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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

6 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

11:30pm MST

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Are the nearest galaxies distributed randomly? A plot of over one million of the brightest "extended sources" detected by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) shows that they are not. The vast majority of these infrared extended sources are galaxies. Visible above is an incredible tapestry of structure that provides limits on how the universe formed and evolved. *Click image for larger size.* Many galaxies are gravitationally bound together to form clusters, which themselves are loosely bound into superclusters, which in turn are sometimes seen to align over even larger scale struc... more »

"No, No, No..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive." - Henry Miller

The Poet: Fernando Pessoa, “Tobacco Kiosk”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Tobacco Kiosk”* "I am nothing I shall always be nothing I cannot wish to be anything. Aside from that, I have within me all the dreams of the world. Windows of my room, The room of one of the world's millions nobody knows about (And if they knew about me, what would they know?) Open onto the mystery of a street continually crossed by people, To a street inaccessible to any thought, Real, impossibly real, certain, unknowingly certain, With the mystery of things beneath the stones and beings, With death making the walls damp and men's hair white, With the Destiny driving the wagon of eve... more »

Chet Raymo, “When The Morning Stars Sing Together”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
Assen, Drenthe, Netherlands. Thanks for stopping by.

Interested In a Bunch Of Missing Clash Footage?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Did you miss the BBC documentary about The Clash on New Year's Day? That's it above-- and worth an hour and fifteen minutes of your time. I remember how excited The Clash were that Julien Temple was filming them-- and I always wondered what happened to that footage. That's it-- almost 4 decades later. There are interviews and some decidedly mixed quality context bits, of course, and a somewhat interesting history of Covent Garden, but the greatest value here is the New Years Day 1977 concert The Clash did at The Roxy-- despite a seriously fucked-up sound system. These are the earl... more »

Alice Embree : METRO | Honoring the enduring courage and generosity of Rev. Bob Breihan

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Spiritual counselor and social activist Bob Breihan is celebrated on the occasion of his 90th birthday. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | January 7, 2015 AUSTIN — Rev. Bob Breihan sported a black top hat — with the … finish reading Alice Embree : *METRO* | Honoring the enduring courage and generosity of Rev. Bob Breihan

Psychology: “How Your Brain Reacts to Mistakes Depends on Your Mindset”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“How Your Brain Reacts to Mistakes * *Depends on Your Mindset”* by MedicalXpress "Whether you think you can or think you can't - you're right," said Henry Ford. A new study, published in an issue of "Psychological Science," a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to mistakes than people who think intelligence is fixed. "One big difference between people who think intelligence is malleable and those who think intelligence is fixed is how they respond to mistakes," says Jaso... more »

"We Would Rather..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"We would rather be ruined than changed; We would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die." ~ W.H. Auden

"Balance: Life’s Scales"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Balance: Life’s Scales"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures. Like pieces of a puzzle, the many different aspects of your being come together to form the person that you are. You work and play, rest and expend energy, commune with your body and soul, exalt in joy, and feel sorrow. Balance is the state that you achieve when all of the aspects of your life and self are in harmony. Your life force flows in a state of equilibrium because nothing feels out of sync. While balance ... more »

Is 3D Printing About To Revolutionize War And Foreign Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*AFP:* *3D printing could revolutionise war and foreign policy* *My Comment:* We are still at the beginning stage of this "revolution" .... but then again .... who would have though a few years ago that 3D printing would be capable of making most of the the critical components in a gun.

Say, Mark Zuckerberg, what be these mysterious devices you've discovered called . . . um, "books"?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*In case you're keeping count, as of when I looked this evening, "Mariel Feliciano and 123,347 others like[d] this."* *by Ken* I know, I know, you're thinking it's both obvious and childish to be the umpteenth, or umpteen thousandth, person to jump ugly on Facebook guru, and therefore media wizard, Mark Zuckerberg for writing, in a January 2 Facebook post: My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week -- with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. . . . I'm excited for my reading challenge. I've found reading books ve... more »

Who Are The World’s Real Seven Great Powers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Walter Russell Mead, American Interest *-- *The Seven Great Powers* *WNU Editor*: Brazil, Iran,and Turkey may have a future seat at this table.

Banned in Germany or Become 'Putinized'

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
*(To get English subtitles just click on 'cc' in lower right-hand corner of the video)* Banned German satire "Die Anstalt" exposes double standards on Russia and Ukraine. The scandal episode of the German political satire program 'Die Anstalt' about the media leaders' ties to lobby organisations and their use of enemy images in the Ukrainian conflict. The major German newspaper Zeit got an injunction against ZDF to prevent this episode of 'Die Anstalt' from being aired as it questions the impartiality of the publisher of Zeit.

“Prison. It's For The Cops and Prosecutors”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Prison. It's For The Cops and Prosecutors”* by Karl Denninger “Nothing is more corrosive to a civil society than a rigged "justice" system. Nothing. I've written multiple times on the outright scam in Ferguson related to their so-called grand jury procedure, in which a knowingly false charge was given to the jurors hearing the Brown shooting evidence. Specifically, the grand jury was told that it was lawful to shoot a fleeing felon on a broad basis; this has not been true for 30 years. You might think this sort of thing was an "honest mistake", but you'd be wrong. Intentional mi... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Has The Islamic State Lost Its Momentum?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Reuters *Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The Atlantic* -- *ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum* *WNU Editor:* It is still far too early to write them off.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 6, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Quora/Forbes*: How Will The 2014 Drop In Oil Prices Affect The World Economy And Geopolitics? *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 6, 2015* 5 Ways A Low Oil Price Affects The Global Political Landscape -- Shane Ferro, Business Insider Why the Saudis want the oil price to keep falling -- Neil Barnett, Center for Policy Studies The ISIS seduction -- Loretta Napoleoni, National Post Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation' -- Interview Conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler, Spiegel Online What an Iranian Funeral Tell... more »

Satire: "Day-Old Congress Most Hated Ever"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Day-Old Congress Most Hated Ever"* By Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – "In a troubling sign for the 114th Congress, a new poll released on Tuesday indicates that the day-old legislative body is the most hated in the nation’s history. According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, only eight per cent of those surveyed approved of the job Congress is doing, a scathing indictment of the legislators’ first day on the job. The 114th Congress started the day on a slightly more positive note, garnering a ten-per-cent approv... more »

The Silk Road in Late Antiquity by Peter Brown

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Wikipedia: * Peter Robert Lamont Brown (born 26 July 1935) is Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. His principal contributions to the discipline have been in the field of Late Antiquity. His work has concerned, in particular, the religious culture of the later Roman Empire and early medieval Europe, and the relation between religion and society. *Title: The Silk Road in Late Antiquity by Peter Brown. Source: Penn Museum. Date Published: May 26, 2011. Description: * Peter Brown spoke on the Silk Road in Late Antiquity:: Politics, Trade, and Culture Conta... more »

A merry March

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
To give me a gentle start into 2015 blogging – and to help those of you currently enjoying computer and internet access to catch up with things you might have missed here last year – I’m going to post some of the best posts from each month of last year. So, today, these were NOT PC’s top few still relevant, or still pointed, posts for March last year… 1. *The end of Pax Americana has implications* …the key point is that the US, particularly the Obama Administration (although Bush wimped out over Georgia) has withdrawn from the world. Putin effectively annexed two... more »

Suicide: The ultimate act of selfishness...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*people who commit suicide (IMO) are sick.* Their egos are so wounded that they can't see the damage they leave behind. They have devolved into a complete state of narcissism where they have determined the world revolves around their pain. Many are schizophrenics - a very nasty affliction and not of their doing. However, to willfully involve others in aiding your demise is just horrible. The Blaze *reports*: A man fatally shot by San Francisco police after entering a restricted parking lot and reaching for a replica gun inside his waistband left behind a suicide note (found on hi... more »

GMO-Free Food Sales Explode Amid Public Awareness

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Americans are speaking with their wallets like never before in order to voice our true collective opinion of how corporations and Big Food are working with our food. The post GMO-Free Food Sales Explode Amid Public Awareness appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- January 6, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Top Story:* Thousands flee as Kashmir fighting spreads (The Guaridan) *MIDDLE EAST* Dozens of Islamist fighters killed *as battle of Kobani rages on*. Kobani remains key battleground for ISIL *as Kurds push the militants out*. Iran, top general saved Baghdad *from falling to IS: Iraq MP*. Militant clashes in* Iraq's Anbar kill 23 troops*. Iraq says rebuilding of army *still in early stages*. Islamic State school closures *in Syria affect 670,000: U.N.*. Watchdog offers more proof Syria government *used chemical arms: U.S.*. Turkey bombing: Female suicide attacker* hits Istanbul... more »

New Wind Turbine Trees Generate Renewable Energy for Urban Settings

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Anastasia Pantsios* - The Arbre à Vent is able to exploit all types of wind, in a 360 degree radius—turbulences, vortexes, drays and other wind phenomena found in urban and rural environments... The post New Wind Turbine Trees Generate Renewable Energy for Urban Settings appeared first on Waking Times.

Teabaggers Failed To Fire Boehner As Speaker Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This morning, Boehner-- once banished from the GOP leadership for handing out bribery checks on behalf of tobacco lobbyists on the floor of the House (see video above)-- was elected to his third term as Speaker of the House. "I'll never di it again," whined Boehner, when caught. "It's a bad practice; we ought to stop this." In 1923, another 3-term Republican Speaker, Frederick Gillett (R-MA), was elected Speaker for the last time. (He left the House to run for a Senate seat, which he won.) Gillett was opposed by progressives, who rallied around Henry Cooper (R-WI) and it took 9 b... more »

The Price For Oil Continues To Decline

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*More News On The Continuing Decline In Oil Prices* Brent crude oil falls to new five-year low -- BBC Retreat: Oil sinks further below $50 -- CNN Oil prices keep falling as fears of supply glut grow -- The Guardian Oil’s Fall Continues Into 2015, and Stock Markets Shudder -- NYT Oil Hits New Lows, Brent Crude Nears $50 -- WSJ How The Price Of Oil Could Fall To Just $20 A Barrel -- Mike Bird, Business Insider What’s happening to oil prices? -- Evan Horowitz, Boston Globe

Fukushima Atmospheric Emissions Back Up Again

Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
Fukushima emissions, which have been down the last week or so, have worsened today. Notice the relatively clean line demarcating the pink staining of the air at 6:24 AM 1/5/2015: <img alt="" height="205" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAeIAAAE2CAIAAAAyJAbNAAAgAElEQVR4nOzZ93
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Can Virtual Bodyswapping Make Us More Empathetic and Tolerant?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski -* Can virtual bodyswapping help us rise above strong stereotypes and prejudiced beliefs etched into our minds? The post Can Virtual Bodyswapping Make Us More Empathetic and Tolerant? appeared first on Waking Times.

2014: Global Monetary War.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 8 hours ago
Jim Willy yesterday published a great run down of the 2014 epic explosion of the Global Monetary War. While I may not always agree with Jim's conclusions, I can rarely cast doubt on his facts and intel as so often it exactly lines up with what I am hearing at the exact same time. The US Dollar is dead. Never to be revived as the global reserve currency. What we are witnessing right now is just a headless chicken running around the yard, smashing into anything it's path as it winds through it's final death throes. While I do not think that Gold & Silver are the final answer, it... more »

“The Final Act of This Economic Tragicomedy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The Final Act of This Economic Tragicomedy”* by Bill Bonner “The Dow fell hard on the first real day of trading in 2015 – down 331 points, or 1.9%. And US crude oil fell below $50 a barrel, as pumpers kept on pumping to try to keep up with their debt service costs. We don't know if this heralds bad things for investors in the year ahead. But it reminds us that, in the struggle between Mr. Market and Ms. Janet Yellen, Mr. Market will have his way – eventually. Most likely, the "buy the dip" reflex of last year will assert itself again. US stocks will go back up. For a while. Bu... more »

Zapatistas: Words on 21st Anniversary of War against Oblivion

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
The Words of the EZLN on the 21st Anniversary of the beginning of the War Against Oblivion. Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés. Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015 Compañeras and compañeros, families of the students from Ayotzinapa who were murdered and disappeared by the bad government of this capitalist system: Compañeras and compañeros of

Site C Dam, Let`s Flush $15 Billion Dollars Down The Toilet

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 8 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* In late December/2014....A couple of weeks after Christy Clark told Bloomberg in New York that British Columbia didn`t need Site C dam for the proposed LNG industry, Christy Clark also told Bloomberg the price of Site C was going up by potentially $billions of dollars, we are looking at $10 to $15 billion dollars to build Site C...Possibly $15 billion dollars for a very tiny bite of electric power...Expensive power, power we don`t need for LNG...The one group that looked at Site C and BC Hydro`s power for the future projected growth model...They came to the... more »

Jan. 5: Catch-up time....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
I had promised a review of Gwynne Dyer's book, Climate Wars; and though I have certainly been critical of Israel, I think I can understand how it got that way, and whose fault it is. So this blog is on those two topics. I'll do the regular blog right after - I hope. Gwynne Dyer, Climate Wars. This is a brilliant book. And you needn't take my word for it. I mean, we haven't yet heard the official word from the Canadian Institute on Public Research and Public Policy or from AIMS or the C.D.Howe Institute or any of those other phony think tank propaganda outfits. But the chief scientis... more »

Healing Cancer With Organic Food

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Lance Schuttler* - A major revolution in the western healthcare, pharmaceutical and cancer industries is occurring and the movement is reaching the critical mass point... The post Healing Cancer With Organic Food appeared first on Waking Times.

El Paso: Protest Mexico and US Presidents and Plan Mexico

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
U.S. VISIT BY MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO SPARKS PROTESTS DEMANDING OBAMA & CONGRESS END “PLAN MEXICO” El Paso, TX, January 6, 2015- Today as President Barack Obama meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, major cities, including El Paso advocacy group Unión del Pueblo Fronterizo, will protest to demand an end to the deadly “Plan Mexico” --- a billion-dollar program to aid

All Sides In The Ukraine Conflict Are Preparing For More War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a ceremony to hand over weapons, military equipment and aircraft to the army at a firing range outside Zhytomyr. Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters *WNU Editor: *Both sides are not only preparing for war .... but my gut is telling me that they want to resume hostilities. From the Ukraine side .... .... *Ukraine gearing up for war alongside peace talks* (IBTimes) From the rebel side .... .... *Freed Ukrainian Journalist Says Separatists 'Being Trained For An Offensive'* (Radio Free Europe) And from the Russian side .... .... *How Russians... more »

A Look At How The Ukrainian City Of Mauripol Is Preparing For War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Lucian Kim, Newsweek:* *Behind the Scenes With Ukraine’s Guards* *WNU Editor:* A sober assessment on what life is like in Mariupol. As to what is happening in the rebel regions .... the following two posts give a good indication .... War Reporter Explains How Ukraine Became A 'Post-Apocalyptic' Nightmare -- Pamela Engel, Business Insider Analysis: In Ukraine's Donetsk, the 'death clutch' of a forgotten war -- Don Murphy, CBC

Road Accident Kills 13 Ukrainian Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC:* *Ukraine crash: Servicemen killed in vehicle collision* *WNU Editor:* It is bad enough that the war is claiming many lives .... but a road accident?!?!?!? *More News On The Ukraine Crisis* Bus crash kills 12 Ukrainian servicemen and injures 21 on snowy road in conflict zone -- FOX News/AP At least 12 Ukrainian servicemen killed in road accident -- Reuters 13 Ukraine soldiers killed in road crash in east -- AFP Road accident kills 13 Ukrainian soldiers -- Global Post/Xinhua Death toll of Ukrainian National Guard road accident rises to 13 -- ITAR-TASS Ukraine reinforces front l... more »

Imágenes Gifs de Jesús con Movimiento Animadas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 9 hours ago
En esta ocasión, comparto con todos ustedes algunas imágenes gif de Jesús animadas con movimiento para que las disfruten. Todas las imágenes pertenecen a Vishnu108. Si desea usted ver la galería completa de este gran artista, haga usted click aquí.

Is a Conservative/Labour Coalition Possible?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
With the polls bouncing all over the place and only a few daft enough to make predictions about the general election, there's a lot of coalition talk doing the rounds. The SNP and Greens - wisely - have ruled out any arrangement with the Conservatives. And Farage has ruled out a deal with Labour (thanks for that, Nige: it makes it that bit easier for us to paint your lot as a Tory home from home). Dave hasn't said no to a kiss-in with UKIP, and Ed has said nothing at all. With a majority for either of the two main parties looking a big ask, the manoeuvrings between the major and the... more »

Further Notes on Glucagon Dominant Hepatic Metabolism

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 9 hours ago
The idea of the various forms of diabetes and pre-diabetes as a too ready susceptibility to glucagon dominance of hepatic metabolism, as described in the previous post, is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease (which I am not qualified to do, but I could not afford to buy the iamnotadoctor.com web address). It's a heuristic, a rule of thumb which puts what I've been reading into context, and which hopefully encapsulates a useful way of thinking about these diseases. It produces many other thoughts, questions, and findings that seem consistent with the facts. Firstly, a que... more »

The Media and Repeaters of Mis-information

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *David Icke talks about the media and how easy it is to spread mis-information. The post The Media and Repeaters of Mis-information appeared first on Waking Times.

Top ten GreenWorld stories of 2014 | GreenWorld

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
Top ten GreenWorld stories of 2014 | GreenWorld

Nick Robinson stands up for democracy

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
From the *Radio Times *(via the *Telegraph*), some interesting words from Nick Robinson: The Brand v Farage pre­-Christmas Question Time panto drew the crowds in a way few political programmes ever do. And yet Brand continues to tell people that all politics and all politicians are corrupt or venal or a waste of time. Now, you may ask – ‘Aren’t you meant to be impartial as the Beeb’s political guy?’ And, you’d be right… and wrong. Yes, it’s my job to leave my personal views and prejudices at the door when I report on TV or radio or online. I am not, though, required to be imparti... more »

Asian Liberty Forum 2015, Kathmandu

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
The 3rd Asia Liberty Forum will be held this week in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is mainly sponsored by the Center for Civil Society (CCS) India and the Asia Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), and is co-sponsored with Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation (Nepal), FNF South Asia, and the Atlas Network (US). Here is the program. *Day 1, January 08* 6:30 pm Welcome Address & Keynote Address Introduction (Video) by *Baishali Bomjan*, Asia Centre for Enterprise Welcome by *Suraj Vaidya*, Chairman, Samriddhi Foundation, Nepal Opening Address by *Linda Whetstone*, Chairman and CEO, Network ... more »

Ranch Chicken Crockpot Tacos

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
It's a tradition like no other. No, not the Master's, but family taco night. But tacos can easily get boring. In fact, I can't remember the last time we actually had traditional crispy-shell tacos. To mix up things a bit, try these delicious ranch chicken crockpot tacos. They're a definite fix-it-and-forget-it meal and they're incredibly tasty. The meat is wonderful for tacos, but is also tasty on quesadillas, enchiladas or a salad. INGREDIENTS4 frozen chicken breasts 1 packet taco seasoning 1 packet ranch 1/2 tsp cumin 1 can chicken broth 8-10 tortillas Shredded cheese Tomatoes, ... more »

(Peak Oil Passed Years Ago and The Owners Hate Solar)  Demand for Oil Is On the March/Supply Is Flat (Negative Unless You Count the Small Amount Extracted from Tar Sands) We Have No Courageous Political Leadership Who Will Tell Us the Truth

I just saw "A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash" on Link TV, which after the demise of PBS, Discovery, etc., as public-funded, non-business-allied sources of information (not to mention NPR for radio) is just about the only TV I watch. I recommend its programs to all of my readers. Pay attention, world! We are out of cheap oil (read about the environmental impact of shale oil for proof) and our

The Government's Drive to Force GMOs into Britain Against the Will of the People Continues

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 11 hours ago
The UK government and its associated bureaucracy is colluding with powerful global agritech corporations to get genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Britain (see here). Politicians and officials whose views of GMOs are based on ignorance or whose statements are distorted as a result of their conflicts of interest have been spearheading this campaign (see hereand here). Government departments, academics and industry lobby and media bodies are working to push a pro-GM agenda and weaken regulations regarding GMOs and are engaged in a public relations campaign in an attempt to w... more »

Is Dennis Prager right about Pope Francis?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*I would say yes with reservations.* In his article posted on Right Wing News , *Pope Francis, the Climate and Leftism* (and what's up with those giant pictures of the authors on RWN? I find them very disconcerting and rather odd.) To sum up the article, Mr. Prager makes his case for Pope Francis being a leftie with focus on the Pope's upcoming encyclical on climate change which he will present to the UN in September. In that assertion, I would have to agree with him. I think the Pope is a product of his environment and, well, not very smart. It really pains me to have to say ... more »

U.S. Military Begins Training The Iraqi Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Iraqi soldiers take part in a parade to mark a handover ceremony in Kut, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad, October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jaafer Abed *John Beck, VIC News*: *US Military Begins Training Iraqi Troops to Take On the Islamic State* *WNU Editor:* The more things change .... the more that things stay the same .... *U.S. Forces, Returning to Iraq, Unearth the Things Their Brethren Carried* (New York Times) *More News On The U.S. Military Beginning To Train The Iraqi Army* U.S. Military Begins Training Iraqi Forces to Take on ISIL -- US Department of Defense U.S. troops... more »

Selma “Bloody Sunday” and Judgement at Nuremberg

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*-by Melody Siegler* Last week I wrote a piece for *DWT*, celebrating my congressman, John Lewis. It drew an intriguing comment: “ABC interrupted the airing of Judgement at Nuremberg to report on the event in Selma. Interesting fact.” I wanted to know more. And, there was more. Barbara Harris Combs spoke about this in her book *From Selma to Montgomery to Freedom: The Long March to Freedom*: Arguably, ABC News had the most influence. The network interrupted the end of its Sunday night movie to show part of the assault. Coverage came at the end of the film Judgment at Nuremberg, w... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*From Michoud to Mars: New Orleans workers building NASA's next generation spacecraft ~Jennifer Lorino* *Buffa’s bar in French Quarter robbed on eve of anti-crime rally ~New Orleans Advocate * *Growth vs neighborhoods fight brews in New Orleans ~Cain Burdeau, AP* *The Gusman extends controversial electronic monitoring program 30 days ~Jim Mustian* *Kyle June Williams: On overcoming temporary defeats and starting a web series ~GOINVADE * *Chargrilled Louisiana Oysters with Bacon-Anchovy Butter* *What is Cajun Country Mardi Gras, also known as Courir de Mardi Gras? *

Islamic State Top Executioner Is Found Executed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
YouTube *Reuters*: *Islamic State 'police' official beheaded: Syria monitor* *WNU Editor*: Live by the sword .... die by the sword. *More News On The Execution Of The Islamic State's Top Executioner* Live by the sword, die by the sword: ISIS executioner found decapitated with a cigarette in his mouth and a message pinned to his corpse saying: 'This is evil' -- Daily Mail Syria: Isis chief executioner found beheaded with cigarette in his mouth -- IBTimes Islamic State 'police official' beheaded in Syria -- The Telegraph Deputy Emir of Islamic Police Found Beheaded in Eastern Syria: W... more »

It's The POVERTY, Stupid! https://dcgmentor.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/its-the-poverty-stupid/

David Greene at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
[image: WiseProgram1] The following comes from a story written by Gary Stern of Lo-Hud. I have been working with YPIE to attempt to help them augment their program to make Yonkers high school seniors more ready for college and career. We are negotiating with them to include the opportunity for a WISEprogram of experiential learning for credit whereby these students can gain college and career skills out of a classroom setting on a project or internship of their choice. “The “holy grail” for urban school systems has long been to increase their graduation rates. In other words, hand ou... more »

Opt Out Seattle Organizes

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
From Seattle Education Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Beacon Hill Library 2821 Beacon Avenue, South Seattle 98144 If you have any questions, please send an email to seattled@icloud.com

Islamic State Posts Video Executing 8 Iraqi Police Officers Who Were Caught Infiltrating The Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Final moments: ISIS has released still images from a forthcoming video which allegedly shows the execution of eight Iraqi police officers *Daily Mail*: *Executed for the world to see, ISIS release footage of brave Iraqi police officers who infiltrated the Islamist group but were caught aiding coalition air strikes* *Update:* Islamic State kills 8 men for allegedly cooperating with government forces -- AP *My Comment*:Another example on how ruthless the war against the Islamic State has become.

Iraq Defense Minister: Rebuilding Army Will Take Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, second from left, shakes hands with military officials with Iraq Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, left, during the Iraqi Army Day anniversary celebration, in Baghdad, Jan. 6, 2015. VOA *Reuters: **Iraq says rebuilding of army still in early stages* *WNU Editor*: Talk about understatements .... it is going to take a lot more than just time to rebuild the Iraqi army. *More News On The Iraqi Defense Minister Admitting That It Will Take Time To Rebuild The Army* Iraq army being rebuilt to address weaknesses, says minister -- Daily Mail/AFP Ira... more »

Fat Free Econ 56: Major Global Economic News of 2014

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
* This is my article for interaksyon.com the other day. ------------ Last year saw another roller coaster ride for the global economy. Below is a list of the most important economic news around the world, and what we can learn from them as we navigate 2015. *1. Cheap oil* This is definitely the single biggest item of business news of 2014. From a record US$107 a barrel in mid-June, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) at the New York Mercantile Exchange was halved, closing at $53 at end-2014. Here is the chart for the last 45 years of WTI prices. The big question now is whether oil prices... more »

1983 survivor's story of skirmish in the Spartly Islands - another nail in the coffin for the Keenan-Count Albert Chiang Scam

Amin Fasei at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 13 hours ago
-by GrandeLander (Jan 05, 2015) *Extract of Summary*: Do you still believe Keenan's stories of the Global Collateral Accounts (GCS) and trillions of gold under the control of the Dragon Family which Keenan admits to be working for? Perhaps not. But hundreds of thousands, if not more than a million, have read David Wilcock's twisted tales of Financial Tyranny. With only a handful of serious critics and even less published works debunking the fictional parts of his articles, it would be a safe estimate that more than 90% of those who had read David Wilcock's twisted tales of Financ... more »

Iraqi MP And Militia Commander Credit Iran For Saving Baghdad From Falling To The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri. Trend *AFP:* *Iran, top general saved Baghdad from falling to IS: Iraq MP* *WNU Editor*: Welcome to the messy world of Middle Eastern politics. I blame Iran and their ally .... former Iraqi PM Maliki .... for causing this mess in the first place. To be given credit for saving Baghdad .... you cannot get more ridiculous than that.

Happy Orthodox Christmas! Happy Julian Yule!

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 13 hours ago
The 6th and 7th of January is Christmas for the Orthodox Church. Unlike the Catholic and Protestants, the Orthodox Church adheres to the Julian Calendar, established by the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Cæsar. Therefore, allowing for the adjustment from Julian to Gregorian, tomorrow is the 25th December under the old system, and is thus the date of Christmas/Sol Invictus/Saturnalia/Yule. That the Church of Rome failed to shift the date of Christmas to allow for the change from Julian to Gregorian time, is worthy of note insofar as it shews a staggering lack of respect for a date whi... more »

How Bad Slavery Was

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 13 hours ago
We accept today an appalling lack of historical instruction in our classrooms and even what there is is terribly misleading and far too often serving perceived national interests. That bias has led to a different form of bias. We need to understand that history is bias, but get over that and teach enough to allow the diligent at least to find alternative narratives in his library. The slave machinery put in place in the USA was awful. It was worse in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Can you believe that that is possible? My point is that slavery meant no rights e... more »

All About Nuts

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 13 hours ago
I am a fan of nuts, not least because they can be naturally integrated profitably with field crops in the form of wide spread rows allowing a double swath in between to harvest the crop. The spacing needs to be sufficient to interfere little with sunlight and equipment operation Such a protocol will produce massive supplies of all such nuts and fruit as well as making a natural nutrient cycle as well. Deep nutrients do end up in leaves rotting on the top of the ground. Actual crop losses should be minimal and may well becomes actual gains as the protocol matures. The nuts and ... more »

Voyager Buffeted by Interstellar 'Tsunami Waves'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 13 hours ago
I do not think that this explanation will stand the test of time but it must do for now. I suspect that we have now truly entered the real bow wave produced by our solar system and that this is steadily increasing the free electron count as well. That the bow wave should form a multipeaked standing wave also feels right. Yet this is all speculation until we send many probes in multiple directions and map it all. My own expectation is that we are still within the solar system's 'Dark Matter' body which serves to shield free electrons. Our motion then serves to help release su... more »

The Coming Era of Mega Systems

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 13 hours ago
This is a quick review of mega builds we can actually do now. I also think we need to do them all now and many more. First off, the cost of fuel is about to disappear and all transport will become much cheaper. Add in high speed rail cargo that we have discussed here in this blog and rail linkage is soon very desirous. Once rail linkage is on the way, it is simple enough to add in road transport as well. Add in thermal tunneling technology and tunneling soon becomes the bridge of choice. The Bering Strait is ideal for just that. Yet even bridge technology has advanced in le... more »

THE PROBLEM IS US: As we the liberals emerge!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014Part 2—Uncaring and clueless on schools:* Yesterday morning, the New York Times editorial board was worried about “the needs of black students” in Missouri’s Ferguson-Florissant School District. For several reasons, we found the paper’s editorial hard to take. And that wasn’t all! One night before, we’d watched Tavis Smiley pretend to discuss the needs of black students as part of C-Span’s In Depth program. (For yesterday's post, click here.) We got the impression that Smiley didn’t know whereof he spoke. It made us think of Dana Goldstein’s portrait of t... more »

10 Things Money Can’t Buy

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Jordi Alemany - *A compilation of wise quotes and statements about the top 10 things money can't buy. The post 10 Things Money Can’t Buy appeared first on Waking Times.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
There's a big chill, and it has nothing to do with the new Polar Vortex (named *Gorgon, *because of its many tentacles) now writhing its way through the lower 48. Americans who write for a living (or for free, for that matter) are still afraid to jot down every thought that comes into their heads, lest the all-seeing icy eye of the government Gorgon be watching them. It's the reptilian chill felt round the world, but the head, or epicenter, of this particular monster is smack dab in Washington, DC -- or more aptly, within the Surveillance State snake-pit located in and around our ... more »

Jeff Sachs on Paul Krugman

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 14 hours ago
*David Attenborough tries to use his authority as a substitute for evidence and reasoning* *The last paragraph below outs him as a Malthusian -- an economic and demographic ignoramus. He is talking way outside his field and his comments on both population and global warming show how little he knows outside his field* Sir David Attenborough is calling on global leaders to step-up their actions to curb climate change, saying that they are in denial about the dangers it poses despite the overwhelming evidence about its risks. The TV naturalist said those who wield power need to use ... more »

Boehner: In or Out?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*I predict in.* Sigh... more »

Exposing The Lies About Vaccines: Shocking Report - Unvaccinated Are HEALTHIER Than Vaccinated Populations

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
With the bitterly cold temperatures here in Central Canada (Gosh darn, that Global Warming) there has been a massive outbreak of seasonal Influenza.... Right now, the Jew spew media is constantly bombarding the sheeple with false claims that EVERYONE must go out and get their "flu shots" immediately to stop this "epidemic".... BUT of course they do not tell the people about the reports that have come out by the CDC itself that not only do vaccines do not work, but this "flu vaccine" that is being promoted will absolutely do nothing to stop this outbreak of Influenza! I have long bee... more »

Charts On Violence In Iraq 2014 Part II - Dead And Wounded By Group

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
*Chart 4 - Deaths In Iraq By Group 2014* *ISF* *Sahwa* *Peshmerga* *Asayesh* *Civilians* *Totals* Jan 424 69 2 988 1,483 Feb 522 54 2 707 1,285 Mar 566 47 2 991 1,606 Apr 540 45 1 870 1,456 May 493 79 1 889 1,462 Jun 1,478 31 63 2,600 4,173 Jul 470 28 60 1,741 2,299 Aug 290 64 299 2,181 2,834 Sep 548 34 11 1,583 2,176 Oct 343 52 79 1,873 2,347 Nov 308 20 190 3 1,310 1,831 Dec 170 47 190 2 YPG 1,365 1,774 *Totals* *6,152* *570* *895* *8 + 2 YPG* *17,098* *24,725* *Chart 5 - Wounded In Iraq By Group 2014* *ISF* *Sahwa* *Peshmerga* *Asayesh* *Civilians* *Totals* ... more »

Charts On Violence In Iraq Part III - Casualties By Government Shelling/Air Strikes & Coalition Air Strikes

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
*Chart 6 - Casualties Government Shelling 2014* *Anbar* *Babil* *Kirkuk* *Salahaddin* Jan 85 Killed 446 Wounded Feb 61 Killed 204 Wounded Mar 122 Killed 405 Wounded Apr 140 Killed 359 Wounded May 220 Killed 420 Wounded Jun 170 Killed 298 Wounded Jul 201 Killed 553 Wounded 3 Killed 12 Wounded 15 Killed 20 Wounded Aug 262 Killed 497 Wounded 6 Killed 9 Wounded 20 Killed 66 Wounded Sep 194 Killed 397 Wounded 7 Killed Oct 87 Killed 221 Wounded 48 Killed 18 Wounded Nov 56 Killed, 162 Wounded Dec 90 Killed 162 Wounded Totals 1,688 Killed 4,124 Wounded... more »

South Korea: North Korea 'Close To Miniaturising Nuclear Weapons'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Soldiers of the three services of the Korean People's Army attend a rally at the plaza of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang in January 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/KCNA KCNA). *IBTimes*: *North Korea Has Achieved 'Significant' Technology Level To Build Mini Nuclear Devices: South Korea* *WNU Editor*: It also appears that North Korea has the missiles to deliver these nuclear weapons .... *North Korea's Missiles Able to Reach US Mainland: South Korea* (Sputnik). *More News On Reports That North Korea Is Close To Miniaturising Nuclear Weapons* North Korea making nuclear progress,... more »

Canada wins the World Jouniors

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Let our kids compete. Not on a battlefield. Really there is no chance of anyone conquering anybody with a credible nuclear threat. So why not just sit back and do your own thing in pleasure of this dome of invincibly. Like Hitler at the 1936 games wonder why he got the games and have we made rumours mistakes in modern history? This game was not about the Ukraine or Bios It was about kids competing at the highest level with minds that worked when they overcame self conscious and just worked in a network of speed to rule. You can see it everyday in tribes in Africa undulating yes th... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*'Rape culture'? Women are safer on campus than off* The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, "Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013," should be an early Christmas present for President Obama. On Jan. 22, 2014, Obama established a special White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. He stated, "It is estimated that one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted during their time there. ... It's totally unacceptable." The BJS data released on Dec. 11 finds the actual rate of sexual assault for female students to b... more »

World News Briefs -- January 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Top Story:* Retreat: Oil sinks further below $50 (CNN) *MIDDLE EAST* Iran, top general saved Baghdad *from falling to IS: Iraq MP*. Militant clashes in* Iraq's Anbar kill 23 troops*. Kobani remains key battleground for ISIL *as Kurds push the militants out*. Iraq says rebuilding of army *still in early stages*. Yemen's al-Qaida thrives on *Sunni backlash to Shiite rebels*. Saudi Arabia pledges stability *for nation as oil declines*. Saudi Arabia suicide bombing puts country* on alert for jihadi attacks*. Hamas denies reports its leader *was expelled from Qatar*. *ASIA* Divers ... more »

Neutering Parliament

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://lincolncathedral.com/ If you want to know how irrelevant Parliament has become, Scott Clark and Peter Devries write, consider what has happened to the budget consultation process: In the past, pre-budget consultations took place outside the Finance Committee and the minister’s “public” pre-budget consultations. They were run by the Department of Finance as part of a normal process of policy development leading up to delivering recommendations to the minister. Under the previous government — the first one to ask the Finance C... more »

Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Eureka!-* found an article verifying that which seemed obvious. Just about two months back, I mentioned this goal of connecting alleged Kurdish (Sunni Muslim) enclaves into one territory. Clearly *these are not *Kurdish enclaves alone, because, other persons are resident in these areas. A point that has been mentioned here and is made clear again in the article below- *From two months ago...* Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey. A pro-Kurdish demonstrator displays his tattoo as he attends a rally marking the 20th anniversary of the introduction of a ban of the ... more »

Needed: A Good Dose Of Grassroots Populism For The Beltway Party Establishments

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Joel Kotkin ends his essay for *The Guardian* on the rise of Wall Street under Obama with a plaintive call that many grassroots types on both sides of the partisan divide would recognize: "In caving in to Wall Street and its economic priorities, members of both parties have demonstrated where their primary loyalties lie. Amid the obscene levels of compensation going to the financial grandees, it seems the ideal time for politicians, right or left, to challenge Wall Street’s control of Washington. High finance has so devastatingly rocked the world of the middle and working classes. ... more »

"Huda" Storms the Arab World

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Palm Trees in the Snow- not impossible, but, not very common Several countries in the Middle East are bracing for cold weather this week, with snow storm “Huda,” also called “Zina,” expected to hit parts of Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. In Jordan, people are storing food and fuel in anticipation of possible shutdown of main roads and stores during the storm, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Amman. The country’s Petra News Agency has said that “a tangible drop in temperatures is expected on Wednesday, and it will be very cold, cloudy and rainy in the nort... more »

All Droned Out

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
The US military is planning to increase its use of drones in modern warfare tactics. But a newly uncovered memo reveals that the US Air Force is facing a significant shortage of drone pilots. Now the US drone fleet is at its “breaking point”... and turning down a request for more flight in the battle against the Islamic State. RT’s Manila Chan takes a look at the consequences of being over funded and understaffed on the USAF’s Air Combat Command.

Why it is time to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline | Susan Casey-Lefkowitz's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Why it is time to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline | Susan Casey-Lefkowitz's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Chen Shui-bian out, Eric Chu moving in

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
[image: DSC03843] *Went out to Gaomei Wetlands today. Here my friend Eva flies past a long fishing net unrolled out of the back of a van in the distance.* President Chen Shui-bian, jailed on bribery charges, has been released on a one-month medical parole. This does not count against his prison time, and he will be returned to prison when his health improves. Everyone is in a tizzy.... Some are reading in the CSB release the consequences of the recent blowout election loss by the KMT, seeing it as the KMT fishing for votes in 2016. For example, see this CS Monitor piece. “It’s a go... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 6, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Tribal fighters take part in a military training to prepare for fighting against Islamic State militants, at the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province November 15, 2014. Picture taken November 15, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *Top Story:* US troops begin training Iraqi military forces at bases in Anbar and Taji (The Guardian) *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 6, 2015* Formal training mission in Iraq is underway -- Stars and Stripes Israeli Military Divided Over Gaza War Probes -- AP China Launches Weapons Acquisition Website -- Defense Tech Intelligence: ... more »

How to Resist Illegal Police Searches and Violations of the Fourth Amendment!

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 17 hours ago
Commit this to memory: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." --Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution Bottom line ---unless the officer wanting to harass you, search your car, pester you or argue with you can PRODUCE a WARRANT issued by a judge that describes 'particularly' the article that... more »

Play-Doh offers to replace 'dildo' playset tool after criticism

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 18 hours ago
*this sort of thing is really about Nimrod/Osiris, sex magik, pedophelia, and children's minds* The Independent The 'extruder tool' caused a fuss on social media The company that makes Play-Doh has offered to replace a toy in one of its playsets that some people have said looks like a penis. In a statement posted on Facebook Play-Doh said it would be phasing out the current phallic design for its “extruder tool” and that anyone with the current version could get a free replacement. “We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset ... more »

Can We Not Agree That the USA Has Made the Middle East an Inferno of Misery & Despair?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 18 hours ago
Imagine if the Russians, in 2001, had invaded Afghanistan. (They did invade in 1979, the same way the USA invaded South Vietnam. They were invited in by a puppet-government.) Then they invaded Iraq in 2003. The whole time they were backing Israel, including those times when that racist country carpet-bombed civilians. Then they enabled the same fundamentalist nut-jobs they were fighting in Iraq to overthrow Qaddafi and plunge Libya into bloody chaos, and to start a civil war against Assad in Syria that has killed 250,000 people and added to the area's millions of refugees. And the... more »

Stunning X-ray of Body Moving Through Yoga Postures

Waking Times at Waking Times - 18 hours ago
*Video - *Bringing the full human skeleton to life with x-ray of yoga postures. The post Stunning X-ray of Body Moving Through Yoga Postures appeared first on Waking Times.

MoD Reminds Its Soldiers To Salute Their Seniors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Salute who, sir? MoD reminds soldiers who they should show respect to as top brass complain of being called 'mate' by servicemen* *More News On The MoD Reminds Its Soldiers To Salute Their Seniors* MoD reminds the lower ranks to salute their seniors -- The Telegraph MoD guide to service ranks tells personnel who should salute whom -- The Times Who, What, Why: Why does the military insist on saluting? -- BBC

A 'Peek' At China's Special Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Soldiers from the People's Liberation Army's special operations forces undergo training. (Photo/CNS) *Dennis J. Blasko, War On the Rocks:* *Chinese Special Operations Forces: Not Like “Back at Bragg”* *My Comment:* The Chinese rarely reveal what their special forces are doing let alone what they are capable of. But kudos to Dennis J. Blasko for providing this summary on what we know so far when it comes to China's special forces.

Signed Copy of The Bible

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 20 hours ago
Somehow we think this may be a mistake!

U.S. Soldiers Are Now Taking 'Regular Fire' From Islamic State Forces At Iraqi Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Newsweek/Reuters*: *Iraqi Base With U.S. Troops Taking Fire From Islamic State* *WNU Editor: *It is only a matter of time before there are U.S. casualties. *More News On U.S. Forces Now Taking Regular Fire From Islamic State Fighters At Iraqi Base* Iraqi base with U.S. troops hit by indirect ISIS fire -- CBS/AP U.S. Troops Now Under `Frequent’ Attack at Iraqi Base -- Time US Troops Take ‘Regular’ Fire at Iraqi Base -- Washington Free Beacon IS mortars target Iraqi base in Anbar: US military -- AFP US troops brush off 'harassment fire' from ISIS -- The Hill U.S. troops under mortar f... more »

Banking on RoboCon - A Fractured Fairy Tale

Alison at Creekside - 20 hours ago
Guest post from the Salamander - An analogy ... Across Canada, Trust Funds & Savings accounts at 240 branches of THE BANK are robbed on the same day via electronic theft using directories, passwords & access codes shared within Head Office of THE BANK in Ottawa as well as the branches. Thousands and thousands lose all their savings and Trust Funds THE BANK spokespersons & lawyers immediately bluster that the robberies did not happen - 'Baseless Smears' says one, over and over and over again. Then they grudgingly describe the alleged event as isolated to just one branch... and that... more »

Carbon tax: the Pope and Larry Summers are not dealing with facts fairly

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
The Catholic Church enjoys its first left-wing Pope, in the modern sense of the word. He often talks – about egalitarianism and other things – as if he were just another left-wing activist. It doesn't mean that no previous Pope had a similar social thinking. But no previous Pope operated in the world where the left-wing activism represented a powerful mainstream movement. Just to remind you, John Paul II was still a politically neutral religious figure with a strongly anti-communist image while Benedict XVI was a conservative religious leader and, to a large extent, a right-wing thin... more »

Kurdish Forces Now Control 80% Of Kobane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*BBC:* *Kurds 'seize key Kobane district'* *WNU Editor:* This is a surprise .... everyone expected 3 months ago the Islamic State to conquer this border town .... but coalition air strikes and Kurdish reinforcements have clearly shifted the battle in their favor. The above video is a BBC documentary on the battle for Kobane. *Update #1*: Kurds seize most of Kobane from ISIS: monitor -- AFP *Update #2*: In Kobane, Kurdish forces prepare for offensive on strategic height -- Rudaw

Navy Wants Rail Guns to Fight Ballistic and Supersonic Missiles Says RFI

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Fighting ballistic missiles, stealthy targets, swarmed surface and supersonic threats are high on the Pentagon’s wish list for its future electromagnetic rail gun, according to a request for information (RFI) for a rail gun fire control systems from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) that posted in Dec. 22 but was quickly taken down. The RFI for rail gun fire control systems was pulled because it posted earlier than intended due to a clerical error, NAVSEA officials told USNI News on Monday. The final announcement will repost on FedBizOpps later this month. Regardless, the rescind... more »

Lithuania receives Polish shoulder-fired air defense missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: GROM air defence missile]Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense has added Polish-made shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to its air defense missile inventory. The short-range man-portable missiles, or MANPADS, are the GROM, a 72mm weapon with an operational range of about 3.4 miles and an infrared guidance system. The first batch of missiles and launchers, provided by Poland's MESKO S.A., were delivered late last month under a contract worth more than $30 million, the ministry said. Read more

Navy to Set Up UCLASS Introduction Team

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: X-47B UCLASS]A team tasked with smoothing the introduction of future carrier-based unmanned aerial system into the fleet will be established later this year. The Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Fleet Introduction Team (FIT) is scheduled for establishment at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif., on Oct. 1. According to a Navy directive, the team will plan the effort to establish the initial and full operational capability of the UCLASS and determine the “squadron requirements for manpower, training, maintenance, logistics, carrier integration, opti... more »

Spending chief welcomes fighter jet milestone

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RAF F-35B Lightning II]Contracts for the first batch of fighter jets for the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers have been hailed as a key milestone by the Ministry of Defence’s spending chief. Bernard Gray, the Chief of Defence Materiel, said the military is on target for operational capability on land and at sea with the aircraft. It comes after the MoD signed the contract for the first 14 jets, some of which will fly from HMS Queen Elizabeth when she is based in Portsmouth. Read more

USS Nimitz coming to Bremerton on Tuesday

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: USS Nimitz (CVN-68)]The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz will arrive Tuesday at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for a 16-month planned maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Nimitz's homeport will be shifted from Naval Station Everett to Bremerton during the stay so the ship's crew can move their families here. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent sees advantages to the shift for the families and city. Read more

Venerable C-1s and A-4s Being Upgraded for Brazilian Carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: C-1A Trader]The Brazilian Navy is proceeding with a project to refurbish four venerable Grumman C-1A Trader carrier-onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, despite initial problems in returning the 50-year-old aircraft to service. Elbit Systems recently announced that M7 Aerospace, its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary based in San Antonio, Texas, would perform the upgrade, which includes the addition of air tanking capability. The Brazilian Navy will use the aircraft to resupply its aircraft carrier, the NAe São Paulo, and for in-flight refueling of its forthcoming fleet of refurbis... more »

No final decision on 2 more US-made Perry-class frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Oliver Hazard Perry class FFG]The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday said it has not yet made a decision on whether to buy all four Perry-class frigates the U.S. has offered to Taiwan, pending a review on the nation's defensive needs. During a Legislative interpellation session, Defense Minister Yen Ming (嚴明) said the ministry has already been in talks with its U.S. counterparts in preparation for receiving the two of the four frigates that are still in active service with the U.S. The ministry will be sending a group of military personnel to the U.S. soon to chec... more »

Kauffman deploys Wednesday, the last frigate cruise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: USS Kauffman (FFG 59)]The frigate Kauffman will depart on its final deployment Wednesday. It will be the last deployment for an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. While there have been 51 frigates of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, the Navy has reduced that number to single digits. Lawmakers and Navy leaders, faced with diminishing budgets, made the decision to sell most frigates to foreign navies as the ships' hulls hit their three-decade lifespan. Read more

It wasn't always like this....

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 22 hours ago
*And standing there as big as life,And smiling with his eyes,Joe says, "What they can never kill,Went on to organise.* -- Joe Hill From Royal College of Psychiatrists – (UK) 16 April 2002 Trans People in the New NHS *Historical context:* From the 1930s to the 1960s, Trans people were understood to experience a congenital physical condition, and after appropriate clinical intervention, they had full civil liberties in their real sex. Their Birth Certificates could be corrected, they could marry if they wished, and live otherwise ordinary lives. In the late 1960s, however, two ... more »

India - Pakistan Border Battles Continue As Thousands Flee The Fighting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Reuters**: Thousands flee intensifying India-Pakistan clashes* *WNU Editor*: This is not what the world needs right now .... two nuclear powers exchanging fire over their disputed border. *More News On The Border Clashes Between India And Pakistan* India-Pakistan Border Clashes Kill 5 As Thousands Flee Intensified Violence -- IBTimes Kashmir: Five killed in India-Pakistan clashes -- BBC New Pakistan-India Border Clashes Kill Five -- Radio Free Europe India-Pak tension prevails, over 10,000 villagers abandon homes in Kashmir -- First Post Border violation continues as India, Pakistan... more »

South Australian shipbuilding criticises Japanese Government submarine plan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]Australian industry would be involved in the construction of the navy’s new submarines but Japan would be responsible for assembling the boats, under a proposal reportedly floated by the Japanese Government. Proponents of South Australian shipbuilding yesterday criticised the plan, dismissing it as a “con of a compromise”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government had proposed that Japan and Australia jointly develop the Future Submarines, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported. Read more

Unmanned Underwater Drones: The U.S. Navy's Next Super Weapon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*James Holmes, National Interest:* *The U.S. Navy's Next Super Weapon? Here Come Unmanned Underwater Vehicles* *My Comment: *For the US Navy .... this is a big development. Why send in an LCS or smaller naval vessel when a UUV can do the same job.

The U.S. Army Is Building A Better Bullet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Sensors crammed into the tip of the grenade trigger the round's detonation once it passes over a wall or other obstacle. U.S. Army *Mark Thompson, Time:* *U.S. Army Aims to Build a Better Bullet* *WNU Editor: *This would have made a difference during the height of the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “Eyes of Heaven”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Medwyn Goodall, “Eyes of Heaven” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC0-RJ3P1G0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The spiral arms of bright galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiframe portrait, composed of data from ground- and space-based telescopes. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The well-measured distance to M106 is 23.5 million light-years, making this cosmic scene about 80,000 light-years across. *Click image for larger size.* Typical in grand spiral galaxies, dark dust lanes, youthful blue star clusters, and pinkish star forming regions trace spiral arms that converge on the bright nucleus of older yellowish stars. Bu... more »

"The Life You Have Left..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.” ~ Leo Babauta

Chet Raymo, “Why Cranes Fly”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Why Cranes Fly”* by Chet Raymo "There were a few Comments here recently about herons, from right around the world. What is the power of this bird to touch our minds and hearts? The naturalist Aldo Leopold was intimately familiar with the cranes of Wisconsin, cousins of our New England great blue heron, the Irish gray heron, and Adam2's aosagi from Japan, and wondered about their ability to move us so deeply. In A Sand County Almanac he watches as a crane "springs his ungainly hulk into the air and flails the morning sun with mighty wings." Our ability to perceive beauty in nature... more »

"An Exquisite Balance..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas… If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you… On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.” - Carl Sagan • Unless, of course, your ideas come pre-packaged and are digested without thought... In which case, the expec... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

For Most American Musicians Adequate Healthcare Is Still A Million Miles Away

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"What does it say about the richest country on earth that its citizens must depend upon raffles and spaghetti dinners to pay the medical bills-- a situation that exists in no other civilized country? What does it say about members of Congress and presidents, Democrats and Republicans all, who are content with a health care system that ignores the needs of tens of millions of Americans while it makes multimillionaires out of those who profit from disease and death?"* --from *Critical Condition* by Donald Bartlett and James Steele Later this month Alan Grayson, central Florida's c... more »

Arctic News: State Of Extreme Emergency

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Protesters Disrupt Ceremony For 100-Year Old Navy Vet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Lisa Suhay, Christian Science Monitor:* *Protesters disrupt ceremony for 100-year old Navy vet. Is 'uncivil' disobedience rising?* *WNU Editor: *I am all for free speech and protest .... but this is a step too far. And no .... this type of "uncivil" disobedience is not effective.

The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*James Borges - *Simple postures that activate the body’s nervous system on the etheric level, stimulate the glands and restore optimal health. The post The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation appeared first on Waking Times.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning. Does our being alive matter?” - Harold S. Kushner “All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective. Remember, it is always later than you think.” - Og Mandino “Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "And Yet..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"And yet, though we strain against the deadening grip of daily necessity, I sense there is this mystery: All life is being lived. Who is living it then? Is it the things themselves, or something waiting inside them, like an unplayed melody in a flute? Is it the winds blowing over the waters? Is it the branches that signal to each other? Is it flowers interweaving their fragrances or streets, as they wind through time?" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Just as new beginnings are important, so is honoring the experience of closure. Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of le... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Another Sex Scandal For Former U.S. President Clinton?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Latest ladies: Clinton was pictured posing for a photo with Barbie Girl (left) and Ava Adora (right), two known prostitutes who work at the Bunny Brothel in Nevada *Daily Mail: *Bill Clinton identified in lawsuit against his former friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had 'regular' orgies at his Caribbean compound that the former president visited multiple times *WNU Editor:* As I had mentioned in a previous comments thread .... this is actually an old story that is now being litigated in a civil court .... but it is making the news right now for one simple reason (and this is ... more »

U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Drone operators fly an MQ-9 Reaper training mission from a ground control station at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken October 3, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/USAF/Handout *Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast:* *Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says* *WNU Editor: *The first sentence of this report sums it up .... .... *Too many missions and too few pilots are threatening the ‘readiness and combat capability’ of America’s unmanned Air Force, according to an internal memo.* and the last sent... more »

Is there anything besides crackpot ineptitude that can save us from a two-year nationwide Reign of Far-Right-Wing Terror?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*This is a *Washington Post* map from November 5 of the partisan breakdown of state-legislature control following the 2014 election. [Click on it to enlarge.]* *by Ken* When I went to retrieve a washingtonpost.com piece that had sent chills through me over the weekend, I wasn't surprised to find that Greg Sargent had taken note of it too. He begins a "Plum Line" post today, "Shellacked on the state level, Democrats chart a way out of the wilderness": Reid Wilson had a great piece over the weekend reporting that Republicans, having expanded their control on the level of the states,... more »

ISA Blogging Update: Committee Reports Recommendations

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Last winter, the ISA executive committee proposed new rules for editors of ISA journals that would restrict their blogging. This led to a pretty hostile reaction. At the ISA meeting, the proposal was sent to committee. The committee has circulated its report and recommendations. What do they recommend? Basically, the recommendations: suggest some language that Continue reading

Hijacking of Skepticism to Subvert Critical Thinking

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video -* Why alternative theories so often no tolerated and often ridiculed? The post Hijacking of Skepticism to Subvert Critical Thinking appeared first on Waking Times.

Fat Cat News - the Puppet Show: Our news anchors meet Sir Felix Gross

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
FTSE 100 Chief Executives are paid an average £4.72 million, equivalent to hourly pay of nearly £1,200. That means that before the first week of January is over, top bosses will have made more money than the average UK worker earns in an entire year. Yet the evidence shows that there is no link between their high levels of pay and their performance. Our brave news anchors give Sir Felix

How Cheap Oil Hurts Russia And OPEC

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Mike Corones, Reuters: **Shale industry hedges, OPEC fiddles and Russia squirms* *WNU Editor:* I am not going to shed any tears for OPEC or Russia.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Thursday wind chill to drop into teens in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, single digits on north shore ~Mark Schleifstein*

Top 10 Fun (and Crazy) Videos Of 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RT:* *2014 as we saw it: Top 10 fun (and crazy) videos of the year* *WNU Editor*: My favorite video is the one above. Mind you ... two of the 23 young men and women did want to look.

A frolicsome February

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
To give me a gentle start into 2015 blogging – and to help those of you currently enjoying computer and internet access to catch up with things you might have missed here last year – I’m going to post some of the best posts from each month of last year. So, today, these were NOT PC’s top few still relevant, or still pointed, posts for February *last* year… 1. *QUOTE OF THE DAY: On the gap between rich and poor* *“The poor are not poor because the rich are rich. The two conditions are generally unrelated.” * - Robert Samuelson, from his arti... more » 


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Electric car company Tesla Motors expanding number of charging stations in Louisiana ~Jason Saul, WWNO* *Unemployment claims dip; oil, gas jobs hold relatively steady in Louisiana ~The Advertiser* *Every Artist Insured ~NOLA DEFENDER*

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