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Sunday, March 29, 2015

29 March - Blogs I'm Following

10:34pm MDST

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh: The Arab Spring Was a Zionist-Western Conspiracy (2014 Interview)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 minutes ago
Saleh on the region-wide anarchy brought about by the Arab Spring: "I was one of the rulers, but I hoped that they would give rise to someone who would function better than me and my government. But it brought nothing but anarchy, the disintegration of nations, the destruction of the infrastructure and the economy, and the deterioration of the army and security services. The Muslim Brotherhood entered the units of the army and security services with no training, qualifications, or organization. Anarchy! That is why I called it the Zionist Spring." - Former Yemeni President Ali Abdal...more »

Putting Sanctions On Saudi Arabia

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Iraq invaded its neighbour Kuwait and the empire of the age came knocking, bringing the house down. Saudi Arabia invades its neighbour Yemen and nothing. No knock. Not even a note by the window. A responsible, impartial, and consistent global cop, as Washington claims it is, would put sanctions on Saudi Arabia right about now. If the U.S., Pakistan, Egypt, and other members of the coalition of failed states attacking Yemen were smart they would've cut ties with the senile Saudis years ago. Saudi Arabia has been nothing but trouble for Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, the Middle East, and... more »

"We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

leftdog at Buckdog - 2 hours ago
Canada drops out of top 10 most developed countries listThe United Nations human development index now ranks Canada as 11thCanada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade. The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year. A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a g...more »

The Law of Unintended Consequences makes another unexpected appearance online

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
The unintended consequences of security theatre imposed on airline travel is replicated in the security theatre of mass online state surveillance – also supposedly for our protection against terrorists, but whose indiscriminate application has encouraged tech firms to improve encryption for perfectly legitimate non-terrorists, making surveillance of *any* real threat *more* difficult rather than less. A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism… "[Tech firms] are doing it, I suppose, because... more »

You probably think this picture is a mistake. That's how much you know. It's hip contemporary design!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*You're probably figuring that the person who cropped this photo for publication was either thinking about something else at the time, or maybe drunk, or just plain stupid. Well, surprise! Apparently this is "contemporary design." (I know I shouldn't have centered it here, but old habits die hard.)* *by Ken* Awhile ago, as some of you may remember, I got myself enmeshed in a profiile of defrocked plutocrat Russian Mikhail Khokorkovsky, by Julia Ioffe, which appeared in the January 12 *New Yorker*. Accompanying that profile was the above, er, photo. Maybe I should say "image," sinc... more »

“Leading conspiracist intellectual” thanks French President

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 2 hours ago
*Dear President Holland,* I am writing to thank you for deeming me one of the four leading “conspiracist intellectuals” in North America. I am also flattered by your suggestion that my “conspiracy theories” should be banned by the French and European governments, and globally by international agreement as well. I had no idea I was so important. Your anti-conspiracy outbursts appear to be targeting my new book *We Are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11*. Are you *really* considering banning my book? That would be* incroyable*, *etonnant*, even *merveilleux*. ... more »

Israel's Brutality Against Palestinian Children

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Palestinian children on the radar - as video emerges showing masked Israeli soldiers raiding West Bank homes at night and interrogating young boys.

Ipagbawal ang GDP Growth, Part 2

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
A friend, Prof. Bong Mendoza, posted this news report last January 30, 2015. The reporters, Rina Chandran and Sharon Chen, were at the Ayala-UPSE forum at Intercon Hotel in Makati last January. I was there too. It was NEDA Sec. Arsi Balisacan who said "no longer sick man of Asia", not the reporters, not their editor/s. The article makes sense. The sections on consumption boom and population boom, it's true. Our big, young population is an asset, not a liability. More population means more producers and consumers, more entrepreneurs and workers. Thailand -- and Japan, S. Korea, H... more »

everything is free

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Houthi Official Khaled Al-Madani: Yemen Will Be the Graveyard of the Saudi Invaders

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Title: Houthi Official Khaled Al-Madani: Yemen Will Be the Graveyard of the Saudi Invaders. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 28, 2015. Description:* In a speech delivered at a rally on March 26, 2015, Houthi official Khaled Al-Madani of the Supreme Revolutionary Council said: "The horn of Satan [i.e., Saudi Arabia] has hired mercenaries to attack Yemeni soil, but Yemen will become their graveyard." The crowds chanted "Death to America" and "Curses upon the Jews." The rally was broadcast on Mayadeen TV. " The Yemeni people fear none but Allah. . . We do not want the blood o... more »

What an uneventful weekend

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
So nothing really happened over the weekend, did it. Very uneventful altogether. Nothing on. Completely tranquil. Just your regular ordinary weekend with nothing special about. Nothing at all to see. Not a single thing. Right? Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Was there anything Liberal about the Tory/LibDem Coalition?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
As the most wretched government in living memory shuffles off into the history books, let's take some time to reflect. For all intents and purposes, at least where this blog is concerned, it was a Conservative government. It was hard to remember that this was actually a coalition between two parties that came together, they claimed, because the national interest demanded it. For their part, the line the Liberal Democrats are peddling is their contribution knocked the sharp corners off the Tories. Were the Conservatives governing alone, their policies would have been extreme and pun... more »

Garry Wills, contemplating Pope Francis and his critics, says there are "two forms of Christianity now on offer" -- and it's up to Catholics to choose

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*A homeless man uses an umbrella to shield himself from the water from the system installed by SF's Archbishop Sal "The Faucet" Cordileone to drench riffraff attempting to sleep under the overhang of St. Mary's Cathedral. Done in the name of Jesus, of course.* *"I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal the wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds."* *-- Pope Francis, in an August 2013 interview,quoted in a new NYRB bl... more »

March 29: Just a short one...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 9 hours ago
First, there's very good news from Montreal. Some European-based groups were planning to march through a largely Muslim district of the city with a message of bigotry and hatred, making it a point to announce they intended to make the mosque a target. Now, Montreal has historically been a city of bigotries and hatreds aimed at anyone different. And both English and French have been guilty - including the most prominent families (in fact, especially the most prominent families.) And immigrants commonly have settled into distinct districts in the city, partly for access to their own h... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
I am traveling today. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Rightwing Nuthouse: “4 Right Wing Lunacies this Week: Phil Robertson's Insane Bloody Atheist Fantasy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“4 Right Wing Lunacies this Week: * *Phil Robertson's Insane Bloody Atheist Fantasy”* And an Arizona Senator proposes a law requiring everyone to go to church. By Janet Allon *“1. Phil Robertson is a deeply disturbed man with a fantasy about beheading atheists.* Apparently, the version of Christianity that ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson believes in is a very bloody, vengeful, sexually sadistic and psychopathic one. Either that, or the dude is just insane. The right-wing darling got off this week on spinning out a fantasy involving raping, decapitating and castrating an ath... more »

Let Luke Flynt Clearly Explain How Value-Added Test Evaluation Works

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
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Arab League Agrees To The Formation Of A Unified Regional Military Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Snapshot from State TV of the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi specks during the closing session of Arab Summit, in Sharm el Sheik, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015 (Photo: State TV) *IBTimes/Reuters: **Arab League Summit: Leaders To Announce Unified Force To Counter Security Threats* *SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) -- Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt will announce the formation of a unified regional force to counter growing security threats, according to a draft of the final communique, as conflicts rage from Yemen to Libya. The summit will also call on Ira... more »

Sunday Classics snapshots: Count Almaviva goes a-wooing, then and now

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Urged on by Figaro (Ross Benoliel), "Lindoro" (Luigi Boccia as Count Almaviva) identifies himself to Rosina (Stephanie Lauricella), with Enrico Granafei playing the guitar and Jason Tramm conducting, at New Jersey State Opera, June 2012. (For English text, see below.)* *by Ken* I'd like to think we established the premise well enough in last week's "snapshots" post, "Rosina I and Rosina II," where we heard aural snapshots of young Rosina first as the spitfire being wooed by the supposed poor student Lindoro in the opera Rossini fashioned from the popular Beaumarchais play *The Ba... more »

Seed Sharing Deemed Illegal in the United States

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
By Growing Your Greens John from Growing Your Greens breaks the news that seed sharing in the USA has been deemed not legal and certain organizations are prohibited from freely sharing seeds... In this episode, John interviews Lawyer, Neil Thapar of the Sustainable Economies Law Center on how seed sharing has been deemed Illegal by certain states in the USA and how you can help change this. Sign the Seed Sharing Petition at: http://www.saveseedsharing.org/ Learn more about Seed Sharing Legalities: http://www.theselc.org/ Learn how to start a seed sharing library: http://www.seedl... more »

The USrahelli Nuclear Winter Is Coming To The Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Most polls show that the majority of the American people support the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Only a tiny, ideological fringe within the U.S. establishment, which is very close to Israel, wants a war. You know what this means, right? A new false flag in America to rally the American people against Iran and Islam is around the corner. But the craziness and criminality won't end there. The only two states crazy enough and powerful enough to use nuclear weapons against civilians are America and Israel. When America used nukes the first time, it was just for kicks, to show off ... more »

Top Ten Pet Peeves About Literary Agents

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
Yeah, I know I'm a bad blogger, No Cheetos. Specifically, I'm a bad political blogger and I honestly do feel guilty about disappointing what few faithful readers I have by not providing content on a regular basis that would, however inadequately, justify the donations I've been receiving for the last six years. And I *will *get to Ted Cruz, Mike Pence and his piece of shit anti-LGBT law and so forth in good time. But the annual round of submissions of *Tatterdemalion *to literary agents, something I hadn't done in a year, has built up a lot of resentment in me. This has be... more »

Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan freed after 2 years

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Two years ago, two Czech women (Antonie Chrástecká – the skinnier one – and Hana Humpálová) were going to spend 8 weeks in India. However, before they got there, they were kidnapped by a militant group in Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan. Czech government's negotiations with Pakistani authorities have been useless. After one such failed attempt, the Czech president Miloš Zeman told the Pakistani ambassador to Czechia that "your secret agency is worth a pile of cr*p. Can you explain to me how it's possible that two weeks after our compatriots were kidnapped, the govern... more »

The War In Yemen is Bringing More Chaos To The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
New York Times *Liz Sly, Washington Post*: *How the Yemen conflict risks new chaos in the Middle East* *BEIRUT — The meltdown in Yemen is pushing the Middle East dangerously closer to the wider regional conflagration many long have feared would arise from the chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring revolts.* *What began as a peaceful struggle to unseat a Yemeni strongman four years ago and then mutated into civil strife now risks spiraling into a full-blown war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over a country that lies at the choke point of one of the world’s major oil sup... more »

IS and the rescue narrative

noreply@blogger.com (Námo Mandos) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
Echidne has been writing up an excellent series on Daesh and women, including on the rules they enforce on Sunni Muslim women and their establishment of sexual slavery for non-Sunni-Muslim women (not easy to read). Her latest installment is on women who voluntarily join ISIS/IS/Daesh/whatever and their motives, experiences, and outcomes. In my view, one of the most important takeaway points of her work is that it is not the case that the women who join and support ISIS, especially the ones coming from the West, are dupes who do not know what they are doing. While some of them en... more »

Interview with Jeju Island Activists

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
The latest edition of *This Issue* features Paco Michelson and Hee Eun Park (Silver) from the Jeju Island International Solidarity Team. They visited Maine for a couple days near the start of their national tour to share the story about the Navy base struggle in Gangjeong village where US warships will be ported as part of the US ‘pivot’ to surround China. The 500-year old fishing and farming community on Jeju Island is now being destroyed to build the base. See www.SaveJejuNow.org for more information.

The ASD and IZone Plan to Bankrupt Public Education and Destroy the Teaching Profession

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
The Commercial Appeal has a story today about the planned shuffling of schoolchildren to serve the needs of the corporate reform welfare artists who are lined up at the public school feeding trough in Memphis. . . . . In three years, the ASD has taken 7,100 students and the $11,000 SCS would get each year for each student. Next year, ASD enrollment is projected to hit 9,200. To fight back, the SCS board is expected to close South Side Middle and move its 300 students to Riverview K-8, more than three miles away. Riverview is already safe from ASD takeover because it is an iZone sch... more »

10 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Video:* A list of the most common signs of a spiritual awakening. The post 10 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening appeared first on Waking Times.

Gulf Arab Officials: There Are Thousands Of Iranians, Hezbollah Fighters, And Iraqi Militia In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*i24 News:* *Reports: 5,000 Iranians, Hezbollah fighters and Iraqi militia in Yemen* *Russia warns Saudi strikes on Yemen could jeopardize talks between Iran and world powers* *Russia's chief negotiator in the Iranian nuclear talks said Moscow hoped that the Yemen fighting would not jeopardize the negotiations between Tehran and world powers under way in Switzerland.* *"Unfortunately, we are seeing that the tragedy that is happening in this country (Yemen) is having an impact on the atmosphere of the negotiations," Moscow's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as say... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*Born on March 27, 1970 Mark Roland, a down syndrome child, came into this troubled planet and in the process of his journey of 33 years, before he died of respiratory arrest in 2003, Mark touched countless people with his innocent, joyful and open heart including mine. Even though I had met him only once as a young child, I never forgot his deep knowing and joyful presence for he was indeed an innocent pure new soul whose only purpose was to unconditionally love: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome ... more »

A Career-Killing Waste of Time?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
It might be big news on the increasingly irrelevant Canadian political blogging scene that I've killed the blogging of Sooey of "Sooey Says." I told her that blogging was a career-killing waste of time and that she should work on her book. She responded with alacrity and announced she wouldn't blog until her book was finished. Yet, I've posted twice (this post included) since then. What gives? Well, it's too late for me. I now have SEVEN YEARS of online "activism" done irresponsibly under a pseudonym. It was supposed to keep me sharp, pracktikin' my wry-ten skilz, but instead, it... more »

She Healed Breast Cancer With NutritionThen Won The Iron Man!

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
Dr. Ruth Heidrich healed stage 4 breast cancer with nutrition in 1982, then became a world class athlete winning more than 900 trophies, 6 Ironman Triathlons, 8 Senior Olympics Gold Medals and 67 marathons! For more information, visit: *Chris Beat Cancer Blog*

Protest in Prague: Tanks-No-Thanks

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Pressenza reports: In Prague’s Wenceslas Square some 1,500 people demonstrated yesterday, Saturday 29th March, against Operation “Dragoon Ride” in which US army personnel and equipment are crossing Czech Republic territory starting today on the way to their German base. Speeches were given by several anti-war organisations, including the Communist Party and World without Wars and Violence all of which spoke highly critically of the government for the way that the decision to allow this procession has been made without going through parliament and knowing that 70% of the populatio... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Photo Schools for ChiapasMexican military stalks Indigenous  POSICIONAMIENTO DEL CNI SOBRE LA OLA REPRESIVA  EN CONTRA DE LOS PUEBLOS Yaqui spokesmen for the defense of Yaqui water rights in Sonora remain imprisoned. (The National Indigenous Congress rises up against the narco-trafficking which seeks to seize control of the country of Mexico, and the Mexican government stalking the


Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*Another AGW fabrication bites the dust. Hey, hey, hey!* Recall last year and the year before and the year before that one, the cultish adherents of AGW started spinning that warming = cooling. * Which made zero sense! * So imagin*e my absolute non surprise* this chilly, below normal temperature, first week of spring gone and done morning, to read this news? *Global Warming/AGW DOES NOT CAUSE extreme winters* *Cold snaps *like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters* are not a consequence *of (global warming AGW) *climate change*. Scientists at ETH Zurich a... more »

The importance of being Jeremy

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Someone on the Sunday Politics said Labour’s four point lead in today’s polls was down to the media’s representation of the Cameron/ Miliband/ Paxman programme, rather than the actual debate itself. Apparently some of the people polled hadn’t even seen it. They went entirely by media reports and clips of ‘the best bits’. If that’s true, and I’m inclined to believe it is, then Ed’s success hinges on ‘that’ remark. I can’t remember the exact words, but it was something like “You may be important Jeremy, but you’re not *that* important.” Oh the impudence! The flirtatiousness! Cheeky to... more »

USA: Protector of Monarchies

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
They are back those Bush-era neo-cons have returned with a vengeance they lied us into shock & awe and are now deceiving to set up the next tragic bombing run The NY Times and Washington Post just carried Op-Eds from the likes of war criminal John Bolton calling on the US-Israel unholy alliance to unleash their reign of terror against Iran The Obama team is also infested with neo-con vermin the man who ran on the peace message won the Nobel prize now mixing it up with the worst characters that Amerika has to offer The other US ally in this suicidal rush into war with Iran is the h... more »

Ukrainian President Poroshenko: 80% of Security Officials Were Russian Spies In 2012

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Ukraine's Security Service (SBU). © tsn.ua *Moscow Times*: *Ukraine's Poroshenko Says 80% of Security Officials Were Russian Spies in 2012 — Report* *Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has claimed that the majority of national security officials working under Kiev's former pro-Moscow administration were recruited by Russia's FSB, a news report said.* *Poroshenko, speaking to students at a Kharkov university, said about 80 percent of officials working for the Ukrainian security services (SBU) in 2012 had also been recruited by the Russian Federal Security Service, the UkrInform ... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*GIANT MICROWAVE PULSE SEEN ACROSS EUROPE, AFRICA, AND ATLANTIC ON MARCH 23 INTO 24TH* MARCH 27, 2015 by MICHAEL JANITCH A few odd things occurred the night before, and in the hours leading up to the airplane crash in Southern France – which occurred near Barcelonnette in the Alps. A giant pulse of energy occurred on the night of the 23rd going into the 24th: Above: Seen at the peak of the 1st blast – this large distortion covered the entire Southern Hemisphere. This blast was followed by a secondary reverberation on the 24th. Feed from the MIMIC morphed microwave back... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Bank Freeze Outs, Glitches and Holds Increasingly Locking Customers Out of Funds

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Mac Slavo This image was captured from a real ATM machine not long ago, and could be seen anytime for any reason by anyone operating on the digital grid. If ever you needed a better motivation to get your funds out of the bank, this is a clear sign that a digital clampdown is coming. There are increasing examples of technology failures and stricter bank policies that are keep people from getting their money. And they are happening all across the globe. Ulster Bank in Ireland just made news after customers were locked out of their accounts by a glitch that disabled access to wage... more »

Ukraine Crisis News Updates -- March 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Fragile Cease-Fire in Ukraine Inspires Little Confidence in West* *BRUSSELS — No one really expects Ukraine to get better before it gets worse, or for the promises contained 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 the annexed Crimean Peninsula; efforts to create more unrest in cities like Mariupol and as far west as Odessa; advances by Russian-supported rebels against an undergunned and dispirited Ukrain... more »

Does Patrick Murphy's Voting Record Make It Impossible For Him To Win A Statewide Democratic Primary?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Patrick Murphy has a penchant for switching positions, parties, beliefs, values... everything Patrick Murphy represents a swingy district-- the 18th district (all of Martin and St. Lucie counties and a chunk of northern Palm Beach County. Obama beat McCain there in 2008, 51% to 48% but lost to Romney in 2012, 52-48%. Obama won the state of Florida-- albeit narrowly-- in both elections. There are plenty of areas in the state where Obama is as desisted and reviled as he is in any of the worst and most disloyal, bigoted parts of the Old Confederacy. In 2012 Obama was able to cobble tog... more »

what i'm reading: the golden compass by philip pullman

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
*The Golden Compass*, by Philip Pullman, has been on my to-read list since it was first published in the mid-1990s. Although I generally don't read fantasy fiction, after reading an outstanding review in *The New York Times Book Review*, I was very intrigued. Thanks to the Teen Book Club I facilitate at the library, I recently had an excuse to read it: *The Golden Compass* (published as *Northern Lights* in the UK) is our March title. This is an absolutely wonderful book. Lyra Belacqua, a smart, spunky 11-year-old girl, is wholly believeable as our powerful, but very human, hero. S... more »

Some links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*My favorite work of art at the art museum in Kaohsiung: this beautiful Chinese-style painting of Kaohsiung.* Too tired to post today... enjoy a few links.... - Major problem for Taiwan: US commentators and policy shapers are doing business with China and firms interested in China. Henry K gets $5m for consulting for Rio Tinto. Then there he is asking the US to go slow in the South China Sea. Right Henry, like it's the US frantically building islands there. - Commonwealth with a comprehensive water shortage piece - One in five in Taiwan has insomnia. - Lunar... more »

New Report Urging to Give FBI More Power Shows Exactly Why it’s a Bad Idea

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Carey Wedler A new report on the FBI has decided not only that the bureau is doing an exemplary job, but that it needs more power. The Congressionally mandated “Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century” report was conducted by the FBI 9/11 Review Commission, an external body appointed by Congress to analyze the FBI’s progress since 9/11. The 128-page report is mostly complimentary, praising the agency for improvements since its initiation of reforms since 9/11 (and since a scathing report on its progress in 2004). Among many strengths, the FBI was found to have excelled at “... more »

New Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Expel the Patriot Act

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Josh Paniagua In the nationwide panic after the September 11th attacks, the US government introduced the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. Most people know it as the USA Patriot Act. While this bill may have brought comfort to paranoid suburban families that were convinced that squads of terrorists were lurking around their neighborhood, it also paved a paper path for a new era of mass surveillance. Controversy has long surrounded the Patriot Act and the unconstitutional authority it grants the gover... more »

Should The U.S. Send Lethal Arms To Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*From VICE News:* This week, the United States delivered a shipment 10 Humvees to the Ukrainian government — the first installment of a $75 million aid package of non-lethal equipment that is meant to assist the fight against Russia-backed rebels in the country's east. But despite the overwhelming adoption of a resolution in the US House of Representatives urging President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine with lethal arms, his administration has yet to send such materiel. Debate on this issue centers on whether outfitting the country with lethal aid will serve only to escalate the ... more »

The Economics of Skyscrapers

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
A friend points me to this article in *The Economist* about the economics of skyscrapers. Lots of good food for thought for micro and macro classes.

Major US Political Parties Less Popular Than Ever

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
John Vibes A recent Gallup poll found that the major political parties in the United States are seeing their lowest popularity levels in recent memory. Both the Democrats and the Republicans fall well below 50% in terms of approval, with 39% viewing the Democratic party favorable and 37% viewing the Republican party favorable. Since 1992 Gallup has been recording how much support each party has with the general population, and this is the lowest numbers that the polls have had since they began. This is just one of many signs that people are very quickly losing their faith in the... more »

PA schooling: "Fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Palwatch http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=14379 has yet another insight into the genocidal brainwashing of Palestinian children. Something that the institutionally anti Israel BBC will never report on. ' "I came to rehearse the play in order to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them. The goal is to boycott Israeli products." [Official PA TV, March 22 and 25, 2015]'

A World In Change – Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Rory Hall We present a comprehensive review of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including the members, the economics, the resources involved and the people. We show how this global organization is going to impact every person, business and country worldwide. The US Dollar hegemony is dying. The Eastern countries are preparing for what is coming next. We hope you will heed the warning and begin doing your on research and plan accordingly. Everything is going to change and tomorrow will not look, nor operate, as it does today. Alasdair Macleod from GoldMoney.com and Financean... more »

Palm Sunday

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
Zachariah 9:9 *Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! * *Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, * *humble and riding on a donkey, *

Cell Tower Problems to Know About

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Source Catherine J. Frompovich Something is cropping up all over Los Angeles, California, like poisonous mushrooms, with equally toxic effects, but it’s not poisonous mushrooms. It’s the standard cell tower, along with RF and EMF public relations pitches that are generated. Let’s hear what’s really happening in everyday, on-the-ground life, especially in ‘cell tower haven’ Los Angeles, California. Source Concerned Los Angelinos feel there are several issues regarding all the cell towers being constructed in their area, but the most prominent concerns are health effects from EM... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*DeMint at Yale: Academic Censorship as a Political Weapon* *The following are Jim DeMint’s prepared remarks delivered to the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale University* I’d like to start out by telling you the story of a young guy named Omar Mahmood. He was in the news a couple months back. He’s a junior at the University of Michigan, and writes for both the mainstream campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and the University’s alternative conservative publication, the Michigan Review. At least he did, until he became one of academia’s latest victims of political correctnes... more »

Why is Big Food Promoting Death on Their Packages?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By Truthstream Media It was bad enough when it was just nutritionally void, genetically modified, and filled with dangerous additives and other excitotoxic and potentially carcinogenic chemicals... but now we're literally going to shape our food like little Satan heads and label it "demons" too? Are we that utterly disconnected? WHY are we allowing this to be done to us? Why are we doing it to ourselves? Visit TruthstreamMedia.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Soccer and terrorism: what UEFA needs to know per The Warped Mirror

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'Naturally, the BDS activists who try to pressure UEFA into boycotting Israel also have nothing to say about the pervasive glorification of terrorism, and the cooperation with terrorism, that is so common in Palestinian sport. But whether it is sports or any other area, BDS always means bigoted double standards: grotesquely magnifying Israeli problems that are not dissimilar to shortcomings in other countries, while ignoring gross abuses by Palestinians.' More here http://warped-mirror.com/2013/04/11/soccer-and-terrorism-what-uefa-needs-to-know-updated/ that the BBC should also ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Australia: Infantile Greenies and the "threatened" future of a pretty Tasmanian parrot* *The article below is from the environmental writer at the Australian far-Left "New Matilda" magazine so its truthfulness cannot be assumed -- but the interesting thing is the approach of the article. It is typical of "stop everything" environmentalism. It offers no compromise and no middle way. Instead of assisting informed decision-making it just does its best to build a roadblock to action.In those circumstances, if there are foolish decisions made about environmental matters the ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 16 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes it is Sunday again.. The 29th of March, and here is my weekly rant... As I said in a previous article, I maybe should have stayed away longer from writing at this blog... I just got back to surfing the Internet big time the other day and what I have been seeing and reading about exactly what has been happening in our already sick world is truly disgusting... It does appear that our criminal governments are wanting a war that could result in the destruction of our entire planet...And it seems that in spite of knowing such a war could mean the end of their ... more »

Jon Stewart: ''We Finally Figured Out How to Fight a Proxy War Against Ourselves"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
YouTube Jon Stewart declared complete bafflement on Thursday night's edition of "The Daily Show" as the U.S. entered into a bizarre entanglement in the Middle East that had him asking, "Whose side are we on again?" Source ComedyCentral.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Report: US Stationing Marines In Ghana On Eve Of Nigerian Elections

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville According to a report by Nigerian Watch, a UK-based magazine for Nigerian communities, hundreds of US Marines are now being stationed in Ghana as the Nigerian elections begin to take place. The Marines are allegedly being stationed in Ghana so as to be available to remove American personnel from Nigeria if the elections result in violence, a possibility that some analysts are expecting. Nigerian Watch reports that “that there may be post-election violence, especially after the results are announced as neither the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) or the o... more »

Economic News And Views ( March 29 , 2015 ) - UK may already losing sway in Europe ( even before its BREXIT vote occurs ) ...... China led AIIB continues to attract participants ( Russia , Netherlands likely to join , Australia latest to support , World Bank feeling heat ) ...... Greece talks with Creditors over Reforms List continues over the weekend ( What does Tsipras need to do to move forward , status of Talks and possible interim relief - timing of a Eurogroup meeting very much in flux and may not come as quickly as Greece may need to avoid a cash crunch ) ....Future of Eurozone - doubts creeping in......Future of Ukraine President Poreshenko - US standing firm or likely to hedge its bets ( Additional items touching upon Ukraine and Russia ) ..... Some thoughts on effects of QE and Fed Policy - deep thoughts !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets.... *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner · 1h1 hour ago Even before any #Brexit vote, UK losing sway in #Europe. http:// reut.rs/1xK9rIi [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner · 14h14 hours ago More countries like #Russia and the Netherlands say to join #China-backed # AIIB investment bank. http://reut.rs/1F2pC3b *Fabrizio Goria* @FGoria · 2h2 hours ago Australia latest to support China-led bank http://ift.tt/1ClG4KI The Greek Analyst retweeted *Hugo Dixon* @Hugodixon · 55m55 minutes ago Does #Tripras have guts t... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*A Smokin' Cause ~NOLA DEFENDER* *City Park CEO issues statement regarding protesters on park Field of Greens, alleges "incendiary devices" ~WVUE* *City Park Tree Occupier Said To Be Armed With Two 'Incendiary Devices' ~Jason Saul, WWNO* *Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Grade Dem Saints: Mark Ingram ~Canal Street Chronicles* *International Star wins Louisiana Derby ~Gary Estwick, N.O. Advocate *

Samara’s Democracy 360 Report

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
*Samara, the Canadian Democracy Measurement folks *have just released their latest *report on the state of our democracy *and its not good! This is no surprise to those of us who have been taking notice but with generally 40% or less giving any time to even discuss political issues with anybody (online or in person) it would seem that the majority don’t even care. The following are a few extracts from their report *“Samara’s Democracy 360, a report card on the state of Canada’s democracy”* (260K PDF) “Only 31% of Canadians believe politics affects them every day. Only 37% give any ...more »

FREE PLANET vs WAR WORLD - two interconnected three-novels series - where do I start?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
*FREE PLANET **vs** WAR WORLD* *a new thouggghhht for a new dawwwn...* *Chimericana Books 2013* ...so, I'm a potential 'new customer' to the whole crazy surrealistic non-linear non-mainstream writer-artist product i.e. novels, of Mike Philbin and I'm looking to buy his most recent works, the three-books-each of either the (recently finished*) War World series or the (recently finished*) Free Planet series. *Chimericana Books 2014* And I've heard they're linked or self-referential or somehow connected in their third book per series, and I don't want either book to spoil the other... more »

Psychology, Not Gulf Security, Better Explains Saudi Arabia's Senseless Attack On Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
*It is a mistake to play up the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry. Comparing Iran to Saudi Arabia is like comparing America to Russia post-Soviet collapse. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran would be foolish to get in a war with each other for sectarian reasons. Saudi Arabia is wishing America takes the lead and bombs Iran. But, America will gain more from a deal with Iran than getting into a war that will be **disastrous for both sides and the region as well.* A lot of scholarship has been produced that argues nations go to war for psychological reasons more so than for security reasons. Th... more »

War By Other Means

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 19 hours ago
http://www.msn.com/ Over the weekend, Charles Taylor addressed the Broadbent Conference. He's a remarkable man with a remarkable mind and a remarkable history. Like Pierre Trudeau, he grew up in privilege, the son of French and English parents. The two men knew each other well and worked together at *Cite Libre*. Back in the '60's, they ran against each other in the Town of Mount Royal -- and Taylor knew he was going to lose. I was living in Montreal back then, and I remember the contest. There were sharp differences of opinio...more »

Protest of U.S. Army Convoy in Prague

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 20 hours ago
RT reports: Several hundred protesters gathered for an anti-NATO rally on Saturday in Prague, protesting against a US military convoy set to parade through the Czech Republic. The rally clashed with a pro-NATO demonstration held nearby. Footage by RT’s Ruptly agency shows anti-war activists carrying flags and placards with logos such as ‘Tanks? No Thanks!’ and ‘Stop US Army.' At the same time, the pro-NATO demonstrators armed themselves with flags in support of the US military forces. Scuffles and arguments erupted between the two groups. There were no reports of violence and pol... more »

Demanding Justice

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 20 hours ago
As protestors gather across Mexico to demand answers about the 43 students who have been missing since September, demonstrators in Washington, DC are also showing their support, hoping to inspire progress from the US. Anya Parampil reports live from the DC protest.

Water Is Being Used As A Weapon In The Wars of The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
There’s a lack of respect among warring sides for the protected status of water, according to the Red Cross. Osman Orsal/Reuters *Lucy Westcott, Newsweek:* *Water Being Used as a Weapon in the Middle East, Red Cross Warns* *Water supplies are being targeted by fighters in Syria and Iraq and water systems in the Middle East are approaching breaking point due to conflicts there, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) warned in a report released on Wednesday.* *Aging water systems, rising demand for food and growing populations were already putting Middle Eastern and G... more »

Cihou Fort, Kaohsiung

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
[image: KTown_Mar15_144] *Dogs get out of the sun at the fort's entrance.* Yesterday gave the legs a test with a day spent walking around Kaohsiung. Lovely weather and great company made it a perfect day. One of our stops was Cihou Fort, the Qing Dynasty gun battery located outside Kaohsiung harbor (map link). The fort is easy to get to: just take the metro to Shiziwan, then walk to the ferry, take the ferry across the harbor (5 mins, $15 nt), then walk half a kilometer or so to the fort entrance. Entrance is free. [image: KTown_Mar15_144] The walk up offers some good views over the... more »

IT Independence is National Security

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
*March 29, 2015* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The NSA's "Equation Group" is apparently behind the infection with malware of hard drive firmware on computers used by nations considered "enemies" by the United State. The installation of the malware is believed to have required access to trade secrets of IT manufacturers as well as physical access to the soon-to-be infected computers. Popular Science in their article "The World's Most Sophisticated Malware Ever Infects Hard Drive Firmware"suggests that the NSA intercepted computers in transit through global logistical chains. However, a si... more »

Famous Deserters In US Military History

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Eddie Slovik *We Are The Mighty:* *4 Of The Most Famous Deserters In US Military History* *Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl now faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and if he’s found guilty, he’ll join a list of U.S. military deserters throughout history that includes famous names such as Steve McQueen and Mark Twain.We looked back and found some of the more infamous cases of soldiers deserting or going AWOL from their military service. Here’s what we found:* *WNU Editor:* I know of Eddie Slovik .... but the other three .... I am shocked.

The State Is Spying On US All the Time - Where Is the Outrage?  (Rounding US Up?)  TPPed On Enough Yet? ( Wikileaks Publishes Controversial Investment Trade Chapter)  Be Sure To Benefit In-Crowd When You Leak  (Is Greening Enough?)

For our liberty to survive in this fearful post-9/11 world, the government’s lawless behavior must be rejected not just by the words of dead people, but by the deeds of we the living. When the president violates the Constitution and the Congress and courts do nothing to stop him, we have effectively amended the Constitution with a wink and a nod — by consent, if you will.* (Catch Ralph

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Yemen Bombed, Saudi Arabia and Shifting Alliances - Joaquin

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Deforesting the Earth

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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