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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 »
*Video - *Spencer Cathcart wrote this short film about his views on the lie that we are forced to live as a result of the corruption in this world hidden behind logos of corporations. The post Who Hides Behind the Logos of Corporations? appeared first on Waking Times.
*by Noah* All right. Enough of *Mad Men*. We spent more than enough time wondering how the show will end. Now we know. And, now we can be reminded that there’s more important stuff in the world, really. The true ending was fine. Whatever. But, I might have liked any or all of these possible endings (below) better. The man known to most as Don Draper very well may have *many* alternate lives, so why can’t the show that centers on him have many alternate endings? Here are 10. *1. In the very beginning of the last episode, Don crashes the race car* on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bein...more »
China Releases Moon Footage Of... *di ETUpdates* http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ncgbs_china-releases-moon-footage-of-extraterrestrials-bases_news?start=20 Dr. Micheal Salla has indicated that there is a Military Industrial Extraterrestrial Complex or MIEC, and that Earth is being assimilated by an alien agenda which also operates on Earth’s Moon.The photo below is similar to many that I myself have seen. It appears that the Chinese who took the photo, have confirmed that aliens exist. The Chinese have probably been in contact with these aliens already. That would explain ...more »
Warrior on a horse monument by night (Photo: Diego Delso/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0) *www.atlasobscura.com is a great travel blog... showcasing some the odder things on this planet... -AK* http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/skopje-macedonia-neoclassical-theme-park *How to Build a Fake Ancient City in Just 5 Years * by Rachel B. Doyle / 18 May 2015 (Photo: yeowatzup/Flickr) For the last five years, the Balkan nation of Macedonia has been involved in one of the more improbable public works projects around, filling the streets of its capital, Skopje, with gaudy, faux-antique statu...more »
https://www.facebook.com/shaani.in.english/posts/1595712384045432:0 *Hand rephrased in English, original was in French and awkwardly machine translated on Facebook. -AK* *Shaani - in english* *THE TIME HAS COME* *Message from a voice in another dimension* *"You Can Be skeptical, but learn to listen." * quotation of the Fifth Agreement Toltec *"Doubt everything and especially of what I am going to tell you." * Word of the Buddha *"Open your arms to change, but do not let fly your values" * quotation of the Dalai Lama *"Know How to listen to in a simple "pourquoi-pas ... who know...more »
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1592858300962060&id=100007137167908&substory_index=0 *(translated from French)* The Arcturians: What the future holds for you and what life is for those who are ready to hear *as channeled by Shanni* Pipe No. 1 May 16, 2015 Greetings to all of you. We have been requested by our channel for gathering information that suit you at all, and corresponding to the energy of your place of all others; It is a sign of the times: information adapted to the reception of it a practical aspect and extreme ... we honor that idea and admit we ...more »
------------------------------ *America's Achilles' Heel * *By Dmitry Orlov* May 12, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - Last Saturday, to the Red Army and the erection of the Soviet flag atop the Reichstag in Berlin. There were a few unusual aspects to this parade, which I would like to point out, because they conflict with the western official propaganda narrative. First, it wasn't just Russian troops that marched in the parade: the troops of 10 other nations took part in it, including the Chinese honor guard and a contingent of Grenadiers from India. Dignitaries from these nati...more »
"Braided, serpentine filaments of glowing gas suggest this nebula's popular name, The Medusa Nebula. Also known as Abell 21, this Medusa is an old planetary nebula some 1,500 light-years away in the constellation Gemini. Like its mythological namesake, the nebula is associated with a dramatic transformation. *Click image for larger size.* The planetary nebula phase represents a final stage in the evolution of low mass stars like the sun, as they transform themselves from red giants to hot white dwarf stars and in the process shrug off their outer layers. Ultraviolet radiation from th...more »
"On Natural Diversity…" by John (Fire) Lame Deer "Even animals of the same kind – two deer, two owls – will behave differently from each other. I have studied many plants. The leaves of one plant, on the same stem – none is exactly alike. On all the earth there is not one leaf that is exactly like another. The Great Spirit, Wakan Tanka, likes it that way. He only sketches out the path of life roughly for all the creatures on earth, shows them where to go, where to arrive at, but leaves them to find their own way to get there. He wants them to act independently according to their ow...more »
*"Cosmic View"* by Chet Raymo "When writing about Philip and Phylis Morrison's "Powers of Ten" the other day I found I had made the following notation in the flyleaf, perhaps a dozen or more years ago: Britannica 32 volumes 1000 pages per vol 1200 words per page 5 letters/wd =200 million letters So, 200 million letters in the 32 volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Why was I making that estimate? I can think of several possibilities. Perhaps… *1.* I was making a comparison with the number of nucleotide pairs in the human DNA; that is, the number of st...more »
*Portuguese Prime Minister * *António de Oliveira Salazar GCSE, GCIC, GCTE, GColIH* *"The interpretation of those who want to place me among the sociologists or anthropologists who said prejudice of race among the Portuguese or the Brazilians never existed is extreme. What I have always suggested is that such prejudice is minimal (...) when compared to that which is still in place elsewhere, where laws still regulate relations between Europeans and other groups".* *"It is not that racial prejudice or social prejudice related to complexion are absent in Brazil. They exist. But no on...more »
*“Acceptance Of Reality Is Key To Ending * *The Suffering Of Emotional Pain”* by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. "All of us experience pain. This pain might stem from losing a loved one, losing a job, ending a relationship, being in a car accident or undergoing any other kind of trauma or situation. Pain is inevitable. It is part of being human. Often, however, we add to our pain and create suffering, according to Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, in her book "Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions & Balance Your Life." In the book, Van Dijk f...more »
I try to be very aware of the allergens in my house. With a daughter who suffers from extreme eczema and my own asthma, I want as few things in my house that will make either of these conditions worse. Here are some of the things that I do regularly to make sure my house is as free of dust, mites and pollen as possible. *Dust before you vacuum*. When you dust you are moving a lot of allergens in your house around. If you dust and then vacuum, you are going to pick up a lot more allergens than if you vacuum and then dust. *Wash all of your bedding regularly. *Everyone knows they s...more »
*“The Necessity of Disillusionment”* by Timothy C. Trepanier “Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.” ~ Arthur Koestler “Our greatest illusion is to believe that we are what we think ourselves to be.” ~ H.F. Amiel “If we only knew what Illusion is, we would then know the opposite: what Truth is. This Truth would liberate us from slavery.” ~ Boris Mouravieff “The experience of disillusionment is one that is common to all. It is safe to say that at some time or another, every human being has had the experience of believing in something that turned out not to be true. ...more »
*Laura Smith-Spark and Khushbu Shah, CNN*: *Is Saudi Arabia seeking nuclear weapons from Pakistan?* *(CNN) A Saudi defense official on Tuesday dismissed as "speculation" a media report that Saudi Arabia is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan amid growing fears of a nuclear-armed Iran.* *The Sunday Times of London reported that the Saudis had "taken the 'strategic decision' to acquire 'off-the-shelf' atomic weapons from Pakistan," citing unnamed senior American officials.* *Contacted about the report by CNN, a Saudi Defense Ministry official said: "I don't understand ...more »
*Reuters*: *Battle erupts in eastern Ukraine, four Ukrainian soldiers killed: regional chief* *Fighting erupted between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday and four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed, the regional administration chief said.* *Gennady Moskal, governor of Luhansk region on the border with Russia, said on his website that separatists opened fire on government positions with mortar and artillery near the village of Katerinovka.* *"According to preliminary data, four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and two ...more »
*Leaving Time -> Understanding Your Stepping-Stone Reality* The Arcturians as channeled by Susan Lie PhD Many of our volunteers have been asking to visit the Starship. We wish to remind that you that not only do you visit the Starship, you also live there. However, many of you have not yet fully connected with that expression of your SELF. You will soon. Then your conscious experiences of being on the ship will begin. You will begin by remembering not the ship, but the YOU who lives on it. Once you remember that reality, you will have your first stepping-stone into your fifth di...more »
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n]Here’s your update for this Thursday evening’s session run by our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group. (Why not head along: they’re a great way to discover and learn about the economic errors that repeatedly reproduce the same catastrophes.) Only two years ago, the winner of the 1991 “Nobel Prize in Economics”, Ronald Coase, died aged 102. He was still writing. (Always intellectually curious, his last published book was his 2013 *How China Became Capitalist*.) Coase won the Nobel for the ideas contained in his celebrated 1937 p...more »
TEN STEPS TO REGIME CHANGE Posted on May 18, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 18, 2015. The Indian Lands Acts of 1924 established the POW camps called “Indian Reserves” IR throughout Canada. Bill C-51 is Canada’s latest attempt to legalize genocide. Here are ten steps to illegally dismantle the ongwe’hon:weh through corporate regime change, relocation or unwitnessed lethal
The polls were with Labour. The feedback on the doorstep was very encouraging. It looked like all the naysayers and the problems of the previous five years had been put to bed. Until *that* exit poll flashed up on the nation's TV screens. It gave the Tories a clear lead, and one several seats away from a majority. Then the worst happened. As the night wore on it became increasingly clear Labour were not winning the seats it needed to capture to form the largest party, and by the morning the impossible had happened: David Cameron had pulled the irons of an overall majority from the ...more »
Previously we had the 'umbrella' protests.. And other prop/ attention grabbers I've likely forgotten! I'm bored.Seriously, this nonsense is getting tired. Old. Stale. Yawn. Something eye catching that spreads like wildfire via anti social media- *I'm not impressed. This is a very typical manipulative psyop.* One thing that is clear the police in Macedonia were less animalistic then in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the G-20 *Who can forget Officer Bubbles?* *Threatening to arrest the bubble blowing protestor. And yes she was arrested.* *No social media, twitter twaddle heads thought...more »
Scene from 'The Wall" by Pink Floyd "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." -- Thomas Jefferson Letter to Horatio G. Spafford (17 March 1814) “It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations.” -Chomsky security guard recently told me he didn’t know how much he’d be earning from week to week because his firm kept changing his schedule and his pay. “They just don’t care,” he said. A traveler I met in the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport last week said s...more »
Three Isil fighters pose in Ramadi the Iraqi army 'abandoned' the city Photo: Twitter *The Telegraph:* *Iraqi army 'abandoned tanks, artillery and Humvees' to Isil in fall of Ramadi* *Extent of Iraqi army chaos revealed by Pentagon alongside claims that corrupt officers sold battle plans to jihadists * *The full extent of the Iraqi army’s failure in its defeat by Isil in the key western city of Ramadi has been revealed by Washington, which said it left behind tanks, armoured vehicles and other weapons to the jihadists.* *A Pentagon spokesman said that the Iraqi security forces (...more »
Money-grubbing Long Island Blue Dog When Boehner and McCarthy boast how their extreme right agenda gets bipartisan support, they're talking about a gaggle of reactionary Democrats who for one reason or another vote with the GOP-- primarily Blue Dogs and New Dems. Last week, for example, the House voted 242-184 to further restrict women's right to reproductive Choice. Boehner was crowing how it was a bipartisan vote; it wasn't really. 4 Republicans voted with the Democrats and 4 Democrats voted with the Republicans. Of the 4 Democrats, one, Jim Langevin (RI), is a deranged religious f...more »
Science is a painfully tight pair of shoes. It perceives the family of life to be little more than a complex biochemical machine. It has created powerful tools for ravaging the planet’s ecosystems, creating a hard path for our descendants. It gives us knowing, but not caring. It’s not about wisdom. It’s about pursuing the wants and needs of humans, with less concern for the more-than-human world. Robin Kimmerer is a biology professor. After being trained in the rigid beliefs of science, she heard a Navajo woman talk about the realm of plants from the perspective of indigenous...more »
*Daily Mail*:* The MANY mugshots of the Waco bikers: 170 gang members have to be processed in batches after shoot-out that left nine dead as police investigate whether deadly brawl was sparked by argument over a parking space* ** Each of the 170 gang members arrested for the Sunday shootout was charged Monday with engaging in organized crime in connection to a capital murder case* ** A Waco, Texas judge ordered most of the men held on $1million bail each * ** One gang 'ambushed the other' at recruitment event hosted by Twin Peaks Bar and Grill in Waco, Texas on Sunday afternoon and...more »
So John Banks is innocent of filing phony electoral returns. But he is still guilty of being John Banks. And being John Banks now appears to be the reason for him being charged in the first place, and for evidence in his favour being withheld by the prosecutor. But whatever you think about the former Minister of Rhyming Slang, and my own estimation is subterranean, his case highlights a serious problem with NZ justice. And I don’t just mean the problems of evidence. I mean the extreme fricking delay in getting justice. As they say, justice delayed is justice denied. Banks filed hi...more »
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko was interviewed by the BBC's Fergal Keane *BBC:* *Ukraine crisis: President Poroshenko talks of 'real war' with Russia* *Ukraine's president has told the BBC his country is now in a "real war" with Russia - and that Ukrainians should prepare for a major Russian offensive.President Petro Poroshenko told the BBC's Fergal Keane he did not trust his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.However he said he had no option but to negotiate with Mr Putin.Russia denies Western accusations that it has sent regular troops and armour to help the rebels...more »
*Bloomberg:* *Iranian Warships Join Yemen-Bound Cargo Vessel, Pentagon Says* *Two Iranian warships have linked up with a cargo vessel that Iran says is delivering humanitarian aid to Yemen, the U.S. military said.* *The ships joined up late on Monday and are now about halfway down the coast of Yemen, Army Colonel Steve Warren told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday. He said the U.S. is monitoring their progress “every step of the way” and isn’t “overly concerned.” The cargo vessel is due to dock at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah on May 21, according to Iranian state television.* ...more »
Across the creek there's not much going on, as Beloved will not start goats until some offsite obligations have been taken care of. So I still mostly mow over there, to keep the ground open (it would fill with blackberries and other invasives if left to itself). At the moment there are three treatments: Cut on a high setting and leave the clippings as mulch; cut with bagger for garden mulch; let go to seed. You can see all three in the above image, with mulched mowing left and foreground, going to seed in middle, and waiting to be cut for garden mulch at right. The grass that has ...more »
First, a well-deserved acknowledgement that I forgot to make. Saturday's Faith page had a sermonette by Brett Annington who is chaplain at University of New Brunswick. This is what a Faith column should be. No fairies in the sky. No God's great plan malarkey. It is religion as it should be - applied to our behaviour in daily life on earth - before we get to walking on clouds or burning in hell. It's called "Here's what The Bible really says about sex". ____________________________________________________________________________ The editorial is actually quite decent on the subject of...more »
I just watched last night's *Newsnight*. There were three major interviews, all fascinating. The first two - with (British) former U.S. military advisor Emma Sky on Obama's failure over Iraq and former David Cameron advisor Steve Hilton on his 'human revolution' - placed the views of the interviewee first, with the BBC interviewer mostly smiling on, all agog. Only the third interview, with 91-year-old former Israel prime minister and president Shimon Peres, looking at the recent history of Israel, saw the interviewer, Evan Davis (without being wildly hostile), move much more to ...more »
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think." - Martin Luther King, Jr. ◆ Of course you must have your priorities...
*“When the Debt Bubble Bursts”* by Mac Slavo “It can be difficult to understand the repercussions that would follow a collapse of the global economy, stocks and debt markets. While we know a serious financial event is coming, determining how it will impact our lives and preparing an appropriate strategic plan to mitigate the fallout can be a confusing and stressful undertaking. The questions being asked by concerned Americans are plenty, but the answers are not so easy to come by. Should I keep money in my retirement accounts? What publicly traded companies are recession-proof? Wil...more »
Order here. Summary Five years in the making, *A People’s Curriculum for the Earth* is a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis. The book features some of the best articles from *Rethinking Schools* magazine alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better. *A People’s Curriculum for the Earth* has the breadth and depth of *Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Un...more »
I am still shocked today to see all the bad and false reports over the Jew spew media outlets proclaiming the guilt of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Bombing fiasco that clearly was a false flag where NOBODY died... Again, as I stated before it is a severe travesty of justice and shows how truly stupid and ignorant the American public are that they actually believe that "bombing" to be real! I have been scouring the internet the last while for some articles and videos that expose the truth about the Boston Bombing being a fraud.... I have already stated that there are great writers...more »
The Script&Film Company's EDayFilm "*Election Day In Canada: The Rise Of Voter Suppression*" is travelling across Canada visiting communities where live and robocalls were made to record the stories of the electors Elections Canada has abandoned. It kicks off at 6:30pm tomorrow Wednesday May 20 at the main branch of Public Library in Guelph with a presentation and a fundraiser. Free admission. More deets here for an event on the 21st in Waterloo and then back again to Guelph on the 23rd - Guelph where an estimated 7,760 robocall attempts were made. Because isn't it time we had s...more »
*Video - *The origin of Christmas is not really what you'd expect it to be. Here's a bit of insight about the bloody origin of this tradition. The post Will You Still Celebrate Christmas After Watching This? appeared first on Waking Times.
*TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015The train derailment this time:* Why did that Amtrak train speed up as it approached that dangerous curve? We’ll offer our speculation below. For today, we once again learn an important lesson about the limitations of eyewitnesses. By the weekend, the following questions had arisen: Had the windshield of the train been struck by some object? Could that have played a role in the derailment? For ourselves, we don’t know what occurred. According to murky reporting in today’s New York Times, an account from an earwitness has apparently turned out to be wrong: ...more »
*"Our “Junkie Economy” Will Soon Hit Rock Bottom"* by Bill Bonner Medellín, Colombia - "This is the first time we’ve been in Colombia. Greener, more mountainous, richer, newer, and more flowery – it is many things we didn’t expect. We’ve seen a lot of press on Medellín. It is supposed to be lively. It is “springtime all year round.” It is beautiful. And it is a lot safer now than when drug kingpin Pablo Escobar called it home. We haven’t been here long enough to know if those things are true. All we know so far is that it is so modern, so big, and so wealthy that we are a bit disap...more »
*Reuters:* *Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen's capital Sanaa: residents* *Saudi-led air raids hit the Yemen capital Sanaa overnight, targeting forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the east and south of the city, residents said on Tuesday.* *The strikes are the first to hit the capital after a five-day ceasefire ended late on Sunday, although military operations resumed earlier on Monday in northern Saada province and in the southern city of Aden.* *Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies have been conducting an offensive against Iranian-allied Houthis and units l...more »
The attempted 'color revolution' in Macedonia draws a huge response as people counter the US-NATO staged attempt to overthrow their government. Initial assessments count over 90,000 citizens, making this rally the largest in the history of Macedonia. People of the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Macedonia, etc.) are more politically sophisticated regarding the Color/Spring tactic as it was used against them twenty-five years ago when US-NATO broke Yugoslavia into pieces. The 'color revolution' template is funded by the CIA, USAID, National Endowment for Democracy and the George So...more »
*VOA*: *Burundi's President to Address Nation * *Burundi's president is scheduled to deliver a nationwide address Tuesday, amid increasing pressure for him to abandon plans to run for a third term.* *According to his office, President Pierre Nkurunziza will speak on radio and television at 8 p.m. local time (1800 UTC).* *Protests against the president resumed in the capital Tuesday, with demonstrators vowing to continue until the president withdraws his plan to seek re-election.* *Burundi Crisis News Updates -- May 19, 2015* Burundi's leader Pierre Nkurunziza in 'no revenge' pled...more »
Over 16,000 students of Rutgers have graduated. The university officials had to pick someone to give the commencement speech. They didn't have a better idea than to pay $35,000 and invite Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and tell him to speak about his hardcore climate catastrophic conspiracy theories (yes, sure, AGW will "consume us" just like the Second World War!) – plus personal attacks on many people who understand the climate much more deeply than he does – for more than 20 minutes. If this had happened during my ceremonies, would I refuse the degree? Probably not. After all, a...more »
*Click image to enlarge; click here to contribute to Russ Feingold and other Blue America candidates* *by Gaius Publius* We recently discussed the "Fast Track" method by which Dodd-Frank legislation can be overturned without going through anything like the normal Congressional process. Under Fast Track, "trade" bills cannot be filibustered in the Senate, can't be amended in either house, are subject to limited debate and must receive a simple up-or-down vote. As Russ Feingold says, it's a rigged process. The method that could be used to overturn Dodd-Frank — attach the rollback ...more »
Tonight on the One Peoples Roundtable Discussion Lisa and I will be going it alone, lol. We've decided that perhaps we need to do a Review of sorts, to go over all of the incredible information that has been discussed on the Roundtable over the past 6 weeks. So tonight, Lisa and I will have a laid back chat to delve into all of the new insights, and strange rabbit holes we've seemingly fallen into lately, like Alice tumbling into the parallel universe of Wonderland. We are going to open the chat for everyone to join us, to ask questions and give their thoughts and opinions an...more »
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after a news conference in Kabul, May 12, 2015. Reuters/Omar Sobhani *Deutsche Welle:* *Pakistan, Afghanistan intelligence agencies to cooperate on fighting Taliban* *After years of tensions, Pakistan and Afghanistan have finally agreed to cooperate with each other in their fight against terrorism. The two countries are to coordinate operations against the Taliban. * *Pakistan's military spokesman Aseem Ali Bajwa confirmed the partnership between the two nations' intelligence services on...more »
Rebel fighters walk in Mastouma village, after they said they had advanced on the area, in Idlib city, May 19, 2015. Reuters/Ammar Abdullah *Reuters*: *Insurgents seize army base, tighten grip in Syria's Idlib province* *Insurgents seized an army base in northwestern Syria from the military on Tuesday, compounding a series of setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad at the hands of rebel groups believed to have received extra backing from his regional enemies.* *The capture came as a top aide to Iran's leader met Assad in Damascus and underlined firm Iranian support as the Syrian g...more »
*Reuters:* *Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi* *Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.* *After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen allied to the Iraqi army had advanced to a nearby base in preparation for a counterattack on the city, which lies in Anbar province just 110 km (70 miles) northwest of Baghdad.* *As pressure mounted for action to retake the city, a local government off...more »
Harper sure knows how to appoint Senators, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau, and the notorious Mike Duffy. Harper campaigned against an appointed Senate, against privilege and corruption, in 2006, only to embrace it full on when he became Prime Minister. He appointed Mike Duffy, a so-called journalist who abused his position to gain the Prime Minister’s favour and get a Senate appointment. Duffy would promote stories favourable to the Prime Minister, even saying no one could question his integrity. Duffy relished in a 2008 tape of then-Liberal leader Stéphane Dion stumbling, which wa...more »
*FOX News:* *ISIS capture of Ramadi renews criticism over US troop pullout, airstrike strategy* *The Islamic State’s capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi is sparking renewed criticism of Obama administration policies in the region -- from the decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops in 2011 to the current anti-ISIS strategy that relies mostly on airstrikes.* *The fall Sunday of Ramadi, just 70 miles from Baghdad, marks the second time in roughly a year that the extremist group has taken control of a major Iraqi city -- after the United States spent nearly eight years at war ...more »
We're moving most of the remaining available starts out to the garden this week: Jenny green beans, Stowell's Evergreen corn, assorted squashes, tomatoes, and cukes, banana peppers. Many volunteer mangels, Fordhook Giant chard, and Red Russian kale have turned up as well, and some have been moved into the available spots, as we take away radishes and lettuce for consumption. We do corn in a solid block, four across, for wind pollination. After the corn is established, we'll plant beans and squash in the same bed: Three Sisters. This is the way things look right now: clockwise fro...more »
CIA Memorial Wall In Langley, VA *Wall Street Journal:* *CIA Says Two Officials Killed in Line of Duty in Past Year* *Stars added to Langley, Va., memorial wall which now contains 113Two Central Intelligence Agency officials died “in the line of duty” in the past year, the CIA said Monday as two stars were added to its memorial wall in Langley, Va.There are now 113 stars on the wall in the lobby of the CIA’s headquarters. The CIA has in the past disclosed some of the names of officials who died in the line of service, but some of the identities remain secret, including t...more »
- I taped my latest public access TV show (airs on 13 stations across Maine and on the Internet) today and was lucky to have Global Network board member Regina Hagen from Darmstadt, Germany as my guest. We covered alot of territory in the 29-minutes including Germany's unclear position on Ukraine, European space policy, and the UN's Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT) Review conference that she recently attended in New York. The show should be available on YouTube in about a week. - We had three Maine Veterans for Peace members (Dan Ellis, Bob Dale, an...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Mike Morell, Politico:** The Real Story of Benghazi* *A CIA insider’s account of what happened on 9/11/12* *On September 11, 2012, I was in Amman, Jordan, part of my routine international visits as deputy director of the CIA. I had already been to Israel and was due the next day to depart for Saudi Arabia. I had dined that night with the head of the Jordanian military and the head of Jordanian intelligence, and upon returning to the hotel I checked in with Washington and caught up on e-mail before going to bed. Earlier in the day I had ...more »
*Hassam - *While controversy continues to surround the way the content screen media affects our thoughts and behaviour, a growing body of empirical evidence is indicating that watching television causes physiological changes. The post The Effects Of Television On Humans appeared first on Waking Times.
I'm doing this for my own purposes really. I don't expect my blogging to impact anything. Maybe half-a-dozen fellow progressives in Canada might get something out of reading my blog. (I assume the rest of my daily "hits" are people seeing my blog in the side-roll of someone else's blog, or as one of the lower down the page hits from a google search for something.) If anything though, it's edifying to see that the harpercons are as contemptible when you give them time to speak and defend their views. For the most part, Blaney and MacKay have had nothing of value to say to justify t...more »
Gold, Russell (2015, May 19). Texas Outlaws Fracking Bans. The Wall Street Journal, p. A3: [excerpted] Last year, a city in North Texas banned fracking. State lawmakers want to make sure that never happens again. On Monday, Rep. Gov G. Abbott signed a law that prohibits bans of hydraulic fracturing altogether and makes it more difficult for municipal and county government to control where oil and gas wells can be drilled. Similar efforts are cropping up in states, including New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, and Oklahoma.... This is all part of a broader legislative and judicial effort, ...more »
I haven’t listened to “You and Yours” radio 4 for a long time, but today I happened to hear the phone-in about the licence fee. Does the BBC licence fee represent good value for money? Apart from the obvious irony of the BBC controlling a phone-in that was supposed explore its own value for money, and notwithstanding Winifred Robinson’s tendency to cut short anyone who said nay and lingering indulgently over those who said yea, several unaddressed issues were left hanging heavily in the air. Some callers said the BBC ‘wasn’t for them’ because few of the programmes interested them. ...more »
*Ray B. Williams - *There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. The post Anti-Intellectualism and the “Dumbing Down” of America appeared first on Waking Times.
Threat Matrix: *‘Strategy to defeat Islamic State is working,’ US Department of Defense claims* *This Department of Defense news article (reproduced in full below) on the status of the fight against the Islamic State couldn’t have been more poorly timed. Published on May 15, the same day that the Islamic State overran the government center in Ramadi, the report provides a pollyannaish view from Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley of the US military’s air campaign and the Iraqi military’s fight against the Islamic State. Weidley is the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force O...more »
On the Futaba cam the view over the plant is quite dark. The light that flashes off to the left of the screen is active today (and it was blinking yesterday also). I presume it is some sort of warning light since it can be seen from the road to Daiichi but I could be wrong. The TEPCO 1 cam view reveals an illuminated area behind unit 3, to the right of the giant vent stack, immediately over the building. This illumination is not typical and usually coincides, when it occurs, with subsequent emissions (based on my observations):
*TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015Part 2—The facts you still haven’t heard:* How vast is the dumbness of the whale? (Editor’s note: The “whale” to which this post refers is the mammoth, appalling cetacean known as “the national press corps.”) How vast is the dumbness of the whale? Today, let’s consider the way Melville’s “spouting fish” has buried basic information as it pretends to discuss its current consensus scandal. For years, we’ve stated a basic point—facts and information play almost no role in our public discourse. As the whale descends to the deep to compose a standard group tale,...more »
There was more heavy fighting, and an uptick in terrorist attacks in Iraq during the second week of May 2015. In Anbar the government continued to try to gain back territory it lost last month. The battle for control of the Baiji refinery was on going in Salahaddin, while in Baghdad and Diyala there were mass casualty bombings. The Islamic State looks to be trying to counter attack in selected areas and launching more terrorist bombings to make up for its recent losses. There were 154 attacks reported in the media from May 8-14, 2015. That was the exact same amount as the week be...more »
*Brian Rogers* - I used to be pro vaccine, but in 2009 that I started questioning my long held beliefs and began digging in to the history, efficacy and safety of vaccines. The post Why Do We Still Vaccinate? – 25 Questions From A Former Vaccine Advocate appeared first on Waking Times.
*Eton headmaster slams 'exasperating' High School exams and says teacher training is 'a mess'* The headmaster of Eton slammed 'exasperating' GCSE and A-level exams as he launched a scathing attack on the teaching system. Tony Little, who has spent 13 years at the helm of the exclusive school, said individual subjects were taught well but exams do not make pupils think laterally. Mr Little, who is due to step down from his post at the prestigious boys' private school this summer, added that teacher training in Britain is 'a mess'. The headmaster warned that schools are controlled...more »
Show of strength: ISIS flags line the streets of Ramadi as a procession of militants - riding on the backs of Toyota Land Cruisers - parade through the city *Daily Mail*: *Iraq braced for the Battle of Baghdad: Chilling images show ISIS victory parade after fanatics seize key city of Ramadi - just 60 miles from the capital - in an orgy of violence and beheadings* ** WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * ** ISIS has 'surrounded' Iraqi capital and wants 'all-out war' with militia there* ** Battle between terror group and Shia fighters there would be 'utter carnage'* ** Islamic State seized stra...more »
Thursday, March 27, 2014 The alleged "Holocaust" of "6 million Jews" at the hands of Adolf Hitler and National Socialist Germany during WWII is the biggest lie ever foisted upon humanity. The very idea that the Germans organized and executed a complex conspiracy involving "homicidal gas chambers" and other barbaric, sadistic forms of mass murder designed to exterminate European Jewry during WWII is laughable on its face when you stop and objectively think about it. National Socialist Germany and her allies were fighting a multi-front war against some of the most powerful nations in ...more »
Patrick Murphy has called himself a Democrat for around 4 years now Chris Van Hollen, the Establishment Dem running against Donna Edwards for the Democratic Senate nomination in Maryland, is not a Blue Dog or a New Dem. Nor is he a progressive. He's just sort of in the middle. When Donna was fighting to *expand* Social Security and Medicare benefits for retirees, Van Hollen was backing Simpson-Bowles and talking about "compromising" away seniors' benefits. And last year when Alan Grayson introduced a bill to stop the militarization of local police, Donna voted for the amendment, whi...more »
A Wisconsin woman says she tried to call her husband moments before he apparently killed himself, but wasn't allowed to by a flight crew, reports television station WTMJ. Karen Momsen-Evers was in New Orleans aboard a Southwest Airlines flight back home to Germantown, Wisconsin when she received a disturbing text from her husband, asking for forgiveness for what he was about to do. "I started shaking the minute I got the text and I was panicked," she said. "I didn't know what to do." Karen says she knew he was serious because he'd been under a lot of stress. She tried to quickly ...more »
FormosaNation passed these around Twitter today. Top poll is Apple Daily, bottom poll is Liberty Times. Both show that Tsai crushes all comers. On Twitter several were remarking that the Apple Daily poll includes more Blues. However, note the Taiwan thinktank poll below, which has Tsai up only a few points on Chu. Best Chu speculation so far, from a friend: Chu doesn't want to run for president because... he might win. - *NEWS*: DPP turncoat Shih Ming-teh is supposed to launch independent presidential bid tomorrow. I would never think that is related to the fact that runni...more »
Another huge brick to the head of the Harper collective. Not content with redrawing the boundaries adding creating new favourable riding's, changing the voting rules to thwart nasty votes, they are now going after public discourse. We will choose the questions and the moderator for the debates. We will put them on platforms where no one will see the actual debate, but we can pick the best moments for our team and make a greatest hits compilation the voters will hear 24/7. Imagine questions for Harper like, "What makes you such a great strong leader, could Canada be any luckier" T...more »
*The Daily Mail:* *The drone TANK that could soon lead US troops into battle: Army bosses reveal robotank has already been tested* * * Trials allowed tank to be controlled by soldier 1km behind * Could be sent first into highly dangerous areas * Tank can reload and change weapons using specially developed systems It is one of the most hi-tech tanks ever created - and doesn't even need a driver.The US Army has revealed it has been testing the vehicle, known as Ripsaw.The 'drone tank' is controlled remotely, and can reload itself and even change weapons at the touch of a but...more »
An anti-government protester holds a Ukranian flag as he advances through burning barricades in Kiev's Independence Square in this February 20, 2014 file photo. Reuters/Yannis Behrakis/Files *Lucian Kim, Reuters*: *Why this Ukrainian ‘revolution’ may be doomed, too* *Ukrainians may be eager to shed their Soviet past, but an old joke from Communist times is making the rounds in Kiev these days. “How’s it going?” a man asks a friend. “Why are you asking?” he replies. “We live in the same country.”* *Most Ukrainians wanted their country to be different by now. Even those who didn’t ...more »
Displaced Sunnis, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer *Hayder Al-Khoei, Reuters*:* To recapture Ramadi from Islamic State, Iraq must use this formula* *The fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, is a major defeat for the Iraqi security forces. It follows a period in which a number of strategic advances have been made by Iraqi forces elsewhere in the north and east of the war-torn country. Dreams of an offensive to defeat Islamic State in Mosul this year will now be crushed. Iraq will inst...more »
*Big batteries are needed to back up wind and solar* *A recent physics paper has looked at the problems caused when erratic wind and solar power is fed into a grid. A stable supply can still be given to the consumer when such inputs are slight but, when they become a significant part of the system, brownouts and blackouts may result. To prevent that, feeding the power through big batteries (accumulators) would be the best option. The undoubtedly large costs of doing so are not mentioned. Abstract and a few excerpts below* Impact of Low Rotational Inertia on Power System Stabil...more »
In this photo, reviewed by the Defense Department, leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brennan Linsley/Pool *Missy Ryan, Washington Post*: *U.S. interrogation team sent to Iraq to question first Islamic State detainee* *An American interrogation team is questioning the United States’ first Islamic State detainee in hopes that the Iraqi woman, the widow of a senior Islamic State militant, will provide clues about the group’s handling of foreign hostages, U.S. officials said Monday.*...more »
Handout, courtesy of the Lee family *Michael Daly, Daily Beast:* *My Son Died for Ramadi. Now ISIS Has It.* *Debbie Lee says she’s sickened that the city her son sacrificed his life defending has fallen—and furious at the Joint Chiefs chairman’s insistence Ramadi is ‘not symbolic in any way.’* *Nine years after Marc Alan Lee became the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, his mother sat watching TV images of the black flag of ISIS flying over the city where her son died.* *“Gut wrenching,” Debbie Lee said on Monday. “The sacrifices that were made, the blood that's been shed.”...more »
The Titus Arch in Rome that celebrates the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD *Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg*: *Is the World Getting Safer? Maybe Not* *Is the world getting more peaceful? Some academics think so. New research, though, suggests they might be getting their math wrong.* *Since 1945, armed conflicts between great powers have become much less frequent, and the annual number of fatalities has consistently declined. This has led some people -- among them the noted psychologist Steven Pinker, in his book "The Better Angels of Our Nature" -- to suggest that humanity may, perha...more »
*Infographic - *How the brain and its different regions react to meditation, and how meditating affects the different functions of the body. The post How Meditation Affects Different Regions of the Brain and Body appeared first on Waking Times.
http://www.sodahead.com/ Bill C-51 has been passed by the House and is on track for speedy passage in the Senate. As it has from the very beginning, the Harper government is focused on aping the American experience. But, before we rush down that road yet again, we would be wise to consider what Chris Hedges recently wrote about the New American Security State: A totalitarian state is only as strong as its informants. And the United States has a lot of them. They read our emails. They listen to, download and store our phone calls. Th...more »
Nearly six years ago, I presented this paper in a seminar on "Freedom and Property" in Manila, sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippine Office. Yeah, I recalled my UP student activism days in the 80s, when the Maoist Nat-Dems were the dominant leftist groups, but our small group dissociated with their ideology as we read more Marx and Lenin, not Mao Tse Tung :-) I re-read portions of "Das Kapital" and "The Communist Manifesto" in making that presentation. Recognizing the mistakes of Marx' analysis contributed why I abandoned the Marxist ideology...more »
One Nation Under Vaccine Manufacturers; Lost Politics, Broken Laws By Jeffrey Jaxon Sane Vax, Inc. 19 May 2015 It is becoming clear that as states line up in a coordinated removal of vaccine exemption bills, the fix is in. Never before has the nation seen such a concerted push towards a common, unconstitutional goal. The attempts to conceal voting and coverage of vaccine exemption bills from the public continues to reveal the signature of corporate influence directing political power. However the unfortunate and inconvenient truth of controlled senators and their lobbyist ha...more »
*FREE PLANET **vs** WAR WORLD* *a new thouggghhht for a newer dawwwn...* *Chimericana Books 2013* ...so, I'm a potential 'new customer' to the whole crazy surrealistic non-linear non-mainstream writer-artist product i.e. novels, of Mike Philbin and I'm looking to buy his most recent works, the three-books-each of either the War World series or the Free Planet series. *Chimericana Books 2014* And I've heard they're linked or self-referential or somehow connected in their third book per series, and I don't want either book to spoil the other series with spoiler content or revelatio...more »
' "A mighty lion may get a retweet from Rula Lenska and does not that prove him more righteous than a jackal joking with Bill Clinton?"' Daily Mash gets George Galloway to a 'T'. More here at The Daily Mash.
David Icke says, "Rothschild Zionist," about thirteen thousand times during this presentation from a few years back, highlighting the sheer penetration of the CONTROL YOUR MIND GAME from somewhere called "Israel". Red Team vs Blue Team, it's all just a military sim gone live to these CASINO OWNERS. Hey, kill the fucking messenger, I don't care - just look at the evidence. Think for yourself, "Free Planet."
Yesterday morning, I was once again a guest on Bloodlines with Pastor Eli James, a radio program broadcast on *Euro Folk Radio*. Pastor James and I concluded our discussion of Christian Identity, and addressed some of the comments left by *Mike* and *Chuck Muncie* regarding *our first program*. You can download the entire program *here*.
This beautiful little girl is the newest member of our family, the first of the next generation. Meet Sophia, brand new baby daughter of one of my nephews and nieces(-in-law). My brother and sister-in-law are thrilled to be grandparents, and my mom the great-grandma is over the moon. We hope to meet Sophia in person early next year, as part of a Big Trip we are planning. Stay tuned.
This week's winner is the Head of NATO. 'The head of Nato warned yesterday that Islamic militants could be hiding among the flood of migrants coming from Africa to Europe in boats. Jens Stoltenberg said: 'There might be terrorists trying to blend in.''' No Shit Sherlock More here.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-17/greek-endgame-nears-for-tsipras-as-bank-collateral-hits-buffers Greek Endgame Nears for Tsipras as Collateral Evaporates by Nikos ChrysolorasVassilis Karamanis 11:00 PM CEST May 17, 2015 Greek banks are running short on the collateral they need to stay alive, a crisis that could help force Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s hand after weeks of brinkmanship with creditors. As deposits flee the financial system, lenders use collateral parked at the Greek central bank to tap more and more emergency liquidity every week. In a worst-case...more »
*Biometric attendants carry forth elevation in subtle body energetics* by ÉirePort Biometric attendants carry forth elevation in subtle body energetics. Creation of Higher body multidimensional pathways has been accelerated. Traversing of multidimensional pathways is facilitated for all. Effects are "sensed" at all levels of Hue-Being experience, as well as humanity elements, accompanied with "sense of acceleration". "Open Universal Arms" presents to all. ÉirePort | May 19, 2015 at 02:20 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-uW
Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters *Jacob Siegel Michael Pregent, Daily Beast:* *Why Does Baghdad Let ISIS Keep Winning?* *Ramadi may have fallen to ISIS on Sunday, but the city has been under attack for over a year. Sectarian politics kept the government from defending it—and could empower ISIS further.* *The road to Baghdad runs through Ramadi. So why hasn’t the Iraqi government done more to reinforce the city, which has been under siege from ISIS forces since early 2014, even before the fall of Mosul?* *The answer is politics: Ramadi is predominantly Sunni, and powerful elements of Baghd...more »
*New York Times*:* ISIS Fighters Seized Advantage in Iraq Attack by Striking During Sandstorm* *WASHINGTON — Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday.* *The sandstorm delayed American warplanes and kept them from launching airstrikes to help the Iraqi forces, as the Islamic State fighters evidently anticipate...more »
Da'ish convoy in Rutbah, W. #Anbar province, celebrating events in Ramadi. Begs the question, where's the coalition? pic.twitter.com/hIMO5cszF4 — حيدر سومري (@IraqiSecurity) May 18, 2015 *WNU Editor:* Click on a picture to enlarge it. The bottom video is from Mosul. Hat Tip to Gateway Pundit for* the above tweet*.
Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi in Anbar province, May 14, 2015. Reuters/Stringer *Bloomberg*: *Islamic State Victory Threatens to Unravel Obama’s Iraq Strategy* *Islamic State’s seizure of the Iraqi city of Ramadi threatens to unravel President Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating the Sunni extremist group without sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq.* *Ramadi’s fall, two days after a U.S. general said Islamic State was “losing” in Iraq, is the militants’ biggest success since they swept...more »
Linoleum As a home builder, I know that choosing your flooring can be one of the hardest parts of decorating the interior of your home. The first step is to choose what type of flooring that you want –tile, carpet, or a beautiful hardwood. Many home owners choose linoleum flooring for the desirable sustainable qualities and modern appeal. [image: Linoleum Could Be the Best Flooring for an Environmentally Sustainable Home] Linoleum is made from linseed oil, rosin (from pine trees), wood flour, limestone, pigments and jute. Linseed oil is obtained from flax, and is the most essent...more »
The United States and Georgia have started a two-week military exercise in the southern Caucasus Republic on Monday. For Russia the presence of US troops a few kilometers from its border is a provocation, just as is a US promise of the NATO membership to Georgia. Some 600 US and Georgian soldiers are participating in the exercise, for which the US redeployed the entire motor brigade and 14 M2 Bradley tanks from its base in Bulgaria. It's so clear to me what the US is doing right now. Dropping lots of weapons and US troops along Russian borders. Sending US 'diplomats' to Europe a...more »
We must put corporations in their place and acknowledge that money is a commodity, not speech. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | May 19, 2015 For five years, ever since the illogical and corporatist Supreme Court decision … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Move to Amend vs. the Supreme Court
"Is this what will become of our Milky Way Galaxy? Perhaps if we collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years, it might. Pictured below is NGC 7252, a jumble of stars created by a huge collision between two large galaxies. The collision will take hundreds of millions of years and so is effectively caught frozen in time in the above image. The resulting pandemonium has been dubbed the Atoms-for-Peace galaxy because of its similarity to a cartoon of a large atom. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken recently by the MPG/ESO 2.2 meter telescope in Chile. ...more »
"In a sense, human flesh is made of stardust… Every atom in the human body, excluding only the primordial hydrogen atoms, was fashioned in stars that formed, grew old and exploded most violently before the Sun and the Earth came into being. The explosions scattered the heavy elements as a fine dust through space. By the time it made the Sun, the primordial gas of the Milky Way was sufficiently enriched with heavier elements for rocky planets like the Earth to form. And from the rocks atoms escaped for eventual incorporation in living things: carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and ...more »
*"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"* “Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to finish, is an artistic animation of the Big Bang, a trip across the early universe, the formation of the Earth and Moon, the emergence of multi-celled life and plants, the rise of reptiles and dinosaurs, a devastating meteor strike, the rise of mammals and humans, and finally the rise of modern civilization. The minute movie ends with a...more »
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