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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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British Parliamentary Watchdog Suggests That MI5 And MI6 Recruit Moms As Spies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
Mumsnet users answer the call from MI5 http://t.co/yluBJ52KSc pic.twitter.com/bFk0UwS2hc — Justine Roberts (@Justine_Roberts) March 5, 2015 *Daily Mail:* *This is a job for Mrs Bond: MI5 wants middle-aged mothers as spies because they understand people better * * * Parliamentary committee says more women spies needed to keep UK safe* Claims lack of female agents harming MI5 and MI6's ability to tackle terror* Women agents should be recruited from websites like Mumsnet, it says* Findings published by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee* *More News On A British Par... more »

Russian President Putin: At Least Cities Not Being Destroyed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, March 5, 2015 (Reuters / Sergey Karpukhin) *RT: Putin*: *E.Ukraine situation difficult, at least cities not being destroyed* *The situation in eastern Ukraine remains difficult, but at least cities are not being destroyed and civilians are not being killed, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said after meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.* *Putin called on both sides of the Ukrainian conflict to“strictly comply” wit... more »

How do you maximize nutrition?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 30 minutes ago
[image: How do you maximize nutrition?] *An apply a daykeeps the doctor away!*March is *National Nutrition Month*. While researching nutrition, I came across a rather shocking statistic: Over 90% of U.S. adults are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral. The problem is that while there is an abundance of food in our country, much of it is processed and full of empty calories. A calorie of food is simply a measure of energy and all calories are equal. What changes is the nutrient density ... the amount of nutrition we get from a calorie of food. Here's an example: - A mediu... more »

Out in the Open:  The CIA Secret Prisons in Europe - Washington’s European Partners in Crime  (Rudy Giuliani’s Dangerous Game:  Jeb Bush, Patriotic Lies, and the Truth About American Exceptionalism) Exceptionalism = Delusional Ideology

We do not understand that our “money politics” — the old Japanese phrase for the corrupted political process — has cost us any claim to leading by democratic example. Ditto Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and so on in the matter of human rights. Nice times we grew up for, huh? Land of the free. Home of the do-anything-you-like-to-maintain-power brave. The CIA Secret Prisons in Europe. Political

Predictions On Ukraine Economy Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 53 minutes ago
*Bloomberg*: *Ukraine Sees Economic Plunge in 2015 Amid Spike in Prices* *Ukraine’s economy will shrink this year and consumer prices will jump, the government said, as the country struggles to fend off the effects of a war with pro-Russian separatists.* *Gross domestic product may shrink as much as 11.9 percent in 2015 in a worst-case scenario, and year-end inflation may accelerate to 42.8 percent, the government said in a statement detailing updated forecasts on its website on Thursday. The outlook was significantly worse than September estimates that saw GDP growing at least 0.... more »

Come on down, Patrick Brown!

Alison at Creekside - 1 hour ago
Here's SoCon MP Patrick Brown at the now infamous Rob Ford Family BBQ listening to Harper make his plug for a Stephen Harper/Rob Ford/Tim Hudak governing Con trifecta for Canada. FinMin Flaherty made a special point of thanking Brown for "being key to organizing this event". Writing about Patrick Brown shifting from Parliament Hill MP into provincial politics as a candidate in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race, John Iveson says that "nobody knows where he stands on any given issue". Oh come on, John, we do know a couple of things. We know his campaign co-chair... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- March 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*BBC:* *Russian soldiers 'dying in large numbers' in Ukraine - Nato* *Nato's deputy chief says Russian leaders are less and less able to conceal the deaths of "large numbers" of Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.* *Alexander Vershbow said Russia's involvement was becoming more unpopular with the Russian public as a result.* *Russian officials dismissed on Thursday a US claim that Moscow had sent "thousands and thousands" of troops to fight alongside separatists.* *A foreign ministry spokesman said the figures were "plucked out of the air".* *Ukraine War News Updates -- March... more »

remember you will die

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
"All Is Vanity" C. Allan Gilbert drawing 1892

Sports Watch: With leadership like this, is it any wonder that the NY Knicks are flying high?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Cablevision Presdient-CEO and Madison SquareGarden Chairman James Dolan -- Whatta guy!* *"There’s a little bit of North Korea to the way this team is run."* *-- out-of-work lawyer Dennis Doyle, who is committed toseeing every game of the (now 12-48) NY Knicks this season* *by Ken* We looked recently at the path-breaking strategy of the financial-typhoon owners of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, the billionaire Wall Street brains who decided to reverse the team's mediocrity by losing as many games as humanly possible. Now it seems only fair to pay tribute to the management of the ... more »

Ravitch and Weingarten Sign on to Charter "Improvement Agenda"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
AFT, as the lead corporate union where teachers send their hard earned money to be wasted, is busy preparing for the expected return to Washington of the neoliberal poster couple, Hillary and Bill Clinton. Part of that massive task is to do whatever is necessary to provide political cover for Hillary's role in another generation of school privatization measures that will pick up where Bubba, Bush II, and Obama left off. Surely that is one reason that now that we see a sadly, simple-minded and unenforceable *"*charter school improvement agenda" that is now in circulation. As may ... more »

Iraq Government: Islamic State Has Destroyed The Ancient Assyrian City Of Nimrud

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*CNN:* *ISIS bulldozes ruins ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, Iraqi TV says* *(CNN)ISIS has again destroyed cultural treasures, this time bulldozing the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, state-run media said Thursday.The extent of the destruction wasn't immediately revealed, according to Iraq's state broadcaster Iraqiya TV, which cited the Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism.Nimrud was a city in the Assyrian kingdom, which flourished between 900 B.C. and 612 B.C. The archaeological site is located south of Mosul in northern Iraq.* *WNU Editor:* 3,00... more »

FFWN: Bibi's speech, false flag follies, & "did Paul McCartney die in 1966?"

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 3 hours ago
See my new Veterans Today article on is broadcast: *Barrett-Fetzer slugfest: “Did Paul McCartney die in 1966?”* *Plug for FFWN* 1) FCC net neutrality ruling helps keep us in business http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/26/net-neutrality-activists-landmark-victory-fcc *Bibi’s Bo(eh)ner* 2) Netanyahu threatens war in speech http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/03/netanyahu-threatens-war-speech-congress 3) Decrying ‘insult,’ House Democrats seethe after Netanyahu address http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decrying-insult-some-democrats-seethe-after-netanyahu-address... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) attends a news conference with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh March 5, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool *Howard LaFranchi, CSM*: *Why Arab leaders are telling Obama to listen to Netanyahu* *Largely overlooked in all the hubbub of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress about Iran this week is that Arab leaders pretty much agree with him.* *Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have looked like he stood alone at the podium as he addressed Congress this week.... more »

World News Briefs -- March 5, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva March 2, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse *Reuters*: *Iran hints might be open to 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work* *(Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 y... more »

Yahui and Nevets' Mum'n Pop's Cafe 大坑美式小吃

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
Two of my favorite people, Yahui and Nevets, own and operate one of my favorite places in Taichung, Mum'n Pop's Cafe. I always go there for a meal and conversation whenever I am nearby. Their wonderful sandwich shop is located at 53 Chung Hsien Lane, Dongshan Road Section 2 (Streetview)(0928 767 374). That's near the 7-11 by the traffic circle on Dongshan Road. They are usually open from 11:00am - 2:00pm and again from 5:00pm - 9:00 pm, every day. It's a great place to stop after a long bike ride in the hills of Hsinshe. It's a family place, and friendly people are always around wi... more »

Baby steps

risa bear at A Way to Live - 4 hours ago
As there are still a couple of possible frosts in the near term forecast, I'm not doing much in the garden, but I did plant a bed of potatoes. Where there have been, in the past, three rows of potatoes in a bed, here I am doing two. Beds are narrower, this year, as long term readers (there are a few!) may notice, in an effort to make each bed get by on a soaker hose, as we are in drought for a second year (and we anticipate a lot of 90+ degree days) and must conserve the well. Where there have been six beds, there are eleven. Foliage, when the plants are fully grown, will cover the ... more »

For anyone who believes Ukraine needs weapons to fight Russia, see what Ukraine has been doing to its eastern Russian-speaking provinces ...and what the defenders do with those they capture.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ Azov, Dnepr, and Donbass Battalion POWs captured near Ilovaisk – Eng subs Aug 30 2014 Older footage worth seeing. http://youtu.be/Mu9Tzg6De5k Cherchez la Verite

Oregon Deputies Shoot Family's Miniature Pony, Leave Body in Neighbor's Yard and Lie

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Amanda Warren It took one Oregon family awhile to discover what happened to their missing minature pony, named Gir. Gir was an American Miniature horse aged 30 and, aside from some arthritis, was in excellent shape but wouldn't have gotten too far if he escaped. They were forced to do their own detective work on February 18th when Gir wasn't in his stall even though the owner locked it and double-checked it. And he didn't get too far at all. However, the Fitzgerald family was left to frantically search for him. When they started knocking on neighbors' doors, they discovered with ... more »

Mainstream Media Discovers What Created ISIS - Global Warming!

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville After five years of intense fighting and destabilization raging across Syria, Western mainstream press has finally discovered the true cause of the so-called “civil war.” It turns out that all of the analysts in the alternative media suggesting that the situation in Syria was the result of a NATO destabilization campaign and foreign-backed invasion of terrorists in the form of al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, and ISIS were wrong. In fact, even those mainstream analysts who have suggested that the foreign invasion was actually a legitimate rebellion were apparently mistaken.... more »

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future of Liberty

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
By Tom Woods Should libertarians be optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Tom Woods discusses/debates with Frank Karsten, author of *Beyond Democracy*, about the evidence for the advancement of liberty. Great show for those who need a dose of optimism. Visit TomWoods.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

TomWoodsTV - The Netanyahu Speech and the Neocons

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Photo Source: Win McNamee / Getty Images.* Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel's intelligence agency, called Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress this week, *"bullshit."* This reaction is similar to the CIA's official rebuke of the Bush administration's rhetoric in 2007 that Iran was building a bomb. It came out with an *intelligence report that said the opposite*. There are two things that we can take away from Dagan's criticism of Netanyahu, and the wider reaction in Israel to Netanyahu's speech. 1) Despite all the talk about an "apartheid" Israel, it is still a dem... more »

Why should I continue to pay?

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
*“I AM growing increasingly uncomfortable playing the game of life as it is organized today. Why should I continue to pay credit cards, taxes, etc., when I know this only continues our slavery? How do you deal with these tools designed against us?”* Such a great question!! Thank you, this is on my mind most days. “*Why should you continue to pay?”* This is a question we each must ask and answer individually, no? Society is currently set up as a debt slave enterprise. We bought into it, not understanding the true nature of the debt. We know better now, yet the structure of thi... more »

The Roswell Slides and a Little Hypocrisy

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 5 hours ago
The hypocrisy of this situation is beginning to get to me. On the one hand, we are told that there is a witness who was in Roswell in July 1947 who saw the alien bodies and he said that the slides show what he had seen or at the very least it looked like what he had seen. On the other we are condemned for naming him as if his credentials are unimportant beyond what we are told. He was there in 1947 and we should just accept this fact according to the narrative that is developing. Well, his name wasn’t all that important when he was one of many voices talking about the events of 194... more »

Are Smartphones Becoming a Substitute for Thinking?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - New research reveals some surprising downsides to using smartphones... The post Are Smartphones Becoming a Substitute for Thinking? appeared first on Waking Times.

Shock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production. Fracking is already a controversial practice on its face; allowing U.S. industries to inject slurries of toxic, potentially carcinogenic compounds deep beneath the planet’s surface — as a means of “see no evil” waste disposal — already sounds ridiculous, dangerous, and stupid anyway without even going into further detail. Alleged fracki... more »

Kenneth Prewitt on Science and Congress

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 6 hours ago
Kenneth Prewitt, of Columbia University and social scientist extraordinaire, has an interesting paper out in the January, 2015 *Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science*. The paper is titled, "Who Is Listening? When Scholars Think They Are Talking to Congress ." Here is a neat excerpt: Scientists, social or otherwise, err in claiming that members of Congress are hostile to science or are anti-science when they vote contrary to scientific warnings about climate change or side with Biblical literalists and intelligent design proponents or express misgivings a... more »


You could be forgiven for thinking that the Israeli extreme right must be nuts for being so obsessed about Iran when the Islamic State (IS), a far more bloodthirsty and ruthless organisation that borders on being an anarchistic-fascist organisation hell bent on destroying anything and everything that doesn’t conform to its beliefs, is almost at Israel’s northern borders. Rest assured, however, that there is method in Israel’s apparent madness. The Israelis for years, indeed, long before IS came along, have considered Iran as their mortal enemy accusing them of wanting nothing less t... more »

March 5: My Times and Transcript delivery.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
...., not for the first time, is some five hours late. So I'll begin with a topic I only touched on yesterday. This is for school boards and for high school teachers. Do not teach any national history in elementary or high school. There are two reasons. One is that any national history is such a broad subject that it can be taught only as memory work (rote learning), and it is a waste of time because rote learning is soon forgotten. The other reason is because the only history you are allowed to teach in the public schools is "feel good" history. If, in particular, you try to teach... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Our clown Supreme Court takes on the bogus challenge to Obamacare -- and makes believe it's legitimate!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Justice "Slow Anthony" Kennedy*: *"At least," says Ian Millhiser, "one of the Court’s Republicans appears to have come to work wearing his judicial robe, and not his partisan hat."* *by Ken* All in all, I'm inclined to go along with Greg Sargent's estimate of yesterday's Supreme Court oral arguments on King v. Burwell: "A hint of good news for Obamacare, but don’t get your hopes up too much." King v. Burwell, you'll recall, is the case that seeks to topple the Affordable Care Act on the ground of a single infelicitous wording, neither noticed nor known to exist by anyone on the p... more »

The Economy: "Get Ready for a “Zero Returns” World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Get Ready for a 'Zero Returns' World"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin, Argentina - “Where is that old and tattered “Crash Alert” flag? Many times since the start of the rally in US stocks in 2009, we hoisted it. And many times has it failed to give us a useful signal. But we will bring it out again, if a bit sheepishly… and let it wave, in the warm Argentine air. Why? Do we know a crash is coming? No, of course not. Is our flag a good indicator of what will happen? Apparently not. But we regard it like the “Shark Alert” flags you see on the beaches of Australia. (Down Under is the onl... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'WASAKO’NI’TA’IEN'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
WASAKO’NI’TA’IEN Posted on March 5, 2015 Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Mar. 5, 2015. As the eagle sat on top of the tree of peace looking out for the people, a foul smell was coming from the direction of Washington DC. An eloquent foreigner from far away was visiting the big ‘outhouse’ on the hill. Some see it as one of the lowest places on earth. All I

Islamic State Fighters Are Now Attaching High-Definition Cameras To The Barrels Of Their Guns When Executing Prisoners

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Savages: Depraved militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq are attaching high-definition cameras to the barrels of their guns in order to film barbaric executions in gruesome detail *Daily Mail*: *Is this ISIS' sickest execution video yet? Now terrorists put cameras on the end of their guns to make footage of killings look like a shoot 'em up computer game * ** Depraved militants are now attaching HD cameras to their gun barrels* ** Equipment allows them to film their savage murders in gruesome detail* ** Unorthodox view makes terrorists' murder films look like video games* *... more »

"Anti-Semitism in the UK: Is It Growing?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Tonight's *The Report *on Radio 4 took a scary look at anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom: Anti-Semitism in the UK: Simon Cox investigates the changing face of prejudice against Jewish people after recent lethal attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels. With the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for European Jews to move to Israel, we look at whether there is more dangerous anti-Semitism online and on the streets of the UK. You might have been expecting to hear a lot about the threat from Islamists, but no... The vast bulk of the programme was devoted to the ... more »

Free Trade 44: The Gravity Model

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
An old theory in international trade (and migration) but which I heard and read only last month, is the gravity model. This is on top of the classical David Ricardo theory of "comparative advantage" and the Heckscher-Ohlin theorem of factor abundance as basis for trade. The first two theories assumed that all other things being equal, meaning distance between and among trade partners are assumed to be similar. The addition of the gravity theory on the first two or other theories somehow completes the picture of why and where people in one country trade more with people in country X ... more »

What Would Nature Say About Ecological Warfare?

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
I thought of this incredible eco-ad campaign, NatureisSpeaking.org, when I read Bronwyn Leebaw’s fascinating article “Scorched Earth: Environmental War Crimes and International Justice” in Perspectives on Politics. This is a much-overdue analysis of the place of the earth and environmental damage in the laws of armed conflict – two issues areas rarely studied by […]

Remembering Fr. Bix - Inspired by Jeju Island

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Felice Cohen-Joppa writes: In Solidarity With our Peace Friends on Jeju Island... Twelve activists with the Pacific Life Community were arrested for blocking the road into Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, California on March 2 (8 are still in jail for at least a night or two after refusing to sign papers for their release). Before the blockade some of the protesters did one of the special dances from Gangjeong village, after practicing over the weekend! More pictures and a report will be on the Nuclear Resister Facebook page after I get some sleep and travel home!! Fr. Bix, Presente!

Turkey's PM: Iraq Is At The Brink Of A Sectarian Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Time*: *Turkey PM Warns That Assault on ISIS in Tikrit Could Ignite Sectarian Tensions* *Warnings that a defeat for ISIS could lead to bloody Sunni-Shi'ite warfare in Iraq* *By sending Shi’ite militias and Iranian forces to battle ISIS in Tikrit, Iraq risks stoking the sectarian divide that nourishes the extremist group. So warns Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.* *“If Daesh is a big threat in Iraq, another threat is Shi’ite militias,” Davutoglu told TIME in a Wednesday interview, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria by its Arabic initials. “This is ver... more »

Iranian General Qasem Soleimani Is Leading The Attack Against The Iraqi City Of Tikrit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
#Iraq A tea break for Qassem Soleimani near #Tikrit where Iraqi forces, Hashd & allies are fighting #IS. pic.twitter.com/Opmzwqm1rj — Green lemon (@green_lemonnn) March 3, 2015 *Jack Moore, Newsweek*: *Iranian Military Mastermind Leading Battle to Recapture Tikrit From ISIS* *A notorious Iranian commander is spearheading the Iraqi offensive on the ISIS-held city of Tikrit, providing tactical expertise and a key link to Tehran for supplies to the Iraqi militias advancing on the terror group’s territory.* *This week, a combination of 30,000 Iraqi security forces, Sunni and Shia mi... more »

Islamic State Claims That They Are Slowing The Iraqi Forces In Their Attack On Tikrit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Iraq: pro-government forces struggle to topple Isis in Tikrit* *The three-pronged offensive, led by Shia militia, to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown appears to have slowed but fighters remain confident* *An offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit appears to have slowed, with fighters struggling to uproot Islamic State militants battling to retain control of one of their major bastions in Iraq.* *Pro-government forces, led by Shia militias and including the Iraqi army and tribal fighters, this week launched a three-pronged assault on the centre o... more »

Earth has a Second Moon and its Orbit Follows an Unusual Pattern

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video -* I bet you didn't know that Earth has what could be called a second moon, and this quasi-orbital satellite that follows a very unusual pattern. The post Earth has a Second Moon and its Orbit Follows an Unusual Pattern appeared first on Waking Times.

This Is a Declaration of War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
At times I feel completely overwhelmed by the current US-NATO military operations aimed at Russia. It's growing rapidly - one can't help but wonder if the recent 'victory' of the self-defensive forces in eastern Ukraine wasn't allowed by Washington and Kiev as a way to get public opinion behind the already well established plans for even more NATO escalation. It's all just far to neat and tidy to be seen otherwise. This is not a conspiracy but a well designed military plan to take down Moscow. They are playing with fire. In some respects the 'project' is now impossible to stop... more »

Considering the weather today in many parts of the country, I almost hate to show you this...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*but I will anyway. * Why, yes - that crocus is blooming by my back deck. And our temps will hit 60° by this weekend. Sunday I'm going to plant lettuce, kale, and arugula in some pots since it's too early to work the soil in my veggie garden. I've really been enjoying all the posts about "Hillary is finished blah blah." Silly peeps. No she's not. The average American couldn't care less about those silly little ol' emails. I'll tell you who's finished. We are. And.........................OMgosh - I just saw a video of her getting off a plane over at TMZ. Whoo hoo - have t... more »

Islamic State Torches Oil Fields Near Tikrit To Slow Down Iraqi Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance* (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said. The witness and a military source said Islamic State fighters ignited the fire at the Ajil oil field to shield themselves from attack by Iraqi military helicopters. *More News On The Battle For Tikrit* Tikrit Battle: ISIS Fighters Burn Oil Fields Amid Iraqi Offens... more »

U.S. Secretary Of State Kerry Reassures Gulf Leaders On Possible Nuclear Deal With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*New York Times*: *John Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, Reassures Gulf States on Iran Nuclear Talks* *RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday sought to reassure Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the negotiation of a nuclear accord with Iran would not lead the Obama administration to let down its guard against any Iranian interference in the region.* *With the Saudi foreign minister by his side, Mr. Kerry said at a news conference here that the administration was committed to standing up to Iran’s “intervention.”* *“We are not seeking a grand bargain,” Mr.... more »

Blame Me?

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 9 hours ago
Apparently, the province's current financial mess can be attributed to Albertans. This, according to Premier Jim Prentice, who, in his wisdom, must have a scapegoat for everything. Forty-plus years of Conservative rule and it turns out, we are all to blame in the end. Of course for Jimbo to be correct he would have to ignore the fact that his party has formed the government here for longer than I've been alive plus the fact that I've never voted for his party. But yes, Jim. Other than those two inconvenient truths, it may just very well be my fault. So yes, I admit it. Even... more »

Did Israeli PM Netanyahu's Speech To The U.S. Congress Motivate The White House To Expedite A Nuclear Deal With Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron *The Guardian:* *Iran nuclear deal 'very close' as Netanyahu brings negotiators together* *American and Iranian diplomats find common ground rejecting Israeli leader’s combative approach to negotiations, but also agree serious hurdles remain to meeting March deadlineThe long and convoluted negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme adjourned on Wednesday amid talk of continuing progress towards a compr... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
EN EL TABLÓN DE AVISOS. El Conserje. EJÉRCITO ZAPATISTA DE LIBERACIÓN NACIONAL. MÉXICO. Marzo del 2015. Madrugada en la realidad. Aquí nomás, como de por sí: mirando y escuchando. La grieta en el muro apenas profundizada por el lado de afuera. Ensanchada con porfía por nuestro lado. En los salones de clase, las champas de las miles de familias zapatistas que recibieron,

Are The National Democrats Imitating House Of Cards Or Is House Of Cards Imitating The National Democrats?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
I've nearly finished watching all of Season 3 of *House of Cards*. No spoilers' alert here; I'm not going to give away surprises. I keep asking myself-- and my fellow *House of Cards* fans-- why we like Frank and Claire Underwood. Apart from the fact they they are dangerous psychopaths-- and let's not forget that Frank is a cold-blooded murderer and that Claire is an accomplice-- there's the substance behind the his politics. I hate everything about his politics. Frank Underwood is the kind of fake Democrat-- a South Carolina Blue Dog or New Dem-- we are always railing against he... more »

Zapatistas on the Passing of Don Felix

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Letter from the EZLN to Doña Emilia Aurora Sosa Marín, compañera of Honorary Major Insurgent Félix Serdán Nájera Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico Italian, French and German translations February 2015 To: Doña Emilia Aurora Sosa Marín. From: Subcomandates Insurgentes Moisés and Galeano EZLN, Chiapas, Mexico Compañera Emilia: We got the news just a few hours ago. We don’t

Hillary Clinton's Emails - A News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Ron Christie, Daily Beast:* *You Better Believe Hillary Clinton’s Emails Matter* *Personal email account? OK, maybe. But why does Clinton get to pick and choose which emails she turns over? Same old Clinton song.* *On January 20, 2001, I sat at my office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building just steps away from the White House to begin the first day of the George W. Bush administration. Before booting up my computer, I had to physically remove a band placed across my computer by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reminding me that all records, files, and document... more »

World News Briefs -- March 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Fleeing for their lives: 28,000 Sunnis escape Tikrit amid fierce fighting between ISIS and the Shia militias - who they fear even more* ** Thousands of Sunni residents of Tikrit have fled the ISIS-held city in fear of Iraqi regime forces and Shia militias * ** Locals have been living under the terror group's oppression for months - but they fear the Shia troops even more * ** Although the Iran-backed Shia volunteers aim to liberate Tikrit, they are accused of ISIS-style atrocities themselves* ** Now the Sunni locals are cutting up white clothes and fabric to make fla... more »

La Via Campesina protests GMO trees, shuts down Brazil summit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Global Week of Actions Against GMO Trees in Brazil Ends with Shut Down of CTNBio Meeting in Brasilia Occupations in Brazil Today Follow Emergency Global Day of Action March 5, 2015)-This morning 300 peasants organized by La Via Campesina occupied the meeting of the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) in Brasilia, which was convening to discuss the release of three new

Disney on Ice's Best Show yet!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Last night I took my daughters to Disney on Ice's Let's Celebrate. I have to say this is their best show yet! It combined celebrations holidays and festivals from all over and celebrated them all in one night. The Halloween Montage with the Disney Villains was my absolute favorite part of the show, so different from what they have done before! We celebrated a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen and a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; My daughter's favorite part of the show was hands down the... more »

MENA Report ( March 5 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War in Focus - Special emphasis on Iraq ( items on note on battle for Tikrit , tensions between US and ISF , State of play on battle fields ) , Syria ( did John Kerry hint about military intervention - which the Saudis badly want , note this also follows comments from Joint Chiefs indicating ground troops will be needed at some point ) and Turkey ( various items of note) ! Iran Talks in focus , various item on the subject....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 11 hours ago
More items at twee feed ! Thursday, March 5, 2015 MENA Report ( March 5 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War in Focus - Emphasis on Iraq , Syria and Turkey ! Iran Talks in focus.... Links...... *Obama to Bibi: You Created the Crisis, You Fix It* *US Hopes to Turn al-Qaeda in Syria 'Moderate'* *US Snubbed as Iran-Backed Forces Attack Tikrit* *Iraq DM: We'll Decide on Timing of Mosul Invasion Ourselves* *Iran-Led Forces Spur Fears of Sectarian Revenge in Iraq* *Iraq's Govt Fights to Win Tikrit From Militants - but Then What?**Joint Chiefs Chair: US Ground Troops 'Eventually' Needed ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Top U.S. general in Afghanistan leaves door open to altering drawdown plan* *The top U.S. general in Afghanistan on Wednesday left the door open to altering the plan to remove U.S. troops from the country, saying he doesn’t yet know what U.S. and Afghan officials can accomplish in the coming fighting season while focused on a new training mission.* *Gen. John F. Campbell told the House Armed Services Committee that he wants to see how new “Train Advise and Assist Commands” (TAACs) do while working with senior Afghan military officials. The commands were estab... more »

THE CALIBER OF OUR OWN DISCOURSE: Eric Holder limns Officer Wilson!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015Part 3—“Southern justice” is foiled:* Two stories have emerged from the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri. The stories sit side-by-side on the front page of today’s New York Times. Last night, you were more likely to hear one story discussed on Fox, the other on MSNBC. One of the stories concerns the apparently horrible conduct of Ferguson’s police department and municipal government. The other story concerns the conduct of Office Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson last August. For today, let’s consider the story a... more »

Myanmar: Meet Aung San Suu Kyi's Saffron Mobs

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*Image: Monks mingle in the background with protesters marching againstattempts to recognize and empower stateless Rohingya refugees. Racism,bigotry, and savagery are hallmarks of this street mob which also so happensto be the same mob supporting "democracy icon," Aung San Suu Kyi. **March 6, 2015 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Not unlike other US-backed "color revolutions" around the world, Myanmar's "Saffron Revolution" is sold as an ultra-liberal pro-democracy, progressive movement, with one of the West's most successful neo-colonial creations to date, Aung San Suu Kyi, portrayed ... more »

Latest News from Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
- Fars News Agency reports: "A large number of terrorist Takfiri fighters in Syria, who bear Saudi and Chechnian nationalities and receive financial and military backup from the Saudi intelligence agency, have been transferred to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on several planes to help the Ukrainian army in its fight against the pro-Russian population," an Arab security official told FNA on Sunday on the condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the issue. - "Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion... to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the figh... more »

Libya's Ancient Sites Are Now Under Threat From The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The ancient theatre at Sabratha, one of the sites under threat from ISIS militants. Duimdog *Jack Moore, Newsweek:* *The Ancient Sites Now Under Threat From ISIS in Libya* *Armed with sledgehammers, chisels and a video camera, ISIS militants took their propaganda campaign to Mosul museum last month, destroying statues and artifacts, dating back to the ancient Assyrian and Akkadian empires, and posting the results online and in slow motion.The terror group’s impetuous destruction of statues and artefacts in Iraq’s second city, which it has controlled since its march across the Su... more »

Did Homer Simpson calculate the correct Higgs boson mass?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*No. But we may reveal the deepest secrets about Homer's mathematical brain, too.* For a while, I didn't understand where the story came from. But the number of articles pointing out that Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson ( example) has exceeded 50 which is a lame reason why a TRF blog post may be appropriate. ;-) All the excitement seems to be about this screenshot from the 1998 “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace” episode. I can't realize that I have ever seen Homer Simpson who was this technically powerful but he must have been. Now, all the media say that Homer Simpson ei... more »

Even More Proof That ISIS Is A Complete Fraud And Hoax: Jewish Controlled Hollywood Caught Red Handed Producing ISIS Videos!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I am still shocked when I overhear so many gullible people up here in Canada, who are still brainwashed by the liars in the Jew spew media and our own criminal government in Ottawa, spew the lies that this fraud ISIS is a "threat" and that "something needs to be done about these terrorists".... I honestly do not know whether to laugh or to cry by people's ignorance.... I have been putting up countless articles here now at this blog that shows the absolute truth about this scam known as "ISIS"... The facts again are so simple.. ISIS is the American CIA and Israeli Mossad, period... I... more »

NEWE Cultural Days at Poo-Ha-Bah Healing Center 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
From Ian Zabarte," Even if you cannot attend, we welcome visitors to stay and share in the healing waters. Donations for the use of the pools are accepted. Hotel rooms are for reserve with a modest cost. Please call to reserve time for either." --In Memory of Corbin Harney

The Situation In Libya Is Quickly Deteriorating

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Tripoli airport bombed ahead of UN-backed peace talks* *Libya talks set to start in Morocco, as UN envoy says the situation on the ground is "deteriorating rapidly".* *Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognised parliament in Tobruk have carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport, a security official said, just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.* *The jets hit an open area near the runway at Maitiga airport on Thursday but caused no major damage and the airport was operating normally, a security source at the airpor... more »

Top trumps

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
There are plenty of opinions in the media and blogosphere with regard to the wisdom or otherwise of Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept ‘that’ invitation, and to make ‘that speech’; likewise, differing opinions on the content of the speech. Many are thoughtful and interesting, some are insightful and some very disturbing. However the outstanding topic with regard to this blog is Jeremy Bowen’s unfortunate tweet. .“#NetanyahuSpeech He acknowledges Elie Wiesel in audience. Once again Netanyahu plays the Holocaust card. Don’t repeat mistakes of the past”. He can’t take it back.... more »

Tear Down that Wall!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Little Red Riding Hood visits the Israeli separation wall that keeps Palestinians divided as Jewish settlements continue to grow.

Police State Within a Police State

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Ferguson officials were so totally rattled by the Justice Department's scathing screed that right after giving a press conference promising to curb their racist enthusiasm, the police promptly arrested a few people who had the gall to be standing around on a public street, listening to them talk. Why Attorney General Eric Holder and his minions didn't throw the book at this corrupt town without pity instead of issuing a strongly worded warning to them is anybody's guess. But I suppose it would be too hard for Eric Holder to immediately sue to disband a small town police department t... more »

Stephen Harper, Tough On Crime, No, Tough To Believe

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 13 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* It is so sad to watch Stephen Harper embarrass the office of prime minister of Canada, for the last two years every maneuver, every action has had very little to do with governing, all campaigning all the time, cheap tawdry staged events that mimic late night infomercials, the selling of the absurd, Harper comes across more like a bad soap opera actor than that of a leader, his stage based policies promising so much more, it slices, it dices, it stretches, buy one today and we`ll send you two for the low price of gullibility, you can pay either with absent b... more »

Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Aaron Dykes & Melissa Melton* - Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production. The post Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades appeared first on Waking Times.

Dave's Debate Dodging

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 13 hours ago
The weak man of British politics is at it again. Having moved heaven and earth to try and avoid the television debates, Dave has now condescended to appear in a single contest with six other party leaders. In what can only be described as some of the barest face lies I've ever seen the witless Grant Shapps utter, on today's *Daily Politics* he charged the broadcasters with the muddle. Never mind that Dave's been body swerving this with the deft of a Conservative donor expecting a tax bill. Never mind CCHQ has thrown a Kalahari's worth of sand into the face of the broadcasters to pr... more »

Iraq’s Oil Exports & Revenues Slightly Up In February 2015, But Still Not Enough

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Iraq’s oil exports and earnings saw a slight increase from January to February 2015. The Kurdish contribution increased during last month, which was good news given all the wrangling between Irbil and Baghdad. The bad news was exports via the south continued to be plagued by bad weather. More importantly, the country was not coming close to the amounts set out in its 2015 budget. Iraq’s exports went up roughly 60,000 barrels a day last month. From January to February the country went from an average of 2.535 million barrels a day to 2.597 million. The former was actually a revise... more »

Which Costs Matter?

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
There has been much focus, and deservedly so, on the economic sanctions hitting Russia hard. The problem is whether they hit those who support Putin or not, and whether they create economic opportunities for those who are good at evading the law (the police, organized crime) who also happen to be tied to Putin. The […]

Demands to Shut Down Homan Square Grow, 1,500 Expected to Protest in Chicago Saturday

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Nick Bernabe Nationwide opposition to the Chicago Police’s secret detention facility known as Homan Square is growing rapidly. It was revealed last week that the CPD is using CIA-like tactics on suspected criminals and American dissidents — denying them of due process and basic rights. Since then, a massive movement to shut down Homan Square has grown online and in Chicago, as well as around the country. Several hundred concerned residents of Chicago brought Homan Square to a standstill over the weekend, and as many as 1,500 or more are expected to shut it down this coming Satur... more »

New Snowden Archive Offers Public Access to Surveillance Documents

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
*Activist Post* Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has announced the launch of the Snowden Archive, a comprehensive database of all of the documents published to date from the Snowden leak. Created in partnership with the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, the Archive is the world’s first fully indexed and searchable collection of publicly released Snowden documents. The Archive is a powerful resource for journalists, researchers and concerned citizens to find new stories and to delve deeply into the critically important information about government... more »

The Virtual Aether – “Empty Space” Gets an Upgrade

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - Mainstream science tells us the Aether does not exist because it is not physical. However, mainstream science talks about “electrical currents” and “twisted magnetic field lines” as though they were physical objects… The post The Virtual Aether – “Empty Space” Gets an Upgrade appeared first on Waking Times.

A Breeze...or a Typhoon?

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 14 hours ago
This video produced by Nick Breeze, which I saw linked at the impeccably produced weekly show, RadioEcoshock, is too well done not to share - for anyone wondering whether the future is still within our control, it is essential viewing. It is probably the most valuable explanation I have ever seen as to how hopeless the prospects are for preserving a habitable climate, given the unrealistic projections regarding emission reductions and removal. This would be true even without assumptions that trees will continue to absorb CO2. My comment, of course was - Trees of all species are... more »

Islamic State Fighters Have Taken Over Major Libyan Oilfields

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Time:* *ISIS Fighters Take Over Major Libyan Oilfields* *Oilfield guards retreated after running out of ammunitionFighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources.Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government said ISIS attacked the Dhahra oilfield, before retreating. He told AP on Wednesday that the militants swept down from the central city of Sirte and attacked Dhahra oil field to the south, tradi... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Firestorms of Gaia energetics dissolve firewalls of obscuration

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Firestorms of Gaia energetics dissolve firewalls of obscuration* by ÉirePort Firestorms of Gaia energetics dissolve firewalls of obscuration. Hue-manity and hu-manity complete necessary processes for removal of blinders. Higher Assistance compels the ultimate sacrifices from egoic humanity. Inner freedom notes are heard and expressed. Light ampplitudes increase exponentially. Gaia communities revise prior pathways. The Flowering begins. ÉirePort | March 5, 2015 at 09:59 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-up

America's Iraq Strategy Is Becoming Dependent On Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, poses with Kurdish fighters in Iraq in this undated photo. (photo by Twitter/@Mojtaba_Fathi) *New York Times:* *U.S. Strategy in Iraq Increasingly Relies on Iran* *WASHINGTON — At a time when President Obama is under political pressure from congressional Republicans over negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a startling paradox has emerged: Mr. Obama is becoming increasingly dependent on Iranian fighters as he tries to contain the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria without committing American ground troops.* ... more »

Why Did A U.S. Military Satellite Explode In Space?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) spacecraft.(US Air Force) *Gizmodo*:* A Satellite Exploded in Orbit and No One's Quite Sure Why Yet* *How many satellites would you say are currently orbiting the Earth? A few hundred? Maybe a thousand? No: There are about 3,700 satellites hurtling through orbit above us—so when one of them "breaks up," it's a big deal.* *This week, Space.com reported that a Department of Defense satellite exploded on February 3rd, creating a debris field of 43 objects. The satellite in question? The 13th in a 1990s-era project called the Defense Meteo... more »

Draft Donna Edwards-- Why It Matters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Yesterday, Blue America launched a Draft Donna Edwards Act Blue page and all Blue America members got this email from us: Following in the footsteps of Senator Barbara Boxer earlier this year, the Dean of Senate women, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, announced this week that she will not run for re-election. For 38 years Senator Mikulski was a pathbreaker, having been "the first" in at so many things, perhaps most notably the first woman to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee. She has served her country well and will be missed. Luckily, Maryland has a wonderful progressive ... more »

An Open Letter

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
March 5, 2015 The Honorable John Boehner Speaker House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitchell McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Harry Reid Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Mr. Speaker, Mr. Leader, Madam Pelosi, and Senator Reid: International trade is fundamentally good for the U.S. economy, beneficial to American families over time, and consonant with our domestic priorities. That is why we s... more »

We Had to Skip Dinner

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
A film about the great American myth - the American dream - now the American nightmare.

Did Former CIA Director Petraeus Get Off Easy For Leaking Classified Information?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*David A. Graham, The Atlantic:* *General Amnesty: Petraeus's Escape* *The retired general will pay $40,000 and get two years' probation. Not all leakers are so lucky.* *The Obama administration is against intelligence officials leaking classified information—but some conditions may apply.* *If you're a CIA analyst who talks to reporters, you might end up serving 30 months in federal prison or facing more. Even a reporter could end up being named a co-conspirator by prosecutors. But if you're a decorated general, a former CIA director, and a former member of the Cabinet, you mi... more »

Flu Vaccines are Useless – The Real Flu Strikes Just Twice Every 10 Years

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Dave Mihalovic* - Many are still hypnotized by all the propaganda on influenza. Over 200 different types of viruses can cause a cold, and only a rare few can cause the flu. The post Flu Vaccines are Useless – The Real Flu Strikes Just Twice Every 10 Years appeared first on Waking Times.

Is The Iraqi Army A Lost Cause?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Sgt. Shawn Miller/US Army *Peter W. Galbraith, Daily Beast*: *Should We Give Up On The Iraqi Army?* *The U.S. is training a national army for a nation that does not exist.* *The Iraqi Army and Shiite militias have now launched an operation to retake Tikrit, a Sunni city 95 miles north of Baghdad that was Saddam Hussein’s hometown. The Americans are standing back. The U.S.-led coalition air forces are not flying missions in support because this is essentially an Iranian-organized and -led operation dominated by Shiite militias that answer to Tehran as much as Baghdad.* *This may ... more »

The Laker Arthur Anderson makes it safely to port- The Edmund Fitzgerald

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Readers of this post: Great Lakes Ice Cover 2015 almost 87%. Thousands of Record Cold Temps broken may have noticed I mentioned the Laker trapped in the ice of the Great Lakes *The Arthur M Anderson* The freighter Arthur M. Anderson is caught in ice near Conneaut, Ohio, on Feb. 19. Icebreaking vessels from the U.S. and Canadian coast guards worked to free the Anderson *That ship made it safely to port-* Very good news for the people on board- And their families. I have seen many of these ships in my life. And have found them fascinating, especially when I was a child. To watch them g... more »

What Is It Like To Get Hit By An IED?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A U.S. soldier with the 2nd Platoon Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron of 61st Cavalry Regiment takes cover during the controlled detonation of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters *Newsweek:* *Quora Question: What Is It Like to Get Hit by an IED?* *Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here.Answer from Tymon Kapelski, four years Combat Arms, four years Intel.* I did convoy security as a .50... more »

One People Round Table: Falling Satellites, Spraying Vaccines and the Elusive "RV"

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
One People Round Table discussion Archive video from Monday, March 2nd, 2015. On the Round Table Discussions this week, Lisa and I spent a LOT of time talking about the Iraqi Dinar Revaluation, or "RV"- current updates, and cross examining certain information about certain "cash in" Groups.... not everyone will like what I have to say on that topic, but I am giving the information I have and explaining the background of what I was told, by whom and when.... All I can bring you is my opinion, based on information and Intel that I have received- both over the years, and most recently... more »

For Harper, Fear Trumps Facts

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://psychcentral.com/ Back in 2008, Stephen Harper decided to cut public funding to the opposition parties. As the head of a newly elected minority government, it was a stunningly stupid move. When they threatened to revolt and form a coalition government, he prorogued Parliament and went around the country declaring that coalition governments were illegitimate and would lead to political Armageddon. Now, with his economic leadership in tatters, he has proposed two pieces of legislation to "keep Canadians safe." Bill C-51 vows ... more »

Bank doors closed-Bail ins (depositer plunder) in Ukraine? Default?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Following up on yesterday's post asking the question- Ukraine ready to default? Central Bank raises Interest Rates to 30% * It certainly appears that the Ukrainian banks are pilfering the peoples savings in a 'bail in' type scenario - Read below* Worry for Ukrainians as banks shut doors amid financial turmoil* Sorokun, 40, went to a downtown Kiev branch of Delta Bank to ask if the bank was solid enough to continue keeping her safe deposit box of valuables there. *Now, a day after Ukraine's central bank declared Ukraine's fourth largest bank insolvent, Sorokun and other Delta Bank ... more »

MENA Report ( March 5 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War in Focus - Emphasis on Iraq , Syria and Turkey ! Iran Talks in focus....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links...... *Obama to Bibi: You Created the Crisis, You Fix It* *US Hopes to Turn al-Qaeda in Syria 'Moderate'* *US Snubbed as Iran-Backed Forces Attack Tikrit* *Iraq DM: We'll Decide on Timing of Mosul Invasion Ourselves* *Iran-Led Forces Spur Fears of Sectarian Revenge in Iraq* *Iraq's Govt Fights to Win Tikrit From Militants - but Then What?**Joint Chiefs Chair: US Ground Troops 'Eventually' Needed in Syria* *Netanyahu Speech Failed: Senators Withdraw Support From Iran Bill* White House Urges Congress Not to Impose More Sanctions on Iran Kerry Says Demanding Iran's 'Capitulation' I... more »

China Has Announced Plans For A ‘World Currency’

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Michael Snyder The Chinese do not plan to live in a world dominated by the U.S. dollar for much longer. Chinese leaders have been calling for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the primary global reserve currency for a long time, but up until now they have never been very specific about what they would put in place of it. Many have assumed that the Chinese simply wanted some new international currency to be created. But what if that is not what the Chinese had in mind? What if they have always wanted their own currency to become the single most dominant currency on the entire p... more »

Quant F

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Certianly the Quant F is the most exotic car on the planet today. It has flow cell batteries. This gives it a range of 600 Km. The company envisions fuel stations where the customer just replaces the exhausted electolycte with fresh in minutes. It goes as fast as it looks, zero to 60 in 3 sec and top speed of 300Kph. Beam me one now! Realisticly I expect even the Exotic Racing school will never have one.

Why the Banks Won't Be Able to Out-Innovate Bitcoin

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
By Andreas Antonopoulos Andreas Antonopoulos gave a talk on January 27th 2015 at the O'Reilly Radar Summit "Bitcoin and the Blockchain" in San Francisco, CA. He speaks about bitcoin, network architecture, decentralization, innovation, and the economics of open systems. Specifically, he explains why banks can't innovate their centralized networks fast enough to compete with Bitcoin's decentralized model. Watch Q & A at the end for his take on government regulations. Follow Andreas on Twitter. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING... more »

Transpicuous News Sunday March 1, 2015: Live Long and Prosper

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
Here is the Archive of Transpicuous New Report for Sunday March 1st, 2015. The Passing of Leonard Nimoy, the Murder of Boris Nemtsov, the buying of Gold by Iraq, and the big question of WHO are the Assyrians, and why is everyone trying to kill them?.... just a few of the topics that I discussed on Sunday. d http://transpicuousnews.blogspot.com/2015/03/transpicuous-news-sunday-march-1-2015.html Removing the Shackles Articles: Nemtsov: Mutiny, Martyr, or Malicious Murder? Net Neutrality: The Act to Smother the Flames Transpicuous News: Special Report on the Middle East News Lin... more »

ISIS Leader in Libya Armed & Funded by U.S.

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
By Paul Joseph Watson A top member of the jihadist group that the US government and NATO armed and funded in the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi back in 2011 is now leading ISIS forces in Libya. Visit Infowars.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Vengeful pupil's abuse lies destroyed this devoted teacher's life, leaving him clinically depressed and his reputation shattered* The allegations were as vindictive and damaging as they were utterly false. Yet they all but destroyed primary school teacher Brendan O’Brien. Brendan, 45, had for 16 years been an exemplary teacher: popular with pupils and respected by colleagues. Yet in just a year his reputation was shattered, he lost his job and became clinically depressed, prey to anxiety and panic. A £25,000 legal bill exhausted his entire savings and ate into those of his paren... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Looking back* * Just Another Warmist Lie* by Viv Forbes 2015 is the make-or-break year for climate alarmism, with a crucial battle planned for Paris in November. So we can expect regular bursts of global warming propaganda. panic button The year started on cue with a breathless announcement from the US National Climate Data Centre: “2014 was Earth's warmest year on record” (their records start in 1880).The Little Ice Age ended in about 1880. Therefore it is no surprise that global temperatures have generally risen since then. And it reveals nothing about the cause of the ... more »

Share Resource Revenues With First Nations

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
Busy day. Read this instead. A key recommendation of a generally pro-industry report by a joint federal government and Assembly of First Nations panel will almost certainly languish on the back-burner, perhaps forever. The report comes from the Working Group on Natural Resource Development, which has both aboriginal and business membership. Bye.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Sean Payton and the Saints Start Getting Serious ~Barry Hirstius, Big Easy Believer* *Making sense of the Pierre Thomas release ~Nick Underhill, N.O. Advocate* *Developing food security in post-Katrina New Orleans, one lot at a time ~Aurora Percanella, The Guardian *

Not Science, Just Lies And Propaganda: The Massive Fraud Behind GMOs Exposed

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 17 hours ago
RINF, Global Research, Countercurrents This is not what the GMO industry wanted to see: banner headlines in major newspapers and across the internet exposing the fraud behind GMOs. But this constitutes much more than a PR nightmare. The story behind the headlines shakes the very foundations upon which the industry is built. ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth’ is a new book by the US public interest lawyer Steve Druker. The book is the result of more than 15 years of intensive research and investigation by Druker, who initiated a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... more »

Wisdom Does Not Come Just from Reading Books

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video- *To have wisdom, one must gain the vast wisdom of life via a combination of knowledge and first-hand experience. The post Wisdom Does Not Come Just from Reading Books appeared first on Waking Times.

Europe in Focus ( March 5 , 2015 ) - Germany strongly examining Grexit as a crisis it can manage ? Former Greece FM Venizelos to be investigated regarding Lagarde list ? Greece situation ( data , ongoing efforts during extension period , robbing Peter to pay Paul , mixed messages from European Politicians on a third bailout for Greece ) .... Data for Italy ( GDP ) , Germany ( Factory Orders ) ..... QE , hidden debt monetization and currency watch ( Turkish Lira and Euro ) items ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets.... *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 20s21 seconds ago Everyone passes - FED STRESS TEST SHOWS ALL 31 BANKS EXCEED MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS *zerohedge* @zerohedge · 16m16 minutes ago As a reminder, the "worst case" of the ECB stress test did not assume deflation http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-2 6/chart-crushes-all-credibility-ecbs-latest-stress-test … fred walton retweeted *Hugo Dixon* @Hugodixon · 29m29 minutes ago Important: ESM Regling: Greece Could Plunge Into Deficit In 2015; primary surplus "melting away" - Handelsbaltt http://goo.gl/2H6wZx ” fred walton re... more »

Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje) - I Am Free

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
Jag är fri - I am free *2 mars 2015* Official music video for Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje) Stream debut album Goeksegh on Spotify: http//:www.bit.ly/JHFSpotify Buy debut album on iTunes: http://www.bit.ly/JHFiTunes Video made by Ola Sandström and http://www.fargteve.se/ Song by Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Tony Malm, Josef Melin & Erik Holmberg *http://www.jonhenrik.se/ * *http://www.facebook.com/JonHenrikFjal...* *http://instagram.com/jonhenrikfjallgr...*

Benelux countries sign breakthrough air defence agreement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]The three Benelux countries, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, Wednesday (4 March) agreed to share surveillance and protection of their air spaces, in the first agreement of its kind among EU countries. Starting from 2017, Belgian and Dutch air forces will take turn to monitor the Benelux airspace. Luxembourg has no military airforce and will only open its air space to its neighbours’ jets. The common missions will involve the so-called 'Renegade' procedure aimed at identifying suspect civil aircrafts that might pose a terrorist threat. Read more

China's CJ-10 cruise missile is officially renamed DF-10

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: DF-10 cruise missile]The Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force, recently changed the name of its Changjiang-10 or CJ-10 land-based cruise missile to the Dongfeng-10 or DF-10, the Sina Military Network based in Beijing reported on Mar. 4. With an attack range of between 1,500-2,500 km, the DF-10 is designed particularly to strike at US carrier battle groups in the Western Pacific. The official Chinese media claimed that a single warhead carried by a DF-10 missile can sink a 10,000-ton vessel. Read more

Russian Military Unveils Revolutionary Electronic Warfare System

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mi-8MTPR1 Hip]Russia's new Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming system can be mounted on helicopters, ships and other military equipment to jam potential adversaries' weapons systems from distances of several hundred kilometers away; it has been hailed by developers as having no analogue anywhere in the world. At a presentation for journalists in Kazan on Wednesday, Russian radio-electronics firm Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) announced that it is handing over the first batch of a new helicopter-mounted electronic warfare system known as the 'Richag-AV' to the ar... more »

Pakistan Air Force jet crashes kills two: Officials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: PAF Mirage]A Pakistani fighter jet crashed during a training mission in the country`s northwest on Wednesday, killing two pilots, officials said. "Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF Mirage aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed south of Dera Ismail Khan," an Air Force spokesman said in a statement. "A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident," the spokesman said. Read more

New drone to be deployed to Guam

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-4C Triton UAS]A new drone that can stay in the air for 24 hours will be deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in 2017. The Guam deployment of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft was confirmed by Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, in a March 4 statement to the Senate Committee on Approprations’ Subcomittee on Defense. Greenert talked to the subcommittee about the Navy’s posture for fiscal 2016. Read more

NATO maritime group enters Black Sea as Ukraine crisis continues

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Uss Vicksburg (CG 69)]International warships assigned to a U.S.-led NATO maritime group entered the Black Sea on Wednesday to train with alliance members in the region. The arrival of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 continues a string of visits to the region by the U.S. and its allies over the past year — a response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea last year and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The American destroyer USS Cole left the Black Sea in late February. Six ships make up the current group,one of two immediate-reaction forces under the alliance’s ma... more »

Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
It is noteworthy that folks are waking up to the demographic transition underway. Global population will be declining and we are at the plateau now although there are still hot spots. The natural process reported here is dead on. The only thing missing is China's sharp population decline which is already likely underway but well hidden. All this misses two other critical points. The first and most important in the short term is that we will exit the oil economy. This will powerfully emasculate the Islamic world and Russia as well. The price will be economic contraction ... more »

First Marine Gas Turbine installed into new aircraft carrier at Rosyth Shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Rolls-Royce MT30 Gas Turbine]The installation of the first MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) package into the HMS Prince of Wales has been successfully completed at Rosyth Shipyard. The Aircraft Carrier Alliance fitted the Rolls-Royce MT30 into the Royal Navy's latest aircraft carrier which is a 36 megawatt (around 50,000 horsepower) Marine Gas Turbine. The GTA is also the world's most power-dense, a key feature for naval ships where high power occupying space is essential. Read more

Taming the butterfly effect

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
The butterfly effect is a defining effect of chaos theory. As Edward Lorenz said, the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Beijing is needed to decide whether a hurricane is created and lands in New Orleans a few weeks later. (And it is not, as the porn gurus in the IPCC claim, because of the CO2 that the butterfly exhales and that leads to a climate cataclysm.) Is that true? There are many other butterflies and effects that help to decide but in general, it is often true: major events (hurricanes) are often strongly affected by very small perturbations of the initial state (butterf... more »

USS Ranger leaving Puget Sound for Texas scrap yard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Naval Sea Systems Command says the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Ranger will be towed out of Puget Sound on Thursday on its way to be scrapped in Texas. The USS Constellation completed the same journey in January to International Shipbreaking at Brownsville, Texas. It will take five months to complete a 16,000-mile trip around South America. The Ranger won't fit through the Panama Canal. Read more

Cold-weather training critical as race for arctic's natural resources heats up

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Arctic submarine]Alaska was known as Russian America before the Russian Empire sold it to the U.S. government in 1867. The Russians built their North American colonies to tap into a rich fur-seal trade. When they sold the land for $7.2 million — after more than a century of occupation — the Russians were under financial duress and in fear of losing the territory in a future conflict with the British, with whom they fought the Crimean War in 1853-56. Today the financial pressure is back, in the form of falling oil prices and Western sanctions after Russia’s annexation of Ukra... more »

Russia had hand in China's Type 054 frigate: Russian media

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 054A class FFG]A report published by a Russian military news website on March 1 suggests that China's most advanced frigate, the Type 054 multirole warship along with its variants, were developed with the help of Russian experts. There are more Type 054 frigates in service with the PLA Navy than any other class of warship. At the start of 2014, the PLA Navy had 15 of the frigates in service and five were being built at Guangzhou's Whampoa Shipyard and the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, which differ from their predecessors in their missile systems and electrical... more »

BOB Revolution Stroller Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 21 hours ago
When you're shopping for baby gear, it can be hard to know which items to put on your registry. There are just SO many options out there! That's why Babies"R"Us created their WhatToExpect.com's Moms Love It List. This list features all the best items for babies, voted most-loved by real moms! One of the items to make it onto the Babies"R"Us WhatToExpect.com's Moms Love It List is the BOB Revolution SE stroller. From the zoo to the beach, the BOB Revolution SE will help you to zip through congested areas and around tight corners easily with the swiveling front wheel, or lock the wh... more »

Defense Dept. wants another billion added to budget: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert]Defense wants a billion euros added to their budget. That is the core of the wish list that the Ministry handed to Minister Jeroen Dijsselbleom (Finance), De Telegraaf reports. Finance and Defense are currently negotiating the amount. Defense wants extra money for the armed forces. Finance wants to reduce the amount. In particular Defense needs more helicopters, transport aircraft, communications and information systems and medical capacity. The Marines need money to carry out three planned projects. Two M-class frigates are worn out and they need ... more »

US has been monitoring Chinese subs for years, says Global Times

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Cowpens (CG-63)]The US has been lurking and monitoring Chinese submarines off China's coasts for years, reports Huanqiu, the website of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times. According to the report, American ships and aircraft have been a constant presence near China's waters. Global Times cited the incident in December 2013 when a Chinese landing ship found the US guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens was tracking the PLA aircraft carrier Liaoning and intercepted it. Read more

China defence budget 10 pct rise to defy slowing economy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: J-15 launch from Liaoning CV]China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as submarines and stealth jets. Parliament spokeswoman Fu Ying told reporters the actual figure would be released on Thursday, when the annual session of the largely rubber-stamp National People's Congress opens. Last year, defence spending was budgeted to rise 12.2 percent to $130 billion, second only to the U.S. Pentagon's propose... more »

Congressmen Rally Behind Ohio-Class Submarine Replacement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ohio class SSBN]Congressmen gathered on Capitol Hill to tout the importance of replacing the nation’s aging ballistic missile equipped Ohio-class submarines. During a March 4 meeting sponsored by the Submarine Industrial Base Council, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on readiness, said replacing the boats — also known as SSBNs — will be critical to the nation’s strategic outlook. “We know how critical [the Ohio-class replacement] … is to our nation’s strategic position in the world and we want to make sure that SSBNs ava... more »

Fossils Expand the Menagerie of Jurassic Mammals

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The paucity of the fossil record should warn scientists off from drawing any conclusions at all. We have mammals throughout the age of the dinosaurs and plausibly even well before. Or at least we think that they are mammals. What is more certain though is that if one existed, it speciated to exploit as many free ecological niches as possible just like today. Did we learn nothing from Darwin? As certain they challenged the dinosaurs in terms of raiding eggs. Our rats do the same and are responsible for the mass extinction of isolated bird species. We have now learned that... more »

The Lesson of Fukushima — Nuclear Energy is Safe

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Fukushima] Years after the event we get to welcome a professional review of the event. Sadly until now we have been bombarded with masses of disinformation all arguing the case for catastrophic failure and led for watch for signs of real problems.* It did not happen.* This tells us that we can go to sleep although the reactors remain seriously damaged. Their cleanup can take decades but in the meantime they are at least controlled. If we are lucky two of the reactors may be brought on line. In the meantime we have lessons learned that will prevent weak planning in th... more »

Greg Hunter, “World Headed for a Meat Grinder- Rob Kirby”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“World Headed for a Meat Grinder- Rob Kirby”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Rob Kirby gives what he calls “proprietary macroeconomic research” to people around the world with billions of dollars to manage. What are his connected sources telling him? Kirby says, “People whose opinions I respect the most tell me that the world is headed for a meat grinder, and that is putting very bluntly. This does not make me happy to say this, but we are headed for some very, very difficult times. The people that are in charge of and are maintaining the status quo of dishonest commerce in our ... more »

Right Striving - Wise Words From Rudolf Steiner

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
[image: Thursday Right Striving1]Source: *Notes Along The Path Blog*

Support John Friend's Free Speech!

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 22 hours ago
This past weekend, *I announced* the Spring 2015 fundraiser for The Realist Report. Almost immediately, an entity called Shelley Rubin, whose Facebook profile proudly displayed the *Jewish Defense League* emblem, posted the following comment to the GoFundMe page I set up (which is now *of course deleted*): No-one should donate to this evil, hate-filled, neo-Nazi monster. Over 100,000 brave Americans died fighting the Nazis, and yet John Friend admires Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, which makes him a traitor to this country. John Friend is a full-time extremist, he and his kind a... more »

How U.S. Soldiers Learn To Kill

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Department of Defense *Timothy Kudo, New York Times:* *How We Learned to Kill* *THE voice on the other end of the radio said: “There are two people digging by the side of the road. Can we shoot them?”It was the middle of the night during my first week in Afghanistan in 2010, on the northern edge of American operations in Helmand Province, and they were directing the question to me. Were the men in their sights irrigating their farmland or planting a roadside bomb? The Marines reported seeing them digging and what appeared to be packages in their possession. Farmers in the va... more »

Microsoft Founder Finds The Long-Lost Japanese Battleship Musashi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Microsoft billionaire finds wreck of legendary Japanese battleship Musashi: Paul Allen uses his own submarine to locate flagship that US forces sank with 1,000 men on board in WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf* ** Allen posted a picture to Twitter showing World War II ship's rusting bow* ** Musashi, the Japanese Navy's biggest battleship, was sunk in 1944* ** It lay undiscovered on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea for the past 70 years* ** Billionaire Allen has now used his personal submarine to find the ship* ** Discovery brings to an end Allen's eight year search for the Musash... more »

The Pakistani Doctor Who Helped The CIA To Track Down Osama Bin Laden Is Still Languishing In A Pakistani Jail

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Dr. Shakil Afridi *National Geographic:* *He Led the CIA to bin Laden—and Unwittingly Fueled a Vaccine Backlash* *Pakistani doctor's role in health campaign sparked local suspicions that efforts to fight polio were part of a Western plot.PESHAWAR, Pakistan—In his native Pakistan, Dr. Shakil Afridi is considered a traitor by many people for helping the Central Intelligence Agency track down and kill Osama bin Laden. In the United States, he is hailed as a hero.In global health circles, his story is a cautionary tale about the consequences that can spiral out of control when hea... more »

Iran's Foreign Minister: We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*NBC*: *Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal* *GENEVA — Iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News.* *"Iran is not about building nuclear weapons," Zarif said in an exclusive interview with Ann Curry Wednesday. "We don't want to build nuclear weapons, we don't believe nuclear weapons bring security to anybody, certain... more »

Way Cool: Last Japanese Soldier Hideout in WWII was Amis

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
*House in Laochijia.* This is very cool -- had to share it with you. From Wiki: Private Teruo Nakamura (中村 輝夫 Nakamura Teruo?, October 8, 1919 − June 15, 1979) was a Taiwan-born soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army from the indigenous Amis tribe, who fought for Japan in World War II and did not surrender until 1974. He is the last known Japanese hold-out to surrender after the end of hostilities in 1945. His name in his native Amis language was Attun Palalin.[1] The Taiwanese press referred to him as Lee Guang-Hui (李光輝), a name of which he learned only after his repatriation in 19... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Night Light” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VzYAPBVJc

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “I Worried”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“I Worried”* by Mary Oliver “ I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not how shall I correct it? Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, can I do better? Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows can do it and I am, well, hopeless. Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it, am I going to get rheumatism, lockjaw, dementia? Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning, and sang.”

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It looks like a lunar landscape but this remarkable photograph actually shows our Milky Way and the planet Jupiter in all their glory - viewed from a cave in America's Utah desert. The spiral galaxy, which cannot be seen with the naked eye, was captured by photographer Wally Pacholka using a 35mm camera and 50mm lens on a tripod with a 30-second exposure - long enough to collect the light but not to see the stars moving. *Click image for larger size.* Pacholka, 59, an architect from Long Beach, California, relied on the light of a crescent moon to illuminate the subject and chose the... more »

"Do You Remember?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Do you remember still the falling stars that like swift horses through the heavens raced and suddenly leaped across the hurdles of our wishes- do you recall? And we did make so many! For there were countless numbers of stars: each time we looked above we were astounded by the swiftness of their daring play, while in our hearts we felt safe and secure watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate, knowing somehow we had survived their fall." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"No, We Can't Have It All"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"No, We Can't Have It All"* by "We all face choices. We can have ice caps and polar bears, or we can have automobiles. We can have dams or we can have salmon. We can have irrigated wine from Mendocino and Sonoma counties, or we can have the Russian and Eel Rivers. We can have oil from beneath the oceans, or we can have whales. We can have cardboard boxes or we can have living forests. We can have computers and cancer clusters from the manufacture of those computers, or we can have neither. We can have electricity and a world devastated by mining, or we can have neither (and don'... more »

Chet Raymo, "Free Will?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Free Will?"* by Chet Raymo “In an essay in the 14 May, 2009 issue of “Nature”, German biologist Martin Heisenberg asks the question: "Is free will an illusion?" And he answers: No. We are free, says Heisenberg, if our actions are self-generated, and not mere responses to external stimuli. But how can they be self-generated in a world of cause and effect? As befitting the son of Werner Heisenberg, father of the Uncertainty Principle, Martin invokes the stochastic nature of quantum mechanics. Presumably, randomly firing neurons equal free will. One does not have to be consciously... more »

“Set Yourself Free: Letting Go of Perfection”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Set Yourself Free: Letting Go of Perfection”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Life becomes much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection and aspire for imperfection instead. It is good to remember that one of our goals in life is to not be perfect. We often lose track of this aspiration. When we make mistakes, we think that we are failing or not measuring up. But if life is about experimenting, experiencing, and learning, then to be imperfect is a prerequisite. Life becomes much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection and aspire for imperf... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia. Thanks for stopping by.

"Your Time Is Limited..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” - Steve Jobs

Paulo Coelho, “The Mystery of Discovery”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Mystery of Discovery”* by Paulo Coelho “Tonight, before leaving, I’m going to spend time sorting through the pile of things I never had the patience to put in order. And I will find that a little of my history is there. All the letters, the notes, cuttings and receipts will take on their own life and have strange stories to tell me – about the past and about the future. All the different things in the world, all the roads travelled, all the entrances and exits of my life. I am going to put on a shirt I often wear and, for the first time, I am going to notice how it was made. ... more »

Brawling in Kiev's Rada (Parliament)

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
These are the cats that Washington wants to send weapons and US military 'trainers' to support in Kiev. A fist fight exploded in the Ukrainian Rada on Tuesday, after Ukraine's Radical Party (nationalists that want to rearm Ukraine with nukes) leader Oleg Lyashko reportedly started an altercation with Sergei Melnychuk, the leader of the Aidar volunteer (Neo-Nazi) battalion. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Vladimir Rybak attempted to stop the fight several times but the conflict continued until parliament was suspended. The fight later spilled out into the Rada's hallways. From what... more »

Fracked Up - U.S. Plans for Control of Ukraine's Natural Gas

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Recall that V-P Joe Biden's son Hunter signed on to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest oil company, Burisma Holdings, at a time that the US is urging Ukraine to develop energy independence from Russia. (You could call it the spoils of war. And you could call it corruption at the highest levels.) “Burisma’s track record of innovations and industry leadership in the field of natural gas means that it can be a strong driver of a strong economy in Ukraine,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. So one reason for the US war in Ukraine is to force the drilling for fracked natural... more »

Father Theodore Hesburgh (1917-2015)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Father Ted," president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, in his office at the school's Hesburgh Library in 2012 (see the full photo here)* *I met a blind priest at the airport. Father Ted taught me to take a leap of faith.*Father Theodore Hesburgh, who died Thursday at 97, was no longer Notre Dame’s president by the time I enrolled in 1994, yet he remained a campus legend, instantly recognizable in his crisp black shirt and clerical collar and with his shock of white hair. I knew he’d done important things — advised six presidents, chaired the U.S. Commission on Civil Righ... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 5th March)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Bank Bust recession: Incomes return to 2007 levels, but working-age households remain worse off The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said average incomes in 2014-15 are about the same as they were in 2007–08, before the banking crisis triggered a deep recession. The average has been lifted because people over 60 are better off. Their average income is forecast to be 1.8% higher in 2014-15

U.S. Ambassador Lippert Attacked In South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *Ambassador attacked in South Korea* *(CNN) U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked in Seoul, possibly by more than one person, according to U.S. government sources in the U.S. and South Korea. He is in stable condition, according to a U.S. embassy spokesperson.* *Lippert was injured by a small razor blade, according to Seoul police. His injuries are not life threatening, according to Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman. He received injuries on his right cheek and hand at about 5.42 p.m. ET, according to South Korean police.* *More News On Today's ... more »

“This Just In: Humans Are Bad at Everything That’s Important”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“This Just In: Humans Are Bad at Everything That’s Important” * by David “When future anthropologists study us, they will learn a lot about what’s important to us by looking at our newspapers. A minority of our news stories cover what’s truly new: scientific discoveries, thriving business startups, or groundbreaking legislation. But most of our news stories are about some human being (or group of human beings) failing, in a very familiar way, to be kind, fair, or honest. Politician caught lying! Violence erupts between Group A and Group B! Company misleads customers for profit! De... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

The Economy: “A Bearish Nightmare…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Bearish Nightmare…”* by Bill Bonner "US stocks fell yesterday. The Dow dropped 85 points, or 0.5%. No biggie. The biggie is still ahead… Our guess is the smart money is selling to the dumb money. The people who take the trouble to figure out what something is really worth are unloading. People who just think they should be “in the stock market” are buying. The “big three” US stock market benchmarks – the S&P 500, the Dow and the Nasdaq – are at near record levels. Why? Because they represent good value for money? Or because they are propped up by near-zero interest rates and ... more »

The Economy: "Staring Down The Barrel of The Worst Financial Cataclysm Ever”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Staring Down The Barrel of The Worst Financial Cataclysm Ever”* "Gregory Mannarino contends, “We are staring down the barrel of the worst financial cataclysm that has ever been seen, witnessed or even heard of in human history. There is no way out of this. As hard as I think about this, I cannot envision a scenario that there is no way this will not turn into a financial disaster of epic proportions for every human being on this earth.” For the people that say the economy looks good to them, Mannarino says, “This is the calm before the storm. The Federal Reserve has flooded the sy... more »

The U.S. - Iraq Alliance Against The Islamic State Is Showing Strains

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen on Tuesday in Salahuddin Province, north of Baghdad. Credit Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters *New York Times*: *Iraqi Campaign to Drive ISIS From Tikrit Reveals Tensions With U.S.* *BAGHDAD — Tensions between Iraq and the United States over how to battle the Islamic State broke into the open on Tuesday, as Iraqi officials declared that they would fight on their own timetable with or without American help, and as United States warplanes conspicuously sat out the biggest Iraqi counteroffensive yet amid concerns over Iran’s prominent role.* *On Monday, ... more »

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