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Friday, February 6, 2015

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Student leader Hannah Nguyen speaks truth to Teach for America power in the New York Times

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 14 minutes ago
*"Teacher turnover really destabilizes a learning environment. So having a model that perpetuates that inequity in and of itself was also very confusing for me." — Hannah Nguyen* [image: Hannah Nguyen, a University of Southern California junior and aspiring teacher who opposes the Teach for America program. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times] Wendy Kopp's profitable neoliberal project has been having difficulty recruiting. Their corporate spin doesn't want to give any credit the social justice resistance to their project, but even the *New York Times* knew better. My commen... more »

"One Summer Night..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 54 minutes ago
*Click image for larger size.* "One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space. Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life. My companion and I were alone with the stars: the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky, the patterns of the constellations standing out bright and clear, a blazing planet low on the horizon. It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be see... more »

Liquid Mind, "Awakening (Cosmic Sea)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 54 minutes ago
Liquid Mind, "Awakening (Cosmic Sea)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCa4dpKyzwo “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” - W.B. Yeats

Assisted suicide

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
A unanimous Supreme Court today struck down the Criminal Code provision against aiding and abetting someone to commit suicide. The Court said the provision deprives people suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions the right to life, liberty and security of the person as guaranteed under the Constitution. In effect the Court said doctors can assist people to commit suicide. The court's ruling limits physician-assisted suicides to "a competent adult person who clearly consents to the termination of life and has a grievous and irremediable medical condition, inclu... more »

Will A U.S. Aircraft Carrier Make A Visit To China?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The USS George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is shown here underway in the Atlantic Ocean in 2011. (Photo by MC3 Nicholas Hall/ U.S. Navy) *Washington Post*: *McCain to Pentagon: Don’t let your aircraft carriers visit China* *WNU Editor*: Sending an aircraft carrier for a visit to China .... with today's tensions in Asia .... it is not going to happen.

William Sargent and British Mind Control Methodologies

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
William Sargent and British Mind Control Methodologies from Spike EP on Vimeo. "Sargant’s vision was endorsed by the top ranks of the British intelligentsia. Even more enthusiastic than Bertrand Russell was Aldous Huxley, who had already explored the extremes of religious fanaticism and possession in The Devils of Loudun (1952). In its appendix he had drawn chilling parallels with the modern age of brainwashing: ‘Herded into mobs’, he wrote, humanity en masse is liable to ‘fall into a state of heightened suggestibility, resembling that which follows an injection of sodium amytal…w... more »

Bertrand Russell's Teapot

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
*"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human rea... more »

Reuters: Yemen's Houthis dissolve parliament, assume power

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Title: Yemen's Houthis dissolve parliament, assume power. Source: Reuters. Date Published: February 6, 2015. Description: * Fireworks erupt over Yemen's capital as the dominant Houthi movement dissolves parliament and vows to form a new government, angering political foes. Vanessa Johnston reports. *Title: Yemen: Fireworks light up Sanaa as Houthis celebrate takeover. Source: RuptlyTV. Date Published: February 6, 2015. Description:* Houthi militiamen and supporters sent up thousands of fireworks over the capital of Sanaa, Friday, after announcing their takeover of the government ... more »

This Week in War (A Summay)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A member of the Ukrainian armed forces assists local residents onto a bus to flee the military conflict, in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, February 6, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich *The Editors: Cicero Magazine:* *This Week in War* *WNU Editor:* A good summary on the past weeks wars, conflicts, and general news.

frustrations with technology, or, when upgrades are really downgrades, or, give me back a previous gmail app

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
I've really been enjoying my Nexus 7 tablet. I dislike that tablets have become the norm, and in a perfect world I'd use a desktop, a netbook, and a tablet. But in the real world, my netbook has been phased out, and I'm back to taking notes with pen and paper. But in general, I do enjoy my tablet. I especially love the compact size of the Nexus, how smoothly it glides from task to task, and how quickly it charges. I use a Samsung Galaxy at work, and the Nexus has it beat in all categories. *And* I picked it up - the version with both wifi and data - for less than $300. Now I've lea... more »

There's somebody in Washington I think had a worse week than the Fabulous Aaron Schock

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*You can watch 1999 Benjamin talk about " 'saving' Jews" here.* *by Ken* In my Wednesday "Daily Schockpost," "What do you suppose the "fabulous" Aaron Schock is making of the horrific efforts of *Downton Abbey* under-butler Barrow to purge himself of Teh Gay?," I reported having taken some time off to rewatch, of all things, this week's episode of *Downton Abbey*, and couldn't help wondering how America's Fittest Congressman, the Fabulous Aaron Schock, reacted while watching the latest developments in the unfolding plotline for Downton under-butler Thomas Barrow. Thomas (as he us... more »

Fukushima Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Fukushima continues to look extra-pink and atmospheric emissions have been visible at moderate levels all week: I'm very busy at work and don't have much time to post right now but I do want to make a special notation. Last week's rains started on Thursday. I woke up feeling quite ill but with no definite viral symptoms. My youngest son vomited unexpectedly but then seemed fine, albeit tired during the rest of the day. That same day, I had 3 students email me saying they woke up feeling sick. Attendance is voluntary so I think these students really were sick since they were no... more »

Boko Haram Launches Its First Attack Against The Neighboring Country Of Niger

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
BBC *BBC*: *Boko Haram launches first attack in Niger* *Boko Haram Launches Its First Attack Against The Neighboring Country Of Niger* Niger forces kill 109 Boko Haram militants in battle: state TV -- Reuters Boko Haram Attacks Towns in Niger After Assault on Cameroon -- ABC News/AP Boko Haram attacks Niger for first time -- AFP Troops repel first Boko Haram attack in Niger -- France 24 Niger Troops and Chad Air Force Fight Off Boko Haram Attack -- Reuters Soldiers Repel Boko Haram Attack in Niger -- VOA

Greece gets ultimatum from EuroGroup ( Feb 6 , 2015 ) - Either Greece bows down and signs the Troika Bailout Agreement deal in ten days ( Feb 16th ) or GREXIT ! The knife of the Troika is now on display for the audience to see - at the end of Act 1........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
In response to the negative feedback from EuroGroup and Germany against the Greek Government reform efforts and agenda largely directed toward resolving an agreed unsustainable and ultimately unpayable debt owed to the officials creditors ( ESFS / IMF and ECB ) Paul Mason retweeted *Pedro da Costa* @pdacosta · Feb 5 Greece's looming debt payment deadlines http://www.wsj.com/articles/greek -government-plays-down-european-central-bank-decision-1423135592?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection … [image: Embedded image permalink] Yves Smith retweeted *Nick* @NickatFP · 7h7 hou... more »

3 JP Morgan Bankers, a Pharmaceutical Scientist, and an Art Curator Walk onto a Train....

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 4 hours ago
I'm sure everyone one has already heard this news story: A Train crashed into an SUV in NY, killing 6 people. I'm sure you've heard the story, but have you looked into it? V E R Y Interesting. .... Just a few different articles and pieces of research below... I've highlighted some of the most interesting pieces. d ps: Contrary to urban (Hollywood) myth: Cars usually do not explode in accidents, and they rarely explode so hugely that an entire train car is engulfed in flames hot enough to melt windows. pps: both the train operator and the conductor survived..... Wife of ban... more »

Tonights Movie Is 'The Steel Helmet' 1951

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: I was pleasantly surprised when I watched this Korean war film .... it caught my interest right away. Wikipedia's entry *is here.*

EDC's and Breast Cancer- Yup, the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
Just 5 minutes- This 5 minute video was done in 2009- I am putting it here because it demonstrates how the EDC's infiltrate themselves into the body- It's focused on Bisphenol A- which has been removed from many products and replaced with Bisphenol S- A *just as bad* EDC. However, I wonder if Britain did remove Bisphenol A? Does anyone know? *I had to address women's concerns too- Because I'm a woman and many of my readers are women too!* *We touched on men's issues here: Testicular Cancer and Male Infertility- Endocrine Disruptors & the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity* *Pre... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Report: 750,000 king cake babies abandoned every year ~The Neutral Ground*

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 6, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Nader Mousavizadeh, Reuters:* *Arming Ukraine will put the West in danger* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 6, 2015* Merkel and Hollande's Mission in Moscow -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg Is Putin on the verge of victory in Ukraine? -- Geoffrey Smith, Fortune Ukraine: War or peace -- Deutsche Welle Ukraine's Least Terrible Option -- Bloomberg editorial The Guardian view on the Ukraine conflict: Swift action needed -- Guardian editorial This infographic shows how deadly eastern Ukraine is -- Global Post Ukraine’s Desperate Search for Peace -- Anna Nemtsova, Da... more »

EDC's- The Wildlife/Human Connection- Chemically Induced Alterations in Sexual & Functional Development

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
This is some of the earliest information, I have found to date, documenting widespread acknowledgement of the* huge problems with EDC'*s- *I can only conclude that the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity is done knowingly and with intent to harm humanity in order to profit from their suffering. * *From 1991!* *I have found a statement made by these multi disciplinary scientiss at this link* *In July, 1991, scientists from many different fields, including reproductive physiology, medicine, law, psychiatry, wildlife management, toxicology, and immunology, gathered at the Wingspread Co... more »

Paul Craig Roberts provides a guest column by Gerald Celente, who sums up American culture revealed by the movie “American Sniper”: “exceptional people”, barbaric, murderous, perverse.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ *Guest Column — Gerald Celente — America: Murder, Inc. * ------------------------------ Fubruary 3, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Guest Column — Gerald Celente — America: Murder, Inc. *In this article Gerald Celente sums up American culture as revealed by the movie “American Sniper.” The culture of the “exceptional people” is barbaric, murderous, perverse.* *Be a “Proud American.” We hate, blindly. We murder, blindly, whether on the streets of Ferguson, Ira... more »

World News Briefs -- February 6, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times*: *ISIS Claims U.S. Hostage, Kayla Mueller, Died in Jordanian Airstrikes* *MIDDLE EAST* IS claims US woman killed *in coalition raid on Syria*. Islamic State says U.S. hostage *killed in air strike in Syria.* Gulf Arab states urge bigger* international role in Yemen crisis*. Shiite rebels take power in Yemen, *fan fears of civil war*. Yemen's Houthi rebels *announce government takeover*. Yemen rebels *'dissolve parliament'*. Yemen's Shiite rebels announce *takeover of country*. U.S.-led strikes kill *30 Islamic State fighters in Syria: monitors*. U.S.-led forces ... more »

The Impact Of The Dread Pirate Roberts Conviction + Ross Ulbricht Convicted on Silk Road Charges

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Title: The Impact Of The Dread Pirate Roberts Conviction. Source: HuffPostLive. Date Published: February 5, 2015. Description:* Silk Road darknet mastermind Ross Ulbricht has been convicted of conspiracy and for running a drug-trafficking website. What happens next, and what impact will this outcome have on how the justice system deals with high-tech cases? *Title: Ross Ulbricht Convicted on Silk Road Charges. Source: Christopher Cantwell. Date Published: February 5, 2015. Description:* Ross Ulbricht was convicted on all counts, and faces life in prison

Paul Craig Roberts tears into our despicable American "presstitutes", aka the cowardly "mainstream media."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ *The Cowardly and Despicable American Presstitutes* ------------------------------ February 5, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter The Cowardly and Despicable American Presstitutes Paul Craig Roberts February 5, 2015. There is a brouhaha underway about an American journalist who told a story about being in a helicopter in a war zone. The helicopter was hit and had to land. Which war zone and when I don’t know. The US has created so many war zones that it is diffi... more »

Are the Village people ready for what Pope Francis may have to say to them?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*If congressional tough guys are expecting a heaping of old-time religion, they may be surprised by what they hear from Pope Francis when he speaks to a joint session of Congress in September.* *by Ken* The demand for tickets should be going through the roof for the new Congressional Speakers Series, curated by House Speaker "Sunny John" Boehner. First there was *Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu*, who's scheduled to speak on "How to Be a Big Thug in a Small Pond." which we learned in another "First Draft" item is now regretfully going to be missed by Vice President Biden. (Ca... more »

Should the United States Arm Ukraine?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
With Russia’s incursions into Ukraine becoming more aggressive, there has been a lot of chatter about whether or not the U.S. government should arm Ukraine with lethal weapons. Defense Secretary Nominee Ash Carter has signaled his openness to such a move. Ivo Daalder, Strobe Talbott, Steven Pifer, and collaborators have issued a call for such support. Continue reading

Friday Nerd Blogging: Everything is Awesome Edition

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
I am a huge fan of the Lego Movie, which is almost an IR movie, given that Will Moore is related to one of the movie’s creators. But this somewhat critical take on the film is still delightful:

Censored News Photos through the Years

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Censored News photos through the years. Photo 1 Indigenous Peoples Border Summit by Brenda Norrell; Boarding School Tribunal by Brenda Norrell; Bolivia by Brenda Norrell; Yaqui water rights defense, Sonora, Mexico, by Brenda Norrell; Nez Perce resistance to megaloads by Brooklyn Baptiste; Bill Means, AIM West, by Brenda Norrell. . The beauty of the road is the friends we make

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"In 1716, English astronomer Edmond Halley noted, "This is but a little Patch, but it shews itself to the naked Eye, when the Sky is serene and the Moon absent." Of course, M13 is now modestly recognized as the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, one of the brightest globular star clusters in the northern sky. *Click image for larger size.* Telescopic views reveal the spectacular cluster's hundreds of thousands of stars. At a distance of 25,000 light-years, the cluster stars crowd into a region 150 light-years in diameter, but approaching the cluster core upwards of 100 stars could ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Porcupines and Solidarity"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Paulo Coelho, "Porcupines and Solidarity" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auwxu6Ym1uc

“The Parable of the Frogs: ‘Hell is Truth Seen Too Late’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
* “The Parable of the Frogs: ‘Hell is Truth Seen Too Late’"* by Morris Berman "One who knows “enough is enough” always has enough." –Tao Te Ching “What does it take to produce large-scale social change? Most historians, if you catch them in an honest moment, will admit that the popular levers of social change, such as education or legislation, are bogus; they don’t really amount to very much. What does make a difference–and then only potentially–is massive systemic breakdown, such as occurred in the United States in the fall of 2008. It was the greatest market crash since 19... more »

"The Vanishing Days..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“The sunset on which we gaze is a sunrise on the other side of the world, and the vanishing days can take from us nothing that may not be restored by some day yet unborn.” - E.C. Hall

Chet Raymo, “Stretching The Imagination”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Stretching The Imagination”* by Chet Raymo *“Professor, that stuff you spoke of in class this morning- about the beginning of the universe..."* Yes? *"Well, you know how you said that the universe began 14 billion years ago as an infinitely small point...?"* Yes, that appears to be the case. An explosion from a point of infinite energy. Space and time expanding from nothing. Matter coalescing from cooling radiation. Stars, galaxies... *"To tell the truth, I'm having a hard time believing it. I mean, the idea that everything that exists today, the billions and billions of galaxies, ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Bronx, New York, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“Cipolla's 5 Laws of Stupidity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Cipolla's 5 Laws of Stupidity”* by WikiQuote "Carlo Maria Cipolla, an economic historian, is famous for his essays about human stupidity, such as "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity". He viewed stupid people as a group, more powerful by far than major organizations such as the Mafia and the industrial complex, which without regulations, leaders or manifesto nonetheless manages to operate to great effect and with incredible coordination. These are Cipolla's five fundamental laws of stupidity: • Always and inevitably each of us underestimates the number of stupid individuals in cir... more »

Ferrofluid Reacting to a Coil Driven by Music

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video -* Here's the amazing effect that sound vibrations have on ferrofuid, allowing us to see into the otherwise hidden geometry of music. The post Ferrofluid Reacting to a Coil Driven by Music appeared first on Waking Times.

Russian TV Is Reporting Progress On Ukraine Peace Talks In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as French President Francois Hollande looks on during a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis at the Kremlin in Moscow February 6, 2015. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev) *RT:* *Putin, Hollande, Merkel talks ‘constructive’, possible document in progress – Kremlin* *WNU Editor: *This is a breaking news story. It will be updated late tonight. Work will continue on joint document 2 implement Minsk agreements w/ #Merkel #Hollande #Putin #Poroshenko remarks/initiatives - KREMLIN — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) Fe... more »

Growing Fear In Europe That 'Total War' Is A Possibility

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets into a car upon her arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport February 6, 2015. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin) * Ian Traynor, The Guardian:* *Fear of Vladimir Putin grows in EU capitals amid spectre of ‘total war’* *That Angela Merkel has gone to Moscow speaks to the sudden gravity of the situation in east Ukraine* *WNU Editor:* Europe is finally waking up to the disaster that is occurring .... and to the apocalyptic disaster that may happen in the future.

The Economy: "A Bubble in Burgers?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"A Bubble in Burgers?"* by Bill Bonner "The Dow shot up 212 points, or 1.2%, yesterday. Gold was flat. The biggest challenge is to figure out what to laugh at first. So many frauds. So much nonsense. So little time. Last week, Zero Hedge reported that a bubble was inflating in the burger business. Shake Shack Inc. – which was taken public last week – was initially priced at between $14 and $16 a share. But a pre-IPO frenzy pushed the IPO price to $21 a share. Then things got really silly… On its first day of trading… for no apparent reason other than that investors had taken lea... more »

The Small Towns O Eastern Ukraine Are Bearing The Brunt Of The War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
* Shaun Walker, The Guardian:* *Kommunar, east Ukraine: ‘nothing to eat, nothing to do, no point in life’* *Fresh talks taking place in Moscow aim to bring an end to the fighting, but life in Kommunar offers a bleak reminder of the challenges of finding a lasting solution.* *WNU Editor*: Kudos to The Guardian for profiling the plight and suffering of many in eastern Ukraine.

Lay Off. Blog On.

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
Ahem. Cough. How's this thing work again? HTML wot? Today is the first full day of my lay-off. I delivered the last gig til who-knows-when yesterday. I have no work. And, if things follow the pattern of the last two years, I won't have work again until April. My controllers assure me that everything's fine. Work will flow, yea, torrent even, at me again. But not for a while. So, today I went to the library and made hummus. I have other plans, chief among them getting back on this here bicycle-blog. As much to galvanize me as to tantalize any remaining readers, here's what I ... more »

Feb. 6: meanwhile...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
I'm happy to say the Irving press has enough ignorance and silliness in it today so that I should have enough for a column about it tomorrow. Meanwhile, let's cover a few more general points. All the news media lately have been full of horror and anger at ISIL's killing of a Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. There's certainly nothing commendable about burning people alive. But the whole world has been doing it for close to a century. It began with flamethrowers and phosphorous shells, and was used chiefly against enemy soldiers at first. By World War 2, leaders on all sides had... more »

Are you swallowing the lies about the economy...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*or being distracted by the latest shiny objects; vaccines and Brian Williams?* We have a lot more important things to worry about than whether some kid has been vaccinated, or Brian Williams told a lie. The talking heads are always telling lies, so why the outrage? This morning on Yahoo, there were two articles side by side. I'm only linking to them as a way to keep track of them, and not suggesting you head over and read them. Once they leave the Yahoo front page, it's very hard to find them again. One was; *This is how Barack Obama wants to be the left’s Ronald Reagan *, and ... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 6, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Economist:* *The war in south-east Ukraine continues to expand in both size and scope* *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 6, 2015* Debaltseve shelling rages as Ukraine rebels intensify assault -- Euronews Russian journalists including RT crew come under fire in eastern Ukraine -- RT UN chief ‘gravely concerned’ as civilian death toll from Ukraine conflict continues to rise -- UN News Centre Ukraine, Pro-Russia Rebels Conflict Extrends to Area Previously Considered Safe, Donetsk -- Latin Post Rebels and Ukrainian authorities jointly evacuate residents from battle-scarred eas... more »

"High Rate of Kills"

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
This is a four-minute Boeing video on their high energy laser weapon developed at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico. Global Network board member Bob Anderson who lives in Albuquerque found this. He's been tracking Kirtland's laser programs for years.

The “Right” to Be Forgotten & Digital Leviathans

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
We hear every day that technology is changing rapidly, and that we are at risk of others violating our rights through digital means. We hear about cyber attacks that steal data, such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, names, incomes, or addresses. We hear about attacks that steal intellectual property, from movies to plans Continue reading

Too Hot to Touch

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 9 hours ago
Modern society provides a long menu of predicaments to inspire our nightmares. For a number of years, climate change has been hogging the spotlight. It’s time to have more nightmares about radiation. Folks think that if we simply quit building new reactors, the nuclear boo-boo will go away, and we can forget about it — wrong! William and Rosemarie Alley have shed much light on the subject with their book, *Too Hot to Touch*. It reveals a deeply embarrassing chapter that has been omitted from the glorious epic of technology and progress. Nuclear weapons were invented during Wor... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Yeah, God forbid we spend any money on something that might actually benefit We the People. But there's lots and lots of dollars for other, more important things, aren't there? $23 TRILLION to bail out the criminal banksters, $1 TRILLION a year for "defense"... "US Military Spending: The 17 Foot Tall Insectoid Robo-Warriors From the Planet Zandor" - http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com/

Ukraine Peace Talks Begin In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC: **Ukraine crisis: Hollande and Merkel set for Putin talks* *WNU Editor:* No one is optimistic .... *Merkel and Biden damp Ukraine breakthrough hopes* (Financial Times). *More News On Today's Meeting Between Putin, Merkel, And Hollande* Merkel and Hollande hold Ukraine talks with Putin in Moscow -- The Guardian German and French leaders arrive in Moscow for Ukraine talks -- Reuters Angela Merkel and François Hollande to Press Putin on Ukraine -- WSJ French, German leaders in Moscow for Ukraine peace push -- USA Today Merkel and Hollande to present Ukraine peace plan to Putin -- ... more »

The BBC hiding facts again

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
This BBC article about the latest child sex offence case seems to be lacking some details, here's the whole piece: 'West Yorkshire Police have charged 25 men with child sex offences including rape, grooming and trafficking. The offences are alleged to have been committed between 2006 and 2011 and largely relate to one girl who was under 16 at the time. The men are mainly from Halifax or Bradford, but also Huddersfield, Derby, Shipley, Nantwich and Newport in Wales. All 25 have been released on bail and are due to appear before Calderdale Magistrates' Court on 12 February. The fu... more »

"Humanity Hanging From A Cross Of Iron..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We... more »

Geopolitics: “The Fallujah Option for East Ukraine”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The Fallujah Option for East Ukraine”* by Mike Whitney “I want to appeal to the Ukrainian people, to the mothers, the fathers, the sisters and the grandparents. Stop sending your sons and brothers to this pointless, merciless slaughter. The interests of the Ukrainian government are not your interests. I beg of you: Come to your senses. You do not have to water Donbass fields with Ukrainian blood. It’s not worth it.” - Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic *Click image for larger size.* “Washington needs a war in Ukraine to achieve its strategic obj... more »

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Have Seize Power. Will Form New Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC*:* Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels 'announce takeover'* *WNU Editor:* Even those these rebels are now saying that they will form a two-year transitional administration ... I suspect that other areas of the country ..., particularly in certain Sunni regions .... are going to rebel against this government takeover. *More News On Yemen's Houthi Rebels Seizing Power And Promising To Form A New Government* Most Yemeni parties agree presidential council to ease power struggle -- Reuters Yemen militants install 'presidential council' -- AFP Yemen's Shiite rebels announce takeover of cou... more »

Why Do Conservatives Hate Small Business And The Entrepreneurial Spirit?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Gwen Graham, first 2015 freshman to earn her clown outfit Yesterday, the House passed Steve Chabot's Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (H.R. 527), every single Republican plus 19 conservative Democrats-- overwhelmingly New Dems and Blue Dogs-- making up the 260-163 majority for what they're calling a "bipartisan bill." Two of the worst congressmen from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN) and Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)-- were co-sponsors. These are the Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP: *•* Pete... more »

CRUCIFYING KRISTOF: Racist consigned to the enemy camp!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015Part 5—Denouncing the toast of the TED talks:* In our view, Nicholas Kristof’s January 25 column is one of the strangest we’ve ever read. Four days later, he wrote a follow-up column. It was quite strange too. In his initial column, Kristof denounced the many “wealthy Americans” who would have denounced his late friend, Kevin Green, due to their “empathy gap.” As he started his follow-up column, the gentleman’s moral superiority was on full display once again. So was his rather puzzling approach to a major American problem. Hard-copy headline included: K... more »

Top Pentagon Intelligence Officer: Al Qaeda Will Make Gains In Syria And Afghanistan In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
DIA Director Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, center, testified before the House Armed Services Committee Feb. 3 about worldwide threats. Stewart joined Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Joint Staff director for operations, and Mark Chandler, acting director for intelligence for the Joint Staff, for the open and closed sessions. (Photo by DIA) *Thomas Joscelyn, Business Insider/The Long War Journal*:* High-ranking US intelligence official: Al Qaeda will make gains in Syria and Afghanistan in 2015* *WNU Editor*: Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart's testimony *can be read here*. So much for ... more »

U.S. Female Hostage Held By The Islamic State And Killed By Jordanian Air Strike (As Claimed By IS) Has Been Identified

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
This is Kayla Jean Mueller, the American female being held hostage by ISIS pic.twitter.com/MOXLjNx8aa — Laura Walker (@LauraWalkerKC) February 6, 2015 *WNU Editor:* I have been holding back information on this hostage for the past few months. And while I do not know if Islamic State reports are accurate .... other sources are now publicizing who she is. A good summary on who Kayla Jean Mueller is *can be read here*. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about duck penises...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*yep - you read that right.* From: Northwest Edible Life: *Aggressive Duck Sex (Or, Why I Drink Whisky.) * *Be sure and watch the video she links to.* *While highly informative (for real), it is also hilarious. *

The Case to "Reinstate" the Bank of Canada

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
This is the background information to the COMER vs Bank of Canada et al that I discussed on Transpicuous News Midweek report on Wed. I will say that from the information given in the videos, I'm not entirely certain I agree with the basis of the law suit- There are pieces missing in the background, which may derail the final court case. In my opinion, to come at this suit from this direction, there needs to be brought into the evidence the basic fact of what money is, how it is created, the "strawman" aspect of the value of the people and the "corporatization" of the birth ce... more »

The War Against The Islamic State Is Going To Take A Long Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Smoke raises behind an Islamic State flag after Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters took control of Saadiya in Diyala province from Islamist State militants, November 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *The Economist:* *The war against Islamic State: It will be a long haul.* *The fight against Islamic State is making some progress, but the jihadists are hardly on the back foot* *WNU Editor:* Reuters is also reporting the same thing .... *Islamic State in Syria seen under strain but far from collapse* (Reuters). What is ecven more eye-opening .... and in my opinion accurate .... more »

Jordan King: Pledges 'Relentless War Against The Islamic State'. Request For Drones Refused By The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *Jordan's King Vows 'Relentless' War Against IS* *WNU Editor*: It appears that as much as they (the Jordanian government) are vowing to wage a "relentless" war against the Islamic State .... they are lacking the means to do it .... *Jordanian King Pleads for US Weaponry* (Defense News). Oh oh .... this is not a good sign .... *Obama rejected Jordanian King Abdullah’s pleas for Predator drones* (Washington Times).

Final Jeopardy Category: Distractions

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
I'll take "Media Scandals" for a buck, Alex. A: This memory-impaired but suave multimillionaire stud muffin will keep his infotainment job because the American sponge-colonies love that he puts the hunkiness and happiness back into global atrocities and human misery and boring government propaganda. Q: Who is #LyinBrian? Absolutely correct! Everybody loves it when elites are temporarily scorned for their lies, but rise again when they 'umbly admit that "mistakes were made". Americans also love dynasties, as in elite pundit's daughter gets the starring role (*Peter Pan*) on the sa... more »

Fairtest Declares Emergency to Save Corporate Union ESEA Position on HighStakesTesting Lite

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
If there is anything from Fairtest these days more prominent than appeals for more contributions, it is the incessant nagging to write your Congressman in support of a kinder, gentler form of education genocide. My reaction post to ARN and EPATA: Here is what is urgent to me, Monty: Stop your dissembling and pretending that Fairtest is trying to end high stakes testing, when, in fact, you are signed on the NEA/AFT plan for a new NCLB Testing Lite 2.0, which allows for high stakes tests three times at the federal level in grades 3-12, and as many times at the state level as corpo... more »

Jordan's King Abdullah II's Warrior Pose Goes Viral

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Jordan's King Abdullah II *Business Insider:* *This photo of the king of Jordan looking like a badass as he prepares for battle with Islamic State is real* *Update:* Jordan Posts Picture of King Abdullah II Looking Ready to Fight ISIS Himself -- US News and World Report *WNU Editor*: I guess he sees himself as Clint Eastwood .... *Jordan's King Wants To Go After ISIS Like Clint Eastwood In Unforgiven* (Jalopnik).

100 Legal Sites to Download FREE Books and Literature

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Waking Times* - Many of the best books are available online to read for free. Check out this list of 100 legal places to find free literature. The post 100 Legal Sites to Download FREE Books and Literature appeared first on Waking Times.

Islamic State Now Claiming That Their Female American Hostage Was Killed In Jordanian Airstrike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times:* *ISIS Claims U.S. Captive Died in Jordanian Airstrike* *Update:* ISIS Claims Female American Hostage Killed in Airstrike -- ABC News *WNU Editor:* The White House is aware of the reports .... but are issuing no comment. My gut is telling me that she is dead.

World News Briefs -- February 6, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC:* *Ukraine crisis: Hollande and Merkel set for Putin talks* *MIDDLE EAST* Yemen's Houthi rebels *announce government takeover*. Yemen rebels *'dissolve parliament'*. Yemen's Shiite rebels announce *takeover of country*. U.S.-led forces target Islamic State with *airstrikes in Iraq, Syria: U.S. military*. Syrian air strikes kill 82 *after rebel rocket attack: monitor*. Syria conflict: Dozens killed *in heavy Damascus fighting*. Syrian barrel bombs kill* at least 25 in rebel-held city*. Islamic State crisis: *Thousands rally in Jordan*. ISIS putting price tags on Iraqi child... more »

One in TEN Cell Phone Antennas Violates Gov’t Limit on Excessive EMF Radiation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Melissa Melton* - Did you know there are over 2.3 million cell towers and antennas blanketing the United States right now? The post One in TEN Cell Phone Antennas Violates Gov’t Limit on Excessive EMF Radiation appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 6, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *It's payback time: Jordan releases slick video of strikes against ISIS - in Operation Martyr Moaz named after murdered pilot* * Video showing Jordanian war planes being prepared for air strike released * Dozens of jets targeted training centres and weapon storage sites in Syria * Reportedly hit strategic ISIS sites in Iraq for first time - intensifying attacks * Pilots later paid tribute to murdered Moaz al-Kasasbeh over hometown * Came as Abdullah II visited the pilot's grieving family in the village of Aya * Father Saif al-Kasasbeh called King a 'wise monarch' for op... more »

Is Spiritual Science the Answer to Solving the Mysteries of Reality?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Pao L. Chang* - Reality is thought construction composed of units of consciousness. In other words, it is a thought field that is self-aware. The post Is Spiritual Science the Answer to Solving the Mysteries of Reality? appeared first on Waking Times.

Pre-emptively striking against Inconvenient Truths

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 13 hours ago
I picked up a link to an article on the Monticello nuclear power plant and the alleged un-economic nature of the cost overruns of its recent power uprate, and went to try to add this to the discussion: Let's have a look at the facts, shall we? The Monticello nuclear plant is rated at 671 megawatts net.  The plant can be expected to average more than 90% of this figure (more than 600 MW), and

Won't you please give until it hurts ...

Alison at Creekside - 13 hours ago
Susan Delacourt notes the Conservative Party of Canada is piqued that the "Ottawa media elite" have utterly failed to report just how rich their party is. The CPC success story of raising $20.1-million in party donations last year, including their 24% increase in donations and 28% rise in donors in the last quarter of 2013, has gone quite unremarked by the meanies in the lickspittle press. The fourth quarter, say the CPC in their letter to supporters below, was* their best in a decade* - which is pretty amazing all things considered. The only thing that will make them feel better i... more »

All The World’s A Cult

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Religions don’t have a corner on the market. Perhaps all of us have been cult-ivated in some way. The post All The World’s A Cult appeared first on Waking Times.

United Way to market Scholastic's Reading Oasis (NASDAQ-SCHL)

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
*"By what logic does United Way engage in an activity that is shunned by all the other charities?" — Professor Ralph E. Shaffer* If anyone is interested, I can forward them the press release email for this. United Way is essentially marketing Scholastic Corporation products through their "Club Connect Reading Oasis" project (www.unitedwayclubconnect.org). Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) was noticeably excited by the announcement, and they claim they generate approximately $2 billion in annual revenues. I wonder if United Way Greater Los Angeles' Elise Buik will invite President and CEO ... more »

Pile of Pandas!!!!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago

Blizzard for Iqaluit

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring. Blizzard starting early this afternoon in Iqaluit and ending after midnight. A low pressure system over the Labrador Sea will track northward and intensify during the day. This system will produce 2 to 4 cm of snow but the main feature with this system will be strong northwest winds developing with sustained winds increasing to 70 km/h with gusts up to 90 km/h possible late this afternoon and this evening. These strong winds combined with falling snow will r... more »

Geo-Engineering: The Real Climate Change Threat

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*James Corbett* - For decades now, we have been told to be afraid of the long-term effects of manmade carbon dioxide on our climate. The post Geo-Engineering: The Real Climate Change Threat appeared first on Waking Times.

FCC Chair Wheeler: I Want to Regulate the Internet As a Utility

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* In a dramatic statement, issued through Wired magazine, FCC Chairman (and former telecom lobbyist) Tom Wheeler has "fully" endorsed reclassifying the Internet as a common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In other words, the Internet, all of it, will be regulated as a "utility," the way your phone service is. Wheeler's piece opens with a fascinating story in which he tells his own (bad) experience as a fledgling Internet provider dealing with the lock-out policies of cable providers — while Steve Case, the founder of what would become AOL, ... more »

Assisted Suicide Allowed by SCC

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 Section 241 (*b*) of the *Criminal Code * says that everyone who aids or abets a person in committing suicide commits an indictable offence, and s. 14 says that no person may consent to death being inflicted on them. Together, these provisions prohibit the provision of assistance in dying in Canada. After T was diagnosed with a fatal neurodegenerative disease in 2009, she challenged the constitutionality of the *Criminal Code * provisions prohibiting assistance in dying. She was joined in her claim by C and J, who had assisted ... more »

Let's Not Forget

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.macleans.ca/ Diplomacy was is full bloom when John Baird announced his retirement this week. That was strange, Michael Harris writes, given Baird's record as Minister of Foreign Affairs: Take a look at the damage Baird and company have done to Canada’s foreign service. After playing a key role in forging the protocols on climate change, Canada walked away from Kyoto. From Europe to India to South Africa, this country was pilloried for breaking our national word. Canada walked away from the United Nations convention establi... more »

Obama administration wanted Disney to remake Frozen as an AGW agitprop

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
In 1844, Hans Christian Andersen wrote one of his most famous fairy-tales, The Snow Queen. You may remember it – lots of romantic, touching, supernatural characters and events culminating in a happy end. Dozens of movies, including Czechoslovak and Soviet ones, have been shot over the course of 170 years. In 2013, the Walt Disney Studios have created another (3D) remake called Frozen. Its budget was $150 million but the movie has earned $1.3 billion. A sister and a snowman are looking for the other sister who has some magic freezing powers. The musical video above has 410 million... more »

The U.S. Air Force's Top Secret Next Generation Bomber Is Also Its Most Expensive R&D Project

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Northrop Grumman's teaser for the Long Range Strike-Bomber. *Jeremy Bender, Business Insider:* *The US Air Force's biggest research program is also one of its most mysterious* *The most expensive weapons system under the Air Force's $17.9 billion research, development, test, and evaluation funding request for 2016 is also without a doubt the most mysterious.* *More News On The U.S. Air Force's Next Generation Bomber* US Air Force to Prioritise Stealth Bomber Under Higher Defence Budget -- IBTimes Pentagon’s budget includes $14B for experimental bomber -- New York Post Bomber Leads... more »

US To Destroy Its Largest Remaining Stockpile Of Chemical Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Inside the 36-acre bunker where technicians will destroy 780,000 shells and 2,600 tons of mustard gas as America's largest stockpile of chemical weapons is scrapped* * Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado has largest chemical stock since WW2 * They were meant to destroy everything by 1997, they are starting in March * 36-square-acre plant has 2,600 tons of aging mustard agent that is leaking * Ammunition will be placed in sealed steel containers and exploded *More News On The US Preparing To Destroy Its Largest Remaining Stockpile Of Chemical Weapons* Inside the Bunk... more »

In Buchenwald There Was a Cage With a Bear and an Eagle...

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
November 10, 1988 Time 'Too Painful' to Remember by Ari L. Goldman [ ... ] Lined Up Before Machine Guns Morris Hubert, an 82-year-old retired butcher, was also arrested on Kristallnacht [1938] as he drove a car near his home in Frankfurt. "The Nazis lined up 50 of us before the machine guns," he said. "The commandant was called away to take a phone call. We waited. When he returned he sent us away. I still do not know why." Later, Mr. Hubert was sent to Buchenwald. "In the camp there was a cage with a bear and an eagle," he said. "Every day, they would throw a Jew in ther... more »

The U.S. Navy 'Shows-Off' Its Railgun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Daily Mail*: *Radical railgun revealed: US Navy's 'Star Wars' weapon that can fire shells at mach 6 and penetrate concrete 100 MILES away shown in public for first time* * Technology fires a shell weighing 10kg at up to 5,400mph over 100 miles * Warships can carry dozens of conventional missiles, costing around £600,000 each, but could be loaded with hundreds of railgun projectiles, at only £15,000 each * Weapon uses speed rather than explosives to destroy its target and comes equipped with menacing Latin motto 'I, who am speed, eradicate' *More News On... more »

Financial and Economic Updates .....Non Farm Payroll Friday ( February 6 , 2015 ) - Greece in Focus - Neil Woodford Opines " Expect Greek Default " .... Additional items to consider !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2m 2 minutes ago January Payrolls Smash Expectations Rising By 257,000 As Hourly Earnings Surge Most Since November 2008 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-0 6/january-payrolls-smash-expectations-rising-257000-hourly-earnings-surge-most-novembe … *zerohedge* January Payrolls Smash Expectations Rising By 257,000 As Hourly... So much for expectations that January, missing on 9 out of 10 previous occasions, will miss again, as the BLS just reported that in January a whopping 257K jobs were added, far above the 228K... View on web E... more »

European Financial and Political Report - January 29 , 2015 ( updated as relevant ) - News And Views Impacting Markets Today .... Country Focus - Italy , Greece , Russia , Ukraine , Germany , Poland ...... Oil , Bonds , Currencies - items of interest ....

Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Evening Tweets.... *Edward Harrison* ‏@edwardnh 26m 26 minutes ago Russia buys record amounts of gold http://ow.ly/IbvNl <span class="ProfileTweet-originalAuthor u-floatLeft u-textTruncate js-action-profile-name" style="display: block; float: left !important; max-width: 95%; overflow: hidden !important; text-overflow: ellipsis !important; white-sp

ISA’s Sapphire Series – Is Blue the New White?

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
*This is a guest post by Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex As the International Studies Association gears up for its 2015 annual convention in New Orleans, USA, an email announcing its Sapphire Series of panels was sent to ISA members. The email reads: ‘Introducing ISA’s new initiative THE SAPPHIRE Continue reading

Progressive Strategy For 2015 Federal Election

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
Slumberjack won't be voting. He'll (ineffectively) try to convince as many other people as he can to stay home as well. He might influence poor people (if he knows any) who were thinking of staying home anyway. The larger anarchist project is, ... well, don't try to impose any sort of oppressive narrative on him. Slumberjack subscribes to the "Human Strike" wherein any petulant refusal to do anything (or nothing [????]) becomes elevated as "revolutionary." And on and on you go until you die. I suppose we'll all die. And many of our big projects will fail to come to fruition. So pe... more »

Question Time

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Last night’s Question Time. I felt duty bound to stay awake past my bedtime to keep an eye on it. It was horrible. I could just leave it there..... George Galloway got a taste of his own medicine, which was nice. The bully, bullied. Fancy George not knowing that the ‘Finchley’ audience wouldn’t be stuffed with his own supporters? Well, I suppose the artificially weighted audiences we are accustomed to on Q. T. led to a false sense of security. The unexpected absence of fellow Jew-bashers must have taken him by surprise. It certainly was a surprise to me that on this occasion th... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, "Hurricane Katrina" starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny ~John Simerman, N.O. Advocate* ~Editilla Notellas~ We feel it recombinant upon us to mention that most journalist, Simerman included, fail to tell the truth about how/why New Orleans flooded, to wit: failure of flood walls built wrong by the Corps of Engineers'. We call this tendency of journalists to "get it wrong" about the Federal Flood of New Orleans 8-29-05: Katrina Shorthand. *Lee Zurik: $11 billion later, Louisiana's incentives fail to deliver* *BP wants claims administra... more »

The Ripper Protocols

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
There's a scene in David Fincher's Zodiac where the incredibly overworked and almost burnt out San Francisco homicide detective working around the clock to track down and arrest the Zodiac is persuaded to take a night off and just go to the movies with his wife to see the new Dirty Harry flick; The modern social construct of the serial killer was invented in California during Ronald Reagan's two gubernatorial terms in office, where they were systematically emptying out all the psychiatric wards and low-medium security state prisons, having given many of the inmates an initial tr... more »

Good News

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago
The Crimson reports on the good judgment of Harvard students:

Face Mapping: What Are Your Pimples Telling You?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *Forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, nose, chin – all these zones indicate what is happening inside of the body. This video explains what it may mean when pimples and blemishes pop out in different areas of the face. The post Face Mapping: What Are Your Pimples Telling You? appeared first on Waking Times.

EU 'breaking international law' by funding illegal West Bank building projects per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
The Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874883/EU-funding-illegal-building-West-Bank-says-report.html manages to report some illegal settlement building by Palestinians in the West Bank. Somehow I doubt that the institutionally anti Israel BBC will report the same news. ' The EU is acting illegally by funding unauthorised Palestinian building in areas placed under Israeli control by international law, say an NGO, international lawyers and MEPs. More than 400 EU-funded Palestinian homes have been erected in Area C of the West Bank, which was placed under Israeli j... more »

The Berlin Blitz

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*"Why won't you come...?"* *Winston Churchill to the Luftwaffe, June 1940* *Germany bombs Central London* On the evening of 24 August the Luftwaffe, whilst targeting London's docks, also dropped bombs on the city's financial heart and Oxford Street in the West End. This was probably not intentional, as it was in defiance of Hitler's strict instructions that central London should not be attacked. Winston Churchill was outraged and, 24 hours later, RAF Bomber Command retaliated. *British bombers met with ferocious anti-aircraft fire* Berlin was just in range for British bombers. ... more »

Sheldon and Leonard co-author a paper on superfluid vacuum theory

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
In the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard Hofstadter had an interesting idea while he was talking to Penny: the spacetime is a surface of the superfluid. The surface tension could even explain the negative pressure of the positive cosmological constant which is a constant positive contribution to the vacuum energy density (they incorrectly talk about the negative energy). Sheldon completed the maths and wrote their joint paper quickly. It was a source of pride for much of the episode. *The Troll Manifestation: an excerpt* The sitcom referred to the Quantum Diaries blog... more »

U.S. Navy Hawkeye Crew Evaluated USAF's E-8C JSTARS for Future Maritime Missions

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: E-8C Joint STARS]The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, also known as JSTARS, flown by the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings, recently participated in naval exercises to enhance joint service training in a contested environment. The U.S. Navy’s Composite Training Unit Exercise tested crews’ ability to respond to a variety of threats for which the E-8C Joint STARS long range radar capability provided land and sea radar information to the Carrier Strike Group 4 based out of Norfolk, Virginia. “Six years ago when we initiated the Air Force/Navy integration eff... more »

F-35Cs Cut Back As U.S. Navy Invests In Standoff Weapons

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]The U.S. Navy has reduced its planned buys of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter by almost one-third over the fiscal 2016-2020 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), while committing almost $800 million to new standoff weapon developments and canceling the only missile program that was primarily dedicated to the F-35C. All the new developments are part of the fiscal 2016 presidential budget proposal and constitute the first move by a U.S. service to slow down its JSF procurements. This year’s budget buys four F-35Cs, including two added late in ... more »

Navy stops Tuo Jiang-class trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Tuo Jiang-class FS]The Republic of China (ROC) Navy has put a stop to trial runs of the new missile-carrying Tuo Jiang-class 618 stealth corvette due to serious design flaws that have undermined the vessel’s operations, senior navy commander Lu Li-shih (呂禮詩) told the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) on Wednesday. Lu said that several fundamentals flaws in the corvette’s design, along with it being packed with extra weapons and equipment systems, resulted in the vessel having insufficient buoyancy, which affected its maneuverability and stability. Lu is a f... more »

Armed forces launch missiles during drills

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Missile launch]Azerbaijani armed forces have launched missiles and carried out bombing operations as part of the major phase of large-scale military drills on February 4. The military units and subunits of the army successfully realized the mission to enter into a battle in a state of combat readiness. They also conducted attacks on a conditional enemy to destroy its major forces. The armed forces opened fire on the conditional enemy and conducted operations at the prearranged territory. Read more

India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
When the Indian Navy commissioned its most-advanced warship eight months ago, the INS Kolkata was missing its primary weapon system - the Barak 8 long range surface-to-air missiles, 32 of which were meant to be carried onboard in ready-to-fire mode. NDTV has learned that the Barak 8 missile has cleared all its tests and is ready for induction. The missile, designed to intercept incoming anti-ship missiles at a range of at least 70 kilometres, has been made in partnership with Israel, where it has successfully completed trials, and will be refitted on the INS Kolkata in either April... more »

This photo of the king of Jordan looking like a badass as he prepares for battle with Islamic State is real

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Jordan's King Abdullah II]After the brutal execution by fire of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), rumours have been circulating on social media that King Abdullah II of Jordan had personally led air attacks against the militant group. These were coupled with a photo (right) of the king in military fatigues. Lots of people initially doubted the story's authenticity, but the photo at least seems to be legitimate. It was actually posted on the official Facebook page of the The Royal Hashemite Court (Jordan's monarchy), pretty much gua... more »

Denel picks Marotta Controls for system to cool missile IR seeker

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: An A-Darter missile on a South African Air Force Gripen fighter]The new short-range A-Darter missile of South Africa's Denel Dynamics will feature a cooling system for its infrared seeker from Marotta Controls. The New Jersey company said its MPACT Pure Air Compression Technology will provide the missile with a continuous flow of pure dry air to cool the seeker in all weather conditions, reducing the risk of the seeker fouling or freezing because of moisture or air impurities. "The Marotta Controls MPACT is a significant addition to the A-Darter missile system solution," sai... more »

France, Egypt negotiating Rafale fighter jet deal: Newspaper

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale M10]France is in advanced talks to sell Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets to Egypt for around 6 billion euros ($6.88 billion), Les Echos newspaper reported on Thursday. Despite exclusive negotiations with India for the last three years, Dassault has still not found a foreign buyer for its multi-role jet, the Rafale, billed to be one of the most effective and sophisticated fighter jets in the world, but also one of the most expensive. The business daily said the two countries were close to finalising a deal for 24 jets and a naval frigate worth 5 to ... more »

Israel's defense minister to make historic visit to India

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Moshe Ya'alon]Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is leaving for India later this month on a first official visit by an Israeli defense minister since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The upcoming visit was first disclosed Thursday morning in Yedioth Ahronoth. Ya’alon will view an arms exhibition in mid-February in Bangalore. Many other representatives of Israeli defense industries will also visit the exhibition. It is expected that Ya’alon’s visit will enhance the interaction between Israeli industries and India. There are currently several ar... more »

UK criticised for trivial anti-IS involvement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RAF Panavia GR4 Tornado]The UK Defence Select Committee has criticised the government for conducting a mere 6% of the air strikes that are being carried out against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The Royal Air Force has been contributing aircraft and personnel to the effort since parliament authorised British air strikes in September, but the committee has claimed in a new report that with consideration of the expertise and resources at its disposal, the UK could and should play a much larger role. Although this is one of the “most extreme threats” facing civilisation in ... more »

The 9 Biggest Myths About Dogs In The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock *We Are The Mighty:* *The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working Dogs* *WNU Editor:* For those who love dogs .... a must read.

The Port Huron Statement

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
------------------------------ *Port Huron Statement of the Students for a Democratic Society, 1962*Courtesy Office of Sen. Tom Hayden. ------------------------------ *THE PORT HURON STATEMENT OF THE STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY**TABLE OF CONTENTS* Introductory Note: This document represents the results of several months of writing and discussion among the membership, a draft paper, and revision by the Students for a Democratic Society national convention meeting in \cf2 Port Huron\cf0 , Michigan, June 11-15, 1962. It is represented as a document with which SDS officially id... more »

First female F-14 pilot translates her story to business world

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot for the U.S. Navy]Becoming an F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy is no small feat. Logging 1,000 flight hours,132 successful day landings and 45 night landings on aircraft carriers are impressive accomplishments. But doing it knowing that a small group is actively working to ensure you don’t succeed — that seems impossible. Not so for Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female Tomcat pilot, who completed aviation officer candidate school and graduated first in her class from fighter pilot training while a ban on women in... more »

McCain to Pentagon: Don’t let your aircraft carriers visit China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)]As the Pentagon considers whether to allow a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to make a historic port visit to China, the idea is drawing flak from Capitol Hill. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged the Defense Department to scuttle the proposal in a letter dated Monday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. Calling the Navy’s Nimitz-class carriers “one of the most sophisticated and lethal military tools in world history,” McCain said it would be a politica... more »

Newport News yard gets $224M for carrier overhaul

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington (CVN-73)]The Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a $224 million modification to a previously awarded contract for advanced planning for the midlife overhaul of the carrier George Washington. The funds will allow for continued planning for the overhaul - known as a "refueling and complex overhaul" or "RCOH" - as well as the procurement of "long-lead materials" such as pumps, breakers, valves and steel for the fabrication of structural units. It's good news for the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division, where the work will be done. Last... more »

Stop The TTIP & CETA Petition

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
The Truth behind TTIP *Already shared the video? Then please sign the petition to stop TTIP. * The video shows how big business will be able to call the shots in Brussels, via a new chapter in TTIP misleadingly called “regulatory cooperation”.*Regulatory Cooperation is bad news for consumers, workers and the environment.* It means that corporations can co-write our regulation. The European Commission seems intent to open the doors to massive influence by big business. This dangerous attack on democracy must be stopped now. *On Monday, European leaders are meeting with their US co... more »

My Daughter’s Life Altering Changes After Gardasil by Shanna DeJaynes

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*Breanna* My daughter’s life altering changes after Gardasil By Shanna DeJaynes Okay, Oklahoma Sane Vax, Inc., 7 January 2015 My daughter lives a Gardasil nightmare. Our family has suffered along with her for almost three years. I refuse to be silent any longer. I share my daughter’s story as a warning to others – Gardasil is not safe for everyone – please, don’t make the same mistake we did. At 13 years old my daughter, Breanna DeJaynes, was involved in volleyball, basketball and cheerleading at school. She was very outgoing and not shy to make new friends at all. She was a g... more »

3-star: 'Lot of work' before railgun arrives in fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Railgun]The Navy's weaponeers have built a working railgun. Now it falls to Vice Adm. William Hilarides to figure out what to do with it. The electromagnetic railgun comes in at about 30 feet. It will be loaded aboard a joint high-speed vessel later this year, with an at-sea live fire demonstration set for next year. Beyond that, it falls to Hilarides and the systems engineers at Naval Sea Systems Command to turn what's essentially a lab gun into the fleet's most fearsome deck gun — capable of firing a shell 100 nautical miles. Read more

Navy Vice Chief Reviews Underwater Weapons Projects Taken Up by NSTL

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Varunastra torpedo]Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba reviewed the status of underwater weapons projects currently under development at the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) in Visakhapatnam Thursday. He chaired the 28th steering committee meeting on Underwater Weapons and reviewed the progress of various projects being taken up by the NSTL related to the weapons. DRDO director-general V Bhujanga Rao, Vice Admiral AK Chawla, NSTL director CD Malleswar, senior officers from the Navy, project directors and senior scientists of the NSTL partici... more »

Abbott: Japanese-built subs could cause tensions with China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: KSS-II (Type-214) class SSK]The prime minister has reportedly admitted that having Australia’s next generation of submarines built in Japan would not benefit relations with China. The Australian Financial Review cites a report in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine on a meeting between PM Tony Abbott and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel, in a conversation with Abbott at the G20 in Brisbane, spruiked Germany’s track record with submarine building – TKMS has made submarines for Israel and South Korea – as well as its neutrality regarding China and Japan. Read more

Sri Lanka to continue $1.5 billion Chinese-funded port city

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Song class SSK]Sri Lanka's new government will go ahead with a $1.5 billion Chinese-funded port city project planned by the previous president to avoid misunderstandings with Beijing, an official said Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping officially launched the city's development on an artificial island during a visit to Sri Lanka last September. The new government of President Maithripala Sirisena has said it wants to review all projects to ensure they are environmentally viable and corruption-free. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that the project will g... more »

Kung Pao Potato: Can China Learn to Love the Spud?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is the one food revolution readily available to China. Everything is right to make potato starch a primary staple, just as was done in Europe. Land efficiency leaps several fold and the demand on the land is light in terms of nutrient drain. Obviously it is time to do this to ensure local food sufficiency. My only surprise is that it took so long to do when it is so obvious and so easy. *Kung Pao Potato: Can China Learn to Love the Spud?* Chinese tend to associate the potato with foreign French fries. Now the government needs to turn the tuber into part of the na... more »

The Hard Problem

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Peter Gamlen cover3] Without my key insight regarding the physicality of the spirit and its integral association as part of so called Dark Matter, it is impossible to make progress on the problem of consciousness. Understanding that the light body is fundamentally a holographic computing device with a uniform repetitive physical architecture in no way emulated in the physical world we experience makes the separation of physical mind and consciousness clear. Particularly when it is obvious that the information density of the one is many orders of magnitude greater ... more »

US House Passes Low-Dose Radiation Bill

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
In view of the fact that one time exposures are generally handled very well and typically results in a health bounce as well, it is perhaps high time that we clearly understood the whole biochemical cycle that it sets off. We all how are exposed to microwave radiation at close range daily and the modality of those effects are yet to be clearly shown or described as shown by the continuing controversy around them. This program will certainly discover the fine detail that is missing in this whole sector. I am only regretful that it took so long, but it reflects the fact that the... more »

Agricultural Biochar: State-of-the-Art Soil

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a good to see a mainstream report on biochar. It also tells us that enough commercial delivery is been made to establish initial demand and general acceptance. I started cheer leading this back in 2007 and it was a slow go. However we have critical mass, even if that means a test field here and there all over the world. Now we seem to have successful commercial delivery although i cannot comment on quality. Again that is something that will simply improve. I consider the best feed stock to be dry corn stover. The char would be powdered. The form shown in the p... more »

Britain GCHQ 'Threatens To Stop Sharing Intelligence' With Germany's BND Spy Agency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Deutsche Welle**:* *Report: Britain's GCHQ threatens to end work with Germany's BND spy agency* *The German magazine Focus says Britain has threatened to cease cooperation with Germany's BND intelligence service. The BND in turn has been accused by a Berlin inquiry panel of withholding documents.* *More News On Britain's GCHQ 'Threatening To Stop Sharing Intelligence' With Germany's BND Spy Agency* British intelligence 'threatens to stop sharing information with Germany if it continues to make secret GCHQ documents public' -- Daily Mail British Spies Threaten to End Cooperation ... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-up, 2/6/2015”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-up, 2/6/2015”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Everybody has seen the horrifying video of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive by the Islamic State. I want to concentrate on why these Islamic radicals did this, and did it in a slickly produced video. I think these terrorists wanted to make sure the world could clearly see and hear this horrible act to get people riled up for war. Remember the stories about how the Islamic State was negotiating a release of the pilot when, in fact, he was already dead? The Islamic State wanted to take it up a notch and build ... more »

Condoleezza Rice: A leader in educational policy?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
The recent appointment of Condoleezza Rice (Ph.D, Political Science, former US Secretary of State) as chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education shows that necessary qualifications for positions in educational policy still include (1) no actual experience teaching in public schools (2) no record of contributing to or even having read educational research. Dr. Rice joins Arne Duncan, Margaret Spellings, Lamar Alexander, David Coleman and others from both political parties in being completely unqualified for positions of leadership in educational policy.

GARDASIL: les bouleversements dans la vie de ma fille par Shanna DeJaynes

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
*Breanna* *GARDASIL: les bouleversements dans la vie de ma fille* Par Shanna DeJaynes, 7 janvier 2015 *Le Gardasil a été un cauchemar pour moi et ma famille* A la suite du Gardasil, ma fille a vécu un véritable cauchemar. Notre famille a souffert avec elle pendant trois ans. Aujourd’hui, je refuse de me taire. Je veux partager l’histoire de ma fille pour qu’elle serve d’avertissement à d’autres – le Gardasil n’est pas sans danger pour tout le monde – Je vous en prie, ne faites pas les mêmes erreurs que nous avons faites. A 13 ans, ma fille Breanna DeJaynes jouait volleyball, bask... more »

Liquid Mind, “Liquid Mind VII: Reflection” (Full Album)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Liquid Mind VII: Reflection” (Full Album) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojsJONaD0RY

White House Will Soon Request Military Authorization Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wipes away tears during his remarks at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 3, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst *Wall Street Journal: **White House Readies Congressional Push in Islamic State Fight* *Obama Recommendations on Use of Military Force Likely to Kick Off Political Clash * *Update #1*: Boehner sees call for military authorization vs Islamic State soon -- Reuters *Update #2*: Obama poised to request authority to use military force against ISIS -- CBS/AP *WNU Editor:* This debate should h... more »

American Sharpshooter

Spike EP at News Spike - 23 hours ago
Fox News Message of the Day, April 26 2004 : "Also, let's refer to the U.S. Marines we see in the foreground as "sharpshooters", rather than "snipers", which carries a negative connotation." http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/pdf/foxmemo_042804.pdf

NBC Anchorman Brian Williams' Iraq Apology Now 'Under Fire'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*New York Times:* *With an Apology, Brian Williams Digs Himself Deeper in Copter Tale* *For years, Brian Williams had been telling a story that wasn’t true. On Wednesday night, he took to his anchor chair on “NBC Nightly News” to apologize for misleading the public.On Thursday, his real problems started.* *WNU Editor:* In a different time a man of his position would do the respectable thing and resign. Sadly .... we do not live in that time anymore. *More News On NBC Anchorman Brian Willaims' Iraq Apology* Brian Williams' apology draws mixed reviews from mission vets -- Stars a... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Blossoms Falling Like Snow”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Gandalf, “Blossoms Falling Like Snow” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dx22vqyGzM

Black Swan Events in Ukraine

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*UPDATE: February 6, 2015* RT reports on Moscow talks. Also, Saker has posted an *updated map *on his blog. Read his comments re the cauldron being "double locked" that I have added to my earlier post. Must read German update *Black Swan Events* According to Wikipedia....Black Swan events are an *"**event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight."* Another definition can be found here. But a rather good definition I heard years ago is: *To a turkey, Thanksgiving Day is a Black Swan Eve... more »

Is There A 'Secret Iran Strategy'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama meets with members of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House, January 29, 2010. The President’s chair is marked with a plaque engraved with the date of his inauguration. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *Michael Doran, Mosaic:* *Obama's Secret Iran Strategy* *The president has long been criticized for his lack of strategic vision. But what if a strategy, centered on Iran, has been in place from the start and consistently followed to this day?* *WNU Editor*: This is a long post .... but well worth the read. And the disturbing part is ..... more »

(Libertarianism. Not. Really.)   Gallup CEO Fears He Might “Suddenly Disappear” for Questioning U.S. Jobs Data  (Or Is He Just Mad About Obama?)

Just to clear a few "misunderstandings" up (at top levels of the Republican Tank Thinkers). . . . Libertarians likened to Marxists by the Conservatives of the Goldwater Age? At least those guys could read. With comprehension. I'm going light here. Read on for a heightened understanding of how they got into this "dumbed-down" non-conservative miasma. (Read it all at the link above.) The

Poll: Russian Support For Eastern Ukraine Independence Now At 60%

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic drive armoured vehicles, with Saint George slaying the Dragon displayed on a red flag, near Yenakiieve, Donetsk region, Feb. 4, 2015. Maxim Shemetov / Reuters *Moscow Times*: *Most Russians Want Eastern Ukraine to Break Away from Kiev, Poll Shows* *WNU Editor:* I am surprised by these poll numbers .... when the crisis first began most Russians made it very clear that they did not want to be directly involved in Ukraine's conflict ... but since the beginning of this year they are now shifting the other way. I do no... more »

What Will Russia's Response Be If The U.S. Sends Arms to Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (front), Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a meeting with high-ranked officials representing Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the European Union in Minsk, August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout *Stephen Collinson, CNN:* *What will Putin do if U.S. arms Ukraine?* *WNU Editor:* The focus is on what Putin will do if U.S. arms are shipped to Ukraine .... and on that question no one knows for sure on what the reaction will be. But another question ne... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"An intriguing and beautiful nebula, NGC 3576 drifts through the Sagittarius arm of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. Within the region, episodes of star formation are thought to contribute to the complex and suggestive shapes. Powerful winds from the nebula's embedded, young, massive stars shape the looping filaments. *Click image for larger size.* The dramatic false-color image also highlights the contributions of hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen, energized by intense ultraviolet radiation, to the nebular glow. But the glow also silhouettes dense clouds of dust and gas. For example, the tw... more »

Chet Raymo, “Spiders In the Mist”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Spiders In the Mist”* by Chet Raymo “We had a stretch of unusually warm weather recently. This generally meant foggy mornings as I walked to college at dawn. And foggy mornings meant spider webs were relieved of their invisibility by beads of dew. "What refinement of art for a mess of Flies! Nowhere, in the whole animal kingdom, has the need to eat inspired a more cunning industry," wrote Jean Henri Fabre in "The Life of the Spider." He should know. He spent a good part of his life attending to spiders. Fabre made himself the Homer of insects and arachnids, observing their habit... more »

The Poet: Wendell Berry, "What We Need Is Here"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What We Need Is Here"* by Wendell Berry "Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear. What we need is here."

The U.S. Has Not Kept Its Promises To Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poreshenko (L) during a bilateral meeting in Kiev, February 5, 2015 (Reuters / Jim Watson) *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *U.S. Hasn't Kept Ukraine Aid Promises* *WNU Editor: *Forget about failing to keep promises on providing military equipment .... the big problem will be when it is time to bail out the Ukraine economy .... an amount that will probably be in the tens of billions just in the first year or two. Faced with these enormous amounts .... do not be surprise if this is a commitment that the U.S. ... more »

"The easiest lie I've ever told": Some thoughts on lies (not dedicated to Brian Williams, at least not particularly)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*DILBERT by Scott Adams* *by Ken* What we have here is, I think, a classic -- or perhaps more-than-classic -- case of overthink on Dilbert's part. It's one thing to *think* about the implications of the Pointy-Headed Boss's sentence-opening "To be perfectly honest. It might even be just barely OK to call him on it, maybe saying, "Oh, so normally you're *not* perfectly honest." Beyond that, however, is overthink, or overkill, or over-*something*. You can play this scene out *in your head* to your heart's content, and you win every time. Do it *for real*, though, and the amazing... more »

The Ukraine Currency Collapsed Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Valeria Gontareva, the head of Ukraine's Central Bank, said there was “panic” on the market in connection with ongoing fighting with pro-Russian militants in Ukraine’s east. Photo: Reuters *Quartz*: *Ukraine’s currency is plummeting (again, and even further)* *WNU Editor*: On my last trip to see family and friends in Ukraine (2 years ago) .... I decided to leave one bank account active since it would be easier for me to have money already there when I do my return visit to spoil family and friends. I left the equivalent of a few thousand U.S. dollars ... and thought no more of it. ... more »

The Debate To Arm Ukraine Continues (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Paul Sonne, WSJ:* *Should U.S. Arm Ukraine? We List the Pros and Cons* *The Debate To Arm Ukraine Continues (Updated)* Calls grow to arm Ukraine, as European leaders scramble for last-ditch peace plan -- FOX News US, Allies Split Over Supplying Arms to Ukraine -- VOA/Reuters Ukraine Crisis: US, European Officials Split Over Sending Arms To Ukraine -- IBTimes US Mulls Course on Ukraine: Diplomacy or Weapons -- ABC News As Kerry visits Kiev, US mulls arming Ukraine -- Al Jazeera Kerry: US Won't 'Close Eyes' to Russian Aggression in Ukraine -- VOA Ukraine conflict tilts U.S. toward arm... more »

“’Black Energy’: Is This The Future Of Cyberwarfare?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“’Black Energy’: Is This The Future Of Cyberwarfare?”* by Aaron Ernst “Five years ago, the most sophisticated cyber weapon the world had ever seen ravaged Iran's nuclear program. Allegedly developed by the U.S. and Israel, the complex virus infected the computer system that ran the centrifuges. Slight tweaks to the software caused hundreds of the centrifuges to self-destruct, setting the program back years. The malware was dubbed Stuxnet. Traditionally, foreign governments have used malware to spy and steal. But this was something entirely different. German computer security exper... more »

More Real History Revealed: Criminal US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Campaign To Incite War In Europe - The Secret Polish Documents Revealed!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
We have been constantly inundated from birth with the constant lies about our history... One major lie has always been about how the second World War came about.... Many of our so called "history" books still put forward the lie that "Nazi" Germany was fully responsible for the start of World War II by its invasion of Poland on the 1st of September, 1939.... These books have always said that Germany launched that "unprovoked" attack wanting to seize the Polish Corridor and conquer Poland in the process..... I for one have read many of these reports and being a critical thinker, I ha... more »

Ukraine Army Deserters Will Be Shot

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada meeting.(RIA Novosti / Evgeny Kotenko) *RT*:* Ukrainian parliament passes law allowing army deserters to be shot* *WNU Editor*: If you refuse to join the Ukraine army .... 5 years in jail. If you join the army and run away .... you will be shot. Of the two people that I know who are in parliament ... both of them voted for the law. I only had the chance to talk to one of them today, and he painted a dismal picture on the state of the Ukraine army. As he put it .... *numerous violations of military discipline are now occurring, desertion and heavy drinking a... more »

Failure to cross examine promptly may bar adjournment request

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Vista Bahia LP v. Cleaver Crawford LLP, 2015 ONCA 77: [14] The record confirms that the date of the application – July 24, 2014 – was fixed at Heritage's request to accommodate the schedule of Heritage's counsel. The record also reveals that Heritage had indicated its intention to conduct cross-examinations as early as June 21, 2014, some four and one-half weeks before the agreed application hearing date. Yet, Heritage took no steps to cross-examine, even when it learned that CC LLP did not intend to file any affidavit materials on the application. Instead, Heritage simpl... more »

Trying to Flee The Ukraine Town Of Debaltseve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Vice News:* *Trying to Flee Debaltseve: Russian Roulette* *More News On The Battle For Debaltseve* Escape from Debaltseve: Civilians flee besieged Ukraine town -- BBC Debaltseve residents caught in the crossfire as Ukrainian crisis worsens -- Euronews Civilians Flee East Ukraine Town Debaltseve As Fighting Intensifies -- AP Ban Ki-moon Supports OSCE Call for Civilian Evacuation From Debaltseve -- Sputnik Ukraine: Debaltseve’s residents reaching breaking point -- Amnesty International Dispatch From Debaltseve: Reporter’s Notebook -- NYT Key Rail Hub Of Debaltseve Is Newest Strategic ... more »

Canada First, Political Party Last

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Canada First, Political Party Last *Written by Grant G* Maybe I`m naive, foolish or just a bright eyed optimist, thousands of years of history with examples of depravity, mind-numbing ruthlessness and just plain old insanity, has anything changed, struggles for footholds, for life and freedom, battles of the different, religious conflicts for no other reason than a different god, have we learned nothing through time, the only thing that`s changed are the colours of the uniforms and the wording of the message. Vlad the impaler, his victims impaled with tree-sized spears and le... more »

Tennessee Teachers File Federal Lawsuit Against Value-Added Evaluations

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Best suggestion for systems like Shelby County Schools, with its new VAM-based teacher pay plan: Get ready to file your briefs. from Nashville Public Radio, WPLN: Tennessee’s largest teachers union is taking another swing at statistics being used to make pay and tenure decisions. In a third federal lawsuit, the union is challenging use of so-called “value-added” scores to evaluate teachers in subjects like art and music, who don’t have test data related to their own students. It’s not just special areas. In fact, most public school teachers in the state don’t have testing data spe... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- February 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Financial Times*: *Merkel and Hollande fly to Kiev and Moscow* *WNU Editor:* A partial ceasefire appears to have been reached .... *Kiev agrees to create humanitarian corridor for Debaltsevo civilians – militia* (RT) .... I will be surprised if it lasts more than a day. *Ukraine War News Updates -- February 5, 2015* Kiev Accepts Donetsk Proposal on Ceasefire in Debaltseve Area -- Sputnik Ukrainian army command accepts proposals for humanitarian corridor in Debaltsevo -- ITAR-TASS Debaltseve residents caught in the crossfire as Ukrainian crisis worsens -- Euronews Key Rail Hub Of... more »

Scrap the Trident Nuclear Submarine Replacement in UK

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Post by Russell Brand.

What the coexistence of QE and deflation reveals about the Western financial system

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
This is an interesting article- It's a bit older (six months) however it seems to be right on the money! Or perhaps not so much the money, maybe the trouble with 'money' used in an inappropriate fashion. Read it, it will take time, but I guarantee you will find it interesting- Not a money back guarantee, though! *Curiosities?* - Besides impoverishing the domestic populace is the QE set to gut the Asian world- buying up real assets and leaving those nations with worthless American dollars ? Bankers literally buying up real world assets on the backs of indebted Americans?* Pure Plunder... more »

Court Ruling in Canada against Canada's Private Central Banksters

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
The Bank of Canada used to be a government lending institution, creating near interest free loans that built much of Canada’s infrastructure during the 50’s and 60’s. In 1974 at the Bank of International Settlements in Basel Switzerland, Trudeau Sr. was convinced by fellow Bilderberg attendees to dismantle this crucial function of the Bank of Canada, and since then we’ve lost sovereign control of our monetary policies and money supply and government debt at all levels has risen dramatically.This court case challenges the disuse of the Bank of Canada to create money for the public ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Laura Smith-Spark, CNN: **What's going on in Ukraine?* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 5, 2015* Here’s how you know the war in Ukraine is getting worse -- Dan Peleschuk, Global Post Nato shows signs of battle fatigue in confrontation with ruthless Putin -- Ian Traynor, The Guardian Jordanians turn their minds to revenge after Isis killing of pilot -- Martin Chulov, The Guardian Q&A: Jordan, already attacking IS in Syria, joins Iraq fight -- Vivian Salama, AP Poverty a threat to stability in Jordan, fueling militancy -- Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, AP ... more »

The "Burning" Of the "Jordanian Pilot" By CIA/Mossad Run ISIS Is Definitely Bullshit: Rita Katz Is At It Again Fake ISIS Video Exposed (And One Very Important Observation By NTS...)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have been scouring the internet these last few days, keeping up with all the reports about that absolutely laughable and complete bullshit "video" produced by that Jewess troll named Rita Katz and her very criminal and diabolical SITE group... Anyone that knows about SITE by now is that it is a pure Jewish propaganda organization that produces nothing but reports and "videos" that are nothing but a pack of lies... They were the ones behind the BS "Osama bin Laden" videos that filled the lying mainstream media outlets for the almost full 10 years AFTER he died in the mountains of n... more »

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Leader Hamza Mansour Refuses to Acknowledge that ISIS Are Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
The White House worked behind the scenes to put the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt in the aftermath of the revolution in 2011. They were successful for a short bit, when the mania of revolution gripped the country, but they were ultimately rebuffed by the Egyptian people and the Egyptian military leadership who had enough of the Muslim Brotherhood's tricks and deceptions. The Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS are two sides of the same coin. The Muslim Brotherhood is the political face of ISIS terrorism. The Muslim Brotherhood regime in Turkey has sponsored ISIS in Syria since the ... more »

We interrupt politics to bring you a post of utmost importance...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*keeping cilantro fresh.* If you like fresh cilantro (there are some people who don't - how weird is that?), then you have, no doubt, watched it turn into a slimy mess if left in the plastic bag from the grocery store for more than two days. Several months ago, I took my cilantro and after washing and drying it, stored it in a Pyrex Snapware container. Almost *three *weeks later, most of it was still fresh enough to use. I subsequently did an internet search on storing cilantro, and the most recommended method was putting the stems in a glass of water and putting the whole thing ... more »

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