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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

9 May - Blogs I'm Following

9:56am MDST

How the U.S. didn't liberate Prague 70 years ago

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 minutes ago
Seventy years ago, Prague was liberated by the regular Soviet army led by Ivan Konev – and also by the anti-Bolshevik Russian general Andrey Vlasov (who was previously captured and whose troops were temporarily changed into units of the German army). Because the continuing control of German units over my homeland after the official capitulation seems like too "big a detail" to be neglected, I still consider May 9th (and not May 8th) to be the end of Second World War in Europe. Moscow saw a huge military parade today. Czech president Zeman and Slovak PM Fico didn't attend the parad... more »

Supplemental: Why our discourse is a mess!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 43 minutes ago
*SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015A tale of two ranking professors:* Professor Krugman wrote an important column in yesterday’s New York Times. Don’t get us wrong! He’s written the column a hundred times. No one in the national press corps pays a lick of attention. Despite this unfortunate state of affairs, the column is sane and important. It helps explain the shape of our floundering culture. In this morning’s Washington Post, Professor Lessig writes a different type of column. In fairness, his column treats important topics, as Krugman’s does. That said: If Lessig was a graduate studen... more »

The Growing Problem Of Fraud In The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Over 3,000 American have been killed protecting fuel convoys, so the Pentagon has a strategy to get serious about efficiency. *CNN* *Julia Harte, Slate: **The Fraud of War* *U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts.U.S. Army Specialist Stephanie Charboneau sat at the center of a complex trucking network in Forward Operating Base Fenty near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border that distributed daily tens of thousands of gallons of what troops called “liquid gold”: the refined petroleum that fueled the internationa... more »

Ted Strickland: "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Bob Dylan wrote "The Times They Are A-Changin'" in 1963 and it was the title track for his 1964 album release. The impact and influence of the song is probably unprecedented-- or at least was when I was growing up in the 1960s. Ohio Senate candidate and former Governor Ted Strickland is less than a decade older than I am but the '60s was still part of his growing to maturity era. he was studying history at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky when Dylan was writing it and he received his Master of Divinity from the Asbury Theological Seminary in 1967, when Dylan and his music-- pa... more »

Russia Celebrates Victory Day (Complete Video of Today's Red Square Parade)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*RT*: *70 for Victory: Armata tanks, nuclear bombers, intl boots in Moscow for V-Day* *On Saturday Russia is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II. The biggest part is the military parade in Moscow’s Red Square, a grand event involving newest hardware at the army’s disposal.* *The parade opened with solemn carrying of two flags, that of Russia and the historic banner that was raised over the Reichstag building back in 1945 to declare that it was taken by the Red Army. * *Troops from all arms of the service were lined up on Red Square. Those include you... more »

The U.S. Army Wants An 'Invisibility Suit' For Its Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Guy Cramer, CEO of Canadian camouflage makers Hyperstealth Biotechnology, says he demonstrated metamaterial camouflage to US military scientists last year *Daily Mail*: *US Army is developing 'invisibility suit' for soldiers to make them DISAPPEAR on the battlefield - and says it will begin trials in just 18 months* ** Hoped suit will work in every terrain, and in every temperature* ** chameleon-like system would continuously update the colour and pattern* *The US Army is developing an invisibility suits for its soldiers.* *It has requested firms developing 'stealth fabrics' to ge... more »

Eat my kilt

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
If you spend too much time looking out for BBC bias you find yourself starting to spot bias everywhere. It’s under the bed with the fluff. Oh how easy it is to get oneself radicalised. Here at “Is the BBC biased?” we pride ourselves on our moderate, centre ground approach, always ready to give credit where it’s due. There is only one area over which I freely admit I haven’t been able do this, but that is because the fault lies with ‘them not me.’ It’s the BBC’s coverage of the Middle East, specifically the Israel/Palestine situation. I sincerely believe the BBC takes a fierce and fi... more »

Solar Update

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago

Archangel Michael ~ The reforming of your physical body

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
http://pleiadedolphininfos.blogspot.it/2015/05/meline-portia-lafont-aa-michael-reform.html *Most of this matches information and experiences I have had. I** think the "silicon" thing is an insertion into the channeling by the conduit embodiment, but use your discernment. Many people only know one kind of crystal, the quartz ones they have at home, and the silicon that is in their electronics and watches. All elements form crystals, as does carbon, DNA and proteins and water even in its liquid state structures as crystals. Cholesterol in your brain is a "liquid crystal" as is the... more »

Becoming Their Own Targets.

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
http://what-buddha-said.net/ Chantal Hebert writes that it's been a rough week for the Harperites. They're beginning to look long in the tooth and extraordinarily incompetent. Consider Mr. Harper's "surprise" trip to Iraq: The prime minister travels to Iraq and Kuwait — close to the frontline in the war against Islamic State extremists — ostensibly to show his support for our troops. Scores of photo opportunities follow. In their eagerness to showcase their boss in the role of commander-in-chief (and rake up pre-election points), the s... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 2 hours ago
*The Soccer Mom Revolt Against Common Core* *The opt-out movement against taking the tests is growing, and so is the Obama administration’s ire* The term “soccer mom”—political shorthand for the upscale suburban women President Clinton courted so successfully in the 1990s—may have fallen out of use with the Beltway set in more recent years, but this swing voting bloc is still around. Just ask Arne Duncan. As President Obama’s education secretary and the administration’s head cheerleader for the new Common Core academic standards, Mr. Duncan has spent four years trying to convince ... more »

The Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Peter Gray* - Forced education interferes with children's abilities to educate themselves. The post The Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education appeared first on Waking Times.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*2015 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo!* *Carville to Jindal: ‘History will hunt you down’~Gambit* *May '95 flood led to drainage improvements ~WWLTV* *Surprising Ana becomes tropical storm nearing the Carolinas ~WVUE*


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 3 hours ago
*Warmist Nimrods did NOT die in the Arctic because of thin ice* Two Arctic ice researchers presumed drowned after unseasonably high temperatures That's what Amy Westervelt, in The Guardian of Saturday 2 May said. To quote: “Police have called off the search for two Dutch scientists. Unusually thin ice likely played a role in their presumed death in the Canadian Arctic this week. Researchers Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo are presumed drowned after they appear to have broken through the ice while on a scientific expedition. In a voicemail on Tuesday, Dutch researcher Marc Co... more »

10 Reasons You Should Never Get A Job

WTStaff at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Video - *Ralph Smart, a psychologist, life coach and author of Feel Alive by Ralph Smart, encourages every person who is not happy in their job to dream bigger and move towards their passion. The post 10 Reasons You Should Never Get A Job appeared first on Waking Times.

Some questions about the election results and the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Looking closely at the election results, there are certain things the BBC doesn't seem to be paying very much attention to in its post-election coverage (of which I've watched quite a lot in the past couple of days, and rather enjoyed). Firstly, if you add up all the votes received for every UK political party that achieved 0.1% of the vote or more on Thursday (excluding all the insignificant others), you will find that parties traditionally described as "right-wing" won 51% of the votes, whilst parties traditionally described as "left-wing" won 41% of the vote and parties traditi... more »

CAG picks holes in LCA project, says it fails to meet IAF requirements

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft project, in the works for over three decades, came under severe criticism from CAG today as it pointed out that its Mark-I version has 53 "significant shortfalls" which have reduced its operational capabilities as well as survivability. Not only that, IAF would be "constrained" to induct the fighter LCA without availability of a trainer model, thereby "adversely impacting pilot training", the audit body said in a report tabled in Parliament. The CAG noted that it was due to the delay in the manufacture and supply of LCA that IA... more »

Two civilians killed as MiG-27 crashes; Pilot safe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
[image: MiG-27 Flogger]A MiG-27 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Alipurdwar in West Bengal on Friday evening killing two civilians on the ground even as the pilot ejected safely. The aircraft had taken off from the Hasimara air base in Jalpaiguri district. The crash happened at 8.30pm about 10 minutes after it went airborne, an IAF official in New Delhi said. Read more

Israel, Greece, Greek Cyprus alarmed by Turkey’s ‘game-changer’ landing platform dock

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
[image: SPS Juan Carlos I (L61)]As Turkey's Undersecretariat of Defense Industries (SSM) and Turkish shipyard Sedef Shipbuilding Inc. have signed a contract to build Turkey's first landing platform dock (LPD) on Thursday, this move was interpreted as 'alarming' for Israel, Greece and Greek Cyprus as it would change the whole security balance in Eastern Mediterranean. The LPD, expected to be completed by 2021, is a part Turkey's national ship (MİLGEM) project and the country's recent moves to develop and improve its own defense industry. Weighing 27,436 tons, 231 meter-long ship wil... more »

Steep-diving BrahMos missile tested successfully

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 hours ago
[image: BrahMos missile launch]The Army on Friday successfully tested an advanced version of the 290-km BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile, which has "steep dive capabilities" to take out targets hidden behind mountain ranges. "The missile was tested in the eastern sector for a distance over 200-km. The test has once again established the missile as an incredibly lethal weapon with pinpoint accuracy to take on enemy targets anywhere," said BrahMos chief Sudhir Mishra. Read more

USS Taylor decomissioned; officer's family recalls his heroism

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
[image: USS Taylor (FFG 50)]The last sailors walked off the brow of the USS Taylor (FFG-50) on Friday as Mayport said goodbye to one of its last remaining frigates. However, this frigate’s work isn’t done. As the U.S. Navy and Mayport welcome in the frigate’s replacement, the littoral combat ship and fast frigate, the USS Taylor and three other Oliver Hazard-Perry class frigates will be sold to Taiwan under the Naval Transfer Act of 2013. Read more

The US Is Hiding Its Nukes so Poorly, It Undermines the Point of Having Them

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 6 hours ago
The United States has a growing weakness in its nuclear arsenal of defensive Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and some experts warn the gap is a serious vulnerability in U.S. defenses. “Right now, the American land-based ICBM force is particularly vulnerable because it is over targeted by Russian and Chinese ICBMs,” said Richard Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in a phone interview. The problem, he said, is that U.S. nuclear weapons sites have moved little since the Cold War. Plans to create mobile defense systems that can be m... more »

Rebuff for navy on super warships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: HMAS Arunta (FFG 151)]The navy has been stymied over an audacious bid to obtain the most potent warships in the ­nation’s history, capable of launching almost 100 missiles, ­because they are too costly. Navy chiefs have been ­ordered to scale down their demands that the planned future frigates be a fleet of super warships twice as large and with twice the firepower as the navy’s current Anzac frigates. Navy has been told that its proposed new warships would be too expensive in this era of fiscal restraint and its wishlist pared back despite the growing strategic challenge p... more »

INS Sardar Patel commissioned; boost to naval vigil in Gujarat coast

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
Indian Navy's operational strategies received a shot in the arm when Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel commissioned INS Sardar Patel here on Saturday. INS Sardar Patel will give Indian Navy a huge operational advantage in Gujarat coast. Naval officials tell OneIndia that with the commissioning of INS Sardar Patel, the Indian Navy can now ‘take its maritime operational and networking strategies to greater heights.' Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan was present during the occasion. Ministry of Defence Spokesperson Sitanshu Kar termed the commissioning of station as a historic one.... more »

Andreas Lie - Habitats within Animals - double exposure photography

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
Habitats within Animals, here's how Norwegian artist Andreas Lie shows how habitats contains animals, and vice versa, using the so-called double exposure photography technique or its modern adaptation Photoshop. More of Andreas Lie's images can be viewed at the original source, ZME.

A problem with first past the post elections

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
DUP: 184,260 votes = 8 Seats = 23,033 votes per seat SNP: 1,454436 votes = 56 Seats = 25,972 votes per seat SD&LP 99,809 votes = 3 Seats = 33,270 votes per seat Con: 11,116255 votes = 325 Seats = 34,204 votes per seat Lab: 9,236,878 votes = 230 Seats = 40,160 votes per seat SF: 176,232 votes = 4 Seats = 44,058 votes per seat UUP: 114,935 votes = 2 Seats = 57,468 votes per seat PC: 181,694 votes = 3 Seats = 60,565 votes per seat LD: 2,359,368 votes = 8 Seats = 294,921 votes per seat UKIP: 3,830,029 votes = 1 Seat = 3,830,029 votes per seat Of course the various types of proportio... more »

China Preparing for Drone Warfare

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: Lijian (Sharp Sword) UAV]China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday. China currently operates several armed and unarmed drone aircraft and is developing long-range range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both intelligence gathering and bombing attacks. “The acquisition and development of longer-range UAVs will increase China’s ability to conduct long-range reconnaissa... more »

DoD Report: China’s SSBNs Likely to Begin First Deterrence Patrols This Year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: Type 094 (Jin) class SSBN]China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) are forecast to begin strategic deterrence patrols this year, according to a new Department of Defense (DoD) report. In a congressionally mandated annual report, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China,” the DoD says that the PLAN has four operational Type 094 Jin-class SSBNs, which the report called “China’s first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent.” The patrols will mark the entry of China into the exclusive nuc... more »

North Korea announces test of submarine-launched missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 7 hours ago
[image: Kim Jong-un]North Korea has said it successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine. Kim Jong-un personally attended the test launching of what he described as a “world-level strategic weapon”, the official Korean Central News Agency said. The report did not reveal the timing and location of the launch. A day earlier the North accused the South of breaching its maritime territories and threatened to launch attacks on ships. The regime leader praised the test launch as an “eye-opening success” and declared it gave North Korea a weapon capable of “... more »

MENA Report ( May 9 , 2015 ) Global War on ISIS items .... Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ..... Yemen Regional Proxy War Updates ...... Iran items of interest

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 7 hours ago
Links.... *Pentagon Boosts Security Level, Citing ISIS* *Saudis Tell Civilians to Flee, Escalate Airstrikes* *Syrian Rebels Scorn New US Training Scheme* *US Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as 'al Qaeda'* *UN Officials Unhappy With Saudi Arabia's Plans for Yemen Aid* *Saudis: Yemen Pause to Begin Tuesday Night* *Turkey Denies Backing al-Qaeda in NW Syria* *ISIS Attacks East Syria Military Airport, 34 Killed* *Western Diplomats Hype 'Trace' Chemical Findings in Syria* Gunmen Shoot Dead Saudi Police Officer in Riyadh GCC Seeks Formal US Security Pact Attacks Focus on Di... more »

Friday Corporate Beaver

Demeur at Demeur - 8 hours ago
But of course all of my assets are kept off shore. Where has all the money gone? Stock prices are at an all time high but consumers aren't rushing out to buy the latest fridge or flat screen. Corporations given what amounts to free money are off shoring it, paying little or no tax on it and reaping the rewards. Savers desperate for income have ventured into buying corporate bonds. Most savings accounts now pay about .25% interest if even that. This bodes well for CEOs who's bonuses are based on driving up the price of a company stock. That doesn't mean a company is actually makin... more »

General Election second places map

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEfCIigWYAAzKwr.png:large Interesting re UKIP

The Sky News Budget Rap Battle

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
https://youtu.be/Cg4TyYoOUuQ Rather good...

"Lefties: Your boys took one hell of a beating!"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
https://youtu.be/ooF8EPhbmwo Thanks to Guido Fawkes for the spot.

What's My Take On The Release Of Omar Khadr

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CBC:* *Omar Khadr continues to divide Canadians* *'There is not a single, radical thought in Omar Khadr’s head,' his lawyer says.* *Social media lit up Thursday when Omar Khadr was freed on bail by an Alberta court.* *People are parsing his every word, commenting on his smile, offering support — and making threats against him.* *Comments pages filled up on news websites.* *If Canada is a country at times divided, then Omar Khadr now has his own sense of that reality, especially if he has read or heard the things that have been said about him in the past 24 hours.* *An editoria... more »

MC Xander: Sick of the Lies

Waking Times at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Video -* Phantastic performance by MC Xander. I'm definitely sick of the lies and sick of the war. The post MC Xander: Sick of the Lies appeared first on Waking Times.

The End of the Saga of the Not Roswell Slides

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 13 hours ago
Yes, I know I have beaten this dead horse repeatedly over the last few days, but I have learned from two separate and independent sources that the placard in the case of the alleged alien has been read. I do not know why it has only taken 48 hours to get this information when other have had the slides for years. The placard says that it is the mummy of a two year old. But I didn't get this myself. Others did the work. Here is the web site for more information about this. http://www.blueblurrylines.com/2015/05/the-placard-of-roswell-slides-final.html Unless Don and Tom can provide so... more »

Henrique Alvim Corrêa - War of the Worlds

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago
war of the worlds

OK, so you forgot to book a place for Mother's Day and now the good places are booked up? If you're in the NYC area, here's a great way to celebrate

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*And even if you're not in the NYC area, ifyou're resourceful, you can do this yourself* *In the history of cinema, what film says "Happy Mother's Day" more purely from the heart than Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho? This, of course, is Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, a boy who really loves his mom.* *by Ken* Some of you may object that I've already had my crotchety say on the closing-in-on-us Mother's and Father's Days. But that was before I'd experienced the full horror of spending hours every day clearing my e-mailbox of the barrage of too-exciting-for-words Mother's Day offers. ... more »

This is the problem

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Newman, Jesse (2015, May 8). FDA Dates Blue Bell Listeria to 2013. The Wall Street Journal, p. B7: "Two years before ice-cream maker Blue Bell Creameries LP recalled all its frozen desserts from grocery stores, it had evidence of a deadly pathogen in one of its three processing plants, according to inspection reports released on Thursday by the FDA... the company neglected to improve its sanitary procedures [and] ... [failed] to adequately test for contamination in its Alabama facility" Three deaths and multiple illnesses have been linked to this outbreak. The company knew they ... more »

Extending time to appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
The Canada Trust Company v. Potomski, 2015 ONCA 324: [28] In determining whether to grant leave to extend the time to perfect an appeal, it is useful to consider the test applicable to extending time to file a notice of appeal: *Mauldin v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP*, 2011 ONCA 67 [In Chambers], at para. 5; *Monteith v. Monteith*, 2010 ONCA 78 [In Chambers], at para. 11. The relevant factors are: 1) Whether the appellant had an intention to appeal within the relevant period; 2) The length of the delay and the explanation for the delay; 3) Any prejudice to the respon... more »

Send Message to Congress - No TPP!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest--and worst--trade deal you've never heard of and Republicans in Congress want to work with the Obama administration to "fast track" its passage.

PAF marks milestone, integrates with Air Force AWACS crew

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 14 hours ago
[image: Balikatan 2015]For the first time in Philippine Air Force history, PAF air battle managers controlled aircraft while airborne by integrating with the U.S. Air Force's 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. It's has been about a decade since the E-3 Sentry AWACS and a crew from Kadena Air Base, Japan, participated in the exercise, making the aircraft an unusual sight and an unforgettable mission for PAF members. "It was a really nice and memorable experience for me because it was my first time being a part of Balikatan and flying on an AWACS,"... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Battle Of The River Plate'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Form *YouTube*: In the early months of the Second World War, Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine sends out merchant raiders to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy responds with hunting groups whose mission is to stop them. The group that finds the heavily armed pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee near South America is outgunned: Graf Spee is equipped with long-range 11-inch guns, while the British heavy cruiser Exeter has much lighter 8-inch guns, and the light cruisers Ajax and Achilles have 6-inch guns. Despite this, they go straight to the attack.

Hate thougt

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Who decides its a bad idei we can work this out in the areena of public opinion

TBS View

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
5/9/2015 at approximately 8:55 AM Japan time. Unfortunately, I cannot load any other cams to get other views or an exact time stamp. The pink-yellow atmospheric haze isn't typical.

Charter Schools Gone Wild Week

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
from Democracy Now:


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*New Orleans City Council approves, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signs lease for $364 million redevelopment of WTC building ~Jeff Adelson* *Library foundation board member resigns after WWL investigation ~WWLTV*

How You Can Manually Change the World: Turn Off Your TV

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - How dangerous is TV? Spread the word. Turn off your TV and do without it. After a few months you’ll look back and you won’t believe you watched TV in the past. The post How You Can Manually Change the World: Turn Off Your TV appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 8, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Karla Adam and Griff Witte, Washington Post:* *In British election, opposition is left hunting for new leaders and direction* *LONDON — The losers of Britain’s election did far worse than simply falling short. Three opposition parties lost their leaders and now face profound questions about their future direction.* *On Friday, Labor leader Ed Miliband conceded defeat to rival David Cameron, who will remain as British prime minister after his Conservative party won an overwhelming — and unexpected — victory.* *Miliband then stepped down from his leadership post. Within the previ... more »

Charter School Segregation Week and the Celebration of Corporate Welfare

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
Below are some charts you might find useful in understanding how much money is being wasted on corporate efforts to use slave labor by disadvantaged children to fuel segregated and abusive charter school empires that are largely funded by state and federal governments. The goal by the National Alliance for Public [*sic*] Charter Schools is a half-billion dollars a year from USDOE. If the new ESEA now being considered becomes law, the numbers below will look like coffee money. From the Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch: (click to enlarge) What many people don't realize ab... more »

World News Briefs -- May 8, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *TOGETHER WE'LL MAKE GREAT BRITAIN GREATER STILL: Cameron hails shock Tory outright majority as Miliband, Clegg and Farage all QUIT. SNP wins near clean-sweep of seats in Scotland* ** FINAL RESULT: Tories 331 (up 25), Labour 232 (down 24), SNP 56 (up 50), Lib Dems 8 (down 48), Ukip 1 (down 1) * ** David Cameron has secured an overall Commons majority, vowing to implement the Tory manifesto in full* ** In the best Conservative result for more than 20 years, Prime Minister visited the Queen to confirm his victory* ** Ed Miliband resigned with immediate effect after takin... more »

Omar Kadar Hero or Villian

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Well neither. Lets assume for the sake of argument he killed an American Soldier. In my mind this could never be proven (torture confession aside) in a court of law. Also it could never be pr oven that Omar would have killed a thousand American soldiers if he could. In my mind both statements are correct. This happens every day in a war, but Afghanistan was not a war. This is all bullshit. It was and remains a war. He was 15, we spend millions it seems successfully rehabilitating child soldiers, he was a poster child for that label. The Canadian Justice system gave him bail. Tha... more »

Musical Interlude: David Gates, “Suite, Clouds and Rain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
David Gates, “Suite, Clouds and Rain” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvIxvQWxgtQ

Beltway Dems Found Another Republican To Recruit-- This Time In New York

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
New York Democrats are counting on Hillary to turn out the voters in 2016. NY-21-- the North Country-- has an even PVI, although Obama beat McCain 52-47% and then beat Romney 52-46%. When Obama appointed John McHugh, the incumbent Republican, Secretary of the Army in 2009, the Republicans nominated a well-known moderate Assemblywoman, Dede Scozzafava; the Democrats nominated a barely known Republican-lite New Dem, Bill Owens; and the Conservative Party nominated a teabagger, Doug Hoffman. A few days before the election, Scozzafava, who had been brutally attacked by Sarah Palin an... more »

Pentagon: China Accelerating Land Reclamation Projects In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
April 20, 2015: A top official with the Armed Forces of the Philippines shows some images of the structures being built by China in the South China Sea. (Reuters) *Reuters*: *China accelerating land reclamation in disputed Spratlys: Pentagon* *China embarked upon extensive land reclamation efforts at five outposts in the disputed Spratly Islands last year, adding 500 acres of territory as of December, the Pentagon said in a report on Friday.* *A senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chinese land reclamation efforts have continued to accelerate since the... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“How do stars form? A study of star forming region W5 by the sun-orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope provides clear clues by recording that massive stars near the center of empty cavities are older than stars near the edges. A likely reason for this is that the older stars in the center are actually triggering the formation of the younger edge stars. The triggered star formation occurs when hot outflowing gas compresses cooler gas into knots dense enough to gravitationally contract into stars. *Click image for larger size.* Spectacular pillars, left slowly evaporating from the hot outfl... more »

"Your True Family..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." - Richard Bach, “Illusions”

Free Download: Richard Bach, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!” - Jonathan Livingston Seagull "This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades. For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordi... more »

Chet Raymo, “Through Thick And Thin”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
* “Through Thick And Thin”* by Chet Raymo “You hear a lot about "thin places" these days, especially in the context of "Celtic spirituality." Thin places are geographical locales where the veil between this world and the otherworld is- well, thin. Porous, permeable. Places where you are more likely to encounter the Divine. Mostly our lives are circumscribed by the adamant materiality of the natural world. We are enclosed in a prison of "is-ness." But in thin places we need only open our hearts and the wall of Is-ness crumbles and the supernatural is revealed in all of its gauzy gr... more »

Why Aren’t Healing Plants Being Commercialized?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 19 hours ago
*Video - *This video explains why there aren't more studies being done on various healing plants that have all the desirable features of a desk-designed drug. The post Why Aren’t Healing Plants Being Commercialized? appeared first on Waking Times.

"Life Is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Life Is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid"* Author Unknown "Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take. In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles.... more »

FBI Director: Islamic State Influence Growing In U.S. And Could Soon Execute 9/11-Scale Attack In U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*USA Today:* *FBI director says Islamic State influence growing in U.S.* *WASHINGTON — In a dramatic assessment of the domestic threat posed by the Islamic State, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday there are "hundreds, maybe thousands" of people across the country who are receiving recruitment overtures from the terrorist group or directives to attack the U.S.* *Comey said the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, is leveraging social media in unprecedented ways through Twitter and other platforms, directing messages to the smartphones of "disturbed people'' who could be pushed to...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Martinez, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Report: Syria Is Using Chemical Weapons Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Civilians wear gas masks after a suspected chlorine gas attack on Kansafra village in Idlib province. Photograph: Reuters/Reuters *The Guardian:* *New suspected chemical attacks reported in Syria, dozens injured* *Three chlorine attacks reported in Idlib province with nearly 80 people said to have been affectedSyrian activists and a doctor reported Thursday new suspected chemical attacks in the northwestern province of Idlib, leaving several dozens of people suffering from asphyxiation.Mohammed Tennari, a doctor who testified before the UN Security Council last month after tr... more »

Relevant Links to the Not Roswell Slides

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 19 hours ago
Although it this might result in additional claims that I’m jealous or annoyed or somehow otherwise biased here, I will link to the following web sites and information because they do have some relevance to the ongoing discussions of the Not Roswell Slides. I do so without commentary on my part. http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/05/the-roswell-slides-finally-solved/ http://drmsh.com/2015/05/07/roswell-alien-kodachrome-slide-fraud-put-to-rest/ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10656 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BQBl0G8ClU https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/2246... more »

Death by police and COINTELPRO: UN Reviews US Human Rights Violations on Monday

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
United Nations hears US human rights violation on Monday: Death by police, theft of Indigenous children, coal and uranium mining cancer alleys, border migrant abuse, unjust imprisonment, spying, torture and assassinations By Brenda Norrell Censored News English and Dutch The United States human rights violations will be reviewed on May 11, 2015, before the United Nations Human Rights

May 8: Was Smirky Goguen lying?

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 20 hours ago
Yesterday, the TandT carried a story from our normally dormant federal member of parliament, Smirky Goguen. He says the city has already received funding from Ottawa for the events centre. They did it by giving a yearly fund to help pay for police service. Legally, he said, the city was entitled to used that fund for any purpose - and it used a good deal of it to clear the site for the proposed events centre. He also said that if Fredericton will donate $14.5 million to the events centre, then it is guaranteed that Ottawa will match it. CBC has a different story. In its story, Monct... more »

Islamic State Opens A 5-Star Hotel In Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast*: *ISIS Is Running a 5-Star Hotel in Iraq* *ISIS propagandists want us to believe it functions almost like a ‘normal’ state, even opening a five-star hotel. But it’s all lies.* *GAZIANTEP, Turkey — You won’t be able to reserve a room ahead of time with any of the major online sites if you want to stay at Mosul’s Ninawa International Hotel. Orbitz announces it doesn’t support bookings anywhere in Iraq, and Booking.com without explanation reverts immediately to the original search page when you enter “Mosul, Iraq.” But old TripAdvisor reviews say it is we... more »

The Yemen War (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Smoke billows during an air strike on the Republican Palace in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz April 17, 2015. Reuters *The Atlantic*: *The Saudi Arabia-Yemen War of 2015* *The recent civil war in Yemen prompted neighboring Saudi Arabia to intervene militarily six weeks ago, launching airstrikes, bombing targets from border stations, shelling from the sea, and establishing a blockade. Rebels recently overran the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, and forced the Western-backed president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, to flee the country. To halt the uprising, the Saudi government formed a coaliti... more »

Electronic - Disappointed

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 20 hours ago
This about sums it up. Proper services resume tomorrow.

Yemen War News Updates -- May 8, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Saudi-led coalition bombs Houthis in north Yemen, offers five-day truce* *Saudi-led warplanes bombed targets in Yemen's Saada province, a bastion of Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, on Friday and Riyadh then announced a five-day humanitarian ceasefire to begin on May 12, conditioned on Houthis agreeing to the pause.* *Hours before, Saudi authorities warned all civilians to leave the northwestern Saada region, which borders on Saudi Arabia, by sunset on Friday after threatening a harsh response to Houthi shelling of Saudi frontier towns earlier this week.* *Saudi state t... more »

It's Not Easy Being a Fetus Freak in Saskatchewan

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 21 hours ago
Despite being decisively smacked down by the Minister of Health last April, Saskatchewan Pro-Life continues to stomp their little feet demanding parental consent for abortion (click to embiggen letter). Yesterday, they staged another of their lame underground gasline markers display. Oddly, the MASSIVE event got no media coverage, but there was this on Twitter. #FlagDisplay of 10,000 flags in Regina today, 1 for every 10 babies aborted annually in Canada. #skpoli @skgovcaucus pic.twitter.com/yxhhjSxsT0 — Parental Consent (@parentalconsent) May 7, 2015 It was part of their March... more »

The Second World War Ended In Europe 70 Years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*BBC:* *Europe and US mark VE Day anniversary* *Events have been held across Europe to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two on the continent.Ceremonies were held in Paris, London and Berlin. Moscow will hold its event on Saturday.US Secretary of State John Kerry joined the commemoration in Paris, laying a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe.One of the first events was held in the Polish port of Gdansk, at the site where the first shots of the war were fired.* *More News On Today's V-E Day Celebrations* US, Europe Mark 70th Anniversary of VE Day -- VOA VE Day reme... more »

World War II Planes Fly Over Washington In V-E Salute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*CNN:* *World War II planes fly over Washington monuments* *Washington (CNN)More than two dozen World War II-era fighters and bomber planes whooshed over Washington, D.C.'s most famous monuments on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe.* *Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and hundreds of World War II veterans attended the flyover, which was open to the public and started around noon, according to the organizers of the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover.* *The event forced Washington's Reagan National Airport to shut down for one hour, fro...more »

Bill Whittle: I Support Free Speech, But...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 21 hours ago
*this is a very important presentation. * *More:* *The “Offended” People, Facebook, and Narcissists...*

Sanders Raises $3 Million in Four Days; Will He Split the Party?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
​ *A good day in the Sanders office. You can makeit a better day here. (Image credit AP; source)* *by Gaius Publius* My headline has two parts (you can see it above) but the second is, for me, the most important and the most interesting. I've been writing about the split — the chasm, really — between progressives and "progressives" in the Democratic Party for at least a year, and Howie has been documenting the sins of money-bought "Democrats" like the DCCC since forever. *Some want* that split to heal, and some want it to widen. Democrats who want it to heal are motivated by two m... more »

UK Election and Energy Policies

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
I am not following closely UK politics, but the huge victory of the Conservatives means partly a backlash against avid Greenism? One example is the defeat of UK's climate change Secretary Ed Davey. From mirror.co.uk, below. *“However, I want to make it clear that if there is a Conservative Government in place we will remove all subsidy for on-shore wind and local people should have a greater say.* *“Frankly I think we have got enough on-shore wind and we have enough to be going on with, almost 10 per cent of our electricity needs, and I think we should give local people a say if th... more »

Tina Fey strips! A sort of NSFW Rule 5 Friday Post

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Tina Fey strips for David Letterman

World News Briefs -- May 8, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **TOGETHER WE'LL MAKE GREAT BRITAIN GREATER STILL: Cameron hails shock Tory outright majority as Miliband, Clegg and Farage all QUIT. SNP wins near clean-sweep of seats in Scotland* ** FINAL RESULT: Tories 331 (up 25), Labour 232 (down 24), SNP 56 (up 50), Lib Dems 8 (down 48), Ukip 1 (down 1) * David Cameron has secured an overall Commons majority, vowing to implement the Tory manifesto in full* In the best Conservative result for more than 20 years, Prime Minister visited the Queen to confirm his victory* Ed Miliband resigned with immediate effect after takin...more »

My thoughts on the Veterans Today "mutiny"

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 22 hours ago
Watch Jim Fetzer and I argue about Jade Helm during the second half of yesterday's False Flag Weekly News (click HERE for story links). People keep asking me for my thoughts on the Veterans Today "mutiny." It wasn't a mutiny. Four people, out of dozens, have been fired or left. It started when VT Senior Editor Gordon Duff woke up and realized that Stew Webb is, shall we say, not exactly a reliable source. Webb has been making absurd, malicious allegations against retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson for years. There is no substance to these allegations. Check out the evidence for yours... more »

Why is this crapola going on in public schools?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 22 hours ago
*this is nothing more than social engineering of the very worst kind.* How about they spend more time teaching the kids to read, write, and do math. A week long project run by a Gay-Straight Alliance highlighting the problem of bullying caused, wait for it, bullying. It simply amazes me that parents put their kids in these public schools while complaining about Common Core and all the other crap they're taught. If they really felt that way they'd take them out and home school. Instant solution. And before you tell me how all these families need to have both mom and dad working... more »

Zapatista Teacher Galeano: Notes on a life

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 22 hours ago
Zapatista Teacher Galeano: Notes on a life Translations May 6, 2015 By Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano May 2, 2015 Compañeros and compañeras of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation: Compañeroas, compañeras, compañeros of the Sixth: Visitors: It is my turn to talk about our compañero, the Zapatista teacher Galeano. To talk about him so that he can live on in our words. To

The Relation Between Energy 🌞 and Currency $

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 22 hours ago
*This is something Heather Tucci-Jarraf has talked a lot about in her banking work and even her UCC filings. Currency is the control of human energy by banking. Its never been about the money its been about the energy. Great article by PL Chang! -AK* http://galacticconnection.com/the-relation-between-energy-and-currency/ *The Relation Between Energy and Currency * Thursday, May 7, 2015 by PL Chang This article is an introduction to my fourth seminar titled Word Magic and the Power of Words, which is scheduled for May 17, 2015. ~ PL To find out how energy and currency are rel... more »

Argentina: Residents of Bahía Blanca and Córdoba Witnessed UFOs in Flight

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 22 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and www.lmneuquen.com.arDate: May 7 2015* *Argentina: Residents of Bahía Blanca and Córdoba Witnessed UFOs in Flight* The unidentified flying objects were recorded by two men last Sunday and Monday. The videos can be seen on Youtube. With barely 24 hours difference between them, but separated by a distance of over 800 kilometers, residents of the cities of Córdoba and Bahía Blanca claimed haing seen and recorded unidentified flying objects, better known as UFOs. In both cases, the recordings, which were made between last Sunday and Monday, show luminous obj... more »

The Economy: "Time Is Running Out at the Ranch"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Time Is Running Out at the Ranch"* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - "Nothing much happening in the markets. Up, down, up… As near as we can tell, we are still in a bull market, but one that is weakening. On Wednesday, we showed you how our short-term indicator has turned very negative. And the US stock market looks very dangerous. In addition to near-zero growth in the first quarter, there are more and more alarming signals coming our way… McDonald's is closing 700 stores… Major retailers are closing some 6,000 outlets altogether… Retail investors’ margin...more »

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown tells tunnels critics to 'Shut Up'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 22 hours ago
Photo of Governor Jerry Brown after receiving a new bowl for his dog, Sutter, from leaders of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) at their conference in Sacramento on May 6. Photo by Dan Bacher. Governor Jerry Brown tells tunnels critis to 'Shut Up' by Dan Bacher Censored News In a moment of candor during a speech he gave at the Association of California Water

Military and Intelligence News Briefs -- May 8, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The Russian Ground Forces' new T-14 Armata main battle tank (MBT) seen during rehearsals for the 2015 Victory Day Parade in Moscow. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *Did the ‘World’s Deadliest Tank’ Just Break Down?* *A new T-14 Armata main battle tank was apparently unable to cross Red Square during parade rehearsals.* *The first major tank to be developed in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union abruptly grounded to a halt during a rehearsal for Moscow’s big May 9 Victory Day parade, Reuters reports.* *The incident occurred yesterday ... more »

Evaluating UK Election Predictions

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 22 hours ago
Back in March, I posted up a survey of thirteen various forecasts for the outcome of the UK election and promised to perform an evaluation when the results were in. Well the results are in. Let's jump right into the evaluation. After that, I'll offer some more general comments about predicting elections, data journalism and democracy. Here are the forecasts that I am evaluating: Many of these forecasts were dynamic, meaning that they changed over time based on updated information. The evaluation below is based on this snapshot of the forecasts from the end of March. But the results ... more »

Threat Level Raised For All U.S. Military Bases

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Military Times*: *Military raises security measures at bases nationwide* *The four-star commander who oversees U.S. military operations in North America ordered domestic military bases nationwide to increase their force protection measures amid heightened concern about terrorist threats.* *Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command, raised military installations' force protection level to "Bravo" after months of maintaining it at "Alpha," the lowest level of security, a defense official said Friday.* *More News On The Threat Level Being Raised For Al... more »

What Will A Conservative Victory The U.K. Mean For The British Army?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The Black Watch has its origins more than 300 years ago in the Highlands of Scotland Photo: REUTERS *Forces TV:* *What A Conservative Victory Will Mean For The Military* *After an explosive night in British politics David Cameron will be returning to Downing Street.Not to lead a coalition but as a Prime Minister with a Conservative majority in the House of Commons.Whilst he has met with Her Majesty the Queen and been formally invited to form the next Government, the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Labour have all resigned.But what does that mean for Defence?Over ... more »

Probably The Most Important Interview I Have Ever Posted

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 23 hours ago
*Rocco Galati* *Who is this man you ask? * Well, he's a constitutional lawyer "David" standing with a legal stone poised to kill the Goliath of the International Privately Run and Owned Bankster System. Here he is in an interview with the CBC. Watch this crucial interview, as it provides a priceless insight into the *nefarious cancer on all western governments* (including Canada) and what this man is doing about it. *Bravo Rocco! * And, as a helpful tip...Rocco...*don't fly in any small planes!*

Prayers for Mad Jack needed...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 23 hours ago
via *The Blog of Monte Cristo:* Conservative blogger and Vietnam veteran Mad Jack has been a solid figure and strong voice on many conservative websites since the Age of O’Bozo began back in roughly 2009. He was one of the very first regulars on Diogenes Middle Finger, and he’s kept the comments flowing on iOwnTheWorld.com and iOTWReport.com for just about as long. Somewhere during that time he also showed up at Adrienne’s Place and Proof’s and Odie’s and the Earl’s and Curmudgeon’s and Dianny’s and many more, including this one. Well, Jack’s not going anywhere, but you may have not... more »

Signs Of Change In Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Billboard in Tehran shows The Son of Man by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte next to a painting by famous Iranian artist Sohrab Sepehri. Photograph: Hamed Khorshidi/hamshahriphoto.ir *The Guardian:* *Tehran swaps 'death to America' billboards for Picasso and Matisse* *Hoardings in the Iranian capital are normally reserved for ads, religious quotes or anti-US slogans, but a new project has transformed the city into a giant galleryTehran’s billboards are usually a place for commercials about the latest gadgets, household items and cheese-flavoured crisps. They also display... more »

On Elections and Activism

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
- I am on the train heading south to New Jersey for the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) conference. I will speak in a plenary panel and a workshop about US-NATO military expansion up to the Russian borders and deployments of "missile defense" systems which are dangerously linked to Pentagon first-strike attack plans. The conference is called STOP THE WARS AT HOME AND ABROAD! You can get more information about the conference *here*. Some parts of the event will be live streamed, get details *here* - While waiting for my train in the Boston statio... more »

"From The Now I've Seen Everything Dept.: The Cicret Bracelet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"The Cicret Bracelet:* Like a tablet...but on your skin. With the Cicret Bracelet, you can make your skin your new touchscreen. Read your mails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way… Do whatever you want on your arm." More info at www.cicret.com. This is NOT an ad, since we never have those here, I'm simply astonished... lol - CP

"Jade Helm and the American Massacre"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Click image for larger size.* *"Jade Helm and the American Massacre"* by Zen Gardner "I’m prefacing my thoughts with this provocative title for a reason. What is being perpetrated on the American people is virtually a complete dissembling of everything they supposedly hold dear and will only lead to their ultimate destruction. A nationwide massacre of their infrastructure, personal rights and protection, and even livelihoods and food security is not only at stake, but now in progress. Let me number my points: *1)* Jade Helm is a military exercise endorsed by the American government... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
◆ Of course to mention their name draws an instant interest... From the StatCounter visitor log: *Click image for larger size.*

Karl Denninger, “So Why Are You Still In Your Chair, Americans?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“So Why Are You Still In Your Chair, Americans?”* by Karl Denninger "What if you discovered that Presidents Bush and Obama have both intentionally, willfully and with malice violated the law by authorizing mass spying on Americans that was never authorized by any law passed by Congress, and representations to the contrary were a lie? Well, that's what happened. “May 7, 2015 A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records is illegal, dealing a startling blow to the program just as Congress is weighing reforms to s... more »

ALLEGEDLY LIBERAL PUNDITS REACT: Chris Hayes vouched for the work of the Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015Part 5—His guest had already been fooled:* Early on the morning of Thursday, April 23, the New York Times’ new “bombshell report” appeared on line. That’s the way Chris Hayes described the report on his cable program that night. You could almost say that the affable youngster was observing “the New York Times rules.” According to those unwritten rules, members of the upper-end press corps aren’t allowed to tell the truth about the patterns and practices of major mainstream news orgs like the Times. In a larger sense, they know they mustn’t discuss the actual w... more »

Omar Khadr

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago
Omar Khadr. I hope he can remain out of confinement. I hope the US justice system has returned sufficiently to it's senses that he doesn't have to be returned to a cell. I hope he can be free. He's not free now of course, irrespective of the bigoted bleating of various Harperian asshats. Even irrespective of his own misapprehension of his state. One day but not yet. What concerns me most about

Free Printable Fill-in-the-Blank Thank You Card for Little Kids

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
Good morning! Lorene here again to share another fun and easy printable with you. And this printable has magic powers to help combat the modern sense of entitlement that seems to be taking over the world! That's probably too dramatic, but I do feel like one major hurdle in modern-day parenting is teaching children to be kind and grateful, rather than mimicking the gimmes and other entitled behavior that seems to be everywhere! So one small way that I've decided to help increase gratitude and decrease the "I wants" is to make sure that my children *express thanks *for any gifts th... more »

UK Election Tweets

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 1 day ago
*Arthur Scargill.* @ScargillArthur · 6 hrs6 hours ago Toryism means waste, poverty, ecological degradation, dispossession, inequality, exploitation, imperialism, war and violence. #solidarity 48 retweets22 favourites Reply Retweet48 Favourite22 More *Arthur Scargill.* @ScargillArthur · May 7 Go out and vote with every ounce of intelligence you were born with. Not for these three fools locked in a stalemate of damage limitation! 21 retweets22 favourites Reply Retweet21 Favourite22 More

Pasteurized Milk Speeds Death but Yogurt and Cheese Benefit Health

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Case Adams* - How does pasteurized milk stack up to fermented yogurt and cheese when it come to your health? The post Pasteurized Milk Speeds Death but Yogurt and Cheese Benefit Health appeared first on Waking Times.

Former CIA Agent: North Korea's Kim Dynasty Survived 'Series Of Coups' In The 1990s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Michael Yi, a former intelligence analyst for U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, talks with the Korea JoongAng Daily on April 28 in Seoul. By Park Sang-moon *Korea Joong Ang Daily:* *CIA veteran recalls long career* *A few attempted to overthrow the regime in the ’90s, Yi saidThere were a number of coup attempts during the 1990’s against Pyongyang’s regime instigated from within its elite, one of which involved 11 military officials who graduated from the Frunze Military in Moscow, according to a former U.S. spy agency official.In an interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily on... more »

“Late Night Roundup: Political ‘Friends With Benefactors’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Late Night Roundup: Political ‘Friends With Benefactors’”* by Eric Kleefeld *The Daily Show* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive “Jon Stewart noticed a little contradiction from all the right-wingers attacking the alleged influence of foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation: Many of these people are some of the biggest advocates for the influence of *American* money in politics.” - http://www.nationalmemo.com/

"In Search of the Lost Chord" of Reason In Our Time

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 1 day ago
The Jo Nova site reports on the cancellation of a Bjorn Lomborg "consensus center" which, as I understand it, was to be devoted--at least partially--to reporting the truth about the ridiculously high cost of alarmist climate policies. Readers here should read that Jo Nova post, then my following response: *On April 25, 2011 (six months after my Venus/Earth temperatures comparison, which disproves the global-warming greenhouse effect and separates the competent from the incompetent in so-called "climate science"), I submitted the following comment to this site (it may seem to start ... more »

Sgt. Greg Moore returns home to Coeur d'Alene...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*a tremendously sad time for our community.* *Please take a moment today to say a prayer for Sgt. Moore and his family. * The Idaho police join the miles long procession from Spokane at Pleasant View Ave just east of State Line, Idaho to welcome back home Sgt Greg Moore of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, killed in the line of duty this past Tuesday. Thursday morning, dozens of police officers and firefighters from throughout Spokane and Kootenai counties escorted the officer’s body back from Spokane, where an autopsy was performed Wednesday. *A motorcade of police vehicles on I-90 passes u... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-up 5/8/15"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-up 5/8/15" * By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The ridiculous drum beat from the mainstream media (MSM) has been repeating this so called “recovery” since the 2008 meltdown. I also keep repeating that there is no real recovery. There are a variety of data points you can look at, but the most recent include retail sales and factory orders have plunged while the trade deficit has spiked. It was announced that nearly 50 companies are closing 6,000 stores The oil industry is shedding thousands of jobs, and 62% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. You think ... more »

U.S. Military Begins Training And Arming Syrian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Hosam Katan/Reuters *Daily Beast:* *U.S. Military Will Train, Arm Syrian Rebels* *After a program run by the CIA failed, U.S. forces hope they can field a force to fight ISIS.* *The U.S. military announced Thursday it had begun a controversial program to train “moderate” Syrian rebels to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, even as it still are sorting out how the United States can protect such troops once they land on the Syrian battlefield.* *At a joint press conference, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta... more »

Is the vacuum empty and boring?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
*It depends on the observables you want to learn about* One of the tricks by which the proponents of various reactionless drives brainwash the gullible laymen is the suggestion that they *can* create a self-accelerating spaceship because instead of "directly" violating the momentum conservation law, they are "pushing against the vacuum". So some defenders of this pseudoscience were writing such things in the thread. For a while, I was patient but my patience has been depleted for a long time. I just can't comprehend how someone may fail to see that "violating the momentum conservati... more »

This Wasn't Ed Snowden's Trial-- But He Won The Case

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Thursday morning the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the highest court for Connecticut, New York and Vermont, unanimously ruled the bulk collection of megadata by the NSA unconstitutional. It's a blow to the National Security State. The focus of the court’s decision was the scale of the phone-records collection by the government. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York held that the Patriot Act does not permit the gathering of Americans’ sensitive information on such a large scale. Section 215 of the Patriot Act is the statute the government has been relying on to jus... more »

First Female F-35 Pilot Takes Flight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: Trailblazing female Air Force pilot makes history as first woman to fly new F-35 fighter jet ** Lt. Col. Christine Mau got inside the cockpit of the new F-35 Lightning II on Tuesday for her first flight * ** Mau is the first woman to fly the new fighter jet, which will replace the older F-16s and A-10s starting next year* ** Mau is a decorated Airwoman, having also served in the first all-female air mission in Afghanistan in 2011 * *Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Mau became the first woman to fly the military's new state-of-the-art fighter jet at Florida's Elgin base o... more »

The We're China Correction Policy

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Enjoying an east coast ride.* Eric Chu's demand that AP correct its claim that he had agreed on eventual "unification" of Taiwan with China was not an isolated incident. It's policy. Remember this from last year? The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it would demand a correction after a Chinese-language report by Deutsche Welle (DW) quoted President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) as saying he aims to learn from the experience of East Germany and West Germany in handling bilateral relations and “their ultimate unification.” Ma had a habit that Chu appears to be recapitulating. He'd ... more »

FRIDAY NERD BLOGGING: Call for ISA Proposals on “Star Wars and International Security”

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Last Monday, on May the 4th, citizens around the globe celebrated International Star Wars Day. In honor of this important event, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and I are pleased to announce an International Studies Association 2016 Conference panel on Star Wars for next year’s meeting. We seek paper abstracts examining the relationship between the Star Wars franchise and socio-political dynamics in […]

Flawed Medical Research May Be Ruining Your Health & Your Life

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Robert Oliva* - We are bombarded by medical research studies that don’t stand the test of time and potentially cause serious negative health outcomes. The post Flawed Medical Research May Be Ruining Your Health & Your Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Iran Ready For War Against The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami played down the US officials' war rhetoric against Iran, and stressed that the country has prepared itself for the worst case scenario. *Fars News Agency*: *IRGC Deputy Top Commander: US Unable to Intimidate Iran, We Welcome War with US* *"We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for us; we welcome war with the US as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power,"... more »

Ex-Im News + Fun with WSJ

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: Coast_April_124] *A fighter comes in for a landing in Taitung.* A friend alerts me: Great decline in Taiwan exports and imports last month. From the Ministry of Finance: "For the month of Apr. 2015, total exports contracted 11.7% year on year to US$ 23.49 billion. However, total imports fell 22.1% from a year earlier to US$ 18.73 billion. The trade balance of this month was favorable, amounting to US$4.76 billion." Exports to Europe and ASEAN-6 fell, reflecting the slower growth in both regions. In Apr. 2015, comparing with the same month of last year, exports to Japan and... more »

Russian Tanks At The White House?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RT:* *Russian tanks on White House? Students protest Obama V-Day snub using 'projection'* *A Russian youth group released a video seemingly showing activists projecting footage of the Moscow Victory Parade on to the walls of the White House in Washington, DC. The group blasted President Obama for undermining Russia’s WWII victory celebrations.* *The YouTube clip, uploaded on Wednesday, appears to show World War II-era Soviet tanks and modern Russian armored vehicles rolling through Red Square – projected on to the wall of the US presidential residence by night. Some passers-by a... more »

The Irish Have Taken Over The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, right and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far right, on Feb. 11, 2015, as he delivers a statement on legislation sent to Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State. Reuters *Wall Street Journal:* *Barack ‘O’Bama’ and His Irish-American Advisers* *President Barack Obama‘s choice of Gen. Joe Dunford to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a reminder that among those in a position to influence U.S. global strategy, it’s the Irish who have alm... more »

Robert Paulson on "De-Radicalizing"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
In yesterday's post we looked at how Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney served up a heaping platter of nothing when asked to explain his government's investment in "de-radicalization" efforts by the NDP's Rosane Doré Lefebvre. Today we'll look at how RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson described it. *Commr Bob Paulson: * Thank you, Mr. Minister. As I said Friday, our prevention program is quite complex. [*English*] Our previous strategies, our terrorism prevention strategies, have been founded on legitimate community engagement. I spoke of the counterterrorism informatio... more »

Demonic Shock Troops From Another Dimension

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
For some 35 years now, I have known that there is a great evil on our planet that wants nothing more than to have each and every one of us turned into slaves with them being the masters of the planet... I have had a very hard time trying to understand how these creatures could be so evil and wanting to see the rest of us dead! It truly boggles the mind.... Whitewraithe who writes the PragmaticWitness blog at www.pragmaticwitness.wordpress.com, does put up some fabulous material, and right now I want to present a recent article that she put up that is a must read by everyone, and es... more »

The Secret History of Astrology

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Richard Smoley* - If astrology does work, how does it work? The post The Secret History of Astrology appeared first on Waking Times.

Not the Roswell Slides and How the Pictures Were Taken

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
While I hesitate to post anything more about the Not Roswell Slides, there is one point that has not been covered during all this talk. Although we had been told that we would learn all about the slides, the provenance and the scientific testing, little of that came out that we didn’t already know. As I was thinking about this, I realized there is one question that probably would never be answered adequately. That is, how is it that a couple of civilians, no matter how highly connected, were allowed into what would have been a restricted area, with a camera, manage to take two pictu... more »

Can She Stay In The Driver's Seat?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
http://www.kimberry.com/ Jim Prentice, the turn around and he's gone premier of Alberta, used to be a member of The Trilateral Commission. Michael Harris reminds his readers that the commission is: a body set up in 1973 by establishment types worried about an “excess” of democracy creating a “governability” problem in the West. Those were the days of the energy crisis, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, environmental protests and a peace movement that ended up forcing a halt to the Vietnam War. Today, those same force... more »

Conservative priorities

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
With a Conservative majority, however small, Cameron should within the first year: - change the constituency boundaries to make them fairer; something that was part of coalition agreement but the LibDems reneged on - take on the BBC, they will oppose the Conservatives come what may, so just take them on, their anti-Conservative bias is not a secret - give the UK a proper EU in-out referendum as promised - either let Scotland go or allow them more independence but a) less representation in House of Commons, they are over-represented at present, b) no Scottish... more »

What Did The Florida Legislature Do For Employees? Diddly squat, with one silly exception

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 1 day ago
I previously wrote about a plethora of bills our legislators filed that might help employees in our anti-employee state. *Pregnancy*: This is the one silly exception to the utter lack of pro-employee bills by the legislature. It adds "pregnancy" to the list of prohibited types of discrimination under the Florida Civil Rights Act. Only problem is that the Florida Supreme Court already decided pregnancy was protected. Why was the bill necessary? No idea. Here's where it stands as of this writing: SB 982: Florida Civil Rights Act GENERAL BILL by Thompson ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Smith ; G... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( May 8 , 2015 ) -- UK Elections Aftermath from Conservative Landslide ...... Greece Updates --Ahead of Eurogroup Meeting on Monday , a full recap on the state of play with creditor talks , Greece economic data , red lines and more ....... Bond Land highlights from Europe !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets.... UK Election aftermath.... *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 2m2 minutes ago A U.K. vote to Exit EU may weigh on sovereign rating, Moody’s warns. #Brexit **Russian Market* ‏@russian_market 1m 1 minute ago Nick Clegg to quit as Liberal Democrat Leader - BBC *Loukia Gyftopoulou* ‏@loukia_g 2m 2 minutes ago #*Farage* expected to stand down. This is never ending #*GE2015* Fabrizio Goria retweeted *Tom Nuttall* @tom_nuttall · 3h3 hours ago Miliband resigns. cristina lombardi retweeted *Mark MacKinnon* ‏@markmackinnon 9m 9 minutes ago Scottish ... more »

It's all in the tone

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Just listen to Peter Allen on BBC 5Live, his tone says it all. With Labour figures it's all we are joined in sorrow, with LibDems there's a tone of sympathy, with Conservatives it's much less friendly. By the way, what was the voice from the studio during Nigel Farage's resignation speech, sounded like a snort of disbelief. Did anyone record it? More BBC anti-UKIP bias? Who was the snort actually from?

Huge Portals Opened Last Night - May 4, 2015

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
https://higherdensity.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/lisa-transcendence-brown-huge-portals-opened-last-night-5-4-15/ *Huge Portals Opened Last Night - May 4, 2015* by Lisa Transcendence Brown in Kilauea, Hawaii Huge portals opened last night along with the release/activation of MAJOR codes within our BEing and templates. Corridors opened, pathways opened as old structures quickly emerge for collapse. Codes that have been waiting to activate so that we can move into the NEXT PHASE…. All will be presented with that which they “fear” as an old program. Your belief in it, your participati... more »

"Not Counting Mexicans or Indians":

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 day ago
I am reposting this at the top because it is the one article that people keep asking about an dlooking for ove rthe past several months. Please share. "Not Counting Mexicans or Indians": The Many Tentacles of State Violence Against Black-Brown-Indigenous Communities *"They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds."* - Popul Vuh ** VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK/BROWN-INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES: Normally, I don't add a commentary to what I write, but I feel a need to here. What I wrote is part of a 65-page article/chapter about violence against Black-Brown-Indigenous Peoples, lite... more »

IDEF 2015: Oto Melara reveals C-27J gunship system

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Oto Melata palletised Gunship system]Oto Melara have unveiled a new palletised gunship system for military transport aircraft at IDEF 2015 in Istanbul. Armed with an M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm gatling gun, the Oto Melara Gunship system is designed to fit entirely onto a single 463L NATO standard 88'x108' pallet. Gunship is designed to be a roll-on/roll-off system, with no modification needed to the aircraft. Indeed, company officials said that the system could be rolled-on or rolled-off an aircraft in 15 minutes or less. Besides the roll-on/roll-off capability, company officials ci... more »

Japan prepares to deploy troops on Miyako and Ishigaki

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: JGSDF 1st Airborne Brigade]After the finalization of new guidelines for defense cooperation between the United States and Japan, Tokyo is ready to deploy its Self-Defense Force to the Okinawa islands of Miyako and Ishigaki to face potential Chinese maritime expansion in the East China Sea, the Nippon Hoso Kyokai reports. Japan wants to deploy troops to the two islands as a response to the now routine patrols by Chinese maritime security ships in the disputed East China Sea after the Japanese government nationalized the Diaoyutai islands (Senkaku to Japan, Diaoyu to China) in... more »

Houthi officials: Our fighters downed Apache helicopter in Yemen

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: AH-64D Apache Longbow]Two senior Houthi officials said their fighters took down an Apache attack helicopter in a northern Yemen area bordering Saudi Arabia on Thursday morning — a claim that a Saudi official appeared to dispute. The origin of the helicopter and the identity and condition of its pilot were not provided by the Houthi officials. The alleged incident occurred in Al Buoke, Saadah province. When asked about the Houthi claim, a Saudi official said Thursday that a Saudi Apache helicopter did make an emergency landing on the Saudi side of the border on Thursday, but... more »

IDEF 2015: First sight of SOM-J cruise missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: SOM-J cruise missile]The new SOM-J (stand-off missile) cruise missile destined for the F-35 aircraft is about to begin Phase IIB risk reduction studies. According to Roketsan, which is developing the missile with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, a third and final phase – integration – will follow to be completed in 2018. But first a preliminary design review will take place in September 2015 followed by a subsystem design and tests to take place in November. Read more

US approves $173m upgrade to Singapore's F-16 fighter jet fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: RSAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]The US State Department has approved a $130 million (S$173.3 million) deal for an upgrade of Singapore's F-16 fighter jet fleet, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement on Thursday. The upgrade of 60 F-16 fighter jets of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will include provision of advanced fighter pilot helmets, missile launchers, armaments, transponders, Global Positioning System technology, personnel training as well as technical and logistics support services, according to the statement posted on the DSCA web... more »

AAR to Manage Component Repairs, Inventory for UK’s Royal Squadron

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: BAe 146C.Mk.3]AAR has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) as the exclusive manager and single source of all repairs, spare parts and unit exchanges for its fleet of BAe146 aircraft. The two-year agreement includes an additional one-year renewal option and replaces an agreement signed in 2012 establishing AAR as an exclusive supplier. The RAF fleet of four BAe146 aircraft are operated by 32 (The Royal) Squadron from RAF Northolt. The prime role of the Squadron is to support UK Operations. The secondary role is to provide a flexible and immediately available... more »

Kuwait to order Boeing F/A-18 fighters worth $3 bn

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet]Kuwait plans to order 28 Super Hornet advanced fighter jets worth 3 billion from Boeing, a person close to the deal told AFP Thursday. The order for the F/A-18E/F multirole aircraft marks an important victory for Boeing over European rivals, which had been pitching the Eurofighter Typhoon to the Gulf country. The move would beef up Kuwait's air force, as the country takes part in the Saudi-led coalition attacking Huthi rebels in Yemen. Read more

Why Scientists Are Worried About the GMO Apple and Potato

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Hello All: IRT needs you! Now is the time to educate people about the GMO apple and potato. Please share the following with your local groups and networks. You have the power to influence people and keep these newly approved foods out of the market! Thank you for all you do! *1. Share IRT’s Petition to food companies:* Tell food companies you say NO to the GMO apple and potato! Download the petition: *http://bit.ly/1QkOqti* to take part and start making your community store safer to shop at today! Meme for social media: *http://on.fb.me/1Ka4XfA* *2. Share IRT’s video on the GMO ap... more »

Immigration Consequences of Sentence Proper to Consider

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
R. v. Nassri, 2015 ONCA 316 [25] The appellant does not argue that the sentence imposed by the trial judge was unfit. He does submit that when the drastic and unforeseen collateral consequences of the sentence flowing from the change to s. 64(2) of the *IRPA* are taken into account, the result is grossly out of proportion to the crime he committed. He contends that a sentence of just under six months is within the realm of reasonable sentences for this offence and this offender. [26] The determination of this appeal is governed by the principles set out in the Supreme... more »

George Galloway blames 'racists and Zionists' for defeat to Naz Shah in Bradford West - keeping it classy as ever

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
'"... But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion's grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I'm not in my grave. As a matter of fact I'm going off now to plan the next campaign."' George Galloway keeping it classy as ever. Quick question, are Israelis allowed to visit Bradford now? More here at The Independent

EFN Asia 47: Participation in Jeju Forum 2015

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
The Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) will participate once again in the big annual international conference in Korea, the (10th) Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, May 20-22, 2015. Although Jeju Forum was first organized in 2001, EFN Asia participated for the first time only in 2013 by having its own panel discussion, "*Dealing with Economic Nationalism*". I was part of the contingent, as Panel Rapporteur. Then EFN participated again last year, its panel discussion was about "*Globalization and Inequality*". This year, the... more »

Iran releases seized Marshall Islands-flagged ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: MV Maersk Tigris]Iran on Thursday released a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship that its navy seized last week, allowing it to leave Iranian waters, according to government-controlled media. "Today the (Maersk Tigris) ship was released and it left the Iranian territorial waters," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said, according to Iran's Fars News. Iran initially said when it seized the 837-foot container ship that it had veered into Iranian waters. Read more

Despite setbacks, Marines' 1st F-35 squadron right on track, service says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]Despite setbacks, the Marine Corps’ variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is still on track to reach initial operational capability by July, Marines said this week. To declare initial operational capability, or IOC, the Corps’ first F-35 squadron must show that the stealthy jets can perform several specific types of operational missions and that the squadron can maintain the aircraft at home and at sea. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 stood up in Yuma, Ariz., in 2012 to be the first operational F-35 squadron in the U.S. military, but the bulk of the firs... more »

Abe ramps up Japan's defence capabilities with Osprey military aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: CV-22B Osprey]Tokyo is pushing ahead with a US$3 billion purchase of V-22 Osprey transport aircraft from the US, the latest enhancement in Japan's military capabilities. Less than a week after Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, returned from a state visit to Washington, the US government has informed Congress that a deal for 17 of the advanced tilt-rotor aircraft is progressing. Japan anticipates being able to deploy the Ospreys from 2019. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said the aircraft will "greatly enhance the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force's humanitarian ... more »

Navy Spends $1.6B to Upgrade Carrier and Amphib Ship Defenses

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Ship Self Defense Systems (SSDS)]The Navy is working on a $1.6 billion technological upgrade overhauling ship defense systems onboard amphibs and aircraft carriers to include interceptor missiles, streamlined radars and software improvements, service officials said. The work is being done on what's called Ship Self Defense Systems, or SSDS – a series of integrated technologies being upgraded to track, identify and destroy a wide range of possible threats such as incoming enemy supersonic missiles. "I'm upgrading the SSDS to handle the Joint Strike Fighter and to handle hig... more »

The French are glad to die for Mistrals, not love

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]The decision on the Mistral vessels has not been made yet, French President Francois Hollande said, after meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Yerevan, Armenia. On May 16, the parties will have to either denounce or execute the contract. Meanwhile, Paris is facing another dilemma: either to sink the Mistrals or put them in service of the French navy. Both options are like a psychological trauma for the nation. Read more

The defence debate New Zealand needs is underway

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: HMNZS Te Kaha (F77)]When the last Defence White Paper was published in 2010 the Government noted that it had been thirteen years since the previous White Paper. It was also signaled that the Government wished to return to the provision of regular defence reviews. On Tuesday Defence minister Gerry Brownlee announced the Government's intention to undertake the development of a new Defence White Paper this year. Karl du Fresne has bemoaned that Anzac Day had come and gone and with it the opportunity for a meaningful discussion on defence. (*Sentiment and history mask real need... more »

Indra to implement its satellite communications system in German Navy K-130 Corvettes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: FGS Braunschweig (F 260)]Indra, in partnership with the company Atlas Elektronik, will be responsible for providing the German Navy's Braunschweig class (K-130) corvettes with five satellite communications (satcom) terminals. The three-year project covers manufacturing, integration and testing, electronic documentation, and training for crews. The company won the contract in a request for proposals involving several different European manufacturers of satcom terminals, finally resulting in the selection of Indra's TNX-100 terminal. Read more

A Look at China’s Growing International Arms Trade

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: C-28A class FS]This week’s visit by People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the Russian port of Novorossiysk comes amid reports Russia is considering a purchase of PLAN Type 054A frigates. Unthinkable just ten years ago, it’s a reminder of how far China’s domestic arms industry has come since the West imposed an arms embargo. In the past five years the People’s Republic of China has announced a series of arms deals cementing its position as a major player in the global arms market. Read more

Bye bye Ed Balls (part 2)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Ed Balls - you will not be missed

Bye bye Ed Balls (part 1)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Ed Balls- you will not be missed.

North Korean Authorities Hold Lectures to Promote Country's Military Strength

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Kim Jung Un]A central propaganda team from the North Korean Workers Party has been touring the country to give mandatory lectures to citizens on the country's military might against its two main foes, sources inside the country said. "The main object of this lecture tour is to instill confidence in North Korean residents by emphasizing that North Korea will defeat South Korea and the U.S.," a source in North Pyongan province, which borders China, told RFA's Korean Service. The lectures stress North Korea's strong military force by showing a video that the North Korean Air F... more »

Russia and the US are racing to modernize their nuclear forces

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: RFS Yuri Dolgoruky SSBN]The Kremlin has embarked on a process to update all of its nuclear warheads and launch systems. The modernization effort will affect all of Russia's strategic and nonstrategic nuclear weapons — a total of 4,500 warheads, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reports. The modernization process includes the replacement of Soviet-era intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with new rocket launch systems. Read more

Royal Navy submarine lost at sea for 74 years 'discovered off Libyan coast'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: HMS Urge (N 17)]A Royal Navy submarine paid for by a town holding dances and whist drives is believed to have been discovered more than 70 years after it vanished during the Second World War. The British submarine HMS Urge was paid for by the townspeople of Bridgend, South Wales, but sunk without trace in the Mediterranean in 1942. It disappeared while making a voyage from the island of Malta to the Egyptian city of Alexandria - and families of the 29 crew and 10 passengers never knew what happened. Read more

Ed Balls and George Galloway lose their seats

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The House of Commons will be a far more pleasant place now without these two nasty pieces of work.

New Captain for the Queen

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Lieutenant Commander Thomas Vusi Mahlangu]The South African Navy's third Type 209 diesel-electric submarine, SAS Queen Modjadji I, received a new Officer Commanding on Wednesday. During the Change of Command Parade held alongside the submarine in Naval Base Simon’s Town, Commander Handsome Thamsanqa Matsane, who has been at the helm of the submarine since April 2012, handed over command to Lieutenant Commander Thomas Vusi Mahlangu. This is the first time an African submarine commander has handed over command to another African. Read more

How Much Longer Can OPEC Hold Out?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
We have entered end game for the Oil Age. It can also be sustained until demand picks up and it is meant to shut in shale oil and force expensive producers to operate on maintenance. In about two years when everyone begins to see fuel less cars on the road. it will become quickly impossible to rally oil at all. thus i expect to see current prices sustained for about two years. From there it will begin to drift downward toward ten dollars. The industry will be scrambling to offload capital exposure for a decade then. This is the future of the oil industry and has been unders... more »

Chemists Create Tiny Gold Nanoparticles that Reflect Nature's Patterns

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is extremely interesting and the size suggests that this particle occurs naturally as well. Add in the known affinity to carbon and we see a way to self assemble gold in sediments. I am also pleased to see this level of detail can now be investigated and modeled so well. It is way more unusual than i ever imagined or anyone else. An organic process was postulated many years ago, but no one had any idea how it might occur. This at least opens the door. All good stuff. Nano chemistry is as large as i anticipated. . . *Chemists create tiny gold na...more »

Were They Possibly Denisovan Hybrids?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is an important item because it shares cultural information we were lacking. These giants were white and that nails them as part of the Irish tribe of giants that had specimans as late as the eighteenth century as reported by Samual Pepys. We already knew they were part and parcel of the Atlantean global disaporia that operated from 2400 BC through 1159 BC. We knew about Ireland and understood the relationship. Now we can be sure that Ireland is the likely origin of these peoples. The irish giant appears to be a genetic anomaly but that needs to be rethoug... more »

Mystery Signals from Space

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
It is easier to assume a local source or at least stellar distances to get rid of a number of unnecessary assumptions. At the same time the signal embeds the factor five and eleven. That makes it a pretty clear beacon that allows location confirmation. Could these be navigation tools used by space ships to confirm their location? We are seeing these rarely because we are not always looking in the right area of the sky or looking for just this. Such a beacon or beacons would allow superior location resolution in local space where it is likely to matter. . *Mystery Signals ... more »

Turkish Navy Future LHD Model Showcased with F-35B STOVL Aircraft at IDEF 2015

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Turkish Navy Future LHD]At IDEF 2015, the International Defence Industry Fair currently held in Istanbul, Turkey, local shipyard "Sedef Shipbuilding" is showcasing a model of the future Turkish Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) with the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets on board. The same model is showcased on the Turkish Navy booth. Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) announced in December 2013 that it selected Sedef shipyard as winner of its LPD tender and that final contract negotiations ... more »

Interesting news from Haaretz

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Haaretz reports that: 'George Galloway, the U.K Respect Party leader known for his vehemently anti-Israel views, lost his constituency in Bradford West to Labour, and has also been reported to police for allegedly violating election laws, the BBC reported. Galloway has been accused of retweeting Respect's own exit poll before poll closed. Under section 66 of britain's Representation of the People's Act, it is illegal to discuss voting while polls are still open. A Galloway spokesperson denied the accusation, telling the BBC that the report is a "storm in a thimble."' Galloway lo... more »

The Pentagon Has Rejected The Idea Of Stopping Intercepts Of Russian Aircraft Approaching The U.S. Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
RAF Typhoons shadowed the Russian Bear planes, as in this earlier incident in September 2014 *CNN*:* Pentagon considered stopping intercepts of Russian aircraft* *Washington (CNN)The Pentagon considered, and then rejected, the idea of stopping routine intercepts of Russian military aircraft flying off the coast of Alaska, because the U.S. intercept flights appeared to have limited deterrent or intelligence value, according to two U.S. defense officials.While the Russian military flights, usually bomber aircraft, were entering a U.S. "air defense identification zone," they were ... more »

Ukraine Rebels Showcase Their Armor At A Victory Day Practice Parade In Donetsk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* My mouth dropped when I saw this video .... and a part of me wonders if it is genuine. But I did see the separatist flag shown on more than one occasion in this parade .... so I will assume that it is real. We all know that Ukraine's rebels are well armed .... but this video shows how well armed they really are. A Hat Tip to Mlacix for pointing out this video to me.

Amanda Peet's PI stringy LEGO talk

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
New-Zealand-born string theorist Amanda Peet was educating and entertaining a packed Perimeter Institute auditorium a few days ago: If you can afford to spend 80 minutes, you should watch it. She dances, sings, shows numerous cartoons, and especially lots of physics. She reminds everyone of the elementary particles of the Standard Model and different distance scales in physics, including the Planck scale which is not far from the size of the string. You may hear her take on the history of strings – strings vs QCD, extra dimensions, and the stringy explanation of the quantum ... more »

Is Russia's New Armata Tank The Best In The World?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Russian serviceman holds a red flag onboard a T-14 Armata tank after it stopped during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square in central Moscow, May 7. Grigory Dukor / Reuters *Matthew Bodner, Moscow Times*: *Could Russia's New Armata Tank Be the Best in the World?* *Rolling through Red Square to the tune of patriotic war hymns, Russia's new battle tank, the Armata T-14, will surely steal the show on Saturday during Moscow's blowout celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.* *But despite the pomp and circum... more »

Iconic Wildlife Species Threatened With Extinction

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
I’ve been MIA of late on the blog, mostly a function of end-of-term obligations. I’ve led a year-long graduate course on global wildlife conservation (course blog here). If you haven’t followed the news of late, iconic wildlife species like rhinos and elephants are threatened with extinction, mostly because rising incomes in China and Vietnam in […]

Do You Smoke?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
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8 Reptilian Traits In Human Beings

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Gregg Prescott* - The following are reptilian traits in human beings. You may recognize a few of them in you or someone you know. The post 8 Reptilian Traits In Human Beings appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“NGC 253 is not only one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, it is also one of the dustiest. Discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel in the constellation of Sculptor, NGC 253 lies only about ten million light-years distant. *Click image for larger size.* NGC 253 is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest group to our own Local Group of Galaxies. The dense dark dust accompanies a high star formation rate, giving NGC 253 the designation of starburst galaxy. Visible in the above photograph is the active central nucleus, also known to be a bright source o... more »

Football Watch: Just 'cause you're as pretty (and, yes, talented) as Tom Brady doesn't mean you get to cheat -- and then lie about it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Oh Tom, Tom, Tom! You stood there at that January 2015 news conference, looking pretty as a picture, and just fibbed your pretty head off.* *"We found these claims not plausible and contradicted by other evidence."* *-- the Wells report, on Tom Brady's claims of Deflategate ignorance* *by Ken* Since we had our share of fun with the Deflategate story when it broke, it only seems fair to pick up the story now that an NFL investigating commission has brought forth its report. And it appears that I for one may owe the Super Bowl champ New England Patriots' coach, Bill Belichick, an ap... more »

Remembering the Fight Against Nazi Germany

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
A brief summary of the number of dead during World War II can be found below: Soviet Union: 28,000,000 Germany: 9,000,000 Poland: 5,800,000 China: 20,000,000 Japan: 3,000,000 United States: 420,000 United Kingdom: 450,900 France: 550,000 Italy: 454,600 Yugoslavia: 1,700,000 See more countries listed *here* Germany: 9,000,000 China: 4,000,000 Japan: 3,000,000 - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii#sthash.SAsgw8Iz.dpuf

Russian Super-Tank 'Breaks-Down' During 'Victory Day' Rehearsal Parade In Red Square

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RT:* *New Russian T-14 Armata tank grinds to a halt on Red Square* *Russia’s military will be glad it was only a dress rehearsal, as its new state-of-the-art tank broke down in the Red Square. One of the T-14 Armata tanks ground to a halt, before finally rumbling away after the Victory Day parade rehearsal was over.* *In a dress rehearsal for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on May 9, a parade of the new tanks, which were getting their first public viewing, rolled towards the very heart of the Russian capital.* *All seemed to be going to plan until one of the might... more »

A couple of links…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Just a special note for a UK election Friday: if you’ve been hanging out for a run-down on the British election featuring beer – and let’s face it, who hasn’t – then Neil Miller’s latest Malthouse blog 'Beer, British politics and Boris Johnson' is probably the second-best place to start (and try his favourite bus-stop beer, and you’ll soon be finished). But if you were wondering why the Euro Zone is beginning to look more like meltdown-zone in “the markets” this morning, you might prefer David Stockman’s reminder that centrally-driven market highs have nothing to do with economics... more »

US Begins to Train & Equip "Syrian" fighters in Jordan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
I will spare you the bogus claims of these killers being "moderate" Or even Syrian? I will further spare you the absolute nonsense that these US trained killers will be fighting ISIS. *They won't be.* They will be fighting the brave nation defending Syrian Army *I will highlight the relevant facts in this news.* *The U.S. has begun to train a group of approximately 90 Syrian rebels,* Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed Thursday, saying that a second group will begin training in the coming weeks. “We're figuring out what the best training is, what the best initial deployment i... more »

The U.K. Election 2015: Live Updates

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor*: Bloomberg has an excellent interactive map on the results of Britain's election .... the link* is here.* The above video is a live broadcast from ITV News. *Live Updates On The U.K. General Election* Watch live: Election day coverage -- The Telegraph Election Live -- BBC Election polling day live -- The Guardian Election 2015: Live -- The Telegraph General Election Live -- The Independent The Latest: Leaders vote early in close British election -- AP British Parliamentary Elections 2015: Live -- New York Times UK General Election 2015 LIVE UPDATES -- RT

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 7, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian:* *The U.K. exit poll no one expected* *With projections showing the Conservatives only 10 seats short of a majority, Labour is in shock. Exit polls have been wrong before, but if this one holds, there’ll be inquests aplenty * *It’s fair to say no one was expecting that. Not the political parties, not the punditocracy and – least of all – the pollsters. The exit poll that came on the stroke at 10pm will have caused ashen faces at Labour headquarters. At Lib Dem towers, the spirits would have crumpled in an instant. At Tory mission control, the jo... more »

"A Real Church Sign"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Yeah, we're doing ok, thanks for asking..." - CP

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