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Thomas Paine

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Monday, April 13, 2015

13 April - Blogs I'm Following

11:03pm MDST

Cornell study in PNAS: women STEM faculty are 2-to-1 overrepresented

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 minutes ago
Steven Pinker called it a shocker of a study but I am not surprised at all. The results coming from the paper I will discuss pretty much agree with my estimates based on the insider knowledge of similar mechanisms. Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci (Cornell) just published a paper in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. The title is National hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track (click for full PDF) Lots of fictitious male and female applications were sent to 873 places where they hire tenure-track faculty. The composition of... more »

In honour of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[image: Declaration of Independence] *Declaration of Independence*: Wikimedia Commons In honour of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday … (which it still is in the US), here’s a subtle yet powerful tribute to him (and men of his kind) from Ayn Rand, via The Objective Standard: * "In *Atlas Shrugged * , I discussed the 'pyramid of ability' in the realm of economics. There is another kind of social pyramid. The genius who fights 'every form of tyranny over the mind of man' is fighting a battle for which lesser men do not have the strength, but on which their freedom, thei... more »

Cartoon of the day…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[Pic by Young Americans for Liberty] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Is the American Education System One Big Conspiracy?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Video - *Ex-senior policy adviser at the Department of Education shares how government policies have affected the quality of American education and how public schooling has evolved. The post Is the American Education System One Big Conspiracy? appeared first on Waking Times.

Lee Camp needs a bit of help, and says "it will only take 30 seconds"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*7 Totally False Panics Created by the Media* *Watch -- and then share!* *by Ken* Have you seen this Lee Camp segment from RT America's *Redacted Tonight*? (We were just talking about *Redacted Tonight* a couple of weeks ago.) AlterNet picked it up, and our pal Lee is looking for some showering of love. *Need Your Help - It will only take 30 seconds... And then you can check out my web exclusive interview with JESSE VENTURA.* The popular website ALTERNET just posted one of my pieces from Redacted Tonight. We need it to get a lot of love (shares, FB links, Tweets) so that the peop... more »

the mad potter

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
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Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago

US Navy’s Creepy New Ads Send Conflicting Message About Liberty

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Sigmund Fraud* - The Navy recently launched a new ad campaign. It's creepy. The post US Navy’s Creepy New Ads Send Conflicting Message About Liberty appeared first on Waking Times.

Photos 'Walk for Life' on Dineh and Hopi lands

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Thanks to Bahe Katenay of Big Mountain for sharing news of this Walk for Life on Dineh and Hopi lands. They are walking on the scars of uranium and coal mining. Photos by Inochino Koshin of Japan. Thank you from Censored News

Souls of Light

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Khris Krepcik -* You are an etheric being of light. The quality of your light is affected by the quality of what surrounds you and by the quality of your own inner feelings and traits. The post Souls of Light appeared first on Waking Times.


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 5 hours ago
PLEASE SHARE. INSURGENT WRITE-IN CANDIDACY FOR CHAIR ELECT (Roberto Rodriguez) for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. If you want to know why I have been remanded to a write-in candidacy, please go to: http://drcintli.blogspot.com/ I am running because I believe: • we are in a critical time in the movement to spread Raza/Ethnic/Indigenous Studies nationwide, particularly at the community college and K-12 level. Scholars within the organization should be at the complete service of our communities, including developing and creating the curriculum for this nation... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Lauren Williams, Real Clear World: Lowy Institute*:* Iraq Now: Brutal Sectarianism and Iranian Domination* *Once again in the Middle East, short term gains are trumping long term interests. As the ink dries on the Iran nuclear deal, the bodies are piling up in neighbouring Iraq. Many of them are the bodies of Sunni civilians, killed by Shiite militias backed by Iran and allied to the Iraqi Government in the battle against ISIS.* *Reports of reprisal attacks against Sunnis by Shiite militias are mounting. Human Rights Watch issued a report in February claiming 'Residents have bee... more »

On the Far Left's General Election Campaign

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
As well as being a pretty weird general election, 2015's will see a record number of far left candidates standing. As if to underline the peculiarity of the campaign, *even anarchists are standing*. So let's have a bit of a burrow into the lists then and see what it says about the far left party family. No one in a revolutionary socialist or anarchist outfit now would say women's rights and the question of gender is a distraction from the hard graft of knuckling down and prosecuting the class struggle. At least aloud, or for public consumption. As self-declared representatives of t... more »

Campbell Live and the Culture of Cretinism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by **Lindsay Perigo* The rumoured looming demise of *Campbell Live* has triggered an avalanche of obituaries for "*true* current affairs," of which John Campbell, his fans claim, is the last embodiment standing. Rather than "lawyer up," as *other* rumours suggest Campbell to be doing in an effort to retain his slot, I'd urge him to negotiate a *new* slot where ratings pressure is not so intense, and where he can be himself unreservedly: sharp, ferocious, funny ... and somewhere to the left of Jim Anderton. "*True *current affairs" is ideologically non-partisan; in that... more »

More election coverage

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
I only caught a little of the election coverage today. Ed launched his big manifesto and made a big speech to match. *Dead Ringers *have emailed me this parody, which I'll quote in full: "Britain can do better. I am ready, ready to put an end to the tired old idea that as long as we look after the rich and powerful we will all be OK. "Ready to build a Britain that works for ordinary, hard-working, vulnerable families and people once again. "Ready to put into practice the truth that it is only when ordinary, hard-working families and people succeed that Britain succeeds. "If you el... more »

World News Briefs -- April 13, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*AFP*:* Humanitarian fears grow as strikes, clashes rock Yemen* *Aden (AFP) - Aid agencies warned Monday of a growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen as Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions for a third week and rival forces clashed.In Riyadh, Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was sworn in as vice president at the country's embassy in front of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.* *MIDDLE EAST* U.S. allies conduct 17 air strikes* in Syria, Iraq: military.* Iraq PM says will ask US *for more arms, strikes*. Pentagon: Islamic State loses ground in *Iraq, gains in Syria.* Ir... more »

Four former Blackwater guards in Iraq are sentenced to terms ranging from 30 years to life in shooting of 31 civilians

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*The four former Blackwater guards sentenced today are (l-to-r): Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Nicholas Slatten, and Paul Slough. Slatten, the only defendant convicted of murder, was sentenced to life; the others, convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, were sentenced to 30 years plus a day.* *"You can't just shoot first and seek justification later."* *-- federal prosecutor T. Patrick Martin* *by Ken* Oh, you can't? You know, just shoot first and seek justification later? Any chance this new rule may be applied elsewhere in our criminal-justice system? I suppose it's... more »

read educhatter.wordpress.com

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
It's an article by Paul Bennett of the coalition to save our rural schools. Paul, though more conservative than I think respectable people should be, has spent his life in education, and knows far better than most what it's all about. He tears apart the government's claim of savings by closing the schools, points out the very damaging results of closing them, and points out that the process is a farce of democracy. Good stuff. I also pass on an interesting item I received from a reader. Harper has recently said that he would boost spending if the Canadian economy were in decline. B... more »

Ben Bernanke’s Latest Defence of QE’s Failure

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Brendan Brown* [image: Daily article february 27 2015]Officials from the US Federal Reserve Bank – America’s central bank -- have been busy lately spreading the view that incessantly low interest rates are symptomatic of a still-dim economic reality rather than a result of central bankers’ own monetary experimentation. Indeed they are full of self-praise for not having been hasty to raise rates given the overwhelming evidence, they say, that the natural or neutral level is indeed very low. They even weep for the plight of the small saver. But the tears are crocodil... more »

Journey for Existence 'Tl'izi brings us together'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
By Nihigaal bee lina Censored News April 11, 2015 Navajo Station, Navajo Nation -- Today we were honored to connect with our food directly. Some of us learned the skill of butchering for the first time. It is all a part of coming home to ourselves, knowing where our food comes from, that the animals we eat are treated with respect and care. The process of preparing and

Islamic State Posts Ten Job Openings For Employment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Isis seek an experienced oil manager to join the team (above). Must be 'ideologically suitable'(Zaid Al Fares) *The Independent:* *Isis advertises 10 jobs in the 'caliphate' including press officers, bomb makers and teachers* *A British militant apparently wrote the list for those with 'weak faith' who are afraid to fight* *British jihadist who fled the UK to join extremists in Syria has posted a list of Isis "jobs" online for supporters who do not want to fight.* *A man writing under the name of Abu Sa'eed Al-Britani insisted that an aversion to battle was a “sign of weak faith” ... more »

“No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“No Matter Who Wins the White House, * *the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss”* By John W. Whitehead “What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” - Tom Clancy “The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march i...more »

"The Only Basic Human Duty..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Relatively moderate"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Fellow veteran BBC bias watchers (if no one else) will doubtless be well aware that the BBC's Jeremy Bowen once called Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood 'moderate'. (The BBC website article which confirmed him so doing was subsequently edited to erase the word 'moderate'.) Yolande Knell, in her BBC website piece today about the decline of the Bros, at least has the sense to call the Brotherhood "relatively moderate", given that 'relatively' is a highly flexible adverb. Yolande's piece, however, still doesn't seem to me to be particularly impartial. Please give it a read and see what y... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there." - P. J. O'Rourke

The Economy: “I Don’t Know How We Will Get Her Body Down…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“I Don’t Know How We Will Get Her Body Down…”* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - “Dow up 99 points on Friday. Gold still bouncing around the $1,200-an-ounce mark. If anything important happened in markets over the weekend, we’re not aware of it. So, we return to life on the ranch. “How do you know she’s still alive?” we asked our ranch foreman, Jorge. “I don’t. We’ll have to find out.” On Friday, we rode up to Tacana. We had heard about it for years – a small oasis in the mountains at the headwaters of a trickling, seasonal river. There, an old woman lives a... more »

"Unfit To Rule..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule- and both commonly succeed, and are right." ~ H.L. Mencken

The Summer Season For Fighting Has Started In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Taliban overrun Afghan forces in northeast, killing 18* *(Reuters) - Dozens of Taliban fighters aided by foreign militants seized Afghan government checkpoints in a previously stable northeastern province, officials said on Monday as the annual spring fighting season began in the 13-year-old war.* *Afghan officials said government forces later took back the district of Jorm in Badakhshan province but said they need reinforcements from the central government in Kabul.* *Fighting intensifies each spring as snows that make mountainous areas impassable melt, allowing grea... more »

Pope Francis calls Armenian massacre 'first genocide of 20th century'

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Title: Pope Francis calls Armenian massacre 'first genocide of 20th century.' Source: Reuters. Date Published: April 12, 2015.


David Greene at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Nancie Atwell, winner of the Varkey Foundation'sfirst Global Teacher Prize, recently spoke to CNN's "New Day" show about receiving a $1 million award that she subsequently handed over to her school, the school she founded, the Center For Teaching and Learning. I admire Ms. Atwell and all her work. I am sure she is a great teacher, but I have a problem with *any*teacher, even me, being called the best Global Teacher and winning an award of $1,000,000. Although she humbly noted that she thought that the gift and award to her was symbolic of the Varkey Foundation’s acknowledgment of... more »

Hillary leaves tracks in the oil

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, meeting with Saudi Arabia. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton targeted Indigenous Peoples defending their homelands. Millions have flowed into the Clinton Foundation from oil and mining. By Brenda Norrell Censored News While Secretary of the State Department, Hillary Clinton orchestrated a spy network targeting Indigenous activists throughout the

Satire: “New Hillary Clinton Ad Features Just Kittens”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“New Hillary Clinton Ad Features Just Kittens”* by Andy Borowitz BROOKLYN (The Borowitz Report)— “Hillary Clinton has followed up the official announcement of her candidacy with a new campaign ad featuring nothing but kittens. The sixty-second spot stars an assortment of kittens—tabbies, calicoes, Siamese, and a dozen other breeds—in a variety of adorable vignettes. At various points in the advertisement, the kittens are shown playing in a sock drawer, tangled up in yarn, and chasing a duckling. Clinton herself appears only in the final seconds of the ad, saying merely, “Hi. I’m H... more »

Grammar Saves Lives ...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago

Energy 35: Coal Power Plant in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
The first coal power plant in Negros island (composed of two provinces, Negros Occidental and Oriental),150 MW and costing P15.5 B, has been proposed and construction is projected to start in the 4th quarter of this year. See the interaksyon story last April 06, 2015. I posted that report in our community fb page (6,100+ members) that same day. I anticipated negative reactions but not immediate harsh comments. Within minutes, the harsh responses came. Little on the issue but pure personal attacks. I asked that people should produce numbers, not emotions, in tackling the issue.... more »

'Disillusionment' Grows In The Nationalist Heartland Of Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:* *War and poverty bring doubt to heartland of Ukraine's pro-Europe revolt* *(Reuters) - When Ukrainians toppled a pro-Russian president last year, nowhere was the euphoria greater than in Lviv, a short drive from the EU border, where people have dreamt for generations of escaping Moscow's orbit to join the West.* *More than a year of war and economic collapse later, nowhere else has the disillusionment been felt more harshly.* *"Everyone thought Ukraine would suddenly turn into Poland," said mechanic Taras Yakubovsky, sitting by a cast-iron woodburner in his small garage... more »

Ancient Shamanic Technique of Holotropic Breathing

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *Here's a brief video of Stanislav Grof talking about modern and ancient techniques of shamanism, including holotropic breathing. The post Ancient Shamanic Technique of Holotropic Breathing appeared first on Waking Times.

Pentagon Delivers Ice Cream

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
This past weekend the Lviv, Ukraine local government posted photos of a US military airlift plane landing in their city. Lviv is considered one of the more nationalistic places in western Ukraine where some of the most strident neo-Nazis are located. One year ago RT reported that "Hundreds took part in a march to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Ukrainian SS division, which fought for the Nazi’s against the Soviet Union during World War II, in the city of Lvov in the western Ukraine." *Young neo-Nazis in Lviv, Ukraine are now being placed inside Kiev's Army where t... more »

The inherent frailties in identification evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
*R. v. Olliffe*, 2015 ONCA 242: [36] The inherent frailties in identification evidence are well known and have been the subject of considerable judicial comment and review in social science literature. [37] The focus of the concern is not the credibility of the witness providing the identification evidence; rather, it is the reliability of the evidence and the potential for it to be given undue weight. Identification evidence is often deceptively reliable because it comes from credible and convincing witnesses. Triers of fact place undue reliance on such testimony in ... more »

Hillary's running for president...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*YAWN*! *And that's about all for me today. *

Fighting Escalates In East Ukraine As Foreign Ministers Meet In Berlin For Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Violence escalates in east Ukraine ahead of talks* *(Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused pro-Russian rebels on Monday of using heavy weapons that were meant to have been withdrawn under a ceasefire deal, after one Ukrainian serviceman was killed and six wounded in rebel-held territories.* *With fighting intensifying once more, the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany were due to meet in Berlin later on Monday to discuss the next steps in implementing a ceasefire agreement signed in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February.* *"The rebels have not... more »

But What About Fracking, Governor Brown?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*That much water gets you half a glass of oil (image source)* *by Gaius Publius* As regular readers know, I've been on about California water lately — in particular, the drought, the rationing and the so-called "free" market way of dealing with it. In general, we're in favor of government-mandated rationing here at *La Maison chez nous*, but rationing for all, not just for the plebs. With that in mind, note this (my emphasis throughout): *What About Fracking, Governor Brown?* When Californian Governor Jerry Brown announced wide ranging water restrictions for California last week, ... more »

Argentina: Strange Lights over the Islands of Ibicuy

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: Agencia Digital de Noticias (ADN Entre Ríos)Date: 04/13/2015* *Argentina: Strange Lights over the Islands of Ibicuy* Residents of the Entre Rios delta report that the rural roads of the Ibicuy Islands have again become the scenario for strange flashing lights, making unexpected appearances. "This is the second time it has happened during a trip that I've made from my town in Mazaruca to Ibicuy in the wilderness, at night. Some sort of incandescent lights appear, looking like flashes, lighting everything suddenly and then disappearing," claims a local resident. A residen... more »

SupGaleano reflects on the cyber attack: 'Why so serious?'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Why so serious? SupGaleano Espanol, Francais, Italiano and more Why so serious? (01001101 01110101 01100011 01101000 01100001 01110011 00100000 01000111 01110010 01100001 01100011 01101001 01100001 01110011 00100000 01000011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01100001 01110011 (note: translate binary code) April 2015. We didn’t know anything about this kind of thing. We learned. They explained

Supplemental: Breaking news from the Washington Post!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015Concerning black kids’ math scores:* Saturday morning’s front-page report brought us right out of our chairs. Lyndsey Layton reported a strange proposal. Twenty civil rights organizations want to establish a child’s constitutional right to annual standardized testing. We aren’t constitutional scholars ourselves, but that sounds fairly wacky. Beyond that, we thought Layton did the usual fuzzy job reporting the objections some experts were raising to something or other, apparently to the use of standardized tests to evaluate teachers. (Everything Professor O... more »

Caw RANT Events #3

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Crow Caw Rant #3* It's Monday morning and .....I'm in the mood for a *RANT*. Well, here goes. First item on the list is *Hillary Clinton's Presidential Ambition. *As I said in an earlier post....Americans are only given the "choice" of one crime family *(Bush) *or another* (Clinton)*. The reason for this is the perps of the 9/11 coup that now controls the US are from both families. They need to control all the "choke points" (military, judiciary, media, government) so they can prevent truth and justice from emerging. Oh yes, they did let the robot Obomber live in the White Ho... more »

Former Blackwater Guards To Be Sentenced For Iraq Shootings

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*L.A. Times:* *Blackwater guards to be sentenced in fatal Iraq shootings* *A federal judge on Monday was scheduled to sentence four former Blackwater security guards convicted of firing into a crowded public square in Baghdad in 2007, leaving 17 people dead.* *The sentences should bring to a close a painful episode in which Iraqis and Americans questioned the morality of the then 4-year-old Iraq occupation and the use of ex-military personnel under loose government regulation to protect U.S. diplomats in the war zone.* *Defendants included Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Libe...more »

Reporting On The War In Iraq Is Still Dangerous

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A vehicle belonging to Shi’ite militia fighters pulls the body of an Islamic State fighter, who was killed during clashes with Iraqi forces, in Tikrit April 1, 2015. Reuters/Stringer *Reuters:* *Reuters Iraq bureau chief threatened, denounced over story* *(Reuters) - The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi'ite paramilitary group's satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit.The threats against journalist Ned Parker began on an Iraqi... more »

Few Americans understand the reasons for European Sovereign Debt Crisis. The "Troika" consisting of the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monitary Fund (IMF) decide to make loans to economically failing EU member countries in the full knowledge that countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal cannot possibly pay them off. Why would they do that? Well you have to know how it works. The IMF immediately takes the promised loans and uses them to pay off the creditors. Then the IMF requires that the people of those countries pay the IMF back every red cent by taking additional cuts in their salaries and pensions and requiring their government to sell off services such as water and electricity to foreigners who will raise the prices. How to escape starvation? Why resign from the European Union and default on all current loans! Of course, they would still need loans. But they would need to be long term so that those loans can be paid back after they are first used to improve their economies. Who would grant them such loans? Why Russia, China, and the BRICS!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Paul Craig Roberts – As Greece Pivots, Putin Unleashing Ultimate Move To Crush The EU And NATO* With people around the world worried about the escalating crisis in Greece and conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, today former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, warned King World News that as Greece pivots, Putin is unleashing the ultimate move to crush the EU and NATO. Eric King: “Dr. Roberts, I find the foresight you have is fascinating. You were the only person in the world who talked (on KWN in January) about *Greece and the new ... more »

Islamic Sate Launches Fresh Attacks On Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CNN*:* ISIS targets Iraq's largest oil refinery* *Irbil, Iraq (CNN)ISIS claimed it controlled part of Iraq's largest oil refinery Sunday, posting images online that purported to show the storming of the facility, fierce clashes and plumes of smoke rising above the contested site.* *The group said it launched an assault on the Baiji oil refinery late Saturday. By Sunday, ISIS said its fighters were inside the refinery and controlled several buildings, but Iraqi government security officials denied that claim and insisted Iraqi forces remain in full control. * *WNU Editor:* The Isl... more »

The Persecution of Idiots

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 12 hours ago
James Lunney: Christianity under siege "Questioning theory vs. fact is the unpardonable sin for adherents of evolutionism. Bigotry and intolerance are the trademark of militant atheism and its adherents’ campaign against God. Conrad Black exposed as much in his eloquently written and defended articles recently. As a multi-racial, multicultural, multi-faith society, Canada has been known to

It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running for President in 2016 (God Help Us All)

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
The Daily Sheeple photo by Melissa Melton Well, let’s be honest America. Our only real “choices” in the upcoming bread and circuses election 2016 are really going to be Jeb Bush (Establishment) or Hillary Clinton (a Bush offshoot, more Establishment). These are Americas unofficial dynasties, and no matter which puppet is put in place, the oligarchy always wins. Everyone else they are parading out is simply around to split up the vote some more and make it seem like we have actual choices in the leadership of this country that we probably haven’t had since JFK was shot. Truth is... more »

Assessing North Korea's Nuclear Threat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A missile is carried by a military vehicle during a parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War, at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee *Wall Street Journal:* *Seoul, U.S. Split on North Korea Nuclear Threat* *Comments mark a high-level public split over the level of North Korea’s capabilities* *SEOUL—South Korea’s vice defense minister on Monday dismissed an assessment from a senior U.S. military official that North Korea is able to mount a nuclear weapon on a missile that could threaten the... more »

World News Briefs -- April 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CNN:* *Pope Francis uses 'genocide' to refer to mass killings of Armenians by Turks* *(CNN)Pope Francis risked Turkish anger on Sunday by using the word "genocide" to refer to the mass killings of Armenians a century ago under the Ottoman Empire."In the past century, our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies," the Pope said at a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres."The first, which is widely considered 'the first genocide of the 20th century,' struck your own Armenian people," he said... more »

Opt out - NOT anti-testing

skrashen at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Sent to the New York Post, April 13, 2015 David Bradford ("Opt out of tests – kids will suffer," April 13) thinks that parents who opt their children out of the current tests are opposed to assessment. Wrong. They are opposed to excessive and inappropriate assessment. Students in New York and across the country are now being tested more than any time in history, far more than is necessary and far more than is helpful. In addition, the tests have been made arbitrarily too difficult, resulting in high failure rates that do not reflect reality, and are inaccurate measures of students... more »

No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias [image: No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream | HousewifeEclectic.com] Ice Cream is my absolute favorite summer treat. Milkshakes, soft serve or out of a carton, I will take it anyway it comes. I love most flavors although my favorite is cake batter with sprinkles. I have always wanted to own an ice cream maker so I could whip up my own ice cream flavors, but the space an ice cream maker will take up in my pantry has always been the thing that has stopp... more »

US Farmers Going Out of Business Due to GM Crop Contamination

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - If you’re a farmer who wants to grow any crops that aren’t owned by the biotech industry, you had better be ready to burn some money. The post US Farmers Going Out of Business Due to GM Crop Contamination appeared first on Waking Times.

WHAT THE HELL? "Maple Resolve" - Huge Drill In Canada Starts April 20th, More Troops Involved Than Jade Helm In The United States!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Everyone in the alternative media has been made aware of the upcoming operational "drills" happening in the United States under the name "Jade Helm". There have been those that have proclaiming that these drills could be both a test and the prelude to when the US Government imposes their planned Martial Law across America. It is also surprising that most of the American sheep are totally unaware of these drills taking place in what is supposed to be a "free" nation! BUT I caught something important today at the Investment Watch Blog website, at www.investmentwatchblog.com that ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Moves to Stem Iran Arms Flow to Yemen* *American official says Tehran is trying to supply surface-to-air missiles* *WASHINGTON—U.S. naval forces in the Red Sea this month boarded a freighter suspected of delivering Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen, American military officials said.* *The destroyer USS Sterett’s search of the Panamanian-flagged Saisaban on April 1 came up empty. But the officials said it marked the U.S. Navy’s first boarding operation in an expanding campaign to ensure Iran doesn’t supply game-changing weapons such as surface...more »

Federal Court Hears: Israeli Firm Desecrated Salt Song Trail of Paiutes and Chemehuevi with Solar Project

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Photo credit: Salt Song Singers film                     Federal Court Hears: Israeli Firm Desecrated Salt Song Trail of Paiutes and Chemehuevi with Solar Project LA CUNA DE AZTLÁN SACRED SITES PROTECTION CIRCLE ARGUES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR NATIVE AMERICANS IN 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS Judges Grill Attorneys From Both Sides Over Landmark Case                                       By

LIVE Turbulent Times Show TONIGHT At 730PM CDT (830pm EDT) On Blogtalk Radio

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Yes, Whitewraithe and myself are having our usual Turbulent Times show tonight at 730PM CDT..... I want to present Whitewraithe's article from her website at www.whitewraithe.wordpress.com here that explains in fine detail what tonight's show is all about: Turbulent Times 4/13/15 episode 13 Part 2 – The Greatest Story Never Told Posted on April 12, 2015 by Whitewraithe 1 [image: turbulenttimesbanner] North and I’s discussion of Adolf Hitler in the documentary *The Greatest Story Never Told* from episode 12 was a bit more involved than we’d originally thought. Therefore, we’ll d... more »

Pentagon's Top Lawyer: The U.S. Is Still In An Armed Conflict In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jason Basilides leads his soldiers on a dismount mission near Forward Operating Base Baylough, Zabul province, Afghanistan, March 17, 2009. Basilides is the platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini *The Hill:** Top Pentagon lawyer: US still in ‘armed conflict’ in Afghanistan* *The U.S. is still in an armed conflict in Afghanistan, despite the U.S. ending its combat mission in Afghanistan in December, said the Pentagon’s top lawyer on Friday.“There is no doubt that we remain in a s... more »

Send Article to Al Sharpton, the NAACP, and Randi Weingarten

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
A clip from this long overdue piece that ties together a number of corporate ed resistance elements: *Read the story here.*

Blue America Enya Contest-- For Alan Grayson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Late in 1997, Enya, one of the most enigmatic-- and successful-- artists on the record label I ran, delivered a new album, *Paint The Sky With Stars*, a greatest hits compilation with two previously unreleased songs. It was a Christmas smash that year, with over 12 million album sales worldwide, 4 million in the U.S. alone. Enya isn't exactly a household name-- but she's sold far more albums than many artists who "seem" to be better known-- 75 million worldwide and close to 27 million in the U.S. Four of her albums won Grammy awards and one of her songs was nominated for an Oscar.... more »

Low Vitamin D Levels are Major Factor in Depression

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Mae Chan* - Low levels of the sunshine vitamin is liked with significant cognitive impairment and widespread chronic pain. The post Low Vitamin D Levels are Major Factor in Depression appeared first on Waking Times.


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 14 hours ago
THIS LETTER WAS POSTED TO THE NACCS PAGE THIS MORNING. ELECTIONS END TOMORROW, TUES APRIL 14, 9AM PST We are writing you with respect to the nomination of Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez for position of chair of the NACCS Board of Directors. Dr. Cintli has been one of the most visible and stalwart advocates for Chicana/o Studies over many years.He is visible at every event, protest, conference, meeting, seminar, and any other venue that advocates for Chicana/o Studies. Recently,Dr. Cintli has been a critical member of two California-based organizations that have been key to the advancem... more »

Inaugural Issue of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association: 10 of 11 Authours Male, as Gender Imbalance Issues Are Shaking Up North American Philosophy Academia

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 14 hours ago
Today, I received the announcement that the inaugural issue of the brand new *Journal of the American Philosophical Association* – JAPA as it will doubtlessly become known – is available. A nice touch of the editors and the publisher (Cambridge University Press) is that the issue will remain freely accessible the year out. Also, the issue features many a fine contemporary American philosopher, and displays a wide smorgasbord of tasty topics. By ten (10) men and one (1) woman. This in a time when North American academic philosophy is ridden by internal problems with regard to gende...more »

11 US Military Ebola Treatment Centers in Africa Treated Only 28 Patients

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A soldier goes through the decontamination process with U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), who are earmarked for the fight against Ebola, take part in training before their deployment to West Africa, at Fort Campbell *New York Times*: *Empty Ebola Clinics in Liberia Are Seen as Misstep in U.S. Relief Effort* *MONROVIA, Liberia — As bodies littered the streets and the sick lay dying in front of overwhelmed clinics last year, President Obama ordered the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, hoping to stem the deadliest Ebola ep... more »

NSA surveillance state started decades before 911 in support of the war on drugs.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
With the overwhelming success of the drug war we can expect terrorism to be legalised and taxed within 20 years.

NO FAVORITE EXAMPLE LEFT BEHIND: Astounding conversaton on Fox!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015 Part 1—Hannity, Smiley agree:* For our money, Charles Blow’s new column in the New York Times reflects an unhelpful desire within our own tribe—the desire to be fed empty calories concerning great moral issues. Perhaps for that reason, Blow is being hailed as a moral giant in comments, with Rima Regas leading the way. But first, consider what Tavis Smiley said. Last Thursday night, Smiley appeared as a guest on Sean Hannity’s cable show. Smiley has often argued that President Obama hasn’t been sufficiently left. Hannity is a well-known, influential talker f... more »

Kurdistan Democratic Party Attempts To Maintain Control Over Yazidis In Iraq’s Ninewa

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
At the start of April 2015 the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) arrested Haider Sesho, the head of the Sinjar Protection Unit (HPS). The official reason for his detention was that he created an illegal militia that was not under peshmerga control. Further statements by Kurdish officials including President Massoud Barzani showed that the KDP was also concerned that Sesho was working with Baghdad rather than it. Sinjar remains largely under Islamic State (IS) control, and the HPS was one of the few groups in the area fighting them. The KDP’s actions showed that it was more interest... more »

Ontario Goes Cap in Trade

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
A carbon tax seems like a far more sensible solution. However Paul Krugman loves cap in trade. Therefore I must conclude it has high level economic pluses hiding in its complexities. The good news is we are finally doing something. I just hope we are not past the tipping point. Looking back we should have had this tax about 1945. I wonder what we are doing today that is just as stupid as indiscriminate carbon burning. Maybe, nano plastics? For sure Genetically Modified Organism. General use of pharmaceutical drugs, psychotropics for humans, and anti biotics for animals.

The U.S. Global Military Footprint Is Huge (A Summary)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit Fort Stewart. (White House photo) *AllGov.com: **U.S. has Military Bases in at least 38 Countries and Sent Weapons to 94 Countries in Last 5 Years* *The old recruiting slogan was “Join the Navy and See the World.” Those advertisements were prescient; the U.S. military has a presence of some kind in 171 nations and jurisdictions in addition to the United States and its possessions.Many times the presence is one officer as a military attaché or similar post or even a military dependent. But some countries host significan... more »

Nuclear Wasted + links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*Worlds within worlds* The government announced this week that it may have to shut down a nuclear power generator ahead of schedule because of the waste problem... (Taipower, 台電) warned Sunday that the No. 1 generator at the country's first nuclear power plant may have to go offline sooner than expected because of limited storage space for spent nuclear fuel. On Feb. 17, Taipower issued an invitation for foreign companies to tender for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel from Taiwan's first and second nuclear power plants but withdrew the request on April 2 amid a budget contro... more »

Russia Lifts Ban On Delivering It's S-300 Missile Systems To Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
S-300 launchers. (RIA Novosti/Andrei Aleksandrov) *RT:* *Putin lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran* *The Russian president has repealed the ban prohibiting the delivery of S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran, according to the Kremlin's press service. The ban was introduced by former President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010.* *“[The presidential] decree lifts the ban on transit through Russian territory, including airlift, and the export from the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and also the transfer to the Islamic Republic of Iran outside the t... more »

The Islamic State Continues Their Destruction Of Ancient Iraqi Cities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Shock new video shows ISIS thugs smashing historic Iraqi city of Nimrud with barrel bombs, bulldozers and jackhammers in orgy of destruction slammed as a war crime by the United Nations* ** ISIS fighters destroyed ancient ruins of Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud dating back to the 13th century B.C.* ** The attack, near Mosul, took place last month, but a seven-minute video of destruction has now emerged* ** It shows militants hacking and drilling away at 3,000-year-old relics and blowing up the ancient ruins* ** The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the dest... more »

You Vs. The World

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By Chris Duane Time to choose: individual freedom or collective tyranny. We will focus on what we can do at the individual level to become our highest and best self while others keep looking for a collective solution run by cunning men that weave fantasies for the willing. Visit SilverShieldXchange.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Bilderberg 2015 in Austria Will Be Like None Before It

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By Dan Dicks The annual Bilderberg meeting is set to take place in Austria this June 2015. Today Dan Dicks of Press For Truth is joined on the line by Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars to discuss what some of the key talking points will be on the agenda this year as well as what protesters and journalists can expect in regards to dealing with the "cobra anti terror squad", a whole new level of security for Bilderberg! Visit PressForTruth.ca *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

The Debate On Using Drone Strikes To Kill American Citizens Engaged In Terror Activities Continues In Washington

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Massoud Hossaini/Pool *Mark Mazzetti and Eric Scmitt, New York Times*: *Terrorism Case Renews Debate Over Drone Hits* *WASHINGTON — A Texas-born man suspected of being an operative for Al Qaeda stood before a federal judge in Brooklyn this month. Two years earlier, his government debated whether he should be killed by a drone strike in Pakistan.* *The denouement in the hunt for the man, Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, who was arrested last year in Pakistan based...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Is a Mixed Bag* Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray have announced that they’ve reached a compromise on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. When a moderate Republican and a not-so-moderate Democrat cooperate on legislation, there’s reason to be nervous, but in this case there may be a silver lining among the clouds. First the bad news. The reauthorization, under the name of “The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” maintains testing requirements, and requires state standards that prevent more local control of education. Tests are requ...more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*New Video from Prof. Murry Salby* *He was fired from his university job for pointing out holes in the global warming story* *It's a bit technical but very thorough. Another comment below:* Highly informative, if scientifically complex, answers to the question why why and by how much the atmospheric CO2 (carbon dioxide) budget is increasing were contained in a lecture just given in London by Professor Murry Salby. The lecture has been very well captured on video, illustrated by comprehensive (and comprehensible) charts and graphs, and posted to YouTube. It runs to 1 hr 40 min... more »

Iran Brands Yemen’s War as a Conspiracy Against Saudi Arabia

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Keep this information in mind.....* *Sputnik* A top *Iranian diplomat *has condemned Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen, saying *its only aim is “to disintegrate and weaken” Saudi Arabia;* he has recommended that the country stops counting on Washington’s help in Yemen. *Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has said that the ongoing war in Yemen is, in fact, a plot against Saudi Arabia.* *"The enemies of the [Middle East] region are unfortunately trying to disintegrate and weaken Saudi Arabia, and the aggression against ... more »

Last Year's Search For A Submarine In Swedish Waters Was Actually A 'Tugboat'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Is this it? This grainy amateur photo showing a mysterious vessel in Stockholm's archipelago was released by the Swedish military during the hunt *The Local:* 'Sub' outside Stockholm was civilian boat *A suspected submarine spotted in the Stockholm archipelago a week after Sweden's extensive hunt for Russian underwater vessels outside the capital last autumn was only a civilian boat, Sweden's Armed Forces have now said.On October 31st 2014, retired naval officer Sven Olof Kviman snapped a picture of what looked like a 20-30 metre long, black submarine in waters just outside Lid... more »

Does Iran's Supreme Leader Means No When He Says No To The Nuclear Framework Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Hours after the #talks, Americans offered a fact sheet that most of it was contrary to what was agreed.They always deceive &breach promises. — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) April 9, 2015 *Eli Lake, Bloomberg:* Iran's Supreme Leader Gets to No *Here’s the thing about agreements. The parties that enter into them have to actually, you know, agree.Take the Iran framework agreement, for instance. President Barack Obama says he has one on the basics of the nuclear deal with Iran. He doesn't. How do we know this? Because Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran -- the only per... more »

One People Roundtable Discussion NEW TIME: Special Guest Bradley Loves

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 17 hours ago
Good Evening Everyone! The One People's Roundtable Discussion is MOVING to a new time schedule. Starting this week, the Show will being broadcast LIVE stream on Tuesday evenings at 11pm London/Morocco time. So please reset your internal time schedule, lol, to Tuesday nights. This week on The One People's Roundtable Discussion, Lisa, Brian and I will be joined by Bradley Loves. Brad wrote the excellent series of articles "The Great Con of Man" which we all republished last year. *This is an excellent set of articles that I highly recommend reading. Bradley outlines some ... more »

Incompetence Writ Large

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ There was an oil spill in English Bay last week. And we finally got a chance to see what Harperian austerity has accomplished. Michael Harris writes: It should be noted that the oil spill, from a brand new ship on its maiden voyage, happened in calm waters. If Mother Nature had been having a bad hair day, things would have been much worse — two tonnes of toxic sludge sloshing hither and yon looking for ducks to coat and gills to clog. Had it been bitumen, which sinks, as compared to bunker fuel that floats... more »

Ukrainian Crisis Prompts European Countries to Boost Military Spending

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Helsingborg (K32)]The political and military crisis in Ukraine prompted European countries to increase their military spending, an arms watchdog said Monday. "The Ukraine crisis has fundamentally altered the security situation in Europe, but so far the impact on military spending is mostly apparent in countries bordering Russia," Sam Perlo-Freeman, one of the authors of the report "Trends In World Military Expenditure, 2014", was quoted as saying in the press release issued by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The institute named Russia, seve... more »

Maple Syrup Science: Cooking Up Some Candy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I think that maple syrup has been insufficiently investigated in terms of culinary art. That is probably because it has been difficult to supply and it is also costly at around ten per liter or so. Thus i was pleasantly surprised when is produced a lovely natural frosting by simply combining cocoa powder and maple syrup. It is easily made and adjusted and it is naturally stable as well. A cup of syrup and perhaps two cups of powder will make all you need i am sure. This also strongly suggests that other spices can be blended in ass well. Recall that the original Aztec bl... more »

How Cannabis is Going to Change Life as We Know It With Mike Zapolin

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
An important take home here. It is that THC is not that important in terms of CBDs. Even better, it no obvious that hemp will quickly become one of our important cash crops. In the meantime we have a research gold rush underway to understand and apply the biochemistry and what is described for Ambian is exactly what needs to happen. All these brands have market share and replacing the former formulation with a superior formulation will hardly run into consumer resistance. There is really no good reason for the drug companies to not only have their cake and to eat... more »

Sci-Fi Cloaking Device Could Protect Soldiers from Shock Waves

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I think a smart helmet could be designed around technology like this. A full body armor system may well be far too difficult but a helmet may not be. It certainly is an excellent first step. It would protect from the effect of shells exploding overhead which has been sufficient to eliminate large numbers of men who are not dug in. Better yet and more likely we could have a girdle build into all vehicles that at least handle non impact blasts. Again we need data on most probable type explosions. Impact blasts unfortunately are essentially unsurvivable anyway. We are try... more »

Saving Forests is more Effective than Planting New Trees

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Well obviously. Burning off many feet of organic matrix and replacing it all with a young forest able only to sustain a few inches might have that effect. Far better to properly manage old growth forest in the first place. Just collecting the waste and chipping it provides wood pulp while improving general productivity That has never happened but it now can happen. It requires a regulatory regime that rewards superior husbandry. A correct soil philosophy has been missing in our protocols and that needs to be addressed. Once that happens the rest follows naturally. * S... more »

Sweden Offers A-36 Submarine to Thailand Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
When the recent acquisition of Saab AB in Sweden from ThyssenKrupp shipyards Germany this makes Sweden's Kockums capacity in the submarine again. A-26 class submarines, which are still being designed and developed which is expected to the replacement Gotland submarine class Sweden have 3 active aircraft, but the project has not progressed much since the conflict between the Sweden Defence Materiel Organization or FMV with ThyssenKrupp which owns Kockums and A-26, while the ship was at Saab AB after Kockums acquired from ThyssenKrupp, makes the A-26 might have hope again. The boats ... more »

South Korea’s THAAD Decision

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: THAAD Launcher]Last month, I argued that North Korea’s combined nuclear and missile program was reaching a tipping point. Previously these systems could be defended – at the outer reaches of rationality, to be sure – as protection against possible American-led regime change. In practice, they were primarily tools for the extortion and blackmail of Pyongyang’s neighbors, most obviously South Korea. North Korea’s gangsterism, while objectionable, has generally been manageable. B Read more

India to wait another two years for French Rafale jets, says Manohar Parrikar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]India will not receive its first Rafale fighter jet from France's Dassault Aviation for up to two and a half years and tricky issues including pricing must still be worked out, India's defence minister said on Saturday. Manohar Parrikar's comments came a day after India ordered 36 ready-to-fly Rafale fighters to modernise an ageing fleet apace with neighbours China and arch-rival Pakistan, which are fast upgrading military hardware. While the order is meant to be delivered as soon as possible, terms and conditions of the deal - estimated at about $4.25 billio... more »

Sensors and longer range weapons means speed and dogfighting don't matter and the future could be a Thunderbird 2 like modular battleplane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Thunderbird 2]A 76 page report by the Center for Budgetary and Strategic Assessments Trends in Air-to-air combat: Implications for future air superiority by John Stillion indicates that dogfighting jet capability no longer matters. Trends from the database of air combat since 1965 show the rise of long range missiles and a steep decline in dog-fighting. Of the 33 U.S. kills in the 1991 Persian Gulf war, only four involved any maneuvering at all. 25 years on, the power of long range sensors and missiles is only greater, meaning that traditional fighter attributes such as spe... more »

Commemorative Type 093 submarine coin reveals construction date

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 093 construction coin]The release of 2,000 commemorative coins for China's Type 093 Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarine accidentally revealed the starting construction date of the vessel, according to the Shanghai-based Guancha Syndicate. Each coin is marked with the construction date as beginning in December 1998. The first Type 093 attack submarine was launched officially in 2003. The People's Liberation Army Navy has several Shang-class submarines in service. Photos on the internet indicate that China may have three additional modified versions of the submar... more »

Trident protesters plan blockade to shut down Faslane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Hundreds of people are set to form a blockade at the Faslane Naval Base this morning as part of a series of protests against the renewal of the Trident Nuclear Weapons System. Organisers of the event are expecting more than 250 people to be in attendance at the site near Helensburgh, gathering before 7am in an attempt to stop workers entering the site. Buses are leaving Glasgow and Edinburgh as early as 5am to get to the demo, with groups also travelling from as far afield and Aberdeen, Inverness and the Borders. Read more

British Special Forces Have Been Secretly Carrying Out Attack Scenarios And 'Practice' Raids Testing Falkland Defenses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Express: EXCLUSIVE*:* British Forces invade Falklands amid fears Argentina are on brink of landing* *BRITISH Special Forces have carried out a raid on the Falklands to test garrison security amid fears that Argentina may try to land commandos on one of the 700 small islands in a bid to claim sovereignty. * *The surprise attack involved members of the Special Boat Service who landed from the sea tasked with capturing key strategic targets.* *More than 20 troops took part in the mission, planned by senior officers at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, west London.* *Lan... more »

Islamic State Militants Take Credit For This Weekends Deadly Attacks In Sinai

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC*: Egypt's Sinai Peninsula hit by deadly bomb attacks *At least 14 people have been killed in separate bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security forces have said.* *Eight people died and 45 others were injured in an explosion outside a police station in El-Arish.* *At least six soldiers lost their lives and two were wounded in an attack on an armoured vehicle, near the northern town of Sheikh Zuweid.* *Militants from the Sinai Province group, affiliated to Islamic State, have said they carried out the attacks.* *More News On This Weekends Insurgent Attacks In Sinai... more »

Protesters Rally Against Brazil's President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*: *Protesters in Brazil push to impeach President Dilma Rousseff* *Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNN)Throngs of protesters packed the streets of major Brazilian cities on Sunday, pushing for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.* *Fueled by mounting anger over a corruption scandal that has implicated politicians in Rousseff's party, demonstrators chanted "Out with Dilma" and "Time for change."* *Police estimated that 275,000 demonstrators marched in Sao Paulo. A sea of protesters dressed in the green and yellow of the Brazilian flag used decades-old rallying cries to fire up the... more »

Islamic State Takes Credit For Today's South Korean Embassy Shooting And Moroccan Embassy Bombing in Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Islamic State militants claim attacks on embassies in Libya* *(Reuters) - A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official said, only hours after gunmen attacked South Korea's mission in Tripoli.* *Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said on twitter they were responsible for both attacks, the latest strikes against foreigners, embassies or oilfields in Libya. It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the claims.* *Islamic State militants have exploit... more »


"Freedom of association includes the freedom not to associate." - Ayn Rand The past week has presented this nation with the spectacle of raw, unadulterated freedom-hating liberalism in action. The state of Indiana passed a law which allowed for religious freedom to be used as a defense for ...

Ayn Rand Spewed Her Jibberish on Johnny Carson. Amazingly Absurd.
Ayn Rand has long been a favored voice of the far-right despite most her ideas being absolute rubbish. On an episode of Johnny Carson, Rand explained her philosophy, and you can watch her find ways to justify the very system that has brought so many ills onto the world. Watch ...

Libertarian-minded social network Galt.IO is raising $1m with $100k sold, according to a recent SEC disclosure filing. Former radio show host Jason Lewis teamed up with Kurt Lieberman and Alex Huff to launch Galt.io early last year with a ~$600k crowdfunding campaign. "Galt.io is a members-only network of makers inspired by "Galt's ...

#1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Ayn Rand's most famous best-selling novel is a classic libertarian manifesto. The values and virtues of reason, independence, self-interest, and pride in productive achievement are embodied by her lead characters - entrepreneurs who are struggling to free themselves from government regulations. Rand's dystopian masterpiece ...

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