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Thomas Paine

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

28 Mar - Blogs I'm Following

10:20pm MDST

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 minutes ago
“Also known as the Cigar Galaxy for its elongated visual appearance, M82 is a starburst galaxy with a superwind. In fact, through ensuing supernova explosions and powerful winds from massive stars, the burst of star formation in M82 is driving the prodigious outflow of material. Evidence for the superwind from the galaxy's central regions is clear in this sharp composite image, based on data from small telescopes on planet Earth. *Click image for larger size.* The composite highlights emission from filaments of atomic hydrogen gas in reddish hues. The filaments extend for over 10,00... more »

"A Perpetual Illusion..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 minutes ago
"Human life is thus only a perpetual illusion; men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does of us in our absence. Human society is founded on mutual deceit; few friendships would endure if each knew what his friend said of him in his absence, although he then spoke in sincerity and without passion. Man is then only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others. He does not wish any one to tell him the truth; he avoids telling it to others, and all these dispositions, so removed from justice and reason, have a natura... more »

Mercenaries Are Making A Comeback

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
YouTube *Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic:* *The Return of the Mercenary* *How private armies, and the technology they use, are changing warfare.The use of mercenaries in warfare has a very long history—much longer, in fact, than the almost-exclusive deployment of national militaries to wage wars. Before the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ended Europe's Thirty Years' War and marked the rise of the modern state system, medieval powers from kings to popes routinely hired private fighters to do battle for them. As state governments sought a monopoly on the use of force within their territo... more »

"The First Rule Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 49 minutes ago
"The first rule of life is to reveal nothing, to be exceptionally cautious in what you say, in whatever company you may find yourself. If you have a secret, you have only to whisper it to your dearest friend with the strictest injunction that it will go no further, and within half a day the story is all over town, and when you do make what would seem to be a perfectly sensible remark, you will find it reported in the most grotesque form, thus incurring no end of criticism to rebound upon you." - Elizabeth Aston

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 53 minutes ago
Bolton, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "What If?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 53 minutes ago
*"What If?"* "What if you slept? And what if, In your sleep You dreamed? And what if, In your dream, You went to heaven And there plucked A strange and Beautiful flower? And what if, When you awoke, You had the flower In your hand? ... Ah, what then?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Chet Raymo, “The Silence”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago
*“The Silence”* by Chet Raymo “The hiding places of my power Seem open; I approach, and then they close; I see by glimpses now; when age comes on, May scarcely see at all, and I would give, While yet we may, as far as words can give, A substance and a life to what I feel...” "These few lines from Wordsworth's "The Prelude" leapt off the page at me this morning. They capture well enough what my life has become. All those years of teaching, of writing in the Boston Globe, were years of sharing public knowledge, knowledge that had been vetted by the scientific community. The work was no...more »

"Feeling Fed Up with Humanity, In the World and in Ourselves"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Feeling Fed Up with Humanity, In the World and in Ourselves"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We are all capable of the best and the worst that humanity has to offer and knowing this allows us to find compassion. From time to time, we may all feel fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on next door. There are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply not capable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of awareness. Often it seems as if people are actually geared to handle things in th... more »

The Mistake of Delegitimizing Houthis' Grievances By Linking Them To Iran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Painting your political opponents as agents of foreigners to delegitimize their grievances is a classic trick used by dictatorships, and governments in general, especially during wartime. The Shiites in Iran and Iraq have long painted the Kurds as agents of Zionism and the United States to delegitimize their struggle for statehood and whip up popular Shiite sentiment against them. The *defeated dictator in Yemen* who fled to Saudi Arabia is making the same mistake when he calls the Shiite Houthis, who have been ruling northern Yemen for centuries, agents of Iran. And it's not jus... more »

The End Of America's Blue-Water Navy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The amphibious assault ships of Commander, Task Force Fifty One (CTF-51) come together in an unprecedented formation during operations in the North Arabian Gulf. This marked the first time that six large deck amphibious ships from the East and West coasts have deployed together in one area of operation. Led by the flag ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1), the ships are (from left to right): USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Saipan (LHA 2), and USS Boxer (LHD 4). CTF-51 led Navy amphibious forces in the Arabian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedo... more »

Jews at forefront of promotion, normalization of transgenderism

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 1 hour ago
A recent article published by *The Jewish Daily Forward* further underscores *the central role* that Jewish activists and the organized Jewish community have and continue to play in the *promotion* and normalization of the bizarre phenomenon of transgenderism. The *Forward* reports: Tom Chai Sosnik stood in front of his eighth-grade class, flecks of rainbow colored hair visible beneath his blue yarmulke, as he was wrapped in a tallit for the very first time. His classmates stood and chanted together, “Baruch HaBah [“Welcome”]” three times, and then ran forward, enveloping him in a ... more »

Earth Hour 6: The WWF can Change Climate Change?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
To celebrate darkness even for one hour is lousy. More, stable electricity at lower price gave us modern life, including the convenience of the web, blogger, facebook and youtube. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), instigator of "celebrate darkness", "use less energy and electricity" movement, along with the UN and Greenpeace, should give special awards to North Korea. The WWF says "change climate change". Huhhh? Climate change is natural and cyclical. Like day-night cycle, dry-wet season cycle, winter-spring-summer-fall cycle, water evaporation-condensation cycle, etc. They want to c... more »

Dilbert Watch: The fall and rise of Wally -- When one door closes, maybe some crazy window opens?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*DILBERT by Scott Adams -- Thursday, 3/19* *When last we left Wally . . . (Click to enlarge)* *by Ken* I've already admitted that Dilbert's coworker ("friend" seems kind of a stretch in Dilbert's world) Wally is a personal hero and role model, and when last we left him, it was Thursday of the second seeke of the stirring saga of his mentoring by the company's CEO, and as you can see above, he was, er, riding high! As, of all things, a vice president! Since it was, after all, Thursday, I wrote: "Which leaves us (presumably) with two days to follow." It's a good thing I stuck that "... more »

The Addiction

Leonid Basin at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Yemen Bombed, Saudi Arabia and Shifting Alliances - Joaquin

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Yemen Bombed, Saudi Arabia and Shifting Alliances - Joaquin. Source: 108morris108. Date Published: March 28, 2015.

Triumph Of West-Backed Cannibal Forces In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*The icon of the West-backed "Syrian revolution": An ISIS cannibal eating an organ of a human being. * America, the West, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey have backed ISIS in Syria from the beginning of the war. These cheaters and liars have also backed similar Al-Qaeda terrorist groups in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. Their gifts to Syria, Libya, Yemen, and the rest of the Muslim world: Al-Qaeda, ISIS, cannibalism, terrorism, instability, child soldiers, sectarianism, car bombs in markets, air strikes in the middle of the night, drones bombing wedding parties. T... more »

message from earth

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
The Pioneer plaques are a pair of gold-anodized aluminium plaques which were placed on board the 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 spacecraft, featuring a pictorial message, in case either Pioneer 10 or 11 is intercepted by extraterrestrial life. The plaques show the nude figures of a human male and female along with several symbols that are designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft. The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecrafts were the first human-built objects to achieve escape velocity from the Solar System. The plaques were attached to the spacecraft's antenna ... more »

Why I Hate Society but Love Humanity

WTStaff at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video - *Jamie Dunmore created this spoken word video to highlight how humanity is slowly losing its sense of purpose and reality, as people progress through the ages. The post Why I Hate Society but Love Humanity appeared first on Waking Times .

Wikileaks Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Chapter

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 5 hours ago
Via Daily Kos, we learn that Wikileaks has released the investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is a critical chapter, as it was in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), because it establishes investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms. Despite its neutral-sounding name, ISDS is actually a radical concept. Instead of using the courts to settle disputes, which have appeals procedures and build up case law via precedent, ISDS allows companies to take governments to arbitration, where neither precedent nor appeals exist. Susan Sell gave sever... more »

Thinking about the "Godfather" films in the spirit of "the one-dot theory of history"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Can we imagine The Godfather without Brando? Or Coppola?* *"History is the prediction of the present. Historians explain why things turned out the way they did. Since we already know the outcome, this might seem a simple matter of looking back and connecting the dots. But there is a problem: too many dots. Even the dots have dots. Predicting the present is nearly as hard as predicting the future."* *-- Louis Menand, in "Thinking Sideways: The one-dottheory of history," in the March 30* New Yorker *by Ken* And I wonder whether what Louis Menand has in this wonderful piece to say ... more »

The Battle For Yemen: My Take, And An Interesting Report From Dr. Ron Paul....

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
I have indeed been looking over what the hell has been going on in the southern Arabian nation of Yemen over the last week.... And I figured I would weigh in on what I do see happening there with my own take on the situation... OK, lets cut through all the Jew spew media bullshit reports about Yemen for starters... The fact is that the Yemeni government under the now deposed dictator, Hadi, was indeed a US/Israeli/Saudi controlled puppet regime that was absolutely brutal to the Yemeni people themselves.... The fact should be made clear to everyone that many innocent people were sla... more »

Tim Minchin only lasts for 3 minutes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago

Deforesting the Earth

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 6 hours ago
Michael Williams’ book, *Deforesting the Earth*, describes humankind’s 10,000 year raid on the planet’s forest cover. Readers are taken on a world tour of deforestation through the ages. Ports of call include Greece, Rome, China, India, the Amazon, and others. We discover the regional variations of forest mining, from the first frontier clearings to the lumber guzzling industrial societies. The saga of the forest molesters begins in the Stone Age, on an embryonic scale. Many imagine that all Native Americans lived in perfect harmony from the dawn of time. Compared to the white... more »

March 28: What a boring paper!

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
It's not just that so much of it is either trivial or lying. It actually makes even highly emotional events cold and lifeless. The Irving press, for example, was able to capture the sense of trauma, of loss, of fear when Justin Bourque shot police officers. But that sense of reality seems to stop for events beyond, say, Sussex. Montreal, for example, has seen demonstrations in recent days over an issue which is important to us as well - the rising cost of university education. This has every possibility of becoming very violent very soon. Yesterday, the Montreal riot squad got into ... more »

America Has Become Murder Incorporated, And Is Planning World War III !

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
Yes, I am back.. And I have been spending much of the day catching up on so much news that I have indeed missed over the last week.... I am truly sickened by what I am seeing and yes, the slide towards a global war is indeed on.... It does seem that the maniacs in control of the Jewish controlled puppet regime running Washington DC is hell bent on a world war that will indeed devastate the entire planet! I came across the following very important report that was originally written by Paul Craig Roberts, and is a must read by everyone... It comes courtesy of Horse237's website: Video... more »

29 and Wrap Around Hockey Wives

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Are you a content hog who can not stand reality TV? I have found a painless access point with credible guides The legendary fang banging True Blood and Hockey founders have been sparked by the potential spectacle of a reality TV show about relationships where most of the paid to play players have on average way less marriages to strippers than other professional sports reality TV Of course that can be enplaned because they are on average paid peanuts and all the best strippers are not really available. I leaned a lot from True Blood and Hockey That I could have saved enough time to a... more »

Northerntruthseeker Back From A "Mini" Vacation

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
I am back.... I spent the last week and a bit taking a much needed break to clear my head and to avoid a bit of burn out from work.... As I said before, we all need a bit of a break now and then.... There is a lot going on that I have missed over the last week, and articles at this blog will be posted very shortly... I do have a lot of catching up to do! Thank you to everyone for their patience, and as usual... More to come NTS

How a society becomes depraved...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*step by little step.* *Incrementalism*: a method of working by adding to a project using many small (often unplanned), incremental changes instead of a few (extensively planned) large jumps. and *Gradualism*: the policy of approaching a desired end by gradual stages. Sixty years ago, abortion was considered by most people in society as evil. By using faulty and misleading data, the pro-abortion people managed to change the argument to one of "choice." Notice how even conservatives use the term "pro-choice", when in reality it should be called "pro-abortion". Now, rather t... more »

The Poet: Maya Angelou, "Good Morning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Here, on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out, And into your sister's eyes, and into your brother's face, your country, And say simply, Very simply, With hope - Good morning." - Maya Angelou

Guess who's having a blogoversary today?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*no - not me.* *Happy 7th Blogoversary to Proof Positive.* Head over and * wish him well.*

Supplemental: Mount O’Donnell’s greatest eruptions!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015When Dorchester street toughs explode:* In recent months, Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly have been called on the carpet for past misstatements. Bill’s wild claims tend to be standard-issue self-promotional bluster. Brian’s claims, which have sometimes been quite a bit weirder, tend to bring the air of suffering and martyrdom in. Did Lawrence O’Donnell get his due as those claims were being examined? It seems to us that Lawrence’s claim to have grown us as a Dorchester street tough put him right up there in the Bill-and-Brian class. This thought came to ... more »

Ability of students to sue University because on strike limited

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
Turner v. York University, 2011 ONSC 6151: [25] In *Gauthier,* the court held that there is no broad rule against jurisdiction. The compensation claimed defines the jurisdiction. A party seeking to challenge the internal academic decision (such as a mark) must seek judicial review. If the plaintiff alleges a cause of action in tort or contract and claims damages, then the court will have jurisdiction even if the dispute arises out of a the scholastic or academic activities of the university. However, *Gauthier* clearly states that every student is subject to the Universi... more »

Germanwings UPDATE: Were Hollande and Merkel B!tch$l@ped by Ziofascist Cabal?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Germany's Merkel and France's Hollande at the Alps Crash Site of Germanwings A320* *The day before yesterday, CNN treated us to an hour of Merkel, Rajoy and Hollande united in photo-op sorry, grief. The big-hair anchor-lady noted with counterfeit sincerity that it was “truly good of these three leaders to come personally to the scene”. It takes a special kind of cynicism or naivety to come up with a line like that.* The Slog. Not even a week after the crash and already the official story on the Germanwings crash is cast in "official version" cement. The co-pilot went bonkers ... more »

Quarter One Local By-Election Results 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Q4 Average/ contest +/- Q3 +/- Seats Conservative 19 9,143 24.4% -4.6% 481 -23 +2 Labour 17 12,154 32.3% +8.4% 715 +268 -1 LibDem 13 2,053 5.5% -5.2% 158 -147 0 UKIP 13 3,339 8.9% -10.0% 257 -137 -2 SNP* 4 5,786 15.5% +9.7% 1,447 +247 +2 Plaid Cymru** 3 480 1.3% +0.7% 160 -191 0 Green 10 1,875 5.0% +2.4% 188 +86 0 BNP 0 ... more »

What GOP Primary Voters Need To Know About Scott Walker. Part I

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Zach Wisniewski is *DWT*'s new Wisconsin expert. He's a husband, a father, a public servant, a blogger, a proud liberal, and a fourth generation union member. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, he talks about how proud he is to have been born and raised in a state that produced progressive icons like Bob La Follette, Bill Proxmire, Gaylord Nelson, and Russ Feingold, and he's going to help us understand the fight against the regressive policies of Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies. His first post for us, as Scott Walker surges among GOP primary voters in Iowa, explains how ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

The left, Israel and being Jewish

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Nick Cohen has written a piece in the Spectator which I find odd. It concerns the Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström, who has denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia, condemned the Saudi courts for the harsh punishment of blogger Raif Badawi, and, really, criticised a whole raft of medieval practices that Islamic countries are ideologically wedded to. What took her so long? Sweden used to be the model of laid back liberalism. It was a country full of golden-haired goddesses who liked to live and let live in the most modern and free thinking fashion. Now, its tol... more »

“Parasitic Derivatives - One Quadrillion Dollars: Too Big to Understand”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Parasitic Derivatives - One Quadrillion Dollars: Too Big to Understand”* By David Hague “I recently returned from two weeks of ‘high level’ meetings with a group of Bankers [this is code for two weeks of subsidized debauchery with bankers] in Rome. As I sat at my desk, I was hoping to motivate myself to pursue a more chaste and pure existence. Unfortunately the Polar Vortex experienced by North America drained me of my good intentions. The bone chilling cold once again had me reaching for my trusty bottle of Jack Daniels for warmth and inspiration. My time in Rome had not been com... more »

Germanwings investigation: Links with MH370 and other crashes probed

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/11496988/Germanwings-investigation-Links-with-other-crashes-probed.html *Germanwings investigation: Links with MH370 and other crashes probed* *Investigators to examine striking similarites between Germanwings disaster and the crashes of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and Mozambique Airlines flight TM470* By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 2:20PM GMT 26 Mar 2015 Investigators will now be looking to see if the apparently deliberate actions by the Germanwings co-pilot were inspired by any other recent disasters including the ongoing myst... more »

Please advise

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
I heard John Douglas on IPM talking about his experiences in Yemen. A friend of mine had an identical experience in Yemen. While training Yemenis, not in construction, but in another productive skill, he was taken hostage several times. His release was secured in return for promises to provide roads, mosques and the like. It was - virtually - bartering, the tribal way. Unfortunately the last kidnapping wasn’t benign, and ended up with a very serious gun battle, from which he had a narrow escape. Now Yemen is in chaos. At present, the US is backing a military intervention by Sunni p... more »

“Proof Positive That the "Recovery" is a Lie and the Fed Is Only Interested in the TBTFs”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Proof Positive That the "Recovery" is a Lie * *and the Fed Is Only Interested in the TBTFs”* by Phoenix Capital Research "By basing the whole “recovery” argument on fraudulent data, the Fed and Federal Government have backed themselves into a corner. After all, anyone with a functioning brain knows that the unemployment data, and, GDP growth data are massaged at best and totally bogus at worst. By using these data points as bricks to build the argument that somehow spending $4 trillion in newly printed money (and issuing $11 trillion in new debt) was needed only reinforces one of ... more »

Interstellar – The Secret Revelation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Jay Dyer* - Interstellar is a grandiose film about a great number of serious philosophical and scientific concepts. The post Interstellar – The Secret Revelation appeared first on Waking Times .

Night vision eyedrops allow vision of up to 50m in darkness

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/night-vision-eyedrops-allow-vision-of-up-to-50m-in-darkness-10138046.html *Night vision eyedrops allow vision of up to 50m in darkness* *The eyedrops were created by a team of independent Californian biohackers* JAMIE CAMPBELL Friday 27 March 2015 It might sound like something straight out of Q’s laboratory or the latest Marvel film but a group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. Science for the Masses, an independent “citizen science” organisation t... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*City Park #‎WildIsFree‬ livestream channel from new protester occupies another tree March 28 *

Lakota Vern Traversie's statement after jury denies his claims

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Statement of Vern Traversie in wake of jury denying his claims‏ A jury in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota has ruled against Vern Traversie, the 71-year-old Cheyenne River Sioux man, who brought suit over civil rights violations that he endured while a patient in the Rapid City Regional Hospital in 2011. Vern Traversie’s statement: “I thank the jurors and the Court for giving me my

Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Photo of protest in front of the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento on March 20 by Dan Bacher. 800_revenge_of_the_rabble...original image ( 5184x3456) Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento  by Dan Bacher Censored News Environmental and human rights activists, holding plastic “torches” and “pitchforks,” formed human barricades at both entrances to the

Mohawk Nation News 'Public Enemy Number One'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE Posted on March 28, 2015  Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 28 Mar. 2015. Thanks, Rolling Stone Magazine, for putting banker Rothschild on your cover. Now let’s put an end to the Rothschild ownership of countries through their corporations and the 5!% majority rule, which is the cause of war.  Recently the US tried to start World War III

Germanwings Plane "Crash": Summary of Jim Stones posts

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 12 hours ago
Here are Jim Stones thoughts about the Germanwing Plane crash into the Alps this week. I've gone through and copied all of the relevant material as Jim's site doesn't have "separate articles" that can be referred back to by a link or date. I will be discussing this obviously preset up, sacrificial "accident" on Transpicuous News Tomorrow night in depth. There is a LOT of shit going on right now.... d Someone killed a big lie for me - the cockpit door!A forward-opening hinge door separates the cockpit from the passenger compartment. It has three electric locking strikes, con... more »

Playing God? What Kind of Deity are We?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
About a week ago The New York Times ran a very interesting article about new gene editing techniques that some are concerned would be used to enhance intelligence or beauty, creating genetically improved individuals: *Wade, Nicholas (2014, March 19) Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome. *The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/science/biologists-call-for-halt-to-gene-editing-technique-in-humans.html A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a w... more »

Our Path is Our Path… But We Have Help

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - Maybe we can change the way we see spiritual teachers. The post Our Path is Our Path… But We Have Help appeared first on Waking Times.

Meet a Christian OB/GYN

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
Since I'm being smeared for "targeting" antichoice MDs -- for avoidance by 21st-century minded people -- I thought: what the hell? Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. I googled "Christian Medical and Dental Society" and scrolled through looking for individual practitioners identifying themselves as members. (Yes, I know, using deeply nefarious tactics here.) I found more than a few Christian dentists. Here are a couple: Gordon Wong and Tom Harle. I found a retired paediatric nutritionist, John Patrick, who looks pretty harmless. Then I hit the jackpot with Dan Reilly, a... more »

Sky Arts - Anarchy In Manchester - ignorant or misleading?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Near the beginning of Sky Arts' programme Anarchy in Manchester, the presenter John Cooper Clarke emotes: "The summer of 1976 was hot and bothered as the British economy declined, its cities decayed..." At the mention of the British economy declining, the VT shows Margaret Thatcher. So did the programme makers not know that in 1976 Britain's economy was suffering under a Labour government, lead first by Prime Minister Harold Wilson and then James 'Jim' Callaghan. Or maybe did the programme makers think that this would be just another way of denigrating Margaret Thatcher, for as all ... more »

Stingray Tracking Devices: Who's Got Them?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Perhaps it because I am currenty visiting Italy, but I thought the National Guard symbol below was Fascist in origin, and sure enough it IS! Its a combination of two Mussalini symbols for fascism, THIS and THIS... into a swastika pattern... Sheesh! -AK* https://www.aclu.org/maps/stingray-tracking-devices-whos-got-them Stingray Tracking Devices: Who's Got Them? Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators" or "IMSI catchers," are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting... more »

Car Shot With Taser by Border Agents Bursts Into Flames

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Mac Slavo How widespread are the problems with excessive force by law enforcement in this country? This shocking video once again raises questions about how much “less lethal” weapons like tasers really are during high stakes law enforcement encounters. Dashcam video shows several Border Patrol agents descending on a vehicle at night, with one agent breaking through the passenger window and firing a taser at the driver, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. The driver, Alex Martin, was killed in the ensuing explosion from the March 2012 incident, prompting a lawsuit filed b... more »

US Terrorists Working Hard to Start World War 3

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By TNT This video exposes the US government's warmongering lies and its obvious provocations around the world. Who benefits from all of this manufactured conflict? The Bankster State. Time to wake up for peace. Get Silver Shield podcast here *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

FCC Finally Releases (Heavily Redacted) Manual for Controversial "Stingray" Surveillance Device

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/03/27/fcc_releases_heavily_redacted_stingray_manual_to_the_blot.html?cq_ck=1427494962080 [image: Future Tense] The Citizen's Guide to the Future March 27 2015 6:22 PM *FCC Finally Releases (Heavily Redacted) Manual for Controversial "Stingray" Surveillance Device * By Lily Hay Newman Just to give you an idea... FOIA release to the Blot Details about StringRrays have trickled out slowly, but each new revelation comes with concerning implications for government agencies' ability to access the mobile communications of individual... more »

California bill requires warrant for stingray use

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*California bill requires warrant for stingray use * Stingray Cell Phone Interception Device *Cops claim need for warrant to access all digital devices would "undermine" them. * by Cyrus Farivar - Mar 25, 2015 2:12pm CET *Further Reading**California lawmaker proposes warrant requirement for digital data access* "Californians recognize the risk to their privacy," Sen. Mark Leno tells Ars.SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A California state bill that would require a warrant to access all kinds of digital data passed its first hurdle after being approved by the Senate Public Safet... more »

Fall of a Thousand Suns

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Kevin Curran* - In 2007, a team of twenty-four scientists presented evidence that massive comet fragments exploded over North America 12,850 years ago, killing millions of creatures and people. The post Fall of a Thousand Suns appeared first on Waking Times.

State Senator: "My home isn't threatened by ISIS. My home is threatened by police"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Gavin Seim It's not about race, it's about justice. Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers talks about police abuse on our streets. Other members are now calling for his resignation. He said "My home isn't threatened by ISIS. My home is threatened by police." *Related Article:* *Are Most Cops Really Good Cops?* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

US General Recommends ''Shielding'' Terrorists In Syria

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville In what should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the Syrian crisis, the top US commander in the Middle East, General Lloyd Austin, has apparently recommended that the US military “shield” the new death squad terrorists being trained by the United States who are soon to be deployed across the country. Gen. Austin told Congress on Thursday that he was currently waiting on the White House's response to his recommendation. The US has been supporting terrorists in Syria since the beginning of the crisis in late 2010 by a variety of means, most notably m... more »

Saturday at the Movies: U.S. Base in Sicily Draws Mothers & Youth Protest

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*The English subtitles begin soon after the film is underway. * A hundred miles off the coast of Africa, the American military has built a base in Niscemi, Sicily. Behind the cordoned-off facility, there is a new war instrument called the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). MUOS is used for drone-to-Earth communication. "When the Americans landed they began to collaborate with the mafia....."

Deep Web movie premiere Q&A at SXSW

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Free Ross Q & A after premiere of the Deep Web movie at SXSW. L to R: Cody Wilson, Marc Schiller, Glen Zipper, Lyn Ulbricht, Andy Greenberg, Alex Winter, with moderator Brian Knappenberger. Support FreeRoss.org *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

The Revolution Will Not Be YouTubed

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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Obvious when you think about it

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Per a letter in today's Times: 'Sir, Perhaps airlines should follow the example of El Al, whose cockpits have direct access to a restroom without pilots having to leave the cockpit. Graham Warner Whitefield, Greater Manchester' If true, it seems rather a good idea but tricky to convert short haul planes I would have thought.

10 Ways to Treat Depression Without Antidepressants

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
Sarah Landrum, Contributor Waking Times You’ve probably been told that antidepressants correct the chemical imbalance in your brain. As it turns out, that’s not quite true. In fact, antidepressants might be doing you more harm than good. Even if antidepressants do work, the fact remains that they’re insanely expensive. Considering how depression treatments can last […] The post 10 Ways to Treat Depression Without Antidepressants appeared first on Waking Times.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Busy day today. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Expanding Social Security

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Thursday night-- actually Friday morning at 2:30-- Eizabeth Warren and a handful of allies managed to get an important amendment voted on in the Budget debate. Although it lost, 42 to 56,it now has almost every senator on record for wanting to either expand or cut Social Security. Politically, it was a momentous vote. Only two arch-conservative Democrats, corporate whore Tom Carper (D-DE) and political coward Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) voted with the Republicans against expanding Social Security. Every other Democrat is now on record for *expanding* Social Security. The amendment was i... more »

MENA Report and ISIS Global Struggle - Yemen in Focus , Iraq / Syria Regional war in focus , Libya and Nigeria in focus ( ISIS and political struggles ) , Iran Nuclear Talks in focus - Framework Agreement almost reached ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Links...... *Yemen Houthis Advance Despite Saudi-Led Strikes* *US on Both Sides Between Iran, Saudi Arabia* *US Picks 400 Recruits to Become Syrian Rebels* *Kerry Updates Israel as Iran Deal Looks Imminent* *Yemen President Replaced in Arab Spring Back, Calling for Peace* *Yemen Invasion Could Define Saudi Policy for Years to Come* *Pakistan Hesitant to Join Saudi War, Fearing Sectarian Strife* *Syrian Army Closes in on City Near Lebanese Border* Yemen FM Urges Swift End to Air Strikes on Houthis Arab League Meets to Finalize Details of Joint Military Force Britain: Saudis Co... more »

Damage Limitation Time For Monsanto: Time To Wheel Out Patrick Moore Again... Or Maybe Not!

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 14 hours ago
Global Research, Countercurrents, RINF It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Monsanto. The company agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. It also paid out a string of lawsuit settlements totaling $350,000 as a result of its GMOs tainting wheat in seven US states. Such amounts represent little more than a tap on the wrist for a company that rakes in sales of almost $16 billion dollars annually. However, on 20 March the World Health Organisation reached a decision that strikes at the ... more »

Strip Mining the Stock Market

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
The problem with capitalism is the human creative destruction when you see a big merger you know a master of the universe has just legally stolen a billion souled they will bust out both firms like the Sopranos bribe the banks like Good fellas and leave the consumer holding the bag after the fees have been taken and the lawyers all paid while the firms themselves plan for chapter 11 A merger as defined by the MAN is the competitive benefit realised by consumers when competition is reduced

Only Making Matters Worse

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://pumabydesign001.com As Canada prepares to enter the Syrian civil war, red flags are everywhere. The latest comes from Yemen. Tom Walkom writes: In Yemen, it’s hard to figure out who the good guys are. The Saudis and Egyptians back President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the person they regard as the country’s legitimate leader. He was the consensus choice of the country’s two main political parties in a 2012 election where he was the only candidate. Both the Houthis and southern secessionists boycotted that vote. Hadi’s enemies no... more »

Kasich Plans to Increase Charter Funding and Cut Public Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Ohio has some of the worst charter schools in the nation, and White Hat Management runs many of them. White Hat's multimillionaire boss, David Brennan, has stuffed the pockets of politicians for years to become one of the grandest corporate welfare kingpins in charter school history. What does Governor Kasich plan to do about that giant sucking sound that dollars make when they disappear down the giant charter drain? From the Columbus Dispatch: Charter-school funding in Ohio could exceed $1 billion by 2017 under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget, which provides increases...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*UVA Fraternity Exploring Legal Options to Address 'Extensive Damage Caused by Rolling Stone'* Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Virginia told ABC News today that the fraternity feels vindicated after Charlottesville, Virginia, police said their investigation found "no evidence" of an alleged rape at the fraternity house. Stephen Scipione, president of the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, said in a statement, "These false accusations have been extremely damaging to our entire organization, but we can only begin to imagine the setback this must have dealt to survivors of ... more »

Missing the Premiership? Here's Arsene Wenger and his impossible coat pocket...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Tricky things pockets...


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Tensions Flare Over New Orleans City Park Golf Course ~Jason Saul, WWNO **~Also~City Park golf course protester recounts 12 days in a tree ~WVUE* *Principals discuss study that found charters tried to exclude some students ~Marta Jewson, The Lens* *$9 billion natural gas project underway in southwest Louisiana ~WWL* * *International Star the morning line favorite for the Louisiana Derby on Saturday ~Katherine Terrell*


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*South Pole's icy edge is rapidly vanishing: Antarctic ice shelves have shrunk by as much as 18% in ten years, claims study* *Amusing. The ice loss has accelerated in the last decade. But there has been no global warming in the last decade. So the loss CANNOT be due to global warming. If the data is sound -- a very big IF when looking at Warmist research -- the effect is probably due to sub-surface vulcanism -- with a lot of that being revealed recently* Antarctica's icy edge is disappearing in warming ocean waters, with the last decade seeing the rate of ice loss increase dr... more »

World News Briefs -- March 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2L), Robert Malley (3L), of the US National Security Council, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini (C), Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (2R), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and others wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel on March 27, 2015 in Lausanne. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool *Reuters:* *Iran, powers close in on two-three page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials* *(Reuters) - Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a... more »

Getting Promoted

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 16 hours ago

An Ancient Chinese Practice that will Enhance Wellness and Extend Your Life

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video - *This video will help you understand the ancient Chinese concept of Qi Gong and teach you how to stimulate the Dan Tians to enhance your health and slow the ageing process. The post An Ancient Chinese Practice that will Enhance Wellness and Extend Your Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Boosts Aid in Saudi-Led Fight To Defeat Rebel Force in Yemen* *Move comes as Saudi-led coalition takes full control of airspace after airstrikes targeting Houthi rebelsThe U.S. military is preparing to expand its aid to Saudi Arabia in its air campaign against rebel forces in Yemen by providing more intelligence, bombs and aerial refueling missions for planes carrying out airstrikes there, American officials said Friday.The development comes as the Saudi Arabia-led coalition took full control of Yemeni airspace after two days of airstrikes targetin... more »

We know where you’ve been: Ars Technica acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops. One citizen demands: "Do you know why Oakland is spying on me and my wife?"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Josh Kellogg http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/we-know-where-youve-been-ars-acquires-4-6m-license-plate-scans-from-the-cops/ *Law & Disorder / Civilization & Discontents * *We know where you’ve been: * *A**rs Technica acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops* *One citizen demands: * *"Do you know why Oakland is spying on me and my wife?" * by Cyrus Farivar - Mar 24, 2015 2:00pm CET Further Reading The cops are tracking my car—and yours My quest to access automatic license plate reader (LPR) records.OAKLAND, Calif.—If you have driven in Oakland any time in the la... more »

Economic News and Views ( March 28 , 2015 ) - Greece heads into a critical weekend as the latest Reforms List is reviewed by Creditors .....Latest Update On Austria Banking mess ( H/T Frances Coppola ) End of the month/ quarter positioning or something else ( Specs very short on gold / GBP / Europe ) ......Sareb in focus ...... China Banks in focus as bad loans soar

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *Frances Coppola* ‏@Frances_Coppola 10m 10 minutes ago What do you do on a train to Carlisle? Why, write about the Austrian Fannie Mae, of course: http://www.forbes.com/sites/francesc oppola/2015/03/28/the-austrian-fannie-mae/ … h/t @barnejek Forbes The Austrian Fannie Mae The moratorium imposed by the Austrian Financial Markets Authority (FMA) on debt service by the failed bank Heta (Hypo Alpe Adria) has had an unfortunate effect on another Austrian bank. Specifically... [image: View this content on Forbes's website] View on web *Yannis... more »

Some Thoughts About "Blue Velvet"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
"Blue Velvet" was a 1986 film by David Lynch that served as a comeback film for brilliant actor/brain-damaged-right-wing-druggie Dennis Hopper. It's what's known as a "cult film." THIS POST HAS SPOILERS FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T SEEN THIS THIRTY YEAR OLD FILM YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some women I knew HATED the film and the villain (played by Hopper) of Frank Booth. Some guys LOVED Frank Booth because he was so fucked-up and evil. TRIGGER WARNING: DESCRIPTIONS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE TO FOLLOW In the film, the character of Frank Booth has somehow had an affair with l... more »

Sacha Goldberg - Superheroes given 16th-century makeover

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
design, or radical costume re-imagining of a retro nature, 4-centuries retro -- here we see how the artists, costume designers, artists and the photographer Sacha Goldberg of a new exhibition in Paris re-imagined the 16th-century variants of everyday superheroes like Batman, Wolverine and Spiderman. *What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century? What if the Incredible Hulk was a Duke? And how might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White? Photographer Sacha Goldberg went back to his childhood to get inspiration and mixed icons of American culture with Flemish school painting styles... more »

All the news that's fit to censor?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
As noted in the comments of Sue's post, the BBC News Channel's *The Papers* failed to report one daily newspaper's front page last night. This one: Every other front page was present-and-correct as usual. Only this one was missing. And, curiously - unlike Sky News (which isn't censoring it) - this morning's *The Papers *on the BBC News website also completely avoids either showing or reporting that *Daily Mail *front page. Radio 4's *Today *also avoided mentioning it this morning. Looking at Google News, it seems it's a *Daily Mail *scoop that certain parts of the press are repo... more »

Will Iran Retailiate Against Saudi Arabia For Its Air Strikes In Yemen?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*VOA:* *Saudi Airstrikes In Yemen Raise Specter Of Iranian Retaliation * *Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen have raised fears of a proxy war and direct conflict between Tehran and rival Riyadh. * *But some analysts say this is unlikely — and caution there are other concerns much more pressing.* *The Houthis are members of a Shi’ite revival movement that has fought Yemen’s central government for at least a decade and took control of the capital, Sana'a, in September.* *Iran, which backs the rebels, has called the airstrikes a “dangerous action” against Yemen... more »

Obama Presidential Memorandum : THE DISTRACTION... or not?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
*edited 3/28/2015 at 2:43pm GMT to add:*Well this is just getting weirder and weirder! when I got the message saying it's a hoax and to look at the web address, I immediately cross referenced the two sites. I looked on the www.whitehouse.gov site to try and find this memorandum and couldn't see it there..... hence, having seen what can be accomplished with a creative web designer, ie: the "BBC" article that said that Charlie Hebdo was a false flag- my alarm bells immediately went off. The first thing I did was to go back to the www.whitehouse.gov official site and look for that m... more »

Rum And The Royal Navy

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

Transpicuous News Midweek Report, Mar 25, 2015: What do Falling planes and CERN have in common?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
Good morning everyone! Here is the video archive of the Transpicuous News Midweek Report for Wednesday March 25, 2015. I isolated part of the Midweek report to put out a separate video on the Germanwings Plane crash in the French Alps and the CERN Equation. You can see that video here: http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2015/03/transpicuous-news-special-report.html I am currently following several major pieces of news around the world- from the War in Yemen that started in the middle of the night Wednesday night, when Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen airspace and created a coaliti... more »

Thales wins French-UK mine countermeasures contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: MMCM programme]On behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in France and UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, OCCAr has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France (ECA Group) and in the UK (ASV, Wood & Douglas, SAAB). Initiated in 2012 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM programme develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs). ... more »

Marines show off Osprey by landing on South Korean ship for the 1st time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
The Marines showed off their most versatile aircraft to the South Koreans this week, landing two MV-22 Ospreys on the deck of the South Korean ship Dokdo. The MV-22s, from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 Reinforced, took off from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to perform a series of touch-and-go landings on the South Korean vessel. The deck crew of the Dokdo guided the hybrid aircraft to a safe landing and then tied them down, as members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and South Korean military looked on. Minutes afterward, they were released and t... more »

First Air National Guard theater security package deploys to Europe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-15C Strike Eagle]The U.S. Air Force deployed 12 F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 200 Airmen as the first Air National Guard theater security package in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve this week. The aircraft and Airmen, from the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard, Jacksonville, Fla., are set to be in place and fulfilling the TSP mission by mid-April. The TSPs will augment U.S. Air Forces in Europe's existing efforts as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve by conducting flying training deployments and off-station training with NATO allie... more »

Crimea will place nuclear weapons on its territory on President’s orders - official

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Tu-22M3 Backfire]Crimea would support the placement of nuclear weapons on its territory once such a decision is made in Moscow, said the head of the republic, Sergey Aksyonov. “If such an order comes from our commander-in-chief, we are going to support it,” Aksyonov said in an interview with the Sputnik news agency. He added that he personally was sure that the nuclear weapons were perfectly safe for Crimea’s environment because Russian technologies in this field were the most advanced in the world. Read more

Missile crews complete two successful test launches in one week

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The Air Force this week successfully launched two unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles over the Pacific Ocean. At 3:53 a.m. Pacific time Friday, missileers from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched a randomly selected, unarmed missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket flew for about 40 minutes and landed in the ocean near Guam about 40 minutes after launch, according to Global Strike Command. The test was scheduled to verify the reliability of the Minuteman III rockets and provide data on how the missiles launch. The team included the ... more »

Finally, Army to get Akash missiles from next month

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Akash SAM]The Army will finally get some desperately-needed supersonic firepower to take on enemy fighters, helicopters, drones and sub-sonic cruise missiles after years of grappling with obsolete air defence weapons. What makes it even more significant is that the new weapon system is 96% indigenous. The 1.13-million strong force will begin getting the Akash "area defence" missile systems, which have an interception range of over 25 km in all weather conditions, from next month. Though quite late in coming, the Akash systems pack a formidable punch by being capable of ta... more »

Graphs at a glance: Public spending cuts hit the many more than the few, because the few can buy privately what is cut. But elections are decided by the many!

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
Defining who is very rich is not straightforward. Some with vast wealth have little income and live in poverty (for example, low income pensioners living in million pound London houses bought for a song decades ago).  For this post we consider households with more income than 90% of households in the UK. Perhaps not all "rich", but certainly "richer than most".  We use the Household

More Monkey Business at SCRIBD...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
Looks like I am not the only one to be suffering abuses at SCRIBD.... although mine was temporary take downs via bogus DMCA copyright harassment on public domain documents created by Scott Bartle. His brilliant and effective *Courtesy Notice* creation (and its instructions) was briefly offline. Also the German version of the *Paradigm Report* of Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf's investigation into the corruption of banking, government and the judiciary... was removed from Scribd in Germany. I am uploading the German copy to my Scribd from the German translator so it will also be av... more »

Origins of The Houthis' Rebellion In Yemen And Their War With The Saudis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
Houthis: Yemeni Zaydi Shi'a movement founded in 1992 by Husayn Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi. Al-Houthi was trained as religious scholar & jurist. — Shi'a Jihadica (@JihadicaS) March 25, 2015 Al-Houthi & Zaydis felt marginalised by Yemeni gov't. So started movement in 1990s known as Believing Youth, later became Houthis #Yemen — Shi'a Jihadica (@JihadicaS) March 25, 2015 Houthi rebellion goes back to 1990s. They complained of Saudi plot to meddle in Yemeni affairs & undermine Zaydi faith #Yemen — Shi'a Jihadica (@JihadicaS) March 25, 2015 In the 80s cleric Miqbal Wadi'i moved to Yemen... more »

The Rise Of The Intelligence Analyst

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
U.S. Air Force *New York Times:* *C.I.A. Officers and F.B.I. Agents, Meet Your New Partner: The Analyst* *Call it the revenge of the nerds, Washington-style. The gun-toting F.B.I. agent and the swashbuckling C.I.A. undercover officer are being increasingly called upon to share their clout, their budgets and even their Hollywood glamour with the humble, deskbound intelligence analyst.* *As the two agencies confront an evolving terrorist threat, cyberattacks and other challenges, both are reorganizing in ways intended to empower analysts. That involves the delicate job of meshing th... more »

Wildcat maritime attack helicopter takes to the seas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AW159 Lynx Wildcat]The first Royal Navy Wildcat maritime attack helicopter has taken to the seas onboard HMS Lancaster. The Type 23 frigate sailed from her home in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 21 for a routine nine-month Atlantic patrol tasking, waved off by hundreds of well-wishing friends and family. HMS Lancaster is the first ship in the Royal Navy to deploy with the new Wildcat Helicopter and her crew is wearing the newest naval uniform in 70 years. She also takes with her the first ever Royal Marine chef to ply his trade on the ocean waves rather than on dry land. Re... more »

U.S. Rescues Saudi Pilots from Crashed Fighter Jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-15SA Strike Eagle]The U.S. rescued two Saudi Arabian airmen from the Gulf of Aden after their two-seater F-15 fighter jet crashed Thursday, a U.S. defense official said Friday. The jet appears to have been taking part in operations over Yemen, however, the defense official wouldn’t say why the airmen ejected from the F-15 or why the plane went down over international waters. Saudi Arabia requested assistance on Thursday afternoon Washington time from the U.S. after the airmen ejected from their plane, the official said. Read more

Lightning jets that can't fly through lightning: Fears new £100m RAF fighter's fuel tanks could explode if struck by a bolt

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RAF F-35B Lightning II]RAF pilots have been banned from flying the new Lightning II fighter jets in a storm over fears the £100million plane could explode if struck by lightning. The Ministry or Defence said that the stealth F35-B, which has been plagued by design flaws and technical setbacks, could not be flown within 28 miles of a thunderstorm. Named ‘Lightning II’, it was even at risk of its namesake while on the ground with pilots told to move it under cover if less than 11 miles away from a storm. Read more

Saturday Interview: Sam Fawcett

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 19 hours ago
Sam Fawcett is a blogger from Somerset who, at term time, can be found residing in Exeter studying sociology and politics. He's also the deputy editor of the Young Fabian's magazine, *Anticipations* and pens his own thoughts at The Condition of the Left in England. Like most lefties he's an inveterate tweeter, and his 140 character pearls of wisdom can be followed here. *Tell us a bit about your work with Anticipations, the Young Fabian magazine.* I’ve been fulfilling the role of deputy editor with *Antics* since April 2014. I was approached completely out of the blue by the (now ... more »

Women to serve in Russian Navy submarines?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)]Women may be able to serve on Russia Navy submarines after 2018, a source in the Ministry of Defence told InterFax News Agency earlier this month. However, the Russian Navy has denied this report raising questions, again, on the role and place of women in the Russian armed forces. Women have served in the Russian armed forces since the Soviet era. The navy, which is discussing the future role of women in the service, insisted that discussing the role of women was not discriminatory. After all, the navy has women serving in communications units, medical... more »

This Camouflage Coating Hides Submarines From Sonar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS Minnesota (SSN-783)]Imagine a material that wicks sound across its surface like water droplets sliding over a windowpane. For submarines, such a coating would mean an entirely new way to slip past sonar without detection as sound waves pass harmlessly around the vessel. Physicist Baile Zhang and his colleagues at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore think they may have found a way to design such a coating, which could work for any 3D shape—sharp corners included. In a new research paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, he describes why this the... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours 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 »

Lawrence of Freemasonry : The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
The seven liberal arts were taught in two groups: the *trivium *and the *quadrivium *: *Trivium:* *Grammar* *Dialectic (logic)* *Rhetoric* *Quadrivium:* *Arithmetic* *Geometry* *Astronomy* *Music* During the Middle Ages, the liberal arts were central to university education. The quadrivium followed the preparatory work of the trivium. The area and range of the liberal arts evolved in time. Originally, most of the teaching, and all of the text-books, would have been in Latin, the language the students would have learnt at school before they came to college. In the beginning the co... more »

Bomb Sniffing Elephants?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*National Geographic: **Can Elephants' Amazing Sense of Smell Help Sniff Out Bombs?* *The U.S. military’s push for better bomb detectors involves taking cues from elephants’ ability to locate TNT.BELA BELA, South Africa—Chishuru, a large African elephant bull with a talent for sniffing out TNT, stood in front of a line of seven white buckets.Inside one of the buckets on a recent morning was a slight trace of TNT on a piece of paper stapled to the bottom. Chishuru's job was to find out exactly which bucket it was—using his nimble trunk to guide the way.The elephant ambled bet... more »

Is a Hemp Seed the Secret to Longevity for These Chinese Villagers?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Bama Yao Lon] I suspect that the true secret worldwide is nutrient rich and pristine environment. The main difficulty of course is that consuming a perfect nutrient profile is way more difficult than appreciated. A good starting point for the decrepitude of old age is chronic nutrient deficiency. It will not be the whole answer but it certainly accelerates nataral decline. Thus adding in staples of successful communities does represent an excellent plan. I would go further than that. as we get older, we need to also maintain a living natural garden that includes a... more »

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth—How GMOs Took Over the Food Supply

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It turns out that the FDA has been co-opted into following no science in order to promote GMOs. I want you to understand that I am totally blindsided by this. The entire intent of the law is circumvented. Worse, the protocol allows anyone to insert a gene, including a totally useless gene and then slap a patent on what is effectively a label. That then leads to then selling you the right to use their label. I see no reason to think this is not true. This is actually not going to end well but it may end because it allows all trading partners a license to ban any USA pro... more »

Gaming a Russian Offensive

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
WE are living through a era, hopefully brief, in which saber rattling is apparently back in vogue. A big part of this comes from Obama's horrid leadership, or more specifically his lack thereof. This has allowed early tests of American Resolve to actually hit home. The answer to Russia was always an aggressive repositioning of NATO assets. Even the simple opening of discussions with Romania would have settled that goose. Now we have Factions shooting each other and promoting hate This analysis makes Russian options in terms of actual expansion effectively counter productive... more »

Politically Incorrect Advice for Young Men (Updated)

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The advent of true mass culture introduced extreme imaturity into our social structures and solutions and we are still struggling to reshape and understand what happened and to overcome the worst aspects. A large part of this failure has been the elimination of a physical community for the natural community in our urban environment. This impacts heaviest on women whereas men must go out and establish their own independent social group in order to properly function and succeed. That also tells us how to solve it. In the meantime this adresses the natural evolution of a marriage... more »

Dark matter: Science Friday with Weinberg, Hooper, Cooley

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*The background is temporarily "nearly white" today because I celebrate the Kilowatt Hour, also known as the Electricity Thanksgiving Day. Between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time, turn all your electric appliances on and try to surpass one kilowatt. By this $0.20 sacrifice, you will fight those who want to return us to the Middle Ages and who organize the so-called Earth Hour.* Ira Flatow's Science Friday belongs among the better or best science shows. Yesterday, he hosted some very interesting guests and the topic was interesting, too: Understanding the Dark Side of Physics The guest... more »


Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 22 hours ago
Can't believe it's been two months since my last post. A lot has happened, but a lot of the same things happen daily so I feel like I don't have anything worth blogging about! :) Dry season has been, well dry. And hot. It's nice with the scooter not having to worry about rain though! I think it only has rained a couple times this entire dry season and for short times. We finally got our car back! however, at the moment, we cannot drive it. Once we got it back, the lawyers have to register it in the country and order the plates and stickers. We can't drive it until then, so... more »

Operation Jade Helm: A Covert War Training Exercise By Special Forces Within The U.S. Is Raising Concerns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Hostile: An unclassified military document reveals the states involved in a controversial multi-agency training exercises that will place 1,200 military personnel into 7 Southwest states--with residents of Utah, Texas and part of Southern California designated as 'hostile' *Daily Mail*: *Special forces set to swarm Southwest and operate undetected among civilians in massive military exercise* ** Operation Jade Helm will see 1,200 service members including Green Berets and SEALs and special forces from the Air Force and Marines in July* ** Soldiers armed with blank rounds will operat... more »

Iraqi Sunni Minister 'Tikrit is a Sunni vs Sunni War'

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
"Some 4,000 Iraqi army troops and some 25,000 Shia militia have surrounded Tikrit in Iraq. There are few civilians left in the city but some 1,000 Islamic State fighters have barricaded themselves inside and digging them out would be a very bloody and costly affair. Up to recent days the U.S. was not involved in the Tikrit campaign. The Iranian advisers who accompany the militia had therefore decided not to storm the city but to revert to siege tactics cutting off electricity, water and all other supplies to weaken their opponents. They are using artillery against the Islamic Sta... more »

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy: 'There Is No Exit Strategy For The War Against The Islamic State'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Business Insider:* *Top US official: There is no exit strategy for the war against ISIS* *A top US military official has told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the US has no real end-game strategy for the ongoing fight against ISIS in Iraq. * *General John R. Allen, a special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, told the Foreign Affairs Committee that "there's no exit strategy" for dealing with ISIS in response to questions from Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL). * *Grayson had asked Allen about what the military's ult... more »

How To Live Longer, by A. P. Herbert

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 23 hours ago
This poem by A. P. Herbert was published in The Punch Guide to Good Living, under the initials A. P. H. The collection was edited by William Davis and published in 1973, and the selections appear to date from the 60's and early 70's. HOW TO LIVE LONGER ATTEND. I do not often sing to you To make you healthier, but now I do. The word coronary does not come down From cor, the heart, but from *corona*, crown; And I for one pronounce it in this way Whatever medical young men might say.... more »

Rum And The Royal Navy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 »


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The Return of the Mercenary The Return of the Mercenary This post was originally published here: post The use of mercenaries in warfare has a very long history - much longer, in fact, than the almost-exclusive deployment of national militaries to wage wars. Before the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ended Europe's Thirty ...

The leading Republican war hawk in the U.S. Senate, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain of Arizona, in a single week, misused his position to entertain arcane testimony from three decrepit agents of U.S. power politics. In rapid succession, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; retired General Brent Scowcroft, the ...
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