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*Politico:* *Barack Obama to John McCain: Back off John Kerry* *The president responds to McCain's statement about Kerry being "delusional."* *Barack Obama wants John McCain to leave John Kerry alone.* *The president blasted the Arizona senator on Saturday for his recent comments questioning how forthcoming the secretary of state has been about what’s contained in the preliminary nuclear deal with Iran.* *During a press conference in Panama City, Obama praised Kerry’s service to the country, noting that he’s a former senator and a Vietnam veteran.* *For McCain (R-Ariz.) to imply ...more »
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama April 11, 2015. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst *Bloomberg: **Obama Says Iran’s Leaders Using Nuclear Talks for Political Spin * *U.S. President Barack Obama disputed Iranian leaders’ assertions that immediate sanctions relief would spring from a final nuclear accord, and faulted Senate Republicans for injecting partisanship into the negotiations.* *Obama said that phased reduction of penalties on the Islamic Republic was part of a preliminary accord reached last week...more »
U.S. President Barack Obama (front row, L) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (top row, R) attend the inauguration ceremony of VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City April 10, 2015. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins *Reuters*: *Obama meets Venezuela's Maduro at time of high tensions* *(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro privately at a regional summit on Saturday and tried to ease tensions that surged after the United States recently placed sanctions on Venezuela.* *Maduro had earlier challenged Obama to discuss his decision to sancti...more »
*BBC*:* Obama says Castro meeting a 'turning point' in US-Cuba relations* *US President Barack Obama has said that his meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro could be a "turning point".* *He described the meeting on the fringes of the Summit of the Americas as "candid and fruitful".* *Mr Obama said that the former foes would continue to have differences but that they could advance their mutual interests.* *The meeting was the first formal talk between the two countries' leaders in half a century.* *WNU Editor:* Will the Castro brothers change and put Cuba on a different path ....more »
*The House of Saud will fall. The two big questions are: Will it bring down the rest of the Middle East along with it? And will the U.S. stay on for the ride? The answers are probably yes and yes.* Title: UN: Humanitarian situation in Yemen getting worse by hour. Source: CCTV News. Date Published: April 10, 2015.
s *In Yemen, China and India have rescued trapped citizens from other countries, but the shameless and morally bankrupt U.S. government will not even rescue its own citizens.* When shit hits the fan, and Armageddon comes, the U.S. government will not take care of its citizens. It will abandon them. It doesn't matter if you're in Yemen or Montana. It doesn't matter if you're a first responder or not. That's the truth and don't ever forget it. You have to be self-reliant and prepare ahead of time for disasters and traumatic events. Just because the U.S. is a superpower doesn't mean sh...more »
The quick development and modernization of Singapore (expelled from Malaysia August 1965) into an industrialized economy in just about two decades is indeed phenomenal. The role of former PM Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) as Singapore strongman plus the market-oriented economy it adopted were key to this fast development. Why LKY was able to develop Singapore, compared to Marcos of the PH and Suharto of Indonesia? A friend of a friend has a witty but good explanation: LKY and Singapore (and Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HK, China) are Confucian. Marcos and Suharto were just confused. :-) A friend pos...more »
Last May 07, 2014 or almost one year ago, my sister in law, Gemma B. Oplas, a nurse at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), died of MERS CoV. I wrote it here, Two issues followed: (1) repatriation of her body back to our province in Negros Occidental, and (2) getting the benefit package that KFMC gave to Gemma's family, my younger brother Bonifacio/Bobong and their only child, Lois. After the mandatory body freezing + several problems with an airline, I wrote it here, Gemma's body was finally repatriated and buried the same day as its arrival in...more »
I met Eric Garcetti at the home of a mutual friend years and years ago. He was running for City Council and he was happy to talk with me about the issues facing Los Angeles. But he didn't talk about the issues everybody else was talking about. Garcetti, the son of former L.A. District Attorney Gil Garcetti, studied urban planning at Columbia University and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford. I remember being more impressed by his urban studies education and his vision for L.A. than I was with the specifics of standard politics. Eric was a champion of environmental...more »
*Strong Language Alert!* *George Carlin, “The American Dream”* “There's a reason for this, there's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you've got... because the owners of this country don’t want that. I'm talking about the real owners now... the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. *The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You d...more »
*“Heinous Waste of Money Officially Begins”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “The two major political parties’ unconscionable waste of money officially commences this weekend, as Democrats and Republicans will soon begin spending an estimated five billion dollars of their corporate puppet masters’ assets in an unquenchable pursuit of power. The billions, which could be spent rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, improving schools, or reducing the scourge of malaria in Africa, will instead be squandered in a heinous free-for-all of slander and personal...more »
*Dead Ringers *is a Radio 4 institution - though it's one that seemed to die a natural death a few years ago, after the Blair-Brown government passed into history. Its humour always combined something of the lightness of Blair [minus the wars] with the great clunking fist of Brown, so its revival a year ago seemed somewhat out-of-its-time. Yet it still makes me chortle...sporadically. It's back again for the election. Alan at *Biased BBC* isn't a fan. His point - that the cruelest satire on this week's edition, including imputations of racism and wrongdoing, was directed at th...more »
The front page has a big photo of preparations for the daffodil ball, when rich husbands buy expensive gowns for their rich wives, and pay for an expensive meal - all to help the poor. God bless --somebody. A 6 has a fawning story about the ball (which looks remarkably like the story the TandT carried yesterday.) Well, I'm sure it won't hurt us to read it again. And, again, in this rerun of yesterday's story, we are told that corporation heads. business board members, etc., are the leaders of our society. What the hell makes them leaders in a democratic society? Well, they're our l...more »
------------------------------ Bundestag speech by MP Sahra Wagenknecht: EU policy has destroyed Ukraine and damaged Europe Posted on *Fort Russ Original Here* Speech in Bundestag by Sahra Wagenknecht. March 19, 2015 April 9, 2015 *Translated from German by Tom Winter* Mr President, honored ladies and gentlemen, Frau Chancellor. At your best times, German foreign policy had two priorities: Unity for Europe and a good neighbor policy with Russia. It should give you food for thought, Fr...more »
*"Patients were an average 55 years old and 45,507 of them developed dementia over an average of nine years. The risk of dementia fell steadily as their weight rose, the researchers found."* *-- from* "Being fat in middle age reduces risk of developing dementia, researchers say" *by Ken* A bit of the way into her report, *Washington Post* reporter Daniela Deane makes the point that "obesity levels, like dementia levels, are soaring worldwide." But according to the study that's the subject of Daniela's report, contrary to what you might assume, the two are not traveling on parallel...more »
Not BBC-bias-related in any way - and at the risk of sounding like a BBC reporter on Twitter or a BBC comedian - but... Oh...My....God...The.Daily.Mail! I've been wanting to post something about their splash headline for most of the day but only just remembered now that our blog's official title ends with the words "...and any other matters that take our fancy", and this takes my fancy, so... Oh...My....God...The.Daily.Mail!: Caught on camera: Married Lib Dem 'feminist' who is running for Parliament is filmed with stripper in drunken night of temptation You've got to admire the ...more »
*"Krivbas" battalion attacked the dwellers of Krivoy Rog* *Viktoriya Shylova, the leader of "Antivoyna" (Anti-War) movement appealed to her countrymen on her page in Facebook:* Dear fellow citizens! Today it is dangerous to honestly fulfill the duties of a member of the Regional Council in the Dnepropetrovsk Region. It is much more dangerous than in Kiev. In the capital of Ukraine the rally of protest against the rising of utility prices went peacefully, and in Krivoy Rog it was scattered by the mercenaries from "Krivbas" battalion and the radical scum from the Right Sector. Let...more »
By a curious coincidence, both ITV News and BBC Radio 4's *Today* broadcast election reports from the same constituency with a day of each other this week. That constituency was Penrith and the Border. As that's both my childhood and my ancestral stamping ground, I was very interested in both reports. Oddly, the BBC chose, consistently, to misname the constituency 'Penrith and the Borders'. There's, in fact, no 's' on the last word of the constituency's name - something ITV got right. (Quite why a lavishly-resourced media outlet like the BBC can't even get the name of the const...more »
So, it all ended up with a hilarious Nigerian banker-type email I got from someone through Craigslist. The story doesn't begin so humorously. But I'm deliberately putting the cart before the ox. (Sometimes when listening to generic surf music, I fancy I'm the Quentin Tarantino of bloggers. But enough time displacement.) It started two days ago when my formerly even-tempered landlord of just over six years and I got into a completely unnecessary pissing match via text messaging. It stemmed from a separate pissing match he'd gotten into with his (now former) waste removal co...more »
I've not had much time to follow BBC-related matters in recent days, but I did spot a post by Gene at *Harry's Place *which praised a familiar BBC journalist - namely former BBC Middle East correspondent Natalia Antelava - for a piece she did from Ukraine. This admirably debunked Russian media claims that Ukrainian bombing resulted in the death of a young girl. It certainly is a compelling piece of reporting and one that, on Twitter, has sent the Krembots into a state of malicious frenzy. It's a shame, however, that Natalia's determination to expose Putiwood (as it might be cal...more »
Do you know John Prine if not this is a discuion wanderig off on some hope you know your a living thing Some times I think I am an artist then I hear John Prine sing and realize that even with the best crayons I could not bring colour to to the world about which he sings. God love you John Prine the rednecks Bob Dylan and to say that without context would be a crime no where in any of your lyicvs d do I read that hanging Niggers should be a part of the social compact They usesd to hang Niggers every day and now to be polictical correct they will say something elese but the niggers that h...more »
Well, there is a new development in the saga of the Roswell Slides. It seems that the originals will not put in an appearance in Mexico City. Instead, those who shell out their cash, and any media who show up, will be treated to copies. I’m sure that they’ll be high quality copies, much better than the screen grabs that we’ve been saddled with for the last several weeks but they will still be copies. But here’s the thing. Without the originals, there will be no real way to prove that the slide film was manufactured in 1947, there will be no way to be sure that something hasn’t been...more »
Please brace yourselves for a very long post, but as we've been quiet for a few days (for various reasons)... You may recall a post we did recently about an edition of Radio 4's *PM* (3 April) where UKIP appeared to be on the receiving end of an unusually high number of attacks (well, unusual for a single edition of a BBC current affairs programme during a general election that is.) You may also recall Rod Liddle's take on the same programme at the *Spectator*: I caught Radio 4 PM programme on the way home, on Friday. Its coverage of the debate consisted of taking three stateme...more »
LES HABITANT HEROES LES HABITANT HEROES Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Apr. 11, 2015. Quebecoise refuse to be victims of hard fascism. The students are resisting the corporate elite's op... View on mohawknationnews.com Preview by Yahoo
Its like a star trek universe where everything pre warpspeed is just false and the only wrapper we can put around the head is power throght graphene and that prettuy sigmoiftcat compared to lead everybody get off the couch and try to sing ot sing baby I love the planet thats really my thing you know I love you baby blue earth a water jewel in a dry solar system because if the eartyh just goes away I will be left in space a place with no nation worse than an a Africain Vacum because no wet worker can last in a vacuu,m no ,matter how bog boggiliste teh host maybe a big maN WITH A few Nu...more »
One of the best writers in this so called "truth movement" of whom I have always respected is of course John Kaminski..... He has been a warrior in this battle against our Jewish enemies for years and his articles are absolutely must reads by everyone.... I want to present his most recent article right here for everyone to see for themselves... It is entitled: "False Flag Fatigue" and it does not paint a pretty picture of exactly where America stands today....First, I have that entire article right here for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have my usual thoughts and comments...more »
*Reuters*: *Yemeni militiamen say captured two Iranian officers in Aden* *(Reuters) - Local militiamen in the Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting on Friday evening.* *Tehran has denied providing military support for Houthi fighters, whose advances have drawn air strikes by a regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic's main rival for influence in the Gulf.* *If confirmed, the presence of two Iranian officers, who the local militiamen said were from an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guar...more »
*Timothy Coulter, Bloomberg:* *We Traveled Across China and Returned Terrified for the Economy* *China’s steel and metals markets, a barometer of the world’s second-biggest economy, are “a lot worse than you think,” according to a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst who just completed a tour of the country.* *What he saw: idle cranes, empty construction sites and half-finished, abandoned buildings in several cities. Conversations with executives reinforced the “gloomy” outlook.* *“China’s metals demand is plummeting,” wrote Kenneth Hoffman, the metals analyst who spent a week travel...more »
A black, half Latino, Muslim, handy capped, gay, socialist woman should run for president. That way we could sit back and watch the right wingers heads explode. But no we're stuck with the clown circus here. We have Ted (I'm not a Canadian) Cruse who has about as much chance of becoming a president as I do of becoming a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. To his donors: save your bucks boys you just might need em when the economy tanks in the next year or two. Scott (I've got to mess in women's feminine health care needs cause I ain't getting any at home) Walker. Scotty thinks that by...more »
Someone is going for it and the rush to produce the first living mammoth has clearly begun. This will lead to step by step advances and someday a real mammoth. Right now i expect that it all has a slim chance of working but we have certainly started the press coverage. There has been little other followup from those elsewhere which suggests funding delays. In the meantime something tangible is happening here and even if it is a disappointment we will learn. Maybe we can create a Refugio for them in the Chilcotin in which a substantial population can be built up. There is...more »
I was mentioned in *The Rise Of Islamic State, ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution* by Patrick Cockburn. I was cited in "The war against ISIS has reached a crucial point" by Armin Rosen for Business Insider, and "27 maps that explain the crisis in Iraq" for Vox.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Thursday that Iraqis, with help from the United States, have been making progress in the fight against the Islamic State. By AP on Publish Date April 9, 2015. Photo by Zach Gibson/The New York Times. *WNU Editor:* This is the New York Times for you .... on one story they quote Vice President Biden who is stating that progress is being made in Iraq .... *Biden Cites Progress in Iraq’s War With ISIS *(New York Times) .... but on the same day the New York Times reports on a brand new Islamic State offensive that successfully over-ran key Ira...more »
Thats not a photo shop, Grandaddy Bush with Hitler She bashed in his head but he never died just some real liquid on the sheets of a Presidential sleep place drenched over time in blood I do not think Hillary Clinton is a revolution Between her and Jebber I can see little daylight both captians of the tIATNCI where everyone has a machine gun and is looking for an exit
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation* *(Reuters) - The United States is expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide more information about potential targets in the kingdom's air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told Reuters.The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf Arab allies have largely failed to halt advances by the Iran-linked Houthi forces.The U.S. officials said the expanded assistance includes sensitive intelligence...more »
China built an empire on a log foundation piled up over thousands of years with amputated penis's Try and wrap your head around an empire lasting 6000 years built upon sawed off cocks England ruled the world through Rum Sodomy and the Lash So just how does our current empire match those hard ways because power it does not come it preys What we got right now is a failure to communicate by the forces of good you can no longer cut off a mans cock and expect him to serve you can no longer sweep him off the street fuck him up the ass and expect your battleship is going to last So with ...more »
*N.O. fire chief says pay dispute led to FQ Fest boycott ~Kimberly Curth, WVUE* *Sheriff Marlin Gusman is withholding reports on hundreds of OPP incidents, lawyers say ~Jim Mustian, N.O. Advocate * *Upset Bayou Corne residents told to ‘move on with your lives’ after complaints of lawyer mistreatment ~Kyle Barnett, Louisiana Record* *St Roch Market; same as it ever was ~Lord David*
The real housewives of Falls Church Rand Paul already has trackers following him around. One is connected to Jeb Bush's non-campaign and one is a Democrat. And there appear to be a couple of others who show up every few days in various places and video everything Paul says. More annoying than any oppo-tracker, however, is the ole bloodhound that's stalking the campaign. No, Lindsey Graham isn't trying to get a date with Rand Paul, he's just determined to do whatever it takes to make sure Paul never gets near the Republican nomination. Many Establishment Republicans fear that if Paul ...more »
http://world.edu/ Whether or not Mike Duffy is convicted of any of the thirty-one offences for which he has been charged, his trial will go down in Canadian history as the event which pulled back the veil on Ottawa's political culture at the beginning of the 21st Century. It is a culture which illustrates the ravages of rampant individualism. Andrew Coyne writes: His driver’s licence may be from Ontario, his health card may be from Ontario, he may pay his taxes in Ontario, the house in Prince Edward Island he supposedly l...more »
*Prof. Ana Luisa Cid* shares a video with the readers of *INEXPLICATA* concerning the alleged UFO photographs taken at the world renowned Teotihuacán archaeological site, accompanied by an interview with two workers who claim having seen UFOs over the Pyramid of the Sun. Our readers will recall an article on the pioneering work of the late Pedro Ferriz Santacruz and Christian Siruget on the role played by the Mexican pyramids in the UFO phenomenon. (See “Pyramids and Ancient Astronauts” at *http://inexplicata.blogspot.com/2011/08/pyramids-and-ancient-astronauts.html* ) You can w...more »
*A car with pronounced political views.* Rose*: Mr. Andrews... I saw the iceberg and I see it in your eyes... please, tell me the truth.* Thomas Andrews*: The ship will sink.* Rose*: You're certain?* Thomas Andrews*: Yes. In an hour or so, all of this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic.* Well, the KMT has settled on a selection process for its candidate, and will likely announce in mid-June (report). The opinion poll for settling the issue will take place June 5-13th. Chairman Eric Chu, the popular choice, is still claiming that he won't be the candidate, while Wang Jin-pyng, th...more »
*UK: Islam vs liberalism: the classroom’s silent Culture War* *Teachers are afraid of tackling difficult questions in front of pupils* Last weekend’s National Union of Teachers conference confirmed that schooling, subject to conflicting ideological and cultural pressures, has lost any sense of common purpose. It has also lost a sense of what it is to socialise children. Indeed, if the motions debated at the NUT conference reflect wider trends in teaching, it seems socialisation has turned into a caricature of itself. Take two of the motions debated and passed at the NUT conference...more »
*It's always CO2 that is the guilty party* *There are many volcanic gases, the chief of which is that famous greenhouse gas, water vapor, but there are many others, including the very reactive H2S and SO2. But you would never realize that from the story below unless you read carefully. The influence of H2S and SO2 is mentioned but it is CO2 that is given headline treatment. In fact, if you read carefully, SO2 was probably the main problem* The Great Dying, which struck the Earth 252 million years ago, wiped out more than 96 per cent of the world's creatures. And while extreme ...more »
*High density pulses of Inner Light are fully recognized* by ÉirePort High density pulses of Inner Light are fully recognized by Hue-manity groups and this relays directly to hu-manity beings of all types. Linear pathways have ceased; exponentially pathways predominate. Rapid arisings of transmutative energetics occurs throughout Gaia collective. Awakenings of giant Beings is noted by all. Flavors of prospectus are appreciated by all. ÉirePort | April 11, 2015 at 11:21 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-uG
Another emotional and authoritarian call from the alarmist groups. This is from gawlers.com, March 28, 2015. The alarmists are getting more emotional, more desperate, more intolerant. On the other hand, that proposal might be correct. Yes, arrest the deniers. Those people who: 1. Deny that climate change (CC) is natural and cyclical; that it is largely nature-made, not man-made. 2. Deny that global warming (GW) also happened in the past despite absence of SUVs and coal/nuke power plants. Deny that GW is not "unprecedented" and that global cooling can happen after GW; Source:...more »
*CORPORATE WAR WORLD is just too expensive* now, you get this, right? You get that 'what we call freedom' isn't really freedom at all? You get We're on the same page from book one? Right? Then I'll continue. Basically, it's all about borders and wars and mine mine mine. Except that it's not, due to conglomerate re-assignment of World Sectors. This is going to come as a shock to many of you but, "Country no longer exists." COUNTRY is just an umbrella term or entry in a profit-loss chart for 'the result of ancient wars and contested marriages' among the European Elite of the last ce...more »
Say, remember last year when Rachel Maddow was absolutely gob-smacked to learn that Kinder Morgan had included the economic benefits of oil spills in its National Energy Board application to triple the size of the Trans Mountain pipeline? Well, funny story there .... *Kinder Morgan-owned company called in to clean up oil spill in English Bay* That would be 2,700 litres of this toxic gunk. So I guess we owe KM an apology here. They were right - there *are* economic benefits if you're a KM shareholder. KM would have liked to get that apology last year, claiming that they were ob...more »
More and more embarrassing stuff is going to emerge during the Duffy trial. This is going to be the drip, drip, drip of scandal and sleaze that will really hamper harper's attempt to steal the next election. harper couldn't call an election sooner. Oil prices were in the basement and he couldn't even produce a budget. he was just going to have to hope that everything fixed itself by October. Place all his hopes for political resurrection on his wars in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately for him, it seems a majority of Canadians aren't enamoured of the idea of more open-ended contributi...more »
[image: Boeing 767-2C (KC-46)]Boeing's delays on the Air Force KC-46 tanker program mean it will have just three months of flight testing, rather than the expected 13 months, before the Pentagon is scheduled to decide whether to start building the first production models, according to a government oversight report released Thursday. In those three months, starting mid-2015, Boeing will have to hustle to demonstrate that the tanker can reliably perform its in-flight refueling mission. If not, it risks another serious delay. So far, only a single flight test has been conducted on a 767...more »
[image: Project 949A (Oscar II) class SSGN]The nuclear submarine Oryol was not seriously damaged in a fire Tuesday at the Zvezdochka shipyard 620 miles north of Moscow, and will be ready for service again by the end of next year. According to preliminary inspections of the Oryol, no important infrastructure was damaged in the fire on Tuesday, and the shipyard will have the vessel ready according to the original plan by the fourth quarter of 2016, a representative from the shipyard told Vedomosti. Any extra work caused by the fire, the shipyard will perform at its own expense, he a...more »
[image: Dhanush ballistic missile]Surface-to-Surface nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile was successfully test-fired on 9 April 2015 from a naval ship off the Odisha coast. The missile is a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile. The missile was fired from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV) of Indian Navy by the Strategic Force Command (SFC). Read more
[image: A-10C Thunderbolt II]An Air Force general who told hundreds of airmen not to talk to members of Congress about the controversial A-10 attack aircraft or they would face treason has been removed from his position. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Post III, a two-star vice commander at Air Combat Command (ACC), had been under investigation since he made the comments at a conference in Nevada this January. A report was compiled by ACC Commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle, who, after dismissing Post from his position within the command, issued him a letter of reprimand. Read more
Slow to be getting to this, but I have to come back to such a major development. Good Jobs First, a national non-profit best known for its work on state and local subsidies to business, unveiled in March its Subsidy Tracker 3.0. This work differs from previous publications on federal subsidies by being project-based/firm-based, rather than program-based. This lets us know which companies have received the most federal subsidies over the years. "Uncle Sam's Favorite Corporations" finds that the federal government has awarded $68 billion in "grants and special tax credits" in the last...more »
Andy Newman is a GMB activist who's recently moved to Corsham from Swindon. He will be best known to long-time readers as the proprietor and main contributor to Socialist Unity. Andy is also Labour's parliamentary candidate for Chippenham, for which he has a campaign blog. You can also follow him on Twitter here. *Why did you decide to apply for a Labour PPC position?* I am GMB branch secretary for Wiltshire, and I am highly conscious that working people and the trade unions would greatly benefit from more Labour councillors on Wiltshire County Council. I have also moved to Corsh...more »
[image: JAS-39 Gripen]A 39.3 billion kronor ($5.5 billion) deal signed by Swedish defence company Saab to build and sell 36 Jas Gripen fighter jets to Brazil is being investigated by Brazilian prosecutors. The Brazilian federal government and Saab officially signed the contract in October, after a year of negotiations. The total price of the jets had then gone up by $900 million (around 8.3 billion kronor in today's exchange rate), which prompted Brazil's government secretariat to initiate a probe into why the bill had sky rocketed. Read more
[image: X-37B space plane]United Launch Alliance (ULA ) has announced the postponement of the Air Force Space Command mission, AFSPC-5. The current schedule puts the launch at taking place no earlier than May 20, 2015. ULA has stated that the delay was caused so as to accommodate a spacecraft issue that was encountered with the mission’s U.S. Air Force X-37B mini shuttle. The AFSPC-5 is the next scheduled flight of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), also known as the X-37B. Read more
[image: RC-135U Combat Sent]A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, said officials. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest. “On the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an u...more »
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) looks on, before the inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City April 10, 2015. Reuters/Panama Presidency/Handout via Reuters
The revolution in unmanned aerial flight has advanced quickly and in dramatic leaps, perhaps none more momentous than the historic landing of an autonomous Navy drone on an aircraft carrier. That happened for the first time two years ago, when Northrop Grumman’s X-47B, which looks more like a UFO than a military aircraft, took off and landed on the USS George H.W. Bush. It made history again last year, when it flew alongside F/A-18 fighter jets, the first time a drone flew in concert with piloted planes off a carrier. And later this month, the X-47B is expected to attempt what woul...more »
http://www.greekcrisis.net/2015/04/athens-repays-imf-450m-as-cash-runs-out.html Thursday, April 9, 2015 *Athens repays IMF €450m as cash runs out* by Eric Platt & Kerin Hope Financial Times April 9, 2015 Greece repaid €450m it owed the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, sending bond yields sliding as investors’ showed relief that it had met its latest debt deadline. Yields on the country’s shortest dated notes declined, with three-year bonds declining 54 basis points to 20.08 per cent and five-year bonds falling 30 bps to 14.98 per cent. The 10-year yield, which moves i...more »
[image: CH-148 Cyclone]The CH-148 Cyclone helicopters have still not been accepted by Canada but the government says they will start to be delivered in June, one year after the government renegotiated its contract for the choppers. Four of the aircraft are currently housed at 12 Wing Shearwater, and Royal Canadian Air Force pilots are being trained on them. The helicopters have gone to sea on Halifax-class frigates for trials, but National Defence is not saying how they’re performing. Read more
[image: Delta IV (Project 667BDRM) class SSBN]The command and staff exercise to repel a massive missile and aerial attack continued for several days in Crimea, the North Caucasus and Sothern federal districts. “Owing to the participants’ well-coordinated action the advancing “enemy” forces exhausted their attack potential and were forced to fall back. Our units than delivered a retaliatory strike using all available means of destruction,” the Southern Military District said in a press release Friday. Read more
[image: Dasault Rafale]Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he asked France to supply his nation with 36 Rafale warplanes, leaving open the possibility of a separate order for more of the Dassault Aviation SA fighters. Modi said Friday during a visit to Paris that he wants the planes as soon as possible and that details of the transaction still have to be negotiated. French President Francois Hollande, speaking alongside Modi, said Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel shortly to New Delhi to hammer out an agreement. For Dassault, it’s the second export order for the ...more »
[image: Kockums A-26 class SSK]Submarine warfare is deadly enough, especially considering that they carry some of the nuclear arsenal. Now consider a radical proposal Robert Ballard recently gave at a U.S. Navy symposium: submarines with wheels that crawl on the seafloor. It's an idea that has been dormant for at least 30 years, but the the gist is this: If subs can roll around at the bottom of the sea, in terrain that would normally threaten to puncture their hulls, then they could hide out in places where that terrain reflects radio waves and live invisible for a month at a time....more »
[image: Type 052 (Luhu-class) DDG]This week, the Pentagon’s Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) released an unclassified assessment of the Chinese navy’s new capabilities and missions in the years ahead. Compared to ONI’s last unclassified analysis on the PLAN six years ago, the more than 300-ship strong Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has “made significant strides in operationalizing as well as modernizing its force,” notes the new 2015 report. Notably different from 2009 is Beijing’s current shipbuilding program, which is now focusing more on the construction of multi...more »
Reuters/Przemyslaw Szyszka *CTV*:* Canada to send troops to Ukraine in non-combat role* *Canada will be sending troops to Ukraine to participate in a non-combat role in the region in the coming months.* *CTV's Mercedes Stephenson reported the news Friday on Power Play.* *"While the government is still working out the details, sources tell CTV News a training mission is one of the options on the table. Canada will likely work closely with American allies who are already in the region," Stephenson said.* *WNU Editor: *As a Canadian citizen .... this deployment makes me feel very ...more »
*Panoroma:** Pentagon claims Russia S-27 fighter intercepts US intelligence plane* *U.S. authorities claim that Russia’s Sukhoi Su-27 fighter has flown dangerously close to a U.S. intelligence plane RC-135, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez is quoted by the Washington Free Beacon online publication on Saturday, according to TASS.A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defence officials said. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissa...more »
F-35 pilot Maj. John Wilson *David Axe, War is Boring*: *How to Annoy an F-35 Stealth Fighter Pilot* *Compare his fancy plane to the rough-and-tumble A-10* *Maj. John Wilson flies F-35 stealth fighters at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Christian Sundsdal — editor of the Danish Website Krigeren — caught up with Wilson at Luke on April 7 and posed some of the most troubling questions that have vexed the new stealth fighter’s development.* *WNU Editor:* So the truth comes out .... an F-35 cannot replace the A-10 when it comes to close air support. The video link to this exchange *is ...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Air Force Major General fired for saying retiring A-10 plane for budgeting reasons amounts to 'treason'* ** Major General James Post III was fired for saying that the retirement of the A-10 Warthog amounted to 'treason' * The incident added fuel to a controversy over efforts to retire the low-flying, tank-killer plane highly regarded by ground troops * Post said he told the group the Air Force didn't want to get rid of the plane but needed to because of budget constraintsAn Air Force major general has been formally reprimanded and removed from his job for tell...more »
This comes as a surprise actually although what was modeled was a massive build out that was meant to change things. I do not think that this will actually hold up and it is certainly no reason to not proceed some day with test operations and plausibly a serious farm aimed at blocking severe hurricanes. My own thoughts on all this was to target dead zones and to prevent hurricanes. Bringing up nutrients will create huge fisheries that are always welcome. If it can done in conjunction with a local gyre, all the better. This was done in the North Pacific and a hugely boosted ...more »
Let us call it properly the effect of intention. That and guidance provides ample cause for a successful placebo outcome. What is been applied is the active power of your consciousness or more specifically your physical spirit which certainly has the capacity to make changes that can and will lead to healing. It also warns us that people die because they lose the intent to live. Thus toxic protocols are doubly dangerous as they do sap the will to live. Unfortunately it is not quite enough to be fool proof. You must understand the problem and then open yourself to such ...more »
The surprise to me is how serious and quick that the effect happens to be. That was unexpected and it powerfully put meditation on the front burner as a psychological therapy. Thirty minutes per day. I will be addressing methodology more closely in the future on this blog. I am working with an informant who has put together a multipronged protocol to achieve best results quickly. I am not prepared to sit in a Buddhist temple for thirty years and learn only how to sit. I suspect that my deep work in mathematics had much the same effect but this needs to be proved. .*Harvar...more »
*The Castle of Grumpy Grouch* The BBC recently came out with a list of the 11 greatest children's books. Reading down the list...there was only one book (*Alice in Wonderland)* that I would put on such a list. I'm just grateful that none of the "Harry Potter" books made the list. From the little I know of that series...it is a "product placement" lollapalooza for the illuminati...I could be wrong, as I've never cracked any of the Potter books. And I detest that "Charlie Chocolate Factory" book/movie! Here's an alternate list of the books I would recommend. I will encourage my ...more »
Links.... *Pakistan Rejects Saudi Call to Join Yemen War* *ISIS Seizes Several Districts in Ramadi Offensive* *Syrian Peace Talks in Moscow End in Disarray* *145 Killed Across Iraq on Friday* Yemen's War Leaves Aden Crumbling and Starving Turkey and Iran Opt to Shelve Mutual Suspicions Taliban Claim Bombings in Afghanistan Tweets..... *Charles Lister* @Charles_Lister 4m 4 minutes ago New #ISIS video threatens attacks on the U.S. homeland, including another 9/11 - "We Will Burn America" - *Charles Lister* @Charles_Lister 3m 3 minutes ago PT: Th...more »
Nina Beety is a community organizer. She has previously written a 170-page-long rant (plus a hilarious song) against "smart meters". But now, while the LHC is waking up again (protons have already circulated at 6,500 GeV, this time the news is for real), she wrote a detailed rant for the far left-wing website globalresearch.ca, Harnessing “Black Holes”: The Large Hadron Collider – ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction. You may want to read this stuff and laugh – or cry – because this loon may be a role model for what other similar folks – including male community organizers – actu...more »
Photo from Sino Defense Forum *Joyce Dong, National Interest:* *How Powerful Is China's Military Really?* *Recent publications such as the RAND Corporation’s report “China’s Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)” and Dennis Blasko’s article “Ten Reasons Why China Will Have Trouble Fighting a Modern War” mark a significant shift away from the usual narrative that China’s economic rise has led to an increasingly militarized and powerful PLA. While the PLA’s military budget continues to grow at double-digit rates, these repo...more »
“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 Brit
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez have held talks, in the highest level meeting between the two countries in more than half a century. The two held closed-door discussions after arriving in Panama for a summit. Meanwhile, the US State Department has reportedly recommended that Cuba ...
PANAMA CITY - President Barack Obama will meet privately with Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos today to discuss peace talks with the FARC and - possibly - whether Colombia could play a role in facilitating a different set of talks between Venezuela and the United ...
WASHINGTON - White House officials left open the possibility Tuesday that President Obama could recommend Cuba's removal from a list of state sponsors of terror around the time of the Summit of the Americas later this week in Panama. The officials also sought to soften tensions with Venezuela that ...
Panama City, April 10 (IANS) - The Seventh Summit of the Americas will end without a joint declaration due to Venezuela's demand that it include a condemnation of sanctions the US has imposed on it. Delegates, including foreign ministers from 35 American countries, met on Thursday ahead of the ...
By Nelson Acosta HAVANA, April 8 (Reuters) - Cuba said on Wednesday it would remain steadfast by Venezuela even as it seeks to improve ties with the United States, criticizing Washington's Venezuela policy before a summit meeting where the U.S. and Cuban leaders will meet face-to-face. Cuban Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel chastised Washington ...
(AFP). The United States has sent a top State Department official to Venezuela to meet with President Nicolas Maduro, officials in Washington said on Wednesday. The meeting comes of the eve of the participation by US President Barack Obama and his Venezuelan counterpart at the Summit of the Americas, set to ...
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