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Thomas Paine

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Monday, June 15, 2015

15 June - Blogs I'm Following

Carl Sagan with a model of the Viking landerCarl Sagan with a model of the Viking lander (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Cue Card Libertarianism: Feminism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 19 minutes ago
*In the wake of imbecilic feminist indignation trumping **astonishing astronomy** and now **Nobel-Prize winning cell biology research**, this below seemed an appropriate re-post from 2006 … [**STEM**, by the way, “is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics]* Cue Card Libertarianism - Feminism Like most intellectual movements, feminism is a movement of many strands, some valid, some toxic. The rebellion against the notion of women as reproductive animals devoid of intellect, incapable of logical thought, destined by the... more »

BUMP to the top: Khibiny, The Russian Game Changer

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
Russia’s new microwave cannon can knock out electronics of aircraft, drones*Amazingly, one of my most popular posts of all time goes way back to Friday, November 4, 2014 and has been copied below.* I'm bumping it to the top, in light of more recent information on the Russian weaponry that may have been involved: Very shrewd of the Russians to let it be known they have a class of weaponry--which can nullify the deadliest and most destructive weapons of their enemies. Unfortunately, *such a revelation will only deter the sane* . The weapon creates a 360-degree air exclusion zone o... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth” - https://www.youtube.com/

Carl Sagan, "Pale Blue Dot: Where We Make Our Stand"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "sup... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Many spiral galaxies have bars across their centers. Even our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to have a modest central bar. Prominently barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672, pictured below, was captured in spectacular detail in image taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. *Click image for larger size.* Visible are dark filamentary dust lanes, young clusters of bright blue stars, red emission nebulas of glowing hydrogen gas, a long bright bar of stars across the center, and a bright active nucleus that likely houses a supermassive black hole. Light takes about 60 million years to re... more »

The Poet: John O'Donohue, "For a New Beginning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"For a New Beginning"* "In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had outgrown. It watched you play with the seduction of safety And the gray promises that sameness whispered, Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, Wondered would you always live like this. Then the delight, when your courage kindled, And out y... more »

"Life Is Lumpy..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.” - Robert Fulghum

Chet Raymo, "In The Beginning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"In The Beginning"* by Chet Raymo "A creation myth from Egypt of the third millennium B.C. has God bring the world into being with a sneeze. It's not a bad image for the Creation as currently described by astronomers. Fifteen billion years ago the universe began with an outward explosion of pure energy. A blaze of gamma rays, x-rays and light. Then particles, atoms, stars and galaxies. A spray of material creation. Ahh, ahhh, ahhhh-CHOO! The Big Sneeze. Better than the Big Bang. More poetic, more firmly grounded in the ancient human quest for origins. And more evocative of an expl... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Newport Beach, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Relating to the Negative: The Danger of Repression"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Relating to the Negative: The Danger of Repression"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When negative thoughts arise it is best to address them rather than pushing them down where they will surface again. For the last several years, there has been a lot of focus on the power of positive thinking. Many people have come to misinterpret this wisdom to mean that it is not okay to have a bad mood or a negative thought or feeling. This can lend a kind of superficiality to their relationship with life and relationships with other people. It can also lead them to feel that if a negative thou... more »

"Don't Be Afraid"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*The Universe* - http://www.tut.com/

"It's You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you." - Rita Mae Brown

Market Failure vs. Government Failure, Part 5

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
* This is my guest article for suarakebebasan.org, a new website for freedom created by some Indonesian friends. --------- *Market Failure vs. Government Failure* Expert Column Bienvenido Oplas Junior | 15 Jun 2015 The main reason why governments (local, national, regional/multilateral) around the world keep expanding is because they want to correct and address “market failure”, generally defined as the failure of the market players – firms and households – to supply certain goods and services at prices and quantity that the public needs and demands. While this is a generally... more »

Crap Christians beg the Supreme Court (in an ad in the Washington Post) "not to force us to choose between the state and the Laws of God"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*As Judd Legum notes (see below), the list of signatories "includes two presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee." (Click to enlarge -- a little.)* *by Ken* One thing the Roberts Court has had to cultivate, given the number of bombshells it drops in among its major-case rulings, is a sense of theater, or at least careful planning of the way and especially the sequence in which those decisions are released. With the result that when decisions are announced, we usually can't tell the significance of the scheduling until we find out what the Court was sitting on. It ... more »

Save Our Seas

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Dr. Richard Kirby is a plankton scientist interested in how the plankton influence the marine food web from fish to whales, and from penguins to polar bears. In 2003 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In addition to his scientific research he enjoys science outreach and showing that science and plankton are both fun and interesting. You can find Richard on the internet as the Plankton Pundit.

Architectural Mini-Tutorial: Organising our visual field

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
If we want to “break the box” instead of make a box when we build our houses, then we need to shake a few tricks up our sleeve. A while back I talked about how ceiling decks are one of those tricks. Another is using “nested spaces” within a place. Today I’m going to talk about how the way we perceive what’s called “the visual field” in front of us can be used to reduce the sense of enclosure. It seems almost obvious to point out that we can never see all of a building at once. In *The Dynamics of Architectural Form*, Rudolph Arnheim discusses this, explaining that we perceive arch... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

Satire: “Scientists Believe They Have Isolated Gene for Failure”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Scientists Believe They Have Isolated Gene for Failure”* by Andy Borowitz MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)— “Geneticists at the University of Minnesota believe that they have isolated the gene that makes some people much more prone to failure than others. While the research is preliminary, the scientists said that they were able to successfully identify the failure gene by studying the DNA of males in two generations of the same American family. “If we have indeed isolated the gene that makes people fail—and we believe we have—all of the subjects in our study are carriers,” said... more »

"The Most Important 'Known Unknown' in All of Finance"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Most Important 'Known Unknown' in All of Finance"* by Bill Bonner "Today, the most important “known unknown” in all of finance – something so powerful it could change the character of the entire global economy. But first, a short trip to Paris… On the walls of the chapel at the French military school are rich paintings… including a couple of 18th-century masterpieces by French painter Louis-Michel van Loo. The one behind the altar is of Saint Louis, dying from dysentery in the 13th century. There he is in his splendid blue robe… with the fleur-de-lis on it… receiving extreme... more »

Russian President Putin Does Not Have A Poker Face

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Dan Hill, Reuters: **Want to know Vladimir Putin’s secrets? They’re all right on his face.* “I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes,” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) joked after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, “and I saw three things: a ‘K’ and a ‘G’ and a ‘B.’” McCain was referring to Putin’s earlier career as a skilled operative in the Soviet Union’s intelligence services, stationed in Dresden, East Germany. Despite McCain’s quip, however, Putin seems to lack a key spy asset: an opaque poker face. Others have attempted to read Putin’s ever so expressive visage. President Geor... more »

Deconstructing the NY Times’s Magna Carta

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Guest post by Roger Pilon* [image: image]On the day we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, leave it to the *New York Times* to feature a boxed op-ed on its editorial pages entitled “Stop Revering Magna Carta.” As the only bow to the occasion on those pages, one imagines that the editors could not be bothered even to write a house editorial on the subject The piece is written by one Tom Ginsburg, professor of international law and political science at the University of Chicago, an institution with which I have some acquaintance. As suggested by its title, this is a wo... more »

“Prisons Without Walls: We’re All Inmates in the American Police State”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Prisons Without Walls:* * We’re All Inmates in the American Police State”* By John W. Whitehead “It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free—to be under no physical constraint and yet be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national state, or of some private interest within the nation wants him to think, feel and act... To him the walls of his prison are invisible and he believes himself to be free.” - Aldous Huxley, “A Brave New World Revisited” “Free worlders” is prison slang for those who are not inc... more »

Ukraine War News Updates -- June 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Armed pro-Russian separatists and a policeman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic close a road on June 12, 2015 in downtown Donetsk (AFP Photo/Andrey Borodulin) *New York Times*: *Discontent in Eastern Ukraine Leads to Rare Public Protest* *MOSCOW — Residents of two frequently shelled neighborhoods in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine staged a public antiwar protest on Monday, an exceedingly rare event in rebel-held territory.* *The crowd of about 500 people briefly blocked the city’s main thoroughfare, Artema Street, chanting, “Stop the war!” and “Out with everybody!”* *... more »

Why Would A Right Wing Extremist Like Steve Knight Vote To Give Obama Unlimited Power Through Fast Track Authority?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
No one should have expected anything good coming from conservative New Dem Kathleen Rice when she joined the Republicans and other conservative Democrats to try to pass Fast Track authorization. John MacArthur, writing Friday for *Harper's*, said, "Rice last week reversed her opposition to fast-track the TPP. If history repeats itself she won’t be the only member of Congress to betray her working class and labor-union supporters." The vote buying to pass fast-track authority in the House of Representatives-- legislation that will speed up secret negotiations for the Trans-Pacific... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Karl Vick, Time*: *As ISIS Grows Its Territory, It Becomes Increasingly Dangerous* *By gaining territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya the extremist group adds credibility for its caliphate, a potent concept to Muslims* *When ISIS wins more ground, it gains more than just territory. Every additional inch on the map produces an inflated sense of both the group’s own power and the credibility of its claim to be the presumptive leader of the world’s Sunni Muslims. The extremist group may hold mostly stretches of desert, but desert, after all, is what most of what the Middle East is. At t... more »

The Gnashing of Blairite Teeth

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
If since midday you've been plagued by that irritating background noise is, here's what it is: the gnashing of Blairist teeth to the news that Jeremy Corbyn's campaign saw him lifted onto the Labour leadership shortlist. Those MPs who nominated him but are quite clear they do not support his pitch deserve a congratulatory pint. They understand much better than our "friendly" media commentators the nature of the party. Allow me to take this moment to explain why. As you might expect, our chum Dan Hodges forecasts woe and plagues of crickets. Apparently Jeremy is "to the left of Kar... more »

World News Briefs -- June 15, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*:* U.N. chief opens Yemen talks, Saudi-led planes bomb capital* *U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched Yemen peace talks in Geneva on Monday with a call for a humanitarian truce after warplanes from a Saudi-led Arab coalition pounded the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa overnight.* *More than 2,600 people have been killed since the coalition began military operations in March to stop the Iranian-backed Houthi militia moving on Aden and to shore up embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, then in the southern city.* *MIDDLE EAST* Kurdish forces say have seized Sy... more »

To Sweet Gabriella... I remember You...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
[image: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi]

More Details Are Being Released On This Weekend's U.S. Air Strike In Libya That Killed Al Qaeda Leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Kimberly Dozier and Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast*: *Exclusive: U.S. Strikes Hit Suspected ISIS-Al Qaeda Gathering* *Supposed rival extremists were together when the U.S. tried to take out an infamous jihadi chieftain. So just how much are ISIS and al Qaeda really at odds?* *A weekend volley of U.S. airstrikes on a farmhouse in eastern Libya didn’t just target a notorious, one-eyed al Qaeda leader. Mokhtar Belmokhtar—nicknamed “the Uncatchable”—was gathered together with a “Star Wars bar” of al Qaeda and ISIS members, a senior administration official tells The Daily Beast.* *“He w... more »

May 13, 1978: Kerman, California

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
Dr. Michael Swords has suggested that this case disproves the claim that there is nothing substantial to investigate in UFO sightings. While there is not a bit of metal to take into the laboratory, there are the physical reactions of the witness, police officer Manuel Amparano, who was a veteran of five years on the force. Had the situation developed differently, there was research that could have been conducted, but wasn’t. According to the information available, including that in the *APRO Bulletin* of August 1978, Amparano was on late night-early morning patrol when he spotted, w... more »

June 15: The revolution is almost over.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
It began in 1952 with US Senator Joseph McCarthy who waved a paper in front of audiences to say it was a list of over 200 communist spies who were working in the US state department. So he was made Chairman of the House Committee on unAmerican activities. For two years, he grilled the victims of his communist witch hunt, destroying careers and reputations like an elephant on the loose. He especially hit at movie stars, scaring the pants off a very popular star named Ronald Reagan. (Reagan had been president of the first union for movie actors - obviously, then, he must have been a ... more »

Obama approved Arctic drilling on the same day US spun cover-ups before the United Nations

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Photo today: Blocking Shell oil rig bound for the Arctic in Seattle By Brenda Norrell Censored News How many networks pointed out that on the same day the Obama Administration approved Shell's drilling in the Arctic -- May 11, 2015 -- the US delegation was seated before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva attempting to cover up its abuses of Native Americans and the environment.  Among

What Does The Islamic State One-Finger Salute Mean?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
17-year-old Talha Asmal - also known as Talha Asmal - is believed to have become Britain's youngest suicide bomber in Iraq. In the last photo taken before he blew himself up in a dusty battlefield. (Twitter/Anna Ahronheim) *IBTimes*:* Isis: What is the story behind the Islamic State one-fingered salute?* *In the last photo taken before he blew himself up in a dusty battlefield in northern Iraq, 17-year-old Briton Talha Asmal sat in the front seat of a car with a single finger on his right hand pointing skywards.The salute has become common in Islamic State (Isis) propaganda, bo... more »

Former President George Bush: More U.S. Boots On The Ground Necessary To Defeat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
President Bush is seen here in 2008 with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The Telegraph *Israel Hayom*: *'My position was: you need to have boots on the ground'* *Former U.S. President George W. Bush tells Israel Hayom in an exclusive interview, "My strategy, the Bush doctrine, was to vigorously pursue those who do us harm and bring them to justice" • "America has been very supportive of Israel," he remarks."There is only one thing that I really miss about being president, and that's being the commander-in-chief. I admire our military a lot," former U.S. President George W. Bu... more »

U.S. Mission Creep In Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno outlines impending cuts and realignments within the Army's force structure during a Pentagon briefing, June 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo *DoD Buzz*: *No ‘Mission Creep’ Yet In Iraq Says Odierno* *The deployment of 450 more troops to a new site in Anbar province that could serve as the prototype for other bases northward towards Mosul should not be seen as “mission creep” in Iraq, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Friday.* *Odierno said that the White House announcement of the deployment Wednesday was “an expansion of the current poli... more »

Heavy Fighting Reported Between Syrian Kurdish Fighters And Islamic State Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, is connected to Raqqa by road, which is an important supply line for ISIS *Daily Mail:* *Is there finally hope in sight for the people of Raqqa? Kurdish fighters raise their flag after cutting off key supply road to ISIS caliphate's 'capital' * ** Kurdish YPG militia wave their flag and given the peace sign in Tel Abyad* ** Now control supply road to Raqqa from town, isolating ISIS' capital city * ** Group will have full control of town 'in a few hours', claimed a spokesman* ** Militants have held it in iron grip since ousting Syrian regime two ... more »

BREAKING: Kayaktivists in Seattle Block Shell’s Alaska-Bound Oil Rig

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
BREAKING: Kayaktivists in Seattle Blockade Shell’s Alaska-Bound Oil Rig Media release - June 15, 2015 SEATTLE, WA, June 15, 2015— Thirteen activists in kayaks have blockaded Shell's Arctic drilling rig the Polar Pioneer as it attempted to leave Seattle's Puget Sound. The Greenpeace activists have secured themselves in place with enough supplies to last for hours while additional protests

In her opinion...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
From BBC News's Steph Hegarty: "This has to be a city for everyone. It cannot just be a city of luxury apartments" #deBlasio. Oh to have a mayor who cares #London — Steph Hegarty (@stephhegarty) June 15, 2015

Managing the Inherent Emotional Risks of Creativity

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Fascinating model employed in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome to help you manage the inherent emotional risks of creativity. The post Managing the Inherent Emotional Risks of Creativity appeared first on Waking Times.

DIY River Song Tardis Journal

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
I think a collective gasp went through the Whovian world when we saw River Song's journal for the first time. A gorgeous book made to look like the Tardis is a dream of any Doctor Who fan. When my daughter decided she wanted a Doctor Who birthday party, I knew the Tardis notebooks and crayons would make the perfect party favor. To cut down on costs, I made them myself. I was able to make all of them for less than $10 including the crayons. They are really easy to put together and you can make quite a few in an afternoon. You will need: - Notebooks, you can use any size - ... more »

A striking edit

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
That article, *Dewsbury 'in shock over UK's youngest suicide bomber'*, has overdone several changes since it was first published this morning. *Newsniffer* (thankfully working again) has recorded twelve updates so far. The one that struck me was the editing on a quote from former Labour MP for Dewsbury, and friend of the suicide bomber's family, Shahid Malik. This is Version 4: And this is Version 5: The section that was edited out is the bit where Mr Malik says, "Children need to be taught what is acceptable and not acceptable in respect to Islamic State's ideology". It's a st... more »

Freedom Expressed

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
I*t has been hours, along with numerous tossed out pieces of beginnings this morning. Yet still I have no clue where to start.* *I am hosting a love quest. That much is certain. There’s an unquenched thirst in me that gets satisfied here. A part of me that gets loved through this loving.A learning about love happens on these trips in the most unexpected places.I think that I am loving you, yet in truth it is me that gets the benefit. These words fill me up.I’ve learned that I can love without seeing you, feel without hearing you and... more »

Someone else's debate

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I was somewhat taken aback by the following passage from the BBC article headlined *Dewsbury 'in shock over UK's youngest suicide bomber':* *Analysis* *By Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent* Talha Asmal's family say he was groomed. That makes him, in their eyes, a teenage victim, rather than a criminal or terrorist. Ten years ago, the UK had the same debate about suicide bombers from Yorkshire who killed 52 people in London in the 7/7 attacks. That's not the debate I remember having with my friends and family. Not for one second did we even think of considering any of th... more »

In his opinion...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
From BBC News's Jon Donnison: Australia has more migrants per head of pop than just about any other OECD country. Shame it's policy towards asylum seekers is so damaging. — Jon Donnison (@jondonnisonbbc) June 14, 2015

Religion and Science Agree – Eating Dates is Great for Health

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - This amazing superfood has been a part of a healthy diet for thousands of years. The post Religion and Science Agree – Eating Dates is Great for Health appeared first on Waking Times.

Are You Living Behind the Eight Ball?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Action-reaction is as basic a principle as there is, yet humanity lives behind the eight ball. The post Are You Living Behind the Eight Ball? appeared first on Waking Times.

Let Us Speak of Charters and Kings

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *T*he Magna Carta is simply the most misunderstood and improperly revered document in human history. So it only follows that the misunderstanding and misplaced pomp and circumstance is reaching a fever pitch on its 800th anniversary today. Now granted, I'm not a historical scholar by trade but I am more than barely conversant on various histories of various countries. History being cyclical, you never know when a valuable point can be made when history, as George Santayana predicted, comes around to bite us in the ass w... more »

The West Keeps Making Veiled Assassination Threats Against Putin

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*NOTE:** June 15, 2015 *I have updated my *Solving 9/11 page* with a new report by *Kevin Ryan* on how the CIA is making a mockery of the secret trials of their 9/11 patsies. *Photo of Putin accompanying Forbes Article* I keep thinking back to a week or so ago when PM Harper of Canada said in a media interview that the G7 would never allow Russia back at the table *"so long as Putin is in power".* I took that as a not so veiled encouragement to Putin's enemies in Russia to "do something" about getting Russia (sans Putin) back to the *inglorious* G7 table. I was disgusted, but did... more »

Steam Event?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
TBS screenshot below at approximately at 2:00 June 16 2015 More screenshots https://www.dropbox.com/s/900vicq0j8nb2xc/June%2015%20and%2016%20Fog%20or%20Emission%20Event%202015.pdf?dl=0

"ISDS Provisions in TPP Violate Article III of the U.S. Constitution"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Conservative constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein agreeing with Alan Morrison: Fast Track is "defective constitutionally" (source: Thom Hartmann program)* *by Gaius Publius* There's a growing recognition within the legal community that the ISDS provisions of treaties like NAFTA, TPP, many trade agreements already signed and almost all agreements going forward ... may well be unconstitutional. That is, they violate protections offered to citizens by important articles of the Constitution — for example, Article III, which establishes the judicial branch of the U.S. government, assigns i... more »

The End of Plenty

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 11 hours ago
Nothing is more precious than balance, stability, and sustainability. Today, we’re hanging by our fingernails to a skyrocket of intense insane change, and it’s the only way of life we’ve ever known. Joel Bourne has spent his life riding the rocket. He grew up on a farm, and studied agronomy at college, but sharp changes were causing many farmers to go bankrupt. Taking over the family farm would have been extremely risky, so he became a writer for farm magazines. Later, he was hired by National Geographic, where he has spent most of his career. In 2008, he was assigned to cover... more »

Explore the Emptiness – It’s a Part of You

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - The path into enlightenment is illuminated with a thousand tiny inner lights when we open the mind. The post Explore the Emptiness – It’s a Part of You appeared first on Waking Times.

The Generals Will Run Cuba After The Castro Brothers Are Gone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Cuba's President Raul Castro attends a ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana May 19, 2015. Photo: Reuters *José Azel, WSJ*: *Cuba After the Castros: The Likely Scenario* *The armed forces control 70% of the economy now. It’s not likely they’ll give that up for a free market.* *The 2008 succession from Fidel to Raúl Castro was efficient and effective. But the popular hallucination outside the island—in which Gen. Castro intervenes forcefully to end the communist era and inaugurates a democratic, market-oriented Cuba—is not going to be how the story ends.* *Given Raúl... more »

Is President Obama's Anti-Nuclear Proliferation Strategy Unraveling?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Obama Legacy on Nuclear Arms Under Threat* *As Iran talks enter critical stage, arms expansion elsewhere threatens key U.S. policy goal * *WASHINGTON—As international talks over Iran’s nuclear program enter their critical final stage this month, a key goal of President Barack Obama’s presidency—curtailing the world-wide nuclear threat—hangs in the balance.* *Mr. Obama’s campaign to stem the spread of nuclear weapons was cited as a main reason for his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, but that signature effort has been bogged down amid a resurgence of Middle East tu... more »

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: Global Nuclear Stockpiles Decreasing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Deutsche Welle:* *Nuclear states continue to upgrade arsenals while reducing stockpiles* *World stockpiles of nuclear warheads have dipped to 15,850 due to cuts by the US and Russia. However, nuclear superpowers have continued to modernize their arsenals. * *The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported that a downward trend in stockpiles of nuclear weapons should not be misinterpreted. The number of nuclear warheads around the globe fell by 500 compared to 2014.* *But the institute also pointed that "extensive and expensive lo... more »

World News Briefs -- June 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*NYT/AP: **Thousands Flee Syria as Kurds Gain on ISIS* *AKCAKALE, Turkey — Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants.The flow of refugees came as the Kurdish fighters neared Tal Abyad, a strategic Syrian border town held by the Islamic State, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.* *MIDDLE EAST* U.N. chief opens Yemen talks, *Saudi-led planes bomb capital*. Syrian Kurds seize control of main road, *encircle Islamic State town: spokesma... more »

Thanks for the Safe Space

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
I suffer from my own brand of PTSD As a boy I was often beaten and repeatedly told "If you had a brain you'd be dangerous" I barely made it thru high school I had no confidence I joined the military it was the only thing I knew My Air Force step-dad married my mom when I was three he came from western Maine paper mill town he was abused as a child became rebellious got in trouble and was given the choice jail or the military he picked the Air Force I never knew what a happy loving family relationship looked like I had to figure it out on my own making mistakes along the way trying t... more »

What Labels Do You Wear?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Ida Lawrence* - We think of consciousness as being seated in the mind, but is it? The post What Labels Do You Wear? appeared first on Waking Times.

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Remember Now"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
2002, "Remember Now" - http://www.youtube.com/

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy2ZF2ks-9E

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (R) and China's Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong listen to their respective national anthems at the Pentagon in Washington June 11, 2015. Reuters/Gary Cameron *Reuters:* *China, U.S. armies agree to framework for dialogue - China Daily* *The U.S. and Chinese armies have agreed on a framework for dialogue, and will soon augment a shared code of conduct with guidelines to avert errors or mishaps when their aircraft operate near each other, the China Daily newspaper reported.Friday's signing of the dialogu... more »

Russia Claims To Have Developed Microwave Weapons That Are Able To Deactivate Drones And Warheads

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Mihail Mokrushin *Sputnik*: *Russia Develops 'Microwave Gun' Able to Deactivate Drones, Warheads* *Russia has developed super-high-frequency gun capable of deactivating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the warheads of precision weapons at an impact range of ten kilometers which ensures 360 degrees of perimeter defense.* *Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), part of Rostec Corporation, has announced that it developed a super-high-frequency gun for BUK missile systems.* *The newly-developed equipment is capable of deactivating the radio electro... more »

U.S. Navy Wants Artifical Intelligence Systems To Wage War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
The X-47B on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo *USNI:* *Navy to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Development for Warfighting, Support Roles* *The Navy wants to integrate robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) into more of its workload, from warfighting missions to non-combat support roles, and is seeking fleet input on what types of AI research are worth investing in.* *The service already has, in varying stages of completion, its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) in the air, a Large Diameter Un... more »

Chile: UFO Recorded During Soccer Match

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 13 hours ago
*Source: Radioagricultura (Chile)Date: 06.12.2015* *Chile: UFO Recorded During Soccer Match* A luminous objct startled fans of "La Roja" who were enjoying the game at the National Stadium. It was crossed the skies ove Nuñoa for nearly 3 minutes. It was gone in the same way it appeared. The alleged UFO during the opening ceremonies of the Copa America at the National Stadium was swift and fleeting, The fireworks launched at the sports arena drew the attention of one supporter, who took out his cell phone quickly to capture the moment. However, he never thought he'd find a lumino... more »

Geneva Whodunit Has Chinese Up in Arms Over $1.2 Billion Lost in Alleged Scam

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-14/geneva-whodunit-has-chinese-alleging-1-2-billion-currency-scam *Geneva Whodunit Has Chinese Up in Arms Over $1.2 Billion Lost in Alleged Scam* by Giles Broom, Alfred Liu June 15, 2015 — 1:00 AM CEST Updated on June 15, 2015 — 8:55 AM CEST (Bloomberg) –- Some Chinese investors are now taking to the streets in Beijing and Hong Kong as they protest and alleged currency scam. Victims say nearly 30,000 were robbed of more than $1B. Street protests in Beijing and Hong Kong. Chinese investors flying 5,000 miles to show up on doorsteps in ... more »

Malibu Conference: "Are We Ready for a Diablo Canyon Meltdown?"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the Democratic Club of Malibu, CA held a conference titled "Are We Ready for a Diablo Canyon Meltdown?" Here are some excerpts: Solartopia or Fukushima, USA – California’s Choice *On PlanetarianPerspectives.net* http://www.planetarianperspectives.net/?p=2302 *On NoNukesCA.net* http://nonukesca.net/?p=527 *On the EON YouTube channel *https://www.youtube.com/user/eon3/videos

How Did The Unites States Do Iraq? An Interview With Emma Sky

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Emma Sky recently published a book *The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq* about her time serving in Iraq under the Coalition Provisional Authority, during the Surge, and then while the United States was drawing down its forces for the 2011 withdrawal. What follows is an interview with Sky about her time in Iraq and what she thought about U.S. policies and Iraqi politicians. *1. You served three tours in Iraq starting in 2003, but you were opposed to the war. Can you explain why you were against the invasion, the personal struggle that posed for you while yo... more »

Draghi Faces EU Court Ruling on 2012 Bond Plan as Greece Teeters

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg* http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-15/draghi-faces-eu-court-ruling-on-2012-bond-plan-as-greece-teeters *Draghi Faces EU Court Ruling on 2012 Bond Plan as Greece Teeters* by Stephanie Bodoni June 15, 2015 — 11:11 AM CEST European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is counting on judges in Luxembourg to get a boost for a key part of his economic tool kit, just as Greece provides a reminder of why it was created. The European Union Court of Justice will deliver a verdict Tuesda... more »

Tsipras Hardens Greek Stance After Collapse of Talks

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-15/tsipras-hardens-greek-stance-after-collapse-of-bailout-talks *Tsipras Hardens Greek Stance After Collapse of Talks * by Marcus Bensasson, Patrick Donahue, Jonathan Stearns June 15, 2015 — 9:20 AM CEST Updated on June 15, 2015 — 1:23 PM CEST Greece and its creditors swapped recriminations over the breakdown of bailout talks, each side hardening its position after attempts to bridge their differences collapsed. With markets dropping, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras portrayed Greece as the torchbearer of democracy, standing firm agai... more »

76 Years Later German Tanks 'Roll Back' Into Poland

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Troops from the US and Europe are taking part in exercises as Russia flexes its muscles (Sergeant Paul Peterson ) *Sunday Times*: *German tanks roll back into Poland* *THE tiny Polish town of Swietoszow did not officially exist during the Cold War; as home to a massive but secret Soviet tank force ready to strike at the West, it was removed from all public maps and records.* *Last week Nato used the base for the first big deployment of a new special force to defend eastern Europe from an increasingly expansionist Russia.* *American Black Hawk helicopters thundered in the skies as ... more »

Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by U.S. data hack

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/15/us-cybersecurity-usa-exposure-idUSKBN0OV0CC20150615 *Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by U.S. data hack* WASHINGTON | By Arshad Mohammed and Joseph Menn A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. Reuters/Kacper Pempel/Files When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former... more »

Three Reasons Why Hillary is a Republican

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*Bill and Hillary Clinton alongside the Rev. Billy Graham, longtime known as the favorite preacher of the Nixon and Bush families* I'll always remember being on the exercise machine some years ago watching CNN. They were covering the story of the Rev. Billy Graham's last big Christian revival in a stadium. In the middle of Graham's sermon he stopped and pointed out Bill and Hillary Clinton sitting in the front row. Graham said, "Bill, you would have made a great preacher. Hillary, you are going to make a great president." This happened before Hillary lost the Democratic party no... more »

"The Single Inescapable Truth..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Compassion begins with the acknowledgment of the single inescapable truth that is the foundation for the possibility of love between human beings- an awareness of the tragic sense of life." - Sam Keen

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detects impact glass

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Image of one of the glass deposits discovered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter located at Alga Crater, deposits are displayed in green (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/Univ. of Arizona) * http://www.gizmag.com/mro-nasa-impact-glass-mars/37940/ *Okay they can detect impact glass formed from the heat of heated silica on Mars but they can't see the glass tubes on Mars and the glass dome shards on the Moon? What's wrong with this picture? -AK* *Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detects impact glass* By Anthony Wood June 13, 2015 Image of one of the glass deposits discovered by the Mars R... more »

Steam from Common Spent Fuel Pool?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
I just returned from vacation to find Fukushima steaming this morning, apparently from the common spent fuel pool area: The TBS cam is obscured and I cannot get TEPCO cam 1 to load.

10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jake Anderson - *Here's a list of ten food companies that have been found to mislabel their products as safe and whose many food products are laden with unhealthy additives, artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms. The post 10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It appeared first on Waking Times.

what i'm reading: fallingwater rising, biography of a building

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
In the prologue to *Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House*, author Franklin Toker writes, "Put this book down now if you can't live without the old myths about Fallingwater. But take comfort in the fact that a Fallingwater history shorn of miracles can still be thrilling." Toker examines those old myths, and one by one, he uses his extensive and impeccable research to dismantle them. The truth, for me, was far more interesting. I visited Fallingwater in 1999, and although I have a great interest in architecture and am capti... more »

Russsian Defense Official: Moscow Will Respond If U.S. Weapons Are Stationed On Its Borders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Russia says will retaliate if U.S. weapons stationed on its borders* *A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defense official said on Monday.The United States is offering to store military equipment on allies' territory in eastern Europe, a proposal aimed at reassuring governments worried that after the conflict in Ukraine, they could be the Kremlin's next target.Poland and the Baltic states,... more »

"What A Privilege!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"Nietzche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called "the love of your fate." Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, "This is what I need." It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment - not discouragement - you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.... more »

Yes "Women's Issues" Is Still A Thing-- And MUST Be

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
In 1968 Phillip Morris launched a brand and marketing campaign targeting women... for death-- Virginia Slims: "You've come a long way, baby," which later morphed into "It's a woman thing." Women HAVE come a long way since then, a very, very long way. And women have more real economic and political power now than ever in recorded history. When a clown like Jeb Bush comes out and declares, in public, that unwed mothers should be publicly shamed, women count that against him. He's still collecting tens of millions of dollars from fat cats who want to see him get into the White House... more »

"Artisans..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands." - Cathy Better

Yemen Peace Talks Begin In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC:* *Yemen crisis: UN talks begin without Houthi rebels* *UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has opened talks in Geneva on the conflict in Yemen but without the presence of Houthi rebel representatives.* *The Houthis were due to arrive on Sunday night but are now expected on Monday afternoon.* *Mr Ban warned that "while the parties bicker, Yemen burns" and urged an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.* *An estimated 20 million Yemenis are in need of aid following months of fighting in the country.* *More News On The Start Of The Yemen Peace Talks* ‘While the parties bicker, Yemen ... more »

"How Adults Can Survive A Childhood of Violence and Untruth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"How Adults Can Survive A Childhood of Violence and Untruth" by Michael Pastore "Fear and love cannot live together... Blows are used to correct brute beasts." - Seneca (Roman philosopher, author, politician, 4 B.C.E. to C.E. 65) "Two thousand years ago, the people of ancient Rome cheered enthusiastically as they watched gladiators fight each other to the death, and saw innocent persons torn to pieces by wild beasts. In that same era, Roman teachers practiced corporal punishment on a daily basis. The Roman schools were stocked with a variety of instruments used to beat children, inc...more »

U.S. - Venezuelan Talks Take Place In Haiti

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC*: *US Venezuela talks take place in Haiti despite tensions* *Details have emerged of a high-profile meeting in Haiti between Venezuela and the United States.* *Thomas Shannon, a counsellor to the US Secretary of State, met the chairman of Venezuela's national assembly, Diosdado Cabello.* *Venezuelan officials tweeted that both sides had been working to resolve the crisis in their relations.* *Earlier this year, Venezuela accused the US of plotting a coup and the US declared Caracas a security threat.* *Venezuela ordered the US to reduce its embassy staff and imposed a visa ... more »

China Confirms Its Fourth Test Of A Hypersonic Glide Vehicle

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (AFP Photo / DARPA) *Want China Times:* *Fourth test of China's WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle confirmed* *A fourth test of China's ultra high-speed hypersonic glide vehicle for nuclear delivery called the WU-14 was carried out by the People's Liberation Army last week, Bill Gertz, senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon, wrote in an article published on June 11.* *Gertz said the test was conducted on June 7. As this is the the fourth test of the WU-14 in the past 18 months, US intelligence analysts believe the PLA has set a high priority... more »

How Emotional Pain Affects the Body

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Meme - *This emotional pain chart pinpoints the various common pain areas and offers insight into probably causes. The post How Emotional Pain Affects the Body appeared first on Waking Times.

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Scholars Blast U.S. History Rewrite* Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the College Board’s revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of the nation’s brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take. The National Association of Scholars, which coordinated the letter, notes: “Lynne Cheney, Bruce Cole, Patrick J. Deneen, Robert George, Leon Kass, Victor Davis Hanson, and Harvey Mansfield signed the letter, among several dozen other prominent scholars.” Their letter says: The... more »

Commentariat Central

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
Per your requests, here is one of my periodic *New York Times* comment dumps. You, dear readers, are also invited to share your own comments, whether they be *Times* entries or not. (On-topic rule does not apply today.) Peter Baker, *The Trans-Pacific Partnership and a President's Legacy*, 6/15 (new): Except for a few token alternate viewpoints (Baker's dismissive "some on the left") to give it a fair and balanced patina, this "news analysis" reads like it came straight from the White House propaganda shop. President Obama is portrayed as an embattled martyr who only wants to d... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Aha! The new encyclical is going to be just like the old ones!* *Encyclicals are normally very cautious documents -- which have something for everyone -- and this one will be no different. As with the utterances of the previous Pope (Ratzinger) it will say that, yes, the environment is important but we must have economic growth too in order to lift the poor out of poverty.There is no known way of combining Greenie ideas with economic growth so you certainly won't be able to have both but there is no harm in saying we must have both. An encyclical is not legislation. It is ... more »

I Am a Defier Now

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 16 hours ago
Judith Curry has a post on "The State of the Climate Debate in the US". She says climate science is caught in the middle, in the ongoing fight between the Democrats and the Republicans. My response is: *Publically point out that the Venus/Earth temperature ratio, over the full range of Earth tropospheric pressures, is essentially a constant that is precisely determined by the two planets' distances from the Sun, and nothing else, despite Venus's atmosphere having 2400 times the concentration of CO2 as Earth's (so there is no greenhouse effect due to "greenhouse gases" at all)...or y... more »

“You Are Free, Like it or Not”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“You Are Free, Like it or Not”* by David "One evening I went with my family to a Thai restaurant for dinner. They seated us near the back, not far from the kitchen doors. A very bubbly waitress brought us our menus, filled our waters and told us to let her know if we needed anything, or had any questions about anything at all. When she came back, we ordered. “Perfect!” she said with a huge smile, taking our menus. She went off to the kitchen. As soon as she was through the doors, her voice changed. She was chatting with the staff and we could hear every word. “Oh my God, I was so... more »

So Far They Have Gotten Away Scot Free

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://www.blueprintofwe.com/ The RCMP have charged Mike Duffy with thirty-one offences. But, Michael Harris writes, the PMO should be on trial, not Duffy: It is the nagging doubt that Duffy’s day in court is a “show trial” that feeds the idea that the Senate itself is the real problem. The leadership in the Senate looks hypocritical, self-aggrandizing, and screamingly at odds with any known concept of equal justice. For starters, both the Government Leader in the Senate and the Senate Speaker made Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s... more »

Supplemental: A world in which only one side complains!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 17 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015What Hannity viewers were told:* We’re on our way back to our sprawling campus. Full services resume tomorrow. In the meantime, consider what happens in a world where only one side complains. For decades, a basic pattern has obtained with respect to the political reporting of newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post. Conservative pundits attack such papers, accusing them of “liberal bias” in their political coverage. By way of contrast, liberal pundits have routinely accepted the work of the Post and the Times, even as they have engaged in ... more »

Economic News , Data and Views - ( June 15 , 2015 ) - Current state of play in the unpredictable Greece talks with "Institutions" AKA Troika - Looking ahead after the weekend talks that failed to reach agreement ) Broader Europe - bond and equity turmoil lead storie after failed talks on Greece situation !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Tweets..... *Alexis Tsipras* ‏@tsipras_eu 4m 4 minutes ago My statement on the negotiations in @EFSYNTAKTON newspaper: This is about # democracy. http://goo.gl/7zTB9k #Greece [image: Embedded image permalink] *Manos Giakoumis* ‏@ManosGiakoumis 2h 2 hours ago Extraordinary meeting between #*Greece* PM #*Tsipras*, Dep PM Dragasakis, FinMin #*Varoufakis* & Interior Min Voutsis underway (via @*MegaGegonota*) *Manos Giakoumis* ‏@ManosGiakoumis 2h 2 hours ago Extraordinary meeting of #*Greece* political negotiating team at 12.30pm (GR) to discuss next steps (via @*skai... more »

(Clinton Petty Cash Exceeds Declaration?)  Salivating Politicos and Media Magnates  (Why Not Just Find Some Other Place To Go and Be Rich and Famous, Hill?)  Media Execs Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle  (Insider "Dark Pools" Destroying US?)  Stripping Due Process from Law  (TiSA'd?)

I've been watching "Pirate Television" on Free Speech TV this weekend, enjoying listening to Thom Hartmann giving his well-informed opinions on so many issues, especially about how we should view solutions for the current Gilded Age and how the last Gilded Age was ameliorated/cured through great suffering (The Great Depression) for those at the bottom of the wealth pyramid (and eventual world

KMT is given rope, it's Hung =UPDATEDX3=

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
*Another shot from our great weekend ride: Iris rockets through the rift.* Wow. Just wow. Friday before the KMT's poll to determine whether Deputy Speaker of the Legislature Hung Hsiu-chu would win the KMT presidential primary in which she has no opposition, my wife laughingly asked me what she should say if the pollsters called her. "I love Hung," I replied. "Unification now!" It looks like we were hardly the only ones with that idea, as Hung passed the threshold easily (Taipei Times)... Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday passed the 30 percent threshold in ... more »

US to station tanks in eastern Europe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: M1A1 Abrams MBT]Poland has confirmed it’s in talks with the US to host heavy military equipment as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Its defence minister, Tomasz Siemonak, told the PAP news agency on Sunday (14 June): “The US is preparing a package of various actions, including the deployment of heavy equipment in Poland and other countries.” “We believe the threat in eastern Europe is so serious, that the alliance [Nato] should draw two conclusions: not just to increase the number of drills, but also to make permanent changes - a presence in the east, infrastructure, ... more »

JF-17 wins first export order

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JF-17 Thunder]The Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder fighter has secured its first confirmed export deal. “A contract has been signed with an Asian country,” says Air Commodore Khalid Mahmood, the Pakistan air force officer who leads sales and marketing efforts for the type. Citing client sensitivities, he declined to specify the customer and the number of aircraft it will obtain. Deliveries will start in 2017. Read more

Allies may acquire advanced ballistic missile defense radar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AN/TPY-2]The U.S. government has authorized several U.S. allies and security partners to potentially purchase via Foreign Military Sales the Raytheon-made AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar, for use in forward-based mode. In forward-based mode, the AN/TPY-2 is positioned near hostile territory and acquires ballistic missiles in the boost (ascent) phase of flight shortly after they are launched. The radar then tracks and discriminates the threat, and passes critical information required by decision makers and missile defense warfare systems through a command and cont... more »

Royal Air Force raids on IS leave ONE THIRD of fighter jets out of action

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Tornado GR-4]Ministry of Defence figures show that 36 of the 91 Typhoon fighters and 39 of 96 Tornados are grounded needing repairs. RAF sources say campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have taken a heavy toll on fighter aircraft. The £10million Tornados, dating back to 1978, have taken a “real battering” attacking Islamic State positions in Iraq almost daily since last summer. As the Iraq crisis worsens, even more planes could be needed. Read more

Plane Makers Scramble for Survival in Fighter-Jet Market

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: JSDAF F-15 Eagle]Western combat-jet makers from Boeing Co. to the Eurofighter consortium are scouring for new export deals that could prove crucial to extending production lines at risk of closing. A string of deals for fighter aircraft is redrawing the global battle lines among the world’s leading military aircraft makers, leaving those left empty-handed scrambling to reverse their fortunes or face a market exit. The weeklong Paris International Air Show, which begins on Monday at the Le Bourget airfield outside the city, will see some of those jets take to the air to show ... more »

New base for Diaoyutai patrols planned for Wenzhou

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: China Coast Guard 2901]China's coast guard is planning to build a new base in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province for its new 10,000-tonne cutters to carry out routine patrol missions around disputed islands in the East China Sea, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News. The islands are controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku, but are also claimed by China as Diaoyu and by Taiwan as Diaoyutai. Details about the command and supply base were recently revealed on the Zhejiang provincial government's official website. Each of the base's six berths is capable of accommodating a 10,000-to... more »

Perovskite Thin-film Solar Cells

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This innovation will make for excellent solar cells. It may well be the breakthrough we have waited decades for. Best it surfaces silicon and is far superior in terms of managing weathering. Its rapid climb in efficiency is actually rightly described as astounding. Perovskite is a mineral familiar to geology and it is an refractory and otherwise difficult to work with, unlike silicon. After all we have been manipulating silicon since the Bronze Age. . *Oxford PV has pioneered the development of perovskite thin-film solar cells* *http://www.oxfordpv.com/Technology* *Oxfo... more »

Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Ross (DDG-71) test fires the MK45 5-inch lightweight gun on April 30, 2015. US Navy Photo] Who would have though that it may be possible to use naval guns to fire hypervelocity shells? If that also means rapid fire as well we are looking at real counter measure for drones in particular which is badly needed. After all we will be facing a huge flight of natural kamakazis wanting to overwhelm all return fire. This allows a ship to stand of and destroy far enough away to then allow a second response. It also gives all those guns a much longer... more »

Immunology Cancer Treatment Could Replace Chemotherapy as the Standard Treatment Within Five Years

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
And we have a new more expensive methodology to replace chemo. At least it appears to behave better than work by destroying your imune system just because we can. What is important is that Chemo is going to be abandoned and considering that it at best adds a brief time addition to the prognosis, anything is likely to be a better approach. How about simply accepting inevitable death with the minimum pain? That is an option rarely explored and certainly not promoted by any doctor. At the end of the day you will be sent home to contemplate the inevitable regardless. I know ... more »

Radioprotective Effects of MISO Explained

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: miso] The science has caught up nicely to the field observations regarding the remarkable efficiency of miso in dealing with radiation. It was never a fluke and allows survival. It was completely unexpected and needs to be made universal to act as a natural radiation cleansing agency to be taken periodically. I suspect an odd trip to a Japanese restaurant will suffice for most of us. I also observe that it is indicated as positive for those doing radiation therapy. An interesting question remains and that is how high can radiation dosage go before this protocol fai... more »

China, US armies agree to framework for dialogue - China Daily

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
The U.S. and Chinese armies have agreed on a framework for dialogue, and will soon augment a shared code of conduct with guidelines to avert errors or mishaps when their aircraft operate near each other, the China Daily newspaper reported. Friday's signing of the dialogue pact in Washington comes three months ahead of a planned visit to the United States by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Tension has been rising in the South China Sea, where China is building artificial islands its neighbours fear could eventually be used as military outposts. Read more

Marines to deploy aboard European allies' ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: V-22 Osprey handling on HNLMS Karel Doorman]Marines will soon head to sea aboard European ships. Starting this fall, Marines will operate aboard NATO ships as the Corps seeks to fill gaps in sea-basing options in and around Europe. First up will be an Italian ship in September, followed by a British gator in November as Marines test what's called the Allied Maritime Basing Initiative. During testing they'll board Spanish, French and Dutch ships, said Brig. Gen. Norm Cooling, the deputy commander of Marine Forces Europe and Africa, although details are still being hashed out... more »

Ship Named For Gabrielle Giffords Was Given Its Meaningful Moniker To Honor The Former Congresswoman

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
In a very touching gesture by the U.S. Navy, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had a ship christened in her name this weekend, the Associated Press reported. The littoral combat ship, which is designed to operate in shallow coastal waters, was christened at a naval shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where it was built. Giffords was selected by the Navy to have a ship named for her because of her courage, a Navy spokesman told the AP; she was seriously wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Read more

USS Simpson returns home one last time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Simpson (FFG-56)]The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) returned to Naval Station Mayport for the final time Sunday. More than 200 sailors returned home after successfully completing a seven-month deployment conducting theater security exercises. On its final voyage, USS Simpson provided more than 1,500 flight hours in support of national tasking. Read more

Indian government expressed intrests to build Stealth Frigates jointly with Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Project 11356 (Talwar) class FFG]The Indian government has expressed interest in jointly building Stealth Frigates with Russia, with the proviso that they be built in India. The Indian Prime Minister has laid emphasis on increasingly producing defence equipment in India, under the government's "Make in India" programme, with joint collaboration. Russia has supplied six frigates to India between 2003 and 2013, under Project 11356, all of which were built by the "Baltic Plant" in St. Petersburg and the Kaliningrad factory "Yantar". The first three ships carry the Russian crui... more »

Naval submarines conducting underwater search for missing Dornier aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Sindhughosh (Kilo) class SSK]The search for the missing Dornier aircraft of Indian Coast Guard and its three crew members is being augmented with underwater search by naval submarine. There were reports that wreckage of the Dornier aircraft was found but Coast Guard Eastern region Inspector General S P Sharma later denied the reports. The search operations for the missing Dornier aircraft is now concentrated on the sea off the coast of Sirkazhi and Pazhayaru in Tamil Nadu. Read more

UK Considers P-8 Poseidon Buy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Boeing is accelerating production of its P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft amid mounting signs of additional international sales and solid funding for planned U.S. Navy procurement. The rate increase, which will see production grow from 1 to 1.5 per month by early 2016, will provide delivery capacity beyond the numbers already committed under Boeing’s current U.S. and Indian Navy contracts. “The whole idea is to make sure we create a little headroom for the international market as we build the Navy units out,” says Jimmy Dodd, VP and general manager of Mobi... more »

"Life is zero, life is worthless. That's why we have suicide bombers"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
https://youtu.be/X38JLOks8Ho This Muslim Palestinian woman, whose child is being treated in an Israeli hospital speaks the truth that the BBC just refuse to acknowledge. There can't be peace between Israel and the Palestinians because the Palestinians want everything and are happy to die in order to get rid of Israel.

Austal signals interest in buying government-owned defence firm ASC if privatised

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC)]Perth-based shipbuilder Austal has confirmed it would be interested in buying government-owned Adelaide defence firm ASC. Austal designs and builds commercial and defence ships, and its clients include the US Navy. The shipbuilder's chief executive, Andrew Bellamy, said Austal would be interested in acquiring ASC if the terms were right. Read more

Rep. Randy Forbes defends funding strategy for new subs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Ohio class SSBN]Last week, Rep. Randy Forbes found himself in a familiar place: Explaining why Congress should pay for the Navy's top priority outside of the annual shipbuilding budget. And for the second time in as many months, the Chesapeake Republican got his way in a debate that has implications for the nation and Hampton Roads. For the Navy, a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines is a top priority, leaders have told Congress. Armed with long-range nuclear warheads, the boats will replace the aging Ohio-class submarine fleet that forms a major portion of the U.S. nu... more »

Energy Econ 38, Solar Power in Germany and in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Many sectors have been hoodwinked into believing that solar power is "free" and "reliable". At day time, yes, it is free, one does not need a single power plant to produce lights. Here is the case of renewables in Europe. Solar power's actual power output is on average, only 11.2 percent of its rated or installed capacity. And the cost, solar power is up to 34 times the cost of putting up a natural gas power plant. wow. Source: *Charting the costs and effectiveness of Renewable Energy in Europe* , https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/charting-the-effectiveness-of-renewable-ene... more »

East Must Provide Alternative to, Not Replace Western Hegemony

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
*June 15, 2015* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Recent news has shown China quickly gaining ground against a West which has for centuries maintained hegemony over Asia Pacific. Beyond Asia, China has been steadily expanding its influence throughout Africa and the Middle East. Together with Russia, Iran and other nations of the "East," they are constructing what is commonly referred to as a "multi-polar" world order. This multi-polar world order stands in contrast to the unipolar order the West has sought to impose for decades after the end of the World Wars and is a continuation of Western... more »

Dewsbury 'in shock over UK's youngest suicide bomber' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
The BBC manage to report the whole story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-33129806 without mentioning the word Muslim,and mentioning Islamic just once in the description Islamic State. It's almost as though they desperately want the British public to believe that yet another Islamic suicide bomber is nothing to do with Islam. '"Communities are devastated and shocked to hear the news," said Mr Ahmed, a Labour member of Kirklees Council. He told BBC Radio 5 live there were "no signs, no symptoms" that Asmal had been groomed by extremists online - as his family now believ... more »

Hilarion June 14, 2015

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 23 hours ago
HILARION's WEEKLY MESSAGE by Marlene Swetlishoff June 14-21, 2015 Beloved Ones, Each of you is stretching for the potential that rests within. This potential beckons you onward, poignant in its endless possibilities and its creative energies help open the flow to needed movement and direction. These are creating inner growth and are not outwardly seen but inwardly felt. Follow your heart in all things. Former ways of doing things are now evolving as you follow your inner direction with faith and determination. Your trust in your intuition is becoming more developed and the insi... more »

Metric system really is enough and fine for everything

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
Two weeks ago, I discussed the sign conventions and the stupidity of the people who can't comprehend that another sign convention is just as good. A similar exchange arose in the Ráchel Doležal thread. Apparently, many Americans are convinced that people can't possibly conveniently measure things in the everyday life using the metric system units. For a while, I thought that all of them were joking but this meme was so omnipresent that I decided that they actually believe this idea. There can't be life outside the Anglo-Saxon world! Or perhaps, all the Europeans are secretly measuri... more »

Greece Now Facing Default As Last Minute Talks Have Collapsed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian:* *Greece's latest attempt to reach deal with creditors collapses* *Exit from eurozone a step closer as EU officials dismiss Alexis Tsipras’s reforms as incomplete, with talks halted after less than an hourLast-ditch talks aimed at breaking the impasse between Athens and its international creditors have collapsed in acrimony with European Union officials dismissing Greece’s latest reform package as incomplete in a step that pushes the country closer to leaving the eurozone.What had been billed as a last attempt to close the gap between Alexis Tsipras’s anti-auste... more »

Top Al Qaeda Leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar Reported 'Killed' By A US Air Strike In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC*: *Mokhtar Belmokhtar: Top Islamist 'killed' in US strike* *A top Islamist militant who ordered a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant two years ago has been killed in a US air strike, Libyan officials say.Mokhtar Belmokhtar and other fighters were killed in the operation in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, a statement from Libya's government said.However, there have been incorrect reports of his death in the past.The Pentagon has confirmed Belmokhtar was the target of a strike but has not said if he was killed."We are continuing to assess the results of the operation ... more »

Is President Obama Giving Everything Away To Iran In Order To Get A Nuclear Deal?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama receives an update from Secretary of State John Kerry in Iran inside the Situation Room on April 1. Photo: Reuters *New York Post editorial*: *Is there anything Obama’s not giving away in his Iran nuclear deal?* *By lifting sanctions on Iran, President Obama’s nuclear deal will open the floodgates for Tehran’s funding of terrorism. So says Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.* *On a visit to Israel Tuesday, Dempsey warned of Iran’s rulers, “I think that they’ll invest in their [terror] surrogates. I think they will invest in additional milit... more »

Poverty?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“If this familial situation seems primitive, it should be borne in mind that these were prosperous peasants.”* *“The redefinition of poverty was a bit of a con-trick by the Left. It has led us to care far too much about inequality and not enough about rising prosperity.*” - James Bartholemew, *Telegraph* With so much talk about “poverty,” it’s easy to forget what poverty really means – and how it was overcome. When talking of poverty now we should remember that we are generally talking about people with mobile phones and TV sets, not people with rags. *Of course some people a... more »

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-_2G7MMgc

Islamic State Is Using Widescreen TV Propaganda in Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Islamic State turns to widescreen TV propaganda in Iraq* *BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set up giant television screens in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and are using them to proclaim that they will seize more Iraqi territory after capturing the provincial capital last month, residents said.* *Efforts by the Shi'ite Muslim-led government and its American allies to break the hardline group's control of about a third of Iraq are currently focused on Ramadi, in Sunni Muslim heartland Anbar province.* *"They have started to show videos of their military opera... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The bubble of expanding gas pictured below is the planetary nebula PK 164 +31.1, the remnants of the atmosphere of a Sun-like star expelled as its supply of fusion-able core hydrogen became depleted. Visible near the center of the nebula is what remains of the core itself- a blue-hot white dwarf star. This particularly photogenic planetary nebula shows intricate shells of gas likely expelled at different times toward the end the star's demise, and whose structure is not fully understood. * Click image for larger size.* This deep ... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Time For The Tellable”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Time For The Tellable”* by Chet Raymo “When I first set foot on the plank bridge over Queset Brook fifty-one years ago, I saw a kingfisher. I haven't seen one since. But I've seen pretty much everything else. The bridge is an emperor's loge, the catbird's seat. If I stand there for five minutes something wonderful is sure to appear. A box turtle. A monarch butterfly. A fleet of whirligigs. The orange flash of an oriole. And there, oh there, among the water lilies where the brook splays into the pond, a heron, watching with its glittering eye. Fifty-one years and the day is ... more »

"Passive Aggressive Behavior: Claiming our Feelings"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Passive Aggressive Behavior: Claiming our Feelings"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM The way to end passive aggressive behavior on your part or others’ is with complete honesty and truth in any situation. If you’ve ever found yourself repressing your anger and behaving in other ways to get your point across, you may be someone who is adept at engaging in passive-aggressive behavior. Although passive-aggressive behavior is recognized as a psychological disorder, it also describes the behavior that many people use to cope with confrontational situations. Such behavior has the outwar... more »

"Alas..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come, nor care beyond today.” - Thomas Gray

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Less Time And Inclination..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction.” - Rachel Carson

"Charlie Chaplin Speaks, 'The Great Dictator', 1941"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Charlie Chaplin Speaks, “The Great Dictator”, 1941 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Eg8F3rap4#t=38 ◆ 74 years since that film was made... what have we learned since? Tragically, you know the answer, don't you? Nothing... nothing at all...

"All Paths..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence, in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song- but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.” - Pablo Neruda

Psychology: "The 12 Worst Relationship Mindsets"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The 12 Worst Relationship Mindsets*: *Which Are YOU Guilty Of?"* by Robert Leahy, Ph.D. "In cognitive therapy we focus on the way that you think about things. When we are distressed, we have automatic thoughts - that is, thoughts that come to us spontaneously, seem true and generally go unexamined. Sometimes your thoughts are accurate; sometimes they are biased. But the first thing to do is to identify what you are thinking. Look at the list of typical thoughts that distressed couples have and ask yourself if any of these are true for you. You can also consider alternative ways to... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Free Download: Viktor Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Man's Search For Meaning"* by Viktor Frankl “In attempting this psychological presentation and a psychopathological explanation of the typical characteristics of a concentration camp inmate, I may give the impression that the human being is completely and unavoidably influenced by his surroundings. (In this case the surroundings being the unique structure of camp life, which forced the prisoner to conform his conduct to a certain set pattern.) But what about human liberty? Is there no spiritual freedom in regard to behavior and reaction to any given surroundings? Is that theory... more »

"How Is It Possible..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"How is it possible to expect mankind to take advice when they will not so much as take warning?" - Jonathan Swift

"How Is It Possible..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"How is it possible to expect mankind to take advice when they will not so much as take warning?" - Jonathan Swift

Movie Watch: Father's Day at the movies

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Father's Day -- next Sunday, June 21 -- is your once-a-year chance to show Dad how you really feel.* *by Ken* When I shared the Museum of the Moving Image's horrific Mother's Day film lineup, I promised to return with the grisly details for the second half of the museum's celebration, "Horror Mother's Day and Father's Day." Unless you're lucky enough not to have e-mail, by now your e-mailbox should be choked with offers to take care of your celebratory needs. So you'll be glad to know that the museum has an equally, er, uplifting triple bill scheduled to honor Dad, the poor sonof... more »

"Are We Missing the Beauty Around Us?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Are We Missing the Beauty Around Us?" by Jonathan "Have you every contemplated whether or not the hectic pace of life these days is causing us to lose our appreciation for the beauty around us? I think we all recognize that this is happening to some degree. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need to be reminded to stop and smell the roses. Granted, we focus on different things at different times. But by rushing to keep up with life, have you ever wondered just how much we might be missing out on? The following is a very thought provoking true story. Here’s the situation: In Washington, DC, at... more »

Should We Go To War With Russia?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

Mel Hurtig’s Latest Book: The Arrogant Autocrat … And The Famous Nuremberg (Nazi) Trials Question

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Mel Hurtig’s Latest Book: The Arrogant Autocrat … And The Famous Nuremberg (Nazi) Trials Question*. part II *Written By Robin Mathews June 2015* Founder and first Chair of the Council of Canadians, Mel Hurtig has long, long been fighting for good national policy in Canada. His work has had him rub shoulders with the famous – and the infamous – in Canadian political life. There was not much done by the latter – the infamous - until recent years, that could surprise him. But – with many, many Canadians of all ages - Mel Hurtig is now surprised, shocked, incredulous, and - f... more »

Sanity Break: Weekend in the Rift

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Rift time, a two day sanity break on the beautiful side roads of Hualien and Taitung, one of the best rides I've done. Click on READ MORE below for absolute acres of imagery. The day began at 4 am for myself, Iris, and Mike as we picked up the 5:30 am train out of Taichung. This convenient train arrives in Hualien city at 10:19, meaning you can easily put down 80 or 90 kms before dark. Highway construction in the Suhua area proceeds apace. Iris spotted this rather racy hotel ad in the Hualien train station. We fought the early morning traffic in Hualien city and got out to the big... more »

yak woman

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Mirror In The Bathroom

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Solar and windpower? “Perpetually a few decades away from fruition”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Solar and windpower? As Alex Epstein observes, “Perpetually a few decades away from fruition.” Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

“Study: Feedback doesn’t always help students”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
How about that. If you want to really learn, it’s more efficacious to *discover* than to be *told*. A new Vanderbilt University study challenges the assumption that feedback is always a good thing, at least for student learning. The study, conducted by Emily Fyfe, a doctoral student at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education, suggests that once a lesson is taught, immediately telling students if they are solving problems correctly or incorrectly can lead to lower performance on subsequent problems and post-tests… “In general, the takeaway is that when you’re first introd... more »

Tweets From the Edge: Flag Day edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
These are some of my more notorious tweets over the past week. There's something meat-headed about beer-gripping Americans chanting songs glorifying war just before brutal sporting events. #FlagDay — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) June 14, 2015 @BlueDuPage @louvice 1000 little cuts and one big prick. — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) June 14, 2015 So, where were those fine, patriotic "good guys with guns" during the #DallasPDShooting? At Chipotle, gaining weight. pic.twitter.com/ZnZgVdr6HE — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) June 13, 2015 #Breaking: Next on Fox there's been ...more »

holden caulfield, ponyboy curtis, and my teen book club

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
*"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."* Recognize it? For me it's one of the most memorable final sentences ever written. I just finished re-reading *The Catcher in the Rye*, possibly for the first time since reading it (twice) in high school. I remembered it in a theoretical way, but had forgotten the details. It's a funny, sad, perfect little book. I'm not breaking any new ground when I call *Catcher* the original young-adult novel. Every John Green and Ned Vizzini and Stephen Chbosky narrator, every wise-cracking alienated youth straight t... more »

How beer built civilisation, and saved the world! [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Yes, it’s true. *Related posts:* - 'You Smell of Goat': A Complete Hiftory of Man According to Hif Divers Delightf (Part One:) - NOT PC - 'Making the Genius Quicker': A Complete Hiftory of Man According to Hif Divers Delightf (Part Two) – SOLO - How Beer Gave Us Civilization – N.Y. TIMES *UPDATE:* Now with bonus video: people drink craft beer for the first time … naked! Um, because, beer, I guess. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Quote of the Day: On writers

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*"A writer is a world trapped in a person." *— Victor Hugo [Hat tip Vintage Shorts] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Another Blue Dog Admits He's Just A Republican-- Switches Parties

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Joe Baca, Blue Dog ----> Republican Blue Dogs tend to vote with Republicans on core, crucial issues. Of the 10 worst Democrats in the House this year-- based on their ProgressivePunch lifetime crucial vote scores-- 7 are Blue Dogs who have voted more frequently against progressive proposals than for them. And 2 of the others are shady New Dems. *•* Gwen Graham (Blue Dog-FL)- 28.33 *•* Brad Ashford (Blue Dog-NE)- 36.67 *•* Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ)- 37.46 *•* Sean Patrick Maloney (New Dem-NY)- 39.86 *•* Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)- 40.13 *•* Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN)- 40.14 *•* ... more »

Not PC 2.0: Whither liberty?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Yep, as you may have noticed this morning, after ten years of torrid action, and no dirt to speak of, the blog has had a face-lift, a tummy tuck and a very modest boob job. Long overdue. After ten years without any update whatsoever, the wrinkles were starting to show. So now you can easily link to every post from the header. You can easily post my posts to your Facebook, Twitter, whatever. You can enjoy the posts in a much wider format – much easier to enjoy art and architecture. You can easily reply to any post, or to someone’s comment. You can also tell me with just one click... more »

That said...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Hugh Sykes was back on today's *The World This Weekend *on Radio 4 (with the aforementioned Mark Mardell) and his report from the outskirts of Mozambique's capital played right into Mark Mardell's hands. (Mark's hands opening with references to King Canute and his pointed attempts to vainly hold back the tide). Hugh's Mozambican interviewee said "The world is a global world. There's no way of stopping the wind with the hand". Hugh's interviewee, a former Mozambican prime minister, advocated (very much in Hugh's words) "enlightened self interest for the Western countries not popu... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Special report: An unprecedented $71 billion price tag for recovery after Hurricane Katrina ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate*

US Considers Plan to Store Weapons in Eastern Europe- Gladio in Poland etc

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Hmmmmmm... Shades of Stay Behind Armies or Operation Gladio* History repeats. "Secret soldiers were trained on remote islands in the Mediterranean and in unorthodox warfare centres in England and in the United States by the Green Berets and SAS Special Forces.* The network was armed with explosives, machine guns and high-tech communication equipment hidden in underground bunkers and secret arms caches in forests and mountain meadows*" *FT * The US military is considering a plan to store heavy weapons and equipment in eastern Europe in response to fears over Russian aggression i... more »

Dr. Green

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
NOTE : *"The Foundation"* in Arabic is *"al-Qaeda"*. *"The black-caped, black-garbed, death-worshiping Process Church of the Final Judgment arrived on the Los Angeles scene in early 1968.* *They stayed in public view till a few days after Robert Kennedy's assassination in June of '68, after which they dropped from sight in Los Angeles..."* Ed Sanders, *The Family* They went to Utah, and hid and grew inside the LDS... *Herein is the lecture by D.C.Hammond, originally entitled "Hypnosis in MPD: Ritual Abuse," but now usually known as the "Greenbaum Speech," delivered at the Four... more »

Squeeezing the Movement

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Democrats Hope To Bury Black Lives Matter Under Election BlitzBy Glen Ford, www.blackagendareport.com The movement that is emerging under the banner Black Lives Matter is not yet one year old, but it will be dead before it reaches the age of two if the Democratic Party has anything to say about it. The movement’s greatest challenge will be to survive the impending mass mobilization of Black Democratic officeholders and operatives in a $5 billion presidential election season. The current Black-led grassroots campaign is, in very important ways, even more vulnerable to Democratic c... more »

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