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Thomas Paine

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

18 Mar - Blogs I'm Following

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"Renewable energy technologies are far further advanced than many may believe: solar photovoltaic (PV) and on-shore wind have a track record of successful deployment, and costs have fallen dramatically in the past few years," Alex Thursby, chief ...
Washington Post
The Obama administration will seek tougher standards for companies extracting oil, gas and coal on taxpayer-owned land during its remaining months in office, even as it pushes for expanded solar and wind projects, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said ...
The Guardian
The government had originally signalled it wanted very deep cuts to the renewable energy target – which requires 41,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy to be delivered from renewable sources by 2020. It commissioned the businessman and ...
Plus ça change. The more it changes, the more it stays the same. For the past 18 months, every day seems like groundhog day for the renewable energy industry in Australia, which has been at a standstill because of uncertainty about federal government ...
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Human Habitat

Midland Daily News
It's one thing to read about the ecology of the Saginaw Bay. It's another to climb aboard a tall ship and experience it for yourself. Thanks to a grant by The Dow Chemical Co., hundreds of middle school students in the Great Lakes Bay Region will have ...
Motley Fool
Take environmental services company U.S. Ecology (NASDAQ: ECOL ) as an example. Treating and properly disposing of hazardous waste may not make your heart beat any faster, but there's no arguing with the steady market-beating returns handed to ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
LANCASTER, N.Y., March 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ecology and Environment, Inc., ("E & E" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:EEI) reported a consolidated net loss of $0.2 million ($0.04 per share) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, an improvement ...
ABC Local
No pope will ever tell us that Christ's saving act in His death and resurrection was conditional, that His being our saviour lies only in the future, and that our salvation rests on any works - even praiseworthy ecological efforts - humanity as a whole ...
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Water Power

Servers in bars, restaurants and cafeterias can't bring out water with menus and silverware unless customers ask. Some restaurants already have signs saying they don't automatically serve water because of the drought. The rule is meant to raise ...
A day after some 70,000 gallons of water cascaded through the streets of Eagle Rock amid planned work on a water pipe, LADWP was explaining Tuesday what happened to 100 times that amount in a nearby reservoir. After neighborhood criticism, the public ...
WCVB Boston
The break to the 12-inch water main was reported around 8:15 p.m. under the Cypress Street T bridge. "I was eating over my desk and heard a really loud noise, looked out my window and saw water pouring from under the underpass," witness Ryan Burg ...
KQED (blog)
Flooded rice fields at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Elk Grove. Growing an acre of rice requires three acre-feet of water or more. An acre-foot is roughly enough water for two Los Angeles-area households for a year. (Photo: Nancy Crowley/The Nature ...
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AEC 4: Malaysia's MITI Presentation

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 25 minutes ago
Two days ago, South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET) and the ASEAN People's Forum (APF) held a forum about the ASEAN Economic Community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. SEANET is a new regional free market think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, and one of the projects of IDEAS. This is one of two papers presented. Ours is a huge region -- in population, GDP size, trade, investments and tourism. Even the 28-nations European Union would be envious of its population size and low or young average age. It is fascinating how a region with a huge discrepancy in wealth among members can ... more »

(Empire Going Down or Just Trying To Scare US - Sign of the End?)  An Awakening Minority Now Realize Democrats and Republicans Are Nothing but Brands Appealing to Liberals or Conservatives, But Representing the Ruling Party and Beholden to Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, Mega-Corporations, and Not the American People

Celebrate Einstein's birthday (which was this past Saturday) by reading his classic piece on why he was a socialist. [Monthly Review / Albert Einstein] Other interesting news items that may change the world you live in (if you're paying attention anymore): Jeb Bush Wants To Eliminate Minimum Wage: 'Leave It To The Private Sector' Scott Walker's Convicted Chief of Staff Going To Jail After

A Drone's View Of A Deactivated Russian Missile Defense Facility

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 40 minutes ago
*RT*: *Deactivated Russian missile defense facility caught on drone camera (VIDEO)* *Abandoned and still futuristic, with a touch of a Mars colony in its looks – this is how a deactivated radar component that used to be a part of Moscow’s anti-missile shield appeared on drone footage, shot exclusively by RT’s Ruptly video agency.* *The A-135 anti-ballistic missile system was deployed around Moscow in 1995 to counter enemy missiles targeting the cities and its surrounding areas. *

Don't "Keep it in the Ground"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Alex Epstein from the Center for Industrial Progress writes in his latest newsletter about a co-campaign launched this week by *The Guardian* and 350.org in support of divestment in oil. [The campaign was launched] with an article and petition urging us to "keep it [fossil fuels] in the ground" by taking our money out of the industry. Rather than making the case against fossil fuels, they (as so many today do) take their evil for granted, casually agreeing with those who "see divestment from fossil fuels in much the same light as earlier campaigners saw the push to pull money out... more »

The War Against The Islamic State War Is Definitely Good Business For The Arms Trade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Bloomberg*: *Islamic State War Boosts Biggest Private African Arms Maker* *(Bloomberg) -- Islamic State’s expansion is causing instability from Basra to Beirut. It’s also boosting business for Ivor Ichikowitz, the founder of Africa’s biggest privately owned arms company.* *Ichikowitz’s Paramount Group, which sells products ranging from naval patrol vessels to refitted Mirage fighter jets, last month won an order to sell 50 armored vehicles worth more than $1 million each to Jordan. He expects more business to follow with Middle Eastern governments looking to bolster their defens... more »

U.S. Played A Key Role In The Botched Counter-Terrorism Raid That Resulted In 44 Philippine Policemen Being Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Post: Manila:* *U.S. had key role in deadly counterterrorism raid in Philippines* *U.S. counterterrorism personnel played a hidden but key role in a bungled commando operation in the Philippines that resulted in dozens of deaths and a political scandal, according to a government investigation released Tuesday in Manila.* *At least six Americans were present at a Philippine command post during the ill-fated January raid and supplied Philippine forces with surveillance data collected by U.S. aircraft, the investigation found. One of the Americans went so far as to order... more »

You don't have to be a mayor to take advantage of the fabulous new Mayoral Excuse Machine

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Tell the truth now -- you want in on the Mayoral Excuse Machine, don't you? You'll find it here.* *by Ken* In the time that our Mayor Bill has been mayor of the Big Apple, people have said a lot of things about him, not to mention to him, but one thing I don't think has been heard a lot is: "He's right on time, Hizzoner!" He would not put anyone in mind of the hat-shop master referenced by the gleefully sprung-from-work hatter Mr. Cox in F. C. Burnand and Arthur Sullivan's *Cox and Box* (featuring one of the all-time great rhyme sequences -- "bus-i-ness," "is in his," and "phiz i... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The striking spiral galaxy M104 is famous for its nearly edge-on profile featuring a broad ring of obscuring dust lanes. Seen in silhouette against an extensive bulge of stars, the swath of cosmic dust lends a broad brimmed hat-like appearance to the galaxy suggesting the more popular moniker, The Sombrero Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based Subaru data have been reprocessed with amateur color image data to create this sharp view of the well-known galaxy. The processing results in a natural color appearance and preserves details often lost... more »

"A Moment With Nature"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The leaves streamed down, trembling in the sun. They were not green, only a few, scattered through the torrent, stood out in single drops of green so bright and pure that it hurt the eyes; the rest were not a color, but a light, the substance of fire on metal, living sparks without edges. And it looked as if the forest were a spread of light boiling slowly to produce this color, the green rising in small bubbles, the condensed essence of spring. The trees met, blending over the road and the spots of sun on the ground moved with the shifting of the branches, like a conscious caress."... more »

The Poet: W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame." -W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

"The Friend"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." — Henri J.M. Nouwen, "The Road to Daybreak"

"Compassion and Enabling"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Compassion and Enabling" by admin "Sometimes there is a very blurry line between feeling and expressing compassion, and enabling someone. Showing compassion is giving someone space and understanding so they can work through their predicament whilst remaining at a healthy emotional distance. This healthy emotional distance can be hard to judge in close knit relationships such as marriage and families. For should one fall over the edge of compassion and into the field of pity, neither party will benefit. Pity serves no one in relation to creating the desired changes within relations... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Compiègne, Picardie, France. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “Finding It Where You Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Finding It Where You Are”* by Chet Raymo “Yes, I've been to Walden. Been there several times, in fact. With students. We sat on the earth at the site of the cabin and read from the book. And the wind stirred the pines, and the hickories, and the oaks, and rippled the pond that shone like silver in the early morning sun. And then, to honor the spirit of the man we came to visit, we sat silently, as if on the stoop of his cabin with friends, knowing that any words, even his own, intruded on the haunting beauty of the place itself. Walden Pond Mary Oliver has a poem called "Going To... more »

Corporations Lobbying Government Reap 76,000% Return on Investment

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
Nick Bernabe Forget the penny stocks, amateurs, the greatest investment you can make in America is bribing the government to give you political favors. According to research conducted by The Sunshine Foundation, an organization focused on corporate and government accountability, After examining million records, including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, federal budget allocations and spending, we found that, on average, for every dollar spent on influencing politics, the nation’s most politically active corporations received $760 from the government. The $4.... more »

NATO Intercepts Russian Jets Over The Baltic Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A Sukhoi Su-25 jet fighter flies during a drill in Russia's southern Stavropol region. Four similar jets were intercepted by NATO jets on March 17, 2015. Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko *IBTimes*: *Russian Military Jets Intercepted By NATO Near Latvia Over Baltic Sea* *Seven Russian aircraft were intercepted by the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission while flying in international airspace near Latvia, the country’s National Armed Forces said on Twitter Wednesday. Typhoon fighters from the Spanish and Italian air forces were scrambled on Tuesday to intercept the Russian aircraft, which inc... more »

In Rapid City, hate crimes are 'disorderly conduct'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Photos by Jean Roach, Lakota Today in Rapid City, Trace O'Connell did not appear in court, but his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty. O'Connell was charged only with disorderly conduct after throwing beer on Lakota students, and verbally abusing them with racial slurs at a hockey game. Today's protesters said O'Connell should be charged with a hate crime. The charge of

Hello Biometrics: Windows 10 to Add Facial Recognition, Iris Scans and Fingerprint Reader

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Source Nicholas West After several years of consumer complaints, Microsoft Windows 10 has been getting a lot of attention as of late for many upgrades slated for their new version of the popular operating system. However, it appears that one feature being added to supposedly consumer-friendly applications is a suite of biometrics called Windows Hello and Windows Passport. It's all a part of the move toward a full-fledged Smart World where YOU become the password in a matrix of online and real-world activity. Naturally, the fear of identity theft and cyber crime of all stripes ... more »

It's Official: Government Terrorists Hate Us For Our Free Speech

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
*1984: France Will Counter Terrorist Attacks on Free Speech by… Attacking Free Speech? * Melissa Melton George Orwell wasn’t psychic; he was a time traveler, and we’re permanently falling down the rabbit hole of 1984. If you live in France, your right to visit certain websites has just been terminated by the almighty government. Why? Because terrorism. According to a report by Glenn Greenwald, “What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in Its Name?” the French Interior Ministry has now ordered that five websites be blocked by the government because they have o... more »

No, John Kerry Doesn't Want To Negotiate With Assad

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville The recent hysteria surrounding John Kerry’s remarks regarding the necessity of negotiating with Bashar al-Assad has provoked both criticism and praise from a number of very different quarters. Unfortunately, however, the opinions of those up in either arms or exaltation are largely the result of misreporting, war psychosis, and simply reading headlines instead of articles. While the chorus of the usual suspects of Neo-Con rightwing warmongers and Humanitarian Bomber/R2P leftists erupted in anger at the very thought of the United States inching away from total ... more »

Christina Aguilera Praises Unschooler Musician "There's No Teaching What You Do"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Sawyer Fredericks - Source Eric Blair Producers of NBC's *The Voice* present him as a "shy farm boy," but 15-year-old Sawyer Fredericks' unique folk sound may be aided by something else. He is unschooled. Sawyer's father runs the Facebook page The Unschool Dad described as "A radical unschooling dad of 5 sharing our journey!" Although the show never mentions this fact, Christina Aquilera, a judge on the show, made a comment following Fredericks' successful performance in the second round of the show that sort of proves the point of unschooling. After performing a Creedence Clea... more »

Education is a System of Indoctrination of the Young

WTStaff at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Video - *Noam Chomsky offers his opinion of the education system, how it encourages conformity and discourages independent thought. The post Education is a System of Indoctrination of the Young appeared first on Waking Times.

Ukraine Crisis News Updates -- March 18, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Ukraine Backs New Status in Rebel East as Troop Deaths Mount* *(Bloomberg) -- Ukraine approved a special status for separatist-held regions as part of the latest efforts toward peace in the nation’s east, where three soldiers died in some of the worst violence since last month’s truce.* *The parliament in Kiev, the capital, also appealed Tuesday to the United Nations and the European Union to send peacekeepers to the Donbas, which is partly controlled by pro-Russian insurgents after 11 months of fighting. Russia expanded military drills in its south and sent bombers... more »

Federal Reserve Statement and subsequent "reactions " unleashes Market " KRAKEN " - March 18 , 2015 .... Currencies , Equities , Bonds , Commodities - all caught up in Algomania !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Tweets...... *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 4h4 hours ago Before and After [image: Embedded image permalink] *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 5h5 hours ago "Flexible" Fed Loses "Patience"; Cuts Growth, Inflation Forecasts (Again) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-1 8/flexible-fed-loses-patience-cuts-growth-inflation-forecasts-again … *zerohedge* "Flexible" Fed Loses "Patience"; Cuts Growth, Inflation Forecasts... Evan as The View on web *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 5h5 hours ago FOMC redline [image: Embedded image permalink] *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 5h5 hours ago FOMC... more »

U.K. Home Secretary: Edward Snowden Has Damaged Intelligence Agencies Across The World Including MI5 And MI6

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Photograph: The Guardian *Daily Mail:* *Snowden leaks 'put spies at risk': May says traitor has damaged intelligence agencies across the world including MI5 and MI6 * ** Theresa May says Edward Snowden leaks have hit MI5 and MI6 resources* ** Home Secretary launches scathing attack on harm caused by the fugitive* ** He stole 1.7m files from America's National Security Agency and GCHQ * *Leaks by the US traitor Edward Snowden have ‘damaged’ intelligence agencies across the world and drained vital resources from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, Theresa May warned last night.* *The Home Secretary ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 18, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Vivienne Walt, Time:* *Tunisia Bloodshed Threatens to Undo Nation’s Progress* *Attack that killed at least 20 foreigners could throw the nascent democracy into turmoil.* *In the worst attack on foreigners since the Arab revolutions erupted four years ago, at least 20 tourists were killed in Tunisia on Wednesday along with two of the country’s citizens, when gunmen stormed the country’s most important museum.* *The attack, for which no group has yet taken responsibility, raises the prospect that the terrorist attacks that have become increasingly common elsewhere in the region c... more »

"Being Here Now..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one." - George Harrison

“America Is In Big, Big Trouble”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“America Is In Big, Big Trouble”* by Daisy Luther “Houston, we have a problem. Did you ever wonder why America is in trouble? Maybe it is because people like this vote and select political leaders. This video brings up a valid argument for voters to be tested before they are allowed at the polls. Facepalm... When you see the "man on the street" interviews like this, you always have to valiantly hope these folks are actors, but I have a terrible, sneaking suspicion that they are for real. Hey, at least that lady is on Marcus's side. It has to be difficult to be the son of the p... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Netc Indicating Elevated Radiation Levels Throughout Japan

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
http://netc.com/ Japan timestamp from Futaba cam March 19, 2015 at 2:31 AM

The Roswell Slides - A Matter of Provenance

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
I have said for a long time that one of the major hurtles in this slides controversy is the lack of provenance. According to the various inside sources including Tom Carey, Tony Bragalia and even Adam Dew, they simply don’t know who took the pictures, when they were taken and who took them. To make matters worse, there is no solid chain of custody for the slides. There are gaping holes in this important part of the story. Back on February 20, 2015, Adam Dew, under the user name SlideBox Media, posted to Rich Reynolds UFO Conjectures blog the following: A quick timeline as I underst... more »

World News Briefs -- March 18, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *BBC:* *Tunis attack: Gunmen kill tourists in museum rampage* *Twenty-two people, including 20 foreign tourists, have been killed in a gun attack on the Bardo museum in the Tunisian capital.* *Italian, Spanish, Polish and German citizens were among those killed, as well as a Tunisian and a police officer, PM Habib Essid said.* *Colombia's president later confirmed two Colombian deaths.* *Security forces killed two gunmen and were searching the surrounding area for accomplices, Mr Essid said.* *At the time of the attack, deputies in th... more »

Why Does The Media Think Aaron Schock's Duplicitous Life In The Closet Is Unmentionable?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Is there still anything to say about Aaron Schock on blogs like *DWT* which have been talking about his corruption for years and years? Now that TV news has been all over the Aaron Schock scandal, we might as well just walk away and leave it to them, right? Not so fast. Rachel Maddow's report Tuesday night on MSNBC (above) was, as one would expect, better than most of the mainstream media coverage. But like *all* of her journalistic colleagues, she seems to have left out a pretty key component-- the role of Aaron Schock's life in the closet and how that impacted what turned into a... more »

Pulitzer Prize Winner and Harvard Professor of Psychiatry John E. Mack: Encounters with Aliens

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Dr. John Mack on Oprah (3 parts) Experiencers - John Mack Gamebreaker

Minneapolis AIM spied on via Facebook by Mall of America

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Read the story at Intercept: Mall of America used fake Facebook accounts to spy on Black Lives Matter, AIM, Idle No More and others. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/18/mall-americas-intelligence-analyst-catfished-black-lives-matter-activists-collect-informationhttps://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/18/

Opting Out of Psychology?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Soren Dreier* - If you opt out psychology, you will lose a valuable tool that provides insight into the Matrix and yourself. The post Opting Out of Psychology? appeared first on Waking Times.

Transpicuous News Midweek Report Tonight

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
Good evening everyone! Tonight is the Transpicuous News Midweek Report and we have a LOT LOT LOT of interesting stuff to dig into this evening. You can watch the show LIVE Stream on CCN: *http://www.consciousconsumernetwork.tv/ccn-live* Or right here on RTS- Click the Watch Live CCN window on the Right hand side of the page, click play, click unmute and you're ready to go. If you miss the show live, you can pull the screen cursor backwards to the start time, just like a PVR/DVR. I would like to add that I am planning on doing a Q&A Discussion Show very very soon. I have been... more »

Consent to physical force in sports

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
Leighton v. Best, 2015 ONCA 180: [9] Physical contact is inherent in some sports, such as hockey. Players can be taken to consent to a certain level of contact and to accept the risks of that contact, unless the conduct falls outside the scope of such presumed consent. As observed by Cunningham J. in *Dunn v. University of Ottawa*, [1995] O.J. No. 2856 (C.J.), at para. 14, "Even if contact is made outside the rules of the game, there can be no liability unless the player can establish that the Defendant knew he was breaking the rules, and had formed a deliberate resolve to ... more »

A Necessary Correction in the Oil Industry

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by Peter Wong* [image: Daily article March 18 2015]Historically, low oil prices have been perceived by many as an overriding positive for the economy. This has especially been the case in the United States where most households rely on car travel as a primary means of transport. Low oil prices allow households to spend more on economic activities other than petrol and other oil-related expenses. Historically, every time the oil price soared — such as the 1973 oil crisis, the 1991 Gulf War, and in 2008 when oil reached a historical high of US$147 a barrel — public opini... more »

Iran Nuclear Talks Continue

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Secretary of State John F. Kerry, second from left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and others in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 18, 2015, to discuss Iran's nuclear program. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) *The Guardian*: *Showdown in Lausanne: Iran nuclear talks enter their final stretch* *The Iranians are bullish and the Americans are cautious thirteen days before deadline. Meanwhile, the Netanyahu win in Israel has cast an air of uncertainty and urgency over the negotiations on the shores of Lake Geneva* *At each stage of the Iranian nuclear negotiatio... more »

George Osborne's Core Vote Budget

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
I don't know where this idea originates from but apparently, at least among Conservative Party circles, George Osborne is considered something of a political genius. Then again, among his people Michael Gove is thought of as an "intellectual". So we're talking a very low bar here. Yet wanting to see the best in everyone, I've patiently tracked Osborne's performance over six budgets, five autumn statements in the middle of winter, and seen too many interviews with Gormless Gidders. Each time I look for that spark. I've even borrowed the Large Hadron Collider to scrutinise Osborne for ... more »

Iboga: At the Crossroads of the Jungle and the Laboratory

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Jonathan Dickinson* - Over the past ten years, public awareness about ibogaine has increased dramatically and today there are somewhere between 75 and 100 clinics and therapy providers worldwide. The post Iboga: At the Crossroads of the Jungle and the Laboratory appeared first on Waking Times.

New CREDO Study Shows Mixed Picture for Charters with Big Advantages

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
When combined with advantages of more money, more time, constant test prep, self-selecting parents, dumping of poor performers and recalcitrants, fewer ELLs, fewer SPED students, and fewer boys, charters continue to show a mixed picture, depending on locale. The highlights below:

Jeremy Bowen's tweets about the Israeli election.

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Over a Not a Sheep's blog, he's posted a striking selection of tweets from the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, taken from the past three days. That sequence shows Jeremy Bowen posting a mocking ad of Benjamin Netanyahu from one Israeli opposition grouping, the Arab Joint List, plus a tender photo of the leader of the Arab Joint List and his young son - the only such sympathetic photo tweeted by the BBC man. It also shows Jeremy Bowen passing on the opinion of just one Israel voter and, guess what, he's a "frustrated" one "disgusted" by Mr Netanyahu! Plus it shows Jeremy Bowe... more »

march 18: 3:30 p.m.. My Newpaper is now almost twelve hours late.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
I can't wait to see Norbert's next column on how private business is so much more efficient than government. No mind. I have lots of topics waiting for just such a day. One is that we live in a country that teaches us to hate Muslims, Russians - and/or whoever the flavour of the month is. We also live in an economy which is openly based on greed and self-interest. (Perhaps the Irving press could find a cleric in this province who could write a column for the Faith Page - you know, one who would put all this hatred and greed into a Christian context). Netanyahu seems to have won the... more »

What the hell is Michelle Obama wearing as she arrives in Japan?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*to embark on a five-day visit to Japan and Cambodia to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their educations.* Because we all know how much the Japanese dislike education while we breed some of the dumbest kids in the world. How many millions are the taxpayers being charged for her and her daughters to enjoy yet another spring break vacation? If you can tell me what that thing is around her waist you could win a big prize - or not. I'm going to Costco for a palate cleanser.

Supplemental: Two ways of telling the same “scandal” tale!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015 The Post chases Clinton around:* In this morning’s Washington Post, it was the same olf story. Another day, another Hillary Clinton scandal! Hillary Clinton failed to sign the form that Fox has been talking about! Anne Gearan, a highly suspect performer, started her news report like this, hard-copy headlines included: GEARAN (3/18/15): *Clinton didn’t sign State Dept. exit form/Paperwork certifies that employees have returned all documentsThe State Department has “no record” that former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton signed a form certifyi... more »

"Stable right wing coalition w no intl legitimacy"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Michael Shuval, "BBC News producer in Israel and the West Bank", tweeted the following last night: Netanyahu must choose: Stable right wing coalition w no intl legitimacy or unstable moderate gov that could prevent further isolation. — Michael Shuval (@MichaelShuval) March 17, 2015 That struck me as somewhat dubious, impartiality-wise. And others agreed: @MichaelShuval @YishaiFleisher Who decides what's legitimate? You mean popular with foreign govts Unpopular overseas does not = illegitimate — Dov (@Dov67) March 17, 2015 @MichaelShuval Interesting "neutrality" being shown by @BBCA... more »

Georgia And The West Condemn Russia's Treaty With Georgia's Rebel South Ossetia Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov make a statement for the press March 18, 2015. (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi) *Reuters*: *Russian treaty with rebel Georgian region alarms West* *(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia's rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea.* *Tbilisi described the "alliance and integration" treaty as a "move aimed at annexation" and the United States and European Union... more »

The End of the World

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
The Great Day of His Wrath

Why Have Progressives Been Complicit in Supporting the U.S. Ukraine-Russia Policy?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Round Table on European security - Katrina Vanden Heuvel is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the magazine *The Nation*. She has been the magazine's editor since 1995. She is a frequent guest on numerous television programs. On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, powerful Democrats like House Armed Services Committee ranking member Adam Smith (D-Wash.), House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) joined House Speaker John Boehner and an array of other Republicans in a letter to the White H... more »

Turbulent Times Show TONIGHT At 8PM CDT (9PM EDT) On Blogtalk Radio

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
Tonight, Whitewraithe and I will be doing a special 1+ hour long Turbulent Times show on Blogtalk radio... www.blogtalkradio.com/turbulenttimes.... We are hoping to discuss some more current events that both her and I have taken notice over the last week, and may get into a bit of bashing of the fraud of religion..... It will be a most interesting show indeed.. We will also have our chat room open at www.turbulenttimes.chatango.com for anyone that wants to converse with myself directly and to ask any questions... The call in line is also open at 1-347-857-2203, AND in case the link... more »

Minimum wage rise: they wanted, they demanded it, they marched for, and they got it. Good and hard.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: Embedded image permalink] Well, they wanted, they demanded it, they marched for, and they got it. Good and hard. Seattle’s minimum wage law takes effect April 1st, and it’s already leading to closures and job losses. Who knew? More accurately, who *didn’t* know—which was everyone who wanted it, demanded it, and marched for it and who denied in doing so raising the supply price of employees would have any negative effect on the number of employees demanded. No wonder they’re so confused now by the closures and job losses, because they’d been told by their intellectual le... more »

Campbell River LNG Export Plant Goes Down In Flames, Dead And Buried.

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
Remember this hype, all the good people of Campbell River invited to a town hall meeting to rejoice in the announcement of good times acomin to Campbell River, LNG export plant to the rescue... ________________ *Excitement builds over Campbell River LNG plant* - *2* - - - - - - - - *by Alistair Taylor - Campbell River Mirror* - *posted Sep 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM— updated Sep 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM* *It will be a long haul before Discovery LNG starts shipping liquid natural gas from the former Elk Falls Mill site.* *But Quicksi... more »

Official inauguration of Swiss Space Systems Croatia, also Spaceport sites in Malaysia and Morocco

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
http://www.s-3.ch/en/home/2015/02/16/official-inauguration-of-swiss-space-systems-croatia *Official inauguration of Swiss Space Systems Croatia* Zagreb, Croatia (February 16, 2015). S3, officially inaugurated its daughter company, Swiss Space Systems Croatia, in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Croatia, as well as representatives of the national and local authorities and international guests from the aerospace sector. *The company is located in Zagreb* and Sladjan Zovko is its General Director. For the S3 Group, this inauguration represents a new important step in... more »

HRW: After Routing Islamic State Forces In Amerli Last Year, Iraq Shiite Militias Went On A Rampage Destroying Sunni Homes And Displacing Thousands

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Satellite image of heavy black smoke rising from a building in the town of Habash, Iraq, captures an arson attack in progress on the morning of September 17, 2014. Satellite Image: © CNES 2015 / Distribution Airbus DS *Human Rights Watch:* *Iraq: Militia Attacks Destroy Villages, Displace Thousands* *(New York) – Militias, volunteer fighters, and Iraqi security forces engaged in deliberate destruction of civilian property after these forces, following US and Iraqi air strikes, forced the retreat of Islamic State fighters (also known as ISIS) from the town of Amerli and surroundin... more »

Meditation: The Easiest Way to Do It

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Struggling to learn how to meditate? This free video from Roy Masters teaches his basic observation exercise and describes his secret to meditating. The post Meditation: The Easiest Way to Do It appeared first on Waking Times .

Georgia And The West Condemn Russia's Treaty With Georgia's Rebel South Ossetia Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov make a statement for the press March 18, 2015. (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi) *Reuters*: *Russian treaty with rebel Georgian region alarms West* *(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia's rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea.* *Tbilisi described the "alliance and integration" treaty as a "move aimed at annexation" and the United States and European Union... more »

The Economy: “50 Shades of Dull Gray”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“50 Shades of Dull Gray”* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - “Life on the ranch: Fatima, a girl of 10, has asked to learn English. She wants to be able to talk to an aunt who lives in New York. What an unexpected pleasure – for us, not for her – it is to give her lessons. We’ll let you know how it goes. Now, back on our financial beat… Wow! We never thought we’d have so much help from central bankers. At the start of 2010, for example, we announced our new “Trade of the Decade.” The idea: Sell short Japanese government bonds, which are doomed, and buy Japanes... more »

Climate Change, the "Free Market" & the California Drought

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* The current multi-year California drought is not on most people's radar yet, but it's about to be. The video above, from KQED, is an excellent look at the scope of the problem. If you have just a little time, watch the first two minutes (I've set up the player to stop at that point, I hope). As you do, you may want to pause and study three sets of images — the before-and-after shots of Folsom Reservior (0:42), Lake Oroville (0:49), and the snowpack regions from which reservoirs are filled (0:57). Here's another image of the drought problem: *California is dry... more »

U.S. Raises Concerns On Iranian Deployment Of 'Heavy Weaponry' Into Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S., eyeing Iranian arms in Iraq, warns on sectarian tensions* *(Reuters) - The United States is concerned about how heavy Iranian weaponry might be used inside Iraq, including as Iran-backed militia help the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.* *Reuters has previously reported on the alleged presence of Iranian rockets inside Iraq. U.S. officials declined to comment on specific Iranian weaponry after The New York Times reported it might include Fajr-5 artillery rockets and Fateh-110 missiles.* *... more »

South Australia Does This to Increase Crop Yields 300% Without GMOs

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Heather Callaghan* - Why would you go for seven per cent when you can get 50 to 100 per cent increases in yield without having to use genetically modified seeds? The post South Australia Does This to Increase Crop Yields 300% Without GMOs appeared first on Waking Times.

USA Needs Revolution! and other stories

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 11 hours ago
Latest Press TV rant: Watch at: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/18/402416/Revolution-needed-in-United-States Please note that I was not saying the primary reason for revolution is to stop attacks on Muslims; instead, I was saying that these attacks won't stop until a revolution overthrows the neocon regime that seized power on September 11th, 2001. The neocon criminals have looted and pillaged all Americans, not just Muslims; and they have shredded the US Constitution, demolished the rule of law, and bankrupted the country. No country in history has needed a revolution like t... more »

Syria claims drone downed, US confirms drone 'lost contact' - Chlorine in my eyes

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*Syrian air defense systems shoot down a UAV over Lattakia* “Damascus, SANA – The Syrian air defense systems *shot down a hostile UAV* in the northern province of Lattakia on Tuesday. The Syrian T.V said authorities are carrying out investigations to verify the side which the drone is affiliated to.” *A US drone is NOT mentioned by SANA- The SANA report says investigators are verifying the drone affiliation. * *Khaleejtimes* “A military source said *the drone was not immediately identified as being American *but *was shot down as a hostile aircraft.* “As soon as it entered Syrian... more »

Consciousness – The Unified Field

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Keith R. Holden M.D* - Energy is the fabric of the Universe, and all matter originates from energy. The post Consciousness – The Unified Field appeared first on Waking Times.

Pakistan Launches Airstrikes Against Militants In The Khyber Tribal Border Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Deutsche Welle*: *Pakistani steps up Khyber offensive, launches airstrikes in mountainous border region* *Airstrikes killed 34 militants in the Kyhber tribal border region near Afghanistan, the Pakistani military said Wednesday. The strikes follow Sundays deadly suicide attack on a Christian Church in Lahore that killed 17. * *Wednesday's airstrikes targeted the Pakistani Taliban and its allies who are based in the remote Tirah Valley west of the city of Pesharwar near the Afghan frontier.* *The military claimed 34 militants had been killed but tribal sources on the ground tol... more »

The Collapsing American Empire at Work

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
If you are an English speaker it is best to turn the sound off and read the subtitles. With two different voices going on it can get a bit distracting. But I think this is a very interesting interview that helps us again see the bigger picture of US-NATO intentions in eastern Europe. This German radio interview is with former German spy Rainer Wolfgang Rupp also known under codenames Mosel and Topaz. He talks about American strategy for development of a new version of NATO (even further under US-UK control) and the role of Germany in it.

I'd feel sorry for Ed Miliband but he really does deserve every piss-take that comes his way

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
I'd feel sorry for Ed Miliband but he really does deserve every piss-take that comes his way. And as for Ed Balls sitting next to him with that idiotic pretend shocked expression on his face, how he has the nerve to look at himself in the mirror after all that he's done to the UK economy, I just don't know. When George Osborne can take the piss out of a Labour politician that easily then you know it's just to easy.

Consciousness & The Unified Field

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
Energy is the fabric of the Universe, and all matter originates from energy. The post Consciousness & The Unified Field appeared first on Waking Times.

How Netanyahu's Victory Will Impact Israeli - U.S. Relations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Carol Lee, WSH: **Tension Between U.S., Israel Likely to Continue After Netanyahu’s Re-election* *Obama and Netanyahu differ starkly on Iran and Middle East peace policyWASHINGTON—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive re-election on Tuesday likely has scuttled the possibility of a thaw in the White House’s frayed relationship with the leader of the U.S.’s closest Middle East ally.White House officials hold out little hope that, in the remaining 20 months of President Barack Obama’s term, the U.S. and Israeli leaders will be able to narrow their differences ov... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Reactions To Yesterday's Israeli Elections

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz*:* How did Netanyahu score such a decisive election victory?* *The prime minister who was on course for an ignominious defeat is now being sent back to the Knesset with an even bigger majority – thanks to a brilliant end-game and his rivals' flawed campaigns.* *For anyone who did not sleep last night, but spent the wee hours watching as television exit polls began slowly to give way to the actual results coming from the Central Election Commission, there was a surreal moment, sometime between 2 o'clock and 3 o'clock, when the floor seemed to give way unde... more »

Israel Election News Updates -- March 18, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Hard-right shift delivers upset election win for Netanyahu* *(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Wednesday to form a new governing coalition quickly after an upset election victory that was built on a shift to the right and is likely to worsen a troubled relationship with the White House.* *In the final days of campaigning, Netanyahu abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state - the basis of more than two decades of Middle East peacemaking - and promised to go on building settlements on occupied land. Such policies defy the core ... more »

Consciousness – The Unified Field

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago

Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
*Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies: Part 1. Source: Real Crusades History. Date Published: March 9, 2015. Description:* The first installment in Real Crusades History's epic analysis of the movie Kingdom of Heaven. Is the film historically accurate or inaccurate? Find out now! J Stephen Roberts is joined by historians Helena P. Schrader and Paul Copenhagen. *Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies: Part 2 *

Nemtsov's Murder....a member of the Russian Duma gives the Russian view

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Member of the Russian Duma provides Russian view of Nemtsov Assassination* Thanks to The Saker for this video. It is a "must view" to understand events from the Russian perspective. Interesting to see a member of the Russian parliament sitting and talking about issues in his office. How many times do we see such things in Canada...where a MP will sit and talk at length about some goings on? Never! It is always a heavily scripted soundbite that that has been vetted beforehand by the US/Israeli/Mossad handlers of the Canadian government. * Evgeny Fedorov* is actually involved in... more »

Israel Did 9-11: Christopher Bollyn At March 1st, 2015 Conference In Santa Rosa California - Solving 9-11 Ends The War

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Over 13 and 1/2 years since the Israeli Mossad attacks of September 11th, 2001, and the criminal psychopaths that are responsible for the murder of over 3000 innocent Americans are still walking free....The real sad part is that as a result of that heinous act on the American nation, the Jewish controlled United States government has imposed its draconian "Patriot Act" on the gullible American people thus stripping away all freedoms that they used to enjoy...And of course the Jewish criminals in charge of the American government have been using their American slaves to destroy nation... more »

World News Briefs -- March 18, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
This picture surfaced on social media which purported to show children were among those being held hostage *Daily Mail*: *Two Britons feared dead as eight killed in Tunisian museum attack: Around 30 more held hostage by three gunmen* ** At least seven foreigners have been killed in a terror attack in Tunisia* ** Three gunmen opened fire in the capital about midday at Bardo Museum* ** Another 30 people are believed to currently be held hostage in the attack* ** Security forces surrounded the building and evacuated nearby parliament * *Tunisian security forces have surrounded a grou... more »

Netanyahu "showed his true colors" during election

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 13 hours ago
The results are in: Israeli Prime Minister and international war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, *a key architect* of the *false flag attack* on 9/11 which initiated the Orwellian, never-ending *Jewish concocted "Global War on Terror,"* and his fanatical right-wing Likud Party scored a *"decisive victory" in the latest Israeli elections*, thus ensuring he will *remain Prime Minister of the Jewish state.* The *Jewish Telegraph Agency* recently published an article outlining some key conclusions that can be drawn from the election, including the fact that Netanyahu *"showed his true colo... more »

Neocons Want War with Iran - They Want War with Practically Everybody

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*A Neocon Admits the Plan to Bomb Iran* *Exclusive:* The neocon Washington Post, which wants to kill the talks aimed at constraining Iran’s nuclear program, allowed a contrary opinion of sorts onto its pages – a neocon who also wants to collapse the talks but is honest enough to say that the follow-up will be a U.S. war on Iran, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Not exactly known for truthfulness, U.S. neocons have been trying to reassure the American people that sinking a negotiated deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program would be a painless proposition, but at least on... more »

Downtown Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Chaos: "Young people, Teens, Youth, Young Adults, Young Individuals"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*at least they didn't call them Irish.* During a news conference, Minneapolis police officials said chaos broke out around 8 p.m. when "hundreds of teens and young adults" who had come downtown "traveling by mass transit" started fighting. Police inspector Mike Kjos said their "intent was to cause chaos and disorder." source Think you're safe in the suburbs? Nope. The Twin Cities spent billions of dollars on light rail so the chaos can be delivered to your front door. The lovely Nicollet mall in Minneapolis is no longer safe. Of course, the yuppie commies of Minneapolis were al... more »

TUNISIA: Hostages and shootings at Bardo Museum..... perhaps?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
UPDATES: *Edited 3:28 to add: * *http://news.yahoo.com/tunisia-premier-says-19-killed-museum-attack-including-150851413.html* Tunisia premier says 19 killed in museum attack, including 17 foreigners [image: Reuters] 10 minutes ago [image: Police officers are seen outside parliament in Tunis] . View photo Police officers are seen outside parliament in Tunis March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA … TUNIS (Reuters) - At least 19 people were killed, including 17 foreign tourists, when militants attacked Tunisia's Bardo museum in the capital Tunis, Prime Minis... more »

HANDS UP, DON’T REPORT: Justice debunks The Cable News Three!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015 Part 3—Where do our narratives come from:* To our ear, Chris Hayes wasn’t exactly obsessively honest on his cable show Monday night. Hayes spoke with conservative writer Leon Wolf about the Justice Department’s recent pair of reports. Citing the nation’s tribal divide, Wolf made some accurate statements: WOLF (3/16/15): *As I’m sure you’re aware, Chris, there were actually two Department of Justice reports issued concerning Ferguson.* The first one dealt with the actual shooting of Michael Brown, and the second one dealt with the Ferguson PD at large. ... more »

Suprer Uniivrese and how this siece would play on TV

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Like a rosetta stone there is freedom for most people who can access my free Can you speak the language or do you really undertand the concept of being an indetured servatant this is shame no matter what the temporaral profitabilty People treated as slaves make expensive problems\ because they in the saugage factory have nothing to lose aND anf i half to say bettting on some kinds of negoitiatd social demcracy is like the failed past o General Motors the people at the top must demise for the hunan world to advace or even persaphere Th e chance this well built and well informed intstiu... more »

Destruction Of Historic Sites In Iraq Hides Looting Campaign By Islamic State

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Since the Islamic State (IS) seized Mosul in June 2014 it has been destroying historic sites throughout the area. In the summer of 2014 for example it bombedthe Ibn al-Atheer shrine and the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus. More recently it bulldozed the Assyrian cities of Nimrod and Hatra, and ransacked Khorsabad in March 2015. This has generated plenty of headlines and international condemnation, which has only obfuscated IS’s real purpose, which is to spread its propaganda while profiting in the process. The popular narrativeabout the Islamic State’s destruction of his historic si... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 18, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Undated photo of two Tupolev+Tu-22M Backfire bombers. Finnish Defense Forces Photo *USNI News:* *Russian Military ‘Snap Drills’ Include Bomber and Ballistic Missile Deployments to Crimea, Kaliningrad* *A series of so-called snap drills by Russia’s Northern Fleet and its Western Military District will include deployments of high-end ballistic Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems (NATO Reporting name: SS-26 Stone) to Russia’s exclave in Kaliningrad and Tupolev Tu-M22 Backfire bombers to the exclave and Crimea, according to Tuesday Russian state media reports.* *Citing an unma... more »

Ted Cruz: Congratulations to Prime Minister Netanyahu...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*classy!* I don't believe our petulant narcissist of a president has sent his congratulations yet. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been an extraordinary leader for Israel, and I congratulate him on what appears to be a victory. His electoral success is all the more impressive given the powerful forces that tried to undermine him, including, sadly, the full weight of the Obama political team. American officials should not be undermining the elected leaders of our closest allies, especially when Prime Minister Netanyahu's heroic - even Churchillian - opposition to a nuclear Iran has don... more »

TN Voucher Bill Will Preserve Segregation for Memphis Poor

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Most of the poorest Memphis schools make up the bottom 5 percent among TN test takers. The current bill moving through the state legislature offers $6,500 vouchers to these poorest kids. There is not even a marginal private school in Memphis that these kids can go to with their $6,500 vouchers. Since private schools can't charge more, the black voucher kids will create a market for the black Baptist opportunists to create less than marginal church schools to fill the void and the pockets of the black churchmen who would rather build their own little fiefdoms at public expense than t... more »

DSCC And DCCC Continue Searching For Conservative Candidates

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
IL-10 Dems Schneider & Rotering Yesterday 4 generally conservative Democrats-- Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Bob Casey (PA), Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN)-- voted with the GOP to end the Senate Democrats' filibuster of an anti-human trafficking bill that includes anti-Choice provisions. Even with supposedly pro-Choice Maine Senator Susan Collins voting with her own party on this, the final vote, 55-43 wasn't enough to shut down the filibuster. People wonder how we wind up with Democrats like these. It's easy enough to make excuses for conservaDems in red states like West Virginia and... more »

Bibi won and why should I care?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Israel is a troubled piece of real estate a battle for owne rship that goes on now for over a thousand years and you thought big rigging was a big issue I believe life is like a hockey team no matter how unfair and perhaps that's why sports no matter what the culture wants to tell us what is clear and what\ is offside and we can debate it endlessly with passion but never cross over to the darkside Bibi, is a soul sucking cocksucker of the San Fresco side (Nttawwt) as depicted in Deadwood A great political artist who only paints himself and the future is all acrylic and due to crack wh... more »

Establishing His Bona Fides

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/ Last week, Jason Kenney claimed that Russian aircraft provoked *HMCS Fredericton *as it participated in a NATO exercise in the Black Sea. When the *Ottawa Citizen* asked DND for a comment, they refused to go near Kenney's statement and referred the paper to NATO. Stewart Webb writes: NATO brusquely dismissed Kenney’s tales of an old-fashioned Cold War showdown involving Canadian forces — stating that Russian overflights have operated at altitudes higher than the 500 feet cited by Kenney’s office and that t... more »

One Reason For C-51 Apathy

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I really don't know who Neil Macdonald is. I believe I've read his offerings once or twice before on the CBC News website before today's column. My recollection is that he's an unremarkable, centre-right, white male liberal. "Liberal" as in "liberalism." Which is to say, "neo-liberal" economics, and freedom of speech, and opposition to positive policies that help counteract prevalent and systemic racism, in favour of some sort of "colour-blind" policies such as encouraging bigots to hire the best person for the job, regardless of creed, colour or gender. In short, not a person to ... more »

Terror Attack At Tunisian Museum. 7 Tourists Killed. 30 Tourists Being Held As Hostages

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC:* *Tunis attack: Gunmen kill tourists in museum raid* *At least seven foreign tourists and a Tunisian have been killed after gunmen targeted a museum in the the Tunisian capital, officials say.* *Tourists from several European countries were taken hostage, a local radio station reported.* *The shooting happened at the Bardo Museum, which is next to the parliament building in central Tunis.* *At the time of the attack deputies were discussing anti-terrorism legislation. Parliament has now been evacuated.* *An interior ministry spokesman told Reuters that two militants wer... more »

Aisha North: A short update on the Equinox eclipse energies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
https://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/a-short-update-on-the-equinox-eclipse-energies/ *A short update on the Equinox eclipse energies * by Aisha North March 18, 2015 Once again you stand before a momentous occasion, one where you will benefit greatly from a coinciding of two celestial events. For this time, at the time of the year when the placement of the celestial body that you inhabit relative to your Sun’s seems to put everyone in a state of perceived balance, you will be visited by another event that will affect the impact the energies that these two simultaneous events... more »

U.S. Speeds-Up Plans To Cut It's Reliance On Russian Rocket Engines

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
An Atlas 5 ULA (United Launch Alliance) rocket carrying a satellite for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Photo: Reuters *Washington Times:* *U.S. Air Force blasted for defying Congress over Russian rocket ban* *Top lawmakers are angrily accusing the Air Force of slow-walking a congressional mandate to stop using Russian rocket engines for spy satellite launches up through 2019, a move driven by Capitol Hill outrage over the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine.* *Sens. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, and Bill Ne... more »

RCMP spying on climate change researchers?

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 15 hours ago
This, via Creekside. Tim Takaro, a health sciences professor at SFU, says he was having lunch in Tofino with his family on Wednesday when his daughter's cellphone rang. When she answered it, she was told it was the Burnaby RCMP calling and they were looking for her father. "I was very upset that he had called my daughter and that he was basically threatening, intimidating on the phone," says

Netanyahu's win- By hook or Crook? Clearly crookedness prevailed

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Look at some of the headlines today regarding Netanyahu's win?* *Come from behind- Stunning- St Patrick's Day Miracle? It's pretty clear the fix is in!! Netanyahu was needed, in power, for the war agenda & he unsurprisingly remains in power- * *Sure looks like a stolen election to me!* *Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud surges to stunning win* *"Netanyahu's return to power for a 4th term likely spells trouble for Mideast peace effort" * *"Herzog, who appeared poised only days ago to stage a coup, conceded defeat" * *Yet, Netanyahu was behind in all final polling, immediately prior to ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Obama: 'Critically Important' to Fund 'English-Learning for Large Portions of Our Student Population'* *He's got a point* Improving public education "is a monumental task and it requires resources," President Obama said on Monday. Millions of dollars should be spent on "special education and English-learning for large portions of our student population that may need extra help. That's going to be critically important," Obama told a gathering of school officials and educators at the White House. The president announced in November that he will allow millions more illegal aliens ... more »

Netanyahu, reparations, finger, letter to Iran, and Victory Day

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
I did expect Netanyahu's Likud to win – and I wanted it to win in the Israeli parliamentary elections. *Off-topic: solar eclipse will arrive to Europe on Friday morning. An animated map shows the eclipse will be total at an Atlantic Ocean path avoiding the Eastern beaches of Greenland; partial in much of Europe.* The country isn't necessarily living at an unprecedented time – every moment is "special" in some way. However, the present may be dangerous enough, with the Iranian nuclear bomb on the horizon and indications that the government of the most important ally is effectively... more »

10 Things You Are Spending Too Much Money On

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings #CollectiveBias [image: 10 Things You Are Spending Way Too Much Money On | HousewifeEclectic.com] We decided this is the year we are finally taking our kids to Disneyland. Our girls are jumping up and down excited, but as we plan more and more of our trip, we have begun to realize just how expensive a magical vacation can be. As we have looked over our budget we have found some places we have been throwing money away and they might just be the same places that a... more »

Communist Bandit Cookies

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
Made with special ingredients! h/t to Josh Ellis, who takes great photos. Taken near Daxi in Taoyuan. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Are you a fucking Pussy or not? This comment is not sexual way in anyway.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
This is the message of very well paid' motivators who have never accomplished anything but make big money for you for following their opion and top of mind is Tony Robbins a golden basket case a thousand years ago he would have been BUDDA or something worse

Rare 9/11 Footage Shows CGI Glitch....

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Post by Tunis Tribune.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Chris Mooney assumes what he has to prove * *Mooney is a science popularizer who regularly spins all findings as supportive of the Green/Left. Logic is not however his strong suit. He implies below that recent bad weather is due to global warming ("greenhouse gas emissions"). But how can it be when there has been no global warming for 18 years? It is to be expected that local temperature changes -- as in the Arctic -- will have some effects but a local effect is not a global effect. I have to put it very simply for the likes of Mooney* Is the rapid melting of the Arctic payi... more »

OMG TENSION and Elections set for Jan 16

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*People's Park, Taichung.* Still catching up from the last few days.... First Chen Shui-bian's son Chen Chih-chung, who'd done so much damage to the DPP, yet had been accepted back into the party which needed his followers, announced a few days ago that he was going to step aside and not run for a legislative seat. Yay! Also stepping aside from his Taipei legislative run was Freddy Lim of the New Party (Platform) for a Social Democratic Party politician. I can't find the translation of the party platform anymore on solidarity.tw, it's been taken down. Lim said he didn't want the "... more »

Dealing with reality

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Who the fuck knows that is the same situation we all want to know Dead Children and other lies we got to say we trust mathimactic' and that is the only proven way to speak to God And to all the experts who could not even do the times table in their minds I say thats your legitimcay' and in the world of human discovery your illiterate and if you make money with words thats absolute fraud.

Bibi wins by not losing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Its a bad omen if you want to work in biblical terms that a person full up to bursting full of warts remains remains remains as any part of the political domain Some people just want to get along and others like to rule this has been the way since humans emerged from biological gell In every case natural law takes over a Alpha male dominates and his world becomes ours Insurgences there have been many communism the biggest one socialism still exits today but its forever threatened What we saw today in Israel is tribalism democracy Unlike Kansas or Oklahoma the vote in Israel was n... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*1 down, 1 to go: Couple climbs Live Oak to protect it from new golf course in City Park ~WGNO* *BP misuses data to fit its claim the Gulf won't suffer long-term from spill: Editorial* *Corps of Engineers watching Mississippi River levees ~Fox 8 WVUE* *New Orleans Councilman James Gray’s law license suspended for 2 years after ‘violating duties to his clients’ ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate * *6 St. Joseph altars not to miss in the New Orleans area, and a comprehensive list of the rest ~Judy Walker *

My head wants to expode but my heart is with Larry Miller

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Larry Miller spoke for the tribe get off our island if your some kind of coconut This tribe is my tribe when it comes to what Canada should be its what I feel in my heart not what my head tells me is best for me Immigration is a form of socialism its brings in a new voting bloc whose interest generally align with those tribe members mostly marginalised Immigration brings in new perspective but also people with some sense of adventure and wanted or not extreme adaptability Religion is always a difficult thing to assimilate just watch Vikings and you see how irrational thought interf... more »

Top Aide To Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Vows To 'Raise The Flag Of Islam Over The White House'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
New flag? Shirazi conjured an image of an Iranian-led 'resistance front' that would overwhelm the West *Daily Mail*:* Top Iranian cleric vows to 'raise the flag of Islam over the White House' in revenge speech after attack on Hezbollah by Israel* * * Ali Shirazi, an aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made threat in a speech* * * Was speaking after Revolutionary Guardsmen reportedly killed by Israel* * * Said 'resistance front' led by Iran would one day overwhelm the West * *A senior Iranian cleric made a vow to 'raise the flag of Islam over the White House' in retaliation for an attack ... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( March 18 , 2015 ) - Protests at the ECB Opening of its HQ Today , Greece saga set to take center stage later this week at EU Summit 3/18 and 3/19 - updates re : same , Europe area trade data , Data splash from Overnight ( China , Japan , Commodities , GBP and Euro in focus ) , IMF Loan to Ukraine in focus - new piece from John Helmer

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Evening Tweets..... Fed covered at separate post linked below , tweet feed has much , much more - just highlights here ! *fred walton* @fredwalton216 · 6m6 minutes ago Catharsis Ours: Federal Reserve Statement and subsequent "reaction... http://fredw-catharsisours.blogspot.com/2015/03/federa l-reserve-statement-and.html?spref=tw …The Day that was...... fred walton retweeted *Nick Malkoutzis* @NickMalkoutzis · 54m54 minutes ago Answering to rec'd Q about trust from @Hugodixon, Dep PM @YDragasakis argues previous gov't lost trust "Why didn't it get tranche?" #Greece Favorite... more »

Americans R Stupid

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Considering the current make up of Congress these findings should come as no surprise. Now America rules the world like some idiot savant Between the people who just dont know or who are paid to think so the world is sinking or the water is climbing or both its time to find another planet dont make me say I told you so The big question of our age is are we more stupid than the gang that begot us in? It would be hard to define something in our modern time as dumb as World War One So in that regard we have some made wonderful progress with the exceptions of both Gulf Wars We suffer mor... more »

Malaysia May Buy Chinese Corvettes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: C28A class FS]Malaysia is planning to buy two variants of C28A Chinese warships for its navy, a local defense media website quoted industry sources as saying last week. “The deal for the two warships was supposed to be signed during the Prime Minister’s visit to China last year during 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries – but was cancelled at the last moment due to various issues, one of them was funding concerns. Despite the cancellation, Malaysia remained keen on the plan and it might revive after funding is made available,” malaysiandefence.... more »

Japanese Warship Captain Set to Counter N. Korean Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Kongo class DDG]North Korea is increasing its missile capabilities that pose a growing threat to Japan, which has deployed sea-based missile defenses as a key element of its military forces, the commander of one of Japan’s four Aegis-equipped missile defense ships says. “North Korea presents a real threat and it has been hostile in its behavior and its words,” said Capt. Yasuhiro Sato of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces. Sato is commanding officer of the JS Kirishima, one of four Kongo-class destroyers armed with the U.S.-made Aegis Battle Management system and outfit... more »

Orbital ATK weaponizes Lebanese Air Force Cessna

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Cessna AC-208B Fires Hellfire]A Lebanese Air Force Cessna C-208B aircraft used for intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions is being given a strike capability by Orbital ATK. The work on the C-208B Caravan was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense under a Foreign Military Sales deal. "Orbital ATK's modified Caravan has a proven track record of reliability, affordability and versatility," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK's Defense Electronic Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. Read more

U.S. Loses Track Of $500 Million In Weapons Given To Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
U.S. firearms supplied to the Interior Ministry in Yemen, which has received $500 million in aid from the United States since 2007 under an array of Defense Department and State Department programs. (Government Accountability Office) *Washington Post*: *Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen* *The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.* *With Yem... more »

Russia Starts Missiles Delivery for Su-30MKM Jets Designed for Malaysia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKM Flanker]Russia has started delivering missiles for Malaysia's Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters, manufactured by Russia's Irkut Corporation, the head of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport's regional department told RIA Novosti in an interview on Tuesday. "We are currently providing after-sales service for Su-30MKM, fighters, including the supply of all necessary spare parts and repair services, as well as the supply of aircraft munitions," Vladimir Ereschenko, who is in charge of the Rosoboronexport delegation at the LIMA-2015 exhibition taking place in Malaysia, s... more »

My Spring Break Reading

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 18 hours ago
This week is spring break at Harvard, so I have time to catch up on some pleasure reading. First up is a recent recommendation by a blog reader: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. The book is a few years old, but I had not heard of it. It gives readers a lens into the field of moral psychology, together with dashes of philosophy, anthropology, behavioral genetics, political science, and even some behavioral economics. It is a great read. Highly recommended.

LIMA 2015: Boeing comes out fighting with AH-6i

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AH-6i Little Bird]Boeing is squaring up to challengers in the light attack helicopter market by pointing to the key differentiators of the AH-6i that the company believes give it an advantage over competitors such as MD Helicopters. Speaking at LIMA 2015, Dave Brostrom, Boeing’s regional director attack and vertical helicopter lift business development, said that there was strong interest in the region for the AH-6i, not least from Malaysia, which has requested pricing for six, 12 and 24 aircraft. He added that there had also been strong interest from the Philippines and B... more »

Boeing pins hopes on Malaysia order for boost to F/A-18 fighter jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet]U.S plane manufacturer Boeing , in talks with Malaysia for the sale of 18 F/A-18 fighter jets, is pinning its hopes on an order to give a boost to the struggling product, executives of the planemaker said on Wednesday. The F/A-18 model, French firm Dassault's Rafale, Swedish manufacturer Saab's Gripen, and European consortium Eurofighter’s Typhoon are all being assessed by the Southeast Asian nation to replace it aging fleet of Russian MiG-29 fighters jets. While the purchase was earlier expected by Malaysia to be completed this year, the countr... more »

Sukhoi-30 MKI, Air Force's Most Modern Fighter Jet, Plagued by Engine Trouble

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKI Flanker]Sukhoi-30 MKI, the most powerful and modern fighter jets in Indian Air Force's stable, has been hit by mid-air engine failures. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Parliament today that as many as 35 instances of engine failures were reported in 2013-14 - that's nearly three a month. In all, there are 69 instances of engine failure in the last four years, the minister said. Inquiries by the Air Force have revealed that in as many as 33 instances, the engines failed because of impure fuel, in another 11 cases, the problem was caused by excessive vibra... more »

The Economy: “The Truth Behind Central Banks' Machinations”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“The Truth Behind Central Banks' Machinations”* by Shah Gilani “Central bankers aren't stalwart free-market shepherds, although that's how they cloak themselves. The truth is they're more like wolves… communist wolves in sheep's clothing. Today I'm going to show you what their game really is. Then I'm going to show you how we'll fight back… *The Central Bankers' Real Game: *Central banks aren't free-market enthusiasts. Sure, they may profess doing "God's work," saving free markets from the excesses to which they're prone. But that's utter rubbish – or worse. Central banks are ru... more »

Two Dutch peacekeepers killed in UN helicopter crash in Mali

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RNLAF AH-64 Apache]Two Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed in northern Mali, the Dutch military said, calling it an accident. The helicopter, from the UN's MINUSMA mission, crashed about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Gao, a source from the city's airport told AFP, adding that two people were injured and subsequently died. Top Dutch defence commander, General Tom Middendorp, later confirmed the crash at a press conference in The Hague. Read more

Predator UAV lost over Syria

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MQ-1 Predator]An MQ-1 Predator was lost Tuesday while flying over northwest Syria, according to a defense official. Syria's official news agency claimed the drone hwas shot down, but the defense official was unable to say exactly how the unmanned aircraft crashed. The Air Force is in the process of phasing out Predators in favor of the newer MQ-9 Reaper. The service's proposed budget for fiscal 2016 would raise the number of Reaper combat air patrols from 55 to 60 within a 24-hour period while lowering the number of combat air patrols Predators fly from 10 to five per day. ... more »

AVIC TA-600 flying boat could be used in S China Sea: designer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AVIC TA-600]The head of the AVIC TA-600, a large amphibious flying boat, has been completed by AVIC Chengfei Commercial Aircraft Company, a major milestone in the plane's development, according to China's Global Times. The chief designer of the plane, Huang Lingcai, told the paper on March 17 that the plane, also known as the AG600, is extremely suited to long-range ocean search and rescue missions and may be used in the South China Sea in the future. The plane is one of three large planes that China is developing and the largest amphibious plane in the world. Read more

Prince Harry To Quit The U.K. Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Vanity Fair*: *Prince Harry Says He Is Beginning A “New Chapter” of His Life* *Confirming rumors, Prince Harry made it official yesterday: he will be leaving the British Army in June, after 10 years of service. Harry reflected on this time in the military in his statement about the decision, writing, “After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process.” He went on, “From learning the hard way to stay onside ... more »

High Maintenance Costs May Force France To Relocate Mistral Helicopter Carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]The French Mistral helicopter carrier Vladivostok could be relocated from Saint-Nazaire to Brest Naval base due to high maintenance costs, Local media reported. DCNS and STX shipyard operators are subject to port and maintenance fees of about $2.7 million. It is rumored that the companies might think of relocating the aircraft carrier to join the naval base in Brest, Le Telegramme reported Monday. Controversy erupted with non delivery of the Mistral ships to Russia after US and allied European countries imposed sanctions against Moscow in regard to Ukraine c... more »

US Navy urges joint South-east Asia patrols of South China Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS Eisenhouwer (CVN-69)]The commander of the US Navy Seventh Fleet called on South-east Asian nations to form a combined maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea where territorial tensions flare with China. Countries could streamline cooperation on maritime security while respecting sovereignty and coastal space, as in the case of counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden, Vice Admiral Robert Thomas said yesterday (March 17) at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. The US has reassured allies in the region it will back them... more »

PEO Carriers: CVN-79 Will Have a New Radar, Save $180M Compared to Dual Band Radar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)]The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) will have a different radar than the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), bringing the new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) into the carrier fleet one ship earlier than planned and saving the program about $180 million, according to the Navy. Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers Rear Adm. Tom Moore said the new EASR was meant to enter the fleet in the amphibious assault ship LHA-8 and in USS Enterprise (CVN-80), but a series of events made the early introduction possible. Ford has the ... more »

New Navy vessel to control drones and robotic subs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: LE Samuel Beckett (P61)]The Naval Service will more than halve the age of its eight-vessel fleet when the third ship in a €162m order is delivered by 2016. The news came as the Navy's second new vessel, LE James Joyce, is now concluding sea trials and will be delivered within weeks for commissioning in May. A sister ship to the LE Samuel Beckett which was delivered last year, LE James Joyce was built at Babcock Marine's shipyard in north Devon. Read more

PLA expands its Type 093 midget submarine line

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type 093T (1) in dock]Beijing has revealed a version of the Type 093 midget submarine, known as the 093T, suggesting that more vessels in this class may be produced, reports news website Cankao Xiaoxi. The 093B midget submarine reportedly has a vertical launch system that can launch 16 missiles, including the supersonic anti-ship YJ-18 and the DH-10 cruise missile. Such a submarine can carry up to nine special ops members and is ideal for covert transportation and surprise attack. Read more

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Liquid Mind II: Slow World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Liquid Mind II: Slow World” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJneKrKbWTQ

Newly Commissioned Aircrafts and Submarines by the Air Force and Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Kolkata (D 63)]New advanced aircraft inducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the recent past include Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft, C-17 and C-130 transport aircraft, Mi-17V5 and ALH helicopters along with Pilatus PC-7 Basic Trainer and Hawk Mk-132 Advanced Jet Trainer. Further, recently on 17th December, 2014, the first Light Combat Aircraft has been accepted by the IAF. In the case of Army, 5 number of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv have been taken over during the last one year. Read more

B&W Subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. Awarded $169 Million Contract Options for Naval Reactors Fuel and Materials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Seawolf class SSN]The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W)announced today that its subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS) has been awarded contract options for work totaling approximately $169 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Reactors Laboratory Field Office. This work has been awarded under the $302 million contract B&W previously announced in 2014. The work to be completed under these options includes the manufacture and delivery of fuel and support activities for the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, as well as development of material for future Na... more »

Russian Submarine Spotted Near Latvia; Baltic State To Increase Border Security

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kilo (Project 877) class SSK]The Latvian military has reported spotting a Russian submarine off the coast of Latvia on Monday, the third such sighting reported since November. While the submarine was not in Latvia’s territorial waters, it was traveling in the country’s exclusive economic zone, the 200-mile stretch from Latvia’s coast that it can use for energy production. According to the Latvian armed forces, the submarine was only 27 miles from the start of Latvia’s territorial waters, or around 39 miles from the country’s coastline. Previous sightings of Russian naval ve... more »

Swedish government claims Australia is spreading lies about submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: A19 (Gotland) class SSK]Sweden has accused the Abbott government of spreading lies about its submarine building capability. The head of Sweden’s defence purchasing agency, Lena Erixon, has written to her counterpart at the Defence Materiel Organisation in Canberra, Harry Dunstall, to protest about the denigration of Sweden’s submarine industry led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Ms Erixon also revealed that at no stage had Australian officials requested detailed design details from Sweden or included any technical experts in various government delegations to visit the country... more »

But Do They Love Kim Jong-Un? (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un finds himself in the company of female soldiers ftom Korean People's Army Unit 4302 while on a visit to the Three-Revolution Red Flag Kamnamu (persimmon tree) Company. *WNU Editor:* The sad/funny part of this photo gallery is that it is obviously staged for the cameras. The link to this photo gallery is the following .... *Dazzled women, broken hearts: Kim Jong-un inspects N. Korea Army* (RT).

U.S. Congressman Admits That The U.S. Took Down North Korea's Internet In Response To Their Cyber Attack Against SONY

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Kim Jong Un inspects "new" military technology made by unit 1501 of the Korean People's Army in this 2013 photo. KCNA *Bloomberg*: *North Korea Web Outage Response to Sony Hack, Lawmaker Says * *Representative Michael McCaul becomes the first U.S. official to publicly say the Web outage was retaliation. * *A December blackout of North Korea’s Internet was retaliation for that nation’s hacking of computers at Sony Corp.’s Hollywood studio, a top U.S. lawmaker on cybersecurity issues said without identifying who was responsible.* *Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, Republican c... more »

Gaza Flotilla Three to Sail

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
  Hi all, We are using the Gaza Flotilla 2 US Boat to Gaza email list to let you know of another Gaza Freedom Flotilla---Number 3--that will sail in the next few months.  Ann Wright has written the following article about the lack of international attention focusing on the terrible conditions in Gaza and

Economic Growth and Whiners, Ipagbawal ang GDP Growth!

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
A friend posted today that GDP growth of 6 percent on average, *there is tremendous amount of shallowness to the economic growth of recent years. A simplistic, quantitative overview of the Philippines' macroeconomic health tends to come at the expense of a qualitative assessment of the living standards of ordinary Filipinos.* I commented that an average GDP growth rate of 1 or lower will make them happy. Then there will be no "shallowness to the economic growth of recent years." If one would look around, he/she will notice that the poor no longer ride carabaos or cows; they ride m... more »

Jeremy Bowen's Tweets about the Israeli elections 1-10

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
I have looked at the last few days Tweets by the BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen. Let's see if they strike you as impartial... So this first tweet shows just the sort of view of Israel that you'd expect from Jeremy Bowen. Does this picture express Jeremy Bowen's hopes for a left of centre victory and this a weaker Israel after the elections? A family setting picture of the leader of the Arab Joint List, I wonder if Jeremy Bowen will tweet similarly about the leaders of the larger Jewish led parties? Well Jeremy Bowen managed a picture of Benjamin Netanyahu but it's a lampo... more »

Obama’s gift to the Mullahs with Charles Krauthammer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the Oval Office of the White House February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sirleaf and Obama were expected to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues during their meeting. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)] Once again we taste the folly of appeasement. Yet it is all about a few years. Those few years will see the end of oil. Yet even that does not stop the threat. That threat includes placing a container inside New York and... more »

Jeremy Bowen and the result of the Israeli elections

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
So Mr Bowen: Couldn't you find a Netanyahu suppoter? Is 'demoninator' a faithfiul report of what the Israeli said, a convenient typo or a jibe from a disappointed BBC 'journalist' Coming next, an investigation into Jeremy Bowen's impartial reporting of the Israeli elections.

How to make Pemmican – The Ultimate Survival Super-Food

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: How to make Pemmican – The Ultimate Survival Super-Food] I am always surprised that pemmican is not more commonly used. It is a wonderful meat storage method and deserved better use. It is also obvious that we have not even tried. What impresses me most is that rancidity appears to be well controlled as well. That would be my most significant concern. Adding in dried onions and garlic along with powdered vegetables and even exotic spices are all clearly plausible. This provides a brick of meat protein that you merely place in a pan of boiling water to watch it hydr... more »

No Matter how Much Muslims Despise it, ISIS has grown out of their Religion With Robert Fulford

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Why not make it simple? any religious leader outside of Islam who promotes any form of violence will be severely censored. I do not have to limit myself to Christianity either. Inside Islam we have the exact opposite. Of course that encourages young boys to form up in militant bands to commit serious crimes. It is time to demand all Islamic religious leaders to loudly renounce all forms of violence. If that is impossible, they should be removed from society forthwith for the purpose of deep meditation. We would do exactly that to a christian leader playing that card. It... more »

"Big Brain" Gene Allowed for Evolutionary Expansion of Our Neocortex

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: A mouse brain lights up where extra neurons formed from a gene found in humans that helped form our big brains] I already knew this had to be the case here. Now we are presented with confirmation. What we need explained now is now this happened. It appears to be a large change that can be readily engineered back into a mouse. Was it engineered forward with the chimp, and better still is there any chance of this associated with the plausible pig chimp hybridization conjecture? Both pig and chimp show convolutions on the brain and hybridization cannot be ruled out here ... more »

More research further discrediting Corporate [Common] Core State Standards (CCSS)

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 21 hours ago

Latvia Claims That There Are Russian Subs In Their Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Russian submarines, similar to these based in the Crimean port of Sevastapol, have been seen near Latvia. Reuters/Yannis Behrakis *Moscow Times*: *Latvia Says Russian Naval Ship and Subs Lurking in Its Waters* *Latvia's military said on its official Twitter page on Tuesday that a Russian naval ship was on the edge of the country's territorial waters.* *The ship, identified as a Kashtan-class submarine support vessel, came as close as 28 nautical miles (52 kilometers) close to the country's naval borders, the military said on Twitter.* *A day earlier Latvia's military reported det... more »

Musical Interlude: Runrig, “Abhainn An T-Sluaigh”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Runrig, “Abhainn An T-Sluaigh” (“The Crowded River”) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQFid6nXZpg

A Look At Crimea A Year After The Russian Takeover

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters: (Reuters)* -- *A year after Russia's takeover of Crimea sparked a wave of euphoria across the Black Sea peninsula, residents are suffering growing hardship as prices rise and many fear for the future.* *Russia's flag is flying across Crimea on the anniversary of what President Vladimir Putin calls the region's historic "return home" after Russian troops seized control of it from Ukraine and the people backed annexation in a referendum.* *Since then Putin's popularity has soared - his face looks down from banners and is emblazoned on T-shirts - and some Crimeans, such as... more »

Beverly Baker Moore : METRO | Special Olympics, still alive and well… and in Austin!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The athletes came with an abundance of the original spirit of the Special Olympics movement: inclusion, courage, and fair play. By Beverly Baker Moore | The Rag Blog | March 18, 2015 AUSTIN — Last month, as they do every … finish reading Beverly Baker Moore : *METRO* | Special Olympics, still alive and well… and in Austin!

U.S. To Delay Training Ukrainian Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo:* Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (Wikipedia) *Wall Street Journal:* *U.S. Delays Ukraine Military Training, General Says* *Washington wary of giving Moscow excuse to scrap truceWASHINGTON—The Pentagon is delaying a training program for Ukrainian soldiers so as to avoid giving the Kremlin an excuse to scrap the tenuous peace deal struck last month between Kiev and Moscow-backed separatists, a top U.S. general said Tuesday.Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army in Europe, said U.S. officials wanted to make sure such training—which would involve U.S. military instructors deploy... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Start a Garden

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click *HERE* for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourag... more »

GST online

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
This, from 2013, is topical again: There are arseholes everywhere. One of them runs the Retailers Association. John Albertson, Retailers Association CEO, wants to add a tariff to every single purchase you make on the internet—to make your books more expensive, your clothes more costly, your boots and shoes and software and music more pricy. That’s why I call him an arsehole. Internet retailing has been a boon for every New Zealand buyer. Instead of being restricted to just the few shops in our local area, we now have the whole of the world’s goods available at the click of a mous... more »

Musical Interlude: "Riverdance, The Final Performance"; Happy St. Patrick's Day!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Happy St. Patrick's Day!* "Riverdance, The Final Performance" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8EXDtoGfrs

In Ukraine Contolled Regions Of The Donbas The Army Is Facing A Hostile Population

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukrainian armored vehicle stands in the street of Kostyantynivka after hitting and killing an 8-year-old girl and her aunt. © Kostyantynivka/vk.me *Radio Free Europe*: *Unrest In Ukrainian Town After Girl Killed By Armored Vehicle * *Authorities in a government-held town in eastern Ukraine have made arrests after violence that followed a road accident in which an armored vehicle struck and killed a young girl.Angry residents of the Donetsk region town of Kostyantynivka threw stones at a barracks, torched two cars, and overturned a third after servicemen apparently lost contro... more »

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Paul Craig Roberts Shames Corporate Media Hucksters Masquerading as Journalists The Economy Has Not Recovered And Is Again On Its Way Down Charlie Pierce speaks out (once more) against the Republican Party subversives (or am I being redundant?) in Esquire: Without the support of people engaged in polite - and, occasionally, not very polite - sedition, the Republican party would be a bunch

Economics for Real People: The role of beliefs in economics

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n]* *So you were wondering what our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group would be presenting for you tomorrow night? Then here you go:* The role of culture on economic performance has been largely swept aside by economists. Indeed, those who study the fictitious species of *homo economicus*, the (ideal) *economic human*, assume away the very possibility of such a role for culture. Is this approach justified? *About the Seminar:* This week we are excited to be joined by Professor Robert MacCulloch, who will present on the topic: *Th... more »

Bravi Cobra!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
I really didn't think I'd see something like this from Cobra's blog. But I welcome the new approach wholeheartedly! To amplify, there's is no debt owed the bankers. And we should forgive them, But let us not repeat the same mistake of running the same systems with the same people all over again and calling it freedom. Recently the Pope asked for a new centralized banking system run with "spiritual principles". The Vatican was always the center the existing western banking systems, "from sea to shining Holy See". How well did they fulfill their "spiritual principles" the last go... more »

Ukraine Defines Who Will Be Given 'Special Status' In Eastern Ukraine .... And Who Will Not

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The new border of separatist-controlled territories set up on March 17 by parliament is marked with a blue line on this map. These territories are now recognized as occupied, but will gain special status within Ukraine after they hold local elections under national legislation. © Kyiv Post *Kyiv Post*: *Ukraine defines a new border with separatist-controlled territories (MAP)* *Ukraine's parliament granted a special status to some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, and defined the new border of those territories in a Tuesday vote that followed complicated negotiations among coal... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In the center of star-forming region 30 Doradus lies a huge cluster of the largest, hottest, most massive stars known. These stars, known collectively as star cluster R136, were captured above in visible light by the Wide Field Camera peering through the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. *Click image for larger size.* Gas and dust clouds in 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, have been sculpted into elongated shapes by powerful winds and ultraviolet radiation from these hot cluster stars. The 30 Doradus Nebula lies within a neighboring galaxy known as the Large Magell... more »

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