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Thomas Paine

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

19 April - Blogs I'm Following

10:29pm MDST

Emissions visible from proximity of Fukushima Unit 3-4

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 minutes ago
Night-time emissions (I believe caused by hot fuel and cool, humid atmospheric conditions) illustrated below: Unit 1 is on the viewer's left. Notice the emissions arising from the right hand corner of the building? During the day it is sometimes possible to see the emissions emerging from that area of the building, but today there was too much precipitation to see much from unit 1, although unit 3's spewing is somewhat more evident: 12:36:01 PM See the emissions over unit 3, in the right hand, bottom corner: Here is a close-up from another screenshot taken at 12:51:40 PM ... more »

The "Heavenly City" of the Republican Right

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 24 minutes ago
*By William Neil* I now live in the heavily Republican area of the Western Maryland mountains, which are closer in the gritty facts of harsh economic life to West Virginia than to those of affluent Montgomery County, the “engine” of the Maryland economy, and where I used to live, but can no longer afford to. Our region has been consumed over the past few months by the campaign to stop fracking, and I’ve been getting itchy to write about the broader context of the political economy in which it takes place. After all, Maryland’s new Governor, Republican Larry Hogan, successfully b... more »

Review - Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency by Chris Peterson and Philip Schmidt

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 28 minutes ago
Have you ever noticed how completing a do-it-yourself (DIY) project is so much more rewarding than buying something already made? There is, of course, a real sense of pride; moreover, it gives us the opportunity to choose earth-friendly materials and build an item which will last. It also feels liberating to know that we can sustain our lives without depending on the "big box stores". Since buying our property last year, we've taken on many DIY projects. With some of them, like the blue bird nesting boxes, we needed information so that we'd build something suitable for the preferen... more »

Don't like carding? @TPSboard, @TorontoPolice, @TPAca team up for a giant F.U. | #TOpoli

Orwell's Bastard at Orwell's Bastard - 39 minutes ago
[View the story "New face at @TorontoPolice? Whatever" on Storify] *Aw, come on, you old sourpuss! Can it really be that bad?* Well, maybe. He smiles nicely for the camera. What's that? I'm being mean, you say? Unfair, even? Because you just *know* people so deeply invested in a toxic and dysfunctional status quo will *happily* hand the top job over to a guy who's going to fix it! "Civilian oversight." Right. I'll just be over in the corner, throwing up.

Bumper-Stickers Seen On Military Bases

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 49 minutes ago
“When in Doubt, Empty The Magazine” “Sniper: You can run, but you’ll just die tired!” “Machine Gunners: Accuracy By Volume” “Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything.” ” U.S. Marines: Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club.” " U.S. Air Force: Travel Agents To Allah” “The Marine Corps: When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight” “Death Smiles At Everyone: Marines Smile Back” “What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist? A Little Recoil” “Marines: Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Co... more »

Less than one lifetime: Eyewitness to nuclear development, from Hunters Point to Chernobyl and Fukushima, issues a warning

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 53 minutes ago
The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard placed prisoners and others in a bomb shelter during exercises simulating a nuclear attack. – Photo courtesy TimePix While sorting through papers, correspondence, news clippings, records etc., I realized that nuclear bomb and nuclear power development has occurred within my lifetime. It was July 16, 1945, when Trinity, the first atomic bomb, was detonated at Alamogordo nuclear site in New Mexico, followed by the uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the hydrogen bomb on Nagasaki in August... Less than on... more »

Liberté v sécurité

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
*Pic by **Le Journal du Siècle**, hat tip **Peter Linton* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Leaked Documents: New Zealand Teamed Up With The NSA To Spy On China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he will declassify documents that prove the government's mass spying initiative never pushed through. Reuters *The Intercept*: *New Zealand Plotted Hack on China With NSA* *New Zealand spies teamed with National Security Agency hackers to break into a data link in the country’s largest city, Auckland, as part of a secret plan to eavesdrop on Chinese diplomats, documents reveal.* *The covert operation, reported Saturday by New Zealand’s Herald on Sunday in collaboration with The Intercept, highlights the contrast between New Zealand’s public ... more »

The U.S. Does Not Have The Money To Replace It's ICBMs, Bombers, And Subs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One*: *Pentagon: We Can’t Afford to Replace Aging ICBMs, Bombers, Subs * *Even if sequestration goes away, the Defense Department will need at least $10 billion more per year to modernize its nuclear arsenal, procurement chief says.* *The Defense Department cannot afford to replace its aging nuclear-missile submarines, ICBMs, and long-range strategic bombers unless it gets a funding boost or radical policy changes are made, according to a top Pentagon official.* *Even if Congress approves the White House’s 2016 budget for the Pentagon, the Pentagon wi... more »

Israel Has Developed Technology To Detect Tunnels Being Built At A Distance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
An Israeli army officer during an army-organized tour in a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks. Credit: Jack Guez/Reuters *Washington Free Beacon: **Israel Announces Development of System that Can Detect Tunneling at a Distance* *Hailed as underground equivalent of Iron Dome.* *JERUSALEM—Haunted since last summer’s war in Gaza by Hamas’ success in infiltrating fighters into Israel through tunnels, Israel announced on Thursday the development of the first effective system for detecting tunneling activity at a distance.* *One of Israel’s leadin... more »

Former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer: UFO Military Confrontations Are Common During War Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Huffington Post:* *UFOs Confront Soldiers During War, Says Ex-Air Force Intelligence Officer* *The public rarely hears about interactions between military personnel and unexplained aircraft -- especially during wartime.* *As time goes on, however, UFO stories stuck behind red tape begin to see the light of day. The Vietnam War saw its share of UFO activity in the 1960s.* *One close encounter, in 1968, involved the crew of an American patrol boat that reported two glowing circular craft following them in the demilitarized zone that separated North and South Vietnam (see depictio... more »

"Fukushima Update, 4/19/15; Your Radiation This Week"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* *“Your Radiation This Week”* by Bob Nichol “Good Day, this is “Your Radiation, This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it. *RADIATION CPM* CITY STATE* (*Counts per Minute, 50 CPM is an alert level. Levels are in Gamma unless noted.) 309 CPM Boston, MA 217 CPM New York City 426 CPM Raleigh, NC 258 CPM Atlanta, GA 424 CPM Miami, FL 214 CPM Chicago, IL 227 CPM St Paul, MN 365 CPM Lincoln, NE, Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM. 264 CPM De... more »

Ian Welsh recalls the way John Edwards's argument about the economy disappeared, or was disappeared, from the national discussion

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Since John Edwards's 2012 campaign was disposed of, and then the candidate himself, his "Two Americas" campaign theme has disappeared with him.* *"Edwards' trial was a politically motivated show trial. The goal was to make sure that everyone thinks that there was no left wing candidate in the election and that Obama is the best you could ever do."* *-- Ian Welsh, in a May 2012 post he has just republished* *by Ken* I'm going to guess it's not uncommon among people who might read DWT to have heard the opening of a discussion during the early stages of the 2012 Democratic presidenti... more »

Poland Is Furious Over The FBI Director's Comments That Some Poles Were Accomplices In The Holocaust

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Head of the FBI claims that Polish people were 'murderers and accomplices' who helped kill Jews during the Holocaust - and Poland demands an apology* * * US Ambassador Stephen Mull to receive summons for apology over FBI director James Comey's comments, foreign ministry spokesman said* Comey wrote editorial opinion piece in Washington Post on April 16 * It said: 'In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary and so many other places didn't do something evil'* Poland's president Bronislaw Komorowski said Comey's comments wer... more »

Greece Is On The Brink Of Default

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Greece Flashes Warning Signals About Its Debt* *WASHINGTON — By the standards of his frenzied schedule here last week, the meeting on Friday between Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, and Lee C. Buchheit, the dean of international debt lawyers, was a quiet one.* *There was none of the media scrum that had followed Mr. Varoufakis around town during the semiannual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, as he paid calls on the I.M.F. chief, Christine Lagarde; the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi; the United States Trea...more »

Yemen Houthi Rebel Leader Vows Resistance Against Saudi Arabia's Military Campaign

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Image grab taken from a video broadcasted by Al-Masira TV on March 26, 2015, shows Yemeni Shiite Huthi movement's leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi delivering a televised statement from an undisclosed location in Yemen *CNN:* *Houthi leader in Yemen: 'Anyone who thinks we will surrender is dreaming'* *(CNN)The leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels vowed not to back down on Sunday as a top Saudi military official claimed weeks of airstrikes had significantly weakened the Shiite group.* *"Our fighters will not evacuate from the main cities or the government institutions," rebel leader Abdul-Mali... more »

Got Fuckin' Shit For Brains???

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
Then maybe the Conservative Party of Canada is for you! (Back to mocking the Public Safety/National Security Committee hearings later.)

Q: So why were Britain and NZ at war with Turkey at all?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*Dave Mann commented on an earlier post, “the times were a muddle of friends becoming foes and vice versa. Nobody could keep up with it.” True enough.* * [A]another interesting fact about how Turkey entered the war [says Dave] is the Ottoman Empire was initially no great enemy of Britain and in fact they had contracted to buy two battleships from them before the war. When war broke out [Churchill unilaterally] reneged on the deal saying "sorry chaps but we need them more than you do now." Germany responded by sailing a battleship squadron up the Straits on a state visit and then p... more »

The Freedom to Speak Up As Academics: The Right to Make An “Ass” of Myself Personally

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
On Thursday, I became part of a growing group of academics that has had a letter like this written about them: As a parent, I’ve been doing some advocacy about my children’s school this year. The advocacy received some local media attention recently when my children’s District Administration tried to defend an activity that violated […]

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Globalization: Global Agribusiness Hammering Away At The Foundations Of Indian Society

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 6 hours ago
RINF, Countercurrents, Global Research According to the World Bank in the nineties, it was expected (and hoped) that some 400 million people in Indian agriculture would be moving out of the sector by 2015. To help them on their way, farming had to be made financially non-viable and policies formulated to facilitate the process. Food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma describes the situation: “India is on fast track to bring agriculture under corporate control... > Amending the existing laws on land acquisition, water resources, seed, > fertilizer, pesticides and food process... more »

Maybe Jebbo's just afraid people will realize HE'S in a persistent vegetative state and want to pull the plug on HIM

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Jimmy Margulies (*click to enlarge*) *by Ken* In case you missed the news, Friday in New Hampshire Jeb Bush once again stood by his shameful pandering in the case of poor Terry Schiavo, torturing both the comatose victim lying in a "persistent vegetative state" and the family that was trying to deal with their loss. It was, of course, all so the sniveling turd could score a few political points with people too stupid and meddlesome to understand that their place, ethically as well as legally, was to mind their own fucking business. And the jack-booted jackass managed to introduce ... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Remember when it was really fun to catch raindrops on your tongue, walk under archways because they were there, and roll around in the sand at the beach? To go all the way to the store for a tiny treat, lie on the grass looking for "God" in the clouds, and make scary monster faces in the mirror? To watch the stars because they were winking at you, count the flowers in the garden by the door, and put Cocoa Puffs up your nose? Well, I'm happy to inform you, most of it still is. Whoohoooo, you're alive!” “Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h...” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the ... more »

“The Age of Insanity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Age of Insanity”* bt Barry Levinson "I continue to worry about what I have referred to in past posts as "the age of insanity." Recently I met with R.H. Flutes, my old friend from the Lying Institute of America. Dr. R.H. Flutes was in a jubilant mood because his former student, Ted Cruz, was on the presidential campaign trail. *Dr. RH Flutes:* Ted Cruz, a brilliant student! When he's caught in a lie, he just says it was a joke! How brilliant is that? There's no defense for it- if you don't get the joke, end of discussion! *Me:* Yes... Brilliant... *Dr. RH Flutes:* Listen, lyi... more »

Cultural Appropriation is largely a bullshit expression of Political Correctnes overeaching

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
First think Amandla Stenberg is culturally appropriating being black. She is whiter than most southern Europeans. I am willing to bet her DNA shows more EU than Africa. Okay I agree if you want to identify yourself as black its up to you, Vanilla Ice made a career out of it. However the idea that only blacks can have corn rows is ridiculous. Btw which Blacks are we offending, I think Black people are as different as Swedes are from Scilians. Look below, is that not a good argument to suggest prove it was Bo Derek who popularised corn rows? Copy my look and I will sue! Maybe black ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Debate continues over proper level of BP payments for economic losses ~Richard Thompson & David Hammer *

No one could have predicted, Who I tell you no one

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Who could have predicted the new boss would be same as old boss! Okay maybe anyone who really like the movie Gunga Din. We no have learned, or are being spoon fed the reason that the mysterious ISIS is so capable. No folk, so CIA here, no covert aid, no outside help. It seems that Saddam's previous Black Ops people, and in the previous Iraqi Administration that was just about everyone are now running ISIS. Who could have predicted that leaving an entire group of psychopaths would have dire consequences. You see government just cant learn. Condi Rice could never have predicted that t... more »

Ontario Hydros long painfull death almost complete

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Have things really changed that much since Sir Adam Beck recognized having the private sector own a monoploy is a bad thing? Mike Harris dropped Ontario Hydro onto the pavement and there is no going back. At least the people will see a one time cash out way better than the 407. Also it may be a great time to sell because going off grid will soon be cheaper than using a giant soul sucking utilty.

Ashiva - Sunrise

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
No time for blogging this evening. Dissertations to mark, pots to wash, litter trays to clean. The blog, however, is my canvas to deface as I see fit and here for your perusal is a genuine hidden gem. Ashiva's *Sunrise* is a great poppy trance track that troubled MTV Dance viewers circa 2004, and promptly disappeared - save for a vapid cover much later by the awful Angel City. Yours truly never fully forgot it. And you can see why, this is a proper summery song and should be played very loud indeed.

2016 Honda Civic

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
It will not look exactly like this but still its going to be a head turner and a game changer. When one of the most popular cars in the world gets real style, lookout.

April 19: A short one...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
....I hope. There are two sites I use a good deal for news. Neither is perfectly reliable. I've never even heard of a news source that is perfectly reliable. If you think there are some, then read a book on war reporting from the early days of mass media in the 1890s to today. It's called "The First Casualty". I worked for a time with a journalist who had served in the Canadian army in World War Two. His job was to make sure that in photos the press sent home, any photo that showed a Canadian soldier looking tired or discouraged was scrapped. Later, teaching military history to an... more »

The Perfect Soccer Treat: Butterfly Snack Bags

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SidelineHero #CollectiveBias During soccer season, we eat, breathe and sleep soccer. We play games a couple times a week with the team and then we spend time as a family practicing outside of practice. I never thought I would be a soccer mom, the parent cheering for my child on the sideline, but it has come pretty naturally. Soccer teaches kids to strive for personal excellence and excellence as a team, it is one of the best things we have ever done for our child. In our lea... more »

Ignorance is Strength

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Another Mass Murder That Took Place--Under the Clinton Watch* The more you think about it...the more it looks like the Clinton's have had their bloody fingers in a lot of pies over the past several decades. * If Hillary gets (s)elected....how many more of these operations will humanity have to endure?* Thanks to James Corbett of The Corbett Report for this excellent video expose.

"Of course the BBC has political bias built in", says former Guardian editor

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Well, this is interesting from the last-but-one editor of the *Guardian*, Peter Preston (of all people): Of course the BBC has political bias built in. Just read the rival manifestos, listen to the attendant chatter, and see how much less threatening a Labour government must seem along Langham Place *[better known as Broadcasting House]*: warm tributes to the “enrichment of cultural life”, easier licence-fee rises, more jobs saved, business as usual. Well, quite.

Turbulent Times Show Tonight At 7PM CDT (8PM EDT) On Blogtalk Radio

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Whitewraithe and I will be having our usual Turbulent Times show tonight on Blogtalk radio... Here is Whitewraithe's article from her Pragmatic Witness site (www.whitewraithe.wordpress.com) that gives information about this show in detail: Turbulent Times 4/19/15 episode 14 – NASA (false flag Op) 7:00 p.m. Posted on April 19, 2015 by Whitewraithe [image: turbulenttimesbanner] Finally, North and I will present the evidence against NASA that the entire organization is a fraud, a scam, and one more vehicle with which to deprive the whole world of their hard earned income by forcin... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again... And time again for my usual rant.... It definitely does appear that my "favorite fan club", which are of course the usual band of idiot Hasbara/JIDF agents and trolls has reappeared to fill my comment section at this blog with their usual idiotic and laughable spews... I do read them in their entirety from time to time and in most cases find myself laughing my ass off... I honestly cannot believe that anyone actually believes their drivel including themselves.. It definitely does show the warped mindset of their entire lot and how they have ab... more »

Sunday Classics snapshots: Glinka's "Russlan" Overture packs a way more pungent wallop than you'd guess from "Mom"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*"The Father of Russian Music": Mikhail Glinka (1804-1867)* *GLINKA: Ruslan and Ludmila: Overture* *Kirov Orchestra (St. Petersburg), Valery Gergiev, cond. Philips, recorded February 1995* *New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, cond. Columbia-CBS-Sony, recorded Oct. 14, 1963* *Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Alessandro Siciliani, cond. CSO Showcase, recorded February 2001* *Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, cond. RCA-BMG, recorded Mar. 14, 1959* *by Ken* As I've mentioned occasionally in my occasional TV Watch reports, I occasionally try to watch *Mom*. And each a time... more »

Trust Us!: Its for your own safety.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
People have long wondered just what is going on at the top of the RCMP. Are their people playing with democracy and spiking outcomes just because they can? Well the image above is a National post comment I found. I have no way to judge it, I am not saying its true. What is remarkable is that someone is putting their neck way out there, and if its not chopped off, why? I invite you to read the blog of the Full Mountie.

Randi Weingarten: Sleight of Hand Artist

Ken Derstine at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
April 19, 2015 On April 13, 2015 American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten appeared on the Tavis Smiley show to have a conversation about the state of public education in the United States. In the course of the conversation (14:20 minutes into the video), Tavis Smiley relates a meeting that he had with high school students in Detroit and how he was struck at how all of the students “do not buy into teaching to the test” and saw standardized tests as detrimental to their education. Randi Weingarten responded (15:42) that schools need more hands on engagement such...more »

Richard Dolan and the Roswell Slides

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 11 hours ago
In news that is more than a month old, I learned that Richard Dolan has been invited to participate in the presentation in Mexico City. He wrote that in “February 2015, to my great surprise, I was asked by Jaime Maussan if I would attend” but that he was hesitant to do so. Later he said, “I didn’t agree to participate, however, until after I had a long conversation with Don Schmitt. Of all the people with a connection to the slides, I know Don the best. He helped to fill in many of the blanks I have had on the controversy, and I came away with an even stronger feeling that this is i... more »

Free Planet's favourite 9/11-truth video - fun and funky - concise and scathing

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 11 hours ago
I love this concise and scathing, fun and funky, 9/11-truth video from James Corbett - it's well worth re-viewing.

U.S. Arms Sales To The Middle East Are Booming

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States* *WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood.* *As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military har... more »

Husband of John Deasy confidant, Jamie Alter Lynton, cashed in big on Pearson PLC's LAUSD iPad Deal

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
[image: If the Lyntons are trying to sell off $38,099.31 of Pearson PLC shares in March 2014, is that tantamount to insider trading, given their relationship with Deasy?] *From*: "Robert D. Skeels" <***@ucla.edu> *Subject*: RepairsNOTiPad's alert: Husband of Deasy confidant, Jamie Alter Lynton, cashed in big on Pearson PLC *Date*: April 19, 2015 at 06:43:29 AM PDT *To*: [REDACTED] *Content-Type*: multipart/alternative; boundary="Apple-Mail=_625E9864-12A5-4A2B-B53F-3F0A02FCDFF1" *X-Smtp-Server*: smtp.gmail.com:***@g.ucla.edu *X-Universally-Unique-Identifier*: D167F5C1-F6D5-42CE-BA06-... more »

Top Revolutionary Guard Commander: 'Iran Will Never Allow Foreigners To Inspect Military Sites'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Iran official: Foreign inspectors can't see military sites* *A senior military commander in Iran said Sunday that foreign inspectors would be barred from military sites in the country under any nuclear agreement with world powers, the Associated Press reported.* *Speaking on state TV, Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, said allowing the inspection is tantamount to "selling out," according to the news agency.* *The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany — the so-called P5 +1 group — reached an understanding with... more »

Radioactive Trash

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Ruptly reports: Millions of tons of radioactive soil and debris can be seen packed in black bags in a temporary storage site at Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture. The drone video taken by Ruptly shows how the Fukushima nuclear accident continues to be a major health and environmental catastrophe. Unbelievably, TEPCO, the corporation responsible for the nuclear plant at Fukushima, is storing some of the most dangerous waste on earth in plastic bags near the ocean. Once again TEPCO is showing irresponsible behavior in how they are handling the results of the nuclear accident that occurre... more »

Remembering the Dead in Kiev

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Ukraine has created a database of “separatists, militants, etc”. They call it “Information for law enforcement authorities and special services about pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals, and murderers.” Given the situation in the country and recent laws that have been passed, anyone in Ukraine that does not agree with methods or ideas of the regime could potentially become part of the database. Oles Buzina – a writer and a critic of the regime was there, and he was killed on April 16th. Link to the database: https://psb4ukr.org/criminal/

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
I did my very first TV interview with CCTV – America on Iraq’s economy and political situation. My article on problems with the peshmerga fighting IS was reprinted in Business Insider. I was also interviewed by Diane Maye and her blog Absolute Power, and cited in "A Short Profile of Iraq's Shi'a Militias" by Zana Gulmohamad for the Jamestown Foundation.

Two pariahs and problems with sound

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Two things we’ve been saying for years on *Biased-BBC* and *Is the BBC Biased?* have suddenly become more obvious than ever. The first thing we’ve been saying for years concerns the BBC’s left-wing bias. Over the years interviewee and interviewer have come to find themselves corralled into a kind of ritualistic courtship pattern. If it’s a left-wing subject the tone is gentle and coaxing, perhaps with a spot of token feather-ruffling. If the subject is *not* left-wing, there is normally a hostile, badgering tone peppered with interruptions and adversarial rejoinders. The recent ... more »

Poe's Law

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
(Courtesy of Alan at *Biased BBC*).... I've had a good chuckle at the BBC World Service being caught out by a brilliant student parodist from Sheffield called Godfrey Elfwick, "writer, feminist, dreamweaver". Preparing a feature about people who've never seen *Star Wars* (people like me), BBC WS producer Angela Sheeran spotted a tweet from Godfrey saying, I've never actually seen #StarWars but the fact that the bad guy was all black and ate watermelons was unbelievably racist even for the 70's Naturally - and doubtless only seeing the "unbelievably racist even for the 70's" bit an... more »

Meet and Greet with Brian Jean

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 13 hours ago
So a couple of posts ago I mentioned that I wasn't planning on blogging much about the provincial election unless things got strange. And in some ways they have.....from an NDP candidate getting arrested while campaigning in Medicine Hat to members of a PC riding association resigning after questionable nomination practices. Even your wife's home-made apple pie wasn't safe. The coup de grace came a couple of days ago while I was browsing a newspaper at work and saw a photo on the front page. It was a photo of Wildrose leader Brian Jean and a young lady that looked oddly famili... more »

Iran Supreme Leader: US Created 'Myth' Of Iranian Nuclear Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are a U.S. 'myth'* *(Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week.* *Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has supported the talks but continues to express deep mistrust of the United States.* *"They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat. No, the source of threat is America ... more »

Disaster In The Mediterranean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya* *(Reuters) - As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.* *Twenty eight people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered from the 20 meter-long vessel, which sank around 70 miles from the Libyan coast, south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the Italian coast guard said.* *If confirmed, the death toll would bring the total n... more »

Islamic State In Libya Claims To Have Beheaded 30 Ethiopian Christians

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A screenshot from the video footage released online shows two groups of men being beheaded by militants. *Al Jazeera:* *ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya* *Video released online shows one group of captives being shot and another group being beheaded on a beach.* *A new video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.* *The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and ... more »

Want to Record The Cops? Know Your Rights

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Source Nadia Kayyali There are some very disturbing videos circulating the Internet right now, depicting the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of trained, armed men. Many of these videos even show individuals being shot in the back, or as they try to flee. These are videos of police officers in America killing unarmed black men like Oscar Grant and Eric Garner. And, as the most recent case shows, without these recordings, much of America might not have any idea exactly how much of a problem this is. Citizen videos of law enforcement encounters are more valuable than ever... more »

Health Effects from Smart Meter Radiation

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Catherine J. Frompovich During the week of April 12, 2015, Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness (PASMA) sent out two Press Releases regarding the increasing adverse health effects from Smart Meter (SM) radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation (RFs). Those Press Releases were rather dramatic, especially since utility companies claim there are no adverse health problems. Even Pennsylvania House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee Chair, Robert W. Godshall sent me a letter in response to my letter. This is what he had this to say about SM health effects: *I am not going to con... more »

Sales of US (and British) Arms FUEL the Arab State Wars

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*First a bit of a rant:* As has been said previously, if not ISIS, the western warmongering nations will simply create/conjure some other 'terror' group/enemy to justify the very actions they themselves have already planned for. *One very strong motivation to create the conditions for near endless war is of course, the generation of profits for the military, industrial, oil, banking complex*. That obvious, goes without needing to be said,* FACT*, is made abundantly clear in the article below: *Sales of US arms fuels the wars of Arab states via CNBC* *It's quite clear conditions a... more »

Free Online Food Revolution Summit - April 25th to May 3rd 2015

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Fourth Annual Food Revolution Summit* *April 25th to May 3rd 2015* Sign up for the free summit and claim your complimentary Real Food Action Guide! You’ll get the top ten most critical food facts, and discover how to eat your way to the best health of your life!

Ukraine a Vector for GMO Poison’s Spread Through EU

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Ulson Gunnar When the *Washington Post* chooses to pen an insulting, condescending editorial targeting entire nations speaking up against Western impropriety, one can just as well assume the precise opposite of whatever narrative the *Post*is trying to push forward is true. Regarding American biotech companies and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor.... more »

The U.S. Evacuation Of Its Nationals From Yemen Has Been A Disaster

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Weekly Standard*: *If This Is What Success Looks Like, Just Imagine Failure* *The Obama administration once pointed to Yemen as the proof that the application of what it calls “smart power” works. Today, from John Zarocostas, writing for McClatchy, we learn that:American citizens escaping Yemen, including small children and some frail elderly, are arriving exhausted in Djibouti after harrowing journeys from the besieged country …The U.S. ambassador:… Tom Kelly, said hundreds of Americans have arrived in Djibouti in recent days aboard foreign ships and aircraft after j... more »

Yemen Is Running Out Of Gas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Yemen grinds to a halt for lack of gas* *SANAA, Yemen — Hamoud al-Harazi’s brush with death happened while he was trying to buy gasoline this week. On his fifth day waiting at a filling station in Yemen’s capital, a fight erupted when armed men in a Toyota pickup tried to cut in at the front of the mile-long line.* *They began trading gunfire with other frustrated motorists, prompting Harazi to run for his life, he said.* *“It’s come to the point that we in Yemen may die just trying to get gas,” said Harazi, a minibus driver who lives in Sanaa.* *Intense fight... more »

Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Mac Slavo Earlier this week Michael Snyder warned that the bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can’t pinpoint how or why it’s happening. What’s worse, the collapse of sea life in the Pacific Ocean isn’t something that will affect us several decades into the future. The implications are being seen right now, as evidenced by an emergency closure of fisheries along the West coast this week. On Wednesday federal regulators annou... more »

The Nightmare That Is Steven King (R-IA)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Novelist Stephen King had some fun with 3 of the GOP contenders on Twitter yesterday. For most Americans, Paul, Cruz or Rubio would indeed be a horror story-- along with the entire Republican Party agenda. But for immigrants there's another Steven King-- the Iowa extremist-- who is much more of a horror story... and for many of them, an existential horror story at that. Thursday the Iowa King was on the *John Fredericks Show* on Virginia radio. King claims, disingenuously, that Obama is importing "illegals" to stack the voting rolls. "To put it simply," he told the right-wing, raci... more »

The U.S. Military's New Cyber Plan: 'Blunt Force Trauma'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
REUTERS/Skip Peterson *Philip Ewing, Politico*: *The Pentagon's new cyber attack plan: 'Blunt force trauma'* *The Pentagon wants cyber weapons that can inflict “blunt force trauma.”* *That’s one vision that Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has laid out for the next phase of military cyber operations — and in a rare occurrence in the cyber realm, he elaborated with examples.* *“How do you make an enemy air defense system go completely blank in the first minute of the conflict?” Welsh asked reporters last week. “How do you make a [surface to air missile] radar show a thousan... more »

One More Recognition For The Doolitle Raiders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Rick Moran, PJ Media:* *Last Two Doolittle Raiders Honored on Anniversary* *Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot among the last survivors of the raid.Only two men are left alive from the 80 airmen and pilots who took off from the deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942, and set out to send Japan a message that the U.S. would stop at nothing to win the war begun by Japan a few months earlier.Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, 99, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, 93, are the last of the Doolittle Raiders — the men who struck the first blow against the Japanese empire by bombing ... more »

Japanese Calligraphy by Sagiura Kakei

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Source:* *Beyond Calligraphy*

Economic News , Data and Views ( April 19 , 2015 ) Greece heads into another eventful week ( Extraordinary EWG Meeting on April 22 , 2015 , April 24th Summit in Riga , this follows the eventful week in Washington , D.C ) ..... Edward Hugh examines once again , in detail , ECB Taper Talk ( coming sooner than advertised perhaps ) ..... Spain in focus ( Valencia Region Election on deck May 24th ) .... China makes deep 1 percent cut to Banks Reserve Requirement ( Just as Housing there seems to be coming unhinged ) ..... Finland in focus ( another grand irony from the former austerity poster child , Election today as well ) ..... Half of all Global Government Bonds yield less than 1 percent ( Charlie Sheen opines " Winning , Duh ? " ) ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Tweets... Cha Geo retweeted *Tolis Krallis* @toliskrallis · 26m26 minutes ago #Greece Long Term Unemployed: 461,000 (Feb 2015) from 431,523 (Feb 2014). Up 6.83% #economy *MineForNothing* @minefornothing · 30m30 minutes ago 700 feared dead in Med migrant ship 'massacre' http://www. thelocal.it/20150419/700-feared-dead-in-med-shipwreck … *MineForNothing* @minefornothing · 49m 49 minutes ago Eurozone HICP inflation rate ex energy grew just 0.6% Y/Y in March, down from 0.8% in March 2014 *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner · 3h3 hours ago Fears grow of Greek euro exit ... more »

Millions of Girls Given Vaccines Secretly Spiked with Sterilization Drugs

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Kimberly Paxton Although some might call it a conspiracy theory, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the United Nations have been accused for decades of trying to secretly reduce the world’s population by hiding contraceptives in vaccines that are purported to be for other purposes. In 1992, during a meeting at the UN headquarters in Geneva, scientists and “women’s health advocates” discussed the use of “fertility regulating vaccines, particularly the anti-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin vaccine. ( source) If you had any doubt in your mind that this was true, doctors at a Cath... more »

Get Vaccinated or Lose Your Medicaid?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By Experimental Vaccines A lawsuit has been initiated by a student who claims she was kicked out of the Baker College, Michigan nursing program because she challenged an instructor who gave a lesson that encouraged lying to patients in order to get them vaccinated. Moreover, she claims that the "lying" could take the form of inducing panic or other forms of coercion like threatening the loss of Medicaid. Kenny Valenzuela highlights the details. *Research links posted below:* Baker College instructor told students to threaten patients into vaccinations, lawsuit claims Hospital... more »

Expert Says “Banning Cash” The Only Solution to Negative Interest Market Problems

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Mac Slavo As everyone knows by now, the Federal Reserve’s main tool in economic warfare has become hyper low interest rates and, thus, extremely cheap money for large institutions vis-à-vis the controversial reign of QE – quantitative easing. Now, the how-low-can-you-go climate has created negative interest rates, meaning not only that many investments carry no return but that many deposits cost money. Well-known Citigroup economist William Buiter says the solution to this backwards market is to rein in the appeal of normal currencies like cash – because it is “causing problems”... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers, study finds* *The report below is a summary of research by two minority psychologists, Eberhardt and Okonofua. In the study, "Two Strikes: Race and the Disciplining of Young Students", the authors tried to pin more frequent punishment of black students on inaccurate "stereotypes" held by teachers. * It is not completely clear what view of stereotyping that the authors adopt. To be a bit paradoxical about it, stereotyping is often stereotyped. By that I mean that the old 1930s view of stereotypes as fixed, rigid ... more »

DHS Seeking to Buy Access to Private Surveillance Cameras to Track Drivers

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Cassius Methyl and Nick Bernabe Despite the ongoing debate to roll back the Department of Homeland Security’s current civil liberties overreaches, the DHS is soliciting bids from corporations for access to license plate data collected by private surveillance systems. In a public statement, the Department said it’s “not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system,” rather, the DHS claims to be tapping into existing networks. According to the Washington Post, the DHS “is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they w... more »

Florida Rolls Out High-Tech “Smart” Street Lights

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Aaron Dykes Despite appearances, the “smart” society was never based on saving energy, saving money or saving the environment. The real aim has been to control the population and conduct absolute surveillance on the larger herd and even every individual. Thanks to smart phones, smart meters, smart grids, smart TVs, smart cars and smart appliances, the places you go, the people you contact and all the things you interact with are logged, tracked and analyzed by advanced computer algorithms. Thanks to search engines, the technocrats even believe they know what you’re thinking and w... more »

The Global Credit Crunch Has Begun

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Michael Snyder Get ready for another major worldwide credit crunch. Today, the entire global financial system resembles a colossal spiral of debt. Just about all economic activity involves the flow of credit in some way, and so the only way to have “economic growth” is to introduce even more debt into the system. When the system started to fail back in 2008, global authorities responded by pumping this debt spiral back up and getting it to spin even faster than ever. If you can believe it, the total amount of global debt has risen by $35 trillion since the last crisis. Unfort... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Record high temperature -- by 5 hundredths of one degree Celsius!* *It's statistically meaningless, of course. And the land-based record is crap anyway. Only the satellite measurements give full coverage -- and are much harder to "rig"* The Earth experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880. There's been no break from the globe's record heat - the first three months of 2015 have all set new high temperature marks. Last month's average temperature soared to 56.4°F (13.6°C), averaging 1.5°F (0.85°C) above the average for the 20th century. The data,... more »

La Jornada: Asia y el nuevo banco

Eduardo Cantoral at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
La Jornada: Asia y el nuevo banco: "En mi artículo del 16 de noviembre pasado me referí por primera vez al Banco de Inversión e Infraestructura de Asia (AIIB, por sus iniciales en inglés), formado inicialmente por 21 países asiáticos el 24 de octubre en Shanghai, China." 'via Blog this'

Smart Meters Unveiled

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Source Catherine J. Frompovich Smart Meter (SM) technology is something most consumers may not be familiar with. However, just because the ‘smart’ label is attached to a technology, that doesn’t imply the technology is in the best interest of consumers’ overall health. Think again, especially when it comes to new ‘smart’ electric, gas, or water meters that are AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) SMs, which can do a few things consumers really may not be aware of and which really are NOT very smart safety-wise. SMs send RFs (Radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation) into the ho... more »

Norman's Wisdom

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Last week, I shared some of *Norman's Wisdom* with you: Norman Smith provided his second piece of *Norman's Wisdom* on this morning's *Broadcasting House* - a spot where he highlights one incident from the week that strikes him as particularly significant. Last week it was Joey Essex not knowing much about politics, something Norman felt was a warning to all hacks and politicos, giving that most people don't live in the Bubble they live in. This week it was the story about the collapsing stage backdrop at UKIP's press conference, signifying how UKIP's vote appears to be collapsing... more »

The Anthrax Coverup Exposed

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Paul Craig Roberts Graeme MacQueen’s 2014 book, *The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy*, has been vindicated by the head of the FBI’s Anthrax Investigation. Four and one-half months ago I posted a review of MacQueen’s book. The hired government apologists, the despicable presstitute media, and the usual gullible patriots greeted the book with screams of “conspiracy theory.” In fact, MacQueen’s book was a carefully researched project that established that there indeed was a conspiracy – a conspiracy inside the government. MacQueen’s conclusion stands vi... more »

“Strong, Proud, Free”

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
The above is apparently the 'branding' that the Conservatives are now going to be inundating us with for the foreseeable future, it remains to be seen if we finally see the end of the “Economic Action Plan” Ads that have plagued us for years in attempting to persuade us that they actually had one. We know that these Ads are designed to promote the Conservative Regime and actually provide very minimal real information about government services but now with an election in the offing and Harper being spun as the great protector of Canadians and with our getting increasingly involved in... more »

Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, I've not even watched the second batch of three films (Episodes 1 - 3), actually mybe that makes me a true Star Wars fan! Regardless of that, the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, excites me; here's the new teaser trailer So what do we see and learn? This desert planet may look like Tatooine, home of the Skywalkers, but is it? What is the crashed battle ship? Empire? Those words must be spoken by Luke but is that really him with the robotic hand sitting with R2D2? Very Jedi hermit, if it is, and it must be. 'My father *has* it? Is Darth Vader... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
*Written by: *Ray Davies (The Kinks) Now that you've found your paradise This is your Kingdom to command You can go outside and polish your car Or sit by the fire in your Shangri-la Here is your reward for working so hard Gone are the lavatories in the back yard Gone are the days when you dreamed of that car You just want to sit in your Shangri-la Put on your slippers and sit by the fire You've reached your top and you just can't get any higher You're in your place and you know where you are In your Shangri-la Sit back in your old rocking chair You need not worry, you need not care You ...more »

Double standards?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Brendan O'Neill recently pointed out the "callous double standards" of Israel bashers who say they care about Palestinian suffering but who appear conspicuously unconcerned about the fate of the Palestinians living in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, where Islamic State, the Syrian Army (from the air), Hamas-aligned Palestinian groups and the al-Qaeda-aligned Al Nusra Front are turning things into (as a UN spokesman said) the deepest circle of Hell: Where is the Twitter outrage? The talk of holding public protests? The angry articles by Palestinian solidarity activists? The dis... more »

Another reason for the BBC to love the British Green Party

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
The Jewish Chronicle reports that 'Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she backed the boycott of Israeli artists, musicians and academics in an interview with the *JC* on Friday. Ms Bennett, who is standing for Holborn & St Pancras, supported the party’s official Israel boycott policy. She said: “We need to get the message across to the Israeli state. It needs to comply with international law and human rights.' A blinkered lefty with a warped view of the Middle East, no wonder the BBC love her.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
If a BBC interviewer wants to avoid non-trivial accusations of bias then he should probably try to avoid appearing blatantly inconsistent - especially during a general election. If he *doesn't* avoid appearing blatantly inconsistent then further non-trivial accusations of bias will inevitably follow. Andrew Marr - who faces plenty of trivial accusations of bias week in and week out on Twitter - is now putting himself at considerable risk of being on the receiving end of lots of non-trivial accusations of bias *if* he carries on the way he's interviewing at the moment - i.e. *very... more »

Dawn by Dario Marianelli features in Hans Zimmer's INTERSTELLAR soundtrack?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
I watched it, last night, Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR and its very strange narrative structure of *betrayal*. Mostly, and *love*. Really *enjoyed* it. A *lot*. It was clever, as are most Nolan films, clever and cunning in a mind-manipulation way. It was very tense when it needed to be, too. And the excellent soundtrack added to the drama. But there was this recurrent musical theme running throughout the film that kinda ground on my ear a bit. When the film ended, I raced onto the internet to try to find similar discussion from people who'd also been annoyed by the lick, the ... more »

The Nasty Blowback from America’s Wars  (Sachs Defines Wall St. & Both Party's Morals:  PATHOLOGICAL and CORRUPT)  NeoCon Chaos/Catastrophe Machine - Pentagon Cuts Yields Small Govt - Elites Prepare for Something Big?  (Not to Mention Non-ScienceTologists)  Fool Fest!

Watch "The Four Horsemen" on Free Speech TV (FSTV) any time you can find it on. It will enlighten and dismay your sense of what type of country/economic environment you live in today. And get you moving to work for real change. BREAKING Lawmakers Reach Deal to Give Obama TPP Fast-Track Authority Grayson on Money & Politics: "If We Do Nothing (About TPP Fast Tracking), We Can Kiss This

For building light fighters in India, Saab officials want government-to-government deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested France for 36 Rafale fighters, built by Dassault Aviation, to meet the needs of Indian Air Force (IAF) for 126 fighters. Since then speculation is rising about a second global vendor that might fill the gap, building light fighters in India, alongside an Indian partner. In interviews with state-run broadcaster Doordarshan and Hindustan Times, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had also explicitly stated the IAF urgently needs light fighters, a requirement the Rafale does not meet. Likening light, medium and heavy fighters t... more »

Israel Mulls Arms Deal with Ukraine after Russia Sells Iran Advanced Missile System

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Vladimir Putin]Russian President Vladmir Putin warned Israel on Saturday that the government’s decision to sell weapons to Ukraine would be “counterproductive” and flame the fires of conflict. Israel’s move to supply weapons to Ukraine come in response to the Kremlin’s decision to supply Iran with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile system. “It’s the Israeli leadership’s choice,” Putin told Russian state-run media. “It’s their right to do what they think is appropriate.” Read more

France provides first weapons to Lebanon to fight IS

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AS532 Cougar]The first French weapons from a $3 billion Saudi-funded program will arrive in Lebanon on Monday as allies seek to bolster the country’s defenses against the Islamic State group and other jihadists pressing along its Syrian border. Anti-tank guided missiles are set to arrive at an air force base in Beirut, overseen by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Lebanese counterpart, Samir Mokbel. France is expected to deliver 250 combat and transport vehicles, seven Cougar helicopters, three small corvette warships and a range of surveillance and communi... more »

Park seeks to export S. Korea's attack aircraft to Peru

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F/A-50 Golden Eagle]President Park Geun-hye will seek the export of South Korea's light attack aircraft to Peru during her four-day state visit to the South American country, an official said Sunday. Park arrived in Lima on Saturday for talks with her Peruvian counterpart, Ollanta Humala, on how to further strengthen economic and other relations. The talks are set to be held on Monday. South Korea said a planned rollout ceremony for the first basic trainer assembled in Peru in cooperation with the Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. could help Seoul's push to export FA-50 fighte... more »

Greek and Turkish jets harass each other over international waters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HAF Block-52 F-16]Two Greek F-16 jets intercepted two F-16 jets belonging to the Turkish Air Force on Saturday, according to a press release from the Turkish General Staff Headquarters. According to the report, the fighter jets were on a training flight in international air space over the Mediterranean Sea. Turkish General Staff said that the Turkish military planes were intercepted by the Greek planes for a total of 2 minutes and 40 seconds, prompting the Turkish jets to respond in kind. Additionally, three Greek F-16 jets intercepted a Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft ove... more »

The Love Paintings

Leonid Basin at GlobaLove Think Tank - 19 hours ago

Govan shipyard completes work on 700 tonne carrier control tower

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Prince of Wales forward island]Workers at the BAE shipyard at Govan have completed another section of the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales. The forward island main control tower, which weighs almost 700 tonnes, inched out of the fabrication shed on 144 remote controlled wheels on Saturday. It will be transferred onto a barge on the Clyde on Sunday, then start the five-day journey round the north coast of Scotland to Rosyth for assembly. Read more

273 Drone Aircraft Carriers? New DARPA Contract Could Be a Game Changer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN)]The United States Navy boasts a "battle force" of 273 ships. Of these, only 10 are actual aircraft carriers. But what if every U.S. warship could become an "aircraft carrier" in a pinch? Last month, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Products Agency, or DARPA, announced progress on an idea that promises to do just this -- after a fashion. Wrapping up phase 1 of its Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node, or TERN, program, DARPA said it is ready to proceed to phase 2. Two companies have been tapped to do the work: megad... more »

Sweden raises defence budget amid Russia concerns

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Il-20M Coot]Sweden will raise defence spending by 10.2 billion kronor (1.09 billion euros, $1.18 billion) for the period 2016 to 2020, the government said Friday amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence, AFP reports. "The agreement sends a signal, internationally, that Sweden is reacting to the security situation in the world, that Sweden is a guarantor for peace and stability in northern Europe and that the defence of Sweden's territory is in focus," Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told the TT news agency. Sweden's left-wing minority government, made up of the Socia... more »

RAF wants a new £2bn aircraft fleet to keep Britain safe from Russian submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Keeping British waters safe requires a £2billion fleet of submarine hunter aircraft, defence chiefs will tell the next government. The RAF is calling for 12 planes and surveillance drones to monitor our coast in the wake of the renewed threat from Russia. Aircraft, ships and subs under orders from Russian leader Vladimir Putin have been probing British ­territory almost on a weekly basis for two years. Read more

Rod Class, Dean Clifford & Rebecca Cope Face to face with Sacha Stone- VIDEO

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 20 hours ago
For everyone interested in the "Legal" and "Lawful" questions of this current paradigm of global fraud and corruption, and how we move through this quagmire, you will want to watch this episode of Face to Face with Sacha Stone. On Wednesday April 15th, 2015, Sacha Stone talked to Rod Class, Dean Clifford, and Rebecca Cope on many of these subjects. I can guarantee that anyone involved in lawsuits, legal actions or interested in how we move forward in the realms of bureaucratic law fuckupidness, should definitely watch this archive Video from Wednesday nights show ! You can tune ... more »

Pilots Are Getting Ready For A Historic World War II Flyover Over The National Mall

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Nearly 70 WWII aircraft will fly over the monument-studded National Mall on May 8 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in Europe near the end of World War II (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb) *AFP:* *Flyover in Washington to commemorate WWII victory* *Washington (AFP) - A parade of vintage warplanes will fly over Washington on May 8 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in Europe near the end of World War II, event organizers said Tuesday.Nearly 70 WWII aircraft will fly over the monument-studded National Mall "in historically sequenced warbird formati... more »

US Navy Pursues High-Tech Submarine Upgrades

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS North Dakota (SSN 784)]U.S. Navy leaders say the service is making progress developing new technologies to ensure the U.S. retains its technological edge in the undersea domain – as countries like China continue rapid military modernization and construction of new submarines. When asked about the pace of Chinese undersea military construction and modernization, the Navy's Director of Undersea Warfare said the Navy is focused on sustaining the research and development, or R&D, sufficient to ensure the U.S. retains its technological superiority. Some of the efforts are yie... more »

Top U.S. Army Commander In Europe: Europe Faces A 'Real Threat' From Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges. NATO *The Telegraph*: *Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander* *The commander of the US army in Europe, Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges, says that Nato must remain united "as insurance" against Russia * *The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia.* *"It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said.* *"You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any... more »

Are politicians really that despicable? Of course they are. But what made them like this? It was all of us voters!

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released in April 2015, just before the May 2015 UK General Election, showed a fall of over 800,000 on the Electoral Register during the year 2014. Is this a symptom of public disgust at all the shabby little things politicians do to grasp at power? Before even more of us make the mistake of turning up our noses at the ballot, we should consider

America Cannot Afford The F-35

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Source: Lockheed Martin. *Matthew Gault, War is Boring*: *Congress‘ Watchdog Thinks America Can’t Afford the F-35* *New report reads like a passive-aggressive letter between spouses* *The F-35 is the most expensive weapon the Pentagon has ever built. Current estimates put the total cost of the jet’s maintenance and operation at more than $1 trillion.* *This number is for all the jets over their entire lifespan, but it’s also just for operations and maintenance. But this amount doesn’t take into account the acquisition cost — the cash taxpayers have spent so far to design and buil... more »

A Go-To Graphic Of The Entire The US Navy Fleet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Foxtrot Alpha:* *This Is Your Go-To Graphic To Understand The US Navy Fleet* *If you want to know just about every ship and sub in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, this graphic is your guide. It’s massive and awesome and actually appears to be set just a few years in the future, which makes it even cooler. * *You can download the top graphic, which is a promotional piece for Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defense Radar system here, and if you want to see Sealift Command’s fleet, here’s where to get it.* *WNU Editor*: I am impressed. Every U.S. Navy ship is listed.

AEC 9: SEANET Forum on Economic Liberalization, Kuala Lumpur, April 23

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 23 hours ago
Next week, April 23, SEANET, IDEAS and APF/ACSC will jointly sponsor this forum in Kuala Lumpur. I will be there to attend and hear this forum as well as other panel discussions of APF/ACSC. If I am asked that question, my answer is a quick Yes. Why? Economic liberalisation (or liberalization) means giving the people more economic freedom to pursue various endeavors.. To produce various goods and services, to have more choices and options as consumers of final products (like food and shoes) or buyers of capital goods (like machines and trucks), raw materials and intermediate prod... more »

Did Then-Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen Know That Bowe Bergdahl Deserted His Post?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*FOX News:* *Bergdahl's platoon mates: Head of Joint Chiefs knew he walked off base in 2009* *Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan June 30, 2009, and by December of that same year, the president's principal military adviser, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, knew those details, according to three of Bergdahl's platoon mates who spoke to Fox News.* *"I asked him (Mullen) if he knew about Bergdahl and that he deserted and he (Mullen) told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off," former Sgt. Matt Vierkant to...more »

Differences Between The U.S. And Iran On Their Nuclear Deal Continues To Widen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*USA Today*: *Iran-U.S. differences over nuclear deal widen* *Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging.* *As negotiators prepare to start working on a final agreement in Vienna next Wednesday, the United States and Iran are at odds on key issues that form the basis of the deal unveiled April 2 in Switzerland.* *They include when economic sanctions on Iran will be lifted, the number of machines Iran can keep to process uranium and length of the final agreement.* *WNU Edit... more »

Are The People Who Run U.S. Central Command Stupid?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*William M. Arkin, Phase Zero/Gawker*: Why Is CENTCOM So Stupid? *Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in Washington today to meet President Obama. To set the stage yesterday, U.S. Central Command—the military command charged with advancing U.S. interests in the Middle East—announced that ISIS has lost control of 25 to 30 percent of its territory since August. The Pentagon briefing map, pictured below, is meticulous in its utter irrelevance. * *The Pentagon spokesmen said that "coalition forces" expected to clear Tikrit of ISIS/ISIL "relatively soon" and that the front line "ha... more »

Musical Interlude: Afshin Toufighian & Ali Youssefi, "Rise"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Afshin Toufighian and Ali Youssefi, "Rise" Lyrics from “The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLnfWlGxw0c

Musical Interlude: Afshin, "Prayer of Change"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Afshin, "Prayer of Change" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75SGQ65QhaU ◆

Free Download: Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse "Siddhartha" is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of a boy known as Siddhartha from the Indian Subcontinent during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. Hesse dedicated "Siddhartha" to Romain Rolland, "my dear friend". The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

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

"Do You Remember?"

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

“60 Quotes that Will Change the Way You Think”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “60 Quotes that Will Change the Way You Think”* by Marc Chernoff "In your quiet moments, what do you think about? How far you’ve come, or how far you have to go? Your strengths, or your weaknesses? The best that might happen, or the worst that might come to be? In your quiet moments, pay attention to your thoughts. Because maybe, just maybe, the only thing that needs to shift in order for you to experience more happiness, more love, and more vitality, is your way of thinking. Here are 60 thought-provoking quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, and from ou... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Thanks for stopping by.

"How To Respond To The Awful Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How To Respond To The Awful Truth"* by Zen Gardner "It's a volatile, challenging time to be alive, no doubt. The world is a landscape thoroughly scattered with catastrophic nightmares like flaming lava pits on a giant festering orb. And this huge array of drastic, life-threatening problems we're facing that are burning in the world's collective subconscious are apparently careening towards some mad, apocalyptic finale. The big question we're all faced with is this. Once we're aware of what's going on, what do we do? And more importantly, for those not willing to face the truth, w... more »

"How to Gain Control of Your Negative Emotions"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How to Gain Control of Your Negative Emotions"* by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. “Whether it's sadness, fear, shame, guilt or anger, sometimes when these are here, all we want to do is be somewhere else and it seems like it's going to last forever. Here's one practice to consider in regaining control of your mind during the difficult moments in life. Try this as an experiment: When an uncomfortable emotions arises, ask yourself the honest question, "*How long is this going to last?"* See it as a moment of investigation, a chance to really get to know how you operate. No longer are you ... more »

Tennessee pulls back from the nuttiness of designating the Bible as the state's official book

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Daryl Cagle, cagle.com (*click to enlarge*) *by Ken* So it appears that Tennessee will not, after all, designate the Bible as the state's official book. On Wednesday, the state House voted 55-38 to do just that. But as Dave Boucher reported Thursday evening for *The Tennessean*: The Bible will not become the official book of Tennessee this year. Bolstered by opposition from Republican leadership, the Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill a day after it was adopted by the House. "This isn't the time or place now in the full Senate floor to ... more »

Chet Raymo, "What Does It All Mean?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Does It All Mean?"* by Chet Raymo "A good friend tells me via e-mail that she is reading Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." I read the book for a second time two years ago, in the new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It's one of those novels I had to read twice - once in middle age (I would not have had the patience in youth) and once in settled maturity. In middle age, it was all about Anna, and passion, and doubt. In old age - for me at least - it's about Levin, settled, happily married, enjoying as much intellectual peace as might be possible in this bi... more »

The U.$. is Isolated Around the World

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
American media outlets are showing a growing concern over the influence of foreign media outlets, particularly the Russian media. However, in an exclusive interview, professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky says that America’s media machine has been spreading its own form of propaganda throughout the world, while at the same time refusing to acknowledge its own culpability in international conflicts. He tells Alexey Yaroshevsky more about the U$ manipulation of information and its effect on democracy.

U.$. Wants Another War!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Almost 300 American paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train Kiev forces. Their mission will officially kick off on Monday, and will continue for the next six months. They are members of the 173rd airborne brigade, which already trained Ukrainian forces previously - in international drills last September. The U$ Pentagon is creating more chaos on Russia's border - imagine if it was the other way around and Russia was deploying troops in Mexico and Canada - what would the U$ response be then?

Go slow on fracking Fracking is a hot topic in Annapolis this year, with bills in the legislature that would hit the pause button and impose strict liability standards on companies that want to drill in the state before the oil and gas industry starts fracking in Western Maryland ("Frosh wades ...

Spring migration is underway. Turkey vultures and killdeer have been back for weeks. I heard an eastern phoebe on March 12. Eastern towhees returned on March 20, and I heard the first chipping sparrow of the year on April 1. The parade of returning species will continue until early June. But ...

There is mounting evidence that the world is actively preparing for economic life after the death of the Dollar. The facts are now quantifiable, and for those if us who are accustomed to this moment is history where the Dollar is still technically "the world's reserve currency" and cheap imports ...

How Do I Get Into Big-Box Stores? What Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran Told This Entrepreneur. Become A Better Leader Sign up for weekly leadership advice you cannot afford to miss Invalid Email Deputy Editor Craig Madaus knows the Bübi Bottle is a winner. He just needs to get America's big-box retailers to agree. Yes, he's entering ...

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