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Monday, June 1, 2015

1 June - Blogs I'm Following

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The “Meek” are Activating and Inheriting the Earth – from Gaia

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 minutes ago
*The “Meek” are Activating and Inheriting the Earth – from Gaia * 01 Monday Jun 2015 Posted by EM Meyer Audio File below. An unexpected message this morning… It is directed to Mother Earth’s Team Leaders – formally known as “The Meek that shall inherit the Earth”. She explains that this is how you were viewed in the old world (matrix). In the New Earth, you’re pretty much a bunch of kickass leaders. I could feel it! Wow. If you are feeling lost or down, or doubting your original inspirations and “knowings” that you have an important role to play here and now, this message... more »

HILARION May 31, 2015

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
*HILARION* May 31-June 6, 2015 Beloved Ones, As you step into a greater unfolding in the acceleration of the peeling away of the layers of your human perceptions, you open yourselves to ever greater energies that stream in to take their place. *These will begin to open you to the gifts you hold within you which will now surface in the most delightful ways. You will have the most inspiring and uplifting thoughts, joyful thoughts that will fill you with anticipation and enthusiasm for new beginnings. Let love open a greater door to the truth of your being and your life. *How ble... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
http://www.therainbowscribe.com/commanderashtar.htm *YOUR CURRENT FLIGHT OF ASCENSION* *BY COMMANDER ASHTAR * Channelled through Natalie Glasson, 29th May 2015, Sacred School of OmNa This time upon the Earth, which will span all of your lifetime, is a period of powerful awakening. Everything within you has the opportunity to awaken and blossom into the magnificence of the Creator; this signifies that the same opportunities are available within your reality and experiences. Never before have we witnessed such powerful awakening at an accelerated rate and with a greater conscious a... more »

Guest Post - Comparing the renewable energy markets in the UK and US

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
In the UK renewable energy appears to be progressing in leaps and bounds. In the beautiful countryside solar farms are popping up on an almost weekly basis. Companies are embracing the need for and cost efficiency of renewable technology. The European Union Renewable Energy Directive has pushed Europe to making 20% of all its energy consumption from renewables by 2020. But how fair things across the pond? And are the renewable energy appetites being shared between the US and UK? With these questions in mind I thought I’d delve a little into renewable energy progress in the UK and ...more »

"Mad Max": The New Dark Ages Are Here

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 1 hour ago
By Manifesto Joe I went to the new "Mad Max: Fury Road" movie expecting a masterpiece. It got a 98% "fresh" rating from the Rotten Tomatoes critics, and was shot by the same director who popularized the franchise, the same Australian director (George Miller) who directed "The Road Warrior (1981)," which was indeed a masterpiece. I have never been more disappointed by a film in my entire life, and I've seen one hell of a lot of movies. It was a mediocre action film, very light on story and very heavy on fiery crashes and vehicle chases. When a movie like this can get that kind of ra... more »

Jonah Raskin : Stormy Weather: A Rag Blog interview with Bryan Burrough, author of ‘Days of Rage’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
“The underground is not a place but a way of life. You can be underground most anywhere, from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Hermosa Beach, California.” — Bryan Burrough By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | June … finish reading Jonah Raskin : Stormy Weather: A Rag Blog interview with Bryan Burrough, author of ‘Days of Rage’

China Is Not Worried On What President Obama Will Do Concerning The South China Sea Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *China's Military Isn't Worried About Obama* *Chinese military officials attending a major security conference in Singapore over the weekend made clear that they have no intention of halting their aggressive activities in the South China Sea, and they are confident that U.S. President Barack Obama is not going to be able to stop them.* *At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, several senior officials from the People’s Liberation Army made a rare appearance to mingle with leaders of Asian and Western governments, think tanks and corporations. It was a ra... more »

Wall Street vs Main Street, 1896

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller and JP Morgan helped steal the 1896 presidential election for Wall Street's dedicated servant, Ohio Governor William McKinley. Democrat William Jennings Bryan-- "the Great Commoner"-- was, in many ways, his day's Bernie Sanders. Bryan vowed to put the predatory oligarchs behind bars if he won. 90% of the eligible voters turned out. Industrialists told their workers not to show up for work if Bryan won. Bryan won rural areas, including the entire South and most of the West-- 22 states to McKinley's 23. The History Channel account above, should loo... more »

How the FDA Wages War on People’s Health

WTStaff at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Film - *A film that reveals how the FDA, along with other US organizations, control the food that we eat and undermine our rights to safer and cheaper medications. The post How the FDA Wages War on People’s Health appeared first on Waking Times.

Musical Interlude: Traveling Wilburys, "Handle Me With Care"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Traveling Wilburys, "Handle Me With Care" - https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8s9dmuAKvU&index=2&list=PLXMCxWuyKjSHR0dmljP6JHARobLCtw1xn

Game of Thrones

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
Is there a more unlikely hit of the 21st century? And the hits go on and one, but mostly to the books where the story has been adapted in straightforward ways. TV will likely deuterium the book outcome, thats a new adaptation. I like this cur throat view. Nuance is lost upon even the most discriminating viewer.

President Obama Warns China That Their Actions In The South China Sea Are 'Counter-Productive'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Obama: land reclamation projects in South China Sea 'counterproductive'* *WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea are unproductive and called for an end to aggressive action in the region."We think that land reclamation, aggressive actions by any party in that area are counterproductive," Obama said in a town-hall discussion at the White House with a group of young leaders from southeast Asian nations."China is going to be successful. It's big, it's powerful, its people are talented and they... more »

President Obama: A U.S. Military Strike Will Not End Iran's Nuclear Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Obama delivers remarks at the Adas Israel Congregation synagogue in Washington. Reuters *CNN*: *Obama: U.S. military strike won't end Iran's nuclear program* *Washington (CNN)Conducting a military strike on Iran would stall the country's nuclear program but ultimately wouldn't stop Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with an Israeli television station.* *Obama and his administration have one month to finalize a deal with Tehran to curb its nuclear activity. Critics of the agreement, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah... more »

Elaine J. Cohen : METRO | The heartbreak of children behind bars

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
The children we have come to know during our regular visits to detention centers have now spent an enormous part of their short lives behind walls. By Elaine J. Cohen | The Rag Blog | May 30, 2015 This is … finish reading Elaine J. Cohen : *METRO* | The heartbreak of children behind bars

When Will Climate Scientists Say They Were Wrong?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Guest post by Patrick J. Michaels Day after day, year after year, the hole that climate scientists have buried themselves in gets deeper and deeper. The longer that they wait to admit their overheated forecasts were wrong, the more they are going to harm all of science. The story is told in a simple graph, the same one that University of Alabama’s John Christy presented to the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15. [image: image] The picture shows the remarkable 'disconnect' between predicted global warming and the real world. The red line is the 5-year running average tempe... more »

Chicago on the brink of another Stanley Cup

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
I do not believe in luck. I believe in random chance but luck as most understand it is being in a place to accept an opportunity. Chicago has done that and more and must now be considered the template to win the cup. You have to tank, you have to get at least one player who can score all the time when the world is upside down and the rest of the team can not bring that keel rightside. In the case of Chicago they have two players like that, thats a fact. They have a brilliant one and two on D that make up for the rest who are good to ok. Goal is a weakness in a Carey Price universe b... more »

Visible Emissions Lower Today

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
However, the sunrise was amazingly pink yesterday, as documented by this screenshots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ytl1kke0f1thwyz/May%2031%202015%20Pink%20Sky%20Over%20Daiichi%20Futaba%20Cam.pdf?dl=0 I missed the sunrise today but the view now looks a bit pink on both TEPCO cams:

Musical Interlude: Traveling Wilburys, "End Of The Line"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Traveling Wilburys, "End Of The Line" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf_dQk9iaSY

Ukraine News Updates -- June 1, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
A fighter with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Army sits atop a tank at a checkpoint along a road from the town of Vuhlehirsk to Debaltseve in Ukraine, in this picture taken February 18, 2015. Reuters/Baz Ratner *Reuters*: *U.N. finds growing signs of Russian involvement in Ukraine war* *A separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine is revealing increasing evidence, but not yet conclusive legal proof, of Russian state involvement, senior United Nations human rights officials said on Monday.* *"We are speaking about increasing inflow of (unofficial) fighters and... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 1, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photograph: Reuters *Steve Tsang, The Guardian:* *China cares little for other countries’ territorial claims * *Beijing’s actions in building man-made islands in the South China Sea are motivated by a desire to impose its sovereignty * *Under the leadership of the Communist party, China is building what an American admiral, Harry Harris, calls a “great wall of sand” in the strategically important waterways of the South China Sea.* *The Chinese are dredging the sea b... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Globular star cluster 47 Tucanae is a jewel of the southern sky. Also known as NGC 104, it roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy along with around 200 other globular star clusters. The second brightest globular cluster (after Omega Centauri) as seen from planet Earth, it lies about 13,000 light-years away and can be spotted naked-eye near the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in the constellation of the Toucan. *Click image for larger size.* Of course, the SMC is some 210,000 light-years distant, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way and not physically close to 47 Tuc. Stars on the outski...more »

Paulo Coelho, "The Good Fight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Good Fight"* by Paulo Coelho "In 1986, I went for the first and only time on the pilgrimage known as the Way to Santiago, an experience I described in my first book. We had just finished walking up a small hill, a village appeared on the horizon, and it was then that my guide, whom I shall call Petrus (although that was not his name), said to me: "We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Many times in our lives we see our dreams shattered and our desires frustrated, but we have to continue dreaming. If we don’t, o... more »

Chet Raymo, “Dewy-eyed”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Dewy-eyed”* by Chet Raymo “I believe I have mentioned before that many years ago, before I started writing for the Boston Globe, I had a column in the college newspaper called "Under a Skeptical Star." The phrase came from a line of the Scots poet/scholar William MacNeile Dixon: "If there be a skeptical star I was born under it, yet I have lived all my days in complete astonishment." That was nearly half-a-century ago. I'm still astonished. Easily astonished. I don't require magnificent vistas, frozen waterfalls, spectacular sunsets. I don't need the Red Sea parted or Lazarus rai... more »

The DCCC Vision Of The Democratic Party: Socially Liberal/Fiscally Conservative

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Florida New Dems Gwen Graham and Patrick Murphy-- pro-gay/pro-Choice/pro-corporate/pro-Wall Street Last week, writing for *Raw Story*, Greta Christina, exposed the fallacy of social liberals/fiscal conservatives. The entire premise of the vile, contemptible New Dems is based on this bit of delusion. The New Dems are a Wall Street-funded operation whose members tend to be pro-Choice and fine with gay weddings but who want to kick poor people off Social Security and Medicare, allow for job-killing trade policies, and devastate the environment in the name of Big Business' love of "free ... more »

"If You Caught A Glimpse..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"If you caught a glimpse of your own death, would that knowledge change the way you live the rest of your life?" - Paco Ahlgren, "Discipline"

"Centering Ourselves: Gathering Our Straying Thoughts"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Centering Ourselves: **Gathering Our Straying Thoughts"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "All too often our lives can be spread too thin and it becomes important to gather our thoughts and center ourselves to become whole again. When our thoughts are scattered in several directions at once and we are no longer conscious of what we are doing or why, it is time to center ourselves. When we center ourselves, we begin by acknowledging that we have become spread too thin and we are no longer unified inside. Our thoughts might be out of sync with our feelings, and our actions may be out ... more »

"A Logical Explanation..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"There is a logical explanation for everything, often mistaken for the reason it happened." - Robert Brault

What the hell is a "social bond"?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
A bond is a debt instrument. An IOU. Companies issue bonds to fund long-term plans that bond-buyers can get behind. The bonds usually have a pre-determined life span, are paid back at maturity out of the profits of the project, and interest is paid for out of the company's cash flow. Company bonds are an IOU based on the company's ability or otherwise to make profits. That's a bond. They've been around for centuries. Seeing a chance for free money, governments quickly jumped in. Governments issue bonds when they spend more than they tax. Interest on government bonds is taken out of... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Teddington, Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"All Those Things..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's all those things we *know* that just ain't so.” - Will Rogers

“A Dying Civilization: The Moral Order”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
* “A Dying Civilization: The Moral Order”* by Morris Berman “The notion that there was a way of life characteristic of modern (or industrial) societies that was qualitatively different from the way of life found in pre-modern (or folk) societies goes back, at least, to the German sociologist Max Weber. Modern societies, said Weber, are governed by bureaucracies; the dominant ethos is one of “rationalization,” whereby everything is mechanized, administered according to the dictates of scientific reason. Weber famously compared this situation to that of an “iron cage”: there was no w... more »

The Economy: "America’s Baby Boomers Have Gone to the Dark Side"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"America’s Baby Boomers Have Gone to the Dark Side"* by Bill Bonner “Bill, you admit that you are often wrong… or ‘early’…” begins a sympathetic letter from a dear reader, “so what makes you any different from all the other economists on Wall Street?” Good question. We’ll work our way around to an answer. But first, we will remind readers that our opinion – unchanged from the bottom of the crisis in 2009 to today – has been not only that the economy was not recovering, but also that it couldn’t recover – not as long as the feds were on the case. Today, we have more evidence… *A ... more »

#10YearsAgo : Planners Still Hate Suburbs

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Somebody reminded me over the weekend that I've now been blogging for over ten years now -- which is sort of sad, and also sort of an achievement. The strange thing in all that time is that while names and faces change, the arguments are often the same old arguments. Consider this post from out of the archives, from this day ten years ago ... *East Germany in East Auckland* Back in the twenties when the villas and bungalows that many Aucklanders still love so much were being flung up across Auckland, and town planning and zoning regulations were still just a twinkle in a busybody's ... more »

Japanese epidemiology puts another hole in the lipid hypothesis

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 6 hours ago
Everyone is reading this masterful analysis (PDF) of the lipid hypothesis from Japan, a country where it doesn't even *seem* true, which hasn't stopped the Japanese authorities from recommending cholesterol limits. The whole thing is worth reading, and sections of it are particularly congruent with the reverse lipid hypothesis of hepatology - that saturated fat protects the liver. That this reversal comes from Japan is particularly interesting, because Japan is the poster boy of the lipid hypothesis - low intake of saturated fat (2.2%E in the Seven Countries Study), low CHD... more »

The Political Economy of Scapegoating

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Immigration and benefits. Immigration and benefits. Immigration and benefits. I can barely remember a time when these weren't commanding headlines or the imaginations of politicians. One might say that this is no surprise, seeing as they are both hot button issues for the public - though it might be said these issues are fabricated and amplified by those with vested interests to do so. Left critics of this kind of pernicious scaremongering rightly call it out for what it is: the politics of divide and rule. I've done it myself. That, however, is as far as it goes. Too often the dee... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

World News Briefs -- June 1, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*AFP*: *Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi to Outline Plan for Retaking Ramadi: US Official* *Washington: Iraq's plan to recapture the western city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadists will dominate a meeting Tuesday in Paris of foreign ministers from the international coalition fighting the group, a senior US official said.In the wake of the stunning defeat in Ramadi this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will outline how his government intends to retake it and what coalition partners can do to help, a senior State Department official told reporters.* *MIDDLE EAST* Obama: N... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- June 1, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.N. diplomat pushes to hold Yemen talks, Arab air strikes pound Houthis* *SANAA (Reuters) - Efforts to coax Yemen's warring factions into talks have made some progress, officials said on Monday, as warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition mounted more air strikes on the country's dominant Houthi militia.* *An Arab alliance has been bombing the Houthis since March 26 in a bid to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. The Sunni Muslim states regard the Houthis as a threat to the stability of Yemen, which flanks the world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia.*... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
The Germanwings Disaster as NATO Sphere of Influence Terror from Spike EP on Vimeo. *Never question Bruce Dickenson.*

Organic Hierarchy and Dark Side Deception

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Julian Rose* - Human evolution should be based on high wisdom from divine teachers. The post Organic Hierarchy and Dark Side Deception appeared first on Waking Times.

June 1: Well, it's after 1:30 p.m.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
...and I still don't have my morning paper. Boy, talk about leaving it to big business get things done efficiently. I haven't seen a morning paper before 11 a.m. since some time around Christmas. So while waiting, let's take a look at a story that might seem trivial. But it isn't. Anyway, we'll start with a story everybody is carrying, I should hope. So it might even make the Irving press. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/muslim-woman-denied-unopened-diet-coke-plane-article-1.2241678 Yes, I can see it now - a wild, Muslim woman terrifying airline passengers by running dow... more »

Fighting to Save Nature and Culture

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
*35,000 citizens **recently rallied on Okinawa opposing US military bases* *At Oura Bay in Henoko the US Marines are building a new airbase with a runway that will extend out over the bay destroying endangered sea life* The right-wing newspaper, *Washington Times*, ran a piece on Monday entitled "The other side to the Okinawa story: The 'All Okinawa' opposition to US military presence [occupation] is a leftist ruse". The hit piece was written by Robert Eldridge (former political affairs and public diplomacy officer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific on Okinawa). He wrote about the cu... more »

Scorched Earth

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 8 hours ago
Salton Sea, California All following images are from the book: *Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot* (*OVER*) because climate is only one symptom of the EndoceneThis week I had a discussion via email with Guy McPherson about tropospheric ozone, how it directly harms trees, and why that exacerbates climate change in a reinforcing loop. After I provided him the substantiation he requested, this led to inclusion on his epic list of amplifying feedbacks. The damage to forests from ozone is now listed as Number Four under the heading, Climate-Change Summary and Update, a lin... more »

The Words of Leopold Kohr

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
“Wherever something is wrong, something is too big. If the stars in the sky or the atoms of uranium disintegrate in spontaneous explosion, it is not because their substance has lost its balance. It is because matter has attempted to expand beyond the impassable barriers set to every accumulation. Their mass has become too big. If the human body becomes diseased, it is, as in cancer, because a cell, or a group of cells, has begun to outgrow its allotted narrow limits. And if the body of a people becomes diseased with the fever of aggression, brutality, collectivism, or massive id... more »

Peter's Principle: Why Overton's Window Needs Some Windex

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 8 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *T*he whole idea of an opinion editorial, or op-ed, is to give an opinion. And, as wags like to say with wearisome frequency, opinions are like assholes- Everyone's got one. My style of journalism is akin to that of the late, great Hunter S. Thompson: Rather than be a source of news, I offer commentary and views that aren't shared by the virtually worthless, corporately-owned mainstream media that's always fearful of alienating shareholders and corporate ownership and falling stock prices, viewership shares and circulation... more »

Inequality "is an inherent feature of the market economy."

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*By Ludwig Von Mises* [This article is excerpted from chapter 35 of *Human Action, *on ‘The Welfare Principle Versus the Market Principle.’ Robert Murphy has written a chapter-by-chapter study guide for *Human Action*, available in PDF and epub. This chapter follows "The Economics of War" and is followed by "The Crisis of Interventionism."] ------------------------------ The inequality of incomes and wealth is an inherent feature of the market economy. Its elimination would entirely destroy the market economy. What those people who ask for equality have in mind is always an increase... more »


noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 9 hours ago
The last time I saw the _Be Good Tanyas_ at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Frazey Ford seemed frazzled. In the patter between songs, one guessed that she was the jam in a PBJ sandwich that was disintegrating slowly but surely. The performance started late, there was an oblique reference to one of the band members who had "forgotten" their instrument in the last city where they played. Now she's on her own. In beauty and joy. *"And I'm sorry that you don't like your life **But I fought for my own victories **And for the beauty in my life **And my joy, my joy, my joy takes nothing from ... more »

Supplemental: Is the Times waging total war?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015Who will warn the public:* Deborah Sontag’s front-page report from last Saturday’s New York Times strikes us as journalistically clownish. For background, see this morning’s report. Sontag’s attempt to generate scandal of a preconceived shape seems especially transparent. It’s hard to see what’s supposed to be wrong with the transaction she described in her lengthy report. But she seemed to work especially hard to make her story fit a pre-existing narrative about the greedy You Know Who’s and their “distasteful” behavior. Bill Clinton engaged in a “quid pro q... more »

Medicinal Properties and Uses of Avocado

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Meme - *The list of medicinal uses of avocado continues to grow, with both the fruit and the leaf offering many health benefits. The post Medicinal Properties and Uses of Avocado appeared first on Waking Times.

Who Has The Will To Fight For Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*New York Times editorial:* *Who’s Willing to Fight for Iraq?* *Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s recent assessment of Iraqi security forces was impolitic and true, and rarely voiced by senior officials. After the devastating loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State in May, he told CNN that while Iraqi troops vastly outnumbered the brutal extremists, they “just showed no will to fight.”* *Mr. Carter’s stark judgment once again raises the question of how long the United States should continue arming and training Iraqis and dropping bombs on targets related to the Isla... more »

Islamic State's Growing Use Of Child Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A still of an Isis video called "Al-Farouq Institute for Cubs" claiming to show a children's terror training camp *The Independent*: *Isis kidnaps up to 500 children in Iraq 'to use as suicide bombers and child soldiers' * *Up to 500 children reportedly kidnapped by Isis in Iraq could be used as suicide bombers and child soldiers, officials have claimed.* *They were taken to territory held by the so-called Islamic State in two provinces, possibly for training at the group’s camps for youngsters it dubs “cubs of the Caliphate”.* *Farhan Mohammed, from Anbar’s provincial council, sa... more »

Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett's Coelbren Alphabet translations of Ancient Etruscan/Pelaegian inscriptions into Welsh then English

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 9 hours ago
the original Coelbren cipher...I'm totally fished in, and I hate it. I've now read/watched enough Bronze Age Britain research from Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett's concerning their ideas about the Albyne invasion (1500 BC) the Trojan invasion (500 BC). I've heard tell of Caesar confronted in 50 BC by dark-skinned curly-haired Welshmen. I've read of the re-discovered timeline of the Welsh kings including Arthur I (350 AD) & Arthur II (550 AD) and the comet that was said to have scorched Britain about this time allowing the Anglo-Saxons to move in unhindered. I've even endured the fan... more »

Islamic State Launches Attacks Throughout Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC: **Iraq: Islamic State bomb attack 'kills 45 police officers'* *At least 45 Iraqi police officers have been killed in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar province, security officials say.* *Suicide bombers rammed three vehicles packed with explosives into a base in the Tharthar area, on a road connecting the cities of Falluja and Samarra.* *Several high-ranking officers were among the casualties, one source said.* *Anbar has been the scene of fierce fighting between pro-government forces and IS militants in recent weeks.* *A volunteer force of mostly Iranian-b... more »

Islamic State Begins To Demolish The Ancient City Of Palmyra

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Photo:* The ‘god lion’ statue allegedly destroyed by Isis – Wikipedia *Global Research:* *Syria: ISIS Palmyra Demolition has begun with Ancient God Lion Statue destroyed* *When Islamic State (Isis) took over Palmyra last week, the jihadists assured the world they were not going to destroy the ancient city’s treasure trove of ruins and artefacts.* *According to the Palmyra Media Centre, “IS militants promised the citizens during a talk that they won’t offend the ancient city [sic]“. This claim has been repeated in interviews with several media outlets.* *However, it seems the stra... more »

6,600 Killed In Syria This Past Month

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Gulf News/AFP:* *May deadliest month of 2015 in Syria* *6,657 people killed throughout the country including 1,285 civilians* *May was the bloodiest month so far this year in Syria, with at least 6,657 people killed throughout the war-ravaged country, a monitor said Monday.* *According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the toll includes at least 1,285 civilians, more than half of whom were killed in regime air raids.* *The UN’s Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura condemned government aerial bombardment of civilian areas over the weekend, calling it “totally unacceptab... more »

Kiev Continues to Break Ceasefire Killing Innocents

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
The fascist junta in Kiev, Ukraine continues to shell innocent civilian villages from a safe distance. Provided with drones and other military equipment by the US-NATO the puppets in Kiev keep violating the Minsk-2 ceasefire as instructed by their western masters. The goal? Destabilize the border region by Russia and create the incidents that over time force Moscow to directly enter the war that US-NATO is directing against the people of eastern Ukraine. You won't find this story on FOX, CNN or MSNBC because it would expose the complicity of the Democrats and Republicans in Wash... more »

Islamic State Continues To Advance In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Islamic State Advances Further Into Syria’s Aleppo Province* *The militants are just 7 miles from main highway connecting Aleppo to Turkish border * *BEIRUT—Fierce battles raged between Islamic State and rebel fighters in Syria’s Aleppo province on Monday, the day after the militant group seized villages close to the Turkish border and came within miles of the main highway connecting Syria’s largest city to Turkey.* *Fighting sprawled along a 35-mile front line as rebels worked to stop the advance of the extremist militant group, which is now just 7 miles ... more »

Have We Passed the Tipping Point for Extreme Weather? Yes.

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Passing a "tipping point." It isn't over, yet. But it is.* *by Gaius Publius* The concept of "tipping point" — a change beyond which there's no turning back — comes up a lot in climate discussions. An obvious tipping point involves polar ice. If the earth keeps warming — both in the atmosphere and in the ocean — at some point a full and permanent melt of Arctic and Antarctic ice is inevitable. Permanent ice first started forming in the Antarctic about 35 million years ago, thanks to global cooling which crossed a tipping point for ice formation. That's not very long ago. During t... more »

Letter to Okinawan Governor

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
May 27, 2015 The Honorable Takeshi Onaga Governor of Okinawa Prefecture Ryukyu Islands, Japan Dear Governor Onaga: Veterans For Peace was founded to help end war. We have lived directly with the experience of U.S. empire and our members have served in war and been stationed on bases around the world. Many of our members have served on, or flown to, U.S. bases on Okinawa over the years. We are deeply concerned about, and oppose construction of, a new U.S. military base within Okinawa. We stand in total solidarity with the people of Okinawa in their long struggle for peace, digni... more »

Letter to Okinawan Governor

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
May 27, 2015 The Honorable Takeshi Onaga Governor of Okinawa Prefecture Ryukyu Islands, Japan Dear Governor Onaga: Veterans For Peace was founded to help end war. We have lived directly with the experience of U.S. empire and our members have served in war and been stationed on bases around the world. Many of our members have served on, or flown to, U.S. bases on Okinawa over the years. We are deeply concerned about, and oppose construction of, a new U.S. military base within Okinawa. We stand in total solidarity with the people of Okinawa in their long struggle for peace, dignit... more »

Is Russia About To Abandon Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front takes down a picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern city of Ariha, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area in Idlib province on May 29, 2015. Reuters/Ammar Abdullah *IBTimes*: *Assad’s Army May Be Losing Its Biggest Backers: Russia And Iran* *Members of the Syrian opposition said Sunday as many as 100 Russian advisers have left the country, sending a worrying signal to President Bashar Assad: One of his top financial and military backers in the 4-year-old civil war may be backing out, leaving the teetering S... more »

Satire: "N.S.A. Compensates for Loss of Surveillance Powers by Logging on to Facebook"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"N.S.A. Compensates for Loss of Surveillance * *Powers by Logging on to Facebook"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "The National Security Agency is compensating for the expiration of its power to collect the American people’s personal information by logging on to Facebook, the agency confirmed on Monday. The director of the N.S.A., Admiral Michael S. Rogers, said that when parts of the Patriot Act expired at midnight on Sunday, intelligence analysts immediately stopped collecting mountains of phone metadata and started reading billions of Facebook updates instead... more »

Europes Top Oil Producers Call for Carbon Pricing- Completely Unsurprising

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*Reuters* *Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions*, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a U.N. deal to fight climate change. *You can't fight 'climate change' The climate always changes. The planet has it's own ideas about climate change. Always has. Always will. The rebrand of Anthropogenic (man made/caused) global warming was necessitated when the so called authorities claims/blame of AGW failed to materialize. * T*he chief executives of BG Group, BP, Eni , Royal Dutch Shell, S... more »

World News Briefs -- June 1, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*VOA*: *US Spy Agency Collection of Telephone Data Halted * *The massive collection of telephone data by the clandestine U.S. National Security Agency to thwart terrorist attacks has been halted in a Washington legislative standoff, but a reformed version of the surveillance could be renewed in the coming days.* *The spy agency lost the legal authority to collect telephone records Sunday at midnight when the U.S. Senate failed to agree on an extension of several provisions put in place following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.* *MIDDLE EAST* Iraqi soldiers die* in att... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 1, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Defense News:* *Tensions High as Russia Responds to Exercise* *HELSINKI — Russia's decision to conduct unscheduled large-scale maneuvers in response to the Norway-led Arctic Challenge exercises in the High North has added fuel to geo-political tensions in the region.* *Arctic Challenge participants from within NATO and the non-aligned Nordic countries view the Kremlin's response as a demonstration of Russia's military strength in the region and its unease over the deepening defense partnerships between NATO and neutral Finland and Sweden.* *Military And Intelligence News Briefs ...more »

Poll: U.S., Allies Losing Fight Against Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters) *Washington Times:* *Nearly two-thirds of voters say U.S., allies losing fight against Islamic State* *More than 60 percent of U.S. voters say America and its allies are losing the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group and the U.S. is doing too much around the world, according to a new survey.Sixty-four percent of U.S. voters say America and its allies are losing the fight against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, compared to 17 percent who... more »

Turkey Wants To Build An Amphibious Assault Helicopter Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
America's mini-aircraft carrier, the USS America (LHA-6). Photo source: U.S. Navy. *The Motley Fool: **You'll Never Guess Who's Building an Aircraft Carrier Now (Seriously... Try)* *All of a sudden, aircraft carriers are back in fashion.* *Over in Russia, they're drawing up plans to build the world's biggest aircraft carrier, a 100,000-ton beast that can carry 100 combat aircraft. China's building one, two, or maybe even four aircraft carriers. And here in the United States, we're busy building our second ­Ford-class supercarrier.* *Around the world and across the seas, aircraf... more »

Messengers of Deception

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
Steven Spielberg and the Messengers of Deception from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"I figured that during the war, some new kinds of aircraft had been developed, and that this was one of them.* ******* *During this discussion six military officers who were sitting at another table listened intently to all points brought up. * *Then one of them spoke up and said, ‘It is not as fantastic as it sounds. We know something about this.’ * *I immediately asked what knowledge they had, but they would not reveal it. * *Yet they assured us all that the ship we had seen and were discussing was no... more »

Step Into the Role – An Esoteric Invitation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - We’re at an amazing and empowering juncture in humanity’s history. The post Step Into the Role – An Esoteric Invitation appeared first on Waking Times.

What are YOU going to do about it?I

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Reporter in Eastern Ukraine shows destruction of US supported NAZIS* Reporter shows the destruction done to one home in eastern Ukraine where a young family lived. The father was killed in the early morning targeted bombing. Wife was severely injured, losing an arm. Daughter killed, Son injured...two week old baby with mother in hospital. Home destroyed. Reporter accuses the United States government of the murder executed by its NAZI proxy army in Ukraine. Then the reporter asks *What are You going to Do about It? *I'm not going to "take to the streets" like the reporter suggest... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada Did the Crime. Now Do the Time'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
CANADA DID THE CRIME. NOW DO THE TIME. Posted on June 1, 2015  Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. June 1, 2015. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a white wash of the ongwe’hon:weh genocide. TRC is trying to help the perpetrators and those who benefited from genocide to reconcile with its victims! No, it’ going to be reconciliation according to us! We have

Can Progressives Stop TPP Fast Track Authorization In The House? Grayson Says We Can If We Work Together

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
In recent days, you've probably heard the barrage of lies Wall Street's Chuck Schumer has manufactured in his vicious and bitter campaign against Alan Grayson's run for the open Florida Senate seat. Grayson is basically ignoring Schumer and the DSCC and going about his work on behalf of his Florida constituents. He has, for example, been leading the battle in the House to stop TPP Fast Track Authority. And today, he sent a pretty bold letter to his supporters on behalf of that battle: Under the First Amendment, you have the right to petition your government to redress your grievan... more »

Churchill in the 1950s : Guyana

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*"I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire. ...* *I am proud to be a member of that vast commonwealth and society of nations and communities gathered in and around the ancient British monarchy, without which the good cause might well have perished from the face of the earth. * *Here we are, and here we stand, a veritable rock of salvation in this drifting world...." * *-**Winston Churchill, 1942* *‘We ought surely to get American support in doing all that we can to break the Communist teeth in British Guiana* *Pe... more »

Iran's Top Qods Force Military Commander Is In Iraq's Anbar Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani (center, with black hat) posing for a picture in Anbar province, Iraq. *Long War Journal*: *Qods Force commander Soleimani reportedly spotted in Anbar province* *Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Im... more »

The Safety and Benefits of Cannabis are Widely Supported by Research

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - Promenant physician's are changing their stance on medical marijuana. The post The Safety and Benefits of Cannabis are Widely Supported by Research appeared first on Waking Times.

Senior U.S. Officials Are Now Admitting That The U.S. Will Not Be Able To Defeat The Islamic State On The Ground

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times:* *Why a Military Victory Over ISIS Is Wishful Thinking* *Senior administration officials have now issued two warnings over the past week that the war against ISIS is going badly and that President Obama’s initial vow to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the murderous jihadist forces in Iraq and Syria may just be a pipe dream.* *First Defense Secretary Ashton Carter publicly berated Iraqi troops for lacking the “will to fight” ISIS and for retreating from a showdown in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province where scores of U.S. troops gave their live... more »

Key Surveillance Provisions Of The U.S. Patriot Act Have Expired

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Senate to Take Up Spy Bill as Parts of Patriot Act Expire* *WASHINGTON — The Senate will reconvene at midday on Monday to consider changes to a House bill that would curtail the government’s authority to sweep up vast quantities of telephone records after the program, which began after the 2001 terrorist attacks, expired at 12:01 a.m.* *Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, blocked an extension of it during an extraordinary and at times caustic Sunday session of the Senate.* *Hamstrung by procedural rules that require the consent of all lawmakers, the Sena... more »

The Manipulative Media Techniques that Restrict Spiritual Freedom

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*David Gardner* - These techniques are used to manipulate the masses. The post The Manipulative Media Techniques that Restrict Spiritual Freedom appeared first on Waking Times.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia Has Right To Deploy Nuclear Arms On Its Soil, Including Crimea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Islander E anti-aircraft missile complex (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov) *RT*: *Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia has right to place nuclear arms on its soil, including Crimea* *Russia has the right to house nuclear weapons on its territory, if it deems this move to be necessary, while this also includes the option of stationing them in Crimea, a statement from the Foreign Ministry read.* *“Russia obviously retains the right, if needed, to deploy its nuclear weapons anywhere on its national territory, including on the Crimean Peninsula,” the Director of the Department for Non-Proli... more »

Iraq PM: Iraq Army Lost 2,300 Humvees In Mosul Alone To The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Yep, a whole truckload of #Iraq army Hummers captured by ISIS and on their way to #Syria: pic.twitter.com/BLqcbhnL52 — Aymenn J Al-Tamimi (@ajaltamimi) June 13, 2014 *Washington Times:* *Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi Says Forces Lost 2,300 Humvees to ISIS* *Iraq's security forces lost around 2,300 Humvees to ISIS when they retreated from Mosul last year, according to the country's prime minister.* *The United States has supplied Iraq with hundreds of millions of dollars in military hardware, including Humvees, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently claimed the country's forces "ju... more »

Hillary the Heroin Heroine

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
The first subtle clue that Hillary Clinton may be taking Bernie Sanders seriously after all is her sudden discovery that there is a huge heroin and meth problem in rural America. She is reportedly so rattled and shocked to learn that everyday desperate Americans have taken to self-medicating with cheap narcotics and stimulants that she is making the fight against drug addiction one of the cornerstones of her campaign. Sanders, whose increasing popularity across rural, suburban and urban America is finally being grudgingly acknowledged by even the corporate media, is the junior senat...more »

Fight For Iraq’s Anbar And Salahaddin, 4th Week of May 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
--> For the fourth week of May 2015 the Islamic State (IS) and government forces were fighting for control of Anbar and Salahaddin province. The week before IS swept into Ramadi after struggling to take the Anbar provincial capital for seventeen months. The Hashd al-Shaabi announced a joint campaign to clear out both that governorate and Salahaddin. The attention on Anbar and Salahaddin led to another week where there were very few attacks reported in the media. From May 22-28 there were only 109 incidents, the fewest in the last seventeen months. Baghdad had the most incidents w...more »

Quantum Computing

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago

Why We Need to End Mountaintop Removal Now

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Appalchian Voices* - An award winning videographer uses drones to capture the shocking reality of mountaintop removal coal mining. The post Why We Need to End Mountaintop Removal Now appeared first on Waking Times.

Back to C-51

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
At this rate, will I ever get through these hearings??? It doesn't matter. *Ms. Roxanne James: * I find it interesting that we keep talking about the Privacy Commissioner not being invited to committee. In fact, the NDP did not even put him on their witness list. I just wanted to— *Mr. Randall Garrison: * He's not a witness; he's an officer of Parliament. *Ms. Roxanne James: * Well, we all put forward witnesses, Mr. Chair, and he was not one of them put forward by the opposition. Ahem. I've tried to look up the rules and procedures for witness lists before committees an... more »

THE SMELL OF TOTAL WAR: Distasteful conduct by You Know Who!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015Part 1—New York Times at war:* For ourselves, we don’t especially like the smell of total war in the morning. We found it hard to miss that smell in Saturday’s New York Times. The famous paper was at it again, this time with a 2200-word, front-page report about the venality of You Know Who and her “distasteful” husband. Deborah Sontag’s front-page “news report” had everything such “journalists” seem to enjoy. It had a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, whose list of past boyfriends was explored. Beyond that, the luscious model was repeatedly winged for...more »

Election 11, Dr. Doy Romero on Binay, Roxas and Grace Poe

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
The Presidential and national + local elections in the Philippines are just 11 months away. I am reposting below a commentary, a good analysis, from a political scientist who does real political science analysis and shares his frank ideas in facebook and social media, *Dr. Segundo "Doy" Romero.* He was my former teacher in Pol. Science 14 (PH politics and government) in UP Diliman, sometime in 1983 or 84. Copy-pasting with zero alteration, from his raw and informal posting in his fb wall the other day. The photos I got from the web and adding them here. ---------- 1. On VP Jojo Bi... more »

Italian premier's party heading to victory in 5 of 7 regions

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
* I'm not going to get into Italian Politics as its very complex and I am not yet skilled enough even in the language to even being to understand it. I will confine my observation of politics to my native land, the USA. But I thought the shift in politics here to being anti-EU, anti-Brussels interesting... Also thought the flower of life logo in the Lega Nord poster behind Matteo Salvini interesting... not sure of the history of that. -AK* http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20150601/eu-italy-regional-elections/ *Italian premier's party heading to victory in 5 of 7 regions*... more »

The U.S. Plan To Combat The Islamic State In Syria Is Falling Apart

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an anti-tank missile Photo: Reuters *Michael Weiss, Daily Beast:* *Exclusive: Key Rebels Ready to Quit U.S. Fight Vs. ISIS* *They were ready to accept American guns and training. But a key rebel group can’t accept the Obama administration’s insistence that they lay off Syria’s dictator.* *A centerpiece of the U.S. war plan against ISIS is in danger of collapsing. A key rebel commander and his men are ready to ready to pull out in frustration of the U.S. program to train a rebel army to beat back the terror group in Syria, The Daily Beast has learn... more »

China To Stage Live-Fire Military Drills Along The Myanmar Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
China said it will hold live-fire military exercises along its tense border with Myanmar, where an ongoing ethnic conflict has spilled across into China. In this photo, rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) gather at a military base in Kokang region, March 11, 2015. Reuters *Deutsche Welle*: *China to hold live-fire drills near Myanmar border* *China's Defense Ministry has said the military will hold live-firing drills near the Myanmar border. The exercise will take place near to where stray bombs from a Myanmar warplane recently killed five Chinese. ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Universities Should Be Unsafe For Political Correctness* The current code word being tossed around to protect political correctness from competition in the marketplace of ideas is "unsafe." "I feel unsafe" has become the argument stopper on many university campuses. Efforts have been made to shut down controversial events or speakers, some of which have succeeded, at MIT, the University of Michigan, Northeastern University, Oxford, Hampshire College, Smith College, and other great universities, on the grounds that students would feel "unsafe." Students must, of course, be and fe... more »

National Security Means Environmental Security

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.wesrch.com/ Stephen Harper has vowed to make national security a central plank is his election platform. But, Chris Wood writes, if we want to ensure our national security, we should be -- first and foremost -- concentrating on our environmental security. Unfortunately, over the last twenty-five years, governments of all stripes have not been focused on the environment: In 1989, Canada was a leader in global climate discussions. But in 1993—the last year of the Progressive Conservative mandate – the Auditor-General pointe... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Some more climate wisdom* *An undated bulletin below which appears to have been issuied last February --from Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist, Oklahoma Climatological Survey -- relying at least in part on the National Weather Service. Continuing drought was predicted but we all know about climate predictions, don't we? This one was no different. Last month Oklahoma had 6-24 inches of rain, with flooding in parts.* Despite moisture from recent wintry weather, drought conditions continue to persist and intensify across Oklahoma. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor rep... more »

Poland Becoming A Rising Military Power?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Emily Cadei, OZY*: *Poland: Military Superpower?* *Don’t look now: A new military power may be rising on the plains of Central Europe. According to data recently released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a leading tracker of global defense spending, Poland’s military outlays last year jumped higher than any other country in Europe bar Ukraine, which is in the midst of a full-blown war. That includes Russia, which is on the other side of that war in Ukraine. In 2015, Poland’s plans for military spending top* *$10 billion.* *This is part and parcel of... more »

Why Did Putin Disappear For 11 Days

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a live broadcast nationwide phone-in in Moscow in this April 17, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Files *Stratfor/Business Insider*: *We still don't know why Putin disappeared for 11 days — but there are clues* *Kremlinology is more art than science. It requires a constant awareness of potentially pivotal events, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin's temporary disappearance this spring, which fueled a great deal of speculation.* *Rumors that Putin is ill have abounded for years, but his absenc... more »

KMTitanic 11: The Captain is no longer aboard

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
[image: IrisMay2015_31] *Drying the pillows in a rare moment of sunshine...* *Father Byles: And God will wipe away the tears from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will be no more pain; the former world has passed away.* I tore my eyes away from Richard Saunder's excellent post on Taiwan's memorial arches to contemplate the colossal wreck of the KMTitanic, around whom a bare and level ocean stretches far away... My day began at 7 am, before my first cup of coffee, when my man Kerslake alerted me to the Apple Daily's poll news. Because I could not stop to tran... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Large sections of New Orleans’ new Corps of Engineers levee system sinking ~Tom Hall* ~Large sections of the $14.5 billion levee system constructed around the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 are sinking and will have to be raised by 2025 in order to keep the areas inside the levees qualified for federal flood insurance, according to a report published May 20 by The Lens, a local investigative journalism outfit. *The poor design of the pre-Katrina levee system, installed piecemeal over the course of many decades, led to their breach in 2005, resulting in catastrophic... more »

The Dark Agenda behind the "Resourced Based Economy" Technocracy and Carbon

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
* James Corbett and Patrick Wood* 24/7 surveillance. Smart grid controls. Carbon rationing. Today we talk to “Technocracy Rising” author Patrick Wood about the hidden history of technocracy, the dark plan for a resource-based economy that is being pushed by the Trilateral Commission, the UN, and other globalist institutions in order to bring about a completely managed, controlled and regulated society. Recall my saying?* "When the technology no longer SERVES us, the technology must be rejected"* Technocracy ensures the technology no longer serves, rather it enslaves us all. This... more »

GMOs - Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: The Silence From The Royal Society Is Deafening

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 19 hours ago
RINF, Countercurrents, Global Research https://twitter.com/colin_todhunter In his recent book ‘Altered Genes,Twisted Truths’, US public interest attorney Steven Druker exposes the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US. Not long after the book’s release, he wrote an open letter to the Royal Society in Britain calling on it to acknowledge and correct the misleading and exaggerated statements that is has used to actively promote GMOs and in effect convey false impressions. Druker cited specific instances where members of ... more »

Japan, France and the United States Conducted A Joint Amphibious Exercise For the 1st Time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Osumi class LST]The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced it has conducted joint amphibious maneuvers with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy last month in the East China Sea. Named Kitsune 2015, the exercise (which was a first for the three navies) involved the Mistral class LHD Dixmude and Lafayette class Frigate Aconit of the French Navy, the Osumi (head of the class) tank landing ship of the JMSDF and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Preble of the US Navy. The first day of Kitsune 2015 (May 16, 2015) was devoted to helicopter flights and t... more »

Azureus Rising - Proof of Concept Teaser Trailer - 2010

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
Yes, this (film) teaser-trailer or (game) Proof of Concept short is from 2010, and it's a corker. With Black Sun's AZUREUS RISING, creator, producer and director David Weinstein has concocted something as magical and memorable as the Final Fantasy VII film Advent Children. Personally, I just love how it 'gets on with it' and the supreme joy for this reporter is the Animation Style of the main character. It's played straight, with delicious finesse. There's no cheesy dialogue or tedious story and the sound effects are right on point; subtle yet illustrative. It's just a gorgeous ... more »

Mexico: Yucatán "Repeater" Has Five UFO Encounters

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 19 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and SIPSEDate: May 29, 2015* *Mexico: Yucatán "Repeater" Has Five UFO Encounters* Jorge Moreno/ SIPSE - MERIDA, Yucatan - Today I am sharing with you the case of Manuel Gonzalez, who had several UFO sightings when he worked for a soda company and had to travel the roads of the country's southeastern region on a daily basis. "The truth is that I've always been skeptical. I've never seen anything involving ghosts, but I can surely tell you that I've seen UFOs. I'm currently retired, but for over 30 years I drove the roads of Yucatan and Quintana Roo and Tabas... more »

Join me Tonight: For The Love Of Learning

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 20 hours ago
Three months ago I was honored when Laine, from "For the Love of Learning" asked me to be on her show to discuss 2E kids. 2E kids are Twice Exceptional children who are those most often that are left behind in main stream and even alternative schooling. These are children that are "disabled" and yet also exceptionally gifted. In a world where the education system endeavors to push every child through the same cookie cutter model, so many truly amazing and exceptional children are left floundering in the storm because they are just not cookie cutter material. They think outs... more »

Call for Heave Steve! National Campaign

Alison at Creekside - 20 hours ago
Damn good tune. Yeah, it came out two months ago - keep posting it till everyone knows the words. Then we need to pick a day for a national sing-along - I suggest the day the writ drops - with people right across Canada posting themselves with their own *Heave Steve *signs - just like the folks in the vid - to some central site for possible re-mix including everyone if Lon Borgerson agrees to it. Cross-party participation. So who's up for organizing this? Lon Borgerson, NDP candidate for Prince Albert, and friends... 26,830 views, coming up on 500 "likes". Well, the ship of sta... more »

US surveillance powers expire as Senate deal fails - BBC News are conflicted as to how to report this

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This news causes the BBC problems. First they oppose this sort of surveillance but the policy is one of their hero, the Obama messiah, himself. Second the opponents who stopped this in the US Senate are mostly Republicans. Read the article and enjoy the sound of BBC squirming. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32955048

Five Most Read Posts in May

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 21 hours ago
The most popular posts last month were: 1. Far Left UK General Election 2015 Results 2. Dear Liz Kendall 3. Fear, Loathing, and the UK General Election 4. If David Miliband Had Won ... 5. The Worst Election Result Ever I noted last month was the best ever since Google Analytics had started tracking page views for this site. No longer. April's crown was snatched by a measly few hundred votes, making May the all-time most popular thingy. So many thanks for tuning in. Far left election results are always good for click bait, but running it close was my open letter to Liz Kendall, whi... more »

Leon Lederman sells his Nobel prize

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Mentions dementia; receives $765,002* Half a year ago, James DNA Watson sold his 1962 Nobel prize to the Russian telecoms tycoon Alisher Usmanov for $4 million (RFE). Usmanov found a creative application for the medal: he donated it back to Watson. ;-) One can't see into Watson's head but it was probably due to a combination of his increased need to get some money; and the decreased prestige that was apparently coming from that most well-deserved biology Nobel prize due to the harassment by the politically correct brownshirts. Now, The Daily Mail and Forward.com etc. tell us that L... more »

Moscow May Deploy Nuclear Arms Anywhere in Russia, Including Crimea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Topol-M (SS-27)]Russia retains its right to deploy if necessary nuclear weapons anywhere on its territory, including on the Crimean Peninsula, Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms control at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said Monday. “Russia obviously retains the right if needed to deploy its nuclear weapons anywhere on its national territory, including on the Crimean Peninsula,” Ulyanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti in regard to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin’s statement during a NATO ministerial meeting in mid-May in An... more »

NATO Chief Says Russia's Nuclear Advances 'Troubling'; Baltic States Mull Joint Air Defence

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Tu-95 Bear-D]NATO has expressed alarm over Russia’s dramatic increase of flights by its nuclear bombers. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Moscow’s nuclear threats have become “deeply troubling and dangerous.” Stoltenberg said Russia’s plans to send nuclear-capable missiles in Kanilingrad and its threat to deploy nuclear forces in Crimea would fundamentally “change the balance of security in Europe.” In a speech during his visit to Washington, the NATO secretary general criticised the behaviour of Russia in the past year. Read more

America Sells Israel 32,100 High-Tech Bombs and Missiles. 3 Guesses Why...

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: USAF F-15E releases GBU-28]What if they held a war and everybody (in the Middle East) came? Lately, that seems to be what we're seeing happen in the Middle East. They've got Houthis running amok in Yemen, with Saudi fighter jets screaming overhead, and Iranian warships trying desperately to get into the mix. Freedom fighters battling Bashar in Syria, and fighting ISIS, besides. More ISIS in Iraq. And even more ISIS in Libya. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile, is... everywhere. And into this mess steps Israel. Read more

Why China’s Air Force Needs Russia's SU-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Su-35 Flanker-E]Last April, Chinese airplane manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation surprised military observers by test flying its new J-11D fighter jet, an upgraded version of the J-11, China’s indigenous copy of the Russian Su-27. The D-model J-11 is believed to include such advanced features as an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a relocated infrared search and track (IRST) system, and the expanded use of composite materials to reduce the plane’s weight and radar signature. This first flight indicates that the J-11D is further along in its develop... more »

India, US set to finalise aircraft carrier technology agreement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: EMALS generator]India and the US are likely to finalise an agreement for the transfer of a vital aircraft technology, when US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter visits New Delhi on Tuesday. The two sides would also be reviewing the progress made on the projects agreed upon during President Barrack Obamas visit to India in January this year, including the proposed co-development and co-production of military technologies. The Defence framework agreement, signed between the countries in 2005, is to come up for renewal, when Mr Carter sit across his Indian counterpart Manohar... more »

Break up the RAF and stop buying British

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Queen Elizabeth class CV]It’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) time again, in which we follow the new custom of making all defence policy shortly after an election without debate – thereby humanely relieving ministers of any need to justify their actions. Things are dire in the Armed Forces. The RAF is down to embarrassingly few operational bombers and has no submarine-hunting planes at all. The Army is yet again stripping itself of soldiers. The Navy is shortly to receive aircraft carriers, but they can carry only vertical-lift jets. We used to have some of tho... more »

NATO Submarine U34 Arrives in Estonia to Support Mission in the Baltic Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: U-34 (S184)]The German submarine U34 has joined the Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) in the Baltic Sea to support NATO operations in the area. The submarine will be operating in the Baltic under operational control of Commander Submarine Forces NATO (COMSUBNATO), Rear Admiral Matt Zirkle (USA N), who travelled to Tallinn to meet with the submarine and its crew, the alliance said it its statement. The U34, commanded by Commander (j.g.) Stephan Pfeiffer (DEU N) will conduct operations in support of SNMG2 in th... more »

Ludicrous Dreaming - Reverse-Transference dreaming - how to dream like a boss

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 23 hours ago
*exactly like this one...*first off, I'm going to invent a phrase LUDICROUS DREAMING; it's like Lucid Dreaming but there's an amazing amount of control = wish fulfilment. The (old term) Lucid Dreaming is where you take control and can affect the narrative or outcome of a dream, like being able to fly for example by thinking about not hitting the ground with your face. The (new term) Ludicrous Dreaming is where you suddenly *decide* (in the dream) that "I am." and that this is how my dream will go. In this morning's particularly vivid and super-lifelike dream, I woke up. I was havin... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( June 1 , 2015 ) Asia Overnight ( China, Vietnam , India , Indonesia , Japan headline news from Asia ) ....... Broader Europe ( Italian Elections Key Non - Greece News , A Novel Cyprus solution using Bailout Fund Write Offs , Ukraine Migrants get cold shoulder from Europe / Debt Restructure Item ) , Greece Updates ( Weekend Round Up On Key Item Touching on Greece Situation )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 23 hours ago
Additional items at blog tweet feed .... Broader Europe and Asia .... *The Daily Star *‏@DailyStarLeb 40s 40 seconds ago Italian premier's Democrats facing loss in key regional race http:// bit.ly/1AEorca The Daily Star [image: Photo published for Italian premier's Democrats facing loss in key regional race] Italian premier's Democrats facing loss in key regional race Premier Matteo Renzi's squabbling Democratic Party appeared headed for a stinging defeat in a key race in voting for governorships in several Italian regions, partial counting of ballots indicated... View on ... more »

Researcher and writer Barbara Myres: "While conducting research for a Pentagon-funded project on refugees, A. Terry Rambo turned up evidence that South Korean troops, functionally serving as America’s mercenaries in Vietnam, had massacred a large number of civilians. That Rambo 'presented the findings' to, he said, 'a whole slew of colonels -- 10 or 12' of them. He thought the American brass would take action. Instead, a U.S. officer instructed him to leave that information out of his report. 'I told [the officer] as a civilian I didn’t feel myself bound by [U.S. military] orders and that I was going to submit a report on it.' Rambo eventually went public with the story."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *The Other Conspirator* *The Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program and the Forgotten Man Who Tried to Expose It* Posted by Barbara Myers at 4:01pm, May 31, 2015. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch The witness reported men being hung by the feet or the thumbs, waterboarded, given electric shocks to the genitals, and suffering from extended solitary confinement in what he said were indescribably inhumane conditions. It’s the sort of description that might have come right out of the executive summary of the Senate torture report released las... more »

Review - Stress-Free Sustainability by Adam Hammes

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Those of us who live green tend to be passionate about the environment. We share what we know, we blog, we want to convert the world because, to us, it just makes sense to live the way we do. The trouble is, not everyone agrees. In fact, there are a fair number of people who don't believe there's any cause for concern. There are others who choose to ignore the warnings because it affects their bottom line. Governments won't take necessary steps to improve conditions and even experts debate whether or not we can make a difference. Green living can be very stressful! [image: Review... more »

Qatar Extends Travel Ban For 'Taliban 5' Who Were Released For Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *Qatar extends travel ban for 'Taliban 5'* *(CNN)Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend a travel ban for the five senior Taliban leaders who have lived there since being released in a prisoner exchange with the United States, a senior U.S. official told CNN.* *The ban will stay in place while discussions between the United States, Qatar and Afghanistan continue for a long-term solution. The Taliban members, who were traded for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, will still not be able to travel and will be subject to monitoring, the official said.* *The prisoner swap happened in May 2014.*... more »

75 Percent Of U.S. Bombing Runs Targeting The Islamic State Have Returned To Base With Their Bombs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. (Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew) *Washington Times*: *U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout* *Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questio... more »

With Default Looming A Sense of Panic And Chaos Is Growing in Greece

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Financial Times*: *Tsipras accuses bailout monitors of making ‘absurd’ demands* *Greece’s chances of striking a deal to access a much-needed €7.2bn in rescue aid looked even bleaker on Sunday after Alexis Tsipras, prime minister, accused bailout monitors of making “absurd” demands and seeking to impose “harsh punishment” on Athens.* *Mr Tsipras’s accusations, made in Le Monde newspaper, came only days after his government claimed an agreement was imminent. They have increased the sense of chaos around negotiations in the week many believe a deal is needed to avoid a Greek defaul... more »

We Todd did

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
I am we Todd did I am Sofa King we Todd did repeat

A Look At What U.S. Nuclear Tests Have Done To The Marshall Islands

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Robert Alvarez, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:* *The Marshall Islands and the NPT* *Tony DeBrum, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) provided a dose of reality to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference recently by asking: “How many in this room have personally witnessed nuclear weapon detonations?” * *On March 1, 1954, a 9-year-old DeBrum was fishing with his grandfather near the Likiep atoll, one of the islands in the Marshalls group. As his grandfather cast his net, there was a sudden intense flash that lit up the... more »

Do They REALLY Think That We Believe Bradley Chelsea Manning Has A TWITTER Account ???

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
Remember whistle-blower Bradley Manning? He passed classified information to whistle-blower Julian Assange and Assange's WIKILEAKS site. He leaked this information because he felt what the military was doing was immoral. Besides documents he leaked, he leaked this video that showed a U.S. Apache helicopter in Baghdad opening fire on a group of individuals that the crew believed to be insurgents. Among the dead were Iraqi children and two journalists: Bradley Manning was incarcerated by the corrupt U.S. government (corrupt military and corrupt judicial branch). He was sentenced t... more »

The Growth Of Medical Marijuana As A Salient Political Issue

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The video above is from a hearing of the Michigan state legislature not the U.S. Congress. And the hearing is about abuse of forfeiture laws, not about medical marijuana itself. On April 30 the House voted on an amendment offered by Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) that was meant to "prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce Veterans Health Administration directive 2011-004 with respect to the prohibition on 'VA providers for completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran's participation in a State marijuana program.'" Yes, medical professional... more »

India Warns That The Islamic State Could Get A Nuclear Weapons From Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Are Not Safe: Former Foreign Minister -- DNA *The Independent:* *Isis could obtain nuclear weapon from Pakistan, warns India * *Comments by Defence Minister Rao Inderjit Singh follow Isis's own 'far-fetched' claims it could obtain a Pakistani nuclear device via corrupt officials* * India's defence minister has voiced concern that the radical Islamist group Isis could obtain a nuclear weapon from "states like Pakistan".* *Rao Inderjit Singh made the comments on the sidelines of the Shangri-La regional security conference in Singapore, Bloomberg has re... more »

“Rightwing Nuthouse: The Right's 5 Biggest Disasters This Week”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Right's 5 Biggest Disasters This Week”* By Janet Allon *“1. Scott Walker becomes early front-runner for the Todd Akin “legitimate-rape” award. *Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks that women who want to have abortions should be required to have medically unnecessary ultrasounds first because they are “lovely.” Not the women, the ultrasounds. They are, the GOP presidential aspirant said, “a cool thing.” He shared this deep thought with conservative radio host Dana Loesch, then bragged that, of course, his end game is to prevent abortions altogether. Because forcing women t... more »

Most Censored: US tragic fictional theater before UN Human Rights Council

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News English and Dutch The United States is like that pretty girl in high school that thrives on her own self-promotion. But eventually the stardom wanes, the wrinkles take over, and well, its all down hill from there. The US has a partner in self promotion at the United Nations, an ally in its cheerleading to distract from its human rights violations. Its fellow

At commencement time, we celebrate the new "capitalist" spirit in higher education

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*DOONESBURY by G. B. Trudeau* [*Click to enlarge.*] *"We're capitalists, and we have to look at what the demand is, and we have to respond to the demand."* *-- Steven B. Long, vice chair of the academic planning committeeof the University of North Carolina Board of Governors* *by Ken* You may think that Oh!-That-Garry Trudeau is just being snippy again today, but it's hard not to look at this strip without thinking of a Daily Kos post earlier this week by LamontCranston, "46 Degree Programs Eliminated Across UNC College System," from which I gleaned the above-highlighted quo... more »

Musical Interlude: Tron Syversen, “Moonlight Reflections”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Tron Syversen, “Moonlight Reflections” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1EZ30fUHLA

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Seen one galaxy, seen 'em all? Not on your life: The Hubble Space Telescope has captured lots of fantastic pictures of spiral galaxies during its 20-plus years of operation, as you can see in our lineup of "Hubble's Greatest Hits." But I have a feeling that today's image of the galaxy NGC 4911 will be joining the hit parade. This jewel and the other gems in the setting are part of the Coma Cluster, a gathering of galaxies 320 million light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation Coma Berenices. You can make out the wispy tracks of NGC 4911's outer spiral arms, which are... more »

"What We Might Have Been..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been.” - Adelaide Anne Procter

"Time Passes..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Time passes in moments. Moments which, rushing past, define the path of a life, just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen? To consider whether the path we take in life is our own making, or simply one into which we drift with eyes closed? But what if we could stop, pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the road that have shaped a life? And, seeing those choices, choose another path?" - Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully, "The X-Files"

"The Time of Your Life: Learning to Slow Down"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Time of Your Life: Learning to Slow Down"* by The DailyOm "Throughout our lives, we are taught to value speed and getting things done quickly. We learn that doing is more valuable than merely being, and that making the most of life is a matter of forging ahead at a hurried pace. Yet as we lurch forward in search of some elusive sense of fulfillment, we find ourselves feeling increasingly harried and disconnected. More importantly, we fail to notice the simple beauty of living. When we learn to slow down, we rediscover the significance of seemingly inconsequential aspects of ... more »

"A Dent In The Universe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?" - Steve Jobs

Chet Raymo, “Salt And Nerves”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Salt And Nerves”* by Chet Raymo “I like to think that every day offers at least one unique revelation, some one thing seen or experienced that has not been seen or experienced before, at least not in the same emotional state, in the same context, in the same slant of light. So I walk wary, as the poet Sylvia Plath says, "ignorant/ Of whatever angel may choose to flare/ Suddenly at my elbow." Nature seldom disappoints. Let me introduce you to another poet, my colleague here at the college, Anna Ross. In the particular poem I want to share she is walking with a companion and comes... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"A Gathering of the Tribe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A Gathering of the Tribe" by Charles Eisenstein "Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in those exceptional peak experiences when we glimpse the true potential of life and mind. One day the shaman of the tribe called a meeting. They gathered around him, and he spoke very solemnly. "My friends," he said, "there is a world that needs our help. It is called Earth, a... more »

"All Is Not Lost..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names." - Elbert Hubbard

Psychology: "If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong*: *The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers"* by "*The Berlin Study:* In the early 1990s, a trio of psychologists descended on the Universität der Künste, a historic arts academy in the heart of West Berlin. They came to study the violinists. As described in their subsequent publication in Psychological Review, the researchers asked the academy's music professors to help them identify a set of stand out violin players - the students who the professors believed would go onto careers as professional performers. We'll call this g... more

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