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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

17 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

10:48pm MST

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Tools

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 48 minutes ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »

Turbulent Times Show Wednesday, February 18th, At 7PM CST (8PM EST)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 52 minutes ago
Yes, Whitewraithe and I are going to have a Turbulent Times show tomorrow, Wednesday February 18th, 2015, at 8PM EDT, 7PM CST.... We will be discussing a lot of current events, and Whitewraithe wants to discuss a subject that she has been wanting to talk about for quite some time, which is the fraud of Obamacare.... It will be a very lively discussion, and it will be live at Blogtalk Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/turbulenttimes).... The call in # is 347-857-2203.... Skype calls are still out for the moment......Whitewraithe is still working on getting the Skype issue fixed.... We a... more »

ISIS Slaughtering Egyptians in Libya by Dr. ElSayed Amin

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Title: ISIS Slaughtering Egyptians in Libya by Dr. ElSayed Amin. Source: El-Sayed Amin. Date Published: February 17, 2015.

How The U.S. And China Could Stumble Into War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
(Laris Karklis/The Washington Post) *Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest*: *5 Ways the U.S. and China Could Stumble Into War* *World War III may not be as unlikely as you think.Over the last few years, I have undertaken what most would consider a depressing assignment: debating and thinking through the possibility of a great-power war in today’s chaotic international environment. And for good reason. As Washington attempts to transition away from counterinsurgency operations and the nightmare that has become the Middle East, new challenges—many from revisionist great powers—see... more »

Cultural Impact Assessments - to protect a dump

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
If you aren’t already required to file ‘Cultural Impact Assessments’ in your area, then don’t worry, it won’t be far away – what is born in the torrid bullshit of the Resource Management Act and fermented in the fetid dreams of Auckland planners eventually filters down (or up) to the planners of lesser (or greater) burgs across the country. These ‘Cultural Impact Assessments,’ or CIAs—along with the approval of appropriate iwi (plural) --are required every time you propose a project anywhere near a site that appears in Auckland’s Proposed Unitary Plan as a purple blob. There are ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Strange”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Strange”* by Chet Raymo “In a review in the “New York Times” Book Review, Daniel Handler writes: “And strange? Well, let's get this straight: All great books are strange. Every lasting work of literature since the very weird "Beowulf" has been strange, not only because it grapples with the strangeness around us, but also because the effect of originality is startling, making even the oldest books feel like brand new stories.” Strange: Out-of-the-ordinary, unusual, curious. "The strangeness around us," says Handler. There is a paradox here. What could be less strange than the wo... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

Myanmar Declares Martial Law In The Kokang Border Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*BBC:** Myanmar declares martial law in troubled Kokang region* *A state of emergency has been declared in the Kokang region of Myanmar, following intense fighting between ethnic-minority rebels and the army.* *President Thein Sein has handed power in the area over to the military and imposed a three-month period of martial law.* *Fighting was triggered by the return of rebel leader Phone Kya Shin after five years of exile in China.* *Tens of thousands of refugees have been forced to flee their homes. * *More News On Myanmar Declaring Martial Law In The Kokang Border Region* Myanm... more »

"Silence from the right on James Comey's race talk" -- Jonathan Capehart wonders why our top G-man was merely "ignored" rather than "trivialized"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*FBI Director James Comey at Georgetown Thursday* *by Ken* In his column today, "Silence from the right on James Comey's race talk," the *Washington Post*'s Jonathan Capehart raises a fascinating point in the aftermath of the hard-hitting speech given by FBI Director James Comey on the subject of race and law enforcement Thursday at Georgetown University: Why, instead of cranking up the Right-Wing Noise Machine, has it been greeted with stony silence from the Right? As Jonathan points out, what Director Comey had to say wasn't all that different from what a number of other public ... more »

Apaches meet with Forest Service at Oak Flat

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago

Men are simply happier

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Men Are Just Happier People -- what do you expect from such simple creatures? - Your last name stays put. - The garage is all yours. - Wedding plans take care of themselves. - Chocolate is just another snack... - You can never be pregnant. - You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. - You can wear NO shirt to a water park. - Car mechanics tell you the truth. - The world is your urinal. - You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. - You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nu... more »

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: ‘We’re Not At A Time of War’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque) *Tim Mak, Daily Beast*: *Eric Holder: ‘We’re Not at a Time of War’* *The Attorney General tells reporters that the U.S. isn’t at war against ISIS—never mind all those airstrikes, and all those troops deployed in Iraq.* *U.S. and coalition forces have conducted nearly 2,300 airstrikes hitting more than 4,800 targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, as part of the ongoing campaign to defeat the so-called Islamic State. Three service members have already perished in these ongoing operations against ISIS.* *But accord... more »

“Welcome to World War Three”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Welcome to World War Three”* by James Howard Kunstler “In case anyone didn’t get ISIL’s message from their latest video in which 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians have their heads sawn off, here it is: “We’re executioners, not warriors.” Those gouts of blood spilled on a Libyan beach amount to ISIL’s welcome mat to the mass execution of the Euro-American west. The dignity of a funeral is not even on the program. What we’ve got now with apocalyptic Jihadism spreading clear across the region from Pakistan to Morocco, and Europe blandly ignoring it across the Mediterranean, is an epocha... more »

Kiev Refuses To Publicly Acknowledge The Disaster That Is Unfolding In Debaltseve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Post by Max Avdeev. *Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg:* *Ukraine's President Is Trapped With His Troops* *Two days after the belligerent parties in eastern Ukraine were supposed to suspend fighting, the truce is not holding. The agreement sealed last Thursday has hit the first of several predictable snags: Kiev refuses to recognize that a large number of its troops are encircled near the railroad junction of Debaltseve, and fighting rages on as these troops try to break out. Although both sides are guilty of violating the cease-fire, responsibility for preserving it is now in the ha... more »

Lest We Forget - Corporate Support for Fascism in the U.S. & Around the World

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940) was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, an outspoken critic of U.S. military adventurism, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. In his 1935 book War is a Racket, he described the workings of the military-industrial complex and, after retiring from service, became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s. In November 1934, Butler alleged the existence of a political conspiracy of Wall Street interests to overthrow President Roosevelt, a series of alleg... more »

Egypt gets UN Sec. Council to discuss intervention against ISIL in Libya

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*They came. They saw. They beheaded. [Insert maniacal Hillary Clinton laugh here].* The White House has the gall to criticize Egyptian air strikes against ISIS in Libya. They helped create the chaos there so they should shut up about what Egypt is doing in Libya. They should be saying thank you instead. Egypt is doing the world a favour. It is fixing what was broken in 2011. This is retaliation, not aggression. The longer the chaos festers in Libya the stronger ISIS gets, which is what Washington wants. Egypt should stomp out ISIS, if they can, before this genocidal group establish... more »

Breaking News: Donetsk Rebel Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko Injured In Mortar Attack At Debaltseve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Sputinik:* *Donetsk Leader Injured in Debaltseve – Media* *The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, was injured in the leg amid urban warfare in Debaltseve, according to the media report.* *WNU Editor:* He was lucky.

The Matrix Program is Crashing

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Zen Gardner It is. It’s outdated programming and the engineers of deceit can’t keep up. The vibrational changes are exceeding their capabilities. You know how your phone or computer’s software goes out of date, and new programs can’t operate? It’s the same thing. The imitators of creation can’t maintain a current operating system any longer in the face of this Universal shift. And it’s driving them nuts. Just look at the desperation we’re witnessing. Crude military and police state maneuvers are only one aspect. The biggest clue is seeing the previously incremental and now hyper... more »

All the Creepy Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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, there was a time when most Americans thought nothing of driving a few miles over the spee... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Beheadings Show ISIS Has Formed a New Power Center *Riyadh Mohammed, Fiscal Times:* *Beheadings Show ISIS Has Formed a New Power Center* *As the Libyan civil war rages on between two competing governments, Islamic and secular, ISIS has found a foothold in the North African nation. After taking control of the city of Derna in October 2014 and the town of al-Nofaliya earlier this month, ISIS has just captured the city of Sirte, the hometown of former dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 17, 2015* ISIS atrocity in Libya demonstrates its gr... more »

World News Briefs -- February 17, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Bloomberg:* *Rebels Claim Control of Crucial Ukraine Town as Truce Imperiled* *Rebels in eastern Ukraine said they took over the strategic crossroad town Debaltseve and hundreds of government troops surrendered in fighting that’s undermining a fragile truce.Ukraine’s military denied soldiers had surrendered and said heavy fighting was taking place in the town’s outskirts. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s government shouldn’t prevent its troops from laying down their arms after the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said it had... more »

Greece Rejects Bailout Deal – Deadline To Avoid Financial Chaos In Europe Is March 1st

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Source Michael Snyder Europe is on the verge of a horrifying financial meltdown, and there are only a few short weeks left to avert total disaster. On Monday, talks that were supposed to bring about yet another temporary “resolution” to the Greek debt crisis completely fell apart. The new Greek government has entirely rejected the idea of a six-month extension of the current bailout. The Greeks want a new deal which would enable them to implement the promises that have been made to the voters. But that is not going to fly with the Germans, among others. They expect the Greek... more »

Please click the link following "Read More." Aside from the introduction, the text you will read has been composed solely by Paul Craig Roberts. The interspersed pictures are the whimsical work of Eric King of King World News. The message is that the Ukraine Army has been defeated by the Russian-speaking people whose republics they attacked following orders from Washington.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ *PCR Interviewed by King World News — Russia Warns West* ------------------------------ February 16, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter PCR Interviewed by King World News Putin Warns Europe of Dire Consequences of Enabling Washington’s War Against Russia Read More: http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-putin-just-warned-west-faces-terrifying-consequences/ ------------------------------ Cherchez la Verite

Mississippi Republican Admits He Wants To Defund Public Education Because Some Of The Money Is Spent On Black Children

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
The hotheads and traitors in control of South Carolina, seceded on December 20, 1860, soon after Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Although Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee didn't follow suit until the following spring, the state that jumped to follow South Carolina's lead first was Mississippi-- where Lincoln hadn't even been on the ballot-- seceding January 9, 1861. Mississippi was one of the 7 original states to form the Confederacy. The government of Mississippi issued a proclamation explaining why it had decided to secede: "Our position is thoroughly ide... more »

Legal Weed Is Killing Drug Cartels

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Here’s a lesson from the United Not-So Police States of America we might take on board here… [image: prohibition] Nick Sorrentino writes that Legal US Weed Is Killing Drug Cartels: It makes sense. We have argued for a long time that ending pot prohibition would do much to reduce crime. Marijuana is by far the illicit drug of choice in the USA. Even though weed is relatively bulky, smells like a skunk crossing and so is easily detected, it remains number 1. Legalise the market, legitimise the market, and the prohibition-inflated profits (and incentive) go away. It should be note... more »

The Customs Computer $30 Million Blowout

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by Daniel Silva from the Importer’s Institute* Yet another big government IT project has gone off the rails. This time it is something called the Joint Border Management System (JBMS), a system designed to upgrade and link systems currently operated by Customs and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). It was supposed to be finished by the end of 2012 at a cost of $75.9 million. Three years later, the development is still not complete and the budget has ballooned to $104.1 million. This is merely the latest in a series of similar debacles. They are practically unavo... more »

Peter Oborne and the Crisis of Conservatism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Good on Peter Oborne. Good on him for telling the Barclay Brothers to stick their job. Regular paid writing gigs are hard to come by for journos, so to spurn what is one of the cushiest jobs on Fleet Street for a matter of principle shows him to be a writer with value and integrity, however much regular readers and me disagree with Oborne's politics. There are some fascinating parallels between the pen portrait he draws of life at *The Telegraph* and the sorry state the Conservative Party find themselves in. As I've argued previously, the Tories have become dislocated from their co... more »

Transpicuous New(s) Feb 11th & 15th: In the Minsk of all this mess....

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 7 hours ago
Welcome to Transpicuous New(s).... sorry my friends, I completely forgot to post Wednesday night's Midweek Report Video!! So to Catch up..... Here is The Transpicuous News Midweek Report from Wed, Feb 11th, and The Transpicuous News Report from Sunday Feb, 15th, 2015. Unfortunately due to a(nother) freak computer glitchout, I have lost the entire document of links from the Wed Feb 11th Show, so I will not be able to post those links for the archive. But Sunday nights list of links is (should be) safe and sound and I will post them below the Videos. d http://transpicuousnews.blogsp... more »

The Power of the Conditioned Mind

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - The society and culture in which you have grown up programmed those fixed patterns of the mind into you, and your identity who you are and what your job is in this world, is based upon those patterns... The post The Power of the Conditioned Mind appeared first on Waking Times.

The Battle For The Ukrainian Town of Debaltseve Is Coming To An End. Ukrainian Forces Are Surrending By The Hundreds. Street By Street Battles Are Being Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Ukraine truce unravels as rebels advance into government-held town* *Pro-Russian rebels fought their way into an encircled government bastion and were battling street-to-street on Tuesday, all but dashing hopes that a European-brokered peace deal would end months of conflict.* *Two days after a truce went into effect, an agreement reached at all-night talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk last week was unravelling rapidly, with both sides refusing to begin pulling back heavy guns on Tuesday as required.* *The failed ceasefire has left thousands of Ukrainian troops ... more »

Feb. 17: You know you're in trouble when.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
....you spend a Sunday afternoon looking out to see your car being buried in a white-out of blowing snow with a powerful tail wind. And next morning, there's no newspaper so you wait till mid-afternoon to flounder to the nearest store to get a paper - and you flounder back with it to find that you paper has arrived while you were gone. And the headline is "Blizzard Shuts Down Region". However, the Irving press did one thing right. And that, too was front page. Two senior staff members were disciplined for violations of journalistic ethics. The case was handled by the Ombudswoman f... more »

" Wait until you see the Waitemata … the Isthmus of Corinth of the Antipodes”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Today’s snippet from NZ history comes from businessman John Logan Campbell’s very readable memoirs of him making a life in early NZ. His first glimpse of the place that was to become Auckland bowled him over…* *The Isthmus of Corinth of the Antipodes* BEAUTIFUL was Remuera's wooded shore, sloping gently to Waitemata's sunlit waters in the days of which I write. The palm fern-tree was there, with its crown of graceful bending fronds and black feathery-looking young shoots ; and the karaka with its brilliantly-polished green leaves and golden yellow fruit ; contrasting with the da... more »

"Remembering Now..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“You think you will never forget any of this, you will remember it always just the way it was. But you can't remember it the way it was. To know it, you have to be living in the presence of it right as it is happening. It can return only by surprise. Speaking of these things tells you that there are no words for them that are equal to them or that can restore them to your mind. And so you have a life that you are living only now, now and now and now, gone before you can speak of it, and you must be thankful for living day by day, moment by moment, in this presence. But you have a li... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Remember Now”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
2002, “Remember Now” - http://www.youtube.com/ "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A. A. Milne

The Realist Report - Friedrich Paul Berg: "Holocaust" revisionism

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 8 hours ago
On this edition of *The Realist Report*, we'll be joined by Friedrich Paul Berg of *NaziGassings.com*. Friedrich and I will be discussing the fake Jewish "Holocaust" narrative, outlining some key reasons for rejecting the "Holocaust" hoax. We will also address the manner in which the official narrative of WWII, especially as it relates to the false "Holocaust" story, is used to oppress and exploit not only the German nation, but the entire Western world. Calls are welcome! You can download the entire program *here* . Below are relevant links for this program: - *How the "Holoca... more »

"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?" * by MeaningS of Life "Is human life just a dream, from which we never really awake, as some great thinkers claim? Are we submerged by our feelings, by our loves and hates, by our ideas of good, bad, beautiful, awful? Are we incapable of knowing beyond those ideas and feelings? Listen to Shakespeare and Joseph Conrad: ‧ "We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep…" William Shakespeare, "The Tempest" *"*A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. *"* Joseph Conrad, ... more »

"...to see ourselves as others see us."

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
On a morning after a surprisingly difficult day before in Dunedin, it seems appropriate to look to a Scottish poet for solace; as from 'To A Louse': *O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!* So, going from one lousy poet to another, here then is the self-declared next great Aussie bush poet with some cultural insights into New Zealand -- all the way from the Geebung RSL. I hadn't realised Nicky Watson travelled so well... Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Anatomy of a Great Deception

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
Conspiracy theory ? It's not a theory ! 9/11 Anatomy of a Great Deception 33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True

Britain's Special Forces Are Under Orders Not To Be Taken Alive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Express*: *SAS told to 'save last bullet for yourselves' in case of Islamic State capture* *BRITAIN'S special forces fighting in Syria and Iraq are under orders not to be captured alive by the brutal Islamic State, it has emerged.* *SAS soldiers are believed to have been told to "save the last bullet for yourselves" if they fear they are in danger of being taken hostage by the terror group.* *The UK's elite force were flown into the Middle East last summer, as so-called Islamic State extremists began to take control of large swathes of Iraq, adding to their territory in Syria.*... more »

CHockey Speculation

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
Marc Bergevin needs to know is this the year. Last year was not the year but picking up Thomas Vanek for a second round pick and losing (so far in 2015 dissapointing) Sebastian Colberg was an offer no one could refuse. If Vanek had not been a bust and if Price had not got hurt the finals were a strong possiblity. I do not see Montreal going for another rental. The price for Keith Yandle is not likely to be paid. This would be at least Lars Eller, a top prospect like Tinordi and maybe a first round pick. Montreal can wait another year. There are going to be some good free agents th... more »

Reflections on my 154th post - Predictions Past and Future

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Crystal Ball* Well, folks, it's mid February so let's check that prediction about the economic collapse that I diarized back last January. Seems the dollar was suppose to collapse by February 17, 2015. Hmmmmmm. Another apocalyptic prediction gone down the swirly. Re economic collapse, I generally go to Paul Craig Roberts (who has a doctorate in economics) who says that the West can keep the dollar floating almost indefinitely, by dint of having the ability to not only print fiat American dollars---but the power to force other currencies such as the Euro and the Yen to print their... more »

Supplemental: How Brian Williams got to the White House!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015The accidental man:* On the surface of things, Brian Williams was a very strong early achiever. After two years of community college, he came to Washington in September 1979 as a student at Catholic University. Things took off from there—or at least, it seems they did. As of 1980, he had an internship at the White House. It became a paying job. When Jimmy Carter left the White House, so did Williams. Still just 21, he moved to a job at the political action committee of the National Association of Broadcasters. His boss, Ken Schanzer, later described hi... more »

Harry Targ : Should we make more war? Where? How?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Obama’s foreign policy reflects the contradictory approaches of U.S. leadership since the country’s emergence as a superpower. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | February 17, 2015 Both unity and contradiction are reflected in the history of United States … finish reading Harry Targ : Should we make more war? Where? How?

Ten Billion

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 9 hours ago
Stephen Emmott is a chief techno-wizard at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England. His brilliant young scientists are doing research in complex natural systems. Their objective is to invent miracles. They want to program ordinary cells to perform photosynthesis, so we can produce food from sunlight, without plows and seeds. Agriculture can’t feed ten billion. The goal is to delay the onrushing planetary emergency, and push aside annoying obstacles to perpetual growth. Much of the public seems to be paying little attention to the emergency, if they are aware of it at all. Bi... more »

Kirkuk Is The Epicenter Of Iraq’s Next Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Jesse Rosenfeld, The Daily Beast:* *The Epicenter of Iraq’s Next Civil War* *Fighting between Kurds and Shia militias threatens to erupt around Kirkuk and nearby oil fields. ISIS watches and waits.KIRKUK, Iraq — Tensions in the ancient city of Kirkuk are threatening to boil over as Kurdish forces move to turn their battle lines with ISIS into the border for a Kurdish state.The city traditionally has had a mix of Iraq’s main ethnic and confessional groups—Kurds, Turkmens (many of whom are Shia), Shia Arabs and Sunni Arabs. But the province is rich in oil and natural gas that th... more »

The War Against The Islamic State -- News Updates February 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS burn 45 people to death in captured Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi as Islamists attack the homes of security forces' families* ** Western town al-Baghdadi captured by ISIS fighters last week * Victims thought to be members of security forces and their families* Follows barbaric video of Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh * Attack is only five miles from air base with 320 US Marines * *The War Against The Islamic State -- News Updates February 17, 2015* Anti-ISIS coalition hits key targets in Iraq, Syria -- Al Arabiya Iraq Shiite militias rush to defend... more »

Disclosure of Long U.S. Control of Poroshenko

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
It is sad that the US corporate run media won't report any real news anymore. But I am determined to keep searching for any truths I can get my hands on. I'm tired of seeing the crap we get ladled each day from the likes of 'war hero' Brian Williams and his ilk - including National Public Radio (NPR). Quite a commentary when more people are watching Jon Stewart for news than the slimy networks. I guess though it's a good sign.... means more folks are figuring things out at last. I keep seeing stories about German mainstream media in trouble as their lies about Ukraine and Ru... more »

Ukrainian Nazi Leader Coming to Washington to Ask for Weapons

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Andriy Parubiy (on left) from Ukraine's Svoboda Nazi party, pictured with NATO official, is coming to Washington to request weapons for their civil war**Stepan Bandera (center) was a Ukrainian nationalist leader who supported the WW II Nazi invasion of the former Soviet Union.* *Today Stepan Bandera remains the ideological hero of current Nazi's in Ukraine who are waging war against their fellow citizens in eastern Ukraine who live near the Russian border. * Andriy Parubiy was a founder of the Social-National Party of Ukraine, or Svoboda, which the CIA renamed the “Freedom” Party i... more »

Good Bets to be Automotive Investments

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
*2008 - 2010 BMW 535i E60 Wagon $15,000 to $30,000* Its relatively rare like most wagons. This is a $70,000 car that was state of the art five years ago. Its like a video card that was made to be overclocked, but even out of the box its a superior performer. The body was created by Chris Bangle and two thousand years of German Engineering. The front half is mostly aluminium and other exotic alloys. Why only half? To get 50/50 balance on the tires, all of which are driven. BMW has a fantastic paint system that starts with a full e-coating of the frame. Looking at cars ten year old... more »

Italy Wants A NATO Intervention In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Libya’s Chaos Puts Neighbors on Alert as Italy Weighs Action* *The beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by Islamic State’s affiliate in Libya is giving impetus to calls for broader military action against Islamist militants in the oil-rich country.* *Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, whose air force bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, said his country will ask the United Nations Security Council to authorize intervention in the North African nation. Italy, Libya’s former colonial ruler, said it would consider sending a force under a UN mandate. * ... more »

UN Security Council To Meet Wednesday On The Crisis in Libya. Egypt Calls For Foreign Intervention

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC:* *Egypt seeks UN mandate for Libya Islamic State intervention* *Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a United Nations resolution allowing international forces to intervene in Libya.There was no other choice, he told French radio. "We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children."* *WNU Editor*: Do not count on NATO .... *Despite Islamic State beheadings, NATO has no plans for new intervention in Libya* (Stars and Stripes). *More News On The Crisis In Libya* UN Security Council to Meet Wednesday on Libyan Crisis -- NYT/AP UN Security Council to ... more »

U.S. State Department Spokesperson: Jobs, Not Killing, The Key To Defeating The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **State Department advocates 'jobs' for jihadis instead of 'killing them,' as White House avoids mention of Christian beheading victims' religion and launches new 'hashtag diplomacy' effort* ** 'Countering violent extremism' conference kicks off in Washington but the White House insists 'we are not treating these people as part of a religion' * Marie Harf, the State Department's no. 2 spokeswoman, said Monday night that 'lack of opportunity for jobs' in the Middle East should be US focus * 'We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this ... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Ukrainian Military, Rebels Miss Deadline To Withdraw Heavy Artillery From Frontline* *The Ukrainian military and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have missed the deadline to begin withdrawing heavy weaponry from the frontline, according to media reports. Under a ceasefire agreement negotiated by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France last week, the two warring sides had agreed to start pulling back heavy weapons on Tuesday.* *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 17, 2015* Ukraine truce unravels as battle rages, arms pullback stalls -- Reuters Rebels ... more »

Oh wow, so now federal district judges get to have their own immigration policy!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Mike Luckovich *And detractors say Republicans have no immigration plan!* *"Some legal scholars predicted the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit would quickly suspend Judge Hanen's ruling. Laurence H. Tribe, a Harvard law professor, told [the NYT's Julia] Preston that 'federal supremacy with respect to immigration matters makes the states a kind of interloper in disputes between the president and Congress.'" 'They don’t have any right of their own,' he said."* *-- from this morning's nytimes.com "First Draft"* *"Judge Hanen’s decision will undoubtedly grant polit... more »

Slippy outside!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago

Manslaughter sentence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
R. v. Magno, 2015 ONCA 111 is an interesting case for manslaughter sentencing. The offender received a global sentence of 12 years, less deadtime, in circumstances where a far higher sentence might be expected. In Alberta or Nunavut I would have expected at least 15 years or more. [1] John Mango appeals his conviction on charges of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit arson, arson causing bodily harm and arson for fraudulent purposes. He also seeks leave to appeal his sentence of 12 years' imprisonment. ... [77] At trial, the appellant submitted that an appropriate s... more »

Obama: Rude, Crude, and unfit for polite company...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*if there is anything left of "polite company", which I doubt.* We have become a rude and uncivilized society. This article at American Thinker today, by Ed Lasky, *points out just how much Obama plays the clown.* While his followers may think he's "cool" - and mark my words they do, the leaders of other countries who still practice a modicum of public standards in their behavior are, no doubt, thinking otherwise. Witness his latest stunt mugging for the cameras for Buzzfeed. A selfie stick? I never knew such a thing existed until I saw him with one. If you want validation of ... more »

The 2015 Anti-terrorism Act and Environmentalists

Alison at Creekside - 11 hours ago
Fourteen years ago in Operation Kabriole, the RCMP blew up an oil installation in Alberta to establish the credibility of one of their undercover informants investigating tarsands sabotage. In a nice touch, Alberta Energy Company, now Encana, were in on the deal and flew in an expert to explain to alarmed local residents at an AEC townhall that they had been the victims of 'eco-terrorists'. Prior to the Vancouver Olympics and the 2010 G8/G20, the RCMP embarked on one of the largest domestic intelligence operations in Canadian history. Their target : "grievances are based upon no... more »

Ukraine Separatists very close to taking control of Debaltseve

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*The latest-* Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s breakaway east claimed to have *taken control of most of the strategic town of Debaltseve on Tuesday,* leaving a fragile ceasefire agreed last week hanging by a thread. *“About 80 per cent of the city is under our control,” *said Vladimir Kononov, defence minister of the rebel authorities based in the regional capital of Donetsk, as battles over the city raged throughout the afternoon. He predicted that *Debaltseve would be under full separatist control “in coming days, maybe even today”.* *Officials in Kiev admitted Ukrainian f... more »

EU Plays "Good Cop" With Russia Over Ukraine Deal

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
*February 18, 2015* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - US President Barack Obama previously commented on the Ukrainian conflict, claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin was speeding past all the "off ramps" offered by the US and its NATO military alliance to end the violence. And just as it appeared the US and the rest of NATO were about to take their own advice and use the Minsk accord as their own face-saving "off ramp," they've decided to put the pedal to the metal instead. Of course, considering NATO's long history of eastward expansion, global militarism and extraterritorial aggression... more »

Making High-Stakes Tests Unusable for High Stakes Purposes

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Thanks to numerous constituencies insisting on the end of high stakes testing, our chances of bringing an end to the madness are growing by the day. Now if we only can get Ravitch on board, rather than continuing to support Alexander's Testing Lite . . . In an effort to shore up conservative support to keep his presidential aspirations alive, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana is supporting students' right to not fill in any answers on the PARCC tests. Here is a good synopsis of why this is a good idea and the implications if parents and students participate in opting out: . . . there's a... more »

Security at a Price

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
(Tip o' the tinfoil hat to reader CC.) (*This is what crimps Al Franken's bunny ears and has his diaper all bunched up of late: The government and giant corporations spying on us after vacuuming up much of our income in the form of taxes and increasingly high fees and charges. This is more or less an exact copy of an email I'd sent to a faithful reader after he'd sent me this Daily Kos link and after you read it and of Senator Franken's Senate investigation, you'll never look at "smart TVs" the same way ever again.*) This neither surprises nor shocks me. It's all too distur... more »

The Great World Trade Center Insurance Scam Firesale

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
*Very Impressive Rates of Tennancy * *for a Construction Site, **wouldn't you say..?* *"And so I ask you - what does the Mafia do when they have a building and they can't sell it, and they can't tear it down, and they can't renovate it...? **- Jim Marrs* Swiss Re To WTC: We'll Pay For One 10/23/2001 @ 8:58AM Swiss financial institutions are famously secretive. But perhaps this trend towards reticence is because they tend to look callous or foolish when speaking aloud. Yesterday, Swiss Re , regarded as the world’s second-largest reinsurance company, sued the World Trade Center–... more »

Kurds commit ISIS like atrocities- Beheadings & Selfies with Corpses

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Very little coverage of this news that I can find- *Evidence suggests atrocities committed in Kurdish offensive, mirroring ISIS killings* In this confusing atmosphere … obviously it is very difficult to identify who has been responsible, but still we are looking into this matter,” Kurdish Regional government spokesperson Safeen Dizayi told CTV News. He said there is “no justification to behave in such a way and to treat dead corpses of *ISIS or whomever *in such a manner.” I do wonder at the identity of the victims? Isis or whomever? As coalition forces wage war against ISIS overs... more »

Live and learn, as they like to say

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 12 hours ago
I'm sure some people can share a house with people they don't know well. After four months of doing just that here in Managua, I'm now very certain that I'm not one of them. I thought I'd already learned most of the important lessons about life in a foreign land from our Cuso International placement in Honduras during 2012-2014. But it turns out there was one really big one still to come. I don't mean to suggest that the profound unpleasantness of this period of house-sharing is the fault of the two other Cuso volunteers who Paul and I share the house with. At this point,... more »

LESSONS UNLEARNED: Will the real early Brian Williams stand up?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015Part 2—Narrative shift:* Why did Brian Williams drop out of college in 1980, in what may have been his senior year? As with almost everything else, Williams has told the story in different ways down through the years. Below, you see the initial explanation, as reported by Barbara Matusow in 1994, in an early profile of Williams for The Washingtonian. Williams was 35 at this time. He had started rising to national prominence as NBC’s congressional correspondent. Why did Williams drop out of college? Matusow told the world this: MATUSOW (12/94): [H]e woun... more »

ASEAN Voices 3: Gaming and Casino Tourism in Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
* This is my article for ASEAN Voices, a new Jakarta-based magazine, February 2015 issue. ---------- Tourism is a major economic player and job creator in many developing countries including in Southeast Asia. The region places next to China as being the most dynamic and fastest-growing area in the world, as it offers thousands of beach resorts, mountain resorts, and city centers that cater to visitors from other countries. The main destinations for foreigners visiting East Asia are China, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Macau, which is especially interesting because while it... more »

World News Briefs -- February 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Ukraine truce unravels as battle rages, arms pullback stalls* *Pro-Russian rebels and government forces fought street-to-street in a strategic town in east Ukraine on Tuesday and refused to pull back their heavy guns, all but scuppering hopes that a European-brokered peace deal will end months of conflict.* *Two days after a truce went into effect, the agreement reached at all-night talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk last Thursday was unraveling rapidly.* *MIDDLE EAST* Iraq Shiite militias rush *to defend oil-rich Kirkuk from IS*. Islamic State militants* 'burn ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
US Navy Photo/Alamy *Bill Sweetman, Daily Beast:* *The Pentagon is On Course for Fiscal Disaster* *The U.S. military is planning on spending megabucks on a slew of new weapons systems—with no obvious way to pay for them.If the Pentagon was a family, the parents would be buying new cars every other year and eating out three times a week while blithely planning to put all five kids through Harvard. This is sometimes called the “bow wave” in defense circles, but that’s a euphemism for fiscal misfeasance.* *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 17, 2015* Shortchanging M... more »

China's Military Recruits Are 'Too Soft'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
People’s Liberation Army soldiers attending a farewell ceremony for veterans near Hangzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang. Credit Reuters *Jane Perlez, New York Times:* *Soft Recruits Hinder China’s Military Modernization* *Many armies have trouble molding capable soldiers from fresh-out-of-school 18-year-olds. China is no exception and, it turns out, has a particular problem with soft recruits.Senior officers in the People’s Liberation Army recognize that many of their volunteers and conscripts have been raised as spoiled children and that as products of the one-child poli... more »

Class War Gaslighting

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
This just in.... Inequality is all in your head, proles! And not only that -- the rich are getting poorer. Or at least not getting as rich as they would like. Pity the poor rich, and stop your kvetching. This also just in: Danger: rich plutocrat-serving propaganda ahead. Cross at your own risk. Today's *New York Times* and *Washington Post*, among others, are absolutely orgasming over a new study claiming that income inequality is a crock, and that the fortunes of the obscenely wealthy have actually been reversed since the Great Meltdown of 2008. The journalists, of course, don... more »

The Top 6 Reasons Why Parents Are Choosing Not To Vaccinate Their Kids

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Arjun Wali* - More and more parents around the globe are choosing to opt out of vaccinating themselves and their children. Here's why. The post The Top 6 Reasons Why Parents Are Choosing Not To Vaccinate Their Kids appeared first on Waking Times.

Dan Bacher Photos: March for Real Climate Leadership

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Photo of the March for Real Climate Leadership banner at the front of the march by Dan Bacher. 800_march_for_real_climat...original image ( 5184x3456) Largest Anti-Fracking March in U.S. History Photo Essay by Dan Bacher  Censored News Over 8,000 Californians, including a diverse group of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans, Asians, labor union activists,

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic's pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists. The post Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’ appeared first on Waking Times.

Dan Bacher 'Cold, Dead Fish Awards 2015'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Cold, Dead Fish Awards for 2015 by Dan Bacher, February 13, 2015 Censored News The year 2014 started off with a record drought that was aggravated by the impact of the Bureau of Reclamation and Department of Water Resources draining Trinity, Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs to record low levels to fill southern California reservoirs and the Kern Water Bank. Folsom Lake

'Crying Earth Rise Up' Lakotas battle contaminated water and uranium mines

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Crying Earth Rise Up Examines the Human Cost of Contaminated Water  & the Fight to Prevent the Expansion of Uranium Mines Distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association on April 4          By Vision Maker Media          Censored News   Elisha Yellow Thunder (Oglala Lakota) waits with her daughter, Laila, during a dialysis session. Photo by Suree Towfighnia

Taliban Launches Suicide Attacks Against Police Forces In Afghanistan And Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Afghan, Pakistan Taliban kill 28 in attacks on provincial police HQs* *(Reuters) - Four suicide attackers on Tuesday stormed a provincial police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, killing 22 police, an official said. Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility.* *The attack in Logar province outside the capital, Kabul, was the latest to target Afghan security forces following the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops at the end of last year.* *In neighbouring Pakistan, another Taliban suicide attack on a provincial police headquarters killed at least se... more »

Ukraine sends Senate old AP photos as proof of “Russian military presence”

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By RT America The US Senate Arms Service committee is on the defensive after it’s emerged that members of the Ukraine parliament presented them with 7-year-old pictures showing a current Russian 'military presence' in the region. As Congress pushed for more military action, the photo’s were being used as a justification of force on the part of the US. RT’s Lizze Phelan reports. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Vaccine Wag the Dog Underway to Take Away Parents Rights

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Aaron Dykes Vaccines and measles are big news. But what is not being reported? As usual, it is the telling conflicts of interest behind the figures being pushed in the media. In an incredible and ongoing draconian response to the media hyped ‘measles outbreak’ at Disneyland, lawmakers are attempting to take away parents’ rights to decide, or even influence, what is put into their children’s bodies. Bills in dozens of states and at the federal level are now being introduced to deny exemptions on philosophical and/or religious grounds and make vaccinations mandatory. California... more »

As Opposition Gains Victories, World Elite Prepare Response

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Brandon Turbeville With the recent victories by the Syrian Army on the battlefield, the open response to Israel by Hezbollah, the success of the anti-Austerity SYRIZA party in Greece, and the Russian-brokered ceasefire in Ukraine, the Anglo-American establishment is obviously unhappy. However, the Atlanticists are clearly not going to sit idly by while their best laid plans are put awry. Indeed, NATO military and political forces already seem to be preparing to douse even the mere spark of a multi-polar world that rejects the policies dictated from internation... more »

The Matrix Program is Crashing

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - It’s outdated programming and the engineers of deceit can’t keep up. The vibrational changes are exceeding their capabilities. The post The Matrix Program is Crashing appeared first on Waking Times.

Renewed Offensive by Islamic State As Casualties Slightly Decrease In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The second week of February 2014 was marked by renewed Islamic State offensives in Anbar, Ninewa and Salahaddin. That led to an increase in attacks compared to the previous week when security incidents went down. Despite that upturn casualties actually dipped. There were a reported 170 security incidents in Iraq in the second week of February. That was up from 155 the previous week. That was largely due to more attacks in Ninewa and Salahaddin. Baghdad once again had the most incidents overall at 49, followed by 33 in Salahaddin, 28 in Anbar and Ninewa each, 10 in Babil, five in... more »

Justified Season Six

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Justified will end near the top of tier two cable shows. Season five and now season six do not have the oomph to push it up with Breaking Bad and its peers. Has Raylon even shot anybody? The central plot seems very weak. It would have been a better conclusion had Raylon and Boyd been forced to team up again. Maybe take down a corrupt Governor or senator. Its a show that has now reached its expiry date. Thus I have to refresh my list. (Drama/Action is the reason no Trailer Park Boys) My Top Shelf 1)The Wire 2)The Sopranos 3)Deadwood 4)Breaking Bad 5)Game of Thrones 6)Vikings 7)Wal... more »

Texas’ Ticking Time Bombs

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Remington Alessi Do you remember the Union Carbide plant that leaked toxic gas and subsequently killed an estimated 15,000 people? What about the BP well in 2010 that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months or perhaps the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas that registered on the Richter scale? These and many other industrial disasters were completely preventable, and all shared a common thread like the majority of large*-*scale industrial disasters: corporate decisions to deliberately neglect reasonable safety practices. The United Steel Workers aren’t just on strike becau... more »

CIA torture program was “Dick Cheney’s baby” – John Kiriakou

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By RT America “Hypocritical” is how CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou describes his arrest and imprisonment for exposing the spy agency’s use of torture while those who actually committed the heinous acts go unpunished. In an in-depth interview with RT’s Ben Swann, Kiriakou discussed not only his time in prison, but also the controversial “enhanced interrogation” program, claiming that President George W. Bush personally approved the harsh practices. Visit BenSwann.com *Part 2 of this interview can be seen below * *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GL... more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
A couple of weeks ago Craig wrote about the BBC’s treatment of a controversial topic. Immigration. It is generally accepted by everyone except BBC staff and anyone with a particularly pro-immigration agenda, that the BBC has shown a marked pro-immigration bias. Furthermore it’s pretty obvious that nothing has been done to redress the balance. In fact by *not* reporting events that would reinforce the case against unlimited immigration, the BBC rubs salt in the wound. David Keighley, another blogger with an eye on the BBC, has been monitoring the BBC’s pro-immigration bias too. A... more »

FBI Refuses to Uncover Plot to Assassinate Occupy Leaders

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Joshua Krause During the waning days of the Occupy movement, a FOIA request was submitted by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in 2013, in regards to the Houston chapter of the movement. In return, they received a heavily redacted document from the FBI that carried some rather disturbing information. Unbeknown to the peaceful agitators of the Occupy movement, there was a plot to assassinate their leadership, and the FBI knew all about it. The most damning segment of the document reads: An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protes... more »

Fake Disney measles outbreak: send in the clowns

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Image source Jon Rappoport “Lacking any real science proving we have a serious 2015 measles outbreak, and lacking any science supporting the idea that the measles vaccine is safe and effective, we’re looking at a psyop called The Disney Story. A fake horror movie happening at ‘the happiest place on Earth,’ Disneyland. It’s a perfect way to scare the moms into vaccinating their kiddies. If the happiest place on Earth isn’t safe, then where is safety? ‘Mickey Mouse infects children.’ Cue the ominous music. ‘Cotton candy dream turns into nightmare.’ ‘Send in the clowns, carriers of... more »

Unlimited War! ISIS Psyop Theater Comes to Full Fruition

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Bernie Suarez The CIA and the U.S. Military Industrial Complex have now invested over 6 months of ISIS branding, promotion, and public relations. It was revealed by early January of 2015 that the U.S. had already dumped over one billion dollars to fight ISIS. All supposedly invested in failed air strikes and un-televised secret battles against ISIS where the U.S. ends up attacking Syrian targets instead. The ISIS psyop has been worked on so hard by the architects of the plan that now we are seeing the final desired political goals of the entire operation - an operation which has ... more »

Who Are The Bad Guys In Ukraine?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Russians have occupied more than a few NATO capitals including Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Berlin and even Paris. No one wants to see that happen again. And yet the West seems to be pushing Russia up against a wall right now with devastating sanctions that are crippling the Russian economy and roiling the country's politics. And nuclear-armed Russia is a lot stronger militarily than the U.K. Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Turkey and the rest of the European NATO allies combined. After I broke a couple of ribs and punctured a lung, I had to have physical therapy to get b... more »

U.S. To Assist Nigeria In Its War Against Boko Haram

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram* *N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - The United States military will provide communications equipment and intelligence to help African nations in the fight against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa said.West African military commanders have long complained that cross-border operations against Islamist groups, from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali to Boko Haram in Nigeria, have been obstructed by lack of compatible communications equipment, ma... more »

Nobel Prize for Sale

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
I don't know the story behind this, but apparently a Kuznets heir is selling his Nobel Prize.

How Technology Will Take Your Job and Create God

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By Luke Rudkowski In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to the science correspondent of Reason Magazine, Ron Bailey, about the future technological advancements that will affect our social economic dynamics. They get into the future economic trends and possibility of singularity in the near future. Visit WeAreChange.org *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

U.S. Army Rejects 7 Out Of 10 Potential Army Reservists Because Of Drug Addiction, Tattoos, Being Overweight, And Mental Conditions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Washington Times:* *Tattoos, prescription drugs, obesity hinder Army Reserves recruitment effort* *Physical, moral or cognitive shortcomings eliminate 71 percent of potential military recruits* *The majority of potential Army reservists are either hooked on prescription drugs, have too many tattoos, are overweight or have mental conditions that prohibit them from joining the military, recruiters say.* *Seven out of 10 applicants — who return to their civilian lives after training, but can be called into active service at any time — fail to meet Army Reserve standards on “mental,... more »

In The Eye's Of NBC The 'SNL 40' Anniversary Is More Important Than The Brutal Beheadings Of Christians By ISIS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Caller*: *NBC’s ‘Today’ Devotes 10 Times More Coverage To ‘SNL 40′ Than ISIS Be-headings* *The morning after the much anticipated Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, NBC’s “Today” Show gave the SNL special more than 10 times the coverage during its first three hours Monday than the brutal beheadings of Egyptian Christians by ISIS.The terror group’s five-minute long video, which was released Sunday afternoon, purports to show 21 ISIS hostages being beheaded. Egypt responded by firing airstrikes at ISIS targets on Monday, following the lead of nearby Jordan after o... more »

Is Enlightenment Possible?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - This world can be heavenly if we let it, and I don’t think we need to all-out renounce it like some spiritual teachers have told us. The post Is Enlightenment Possible? appeared first on Waking Times.

It Will Be About Getting Out The Vote

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://bookworship.com/ Canada faces what the German philosopher Jurgen Habermas called a "legitimation crisis." Duncan Campbell writes: Simply put, many Canadians no longer believe that power being exercised in their name is rightful. The political system as a whole is no longer believed to work. When in 1993 Canadians voted massively to throw out the Conservatives, it was expected that changes would ensue. Instead the Chrétien-Martin Liberals continued with the same economic policies introduced by the Conservatives. Disillusio... more »

The Covert Operations for Human Mind Control

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
*Source* Catherine J. Frompovich Readers probably are familiar with the colloquialism, “Money is the root of all evil.” Well, that ought to be set aside, if not abandoned totally, for the new—and insanely insidious—root of all evil, *mind control technology! *Don’t believe that? Well, please cut this writer some slack and plod through the information that will be divulged. It’s due to the excellent work of Deborah Tavares, the investigative journalist extraordinaire at StopTheCrime.Net. In the Resources section below, I’ve posted a link to some of Deborah’s online interviews,... more »

How Public Schools Treat Special Needs Students: Handcuffs, ‘Scream Rooms’ And Duct Tape

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Michael Snyder U.S. public schools have become houses of horror for many special needs students. According to the Virginia Commission on Youth, special needs students account for only 12 percent of all public school students in the United States, but they "represent 75 percent of those physically restrained and 58 percent of those secluded." At some schools, physical restraints used on special needs children include handcuffs, duct tape and bungee cords. And often the scream rooms that these children are “isolated” in are so horrifying that it scars many of them for life. One of ... more »

Nation's Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb: "I Can't Drill 'em and Kill 'em"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Heather Callaghan An award-winning, nationally recognized teacher gave a "mic-dropping" speech that ends with the announcement of her teaching resignation at Elyria, OH public schools. Stacie Starr was not just any teacher, however. She was the number one finalist in 2014's “Live with Kelly and Michael” 'Top Teacher' award, a people's choice and enviable contest of sorts. It's like the "American Idol" for teacher contestants, and it drove her into the national limelight. This prompted many news segments to ask her how it felt to win that kind of recognition. In multiple pieces yo... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*School Choice In Virginia Coming Closer To Reality* For the last several months, FreedomWorks has been part of a broad coalition dedicated to improving educational choice in Virginia. Over the last month, FreedomWorks activists in Virginia have made over 125 calls to targeted state legislators to strongly encourage support for HB 2238. The legislation passed the house today 57-42. The bill applies to special needs students only, but it’s clear the dam is breaking for educational choice in Virginia. We will continue working with families across Virginia to achieve educational choi... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*The totally unscientific ocean acidification fraud lives on* *CO2 dissolved in water produces carbonic acid and the Warmists ride that for all they're worth. But warming seas would OUTGAS CO2. That's what warm water does with dissolved CO2. Open a warm bottle of Coke and see it happening for yourself. And less CO2 means there is less carbonic acid, so if warming happens we will have LESS acidic oceans.If acidity levels are in fact rising, that proves that there is NO warming going on and probably some cooling. And the ocean is quite alkaline so what warmists call acid... more »

harper Blubbering and Whining About Radio-Canada

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
So, our unelected prime minister, stephen harper, was visiting Quebec in order to obtain some absolutely pathetic publicity photos of himself visiting the Winter Carnival. While he was there he gave an interview to a private radio station where he asserted that he believes the majority of Quebeckers support "conservative values"; " lowering taxes, staying tough on crime and cracking down on the threat of terrorism." That's all harper has to offer you. he might lower your taxes. (he certainly lowers them for the rich. Then he runs deficits that requires slashing your services. Or, ... more »

What Supplements Should You Take and Why?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *In this video, Dr. Mercola explains which supplements to take and why. The post What Supplements Should You Take and Why? appeared first on Waking Times.

ECFA = Negative Benefits

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*Gravel operation moonscape on the Dajia River.* I love that phrase, *negative benefits*. Farmers groups complaining about what everyone knows -- food smuggling from China is rampant (Taipei Times): The associations highlighted statistics released by the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) showing that smuggled produce confiscated during the Lunar New Year holiday — when smuggling operations peak — dropped 80 percent last year compared to 2013 and stood at just 0.6 percent of the 2008 level. The farmers said that there is still a huge quantity of smuggled produce on the market, and* ... more »

Aero India: Israeli Defence Minister's Visit could See India Sign Deals Worth $1.5 Bn

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Il-76 Phalcon AEW&C]India and Israel are likely to finalise a major defence deal, which would see two more Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control system) and four aerostat radars, in a deal worth almost $1.5 billion or ₹9,330 crore. Israel's defence minister Moshe Ya'alon will visit Bangalore for the Aero-India show (18-22 February) and will be accompanied by the director-general Major General (retd) Dan Harel and the CEOs of major Israeli defence companies. During the visit, he will meet with India's defence minister Manohar Parrikar. Ya'alon's visit is the first suc... more »

Small Diameter Bomb II completes Live Fire Tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed two successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) all-up round live fire test flights that demonstrated the weapon's ability to detect, track and destroy moving targets. The flight tests, which took place at the White Sands Missile Test Range, are the final flight events required prior to Milestone C and the start of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). Live warheads replaced telemetry payloads and completed the end-to-end tactical configuration that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. "These tests showcased the wea... more »

Gearing up for a 'Ghost' ride

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: B-52H serial number 61-0007]With high demands on maturing aircraft, the Air Force is finding creative ways to save money on an aging fleet. With the chance of manufacturing a new B-52 out of the question -- because production ceased in the 1960s -- the Air Force is finding it more cost effective to regenerate it rather than repair it. Calling on the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, or 309th AMARG, an aircraft that has been in storage for more than six years will soon be back in the fleet. Read more

A-Darter programme nears completion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: An A-Darter missile on a South African Air Force Gripen fighter]Denel Dynamics is close to completing the development of its A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, the South African company has announced. The missile is in the final stage of air-launched guided evaluation firing trials, which have seen two missiles being launched from a Saab JAS 39 Gripen at the end of 2014 against Skua high-speed targets to confirm the guidance, control, and free-flight seeker performance, including a lock-on-after-launch engagement. These firings demonstrated a high-G performance greate... more »

Second successful firing of MBDA’s MMP land combat missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium range missile)]On 12th February, 2015, another test firing of the MMP missile took place at the French Procurement Agency DGA Techniques Terrestres site in Bourges central France. This latest firing, against a steel target positioned at an intermediate range, was carried out in lock on before launch mode (fire-and-forget) using the missile seeker’s colour TV channel channel. All aspects of the test, covering launch, flight trajectory and target impact, took place optimally and fully conformed to the simulations of MBDA’s project teams. ... more »

Demonizing Scientists And Opponents Of GMOs: The Cheap Propaganda Of The Pro-GMO Lobby

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 20 hours ago
RINF, The 4th Media, Countercurrents, Global Research 17/2/2015 The pro-GMO lobby always demands that its opponents produce scientific evidence to back up their claims. Parts of this lobby smear and attack people like Vandana Shiva, Professor G.E. Seralini and others for supposedly being incompetent, ‘liars’ or ideological/politically motivated (for example, read this piece on Shiva that calls her a liar, especially the part on farmer suicides - then see the evidence that Shiva provides to back up her claims here). In its view, anti-GMO campaigners or certain scientists are ignora... more »

Six new Akash squadrons to give IAF missile muscle

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Akash SAM]Having seen it's utility first hand, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is all geared up to raise six new squadrons of the Akash Air Defence System which is indigenously developed by the DRDO, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and private firms long before the nation launched on the Make-In-India campaign. Confirming this, top IAF officials said IAF already has two operational squadrons of the all-weather, point/area missile system. "It protects vulnerable points and vulnerable areas with a slant range of 25-30km at altitudes up to 20km. It can destroy high-speed targets ... more »

Tejas Handed Over to Air Force, But Training Manual Missing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]After a crippling three decade wait by the Indian Air Force for the home-made fighter jet Tejas, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has reportedly set a deadline of a month for training and maintenance manuals to be shared with pilots. The first Tejas- a Light Combat Aircraft- was presented with much fanfare last month to the Air Force by the manufacturer - state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which is based in Bangalore. The Tejas is intended to replace the ageing Russian-made MiG-21 jets which are grimly referred to as 'flying coffins'. Nearly half of the enti... more »

Russia, India to Discuss Su-30MKI Fighter Modernization

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKI Flanker]Russia and India will discuss the modernization of Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) fighters, including equipping them with BrahMos cruise missiles, Russian aircraft corporation Irkut said on Monday. The talks are to take place at the upcoming Aero India 2015 defense and civil aviation expo, to be held February 18-22 in Bangalore. "Research institutions and industrial facilities in India will participate in the program to modernize the Su-30MKI, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the aircraft," an Irkut spokesperson told... more »

Russia Angles to Snatch $20Bln Indian Fighter Jet Deal From France

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MiG-35 Fulcrum-F]Russia may be leveraging India's anger at French aerospace firm Dassault to kill a $20 billion aircraft deal, after allegations that the company seriously misled New Delhi on pricing its Rafale fighter jets. After three years in limbo, Indian newspaper Business Standard reported on Monday that India's defense ministry now considers the contract "essentially dead." Moscow lost out on the contract in 2012, when India chose Dassault's Rafale fighters over Russia's MiG-35 multi-role aircraft. With tensions between Russia and France high following Paris' decisio... more »

ATLAS, CMS: small SUSY deviations

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Both ATLAS and CMS, the two main detectors at the Large Hadron Collider, published some preprints about the search for SUSY or new SUSY-like Higgs bosons. No formidable deviation from the Standard Model was found. However... ATLAS was looking for a CP-odd Higgs boson, \(A\), in decays to \(Zh\). It turned out that there is approximately a 2.5-sigma excess for \(m_A=220\GeV\): look in the conclusions. I won't seriously mention the below-2-sigma excess for \(m_A=260\GeV\) at all. If you search through the whole Internet and all YouTube videos for a prediction of new Higgs bosons n... more »

Colonel Merryl Tengesdal: First female African-American U-2 spy pilot promoted

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
America's first and only African-American woman to fly the elite U-2 spy plane is being promoted to colonel. Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal’s job gives her a unique perspective of the world. She says she's seen the curvature of the earth from her “office.” "You just feel like you're kind of leaving the Earth in some ways. And wow, there's a lot of things that we just don't understand out there," said Tengesdal. Read more

An Update on F-35s and the Partners: February 2015

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-35A Lightning II]Australia, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands and Norway are all hitting new milestones as the F-35 comes closer to entering their combat forces. Australia, the Netherlands and the Italians will all train at Luke AFB with the Aussies being the first to arrive, the Dutch next month and the Italians at the end of the year. The British are training with the Marines at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station and their first plane has arrived their already with operational testing going on in Edwards. Read more

US plans to rotate 4 combat ships operating out of Singapore by 2018

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Freedom]The United States Navy plans to have four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) operating out of Singapore - one at a time - by 2018. These LCS vessels are smaller-sized than destroyers, and are capable of quick operations in shallow waters close to shore such as the waters of South-east Asia, the navy said on Tuesday (Feb 17). The announcement was made as the LCS USS Fort Worth returned to Singapore for maintenance and a crew swap, after operations including a deployment as part of multinational search-and-rescue efforts for AirAsia flight QZ8501. Read more

Post EuroGroup Overview , Greece calls out EuroGroup for Dealing in Bad Faith and Declares it Won't Take Orders On Bailout - February 17 , 2015 - A Look at events from Monday as clock continues to run out......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 21 hours ago
Tweets....... 2/17 Tweets.... Evening wrap...... *Open Europe* @OpenEurope · 2h2 hours ago German FinMin #Schäuble to @ZDF denies rumours from Athens: 'There are no credit agreements - it's an aid programme for #Greece.' Open Europe retweeted *Nina Schick* @NinaDSchick · 2h 2 hours ago #Schäuble unequivocal : 'It's not about extending credit prog - but if or not current programme will be fulfilled. Yes or no.' #Greece *Kathimerini English *@ekathimerini · 3h3 hours ago Greece to try for loan extension from eurozone http://dlvr.it/8c5w18 *zerohedge* @zerohedge ·... more »

French Rafale combat jet deal with Egypt is signed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Egypt has signed the deal to buy 24 Rafale combat jets from France. The five billion euro deal is a seen as a breakthrough for the French defence firm Dassault which has spent years trying to win an export order for the fighter. Egypt will also get a naval frigate and related military equipment as part of the package. The official signing comes a year after France won a contract to sell Egypt four frigates for a billion euros. It was the country’s first big contract from Egypt for around 20 years. Read more

China launches second Algerian corvette

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: C28A FS]The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding company has launched the second of three C28A corvettes for the Algerian Navy, which will take delivery of the vessels later this year. The vessel (921) was launched on February 6 from the company’s shipyard near Shanghai. The first vessel (920) was launched in August 16 last year for delivery in May 2015 and is currently being outfitted by the shipyard, a subsidiary of the China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSSC). Algeria in March 2012 signed a contract for the three corvettes, after ordering two Meko A-200N frigates from Germany’s ... more »

Iran tests home-made helicopter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
An official from Iran’s army has said an Iranian-made 14-seat helicopter has successfully passed its first flight test. General Mohammad Ali Ahmadabadi, Managing Director of Iran's Helicopter Renovation and Logistics Company (PANHA) said now the final tests were carried out on the semi-heavy “Homa” helicopter, IRNA news agency reported on February 16. Homa, which is the third Iran-made helicopter, can be armed with various weapon systems and get equipped with a radar-evading capability. Read more

No new subs set for Rosyth

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMS Triumph (S-93)]In November, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that two Trafalgar class submarines – HMS Talent and HMS Triumph – would move to the Clyde by 2020 from HM Naval Base Devonport. News of the move north from Plymouth prompted community concerns that the subs would be maintained by Babcock at Rosyth Dockyard after decommissioning but Mr Docherty welcomed confirmation from Defence Minister Philip Dunne that no more nuclear submarines would be heading to West Fife. “I am delighted that the Minister has stated in no uncertain terms that there is no truth... more »

Videos On The Front Lines In Ukraine (Very Graphic)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* These videos are graphic, and they show what life is like on the front lines in Ukraine. The first two videos were posted yesterday (Monday). The third video was from last week. The bottom video is from a BBC reporter who was reporting at Donetsk airport when incoming Ukraine artillery fire came close .... very close (at 1:23 in the report). A special thanks to reader László for pointing out these videos.

Japan willing to partner with ASC on subs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Japan has signalled a willingness to sell submarines to Australia that could be at least partly built in Adelaide. It's welcome news for the prime minister who came under pressure in last week's leadership ballot from his South Australian colleagues over the issue. When Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met last year, Japan was clearly the Australian Prime Minister's preference for one of Australia's biggest ever defence deals. Read more

Imagine an Arab Country Financing a Massive Movie Production Detailing the Story of An Iraqi Sniper, Portraying Him As a Hero, and US Soldiers as Savages.  (How Would US Media, Government and Audiences React?)

So Hicks, we are told, killed the students “execution style” because of a dispute over parking spaces. The same way that Chris Kyle – “The American Sniper” - made 164 confirmed “kills”, killing “savages” because that’s what national heroes do. And US wars and sanctions on Iraq killed, starved and wounded millions to bring democracy to the Arabs. This selectively insane logic will

Giveaway: A Family Four Pack to Disney on Ice

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
Disney on Ice is headed back to Salt Lake City in just a few weeks and they are bringing lots of holiday cheer with them! Disney on Ice is one of our favorite events and we never miss it! I love to take my girls, all dressed up like their favorite princesses and head out for a fun night. This years show is called Let's Celebrate. [image: Disney on Ice 1] *DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LET’S CELEBRATE!**PRESENTED BY STONYFIELD YOKIDS ORGANIC YOGURT**JOIN THE PARTY IN SALT LAKE CITY, MARCH 4 – 8*Make an ordinary day extraordinary when *Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! *brings more t... more »

Greek Debt Talks Have Collapsed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Greece snubs 'absurd' bailout offer from EU despite their being just two weeks to go until Athens runs out of cash * ** Talks on the economy between Greek and EU finance minsters collapse* ** Current bailout runs out in two weeks and Greece needs an extension* ** But Athens rejected a new bailout offer saying that it was 'absurd' * ** If no deal is reached, Greece will not be able to service its debt * ** The country will run out of money and not be able to pay civil servants * *WNU Editor*: This is not going to end well .... especially for Greece. *More News On The Col... more »

Iran Is Denying Reports That Supreme Leader Khamenei Replied To President Obama 's Letter On The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iran denies that Khamenei replied to Obama letter on Islamic State* *Iran has denied a Wall Street Journal report that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently responded to a letter sent in October by U.S. President Barack Obama suggesting cooperation with Iran in fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.* *"There has been no new letter from Iran's side," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said, according to a report carried late on Sunday by the official IRNA news agency. "The claim made by the Wall Street Journal is an unprofessional media game."* *T... more »

ISIS Regional War - Within Iraq / Syria Regional Report ( February 17 , 2015 ) - Reflections on the present state of Libya 0n February 17 , 2015 ...... ISIS WAR - Within and in Context of Iraq - Syria Regional War ( News and Views )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 23 hours ago
Links..... *7 Civilians Killed in Egypt Attack on Libyan ISIS* *UAE Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria* *DM: Italy Ready to Lead Invasion of Libya to Fight ISIS* *In a Failing State, Anti-Islamist General Mounts Divisive Campaign* *ISIS Captures More Egyptians After Airstrikes* Iraq Preparing to Retake Mosul From ISIS: PM Kurds Say Baghdad Has Failed to Respect Oil Deal Hezbollah Is Fighting ISIS in Iraq, Nasrallah Reveals Libya Prime Minister Calls for International Strikes on Militants Morocco Suspends Libya Flights, Closes Airspace to Libyan Planes Houthi Rebels in Yem... more »

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

1960s Era Advice on Reducing Strontium in Your Diet

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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: Volcano of Violence

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. . Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women the top of an underwater volcano of violence against Indigenous women By Thohahoken Censored News English and Dutch (Photo: Students from Laurier University and Six Nations Polytechnic created a project called "Pink Feather Promise" with a mission to support the educational goals of the children of MMIW. They participated in the flashmob at

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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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