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Friday, April 24, 2015

24 April - Blogs I'm Following

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Islamic State Bans Nike Because It Sounds Like ‘Sex’ In Arabic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
Screenshot from youtube.com video *RT:* *No ‘swooshing’: ISIS reportedly bans Nike because it sounds like ‘sex’ in Arabic* *Unverified reports suggests that the Islamic State has banned Nike apparel because the brand’s name sounds like the term for sexual intercourse in Arabic. Militants have reportedly been ordered to get rid of smutty-sounding sportswear.* *The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) headquarters in Raqqa issued what claims to be a leaflet warning jihadists against using any Nike products. The punishments for both seller and buyer of Nike goods range from a small fi... more »

enjoy the silence

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 56 minutes ago

Musical Interlude: Karunesh, “Zen Breakfast”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Karunesh, “Zen Breakfast” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljReXbJEv8o

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size of our own Milky Way. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core and sweeping blue spiral arms, streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink star forming regions. *Click image for larger size.* This deep exposure also reveals an enormous but dim arc extending far into the halo above the ... more »

Does Biblical Evidence Present God as Evil?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Video - *In this video, the narrator argues that the God, as presented by the Bible, is inherently evil, and offers Biblical evidence of how God condones many types of heinous crimes. The post Does Biblical Evidence Present God as Evil? appeared first on Waking Times.

The City Of Kandahar Has Dramically Changed In The Past 2 Decades

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post:* *The last time I saw Kandahar, it was a remote Taliban bastion. How that’s changed.* *KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – What a difference two decades make.When I last visited this southern Afghan city – the cradle of the Taliban insurgency - I flew in on a plane chartered by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The airstrip was tiny, as was the airport. The city was a backwater, with no more than a few hundred thousand people, if that. It was the summer of 1996, and brutally hot.And oh yes, the Taliban controlled the city – and much of Afg... more »

Food Watch: "Herbing up" with Ellie Krieger

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Ellie is interviewed by Family First's Marijo Tinlin.* *by Ken* Since we were just talking about food in my 3pm PT post, from the New Fulton Fish Market, I thought this might be a good opportunity to slip in this latest mailing from Ellie Krieger, a registered dietitian who's an interesting combination of a nutritionist who's serious about both nutrition and food (I've got two of her cookbooks). Ellie has had her own Food Network show, *Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger*, which I enjoyed a lot, and she maintains an active website (not to mention the usual Facebook and Twitter s... more »

Chet Raymo, "Why Not?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Why Not?"* by Chet Raymo "A few days ago reader Liz asked: "If we are all one and made out of the same material- then the things that we make are made out of the same material. But they are not animate. Why not?" At first glance, this might seem like a naive question, one that we all know the answer to. On reflection, it turns out to be terribly profound. Or should I have said, "wonderfully profound"? Yes, everything, animate and inanimate, is made of the same stuff - the 92 naturally-occurring elements - but all of the animate things we know about are made mainly of carbon comp... more »

"A Strange Game..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." - Joshua, "War Games" "There is a word, a concept, in Zen Buddhism that doesn't quite translate perfectly into the English language: Mu. Mu is the response given by a Zen monk to a question that cannot be meaningfully answered. It suggest that the question's premises are not real, that there is a state of emptiness that lies beyond yes and no, that the asker should unask the question - indeed, that anyone who would ask such a question in the first place might well to question his entire perspective on life. Though the word wa... more »

“The Parable of the Frogs: ‘Hell is Truth Seen Too Late’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* “The Parable of the Frogs: ‘Hell is Truth Seen Too Late’"* by Morris Berman "One who knows “enough is enough” always has enough." –Tao Te Ching “What does it take to produce large-scale social change? Most historians, if you catch them in an honest moment, will admit that the popular levers of social change, such as education or legislation, are bogus; they don’t really amount to very much. What does make a difference–and then only potentially–is massive systemic breakdown, such as occurred in the United States in the fall of 2008. It was the greatest market crash since 19... more »

"Being Against Evil..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Being against evil doesn't make you good.” - Ernest Hemingway, “Islands in the Stream”

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Greenwood, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Do You Feel Useful?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Do You Feel Useful?"* by Paulo Coelho "Ask a flower in the field: ‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’ And the flower will answer: ‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’ Ask the river: ‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’ And the river will answer: ‘I’m not trying to be useful, I’m trying to be a river.’ Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use. ... more »

"The Life Yoiu Have Left..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.” ~ Leo Babauta

“Taking a Time Out: You Are Not Crazy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Taking a Time Out: You Are Not Crazy”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Sometimes as adults, we just need a time out to refocus and gather ourselves before starting out again. Most of us feel a little crazy from time to time. Periods of high stress can make us feel like we’re losing it, as can being surrounded by people whose values are very different from our own. Losing a significant relationship and moving into a new life situation are other events that can cause us to feel off kilter. Circumstances like these recur in our lives, and they naturally affect our mental stability. ... more »

death by cannon

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Why Ramsons Should Not Be Paid To Terrorists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Payment Didn’t Secure U.S. Captive’s Freedom* *Warren Weinstein’s Pakistani captors got ‘private’ ransom payment of $250,000 in 2012* *ISLAMABAD—The captors of U.S. aid worker Warren Weinstein received $250,000 in 2012 on what turned out to be a false promise that he would be freed, according to a Pakistani intermediary who negotiated directly with al Qaeda for his release.* *President Barack Obama said Thursday Mr. Weinstein, who was kidnapped in 2011 from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, was accidently killed by a U.S. drone strike in January. The s... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Tonight's Movie Is 'A Bridge Too Far'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago

Kuikuro people

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
No stress no crime no homeless no bombs no debt no prisons no pollution no poverty and some people call them primitive !

It's back! Friday Night Live (the late edition)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Are we becoming too serious? If so... ...and as it's the wee small hours of Saturday morning, you're all way more drunk than we are, and we're live here at 'ITBB' (shout out to the girls from Wigan at the back)... ...here are some jokes from an increasingly popular joke site, as recommended by Evan Davis, *The One Show *and the production team behind *Eastenders *- or so we hear on Wikipedia (h/t Grant Shapps)... These jokes may have been nicked from Radio 4's screamingly, blood-vessel-burstingly hilarious* The Now Show* - the funniest programme since sliced bread (and no less f... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*James Holmes, Real Clear Defense:* *A Baptism By Fire - Gallipoli at 100 Years* *Today marks the centennial of the Allied landings at Gallipoli, the narrow peninsula that constitutes the north shore of the Dardanelles. French and British leaders meant the expedition to reopen the Dardanelles and Bosporus, the narrow waterways connecting the Mediterranean and Black seas. It’s a time of remembrance for all of the former warring states.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 24, 2015* Gallipoli, the famous battle explained -- BBC Saudis' New Yemen War Looks Like the Old ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Interesting Video of Fukushima Daiichi

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
Is it fog that starts at the 2:00 minute mark or is something else? TEPCO 1 CAM video posted by Wotcha at Enenews https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQmWYYy0imw&app=desktop

Your boy took one hell of a beating

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
There are so many credible charges of BBC bias swirling around at the moment that it's hard to keep up with them all. Still, let's try... The *Telegraph *published a piece earlier in the week slating BBC Radio One's *Newsbeat *for its 'Ask the Leaders' debate with David Cameron, where the PM faced a hostile grilling from the BBC-selected audience... ...(and, yes, it was the BBC this time, not ICM - including members of 'Generation 2015', the BBC's youth election project)... ....plus a £1,000 bet from BBC presenter Chris Smith (no, *not* the former Labour minister) that the Conser... more »

Of #Milifandom

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
It's my party and I'll be late if I want to. News of the unexpected #Milifandom around comrade number one, Ed "Milibae" are chip wrappers humming in the nation's bins alongside tea bags and gravy-speckled LibDem leaflets, but a conspiracy hatched by campaigning and a dud internet connection has blocked yours truly from commenting. Until now. 1. How short political comment's memory is. The rise of Miliband fandom, and its entirely confected and useless Tory countershove, the "Cameronettes", are not without precedent. Recall last November when, for the best part of a month, #webacke... more »

April 24:

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 5 hours ago
In 25 years of radio, TV and print media, I was never once asked to cover or comment on a hockey game. I guess that just makes sense. I mean, I might sound silly if I complained they were playing without a ball, or that the basket was too low for a jump shot. In the news media, only people who know the game are assigned to cover sports. In all those years, though, I was often interviewed or appeared in discussion groups with journalists on education issues. Never, in all that time, did I encounter a journalist who had a clue about education. Only once was I interviewed by a reporte... more »

World News Briefs -- April 24, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen's southern city of Aden April 23, 2015.Reuters/Stringer *Reuters*: *More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550* *Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves toward dialogue.* *Saudi Arabia says it is winding down its month-old bombing operation against the Iran-allied Houthis and forces loyal to Yemen's former presid... more »

To market, to market! Or: Daybreak over the (New) Fulton Fish Market

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
Photo courtesy of the NYC Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC) Set your alarm clock early for a trip to the New Fulton Fish Market with OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where you’ll see the principal wholesale market for seafood in the New York City area in full swing. Learn about the history of the market, located in the historic South Street Seaport area until 2005, on the bus ride there, and then walk the massive market shed with Security Director Victor Seguinot. Talk to vendors, jobbers, buyers, and other market regulars and hear about life in t... more »

The arrogant incompetent

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
The arrogant incompetent. I think my title is more accurate. IMHO the Harper goverment has dropped every file they have touched. They have made a total mess of the Brand Canada, the Institution Canada, and the Economy Canada. H/T Creekside

Jesus Creation: Oh My God!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
The Jesus story has never rang true for me. The Divici Code exploited those plot holes brilliantly. However what if evidence comes forward that a fiction was truer than the New Testament? For one thing people of true faith would have little choice except converting to one of three places. 1)Judaism (Circumcision for men) 2)Islam (Circumcision for men) 3) Pastifarian, no notable sacrifice for men

Zapatistas SupGaleano: Registration Report 'Critical Thought Versus Capitalist Hydra'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Photo: SupGaleano in Sonora by Brenda Norell Report on Registration for the Seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra” Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico. April 21, 2015 Translations: Italiano, Espanol To the compas of the Sixth: To the presumed attendees of the Seminar “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra”: We want to let you know that: As of April

Mohawk Nation News: BRITISH PROTECTORATE: Kanekotah

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
BRITISH PROTECTORATE: Kanekotah Posted on April 24, 2015 NN. APRIL 24, 2015. This letter was sent by Registered Mail on April 11, 2015, to General Sir Peter Wall and received at Whitehall.  kahentinetha, P.O. Box 991, kahnwake [Quebec Canada] J0L 1B0. April 11, 2015. Gen. Sir Peter Wall, KCB CBE ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff, UK Army, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A

More about the Honda Biz Jet

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Honda is soaring with a innovative private jet. *"The aircraft, built in North Carolina, is set to fly into other airports in Japan, including Sendai and Kobe, before heading to an aviation show in Geneva, Switzerland.* *Fujino said the HondaJet adheres to top safety standards and outperforms the equivalent offerings from Cessna of the U.S. and Embraer of Brazil in fuel efficiency and altitude that it can reach.* *Honda is out to change the aviation industry in the same way it changed American auto culture, Fujino said."*

Not All Alarms are False

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
This piece raises the question I have been asking for the past week in Brussels: can we credibly commit to the defense of the Baltics? Without a permanent NATO (or at least American) presence, is our Article V commitment (an attack upon one is an attack upon all) believable? There are two ways to look […]

Afghanistan's Taliban Claim To Have Launch 100 Attacks On The First Day Of The Fighting Season

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Taliban launches spring offensive in Afghanistan with attack on US base* *Taliban insurgents shot rockets at a U.S. base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital Friday, as they launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.* *There were no casualties in either rocket attack, officials said.* *This year's fighting season is expected to be intense after NATO forces ended their 13-year combat mission in December. A NATO-led coalition continues to train and support Afghanistan's security forces in... more »

The Economy: "The True Reason We’re on a Remote Ranch in Argentina"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The True Reason We’re on Remote Ranch in Argentina"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - "After we left you yesterday, two thoughts occurred to us... First, when you distill the zombie issue to its heady fumes, it comes to a single question: Do you give or take? Yesterday, we mentioned our mother. She retired in 1988. She’s been living with us (most of the time) and collecting Social Security ever since. But she has always contributed more to society than she took from it – in caring for her children… in her warm and cozy presence in the home… in cooking and ... more »

Yaqui Water Rights Defenders Released from Prison

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Vicam Yaqui Water Rights Spokesman Imprisoned since Fall of 2014 Ordered Released Rights Violated! Judge Orders Release of Jailed Indigenous Activist in Mexico Yaqui Tribe spokesman, Fernando Jimenez, in April. Mario Luna was released in January. Article by TeleSur TV Photo on right: Water Rights Forum in Vicam, Sonora, by Brenda Norrell http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/

Nigeria's Boko Haram Now Call Themselves The ‘Islamic State in West Africa’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Legion of death: Taken somewhere in the forests of north eastern Nigeria, the images show the Boko Haram jihadis casually posing with assault rifles. Daily Mail *News24*: *Boko Haram changes name to ‘Islamic State in West Africa’* *Abuja - Terrorist group Boko Haram has changed its name to ‘Islamic State in West Africa.’ following its affiliation with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Pulse reports.* *Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to fellow terrorist group, Islamic State (ISIS) in March 2015.* *ISIS accepted the pledge and encouraged members to extend operations to West... more »

How Many Civilians Have Died In The West's Air Campaign Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Richard Hall, The Week/Global Post*: *Just how many civilians have died in the West's campaign against ISIS?* *The United States is fighting another war in the Middle East. Thousands of soldiers are on the ground, planes are in the air, and shiploads of weapons are being sent to local allies.* *The U.S.-led coalition of 21 countries — formed in August to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, in the words of U.S. President Barack Obama — has so far carried out some 3,200 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Those strikes have also targeted Jabhat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda's official branch ... more »

The U.S. War Against The Islamic State In Iraq And Syria Is Producing Mixed Results

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Ash Carter conduct a news conference April 16 at the Pentagon. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen, DoD News *Voice of America*: *Mixed Progress Reported in Fight Against Islamic State* *A senior official in President Barack Obama’s administration says that while the U.S.-led coalition has made some progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a “very, very long road” lies ahead.* *The official commented in a Thursday background briefing, which followed talks thi... more »

Adnan Khashoggi, 9/11 and Alex Jones (with Commentary)

Paul Coker at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Adnan Khashoggi is the individual who owns Genesis Communications Network, famous for hosting such heavyweight radio personalities as Alex Jones, self proclaimed “Grandfather of the 9/11 Truth Movement,” and Jeff Rense. According to a 2004 article by Daniel Hopsicker from MadCow Morning News: “Info on Khashoggi runs the gamut from the ridiculous to the sinister. To get the serious stuff out of the way first: Khashoggi was among a number of prominent Arab businessmen, like Khalid Mahfouz, who agreed to continue what have been described by US intelligence officials as “protection pay... more »

Satire: “G.O.P. Chairman Warns Against Hatred for Hillary Peaking Too Soon”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“G.O.P. Chairman Warns Against Hatred for Hillary Peaking Too Soon”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “In an urgent memo to the field of G.O.P. Presidential candidates, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, praised them for their relentless personal attacks on Hillary Clinton, but warned that their hatred for the former Secretary of State might be “peaking too early.” Priebus called the candidates’ ongoing evisceration of Clinton “magnificent,” but expressed his concern that “no human beings, even an impressive group like yourselves, could po...more »

September 11th 1777

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*"Operations of the royal army in North America under the orders of Sir William Howe, Knight of the Order of Bath. From the descent at Elk Ferry 25 August until taking possession of Philadelphia 26 September, 1777 against the american Rebels commandeed by Mr. Washington and other commanders."*

Investigations, Research, Developments and Practical Use of the GermanAtomic Bomb," A.P.I.U. (Ninth Air Force) 96/1945 APO 696, U S Army, 19August 1945

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
14. When Germany was at this stage of the game, the war broke out in Europe. At first investigations on this disintegrating of U235 were somewhat neglected because a practical application seemed too far off. Later, however, this research continued, especially in finding methods of separating isotopes. Needless to say that the center of gravity of Germany's war effort at that time lay in other tasks. 15. Nevertheless the atomic bomb was expected to be ready toward the end of 1944, if it had not been for the effective air attacks on laboratories engaged in this uranium research, esp... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*The glass ampoule of potassium cyanide. * *"The poison phial, one of two he carried, surrendered by Himmler to the medical officer."* *"During our interview the Prime Minister mentioned that [Heinrich] Himmler appeared to be trying to show that he wasn't so bad as painted, and [the] PM said, if it would save further expenditure of life, he would be prepared to spare even Himmler. * *I suggested there were plenty of islands he could be sent to."* *Personal Diary Entry,* *Admiral Sir A B* *First Sea Lord * *April 1945* *"Further to my orders we successfully intercepted H.H. last... more »

Does the BBC downplay scandals involving dodgy Labour candidates?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
UKIP often complains that the BBC focuses on its scandal-hit election candidates whilst ignoring or downplaying those from other parties. Some Conservative supporters also seem to feel the same way, believing that Labour miscreants get it much easier from the BBC. I was put in mind of this by a comment tonight at *Biased BBC*: I Can See Clearly Now April 24, 2015 at 7:54 pm *Not **on **The Six O’Clock News* *Labour has suspended one of its General Election candidates…* *Sumon Hoque… denied five breaches of the Road Traffic Act, including driving without a licence and being over the ... more »

Beltane 2015 : Drowned Offerings

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Histories of Herodotus A history source of Persian Empire of Achaemenian era By: Herodotus (c. 484 - 425 BCE); Translated by: George Rawlinson Euterpe [2.1] *On the death of Cyrus, Cambyses his son by Cassandane daughter of Pharnaspes took the kingdom. Cassandane had died in the lifetime of Cyrus, who had made a great mourning for her at her death, and had commanded all the subjects of his empire to observe the like. Cambyses, the son of this lady and of Cyrus, regarding the Ionian and Aeolian Greeks as vassals of his father, took them with him in his expedition against Egypt among ... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Athanasius Kircher's Map of Atlantis (c.1669). Note that north is at bottom. circa 1669 *"But at a later time there occurred portentous earthquakes and floods, and one grievous day and night befell them, when the whole body of your warriors was swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner was swallowed up by the sea and vanished; wherefore also the ocean at that spot has now become impassable and unsearchable, being blocked up by the shoal mud which the island created as it settled down."*

Henry Luce of Time-Life and Skull & Bones

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*TIME Promotes the career and achievements of Vice Admiral Karl Doenitz* *Future Second (and Final) Furhur of the German Third Reich* *8 Weeks Following Pearl Harbour* *Feburary 2, 1942* *"The British soon found themselves in conflict with Henry Luce. * *His global internationalist vision of the American Century and his ability to publicize that vision were very useful when the British were trying to involve the United States in international events. * *But they became a threat to the British vision of the postwar world after Pearl Harbor. * *By early 1943, Henry Luce was on the lis... more »

Vulcan High Magick

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*"This is the Hebrew Letter 'Shin'."* This is an invocation of Hebrew Angel Magicks by signs, sigils, gestures, altered states of consciousness and acoustic wave harmonic technology. John 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. *In Genesis, God exists as a sound representing the idea or concept of God, of the Logos before the physical universe formed - reality was spoken into existence, with a Magick word.* Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV) 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God ... more »

Closing the vocabulary gap: Simpler solutions

skrashen at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Sent to Education Week, April 24, 2015 Children of poverty clearly have slower vocabulary development and this is appears to related not only to the quantity but also the quality of interaction of parents ("Key to vocabulary gap is quality of conversation,” April 22). Rather than intervene and give parents' "conversation training" we might consider simpler solutions. First, despite Prof. Neuman's misgivings about read-alouds, there is substantial evidence that even a modest effort to provide books and basic guidance in read-alouds has a substantial effect on vocabulary growth. Es... more »

Credit where credit's due

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The BBC isn't exactly covering itself in glory at the moment, impartiality-wise, but it's always right and proper for a blog like this to pay credit where credit is genuinely due. This piece of credit-paying comes courtesy of Douglas Murray at the *Spectator *and goes to one particular BBC reporter, *Panorama *veteran John Ware, for his exposé of Lutfur Rahman's misrule in Tower Hamlets: The other person who deserves credit is the BBC’s John Ware. The BBC gets a lot of flak these days as well, but John Ware is the sort of reporter that enemies of the license fee should think on. A... more »

Animal Communicator Transforms a Snarling Leopard into a Relaxed Cat

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video - *The is the amazing story of how Anna Breytenbach, an animal communicator, transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed content cat. The post Animal Communicator Transforms a Snarling Leopard into a Relaxed Cat appeared first on Waking Times.

Smearing UKIP

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Kim Rose At the time of writing (6.40pm, Friday night), only the BBC News website, the *Daily Mirror* and the *Southern Daily Echo* are reporting the latest 'UKIP scandal' (as revealed by a Google search). The headlines used by the *Mirror* and the *Daily Echo* pretty much tell you what the 'story' is about: Ukip candidate compares EU to Adolf Hitler days after being cleared of sausage roll 'bribe' UKIP candidate under fire after comparing the EU to Adolf Hitler at Southampton hustings Yes, UKIP's Kim Rose has broken whatever's the real-life equivalent of Godwin's Law in condemna... more »

Senate Finance Comm. Approves Wyden-Hatch Fast Track Bill

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*Ron Wyden, one second prior to sayingF-U to progressives who oppose TPP* *by Gaius Publius* In a late afternoon and evening session, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Wyden-Hatch Fast Track bill, 20-6. The bill now goes to the Senate floor. *The Hill* has the story (my emphasis): *Senate panel approves trade bill* The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would streamline passage of global trade deals through Congress. The panel *approved, on a 20-6 vote*, a long-awaited trade promotion authority (TPA) ["Fast Track"] measure *with the support of... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*Once again, the magic of love and gratefulness applied through heart centered action leads eight veterans with PTSD to another choice in their life but also to a greater sense of themselves, their purpose and their ability to give and receive love: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~ *Albert Einstein *In my role as a volunteer heart centered consultant, advisor and mentor*, I have recently assisted in the transition of eight more combat veterans with PTSD who found the cou... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- April 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*VOA*: *UN: Civilian Casualties Mount in Yemen* *The United Nations says civilian casualties have mounted since the start of the Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shi'ite Houthi rebels in Yemen.* *The U.N. said on Friday the civilian death toll since the bombing started late last month is estimated at 551. The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, says at least 115 children were among the dead.* *The airstrikes continued on Friday, three days after Saudi Arabia declared an end to the bombing campaign.* *Yemen War News Updates -- April 24, 2015* More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, c... more »

Iranian Warships Turn Away From Yemen (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN:* *Iranian ships turn away from Yemen* *Washington (CNN)A convoy of Iranian ships headed toward Yemen is now moving away from the war-torn country, days after the U.S. deployed warships to the Yemeni coast, according to two U.S. defense officials.* *One of those American ships, the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, has also been redirected away from Yemen to the Persian Gulf.* *The Iranian ships turned away from Yemen on Thursday and on Friday continued to move northward, back in the direction of Iran.* *Multiple U.S. officials had told CNN that the American ship... more »

Fetus Freaks: They're Slow But They're Stupid

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Good gord. Regular readers of DJ! know how highly we esteem the intelligence and moral compass of the fetus freaks, but this should be embarrassing even for them. Let's hop into the Way Back Machine. On November 8 last year, we reported that the Trillium Foundation, the granting agency for Ontario's gaming proceeds, rescinded the second year of a two-year $84K grant to a fake clinic. There was some squealing from the predictable sources, who amusingly decided collectively that this blog was to be unnamed as the culprit. On November 25, SUZY ALLCAPS linked to Our Number One Fan (B...more »

Max Littell and the Roswell Nuns

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
I suppose this could be called another of my “Chasing Footnotes” posts, but that isn’t quite right. Many will remember that Lance Moody was annoyed with me for the Catholic Nuns story as outlined in *The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell*. I won’t dwell on that and those who wish to read about it can use the search engines supplied or look at: http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-nuns-story-roswell-edition.html What brings this up is that I found another reference to the nuns in a publication that I had no hand in. According to that booklet called, *The Jim Ragsdale Story*...more »

The Callousness of Capitalism

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
- I am on the bus from Portland to Boston where I will jump on the train to New York City for the Peace & Planet conference and protest this weekend. This alternative conference is the precursor to the UN's Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference that begins next week. There will be a big crowd of folks from around the world at the events. I do two workshops on Saturday and will then participate in a march and rally on Sunday before returning home on Monday. Many important stories out there today including the following. - The callousness o... more »

Bureaucracy and corruption in European science and education

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
In recent years, I gave something like two dozens of public talks at various universities, high schools, and pro-science organizations – mostly about theoretical physics, some of them about the climate issues. Sometimes I got paid, sometimes I didn't. In the first case, there is often some bureaucracy. I was once requested to sign 53 times just because I gave a talk. On the other hand, I was once given a fair amount of money collected from the audience – with no strings or signatures attached. But it has never happened to me that I was expected to fill 5 distinct multi-page document... more »

Still Obsessing On Climate Sensitivity

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 11 hours ago
Bishop Hill and ClimateAudit have both given space to the latest round of obsessing about CO2 "climate sensitivity", by scientist Nic Lewis. I respond to the following quote in Lewis's latest posting: *"Since the climate system takes many centuries to equilibrate..."* *Translation: None of us know--and really don't believe we CAN know, for "many centuries" yet--what we are talking about with regard to the "climate system", and particularly with regard to man-made climate change due to our fossil fuel use.* *What I have discovered, with my 2010 Venus/Earth temperature-versus-pressure ... more »

Dineh Walkers Arrive at Sacred Doko'oosliid

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Thank you to the Nihigaal bee line, Journey for Existence, for walking to the Four Sacred Mountains and speaking out against the ongoing genocide of oil and gas drilling, fracking and coal mining. Thank you for sharing your journey with Censored News and our readers around the world.  -- Brenda, Censored News

EVERYBODY LOVES A CHARADE: Howard Dean says what the New York Times does!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015Part 5—Everyday people push back:* Paul Krugman’s portrait is sad but true in today’s New York Times. At the end of his latest column, Krugman looks into the future. As he does, he employs a key word: “Pundits will try to pretend that we’re having a serious policy debate, but, as far as issues go, 2016 is already set up to be the election of the living dead.” The key word there is “pretend.” We’ve been using that word all week. Here’s why: In an astounding amount of our public discourse, our “journalists” seem to be pretending. Sometimes, they pretend that... more »

Friday Beaver - Canadian edition

Demeur at Demeur - 11 hours ago
Time to pick on Canada our 51st state. Canada is set for a collision course. These are just a few parts of the problems. Canada made it through the economic collapse in 07 because consumer debt back then was low. Canadian banks were in a better position to weather the storm and the housing market wasn't anything like it was in the U.S. Fast forward to today. Canadian consumer debt is up 20% and even higher than it was in 07. Oil revenues are down as is the Canadian dollar. Economic growth was at 0% this past quarter. Can't speak for the entire country but Toronto and Vancouver hous... more »

U.S. Drone Strikes Are Decimating Al Qaeda's Leadership

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The site of a drone attack in 2008 that killed at least six people in a Pakistani tribal region regarded as a safe haven for al Qaeda and Taliban militants. Credit Haji Mujtaba/Reuters. *New York Times:* *Drone Strikes on Al Qaeda Said to Take Toll on Leadership* *LONDON — Revelations of new high-level losses among Al Qaeda’s top leadership in Pakistan’s tribal belt have underscored how years of American drone strikes have diminished and dispersed the militant group’s upper ranks and forced them to cede prominence and influence to more aggressive offshoots in Yemen and Somalia.* ... more »

Best Tech Support Answer Ever

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 11 hours ago
Back in the mid-nineties I was a Computer Science Co-op student. We are all eager to get out into the work force and find out what "real" IT work was. After our first work semester we returned to class and swapped stories. Of course the most popular stores were about the dumb-ass users we had to support. This was back in the day of 486 processors, DOS 5.x and Windows 3.1, but the following story

Al Qaeda Plot To Bomb The Vatican Uncovered

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: Italian police hunting Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguards and 16 other Pakistani extremists reveal Al Qaeda militants plotted terror attack on the Vatican ** Ongoing terror raids have largely focused on the Italian island of Sardinia* ** Jihadis are suspected of plotting attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan* ** Two of them are thought to have previously worked for late Al Qaeda leader* ** Investigators have also linked terror cell to planned attack on the Vatican * ** Suicide bomber arrived in Rome in 2010 but mysteriously left shortly after* *Islamic extremists sus... more »

World News Briefs -- April 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*USA Today:** Armenia marks centennial of massacre of 1.5M* *YEREVAN, ARMENIA – One hundred years after up to 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by Turks in the Ottoman Empire, a sunny, mountainous, landlocked republic struggles with the past to define its future.* *Armenians commemorated 100 years since the atrocities this week with concerts, marches, and demands that other countries join 24 states in recognizing the killings as genocide, the term used to define the events by most historians.* *MIDDLE EAST* Iran ships 'turn back' from Yemen *as fighting rages*. Air strikes p... more »

Omar Khadr gets Bail....unless the US tells Canada "No"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*UPDATE:* The CBC provides more shocking details to this story...including the allegation that the US wanted Khadr returned to Canada long before the Canadian government did. *Omar Khadr* *28 year old Canadian Citizen Omar Khadr* was granted bail today--after spending more than half his life in prison...including many years in the US medieval torture dungeon at Guantanamo, Cuba. Here are the details of the bail hearing. I have highlighted in red the Orwellian approach to "Justice" that has characterized this case from the outset and will offer a few more comments afterwards: *By... more »

The Top 5 Moves That the 1% Uses to Maintain Dominance

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*George Lakey* - How Do You Beat the 1 Percent? Start by Learning Their Favorite Moves... The post The Top 5 Moves That the 1% Uses to Maintain Dominance appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Drone-Strike Rules Under Review After Hostages Mistakenly Killed* *President Obama says U.S. was unaware of the presence of the two hostages when a compound was targeted in January. * *By the time missiles slammed into an al-Qaeda hideout in Pakistan, the site had been under surveillance by U.S. drones and satellites for hundreds of hours.* *Confidence that the compound was a meeting place for senior al-Qaeda officials was based on intelligence that turned out to be tragically incomplete, as President Barack Obama publicly acknowledged on Thursday. The U.S. was ...more »

The Traffic Lights Went Out in Amsterdam...You Won't Believe What Happens Next!

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
By James Corbett The traffic lights went out in Amsterdam and the world didn't end. Portishead liked their lights-out test so much they took the traffic lights out permanently. Other cities around the world have tried (successfully) to make restriction-free roads...but still people are afraid of anarchy on the streets. Today James broaches the conversation on spontaneous order by taking you on the streets of Japan. Visit CorbettReport.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Anarchast with Zen Gardner: Seeing Beyond the Veil!

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
By Anarchast Jeff interviews anarchist mystic Zen Gardner, topics include: a psychedelic awakening, the importance of travel and new experience, very serious times ahead especially in the US, an urgent situation, only 5-7% of US citizens have a passport, be prepared to move out, living in Uruguay, great info to be found on expat blogs, TDV groups an invaluable resource and can help with expatriation, FEMA camps, micro-chipping, mandatory vaccination, bringing about revelations with spiritual technology, spiritual awakening, Gnosticism, Archons. Visit ZenGardner.com Visit Anarchas...more »

PH Economy and Politics, Is there a Disconnection?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
* This is my article today in BusinessWorld Weekender. ----------- Many people are asking why there seems to be a disconnect between the Philippines’ dynamic economic performance on the one hand, and its unstable or messy politics on the other. In the words of a friend, Prof. Amado Mendoza, Jr. of the University of the Philippines Political Science Department, who recently explored this theme in an article in *Interaksyon*: “There seems to be a firewall between the Philippine economy and the political sphere such that the economy can still grow (GNP- and GDP-wise) even if the polit... more »

Remembering The Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *Leaders Attend Memorial for Victims of Armenia Massacre * *Armenian President Serge Sarkisian thanked world leaders who attended a memorial service for the victims of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago.* *Speaking under cloudy skies at the site of Armenia's permanent memorial to the victims slaughtered during World War One, Sarkisian said the presence of such leaders as the presidents of France, Russia, Serbia and the Greek-ruled part of Cyprus confirm their commitment to human values by saying nothing is forgotten.* *More News On Tod... more »

Remembering Gallipoli 100 Years Later

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Prince Charles joins his son Harry and world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the disastrous Gallipoli landings which claimed 140,000 lives during World War One * ** Two days of ceremonies planned on Gallipoli peninsula to honour victims of British-led invasion on April 25, 1915* ** Attended by leaders of World War I allies including Australia PM, New Zealand Premier, Prince Charles and Harry * ** Fallen from both the Ottoman and Allied sides lie close together in separate cemeteries on western edge of Turkey* ** Around 58,000 Allied troops and 87,000 Turks di... more »

Your Brain on Caffeine

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Sarah Landrum* - So many of love that morning cup of java, but what does caffeine do to the brain and the mind? The post Your Brain on Caffeine appeared first on Waking Times.

Shifting the Discourse on Israel/Palestine

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
By Omar Baddar During the last decade, activism for Palestinian freedom has overcome a wide range of intimidation tactics seeking to curb criticism of Israel, and has successfully shifted public discourse in the United States on the issue. *Subscribe to Omar's YouTube channel HERE* *Follow Omar on Twitter @OmarBaddar * *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Breakthough Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Jeff Roberts* - For years, scientists have worked diligently to find a counteractive treatment for the common neuro-degenerative disease, but mostly with no successful avail. The post Breakthough Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function appeared first on Waking Times.

Going Rogue: 15 Ways to Detach From the System

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Tess Pennington* - Self-reliance and independence from 'the system' is the best way to protest and to prepare for what's coming. The post Going Rogue: 15 Ways to Detach From the System appeared first on Waking Times.

Will The Adelsons Buy Marco Rubio The Oval Office?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Overall, Jeb Bush is winning the Republican Party big money primary, some say by stretching the definition of what's legal and outsourcing his whole campaign to his Super PACs. He may be hauling in the most cash from multimillionaires but that hasn't translated-- at least not yet-- to popularity among base voters. And now other candidates are starting to show they can raise substantial campaign cash as well. Among the GOP's biggest sugar daddies, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers seem to be getting behind, respectively, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker (although the Kochs say that... more »

Are U.S. Citizens Aware of AND Prepared for “Jade Helm 15”?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
Dees Illustration By Catherine J. Frompovich The summer of 2015 may be one to remember for more reasons than one, especially since the U.S. government plans to implement “Jade Helm 15” exercises under the direction of “US Army Special Operations Command” in several western United States. Is the state you live in, one of them? According to the “Request to Conduct Realistic Military Training (RMT) JADE HELM 15” (note the word realistic) JH is a *challenging eight-week joint military and interagency (IA)Unconventional Warfare (UW) exercise* conducted throughout *Texas, New Mex... more »

U.S. Air Force A-10 Quickly Returns To Service After 'Catastrophic' Engine Failure In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Airmen from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron work in an abandoned aircraft shelter at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to repair an A-10C Thunderbolt II that suffered catastrophic engine failure. A maintenance response team from the 332nd EMXG repaired the jet and got it back in the air less than five days after the jet suffered catastrophic engine failure and had to divert there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jared Marquis/released) *The Hill:* *A-10 suffers 'catastrophic' engine failure in Iraq* *An A-10 deployed in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (... more »

The Madness Of Helicopter Parents Versus Free Range Parents

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By NLBS Next Level BS takes a look at how helicopter parents are not just being insanely smothering of their own kids, they expect society to be overly protective of all kids, everywhere. A recent situation in Maryland, highlights the insanity, where the local police literally abducted a couple's kids, for hours and without notification, because they were simply walking home from the park, alone. "Stranger Danger" now applies to police officers, because we show why it's more dangerous for kids to be in the custody of Child Protective Services, than walking alone on a residential ... more »

There Is No Certainty On Who Is Being Killed By U.S. Drone Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, April 23, 2015. *Spencer Ackerman, Sabrina Siddiqui and Paul Lewis, The Guardian*:* White House admits: we didn't know who drone strike was aiming to kill* *Broad target of ‘al-Qaida compounds’ suggests 2013 policy change by Obama – requiring ‘near certainty’ that suspect is present – has not been implemented* *The targets of the deadly drone strikes that killed two hostages and two suspected American members of al-Qaida were “al-Qaida compounds” rather than specifi... more »

Argentina: Alleged UFO Videotaped Over Bahia Blanca

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Luis Burgos* of the *Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogia* (FAO) announced on his Facebook page the recording of a "parallel formation" of alleged UFOs over Bahía Blanca, Argentina (a locale on the Argentinean coast that has become known as a UFO hotspot for many generations). The video was recorded on April 23, 2015 by *Alejandro Suarez*, who posted it to YouTube. It can be seen at *https://youtu.be/dVUV-nFXUzo* Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

The U.S. Joins The World's Race To Build More Submarine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Image Credit: U.S. Navy *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat: **How Many Attack Submarines Does the United States Need?* *The U.S. Navy may face a critical shortfall in Virginia-class boats in the next decade.The U.S. Navy is looking into the possibility of building three instead of two new nuclear-powered Virginia-class attack submarines (SSN-774) per year, military.com reports. The reason is simple: with older Los-Angeles-class fast-attack submarines (built between 1972 and 1996) retiring at a faster pace than Virginia subs are added, the U.S. Navy will face a shortfall in the n... more »

Printable Farm Play Mat

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
The traveling with kids fun continues today with this darling Farm Play Mat. This is the perfect printable for your next road trip. Simply print it and bring along the little animals you already have laying around your house and you have an electronic free activity to keep the kids busy. You will need: - The Printable found here - A laminator and laminating Sheets - a binder pouch to keep the creatures in - small farm animals - magnet tape for the back of the play mat - cookie sheet to play on (I bought mine at the dollar store) Print the printable on a stur... more »

Could Maple Syrup Extract Help Cut the Use of Antibiotics?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Video - *According to lab experiments at McGill University, a concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, leading to lower antibiotic usage. The post Could Maple Syrup Extract Help Cut the Use of Antibiotics? appeared first on Waking Times.

Madison Enacts Law Protecting Atheists Against Discrimination (But Atheists Are Already Protected Against Religious Discrimination Under Title VII)

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
While the anti-discrimination ordinance enacted in Madison, Wisconsin adding “nonreligion” to the list of protected categories was touted as the first of its kind in the nation, that’s not quite true. While it may well be the first ordinance specifically protecting those who have no religion, there is already a federal law protecting atheists against work place discrimination. Under Title VII, the federal employment discrimination law, atheists have long been considered to be protected under the prohibition against religious discrimination. That doesn’t mean there’s no need for laws... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( April 24 , 2015 ) - Astonishingly hostile reception for Greece and Varoufakis at the Eurogroup Summit in Riga Today ....... Turkish Lira under pressure again .... Euro hits two week high .... Germany doing fine - IFO business morale rises ......Ed Hugh compares Greece with Spain and calls out different treatment between two- Spain's QE NOT conditional ...... China in focus - money rates tumble after PBOC cut RRR , outflows rising.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets..... *Kathimerini English *‏@ekathimerini 3m 3 minutes ago Eurogroup's Dijsselbloem after finmin talks on Greece : 'I won't go into detail on progress but there are big problems to be solved' *MacroPolis* ‏@MacroPolis_gr 5m 5 minutes ago Eurogroup chief @*J_Dijsselbloem* says discussion at meeting was "frank & very critical." Doesn't deny verbal attacks on Varoufakis #*Greece* *Eleni Varvitsiotis* ‏@Elbarbie 3m 3 minutes ago Pretty clear answer by @*J_Dijsselbloem* there will be no partial agreement, no partial disbursement *MacroPolis* ‏@MacroPolis_gr ... more »

Fantast in Focus: Daniel Merriam

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
this latest Free Planet 'art' post is about artist Daniel Merriam, recently featured on The Thinker's Garden - man, this is good stuff. *Like a Narnian portal, Daniel Merriam’s work is one of transport. Without the flick of a wand, his fairies carry you off to carnivalesque and ‘Peter Pan-ish’ neverlands. Merriam was born and raised in the United States and spent his early years working in architectural design. Merriam is also the founder and owner of Bubble Street Gallery, a California-based ‘emporium’ of artistry and imagination. *[source THE THINKER'S GARDEN]


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Jindal Grifting ~Library Chronicles * *The 73 'official' New Orleans neighborhoods: Why they exist, and why they shouldn't* *Tedeschi Trucks: Born in New Orleans, roots-music ensemble to offer soulful punch during Jazz Fest set ~John Wirt *

Face to Face w' Sacha Stone, D and Thomas Brown: The CERN Question

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
Here is the Video Archive of Wednesday nights show "Face to Face with Sacha Stone". On Wednesday night Sacha asked me to join him and Scientist Thomas Brown to dig deep into the CERN questions: What IS CERN? What are they really using it for? and Are the Scientists within CERN actually aware of the ramifications of the "experiments" that are going on? I spent a good portion of the show sitting in the dark as we had a power black out here on a large portion of the north coast of Morocco, lol. This was a really interesting show to be a part of. While we opened the door to man... more »

Roundtable Discussion with Duncan O'Finioan- Video Archive

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
For everyone who has been waiting (impatiently, lol) for it, here is the Archive video of Tuesday night's One People Roundtable Discussion. On Tuesday evening, Lisa Harrison, Brian Kelly and I sat down with Duncan O'Finioan, from the CCN show "Shoot from the Hip". We dug deep into several pretty hard core topics- from reviewing my trek of the Yemen rabbit hole, to the Ark of the Covenant- what it is, what it does and why they may be trying to grab it- to the bigger question of CERN. Duncan brought a very interesting perspective to the table, based on his own personal experie... more »

Malaysia plans to upgrade four Kedah-class corvettes for ASW role

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Kedah-class FS]The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) plans to upgrade four of its Kedah (Meko 100 RMN)-class corvettes for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, an RMN official has confirmed. The RMN operates six Kedah-class vessels, which were commissioned between June 2006 and December 2010. The vessels are based on the Blohm+Voss MEKO 100 design and were built by local prime contractor Penang Shipbuilding & Construction (now Boustead Naval Shipyard) in partnership with a German naval consortium. To achieve the ASW upgrade, the RMN is proposing to equip the four vessels with ... more »

First RAAF pilots qualifies on F-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: RAAF F-35 Lightning II]Australia's first fully qualified F-35 Lightning pilot admits this controversial new aircraft takes his breath away. Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, 37, started out flying elderly Macchi jet trainers, then graduated to the RAAF's classic Hornets and Super Hornets. Since January, he's been learning to fly the advanced new F-35, making his first flight in January and now qualifying to fly F-35s and also to instruct new RAAF F-35 pilots. Read more

North Korea expands nuclear arsenal, Chinese experts say

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Unha 3 rocket]Nuclear experts in China have revealed that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and could double that arsenal by next year, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The total exceeds current U.S. assessments of the secretive state's nuclear weapons. The Chinese experts believe North Korea has a greater domestic capacity to enrich uranium than previously thought, Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University nuclear expert and former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, told the Journal. The Chinese estimates were shared in a closed-door meeting...more »

T-90 tanks to S-400 missiles: Top Russian military hardware rehearse for 70th V-Day parade

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
About 200 units of Russia’s cutting-edge military hardware have hit the ground in Moscow region for rehearsal of Victory Day celebrations which are set to take place on the Russian capital's Red Square on May 9. The preparatory training exercises took place in Alabino area, Moscow Region, on Wednesday and saw various army vehicles. They included T-90 battle tanks, GAZ-2975 Tigr armored vehicles, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, and 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers. Read more

Russia won't deliver S-300 missiles to Iran any time soon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: S-300 Favorit]The supply of the Russian S-300 missile defense system to Iran "is not a matter of the nearest future," a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday. "It is more important that a political and legal decision, which opens up such a possibility, is taken," said deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, according to TASS official news agency. Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to lift the freeze on the sale of S-300 systems to Iran on April 13, following the progress made in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Read more

Argentina And Russia In Strategic Partnership Deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-24M2 Fencer]The Argentinian President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner is in Moscow to sign a series of strategic partnership deals with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. While focussing on trade, energy projects and communication - agreements on military cooperation will also be signed. Among them could potentially be a deal for Moscow to supply the Argentinians with 12 Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft. Read more

Transpicuous News Midweek report- April 22: Video archive

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
Good morning everyone. Here is the Video archive from this weeks Transpicuous News Midweek Report from April22, 2015. As usual, all the Links to go with the show are below. d This weeks News Links: Permission Denied: Journalist barred from "Friendly Fire" Investigation- Canadians take note! http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2015/04/permission-denied-journalist-barred.html Chomsky: 'International law cannot be enforced against great powers’ FULL INTERVIEW http://rt.com/usa/250729-complete-chomsky-rt-interview/ 6 men arrested in Minnesota worked for almost year to join I...more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-up, 4/24/15"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-up, 4/24/15" * By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "There is some good news concerning the ongoing war in Yemen. Iran cargo ships, possibly carrying arms and supplies, have turned around and are headed back to Iran. Was it because of the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier group? You can bet on it. I was worried that this would turn into a major international incident. Why Yemen and other hot spots are not part of the Iran nuclear negotiations is beyond me. Yemen sits on the southern border of Saudi Arabia and next to a major oil choke point leading into the Suez Canal. ...more »

Vice President Joe Biden says US will deliver new F-35 planes to Israel next year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II]Vice President Joe Biden announced on 23 April that the United States would deliver new F-35 jets to Israel in 2016. The vice president made the announcement during an Israeli Independence Day celebration in Washington DC, Reuters reported. Biden cited the country's relationship with Israel and said the jet was "our finest, making Israel the only country in the Middle East to have this fifth generation aircraft". He said the US would ascertain that Israel maintains its "qualitative edge". According to Reuters, the vice president told the pro-Israel crowd, "... more »

US should boost Indian Navy's combat power: US think tank

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye]With the US and India agreeing to explore the joint development of India's next-generation aircraft carrier, a leading think tank has suggested US offer India latest technology to help increase Indian Navy's combat power. "While the Indian Navy has already begun design work, wide-ranging cooperation with the United States has enormous potential," Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggested. "Such collaboration would increase the Indian Navy's combat power and would resonate throughout the Asian cont... more »

Chinese warship warns PHL patrol plane in disputed sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: PAF Fokker F-27-200 MPA]A Chinese warship stationed near a reclaimed reef in a disputed part of the South China Sea aimed a "powerful light" at a Philippine military plane on a maritime patrol, Philippine military sources said on Thursday. On Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines showed journalists surveillance pictures of China's rapid land reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), which has alarmed G7 and Asian states. "An Air Force Fokker plane was challenged by a Chinese frigate near Subi Reef, aiming a... more »

Russia denies deployment of air defense systems in eastern Ukraine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Russia's Defense Ministry on Thursday denied an allegation by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday that Russia is deploying air defense systems in eastern Ukraine and said that, on the contrary, there are American military instructors posted in that part of Ukraine training Ukrainian soldiers to fight in urban environments. "The allegation of the official spokesperson for the State Department, Marie Harf, that Russia has pulled 'the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment' to eastern Ukraine since August is astonishingly incompetent," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Kona...more »

Most of Navy's Sea Dragon fleet remains on the ground

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MH-53E Sea Dragon]Two months after the Navy ordered new inspections of every heavy-lift helicopter in its fleet, most of the aircraft - including all but one based in Norfolk - remain grounded until thousands of repairs are made to potentially unsafe fuel lines and electrical wires. It's a time- and labor-intensive process, complicated further by the age of the helicopters: Some parts needed to repair the Cold War-era aircraft are out of production and must be made in-house or custom ordered. "We're making good progress," said Rear Adm. J.R. Haley, commander of Naval Air For... more »

Amazing time lapse of a modern aircraft carrier traveling the Suez Canal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Ever wondered how long it takes a modern aircraft carrier to transit the 101 mile long Suez Canal? Thanks to the U.S. Navy there is some great time lapse footage of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) doing just that. Let's just say it begins when the sun is up and ends well after the sun has set. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is conducting operations in the U.S. Nay's 5th, 6th and 7th fleet area of responsibility. Read more

Paying off ceremonies to be held for two destroyers, one replenishment ship – fourth ship to be paid off at a later date

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HMCS Iroquois (D280)]Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy announced the retirement of four ships that had reached the end of their operational lives: Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur, Preserver, Iroquois and Algonquin. Three of the four ships will be “paid off” in ceremonies on their respective coasts this spring and summer. The term “paying off” refers to the British age-of-sail practice of paying a crew their wages once a ship has completed its voyage. In the RCN, the tradition continues with the term paying off referring to the forma... more »

Is Russia's Fifth-Generation Fighter AS Good As America's F-35 or F-22?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *IBTimes:* *Russia Will Have 55 Stealth Sukhoi T-50 Fighters By 2020, But Are They As Good As The US Stealth Jets* *Russia’s announcement this week that it will be operating a sizable contingent of its first stealth fighter, the Sukhoi PAK-FA (also known as T-50), by 2020 has intrigued from the defense world. The first deliveries will begin in 2016, and in four years' time the Russians will field 55 of the impressive-looking jet, which resembles closely the American F-22. * *But the aircraft’s general stealth capabilities, and whether Russia truly has ... more »

Fleet of Iranian ships heading to Yemen turns around after being tracked by US warships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships stationed in the area to prevent arms shipments, multiple sources in the Pentagon told Fox News. The sources said the nine-ship convoy is south of Salalah, Oman, and now headed northeast in the Arabian Sea in the direction of home. The ships, which include seven freighters and two frigates, had sailed southwest along the coast of Yemen heading in the direction of Aden and the entrance to the Red Sea. The two Iranian warships escorting... more »

MacArtney delivers underwater connectivity for FREMM frigate bow sonar systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: FS Aquitaine (D650)]MacArtney Underwater Technology has been contracted to supply SubConn underwater connectivity solutions to the French, Italian and Moroccan navies, for use in their frégate européen multi-mission (FREMM) frigates. The company has designed the connectivity solutions in collaboration with naval defence technology contractors, Thales and WASS. Under the contract MacArtney will provide the 'inboard' lead-in cables running from the sonar dome to a central hub within the hull of the ship. Read more

GE To Provide In-Service Support For LM2500s On RAN Frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMAS Arunta (F151)]GE has signed an in-service support contract to provide maintenance and logistic support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) GE LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines that power Adelaide- and ANZAC-class frigates. The contract is with the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation’s Maritime Cross-Platform Systems Program Office. Under the contract, GE GE will be backed by GE Marine and Air New Zealand Gas Turbines for this multi-year contract. In addition to repair and overhaul of the RAN’s 16 LM2500s and associated accessories, the contract... more »

India and France Begin 10-Day Naval Exercise Christened 'Varuna'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale M]India and France today began 10-day naval exercise 'Varuna' that will see 12 Rafale fighter jets in action off the Goa coast along with a host of naval assets of both countries. The 14th edition of 'Varuna' started with the arrival of four French naval ships at Goa including aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, two destroyers Chevalier Paul and Jean de Vienne, replenishment tanker Meuse and a maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2. The French aircraft carrier is carrying fighter aircraft Rafale M, Strike Aircraft Super Etendard, E2C Hawkeye Airborne Warning A... more »

Defence minister visits French sub builder

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews]Defence Minister Kevin Andrews will visit a naval shipyard in France to inspect a possible contender for construction of Australia's next-generation submarine fleet. France, along with Japan and Germany, has been invited to partner local shipbuilders in providing replacements for the nation's ageing Collins Fleet. Mr Andrews will inspect the Direction des Constructions Navales Services shipyards, home of the Scorpene class submarine, on Friday. Read more

SNP 'would nullify 40-seat Tory lead' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'Even if the Tories are the largest party, if there is an anti-Tory majority, my offer to Labour is to work together to keep the Tories out," Scotland's first minister said. When pressed on whether that would apply even if Labour had secured "10, 20, 30, 40" fewer seats than Mr Cameron's party, she replied: "Governments in the House of Commons are about who can command a majority."If there is an anti-Tory majority, yes... we would work with Labour to stop the Tories getting into Downing Street."' I forsee a political crisis if this happens. Maybe a refusal by Conservative voters ... more »

And I thought that I was cynical - Pat Condell says that 'we have a democracy problem'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'We have a democracy problem' - we sure do.

Saab sees business opportunities as profit falls

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saab Gripen E/F]Swedish defense company Saab said Friday it sees "many interesting business opportunities ahead," even as first-quarter net profit fell 49% on higher development costs and currency headwinds. Net profit for the three months ended March 31 was 90 million Swedish kronor ($10.4 million), down from SEK176 million a year earlier, mainly due to development costs of the T-X training aircraft program, where Saab cooperates with Boeing. Saab, which makes the Gripen jet fighter, submarines, radars and missile systems, said order intake during the period rose to SEK4.8 ... more »

Carrier overhauls in Newport News would be secured by House panel proposal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)]Last year, the Hampton Roads economy experienced a giant hiccup when the Navy considered retiring the aircraft carrier USS George Washington instead of performing a mid-life overhaul. A mid-life carrier overhaul is big business for Virginia's largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding. The job costs in excess of $4 billion and takes more than three years, bringing thousands of sailors into the downtown shipyard. As work on the 2016 defense budget ramps up, one proposal seeks to avoid a repeat of that scenario. Read more

Russia's Military Trains For Victory Day Celebrations On May 9

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*RT:* *T-90 tanks to S-400 missiles: Top Russian military hardware rehearse for 70th V-Day parade (VIDEO)* *About 200 units of Russia’s cutting-edge military hardware have hit the ground in Moscow region for rehearsal of Victory Day celebrations which are set to take place on the Russian capital's Red Square on May 9.* *The preparatory training exercises took place in Alabino area, Moscow Region, on Wednesday and saw various army vehicles. They included T-90 battle tanks, GAZ-2975 Tigr armored vehicles, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, and 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers.* ... more »

The First Victims of the First Crusade

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I really do not see early antisemitism as modern antisemitism. I see it more as a primitive tribal response to a declared tribe in almost every large community. All minority tribes were then vulnerable to communal attack as we see even today in India and elsewhere. Antisemitism arose with modernism where a philosophical rationale other than tribalism became necessary to rationalize the irrational. What made the Jewish experience unique was their concentration on commerce which was necessarily a minority position in every community. A little like the one chinese restaurant... more »

Charles Fort and Those Frogs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I have recently read a biography of Charles Fort by Jim Steinmeyer. What is true is that Charles was a rigorous collector of data and that normally meant data outside the interests of mainstream science. My point though is that the effort was careful and rigorous. He sought conformation. For that i must pay attention to those damn frogs. This takes a neat turn though. We have already made a critical conjecture regarding slime molds forming huge methane bubbles and then floating gently up into the stratosphere. Yet there is little need to go so high either. Even better we h... more »

Animal Consciousness

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is a big important problem that needs to be better addressed. Worse is that humanity has been almost completely blind because we do not share the key talent sufficiently to be effective. *Conjecture* All life is able to share mind images as a means of communication. Unfortunately this is tied to the level of cognition available. Fortunately mind sharing appears to enhance herd or flock group intelligence. Humanity has been specifically rendered almost blind but i suspect that we can overcome this by understanding it as a form of baby thought in images. I have at leas... more »

The Elephant Whisperer with Lawrence Anthony

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I have just finished reading this book and it truly informs. We have already posted somewhat on elephant communication with humans and more critically among themselves. This book beefs up the evidence substantially to the point where a number of conjectures can be proposed. I will do this separately under animal consciousness. Sadly Lawrence himself has passed. Fortunately his work continues and possibly his plan to create a larger preserve will see fruition. His book clearly tracks multiple expressions of elephant mind to mind perception including last not not least their ... more »

Indian Navy's submarines to be made locally; Rs 60,000-cr P75 I will be last order from abroad

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 75 (Scorpene) class SSK]The shipbuilding industry is set for mega business with the government deciding that an ongoing Rs 60,000 crore plan to procure diesel electric submarines will be the last order to go to foreign firms and that all future projects will be designed and made in India. Leading international players, which have for long eyed India as one of the largest importer of submarines in the world, are currently in contention for the P75 I project to manufacture six new stealthy submarines in India. A top Navy officer told ET that the government has cleare... more »

100 years of Noether's theorem

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Sometime in April 1915, Emmy Noether was completing her groundbreaking theorem that links conservation laws with the symmetries of Nature. Noether's father, Max Noether, was a German Jewish trader whose one leg was heavily damaged by polio. Instead of becoming a cripple who depends on others, he became a self-taught doctor of algebraic geometry – doing things similar to Alfred Clebsch. He had 4 children and the oldest ones, Amalie Emmy Noether, was born in 1882. She was a clever but "ordinarily clever" girl and a popular kid who was lisping, near-sighted, took piano lessons, loved... more »

These 5 Weapons Should Never Be Used In War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Image: Flickr/U.S. Army/CC by 2.0 *Kyle Mizokami, National Interest:* *5 Weapons of War That Should Never Be Used * *These weapons are too terrible to contemplate and should never be used.* *Most weapons of war, from pistols to fighter planes, are generally thought of as legitimate and — considering they are meant to kill — fairly humane tools of war. These weapons can be used in a way that their ability to kill and maim is focused on an individual, legitimate target, whether it be an enemy combatant, vehicle, or facility. Such weapons are also designed to kill relatively quickly... more »

Possible Republican Presidential Nominee Jeb Bush Praises President Obama's NSA Surveillance Programs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Former Florida Governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush (Reuters/Brian Snyder) *The Intercept*: *Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance* *One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a mass... more »

Here Comes The Drone Swarms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *Drone Swarms: How the US Navy Plans to Fight Wars in 2016* *‘Swarmbots’ could mean a new era in autonomous warfare.* *Last week, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a video showcasing the U.S. Navy’s latest technology for conducting autonomous warfare: LOCUST, or the Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology program.* *The LOCUST system can launch up to 30 small pre-programmed drones out of a rocket-launcher type mechanism under a minute, the video illustrates. Once airborne, the drones start communicating with each other a... more »

Multiple Weapons Were Aimed At The Gyrocoper Pilot When He Violated Washington DC Airspace Last Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CBS*: *"Multiple weapons" were aimed at gyrocopter pilot* *WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz had harsh words on Wednesday for postman Doug Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace last week and landed it on the Capitol lawn.* *"He is lucky to be alive," said Chaffetz, "he should have been blown out of the air."* *But CBS News' Mark Albert reports Rep. Chaffetz reserved even tougher language for NORAD and the FAA -- which are responsible for monitoring airspace -- including the nation's most restricted patch of sky over Washington D.C... more »

Juan Cole: The Crisis in Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: Juan Cole: The Crisis in Yemen. Source: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Date Published: April 23, 2015. Description: * University of Michigan’s Juan Cole says the situation in Yemen is a “humanitarian catastrophe” and that the United States is “poorly advised” to get itself involved in the Saudi-led bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels. This Carnegie Council event took place on April 13, 2015.

Don't Shoot Burr (Again) He's Only the Messenger  (MSM to be Trusted? Why?)  Reuters Especially Not  (When Did NC Decide To Be Governed by Corporation-Owned Creeps?)

Please watch "Pay 2 Play" on Free Speech TV (FSTV). It will be the best (most meaningful) TV you've seen in a looong time. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Think your government surveils you enough already? Senator Richard Burr (Republican - North Carolina) doesn't. And he's upping the ante. (When did North Carolina voters get this stoopid (and he was easily re-elected)?) (See also Governor McCrory (Duke

You’ll Have No Doubt that Chemtrails Exist After You See These Videos

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *These two videos make it pretty clear that aircrafts spray our skies with chemical toxins, leaving no doubt that chemtrails are much different than contrails. The post You’ll Have No Doubt that Chemtrails Exist After You See These Videos appeared first on Waking Times.

Online Trolls

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The Washington Post has an interesting article about online trolls. After describing trolls as disruptive users, inclined toward personal attacks, the article describes their posting patterns: ... Those users, they found, tended to focus their comments on a small number of stories and were more likely to post things otherwise irrelevant to the overall conversation. Trolls' behavior also tended to get worse over time, according to the researchers -- and they were generally successful at getting a rise out of those in an online community. ...Unsurprisingly, research suggests these ... more »

George the Dragon Slayer is no friend of England

Social-Freedom National-Justice at Social Freedom Through National Justice - 1 day ago
Today is 'saint' George's Day. Not long ago, I would have been joining in the calls for today to be a national holiday, and bemoaning the fact that whereas Scotland, Wales and Ireland celebrate their national days, we do not. At the risk of upsetting people who wrap themselves in the Cross of 'saint' George and become English nationalists for one day a year, I think we need to take a step back from this contrived kosher nationalism; we need to look at the symbolism to see that we are yet again being led astray by people who make a living by lying to us. George was a Christian mart... more »

The CIA Has Covertly Cooperated With China Against Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Former Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury *Washington Times:* *Spy shocker: CIA cooperated with Chinese intelligence to target Russia* *A recently published book by former Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury has shed light on one of the U.S. government’s darkest secrets: cooperation between the CIA and communist Chinese intelligence services.* *The book “The Hundred Year Marathon” was cleared for publication by the FBI, CIA and Pentagon, thus giving many of its eye-opening disclosures an official cast.* *China has not responded to the book’s disclosures nor denied past cooperati... more »

Earth Day report: Man goes for swim in Gowanus Canal, lives to tell tale (so far)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Anyone for a swim?* Popular Science *labeled this photo by Dan Bracaglia: "A Swirl of . . . Something."* *"We don't really know what's in there, we don't know what's in the soil and air around it, and we don't know how it affects the tens of thousands of people who live within a few blocks of it. . . ."The EPA recommends people avoid the canal water, the land around it, the air above and adjacent to it, and anything that swims or crawls in it."* *-- *Popular Science*'s Dan Nosowitz* on the Gowanus Canal* (October 2013)* *by Ken* Not the winter just past but the one before that, ... more »

Musical Interlude: Little River Band, “Cool Change”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Little River Band, “Cool Change” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bKwRW0l-Qk

Musical Interlude: John Denver, “Calypso”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
John Denver, “Calypso” A tribute to Jacques Cousteau - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZonmQZG0GQ

Former CIA Director David Petrateus Fined $100,000 And Sentenced 2 Years For Probabion Over Military Leak

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Ex-general, CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, $100,000 fine in leak case* *(Reuters) - Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.* *The retired four-star general apologized as he admitted in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, to giving the information to his mistress, who was writing his biography. He agreed under a plea deal to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized re... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the above below. *Click image for larger size.* Close inspection of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Component stars would still remain near 100 solar masses, making ... more »

Cutting Up The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau... Bipartisan Affair?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Sinema Thanks to a tiny gaggle of reactionary Blue Dogs, Boehner's latest attempt to gut the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection can be called "bipartisan." H.R.1195 passed yesterday, 235-183, with 5 Republicans voting for the interests of their constituents and 4 faux-Democrats crossing the aisle in the other direction and voting with Wall Street and the GOP. The bill was sponsored by Bob Pittenger (R-NC), and among the co-sponsors was right-wing Arizona Blue Dog Kyrsten Sinema. The bill itself wasn't that controversial, but it includes an amendment that would cut the CFPB's bu... more »

Free Download: Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"And even the unhappiest life has its sunny moments and its little flowers of happiness between sand and stone. So it was then with the Steppenwolf too. It cannot be denied that he was generally very unhappy; and he could make others unhappy also, that is, when he loved them or they him. For all who got to love him saw always only the one side of him. Many loved him as a refined and clever and interesting man, and were horrified and disappointed when they had come upon the wolf in him. And they had to because Harry wished, as every sentient being does, to be loved as a whole and th... more »

"Shaya's Home Run"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Shaya's Home Run" by Rabbi Paysach Krohn "In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning-disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school careers, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs. There are a few children who attend Chush for most of the week and go to a regular school on Sundays. At a Chush fund-raising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, “Where is the perfecti... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If you live on this land, and you have ancestors sleeping in this land, I believe that makes you a native to this land. It has nothing to do with the color of your skin. I was not raised to look at people racially. What I was taught is that we're flowers in the Great Spirit's garden. We share a common root, and the root is Mother Earth." - Oh Shinnah Fastwolf, Shishindi Nation (Apache) So, brothers and sisters, gather around the fire, and dance!

Chet Raymo, “Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”* by Chet Raymo “I received a book in the mail, as I sometimes do, for potential review on this blog, James Stein's “Cosmic Numbers: The Numbers That Define Our Universe”. I often write here about books I read, but I don't review. I did glance at Stein's book, however. It has an audience, but it's not for me; been there, done that. The subtitle is provocative, however. The idea that a dozen or so numbers "define the universe." *That's* a mind-blowing concept. The gravitational constant. The speed of light. Absolute zero. Planck's constant.... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Hulu Langat, Selangor, Malaysia. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Big Scary Unknown..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.” - Chuck Palahniuk


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” - John Wayne

Obama's Violent Mood Swing

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
*Updated Below Barack Obama didn't even find it necessary on Thursday to utter the word "drone" to explain how an American aid worker and an Italian aid worker died in Pakistan early this year. He didn't have to mention the countless thousands of others, known alternately as "collateral damage" or "suspected militants" whom he has killed over the years, because Congress has kindly decreed he needn't ever divulge their names or the grisly details. He will, however, nobly accept "full responsibility," cut a check or two, and move on. And move on he did. Regrets, he had a few, but th... more »

The Attack on Dr OZ

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
I do not know if he has quaky ideas about health care. Dr Oz is obviously a brilliant surgeon. The reason he is under attack now is his opinion that GMO foods should be labelled.

Moving the goal posts on ACA success UPDATED

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
Right. So the the same day that I posted about the substantial fall in the uninsured rate for adults that we have seen since Obamacare went into effect, a conservative writes at the *Wall Street Journal* making exactly the same arguments that Matt Yglesias had refuted. Cliff Asness writes in the WSJ: That more people would be insured was never in dispute. If you mandate that people buy something, penalize them if they don’t and give it away to some, more people will end up with it. The proper response to this is: Duh. So, as I said, Yglesias had already refuted this, giving a numbe... more »

“A Letter of Apology to My Grandson”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Letter of Apology to My Grandson”* By Tom Engelhardt “Dear Grandson, Consider my address book—and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that matter to me are still on paper, not in a computer or on an iPhone, and it’s not complicated to know what that means: I’m an old guy getting older. Going on 71, though I can hardly believe it. And that little book shows all the signs of where I’m headed. It wasn’t true a few years ago, but if I start flipping through the pages now, I ... more »

Is The Debate On Using Targeted Drone Strikes About To Return?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Tanzina Vega, CNN*: *Will the drone debate come back?* (CNN)The death of two innocent hostages — including one American — in a U.S. drone strike targeting al Qaeda is renewing the debate over the use of the controversial technology. Drones are a central element of President Barack Obama's counterterror strategy as the administration bets that sending the unmanned devices into places like Pakistan and Afghanistan poses fewer political and military risks than mobilizing ground troops. But the strategy has provoked a backlash from critics who say drones too often result in civilian ... more »

What are Ref Rodriguez's ties to the Gülen cult, and why is the Armenian community supporting Bennett Kayser?

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*“Review of the financial statements and accounting records noted: non-disclosure of related party transactions; failure to maintain required fund reserves; failure to appropriately apply accrual basis of accounting; lack of monitoring of cash receipts and deposits process; lack of documentation for disbursements; lack of control over journal entries, and lack of adequate training for the accounting staff.” — Los Angeles Unified School District, Office of the Inspector General* [image: Who has ties to the cultish Gülenist Movement? Fethullah Gülen, Ref Rodriguez, Caprice Young, Mo... more »

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