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Thomas Paine

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

26 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

10:34pm MST

My Green Home - Cyndi's Paradise

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 33 minutes ago
*Paradise: - a very beautiful, pleasant, or peaceful place that seems to be perfect- a place that is perfect for a particular activity or for a person who enjoys that activity- a state of complete happiness* Of the three properties that we considered, only one felt truly right. It met all of our requirements and then some. [image: My Green Home - our property]*Our Property*A beautiful, 2.5 acres faces south. There is a well, septic tank, and both Internet and cell phone accessibility. We have space for a large vegetable garden and there's even room for our very own fruit orchar... more »

The War On Preppers: Obama Bans Ammo For The Most Popular Rifle In America

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
Michael Snyder Because he can’t get Congress to approve the things that he wants to do, Barack Obama has apparently decided to rule by decree for the rest of his time in the White House. One of Obama’s latest moves is to try to ban some of the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America. Previously, the Obama administration attempted unsuccessfully to ban the AR-15. That didn’t work, so now Obama is going after the ammunition. This is yet another example of the war on preppers that is going on all over the nation. Whether you are a gun owner or not, this assa... more »

News Watch: This may be the best promo I've ever seen

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*"In Season 2 he's changing everything up. . . . Maybe he'll add a pony . . . a crime-solving pony.*" *Says John, "We were just assuming the show was going to be basically the same." The good news: He gets to keep his glasses.* *by Ken* This promo was actually first posted about seven weeks ago, and we're already three weeks into the season it was promo-ing. But it's still maybe the best promo I've ever seen for anything. I don't know how many times I've seen it, but it delights me as richly as it did the first time. At the end of the promo John expresses speaks rather forlornly a... more »

Reading the Greek Deal Correctly ( What Dodd-Frank Didn’t Fix:   The Worst Conflicts on Wall Street)

One of the most cogent discussions of what really happened in the Greek deal appears below. The commenters are among the best I've seen yet. And don't miss the news on the "real" conflicted insiders in our financial demise in the second essay. Margaret Thatcher called the creation of the EURO a huge mistake and one that would lead to the reunification of German power that she was against.

This is for the birds

risa bear at A Way to Live - 2 hours ago
I'm a veg gardener and orchardist. Beloved is the stock owner and does all the animal chores here; but when she is away I fill in. Her system is simplicity itself. Let everyone out in the morning and gather duck eggs. Check food and drinking water and replace as needed. Later in the day, gather chicken eggs and wash any (mainly duck) eggs that got dirty, then put away in the cooler. Clean out and refill the duck pools twice a week. Replace the bedding as needed, hauling the enriched straw to the compost heap. Just after dark, close everybody in. The young man often does the duck ... more »

Wearing a hijab bars litigant from court

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
In truly bizarre story (see link below) a Quebec judge refused to hear a woman wearing a hijab. The judge cited Article 13 of the regulations of the Court of Quebec which says "Any person appearing before the court must be suitably dressed". The judge said that rules had to apply equally and no one would be allowed to wear a headscarf in Court. "In my opinion, you are not suitably dressed," Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul. "Decorum is important. Hats and sunglasses, for example, are not allowed, and I don't see why scarves on the head would be. The same rules need to b... more »

Desperate Times for the CAGW believers as Earth begins to Cool.

Dr Norman Page at Climatesense-norpag - 3 hours ago
There is a new Science Magazine paper by Steinmann Mann and Miller: Atlantic and Pacific multidecadal oscillations and Northern Hemisphere temperatures http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6225/988 This paper recognizes that there are serious differences between the NH, N Pacific and N Atlantic SST model runs and the observed temperatures. The authors are particularly concerned to explain the recent "Pause". They subdivide the ocean system into three separate regional components which they label AMO,NMO and PMO ( somewhat redefined AMO NAO and PDO ) Basically what the paper doe... more »

A Cabal Of Fools

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
You may have missed it. But, recently, the Harper government pulled funding for the Palestinian organization, MIFTAH, which is headed by Hanan Ashrawi. Paul Adams provides some context: For more than twenty years, Hanan Ashrawi, an ethnic Christian and a moderate, has been a prominent Palestinian leader. In 2006 she was elected to the Palestinian parliament as a member of the Third Way, an almost laughably small party which has tried to provide a democratic, centrist alternative to the corruption of Fateh and the violent Islamism of Hamas — the two dominant Palestinian political ... more »

The Ukraine's Economic Weaknesses Are Being Brutally Exposed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*The Economist:* *Ukraine’s economy: The day of reckoning* *The West’s inadequate support for Ukraine is being brutally exposedIT MAY go down as one of the least effective bail-outs the world has ever seen. Not Greece’s, but Ukraine’s. Just two weeks ago Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), promised Ukraine $40 billion over four years—an impressive-sounding sum for a country whose GDP may soon shrink to $70 billion. Since then, however, Ukraine’s economic crisis has got much worse. The currency has hit new lows: a dollar now buys around 30 hryvni... more »

Inequality 22: Ten Men Eating Equally but Paying Unequally

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
Should governments tax the rich more? This photo I got from the web. High inequality, right? This can mean many things, like: 1. The poor living on the left have jobs, direct or indirect, from the people who built and live/work on those beautiful condo buildings on the right. 2. People on the left were not there before. No one lived there. Until constructions on the right started, and people from rural areas or from other communities started moving to the community on the left. Below is a good parable pf ten men. I got this from a friend, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, IDEAS' CEO. ---------... more »

Agri Econ 16: Seeds for Mankind

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
When I attended the "International Training Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture in an Environmental Perspective" in Sweden in 2003 (7 weeks, sponsored by SIDA), we have several reading materials. Among them was "Seeds for Mankind", published by the International Seed Federation (ISF), May 2002. I cannot find its online copy. (This photo from berea.edu) The monograph is reader-friendly even for non-scientists. Good economic sense. For instance, its conclusion suggested that the public sector should refrain from being active in the competitive area… Governments should focus on their ro... more »

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-_2G7MMgc *"Ammonia Avenue"* “Is there no sign of light as we stand in the darkness, Watching the sun arise. Is there no sign of life as we gaze at the waters, Into the strangers eyes. And who are we to criticize or scorn the things that they do? For we shall seek and we shall find Ammonia Avenue. If we call for the proof and we questions the answers, Only the doubt will grow. Are we blind to the truth or a sign to believe in, Only the wise will know. And word by word they handed down the light that shines today... more »

Try to Explain Government to An Alien

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
By Man Against the State An inquisitive alien visits the planet to check on our progress as a species, and gets into a conversation with the first person he meets. The alien discovers that we live under the rule of a thing called "government", and wants to understand more about what "government" is, what it does, and why it exists. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band. Its classic appearance is understood to be due to perspective - our view from planet Earth looks down the center of a roughly barrel-shaped cloud of glowing gas. But expansive looping structures are seen to extend far beyond the Ring Nebula's familiar central regions in this intriguing composite of ground based and Hubble Space Telescope images with narrowband image data from Subaru. *Click image for larger size.* Of course, in this well-studied example of a planetary nebula, the glowin... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"A main "Criterion of Consciousness" for the human experience is never having all you want. For as one dream comes true, another swiftly takes its place. Not having all you want is one of life's constants. And learning to be happy while not yet having all you want is the first "Criterion of Joy." Nail it, and for the rest of your life people will be asking what it is about you. Yeah, as if they weren't already asking." "Desire is a beautiful thing." The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com

Chet Raymo, "Like Rubies Ringed With Gold"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Like Rubies Ringed With Gold"* by Chet Raymo "Here's a new Hubble Space Telescope composite photograph of two colliding galaxies in the constellation Corvus. Click to enlarge or look for large image on the link. Each of the three books of Dante's "Divine Comedy" ends with the same words: "the stars." The Inferno concludes with distant stars glimpsed through the narrow exit of hell. "We emerged," says the poet, "and saw the stars." The poet's journey through Purgatory ends on Earth's highest mountain, with the heavens seemingly not so far away. He is "ready to ascend to the stars... more »

What Happened To Community?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Sometimes I have so many Tupperware containers piled up on the countertops that there's no room for anything else. That's because my wonderful neighbors keep bringing me meals while I'm flat out going through chemotherapy and its toxic side effects. I don't know what I'd do without them. Starve? Los Feliz, where I live, is a pretty upscale neighborhood, but evolving into a kind of gated-estate one that prohibits folks from dropping by-- and leaving healthy soup in a Tupperware container. That kind of neighborhood, apparently, is disappearing in America's big cities. According to ... more »

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "What We Want"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"What We Want" * "What we want is never simple. We move among the things we thought we wanted: a face, a room, an open book and these things bear our names- now they want us. But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises. We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning our arms ache. We don't remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun." ~ LindaPastan, "Carnival Evening"

"The Human Condition..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition." - Albert Ellis

“The Life Cycle: Bud and Blossom and Beyond”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Life Cycle: Bud and Blossom and Beyond”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Each stage we go through has its time of fulfillment and recession, as do all living things. Flowers and leaves both begin their lives as organisms so tiny we cannot see them with the naked eye. With time, they become visible, curled in upon themselves, colorful buds slowly softening and releasing. With the proper warmth and moisture, they unfold little by little, revealing with each degree of opening a new color, shape, or dimension. Sometimes buds open seemingly all at once, unfolding the full majesty ... more »

Here Paul Craig Roberts recalls how Ronald Reagan was perhaps the only American President of the 21st century to avoid war rather than start one or continue one instigated by his predecessor. The war he stopped would have been nuclear, and he accomplished this by respecting the Russian leaders rather than vilifying them. Now the U.S. government at all levels, together with the despicable mainstream media and right-wing think tanks, are lying about Russia’s actions and intentions, which in truth have been accommodating, promoting peace, and resisting sending the Russian Army into the eastern Russian-speaking provinces of Ukraine to protect them from the blood thirsty Neo Nazis currently serving as Ukraine’s shock troops. In PCR’s present post, he excoriates American intellectuals who have published supposed expert opinions in formerly respected journals, which are not merely lies but damned lies about Russia today.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ *Washington Has Destroyed Trust Between Nuclear Powers, Thus Raising The Specter Of War — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ February 25, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Washington Has Destroyed Trust Between Nuclear Powers, Thus Raising The Specter Of War Paul Craig Roberts February 25, 2015Ambassador Jack Matlock made an important speech at the National Press Club on February 11. Matlock served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union during 198... more »

No Combat Casualties For Second Straight Day In Ukarine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Members of the Ukrainian armed forces and armoured personnel carriers are seen preparing to move as they pull back from Debaltseve region, near Artemivsk February 26, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich *Reuters*: *Kiev reports no combat casualties for second straight day* *(Reuters) - Ukraine's military reported no combat casualties at the front for a second straight day on Thursday, a sign that a ceasefire deal has held at last after rebels initially ignored it to launch one of the biggest battles of the war last week.* *After initially spurning the truce to advance, the pro-Rus... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Lytham, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"A Riddle"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* "A Riddle"* “This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins towns, And beats high mountain down.” - One of Gollum’s riddles for Bilbo in “The Hobbit,” by JRR Tolkein. • Answer: *Time*

"Just Look At Us..."

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

Fukushima Update 2/26/15: “Dead Sea Lions Litter Malibu Beaches, Families Shocked"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Dead Sea Lions Litter Malibu Beaches, Families Shocked"* WARNING: Graphic Images; Babies being eaten by birds; So many 911 calls about dying animals it’s “bogging down system”; “Scientists say this year is worst in history”; Tells us “major changes are going on out in the ocean.” *FOX 11 News, Feb 23, 2015:* "Dozens of dead Sea Lions litter Malibu beaches; families shocked. A family stumbled upon nearly 10 dead sea lions on a Malibu beach Sunday “We just came down the stairs and little sea lions are being washed on to shore dying,” Neda Soderqvist says. “It was devastating to s...more »

Watch out, there are more music thieves about

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Conventional wisdom says that as you make online music easier to buy rather than steal1, then buy-rather-than-steal becomes more preferred. Turns out this is bullshit. As the number of legal downloading, streaming and listening opportunities continues to expand, the number of US uni students (the stealingest bunch there is) who steal rather than buy is *increasing*, not decreasing. [image: image] Increasing *a lot*: The percentage of college students in our survey that DO NOT buy digital music has risen from 26.5% in 2014 to 36.7% in 2015. This corresponds to reports of drop... more »

a new destination

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Fred Fleitz, Washington Times:* *More disturbing details about Obama’s nuclear sellout to Iran* *In an article published Wednesday, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, a notorious Obama administration apologist, provided his latest endorsement of the president’s deeply flawed nuclear diplomacy with Iran. Ignatius also discussed some worrisome U.S. concessions to Iran that have not been previously disclosed.* *During testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry denied that the United States has proposed a final nuclear deal w...more »

World News Briefs -- February 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*EXCLUSIVE*: *First picture of the face of the angelic schoolboy who turned into reviled ISIS executioner. How polite west London pupil became bloodthirsty Jihadi John * * * Mohammad Emwazi unmasked as ruthless Islamic State murderer Jihadi John* Pictured here as a schoolboy for the first time without his notorious black mask* Classmates in west London say he was more interested in football than Islam* Teachers remember him as 'hard-working...everything you would ever want in a student'* Emwazi was born in Kuwait, but moved to Britain with his family at the age of six* He was... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

New World Order Organizational Chart

WTStaff at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Meme - *An extensive list of persons, countries and organizations believed to be involved in creating the framework for the New World Order. The post New World Order Organizational Chart appeared first on Waking Times .

Col. Joel Rayburn - Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Follow Col. Joel Rayburn on twitter for Iraq news and updates.* *Title: Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance. Source: New America. Date Published: September 24, 2014. Description: * More than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, most studies of the conflict focus on the twin questions of whether the United States should have entered the country in 2003 and whether it should have exited in 2011, but few have examined the new Iraqi state and society on its own merits. This is especially disconcerting in light of the recent crisis with the Islamic State. In... more »

Getting people out of the shit

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Welfare dependence in New Zealand is intergenerational. There’s around a million or more New Zealanders who depend on welfare for their weekly wedge. And, as Lindsay Mitchell reports, new research shows conclusively that, and I quote, “three quarters of the forward cost of welfare rests with those who go on welfare under twenty.” Got that? Three quarters of the forward cost of welfare rests with those who go on welfare under twenty. And of that number under twenty, (9 in 10) were from beneficiary families, the majority of whom received a main benefit for most of their teen year... more »

FCC, Banning Bullets, Shutting Down the DHS, Discrimination, Being Prepared, and a bunch of other random stuff...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*because my tabs are full.* FCC now has control of the internet. And exactly what are we going to do about it? Nothing. We have become cowed slaves, and the Republicans are not our friends. * * * *Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle* Isn't this exactly what was predicted by many people? You can have all the guns you want, but you can't have any bullets. *In view of the two above items, you may want to read:* *The Number One Reason Why Americans Will Not Fight Back Against The New World Order * ...more »

"Provocation? NATO Conducts Military Maneuvers 300 Yards From Russia's Border"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Provocation? NATO Conducts Military Maneuvers * *300 Yards From Russia's Border"* by Daniel McAdams "When a Russian bomber flew over international waters some 25 miles off the southwest tip of England last week, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called Russia "a real and present danger." The UK government scrambled jet fighters to meet the Russian aircraft as a show of force. Said Secretary Fallon of the incident, "NATO has to be ready for any kind of aggression from Russia, whatever form it takes." He added that, "NATO is getting ready," warning particularly that Russia may soo... more »

At least a bunch of American activists besides Paul Craig Roberts sense the evil of the American government, particularly in its plan to provide weapons to Ukraine, not withstanding the recent ceasefire. Hopefully more Americans will take up the cry. Save our children and grandchildren: no nuclear apocalypse!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ No Weapons to Ukraine: An Open letter to the U.S Senate By Global Research News Global Research, February 25, 2015 . *Reject S. 452, “A bill to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine.”* *Why is this important?* The United States is the leading provider of weapons to the world, and the practice of providing weapons to countries in crisis has proven disastrous, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Expanding NATO to Russia’s border and a... more »

‘Audit the Fed’ gains ground as the left (re) discovers its inner Love of central banking

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Nick Sorrentino* [image: Eccles building cc] The American Federal Reserve, as we have noted before, is the world’s Prime Mover of crony capitalism. It is a politburo. It is a central planning committee. It is a tool by which the big banks are backstopped with the wealth of the American people. It should be audited. It should be opened. This is what the U.S. dollar has done under the Fed: [image: dollar graph c c] In fairness it’s not JUST the Fed. Other central banks1, like NZ’s Reserve Bank, have done their part for other currencies as well. Fed advocates like Pa... more »

Quote of the morning: It’s easier for demagogues

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
"It is often sadly remarked that the bad economists present their errors to the public better than the good economists present their truths. It is often complained that demagogues can be more plausible in putting forward economic nonsense from the platform than the honest men who try to show what is wrong with it. But the basic reason for this ought not to be mysterious. The reason is that the demagogues and bad economists are presenting half-truths. They are speaking only of the immediate effect of a proposed policy or its effect upon a single group. As far as they go they may of... more »

FFWN: 22 years of fake “Islamic terror”

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 7 hours ago
Check out my Veterans Today article: 22 years of fake “Islamic terror” *TODAY’S NEWS STORIES**AND THEIR SOURCE LINKS* *“Radical Islamic” False Flags* 1) Today is the 22nd anniversary of first WTC false flag http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/02/26/city-marks-22-years-since-first-wtc-attack.html 2) Iraqi Army downs 2 UK planes carrying weapons for ISIS http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931204001534 3) ISIS sponsors US, Turkey agree to train ISIS…I mean, anti-ISIS ISIS http://rt.com/news/233927-us-turkey-train-equip-rebels/ 4) New Pentagon Chief Ash Carter “target... more »

Requiem aeternam

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 7 hours ago
I came home from work last night to a chilly house and learned that my furnace had been acting up me. But that doesn't really matter right now. I woke up this morning still cold and faced with having to miss a day at work to get the furnace looked at. But that doesn't really matter right now. I bitched and gripped as the morning wore on, the house got colder and I waited for a technician to come to the house. But that doesn't really matter right now. The faulty furnace part, now sits atop my dryer. That doesn't really matter right now either. News of a recent inadvertent poiso... more »

Some Eye-Opening Remarks From U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Intelligence Officials Say Global Threats Persist From Russia, Terrorists* A*t annual Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, National Intelligence Director James Clapper predicts Russian advances in Ukraine* *WASHINGTON—The top U.S. intelligence official told a Senate panel Thursday that Russian-backed separatists would probably continue their advance through Ukraine this spring and that he favors providing lethal arms to help defend the area.* *U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper predicted the Russian-backed separatists would move ... more »

Supplemental: The New York Times submits to his threat!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015O’Reilly gets a pass:* Here at THE HOWLER, we have a bit of a cultural soft spot for Bill O’Reilly. (Full disclosure. Years ago, we chatted with Bill on the phone. He called *us*, of course.) That said, O’Reilly has made a number of statements down through the years about his journalistic service in the Falklands War. This conflict was fought between two actual nations (Great Britain and Argentina) on and around the Falkland Islands, pretty much way out at sea. O’Reilly was never *in* the Falkland Islands, or anywhere close. As everyone agrees, he cove... more »

Fascist C-51: Feet on the Street Time

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
I started collecting links on C51, aka the Jihadi Terrorists Under Every Bed Bill, a while back, but I was too appalled/depressed to blog about it. The terrifying Angus Reid poll showing 80% approval of it. There’s rarely been a bill before Parliament that was more popular. The public Conservatives’ new anti-terror legislation is filling a public demand for tough new measures aimed at a terrorism threat that Canadians believe is serious, and close to home, according to a new poll. More than four in five Canadians – 82 per cent – back the new legislation to expand the powers of... more »

US Secretary of State Kerry: Today's World Is 'Safer Than Ever'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*IJReview*: *John Kerry Insists the World is ‘Safer Than Ever’ But Not All US Intelligence Officials Agree* *While testifying before Congress, John Kerry claimed that the United States, and the world as a whole, is safer now despite the “visible killings” committed by ISIS:* *“Our citizens, our world today is actually, despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally, less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century.”*... more »

U.S. Is Aware Of Secret Iranian Facility That Is Part Of Its Claudestine Nuclear Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for testimony before a Senate committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 24, 2015. Press TV *Washington Free Beacon:* *Kerry: U.S. Aware of Illicit Iranian Nuke Facility* *Secret facility disclosed by Iranian opposition groupSecretary of State John Kerry admitted before Congress on Wednesday that the United States is aware of a secret Iranian facility that an Iranian opposition group identified this week as part of an undisclosed parallel nuclear program.The group, the National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has a h... more »

Feb. 26: playing an old game....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
The TandT has yet another Front page, banner headline story that tells us nothing significant about the Larry's Gulch affair. Sometimes, that's the only way to kill a story you don't want to get out. Now, there will be a deep study - some day - of who erased the names on a guest list for what seems to have been a business meeting at Larry's Gulch. The real questions are - what was that meeting about? And why were two very senior journalists there and taking part in the meeting? And how often has this sort of thing happened? But, as I feared from the start, we are going to spin our... more »

North Korea Renaming Its Ships To Evade Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *UN: North Korea Renamed Ships to Evade Sanctions* *A United Nations report says a North Korea shipping company, which has in the past been caught trying to transfer illicit weapons, has evaded sanctions against it by renaming and transferring ownership of most of its vessels.The report, written by a group of experts that monitors sanctions against North Korea, also says Pyongyang "continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs."* *More News On North Korea Renaming Its Ships To Evade Sanctions* E... more »

Report: North Korea May Have 100 Atomic Weapons By 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *Despite Sanctions, North Korea’s Nuclear Stockpile Continues to Grow * *SEOUL - The United States says it is very concerned about a new report that predicts North Korea will expand its nuclear stockpile to as many as 100 weapons by 2020. Analysts say there may be disagreements over Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, but there is no doubt the weapons program poses a growing international threat.Experts on nuclear weapons technology at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies estimate that North Korea currently has 10 to 16 nuclear we... more »

A Nazi Party

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
A Nazi party in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Photos of their hero Stepan Bandera (who joined Hitler during WW II to invade Russia) are quite present. These are the people the US-NATO relied on to force the coup last year that put Ukraine into the hands of Washington.I'd like to get a translation but for now the clip speaks for itself.

The Economy: “The End of Honest Money”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“The End of Honest Money”* by Bill Bonner “The season of fasting is upon us. No more high living. It's time to cinch up our belts... to put on a gaunt face and a smug look. Alone among friends and associates, we will keep Lent. So neglected is Lent that even Google has forgotten about it. When we did a search it proposed "lentil soup." Lent is meant to rehearse the 40 days and nights that Jesus spent fasting in the desert before going public. We remember the lean days with prayer, meditation and self-denial. No alcohol will cross our lips from Ash Wednesday till Easter Sunday. (E... more »

Satire: “Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “By a huge majority, Americans support laws legalizing marijuana and criminalizing Congress, according to a poll released on Thursday. While the poll reflects a relaxation of attitudes about recreational pot use, it also suggests that many Americans now view membership in Congress as a problem ravaging the nation. Harland Dorrinson, an activist who has spent years mobilizing support for the criminalization of Congress, said that “this poll reinforces what many of us have...more »

Science as the New Religion

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 9 hours ago
Irrational faith in corporate R&D is not science, it is a modern day cult built on old, shameless tricks. *February 26, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - When money and power are involved, those standing to gain the most will say and do anything to push their agenda forward. Five centuries ago, saying and doing anything involved exploiting people's superstitions and their faith in religion. Today, saying and doing anything means also exploiting science. Science, engineering, and design are amongst our most practical and effective tools to make real and meaningful change. But bec... more »

'Ows about that then?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
It almost seems inappropriate to point this out...and if it *is* inappropriate then please feel free to say so (as I'm sure you will)... ...but the BBC's home editor Mark Easton has presented his take on the latest Jimmy Savile report, which focuses on the failings on the Conservative government in the 1980s, with three mentions of "Thatcher". Thatch was to blame, it seems. Curiously, however, there are no mentions whatsoever in Mark's piece of Savile's incredibly lenient employer of several decades, the BBC. The acronym "BBC" appears nowhere. Is that simply because "everyone kno... more »

Top U.S. Admiral: China Submarines Now Outnumber The U.S. Fleet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Chinese Navy submarines and warships take part in an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in Qingdao, Shandong province, April 23, 2009. Guang Niu/Pool/Reuters *DoD Buzz:* *Admiral Says China Outnumbers U.S. in Attack Submarines* *The Chinese navy now operates a greater number of attack submarines than the U.S. Navy and is rapidly expanding the scope of their undersea missions and patrols, U.S. Navy leaders told Congress Wednesday.“Their submarine force has grown over a tremendous rate. They now have mo... more »

Islamic State Has Launched A Massive Campaign To Kidnap Christians

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Sydney Morning Herald: **Islamic State now holding 250 Christians in Syria: activists* *The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State in northeastern Syria has risen to more than 250, activists said on Thursday.The Sweden-based Assyrian Network for Human Rights in Syria said it has documented the number through local organisations and its own observers.Earlier Thursday, the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number at more than 220 and said the civilians were kidnapped from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr over the past three days ... more »

Warren Comes Out Against TPP's NAFTA-Style "Trade Court"​

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*Without "Fast Track" Legislation, TPP can't pass.* ​*by Gaius Publius* I've been writing, along with many others, in opposition to NAFTA-style "free trade" agreements in general and the upcoming TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) in specific. For one thing, these agreements have little to do with "trade" and more to do with unrestricted capital flow — they ensure that capital can flow anywhere it wants, seeking any profit it can, with no restrictions whatsoever, including from local or national governments. (For my recent thoughts on trade agreements, see here.) The primary enforcem... more »

A Look At Who Are The Foreign Fighters Who Have Flocked To Join The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN:* *The names: Who has been recruited to ISIS from the West* *(CNN)More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to fight for ISIS, the radical Sunni group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria.They hail from 90 countries, and an estimated 3,400 fighters come from Western states, according to Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.Those are the numbers -- estimates, of course.But who is actually going? What are their names? What do they look like, where are they from and -- perhaps most importantly -- why are they going?These are some of... more »

Video Emerges Showing Islamic State Fighters Destroying 3,00 Year-Old Artifacts In Mass Destruction Of Iraqi Historical Antiquities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* ISIS thugs take a hammer to civilisation: Priceless 3,000-year-old artworks smashed to pieces in minutes as militants destroy Mosul museum * Extremists used power drills and sledgehammers to smash ancient items They wrecked a series of 3,000-year-old statues at museum in Mosul, Iraq One vandal says items being destroyed because they promoted idolatry Comes after thugs destroyed thousands of books at Mosul Public Library* *More News On Emerging Videos Showing Islamic State Fighters Destroying Iraq's Historical Artifacts* Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statue...more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Just a posting note. Because of time limitations "World News Briefs" will be posted at 18:00 EST.

Topical Application of Turmeric for Cancer

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *Researchers showed that those at high risk for colon cancer could reverse the progression of their disease by taking curcumin, the yellow pigment in the spice turmeric. The post Topical Application of Turmeric for Cancer appeared first on Waking Times.

Mohawk Nation News 'Can you teach me how to die?'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO DIE? Posted on February 26, 2015  Mohawk Nation News MNN. Feb. 26, 2015. An army recruiter went into a high school to entice the kids into joining the military and becoming killers. He described how WWII Allied soldiers were taught how to smash jawbones while gouging eyes, crushing windpipes and snapping necks, and generally applying deadly force to the weakest,

3 Young Entrepreneurs Find Revolutionary Way to Cut Out Food Waste

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Cole Mellino* - Food waste is a serious problem. An estimated 30-50 percent of food is wasted globally. Check out what these young people are doing about it. The post 3 Young Entrepreneurs Find Revolutionary Way to Cut Out Food Waste appeared first on Waking Times.

WHO IS NICHOLAS KRISTOF: How should college kids describe him?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015Interlude—Kristof does Port-au-Prince:* We’ve been happy to spread the good news in our recent reports: Despite what Nicholas Kristof wrote in last Sunday’s New York Times, college kids almost *never* describe their female professors as “bossy!” The term appears in their reviews of female professors less than once for every million words of text. Kristof’s column was grossly misleading concerning ascriptions of “bossy!” On the brighter side, his slippery writing made us liberals feel tribally good. Increasingly, it seems like that’s what the nation’s p... more »

Steve Richards on the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
In the light of today's parliamentary report into the BBC... Steve Richards - the left-leaning former BBC political correspondent who went on to become the chief political columnist for the *Independent - *has written a thought-provoking piece for the *Guardian *about the BBC. Yes, I can guess what some might be thinking ("Steve Richards...the Independent...the BBC...the Guardian. No thanks"), but - as ever - reading a considered argument which goes against your own point of view can only be a good thing, so please give it a read. Steve clearly still carries a torch for his forme... more »

harper Debating Trudeau? and Tax Revolt!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
*PART A * I saw a headline somewhere that the harpercon political hacks are weighing the idea of getting their boy in the debating ring with Justin Trudeau. The logic being that JT is such a pretty-boy airhead that the "experienced" stephen harper will make him look like a fool. I happen to think it's a great idea! First of all, it shows that harper is terrified of the idea of a match against Mulcair. Second of all, ... it just shows how completely out-to-lunch the harpercons are. Just what "experience" does harper have that is at all relevant?? Sure, harper's "experienced" a l... more »

Get over yourself

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Kay Burley!

Changing Your Culture

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Steve Pavlina* - If you were to design your own human culture, what would you include? What would you leave out? The post Changing Your Culture appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Chris Wattie/Reuters *Nancy A. Youssef & Tim Mak, Daily Beast:* *NATO Chief: Obama’s Plan Isn’t Stopping Russia* *The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO’s top general admits.NATO’s top commander bluntly told the Pentagon on Wednesday that the allied effort to slow Russia’s advance in Ukraine isn’t working. He delivered that message as the Obama administration appeared to back away from earlier indications that the U.S. would arm the Ukrainian army against pro-Puti... more »

Shock Report: Domestic Black Sites Now Operational

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Mac Slavo For nearly two decades alternative media has warned of government internment camps where citizens would be disappeared, detained and tortured with no regard for their rights. For nearly two decades the notion has been dismissed by the general population as just another conspiracy theory. But a new report out of Chicago suggests that not only are such facilities real, they have now been actively integrated into the nation’s law enforcement apparatus. The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by ... more »

Nature is subtle

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Caltech has created their new Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics. It's named after Walter Burke – but it is neither the actor nor the purser nor the hurler, it's Walter Burke the trustee so no one seems to give a damn about him. *Walter Burke, the actor* That's why John Preskill's speech focused on a different topic, namely his three principles of creating the environment for good physics. His principles are, using my words, 1. the best way to learn is to teach 2. two-trick ponies (people working at the collision point of two disciplines) are great 3. N... more »

Chicago Police Use Local News Media to Downplay Secret Torture Site

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Justin King Amid controversy over the Chicago Police Department’s off*-*the-books interrogation site, the *Chicago Sun-Times* ran a piece fully exonerating the police department, by basing the article entirely off statements made by the police department. Don’t worry good citizens, the police have investigated themselves in less than 24 hours and found they’ve done nothing wrong. The opening paragraph of the masturbatory fantasy that might as well have been written by CPD’s public affairs division states that the building exists, and apparently this disproves all allegations. Po... more »

More NATO Troops Going Into Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
In recent days NATO members are announcing that they are sending military "trainers" into the Ukraine in order to rescue the failed US-EU war project on Russia's border. There can be no doubt that these "trainers" will be directing the vicious onslaught against the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine. The US has already said they are sending in 600 troops. Next the UK said they were sending in troops as well. Poland quickly followed suit and now Canada is hinting they will send a force to Ukraine too. Can their be any doubt that this is an official NATO declaration of war on... more »

Bill C-51 - Conservative 'values'

Alison at Creekside - 12 hours ago
Uncanny resemblance, isn't it? Your 'values' not looking too good at the moment, Mr Blaney. Having rushed the 62 page omnibus anti-terrorism bill C-51 through Parliament, the Cons are now demanding it be rushed through committee as well. They wanted to restrict expert testimony to three Public Safety Committee meetings - with one of them taken up entirely by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney - but a successful NDP committee fillibuster has now ratcheted it up to eight . Among the expert witnesses proposed by the NDP are former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci (Almalki, A... more »

Heavy Emissions Continue with Elevated Radiation Levels in Japan

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Emissions visible from units 1, 2, and 3 on TEPCO cam 1 Common Spent Fuel Pool Steaming on TEPCO cam 4 Elevated radiation levels in Japan according to Netc. Yesterday and the day before southern Japan was very elevated while today the radiation levels are higher in the central area of Honshu near Tokyo and up towards Fukushima (although lower than readings registering yesterday):

'Jihadi John' In ISIS Videos Identified

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* 'Jihadi John' from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner *(Reuters) - Investigators believe that the "Jihadi John" masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday.He was born in Kuwait and comes from a prosperous family in London, where he grew up and graduated with a computer programming degree, according to the Washington Post.In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears t...more »

Philippine's War Against Abu Sayyaf Rebels Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Straits Times:* *Philippine army kills 14 militants from Abu Sayyaf on southern island* *MANILA (Reuters) - United States-trained army commandos on Thursday killed 14 militants belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the first major battle this year on a remote southern island, as the Philippines stepped up efforts to rescue foreign hostages.The Abu Sayyaf is the smallest but most deadly of several Muslim groups fighting for independence in the south of the Roman Catholic country. It is estimated to have about 500 hard-core followers based mostly on Basilan and Jolo... more »

Egypt's War Against Militants In The Sinai Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Dozens of suspected militants killed in Egypt’s North Sinai: sources* *Egypt’s military killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources said on Wednesday, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region.Apache helicopter gunships killed 18 suspected militants after they destroyed four vans in North Sinai, security sources in the remote but strategic region said.Twenty were killed when the military bombed a residence, a school and a youth center where the suspected militants were gathering near the No... more »

American Gulag

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
The only aspect of Chicago's black site prison more shocking than its existence is the fact that it's been an "open secret" for years. People in a position to do something about it chose instead to keep their mouths shut. Homan Square *(The Guardian)* It took one of the victims of Homan Square (the secret detention facility) to blow the whistle on it to the British newspaper *The Guardian*, which published its exposé this week. And now other detainees and their lawyers are coming forward to tell their own horror stories. You might call this the Bill Cosby Effect. Officials and pol... more »

Do it yourself electric car comparison

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
*2002 Insight* *2015 Smart* Cost $5,000 $27,000 Curb weight 838KG 900KG HP 150KW 55KW 0-60 5 sec 11.5 sec Drivetrain $20,000 Batteries $8,000 Interior $4,000 Suspension $2,000 A/C $1,000 new paint $5,000 As a practical matter it really makes little sense. In Ontario Canada and many other places you get a government rebate. In Ontario is $8,500. Therefore you could get a fully loaded convertible SMART for under $30,000. However buying an electric car today in Canada has nothing to do with practicability. The $50,000 Insight would be one of, if not the mos... more »

Some REAL Truth About The Ukrainian "Civil" War: Ukrainian Troops Shooting Their Own Surrendering Soldiers!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
The Ukrainian "civil" war is absolutely nothing of the sort... The liars in the Jew spew media and the liars in our governments are harping constantly with the ABSOLUTE lies that this war is directed against "Separatists", "Russian Insurgents", "Russian Invaders", and "Russian Rebels" in the eastern provinces of Ukraine... The fact is simple here and all readers should understand this fully: The eastern provinces decided last year in a perfectly legal and binding referendum that they no longer wanted to be part of the Ukrainian nation that the US criminal proxy government in Kiev h... more »

9 Things You Think You Know About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Valerie Tarico* - We have no record of anything that was written about Jesus by eyewitnesses or other contemporaries during the time he would have lived, or for decades thereafter. The post 9 Things You Think You Know About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong appeared first on Waking Times.

John Pilger on the Rise of Fascism

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*Why the rise of fascism is again the issue* By John Pilger The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism. “To initiate a war of aggression…," said the Nurembe... more »

The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Drones

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Joshua Krause It seems like every week, there is a trending story about some new leap forward in robotic technology. It’s often a cool new prosthesis, or perhaps a unique military drone. This week, it was the Marine Corps’ new GuardBot, which is basically a rolling sphere with cameras. It can travel 3 mph in the water, and 6 mph on land, where it can tread over a wide variety of terrains. When it’s ready to be deployed, it’ll be able to use sonar, detect radiation, and sense bomb-making materials. Supposedly, this will give the Marines a significant advantage during any amphibiou... more »

Iraq’s Sadr Withdraws His Men From The Front

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
After the fall of Mosul Moqtada al-Sadr mobilized his followers into a new militia called the Peace Brigades. They along with other Shiite armed groups provided the manpower to confront the insurgency that was lost by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) during the summer. In February 2015 Sadr withdrew his men from the front however after Sheikh Qasim al-Janabi was killed in Baghdad. By doing so he was attempting to maintain his nationalist credentials, while also taking shots at his rivals. In the middle of February 2015 Moqtada al-Sadr froze his two militias the Promised Day Brigad... more »

Criminal Canadian Prime Minister Trying To Ram Draconian Rights Stripping Bill C-51 Through Parliament!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
*"If A Nation's People Ever Sacrifice Their Personal Freedoms And Liberties For The Illusion Of More "Security", That Nation's People Will Wake Up One Day With No Freedoms, No Liberties, And Absolutely No Security!"* I put that in a previous article, and that statement is a variation of the original statement made over 200 years ago by one of the founding fathers of the American republic, Benjamin Franklin.... The above quote is so true and everyone should heed its message... Right now that criminal scumbag Prime Minister is trying to ram through the horrendous freedom stripping "an... more »

Assyrian history destroyed

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Many events are taking place every day and many events make me – and many of you – upset. But what made me extremely angry today was this ISIS video: *To skip the babbling by the apparatchik-bigot and to get to the drastic "action", jump to 2:40.* The animals have penetrated into Mosul, Northern Iraq, and they chose the local Nineveh Museum as their target. The museum contains lots of priceless (or at least multi-billion) statues from the neo-Assyrian empire. Well, it did contain it – up to yesterday. When the neo-Assyrian empire existed between 900 before Christ and 600 befor... more »

FCC's Ajit Pai: Net Neutrality is a "Solution That Won't Work to a Problem That Doesn't Exist"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By Reason TV Net Neutrality is "a solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist," says Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Pai is an oustpoken opponent of expanding government control of the internet, including FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under the same Title II rules that are used to govern telephone-service providers as public utilities. Visit Reason.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Montana House committee pushes back against "Agenda 21"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By KPAX Critics of "Agenda 21" have seen it as an evil for years - ranging from bad policy to an erosion of national sovereignty to a harbinger of one-world totalitarian government, grounded in radical principles of environmentalism and socialism. Montana's House Judiciary Committee entered the debate on Monday, endorsing a bill resisting Agenda 21. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

How Much Will Israel/Adelson Spend To Kill Rand Paul's Presidential Run?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Sheldon Adelson says he won't pick the GOP presidential nominee until next year. But that doesn't mean he and Miriam are sitting around clipping coupons now. As Israel's top political enforcer for the American Republican Party, Adelson's work is never done. Even if they haven't decided who to get behind for the presidency yet, they know one Republican Israel hates even more than Obama: Rand Paul. And Adelson isn't having any of it. Note: Paul would, in all likelihood, make an abysmal president, one of the worst imaginable. But that doesn't mean he's wrong about everything. In fact,... more »

Canadian Patients Fight The Crown For Right To Grow Their Own Cannabis

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By Dan Dicks The MMAR Coalition Against Repeal is taking on the government to fight for the right for patients to continue to grow their own medicine. Dan Dicks of *Press For Truth* speaks with Canada's leading marijuana activists about this landmark case. Visit PressForTruth.ca *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Empathy – The Power of Connection

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Steve Taylor Ph.D* - To a large extent, all crime and all cruelty are the result of a lack of empathy. It’s a lack of empathy which makes someone capable of attacking or oppressing other people. The post Empathy – The Power of Connection appeared first on Waking Times.

Sentence of the Day

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
"genetic differences explained roughly 33% of the variations in individual savings rates." Read more here.

Is Russian President Putin's Approval Rating At 86% Real?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Sputnik*: *Putin's Approval Rating Rises to 86 % - Independent Poll* *Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has jumped to 86 percent, a 17-percent increase since February 2014, the Levada Center, an independent pollster, says.* *Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has jumped to 86 percent, a 17-percent increase since February 2014, according to a recent poll by the independent Levada Center, media reports said.* *While the majority approved of Putin's presidency, 13 percent of respondents disapproved or refused to answer the question, according to the ... more »

An Analysis On Russian Hybrid Military Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Members of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic drive a tank (Reuters) *Fiona Hill, Reuters:* *Hybrid war: The real reason fighting stopped in Ukraine – for now* *President Vladimir Putin understands how insurgencies work better than any other Russian leader. We are watching this play out right now in Ukraine.Before Putin took power, Moscow had long struggled to suppress rebel movements. In the 1980s, for example, the Soviet Union grappled with the Muslim mujahedeen in Afghanistan. Moscow propped up the beleaguered Kabul government with ... more »

Study Shows Cannabis 114 Times Safer Than Drinking Alcohol

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Marco Torres* - We have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that destroys lives and is a far greater risk than other recreational drugs such as alcohol. The post Study Shows Cannabis 114 Times Safer Than Drinking Alcohol appeared first on Waking Times.

Breaking news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
There's been some confusion as to who broke the 'Jihadi John' story this morning. The *Telegraph *started a live blog about at 10.50am, citing *The Washington Post. *A minute later came this tweet from BBC Breaking News, linking to a newly-posted BBC online article: IS militant known as 'Jihadi John', believed to have beheaded hostages, is Mohammed Emwazi from London, BBC learns http://t.co/nNnPzm9whH — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 26, 2015 The early versions of that BBC article, as Newssniffer shows, also claimed the story for the BBC: The masked Islamic State milit...more »

Everyone has forgotten us?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
I knew I’d have to write about Lyse Doucet’s report from Gaza because it appeared on BBC News 24 almost as frequently as the findings of the poll that discovered how wonderfully pro Britain the Muslims are these days. Specially those from Bradford, even the ones who were obviously character actors and comedians. (You can always tell) ‘When a crime is committed by a Muslim, why does the media always point out that the crimes are committed by a Muslim? “I can’t understand the logic behind that” ' Ho ho. Well done that lady. Not her, though. This one: *“There’s a limit wi’ foon”* ... more »

Top NATO Commander: Ukraine Crisis Is 'Getting Worse Every Day'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CSM:** NATO commander: Ukraine crisis is 'getting worse every day' (+video)* *Philip Breedlove, the NATO supreme allied commander, said his advise on the situation in Ukraine is being considered. He said there was no way to predict if giving Ukraine military assistance would cause Russian President Vladimir Putin to 'up the ante.' Washington — The top U.S. military commander in Europe said on Wednesday the situation in Ukraine was "getting worse every day" as government forces struggled against Russian-backed rebels, but he declined to say whether he favored supplying defensi...more »

Toxic Hot Seat- Documentary: Flame Retardant EDC's & the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
It's about 1.5 hours. Consider this a background for some upcoming posts concerning the topic of the chemical manipulation of humanity and flame retardants that will include the gamut of the petro chemical producers including the role of the chemical tobacco industry *Equation: big oil + petro chemical producers + toxic tobacco + big pharma + big agriculture + bankers = poison for the planet and all life on it.* Please, watch it all and leave some feed back- Thank You!

Ukraine Has Started To Withdraw Its 'Heavy Weapons' From The Front

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Self-propelled howitzers of the Ukrainian armed forces are seen near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 25, 2015. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) *BBC*: *Ukraine 'starts heavy weapons withdrawal'* *Ukraine's army is starting the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line in the east as part of a truce, the defence ministry says.* *It says the pullout of 100mm calibre artillery "is the first step" and will be monitored by OSCE observers.* *Pro-Russian rebels earlier said they had started withdrawing their weapons. This has not been verified by monitors.* *The ceasefire came into eff... more »

Ukraine Facing Gas Cut Off By This Weekend

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko *Bloomberg*: *Gazprom Says Ukraine’s Prepaid Gas May Run Out by Sunday Morning* *Ukraine’s supply of prepaid gas from Russia may run out by Sunday morning Moscow time at the current rate requested, exporter OAO Gazprom said.* *The Russian state-run company will halt shipments to Ukraine unless it receives further advance payments, Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov says by phone on Thursday.* *Gas shipments have been a flash-point in the troubled relations between the countries for years and the dispute reignited last week over supplies to rebel-held ar... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Home prices rise again in New Orleans area ~Jaquetta White, New Orleans Advocate * *Striking Norco refinery workers get support ~WWLTV *

Europe Business , Market Related News , Political News and Views - February 26 , 2015 -

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Evening Tweets....... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 1m 1 minute ago ECB Warns UK: Excluding Russia From SWIFT "Could Undermine Confidence In The Whole System" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-2 6/ecb-warns-uk-excluding-russia-swift-could-undermine-confidence-whole-system … *zerohedge* [image: View this content on zerohedge's website] ECB Warns UK: Excluding Russia From SWIFT "Could Undermine Confidence... As View on web *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 1h1 hour ago Greece Warns It May Default On IMF Loan Next Week http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-26/greece-warns-it-may-defau... more »

Haaretz : Israel's Very Own Mafiosi

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
The car bomb that killed a Jaffa man linked to a local crime family passed almost unnoticed last week, as the tragedy of the three youths kidnapped in the West Bank unfolded. One could think that the country was justifiably distracted, had it not reacted with similar indifference to much of the brazen gang warfare Israel is experiencing. In the last year there have been dozens of bombings and gangland shootings, which have largely stumped police and attracted little interest from the media and politicians. Even the February murder of Tha’ar Lala, 26 – shot by gunmen while drivi... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*An Engineering Student Reports Visiting A Job Fair With Almost No White Male Engineers* *From: An Anonymous Engineering Student [Email him]* I recently attended a graduate student engineering career fair on my college campus, and felt like sharing some of my observations. The event was a typical career fair—employers had booths and tables set up where future graduates could provide resumes and get face-time with prospective employers. Several prestigious companies were at the event, and were looking to hire people with doctorates in engineering. Starting pay for jobs at these co... more »

1000+ Underground Documentaries

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
Ever had one of those evenings when you're looking for something to watch, and can't stand the idea of bruising your brain with Hollywood propaganda? I just discovered this site and it's a "must bookmark" for future evenings (or days) when I'm looking to expand my mind, instead of rotting it. http://undergrounddocumentaries.com/ This website has pulled together an impressive amount of "Underground Documentaries" - over 1000 documentaries on just about every subject imaginable to those who are interested in looking under the veils of lies and deception that is propagated by the Go... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*New article hailed as "proof" of climate change* *It does support the notion that CO2 has some effect but how much? The answer to that lies in the term "incredibly precise" below. They had to use research instrumentation and methods that could detect incredibly small changes. And that the effects of CO2 are incredibly small is just what skeptics have been saying! The work vindicates skeptics, if anything. Beware of the sentence below "This increase is about ten percent of the trend from all sources of infrared energy". It does NOT say "This increase is about ten percen... more »

200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 17 hours ago
200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate - FREE Research PDF Download! *The media, your pediatrician, politicians and health authorities like the CDC and FDA claim that vaccines are safe and effective. So why do hundreds of peer-reviewed studies indicate the opposite is true? Read, download, and share this document widely to provide the necessary evidence-based counterbalance to the pro-vaccination propaganda that has globally infected popular consciousness and discussion like an intractable disease. * It is abundantly clear that if the present-day vaccine climate, namely, *that e... more »

Local Council By-Elections February 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 17 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Jan Average/ contest +/- Jan +/- Seats Conservative 5 1,924 25.6% -5.0% 385 -98 0 Labour 5 2,696 35.9% +13.2% 539 +102 +1 LibDem 4 638 8.5% -3.4% 160 -122 0 UKIP 4 1,136 15.1% +4.0% 284 +108 -1 SNP* 0 0 -15.4% 0 -1,460 0 Plaid Cymru** 1 313 4.2% +4.2% 313 +313 0 Green 3 486 6.5% -1.3% 162 -85 0 TUSC 0 0 Independent*** 2 233 3.1% +2.8% 117 +101 0 Other**** 1 80 ... more »

Cervarix: Will My Life Ever Be Normal Again? by Saskia Pain

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
[image: Cervarix changed my life.]SaskiaCervarix: Will my life ever be normal again? by Saskia Pain Avonwick, Devon, UK Sane Vax Inc, 26 February 2015 Cervarix changed my life: now I would never be able to manage the sort of day I took in my stride as a thirteen year old. I can’t even remember what a day with energy feels like. Before receiving the HPV vaccine at 14, I was an active, mostly healthy child. As we lived some distance away from my school, I had fairly long days: I would leave the house at 7.30 am and return at 5.30 pm, but always came back with lots of energy. I en... more »

MENA Report and Global ISIS War Updates - February 26 , 2015 - Focus on ISIS in Iraq / Syria , Global push back against ISIS , Regional War Developments , Updates for Libya and Yemen

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Links..... *ISIS Captures 100 Iraqi Sunni Tribesmen* *FBI Investigating ISIS Suspects in All 50 States* *Report: Libya Coup General to Meet With Israeli Officials**ISIS Recruiters Setting Up Shop in Militant-Rich Pakistan* *Will US Troops Be Drawn Back Into Iraq War?* 187 Killed, 100 Kidnapped Wednesday in Iraq Syrian Kurds Cut ISIS Supply Line Near Iraq Abducted Syrian Christians Moved to Militant Stronghold Libyan Parliament Proposes Haftar, a Divisive Figure, as Head of Army Amnesty: Egypt Military Strike Against Libya May Amount to War Crime ISIS May Attack Jordan Malls, US Em... more »

Illinois Needs To Know If It's GMO

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
Illinois Sen. Dave Koehler has introduced SB 0734, a bill to label GMOs in Illinois. Nine Senators - John Mulroe, Jacqueline Collins, Terry Link, Emil Jones III, Julie Morrison, Dan Kotowski, Patricia Van Pelt, Heather Steans and Michael Noland have signed on as co-sponsors. Senator Koehler is the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee and an environmental champion in Illinois. He believes "labeling GMO foods is not a matter of 'if' but 'when'." Thank you, Senator Koehler. We agree! ILLINOIS: Take the wind out of Monsanto's sails and pass GMO labeling. WE NEED TO KNOW IF IT'S GMO. I... more »

Ghannatha vessels delivered

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Ghannatha-class FPB]Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has announced the completion of the Ghannatha Phase II programme after delivery of all 24 vessels to the UAE Navy. Built to a design developed by partner Swede Ship Marine (Stand C-015), the Ghannatha-class boats are high-speed, aluminiumbuilt multi-role combat vessels. Powered by two MTU diesels driving twin Rolls-Royce FF 600 waterjets, the design is capable of speeds up to 45kts. Read more

Science As Defined by Nicola Tesla

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago

Russian Fighter Jets Kick Off Air Missile Drills Above Barents Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MiG-31 Firefox]Russia's Central Military District's MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft are conducting military drills over the Barents Sea, testing responses to air missile strikes, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday. "The flight-tactical exercise with the crews of MiG-31 fighter-interceptors was launched in the Perm Region at the Sokol Airbase. In the coming days, two squads of aircraft will be redeployed to the Monchegorsk airport (Murmansk Region), making a flight distance of 1,500 kilometers (932 miles). The flights to intercept 'enemy' missiles and aircraft ... more »

NATO Commander Breedlove: Imported Russian Missiles Have Turned Crimea into a Black Sea ‘Power Projection’ Platform

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Iskander E]Since Russia has taken control of the Crimean region of Ukraine, it has moved a significant number of anti-air and anti-surface missile systems onto the peninsula that could hit targets in most of the Black Sea region, the supreme commander of NATO and U.S. European Command (EUCOM) told reporters in a Wednesday afternoon briefing. “What we have seen is that Crimea has been transformed in some fairly significant ways as far as weapon systems in the Crimea,” said Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove. “These weapon systems — from air defense systems that reach nearly half... more »

Fatal crash in Malatya raises questions over capability of fighters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RF-4E Phantom II]A debate has begun on the safety of an ageing type of fighter jet used by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) after two Turkish RF-4E reconnaissance aircraft crashed, killing all four pilots, during an a training exercise in the province of Malatya on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by the TSK, contact was lost with the RF-4E Phantom reconnaissance aircraft soon after they took off from the Malatya air base for planned night training on Tuesday evening. "Search operations were started immediately. At 20:45 the wreckage of our two planes was discovered a... more »

Peru Defense Ministry, US Southern Command seek to deepen bilateral ties

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington]Peru’s Defense Ministry and US Southern Command representatives are looking to strengthen bilateral relations and promote respect for human rights in the Peruvian armed forces as they attend a seminar held in Lima, Peru. The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Strategic Process Assessment Seminar, which opened on Tuesday and ends today, is a regional program supported by the Southern Command that allows participating soldiers of the hemisphere to create their own scheme for institutionalizing respect for human rights. Peru participated in the hemispheric semi... more »

New fighter jet appears ready for PLA

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: J-10B Vigorous Dragon]China's air force will soon commission the J-10B fighter jet, the most advanced military aircraft the country has ever developed on its own, information released by military observers show. Several pictures showing 14 of the planes lined up outside an unidentified aircraft factory have been circulating on military websites. Experts said their gray paint scheme indicates that they will soon be delivered to the People's Liberation Army air force. Though no one has claimed ownership of the pictures, they are believed to have been taken by Chinese aviation ... more »

Iran's navy attacks replica U.S. aircraft carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier was damaged Wednesday by Iran's Revolutionary Guard during military drills in the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz. The full-scale replica was the target of an attack by cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and rockets fired from Revolutionary Guard speedboats. The naval exercises were staged in the strategic strait through which one-fifth of the world's oil supply travels. Read more

USN highlights Fire Scout pairing with Romeo helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-8C Fire Scout]The US Navy is so impressed with the maturity and capability of Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that the Naval Air Systems Command program manager is keen to share lessons learned with the Royal Australian Navy. Captain Jeff Dodge says that, given the RAN intends to use the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo combat helicopter in a similar way to the USN, utilising the experience gained through operating Fire Scout alongside manned helicopters could help Australia gain a better understanding of a potential f... more »

Norway to restructure military in response to Russian 'aggression'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: A Norwegian F-16 shadows a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95]Norway’s defence minister has said her country’s armed forces will be restructured so they can respond faster to what she called increased Russian aggression. Ine Eriksen Soreide said that Russia had recently re-opened military bases in its far north that had been shut down after the cold war, and that there had also been an increase in flights by Russian warplanes close to Norwegian airspace. “We have seen in the first couple of months of this year a certain increase compared to the same period last year and ... an... more »

Wary of China, India and Japan set to forge aircraft deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ShinMaywa US-2]India is getting set to acquire the massive ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft from Japan as part of their expanding bilateral strategic partnership, with both nations wary of China's assertive behaviour in the Asia-Pacific region. The defence acquisitions council (DAC), chaired by Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday will take up the proposal to "empower" the joint working group (JWG) to negotiate the purchase of at least 12 US-2i aircraft for the Navy for around $1.3 billion. "It will be like an AON (acceptance of necessity) that the Navy requires 12 US-2i as o... more »

Spending soars. Yet, India's military in crisis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MiG-29K Fulcrum]The defence budget of India—the world’s largest arms importer—has more than doubled over the past decade from Rs 80,500 crore to Rs 229,000 crore for the financial year 2014-15. Yet, the defence forces are critically short of arms, and men and women at arms. The army, navy and air force are short of officers by 17% (7,989), 17% (1,499) and 3% (357) respectively, according to latest data tabled in the Lok Sabha. Consider the arms deficits in the three services: Read more

Trident question comes to the surface

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard SSBN]The loch at Faslane is very calm on a beautiful spring-like day, seagulls wheel above the jetty and its short, white radar tower. Beneath the still waters, I presume, lurks some of Britain's ageing nuclear deterrent. The future of Trident may not be much of an issue in the election, but it will be one of the most important, and expensive, decisions the new government makes. And it could be a vital issue in any negotiations if there is a hung Parliament. Read more

Thales predicts rebound after DCNS losses hit 2014 profit

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Thales logo]France's Thales posted lower full-year profit on Thursday after cost overruns on military submarines at its DCNS naval subsidiary but predicted a return to profitability this year as the unit rights itself. Europe's largest defence electronics group said operating profit fell 3 percent to 985 million euros ($1.12 billion) after problems on the Barracuda nuclear submarine programme pushed the contribution from its 35 percent stake in shipyard DCNS sharply into the red. Excluding DCNS, operating income rose 13 percent to 1.102 billion euros, as sales rose 2 percen... more »

Navy will consider accelerating Virginia-class sub enhancement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]Navy officials have said they will consider moving up the date for the start of a new Virginia-class submarine program that would allow the boats to carry more firepower. About 20 Virginia-class submarines, built jointly by Electric Boat in Groton and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, would have their hulls lengthened by about 70 feet to accommodate the so-called Virginia Payload Module, allowing the subs to carry 28 more Tomahawk cruise missiles than the Virginia class subs under construction now. Right now the Navy has planned construction of the fi... more »

Submarine selection process a disaster in the making

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]The process to select our new submarines announced on Friday by the Defence Minister is completely inadequate. If it sticks to it, the government will choose our new submarines without having nearly enough information to make the decision properly. And it will be setting up our biggest defence procurement disaster ever. That is because the three contenders – Japan, Germany and France – have been given only 10 months to design the boat, decide how and where to build it, and come up with a price. These are all immensely complex tasks, and 10 months is simpl... more »

An Observation Regarding a Mental Health Hack.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
*An Observation Regarding Mental Health* I had a coffee yesterday with an informant in which he made a remarkable observation. It applies immediately to a number of putative therapies for mental issues. What it comes down to is understanding the clear separation between our cognitive and/or physical organic mind which can be negatively affected by mental illness and our sub subconscious or supra mind or alternatively our physical but independent light body mind which has information density several orders of magnitude greater than out physical organic mind. Think about t... more »

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Pilot Examines Hijacking and Fire Theories

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This begs the question of whether the climb to 45,000 feet happened. It does explain the way in which the craft could come down to 23,000 feet. I do think we are looking at a fire and we are looking at mistakes been made in terms of handling the fire. However it did lead to application of the FLITCH system and the crew been overcome and generally overwhelmed by what was happening. The plane then flew westward where it was spotted flying low and at 23,000 feet it would appear to be low and it was burning and trailing smoke. This sighting was long into its flight. It then... more »

Were the F-35 Plans Intentionally Leaked to the Chinese so They Could Build J-31 Fighter?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It makes complete sense to feed the Chinese military corrupted data. You know they are trying and better yet you know who is trying. This makes it easy to set them up with the false data. On top of all that, i do not think that the F 35 will ever be seriously deployed. It is already both obsolete and now the wrong technology. What is needed is a similar platform missing all that life support and with a more rugged airframe able to handle ten g turns. The costs will drop dramatically and you have an unbeatable bird flown as a drone. Drone technology is good enough. Ad... more »

Setting a Trap for China’s Corrupt Officials

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Let it be said that the pigs had a great run. Now the new regime is applying a badly needed dose of reality to all cadres and taking out the top tier at least of the insanely greedy as a demonstration to the others. This also supplies ample cover to eliminate the bloody hands faction which was a true threat to internal stability and cleanses the body politic for a generation perhaps. Yet none of this is true reform but it is spring cleaning. In the meantime, they also are discovering just what is actually working out there. This means that all the ponzi schemes can be liq... more »

China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 094 (Jin) class SSBN]China is building some "fairly amazing submarines" and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S. Navy admiral told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior. Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee's seapower subcommittee that China was also expanding the geographic areas of operation for its submarines, and their length of deployment. For instance, China had carried out three deploymen... more »

Giveaway: Booster Seat and $100 Walmart Gift Card

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
I am so excited to be joining up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway! As parents, you know we're passionate about car seat safety. We all want to keep our children as safe as possible, but sometimes unexpected circumstances can pop up and you might not be prepared. This is where Bubble Bum comes in! BubbleBum is the cost effective, portable, lightweight, brightly colored, inflatable car booster seat for children ages 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so it can be carried on-the-go, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, school pi... more »

Imagining A Nuclear Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Hat Tip:* Theo Spark

Russian Foreign Minister: Many Want The Ukraine Peace Deal To Fail

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Military trucks from the Ukrainian armed forces transport tanks on the road near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich *Reuters*: *Russia says many in Kiev want Ukraine peace deal to fail* *(Reuters) - Russia is concerned that many people in Kiev and outside Ukraine want a peace deal in the east of the country to fail, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.Lavrov also called for the OSCE security watchdog to observe the withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine under the Feb. 12 peace deal agreed in the Belarussian capital ... more »

Tiny Ecuador – Two Videos to Make You Laugh And Cry

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 23 hours ago
From 1997 to 1999, I served in the Peace Corps in the Andean country of Ecuador. Ecuador is rich with contrasts. With the Galapagos, the Andes, and parts of the Amazon, the country possesses stunning natural beauty. The people have an incredible generosity of spirit, yet 

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