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Monday, April 27, 2015

27 April - Blogs I'm Following

English: A Russian Typhoon-class submarine TK-...English: A Russian Typhoon-class submarine TK-13 sits at port prior to dismantlement under the Cooperative Threat Reduction program implemented by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. (DTRA photo) Русский: ТК-13, прибывший на утилизацию. 27 ноября 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A logo of the United States Defense Threat Red...A logo of the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MOP being offloaded in preparation for its fir...MOP being offloaded in preparation for its first explosive test (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10:41pm MDST

AP's Iran Infographic is Ignorant on IAEA Inspections

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 10 minutes 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 hour 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 - 2 hours ago
http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2015/04/27/anatomy-of-a-false-flag/ -- Censored News www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

‘Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves’

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours 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 - 2 hours 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! - 2 hours 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 beings 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 - 2 hours 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 - 3 hours ago

dirty dali

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Would Iran Attempt To Seize Saudi Arabia's Oilfields?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours 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 - 3 hours 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 - 4 hours 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 - 4 hours 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 - 4 hours ago
Tweets.... *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 Syria-Lebanon Border Bombers Return to B... more »

A villa is not a bungalow

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours 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 - 4 hours ago
Lifeforce trailer

Big Upcoming Peace Conference in New Jersey

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours 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 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 very wor... more »

Can I have it for my basement

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
New membrane to keep planes quiet. Actually the noise on a plane is not a big issue compared to the air quality. Work on that first.

Pakistan Has Chosen To Build With China, Not Destroy With Saudi Arabia

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*For Pakistan, the options are clear: build with China, or destroy with Saudi Arabia. So far, it has chosen wisely.* Beijing wants to build up Pakistan's infrastructure as part of their New Silk Road project. Riyadh and Washington will look to destroy Pakistan through the use of religious fanatics, jihadist mercenaries, and their proxy armies of drugged up terrorists, as they have done in Syria and Libya for the past four and a half years, and as they're currently doing in Yemen. None of these nations will survive, let alone thrive and prosper, as long as Saudi Arabia stands. That... more »

TPP is a trade agreement

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 5 hours ago
Oddly, Paul Krugman thinks that TPP is not really about trade. CEA Chair Jason Furman, however, writes the following: The starting point of TPP is the contrast between U.S. tariffs and those of our partner countries. Our trade-weighted average applied tariff rate is 1.4 percent and 70 percent of imports already enter our economy duty free. In contrast, on average, our TPP partners report simple average applied tariffs 1.5 percentage points higher than our equivalent rate. In some TPP countries, average tariffs are up to 4 percentage points higher, though this difference masks consi... more »

The Duffy Tarsands Diaries

Alison at Creekside - 6 hours ago
Never mind the Senate vagaries on where Duffy actually resides or whether other Senators porking out at the public trough is criminal or just Senate-business-as-usual. Forget all that. Of the various narratives emerging from the Duffy trial, the story that should be getting a lot more attention is that Con Party fundraiser Senator Mike Duffy appears to have served as a behind-the-scenes go-between between Enbridge and Stephen Harper while simultaneously connecting up environmental charities attack dog Vivian Krause, referred to by Ezra Levent as Sun TV's "forensic environmental de... more »

“Turning America into a Battlefield: A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Turning America into a Battlefield: * *A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation”* By John W. Whitehead “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military ma... more »

It’s the Biggest National Threat and We Can’t Help You

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) new Cyber Strategy is a refinement of past attempts at codifying and understanding the “new terrain” of cybersecurity threats to the United States. While I actually applaud many of the acknowledgements in the new Strategy, I am still highly skeptical of the DoD’s ability to translate words to deeds. In […]

Zen Gardner Talks Consciousness, Empowerment and Awakening

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Interview* - Waking Times guest author Zen Gardner stuns Jeff Berwick of the Anarchast with a hefty dose of truth and wisdom about the awakening. The post Zen Gardner Talks Consciousness, Empowerment and Awakening appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *More aftershocks in Nepal as death toll soars* *Aid agencies prepare 'massive' operations in quake-hit Nepal as death toll rose to at least 4,000.* *Nepal has been rocked by aftershocks as the death toll from the magnitude 7.8 quake rose to at least 4,000, and as aid agencies prepare "massive" humanitarian operations.* *Nepal police said on their Facebook page late on Monday evening that over 3,904 deaths had been counted so far, and 7,180 more were reported injured.* *In addition, an an avalanche caused by the earthquake killed 18 people at Mount Everest's base ca... more »

As CT ex-Gov. Rowland heads back to the slammer, his replacement as radio host isn't another right-wing talker

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Former CT Gov. John Rowland was beset by reporters as he left U.S. District Court last month after being sentence to another 30 months in prison for consultant-fee scamming. What's interesting is how he's being replaced as an afternoon radio talk host.* *by Ken* More news from our radio guru Jack, who has been intrigued by the situation at Hartford (CT) station WTIC, where former Gov. John Rowland, who has already done time for corruption, has now become a two-time loser for repeat felonizing -- at the same time that he was doing an afternoon drive-time show for WTIC -- in connec... more »

Scottish Labour, Again

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
You're in a secure military facility and there's an intercontinental ballistic missile, inbound. The anti-missile batteries have fired and missed. Electronic counter measures cannot dissuade it from its course. You glance helplessly at the blip on the radar getting closer and closer, hoping the blast doors are thick enough, that the concrete bunker is buried deep enough to ride out the devastating attack about to be wrought. At worst, you're vaporised. At best, you pop the hatch to emerge into a blackened and blighted landscape. That doomed stronghold is Scottish Labour, and that ... more »

Evan Davis v Nicola Sturgeon

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Well, Evan Davis was back on BBC One tonight with his latest *Leader Interview, *featuring a leader the vast majority of UK voters can't vote for - Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP. Tone-wise, it could hardly have been more different to Evan's last BBC One interview (the one with the leader of UKIP). (If any cybernats moan about this, they seriously need help and deserve to be afforded no credibility whatsoever ever again). Evan and Nicola got on like a house on fire. It was all pretty good-natured, with Evan and Nicola laughing at each others jokes, sparring light-heartedly and, gener... more »

"What Is The Pentagon 's Operation Jade Helm 15?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"What Is The Pentagon 's Operation Jade Helm 15?" * Rex 84: Government Silently Positions for Martial Law as Financial Collapse Arrives in America? By Joachim Hagopian "First we learned that Operation Jade Helm 15 is coming this summer from mid-July through mid-September to a Southwest neighborhood near you stretching from Texas to California. Per government sources and their mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post, it 's nothing more than a benign massive military drill designed to test how effectively US Special Operations forces can covertly and as seamlessly as possib... more »

Patrick Wood- Technocracy Rising

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
* H/T Henrik and Red Ice Radio* * A very worthwhile listen*! *Take the time, please.* Patrick Wood is an author and lecturer who has studied elite globalization policies since the late 1970's, when he partnered with the late Antony C. Sutton to coauthor Trilaterals Over Washington. Patrick is with us to introduce his latest book, Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation. This follow-up to his works on the Trilateral Commission details how the organization quietly adopted a modified version of historic technocracy to craft a movement it called a “New Internationa... more »

April 27:Blah

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
It's hard to write every day on a paper that usually has nothing to say. Big headline - "Downtown centre funding to be based on 'evidence,' says minister. (Actually, the headline has a glaring error - perhaps two. Is it using the world 'evidence' as a quotation? If so, it should have full quotations marks with dots to indicate missing words in the quotation, If it is using the semi-quotation marks to indicate - God knows what - then the comma should be after the last '. To make a blunder like that seems a pretty casual approach to the front page headline. The story, itself, tells us ... more »

Vox Errata: On Nuclear Framework, Explanatory Journalism Site Has Some More 'Splaining To Do

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 7 hours ago
As soon as the framework for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2, Vox.com content manager Max Fisher came out strongly in favor of the agreement's reported details. While his optimism is certainly welcome, his understanding of some key details leaves something to be desired. Unfortunately, for someone who writes

White House Considering Major Changes In U.S. Ransom Policy For Hostages Overseas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*ABC News:* *Potential Shift in Hostage Policy: Officials to Recommend Families Be Free to Pay Ransom* *Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week.* *"There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free the... more »

Owe Aku: Lakota Country Hearing for Keystone XL Permit Delayed

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Owe Aku International Justice Project: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Grants Motion to Delay Keystone XL Hearing By Mark Hefflinger Censored News  April 27, 2015 The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) said on Monday, April 27 that it has granted intervenors’ motion for a continuance, which will effectively delay the scheduled May 4-8 Keystone XL permit

Why not tweet this?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
In the light of the previous post... If you're on Twitter, please tweet this: "The BBC was an outlier" giving more time to Miliband than Cameron, say @Stephen_Cushion, @sambrook,Cardiff, #bbcbias http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/16/bbc-election-coverage-david-cameron It's exactly 140 characters.

Why Cardiff University's claims of BBC 'right-wing' 'impartiality' are not to be believed

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The work of Cardiff University's Media department is continuing to provide comfort to BBC supporters in 'refuting' claims of a left-wing bias at the BBC *and* to be cited as 'proof' of a right-wing BBC bias by some left-wingers (especially on Twitter). Cardiff's 2012 report, 'proving' the BBC to be right-leaning, anti-European and anti-Islam (yes, I know!), was expertly debunked in a Civitas study by David Keighley and Andrew Jubb. David and Andrew got into the statistical nitty-gritty of the Cardiff study and found it wanting. (I provided a summary here.) The worrying thing abou... more »

CawRANT Events #4

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*CawRANT Events #4* It's the *dreaded Monday Morning* again and time for a *RANT!* The first item on my RANTOGENDA is Hollywood. I never watch Hollywood movies....unless forced at the point of a gun....but saw in the main$tream media that some American Indian actors had finally stood up against the Hollywood penchant for offensive stereotyping of indigenous peoples. They courageously walked off the set of an Adam Sandler "comedy" that was making fun of western stereotypes. An underlying message of these movies has always been to denigrate minorities. You would *never *see a simil... more »

Afghan Taliban Have Launched A Major Assault Against The Northern City of Kunduz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Key Afghan city threatened by Taliban battle* *Heavy fighting on the outskirts of Kunduz erupts after hundreds of fighters attack police and army posts.* *Heavy fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters has killed more than 30 people and threatened a major northern city, officials said.* *The battle on the outskirts of Kunduz on Monday, part of a stepped-up wave of attacks after the departure of most foreign troops, prompted President Ashraf Ghani to delay his departure on a state visit to India by several hours.* *Officials said hundreds of Tali... more »

Success Mythology

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
S-u-c-c-e-s-s that's the way we spell repress At an early age our minds are occupied by the corporate success mythology My mother taught it to me well Keep your nose clean. Don't rock the boat. Climb the corporate ladder. Get a job with a fancy title. A business card your mother can brag about. You can't beat city hall so don't bother trying cause you might get on some list and get blackballed or embarrass the family. Keep your head down your mouth shut and your eyes fixed on the money. This mythology that we can all become millionaires keeps the people divided from one another It... more »

Did the Federal Government Just Admit that Fluoride Damages Teeth?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - It is simply not possible that fluoride can be both good for your teeth and bad for your teeth. The post Did the Federal Government Just Admit that Fluoride Damages Teeth? appeared first on Waking Times.

Policy Makers’ Side Jobs: Can Their Earnings Affect Fair Policies?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Are fair policies possible when you have so many corporate “millionaires” making policy decisions? The post Policy Makers’ Side Jobs: Can Their Earnings Affect Fair Policies? appeared first on Waking Times.

Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* Your Open Rebellion Caucus at work, featuring Dem-on-Dem violence on trade. As usual, the press is enjoying this, and those opposed to TPP appreciate the spotlight. Thanks are due to President Obama for being so obvious about what he wants, and for not downplaying Sen. Warren's fierce objections to this next-NAFTA job-killing "trade" deal. First, the setup — President Obama has been unusually aggressive with members of his own party on trade and his eagerly sought TPP deal. My ongoing coverage of TPP is here; click if you'd like some background. Now the latest,... more »

Chet Raymo, “Love In The Afternoon”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Love In The Afternoon”* by Chet Raymo “Oh, if only it were that simple. We human males must woo and coo and wash dishes and vacuum and buy roses and provide candlelight and wine and whisper "God, you look beautiful tonight" and who knows what else to entice our partners into bed. The male fruitfly need only sing. Well, not sing exactly. He vibrates one wing, just one, to make what one assumes is a pleading sort of noise. If the song is satisfactory, the female fly allows copulation. Female fruitflies don't sing, which has long suggested that they lack the neural circuitry to pro... more »

Bertrand Russell, "Three Passions"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Three Passions" * "Three passions have governed my life: The longings for love, the search for knowledge, And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind. Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness. In the union of love I have seen In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined. With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of people. I have wished to know why the stars shine. Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens, But always pity brought me back to earth; Cries of pain reverberated in ... more »

Is Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Injured Or Dead?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Business Insider:* *ISIS leader Baghdadi is reportedly 'unable to move' after a spinal injury* *The head of the Islamic State is reportedly injured so badly he can barely move, Kareem Shaheen at The Guardian reports.* *"Sources tell us Baghdadi is still alive, but still unable to move due to spinal injury sustained in the March air strike," Shaheen tweeted.* *Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who last year declared himself caliph of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh), was reportedly wounded in a US-led airstrike in March.* *WNU Editor:* The Pentagon is denying reports t... more »

Up Close with Marvel's Avengers

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias It was getting close to Halloween a few years ago when I asked my then 4-year-old what she wanted to be for Halloween. Without any hesitation she replied Captain America. I was floored. I had no idea she even knew who Captain America was, let alone knew enough to want to dress up as him. We made the Avengers a whole family affair that year. My daughter was Captain America, my husband was Nick Fury and I dressed up like Black Widow. Ever since that... more »

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“What If This Road”* “What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know a story's end, or where a road will go?” ~ Sheenagh ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"That the situation appears hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best." - Aldo Leopold

"Today Is Mine..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“Today is mine. It is unique. Nobody in the world has one exactly like it. It holds the sum of all my past experiences and all my future potential. I can fill it with joyous moments or ruin it with fruitless worry. If painful recollections of the past come into my mind, or frightening thoughts of the future, I can put them away. They cannot spoil today for me.” - Alcoholics Anonymous

Midday Musical Interlude: Outlaws, “Green Grass and High Tides”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Outlaws, “Green Grass and High Tides” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R82OM5tzcrk Turn it *UP! *lol - CP

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Hattingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Limits of Our Freedom"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Limits of Our Freedom"* By Mark Harrison "Viktor Frankl, the Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, wrote in "Man’s Search for Meaning", ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space, and in that space lies all our freedom.’ In the most extreme conditions of privation imaginable, Frankl discovered that he was, remarkably, free to choose his response to any situation. I love this quote because it sums up the essence of my philosophy. I believe it is the cornerstone of a happy and effective life. A real, experiential understanding of this radical freedom is life changi... more »

Supplemental: Nicholas Kristof, music man!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015Biggest journalistic hoax concerning test scores yet:* In today’s first post, we discussed the “pseudo-journalism” which is so common at the New York Times. For a truly stunning example, consider the way Nicholas Kristof started yesterday’s column. Life-forms like Kristof have spent many years running down American students and their public school teachers. Some journalists do this out of sheer ignorance. Others do it because they want to help their upper-class minders and masters privatize public schools. Yesterday, Kristof created one of the most remarka... more »

Will The Next Major Middle East War Start In Yemen?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Ben Cohen, Algemeiner/JNS.org:* *Could Yemen Be the Start of a Major Middle East War?* *Back in Roman times, Yemen went by the name “Arabia Felix”—Latin for “Happy Arabia.” It’s hard to think of a greater misnomer for this Arab state on the southern tip of the Persian Gulf, a few miles across the water from the Horn of Africa.The Romans actually had a pretty miserable time there. Aelius Gallus, who was the Prefect of Egypt in 26 BCE, tried to conquer the territory and was roundly defeated. Through the ages, Yemen maintained its warlike image, with its various tribes doing battl... more »

Islamic State Claims To Have Established A Caliphate In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Isis militants have released a video announcing their presence in Yemen. ISIS Media/Twitter *Daily Mail:* *Have ISIS now established a stranglehold in Yemen? Terror group’s slick new video claims it has set up a caliphate in war-torn country* * * Video released showing ISIS supporters 'declaring a caliphate' in Yemen * It comes after months of fighting between several groups in the country * ISIS emerged in Yemen last year, and has carried out suicide bombings * Sunni ISIS may take hold as Shi'ite rebels fight government and al-QaedaSupporters of ISIS have 'declared a c... more »

Top Iranian General Predicts The Downfall Of The Saudi Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Iranian General Says Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be Toppled* *TEHRAN — A senior Iranian general said on Monday that the leadership of Saudi Arabia, a regional rival, was on the edge of collapse and would be toppled soon, “God willing.”* *Saudi-led bombardments on Yemen are “shameless and rude and an affront to all Islamic values,” the head of the 150,000-strong Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said during a speech in Tehran.* *Last week, Saudi Arabia announced a halt to its operations in Yemen, which started a month ago, only to restart b... more »

"Don't Wonder..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Don't wonder why people go crazy. Wonder why they don't. In the face of what we can lose in a day, in an instant, wonder what the hell it is that makes us hold it together." - "Grey's Anatomy"

“The Prisoner: ‘I am not a number. I am a free man!’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
* “The Prisoner: * *‘I am not a number. I am a free man!’”* By John W. Whitehead “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared we would become a captive audience. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared that we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared w... more »

He Needs Another Closet

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
https://pilzylee.wordpress.com/ When it comes to shifting blame, Stephen Harper is a past master. Last week, in the House of Commons, he suggested that Mike Duffy made an inaccurate claim about his residency. Harper implied that the whole mess currently in front of the court was Duffy's own doing. Michael Harris writes : Here is the constitutional truth about Duffy and the Senate. Both the Prime Minister and the Governor General have the obligation to assure that an appointee is eligible for an appointment to the Senate before they are...more »

"Huxley vs. Orwell"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Huxley vs. Orwell"* by Neil Postman “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one... Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism... Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance... Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivi... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

Vile viscious lesbians who were "mentally raped" over a cake exact their revenge and a new site to help Sweet Cakes by Melissa......

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*and they call us "haters?" * If you think this has nothing to do with you, you may want to think it through a bit more thoroughly. There is a war being waged on Christians and if you consider yourself a Christian, you are in the cross hairs. Next up will be an attack on the churches. Notice these vile creeps never go after a Muslim bakery or florist? State and city laws that have added homosexuality to its list of non-discrimination laws is doing nothing more than making a protected class for *behavior*. *From: The Christian Post * The recent events surrounding the court ... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread, medicine run short* *The humanitarian situation in Yemen has become catastrophic, the Red Cross said on Monday, as Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units for a second day, dashing hopes for a pause in fighting to let aid in.* *Residents said warplanes flew between 15 and 20 sorties against groups of Houthi fighters and arms depots in the al-Dhalea provincial capital, Dhalea, and the nearby city of Qa'ataba, between dawn and 0900 local time (02:00 a.m. EDT), setting off a chain of explosi... more »

Earthquake Disaster In Nepal -- News Updates April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Incredible drone footage shows the shocking extent of destruction across Kathmandu after the city was rocked by huge earthquake* ** Images show huge cracks in roads, fallen monuments and flattened buildings after 7.8-magnitude quake hit Nepal* ** Nepalese capital remains short on shelter, food, medicine and power and faces serious threat of disease outbreak* ** Footage also shows man pulled alive from rubble after being trapped under collapsed building for the last two days* ** Came as the death toll surpassed 4,000 this afternoon, with thousands injured and thousands...more »

8 States Dealing With Huge Increases in Fracking Earthquakes

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Anastasia Pantsios* - A new report, released Thursday from the USGS identified eight states in the eastern and central U.S. where fracking operations have led to dramatic increases in earthquakes. The post 8 States Dealing With Huge Increases in Fracking Earthquakes appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Pushing Destabilizing 'Missile Defense' in Asia-Pacific

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
*The Asia Pacific Phased Adaptive Approach: Current Status of the U.S. and Japanese Missile Defense, and U.S.-led Missile Defense in East Asia* By KO YOUNG DAE Solidarity for Peace and Reconciliation in Korea (SPARK) In its 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR), the Obama administration announced that it would adopt a Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) in the Asia Pacific region, but this has yet to be formalized. Platforms, such as the Patriot system and Aegis Ship, and sensors, such as diverse land-based radars, required for phase 1 of the Asia Pacific Phased Adaptive Approac... more »

One for Nigel Farage to keep note of...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
This exchange at *Biased-BBC *needs sharing: AsISeeIt April 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm A Conservative local election candidate who said she could never support “the Jew” Ed Miliband has been suspended. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-england-32482560 Nasty, nasty, xenophobic Tories!!!!! Blimey, they’re getting as bad as the UKIP – I bet this was some typical stuffy old ex-colonel from the shires in a blazer… ‘Gulzabeen Afsar, a council candidate in Derby, made the comment on Facebook. In a post, she said: “Just can’t take Mr Ed Miliband seriously!” and later said “Never ever will I... more »

How to Heal Yourself and Activate Your Chakras With Breath & Tone

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Dot Todman* - These simple, yet powerful integrative breathing exercises I've discovered can make a huge difference in your overall well being. The post How to Heal Yourself and Activate Your Chakras With Breath & Tone appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CNN*: *Nepal quake: Death toll passes 3,700 amid fears of devastation in rural areas* *The death toll in Nepal from the earthquake that struck two days ago has risen to 3,726, Nepalese police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said Monday.* *As the death toll from Nepal's worst earthquake in decades surged past 3,400 on Monday, big questions remained about the scale of the devastation in rural areas.* *The destruction in Kathmandu, the capital, is stark: Revered temples reduced to rubble, people buried in the wreckage of their homes, hospitals short on medical supplies overflowing with... more »

The Economy: “Money Worries”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Money Worries”* by James Howard Kunstler “The cynicism among the informed classes has never been so deep. Even the pompom boys in the cheerleading clubs like CNBC and The Wall Street Journal express wonderment at the levitation of stock indexes and bond values. They chatter about a “correction” of 20 percent being a healthful tonic that would clear away some dross and quickly usher in a new episode of “growth” — or growthiness, which, like truthiness, became an acceptable approximation of the real thing. The truth, as opposed to truthiness, is they no longer believe their own bul...more »

Proficiency Based Learning Invades Maine

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Emily Talmage is at Ground Zero of a big corporate education reform story that is coming to light in Maine. It involves another miseducative, money-making "efficiency" scheme. If it is not already in your state, it is coming, thanks to Gates, Lumina, and ALEC. But your teachers and parents can stop it before the blood funnel gets fully attached to your state and local education dollars. My name is Emily Talmage and I teach fourth grade at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to teaching in Lewiston, I have also taught special education and general educa... more »

American Politics: A House of Mirrors

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
By Ulson Gunnar A house of mirrors is an immersive, highly distorted and intentionally confusing version of reality. Those walking its corridors are sometimes amused and sometimes frightened by the disorienting experience, but luckily for them, it is only temporary. There is an exit, and they will walk through it, back to reality. But what if one existed their entire lives in such a distorted reality and knew of no exits? Would they convince themselves that these distorted images reflected back at them were in fact reality no matter how unnatural they appeared? Could they convin... more »

TPP = Total Plutocratic Predation

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
The fact that the Obama administration has threatened to prosecuteany member of Congress who shares the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with the public is all the proof you need that this is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad deal. Through Wikileaks, though, we’ve been made privy to its wish list of corporate power grabs. These include, but are by no means limited to: global pharmaceutical price-fixing; putting the world's casino banking cartel on a steady diet of crack cocaine; scrapping the Fair Use doctrine and the free Internet and by extension, free speech; and... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *US military plane departs for Nepal with disaster aid teams and supplies* *Pentagon says aircraft left Delaware air force base with 70 personnel and 45 tons of cargo and is due to arrive Monday in Kathmandu* *The Pentagon said on Sunday a US military plane had departed from the Dover air force base in Delaware bound for earthquake-stricken Nepal.* *Onboard were 70 personnel, including a US Agency for International Development disaster assistance response team, a Virginia-based search and rescue team and 45 tons of cargo to provide assistance to areas hit by Sat... more »

Harvest time

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Apparently some people had complained that the BBC hadn’t reported Israel’s contribution to the international aid effort after the terrible earthquake in Nepal. But they had reported it, albeit in a rather low-key fashion, lumped together with some other countries under the heading ‘pledges’. The IDF said it was sending the 260-member mission to provide immediate search and rescue assistance and medical aid. "An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with approximately 95 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel and a medical staff of 122 doctors, nurses... more »

Nazi Black [Magick] Technology, The Underground Reich and BreakawayCivilisation

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*"I figured that during the war, some new kinds of aircraft had been developed, and that this was one of them."* *George Adamski * *Flying Saucers Have Landed* *"Thus, if one takes Adamski at his word, then the "meme" of an extraterrestrial origin to this technology did not originate with Adamski himself, but from the U.S. Military."* *Joseph P. Farrell,* *Saucers, Swaztikas and Psychological Operations* *Faust * *F.W. Murrnau, 1926* *Raiders of the Lost Ark,* *Spielberg/Lucas* *1981*

The "Sweet FA Prediction Model" and The UK General Election

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 13 hours ago
[Warning: Electoral outcome spoilers ahead.] The UK has a big election coming up. Here I'll be evaluating some of the pre-election predictions after the results come in. But it turns out, that may be a futile exercise, as it appears that the results are already in. Congratulations are in order for Ed Miliband, the next PM of the United Kingdom. Let me explain. Back in 2000, Roger Mortimore, director of political analysis for Ipsos MORI, discovered a remarkable predictive relationship for the outcome of UK general elections. Elec.WinnerFA Cup holders (year of final)Shirt colour(s... more »

Vishnu Media

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*"In the vain belief that they are following the organ of their party they will, in fact, follow the flag which we hang out for them.”* “8. *Literature and journalism are two of the most important educative forces, and therefore our government will become proprietor of the majority of the journals. *This will neutralize the injurious influence of the privately-owned press and will put us in possession of a tremendous influence upon the public mind …. *If we give permits for ten journals, we shall ourselves found thirty, and so on in the same proportion. * This, however, must in no... more »

CNN Reporter Stutters Through CIA Script -- ISIS Planning Attack On America

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Bernie Suarez The latest ISIS report by mainstream media is in. As has been the case since 2014's launching of the ISIS show, CNN once again has taken the lead in being the mouthpiece of Intelligence to spread lies and deceit to the American people to set them up for a future terror event. Now we're told ISIS is supposedly here in the United States. The way that FBI and other Intelligence agencies know this is because they overheard some "chatter" somewhere. Everything else about the new ISIS threat revelation is a secret that you apparently do not need to know because the gov... more »

Iran Is Losing The War In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A rebel fighter from the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement reacts as they fire grad rockets from Idlib countryside, towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stationed at Jureen town in al-Ghab plain in the Hama countryside, April 25, 2015. The Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement is participating in an operation providing backup support for fellow rebel fighters in Jisr al-Shughour after they took control of the area. Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters *Nicholas Blanford, CSM*: *Why Iran is standing by its weakened, and expensive, ally Syria* *Iran already spends $35 billion a ... more »

“Signs That 'The Elites' Are Feverishly Preparing For Something Big”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Signs That 'The Elites' Are Feverishly Preparing For Something Big”* by Michael Snyder “What in the world are the elite up to? In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a “natural disaster” could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for “training” purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is “EMP-hardened”. In addition, government authorities have scheduled a whole host of unusual “training ex...more »

Bill Whittle: The Class of 2015: Book Burners Afraid of Matches...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*excellent.* The Leftism of today's college campuses will lead to the Fascism and Socialism of a Hitler or a Stalin. These Occupy-ers are essentially book burners.

What is the TPP? the TTIP?

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
By Derrick Broze Derrick Broze breaks down how two international trade deals threaten national sovereignty and could potentially harm various individual freedoms from Internet free speech to gun rights, all without any input from the public or their supposed representatives in government because they're secret. This is exactly how corporations usurp lawmaking authority from individual nations. How is this still conspiracy theory? Visit TheConsciousResistance.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

“14 Reasons An Economic Crash Could Trigger A Deadly Revolution”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*The storming of the Bastille. Click image for larger size.* *“14 Reasons An Economic Crash Could Trigger A Deadly Revolution”* The inequality bubble is accelerating, worse than ‘29, even 1789. By Paul B. Farrell “Good news for the richest 10%. Bad news for everybody else. The Wall Street Journal reports “the top 3% of families saw their share of total income rise to 30.5% in 2013 from 27.7% in 2010, while the bottom 90% saw their share fall.” Yes, folks, the inequality gap just keeps widening, and the new GOP budget is certain to make it even worse. The rich just keep getting richer... more »

Army Bases Falling to Islamic State In Iraq’s Anbar Province

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Islamic State has been on the offensive in Anbar for months now. They have launched large attacks across the province trying to spread out the government’s forces and seize new territory. The group has had no real success since October 2014 however, but were recently able to take a dam and several army bases, along with killing the commander of the army’s 1stDivision in the last several weeks. Starting on April 24, 2015, IS began laying siege to the barracks of the 2nd Regiment of the 1st Division in the Thar Thar area north of Fallujah. The Islamic State started with three sui... more »

THE PSEUDOJOURNALISM RULES: Ways to win friends and influence voters!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015 Part 1—Described as a bombshell report:* In the normal course of affairs, a “bombshell report” in the New York Times may influence many voters. Last Friday morning, the famous newspaper is said to have published that type of report. The piece began on the Times’ front page, under this hard-copy headline: “The Clintons, The Russians And Uranium” Inside the paper, the continuation of the report filled two entire pages—A20 and A21. In itself, the lengthy report contained 4400 words of text. On those interior pages, it was accompanied by six photographs and... more »

Another Setback For The Syrian Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Nusra Front fighters walk with their weapons in Jisr al-Shughour town, after they took control of the area, April 25, 2015. Reuters/Ammar Abdullah *Reuters*: *Islamist rebels capture army base in Syria's Idlib province* *(Reuters) - A coalition of Islamist rebels seized an army base in northwestern Syria at dawn on Monday after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives into the compound and blew it up.* *The capture, reported by a rebel commander and social media videos showing militants inside the base, brought the coalition closer to seizi... more »

Rightwing Nuthouse: “5 Most Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week: Calling on Jesus to Save Women from ‘Lesbianism’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“5 Most Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week:* * Calling on Jesus to Save Women from ‘Lesbianism’"* by Janet Allon *"1. Franklin Graham: Don’t persecute Christians. Save that for Muslims. *Franklin Graham visited Fox’s Eric Bolling for a little Obama-hating, Muslim-bashing and general over-the-top fearmongering session this week. The president, they lamented, is being silent on the persecution of Christians everywhere. They were picking up on a theme espoused by Bill O’Reilly last week, and well, every week—the War on Christians and how our secretly Muslim commander-in-chief is A-OK... more »

The Patriot Act-- Back For Another Go-Round

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
The intrinsically embarrassing nature of the Patriot Act came front and center again with the appearance on the national scene of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden. This is a mature democracy? And for Obama... how did he shift from a senator so eloquently critical of unconstitutional surveillance practices to a chief proponent of expanding them? In his book The Edward Snowden Affair, Michael Gurnow looked at how Obama was forced to make a fuss about the Patriot Act once Russia granted Snowden political asylum. The first is "reforms to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act" even though "[I]t ... more »

Things you should be reading today

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*A woman collects oysters in a nearly dry riverbed.* Some great stuff out this weekend from some of my favorite people in Taiwan. First, my friend Courtney Donovan Smith publishes at China Policy Institute on the Taishang and the absentee ballot: explaining why the KMT supports the youth vote: There are a few things wrong with this picture. First, the pan-greens have gone all out to get the youth to vote. After all, they voted overwhelming in their favor in the 9-in-1 election and usually do very well in this demographic. Conversely, the KMT does poorly with the young at the best o... more »

Arab Youths No Longer See Israel As The Biggest Problem In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Palestinians clash with troops in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday following the death of an Israeli soldier. Photograph: Mussa Issa Qawasma/Reuters *Evelyn Gordon, Commentary*: Young Arabs Agree: Israel Isn’t Arab World’s Major Problem *One of the most positive strategic developments for Israel of the past few years has been its marked improvement in relations with significant parts of the Arab world. Three years ago, for instance, the most cockeyed optimist wouldn’t have predicted a letter like Israel received this week from a senior official of the Free Syrian Army, who... more »

Is The N.S.A.’s Warrantless Spying Program A Waste of Time?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.’s Warrantless Spying* *WASHINGTON — The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows.The document is a lengthy report on a once secret N.S.A. program code-named Stellarwind. The report was a joint project in 2009 by inspectors general for five intellig... more »

CENTCOM Announces ISIL Targets Damaged/Destroyed By Coalition Airstrikes In Iraq And Syria As Of April 23, 2015.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
.@CENTCOM announces #ISIL targets damaged/destroyed by coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as of April 23, 2015. pic.twitter.com/YVBUoccXuP — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) April 26, 2015 *WNU Editor*: They are not releasing any body counts .... but with this type of bombing I suspect that it is high.

15 Plants That Teach Us Sacred Geometry

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Josh Richardson* - The role of the Fibonacci sequence in the growth of plants is an intriguing example of the unifying order behind all creation. The post 15 Plants That Teach Us Sacred Geometry appeared first on Waking Times.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*What Harvard Students Pushing Fossil Fuel Divestment Are Missing* A movement has sprung up on many college campuses urging schools to divest their endowment funds of any companies that produce fossil fuels. The protesters argue we must dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuels used each year in order to prevent climate change. In their view, schools have a moral imperative to purge their portfolios of companies that produce such fuels. So far 22 U.S. colleges and universities have agreed to protesters’ divestment demands. Now the multi-million dollar organizations backing th... more »

Another Israeli strike on Syria? Right at the border against "Terrorists"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
I had doubts about the first one- *But this one, which Israel admits too... I DO NOT believe this news, as presented, at all!* Israel controls this border area with the Golan heights. *Only their militants get in and out.* One reason this story may have appeared in the media is so Israel can claim there is a threat at their border- When there has never been a threat at their border! So many people, including myself have pointed out the obvious collusion between Israel and their Islamic allies-* That Israel needed something to happen to cover for it's malfeasance and shore up it's ... more »

THIS Is Why The US Is Insanely Wanting War With Russia And Iran: Iran And Russia Officially Ditch The US Dollar

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
I have constantly been saying again and again that the day was coming when nations would officially ditch the US dollar as their reserve currency... When that day would finally come, there would be hell to pay because other nations would quickly follow suit and with US dollars no longer needed by nations, much of that currency would flood home to the United States causing severe economic uncertainty in the US itself with possible hyper-inflation to follow.... The US Government was hell bent on making sure that day would never come and has many times threatened war to prevent the col... more »

HPV Vaccines and Their Devastating Legacies

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - Well, if there ever were a vaccine that should scare the living daylights out of everyone, it is the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine. The post HPV Vaccines and Their Devastating Legacies appeared first on Waking Times.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*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. Obama perhaps thinks natural gas has become too cheap in America so wants to drive the price up by opening export demand for it. It could also be an attempt to shaft Putin by taking away his markets. I think that might be the main motive* 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 ... more »

The Holocaust - "Let no one say that these things were not real"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
English MP Mrs. Mavis Tate shows proof of the holocaust with shots from her visit to a German concentration camp. Taken from the original 1945 British Pathe newsreel "German Atrocities - Proof". This Pathe newsreel showed the world at the time what atrocities had been committed. The MP, Mavis Tate describes eloquently what she saw at Buchenwald concentration camps. The Holocaust - "Let no one say that these things were not real" Maybe the holocaust deniers who occasionally infest my Twitter feed should learn some history.

A Falling Out Between Russian President Putin And Chechen Leader Kadyrov?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Participants hold a cartoon depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as they attend a "Russian March" demonstration on National Unity Day in Moscow November 4, 2012. Reuters *Jason Bush, Reuters: **Moscow to investigate amid struggle over Chechen authority* *(Reuters) - Russia announced on Saturday it would investigate the shooting dead of a Chechen that has highlighted tensions between central police authorities and a hardline Chechen regional leader brought in by President Vladimir Putin to quell separatism.* *Police from the neighboring ... more »

A Look At 18 Hotly Contested Islands In The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A South Korean navy vessel participates in a defense drill near Dokdo on the East Sea, July 30, 2008. *Business Insider*: *The 18 most hotly contested islands in the world* *More than ever, islands — and the resources beneath them — are the focus of geopolitical tensions between nations around the world.* *The biggest disputes range from the Arctic to Croatia to north of Samoa, and some of the competing claims were made centuries ago. * *WNU Editor*: A good list of islands that now find themselves in the middle of a territorial dispute. The South China Sea territorial dispute is on... more »

AEC 12: Workshop on Trade Liberalization at the APF 2015, Kuala Lumpur

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
Last week, April 23, I was one of three speakers in a workshop on trade and investment liberalization in the ASEAN organized by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET), during the ASEAN People's Forum (APF) 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two other speakers were Prof. Cris Lingle of the University of Fernando Marruquin (Guatemala) and Center for Civil Society (CCS, India), and Datuk Ravindran Palaniappan of Malaysia's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI). Photo below from left: Cris, me, Datuk Ravindran, an... more »

Why Did this NFL Center Become a Farmer? See His Uplifting Story

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video - *Steve Hartman interviews Jason Brown, once the highest-paid center in the US NFL, who turned his back on the sport he loved and became a farmer committed to feeding the hungry. The post Why Did this NFL Center Become a Farmer? See His Uplifting Story appeared first on Waking Times.

Russia Exposes Rarely-Seen US Spy Satellite Images

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Zero Hedge:* *Russia Deploys Tactical Drones In The Arctic, Exposes Rarely-Seen US Spy Satellite Images* *While the USA is busy killing US civilians and terrorists with its drone program, Russia is set to deploy its own Orlan-10 drones in the oil- and gas-rich Arctic region (reportedly to monitor the climate situation). As SputnikNews reports, Colonel Aleksandr Gordeev stated "the drones' task is to maintain impartial control of the situation in the Russian sector of the Arctic, including the ecological and ice situation in the adjoining sea areas and along the Northern Sea Route.... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( April 27 , 2015 ) Greece Updates ( Was the Tsipras - Merkel call due to Dramatic situation in Greece , Note dramatic shake- up on Greece Negotiation Team as well as within Finance Ministry ( Varoufakis effectively sidelined ) ...... Japan gets downgrade to A by Fitch .... Italy - lost in stagnation by Ed Hugh ...... China Stock Market bubbilicious Bubble yuan acontender to make IMF Basket in 2016 , .... Ukraine economy sinking like stones - Industrial production for March - falls 17 percent !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets.... *fred walton* @fredwalton216 · 54s54 seconds ago fred walton retweeted Kathimerini English Dramatic situation in Greece ? fred walton added, *Kathimerini English *@ekathimerini Berlin silent on content of Merkel-Tsipras chat amid claims of 'dramatic' situation http://dlvr.it/9YzzgN *fred walton* @fredwalton216 · 5m5 minutes ago fred walton retweeted Eleni Varvitsiotis Another shift in responsibilities - Houliarakis to head Brussels Group Negotiations fred walton added, *Eleni Varvitsiotis* @Elbarbie Good news: Head of the Brussels Group negotiations G. Houliarakis. ... more »

US Worried About Losing Dominance in Space

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
CBS TV show *60 Minutes* takes a dive and does a puff-piece on behalf of the US Space Command who wants more *$$$$* to "protect their military satellites" that allow them to have full spectrum dominance. Note the person from the organization (Secure World Foundation) supposedly working to prevent an arms race in space who mostly carries water for the Space Command program during the TV segment. Space junk is a huge problem and in the video they try to pin alot of it on the Chinese but I can assure you that the collective trash from all space faring nations has been a problem fo... more »

Journalist Peroutka did, top intellectuals often do fail in crises

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
For three months, Czech newspapers have been regularly writing texts about a not too important detail while the deeper "story" underlying the detail has been almost entirely ignored. In late January, president Zeman gave a speech (CZ) commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. *Ferdinand Peroutka* He said that people may agree that the Holocaust was terrible but most of the people love to oversimplify and flatten the actual reasons that have led to the Holocaust (and similar bad things). Zeman mentioned three respected people as his... more »

CIA arrested on Mexican border with 1300lbs of Cocaine!!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
Here's a Giggle for your Monday Morning!! love d Two CIA Agents Arrested by Minutemen while Crossing Mexican Border with 1300 Pounds of Cocaine April 23rd, 2015 | by Barbara Johnson [image: Two CIA Agents Arrested by Minutemen while Crossing Mexican Border with 1300 Pounds of Cocaine] Controversy 35 FacebookTwitter*18.6k* *El Paso| A group of minutemen watching the Mexican Border for illegal migrants and drug traffickers, have proceeded to the citizen arrest of two men in an SUV, carrying 1300 pounds of cocaine. The volunteers were completely astonished when the two arrestees pulle... more »

Andrew Marr lied to the Prime Minister, he was found out and had to issue a grudging apology

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Andrew Marr lied to the Prime Minister, he was found out and had to issue a grudging apology Of course last week's claim went uncorrected at the time, so at least some of the mud slung stuck. So job done BBC, get the message out - VOTE LABOUR

Seoul to Deploy New Guided Missiles Next Year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: 70 mm (2.75 in) MRS(Multiple Rocket System)]South Korea will station newly developed guided missiles on the western coast next year designed to attack North Korean hovercraft during a possible invasion. The Agency for Defense Development said it took three years and W70 billion (US$1=W1,080) to develop the 70-mm guided missiles. "The missile successfully hit its target in a fourth test recently," an official at the agency said. "After more tests until August, we plan to deploy the missiles on Baeknyeong and Yeonpyeong islands" in the West Sea. Read more

Alan Pascoe wins gold in the 1974 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles but then fails his encore

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
I just about remember this happening live, or do I? Maybe I remember seeing it post the event.

Russian Air Defense Units Successfully Fire S-300 Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: S-300 Triumf]The launches were held last week and included control fire of the S-300 missile system as well as its modifications. “During tactical exercises with live fire, of which 60 percent of them were held at the Kapustin Yar [Testing Range] at night, problems of perfecting practical skills of the units’ command, bringing the military staff on high combat readiness, the organization of joint activity and an overall requalification of military coordination and training for the military personnel was held,” the press service said. The Russian military unit was deployed fr... more »

Defence groups quiet on anti-corruption measures

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]Two-thirds of defence companies show little or no evidence of having programmes to combat corruption, according to an extensive study of the industry. Dassault Aviation, a key partner for Britain in the development of unmanned fighter aircraft, is among the worst in disclosing what it does to prevent corrupt practices, said Transparency International in its second anti-corruption report to be published on Monday. The two-year study measures the transparency and quality of anti-corruption programmes in 163 defence companies around the world. Dassault declined ... more »

Operational J-15s loaded onto Liaoning aircraft carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: J-15 Flying Shark]The People's Liberation Army has begun loading operational J-15 carrier-based fighter jets onto the Liaoning, China's first and only aircraft carrier, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. Recently leaked photos reveal that four J-15s, developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation and the 601 Institute, have been moved onto the Liaoning, which sources indicate will eventually be able to carry up to 24 fighter jets of similar size. Unconfirmed reports state that the Liaoning conducted its first naval drills for 2015 between April 10 and April 18... more »

THAAD not Seoul’s only option to deter North Korea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991)]With the developments North Korea has made in its ballistic missile program in the past several years, ballistic missile defense has become a high priority for both South Korea and the United States. While both can agree that defending against the missile threat is critical, the U.S. and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) have had differing opinions regarding the depth and scope of that defense. The Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interceptor has been at the center of that disagreement over the past several months, but it ... more »

Gibraltar could be the next base for Britain's nuclear submarines as part of a £3billion move if SNP succeeds in ejecting Trident

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Gibraltar could be the new home of Britain's nuclear submarines if the SNP succeeds in ridding Scotland of Trident. Moving the nation's nuclear deterrent to the British territory could cost £3billion and take 10 years to complete, it was reported. The SNP want to eject Trident from Scotland, but both the Conservatives and Labour have committed to retaining the base on the Clyde. Read more

Lunar Mascon Conjecture

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I am currently working through material that argues and supports the artificial aspect of the moon. I expect to break it up into sections for comment and to post it all shortly. This has led to an important conjecture that we will report on here. As i have posted earlier, we have recently discovered that we can alter the gravitational effect of Dark Matter by flooding it with coherent radiation derived from stimulating Dark Matter and using water as a wave guide. We have not yet shown this effect using any other material but expect to do so. This leads us the the conjectur... more »

Attempt to Silence and Intimidate Doctor Oz has Spectacularly Backfired.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I had little expectation that the scurrilous attack on Dr Oz would do more that wrap fish in a week or two. However it was so ill conceived that it earned real push back from Dr Oz who after all has his own bully pulpit to beat lazy reporters into submission. What it has done is make the Biotech propaganda department the issue. These folks have been shameless liars forever right back to day one with Roundup and the Tobacco industry. Add in sophisticated manipulation by media savvy operators and here we are today trying to take down Dr Oz, not for some of his so so nutrition... more »

Religion With No Name

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an important piece and the only difference between my enquiries on this linage is that I at least would have beren looking for evidence in the literature because we are uncovering the original sacred understanding of the Atlantean world itself which acted as a melting pot for knowledge before it was handed on through the Greeks and the Indians. That knowledge is disguised is no surprise either as this was common then. An associate has had wonderful success lopcating two thousand year old sciencevfrom China and let us not forget John Churchward's pronouncements on the natu... more »

Vaccine Lies Deconstructed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: vaccine] The vaccine protocol is an astounding success when it is correctly applied. Such a success in fact that it becomes a profit machine and then you must solve the far harder problem of supply. That inevitably opens the door for fraud to keep the cash flowing. Welcome to corporate nature 101. Now we are set up for serious pandemics of diseases long since thought to be under control. The big surprise will be a global pandemic of measles which is already beginning. Science is never easy and far more so in terms of biology. Read this and weep. It is not good news ... more »

(Animals Killed/Kill)  Who's Who?  (Koch Joke Poked)  PEN Pinned  (Why Would DEA Agents Get Only Wrist Slap for Sex/Drug Parties?  Drug Cartels Didn’t Have to Foot Party Bills - Sucker American Taxpayer Gladly Fund the Orgies) Recap:  Quick White GOP Jumps Over Lazy Brown Voters  (Metaphorically, Of Course)

"If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say." - Ghostbusters Friends, remember to watch "Thomas Linzey - Earth Risk 2014" on Link TV whenever you get a chance. It will bring a smile to your quivering lips. Empirists smirk from sidelines. How did we allow them to steal our future? Hands Off The Lancet targets humanitarian war defenders. Deceit Billed as Openness

Musical Interlude: The Corrs, "Lough Erin Shore"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
The Corrs, "Lough Erin Shore" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u87txE-OYdg

Musical Interlude: Amethystium, "Hymnody"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Amethystium, "Hymnody" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVjYX4-LZx4

Top Jewish leader claims entire Western world culpable for "Holocaust"

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 23 hours ago
Ronald Lauder, the President of the World Jewish Congress and *a key figure involved in the privatization scheme* to transfer the WTC complex to Jewish billionaire Larry Silverstein prior to 9/11, recently declared that the world is *"descending into the same, dangerous hell where we found ourselves before,"* referring of course to the alleged "persecution of the Jews" and *the fake Jewish "Holocaust" narrative* during WWII. After essentially stating that the Jews are on the brink of another "Holocaust," Lauder went on to claim that every single European country, along with the Unit... more »

DARPA Has Shown That The A-10 Can be Replaced By A Robot (Sort Of)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The A-10 Warthog is perhaps the most fearsome attack fighter in the U.S. Air Force arsenal. Could it be any scarier if it were a robot? Photo: Wikimedia Commons. *Motley Fool:* *DARPA: Could a Robot Replace the A-10 Warthog?* *The U.S. Air Force wants hit the eject button on the A-10 Warthog and replace it with a modern fighter jet. In furtherance of that goal, USAF has tossed out every possible excuse you can imagine to get rid of America's No. 1 tank-busting aircraft. To date, the Air Force has proposed replacing the A-10 with:* * * $100 million-plus F-35 stealth fighter jets f... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Northrop Grumman's teaser for the Long Range Strike-Bomber. *Bloomberg editorial*: *The Pentagon's Next Long-Range Boondoggle?* *In the next few months, the U.S. Air Force will decide which military contractor will win the right to charge the government for billions in cost overruns for the next few decades. Oh, and the winner will have to build a new bomber, too.* *They are separate but related questions: How exactly does the military plan to avoid the fiasco that was the previous long-range bomber project, which resulted in a cut from a planned fleet of 132 to just 20? More imp... more »

The NSA Has Put Up A Website Dedicated To Kids

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Screenshot from the NSA website. *The Verge*: *The NSA made a coloring book for kids* *Its target demographic is "America's cryptokids"* *Last week we met Dunk, the NSA's captivatingly weird Earth Day mascot, and now it looks like he's not the only anthropomorphic creature in the NSA family. Dan Raile at Pando Daily went to the RSA security conference last week, and returned with a prize: an NSA-themed coloring book.* *The book, America's CryptoKids: Future Codemakers and Cokebreakers, tells the story of a team of talking animals, who, when they're not spying on you, spend their t... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Galactic or open star clusters are young. These swarms of stars are born together near the plane of the Milky Way, but their numbers steadily dwindle as cluster members are ejected by galactic tides and gravitational interactions. In fact, this bright open cluster, known as M46, is around 300 million years young. It still contains a few hundred stars within a span of 30 light-years or so. Located about 5,000 light-years away toward the constellation Puppis, M46 also seems to contain contradictions to its youthful status. *Click image for larger size.* In this pretty starscape, the ... more »

"There Is A Theory..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams

Free Download: Olaf Stapledon, "Star Maker"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Free Download: "Star Maker" By Olaf Stapledon "Stapledon undertakes the immense task of describing the entire history of life in the universe. It dwarfs in scale even his 1930 book "Last and First Men," which is a history of the human species over two billion years. It tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator. The narrator starts with a concern at the clash of ideas on Earth and finds analogies to both communism and fascism among the aliens he visits. A pervading theme is that of progressi... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “A Momentary Stay”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Momentary Stay”* by Chet Raymo “This from a review of Paul Muldoon's new book of poetry, "Maggot", by Nick Laird, in the June 23, 2010 "New York Review of Books". It seems Muldoon was heckled by an audience member who claimed that what he was reading wasn't poetry. Muldoon replied: "It doesn't come naturally to me to defend these things as poems. As a concept, I see it like this: the word "poetry," as you know, means "making," so these are constructs in the world…One is trying to construct something that will help us to make sense of things, and a construct, or building even, l... more »

"I Don't Pretend..."

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

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

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

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

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

Former President Bush Bashes President Obama's Middle East Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Bush is seen here in 2008 with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The Telegraph *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East* *In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.* *One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner... more »

Former President Bush Bashes President Obama's Middle East Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Bush is seen here in 2008 with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The Telegraph *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East* *In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.* *One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner... more »

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

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *Rapper and activist Prince Ea lays it out how avoiding human GMOs - friend that are greedy, miserable, obnoxious, etc. - can help you become a better version of yourself. The post After Hearing This, You May Want to Get Rid of Most of Your Friends appeared first on Waking Times.

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

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

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