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Thomas Paine

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

16 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

11:20pm MST

Russian Researchers Discover America's Crown Jewel In Cyber Spying And This Spyware Is On All Computers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
*Reuters*: *Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program* *(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.* *That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of West...more »

Jeff Gates- How the Israeli Lobby took control of US Foreign Policy & Public Opinion

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 40 minutes ago
*With thanks to RIR* "Jeff joins us to talk about his third book, Guilt By Association -- How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War. He begins by explaining his personal awakening to the endorsed, systemic criminality going on in the background of politics. Jeff illustrates the US’s long-term relationship with the Israeli Zionist enclave that was recognized in 1948 during Truman’s presidency – a group responsible for expanding organized crime to a global scale behind the façade of a sovereign state" Didn't agree with every bit of it, but, it was still worth listening to!

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 41 minutes ago
“Framing a bright emission region this telescopic view looks out along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the nebula rich constellation Cygnus the Swan. Popularly called the Tulip Nebula the glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is also found in the 1959 catalog by astronomer Stewart Sharpless as Sh2-101. About 8,000 light-years distant the nebula is understandably not the only cosmic cloud to evoke the imagery of flowers. *Click image for larger size.* The complex and beautiful nebula is shown here in a composite image that maps emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, an... more »

Rumi, "Never Alone..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 41 minutes ago
"On this earth as beyond this earth you never are alone, But are in constant company of things and beings That take a share in your life as you take a share in theirs. As you seek them, so they seek you. As you partake of them, so they partake of you." - Rumi, “The Book of Mirdad”

Islamic State Is Growing At 'Warped Speed' In Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*FOX News:* *Egyptian beheadings show ISIS taking ‘global jihad’ to rest of Arab world* *The Islamic State's mass execution of Egyptian Christians is the latest sign that ISIS is pointing its sword against not just the West but the rest of the Arab world -- drawing the region into a spreading war that leaves the United States in a difficult spot as it tries to marshal a cohesive coalition. * *That coalition started last fall as a U.S.-led airstrike campaign involving several Gulf states, and Jordan. Not only have a host of western nations since joined to offer at least financial... more »

Holistic Living & Growing Vegetables

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
[image: Holistic Living & Growing Vegetables]*Our late vegetable garden in 2014.*Are you starting to think about a vegetable garden? I am! We moved to our property in July of last year and even though it was late in the season, we planted a few rows of veggies. Our harvest was surprisingly good considering our late start. This year, I'm prepared! In January I started studying up on companion planting, planting zones, moon dates, and even designed our space. In researching my options, I began to think about a holistic approach to growing food. Rather than think about this year and wh... more »

"Zeno's Paradoxes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Zeno's Paradoxes"* by Joe Kissell "Do you ever have one of those days when you just can’t seem to get yourself moving? Or maybe, no matter how hard you try to get caught up, you always seem to lag behind? I have those kinds of days all the time—and so, apparently, did ancient Greek philosophers. One of them, Zeno of Elea, devised an ingenious set of philosophical statements that amount to “proof” that motion is impossible, despite all evidence to the contrary. These statements are known as Zeno’s Paradoxes (or sometimes, collectively, as Zeno’s Paradox), and they continue to vex...more »

Chet Raymo, “Through Thick And Thin”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* “Through Thick And Thin”* by Chet Raymo “You hear a lot about "thin places" these days, especially in the context of "Celtic spirituality." Thin places are geographical locales where the veil between this world and the otherworld is- well, thin. Porous, permeable. Places where you are more likely to encounter the Divine. Mostly our lives are circumscribed by the adamant materiality of the natural world. We are enclosed in a prison of "is-ness." But in thin places we need only open our hearts and the wall of Is-ness crumbles and the supernatural is revealed in all of its gauzy gr... more »

"The Monstrous Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“The monstrous thing is not that men have created roses out of this dung heap, but that, for some reason or other, they should want roses. For some reason or other man looks for the miracle, and to accomplish it he will wade through blood. He will debauch himself with ideas, he will reduce himself to a shadow if for only one second of his life he can close his eyes to the hideousness of reality. Everything is endured – disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui – in the belief that overnight something will occur, a miracle, which will render life tolerable. And all the whil... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“Persistence: Why It's Sometimes Better To Walk Away”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Persistence: * *Why It's Sometimes Better To Walk Away”* By Art Markman “When Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning his decision shocked the world, because popes don't usually step down. And that got me thinking about the decision to walk away from things you have committed to in the past. We live in a culture that promotes persistence. Phrases like “Winners never quit, and quitters never win” dominate our public discussion. So, is that true? Should you really continue to pour effort into situations, even when they seem hopeless? Should you stay in a relationship, just beca... more »

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

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

1960s Era Advice on Reducing Strontium in Your Diet

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Fallout Will Change Food Habits Increased fallout in foods may force a change in diet habits. Foods high in nutrition also have high levels of radio-active contamination, Lillian Levy reports. Science News January 13 1962, p. 26 [Excerpted] Apples and similar fruit also should be cored, since the cores have even higher strontium content than the peels. Thus applesauce, prepared from peeled and cored apples, though less nutritious, will have substantially less contaminating radiation. The high nutrient value of whole grain cereals makes them particularly desirable as a food fo... more »

Why Did The Beltway Media Completely Miss The Entire Michael Grimm Career In Crime Story?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
It boggled my mind that the Beltway media adamantly refused to give Michael Grimm's criminal career any serious coverage for years, even while one of the most respected investigative journalists in the country, the *NYTimes'* William Rashbaum, was already blowing the whistle on him. It wasn't until he threatened to throw a *reporter* off a balcony that reporters started imagining Grimm might actually be a criminal type. God forbid they actually look into his past. The guy was a member of the Gambino Crime Family who has been involved with not just criminal, but grotesquely thuggish... more »

What is a terrorist group? Concepts and measurement

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
This is a guest post from Brian J. Phillips who is a research professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. A number of studies in recent years have systematically examined terrorist groups, exploring lethality, longevity, and other outcomes. However, much of this research does not explicitly indicate what […]

What Does The Islamic State Want?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Control of territory is an essential precondition for the Islamic State’s authority in the eyes of its supporters. This map, adapted from the work of the Institute for the Study of War, shows the territory under the caliphate’s control as of January 15, along with areas it has attacked. Where it holds power, the state collects taxes, regulates prices, operates courts, and administers services ranging from health care and education to telecommunications. *Graeme Wood, The Atlantic:* *What ISIS Really Wants* *The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious ... more »

Florida Bill Would Make It A Crime To Change Male Baby's Diaper In Ladies' Room

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 4 hours ago
In a proposed bill directed at legalizing both discrimination and harassment of transgendered people, Florida Representative Frank Artiles (R- Hell, er, I mean, Miami) has proposed a bill making it a crime for a person born of one sex to enter a public restroom designated for the other sex. The point, I believe is to maximize humiliation and embarrassment for both pre- and post-op transgendered citizens and tourists of Florida. The bill says: "Sex" means a person's biological sex, either male or female, at birth. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "male" means a person born as... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

Hezbollah Admits That Its Forces Are Fighting Islamic State Militants In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah. Beirut, February 16, 2014. Press TV *Washington Post:* *Lebanon’s Hezbollah acknowledges battling the Islamic State in Iraq* *BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement acknowledged for the first time Monday that the Shiite militia has sent fighters to Iraq, and he urged Arab states throughout the region to set aside sectarian rivalries to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State.* *More News On Hezbollah Admitting That Its Forces Are Fighting Islamic State Militants In Iraq* Hezbollah leader admits his fighters involved in... more »

“A Man You’ve Never Heard of Saved Your Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“A Man You’ve Never Heard of Saved Your Life”* by George Washington “On October 27, 1962, a man you’ve never heard of saved your life. It was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the U.S. and Soviet Union were on hair trigger alert for World War Three. And an order to launch a nuclear missile against Americans was actually given by the commander and political officer of a Soviet nuclear submarine. One man stopped global nuclear war. Edward Wilson explains in the Guardian: “An American spy plane had been shot down over Cuba while another U2 had got lost and strayed into ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
The Islamic State, or ISIS, has posted a video showing the apparent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. (Epoch Times Screenshot from the alleged ISIS video) *Roger Cohen, New York Times:* *Islam and the West at War* *After a Danish movie director at a seminar on “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” and a Danish Jew guarding a synagogue were shot dead in Copenhagen, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark, uttered a familiar trope:“We are not in the middle of a battle between Islam and the West. It’s not a battle between Muslims and non-Musl... more »

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
. . Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women the top of an underwater volcano of violence against Indigenous women By Thohahoken Censored News Photo Pink Feather Promise             Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper claims that an inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) is not necessary, that MMIW is a policing matter and derides calls for an inquiry as '

Our Ed Leaders: or...PART 2 of a series: Why Sheep Grow Up To Be Shepherds…or… “ Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?”

David Greene at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
Our Ed Reformers: PART 2 of a series: Why Sheep Grow Up To Be Shepherds...or… “ Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?” [image: kevin rudd hard to be humble]Our elite leaders want others to be like them. In education, they want schools to be what they knew them as. They want all public schools to be like the Scarsdale NY, Weston CT, Riverdale OR, Chappaqua NY, and Briarcliff Manor NY schools that “*24/7 Wall Street*” named as the wealthiest schools in the country. They like charter schools because they see them as private schools for poor kids. Why not try to spread... more »

America is Choking: Operation Chokepoint

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
*Mike Maloney* America is choking on a corrupt monetary system designed to transfer wealth from the population to the banks and financial sector. It’s choking on central planning that stifles the free market. It’s choking on politicians who punish success and reward failure by playing Robin Hood with your income. It’s choking on a central bank with Keynesian economists who destroy the free market by manipulating the quantity of currency and interest rates, causing massive speculative bubbles that eventually burst, resulting in economic devastation. Then these clueless clowns rush ... more »

World News Briefs -- February 16, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters: **Greece defies creditors, seeking credit but no bailout* *Talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers over the country's debt crisis broke down on Monday when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout package as "unacceptable".* *MIDDLE EAST* Hezbollah says *it is fighting IS in Iraq*. U.S. says 15 more air strikes *launched against Islamic State*. Iraq's pro-Iranian Shiite militias *lead the war against the Islamic State*. Iraq preparing to retake Mosul *from Islamic State - PM*. Kurds say Baghdad has* failed t... more »

The CDC: mind control on a vast scale

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Jon Rappoport *“Mind control has one basic purpose: the construction of false Reality. The embedding of false Reality to such an extent that it seems absurd to question it or even notice it. Purple and pink raccoons? Of course there are purple and pink raccoons. Why do you even bring it up? Without purple and pink raccoons, the world as we know it would collapse.”* (The Underground, Jon Rappoport) In recent articles, I’ve been pointing out that the current “measles outbreak” is a CDC fabrication. On and off, since 1987, I’ve been following the CDC and its astonishing trail of ... more »

CNN Promotes Microchip Brain Implants For Memory Loss

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
John Vibes For years, the alternative media has been exploring the possibility of advanced surgical technology, like implantable microchips and their possible advantages and disadvantages. These legitimate possibilities have been overlooked and ignored by many, but now this type of technology is actually being promoted by the mainstream media. CNN reported that a team of US researchers are suggesting that implantable brain chips could help people restore their memory. The team expects to implant a “small number” of human volunteers with brain chips in the very near future. If the... more »

Obama Won’t Wait for CISPA, Signs Own Orwellian Cybersecurity Executive Order

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Cassius Methyl The president signed an executive order Saturday after a speech at a ‘Cyber Security Summit’ at Stanford University, while many were distracted with Valentine’s Day. The ever-hated CISPA legislation has stalled in Congress thanks to public outcry, but Obama has decided to act on his own. “Executive Order — Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing” was apparently intended to coerce organizations and corporations to share more info with the government, while promoting the creation of organizations to process data collected for an unspecified end. Th... more »

Chellis Glendinning : The third inauguration: Evo Morales and nine years of paradox in Bolivia

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
‘Evo is a loaf of bread fresh from the oven,’ he said. ‘We’ll find out how it tastes.’ By Chellis Glendinning | The Rag Blog | February 16, 2014 La Paz, 22 January 2006. Evo Morales Ayma was born Aymara … finish reading Chellis Glendinning : The third inauguration: Evo Morales and nine years of paradox in Bolivia

Frank Lloyd Wright’s only council building

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
It’s far from my favourite Frank Lloyd Wright building, but the views in this video from above and inside are highly illustrative, as is the discussion about Wright’s siting of (and what he gave primary importance to ) in his only civic building : When Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Marin civic center in the 1950s, he was so ahead of his time that it was still being used to depict the future in a 1990s movie (*Gattaca* by Andrew Nicol, with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke; it was also a location for George Lucas’ *THX 1138*). Back in 1957, it took a determined supervisor, Vera Schul... more »

Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
There are some important milestones in video gaming. Like literature, music, and film gaming has its seminal moments. Want counts are their brilliance, their originality and ingenuity, their impact on what came after, and whether they helped shift hardware units attached to them. Very quickly off the top of my head, in the six years between 1985 and 1991 there were three such games. *Super Mario Bros* launched with the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in the wake of a market crash and widespread suspicion of video games. Mario's scrolling platforming, its gameplay, an... more »

Good News On The Cancer Front

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Some good news: last week I was back at City of Hope for tests after the interruption in my treatment caused by the broken ribs. Of course my oncologist is concerned about all the chemo side effects-- from the fainting that led to the broken ribs to the more mundane effects that plague patients in treatment, like constipation, weakness and fatigue, loss of appetite, neuropathy, etc. But her main task is the underlying disease-- the cancer. And that's where the good news comes in. Last night she e-mailed me-- I'm seeing her in person Tuesday-- that the tests last week showed continu... more »

CNN Poll: Amercians Disapprove Of President Obama's Handling Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNN: Poll*: *Most disapprove of Obama handling of ISIS* *Washington (CNN)Americans are increasingly unhappy with President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS, and a growing share of the nation believes that fight is going badly, according to a new CNN/ORC survey released Monday.* *The CNN/ORC poll found 57% of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the threat posed by ISIS, a significant decline in support for the President over the past few months. In late September, that number was 49%.* *WNU Editor:* The American public is probably right that the fight is going badly .... ...more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

Jung’s Profound Analysis of Death and the End of Life

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video - *Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, influential thinker, and founder of analytical psychology. Here he speaks about death and the human psyche. The post Jung’s Profound Analysis of Death and the End of Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Supplemental: The Dodge Dart died in the Kansas cornfield!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015As told by Howard Kurtz:* Did Brian Williams crash and burn, at age 23, in his first TV job? It doesn’t actually matter. But on the front page of Sunday’s Washington Post, a team of ten reporters repeated this familiar old tale, citing it to an unreliable source—Brian Williams himself. The story is “almost impossible to believe,” the Post reporters excitedly said. But the story is “real,” they declared. Aside from the basics, we have no idea how “real” that story is. Did Williams really crash and burn in his year in Kansas? Or had he always planned to re... more »

U.S. Lawmakers Unhappy With President Obama's Strategy To Defeat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*FOX News:* *Democrats, Republicans suggest Obama's military plan vs. ISIS doesn’t go far enough* *Congressional Democrats and Republicans on Sunday criticized the proposal President Obama recently submitted to Capitol Hill on defeating The Islamic State, suggesting it doesn't go far enough.Some of the most pointed criticism came from Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.* *WNU Editor: *Too little .... too late ... and a White House that is trying its best to minimize its participation in this war. *More News On U.S. Congressional...more »

Iraq's Army Now Numbers Only 48,000 Men. Iraq's Pro-Iranian Shiite Militias Number Between 100,000 To 120,000 men

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Iraq's pro-Iranian Shiite militias Are Leading The Groundwar Against The Islamic State.* *MANSOURIYA, Iraq — Shiite militias backed by Iran are increasingly taking the lead in Iraq’s fight against the Islamic State, threatening to undermine U.S. strategies intended to bolster the central government, rebuild the Iraqi army and promote reconciliation with the country’s embittered Sunni minority.* *With an estimated 100,000 to 120,000 armed men, the militias are rapidly eclipsing the depleted and demoralized Iraqi army, whose fighting strength has dwindled to ab...more »

I'm not buying any of this ISSI crapola and the propaganda against Russia...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*something is just not right.* When I watched the video of the Egyptian Christians being led to their slaughter, it is clear there is something off. The whole production is slickly produced, and the last shot which shows blood being swept away by waves is, in my opinion, not believable. Have you noticed that when all these videos come out they are declared "alleged" until some spokesman from the U.S. pops up and says they've been declared real? Am I saying they're all fake? Nope. Because I don't know one way or another. Meantime, in Denmark, a whole bunch of "folks" are killed... more »

Washington Police Shooting Ignites a Cross-Border Controversy

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
February 16, 2015 Human Rights News Washington Police Shooting Ingites a Cross-Border Controversy by Fronteta NorteSur Censored News The fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican migrant by police in Washington state has stirred renewed attention south of the border on the use of deadly force by U.S. law enforcement agencies. The February 10 shooting of Antonio Zambrano Montes by police in

Child advocate demands "global Jewish-child abuse commission"

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 8 hours ago
Child abuse, human trafficking, and pedophilia are easily the most disgusting, unforgivable, and outrageous crimes an adult can commit against a child. For decades now, there have been *highly credible allegations* that powerful members of the global power elite dominating the Western world engage in these despicable crimes in *an organized, systematic fashion*. These allegations are largely covered up, dismissed, or downplayed by the mainstream mass media (except when they are leveled against the Catholic Church). Jewish news outlets, however, do often cover child abuse and pedophi... more »

Luka Magnotta's $376,000 Repatriation fully supported. National Interest and all

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*This incident has bothered me, always.* I truly fail to see the "national interest" concerns in bringing back an alleged killer. Way back I did a post on this incident*. You can read it here Luka Magnotta: Starting with a US Lawyer and ending.....*If you haven't read it already? It's been read thousands and thousands of times. My plan was to get back to it, because, there was much that was *off *about this entire situation. Canadian taxpayers spending nearly 400,000 dollars to bring back an individual suspected of a murder was one big problem not the only problem but an extremely b... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*The remains of the Great Mosque in Aleppo. The great minaret - the 1090AD minaret, was hit by shellfire and just crumpled to the ground* "Aleppo was a great city in Syria, but not of it, nor of Anatolia, nor of Mesopotamia. There the races, creeds, and tongues of the Ottoman Empire met and knew one another in a spirit of compromise. The clash of characteristics, which made its streets a kaleidoscope, imbued the Aleppine with a lewd thoughtfulness which corrected in him what was blatant in the Damascene. Aleppo had shared in all the civilizations which turned about it: the result s... more »

Geldof - 7/7 and Live 8

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
Is Geldoff going to mention the ID computer? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2088-1678543,00.html http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=6937 In the Sunday Times, 3 July 2005, Simon Jenkins wrote an article entitled:* 'With a song in their heart and not much at all in their heads.'* Jenkins reminds us that Live Aid, according to David Rieff in* Prospect Magazine*, meant: *1. giving money, trucks and food to dictator Mengistu’s Ethiopia2. entrenching a vicious regime3. aiding one of the most cruel forced migrations in history.* Jenkins wants us to b... more »

Mali Peace Talks Begin, But Both Sides Are Far Apart On The Important Issues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Mali peace talks resume in Algiers, no end to hostilities* *Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels resumed U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Algeria on Monday in pursuit of an accord to end uprisings by separatists seeking more self-rule for the northern region they call Azawad.Decades of mistrust and recent intensified fighting between rebels and government-allied militias have complicated attempts to reach a comprehensive deal on Mali's desert north.* *Update:* UN Expresses Hope Over New Round of Mali Talks -- New York Times/AP *WNU Editor:* I am not optimistic on th... more »

Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger And Chad Unite Against Boko Haram – With Help From France, America And Britain

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Telegraph*: *Central Africa launches regional war against Boko Haram* *New regional war unfolding in central Africa as Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad unite against Boko Haram – with help from France, America and Britain An MI-24 helicopter gunship, bristling with rockets, clattered over the swirling brown current of the Chari river before landing in Chad's capital, N'Djamena.Moments later, two state-of-the-art Rafale jets – the pride of the French air force – swept overhead, bound for the same airport.This constant procession of military aircraft through the skies ... more »

“In which is related the authentic and diverting tale of the ship that sailed into Port Levy with forty Maori skippers aboard her.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*I came across the following story related in James Stack’s memoirs ‘Further Adventures in Maoriland,’ a recounting of the tales of a young missionary in nineteenth-century New Zealand, and a great politically-incorrect title. The story recounts the manner of how at least some of Ngai Tahu’s original full-and-final payments for land were dispersed, and how communal ownership works in practice. * *Consider it as a humorous and topical cautionary tale on the huis-and-communes methods of management foisted on us all by the likes of the RMA and various ministries. Imagine the... more »

Our most amazing universe

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
Seed Newsvine

Is Boko Haram A CIA Covert Op To Divide And Conquer Africa? (Is This A Trick Question?)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
While the world has been purposely focused in on what has been happening in Ukraine, and the recent "cease fire" agreement that was to take effect as of 0:00 am yesterday, February 15th, 2015, but has already been made null and void by the Ukrainian army shelling and killing civilians, there has indeed been a lot of news happening elsewhere in the world... For example, there are new reports that the fraud "terrorist" group called Boko Haram is at it again in Africa, with its recent attacks in Nigeria and its supposedly spreading the fight into neighbouring African countries, includ... more »

Act dead. Act accordingly

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
*So it started with a debate on Twitter over supporting a bill on voluntary euthanasia, continued over here by **Mark Hubbard* *. * *It continued here at NOT PC, when I used the debate to get you to read John McCaskey’s fantastic piece about Rand Paul and “bleeding heart libertarians.” * *David Seymour quickly followed up with a reply, which he used to get you to donate to the ACT Party. **And it continues here today with Suzuki Samurai saying but me no buts…* *Act dead. Act accordingly* *Guest post by Suzuki Samurai* Is voluntary euthanasia too much of a horse-frighte... more »

World Peace ... a crazy idea?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
"Suck my dick officer!" Here's an idea! US elites should stop attacking other countries, and it should especially stop trying to dominate powerful rivals such as Russia and China. (For that to happen though, US elites will have to become former elites, and most of them be thrown into prison to serve as a deterrent for others. Their power must be broken by the democratization of the economy.) Yes! Democracy! Instead of an unsustainable world of consumer-capitalism, how about a sustainable world of humanist-environmentalism? An economy in which people matter and in which the realitie... more »

“Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: * *All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You”* By John W. Whitehead “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” - George Orwell, 1984 “None of us are perfect. All of us bend the rules occasionally. Even before the age of overcriminalization, when the most upstanding citizen could be counted on to break at least three laws a day without knowing it, most of us have knowingly flouted the law from time to time. Indeed, the... more »

Global Air Pollution Has Offset Arctic Warming By 60%

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* It looks like my two-part Arctic warming and ice-loss discussion is turning into a triptych. Here's a third part, a capper. In the first piece we saw that one of the most rapidly diminishing glaciers in Greenland has dramatically accelerated its destruction. The front face of the glacier took 100 years, from 1901 to 2001, to retreat eight miles — then retreated nine miles in the next ten years. If you do the math, that's a tenfold increase in the average speed during that first 100 years. (By the way, there's a nice dramatic video in that piece showing the bre... more »

North Korea Celebrates Kim Jong Il's legacy. His Son Celebrates By Getting His Own 'Presidential Plane'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN:* *Happy birthday? North Korea celebrates Kim Jong Il's legacy* *Given that North Korea is known worldwide for the cultish veneration of its leaders, it's not surprising that two of the country's most important national holidays commemorate its legendary heads of state.To mark the 73rd anniversary of the birth of late dictator Kim Jong Il (who died in 2011) on Monday, North Korea will stage a military parade, patriotic chants, dance exhibitions and other activities in Pyongyang.* *WNU Editor:* I do not think his son cares right now .... he now has his own cool "Presidential... more »

China's Newest Nuclear Sub Is A Potential 'Carrier Killer'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A leaked photo of the PLA Navy's Type 093G nuclear submarine. (Internet photo) *Want China Times:* *PLA's new Type 093G nuclear sub a potential 'carrier killer'* *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 ... more »

CIA Fears That Hostile Nations Are Influencing The Weather

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail: Can Russia control the weather? Climate researcher says CIA fears hostile nations are triggering floods and droughts* * * CIA chiefs fear hostile nations are trying to manipulate the world’s weather* Academic has told of mysterious phone call asking whether foreign countries could be triggering droughts or flooding* CIA is believed to have helped fund a major report into geoengineering* *Update #1:* Can world powers really control the weather? -- Channel 4 News *Update #2:* Weaponized Weather: Russia And North Korea Might Be Able To Control The Weather, CIA Allegedly... more »

Armed Guards Deployed For The First Time To Protect Britain's GCHQ Spy Agency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Armed police at GCHQ. Gloucestershire Echo *Daily Mail:* *Armed police patrol GCHQ for the first time amid heightened fears of a 'lone wolf' terror attack after Copenhagen atrocity* ** Ministry of Defence armed officers now outside GCHQ in Cheltenham 24/7 * ** Terror threat level at 'severe' and MI5 say 'only matter of time' until attack* ** Not clear if GCHQ's decision is based on plot to target the listening station * ** Britain preparing for 'lone wolf' attack after extremist murders in Denmark* *WNU Editor*: I thought that armed guards were always deployed .... so this is a su... more »

The Islamic State Vows To Conquer Rome

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli. Reuters *Jared Malsin, Time:* *ISIS Set Their Sights on Europe in Latest Beheading Video* *Brutal killing of 21 seems an attempt to provoke retaliationThe executioner speaks in English and points his knife toward the Mediterranean. “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission,” he says.* *WNU Editor*: If it is is a response from Europe that they are trying to provoke with the murder of 21 Christians in Libya .... it... more »

U.S. Poll: Americans See Russia As A Growing Threat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Gallop:* *Americans Increasingly See Russia as Threat, Top U.S. Enemy* *PRINCETON, N.J. -- Russia now edges out North Korea as the country Americans consider the United States' greatest enemy. Two years ago, only 2% of Americans named Russia, but that increased to 9% in 2014 as tensions between Russia and the U.S. increased, and now sits at 18%.* *Update #1:* Americans agree with Mitt Romney: Russia is now greatest enemy of U.S. -- Washington Times *Update #2: *America's Greatest Enemy Is Russia, Not North Korea; Military Is A Critical Threat, Says New Poll -- International Busine... more »

Readership: What do not see, that you want to see? Should I take commissions?

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 11 hours ago
Pursuant to a dissussion on Rod Adams' blog, I'm likely going to be digging into ultrasupercritical steam cycles today.  This made me realize that most people who do this are either paid money for the effort, or are studying so they can be paid money for it. Should I be taking commissions for analytical posts?  Something like GoFundMe?  I can use the money. Are there any gaps in the

The same story

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
“We turn to another element of the same story,” said James Naughtie this morning, introducing the next item - the beheading of 10 Coptic Christians by Islamic State in Libya. (8:10) John Humphrys and Rabbi Menachem Margolin had just finished talking about the attack in Denmark. * Another element of THE SAME STORY?* That’s exactly what he said. Wow! James Naughtie has made a connection that hitherto the BBC has found almost impossible to make. All forms of terrorism by crazed Islamic fanatics are a bit similar. They have something in common. Soon they could join the dots between I.... more »

Remembering Philip Agee

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
I stayed up quite late last night rereading a book by former CIA agent Philip Agee. I had the great fortune to meet Agee twice - the first time organizing a speaking event for him in Orlando in the 1990's that drew folks from across Florida. The second time I visited his home in Hamburg, Germany in 1995 while on a speaking tour against NASA's Cassini plutonium launch. Agee is one of my heroes - he was a man of true conscience who left the CIA after serving for about a dozen years in Latin America. He was determined to publish a book exposing the wicked work of the CIA and after... more »

World News Briefs -- February 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Egypt Conducts Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Libya* *CAIRO — The Egyptian military said on Monday that it had carried out two rounds of airstrikes in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of more than a dozen Egyptian Christians by a branch of the Islamic State extremist group there.* *In a statement Monday morning, the Egyptian military said that it had conducted airstrikes at dawn against training camps and arms depots of the Islamic State group in Libya, but it did not provide further details. The foreign ministry said that Egyptian warplanes had ... more »

Posting Intermittently

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Apologies for the lack of posting, but a family medical situation prevents full-time attention to the blog. I'll do my best, but expect posting to be intermittent at best for a short time. Thank you all for your patience and understanding, and for stopping by. - CP

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Quartz*: *Even as it shrinks, the US military budget is unrivaled* *This week, US president Barack Obama submitted a bullish budget increase for the military, exceeding the spending limits imposed by the congress. The boost is necessary to bolster the fight against the ISIL terror group, and to keep an edge over rapidly modernizing militaries in places like China and Russia, he argued.* *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 16, 2015* Lawmakers underwhelmed by Obama’s Islamic State war plan, demand clearer strategy -- Washington Times GOP senator: 'Lot of skepticism'... more »

Can The Ukraine Military Win The War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, about 10 km (6 miles) to the west of Debaltseve, February 16, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner *Alan Chin, Reuters*: *Ukraine’s military is stronger than believed. Here’s what it needs to win.* *“This is the hour of Europe.”* *So said a prominent European leader about tense negotiations to end a war that threatened to tear peace and prosperity apart. But those words didn’t come from either German Chancellor Angela Merkel or French Pr... more »

Geoengineering is Changing Extratropical Cyclones and the Earth’s Weather

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Kelley Bergman* - Intense geoengineering activity across the planet is influencing weather patterns globally to unprecedented levels... The post Geoengineering is Changing Extratropical Cyclones and the Earth’s Weather appeared first on Waking Times.

Smart Meters: How To Get Them Removed

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - The most egregious of all problems with ‘smart meters’ is the apparent adverse health effects from the electromagnetic radiation they send into personal homes. The post Smart Meters: How To Get Them Removed appeared first on Waking Times.

LESSONS UNLEARNED: Brought down by one of his many gifts!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015Part 1—The Post limns Brian Williams:* Many lessons could be learned from the mess which surrounds Brian Williams. Needless to say, the mainstream press corps seems determined to *avoid* such lessons. Consider one part of the mammoth report in yesterday’s Washington Post. The report appeared above the fold on the front page of the Sunday Post. Inside the paper, it consumed the entirety of pages A12 and A13. The report included some spotty reporting about the various inaccurate tales Williams seems to have told down through the years. But right off the ba... more »

Democracy, What a Concept

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
I have a code id by doze, and clogging is not conducive to blogging on this outrageously freezing (windchill is Minus 20) Presidents Day. In case anyone is out there, and wants to vent on anything at all, political, cultural, or nonsensical, have at it. Let's celebrate bottom-up democracy instead of George Washington's plump bottom on his horse. I did manage to paste up a comment on Paul Krugman's column in the wee hours, when I awoke to medicate my sinuses. He wrote on Greece, which I'd serendipitously been reading up on over the weekend and jotting down notes... so deep thinking w... more »

Iraq Oil Exports Dip In January Bad Sign For 2015 Budget

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraq remains one of the most oil dependent countries in the world. Its 2015 budget, which was just ratified by the country’s president relies upon petroleum for 85% of its revenue. Unfortunately, neither the export mark set in that document or the price for Iraqi crude are likely to be met meaning that the government will be facing an even larger deficit than it expects and a greater financial crisis. January 2015 saw a drop in exports by Iraq. The country average 2.35 million barrels a day, down from 2.941 million in December. That was the lowest amount since 2.228 million in Ja... more »

Breaking out of a Broken System

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - In a world being torn apart by extremism, maybe a potential solution is for the majority of us to practice the opposite of extremism: moderation... The post Breaking out of a Broken System appeared first on Waking Times.

Death is not univeraly instructive

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I lost an old friend today no he did not die he just became so toxic I could no longer stand by his side Toxic is a big word and it hits so many enviroments so when I say I quit the friendship due to a toxic atmosphere its as complicated as climate change I may be whacked out but when I say something its my truth shoutout If I say something that offends you or makes you turn on the censorhip blender then I can not say your a friend in the dangerous times with which we live with today My friend had been with me for incredible things and I thank him for that but loyatly in an after a... more »

MeTA 19: National Forum 2015, Empowerment of Patients

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
The annual national forum of the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) Philippines will be held in the next two days. I will attend it, but will miss the opening programs in the morning of Day 1 as I will attend the FNF event at Fort Bonifacio. Here is the program. *Daty 1, February 17* SESSION 1: OPENING OF THE 2015 FORUM ACCESS AND EQUITY: MAKING HEALTHCARE A REALITY FOR ALL 1. Invocation, *Ms. Precy Declaro-Deluria*, Executive Director, Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc. 2. Opening Message, *Mr. Roberto M. Pagdanganan*, Chairman of MeTA Philippines 3. Remarks from the Interna... more »

Snowy day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago

The Internet Vs Magna Carta

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
It not actually a conflict its more a case of castles comming down Follow the money you cant hide it no matter how wealthy and the HBSC may have just given the communist the key to the kingdom If the rich played fair we might not have to behead them every couple of hundred years.

Victimes of the Santa Clause

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I do not know what happens elesewhere and that seems to be our global situation fight eleswhere but not at home. We are fighting everywhere elsewhere yet a home we feel the war more and more WHAT chance do we have at peace when we are fighting in one hundred and fighty four nations and looking hard to extend that reach Talk about an expensive baystitte that is the USA today where they spend a dollar sixty every day beyond what come in in pay. Imaginary solutions will come down hard mutherfuckers yes mutherfuker cause you fucked my momma for a few hundred years

Mexico killed the NFAT dream

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
An autoworker in Guadlope makes CDN $2.90 and hour but he measures up equal to the other two Amigos making out ten times as well To top it off he must pay tribute out of that yet he feels happy if not fat for the opportunity So many things wrong with this picture you can only blame the MAN who painted romantic freedom for a Continent well the MAN did well but the middle class died.

If The Ukraine Ceasefire Collapses It Will Be Because Of Debaltseve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Roman Olearchyk, Financial Times*: *Debaltseve fighting threatens Ukraine ceasefire* *Ukraine claimed on Monday that at least five of its troops had been killed and 25 injured since an internationally brokered truce took effect on Sunday, as Russian-backed separatist attacks continued on a key railway hub where thousands of government troops are reported to have been surrounded.* *WNU Editor:* The failure to resolve the issue of Debaltseve during last weeks peace talks at Minsk was a heads-up to me and others that the ceasefire was not going to hold. Ukraine's refusal to withdraw... more »

Being Health Conscious Makes You the New “Conspiracy Theorist”

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - Remember when the fictitious notion of "conspiracy theorist" was supposed to represent the lone wolf weird lunatic in a dark basement? The post Being Health Conscious Makes You the New “Conspiracy Theorist” appeared first on Waking Times.

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Ukraine ceasefire in tatters as fighting escalates in east* *Pro-Russia and government forces fight for control of Debaltseve, with Ukrainian military saying rebels have fired on its troops 112 times in last 24 hours* *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 16, 2015* Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject ceasefire -- Reuters Battle persists for Ukraine railway hub, despite peace deal -- AP Ukraine ceasefire holds except where it counts -- AFP Ukraine forces and pro-Russian rebels trade ceasefire violation claims -- Euronews 5 Ukrainian security forces kill... more »

Is It Too Early To Call The Sounds Coming From The Chris Christie Campaign A Death Rattle?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Iowa Republicans turned up at recent Chris Christie appearances in the hope of seeing him scream at someone, preferably an elderly woman or a teacher. They've been disappointed and he's getting a poor word-of-mouth about the hardcore GOP base. Using the same operatives who persuaded Rudy Giuliani to behave like an adult-- losing him the Fox and Hate Talk Radio vote-- Christie has been on best behavior, trying to act like a respectable governor instead of the boorish lout and thug everyone has seen for 5 years on YouTube. If Christie won't give the Iowa base the lout, thug and bully... more »

Egypt's Confronts A Growing Islamic Militant Crisis In The Sinai

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*World Crunch*: *ISIS In The Sinai: Terror Group Takes On Egyptian Regime* *A group calling itself "Defenders of Jerusalem" is throwing its lot in with ISIS, making the battle between Cairo and Islamists ever more since the army ousted the Muslim Brotherhood.CAIRO — Muneim (not his real name) remembers every detail of the encounter: the frightening masks; the uniforms as dark as night; the Kalashnikov rifles slung over their shoulders.The North Sinai trader was on the road from Arish to Sheikh Zowead two months ago when he suddenly found himself face-to-face with a group of ... more »

Free Trade 43: On PH-Germany or PH-EU FTA

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
Tomorrow, I will attend this forum co-organized by the Friedricy Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). Although free trade between the EU and the Philippines is not mentioned in the theme, I think it should be raised from time to time. Here are two recent reports that point to the potentials of an EU-PH or at least Germany-PH future free trade agreement (FTA). *(1) EU aims to double trade, investments in the Philippines* Manila Bulletin, December 13, 2014 *Walter van Hattum, head of economic and trade section of EU Delegation in the Philippines, said at the Open Dialogue on Trade... more »

Fitness Hacks to Help Your Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and DripDrop®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DrinkDripDrop #DripDropHydrates http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” I can't lie, I am a New Year's resolutions junkie. Every year I make between 25 and 50 resolutions. Three years ago I met my resolution of losing 45 pounds and getting back in shape. I maintained it right up until I got pregnant again. Here I am two years later with a 10-month-old daughter and ready to tackle my resolution of getting back into shape. Here are the the tips I ... more »

Egypt Launches Airstrikes On Islamic State Targets In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Egypt retaliates with air strikes after ISIS marches 21 Coptic Christians along a lonely Libyan beach and beheads them en masse for their faith* ** Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in eastern Libya today * ** There were at least seven airstrikes in the Islamist-held city of Derna * ** Strikes come after ISIS-affiliated militants murdered 21 Egyptians in Libya * ** Militants last night released video showing the Coptic Christians' murder * ** Men were paraded on a beach by masked killed before savage beheadings * ** Egyptian government last night vowed '... more »

Catching Up With The Organ Grinder

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://batmananthology.wikia.com/ John Baird has quit. Eve and Dimitri have bolted. But, for Stephen Harper, this winter of discontent is going to turn into a very rough spring. Mike Duffy's trial is a little more than six weeks away. Michael Harris writes: True, the suspended senator’s health could falter. True, the charges could be stayed, the trial might be postponed, or key witnesses could fight a subpoena to appear. But Duffy will never agree to walk away from this mess semi-corrupt. He will either be guilty or innocent, not trapped in... more »

Middle East - North Africa Report - ( February 16 , 2015 ) - Egypt strikes ISIS in Libya after ISIS Execution of 21 Egyptian Christians ( Egypt and Libya in Focus ) ....... syria / Iraq / ISIS Regional War Updates ...... Yemen in focus .......Easier to document countries not involved than those fighting directly / through proxies / aiding and abetting anti- ISIS forces ....... Iran in focus....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Links...... *Libyan ISIS Beheads 21 Egyptian Christians* *US Copters Support Iraqi Troops Battling ISIS* *Yemen's Houthis Spurn UN Demand to Cede Power**Jordan Jails Opposition Figure for Criticizing UAE* *Battle Over Anbar Town Rages as Iraqi Tribals Warn of ISIS Takeover* 148 Killed Across Iraq as New Battle for Dam Begins in East Sunni Lawmakers to Boycott Iraqi Parliament Over Shi'ite Militias Militants Nab $13m in Baghdad Bank Heist Scores Dead in Intensified Fighting in S. Syria: Monitor Sisi Says Cairo Will Avenge ISIS Beheadings of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya Anti-Hout... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Common Core Is Costing Us Our Best Teachers* *Because of Common Core, more teachers are throwing in the towel* The United States education system is home to many thousands of teachers. Some are good, some are less good, and some stand head and shoulders above the rest, setting an example in educational excellence that others can only hope to achieve. Stacie Starr is just such a teacher - or at least she was. After a 16-year career capped with winning the 2014 Top Teacher Search, Starr has announced that she is getting out of the teaching game, citing Common Core standards and in...more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago

Greece Updates - FM Varoufakis declares Greece Not Bluffing ( February 16 , 2015 ) - As EuroGroup commences , doubts reign supreme for a deal - associated news and view touching on Greece and debt talks ongoing ..... News from around Europe !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Greece...... Check the Tweet feed for far more detail and updates after posting ! Albert Broomhead retweeted *₯ ZeroCool* ‏@ZeroCoolGR 4h4 hours ago The Numbers that every one cares about shows that the memorandum dont didn't and wont work #Eurogroup #JodiGraphics Reply Retweeted Favorite More [image: Embedded image permalink] - Tweets - after EuroGroup.... Albert Broomhead retweeted *Eleni Varvitsiotis* @Elbarbie · 12m12 minutes ago Greek side waiting for an EU proposal similar to the one he got from @ EU_Commission earlier today says @yanisvaroufakis *Ho... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*You couldn't make this up* *The Australian Academy of Science has just issued an updated "explanation" of global warming. They note that "Most available material ... usually omits some of the basics, such as how scientists know humans are causing global warming and what future projections are based on". So in their latest "explanation", what did they do to remedy that deficiency? Below is their full "explanation" of how human activities enhance the ‘greenhouse effect’:* "Today, human activities are directly increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2, methane and nitrous o... more »

The list

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
A number of blogs have mentioned this letter to the Guardian. For some unknown reason about 700 ‘artists’ have decided to remind everyone that they’re never going to perform in Israel in the unlikely event that they’ll be invited to do so. Who cares? I had a dotty aunt who used to go round muttering “Here I am” even though no-one particularly wanted to know. It was quite amusing in a way. Many of these signatories are not very well-known (to say the least). The list contains few surprises. Well, about two. I thought Prunella Scales and Timothy West would have had more sense. The ... more »

List of Companies that Support Monsanto – Do Not Buy Their Products!

WTStaff at Waking Times - 18 hours ago
*Meme - *A simple image of companies known to use Monsanto products and support Monsanto's anti-GMO labeling initiatives. Put on your smartphone and share with everyone you know! The post List of Companies that Support Monsanto – Do Not Buy Their Products! appeared first on Waking Times.

Alan Dershowitz "Europe didn't give a damn about terror until it came to its own borders..."

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'Europe didn't give a damn about terror until it came to its own borders...: http://youtu.be/016oZza7Frk

Alfred Labremont Weber is not afraid of the big bad pedo wolf

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
concerned that their story wasn't being heard, I blog'd about the case of these two kids from Hampstead in London and their insanely bizarre and disturbing testimony to a family friend that's being dubbed the Mask of Zorro case i.e. Coached Kids or Satanic Child Abuse, over a week ago simply because there were no MSM or Mainstream Spineless Media outfits highlighting it... *In an interview from Germany with Sabine Kurjo McNeil, the “McKenzie Friend” or legal helper to Ella, the mother of two Whistleblower children, Gabriel an 8 year old boy and Alisa his 9 year old sister, whose ... more »

War War is Stupid

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 18 hours ago
Yes. War is stupid. Regardless of the justifications and alibi. War is stupid. To the advocates of new "All out war" in Muslim Mindanao, other war mongers, may I advice that you try living in conflict areas like Mamasapano in Maguindanao or Basilan so you will see how ugly and brutal endless fighting can be. Here is one story of an ugly war, happened only last month. *Shortly before the Mamasapano incident happened on January 25, Sarah’s husband, Badrudin Langalen, with his cow in tow, was on his way home from the cornfields to charge his cellphone when the SAF commandos, on the a... more »

The Eichmann Show

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
The Eichmann Show from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"Since the founding of Israel, the Federal Republic of Germany had paid out 85.3 billion marks, by the end of 1977, to survivors of the Holocaust.* *When Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the Jewish and German communities of Buenos Aires. * *Jewish leaders informed the Israeli authorities in no uncertain terms that this must never happen again."* *- Martin Bormann : Nazi in Exile* *by Paul Manning* In 1937, Labor Zionist *Feivel Polkes* invited Eichmann to Palestine. On 2 Oc... more »

Netanyahu has sabotaged the fight to keep Iran from going nuclear

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Benjamin Netanyahu]The clumsy move by Israel’s ambassador in Washington and the U.S. speaker of the House, who was also motivated by narrow political interests, has perhaps done the worst damage ever to Israel’s “special relationship” with the United States. This isn’t another passing incident with a whiff of that charming Israeli chutzpah, it’s a deep crisis that will take a decade to remedy. It has already irreversibly damaged the effort to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The harsh American reaction reflects growing anger toward a country that is dependent on the United St... more »

Ukraine Cease Fire Holding For now

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Despite Truce, Shelling Continues in Parts of Ukraine* *LUHANSKOYE, Ukraine — The first day of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine was marred by deadly artillery fire on Sunday, and both the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists accused each other of violating the new accord.* *Some lingering violence was expected, given the recent intensity of the combat, yet over all, Ukrainian officials said, the accord reached last week was holding.* *A lull after the midnight cease-fire deadline, however, was followed Sunday morning by a resumption of shelling near... more »

And, meanwhile, from a parallel universe...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
If ever a programme was going to trend on Twitter it was surely bound to be *Countryfile*. Last night *#countryfile *was the third most popular hashtag on Twitter. It 'exploded' with accusations of BBC bias, thousands upon thousands upon thousands of them. Why? Because *Countryfile *had broadcast a report on fox-hunting that wasn't anti-hunting. The saboteurs and associated types went crazy - and not crazy like a fox, more like headless chickens. It wasn't the only Twitterstorm against BBC bias yesterday from the nation's lefties. Battalions of them launched angry tweet after ang...more »

Bob Woodward is On the Square

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago

Call For End To Foreign Aid To Argentina As It Buys Fighter Jets From China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: JF-17 Thunder]A British politician has called for an end to British tax payers money going to Argentina after it was reveals that the country has reached an agreement with China to purchase fighter jets capable of attacking the Falkland Islands as talks with Beijing start to produce results. During a three day visit by Argentinian President Kristina de Kirchner to China, a ‘strategic partnership’ deal was discussed in which Argentina secured 15 economic agreements and significant financial investment from China to prop up its weak economy, the Sunday Express reports. UKIP M... more »

Ex-Navy air boss: F-35s 'essential' for carrier air wings

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]Retiring Vice Adm. David H. Buss, who stepped down as the Navy's "air boss" Jan. 22, has guided the Navy's F-35C Lightning II through some difficult times. But he insists the controversial next-generation fighter jet is now well on its way to becoming operational and, more than that, is essential to the future of carrier air wings. "I'm very happy with where we are with the program now," Buss said during an interview at his office at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, shortly before stepping down. Read more

Russia May Finalize its Flagship Aircraft Carrier by 2025

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Kirov class CG]Russia may finalize the construction of a flagship air carrier for the country's navy before the end of 2025, the Russian Navy's chief of naval aviation Major General Igor Kozhin said, according to Russian media outlets. "It will take up to ten years to wrap up the construction of the flagship carrier, which will include a whole system of state tests," Kozhin said. He added that the aircraft-related research work is now under way and that several projects related to the vessel's construction are already on the table. Read more

MILF, PNP SAF and the Fallen 44, Part 4

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
A short essay here lifted from my discussion with some friends in fb. *1. Humility vs. arrogance, Active vs suspended bureaucrats* If I were resigned Police Gen. Alan Purisima, I will publicly admit that my intervention and ego-tripping led to that huge casualty in ‪#‎Mamasapano last January 25. Then I will visit personally many family members of the dead cops to ask for forgiveness. If they remain very angry at me, I will commit suicide. In this PDI report last February 12, he has publicly admitted that he did intervene, but only after he was cornered by Sen. Miriam Santiago. *"Ku... more »

Poland to spend billions on defence amid rumblings of war in Europe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: EC725 Caracal]Looking east to the bloody conflict gripping Ukraine, NATO-member Poland has kicked off an unprecedented military spending spree worth billions to overhaul its forces as Warsaw believes peace in Europe is no longer a given, AFP reported. The escalation of tensions with Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and subsequent role in the crisis in that country's east has sounded the alarm on NATO's eastern flank in countries that were under Moscow's thumb during the Cold War. Russia has also rattled its neighbours by repeatedly testing their air ... more »

Replacing Trident with jets ‘would save £13bn’

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: UGM-133 Trident]Replacing Trident with a nuclear deterrent dropped from the air would save up to £13 billion for priority defence equipment spending, a think-tank has claimed in a new report. Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane are an “expensive and excessive” solution to the UK deterrence requirements and would have been ineffective even during the Cold War, CentreForum said in its analysis. Instead, the UK’s forthcoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – a stealth aircraft bought for conventional missions – should be adapted to deliver a “minimum nuclear deterrent” based upon ... more »

CIA Bought Iraqi Chemical Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Aerial view of the Al Muthanna Chemical Weapons Complex after Operation Desert Storm, from a 2004 CIA report, with R&D and laboratory facilities marked out and labelled (stock image) [Picture: CIA] *C.J. Chivers and Eric Schmitt, Houston Chronicle/New York Times:* *CIA is said to have bought Iraqi chemical weapons* *The CIA, working with U.S. troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terroris... more »

Watch How An F-18 Picks Up An Airborne Cruise Missile And Guides It Into A Moving Ship (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*USNI*: *Video: Tomahawk Strike Missile Punches Hole Through Moving Maritime Target* *A January test of a Raytheon Tomahawk land attack missile (TLAM) against a moving target at sea could be a short-term answer to the U.S. Navy’s long-range anti-surface missile problem, USNI News understands.The test – conducted off of San Nicolas Island, Calif. – demonstrated that a TLAM launched from a ship could be guided into a moving target at sea by a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.An unclassified video of the test, obtained by USNI News, shows the missile launch from guided missile destr...more »

Report: U.S. 'Limiting' Information It Shares With Israel On Iran Nuclear Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Obama talks with Netanyahu before a press conference at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, March 20, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza/White House *Haaretz:* *Fearing leaks, U.S. 'limiting' information it shares with Israel on Iran nuke talks* *The Americans fear Netanyahu will make use of the information given to Israel for his own political needs, and will try to undermine the talks between Iran and the big powers.* *As a result of the recent tension between the United States and Israel, the White House has begun to limit the scope, quality and depth of the information it sha... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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. Masked (of course) 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. To make you think "Muslims" did it, "news" articles will say that the shooter(s) yelled "ALLAH AKBAR" or "God Is Great" which is a sure sign of a false flag. 2. There's a secondary shooting at a J... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Occupation 101 Dead in the Water Israel's Secret Weapon

Blackstone Rangers

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day 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" conc... more »

What is Real: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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