! Measles! We're All Going To D....Wait, Do You Want To See What Measles Looked Like BEFORE Vaccinations?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I have been using this blog for years now to inform everyone about the truth about "vaccinations" and how they are all a scam.... The fact is that human beings did actually quite well long before vaccinations, and that vaccines themselves absolutely do not help to fight the disease that they are designed to, but instead actually weaken the body's immune system.... The real cause of the decline in diseases in our modern society is due to better health, food, and proper sanitation... Recently I read the reports how the Jew run Disney Corporation has banned visitors to their crappy the... more »

Almost forgot...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
It's only a few hours ago that I was moaning about the BBC's habit of going to their favourite go-to person for breaking news from certain countries... I forgot Spain. Tonight's *PM *was talking about the large (Pegida) Podemos rally in Madrid. Who did they turn to first? Well, going back to my old 2009-2010 blog, I complained there about Radio 4's *The World Tonight*: Finally, President Obama's decision not to attend the latest US-EU summit in Spain was discussed with Spanish writer Miguel Morado, who the programme always turns to (exclusively) to discuss Spanish politics. And w... more »

Supplemental: Tom Brady said he inspired Love Story!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015The way the public gets conned:* This morning’s Washington Post helps us see the way the public gets conned. We get to see the way the chimps pimp their “scandals” along. We see the way the public gets affected by all their flinging of poo. But first, let’s discuss the dueling anonymous sources who seem to be involved in the story the chimps have agreed to call “Deflategate.” To our eye, a pair of dueling Anonymous Sources seem to be involved in this story. The first of these Anonymous Sources has been pushing claims which make the Patriots look guilty... more »

OMFG: "They hate us for our freedoms" in 2015?????

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
Not being a deluded, right-wing shit-for-brains, I was at first naturally taken aback by stephen harper's recent outburst about the source of the "violent jihadism" that's threatening every single Canadian: Canadians, he said, "are targeted by these terrorists for no other reason than that we are Canadians. They want to harm us because they hate our society and the values it represents." I thought; Seriously? "They hate us for our freedoms"???? You're playing that bullshit meme *now*? *Today*?? *In 2015*?? As David Cross said back in 2001: "Are we a nation of six-year olds??" But, ... more »

A Look At How The Civilians In The Ukraine War Are Coping

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*PBS*: *How civilians caught in the Ukraine conflict are coping* *WNU Editor*: Fortunately .... my relatives in Ukraine are still far away from the fighting .... but the impact of the war is affecting everyone .... including my friends and family. Everyone knows someone who has been killed or wounded, and everyone definitely knows someone who is in the war fighting. But what worries me is that this conflict now has all the ingredients of becoming far worse ... that the current horrific humanitarian crisis can explode with millions of refugees instead of just one million. In short ... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- January 31, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Ukraine Peace Talks Start as Fighting Rages Over Strategic Town* *WNU Editor:* Peace/truce talks have begun in Minsk .... but I am not optimistic. The fighting in eastern Ukraine is now happening on multiple fronts .... the only thing that is not being used are helicopter gunships and fighter bombers/attack aircraft. *Ukraine War News Updates -- January 31, 2015* Ukraine, rebels hold fresh peace talks as fighting rages in east -- Reuters Ukraine crisis: 'Dozens killed' in east as Minsk talks open -- BBC Ukraine peace talks begin in Minsk as fighting continues -- CNN ... more »

Nomad Souls Looking for Redemption

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Soren Dreier* - The ability to cut through spiritual and mundane distortion hugely expands if we administer ourselves into higher altitudes of perception in a society still debating whether senses are for real…. The post Nomad Souls Looking for Redemption appeared first on Waking Times.

“Trying To Stay Sane In An Insane World, Part 2”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Trying To Stay Sane In An Insane World, Part 2”* by James Quinn "When people pile up debts they will find difficult and perhaps even impossible to repay, they are saying several things at once. They are obviously saying that they want more than they can immediately afford. They are saying, less obviously, that their present wants are so important that, to satisfy them, it is worth some future difficulty. But in making that bargain they are implying that when the future difficulty arrives, they’ll figure it out. They don’t always do that.” – Michael Lewis, “Boomerang” "The manner... more »

“There Is No Reality Anymore…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“There Is No Reality Anymore…”* by Thad Beversdorf "I 'd love to change the world, but I don 't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you..." * "What a great lyric that is from the late 60's, early 70's English band "10 Years After." I believe this describes that uneasy feeling of discontent that sits deep in the stomach, beneath the day to day exteriors, of so many people today. The world is like a black hole in that it seems to be getting smaller and smaller as the years go by but also heavier and heavier with each passing day. When I was a teenager and my friends and I were ... more »

U.S. Coalition Air Strike Kills Islamic State Chemical Weapons Expert

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A U.S. fighter jet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf in this file photo. (REUTERS) *Daily Mail:* *Islamic State chemical weapons expert who trained under Saddam killed in airstrike near Mosul, says US central command * * U.S. claims chemical engineer Abu Malik was killed on January 24 * Malik had worked at Muthanna - an Iraqi factory which produced sarin gas * The long-time jihadist joined Al-Qaeda in 2005 and ISIS more recently * Fears the militants are trying to expand their chemical weapons capability * Anonymous defence source says Malik was 'g... more »

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Updates - January 31 , 2015 - Davos didn't concern itself by specifically calling out the ongoing Fukushima Disaster as a key world issue that must be immediately addressed ......However , whether the elites at Davos look the other way and put Fukushima on " ignore " mode , it's not going away !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-23/mapping-worlds-greatest-risks-according-davos **** *"Interstate Conflict" is both the most likely and has the biggest impact of all Global Risks...* *** No specific mention of Fukushima ??? Energy News..... 08:08 PM EST on January 30th, 2015 | 103 comments Japan Gov’t Expert: Nuclear fuel continued melting long after injecting sea water into Fukushima reactors — Extended release time caused ‘massive’ radioactive fallout — Reactor heat ‘surged’ when coolant was added — Officials admit just 3% of coolant water pumped in to cool the mol... more »

Zionism in Post-Soviet Russia

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
ADL Activism in Ukraine and Russia from Spike EP on Vimeo. "The Guilt-Trip she's giving you - does it help...?" "No!!" Joseph DioGuardi on Serbian-Soviet Secret Alliance from Spike EP on Vimeo. Essentially : "We must attack Serbia because that allows Russia access to a warm water port" (Serbia is completely landlocked and by 1999, completely surrounded by NATO Countries to the East controlling its rail access from Russia.) The Zionist-WASP Split of 1991 : Chicken Kiev for STARTers - The Last Ever US-Soviet Summit from Spike EP on Vimeo. "First and foremost it is worth acknowledging... more »

These Are The Countries Where Foreign Jihadists Are Coming From To Join The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Washington Post: Map*: *How the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria has surged since October* *WNU Editor*: That is a lot of Jihadists going to a conflict zone ... but my gut is telling me that the numbers are probably higher .... much higher. Al Qaeda was able to attract over 20,000 supporters when they were in Afghanistan before 9/11 .... but the Islamic State has the benefits of controlling a lot of territory, a slick and effective communications network over the internet, and the support of affiliated cells in other countries.They are also... more »

A Reporter Reflects On His Interview With Syrian President Assad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) shakes hands with a military personnel during his visit to a military site at Darya area, on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of army day, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA on August 1, 2013. REUTERS-SANA-Handout via Reuters *Jonathan Tepperman, Washington Post*: *I interviewed Bashar al-Assad about Syria’s civil war. He’s still too delusional to end it.* *WNU Editor*: A depressing read .... because Jonathan Tepperman just validates (what most of us already know) who Syrian President Assad is. Bot... more »

A joke for the end of January

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Jeremy Vine's brother Tim really is a witty man. (Sack Marcus and Mitch and bring in Tim, Radio 4!) Here's one of his jokes: Burglars have become very clever recently. Just last night my wife turned to me in the middle of the night and said, "Wake up! There's somebody downstairs!" So I got out of bed and quietly checked every room. Suddenly I realized that I don't have a wife.

A letter to 'The Times'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Here's a letter to *The Times, *published three days ago. It comes from former BBC reporter/producer Eric Abraham, and sums things up perfectly: Sir, I read about the terminology used by Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic service, for the killers of the staff of Charlie Hebdo, with incredulity and anger (News, Jan 27). In line with BBC World Service policy he rejected the word “terrorist” for that of “two men who killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine”. What about using “killers” or “murderers”? But they inspired terror, so why not “terrorists”? I am ... more »

Czech web users about Merkel and Greece

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Angela Merkel ruled out additional debt write-off for Greece, after the 2010 bailout – which meant to artificially reduce some interest rates, too – and the 2012 haircut, i.e. orderly default. Germany will be kind to anyone who follows the rules, she wants Greece to stay in the eurozone if possible, but a new write-off is really not possible. The BBC chose a picture of a frustrated meditating Merkel in the dark. The top Czech news server iDNES.cz (CZ) decided that a very different picture is appropriate for this kind of news. ;-) *As you can see, even if you are surrounded by carn... more »

Canada's Elmer Gantry

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://djardine.blogspot.ca/ There was a time in this country when those charged with enforcing the law broke it in the name of national security. Tom Walkom reminds his readers why CSIS was created: In 1984, CSIS was created specifically to get Canadian spooks out of the dirty-tricks business. Before that time, security had been the purview of the RCMP which, as a 1981 royal commission found, routinely broke the law in its war against those it deemed dangerous radicals. In one famous incident, the Mounties burned down a barn in ord... more »

The Action I Am Taking......by Emil Zola J'accuse

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago

U.S. Supports Nazi's in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Ukranian neo-Nazi's pose with photo of Hitler. These are the people the US-NATO are supporting in their war along Russia's border. How can the mainstream media across the west keep refusing to cover this glaring truth? How can we in the U.S. deny that we have become a fascist nation? The WW II Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini defined fascism as the wedding of corporations and government. Isn't that just what we have in the U.S. today?

Why Democratic Voters Stay Home for Elections -- Ed Schultz Eloquently Discusses a Prime Reason

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*Of the three pipelinies that have burst in the last two weeks, the latest was in West Virginia. The state's nominally "Democratic" U.S. senator, Joe Manchin, was one of nine "Democrats" who voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline.* *by Noah* Shortly after the November elections that resulted in a disaster for the so-called Democratic Party, I asked Howie if he thought the Democrats in Congress would ever wake up. It was a rhetorical question. His answer was the obvious "No." This past Thursday was a sad day for progressives and, really, all Americans, if they thought about it. On Thu... more »

Islamic State Retreated From Kobane Because Of Constant Coalition Air Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN*: *ISIS fighters say constant airstrikes drove them out of Kobani* *WNU Editor:* DUH!!!!! *More News On The Civil War In Syria* Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads -- Reuters Qaeda group launches assault on Western-backed Syria rebels -- AFP Nusra Front attacks FSA rebels in Aleppo, kills four -- Daily Star Jihadists' Rivalries in Syria Result in Violent Executions -- VOA Western-backed rebels join Aleppo alliance: Syria monitor -- Reuters Syria rebels overtake strategic base in south -- Al Arabiya/Reuters Syrian troops kill 50 rebels in Idlib -- Global ... more »

Fear has Two Meanings.

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*I would just concentrate on it's opposite which is Love.*

Surely not!?!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
I see some BBC twitterers are pleased about the nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards, especially in the 'News Coverage - International' category. The three nominations are: - BBC News, Gaza, - ITV News, Ukraine - ITV News, Iraq

The Women Turn Against Kiev's War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Fort Russ reports: The women of Velikonovoselo are openly telling Ukrainian soldiers to leave and not bring war to their homes. [Even though there is no English translation on the video you will understand it by the pure emotion.] The video shows a group of local women assembled at the local military commissariat and demanding to know where their mobilized sons and husbands are. The officers are replying that they are not in the zone of fighting but rather at the permanent bases of units to which they were assigned. This does not seem to placate the women, who only get more boist... more »

Martyrise him - Sir David Icke - institutionalised paedophile rant

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
Live from Isle of Wight, David Icke takes part in a two hour special on institutionalised paedo-rings talking on the Richie Allen Show, "How the global pieces fit." Icke quote @ 00:40:40 *You swear an oath of fealty or allegiance to the Monarchy, or the Queen* i.e. not the People. *One appointment in the recent reshuffle has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS [Parliamentary Private Secretary]. Now he’s what they call a ‘noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys; he admitted as much to [Conservative Party chairman] Nor... more »

Greeks, the BBC and go-to people

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Here's a curious stat about the recent Greek election results which I've not heard much about on the BBC (or anywhere else for that matter). Despite voting being officially compulsory, the turnout in the latest Greek election was 63.87% [lower than the UK's turnout in 2010]. This means that the great red (as opposed to golden) dawn of Syriza on 36.3% of the vote was actually given to them by just 23.2% of Greece's eligible voters. Or, to put it another way, that 76.8% of eligible Greek voters *didn't* vote for Syriza. Paul Mason, Owen Jones, the BBC - take note! And talking ... more »

U.S. Sec. Of Defense Hagel: I Was Pressured By The White House To Release Guantanamo Detainees'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN:* Hagel: *Gitmo transfers caused friction with some at White House* *Update:* Hagel Says White House Disagreed With His Slow Pace of Releases of Guantanamo Detainees -- ABC News *WNU Editor:* He is the U.S. official that must sign-off on their release .... and it looks for some of these released detainees ... especially the Taliban 5 that were released for Bergdahl .... it gave him pause. But the bottom line is that he did sign-off on their release .... instead of resigning on a matter of principle ... and it looks like he now has some doubts.

U.S. Sec. Of Defense Hagel: 'U.S. Command Troops Could Be Needed In Iraq'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia, January 28, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas *Reuters: **U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel* *WNU Editor*: No kidding .... *White House Acknowledges 'Friction' with Hagel and Pentagon* (Military.com) *More News On U.S. Sec. Of Defense Hagel Remarks That 'U.S. Command Troops Could Be Needed In Iraq'* Hagel Says US May Need to Put Ground Troops in Iraq -- Military.com Hagel: U.S. may need ground troops in Iraq -- Al Arabiya Hagel: Ground tr... more »

Syria / Iraq Regional War Update - January 31 , 2015 - Focus on Battlegrounds of Iraq and Syria , political items of note , Item of note on Jordan , Lebanon , Iran , ISIS / Al Qaeda items of note ,

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Links..... *ISIS Pounds Iraqi Kurdish Sites, Kills General* *CIA, Mossad Killed Top Hezbollah Figure in 2008* *Yemen Qaeda Gains Support From Local Tribes* *Kurd Allies Fighting ISIS in North Iraq Hampered by Rivalries* *Jordan Threatens Mass Executions of ISIS Prisoners* *US Denies Israeli Claims About Iran Nuclear Negotiations* Tweets....... *Egyptian Streets *@EgyptianStreets · 4h4 hours ago Al-Qaeda's Al-Zawahiri says Osama Bin Laden was once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood: http://ara.tv/5wshf (AR) #Egypt *The Daily Star *@DailyStarLeb · 3m3 minutes ago #Lebanese... more »

Why are electric cars so slow and boring?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
Why are electric cars so slow and boring? They aren't... Here's someone demonstating the Tesla S P85D's insane mode.. That's fast but without engine noise is it an aural delight? Here's a souped up Lambo...


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*School forced to apologise after hundreds of pupils were shown slide that listed Ukip alongside BNP and the National Front as a racist group* *UKIP is a conservative British political party that wants to get the UK out of the EU. They are also critical of existing British immigration policies* A school have been forced to apologise after an 'exemplar' slide which listed Ukip as a racist group alongside Neo Nazis and compared the party's beliefs to Hitler's was shown to hundreds of pupils. The UK Independence Party was named alongside far-right groups the British National Party ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*The Earth's crust under Iceland is rising -- but why?* *We read below: "Compton found the onset of rising temperatures and the loss of ice corresponded tightly with her estimates of when uplift began". But there has been no global warming for 18 years. So has the uplift stopped? Rather to the contrary, it seems. So it must be local warming at work -- probably due to vulcanism.Note also below: "He added there is geological evidence that during the past deglaciation roughly 12,000 years ago, volcanic activity in some regions of Iceland increased thirtyfold". So if uplift c... more »

Ambassadors for the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
I've been struck by the extent of the praise - even on BBC-bashing blogs (like this) - for the BBC's coverage of Holocaust Day [with the exception of *The Big Questions*], as well as for the commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the death and funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. As with its World War One anniversary coverage, the BBC does seemed to have regained some of its old lustre when it comes to doing major broadcasting projects. This seems to have happened within the past couple of years. (Tony Hall?) Whatever its other faults [the main subject of this blog included]... more »

Greece Is Now a Russia Sanctions Veto. Merkel Is Foaming at the Mouth

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 17 hours ago
Yes, regardless of the "economic" fall out of the new Greek Syriza government, the very fact that Greece is standing and saying "NO!" very loudly to the EU and actually has a veto power is being greatly understated by the western media. Remember, on Tuesday when all of this was made quite clear in the face of the EU issuing statements against Russia without asking for the opinions of, or voting in favor of by the EU nations that they purportedly represent, Greece wasn't the only one to say "NO": Hungary, Slovakia and Austria ALSO stood up and voiced their disagreement- a fact that ... more »

More Notes on the Citizen's Income

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 17 hours ago
1. The first rule of polemic is if you're going to argue against someone's position, at least do it in an intellectually honest fashion. Falling short of this is Sally Gimson's piece on Progress. Sally attacks the Citizen's Income on the grounds that because Charles Murray, author of the notorious and reviled *The Bell Curve*, and the Greens agree that a basic income could promote social cohesiveness that the latter buys into the libertarian nonsense of the former. Never mind that the Green policy document, which I suspect she didn't bother looking at, underlines a continued commitm... more »

Durable Polytopia: A Democratic, Sustainable, Multi-Bioregional Future, and How to Get It and Protect it From Toxic Utopias

Mark at Toward a Bioregional State - 18 hours ago
*Join, or Die: Yet Join Only in a Way That Preserves Your Open Present and Your Open Future Choices to Change Regionally; To Join Otherwise is to Die* *Polytopia Versus Utopia/Dystopia: A Bit of Comparative History Showing It Has Always Been Polytopia Versus Repeatedly Toxic Utopias/Dystopias; Let's Get Polytopia Right This Time * What is a better future and how to get it? This is an issue of *praxis*, of how to apply such manifold knowledge toward how to craft more representative and sustainable jurisdictions. The implications of such knowledge is that what is t... more »

Lockheed Martin to provide Hellfire airborne missile launchers to militaries of four Asian countries

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: M299 Hellfire missile launcher]Airborne weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are helping equip the military forces of four Asian with the Hellfire air-to-ground missile under terms of a multi-year contract announced earlier this month. Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., are awarding a $28.2 million contract to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., to provide M299 Hellfire missile launchers to the governments of Korea, Indonesia, Qatar, and Singapore. The M299 Longbow Hellfire Launcher (LBHL) is a digital... more »

UK RAF deploys AWACS against Islamic State

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: E-3D Sentry]Coalition air operations against the Islamic State have been bolstered by the deployment of a UK Boeing E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Akrotiri on Cyprus. The deployment of the aircraft on 28 January from the 8 Squadron at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire was revealed in an announcement posted on the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Twitter feed later that day. It followed an announcement by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington, DC, on 16 January that the RAF's ISTAR capability committed to Operation 'Shader', as the UK mis... more »

Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH-90 Helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: NH90]Terma has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch air force’ NH-90 helicopters. The MASE Pod solution includes the Terma developed and manufactured Electronic Warfare Management System, ALQ-213 in the latest version, Missile Warning sensors, and Chaff/Flare Dispenser modules. The modular design allows for future integration of coming sensors and new requirements. - Having collaborated with the RNLAF for decades, we are very pleased being selected to provide the NH-90 pla... more »

Serbia Successfully Test-Fires Missiles With LRSVM Morava

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: LRSVM Morava]Serbia successfully test-fired missiles with their newly developed LRSVM Morava multiple rocket launcher on Friday, and the system should become operational with the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) by the end of the year. The demonstration of what the missile system is able to do, organized at the Nikinci military training area in the Serbian province of Vojvodina, was attended by Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic. Today is an important day for the VS as we have successfully completed the development and demonstration tests of the Morava missile system after five yea... more »

Another day, another smear

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Another day, another 'impartial' tweet from Jon Donnision. Here's a sly insinuation here from the BBC' Sydney correspondent that Israeli governments either (a) provoke/threaten wars for electoral reasons or (b) simply provoke a lot of wars: There quite often seems to be a war/threat of war in run up to Israeli elections. But I guess there's a lot of wars & a lot of elections. — Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) January 28, 2015

Ko Interviewed in Foreign Policy

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
*Pages from Steve McQueen's biography about filming *The Sand Pebbles* in Taiwan passed around Facebook*. I'm offline for four or five days this week... There are many strains of Chinese thinking about Being Chinese. For every ten or twenty blusters about the awesomeness of Chinese culture, there's one person adhering to the Bo Yang strain. Like Ko Wen-je, the new mayor of Taipei, who observed in an interview with Foreign Policy: For the [world’s] four Chinese-speaking regions — Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mainland China — the longer the colonization, the more advanced a pla... more »

"The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
David Keighley of *News-watch *has written about how the BBC's pro-immigration bias has long shown itself through "paying disproportionate attention to asylum seeker problems", and especially by "focusing on the bleeding heart cases of those who were trying to obtain asylum". As 2015 got underway we detailed an extraordinary burst of pro-immigration BBC reporting in the closing weeks of 2014. From *Today *to *The World Tonight*, from *Broadcasting House *to the BBC News website, there was something of a tidal waves of immigration reports and specials. Each and every one of them i... more »

Searching for 'migrants'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
If you do a search for the word 'migrants' (or 'migration') on the search-unfriendly BBC website, the resultant list of articles has an 'Editor's Choice' pinned at the top. It's not, as you might expect, a balanced Q&A-type piece on the subject. No, it's an article called: Global migrants: Which are the most wanted professions? It provides an interactive guide, includes a piece (full of pro-immigration voices) entitled *Mass migration: Who benefits and why?* (by Andrew Walker, BBC World Service economics correspondent), some case studies highlighting positive individual stories, a... more »

Canister-based Agni-V missile successfully test-fired

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
India's most formidable strategic missile, the over 5,000 km Agni-V, was tested from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Saturday morning. The 50-tonne inter-continental ballistic missile, the country's first such missile, was tested for the first time in a canisterised version. This was the third test-firing of the three-stage missile, as was earlier reported by TOI. Read more

Latvian fighter jets take off to intercept Russian flying tanker Il-78

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Il-78 Midas]Defense officials of Latvia said Friday that NATO fighters took off to intercept the Il-78 tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea. "Typhoon fighter aircraft of NATO Response Force took off on January 30 to intercept the Il-78 tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea," a statement from officials representing the Latvian Army said as posted on Twitter. Representatives of the Russian Defense ministry have not commented on the news yet. Read more

This chart shows all of the versions of Russia's fifth-generation fighter jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-50 timeline]The US and Russia have been competing arms exporters since the dawn of the Cold War. Although the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the deep-seated rivalry between the US and Russia never fully died out and is now stronger than it's been in decades thanks the Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine. The same goes for the countries' rivalry in the realm of military hardware. The US and Russia are both producing their own fifth-generation fighters. While the US is developing the F-35 in conjunction with select worldwide partners, Russia is developing ... more »

Graphs at a glance: Why don't the young vote? If you really support your local candidate, get your kids out of bed to the ballot!

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
2,400 or so years ago an ancient Greek, possibly the philosopher Socrates, said: "Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers." 2,400 or

Carrier model in central China used for radar tests: Taiwanese expert

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Concrete carrier model]Chang Ching, a researcher from the Society for Strategic Studies, an Republic of China think tank, said the full scale model of an aircraft carrier found in Central China may be used by the People's Liberation Army to test its future communication and radar systems, reports our sister newspaper, Want Daily on Jan. 30. Chang said that the model of the aircraft carrier and Type 055 destroyers were both designed by the 701st Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation located in Hubei province's Wuhan. They are more likely to serve educ... more »

Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: UH-1 Huey]Vietnam's military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel. The UH-1 "Huey" chopper crashed in farmland on Wednesday soon after taking off from Ho Chi Minh City on a training flight. Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan said all UH-1 helicopters would be grounded for maintenance checks. He said an investigation discovered that crew members had found a problem with the control system of the doomed aircraft and had tried unsuccessfully to fix it. Read more

HMCS Chicoutimi now in the Royal Canadian Navy's hands after Extended Docking Work Period

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Victoria class SSK]Babcock Canada Inc. announced today the delivery of HMCS Chicoutimi back to the Royal Canadian Navy. That turnover took place on December 3rd, 2014, after the successful completion of the submarine’s Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP), the firm noted in a news release issued today. More from the news release: This milestone marks the first of the Victoria-Class submarines to undergo a deep maintenance period managed by Babcock Canada through the Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC), and the first Canadian naval vessel to have an EDWP conducted by... more »

Plymouth confirmed as base port for Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type-26 FFG]The Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates are to be based in Plymouth, it has been announced this morning - but Devonport must share them with Portsmouth. Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne today visited Portsmouth where he set out the government’s next steps in building the most modern navy in the world. On a visit to the home of the Royal Navy, the Chancellor announced a new national shipbuilding strategy in advance of a decision later this year on orders for the brand new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Read more

Sindhuratna captain to face court martial

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kilo class SSK]The captain of INS Sindhuratna will now face a general court martial (GCM) for the mishap on board his Kilo-class submarine, which killed two officers, injured several sailors and proved to be the final trigger for Admiral D K Joshi to resign as Navy chief in February last year. While Commander Sandeep Sinha will undergo disciplinary action in the GCM, six other officers have been awarded "severe displeasure" - a black-mark in their records preventing any promotion, foreign posting, course and the like for them for two years. The Commodore Commanding Submarin... more »

The Soviet Union wanted to use this bizarre plane to hunt American nuclear submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Bartini Beriev VVA-14]Throughout the Cold War the Soviet Union and the United States were constantly trying to check each other's military power. This drive for each country to outdo the other led to some truly bizarre pieces of military hardware. One of the most astounding Soviet creations was the Bartini Beriev VVA-14. The plane, whose pontoons give it the bizarre look of a bomber airframe strapped to two Star Trek-like nacelles, was the work of Italian designer Robert Bartini. It was envisioned as a vertical take-off amphibious aircraft designed to act as a defense again... more »

5 Russian Nuclear "Weapons" of War the West Should Fear

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Borei-Class SSBN]Modern Russia is not the Soviet Union. While the USSR adhered to a no first use policy for nuclear weapons, modern Russia dropped that pledge in November 1993. In fact, Moscow reserves the right to use its nuclear arsenal during any conflict under a doctrine it paradoxically calls “de-escalation.” The reason for that is because while the Soviet military was confident it could win a conventional fight against all comers, the modern Russian military is a shambolic mess. Read more

Lasers On AC-130 Gunships?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
"AC-130U training" by Senior Airman Andy M. Kin, USAF *Washington Times: *Air Force wants AC-130 gunships armed with laser weapons *Update:* A New Approach To Airborne Laser Weapons? -- William Pentland, Forbes *WNU Editor*: These gunships are already very lethal .... now lasers?!?!?!


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 21 hours ago
*Krewe du Vieux! * [image: http://www.mardigrasparadeschedule.com/krewes/kdv/] Location: Marigny/French Quarter New Orleans Date: January 31, 2015 Time: 6:30 p.m. Year Founded: 1987 Theme: " Krewe du Vieux Begs For Change " King 2015: Dr. Jim Aiken Krewe Website: www.kreweduvieux.org *~Download Krewe du Vieux's "Le Monde de Merde" newsletter * *~Watch Krewe du Vieux roll live on Mardi Gras ParadeCam on Saturday (Jan. 31) at 6:30 p.m.* *krewedelusion – Episode 6 (2015)*

Netanyahu Missteps: Challenging Hezbollah Is One Thing, Challenging The President of The United States Is Another

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 21 hours ago
The growing crisis in relations between the United States and Israel is a great thing for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, for stability in the Middle East, and for world peace in general. Of course, we shouldn't get too ahead of ourselves. But the tide is turning. Hopefully, the Israel Lobby will soon be history. The sanity train is maybe, just maybe, coming to Washington. It may arrive an hour late, but it will get there eventually. And who would've guessed that a Netanyahu misstep would start the train rolling? All men must be good for something. Below are articles about ... more »

Here Are Some Michael Ramirez Cartoons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
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UHC 26: Public and Private Spending on Health

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
The 3rd paper which I briefly discussed in Ateneo last Wednesday night was about healthcare spending. Some data here I belatedly added as I ran out of time preparing three different topics in one lecture. I also used some old data, 2011, 2007, but current numbers should not be too different. A time series data on number of physicians over 22 years in selected Asian countries. Many people say that government spending in healthcare is "not enough". Really? These national and local agencies are not small. Public spending in healthcare is big. What makes them "small" perhaps is the ... more »

Planck+BICEP2+KeckArray: diluting the discovery

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*No certainty yet about the validity of the BICEP2's 2014 discovery* Two or three days before the preprint will appear on the arXiv, BICEP2/KeckArray have released their joint analysis with Planck: New.BICEPkeck.ORG Last March, the discovery papers were and still are offered at BICEPkeck.ORG . The new joint paper is framed as a discovery of the B-modes at 7 standard deviations but these B-modes are presented as "dust and gravitational waves combined". This literally means that all probabilities of their model are obtained as sums (integrals, the so-called marginalization) over model... more »

Since She Is Doing The Super Bowl Half-Time Show, Here Is Some Katy Perry

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* I am just sucking up to my GF's daughters and my niece who are big Katy Perry fans. :) *Update:* VIDEO: Katy Perry Super Bowl Press Conference -- American Power

Climate Tricks 37: Climate Money and the Scientific Dishonesty Behind It

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
This is the 2nd paper that I presented in a graduate class in Ateneo handled by my friend, Alvin Ang. The 1st paper was about some classical theories why government was invented. People are not talking about several billion dollars of money here, they are salivating at trillions of dollars yearly. The big handlers of climate money are the following: Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) World Bank (IBRD/WB) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),... more »

Unprecedented Security For This Sunday's Super Bowl

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Washington Times*: *Unprecedented security: Even Super Bowl officials took ‘active shooter preparedness’ training* *WNU Editor:* No nightmare scenarios this Sunday please.

The CIA And Mossad Were Responsible For The 2008 Killing Of Hezbollah's International Operations Chief Imad Mughniyah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Imad Mughniyah. Wikipedia *Washington Post*: *CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing* *Update #1:* CIA helped Israel kill top Hezbollah operative -- The Hill *Update #2*: Who was Imad Mughniyah, a senior Hezbollah figure killed in joint CIA-Mossad operation? -- Washington Post *WNU Editor*: Imad Mughniyah has been dead for 7 years .... why is this all becoming public now?

The Coming Biological Infowar: US Proposes DNA Database

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*January 31, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - The US is proposing a government-backed DNA database composed of over a million volunteers' genetic material. RT would report in their article, "Got genes: Obama proposes genetic biobank of 1mn Americans’ DNA to fight disease," that: *A new $215 million US government proposal would seek more than 1 million American volunteers for analysis of their genetic information in an initiative to fight disease, while developing targeted health care based on one’s DNA.* * Officials hope the biobank project, announced Friday by President Bara... more »

U.S. Rejects Cuban Demands To Return Back Guantanamo Bay

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC*: *US rejects Cuba demand to hand back Guantanamo Bay base* *More News On The U.S. Rejecting Cuban Demands To Return Guantanamo Bay* White House to Cuba: No Deal on Returning Guantanamo Bay Base -- Bloomberg W.H.: No, Castro, you can't have Guantanamo back -- CNN The U.S. Will Not Return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, the White House Says -- Time Obama says returning Guantanamo to Cuba is not on the table -- FOX News/EFE White House: Giving Guantanamo Bay Back to Cuba Not on The Table -- WSJ Cuba Wants Gitmo Back -- Joshua Keating, Slate

Bill Whittle: Racial Racket Ball...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*and we're all getting tired of playing the game.*

Disclosure produced in professional discipline producible despite Wagg

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
One might think P.(D.) v. Wagg, 2002 CanLII 23611 placed limits on production of disclosure in discipline matters. That would be wrong. Philip Services Corp. v. Deloitte & Touche, 2015 ONCA 60: [24] Importantly, as counsel for the Institute acknowledges, since *Howe v. Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ontario)* (1994), 1994 CanLII 3360 (ON CA), 19 O.R. (3d) 483 (C.A.), leave to appeal to S.C.C refused, [1994] S.C.C.A. No. 348, was decided, the Institute's practice is to provide disclosure to the subject of the complaint when charges are laid, in fulfillment of its *Stinchc... more »

two possibilities

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
"Two possibilities exist. Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." Arthur C. Clarke three aliens lunar anomalies in apollo photos

Say good night, Willard

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Plus "TV Watch" note (see below)* *No, I'm not going to give you a playable clip. If you really want to watch it, you can find it for yourself. But that's 3:34 of your life that you'll never get back.* *by Ken* In case you haven't heard, Willard Romney has decided not to make a third run at the presidency, to the apparent surprise of "those who have spoken to Romney," who were persuaded that he would run since "he views the emerging GOP field of contenders as too weak to defeat likely Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton" and "believes he would be a better candidate after... more »

Russia Commits To Maintaining An Edge In Its Nuclear Forces Over NATO And The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and head of the Russian army's main department of combat preparation Ivan Buvaltsev watch military exercises at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, March 3, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Reuters:* *Defense chief says Russia to maintain military superiority: Interfax* *WNU Editor:* So much for future nuclear reduction talks. *More News On Russia Committing To Maintaining An Edge In Its Nuclear Forces Over NATO And The U.S.* Military dominance over Russia imp... more »

Endocrination- Documentary

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Just about an hour- Easy viewing- Be sure to share this and the previous post: The Low Dose Makes the Poison- EDC's & the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity Help me get the info out to a wider audience concerning the horrendous abuses being visited upon all of humanity by the petrochemical industry through them many EDC's

Snow day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago

The Pentagon Has Now Classified 'Top Secret' Afghanistan's Reconstruction Data And Aid To The Afghan Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Pentagon is working on force structure plans for continuing to advice and assist Afghan forces well past the 2014 drawdown date previously set between NATO and the Kabul government. US Army. (US Army) *ABC News:* *US Military Classifies Information About Afghanistan's Troops * *WNU Editor:* You have to wonder why .... after all of these years .... they have decided to change their policy. *More News On The Pentagon Classifying 'Top Secret' Afghanistan's Reconstruction Data* U.S. Suddenly Goes Quiet on Effort to Bolster Afghan Forces -- NYT U.S. military cited for increasing cl... more »

The Movie Tonight Is 'The Red Beret' (1953)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*From Wikipedia*: The Red Beret (retitled Paratrooper for the US release) is a 1953 British war film directed by Terence Young and starring Alan Ladd, Leo Genn and Susan Stephen. It is the fictitious story about an American who enlists in the British Parachute Regiment in 1940, claiming to be a Canadian. It is notable as the first film made by Irving Allen's and Albert R. Broccoli's Warwick Films, with many of the crew later working on various films for Warwick Films and Broccoli's Eon Productions. It is partly based on the 1950 non-fiction book with the same title, about the Para... more »

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, “Land of Make-Believe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Moody Blues, “Land of Make-Believe” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E32Nvlb8p98

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“You may have heard of the Seven Sisters in the sky, but have you heard about the Seven Strong Men on the ground? Located just west of the Ural Mountains, the unusual Manpupuner rock formations are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. How these ancient 40-meter high pillars formed is yet unknown. *Click image for larger size.* The persistent photographer of this featured image battled rough terrain and uncooperative weather to capture these rugged stone towers in winter at night, being finally successful in February of last year. Utilizing the camera's time delay feature, the photogr...more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Compassion and Enabling"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Compassion and Enabling" by admin "Sometimes there is a very blurry line between feeling and expressing compassion, and enabling someone. Showing compassion is giving someone space and understanding so they can work through their predicament whilst remaining at a healthy emotional distance. This healthy emotional distance can be hard to judge in close knit relationships such as marriage and families. For should one fall over the edge of compassion and into the field of pity, neither party will benefit. Pity serves no one in relation to creating the desired changes within relations... more »

"Buying Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Buying Time" Author Unknown "A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” “Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man. “Daddy, how much money do you make an hour? “That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily. “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy. “If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.” “Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?... more »

Canada's so called anti-terror bill? Je Suis Canada

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Where are the giant pencils? After all the nonsense spewed over the incident in Paris? Je Suis Canada? *CBC:* *“Such a move, however, could have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in Canada and would not necessarily contribute to effectively fighting domestic extremism, according to legal experts.* The new bill, which could also include provisions for *expanded police powers*, was promised by the federal government Kent Roach, a professor at the University of Toronto who specializes in constitutional and terrorism law. “The government has the burden before they introduce... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 30, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. *Keith Fallon, Daily Beast:* *‘American Sniper’ Could Actually Win the Oscar for Best Picture* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 30, 2015* Obama vs. Bibi: The U.S. and Israeli leaders have traded insults, slights and snubs for six years. -- Michael Crowley, Politico Will U.S. Protect Its Syrian Rebel Army? -- Josh Rogin, Bloomberg Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries -- Vivian Salama & Bram Janssen, AP Deadly Sinai attack undercuts Egyptian army claims of anti-IS success -- Louisa Loveluck, CSM Why the End of Y... more »

David Bentley Hart On The New Atheists + How Ancient Christians Read the Bible

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: David Bentley Hart - The new atheists and an ugly God Source: aragon123ist. Date Published: April 8, 2011. Description:* In an interview with CPX (a Christian organization based in North Sydney, Australia), extremely erudite Eastern Orthodox theologian and philosopher David Bentley Hart shares a few thoughts on the "New Atheist" movement. *Title: How ancient Christians read the Bible - David Bentley Hart. Source: ObjectiveBob. Date Published: January 25, 2013. Description: * Another excerpt from David Bentley Hart's brilliant lecture. See the full lecture here: https://w... more »

Native Women to Protest Redskins Ethnic Slur in Phoenix: Superbowl and Domestic Violence

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Native American Activists Tell NFL ‘No More’ Stereotypes-- Hold Vigil/Protest at Super Bowl By Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst nicholet@mac.com Jacqueline Keeler jackiekeeler@mac.com  January 28, 2015 PHOENIX -- Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a national group of Native parents dedicated to ending the mascotting of Native people and their allies from across the

Against the backdrop of Grecian history including the indomitable Spartans, Paul Craig Roberts explains the uphill contest between the new Greek government and the EU and its kleptocrat banksters.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ Paul Craig Roberts – EU And Banksters Threaten: “Defy Us And We Will Destroy You” January 29, 2015 Original Here *As the West stares into the great abyss and the world prepares for even greater economic turmoil, today Dr. Paul Craig Roberts warned King World News that the EU and banksters are now threatening: "Defy us and we will destroy you." This is an ominous warning from the former U.S. Treasury official as the world prepares to descend into total cha... more »

World News Briefs -- January 30, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
New York Times: *ISIS Kills Kurdish Commander in Surprise Attack on Kirkuk*. *MIDDLE EAST* Heavy fighting near Kirkuk, *twin blasts hit Baghdad market*. Senior Kurdish military commander killed in *Iraq fighting Islamic militants*. Islamic State attacks *Kurdish outposts across Iraq*. Kurdish PM says U.S.-led coalition *against Islamic State faces long war*. Syria battle between *al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads*. Next round of Syria talks *in Moscow in a month: delegate*. Hezbollah warns of more attacks *on Israel after deadly airstrike*. Hezbollah: we don't want war* ... more »

Bay Area homeless population on the rise during tech boom

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*During the 2014 holiday season, Margaret Cho was in San Francisco helping raise funds for youth services. (Photos by Gerard Livernois)* *"It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends $500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only $53 annually on the victims of poverty."* *-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.* *by Denise Sullivan* If you're looking for extremes in income disparity, look no further than San Francisco. The city that announced a $22 million operating surplus can seemingly not afford to house its lower- and middle-income residents or feed them. "This provides us i... more »

A Moment with Nature: "Love and Sorrow"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Love and Sorrow"* "Here the swallow's mate is injured and the condition is fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road. He brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion. He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead. He tried to move her... a rarely-seen effort for swallows! Aware that she is dead and will never be with him again, sadness filled his eyes with sorrow. He stood beside her as his heart weeps. Finally aware that she would never return to him, he stood beside her body with untold pain and despair." - http://funreadingemails.blog... more »

Musical Interlude: Josh Groban, “Remember When It Rained”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Josh Groban, “Remember When It Rained” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3bEU70R1Yo

"The Eternal Silence of Infinite Spaces..."

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

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