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Saturday, February 14, 2015

14 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

10:41pm MST

A U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal? Don't Get Your Hopes Up Lovers of Peace

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
"On Iraq, they may find a deal, the nuclear issue may be tranquillized or it may not, I have no way of knowing. On Afghanistan they might try to do something, but I stress the Iranians don't have much leeway. Lebanon, it would seem that this new coalition, arrived at in a very odd way, may last. *But it leaves the question of Palestine, which I don't see them being able to find a common ground on, because the Iranians would not be able to deliver Hamas, and the Americans cannot deliver the Israelis. So they would have to accept that, and not to raise hopes too high. I think that's... more »

A Good Day For Canada

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
The schoolyard isn't a news site. It's a blog. So, I'm not always fast to get on top of the latest. The execrable "SUN News" has gone off the air and the day it happened was a good day for Canada. Some people from the journalism profession are mourning the loss of employment of their colleagues, but I can't bring myself to feel bad. If the company formerly known as "Blackwater" shut down, people would be out of work, but it would be a good thing for the world. Any hateful business or industry being shut down would be a good thing, even though it meant some people were unemployed. ... more »

Mink De Ville: Slick Fur Fury

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
In 1977 I wrote a story about Mink DeVille for *Creem*. It isn't easy to access online so I figured I'd post it here at *DWT*... no special reason, except so that more people should be able to acquaint themselves with this largely unknown American band. Enjoy: "MINK PIE, how's that!" challenged Willie, whose darkly silent, sinewy presence dominated the dimly-lit cold-water flat in Oakland. The band had been up speeding for four days; it was 5 a.m. and they wanted a change. Why not start with a new name? The San Francisco Bay Area hadn't treated them all that well-- not as the Laz... more »

Fukushima VERY VERY PINK this Morning

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago

TV Watch: On the special pleasure of reencountering an old compadre from "Breaking Bad"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*It's kind of a shame that we already knew that Jimmy McGill going to tangle with this familiar-to-us face, but the producers had to give us something in the name of -- gasp -- publicity, if only to guard the important secrets.* *"You also realize that it wasn’t the drug that made him that way. Deep down inside, he just has anger issues."* *-- Raymond Cruz, on playing Tuco Salamanca again,but now six years before Breaking Bad* *by Ken* You know how I always say I'd like to know as little as possible about a TV show or movie I'm going to watch? Case in point: the premier episode o... more »

North Carolina's Bonehead Testing "Reforms"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
If you were to ever wonder what state testing might look like when ESEA turns states loose with Testing Gone Wild, look no further than North Carolina. Want to get rid of all those end of year tests? How about adding 4 more each year. Hey, Alexander supporters!! Are you listening? From the News-Observer: . . . .A State Board of Education task force on testing is recommending replacing the end-of-year tests given to third- through eighth-graders with three or four shorter tests given during the year. The task force is also recommending an additional test given once during the e... more »

Things can only get rounder

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Commercial broadcasters have nothing on the BBC when it comes to seeking to boost ratings by using star names. The wonderful news that the BBC is planning a landmark series on BBC One answering big, simple-sounding-yet-complex scientific questions, such as 'Why is the sky blue?' and 'Why is the earth round?', might well be tempered (for some people) by a slight sinking feeling. If you're familiar with the BBC's recent science coverage, I bet you can guess who (out of the many thousands of UK scientists) the BBC has chosen to present this new, high-profile series. Go on, have a g... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Challenge from Heaven”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
2002, “Challenge from Heaven” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99dbIpstPpA

Musical Interlude: 2002, “The Dreaming Tree

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
2002, “The Dreaming Tree” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_hOphl_fsg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Is this what will become of our Milky Way Galaxy? Perhaps if we collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years, it might. Pictured below is NGC 7252, a jumble of stars created by a huge collision between two large galaxies. The collision will take hundreds of millions of years and so is effectively caught frozen in time in the above image. The resulting pandemonium has been dubbed the Atoms-for-Peace galaxy because of its similarity to a cartoon of a large atom. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken recently by the MPG/ESO 2.2 meter telescope in Chile. ... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Sunset"* "Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors which it passes to a row of ancient trees. You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you, one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth, leaving you, not really belonging to either, not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent, not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing that turns to a star each night and climbs – leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads) your own life, timid and standing high and growing, so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out, one moment your life is a s... more »


DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Politicians are widely seen as legitimate-- even healthy-- targets of skepticism, derision and raucous humor. Rachel Maddow's opening piece on one of her MSNBC shows this week-- a look at Jeb Bush's tech campaign-- was nothing short of hilarious. I have two broken ribs and I was in pain from laughing so hard while I watched it. (If you didn't see it, it's embedded above and I recommend you give yourself a treat.) I'm sure it would be even funnier to have heard the dinner chit-chat at Chez Kravis if new-found Republican concern for economic inequality had come up at the $100,000/p... more »

History: "Afghanistan: Last Stand at Gandamak"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Afghanistan: Last Stand at Gandamak"* by Britishbattles.com “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana The last stand of the survivors of Her Majesty's 44th Foot at Gandamak. "The fate of the British and Indian forces in Afghanistan in the winter of 1840 to 1841 provides a striking illustration of the collapse of morale and military efficiency where the officers in command are indecisive and wholly lacking in initiative and self-confidence. The only senior officer left in Afghanistan with any ability was Brigadier Nott, the garrison commander a... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Goodland, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Questions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.” - Arthur C. Clarke

Chet Raymo, “We Are Such Stuff...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“We Are Such Stuff...”* by Chet Raymo “Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again.” "Caliban is talking to Stephano and Trinculo in Shakespeare's “Tempest”, telling them not to be "afeard" of the mysterious place they find themselves, an island seemingly beset with magic, strangeness, ineffable presences. And you and I, and, yes, all of us, find ourselves inexplicably th... more »

Speak for your Self

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Will Self is a mock-profound peacock. Every obscure word flaunted is an eye on his fantastical, extravagant tail. Despite that, BBC Radio 4 intended to set him up as their “writer in residence” - before someone got cold feet. (A shy BBC peahen perhaps). In some ways it's a shame the channel didn't have the courage of its convictions. Will Self *is* the embodiment of so much of the underlying spirit of BBC Radio 4 that he would have represented its 'official point of view' splendidly. And as proof of that... His latest 'A Point of View', reacting to the attack on *Charlie Hebdo*,... more »

"Effort and Understanding: Having It Easy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Effort and Understanding: Having It Easy"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we view the lives of others and think they have it easy, we are not seeing the whole of their life or the story they are presenting. Our lives are an exercise in facing challenges. We dream the grandest of dreams as youngsters only to discover that we must cultivate copious inner strength and determination in order to meet our goals. Our hard work does not always yield the results we expect. And it is when we find ourselves frustrated by the trials we face or unable to meet our own expectations that we... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Hollywood: Pushing Programmed Propaganda in Preparation of the Plan?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 7 hours ago
Hollywood has been used to spread propaganda for as long as it's been in existence. Old movies from the 40s and 50s and 60s are so full of, what we now see as, clear propaganda that to pretend it doesn't still exist now, is beyond ludicrous. Todays propaganda is different. Some of it is extremely blatant, but much of it is very subtle, so subtle that you almost have to back up and look at entire years of films to see the message they are pushing. We've all watched Independence Day, Aliens, Transformers, Avengers, Battle over Los Angeles, etc... all spreading the fear of aliens pr... more »

Sacred Geometry: The Math of God

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *Spirit Science dives into the topic of Sacred Geometry to talk about spirals and sequences that all life strives towards, and at the end the video looks at the second informational unraveling of the Fruit of Life and God. The post Sacred Geometry: The Math of God appeared first on Waking Times.

TV Reruns: Saturday Night at the Funnies

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
German satire about double standards in international law and democracy as it relates to media coverage of Ukraine story .... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Spoiling the GF tonight (and vice versa .... I hope). Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Removal of a Post

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
Blogger's Note: I will confess that I didn't read this as closely as I should have and then spending something more than an hour attempting to be able to post to this blog, I believe this is more trouble than it is worth. Yes, I believe that we should learn all we can about the Roswell Slides and I also understand the attempts by some to protect the witnesses. I know that most of us would merely attempt to verify the information, especially when it has the potential to be explosive. But we are also dealing with private citizens who don't deserve an onslaught of telephone calls, some ... more »

More on Corporate Media Deception

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Patrick Lancaster, a freelance journalist on the front line in Ukraine, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the truth of what is happening there. Footage he took of government forces shelling a soup kitchen was misrepresented by On Demand news, affiliated with ITN, as being rebel forces attacking. Even in the original video, he points out that one of the women in it is cursing Poroshenko, and it was clear that it was government forces making the attack, and it was 'definitely an attempt to twist the truth or outright lie.' The Guardian Media Group picked up and ... more »

Assimilation, Bundism or Zionism? Which is best for Jews and non-Jews alike?

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 8 hours ago
The 'Jewish Question' is one which has plagued humanity for centuries, if not millennia. The cause of the friction between Jews and non-Jews is multifaceted. The main points of contention can be summarised thus: - Politico-economic Issues - Racio-Religious Issues The issues are not particularly easy to view in isolation from one another. This makes it harder to define what exactly is the 'problem' between Jews ad non-Jews. Without a clear definition of what exactly we are up against, it is that much harder to work out how to find a workable solution. The Jewish Question ... more »

Feb. 14: Iimpressive quotations to suck us in.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
The TandT edition of Friday, Feb. 13, has a big story about the ranking of New Brunswick's health care system. Front page stuff. And it comes straight from the expensive offices of The Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa. So we have to take this seriously. Funny thing, though. The story never tells us what and who The Conference Board of Canada is. It certainly sounds very official, possibly even government, and very authoritative - just as a fish might think a worm on a hook looks like gourmet food. In fact, the Board is a private, not-for-profit organization. (Which really means... more »

Ukraine President Poroshenko: Martial Law Will Be Imposed Throughout The Country If The Ceasefire Fails

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Martial law to be imposed throughout Ukraine if the ceasefire fails* *President Poroshenko confirms martial law will be imposed if fighting continues* *Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko confirmed today that martial law will be imposed throughout Ukraine if the latest ceasefire fails. The president has vowed to introduce the necessary legislation if the peace initiative does not succeed, according to the Ukrainian news agency* *The president has vowed to introduce the necessary legislation if the peace initiative does not succeed, according to the Ukrainian news age... more »

The Poet: Marianne Williamson, "Our Deepest Fear"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Our Deepest Fear"* By Marianne Williamson "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us. We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you *not* to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small Does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is wit... more »

"Before You Judge..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Just watching the BBC News Channel. They are leading with the terrorist attack on the free speech seminar in Copenhagen. Neither the BBC presenter nor the reporter (Rob Broomby) are speculating as to who might have carried out the attack. They are saying it's about "intimidation" and "intolerance" though. The BBC are being very clear about one thing though: that the likely target of the attack, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, is controversial. The word "controversial" was used about him four times within the space of three minutes.

The Sociology of Tory Stupidity

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
It's been a bad week for the Tories. This is supposed to be the month they pull ahead and seal the general election deal. *Fat chance*. The HSBC tax dodging scandal, the £15,000/head black and white Tory fundraiser, the facing down of Lord Fink by Ed Miliband after initial threats to sue, then Fink handing over another victory by admitting that "everyone" (i.e. his well monied mates) avoided tax, the Conservatives have got to be praying that the political fates won't send them another week like this. Right on cue, in the desperate scramble for anything to change the record here come... more »

“This isn’t divine revelation, it’s a conman fleecing the gullible.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
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Ukraine War News Updates -- February 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC*: *Ukraine crisis: Fighting rages as ceasefire nears* *Fierce fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine, hours before a ceasefire is due to come into force at midnight (22:00 GMT).* *A police chief said the strategic town of Debaltseve was suffering a ferocious bombardment by pro-Russian rebels.* *Renewed fighting is also reported near the southern port city of Mariupol.* *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 14, 2015* Bitter last gasp battle for control of key strategic points in eastern Ukraine leaves trail of death and destruction in the lead up to Sunday's ceasefire -... more »

Caretaking: "I Am Here On This Earth..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"I Am Here On This Earth For My Own Soul’s Evolution-* * Not To Take Care Of You"* Author Unknown "Love is not about taking care of someone else. Even though taking care of someone else could be rewarding, it usually becomes a burden sooner or later. Some people learned to do this because they had to in order to survive. Some children grew up too fast - having to take care of their siblings or emotionally unbalanced parents. Caretaking can become a disease. Most caretakers become martyrs and eventually become sick or addicted to something to take away the pain. When I care-take so... more »

The Writing on the Wall

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago

My Valitine

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
The whole world celebrates Valinties Day But its a totally false global objective Invented 50 years ago by Madison Avenue as marketing spam For me its true but way more personal love at first sight that's my Valentine Just having you in my vison most days In any world or any black hole I might travel through in the future you will always \ give pause to the theory of relativity reaming timeless in my concessions as the most beautiful sight in an infinite universe over all. Happy Valentine my long term reliable incredible love I love you like oxygen XXXXOOOO Steve

GOP political theater comes up empty in the hostage-taking of DHS

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*What a brain trust!* *Standing behind Miss Mitch are three of modern legislating's great GOP johns: Senators Barrasso (WY), Thune (SD), and Cornyn (TX).* *"The bottom line is they could probably clean this up very quickly."* *-- Sen. Joe "If They Don’t Have Me, Where Do They Go?" Manchin("D"-WV), quoted by the Washington Post's Paul Kane* *by Ken* And Senator Joe (who, according to the *Washington Post*'s Paul Kane, "said [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell needs to convince [House Speaker John] Boehner that they have to pass the funding bill without any of the policy condi... more »

Yemen On The Verge Of A Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Yemeni Houthi fighters fire on protesters after clashes kill 26* *(Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in several cities on Saturday against the rule of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement whose gunmen fired on protesters in the central town of Ibb and wounded four, medics said.It was the second day of nationwide demonstrations against the Iranian-backed Houthis in less then a week after its dissolution of parliament this month unraveled security and sent Western and Arab embassies packing.* *More News On The Growing Crisis In Yemen* Fighting in Yeme... more »

Peru: UFO Witnessed on the Hottest Day in Lima

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: El Popular (Peru)Date: 11 February 2015* *Perú: UFO Witnessed on the Hottest Day in Lima* Minutes of mystery elapsed during the recording of a television show, after a group of people witnessed a flying object- in bold daylight- in the skies over Miraflores. The images shared by YouTuber *Eduardo Chavez* indicate that this occurred when congressman *Renzo Reggiardo* was recording his "Alto al Crimen" program around 10:30 a.m.. "A strange object suspended in mid-air could be seen in the heavens," reads the video description. The congressman interrupts his presentation - ... more »

Just when the Minsk peace deal was looking like a disaster for the beleaguered separatists of Donetsk and Lugansk, the analyses of two independent observers conclude the contrary. "Saker sees the conflict ending this year with the economic, military, and political collapse of Ukraine." Certainly Ukraine is broke and its conscripted army does not wish to be slaughtered fighting under incompetent generals against the far more motivated and better-led separatists (see link just below). NB The acronym NAF stands for the separatist Armed Forces while UAF is the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
http://freeukrainenow.org/tag/naf/ ------------------------------ *Update of Minsk Peace Deal — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ February 13, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Update of Minsk Peace Deal Paul Craig Roberts In my last column I provided reasons for believing that the deal will fail. I saw a larger downside for Russia and the Donetsk and Luhansk republics because Putin and the break-away provinces will be blamed. English is the world language, and this enables W... more »

Peru: UFO Spotted and Videotaped in Lima

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: Que! and Planeta UFODate: 12 February 2015* *Peru: A UFO is Spotted and Videotaped in Lima* *By the staff of Que!* This isn't the first video recording of an unidentifid object, but documents of this sort are always impressive. On February 10, 2015, user Eduardo Chavez Guerra uploaded this video to YouTube showing a strange even. He was taping a television show in a district of Lima, Perú, when a strange object appeared in the recording. The show host, who was speaking at the time, interrupts his speech upon becoming aware of the presence of the strange saucer-shaped o... more »

First Nations and other stuf

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Without using DNA i know our indguois people are beggotn chinese. A few thosand years ago some people moved for reasons unknown maybe the men did not want to be eunuchs or maybe the Emperour banished them could be it was a colonization gone wrong Whatever the reason we in Canada are left right now with the consequenses of thousands of years of history The controlling force in recent times has not covered itself with glory. All we can say in our own defence is that we did not do ethnic cleansing like the USA So now we have these thousand year old hippies occupying what were for a long ti... more »

Ted Cruz: The government is poised to steal your internet...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*and it's going to cost you big!* Like I said in* my last post:* I don't trust the "man" in the White House. He is a proven liar. I certainly don't trust the people who pull his strings and make his mouth move. I don't trust most of the elected officials. I also know that if you control communication, people's ability to travel, their food and, most importantly, their access to health care, you are in control of the populace. *It seems Ted Cruz agrees with me. * *More:* * Here's something else to tick you off. Think about this as you gaze at you paycheck and the amoun... more »

Gallop Poll: Americans Are More Worried About The Islamic State And Terrorism Than Russia And Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Gallop*: *ISIS, Terrorism Seen as Graver Threats Than Russia, Ukraine* *WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite the intensifying fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists before the cease-fire agreement Thursday, Americans place the conflict low on the list of critical threats to U.S. interests in the next decade. Islamic extremists, commonly known as the Islamic State or ISIS, along with international terrorism in general, loom much larger in Americans' minds as a critical threat.* *Update*: 84% of Americans see Islamic State as 'critical threat' - poll -- RT *WNU editor:* Am... more »

Trident Juncture '15

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
*Joint Force Command Brunssum Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team (OLRT) * *- Photo courtesy of JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office* *Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will take place from 28 September to 06 November 2015 in multiple locations across the Alliance including Italy, Portugal and Spain. Over 25,000 troops are expected to participate in the exercise.The purpose of TRJE15 is to train and test the NRF, a high readiness and technologically advanced force comprising of land, air, maritime and special forces units capable of being deployed quickly on operations wherev... more »

TEPCO Cam 4 Problems

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
The TEPCO cam 4 at Fukushima has been having odd black-out problems. What is odd is the way that some pixels remain active while others go dark, as illustrated by these 3 screenshots taken February 12 2015, around 7:40 AM (TEPCO time stamp) Can you see there are some active pixels (I don't know the jargon sorry) in the dark screenshot above? In addition to the blue spot in the right corner, there are hints of pixels of color in the location of the large white crane. The image resolved and then it blacked out again partially, as illustrated in this third screenshot: Either the ... more »

Confused About US Policy in Iraq?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS). This comes as the White House speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants. I thought Obama said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were over?

The 3 Lies That Block The Flow of Love

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*David James Lees* - Love is your natural state of being. Love is the energy that is all around you. It is the vibration and essence of every part of the Cosmos and every living thing. The post The 3 Lies That Block The Flow of Love appeared first on Waking Times.

Fmr U.S. Intelligence Chief: President Obama's Islamic State Strategy Has Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Former Intelligence Chief Says Obama's ISIS Strategy Failed* *Congress hears testimony from a retired Lieutenant General who led the Defense Intelligence Agency. * *The U.S. "failed to understand the threats that we face" from Islamic extremism, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said during a U.S. House Armed Services Committee hearing today.* *More News On Former Intelligence Chief General Michael Flynn's Testimony At Congress* ‘Struggling to Define the Threat’: Fmr DIA Chief Destroys Obama's Talking P... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
I was cited in “What Islamic State got out of burning a man alive” by Peter Van Buren for Reuters. My article on another loss for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was reprinted in Business Insider and listed on Real Clear Defense.

Twentieth 9/11 Hijacker Claims Saudi Royals Funded Al Qaeda

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
In news that should not surprise anyone who has believed that factions of the House of Saud have long funded terrorists, the alleged “20th hijacker” from the September 11, 2001 attacks has launched a bombshell. Zacarias Moussaoui, who was arrested by federal agents in August of 2001 thereby missing his rendezvous date with those 72 virgins, has dropped the dime on members of the Saudi royal family for aiding and abetting al Qaeda. Moussaoui accused several high profile Saudi princes of working with the terrorist organization since the 1990’s. He went so far as finger an "official"... more »

7.2 Earthquake on Russia Ukraine Border..... opps, it's gone

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
I haven't had the time to keep up with all of the earth quakes and solar events, but this one seriously jumped out at me. Take NOTE. d Published on Feb 13, 2015 In a wild twist of events, here in the twilight zone of bizzaro world, the USGS has come out and acknowledged the Ukraine 6.8 Magnitude earthquake which showed on the feeds -- but then says it was an "error". I've got the full post here, with the data, screenshots and links: http://dutchsinse.com/2132015-two-6-8-magnitude-earthquakes-strike-mid-atlantic-ridge-and-at-the-border-of-ukraine-and-russia/ ______ The earthqua... more »

Lunatic Senator John McCain Goes Batshit Over Ukraine Peace Talks

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
A last ditch effort by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to try to negotiate a cease fire in civil war torn Ukraine has sent Senator John McCain into orbit. After he and his butt-buddy, South Carolina Senator and possible presidential candidate Lindsey Graham had practically sealed the deal for a massive transfer of U.S. military weaponry to Kiev, Frau Merkel has dared to throw a monkey wrench into things. The two European leaders traveled to Moscow to meet with the hated Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to try to prevent what could be... more »

Love From the Great Beyond

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Ida Lawrence* - So why do we say that our loved ones aren’t really gone? It is because we know we are more than physical: we know because we are the observer of ourselves. The post Love From the Great Beyond appeared first on Waking Times.

Chopper Whopper: NBC Anchor Brian Williams Exposed as Professional Liar

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
According to Greek mythology Icarus plunged to his death after his waxen wings melted when he flew too close to the sun. It is a fitting metaphor for millionaire celebrity NBC News anchor Brian Williams who had to retract and publicly apologize for a career burnishing fib that he told. Williams had regaled people with the tale that he had been on a helicopter that was forced down under fire in Iraq back when battle raged in 2003. But the pride of NBC Nightly News repeated his fairy tale one time too many and was called out for it. As reported by Reuters in the story “NBC's Brian W... more »

Another Phony: Liberal Hero Elizabeth Warren Opposes Fed Audit

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
Liberals and progressives are the type that come to mind when considering P.T. Barnum’s famous quote that there is *"a sucker born every minute"* and they never stop trying to live up to being chumps. In 2008 they bought into the Barack Obama snake oil and after having ample evidence that it was a defective product, came back to buy another batch in 2012. The O-Bots are still living in a constant state of denial about the reality that their illustrious leader is one of history’s greatest bullshit artists and are still waiting for *Obama to be Obama*. But he is doing exactly that an... more »

Obama Signs "Advisory" Executive Order On Cybersecurity

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
The push for the total surveillance society continues with El Presidente just signing another one of his decrees Friday to push for corporations to “share” data with the federal government. Obama paid a visit to Silicon Valley for a public relations exercise called the “White House summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection” at Stanford University to sell the latest attack on civil liberties. This has been coming ever since the alleged North Korean involvement in the Sony hack that to this day has never been backed up by evidence. The allegations accompanied the holiday media... more »

The War Against The Islamic State Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN*: *Tribal leader: Iraq's Anbar province could 'collapse within hours'* *An Iraqi tribal leader said Saturday that ISIS militants are gaining ground in Anbar province, and he predicted a "collapse within hours" of that province's cities and towns if Iraqi forces withdraw.* *Sheikh Naim al-Gaoud, the Sunni leader of the Albu Mimr tribe, which was a U.S. ally in the mid-2000s, called for more U.S. intervention -- including ground troops, arming tribes directly and pressuring the Iraqi government to give the tribes more firepower.* *More News On The War Against The Islamic State... more »

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Updates - February 14 , 2015 - As Brando once explained ( in context of War ) " The Horror " of Fukushima does abate by being ignored ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago
Tweets and Links......... Latest Headlines: 03:59 PM EST on February 13th, 2015 | 107 comments Magazine: ‘Fukushima catastrophe changed the world’; Worst nuclear accident in history, like two Chernobyls; ‘Poisoned entire landscapes for centuries’ — Study: Fukushima ‘overwhelms’ the peak radioactivity from nuclear bomb testing in ice core samples; ‘Affected the global environment’ 09:28 AM EST on February 12th, 2015 | 322 comments Doctor “removed 6 thyroids in recent months” from USS Reagan crew exposed to Fukushima fallout — “Over 500 sailors ill after mission in Japan” — Of... more »

Corporate Watch: Privatize Education

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
This Republican Congressman from Virginia is the perfect example of the kind of challenge we face these days. He wants to privatize education which means that the rich kids will have good foundational learning and the poor kids could be "trained on a rock" like Plato was. Privatization of education, Social Security, health care, sewer and water systems, public transit, roads, bridges, etc are attempts to corporatize all aspects of our lives - turning every public service into a profit generator. This is what the big *$$$* is doing to politics today in the US. The Congress is bo... more »

You don't say!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Courtesy of the *Independent*, here are two recent screengrabs from the BBC News Channel:

Obama Works to Cram Cybersecurity Bill Down the Throats of Americans

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
The sly devil that is Emperor Barack Obama has drawn criticism over his proposed $4 trillion budget that has more shit in it than a Chinese manufactured sausage. While establishment Republicans thump their chests and wail about tax hikes on the wealthy and liberals laud his denouncing of more “mindless austerity” the thing is a Trojan horse containing something much more odious. As has already been predicted by many who are onto the big con game, Dear Leader’s budget also includes within it the funding for even more of the Big Brother type of warrantless government snooping that ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
We've tracked for several years the fact that Palestinian extremist Abdel Bari Atwan has been the *Dateline London'*s most-invited panelist by some margin. Well, it may be a new year but nothing seems to have changed. We may be only seven editions into 2015 but Bari has already appeared on three of them - more than anyone else. (Michael Goldfarb, Greg Katz and Thomas Kielinger have each appeared twice). No Israeli guests have appeared yet in 2015. *Intervention* (rude) by Sue As the Memri video on the Asbo thread is playing up or has expired, I’m treating you to the YouTube ve... more »

Islamic State Releases Video Claiming To Show 17 Kurdish Fighters In Cages Who Are To Be Burned In Public

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: ISIS releases video claiming to show 17 Kurdish fighters in humiliating procession through Iraqi city* * Orange clad Peshmerga are driven through crowds of jeering militants * Grim echo of Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh's public burning on camera * Procession reportedly took place in northwestern Iraqi city of Kirkuk * Reports claim ISIS now has a presence in the oil rich Kurdish stronghold *More News On The Islamic State ISIS Releasing A Video Claiming To Show 17 Kurdish Fighters In Cages Who Are To Be Burne... more »

All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Antisemitism

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
(h/t BBC Watch) The results of an All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Antisemitism, commissioned by Labour MP John Mann, were published last week. Parts of it pertain to the media, including the BBC. Here are some extracts: *On the particular role of the BBC in whipping up anger against Israel:* Despite only two articles [one in* The Daily Mirror *and one in *The Lancet*] having been highlighted as problematic, there was an overwhelming consensus amongst those that submitted evidence or gave personal testimony at the regional meetings we held, that the media, and in particular... more »

Ready To Start Wasting Your Money On DCCC Candidates Who Back Boehner?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Steve Israel sock puppet, Ben Ray Luján, announced the names of the first 14 incumbents who will be eligible for massive amounts reelection money through the DCCC's Frontline program. 13 of them are from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party and almost all are either Blue Dogs and/or New Dems. They all vote with Republicans against core Democratic principles and values and have a rough time getting voters to bother coming to the polls. This is the whole list, although at least another dozen are likely to be added in the coming months: *•* Ann Kirkpatrick (New Dem-AZ) *•* Ky... more »

Deflation, austerity: good news for Germany

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
*German GDP jumped as twin surpluses, deflation don't hurt at all* Without much ado, the German economy is behaving in the way that may serve as a role model for everyone else. Half a year ago, we would be bombarded by stories about the bad shape of the Germany economy when its GDP growth happened to be negative in a quarter. However, the situation looks different these days even though none of the media publish any errata. In the fourth quarter, Germany's GDP added 0.7% (quarter-on-quarter, not annualized) which contributed to the 1.6% annual growth in 2014. Germany's unemployme... more »

Russia's Intelligence Ship Is Back

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon:** Russian Intel Ship Spying on US Missile Submarines* *AGI Viktor Leonov recently spotted in Cuba.A Russian intelligence-gathering ship is again plying the waters off the southern United States in operations aimed at spying on U.S. ballistic missile submarines based in the area, defense officials said.The intelligence collection ship, Viktor Leonov, has been closely watched by U.S. Navy ships and aircraft for the past several days near Jacksonville, Fla., close to the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Ga. The ship also conducted operation... more »

With Allies Like This Who Needs Enemies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Doug Bandow, National Interest*:* Broken Hearts Club: 6 Allies America Needs to Divorce* *It’s hard to get out of a bad relationship. The good times may be over and the once vibrant connection may be dead, but people just can’t admit that it’s time to say goodbye.Countries have the same problem, especially the U.S. Washington has spent decades collecting allies like many people accumulate Facebook “Friends.” Virtually never, irrespective of the changed circumstances, does America drop an ally. Indeed, the less relevant the ties the more insistent U.S. officials become in demand... more »

Canada’s Flag is 50 on Sunday

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 15 hours ago
In 1964, Liberal Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to resolve the issue, sparking a serious debate about a flag change. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley,[4] based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. The flag made its first official appearance on *February 15, 1965*; the date is now celebrated annually as *National Flag of Canada Day*. National Flag of Canada Day was instituted in 1996 by an Order in Council from Governor General Roméo LeBlanc, on the initiative of Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.... more »

Per Petersin's reactor

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 15 hours ago
Per Peterson is not included among the potential builders of Molten Salt technology reactors. Yet as this video reveals, Peterson is engaged in Research for a Molten Salt cooled Pebble bed reactor. This concept is not as attractive to chemists, as the conventional MSR. but it does offer significant protection from proliferation risks entailed by the LFTR and Uranium Fueled MSRs. Thus the PB-MSR offers low cost, very efficient and highly safe energy with low proliferation risk. This form of reactor would lessened the risk involved in increasing the energy input into politically we... more »

Israeli Intelligence Minister: Iran Is Not Compromising On 7 Key Nuclear Issues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The Iran nuclear program’s heavy-water reactor at Arak, one of the sticking points in nuclear talks with world powers. Photo: Nanking2012 via Wikimedia Commons. *JNS*: *Israel’s Steinitz says Iran not compromising on 7 of 8 nuclear issues * *(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Iran is refusing to compromise on seven out of the eight key points in its nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 powers, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday.* *Steinitz said that if the two sides are indeed close to reaching a deal, it means the West will be conceding on a number of ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago

Israel’s Intelligence Minister: Warns Of Nuclear Arms Race In Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Euronews*: *Exclusive: Israeli intelligence minister warns of nuclear arms race in Middle East* *A nuclear deal with Iran will spark an atomic arms race in the Middle East, Israel’s intelligence minister has warned.* *Speaking in an interview with euronews, Yuval Steinitz sets out his case for ensuring Iran cannot remain in a position to develop nuclear weapons.* *WNU Editor*: Nuclear arms proliferation has (and will be) always a concern .... unfortunately .... it appears that we are now entering an age where limiting/preventing it is becoming next to impossible.

The Ascension Of Pierre Poilievre

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://quietmike.org/ Among all the sound and fury over Eve Adams this week, many Canadians probably missed the fact that Pierre Poilivere was promoted to Minister of Labour. Tim Harper writes that Poilievre bears watching: Poilievre, 35, believes if you keep repeating the same, pithy, bumper sticker message, it will eventually come true. He will beat us into submission with repetition. He tried that in his first big test as a minister with his Fair Elections Act and finally backed down, accepting amendments he tried to spin as ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Leftist insanity masquerading as education* A long-cherished belief held by Americans for decades is on the verge of being upended. A quartet of stories is the latest indication that a college "education" has become the most-overrated commodity on the planet, save for the elitist institutions whose primary mission is to keep our ruling class populated with like-minded Masters of the Universe. For the rest? A stupendous waste of time and (taxpayer-backed) money. We begin at the epicenter of institutional quackery, more familiarly known as the University of California. The UC Stude... more »

MENA and ISIS Weekend Update - February 14 - 15 , 2015 - Iraq/ Syria Regional War in focus , Yemen in focus , ISIS Impacts in focus ......Bahrain and Libya in focus ...... News and Views Reflecting the Turbulent times We Live In !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links..... *Escalation: US Sending Ground Troops to Kuwait* *Talk of Push Against ISIS, But Iraqi Troops Likely Not Ready* *Collapse of Yemen Took US by Surprise* *Pentagon: ISIS Afghan Expansion 'Of Great Concern'* Fighting Continues in Anbar; 179 Killed in Iraq US Moving to Resupply Jordan's Military With Munitions Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Sent Obama Secret Letter: *WSJ* Egypt Ready for Libya Evacuations as ISIS Hostage Photos Emerge Al-Qaeda Freed 6 Inmates in Yemen Prison Attack, Officials Say Yemen Unrest: Saudi Arabia Closes Embassy Germany, Italy Close Embassies ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Another silly prophecy* *"US faces mega-drought future: Global warming will cause the worst dry spells in more than 1,000 years". You wonder why anybody takes any notice of such Warmist prophecies now that none have so far succeeded and many have clearly failed. And this prophecy ignores basic science anyway. Warmer oceans would give off more evaporation, which falls as rain. So a warmer world would be WETTER, not drier* The western US will face increasingly severe mega-droughts later this century if no action is taken to curb climate change, researchers have warned. They sa... more »

Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel per Letters in The Guardian

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
This Guardian letter http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/13/cultural-boycott-israel-starts-tomorrow raises an interesting question but first the letter and a record of the signatories: 'Israel Letter: Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel Friday 13 February 2015 16.51 GMT Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government. Since the summer war on... more »

Caught on camera, the day smoking Ed Balls triumphed over the Bank of England per The Telegraph (part 2)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The Telegraph article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11411593/Caught-on-camera-the-day-smoking-Ed-Balls-triumphed-over-the-Bank-of-England.html also includes this key paragraph: 'After Mr Sergeant repeated Mr Balls' argument that the regulatory change was "automatically" linked to independence over interest rates on the BBC news that night, Mr Balls tells Mr Brown: "Sergeant bought the whole bloody lot. It was great."' Willingly?

Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *Watch Eddie Marritz, a cinematographer and photographer in remission from small-cell carcinoma, talk about his experience with psychedelic mushrooms, commonly known as magic mushrooms. The post Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip appeared first on Waking Times .

Greece Update - February 14 , 2015 - Ahead of Monday's Importany EuroGroup Meeting , Items of note on Greece !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets...... *Marcus Walker* @MMQWalker · 22h22 hours ago Your debt keeps on growing But you'll be OK For I'll keep you going With ELA #GreekValentines *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 17s 18 seconds ago http://ekathimerini.com | Tsipras gauges ministers before talks resume http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_13/02/2015_547261 … via @ekathimerini Deal Monday seems unlikely *Yves Smith* @yvessmith · 20m20 minutes ago Links 2/14/15: http://bit.ly/19hq82j Κυβέρνηση: Υπήρξαν απειλές ότι χωρίς παράταση δεν θα υπήρχε συνέχεια in.gr. The Greek goverment lea... more »

India Successfully Test-Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile, Developed With Russian Help

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: INS Kolkata]India successfully test-fired its new BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on Saturday from the Navy's newest destroyer INS Kolkata. According to a statement from BrahMos Aerospace, a Russian-Indian joint venture, the launch was flawless as the missile met all its designed parameters. The BrahMos missile has a range of 290 kilometers (about 180 miles) and is capable of carrying a warhead weighing up to 300 kilograms (about 661 pounds). The missile has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which makes it about three times faster than the U.S. subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile, I... more »

India must seal $2 billion US chopper deals soon to avoid price hike

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: AH-64E Apache]India will have to fast-track the long-pending approvals for 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters if it does not want a major cost escalation in the two deals currently worth around $2.5 billion. US aviation major Boeing on Friday obliquely warned of a price hike if India did not close the two deals for its two iconic helicopters soon. "We are awaiting the Indian government's decision. We have extended the validity of our commercial bids when asked (in the past). But there is a point beyond which we cannot (hold the price line) due to infla... more »

New delivery of Ilyushin-73 cargo transporter to LNA: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-27 Flanker]The Libyan Air Force part of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the army representing the House of Representatives and Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni’s government, the only internationally recognized legislature and government in Libya, has announced that it has received a new Ilyushin cargo transporter. There is no independent confirmation of this report. Saqr Geroushi, head of the Libyan Air Force, was reported by LANA as saying that the Ilyushin-73 had arrived in Tobruk Thursday. Read more

Boeing wins $403 million upgrade deal for Japan government

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Boeing E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)]Boeing Co has won a contract valued at $403 million to upgrade four 767-based airborne warning and control aircraft for the government of Japan, the Pentagon said in its daily list of major contract awards on Friday. The contract is a modification of an earlier award, and includes upgrades of four E-767 Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, and three ground support facilities, according to the Pentagon announcement. The work will be done in Oklahoma, and will run through June 30, 2020. Source

Caught on camera, the day smoking Ed Balls triumphed over the Bank of England per The Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
This Telegraph article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11411593/Caught-on-camera-the-day-smoking-Ed-Balls-triumphed-over-the-Bank-of-England.html is interesting for both the repetition of that which many of us have known and repeated for years but also for the supine BBC reporter aspect. ' 1997 documentary reveals how Ed Balls and Ed Miliband helped Brown redraw banking regulations, despite Treasury fears and Bank of England protests Ed Balls boasted of over-ruling the Bank of England as Gordon Brown stripped it of the power to regulate the City, a newly-uncovered ... more »

A question for Ed Miliband, one that the pro Labour BBC won't ask

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Mr Miliband if the deed of variation applied to your father's will wasn't used to (legally) avoid tax, what was the reason?

Valentine's morning confusion

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Choosing romantic music, I played the beginning of this track and said that it was one of the most romantic songs ever. I asked Mrs Notasheep to guess what it was. From the bit of Professor Higgins speaking she recognised it was My Fair Lady and asked if it was Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man! Here's what it was: On The Street Where You Live http://youtu.be/YtbFwWkB4b8 Does this story reveal too much about the psyche of Mrs Notasheep and myself?

Japan's re-emergence and South-east Asia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Kawasaki P-1 ASW Aircraft]Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kicked off the year with a bang, endorsing a US$42 billion (S$56 billion) defence budget, which is set to cover state-of-the-art military acquisitions, featuring F-35 stealth fighter jets, P-1 maritime patrol aircraft as well as components of Northrop Grumman RQ-4 drones and Aegis combat systems, among others. The newly endorsed budget marks a 2 per cent year-on-year increase, bringing Japan's defence spending closer to 1 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP). Despite the landmark increase in the Japanese S... more »

Could the UK's New Aircraft Carriers be Compromised by Cyber Attacks?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The security of Britain's new £6 billion aircraft carriers could be compromised by cyber attacks because of their reliance on ageing software, according to a research team at Lancaster University. It says computer software will have a dramatically shorter life than the ships themselves and enemies could try to exploit social media to undermine the security of personnel on board. One of the authors of the paper, Dr Dan Prince, spoke to BFBS Radio about the potential threat. Source

New US secretary of defense will help Taiwan improve undersea combat capabilities

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: US secretary of defense Ashton Carter]Ashton Carter, the newly confirmed US secretary of defense has stated that he is looking forward to assisting the Republic of China Navy in improving its asymmetric combat capabilities under the sea according to our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily. Carter was confirmed as the secretary of defense on Feb. 14. He told the US congress that the Pentagon will push to help Taiwan to improve its underwater combat capability, as China builds up its fleet of ballistic missile submarines for a potential confrontation with the United S... more »

Discarded Russian submarines could cause a nuclear disaster in the Arctic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Sunken nuclear rectors]The Arctic could become a site of future turmoil, and not just because of the emerging geopolitical tensions and militarization in the region. Beyond concerns of a frozen conflict in the icy north, there is the additional fear that the Barents and Kara Seas could become the location of a slow-motion nuclear disaster. Until 1991 the Soviet Union used the seas as a junkyard where it would dispose of its nuclear waste. Accordingto the Bellona Foundation, citing theNorwegian Radiation Protection Authorities (NRPA), the Soviet Union dumped “19 ships contain... more »

Russian Intel Ship Spying on US Missile Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RFS Viktor Leonov]A Russian intelligence-gathering ship is again plying the waters off the southern United States in operations aimed at spying on U.S. ballistic missile submarines based in the area, defense officials said. The intelligence collection ship, Viktor Leonov, has been closely watched by U.S. Navy ships and aircraft for the past several days near Jacksonville, Fla., close to the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Ga. The ship also conducted operations there in April. The spying comes amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian ... more »

Russia's planning on upgraded nuclear submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RFS Aleksandr Nevsky]12 Project 955 "Borei" submaines. Eight 955s have been ordered under the SAP 2020. Four more are planned after 2020. The Borei has a compact and integrated hydrodynamically efficient hull for reduced broadband noise and the first ever use of pump-jet propulsion on a Russian nuclear submarine. The Borei submarines are approximately 170 metres (560 ft) long. They have a maximum submerged speed of at least 46 kilometres per hour (25 kn; 29 mph). They are equipped with a floating rescue chamber designed to fit in the whole crew. Read more

Eastern Naval Command to induct 3 vessels and anti-submarine ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Vice Admiral Satish Soni]The Eastern Naval Command is inducting three more immediate support vessels. They will be deployed along the east coast. The ENC inducted three ISVs into its 83rd ISV squadron based at Vizag in June 2014. “The ISVs will be inducted in the next 10 days,” ENC, Commander-in-Chief vice admiral Satish Soni said. ISVs are armed with machine guns and also carry modern navigational and communication equipment. A INS Kamorta class anti-submarine ship will also be commissioned next year. The ENC also has plans to expand its ammunition depot at INS Kalinga in ... more »

Genetics: 150 years

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*One of the 3 greatest pure scientific results born in the Czech lands* What do I mean by these three results? 1. Kepler's laws (Prague 1609) 2. Mendel's laws of genetics (Brno 1855) 3. First derivation of the gravitational red shift from the equivalence principle (Prague 1911) Well, the three guys were ethnic German (let's ignore the Jewish blood of the last one) but some of my ancestors would work as maids for similar folks so I am eager to take the credit. *Pulihrášek [The Pintopea], one of the modern applications of Mendel's research. This species created by Ms Nat... more »

Let's not worry about "turning around" school districts. Let's work on protecting children from the effects of poverty.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 21 hours ago
Sent to the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 13, 2015 Richard Whitmire agrees that no school district this year deserved the Broad Foundation Prize because none showed sufficient improvement ("Loosing the Prize," Feb. 13). Whitmire thinks the answer to "turning around" school districts is more "gutsy leadership," a closer relationship to charter schools, and pushing students to take more demanding courses. All this macho talk ignores the big problem: poverty. The level of child poverty in the US is at an astonishing 25%, the second highest among industrialized countries, and in some urba... more »

Free Planet series - thanks guys - you did the right thing

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
kinda cynical and sarcastic view of the post-covert war world you once lived in, as seen from the future of a Free Planet it's also the opening credit sequence of the forthcoming novel REAPER (free planet #3) here's the relevant transcript: *Without country, you became a ruthless global populace who suffered no fools. Protected no clandestine secrets. Decided to make this home world the most amazing place in the universe. You wouldn't believe how unworthy this endless war planet used to be. Well done, my free planet friends, I love living in a world based on creativity, passion a... more »

Secretive TPP threatens health, regulation, and democracy

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 23 hours ago
I'm pleased today to have a guest post from Professor Susan K. Sell, one of the leading authorities on the incorporation of intellectual property rights into trade negotiations. The Obama administration currently is pressing Congress for Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast Track”) to help it conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The President sees TPP as a central pillar in his “pivot to Asia”. However, both the process and the substance of TPP are badly flawed and the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) needs to be more accountable to the Ame... more »

Third Way trade agreements study leaves out a lot

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 23 hours ago
Third Way (h/t TPM), a Democratic pro-trade think tank, has released a new study, "Are Modern Trade Deals Working?" It examines the various "free trade" deals the U.S. has signed since 2000 to conclude that 13 of 17 have led to an improvement in our goods (not including services; see more below) trade balance with the countries involved, giving a net improvement over the 17 agreements studied of $30.2 billion per year. Long-time readers of this blog may remember that I did a similar analysis (though in less detail than the Third Way study) in 2012. Unlike the Third Way report, my po... more »

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Has Been Secretly Communicating With President Obama

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. Caren Firouz/Reuters *FOX News/Wall Street Journal:** Iranian Ayatollah Sends Secret Communications to White House* *WASHINGTON—Iran’s paramount political figure, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has responded to overtures from President Barack Obama seeking better relations by sending secret communications of his own to the White House.* *The Iranian cleric wrote to Mr. Obama in recent weeks in response to an October... more »

Islam - Whose Story?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: Islam - Whose Story? Source: The Coexistence Trust. Date Published: December 13, 2012. Description: * Many stories now get told about Islam's origins today by believers and sceptics alike. How might Muslims best respond to a revisionist account of their faith's origins? And how do we all debate such issues in a measured fashioned when the global response can often be beyond anyone's control? The panelists looked at these big issues by discussing Tom Holland's book on early Islam, and the response to his Channel 4 film, 'Islam: The Untold Story'. About the panel: Tom Hol... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Wow .... I rarely do this but I checked the traffic stats for this blog. According to Google I have had over 12,000,000 page visits to this blog in the past few years. I am truly humbled by this recognition. Thank you.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Federal judge tosses coastal damage suit against permit-breaking oil companies ~Kevin McGill, AP *

Anti-Choice "Culture": Numismatics and Philately Divisions

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
A frequent lament from fetus freaks like SUZY ALLCAPS is "We have [sic] pro-lifers have no culture." http://www.bigbluewave.ca/2009/01/sorry-republicans-pro-lifers-there-is.html By "culture," I assume they mean music and films and television shows that don't actually suck. Celebs other than D-stringers standing up for forced pregnancy and merciless end-of-life misery. That sort of thing. While the "culture" thing continues to elude them, there's movement on a couple of other fronts. On January 19, I saw this on Twitter. I'll ask again, what is the international anti-abortion logo... more »

A Look At What Happens When The U.S. Closes An Embassy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Peter Van Buren, Reuters:* Who gets out when a U.S. embassy closes, and who gets left behind?* *The American Embassy in Yemen closed its doors and evacuated its American staff on Tuesday. U.S officials say security concerns brought on by the advancing Houthi rebel group caused the closure. The Houthis say the evacuation was unnecessary, a political act seeking to undermine their legitimacy, and grabbed embassy vehicles on Wednesday. Closing an embassy can often be as much about strategic political aims, as it is about security concerns, but how hard is it to execute?* *WNU Editor... more »

Can You Find Yemen On A Map?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I started traveling when I was still a teenager and I write about my travel adventures on another blog. I'm even a member of the (informal) century club-- meaning I've been to 100 countries. Yemen isn't one of them. In fact, aide Rep. Alan Grayson, a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, I don't know *anyone* who's been to Yemen. Working at Sire Records, I got to know Ofra Haza, an Israeli-born Yemenite many of whose songs derived from that country's traditional music. Ofra and her music got me interested in visiting Yemen, although I never did and when I've written abo... more »

Nazi Crimes in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Published today in Times Record: Just a few miles outside of Kiev there is a ravine called Babi Yar where, between Sept. 29-30, 1941, 33,771 Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis and their Ukrainian fascist collaborators during the Nazi campaign against the Soviet Union. By the summer of 1943, the ravine held as many as 100,000 corpses — Jews, Roma, prisoners of war and others. How ironic. Recently, American General Ben Hodges, chief of the U.S. Army in Europe, awarded medals to a current group of Ukrainian fascists in Kiev’s Central Military Hospital. The medal, he said, is a symbol ... more »

Dresden Was Firebombed 70 Years Ago Tonight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *Out of the ashes: Seventy years after the Allies dropped 3,900 tonnes of explosives on Dresden, then-and-now pictures reveal how the city recovered from near-obliteration* ** Allied Forces dropped 3,900 tonnes of explosives over Dresden during four raids on 13th-15th February 1945* ** The bombings on the east German city destroyed 1,600 acres of its centre, killing an estimated 25,000 people* ** The resulting firestorm that engulfed the city centre is said to have reached temperatures of over 1,500C* *WNU Editor*: We have a tradition in our family of lighting a cand... more »

Shirt-sleeve weather

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
It's time (early this year, I know, but the ladybugs have hatched and the peach trees are budding) to close out the ducks for a bit and spread the compost. First I open the bins and fork out the contents into the wheelbarrow and dump around the garden. Then, knock down the heaps with the potato fork ... ... and spread them around even further with the leaf rake. A quick look with the thermometer tells me it's 43F in the lower garden and 44F in the upper one. Iffy for peas, so I think I will put them in flats for now and set them out later. The Young Man is visiting and after ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Cheeseburger Nebula (NGC 7026) is a very bright bipolar planetary nebula of a little over one light-year across at its longest dimension, located about 6,000 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan). It is approaching us at approximately 40.6 kilometers per second. Despite their name, planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. The name of planetary nebulae arose because of the visual similarity between some round planetary nebulae and the planets Uranus and Neptune when viewed through early telescopes. *Click image for larger size.* A planetary nebula r... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Discovering The Real Fear”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Discovering The Real Fear”* by Paulo Coelho “A Sultan decided to make a voyage with some of his best courtiers. They embarked at the port of Dubai and set out across the open seas. As the ship sailed away from the land, one of his subjects, who had never seen the sea and had spent much of his life in the mountains, had a panic attack. Sitting in the hold of the ship, he wept and wailed and refused to eat or sleep. Everyone tried to calm him down, saying that the journey really wasn’t all that dangerous, but although their words reached his ears, they did not touch his heart. The ... more »

Chet Raymo, "Rules for Believing And Rational Thinking""

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Seven Rules for Believing"* by Chet Raymo "I was reading again recently Richard Dawkins' letter to his daughter Juliet on her tenth birthday, urging her to avoid tradition, authority and revelation as reasons for believing. Ask for evidence, he writes - evidence that is at least potentially available to all. Good advice, and I wouldn't mind passing on Dawkins' letter to my own children or grandchildren. But there is further advice I would add. A week or so ago I proposed here Four Rules of Rational Thinking, and had some savvy comments by readers. Let me now propose Seven Rules o... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Trench' (1999)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Form YouTube:* A story about a group of soldiers last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916 it shows the conditions in the trenches during world war 1 and takes you into the minds of the soldiers.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Fracking fight - Abita Springs sues the Corps of Engineers for denying public hearing ~Robert Rhoden* *Rita LeBlanc loses seats on two Saints / NFL committees as feud with grandfather continues ~Ramon Antonio Vargas, N.O. Advocate*

World News Briefs -- February 13, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Euronews*:* Argentina president Cristina Fernandez faces cover-up probe* *The president of Argentina Cristina Fernandez is to be questioned over accusations that she tried to cover up Iran’s alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing.* *MIDDLE EAST* U.S. says 15 more airstrikes launched* against Islamic State*. Air strikes in Syria kill at least *20 Islamic State fighters: monitor*. Islamic State militants* attack Iraqi town near US base*. ISIL fighters close in *on major Iraqi airbase*. Iraqi army repels attack on base *hosting U.S. Marines: officials*. Al Qaeda seizes Yemen Army b... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Al Pessin, VOA:* *Analysis: Can Ukraine Accord End Conflict?* *LONDON — When the leaders of four major countries convene at a neutral location for high-profile talks aimed at ending a war, results are expected.It took all night – 16 hours in all – but they got results. The questions now are whether they can implement their agreement, and whether it will be enough to end the conflict. There is a good chance that they can’t, and it’s not.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 13, 2015* The Ukraine cease-fire does little to restrain Mr. Putin -- Washington Post e... more »

Is this why many citizens don't trust cops? (Not entirely, perhaps, but it does make a point)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Ken* I should say straightaway that my friend Jon is not entirely without, er, *opinions* about cops. This is because he is by profession a public defender, and so the role in which he most frequently encounters them is as witnesses against clients of his. And in this role, apart from other character defects that often become hard to ignore, he holds it against them that -- notwithstanding that oath they always take to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help them God -- their actual testimony tends to be, um, conspicuously untruthful. I should prob... more »

The New Dumbness Bred by Compulsory Schooling

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *Part four in a series of short videos based on John Taylor Gatto's book, The Underground History of American Education. The post The New Dumbness Bred by Compulsory Schooling appeared first on Waking Times.

What Might A More Serious Conflict In Ukraine Look Like?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jonathan Eya, CNN*: *Never-ending war: What might a more serious conflict in Ukraine look like?* *A deal aimed at imposing a ceasefire in Ukraine from this Sunday was concluded following talks between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. Yet despite 17 hours of talks in the Belarus capital of Minsk, during which President Vladimir Putin was seen breaking pencils on his desk in frustration, some of the agreement's most important provisions have yet to be clarified.* *And although German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande proclaimed them... more »

Global Central Banks open 24/7. Currency Wars, Deflation and Instability

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*This is the second of two financial news stories-* Both containing interesting, insightful and important information- Both are related to each other- *First news story- Oil Jumps on Weak US dollar- Deflationary tendencies & currency wars?* The Bloomberg news item directly below is *highly suggestive* of a *great deal of global instability *requiring* massive global money manipulation to create inflation and prevent deflation. Inflation benefiting the bankster, moneyed classes. Inflation is equivalent to a hidden tax on all of us.* Of course, I will highlight the bits I find interest... more »

Oil Jumps on Weak US dollar- Deflationary tendencies & currency wars?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
- Oil prices rallied sharply on Thursday after two days of losses as news of deeper industry spending cuts and a sinking U.S. dollar revived buying. *The US dollar sinking despite the global prop up attempted a couple of weeks back signals the deflationary tendencies at play- So, will interest rates have to increase to hit the desired inflation target of 2% mentioned in this post- * U.S. crude closed above $51 a barrel, shaking off a morning dip tied to data showing a potentially record rise in stockpiles at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub. Its discount versus Brent crude expa... more »

Ukrainian Prime Minister: 'We Had Two Options – Bad, Or Worse'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Daily Mail: *'We had two options – bad, or worse': Ukrainian prime minister reveals the extent of how one-sided peace deal was… and how they do not believe Putin will stick to it* * Thirteen civilians killed during heavy clashes in past 24 hours * Eleven soldiers killed and 40 wounded, Ukraine's military said in statement * Deaths come as Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany broker ceasefire * It is due to come into force on Sunday at one minute past midnight * At least 5,486 people have been killed in 10 months of fighting * Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk has spoken of his mistrust of ... more »

U.S. 'Missile Offense' Bases in Romania & Poland

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) headquarted in Stuttgart, Germany announces a second new "missile defense" (MD) base under construction. These bases in Romania and Poland, and their interceptor missiles, will be aimed at Russia as part of the Pentagon-NATO military encirclement of that nation. MD systems are key elements in US first-strike attack planning. Their job is to pick off any remaining retaliatory nuclear response after the Pentagon unleashes its sword. MD thus become the shield that the US seeks in order to deliver a 'successful' first-strike attack. Each year th... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine as Cease-Fire Deadline Approaches* *Doubts Grow Over Implementation of Peace Deal Agreed to in MinskUkraine descended into further violence on Friday as Kiev and Russia-backed separatists tried to expand and defend their territory before a cease-fire brokered by European leaders was due to come into effect.* *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 13, 2015* Ukraine battles persist before cease-fire deadline; 25 dead -- AP Fighting rages in run-up to Ukraine ceasefire -- Reuters Ukraine says 11 troops killed and 40 wounded, f... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“What If This Road”* “What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know a story's end, or where a road will go?” ~ Sheenagh... more »

"Would We Lose Anything Important?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about "right" and "wrong," or "good" and "evil," and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?” - Sam Harris


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” - Emily Kimbrough

"As Americans..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
''As Americans, we must ask ourselves: Are we really so different? Must we stereotype those who disagree with us? Do we truly believe that ALL red-state residents are ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying roadkill-eating tobacco juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks; or that ALL blue-state residents are godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving left-wing communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts?'' - Dave Barry

"How It Really Is"

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

Grey Wolf

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Hitler's Escape to Argentina

Visage - Fade to Grey

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I've had a video game-related blog post brewing in my brain for a wee while now. It's a tricky one because you would think it's pretty difficult to write about, being as it has no plot, no levels as such, no lives, no ending. Can you guess what it is? Unfortunately, you're going to have to wait until the morrow as Friday night finds me with an annoying sleepyhead. Staying up too late to shout at *Question Time* and *This Week* on Twitter is the culprit. Was it worth it? *Is it ever?* Here then is a musical interlude while I convalesce. Given the sad news about Steve Strange, it coul... more »

most people

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Most people don't really want the truth. They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth.

Islamic State Attack Against Iraqi Base With U.S. Forces Repelled. Heavy Fighting Still Ongoing In Neighboring Towns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Iraqi army repels attack on base hosting U.S. Marines - officials* *(Reuters) - Iraqi security forces on Friday repelled an attack by Islamic State insurgents against an air base in Anbar province where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said.Militants from the jihadist group had attacked the Ain al-Asad base and the nearby town of al-Baghdadi a day earlier, leading to sporadic clashes in the town overnight.* *More News On The Islamic State Attack Against An Iraqi Base Housing U.S. Forces* ISIS Fighters Sneak Into Iraqi Base W... more »

More Nations Rush To Close Their Embassies In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Globe and Mail/Reuters:* *More Western nations, Saudis pull embassy staff from Yemen after rebel takeover * *Saudi Arabia has joined Western states in evacuating staff from Yemen after a power grab by Shia Muslim Houthi militia there, a move reflecting the hostility of majority Sunni Muslim neighbours toward the Iranian-backed Houthis.* *More News On The Crisis In Yemen* U.N. says Yemen collapsing, on brink of civil war -- Reuters Yemen on the Verge of Chaos -- AP U.N. Chief Warns Yemen ‘Collapsing’ as al-Qaeda Group Makes Gains -- Time A... more »

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