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Thomas Paine

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Friday, March 27, 2015

27 Mar - Blogs I'm Following

10:20pm MDST

Rum And The Royal Navy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 minutes ago
*Gizmodo:* *A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum* *The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum.* *After that fated invasion, the Royal Navy started giving its sailors daily rations of domestically produced rum instead of the French brandy they'd been receiving. ("Domestically produced" meaning produced on the captured island of Jamaica, of course.)... more »

Air Strikes Are Not Stopping The Shiite Rebel Advance In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 minutes ago
*Washington Post:* *Despite Saudi-led airstrikes, Shiite rebels continue to advance in Yemen* *SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels reached the outskirts of the key southern city of Aden on Friday, boldly defying a bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia that is seeking to push them back and carve out a protected space for the country’s beleaguered president.* *The drive by the rebels, known as Houthis, indicates they have not been intimidated by a growing, Saudi-led force of at least 10 nations that have pledged aircraft and ships in a major operation to stop the insurgents. The U.S. gover... more »

Sisi's Misstep In Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*General Sisi did a good thing by removing the unpopular Muslim Brotherhood from power, but he made a huge mistake when he wedded his political fate to the House of Saud. He is now doubling down on stupid by invading Yemen in a coalition of failed states led by Saudi Arabia.* *An excerpt from, "Sisi confirms Egypt’s participation in military operation in Yemen" The Cairo Post, March 26, 2015:* "President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi confirmed Thursday the participation of the Egyptian air and navy forces in a Saudi-led military operation on the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, Egyptian Preside... more »

The Head Of The CIA’s Counter­terrorism Center Has Been "Unceremoniously Reassigned'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Washington Post:** CIA official who directed hunt for bin Laden is being removed from post* *The head of the CIA’s Counter­terrorism Center, who presided over the agency’s drone campaign and directed the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is being removed from his post, officials said, a watershed moment as the CIA turns its focus to a new generation of extremist threats.* *The move, part of a major reorganization under CIA Director John Brennan, ends a nine-year tenure during which the center was transformed into a paramilitary force that employed armed drones to kill thousands of suspe... more »

Remember how last night we were talking about right-wing zillionaires and energy giants buying control of our cash-hungry nonprofits?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Do you want to know who made this lovely little documentary about Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes possible?* *by Ken* This is another of those stories you couldn't make up. Last night I wrote a post called "'Why are science museums in bed with science deniers?' (actor-activist Mark Ruffalo)," which I had finished far enough ahead of time (an hour, and maybe even a few minutes more) that by the time it was posting, I was enjoying an episode of *DCI Banks* on my local PBS station. Somehow I had never seen an episode of *DCI Banks*. That was nice. Afterwards, though, I figur... more »

Iranian Nuclear Talks Enter A Critical Weekend

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Hurdles Loom in Iran Nuclear Talks, U.S. Official Says * *LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A senior State Department official said Friday night that the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program had turned difficult and that an initial accord would not be possible unless the Iranian leadership made “tough decisions” over the coming days.* *“Yesterday’s and today’s talks have been tough and very serious,” the official said. “We’re at that point in the negotiations where we really need to see decisions being made. We will test whether that is truly possible over the next se... more »

Leon Panetta: "One Thing I've Learned At The CIA And As Secretary of Defense Is That The Iranians Can't Be Trusted"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* The above video is from* Real Clear Politics*. Leon Panettas' comments on Yemen and Iraq are also blunt (see video below).

U.S. Military Officials Are Now Saying That Our Allies No Longer Trust Us Because Of Fears That Intel Might Be Leaked To Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Washington Times*: *Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran * *NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel said Friday that military officials believe U.S. allies in the Middle East no longer trust the Obama administration with sensitive intelligence information.* *Mr. Engel was asked to explain the complexity U.S. foreign policy as it pertains to Iran and its effect on diplomacy in the region.* *The Obama administration is fighting Iran-backed actors in the Middle East while backing others — sometimes within the same country — all w... more »

The Deliberate Trashing of Planet Earth

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Underground bunkers or not, the rapid deterioration of our environment is leading toward a dead planet if their machinations aren’t halted some time very soon. The post The Deliberate Trashing of Planet Earth appeared first on Waking Times.

the brightest star

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

18 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Travis Bradberry* - Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. The post 18 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence appeared first on Waking Times.

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Enemy Below'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* The Dutch subtitles are a nuisance .... but this is a great film. From *Wikipedpia* .... *The Enemy Below is a 1957 war film which tells the story of the battle between the captain of an American destroyer escort and the commander of a German U-boat during World War II. The movie stars Robert Mitchum and Curt Jürgens and was directed and produced by Dick Powell. T*

Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
"In fact, the founder of Saudi Arabia warned his children not to enter Yemen militarily, because this would start the end of the story for the Saudi monarchy." Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015.

Fraud in Science

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
Barbash, Fred (27 March 2015) Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal. The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/27/fabricated-peer-reviews-prompt-scientific-journal-to-retract-43-papers-systematic-scheme-may-affect-other-journals/?wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1[excerpted] A major publisher of scholarly medical and science articles has retracted 43 papers because of “fabricated” peer reviews amid signs of a broader fake peer review racket affecting many more publications. The publisher is BioMed Central, based ... more »

DNA Analysis Reveals: Paracas Elongated Skulls Were Not Human

WTStaff at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video - *DNA tests reveal that elongated skulls found in the Paracas desert of Peru were not of human origins. The post DNA Analysis Reveals: Paracas Elongated Skulls Were Not Human appeared first on Waking Times.

A Glimpse At The U.S. Propaganda War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Propaganda offensive: This image, which depicts young ISIS recruits being churned through a meat grinder, was printed 60,000 times and dropped over Raqqa, Syria, to stop men being lured to join the terror group *Daily Mail:* *US military airdrops 60,000 graphic propaganda leaflets depicting potential ISIS recruits being fed into a meat grinder* ** The leaflets were dropped in a canister by F-15 fighter jet last week* ** Gruesome drawing shows 7 men being lined up for meat grinder* ** Sign above them reads 'Daesh Recruiting Office', Daesh is Arabic for ISIS* *The 60,000 pamphlets fell... more »

CERN WATCH: Extra Dimensions and Gravity's Rainbow

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 5 hours ago
With all the discussion that is ongoing (and seriously picking up speed now) about CERN and their next big experiment, I found this video to be VERY interesting. Yes, when I got into the "woo woo" stuff in the special report I put out Wednesday night on Transpicuous News, that dug into the other side of CERNs activities, and the secret agenda(s), I definitely got some comments like the ones in this video: to keep to just science and get rid of the religious, "New Age" "woo woo" stuff.... but as this video points out: This IS science- by their very own definition. If you missed my... more »

For any sleep-deprived parents of a non-sleeping baby - A public service post

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
"One thing they don't mention in the parenting book Your love for them grows, the closer to dead they look" Sick but very accurate!

One People Roundtable Discussion, Mar 23, 2015: Lily Earth and Mark Sargent

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 5 hours ago
This past week's One People Roundtable Discussion was a real doozy!! Lisa Harrison and I had the privilege of having a very lively and extremely interesting 3 hour conversation with Mark Sargent- whom Lisa interviewed two weeks ago about the Mother of all Conspiracy Theories: The Flat Earth, and the awesome Lily Earth joined us again. This conversation was 3 hours long, but sped past at light speed for those of us participating. We dug deep into the subjects of the "flat earth" theory, the Astral realms, the CERN equation, and really came up with some amazing brain storming, and t... more »

Transpicuous New, 22 March 2015:

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
Welcome to Transpicuous News Sunday Night Report for March 22, 2015. Sorry for the Delay in getting the Archive video out.... it's been a hell of a week! d Fannie, Freddie could need another bailout as risks rise -watchdog WASHINGTON, March 18 Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:01am EDT http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/18/usa-housing-bailout-idUSL2N0WJ2L520150318?feedType=RSS&feedName=governmentFilingsNews Middle East Mar. 17, 2015 | 09:14 PM (Last updated: March 17, 2015 | 10:31 PM) Syria claims to shoot down US reconnaissance aircraft http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/M... more »

The Battle For Tikrit Resumes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Iraq Resumes Offensive in Tikrit After U.S. Airstrikes* *Iraqi troops move in as Iran-backed Shiite militiamen withdraw in fight to dislodge Islamic State from Tikrit * *WASHINGTON—After two days of U.S. airstrikes, the stalled Iraqi offensive to rout Islamic State fighters from Tikrit has resumed, the Pentagon said Friday.* *As Iran-backed Shiite militiamen withdrew from the fight, thousands of Iraqi government forces sought to capitalize on the new American airstrikes to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State fighters hunkered down in the city center.* *Th... more »

Do Electoral Considerations Sometimes Trump Party Ideology? They Sure Did In Yesterday's Paid Sick Leave Vote

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Johnson found something else to stick to his guns over The Senate has been debating the 2016 budget for the last few days. Actually, what they've been doing is voting on amendments. Yesterday, for example, the rejected Bernie Sanders' amendment that would have raised the minimum wage. It failed 48-52, every single Democrat voting YES and all but two Republicans-- Susan Collins (ME) and Rob Portman (OH)-- voting NO. I guess Republicans figure their voters don't care about the minimum wage. Almost all the Democratic-sponsored amendments were defeated. Almost. Patty Murray introduced on...more »

The Roswell Slides and the "Lieutenant"

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
In his Kodachrome documentary, Adam Dew interviews a man (and since his name is well known, I see no point in repeating it here) who was in Roswell in 1947 who said that the body in the slides resembled that he had seen in Roswell. Dew doesn’t give the name (though we all know it now) and said that he had been a lieutenant. The Yearbook produced by Walter Haut in 1947 has a picture of the man and shows that he was only a PFC, a low-ranking enlisted man. Here’s what the records tell us. He served from March 14, 1946 to September 15, 1966 and that he retired from the Air Force as a T...more »

Jean Haines:It’s time for me to hang out the sign, Gone Fishin’

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*I can so relate to the emotions expressed here. My blog too was about discovery, and once you map out the problem, dwelling in the problem loses its appeal, only solutions, most of which are internal to each one of us, is the only way forward. Blessings to you Jean! -AK* https://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/its-time-for-me-to-hang-out-the-sign-gone-fishin-from-jean/ *It’s time for me to hang out the sign, Gone Fishin’* By Jean Haines Posted on March 12, 2015 by Jean For longer than I like to recall, I have been looking for a way to continue my blog, but I have not found... more »

Civil Rights Laws Suspended for Tens of Thousands of NYC Charter Chain Gang Kids

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
Advocates for Children has released a new report detailing NYC charter operators' wholesale violations of state and federal laws governing the treatment of children in school. This will come as no surprise for those who have worked in the "no excuses" testing camps or for parents whose children have mistreated there. For policy elites, there is no longer any way to deny the immoral and illegal rules that govern these paternalistic hellholes that state and federal governments still embrace as the neo-eugenic solution to the problem of being black, brown, and poor children in Ame... more »

Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Video Title: Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement." Source: Ruptly TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015. Description:* Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said he strongly opposes Pakistan’s possible military intervention in the ongoing conflict in Yemen after Saudi Arabia intervened on Wednesday, when talking to the media after a business forum in Lahore on Friday. SOT, Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (in Urdu): "Are we entering into another struggle or a war and becoming part of it? I strongly op... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “When Time Slows (Born Star)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, “When Time Slows (Born Star)” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogldA2Gxl3g

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah *Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post:* *Why the Conflicts in Tikrit and Yemen Signal a New Middle Eastern War* *BEIRUT -- With the Iranian involvement against the Islamic State in the assault on Tikrit, and the Saudi invasion of Yemen to stem the tide of Iranian influence, we have entered a new Middle Eastern war.* *Tikrit has become something of an augury and symbol of ISIS' prospective fate. The suggestion in much of the commentaries is that the I... more »

Local Council By-Elections March 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Feb Average/ contest +/- Feb +/- Seats Conservative 8 4,321 21.1% -4.5% 540 +155 +2 Labour 7 7,306 35.7% -0.2% 1,044 +505 -2 LibDem 5 288 1.4% -7.4% 57 -103 0 UKIP 3 1,148 5.6% -9.5% 382 +98 -1 SNP* 3 4,326 21.2%+21.2% 1,442 +1,442 +2 Plaid Cymru** 2 167 0.8% -3.4% 313 -78 0 Green 4 647 3.2% -3.3% 162 +78 0 TUSC 0 0 Independent*** 4 1,243 6.1% +3.0% 311 +194 0 Other**** 1 1,004 ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"If not perfect, then this spiral galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic. An island universe of about 100 billion stars, 32 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view. Classified as an Sc galaxy, the grand design of M74's graceful spiral arms are traced by bright blue star clusters and dark cosmic dust lanes. *Click image for larger size.* The above image covers half the width of the full Moon and was obtained using 19 hours of exposure on the 1.23-meter telescope at Calar Alto Observatory in the Sierra de Los Filabres moun... more »

"A Look to the Human Spirit"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, started dancing, and filmed the result. The video is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious - few people are able to watch the above video without smiling." - http://apod.nasa.gov... more »

"The Legend Of The Thornbird"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the price of great pain… or so sa... more »

"How Is One To Live..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You conti... more »

"Do You Find it Difficult to Trust Others?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Do You Find it Difficult to Trust Others?"* by Jonathan "Are you naturally trusting, or do you tend to be suspicious of other people’s motives? Have you ever been taken advantage of by someone you trusted? Do you feel that trusting others is naive? Sadly, there is no shortage of people in this world who will try to take advantage of you. How many weird emails do you get telling you that you have won a lottery, or there’s a question about your item on Ebay, or that you are the beneficiary of millions of dollars from overseas someplace? What do all these messages have in common? So... more »

"The Oyster and the Cormorant"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Oyster and the Cormorant"* by CoyotePrime “Brandt's Cormorants feed either singly or in flocks, and are adaptable in prey choice and undersea habitat. It feeds on small fish from the surface to sea floor, obtaining them, like all cormorants, by pursuit diving using its feet for propulsion. Prey is often what is most common: in central California, rockfish from the genus Sebastes is the most commonly taken, but off British Columbia, it is Pacific Herring. Brandt's Cormorant have been observed foraging at depths of over 40 feet.” -WikiPedia Westport is a small fishing town on t... more »

Monsanto Spin Doctor won't drink 'safe' Monsanto Round-Up- EDC's & Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Extrait : Bientôt dans vos assiettes... - Interview de Patrick Moore *In it, Dr. Patrick Moore tells the host that glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup that was recently linked to cancer by the World Health Organization, is not linked to Argentina's increasing cancer rate. * *“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” says Moore. * *“You want to drink some?” asks the host. “We have some here.” * *“I’d be happy to, actually,” replies Moore. “Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.” * *“If you say so, I have some,” says the interviewer. * *“I’m not stupid,” s... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Eckhart Tolle, “The Beggar”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The Beggar”* by Eckhart Tolle “A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar. "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you're sitting on?" "Nothing " replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I've been sitting on it for as long as I can remember." "Ever look inside?," asked the stranger. "No," said the beggar. "What's the point, there's nothing in there." "Have a look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With ast... more »

Everyone is hurting

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
First the three, then the five. Bethnal Green Academy, what is it like? It emerges that teddybear-cuddling Abase Hussen who had no idea how his daughter became radicalised had been indulging in a little light flag-burning and a spot of recreational marching with Anjem Choudary. Apart from that, Abase is the very model of modern English gentleman. “Shamima's sister Renu urged her not to "do anything stupid", adding she is "our baby". Halima Khanom, Kadiza's sister, said: "Everyone is hurting." Apparently they can’t stop cryin’ ! Sad as it is, the police caved in to pressure fr... more »

"The Edge..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take a step into the darkness of unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on, or we will be taught how to fly.” - Patrick Overton

FFS: Near Defamation (Is That a Thing?)

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
This is the blogosphere. I geddit. I can dish it out and and I can take it. But there are some things that cannot be allowed to stand. Two comments on the Focus on the Family Astroturf Blog (FFAB) fall into this category. Background first. Yesterday, I blogged about the Christian Medical and Dental (?) Society's quest to be exempted from new rules requiring physicians (eat your inferiority-complected hearts out, DDSs) to refer patients for treatments that CMDS members find objectionable. I had what I thought was a simple solution, first voiced on Twitter… @fernhilldammit I'm sorry... more »

Chet Raymo, “Our Better Angels”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Our Better Angels”* by Chet Raymo “I have just finished reading Andrea Levy's “Little Island,” a novel that won or was shortlisted for many prizes in 2004- and which was dramatized on the BBC this past December. Levy was born in Britain to Jamaican parents in 1956. She lives and works in London today. Her novel explores racism in Jamaica, Britain and India during and just after the Second World War, through the lives of two women and two men, black and white, Jamaican and British. My children, and especially my grandchildren, would scarcely recognize the world she describes. To... more »

March 27: The University Crisis

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
I'll start with something that won't make the Irving press because it's not about stores closing or stores opening, or who got charged with spitting on the sidewalk. In fact, it's not even happening just in New Brunswick. Last week, thousands of Montreal students flooded Montreal streets to protest Quebec cuts to university funding. Well, it's understandable. If Mr. Irving were to flip a dime to a street beggar, it would be page 1. But who cares about thousands of students in Montreal? Well, this isn't just about Montreal. Universities are in very serious trouble - trouble that com... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Al Arabiya*: *UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan deploy warplanes against Houthis* *The UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan have deployed fighter jets to join the Saudi air force in the ongoing air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Chanel reported.* *The UAE has deployed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwait 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 warplanes, according to the news channel.* *Pakistan and Egypt are also taking part in the military campaign, contribution with air and naval forces.* *Al Arabiya said Egypt, Pakistan and Sudan have also expressed readiness t... more »

Saudi Ambassador To US Hints That Saudi Arabia May Develop Nuclear Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CNN:* *Saudi Ambassador to U.S. won't rule out building nukes* *Washington (CNN)The Saudi Ambassador to the United States would not rule out the possibility of the Saudis creating their own nuclear bomb to counterbalance a nuclear-armed Iran in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.* *"This is not something we would discuss publicly," Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir said on "The Situation Room." Later, when pressed, he said, "This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on."* *"But the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will take whatever measures are necessary in ... more »

16 places you are forgetting to clean and a Swiffer/Febreze Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
This post has been sponsored by Swiffer. All opinions are my own. Every spring we break out the trash bags, dusters and mops in an attempt to get rid of all the dust mites and allergens that have collected in our houses over the winter. Even though we think we are being thorough, oftentimes we are missing frequently-used surfaces that can aid the spread of allergens and germs. Here are 16 things in your house you need to make sure are on your spring cleaning list. 1.*Kitchen Sponge.* You use it to scrub your dirty dishes and then just toss it back in your sink. Your sponge is a bre... more »

The Turkey - Iran Feud Goes Public

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Iranian President Hasan Rohani shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Tehran's Saadabad palace in January 2014. (AFP/File) *Reuters:* *Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East* *ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its ... more »

Oil Trains: Industry Lobbies for Weak Rules While Derailment Fires Rage

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia pictured across the Kanawha River in Boomer, West Virginia February 16th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Marcus Constantino (click to enlarge; source)* *by Gaius Publius* I made a comment recently, with respect to Obama's legacy "wants" coming into office, that one of them was: 3. Plentiful oil and gas, along with passage of the Keystone Pipeline (KXL). and that the Keystone part of that was mooted "by the many mini-Keystones and by oil trains." (You'll notice, at least for a while, that this "want" has been achiev... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Gaia Energetics continue to "shake off" intransigent shadow points

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*Gaia Energetics continue to "shake off" intransigent shadow points* by ÉirePort Gaia Energetics continue to "shake off" intransigent shadow points. Leverage has been placed upon Light-resistance beings. Breakthroughs occur at all levels in the moment. Grand Breakthrough will follow. All those exposed to current incoming Cosmics experience "waking" proddings. Stellars are now in full-assist mode. ÉirePort | March 27, 2015 at 07:17 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-uA


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 10 hours ago

Satire: “Indiana Defines Stupidity as Religion”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Indiana Defines Stupidity as Religion”* by Andy Borowitz INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)— “In a history-making decision, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has signed into law a bill that officially recognizes stupidity as a religion. Pence said that he hoped the law would protect millions of state residents “who, like me, have been practicing this religion passionately for years.” The bill would grant politicians like Pence the right to observe their faith freely, even if their practice of stupidity costs the state billions of dollars. While Pence’s action drew the praise of stupid p... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country.” - Gore Vidal

The Economy: “Your Money, Your Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Your Money, Your Life”* By Gerald Celente 'How many times do you have to get hit over the head until you figure out who's hitting you?” - Harry S. Truman “There has been nothing like this in the History of the World. In full view of the public, and at their expense, governments loot treasuries to enrich those responsible for committing the highest of economic crimes and the most horrific of misdemeanors. First there was TARP. As a pretext to stem equity-market turmoil following Lehman Brothers’ collapse in September 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Troubled As... more »

Cooperative federalism does not limit otherwise proper governmental actions

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Quebec (Attorney General) *v.*Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 14: The principle of cooperative federalism, therefore, cannot be seen as imposing limits on the otherwise valid exercise of legislative competence: *Reference re Anti-Inflation Act*, [1976] 2 S.C.R. 373, at p. 421. This was recently reiterated by this Court in its unanimous opinion in *Reference re Securities Act*, 2011 SCC 66, [2011] 3 S.C.R. 837, at paras. 61-62: *While flexibility and cooperation are important to federalism, they cannot override or modify the separation of powers.* The *Secession Reference*aff... more »

The U.S. Public Message On Yemen Is In Disarray

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Zack Beauchamp, VOX:* *These Obama administration quotes about Yemen are almost too cringe-worthy to read* *Yemen is descending into chaos — and the Obama administration's response, at least in its public statements about the crisis, has been a total mess.The central Yemeni government, which the US had relied on to fight the al-Qaeda branch in Yemen's south, has been deposed by Shia rebels. On March 25, a Saudi-led coalition began bombing those rebels, called the Houthis, in order to stop their advance. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are warning they may invade, and Yemen's president... more »

Death in the Family

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
For those two or three of you who've been wondering where I've been since I last posted, here's the 411: Mrs. JP's Mom in Vero Beach had been battling cancer for the last several years and on the 24th we got word from the family and the hospice nurse that the end was near and it could be a matter of days if not hours. This alarmed me into buying her a plane ticket back to Florida for $208 and I got her down there less than 24 hours after buying the ticket. I just got word a couple of hours ago that Mrs. JP's Mom passed away sometime between last night and this mornin... more »

What Could Happen Next In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Business Insider: **These maps show what could happen next in Yemen — and how it could impact global politics* *As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of partner Sunni states intervenes in the growing war within Yemen, the south Arabian country is taking on major geopolitical significance. * *The conflict in Yemen is the the largest and most dangerous escalation in an ongoing series of proxy-battles between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. Unlike other conflicts between the two regional powers in Syria and Iraq, however, Yemen is directly in Saudi Arabia's backyard. Increased inst... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- March 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Saudis pledge to continue Yemen bombing campaign* *Coalition says it has established air superiority over Yemen and accomplished initial goals of destroying air defence systems under Houthi controlThe Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has vowed to continue its air campaign as bombing entered a second day.The Shia rebels’ northern stronghold and other key military installations were targeted and heavy air strikes hit Sana’a, the capital, in waves throughout the night. Officials at the rebel-controlled health ministry in the city said at least ... more »

Germanwings Flight 4U 9524 News Updates -- March 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded* *(Reuters) - German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.* *French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board.* *Germanwings Flight 4U 9524 News Updates -- March 27, ... more »

Supplemental: A memorable piece of reporting from Mosul!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015What hating the others can do:* We saw several pieces of weak reporting in the New York Times this week. We expect to review a few of those efforts tomorrow. Today, consider some memorable reporting by the Times’ Rod Nordland. Nordland described some recent events in Mosul. This is the way he began: NORDLAND (3/25/15): *Islamic State militants in Iraq on Tuesday publicly stoned a man and woman to death on charges of adultery,* parading the victims in a public square in the northern city of Mosul, according to witnesses and an Iraqi military official. *Later... more »

“America Is Superpower, Yes?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“America Is Superpower, Yes?”* Even taxi drivers in the Middle East understand what's wrong with America by Dylan Ratigan “America has poor people… with no house, job, education or healthcare?” was the question my cabbie asked me last week as we whisked along the causeway toward Saadiyat Island. “Yes,” I replied. I was in the Middle East for the first time to attend a conference of investors, agencies, designers, ministers and kings on innovations in agriculture. Prince Charles (via video remote) addressed the opening ceremony. Two hundred and fifty presenters, representing most ... more »

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Cancer Causing Agents

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Infographic - *By eating organic foods, filtering your tap water and developing other simple living habits can minimize your exposure to cancer causing agents, and you might be able to avoid the deadly disease. The post Top 10 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Cancer Causing Agents appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- March 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Iran, six powers demand mutual concessions in tense nuclear talks* *Major powers and Iran were pushing each other for concessions on Friday ahead of an end-March deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal, with Tehran demanding an immediate end to sanctions and freedom to continue sensitive atomic research, officials said.Tehran and six major powers -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- are meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, to hammer out a political framework accord by the end of this month that would lay the foundations for a full deal by... more »

Why Do Washington-London-Brussells Hate RT?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Media wars have reached a whole new level. Secretary of State John Kerry, members of the EU and NATO all have singled out the television station - RT - as some kind of security threat. They are trying to Putin-ize the network and make the global public afraid to listen to the what they have to say. On my way to the store this morning in the car I was listening to right-wing talk radio shock-jock Glenn Beck. He was lauding the new 'film' by Fox News screamer Bill O'Reilly called "Killing Jesus". Seems a real disconnect that mean-spirited O'Reilly is channeling Jesus - but then ag... more »

What is the Story in Yemen?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Over a dozen are killed or injured in Yemen as Saudi Arabia and its allies push on with a full-scale campaign of airstrikes against rebels in the country. For more on the topic, RT talks to Franklin Lamb, who's an International lawyer and political analyst.

Memphis Waking Up to Corporate Welfare Takeover of Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Thanks to Memphis Police Association president, Mike Williams, for giving the teachers of South Side Middle School an opportunity last evening on "Wake Up Memphis" to share with the public some information related to the attempted shutdown of South South Middle School to benefit the incompetent misleaders of the Achievement School District. Many community members called in during the one hour program, and we were able to answer their questions related to the continued push for takeovers by the corporate welfare schemers who see Memphis children as a huge new revenue stream to be exp... more »

Friday Beavers - They're Back! What'd you call me?

Demeur at Demeur - 12 hours ago
Beavers are back from their winter hiatus. They don't seem too happy since it was such a warm winter and the world didn't get any better since. Think of all the derogatory names there are. You could fill a volume with them all. And it's not just in the last 50 years or so that they have been used. Take paddy wagon for example. It got it's name by police when the Irish left Ireland and flooded New York. Paddy referring to Patrick an Irish name. And let's face facts just about every country has their digs into somebody else. Muzzie and Vic are two slang and hateful terms in the UK. ... more »

OUR CONVERSATIONS TO NOWHERE: Fox takes our latest moment worldwide!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015Part 4—Our endless agreement to lose:* Over at Slate, Jamelle Bouie had a message for Hillary Clinton. Candidate Clinton, he seemed to say. Please don’t bring us together! To some small extent, we jest. And in fairness, Bouie was offering advice which is now thoroughly standard within the liberal world: Below, you see the headlines from Bouie’s piece at Slate. This is now thoroughly standard advice within the liberal world: *What Scott Walker Can Teach Hillary Clinton* Forget all this talk about uniting America. It’s a fool’s errand. We’re not even saying th... more »

GMO’s ‘Big Tobacco’ Moment Has Come – Would You Drink This?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Jefferey Jaxen* - When paradigms shift, tyrants fall, or corporations lose their market it is often not from some spectacular event, but by a single, humanizing display. The post GMO’s ‘Big Tobacco’ Moment Has Come – Would You Drink This? appeared first on Waking Times.

10 Similarities Between Sugar, Junk Food and Abusive Drugs

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Kris Gunnars* - Here are 10 disturbing similarities between sugar, junk food and abusive drugs. The post 10 Similarities Between Sugar, Junk Food and Abusive Drugs appeared first on Waking Times.

Rumble in jungle

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Bias? I suppose we ought to mention the rumble in the jungle. I disagree with whoever it was that declared Paxo the winner. I thought he was hopeless. The aggressive approach that’s suppose to ruffle feathers and stimulate passion only creates defensiveness and a kind of special politician’s brand of inhibition. Instead of drawing out potential, it kills it off. Hell yes. So after all that evasiveness and defensiveness, we’re none the wiser. Kay Burley got a thorough pasting on the interweb. Yes, she does resemble a cat. The only thing worth just mentioning - in my humble, not ve... more »

The Secrets of the Spiritual Journey

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - The book of our life stretches between the two end points, and this book is the chronicle of our wanderings. The post The Secrets of the Spiritual Journey appeared first on Waking Times .

Blood Money: These Companies and People Make Billions of Dollars From War

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Lily Dane *War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.* –George Orwell The late United States Marine Corps Major GeneralSmedley D. Butler is perhaps most famous for his post-retirement speech titled “War is a Racket.” In the early 1930s, Butler presented the speech on a nationwide tour. It was so popular that he wrote a longer version as a small book that was published in 1935. Butler points to a variety of examples, mostly from World War I, where industrialists whose operations were subsidized by public funding were... more »

How to Make a GMO Lobbyist Squirm

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By James Corbett Glyphosate kills. Don’t believe the mounting scientific evidence on the subject? Then just ask a GMO-chemical lobbyist to drink a glass of it and see what happens… Visit CorbettReport.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

How Hillary Clinton Is Responsible For Overthrowing Ukraine and Provoking War With Russia

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Luke Rudkowski In this video Luke Rudkowski exposes Hillary Clinton's connection through her foundation, CGI, to the current western-coup-backed Ukrainian government. We get in the field accounts, videos and aerial footage of how Ukraine is now violating the cease fire after it was announced it will get lethal aid by the U.S. Visit WeAreChange.org *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

What today’s college activism is all about; And the revolt against the empire

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Jon Rappoport *“Major pysops often contain the element of diversion. That is, the agents and propagandists are taking attention away from something they want to fall down the memory hole. This is particularly true when the thing-to-be forgotten was once a huge threat to the establishment. That thing must fade into oblivion. It must never surface again. So the people who could make it surface again are led into multiple distractions: substitutes for the real thing.”*(The Underground, Jon Rappoport) In the 1960s, there was a fearful and terrible thing called college activism. It... more »

Madness Coming To Gold Market: “There Are Thirty to Fifty Owners For Each Ounce of Gold That’s Out There”

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Mac Slavo Though the price of gold has seen a significant drop over the last two years from its all*-*time highs of about $1900 per ounce, many experts and analysts believe that Western central banks and their colleagues at major financial institutions have been manipulating the price. The rampant manipulation is believed to stem, in part, from the formerly Rothschild-owned London Gold Fix, an organization made up of five large banks that make a daily determination of what the price of gold should be. It is this unilateral control by Western banks that recently prompted the Chine... more »

The Price Of Ground Beef Has DOUBLED Since The Last Financial Crisis

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Source Michael Snyder Since the depths of the last recession, the price of ground beef in the United States has *doubled*. Has your paycheck doubled since then? Even though the Federal Reserve insists that we are in a “low inflation” environment, the government’s own numbers show that the price of ground beef has been on an unprecedented run over the past six years. In early 2009, the average price of a pound of ground beef was hovering near 2 dollars. In February, it hit a brand new all-time record high of $4.238 per pound. Even just 12 months ago, the price of ground beef w... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up, 3/27/2015”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up, 3/27/2015”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “This Wrap-Up will try to make sense of the nonsensical, crazy U.S. Middle East policy. We start in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are getting ready for an invasion of Yemen. Saudi Arabia has already been bombing key positions of Iranian backed terrorists (also known as Houthi rebels). It was little more than six months ago that the President called Yemen a success in terms of fighting terror, but now the government has imploded, and al-Qaeda backed terrorists are fighting for control of the country with Iranian bac... more »

U.S.-Iranian Rivalry Behind Iraq’s Tikrit Operation

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
At the start of March 2015, Iraqi artillery began firing on Dour, Salahaddin south of Tikrit in the opening salvo of the operation to free Tikrit. The attacking force was 30,000 strong, with Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) the majority of the fighters. Quick progress was made with the towns around Tikrit taken and the city itself surrounded. When it came to assaulting the urban core however improvised explosive devices, snipers, and mounting casualties held up the attackers. That led to a debate between the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Prime Min... more »

Saudi Attack on Yemen - The New Normal?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented act of unprovoked unilateral military aggression against Yemen by the autocratic absolute monarchy, was allegedly triggered in a US-backed attempt to restore what Riyadh is calling the "legitimate government of Yemen." What exactly constitutes a legitimate government is not clear for a despotic regime where elections are not held, women cannot drive, and enemies of the state are beheaded in medieval displays of public barbarism not entirely unlike their ideological ambassadors among the so-called "Islamic State" or ISIS. The Yem... more »

Information War Between Russia and the West Intensifies

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Steven MacMillan War is raging between the West and Russia, with a key battlefield being the “war for public opinion” and control over information, narratives and perspectives. The Ukrainian crisis has again reiterated the polar opposite narratives between Western and Russian media as the information war intensifies. Western news outlets have been incessantly attempting to portray Russia as the belligerent power over the past year, even though many of the facts contradict this perspective. In order to justify an illegal coup in Kiev – which is part of a grander strategy of destab... more »

Make the Connections

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Bruce Gagnon answers some questions outside of Bath Iron Works in Maine on March 21 about "What needs to happen to stop the US from emptying its treasury on endless war" and "Why are you protesting the building of the Aegis Destroyer"?

Military Helicopters Descend Over Central Texas for Mass Civil Unrest Drill

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By Truthstream Media We've seen at least four or five military helicopters (and heard more that we couldn't see due to cloud cover) in the Round Rock/Hutto/Georgetown/Taylor Texas area today, including two giant chinooks flying in tandem low enough and loud enough to rattle windows. We've been told there's a mass civil unrest drill going on here that involves 3,000+ soldiers... Gee... What do you think the government knows that we don't? Visit TruthstreamMedia.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

TEXAS: 20 Vaccine Bills That Remove Consent and Incarcerate the Infected

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By Experimental Vaccines There are currently more than 100 bills being proposed across the country that would make certain vaccines mandatory and/or remove personal choice, even due to religious beliefs. It's straight-up medical tyranny that is not even based on facts. Kenny Valenzuela covers which states are making preparations to strip your rights, and why Texas is at the top of the list .... *Research links posted below:* 110 Bills Currently Being Proposed in 36 States to Enact Medical Tyranny Regarding Vaccines New York Medical Mandate: Poison the Children! Texas Republica... more »

Patrick Murphy Isn't Enough Of A Democrat To Get The Florida Senate Nomination

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
I had an interesting call from an old friend at the DSCC this week. DSCC Chair Jon Tester and his top staffers wondered if they could get Alan Grayson to back down from a primary against Patrick Murphy. The meeting, though, went in an entirely different direction. "He's certainly a more impressive figure than Murphy." No one even *tried* talking him out of running. "Listening to him made me dream of a Senate with more than just one Elizabeth Warren." Grayson is exploring his options; he may run but hasn't decided yet. Blue America started a Draft Alan Grayson ActBlue page this wee... more »

Friday links....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Penghu.* Enjoy a few links: - Lorand Laskai in The Diplomat on Taiwan's love for Japan. Good stuff. The rage of the 50 center brigade in the comments is hilarious. - Natalie Tso at RTI interviews Mark Kao, President of FAPA, on US and Taiwan - FocusTaiwan on the KMT's proposal for absentee ballots and lowering the voting age. If the Taiwan businessmen in China can vote absentee. the likely vote for the KMT will more than offset the gains to the DPP from the youth vote, which will likely be split among the non-KMT pro-Taiwan parties. At the local level, m... more »

Nigerians Go To The Polls On Saturday For Presidential And Parliamentary Elections

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*BBC*: *Nigeria elections: Nation split in Jonathan-Buhari contest* *In Nigerian elections, the incumbent always wins. But so far this campaign has been different from all others and this Saturday's poll is a real contest.* *Not only has President Goodluck Jonathan haemorrhaged support since he comfortably won in 2011, the "change" chanting opposition has thrown its combined weight behind one candidate - former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari.* *In a country where opinion polls can be trusted about as much as a politician's promise, it is hard, even foolish, to predict the outco... more »

Gordon Chang's Keynote Speech at World Taiwanese Congress

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Nantou.* The attached keynote speech was delivered at the annual symposium of the World Taiwanese Congress in Taipei on March 14. Placed here with permission of Gordon Chang. ++++++++++ Text Gordon G. Chang In an ideal world, the 23 million people of Taiwan would determine their own fate. In an ideal world, everyone would be free. In an ideal world, no one would listen to Communist dictators. But we do not live in an ideal world. In the world in which we do live, the dominant narrative is that this is “China’s century.” The Chinese believe it, and so does most everyone else. ... more »

Evaluating Predictions of the UK General Election

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 14 hours ago
The United Kingdom is going to have a general election on May 7th, just over five weeks from now. There are high stakes and a lot of uncertainties, probably more so than usual. Yesterday, David Cameron (Conservative and Prime Minister) and Ed Miliband (Labor and party leader), squared off in parallel interviews with interviewer Jeremy Paxman in a broadcast watched by 12% of the UK TV audience. These days, where there are elections there are also election forecasters. But political scientists have been doing this for a long while. Back in the early 1990s, when I was in graduate scho... more »

Ukraine: Arrested Officials to be freed- Kolomoisky/Poroshenko deal?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Recall that "showy" arrest from the other day?* *Two Additional Top Ukrainiain Officials Arrested- in showy fashion* * The one that looked completely staged? * PennyMarch 25, 2015 at 1:45 PM Ok did anyone beside me think the whole arrest thing looked staged The two men arrested were virtually emotionless- weird Reply *I wasn't alone in noticing the faked feeling of the entire incident. And why would I be? There are some savvy folks hanging around, for sure!* WizOzMarch 25, 2015 at 8:51 PM I do think that it WAS staged. jo6pacMarch 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM What part seemed odd to you, I... more »

Nigeria Claims To Have Destroyed Boko Haram's Headquarters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*VOA*: *Nigerian Military Says Boko Haram 'Headquarters' Taken* *The Nigerian military says soldiers have retaken the town of Gwoza, one of the last areas in northeastern Nigeria controlled by militant group Boko Haram.* *The military says on Twitter that troops captured the Borno state town on Friday morning and destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram's self-declared caliphate. It said more details would follow.* *The unconfirmed report came out 24 hours before Nigerians go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. * *WNU Editor:* The Nigerians have their pres... more »

Flippantly digging

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 14 hours ago
So, it seems the joke is on the Harper government, which is now writing a letter to the UN SecGen on the legal case for moving into Syria. Haha. But seriously, the outstandingly flippant fratboy disregard for adhering to the bare minimum of legal requirements until someone drew their attention to it?  People who operate that level that any decision involving military action is taken very

Could It Be That He Miscalculated?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://cobb.typepad.com/ Stephen Harper believes that Bill C-51 will help pave the way to his re-election. But polls indicate that support for the bill is slipping -- even among Conservatives: Tasha Kheiriddin writes: This week, Conservative MP Michael Chong, never one to blindly toe the line, criticized the bill’s lack of oversight in a statement to the House of Commons: “However, while I fully support Bill C-51, I also believe we need greater oversight of Canadian security and intelligence agencies by a parliamentary committee o... more »

Former Taliban Prisoner U.S. Army Soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Outlines His Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* Bergdahl's Defense Is He Was Planning to Come Back* Former Taliban prisoner and U.S. Army soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl told military investigators that he left his base in June 2009 to report on misconduct in his unit and always intended to come right back. That will also be his defense if and when he faces a court martial for desertion, according to his lawyer. “He had concerns about certain conditions in the unit and things that happened in the unit and he figured that the only way to get any attention to them would be to get that information to a gener... more »

The Middle East Is In Chaos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Reuters *Michael Crowley, Politico:* *Obama's Mideast 'free fall'* *Mounting chaos in the region puts the administration on the defensive.* *Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.* *The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame ... more »

Bill Nye: 'We need carbon tax to redistribute wealth...need gov't to run things...everyone else should shut up'

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
*Activist Post* Bill Nye *The Science Guy* gave a speech showing him to be the latest cheerleader for authoritarians. The final moments of the 'climate change' awareness speech to promote his new book were captured on the video below. There's no description in the video of where the event took place, but it seems to be from the National Science Teachers Conference earlier this month. Some of the featured quotes he said to roaring cheers, "we need carbon tax to redistribute wealth...we need government to run things...everyone else should shut up" . This may seem shocking to som... more »

Ted Cruz: First President of the North American Union?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By NNN So Ted Cruz stands up and says its time to step up and restore the American promise - but what promise is he speaking of? The promise his wife broke when she sold America out to the Council on Foreign relations? The promise she broke when she began work on *Building a North American Community*? Visit NextNewsNetwork.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Economic News , Data and Views ( March 27 , 2015 ) - Ukraine debt restructure in focus as Russia remains opposed to any such deal........Greece in focus as Monday's deadline to submit Reforms List looms , related items of note pertaining to Greece's talks with its creditors...... Germanwings follow ups re : co-pilot at center of feared intentional crash ........ Asia market and data roundup ( Japan and China in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 5m 5 minutes ago Default Risk Soars After Ukraine's 'American' FinMin Suggests Severe Haircuts For Creditors (Including Russia) http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-2 7/default-risk-soars-after-ukraines-american-finmin-suggests-severe-haircuts-creditors … zerohedge [image: View this content on zerohedge's website] Default Risk Soars After Ukraine's 'American' FinMin Suggests Severe... Ukraine’s American Finance Minister has announced a broad restructuring plan with a wide range of severe haircuts for creditors, and she – well, obviousl... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
What? No “pirates?” Ironic, since the Season 4 finale set a new piracy record and now at 18.5 million viewers is the second most watched HBO show in history. What does this mean for mass understandings of foreign policy? Maybe nothing. Maybe something.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Planned City Park golf course faces wetlands challenge in federal court ~N.O. Advocate * *Our New Orleans Saints own nine picks in the 2015 NFL Draft * *No plans to open Bonnet Carre Spillway despite rising Mississippi River ~St. Charles Herald Guide* *"Racist" Pontchatula Strawberry Fest poster sold out, 1,000 more ordered ~WWLTV* *Entrepreneurs back from Cuba talk about future business prospects ~WGNO* *Parts of two New Orleans streets to be renamed for Central City pastors ~Uptown Messenger * *Pigpens Go Posh at Hogs for the Cause ~Ian McNulty, WWNO* *French Quarter Fest Sch... more »

Understanding Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago

Why Is Russia Building Bomb Shelters Throughout The Country?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Zero Hedge:* *Why Is Russia Building Massive Underground Bomb Shelters?* *Did you know that the Russians have a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains that has been estimated to be approximately 400 square miles in size? In other words, it is roughly as big as the area inside the Washington D.C. beltway. Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration was deeply concerned about the construction of this enormous complex deep inside Yamantau mountain, but they could never seem to get any straight answers from the Russians. The command center for this complex is rumored to ... more »

'Type 093T' sub design breaks cover

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Type 093T SSN]A computer-generated image of a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine (SSN) has recently appeared on both news and social media websites. It illustrates a variant of the Type 093/Shang-class SSN carrying a docking hangar for a special forces swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV). The accompanying text indicates the hangar can accommodate only about 2/3 of the length of the SDV (which it compares with the US Mk VIII SDV) and so remains flooded when the vehicle is docked. Consequently, as transfer of personnel to the SDV cannot easily be achieved with the submarine dived,... more »

Northrop Grumman Delivers Center/Aft 'Shipset' for First International EA-18G Growler

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: EA-18G shipset]Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The subassembly, also known as a chipset, comprises the Growler's center/aft fuselage section, twin vertical tails and all associated subsystems. It is the 115th Growler shipset produced by Northrop Grumman and the first to be produced for an international customer. "We are honored to celebrate this significant milestone with the U.S. Navy and our indus... more »

UK troops to train moderate Syrian opposition

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Astor AEW Aircraft (Sentinel R1)]As part of a wider package to ensure a robust international response to the threat of violent extremism in the Middle East, the UK will send around 75 military trainers and headquarter staff to provide training in areas such as the use of small arms, infantry tactics and medical skills. Expected to start in the coming weeks, the US-led programme will train and equip thousands of screened members of the opposition over the next three years to help them defend Syrian communities against ISIL’s brutal attacks before leading offensives themselves... more »

Army tests missile launch demonstrator

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Multiple-mission launcher system]The tube integrity and missile stack integration of a demonstrator multi-mission launch system has been successfully verified in U.S. Army testing. The testing involved the use of three missiles and was conducted by the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept Product Office with support from the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center. The Army said the three missiles launched included an Air Intercept Missile 9-X that intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle after launch, a low-cost active se... more »

Al Nusrah Front video showcases more American-made TOW missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released another video showing its fighters using American-made TOW missiles. As The Long War Journal reported earlier this week, Al Nusrah released a video featuring a TOW missile attack in the early hours of the jihadists’ newly-launched offensive against Syrian regime forces in the city of Idlib. Al Nusrah continues to use the weapons against Bashar al Assad’s forces. Earlier today, Al Nusrah released the video shown above on one of its official Twitter feeds. Read more

Top 100 Tweeting MPs 2014-15

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 18 hours ago
Parliament is pretty much done. The Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition consciously uncouples, Members of Parliament relinquish their titles, special advisers and constituency bag carriers return to 'normal people' mode, and the parliamentary estate itself goes into snooze mode. As we stand on the brink of this longest of long election campaigns 'officially' launching there are two questions on politics watchers lips. One, who's going to win this blasted thing? And two, which 100 MPs end this Parliament with the largest Twitter followings? I can't help with the former, though I ... more »

Nigerian Air Force receiving additional Alpha Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Alpha fighter jet]The Nigerian Air Force has acquired at least two second hand Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft as it continues to expand its aerial fleet. One of the jets was seen passing through the United Kingdom on 25 March, having travelled from the United States via Iceland. It then continued to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on its way to Nigeria, reports Air Forces Daily. It was flown by Air USA Inc, which specialises in military air combat readiness training and flies Hawks, Alpha Jets, MiG-29s and L-59 Super Albatroses. The Alpha Jet seen tr... more »

Dutch sign deal to buy eight Joint Strike Fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-35A Lightning II]The Netherlands has confirmed its decision to purchase eight F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters that will arrive in the country in 2019, the Ministry of Defense announced today. The deal was signed in Washington DC last night. “It is good that after 12 years of political debate there is now clarity about the successor of the F-16″, said Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense. “This is the point of no return. The F-35 is the most modern fighter aircraft that can be used for various tasks. Several comparisons have shown that the device c... more »

Defending Russia delivers 4 fighter aircraft to Kazakhstan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Su-30SM Flanker]Defending Russia said it has confirmed delivery to Kazakhstan of four Russian fighter aircraft Su-30SM. The delivery marks the completion of the first phase of the order, which was announced in February and will see a total of 36 aircraft manufactured and exported to Kazakhstan, as the country looks to bolster its combat aircraft reserves. The Su-30 project dates back to the Soviet period when, in 1988, the designing of an interceptor based on the combat trainer Su-27UB commenced. Read more

Oligarchs, biofuel, and conflicts of interest

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
I am not among those who would believe that rich people shouldn't be allowed to do politics. In fact, they may even do some of these activities at the same time. And Silvio Berlusconi's activities in Italy seemed borderline OK to me. But I am shocked by many people's selective inability to see the risks (and actual wrongdoings), especially in the case when the politicians are very rich entrepreneurs. When talking about the post-Soviet realm, we often talk about "oligarchs". This word comes with some negative connotations. Some of them are unjustifiable signs of racism of a sort. Whe... more »

Manohar Parrikar to discuss next generation AWACS, French missile deal next week

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Emb-145 AEW&C]The Defence Ministry is set to decide on going ahead with a Rs 5,200 crore strategic programme to develop a next generation of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) that will act as a major force multiplier for the Indian Air Force (IAF), giving it a deep insight into enemy territory. The large size AWACS programme, different from an ongoing Embraer-based airborne early warning and control system (AEWCS), is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will initially be for two aircrafts, an order that will be increased... more »

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS Wasp (LHD-1)]After more than ten years without deploying, the big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is ready to ship out to lead an amphibious ready group (ARG) deployment next summer, the Navy said on Thursday. The news comes as the ship and its crew completed a round of testing to prove repairs to Wasp’s troubled combat systems were successful. “After a highly successful combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT), Wasp has sent a clear, concise and concussive message to the fleet: She is back in the fight,” read an enthusiastic press statement from the ship... more »

Navy jets with extra fuel can't be launched off new carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: EMALS generator]The U.S. Navy's top warplanes can't be launched off its newest aircraft carrier if they're carrying fuel tanks needed to extend their flight range because the ship's high-tech catapults cause too much wear. Military weapons testers view this as a deficiency that would "preclude the Navy from conducting normal operations" on the USS Gerald R. Ford until it's corrected, said Air Force Maj. Eric Badger, spokesman for the Pentagon's testing office, in an email. The previously undisclosed troubles with the catapult system from San Diego-based General Atomics add ... more »

new JK Rowling script - Dragons and Where to Find Them - ready to go!

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*Yahoo Movies use shot from Potter to illustrate Fantastic Beasts* *JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts script is ‘Very Special’.* that's an upbeat if ambiguous quote from the British film producer David Heyman (responsible for *Gravity*, *Paddington*, *I Am Legend*, and of course all eight *Harry Potter* films) commenting that JK Rowling's film script titled *Fantastic Beasts* (based on the Potter-lore publication *Dragons and Where to Find Them*) is FINISHED. *‘Fantastic Beasts’ is scheduled for release in November 2016 and will shoot at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studio, presumably later t... more »

Egypt sent warships to Yemen's Gulf of Aden: Official

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Ambassador MK III (Ezza) class]Egypt has sent four naval vessels to Yemen's strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait amid a Saudi-led offensive against Yemen's Shiite Houthi group, an Egyptian official said Thursday. "Two gunboats and two destroyers have crossed the Suez Canal en route to the Red Sea to help secure the Gulf of Aden and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait," a source from Egypt's Suez Canal Authority told The Anadolu Agency. Earlier Thursday, the Egyptian government announced its "political and military" support for airstrikes launched by Saudi Arabia and several Arab countries – ... more »

Somerset-based AgustaWestland wins £580m MoD helicopter support contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Merlin helicopter]The Ministry of Defence has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to Somerset-based AgustaWestland. The deal, which will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years, will also sustain more than 1,000 jobs. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time. Many of the jobs the contract will sustain are located at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil and at the Royal Navy Air Station in Culdrose, Cornwall, where the depth maintenance and the Roy... more »

S.Korea, U.S. Start Joint Maritime Training Exercises

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship]South Korea and the United States on Friday kicked off a large-scale joint maritime training exercise as part of the joint annual war game code-named "Foal Eagle," the South Koran Navy said Friday. The six-day maneuver was launched in South Korea's southern port city of Pohang earlier in the day, mobilizing some 4,100 naval forces and 3,500 marines of the two countries. The drill came as part of the ongoing "Foal Eagle" field training exercise, which began on March 2 and will run until April 24. The "Foal Eagle" involves some 200,000 Sout... more »

Pakistani spies sent to get details of Project Varsha, new naval base in Sri Lanka: NIA

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Two Pakistani intelligence officers posted in Sri Lanka deputed two spies to get details of 'Project Varsha', India's new naval base near Visakhapatnam which will be home for its new fleet of nuclear submarines. They also asked the spies to attempt befriending and luring Indian Navy and Army officers to Colombo where "women and cash could be arranged" to get information on defence matters, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said in an explosive 43-page charge-sheet submitted in a court on March 6. The charge-sheet, accessed by ET, says one of the spies - Thameem Ansari - ... more »

Thirty-two Indicted Over Kickbacks for German Submarines Contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HS Papanikolis (S120)]Another 32 individuals were indicted to stand trial before a Criminal Appeals Court on Thursday for kickbacks given in exchange for Greek Defense Ministry contracts. The case, concerning a deal for the purchase of German submarines, was uncovered during a major and ongoing corruption investigation into the period when the now jailed Greek former Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was at the helm of the Defense Ministry. The indictment relates to illegal and non-transparent payments made for the purchase of submarines by the Hellenic Navy in contracts signed ... more »

Budget mysteries

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 20 hours ago
My guess? The math isn't doing what the Cons tell it to. Tough in an election year.

Who Owns US, How It All Works and Can We Stop It?  (Going To War To Take Over Russia To Benefit the NeoCons/PNAC)  Is D.C. Provably Insane?

Manufacturing Dissent Interested in how the economy is really doing? You're not going to hear much about these truths on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or even PBS. And there's a reason. (By the way, you may be interested in "Feeding Frenzy: The Food Industry," which is on LINK TV at 2:30 - 4:00 AM Friday; "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?" on Free Speech TV (FSTV) at 3:00 AM Friday; "The Gaza

“Bug” causes music group to bombard Google with bogus DMCA takedowns

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
*Last week someone tried to get SCRIBD to remove the Courtesy Notices based on a bogus DMCA act challenge. I was able to get those restored. Someone in Germany can't currently access the Paradigm Report. -AK* Law & Disorder / Civilization & Discontents *“Bug” causes music group to bombard Google with bogus DMCA takedowns* *Total Wipes requests removal of download pages for Ubuntu, Skype, Pidgin and Tor.* by David Kravets - Feb 23, 2015 7:17pm C Google is regularly bombarded with notices to remove links to infringing content from its search results—nearly 34 million last mont... more »

Putin is Proposing Superhighway from London through Russia to New York

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 21 hours ago
*Video Report on Putin's Idea for a Pan Global Highway* *Vladimir Putin* is now proposing that a super highway be built all the way from London, England across Europe and Russia to Alaska and down through Canada to New York City. What an exciting project for the world! I would suggest that if such a highway were built...it should be called *Putin Pax in Terra* (Peace on Earth) Highway. Too bad Harper didn't attend Putin's *Council on the Arctic Convention *last Summer...he might have heard about such exciting plans for Canada's North--and the world. Such a project would potentiall... more »

Drug Cartel Money Funded DEA Sex Parties In Colombia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Politico:* *DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes, watchdog says* *Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days.The stunning allegation... more »

Non-invasive Alzheimer's Treatment Restores Memory Using Ultrasound

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Researchers at the University of Queensland have claimed an effective new, non-invasive me...] Let us get this right. This is a huge breakthrough and extraordinarily welcome. It is completely creditable that ultrasound will disturb plaque. This will naturally lead to signalling that triggers the activity of the appropriate cells to clean up the plaque itself. In fact this methodology needs to be applied generally to wound healing in order to initially stimulate any and all debris. I suspect what has happened is that bilogical debris will simply accum...more »

McDonald's in Global Profit Free Fall

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It is likely rather premature to read much into this sudden aberration. Hopefully it is not a book keeping maneuver. Yet it does make one thing crystal clear. The drum beat of food activism is changing consumer preferences however slowly and that ultimately means demanding true attention to food quality and real disclosure. All that means that industrial food loses market share as this change settles in. The movement itself is pervasive and ultimately boils down to a demand that growers master organic methods. I still expect this to demand decades of re-education, yet mjomen... more »

How Much Do We Really Know About the Universe?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Actually my own work has produced an effective theory of everything, although much of it is not yet fleshed out. That takes a massive investment in man hours to say nothing of all our available computer power. My 2010 paper critically expands the foundations of mathematics and importantly it provides order greater than two metrics all allowing both a foundational concept for physics as well as the natural protocol for tackling the n body problem as has never existed. As expected such a theory develops its own complexities all of which are profoundly interesting but also cap... more »

Former Chinese Hospital Intern Recounts a Live Organ Harvest

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Mr. Wang (an alias) in Toronto, Canada, in this file photo. As an intern doctor in China in the 1990s, Mr. Wang said he witnessed the harvesting of organs from a living person. (Yi Ling/Epoch Times)] Here comes the inevitable eye witness report. What is shocking is that this was underway long before the Falun Gong were targeted. In fact i would suggest that the need for healthy donors triggered the Falun Gong suppression in the first place. It may well never have been an accidental afterthought. What better than a home grown communal movement however peaceful? Anyone ... more »

“Black Helicopters Rehearse Transporting ‘American Enemy Combatants’ to Jade Helm 15 ‘Black Sites’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Black Helicopters Rehearse Transporting * *‘American Enemy Combatants’ to Jade Helm 15 ‘Black Sites’”* Execution of Red List Activities to Remove Known Dissidents by Dave Hodges “As I was working on a report concerning the existence of nationwide rendition centers known as black sites, I was sent a video, from multiple people, made by Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton filming black helicopters, yesterday, in Texas (see video below). This video validates many reports that I am receiving about preemptive arrests of dissidents notated as “enemy combatants” in preparation for Jade Helm ... more »

ISIS Cannibalism Is Defended With Religious Edicts By The Highest Sunni Authorities In Egypt And Saudi Arabia

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*Photo: ISIS member eating the heart of a Syrian soldier in 2013. At the time he committed this inhuman act of cannibalism he was falsely and outrageously called a "Free Syrian Army" rebel by the Western and global mainstream press.* If you think the Jihadist terrorist in the picture above is just a fringe extremist acting on his own volition and that cannibalism is a rare occurrence among ISIS members, think again. The highest Sunni authorities in Islam have defended cannibalism with religious edicts and teach it in their schools. Read the article below for more information on the... more »

The Electromagnetic Catapult On The U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrrier Cannot Be Used On Jets Carrying Extra Fuel Tanks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Navy Jets With Extra Fuel Can’t Be Launched Off New U.S. Carrier * *The previously undisclosed troubles with the catapult system from General Atomics add to shortcomings for the first in a new class of aircraft carriers being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Navy’s top warplanes can’t be launched off its newest aircraft carrier if they’re carrying fuel tanks needed to extend their flight range because the ship’s high-tech catapults cause too much wear.Military weapons testers view this as a deficiency that would “preclude the Na... more »

Amnesty International: Hamas Committed War Crimes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*BBC*: *Amnesty: Hamas rocket attacks amounted to war crimes* *Rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militant groups during last summer's conflict in Gaza amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says.Militants displayed a "flagrant disregard" for the lives of civilians during the 50-day war, a report found.Six civilians in Israel and 13 Palestinians are believed to have been killed as a result of such attacks.Hamas, which dominates Gaza, said Amnesty's report contained many inaccuracies and false allegations. * *More News On Amnesty International Accusing Hamas Of C... more »

Moscow Accuses Western Intelligence Agencies Of Trying To Destabilize Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
President Putin addressing the FSB on Thursday. He vowed Russia would stand firm in its relations with the West. Kremlin.ru *VOA:* *Putin: Western Intel Services Aiming to Destabilize Russia* *President Vladimir Putin said Western intelligence services have set it as their goal to destabilize Russia especially during upcoming elections, according to the Kremlin’s website.* *In a speech Thursday in Moscow before top officials of the Federal Security Service, he said non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and politicized groups will take the lead in this effort.* *“[We are seeing tha... more »

“MidEast Energy Alert: Why the Crisis in Yemen Could Get Ugly Very Fast”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“MidEast Energy Alert:* * Why the Crisis in Yemen Could Get Ugly Very Fast”* by Dr. Kent Moors “The last 24 hours have provided a stark reminder of the immediate impact geopolitical events can have on oil prices. This time there’s a crisis in Yemen, and it’s about to take a turn for the worse. This crisis is already having a big impact on the price of crude… *Oil Jumps as Yemen Burns*: By mid-morning today, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was up over 6% in less than 18 hours. Meanwhile Brent was up more than 5%, and was showing signs that it might be accelerating. Behind this dramat... more »

How we keep ourselves healthy

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Our last survey asked about all the ways we use to keep our diets nutritious. Here are the results: How do you maximize nutrition? [image: How we keep ourselves healthy] [image: How we keep ourselves healthy] [image: How we keep ourselves healthy] Here are the comments listed under "Other": - I cook at home and eat unprocessed, low fat, whole organic foods much of the time. I drink water to keep hydrated from a stainless steel water bottle instead of plastic when I'm on the go. At pot lucks I bring my own plate and utensils so I won't have to resort to using plastic. I ... more »

nothing to see

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
lunar anomalies in apollo photos

Why Ukraine Is Divided

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Amanda Taub, VOX*:* The real roots of the war in eastern Ukraine* *We tend to talk about the conflict in eastern Ukraine as a tale of Russian aggression. That's not inaccurate — but it isn't the full story, either.* *It's true Russia took advantage of Ukraine's weakness after massive protests forced former President Viktor Yanukovych out of office a year ago, first by invading and occupying Crimea, and then by backing a violent separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Putin's aggression helped spark the war, and it has helped prolong it.* *But as this video explains, Ukraine was a... more »

Ghetto Hip Hop Obama: High as a kite in Alabama doing his best shuck and jive routine...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*don't miss all the nose pulling and touching. * As Weasel Zipper said: I love watching Obama trip over his numerous fake accents. At the 2:02 mark he starts with “fifty,” followed by “fitty” and then ends with “fiddy” The tax payers of this country paid big time to fly his ass down to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama to speak to a predominantly black audience of remedial students. The libtards I know love this crap. "He da man, doncha know." My apologies for not being around lately. I've been fighting off a cold and finally think I may be winning. I've als... more »

Israel Keeps Exposing That They Are Not Our Friend, And The U.S. Congress Keeps Exposing That They Work For Israel

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
First it started with the Republicans violating The Logan Act by asking Netanyahu to speak in front of congress without consulting the president. The only heroes during that were the Democratic Black Caucus who banned attending it. Don't forget what Netanyahu's speech was about: dragging us into another war for Israel with U.S. taxpayer money. When it comes to U.S. taxpayer money for wars for Israel, there's no talk about "AUSTERITY", "FISCAL CLIFF", or the "DEFICIT". Congress saves that for when they cut the American People's unemployment, social security, health care, and educat... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*A month after 9/11, a direct-to-consumer print ad for Paxil taps into the national mood. * *A tense-looking woman walks down a city street, surrounded by blurry figures and the words "Irritability," "Sleep problems," "Fatigue," "Anxiety," "Restlessness," "Muscle tension," "Worry." Despite the inevitable associations of the image, the ad doesn't talk about situational stress but about biological imbalance: small print claims that "10 million people" in America suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and that Paxil "works to treat the chemical imbalance" believed to cause it. * *... more »

The Ukraine Crisis Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Steven Erlanger, New York Times*: *No One Sees Easy Way Out on Ukraine* *BRUSSELS — Hardly anyone expects Ukraine to get better before it gets worse, or for the latest set of commitments in last month’s cease-fire agreement to be kept.* *Instead, senior Western diplomats and analysts are predicting a further escalation of tensions, including the placing of Russian nuclear weapons in newly annexed Crimea; more unrest in cities like Mariupol and even Odessa; more advances by Russian-supported rebels against an under-gunned and dispirited Ukrainian Army; and attempts to destabilize ... more »

"Why are science museums in bed with science deniers?" (actor-activist Mark Ruffalo)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The link in Mark Ruffalo's tweet is to the above-referenced petition, organized by a new outfit called The Natural History Museum, which "is free from ties to the fossil fuel industry, calls out climate science deniers and culprits obstructing action on climate change, and actively champions the just transition to a sustainable and equitable future."* *by Ken* Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo isn't the only one wondering, "Why are science museums in bed with science deniers?," but earlier this week Mark was putting the question out with a vengeance. Of course he, like everyone else ... more »

US-Saudi Blitz in Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*March 27, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The "proxy war" model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen. Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the "Islamic State," pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American "soft power" and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved alle... more »

What Is The U.S. Military And Political Role In The Yemen War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Dan Lamonthe, Washington Post*: *How U.S. weapons will play a huge role in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen* *Yemen spiraled further into chaos on Wednesday night, with a Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition launching a military intervention marked by airstrikes by dozens of fighter jets and the deployment of thousands of ground troops and tanks on its Yemeni border. U.S. officials said they will offer intelligence and logistical support to the Saudis, but that’s really only a piece of it: The Saudi military is equipped with billions of dollars in advanced American-made weapons.* *Betwee... more »

The Next Middle East Wars Are Beginning

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast*: *America Loses No Matter Who Wins the Next Great Middle East War* *It’s a potentially apocalyptic fight between some of the closest U.S. allies and the country America is desperately trying to court. Will Washington really join in?A cataclysmic war is taking shape in Yemen, one that pits nearly all of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East against Iran and its proxies in a fight that could quickly spin out of control.A Saudi-led bombing campaign already has begun and troops from Egypt and some other countries may soon intervene on the g... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Meredith Buel, VOA*: *Analysts: Iran’s Supreme Leader Has Ultimate Say on Nuclear Deal* *WASHINGTON - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is likely to have the final say on whether or not the country accepts a nuclear deal, if one is reached by month's end, Middle East analysts say.* *As negotiations continue into the weekend between Iran and world powers, analysts say Khamenei, 75, is the most powerful political authority in the Islamic Republic because he controls the main levers of power. He commands the armed forces and the judicial system, along with state radio a... more »

DC's Latest Attempt to Torch the Peace Process

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
This is one of the best articles I have read all week!! Factual, Funny, and sarcastically biting in it's rendering of the Facts. I truly appreciate the art of the terminally sarcastic- being terminally sarcastic myself. If you read only one article this month about the US and Ukraine puppet show, this definitely should be the one that you read. d http://thewealthwatchman.com/washingtons-latest-attempt-to-torch-the-peace-process/ Washington’s Latest Attempt to Torch the Peace Process [image: post date]March 26, 2015 • [image: post categories]BRICS, China, City of London, E... more »

Military Public Relations or Food for Hungry Kids

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
- Each branch of the US military spends hundreds of millions of *$$$ *each year on their public relations marketing campaigns. The idea is not only to recruit young people to join the military but to also convince the average American taxpayer that the massive amount of money wasted on our endless wars is a valid expenditure - because we are doing good bringing 'freedom and democracy' to the world. It's all about creating illusions and mythology. - The Navy has a big marketing program where they describe their branch of the military as "A global force ... more »

An Analysis of The Saudi Attack Against Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*An excerpt from, "Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry..." Martin J, Col. Patrick Lang, Sic Semper Tyrannis, March 26, 2015: * "Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry. People in Aden and the South are ecstatic. Yesterday the Houthis and Ali Abdallah Saleh military stood at the gates of Aden despite resistance. Now they have fled Aden. This is just Day 1. I don't think the Saudis are going to leave it at 3 hours of airstrikes. There has been real damage done to Saleh's military. This makes him vulnerable to his current partners, the Houthis, who have been working wit... more »

Stephen Harper`s Personal Shitstorm Fast Approaches

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Stephen Harper weather forecast......Shitstorm a coming* *Written by Grant G* What a pleasant day indeed, the good people of Alberta can`t be too happy, Jim Prentice released his budget today, and my oh my the news is ....Interesting. Alberta has ran 4 straight deficit budgets with oil at near record levels and now, oil is low and forecast to stay low for years, last month Alberta shed 17,000 jobs, news reported today out of Alberta, EI unemployment claims are up 25%...Food bank use is up 30%....And how did Jim Prentice, Harper`s old time, one time elected federal Conservative... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Memories Of An Angel (Oblivion)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, “Memories Of An Angel (Oblivion)” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is just below center in this telescopic field of view with the angular size of the Full Moon on the sky. *Click image for larger size.* The cluster itself is about 200 light-years in diameter. Glowing interior ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression... more »

World News Briefs -- March 26, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman coordinated the strikes at the Royal Saudi Air Force operations centre near Riyadh [SPAnews] *Al Jazeera*: *Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in Yemen* *At least 18 people reported killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, as Iran denounces operation as "US-led aggression".* *Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies have launched a military operation in Yemen against the Houthi rebels, who deposed the US-backed Yemeni president last month.* *Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consist... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On The War In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post:* *What Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen means for the Middle East* *In the early hours of Thursday morning, Saudi Arabia bombed positions in Yemen held by Houthi militias, a rebel force that had already thrown out sitting President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from the capital, Sanaa, and was on the verge of ousting him from his last redoubt in the key southern port city of Aden.* *"We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling," said Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the United States, at a media b... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Mohawk Nation News I HEAR THE TRAIN A'COMIN' I HEAR THE TRAIN A'COMIN'   Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 26 Mar. 2015. This is my answer to the letter at the end of this post that came from Mohawk Council of Kahnawak... View on mohawknationnews.com Preview by Yahoo

Value Watch: Wow, $15 (instead of $30) for three empty bottles!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*What a deal!* *Just to be clear: "Bottles are sold empty ready to be filled with your favorite sauce!" Hey, you'd pay $30 for a deal like this, wouldn't you? Well, you can get it for only $15 -- that's right, for three (empty) 1.25-oz bottles! And note the "stainless steel carabiner for easy clipping."* *by Ken* Okay, I'm going to have to call a timeout on this, if not actually whistle a foul. I'm going to go with the more restrained course of action in recognition of the fact that *I'm cheap*. I could fall back on the more polite-sounding "frugal," but "cheap" is probably more d... more »

"The Meaning Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the w... more »

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