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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

11 Feb - Blogs I'm Following II

10:45pm MST

The Putin - Poroshenko Handshake

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
*Business Insider*: *Here's Putin rubbing his hands together after addressing Ukraine's president at peace talks* *Ukrainian President Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart reluctantly shook hands before sitting together with Germany’s Merkel and France’s Hollande to broker a deal on Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday.* *WNU Editor:* The above video clip is priceless. I can spend hours just analyzing everything about it.

Pakistani Defense Minister talks tough on Taliban and warns India against any aggressive move

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 20 minutes ago
*Pakistan is unfriendly towards India and Afghanistan, and it doesn't hide it. It is proud of poking their eyes, thinking it is so tough and mighty. But it will complain all day long when the two team up and direct their combined fury towards it. It is an overconfident and destabilizing state that is running around in circles with no vision for building peace in its own country and in its region. Relying on nuclear weapons and Saudi-financed Jihad are no way to run a country in the 21st century.* *An excerpt from, "Crazy talk" by Cyril Almeida, Dawn.com, February 8, 2015:* You can... more »

Ukraine Peace Talks Still Continuing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
#Minsk talks could last for another 5 or 6 hours – Poroshenko admin dep. head LIVE UPDATES http://t.co/HvUWtkhSe7 pic.twitter.com/D7UAQn4rai — RT (@RT_com) February 12, 2015 *WNU Editor*: The Telegraph has just stopped their live updates, but RT is still providing live coverage. *'Normandy 4' Ukraine peace talks in Minsk LIVE UPDATES *-- RT *Ukraine crisis: Minsk peace talks - as it happened *-- The Telegraph RT has a live camera at the conference center. That link* is here*. I was once in a trade delegation where we had to negotiate with a Chinese group on a business deal ... th...more »

State Dept: U.S. Not 'Being Run Out of Town' Despite Abandoning 3rd US Embassy in Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor:* Three and counting ....

Calling all Wellington liberty lovers

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Here’s message for all Wellington liberty lovers. Yes, yes, I *know* it’s addressed as a message for *students.* But if you’re in Wellington and you’re not a student, then just throw money … Hi All I'm sending this message to you because I believe you may be interested in the Students for Liberty movement (SFL), and potentially supporting it here in New Zealand. The reason I'm writing to you is to alert you of several facts. Firstly, we've just created our own Wellington group. Wellington Students for Liberty, which is part of the our regional group, Australia and New Ze... more »

Musical Interlude: Merlins Magic, “Heart Of Reiki”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Merlins Magic, “Heart Of Reiki” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG_Q-HLjqhE

U.S. Marines Surender Their Weapons To The Rebels In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*CNN:* *Official: Houthis take U.S. vehicles, weapons in Yemen* *Sanaa, Yemen (CNN)Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't let departing U.S. Marines take their weapons with them, a top Sanaa airport official said about the latest evidence of unrest in an Arab nation long seen as key in America's fight against terrorists.* *WNU Editor*: For a U.S. Marine this must be humiliating. Reports are also coming out that the U.S. embassy has been looted .... if true .... expect even more disturbing images to be released soon.

Cancer Diaries III

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
When I checked out of Glendale Memorial Hospital, they set me up with a home care nursing service. A physical therapist comes twice a week and a nurse comes twice a week. My first impression was that it was, at least partially, a Medicare scam. However, the physical therapist is helping me rebuild muscle and regain my balance after two weeks of basically laying on a hospital bed, so I'm finding some real value there. I suppose I was put off when the first representative of the company came by and asked me to sign a bunch of papers without telling me what they were offering. In fact... more »

The Plains of San Agustin Crash Revisited

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 2 hours ago
Since it has been brought up here in the last couple of days, and since we might have beaten the Roswell Slides issue to death, at least for the time being, I thought we might look at the Plains of San Agustin crash scenario once again. Remember, to disagree with me doesn’t make you a liar, just someone with a different opinion. When you don’t bother with searching all aspects of an event, then you become an advocate for that event. I have looked into this case for a long time, and given everything that I have found, I simply cannot shoe horn it into a July 1947 time frame. You mig... more »

Doubts Are Being Raised On The Effectiveness Of The Chinese Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Photo: World Affairs Board *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *Is the Chinese Military Weaker Than We Think?* *A new report highlights the unpreparedness of the Chinese military for modern conflict.Today, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) published an assessment on the weaknesses of the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). While the report, compiled by the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD), points out that “the PLA’s capabilities have improved dramatically,” it also notes “potentially serious weaknesses” that could “limit [the PLA's] ... more »

Quote of the afternoon: Is a heavy concentration of industry destructive to human life?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
"If it were true that a heavy concentration of industry is destructive to human life, one would find life expectancy declining in the more advanced countries. But it has been rising steadily… Anyone over 30 years of age today, give a silent 'Thank you' to the nearest, grimiest, sootiest smokestacks you can find." - Ayn Rand, from her article “The Anti-Industrial Revolution” Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Newtimes Energy LTD. Enters BC`s LNG GAME, Proposing a 100 percent foreign built Floating facility

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
Another LNG entrant has arrived on British Columbia`s shoreline... NewTimes Energy LTD has filed for an export license to ship LNG from British Columbia.. This particular project has no need to acquire a big land site for their proposal. The company only needs a natural gas line from northeast British Columbia to the coast.. Why you ask this company does not require land? This project won`t require anything from British Columbia except the natural gas to liquefy.. This facility will be built in South Korea and be barged to British Columbia where it will then be hooked up to a... more »

Russia Has Developed A New Tank

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Experimental tank "Object 640" "Black Eagle" is probably 2010 ( http://www.militaryphotos.net ). *Samuel Bendett, The Compass/Real Clear World*: *Russia Rolls Out Some New Military Hardware* *Russia's drive to modernize its military is in full swing, and the country appears ready to equip its armed forces with the latest and most modern mechanized platforms. The first batch of Armata battle platforms - vehicles specifically geared to face modern military challenges - is expected to arrive this month. The new tank will make an appearance in the May 9 military parade that marks the ... more »

Goodbye Curly Top

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as Hollywood's number one box-office star from 1935 through 1938. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States. Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three. In 1934, she found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juve... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 11, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Noah Feldman, Bloomberg: **First Weapons, Then What for Ukraine?* *Should the U.S. arm Ukraine for its fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin? Before you say “Duh,” consider this: Arms shipments alone are almost never enough to enable a smaller, weaker actor to defeat a big-time power. If the U.S. commits itself to sending arms to Ukraine, it’s signing up for more than military aid. When Ukraine needs more help, America’s credibility will be on the line -- and pressure will be great to escalate even to the point of air support.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- ... more »

Feb. 11: It's insane

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 5 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/chapel-hill-shooting-three-young-muslims-gunned-down-in-north-carolina-at-their-family-home-10037734.html?utm_source=indynewsletter&utm_medium=email11022015 Take a look at the site above. Look at those young people who were murdered. They're Muslims. You can tell from the evil you see in their faces, can't you? Who murdered them? Forget the lout (who isn't a Muslim) with the gun. Ask what made the lout with that gun. It was our news media and our politicians with their endless creation of hatred and fear. That's what made him. Editor... more »

Dollars and pieces of eight

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
[image: Why Is The Dollar Sign A Letter S?] Ever wondered why we use the dollar in New Zealand, instead of the pound, and where the name and the “dollar” symbol come from? Read on, and be ready the next time that question comes at you in the pub. The name comes from one part of the world, Czechoslovakia, and the symbol from another, Spain and the New World – and our adoption of both in New Zealand was the decision in the end of one Robert David Muldoon, who drove NZ’s changeover from pound to dollar. We could have had a crown, a double crown, a doubloon, a fern, a royal, a tūī, a... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“The striking spiral galaxy M104 is famous for its nearly edge-on profile featuring a broad ring of obscuring dust lanes. Seen in silhouette against an extensive bulge of stars, the swath of cosmic dust lends a broad brimmed hat-like appearance to the galaxy suggesting the more popular moniker, The Sombrero Galaxy. *Click image for very large size.* Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based Subaru data have been reprocessed with amateur color image data to create this sharp view of the well-known galaxy. The processing results in a natural color appearance and preserves details often ... more »

“Bloom Where You Are Planted: Now Is the Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Bloom Where You Are Planted: Now Is the Time”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “The time to blossom is now, not sometime in the future when you believe the stars will be aligned for you. Having a vision for our future that differs from our current circumstances can be inspiring and exciting, but it can also keep us from fully committing to our present placement. We may become aware that this is happening when we notice our thoughts about the future distracting us from our participation in the moment. We may find upon searching our hearts that we are waiting for some future time or ... more »

Seymour: A libertarian, but not as we know it?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
I’m not sure that ACT’ David Seymour would describe himself as a libertarian, but in this challenge over his refusal to support a voluntary euthanasia bill, he seems distinctly uncomfortable about being called a “social liberal.” Seymour’s challenger Mark Hubbard claims this is just a further desertion of ACT’s claimed classical liberal position. And perhaps Jason Brennan’s “Neoclassical Liberal” would be the more accurate description anyway of someone whose maiden speech promotes “maximising” individual freedom primarily on the grounds of “efficiency” in delivering wealth for an... more »

World News Briefs -- February 11, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Obama asks Congress to authorize U.S. war on Islamic State* *(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.* *MIDDLE EAST* Obama asks fresh war powers, *says IS group 'going to lose'*. Obama says special forces could target IS leaders. Syrian government troops *advancing south of Damascus*. Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in campaign *against rebels in sou...more »

Chet Raymo, “Examination Of Conscience”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Examination Of Conscience”* by Chet Raymo “I have been reading Stephanie Smallwood's “Saltwater Slavery”, a close examination of the trade in human beings between the coast of West Africa and the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a sobering read, but if there is one thing I came away with, it was this: We have an enormous capacity to rationalize the most horrendous crimes. Everyone involved in the slave trade- the European owners of the ships, the masters of the trading companies, the ship captains and crews, the plantation owners in the West Indies and the Chesapea... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Hope gives us the courage to confront our circumstances and the capacity to surmount them." - Jerome Groopman

The Poet: Maya Angelou, "When Great Trees Fall"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"When Great Trees Fall"* "When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their... more »

"The Wisdom Of James Baldwin"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.” “Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Senile Traitor and War Criminal to Endorse Jeb Bush?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Henry K*: *Remember the last time he picked our next president?* *by Noah* The *New York Observer*, a Manhattan-based weekly newspaper, is reporting that Henry Kissinger will be throwing his weight behind the candidacy of Bush Crime Family member Jeb Bush by endorsing his candidacy for president tomorrow at a fund-raiser being held by Bush's interestingly named "Right to Rise PAC." It's a move that should forever be known as the political equivalent of syphilis endorsing gonorrhea. Bush, whose real name is John Ellis Bush (the name "Jeb" should be considered a bit of marketing or... more »

This Ukrainian Politician Tries To 'Straddle' Both Sides

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kyiv on July 27 *David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times*: *Friend of Putin Assumes Role of Negotiator in Ukrainian Conflict* *KIEV, Ukraine — Viktor V. Medvedchuk often turns up in places where only buddies of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia get to go, like the V.I.P. section at a Formula One championship in Sochi, Russia, in October. He sat just a few feet from Mr. Putin next to the actor Steven Seagal, another pal of the Kremlin leader.Mr. Medvedchuk’s close ties to Mr. Putin are no secr... more »

Supplemental: The fuller extent of what Rand Paul said!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015Should this have been reported:* Here at THE HOWLER, we won’t be voting for Rand Paul. That said, we also wouldn’t vote for some of the recent journalism concerning Senator Paul. With that in mind, we’ll show you some of the things he recently said about vaccines. First, let’s look at what Nicholas Kristof wrote at the start of Sunday’s column. He gave a rather standard account of what Paul had said. Headline included: KRISTOF (2/8/15): *The Dangers of Vaccine Denial* In a few backward parts of the world, extremists resist universal childhood vaccin... more »

Transpicuous News Midweek Report, February 11, 2015

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 7 hours ago
Transpicuous News Midweek Report - LIVE stream coverage of this weeks news, What they are actually saying, What they are actually doing, and what they don't wanna tell ya. Tonight at 11pm GMT , Live on CCN : http://www.consciousconsumernetwork.tv/

Ukraine Is Having Problems Finding Conscripts For Its Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Ukrainian servicemen ride in a tank past outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, where fierce fighting has been going on. Photograph: Reuters *The Guardian:* *Ukraine: draft dodgers face jail as Kiev struggles to find new fighters* *Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba, arrested after refusing to fight in video addressed to Petro Poroshenko, is among many weary of conflict that has killed 5,000* *Previous Post*: Ukraine's Anti-War And Anti-Draft Movement Is Growing *WNU Editor*: This Guardian post confirms what my friends in Ukraine are telling me .... it is the Western part .... the region wh... more »

Quote of the morning: “The following letter has been addressed to Her Majesty by a New Zealand chief…”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: image] - published in the Singapore *Straits Times* on the ending of George Grey’s first governorship in NZ. [Hat tip Jonathan Livingston] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

How the Human Brain Responds to Aspartame

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *Dr. Michael Greger explains the reasons why artificially-sweetened beverages have been associated with depression. The post How the Human Brain Responds to Aspartame appeared first on Waking Times.

Feminism and politics

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Dan Hodges http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11405309/Labour-needs-to-park-its-stupid-pink-van.html nails the difference between the Conservative and Labour parties on feminism: ' The idea the Labour Party is blazing a trail for women is one of the biggest jokes in British politics On this day in 1975 Margaret Thatcher became the first female leader of the Conservative Party. Yesterday the Labour Party unveiled its response. According to the Guardian "a bright pink minibus of female Labour MPs will tour constituencies to talk to female voters around the kitchen tab... more »

Say a Prayer

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Say a prayer for the Mother Earth getting pounded by endless war and say a prayer for the mothers and fathers who lose a child to this insane death march Even though I hate war I do believe people have the right to defend themselves when fascists come calling backed up by the might and *$$$$$* of the USA It still breaks my heart and I pray for the day when it all ends that day will come sooner with my help

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 11, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Slaughtered on their way to work: Hours ahead of world leaders' Ukraine peace talks, five people are killed in rush-hour mortar attack at bus stop * ** Shelling in central Donetsk left up to five dead and nine others injured * ** Buses were seen completely burnt out with pools of blood on the floor* ** At least one body was seen by independent witnesses at the scene * ** Elsewhere 19 soldiers were killed and 78 wounded in fighting in Debaltseve* ** Deaths came just hours before world leaders prepare to meet in Minsk* ** Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany wi... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago

Statement From President Obama On His Request For Congressional Authority To Use Military Force Against ISIS.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation at 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss his request for congressional authority to use military force against ISIS. He is never punctual .... so it can happen at any moment.

“The Fourth Turning: The Shadow Of Crisis Has Not Passed, Part 1”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“The Fourth Turning: * *The Shadow Of Crisis Has Not Passed, Part 1”* by James Quinn “Imagine some national (and probably global) volcanic eruption, initially flowing along channels of distress that were created during the Unraveling era and further widened by the catalyst. Trying to foresee where the eruption will go once it bursts free of the channels is like trying to predict the exact fault line of an earthquake. All you know in advance is something about the molten ingredients of the climax, which could include the following: • Economic distress, with public debt in default,... more »

"To Stop Being Conned..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself.” - James Wolcott

Interests of justice to justify appointment of counsel

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
R. v. VanEindhoven, 2015 NUCA 01: [10] The “interests of justice” condition requires consideration of the following factors: i. the arguable merits of the appeal (the appeal must not be frivolous (R v Smith, 2001 NFCA 38, 156 CCC (3d) 461 (Nfld CA)); ii. its complexity; iii. the appellant’s capability; and iv. the Court’s role to assist. (See R v Sykes, 2014 NSCA 4, 339 NSR (2d) 191, at para 12, citing R v Assoun, 2002 NSCA 50, 53 WCB (2d) 267)

U.S. Congress Push To Deliver $1 Billion In Lethal Aid To Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Pro-Russian separatists stand next to tanks on the outskirts of Horlivka, eastern Ukraine February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov *Sputnik*:* US House Proposes $1Bln in Lethal Aid, Military Assistance to Ukraine* *The US House of Representatives introduced new legislation Tuesday, authorizing military and lethal aid to Ukraine through 2017.* *WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US House of Representatives introduced new legislation authorizing military and lethal aid to Ukraine through 2017, according to a US Congress announcement.* *More News On The U.S. Congress Approving The Delivery... more »

Obama, Biden & Pelosi Lobbying Hard for TPP

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*Nations negotiating TPP. Unless forbidden, China can "join" by opening corporate subsidiaries in one of the other countries, for example, Viet Nam, then using that country's TPP status to sue U.S. entities. * *by Gaius Publius* "Pelosi said Friday that she is searching for a 'path to yes.'" *As you may* know, I've been writing a lot lately about TPP, the next NAFTA-style job-killing (and sovereignty-killing) trade agreement — for example, here: *The State of the Union, Hillary Clinton and Obama’s “Piketty Moment”* *NAFTA, TPP, and The Clinton Global Initiative’s “Free Trade” Act... more »

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Francois Hollande attend a meeting on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

The Economy: "The First Casualty as Debt Implodes Will Be…"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The First Casualty as Debt Implodes Will Be…"* by Bill Bonner São Paolo, Brazil- “A glassblower’s shop. A used-furniture store. Luxury high-rise condos protected by double fences and electric wire. Neighborhood bars. Fancy restaurants. Sushi. Pizza. Bold glass office buildings. The Itaim Bibi neighborhood of São Paulo seems to have been spared the zoners’ boring prescriptions. Offices, houses, shops all mingle promiscuously. A small house – modest, cheap, built in the 1950s – sits across from our hotel. It’s forgotten by time, surrounded by the commerce of the 21st century. Anoth... more »

Musical Interlude: Mason Williams, “Classical Gas”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Mason Williams, “Classical Gas” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mREi_Bb85Sk

Pedophilia in the realms of power

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Great Britain Houses of Parliament in London* It seems there's no end to the stories about pedophilia in the highest realms of power in the UK. Stories keep bubbling below the surface and every so often a particularly horrible and disgusting story surfaces. There's a flurry of ineffective government response (pretend investigations) and the stories go underground again. Viewed over the past decades, it would appear obvious that pedophilia is endemic in the British uppercrust. Why is that? I have wanted to address this issue for some time but have also avoided it because it is s... more »

Two New Democratic Congressional Candidates: Gretchen Driskell In Michigan, Shawn O'Connor in New Hampshire

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Gretchen and Shawn Late in November, WMUR reported that New Yorker Shawn O'Connor, founder and CEO of Stratus Prep, a test preparation and admissions counseling firm, had moved to New Hampshire to run for Kelly Ayotte's Senate seat. He's licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts, but not in New Hampshire. Before founding Stratus, O'Connor worked for Lehman Brothers and also for Republican Congressman James Greenwood (PA). Someone must have told young Shawn about Maggie Hassan because today he let it be known that he's running for Frank Guinta's House seat instead of Ayo...more »

The Ukraine Peace Talks At Minsk Are Now Underway

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Ukraine peace talks begin, overshadowed by fighting* *The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine began peace talks in Belarus on Wednesday, while in Ukraine pro-Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting.* *The Kiev army said 19 of its soldiers were killed in a day of pro-Russian separatist assaults near the railway town of Debaltseve, some of the worst losses it has reported in nine months of war.* *More News On The Start Of The Ukraine Peace Talks At Minsk * Ukraine crisis: Minsk peace talks - live -- The ... more »

Iran To Train Iraqi Officers In Its Military Academies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A commander said Iran is ready to begin training Iraqi forces for the fight against terrorism. Al Bawaba *Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast*: *Iran Is Ready to Take Over Iraq’s Troops* *Tehran says it will start training Iraqi military officers, which could clash with the U.S. mission to train Iraq’s military. How will the jostling for influence shake out?* *WNU Editor: *I have been keeping this story for the past three days .... Russian media (ITAR-TASS) was the first place where I read about it. Iranian and Arabic media sources have been talking about it since Monday. But (according to ... more »

How Many Fighters Are In The Islamic State Army?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, War On The Rocks:* *How Many Fighters Does the Islamic State Really Have?* *Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging. On the low end of things, CNN’s Barbara Starr recently reported that “U.S. intelligence estimates that ISIL has a total force of somewhere between 9,000 to 18,000 fighters.” In late 2014, the CIA’s estimate of ISIL’s numbers was slightly higher, as its analysts assessed that the group had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters between its Iraq and Syria... more »

Inference of lost eligibility for early release from fact of pre-sentence custody

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
*R. v. Slack*, 2015 ONCA 94: [11] Further, the fact of pre-sentence custody is generally sufficient to give rise to an inference that the offender has lost eligibility for parole or early release, thereby justifying enhanced credit. It then falls to the Crown to challenge this inference, for example, by demonstrating that the offender’s bad conduct while in jail renders it unlikely that he or she will be granted parole or early release: Summers at para. 79. See also R. v. Houlder, 2014 ONCA 372, at para. 2.

Mohawk Nation News 'Women Awake'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
WOMEN AWAKE Posted on February 11, 2015 Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Feb. 11, 2015. In the 1990 “Mohawk Oka Crisis” 5,000 heavily armed Canadian soldiers surrounded three of our communities. We were protesting the expansion of a non-Ongwe’hon:weh golf course over our burial and ceremonial grounds. The army attacked and hurt many of us. One of our children was stabbed in the

Article By Whitewraithe: Her Take On The Ridiculous Situation Created By Malicious Persons Against Myself...

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
I want to present the following report that was released by Whitewraithe... It gives her perspective on certain individuals who for the craziest and ridiculous reasons have launched malicious attacks against myself... Here is her article with my own thoughts to follow: The Ugly Truth malicious attack against my friend and colleague Northerntruthseeker Posted on February 11, 2015 by Whitewraithe Last weekend Mark Glenn and his minions at The Ugly Truth website maliciously attacked Northerntruthseeker regarding a statement that he allegedly stated to Charles Giuliani in an ema... more »

The Unavoidable Horizon of Lesser Evilism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Unfortunately, this piece from Phil Hartup has been a common refrain among left wingers for as long as I remember. *We have to keep Labour in because the Tories are worse*. While obviously true, it would be nice to make a a good left case on the basis of the entirety of Labour's programme rather than just highlighting those bits palatable for leftist consumption. Yet we don't live in nice world. We live in the real world, and that's one whose politics has been blighted by the weakening of Britain's labour movement and therefore a scaling back of socialist ideas and class consciousne... more »

President Obama Makes Formal Request To Congress For War Authorization Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Obama makes formal request for war authorization against Islamic State* *President Barack Obama formally asked Congress to authorize military action against Islamic State, saying the extremist group has committed “despicable acts of violence” and would threaten the U.S. if not confronted. * *More News On President Obama Making A Formal Request To Congress For War Authorization Against The Islamic State* Obama’s request for congressional authorization to fight the Islamic State: Full text -- Washington Post Obama makes formal request for war authorization against Isl... more »

Hezbollah And Syrian Army Launch New Offensive South Of Damascus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, February 9, 2015. Credit: Reuters/ Mohammed Badra *Reuters:** Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in campaign against rebels in south -Damascus* *Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Shi'ite militant allies took new ground in a major offensive in southern Syria on Wednesday, pressing a campaign against Sunni insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus... more »

Sandra Rambler: Traditionally Speaking Apache Oak Flat Spiritual Gathering

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
San Carlos Apache Sandra Rambler reflects on the defense of Oak Flat and all that is sacred, after Sen. McCain's copper mining sneaks through in the defense bill By Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache Censored News More photos “Yu’shdaa,” my grandmother would often say to us, which meant, “Come here.”  She would sit us down and begin explaining what all the millions and billions of dollars

Please take action for Albert Woodfox: New Amnesty Intl. Petition to Gov. Jindal Calls for the State to Not Oppose Bail

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 12 hours ago
We are excited to announce that Amnesty International has started a new petition in support of Albert Woodfox's February 6 bail request that he filed in response to the favorable Fifth Circuit Court ruling on February 3. The full text of an email sent out today by Amnesty, describing the campaign, is featured below. *Please take action now!* *Freedom is just around the corner* For more than four decades, Albert Woodfox has been held in solitary confinement: first in the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola Prison) and later in David Wade Correctional Cente... more »

Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi Looking Much Worse

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Atmospheric emissions from unit 3 have been increasing markedly over the last few days. Check previous posts on my blog. I don't know if it came through on the blog but there are ephemeral patches of red, purple and green evident in the emission streaming upwards. I'm sure something must have have happened with the fuel. Notice that we have had quite a few admissions of ongoing problems at Fukushima Daiichi over the last couple of weeks: http://enenews.com/japan-tv-failure-fukushima-cement-stopping-highly-contaminated-nuclear-waste-flowing-reactor-buildings-iaea-radioactive-releas...more »

Swiss Leak: Mining Magnate and Clinton posed as philanthropists while bilking world's energy resources

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Photo credit 'Goldcorp out of Guatemala'Guatemala youth Topacio Reynoso mining resister shot and killed in 2014. Marlin mine is owned by Tahoe Resources. Goldcorp owns 40 percent of the shares. Mining magnate and Bill Clinton posed as philanthropists as they bilked the world’s energy resources By Brenda Norrell Censored News Leaked Swiss bank files show the Clinton Foundation was

The Measles Outbreak Scare Is A Fraud: The Benefits To Our Bodies By Actually Contracting Measles!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I truly am sickened by all the Jew spew media reports coming out this last while that are being used to somehow scare the gullible public into going out and allowing the criminals to inject their bodies with the poisonous MMR vaccines.... It is so pathetic!.... People just do not get it, in that Measles has always been a common childhood disease that has never, except in extreme cases where a child's immune system had already been compromised, killed anyone.... I put up a previous article already that shows that we are being fooled by Big Pharma and their want to push their poisono... more »

Syrian Army (aided by Hezbollah) Take Parts of Golan back from Israeli backed AQ

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*Haaretz- Hezbollah and Syrian army take new ground near Golan Heights* *I don't like the Haaretz headline- but there it is.* Check back for updates & if anyone has any relevant info please leave it in the comment section? Thanks in advance! Looking for verification of Hez and Iranian involvement, after all, this report is from Israeli media *First of all*- Glad for the Syrians. Israel has been assisting AQ all along in that area. Enabling them to take Syrian territory. So it's good that Syria is taking it back from the Israeli backed AQ terrorists- And make no mistake, AQ are Isr... more »

THE FOG OF BRIAN’S VARIOUS SONGS: Why was he in Iraq at all?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015Part 3—Brian’s ugliest song:* Early this morning, we were struck by a comment to a piece at Salon. Brian Williams had been suspended—without pay!—by NBC News. A commenter offered these thoughts: COMMENTER AT SALON (2/11/15): I consider myself to be a reasonably well-informed, news-knowledgeable person, and I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have watched even part of an evening network news broadcast this century. And I am squarely in the middle of their 55+ target audience demographic. I don't know of anyone else who watches these ... more »

Hormone Disruptors 'rise from the dead'- Factory farming & the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*If you happen to be new here-* The* Chemical Manipulation of Humanity* is a continuing series of posts addressing the issues of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and their multiple, detrimental effects on all living beings and the planet. Today's post looks at an interesting aspect of the EDC's in the environment-* It had been believed that the sun destroyed some of these chemicals*- *That is NOT the case. *as you will read. This problem makes real environmental risk assessments extremely difficult. I however, have a solution. Breathtakingly simple- Get rid of factory farms. Fact... more »

Western Countries Closing Their Embassies In Yemen. U.S. Embassy Is Looted. Citizens Told To Leave The Country ASAP

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Yemen rebels seize US vehicles after embassies closed over security fears* *Demonstrators take to the streets in capital Sana’a in protest against Houthi movement that took power last weekThe US, Britain and France have closed their embassies in Yemen over security concerns in the Arab world’s poorest country, where Shia rebels finalised their power-grab last week.* *WNU Editor:* The Pentagon is now admitting that their counter-terrorism operations have* "taken a hit" with the growing unrest in Yemen*. As for what is Al Qaeda in Yemen doing .... *Al Qaeda support... more »

U.S. Adjusting Its Plans To Leave Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Afghan soldiers discuss the mission as Czech and U.S. soldiers provide security during a patrol through a village in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler *Washington Post*: *White House weighs adjusting Afghan exit plan to slow withdrawal of troops* *The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there.* *Update:* Obama May Slow... more »

The elite television anchor: narrator of reality

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* Dees Illustration *“Millions of people have become little news broadcasters and anchors, relaying pictures and text about their parties, picnics, family gatherings, updating their breaking stories, narrating the story lines of their lives. All they need for a complete imitation of the networks is sponsors.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)* *It’s not only the content of news that is embraced, it’s the style, the manner of presentation—and in the long run, the presentation is far more corrosive, far more deadly than the content.* *The imitations of life called ... more »

Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, and Diane Sawyer: the three stooges

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
*A revival of Jon Rappoport's 2013 article seems **apropo in light of the recent suspension of elite anchorman, Brian Williams.* Dees Illustration Jon Rappoport I think, at the very least, YouTube should censor them. Well, wait a minute. Not censor, but put up a notice on all their videos: *“It’s come to our attention that these three characters are as annoying as a bad case of fleas. Caution: watch and listen at your own risk.”* The three stooges. Three schmucks in the fountain. Send in the clowns, don’t bother, they’re here. If people are beginning to get the idea I’m waging... more »

Elected and Above the Law: Bill ''Would Exempt Lawmakers from Prosecution of Nearly Any Crimes''

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Mac Slavo This one is just too rich. The arrogance and absurdity is over the top. Granted, most of the political class is already *de facto *above the law to begin with. But now, a lawmaker in Oklahoma has introduced *a bill to officially give most lawmakers, judges, appointees and holders of high office immunity from prosecution.* The bill proposes to strip away the ability of a local level prosecutor, such as a district attorney, from being able to bring charges against anyone holding a government position. The text reads: The jurisdiction of a prosecution against a principal ... more »

Val Fitch, co-discoverer of CP-violation: 1923-2015

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Val Logsdon Fitch was born on a cattle ranch in Nebraska, a mile from the ranch where Penny came from, in 1923. His dad was badly injured thanks to a horse riding accident. Val himself went to insurance business and then became a soldier in WW2 before he joined the Manhattan Project. That's where the young man was turned to an experimental physicist. He went through Columbia and McGill before he became a professor at Princeton where he peacefully died on February 5th, aged 91. His Nobel prize in 1980 was won along with James Watson Cronin for their 1964 discovery of the CP-violat... more »

The Case To "Reinstate" The Bank Of Canada

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
Just last week, I put out a most amazing article that covers probably the most important lawsuit in Canadian history.... That lawsuit by the rights group, COMER (Committee For Monetary And Economic Reform) was won here in Canada against the criminal Federal Government and the Jewish private central banking scoundrels that have run this once great nation into the ground... The lawsuit calls for the reinstatement of the Bank of Canada act that has called for the Federal Government and ONLY the Federal Government to issue Canada's money supply and of course absolutely interest free... ... more »

Working in 25 Minute Stretches

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Greetings, Ducks! Thanks to Josh for such a wonderful facelift of the Duck website! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans next week. This is been a very service-intensive year for me – first year post tenure – and I’m still trying to figure out how to manage my time. Unlike common “wisdom,” […]

World News Briefs -- February 11, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *Fighting Rages in E. Ukraine as Leaders Set to Meet in Minsk * *Deadly fighting continued Wednesday in Ukraine, as the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany prepared to hold a summit on the conflict that has killed more than 5,300 people since last April.* *MIDDLE EAST* Syrian government troops *advancing south of Damascus*. Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in campaign *against rebels in south: Damascus*. U.S.-led air strikes in* Syria, Iraq hit Islamic State targets*. Fresh off victory over IS in Kobani,* Kurds seek more success*. ISIS launches urgen... more »

Another Iranian Revolutionary Guard Loss In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
At the start of February 2015 there was news that another member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was killed in Iraq. IRGC members were deployed to Iraq shortly after the fall of Mosul in June 2014. They have provided planning, arms, training, and advising to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), militias and peshmerga. Many are on the frontlines causing a number of casualties. This was the seventh loss for the IRGC in Iraq. (via *Twitter*) February 9 it was reported that the Islamic State killed Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps General Mohammed Reza Hosseini in Sala... more »

The Triumph Of Naked Ambition

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://davinci41.deviantart.com/ Eve Adams' floor crossing was the latest example of what has become a plague. Politicians used to claim they believed in public service. Now all pretense has been swept aside. Naked ambition is out of the closet. Perhaps the ascent of Stephen Harper has given all politicians the temerity to trumpet their conviction that they stand -- first and foremost -- for themselves. Consider the transformation of Mr. Harper. Tom Walkom writes: Stephen Harper used to trumpet his government’s handling of the economy. ... more »

The Mobster Credo

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
- And bust a few knee caps...... (Click on it to start or stop otherwise it will keep playing....) - Some of you might think I'm obsessed with Ukraine.... well I am in the sense that it is the place in the world today where major superpower conflict is happening and could lead to a devastating European war. And after all, I am a peacenik! What else should I be doing? - Just this morning I read on RT: The US Air Force dispatched a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets and about 300 airmen to Germany as part of a military exercise, which is expected to... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 11, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Obama seeks some limits on ground troops for Islamic State fight* *(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will propose to Congress on Wednesday a new three-year authorization for the use of force against Islamic State with limits on U.S. combat troops' involvement, lawmakers and congressional aides said.* *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 11, 2015* Obama to Ask Congress for New Anti-Terror Authorization -- VOA Obama to seek 3yr war authority against ISIS with limited ground troops -- RT Three Big Questions About Obama’s Military Force Request -- Ale... more »

And Another — "Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
[*Click to enlarge.*] *by Gaius Publius* A fast follow-up to this recent post about disappearing glaciers. That piece was about the rapidly accelerating march of Greenland glaciers to the sea. This is about disappearing Arctic ice. We already knew that Arctic ice was disappearing at a faster-than-predicted rate, that Arctic summers would be ice-free in just a few years. Thanks to new satellites that measure Arctic ice with greater accuracy, those "just a few" years are now fewer (my emphasis): *Arctic glacier’s galloping melt baffles scientists* An ice cap in the high Arctic has... more »

Chu Re-arranges the Deck Chairs on the KMTitanic

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*An old swine but not in a new bottle*. The bad news keeps rolling in for the KMT: corruption investigations, and another resignation, this time of the Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi. When I first heard that Ma had stepped down and there would be a change of Chairman, I wrote: But there is a perception that Chu will push for "reform", a much bandied about word with no clear meaning -- it is obvious that it will be limited and likely to focus on rebooting the party machine, especially its vertical linkages to local factions and local precinct captains (more on that b... more »

Imagine the Truth about 9/11 being revealed! It is being reported Putin may release the TRUTH with Evidence that the U.S. government did it. It is About Time!

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 15 hours ago
It is one of those things that could shock people to complete numbness and cause chaos. Our county could be turned totally crazy in protests, but it is all over due as the Truth needs to come out. If the stories are true, Putin is threatening to release proof that the U.S. government was behind 9/11. That is no surprise to all of us who have researched it from many years ago. From

Madhuri Lake, Tawang Region Of India......A Photo by Lovell D'souza

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*[image: Madhuri Lake, Tawang]**Photo by Lovell D'souza* Sometime around May in 2010 my buddies and I did a road trip across a few states in the North East of India. We found ourselves playing cricket with the army guys posted somewhere at the Indo-China border and later on headed off to the Madhuri Lake. The lake is also known as Shungetser Tso. *Tawang is a must visit if you are someone who is in love with the Himalayas. Late risers beware, as sunrise way way early at the North Eastern states.* *Source:Happy Feet*

Sweet Pork Chimichanga

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
You know that wonderful moment when you realize what has been missing from a lack luster recipe all these years? I had that moment this week. My husband grew up on chimichangas and we have been making them throughout the time we have been together, but something has always been missing from them. This week I decided to completely throw the recipe on its head and see if it made a difference. We ended up LOVING the new version and according to my husband, we are never going back. These chimis are melt in your mouth fantastic. They take an extra step that the original version, but they... more »

The Mobster Credo

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

They Taught Love.....Author Unknown

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago

118 Sunflowers to be prosecuted

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
J Michael at Thinking Taiwan reports: Following the conclusion of three major investigations, prosecutors announced on Feb. 10 that 21 people, including Lin (who is currently doing his military service) and Academia Sinica researcher Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), will be prosecuted for their role in “318.” Despite conflicting reports, it has now been confirmed that student leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) was also indicted (full list here). Student leader “Dennis” Wei Yang (魏揚) and 92 others will be charged over “323,” while Hung Chung-yen (洪崇彥) and three others will face prosecution over “411.... more »

Gray Walking: The Art of Transforming Militarism into Humanism

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - The menace of the past was that men became slaves; the menace of the present is that men become automatons to corporations hell-bent on profits at any cost The post Gray Walking: The Art of Transforming Militarism into Humanism appeared first on Waking Times.

Karma: Not The “Mainstream” Version – The Real One

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Arjun Walia* - Karma is a concept taught by various cultures throughout human history, and is an idea that dates back thousands of years. The post Karma: Not The “Mainstream” Version – The Real One appeared first on Waking Times.

12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Valerie Tarico* - In a world that is teeming with humanity, armed with pipe bombs and machine guns and nuclear weapons and drones, we don’t need defenders of religion’s status quo... The post 12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World appeared first on Waking Times.

Why 80 Percent of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Natasha Longo* - The future of wheat is certain, and it's toxic. There are as many health risks associated with the consumption of wheat as there are nutritional benefits claimed by the wheat industry. The post Why 80 Percent of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat appeared first on Waking Times.

Is Medical Cannabis Safe for Children and Young People?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Kent Mao* - Success stories of medical marijuana use in children range from the treatment of disorders that affect classroom performance such as autism and ADHD to life-threatening conditions such as epilepsy and cancer. The post Is Medical Cannabis Safe for Children and Young People? appeared first on Waking Times.

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
[image: Picture of the Elwha River flowing freely in 2014] Without question some dams serve critical flood control needs. Yet those are usually singular and large as well. Hoover Dam leaps to mind. The power plant there was an afterthought that looks doubtful as the drought drags on. Some major rivers can be tamed in this manner. The trouble is that most cannot and that includes the Mississippi. After those exceptions, they all need to be torn down and preferably as quickly as possible. Most were created for local needs and often as a convenient reservoir. This presents ... more »

Have You Had Your Lemons This Morning?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
[image: Drinking lemon water stimulates your liver and promotes good digestion] I am not entirely sure that i buy all this, but it appears otherwise quite worthy anyway once you are able to tolerate it. It certainly was used by British sailors for a long time. I think though it is convenient enough to add into your morning regimen. Add in a side of kimchee and a poached kipper and you have a perfect breakfast in my humble opinion. It appears to be an excellent digestive stabilizer or tonic. Again it helps to be eating excellent food and scant cereals. skip the pancakes. ... more »

Lake Superior Mines, Old Copper Culture and Copper Shipments to Europe during the Bronze Age With Dale Drinnon

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
I find it astonishing that academic archeology continues to ignore this. There is museums full ofv artifacts gathered during the past century that makes the full involvement of the European Bronze Age obvious. This item shows some of the confusion still strewn about. however it also pulls together even more data. During the Bronze age, metal ingots were the basic medium of exchange. Thus we find hoards and sunken ships. Every palace economy had its hoard. One only needs to read the Old Testament to grasp the scale of the business. Then imagine util... more »

The New Drivers of Europe's Geopolitics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
Europe faces a fundamental problem. An efficient export driven system cannot collect IOU's forever. Those IOUs must consume something somewhere and ideally it is in the form of commercial paper supporting local economic expansion. The proper way forward is not contracting demand which is what austerity does but to expand internal demand to push the problem out somewhere else which benefits someone else. In the best scenario, austerity is neither logical nor even beneficial. It only helps when public prudence has disappeared and it is necessary to bring all to their se... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Scott Walker Calls for Major Changes at University of Wisconsin System* More than 35,000 public employees would be removed from state government rolls if Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal stays intact through the legislative process. Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal, which was introduced Tuesday, makes major changes to the operation of the state’s University of Wisconsin System. The second-term governor’s plan would split off the system into its own public entity. By creating a separate authority for the University of Wisconsin System, it would no longer be under the direct ma... more »

European Outlook ( February 11 , 2015 ) - As the New Greece Government participates in the Special EuroGroup Meeting today ( While Greek and Russia Foreign Minister also meet in Moscow ) , expect no new agreement at EuroGroup and the focus to shift to a more critical 2/16/15 Meeting ! Additional financial data / news and views touching upon Europe broadly !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets..... Greece...... EuroGroup items..... *Yves Smith* @yvessmith · 1h1 hour ago Eurogroup Ministers to Syriza: Drop Dead: Even though the US has waded into the Greece versus Troika impasse t... http://bit.ly/1uDYqq0 *Open Europe* ‏@OpenEurope 10m 10 minutes ago Dutch PM #*Rutte* says debt write-down for #*Greece* or changes to the # *bailout* package are “not conceivable” http://www.nu.nl/politiek/39905 01/rutte-acht-schuldenverlichting-grieken-niet-denkbaar.html … *Peter Spiegel* ‏@SpiegelPeter 52s 52 seconds ago #*Greece* expecting southern solidarity... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare* The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. *This is the charming creature who wants to destroy your standard of living* At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capital... more »

The Healing Song – Alternative Treatment for Illness and Addiction

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Film - *This short documentary, "The Healing Song,"follows gong sound healer Marian Kraus as he performs sound healing on Toni Morales, who has overcome her food addictions using this alternative treatment. The post The Healing Song – Alternative Treatment for Illness and Addiction appeared first on Waking Times.

Politics And The U.S. Soldier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
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The U.S. Air Force Believes That The Future Belongs To Swarm Of Autonomous Warbirds That Explode On Target

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
The F-35 fighter incorporates all the defining features of a fifth-generation fighter -- advanced stealth, agile maneuver, sensor fusion and high-capacity, secure datalinks. Collectively, those characteristics make it far more survivable and effective in coping with the sophisticated air defenses now becoming available to countries like Syria. (USAF: Courtesy photo Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin) *Washington Examiner:* *The Air Force wants a futuristic swarm of exploding autonomous warbirds* *Last week, the Navy had its say on what a sixth-generation fighter should look like, and ... more »

Sharia UK: Police in 3 counties sought names of Charlie Hebdo buyers

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
'"Does possessing a legally published satirical magazine make people criminal suspects now? If so, I better confess that I too have a copy of Charlie Hebdo."' Jihad Watch has the context

Is Soros Preparing A Color Revolution For Greece?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville With the recent victory of Syriza in Greece, opponents of austerity the world over have been rejoicing. The news from a country crushed by austerity policies, the European Central Bank, the IMF, and corrupt oligarchs is now heralding a shift in direction toward a “third way” that does not simply involve trading one austerity oligarch and his party for another. For many in Greece, the signal is clear – help seems to be on the way. For those watching the developments from afar, the hope is that the spark in Greece will light the brushfire across Europe and the ... more »

Bowen and Bashar

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
I wonder what others made of the much vaunted face to face with Bowen and Bashar The Telegraph review concluded thus: *“Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East editor, suggested that the fact that Mr Assad was prepared to give him an interview indicated that the dictator is feeling as secure as at any time since the war started. "* Is that necessarily true? That giving the BBC an interview means Assad feels secure? *"Above all, his durability has exposed the incoherence of Western foreign policy towards the Middle East, which on almost every occasion – from the invasion of Iraq to ... more »

If You Listen Carefully, The Bankers Are Actually Telling Us What Is Going To Happen Next

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Image source Michael Snyder Are we on the verge of a major worldwide economic downturn? Well, if recent warnings from prominent bankers all over the world are to be believed, that may be precisely what we are facing in the months ahead. As you will read about below, the big banks are warning that the price of oil could soon drop as low as 20 dollars a barrel, that a Greek exit from the eurozone could push the EUR/USD down to 0.90, and that the global economy could shrink by more than 2 trillion dollars in 2015. Most of the time, very few people ever actually read the things t... more »

Global Hegemony in the Guise of “Collective Defense”

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci Chief among the stated reasons the United States has decided to arbitrate the future of Ukraine for its citizens, is the grave danger Russia allegedly poses not only to Kiev, but to Europe and the rest of the world. This despite the fact that it was the US which facilitated violent protests that eventually overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in 2013-2014 in the first place, leading directly to the war now unfolding in the heart of Eastern Europe. It was not long ago that another ambitious power cited Russia as a threat and invoked “collective defense” to ... more »

Virginia House Votes 96-4 to Take Second Step Against NDAA Indefinite Detention

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Michael Boldin Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to push back against federal indefinite detention powers. The vote was 96-4. In 2013, Virginia was the first state to pass legislation in response to the indefinite detention powers purportedly authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, still active today. That law was a first step, limited in scope, forbidding state agencies, in some situations, from cooperating with some federal attempts to exercise the indefinite detention provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the Natio... more »

CDC Wants to Infect Adults with Measles

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
*Experimental Vaccines* Apparently establishment medicine is not satisfied blasting children with an increasing concoction of toxic elements. Now they are looking to remind adults that they are targeted for contagion as well. Kenny Valenzuela covers the latest... *Research links posted below:* Most People Getting Measles Are Adults New York Measles Outbreak 90% Vaccinated CDC: Adults Need Measles Immunizations, Too 87% Vaccinated Involved In Whooping Cough Outbreak The WHO vaccine preventable diseases monitoring USA 2014 Summary Merck and Vaccine Manufactures Products 99% Vaccin... more »

Measles Strains: How Many and What You Don’t Know

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Catherine J. Frompovich Well, isn’t this a surprise! Do you know that there are many more strains of the measles virus than Baskin-Robbins has flavors of ice cream? Ice cream is one thing, but all those ‘flavors’ of measles surely must present problems for measles vaccine manufacturers, one would think. And, that’s the problem, as I see it: Healthcare consumers are not told the facts about the numerous strains of measles—similar to influenza’s many strains, which may NOT be included in vaccines! That’s why it is utterly important for public health officials t... more »

Why The Ukraine Peace Talks Will Cause War

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
By Luke Rudkowski In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest developments with the Ukraine conflict as Obama and Merkel meet to decide on arming Ukraine. We go through a lot of information very quickly to give you the bigger picture of what happened in Ukraine, we skipped over a lot but will cover this conflict in more detail later on this channel. Visit WeAreChange.org *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Disturbing Forced Vaccine Push in The Andy Griffith Show

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Sheriff Andy comes to the rescue of a nurse - a damsel in distress - by coercing a Mayberry citizen to get a jab. Sheriff Andy Taylor, played by Andy Griffith, is a beloved figure - more so now with the unprecedented rash of police brutality. It is his quality of standing up for the citizens of Mayberry and their rights that creates the everyman's hero. He vividly contrasts with the frantic Barney Fife, who is always trying to wield a loaded gun, spy on citizens and usher in a dictatorial Big Brother police state in the tiny, quiet town. Yet, what happens when th... more »

Vaccine Apocalypse Now

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Jack Mullen “Compulsory vaccination which once had the suffrage of the nation has now hardly a serious supporter. We are ashamed to jettison the idea completely and perhaps afraid that if we did the accident of some future epidemic might put us in the wrong. We prefer to let compulsory vaccination die a natural death and are relieved that the general public is not curious enough to demand an inquest. In the meantime our attention is diverted to other and new forms of immunisations" - [A] Charles Cyril Okell, "From a Bacteriological Back-Number,"*The Lancet*, Ja... more »

John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
By John Oliver Pharmaceutical companies spend many times more marketing drugs to doctors than they do marketing to customers. John Oliver from HBO's "Last Week Tonight" had a few issues with that. Big Pharma is a hilariously easy target. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Is Media Misrepresenting ‘Anti-Vaxxers’?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
By Ben Swann Public health officials have been squaring off with anti-vaccination advocates in the wake of the recent measles outbreak that sickened dozens of Disneyland visitors. To stem the disease’s spread, California lawmakers have introduced new legislation mandating vaccinations for young children, but so-called ‘anti-vaxxers’ believe the move is an infringement of their most basic freedoms. Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale Prevention Research Center, and Mark Blaxill of the Canary Party debate the real issues over MMR vaccines. Subscribe to RT America *Get truth deliver... more »

The U.S. Navy Wants A Naval Base In Australia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Image from The Washington Post. By Laris Karklis/The Washington Post. * *Bloomberg*:* U.S. Navy Considers Setting Up Ship Base in Australia* *The U.S. is in talks with Australia about “basing” Navy vessels in its main South Pacific ally, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said, a move that would risk inflaming tensions with China. * *WNU Editor:* This is just the continuation of a *growing U.S. - Australia military alliance*. *More News On The U.S. Navy Wanting A Naval Base In Australia* US Marines will be ‘all hands on deck in regional crisis’ -- The Australian U... more »

Cops Asked to Check In on 74 Year Old Man - Break In and Kill Him Instead

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Amanda Warren A North Carolina family asked Gastonia police to check in on a family member who was recovering from surgery. In an ideal world, this would be a wonderful service to be performed by police with a grateful community that would offer them thanks. Unfortunately, these notions have nothing to do with the business model of modern day policing, which does not serve those it views as its enemy. Indeed, although it might be the public that helps keep the coffers full by various means, it is a public still viewed as the number one threat by the police who benefit from them -... more »

School Cop Inflicts Brain Damage on One Kid, Punches One Who Cut in Line

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Amanda Warren It took investigation into security camera footage to prove that indeed, a Louisville, KY school officer was terrorizing and assaulting children. Unfortunately, it also took *two *different incidents before the situation was taken seriously. This is worrying on many levels. The school resource officer at Olmsted Academy North Middle School was 31-year-old Jonathan Hardin, of the LMPD. He was not removed from the position after the first assault - another soon followed. In January he pushed and punched a 13-year-old in the face, knocking the kid to the floor, whom ... more »

'Silk Road' Was Safer Than the Streets for Buyers/Sellers

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 18 hours ago
Ross Ulbricht is an Eagle Scout with no criminal record Meghan Ralston In the aftermath of the guilty verdicts handed down in the case of Ross Ulbricht, some journalists have been having a field day reporting on the downfall of the ‘alleged mastermind’ behind Silk Road, while others are shining a light on the apparent miscarriage of justice. But curiously absent in the deluge of reporting around Silk Road is the discussion about the drug war. While it’s disappointing that we’d rather use words like ‘alleged mastermind’ than ‘evidence of drug war failure,’ it’s perhaps understandab... more »

NGO Pushes for Centralized Power, Control Over Physician Licensure

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 19 hours ago
James Holbrooks On January 9, 2014, a bipartisan group of sixteen senators sent a letter to the Federation of State Medical Boards commending it for “advancing solutions toward multistate practice through more efficient sharing of medical licensure information.” Sounds hot, I know. Stick with me. The letter was in response to the FSMB’s continuing efforts to overcome issues facing the concept of telemedicine. As the name implies, telemedicine is the practice of providing medical care at a distance. This encompasses everything from a simple phone consultation to something as comp... more »

Nanny State: Cops Stop Teens from Shoveling Snow Without Their Government Issued Permit

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 19 hours ago
Melissa Melton Toss this one on the list right next to the ridiculousness of government-targeted lemonade stands. There’s a war against making any money the government can’t take a cut of these days. In Louisiana, for example, a law was passed in 2011 making it illegal to use cash to purchase anything secondhand even though our Fed notes clearly state, “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” How many people who hold garage sales take credit cards, anyway? Bye bye almost all Louisiana garage sales. Well now teens who want to make a few extra bucks shoveling... more »

Recruiting Academics To Fight Sexual Violence In War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets members of the Yazidi minority in Khanke internally displaced person (IDP) Camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq January 25, 2015. Credit: Reuters/UNHCR/Andrew McConnell/Handout via Reuters *Reuters:* *Angelina Jolie aims to recruit academics to fight sexual violence in war* *LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie said she hoped Britain's first academic center devoted to women, peace and security studies would benefit millions of girls, like an Iraqi teenager she met who... more »

Raytheon awarded contract to support V-22

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: V-22 Osprey]Raytheon Company has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a potential value of $270 million by the U.S. Navy's Air Systems Command to support V-22 Osprey systems, testing and software. The work will be performed by Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services at its facility in Indianapolis, Ind. Under the contract, Raytheon IIS employees will provide V-22 software support activity systems and software engineering, avionics integration, testing, and acquisition support. This work begins this month and is planned to conclude ... more »

USS North Dakota almost ready for deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS North Dakota (SSN-784)]60-month process of building a submarine with North Dakota’s namesake and training its crew is nearly completed. The USS North Dakota could be deployed for action within two months. Tim Preabt, master Chief of the USS North Dakota and a state native, paid a visit to the North Dakota Senate and House this week to thank the state for its support and give an update on its progress. Preabt said the submarine, which has been out to sea for about six months, runs 24 hours a day and the 145-member crew works in 18-hour cycles. Read more

Russian Military to Fire Iskander Missiles During Pacific Ocean Drills

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone)]The Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet along with military forces from the country’s northeast has kicked off impromptu training exercises with some of its units on the Kamchatka Peninsula with approximately 2,500 servicemen, the Eastern Military Region’s press service said Tuesday. “During the check by the headquarters of the combinations and unions, as well as by the service members of Coast Guard subunits, anti-air defense, naval aviation, security marine ships, and submarine forces, they will work out issues of joint activity during the defense of the c... more »

With The Murder Of Kayla Mueller Western Aid To Islamic State Controlled Regions Is Now All But Over

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Howard LaFranchi, CSM*: *Death of Kayla Mueller highlights collapse of Western aid to Syria (+video)* *Kayla Mueller went to Syria to help people 'dying by the thousands,' but confirmation of her death Tuesday after 18 months in captivity points to how Western aid to the area has almost completely dried up.* *WNU Editor:* With the murder of Kayla Mueller .... it is a guarantee that Western aid will now stop to regions that are controlled by the Islamic State.

Has the big bang theory been disproved?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
It seems that most of the "science writers" have changed their job to the permanent promotion of low-quality and downright crackpot papers that are chosen not by their cleverness or according to the scientific evidence but by their "audacity to overthrow (and I really mean 'revert') all the paradigms of modern physics". As I was told later, Anthony Watts has become an inseparable component of this cesspool. Almost on a daily basis, the readers are served wonderful stories about loons who have found something wrong with string theory or inflationary cosmology, nutcases who don't beli... more »

Diehl demonstrates full performance and achieves missile qualification with three successful IRIS-T SL firings

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: IRIS-T Surface Launched (IRIS-T SL)]Following system validation one year ago, Diehl Defence´s IRIS-T Surface Launched (IRIS-T SL) demonstrated its full performance as the most advanced Short to Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM). During this final firing campaign, concluding guided missile qualification at the Overberg Test Range in South Africa in January 2015, three guided firings were executed in different short- to medium-range and very low- to high-altitude scenarios. All of them resulted in direct hits of the target drones. To prove the capabilities of IRIS-T... more »

Ultra awarded Sonobuoy Capability contract with MoD

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: EH-101 Merlin]Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years. The contract, between Ultra and the MoD, for sonobuoy engineering, manufacture, logistics and support, ensures the Royal Navy maintains a persistent Anti-Submarine Warfare surveillance capability against hostile submarines. Read more

RAF's 17 Sqn assumes control of F-35 test and evaluation

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RAF F-35B Lightning II]The Royal Air Force’s 17 Sqn has assumed control of the test and evaluation of the UK’s first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, marking the start of independent operational testing by the UK of its future Joint Strike Fighter. The aircraft – dubbed BK-1 – is based at Edwards AFB, California, where 17 Sqn has now begun to test and evaluate without the assistance of US forces that have until now supported the test campaign for the UK’s aircraft. Both RAF and Royal Navy personnel make up the squadron, which will work to ensure that the aircraft is inter... more »

U.S. Intelligence: Thousands Of Foreign Fighters Continue To Flock To Syria And Iraq To Join The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Smoke rises from behind an Islamic State flag in Sadiya, Iraq. On Wednesday, U.S. counterterrorism officials plan to tell a U.S. House committee that the number of foreign fighters traveling to Syria to join that country’s civil war is increasing despite months of bombardment. Photo: Reuters *Reuters:* *Foreign fighters still flowing to Syria, U.S. intelligence say*s *(Reuters) - The number of foreign fighters traveling to join the Islamic State or rival militant groups in Syria is continuing to grow, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official will tell a congressional hearing on We... more »

Russia claims it's in the early stages of developing an aircraft carrier that can hold 100 planes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Aircraft carreir mockup]Russia's government-owned Krylov State Research Center is on its way towards developing Russia's latest aircraft carrier, according to Russian media. The aircraft carrier is in a very rudimentary stage of its development. It's still under conceptual testing in Krylov's laboratory. But if the tests prove successful and the carrier's design is deemed plausible, the research center will follow through with a 1:1 scale metal mock-up of the carrier (China may have just constructed its own mock-up of a new carrier). Read more

Bath Iron Works to receive $13 million for destroyer radar upgrades

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Michael Murphy]The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a $13 million contract modification to fund the first year of design work for a new radar system for the DDG 51-class of destroyers. Known as “Flight III,” the new system and related infrastructure will replace the existing radar with air and missile defense radar on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, according to the Navy. First commissioned in 1991, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers have undergone several upgrades, including the “Flight IIa” upgrade that added helicopter hangars and increased the ship’s length, acc... more »

French Rafale fighter jet sale to Egypt 'imminent': source

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]France is close to selling Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, as Cairo looks to upgrade its military hardware over fears the crisis in neighboring Libya could spill over. France and Egypt have been negotiating since a November state visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over 24 Rafale jets, a Fremm naval frigate and MBDA air-to-air missiles in a deal worth 5 billion to 6 billion euros ($5.65-$6.78 billion), two industrial sources told Reuters last week. "It's imminent. For me the signa... more »

Global SONAR market: UK Navy announces increased spending on SONAR systems and electronic warfare technology

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Sonar equipment]The British Navy has announced its plans to increase spending on ships and weapons systems over the next 10 years. The planned spend profile over the next 10 years for the Ships Operating Centre has increased slightly, with growth the result of many small changes across what is a wide and diverse portfolio of programmes and projects. The plans form part of the Defence Equipment Plan 2014, set out before parliament in January. Read more

Joan McAlpine: A £4.6billion investment shows Trident is nowhere near dead in the water

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Is Britain a democratic country? You might think the answer is obviously yes. We will all be heading out to vote in the general election in a few weeks after all. But democratic countries should reflect the views of electors and the parliament who represent them. Why then have successive governments been ignoring parliament when it comes to replacing the Trident nuclear missile system? Read more

Nasa wants to send a SUBMARINE to space in 2040: Agency reveals plans for a craft to explore Titan’s hydrocarbon oceans

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
If sending rovers to Mars wasn't enough, Nasa now wants to send submarines to Titan. The space agency has outlined plans to launch the huge structure to Saturn's largest moon by 2040. Titan is unique in the outer solar system in that it is the only one of the bodies outside the Earth with liquid lakes and seas on its surface. Read more

Tony Abbott says submarine tender will stop Russia, North Korea bidding

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]Tony Abbott has launched a strident defence of the decision not to put Australia’s future submarine project to an open tender, warning it would allow Russian and North Korean companies to make a bid. Mr Abbott has been under fire to explain how Australia will spend billions of dollars to build a new submarine fleet after senior ministers failed to explain how the current “competitive evaluation process” worked. Labor has accused Mr Abbott of using the project, worth at least $20 billion, as a bargaining chip to secure votes after South Australian Senator S... more »

NORAD Commander: Russian Bombers Are Becoming More Aggressive Near US Territory

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
US Air Force F-22 Raptor escorting a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bomber in 2011. US Air Force Photo *USNI News:** WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols* *SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – While Russian military aircraft have stepped up their activity everywhere from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Black Sea in the last year they have also been spotted more frequently closer to the U.S. territory in the Arctic, the head of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told USNI News on Tuesday.* *WNU Editor: *“Aggressive ... more »

Did The U.S. Air Force 'Doctored' Its Stats In Its Campaign To Close The A-10 Program?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
A U.S. Air Force A-10C warplane carrying missiles, rockets and bombs takes off from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada during an exercise on March 5, 2010. Republicans in Congress may save the plane against the wishes of the Air Force. IBTimes / Alberto Riva *Mandy Smithberger, War Is Boring*: *The Air Force’s Smear Campaign Against the A-10 Relies on Flawed Data* *Per sorties flown, the attack jet is actually one of the least dangerous to friendly troops* *WNU Editor:* Talk about your case/presentation for why the A-10 should be retired being blown to smithereens. If this is true i... more »

Ukraine's Anti-War And Anti-Draft Movement Is Growing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
* Justin Raimondo, Zero Hedge/Anti-War:* *Ukrainians Rage Against Military Draft: "We're Sick Of This War"* *When Ukrainian army officers came to the Ukrainian village of Velikaya Znamenka to tell the men to prepare to be drafted, they weren’t prepared for what happened next. As the commanding officer was speaking, a woman seized the microphone and proceeded to tell him off: "We’re sick of this war! Our husbands and sons aren’t going anywhere!" She then launched into a passionate speech, denouncing the war, and the coup leaders in Kiev, to the cheers of the crowd.* *WNU Editor*: ... more »

This Is The Man Who Has United Ukraine's Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Ex-electrician backed by Putin helps unite Ukraine rebels * (*Reuters) - Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko will not be present at a summit on east Ukraine this week but his actions will help determine the success or failure of any peace deal.* *While Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in the West as holding the key to peace, Zakharchenko is regarded vital for ensuring Moscow’s decisions are implemented.* *The 38-year former mine electrician, who often carries a pistol and knife and usually wears combat fatigues, has been tightening his grip on power since... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Seeds & Gardening Information

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »

(Stewart's Adieu! Oliver Kicks Big Pharma!)  Who’s Really Benefiting from the Alleged Chinese Hack Attacks  (People could die and that’s OK:  Why the Right’s Free-Market Health Philosophy Is Ludicrous)

Surprise! Which money is talking today? Yeah. I believe another very young comedian is retiring. After Ferguson just leaving and Colbert being given Dave's spot, what do we have to believe in now? Jon Stewart to Leave the Daily Show in Surprise Announcement Will the bad news ever stop? And, yes, he may need a vacation, but I don't know anyone who gets to retire after 17 years of working. (

Morning Linkage

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
After a hiatus, we will be back with some regular Morning Linkage. Look for the icon and the application of the new topic. I’m going to be brief here with some links. And it’s not even morning! Blogging Andrew Sullivan ends his blogging on the Dish Professor loses tenure after blogging gone wrong Ukraine Steve Walt […]

Ukrainians Struggle For Normalcy As The War Rages Only An Hour Or Two Away By Car

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Voice of America:* *On Ukraine Battle Fringes, Civilians Struggle for Normalcy * *KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE - While battles rage daily in some parts of eastern Ukraine, not far away -- in areas the government took back from the Russian-backed rebels last summer -- people are doing their best to live normal lives, while keeping a wary eye on the shifting front lines.* *Update:* Life under shelling in eastern Ukraine: a battle to survive (AP) *WNU Editor*: My aunt lives with her husband in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv .... and even though the front lines are about 300 km away .... they... more »

Pictures From The Front Lines Of Ukraine (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Empty shell casings outside Yenakieve, a rebel-held town 10 miles south of Vuhlehirsk. The war has been dominated by retrograde artillery exchanges in recent months: Ukrainian officials say shelling accounts for 70% of casualties among government forces. Max Avdeev for BuzzFeed News *Buzzfeed:** War Is Hell: Pictures From The Front Lines Of Ukraine* *Photographer Max Avdeev reports from eastern Ukraine for BuzzFeed News to capture the catastrophic affects of the ongoing war on the region. * *WNU Editor:* When this war is all over it will take years of effort and billions to repair ... more »

Important Health News: Study Shows Chemotherapy Treated Cancer Patients Die Sooner Than NO Treatment At All!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
It has been quite some time since I last posted any important health news... I figure that with all of the news so focused elsewhere, that a new report was long overdue...This one deals again with the fraud of Cancer and Cancer treatments.... I came across this most important report that I absolutely want to share with everyone... It comes from the End All Disease website, at www.endalldisease.com, and shows again how much we have been lied to about Cancer and so called Cancer treatments.... The article is entitled: "Study: Chemotherapy Treated Cancer Patients Die Sooner Than No Tre... more »

Cancer Diaries-- Diagnosis

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Yeah, its a big shock when your doctor first tells you that your diagnosis is cancer. BIG SHOCK. But I suspect that for most people-- certainly for myself-- it only happens once-- the shock, not the diagnosis. The second time you're diagnosed with cancer, the shock-- and the fear-- aren't as palpable, earthshaking and profound. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer around a decade ago, eventually chose to work with a doctor who treated it holistically rather than with traditional western medicine, and I've been in pretty good health since. Actually, I *haven't* been in pretty good ... more »

artificial structures on the moon

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
aliens on the moon


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Egyptian TV Host Ibrahim Issa: Nobody Dares to Admit That ISIS Crimes Are Based on Islamic Sources.

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: Egyptian TV Host Ibrahim Issa: Nobody Dares to Admit That ISIS Crimes Are Based on Islamic Sources. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: February 9, 2015. Description:* In a recent TV show, Egyptian journalist and TV host Ibrahim Issa said that the barbaric crimes perpetrated by ISIS were indeed based on the Islamic sources but that the clerics were afraid to say so. "I would like to see a single Al-Azhar cleric in Egypt have the courage to admit that Abu Bakr burned a man alive," he said. This is a vicious circle of barbarity, because it is wrapped in religion, said Issa, whos... more »

Video Footage Captures A Rocket Attack On A Residential Area Of Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Terrifying footage of rocket attack launched in residential area of Ukraine that has left at least six civilians dead* * * Six civilians killed in rocket attack on Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine * Military headquarters also hit during two minute long bombardment * Scene of the strikes is more than 30 miles from the front-lines * Said the rockets had been fired from the rebel-controlled Horlivka area * Increase in fighting comes ahead of peace talks in the region * *Update:* 'We are safe nowhere': Multiple civilians killed in Ukraine rocket attack -- Mashable *WNU ... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Washington Post:* *Day before crucial Ukrainian peace summit, heavy fighting in nation’s east* *MOSCOW — Fighting expanded in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, a day ahead of planned peace talks, with both Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels claiming advances as a key Ukrainian-held town far behind the front lines was shelled for the first time in months.* *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 10, 2015* Agreement on Ukraine cease-fire deal is reported -- NYT Ukraine contact group representatives deny ceasefire deal in Minsk -- Reuters Fighting Intensi... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds")

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds") - http://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Near the center of this sharp cosmic portrait, at the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium. Gathered within a region about 1.5 light-years in radius, they dominate the core of the dense Orion Nebula Star Cluster. Ultraviolet ionizing radiation from the Trapezium stars, mostly from the brightest star Theta-1 Orionis C powers the complex star forming region's entire visible glow. *Click image for larger size.* About three million years old, the Orion Nebula Cluster was even more compact in its younger years and a recent dynamical study indicate... more »

Chet Raymo, “Surrounded By A Sleep”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Surrounded By A Sleep”* by Chet Raymo “In an interview in the Sunday Times, the Irish novelist John Banville reflected on mortality: "All that will be left is a name. But we'll have been here, and we'll have seen these extraordinary things that we see. And that, in some peculiar way, can't be erased. This is the only reason to try to make a work of art: to say that there was a man once here, and this is how he saw this amazingly beautiful place. It's awful here, of course, but I can't imagine anywhere better." Banville was raised a Catholic, with the whole convoluted calculus of ... more »

Quote of the day: “an unexpected side-effect of the modern surveillance state”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
“This could be an unexpected side-effect of the modern surveillance state: our ancestors will get really kick-ass biographies.” - Danyl McLauchlan reviewing books he read over the summer holidays Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Little Optimism Ahead Of Ukraine Peace Talks In Minsk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Euronews: *Little optimism ahead of Ukraine peace talks in Minsk* Last year’s Minsk agreement failed to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine and there is little reason for optimism about the latest peace talks in the capital of Belarus. A Russian source has been quoted as saying that there are no plans to sign a document to resolve the conflict and that the creation of a demilitarised zone would be the main talking point. *WNU Editor:* I have no reasons to be optimistic. Both sides are not budging from their stated positions, and while some are speculating that today's intense bat... more »

President Obama Calls Russian President Putin To Deliver A Warning On Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Sputnik:* *Obama Calls Putin to Discuss Conflict in Ukraine* *United States President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing and increasingly violent conflict in Ukraine.The White House said Obama urged Putin to seize the opportunity of peace talks between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.Obama told Putin if Russia continues aggressive actions in Ukraine, “including by sending troops, weapons, and financing to support the separatists, the costs for Russia will rise,” the White House said.* *WNU Editor*: I guess President Obam... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Unison Benediction" * "Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve, to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness and still that ancient necessary pain preserve. Return to the most human, nothing less will teach the angry spirit, the bewildered heart; the torn mind, to accept the whole of its duress, and pierced with anguish… at last, act for love.... more »

"In The Final Analysis..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In the final analysis, our most common link is that we inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." - John F. Kennedy

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Great Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Great Life" by Henrik Edberg "You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer. Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favorite tips from him. 1. Approve of yourself. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behavior and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feeling. ... more »

"Are You Feeling Stressed Out?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Are You Feeling Stressed Out?" by Jonathan "Have you got endless demands tugging at you from all directions? Does your life seem to be spinning out of control? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out when you can’t ever seem to catch up. Do you think bringing your life into balance would require a major life change? It may not be as difficult as what you imagine. Did you realize that, regardless of your circumstances, a true sense of balance actually comes from within you, not from your surroundings? 3 Ways to reduce feelings of stress: Here are three simple strategies to ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg:* *Ukraine Peace Talks Could Be the Real Deal* *At the time I'm writing this, it's still not entirely clear whether there will be a meeting in Minsk on Wednesday to hammer out a peace deal for Ukraine. But, unlike last Friday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande flew to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, I believe a deal may be close. The frantic military activity in eastern Ukraine may actually be evidence of that.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 10, 2015* Ukraine confl... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*New concerns to cause Corps to step up monitoring of St. Bernard floodwalls ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate * *Flood authority flexes technical muscle, and Corps of Engineers responds ~Bob Marshall, The Lens* *Residents say Uptown construction causing homes to crack ~WWLTV* *UberX in New Orleans? ~Gambit*

Feb. 10: www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1500596.htm

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
To the cheers of my French Catholic ancestors, and to the curses of my Scots Presbyterian ones, I urge you to read the site in today's title above. It's a report on a speech by Pope Francis; and it's brilliant. He starts with the problems of hunger, and points out that there is enough food for all. But while we let millions starve, we waste food, and we overeat so dreadfully that our greatest problem is not hunger but obesity. For this and for much of the hunger and suffering in our world, he blames our economic systems and the financial speculations of the very rich. We tolerate a ... more »

On the Industrial Revolution, and the Church’s institutional resistance

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
On the role of the Church in the industrial revolution, Clarence Ayres (a disciple of Thorstein Veblen, oddly enough), has this to say: “Our concern is with industrial evolution and from this point of view the Church must be recognised as the spearhead of institutional resistance to technological change. Under the leadership of the church, feudal society opposed and interdicted all the great innovations of which industrial society is the outgrowth; but that opposition was ineffective­­ from the point of view of industrial evolution,­­ happily so,­­ and its ineffectiveness was du... more »

World News Briefs -- Febraury 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC: *Ukraine conflict: *Battles rage ahead of Minsk talks* *Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine as government forces and pro-Russian rebels try to make gains ahead of expected peace talks on Wednesday.Rebels carried out rocket attacks on a key military base and a residential area in Kramatorsk, officials say, killing at least seven civilians.* *MIDDLE EAST* Syrian government launches offensive* against rebels in south*. Assad says Syria is informed *on anti-IS air campaign*. Assad says Syria informed *about US strikes against ISIL.* U.S. leads 12 air strikes *against Isla... more »

Transpicuous News Feb 8 2015: Putin's Aspergers, America's Measles, and Scratch-n-Sniff phones

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Oh What a week it's been. Between the media and politician driven fear porn about the Measles and the push to punish those who've actually done their homework and refused toxic vaccines, to the soap opera of Greece, the EU and the Ukraine debacle, and the question of why 3 JPMorgan Execs were all gathered on a train together..... Can things get any more ridiculous? Probably.... and judging from the news that's been breaking in the past 24 hours, I would say that things are just spinning faster and faster. Remember: Be Aware ... more »

Russian News Service: Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement Reached. (Update: No Deal Reached)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Denis Pushilin, representative of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, speaks to the media after the meeting of the so-called Contact Group on eastern Ukraine, which brings together representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Russian-backed separatist rebels and the OSCE European security watchdog, at the Dipservice Hall in Minsk February 10, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko *New York Times: **Agreement on Ukraine Cease-Fire Deal Is Reported* *MOSCOW — Negotiators meeting in Minsk, Belarus, reached a tentative deal for a cease-fire in Ukraine on Tuesday nigh... more »

Accessing your Value: Pipe dream? .... maybe not!!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
If you tuned into the One People Round Table Discussion with Kiri Campbell from New Zealand last night on CCN then you know the news already. If you didn't.... well we had a pretty interesting 2 and a half hour conversation that has generated a HUGE amount of excitement, a new CCN show, and more LIVE stream updates, including the next one from Kiri that has just been put together a few minutes ago- to go LIVE at 11pm GMT tonight- in about 15 minutes! You may remember the discussions Lisa, Brian and I had with Kiri back in 2013, when she went into the banks to access her value, and... more »

Tom Holland: "In the Shadow of the Sword" + The Untold Story Documentary

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Wikipedia:* Thomas Holland (born 1968) is a British novelist and historian, who has published several popular works on classical and medieval history as well as creating two documentaries. In August 2012, he produced a documentary for Channel 4 entitled Islam: The Untold Story, which provoked what Holland described as "a firestorm of death threats" against him. Contributors included Professor Patricia Crone. The programme generated a strongly negative response from some British Muslims, with more than 1,000 complaints received by Ofcom and Channel 4. A planned screening of Islam...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US General John Allen has said that much of the Iraqi army's equipment had been lost [Reuters] *IBTimes:* *US General Says Iraqi Forces Soon To Launch Ground Offensive Vs ISIS* *Iraq is poised to deploy its forces to carry out a massive ground offensive versus the ISIS to retake the large swathes of land the latter captured in the previous months. John Allen, the US coordinator for the anti-IS coalition of Western and Arab countries, told Jordan's official Petra news agency the ground mission is slated to begin “in the weeks ahead.”* *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- Febr... more »

What is the Illuminati and How It Controls the Western World

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *This video explains the theory of what is the Illuminati, what is its purpose, and how it has supposedly controlled the Western world using some of the world's most famous celebrities. The post What is the Illuminati and How It Controls the Western World appeared first on Waking Times.

Shark versus Man: Who comes first ethically?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
A man was killed over the weekend in a horrific shark attack off the northern coast of New South Wales. "We believe it was a very large shark," Detective Inspector Lindsay said. The victim was sitting on his surfboard when the shark came up beneath him, taking off both of his legs and pulling him off his surfboard, he said... "For a shark to take the board and the person sitting on it, it's got to be very big.” … Richard [the manager of a local surf shop] said the frequency of shark attacks in the area was "getting crazy.""Every week we get someone knocked off their board... more »

Ukrainian Woman Takes down War & Draft with Honesty, Heart and Love

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*H/T Anthony*- These two women are awesome. Courage; Anger channeled for all the right reasons. They speak for humanity, not just for Ukraines- These women speak for all of humanity when saying things like:* Paraphrasing*- *The state takes away our human rights!- because they do!* *Why should we go and kill them because they want to live on their own land* *We won't listen anymore. Our husbands are not going to fight* *Our children are not going to fight* *All of us together we will be strong- Quit ruining our families. Our human lives. That's 

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