“Like delicate cosmic petals, these clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula and dutifully cataloged as NGC 7023 this is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers. Still, this remarkable image shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. * Click image for larger size.* The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characte...more »
"We live in radical times surrounded by tasks that seem impossible. It has become our collective fate to be alive in a time of great tragedies, to live in a period of overwhelming disasters and to stand at the edge of sweeping changes. The river of life is flooding before us, and a tide of poisons affect the air we breathe and the waters we drink and even tarnish the dreams of those who are young and as yet innocent. The snake-bitten condition has already spread throughout the collective body. However, it is in troubled times that it becomes most important to remember that the wond...more »
*"A Map to the Next World"* "In the last days of the fourth world I wished to make a map for those who would climb through the hole in the sky. My only tools were the desires of humans as they emerged from the killing fields, from the bedrooms and the kitchens. For the soul is a wanderer with many hands and feet. The map must be of sand and can't be read by ordinary light. It must carry fire to the next tribal town, for renewal of spirit. In the legend are instructions on the language of the land, how it was we forgot to acknowledge the gift, as if we were not in it or of it. Take note...more »
*“Immortality”* by Chet Raymo “A second life? I can barely cope with this one. I'm referring to the increasingly popular virtual world Second Life, available to online gamers. One enters Second LIfe by creating a three-dimensional, animated avatar that is one's virtual self. Then one can do just about anything in the Second Life world that is possible to do in real life, including, one presumes, things one would not do in real life. By all accounts, the Second Life universe is booming, to the extent that real-world businesses are setting up virtual franchises in a place that exists...more »
*“Dark Night of the Soul: Surrendering the Ego”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "While we are in a dark night of the soul experience, hold steady knowing the light will appear once again. Whenever a word is overused, it is most likely being misused, and over time, it begins to lose its meaningfulness. For example, we often refer to a fleeting feeling of depression or a period of confusion, as a dark night of the soul, but neither of these things qualifies as such. A dark night of the soul is a very specific experience that some people encounter on their spiritual journeys. There are...more »
*"The Pig Farmer"* by John Robbins "One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman—and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz. The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages that were barely larger than their own bodies, with the cages stacked on top of each other in tiers, three high. The sides and the bottoms of the cages were steel slats, so that excrement fro...more »
The Great Cannon system was used to intercept web and advertising traffic intended for Baidu, China’s biggest search engine company, researchers said. Credit Reuters *New York Times*:* China Is Said to Use Powerful New Weapon to Censor Internet* *SAN FRANCISCO — Late last month, China began flooding American websites with a barrage of Internet traffic in an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country.* *Initial security reports suggested that China had crippled the services by exploiting its own Intern...more »
*"On the Ground"? Why, maybe it's because he's so darned tall, but it often seems as if the Man with the Brain of Cotton's feet don't reach to the ground.* *by Ken* We already have a burgeoning tradition of right-wing "intellectuals" like Louisiana Gov. Booby Jindall and Wisconson Rep. Pauly-Pauly-Pauly Ryan, whose only imaginable intellectual credentials consist of blithering endlessly about policy matters that normal right-wingers never talk about, because they don't care about them except when they come gift-wrapped in brain-dead right-wing platitudes. Now the hero of the Righ...more »
*VOA: **US Marks 150th Anniversary of Civil War's End * *WASHINGTON - One-hundred-fifty years ago Thursday, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses Grant, marking the end of the four-year U.S. Civil War that killed more than 700,000 people and freed the slaves.Many consider it one of the most emotional moments in U.S. history. One reason the surrender scene was so dramatic is because the personalities of Lee and Grant reflected the two sides of the war.Lee’s side, the South, included many large farms that depended on slave labor. The sou...more »
*The US-NATO puppet regime in Kiev fears growing opposition to their war policies even in the western part of Ukraine. Thus they are taking authoritarian steps to outlaw 'leftist' political expression and organizing. Here is a report on this undemocratic trend translated from Russian by Alexey Tatu.* *Social protests may spiral into "left terror" in Ukraine after the ultra-right Kiev bans communist and left ideology* The prohibition of all propaganda related to Communist ideology in Ukraine is tied directly to the fear of the Kiev authorities of a threat of social protests, t...more »
*ABC News:* *ISIS-Inspired Kansas Man Accused of Plotting Another Ft. Hood-Type Attack* *A 20-year-old Kansas man allegedly joined the U.S. Army last year so he could launch an ISIS-inspired attack on American soldiers like the deadly strike on Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, federal authorities announced today.John T. Booker of Topeka, Kansas, was arrested after a lengthy FBI investigation and was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempt to provide material support to ISIS, and attempt to destroy U.S. property, officials said. * *Update:* US man arrested i...more »
From *Wikipedia*: A Midnight Clear is a 1992 American war film directed by former actor Keith Gordon with an ensemble cast featuring Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, and Arye Gross. Set towards the end of World War II, the film tells the story of an American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon that wishes to surrender.
*Nick Jankel* - This battle is a battle for ideas — the beliefs and values that govern how the entire world works. The post Inner Revolution: 5 Radical Ideas that Will Change You, and the World, Forever appeared first on Waking Times.
*“One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes - Part 4”* (click here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) by Brandon Smith “In the first three installments of this series, we examined the realities behind supply and demand, unemployment and personal debt, and national debt. As has been proven in each consecutive article with ample evidence, mainstream establishment numbers are, for the most part, utter garbage. They are not legitimate. They are meaningless. The figures and stats that do have some truth to them are so obscured from the public view and unreported by the media that...more »
That's the front page headline in the Times and Transcript. Think about that. Each department has to cut 5 to 10% from its budget. Think about that. Surely the purpose of a government is to serve the needs of the people who live under it. So, if a government has to cut, wouldn't it start by deciding what is essential for it to provide. And wouldn't that mean the party would have to know what its philosophy of service is? And it that's what you have to do first, then how can you begin by saying cut 5% from this department, 10% from that one, 8% from that one? But, of course, the Lib...more »
*Rosa Flores, CNN:* *Summit of the Americas becomes 'triangle of tension'* *(CNN) The VII Summit of the Americas was supposed to be all about the symbolic handshake between the United States and Cuba. But insert Venezuela into the mix and Panama City, Panama, quickly turns into a "triangle of tension."* *Heads of state from 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere have met every three years to discuss economic, social or political issues since the creation of the summit in 1994. Cuba has historically been the wrench in the diplomatic machinery, with some Latin American leaders threa...more »
"While Saudi Arabia has the support of its Sunni Gulf Arab neighbors, Pakistan's parliament voted against becoming militarily involved. "(Parliament) desires that Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis," it said." - *Source: Reuters*.
*Daily Mail: **Obama and Castro to have a substantive 'discussion' tomorrow at Panama summit - the first in more than 50 years between U.S. and Cuban leaders* * * Ahead of an anticipated run-in this weekend in at the seventh Summit of the Americas, the two presidents spoke by phone on Wednesday * The two nations' top diplomats held talks at a Panama City hotel on Thursday night, the first meeting of its kind in as many years * White House had said a private meeting was not on the books but they could have an unscripted 'interaction' on the sidelines of the event * Adviser ...more »
It always amazed me that there were so many elderly white men in the top jobs in the music business. I recall being in meetings where a significant number of seniors would be dozing. They were very rich and I often wondered why they were clinging to their positions, jobs they could no longer functionally accomplish. Eventually I realized it was because those positions were how they identified themselves. Were I like that I would have seen myself not as Howie Klein who has done this and this and this and who hopes to do that and that and that, but as "the president of Reprise Recor...more »
Is that not the scent that has motivated the man since the beginning of recorded time Come now people do not pretend that men have not made this a penis shaped world and all around the crossest ones we celibate or a few of us vote for the next\ great one No doubt when the cock is elected its very hard for him to resist the scent of pussy comming from the world where he is emperor and pussy is all Monica Lewinsky
*U.S. News and World Report/Al-Monitor*: *Differences Emerge in U.S., Iran Interpretations of Nuclear Deal* *The two countries' statements show important discrepancies on key issues that need to be resolved before the June 30 deadline.After eight days and nights of intense negotiations, on April 2 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign and security policy chief, presented a joint statement on behalf of Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, regarding Iran’s nuclear program.I...more »
Who knows it could mean something going forward in the future of spills when such actions will be called crimes because if you can go to jail in Vancover for gardening pissing crude into English Bay should be considered major crime Now multiply this crime non diluted a million times over all the oceans of the world stop to save the planet from the burning of bunker crude its hell on the pistons as well
*Source: SIPSEDate: 04.10.2015* *Mexico: Airliner on Final Approach Reports UFO* *By Jorge Moreno (SIPSE)* MERIDA, Yucatan - Cases involving people traveling in commercial airliners and seeing UFOs in flight are not few. In Yucatan there are at least three such reports: In one of these, a pilot was unable to publicly remark on the event due to his company's strictures, which forbid employees to discuss certain matters on account of privacy and confidentiality. The pilot remarked that during a flight from Mexico City to Merida, he was about to land at the airport of the Yucatan's ...more »
To celebrate the return of Game of Thrones, which is chock full of IR, I am posting a cartoon and a video (spoilers and NSFW language lurk below the break): And for Key and Peele’s take on the show: Enjoy the next ten weeks of GoT!
Britain-based friends and comrades of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea held a mass action outside the London embassy of the fascist, puppet regime of the so-called Republic of Korea last month. Here you can see them in action. That looks like One Brewer's Green in the background. I wonder what Labour Party staff thought when they stumbled upon this living expression of workers' movement solidarity with People's Korea? According to the press release reporting on the event, there were attendees from the "New Communist Party of Britain, the British Association for the Study...more »
Sent to the Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2015 I do not share the Times' cheerful interpretation of the Alexander-Murray compromise for the new education law ("A new No Child Left Behind," April 10). As long as schools continue annual high-stakes testing for every student in grades 3-8 (and once in high school), the "fretful anxiety and teach to the test mentality" will remain. The huge cost of testing will also remain, and will increase now that testing is done online. There is no need to test every student. We can get the same information from low-pressure testing of small samp...more »
*ABC News:* *ISIS-Inspired Kansas Man Accused of Plotting Another Ft. Hood-Type Attack* *A 20-year-old Kansas man allegedly joined the U.S. Army last year so he could launch an ISIS-inspired attack on American soldiers like the deadly strike on Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, federal authorities announced today.John T. Booker of Topeka, Kansas, was arrested after a lengthy FBI investigation and was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempt to provide material support to ISIS, and attempt to destroy U.S. property, officials said. * *Update:* US man arrested i...more »
*Dmitri Trenin, National Interest:* *Europe's Nightmare: Ukraine's Massive Meltdown* *"Above all, what Ukraine needs today is for the West to lean hard on Kiev in support of economic and political reform."The Minsk II accord is not a peace deal. It is a cease-fire agreement, and a fragile one at that. Beyond suspending large-scale hostilities, pulling back heavy weapons and exchanging prisoners of war, Minsk can hardly be implemented.Kiev cannot and will not pay for the Donbass’ rehabilitation, and would not talk to the rebel leaders. Economic ties are not being restored, and ...more »
*"Entrepreneurs Are Vanishing… Here’s Why"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - "Yesterday, we spent the day riding up to Tacana. So few people have been there, we thought it might be a ranch myth. More about that on Monday… Yesterday’s Diary recounted what a flop the 21st century has turned out to be so far. We focused on the economy. We might just as well have looked at education, health care, human liberty, safety, politics or war. Almost everywhere you look things appear to be degrading. We are less rich, less free, less safe and probably less smart than we...more »
Living the High Life After Congress Our Coming Theocratic Hell: Look Out, the Right’s “Religious Freedom” Push Is Just the Beginning GOP’s Sick New Crusade: Inside the Conservative War on Poor Women Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev an FBI Informant? Odds Say It’s Possible Last year, attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued in court motions that his older brother and alleged accomplice had been
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Sanaa, Yemen, to protest Saudi-led airstrikes. Yemen has descended into open conflict between several key groups in recent months, pushing the nation to the brink of full-scale warfare. The US backed and Saudi-led intervention, protesters say, will make the country even more unstable and could lead to a wider conflict. Already protected by the colossal presence in the Persian Gulf of US air and naval installations, the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia owns the world’s largest arsenal (on a per capita basis) of advanced American, Br...more »
*The Economist:* *Eastern Ukraine: In the fold* *Ukraine’s second city shows no risk of rebelling, but it is far from secureAFTER Viktor Yanukovych, who was then president, fled Ukraine in February 2014, Russian flags began appearing around the Lenin statue in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Pro-Russian activists clashed with supporters of the Maidan revolution, and some spoke of a “Kharkiv People’s Republic”. But while separatism caught fire in Donetsk and Luhansk, it faltered in Kharkiv. Ukrainian nationalists felled the Lenin statue last autumn, leaving only a shoe....more »
Members of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry's assault battalion ''Aydar'' take part in tactical exercises during a military drill near Zhytomyr April 9, 2015. Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko *Reuters*: *Ukraine military, rebels accuse each other of increased attacks* *(Reuters) - Ukraine's military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other on Friday of intensifying attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old ceasefire deal.* *The conflict has reached stalemate in recent weeks with the truce, brokered in the Belarussian capital of Minsk in mid-February, still technic...more »
*starting with an inadvertently hilarious article from the CBSMinnesota (WCCO.)* The reason I often focus in on the St. Paul/Minneapolis area is because I was born and raised in St. Paul. It used to be a lovely place to raise children and thrive financially. I moved to Houston, TX when I was 17, and briefly moved back to Minneapolis in my early thirties. I lived in the "transitional" neighborhood of Loring Park where I often had to side-step the hookers when I left for work. I was also the *victim of a brutal mugging by a black man just blocks from my apartment.* I left Minnesot...more »
Photo Credit: Oleg Zabielin | shutterstock.com Washington Times: *Russians say Islamic State infiltrating domestic groups* The jihadi terror group Islamic State has begun “embedding” with Russian domestic terror organizations, including a leading Chechen resistance group, a top Russian intelligence official said Friday. Russian Federal Security Service Deputy Director Sergei Smirnov made the claim while speaking with reporters at a summit of the Shanghia Cooperation Organization, a regional security alliance, meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan If true, it would be the latest sign that ...more »
Image from Ya Liban *Inna Lazaerva, Time*: *Inside the Village Caught in the Crossfire Between Israel, Syria and Lebanon* *When loud explosions rocked the small hilltop village of Ghajar — partly located in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights — a few months ago, a sense of terror that a long dreaded conflict had finally arrived rippled through the local residents.* *As the locals dove to the ground, five anti-tank missiles whizzed past their windows aimed at IDF (Israeli Defence Force) vehicles on a road two miles away. Two Israeli soldiers were killed on the spot. The sixth miss...more »
*Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), deciding if he wantsto be a senator after 2016 (source)* *by Gaius Publius* As predicted, TPP will enter its legislative round next week, with the expected introduction of "Fast Track" enabling legislation. A reminder of the relationship and the order of things: There will be several battles; the first is coming in the Senate Finance Committee, likely in April, *with a vote on "Fast Track" enabling legislation. ("Enabling" legislation means Fast Track enables TPP by disabling Congress's ability to debate and amend it.)* If Fast Track passes out of commi...more »
The Women of Kvenn, Iceland, want to #freethenipple So does French singer Soko at London's 100 Club in March, the song is 'I thought I was an Alien' I'm 100% in favour of freeing the nipple, how about you?
THAAD controversy an outcome of much longer, ongoing debate By Park Byong-su, senior staff writer The hankyorehThe recent debate over deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula is an extension of a years-old ongoing debate over US missile defense systems. THAAD‘s emergence as a major diplomatic issue could stem from a lack of strategic judgment and Cold War-era antagonistic policies from Seoul.The issue of South Korea’s participation in US-led missile defense has surfaced repeatedly over the past decade. Each time, Seoul has maintain...more »
*The Guardian:* *Isis closes in on Damascus after seizing Yarmouk refugee camp* *The terrorist group’s capture of the beleaguered site means it now controls territory only six miles from the centre of the Syrian capital* *For more than 50 years, Yarmouk refugee camp was used as a showpiece of Syrian support for the Palestinian cause.* *Now, after three years of war and siege, jihadists of the Islamic State (Isis) stalk its ruins, the regime bombs the buildings that still stand and the few remaining residents must choose between abject misery if they stay or likely death if they f...more »
*Bernie Suarez* - Want to implement small-scale, realistic tasks in your own life to strike back at the control system? The post 5 Things Busy People Can Do to Fight the Rising Control System appeared first on Waking Times.
No no way. First of all I am a Canadian and see no permanent solution through death. Second even if I believed in the death penalty which I do not, Brian Mulroney has proved enough evidence that you do not kill a bad poll in his prime. Third in Canada we work things out, no matte how bad the actor on the other side. I am pretty sure Steve Harper is the worst actor in Canadian history.
I used to sit in the backseat accusing not trouble because I was bent on serving overtime and then I got stoned out of my mind and realized working in that abattoir even with overtime was shit wages in the world Now I work pouring coffee at minimum wage and I am way more happy no life taking everyday wearing what tim horton brings \ I just got to wonder if my good life would end with a coffee bean blight Between the bean on the vine and the lip on the cup their is something wrong how all the change rings out
If your a world leader I hope it does not happen to you alot especially if your an old friend like Tony Blair because in real terms it means your likely to be prosecuted for war crimes that's what I am talking about in a subtly voice If i choose to scream I will not just be taserd and incarcerated I will be be created ;like Hans Solo but not in some sci fi flux medium just in thought a few years ahead of the current and that gives me hope my thought will not be left for dead because there is a universe of better just waiting for some leader to make a choice
*R. v. Quansah,*2015 ONCA 237 :  In *Browne v. Dunn*, Lord Herschell, L.C., explained that if a party intended to impeach a witness called by an opposite party, the party who seeks to impeach must give the witness an opportunity, while the witness is in the witness box, to provide any explanation the witness may have for the contradictory evidence: *Browne v. Dunn*, pp. 70-71; *R. v. Henderson* (1999), 134 C.C.C. (3d) 131 (Ont. C.A.), at p. 141; and *R. v. McNeill* (2000), 144 C.C.C. (3d) 551 (Ont. C.A.), at para. 44.  The rule in *Browne v. Dunn*, as it has come ...more »
*Reuters:* *Pakistan declines Saudi call for armed support in Yemen fight* *(Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament voted on Friday not to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, dashing Riyadh's hopes for powerful support from outside of the region in its fight to halt Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.* *Saudi Arabia had asked fellow Sunni-majority Pakistan to provide ships, aircraft and troops for the campaign, now in its third week, to stem the influence of Shi'ite Iran in what appears to be proxy war between the Gulf's two dominant powers.* *While Saudi Arabia has the suppor...more »
*Reuters:* *Obama, Castro to share stage at summit as detente takes hold* *(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will share the same stage on Friday in an encounter rich with symbolism as their countries set aside decades of mistrust and attempt to restore diplomatic relations.* *The rapprochement is set to dominate the Summit of the Americas meeting, held in Panama, less than four months after they announced they would seek to lower tensions and boost trade and travel between the two Cold War enemies.* *MIDDLE EAST* Yemen conflict leaves nearb...more »
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo talked North Korea at their joint news conference Friday. Photo: Reuters *WSJ:* *North Korean Is Intent on Provocations, U.S. Defense Secretary Says* *U.S. will deploy its best equipment to the region, Ash Carter declares* *SEOUL—U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter struck a harsh tone on North Korea in remarks Friday, and said the U.S. would deploy its best equipment to the Asia-Pacific region to address security concerns there.* *Mr. Carter visited Japan and South Korea this week to demonstrate the...more »
*Marc J. Seifer* - There are a number of key differences between Tesla’s view of the world as compared to that of Albert Einstein. The post Tesla vs. Einstein: The Ether & the Birth of the New Physics appeared first on Waking Times.
Chernobly looks like a clean up project compared to Fukushima and burning all that coal is not going to grow green embermers hey you on lifeboat earth traveling around our galaxy its time you put some words to your girth.
India has been a defining country of the "third world" and even though nowadays, we praise it not just as a cradle of civilization but also as an emerging market, a BRIC member, the home of Bollywood, many call centers, numerous excellent string theorists, and even a future second ITER-like fusion reactor, there is some sense in which India remains a canonical third-world country. Unlike the communist-party-based regime in China, India is a democracy. One should be annoyed by the fact that a democracy such as India has GDP per capita about $5,000 while the adjacent non-democracy o...more »
*FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015Part 5—Recalling what Dr. King said:* This morning, let’s visit some major personages of the liberal present and past. We'll visit three such figures. Let’s start with Rose of Sharon. *Rose of Sharon Joad:* Rose of Sharon Joad, 18, was Tom Joad’s younger sister. At the end of The Grapes of Wrath, she engages in an unusual act which radically extends the novel’s theme that the family has to go on. Steinbeck saw the Joads as part of the American family—as emblems of the 99 percent. Trust us—their real-life counterparts would have had plenty of social views w...more »
*This post contains about a weeks worth of assorted news items related to Yemen- * *Hence my reference to Donald Rumsfeld statement after 9/11. * *As always, share some information or thoughts on the subject!* *Working back from Today:* **UPI: Saudis conduct massive airstrikes on Yemen* *The raids were conducted on the Dar Sad and downtown sections of the city. * “The raids, late Thursday, targeted the Dar Sad neighborhood of the port city of Aden regarded as a Houthi stronghold, as well as the city's downtown area and a sports stadium” A downtown neighbourhood?- Still striking civ...more »
Remember how a lot of US-Americans in the 1950's genuinely thought that Kremlin-controlled commies were going to try to take over their country? How much more laughable is it for people to believe that Muslim fundamentalists are going to try to take over their countries? Sure, it's rational to be afraid of random bombs. But the death-toll from their terrorism doesn't even approach the numbers killed by neo-liberalism! I really don't understand how some people can be so stupid.
*FOX News*: *Americans stuck in Yemen file suit demanding State Department, military rescue them* *WASHINGTON – Claiming the Obama administration turned its back on them, 41 Americans stranded in war-torn Yemen filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the State Department and Defense Department for not evacuating them -- as fighting intensifies and U.S. allies launch airstrikes. * *The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks to compel the government to use “all resources” possible to rescue the stranded Americans. The plaintiffs range in age from just a fe...more »
what is all this trash we must witness even for a second if we are shopping for a quality hour our 45 minites with commircals and how rare is it to hear or say I loved it because it made me thing about the way I feel instead of making me retch at the way I am?
Its been that way in recorded history for close to six thousand years but tody we face a future where there is no tommorw should we be concerned about that should we protect the human habitat apperently not so for Goldman Sachs who would sell mining rights on the astariod confirming planetry extiction We people living now are going to have to learn hard times and no matter how big your pocketbook you can not buy climatic science and it seems iron that all the smartest people on the planet are living under a Sun that has no sustainablit or responsibity or taking into account the fincaia...more »
U.S. Marine Corps pilots maneuver an AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Lance Cpl. Christopher O'Quin, USMC *Clay Dillow, Fortune*: *Global conflicts drive demand for high-tech military hardware* *As tensions in the Middle East and Europe intensify, states go shopping for precision armaments that impart a technological edge.* *The first quarter of 2015 hasn’t offered much in the way of relief to those hoping a new calendar year might provide some respite from the upheaval that characterized 2014. But with armed conflicts in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and both west and east Afri...more »
US secretary of state, John Kerry, (R) shakes hands with Cuban foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, in Panama City, Panama. Photograph: Reuters *The Guardian:* *Obama hints at Cuba breakthrough as he flies south for Raúl Castro meeting* *Havana expected to be dropped from list of state sponsors of terrorism, while John Kerry and Cuban counterpart sit down for highest-level talks in decades* *Barack Obama is poised to remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, marking another important step toward rapprochement between the former cold war enemies.* *The preside...more »
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to get to know and to work with a core group of dedicated teachers and parents in South Memphis who are smart, savvy, committed, unrelenting, and fearless in doing what is necessary to beat back the privatizers and profiteers who now think they call the shots for Memphis schools. These new friends and colleagues have attended school board meetings, where they heated up the microphones, and they have gone on TV and radio to get the message out on the ASD corporate charter handout organization and its homegrown equivalent, the...more »
I have long been a fan of dystopian literature, I was thrilled when it become popular and more and more books featuring a dystopian world began to hit the shelf. Here are 15 dystopian novels that I have personal read that I think are worth the read. 1. *Matched by Ally Condie*- Who she will marry and where she will work will be decided by the society. Cassia has always known and accepted this, until when she is officially matched with her best friend and for a split second she sees another face on the screen. Now choices she has never considered open up before her. ...more »
Wall Street has picked its candidate for Maryland's open Senate seat: Establishment lackey Chris Van Hollen. He's their kind of Democrat and he's always played ball with them-- as they robbed his constituents blind. The Finance Industry has been very supportive of Van Hollen's career-- having put $1,584,364 into his political campaigns. In return, he's backed "compromises" that work far better for Wall Street special interests than for the legitimate interests of Maryland's working families. The progressive running against Van Hollen for the Democratic nomination is Congresswoman ...more »
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/ Stephen Harper claims that he didn't know what was going on behind the scenes in the Duffy Affair. That claim has always been hard to stomach. Michael Harris writes that, as evidence emerges, it's clear that Harper has been fabricating a narrative: Duffy’s lawyer, Donald Bayne, read into the record a new wrinkle, yet to be laid down in testimony: Nigel Wright apparently told the RCMP that he advised the prime minister that Duffy’s housing allowance might be acceptable under the Senate’s rules. “I was aware...more »
First I had problems taking it in: *Almost 75% of US clinical trials inspected over a period of 15 years by the Food and Drug Agency, responsible for upholding regulation in this area, display serious misconduct of various kinds*. It can't be *that* bad, I asked myself; if it was ,I would have heard something about it before – research ethics in medicine being one of my areas of expertise! Except that I wouldn't, since neither the FDA nor the researchers in question have reported these stunning findings to the outside world. That is, until Charles Seife, an MD but also a journalist...more »
Black Panther Party, American Indian Movement and Vietnam War Protesters were all targets of the US government's COINTELPRO United Nations to hold COINTELPRO review in May under Human Rights Treaty By Brenda Norrell Censored News The United Nations will review the United States government's COINTELPRO program that targeted the Black Panthers, American Indian Movement, Martin Luther
*The Guardian*: *Suspected mastermind of Mumbai terror attack released from Pakistan jail* *Lahore court’s ruling that detention of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is ‘unjustified’ means Pakistan has failed to successfully prosecute any alleged perpetrators of terror attack that killed 166* *The man accused of masterminding the devastating 2008 terror attack on the Indian city of Mumbai has walked free from a Pakistani jail after detention orders against him were dropped.* *The decision of Lahore’s high court to release Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged military chief of the Lashkar-e-Tai...more »
Whitewraithe and I are having our Turbulent Times show tonight, at 730PM CDT.... I want to present her article here that contains details for tonight's broadcast: Turbulent Times on-air tomorrow night 4/10/15 @ 7:30 CST Posted on April 9, 2015 by Whitewraithe [image: turbulenttimesbanner] There have been some very significant current events in the past week that North and I will be discussing on the next show. Then in the last hour we are presenting our report and commentary on the documentary *THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD* about Adolf Hitler and his presence in the first two ...more »
. The Western State Petroleum Association President's role as Chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast is undoubtedly one of the most overt conflicts of interest in recent years, but it's just one example of the conflicts of interests that infest environmental politics in California. 800_scmpas.jpg original image ( 1210x935) A whale of a conflict of interest: Big oil
HARPER’S WAR Posted on April 9, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Apr. 6, 2015. Economic miracle? Tyranny? Rumor has it the corporations of Canada and US are going to try to conscript our children to wear the uniform and march with the flags of the corporations that stole our land and resources and continues to commit genocide. We will be forced to murder, fight and die for
More than 500 Russian military personnel and 30 fighter jets will participate in training exercises through April 11. Reuters *Value Walk: **Cold War Tensions Revived By Russia, U.S. War Games* *The danger of escalation is very real as both the U.S. and Russia engage in brinkmanship reminiscent of the Cold War. U.S. forces are currently undertaking drills in Europe, from Estonia in the north to Bulgaria in the south. The exercises take in land, sea and air forces, and involve greater numbers of personnel than last year’s edition. The move is designed to reassure NATO members tha...more »
Updates at blog tweet feed during the day.... Tweets...... Greece... Imogen Spedding retweeted *Business for Britain* @forbritain · 4h 4 hours ago In today's EU briefing: Britain's goods trade deficit with EU widens & Finnish Government draws up plans for 'Grexit' http://bit.ly/1Hah7oT *Imogen Spedding* @ImogenSpedding · 46s47 seconds ago Spain criticises Greece on Russia https://euobserver.com/foreign/128283 *Imogen Spedding* @ImogenSpedding · 11m11 minutes ago April 10, 2015: "EU draws up secret plans to kick Greece out of eurozone" http://www.thetimes.co...more »
For years Sidney Cosby has owned the MVP trophy. If a NHL GM or one of million armchair deciders was picking one player to build a team around it would be Sid the Kid. In 2015 a new easy answer; Carey Price. No player in the NHL today is going to take a bad team and make it mediocre, a mediocre team and make it a playoff team, a playoff team and make it a Stanley Cup contender. At age 27 Carey Price has worked all the yips out of his game. Thank God he is a Montreal Canadian and Bob Gainey was bold enough to use a fifth overall pick on a Goalie. Some including myself are very crit...more »
So you've decided to negotiate your own severance package. If you're an experienced negotiator like a salesperson or mediator, then maybe you can handle it without screwing up. But if you aren't, then you may make some big mistakes. I thought I'd talk today about one of the worst mistakes you can make: underbidding. Let's say you're fired or laid off and you are handed a severance package for 8 weeks of severance. You don't think. You run into HR and say you won't sign unless they give you 12 weeks. Done, they say. But then you go home and think about it. You realize that you were l...more »
I would say that this news was unbelievable but bearing in mind the BBC's incessant pro-Labour bias, maybe not... The Telegraph reports that: 'Ed Miliband was in a relationship with a senior BBC economics journalist while working at the Treasury, it has emerged after his wife admitted being "furious" about the "secret" romance. Mr Miliband was still seeing Stephanie Flanders, who at the time covered economics for BBC Newsnight, until as late as March 2004, years later than previously thought. At the time he was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.'...more »
[image: GBU-53B Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II)]Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) program reviews prior to a mid-May Milestone C decision. During March and April, the SDB II team successfully completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review (SVR). A successful Milestone C brief and decision clears the way for low rate initial production (LRIP) in 2015 for SDB II. "Raytheon has fully tested SDB II and verified that we meet or exceed the requirements necessary for...more »
Crews of Tupolev Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22MZ strategic and long-range bomber aircraft have destroyed mock targets within 2,000 to 7,000 kilometers from their air base, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "During the training flights the crews practiced landing at emergency airfields, as well as mid-air refueling in day and nighttime. The exercise involved crews of the Sukhoi Su-27 and Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jets tasked with escorting the long-range aircraft and intercepting mock aerial targets," the ministry said in a statement obtained by Interfax-AVN on Thursday. The planes took ...more »
[image: RNLAF F-16 Fighting Falcons]The Netherlands defense chief said Thursday that Dutch F-16s “have several times supported” a ground offensive against Islamic State (IS) rebel fighters in Tikrit, reports de Telegraaf. Iraqi troops seized the city last week. According to General Tom Middendorp, Dutch fighters have played “a major role” in the battle, having trained Kurdish fighters and Iraqi commandos. Six Dutch aircrafts that operate from a base in Jordan are active mainly in northern Iraq, and they have used their weapons 350 times during the past six months, reports de Telegra...more »
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up, 4/10/15”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “The deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program is no deal at all. How do I know this? You just have to listen to the leadership in Iran. The Ayatollah Khamenei has weighed in along with his subordinates, and they have said that the White House and the President are liars. There is going to be no inspections of their military facilities, and they are not going to stop enriching uranium. Also, the President said the sanctions would be lifted gradually as the Iranians complied with the deal, and Iran now says they demand ...more »
The Western military alliance NATO has held its first exercise to test its new rapid reaction force. Hundreds of troops took part in the exercise staged in both the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) top commander in Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, said on Thursday that a total of 1,500 NATO troops from 11 member states had taken part in the exercise, which began on Tuesday. "These measures are defensive, but are a clear indication that our alliance has the capability and will to respond to emerging security challenges on our s...more »
[image: Yak-130]Russia will deliver 14 Yakovlev-130 aircraft to Bangladesh this year and two more next year, according to Oleg Demchenko, president of Irkut Corporation, which builds these twin-engine weaponized jet trainers. The contract with Bangladesh was signed last year and includes options for 10 more aircraft. The jets are being financed through a one-billion-dollar credit arranged by the Kremlin on the base of sovereign guarantees. Bangladesh is the third export customer for the Yak-130, which features a re-programmable flight control system able to emulate behavior and hand...more »
The Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, Riau, is to receive 16 units of US-made F-16 Fighting Falcons jet fighters this year to strengthen military defences in the country's west, especially the island of Sumatra. Airbase commander Col. Muhammad Khiril Lubis said in Pekanbaru on Thursday that the airbase would be supplied with five units of F-16 jet fighters from the Defence Ministry next month. "We will receive the five jet fighters in May," Antara news agency quoted him as saying. Read more
[image: Saab Gripen E/F]Saab’s South African facilities form a critical part of the Group’s microwave production capability and Saab Grintek Defence is, amongst others, tasked with producing some of the microwave components for the antennas and electronic warfare components of the Gripen fighter jet for the international market. Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) said it is currently assembling these parts for the current generation Gripen at its facilities in Centurion outside Pretoria. The Gripen E/F (Gripen Next Generation – NG) features things like AESA (Active Electronically Scanned...more »
[image: Dassault Rafale]French Air Force and Navy authorities are jointly working to develop an autopilot terrain-following capability for its single-seat Rafale fighters. The terrain-following capability, which is to undergo flight trials by the Air Force's Centre d'Expériences Aériennes Militaires, or military aircraft test center, and the French Navy's Détachement du Centre d'Expérimentations Pratiques de l'Aéronautique Navale, or Naval Aviation Flight Trials Detachment, would allow single-seat Rafales to perform fire support missions as well as intercept unidentified aircraft fl...more »
[image: MiG-31 Firefox]Russia has completed the first phase of modernizing its MiG-31 fighter jet fleet, a program that Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said will extend the operational lives of the Soviet-built aircraft to up to 50 years, news agency RIA Novosti reported. The planes, which were built in the 1980s and early 1990s, remain one of Russia's most capable fighter aircraft. Twenty-four of the modernized MiG-31BM planes have entered service with the air force, Borisov was quoted by RIA as saying Thursday. In total, 130 will be souped up for prolonged service, he added. ...more »
Calling Russia the biggest challenge to European security, Nordic nations agreed on closer defence ties and increased solidarity with the Baltic states yesterday (9 April), aiming to increase regional security through deterrence. Writing in a joint declaration, the defence ministers of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland said Northern Europe must prepare for possible crises or incidents because of Russia. "Russia's leaders have shown that they are prepared to make practical and effective use of military means in order to reach their political goals, even when this involve...more »
KONGSBERG has received a Letter of Award worth approx. 20 MEUR with Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BN Shipyard) in Malaysia, for NSM (Naval Strike Missile) ships equipment. BN Shipyard is to design, build and deliver six (6) Littoral Combat Ships for the Royal Malaysian Navy based on the DCNS “Gowind class” design. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020. KONGSBERGs delivery is to prepare for NSM onboard the ships and consists of necessary fixed installations such as launchers, cables, electronics and integration to the combat management system SETIS to be provided by D...more »
A U.S. Army mega aircraft – a hybrid of plane, helicopter, hovercraft and airship- is going civilian. Designed by British design company Hybrid Air Vehicles for the U.S. military, this massive piece of next-gen tech can travel through the air at nearly 100 miles per hour. At 302 feet, the Airlander 10 is bigger than a Boeing 747 and its new big brother in development will be bigger than a football field. Airlander 10 can carry 10 tons of equipment and the company says these uber-blimbs will be able to circumnavigate the globe twice in one trip without landing. Read more
[image: F/A-50 Golden Eagle]Combined forces of South Korea and the United States plan to hold the joint air force exercises for two weeks to beef up their combined defense capability, the South Korean Air Force said Friday. The first round of "Max Thunder" drill kicks off from Friday, scheduled to run until April 24, the Air Force said in a statement. The first round will mobilize about 100 warplanes and some 1,400 soldiers from the two countries. The exercise is held twice a year on the Korean Peninsula to simulate air battles with enemy forces through realistic training. This year...more »
[image: F-35B Lightning II & USS Wasp]The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing for its first and only operational testing (OT) period for the F-35B in advance of declaring initial operational capability for the stealthy, single-engine fighter as early as July. The trials – set for May 18-25 – are the first shipboard operational testing trials for any of the F-35 variants. Six F-35Bs from VMFA-121 and VMFAT-501 are slated to participate on the trials off the Atlantic coast on the USS Wasp, according to Maj. Paul Greenberg, a Marine Corps spokesman. This will be the first time six of the a...more »
[image: F-35C Lightning II]The Defense Department’s top weapons buyer said future systems must take advantage of rapidly evolving commercial technology. Designing modular systems with more open architectures will not only help control costs and speed development, it will also help the U.S. military maintains a technological superiority over potential adversaries, according to Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. “Technological superiority is not assured,” he said, echoing a warning he has made in the past. “It is not something that we ...more »
Raytheon Company and Kongsberg have formed a teaming agreement for the NSM (Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile) anti-ship missile. The pact represents a second step in the companies' efforts to offer world-class Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) solutions to the many governments interested in this warfare mission. Raytheon and Kongsberg formed a similar agreement last year to develop the Joint Strike Missile, the air-launched version of the NSM. Read more
[image: Sea lion]For a moment, the mammal and the machine are side by side on a Navy dock here. The dolphin and the drone — and their respective handlers — will spend the morning training for a possible order to deploy to the Persian Gulf or some other international trouble spot to detect underwater mines, or maybe to guard a port against a terrorist threat. The mammal is Puanani, a bottlenose dolphin, a sleek 7 feet, 10 inches long and 427 pounds. The machine is an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, or UUV, Kingfish version, 11 feet long, 600 pounds. Read more
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Like the majority of civilians, we see no point in stockpiling nuclear weapons we cannot ever use other than in an apocalyptic domesday scenario – and even then, their deployment would be supremely irrelevant. We are constantly carrying these things around the world under the sea, developing systems and establishments to enable their existence, operation and readiness; and to transport and service the warheads. There are far more productive thing to spend our money on. But we’ve got them – so the question now is where and how do we go from here? Read more
[image: Dolphin class SSK]Germany's Federal Security Council approved the export of yet another submarine to Israel, according to a report in the German Süddeutsche Zeitung paper. The vessel will be the fifth out of six Dolphin-class submarines that were promised to Israel. A third of the cost of the new sub will be covered by Germany as part of its military aid to the Jewish state. Read more
The sad reality is that everything we thought we knew about natural fats is rubbish. Chances are it is our safest way to get energy because it converts slowly. I see now why my Cardiologist jumped so quickly off the cholesterol bandwagon. At the moment the only reason for wtatins is a statisitical bias unexplined, but then it must be combined with Co enzyme to counter its depletion side effect. Otherwise folks it is get seriously off the sugar folks. You are allowed one teaspoon a day. Try it and discover just how badly you are hooked. These guidelines were laid down with e...more »
These are a few thoughts on ideas that enthrall economists and few others. A thriving economy is derived from a thriving market. A thriving market is created by maximum free access under a mutually accepted set of guidance which blocks power grabs of all sorts. Such grabs are always aimed at modifying such access and are always misguided and usually driven by plain greed. Attempts to limit guidance is usually an effort to use capital to exploit the evolved market. There is scant evidence that economists truly understand this. Consider. Could i put out a dollar today and ...more »
[image: There is No Such Thing As Time – Never Was And Never Will Be] This is not quite true you know. Time though is very much relative to the observer. And relative to the content of our universe time is created as part of the first movement just as distance is. We ultimately observe distance and time. Ergo i exist thus time and space exists. What it is not however, is a continuous function and that trips everyone up because we are not prepared for that. Once again we live in the empirical universe. That means that infinity is merely a very large real number N whose inver...more »
The circumstantial evidence jumps out at you. Yet the more likely scenario is that he was met by a CIA agent who set him up to be the fall guy. That meant getting him his job and seeing to it he would be in the right place at the right time. His weak presentation at the Cuban enbassy sounds a lot like a mark following up on false instructions as well. Presume he was targeted, misled and made part of a false story line in order to set him up for his job. It was enough to get him securely in the building in question. He was never meant to live to testify. Needless to s...more »
*The dark-on-light template didn't pass the one-week test. If you can't live without it, you may make it return for a month (or \(N\) months) if you send me $99 (times \(N\)) via PayPal.* In recent years, the United States have experienced the fracking revolution. The rock is hydraulically fractured by a liquid composed of water, sand, and chemicals. One can obtain cheap fossil fuels – mostly shale oil and gas – from geological layers that didn't look like nice fossil fuel reservoirs before. *Timelapse of drilling and fracking a well.* People can get the organic compounds which a...more »
By American Kabuki This is a video, or rather a collection of videos I have edited into a whole. I removed silent sections flow of viewing. This video was on the Internet prior to 2013, and then mysteriously vanished. I have located an archive of the video and am restoring it to the Internet for Educational purposes. The history of the physics in the video is that an unknown group of ETs contacted some Mexican Physicists and presented them a version of unified physics based on light as geometry and frequency. This video looks at the human body as a 7 layer hologram of light and...more »
Lt Col Wade Tolliver, 27 FS director of operations, delivers the second permanent F/A-22 at Langley AFB on 8 June 2005 photo by TSgt Ben Bloker *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *Adios, Top Gun: The End of the Fighter Jet?* *Maverick and Goose would be terribly unhappy with this new CSBA study.Is the old dichotomy between fighter jets and bombers becoming obsolete in air forces across the world? Yes, according to a new study, which argues small and highly maneuverable air-to-air combat planes may indeed be on their slow way out to be replaced by a new multi-role, stealthy, long...more »
An Iraqi soldier looks on as smoke rises from oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit in the Salahuddin province, March 4, 2015. REUTERS/ MAHMOUD RAOUF *Deutsche Welle: **IS losing oil fields, income, says Germany's BND* *The "Islamic State" terror militia has lost control of oil fields it seized last year in Iraq, depriving it of crucial income. That's according to multiple reports in Germany citing Germany's BND intelligence agency. * *Munich's Süddeutsche (SZ) newspaper and two German public broadcasters NDR and WDR jointly reported Thursday that the BND had conc...more »
An Iranian-made Ababil reconnaissance drone. (photo credit:Courtesy) *Washington Times*: *Iran creating ‘suicide’ drones that threaten Israel, U.S. Navy: Pentagon* *Tehran sharing technology with Hamas, Hezbollah* *Iran has placed an “explosive emphasis” in putting military surveillance and attack drones into the sky, including “suicide” aircraft that increase risks for Israel and for U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, according to a new U.S. Army analysis.* *The Iranian army is spearheading the drive for a fleet of explosive-mounted killer drones. It tested them in December against...more »
Millions of people are expected to take to the streets of towns and cities across the globe on Saturday to demonstrate against a looming U.S. led war on Iraq in the biggest protests since the Vietnam war. February 15, 2003. (Reuters / Peter MacDiarmid) *Peter Beinart, The Atlantic:* *Where Are the Anti-War Democrats on Iran?* *Liberal doves need to find candidates who can bring Congress's foreign policy into line with the desires of the American people. Many in Congress want the chance to kill the Iran deal. President Obama doesn’t want to give them that opportunity. I’m torn.L...more »
It is common for many if not all left-leaning groups and NGOs to be pessimist and negative-looking at almost any social and economic indicators of any country or the world in general. This is because global trade and investments, mobility of goods, services/people, capital and technology, are under a market system of exchange, or what socialists and left-leaning groups call as "global capitalism". Last Tuesday, April 07, I attended a health forum plus book launching of IBON, a known leftist think tank. Before the launching, there was a talk on "Health Privatization in the Philippine...more »
*Michael Daly, Daily Beast:* *Christians Slaughtered as Cops Dithered* *Less than 200 miles from Garissa, Kenya’s elite police commandos prepared to head out as soon as they got word of the university attack. So why did it take them 15 hours to arrive?* *Je suis Elizabeth…* *And Tonie…* *And Selpher…* *And Banton…* *And Abon…* *And Joy…* *And Ayub…* *And the 140 other innocents murdered last week by four al-Shabaab gunmen at Garissa University College in Kenya during the 15 hours before police commandos finally reached the scene.* *Fifteen minutes after the American-trained c...more »
“This skyscape finds an esthetic balance of interstellar dust and gas residing in the suburbs of the nebula rich constellation of Orion. Reflecting the light of bright star Rigel, Beta Orionis, the jutting, bluish chin of the Witch Head Nebula is at the upper left. Whiskers tracing the red glow of hydrogen gas ionized by ultraviolet starlight seem to connect that infamous visage with smaller nebulae, like dusty reflection nebula NGC 1788 at the right. *Click image for larger size.* Strong winds from Orion's bright stars have also shaped NGC 1788, and likely triggered the formation of...more »
*“All Night, In The Dark”* by Chet Raymo “Why do we so admire the poetry of Mary Oliver? She is not the most technically proficient poet around, and there is a disquieting sameness to her work. But we come back to her again and again. My volumes of Oliver's collected poems are the most dog-eared of any on my shelf. I think it is something about the way Oliver is able to get out of her body and into the skin of a hummingbird, a swan, a snake, or a black bear. She is a shape-shifter, a shaman. When she describes a grasshopper moving its jaws this way and that, we almost feel it is Ol...more »
*And don't forget where your money's going (see below)* *My gosh, if they have that music blasting in the One World Observatory, I'm glad I'll never be going up there.* *by Ken* There's a whole list of things I become increasingly aware I'll never do in this lifetime. The list includes a lot of things I would have liked to do, or maybe once thought I might. And then there are a lot of things I can't say I much regret. And now I have one more thing to not regret: that I'll never set foot in the soon-to-open not-quite-top-of-the-tower One World Observatory of 1 World Trade Center....more »
*Hugh Naylor, Washington Post:* *For Saudis, Yemen conflict risks ‘becoming their Vietnam’* *BEIRUT — Two weeks into a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, the airstrikes appear to have accelerated the country’s fragmentation into warring tribes and militias and done little to accomplish the goal of returning the ousted Yemeni president to power, analysts and residents say.The Yemeni insurgents, known as Houthis, have pushed ahead with their offensive and seem to have protected many of their weapons stockpiles from the coalition’s bombardments, analysts say. The fighting has ki...more »
*Video - *The truth about our corrupt world by questioning our approach our freedom, the education system, corporations, money, the American capitalist system, The post The Truth About Our Corrupt World appeared first on Waking Times.
The Memphis Teacher Residency is the creepy Christan version of Relay's secularly-creepy one year teacher preparation indoctrination camp, whereby naive aspirants are exploited for their year's labor while paying for their exploitation at the same time. Following a story published in the *Christian Science Monitor*, I posted this in 2013 in response. Please have a look before reading on. Today I received the following comment, which was submitted at "A Former KIPP Teacher Shares Her Story," which has now almost 50,000 visits. It says all you need to know if you are thinking about ...more »
“For I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes The still, sad music of humanity...” “Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting The Banks Of the Wye During A Tour. July 13, 1798” by William Wordsworth Complete poem is here: - http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww138.html
*"Gov’t Experts: 'Astounding' Levels Of Fukushima Radiation Measured in U.S."* *Around 500,000 times our normal levels*; “We never have ever seen anything even close to that, concentrations went up and up and up every day; Amazing to see this 7,000 km away”; “A matter of life and death” By ENENews *"Harry Miley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, Mar 7, 2014:* “We’re surrounded by souvenirs of scientific achievement here in the National Security Building Showcase lobby. Each one of these items tells a story of scientists working quietly on projects of societal im...more »
*New York Times*: *Kerry Says U.S. Knew of Iran’s Military Aid to Houthi Rebels* *CAIRO — Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the United States knew Iran had been providing military support to the Houthi rebels in Yemen and that Washington “is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized.”* *Mr. Kerry’s remarks, in an interview on Wednesday night with “PBS NewsHour,” appeared to be the most direct warning yet from Washington about Iranian support for the Houthi movement, which has allied with security forces loyal to a former leader and has taken control of Yeme...more »
*Title: Sean McFate: Shadow Wars: The World of Military Contracting. Source: World Affairs Council. Date Published: March 25, 2015. Description:* Throughout Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, the United States employs private military contractors to carry out its objectives. While US firms dominate the market, warlords and militias have restyled themselves as private security companies in places like Afghanistan and Somalia. These private entities have become an integral part of the United States' defense strategy — the US can no longer go to war without contractors. How d...more »
*Drying squid in Kaohsiung.* The DPP mission in the US sent this around. The DPP's position on cross-strait affairs is quite clear; those who claim that it isn't are doing the work of Beijing and the KMT. It looks like the "DPP's lack of clarity" on cross-strait affairs is going to be a KMT talking point this election, as I noted a couple of weeks ago in The Coming Pressure on the DPP, and as this Taipei Times piece again clarifies: The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus yesterday urged Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to clarify he...more »
Yemen has historically been a graveyard for many invaders [Reuters] *Gamal Gasim, Al Jazeera:* *Analysis: Boots on the ground in Yemen? Think again* *As the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen enters its third week, the majority of Yemen's territory remains under the control of Houthi rebels and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists.This raises the question of whether the Saudi-led alliance will expedite plans to begin a ground troops incursion into Yemen. It is unclear, however, whether sending ground troops will help achieve the political demands of both Saudi ...more »
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." - H. L. Mencken
This is about your capacity for love. It is greater than you imagine it to be. It involves no loss or lack. Love is not something you have to wait for or get or earn. Love is something that you are. It is a challenge to let go of our rules about love. How can you love yourself completely when you know all the stuff you’ve done? When you, more than anyone, know exactly what it is you think about? When even god demands something from you in order for you to be worthy of his blessing? How can you love yourself with all of your shortcomings, faults and mistakes? The toughest l...more »
*No, this is not the Arctic. This is the ice of Lake Superior.* *So, the Great Lakes-NOAA* There they are. The land between Erie and Ontario is the place I call home. And Erie in particular is full of ice, still. (I'll update you all) When I tell readers I am further south then many American States in the north, I’m not kidding. *But today, we are talking about Lake Superior* From the Janesville Gazette- today Ships are moving again after U.S. and Canadian crews worked to clear the way through ice on eastern Lake Superior. *Windsor Square* Vessels carrying commodities to and...more »
*Source:www.elcordillerano.com.ar and Planeta UFODate: 04.09.15 (event on 20 Feb 2015)* *Cryptozoology: Argentina's Nahuelito Comes Up for Air* *"It was as large as a person"* Nestor González Villareal submitted the photo taken on 20 February 2015 at 07:45 a.m. in the lagoon located only meters from the Argentinean customs checkpoint at the Cardenal Samoré crossing. Nestor traveled with his family - all from the city of Coronel Pringles, Province of Buenos Aires. They were in San Martín de los Andes and decided to cross over into Chile. Early in the morning, while waiting for th...more »
McClatchie v. Rideau Lakes (Township), 2015 ONCA 233: 9] Before turning to the trial judge's decision and the issues raised by the appellant, I will briefly review the law of adverse possession. This law is not in dispute. To establish adverse possession of certain lands, a claimant must demonstrate that throughout the ten-year adverse possession period, he or she: a) had actual possession of the lands in question; b) had the intention of excluding the true owner from possession; and c) effectively excluded the true owner from possession: *Masidon Investments Ltd. v. Ham ...more »
Gloria Totten is president of Progressive Majority, a group that works to elect progressives to state and local office. The GOP has completely outgunned the Beltway Democrats in this arena, and without the steady efforts Totten and her group have been exerting to recruit and train progressive candidates, the Democrats would be in even worse shape bench-wise than they already are. Most people don't contribute to political campaigns. And most of the ones who do give to presidential candidates. Some give to Senate candidates. It becomes really slim pickings after that. Blue America ...more »
*Time:* *U.S. Cannot Be Trusted, Iran’s Supreme Leader Says* *But Ayatullah Khamenei said he would support a nuclear deal that upholds Iranian interestsIran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Khamenei warned Iranian diplomats on Thursday not to trust the United States as they try to finalize the nuclear agreement that was reached in Lausanne, Switzerland last week.* *MIDDLE EAST* Exclusive: Shipping lines pull back from Yemen *as conflict escalates*. Yemen rebels gain as Iran *calls Saudi air campaign a 'crime'*. War will stop when Aden is safe for government, *Saudi army officer says*...more »
I have a need for a new disk drive for my archive of documents. I have a Drobo Raid 5 device that is fault tolerant of losing disk drives, but one drive is failing and I need to get it replaced. The data is secure for now provided I don't lose 2 drives in the mean time. If you can donate via PayPal for a new disk drive it would be greatly appreciated. I only need to replace one of the 4 drives.
When Sra. X came out with her littlest guy (who had just turned three in December), his eyes widened and he ran straight into my arms. By Elaine J. Cohen | The Rag Blog | April 9, 2015 This piece … finish reading Elaine J. Cohen : *METRO* | Drawing attention to immigrant family detention at Karnes City, Texas
If you living on this planet as one of the 100% or the subgoup the one you all know your going to be dipped in shit sometime How you wash this off and how you cut your hair to minimzie the stink that shampoo no matter how rich can not wash away So something to be said for good hygine as long as they are not your chaufeer and your planning to give the death of employment to his good collean
Transpicuous News Midweek Report on April 8th, 2015, from the LIVE stream on CCN. In this report, the Whitehouse goes Black, Helicopters crash, fires rage.....and NASA is still trying to convince us that they are "relevant". Oh and Formaldehyde in your flooring is child abuse. Turkey blocks social media over photos of slain prosecutor http://rt.com/news/247117-turkey-blocks-youtube-twitter-facebook/ China Eyes Historic Shift in Vietnam Relations http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150406/1020537191.html How Saddam Hussein's former military officers and spies are controlling Isis htt...more »
*Video - *Russian drummer boy Lyonya Shilovsky, only three years old, captured the hearts of the audience as he performed with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. The post Must-See Epic Performance of a Three-year-old Drummer Boy appeared first on Waking Times.
*Jill Ruttenberg* - It is not true that all nutrients and enzymes are lost when plant-based foods are cooked, and it is not true that all vegetables and fruits are best for you when eaten raw. The post Why Not All Green Veggies Should be Eaten Raw appeared first on Waking Times.
*Newsweek*: *ISIS Mass Grave Death Toll in Iraq and Syria Surpasses 3,000* *The combined number of bodies discovered in ISIS mass graves has surpassed 3,000 after the gruesome extent of the terror group’s mass murder in the Iraqi city of Tikrit was revealed on Tuesday.* *A number of mass graves dug by the terror group have been confirmed in both Syria and Iraq, taking the toll from the graves and mass killings to 3,071. The toll does not include individual civilian deaths nor deaths of those killed in clashes with the terror group.* *Nine months ago, the radical Islamists claimed ...more »
`Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue' was a smash hit song(1) for Crystal Gale in 1977. But it has been a wish for many a young girl with brown eyes (and even some older ones and perhaps some men) ever since. Over the years it has been possible to ...
comments Deseret Digital Media NewsOK publishes content from Deseret Digital Media, which has a network of websites that includes KSL.com, DeseretNews.com and FamilyShare.com. Hubble provides rare glimpse of young star A gorgeous image of a young star framed by a reflection nebula was recently captured by the Hubble Telescope. Natalie Crofts, KSL - Modified: March ...
Joy Harjo is of Native American and Canadian ancestry. She is influenced by her Muskogee Creek heritage, as well as her feminist and social concerns. She is a musician - a fine saxophonist - as well as a poet. This poem, this song reflecting on the character of prayer is a ...
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