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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

27 May - Blogs I'm Following

The Yangtze river as seen from the Beijing-Lha...The Yangtze river as seen from the Beijing-Lhasa train, on the so-called "First Bridge". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This image was selected as a picture of the we...This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 39th week, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Himalayas from Kullu Valley, Himachal...English: Himalayas from Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Himalayas 15 from airplane.Himalayas 15 from airplane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China and India ‘Water Grab’ Dams Put Ecology of Himalayas in Danger

academic researchshows that India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistanare engaged in a huge “water grab” in the Himalayas, as they seek new sources of electricity to power their economies. Taken together, the countries have plans for more than 400 hydro dams which, if built, could together provide more than 160,000MW of electricity – three times more than the UK uses.
In addition, China has plans for around 100 dams to generate a similar amount of power from major rivers rising in Tibet. A further 60 or more dams are being planned for the Mekong river which also rises in Tibet and flows south through south-east Asia. Peakwater

Dams Versus Rivers – the Global Battle

International Rivers has launched ‘The State of the World’s Rivers’, an interactive online database that illustrates the role that dams have played in impoverishing the health of the world’s river basins.

The database shows how river fragmentation due to decades of dam-building is highly correlated with poor water quality and low biodiversity. Many of the world’s great river basins have been dammed to the point of serious decline, including the Mississippi, Yangtze, Paraná and Danube. Climate Himalaya

Hyderabad (India) (AFP) - At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50...

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SA Libs flay PM Tony Abbott over release of damning figures on air warfare destroyers on launch eve

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 15 minutes ago
[image: HMAS Hobart (DDG-39)]South Australian Liberal MPs have challenged their boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, over the release of damning figures on the Air Warfare Destroyer on the eve of its launch. Last Friday, the day before luminaries gathered in Adelaide to celebrate the unveiling of the HMAS Hobart, reports emerged that the AWD project was running $2 billion over budget and three years over schedule. The Advertiser has been told that yesterday in the Coalition’s joint partyroom meeting, Boothby MP Andrew Southcott asked Mr Abbott why the figures had been leaked at that mo... more »

Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 15 minutes ago
During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995–96), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese “are a great military power, the premier—the strongest—military power in the Western Pacific is the United States.” Since then, there has been a steady encroachment on the U.S. Navy’s maritime dominance through the development of technologically advanced and increasingly effective anti- ship cruise mis... more »

PLA Navy will have 415 warships in near future: US expert

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 28 minutes ago
[image: Liaoning Task Group]James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet's intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future while attending a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, reports the Defense News. The event was held to discuss the PLA Navy's shipbuilding progress and challenges. It concluded that the PLA Navy is making achievements and will continue to grow. Most expert... more »

L-3 Receives Award for U.S. Navy Photonics Mast Program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 32 minutes ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]L-3 Communications announced today that its electro-optics business, L-3 KEO, was awarded a $48.7 million, competitively bid contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to develop and build a new, slimmer version of its photonics mast for the Block 4 Low Profile Photonics Mast (LPPM) program for use on Virginia-class submarines. Under the terms of the contract, L-3 KEO will perform engineering and design work for the lower-profile mast during the first year, with options to produce up to 29 photonics masts over a subsequent four-year period, as ... more »

New Substantial Entry on Precautionary Reasoning and the Precautionary Principle in (Global) Bioethics Online – and Open Access for a While

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 32 minutes ago
I'm happy and proud to announce that a brand new invited 10 page entry by myself in the *Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics* (edited by Henk ten Have and published by Springer) on the topic of "Precautionary Principle" is now online. Moreover, for some time ahead (though I don't know how long) the entry is so-called open access – *that is, it can be freely read online and downloaded by anyone*! Of course, the entry builds on some of my previous work on the ethics of precaution and risk, not least my book *The Price of Precaution and the Ethics of Risk* and a more brief encyclopedia p...more »

Musical Interlude: Gov't Mule, "Soulshine"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 43 minutes ago
Gov't Mule, "Soulshine" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijsritrkiAA

Submarine John Warner completes first sea trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 44 minutes ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]A big milestone in the construction of the submarine John Warner, being built at Newport News Shipyard. The Virginia-class submarine completed its first sea trials last Saturday. "Alpha sea trials represent the first underway test of the quality of the craftsmanship that went into the construction of this great vessel and the skill of the crew that operates her," said Jim Hughes, Newport News' vice president of submarines and fleet support. Read more

Indian company seeks Russian support to build ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 44 minutes ago
[image: INS Chakra]The Indian company Reliance Infrastructure is seeking a Russian partner to launch a joint venture for the construction of nuclear submarines and ships with stealth technology, the newspaper Economic Times reported on May 22. According to the newspaper, the company's top managers have already met with senior representatives of the Defence Ministry in Moscow. A source close to the negotiations said they would visit Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu and name a potential Russian partner with the necessary technological expertise. Read more

U.S. Navy selects Lockheed Martin Syracuse for sonar systems to hunt submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 44 minutes ago
[image: Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class DDG]The U.S. Navy has placed a $27.2 million order with Lockheed Martin in Salina for seven towed-array sonar systems that enable surface ships to hunt and attack submarines. The Navy exercised it latest option on a September 2013 contract with Lockheed Martin that is worth up to $199 million. The previous contract option in May 2014 was for production of nine multi-function towed arrays valued at $31.7 million. Read more

Pentagon Is Critical On iraq's Decision To Choose A Shiite Code Name To Retake Ramadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Pentagon slams 'unhelpful' Shi'ite code name for Ramadi offensive* *The Pentagon on Tuesday said it was "unhelpful" for Iraq's Shi'ite militia to have announced an openly sectarian code name for the operation to retake the Sunni city of Ramadi and added that, in the U.S. view, the full-on offensive had yet to begin.* *A spokesman for the Shi'ite militias, known as Hashid Shaabi, said the code name for the new operation would be "Labaik ya Hussein", a slogan in honor of a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed killed in the 7th Century battle that led to the schism between ... more »

Female Service Members Need Easier Access to Abortion, Not a Wider Range of Birth Control

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Pregnancy has consistently been treated by the US military as a costly inconvenience, and proof of women’s weak, unreliable and unpredictable bodies. In particular, there are concerns about the exceptionally high rates of unplanned pregnancies amongst service members, and the logistics and costs associated with such pregnancies (research indicated service women may be 50% more […]

Arranged Marriages Is One Way The Islamic State Keeps The Loyalty (And Morale) Of Its Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS offers fighters up to £1,000 starter home bonus and honeymoon in their stronghold Syrian city of Raqqa* ** To encourage fighters to Raqqa Islamic State has set up 'welfare system'* ** Incentives for would-be jihadis include a marriage bonus of up to $1,500* ** ISIS also pays up to $400 bonus for each child as well as monthly stipend* ** U.N revealed today that ISIS is committing horrific sex crimes against girls* *Islamic State is offering its fighters a $1,500 bonus to go towards a starter home along with a free honeymoon in their stronghold city of Raqqa.* ... more »

Daiichi Looks Calmer Today, Albeit Pinkish

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago

Recruits For The Islamic State Are Coming In From All Over The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *The Guardian:* *Islamist fighters drawn from half the world's countries, says UN* *Report says there are more than 25,000 ‘foreign terrorist fighters’ from 100 countries in jihadi conflicts, who pose an ‘immediate and long-term threat’* *More than half the countries in the world are currently generating Islamist extremist fighters for groups such as al-Qaida and Islamic State, the UN has said.* *A report by the UN security council says there are more than 25,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” currently involved in jihadi conflicts and they are “trave... more »

Why is the best time to learn a language when you're young?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
… the answer is neuroplasticity. And it’s the reason why no one can ride this bicycle. [Hat tip Michael Hurd] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Open Your Windows

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 3 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click *HERE* for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourag... more »

Degrade And Destroy? More Like Aid And Abet

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Mass exodus out of Ramadi, Iraq, after it fell to US-NATO-Saudi-Turkish-Qatari-Jordanian-Israeli backed troops otherwise known as "ISIS." Photo Source: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media. * 8 months ago . . .

More US-NATO War Mongering

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Barack Obama accuses Russia of adopting an “increasingly aggressive” stance on Ukraine, during a meeting with NATO's chief in the White House. RT's Gayane Chichakyan has the details. The hypocrisy of the US-NATO global war machine is over the top. They push, push, push against others and when anyone reacts to the bully they are accused of being the aggressor. It works though because so many people in the western world have been reduced to consumers and entertainment junkies - thus they fall prey to the lies constantly flowing out of the White House and from NATO HQ in Brussels. ... more »

Nailing the job interview, Zonker Harris-style

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*by Ken* As last week's *Doonesbury Classic* reminded us, there was a moment there, back in 1982, when the core players were contemplating the leap from college to the real world, when it looked as if Zonk's future might lie in -- surely the least probable of the callings he's bumped up against -- um, *software*? *MONDAY -- "Maybe you can break the kiln"* *Doonesbury by G. B. Trudeau* *TUESDAY** -- "Careful, Zonk, you'll peak before the interviews"* *Doonesbury by G. B. Trudeau* *WEDNESDAY -- "Well, I'm off for my interviews"* *Doonesbury by G. B. Trudeau* *TH... more »

An Analysis On The Islamic State's Weapons And Tactics Used In Defeating The Iraqi Army In Ramadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess* *Examination of Ramadi’s downfall reflects complex plans and new weapons* *In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.* *Three weeks later, the jihadist group seized the capital of Anbar province after relentless waves of suicide bombings.* *U.S. defense chief Ash Carter has blamed Ramadi’s fall mainly on Iraqi forces’ lack of will t... more »

The Electric Sun

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

Oppression Remedy and Derivative Actions

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
Rea v. Wildeboer, 2015 ONCA 373: [26] I accept that the derivative action and the oppression remedy are not mutually exclusive. Cases like *Malata* and *Jabalee* make it clear that there are circumstances where the factual underpinning will give rise to both types of redress and in which a complainant will nonetheless be entitled to proceed by way of oppression remedy. Other examples include: *Ontario (Securities Commission) v. McLaughlin*, [1987] O.J. No 1247 (H.C.J.); *Deluce Holdings Inc. v. Air Canada* (1992), 12 O.R. (3d) 131 (Gen. Div.); *C.I. Covington Fund Inc. v. White*... more »


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 6 hours ago
My latest book is one that I've been wanting to get hold of for quite some time now. It's probably the one book that I've been aware of for the longest but haven't had a chance to read. It will also be one of the first books I've read in translation in quite awhile as my knowledge of Serbo-Croatian is slim to none. I first became aware of "The Bridge on the Drina" back during my university days. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia was winding down and it was a part of the world I became intensely interested, partly because of a course I took on international relations and pa... more »

Russian Mobile Crematoriums In Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
A 'Cargo 200' truck, carrying the bodies of Russian 'volunteers' killed fighting in Ukraine, crosses the border into Russia. Maria Turchenkova/Echo Photo Agency *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg*: *Russia Is Using Mobile Crematoriums to Hide Ukraine's Dead* *Russia is so desperate to hide its military involvement in Ukraine that it has brought in mobile crematoriums to destroy the bodies of its war dead, say U.S. lawmakers who traveled to the war-torn country this spring.* *The U.S. and NATO have long maintained that thousands of Russian troops are fighting alongside separatists inside east... more »

When is Memorial Day for the Innocent Victims of War?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - Our soldiers choose to put their life at risk... innocent people have no choice. The post When is Memorial Day for the Innocent Victims of War? appeared first on Waking Times.

The Role of Exponential Function in Population and Energy

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *In this video, Albert Bartlett gives a lecture about how our inability to understand exponential function is the greatest shortcoming of the human race. The post The Role of Exponential Function in Population and Energy appeared first on Waking Times.

Bonilla's Comet

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
In the UFO literature, one of the older cases frequently quoted as the first ever UFO photographs (see Blum, Ralph and Judy, *Beyond Earth: Man’s Contact with UFOs*, page 45; Vallee, Jacques, *Anatomy of a Phenomenon*, page 30, for example) happened on August 12, 1883. Jose Bonilla, an astronomer at the Zacatecas Observatory, saw dozens of objects cross the disk of the sun and he photographed some of them. He reported that they seemed to be grouped in formations of fifteen to twenty and appeared at regular intervals. The Blums reported that the photographs showed circular or spindle... more »

Weapons And Men Are Now Flowing From Ukraine Into Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Bloomberg: **Russia Digs Ditches to Slow Inflow of Arms and Men From Ukraine* *President Vladimir Putin is facing a new kind of blowback from the war in Ukraine: weapons and intruders flowing out of the conflict zone and into Russia.* *Accused by the U.S. and its allies of backing the rebels with arms and men, Russia is now digging ditches to halt munitions and smugglers moving east across its western frontier. Russia has so far dug about 100 kilometers (60 miles) of trenches 4 meters wide and 2 meters deep in the Rostov region, which borders both of Ukraine’s self-declared repu... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Gorgeous spiral galaxy NGC 3521 is a mere 35 million light-years away, toward the constellation Leo. Relatively bright in planet Earth's sky, NGC 3521 is easily visible in small telescopes but often overlooked by amateur imagers in favor of other Leo spiral galaxies, like M66 and M65. It's hard to overlook in this colorful cosmic portrait, though. *Click image for larger size.* Spanning some 50,000 light-years the galaxy sports characteristic patchy, irregular spiral arms laced with dust, pink star forming regions, and clusters of young, blue stars. Remarkably, this deep image also ... more »

IPR and Medicines 34, Another Forum on TPP and IP, Manila

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 8 hours ago
On Monday, June 1, there will be a Discussion on "Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to focus on Intellectual Property and Medicines" jointly sponsored by MAG, AGAP and IDEALS, 10am to 3pm at the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) office in Quezon City. Resource Speaker will be Dr. Burcu Kilic of Public Citizen, Global Access to Medicine Program. She is also a Legal Counsel at the American University, Washington College of Law. I will attend it. I also asked the organizers if I can be a panel reactor, I just need an advance copy of her presentation or previous papers, then I can react... more »

Six Decades After Brown

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Charts follow the clip: Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that's inferior to schools with large white populations. For Sunday's 61st anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which proclaimed "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," *The Huffington Pos*t takes a look at the state of education for black students in 2015. In many states,... more »

The Making of a Bavarian Candidate : The Götterdämmerung Myth

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*This "Last Known Picture" of Adolf Hitler outside the Old Chancellory, April 28th 1945 would appear to be an obvious photographic forgery.* *"If the war is lost, then it is of no concern to me if the people perish in it. I still would not shed a single tear for them; Because they did not deserve any better."* *—"Adolf Hitler", Downfall* *This doesn't even sound like Hitler.* *Probably a more historically accurate account.* *Hitler's personal Junkers Ju-290 landed at Barcelona on 16 April 1945, four days after the assassination of President Roosevelt by White Russian Fascist netw... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
Bertrand Russell : The Golem of Venice from Spike EP on Vimeo How the Dead Souls of Venice Corrupted Science Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D. ICLC Conference, September, 1994 « Against Oligarchy – Table of Contents There is a cancer growing on world history – the cancer of oligarchism. Between 1200 A.D. and about 1600 A.D., the world center of gravity for the forces of oligarchism was the oligarchy of Venice. Toward the end of that time, the Venetian oligarchy decided for various reasons to transfer its families, fortunes, and characteristic outlook to a new base of operations, which turn... more »

Chet Raymo, “Moments of Being”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Moments of Being”* by Chet Raymo “A passage from the "Pensees" of Teilhard de Chardin: "Though the phenomena of the lower world remain the same- the material determinisms, the vicissitudes of chance, the laws of labor, the agitations of men, the footfalls of death- he who dares to believe reaches a sphere of created reality in which things, while retaining their habitual texture, seem to be made out of a different substance. Everything remains the same so far as phenomena are concerned, but at the same time everything become luminous, animated, loving..." Whatever we think of Te... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Justin Sink, Bloomberg*: *Iraq Regroups for Ramadi Fight as Carter Criticism Reverberates* *Iraq’s government began maneuvering to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State, the Pentagon said, days after a top U.S. official questioned the Iraqi military’s will to fight.* *“What you’re seeing now is the beginning of shaping operations” that include securing lines of communications and terrain needed before a full offensive begins, Army Colonel Steve Warren told reporters Tuesday.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 26, 2015* Rift looms in strategy as US blames ...more »

"A Chime Of Words..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people." - Logan Pearsall Smith

Paulo Coelho, “Dreams: The 12 Steps”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Dreams: The 12 Steps”* by Paulo Coelho "When Joseph Campbell created the expression “follow your blessing,” he was reflecting an idea that seems to be very appropriate right now. In “The Alchemist,” this same idea is called “Personal Legend.” Alan Cohen, a therapist who lives in Hawaii, is also working on this theme. He says that in his lectures he asks those who are dissatisfied with their work and seventy-five percent of the audience raise their hands. Cohen has created a system of twelve steps to help people to rediscover their “blessing” (he is a follower of Campbell): *1. T... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Flare, Part 12"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* "Flare, Part 12"* "When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world. Notice something you have never noticed before, like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb. Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain, shaking the water-sparks from its wings. Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no. Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also, like the diligent leaves. A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. Scatter your... more »

THe Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Thanks for stopping by.

"Isochronic Tones: Cognition Enhancer For Clearer and Faster Thinking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Isochronic Tones: * *Cognition Enhancer For Clearer and Faster Thinking"* by Jason Lewis “HEADPHONES REQUIRED - Note: As this session stimulates each ear with different frequencies, you will need to use headphones to experience the full effect. Alternative background sounds available on Mp3 here: Orchestral, Hybrid, World Music, Rain, Brown Noise. *What does this track do? *This session stimulates Beta, SMR and Alpha, alternating in 2 minute increments to help keep the user relaxed and engaged. Note: SMR (sensorimotor rhythm) relates to the frequency range between 12 - 15Hz. It'... more »

"What Makes People Tick? Exploring An Alternate Universe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"What Makes People Tick? * *Exploring An Alternate Universe"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Many people are very different from ourselves and coming to a place of acceptance can make the road easier. All people have their own way of being in the world. It is easiest to comprehend this basic yet profound fact when we consider that every human being on the planet occupies a distinct role in the universe. We grow up in different environments, affected by a unique range of influences. The preferences, values, and beliefs we embrace are frequently related intimately to our origins. An... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

U.S. Army Field Manual 30-31B

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
February 2005 ------------------------------ A February 18, 2005, report in the Moscow Times refers to a book, "NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe," by Daniele Ganser. The report states: Among the "smoking guns" unearthed by Ganser is a Pentagon document, Field Manual FM 30-31B, which details the methodology for launching terrorist attacks in nations that "do not react with sufficient effectiveness" against "communist subversion." Ironically, the manual states that the most dangerous moment comes when leftist groups "renounce the use of force" and... more »

Where Does Truth Lie...?

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
"Where Does the Truth Lie...?" - Webster Tarpley vs. A Skilled Liar from Spike EP on Vimeo.

He Refuses To Lie

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 9 hours ago
So many trees have been removed over the past few years, it is easy to forget that they were ever there. Some standing specters remain, in ominous forboding for more dieoff to come. It has been an erratic spring around Wit's End - beautiful but perilously dry. I am dreading the summer heat and impending, violent thunderstorms. By sheer happenstance I came across a charming video explication of philosophy as expressed by Albert Camus. So despite my conviction that it is far past the point of rescuing any portion of an earth habitable for humans, I post this today because Camus' prec... more »

Support For ISIS On Twitter As Listed By Countries; AP Runs PR Story For ISIS Genocidal Terrorists; U.S. Raid In Syria Is Another Big Fat Lie

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*I. Support For ISIS On Twitter As Listed By Countries.* *Source: Angry Arab - Where do the supporters of ISIS on Twitter come from?* [image: Embedded image permalink] From top to bottom: Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, USA, Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, Palestinian territories, Lebanon, UK, and Tunisia. How the hell is there more support for ISIS in America than in Sunni countries like Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia? Maybe building all those Salafist and Wahhabi mosques wasn't such a bright idea. Or maybe the CIA, FBI, and U.S. army have too much time on their hands, create pro-ISIS accounts o... more »

World News Briefs -- May 26, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC*: *Iraq starts operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar* *Pro-government forces in Iraq have formally launched an operation to drive Islamic State out of Anbar province.* *The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation (al-Hashid al-Shaabi), a force comprising dozens of Shia militias.* *He said the operation would see government troops and militiamen move southwards from Salahuddin province and seek to cut off IS militants in Ramadi.* *The provincial capital fell to IS this month after Iraq's army withdrew.* *MIDDLE EAST* Syrian air strikes *target... more »

Osama's secret stashes

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release. The release contains two sections. The first is a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound. The second is a selection of... more »

“Countdown to Global Financial Collapse?” Part 1

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Countdown to Global Financial Collapse?” Part 1* by Raymond Matison “It is a well established practice of market and economic observers to either predict the direction of a company, financial market or the economy, or the expected timing of an event- but not both. The reason for this is that past experience has made such prognosticators humble in attempting to predict both. However, since many experienced observers have already predicted a continued decline in our economy, the likely collapse of our currency and banking system, and a consequent global depression, what remains is ... more »

“Countdown to Global Financial Collapse?” Part 2

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Countdown to Global Financial Collapse?” Part 2* by Raymond Matison "If indicators show that the economy is still slowing or declining, the need for extraordinary efforts start. First, one easy way to convince the public that things are really better than they seem intuitively is to simply fudge that statistics. In our current cycle this is borne out by the downward revision of previous economic statistics. Another way is to manipulate the markets in a way to increase stock or bond prices which make the public feel wealthier, and more inclined to spend. Yet another method is to c... more »

Exclusive Video Shows Battle Before ISIS Captured Ramadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: Another post from CNN's Arwa Damon. I know that this video is just a small look at what is happening in Iraq today .... but looking at that Iraqi soldier who now wants to join the militias .... he is clearly mentally broken and disillusioned.

ISIS Threat Spreads Fear Throughout Iraq (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* What I find interest about this post from CNN's Arwa Damon is at the end where all of these Iraqis admit that they are now looking at Iran to save them .... not the U.S., and definitely not from their Sunni-Arab neighbors.

The Strange Return of the Political Party

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
In the aftermath of the general election, this little gem from the BBC caught my eye. It reported on the seemingly counter-intuitive view that political parties, particularly if they lose, often experience a surge in membership. The Liberal Democrats, for instance, who saw their worst defeat in their history saw them put on 10,000-15,000 members (depending on who you talk to) since the general election. The Greens have apparently added another 5,000, the SNP 7,000, and Labour just over 30,000. Poor old UKIP, however, failed to put on any thanks to some untimely IT problems. Still, ... more »

The Economy: “America’s Second Greatest Generation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“America’s Second Greatest Generation”* by Bill Bonner London, England - “Fed chief Janet Yellen is talking about raising rates. From USA Today: “If the economy continues to improve as I expect, I think it will be appropriate at some point this year to take the initial step to raise the federal funds rate target,” Yellen said in a speech at the Providence Chamber of Commerce in Rhode Island. She added, however, that after the first hike, “I anticipate that the pace [of subsequent increases] is likely to be gradual.” Yellen said that “it will be several years” before the Fed’s benc... more »

The Truth Is Not Merely that Team USA’s Violence Is Far Greater Than That of Its Enemies, Or That the Former Triggers the Latter, But That Western Governments and Their Client States Have Actively Empowered Right-Wing Jihadist Groups  (Turning USA Into a Battlefield?)   Confirm Clarence Thomas - Why?

BREAKING: GREXIT!!!! (GREECEXIT) We just had another electoral earthquake in the Euro area: Podemos-backed candidates have won local elections in Madrid and Barcelona. And I hope that the IFKAT — the institutions formerly known as the troika — are paying attention. . . . What I would urge everyone to do is ask what happens if Greece is in fact pushed out of the Euro. (Yes, Grexit — ugly

Canada Helps Block UN Plan To Rid World Of Nukes, Citing Israel Defence

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 12 hours ago
[image: Image result for hate harper] Canada Helps Block UN Plan To Rid World Of Nukes, Citing Israel Defence CP | By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted: 05/25/2015 3:21 pm EDT Updated: 38 minutes ago OTTAWA - Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, however, there was widespread international disappointment that Canada and Britain supported the United States in opposing the document at the United Nations review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... more »

President Obama Hints That His Iraq Strategy May Shift In View Of Recent Developments

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 26, 2015. *VOA:* *Obama: US Must Rethink Military Assets in Iraq* *President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its NATO allies need to consider how they are deploying military assets against Islamist extremists in Iraq, just hours after Baghdad announced an offensive to retake the provincial capital of Ramadi.* *Obama, speaking at the end of a meeting with visiting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, said the challenge posed by the Islamic Sta... more »

Iraq Has Slipped Into A Sectarian War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Dan Murphy, CSM*: *Does Iraq's military have the 'will to fight?' Its sectarian militias certainly do.* With the fall of Ramadi, the 'new' Iraqi Army continues to crumble. In its place sectarian militias are coming to the fore. *How badly is the civil war in Iraq spiraling out of control? Here's a clue: Baghdad's battle to retake Anbar Province is called "Labaik Ya Hussein."What does that mean? That the fight in Anbar is now nakedly sectarian. "Ya Hussein" is a cry of veneration and mourning for the prophet Muhammad's grandson, known as Imam Hussein to Shiites. And it is bein... more »

White House Rushes To Do Damage Control After U.S. Defense Secretary Carter's Remarks On The Iraq Military And Its Will To Fight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Newsweek/Reuters: *White House Does Damage Control After Defense Secretary Carter's Remarks on Iraq* Updated | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of the U.S. commitment to help fight Islamic State militants in an effort at damage control on Monday after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' desire to fight. Carter told CNN on Sunday that Iraqi forces showed no will to battle against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more di... more »

Iraq Launches Military Operation To Drive The Islamic State Out Of Anbar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Iraq launches counterattack against Isis near Ramadi* *State TV says troops will be backed by Shia and Sunni paramilitaries as Iraq attempts to retake western Anbar province* *Iraq has announced the launch of a military operation to drive Islamic State out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, this month.* *Iraqi state TV reported the start of the operation, in which troops will be backed by Shia and Sunni paramilitary forces, but did not provide further details.* *A spokesman for Iraq’s Shia militias said... more »

Is U.S. Strategy And Policy 'On The Fly' In It's War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring*: *The U.S. Ignored Ramadi, Now It’s Bombing the Hell Out of It* *Before, the Pentagon had focused on helping Iraq retake the Beiji oil refinery.* *The American-led air campaign over Iraq has a pattern — and patterns change. What the Pentagon sees as the most important part of the battlefield is what it’ll bomb the most. As the lines shift, so do the air strikes.* *What we’ve seen this month is a radical shift in the air campaign away from the oil refinery of Beiji — and the Kurdish ground war in northern Iraq to a lesser extent — to Ramadi.* ... more »

May 26: Lazy, cheap, and unethical - Our very own Irving press.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 13 hours ago
The front page headline is about a commentary that has been submitted to the newspaper, but not yet published. It will, of course, be published, perhaps tomorrow. So why is this story headline news? What the commentary will say is that a decision on whether New Brunswick should approve of fracking should come fast.That's hardly a flash since the opinion comes from a man with a financial interest in fracking. Why is this the lead story of the day? I mean, people are going to see the commentary when it appears. And how often have you seen a notice of a commentary column as the lead ... more »

More Magic From Bernie Sanders-- An Economic Agenda

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
This morning, just before Bernie Sanders' official declaration of candidacy, John Harwood got to ask him 10 questions for CNBC. Here are a few of the most relevant to American voters looking for a better opportunity for the future: HARWOOD: After the revolution, what does it look like? What do you see happening to the 1 percent? SANDERS: What is my dream? My dream is, do we live in a country where 70 percent, 80 percent, 90 percent of the people vote? Where we have serious discourse on media rather than political gossip, by the way? Where we're debating trade policy, we're deba... more »

Chronic Illness Begins With Breakdown In Your Gut

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Dr. Ben Kim* - Good overall health begins with a healthy gut. Chronic illness begins with breakdown in the gut. The post Chronic Illness Begins With Breakdown In Your Gut appeared first on Waking Times.

Supplemental: Bruni in spring!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015The same old story continued:* But seriously though, folks! Do you even understand the *theory* behind this type of campaign reporting? CORASANITI (5/22/15): His S.U.V.’s motor was running and an open door beckoned. But Jeb Bush, quite possibly the most media-friendly hopeful in the Republican presidential field, was not done answering questions. *A journalist tossed him an intimate inquiry, the kind usually brushed off by politicians: Who in his family was ailing with Alzheimer’s?* Mr. Bush, his back to the reporter and an escape within reach, nevertheless ... more »

U.S. Vets Who Served In Iraq Are Frustrated With U.S. And Iraqi War Strategy In The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Times*: *Fall of Ramadi has ex-troops frustrated with Iraqi forces, Obama’s strategy* *Echoing concerns of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who said Iraqi troops have not shown a “will to fight” the Islamic State, many U.S. servicemen and women have expressed frustration over the Iraqi army’s inability to defend its nation, and hold varying views on how much U.S. engagement is the right way forward.Carlos Madden, who returned from an Army deployment to Iraq in 2010, believes most service members aren’t eager to go back, saying it’s up to the Iraqis to ensure that t... more »

Stephen Harper: Reality and dream

LeDaro at LeDaro - 14 hours ago
Following picture depicts Harper quite well. In the mirror he thinks he looks like a macho man but the reality is quite different.

Wireless “Smart” Meter Warnings

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Warren Woodward* - Recent developments in the understanding of the safety of smart meters. The post Wireless “Smart” Meter Warnings appeared first on Waking Times.

Hollywood Accredits the Memes : Götterdämmerung

Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
*Hollywood Acredits the Memes* *The Double.* *The Double.* *(Gustav Weller)* *The Double.* *(Gustav Weller)* *Hitler never went to Berlin.* *Germany was not Berlin.* *Berlin was not the Reich.* *Hitler hated Berlin.* "Take the enemy's capital, was his aim here — a strategy eventually that Ulysses S. Grant is going to tear to shreds, and quickly realize, as he was realizing out in the West, that *the Confederacy was its armies — not its capital, not a city here, a town there." * *- Professor David Blight, Yale* *Hitler's personal Junkers Ju-290 landed at Barcelona on 16 Apr... more »

World News Briefs -- May 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. Reuters/Stringer *Reuters*: *Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains* *Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni population.* *The Iraqi government is scrambling to reverse its biggest military setback in nearly a year, the fa... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN*: *Behind the scenes: A secret Navy flight over China's military buildup* *Above the South China Sea (CNN)Take-off is swift on the U.S. Navy's P8-A Poseidon -- there's no slow roll down the runway on military flights -- and within minutes, the turquoise blue of the South China Sea comes into view from the window of America's most advanced surveillance and sub-hunting aircraft.* *The P8 crew, composed of more than a dozen naval aviators, invited me into the cockpit to watch and to listen. CNN last week first reported on this secret surveillance mission, which eight times rece... more »

According To President Obama The 'U.S. Is No Longer Engaged In A Major War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
RT: *'US not engaged in major war': Obama Memorial Day remark slammed* Barack Obama has made a speech, saying that this Memorial Day is the first in 14 years without major US war. Critics and social media users slammed him as hypocritical, saying the US remains involved in military conflicts and proxy wars. “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war,” Obama said on Memorial Day, a US holiday for remembering those who died while serving in the country's armed forces. He added that this Memorial Day is the first “since ou... more »

More on Western Support for ISIL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
New declassified reports have revealed that Washington had prior information about the presence of Takfiri terrorists in Syria and their plan to establish their so-called ‘Islamic State’ in the heart of the Middle East.

You Are Not Who You Think You Are

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Interview* - Waking Times contributing author RJ Spina in an enlithening interview with Simon on the Sofa. The post You Are Not Who You Think You Are appeared first on Waking Times.

Why is the US Navy Practicing ‘Armageddon’ on Alaska’s Wildlife?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - Apparently, a nautical ‘war’ has been declared to start sometime in June 2015! The post Why is the US Navy Practicing ‘Armageddon’ on Alaska’s Wildlife? appeared first on Waking Times.

Top U.S. Air Force General: “China And Russia Will Be Fielding Capability That Is Better Than What We Currently Have In Many Areas”

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *Budget cuts impact US ability to fight the enemy, Air Force general warns* *In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Gen. Mark Welsh, the head of the U.S. Air Force, warns that severe defense budget cuts will impact U.S. air superiority against enemies that the nation may not be thinking about right now.“China and Russia are two good examples of countries who will be fielding capability in the next three to five years; if they stay on track, that is better than what we currently have in many areas,” Welsh said during a th... more »

Clifford Johnson's flawed ideas about string theory's raison d’être

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
String theory's founding fathers have been a heroic group of solitaires who were developing a remarkable theory whose X Factor only became self-evident to most of the competent theoretical high-energy physicists in the mid 1980s. At that time, during the First Superstring Revolution, string theory became a mainstream subject, the generally appreciated "only game in town" when it comes to the unification of gravity with the rest of fundamental physics. A subject that becomes mainstream enters the same risk as a stable corporation that has already grown big: It absorbs too many people... more »

Brunswick Memorial Day Parade

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
PeaceWorks and Maine Veterans for Peace joined together yesterday to walk in the Memorial Day parade through Topsham and Brunswick, Maine. We had a delegation of 25 people and once again got a decent response from the crowd during the almost two-mile parade route. We got the best response in downtown Brunswick where there were a huge number of people assembled. Photos by Richard Clement

Guilt – The Shadow of Spiritual Growth

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - The Ego, and so guilt as well, is a social product created by expectations. The post Guilt – The Shadow of Spiritual Growth appeared first on Waking Times.

Navy Impacts on Sea Life

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Our Maine Peace Walk planning group met in Bath last Saturday to take the next steps in organizing our October 9-24 walk through the state. The walk will be entitled: *Militarization of the Seas - Pentagon's Impact on the Oceans*. The walk will begin in Ellsworth, Maine and follow Highway 1 south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where the Navy submarine facility is located. We had folks at the planning meeting from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Like our previous walks this one will be led by monks and nuns from the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order. The Pentagon has the lar... more »

US using ISIL to break up Mideast states- Who controls the Arms, controls the War.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
Given all the information we've discussed here on RTS and on Transpicuous News lately, we know that this interview isn't naming the undercurrent reason for the US military's inaction in Iraq (and Syria) against ISIS, This gentleman doesn't tell the watchers that that ISIS is a US created "terrorist group" designed to further drive a sectarian wedge between various regional governments AND to destroy the foundations of these governments to create a vacuum in which the US(and their allies) can completely take over. Even main stream media has run stories that outline that Iraq BOUGHT... more »

Russia's Space Industry Rocked By Huge Corruption Scandal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Mr Dyakonov is accused of providing the Khrunichev Centre, pictured, with 'incomplete' certificates and receipts for consulting services since 2007 Photo: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters *The Telegraph*: *The multi-million pound corruption scandal engulfing Russia's space industry* *The arrest of Dmitry Dyakonov, director of a company called Ekopravo, comes as the space industry faces accusations of embezzlement.* *Russian officials have launched an investigation into one of Russia's most important spaceship builders amid a multi-million pound corruption scandal engulfing the country's tro... more »

Russian Deputy Prime Minister: 'Tanks Don't Need Visas'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (RIA Novosti/Aleksey Nikolskyi) *Defense News/AFP:* *Russian Official: 'Tanks Don't Need Visas'* *MOSCOW — An outspoken deputy prime minister in charge of Russia's defense sector has dismissed Western concerns over Moscow's increased assertiveness in the Arctic by saying that "tanks don't need visas."* *Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, is known for his hawkish remarks and enjoys rattling Western officials.* *"I've always joked about it... so what if they won't give us visas, put u... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Saints kick off OTAs today; Andrus Peat's start delayed by school schedule ~Mike Triplett, ESPN* *Gulf Monitoring Consortium Patrol of Burning and Leaking Oil Platform in Breton Sound ~LEAN*

Hopson and Shelby County Schools Sued to Stop Reckless School Closure

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
Having been unsuccessful in getting Shelby County Schools to listen to reasoned argument, South Side parents, teachers, and concerned citizens have filed suit against SCS in U. S. District Court to halt the planned closure of South Side Middle School in Memphis. Plaintiffs in the case allege violations under Tennessee statutes, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, and violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Below are the factual allegations: *I**I**I**. FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS* *1**. D**efendant SCS has voted through its Board... more »

Next Year in Novi Sad : David Petreaus and the Coming Balkans War

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*Novi Sad, Vojvodina * *Serbia.* *Former Yugoslavia* *Skopje, Macedonia* *Former Yugoslavia* *The Roma of Vojvodina* *Former Yugoslavia* *Brussels’s Next Balkans Ersatz State: Vojvodina* *Voïvodine was, according to the last census, composed of 70% Serbian and orthodox citizens.* If the Brussels-based European Union and NATO have their way, the Serbian province of Vojvodina will join Kosovo, previously carved by the European Union and NATO from Serbia as an ethnic Albanian state run by the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), as the next ersatz independent state in the Bal... more »

Russia's New Tank Is Puting A Hole In Its Defense Budget

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Mikhail Voskresensky *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *Is the 'World’s Deadliest Tank' Bankrupting Russia?* *Moscow is overspending on its armed forces and still might not get the military it wants by 2020.* *Russia is expected to spend more money on its military in 2015 than in any previous year in its entire post-Soviet history.* *According to an analysis conducted by Forbes Magazine, Russia will spend an estimated 5.34 percent of its economic output on defense in 2015. This estimate is based on the assumption that the Russian economy will contract by 3 percent and... more »

In A Signal To China, Japan, Australia, And The U.S. Will Launch War Games In July

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
The participation of personnel from Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force (pictured) in the Australia-US drill comes amid high tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. (US Military, file photo) *ABC News (Australia)*:* South China Sea dispute: Japan to participate in Australia-US Talisman Sabre military drill for first time* *Japanese troops will take part in a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in July, as Washington looks to bolster links among its allies in the face of an increasingly assertive China.Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) — its army — wi... more »

China Plans A Blunt And Forceful Move In The South China Sea Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015. *Michael Holtz, CSM*: *China plans blunt move into 'open seas,' warns foreign powers not to meddle* *In a new strategy unveiled today, the South China Sea continues to be a potential flashpoint for China and its neighbors, and between Washington and Beijing.* *China outlined on Tuesday a strategy to expand the reac... more »

Taiwan Offers A Peace Plan For The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Taiwan offers South China Sea peace plan* *Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that it says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbors and the United States.* *The South China Sea Peace Initiative announced by President Ma Ying-jeou called on claimants to temporarily shelve their disagreements to enable negotiations on sharing resources.* *Ma's plan is similar to a 2012 proposal for the East China Sea, which allowed Taiwan and Japan to jointly fish in the contested waters.* *WN... more »

The Animal Communicator

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 17 hours ago
Throughout history, humans have tried to communicate with animals. Here's a typical example of what happens. Last year, a woman in Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada tried to communicate with a lynx: *"Here Kitty Kitty"* Obviously, the young woman's efforts to communicate with the lynx in the video above went nowhere....but note the intelligent patience and forbearance of the lynx! Below, is a video about another woman--with an uncanny ability to communicate with all sorts of wildlife...from birds to baboons. It's a fascinating video--with an amazing ending. I highly recommend takin... more »

Will The Hashd Al-Shaabi Change The Face Of Iraqi Politics? Interview With Fanar Haddad

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 17 hours ago
Fanar Haddad is one of the pre-eminent scholars on sectarianism in Iraq. His 2011 book *Sectarianism in Iraq, Antagonistic Visions of Unity* was a ground breaking work on the topic. Recently Haddad wrote “The Hashd: Redrawing the Military and Political Map of Iraq” for the Middle East institute. That spurred this interview about what impact the Hashd al-Shaabi, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) might have on the future of Iraqi politics. Haddad can be followed on Twitter at @fanarhaddad. *1. The Hashd al-Shaabi were created after the fall of Mosul when Ayatollah Ali al-Sistan... more »

Commentaries And Analysis On The Growing South China Sea Territorial Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Gordon G. Chang, Daily Beast:* *History’s Next Great War Zone: The South China Sea* *The United States pushes back against Chinese claims over a vast tract of water of enormous importance. It’s a classic win-or-lose confrontation.* *At the moment, the war is just one of words. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called a U.S. Navy reconnaissance flight over the hotly contested South China Sea “very irresponsible and dangerous and detrimental to regional peace and stability.” The admonition came two days after the Chinese navy sent eight warnings to an American P-8A Poseidon p...more »

Believe In The Magic That Can Set You Free-- Bernie!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
In a few hours Bernie Sanders will officially kick off his presidential campaign back home in Burlington. Virtually no one in the political universe thinks he has a chance to beat Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic primary. *Unless*... and there are a *lot* of possibilities that could open up the race in an unexpected way. Wikipedia has a page dedicated to the endorsements for the Democratic Party primaries, 2016. Nearly the entire page is made up of people and organizations backing Hillary Clinton-- including progressive icons like Howard Dean, Al Franken, Tammy Baldwin, Raul... more »

President Ma proposes South China Sea peace initiative to collective yawn

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
[image: DSC06643] *Most of the time the losers just leave their trash behind on the table...* Taiwan Today has the skinny... President Ma Ying-jeou unveiled May 26 his South China Sea Peace Initiative, calling on all countries and territories in the region to employ it in resolving disputes and developing resources. “In view of rising tensions in this region, the ROC, drawing on its successful peacemaking experiences in the East China Sea, solemnly pledges to take the lead in advancing peace and prosperity through this initiative,” Ma said. “Whether from the perspective of history,... more »

A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans…

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans. Not really knowing what an Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny. The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different… again. Little Johnny said, "Because I'm not an Obama fan." The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Obama?" Johnny said, "Because I'm a Republican." The teacher asked him why he's a Republican. Little Johnny answered, "Well, my Mom's a Republican and my Dad's a Republican, so I'm a Republican." Annoyed by... more »

The Fall of Ramadi Mirrors the Fall of Mosul: ISIS "bigger threat then ever"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*Mirror: : Something that shows what another thing is like in a very clear and accurate way* The fall of Ramadi is an almost EXACT REPLAY of the Fall of Mosul. It appears to be the same tactic replayed in another city. That is way beyond coincidental or happenstance. *Ramadi:* *U.S. officials, including Carter, have said Iraqi forces fled the ISIS advance on Ramadi without fighting back, leaving behind weapons and vehicles for the extremists. * * The fall of Mosul: Who benefits? And who does not? Updated! From 2014* *Troops allegedly fled as ISIS advanced in Mosul too. Same... more »

SAME OLD STORIES: The openness of Candidate Bush!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 18 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015Part 2—As pioneered by the younger Frank Bruni:* Viewed as a system, our system of endless White House campaigns has its pros and its cons. On the plus side, the system is good for hotel and restaurant interests in Iowa and New Hampshire. It lets partisan channels burn oodles of time snarking at the other party’s three hundred early contenders. There’s also a down side to the endlessness of these campaigns. On the down side, our endless campaigns can lead to silly “campaign reporting” of the kind we found in Friday’s New York Times. Candidate Christie was sw... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*Why Do Politicians Want to End a Program That Actually Works?* It’s hard to say which is more galling: when politicians want to extend the life of a program that doesn’t work, or when they want to pull the plug on one that does. A prime example of the latter: the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It allows children from low-income families to attend the school of their choice. The OSP has helped more than 6,000 kids get a better start in life—a chance to learn in a safe, challenging school environment where they can reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the program has ... more »

Words of Compañera Selena, Zapatista Listener

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 18 hours ago
2015 Words of Compañera Selena, Listener Words of Compañera Selena, Listener,i Good evening compañeros and compañeras of the Sixth. Good evening brothers and sisters. Good evening to everyone in general. The topic that I will be explaining to you, actually I will read it to you, is the same topic the other compañera presented on, but with more information about the youth, both Zapatistas

Words of Compañera Lizbeth, Zapatista base of support

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
Words of Compañera Lizbeth, Zapatista base of support "We have the courage to struggle' Good evening compañeros and compañeras, brothers and sisters. We are going to explain a little bit of how we have been living and doing our autonomous work after the 1994 armed uprising. We as Zapatista youth today, we are no longer familiar with the overseer, with the landowner, with the hacienda


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*A debate in Canada -- A consensus about consensus?* *Canada's "National Post" recently published a critique by Ross McKitrick of the Warmist 97% claim. That appears immediately below. The paper also gave John Cook a chance to reply, which he did. It is here. The reply, as usual, was heavy on appeals to authority but does not answer the basic challenge that his own data show that only a small minority, not 97%, were clear Warmists. Under Cook's sloppy methodology, I could be classed as in the 97%! So Cook's reply amounts to saying that there is a consensus about consensus! ... more »

Twice Updated: Dave McGowan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 19 hours ago
Heard through the grapevine that Dave is still fighting. There is some talk of going out of country for alternative treatment. *Update: * *I removed the address it seems Dave is feeling a tad paranoid about his circumstances* *It's being reported he had a complete check up just 4 months ago and he got a clean bill of health- Until very recently* *If you wish to send a card or something to cheer him, conditional on the fact that I know you, email me and I will forward the address.* *Update:** Donations are being accepted for Dave's health care costs- You can go to his site and just u... more »

The little things that let us roll faster, better, stronger and more sustainably

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 19 hours ago
Bearing, are everywhere. Build a better bearing and billions of Horsepower will be saved. This is a significant move forward. H/T Gizmag

Raising Those At The Bottom

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 20 hours ago
http://www.pilgrimagepodcast.com/ There has been a lot of discussion about the 1% of us who are fabulously wealthy. A new OECD report, In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All, suggests that concentration of wealth at the top does not promote economic growth. And taking our cue from recent economic research, our current political discussion is focused on cutting the rich down to size. But Clive Cook suggests that a careful reading of the report leads to a different conclusion. We need to focus our efforts on raising the economic p... more »

Summer Bag Essentials with a 15 Swim Suit Bag Tutorial

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 20 hours ago
This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Brita, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BritaOnTheGo http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Summer is finally here for us. This week marks the last week of school and then we are looking forward to long days at the water park and splash pad. During a typical summer, we spent 2-3 days a week in the water, some of them impromptu trips. I have started carrying around a bag packed with the things we need to have a full day of fun without having to constantly run home. *These are my summer... more »

Economic News and Views ( May 26 , 2015 ) - Spain's Regional and Local Election Still Reverberates On Tuesday , Italian Regional Election loom , Euro falls below 1.09 on Spain's Election and Greece Concerns , Various voices expressing thoughts / Concerns on Greece Situation

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Broader Europe .... *The Spain Report* @thespainreport · 2m2 minutes ago SENIOR POPULAR PARTY FIGURES DISAGREE: First Minister of Castilla y León says Rajoy should take long look in mirror. https://www. thespainreport.com/16526/daily-briefing-may-26-2015/ … *The Spain Report* @thespainreport · 7m7 minutes ago RAJOY ANSWERS QUESTIONS…SAYS HE’S GREAT: Mariano Rajoy held an extraordinary press conference on Monday evening… https://www. thespainreport.com/16526/daily-briefing-may-26-2015/ … *The Spain Report* @thespainreport · 16h16 hours ago El Mundo chooses the right ph...more »

More Songs about Honey and Food

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 20 hours ago
Dead Bees mean dead humans how can we be so stupid here is a giant PSA stop killing the bees get up off your knees and just say no to Mr Chemical Man. Hey Mr Chemical Man sell your stock for free let the birds and the bees be nature and bring pollination back to save the nation

Star Trek HQ

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 21 hours ago
The skyline of Shanghai has a certain UFO Je ne sais quoi. Now one entrepreneur has gone were no man has boldly gone before. Live long and prosper Liu Dejian.

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore to cheer up the post Bank Holiday blues

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago

Israeli Gears - Meet the Real Israeli Defense Force: the US Congress

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 21 hours ago
Weekend Edition May 22-24, 2015 by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR It started as a rather melancholy Friday afternoon in the West Bank. Nothing unusual. Just another funeral for a promising young man who died much too young. Under the implacable shadow of the Wall and in the rifle sights of Israeli soldiers, more than 200 mourners walked down the cobbled street toward the old cemetery in the village of Beit Ummar. Some shouted angrily at the soldiers, condemning Israel for yet another senseless death. The funeral was for a college student, Jafaar Awad, who slipped into a coma and died only ... more »

​Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER™ Helicopter Achieves Successful First Flight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, today announced the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. The first flight was conducted at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center (DFC) where the two-prototype RAIDER™ helicopter test program is based. “Sikorsky has a long tradition of pioneering new aviation technologies including the first practical helicopter. Today’s first flight of the ... more »

Thales surveillance system selected for Royal Navy’s new Merlin airborne surveillance helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: EH101 Merlin]Following an industry competition, Lockheed Martin, who act as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter have selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to specially adapted Merlins to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC). The fleet of Merlin helicopters will replace the Royal Navy’s outgoing Sea King Mark 7 ASaC force which is fitted with an earlier version of the Searchwater and Cerberus systems. The new capability will enter operational... more »

Kim Jong-un claims 'photoshopped' North Korea missile launch was 'eye-opening miracle'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: photoshopped North Korea missile launch]North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hailed the recent test of a submarine-launched missile as a miraculous leap forward - despite experts claiming images of the launch were photoshopped. Mr Kim hosted a gathering of the scientists and technicians who were behind the test that was announced with great fanfare earlier this month, according to the North's official KCNA news agency. He congratulated them for producing an "eye-opening miracle" and a "historical event" that had left the country with a powerful strategic weapon, it reported.... more »

Russia, Egypt agree on major contract for MiGs - paper

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: MiG-29 Fulcrum]Russia and Egypt have agreed on a contract to supply 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources in the Russian aviation industry. The contract could be signed in the very near future, the paper says. A Rosoboronexport spokesman declined to comment. Efforts by the newspaper to reach a spokesperson for the Russian aircraft manufacturing corporation MiG have failed. Plans to supply the MiG-29 fighters to Egypt were reported a long time ago, the newspaper said. Last year Russia and Egypt signed and are now implementing a ... more »

New robotic Russian T-50 fighter jet fit for star wars

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]Russia's new fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet, currently in the testing phase, incorporates elements of automation which make it more like a robot than a fighter plane, explains a representative from the Rostech corporation. The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the plane's whole control system. "The PAK FA is already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the cons... more »

Fighter jet exercise kicks off in Norway

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: E-3A Sentry & F-16 Fighting Falcons]One of Europe’s largest fighter jet exercises kicked off Monday north of the Arctic Circle, a region where growing Russian activity has sparked concerns among neighboring countries. Arctic Challenge 2015 brings together close to 100 fighter jets and more than 4,000 individual participants from nine nations, according to Norway’s military, which is hosting the exercise. Twelve Air Force F-16 fighters will take part in the 12-day event, as will several of NATO’s early warning aircraft, known as AWACS. Read more

Georgia unveils new unmanned attack helicopter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: unmanned attack and reconnaissance helicopter]Georgia has presented a new unmanned attack and reconnaissance helicopter produced by the state research and development center Delta. The new helicopter is on a display now for the first time on Roses Square in Tbilisi, in connection with the Independence Day celebration May 26. Delta, which was established in 2010, was subordinate to the Ministry of Defense until 2014, but now is under control of the Ministry of Economy. Read more

RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetails achieve FOC

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: E-7A Wedgetail]Canberra’s six Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft have achieved final operational capability (FOC). In a statement, Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) says that the aircraft has proven effective during missions supporting Operation Okra – Australia’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State militants – with over 100 sorties amounting to 1,200 hours. It also says the 737-based AEW&C platform provided a valuable contribution in support of search efforts for MH370, a Malaysia Airlines 777 that is believed to have ... more »

China warning Philippine planes over South China Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
The American pilots addressed the warning the same way as Filipino pilots did. There have been seven recent incidents involving Chinese personnel demanding aircraft of the Armed Forces of the Philippines flying over the South China Sea to leave, a senior military official said. Western Command chief Vice Adm. Alexander Lopez told the Philippine News Agency last week that Chinese attempts to challenge Philippine maritime patrol flights started on April 19. A recent incident was reported on May 10, Lopez said. Read more

IRGC Testing Military Boats with 110 Knots Speed: Commander

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is testing military speed boats with the breakneck velocity of 110 knots (203 km/h), a senior commander announced Tuesday. IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said in a scientific conference in Tehran that the local experts at Imam Hussein (AS) University can now design and test military boats with speeds of up to 120 knots in a naval research laboratory with a test basin. In the past, he said, Iran had to carry out tests on the speed boats abroad. Read more

USS Ronald Reagan’s deployment to Japan not meant to counter China’s aggressiveness

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)]Two ranking US military officials have given the assurance that the anticipated deployment of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to Japan in a few months is not intended to display America’s military might amid China’s seeming aggressiveness in the region. The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which has been described as one of the most lethal "supercarriers,” will be replacing USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the US Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier in the Seventh Fleet. The Seventh Fleet’s area of responsibility includes the Western Pacific Re... more »

Japan just joined the US and Australia in an 'unprecedented' collaboration amid China tensions

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Carrier Strike Group Eleven]Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea. While only 40 Japanese officers and soldiers will take part in drills involving 30,000 U.S. and Australian troops in early July, experts said the move showed how Washington wanted to foster cooperation among its security allies in Asia. The Talisman Sabre biennial exercises, to be held in locations around Australia, will encompass mariti... more »

Maine senators focus on funding ‘owed’ to BIW for destroyer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: An employee walks a yard filled with partial ship assemblies at Bath Iron Works]Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are continuing their push to fund construction of an additional destroyer they claim is owed to Bath Iron Works as part of a “ship-swap” agreement negotiated more than a decade ago. A defense spending plan making its way through the U.S. Senate essentially authorizes a $400 million down payment on an additional DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Although that money is not guaranteed to flow to BIW, members of Maine’s delegation have been arguing si... more »

Petra, Jana and Michaela: HPV Vaccine Survivors in the Czech Republic

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
[image: Czech-Republic]Czech Republic FlagHPV vaccine survivors in the Czech Republic Sane Vax, Inc 23 May 2015 *Three different women in the Czech Republic have similar experiences after deciding to protect themselves from cervical cancer by using Silgard or Cervarix. (Note: Gardasil and Silgard are the same product marketed under different names depending on which country it is being sold in.)* Petra from Plzen, Czech Republic I was inoculated with three doses of Gardasil (Silgard) in 2009. My gynaecologist believed this was an excellent vaccine for cervical cancer preve... more »

Then and Now: The Bogongkeng Light Rail Line

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
National Historic Monuments of Taiwan sent this photo of Japanese era pusher railroads in 1906 around Facebook. It was captioned: 明治39年(1906)完工之伯公坑至葫蘆墩輕便鐵道 (大安溪左岸)舊照 Roughly translated, that's the Bogongkeng of Huludun Light Railroad, completed in 1906, on the left (north) bank of the Da-an River, which would put it in present-day Miaoli. Huludun is the old name of Fengyuan, which in those days covered a much bigger administrative area. Although you often hear that in Mandarin a 坑 is a pit, in Taiwanese it often designates a ravine filled by a creek. The Chinese Wiki entry is here...more »

Chinese Navy fleet begins 5-day visit to Turkey

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
China's 19th convoy fleet arrived Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, to start a five-day friendly visit to the country. Sent by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, the fleet is comprised of the missile frigates Linyi and Weifang, as well as the supply ship Weishanhu. The Chinese warships and navy officers were greeted by the Chinese ambassador to Turkey, Turkish navy officers, and representatives from Chinese groups in Turkey. Read more

Modernizing the Chinese Navy’s Surface Fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Type 052D DDG]We’re not paying enough attention to the rapid modernization of the Chinese Navy’s surface fleet, says Shahryar Pasandideh. With 54 new surface combatants commissioned since 2004 and approximately 15 others soon to come on line, the lesson is obvious – ignoring this breakneck production schedule is both unreasonable and unwise. China’s growing naval power has become a frequent topic of discussion in recent years as Beijing has increasingly asserted itself in the maritime realm. There is significant coverage of procurement related to China’s aircraft carriers,... more »

Russia Begins Snap Aviation Combat Readiness Drills

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu]Snap Russian combat readiness exercises for aviation groups and anti-air defense troops began in the Central Military District on President Vladimir Putin’s orders, Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu said Monday. “With the goal of further preparedness to the Tsentr-2105 strategic exercises, the Commander-in-Chief made the decision to check the combat readiness of groups from aviation and anti-air defense troops in the Central Military District,” Shoigu said. Shoigu added that the exercises began at 1:00 p.m. Moscow time (1... more »

Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)]President Obama, possibly unaware of the implications, has made a mistake by nominating Adm. John Richardson as the new chief of naval operations. Adm. Richardson likely would do a fine job in that important role, but by trying to move him from his current position as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, the president has crossed a line and created a precedent that could have grave consequences for the effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear fleet. First, a little history is in order. Adm. Hyman Rickover, the father of the U.S.N... more »

Navy considering fourth site possibility for submarine escort dock in Port Angeles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
The Navy is exploring a fourth alternative for its $16.7 million submarine-escort vessel dock project on Ediz Hook. The site of the fourth alternative will not be released until this fall, according to Navy spokeswoman Liane Nakahara, who said it will be part of the project’s environmental assessment. She said it will be within the area of the Port Angeles Coast Guard station on Ediz Hook. The alternative will be added in light of public comments critical of the existing proposal. Read more

Ajai Shukla: Nurturing shipyards: the case of HSL

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Kilo class SSK]Notwithstanding the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government's declared commitment to "Make in India", its procurement decisions adhere to this only sporadically. The decision to buy 36 "Made in France" Rafale fighters is only the latest violation of "Make in India". Much earlier, then defence minister Arun Jaitley had, in his first procurement meeting on October 29, ruled that Moscow would benefit from a Rs 1,800-crore order to refit two Kilo-class submarines in Russia, even though such refits have been - and must continue to be - done in India. Mr Jai... more »

South Australia might not build first of next submarines, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Collins class SSK]Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says South Australian shipyards might not make the first of the nation's next submarines but remains optimistic about Australian prospects down the track. The Opposition said it feared the Government had already decided the contract for the new fleet would be given to the Japanese, and it was worried Australians would miss out on work. The Government wants both overseas and local firms to compete for the submarine work and Mr Macfarlane indicated it could initially be based offshore. Read more

SWITCHFOOT: New Way to Be Human

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago

Mainstream Media Blackout On Pentagon Document Admitting U.S/Western/NATO/Gulf Support For ISIS Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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.

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