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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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10:38pm MDST

Guest Post - Why Electric Radiators Are Essential For Eco-Friendly Living

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 37 minutes ago
For years night storage heaters have been the most globally popular technology for heating homes around the world. This has been largely due to home and business owners taking advantage of the low running costs they offer, even though there has always been a concern over the harmful carbon release resulting from such usage. [image: Why Electric Radiators Are Essential For Eco-Friendly Living] But now thanks to 21st century technology, night storage heaters no longer have any benefits that modern eco-friendly electric radiators don't. On the contrary, there are many extra capabiliti... more »

The Clintons and Their Banker Friends  (The Idea That a Subsidiary’s Problems Can’t Taint or Destroy the Host (or Bank Holding Company) or Create “Catastrophic” Risk Is a Myth Perpetuated by These Bankers/Political Enablers That Continues to This Day) Eviscerating Glass-Steagall:   The Miracle of the Citigroup/Rubinesque Authorization Triumphs Again and Again

After 14 years in Afghanistan the US has been defeated by a few lightly armed Taliban. After 8 years, half of Iraq is in the hands of the militant Islamic State. Washington has squandered trillions of dollars on wars that Washington has lost, while the US economy and living standards declined as a result of the trillions of dollars wasted on futile wars. The neoconsevative warmongers

CNN: We're Burning Through the Earth's Carbon Budget

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 59 minutes ago
*North America, in a world without glaciers (click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius* While Fast Track and TPP sort themselves out in the Senate — another vote on which could come soon — I want to pass on some climate news from CNN. As you may know, I believe we have very little time to address the challenge of climate change. Michael Mann puts the most likely date for crossing +2°C global warming in the 2030s. We're already at +1°C warming, with another half degree in the pipeline, guaranteed. We've crossed 400 ppm atmospheric CO2 for the first time since before humans walked the ea... more »

MENA Report May 14 , 2015 ( Iraq / Syria Regional Conflict Updates ( note the war within the war occurring in Iraq between Shi'a and Sunnis ) ...... Yemen ceasefire mostly holds today ....... Iran nuclear talks items..... Global ISIS and Al Qaeda items ..... Hezbollah leader having health issues ( minor heart attack or stroke alleged ) ..... Libya updates ..... .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Links..... *Pakistan Admits Defector's Role in bin Laden Op* *90 Killed in Saudi Airstrike on Yemeni Capital* *Training for Iraq's Sunni Tribesmen to Fight ISIS Off to Slow Start* *ISIS Affiliate Kills 43 Followers of the Aga Khan in Pakistan* 5 Million Syrians at Risk From Explosive Weapons: NGO Nuclear Talks With Iran Resume in Vienna Rebuffing Iran, IAEA Head Says Deal Allows Access to Military Sites Obama to Meet With Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy in Oval Office on Wednesday Report: Hezbollah Leader Being Treated for Heart Attack ICC Prosecutor Wants Probe of ISIS in Libya Twe... more »

Sex Watch: "The 15 Easiest US Cities to Get Laid" -- wouldn't you just like to know?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Tell the truth now:* *You'd click through, wouldn't you? (Hey, I saw that mouse pointer edging toward the link!)* *by Ken* As is so often the case, there are two ways of looking at this. On the one hand, can you imagine anything more idiotic or sleazier than a feature called "The 15 Easiest US Cities to Get Laid," which in fact purports to tell us exactly that? On the other hand, *I clicked through*. Wouldn't you? I mean, *just to see WTF they're up to*. Of course it shouldn't be terribly mysterious; they seemed pretty upfront about it in the blurb on their e-mail front page: Le... more »

How Synchronicity and Magic Mushrooms Changed This Man’s Life

WTStaff at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video - *Terence Mckenna shares his personal experiences with magic mushrooms and Carl Jung’s synchronicity, which is often regarded as coincidences in life. The post How Synchronicity and Magic Mushrooms Changed This Man’s Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Filmmakers Ash and Kamanaka Discuss Radiation, Secrets and Lives

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Filmmakers Ash and Kamanaka discuss radiation, secrets and lives (2015, May 13) http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2015/05/13/issues/filmmakers-ash-kamanaka-discuss-radiation-secrets-lives/#.VVNYKpNBmFs [Excerpted] Ian Thomas Ash and Hitomi Kamanaka are perhaps the two most widely viewed filmmakers who have produced documentaries about the effects of radioactivity in Fukushima since the March 11, 2011, disaster. Ash’s commitment to the subject arose after the multiple nuclear meltdown. Kamanaka, on the other hand, has been Japan’s designated nuclear documentarian for nearly tw... more »

Mob Justice Rules

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 2 hours ago
It was with some qualms that I joined in the social media hunt to name and shame the men that had verbally harassed CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt. I'm not supportive of the social justice mob and it's desire for vengeance. It's never clear if the mob is interested in punishment or reform. It was beyond any doubt that what these men had done was reprehensible. But when one was fired from his job,

Rising "anti-Semitism" allegedly driving Jews away from Jewish life, according to top rabbi

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 2 hours ago
According to Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, European "anti-Semitism" coupled with increasing numbers of "terrorist attacks" purportedly targeting Jews are driving more and more Jews away from leading an active Jewish life, *The Algemeiner* recently reported. The recent string of attacks against Jews in Europe has driven many Jews away from an active Jewish life, said the president of one of Europe’s leading Orthodox Jewish networks on Tuesday. *“We’re dealing with a large number of Jews who because of the risk involved, and terrorist attacks, h... more »

Online Media Caucus Call for Papers for ISA 2016 Reminder

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
Our new caucus seeks to promote the use of online media in our teaching, research, policy engagement and service. We have a broad imagination both about what we mean by online media and what kinds of papers/panels would be of interest. Online media include social media such as twitter, blogging, facebook, tumblr, and the like, […]

Blog Stats, Hawaii Pics

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
This is a follow up to my previous post, *Blog Stats this Month* (April 19, 2015). This site is able to sustain nearly 500 pageviews a day, higher than the previous <400 a day, January-March this year. The main drawer or attraction is my article, The 1st PRPX, May 2007 in Hawaii, Photos (May 04, 2015) and majority of readers are from the US, Russia and the Philippines. See below. I think my friends and readers like the photos eight years ago in the Hawaii conference. I lost my folder of those photos, dug them only from my old emails. Here are more photos. Below, Barun Mitra (Indi... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Traveling this evening. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWFCocIfXI

Musical Interlude: Justin Hayward, “Celtic Heart”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Justin Hayward, “Celtic Heart” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnVnVWrwwnU

Musical Interlude: Justin Hayward and John Lodge, “I Dreamed Last Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Justin Hayward and John Lodge, “I Dreamed Last Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9DHVeuXH0

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*BBC: **Burundi: What is behind the coup bid?* *A Burundi army general has said that President Pierre Nkurunziza has been "overthrown".The move follows weeks of demonstrations, mainly in the capital, Bujumbura.Why has there been a coup attempt?The trouble began in April when it was announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term.Protesters took to the streets saying the former rebel leader, who has been in power for nearly 10 years, was not entitled to do so.They are unhappy that the constitutional court has ruled that as Mr Nkurunziza was appoint... more »

Housing: It’s basically unintended consequences all the way down

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
With house-price inflation in Auckland fast approaching 10% per year nobody, not even the Prime Minister now, denies there is a housing crisis. But few agree on an effective solution. “It’s a supply issue!” says government. And, yes it is, but what’ s happening to remedy that is still too little too late. “It’s a demand issue!, says the government’s critics. And, yes, it is that too – supply and demand being two blades of a pair of scissors, with both blades doing the cutting . But is the Reserve Bank’s latest move to remedy that going to remedy anything? This latest remedy (30... more »

Labour's SNP Lessons

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
The cataclysm came and Scottish Labour was obliterated. There are calls for Jim Murphy to go, calls that should be heeded for the good of the party. Yet what exactly happened in Scotland? We've visited some of the reasons, but there are wider points Labour needs to take on board from the SNP's success that are of direct relevance to England and Wales as well. I often hear from comrades in Scotland that we down in England do not understand what's happening. Yours truly has been accused of that myself. But you don't need to strap yourself to a Souter-owned Stagecoach and barrel up t... more »

Institutional Thinking – The Matrix, 1984 and The Allegory of The Cave

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Ethan 'Indigo' Smith* - The prisoner eventually learns to distinguish between reality and shadows. The post Institutional Thinking – The Matrix, 1984 and The Allegory of The Cave appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- May 13, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*BBC: **Burundi coup bid: President Nkurunziza's return 'thwarted'* *Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to return home to tackle a coup has failed and he has returned to Tanzania where he was attending a summit, officials there told the BBC.Another source said the plane turned back after 10 minutes as it would have been unable to land safely in Burundi.The coup announced by Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare had brought thousands on to the streets to celebrate.* *MIDDLE EAST* US rules out military pact *with Arab Gulf states*. Yemen's humanitarian truce barely holds* as v... more »

A Collapsing Bridge Is Never Sexy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Yesterday Elizabeth Warren was on NPR fighting against the latest attack by Wall Street-owned politicians on the middle class. Her main emphasis was the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the conservatives' toxic trade agenda, which David Dayen eviscerated at *Salon* yesterday. "I have three objections," explained Warren. "The first is that the president is asking us to vote to grease the skids on a trade deal that has largely been negotiated but that is still held in secret. The second is that we know that corporations under this deal are going to get to sue countries for regulat... more »

Musical Interlude: Andrey Vinogradov, “Without You”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Andrey Vinogradov, “Without You” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKD9G4GNXis

Chet Raymo, “In A Dark Time...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“In A Dark Time...”* by Chet Raymo “I've quoted a few of these lines before, from a poem by Charles Simic: "It's like fishing in the dark. Our thoughts are the hooks, Our heart the raw bait. We cast the line past all believing Into the night sky Until it's lost to sight." In a sense, that's the story of my life: a long love affair with the night sky. My first book of popular science was “365 Starry Nights”. My first book of personal prose was “The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage”. “An Intimate Look at the Night Sky” followed much later, but every book in between, fic... more »

"Cycle of Life: Learning from the Big Picture"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Cycle of Life: Learning from the Big Picture"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "While we are on earth we are all human beings in different phases of our lives and soul development. As we walk through the world, the people we encounter appear so different from one another. We see babies, old men, pregnant women, and teenaged boys. We know couples on the verge of marriage and lonely widows. We interact with toddlers and the terminally ill. As different as each person seems, they are all living the human experience. They are just at different places in the cycle that begins with birth... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Brookings, Oregon, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Benedicto"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Benedicto" * “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profile... more »

"Remember..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Every time you wake up ask yourself, ‘What good things am I going to do today?’ Remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it will take a part of your life with it.” - Native American proverb.

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke"The Apple Orchard"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Apple Orchard"* "Come, let us watch the sun go down, and walk in twilight through the orchard's green. Does it not seem as if we had for long collected, saved and harbored within us old memories? To find releases and seek new hopes, remembering half-forgotten joys, mingled with darkness coming from within, as we randomly voice our thoughts aloud wandering beneath these harvest-laden trees reminiscent of Durer woodcuts, branches which, bent under the fully ripened fruit, wait patiently, trying to outlast, to serve another season's hundred days of toil, straining, uncomplaining, ... more »

"The Weaving Of Human Living..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"...and this is the weaving of human living: of whose fabric each individual is a part; each is intimately connected with the bottom and the extremist reach of time: and not one of these things nor one of these persons is ever quite to be duplicated or replaced: but each is a new and incommunicably tender life, wounded in every breath, sustaining for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe." - James Agee, "Now Let Us Praise Famous Men"

"How Your Brain Handles Terror Scares"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"How Your Brain Handles Terror Scares"* by Alan Boyle "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken "Today's endless stream of "news" can add a real-life fear factor to the fictional scares that folks typically experience. Whether the scares are make-believe or real, neuroscience provides some strategies for channeling our fear response in the right way. Millions of years of evolution have optimized our brains' hard wiring t... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

The Economy: "Low Wage America"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Low Wage America" * People think minimum wage is for young workers but the average age of someone on minimum wage is 36. Half of Congress is made up of millionaires. by mybudget360 "People have a hard time understanding the vast number of Americans working in low wage jobs. There is a very real reason why dollar stores paint the heartland. We also have 46 million Americans on food stamps. One of the big issues that we will certainly hear about during this campaign season is the erosion of the middle class. Even though the stock market is hovering near all-time peaks, the regular wo... more »

Get Real or No Vote from Us

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
*Real progressives talk about militarism, war and military spending!* *To: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and all other Progressives * By U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) We call upon all those who seek our political support to speak out forcefully, with clarity and passion, for a new definition of national security that puts the welfare of our people and the planet ahead of the interests of the Pentagon brass, military contractors, multinational corporations and the military-industrial complex. *Why is this important?* *Populist: *someone who embraces a political doctrine ... more »

Thomas Cahill: Today Began a Long Time Ago

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Thomas Cahill is the author of, *"How the Irish Saved Civilization,"* *"Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter,"* *"Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe"* and many other books. *Wikipedia:* Thomas Cahill (born 1940; New York City) is an American scholar and writer. He is best known for The Hinges of History series, a prospective seven-volume series in which the author recounts formative moments in Western civilization. *Video Title: Thomas Cahill: Today Began a Long Time Ago. Source: SunlightOxygen. Date... more »

Votes Have Consequences: Greens Take On Blumenauer over TPP

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*"Progressive" Rep. Earl Blumenauer gets a Fast Track talking to* *by Gaius Publius* As we reported, TPP lost its first major vote in the Senate when Fast Track enabling legislation (formally, "Trade Promotion Authority") failed to clear the 60-vote barrier: Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle, 52-45. Sen. *Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it*. Sen... more »

Plane Records Flight Through Unusual/Mysterious Antimatter Cloud

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*This is a different kind of story for the blog. But it's so dam interesting I can't pass it by!* *Please share some thoughts???!!! * * DJ* *Gizmodo * In what sounds like a tale from the Bermuda Triangle, an atmospheric physicist, called Joseph Dwyer, was flying through a massive thunderstorm, when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a huge cloud of antimatter The physicist was piloting a modified Gulfstream V plane on a scientific mission and came across the strange phenomenon by accident. Gulfstream V plane Dwyer and his co-pilot mistook a line of thunderstorms for the Ge... more »

President Obama Meets Two Key Saudi Leaders In The Oval Office

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Obama meets two Saudi princes after King sent regrets * *President Barack Obama on Wednesday went out of his way to praise two of Saudi Arabia's top leaders before meeting privately with them at the White House and played down the absence of King Salman, who pulled out of the visit last week.* *"The United States and Saudi Arabia have an extraordinary friendship and relationship that dates back to (President) Franklin Roosevelt," Obama said at the start of the meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in th... more »

May 13: Let's skip most of today's Irving press.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
There really isn't much there. A full half of A8, for example, is a story about a Moncton man who will be cheering for Mexico (because he was born there) in the FIFA World Cup this summer. So bloody what? The editorial page has a good cartoon. Norbert has a really excellent column on Harper's disregard for citizen rights. It's informed. It's logical. It's clearly written. This is first rate stuff. All of the letters to the editor are worth reading. And Alec Bruce has an excellent column on our understanding of science. The only problem with his column is us. New Brunswick has a sham... more »

Rainforest Medicine and Indigenous Culture – Liberation Frequency

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Interview* - A conversation on the healing powers of the medicines of the rainforest, and how life comes full circle. The post Rainforest Medicine and Indigenous Culture – Liberation Frequency appeared first on Waking Times.

"Should we value extremism?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Watching Mark Easton's BBC News at Six report on the Conservative government's plans to introduce banning orders for extremist organisations who use hate speech in public places, but whose activities fall short of it being proscribed as a terror group, it was very hard to escape the conclusion that Mark Easton wasn't keen on them. Except for a clip of Theresa May, everything Mark said was from the 'anti' side. We got him arguing that it's hard to define extremism, and that Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill might have been caught out by such legislation. We got hi... more »

Islamic State Takes Credit For Terror Bus Attack That Killed 45 Shiite Pilgrims In Pakistan Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*BBC:* *Pakistan gunmen kill 45 on Karachi Ismaili Shia bus* *At least 45 people have been killed and 13 injured in a gun attack on a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.Police said six gunmen on motorcycles had stopped the bus and fired indiscriminately at passengers.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack and ordered an investigation.Pakistani Taliban splinter group Jundullah and Islamic State (IS) both said they had carried out the attack.Later, the militant group Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also said it was behi... more »

Hugh Sykes calls Prince Charles "an extraordinarily ugly thing"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
And talking of Prince Charles, here's the extremely veteran BBC reporter Hugh Sykes cracking a most un-PC joke in response to two items of today's news:

Supplemental: It’s very good being Christina B!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015Why certain things go unmentioned:* In this morning’s Washington Post, Sally Jenkins does something that’s rarely done. Jenkins gets it right! Jenkins does the unthinkable. In the course of her new column, she mentions the comical problems the NFL had when officials tried to measure the air pressure of those Patriots’ footballs. We told you that no one would do this. Jenkins proved us wrong: JENKINS (5/13/15): DeflateGate would be more of a ‘Gate’ if the league had proven that the balls were in fact deflated. But it hasn’t. That’s what is so peculiar about... more »

Winger's Sticky Fingers Copycat Recipe

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
There are some foods that take you back to certain times and places with just one bite. One of those foods for me is Winger's sticky fingers. For those not familiar with Winger's, it's a Utah-based chain that specializes in chicken wings and sticky fingers: a type of chicken finger coated in sweet-spicy sauce. It's delicious, and reminds me of going to Winger's on game nights in college because the local restaurant had game day special. It reminds of me good times, great wins and wonderful food. As kids have come along, the ability to easily go to the restaurant has decreased, but... more »

Wild Bill: Black Privilege...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*is a reality.*

"Are Human Rights not cool anymore?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
BBC World Service journalist Steph Hegarty has recently made quite a name for herself with her biased BBC tweets. Here's a new duly impartial opinion to add to the ever-growing collection: Are Human Rights not cool anymore? #TheresaMay #refugees #migrantcrisis — Steph Hegarty (@stephhegarty) May 13, 2015

Spider letters, ITV and the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
My goodness, there was one heck of a difference between the ways BBC One's News at Six and ITV's News at 6.30 reported Prince Charles's 'spider letters'! The angle on ITV's main evening news bulletin was that the Prince had warned Tony Blair's government about shortages in equipment for British troops in Iraq. ITN's Tim Ewart's report gave us a glimpse of one of Charles's letters to Tony Blair and then two extracts from Tony Blair's long and clearly carefully considered response, showing how seriously the Prince's intervention. This was followed by the welcoming of Prince Charle... more »

Civil War In Syria News Updates -- May 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Voice of America*:* US Officials Alarmed at New Syrian Rebel Alliance* GAZIANTEP, TURKEY - Battlefield gains by insurgents in northern Syria, in an alliance dominated *by an al-Qaida affiliate, and hardline Islamist militias are presenting the Obama administration with a dilemma — whether to support the new insurgent momentum against President Bashar al-Assad or to have nothing to do with it, U.S. officials say. * *While the victories last month and this month over forces loyal to Assad in Idlib province west of Aleppo may mark a turning point in the fortunes of the rebels in the... more »

Iran Threatens War Against The Saudi-Led Coalition If ‘Aid Ship’ To Yemen Attacked

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Iran Warns Saudi-Led Coalition Against Interfering With Yemen Aid Ship As Ceasefire Continues* *An Iranian military official warned the Saudi-led coalition Tuesday that any attempts to block an Iranian cargo ship bound for Yemen with humanitarian aid will “spark a fire.” The comments come amid concerns from the United States and Saudi Arabia that the ship might be used to supply weapons to the Houthi rebels during the temporary ceasefire.* *"I bluntly declare that the self-restraint of Islamic Republic of Iran is not limitless," General Masoud Jazayeri told Iran's Arab... more »

Didn't dullard Duncan say Katrina was the best thing to happen to New Orleans?

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
*“…let me be really honest. I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina.” — Arne Duncan* [image: The absolute worst education President, and Secretary of Education in U.S. history: Barack Obama and Arne Duncan] The absolute worst education President, and Secretary of Education in U.S. history. ------------------------------ *For Immediate Release:* May 13, 2015 *Contact:* Madison Donzis, madison@fitzgibbonmedia.com, 210.488.6220 *New Report Exposes Holes in Louisiana’s Charter School Program and Millions in Taxpayer Dollars Was... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- May 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Yemen truce broadly holds, but reports of violations* *A five-day truce in Yemen appeared to be broadly holding on Wednesday, despite reports of air strikes overnight by Saudi-led forces and continued military activity by the country's dominant Iranian-allied Houthi group.* *Witnesses in the southwestern city of Abyan said warplanes had hit positions there after the Houthi seized the area following the start late on Tuesday of the ceasefire, which is intended to ward off a humanitarian catastrophe.* *Residents of the southern provinces of Shabwa and Lahj, which have w... more »

Urah! Urah! Urah!

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Russian Military on Parade in Red Square, Moscow* Saturday, May 9, 2015 One of the most electrifying moments in the Russian Military Parade Spectacular that was held in Moscow last Saturday, May 9, 2015, was the moment when Putin shouted the war cry:* "Urah! *to the assembled thousands of soldiers and they repeated the cry back to him three times...Red Square reverberated with the roar. You can watch *that moment at the 57 to 104 second point at this video *of the entire parade. YouTube will not allow me to upload the video of the parade onto my blog. Curious. In any case...it go... more »

The Economy: "Young and American? You’re Out of Luck"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Young and American? You’re Out of Luck"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - "Old age and treachery will always triumph over youth and skill. At least, that is the way it looks. Our speech to the Class of 2015 (you can catch up here and here) left out some important points. The jobs picture, for example, is even bleaker. And depriving young people of jobs is like depriving pandas of bamboo shoots: It’s all they have. Older people can watch their stocks, real estate, and bonds go up in price. A young person can only look at the “Help Wanted” ads… and hope for a... more »

Spain: The Springtime Siege of Malaga (1974)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 10 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFODate: 05.10.2015* *Spain: The Springtime Siege of Malaga (1974)* On March 29, 1974, SUR offered a worldwide exclusive when it photographed a fleet of UFOS for the first time ever. The photographs were disseminated worldwide and television networks from many countries headed for Malaga. Salvador Salas Andrade and Fernando Gonzalez Perez were the ones who secured the snapshots that shook public opinion. On March 29, 1974, SUR presented a worldwide exclusive that shook public opinion both in Spain and worldwide. A series of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) had... more »

Will U.S. Military Plans In The South China Sea Risk War With China?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65), the guided-missile destroyers USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Pinkney (DDG 91), and the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) operate in formation in the South China Sea. US Navy *Wall Street Journal:* *U.S. Gambit Risks Conflict With China* *Option to challenge Beijing in South China Sea is fraught with danger.* *SHANGHAI—After repeated and unheeded warnings to China to halt its massive reclamation works in the South China Sea, the U.S. is contemplating an option fraught with danger: limite... more »

Is The U.S. And China Heading For A Naval Showdown In The South China Sea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. Reuters/Ritchie B. Tongo *WSJ:* *U.S. Military Proposes Challenge to China Sea Claims* *Moves would send Navy planes, ships near artificial islands built by China in contested waters * *The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands, U.S... more »

Mexico: Maussán’s Alleged “Alien Truth” is Refuted

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO & Vanguardia.com.mxDate: 05.12.2013* *Mexico: Maussán’s Alleged “Alien Truth” is Refuted* MEXICO – Less than a week after having gathered seven thousand followers at the National Auditorium, a renowned British physician has refuted Jaime Maussán, ascertaining the provenance of one of his main items of evidence adduced during the event: the “alien” photograph was pure theater. The host of the Tercer Milenio television show affirmed that the corpse corresponded to one of the alleged aliens that crashed in Roswell, U.S.A. in 1947. *Pure Theater* British daily *... more »

Abandoned Uranium Mines Plague Navajo Nation

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Sonia Luokkala - *Mining companies have left behind a legacy of poisoned wells and contaminated earth. The post Abandoned Uranium Mines Plague Navajo Nation appeared first on Waking Times.

Iraq Report: Islamic State's Second In Command And Acting Leader Killed In U.S. Led Air Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraq defense ministry says Islamic State's second in command killed* *Iraq's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday the second most senior member of Islamic State had been killed in a coalition air strike on a mosque where he was meeting with other militants in the north of the country.* *"Based on accurate intelligence, an air strike by the coalition forces targeted the second in command of IS, Abu Alaa al-Afari," the ministry said in a statement on its website.* *Abu Alaa al-Afari, whose real name is Abdul Rahman Mustafa Mohammed, is an ethnic Turkmen from the town of T... more »

World News Briefs -- May 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Burundi coup: Celebrations in Bujumbura as general says he has deposed President Nkurunziza* *Major General Godefroid Niyombare announced that he had deposed Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, and was working with civil society groups to form a transitional government.* *MIDDLE EAST* Yemen truce broadly holds, *but reports of violations*. Iran warns US against *stopping Yemen-bound aid ship*. Iranian general warns Saudis, US to not block *ship bound for Yemen*. Iranian destroyer locks on target* in Gulf of Aden... more »

Feel Lost, Disconnected, No Passion or Purpose? You Are Expanding

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Michael Forrester - *What you are feeling at this very moment is a transition--only one step of many on this grand journey of ascension on this planet that is progressing every second. The post Feel Lost, Disconnected, No Passion or Purpose? You Are Expanding appeared first on Waking Times.

Not All We See

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Ida Lawrence - *Intuition is a ‘direct knowing’ of what is, and it operates best when the obstacles are removed. The post Not All We See appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Northrop Grumman concept for Long Range Strike Bomber, aka the B-3. *Robbin Laird, Breaking Defense:* *What The B-3 Bomber Should Be* *The bomber has a long and distinguished history in the Air Force and its predecessor, the Army Air Corps. When the B-17 Flying Fortress was born, it was a controversial aircraft, but proved its worth when Nazi Germany controlled a continent and only the B-17 fleet could deliver strikes inside Nazi-controlled territory, thanks to the bomber’s range and payload.* *But the road to the B-17 was not smooth. Before the war, fighter pilots and bomber advo... more »

Thoughts on the New Science Advisory Structure of the European Commission

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
Today, the European Commission released its new plans for science advice under Jean-Claude Juncker, the EC President. The new structure comes after Juncker terminated the office of the Chief Scientific Advisor, led by Anne Glover, which was put in place by his predecessor, Juan Manuel Barosso. The new structure is shown visually in the figure at the top of this post. While there are many details of the plan still to be announced (here is the EC press release with a link to a presentation given earlier today), here are three quick reactions. *1. The 7-person super committee will lik... more »

EU Preparing Military Operations Against Libyan Networks Responsible For The Current Refugee Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Photo from Blazing cat Fur *The Guardian*: *Migrant crisis: EU plan to strike Libya networks could include ground forces* *Exclusive: Strategy paper for the mission focuses on air and naval campaign, but adds that ‘presence ashore’ might be needed to destroy smugglers’ assets* *European plans for a military campaign to smash the migrant smuggling networks operating out of Libya include options for ground forces on Libyan territory.* *The 19-page strategy paper for the mission, obtained by the Guardian, focuses on an air and naval campaign in the Mediterranean and in Libyan ter... more »

ENABLERS OF THE SCANDALOUS TIMES: Bellantoni defends the guild!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015Part 3—A familiar old insider con:* Could it be true that the national media are “primed to take Hillary Clinton down?” That’s what Dylan Byers has said. Can Dylan Byers say such things? Is he crazy out of his head? Byers covers media issues for Politico. He made the comment in question in a column last week. For us, Byers’ remarks raise a set of questions: Is it possible that Byers is actually *right* in some way? Is it possible that the New York Times is part of some such syndrome? Is it possible that the syndrome in question dates all the way to the New... more »

North Korea's Defense Minister Executed By Anti-Aircraft Gun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC*: *North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'* *North Korea's Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament.* *MPs were told Mr Hyon was killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds, the Yonhap news agency reports.* *It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and had not carried out instructions.* *South Korea said a senior military officer was also killed.* *The news comes weeks after the reported executio... more »

Coup Underway In The African State Of Burundi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC*: *Burundi general declares coup against President Nkurunziza* *A Burundi army general says President Pierre Nkurunziza has been "overthrown", amid unrest over his bid to be re-elected for a third term.* *Major General Godefroid Niyombareh said a salvation committee had been set up, but his level of support is unclear.* *Thousands protesting against the president in the capital, Bujumbura, are now reported to be celebrating.* *President Nkurunziza is currently in Tanzania. The presidency's Twitter site said the coup attempt had failed.* *Mr Nkurunziza has been meeting other ... more »

Former Fidel Castro Body-Guard Publishes A Tell-All Book

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*William O’Connor, Daily Beast: **Speed Read: Castro Tell-All Calls Cuban Leader a House-Hungry, Hoops-Cheating Cuckold* *A new trash-talking biography by a disaffected bodyguard says the Cuban leader owns houses galore, can’t dance, and always has to win when he shoots hoops. * *Sometimes, the biggest danger to a ruler is not an opposing politician, but somebody working in their own home.* *Various residents of the White House had their dirty laundry aired earlier this year by staff, and now it’s Fidel Castro’s turn.* *Juan Reinaldo Sanchez was part of Castro’s elite security ... more »

Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard contracts Damen for fleet of 12x coastal patrol craft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: Damen coastal patrol craft]Following a 4-year acquisition programme, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to purchase twelve vessels for the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force from Damen Shipyards. The Signing Ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of National Security, Temple Court 1 Building, was attended by Permanent Secretary Carl A. Francison behalf of the Ministry of National Security andDamen Sales Director AmericasSander van Oord. Trinidad and Tobago has ordered a complete package of vessels with the aim of enhancing the country’s maritime security a... more »

ON ED POLICY AND MENTORING

David Greene at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
“As one gang member told an interviewer working for the sociologist Deanna Wilkinson: “I grew up as looking for somebody to love me in the streets. You know, my mother was always working, my father used to be doing his thing. So I was by myself. I’m here looking for some love. I ain’t got nobody to give me love, so I went to the streets to find love.” Teachers provide that love through mentoring. However recent education policies have diminished the time teachers have to do this loving role. I can probably say that unofficially I have been someone’s mentor since I was still in hi... more »

Greece Has No Plan To To Tackle Its Debt And Economic Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives on a motorbike at Maximos Mansion to attend a governmental meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens May 10 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis *Hugo Dixon, Reuters*: *Greece seemingly has no Plan A or Plan B on debt* *Strategy is a word with Greek roots. But, sadly the current government led by Alexis Tsipras doesn’t seem to have a strategy for extricating the country from its parlous state.* *Its government lacks a credible plan for reaching agreement with its euro zone creditors and the International Monetary Fund. It doesn’t... more »

This Is Sickening: Criminal Harper Regime Gives Gift Of Vaccines In Honor Of New "Royal Princess".

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I and others have been trying our best to get the message out to everyone for a very long time about the dangers of vaccines and the simple fact that NOBODY should go and take vaccines into their bodies, period.... The facts are absolutely true and easily backed by research that vaccines are poisonous to the human body and anyone that is gullible enough to allow themselves to roll up their sleeves and allow the criminals to inject themselves with their deadly concoctions has to have their heads examined..... It is a fact that our own criminal crooked governments are pushing hard to ... more »

No particle upon a quantum field means no information

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Backreation promotes a paper, Information transmission without energy exchange by Jonsson, Martin-Martinez, and Kempf, which claims that in 1+1 (exception), 2+1, 4+1, and other odd dimensions, and in curved spaces, the information may be transmitted by a massless quantum field without any exchange of energy. Moreover, the signals move much slower than the speed of light and the communication involves production of no quanta in the field. The authors play with some subtle "defect" of the Hyugens principle in odd dimensions (and other spaces) and they try to convert this "strange thi... more »

Where Are America's Allies?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, April 23, 2015. *Thomas Donnelly, Weekly Standard*: *America's Collapsing Alliances* I*t was a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away: In July 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama made big, bold news by travelling to Berlin to – as The New York Times triumphantly recorded – “restore the world’s faith in strong American leadership and idealism.” With 200,000 Berliners waving campaign-provided American flags, Obama called for renewing America’s alliances and undo... more »

Iraq During The Summer Insurgent Offensive Interview With North America Western Asia Holdings CEO & Pres Paul Brinkley

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The insurgent’s summer offensive in Iraq in 2014 shocked the country and the world. The seizure of Mosul in Ninewa was followed by a quick surge south that took part of Kirkuk and Salahaddin province along with the seizure of Tikrit. A few weeks later the Islamic State turned north and attacked the Kurds in Ninewa and Diyala. Iraq was reeling only to be saved by Ayatollah Sistani’s fatwa to defend the country, and the entry of the Iranians and the U.S.-led Coalition. Paul Brinkley is a former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense who led a Task Force in Iraq focused on economic st... more »

THE REAL PROBLEM IS WITH HOW PEOPLE VIEW INNER CITY PUBLIC EDUCATION.

David Greene at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
*https://dcgmentor.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/stevie-wonder-knew-the-real-problem-with-how-people-view-americas-inner-city-public-education/* *“Wow, new york, just like I pictured it* *Skyscrapers and everything* *[Verse 5] **Hey hey brother, hey come here slick Hey you look, you look hip man* *Hey you wanna make yourself five bucks man* *You look hip* *Run this across the street for me right quick Okay, run this across the street for me* *[Verse 6] **What? Huh? I didn’t know!* *Put your hands up you punk!* *I’m just going across the street* *Lay down, shut your mouth* *Hell no, what did... more »

Obama's Snafu

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
* *Updated below.* The giant middle finger that Barack Obama has been giving us these past six years is now dangling at the root, the victim of its own terminal corruption. And yet he and his sycophants persist in downgrading yesterday's crumbling of the "pillar of his presidency" into an annoying little hangnail. "It's just a procedural snafu," whined Josh Earnest, the aptly named White House press flack of the "stinging defeat" Obama suffered from members of his own party, who shockingly denied him the right to "fast-track" democracy into oblivion via the secretive Trans-Pacific ... more »

Are Chuck Schumer And Jon Tester Trying To Take Over Ohio Next?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Rank-and-file Democrats are smart enough to make their own decisions, and don't need party insiders and bosses telling them how to vote, especially not party insiders and bosses from Inside-the-Beltway. Democratic voters in Florida know Patrick Murphy isn't a real Democrat no matter how deeply buried up his ass Jon Tester has been instructed by Chuck Schumer to bury his head. Voters in Maryland may fear Chris Van Hollen is a careerist wheeler-dealer ready to compromise their interests at the drop of a corporate campaign check, but they know that Donna Edwards-- like Alan Grayson ... more »

Tennessee County Tries 1950s Strategy to Avoid Integration

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
In the years after the 1954 Brown Decision, school systems across the South jacked up building programs for black schools. The purpose, of course, was to do anything they could afford to do to assuage and placate black citizens and the federal government, even as local officials clung desperately to the practice of segregation. Now 60 years later Robertson County has been found out of compliance with federal requirements that schools at least have 15 percent diversity representation. In a throwback move reminiscent of Jim Crow days, the County has offered to build the black Spri... more »

America's Nazi Buddies at Work.....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
You don't have to speak the lingo to understand this one. The US-NATO backed Nazis torment this man and have a good laugh afterwards. During Hitler's time they were called Brown Shirts. Today the US calls them 'freedom fighters' against Russian backed 'terrorists'. I'd call what the Nazis are doing in Ukraine terrorism for sure. It's sickening to think that the US is arming and training these cats. Wake up America!

Right-Wingers Responding to NDP Victory in Alberta

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I'm taking a break from my leisurely summary of the Public Safety & National Security Committee hearings on Bill C-51 (which has passed the House of Commons and is now in the House of Patronage) to talk about the right-wing response to the Alberta NDP's amazing victory. It might have been a CBC story, or the Globe & Mail, ... I forget, ... something in my Facebook feed anyway. But those crazy right-wing fuckers had obviously become totally unhinged. A few of them managed to retain their composure and say that it was merely a protest vote, it wouldn't last. But even those (perhaps o... more »

KMT: Wang on hold as Ma objects

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Puli in the morning.* Solidarity evidently had a slow day at the office, for he translated a bunch of stuff today. One piece explained why Speaker of the Legislature Wang Jin-pyng did not announce his bid for the KMT candidacy today as expected last week: The KMT’s presidential nomination registration period is nearing the end, and legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s 王金平 intention to declare his candidacy is clear, but the “iron blues” are fighting back in a big way, forcing Wang to delay his plans again and again. He’s been forced to scrap his original plans to go to the KMT hea... more »

U.S. Sen. MaCain: President Obama Will Offer Missile Defense To The Gulf States For His Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain press conference. Pete Souza, White House *Sputnik: **McCain: Obama Wants to Bribe Gulf States Over Iran Deal* *US Senator John McCain told Sputnik the White House is seeking to sway Gulf countries into supporting an Iranian nuclear deal by offering integrated ballistic missile defense in exchange.WASHINGTON, May 13 (Sputnik) Leandra Bernstein — The White House is attempting to bribe members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to support an Iranian nuclear deal by offering integrated ballistic missile defense at this week’s Camp ... more »

Green Goodness

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Companies that have sustainability at their core. (Oracle not so much) It proves the bottom line grows faster with green than carbon black. H/T Oldphartte

A post about Star Wars and Internet sustainability

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
A double Hat tip to the Laughing Squid. Did you know the Internet uses more juice than a fleet of Death Stars? If a compilation of Star Wars sounds makes you tingle.

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Denzel Washington to College Grads: 'Put God First'* In delivering the commencement speech at Dillard University on Sunday, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington told the college graduates to "put God first" in everything they do, adding that everything he has accomplished in this life was due to "the grace of God." "I’m going to keep it short," said Washington, who received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters at the ceremony. "Number one: Put God first," he said. "Put God first in everything you do." "Everything you think you see in me, everything I’ve accomplishe... more »

Goverment by showbusiness

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Its nothing new. The war hero is more valuable on the bond field than the battlefield. This week the mind reels absorbing how far we have come. All those military spectacles at sports events are paid advertising. Yes the billionaire owners managing mostly temporary millionaires are receiving millions of dollars a year each to stage military pageantry at the big game. Remember the movie Zero Dark Thirty, which begot the even more odious American Sniper, well both are way closer to fiction than truth. In the case of the killing of Osama Bin Laden the truth may never come out. The b... more »

Ukraine Parliament Approves Martial Law Legislation And For The Internment Of Those Who Oppose Them

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
© ITAR-TASS/Maxim Nikitin *ITAR_TASS:* *Ukraine’s parliament passes law to allow interning Russian citizens* *KIEV, May 12. /TASS/. The Ukrainian parliament broadly approved a law on Tuesday, allowing measures to intern Russian citizens living on the territory of Ukraine.The law on martial rule was approved by 254 deputies compared with the required minimum of 226 voices in its favor.Ukrainian MPs approved the bill in the first reading on April 9, after which it was sent for finalization after evoking many critical remarks.* *Update #1:* Poroshenko Green-Lights Bill Allowing ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Greenies hitting those who can least afford it again* *For a totally theoretical reason. Asthma is a very draining ailment, including financially draining. But the inexpensive inhalers that asthmatics used to use to relieve their symptoms have now vanished from the martket, leaving only expensive ones available. Why? Because of a FDA ban designed to protect the ozone layer -- an old Greenie scare that has amounted to nothing, as is usual with Greenie scares. The hole in the ozone layer waxes and wanes as it has always done, despite the ban on simple refrigerant chemicals* ... more »

Taxes Or Integrity?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
It's beginning to look like taxes -- whose tax cuts are best -- will be the central theme of the next election. But, Lawrence Martin writes, if the central theme is integrity, the Harperites will be toast: So let’s say an audit is being done on you or your organization and that the audit could land you in deep trouble. It could possibly lead to criminal charges. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just order up changes to the audit? How about having the offending paragraphs deleted? But even if you could, you wouldn’t want to take the risk. If you got caught, you would be in worse t... more »

Bathroom Storage Candelabra

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
Over the course of our marriage, I have decorated our bathrooms many different ways. A frog bathroom, a princess bathroom, and an all blue bathroom. I have changed it up so many times because I never found something that I really loved. Just recently I decided to change up our bathroom upstairs and I wanted to go for a more classic look. I came up with this candelabra for some of our most used items and I absolutely love it. It completes the look of the bathroom and looks really nice and I didn't have to spend a lot of money on it. You will need: - a candelabra - enough ja... more »

What Placebos Tell Us About the Failure of Drugs and the Power of Self-Healing

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video - *Dr. Michael Murray discusses how some conditions can be healed with placebos in place of using prescription drugs. The post What Placebos Tell Us About the Failure of Drugs and the Power of Self-Healing appeared first on Waking Times.

Economic News , Data and views ( May 13 , 2015 ) - Morning data splash from Europe ( GDP Q1 Numbers from Germany disappoint / Italy and France surprise , Belgian Cash deficit widens , EZ Industrial Production data declines ) ....Several nations opt out of EU Refugee resettlement plan ( UK / Ireland and Denmark ) .... Greece in focus ( Political situation , economic updates , state of play in creditor talks ) ....... Bonds / bunds and ECB items of note

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets.... *MineForNothing* @minefornothing · 14m14 minutes ago UK, Ireland & Denmark to opt out of EU's migrant resettlement scheme *Russian Market retweeted *Efthimia Efthimiou* @EfiEfthimiou · 15m15 minutes ago Efthimia Efthimiou retweeted capital.gr #Greece Fin Min Varoufakis: I can't guarantee that the govt will be in power until January Efthimia Efthimiou added, *capital.gr* @capitalgr Γ. Βαρουφάκης: Δεν μπορώ να δεσμευθώ ότι θα είμαστε κυβέρνηση τον Ιανουάριο Jonathan Ferro retweeted *Bloomberg Markets *@markets · 29m29 minutes ago Five things everyone will be... more »

BGOS Greens AGM

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
The following is presented as a service to my local Greens *The Annual General Meeting of the Bruce-Grey Owen Sound Green Party of Canada Electoral District Association will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Williamsford Mill Book Store & Cafe, 316070 Highway 6, Williamsford, ON.* *A new executive is elected at the AGM. Nominations will be taken from the floor for the positions of President (CEO), Chief Financial Officer and other executive positions. The meeting is open to all Green supporters and to the general public. Green Party of Canada memberships will be avail... more »

"Circus Lion Freed From Cage Feels Earth Beneath His Paws For The First Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Circus Lion Freed From Cage Feels Earth Beneath His Paws For The First Time"* By Stephen Messenger "Footage shared this week by the Rancho dos Gnomos Santuário in Brazil shows the thrilling moment a lion named Will experiences, for the first time, the feeling of soil and grass beneath his feet.Prior to being rescued and taken to the sanctuary, Will had been forced to perform with a traveling circus. For 13 long years, the lion had been confined to a cramped cage and denied any semblance of a normal existence. Within seconds of his release, Will can be seen eagerly running his paws... more »

At IDEF 2015 WASS Showcased the Black Scorpion and Black Arrow torpedoes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Black Scorpion torpedo]Talking to Navy Recognition during IDEF 2015, a WASS representative explained that the Black Scorpion was designed to be launched from sonobuoy tubes found on board ASW helicopters and Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The mini torpedo is intended to be used when the submarine contact is not accurate. The Black Scorpion "pings" in the water which either locates the target or forces the target to move. Black Scorpion retains the abillity to hit the target and induce damage with its small warhead. In a complex international scenario in which the ASW is rapidly ... more »

Air & Missile Defense Radar sails through Critical Design Review

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company have completed the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) critical design review. The outcome confirms Raytheon's design and technologies as mature, producible and low risk; on track to meet all radar performance requirements, on schedule and within cost. The CDR assessed all technical aspects of the program, from hardware specifications, software development, risk mitigation and producibility analysis, to program management, test and evaluation schedules, and cost assessments. The review concluded with Navy stakeholders impressed wit... more »

NAS Corpus Christi to inspect training aircraft following flight line flooding

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi wasn't immune to all the flooding from last night's heavy downpour. Dozens of Navy aircraft used for training were lashed to the flight line as the winds and water came rushing in from Corpus Christi Bay. Crews will now need to closely inspect 38 of the T-6 aircraft for potential damage to the landing gear, electronics and fuselage. Read more

Why the Indonesian air force wants the Su-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-35 Flanker-E]The Indonesian air force wants to replace its outdated American built F-5 fighters with the brand new Russian Su-35 Super Flanker, but the country’s political leadership is unable to act quickly because the U.S. is pitching in with its F-16 and F-18 jets. The Indonesians operate both American F-16s and Russian made Flankers – five Su-27s and 11 Su-30s. How Russian aircraft ended up in the air force of an American ally is interesting. “Indonesia’s turn toward Russian fighters stemmed partly from necessity,” explains Defense Industry Daily (DID).. Its 12 remain... more »

China’s missiles can reach nearly all of U.S.: Pentagon report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A 2015 report by the Department of Defense says that China has dozens of nuclear-capable missiles that could reach almost anywhere in the U.S. China’s CSS-4 can hit anywhere except Florida; its DF-31A can hit most of the Pacific coast and parts of the midwest; and the JL-2 is a sea-based nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Business Insider reported Monday. “China’s military modernization has the potential to reduce core U.S. military technological advantages. China’s officially disclosed military budget grew at an average of 9.5 percent per year in inflation adjusted terms from 2005... more »

Security Needs Drive Australian F-35 Base Program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Australia has begun building the infrastructure it will need to support its planned force of at least 72 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings, with much of the work driven by U.S. demands for tightened security of the aircraft and their systems. Construction began this month at RAAF Williamtown, the main fighter base of the Royal Australian Air Force. Initial facilities should be ready at that facility, on the east coast at Newcastle, in 2018, when the first RAAF F-35 to be based in Australia is due to arrive in the country. Read more

Turkey seeking to woo Ukrainian defense experts amid Russia crisis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: FD2000/HQ-9 system]Turkey shocked its NATO allies on Sept. 13, 2013, when it announced that it selected a Chinese company to build its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system. That deal, worth $3.44 billion if Turkey insists on opting for a Chinese solution, remains a mystery, but Turkey is looking at other non-NATO suppliers of weapons systems. Last month, Ankara hosted a Ukrainian delegation under the umbrella of Ukroboronprom, a state-owned defense conglomerate bringing together 130 companies and engineering institutions. Read more

What The B-3 Bomber Should Be

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Northrop Grumman concept for Long Range Strike Bomber, aka the B-3]The bomber has a long and distinguished history in the Air Force and its predecessor, the Army Air Corps. When the B-17 Flying Fortress was born, it was a controversial aircraft, but proved its worth when Nazi Germany controlled a continent and only the B-17 fleet could deliver strikes inside Nazi-controlled territory, thanks to the bomber’s range and payload. But the road to the B-17 was not smooth. Before the war, fighter pilots and bomber advocates argued who was best and the bombers won, at great cost. ... more »

Philippines controls aircraft from USAF AWACS

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-3G Sentry]The Philippine air force (PAF) has demonstrated air-to-air operation of indigenous aircraft from a US Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. The demonstration took place during Exercise Balikatan at the former Clark AFB in the Philippines. The annual bi-national event provided the opportunity for five PAF battle managers at a time to direct its aircraft from the Boeing 707-derived Sentry, providing operational experience for Philippines personnel ahead of a potential acquisition of a similar type. Read more

Northrop to receive $4bn worth of Global Hawk work through 2020

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: U2 Dragon Lady & RQ-4 Global Hawk]The US Air Force plans to award Northrop Grumman contracts valued at $4 billion to sustain and modernize the RQ-4 Global Hawk over the next five years as the high-flying unmanned aircraft emerges from the shadow of potential retirement into a normalised defence programme. The awards would follow a protracted debate in Washington over whether the spying variant of the RQ-4 should be retired in favor of the manned alternative – Lockheed Martin’s U-2 Dragon Lady – which saw Northrop’s Global Hawk Block 30 programme dropped from the air force’s ... more »

RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian spy plane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Il-20M Coot]British Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian spy plane flying close to Estonian airspace today as tensions intensify between Nato forces and Moscow. The two RAF planes, which are currently policing the Baltic skies, were alerted after the Russian Ilyushin IL-20 Coot surveillance aircraft was spotted. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the incident took place in international airspace over the Gulf of Finland at lunchtime. Read more

U.S. Military Helicopter on Aid Mission in Nepal Is Missing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: UH-1 Huey]A United States Marine helicopter assigned to the relief efforts in the aftermath of the latest earthquake in Nepal was missing, military officials said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman said that six Marines and two Nepalese were believed to be on board, and that the helicopter had been out of contact for several hours. A Defense Department official said search-and-rescue teams were looking for the UH-1 Huey helicopter, which disappeared near Charikot, a village that was hit hard by a magnitude 7.3 quake on Tuesday. That earthquake was the worst aftershock since the ... more »

Chuka Umunna man of the people asked how to avoid mixing with 'trash' on an elite social network

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'Chuka Umunna, tipped as a potential future leader, has admitted his is a member of ASmallWorld, which is known as MySpace for Millionaires". In public, the MP for Streatham has been keen to stress his humble background growing up in south London. But in private, Mr Umunna is a member of the exclusive online networking club for the global jet-setting elite. According to The Daily Mail, the MP registered under his middle name, Harrison. In comments on the site from 2006, he said: "Is it just me or is there a serious lack of cool places to go in central London at the weekends. "Mos... more »

Alien Interaction: The Maringa Abduction

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an excdellent eye witness report and it is worthwhile to read the transcription. What appears clear is that these aliens are modified humanity at least or a closely related template. We have had enough reports to observe that an underlying theme is an ongoing interest in hybridization to produce offspring. In fact the whole alien interaction scenario and testing protocols applied could possibly be ascribed to gathering samples and test data in support of just that. We have had no other hint of any other direction so far and the level of sampling appears far too high fo... more »

Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The tragedy is that we do not have this data decades ago. These drugs were all known but first ignored by bad mouthing the source and then banned because it was a mind drug. Did it ever occur to anyone that mental issues might respond successfully to drugs that impact the brain? Only now do we have a proof of concept that is highly suggestive. Hopefully we can redress this rubbish science within the next ten years and perhaps even solve some serious problems. Empirical reports suggest that ayahausca is highly effective for a range of problems including depression. . *Ayahua... more »

Navy Super Hornet Crashes in Persian Gulf, Crew Safely Recovered

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F/A-18E Super Hornet]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 were safely recovered by crew aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), the service said. “Initial reports indicate both are conscious and alert and without serious injury,” read a Navy statement. “The crash was not a result of hostile activity.” Read more

China Builds Latest ASW-Capable Corvette Warship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 056 corvette Huangshi]Images from Chinese state television suggest that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned the latest in its Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvette vessels. Under the name Huangshi, the vessel was built at the Shanghai Hudong shipyard and is now the 20th in-class to be commissioned. According to HIS Jane, the ship was inducted into the PLAN’s North Sea Fleet after a ceremony at the Wiehai maritime garrison. The type 056 Corvette vessels, which combine a stealth design with modern weapon systems and sensors, are armed with one 76 mm main ... more »

Next-Generation Harpoon Missile Offered to Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RGM-84 Harpoon]Boeing is trying to sell the Navy an upgraded anti-ship and land attack weapon designed to double the range of the service’s existing Harpoon. The Harpoon Next-Generation is a sea-skimming land, submarine, air or surface– launched missile guided by GPS and inertial navigation systems to destroy a wide range of targets such as enemy ships, small boats and land targets. It is engineered to fire from Navy submarines and ships such as destroyers, frigates, patrol boats and aircraft including the F/A-18, F-15, F-16 and P-3 surveillance plane. It can also fire from... more »

A new twist to German arms for Israel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Saar-V class FS]Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is in Germany on the anniversary of German-Israeli relations. In the port of Kiel, four warships will soon be built for Israel - and an Arab company will make money on the deal. The official program for the third day of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's visit to Germany was fairly straightforward. At 9:50 a.m. he met with the premier of Schleswig-Holstein state, Thorsten Albig, and held discussions with students. At 11:50 Rivlin's official visit to Kiel was over. But he didn't travel all the way from Berlin to Germany's norther... more »

Amid Russian Aggression, France Offers Subs, Cruise Missiles To Poland

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Scorpene class SSK]Amid tensions with Russia, Poland could soon buy new weapons -- namely submarines and missiles -- designed to help deter aggressors. France stepped in Monday and offered to supply the country with cruise missiles and submarines, reported Defense News. Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland's deputy Prime minister and defense minister, had announced that the country's government planned to buy cruise missiles to go along with an intended purchase of three new submarines. France said it would supply Poland with its cruise missiles -- provided the Polish government opted ... more »

Prelude to a Japanese Revival

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What needs to be understood is that the developed world has been forced to accepts no meaningful growth in terms of its middle class while China essentially spent its way into the club. It has been painful, but not so painful as it might have been nor so painless as it could have been.. In fact the private sector has taken full advantage of this unique transition to become even larger and more global. China now must accept adjustments upward in wages and social costs all of which will quickly level the playing field and growth in the USA and Japan will alway... more »

Did Atlantis really exist on the Moroccan coast?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What has not been understood is that Atlantean world was a Global culture and civilization without a centralizing political structure. Thus cities are all important, yet not often huge either. At the same time we have an excellent conforming site on the coast south of Seville. I also expect to see centers along the Atlantic coast or at least stations even perhaps as robust as Mycenae. Thus this site is well located and it certainly shows the right type of surrounds as per tradition. It also would have been vulnerable to the 1159 BC tsunami that ended the European Bronze Age. ... more »

North Korea Didn’t Launch Submarine Missile, U.S. Officials Say

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Greg Thielmann]North Korea didn’t launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, contrary to its government proclamations and news reports, according to two U.S. officials. Instead, the U.S. intelligence assessment is that the secretive communist country may have tested the compressed-gas ejection system that’s needed to begin launching a missile from a submerged vessel, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the internal appraisal. North Korean state media showed leader Kim Jong Un watching a projectile blast out of the sea and said on Saturday ... more »

Why Petronas LNG Proposal Is Caput(podcast) and Meet Murray Christoff, The Racist Port Edward Councilor

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-first-nations-group-rejects-1-billion-offer-from-lng/article24413849/ Final vote today, unanimous rejection, wrong location...Move your site Petronas or go away, three strikes, you`re out! ___________ A very good discussion on Petronas`s LNG proposal takes place in this podcast, ... Petronas and the Christy Clark Government have failed to have any meaningful discussions with First Nations...Time for another supreme court law suit, this time against Petronas and the BC Government.. First things first, listen to the below po... more »

Papal encyclical: will AGW, Catholic churches merge?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
Environmentalism used to be one of the small building blocks of the nationalist socialist ideology in Germany but it kept on growing and was adopted mainly by the far left-wing, atheist youth. However, in recent decades, another perspective on environmentalism – and especially its most radical incarnation, the global warming alarmism – was becoming increasingly self-evident. Global warming alarmism is a religion. This point was described in many TRF blog posts a decade ago, too. Many people have made the point before 2000 but one of the first articulate texts about this topic was ... more »

Aljazeera Arabic: Should We Kill All Alawites?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*In Syria, manufactured terrorist groups like ISIS are doing the killing and media propaganda channels like Al-Jazeera are doing the story-telling. But they are not the ones who should be held responsible in the court of world opinion for the senseless bloodshed. **If there is a genocide of Alawites, Druze, and Christians in Syria in the aftermath of a regime collapse, those who will deserve the most blame will be Saudi Arabia, the United States, England, France, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, NATO, and Israel. They have looked away from the Armenian genocide, so the genocide ... more »

A Shift In U.S. Policy Towards Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours 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 hours 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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.

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Orchestra agrees to give money back to Library Foundation ~WWLTV*

The Event

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Iranian Warships Will Accompany Aid Ships To Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 »

"Hope"

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

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Engordany, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Encouraging Thing..."

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

"Himmler Telegram Kept and Destroyed by Me"

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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