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Thursday, April 2, 2015

2 April - Blogs I'm Following II

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10:26pm MDST

These Are The Chokepoints That Are Critical To The World's Oil Trade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Business Insider: **These 8 narrow chokepoints are critical to the world's oil trade* *Over half of the world's oil supply moved through set maritime routes in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), often aboard massive tanker ships. To minimize costs, tankers transport oil along established paths that are as short as possible. Many pass through a small handful of maritime chokepoints.Altogether, there are eight major oil chokepoints throughout the world, and a closure or disruption to any one of them could cause unpredi... more »

Aliens Answer the Arecibo Message by Making Crop Circles

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Video - *In August 2001, two new crop circles were reported near the Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, UK, which are believed to answer the Arecibo message sent in 1974. The post Aliens Answer the Arecibo Message by Making Crop Circles appeared first on Waking Times.

Chinese Soldiers Are On The Ground In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
PLAN frigate Yueyang, sister ship to the Weifang. Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe *RT:* *Chinese military disembark in port of Aden, Yemen, to guard evacuation – official* *Dozens of unidentified foreign troops reported disembarking in the port of Aden turned out to be Chinese soldiers maintaining security as an unknown party opened fire on a vessel evacuating foreign citizens, a Yemeni official told Sputnik.* *“A Chinese military ship arrived in the port to evacuate Chinese citizens…a skirmish which occurred during the evac... more »

Prevent Colony Collapse Disorder: Let’s Plant for the Bees

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Meme - *Colony collapse disorder threatens bees everywhere, but we can plant bee-friendly plants to prevent it. Here's a list of plants that can help our natural pollinators. The post Prevent Colony Collapse Disorder: Let’s Plant for the Bees appeared first on Waking Times.

Guest Post - Taking the Ecofriendly Ecommerce Store to Crowdfunding by Frank Molina

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
We don’t make anything. We haven’t come up with the latest video game or the next hottest electronic widget, but we have something many crowdfunders don’t. Not just one great product, but many great products made by some of the hottest brand names in solar and portable energy from around the world. For us, it’s more about selling our customer experience; things like offering a wider selection of sustainable products, faster shipping, ease of doing business, and so on. [image: Guest Post - Taking the Ecofriendly Ecommerce Store to Crowdfunding by Frank Molina] *Shop Akari* is an eco... more »

Drones Are Becoming A Critical Part Of Iran's Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Adam Rawnsley and Chris Biggers, Daily Beast:* *We Found Iran’s Secretive Drone Base* *Tehran is increasingly turning to an unmanned air force to further its expansionist goals. A newly discovered drone HQ hints at just how big its ambitions may be.New satellite imagery shows that Iran has quietly deployed drones and submarines on its southern coast. It’s a sign that the Islamic Republic is expanding its naval power and looking to push American warships farther off its shores.The satellite images, published this week by Google Earth, indicate the presence of surveillance dron... more »

Is Ted Cruz Going To Win The GOP Nomination?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Ted Cruz, more than any of the other plausible Republican presidential candidates, really is in touch with the heart and soul of the Republican activist base. While Jeb Bush is milking the Establishment fat cats for millions and millions of dollars, Cruz has been developing an organic bond with the party's always-aggrieved base (and is getting decent fundraising results). When I've predicted he would be the nominee, *all* of my political friends have laughed at me. Did Bush scoop up $100 million this quarter? He needs that kind of money if he's going to have *any* shot to persuade... more »

Radiation Levels Trending Upward as Measured by Netc.com

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Netc has limits as a monitoring system, but it does tie into government monitoring in Japan and the US and provides data from individual citizen monitoring as well. Netc is widely accessible and easy to use. Netc's creator developed an effective strategy for comparisons across monitors based on deviation upwards or downwards from that location's mean average: *Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center - Netc.com is an Early Warning Radiation System that takes data from private radiation monitoring stations and EPA network and creates a RBL ( Radiation Background Level ) for each 3000+ sta...more »

Israel Reacts To The Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Representatives of Iran, EU, world powers in Lausanne for talks, April 2, 2015. Photo by Reuters *Wall Street Journal: **Israel Expresses Outrage Over Iran Deal* *Israelis across political spectrum say they oppose an agreement they see upending the Middle East * *TEL AVIV—After years of lobbying against an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, Israelis across the political spectrum expressed outrage that six world powers were headed to a deal that many here see as upending the Middle East’s fragile balance of power.* *Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had yet to make a statemen... more »

“The Freezing Homeless Child! (Social Experiment)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Freezing Homeless Child! (Social Experiment)”* *◆* *Fund Raiser For the Homeless here: * - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-clothe-the-homeless/x/9969597 ◆ A very grateful hat tip to Julie Mitchell for this material. ◆ As for those who just walked by, there's not enough contempt or disgust... - CP

Continued Thick Emissions and Elevated Radiation Levels

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
The radiation levels have dropped around Tokyo but are still high in Northern Japan Continued heavy emissions from unit 3 area. It is NOT raining and has not been raining since i began watching the cams this morning, 5 hours ago: Uptick in US radiation levels under the upper Jet Stream Enenews is down.

Iran Foreign Minister: U.S. Lying About New Nuclear Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon*: *Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement* *Says White House misleading Congress, American people with fact sheetLAUSANNE, Switzerland — Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released fol...more »

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “Vision Quest”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Medwyn Goodall, “Vision Quest” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIUuyoRfbvw

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Do you see it? This common question frequently precedes the rediscovery of one of the most commonly recognized configurations of stars on the northern sky: the Big Dipper. This grouping of stars is one of the few things that has likely been seen, and will be seen, by every generation. *Click image for larger size.* The Big Dipper is not by itself a constellation. Although part of the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major), the Big Dipper is an asterism that has been known by different names to different societies. Five of the Big Dipper stars are actually near each other in sp... more »

"Crabs in a Bucket"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"*Crabs in a Bucket"* by Sarah Robinson "When I was a little girl, I lived very close (and hour and fifteen minutes) to the Florida panhandle beaches. Which meant we spent a TON of time there. Early evening was one of my favorite times to walk the beach with my mom and my older brothers. We were all clean and fed and slightly sun weary but still desperate to be outside. So, we would grab flashlights, dip nets and a bucket and search the ocean’s edge for crabs. We would catch a bucket full in an evening and drag them back home where my mom or my grandmother would cook them up into s... more »

"Let Go and Let Flow: Taking a Leap of Faith"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Let Go and Let Flow: Taking a Leap of Faith"* by The DailyOm When you make a leap of faith you can accomplish almost anything you set out to do. Many people, in heeding the guidance of their souls, find themselves contemplating goals that seem outrageous or unattainable. In the mind’s eye, these individuals stand at the edge of a precipice and look out over the abyss at the fruit of their ambition. Some resist the urge to jump, paralyzed by the gap between their current circumstances and the life of their dreams. Others make a leap of faith into the unknown, unsure of what they w... more »

Chet Raymo, "On Winged Imagination"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"On Winged Imagination"* by Chet Raymo "A sure test of dark skies is the ability to see with the naked eye the nucleus of the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to our own and the most distant thing- 2 million light-years - you are likely to see without optical aid. On literally hundreds of nights I have stood with a group of companions (of all ages) and unfolded the story illustrated by constellations in that part of the sky. Cassiopeia. Cepheus. Andromeda. Cetus. Perseus. Pegasus. The star Algol. It's a grand story that you can find here, one that has been a theme ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Opelika, Alabama, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: Stephen Levine, “Half Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Half Life”* "We walk through half our life as if it were a fever dream, barely touching the ground, our eyes half open, our heart half closed. Not half knowing who we are, we watch the ghost of us drift from room to room, through friends and lovers never quite as real as advertised. Not saying half we mean or meaning half we say, we dream ourselves from birth to birth seeking some true self. Until the fever breaks and the heart can not abide a moment longer as the rest of us awakens, summoned from the dream, not half caring for anything but love." ~ Stephen Levine

"Too Often..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." - Oliver Wendell Holmes


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you thing about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.” - Norman Vincent Peale

Satire: "Peace With Iran Could Limit Ability to Bomb It, Warns McCain"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Peace With Iran Could Limit Ability to Bomb It, Warns McCain"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "Shortly after world powers successfully negotiated a nuclear-framework agreement with Iran, Sen. John McCain warned that a lasting peace with the Middle Eastern nation “could greatly limit our ability to bomb it.” “President Obama is hailing this framework as something that could enhance the prospects for peace in the Middle East,” McCain told reporters at the United States Senate. “For those of us who have looked forward to bombing Iran for some time now, that would ... more »

5 Reasons Why The Yemeni Opposition Has Been More Successful Than The Syrian Opposition

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Yemen.* *Source of photo: Reuters.* *1. There are no fake political leaders in exile in the Yemeni opposition. * The political leaders of the Houthis who are fighting the status quo in Yemen are actually on the ground alongside the fighters. In the case of Syria, the official, mainline, made-for-tv political representatives are labelled the "Istanbul Hotel Opposition" or something like that by regime-supporters in Syria because they're too busy chilling in hotels in Turkey to engage in talks with the Syrian government. They don't have any decision-making powers over the fighters, ... more »

The Thing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
The thing that impacts me the most is that I have had every opportunity to be found on the EWeb and they have put me in flyover country no seriously I could not suck jet fumes out of 747 on takeoff

I want some kind of religious control on the trasut system

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
First of all if you want to travel dressed with a fashui- ib couch who was alll seciubeted second century I would have to name a plune=== after the and if you had enought funds a hospital do not cry for me Argintina but if you look at that county' we are rinding on that train and the reason is all about first class compartments

The Reliance

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
"The Reliance" 1911 oil on board Antonio Jacobsen

ITV's leaders's debate

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
Did you watch ITV's two-hour-long leaders' debate tonight? I rather enjoyed it. (I'd expected to be bored rigid, but wasn't.) What follows are a series of preliminary reactions...markers to test out the BBC's response to the debate. First things first: ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham did a good job of controlling the seven party leaders (and disguising herself as Anne Robinson from *The Weakest Link *probably helped), and the audience were largely un-BBC-like in remaining quiet for most of the programme - though half of the four spontaneous outbursts of applause went for criticis... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Kevin Frey and Pat O'Gara, ABC News*: *Al-Shabab: Who the Islamic Extremist Group Is and What They Want* *The Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kenyan college early in the morning on April 2. That attack left at least 147 students dead and hundreds of others unaccounted for, according to Kenyan officials. The Somalia-based militant organization raided Garissa College, located in the eastern part of Kenya. So what is Al-Shabab and what do they want? * *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 2, 2015* What is Al-Shabaab, and wh... more »

Yemen: Moscow Responds to Oil Blackmail

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
This is quite an interesting op/ed How correct it is, is of course anyone's guess. Nonetheless, in my opinion, it's worth posting because it provides us all a different take on what might be happening with Yemen. I took the time to find some relevant historical background, that dovetails with present day. The more things change, the more they are exactly the same........................ * Lyuba Lulko** (This is the first I have heard of this person)* Moscow had patience to tolerate blackmail in Syria and the massacre of Ukraine until the United States and Saudi Arabia crossed the ... more »

Zionist Controlled "Arab" Regimes Attack Yemen

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
I am still very much perplexed, like most everyone, about this "war" against the southern Arabian peninsula nation of Yemen.... I have shown in previous articles that this "war" may be exactly as I have stated... For the immediate escalation in the price of world Petroleum. That is due to Yemen's strategic location across from the African nation of Djibouti and at the entrance to the Red Sea at the straits known as the Bar-al-Mandeb Straits... IF Yemen was to fall to the so called "rebels" known as the Houthis, and if they forced the closure of the Bar-al-Mandeb straits, it would ... more »

World News Briefs -- April 2, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters: **Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran's nuclear programme* *(Reuters) - Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a comprehensive accord that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland, clears the way for talks on the future settlement that should allay Western fears that Iran was seeking to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions on the I... more »

PROFITS! Why Ref Rodriguez and his CCSA covet the LAUSD Board Seat

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
*“The education industry represents, in our opinion, the final frontier of a number of sectors once under public control... represents the largest market opportunity... the K-12 market is the Big Enchilada.” — Montgomery Securities prospectus quoted in Jonathan Kozol’s The Big Enchilada* Most of the time the charter school industry's corporate leadership is able to craft their messaging so as to distract the populace from the real purposes undergirding their project. Occasionally, someone in their sector goes off script and tells the truth about what chartering is all about. Usual... more »

What rieles me the most

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Is the waste of human potential demerited in monkey terms by our leaders who are not by any measure that they are great advertiers' and market err but what is the product they sell except power and no human can use power well this has been demonstrated over and over big power may sell but it fails before the warranty and worse than that it leaves zorched earth from some little person who had no connection with facts s m

KamIKasi Remember that

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
that was wrong today and bad yesterday but just thinkaboot the forces that make you give up your human life to serve what is obviously a made up human cause who is the sucker?

Interdimensional Intervention on Earth: A Synthetic System of Control

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Open* - Increasingly, spiritual community sites are talking about an Interdimensional Intervention that’s been taking place here on Earth. The post Interdimensional Intervention on Earth: A Synthetic System of Control appeared first on Waking Times.

Al Shabaab Terror Attack On Kenyan University Has Ended: 147 Students Killed. Scores Wounded. 4 Terrorists Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Al Shabaab kills at least 147 at Kenyan university; siege ends* *(Reuters) - Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a university in Kenya and killed at least 147 people on Thursday, in the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. embassy was bombed in 1998.* *The siege ended nearly 15 hours after the Somali group's gunmen shot their way into the Garissa University College campus in a pre-dawn attack, sparing Muslim students and taking many Christians hostage.* *Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said four gunmen strapped with explosives were behin... more »

IIit ia no hoixkwy GAME

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Do you have a plan to win a championship you weasal and thats what you are from every party so if we are to be ruled by weales lets her a voice a weasel voice of sanity and its not hard to find one if you look around the world Weasels is all we have today but the question is can anyone in our world start as a weasek and become a leader?

CanvasPop Review and Giveaway!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 7 hours ago
I was given a canvas to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I love canvases. No seriously, I love them. I feel like they take a snapshot and turn it into a work of art to hang in your home. I have been frustrated with the canvases I have ordered over the years because I wanted them to be bright and vibrant and it didn't matter how vibrant the picture I sent in to be printed was, the end result was much duller than I wanted. When I got the chance to review a CanvasPop I thought I would give them a shot. Their website is very easy to navigate and I absolutely love the qua... more »

April 2: A must-see in today's Times and Transcript....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
...right in the middle of page A1. It's a photo of Roland Gaudet of the Moncton Model Railroad Society. Not only does he do impressive modelling but, just looking at the houses, you know this is Moncton. And I'm not being at all sarcastic in saying this is the best thing in the paper. It really is good. Indeed, it reminded me of some disappointment when I visited our Resurgo Museum. It had some superb, large scale railway models. But there was very little sense of of Moncton, of its history, of what shaped it, in that museum. My hopes rose for just a moment at the sight of a very ... more »

President Obama: A Historic Deal Has Been Reached With Iran On Its Nuclear Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Obama says 'historic' Iran framework could make world safer* *(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said a framework agreement reached at talks in Switzerland on Iran's nuclear program is "a good deal" that would, if fully implemented, prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and help make the world safer.* *Speaking at the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he would talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - a fierce critic of an Iran deal - as well as U.S. congressional leaders later on Thursday, and had already spoken with Saudi Arab... more »

Why Is The U.S. Not Confronting China Over Its Militarization Of The South China Sea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg: **U.S. Misses Real Threat of China's Fake Islands* *The Barack Obama administration has been very busy dealing with nuclear negotiations with Iran, a war against the Islamic State, a new conflict in Yemen and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Yet the understandable focus on these other crises has obscured China's efforts to speed up its militarization of the South China Sea. Now, Chinese progress has reached the point that senior Pentagon officials and Congressional leaders are demanding the administration do something about it.* *There is no shor... more »

Rob Ford has on last option

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
I know this guy and his is not a bad man just put into a bad position by a family where he was totally out of time and space like the Leaf for a many decades of seasons. If we can cure Rob Ford from cancer it is a victory for everyone.

Waltzing Matilda

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Austrailia it is said by Canadians and our OZ family may be offened b by the thought but its Canada with a beach and no water Have you ever meet a mate in a business discussion where both sides are pressing for a win and then you just make a deal thats win win Thats Austrailia for me A place where mates win I have met people from every end of this earth Mongolia and Nepal in my humble opinion being the most distant of all Yet one thing we all know is that to be happy is better than being sad and long lifelines are built upon laughter not bile In Austrailia they know this better for a... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

THIS Shows How Sick These So Called "Chosen Ones" Truly Are: Israeli Soldier Posed With Palestinian Woman For PR Photo, And Then Shot Her In The Head!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
I truly cannot understand most people when they constantly portray me as a "Jew Hater" or as the usual lie of being a "anti-semite".... I have been constantly looking at all of the facts behind this "tribe" of so called "chosen ones", and all I see is a group of people that themselves are the REAL haters... Everyone quickly forgets about their own teachings that place the rest of mankind as being somehow "inferior" to themselves and that their goal has always been for them to be masters of this planet with the rest of us only to be their slaves! I have dared anyone to take a close ... more »

Responsible terroism

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Thats Hamas never threated the United States think aboot that What I want to say is that terrorsim is to your lawn like a water sprinkler in a drought you got to find funds and is all the dry grass really what your all about Hamas wants land in Isreali they have no other purpose and in the big scheme of things they have an argument but will have to work through a thosand years of jurispurdence

Iran deal, libtards attacking Christians, and Holy Week: Let's connect the dots...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*dot, by dot, by dot.* Be patient, dear readers, for this will be lengthy, but necessary reading. It breaks a basic rule of blogging by being long. People have been so dumbed down that anything that takes longer than mere minutes to get through is considered verboten. I happen to believe my readers are smarter than the average kitchen sponge, and will have no problem getting through this material. Remind yourself that it took me* waaaay* longer to put this together vs the time it will take you to read it - so no complaints, please. I'm going to suggest some articles for you t... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.” - Hunter S. Thompson


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://circleoflight.net *Heart Activation from Jeshua* *LET THERE BE LIGHT* Through Yael and Doug Powell at Circle of Light In the vortex of the awakened heart there is only pure light, where the vibration of Love is so strong and so vibrant that the light it emits engulfs everything. And there is only Love's awareness of itself. This power, this light, this is what you are. Underneath every idea of an identity, there is this. The vibration of living light is so strong that nothing can be held out of it at all. Anything in its presence is entrained instantly. This, my beloved ... more »

U.S. Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan For The First Time In 30 Years Because Of 'Mechanical Problems'. China Issues A Strong Protest

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Times*: *Marine fighter jets landing on Taiwan sends China message* *The emergency landing of two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets on the island of Taiwan appears to have been a political message from the Pentagon to Beijing following a recent Chinese bomber drill near the island nation that is a key rival to Beijing’s rule.* *The Pentagon said the Marine F-18s landed at a southwestern air base that Taiwan’s Defense Ministry identified as the historic Tainan air force base. Maj. Paul L. Greenberg, a Marine Corps spokesman, said the aircraft were on a routine missio... more »

The Deal with Iran

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Wait for it Wait for it do I hear Chamberlains peace in our time echos comming from the talking heads like life during wartime is the template upon which we should predict the future Like the Judge said about pornography I don't know how to define it but I know it when I see it this is peace with Iran For those of you not paying attention did you know the religion of the opposing forces that brought centuries of bloodshed to the Emerald Island? At the end of the rosary the little rope that was left hung religion for fights over property and democratic rights England was a huge power ... more »

Russian Military Strategist Suggests Detonating Nuclear Weapons Over Yellowstone's Supervolcano And San Andreas Fault To Completely Annihilate America

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Konstantin Sivkov, a Russian military analyst, has said that his country needs to develop a new nuclear deterrent against the US *Daily Mail:* *Russia could detonate nuclear weapons over Yellowstone supervolcano and San Andreas fault to completely annihilate America says retired Kremlin military analyst* ** Konstantin Sivkov wrote that Russia needs a new 'asymmetric' weapon * ** He says detonating nuclear weapons on seafloor would unleash tsunamis * ** Seismic activity would trigger volcano, pour feet of ash over the US* ** He says tsunamis could affect 240 million Americans and hit E... more »

The Nine Veils that Shroud the Human Soul

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*A. True Ott, PhD* - Any dedicated seeker of truth eventually stumbles upon the incredible symmetry and structure of mathematics... The post The Nine Veils that Shroud the Human Soul appeared first on Waking Times.

Easter Uplift: It’s Your Revised Sermon on the Mount

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
Put down your symbols of torture for a moment, grab a couple of cold beers and some good old pagan Easter Eggs, and consider something more uplifting than the bloodstained Easter story. Here, courtesy of *Lindsay Perigo*, is his wholly revised, updated and uplifted *Sermon on the Mount.* A Revised Sermon on the Mount Blessed are the poor in spirit—when they become rich in spirit and matter, for theirs will be the kingdom of earth. Blessed are they who mourn—when they get over it. Blessed are the meek—when they acquire pride, for then they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are th... more »

Supplemental: They get letters about Indiana!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015Times goes eight for eight:* We’ll admit it. We’re fascinated by this group of letters in today’s New York Times. In theory, the letters were written in reaction to David Brooks’ most recent column, “Religious Liberty and Equality.” In reality, it seems to us that the letters concern a different, more ancient subject. We’d almost be inclined to call it, “The rather plain superiority of Us as compared to Them.” All eight letters take the same line. We expect to discuss them next week. Each writer is trying to be high-minded. How well do you think they succee... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 2nd April)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 9 hours ago
London’s poorest tenants hit by £50m rent rise as social housing converted to 'affordable' homes Housing associations quietly switch thousands of tenancies to higher rates to make up a shortfall in government funding. In 2010 the government made a 63% cut in capital investment budgets for housing associations, in effect a £3bn reduction in available funding. The government has also demanded

Did Russian Intelligence Chiefs Warn Their U.S. Counterparts That They Will Destabilze The Baltics And Use Nuclear Weapons To Defend Crimea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Putin's Russia has threatened the US with a nuclear showdown over Crimea and the Baltic states(Reuters) *Daily Mail:** Putin Threatens Nuclear War: Russian Leader Will Take Any Necessary Step To Drive Nato Out Of Baltics And Defend Crimea * ** Russian intelligence chiefs took part in secret meeting with U.S. officials * ** Outlined three potential flashpoints that could lead to all-out nuclear war * ** Said attempts to return Crimea to Ukraine will be dealt with as an invasion * ** Also demanded Nato breaks up so called 'rapid response force' in the Baltic and stops arming those fi... more »

The Socialist Party's Erratic Marxism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
I'm not a Marxist for the same reasons Marx wasn't one, but that's not stopped some from acting as arbiters of what is and isn't authentically Marxist. The latest to indulge the 'why so and so isn't a proper Marxist because reasons' is Peter Taaffe, the eternal secretary of the Socialist Party in England and Wales. Before we begin and in the interests of transparency and honesty, it's worth noting the Socialist Party and I have a bit of history. Right, onto the main. The object of his polemic is Greece's celebrity finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis and his recent declaration for 'e... more »

The Economy: "Worse Than 2008…"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Worse Than 2008…"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - “Are we the last people in the world to do this?” we asked our friend Sergio. “One of the last,” he replied. Marta, our cook and housekeeper, a cheerful young woman in her twenties, was pouring orange soda into the mouth of a calf. The calf had no choice in the matter. It was tied up and on the ground. Its right ear had already been clipped. A “B” had been branded on its rump. And a necklace of red and orange pompoms had been festooned over its head. The poor, suffering beast did not realize that it was th... more »

garland jeffreys i'm alive

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
The Knuckles Theme Song

One must continue one's practice

risa bear at A Way to Live - 10 hours ago
Finally, on April Fools, after a winterless winter, I saw my breath as I went the barnyard rounds, and inches -- actual *inches* -- of snow fell on the mountains to my east. I confined myself to the potting house and doggedly planted seeds in flats that may find soil too cool when they're ready to plant out. But I'm almost past caring. Who knows what weather will do any more? It might be so hot in May as to bolt the greens, so I might as well start the beans and corn. Perhaps some great storm will come and level the garden -- or even the house. One must continue one's practice,... more »

Christians Slaughtered In Kenyan University (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills at Least 70, Officials Say* *NAIROBI, Kenya — Gunmen attacked a university campus in northeastern Kenya early Thursday, clashing with guards, forcing their way into dormitories, taking hostages and singling out non-Muslims, the police said.* *At least 70 people were killed in the attack and 79 more were injured, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said in a Twitter message.* *Kenyan security forces surrounded the campus of Garissa University College and clashed with the gunmen throughout the day, eventually corn... more »

A Preliminary Framework Agreement Has Been Reached For Future Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, receives an update Wednesday in the Situation Room at the White House in Washington from Secretary of State John Kerry during the Iran nuclear talks in this White House handout photo. *New York Times*: *E.U. and Iran Expected to Issue Joint Statement on Nuclear Talks* *LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Officials of the European Union and Iran were expected to read a joint statement about progress toward a nuclear agreement around 1 p.m. E.D.T., officials in Lausanne said Thursday, though it was unclear if tangible details would be released.* *Mohammad Ja... more »

CHICAGO FIRE: United Working Families and Our Candidates Need Your Help to Fight Rahm Emanuel Corporate Democrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Young Rahm *A week from Tuesday, on the same day Chicago voters decide whether Rahm Emanuel gets another term or they replace him with Chuy Garcia, there are several crucial aldermanic races pitting progressives against Rahmish thugs. Following is a guest post from Graeme Zielinski from Chicago-based United Working Families.* CHICAGO -- How bad is it for Rahm Emanuel? So bad that the corporate bully has taken to wearing sweaters. SWEATERS. But seriously, our group, United Working Families, has Rahm sweating after February 24th, when we defended incumbent progressive candidates acro... more »

World News Briefs -- April 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*VOA:* *More Than 70 Dead in Al-Shabab Attack in Kenya * *NAIROBI - More than 70 people have been killed and nearly 80 others wounded after al-Shabab militants attacked a university in northeastern Kenya, and hundreds of students are still unaccounted for, Kenya's interior ministry said.* *Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said although the total number of the attackers is still unknown, four gunmen have been killed, and that security agents are still fighting the militants at Garissa University College.* *The gunmen stormed the college campus shortly after 5 a.m. Thurs... more »

IS enters Palestinian camp in Damascus, Jordan closes border

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
* I will highlight an interesting couple of sentences near the end...* *How accurate this reporting is, I'm not sure. It seems entirely plausible. * *Haven't delved into it deeply enough, but the last paragraph just flabbergasted me! * *How could the tool at the Guardian write that sentence with a straight face? Seriously.* ISLAMIC State (IS) militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus yesterday, marking the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the capital, seat of President Bashar Assad’s power, Syrian opposition activists and Palestinian officials said. J... more »

Yet again

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
A familiar pattern is emerging with the reporting of the latest terrorist atrocity. Some media outlets, most notably the BBC, are playing down the religious angle to the story (i.e. the deliberate targeting of Christians by Muslim terrorists). *The Times* isn't one of those media outlets though. It's leading tonight with: *Christian massacre in Kenya terror attack* Heavily-armed militants from the al-Shabaab terror group have shot or beheaded as many as 70 university students, most of them Christians, after storming a campus in eastern Kenya at dawn today. Joseph Ole Nkaissery, K... more »

ONS rebukes Labour over zero-hours poster per PoliticsHome.com

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
More Labour lies exposed? 'The Office for National Statistics has issued a correction to a Labour claim that '1.8 million people' are on zero-hours contracts. The ONS official Twitter account picked up on a new posted that quoted the figure, pointing out that there are actually 1.8 million contracts, but only 697,000 people have a zero-hours contract for their main job.' More here https://www.politicshome.com/economy-and-work/articles/story/ons-rebukes-labour-over-zero-hours-poster

Planting the Seeds of Life

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
This image is haunting. It comes from Jeju Island, South Korea where the Navy base fight continues after eight long years of daily struggle. One Jeju activist writes, "Yeongdeun grandmother memorial ritual was held in several seashore villages in a rotating way, and Gangjeong village as one of the seashore village in Jeju also held it this year. The ritual now has the meaning to plant the seeds of life in the land and sea. Do you know what seeds the Gangjeong villagers planted? They planted the seeds of Red-feet crab who used to live in the Gangjeong Gureombi coast." The endanger... more »

Terry Glavin, a special kind of stupid

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
Terry Glavin has long had a habit of conflating the Canadian peace movement with barbaric fundamentalist murderers. If you were against NATO's occupation of Afghanistan, you were obviously (at best) a useful idiot for the Taliban or (at worst) one of their dedicated fans. Curiously, this process could not be applied to Glavin and his support for western imperialism. Terry Glavin could support the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq without being linked to the awful corruption and violence of the Karzai-warlord government, or the US military hunter-killer teams with their trophies ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted a picture online of himself raising an Iraqi flag in central Tikrit. BBC *Washington Times:* *Iraq War planners urge U.S. military presence once Islamic State is defeated* *This time, when the terrorist insurgency is defeated in Iraq, Washington needs to keep American forces on the ground to sustain the victory, former war planners say.* *The former military officers talk of a robust presence that would extend beyond mere advisers to include standby combat troops and air power.* *The U.S. pulled out all warriors, advisers, intelligence a... more »

NO STATISTICS NEED APPLY: Half the statistics disappear!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015Part 4—“Reporting” the nation's schools:* Just as a brief aside, eleven “educators” are in prison today in Atlanta after a six-month trial A six-month trial! Don’t get us wrong! The conduct is which these teachers engaged was ludicrous, inane and baldly dishonest. That said, we think this prosecution was giant overkill. In this Lenten season, you might even say that these teachers have died for the New York Times’ (statistical) sins. These teachers were convicted of ludicrous cheating on Georgia’s statewide standardized tests. They even played the erasur... more »

Israel's Intelligence Minister: All Options Including Military Options Against Iran's Nuclear Program Are On The Table

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Minister Yuval Steinitz. Flash 90 *Times of Israel/AFP*: *As nuclear talks resume, Israel threatens military option* I*ntelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that all options including military action were on the table in the face of the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.* *Speaking to Israel Radio as crunch talks on Iran’s nuclear program continued in Switzerland, Steinitz said Israel would seek to counter any threat through diplomacy and intelligence but “if we have no choice we have no choice… the military option is on the table.”* *Asked about possible US objections... more »

Mortgage Enforcement Actions Must Now Be Brought In Region Where Property Charged is Located

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
On March 31, 2015, rule 13.1.01 of the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure is amended by adding the following new subrule (3): *Mortgage Claims* *(3) In the case of an originating process, whether it is brought under Rule 64 (Mortgage Actions) or otherwise, that contains a claim relating to a mortgage, including a claim for payment of a mortgage debt or for possession of a mortgaged property, the proceeding shall be commenced in the county that the regional senior judge of a region in which the property is located, in whole or in part, designates within that region for such claims.* ... more »

Once again Greg Hunter interviews Paul Craig Roberts. They make a great pair. Early on PCR corrects Greg's false impression that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. RE the Yemen war, PCR sees it as a way to draw Iran into the battle as an excuse for Israel to bomb Iran. Asked about the Obama administration's intentions, PCR remarked that he was once high up in a presidential administration wherein the agendas and meetings were so many that they "prevented you from doing your job." Finally turning to the US economy, PCR said it is now so bad that it will no longer be possible to fake employment reports and that this situation is beyond repair. That is, we are headed toward a Great Depression with no way out...

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ Middle East Revolution & Inflationary Depression Coming-Paul Craig Roberts By Greg Hunter On March 29, 2015 Original Here *By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release)* Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts thinks the Middle East violence is going to get much worse. Dr. Roberts contends, “Unless the Islamic State somehow collapses, you are going to see a *new wave of revolutionary developments in the Middle East.* I suspect all the oil dictatorship... more »

Lyn Ulbricht Describes the INSANELY Unfair Silk Road Trial

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Free Ross Lyn Ulbricht speaks to SXSW audience about the Silk Road trial of her son, Ross Ulbricht, and how the defense was stopped at every turn from introducing evidence. Support FreeRoss.org *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Going Postal (Official Trailer)

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Joy Camp The Joy Camp presents: A disgruntled mailman confronts the impending future as Amazon’s drone delivery service takes over his route and his life. Visit TheJoyCamp.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

No, Really, Monsanto Has a "Discredit Bureau"

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
*A company functionary discusses Monsanto's 'Ministry of Truth'* Heather Callaghan Monsanto company arguably holds an inordinate amount of the global food supply, not only with its genetically engineered seed but its complimentary product, Roundup herbicide, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Which is why they spat lividly when a subset of WHO publicly announced that glyphosate is a probably cause of cancer. They demanded a retraction. The report published in *The Lancet Oncology* discussed chromosomal and DNA damage, and glyphosate found in human blood and intest... more »

If Anyone Doubts That We Are In A Stock Market Bubble, Show Them This Article

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Michael Snyder The higher financial markets rise, the harder they fall. By any objective measurement, the stock market is currently well into bubble territory. Anyone should be able to see this – all you have to do is look at the charts. Sadly, most of us never seem to learn from history. Most of us want to believe that somehow “things are different this time”. Well, about the only thing that is different this time is that our economy is in far worse shape than it was just prior to the last major financial crisis. That means that we are more vulnerable and will almost certai... more »

Truck Hits Utility Pole, Thousands of People’s Smart Meters Explode

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Melissa Melton No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. Perhaps smart meters aren’t the safest, nor the “smartest” idea to put on people’s homes after all. Despite the fact that these meters have been known to burst into flames from time-to-time, and aside from the fact that they continuously expose occupants to electromagnetic radiation, and despite the fact that they can be used to continually collect data on everyone who lives in a home (the newer versions can send signals from individual outlets in a home every 15 seconds to be later broken down with disaggregation algorithms)… ... more »

George Soros Prepared to Invest $1 Billion in the Country He Helped Destroy

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Joshua Krause Since at least January of this year, billionaire George Soros has been calling for the West to invest 50 billion euros of aid in Ukraine, to stabilize the country and to undermine Russian influence in the region. Earlier this week, he announced that he would be willing to contribute $1 billion to that fund, if Western governments agree to pay for the rest. “Ukraine is defending the EU from Russian aggression” and helping its development will weaken Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Hungarian-born philanthropist said in remarks published in German by the Austrian... more »

Proof That Past Is Prologue Pharmacologically

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Source Catherine J. Frompovich The *New Scientist Health* published a rather interesting article regarding a thousand-year-old, 9th century Anglo-Saxon ‘antibiotic’ remedy for curing an eye disease, the stye. The amazing aspect of the story, in my opinion, is that modern scientists are figuratively ‘gassed’ about the recipe’s ability to have killed off 90 percent of the MRSA infection in a controlled laboratory test with mice. What modern pharmaceuticals, medicine, science and other aspects of life and living fail to realize is that human ingenuity, and their cognitive abilit... more »

Germanwings plane crash: major media cover-up

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Jon Rappoport *“When systemic fraud reaches a certain level where collapse of some basic institution is inevitable, the powers that be invent a different storyline. They tell an outright fairy tale and keep pushing it. They’ll even stage events that confirm the fairy tale. Anything to avoid the truth that would disintegrate the whole structure. For example: the structure called Psychiatry.”* (The Underground, Jon Rappoport) Airbus A 320 flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Crashed in French Alps. All 150 aboard killed. Pilot Andreas Lubitz flew the plane into a mountain. Lubitz ... more »

Call Congress to Support Child Abuse Reduction Act

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
We, at Fairtest/AFT/NEA/NPE believe that the best and "fairest" way to curry favor with the education-industrial complex, and thus assure our continued place under the policy table, is to support the plan led by Senator Lamar Alexander to assure another generation of lucrative abuse in the form of high stakes tests for children. We know that child abuse should be illegal, but we cannot bring ourselves to say that to the powers on Capitol Hill and at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, where decisions are made that could affect the financial viability of our macro and micro fiefdoms. W... more »

Iran Nuclear Talks News Updates -- April 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Iran nuclear talks inching towards joint statement, say European diplomats* *Secret parameters would be included in any agreement over the future of Iran’s nuclear programme, say diplomats, as Lausanne summit enters eighth day* *Foreign ministers at talks in Lausanne on Iran’s nuclear programme have said they are inching towards a joint statement, which would be accompanied by a set of agreed parameters that would be kept secret, according to European diplomats.* *After an all-night negotiating session, the ministers continued to make slow progress towards a c... more »

15 Egyptian Soldiers Killed In Ambushes In The Sinai

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Soldiers killed in attacks in Egypt's Sinai* *At least 15 soldiers killed along with two civilians in deadliest ambushes on security checkpoints since January.* *Ambushes by armed men in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula have killed at least 15 soldiers and two civilians, according to Egyptian security and medical officials.* *The attacks early on Thursday, that also wounded at least 19 other soldiers and several more civilians, came as Egypt continues its battle against armed groups operating in the northern Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.* *Gu... more »

Signs of the Coming Clampdown

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Beulah Walker, Volunteer Captain for the Detroit Water Brigade talks about the crisis in Detroit. She delivers water to Detroiters whose water has been shut off, and she does it with all her heart.

Has Yemen's Civil War United The Sunni Arab States?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Sunnis - Shiite demographics in the Middle East. *Gulf Blog* (Foe an enlarged version of the above map,* go here*) *Bloomberg:* *Iran’s Shadow Over Yemen Unites Sunni States Behind Bombing* *As Iran seeks an end to its isolation, the conflict in Yemen is uniting opponents in the Middle East behind what they see as a renewed threat from the country.* *Only six weeks ago, Egypt and Qatar were barely speaking to each other after Egypt’s ambassador to the Arab League accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and the Gulf state withdrew its ambassador from Cairo. Today, the two countries, a... more »

California should raise the price of water

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
There has been a lot of discussion of the drought in California and the new regulations that the state is putting in place. But there has been little mention of the obvious (to an economist) solution: *Raise the price of water.* This would do more than any set of regulations ever could. For example, the governor is not going to force people to replace their old toilets with newer, more water-efficient ones. But a higher price of water would encourage people to do that. A higher price would also give farmers the right incentive to grow the most water-efficient crops. It would ind... more »

March 2015 Casualties Increase In Iraq Due To Tikrit Operation

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Reported violence in Iraq increased in March 2015 mainly due to the successful government operation to clear Tikrit and central Salahaddin. Before that the number of attacks, dead and wounded had all been going down in February. That now appears to be a temporary dip as March’s statistics are much more like December 2014 and January 2015. Despite March’s figures violence is still down from the height of the summer of 2014. There were 688 security incidents reported in the press in March 2015. That was slightly up from February’s 655, but lower than January’s 817. The latter was a... more »

Who is Afraid of Conspiracy Theories?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Lance deHaven-Smith, Ph.D* - Most people will be shocked to learn the conspiracy theory label was popularised as a pejorative term by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)... The post Who is Afraid of Conspiracy Theories? appeared first on Waking Times.


David Greene at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Once again I have to ask the question: If I was to be rated on the results of the NYS Regents my kids took when I taught, would I be Dr. Effective or Mr. Hide me from kids? I taught in 3 high schools, each with its own level of poverty. In fact one had NO poverty at all. In the poorest school (in the Bronx), anywhere from @50%-90+% of my classes (depending on the track) passed the Regents exam. At one Westchester school (where there was NO tracking and a moderate level poverty) the numbers ranged from @70%-90+% passing. Finally at the school with ZERO poverty the range was @90+%-10... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- April 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
New York Times *BBC:* *Yemen crisis: Rebels intensify push on Aden* *Houthi rebels in Yemen have intensified their push to control the port city of Aden, amid reports of troops landing from the sea.* *Initial reports suggested the troops were foreign but an adviser to the Saudis, who are leading a coalition against the Houthis, denied this.* *He said they could be loyal to deposed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who backs the rebels.* *Separately, a Saudi border soldier has reportedly been killed by gunfire.* *Yemen War News Updates -- April 2, 2015* Unidentified troops land ... more »

As Republicans Have Learned, The Primary Strategy Is One Way Of Reshaping Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
FL-18 voters should be able to improve upon this There's a good chance Alan Grayson is going to run for the Florida Senate seat currently occupied by Marco Rubio. In fact, Blue America is encouraging him to do just that. Having Grayson in the Senate could be transformative not just for Florida but for the whole country... although the short side of the equation is that we won't have Grayson in the House any longer. The other Democratic candidate for the Florida Senate seat, albeit barely a Democrat at all, is Patrick Murphy. Murphy is a shady right-of-center New Dem and Wall Street s... more »

Traffic diversion ->

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The other day I seem to remember wondering why the good folk that comment on Harry’s Place, and many of the others who comment on pro-Israel (or slightly pro-Israel) blogs don’t seem to get so hot under the collar about BBC bias as we do here. I think I know the answer. They’ve given up on it. They know it’s bad, but as far as they’re concerned it’s a lost cause. As I said in the previous thread, the BBC is well aware that it “brings stories to audiences around the world”. Most of the opinions the average person in the street might have on the subject of Israel and the Palestinians, ... more »

The Shite Gets Real!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
“We are standing on dry grass, and we should be standing on five feet of snow,” Mr. Brown said. “We are in an historic drought.” There is a crisis of unimaginable proportions slowly unfolding in California and it hardly registers in the daily zeitgeist. The Hotel California is going to be dry next year, absolutely dessert dry. Where will all the guests go? Who will replace the 25% of US agriculture produced by California? This is why climate change is important. This is why we must act now before like California we sleepwalk into disaster.

Al-Qaeda Fighters Free Hundreds Of Inmates In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*:* Al-Qaeda in Yemen frees prisoners in mass jailbreak* *Hundreds of inmates, including a senior al-Qaeda figure, freed during raid in southeastern Yemen, official says.* *Al-Qaeda fighters have stormed a prison in southeastern Yemen and freed several hundred inmates, including one of their leaders, a security official said.* *Khalid Batarfi, a senior al-Qaeda figure who had been held for more than four years, was among more than 300 prisoners who escaped from the jail in Hadramout province on Thursday, AFP news agency reported the official as saying.* *Two prison gu... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Catholic university officials caught on secret video approving student club devoted to raising money for ISIS, saying: 'We're here to get that done.'* Administrators at a Catholic university in Florida agreed to help an honors student start a campus club that would send money and supplies to the ISIS terror army. Hidden camera footage released Monday morning shows officials and faculty at Barry University advising a senior – identified only as 'Laura' – about the best way to secure funding for a club she called 'Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sy... more »

Bringing stories to audiences around the world

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Mishal Husain gave Nigel Farage the Israel treatment this morning. Let me remind you of her line of questioning with Gil Hoffman in 2012. “How many Israelis have been killed by these rockets this year?” “No no, the numbers *do* matter. How many Israelis have died this year? “*Why* does it not matter? “How many Israelis were killed. No, but how many were actually killed by these rockets? “Do you *know*? “Oh well, you’re either unable or unwilling to give the answer, so let me tell you the Economist says in 2004 - we’re trying to bring this story to our audiences around the wor... more »

Oliver's Hocus Pocus

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.hilltimes.com/ Joe Oliver emerges from hiding today. The assumption is that he'll announce a date for the budget. When things get tough, Harperites head for the closet. When the economy gets tough, Ministers of Finance should be seen dealing with the problems. Certainly other people have been doing that. Scott Clark and Peter DeVries write: Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and a number of private sector economists have made public their updated forecasts for the economy; they’ve all agreed with Poloz’s description of o... more »

April 2, 2015 - Day 3 of NACCS Election

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 15 hours ago
*DEMOCRATIZATION*… That was last night’s word, but also this morning’s word… so as to make sure people know that it was not an April Fool’s joke. I have formally asked the NACCS leadership and board to extend voting privileges to all those NACCS members that pay their annual membership dues during the election cycle which is from March 31-April 14. The conference begins April 15. At the moment, the cut-off date for eligible voters was March 22. It’s a great way to expand the electorate and membership. Please make the same or similar request of them, as it would help equalize the ... more »

Garissa University In Kenya Attacked By Al Shabaab Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Are you Christian or Muslim? What Al-Shabaab gunmen asked Kenyan students as they went door to door during university massacre killing at least 15 and injuring 60* ** Gunmen stormed the campus of Kenya's Garissa University in dawn raid * ** At least 15 people have been killed and 60 others have been injured* ** Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the latest terrorist atrocity in Kenya* ** Government claims 280 students rescued while 615 are still missing * *Al-Shabaab terrorists interrogated students whether they were Christian or Muslim as they went door-to-door d...more »

ADHD: We Have Not Properly Diagnosed This Condition

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*E. Dahl* - When medical treatment for ADHD involves added side effects such as: strokes; convulsions; hallucinations; depression; and suicide, you have the wrong medication. The post ADHD: We Have Not Properly Diagnosed This Condition appeared first on Waking Times.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Could toxic oceans that wiped out species 200 million years ago reappear?* *How one-eyed can you get? The authors below found that gas emissions from vulcanism poisoned a lot of life way, way back. Volcanoes do of course put out all sorts of dangerous gases. So which particular gas was the African-American in the woodpile? The authors finger our old friend CO2 of course! Compared to SO2 and H2S, CO2 is in fact almost inert. All the adverse effects they describe could be more plausibly ascribed to the more corrosive volcanic gases. CO2 is getting a bum rap* A team lead by t... more »

Yemen: Foreign Troops at Aden? Snipers! AQ Jailbreak redux. Location! UPDATED!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Yemen- A round up of news items* *SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES!* *Very early and unverified reports of foreign troops landing in Aden* *BBC* Unconfirmed reports have emerged of foreign troops landing in the Yemeni port city of Aden. It is not clear what nationality they are. * Looks like they could be affilliated with the Saudi/US/Israeli coalition* *BI* Dozens of unidentified troops landed by sea in Aden* in an apparent last-ditch effort by a Saudi-led coalition to shore up a foothold in the southern Yemeni port city * Dozens of troops disembarked at a port in Aden on Thursday, hou... more »

The Decemberists - Beginning Song

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
Title: The Decemberists - Beginning Song (Bing Lounge). Source: Kink Radio. Date Published: February 5, 2015.

Generic Economic News

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago

Feynman on silly "philosophical implications" of quantum mechanics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*He criticized the flawed idea that good scientific theories should only work with experimentally accessible concepts* I was sent this 14-minute audio recorded during the original "Feynman lectures in physics". With a somewhat combative common-sense voice, Feynman talked about the generalized "philosophical lessons" that people extract from quantum mechanics, or at least they claim to do so. Well, almost all this stuff is just junk. The actual physical content is almost always distorted beyond recognition and the resulting essence is just silly. Feynman mentioned several exam... more »

MENA Report ( April 2 , 2015 ) Iran Nuclear Talks ( After 8 days in Switzerland , both sides appear closer to being able to make a Joint Statement ) ...... Yemen reeling under Saudi Coalition Attacks ( Houthis targets , but civilians paying huge toll ) ....... Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates.... Gunmen storm Kenya College in Garissa today ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Tweets.... *Battered Yemenis Turn Against Saudi-Led War* *Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Into Thursday* *Over 6,000 Killed During March in Iraq* *Houthis Seize Much of Southern Yemen's Aden* *Yemen Refugee Camp: People Burned Beyond Recognition* *Saudi Strike Kills at Least 40 Civilians at Yemen Dairy* *ISIS Storms Refugee Camp in Damascus* *US-Backed Rebels Seize Syria-Jordan Border Crossing* *UN Report: Over 20,000 Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria* GCC Countries in Tough UN Talks With Russia on Yemen Over 6,000 Killed During March in Iraq; 94 More Killed on Wednesday Yemenis Seek... more »

HAL undertakes successful flight of upgraded Jaguar strike aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Jaguar DARIN III]Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) successfully carried out the first flight of a Jaguar DARIN III upgraded ‘strike' aircraft at its facilities in Bengaluru recently. HAL officials confirmed to OneIndia that the first flight of the upgraded Jaguar ‘strike' aircraft lasted for about 15 minutes. The maiden flight was followed by another flight of the upgraded Jaguar that lasted for an hour on March 25 for an hour. Read more

Economic News , Data and Views ( April 2 , 2015 ) -- Greece Updates ( Gov't Spending Data , Creditor Talks and Greek political front items ) .... Data splash ( Italy 2014 Primary surplus / GDP falls - 1.6 % vs 1.9 % 2013 ) ...... Goggle in Anti-Trust Crosshairs in Europe ....... Russia continues to benefit from rising oil price , ruble rally and falling default probability ...... Portugal at risk if Grexit occurs

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Tweets..... *Yannis Koutsomitis* ‏@YanniKouts 19m 19 minutes ago Varoufakis blames the 'Institutions' for leaks of reform proposals. "Citizens' trust is undermined by such actions" http://www. kathimerini.gr/809829/article /epikairothta/politikh/varoyfakhs-aparadekth-h-diarroh-ths-listas … *Fabrizio Goria* @FGoria · 9s10 seconds ago Greece’s government spending, 2000-2015 (EUR Million, Constant Prices, SA) [image: Embedded image permalink] *Fabrizio Goria* @FGoria · 3m3 minutes ago Greece must do more on reforms: France's Sapin http:// feeds.reuters.com/~r/re... more »

Watch: David's Sling shoots down mock missile in successful trial

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Following recent assessments on the significant rocket threat posed by Hezbollah to the Israeli home front, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it carried out a successful test of the US-Israel developed David’s Sling anti-missile system, which is designed to shoot down shortto medium-range missiles. During the trial, carried out this week in central Israel by the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, David’s Sling radar identified an unarmed Sparrow missile heading into its air space, and fired an interceptor that struck and destroyed the target. The s... more »

Raytheon wins Stinger contract for South Korea's Apaches

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AH-64E Apache Longbow]Raytheon has been awarded a USD35 million contract to supply the air-to-air variant of its FIM-92 Stinger missile to South Korea for its new fleet of Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, the company announced on 31 March. Processed through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, deliveries of the Stinger systems will begin in 2017, Raytheon said. The number of missiles to be delivered was not disclosed. The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced plans to buy 36 Apaches to fulfil its AH-X heavy attack helicopter requirem... more »

Pakistan first to China's table for HQ-9, HQ-16 missile systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HQ-9 (FD-2000)]Pakistan was the first country to start negotiations with China on the import of the HQ-9 medium to long-range active radar homing surface-to-air missile and the HQ-16 truck-based vertically launched surface-to-air missile, according to the April 2015 edition of Kanwa Defense Review. It's not surprising that Pakistan is choosing the HQ-9 to arm its air force given that its early warning aircraft and the majority of its fighters are Chinese, according to the journal. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are also among potential customers for China's anti-aircraft missi... more »

Defence ministry ignores Russia's requests to discuss fighter project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]The programme for India and Russia to jointly develop a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), long touted as the flagship of a time-tested defence relationship, has run into a stone wall. Documents available with Business Standard indicate India's defence ministry is cold-shouldering Russian requests to continue the negotiations on a "R&D Draft Contract", which will govern the partnership to develop a futuristic, fifth-generation fighter. A letter from Russia's powerful export agency, Roso-boronexport, points India's defence ministry has not responded to R...more »

Made in Britain? The Saudi-led attack on a Yemeni refugee camp

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saudi Erofighter Typhoon]On Monday, a Saudi-led coalition apparently dropped bombs on a refugee camp in northern Yemen. It’s perfectly likely that, as they have admitted before, the Saudis may have used jet fighters that were made in the UK. After all, Saudi Arabia is the UK defence industry’s largest export market. More than 40 innocent people died. Around 200 were injured, many seriously. The Yemeni state news agency showed pictures of dead children laid out on the floor. Apparently, the Saudis were trying to hit a nearby Houthi rebel position. Read more

Heron-based UAV to be made in Brazil

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Heron UAV]Israel Aerospace Industries' Brazilian partner is moving toward production of a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle using IAI technology. The medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV is called the Cacador and is designed to meet specific Brazilian needs and requirements. IAI said its Brazilian partner, Avionics Services, has started the process of production, maintenance and operation for the manufacture of the aircraft, which is based on IAI's Heron UAV. Read more

ANALYSIS: KC-390 lifts expectations in Brazil

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: KC-390]Embraer has a long tradition of identifying – and succeeding in – unattended market niches. Over the years, they have done this with regional turboprops and jets, turboprop trainers and counter-insurgency aircraft, airborne early warning aircraft, light business jets and now the mid-range military transport segment, where the Lockheed C-130 Hercules has reigned supreme for more than 60 years. The Brazilian transport programme started off in 2007 as the C-390, a simpler, low-tailed Embraer E-190 derivative with a new transport fuselage. Significantly transformed, the... more »

Cost of Rafale per unit can lower with French government support

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]France’s Dassault Aviation may be about to enjoy government financial support of the type that would enable its Rafale fighter to push into export markets. Both the contract announced earlier this year for 24 aircraft to be sold to Egypt, as well as a proposal made in mid-March for what is anticipated to be a request for proposals for a 16-18 aircraft buy from Malaysia, feature loans backed by French government guarantees as the financing mechanism for the sales. The twin-engine French fighter has a number of attractive features from the perspective of the ... more »

F-35 Lightning II fighter jet pilots will wear $400,000 helmets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-35 helmet]The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than 8 million lines of code. The Joint Strike Fighter comes in three versions, including one that is designed to take off and land on an aircraft carrier and another that lands vertically, as if it were a helicopter. But to truly understand the most expensive weapons program in the history of the Pentagon, forget the plane for a minute. Consider the helmet. It's design... more »

China Seeks Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier With South China Sea Construction

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Yongshu Island]China's 'great wall of sand' in the South China Sea is a bid to strengthen its air superiority in the hotly contested region with an unsinkable aircraft carrier for its military planes, analysts said. China has so far created more than four square kilometers (1.5 square miles) of artificial landmass using sand and concrete on top of coral reefs on disputed island chains in the South China Sea, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris said in a speech this week. Harris said China's "great wall of sand" raised suspicions about Beijing's intentions in th... more »

Navy funds one LCS in Marinette

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Freedom (LCS-1)]The prime contractor for a new class of warships being built in Marinette was awarded money to build one of the ships as part of the 2015 budget. The Navy announced Wednesday it awarded $362 million to Lockheed Martin on Tuesday, along with $79 million in "advanced procurement funding" for another ship. Lockheed Martin is building its ships at Marinette Marine Corp. A different design of the ship is being built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. Under the allocation, that company was awarded $691 million to build two ships. Read more

Russia completes design of underground radwaste research laboratory

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Scrapped submarine]Russia's national operator for radioactive waste management (NO RAO) has completed the design documents for an underground research laboratory to study the feasibility of final disposal of solid high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and solid medium-level long-lived wastes in the Nizhnekansky granitoid rock massif in Zheleznogorsk. The waste would be stored at a depth of 450-525 m. NO RAO is a federal-state unitary enterprise set up in March 2012 for handling all nuclear waste materials and final disposal of radioactive waste. Its functions and tariffs are ... more »

Norway Reverts to Cold War Mode as Russian Air Patrols Spike

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Bunker in Bodo]From his command post burrowed deep into a mountain of quartz and slate north of the Arctic Circle, the 54-year-old commander of the Norwegian military’s operations headquarters watches time flowing backward, pushed into reverse by surging Russian military activity redolent of East-West sparring during the Cold War. “I am what you could call a seasoned Cold Warrior,” the commander, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde, said, speaking in an underground complex built to withstand a nuclear blast. As a result, he added, he is not too alarmed by increased Russian military a... more »

Manohar Parrikar to review progress of Scorpene submarine project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Scorpene class SSK]Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will review the progress of the much-delayed Scorpene submarine project during his visit to the Western Naval Command early next week. Parrikar is set to travel to Mumbai on April 6 on his first official visit to the city as Defence Minister. Defence sources said he will visit the Western Naval Command and undertake a detailed briefing by top officials there. The key takeaway will be his visit to Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), where six Scorpene submarines are being built, with the help of French firm DCNS. Read more

More Russian nuclear submarines deployed in the Pacific

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RFS Yuri Dolgorukiy SSBN]Deployment of Russian ballistic and multipurpose nuclear submarines on operational duty in the Pacific Ocean has increased almost 50% over last year, according to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Chirkov, indicating a much higher state of alert as compared with the same period last year. “The operational deployment of ballistic missiles and multipurpose nuclear submarines in the Pacific Ocean is maintained at a level that guarantees our nation's safety. Moreover, between January 2014 and March 2015, deployment of submarines for operational duty... more »

Washington's regional ambitions centre stage in Australian submarine tender

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]Washington's strategic ambitions in Asia are looming large over Australia's multi-billion dollar tender for new submarines, giving Japan a possible edge over competitors from Germany and France, defence and industry sources said. Although the United States had little presence at a conference last week in Adelaide convened to discuss the project, the enthusiasm U.S. commanders have shown for Canberra buying Japanese submarines was one of the hottest topics behind the scenes. Such a purchase would bind the U.S., Japanese and Australian navies more tightly toge... more »

KMTitanic 5: Struggling for the Northern Lifeboats Round Up Edition

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
*Alley in Shiziwan, Kaohsiung.* *Ruth: Will the lifeboats be seated according to class? I hope they're not too crowded.* *Rose: Oh mother, shut up! Don't you understand? The water is freezing and there aren't enough boats. Not enough by half. Half the people on this ship are going to die.* *Cal Hockley: Not the better half.* So much going on. Time to catch up. First, Solidarity.tw supplies a pile of stuff. He summarizes a new poll from the staidly Establishment TISR that shows how awful the KMT's current situation is. Looking at heavyweights Wang Jin-pyng, current legislator at-la... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 23 hours ago
The Mosaic Pavement The black and white checkered floor has existed in temples since the times of ancient Egypt. More than simply decorative, the mosaic pavement bears a profound esoteric (special) meaning. Today it is one of Freemasonry’s most recognizable symbols and is the ritualistic floor of all Masonic lodges. The pavement is the area on which initiations occur and is “emblematic of human life, checkered with good and evil.” “The mosaic pavement in an old symbol of the Order. It is met with in the earliest rituals of the last century. It is classed among the ornaments of the lodg... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
"*According to the wording of the Statute of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, persecutions are crimes against humanity where they are directed against non-combatants and committed in application of a deliberate State policy for racial, religious or political motives. * *Acts perpetrated against Resistance fighters are excluded as war crimes, which are extinct due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. "* *The French internment camp at Drancy, outside Paris, where Jews were confined until they were deported to the Reich.* The Trial Of Klaus Barbie Finall... more »

On w/ Mr. Crazz & Garth of THE CRAZZ FILES

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 1 day ago
Last night, I was a guest on *THE CRAZZ FILES*, an independent podcast program based in Australia. We discussed a variety of issues, including Israel's central role in 9/11, the fraudulent "Holocaust" narrative of WWII, psychological warfare, media fakery, and the systematic Jewish assault on Western civilization. This was an excellent discussion, and I hope to be back on *THE CRAZZ FILES* in the near future. You can download the entire program *here*. *________________________________________* If you appreciate this website and the information presented, please consider supporti... more »

Guest Post - Taking the Ecofriendly Ecommerce Store to Crowdfunding by Frank Molina

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
We don’t make anything. We haven’t come up with the latest video game or the next hottest electronic widget, but we have something many crowdfunders don’t. Not just one great product, but many great products made by some of the hottest brand names in solar and portable energy from around the world. For us, it’s more about selling our customer experience; things like offering a wider selection of sustainable products, faster shipping, ease of doing business, and so on. [image: Guest Post - Taking the Ecofriendly Ecommerce Store to Crowdfunding by Frank Molina] *Shop Akari* is an eco... more »

Easter Week, Part 4: Surely There Are Better Stories to Tell?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Today’s final reflection on the celebrations of Easter Week, and their source…* Let’s summarise. In Pagan times, Easter was the time in the Northern calendar when the coming of spring was celebrated -- the celebration of new life, of coming fecundity. Hence the eggs and rabbits and celebrations of fertility. Indeed, the very word "Easter" comes from Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn, and means, symbolically, the festival celebrating the rebirth of light after the darkness of winter. But with the coming of Christianity, the celebration was hijacked to become this veneration of... more »

China Showcases Their New Long Range Bombers In Latest Military Drills

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Chinese bombers lined up on an undisclosed airfield China MOD *Newsweek:* *China Reveals New Long-Range Bombers* *China has released pictures of an unnamed “new-type of bomber”, along with an announcement that it has carried out its first military drills in the airspace above the Western Pacific Ocean.* *According to a statement on the Chinese Ministry of Defence website, the drills took place over the Bashi Canal, which is between a Taiwanese island and a Philippines island.* *The release of the pictures of the warplanes suggests the exercise was a test of China’s long-range b... more »

"New shit has come to light, man"

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
is Glen McGregor's Big Lebowski summation of the latest Jason Kenney follies regarding Canada smart bombing Syria. Last week DefMin Kenney justified why Canada was about to start bombing Syria at all : "There are only five coalition partners doing airstrikes against ISIL terror targets in eastern Syria. The United States is the only one of those five that has precision guided munitions. That is a capability the Royal Canadian Air Force has so one of the reasons our allies have requested we expand our air sorties into eastern Syria is because with those precision-guided munitions ... more »

Israel Successfully Tests U.S.-Backed Missile Shield 'David's Sling'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn* ** "David's Sling" due to be deployed next year* ** Israel sees threat from Iran-backed Hezbollah* ** Tests completed on deadline for Iran nuclear talks* *A new Israeli air defense system being developed in partnership with the United States met all its objectives in a series of recent live interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for deployment by next year.* *The system, David's Sling, shot down targets simulating longer-range missiles like Scuds that could... more »

A "scathing, exuberant indictment of the many misdeeds of the nation's highest court" -- that's Jeffrey Toobin on Ian Millhiser's new book, "Injustices"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Injustices tells the history of the Supreme Court through the eyes of the people that it has hurt the most -- the young people stripped of their childhoods, the freedmen forced into peonage, the men and women who will die needlessly if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare."* *-- Ian Millhiser, about his new book, Injustices: The Supreme Court'sHistory of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted* *by Ken* This is going to be an unusual sort of book plug -- it comes from the author. The only less impartial source of information about a book I can imagine than an author... more »

Why Do Bakers Hate Gays So Much?

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
*DISCLAIMER: THIS CAKE IS HETEROSEXUAL! IT'S NOT GAY! THERE'S A PENIS AND A VAGINA IN THE CAKE! NOT TWO DICKS!* Apparently I missed this, but there's an epidemic of gay-hating bakers in America. Every time I hear someone defending Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, they all bring up the same exact example: a baker doesn't want to bake a cake for a gay wedding. I heard this example on TV, radio, and newspapers. I heard this gay-hating baker story the second I got in my car on the way to work this morning. I was flicking around the channels and got onto our local 94.3 radio show... more »

in which i remember a difference between the u.s. and canada or maybe between new york and everywhere else

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
I'm in New York for a few days, visiting my mom and some friends. Today at a Whole Foods, my mother said to the cashier, "Don't make the packages too heavy." And the cashier said, "OK." I was a bit surprised. My mother is a very polite, friendly person. Yet I thought she sounded somewhat rude. And then I thought, no, this is what people sound like here. In Canada - even in Mississauga, where supposedly we're *practically American* - this same conversation "at the cash" sounds like this: "Hi, how are you today?" "Fine thanks, and you?" "I'm doing fine. If you don't mind, could you ...more »

Barney Frank Drops A Financial Crisis Bombshell; The Press Responds With Silence

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Gaius Publius* I can't take credit for this, though I wish I could. David Dayen, who writes at Salon, has been reading Barney Frank's new book *Frank *and also its reviews. Dayen is one of the most knowledgeable writers on the mortgage and financial crises — both. (Note to readers: It's not a financial crisis if there's no mortgage crisis. It's the inability to pay mortgage debt that started the avalanche of derivative-caused banking losses.) Dayen noticed that in his book Frank makes a startling revelation, but since it involves (a) mortgage borrowers, not bankers, and (b) t... more 

A Saudi border guard was killed in a cross-boundary fire exchange with militants in Yemen this week, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday -- marking Saudi Arabia's first publicly known military death since it launched airstrikes against rebels inside its southern neighbor. The clash occurred Wednesday night at the border ...

For the third night in a row, a Saudi Arabian-led militia has unleashed drones over the Yemeni skies, targeting a local Shiite-associated rebel group, known as the Houthis. The current airstrike crisis in Yemen has continued to advance into the vicinity of Aden. The Houthis are rallying against the reign ...

Yemen crisis: 'Foreign troops' land in Aden From the section Middle East Reports have emerged of foreign troops landing in the Yemeni port city of Aden. It is not clear what nationality they are. Aden has been the scene of fierce fighting amid attempts by Houthi rebels to seize the key government stronghold. A ...

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