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Sunday, April 26, 2015

26 April - Blogs I'm Following

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A B-2 Spirit soars after a refueling mission o...A B-2 Spirit soars after a refueling mission over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, May 30, 2006. The B-2, from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., is part of a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The U.S. Air Force Will Soon Decide On Who Will Be Building The Next Generation Long-Range Bomber

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
Northrop Grumman's teaser for the Long Range Strike-Bomber. *Bloomberg editorial*: *The Pentagon's Next Long-Range Boondoggle?* *In the next few months, the U.S. Air Force will decide which military contractor will win the right to charge the government for billions in cost overruns for the next few decades. Oh, and the winner will have to build a new bomber, too.* *They are separate but related questions: How exactly does the military plan to avoid the fiasco that was the previous long-range bomber project, which resulted in a cut from a planned fleet of 132 to just 20? More imp... more »

The NSA Has Put Up A Website Dedicated To Kids

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 30 minutes ago
Screenshot from the NSA website. *The Verge*: *The NSA made a coloring book for kids* *Its target demographic is "America's cryptokids"* *Last week we met Dunk, the NSA's captivatingly weird Earth Day mascot, and now it looks like he's not the only anthropomorphic creature in the NSA family. Dan Raile at Pando Daily went to the RSA security conference last week, and returned with a prize: an NSA-themed coloring book.* *The book, America's CryptoKids: Future Codemakers and Cokebreakers, tells the story of a team of talking animals, who, when they're not spying on you, spend their t... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
“Galactic or open star clusters are young. These swarms of stars are born together near the plane of the Milky Way, but their numbers steadily dwindle as cluster members are ejected by galactic tides and gravitational interactions. In fact, this bright open cluster, known as M46, is around 300 million years young. It still contains a few hundred stars within a span of 30 light-years or so. Located about 5,000 light-years away toward the constellation Puppis, M46 also seems to contain contradictions to its youthful status. *Click image for larger size.* In this pretty starscape, the ... more »

"There Is A Theory..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams

Free Download: Olaf Stapledon, "Star Maker"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
Free Download: "Star Maker" By Olaf Stapledon "Stapledon undertakes the immense task of describing the entire history of life in the universe. It dwarfs in scale even his 1930 book "Last and First Men," which is a history of the human species over two billion years. It tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator. The narrator starts with a concern at the clash of ideas on Earth and finds analogies to both communism and fascism among the aliens he visits. A pervading theme is that of progressi... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “A Momentary Stay”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
*“A Momentary Stay”* by Chet Raymo “This from a review of Paul Muldoon's new book of poetry, "Maggot", by Nick Laird, in the June 23, 2010 "New York Review of Books". It seems Muldoon was heckled by an audience member who claimed that what he was reading wasn't poetry. Muldoon replied: "It doesn't come naturally to me to defend these things as poems. As a concept, I see it like this: the word "poetry," as you know, means "making," so these are constructs in the world…One is trying to construct something that will help us to make sense of things, and a construct, or building even, l... more »

"I Don't Pretend..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.” - Arthur C. Clarke

U.S. Senator John McCain Wants The Pentagon To Run The Drone Program And Not The CIA

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*The Guardian:* *John McCain: drone strikes should be run by US military, not the CIA* *US senator says strike in Pakistan that killed western hostages ‘was probably preventable, in that there was an obvious breakdown in intelligence’* *Drone strikes against suspected enemy combatants on foreign soil should be run by the US military and not the CIA, Senate armed services committee chairman John McCain said on Sunday.* *McCain made his remarks on CNN, days after it was disclosed that a drone strike in Pakistan in January mistakenly killed two western hostages: an American and an ...more »

Paper on Parade: Yes, Chinese tourism is screwing over Taiwan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
*A major river in Miaoli, bone dry after three years of drought.* In case you were wondering about the effect of Chinese tourism on Taiwan, wonder no more. This edition of our regularly irregular feature, Paper on Parade, takes a look at *The Economic, Carbon Emission, and Water Impacts of Chinese Visitors to Taiwan: Eco-efficiency and Impact Evaluation* (Ya-Yen Sun and Stephen Pratt, Journal of Travel Research 2014 53: 733). There are some findings that were pleasantly counterintuitive, but on the whole this paper justifies everything that I've been saying about the pernicious ef... more »

Former President Bush Bashes President Obama's Middle East Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
President Bush is seen here in 2008 with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The Telegraph *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East* *In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.* *One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner... more »

Former President Bush Bashes President Obama's Middle East Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
President Bush is seen here in 2008 with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The Telegraph *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East* *In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.* *One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner... more »

After Hearing This, You May Want to Get Rid of Most of Your Friends

WTStaff at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video - *Rapper and activist Prince Ea lays it out how avoiding human GMOs - friend that are greedy, miserable, obnoxious, etc. - can help you become a better version of yourself. The post After Hearing This, You May Want to Get Rid of Most of Your Friends appeared first on Waking Times.

Urban Gadabout: Is Jane's Walk Weekend coming up where you are? Plus some additional NYC-centric gadding notes

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*No, you can't click on anything here, or type anything in. But you can by going to janeswalk.org.* *by Ken* Just some quick updating, mostly occasioned by the upcomingness of a favorite weekend of the year in this space, Jane's Walk Weekend. For us in New York it means, once again, a generous calendar of incredible walks (and also some bicycle rides) -- *free* events -- overseen by the Municipal Art Society, which knows a thing or two about walking tours, except that this year the calendar includes a pretty full schedule on Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday, May 1-3. New Yor... more »

Russian President Putin Accuses U.S. Of Supporting Chechen Terrorists In The Early 2000s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Alexei Druzhinin) *RT:* *Putin accuses US of backing North Caucasus militants* *In a new documentary focusing on Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in power, the Russian president says communications intercepted in the early 2000s show direct contacts between North Caucasus separatists and the US secret services.* *"At one point our secret services simply detected direct contacts between militants from the North Caucasus and representatives of the United States secret services in Azerbaijan," Putin said in the film, released by Rossiya 1 TV ... more »

Russian President Putin: No Regrets Over Crimea Annexation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a signing ceremony on the results of Russian-Argentinian talks at the Kremlin in Moscow April 23, 2015. Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Wall Street Journal:* *Putin Vows to Keep Hold of Crimea in Documentary* *Kremlin-produced show paints Russian president as nation’s guardian amid declining relations with West Russian President Vladimir Putin was the subject of a fawning 2½-hour documentary aired on state-controlled television Sunday night that buttressed his image as guardian of the nation even as relations deteriorate ... more »

No One Wants To Be Blamed For A Greek Default

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon* *BRUSSELS (Reuters) - "We're going bust." "No, you're not." "You're strangling us." "No we're not." "You owe us for World War Two." "We gave already."* *The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight.* *Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder w... more »

TV Watch: "Mad Men"'s Sally Draper then and now

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Look who's back! Last week Sally (Kiernan Shipka) got an unexpected visit from old pal Glen (Marten Weiner), in No. 3 of the final seven episodes of Mad Men. No. 4 airs tonight.)* *by Ken* It must have been at the Museum of the Moving Image's Mad Men exhibition that I ran into someone I know fairly slightly, and on seeing something related to Don and Betty Draper's (or should I say "Don Draper's and Betty Francis's"?) eldest offspring, daughter Sally, and my acquaintance commented how fortunate the producers had been in the way actress Kiernan Shipka had grown up over the course ... more »

Spain: A Reservoir Attracted UFOs for Over Ten Years

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 6 hours ago
*Source: Periódico ABC (Spain)Date: 04.26.2015* *Spain: A Reservoir Attracted UFOs for Over Ten Years* The Sierra Norte location has been included in the Northern Area Extraterrestrial Route (Ruta Extraterrestre Area Norte), a circuit connecting the main UFO sighting locations in the Community of Madrid. When Steven Spielberg conceived the plot of his 1970s movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) he almost surely knew nothing about of this site in Madrid’s Sierra Norte, but it could have certainly served as the locale for his movie instead of Indiana. This three-dimensi... more »

Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
We live in a fantasy world. We have blind faith that we’ll be able to sustainably feed nine or ten billion people in 2050, a wish-based belief. We have blind faith that technology will vaporize all challenges that appear in our path over the coming centuries. Economic growth will continue forever. We’ll celebrate a glorious victory over climate change by switching to safe, clean renewable energy, in a smooth and painless manner. Our high standard of living will keep getting better and better as we zoom toward utopia. The best is yet to come! Australian professor Ted Trainer i... more »

Sihasin joins Hamac Caziim on Comcaac (Seri) land!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Dineh's Sihasin, Clayson and Jeneda Benally, perform on Saturday, May 2, 2015! Sihasin Esplendido Festival que No nos podemos perder! En la foto, el grupo Hamac Caziim que festeja 2 décadas llevando el rock seri al mundo. Nos vemos en Punta Chueca del 1-3 Mayo  Splendid festival!In the photo, the group Hamac Caziim to celebrate two decades of bringing the rock of Seri to the world.See

Mohawk Nation News: 'Indian Detail' at Onondaga

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
“INDIAN DETAIL” AT ONONDAGA Posted on April 26, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Apr. 26, 2015. On May 15th a trial date is being set for the case, Jones v. Parmley. Eighteen years ago hundreds of New York State Troopers brutally attacked the Haudenosaunee at Onondaga Nation near Syracuse during a peaceful tobacco burning ceremony. The public was invited to learn about our

15 Years of the UK Left Network

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
*Blimey, time really flies doesn't it? It's hard to believe 15 years have passed when an earnest 20-something with views tending to the ultra-left filled out a few online forms and set up a discussion list. But this wasn't just any old discussion list, this was the UK Left Network, a forum that came to be as ugly as its clunky initials - UKLN - suggest. It was quite an important forum too, though no one at the time realised it. It brought together a lot of Britain-based leftists and the odd sectarian in a digital space that was then still quite new and novel. There are many more thi... more »

"The horrors! The horrors!”

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
One of the most bizarre comments I've ever heard from a BBC presenter came from David Eades on *The World Tonight *this January. Introducing a (strongly-pro-immigration-biased) series of reports on immigration, he said: All this week *The World Tonight*'s Beth McLeod will be talking to the people you hear a lot about in this heated debate but rarely hear from. By that he meant immigrants. Unless David was merely being disingenuous or purely propagandistic, that pronouncement must rank among the most inaccurate statements ever made by a BBC presenter, given that the BBC has been ... more »

The Emotional Connection to our Physical Well-being

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Meme - *These two illustrations show the relationship of the five elements - fire, earth, metal, water and wood - and the emotional connection with the physical human body. The post The Emotional Connection to our Physical Well-being appeared first on Waking Times.

Sunday Classics snapshots: The sound of aging, Verdi-style (1)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*An aging Renato Bruson sings "*Di Provenza*" (to a here unseen Alfredo) at Ravenna in 1991.* [*Some noise is heard outside.*] *ALFREDO*: There's someone the garden. [*About to go out*] Who's there? [*A *MESSENGER* appears at the door.*] *MESSENGER*: You're Monsieur Germont? *ALFREDO*: I am, yes. *MESSENGER*: Here's a note from a lady for you. I said I'd bring it. Her coach drove off for Paris. [*He gives* ALFREDO *a letter and leaves.*] *ALFREDO*: From Violetta! But why am I so nervous? Does she want me to join her in Paris? I'm trembling! O God! Have courage! [*He tears the letter ope... more »

Norm!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Continuing to follow things through... You may recall that we here at *ITBB *have been following *Norman's Wisdom* - an election feature on Radio 4's *Broadcasting House *starring dog-loving, hyperbole-prone BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith. For newbies, the story so far is, basically, that Norman has used two out of his last three *Norman's Wisdom* features to have a go at one particular party, namely UKIP. His first talk was on Joey Essex not knowing much about politics, something Norman felt was a warning to all hacks and politicos, giving that most people don't li... more »

Aisha North: The final chapter & The manuscript of survival – part 435

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*The final chapter * April 26, 2015 Beloved family of light! Yesterday, my sister and I returned from what I can only describe as a sacred journey. It has brought healing, closure, release and clarity on a huge scale, acting as a catalyst to help bring about a profound shift for us all. It has been a journey where we have been blessed by the presence of many of you, both in person and in spirit, for the work we have been carrying out while we have been away from home is truly a collective endeavor, one that encompasses a large number of people over a long period of time, an... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, Sunday again... And as usual I want to present my weekly rant.... I have been busy again with many family and personal issues this last while, and sadly this blog has suffered by the lack of new articles as a result... As I have always said, family does come first and of course there has to be sacrifices from time to time... I also just finished posting the many comments that were awaiting publication that many have sent to this blog over the last few days, and I must apologize to those who were waiting to see them accepted and published! I have recei... more »

April 26: Stray thoughts on a Sunday - and a change of pace.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 11 hours ago
I didn't mention the Faith page yesterday.It was just too depressingly bad. The churches' activities are the usual card parties and spaghetti dinners. Leave your brains at the door, folks. The sermonette is, as always, from a primitive sect which is essentially about idol worship, and getting themselves into heaven. Most Protestant churches are not represented in the sermonette.. Nor are Catholics or Jews or Muslims or any other faith. The only news story is about an American synagogue that is suing another American synagogue. Who could possibly bloody care? This page is invariably l... more »

Ukraine Remembers The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 29 Years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*AFP:** Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster* *SLAVUTYCH, Ukraine: Ukrainians Sunday marked 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, laying wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed.* *The explosion of reactor number four on April 26, 1986, spewed poisonous radiation over large parts of Europe, particularly Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.* *At 1:23 am, the exact time of the explosion, hundreds of people placed flowers and candles in the dark at the foot of a monument in Slavutych, a town 50 kilometrers (30... more »

Nepal 4: Earthquake and Civil Society Initiatives

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
Very sad to see the huge destruction in Kathmandu and other places in Nepal after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake yesterday. Reports as of this writing say that there were 2,500+ deaths and 60,000+ injured people. All of my Nepalese friends there were safe, but they were not exactly fine. Yesterday they could not go home and have to stay in open areas, in case a round of strong after shocks would shake the ground again. No electricity too, some could not post updates because their phone batteries were fully discharged. Here are some photos of Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Above, from my ... more »

Ukraine's Low Intensity War In the East Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© Konstantin Sazonchik/TASS *Reuters:** Ukraine's ceasefire under pressure as one more serviceman killed* *(Reuters) - A fragile ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists came under renewed pressure on Sunday with the Ukrainian military reporting a serviceman had been killed and seven others wounded in rebel attacks.* *The casualties, which follow the death on Saturday of another serviceman in shelling in the south east, occurred as the Ukrainian military and the rebels accused each other of violating a peace deal signed in Minsk, Belarus, in Feb... more »

Enemies of the Republic

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University.

Southeast Asia Is Divided On How To Respond To China's Claim To The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Southeast Asia Divided on Response to Chinese Reclamation in South China Sea* *Asean head says China’s ‘nine-dash’ line isn’t compatible with international law as Malaysia downplays the issue* *KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines pushed Southeast Asian neighbors Sunday to take a stand against China’s expanding footprint in the South China Sea, but Malaysia downplayed the urgency at a summit of the region’s trade and security bloc.* *China is “poised to consolidate de facto control of the South China Sea,” Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario to... more »

Islamic State Overruns Iraqi Military Base, Kills Iraqi General And 127 Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Long War Journal*: *Islamic State captures dam, overruns base in western Iraq* *The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days. Over 120 Iraqi soldiers and a senior general were killed during the Islamic State offensive.* *In a video released by ‘Amaq News, the Islamic State’s unofficial news agency, the jihadist group claimed to have taken control of the Thar Thar dam, which is located northeast of Fallujah in Anbar province. Islamic State fighters attacked the complex with “explosive-la... more »

Notes from NYC Peace & Planet Confab

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*Three Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist led peace walks converged on New York City yesterday and were honored at the end of the Peace & Planet conference held at Cooper Union*. *The walks came from the west coast, New England, and the south.* Things went well yesterday at the Peace & Planet conference in New York City. More than 500 folks from around the world (the most from Japan) were in attendance. The two workshops I participated in (US military 'pivot' into the Asia-Pacific and US imperialism) were well attended considering there were about 40 workshops to pick from. Global Networ... more »

GAIA on the move....

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
Nepal 7.8 Quake Land rises at least 40 Feet in Japan, ....so much for geological epochs for island formation... Kilauea Caldera fills....

Yemen War News Updates -- April 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemeni capital, ships shell Aden: residents* *(Reuters) - At least five air strikes hit military sites and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Yemeni capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said.* *The bombings were the first raids on Sanaa since a Saudi-led alliance said last week it was scaling back a campaign against Iranian-allied Houthi militias, which control Sanaa and have powerful allies in Yemen's factionalised armed forces.* *"The explosio... more »

IBM Blasts Piyush Jindal Over Antigay Religious "Freedom" Law

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
The corporate hijacking of America continues to pick up steam. With Congress ready to put Emperor Barack Obama into God mode with their ramming through of fast track authority for the secretive, job killing Trans Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) the global monstrosities are increasingly interjecting themselves into local issues. The latest example is in the state of Louisiana where IBM just sent a nasty letter to Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal blasting the Pelican state over another of those anti gay laws that are being sold to the voters under the premise of religious freedom. As ... more »

Freddie Gray Protest In Baltimore; Once Again, "Officials'' Try To Discredit A Protest With Agent Provocateurs STAGED "LOOTING" Pictures

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 13 hours ago
(the latest STAGED "LOOTING" pictures for mass media consumption) I wrote a post on the Ferguson protests about how "officials" dispatch agent provocateurs to protests to discredit peaceful protests and how it is a plan to shift the focus of the "news" from the actual peaceful protesters to (fake) "LOOTERS" complete with STAGED PHOTOS of "LOOTING" so then everyone talks about the "LOOTERS" instead of the real protest. I supplied the obviously STAGED "LOOTING" photos, see here in this post below: *BIG DAN'S BIG BLOG August 17, 2014: You Can Be Assured That Agent Provocateurs Are "LOO... more »

More Signs Of De-Escalation Between Iran And The U.S. Over Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN*: *US aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf as Iranian convoy moves away from Yemen* *Washington (CNN)The USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Persian Gulf Saturday to conduct what a U.S. defense official called routine maritime security operations, days after U.S. warships were deployed to the Yemeni coast to counter an Iranian convoy.* *Multiple U.S. officials have said the American ships had been deployed to the region to dissuade the Iranian convoy, which included armed ships, from docking in Yemen, where Iran has been supporting and arming the Houthi rebellion.* *The Ir... more »

Wall Street Eager To Finance Patrick Murphy's Senate Campaign

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
The NRSC has been lying about Patrick Murphy, insinuating his rich Republican father and daddy's shady collection of cronies and friends are the only source of funds for Patrick's campaign for the open Rubio Senate seat. And, although it is true that his father's contributions are, once again, his main source of cash, Patrick knows where else to go for money-- his pals on Wall Street. The family money that fueled Rep. Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.) in former campaigns and is responsible for his personal wealth is flowing into his Senate campaign early and often, according to his most ... more »

Five Easy Tips on How to Meditate for Beginners

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Pao L. Chang* - Meditation is great for relaxing the mind, body, and spirit as well as raising your frequency. The post Five Easy Tips on How to Meditate for Beginners appeared first on Waking Times.

Who Needs Neil Young When We've Got Monsanto?

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 14 hours ago
RINF, Countercurrents, Global Research Neil Young is reportedly about to release a new album called, ‘The Monsanto Years’. Don’t expect the lyrics to be music to the ears of the company’s executives over in St Louis, however. With falling profits and glyphosate being reclassified by the WHO as ‘probably’ causing cancer, Monsanto needs Neil Young like it needs a hole in the head. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which was primarily responsible $5.1 billion of Monsanto’s revenues in 2014. But that’s not all. The herbicide is used to support Monsanto... more »

Air Scumbag: Nike Signs Thug Jameis Winston to Endorsement Deal

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
The merchandising gold rush is on as corporations are set to begin harvesting the next crop of potential superstars prior to the upcoming NFL draft. Big sports names can bring mega profits, especially if they end up having success at the professional level and let’s face it, the NFL long ago ceased being primarily about football. The actual football games are just the exoskeleton that the league wraps around itself to obscure the reality that it is a ruthless business enterprise that rakes in the dough off of merchandise sales and corporate sponsorship deals. So it should come as ... more »

Recent Syrian Rebel Victories Indicate A New Sense Of Coordination And Cooperation Among Syrian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times: **Islamists Seize Control of Syrian City in Northwest* *BEIRUT, Lebanon — Insurgents seized more parts of the northern Syrian province of Idlib on Saturday in a significant advance toward the government-held coast that seemed to signal new coordination among antigovernment fighters, some using advanced antitank weapons.The advances showed that government forces have so far been unable to retake the city of Idlib, the provincial capital. It was seized last month by Islamist insurgent groups that included Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, but not the ri... more »

Obama Brings Down the House at Annual D.C. Press Suckathon

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
Perhaps the most disgusting aspect of the dismal state of the mainstream media and it’s sucking up to power is the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The event provides the opportunity for the sitting US President to play comedian. He struts to the podium and delivers one-liners and perorms silly gimmicks to the delight of a gaggle of adoring, self-important media hacks whose invitation to the party is one of the key perks of being a government conduit for misinformation. Scoring an invite is the crown jewel for those covering the D.C. circle jerk and serves as a pat on th... more »

Growing Dissension In Syrian President Assad's Inner Circle?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*NOW*: *Feared Syrian security chief dead* *Rustom Ghazaleh had been beaten upon the orders of a rival and then dismissed by Assad.* *BEIRUT – Notorious Syrian security chief Rustom Ghazaleh has died weeks after a violent altercation with a fellow regime official, according to a leading pro-Damascus media outlet.* *Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen network on Friday morning reported that “former Syrian army political security chief General Rustom Ghazaleh has died.”* *Syria’s state TV has yet to confirm Ghazaleh the story, however other outlets supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime carried... more »

Are U.S. Aircraft Carriers Suited To The Future Of Naval Warfare?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
USS George Washington (CVN-73). Wikipedia *Jerry Hendrix, National Review*: *The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power* *A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nation’s security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act aren’t lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nation’s long-term economic health — the foundation for all government activities, including defense — will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed.... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*The real victim of ‘rape culture’? Free speech* *As the Christina Hoff Sommers furore shows, too many students can’t handle debate* In November last year, anti-rape activists at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, erupted in outrage when it was announced that libertarian feminist Wendy McElroy had been invited to take part in a debate about sexual violence. McElroy, as it happens, was herself the victim of a rape so violent it left her with permanently impaired vision. But she has since incurred the wrath of those who claim to speak for rape victims by vehemently dispu... more »

Heavenletter #5265 In the Stream of Timelessness

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
*Heavenletter #5265 In the Stream of Timelessness* April 25, 2015 God said: What does it mean to live in the moment? It means you are where you are and not off somewhere else. You are not a minute ahead nor are you a minute behind. You are not past-oriented nor are you future-oriented. You are not thinking of something else. You are where you are. If you are drinking a cup of coffee, you savor the coffee. You savor the people you notice in the restaurant and you savor the people walking past the restaurant. You are not cogitating past, present or future. You are in the present... more »

Why Russian Plans To Build A Super Aircraft Carrier Is A Stupid Idea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A model of Russia's proposed supercarrier. *Jeremy Binder, Business Insider: **Russia wants to build a supercarrier, and it's a total waste* *Russia's plan to expand its navy through the construction of an aircraft supercarrier is pretty much a tremendous waste, Nicholas Varangis of the Atlantic Council argues.* *Supercarriers, by nature, allow a country to project power throughout the world.* *An individual US supercarrier, for instance, can carry 70 aircraft anywhere in the world. This allows the US to hypothetically strike targets and make its influence felt the world over.* ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Australia: Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef* *Mankind has impacted food species since time immemorial so this is nothing new -- and no evidence of any harm to people is adduced from it in this instance. And vast parts of Australia's surrounding waters are in marine parks anyway. Fishing is already very restricted* It's long been known that environmental impacts such as climate change and pollution are amongst the drivers of change on the Great Barrier Reef. Now researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University have... more »

Aggravated crimes

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Further to Craig’s excellent review of this morning’s Andrew Marr, I thought Boris’s performance was a bit of an anticlimax. His most notable quality is his refusal to be intimidated by the Marrs and Paxos of the media world when they turn on that haughty superiority (in Paxo’s case) and a kind of hectoring irritability in Marrs’s, both of which seem to get the better of other politicians. Boris shares that quality with Nigel Farage, come to think of it. Neither of them are in awe of the self-regarding BBC titans, and they both still manage to retain their personal charm whilst dete... more »

Richard Rhames on Current Issues

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
My latest guest Richard Rhames discusses tax cuts in Maine, austerity cuts in Washington and war in Ukraine. Richard is a vegetable farmer, public TV activist, former Biddeford, Maine city council member and a rock and roll guitar player and lead singer in his local band. Richard has been on my show more than anyone else over the last 10 years. He calls them like he sees them.

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

Fukushima Update, 4/25/15: “Your Radiation This Week”; "100s of Millions of Animals Have Died Recently Along West Coast- Worst Mortality Event Ever Known"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“Your Radiation This Week”* by Bob Nichols (San Francisco) April 24, 2015 – “Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.” *RADIATION CPM* CITY STATE* (*Counts per Minute, 50 CPM is an alert level. Levels are in Gamma unless noted.) 311 CPM Boston, MA 269 CPM New York City 354 CPM Raleigh, NC 254 CPM Atlanta, GA 442 CPM Miami, FL 229 CPM Chicago, IL 403 CPM Ft Wayne, IN Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM. 219 CPM St Paul, MN 486 C... more »

The Making of a Bavarian Candidate : Hitler's Boyfriend

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
The Making of a Bavarian Candidate : Der Sieg des Glaubens (The Victory of Faith) (1933) from Spike EP on Vimeo. "Der Sieg des Glaubens (English: Victory of Faith) (1933) is the first propaganda film directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Her film recounts the Fifth Party Rally of the Nazi Party, which occurred in Nuremberg from 30 August to 3 September 1933. The film is of great historic interest because it shows Adolf Hitler and Ernst Röhm on close and intimate terms, before Röhm was shot on the orders of Hitler on the Night of the Long Knives in July 1934. All known copies of the film... more »

One Of These 9 Reasons Could Disqualify You From Military Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Navy recruits stand at attention during training at The Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in North Chicago, Illinois. *We Are The Mighty*: *9 reasons candidates are disqualified from military service* *With sequestration and troop drawdowns forcing the military to record low levels of readiness, the requirements for joining the U.S. armed forces have become more stringent, and the pool of eligible recruits has become smaller. Out of the 34 million 17-24 year olds in the U.S. only 1 percent are both eligible and inclined to pursue military service, according to the Defense ... more »

The Case For The X-47B

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (April 22, 2015) The Navy’s unmanned X-47B receives fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker while operating in the Atlantic Test Ranges over the Chesapeake Bay. This test marked the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight. Photo: USN *Mackenzie Eaglen & Bryan McGrath, Real Clear Defense*:* Future Warfare: The X-47B* *Pentagon leaders often speak of the need for disruptive technologies in the Fleet to mitigate the risks of shrinking defense budgets, declining U.S. military technological superiority and improving adversary capabilities. Last week, a remarkable... more »

It Deserves A Horse Laugh

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.macleans.ca/ The tabling of the budget last week signalled the beginning of the election campaign. A careful reading of the document makes clear that Stephen Harper's election strategy will be rooted in deceit. Michael Harris wrote: Still, no one should be surprised. This misbegotten government’s *modus operandi* is about much more than information control. It’s about soaring, jet-propelled skullduggery in a never-ending political campaign. It’s a power fantasy. It’s Steve’s way. Armed with his narrative of convenie...more »

Harper History, Part 5A - Information witheld , Omnibus Budget

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
*Mar 2010 – June 2010* If the period before the second prorogation of Parliament was deemed “dysfunctional” the period from when parliament returned in March and the following 12 months till the 2011 election should be classed as totally without any redeeming features. It includes an ongoing and never-ending series of efforts by the Harper regime to control or suppress information about or from government departments, the g20 spending fiasco, the 2010 800+ page omnibus budget that amongst other things killed many environmental protection regulations, and doing away with reliable ce... more »

The Inevitable Endpoint of EU Refugee and Border Policy Spells Genocide

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
There has been abundant reporting recently on the continuously ongoing exercise in inhumanity that is European Union refugee policy. Alas, the focus is often on singular incident, such as the recent tragedy of the sunken both that had at least 700 die of drowning in the Mediterranean (here, here, here). However, already several month ago, BBC reported that in the course of just a few months last year, over 2 200 people were estimated to have lost their lives due to similar causes in these deadly sea. A more recent report from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is c... more »

Absoulutly no connection to Fukushima

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
The Windscale accident in Wales is instructive in two ways. The health effects for Tokyo may not be devestating but they may render large parts unihabitable for decades.

Andrew Marr v Ed Miliband

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Even before the *Spectator *called *The Andrew Marr Show* out on that false fox-hunting quote, Andrew Marr had been on the end of a lot of charges of 'bias' for his inconsistent interviews with party politicians during this election - especially for his *much* tougher interviews with George Osborne and David Cameron, compared to the significantly softer ones with Harriet Harman, Nicola Sturgeon and Vince Cable. Even without the calls for a public apology, today's edition was always going to be heavily scrutinised for bias - especially as the 'big interview' today has been with La... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Alternative "escape routes" in Gaia energetics have closed.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*Alternative "escape routes" in Gaia energetics have closed* by ÉirePort Alternative *"escape routes"* in Gaia energetics *have closed.* Selection of Elevated Vibrational Inner guidance is key at this moment. Withdrawal from chaotic-appearing energies is recommended. *Discerning Spirits know the Truth, and are not tricked.* *Inner growth accelerates from this time point.* ÉirePort | April 26, 2015 at 09:10 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-uN

Navy Offers Army Veteran, Victims of Jet Crash Fraction of Possessions' Worth

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
An Army veteran whose home was destroyed by a fiery Navy jet crash said he was shocked to learn the U.S. government planned to pay him under $5,000 -- even though officials told him they'd cover "whatever it costs" to replace his family's lost possessions. Jesus and Shady Valenzuela lost everything on June 4, 2014, when an AV-8B Harrier jet from the Third Marine Aircraft Wing malfunctioned and crashed into the Imperial, California, house they were renting. In an interview Thursday, Jesus told NBC 7 military personnel were extremely helpful after the incident, telling the family to ... more »

IAF to get four more Tejas by end of this fiscal: National Aerospace Laboratories

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]The Indian Air Force is likely to get four more indigenously made light combat aircraft Tejas by the end of the current financial year from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, National Aerospace Laboratories' Director Shyam Chetty said here today. "The four aircraft may adhere to international standards on end-to-end accuracy," Chetty said, adding, further research was on to meet the parameters stipulated by the IAF. IAF had some concerns with Tejas's end-to-end accuracy and eff .. Read more

Libya Dawn Going DIY: S-125 SAMs Used as Surface-to-Surface Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: S-125 Pechora 2M]A lack of spare parts for Libya’s sophisticated weaponry has resulted in a number of interesting conversions by the Libyan National Army and Libya Dawn, both poised to get the edge over the other party. Recent examples of such conversions have included the installment of Oerlikon GDF naval guns on trucks by Libya Dawn and the installment of AK-230 naval guns on trucks by the Libyan National Army. Libya Dawn, currently in control of Libya’s captital Tripoli and other large cities like Misrata , inherited a large number of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) foun... more »

Report: Alleged Israeli strike targeted Scud missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Scud missile]The target of the alleged Israeli strike in the suburbs of Damascus was a shipment of long-range ground-to-ground missiles, likely of the Scud variety, according to reports in Arab media outlets. The reports claimed the attack occurred in two waves and left a number of casualties. Al Jazeera reported on Saturday morning that Israeli warplanes bombed positions belonging to the Syrian army and Hezbollah in the al-Qalamoun region near the border between Syria and Lebanon. The strike was reported in Al-Arabiya, which claimed the target was a cache of Syrian Scuds. T... more »

Graphs at a Glance: Can you can judge a party by the membership it keeps? What do the memberships of the three largest national parties, the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats tell us about those parties?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
A report by the House of Commons Library, "Membership of UK Political Parties", published in January 2015 provides an insight. The report uses data from before the 2010 election. The graphs below show how a particular demographic is represented in a party compared to the UK population of eligible voters as a whole. It is important to note this House of Commons Library report states "less than 1%

N-powered Charles de Gaulle docks at MPT

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: FS Charles de Gaulle (R91)]Like a bluish-grey mirage shimmering in the afternoon sea, the nuclear-powered French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, is a mesmerizing site docked at the Mormugao Port Trust's mooring dolphin. The 42,000-tonne warship is the fourth largest in the world and even the sea appears to have surrendered, having failed to ruffle the ship, even as nearby barges, tugs and frigates bob with the waves. Don't let the deathly calm fool you, because that is exactly what the flagship of the French navy is—deadly. Read more

USS Annapolis arrives at Navy yard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS Annapolis (SSN 760)]The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and her crew of 16 officers and 122 enlisted personnel arrived Saturday morning at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. While at the shipyard, Annapolis will undergo planned maintenance work and several system upgrades. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the Navy’s center of excellence for attack submarine overhaul, repair and modernization. As a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, Portsmouth is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the fleet by safely delivering first-time quality, on... more »

Russian Black Sea Fleet Plans to Receive Two New Subs by End of 2015

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Pjoject 636 Varshavyanka (improved Kilo) class SSK]Russia's Black Sea Fleet will receive two new Varshavianka-class submarines by the end of 2015, with another four on the way to modernize the grouping. The first two Varshavianka-class (Improved Kilo) diesel-electric submarines may enter permanent service in the Black Sea Fleet as soon as the end of 2015, the commander of Russia's Navy Viktor Chirkov said on Saturday. The submarines are currently undergoing deep-sea trials in the Arctic. A total of six Varshavianka-class submarines are planned for the Black Sea Fleet. The se... more »

Andrew Marr apologises

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Many people will have been watching *The Andrew Marr Show *this morning to see if Andrew Marr did the right thing. He did. Now, before we go any further - a word about last week's programme. You may have noticed that the Prime Minister looked mildly disconcerted when I put to him a quote about his views on fox-hunting. Well, not surprisingly. It turns out he never said it. I had the wrong information. We should have checked harder. It's my fault, and I have apologised to him. Just as important I'd like to apologise to viewers who have been misled. We can't expect politicians to a... more »

Homeless man on California Beach gets Tazed for having an oversize beach umbrella

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 20 hours ago
*Homeless man on California Beach gets Tazed for having an oversize beach umbrella* ElGatoLoco698 8 hours ago YouTube video. Here is the comment by the individual who posted the video. I will make a few comments after. No one called the police. They just showed up and decided to write him a ticket that they knew full well wouldn't stick. He had an umbrella and a chair at the beach so they decided he shouldn't have those things. It really is as simple as that. Millions of other beachgoers have the same beach equipment. They don't get tickets. This just illustrates a pattern of abus... more »

Some Incredible Photos Of The U.S. Military This Past Week (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Photo: Lance Cpl Asia J. Sorenson/USMC *WNU Editor: *The photo gallery* starts here*.

The U.S. Is Now Actively Involved In At Least Five Wars And U.S. Officials Are Unsure On What To Do About It

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of Marines, sailors and family members on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. President Obama visited the base to thank the troops for their commitment to the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael Cifuentes *Michael Crowley, Politico:* *World War O* *Obama took office vowing to end America’s wars. Now we’re in at least five, and U.S. officials are unsure what to do about it.* *President Barack Obama’s expression of remorse on Thursday for the death of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike underscored one of... more »

Alice Embree : METRO EVENT | Michael Milligan brings one-man ‘Mercy Killers’ to Texas audiences

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
‘Mercy Killers’ is merciless is in its very personal indictment of the American health care system. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | April 26, 2015 Event: Mercy Killers Date: Tue-Wed, May 12-13, 2015 Time: 8 p.m. Where: The … finish reading Alice Embree : *METRO EVENT* | Michael Milligan brings one-man ‘Mercy Killers’ to Texas audiences

There Is Deep Support In Washington For President Obama's Drone War Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The Predator drone has proven to be an effective weapon that offers both real-time surveillance and offensive firepower for troops on the ground. Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT *New York Times*:* Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.’s Drone Missions* *WASHINGTON — About once a month, staff members of the congressional intelligence committees drive across the Potomac River to C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., and watch videos of people being blown up.* *As part of the macabre ritual the staff members look at the footage of drone strikes in Pakistan and other countries and a s... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Botosani, Romania. Thanks for stopping by.

Two Air Force Nuclear Missile Launch Officers Have Been Charged For Having Drugs At Missile Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
1st Lt Michael Alonso and 1st Lt Lantz Balthazar of Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been charged *Daily Mail/AP:* *Two nuke launch officers face drug charges and could be court-martialed for having ecstasy, cocaine and bath salts at base with missiles armed with nuclear warheads* ** 1st Lt Michael Alonso and 1st Lt Lantz Balthazar have both been charged* ** Members of Missile Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana* ** Malmstrom missile wing operates missiles armed with nuclear warheads* ** Hearing will see if enough criminal evidence to warrant a court-martial * ** T... more »

Examining deaths in police custody ( 1999- 2015 ) , History of deaths by police since 2000 ( 5600 nationwide ) ...... With the backdrop of rising anger , connecting some dots between growing outrage over unarmed civilian deaths and strange events at the White House - is there an attempt to set off a " color revolution " in the US ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 23 hours ago
Tweets...... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 16m 16 minutes ago Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-2 6/rising-police-aggression-telling-indicator-our-societal-decline … zerohedge [image: Photo published for Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline] Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline The police serve a very important role in society: they are there to uphold the law and protect the peace, which are extremely important functions. Unfortunately there are... more »

Ukraine Military Facing A Draft Dodger Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) listens to explanations as he inspects a military drill, with the National Security and Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov (L) seen nearby, at a training ground near the city of Mykolaiv April 25, 2015. Reuters/Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters *Washington Post:* *Ukraine’s military mobilization undermined by draft dodgers* *KIEV, Ukraine — As the country’s eastern conflict drags into a second year, Ukraine’s military leaders are trying to learn from past mistakes.* *They are trying to be better... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Beyond Undoing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Beyond Undoing"* "Why, then have to be human? Oh, not because happiness exists, Nor out of curiosity... But because being here means so much; Because everything here, Vanishing so quickly, seems to need us, And strangely keeps calling to us... To have been Here once, completely, even if only once, To have been at one with the earth - This is beyond undoing." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

"It Comes, Then, To This..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It comes, then, to this: that to be "viable", livable, or merely practical, life must be lived as a game - and the "must" here expresses a condition, not a commandment. It must be lived in the spirit of play rather than work, and the conflicts which it involves must be carried on in the realization that no species, or party to a game, can survive without its natural antagonists, its beloved enemies, its indispensable opponents. For to "love your enemies" is to love them *as* enemies; it is not necessarily a clever device for winning them over to your side. The lion lies down with ... more »

FBI Investigating Islamic State Terror Threat Within The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo from Drudge Report *CNN:* *Officials: FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat * *(CNN)The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday.* *The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works, the officials said.* *No arrests have been made. It's not clear whether the threat is real or aspirational.* *The exact nature of the threat couldn't be learned. One official said it focused on parts o... more »

Russian Hackers Had Access To President Obama's Unclassified Emails

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Emails that President Obama sent and received were breached last year, senior officials said. Credit Zach Gibson/The New York Times *New York Times: **Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say* *WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.* *The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Departm... more »

A North Vietnamese Commando Reflects On How His Team Sunk The U.S. Aircraft Carrrier USNS Card During The Vietnam War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
This photograph, taken on May 2 1964, showed the USNS Card in Saigon after it was attacked by Viet Cong commandos of the 65th Special Operations Group. Wikipedia *Vietnam.net:* *Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier* *VietNamNet Bridge – Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier. * *Recalling the event of 52 years ago during a recent interview at his home in HCM City, Nao said he first conducted... more »

The Sun Never Sets On America’s Special-Operations Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Wall Street Journal*:* New Way the U.S. Projects Power Around the Globe: Commandos* *Over the past year, special-operations forces have landed in 81 countries, mostly to train local troops to fight so Americans don’t have to.* *MAO, Chad—“Is this good?” yelled the U.S. Special Forces sergeant. “No!”* *He waved a paper target showing the dismal marksmanship of the Chadian commandos he was here to teach. Dozens of bullet holes intended for the silhouette’s vital organs were instead scattered in an array of flesh wounds and outright misses.* *The Chad... more »

Can we be neutral on the question of affirmative action in the hiring of university professors? -- A radical perspective

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 1 day ago
By Denis G. Rancourt "Affirmative action" means imposing positive discrimination or quotas for members of disadvantaged groups. In the case of a university department, it means imposing a hiring practice designed to select more candidates from disadvantaged groups. One view is that the tenured professors of the academic department should have total professional independence to select the

Smart Meters Exposed! Adverse Health Effects from EMF Revealed

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video -* Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness has sent out two Press Releases regarding the increasing adverse health effects from smart meter radio-frequency non-ionizing radiation. Here's a glance at what was revealed in these letters. The post Smart Meters Exposed! Adverse Health Effects from EMF Revealed appeared first on Waking Times.

Real History Revealed: 100 Years Ago TODAY, Allied Forces Launch Ill Fated Attack On Gallipoli Peninsula

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Being a student of real history and not the bull crap that is spewed by the media and through our so called "history text books", I am amazed at the little we do know about what really happened, and especially the great wars of the last century..... I again want to present some factual evidence here that helps clear up some of those mysteries.... I have always been amazed at the battles that occurred during the so called 'Great War' which is of course, World War I, and one battle that I did study in great detail during my school years and have been always puzzled as to WHY it happen... more »

History Watch: As Dr. Henry Chickenkisser* said so famously, "History is just one damned thing after another"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
"*For more on Robert Grossman's should-be-legendary character Dr. Henry Chickenkisser and his should-be-legendary quote, check out this April 2007 post.* *by Ken* I've mentioned before the free writing workshop for seniors offered on Wednesday afternoons by the New York Transit Museum in association with the New York Writers Coalition, and I couldn't resist the new session in the spring-summer program calendar," which started this week. Hey, it beats most anything else I could be doing these Wednesday afternoons. Like sitting at my desk, to pick a not-quite-random example. (So f... more »

The Fraud Of ISIS Exposed: Iraqi Forces Seize ISRAELI Supplied Weapons From Captured "ISIS" Positions

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
** One quick note... I have been busy the last few days taking care of family issues... Again, I want to thank everyone for their patience in waiting for new articles at this blog... In my absence, I always say to everyone to take a look at those who I call the "Finest bloggers that I know" that I have listed in the left hand side of this blog... NTS...* I do spend a lot of time at local coffee shops with friends and just to unwind... I recently was again in the local "Tim Hortons" restaurant talking to a few friends and colleagues, and again I was astounded as to the ignorance and ... more »

Lenin and Hitler vs Grant Shapps

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
When you're dealing with the broad sweep of history, of the collective efforts of billions of people as they produce, consume, go to war, and compelled to struggle among themselves for scarce resources, what role for the individual personality? For the majority of us, the point is moot. The vast majority of us will have our latter day three score years and ten, and fade into the background noise of the human story, though the digital footprint we leave behind will probably endure long after our immediate circle of family, friends, and acquaintances have shuffled off too. Some, howe... more »

"Galloway, be praised!"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
*Dead Ringers *is another of those BBC exceptions which proves the rule. That it *is* an exception is perhaps proved by the fact that I actually find it quite funny - which for a Radio 4 comedy that *isn't* *I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue *is pretty rare. Here are my favourite bits from this week's edition: *Evan Davis:* Hello, and welcome to the exclusive leaders' interviews here on the BBC. I know Paxman's already interviewed the leaders on prime time TV but I like to do everything Jeremy Paxman does, only two months later. I'm joined by Ed Miliband. Hello. *Ed Miliband:* Thanks ... more »

Mike Honda Has A Transgender Granddaughter; She's Lucky She Wasn't Born Into A Republican Family

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Frank Townsend Bow was born the same day as me-- February 20-- but half a century earlier. He served as a conservative Republican congressman from northeast Ohio's 16th District from 1951 until he died in 1972. When he died, Richard Nixon wrote that he was-- deeply saddened to learn of the death of Representative Frank Bow of Ohio. In over 20 years of outstanding service in the Congress, Frank Bow earned respect as a man of energy, principle, and dedication. As ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Committee, he was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility, repeated... more »

Gerry Rose: Greek Tragedy and Statecraft

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Video Title: Gerry Rose: Greek Tragedy and Statecraft. Source: OaklandLYM. Date Published: July 28, 2012. Description: * March 5th, 1996 Chicago Il. Gerry Rose lectures on Greek tragedy and statecraft, demonstrating why Shelley claimed that "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world". It is entirely lawful that Shakespeare should accomplish in four plays of some hundred pages, what the two most prominent historians of Rome, Edward Gibbon and Theodor Mommsen, could not do in several thousands. For, from its very inception, Classical tragedy took its
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