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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

16 May - Blogs I'm Following

10:36pm MDST

What Was Once Science Fiction is Becoming Reality As The Pentagon Invests In Robots, Lasers, And New Technologies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
Fingertip: The US Air Force unveiled insect-sized spies 'as tiny as bumblebees' that could not be detected and would be able to fly into buildings *Washington Post:* *Military pushes for emergency robots as skeptics worry about lethal uses* *It’s 6-foot-2, with laser eyes and vise-grip hands. It can walk over a mess of jagged cinder blocks, cut a hole in a wall, even drive a car. And soon, Leo, Lockheed Martin’s humanoid robot, will move from the development lab to a boot camp for robots, where a platoon’s worth of the semiautonomous mechanical species will be tested to see if the... more »

How Did Jesus Get to be So Hot? Where Popular Images of Jesus Came From

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Valerie Tarico - *Christians depict Jesus in a form that best suits their own culture and purposes, so where does his image come from? The post How Did Jesus Get to be So Hot? Where Popular Images of Jesus Came From appeared first on Waking Times.

you don't know shit !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
are you ready ?

For Queen and Country : The Italian Job, GLADIO and Elite Paedophilia

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
I was thinking about The Italian Job yesterday, for the first time in years. Many people blame NATO Intelligence sphere of influence terrorism under GLADIO and the Propaganda Due Lodge for the Years of Lead in Italy and the social and political chaos that lasted for almost two decades that followed on from the Hot Autumn of 1969 - large sections of the political economy of Italy and the social infrastructure just spontaneous fell apart and stopped working for no clear reason. I personally feel it can all be traced back to computer virus authored by Benny Hill that got fed into the... more »

Culture Watch: Everywhere you look, it's Cromwellmania! (Or, what makes Thomas Cromwell a man for our time?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*[1]* *[2]* *In the longish first clip Mark Rylance, who plays Thomas Cromwell, and director Peter Kosminsky talk about their TV miniseries Wolf Hall, in an interview in the Tower of London which was aired on BBC the night before the series' final episode. In the shorter second clip, Mark talks about creating his Cromwell.* *"To all the qualities that make him such a remarkable actor, we must now add that Mark Rylance is a great lurker. . . . [As Cromwell] Rylance can watch proceedings in so many ways -- anxiously, quizzically, with an air of quiet satisfaction or wry amusement or... more »

Russia 'Shows-Off' Their Battle Robots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*RT:* *Russian battle robots shoot armored targets during field trials (VIDEO)* *Russian battle robots armed with machine-guns, cannons and anti-tank missile launchers have undergone successful field trials, destroying all designated targets – including armored vehicles – at a maximum range, according to military sources.Russia has successfully tested the robotic systems of the Uran family in a complex exercise at Rayevsky testing range range in Novorossiysk on Thursday, defense sources told a number of Russian news agencies. As compared to previous trials which tested robots i... more »

Pentagon Credit Cards Used For Gambling And Adult Entertainment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Pentagon Credit Cards Used at Adult Clubs* *Defense Department credit cards were used to charge personal expenses at casinos and “adult entertainment establishments” including a Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club and the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.* *An audit found that military and civilian personnel used the cards, intended for authorized government travel, to charge $952,258 at casinos and $96,576 at adult clubs in the year that ended on June 30, 2014.* *Taxpayers didn’t have to pay for excursions to strip clubs a... more »

Kiev Forces Continue to Violate Minsk-2 Agreements

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is supposed to be monitoring the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine under the Minsk-2 agreement. Many local citizens have been complaining that OSCE teams are always several days late in arriving after innocent villages are being shelled by the US-NATO backed Kiev regime's armed forces.Here is a short video showing a OSCE team arrive in Sakhanka village in eastern Ukraine that has been repeatedly shelled in recent weeks by Kiev forces. Several civilians have been killed. All of this is being done in violation of the Mins... more »

Top Iranian Ayatollah: ‘U.S. Is Hallucinating About Access To Military Sites For Nuclear Inspections'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani underlined that Iran will never allow inspection of its military sites under the pretext of inspections by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or as part of a final agreement with the world powers. *FARS News Agency:* *Senior Cleric: Iran May Never Allow Inspection of Military Sites* *Addressing a large and fervent congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani pointed to Iran-Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus... more »

Spread this around.

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
It's "as if in 2005 we would have erased retroactively all of the audits that Sheila Fraser did in the sponsorship scandal" or "if there are allegations of electoral fraud, we would decide to pass a law to retroactively eliminate and erase all investigations," she explained.

KMTitanic 10: The Ship is Foundering

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*A bright new day is dawning.* *Ruth: So this is the ship they say is unsinkable.Cal Hockley: It is unsinkable. God himself could not sink this ship.* Twenty-five years I've been watching Taiwan politics. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed them so much. I went off to Guguan on my bike yesterday planning to ignore the internet. I just wanted to come home to find everything resolved. Instead, it became more of a mess. Not that I'm disappointed or anything. The day opened with Apple Daily publishing an interview with President Ma Ying-jeou, who more or less ripped Eric Chu, t... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"What's going on in the center of this spiral galaxy? Named the Sombrero Galaxy for its hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane and a bright halo of stars and globular clusters. Reasons for the Sombrero's hat-like appearance include an unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. *Click image for larger size.* Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actua... more »

"The World..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The world is your exercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages." - Richard Bach, "Illusions"

Washington To Gulf Royals: You Idiots Are On Your Own

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Creators of ISIS pose for the cameras at Camp David. Source of photo: Andrew Harnik, Associated Press.* *An excerpt from, "Obama: No Mideast NATO, but US committed to Security of Arab Gulf States" by Juan Cole, May 15, 2015: * The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council came to meet President Barack Obama at Camp David in search of a renewed, formalized US commitment to their security. *They came away disappointed. Though they did get firm oral commitments, there is no prospect of formal treaty obligations binding the US to defend them.* The GCC was formed in 1981 to strengthen... more »

Musings On Iraq in the News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 4 hours ago
My interview with Dr. Abbas Kadhim was mentioned in “Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS,” by Jacob Siegel for the Daily Beast.

U.S. - Chinese Relations Need A Reset

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
John Kerry (left) and Wang Yi both pledged to further US-China co-operation *Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat:* *What’s Wrong With US-China Relations?* *A round-up of the recent debate over the U.S.-China relationship, and how best to fix it.* *Those interested in China, particularly on a foreign policy front, have likely noticed a burgeoning debate in the United States over how best to deal with China’s “assertive” behavior in the South China Sea, cyber space, and elsewhere. Today’s links round-up pulls together the various pieces of the debate, which will have enormous consequences ... more »

Looking ahead...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
In times gone by here at *Is the BBC biased? *I would often predict and preview the following day's *Sunday *on Radio 4. Well, as I've already looked at the *Sunday* website, the time for prediction has passed. The time for previewing, however, still remains. So... ...the programme I've repeatedly (and some might say 'endlessly') described as "the broadcast version of the liberal catholic magazine *The Tablet"* [of which main *Sunday *presenter Edward Stourton has long been a trustee] is, apparently, going to feature a segment that the *Sunday* website describes as follows: A th... more »

The Best Free or Cheap Disneyland Souvenirs

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 5 hours ago
Disneyland is hands down my favorite place in the world to take my kids. There is nothing as magical as watching your child experience Disney for the first or 20th time. While I think Disney is worth every penny, it can get pricey fast. Especially if your kids want to bring home a lot of souvenirs. But souvenirs in the park *don't have to be* expensive. In fact, you can get some AMAZING ones for little or nothing at all. Here are some of my favorite cheap but amazing souvenirs: - *Animators Academy *— This was probably one of my favorite things from the whole trip.... more »

Terrorism Is Indeed A Fraud: US Intelligence Officer Admits That Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A "False Flag" Attack!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
I was in the local coffee shop this morning where I usually hang out, and I was sitting at a table with a few regulars talking about everything from sports to politics to world affairs... As usual some of the conversation shifted over to the state of the world and I was again, as usual, shocked to hear several members of our group again talk about "terrorism" and the frauds of "Al Qaeda" and of course "ISIS" as if these were all real... I did one thing this time and kept my mouth shut and just listened to what others were saying and I was astonished... It seems again that we do have ... more »

Differences Remain Between The U.S. And China On The Territorial Dispute In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S., China clash over disputed South China Sea* *The United States and China clashed over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea on Saturday, as China's foreign minister asserted its sovereignty to reclaim reefs saying its determination to protect its interests is "as hard as a rock".* *After a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed no sign of backing down despite Kerry urging China to take action to reduce tension in the South China Sea.* *"With regard to construction on the Nansha islands and reefs, thi... more »

Crisis In Burundi -- News Updates May 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*BBC*: *Burundi 'coup plotters' appear in court* *Eighteen people have appeared in court in Burundi accused of helping to organise a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza, lawyers and relatives said.* *They are reported to include an army general and two police commissioners.* *Gen Godefroid Niyombare, who launched the coup bid on Wednesday, is said to be still on the run.* *Earlier, President Nkurunziza thanked the army for thwarting the coup and appealed for calm.* *Crisis In Burundi -- News Updates May 16, 2015* Burundi coup fails, president back in country, protest... more »

Mali Peace Accord Is Signed But Main Rebel Group Boycotts The Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Channel News Asia/AFP*: *Mali government signs peace deal in absence of rebels* *Mali's government and several armed groups signed a peace accord in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but missing the crucial backing of the main Tuareg-led rebel groups.* *BAMAKO: Mali's government and several armed groups signed a peace accord on Friday (May 15) in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but missing the crucial backing of the main Tuareg-led rebel groups.* *The Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) had provisionally initialled the document a day earlier but is...more »

Annals of the Right-Wing Right to Lie: Ryan, Boehner, and Amtrak

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*"Thank God for human error!" says Rep. Paul "Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Stoopid" Ryan. And thank God, he and his fellow right-wing lying nutjobs are no doubt saying, that right-wingers have their Official U.S. Right to Lie. If you want to watch the Burbling Boobster, you'll find the clip here.* *by Ken* Ah, you have to hand it to the Fox Noisemakers and their golden boy, Rep. Paul "Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Stoopid" Ryan. It's like the kid who, fearing that his parents suspected he was wearing his sister's underwear, thought he could distract them by suddenly declaring angrily, "Just... more »

THIS Is Beyond A Travesty Of Justice: Innocent Patsy For Boston Bombing Fraud To Be Put To Death!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
I sometimes wonder why I ever take a day off.... It seems that when I take some time off and not put up any important news at this blog, something very important happens that I miss... Such is the case with the final verdict in the fraud Boston Bombing kangaroo court trial for the innocent victim, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It appears that the final verdict has indeed been passed and this totally innocent man has now been sentenced to DEATH! It is indeed a travesty of justice and one that everyone should be up in arms about... To better understand the verdict in that farcical trial in B... more »

Breathe on, Mishal, Breathe on

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Is this a (blog-slowing) example of BBC bias, or just a fabulous track from (near) Bristol's finest?

Clark Demonstrates Her Respect

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 6 hours ago
This toxic bitch has no respect or regard for what you or I or anyone else wants. She wants what she wants because she wants it and you can go pound sand. If it suits her narcissistic purposes to announce a death in your family she doesn't care if you specifically request that she not do it - she's going to do it anyway. Surely there is a better use for the oxygen she uses up.

Utterly Sickening

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Well NATO finally tells the truth about what they think of themselves as they sing "We are the world". In their drunken stupor NATO foreign ministers let their guard down at the end of a meeting in Antalya, Turkey. They sing "We are saving our own lives" but in truth they are taking millions of innocent lives with their endless wars on behalf of corporate capitalism. Worst off they are not one bit connected to the real spirit of the song..... more »

Like a long-legged fly...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
If you're feeling in the mood for a proper take down of the BBC, then please try Michael Henderson's hatchet job on the BBC at the *Daily Telegraph**. * Before wielding his axe against the BBC, he too offers some praise for the BBC - specifically for one of those Radio 4 programmes I had in mind during the previous post: Prof. Roy Foster's magnificent, gimmick-free Radio 4 lecture on W.B .Yeats. (Like a long-legged fly upon the stream, Roy Foster's mind moves upon silence.) [Other fine examples of BBC broadcasting from the same day were *What the Songbird Said, Soul Music: The Lo... more »

Hollywood Accredits the Memes : Iron Man 3

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Iron Man 3 depicts the exact truth - 9/11 was orchestrated and directed almost entirely from Miami and Al-Qaeda are a troupe of actors with substance abuse issues. And *ANGEL IS NEXT.* *Death by Oil*

Computer Controlled Trains, and let's review those numbers, shall we?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 7 hours ago
Further to the article I put out yesterday: A Closer look at the Amtrak Train Derailment: Who and How? Jim Stone has put together a few more pieces of this puzzle- Article below. Computer controlled trains? REALLY!?! You mean, kinda like Remotely Controlled Airplanes?! hmmmmmmm..... Well that put's this following article into perspective a bit more, doesn't it? Officials: Amtrak train sped up before derailing 3 By Jesse Byrnes - 05/14/15 07:03 PM EDT The Amtrak train involved in this week's deadly derailment sped up for about a minute before leaving the tracks near Pennsyl... more »

I'm regressing into a Dream Creature.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 8 hours ago
*(c) Kazuki Takamatsu*it's true, my waking life is so creatively unrewarding since I finished the War World vs Free Planet trilogies I mean, I realise I'm supposed to be a) completing the first book of Lorien Howell's children/'s book series "The Dream Detective Agency" and/or I should be getting my teeth into the fore-warned adult-insanity collaboration "Venomist" with Rachel Kosak aka thrash-horror heart-throb *Hecate*. Instead, I'm working all the hours god gave me, driving buses in Oxford AND having the most intense realistic disturbing memorable worrisome and pleasant dreams I... more »

What's to be done with the BBC?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Toby Young's latest *Spectator *piece, curiously *un*plugged by the *Speccie*'s website - and, thus, unnoticed by most online *Spectator *readers - is well worth a read. (If the *Spectator *had promoted it Toby's piece would doubtless have garnered hundreds of comments rather than the two it has now). I like Toby. He's never alienated me. He's always replied to my emails and has, twice, linked to my pieces. His latest piece, however, bears a title that initially made me stop up short: *Why I still have a deep attachment to the BBC* He recounts his experiences of feeling very rel... more »

“12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right”* Many major ideas by Freud have been borne out and are still relevant today. By Blake Fleetwood "May 6 was Sigmund Freud's birthday (born in 1856). It has been more or less 100 years since Freud wrote many of his groundbreaking books and papers on the human mind- exploring and theorizing about dreams, culture, childhood development, sexuality and mental health. And while some of his theories have been discredited, many major ideas have been borne out and are still relevant today, according to "Discover Magazine". They are a roadmap to our minds ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Cane Hill, Arkansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Free Download: Jiddu Krishnamurti, “The Book of Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." - Jiddu Krishnamurti Freely download “The Book of Life” by Jiddu Krishnamurti, here: - https://www.google.com/

Chet Raymo, “Angling For Happiness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Angling For Happiness”* by Chet Raymo “There is a concept in physics called angle of repose. Set an object, a book say, on a plank. Now slowly tip up one end of the plank until the moment when the book just starts to slide. The angle between the plank and the horizontal is the angle of repose, where the component of the gravitational force down the plank becomes greater than the maximum friction force holding the book at rest. Or, in more evocative terms - as I write I am lying on the couch with the laptop in my lap, in perfect repose. If you started tipping up the couch, at some... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Making Life Yours: Perception"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Making Life Yours: Perception"* by The DailyOm "A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize the hidden potential for fulfillment in every event. There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success, and prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they’ve been handed and make them into something great. Our individual realities are colored by perception—delight and despair come from within rather than wit... more »

The Poet: May Sarton, "Now I Become Myself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Now I Become Myself"* "Now I become myself. It's taken Time, many years and places, I have been dissolved and shaken, Worn other people's faces, Run madly, as if Time were there, Terribly old, crying a warning, "Hurry, you will be dead before -----." (What? Before you reach the morning? Or the end of the poem, is clear? Or love safe in the walled city?) Now to stand still, to be here, Feel my own weight and density! Now there is time and Time is young. O, in this single hour I live All of myself and do not move. I, the pursued, who madly ran, Stand still, stand still, and stop the Sun!"... more »

"Having, Wanting..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” - Mr. Spock, “Star Trek”, "Amok Time"

Eckhart Tolle, "On Happiness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"On Happiness" by Eckhart Tolle "If there is unhappiness in you, first you need to acknowledge that it is there. But don't say, “I'm unhappy.” Unhappiness has nothing to do with who you are. Say: “There is unhappiness in me.” Then investigate it. A situation you find yourself in may have something to do with it. Action may be required to change the situation or remove yourself from it. If there is nothing you can do, face what is and say, “Well, right now, this is how it is. I can either accept it, or make myself miserable.” The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation b... more »

What Are Experiences Beyond the Senses?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Jiddu Krishnamurti talks about experiences beyond the senses. What are these experiences and are they part of enlightenment? The post What Are Experiences Beyond the Senses? appeared first on Waking Times.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. - Vern Law

Midday Musical Interlude: Dire Straits, “Private Investigations”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Dire Straits, “Private Investigations” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HCrKa1gbw

"It Would Indeed..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump." - David Ormsby Gore

Yemen War News Updates -- May 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Jazeera: **Civilians killed in Taiz as Yemen truce unravels* *At least 12 civilians killed and 51 wounded as Houthi fighters launch attacks on Yemen's third largest city.* *At least 12 civilians have been killed in Yemen's southern city of Taiz as Houthi fighters continued their offensive on the penultimate day of a fragile humanitarian ceasefire.* *Government officials said on Saturday that another 51 people were wounded after the rebels shelled several neighbourhoods in the city's Hawd Al Shraf and Shamasi districts.* *Some 26 fighters loyal to the Houthis and former presid... more »

Melting the Stars

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” ― Gustave Flaubert, *Madame Bovary* Music sings what words cannot convey. It is language in its own right; one universally understood. It is ONE’s chosen voice. If you step all the way back, looking at humanity as a singular family, you may find yourself trying to create the most constructive home for them, to surround them with the most nourishing circumstance, to communicate your intentions to them, so that you would be understood on... more »

Fukushima Update 5/16/15: “Your Radiation This Week”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Your Radiation This Week”* by Bob Nichols (San Francisco) May 15, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it. *RADIATION CPM* CITY STATE* *Listed in Counts per Minute, a Count is One Radioactive Decay Registered by the Instrument. Partial Counts are noted. Uncounted radiation would make the Count higher. *50 CPM is an alert level.* 496 CPM Concord, NH Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM. WELCOME – NEW TO LIST 318 CPM ... more »

Are there Aliens among us on Earth?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Are there Aliens among us on Earth?* This is a question humans have asked from time immemorial...from the time when homo sapien first became capable of thinking past his or her immediate survival and to ponder the stars. *Are we alone in the universe?* I think the chances of earth being the only repository of life must, mathematically at least, be quite slim. I do believe that by the law of averages, there *MUST *be other planets capable of sustaining life and that do sustain life. That being said...it is a far cry from planets in the universe being able to sustain life to havi... more »

Turkish F-16 Shoots Down A Syrian Fighter Jet After It Entered Turkish Airspace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A Turkish Air Force F16 jet fighter. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) *IBTimes*: *Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Jet For Violating Air Space: Report* *ISTANBUL -- Turkish forces shot down a Syrian aircraft after it violated Turkish airspace, the locally based news channel NTV reported Saturday. Turkey’s government subsequently said in a statement that one of Syria’s aircraft was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jets, which fired two missiles.* *The aircraft was shot down in the Hatay region on the eastern Turkish-Syrian border. Some eyewitnesses said it was not a plane but a helicopter and that ... more »

Former Egyptian President Morsi Has Been Sentenced To Death

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Egypt sentences Mohamed Morsi to death* *Verdict against former president sent to Grand Mufti for confirmation after he is convicted for 2011 mass prison break.* *An Egypt court has sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to death for a mass prison break in 2011, prompting immediate condemnations from Amnesty International and the Turkish President.* *The court ruled on Saturday that the sentencing of Morsi and 105 others will be referred to the Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority in Egypt, for confirmation. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia.*... more »

Schumer Plants His Contemptible Lies To Assassinate Alan Grayson's Good Name

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
One of my guilty pleasures is E's first scripted TV series, *The Royals*. On a recent episode the evil queen Helena demands her p.r. assistant get some sniveling hack from the media on the phone so she could plant a journalistic question to unravel her enemy, Prince Liam's lovely girl friend, Ophelia, even if they had to go all the way up the chain to Rupert Murdoch. When I was president of Reprise, we certainly had "journalists" like this who were so eager to please those with perceived power, that we could get virtually any load of crap out to the public. And, as Benjamin Frankl... more »

John Bell actually misunderstood relativity, too

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
John Bell is one of the ultimate darlings of the chronic interpreters and the anti-quantum zealots in particular. They like to maintain a widespread myth that Bell has found something important about Nature – or about quantum mechanics. He didn't. He only found something moderately important – but not completely unknown – about a class of *wrong* candidate theories of Nature, the local "realist" hidden-variable theories. The word "realist" is a euphemism for "classical" and it is synonymous with "non-quantum". While this theorem has often been discussed in the debates about the foun... more »

Canadian football star fined for "Holocaust denial"

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 11 hours ago
A professional football player in Canada is being fined after the Jewish advocacy group B’nai B’rith complained to the Canadian Football League about the "anti-Semitic" nature of the player's social media posts. *The Times of Israel* reports: The Canadian Football League fined a star football player Thursday after he was accused of posting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content on his Twitter account. Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell was fined an undisclosed amount for posting messages which the CFL said violated its social media policy. *“There is absolutely no ... more »

Stealth editing from 'Today'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
This is *very* odd. Following on from our earlier post about Sarah Montague's interview with Labour's Caroline Flint where the *Today *presenter said, OK, let's discuss why we lost the election...why you lost the election this time around in a minute... I spotted a comment at *Biased-BBC*: NISA May 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm @1700hrs BBC today programme is not available. Are they gettting rid of the “We”? I thought I'd better check that out, just to be sure, and found, at 18.00, that *Today* *is* available. So I tutted. But, to be even more on the safe side, I then forwarded through t... more »

A U.S. Radical Hero And Bold Brave Anna Maria Tremonte (CBC)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
*A U.S. Radical Hero And Bold Brave Anna Maria Tremonte (CBC)* Written by Robin Mathews It was Wednesday Morning, May 13. Anna Maria Tremonte interviewed U.S. radical/political analyst Chris Hedges. Hedges attacks U.S. government, U.S. corporations, the U.S. police, the U.S. courts, U.S. foreign (imperial) policy – saying things that no person who lives from U.S. conventional press and media work would say. Chris Hedges is bold. The members of the Anna Maria Tremonte team are bold to interview him. Or are they? Because … truckloads of gold bricks could not persuade Ms. ... more »

Follow the Money

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
I've been following the money for the uranium supply chain: I turned over a rock and found Goldman Sachs is one of the world's biggest, if not the biggest, uranium trader through its control of Nufcor. 2008 Nufcor bought by Constellation Energy Group (owned by Exelon since 2011) 2008 June 26, Nufcor was bought by the Constellation Energy Group, a U.S. firm that operated several nuclear power plants, for about $103 million. 2009 Goldman acquires Nufcor from Constellation Energy as part of a purchase of 900,000 pounds of uranium. Nufcor is the biggest private trader of uranium. De... more »

Emissions Down Again Today

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago

Eurovision Preview 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 12 hours ago
Eerily like the front runners for Labour's leadership, none of this year's contestants in the *Eurovision Song Contest* particularly grab me. Even the genius inclusion of Australia as a 60th anniversary one-off has not flattered my discerning, world-weary ear. There are still a few, however, that stand out from the mush for a variety of reasons. The first is Armenia's entry: This year marks a century since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, so what better way to commemorate the event and raise awareness by, erm, immortalising it *Eurovision*-style? It's a worthy track, *how co... more »

Islamic State Continues Its Military Advance On The Ancient Syrian City Of Palmyra

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Islamic State said to advance further near ancient Palmyra* *Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra on Saturday, a target in an offensive by the jihadist group that has raised concern for the U.N. world heritage site.* *The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports on the war, also said Islamic State militants had executed 23 people on Friday including nine minors and five women in areas seized from state control outside the city.* *Syrian government antiq... more »

Pentagon Officials Insist That U.S. Strategy To Combat The Islamic State Is Working. US Weapons 'Expedited' To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*FOX News:* *US military maintains strategy is working against ISIS in Iraq* *Despite the recent setbacks in Iraq, the U.S. military command leading the fight against ISIS insists that its strategy is working and that the militants’ takeover of a key oil refinery and a government compound are fleeting gains feeding the militants’ propaganda machine.* *"We believe across Iraq and Syria that Daesh is losing and remains on the defensive," said Marine Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the name of the international ca... more »

Guguan with a twist

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 12 hours ago
[image: FentonGuguan_75] *Fisherman cluster in front of a water gate above Dongshih on the river.* There are two rides I do just for the workout, the 125 km run down to the Chiayi HSR station, and the 115 km climb and return to Guguan. Today I wanted to do it to test my healing leg (verdict: leg is good). The Guguan ride is pretty enough, but the traffic makes it painful. Today we found an alternative that saves much pain. Click READ MORE for the story... *Route notes*: Guguan is not a pleasant ride, because of the traffic issues. It's pretty enough, and the climbs are easy. On the w... more »

Do you realize yuour life i baed upohbn science denial

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
The wiorld as we know it is fucked\s' acknowlege this full wall it will make no differace it ytu belive, TT we are all way to dependet\ on the log in screeb darkest moments for the well adjusted

Constructive dismissal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Kucera v Qulliq Energy Corporation, 2015 NUCA 2: [27] To find that an employee has been constructively dismissed the court must find unilateral changes in the employee's circumstances that substantially altered the essential terms of the employee's contract of employment. Would a reasonable person in the same situation feel that the terms of their employment had substantially changed (Farber v Royal Trust, 1997 CanLII 387 (SCC), [1997] 1 SCR 846 at para 26, 145 DLR (4th) 1[Farber])?

Ah, happy days!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
I was taken right back to my late '80s university days today whilst listening to *Any Answers* with Anita Anand. Poor old John from London (clearly advanced in years) was being very nice about Chuka and critical of the press for intruding into his private life but, alas for him, he committed an unforgivable social *faux* *pas...* ...one that the BBC's Anita (at uni on the cusp of the late 80's/early 90's) simply could *not* let pass without wagging a self-righteous finger: *John from London*: You see, when it comes to a vote it would either be a free vote or it would be at a par... more »

Supplemental: The Patriots make a remarkable claim!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015As always, the press corps ignores it:* On Thursday, we noted a striking fact: As with most of our consensus scandals, the scandal our press corps has dubbed “Deflategate” began with some false information. More accurately, it began with a *lot* of false information. And uh-oh! At ESPN *and* at NBC Sports, major journalists attributed this false information to unnamed “NFL sources.” Apparently, the bad information was being dispensed by people within the league. For our background report, click here. Almost all our consensus scandals start with bad informa... more »

Ethical Man v Narendra Modi

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Somehow, I never really expected the BBC to be anything other than largely critical of Narendra Modi's "right wing" government in India, so this high-profile BBC website piece didn't come as a great surprise. Still... Justin Rowlatt has moved on from being the BBC's 'Ethical Man' to being its South Asia correspondent, but his old environmentalist concerns clearly still linger on - at least if this latest BBC website article is anything to go by: *Why India’s government is targeting Greenpeace* ...But one year into his term as prime minister and many say Mr Modi is showing some di... more »

Top ISIS Commander Killed By U.S. Special Forces in Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS Leader, Killed by Special Forces, U.S. Says* *WASHINGTON — American Special Operations forces entered eastern Syria on Friday and killed a senior leader of the Islamic State, according to the Defense Department. The leader, Abu Sayyaf, was involved in the group’s military operations and also helped manage black-market sales of oil and gas to raise money, according to a statement issued by the Pentagon early Saturday.* *In the statement, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said American commandos had entered Syria with a mission to capture Abu... more »

6 Military Leaders Who Could Run For U.S. President In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Brian Adam Jones, Task & Purpose*: *6 Military Leaders Who Could Run For President In 2016* *Amid 2016 presidential election buzz, here are six men of military background who could make a run for the White House.* *There’s a troubling trend in American politics — the absence of military experience in our leaders. Many of America’s 44 presidents and commanders in chief were career military men, starting with Gen. George Washington and reaching a peak with a string of former Union Civil War leaders during reconstruction. But America hasn’t had a career military leader in the White... more »

Top 8 Elite Special Forces In The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Business Insider*: *The 8 most elite special forces in the world* *Elite special forces are some of the best-trained and most formidable units a country can boast.They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions.These really are the best of the best.Although it's extremely difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above the rest in their track record and the fear they instill in their adversaries. These soldiers have been through rigorous... more »

U.S. on Wrong Side of History

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
This is what it has all come down to.... the US and the corrupt, dictatorial Gulf monarchies meeting at Camp David Thursday and agreeing on a plan to flood the Middle East with 'missile defense' (MD) systems. These Gulf monarchies are the essential allies of the US in the world now (in addition to a few other fascist-leaning nations). Together they are destabilizing and creating chaos in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and beyond. This meeting is evidence of the desperation and the moral decay of the USA. Obama announced that that he would streamline weapon sales and increase joint milita... more »

Did Jeb Bush Cede First Place Status To Scott Walker?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Scott Walker... baroque The latest PPP survey of Republican voters shows a tightly clustered field of candidates without any clear favorite, although with Jeb Bush continuing to fade, Wisconsin's reactionary governor, Scott Walker, is now the front-runner. *•* Scott Walker- 18% *•* Marco Rubio- 13% *•* Ben Cardin- 12% *•* Mike Huckabee- 12% *•* Jeb Bush- 11% *•* Ted Cruz- 10% *•* Rand Paul- 9% *•* Chris Christie- 5% *•* Rick Perry- 2% Rubio, who many think will be Walker's running-mate, has momentum, as does Mike Huckabee. Bush and Cruz are losing momentum. Bush's disastrous week of... more »

Economic News , Data and Views - May 16 , 2015 - Broader Europe in focus ( Italy , Spain ) ..... Greece round up of items of note - IMF warns of Greece default June 5th w/o deal ....Asia in focus ( China , India , Japan in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Tweets..... fred walton retweeted *Edward Hugh* @Edward_hugh · 3h3 hours ago Finland current account remained in deficit in March despite some improvement in external trade. [image: Embedded image permalink] *Ansa English News* @ansa_english · 19h19 hours ago Italy's credit rating may rise with Renzi reforms, says S&P: Agency warns pension ruling threatens budget targets http://bit.ly/1JlgaLv *Vincenzo Scarpetta* @LondonerVince · May 15 Very perceptive @guardian op-ed by former Italian PM @EnricoLetta on # EUreform and the future of UK-EU relations. [image: Embedded ... more »

Calling Otimus PRime

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Hi Optmus Prime, Hope your eye is better but if not you know you will be a star at talk like a pirate day, done without props. I find it easy to talk to you because thou I have never met you I gotta think we are siblings from something our parents did in their youth but will never reveal even on the deathbed. I am the older brother. The bullshit and blank stares I have endured, you have seen the same thing, but ten years after. People will say he got a advanced degree just like Justin Bieber bought a Lamborghini. Most people who went to university get an arts degree like me a... more »

The taboo against paranormal experience is a taboo against freedom

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 15 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport's Blog* by Jon Rappoport May 13, 2015 For those who want to examine a rigorous presentation of the paranormal, based on a long history of laboratory experiments, I recommend Dean Radin’s classic, *The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena*. (HarperCollins, 1997) This article is not about that. It’s about a taboo. On the one side, we have people who denigrate the possibility of the paranormal. On the other side, we have people who, ungrounded in the physical world, try to stage what amounts to a paranormal escape operation, only to fall back...more »

TIME & SPACE: The Case of the Vanished Year - Corrupted REALITY

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 15 hours ago
*{ this is a very interesting topic, and potentially a very important one to consider, especially if you have been noticing that "reality" just doesn't seem "real" anymore . . .}* [image: TruthMediaRevolution] TruthMediaRevolution TruthMediaRevolution I hope everyone's interests is at least piqued now regarding this topic and the 8's. I will unleash my full doc on this by July, deadline is July 1st so SOMETIME in June. When you see it all as a whole it will change your whole paradigm! This is just snippet basically. I will cover Berestein/STAIN phenomenon more, 8, Saturn, CERN... more »

Merck vaccines kill two babies in Mexico, injures dozens more

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 15 hours ago
Friday, May 15, 2015 by: Jonathan Benson (NaturalNews) At least two children are dead and several dozen others are in critical condition after terrorists wielding weapons of mass destruction violently assaulted the young innocents living in the Mexican state of Chiapas, according to reports. No, it wasn't dirty bombs planted by jihadists or airplanes hijacked by Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda operatives crashing into buildings that were responsible; the Mexican government is the terrorist in this case, and the weapons of mass destruction are routine childhood vaccines. Reports indi... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*AG Vows to Advance Obama’s Push to End ‘Zero Tolerance’ School Discipline Policies* *A good idea, if for a racist reason* Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed on Tuesday to continue the Obama administration’s push for public schools to abandon their “zero tolerance” discipline policy, because critics claim it is aimed disproportionately at minority students and other “at risk” youth, including migrants and LGBT students. “We are working with our partners in the private sector, and of course, the federal government, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of L... more »

Making Sure the Majority Don't Get There

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.nationalpost.com/ Things could get ugly when the polls open on Election Day, 2015. Stephen Maher writes: When Elections Canada mails out Voter Information Cards this fall, a new sentence in bold letters will appear at the bottom: Please note that this card is not a piece of ID. This means that on election day, tens of thousands of people will likely turn up at their polling station, voter cards in hand, only to learn that they can’t vote. In the last election, 400,000 Canadians used these cards to identify themselves. Anoth... more »

The Nazi Bell - Top Secret Wormhole Device may be linked to CERN - Die Glocke 'Super Weapon' or UFO?

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 15 hours ago
[image: nemesis maturity] nemesis maturity The Nazi Bell – Top Secret Wormhole Device The Nazi Bell linked with antigravity technology and UFO’s. Nazi Germany was working on several top-secret projects during World War II, one in particular has been dubbed as the "Wunderwaffe" or the wonder weapon. The artifact is believed to have had several other names, among them, Nazi-Bell, the Bell and some referred to it as Die Glocke. The device the Nazi were building was supposedly aimed at testing the anti-gravity theories that were very popular at the time, they were hoping to crea... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*"Forecast-the-facts" has no facts left — just demands that newspapers do inflammatory namecalling* *How can you forecast facts? What you forecast has not happened so it cannot be a fact* "Forecast the Facts" wants newspapers to label anyone who disagrees with them as mentally deficient deniers. Climate change is settled, beyond debate, and the evidence is overwhelming, but the the team with all that certainty seems awfullly scared that the public might listen to their critics. Look at the first line of their defining statement Who We Are: “Forecast the Facts is dedicated to e... more »

MENA Report - May 16 , 2015 ...... Primary focus on Iraq / Syria Regional war ...... Yemen ceasefire generally holding despite reported clashes..... Afghanistan in focus as Taliban still hanging around despite all of the drone strikes......Iran items of note ..

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Links.... *ISIS Takes Ramadi Center; Iraqi Troops Fleeing* *Obama Vows 'Iron-Clad' Protection of Gulf Nations* *ISIS Gains Mount, US Still Insists They're on the 'Defensive'* *Iraqi Ba'athists Release Audio of Supposedly Slain Saddam Aide* *Missile Shield for Gulf to Take Years, and Heavy US Commitment* *Despite Yemen Ceasefire, Clashes Reported in Two Cities* Most of Ramadi Captured; 62 Killed Across Iraq Hezbollah, Syrian Army Seize Control of New Qalamoun Hill Afghan Taliban Commander, Three Others Killed in Drone Strikes US Government Watchdog: Afghan Military 'Will Need Our Help... more »

Ayahuasca – A Catalyst for Total Transformation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Michael Sanders* - After three six-hour ceremonies over the course of four days, I can tell you I returned from the jungle a changed man. The post Ayahuasca – A Catalyst for Total Transformation appeared first on Waking Times.

Oh gawd, and now the BBC's Head of Newsgathering is at it!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
If there's one thing you can say about the Twitter feed of Jonathan Munro, the BBC's Head of Newsgathering, is that it's ultra-loyal to the BBC. If there's praise for the BBC or a defence of the BBC, he'll tweet about it. That said, he did tweet a link to an article about BBC bias that does contain some criticisms of the BBC and whose conclusions are: So the evidence from the research is clear. The BBC tends to reproduce a Conservative, Eurosceptic, pro-business version of the world, not a left-wing, anti-business agenda. Inevitably, Mr Munro of the BBC, links (without comment) to... more »

7 Reasons You Need More Magnesium

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Margie King* - Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, but few people fully appreciate this miraculous mineral. The post 7 Reasons You Need More Magnesium appeared first on Waking Times.

What Healthy Eating Can Do for You

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Infographic- *This list of all the vitamins and minerals, and the foods that contain them, shows what healthy eating can do for you. The post What Healthy Eating Can Do for You appeared first on Waking Times.

Zerohedge: China Creates Perpetual Leverage Machine After Dropping Debt Directive

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-15/china-creates-perpetual-leverage-machine-after-dropping-debt-directiveChina Creates Perpetual Leverage Machine After Dropping Debt Directive [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/15/2015 19:46 -0400 China is in a tough spot and it’s starting to show up in what look like contradictory policy decisions. The problem — as discussed at length in “How China’s Banks Hide Trillions In Credit Risk” and in “China’s Shadow Banking Grinds To A Halt As Bad Debt Surges” — goes something like this. In the interest of curbing... more »

Only 22 Countries Have Never Been Invaded By Britain (For Now)

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-15/only-22-countries-have-never-been-invaded-britain-now *Only 22 Countries Have Never Been Invaded By Britain (For Now)* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/15/2015 21:45 -0400 While America may have troops in around 150 countries around the world, it still has not 'officially' invaded as many as Britain managed throughout its history... but there's still time. *CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE* Source: @MaxCRoser * * * Time to step up the American Empire game... *[erm...CANCEL THAT! We've been there DONE that... -AK]*

BWorld 2, Benefits of Trade Liberalization for the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
* This is my article for BusinessWorld Weekender, May 14, 2015. *TRADE LIBERALIZATION means giving the consumers of the importing country more choices, more freedom, where to buy different goods and services at lower prices and/or at better qualities, which help improve their personal/household welfare and work productivity. Liberalization and free trade also give domestic producers, from farmers to manufacturers, more choices, more freedom, to buy different capital goods and raw materials, from hand tractors and motorcycles to machines and industrial robots at lower prices and/or ... more »

"OK, let's discuss why we lost the election..."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Norman Smith getting his l's and n's mixed up the other day over Nigel Farage's "personality cult" inevitably brings back memories of James Naughtie getting his h's and c's mixed up when talking about "Jeremy Hunt". And memories of James Naughtie doing that just as inevitably bring back further memories of the same *Today* presenter 'mis-speaking' during a 2005 interview with the late Ed Balls (R.I.P.) when he famously blurted out, "If we win the election...", before quickly changing it to "If you win the election..." Accusations of pro-Labour bias followed; others assumed it was... more »

Transpicuous News Midweek Report:May 13, 2015: Video archive

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 17 hours ago
Here is the Archive Video from Wednesday nights Transpicuous News Midweek Report, and all of the news links. Links for May 13th, 2015 TN Report: Donald Trump Slams Obama Administration Over Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150510/1021959176.html#ixzz3ZosYftQj Rekindled Friendship? Russia Promotes Alliance With Germany, France Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150510/1021959639.html#ixzz3Zot67JI4 Evidence Ancient China Discovered America … Thousands of Years Before Columbus http://www.secretsofthefed.com/evidence-ancient-chin... more »

Zerohedge: McCain Joins Ukraine Advisory Committee Headed By Georgia's Fugitive Ex-President

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*Remember when US gov't "leaders" would pretend to be working for US Citizens? But then, the favorite son from my home state of Arizona got let off the S&L hook decades ago as one of the Keating 5, so he's proven his chops to the banker elites, and now he's very transparently helping them carve themselves a new homeland out of someone else's homeland... And of course... its the Ukrainians who lose. -AK* http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-14/mccain-joins-ukraine-advisory-committee-headed-georgias-fugitive-ex-president McCain Joins Ukraine Advisory Committee Headed By Georgia's *... more »

Go on, Enjoy Yourself

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The Specials live in 1980 Louis Prima and Keely Smith much longer ago I was a huge Specials and indeed Two Tone fan back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but then I was a huge music fan then.

"Two jurors cried after the verdict was read. So did I."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Following the death sentence returned on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by a U.S. federal jury, the BBC's chief reporter on the story, Tara McKelvey, has written an interesting piece for the BBC website describing the mixed emotions at the sentence in "liberal Massachusetts". She herself admits on Twitter to having wept when the verdict was read out: Two jurors cried after the verdict was read. So did I. Jahar Tsarnaev was led out. As we left the room, a clerk said, "Have a nice day." — Tara McKelvey (@Tara_Mckelvey) May 15, 2015 Other journalists at the BBC simply think ... more »

Labour must not fight a 'Class War', because there are more Lefties in the ABC1 than in the C2DE classes

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
"Lions led by donkeys" was an assessment of the qualities of senior officers and the rest of the troops in the British Army of World War One (WWI). Ordinary soldiers were said to be the lions in the trenches while their top leaders were the donkeys in the officers' messes.  The donkeys recklessly sent the lions to their deaths on the battlefield. The donkeys did this not through incompetence,

A circular cone and Judas betrayed students during high school final exams

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
In total, 15.7% of the students failed in their Spring 2015 "maturita", the Czech high school exit exam also nicknamed "the adulthood test". That result was a mixture of 6.5% of students who failed in Czech [meaning Czech language plus all literature], 6.3% who failed in English, and staggering 24% who failed in mathematics. The students' performance in languages is worse than the numbers suggest. But the Czech Facebook got filled with complaints about two questions from Czech and mathematics. They were about a Biblical villain and about a cone. It's unacceptable for us to be aske... more »

California Giant Sloth Photographed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We have heard that bigfoot will climb a tree but it is rare as these animals like their cover. So what is also odd here is this behavior. It could well be curiosity at work. Anyway we have way too much leg for a bear and i suspect way too much leg for a Bigfoot. The leanness is also suspect. I think that we can safely add in the Giant Sloth as a prospect. In fact the color matches another suspected case in California. I wish that the observer had simply set up to observe until the creature moved out of the tree. That would have separated the two. He had the safety o... more »

Most Comprehensive Study to Date Reveals Evolutionary History of Citrus

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
For a fruit so valuable, it is surprising just how grey its evolutionary history was. Whatever happened it put wild progenitors into south east Asia allowing ample experimentation. Considering the actual extant variety and the real range in terms of reward, many other aspects were in play as well. Otherwise the only survivor would be the mandarin. We are going to see this happen with all our food plants as we trace out their evolutionary history. All great science and just the beginnings of an enterprise that will last centuries.. *Most comprehensive ... more »

The Genetic and Chemical Diversity of Cannabis

WTStaff at Waking Times - 23 hours ago
*Video - *It turns out that THC is not alone. Cannabis is packed with cannabidiol compounds, CBDs, similar to THC but just a little bit different. The post The Genetic and Chemical Diversity of Cannabis appeared first on Waking Times.

Lies That Soldiers Tell Their Loved Ones While In Combat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*We Are The Mighty: **9 lies soldiers tell their loved ones while in combat* *Sure, in theory it would be nice to tell loved ones the truth, but there are plenty of times when it’s probably a bad idea. Or maybe the truth doesn’t live up to loved ones’ expectations. Either way, here are 9 lies that usually do the trick:* *WNU editor*: Someone should compile a list for diplomats who serve abroad. My best one is when I told my GF before being sent to China that I will be back before you know it. Cough .... cough .... two years later I came back. :)

TV Watch: Still reeling from the news about Betty on last week's "Mad Men"? (Yes, we're down to the final episode)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*I assumed we could get some sort of relevant clip from the Mad Men page of the AMC website, but right now it's a pile of worthless, stinking crap, at least on the browsers I have available as I write. (Confidential to Web designers who think all of their clients' potential users chase the latest browsers: Get your heads out of your butts, morons. And to the clients thusly hornswoggled: Oh jeez!) So we have to settle for this "cast's favorite scenes" feature, which you should find here. Above, of course, we see Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), January Jones (Betty Francis), John Slatt... more »

A Look At How The Military 'Upgrades' Civilian Tech And Products

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*We Are The Mighty:* *Here’s how the military takes civilian tech and makes it more awesome* *The military has given the civilian world some great technology like satellites, GPS, and the internet. But, in other cases the services have adopted civilian tech and taken it to the next level of awesomeness in the process. Here are 7 examples:* *WNU Editor*: A love cars and all terrain vehicles .... so I like what they have done with that (see above video).

Musical Interlude: Yanni, "Until The Last Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, "Until The Last Moment" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A14IrKcKuZs

Museum of Science Fiction To Open in DC

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Here is a project worthy of interest by those Duck readers who are simultaneously politics and science fiction nerds: a non-profit effort to build a Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, DC. The mission of the Museum of Science Fiction is to create a center of gravity where art and science are powered by imagination. […]

With The Fall Of The Iraqi City of Ramadi To ISIS The Pentagon Continues To Claim That The War Is Going Well

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast*: *Pentagon Claims ISIS Is on the ‘Defensive,’ Never Mind That City It Just Sacked* *The terror army assaults the strategically central city of Ramadi. Meanwhile, in the Pentagon, the generals are insisting that the war is going just great.* *U.S. military officials insisted Friday that ISIS was on the “defensive”—even as the self-proclaimed Islamic State was taking over the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.* *Worse than that, the Pentagon repeatedly asserted that its nine month U.S.-led air strike campaign was weakening ISIS, even as the terror group main... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Red Tails' (2012)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
From *Wikipedia*: Red Tails is a 2012 American war film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) servicemen during World War II. The characters in the film are fictional, although based on real individuals.[6] The film was produced by Lucasfilm and released by 20th Century Fox.

The Ukrainian civil war began with a massacre in Odessa, instigated by the US and carried out by neo Nazis, Right Sector troops in plain clothes and mercenaries in the private army of a Ukranian oligarch. At least forty six protestors were burned, shot, or clubbed to death. This is why the people of Crimea so quickly voted to rejoin Russia.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ Ukraine “Disappears” Opponents of the Kiev Regime. Abductions of Independent Journalists*EDITOR'S CHOICE* | 09.04.2015 | 21:35 In Odessa — the same city where the Ukrainian civil war started on 2 May 2014 with a massacre of opponents that had been carefully planned by a team connected to the U.S. White House — there are reported to be two bloggers for the “Voice of Odessa” political site who were seized by the Security Bureau of Ukraine on April 7th, and whose “whereabouts are unknown.” This report appeared in the local Odessa News. The “Voice of O... more »

Compass Food and Music Festival May 23-24th

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
The annual shindig is upon us! +++++++++++++++++++++ May 23 - May 24 May 23 at 12:00pm to May 24 at 9:00pm 美術館綠園道 (五權5街/五權西3街) Art Museum Parkway (WuQuan 5th & WuQuan W 3rd St) 2015第12屆康百視雜誌台中國際美食音樂節 Compass Magazine's 12th Annual Taichung Int'l Food & Music Festival, 2015 康百視美食音樂節又來了!超過50個攤位,上百種美食飲料,由台中各大餐廳酒吧所提供一個絕佳的機會來品嚐各式美食。並且有17個最佳原創樂團現場演出。免費入場,歡迎參加! The Compass Magazine Food & Music Festival is back! Hundreds of food and drink options from over 50 booths hosted by the finest restaurants and pubs all over the city offer a great way to sample the best the city has to offer. This ... more »

"Gaming" Ukraine? A Theory of Moves Between the West & Russia

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
An undeniably interesting read for anyone who is into Game Theory. And, still interesting for those of us that aren't! *Game Theory explained* *Game theory* is the study of strategic decision making. Specifically, it is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. It's debatable whether or not all players are rational or intelligent decision makers- John Kerry often seems both irrational and delusional. But here we go......... *I put question mark*s beside the numerous questionable claims. Claims that do not ring true.... more »

An Impending Liquidity Crisis- Prepping for Global Crisis Pt2?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*An update on the impending liquidity crisis. Sure looks like something catastrophic is afoot* *Recall this news from a week or so ago?* *Bank of Canada Proposes Changes for Market Ops and Emergency Lending * The liquidity problem is far bigger then Canada. As one savvy commenter had already pointed out. *Read on* *The biggest providers of exchange-traded funds, which have been funneling billions of investor dollars into some little-traded corners of the bond market, are bolstering bank credit lines for cash to tap in the event of a market meltdown.* *Vanguard Group, Guggenheim Inves... more »

The King is Dead - Long live the King

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Rolling Stone ranked King number 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked number 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list). He was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Stringer/Reuters *Jacob Siegel and Michael Weiss, Daily Beast:* *Torched Baghdad Neighborhood Could Be Just the Beginning* *Residents of the Sunni district of Adhamiya say Shia militias were responsible for the violence, stoking fears of more sectarian violence—and a plunge into all-out Iraqi civil war.* *Rioters in Iraq’s capital set fire to buildings in a Sunni neighborhood late Wednesday night, threatening to erupt in sectarian violence before Iraqi security forces restored order in the area.* *No deaths or injuries have yet been confirmed in the violence, but images from th... more »

Musical Interlude: Kitaro, “Matsuri”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Kitaro, “Matsuri” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies is the closest cluster of galaxies to our Milky Way Galaxy. The Virgo Cluster is so close that it spans more than 5 degrees on the sky - about 10 times the angle made by a full Moon. With its heart lying about 70 million light years distant, the Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies, contains over 2,000 galaxies, and has a noticeable gravitational pull on the galaxies of the Local Group of Galaxies surrounding our Milky Way Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* The cluster contains not only galaxies filled with stars but also gas so hot it ... more »

Chet Raymo, “A Few Words Inspired By The Tomato Plant”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Few Words Inspired By The Tomato Plant”* by Chet Raymo "Mostly we think of life in terms of individuals - this person, this tomato plant, this frog, this oak tree, this gnat. And we talk about birth and death as the beginning and ending of life. But there is another sense in which life is just one thing, whose beginning is lost in the depths of time and whose end is not in sight. Life in this sense embodies itself in matter, temporarily, as a tomato or a frog, puts on matter and puts off matter as we might don or doff clothes. By this account, I am an ephemeral conglomeration o... more »

"The Whole Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues." - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"

The Poet: Robinson Jeffers, "Love That (Not Man Apart From That)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Love That (Not Man Apart From That)"* "Then what is the answer?— Not to be deluded by dreams. To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence, and their tyrants come, many times before. When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose the least ugly faction; these evils are essential. To keep one’s own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted and not wish for evil; and not be duped By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will not be fulfilled. To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful. A severed han... more »

"This Day..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Acknowledging Our Pain: Rescuing the Rescuer"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Acknowledging Our Pain: Rescuing the Rescuer"* by The DailyOM "Sometimes the motivation to help others may be an extension of a deep desire to heal a wounded part of ourself. Some people seem called to help others, often from very early on in their childhoods, responding to the needs of family members, strangers, or animals with a selflessness that is impressive. Often, these people appear to have very few needs of their own, and the focus of their lives is on rescuing, helping, and healing others. While there are a few people who are truly able to sustain this completely giving ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

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