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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

28 April - Blogs I'm Following

10:34pm MDST

Burying The Greatest Victory in Spite

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 52 seconds ago
*April 29, 2015* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - In efforts to demonize Russia, the history of the Western World is being distastefully rewritten. The monumental sacrifices of the Russian people during World War II are not only being marginalized, but flipped upon their heads. Today, reading through the Western media, one will find a multitude of comparisons between Russia and Nazi Germany, with Russian President Vladimir Putin compared with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Beyond distasteful, this propaganda is dangerous to the point where it borders on exonerating the Nazis, even celebrating t... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Green Fertilizer

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 34 minutes ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click *HERE* for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourag... more »

Kate Braun : Celebrate the fire festival Beltane, aka May Day

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 47 minutes ago
Beltane has to do with heat, romance, passion, survival, spontaneity, food, fertility, and joining. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | April 29, 2015 We celebrate the season of Beltane, also called Roodmas, May Day, and Walpurgisnacht, on April … finish reading Kate Braun : Celebrate the fire festival Beltane, aka May Day

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘Scott & Bailey’ is a gripping Manchester cop series headed by three smart, strong women

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones, and Amelia Bullmore are deft as police inspectors great at their jobs but shaky in their personal lives. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | April 28, 2015 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Scott & Bailey’ is a gripping Manchester cop series headed by three smart, strong women

Mohawk Nation News 'WE ARE PRISONERS OF WAR'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2015/04/28/we-are-prisoners-of-war/ -- Censored News www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Musical Interlude: Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5gDGcXIEQE

If you think you're hearing unexpected and unwanted sound on Web pages you visit, you may not be nuts, and maybe can fight it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*by Ken* Have you had the experience of visiting a website and after a while hearing mysterious, not immediately traceable, er, stuff -- very likely stuff of a commercial nature -- and you can't figure out where it's coming from? Yes, there are Web pages that triggger the opening of other Web pages, but those you can find and close down easily enough. And sure, you can sometimes see that there's an advertising thingie on the page that's yammering on its own, which you can maybe stop (or maybe not, without getting the heck out of the page entirely). But what I'm thinking of as ram... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“The spiral arms of bright galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiframe portrait, composed of data from ground- and space-based telescopes. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The well-measured distance to M106 is 23.5 million light-years, making this cosmic scene about 80,000 light-years across. *Click image for larger size.* Typical in grand spiral galaxies, dark dust lanes, youthful blue star clusters, and pinkish star forming regions trace spiral arms that converge on the bright nucleus of older yellowish stars. Bu...more »

Chet Raymo, “Thinking Like A Tortoise”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Thinking Like A Tortoise”* by Chet Raymo “The average lifespan in a hunter-gatherer society is 32 years. If you think you'd like the simplicity and ecological integrity of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, be sure to take your mobile phone and not wander too far away from a hospital. Culture, medical and biological science in particular, changed things dramatically. A century-and-a-half ago life expectancy at birth was 50 years, with child mortality being the most significant limiting factor. By the time I was born, life expectancy at birth was pushing 70 years, with the age-range 14-... more »

"Life Is Hard?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Life is hard? True- but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in our bodies." - Edward Abbey "When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" - Sydney Harris

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Wild Geese”* "You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagi... more »

From inside Baltimore city [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
UPDATE: Other commentary I like: - 'The Great Society' Meets its Waterloo in Baltimore – Michael Hurd, LIVING RESOURCES - The Mayor of Baltimore’s Not-So-Freudian Slip – Michael Hurd, CAPITALISM MAGAZINE - Baltimore's Long History of Failed Development and Urban Renewal – Nick Gillespie, HIT & RUN ------------------------------ Let me say at the outset I am in favour of the rule of law. As is this mother giving her son “the smackdown of his life” for throwing rocks at Baltimore police. (No, beating your kid in public isn't good parenting. But ringing them u... more »

Covering The War In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Vocativ*: *These Guys Risk Their Lives To Film Daily Attacks In Syria* *As the civil war in Syria drags into its fourth year, a group of Syrian and American journalists under the name Aleppo Media Center capture the daily violence tearing the country apart. The frequent attacks by the Syrian government aren’t covered in the Western media nearly as much as threats by ISIS, says Ali Al-Zajel, cameraman for the center, which produces hundreds of images a day.* *The Syrian Civil War between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups, including ISIS, has left more than 200,000 dead a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Try to imagine full-throated apologies from the prosecutors axed in ‘Commentgate’ ~Mark Moseley, The Lens* *Looting Louisiana in the Broad Daylight (with apologies to Emmylou Harris): Who audits LA severance tax payments? ~Louisiana Voice*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Ranking Saints draft needs: No. 3 Wide receiver ~Mike Triplett, ESPN*

Is The World On Course For The Biggest Mass Default In History

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Eurozone bond prices have entered a Kafkaesque world of negative yields Photo: Alamy *Jeremy Warner, The Telegraph:* *Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history* *More than €2 trillion-worth of eurozone government bonds trade on a negative interest rate. It's a bubble that is bound to end badly Here’s an astonishing statistic; more than 30pc of all government debt in the eurozone – around €2 trillion of securities in total – is trading on a negative interest rate.With the advent of European Central Bank quantitative easing, what began fou... more »

Since 2010 the Big 4 UK banks have paid £42bn in fines and compensation for their scams. There's another £19bn on the way

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 4 hours ago
SOURCE DAILY MAIL: Britain's biggest banks face further £19bn of fines and charges to pay for financial scandals The UK’s ‘big four’ banks – HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland – have already racked up a £42billion bill in the UK over the last five years. This represents 88 per cent of the industry wide total of £48billion in charges faced by 13 banks and

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Kartikay Mehrotra/Unni Krishnan/Tom Lasseter, Bloomberg:* *Nobody Knows Just How Bad Things Are in Nepal * *Down a side street in Kathmandu, Sumit Balang watched a bulldozer rummage through bricks, concrete chunks and other pieces of a four-story apartment building left in ruins after an earthquake on Saturday.* *Somewhere in there was his brother. Balang’s eyes followed the slow excavation on Tuesday morning before he showed a text message he received the previous night from his older sibling, Amit: “I need food and help.” Maybe Amit Balang, 33, was still alive. Maybe he wasn’t.... more »

World News Briefs -- April 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Aid flights to Yemen blocked after Saudi Arabian jets bomb airport runway* *Bombing by aircraft that had ignored warning to turn back intended to prevent Iranian plane landing in Sana’a airport* *Planned aid flights to Yemen have been blocked after Saudi Arabian jets bombed the runway at Sana’a airport on Tuesday.* *Aircraft belonging to the Saudi Arabian-led coalition carried out the bombings on Tuesday afternoon to prevent an Iranian plane from landing in the Yemeni capital, a spokesman for the coalition said.* *MIDDLE EAST* U.S., allies conduct *20 air stri... more »

4 Ways to Remain Awake While the Rest of the World Sleeps

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee*Strap yourself into an imaginary chair and commence questioning your worldview to the nth degree. You are the most important authority in your life. The post 4 Ways to Remain Awake While the Rest of the World Sleeps appeared first on Waking Times.

NPE's Coalition of the Dissemblers

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
When the Bush Administration put together the Coalition of the Willing in the lead-up to the War on Iraq in 2003, many countries signed up to help the U. S. effort, even though very few actually put any boots on the ground in Baghdad. One thing was for sure, however: no Coalition member was allowed to work either behind the scenes or in public to assist Saddam Hussein's government. That is not the case with the coalition that the Ravitch team at NPE is putting together to protect its rhetorical Maginot Line against the corporate education reform blitzkreig. Instead of at least dema... more »

The Hard Bigotry of High Expectations

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
So far, I have come across two articles that get to the heart of problems in Baltimore and other communities. Anyone paying attention to what has been going on in the two America's since John Edwards coined the term, knows rich privileged kids get a high quality education while the poorest and most vulnerable students have their schools taken over or are force fed an empty, vacuous curriculum in order to make corporations like Pearson richer and more profitable. One post was written at the Jaded Educator blog: The Jaded Teacher had this to say: *Point blank, we have not given th... more »

Hearing from Baltimore Gangs

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Members of the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips talk to 11 News in Baltimore, saying they did not make a truce in order to harm police officers. See more on this story *here *

"The Exceptional Country is above all the others and, therefore, doesn’t have to be concerned about how it treats them. Obviously, Americans and their vassals think America is exceptional as the millions of people murdered, maimed, and dislocated by Washington’s wars in eight countries in the 21st century has not resulted in condemnation of Washington. Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the puppets in Canada, Australia, and Japan still suck up, holding tight to Washington." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ *Insanity Grips The Western World — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ *April 27, 2015* | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Insanity Grips The Western World Paul Craig Roberts Just as Karl Marx claimed that History had chosen the proletariat, neoconservatives claim that History has chosen America. Just as the Nazis  proclaimed “Deutschland uber alles,” neoconservatives proclaim “America uber alles.” In September 2013 President Obama actually stood ... more »

Jocelyne Cesari: How ISIL Recruits in Europe

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Video Title: Jocelyne Cesari: How ISIL Recruits in Europe. Source: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Date Published: April 23, 2015. Description:* Islam expert Jocelyne Cesari describes specific circumstances that ISIL capitalizes upon in recruiting young Muslims from Europe to join the terrorist group. "To date an estimated 2000 mosques have been built across Europe funded with Saudi money for millions of dollars per mosque." (*Source*). "According to official Saudi information, Saudi funds have been used to build and maintain over 1,500 mosques, 202 college...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Wall Street Journal*: *U.S., Japan Announce New Security Agreement* *Pact would give Japan’s military a bigger global role* *The U.S. and Japan unveiled a new pact aimed at overhauling the two countries’ security arrangements and paving the way for a more robust participation of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in disaster relief, peacekeeping operations, missile defense and other military missions.* *The agreement is the result of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to shed many of the limits placed on Japan’s armed forces un... more »

Spanish Rice in Your Rice Cooker

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 6 hours ago
We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house. My kids both love it and I love making dinners where I don't have to convince them to keep eating. Spanish Rice is a favorite in our house and so I make it often. Dinner time always seems to be the craziest time of the day at our house, so in an effort to simply the dinner routine, I started experimenting with making the Spanish Rice in my rice cooker. I absolutely love it! Throw everything in the rice cooker, stir really well and plug it in and go about fixing the rest of dinner. In 30 minutes (Or however long your rice cooker takes) you... more »

A Tale of Two Murders

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
*Boris Nemtsov* * Freddie Gray* Two men were murdered in public. There the similarities end. In the case of Russian opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov...the state moved in immediately, recognizing that this was a *"crime against the state"*. Investigation was conducted at the highest levels. Those who committed the murder of Boris Nemtsov were arrested within the week and are now in jail facing trial. Putin himself has said the individual(s) who contracted the contract killing may never be identified. A large public demons... more »

SWP Statement on the IS List

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Here's a blast from the past. 20 years back when the Internet was a shiny new thing for some and a rumour for others, there was a rumpus over online goings ons. Long forgotten now, the International Socialist List was established to specifically discuss the politics, the history and, let's be truthful, the gossip of and about the IS tradition and its leading section, the Socialist Workers Party. Known then, as now, for not having the most liberal of internal regimes, when the Central Committee got wind of the list's existence they issued the missive below. Make of it what you will. ... more »

Trading with Saudi Arabia

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Moving on from hairpulling yesterday, I’m told that Mike Hosking opined on John Key visiting Saudi Arabia to sign a free trade deal, arguing he should be free to go, that it didn’t stop Phil Goff and Helen Clark signing deals with China – despite their own appalling human rights record and treatment of Tibet – and with Indonesia – despite their own appalling human rights record and penchant for executing folk for victimless crimes. Hosking argues that trade engages only with the values of the market and should not therefore engage with moral matters. What goes on in Saudi Arabia ... more »

Comments SNAFU

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Yes, the list of “recent comments” on which you all rely has turned to pooh, but fear not: work is afoot to make the necessary repairs. And rest easy that while your new comments aren’t being listed on the front page, they’re still appearing in all their scintillating glory on the posts’ pages. And every one is treasured. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

It's "Slow Anthony" Kennedy Day at the Supreme Court gay-marriage jamboree

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*WaPo caption: "Joe, left, and Frank Capley-Alfano in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The couple, from Oakland, Calif., have been together for 15 years and were married in 2008."* *by Ken* OMG, "*Obergefell v. Hodges*"? This is the designation for the agglomeration of cases bundled into the great Supreme Court same-sex-marriage test case, which we're going to have to cite unto, well, eternity? Oy! Is this maybe the justices' subtle way of *discouraging* us from talking about the case unot, you know, eternity? Today, of course, was the day of the long-awaited oral argum... more »

A Day After The Baltimore Riots -- News Updates April 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Baltimore Residents Begin Clearing Debris After Night of Riots* *BALTIMORE — Residents of neighborhoods hit by rioting and arson turned out Tuesday morning to begin clearing their streets of debris as hundreds of rifle-toting National Guard members began deploying here, lining one of the city’s main thoroughfares and taking up posts around a police station in western Baltimore that had been the scene of earlier protests.* *At Pennsylvania and West North Avenues, where a CVS drugstore was looted and burned, residents with donated brooms were out in force. State p... more »

Important Health News: Pepsi Plays Bait And Switch: Trades Poisonous Aspartame For Poisonous Sucralose

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
It has been quite some time, again, since the last time I put up a new health report concerning the dangers of the so called artificially "sweeteners" kwown as Aspartame and Sucralose.... Yes, these two poisons are in almost all of our food these days, and I have placed many articles at this blog discussing and warning everyone of the dangers of ingesting these chemicals...... Well, over the last week comes some reports that Pepsico has now decided to remove Aspartame from its "diet" soft drinks and replace it with of all things... Sucralose.... It is appalling that so many people d... more »

That 'Newsnight' report on immigration: BBC Complaints responds

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Duncan Weldon Less than I week ago, we posted a piece here at *ITBB* outlining why we thought Duncan Weldon's *Newsnight *report on immigration was blatantly biased in favour of immigration. David Keighley, writing at *Conservative Woman*, also found that report to be a shocker: *On planet Beeb only bigoted plebs worry about immigration* The BBC’s blizzard of election-related stories that spin immigration as a topic that doesn’t matter is impossible to track. Lift almost any stone and there’s another example. A Newsnight feature last Thursday was billed by presenter Emily Maitlis ... more »

Iran Seizes Cargo Ship? What was it doing so far from the beaten path?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Trying to figure out what's going on here? *Quoting from two articles:* *IBT and RT* -A cargo ship has been seized by Iranian naval forces and taken to the Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, on the Strait of Hormuz, a tweet Tuesday from the Saudi Arabian-owned Al Arabiya news website This whole narrative originates with Saudi Arabia. - While it's not yet clear where the ship was intercepted, a live feed on ship tracking site MarineTraffic.com shows one ship with the Marshall Islands' flag, the Maersk Tigris, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. The ship was on its way *from Jedda... more »

Unreasonable Verdict Appeals Rarely Succeed But Here Is A Case Where One Did...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
*R. v. Dodd*, 2015 ONCA 286: [55] The authority for a court of appeal to determine whether a jury reached an unreasonable verdict is found in s. 686(1)(a)(i) of the *Criminal Code*, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, which reads: 686. (1) On the hearing of an appeal against a conviction ... the court of appeal (a) may allow the appeal where it is of the opinion that (i) the verdict should be set aside on the ground that it is unreasonable or cannot be supported by the evidence,... [56] The test for an appellate court to determine whether the verdict of a jury is unreasonable or cannot ... more »

'Your Ridiculous Election': PJ O'Rourke on the UK Campaign Trail, Part 2

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
To describe the most confusing British election in modern times, the BBC asked a confused American. PJ O’Rourke takes his second look at what could be the most interesting campaign in decades … [image: image] *Click the pic to head to the player…* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Report: Nigerian Troops Rescued 200 Girls And 93 Women Tuesday In The Sambisa Forest

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Nigeria Army Rescues 200 Girls From Forest & destroys 3 #BokoHaram camps | http://t.co/Af15gRlEZq #BringBackOurGirls pic.twitter.com/hLuHVfLGPs — Jamii Forums (@JamiiForums) April 28, 2015 *CNN*:* Nigerian troops rescue 200 girls, 93 women, says military* (CNN)Nigerian troops rescued 200 girls and 93 women Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest, the Nigerian *Armed Forces announced on its official Twitter account.* *The armed forces could not immediately confirm if any of the rescued girls were among the 200 schoolgirls the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped in April 2014 from the northe... more »

The Democratic Experiment is Finished

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Julian Rose* - Like religion and like the Mafia, democracy has provided a formula which offers protection for those who prescribe to a skewed system of control by the few. The post The Democratic Experiment is Finished appeared first on Waking Times.

Nepal Earthquake Disaster -- News Updates April 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Nepal's PM says quake death toll could reach 10,000* *Anger among survivors as food and water in short supply, while rescue teams warn they are yet to reached ‘flattened’ villages in remote regions* *The death toll in Nepal’s earthquake could reach 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said, as survivors’ despair turned to anger at the government’s slow response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country, with food, water and other essentials in desperately short supply.* *“The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Ko...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
El Paso, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Screen-grabbing the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
You may recall a post here at *ITBB* a few days ago about the BBC's online reporting of UKIP candidate Kim Rose and his quoting of Hitler in order to condemn the European Union. This was the complaint I sent in about it: Your piece about UKIP's Kim Rose, "UKIP "sausage roll" candidate Kim Rose quotes Hitler", which began, "A UKIP parliamentary candidate has said he does not regret quoting from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf at a hustings", was extremely biased. The headline is misleading for starters. Even the Daily Mirror's headline, "Ukip candidate compares EU to Adolf Hitler days ... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- April 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Deutsche Welle*: *Fighting leaves Yemen desperate* *Yemen's Houthi rebels have been urged to stop their "war on the cities" by a potential new mediator, vice president Khaled Bahah. Military feuds and Saudi air strikes have claimed some 1,000 lives since late March. * *Yemeni websites on Tuesday also quoted Bahah as urging Houthis to drop their objections and use the UN's recent resolution 2216 as a negotiations framework to end rivalries that escalated last year.* *Bahah, who reportedly has broad support among Yemen's feuding parties, was appointed as vice president earlier this... more »

Saudi Arabia Bombs Airport In Yemen To Prevent Iranian Plane From Landing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Arabiya:** Iran plane breaches Yemen no-fly zone* Coalition forces have carried out a bombing raid on the runway at Sanaa airport on Tuesday, to *prevent an Iranian civilian plane from landing there, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.* *The raid took place after the plane defied the coalition-enforced no-fly zone over Yemen entering the airspace from Oman. The no-fly zone has been in force since March 25, 2015 when Operation Decisive Storm began.* *Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri said the Iranian plane had entered Yemeni airspace in a non-allocated time slot.* *WNU Edito... more »

Memphis Protests Against Community School Closures Continue

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
*Memphis Parents Urge SCS School to Stop Closing Community Schools and to Start Supporting Them* April 28, 2015 Memphis, TN—Parents, students, teachers, and community members will rally April 28 at 160 South Hollywood at 4:30 PM to demand support for community schools and to oppose SCS Board plans to turn over community schools to the IZone and to charter school companies chosen by the State’s Achievement School District. The protest rally is sponsored by *OurStudentsMatterNow*, and all citizens who care about keeping public schools public in Memphis  are urged to come out and supp... more »

Supplemental: Krugman explains the Clinton rules!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015Kristof insults the world:* We remain amazed by Nicholas Kristof’s latest attack on decency. As a portrait of the world of the “press corps,” we think his latest conduct deserves another brief look. For background, see yesterday’s post. Kristof did two remarkable things at the start of Sunday’s column. First, he performed the greatest cherry-pick a person could imagine. He then used his grossly misleading “examples” to pimp this remarkable slander: “We know Johnny can’t read; it appears that Johnny is even worse at counting.” That’s an astonishing thing to... more »

"A Voice Within..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“How do the geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us; there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.” - Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Would You Smoke GMO Marijuana?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Will the marijuana market face challenges similar to the current food industry? Will cannabis farmers even be allowed to grow marijuana that is not genetically modified? The post Would You Smoke GMO Marijuana? appeared first on Waking Times.

Agribusiness And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 9 hours ago
Global Research, RINF, Countercurrents https://twitter.com/colin_todhunter US citizens constitute 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of global energy. On average, one person in the US consumes as much energy as two Japanese, six Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians and 370 Ethiopians. The US is able to consume at such a level because the dollar serves as the world reserve currency. This means high demand for it is guaranteed as most international trade (especially oil) is carried out using the dollar. US dominance and wealth accum...more »

"Who Is Delusional? The Answer Is: We All Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Who Is Delusional? The Answer Is: We All Are"* by Noel Hunter "Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" - Carl Jung "Within the mental health profession, clinicians and researchers who value a system of categorical illnesses and individual defects too often proclaim that the major feature delineating "real psychosis" from other "disorders" is the presence of delusions. Two recent articles in the New York Times exemplified for me how skewed this assertion is. It also led to a greater awareness, more specifically, of how problematic it is to view so-called delusions as mea... more »

Kurt Peters, Karl Pflock and Don Schmitt

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
You know, I sort of hate to bring this up, but since we’ve heard repeatedly about Don Schmitt’s misrepresentations in the mid-1990s, and because I’m tired of people quoting from Karl Pflock’s book as if it was handed down on stone tablets, I thought it time to stir this pot. Does anyone remember Kurt Peters? Back in the early 1980s, there was a lot of interest in cattle mutilations. Newspapers covered the story, UFO organizations were hip deep in it, network news broadcast segments about it, and several people planned to write books about it. Ian Summers and Dan Kagan did write one... more »

Earthquakes: Death Rates and Frequency of Big Events

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 9 hours ago
The earthquake disaster in Nepal continues to unfold, now with more than 5,000 confirmed deaths, a number that is sure to rise. Several excellent pieces on earthquakes (such as these by Brad Plumer at Vox and Andy Revkin at the NYT) have me thinking about long-term trends. So I have quickly put together some data, with some interesting results. *1. Are we, globally, doing better with respect to earthquakes?* The graph above shows data for 1900 through 2014 on global death rates, expressed as deaths per million global population. (Data: Our World in Data, Daniell et al. 2011 throug... more »

The Colour Revolution of 2015

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*"The hope was that Ron Paul could attract between 10% and 15% of Republican voters, thus making sure that these votes would be taken off the table and put into a deep freeze where they could never benefit a candidate with a serious chance of winning* *Ron Paul would lock up this 10% to 15% and essenially take it off the table.* *Ron Paul proved able to fulfil this function."* He's the boyfriend of Princess Diana's sister. Does he talk about the Royal murder plot? *No, he does not.* He's the former common-law brother-in-law of a Rothschild. Does he talk about Zionism? Does he ...  more »

Brand X : You Know that the Hypnotised Never Lie

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*Say the right thing,* *When electioneering...* *Well I come forwards,* *You go backwards* *And somewhere we will meet...* *Radiohead* *1997* *There's nothing in the streets* *Looks any different to me* *And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye* *And the parting on the left* *Are now parting on the right* *And the beards have all grown longer overnight* *I'll tip my hat to the new constitution* *Take a bow for the new revolution* *Smile and grin at the change all around* *I'll pick up my guitar and play...* *Just like yesterday* *Then I'll get on my knees and pray...* *We don't get ... more »

New Report Finds Over $200 Million in Fraud and Abuse at Charter Schools

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
*“The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse” Exposes Costly Consequences of Lacking Charter Schools Accountability, Transparency* *** Full report available here: **http://bit.ly/1DDlpjM** *** A new report by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) found that financial fraud, waste, and mismanagement by charter schools cost taxpayers more than $200 million in just 15 states—a significant increase from the more than $100 million in charter school financial fraud exposed in a similar report released... more »

"A Refining Process..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Life is a refining process. Our response to it determines whether we'll be ground down or polished up. On a piano, one person sits down and plays sonatas, while another merely bangs away at "Chopsticks." The piano is not responsible. It's how you touch the keys that makes the difference. It's how you play what life gives you that determines your joy and shine." - Barbara Johnson "To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer: That ...more »

"How It Really is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

Self Defence in Homicide

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
* R. v. Makpah, *2015 NUCJ 12: *Defence of Person * [158] The law respecting the ‘defence of person’ defence, whether it be self-defence and/or defence of other persons, is clear. [159] The Crown has the onus of disproving the ‘defence of person’ defence beyond a reasonable doubt. If the Court is left with a reasonable doubt about whether self-defence or defence of others is present then the accused is entitled to an acquittal. The burden of proof in relation to this defence is on the Crown, who must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defence does not apply. [160] To be clear... more »

"Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline"* by Chris Martenson "My first Uber lift was in South Carolina. My driver was from Sudan originally, but had emigrated to the US 20 years ago. Being the curious sort, I asked him about his life in Sudan and why he moved. He said that he left when his country had crumbled too far, past the point where a reasonable person could have a reasonable expectation of personal safety, when all institutions had become corrupted making business increasingly difficult. So he left. Detecting a hitch in his delivery when he spo...more »

Life Under the US-NATO Backed Shelling of Donetsk

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
The people of Donesk in eastern Ukraine try to carry on with life while living under the constant shelling by the US-NATO directed Kiev military regime. This shelling is currently being done in violation of the Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement. This past weekend while I was in NYC for the Peace & Planet conference and march I was shocked to hear one peace activist leader defend Victoria Nuland who is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State. He told me that those who talk about Nuland's 2013 speech on a stage flanked by logos from... more »

Saudi Arabia Disrupts Islamic State Terror Plot Against The U.S. Embassy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Hassan Ali/Reuters *The Independent*: *Saudi Arabia foils plot to suicide bomb US embassy in Riyadh * *Saudi Arabia has arrested 93 people it suspects of belonging to an Isis terror cell in recent months and foiled an attack on the US Embassy in the capital of Riyadh, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday.* *It said two people had been arrested on suspicion of plotting a suicide car bombing against the embassy in a strongly-worded statement published by the Saudi Press Agency.* *More News On Reports That Saudi Arabia Has Disrupted An Islamic State Terror Plot Against The U.S... more »

the daily howler: Supplemental: Nicholas Kristof, music man!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
the daily howler: Supplemental: Nicholas Kristof, music man!: MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015 Biggest journalistic hoax concerning test scores yet: In today’s first post, we discussed the “pseudo-journalism” ... more »

TN's Win-Win for Corporate Education Is a Lose-Lose for Children

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
The Commercial Appeal has a story this morning about Tennessee's new limited school voucher law just passed by the Tennessee Taliban in Nashville last week. My comments were posted this morning: *Parents in Tennessee are not in favor of a voucher system, and this miseducative and child-hostile law only serves the needs of ALEC and Governor Haslam's crew, whose principal goal is to create a corporate welfare state at the expense of citizens. This limited bad idea is a way to get to a larger bad idea, or to get the camel's nose under the tent to push in another form of privatizatio...more »

Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher  Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign by Dan Bacher Censored News The recent admission by the Brown administration that it could use money from Proposition 1, the water bond, to pay for "habitat mitigation" linked to the construction and operation of the massive


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 11 hours ago
*CEO Obama rules Plutocracy through fear, intimidation and secrecy* *Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown have recently sent a letter to President Obama **confronting the White House bluntly on the secrecy surrounding the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the impact it could have on the American economy and legal system ~ but in the process this letter demonstrates to me that the American people have been completely marginalized and silenced by a growing plutocracy and that corporations are now firmly in control: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *Obama: "Trust me. The TPP is good ... more »

Japan is the U.S.'s Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier Aimed at China

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
US and Japan issue a joint statement, on additional missile-defense warships that will be stationed at an American naval base in Japan. It should always be remembered that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the grandson of a Japanese fascist military leader during WW II.

SOLAR UPDATE: CME Alert, Earthquake Alert, Volcano Alert

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
Heads up my friends! We have a massive Filament just slightly towards the eastern limb of the sun- almost directly earth facing, AND we have a series of large Coronal Holes, running from the very north pole of the sun to the equatorial region. We have no active flare zones at the moment, but I do expect that this Filament will rip off very soon- possibly throwing a huge CME that would be directly geoeffective towards earth. Add to that the solar particle streams from the coronal hole and it could be a major combo. We already have active solar X-rays streaming in. We have s... more »

The Economy: "Greece Debt Crisis Cannot Be Contained- Bill Holter"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Greece Debt Crisis Cannot Be Contained- Bill Holter"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Financial writer Bill Holter says you can forget what the experts says about “containing” the Greek debt crisis. Holter contends, “Contained is famous last words. This cannot be “contained.” Greece is the canary for the entire world. The western world is Greece. The western world is massively in debt. There are derivative losses all over that place that are being hidden, and Greece is what sets off the realization that there are losses and the chain has broken.” Holter goes on to say, “You h... more »

Finally, The Real Truth Comes Out About WHO Is Behind Australia's Insane Push For Mandatory Vaccinations!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
When I saw all the reports coming out last week about how the criminal Australian government under that snake in the grass, Tony Abbott, was proposing legislation in the Canberra Federal Parliament calling for mandatory vaccinations for ALL Australians, I was deeply concerned and appalled.... There definitely had to be something more behind this sinister scheme of having Australians poisoned and their minds destroyed by these deadly concoctions, but the answer was not yet forthcoming.. Until now.... Well, according to this article, from the Australian National Review online website,... more »

Russian President Putin: Russia Was Close To Yugoslav Scenario In 1990's

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Aleksey Nikolskyi) *ITAR-TASS*: *Putin acknowledges that Russia was close to Yugoslav scenario in 1990's* *The president noted that the role of Russia's military in preserving the country's territorial integrity* *ST. PETERSBURG, April 28. /TASS/. At the end of the 1990s Russia was pretty close to following the Yugoslav scenario but the unity and integrity of the country was preserved after all, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a media forum of the All-Russia Popular Front, as he commented on the documentary The President, the Ro... more »

Finland Chases Off Suspected Submarine With Depth Charges

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Finnish Border Guard boats patrol the waters near Helsinki, April 28, 2015. (Reuters / Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva) *BBC*: *Finland drops depth charges in 'submarine' alert* *Finland's navy has dropped depth charges in waters near Helsinki as a warning to a suspected submarine.* *An unidentified object was spotted on Monday within Finnish territorial waters. It was detected again early on Tuesday, the navy said.* *The incident comes amid growing concern in the region over Russia's military exercises.* *In October, Sweden launched a hunt for a foreign submarine suspected to have ... more »

U.S. Congressional Auditors Bombshell: F-35 Engines Are 'Unreliable'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The Pratt & Whitney engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is undergoing full power testing in West Palm Beach, Fla. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor. Pratt & Whitney *Bloomberg*: *F-35 Engines From United Technologies Called Unreliable* *F-35 engines from United Technologies Corp. are proving so unreliable that U.S. plans to increase production of the fighter jet may be slowed, according to congressional auditors.* *Data from flight tests evaluated by the Government Accountability Office show the reliability of engines from the company’s Pratt & Whitney unit is “very poor... more »

Thug Is the New Black

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
"Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by *thugs* who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for." -- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.(D) "The lawless gangs of *thugs* roaming the streets -- we're not going to tolerate that." and "“I assured him (President Obama) we weren’t going to stand by and allow our city of Baltimore to be taken over by *thugs*.” -- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.(R) "Thug" is, of course, a racist dog-whistle term, used with impunity across the political spectrum as the PC... more »  

April 28: a very confused world.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 12 hours ago
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-baltimore-freddie-gray-20150427-htmlstory.html  The above is a report from the Los Angeles Times (and other sources) on the rioting in Baltimore. It wasn't important enough to make today's Irving press - though there has certainly been warning. I grew up in a Montreal of racism, hatred and abuse. But until I visited Baltimore, I had no idea of how intense racism, hatred and abuse - and ignorance - could be. Some people will say the rioters are criminals and misfits. I'm sure many of them are. But that has nothing to do with it. There's... more »

US Rallies: Stop Forced Closure Aboriginal Communities in Australia May 1, 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
US Media Failing Indigenous Peoples, as The Guardian Succeeds Thank you to The Guardian in the UK for this coverage below -- since the New York Times and other media in the US seem to have trouble making it out the front door to cover Indigenous Issues, at the UN in New York, and elsewhere across the Americas. The Guardian has succeeded while the US media has failed. -- Brenda Norrell,

What does Ed Miliband say about senior members of the Labour Party appearing in support of Lutfur Rahman?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Will the BBC cover this Public Meeting? Or does that go against their top priority of aiding a Labour victory at the general election?

Reports: Iran Has Siezed A U.S. Cargo Ship. Pentagon Denies The Ship Is American

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Iranian navy warship (Reuters / Stringer) *Reuters*: *Saudi-owned TV says Iran detains U.S. cargo ship in Gulf * *(Reuters) - Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said an Iranian "force" seized a U.S. cargo ship after opening fire on it in the Gulf on Tuesday and directed it to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.* *A Pentagon spokesman said Iranian forces had boarded a Marshall Island-flagged vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, in the Gulf. He said the boarding occurred after Iranian patrol boats fired shots across the vessel's bow and ordered it deeper into Iranian waters.* *The ship had ... more »

“How We Nearly Died on a Narrow Mountain Pass”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“How We Nearly Died on a Narrow Mountain Pass”* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - "We are acquiring a local reputation. “Don Bill is not a good horseman… but at least he gets up after falling off.” “Don Bill is not a good cattleman… but he can run fast and jump a fence to get away from the bull.” “Don Bill is not very smart… but he’s pretty tough for a gringo.” The source of our reputation comes from several life-threatening incidents, the most recent of which we will describe for you today… *A Near Fatal Fall: *We were riding along on our expedition to Río de...more »

Secwepemc Women Warriors Halt TransCanada at Sacred Place

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
. By Secwepemc Women Warrors Society Censored News BREAKING WARRIOR NEWS April 27, 2015: Secwepemc Women Warriors Society halt the Trans Canada highway expansion at their Sacred Site. This area holds ancient ties between Secwepemc, that hold an inherent responsibility to protect this area, that is home to a Sacred Being and CANNOT be disturbed. This area known as "Hoffman's Bluffs"

One People Roundtable Discussion: Bradley Loves and Mel Ve

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
Tonight on the One People's Roundtable Discussion Lisa, Brian and I will be welcoming back Bradley Loves, and Mel Ve. To start the show off, we will be picking up where we left off two weeks  ago when we had an amazing discussion with Brad on a wide range of topics. Brad and I have been trying to get together to chat about our latest rabbit hole trips and dot connecting expeditions, but haven't been able to connect, so I suspect that tonight will feature a whole lot of new data and information. To check out Brad's latest articles, please visit his site: https://bradleyloves.wo... more »

The Religion With No Name

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Brian C. Muraresku* - Before the rise of Churchianity, in the long-forgotten cradle of Western Civilization, our ancestors were also drawn to a spiritually independent lifestyle – free from any doctrine or dogma. The post The Religion With No Name appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Will Use Conventional AND Nuclear Weapons To Defend Japan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
© REUTERS/ Thomas Peter *Sputnik*: *US Ready to Use Nuclear, Conventional Weapons to Defend Japan* *According to a joint statement released on Monday, the US is ready to use nuclear and conventional weapons to defend Japan.* *WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is ready to use all military options, including nuclear weapons, to defend its Japanese ally.* *“Central to this is the ironclad US commitment to the defense of Japan, through the full range of US military capabilities, including nuclear and conventional.”* *The US Navy base in Yokosuka will station more ballistic miss... more »

A Short History of NATO Fascism : Greek Tragedies

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos * *(Greek: Γεώργιος Παπαδόπουλος) * *5 May 1919 – 27 June 1999* *He held dictatorial power in Greece from 1967–1973, until he was himself overthrown by his co-conspirator Dimitrios Ioannidis. * *It has been claimed that Papadopoulos was the first CIA agent to govern a European country.* *"The Greek military government that took over in 1967 has not proven itself to be as horrendous a specter to contemplate as most people thought it would."* -- Spiro Agnew The

Perception and Illusion – How the Brain Maps Space

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*April McCarthy* - Two wrongs can make a right, at least in the world of visual perception and motor functioning, according to two University of Oregon brain scientists. The post Perception and Illusion – How the Brain Maps Space appeared first on Waking Times.

See To The Future With........by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
Photo by Joana Reyes *Joana Reyes G+* *See to the future not just for yourself but for all Mankind. Share these words and think not on dark thoughts but envison a world of joyous living. A world of clean air, clean food and healthy strong bodies that see to themselves for healing.* M.N. Hopkins

THE PSEUDOJOURNALISM RULES: Right on time in paragraph 5!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015Part 2—Howard Dean calls his shot:* Did the New York Times publish a “bombshell report” about the ethics of Candidate Clinton? Regarding that question, we’d have to say that Howard Dean called his shot. Dean discussed the alleged “bombshell report” on last Thursday’s Morning Joe. The report had just appeared on line. None of that program’s major stars had actually *read* the Times report. But they were all too happy to engage in some standard behavior: They started peddling the requisite insinuations about its ultimate meaning. As usual, they were playing... more »

Iraq’s Tribes, Antecedents Of The Insurgency

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Much of the discussion about the origins of Iraq’s insurgency deals with the marginalization of Sunnis by the Americans, their desire to return to power, and the entry of foreign Islamists to the country. The role of Saddam Hussein, the war’s he led his country into, and Iraq’s tribes are usually only side notes. Tribes in Iraq faced a steady decline under modernization and urbanization, but when the Baath Party came to power in 1968 some found a new role as bastions of the regime. When wars and sanctions beset the nation they became even more prominent gaining patronage, their ow... more »

CON MP Norlock asks MacKay to Blabber About New Censorship Laws

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
And we're right back in the shit again. With some harpercon-stolen-majority MP Rick Norlock getting his turn to question anti-democratic thug/"justice minister" Peter Mackay. He'll be asking for the harpercon rationalizations for the new powers C-51 gives the government to fight ideas that the government chooses to equate with "terrorism" (well on its way to becoming the most nebulous word in the English language).* *Mr. Rick Norlock (Northumberland—Quinte West, CPC): * Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and through you, to the witnesses, thank you for appearing today. My fi...more »

Odd which part of a report the BBC choose to headline

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
The BBC headline this report thus: 'Israel struck Gaza shelters - UN report' and start the report thus: 'At least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer's war in Gaza, a UN inquiry has found. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the deaths and stressed that UN facilities were "inviolable".' Read on a little and you'll also discover that: 'The inquiry also found that three empty UN schools were used by Palestinian militants to store weapons, and that in two cases they likely fired from them' Odd how ... more »

Heavy Emissions and Dry Streets

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Heavy emissions April 28 22:52 PM 95,000 nSv/H at Fukushima same time zone Dry Streets

Jon Tester Couldn't Be A Worse DSCC Chairman

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Yesterday, writing for *Roll Call*, Nathan Gonzales asserted that Jon Tester, the new chairman of the DSCC, is pursing the very same toxic strategy this year that would have kept him out of the Senate in 2006. If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today. In the 2006 cycle, Democratic strategists in Washington preferred state Auditor John Morrison in the Montana Senate race, hoping to avoid a primary and keep the party focused on defeating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. But state Sen. J... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Judge rejects delay sought in Katrina damage settlement conference ~Mark Schleifstein* *Five years after the BP oil disaster: status of the Gulf Coast and residents today ~Gambit * *First Liquefied Natural Gas Tank Rolls Off Assembly Line * *Pharmacy on Magazine robbed at gunpoint during power outage, police say ~Uptown Messenger*

His Waterloo

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
The chattering classes are praising Stephen Harper's political smarts. He has set the agenda for the next election, they say, and he has delivered a budget that the opposition parties can't fight. But Scott Clark and Peter DeVries disagree. Harper's budget, they write, is too clever by half: The pundits are letting their cynicism blind them to two important facts — that this budget is based on fantasy math, and that not all tax cuts are equal. We covered off the first point in our last piece. Mr. Oliver is basing his ‘balanced’ budget on asset sales and extremely optimistic econ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Must deal with filing my income taxes this morning. (In Canada we must file before April 30). Blogging will return by 12:00 EST.

The "Science" of being anti- GMO? Scientism as Religion- Chemical Manipulation of Humanity!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Why am I posting this so called ‘science’ article? From ‘science daily’ *After reading this I asked myself two questions* Is this science? Or is this *Scientism?* Keep in mind that I am NO fan of "isms" *Scientism defined:* * “Scientism is a matter of putting too high a value on natural science in comparison with other branches of learning or culture.”* *Science and a presentation of it as infallible, moral and all knowing, is religion.* Scientism abounds in recent times- and this article is Scientism at it's most blatant. The Science Daily piece tells us that philosophers and plant ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*New Jersey Parents, Activists Raise Student Privacy Concerns* Parents and other interested parties in New Jersey skirmished with state education officials in March over the Pearson testing company monitoring students’ social media posts regarding Common Core-aligned PARCC testing. Pearson contacted the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) over a Twitter post the company found objectionable. NJDOE then contacted the school district of the student who posted the tweet, and the student removed the post. Parents came forward to say they have concerns over student privacy and fre... more »

Happy 100th Anniversary for Poison Gas!

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By James Corbett As the world marks the passing of the 100th anniversary of the use of poison gas on the battlefield, James takes a moment to note some of the dark legacy of Bayer that the German chemical/pharmaceutical giant would prefer you didn't know. Visit CorbettReport.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

The War Against Knowing Who YOU Truly Are

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By David Seaman So sad what they've hidden from us. But SO beautiful once you find it. Declassified C.I.A. documents "actually refer to agents who were familiar with LSD as 'enlightened operatives.' What a powerful inheritance and legacy we have all been given. "Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stre... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Change in the climate debate? Climate models start converging towards reality* *And a Lindzen hypothesis is vindicated. Paragraphed copy of the journal abstract appended. It's not hard to follow* On many occasions we have brought up the discrepancies between observed global data and the values of the latest IPCC climate models (CMIP5) Recently Thomas Mauritsen and Björn Stevens, a clouds and aerosols modeling expert of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, examined the matter. In a very recent paper appearing in Nature Geoscience (hereinafter MS15) titled “Missin... more »

What Really Caused Riots to Erupt in Baltimore

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
*Mark Daniels* According to James MacArthur, a Baltimore based activist and blogger, police action caused the Baltimore riots to erupt Monday afternoon as area schools were dismissed for the day. A Baltimore school teacher's account of the event posted on twitter appears to corroborate MacArthur's report. Listen below as Pete Santilli speaks to James MacArthur via phone yesterday evening (interview begins at the 3:04:12 mark or -50:00:00 mark depending on video version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdcx47ZU3_0&feature=share Here is the twitter report from the Baltimore scho... more »

Vaccin Cervarix : « Il m’est pénible de voir ma propre fille souffrir pareille agonie ! par Lupita Carrillo

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: I just want to be normal again.]Valeria *Vaccin Cervarix : * *« Il m’est pénible de voir ma propre fille souffrir pareille agonie ! »* Par Lupita Carrillo, Mexico, SaneVax.org, 19 avril 2015 Je m’appelle Lupita Carillo. J’habite dans l’état de Sonora au Mexique. Ma fille, Valeria, 11 ans était une fille normale, très athlétique jusqu’à ce qu’elle reçoive, le 29 mai 2014, la seconde dose du vaccin contre le papilloma virus humain, le Cervarix. Une semaine plus tard son état de santé s’est transformé. Elle a commencé à perdre ses forces dans sa jambe droite, puis dans sa jambe... more »

Revealed: Natural, Economic and Efficient Food Growing System

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video - *The Health Ranger introduces a revolutionary way of growing your own food. Can this really be the most natural, economic and efficient food-growing system? The post Revealed: Natural, Economic and Efficient Food Growing System appeared first on Waking Times.

Floor Votes on Fast Track Next Month; Open Rebellion Moves to the House

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Democrats playing "Follow the Neo-Liberal Leader"* *by Gaius Publius* This is a "bring you up to date" post for those following TPP. If you read these pages (or here), you know that Fast Track enabling legislation for the TPP "trade" agreement passed the Senate Finance Committee with seven Democrats voting their loyalty to President Obama and corporate America instead of to their constituents. Shortly after the Finance Committee vote, the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Paul Ryan, passed the same bill. The Hill (my emphasis throughout): The House Ways and Means Comm... more »

Captain America and the Bad Wars

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
*It all began in a place named Dien Bien Phu...*

Nepal 5: Building Quality, Construction Permits and Earthquake

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
The strong earthquake that hit Nepal last Saturday has affected so many people. This BBC news today quotes a huge figure from the UN. When I was in Nepal last January, I took some photos of Kathmandu and Pokhara from the plane. These three shots were taken last January 12 afternoon, The plane was descending. Smog and smoke blurs the view of the mountains. There are very few buildings that are 10 storeys or higher. Dust and smog blurs the view of the city. Some roads are unpaved and hence, dust rise when vehicles pass by. The roads between rows of houses and structures are genera... more »

Labour looking for an even higher proportion of Muslim votes?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
I note that Ed Miliband has promised the Muslim 'community' that: A future Labour Government is committed to outlaw the scourge of Islamophobia by changing the law and making it an aggravated crime. More at The Muslim News I wonder what is Ed Miliband's definition of Islamophobia? Is this Islamophobic? I wonder if anti-Semitism will get equal protection from a Labour government? Of course not, there's a lot more Muslims than Jews in the UK, and so lots more potential Labour votes if Ed Miliband and his party pander to Islamism.

Spain: Giant UFO Caused Traffic Jam in 1968

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 17 hours ago
*Source: Periódico ABCDate: 10.22.2014* *Spain: Giant UFO Caused Traffic Jam in 1968* It was Thursday, September 5, 1968. Six o’clock in the afternoon. The sun was about dip behind Madrid’s horizon when an unidentified flying object rose in the sky. The strange object had a strange spherical shape and remained static and illuminated. As time went by, drivers and pedestrians in Madrid gathered to look at the object. No one knew what it could be. Night begins to fall, but averting one’s gaze from the sky seems to be impossible. The astonishment of the crowds wound up creating a col...more »

The Daily Telegraph, MI6 and The Clintons

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*Ambrose Evans-Pritchard **of The Sunday Telegraph and MI6* *Like Rupert Giles - only evil.* *"I'll give him his term, then I'm coming back." * *"I'll give him his term, then I'm coming back." * *- Former Director of Central Intelligence George H.W Bush,* *Upon arrival in Austin, Tx.* January 20th 1992 *"Those fools who will think they are repeating the opinion of a newspaper of their own camp will be repeating our opinion or any opinion that seems desirable for us. * *In the vain belief that they are following the organ of their party they will, in fact, follow the flag which we ha... more »

Heisenberg's Nobel lecture

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Two weeks ago, I discussed Max Born's 1954 Nobel lecture about the statistical meaning of the wave function – and the history of quantum mechanics. Many other fathers of quantum mechanics have received their Nobel prizes. *To avoid repeating Heisenberg's photographs, let's include a different hay fever sufferer. ;-)* When it comes to the basic character of quantum mechanics, the most relevant other Nobel prize went to Werner Heisenberg in 1932. Well, he only picked the prize in December 1933 – he was chosen as a winner retroactively because no candidate compatible with Nobel's w...more »

On w/ Robert Reyvolt of Incendiary Radio

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 19 hours ago
On Sunday evening, I was a guest on Incendiary Radio with Robert Reyvolt, which broadcasts on the *Republic Broadcasting Network*. We discussed a variety of subjects, including the inability of the majority of Black people in America to take responsibility for their actions, the weak "victimhood" mindset of minority groups, Ronald Lauder's *recent indictment* of the entire Western world for the alleged Jewish "Holocaust," and the efforts of Democratic lawmakers in the state of California to *reward illegal aliens* for their criminal transgression of American immigration law with b... more »

Unique Yak-130 planes begin service at 116th Guards Attack Air Base

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Modern and maneuverable Yak-130 planes begin their service at 116th Guards Attack Air Base. According to experts, the Russian attack aircraft is today the only aircraft in the world with the characteristics of the so-called "subsonic", which is also able to compete with jet fighters. Moreover, the Yak-130 can carry up to 3 tons of payload being at the same time training aircraft. Now Belarusian pilots complete their training in Russia on the basis of airline personnel training center in Zhukovsky. Read more

Saab dismisses prospect of Gripen jet fighters sale to Argentina

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saab Gripen E/F]Sweden's Saab AB on Monday ruled out facilitating the sale of Gripen fighter aircraft to Argentina as the result of a deal to build and export combat jets from Brazil. Argentina has expressed interest in buying 24 Gripen fighter jets from its Latin American neighbour once Brazil is able to export them, early next decade. Such a deal would face an almost certain veto from Britain, which provides some 30 percent of the Gripen's content, including the radar on its next-generation Gripen E/F. Read more

India's modified Su-30 can strike China with nuclear warhead: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: BrahMos Equiped Su-30MKI]India will now be able to strike "deep into the heart of China" with a nuclear missile after making modifications to its powerful Su-30MKI multirole fighter jet, according to a report from the Washington-based National Interest magazine. India's Strategic Forces Command is said to have modified 42 of its Su-30MKI aircraft so that they can carry air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. New Delhi already has around 200 Su-30MKI aircraft in its arsenal and plans to eventually acquire 282 of the fourth-generation combat fighter, which is intende... more »

Prototype Navy Drones Swarm Like Locusts

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I have seen little real forward thinking expressed about drone technology in the press. Instead we get odd press releases when it has become impossible to hide a systems existence. Yet there is obvious applications to imagine and we know that they are obvious and we know that they are been built. The fundamental issue with drones happens to be software. It has never been hardware. Better the next generation of pilots will be working in a control room via a satellite link. That means that real war planes will be free of life support systems and their serious weight. We can... more »

Humanities' Disconnect From the Source

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
What has become increasingly apparent is that humanity is unique even on Earth for one specific trait. We are unable to communicate on a mind to mind basis. There is also indications that this is deliberately induced for presumably ethical reasons that we can only speculate on. In fact it is the foundation of the fall from Eden mythos. What it has accomplished is that our evolution as a people has been supercharged. We developed new ways to store information and investigated knowledge itself with a fresh disrespect for authority. At the same time a sister folk we know as... more »

House panel moves to block A-10 retirement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: A-10 Thunderbolt II]The House announced moves this week to protect the A-10 Thunderbolt from a proposed retirement. The aircraft program is fully funded in a version of the annual defense budget unveiled Monday by the House Armed Services Committee. An Arizona congresswoman said she also plans to float an amendment that would bar the Air Force from eliminating the aircraft, also known as the Warthog, when the committee votes on the massive defense bill Wednesday. Read more

Before Rafale deal, IAF rang alarm

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]Just ahead of the Union government’s decision to purchase 36 Rafale aircraft from France in fly-away condition, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had raised alarm with a Parliamentary panel that the already underway drawdown would bring the IAF to just 25 squadrons in the next seven years by 2022-thereby losing even the “slight edge” the IAF has over “rival neighbouring nation.” The standing committee on defence chaired by Maj Gen B C Khanduri (retd) on Monday presented a report before the Parliament pulling the government for delays in acquisitions which have affe... more »

F-35 Engines From United Technologies Called Unreliable

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II]F-35 engines from United Technologies Corp. are proving so unreliable that U.S. plans to increase production of the fighter jet may be slowed, according to congressional auditors. Data from flight tests evaluated by the Government Accountability Office show the reliability of engines from the company’s Pratt & Whitney unit is “very poor (less than half of what it should be) and has limited” progress for the F-35, the costliest U.S. weapons system, the watchdog agency said in a report sent to lawmakers this month. The GAO cited the need to make design change... more »

The US And Japan Strike A New Military Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steam in formation during their military manoeuvre exercise known as Keen Sword 15 in the sea south of Japan, in this November 19, 2014 handout provided by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/U.S. Navy/Handout *Reuters:* *U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role* *NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of gro... more »

Is The U.S. About To Redraw The World's Oil And Gas Landscape?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph*: *US to launch blitz of gas exports, eyes global energy dominance* *The US Energy Department prepares a wave of LNG gas permits in the latest move to redraw the world's oil and gas landscape.* *The United States is poised to flood world markets with once-unthinkable quantities of liquefied natural gas as soon as this year, profoundly changing the geo-politics of global energy and posing a major threat to Russian gas dominance in Europe.* *"We anticipate becoming big players, and I think we'll have a big impact," said the Ernest Moniz, the ...more »

Iran shows off unmanned robot battlefield car that can carry missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A new unmanned car for battle has been unveiled in Iran that sports a mechanical arm and missile casings, complete with a camera on top. Showed off at the Iran's Armed Forces Day, the Nazir robot car includes cylindrical casings that can hold two missiles and has a camera turret mounted on a pivot at the front that provides remote drivers to see what exactly lays ahead the mean machine. A Popular Science report notes that the robot battlefield car has small clusters of grenade dischargers mounted at both the front and rear to release clouds of smoke to obscure it from enemy fire. ... more »

Air Force denies reports of PLA missile lock-on

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-CK-1 Ching kuo]The The Air Force Command Headquarters rejected Monday as false and unfounded media reports suggesting that one of the Air Force's F-CK-1 (經國號戰機) jet fighters had been locked on by the People's Liberation Army's missile defense system during a routine patrol last year. According to the media reports, the CK-1 jet fighter flying out of Tainan's 443rd Tactical Fighter Wing was locked on by China's S-300 surface-to-air missile battery in Longtian, Fujian Province, sometime last year, and that in response, the pilot immediately performed a tactical retreat to saf... more »

Navy tests software for automated carrier landing capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F/A-18 Super Hornet]The U.S. Navy has field tested an automated landing software system for carrier-borne F/A-18 and E/A-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. The software tested at sea aboard the USS George H.W. Bush is called MAGIC CARPET, an acronym for Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies. "This underway marked the first use of the MAGIC CARPET technology on an aircraft carrier," said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Marzluff, assistant air operations officer aboard the carrier. "This software greatly redu... more »

Strives with God

Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
*Is-Ra-El* *Is* *Ra* *El*

The US is deploying 2 of its troubled 'ships of the future' to Singapore starting in 2016

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4)]The US will start deploying two of its once-highly touted "ships-of-the-future" to Singapore starting in 2016, IHS Jane's 360 reports. By 2016, the US Navy plans to permanently station and operate two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) out of Singapore's Changi Naval Base. By 2018, the Navy hopes to deploy four of the vessels in order to upgrade the capability of the Navy's Seventh Fleet. Read more

Cruiser Lake Erie skipper canned for command climate

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Lake Erie (CG-70)]The commanding officer of the cruiser Lake Erie was fired Monday after an investigation found a poor command climate on board, according to a Navy release. Capt. John Banigan was relieved of command of the San Diego-based cruiser by Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, head of Carrier Strike Group 11, and has been assigned to Naval Surface Force Pacific. "The decision was based on the findings of an investigation into poor command climate aboard Lake Erie," the release said. Read more

HASC Mark Adds $120 Million for 3 Destroyer Combat System Upgrades, Money for Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)]The House Armed Services Committee added $120 million to pay for a total of three Aegis combat system upgrades to the Navy’s Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) as part of the chairman’s mark for the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The funds would upgrade three planned mid-life modernizations from a basic hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems repairs to include a complete refresh of the Aegis combat system from current 1980s era computing technology. The combat systems upgrades would strip out the ... more »

Trident, the £100bn barrier to an innovative UK defence policy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]The argument between UK political parties over the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system has been something special in the election campaign for its seemingly digital, yes-or-no, quality. Other issues have had a more apparent grey area in which debate might meet in possible compromises, be it on tax sourcing, health spending or immigration controls. The four nuclear-armed Trident submarines, however, are being either renewed at the cost of £100 billion, or scrapped – as the current submarines are approaching the end of their working life. Rea... more »

Drones launched from British ships may be sent to scour Mediterranean in bid to search for migrants

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: ScanEagle UAV]Surveillance drones launched from Royal Navy ships could be sent to scour the Mediterranean as part of Britain’s effort to combat the migrant crisis, under plans being drawn up by defence chiefs. The Navy’s new ScanEagle remote-controlled aircraft would search for dangerously overloaded boats packed with people making the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe. David Cameron has already offered HMS Bulwark, two Border Force cutters and three Merlin helicopters for search and rescue efforts after international outcry at the loss of life in the Mediterranean this... more »

Guns'n'gadgets: Cutting-edge military & space tech at upcoming Army-2015 expo

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
The Russian Defense Ministry is preparing to unveil the newest examples of military equipment for every branch of the forces this summer at the Army-2015 expo. It’s set to become the largest event of its kind ever. With about 5,000 exhibits displayed at an area of 5,500 hectares (almost 13,600 acres), Army-2015 will provide an outlet for some 3,000 contractors to show their latest products to the public. It will cover every branch of the military, from ground forces to aerospace, and even combat robots and cyber-warfare. Read more

GX-6 to boost China's anti-submarine capabilities

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: GX-6 MPA]China's new GX-6 anti-submarine patrol aircraft appears to be ready for action, reports China's nationalist Global Times tabloid. Citing leaked photos posted on a military forum, Global Times claims that the GX-6, which has been modified from the Y-8 medium-size medium-range transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, has recently begun supporting troops from the PLA's Naval Air Force. In modern submarine warfare, anti-submarine platforms like surface vessels and submarines lack a distinct advantage, which is why aerial anti-submarine strategies, wi... more »

The Ether & the Birth of the New Physics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Tesla vs Einstein] So far i have not had to concern myself with the idea of variable light speed because of the nature of the thought experiment producing Cloud Cosmology. Otherwise we all make the error of assuming time is an issue and that is not the case at all. Better yet the creation of a new fundamental particle is instantaneously known everywhere in the universe because time is not an issue. This is a non intuitive idea but emerges direectly from the necessity of creation and the first action. Otherwise a lot of useful work led from the hypoth... more »

Thin Gray Humanoid

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is different in that there is no plausible way that this could be faked by a physical human. I am inclined to think that this was a spirit body made visible by the natural reflected light of the moon. All the red end of the spectrum is missing allowing an easier perception of the blue. This would otherwise be recognized as a ghost. It obviously skedaddled when it became aware that the observers were seeing it. This was well observed also chasing away any doubt. They really saw it. Most reports are actually quite physical and are of strange creatures. Thus i think t... more »

Standardized tests versus grades

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Sent to the Seattle Times, April 27. Randy Dorn claims that "Testing can tell if students need help before college and career," (April 27). I wonder if Mr. Dorn is aware of research evidence showing that high school grades in college prep courses are an excellent predictor of college success, and that standardized test scores (the SAT) do not provide much more information than grades alone. Is there any evidence that the Smarter Balanced Tests are a better predictor than grades? Stephen Krashen Original article: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/testing-can-tell-if-students-need... more »

Is CIA Director John Brennan 'Untouchable'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Virginia in December. Social media and other technology are making it increasingly difficult to combat militants who are using such modern resources to share information and conduct operations, the head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency said on Friday. Larry Downing/Reuters *Gregory D. Johnsen, BuzzFeed: **The Untouchable John Brennan* *How did the candidate of hope and change turn into the president of secret kill lists, drone s... more »

New Element Discovered

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 22 hours ago
This is doing the rounds again. Sadly, it never gets old … * News from the Scientific World: New Element Discovered* Victoria University of Wellington researchers have discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called pillocks. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert...more »

No need to test every student

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Sent to the Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2015 The House version of the new education law will continue annual testing of reading and math for every student in grades 3-8 and once in high school ("Education Law Vote Is Pushed Back," April 27). There is no need to test every student every year. We can get the same information from low-pressure testing of small samples of students, each student taking only a part of the test, and extrapolating the results to larger groups, as is now done with the NAEP test. This will save money, reduce anxiety, and give teachers more time to teach. W...more »

Musical Interlude: John Murphy, “Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
John Murphy, “Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQXVzg2PiZw

60 Minutes Looks At U.S. Space Command

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*60 Minutes, CBS:* *The Battle Above* *U.S. and China are locked in a high stakes contest over satellites that are critical to national security and everyday life* *The following is a script from "The Battle Above" which aired on April 26, 2015. David Martin is the correspondent. Andy Court, producer.* *Without most of us noticing, our everyday activities -- everything from getting cash at an ATM to watching this program -- depend on satellites in space. And for the U.S. military, it's not just everyday activities. The way it fights depends on space. Satellites are used to com... more »

Cervarix Injuries: Mom Seeks Accurate Diagnosis And Effective Treatment by Lupita Carrillo

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
[image: After Cervarix my life changed]*Valeria* Cervarix Injuries: Mom seeks accurate diagnosis and effective treatment By Lupita Carrillo Mexico Sane Vax, Inc. 16 April 2015 My name is Lupita Carrillo from the state of Sonora, Mexico. My eleven year-old daughter, Valeria, was a very athletic normal girl until she received the second dose of human papillomavirus vaccine, Cervarix on May 29, 2014. One week later she began experiencing new medical conditions. She began to lose strength in her right leg first, then her left leg. It was painful for her to try and walk. We decided to... more »

U.S. Speaker: Not Enough Votes In Congress To Veto Any Possible Nuclear Treaty With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) talks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting with bipartisan Congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington to discuss a military response to Syria, September 3, 2013. Reuters/Larry Downing *Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *Boehner: Congress Doesn't Have Votes to Stop Iran Deal* *The top ranking Republican in Congress privately acknowledged this weekend that his party doesn't have enough votes to overcome a veto of any resolution disapproving the nuclear-weapons deal President Barack Obama hopes to reach with ... more »

AP's Iran Infographic is Ignorant on IAEA Inspections

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
Accompanying an otherwise eyeroll-worthy article about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu's temper tantrum following yesterday's announcement of a nuclear deal framework between Iran, the United States, Russia, France, Great Britain, China, and Germany, the Associated Press has put together an infographic about what the emerging details of the deal mean. Here it is: Whoever put

The Pentagon Has Many Options To Destroy Iran's Hardened Nuclear Facilities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Test personnel with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency prepare to offload the Massive Ordnance Penetrator for a static test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (Photo: DTRA) *James Drew, Real Clear Defense*: *USAF Has Many Options to Destroy Iranian Nuke Facilities* *Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told CNN the United States military has the capability to “shut down, set back and destroy” Iran’s nuclear program.* *The highly-publicized yet classified weapon Carter was referring to is the Massive Ordnance Penetrator — a behemoth, 30,000-pound bunker bomb intro... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
ANATOMY OF A “FALSE FLAG” Posted on April 27, 2015 By Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Apr. 27. 2015. All this is gleaned from the evidence file of this case, Andrew Jones vs. NY State, 98-CV-374. The protest issues were banishment by the Onondaga Chiefs of those they don’t like, burning down their businesses and homes, sovereignty and the chiefs illegal

‘Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves’

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Riots have broken out in Baltimore, Maryland during the past few days after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore resident, suffered a spinal injury while in police custody after his arrest on April 12 and died seven days later. Six city police officers have been suspended pending an investigation into Gray’s death. Tonight the Baltimore Orioles baseball team cancelled their game at Camden Yards - likely out of concern that it would not be safe for fans to make it to the stadium. The Orioles game last night had some tense moments when some of the protests were happening just outs... more »

Is The Saudi Government About To Unravel?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari  *Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post*: *Is the House of Saud teetering on the edge of collapse?* *A top Iranian figure thinks that the Saudi government is about to crack. Is he right? * *What do the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and that guy from the old E.F. Hutton commercial have in common? When they talk, people listen.* *According to Iran’s government-run outlet Press TV, IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said some pretty blunt things about Saudi Arabia early ... more »

"A growing sense of powerlessness in our lives is convincing most people the system is working only for those at the top" (Robert Reich)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel."* *-- Robert Reich, in a new blogpost,* "Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless" *by Ken* The former labor secretary begins with three cases he diagnoses as examples of people feeling powerless: A security guard recently told me he didn’t know how much he’d be earning from week to week because his firm kept changing his schedule and his pay. “They just don’t care,” he said. A traveler I met in the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport last week said she’d been there eight hours but the airline responsible f... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons by repeated fateful encounters with each other or the Galactic center. Surviving relics are older than any Earth fossil, older than any other structures in our Galaxy, and limit the universe itself in raw age. *Click image for larger size.* There are few, if any, young globular clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy because conditions are not ri...more »

Failed Liberal Policies?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

dirty dali

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Would Iran Attempt To Seize Saudi Arabia's Oilfields?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Steve Forbes, Forbes:* *Will Iran Attempt To Seize Control Of Saudi Oilfields?* *In 1976 an investment banker turned adventure novelist, Paul Erdman, penned a best-selling thriller, The Crash of ’79. Center to the plot was the Shah of Iran making a grab for the oilfields of the Arab Middle East, with a well-armed military, thanks to rising oil prices. Of course, barely 24 months later the Shah was ousted by radical Islamists, who subsequently bled the country white in a bloody and futile eight-year war with Iraq. Oil prices crashed after Ronald Reagan took office, and all thoughts... more »

Taiwan Excerpt from Briefing on US-Japan meet up

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
FOREIGN PRESS CENTER BRIEFING WITH SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL (NSC) SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR ASIAN AFFAIRS EVAN MEDEIROS QUESTION: Thank you, Evan. John Zang with CTI TV of Taiwan again. MR MEDEIROS: Yeah. QUESTION: Will Taiwan be mentioned at all in these talks, particularly when you discuss the defense guidelines? Secondly, the KMT chair is going to Beijing to meet with Xi Jinping right after the President and the prime ministers meeting. MR MEDEIROS: Yeah. QUESTION: What do you think of the event? Thank you. MR MEDEIROS: It’s an interesting q...more »

Riots Spin Out Of Control In Baltimore -- News Updates April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Violent clashes between Baltimore police and protestors turn city into 'absolute war zone' burning cop cars and looting stores after thousands mourn Freddie Gray in open casket funeral*   ** Clashes between violent mobs and riot police broke out at Mondawmin Mall after funeral for Freddie Gray * ** Police had been on high alert after receiving a credible threat that three rival gangs were looking to 'take out' Baltimore officers* ** Baltimore police chief, Eric Kowalcyzk confirmed that seven officers have been injured and one was 'unresponsive'* ** Looting was seen hap... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic*: *The Earthquake Nepal Saw Coming* *Political gridlock and substandard infrastructure left the country particularly vulnerable to devastation.* *Hours after a major earthquake wreaked havoc across his country, Nepali Information Minister Minendra Rijal appeared at a news conference on Saturday to announce that schools would be closed for the next five days. "We never imagined we'd face such devastation," he said.* *But for geologists, Saturday's disaster—which has claimed over 2,400 lives—was sadly predictable.* *"Physically and geologically what h... more »

MENA Report - ( April 27-28 , 2015 ) Great quote from Liz Sly sums it up " Today, Saudi bombed Yemen, the U.S. bombed Iraq & Syria, Israel bombed Syria & Syria bombed Syria " ........ Yemen Regional War in focus , GCC Air Forces continue bombing runs , ISIS claims to set up Caliphate in Yemen , Houthis / Militias battle it out on the ground - but who cares about civilians ..........Iraq / Syria Regional war in focus - more of the same daily death dealing with no political resolutions in sight .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets.... *Iran Seizes Marshall Islands Cargo Ship* *Al-Qaeda Advances, Captures Another Syria Base* *Food Shortages Mount in Blockaded Yemen* *Dozens Dead as Taliban Overruns Afghan Province* *Syrian Jets Pound Insurgent-Held Town: Monitor* *Saudis Pound Yemen Capital: War Broadening* *Set to Begin, US Plan for Syrian Rebels Already Mired in Doubt* Saudis Pound Arms Depots in Yemen Yemen's Exiled Government Declares 3 Disaster Zones Yemen Militia Make Gains Against Houthis in Central City: Residents More Bombs for Baghdad; 148 Killed Across Iraq Israel Denies Report It Struck Near... more »

A villa is not a bungalow

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Since I’m such a big fan of what’s called California Bungalows I’ve been meaning since the new *Bungalow *book (right) came out last year to talk about it, if not talk it up. Jam-packed with beautiful photographs by Patrick Reynolds (with whom there’s an interview here), unfortunately the text of *Bungalow: From Heritage to Contemporary *doesn’t always match their quality – and sadly around 250 of its large, glossy pages are filled with text and photos bungalow *renovations*. I can understand why, don’t worry, but that doesn’t assuage my disappointment at what seems a wasted oppor... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Lifeforce trailer

Big Upcoming Peace Conference in New Jersey

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
An invitation to the UNAC Conference, May 8-10 in Secaucus, NJ. "End the Wars at Home and Abroad". Many topics and great speakers. Go to http://UNACconference2015.org for more information and to register. The audio for this video was recorded by Tylon Washington of GoPro Radio and the video created by Ramiro Funez of Honduras Resistencia. I'll be attending and speaking at this event which will bring together many people of color, international activists and every day folks from around the US. This event will be heavily infiltrated by the FBI and other such government spies who are... more » 

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