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Thomas Paine

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

22 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

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10:31pm MST

Snowden Documentary CitizenFour Grabs Oscar For Best Documentary

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*RT*: *Snowden documentary CitizenFour grabs Oscar* *A Laura Poitras’ film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has won Hollywood’s highest accolade by snatching the Oscar for Best Documentary.* *“The disclosures of Edward Snowden don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself," Poitras said during her acceptance speech. She was joined on stage by editor Mathilde Bonnefoy, producer Dirk Wilutzky and Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. * *WNU Editor*: I am not surprised by this award. As for the Snowden documentary CitizenFour .... I have seen it and it is... more »

Al-Shabaab Threatens To Attack U.S, U.K., And Canadian Shopping Malls

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
CNN:* Al-Shabaab threatens malls, including some in U.S.; FBI downplays threat* *But after a video from terror group Al-Shabaab calling for attacks on shopping malls in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, how worried should shoppers be?Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told CNN Sunday that there's "no credible or specific evidence" suggesting a U.S. mall attack is in the works. But he warned Americans to watch out."If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today," he said, "they've got to be particularly careful."* *WNU Editor:* U.S. intelligence ... more »

Terror Bombing In The Ukrainian City Of Kharkiv

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*Guardian: * *Ukraine truce rocked by Kharkiv blast* *Two people killed including a police officer in explosion in Ukraine’s second-largest city as violations of ceasefire continueTwo people were killed and about a dozen injured when a bomb exploded in Ukraine’s second-largest city at a march on to mark the first anniversary of the ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s interior ministry said.The ministry said Sunday’s blast in the government-held eastern city of Kharkiv was due to an “unknown explosive device” and was being considered a terrorist act. A police ... more »

US security chief warns shoppers after terror threat per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 34 minutes ago
'In the video, a man with a British-sounding accent and full face covering calls on supporters of al-Shabab to attack "American or Jewish-owned" Western shopping centres.' Jewish not Israeli? Maybe someone should explain that to Barack Hussein Obama and David Cameron, it's about religion. More here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31576486 but no mention of the word Muslims.

Musical Interlude: Deuter, "Marfa Lights 1"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Deuter, "Marfa Lights 1" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMUUOddETfk

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Beautiful Nebula discovered between the Balance [Libra] & the Serpent [Serpens] ..." begins the description of the 5th entry in 18th century astronomer Charles Messier's famous catalog of nebulae and star clusters. *Click image for larger size.* Though it appeared to Messier to be fuzzy and round and without stars, Messier 5 (M5) is now known to be a globular star cluster, 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity and packed into a region around 165 light-years in diameter. It lies some 25,000 light-years away. Roaming the halo of our galaxy, globular star clusters are ancient members... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Cosmography of Myself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Cosmography of Myself”* by Chet Raymo “It was a common conceit of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to think of the human self -– body and soul– as a microcosm, a little world made cunningly of elements and an angel-like sprite, a miniature version of the macroscosm, the universe. So-called "correspondences" linked the microcosm and the macrocosm. For example, each of the seven holes in the human head corresponded to a celestial body- Sun, Moon, or one of the five known planets. Astrology articulated a vast system of correspondences between the peregrinations of stars and human... more »

"The Secret Of Surrender: Seeing The Illusion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Secret Of Surrender: Seeing The Illusion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Surrender should be seen as a great strength and comes when we let go of trying to attain the impossible. Most of us were raised and live in a culture that emphasizes the ideals of independence and control. The general idea is that we are on our own and we don’t need any help from anyone else, and if we are really successful it’s because we are in complete control. However, true lasting success comes only with surrender, which is the opposite of control. We cannot accomplish anything truly great on our ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "The One Guilty Man"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The One Guilty Man"* by Paulo Coelho "Wise King Weng asked to visit the palace prison. And he began listening to the prisoners’ complaints. ‘I’m innocent,’ said a man accused of murder. ‘I’m here simply because I wanted to give my wife a fright, but I accidentally killed her.’ ‘I was accused of taking a bribe,’ said another, ‘but all I did was accept a gift.’ All the prisoners declared their innocence to King Weng, until one of them, a young man of only twenty or so, said: ‘I’m guilty. I wounded my brother in a fight and I deserve to be punished. This place has made me reflect on... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Ninth Duino Elegy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Ninth Duino Elegy"* "Praise the world to the angel: leave the unsayable aside. Your exalted feelings do not move him. In the universe, where he feels feelings, you are a beginner. Therefore show him what is ordinary, what has been shaped from generation to generation, shaped by hand and eye. Tell him of things. He will stand still in astonishment, the way you stood by the ropemaker in Rome or beside the potter on the Nile. Show him how happy a thing can be, how innocent and ours, how even a lament takes pure form, serves as a thing, dies as a thing, while the violin, blessing it, fades... more »

"If You Have Come to Help Me..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - 1970s Aboriginal activists group, Queensland

"3 Simple Questions That Will Change Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"3 Simple Questions That Will Change Your Life"* by Jonathan "I love simple solutions to seemingly complex issues, don’t you? So often we seem to complicate the daylights out of things by over-analyzing, dissecting and brainstorming. I gravitate toward simple solutions whenever possible. Asking yourself the right question is one of the simplest ways to direct your thoughts in a positive direction without jumping through a bunch of mental or emotional hoops. What are the right questions? In particular, those that stimulate your mind to consider new possibilities or interrupt old es... more »

The Oscars

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor*: A small confession readers .... I am a rabid fan of American culture (music, movies, literature) .... and I also enjoy watching shows like the Oscars. This is also what I call family time .... my mom, GF, etc. .... an excuse for downtime on a cold Sunday night .... to have a good laughs .... and yes .... tonight's Oscars has a few of them courtesy of the host Neil Patrick Harris. When the show is over I will be back to blogging .... sighhh .... back to the real world.

Colorado Students Getting It Done

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
*R.A.V.E. action brochure passing out!* *Join us at Littleton High School on Saturday February 28th at 7 p.m. to pass out opt out brochures at the end of their musical "Beauty and the Beast."Littleton High School address - 199 East Littleton BoulevardLittleton, Colorado 80121-1106DATE: 2/28/2015 (Sat 7:00PM )LOCATION: Littleton High SchoolCREATED BY: Stefanie Fuhr CONTACT *CONTACT

Introducing…the DUMBPHONE

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 2 hours ago
"What it is, see, is…well, it looks just like a Smartphone, except it’s really, REALLY dumb." Full story: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/21/dumbphone/

‘Net neutrality’ in a cartoon or two…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
So how does it work? Because "nothing says forward-looking for the 21st century like a regulated utility." RELATED READING: - *'Net Neutrality' Q&A: What it is, how it affects you* – NZ HERALD - “The Federal Communications Commission recently announced new “net neutrality” rules, ostensibly to guarantee a “free and open internet.” But as the New York times reported, the new rules are “a strong hand to regulate the internet.” In reading FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s defence of his plan, one can uncover hidden threats to internet freedom.” *Toward a Less-Free Int... more »

TV Watch: As the final run of "Mad Men" draws nigh, the question becomes, how much does Don Draper have to pay for his sins?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*The official "first trailer" for the final episodes of Mad Men. The first of the final seven episodes airs April 5.* *by Ken* I have paid abundant tribute to the tight-lippedness of Vince Gilligan, the creator-overseer of AMC's *Breaking Bad*, which has carried over into Vince and Peter Gould's *Better Call Saul*. But Matt Weiner, the mastermind of AMC's other great series, *Mad Men* is no slouch in the keeping-mum department either. As the air dates approach for the final half-season's worth of episodes, which launch April 5, Matt knows he has to feed the insatiable publicity ma... more »

Major Fukushima Emissions!!!!

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

Selling Lies And...... by Dresden James

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
Source: *Living With Common Sense Facebook*

The Abomination

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
The Dalek was insane. Radiation had altered the structure of its mind and made it mad. The mark of its insanity was, that of all Daleks in the great race of Daleks, it had a name. It was called the Abomination. They had given it another name: in the imperial battle roster it was listed as the Special Weapons Dalek. The Emperor had decreed its creation. They had ripped it from its birthing cradle, aware like all Daleks. They had taken it and placed it in its shell and given it functions. But the shell they gave it was wrong, twisted, a single function monstrosity – a vast ... more »

The Zen Military

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*UNIT had its roots in the Intrusion Counter Measures Group established in 1961, under the command of Group Captain Ian Gilmore of the newly formed Royal Air Force Regiment. Staffed with Royal Air Force personnel it was charged with the task of protecting the UK from covert actions by hostile powers and mounting intelligence operations against such a threat. In 1963 it was involved in what later came to be known as the Shoreditch Incident, details of which have never emerged, even to this day. * *The Zen Military – A History of UNIT by Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart (2006) * Maybu... more »

76 Totters Lane

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
A quiver of anticipation ran through the warrior as its battle computer verified the data. Desire ran hot through sluggish veins, its internal life support compensating for the sudden demand on blood sugar. There was a high probability that this was the Doctor, the *Ka Faraq Gatri *— the enemy of the Daleks. *Four. * The Doctor desperately zigzagged as bolts of energy flared around him... *Five. * ... reproaching himself for being in this ridiculous situation, he decided to blame the human race for it... *Six. * ... rather then worry about the homicidal Dalek behind him... ... more »

Ka Faraq Gatri

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
*"He's... Like fire, and ice, and rage..."* The Omega device felt the go-signal. With a burst of power it howled out of the mothership and soared into space. Around it the space-time continuum blazed with shifting planes of force. Within moments the Hand of Omega had accelerated to near light speed – within minutes it had passed the orbit of Jupiter. There in transjovian space it found a nexus, a place where the fabric of space and time was malleable. Gathering its strength the Hand of Omega lunged down and punched a hole in reality. *Skaro* It was dawn on the *Vekis Nar-Kangl... more »

The Duckies of 2015

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
We gave out the Online Achievement in International Studies (OAIS) a.k.a. the Duckies, Thursday night, in a wonderful reception sponsored by SAGE. Given that this is Oscar night, we should say that there are no winners, just that the Duckies went to: Best Independent Blog: Dart Throwing Chimp. Runner Up: Chris Blattman Best Group Blog: The […]

Brands Are Diametrically Opposed To Our Interests As Humans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
An old friend who works as a senior manager at an advertising company specializing in social media marketing has been talking with me about how ad agencies are not eager for their clients to find out that only a tiny fraction of people who "like" a brand or follow it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. ever actually interact with the brand. Social media has opened up a whole world of potential ad revenues, but a lot of the tactics are not supported by data. He sent me this fascinating *Gawker* piece Sam Biddle did a couple weeks ago, Brands Are Not Your Friends. It's part of t... more »

ISIS: Psyop, CIA, Terrorists, Rebel, Religious Group?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
This is going to be a LONG article but I will try to keep it as concise as possible.... In the past week, there seems to have been a HUGE amount of information coming out about ISIS- main stream media and in the alternative and investigative media. Going through it all is seriously enough to make your head blow up. I have compiled several articles here that all have various pieces of the puzzle when we consider all of the information in totality. That is the trick: to zoom out and look at all the pieces of information, opinion, and even the disinformation, to pull back and look... more »

Is Ed Miliband the Next Margaret Thatcher?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
When you're involved in politics you grow accustomed to hearing some very silly things. This is doubly so in the rarefied world of political comment. I don't get paid for my pearls (some people spot trains in their free time, I do this), yet the pressure to have something unique and interesting to say is inescapable. If all this blog did was regurgitate *The Graun* and *FT*, there would be few takers (cf. *Socialist Worker* and *The Socialist*). This becomes a compulsion if you have to grind a living from your keyboard, as a small but privileged number of writers do. If you've scale... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Cajun Mardi Gras ~Al Jazeera*

War Drums Booming Among the Connected  (Sex, Drugs But Very Little Rock and Roll (Or Empathy))

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.” ― Seneca Apache Sacred Land Handed to Mining Conglomerate in Arizona On the nearby San Carlos Apache reservation, many consider Oak Flat to be sacred, ancestral land – the home of one of their gods and the site of traditional Apache ceremonies. But Oak Flat also sits on top of one of the

Meet the bureaucrat who had the courage to tell the truth

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Simon Black* It’s not very often that you hear a senior government official refer to their economic situation using the word ‘crisis.’ Yet with uncharacteristic bluntness of any government official anywhere, at least one senior Chinese government official is sounding the alarm bells. And he would know. Guan Tao oversees the foreign exchange of China’s $4 trillion stockpile of reserves, so he has an incredibly unique view of capital flows and currency movements in and out of the country. Currency movements and capital flows are extremely interesting indicators. The... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgement that something else is more important than fear." - Ambrose Redmoon What's important to YOU?

“NSA/GCHQ ‘Treasure Map’: Worst Spying In World History”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“NSA/GCHQ ‘Treasure Map’: Worst Spying In World History”* by George Washington "The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” - J. Edgar Hoover (Misattributed, but still true... - CP) "We noted in 2012 that Americans are the most spied upon people in world history. Top NSA officials previously said that we’ve got a “police state” … like J. Edgar Hoover – or the Stasi – on “super steroids”. Spying by the NSA is also worse than in Nazi German: "The tyrants in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Stasi Eastern Europe wo... more »

"Don't Complain..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou

Photos Moccasins on the Ground Training Cheyenne River Feb 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
.                                                               Photos by Natalie Hand Moccasins on the Ground training at Cheyenne River Lakota land, South Dakota, this weekend. Lakota, Dakota, Cree, and more organizing to fight Keystone XL pipeline! Natalie, thank you for sharing your photos with Censored News!

History Lesson

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
In observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, here is a speech he gave in Detroit on February 15, 1964 one week before he was killed. One who seeks knowledge must desire from a young age to hear the entire truth. ~ Plato

Leonard Peltier Support Group Convention June 25, 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Oglala Commemoration Committee We will be hosting a Leonard Peltier Support Group Convention June 25 -- 26, 2015 in Oglala, South Dakota.We invite all to attend a meeting to discuss a new phase in Leonard’s struggle for freedom. Check back for info.

42nd Anniversary of Wounded Knee Occupation 1973

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago


Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
"Not only Adolf Hitler, but all the inner circle were entranced by the film and considered it as a sort of social blueprint." Gozer the Gozarian...? Good Evening. As a duly designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I hereby call upon you to return to your place of origin, or the nearest convenient parallel dimension.

Mohawk Nation News 'Skulking Stevie.'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
SKULKING STEVIE Posted on February 22, 2015 Please post & distribute. MNN. Feb. 22, 2015. Prime Minister Harper is setting in place the rise of the Fourth Reich here in Canada. Harper is beefing up Canada’s manufacturing sector to make bombs, bullets, tanks and nuclear weapons for his economic miracle. There will be jobs in factories and in security. Those who oppose the corporate

Turkey to move forward with non-NATO integrated missile defense

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
*Interesting**: A deal with Russia and now a deal with China?* *Turkey’s new defense missile system, for which Ankara is in talks on a $3.4 billion deal with a Chinese company, will not be integrated with one used by NATO, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said.* *Ankara will use the long-range system without integrating it with NATO’s system, *Yılmaz said in his elaboration on the issue, which came in response to a parliamentary question filed by an opposition deputy. Turkey originally awarded the tender to China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) in 2013, promp... more »

Montreals A-Team

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
If you wanted to start a franchise from scratch that could win the cup in five years who else would you pick? Some might say Mike Babcock would be a better coach and a handful of D men might be better than Subban. However this group under the masterful command of Marc Bergevin is a true contender that epitomises team. My hat is off to the enigmatic coach Therrien. In war or sport Defence wins. The reason is very clear. It is much harder to make something than to prevent something. A great two million a year player can totally frustrate a superstar making four of five times that. F... more »

Zionist Crazies set off False Flag Bomb in Ukraine--Blame Russia--The 1% Lesson

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Bomb Master at Work* We're SO sick of this tired old ploy. Just when it seems that peace might be breaking out...we have a bomb set off in a public area in western Ukraine...killing innocent civilians. It is immediately blamed*** on Russia...the current enemy #1 of the neocon zionist warmongering globalist cabal. It's happened over and over again for decades (ever since the Zionist entity became a rogue borderless state). It's happened on 9/11 and in Afghanistan, Africa, India, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Palestine, etc., etc.....they may blame their constructs (ISIS/al queda or what h... more »

The Cantankerous Many

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* I watched an old movie last night, ...*Easy Rider *starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson, it was filmed in 1969 and to me, after viewing it again it seems to resonate the real reality of the human animal`s mindset, the movie and its underlying message is more in play today than it was 45 years ago.. Different, appearing different, middle rural America, a 1969 United States grappling with the unraveling of the chained blackman, white self chosen *normal *Americans had much difficulty in letting go superiority over the lessor, their perceiv... more »

Open letter to Ron Paul: Reclaim Mises and true liberalism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
This open letter to Ron Paul written by three Students for Liberty campus coordinators has got tongues wagging, because it points out uncomfortable truths apparent to young freedom lovers that older ones have brushed under the rug --- i.e., racism and bigotry in the writings of Ron Paul and other libertarians, including an Institute using the name of Ludwig Von Mises advocating some ideas Mises himself would find repugnant.1 Issues that must be addressed, they say, as “w*e sit here on the verge of a changing libertarian movement.*” Dear Dr. Ron Paul, We would like to preface this... more »

Transpicuous News Feb 22, 2015: Happy Meal Vaccines, Cyclones and the Creepy Veep

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 9 hours ago
Welcome to Transpicuous News on Sunday February 22, 2015. Between the US calling "Sovereign" citizens Terrorists, McDonalds giving away Vaccines with their Happy Meals, and Biden fondling the new Sec Def's wife on international TV.... you'd think that they'd be the headlining stories of this weeks news report.... but no, sadly, even those distractions were barely enough to take our attention off of the Soap Operas playing out in Europe. The Ukraine & Greece drama queens were in top form this week, and if that wasn't enough, more spying stories were released about the NSA.... AGAIN... more »

The soil will thank you

risa bear at A Way to Live - 9 hours ago
A glimpse of the chicken moat (currently ducks only). Conditions are very droughty, so we are doing the summer routine of carrying a bucket of water from changing out the duck pools to each fruit tree -- labor intensive, but the water does not pump well when full of duck "snortle" and we just can't pass it up. In summer we run comfrey and weeds through a blender (not used for food) and add the green slurry to a tubful of "duck water" to give the trees and gardens a boost. There are two new plum trees this week so we are making sure they get two buckets each. The little tree in th... more »

Watch the Back Story

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Ukraine Crisis... What are the underlying motives? Read the *best article yet* on the Ukrainian situation *here *

NSA's SIM Card Scandal Bigger Than You Think

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Vladimir Platov *Stolen encryption keys are just the beginning. US NSA appears to have compromised big telecom, IT manufacturers, online banking, and even passports, starting on the factory floor. * Recent days have been marked by a record number of news stories regarding the US and its allies trying to establish total control over Internet users. On February 16, researchers at the Moscow-based security group Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of the ultimate virus which has virtually infected all spheres of military and civilian computing in more than 40 countries around the ... more »

Feb. 21: Racism and me - and you.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
This isn't about new news. It's about old news - that might still be quite new to many readers. Why did the the US fight a war in Iraq when George Bush Jr. came to power? One reason was obvious at the time. The Iraq military was terribly weakened after its years of war with Iran and with George Bush Sr. It would - so it was thought - be a pushover. But there are lots of pushovers in this world. Why pick that one? The first reason given was that Iraq was behind the 9/11 attack. But that didn't hold up long, especially as the evidence showed heavy Saudi involvement in 9/11, Then th... more »

Christian Sexual Abuse Counselling from a Fake Clinic

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Hoo boy, do I ever have a lot more to say about Crossroads Clinic, a fake clinic/crisis pregnancy centre in Brooks, Alberta. From its Services page: Sexual Abuse Support Is sexual trauma part of your past? 1 in 3 women have experience sexual abuse. You are not alone. Crossroads Clinic offers a 10 week DVD series that deals with sexual trauma and sexual abuse in a safe confidential setting - Steps to Sexual Health (see below). … Steps to Sexual Health Have you dealt with sexual trauma, abuse, or misuse? Steps to Sexual Health is a 10-part DVD series by Doctor Doug Weiss, Ph.D. th... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again... And time as usual for my weekly rant.... Here I am sitting in central Canada right now, with the outside temperature hovering around the -35 Celsius mark... That is -31 Fahrenheit for those Americans still using the non-metric scale.... I really have to shake my head when I still see and read all the fools out there that are still trying to push the fraud Global Warming agenda... I sometimes wish that many of them would come up here and spend 5 minutes in this northern climate to see for themselves what their "Global Warming" is all about.... ... more »

Judge Rules FBI Can Keep Occupy Assassination Plot Secret

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
By Conscious Resistance Derrick Broze talks with Ben Swann on RT America regarding the apparent FBI plot to assassinate members of the activist group Occupy Houston. FOIA documents revealed that government agents were indeed plotting assassinations on peaceful US citizens. Visit TheConsciousResistance.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Hugh Sykes v Dame Jenni Murray

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Dame Jenni Murray got into a bit of a Twitter spat today with veteran BBC colleague Hugh Sykes. After her appearance on this morning's *Broadcasting House *(reviewing the papers with Nigel Farage and Terry Wogan), she took to Twitter, peering over her glasses no doubt (as ever), only to find that various left-wing twitterers were roundly slagging her off. Why? Because, they said, she'd refused to slag off UKIP over the ex-UKIP 'negroes' lady, pleading that she was too "independent BBC" to comment. Oh they weren't happy with her, they really weren't. And 'The True Voice of the BBC... more »

"A lot of people believe that if it's on the Web it will stay on the Web. Chances are that it won't" (Jill Lepore)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*This page is far from the only one that isn't available!* *"The average life of a Web page is about a hundred days. Strelkov's 'We just downed a plane' post lasted barely two hours. It might seem, and it often feels, as though stuff on the Web lasts forever, for better and frequently for worse. . . . No one believes any longer, if anyone ever did, that 'if it's on the Web it must be true,' but a lot of people do believe that if it's on the Web it will stay on the Web. Chances are, though, that it actually won't."* *-- from Jill Lepore's "The Cobweb," in the Jan. 26 New Yorker* *by... more »

9/11 Videography : Base of the North Tower on West St. - No "Jumpers", No FDNY FireTrucks or First Responders, No Evacuating Staff

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*FEMA / DOJ / National Fire Accademy * *Training Manual, 1997* *[Hocus-Pocus Dominocus]* *X-Files* *20th Century Fox Television* *1992* *KNOW YOUR EXITS.* *9/11 Beside GZ Watering 90 West St* *Abe C. NIST FOIA release 36* *This is Your Primary Emergency Evacuation Route.* 9/11 : Michael B. full length raw footage - Proves both the Naudet Bros. Movie & "The Jumpers" to be FAKE from Spike EP on Vimeo. Here we get a clear view of the North Tower main West Street entrance and vehicle drop-off point for both the Towers and the Millennium Hotel, as well as the main evacuatio... more »

First the fire, then the water

Alison at Creekside - 10 hours ago
"Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you," Harper said in closing his speech to Israel's parliament in January 2014. I guess he meant that literally. *Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley* "Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes Sunday morning after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm. Israeli dams on the river to collect rainwater have dried up the wetlands inside Gaza, and destroyed the only source of surface water in the area... more »

Mall of America: There's a reason I don't live in Minnesota anymore...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*actually there's more than one, but the libtards that infest the Twin Cities area is number one.* *It seems the "peaceful" Muslims are targeting the Mall of America.* “Be particularly careful” if you intend to visit the Mall of America. That’s the cautionary message Sunday from Jeh Johnson, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, in the wake of Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab releasing a video calling for attacks on Western malls. The video specifically mentioned the megamall in Bloomington. “If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particula... more »

A Little Jebhillarity To Beat the Winter Blues

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
So, did you catch Jeb Bush's foreign policy speech in Chicago the other day? You didn't? Then you missed a rare tragicomic treat, a slapstick spinoff of *Six Feet Under *starring the dysfunctional Bush clan as the funeral home ghouls, and all the rest of us as their hapless clients. Jeb Bush as president would put the toe tag on America for its final trip to the morgue. He'd skip the autopsy because in his world, no post-mortem is necessary. The Iraq and Afghanistan operations were a success even though millions of patients died. To make the preview of his candidacy even more macabr... more »

This post is the most important of any I’ve ever re-posted, so I will not supersede it for a significant length of time. It summarizes over a year of Washington’s meddling with Ukraine, which I have garnered mainly from Paul Craig Roberts (who has been unusually silent for the past 9 days; I sure hope nothing has happened to him). It is the neocons in the U.S. government who are trying to provoke a nuclear war with Russia …which they plan to survive in huge underground bunkers they have had built in various locations around the country. Whether or not they get their way now depends in large measure on how many Americans (and Europeans) understand what they are up to, and some of them pass the story on to patriots in positions where they may stymie the neocons’ plans. The article below succinctly and accurately describes the situation as it presently stands. Please spread it around.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ Will Nuland’s Nazis push the world into war? From *Executive Intelligence Review*, February 20, 2015 by *Jeffrey Steinberg* Feb. 17—As of midnight on Feb. 15, a ceasefire went into force in eastern Ukraine. The deal that was hammered out among Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko—i.e., without the direct involvement of the Obama Administration and the U.K. government—after 17 hours of non-stop negotiations in Minsk last week, is fragile, to say... more »

Less heat, more light

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
In fairness (and to properly balance out my moaning)... Though the initial report conspicuously avoided noting the polling evidence showing that Anglicans are significantly more right-leaning than their leadership (politically-speaking) and rather implying (via the weighting of its contributors) that religious believers lean leftwards, this morning's *Sunday **did* provide its listeners with a wholly (and holy) engaging discussion on 'religion and politics' between likable Labour MP Stephen Timms (well, I like him anyway - so if he's said something untoward about something, tough!)... more »

Champion of democracy

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
While hundreds of Rotherham girls were being groomed abused and raped and their complaints ignored by the police and the council, MP Sarah Champion was sitting at a large table with about 16 Asians and one ‘white’ man, saying *”Personally this is something I’m very passionate about”*. No; not about that. You’d know if you watched the video. Her passion was about Palestine, where, according to Sarah Champion *“**so many civilians are being murdered and so many more are having to flee their country.”* Of course this was taking place in the summer of 2014, during Operation Protective ... more »

walmart increases wages: workers united are winning, and the struggle must continue

laura k at wmtc - 13 hours ago
Workers in the US have won a significant victory in their struggle for dignity and a living wage. This week Walmart announced that within one year, all current Walmart employees will be paid at least $10/hour, and that newly-hired workers will start at $9.00/hour, with a real opportunity to earn $10/hour with six months. While still far below a basic living wage of $15/hour, the increase does represent a recognizable improvement over the poverty-level $7.25/hour (the US federal minimum wage) that most Walmart workers now earn. And because Walmart is the largest private employer in ... more »

The NY Times Editorial Board Stays Stupid on Status Quo CorpEd "Reform"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
It was only a matter of time until the NY Times would put their full weight behind the extension of our nation's slow motion educational genocide. As intentionally misleading and out of touch as ever, today the Times board of elites offers its latest miseducative opinionating on the ESEA reauthorization scramble. With the Tea Party House of Representatives pushing hard its version of ESEA that would turn Title I into a massive block grant that states could carve up and pass out to charter operators, there seems to be plenty to make any neoliberal corporation like the Times sharpe... more »

Ring of 'peace'

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
The BBC has been announcing that Norwegian Muslims are forming a human shield to protect synagogues in Norway. I can’t see anything about it at the BBC online, but it’s been in news bulletins. Here’s how the Independent reports it: Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims have formed a human shield around a Synagogue in the country’s capital as a symbol of solidarity with the city’s Jewish community.Over 1,000 Muslims chanted “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia” as they formed what they called a “ring of peace” around the Jewish place of worship. "I don't care that Muslims are standing ... more »

See How They Lie

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Kiev's Ambassador to Germany admits Neo-Nazis are part of Ukrainian military forces. Without them he says Russia would have defeated us. He also claims that no Nazi's are part of the government. Several lies here. First, the Nazi's have formed their own independent military units and are not under the control of the Ukrainian government. See more on that* here*Just this morning I watched a video of eastern self-defense forces risking their lives giving covering fire so that 34 of Kiev's soldiers could safely surrender and get on a bus to get away from the front lines. The Nazi... more »

What Do Politicians Eat-- Aside From Bribes From Food Conglomerates?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
On his MSNBC show Friday, Chris Hayes, talked with socially conscious celebrity chef Tom Colicchio about the new food guidelines from the U.S.D.A. (above). Does anyone care what the U.S.D.A. suggests? Or, is there a way to implement their guidelines as part of social policy? As a society, for example, we eat way too much sugar. Hundreds of thousands of Americans died every year because over sugar over-consumption. Diabetes and cancer are rampant. As many as two-thirds of Americans are obese now. Social policy is based on bribes to corrupt politicians-- both parties, like Florida ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Tree branch fell on the power and phone line cutting me off from the outside world (too much snow). Sighhh .... the joys of living in the woods on weekends. Since I cannot do this blog on my smart phone, blogging will return when I get back to the city late tonight. *Update 20:30 EST:* It's been a long night .... but we finally got home. Blogging will resume after The Oscars.

Into the bear pit

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
I do! Talking about the authors at *Biased BBC,* the blog's editor, David Vance, was on this morning's *The Big Questions. * The opening 'big question' was a very BBC question: "Is it always better to talk to terrorists?" Here's how Nicky Campbell framed the question (in a decidedly one-sided fashion): Yesterday's terrorists often turn into tomorrow's statesmen. From South Africa to the Middle East and Northern Ireland, people who were once on 'most wanted' lists agreed to sit down at peace talks and eventually came to hold high political office. But a report to be issued next w... more »

Interview With Peter MacKay (cont'd)

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
Continued from here. (I got lazy about transcribing.) We're talking about Peter MacKay's admiration for some of the values of New Brunswick gunman Justin Borque who killed 3 RCMP officers ... *thwap:* What were these admirable values in your estimation? *JMPM:* Liberty, personal freedom. The military. *thwap: *That's it? That's pretty vague. I seem to recall his also being a racist. *JMPM:* Well, now that you mention it, it's a little strange that you're so fixated on labeling white people as terrorists, when you ignore the cultural aspects of entire groups of people that make the... more »

Big Question

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
I saw David Vance on The Big Questions this morning. It took me by surprise as I didn’t know he was going to be there. Strangely, he doesn’t seem to have pre-warned Biased-BBC readers, and stranger still, no-one at Biased-BBC seems to have noticed. These days Biased BBC is almost exclusively manned by Alan. New open threads are posted only when David Vance remembers to post them, and these days the number of comments sometimes reaches about 400 before he does so, which gives the blog a neglected air. David Vance is a very determined character with strong views. He’s a supporter ... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

It's Sunday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*time for:* *Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES* *It's okay to laugh during Lent. Really. *

"Fears Grow For Paris Bound Chelsea Supporters"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Alan at *Biased BBC* has a heart-tugging report on the fears for three missing London boys believed to be heading to Paris. Here's how it begins: Relatives of the three missing London boys believed to be heading to Paris have pleaded for them to come home. The boys travelled to Paris on Tuesday. It is feared they may be planning to join Front National extremists in Paris. One of the boy’s family said they understood he wanted to help those suffering attacks from Islamist fanatics in Paris but said Paris was “a dangerous place”. The family said they were “feeling completely distre... more »

Harper History, Part 3 - First Con Minority

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
*Jan 2006 – Sept 2008 * In part three of our series examining the things that Mr Harper and his supporters have done that impacted our democracy we cover the period of “Canada's New Government” *tm *which lasted 2 1/2 years before Harper declared it “dysfunctional” and called a new election in direct contravention of his own fixed election date legislation. It was highlighted by Harpers attempts to control the press and his refusal to answer anything but pre approved questions and the oppositions attempts to hold the government to account without bringing about an early election.... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Stephanie Grace: Was the coastal lawsuit worth it?~New Orleans Advocate* *Bobby Jindal has been out of Louisiana for 165 days of 2014 ~Mark Ballard* *Louisiana United Steelworker union members to join nationwide oil refinery strike ~WDSU* *French Quarter business owners being terrorized by group of young people ~WVUE *


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The liberty advantages to homeschooling* My kids will be dumb, rejected by their peers, unable to get a job, go to college, or function in society as adults. They will miss out on prom, as well as all the other joys that normal kids get to experience… All these are thoughts that ran through my mind while making the decision to homeschool our three children. My own qualifications as a teacher also weighed heavily on my mind. I don’t have any particular academic strengths. I never was, and never had the desire, to excel in school. In fact, I hated it so much that even in the late ... more »

NSA's SIM Card Scandal Bigger Than You Think

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
Stolen encryption keys are just the beginning. US NSA appears to have compromised big telecom, IT manufacturers, online banking, and even passports, starting on the factory floor. *February 22, 2015* (Vladimir Platov - NEO) - Recent days have been marked by a record number of news stories regarding the US and its allies trying to establish total control over Internet users. On February 16, researchers at the Moscow-based security group Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of the ultimate virus which has virtually infected all spheres of military and civilian computing in more t... more »

US ''Easing Into'' War with Syria by Using ISIS

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci The US is a few “accidental” airstrikes away from total war with Syria. The US is reportedly working with Turkey to provide militants inside of Syria with radios to call in US airstrikes to help in their “fight against ISIS.” Despite the obvious reality that these militants are in fact fighting alongside ISIS and are primarily fighting the Syrian Arab Army, and that such airstrikes are inevitably going to be called in on Syrian, not ISIS targets, the US is nonetheless attempting to assure the world this is not the case. The London Telegraph declared in its articl... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*NYT Smears Scientist Willie Soon for Telling the Truth About ‘Global Warming’* *James Delingpole responds below to the latest bit of deception from hack journalist Justin Gillis of the NYT. Most of what the NYT claims has also been dealt with here. One quote: "Regarding Dr. Soon’s supposed “track record of accepting energy-industry grants,” the $1 million over a period of years went to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which took around 40% of the total off the top, for “overhead.” The details are all open public records"And when you consider that around 200... more »

IBM Watson Dehumanizing Veterans Care

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Jefferey Jaxen IBM, whose stock price has sunk to its lowest in four years, has recently “announced a $1 billion investment to establish the new Watson Group.” IBM’s Watson computer processes large amounts of your information to make a better decision for you. Watson is now embedded in the Department of Veterans Affairs Data Center in Austin, Texas to “advise doctors on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.” According to their press release, the technology will “transform decision making,” or said in a different way, if you are a Veteran in need of care, IBM’s Watson will... more »

Cops Say Family Thanked Them For Beating and Arresting Them In Their Own Home

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Nick Bernabe Thankful residents of City Heights appreciated the kind gesture of cops invading their home for no reason, beating and then arresting family members — at least according to a July police report filed after the incident. The family was thankful for being framed for a crime they never committed. The only problem with this “official story” is that it’s basically completely fabricated. Police saw two men, Luis and Diego Lobaton, smoking cigarettes “suspiciously” before reentering their own home and place of business to which they had their own keys for. This is when th... more »

Big Pharma Dangles Life and Death Over Patients' Heads

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
*Breakthroughs in gene therapy mean a single shot could cure you ... permanently ... but for a price.* Tony Cartalucci Gene therapy involves identifying and replacing faulty or missing genes, or engineering augmentations for existing genes to permanently cure a wide number of conditions and illnesses ranging from cancer and diabetes, to regenerative processes like rebuilding hearts or storing sight and hearing. A breakthrough clinical trial in 2012 saw several patients stricken with incurable leukemia put into permanent remission using gene therapy. The actual process of creating... more »

So a priest, a rabbi and an imam walk into a bar...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
I do enjoy reading Karl Sharro's Twitter feed (despite not sharing quite a lot of his views). Here are some examples why: The funny thing is that women were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia in the 18 century but cars hadn't been invented yet so it was pointless. — Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) February 22, 2015 I bet the people around Moses were always nagging him: 'put those tablets down and enjoy life'. I mean if they're anything like people today — Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) February 21, 2015 If ISIS has seen Italy's debt-to-GDP ratio and still want to invade Rome, then they're offi... more »

John McAfee: Stop Trading Privacy for the Illusion of Security

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
By Andrew Demeter Andrew Demeter of Teen Take interviews the world's most interesting man, John McAfee, on issues of privacy and security. "Security is an illusion... We don't get out of life alive — none of us, so there can be no absolute security. That's the certainty," McAfee told Demeter. He also explained why privacy is so important. "Without privacy in society, there would be chaos." Follow Andrew on Twitter More on McAfee's projects here *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Max Keiser: Welcome to the New World Order

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
By Max Keiser Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the new Blackwater world order in which corporations employ and deploy mercenaries to enforce their extrajudicial TTIP "rights" over sovereign nations of non-corporate person-peasants. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Mitch Feierstein of PlanetPonzi.com about the Carney effect on the Canadian dollar and the velocity of money. Mitch also has a chart, the most important chart the audience will ever see and that is the gold price chart. He tells the Keiser Report what it means for the future of monetary policy an... more »

Honey On Tap with This Automatic Beehive

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
By Flow Hive It's the beekeepers dream, turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out of your FLOWhive and into your Jar! No mess no fuss and the bees are hardly disturbed. This cool invention takes much of the work out of beekeeping and honey preparation. Visit honeyflow.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

BBC News obsessing over India, as it does with Israel.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-31557244 highlights the BBC obsession over India and putting that country in as bad a light as possible. The BBC's pro Islam outlook and it's employment of many more Muslim than Hindu staff means that its news output is skewed. This article lists some crimes against Indian Muslims, crimes that are worthy of reporting. However the BBC is not as interested in reporting the massively higher number of crimes against non Muslims carried out by Muslims in countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia. That the BBC is institutionally anti Isra... more »

A theatrical promotion

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Of course, Radio 4's *Sunday *isn't always about Pope Francis. It's also about Muslims. This morning's *Sunday *plugged a new play called *Multitudes, *being staged at the Tricycle Theatre in Bradford. It promotes a positive message about people converting to Islam in Bradford. *Sunday* included an interview with its author, John Hollingworth. Here's a flavour of what he told Ed Stourton: The Tricycle prides itself on telling unheard stories and I think that this is a good example of that. It's something that is going on and people don't know very much about it. And I do think we... more »

There's Reason To Be Apathetic

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://www.personal.psu.edu/ Robin Sears writes that two recent incidents speak volumes about why Canadian voters are apathetic: What is a first-time potential voter to make of the nonsense from Premier Kathleen Wynne that her number 2 employee is both her taxpayer-paid deputy chief of staff and her party’s campaign director? Is this on alternate days or partisan until noon but public employee after lunch? Such an absurd insult to common sense might be seen as a good reason not to vote. And, of course, there is the case of Eve Adams:... more »

The Tablet on Sunday

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Having formerly been *the* BBC beacon for incessant Benedict-bashing, Radio 4's *Sunday *effortlessly transformed itself into a cheerleading platform for Pope Francis following his election. You'd still almost think it was the liberal Catholic magazine *The Tablet *at times, so dogged is its coverage of Francis's every move. Thus this morning's edition may have said it was beginning with the subject of Russia-Ukraine but the programme's approach to the story was to get David Willey on the line from Rome to tell Ed Stourton about what Frau Merkel said to Pope Francis on the subject... more »

The South

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
I'll Take My Stand : The Disease of Fundamentialism and the Agrarian Ideology of the Southern Strategy from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"All the articles bear in the same sense upon the book's title-subject: all tend to support a Southern way of life against what may be called the American or prevailing way; and all as much as agree that the best terms in which to represent the distinction are contained in the phrase, Agrarian versus Industrial. ...Opposed to the industrial society is the agrarian, which does not stand in particular need of definition. An agrarian society is hardly one th... more »

AEC 3: PCCI Muntinlupa Forum on ASEAN Integration

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 18 hours ago
As December 31, 2015 comes closer, the implementation date of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), more public discussions are being held about the regional integration. Among such discussions was the one organized by the PCCI Muntinlupa chapter, in coordination with the Office of the Mayor of Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila. I was asked by a friend and fellow Rotarian Baby Bunye, who is a member of PCCI, to attend and do the synthesis of the forum. It was a good and big forum, with speakers not only from Muntinlupa but also from some trade and tourism experts, from foreign chamber... more »

Where the BBC fears to tread

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
The *Telegraph *may be a shadow of its former self these days, but at least it's still got Andrew Gilligan. His latest report is typical of his dogged style of investigative journalism - the kind of investigative journalism he surely *wouldn't* have been allowed to pursue had he remained at the BBC (unless he was sent after UKIP or tax avoiding companies). Entryism, the favourite tactic of the 1980s’ Militant Tendency, is when a political party or institution is infiltrated by groups with a radically different agenda. Since Militant’s Trotskyites were expelled from the Labour P... more »

is Australia the slid impact-remnant of Earth's smaller second Moon?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
*could this have been pre-Australia looming over early Earth?* Australia is so strange, so alien to this Earth in terms of flatness and rock age. Elsewhere, there's almost uniform tectonic plate shift and aging, whereas in the western Pacific there's this flattened lump of land called Australia and NOTHING ELSE in the devastation zone apart from a few volcanic spurts of *islandage*; Hawaii, Indonesia, Polynesia etc. In fact, the following illustration shows what appears to be the impact site in the Marianas Trench region: old rocks in blue, new rocks in red. New Zealand and Indones... more »

Russian Kalashnikov Concern to Produce Drones – Company’s CEO

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: ZALA 421-08 micro UAV]Russian Kalashnikov Concern decided to create a joint venture producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the company’s CEO Alexey Krivoruchko said Sunday at International Defense Exhibition IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi. “We made a decision to purchase a share and to create a joint venture to produce reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles on the basis of Kalashnikov Concern and Russian company ZALA Aero,” Krivoruchko said. Kalashnikov UAVs will be used for border control, reconnaissance and special missions, he added. The companies are also planning developmen... more »

UAE partners with European firm to launch new missile systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Sea Spear (Brimstone) missile]UAE defence companies and MBDA, a European missile maker, are jointly launching three new missile defence systems for the Middle East market at the International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The three joint initiatives together cost about €100 million (Dh418m) to develop, and comprise a ship-based missile system, a mobile ground-to-air defence system and a coastal defence battery. The market for defence products in the region is expected to remain fairly robust, despite the pressure on budgets because of weaker oil prices, said Florent Dule... more »

MBDA set to start SIMBAD-RC deliveries

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: SIMBAD-RC ship self-defence system]European missile house MBDA has started qualification of its remotely controlled SIMBAD-RC ship self-defence system, and will begin production deliveries later this year. Developed from the manually controlled SIMBAD (Système Integré de Mistral Bitube d’Auto-Défense) twin-launcher system already in service with the French Navy and more than 10 export customers, the new SIMBAD-RC variant is a private venture development intended to address market requirements for a lightweight, automated close-in defence capability against air and surface th... more »

India signs pact for fighter jet trainer's support systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer]In order to maintain its fleet of more than 100 Hawk aircraft, India has entered into an agreement with European Defence major BAE Systems for a comprehensive package of support systems for the advanced jet trainers. The five-year contract will cost India's military aviation giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) 28.5 million dollar, which is producing the aircraft under transfer of technology. Under the pact, BAE will provide a comprehensive package comprising Ground Support Equipment, Spares, Support and Training for the Hawk Mk132. Read more

India, Russia sort out differences on fighter jet project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]India and Russia have generally agreed upon the amount and division of work during the research and development (R&D) stage of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project. A contract for the R&D phase is being prepared and expected to be signed this year, said Yuli Slyusar, president and chairman of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) at Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru. “The Russian and Indian parties have generally agreed on the work share of each,” said company officials but refused to divulge specific details at this stage. Read more

France in new bid to nail fighter jet deal with India

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: dassault Rafale]France's defense minister will visit New Delhi this week in a fresh bid to nail a troubled deal to sell 126 Rafale fighter jets which has been snagged for three years and now faces new questions about its cost. Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet his counterpart Manohar Parrikar and other officials on Monday and Tuesday to prevent the sale's collapse ahead of an upcoming visit to Paris by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. French company Dassault Aviation won the right in January 2012 to enter exclusive negotiations with India to supply 126 Rafale fighters, with ... more »

Raytheon unveils extended range AMRAAM

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AMRAAM NASAMS Launcher]Raytheon Company has begun development on an extended range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM®). Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, AMRAAM-ER will enable intercepts at longer range and higher altitudes. "With AMRAAM-ER, Raytheon is rewriting the book on ground-based air defense. The new missile will be even faster and more maneuverable than the current AMRAAM," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "By leveraging many existing AMRAAM components, Raytheon can deli... more »

Left to ourselves the plurality of Brits don't vote. The Church of England bishops' letter will help get more of us out to the polling station.

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
Some of our readers complain that we at Ripped-off Britons are always being negative. It's not true! We once wrote a piece explaining why we should love estate agents. And we ran another piece urging people not to be beastly to bankers.  This time we speak positively of Church of England bishops and their letter for the General Election 2015. Taking a sideways glance at data can be revealing. A

200,000 expected as airshow salutes the Anzac centenary

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Panzer tanks, light horsemen, vintage warbirds and the latest military hardware will combine in a pyrotechnic extravaganza to celebrate the Anzac centenary and Australia’s aviation heroes in the Australian International Airshow at Victoria’s Avalon Airport next week. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend a packed six-day program after it kicks off on Tuesday in what organisers believe is the biennial airshow’s best line-up yet. Between 160,000 and 180,000 of those people are expected to flock to the airshow’s three public days to be wowed by daring aerobatic displays, moc... more »

Screw Greenpeace

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
*This is an attack on Russia.* *Who is scrambling? They own it.* *Via Ecoterrorism, Left-Cover, Greenmail and Piracy,* *This is an attack on Russia.* And Eskimos. *Most whaling is traditional, subsistence, non-scientific and non-commerical and most whales are hunted by Eskimos. Not the Japanese.* *Most fur-trapping and the clubbing of baby seals is done by Russians and Eskimos. Not Canadian WASPs.* *In strict divergence of their Neo-Rousseavian doctrine of the Noble Savage, Greenpeace proclaims all indigenous tribal cultures to be more civilised than modern urban man, since t... more »

Britain at risk as our air defences are slashed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Rivet Joint spy plane]The Rivet Joint RC 1 has been out of action for five weeks after returning from the Middle East. It is the only one in the RAF fleet, although two more are on order. The news comes after a new Ministry of Defence report laid bear the size of defence cuts for both the RAF and Royal Navy. In 2000, according to the report, the UK had 17 fighter squadrons and three maritime patrol aircraft. Today it has just seven squadrons and no patrol aircraft to monitor Russian incursions into UK airspace and coastal waters. Read more

A taste of 'Victory'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
The BBC is using its news website this morning to advertise a couple of upcoming radio plays. Two forgotten Harold Pinter screenplays are soon to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Among them is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's *Victory.* Here's a likely foretaste from my own forgotten screenplay of *Victory,* written long, long ago when I liked Pinter *[ed - oh really?]*: *(Pause) * *Morrison*: Upon my word, I don't know why I have been telling you all this. I suppose seeing a thoroughly white man made it impossible to keep my trouble to myself. Words can't do it justice; but since ... more »

Malmstrom implements changes; MANG adjusts to C-130s

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Deactivated ICBM silo]The two major military installations in Great Falls are both facing changes with the shadow of continued budget uncertainty under sequestration. The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard is continuing its conversion to C-130s cargo-carrying aircraft from fighter jets and is scheduled to reach full operational capacity in 2016. Construction on a new hangar is underway and once that is finished, an existing hangar will be renovated to accommodate the C-130, which are significantly larger than the F-15s previously flown by the unit. Read more

We’ve just given Malta a naval ship, instead of selling it

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Naval staff aboard the Aoife]The Irish government has donated the recently-decommissioned LÉ AOIFE to Malta to help the Mediterranean country deal with the ongoing refugee crisis in the region. The vessel was decommissioned from the Naval Service in Waterford in at the end of last month, after 36 years in service. The Department of Defence had initially planned to sell the ship, as it did with the decommissioned LÉ Emer in 2013 (it reached €320,000 at an auction in Cork). Read more

Navy frigate HMAS Sydney to make final stop in Geelong ahead of decommissioning

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMAS Sydney]Former Corio man Dave Murphy will make a special homecoming this weekend as the HMAS Sydney sails into Geelong. He and fellow Navy personnel will welcome members of the public aboard the 35-year-old guided-missile frigate in its final visit to port before it is decommissioned later this year. It will dock at Cunningham Pier from Friday to Tuesday, with an open day planned for Sunday from 10am-4pm. Read more

The official BBC view?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
There's a very interesting article in the *Mail on Sunday *by the BBC's official historian, Jean Seaton, concerning Mrs Thatcher's feelings towards the BBC. In Professor Seaton's account, Mrs Thatcher regarded the corporation as "vulgar, leftist and treacherous", especially disliking its coverage of the Falklands War and the IRA. (As did many others). The curious thing about the article is that it paints Margaret Thatcher as being wholly unreasonable and wrong in her criticisms of the BBC whilst portraying the BBC as being almost entirely innocent of the charges against it. It's... more »

Turkey Launches Military Operation Into Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers from tomb: sources* *(Reuters) - The Turkish military launched an operation into Syria overnight to evacuate Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters on Sunday.* *The mission was successfully completed, with the troops brought back to Turkey, but one soldier was killed in an accident during the operation, one of the officials said.* *The Turkish government said late last year that Islamic State militants were adv... more »

An everyday tale of simple people and gay cooks

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
A.N. Wilson, writing in the *Sunday Telegraph*, thinks Radio 4's *The Archers *has lost the plot. Before saying why he thinks it's got so bad, he offers an overview of the programme which explains why it embodies the spirit of BBC Radio 4, right down to its muddy fingertips: It is known as an everyday tale of country folk. But in the half a century I have been tuning in, The Archers has always portrayed an absurd alternative universe bearing little or no resemblance to the actual English countryside. Sometimes an editor or script-writer on radio’s longest soap opera gets carrie... more »

Ukraine Military: Pro-Russian Fighters Are Preparing To Launch A Military Assault On The City Of Mariupol

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Pro-Russia rebel build-up near port city alarms Ukraine military* *(Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists are building up forces and weapons in Ukraine's south east and the Ukrainian military said on Saturday it was braced for the possibility of a rebel attack on the port city of Mariupol.* *The Kiev military accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk, further east along the Sea of Azov coast from Mariupol, expanding their presence on what it fears could be the next battlefront.* *A rebel attack on Mariupol, a city... more »

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich Talks About Returning To Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich makes a statement during a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, March 11, 2014. redit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov *Reuters*: *A year after fleeing Ukraine, Yanukovich speaks of return* *(Reuters) - Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to return to Ukraine if the opportunity arose.* *The pro-Russian leader was overthrown by the "Maidan" uprising in Kiev against his decision to back away from a deal that would ha... more »

Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister: Ukraine Preparing For 'Full-Scale War' Against Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CBC*: *Ukraine preparing for 'full-scale war,' says former envoy to Canada* *Vadym Prystaiko, now deputy foreign minister, calls on the West to 'stiffen up in the spine'Ukraine's deputy foreign minister says he is preparing for "full-scale war" against Russia and wants Canada to help by supplying lethal weapons and the training to use them.Vadym Prystaiko, who until last fall was Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, says the world must not be afraid of joining Ukraine in the fight against a nuclear power.* *WNU Editor*: He is trying to make the case for Canada to send troops to fi... more »

Who Spilled The Battle Plans For This Spring's Offensive Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *Disclosures of Battle Plan by Pentagon Startle Many* *WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has been eager to show momentum against the Islamic State after a conference last week dramatized the hurdles to countering the terrorist group’s propaganda. But the Pentagon may have gone too far in sharing its military planning.* *On Thursday, a senior official from the American military’s Central Command told reporters that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, with help from the United States, were preparing to launch an assault to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul in April or May, ... more »

Presidential speculations for 2016

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Aphids cluster among raindrops.* Latest rumor, speculation, and media frenzy on 2016, now less than a year away. This week the focus was on Wang Jin-pyng, the Speaker of the Legislature and the man most hated by Ma Ying-jeou, who has been trying to get him kicked out of the KMT for the last couple of years. Wang has been touted by the media as a possibility. He's over 70, popular with the Taiwanese KMT and often identified as their leader, but also in with the mainlander elites. Recall that in the infamous KMT Chairmanship election of a decade ago, Wang was supported by the mainl... more » 

Over priced roses and heart shaped pieces of plastic have adorned department store shelves, signifying that the ancient fertility festival of Lupercalia is almost upon us. But of course, most modern Americans know it as Valentine's Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62% of American adults celebrated the holiday ...
Faced with a deteriorating security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Yemen is asking Americans to leave and has moved staffers out of the country. "The level of instability and ongoing threats in Yemen remain extremely concerning," a State Department travel warning said, noting terrorist activities and civil unrest. There are ...
Oral arguments have been heard in a Washington DC appeal in what has been dubbed a United States citizenship lawsuit brought by 8 people born in American Samoa. The plaintiffs, who are all U.S. nationals, have argued the Citizenship Clause of the U.S. Constitution applies to persons born in American Samoa, ...

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Yemen's Houthi rebels seized weapons from U.S. Marines as well as several vehicles used by Americans stationed at the now-closed U.S. Embassy in Sana'a. It wasn't immediately clear what types of weapons and ...

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