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Sunday, February 15, 2015

15 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

Quick Picks - The View

10:38pm MST

Islamic State Releases Video That Shows The 'Beheading' Of 21 Egyptian Christians In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 34 minutes ago
*BBC*: *Islamic State: Egyptian Christians held in Libya 'killed'* *A video has emerged showing the beheadings purportedly of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya.* *The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls, being forced to the ground and then decapitated.* *Egypt reserves the right to respond in any way it sees fit, its President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said.* *More News On The Islamic State Releasing A Video That Shows The 'Beheading' Of 21 Egyptian Christians In Libya* ISIS releases video claiming beheadings of Egyp... more »

Review - "Natural Homemade Pest Repellents" by Kate Wiler

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 37 minutes ago
[image: Review of NATURAL HOMEMADE PEST REPELLENTS by Kate Wiler] Have you ever been stung by a wasp? I have and it's not fun. In fact, it hurts ... a lot ... for a long time! When wasps took up residence in a bird house that I had hanging on the patio, I started investigating ways to get them away from us. Every solution destroyed them. Here's the thing ... the methods used to destroy pests in our homes and/or gardens also, typically, destroy beneficial insects. I also tend to believe that all creatures have their purpose and if it's at all possible, I'd like to repel pests rather ... more »

Did Netanyahu And The Mossad Have The Arrogance To Do An EXACT DUPLICATE FALSE FLAG Like Charlie Hedbo In Copenhagen, Denmark?

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 hour ago
Is Israel DARING anyone to do something about these obvious FALSE FLAG's? In post, I wrote about the *Charlie Hedbo FALSE FLAG attack*. In the Charlie Hedbo attack, there were 3 elements: 1. Gunmen (or gunman) unknown at the time but who turn out to be "Muslims" who turn up dead later (*PATSIES*) are involved in a shooting to do with a drawing disrespecting Muhammad. 2. There's a secondary shooting at a Jewish-related site (kosher deli, synagogue, etc...because the first shooting wasn't didn't directly kill Jews and wasn't anti-semetic enough). 3. Netanyahu goes on air and says... more »

Are We Going To Put A Stop To The Surveillance State? No One Is Going To Do It For Us

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
This evening, Blue America sent all members a letter about the continued, unconstitutional bulk surveillance of American citizens by an out of control Security-Industrial Complex. This isn't going to go away by itself and it doesn't seem to matter much if Democrats or Republicans are in power. This is something ordinary citizens have to put a stop to; politicians aren't going to-- not unless they're forced to. (Although... perhaps an Independent...) Hello Friends, It seems like only yesterday that the congress pulled the intelligence and police agencies' dream legislation off the... more »

(Cheating Happy-To-Pay Americans)  Must Attend Popular Pretender Governors in States like NC, FL, NJ, KS, WV et al., Or We're Doomed  (Bernie Buzz in NC!)  Unreconstructed Israelists? Bernie Sanders Signals Change (CIA Scales Back in Yemen After Government Collapses) Goodbye Bob - No One To Take Your Place?

John Kiriakou: Blowing Whistle on Bush-Era Torture 'Was Worth It' Bernie Sanders: Keeping US From Becoming Oligarchy 'A Struggle We Must Win' We have to start paying attention to who's running for our top offices, don't ya know? Although with less than 40% of registered voters bothering to vote (or perhaps be counted?), we're probably getting what we deserve. And I don't just mean the

AP: UNSC OKs Resolution Against Yemen Rebels

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
The United Nations has lost the plot in Yemen. The defunct UN Security Council has no legitimacy left so this vote is meaningless. *Title: UNSC OKs Resolution Against Yemen Rebels. Source: Associated Press. Date Published: February 15, 2015. Description: * The United Nations Security Council on Sunday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding that Shiite rebels immediately relinquish control of Yemen's government in a crisis that has pushed the Arab world's poorest country near collapse. (Feb. 15)

indomitable will

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi

Then and Now: Imourod on Lanyu

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
Was trawling the East Asia Image Forum for Lanyu pics when I came across this picture of the people of Lanyu launching boats, from the first half of the 1930s. Got to wondering what beach this was. Did I have this view? Yep, sure did. It's the beach that now hosts the village of Imourod, Hongtou (red head) in Chinese. I've placed them next to each other for comparison. The angle is the same but my pic was taken from farther away. Erosion and vegetation have blurred the shapes.... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars f... more »

Better than Walmart

risa bear at A Way to Live - 5 hours ago
Introduced the annual composts (both sheet and pile including, in the latter, the year-old humanure) to the top two inches of the soil in the lower, north end of the garden. As I am old I do this with an electric cultivator. This is not tilling; the deep soil is too wet and I dislike destroying the structure. Will come back later with the broadfork to shape and loosen the beds, as was done in the upper part a few weeks ago. The white bits you can see are mostly eggshells. I should dry and crumble them before they go on the garden but just don't have the oomph. The grapes at rig... more »

remembered as men

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Ultimately we're all dead men sadly we cannot choose how but we can decide how we meet that end so that we are remembered as men

Military Dogs Are Loyal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
(Click on Image to Expand) New Jersey 105.5: *Military dog shows the ultimate sign of loyalty in amazing photo* *WNU Editor:* My GF has a Rottweiler .... and he has this annoying habit of plopping his big head on my feet when I am sitting on the couch or when I am working at my desk. I always took it as a sign that he wants to be friendly .... but after a while I began to realize that this was his way of not only looking at what is happening around him .... but more importantly keeping an eye on ME so that when I move he will know it. Here is a* pic of me from last summer with my ... more »

the litmus test

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
psychologists explain 911 denial solving the mystery of wtc7 operation northwoods war by deception

Event: Third “Young Scholars Workshop” at the CCKF-ERCCT Summer 2015

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
*Taitung Train Station* Announcement Third “Young Scholars Workshop” at the CCKF-ERCCT Summer 2015 「 歐洲當代臺灣研究中心 - 蔣經 國 基金會 海外 中心 」 舉辦的 「 青年精英學者 工作 坊 」 于 2015 年夏天 The European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen will hold a workshop for emerging young scholars from June 21st to June 28th, 2015. This year’s workshop will place a particular emphasis on the subject: “Gaining Space: Taiwan in the International Community” [CLICK READ MORE] Possible topics might include Taiwan’s economic integration outside of Greater China; prospects for a T... more »

A fab way to mong out on the sofa

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
In our olden blogging days at the *Biased BBC *blog Sue and myself would regularly find ourselves laughing at Martin's repeated (and endlessly inventive) digs at "coke-snorting Beeboids"(those strange, exotic and very biased creatures who spend most of their lives on Hampstead Heath - and employ massed ranks of Romanian rent boys). Though no one seems to mention it much these days, there used to be a widespread perception on that blog that the BBC was determinedly pro-drugs - a criticism that the *Mail*'s Peter Hitchens still regularly advances against the corporation. One of ... more »

The Roswell Slides - An Update by Tony Bragalia

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
*(Blogger's Note: *This is a version of the posting yesterday. I had removed it for two reasons. One, the information about the hacking seemed to be irrelevant and accused certain people with it. That was inappropriate, I believed. Second, the comments section had turned so toxic that the discussion turned into a private war and was not appropriate. I now warn all that any comments that slide into name calling, unfounded allegations, and personal attacks will be removed. Keep the conversation civil and we'll all have no trouble. Deviate and the comment is gone. There is a second pr... more »

Houthi Leader Threatens to Harm Western Interests in Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
This is the actual extent of #Yemen as a nation. Don't let border lines on paper maps fool you, ya Khaleeji sheikhs. pic.twitter.com/XST5ApII8z — Haykal Bafana (@BaFana3) February 14, 2015 Poor, hungry, revolutionary Yemenis vs. Rich, corrupt, decadent Saudis and Gulf princes. I've got my money on the former. This will not even be a contest. *Title: Houthi Leader Threatens to Harm Western Interests in Yemen. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: February 15, 2015. Description:* In a recent TV address, Abd Al-Malik Al--Houthi, leader of the Yemeni “Ansar Allah” movement, threatened t... more »

As the cost of a public college education soars out of sight for more and more Americans, state university spending is cut still more

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*And now leading the charge is none other thanWisconsin Gov. "Beam Me Up, Scotty" Walker* *The $2500 in grants Michael Baynes received this semester covered less than half of just his tuition at Arizona State U. He has already racked up $17K in student loans.* *"Total student debt now surpasses $1 trillion and is growing by the day. For the first time ever, according to a recent study, families are shouldering more of the cost of public university tuition than state governments."* -- *from "Going to a public college isn’t as affordable as it usedto be," by the* Washington Post*'... more »

10 Cool Selfies Taken By Military Pilots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Stunning images of first @BoeingDefense 787 delivery to @Arke escorted by F-16 Demo Team RNLAF http://t.co/2IxIcfUPpN pic.twitter.com/rmZjlkef7r — Aviation Report (@aviation_report) June 9, 2014 *Military Times:* *10 of the best military pilot selfies* *It's the souvenir of a lifetime, and the Internet is just the scrapbook.Military pilots stateside and abroad have been capturing their best flight selfies with cameras — mainly GoPros — in the cockpit, giving audiences a glimpse of what it's like on high.* *WNU Editor*:Those are some cool pics .... but my head spins when I look a... more »

"god's chosen people"

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Occupation 101 Dead in the Water Israel's Secret Weapon

Blackstone Rangers

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*"We elected Nixon," Cogwell stated.* *"What do you mean?" he was asked. "Do you mean that your 'Don't Vote' campaign helped him to beat Humphrey in Illinois?"* *"No," said Mickey Cogwell, who talks very fast. "We are the ones who put crime in the streets."* *[REDACTED]* *May 15, 1968* *SAC, Chicago* *[REDACTED]* *PERSONAL ATTENTION* *DIRECTOR, FBI (100-448006)* *COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM* *BLACK NATIONALIST - HATE GROUPS* *RACIAL INTELLIGENCE* *(RICHARD CLAXTON GREGORY)* *ReBulet 4/23/68* *Chicago airtel and LBH dated 5/2/68 and captioned "Richard Claxton Gregory" conce... more »

What is Real: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *If you were born inside of a box, will the truth of the outside world ever enter your mind? Considered one of the greatest philosophers, Plato asked just this sort of question in his famous Allegory of the Cave. The post What is Real: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave appeared first on Waking Times.

Right of reply: David Seymour

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by David Seymour* In response to Peter’s conjecture I am a libertarian but not as we know them, and that I may be part of a dangerous strain of compromising libertarians, a few thoughts. I believe in human flourishing, that people should be free to flourish in self-chosen ways. I believe this is most likely to happen in an environment where the role of government is limited in a principled way. I believe the role of government in New Zealand today is too large, and that the government should own, spend, and regulate less than it currently does. The next question is ... more »

Nursery days

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
You’ll probably think I’m bonkers or paranoid, but what the hell. They could actually be out to get you. Or get *at* you. Spot the naughty boy This sounds like a trivial matter. It concerns Carol Midgley of The Times. (£) I don’t know anything about Ms. Midgley so I looked at her Twitter feed, as you do these days, and to be honest I found it a bit vacuous. No obvious signs of anything untoward. She likes animals and so on. So. Did anyone else watch “The Secret Life of Four Year Olds? It was on Channel 4 the other day. Here’s what Carol Midgley had to say: “The Secret Life of F... more »

Fascinating Pictures That Show How The SR-71 Was Built

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Scientists at Lockheed's Skunk Works in Burbank developed the plane -this picture shows their assembly line *Daily Mail:* *How they built the Blackbird: Fascinating pictures show birth of Lockheed's top secret SR-71 spy plane - which is STILL the fastest plane ever built after 39 years * * * Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was built in the 1960s by engineers in California * Long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft was made for US Air Force * Classified pictures reveal how Lockheed built A, B and C versions of plane * Held world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft ... more »

Growing Your Own Food is a Must for Our Future

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Jefferey Jaxen* - A centralized food supply allows large corporations to monopolize the food sources while diminishing our rights and lessening the quality. The post Growing Your Own Food is a Must for Our Future appeared first on Waking Times.

Don’t Wait for Tesla’s Home Battery – Try This Off-Grid Battery Pack

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Kevin Samson* - Tesla's mega factory will soon be churning out their super efficient lithium-ion battery packs for homes. The post Don’t Wait for Tesla’s Home Battery – Try This Off-Grid Battery Pack appeared first on Waking Times.

Lively up yourself

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Its so PETER and make Tony look like a shill because what we are is so hard to define a few people will run away from themselves and make that th3 define but its lik3 making the NBA so much cannon fodder and in the economic zone way more in a measuable way hEY ,, my son lauch and hope but if y9u crash and burn do not be disappointed take take that hurt\ and make yourself a bett4r employee.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 7 hours ago
*UK: How the academy green-lit student censorship* *Those little authoritarians didn’t come from nowhere* Spiked’s Free Speech University Rankings, which launched this week, shows that many of the day-to-day restrictions on campus free speech emanate not from universities but rather from students themselves. This free-speech league table came out in the same week as a debate about the impact of the government’s proposed anti-terror legislation on higher education really took off. Vice chancellors have taken to the airwaves, started petitions, and penned letters to national newspa... more »

Laugh and the world laughs with you. (Yeah, right!)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
As the news (and this blog) are rather heavy at the moment, it's time for a few jokes. And in the interests of promoting free speech and provocative, controversial websites that would make Mark Mardell have recourse to the smelling salts, here are some jokes from one of the funniest sites on the internet. Please put aside all thought of worthy BBC comedians, raise a large glass of absinthe, toast Voltaire and *Charlie, *and enjoy... ***** Valentine's Day offers at Wetherspoons - because sometimes your special someone isn't that special. I saw a UFO yesterday. So I quickly grabb... more »

How Truly Free Markets Help the Poor

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*Guest post by Ryan McMaken* [image: Daily article february 14 2015]Discussing poverty as an advocate of free markets is tricky business in today’s world. If one takes poverty seriously and points out the very real plight of the impoverished, it is often assumed that one must therefore be advocating for government “solutions” to the problem; and the knee-jerk reaction of many defenders of free markets is to simply deny that poverty exists much at all, or that if the poor just try a little harder, or aren’t so lazy, they won’t be poor anymore. This sort of reaction is natural for ... more »

The Humble Touch of Hopeful Hearts

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Soren Dreier* - You will get what your soul wants… and not your ego. The post The Humble Touch of Hopeful Hearts appeared first on Waking Times.

Putin's Brinkmanship

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
The guns aren't entirely silent, but it appears that the ceasefire in East Ukraine is mostly holding. In a conflict that has claimed at least 5,000 lives and threatened to consume even more, the deal struck in Minsk between the Merkel/Hollande-backed Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian rebels assisted by Putin will hopefully hold and the business of rebuilding the shattered east begin. Yet consistently, perhaps echoing the feeble isolationism of Dave and the gang, comment on what's happening is shockingly poor. It basically amounts to a) Putin being nasty, and b) wanting to ex... more »

18 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Socrates

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Luminita Saviuc* - “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” The post 18 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Socrates appeared first on Waking Times.

A Look At 9 Revolutionary Projects That DARPA Is Funding

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Geek:* *9 revolutionary projects the military is funding* *DARPA has something of a reputation for funding out-there projects, but it also has a reputation for achieving its goals. The military actually spreads the moonshot research around a bit, and not all of it ends up concentrated in the Advance Research Projects agencies. From the Air Force to the US information warriors, military engineers are undeniably the most audacious engineers of all.* *WNU Editor*: I am still waiting for my jet-pack.

Why Our New Leaders are Excellent Sheep

David Greene at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
I taught for a long time in three very different high schools, one of them a highly prestigious public school in a highly prestigious community. I met very different kinds of students from all walks of life, economic conditions, and various ethnic groups. However, there was always one group of students that always intrigued me, but not necessarily for positive reasons. Most of these particular students came from, surprise, that highly prestigious and competitive high school from that highly prestigious and competitive community. I called them “excellent sheep”. They took as many AP... more »

Another Brian Cox parody

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
For anyone who likes videos featuring Professor Brian Cox, here's another *YouTube* gem:

Feb. 15: What the TandT missed - and some thinking out loud.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 9 hours ago
Yes, there were stories I didn't notice in the Irving press. For example, Feb. 14, across Canada, held the annual Valentine's day marches for missing and/or murdered native women. Then there's the story that one would think would interest a news outlet - the annual ranking by Reporters Without Borders of press freedom around the world. The US ranked 49th in the world. How's that for the land of hope and glory, mother of the free? Among the 48 nations who beat the US were Botswana, El Salvador, and Chile. Canada came in 20th, way behind Finland in first place, and also behind Costa ... more »

The provocative Mark Mardell

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
In the light on events in Denmark, I'd just like to spotlight a comment on the previous thread with which I completely agree: On the World this Weekend Mark Mardell twice asked interviewees whether they thought that having the meeting was likely to cause offence. Think about the mental proceeds that gave rise to such a question. A meeting in a European country discussing free speech .... and there are those that now consider whether even that might be going too far. By even floating the question as though it was perfectly reasonable, the debate can now begin to be developed until... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
FTR #305 Originally recorded in June of 1997, this program sets forth the basic facts concerning the genesis and functioning of the remarkable and deadly Bormann organization, named for Reichsleiter Martin Bormann. (This site contains extensive material documenting the profound connections between the Bush family, the administration of George W. Bush, and the Bormann organization.) 1. The economic and political component of a Third Reich gone underground, the Bormann organization controls corporate Germany and much of the rest of the world. Created and run by Martin Bormann, th... more »

A New Trend In The Global War Against Radical Islam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base* *WASHINGTON — The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror.* *Intelligence officials estimate that the group’s fighters number 20,000 to 31,500 in Syria and Iraq. There are less formal pledges of support from “probably at least a couple hundred extremists” in countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen, accordi... more »

Who Are Putin's Friends In Europe?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Business Insider/The Economist*: *Here's who backs Putin in Europe — and why* *Populist parties of both right and left, many pro-Russian, did well in last May's European elections, taking between them a quarter of the seats. This has raised fears of a coherent pro-Russian block forming in Strasbourg.* *In Greece, the now-ruling radical-left Syriza party leans towards Russia. On February 11th Nikos Kotzias, the new foreign minister, went to Moscow--his first visit to a foreign capital outside the European Union.* *WNU Editor*: Russian President Putin has always cultivated pers... more »

Naming names

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
22-year old Omar El-Hussein was named over an hour ago (in the Danish media) as the gunman believed to be responsible for the attacks on free speech campaigners and Jews in Copenhagen. Sky News was straight onto it (at 19:22): The BBC, however, is slower on the case. As of 19:52 their news website has... ...and they still haven't updated their main article to name El-Hussein. The BBC website isn't the place to go for 'breaking news'. *Update 20:30* On a similar theme, the latest revolting news from Libya - a gruesome massacre of captive Egyptian Copts - is already leading the... more »

Georgian World Domination

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*Lavrenti Beria with Stalin & daughter*

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is Sunday again.... And with this world going to hell, it is time again for my weekly rant.... Yesterday was of course Valentine's Day, and I decided to take the 'day off' to spend time with my better half who has been putting up with me for quite some time now....She has been with me for 20+ years through thick and thin, and has been sort of a "silent supporter" in this blog that I write.... To be honest, she does not fully agree with me in many of my writings, because she cannot contemplate all the evil that truly exists in our world.... Slowly sh... more »

Pseudo-Scientific Sophistry: The Dangers of a New Dogma

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
There has been a deluge of news articles about American’s distrust of science, which is typically attributed to scientific illiteracy. These articles usually homogenize scientific opinion, representing it as a unified category, which is pitted symbolically against the illiterate and distrustful public. There have been examples of this reasoning recently in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The argument developed in these articles rests upon a fundamental error: the argument presumes homogeneity within scientific opinion on the key issues used to demonstrate scientific i... more »

This Is One Strange Selfie Video Of The President Of The United States

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Investors.com:** Obama's Childish Selfie Indulgence Diminishes Presidency* *Leadership: As our narcissist in chief poses and preens with a selfie stick in a BuzzFeed video, the world comes apart at the seams and chaos reigns. Have we ever had a less serious person in the White House?* *The BuzzFeed selfie-video — titled "Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About, Featuring President Obama" — was done, supposedly, to promote ObamaCare signups. But the visual of the president yucking it up at a time of growing danger will travel around the world, sending the most dangerous of me... more »

Mexico: Alleged UFO Captured on Infrared

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 12 hours ago
*Prof. Ana Luisa Cid* has shared a video by *Salim Sigales* with *INEXPLICATA* today: a triangular UFO captured on infrared by Mr. Sigales over Mexico City on 29 November 2014. Our thanks to both! VIDEO at: *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v27JOODXJPQ* Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

Anti-Jewish attacks: another reason why a strong Israel is vital

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Last night, I watched Spielberg's 1993 movie Schindler's List about Oskar Schindler, a real historical figure and a German-speaking industrialist born in Svitavy, Moravia, one of the Czech lands (then Austria-Hungary), who was wealthy, an NSDAP member, and well connected, but who used all these virtues to turn his factories into shields for Jews against the Holocaust. He has saved about 1,000 lives. *Pilsen's Great Synagogue is the third largest synagogue in the world, after one in Jerusalem and another one in Budapest. Prague has had over 20 synagogues throughout the years.* It ... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*The New World Order has arrived and Nobel Peace Laureate President Obama is now doing what he was elected to do ~ Preside over a 1984 world Oligarchy where War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength. The stage is set because a common enemy (ISIS) ~ that our illegal invasion of Iraq created ~ keeps the people of Oceania in fear and sets the stage for a New World Order cemented in manipulation and control and totally out of sync with Altruism and Social cooperation ~ the driving forces of evolution and a universal loving plan in action: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *A nati... more »

A Look At The CIA's Secret Psychological Profiles Of Dictators And World Leaders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Davie Gilson, Mother Jones*:* The CIA's Secret Psychological Profiles of Dictators and World Leaders Are Amazing* *Psychoanalyzing strongmen, from Castro to Saddam.* *Last week, Politico and USA Today reported about a secret 2008 Pentagon study which concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin's defining characteristic is…autism. The Office of Net Assessment's Body Leads project asserted that scrutinizing hours of Putin footage revealed "that the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality…identified by leading neuroscientists as Asperger's Syndrome, an autistic diso... more »

Units 2 and 3 Steaming Today at Fukushima

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Elevated radiation levels according to Netc in southern Japan so probably from another source than Fukushima:

Where a mandatory minimum sentence is valid it fully applies to aboriginal offenders

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
R. v. Johnson, 2013 ONCA 177: [62] Counsel for Johnson also argues that, given his Aboriginal status the starting point for the sentence, the sentencing floor, should be considered differently. Otherwise, the impact of Johnson's Aboriginal status is unjustifiably watered down, if not totally eliminated. [63] The difficulty I have with this submission is that there can be no denying that the five-year mandatory minimum applies to all cases, including those, such as this, where s. 718.2(e) of the *Code* applies. [64] As pointed out in *R. v. Ipeelee*, 2012 SCC 13 ... more »

Reporters Without Borders Has Released Its 2015 World Press Freedom Index

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*VOA:* *Report: Press Freedom Faltered in 2014* *WASHINGTON — Press freedom declined around the world in 2014. A new report by Reporters without Borders shows two-thirds of the countries surveyed worsened in the last year. Armed conflicts and non-state actors like the Islamic State group powered much of that decline.With journalists executed in Iraq, arrested in the United States, and targeted by governments seeking to control information, media workers on every continent faced increasing threats in 2014.* *WNU Editor:* The World Press Freedom Index is here. The Internet Freedo... more »

IPR and Innovation 21: Recent News + IPN Assistance to Asian Think Tanks

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
Here are some recent opinions and reports about the value and necessity of protecting and respecting intellectual property rights (IPR), related to the GIPC's 3rd International IP Index 2015 that was released only last week. ------------ *(1) Elevating the Global Economy through IP* by Amy O'Connor 02/09/15 http://lillypad.lilly.com/entry.php?e=6093 *"Imagine spending years on research, experiencing a breakthrough, developing a new tool, technology, or medicine, but knowing that your innovation may not be protected. Many innovators around the world face this harsh reality. Intellect... more »

The News is Twisted

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*Who Are You to Challenge Me?* I heard a story the other day about a *Bangor Daily News* (BDN) media official telling peaceniks they had not covered their recent protest because it was old news. Redundant...old hat... stuff like that One peacenik thought about it and wrote the guy back and wondered if the BDN was going to judge car crash stories and murder and fires by the same journalistic standards. I'm certain the BDN scribe was insulted by such audacity. How dare you say such things to me he must have thought. I am the creator of the community reality I am the maker of fortunes and ... more »

U.S. To Send 4,000 Troops To Kuwait In What Is Seen As An Anti-Islamic State Deployment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Times:* *4K combat troops head to Kuwait, will become region’s largest U.S. ground force* *More than 4,000 soldiers from Fort Carson, Colorado’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team are headed to Kuwait. Once there, they will become the largest ground force in the region.“We are absolutely ready for this mission,” the brigade’s commander, Col. Greg Sierra said at a deployment ceremony, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday. “We are prepared for any contingency. […] In the end, if we do get into fights, we win decisively,” he added.* *WNU Editor:* If U.S. forces already in... more »

Will Rahm Emanuel Be Reelected Mayor Of Chicago A Week From Tuesday?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Early voting has begun and election day in the Chicago mayor's race is February 24th. If no one gets a majority there will be a runoff April 7. The hope is that progressive reformers Chuy Garcia and Robert Fioretti will hold the much-disliked Emanuel under the 50% mark and force the runoff. Most polling indicates that Emanuel's support is in the low 40s. This week, former Mayor Richard Daley endorsed Rahm Emanuel for reelection. And next Thursday, President Obama will be in Chicago stomping for his former chief of staff. Friday, the African-American weekly, *Chicago Defender*, en... more »

the fight for democracy and independence, microcosm version, or, where i've been and what i've been doing while i haven't been blogging

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
It's always strange for me when the events that are consuming my time and my brain are not suitable for public consumption, not things I can blog about in any detail. Some of our war-resister friends have left Canada, forced out by the Harper Government, but choosing to go quietly for reasons of their own. Others US war resisters are still fighting to stay in Canada. It's been a very dark time for the Campaign, and very strange for me to be only marginally involved, if at all. In December I was elected the head of our library workers' union, which is one unit of a composite local. ... more »

Greece Update - February 15 , 2015 -- Solidarity with Greece Protests Occurring Across Europe Today ...... News and Views ( Divergent ) on EuroGroup ( 2/16/15 ) , updates on Greece debt talk with creditors ( as appropriate , updates during the day ) .... Additional items of note.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Tweets..... Albert Broomhead retweeted *spyros gkelis* @northaura · 32m32 minutes ago Huge turnout in anti-austerity pro-gov rally in Athens, #syntagma sq. via @MakisSinodinos #SolidarityWithGreece #mazi [image: Embedded image permalink] Arash Azizi follows *Jorge Martin* ‏@marxistJorge 3m 3 minutes ago Amsterdam against austerity and with *Greece* RT @pmfs: #dam feels like # syntagma #austerity " [image: Embedded image permalink] *Vasilis Pazionis* ‏@VasilisPazionis 6m 6 minutes ago Strong solidarity for #*Greece* in Trafalgar Square #London! The sun is... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
*"**Violation is a synonym for intercourse."*

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Brian Williams Scrutinized Over SEAL Team Six Embedded Reporter Claim

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
Suspended NBC News celebrity anchorman Brian Williams continues to come under scrutiny. Now that the man whose big fib about being in a military helicopter that came under enemy fire in Iraq has been exposed as a pathological liar, his entire career is being picked apart. I recently wrote that *“One almost expects to see statements pop up that Williams was riding shotgun with SEAL Team Six during the raid that was alleged to have resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden”* but I was only being sarcastic. Now lo and behold, an actual story has surfaced of ‘lyin Brian actually clai... more »

The Cotton Club, The Cotton Club Murders and The Process Church of FinalJudgement

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
*Some excerpts from The Kid Stays in the Picture by legendary Hollywood movie producer (and friend to Kissinger) Robert Evans :*

A One Man's Terror Campaign Results In Copenhagan Being Locked Down. Suspected Gunman Killed By Police At His Appartment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*VOA:* *Danish Police Kill Suspect Believed Responsible for Deadly Attacks* *Danish police said a man they shot dead early Sunday was likely behind the two shooting attacks Saturday in Copenhagen that killed two civilians and wounded five police officers.* *WNU Editor:* A lone wolf attack like what happened in Canada a few months ago. *More News On Yesterday's Terror Attack In Denmark* Police kill man believed behind 2 shootings in Copenhagen -- AP Danish police say kill suspect in Copenhagen attacks -- Reuters http://www.voanews.com/content/copenhagen-cafe-shooting/2644266.html -... more »

Shifting Politics: No one Wants to Dance with Netanyahu

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
Something is Definitely going on right now. A Radical shift is happening that involves Israel- or more to the point, the Zionist Netanyahu. January was a very interesting month in Middle East politics and policies. The very public "shift" against Isreal was throw out for the people to see quite clearly, if they were paying attention. First, after a huge argument with Obama, Boehner decides to take it upon himself to invite Netanyahu to speak to Congress- without any agreement *From *Congress nor the White House. This sparks a huge cluster fuck argument and debate all over the new... more »

Ukraine Ceasefire Generally Being Observed. Artillery Strikes Continue At Debaltseve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Ukraine military says some rebel shelling but ceasefire generally observed* *(Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Sunday pro-Russian rebels had shelled Ukrainian positions ten times since a ceasefire came into effect at midnight, but that the truce was in general being observed. * *The ceasefire, negotiated in four-power talks on Thursday, foresees the creation of a neutral buffer zone and withdrawal of heavy weapons responsible for many of the 5,000 deaths in a conflict that has caused the worst crisis in Russia-West relations since the Cold War a generation ago.* ... more »

Election Round Up: Tsai announcing candidacy... 11 months from Armageddon

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*Party time at the old Da-an Train Station outside Houli.* Couple of key events for the election next year. First, Tsai Ing-wen, DPP Chairman, declared her candidacy for presidency. She announced on Facebook that she'd enter the primary to become the DPP's presidential candidate, but since she's the party leader and the shoo-in candidate. Way cool moment: announced on Facebook, where she has well over a million followers. Several DPPers were complaining about the party's primary, which has an entry fee to discourage random fools from standing in the primary that they don't like. Ev... more »

Harper's Police State Law

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
Much has been written of lateabout the proposed C-51 'anti terror' bill and I will not attempt to dissect it here given that we already know that it will be forced through the legislative process unchanged by the Harper Regime it is somewhat a futile exercise. It is important however to still understand what it means for Canadians who may express an alternative point of view to said regime or express their opposition to certain actions by peaceful protest. One of the few politicians whose views and opinions I respect, Elizabeth May,*had this to say last week on this issue:-* *“I rem... more »

The Death Of Sun News

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.thestar.com/ Sun News is dead. A speciality channel which specialized in sound and fury, it passed quietly into the night. The whole project was ill conceived from the beginning. Christopher Waddell writes: Initially, the Sun TV strategy seemed almost foolproof. Take a failing over-the-air channel in Toronto that relied on advertising for all its revenue and turn it into a national speciality channel that viewers would have to pay for through monthly cable or satellite subscriptions. To make it happen, mix in political... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*The science is settled, eggs are good for you* The science-is-settled crowd got a little more uncomfortable as the settled science of cholesterol being bad for us is being dismantled by the U.S. government’s top nutrition advisory panel. That’s right. After more than fifty years of government and public health harpies hectoring against eating eggs, with many Americans resorting to eating the dreaded egg substitute in a cardboard container as a result, the feds are issuing a gigantic never mind. The Washington Post quotes Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Ha... more »

Never Belong To.......The Wisdom Of Osho

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago

Censoring Science

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
Right now I'm reading *Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming*. *JOHN PASSACANTANDO: *This government, at the behest of its oil company contributors, has been told not to put out information about global warming, not to allow the scientists to talk about their expertise with the press, about the connection between global warming and hurricanes. That happened at NOAA. There’s been pressure on Dr. James Hansen at NASA. *PAUL EHRLICH: *I think it’s true that attitudes have changed slightly in the White Ho... more »

Want To Be Unhappy? - A Quote by Pat Parkinson

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago

Scientific Perspective on the Effect Meditation has on the Body

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *From a scientific perspective, how exactly does the act of meditating affect your body? Does it really do anything? Watch this video to find out. The post Scientific Perspective on the Effect Meditation has on the Body appeared first on Waking Times.

Vaccine Induced Immune Overload and the Epidemic of Chronic Autoimmune Childhood Disease by Dr. Gary G. Kohls

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
Vaccine Induced Immune Overload and the Epidemic of Chronic Autoimmune Childhood Disease By Dr. Gary G. Kohls Global Reasearch Canada, 14 February 2015 *Most people in our vaccine-overloaded society knows of one or more families that have one or more children with chronic, supposedly incurable (but probably preventable) diseases that will need lifelong, regular, costly physician “management” and the highly probable use of potentially toxic, costly, synthetic, possibly dependency-inducing medications that can cause additional prescription drug-induced illnesses (that may furthe... more »

Sanctioned Doctor, Outmoded Abortion Protocol

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 17 hours ago
The good news: An incompetent Ontario abortion provider, Dr Michel Prevost, was compelled to resign after documentation of poor practices. The details (we'll get to the bad news in a minute): Because Health Canada is about 30 years behind the rest of the world in approving the "gold standard" of medical abortion, mifepristone, or RU486, doctors are forced to use the less effective protocol of combined methotrexate and misoprostol. Methotrexate is used not just for abortion but also for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. The dosage needs to be calculated. Methotrexate... more »

Report: 60% of victims of Israeli terror bombing were women, children, or elderly

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 18 hours ago
The barbaric, merciless terror bombing the Jewish state of Israel carried out against the Palestinian people trapped in the Gaza Strip last summer resulted in *the deaths of over 2,000 people*. The victims of this cold-blooded and calculated murder spree were largely innocent civilians - women, children, and the elderly. *The Jewish Daily Forward* reports: An Associated Press investigation into Israeli airstrikes on Gaza homes during last summer’s war against Hamas *concluded that 508 people, or over 60 percent of the casualties, were children, women and older men.* The report, whi... more »

New navy vessels to go into service late next month

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Tuo Jiang FS]The navy plans to put its first locally designed stealth missile corvette and a new locally manufactured supply vessel into service late next month, a navy source said yesterday. “A ceremony to formally put the corvette Tuo Jiang and supply vessel Panshih into service is scheduled to take place in late March at the navy’s Zuoying base in Kaohsiung,” the largest naval base in Taiwan, the source said. Training on the 502-tonne Tuo Jiang began after the corvette was delivered to the navy by local firm Lung Teh Shipbuilding at a ceremony on Dec. 23 last year at the... more »

JF-17 Thunder: Govt to buy jet engines directly from Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: JF-17 Thunder]Pakistan will directly import engines from Russia to manufacture its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. The engines were earlier imported via China. According to sources in ministry of defence production, China has recently issued no objection certificate (NOC) to Pakistan, which was earlier producing the fighter jet as a joint venture with China. “The Chinese NOC now allows Pakistan to import fighter jet engines from Russia directly,” a source said. “This will not only reduce the cost of production of the fighter jet but will also lead to enhanced defence cooperatio... more »

The Real Reason Egypt Is Buying Fighter Jets From France

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]After twenty years of searching, France has finally found a buyer for its Rafale fighter jet. President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday that Egypt will buy 24 aircraft as part of a deal reportedly valued at 5.2 billion euros ($5.9 billion), and his Defense Minister is heading to Cairo on Monday to sign the agreement. France has been flying its domestically built Rafale jet since 2006, putting it to the test over countries like Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and most recently in the U.S.-led airstrikes on ISIS. But manufacturer Dassault Aviation has struggl... more »

Exclusive: Skills shortage leads Royal Navy to recruit overseas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HMS Queen Elizabeth]Under new proposals, qualified engineers will be allowed to join the senior service directly at officer level for the first time in its history, leapfrogging junior ranks to secure higher salaries. Once there, they are to be “incentivised” to stay on, with one-off bonuses worth thousands of pounds. The Royal Navy is short of around 500 engineers and has launched the unprecedented move, codenamed Operation Faraday, to ensure it has the skilled manpower needed to operate its new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers by the time the first one is launched in 20... more »

PLA's new Type 093G nuclear sub a potential 'carrier killer'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type 093G SSN]China's new Type 093G nuclear sub has provided the People's Liberation Army with a potential "aircraft carrier killer," reports the Beijing-based Sina Military. Citing Taiwan's Defence Interntional magazine, the report said the manufacturing of two Type 093G nuclear subs — upgraded versions of the Type 093 — were completed by the Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co in December, with another resting in a dry dock. The primary difference between Type 093G subs and Type 093 subs is that the former added a vertical launcher capable of firing cruise missiles and th... more »

Aircraft carriers, N-powered sub deployed to test Navy’s readiness

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Chakra]The Navy has deployed its sea-borne aircraft carriers and its lone nuclear- powered submarine to test its sea readiness. At present, Theatre Readiness Operational Level Exercise (TROPEX-2015) is being conducted off the Goa coast in the Arabian Sea. The exercise is to validate the Navy’s concept of operations and integration of new acquisitions with the fleet with each being connected electronically. Two wholly networked fleets of the Navy — the Eastern and the Western fleet —were kept widely dispersed across seas in the Indian Ocean, operating in an electronic env... more »

BAE faces hit from currency swings

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: 400th Eurofighter Typhoon]BAE Systems is tipped to unveil a 10pc fall in annual earnings this week after a big hit from currency swings in its overseas markets. The FTSE-100 defence giant posts full-year results on Thursday and the City is expecting underlying earnings of about £1.7bn, following a recent surge in the strength of the pound. BAE is also expected to post a drop in sales for 2014, falling more than £1bn to just under £17bn. The previous year’s earnings were boosted after it finally agreed a price increase on a deal it secured in 2005 to sell 72 Typhoon jet figh... more »

PLA commissions sixth Type 052C destroyer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type 052C (Luyang II) class destroyer]China now has more destroyers with Aegis Combat System equivalent capability than Japan after the Xian, the country's sixth Type 052C destroyer entered service on Feb. 9, reports the People's Navy Daily, a paper published by the People's Liberation Army Navy. In addition to the six Type 052C destroyers, the PLA also has the Type 052D guided-missile destroyer or Kunming class, which uses Active Phased Array Radar. Xian is the fourth Type 052C destroyer in the PLA's East Sea Fleet after Changchun, Zhengzhou and Jinan. The 6,000-ton vessel... more »

HMRC Crime Map and "Most Wanted" posters show where the Taxation Action is, and where it isn't.

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
Just as you can judge a person by the company he keeps, you can judge an enforcement agency by the villains it confronts. America's FBI chases the most murderous crooks of their times: Al Capone; Bonnie & Clyde; John Dilinger; the Unabomber. Comic book heros pursue the vilest vicious verminous villains available. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Multi-Powers_%289719428811%29.

Deja vu

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
So, after the terrorist attack on a seminar on free speech in Copenhagen came a terrorist attack on a Jewish target there - just like in Paris - probably by the same man (now shot dead after opening fire on police). According to the BBC News website though, "It was not immediately clear whether or how the shootings may have been connected.", Hmm. The *Daily Mail* is less circumspect: Free speech and Jews under attack again: Major manhunt in Copenhagen after two men are killed and five wounded in 'jihadi' gun assaults on blasphemy discussion then synagogue in chilling echo of Paris... more »

8,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting For Their Lives In The Debaltseve Pocket

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*The Telegraph:* *Surrender or die: Ukrainians trapped in Debaltseve pocket as deadline looms* *Dispatch: up to 8,000 Ukrainians fighting for their lives in what the Russian-backed separatists are calling the Debaltseve pocket as a midnight ceasefire deadline passes It was a little after midday when the volunteer-driven ambulance pulled into the yard of Artemivsk city hospital and disgorged half a dozen wounded soldiers.Their camouflage stained with blood and their faces caked with the dirt of battle, these were just the latest casualties of a battle that has only grown fier... more »

BBC friendly towards gluinos at LHC

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
After Two Years' Vacation, the Large Hadron Collider will be restarted next month. At least since the discovery of the Higgs boson, most of the readers of mainstream media were overwhelmed by tirades against modern particle physics – especially supersymmetry and similar things. The writers of such stories have often emulated assorted Shwolins and Shmoits in effect, if not in intent. *Gluino vampire alchemist. The doll only costs $690, below several billions needed for a chance to see the much smaller gluino at the LHC.* Well, ATLAS' new (deputy) spokeswoman Beate Heinemann of UC B... more »

Ukraine - Russia Situation ( February 15 , 2015 ) - Minsk Agreement Ceasefire comes into Effect ( mostly holds , although note threat of martial law being imposed if it fails ) ....Michael Hudson Discusses New IMF Program ( " Has IMF Annexed Ukraine ? " ) ..... Kiev Post Blasts West ........Various items of news and views - including items on Russia

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 22 hours ago
Links..... Anti War.... *Violations, But Ukraine Ceasefire Mostly Holds* *As Ukraine Ceasefire Begins, Threats From the Margins* *The Govt Is Losing Territory in Eastern Ukrainians' Hearts and Minds* US Alleges Russian Fighting in Ukraine Hours Ahead of Ceasefire Former UK Army Chief Condemns Armored Vehicle Transfer to Ukraine Capital.ua.... Saturday, 14 February 2015 - Martial law to be imposed across Ukraine unless peace is established — Poroshenko 16:34 - - Repayable assistance to Ukraine for 4 years totals $ 25 bln — PM 12:43 - - Ukrainian govt mak... more »

Kiev Has Lost The 'Hearts And Minds' Of Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Max Avdeev for BuzzFeed News *Max Seddon, BuzzFeed:* *The Government Is Losing Territory In Eastern Ukrainians’ Hearts And Minds* *Ukraine’s 10-month attempt to reclaim its easternmost provinces has only made locals there hate the central government even more. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. KHANZHONKOVE, Ukraine — School was out for summer, and Ukrainian artillery fire was creeping ever closer, so, after lengthy deliberations with his parents, Sasha Vasin joined the rebel militia. He was 15 years old. “I wanted to do it from... more »

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 »

TV Watch: About the special "Better Call Saul" thrill of reencountering an old compadre from "Breaking Bad"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Goodland, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Questions..."

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

Hollywood: Pushing Programmed Propaganda in Preparation of the Plan?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Spoiling the GF tonight (and vice versa .... I hope). Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Removal of a Post

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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. - 1 day 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 ...

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