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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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

26 May - Blogs I'm Following

English: A LNG installation supplying a nearby...English: A LNG installation supplying a nearby hospital with natural gas. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Et LNG-anlegg som forsyner et nærliggende sykehus med naturgass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Chevron Corporation headquarters in S...English: Chevron Corporation headquarters in San Ramon, California. This view shows just one of a huge, sprawling complex. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Sign marking the entrance to the Chev...English: Sign marking the entrance to the Chevron Corporation headquarters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Mainstream Media Blackout On Pentagon Document Admitting U.S/Western/NATO/Gulf Support For ISIS Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Photo: Obama and Erdogan discussing how best to support ISIS terrorists and carve up Syria.* Pentagon war criminals are confirming what we knew all along. It's just shocking to hear it from the horse's mouth. But nothing will change. Don't expect the liars and snakes in the U.S. mainstream media to suddenly inform the world that their crazy and evil government has been behind ISIS from the very beginning. The only solution to this crisis, the only way to defeat ISIS and terrorism in general in the Middle East, is to drive the U.S. out of the region for good. From every base. From... more »

LNG Financial Scams Exposed, Chevron(Gorgon LNG) in Elaborate Scheme Steals From Australian Taxpayers....B.C. Liberals Complicit

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
*Written by Grant G * I wrote an article several years ago about why all the Australian LNG projects went over budget by huge margins.. Chevron(Gorgon Plant) ..And others operated in a wink wink nod nod arena, inside contractors and elaborate kick-back schemes were rampant, contractors would double and triple bill and more for work done on LNG plants and kickback money to the company How this scam worked....Australia like British Columbia and Canada offered LNG companies accelerated plant build cost recovery, so.. So companies like Chevron made their operations as expe... more »

My Favorite Military Tribute Video

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
My Comment: Every Memorial Day this is the video that I play .... and tonight is no exception. After 31 million views .... this video is probably the most watched military tribute video out there .... and deservedly so.

Honoring the true spirit of Memorial Day: Everyone bought a mattress, right?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Shaun Hiltner, manager of the Rockville Pike Mattress Warehouse, begins his Memorial Day commemoration by posting sale signs in Rockville (MD). Darting through traffic to post signs, says Shaun, is "the most deadly part of being a mattress salesman," which is widely known to rank with tight-rope walking, bomb defusing, and census-taking as one of the highest-risk occupations.* *by Ken* As the Memorial Day weekend draws to a close, most Americans staring at themselves in mirrors or selfies will be asking themselves the question that looms so large for us during this holiday seaso... more »

An Image That Always Haunts Me On Memorial Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
The photo, taken by The New York Times’s Todd Heisler, while he was a staff photographer at The Rocky Mountain News in 2005. The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the coffin, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her. Associated Press/Rocky Mountain News, Todd Heisler *WNU Editor:* I post this picture every Memorial Day. No explanation necessary. For the complete story, *go here*. *Update: *My Two Pics For Memorial Day.

She knows the weeds will win

risa bear at A Way to Live - 5 hours ago
She knows the weeds will win. Sometimes, at night, Hearing them grow in her dreams, she'll wake, grasp Even in her two hands, a phantom thistle, or Knotweed, errant blackberry, or teasel. Now not able to turn and sleep, she'll rise, throw On her robe, and step out into night; Walking the way the slim moon shows her, She throws aside her garden gate and listens. There might be corn and tomatoes chatting, Having about as much to say as farmed things. Even a whisper among the kales and chard -- Whatever such things say. Beyond are beds Ensnarled in dock, barnyardgrass, bindweed, Everlastin...more »


risa bear at A Way to Live - 5 hours ago
"身心脱落" T'ien-t'ung Ju-ching shouted, finding a sitting monk half sleeping. He meant it kindly, but his urgency cracked air, a thundernote. "You must let fall body and mind!" the old man pleaded. Dogen, sitting nearby, felt himself moved from a stuck place toward a resolution he had sought. He then traveled home, determined to teach his people the simplest way to let go. "Sit," he told his students, "just sit. In doing so you are already Buddha; there is nothing further to obtain." What effect the shout may have had on the sleeping monk, we are not told.

Why Is The White House Always Talking About Secret Raids?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Thomas Cieslak/USASOC/Flickr *Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast:* *Why Can't the White House Shut Up About Secret Raids?* *When it comes to ninja raids on ISIS commanders, crowing about the victory or shutting up about it both have pros and cons.* *Anyone paying attention to the escalating war against ISIS took notice last week when the White House announced that a first-of-its-kind special operations mission inside Syria had killed one of the group’s commanders. ISIS members certainly took note. So did U.S. military and intelligence veterans who questioned the wisdom of announcing the ... more »

America Admittedly Behind ISIS "Surge"

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
By Tony Cartalucci Taking advantage of a Syrian military stretched thin to protect everywhere at the same time, high concentrations of well-coordinated Al Qaeda forces, based in NATO-member Turkey as well as in US-allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have attacked across several fronts. The tactical and strategic gains are minimal compared to the initial stages of the West's proxy war against Syria beginning in 2011, but the Western media is intentionally fanning the flames of hysteria specifically to break both support for Syria from abroad, and fracture resistance from within. This... more »

Marie Goldsmith: Her life and thought

mollymew at Molly'sBlog - 5 hours ago
MARIE GOLDSMITH: HER LIFE AND THOUGHT WHAT'S IN A NAME ? Maria Isidorovna Goldsmith was born on July 19, 1871 in Russia (1). There is some confusion about both the date and location of her birth. Some assume that she was born in Switzerland, around 1873 probably in Zurich where the family later moved, but this move was years later. Her father Isidor published Znanie, a positivist (2) oriented review. He was exiled to the north for his views, according to the historian Max Nettlau first to Pinega and later to Arkhangsk (3). Nettlau was of the opinion that she was born in one of... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Wind and Mountain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Deuter, “Wind and Mountain” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnmRy47ytS8

Musical Interlude: Constance Demby, “Ocean Without Shores”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Constance Demby, “Ocean Without Shores” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl1Pn-KrvGA

Baby Berty Handcrafted Baby Apparel Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 6 hours ago
I have a glitter obsession. I love dressing my little girls in all things sparkly, but when it comes to baby shoes I have been so frustrated with how hard it is to find a pair of shoes that are adorable and sparkly as well as functional. I have bought two separate pairs of glitter baby boots, only to end up throwing them in my diaper bag in frustration after a while because they won't stay on. While I LOVE Moccs, but I have always wanted them to sparkle, so when I found Glitter Moccs by Baby Berty, I was thrilled! They were absolutely what I wanted, sparkly and darling as well as f... more »

Whose Lives Count?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Nick Mottern (KnowDrones.com) interviews well-known peace activist Kathy Kelly on drone warfare and related topics. This interview took place at the "Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad" National Conference, sponsored by the United National AntiWar Coalition (UNAC), and held in Secaucus, NJ, May 8 -10, 2015.

Think the Anti-GMO Movement is Unscientific? Think Again

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - A failure of science to positively identify a problem does not mean that a problem does not exist. The post Think the Anti-GMO Movement is Unscientific? Think Again appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. Composed from narrow and broadband filter data and spanning nearly 8 Full Moons (4 degrees) on the sky, this deep telescopic view recorded in January shows off some of Auriga's celestial bounty. The field includes emission region IC 405 (top left) about 1,500 light-years distant. Also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. IC 410 (top right) is significantly more ... more »

"All Man Can Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“All man can do is lose one life, but also keep in mind that all we have is one life, so that the longest life and the shortest life amount to the same thing. Our only loss is the passing minute which is every man's equal possession for he cannot lose what is already passed nor what he does not possess in the future. Only the present can be lost for this is all that is man's. Also remember that the cycles of the world exhibit the same recurring pattern, so it makes no difference how long you watch them repeat.” - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The Mask Is Coming Off. . . US Imperialists/Arab Monarchs Embrace Jihadist Terrorism Openly In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Photo: The criminal leaders of the U.S. and Israel laughing at the stupid Arab and Muslim leaders.* Arab monarchs will be the biggest victims of the U.S.-Israeli policy of backing Jihadist terrorist groups in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and throughout the region. And the criminal genocidal leaders of the U.S. and Israel will laugh at them when their plan is complete and all of the Middle East except for Israel is in ruins. *Angry Arab - The new PR antics of Gulf regimes/US and Al-Qa`idah branches in Syria: * *The US government and Gulf regimes are about to officially sponsor and ... more »

"A Very Obscure Vulcan Quote"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"A Very Obscure Vulcan Quote"* By Moon "Ideally, do no harm. Harm speeds up the heat-death of the Universe, and indirectly, your own. More practically, do as little harm as possible. We are creations of a Universe in which entropy exists, and therefore see no way of escape, but we do not need to help it. Harm no one’s internal, invisible integrities. Leave others the privacies of their minds and lives. Intimacy remains precious only insofar as it is inviolate: invading it turns it to torment. Reach out to others courteously: accept their reaching in the same way, with careful hand... more »

"A Single Thought..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Looking at the people, listening to the breathing, heaving, laughing, struggling music of the slum, all around me, I remembered one of Khaderbhai's favorite phrases. “Every human heartbeat,” he'd said many times,” is a universe of possibilities.” And it seemed to me that I finally understood exactly what he'd meant. He'd been trying to tell me that every human will has the power to transform its fate. I'd always thought that fate was something unchangeable: fixed for every one of us at birth, and as constant as the circuit of the stars. But I suddenly realized that life is strange... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Life Transitions: The Death and Rebirth of Self"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Life Transitions: The Death and Rebirth of Self"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Even though this is a natural and necessary part of our growth, it is often painful or, if we don’t realize what’s happening, confusing and disorienting. In fact, confusion and disorientation are often the messengers that tell us a shift is taking place within us. These shifts happen throughout the lives of all humans, as we move from infancy to childhood to ado... more »

Cannabis Represents the Divine Feminine in the Patriarchal Oligarchy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Ethan Indigo Smith* - It's high time to stop the suppression of the spiritual potential of cannabis. The post Cannabis Represents the Divine Feminine in the Patriarchal Oligarchy appeared first on Waking Times.

dying for conquest !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
They go to fight for freedom, but they are dying for conquest !!! (War Is a Racket) (the arms industry) (permanent war economy) (list of arms manufacturers) (military industrial complex)

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Anna Mulrine, CSM:* *For Iraq War veterans, Islamic State adds bitter drop to Memorial Day* *Memorial Day comes as the Islamic State makes gains in Iraq, unraveling the work many Iraq War veterans did and forcing them to find deeper meaning in their sacrifice.* *Washington — Even in the days before 9/11, David Bellavia imagined what it would be like to be an American soldier. * *“Saving Private Ryan” had made an impression on him, and he envisioned, as with the veteran at the film’s end, “being wheeled across some wonderfully manicured cemetery, respected by foreigners” as he su... more »

World News Briefs -- May 25, 2015 (Evenig Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years * *President Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces.* *In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief.* *"For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. It is the f... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Mystery of Discovery”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“The Mystery of Discovery”* by Paulo Coelho “Tonight, before leaving, I’m going to spend time sorting through the pile of things I never had the patience to put in order. And I will find that a little of my history is there. All the letters, the notes, cuttings and receipts will take on their own life and have strange stories to tell me – about the past and about the future. All the different things in the world, all the roads travelled, all the entrances and exits of my life. I am going to put on a shirt I often wear and, for the first time, I am going to notice how it was made. ... more »

The Poet: Maya Angelou, “Alone”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Alone”* “Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home, Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone. I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong, That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone, Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. There are some millionaires With money they can't use, Their wives run round like banshees, Their children sing the blues. They've got expensive doctors To cure their hearts of stone, But nobody, No, nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone, Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alon... more »

The Poet: Theodore Roethke, "The Waking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Waking"* "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Of those so close beside me, which are you? God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, And learn by going where I have to go. Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how? The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair; I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Great Nature has another thing to do To you and me, so take the lively ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

The Economy: "It's A Coup D'Etat"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"It's A Coup D'Etat,"* * David Stockman Warns "Central Banks Are Out Of Control"* Submitted by Tyler Durden "We're all about to be taken to the woodshed, warns David Stockman in this excellent interview. The huge wealth disparity is "not because of some flaw in capitalism, or Reagan tax cuts, or even the greed of Wall Street; the problem is central banks that are out of control." Simply put, they have "syphoned financial resources into pure gambling" and the people that own the stocks and bonds get the huge financial windfall. "The 10% at the top own 85% of the financial assets," a... more »

Top Ukraine Rebel Leader Assassinated

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Deutsche Welle*:* Top rebel commander killed in eastern Ukraine* *Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have said one of their top commanders, Alexei Mozgovoi, was killed Saturday after his vehicle was hit by a bomb and gunfire. Six other people were also killed in the attack. * *Representatives from the separatist Luhansk region reported that Mozgovoi's car came under attack in the rebel-controlled town of Alchevsk, which lies some 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of the frontline between separatists and forces of Ukraine's Kyiv-based government.* *Russian media carried a message fr... more »

The War Against The Islamic State Intensifies In Both Iraq And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria* *Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.* *In Palmyra, the Syrian air force struck at buildings captured by the Sunni militant group, whose arrival has raised fears that the city's famed Roman ruins will be destroyed.* *The air force leveled Islamic State "hideouts" and killed a large number of its members around Palmyra's military air base, Syrian state me... more »

GOP candidates flip-flop in the breeze -- all except Scott Walker, who just lies

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*With a Doonesbury bonus: The deep rootsof modern conservative policy-making* *"None of the leading Republicans," says E. J. Dionne Jr., is willing to offer a more fundamental challenge to the party’s rightward lurch over the past decade."* *"Unfortunately for the Republican Party and the country, [Wisconsin Gov. Scott] Walker’s careful parsing of shape-shifting counts as one of the cerebral high points of the debate among the party’s 2016 presidential candidates."* *-- E. J. Dionne Jr., in his Washington Post column* "The right's political correctness" *by Ken* In case you're ... more »

Even a sunburnt country can’t make solar sustainable

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
If you’re in Melbourne and you want to read about global warming and how man is allegedly trashing the planet, then you need to read *The Age* -- which, like the BBC, never saw a scare story about global warming it didn’t like. Readers of *The Age *yesterday morning however would have choked on their muesli when they turned to page 6. [image: image] If there’s any place in the world that could make a success of solar, you would think that place would be the vast sunburnt land of Australia. What the story revealed however is that “the cost of installing and maintaining more than ... more »

"Once Alientated..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Once alienated, an "unalienable right" is apt to be forever lost, in which case we are no longer even remotely the last best hope of earth but merely a seedy imperial state whose citizens are kept in line by SWAT teams and whose way of death, not life, is universally imitated." - Gore Vidal

“What Memorial Day Do You Honor?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“What Memorial Day Do You Honor?”* By BATR “Many accounts will praise the sacrifices and deeds of those who fought in the American wars. Some versions will emotionally express their thanks and respect, while others will list their heroic actions. There is another viewpoint that seldom gets the attention that it deserves. Simply put, what is the true reason that all this blood was shed and the meaning of continued torment that follows, when the guns are silenced? Some will say, we just need to revere those who served. Others may dare to ask, why and what for? The most positive dec... more »

The greatest race on earth?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
If you don’t have the beard or the tattoos for Ford and Holden racing, then this could be the motor racing for you … [Hat tip Suzuki Samurai] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

May 25: What can words say?

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
Netanyahu yesterday thanked Secstat Kerry for the US role in killing a big meeting of Middle East leaders to discuss de-nuclearizing the whole region. How nice of Mr. Kerry. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia says it has a deal to get nuclear weapons from Pakistan. And ISIL may be getting them, too. Isn't that nice? It will bring peace to the Middle East. Well, not right away. We have to kill everybody first. And don't worry. You'll know when it happens. Five hundred or so Nuclear bombs going off at the same time will be noticeable. Even here in Moncton. Obama drops to his knees to give favour... more »

To Fight for Freedom, or to Fight for Empire – That is the Question

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - We have a critical decision to make. Each one of us. Fight for freedom, or fight for empire. The post To Fight for Freedom, or to Fight for Empire – That is the Question appeared first on Waking Times.

Turkey And The U.S. Have Agreed To Provide 'Air Protection' To The Syrian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Turkey and US 'agree in principle' to provide air support for Syrian rebels* * * Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu: ‘They have to be supported via air’ * Two countries agreed $500m programme to train Syrians in FebruaryTurkey and the US have agreed in “principle” to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle, Turkey’s foreign minister said.The two countries agreed in February to train and equip up to 15,000 Syrians under the $500m US programme designed to a... more »

Are You Experiencing Spiritual Emergence or Spiritual Emergency?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Ellis Evans* - We are not our mind and body; we are Pure Consciousness simply having a 3D experience. The post Are You Experiencing Spiritual Emergence or Spiritual Emergency? appeared first on Waking Times.

The truth about Memorial Day

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 10 hours ago
*INCOG MAN*, as always, provides us with very powerful imagery and commentary regarding the superficial farce known as Memorial Day in America: *The truth about America's fraudulent, destructive wars for Jewish supremacy and world domination.* *On Memorial Day, 2015: Stop and think things out. * You can easily see what they have been doing to America and the White race: Mass immigration of Third Worlders into our lands (and not just America, either) to destroy our race’s political demographics; shipping our jobs and manufacturing overseas; forcing us to accept homosexuality, transgen... more »

Memorial Day In America: In Memoriam For Those Who Have Died, And Will Die, For The Bankers And For Israel

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Yes, it is "Memorial Day" in the United States... A day that is supposed to honor those who have given their lives for what has long been claimed to be a "just cause" in so many wars, especially those fought by the US military on foreign continents..... I am not here to disrespect any of those war veterans and heroes that gave their lives for what they had been brainwashed into believing was right.... I prefer to honor those veterans by getting out the real truths about all wars and how our military has been purposely brainwashed into fighting wars for nothing more than criminal Jew... more »

Genocide in the Gaza Rubble

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
The World Bank says Gaza has the worst unemployment rate in the world with an estimated 43 percent of the population without jobs, and it has a poverty rate of 39 percent. This comes days after the Pentagon approved a $1.8 billion deal selling bombs and munition to Israel. Joining The Real News from Gaza City to discuss all of this is Dan Cohen. Dan is a correspondent for Mondoweiss, based in Israel and Palestine.

When the weird comes out

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.John LennonIt’s like there are two versions of life. One – (this blog and newsletter) - is filled with people I talk to and love… The other – (my home, family and jobs) – is also filled with people I talk to and love. Both exist simultaneously. Perhaps this is the start of “getting” multi-dimensional life. One has no knowledge of the other, yet I exist in both each day. We are stepping into true unity. It is time to own who we are; all of who we are.This on-line dimension is morphing and gro... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- May 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*BBC:* *Yemen clashes rage in south as peace talks postponed* *There have been fierce clashes in southern Yemen, reportedly leaving dozens of people dead and wounded.* *In the city of Dhalea, militiamen allied to the exiled government have retaken positions from Houthi rebels.* *But in Taiz, to the west, the rebels are reported to have pushed back their opponents in heavy street fighting.* *Earlier, Yemeni officials said UN-sponsored peace talks that were due to start in Geneva later this week had been postponed indefinitely.* *No reason was given, but the government had dema... more »

Tunisian Soldier Shot Dead After Killing Seven of His Colleagues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Tunisian soldier shot dead after killing seven in army base shooting spree * *A Tunisian soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital on Monday, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had "family problems".* *What exactly triggered the shooting at the Bouchoucha base in Tunis was not immediately clear, but the incident alarmed residents in the capital city still on edge after an attack in March by Islamist gunmen on the Bardo national museum.* *When gunfire erupted on Monda... more »

North Korean Defector: There Are Hundreds Of North Korean Spies In The U.S. At Any Given Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN:* *Former North Korean operative reveals secret spy tactics* *Seoul (CNN)Looking at the poison pens and torch guns, you would be forgiven for thinking you were on a James Bond set. But these weapons are real and are still part of the arsenal of North Korean spies.* *Agents from the most isolated country on Earth are not a thing of the past, said one man who claims his job once was to infiltrate South Korea on missions for the Kim regime.* *Chosen for the job while still in high-school, Kim Dong-shik told CNN he was sent to a specialized university for four years where he lear... more »

Chris Christie, the Christiecrats and Pipelines – Again!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Nancy Wittenberg, Governor Christie's plant as executive director of New Jersey's Pinelands Commission, is a former lobbyist for the NJ Builders Association who understands her mission.* *by Anonymous Operative* On May 21, South Jersey Gas filed an “amended” application to run a 22-mile pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands. And we’re using the word “amended” loosely here, because there were no substantive changes in the pipeline itself. In January, 2014, the Pinelands Commission rejected essentially the same plan when it was submitted in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement... more »

Greece to Question Syrian over Turkey Bound Bullet Haul

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*Call this news story- Curious* Thessaloniki, Greece--Greek investigators were to question Monday *a Syrian **(Kurdish??)* caught trying to sneak *tens of thousands of bullets into Turkey,* a police source said. How many tens of thousands of bullets? 10? 20? I don't know? The 28-year-old man was detained over the weekend at the *Kipi customs post in Evros*, the* northernmost part of Greece*, after police found *parcels of bullets concealed in special caches in his car.* The authorities said they were not ruling out the possibility that the ammunition was destined to rebels of the... more »

100 US/EU fighter jets join Arctic Exercise near Russia

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*How very peace inducing......Reuters* *About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday*, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 personnel, is meant to test cooperation among Arctic nations near Russia. The aim is to *exercise and train units in the orchestration and conduct of complex air operations*, in close relations to NATO partners,” Norwegian brigadier general Jan Ove Rygg, heading the exercise, ... more »

For the Nepali people

risa bear at A Way to Live - 12 hours ago
For the Nepali people she is sitting, thinking Of what it must be when land turns to water, Rolling waves shrugging off millions of hand-laid bricks. This is impossible to grasp, yet many have lived it, Here and in many places, many times. Even she has felt it, feared it, wondered at it, but Never like that. All her people have died old. Eating her hot soup, sitting in her chair, she mouths Prayers she knows are empty, vaguely knowing Alms are the thing she'd want if she were in Like case. Where to send? Bureaucrats pilfer with Impunity, and pallets of tarps lie still on tarmac. Perhap... more »

Roger and me

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that Morecambe is Britain's sunniest seaside resort. It has its own micro-climate, being bounded by the Lakeland Hills to the north and the Pennines to the east. This means that it's almost permanently sunny here - as I was saying only the other day to the head of Morecambe's Tourist Board. (Even the Saudi ambassador, coming to see the Eric Morecambe statue - and demanding that it be pulled down - found it rather hot here.) What possible reason have sensible, sun-loving people got, I added, for *not* booking a holiday here, sa... more »

U.S. Special Forces Are Waging War Against The Islamic State Via Through Cell Phones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Image credit: Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office *Washington Times: **Special operators lament Islamic State strategy: ‘We are doing everything through cellphones’* *Special operations forces are aggravated over being largely held back from the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.* *Top U.S. special operations commanders say they are building forces for a multi-generational fight — not a war that will be won in the next few years.* *“We recognize this is a longterm prospect,” Gen. Joseph Votel, the leader of U.S. Special Operations Command told The Daily Beast du... more »

President Obama Joins U.S. Troops On Memorial Day To Honor Fallen Military Members At Arlington National Cemetery

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *'It is a debt we can never fully repay': Obama joins U.S. troops on Memorial Day to honor fallen military members at Arlington National Cemetery* ** Across America, people are holding memorials for U.S. troops this weekend* President Barack Obama joined U.S. troops at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier* As part of Memorial Day services, flowers and flags were places on rows and rows of graves across the cemetery in Arlington, Virginia* Obama gave a speech thanking military members and their familiesThousands o... more »

World News Briefs -- May 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*BBC*: *Islamic State crisis: Iraq will take back Ramadi 'in days' - PM Abadi* *The Iraqi city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State (IS) militants "in days", Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC.* *But he said more support was needed from international coalition partners.* *Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS over the past year, and fled from a smaller militant force in Ramadi last week.* *On Sunday, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said that the rout showed Iraqi troops lacked the will to fight. * *MIDDLE EAST* 'Hundred... more »

CawRANT Events #6

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 14 hours ago
*Caw RANT Events #6*It's a miserable, cold and rainy Monday on the Wet Coast....time for a *RANT!* As I've previously observed, there never seems to be a shortage of rantable (or rantacious) topics. The first one is about my erstwhile democratic homeland, *CANADA*. Canada again voted in the UN along with the Marshall Islands (it has about the same amount of sovereignty) *against something it used to hold dear*...nuclear non-proliferation. Canada gets told how to vote by foreign powers and that's how it votes. The idea of representing* the views of Canadians* never even crosses ... more »

Pol. Ideology 63, Alternative Economic System

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
This afternoon, I was one of two reactors to a presentation of a new paper made by the Penuel Group on "Alternative Economic System." The other reactor was Men Sta. Ana of the Action for Economic Reforms (AER). Good audience, from different Catholic religious groups and NGOs. I thanked Arcy Garcia for the invite. The numbered items and in italics are from the paper by the Penuel Group. Then my brief comments plus relevant quotes from various thinkers. *2. “Sovereignty. "**The Sovereign agents are the freer beings. They could exist inside and outside the law. The sovereign coul... more »

A Krauthammer Diversion

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
I'm making a diversion from my in-depth summary of the C-51 hearings to deal with the latest propaganda attack from supporters of the GBWT. This [extremely stupid] meme has been issuing from the orifices of several neo-cons but trying to read this particular version of it the other day has driven me to have to post a response. Charles Krauthammer: "Ramadi defeat marks bottom for Obama's Middle East retreat" So, apparently bad weather grounded the planes of the US anti-ISIS coalition and that left the inept Iraqi military alone against ISIS in the city of Ramadi. This resulted in... more »

Emissions Trends May 2015, May 2012

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
This was a busy week with graduations and I’ve had less time than usual to post. I’ve been watching the webcams, but emissions over the last week were lower they were in late April 2015 (first link) and early May (2015), when I saw the boat offshore here (second link): http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/heavy-emissions-at-daiichi.html http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/unceassing-emissions.html Bobby1’s blog, Optimal Prediction, documents that Iodine-131 levels spiked in early May 2015. Although its possible cancer patients’ I-131 therapy could be responsible, I wonder... more »

Military and Intelligence News Briefs -- May 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Photo*: Maj. Gen. Tim Cross. YouTube *The Guardian:* *Iraqi army lacks 'moral cohesion' to fight Isis, says UK military chief* *Maj Gen Tim Cross echoes comments by US defence secretary that Iraqi troops do not have the ‘will’ to tackle insurgents despite outnumbering them* *The Iraqi army is struggling to deal with attacks from Islamic State fighters, despite heavily outnumbering them, because it lacks “moral cohesion” and effective leadership, according to the most senior British officer to be involved in postwar planning in Iraq.* *Maj Gen Tim Cross echoed comments by the U... more »

Chinese State Media Predicts War If The U.S. Tries To Stop China's Island Reclamation Projects In The South Chian Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
An aerial photograph taken through a glass window of a Filipino military plane shows the alleged ongoing land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. Reuters/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool *IBTimes:* *Chinese Media Say Military Confrontation Over South China Sea 'Inevitable' If US Tries To Stop Island Reclamations* *SHANGHAI -- Chinese state media have sent another sharply worded message to the United States, amid continuing tensions over China’s reclamation of land around islands it says are part of it... more »

Aftermath Of The Fall Of Ramadi In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The third week of May 2015 was marked by the fall of Ramadi in Iraq’s Anbar province. The fighting for the city caused huge casualties amongst the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), tribes and civilians, especially as the Islamic State (IS) carried out executions during the entire operation. The battle for Ramadi showed the limits of reporting in Iraq as most of the papers were caught up in Anbar and dramatically reduced their coverage of the rest of the country. There were 123 security incidents in the media from May 15-21. That was the lowest since the 121 reported the first week of ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
And talking of BBC staff who don't seem unduly concerned about "compromising the BBC’s editorial guidelines and reputation for impartial, accurate and balanced reporting" when using social media... Naziru's BBC World Service colleague Steph Hegarty is still cock-a-hoop about the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland, and she certainly isn't shy of using her "Journalist @BBCNews"-emblazoned Twitter feed to let the whole world know about it: Ahhh what a great weekend Dublin. What can we vote on next? #hometovote #hometotweetaboutvoting #craic — Steph Hegarty (@stephh...more »

Nothing honors our fallen soldiers like taking pictures of Obama...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*during the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery. * I'm watching the ceremony live and all the audience really wanted to do was whip out their phones and snap pics of Obama. Don't we already have enough pics of him? Where is the respect?

Zapatistas Comandanta Dalia 'Waking up to the good fight'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
2015 Comandanta Dalia Comandanta Dalia Good evening compañeros and compañeras, brothers and sisters. I’m going to explain a little bit of what compañera Comandanta Rosalinda said. Just as she explained, it is now my turn to talk about how we become authorities. From 1994 on, we knew that we had rights as women. That was when we woke up. This is how little by little we grew to

"We apologise that this has occurred and risked our organisation being brought into disrepute"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Just an update on a post from last July: A few days later DB posted the following at *Biased-BBC*: A commenter at *Biased-BBC *has now posted a reply he received from the BBC World Service's complaints department to a complaint he put in about Naziru Mikailu's tweets (though it's unclear when it was received). It's worth sharing: Thank you for your email in which highlight a tweet by a member of our staff, Naziru Mikailu, about the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in the context of the present escalation of the conflict in the Middle East. Naziru has contravened the BBC’... more »

Did Early U.S. Intelligence Reports Predicted The Rise Of The Islamic State As A Result Of U.S. And Ally Strategy In The War Against Assad?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
BBC *Nafeez Ahmed, Medium:* *Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS* *Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’* *A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.* *The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsor... more »

Zapatista Comandanta Rosalinda 'Revolution requires women and men'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Comandanta Rosalinda Comandanta Rosalinda Good evening compañeros and compañeras, brothers and sisters. What compañera Comandanta Miriam just explained is all true. We were poorly treated, humiliated, and unappreciated because we never knew that yes, we did have the right to organize, to participate, to do all types of work; this is because no one had given us an explanation of how we

Zapatistas: 'Political Economy from Perspective of Communities I'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Political Economy from the Perspective of the Communities I. Words of Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés. May 4, 2015 Political Economy from the Perspective of the Communities I. Words of Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés May 4, 2015 Good afternoon compañeros, compañeras. What I’m going to talk to you about—not read to you—has to do with what the economy was like and is like in the

SAME OLD STORIES: Christie curses, Clinton gets fluffed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015Part 1—Also, Frank Bruni’s successor:* On this Memorial Day, we’ll have the naming of points. Our first point: The first thing about our pseudo campaign is its amazing length. President Kennedy announced he was running in January of the election year. President Clinton’s announcement came in October the year before. Here it is, late May of the year before, and the gang of candidates and pseudo-candidates have been tramping New Hampshire for months. It’s how we pretend to do it now. As a system, it doesn’t work. Journalistically, this system permits the “pres...more »

Hilarion's Weekly Message - May 24, 2015

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
*Hilarion's Weekly Message* from Marlene Swetlishoff ~ May 24-31, 2015 Beloved Ones, *There is a deep alignment taking place within your inner self. Many of you are feeling as though you are back to square one, having to start the process of purging and cleansing all over again. This is not so and if you can observe the thoughts that come through you, you will see that this particular strain of thought process comes from an earlier time in your lives. Once you make that distinction, you will observe and release these much more easily. Some of these are your core wounds, deeply hel... more »

Iran's Quds Force Major General Soleimani Says The U.S. Has 'No Will' To Fight The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Jerusalem Post:* *Obama has not done a 'damn thing' to confront ISIS, Iranian commander says* *Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force says only Iran is confronting Islamic State. * *DUBAI - The general in charge of Iran's paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency on Monday reported.* *Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force responsible for protecting the Islamic Republic's interests abroad, ... more »

This Kind of Olive Oil Can Kill Cancer Cells in One Hour

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Karen Foster* - This olive oil has the capacity to induce rapid death in cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The post This Kind of Olive Oil Can Kill Cancer Cells in One Hour appeared first on Waking Times.

Conflicting Reports From Iran On Allowing UN Nuclear Inspectors To Visit Military Sites

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs. Press TV *The Guardian*: *Iran will allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit military sites, negotiator says* ** ‘Iran has agreed to grant managed access to military sites’* ** Deputy foreign minister appears to contradict supreme leader’s comments* *Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors “managed access” to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear programme, a negotiator said on Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation’s supreme leader.* *Th... more »

Report: Israel Offered Saudi Arabia Its Iron Dome Defense System To Secure Its Border With Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Soldiers stand near the Iron Dome missile defense system outside Tel Aviv.. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) *Jerusalem Post:* *Report: Israel offered Saudi Arabia use of its Iron Dome technology * *Rocket defense system was offered for Saudis to secure its border with Yemen. * *Arabic-language newspaper Rai al-Youm reported on Saturday that Israel has offered Saudi Arabia to use its Iron Dome anti-rocket technology.* *The offer was made to the Kingdom to defend its border with Yemen that has come under numerous rocket attacks.* *According to the report, the ... more »

Ben Carson Wins The Southern Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll (No, Really)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Late last week a convention of right-wing politicians-- the Southern Republican Leadership Conference-- was in Oklahoma City to be treated to the songs and dances of 17 Republicans running for the GOP presidential nomination, although mostly beamed down from satellite. Only Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee's wife Janet showed up in person. Oil and water might not mix but Big Oil and the Republican Party sure do. Oklahoma is an oilman’s state: bought, run and sustained by men who’ve made huge fortunes on fossil fuels and in which fracking has been under way for so lo... more »

There Is No Macroscopic Greenhouse Effect At All

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 16 hours ago
The Australian Climate Skeptics blog has a post by Dr. Vincent Gray, a onetime IPCC insider and critic, and a long-time hero to climate skeptics. Dr. Gray is a "lukewarmer", believing that there is a global-warming greenhouse effect but that it is "very small". My response to his essay: *"The speculation by some that radiation cannot be absorbed by an object whose temperature is less than that of the radiant emitter..."* *---That "less than" must be a mistake, as no one speculates that a cooler object cannot absorb heat from a hotter one. It should read "more than", as in, a hotter o... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Political correctness disaster will bolster voucher schools* It finally happened. A career Madison teacher is quitting her eighth-grade teaching job at Jefferson Middle School after this year. “I don’t feel safe and I don’t think the kids are safe anymore,” 50-year-old math teacher Stephanie Bush told The Capital Times last week. Bush said students are swearing at teachers and kicking trash cans. She says some students walk in and out of class and wander the halls. Fifth-grade special education teacher Margaret Stumpf told the School Board: “We’ve been hit, spat on and had doors ... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( May 25 , 2015 ) Spanish Regional and Local Election Post-Mortem and Analysis ( Winners and Losers , Knock on Effects such as lower Euro today ) .... Greece Updates ( Financial position and condition , Gov't positions for talks and toward looming payments - internal and external , recent polling data , and more to ponder )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets..... Broader Europe.... *El País in English* @elpaisinenglish · 1h1 hour ago EDITORIAL “From now on the two-party system will have a tough time remaining at the center of Spain’s political life” http:// elpais.com/elpais/2015/05/25/inenglish/1432549379_800188.html … *El País in English* @elpaisinenglish · 3h3 hours ago Upset victory in Barcelona by social activist Ada Colau weakens independence drive for region http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/05 /25/inenglish/1432541816_126570.html … [image: Embedded image permalink] *El País in English* @elpaisinenglish · 4h4 hours ag... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*British Commo paper loves global warming* *They want a revolution to fix it, unsurprisingly. Communists will always be Communists. See article from the British "People's Daily" below* EARLIER this month the International Energy Agency released its annual flagship energy technology report, explaining that “clean energy progress is falling well short of the levels needed to limit the global increase in temperature to no more than 2°C.” The inadequacy of the world’s response to climate change was further confirmed by a study led by Lord Nicholas Stern, which also noted the commit... more »

Major Boost To Missile Defense As Pentagon Announces Plans For A Long-Range Missile Defense Radar In Alaska

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska* *The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California.* *Raytheon Co, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion.* *The new radar would begin defensive operations in 2020, p... more »

Big Oil: Bring on the Carbon Tax- Poseurs Pembina & Desmog blog

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
Saw this coming a mile away. All the talk of ‘big oil’ being against carbon taxes from the likes of Greenpeace and other environmental pretenders-* Big Oil, Big Banks & Wall street walk hand in hand, side by side. *As for* Greenpeace, keeping you believing, keeps them in the 'green' money!* Simple as that! They provide a *business service* that you believe in- you support it and the business of Greenpeace, keeps on going. It's that straightforward. Initially I too believed the AGW hype but then I became aware of facts, not spin, that enabled me to see past the lies & bullshit. *S... more »

An Empty Chair

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://www.westernfreepress.com/ An empty chair can symbolize a lot of things. John F. Kennedy's empty rocking chair symbolized the loss a nation felt after the president's assassination. But, in Stephen Harper's case, an empty chair at the consortium's leaders debate would symbolize many things -- none of them good. To begin with, an empty chair is a pregnant emblem for a leader whose most salient characteristic is arrogance. Michael Harris writes: Canada’s national political conversation has been emptied out by a sitting prime minister... more »

Here’s Why All Types of Life Experiences are Necessary

WTStaff at Waking Times - 18 hours ago
*Audio - *Ram Dass talks about the process of using your life experiences as a vehicle for awakening. The post Here’s Why All Types of Life Experiences are Necessary appeared first on Waking Times.

Is Forming Militias The New Afghan Startegy To Combat The Taliban?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Militia members and police officers in Kunduz Province. The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters to battle Taliban militants near the city of Kunduz, officials said. Credit Reuters *New York Times*: *Afghans Form Militias and Call on Warlords to Battle Taliban* *KABUL, Afghanistan — Facing a fierce Taliban offensive across a corridor of northern Afghanistan, the government in Kabul is turning to a strategy fraught with risk: forming local militias and beseeching old warlords for military assistance, according to Afghan and Western officials.* *The effort is... more »

Breakthrough bionic leg prosthesis controlled by subconscious thoughts

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*I hope every War Veteran amputee from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars gets one of these and the bill is sent directly to the Bush family! -AK* http://www.gizmag.com/ossur-first-mind-controlled-bionic-leg-prosthesis/37614/ Breakthrough bionic leg prosthesis controlled by subconscious thoughts By David Szondy May 24, 2015 The Ossur system uses implanted sensors sending wireless signals to the artificial limb's built-in computer Biomedical engineering company Össur has announced the successful development of a thought controlled bionic prosthetic leg. The new technology uses implan... more »

Secret Afghan - Taliban Peace Talks Took Place In China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
A group of Taliban fighters are seen in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, April 18, 2015. *Wall Street Journal*: *Afghan Peace Envoy Met Taliban in Secret China Talks* *Meeting was facilitated by Pakistani intelligence agency* *KABUL—Afghanistan’s most prominent peace envoy held secret talks with former Taliban officials in China last week, accelerating regional efforts to bring the insurgency to the negotiating table, according to individuals briefed on the matter by the warring parties.* *The two-day meeting, which took place in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi, was aimed at... more »

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[Been watching Noam Chomsky's talk with John Nichols of "The Nation" on LINK TV this weekend? You should. It has my highest recommendation for everyone, especially those who'd really like to figure out what's been happening in politics for the last 40 years (and insight on The Mondragón and Podemos successes). Dynamite TV!] I've been reconsidering H.G. Welles' brilliant book War of the Worlds

A Strategy of Peace

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
Many believe this speech by JFK was one of the reasons he was killed. The speech called for disarmament - something that the CIA and the corporate oligarchs who rule the US were not at all happy to hear. He was sending a message then to the USSR that he wanted to move out of the Cold War. Today Washington has moved us back into one with Russia. JFK showed tremendous courage making this speech because he knew that he was putting his life on the line by suggesting peaceful accommodation with the former Soviet Union. On this Memorial Day let us remember JFK, a man who intimately kn... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
For consistency's sake I really ought to do a post about today's *Sunday *on Radio 4. The programme certainly lived up to its reputation (well, at least its reputation here) for showing a liberal Catholic bias. That bias is suggested by *Sunday*'s opting for the following subjects: - (1) the beatification of a Latin American Catholic archbishop linked to (Marxist-inspired) liberation theology. - (2) a piece advocating acceptance, in Church rituals, for transgender people. - (3) the story of a Jewish left-wing anti-Iraq war activist who may (or may not) have been m... more »

The Real Work Now: Heal – Recover – Embody

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 22 hours ago
*Last night Eileen Meyer shared with me the recording at the bottom of this blog post from her blog. She was reticent to share it, uncertain how people would react, and facing the fears we all face of "what will people think". Eileen is a professional musician, singer, songwriter. I first heard Eileen on KPRI FM in San Diego singing "Lillie Got Mad", KPRI is known for showcasing local artists in San Diego. Little did I know that at the time she was playing live just 1 mile from where I lived at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California. It wasn't until 2012 that she ... more »

PLA frigate can't catch LCS, but its missiles can: Sina

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Type 054A class FFG]The capability of the PLA Navy's Type 054A guided-missile frigate to take on the littoral combat ships of the US Navy was discussed in a piece by the Sina Military Network on May 22. The USS Fort Worth, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, had a run-in with the Yancheng, a PLA Navy's Type 054A guided-missile frigate, while patrolling near the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea on May 11. The encounter indicated that Type 054A was unable to chase a littoral combat ship designed to be faster and maneuverable. Read more

China Increases Its Ballistic Missile Abilities

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: DF-21 (CSS-5)]China is making some of its missiles more powerful. The move comes as China insists it controls disputed waterways in the South and East China Seas. A U.S. Defense Department report says China is strengthening its weapons by adding several small nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles. China has been able to add these nuclear warheads since the 1990s. The fact that it is doing so now raises concern about a local arms race in Asia. Read more

BBC Sport grammar failure

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
'But the way he batted here was entirely different. His 85-ball ton was the fastest in a Test at Lord's, which is astonishing when you consider how many matches and innings have been played at the famous ground.' A superfluous apostrophe... From here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/32871741

Burma Government Continues Using Fighter Jets Against Kachin

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: K-8 Karakorum]Frontline humanitarian organization, the Free Burma Ranger report that the Burma Airforce continues to bombard Kachin Independent Army positions using jet fighters. The Free Burma Rangers said in a statement released this week that the Burma military has focused its attacks around Nam Lim Pa village. “On the 18th and 19th of May alone clashes continued for many hours and on the 20th Burma Airforce jets attacked KIA positions on multiple occasions.” Free Burma Rangers confirmed that Burma Airforce used K8 Karakorum attack aircraft in its offensives against the K... more »

Sukhoi delivers new batch of Su-34 bombers to Russian MoD

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Su-34 Fullback]Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi has handed over the first batch of Su-34 frontline fighter bombers to the country's Defence Ministry under the 2015 State Defence Order. The aircraft took off from the V.P. Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant's airfield and headed to their place of deployment, the aircraft maker announced on May 21. Last year, the Sukhoi Company's branch -- the Novosibirsk aviation plant successfully completed the 2014 State Defence Order and delivered two combat aircraft above the initial yearly plan, it said. Read more

Secret U.S. Space Plane Launches for Fourth Time in Five Years

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: X-37B OTV-2]Not all U.S. drones are flying over Southwest Asia. At least one of them is in space. The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday launched an X-37B space plane from Cape Canaveral. It went into space aboard an Atlas V rocket and it will orbit the earth for an unknown amount of time, but it could be a year or more. The Air Force has two X-37Bs that, like the Space Shuttle, take off like a rocket and land (video) like a plane. They’re unmanned, about a quarter of the size of the now-retired Space Shuttle and have cargo bays about the size of a pickup truck bed. This is the fou... more »

US approves sale of 10 MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: MH-60R Seahawk]The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy’s eastern fleet. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified lawmakers on Thursday about the possible arms sale, which has been discussed for years. The Saudi government had requested a sale of the 10 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters, built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp and Lockheed, as well as radars, missiles and other... more »

PH Navy's first oil tanker sets sail

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: BRP Caliraya (AF-81)]The Philippine Navy on Saturday commissioned its first-ever oil tanker, boosting the military command's capability in the conduct of maritime patrol. BRP Caliraya, or AF-81, courtesy of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), was commissioned in rites led by Navy chief Vice Admiral Jesus Millan and Navy-Philippine Fleet commander Rear Adm. Leopoldo Alano at Naval Station Pascual Ledesma in Fort San Felipe in Cavite City. According to Millan, BRP Caliraya will help improve the operational range of Navy ships patrolling the country's 200-mile exclusive... more »

U.S. to deploy long-range radar in Alaska to counter N. Korean, Iranian missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
The United States is planning to deploy a new long-range radar to Alaska to counter the growing missile capabilities of Iran and North Korea. The Pentagon says the long-range discrimination radar will begin defensive operations in 2020 and will boost the capacity of ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California. The Clear Air Force Station, an Air Force Space Command radar station in central Alaska, has been chosen as the location for the site. Read more

American forces told to leave Phuket

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: P-3C Orion]The US asked to keep its maritime surveillance aircraft in Phuket after the anti-submarine warfare training exercise “Guardian Sea” ended on Wednesday (May 20), the source said. The US said it wanted to conduct maritime patrols from Phuket as part of an operation to provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya migrants. But both the RTAF and the Royal Thai Air Force declined the request and asked the US to remove its aircraft and soldiers from Thailand by Friday (May 29). Read more

UCLASS Superdrone a bridge to fully autonomous fighters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: X-47B UCLASS]The Navy’s planned carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will help the service in a transition from manned strike aircraft to a future autonomous strike platform, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on Wednesday. While the final character of the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) is still being developed, Mabus said whatever the outcome it would likely not possess the autonomous deep strike capability into contested areas the service ultimately will require. “What we currently think it won’t be able to do is in the current [request... more »

China warns US against "dangerous" overflight over SCS

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]China has warned the US against conducting "dangerous" overflight by surveillance aircraft as it claimed to have driven away an American spy plane with radio warnings while the plane was snooping over artificial islands Beijing is building in the disputed South China Sea. The foreign ministry condemned the overflight as "highly irresponsible and dangerous", warning that such actions by the US could cause "untoward incidents". "The reconnaissance plane flew close to China's Nansha islands on May 20 to carry out surveillance Operations and China's garrison troop... more »

Vietnam to receive two more Gepard-class warships soon: gov’t site

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661) class FS]The Vietnam People's Navy will soon get their hands on two new Gepard-class 3.9 frigates, the third and fourth of their kind which Russia has built for the Southeast Asian country, as the shipbuilder has just completed them, government website chinhphu.vn reported, quoting Russian media. Russia has finished the construction of the two frigates for the Vietnamese navy, Russian news website Sputnik quoted Rafi Fatychow, spokesman for the Zelenodolsk shipyard, as saying last week. Weapons will be installed on the two warships soon, Fatychow s... more »

Navy's attack submarine will be named for New Jersey, officials announce

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN under construction]The state of New Jersey will be represented in the United States Navy once more. U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus joined New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, and New Jersey Brigadier General Michael Cunniff at Liberty State Park this morning to announce that a new Virginia Class attack submarine will be commissioned as the USS New Jersey. "New Jersey has a long history in the creation of the modern day submarine," Menendez said to a crowd of Navy sailors, referencing John Philip Holland, the Irish engineer who... more »

Taiwan a potential buyer of retired US A-10 Warthogs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: A-10C Thunderbolt II]Taiwan has been tagged as a potential buyer of refurbished Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II jets should the ground attack aircraft be retired from the US Air Force. Paul Cejas, Boeing's chief engineer of off-Boeing programs, said at a media event on May 20 that the A-10 — nicknamed the "Warthog" — that the company has begun early discussions" with the US Air Force (USAF) to sell off refurbished A-10s to international customers. "It's something we would be interested in, but again, it depends where the air force goes with retirements," Cejas said. "... more »

Defence hoses down PM’s Soryu sub hype

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]The federal Defence Department has refused to back Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s assertion that the Japanese Soryu submarine is “the best in the world”. The PM made the claim in February, telling parliament that discussions over the multi-billion dollar Future Submarines contract “have been more detailed with the Japanese, because the Japanese make the best large conventional submarine in the world”. But written answers from Defence to questions put on notice by Senator Nick Xenophon from an Estimates hearing are considerably less effusive. Read more

India sends four warships to the East, kicks off exercise with Singapore

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: RSS Archer]India has dispatched four warships, including a frontline destroyer and a stealth frigate, on a long overseas deployment to the South Indian Ocean and South China Sea in consonance with the country's "Act East" policy. As part of the endeavor, two of the warships -- stealth frigate INS Satpura and anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta - also kicked off the four-day SIMBEX exercise with the Singaporean Navy on Saturday. The Eastern Fleet's deployment led by Rear Admiral A B Singh will see the warships, which also include destroyer INS Ranvir and fleet tanke... more »

Defence Minister backs destroyer at launch

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
The federal government is determined to see through the Air Warfare Destroyer program despite delays and a cost blowout of about $2 billion to about $9bn, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews says. At the launch of the first destroyer, to be named HMAS Hobart, in Adelaide yesterday, Mr Andrews said the Commonwealth remained committed to a viable naval shipbuilding industry in Australia and was prepared to invest heavily in the skills of local workers. “We are going to see this project through but obviously we want it to be as efficient and productive as possible,” he said. Read more

A Fascist Canadian Federal Government. Living A Life Of Crime (without Opposition)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 23 hours ago
*A Fascist Canadian Federal Government. Living A Life Of Crime (without Opposition)* *Written By Robin Mathews, May 2015* To begin, a fascist government is one which becomes the gangster corporations it serves, creates fake ‘oversight’ bodies to serve those corporations, takes over police in order to further criminal designs, makes enemies of and harasses all forces working for democracy and justice in the country, sews fear wherever possible, and runs a full-scale propaganda campaign claiming to champion ordinary people. *Welcome to the... more »

Hezbollah Vows To Increase Its Involvement In Syria's civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed* *Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite movement said on Sunday.Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters via video link that the fight was part of a wider strategy to prevent groups like al Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, and the ultra-hardline Islamic State from taking over the region."Our presence will increase whenever it should... Yes, we are no... more »

America Admittedly Behind ISIS "Surge"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*May 25, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Taking advantage of a Syrian military stretched thin to protect everywhere at the same time, high concentrations of well-coordinated Al Qaeda forces, based in NATO-member Turkey as well as in US-allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have attacked across several fronts. The tactical and strategic gains are minimal compared to the initial stages of the West's proxy war against Syria beginning in 2011, but the Western media is intentionally fanning the flames of hysteria specifically to break both support for Syria from abroad, and fracture resistance... more »

You can almost hear it growing

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
A late spring evening on an acre in the country is lovely if one gets to see it. Many of my neighbors, I fear, are indoors watching television, poor things. Toto and I are carrying out a few late chores -- carrying straw to the paths around the summer squash and winter squash beds and weeding, mostly. Earlier in the day we moved firewood from the woodshed by the driveway to the "house" piles. This is California oak, Douglas fir, Oregon ash, apple and pear prunings, and birch. The birch logs are from a tree damaged in last year's ice storm, which was especially hard on oaks and birc... more »

Possible particle discoveries at LHC

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
*Guest blog by Paul Frampton* Dear Luboš, here is my guest blog associated with my recent paper entitled "Lepton Number Conservation, Long-Lived Quarks and Superweak Bileptonic Decays" posted at 1504.05877 [hep-ph] which suggests that LHC seek three additional quarks but, as promised, I shall include a general overview of what new particles might show up in Run II. As is well known, discovery of the Higgs Boson in Run I completed the content of the standard model. Run II at \(13\TeV\), later expected to reach \(14\TeV\), is just beginning and what additional particle, if any, wi...more »

Specially For You

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
We, as consumers, have great power. Our purchases send a clear message to manufacturers about what we want ... and they, wishing to prosper, provide the products which we are willing to spend money on. So if we support Eco-friendly products and companies, we encourage the market to provide more of the same ... and that's good for us and the earth! Today I'd like to introduce you to the companies currently listed on our *Special Offers Page*. I don't receive any compensation for their listing, or this post ... I simply feel that it's important to support companies who are doing their... more »

The Art Of Avoiding War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Cristoraul.com *Robert Kaplan, The Atlantic*: *The Art of Avoiding War* *Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you, and what this means for U.S. strategy on everything from the Islamic State to China* *The Scythians were nomadic horsemen who dominated a vast realm of the Pontic steppe north of the Black Sea, in present-day Ukraine and southern Russia, from the seventh century to the third century b.c. Unlike other ancient peoples who left not a trace, the Scythians continued to haunt and terrify long after they were gone. Herodotus recorded that they “ravaged the wh... mor

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