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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

12 May - Blogs I'm Following

11:10pm MDST

A Shift In U.S. Policy Towards Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft (L) watches at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Russia May 12, 2015 (Reuters / Joshua Roberts) *Sputnik: **Kerry: Poroshenko Should 'Think Twice' Before Using Force in Donbass* *Following an extensive six hour discussion between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and President Putin, Kerry stressed that any Ukrainian efforts to seize the Donetsk Airport through force would violate the Minsk P... more »

U.S. - Russian Discussions End With No Breakthrough

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 minutes ago
*Voice of America:* *US, Russia Talk Cooperation, but No Breakthroughs * *Top U.S. and Russian officials said they hoped to work together on contentious issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offered no sign of concrete progress after more than eight hours of talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.* *U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for more than four hours each with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss topics including the Iran nuclear talks as well as the civil strife in Yemen and Libya.* *WNU Editor: *I... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Indoor plants

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour 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 »

U.S. Marine Helicopter With Eight Aboard Missing In Nepal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. Marine helicopter with eight aboard missing in Nepal quake zone* *A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter was declared missing on Tuesday with six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers aboard as it was ferrying rice and tarps to earthquake victims in rugged terrain in Nepal, near a town hard hit by the latest deadly aftershocks.* *Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said reports from the field indicated the helicopter's crew was overheard talking about fuel problems before U.S. military officials lost contact with the light attack helicopter.* *A 90-minute searc... more »

Two titles to be found in first characters of each line

risa bear at A Way to Live - 2 hours ago
(*Praying for rain*) Perhaps the seedlings were better off inside, Really. She's never sure what's best for them, All down the years trying peat pots, blocks, Yanking down flats from storage, penciling markers, Ingratiating herself with baked soils, Now trying perlite, vermiculite, moss, Getting out lamps and heaters, rotating flats, Fighting intruding snails, mice and rats Or even knotweed and morning-glories Running their tendrils up through brick. Right now, she wishes she hadn't hurried. All her helpless babies in cracked clay! If it doesn't rain tonight, she tells herself, Never ag... more »

Hersh on Bin Laden Murder

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
According to legendary journalist Seymour Hersh, the US fabricated several key claims regarding the 2011 mission in which a US Navy SEAL team killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Hersh reveals all the details in interview with RT.

Iran Is Ready to Accept Lower Oil Prices In Exchange For A Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field, owned jointly by Iran and Qatar, are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast, May 27, 2006. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl *Jan H. Kalicki, Reuters*: *How an Iran nuclear deal means cheaper oil and why Tehran is OK with that* *Reuters: The nuclear framework agreement reached with Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland, was an important milestone. Now detailed negotiations will focus on crucial details relating to safeguards and lifting international sanctions. Ending sanctions, however, leads to another critical part of... more »

Plato’s Cave: An Explanation of Reality and Awakening

WTStaff at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Video - *Here is an animated version of Plato's Cave, the most popular, most insightful attempt to explain reality as we know it. The post Plato’s Cave: An Explanation of Reality and Awakening appeared first on Waking Times.

Well, Tom Brady still has his agent in his corner -- plus the Big Rat Bastard Gummer of NJ

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*It's hard to believe the Pulitzer people still haven't found a category to honor memorable writing like this.* *by Ken* It's Dropping of the Other Shoe Week hereabouts. Yesterday I reported that now-former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean "The Indicted (And My Boy Too)" Skelos, whose caucus was so solidly behind him in the belief that hell no, he didn't hafta step down, has in fact stepped down, because enough members of that caucus had paid brief visits to reality and discovered that reality was kind of killing them. Today we report the aftermath of another development... more »

60 Plus Israeli Soldiers Tell The Truth About Israel’s War Crimes In Gaza

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Arjun Walia* - A new report based on the testimonies of more than 60 Israeli soldiers is making its way around the web. The post 60 Plus Israeli Soldiers Tell The Truth About Israel’s War Crimes In Gaza appeared first on Waking Times.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Orchestra agrees to give money back to Library Foundation ~WWLTV*

The Event

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *With Plane Delivery, Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already* *With a deadline to end nuclear negotiations less than two months away, the crippling sanctions against Iran are already beginning to collapse. The latest evidence came over the weekend when nine used commercial airliners arrived in Iran to bolster the fleet of Mahan Air.* *The U.S. has threatened to sanction western companies that sell planes to Iran, although a prohibition against Iran acquiring airplane spare parts was lifted in an interim agreement signed with Iran at the end of 2013. U.S. officia... more »

Sept. 11th 1975

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago

Iranian Warships Will Accompany Aid Ships To Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CNN: Pentagon*: *'Absolutely unnecessary' for Iran warships to escort vessel to Yemen* *Washington (CNN)The Pentagon is calling on Iran not to unload humanitarian supplies in Yemen but rather dock a ship full of relief items in next door Djibouti, where the United Nations is setting up a supply hub.* *If the Iranians are "planning some sort of stunt," perhaps using the ship to deliver weapons, that would be "unhelpful," Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters Tuesday.* *A U.S. defense official separately told CNN that the current intelligence indicates there are no w... more »


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

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“What if you could stand at the top of a volcano and peer out across the universe? If the timing is right, you might see an amazing panorama like the one featured here. In this case, the volcano is the Hawaii's Mauna Kea, and the time was a clear night last summer In the foreground of this south-facing panorama lies a rugged landscape dotted with rocks and hardy plants. Slightly above and further out, a white blanket of clouds spreads horizontally to the horizon, seemingly dividing heaven and Earth. City lights illuminate the clouds and sky on the far left, while orange lava in the ... more »

The Poet: Emily Dickinson, “Much Madness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Much Madness”* by Emily Dickinson “Much madness is divinest sense To a discerning eye; Much sense the starkest madness. ’Tis the majority In this, as all, prevails. Assent, and you are sane; Demur- you’re straightway dangerous, And handled with a chain.”

Anthropology: "What is Cueva de las Manos?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"What is Cueva de las Manos?"* by Wikipedia "Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is a cave located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south from the town of Perito Moreno, within the borders of the Francisco P. Moreno National Park, which includes many sites of archaeological and paleontological importance. The Cave lies in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape, some 100 km (62 mi) from the main road, National Route 40. It is famous (and gets its name) for the paintings of hands, made by the indigenou... more »

Chet Raymo, “A Chancy Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“A Chancy Universe”* by Chet Raymo "It's hard not to like Wendell Berry. Farmer, poet, philosopher, ecologist, economist. Champion of perennial values rooted in land and faith. Speaker of truth to power. What's not to like? Yet I do not always find myself in full sympathy with Berry, as for example on the occasion of his dueling books with E. O. Wilson. Or as I read his poem "By Chance, Of Course" in the February, 2009 issue of "Harper's Magazine". I wish I could quote the entire poem here, or that it was available without subscription on Harper's website. But let me try to convey... more »

Social Security-- Still A Target For Conservative Predators

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
Conservatives have never been boosters of Social Security. Republicans and right-wing Democrats decried it as socialism back in the 1930s. Disgracefully, Southern "Democrats" only agreed to support it at all when they were able to exclude most African-Americans. The legislation was immensely popular among the voting public and after delaying it and watering it down as best they could, dozens of Republicans in fear of the electorate went along and voted for it in the end. The Social Security Act of 1935 passed in the House on April 19, 1935 by a vote of 372-33 (+ 2 Members voting "... more »

Quote of the day: On what liberty is *for*

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*"By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. Liberty and good government do not exclude each other; and there are excellent reasons why they should go together. Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. It is not for the sake of a good public administration that it is required, but for security in the pursuit of the highest objects of civil society, and of private life." *-- Lord Acton in his "The Hist... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Cat Stevens, "Sad Lisa"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Cat Stevens, "Sad Lisa" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mn9cEJjJZE

11 Common Symptoms of the Global Depopulation Slow Kill

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Sigmund Fraud* - To be sick is the new normal, and to be healthy is outstanding and unusual. The post 11 Common Symptoms of the Global Depopulation Slow Kill appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Had frank discussions with President #Putin & FM #Lavrov on key issues including #IranTalks, #Syria, #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/KDHrXgB0oH — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 12, 2015 *Adam Chandler, The Atlantic:* *Why Is John Kerry in Russia?* *The Secretary of State went to Sochi on Tuesday to meet with Vladimir Putin for the first direct talks in two years.Tuesday seemed like a particularly strange day for Secretary of State John Kerry to pay the highest-level U.S. visit to Russia in nearly two years. The ceasefire in Ukraine hasn’t stopped the daily violence between pro-Russian se...more »

World News Briefs -- May 12, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Cease-fire between Saudi-led coalition, Houthi rebels begins in Yemen* *Prior to start, Saudi-led coalition bombs killed as many as 90 people in a single raid of a rocket base, authorities say* *With cargo ships poised to launch a desperately needed aid operation in embattled Yemen, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire began Tuesday night, just hours after Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck against Houthi rebels and their allies.* *It wasn't immediately clear if the two sides were honoring the cease-fire, which began at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT), but only hour... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- May 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Raids hit Yemen capital, Iran sends cargo ship * *Saudi-led air strikes hit the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday hours before a five-day humanitarian truce was set to begin, and Washington cautioned against "provocative actions" after Iran dispatched a cargo ship to Yemen.The United States said it was tracking Iranian warships accompanying the vessel bound for the port of Hodaida, and urged Iran instead to use a U.N. distribution hub in Djibouti to provide help to people in the war-damaged Arabian Peninsula country."We're certainly tracking this convoy cl... more »

There Is No Fatah-Hamas Unity

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, left; Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, right Photo from San Francisco Sentinel *Deutsceh Welle*: *Fatah-Hamas unity in tatters* *A year after signing a reconciliation deal, the Fatah-Hamas unity government is in disarray as Fatah continues to loses support in the West Bank to Hamas. Mel Frykberg reports from Ramallah. * *The fluid and rapidly changing dynamics of politics in the Middle East, where allegiances can shift dramatically, is impacting Palestinian politics and the biggest loser appears to be the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Authority (PA) ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Engordany, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Encouraging Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' The danger lies in refusing to face ... more »

Slavs Don't Own Any Newspapers

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
"The German racists assigned the Slavs to the lowest rank of human life, from which the Jews were altogether excluded. The Germans thus looked upon Slavs as people not fit to be educated, not able to govern themselves, worthy only as slaves whose existence would be justified because they served their German masters. Hitler's racial policy with regard to the Slavs, to the extent that it was formulated, was "depopulation." The Slavs were to be prevented from procreating, except to provide the necessary continuing supply of slave laborers." *— Lucy Dawidowicz, * *The Holocaust an... more »

"Cutting Cords: A Sense of Closure"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Cutting Cords: A Sense of Closure"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Sometimes the emotions we are feeling belong to the person we are in a connection with and an energetic cord must be severed. In every relationship, people are constantly exchanging energy that can become a chord connecting two people. This energetic cord forms just below the breastbone and can remain long after a relationship has ended. This unbroken cord may leave an open channel between you and another person, through which emotions and energy can continue to flow. If you are unaware that the chord exists, it ...more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Courageous is the soul who adventures into time and space to learn of their divinity. For while they cannot lose, they can think they have, and the loss will seem intolerable. And while they cannot fail, they can think they have, and the pain will seem unbearable. And while they cannot ever be less than they truly are- powerful, eternal, and love - they can think they are, and all hope will seem lost. And therein lies their test. A test of perceptions: of what to focus on, of what to believe in, in spite of appearances. Courageous indeed... the pride of the Universe, and I should ... more »

Satire: "Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans"* by Andy Borowitz MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – "Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports. The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them. “These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process informati... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Himmler Telegram Kept and Destroyed by Me"

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
"Himmler Telegram Kept and Destroyed by Me." - Timewatch : Himmler, Hitler and the End of the Reich from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"During our interview the Prime Minister mentioned that [Heinrich] Himmler appeared to be trying to show that he wasn't so bad as painted, and [the] PM said, if it would save further expenditure of life, he would be prepared to spare even Himmler. * *I suggested there were plenty of islands he could be sent to."* *Personal Diary Entry,* *Admiral Sir A B* *First Sea Lord * *April 1945* "On August 31, 1944, the head of MI6 forwarded to the prime minister, ... more »

The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT |Author Smadar Lavie speaks on the Israeli elections and the Mizrahi predicament

Alice Embree at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
By The Rag Blog | The Rag Blog | May 12, 2015 What: Smadar Lavie discusses her book, ‘Wrapped in the Flag of Israel’ Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015 Time: 4-6 p.m. Where: Resistencia Bookstore Address: 4926 E. Cesar Chavez, … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* |Author Smadar Lavie speaks on the Israeli elections and the Mizrahi predicament

Supplemental: Mr. O shoots Schweizer down!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015The Times won’t follow suit:* For ourselves, we first heard the claim on The Five, on April 30. The Clinton Foundation only spends ten percent of its money on charitable ventures! On Monday, May 4, we heard Mary Katharine Ham repeat the claim on The O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly had said that the FBI should investigation the foundation. Right on cue, the scripted Ham repeated that hot new claim: O’REILLY (5/4/15): You don't get any evidence unless you investigate. Right, Mary Katherine? Don't you have to investigate before the evidence surfaces? HAM: Yes. I agre... more »

Roswell Slides Statement by Tom Carey with Note from Don Schmitt

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 8 hours ago
(Blogger’s note: Yes, I said there would be nothing more about the Roswell Slides, but I also said that if there was a statement issued by Tom and Don, I would publish it without editorial comment. There is a statement that Tom issued. Before it was published elsewhere, Don had asked for a couple of modifications. That statement was published before Don asked for the changes. This is the statement, slightly modified from the original version. Don made the changes.) Don Schmitt We believe that the recently released "reading" of the placard by the so-called "Roswell Slides Research Gr... more »

Israeli General: No Obvious Alternative To Hamas In Gaza

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
GOC Southern Command Sami Turgeman. (Photo: Motti Kimchi) *The Guardian*: *No obvious alternative to Hamas in Gaza, says top Israeli general* *Sami Turgeman, head southern command, counters views of rightwing Israeli politicians that Palestinian territory should have been taken by force in 2014 war* *One of Israel’s most senior military officers has said there is no obvious alternative to Hamas’s rule in Gaza and that deposing the Islamist group in the coastal strip cannot be achieved quickly .* *The comments by Maj Gen Sami Turgeman, the head of Israel’s southern command, were a... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Has Crashed In The Persian Gulf, Crew Rescued

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. A Super Hornet from the squadron crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. US Navy Photo *USNI News*:* Updated: Navy Super Hornet Crashes in Persian Gulf, Crew Safely Recovered * *An U.S. Navy F/A-18 F Super Hornet has crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday at about 9:30 A.M. EST, Navy official told USNI News this afternoon.* *The crew onboard the two-person Boeing strike fighter ejected out of the aircraft and w... more »

Burundi On The Edge Of Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Burundi protests rage as regional leaders prepare to meet* *Leaders of East African Community to hold emergency summit after more than 20 people killed in two weeks of protests* *Police opened fire on protesters in Burundi where the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is defying international pressure to end his bid for a third term.* *One protester died in the clashes with police in the capital, Bujumbura, and two others were reported killed overnight in a grenade explosion. In two weeks of anti-government demonstrations, more than 20 people have been killed.* *Leade... more »

Lessons From Iraq Help US Troops Train Ukrainians (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Newsweek*: *Video: U.S. Soldiers Train Ukraine Troops* *At a former Soviet military base outside of the western Ukrainian town of Lviv, about 300 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is based in Vicenza, Italy, are training the Ukrainian National Guard.* *The six-month U.S. training exercise, called Fearless Guardian, officially began on April 20. The training is focused on both teaching individual skills and modeling the institution of the Ukrainian National Guard on the U.S. military.* *Update: *Battle Tested, Ukraine Troops Now Get U.S. Basic Trainin... more »

"A Big Problem Is Brewing Behind 'The Scenes': Pentagon Admits To Prepping For Mass Civil Unrest"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"A Big Problem Is Brewing Behind 'The Scenes': * *Pentagon Admits To Prepping For Mass Civil Unrest"* by Dave Kranzler "It’s unfortunate that the majority of people in the United States refuse to accept anything that’s not spoon-fed to them by the mainstream media or admitted “trustful” by politicians and business elitists. But the sign-posts of collapse are planted everywhere for anyone willing to put forth the effort to read them. I have not fully decided if the mass-engendered impulse to ignore reality is a product of sheer stupidity, slothful ignorance or willful denial. Most... more »

Plasma Power – A Limitless Source of Clean Energy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Emma Bailey* - Neon signs, some believe, hold the secret to the future of the earth. The post Plasma Power – A Limitless Source of Clean Energy appeared first on Waking Times.

"American Cops Are More Heavily Armed than Front Line U.S. Combat Soldiers In Active War Zones"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"American Cops Are More Heavily Armed than Front Line* * U.S. Combat Soldiers In Active War Zones"* by George Washington "Rafael Rivera- who served in the U.S. Army for seven years- writes: "The police in Ferguson have better armor and weaponry than my men and I did in the middle of a war." And Ferguson isn’t alone-police departments across the US are armed for war. The Hill notes: "Senator] McCaskill pointed out that in some places local police departments are more heavily armed than the National Guard." Business Insider points out: "Someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborn... more »

“Tax Donkeys: Rich Enough to Pay Most of the Taxes, Not Rich Enough to Buy Politicians”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Tax Donkeys: Rich Enough to Pay Most of the Taxes, * *Not Rich Enough to Buy Politicians”* by Charles Hugh Smith "How many times do you have to get hit over the head until you figure out who's hitting you?" - Harry S. Truman “Real political representation must be bought, just like everything else in a market economy. Mike Swanson (Wall Street Window) and I were discussing the difference between the 1% who earn $360,000 annually and up and those in the Oligarchy class- the .01% (our podcast: "America's Nine Socio-Eco-Political Classes"). The difference is the 1% remain Tax Donkeys:...more »

The Economy: "A Generational Storm Is Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"A Generational Storm Is Coming"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - "Yesterday, we began our high-minded graduation speech to the Class of 2015. We explained how the young graduates were not only the most heavily indebted in history, but also the least likely to be able to pay their debts. Median wages have been going down since these graduates were about five years old… So have economic growth rates. Today, we continue the speech no one wants us to give… You are heirs to claptrap, nonsense, bogus theories, and trillions of dollars in debt. The systems, progr... more »

The Worst Election Result Ever

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
After getting routinely thumped by the Elvis Loves Pets party, where else can your vote go except ... down? All is not what it seems. There are dirty tricks afoot. It emerges that the candidate and his wife claim to have voted for TUSC. I smell a rat.

What Happens When a Family Eats Only Organic Food for 2 Weeks

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *A family takes part in an experiment during which they will eat only organic food for the duration of two weeks. Watch to see what happens to the levels of pesticides present in their bodies. The post What Happens When a Family Eats Only Organic Food for 2 Weeks appeared first on Waking Times.

Pre-historic Bolivia - Puma Punku site - what is it and who built it?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
It's dead simple to summarise, Puma Punku is a pre-historic site in Bolivia, close by the modern city of La Paz, at an elevation of 12,000 feet in the Andes mountains. Dating of the Puma Punku stones is all over the place; some place them as late as 600 AD, some as early as 12,000 BC. I mean, come on. The precision of the stone work is like Stonehenge on acid. Mirror flat surfaces. Right angles everywhere. Hundreds of tonnes per carved/pressed andecite block. Intricate engineering, grooving and drilling of stone as hard as granite - even by today's technological standards this st... more »

Ukraine Crisis News Updates -- May 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Time: **On Patrol With One of Russia’s Most Wanted in the Battle for Ukraine* *TIME embedded with the Dudaev Battalion led by commander Adam Osmaev, who is wanted in Russia on terrorism chargesLast year, the people of Ukraine realized that they had, in effect, no army to defend them. Their military had been too depleted by corruption and mismanagement to mount a defense when Russia sent troops to seize the region of Crimea in February 2014. Through the following spring, armed forces mostly stood by as Russia went on to fuel a separatist rebellion in Ukraine’s eastern regions, s... more »

Russian Opposition Report Claims 220 Russian Soldiers Killed In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC*: *Nemtsov report exposes Russia's human cost in Ukraine* *When Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a bridge a short distance from the Kremlin, it soon emerged that he had been preparing a report aiming to expose Russia's military involvement in eastern Ukraine.* *That report was never written, but the murdered opposition politician's colleagues, led by his close associate Ilya Yashin, have since worked to finish it.* *Most of the Russian-language report, entitled Putin. War, is based on facts that have already appeared in Russian and foreign media since Crimea was annexed in Mar... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Russian President Putin For Talks On Ukraine And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) next to US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft at the presidential residence Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi on May 12, 2015. Joshua Roberts, AFP/Getty Images *Reuters*: *Kerry has "frank" talks with Putin about Ukraine, Syria* ** U.S.-Russian relations at low ebb over Ukraine crisis* ** Kerry says important to keep lines of communication open* ** Kerry, Lavrov hold more than four hours of talks (Recasts with Kerry tweets, gifts)* *SOCHI, Russia, May 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry s... more »

May 12: Enough!

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
One can get fed up writing every day about the trivia, blunders, lies, propaganda, sloppiness and general incompetence of the Irving press. For today, I'll talk about just one column. It's a good column. It's "Security rules", and it was written by Louise Gilbert, who always does a good job. She speaks of a need for people to communicate with each other, and speaks of a seniors chat group she is organizing; and she gives the time and address for those interested. Good idea. Maybe I should go. So I checked the date of the meeting. May 6 - almost a week ago. Obviously, the editor sim... more »

Fast Track & TPP Whip Lists

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*UPDATE: Fast Track fails in the Senate, 52–45 (three senators not voting)* *U.S. Trade Deficit since 1960. NAFTA was signed in 1993.* *by Gaius Publius* As we near critical votes in the House and Senate on Fast Track and TPP, I've been looking for a whip list, a list of who's likely to vote how. Thanks to The Hill, we have one (my emphasis): Democrats are bucking President Obama on a trade bill, with *65 House members of his party already lined up against* a measure that would speed global agreements through Congress, according to The Hill's Whip List. *In the Senate, 20 Democra... more »

How much stuff do you own?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*and do you really need it all?* Let's move away from riots, illegal immigrants, free speech, the Obama administration lying (no big surprise there), and talk about the stuff that weighs us down. You know the stuff I'm talking about. The stuff we have to clean and organize, stuff which usually involves buying a bunch of storage boxes, bins, and baskets, and just makes our lives way more complicated than necessary. I was always fascinated when reading historical fiction when some lady would pull out her one brooch to wear to a ball. *One* brooch? Look in most ladies jewel boxes... more »

The new Armed Forces Minister should go down well with the armed forces

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Ladies and especially gentlemen I give you Penny Mordaunt

US lies to UN Human Rights Council about spying, torture and imprisonment of migrant children

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
US attempts to create a fairy tale of human rights protections, conceals the facts of spying, homelessness and torture By Brenda Norrell The United States lied about spying, torture and the imprisonment of migrant children, before the UN Human Rights Council during a review of the US human rights record on Monday in Geneva. The US delegation said that US spying has not been used to

Navajos DINE' CARE: Lawsuit to stop fracking in Chaco

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Groups Seek to Stop Unstudied Chaco Fracking Motion Filed to Halt Drilling Approvals as Feds Turn Back on Health and Environment By Sarah Jane White, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, sjlapahie@gmail.com Colleen Cooley, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, ccooley22@gmail.com Kyle Tisdel, Western Environmental Law Center, tisdel@westernlaw.org Mike Eisenfeld,

Interview: Carol Kwiatkowski EDC's-threatening everything?- Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Informative interview- covering much ground that has been covered here, previously regarding the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity *With much thanks to Lana @ Radio 3/14* for making this available for us all and for sharing her very insightful thoughts on the topic directly after the interview *Carol Kwiatkowski - Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival?* Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski is the Executive Director of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the De... more »

The US Proxy War In Ukraine: Some Questions And Answers On Ukraine

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
The US proxy war in Ukraine continues... Right now there definitely has been a lull in the fighting in the eastern provinces which I call the "lull before the storm" meaning that the criminal US puppet regime has been using this temporary "cease fire" period to build up its armaments and put their ground forces into place with heavy weaponry for the launch of a new campaign to reconquer the eastern provinces from the so called "rebel forces", and in the process main mutilate and murder civilians... It indeed will be genocide and will be used again by the United States to try to prov... more »

World News Briefs -- May 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ANOTHER massive earthquake hits Nepal: Dozens killed in 7.3 magnitude quake just weeks after 8,000 people died* ** Huge earthquake struck in an isolated area 42 miles west of Namche Bazar and triggered deadly landslides* ** Tremors were felt over thousands of miles and as far apart as Dhaka, Bangladesh and New Delhi, India* ** Nepalese government official says the death toll from the quake in his country has risen to at least 36 * ** Five other victims were recorded in India and another person lost their life in Tibet, Chinese media said* ** Comes less than three week... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
It has been raining but the view is still odd

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*BBC:* *Mixed success for Saudi military operation in Yemen* *On 22 April, following a month of military operations involving 2,415 sorties and the release of at least 1,000 air-to-ground weapons, Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm, was brought to a close.* *In its place a new phase of operations known as Operation Restoring Hope was put into action, stressing a reduction in the use of force and a movement to a proposed political solution.* *Saudi Arabia has operated at a virtually unprecedented volume of military activity that, in tandem with it... more »

U.S. Service Personnel Feel The Threat From The Islamic State In The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*U.S. News And World Report*: *After Kobani Victory, Troops Feel ISIS Threat at Home* *Wary B-1 bomber crew members reflect on helping retake the strategic Syrian town.* *ABILENE, Texas – The last remaining foreign fighters from the Kurdish peshmerga left the Syrian town of Kobani at the end of April, shortly after ensuring the black flag of the Islamic State group would no longer fly above the key border crossing, at least anytime soon.* *The effectiveness of the U.S.-led air coalition combined with brave work on the ground by the Kurdish fighters culminated in a small but signi... more »

Is The F-35 Program Becoming One 'Big White Elephant'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Proposed legislation would require a second look at the lone engine program of the F-35.(Photo: US Air Force) *The Independent*:* New US fighter jet on course to becoming ‘one of history’s biggest white elephants’* *A plane so technologically advanced that it would give Britain and the US air superiority in any future conflict and billed as the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, could be one of “the biggest white elephants in history”, according to a former defence minister.* *And while costs of the F-35 spiral and delays run into years, another commentator has warned that... more »

Michael James : The beach house, south to Mexico, and a rainbow victory, 1983

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
From this tiny spot on the edge of the earth I ventured out into the world, seeking adventures and trying to make Mother Earth a better place. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | May 12, 2015 [In this … finish reading Michael James : The beach house, south to Mexico, and a rainbow victory, 1983

Rolls-Royce showcases MTU Hybrid PowerPack at Railtex Exhibition

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: MTU Hybrid PowerPack]In early 2015, extensive trials were carried out using the Hybrid PowerPack in a VT 642 regional railcar operated by Deutsche Bahn on the Staudenbahn railway line near the city of Augsburg in Bavaria. “These tests confirmed what we had already verified in theory in computer simulations and on the test stand,” said Dr Ingo Wintruff, Vice President Propulsion & Power Generation and Head of Rail, Mining, Oil&Gas Business at MTU. “Achieving a fuel saving of a good 15 percent in this repowered vehicle is an outstanding result. A saving of up to 25 percent i... more »

Ethics and Principles

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
Lying awake in the night can be fertile ground. Last night, for instance, lying awake, I found myself reflecting on the accelerating disappearance of ethics and principles in politics. I realized that, in this age of the market, ethics and principles too are merely commodities to be bought, sold and traded. Thus the ease with which Layton could sell decades of CCF and NDP principle as the cost

Russia And China Grow Even More Closer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic*: *China and Russia Grow Even Closer* *Xi Jinping’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s side at the Victory Parade in Moscow signifies a deepened relationship based on a common adversary: the United States.* *On Saturday, Russia staged a grand celebration in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s defeat Nazi Germany in World War Two. The occasion—which featured a military procession through Red Square—did not include the leaders of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, who declined to attend out of protest of Russia’s int... more »

U-turn (if you want to)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Everyone is trying to predict what John Whittingdale is about to do to the BBC, but apart from that I was a bit confused by Matthew Goodwin’s performance on the Daily Politics just now. I understood that Dr. Goodwin was an extremely left-leaning academic, but he seems to have acquired some expertise on UKip. Not *entirely* hostile, I thought. The Daily Politics was teetering on the edge of deep sarcasm re Nigel Farage’s ‘U-turn’, aka ‘the shortest reinstatement after a resignation known to man’. But they moderated the cynicism by mentioning other, similarly swift political post-re... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Former LSU, Saints player Randall Gay among the graduates from Southern Law Center ~Mark Ballard * *Saints Super Bowl image of rape-drugger Darren Sharper to be removed from Champions Square ~John Simerman* *This morning saw Levees.org breaking ground on London Ave Canal Levee Exhibition and Garden! #GetDownGetBackUpAgain!* *Is the Mississippi River ready for 21st century shipping challenges? ~David Z. Morris, Fortune* [image: http://fortune.com/2015/05/12/mississippi-river-21st-century/] *A cargo ship plies up the Mississippi River towards New Orleans on March 31, 2015. **Phot... more »

US Government Admits Americans Have Been Overdosed on Fluoride

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - Why Is a drug added to our water when the dose cannot be controlled? The post US Government Admits Americans Have Been Overdosed on Fluoride appeared first on Waking Times.

Luis the Zapatista

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Luis the Zapatista ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION. MEXICO. From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast, and now from underground. Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Mexico, May 2, 2014. Made public May 2, 2015. Introduction. Good evening, good day, and good night to those who are listening and those who are reading, whatever your calendars or geographies may be. What we will

Russian-Chinese Naval War Games Begin In The Mediterranean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Vasiliy Batanov *Sputnik: **Russian-Chinese Drill in Mediterranean Sends Signal to US – Western Media* *The Russian and Chinese navies began joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean Monday in the latest sign of strengthening ties between the two countries.* *The naval drill, to include live-fire exercises in the strategic sea connecting Europe, Africa and the Middle East, is seen by Western media as a signal being sent to Washington of a powerful new alliance emerging “in the very backyard of Western Europe”.* *“While only two Chinese warships are joining the Medit... more »

The White House Does Not Know How To Respond To China's Aggressive Actions In the South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Before and after satellite images taken in August 2014 and January 2015 show the emergence of a large island at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. China is building a number of artificial islands in the hotly disputed body of water. CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS *Josh Rogin, National Post/Bloomberg:* *Beijing is behaving badly in the Pacific. And the White House doesn’t seem to know what to do* *Following a year of China’s flagrant and aggressive activities in contested waters, some in Washington are calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel C... more »

China Developing New Anti-Satellite Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Chinese space launch facility *USNI:* *Pentagon: China Developing New Anti-Satellite Weapons, Jammers* *China is designing weapons to counter advanced Western satellite technology using directed energy weapons and jammers and may have already tested some, according to a Friday Chinese military assessment to Congress.* *The West — particularly the U.S. — relies on ever expanding constellations of communications and surveillance satellites to maintain its information edge over potential rivals and China is seeking ways to erode that advantage in the event of a conflict, according to ... more »

ENABLERS OF THE SCANDALOUS TIMES: No one will mention these comical points!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015Part 2—The silence of the lambs:* To what degree of accuracy is our discourse calibrated? Such standards tend to be low. Consider an account in this morning’s New York Times about the inflation of footballs. In an exciting front-page report, Bill Pennington provides some of the background to the nation’s latest consensus scandal. Whatever actually happened in this case, this is *not* a carefully calibrated account of the relevant facts: PENNINGTON (5/12/15): *At the core of the league’s investigation was the discovery at halftime that a high percentage of th... more »

Heavy Fighting In Anbar & Salahaddin And Another Yazidi Massacre May 1-7, 2015 in Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
During the start of May 2015, heavy fighting continued in Anbar and Salahaddin province. In the latter government forces were attempting to win back lost territory in the Ramadi area and in Garma. In Salahaddin, the Islamic State seized at least half if not more of the Baiji Refinery. Meanwhile there has been a steady escalation of violence in Baghdad and IS carried out another massacre of Yazidis in the Ninewa governorate. In the first week of May there were 154 security incidents reported in the press. That averaged out to 22.0 attacks per day, on par with the 21.0 seen during ... more »

The Wolfowitz Doctrine: “Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ *War Threat Rises As Economy Declines — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ May 11, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *War Threat Rises As Economy Declines* Paul Craig Roberts, Keynote Address to the Annual Conference of the Financial West Group, New Orleans, May 7, 2015 The defining events of our time are the collapse of the Soviet Union, 9/11, jobs offshoring, and financial deregulation. In these events we find the basis of our foreign policy pr... more »

NASA: no warp drive results. Cranks yelling

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
A week ago, I discussed the recent wave of misguided enthusiasm concerning the EM drive and warp drive crackpot memes. I have reminded everyone of the simple reasons that make us known – in the same sense as we know that the Earth is not flat – that those dreams can't be realized. At that time, over a hundred of major news outlets brought a gospel to their readers. Fuel-free and perhaps superluminal spaceships are around the corner. Thousands of loud weirdos have self-confidently filled the comment sections of their newspapers, celebrating the "breakthrough" and punishing the laws... more »

Here Me Squawk

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago

How Can House Democrats Avoid Another Electoral Catastrophe-- Anything Short Of Winning Back The House-- In 2016?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*After last cycle's electoral debacle for the Democrats, I spoke with a dozen Democratic candidates from competitive districts who felt they lost, at least in part, because of astonishing DCCC malfeasance. Almost every single one of them brought up Steve Israel, and not one person said a single word in his defense. Below is an unpublished-- at least until now-- op-ed by one of the candidates who should be serving in Congress now but because of conscious decisions by Israel and his incompetent team has moved on and will no longer participate in Democratic Party electoral politics. *... more »

Pentagon Report: China’s Missiles Can Reach Nearly All Of U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Business Insider:** Pentagon report: Chinese ballistic missiles can target nearly the entirety of the US* *China now has dozens of nuclear-capable missiles that could target almost the entirety of the US, according to the Department of Defense's 2015 report on the Chinese military. * *The annual report to Congress focuses on China's military modernization, possible invasion plans for the self-governing and US-allied island of Taiwan, advances in space technology, and Beijing's rapidly advancing missile capabilities.* *China's conventional capabiliti... more »

Canada, Welcome To The US-Style Surveillance State!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
As a Canadian, I am still so shocked that there has been little or no outcry or revolt by the Canadian public to the passage of the heinous criminal Bill C-51 by the criminally corrupt Harper regime... That bill which will very shortly become the law of the land here in this once free nation of Canada will strip away Canadian freedoms and turn this nation into a police state... Honestly, we have just witnessed the last days of freedom in this once proud and free nation! I have been watching for reports over the alternative news networks about the horrendous passage of Canadian Bill ... more »

China's Growing Drone Fleet Is Raisin U.S. Concerns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
© REUTERS/ Stringer *National Interest*: *China Is Building 42,000 Military Drones: Should America Worry?* *China may be building an army of almost 42,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to the U.S. Department of Defense.* *On Friday, the Pentagon released its annual report to Congress on Chinese military power. The Pentagon’s assessment is that China has incredibly ambitious plans for building up a fleet of both sea and land-based UAVs in the coming years.* *“China is advancing its development and employment of UAVs,” the report— entitled Military and Security Develop... more »

Reform? Forget It.

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.nationalpost.com/ Michael Chong's Reform Act is about to die in the Senate. Andrew Coyne writes: The private member’s bill, introduced by Conservative MP Michael Chong, is popular with the public, as the first serious attempt to free MPs, even a little, from the iron grip of the party leadership. Moreover, it passed with all-party support in the House of Commons — by a vote of 260-17 — albeit in substantially watered-down form. So it wouldn’t do to actually vote it down. Bad form, old chap. And anyway, unnecessary. Instead... more »

Our Students Matter Now Legal Fund

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Please give generously to save community schools in Memphis.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s 2015 Report On China’s Military Results In A Rebuke From China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Chinese People’s Liberation Army naval recruits shouting slogans during a parade at a military base in the port city of Qingdao.Credit China Daily, via Reuters *Ankit Panda, The Diplomat*: *What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Militar*y *The U.S. Department of Defense’s 2015 report on China’s military offers a detailed look into the PLA.* *On Friday, May 8, the United States Department of Defense released its annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments. The full report is available in PDF form here. The report offers helpful insight into the U.S. govern... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Half of the new British Cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge* *Admission to Oxbridge is very competitive so there is no doubt that they get the best minds there. And it is no mystery that the best minds rise to the top of most heaps* According to details published today by the Sutton Trust, half of David Cameron's new Cabinet were privately educated. This is in comparison with 7 per cent of the general population. Furthemore, of the 28 new Cabinet ministers, 50 per cent went to Oxbridge. This compares with 32 per cent of backbench Conservative MPs in the 2015 Parliament, and 26... more »

C-51 Committee Hearings Cont'd

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
Right, so RCMP Commissioner Paulson had just finished summarizing their "anti-radicalization" programs. *The Chair: * Thank you very much, Commissioner and Minister. Now we will go to Ms. Ablonczy, for five minutes, please. *Hon. Diane Ablonczy: * A lot of Canadians will remember the debate a little over 30 years ago when the Liberal government under Prime Minister Trudeau brought in the act that created CSIS. Okay. Before we go any further, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Diane Ablonczy is a cretinous back-bencher who has been fed her talking-points que... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*They're still trying to get that sea-level to rise more* *The latest manipulations of the data seem well enough conceived but I think you have to read between the lines at times. Reducing the estimated overall sea-level rise for the last 20 years is certainly reasonable (conclusion 1 below) but conclusion 2 is a bit more hairy. Hard to see how it gells with conclusion 1. But, whatever it means, conclusion 2 may not matter. The conclusion 2 change is said only to be "of opposite sign" to previous findings, indicating that it was probably not statistically significant* Unabated ... more »

Insight Meditation: Responding to Social Unrest

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Ben Decker* - The world does not need to be how it has been all along. This meditation will help to center you for the major events we are experiencing right now. The post Insight Meditation: Responding to Social Unrest appeared first on Waking Times.

Google's Self Driving Cars Are Getting Into Accidents

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
This news should come as big NON surprise! *A handful of autonomous cars have been in accidents during test runs in California, posing a key question for the future of driverless vehicles: Are they actually any safer? * If they've been in accidents- the obvious answer is they are NOT any safer. I will highlight the spin Google is putting on this news, to downplay the accidents. *Driverless cars have been hailed as a technology with the potential to improve safety by removing human error from roads. * Whoops! *Two accidents took place while the cars were driving*, but for* the othe... more »

6 Benefits of Himalayan Salt

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Infographic - *Himalayan salt is not like typical processed table salt. Here are six ways that Himalayan salt, which contains 84 natural minerals and elements, benefits the human body. The post 6 Benefits of Himalayan Salt appeared first on Waking Times.

Picture imperfect

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Harry’s Place is featuring this funny clip. (We should be so lucky, if you know what I mean) Sarah AB also draws attention to an article in the Daily Beast by Dean Obeidallah, which sets out to deconstruct the sketch, and tries to make some completely idiotic moral equivalences. He’s not arguing for the violent reaction, but he is trying to rationalise the Muslims’ right to be offended, while asserting that most Muslims are not. Muslims are not the only ones who get offended, he opines, citing the opera “Klinghoffer”, which he reminds us, upset some Jews who considered it antise... more »

Migration 24: Rohingya Boat People to SE Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 18 hours ago
I noticed today a big number of news reports about the boat people from Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Rohingya people, landing or detained or turned away, by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Tens of thousands of people are taking the dangerous trip. People will not leave in huge number if they are not prosecuted, physically and militarily. Either by a government, or by rival clans or religious groups that are backed or tolerated by government. We have to reiterate for the nth time: the main purpose of government, its raison d' etre, is to promulgate the rule of law, the law/s that ... more »

We Are ATeam

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago

Breaking News: Vaccine Tragedy in Mexico by Mario Lamo-Jiménez, Guest Author

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
Breaking News: Vaccine Tragedy in Mexico by Mario Lamo-Jiménez, Guest Author Sane Vax, Inc. 11 May 2015 May 8, 2015: The indigenous municipality of Simojovel, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico reported the death of two babies after the administration of vaccines against hepatitis B (HepB), tuberculosis (BCG), and rotavirus. Within hours of receiving the vaccines, 37 babies out of a total of 52 vaccinated had adverse reactions; some began to convulse with the tragic result of two dead and 37 hospitalized, 13 of whom reported to be in critical condition. According to the Catholic ... more »

MENA Report - May 12 , 2015 - Update on Iraq / Syria Regional War ..... Yemen Regional Proxy War heads to 5 Day Humanitarian Ceasefire ...... Truth behind US- Pakistan Bin Laden Raid ..... Global ISIS and Al Qaeda Updates ...... Iran Talks Updates ...... Libya Update ( and related Refugee / Migrant issue ) .... Kuwait seeks Arbitration vs Saudis over oil row .......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Tweets.... *US Officials: Assad's Loss Could Be ISIS's Gain* *Iraqi Sunni Leaders Say Govt Alienating Them* *GCC Leaders Join Saudis in Snubbing US Summit* *The Truth Behind the Bin Laden Raid* *Arab Coalition Discusses New Intervention in Libya* *Kerry to Meet Putin to Discuss Syria Peace Efforts* *Syria's Mercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War* *Defeating ISIS Leaves Big Bill Iraq's Struggling to Pay* *Saudi Warplanes Escalate Strikes on Yemeni Capital Ahead of Truce* Sunni Leaders Complain of Lack of Power as 55 Are Killed Across Iraq Iraq Begins Training of Sunni Trib... more »

New Zealand Gardasil Survivor and Another Heartbroken Mom by Deb Robson

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
New Zealand Gardasil survivor and another heartbroken mom by Deb Robson Sane Vax, Inc. 6 May 2015 *[Note from SaneVax: *The April 2105 edition of *Woman’s Day Magazine *in New Zealand published the story of yet another survivor of ’mysterious’ new medical conditions experienced after the administration of Gardasil. Read excerpts from *Mum’s heartbreak: What’s happened to my girl, *by Kristina Rapley below. The story is all too familiar for thousands of families around the world. One has to wonder how many more families must join this not so exclusive ’survivors’ club’ befor... more »

David Starkey vs. Laurie Penny

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Very interesting and revealing indeed. Like many on the left of politics, Laurie Penny doesn't seem to like a taste of her own medicine.

Economic News , Data and Views ( May 12 , 2015 ) - Greece Updates ( Greece completes latest IMF payment - essentially by robbing Peter to pay Paul , cash crunch just deferred for 2-4 weeks , ELA coming to the end of the road , IMF indicating its out re: 3rd Bailout for GR , Economic Data - Real Estate information ) ...... Broader Europe - Pound , Euro seeing strength today vs the Dollar , Europe sees another day of bonds being routed , UK moving its referendum forward to 2016 perhaps , Austria won't take on Carinthia's HETA Guarantees , DAX hit today , Kerry heads to Russia to meet Putin ...... Asia Updates ( China , Japan and Australia in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Tweets.... *The Greek Analyst* @GreekAnalyst · 1m1 minute ago #Greece completes latest IMF loan repayment http://on.wsj.com/1EzwMcd via @ WSJ *The Greek Analyst* @GreekAnalyst · 2m2 minutes ago #Greece to face cash crunch in 'couple of weeks,' says FinMin http://www. ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite2_1_12/05/2015_549938 … via @ ekathimerini *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner · 2h2 hours ago The #IMF won't join in a third bailout for #Greece. http://read.bi/1zVbSbz MineForNothing retweeted *Morris Cabrioli* @insidegame · 3m3 minutes ago Greece's banks h... more »

Apple + apple = one + one = imaginary number crisis

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
What is an apple? "It's not even a difficult question. We all know what an apple is." you're screaming at the screen. But do we all know what an apple is? So, add one Braeburn plus one Granny Smith in their shared-common-brand term, is the answer two BraeSmiths or two GrannyBurns? Why is this so difficult? Why should adding one to one give us so many problems? Well, 'math' is a derivative or offshoot of The Counting System, where a 'basket' is filled with 'apples' until it's full, and the contents are 'countable'. Right? Apple is the tactly agreed term for a fruit of the apple t... more »

Development Completed on Advanced Ground Station for Lockheed Martin-Built Air Force National Security Space Program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Lockheed Martin has crossed the threshold from development to testing on the next-generation ground system, called Increment 2, for the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) after successfully integrating significant software and hardware to the station. Once operational, Increment 2 will increase SBIRS’ overall ability to manage complex, emerging threats while reducing Air Force operations and maintenance costs. The milestone was completed in March at the Mission Control Station (MCS) on Buckley Air Force Base, demonstrating Increment 2’s maturity as it enters certific... more »

The Royal Netherlands Air Force’s Pilots will train on the Finmeccanica - Alenia Aermacchi M-346 aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: M-346 trainer]The Royal Netherlands Air Force’s Pilots will train in Italy on Finmeccanica - Alenia Aermacchi’s jets in service with the Italian Air Force, thanks to the agreement that has been signed by the Chiefs of Staff of the two Air Forces in Milan last week that envisages the detachment of an instructor and two student pilots of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, to be stationed at ItAF's Lecce-Galatina AFB Flight School. It is the two countries’ intention that this first group of pilots represent the starting point for a fruitful cooperation to be extended for years to... more »

Army chief witnesses firing of FM-90 air defence missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Air Defence Firing Ranges near Karachi on Monday, and witnessed firing of FM-90 air defence missile system, which was recently inducted in the army. The exercise marked the culmination of the induction training of the new system. All weather, surface to air missile FM-90, with a capability to engage aerial target, including cruise missiles, drones and air-to-surface guided missiles can operate under adverse electronic counter measures (ECM) environments. The FM-90 missile system has the ability to engage multiple types of tar... more »

Thailand, Romania Select Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod for F-16 Fleets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP)]The Romanian Air Force (RoAF) and Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) recently selected Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) for their F-16 fleets, becoming the 18th and 19th international customers to receive this advanced sensor capability. Lockheed Martin will integrate and field Sniper ATPs on existing RoAF and RTAF aircraft and provide initial sustainment support. Pod deliveries began in early 2015 to meet operational need requirements. “Sniper ATP will provide the RoAF and the RTAF with precision targeting capability to loca... more »

STOVL fighter in development in China: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Yak-141 Freestyle]AVIC Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group Company may be developing a new short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese. The official Weibo account of the PLA Daily, the mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army, reposted an article entitled "How will China develop its STOVL fighter?" on May 9, according to the website. The article, first published on National Defense Reference, a magazine under the PLA Daily brand, stated that China's navy has been equipping itself with large landing cra... more »

HMAS Newcastle On Middle East Patrols

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06)]Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has arrived in the Middle East Region and has commenced her first patrol as part of Operation MANITOU after officially joining the operation on May 1, 2015. Newcastle departed for her first patrol as part of a six-month rotation that will see her cover approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters to conduct maritime security operations in the region. The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Dominic MacNamara, RAN, said Newcastle’s mission is to contribute to the maritime security and overa... more »

Coast Guard confirms negotiation for 4 C-23 Sherpa from US military

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: C-23B+ Sherpa]The Philippine Coast Guard confirms that it is talking with United States military for two US Army Short C-23 Sherpa aircraft to be transferred as Excess Defense Articles. Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonian Public Broadcasting) a publicly funded radio and television organisation in Estonia reported earlier that US will donate units of Sherpa C-23B+ to Estonia, Philippines and Djibouti as Excess Defense Articles. The coast guard added that it is also in the talks for the procurement of additional two Sherpa aircraft. Read more

China Isn’t Denying That They Want To Build A Military Base In Djibouti

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
China’s foreign ministry issued a rambling statement — but not an outright denial — in response to a report on Monday that it was in talks to establish a military base in the Horn of Africa, a potential first for Beijing. Djibouti, a small country on the tip of the horn that is also home to a sizable U.S. military presence, is currently in negotiations with China over establishing a base on its territory, the country’s president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, told AFP in an interview. “France’s presence is old, and the Americans found that the position of Djibouti could help in the fight a... more »

NCIS investigates alleged assault on USS Ford

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating an alleged assault aboard an aircraft carrier at Newport News Shipyard. Newport News Shipbuilding’s Security Force received report of the assault first. It allegedly happened Sunday, May 3 aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, said Christie Miller, a spokeswoman for Newport News Shipbuilding. The Newport News Police Department and NCIS were both notified. NCIS is now leading the investigation. Read more

Time, cost overruns hit warship projects

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: INS Vikrant]The government has been left with little option but to spend approximately Rs 29,000 crore extra from its coffers to complete eight indigenous warships, thanks to shoddy planning and poor execution on the part of the agencies associated with these projects. Going by the original plan, the three naval projects cumulatively would have cost Rs 9,892 crore and should have gone into service in the last decade. But while cost was revised upwards to Rs 38,855 crore – a jump of Rs 28,963 crore — the projects are six to eight years behind the planned delivery schedule. ... more »

Navy Christens Sixth Joint High Speed Vessel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USNS Brunswick (JHSV-6) Christening]The Navy christened the Joint High Speed Vessel Brunswick (JHSV-6) on Saturday in Mobile, Ala., marking a milestone for the sixth craft in a class still exploring its full potential. Shipbuilder Austal USA has three JHSVs under construction in its Mobile yard and expects to launch Brunswic by the end of the month. “Brunswick is the result of the successful industry/[Department of Defense] partnership that has developed between Austal USA, Military Sealift Command and the Navy,” Craig Perciavalle, president of Austal USA, said in a company ... more »

Just Got To Let It Go

Leonid Basin at GlobaLove Think Tank - 21 hours ago

German Navy Frigates Get New Firefighting Tech

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-125 class FFG]On April 16, 2015, the second of four ordered Type F125 frigates for the German Navy was christened by the name of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Hamburg. Hamburg-based Noske-Kaeser, technology producer in the fields of firefighting, CBRN defense, climate, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, has further developed its fire extinguishing technology for the new frigate class F125 that was now installed on the first German Navy ship. “We provide turnkey solutions for firefighting systems for nearly every area of the four 125 class frigates,” said David Schwenzer... more »

U.K. Election Result Boosts Royal Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine Program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Right up to the moment the polling stations closed at 10 p.m. last Thursday in the U.K., the political pundits were unwavering in their forecasts: neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives nor the opposition Labour Party wielded enough firepower for an outright win in Britain’s 2015 parliamentary elections. Had Labour emerged with the most seats in the House of Commons, its hopes of forming a viable government would have required the support of the fiercely anti-nuclear Scottish National Party. This was a worrisome prospect for advocates of st... more »

Women to serve on Dutch submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Walrus class SSK]The submarine service – one of the last male only services in the Dutch military – will soon also be opened to women. Women have never been able to work on the submarines. The thought was that the presence of women would lead to undesirable situations in such small spaces. But the Ministry of Defense has now changed its mind, AD reports. “No more discussion, it’s going to happen”, chief executive Hugo Ammerlaan said to the newspaper. “It is no longer of this time that we only admit men, we are just about the last country in the modern world that doesn’t do i... more »

Typhoon submarine unveils secrets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Akula (Typhoon) class SSBN]The might of the Russian navy is not often discussed these days. Political contacts and negotiations are definitely relevant. However, when Russia has something to boast of, this is completely different. Russia has been weakened a lot over the recent year. Yet, it is still capable of claiming to be one of the leading powers in the world. One reason can be found in the Russian city of Severodvinsk, the center of the Russian ship-building industry. This city is celebrated for the defense technology that was built on its docks. Before we went on boa... more »

Singing sailor to scare off Russian submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Singing sailor]Sweden hit international headlines in October last year when it launched the biggest military underwater operation in recent years after it spotted a foreign submarine in Swedish waters. The vessel was widely thought to be Russian, although the Swedish military was unable to confirm where it came from – or indeed locate it. The country's ability to defend itself should Russia increase military activity in the Baltic remains a hot topic in the Swedish media, after the centre-left government announced a new 10.2 billion kronor ($111.9 million) defence deal desi... more »

How a Shoe Company Helped Grow a Women’s Economy Among the Maasai

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: A publicity image from Pikolinos showing a Maasai woman embroidering a piece of leather with beads. (Courtesy of Pikolinos)] What we see here is the effective marriage of mass manufactured stock work and craftsmanship which value adds the market and provides income. Because it is about shoes, it will be actually impossible to outrun global demand. I also think that custom shoe and boot making has a huge future simply because brands are extracting several hundred dollars for a pair and that is sufficient to reward a craftsman. The payoff for the customer is a perfectly ... more »

Yellowstone Earthquakes Reveal a Volcanic System Six Times Bigger Than We Thought

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: I’ve been underestimated for too long. (alh1/flickr, CC BY-ND 4.0)] They have determined a deeper and much larger zone of hot rock acting as a feeder to the active reservoir capable of erupting. The original event for this volcanic plume was well to the west and produced a huge basaltic lave flow that covered a vast amount of country. If as and when Yellowstone were to erupt, we can expect a repeat. In the meantime we are certainly confirming the existence of supply. There is no evidence that Yellowstone has been able to mount any other sort of threat in the meantime s... more »

Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: Handout file photo shows tunnel underneath the Quetzalcoatl temple in the ancient city of Teotihuacan] . This is important. We already know that mercury was used possibly contemporaneously in China for large tomb structures to create representations of water on a display table for the first emperor. It is too coincidental for one not to inspire the other. I also do not think it was really rare as artisan gold mining was underway everywhere and mercury is used to refine gold. Most deposits are also easy enough to work as well once located. In that respect they are ... more »

The Question of Consciousness

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is a worthy essay that tackles the matter the present state of acceptance of physic phenomena and its history. what is startling is just how persuasive personal experience happens to be. Folks are experiencing the confounding and it is just not me. I had begun to reach similar conclusions because i have simply been asking and it appears everyone has a decent story to tell including direct communication and useful data. The actual numbers reported here are still the exact opposite of my expectation to the point i think everyone experiences something but a few choose not to... more »

Guest Post - Keep Cool & Save Cash with the Right Window Treatments

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about buttoning up your home for maximum efficiency! This is especially true for those in areas of the country that experience extreme heat, which results in frequent overexertion of air conditioners. Air conditioning units consume energy in the form of electricity. When a home has a significant amount of solar heat gain with uncovered windows, this puts a greater strain on the unit resulting in more energy consumption. These exposed windows act almost like an oven, and literally heat up the inside of your hom... more »

Norway’s Oil Riches. Canada’s Poverty. Guess Why?

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Norway’s Oil Riches. Canada’s Poverty. Guess Why? *Written by Robin Mathews/May 2015* Finally, and one might say suddenly, Norway’s experience, and Canada’s, with Oil Revenue Savings are under a bright light of comparison. It’s a painful comparison … for Canada. Especially since (a) Canada has far greater fossil fuel production and reserves than Norway, and (b) Canada began operating a non-renewable resources fund well before the Norwegians. Today Norway has a trillion dollars in its reserve fund and no deficit, combined with excellent universal social insurance. Alberta i... more »

Religions are dying

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: image] Good news. Religions of all faiths are dying. Being killed, says Tufts philosopher of science Daniel Dennett, by the increasing openness of the internet: *In the March issue of Scientific American, Deb Roy and I **compare this to the Cambrian Explosion* *. The Cambrian Explosion happened 540 million years ago, when there was a sudden, very dramatic explosion of different life forms in response to some new change in the world. Oxford zoologist Andrew Parker argues that the increased transparency of the ocean made eyesight possible, and this changed everything: now ... more »

Research: Does the Government Really Represent the People?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *What is the likelihood that an idea supported by the majority of Americans will become law? Researchers at Princeton University looked into this question to show if the US government really represents the public. The post Research: Does the Government Really Represent the People? appeared first on Waking Times.

Business Watch: The K-cup people "K-capitulate" (not my pun!), reopening their closed 2.0 system to strange un-pre-cupped coffee

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The Breakfast Blend is a light roast, and so has practically no flavor (is breakfast time a "no flavor" zone?), but Green Mountain sells a quite drinkable medium-roast Vermont Country Blend -- and a dark-roast French Roast for people who've been trained by Starbucks to prefer their coffee beans roasted till they screech for mercy.* *by Ken* Since my only contact with Keurig-style coffee-making is in the office, where we have a very nice machine, but one that's apparently first-generation (and in our office we don't do a whole lot of upgrading). I had never encountered such a beas... more »

Sit tight

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
Beloved is back from one of her journeys and is seeing to the rhubarb and the animals. Here are the Welsummers, still good looking and productive at age three. They are laid back and curious. New Khaki Campbell ducklings have been brought home and are settled in the "rabbit" cages to grow up a bit before being introduced to the flock. Half of them we are raising for a friend who lives nearby. She'll take them in a month or so. A surprise rainstorm has developed and is delivering a third of an inch today and another third of an inch tomorrow. I had thought we'd see some "Oregon ... more »

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, “You and Me”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Moody Blues, “You and Me” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7UZ5oVYmb8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, a mere 27,000 light-years away, lies a black hole with 4 million times the mass of the Sun. Fondly known as Sagittarius A* (pronounced A-star), the Milky Way's black hole is fortunately mild-mannered compared to the central black holes in distant active galaxies, much more calmly consuming material around it. From time to time it does flare-up, though. An outburst lasting several hours is captured in this series of premier X-ray images from the orbiting Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). *Click image for larger size.* Launched la... more »

Joy Harjo, Eagle Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Eagle Poem" * "To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed bec...more »

Chet Raymo, "That Cottage of Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"That Cottage of Darkness"* by Chet Raymo "Theresa asked those of us who count ourselves agnostic to comment on Julian Barnes' new book "Nothing To Be Frightened Of," reviewed by Garrison Keillor in the New York Times Book Review. Barnes, a professed agnostic, writes about his obsessive preoccupation with death at age sixty-two. Apparently (according to Keillor) it is a rather gloomy book, redeemed by affectionate family reminiscences. Since I have not read the book, I cannot comment on it, but I think what Theresa wants from us is testimony as to how agnostics deal with the prosp... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Dreamers Of The Day..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

“Mind Control Through Emotional Domination: How We're All Being Manipulated By The "Crisis of the NOW"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Mind Control Through Emotional Domination: * *How We're All Being Manipulated By The "Crisis of the NOW"* by Mike Adams “What you're about to read here is a revealing look at the psychological mechanism presently being used by government and media to achieve near-absolute control over the population. I'm calling the concept the "crisis of the NOW," and understanding this is a lot like taking the RED pill. The "crisis of the now" involves an incessant, strategic bombardment of the population with a never-ending stream of contrived crises that demand immediate attention in the pres... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Is A Power Struggle Now Underway In The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters *Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast:* *Has ISIS Lost Its Head? Power Struggle Erupts with Al-Baghdadi Seriously Wounded* *As defectors confirm reports that al-Baghdadi is still in bad shape from a March bombing, Syrian and Iraqi factions vie for influence in the so-called Islamic State.* *URFA, Turkey — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader, has been moved from Iraq to the Syrian city of Raqqa, the terror army’s de facto capital, amid tight security two months after sustaining serious shrapnel wounds that left his spine damaged and his left leg immobile, say jihadi de... more »

“5 Lies Republicans Needs You To Believe About Poverty”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“5 Lies Republicans Needs You To Believe About Poverty”* by @LOLGOP "The only thing more disturbing about hearing Jeb Bush say that George W. Bush is his closest foreign policy advisor is having to endure Paul Ryan pretending to care about about alleviating poverty. Paul Ryan doesn’t just get the facts about poverty wrong — “Mr. Ryan’s poverty report, like his famous budget plan, is a con job,” The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman wrote — he creates a narrative that purposely stigmatizes the poor. When he released his first budget plan that would send millions below the poverty line, ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

The Economy: “To the Class of 2015 – You Chumps!”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“To the Class of 2015 – You Chumps!”* by Bill Bonner “A long, long time ago, On graduation day, You handed me your book, I signed this way... “Roses are red, my love, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, my love, And boy are we screwed...” – With apologies to Bobby Vinton* “Last year at about this time, we waited for the phone to ring. Not calling were thousands of universities in need of someone to give the annual commencement speech. Every year, we prepare an appropriate graduation speech. And every year, with the unanimous accord of America’s institutions of higher learning, we d... more »

The Guns of August: A death knell for the promise that free trade delivers peace?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] *Our friends at the Auckland Uni Economic Group are scraping scraping the last barrel with their guest speaker this Thursday evening. Here’s their update …* Amid all the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, one question has largely remained unanswered. One that, with free trade deals very much on the agenda - even with dictatorships - still resonates today. It was said by classical advocates of free trade like Frederic Bastiat and Richard Cobden that trade itself is a civilising influence - that *“if goods don’t c... more »

Our universe may be a Matrix-like computer game designed by aliens, says NASA scientist

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Ohhhhhhh! V E R Y Interesting my friends!!!! This article was perfectly timed in my opinion- appearing exactly when I needed it for tomorrow night's One People Roundtable Discussion. So convenient that...... unless of course it's appearance is merely the creation of my own mind in this simulation matrix. ....just joking! We will definitely dig into this tomorrow night on the Roundtable Discussion. Joining Lisa Harrison and I this week will be Duncan O'Finioan and Bradley Loves and Nick McKenny. We have a LOT of rabbit holes to dive down, including ancient history and histo... more »

Bin Laden Lies Abound  (Read Chris Hedges)  As Austerity Is Imposed on Weak Nations and Neoliberals Dismantle Progressive Programs, We See the Rise of Fascism Again - Accompanied by Marching Bands In Ukraine  (No Jobs, No Superb Education, Plenty of Debt and Poverty - For YOU)

The Socialist Revolt That America Forgot: A History Lesson for Bernie Sanders While imbibing today's reporting snooze, we should awaken to some real facts being discussed. I'm with Paul Craig Roberts on his analysis of the bin Laden "assassination." Sorry Sy. But you've been had. Used. It's embarrassing for us all. But it's only one more "necessary for U.S. defense wars" lie. The giveaway

Did Saudi Arabia 'Snub' President Obama (Commentaries and Editorials)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Politico*: *A Saudi snub?* *Saudi King Salman will skip Camp David summit, sending his crown prince instead.* *Call it the “Saudi snub.” Or, if you are the White House, don’t.* *After Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that its king had cancelled plans to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of Gulf Arab states at Camp David this week, the White House raced to snuff out talk of a royal snub.* *On Monday, Obama administration officials strongly disputed reports of tension with the monarch, arguing that Saudi King Salman is merely preoccupied with his country’s military campaign in Y... more »

Meghan Vaziri Artblog: Libraries

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Meghan Vaziri Artblog: Libraries: I love libraries. Pop-White Library - Children's Section I started loving libraries when I was in elem... more »

Today's WTF?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Check out that caption from this article... ...and then here's a comical story about a family from Dallas trying to make it in the brutal world of .... Tienmu. I hear some places are like a ten minute walk from the metro. h/t to @TaiwanExplorer on Twitter _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Turbulent Times Show TONIGHT At 7PM CDT (8PM EDT)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I know this is very short notice... But considering my busy work schedule and Whitewraithe still injured... We figured that this was the best time available for both of us to do a live Turbulent Times show.... Here is the link to the program... http://www.blogtalkradio.com/turbulenttimes/2015/05/12/turbulent-times-51115-episode-16--mars-rover-missions And the live feed link: http://tobtr.com/s/7607111 We will also have the call in line open at 1-3478572203... Wraithe is still unable to get her Skype link going..... We will also have the chat room open at www.turbulenttimes.chatango... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 11, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Karl Sharro, The Atlantic*:* The Confused Person's Guide to Yemen* *It’s simply a Saudi-Iranian-American-Yemeni-al-Qaeda civil/proxy war.* *“What the hell is happening in Yemen?” is now one of the most urgent geopolitical questions in the Middle East. Sadly, few people are qualified or knowledgeable enough to answer this pressing question. Most experts agree that most experts can’t give you a straight answer. The reality is Yemen is a complex place that is very hard to understand for outsiders, and even more so for insiders. Indeed, most of the people asking what is happening in ... more »

The "no graven image” virus

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Venus*, by Michael Newberry, 2008, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches *Guest post by **Michael Newberry* Big in the news this week is the draw Mohammad Contest, and I couldn't be more proud of Bosch Fawstin aka Pig Man. He is a hero for risking his life to fight for free speech. The hoopla surrounding the issue is rooted in the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish commandment that "... thou shall not make graven images..." I know everyone has heard about that concept, but I doubt people understand how it is a virus designed to destroy your love, unique individuality, freedom, and the highes... more »

After all their zigzagging around Albany to avoid reporters, NYS GOP senators admit their indicted leader has to go

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Now-former NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, seen here heading for his office, is one GOP senator who can stop slinking around Albany dodging reporters now that he's bitten the bullet and stepped down from his leadership post.* *"Many Republican senators appeared eager to avoid discussing Mr. Skelos’s future in recent days. To avoid reporters, some even zigzagged around the Capitol using back doors and passageways."* *-- from "Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader,Vacates Post" by the NYT's Thomas Kaplan* *by Ken* I tell you, if the NYS Legislature just put in tables, they ... more »

World News Briefs -- May 11, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post:* *Intense clashes in Yemen endanger prospects of humanitarian cease-fire* *CAIRO — Clashes between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led alliance intensified Monday ahead of a planned humanitarian cease-fire, with coalition air raids pounding targets in Yemen’s capital and the Houthis claiming to have downed a Moroccan fighter jet in the north.* *Also Monday, a Saudi-owned television network reported that the Saudi military was sending a “strike force” of tanks and artillery to the Yemeni border.* *The fighting could jeopardize a five-day “humanitarian pause” ... more »

Yes, the BBC is biased

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Elections may throw up surprises, but BBC Radio 4's *Sunday *will always remain a surprise-free zone*...* Now, I suspect many of you aren't overly interested in *Sunday* (with Ed Stourton) - this quiet, understated (boring?) Radio 4 staple. But I am, and the programme seems to me to reflect (unexcitingly) many of the BBC's biases at their most flagrant... *[...even though, being a quiet, understated (boring?) person myself, I actually rather enjoy listening to it, and, yes, I do like Ed...]* So, please read on (and please don't fall asleep if you can help it). Here there be plent... more »

It's Going to be a Long Five Years

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I really didn't want to be writing this. At the very least I was hoping to have a Kremlinological geek out over possible coalition combinations. But no. The worst came to pass. Not only were the Conservatives the largest party, but contrary to everything I've written about them this last two-and-a-half years they scraped the thinnest of majorities. The lesson there is never think the Tories win elections from the centre ground when they can rally irrationality and fear to their standard. So here we are. Five more years of Osborne, May, Shapps, Hunt, IBS, Hammond, Soubry, Fallon ...... more »

May 11: Free Ad! (I have no shame.)

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
A friend visits me now and then to point a video camera at my face and ask me questions. I, modestly, reply. And he posts them in YouTube. The most recent one was posted just yesterday. It's called the purpose of history. Just go to youtube, and type graeme decarie in the search bar. ____________________________________________________________________________ Something strange is going on at Irving press. The news stories have always been dominated by trivia. But it's been getting worse for some weeks. And foreign news has almost disappeared. I'm not sure whether this is a deliberate... more »

Kryon on What is Love

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Kryon on What is Love* By annamerkaba on April 21, 2013 https://sacredascensionmerkaba.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/kryon-on-what-is-love/ This is an excerpt from my channeling of Kryon on What Love Is… Here is what he had so say: ”Love. Is an all encompassing energetic vibration of such magnitude and proportions that it can move mountains, change worlds, create, transmute, transform, and break through blockages. The power of love is such that it transcends time, transcends dimensions, dissolving anything and everything that stands in its way to create that which is desired for ... more »

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