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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Chinese Hack of The U.S. Government Also Included Staffers Who Work For Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 minutes ago
*Roll Call*: *OPM Breach Includes Congressional Staffers* *As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach.* *Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that his press secretary, George Burke, who has never worked for the executive branch, received a notice from the OPM saying his personal identifiable information may have been compromised. Connolly said he spoke with so... more »

problems of peace

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. Thomas Mann

Stunning Performances by 118 Yr Old Grandmaster Lu and Other Ageless Masters

Waking Times at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Video *These short clips show that age has no place in ancient Eastern practices of body arts. These masters are ageless. The post Stunning Performances by 118 Yr Old Grandmaster Lu and Other Ageless Masters appeared first on Waking Times.

John Judge on Racism

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*John Judge:* I'm real sorry that Dr. Nathan Hare wasn't able to be here with us. He was to have been another panelist. And I do recommend that people try to get in touch with his work. He was recommended to me as a speaker when I first started trying to form this panel from Washington, and work on the panelists, by Samuel Yette. I don't know if you know that name, but he wrote a very interesting book back in the '70s called The Choice: The Question of Black Survival in America. Dr. Hare's specialty is reproductive control and racism, especially in terms of the Black community, t... more »

Outrage Over Kiev's Shelling of Donbass

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
The passion and outrage of the people speaks volumes. The US-NATO directed war against the innocent people of eastern Ukraine is immoral, violates international law, and is ultimately genocide. When the people fight back to defend themselves they are called 'terrorists'. But the real terrorism is coming from the puppet regime in Kiev that is ultimately armed, trained, and directed by Washington and Brussels. How would you feel if you were constantly on the receiving end of these missile shells?


Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*"EARLY in this year Titus Caesar, who had been selected by his father to complete the subjugation of Judaea, and who had gained distinction as a soldier while both were still subjects, began to rise in power and reputation, as armies and provinces emulated each other in their attachment to him. The young man himself, anxious to be thought superior to his station, was ever displaying his gracefulness and his energy in war. By his courtesy and affability he called forth a willing obedience, and he often mixed with the common soldiers, while working or marching, without impairing hi... more »

Ramesses III and The Sea-People

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*"The countries -- --, the [Northerners] in their isles were disturbed, taken away in the [fray] -- at one time. Not one stood before their hands, from Kheta, Kode, Carchemish, Arvad, Alashia, they were wasted. {The}y {[set up]} a camp in one place in Amor. They desolated his people and his land like that which is not. They came with fire prepared before them, forward to Egypt. Their main support was Peleset, Tjekker, Shekelesh, Denyen, and Weshesh. (These) lands were united, and they laid their hands upon the land as far as the Circle of the Earth. Their hearts were confident, f... more »

Major Michael Marman

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*Major Michael Marman/Sir Peter Horsely (1986)* A complex case is examined in Sir Ranulph Fiennes' The Feather Men, a novelisation of an real-life story of intrigue and murder. The greater story unfolded in this fascinating book need only detain us momentarily: a secret 'army within an army' called 'The Feather Men' was formed during the 1970s, their purpose being to protect and support former SAS staff. Five former SAS men became the targets of a team of contract killers known as '*The Clinic'*, who were paid to murder them by the son of an Arabic businessman. Four of the sons of... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. *Click image for larger size.* The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic... more »

"Why Bother?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Keeping the world safe from basset hounds, one luxury building at a time

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*It's easy to ridicule the basset-hound-hating 170 West End Ave. co-op board, but somebody's got to protect the world from these beasts ("renowned," according to the caption for a different Wikipedia photo, "for their gentle, docile demeanor"), don't they?* *"The whole thing is just ridiculous because, at the end of the day, it's about dog owners being responsible."* *-- a resident of 170 West End Ave. (many declined tobe identified, out of concern for the co-op board)* *by Ken* *170 West End Ave.*Shucks, here I was, all set to man the Trump presidential beat. ("We need a truly ... more »

"Biologically wired" General Lawson

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 3 hours ago
General Lawson makes mealy-mouthed excuses for sexual misconduct by the people under his command. Don't believe me? Look at this. This isn't leadership, this is a fucked-up mix of management-speak and personal pop-theory about human nature and organisational behaviour resulting in a can't-do attitude to a difficult problem because it might be hard or something. Another name for that sort of

Individual Ignorance is Strength to Institutions

Waking Times at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Ethan Indigo Smith - *Human history is the story of individuals and institutions. Your ignorance is their strength. And today we are at the crossroads. The post Individual Ignorance is Strength to Institutions appeared first on Waking Times.

Chet Raymo, "Philosophy 101"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Philosophy 101"* by Chet Raymo "If I were going to teach a course in philosophy (he said with tongue only partly in cheek), I would use for my text seven poems of John Updike, collected in a volume called "Facing Nature," called "Seven Odes to Seven Natural Processes." Individually, the poems celebrate rot, evaporation, growth, fragmentation, entropy, crystallization and healing. By "healing," for example, Updike doesn't mean some sort of spiritual redemption that you might find talked about in a traditional philosophy course, but the kind of biological healing that puts a scab ... more »

The House Marilyn Monroe Died In

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
*"Scene of thew crime: Marilyn's last hours were spent in the GUEST COTTAGE of her Brentwood home"* *The corpse of Herman Georing displays classic signs of cyanosis.* *A German cyanide capsule.* *"It was clear to me that it was still possible for Himmler to have poison hidden about him, the most obvious places being his mouth and his buttocks. I therefore told him to dress and wishing to have a medical search conducted telephoned my G-II at my H.Q. and told him to get a Doctor to standby at a house I had had prepared for such men as Himmler. I and another officer then accompanied ... more »

Mandatory Vaccinations Are Coming

Waking Times at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Melissa Dykes - *California’s mandatory vaccine bill has just passed the health committee and is currently on its way to the full assembly for the final vote. The post Mandatory Vaccinations Are Coming appeared first on Waking Times.

Three deep breaths

risa bear at A Way to Live - 4 hours ago
Three deep breaths, palms together, Here in her room, or elsewhere, she may Rise and take. A habit she has formed, Even as most of her ideas, ideals, Even her so cherished findings, hard found, Deducted, inducted, reasoned, debated, polished, Even those most like faith, as taught her, Even those most like science, measured, observed, Peeled one by one: a human desert, she. By three deep breaths, she centers somehow: how? Reality itself a question she's no longer asking, Eating and sleeping themselves provisional. All she bothers to call caring is now to listen To breath, room sounds, out... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Coos Bay, Oregon, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“When the Good Do Bad”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“When the Good Do Bad”* By David Brooks "It’s always interesting to read the quotations of people who knew a mass murderer before he killed. They usually express complete bafflement that a person who seemed so kind and normal could do something so horrific. Friends of Robert Bales, who is accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians, have expressed similar thoughts. Friends and teachers describe him as caring, gregarious and self-confident before he — in the vague metaphor of common usage — apparently “snapped.” As one childhood friend told The Times: “That’s not our Bobby. Something... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Just when we think we figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So, we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find ourselves back to the things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way. Sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

Chancellor Osborne to sell RBS shares at a loss. What's he up to?!

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 5 hours ago
SOURCE: Chancellor Osborne's speech at Mansion House, June 2015 “There is another step we take today towards a new settlement with financial services – and that is to get the government out of the business of owning great chunks of the banking system.” “...if you take into account all the sales we’ve authorised of our bank assets, and the fees we’ve received – at the current

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen, was killed in a US drone strike last week. Reuters *Dan Murphy, CSM:* US airpower takes out a bunch of Al Qaeda leaders. Effective warfare? *US airstrikes appear to have killed Al Qaeda's number two in Yemen and over a dozen jihadis near the Libyan city of Benghazi. The question is whether the Pentagon's ongoing assassination campaign is doing any good. In the past few days the US killed Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Al Qaeda's second in command and leader of its powerful Yemen affiliate, and a group of Al Qaeda members gathered for a... more »

World News Briefs -- June 16, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*AFP*: *Yemen rebels accuse Saudi of trying to sabotage peace talks* *Geneva (AFP) - Iran-backed Yemeni rebels on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of trying to sabotage peace talks in Geneva and claimed the exiled government was trying to impose its own agenda on the UN.* *The rebels arrived a day late in Geneva on Tuesday for the UN-backed talks after being stranded in Djibouti -- a delay they blamed on Riyadh.* *A UN-chartered plane carrying the rebels had left Sanaa on Sunday afternoon but was forced to wait in Djibouti for nearly 24 hours, forcing them to miss Monday's opening of ... more »

A Look At How The U.S. Tracked Down Al Qaeda's Top Leader In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *How the U.S. Tracked Down Al-Qaeda's Yemen Chief* *The Central Intelligence Agency was able to do something last weekend many suspected it could not: locate and kill the leader of al-Qaeda's Yemen franchise, Nasir al-Wuhayshi.* *The agency did it, according to U.S. officials familiar with the events, with no official presence in Yemen and no partnership with the country's intelligence service or military. Houthi rebels overran Yemen's capital in February, toppling the friendly government of Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi and forcing the U.S. to close i... more »

United States Secretary of State John Kerry: 'Patience Wearing Thin On Syria's Assad'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
United States Secretary of State John Kerry walks out of Massachusetts General Hospital to speak to reporters in Boston, Massachusetts June 12, 2015. Reuters/Brian Snyder *Reuters*: *Kerry says 'patience wearing thin' on Syria's Assad* *U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had discussed Syria's use of chemical weapons with Russia and the international community's patience with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's behavior was wearing thin.* *Speaking to reporters via video conference from Boston, Kerry said he was confident Assad's government was responsible for a "... more »

The Growing Jihadist Threat In Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Angus McDowall , Reuters*: *Anger over Arab wars fuels jihadi threat in Saudi Arabia* *Sophisticated attacks by an Islamic State branch in Saudi Arabia show the jihadist group is better established there than previously suspected, and that fueled by anger over Arab civil wars, Riyadh's militancy problem is not going away.* *A sustained militant campaign could undermine stability in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, one of the few major Arab states that has so far mostly avoided the political tumult and civil war shaking the region.* *"Any country that experie... more »

The futility of our global monetary experiment

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post.* *Jeff Deist from the Mises Weekend recently sat down with for Reagan Budget Director David Stockman to talk through the failure of monetary and fiscal stimulus to ignite much more than “hope,” and very little of that.* *Jeff Deist:* *The US Federal Reserve [The Fed] recently announced just this past week that it would not use specific dates for targeting higher Fed funds rate this year and you almost get the sense that poor Janet Yellen [Fed chairman] is at the end of this Greenspan-Bernanke experiment and there’s not much left for her to do. I mean, what’s our sense... more »

A modern tale: The beggar and the donor

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
A friend sent me this joke: A man walks past a socialist every day and gives him $10, and that continues for a year. Then suddenly the daily donation changes to $7.50. "Well," the socialist thinks, "it’s still better than nothing." A year passes in this way until the man’s daily donation suddenly becomes $5. "What’s going on now?" the socialist asks his donor. "First you give me $10 every day, then $7.50 and now only $5. What’s the problem?” "Well," the man says, "Last year my eldest son went to university. It’s very expensive, so I had to cut costs. This year my eldest daughte... more »

“A New Theory of Distraction”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“A New Theory of Distraction”* by Joshua Rothman “In painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, in 1839. Those were the days. Browning is still right, of course: ask any reader of Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. She sounds anachronistic only because no modern person needs advice about how to be distracted. Like typing, Googling, and driving, distraction is now a universal competency. We’re all experts. Still, for all our expertise, distraction retains a... more »

The Game of Humanity

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
For love of self is the apex of power. Without it, all pseudo-powers fall away. There is a sense of self, which once attained, is absolute. Power that depends on title, position, money, strength, name, knowledge, looks or ability is not power at all, but part of the game. This game. The game of humanity. We understand power because at our core it is what we are. The initiating force from which you spring – is love. This love-force is beyond telling. It resides only in knowing. What knowing provides is a fearless response – to everything. Fearless is often depicted as having... more »

U.S. War Plans Against The islamic State Are Based On 3 False Assumptions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Islamic State troops firing from a captured US Humvee. Social media *Pamela Engel, Business Insider*: *3 big assumptions in the anti-ISIS fight have all turned out to be false* *The efforts of a US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria have been centered on three big assumptions that haven't held up very well over the past year, according to a note from The Soufan Group.* *It has been one year since the fall of Mosul in Iraq — during the group's territory-seizing rampage across Iraq and Syria — and Iraqi forces still aren't close to getting it b... more »

How Higher Levels of Consciousness May Appear in our Life

Waking Times at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer - *We remain detached from the higher levels of Consciousness. How is that possible? The post How Higher Levels of Consciousness May Appear in our Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Neil Young Is Starving The Poor! The Pro-GMO Lobby's Latest Scapegoat

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 7 hours ago
RINF, Countercurrents, Global Research “Not since the original Luddites smashed cotton mill machinery in early 19th century England, have we seen such an organised, fanatical antagonism to progress and science. These enemies of the Green Revolution call themselves ‘progressive’, but their agenda could hardly be more backward-looking and regressive… their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and underdevelopment.” Owen Paterson stated the above earlier this year during a speech he gave in South Africa. Paterson is the former Environment Minister for the UK. Now, a few... more »

Unist'ot'en Camp: Resisting TransCanada!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
By Unist'ot'en Camp Censored News TransCanada has been relentless at attempting to cross onto Unist'ot'en Yintah. The TransCanada "security guy" keeps asking leading questions that they hope will help them in filing for an injunction. Us and our supporters refuse to answer their entrapment questions and we keep reiterating the fact that we are protecting the Unceded Unistoten Yintah and are

The Light-Gasm

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
By Sophia Love So... what follows is a conversation that was shared initially in a newsletter. It has resonated deeply with so many, that it is also being shared here, for anyone who hasn't seen it. The experience of this you will read about here is sort of beyond description. I made an attempt to explain it t to my friend this way: *"It was like, idk, like knowing what all of life is, without having a physical life, without years or opinions or pain or even the necessity of learning... It was just knowing, well, everything. There are not really words..."* If you are not on th... more »

Blog survey: Sidebar

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Since I’m still tutuing with the blog look and layout here, and since you lot are the folk who read this blog, I figured I’d ask you a question or two about what you prefer. Today: the sidebar: what do you like? Specifically, do I have the things in the sidebar in the right order. I have, in descending order, and after much consideration: - Recent Posts, so you can quickly head to other recent pearls of wisdom that might interest you more than those at the top of the page; - Tweets We Like, so you can get a regularly updated feed of hot topics and pithy comments, albe... more »

Beverly Baker Moore : METRO | Music in the neighborhood: The John Bush Band

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
This raucus family band offers a dose of variety and potluck every Sunday in South Austin. By Beverly Baker Moore | The Rag Blog | June 16, 2015 AUSTIN — Patio music is great Austin music, for sure, but it … finish reading Beverly Baker Moore : *METRO* | Music in the neighborhood: The John Bush Band

Who Is Jason Ritchie And Why Is He Running Against Dave Reichert In WA-08?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
If you've been following Jason Ritchie's twitter feed, you're following the most active struggle against Fast Track in the state of Washington, Fast Track that sacrifices $700 million in Medicare to grease the skids and Fast Track that is being pushed by Republican incumbent Dave Reichert. Obama won WA-08 both times, by almost 15,000 against McCain and by close to 5,000 against Romney. Both of Washington’s Democratic senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, also won WA-08. The district's voters gave majorities to marijuana legalization, to marriage equality, and to a proposition... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Islamic State Begins To Functon As A State In Its Captured Territories

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Men hired by the Islamic State to monitor the quality of goods in markets destroyed confiscated products last year in Raqqa, Syria. Credit Nour Fourat/Reuters *New York Times:* *Offering Services, ISIS Digs In Deeper in Seized Territories* ERBIL, Iraq — In northern Syria, the jihadists of the Islamic State have fixed power lines, dug sewage systems and painted sidewalks. In Raqqa, they search markets and slaughterhouses for expired food and sick animals. Farther south, in Deir al-Zour, they have imposed taxes on farmers and shopkeepers and fined men for wearing short beards. The... more »

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: What's Really Going On At Fukushima?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
It is now 4 years and 3 months since the March 11th, 2011 disaster that caused the meltdown of at least 3 nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daicchi nuclear power facility at Fukushima, Japan.... That disaster was a direct result of the criminal state of Israel deploying its insidious Stuxnet virus to the Siemens control systems at the plant which regulated the water flows to the reactors for cooling... The virus caused the systems to malfunction and the reactors received little to no water as a result... The reactors then began to overheat and meltdown with massive hydrogen gas expl... more »

Calling all Christchurch parents

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image]Maria Montessori revolutionised childcare and education, and the graduates of Montessori schools fill the lists of the world’s great entrepreneurs and inventors. See: - Montessori Inspires Innovators - Who Are Famous Montessori Educated People? - The Greatest Gift: A Montessori Education Starting in September, Christchurch parents and teachers are being offered the chance to be introduced to her ideas that transform lives. On 28 September the first *ever* *AMI 3-6 Assistant’s Certificate course* is organised to kick off in Christchurch – a two-week course.... more »

San Carlos Apache Sandra Rambler 'Traditionally Speaking' June 16, 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Interior Secretary, Sally Jewel with Apache Elders at the Bylas Older Adult Center Traditionally Speaking On Tuesday, July 21, our fearless Apaches joined by Indigenous Peoples from all over the world will be on Capitol Hill sending a strong message to the White House, the Senate House, the House of Representatives that OAK FLAT IS NOT FOR SALE. By Sandra Rambler San Carlos Apache

US Air Force Secretary: US May Place F-22 Fighter Jets In Europe To Counter Russian Actions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CNN:* *Air Force may send F-22s to Europe over Russia 'threat'* *(CNN)The U.S. Air Force could be sending some of its most advanced warplanes to Europe in a show of force against Russian actions in Ukraine and elsewhere around the continent, the service's top civilian said Monday.* *"The biggest threat on my mind is what's happening with Russia and the activities of Russia," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James said during a visit to the Paris Air Show. "It's extremely worrisome on what's going on in the Ukraine."* *James' remarks were reported by Military.com, Breaking Def... more »

A reasonable point

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I'm baffled by broadcasters' sympathetic tones when discussing young ISIS recruits. Teens or not, they must have known of the decapitations. — Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) June 16, 2015

United States TERRORISM

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

U.S. Congrerssional Budget Office: Debt Picture Has 'Worsened Dramatically'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Examiner*: *Budget office: U.S. debt picture has 'worsened dramatically'* *Congress' budget office again warned that the U.S. faces a massive debt problem Tuesday, using stark language to describe the government's long-term mismatch between spending and revenues even as it slightly upgraded its projections for debt over the next 25 years.* *"The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession and slow recovery," the Congressional Budget Office reported in its long-term budget outloo... more »

Zero Hour Approaches For Greece As Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Attacks The Country's Creditors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Reuters*: *Greek PM tears into lenders, euro zone prepares for 'Grexit'* *Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lashed out at Greece's creditors on Tuesday, accusing them of trying to "humiliate" Greeks, as he defied a drumbeat of warnings that Europe is preparing for his country to leave the euro.* *The unrepentant address to lawmakers after the collapse of talks with European and IMF lenders at the weekend was the clearest sign yet that the leftist leader has no intention of making a last-minute U-turn and accepting austerity cuts needed to unlock frozen a... more »

Supplemental: David Brooks seems to have gotten it wrong!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015Salon tackles one of the smart guys:* David Brooks has long been cast as one of the press corps’ bright guys. He writes two columns per week for the New York Times, a famous newspaper whose political work is constantly taken for smart. Beyond that, Brooks participates in the weekly political roundups on two of our brightest discussion programs—NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS NewsHour. Plainly, the establishment press sees David Brooks as one of the press corps’ smart guys. That’s why David Zweig’s recent report for Salon is so instructive. For r...more »

Simon soars!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*Guest post by **Lindsay Perigo* "Tenor is not a voice; it is a disease!" harrumphs a woman who just happens to be a soprano, in the 1951 Hollywood bio-pic *The Great Caruso*. The movie featured one spectacular carrier of the "disease" playing another, and spawned veritable epidemics of it, most notably in the forms of Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras. And it didn't stop there: *In 1990, as a 19-year-old music student, I decided the world of opera would be for me. Three things influenced this decision: the first Three Tenors concert in Rome to mark the World Cup and Jose Carreras'... more »

Heavenletter #5317 God Glows Even in Darkness on Earth

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*Heavenletter #5317 God Glows Even in Darkness on Earth* June 15, 2015 God said: Pledge that today you will reveal yourself in all your glory. Intend this. See what happens. You have predicted days when you will be in a slump. Now predict today as a day you will be Who you really are without all these other damaged pictures of you. Whatever you may think of yourself, today reveal the picture I have of you. You realize, dear ones, that My picture of you is authentic. The picture the world thinks you match is irrelevant, and it is not the Truth of you. The Truth of you is, indeed... more »

Michelle Obama royally dissed by the Royals...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*and I doubt she even realizes it.* Her first official event was tea with Prince Harry, otherwise known as "the fifth" as is, fifth in line to the throne. Wow. That's the best the royals could scrounge up? The first lady of the United States is given a cup of tea, a few cookies plopped on a plate, and the only royal without enough clout to wiggle out. The English sure know how to make a statement without actually saying anything. Harry was so impressed with his royal duties that he engaged in manspreading during his confinement with Mooch. *Then off to visit a "typical" Briti... more »

"Are westerners who go to fight for Islamic State victims or criminals?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
*Are westerners who go to fight for Islamic State victims or criminals? @BBCDomC discusses", says the BBC.* BBCDom discusses? Well, when you've got over the fact that the BBC thinks this is a worthwhile question to ask (unlike *lots* of people in the UK who don't) and actually proceed to read Dominic Casciani's blogpost, *IS recruits: Victims or criminals?*, you'll find that there's actually very little 'discussion' in the piece at all. The article essentially pursues a single line of argument - i.e. that the present tactics being employed by the authorities are not helping the ... more »

Who's trolling who?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Following on from yesterday's post, Someone else's debate... The BBC used Twitter today to promote a new blogpost by BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani. His piece expanded on the extraordinary remark he made in yesterday's article on the Dewsbury suicide bomber that "the UK" had held a "debate" ten years ago about whether the 7/7 terrorists were "victims" rather than "terrorists" or "criminals. (As far as I'm aware "the UK" must certainly did *not* hold any such debate at the time). Here's what the BBC tweeted today: Are westerners who go to fight for Islamic State v... more »

“There Could Be Trouble” As US Fracking Revolution Prepares to Go Global

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Justin Mikulka - *The U.S. is overtaking Russia as the leading producer of oil and gas in the world. The fracking revolution in the U.S. is for real, or as BP’s chief economist put it, “profound.” The post “There Could Be Trouble” As US Fracking Revolution Prepares to Go Global appeared first on Waking Times.

In season

risa bear at A Way to Live - 11 hours ago
What she will do today is walk and take in Hand her apple staff, leaning on it As she does now, more and yet more The nearer arriving to a last heart beat She comes, and check for vegs and berries. Here are yet more peas; she's not as Eager for them as three days ago. With a bit more busy-ness, she'd go In for blanching those. Onions and Leeks too small yet; almost out of Lettuce; tomatoes on the other hand Doing well, and some ready already. Oh, she could cut kale, collards or chard This morning like any late spring morning, Only she's hungry for something more. Do what she will, t... more »

Storms in U.S. and Global Warming

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
There have been too many storms last few years in U.S. In Maritimes we got storm Arthur last year. It was quite furious. I lost one big tree in my backyard. Luckily it fell on an angle and spared my house. These are all the indications of global warming. People in their 80's and 90's said that they have never seen and experienced anything like this before. We better start paying attention to this erratic and severe weather. Watch the video here I watched a documentary on CBC which indicated that global warming is impacting oceans and life in oceans. Read more here.

When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Liam O'Ceallaigh - *King Leopold II of Belgium killed over 10 million Africans in the Congo. His victims aren’t talked about and his name isn’t remembered. The post When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’ appeared first on Waking Times.

Alleviating Mom Guilt with Dream Dinners

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by Mom Guilt? I do. It seems there is a never ending list of things we are not doing that we are supposed to be doing as moms. As someone who loves to cook, I'll be the first to admit it can be hard on those days when you don't have time to cook. Every mom has those days where other things come before dinner. We aren't a cold cereal kind of family. If we don't cook, we go out to eat. Sometimes it is a double whammy of mom guilt. I didn't cook AND we spent money on eating out. (Hang my head in shame....) This summer, I have been invited to try a Dream ... more »

Pope News: Humans Are Causing Climate Change. Have We Crossed a Tipping Point?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*A Sri Lankan cyclist rides a bicycle past a billboard carrying the image of Pope Francis in Colombo. (source; AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA).* *by Gaius Publius* The pope thinks humans are causing climate change. Have we now crossed the tipping point for climate change awareness? *I've written* several times about various tipping points — changes beyond which there's no turning back — related to climate change. All of those have been about physical tipping points. For example: - A tipping point for water in the American Southwest - A tipping point for extreme weather events... more »

You are LOVE

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
Ed sent me this guided meditation on Love....

Using Fractal Math to Make Sense of the Roughness of Nature

WTStaff at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Video - *Mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot discusses the extreme complexity of roughness and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that appear to be extremely complicated. The post Using Fractal Math to Make Sense of the Roughness of Nature appeared first on Waking Times.

Pity the Poor Canadian Anti-Choice Movement: Lost and Losing

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
I've been thinking about the Canadian fetus freak movement lately and how despondent they must be. I mean, they've had absolutely no wins here and some -- admittedly minor -- defeats (see New Brunswick, PEI, and Ontario). Yes, they litter the landscape with their idiotic underground fetus flags and gory postcards, but really, what have they got to show for their relentless SHRIEEEKING? As compared to the US, where fetus freaks have been having an orgy of misogyny for the past four or five years. I watch this stuff and even I get waaaay behind. This recent one, from Wisconsin, tak... more »

How Propaganda Works for Corrupt US-UK Regimes

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Glenn Greenwald, a US journalist who published the first reports on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, says allegations in the British press that Russian and Chinese spies accessed Snowden’s documents are lies aimed at smearing the whistleblower.

"The Martial Instinct: Would a Drone Strike on Congress Be a Bad Thing?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"The Martial Instinct: * *Would a Drone Strike on Congress Be a Bad Thing?”* by Bill Bonner "Walking along the Port Royal in Paris, we came across the statue of a dashing soldier. Sword in hand, he was leading the charge – on foot. Confident. Handsome. Audacious. And there, on the pedestal of the statue, was a list of the battles he fought. It’s a good thing his own people shot him when they did, otherwise there would not have been space to list all his battles. Neerwinden, Mainz, Neuwied, Winterthur, Hohenlinden… he had faced the enemy at least a dozen times, was wounded three tim... more »

World News Briefs -- June 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian RS-24 Yars/SS-27 Mod 2 solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missiles drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Reuters/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti *Reuters*: *Putin says Russia beefing up nuclear arsenal, NATO denounces 'sabre-rattling'* *President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to its nuclear arsenal this year, prompting NATO's chief to accuse Moscow of dangerous "sabre-rattling".* *Putin made his announcement a day after Russian officials denounc... more »

Famous Jewish porn stars

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 12 hours ago
To celebrate the "Queen of Porn" Jenna Jameson's recent conversion to Judaism, the *Jewish Telegraph Agency* published a list of the 7 most famous Jews in the pornography industry, which as many readers are well aware of is largely run by Jewish perverts and sexual deviants intent on *corrupting and debasing traditional Western sexual and gender norms*. This week the news surfaced that “Queen of Porn” Jenna Jameson is converting to Judaism. Jameson, who has been married twice before, is engaged to Israeli Lior Bitton (who works in L.A.’s diamond business and has been charged with *s... more »

My Trip to Valemount, BC - Part 1

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 12 hours ago
I came across Valemount as a birding destination pretty much by accident but what a happy accident it was. I've long wanted to do some bird watching in the Rockies and while Jasper and Banff are wonderful places, I was looking for somewhere a little less crowded and less pricey during the summer months. I don't exactly recall how I came across the community or when, but it fit the bill. Nestled among three mountain ranges in the southern Robson Valley, the scenery is fantastic and I'm a bit surprised that more people don't live there. I certainly crammed a lot in to my two day... more »

French Bonds Infected as Greek Crisis Swells Euro-Region Spreads

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Don't you love how when the derivative pyramid crumbles they call it an "infection" when its just **simply math at work? By calling it a contagion they can blame the Greeks for the disease... That bubble was going to blow sooner or later, Greece or no Greece. -AK* *French Bonds Infected as Greek Crisis Swells Euro-Region Spreads* by Lukanyo Mnyanda June 16, 2015 — 11:41 AM CEST Updated on June 16, 2015 — 5:44 PM CEST Europe’s bond selloff is spreading to markets traditionally viewed as safer, with only Germany remaining unscathed by Greece’s impasse with creditors. The extra y... more »

Ignorance or deliberate misreporting of UKIP policy?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
From Stuff magazine's review of the LG G4 phone 'With this phone you'll just be able to snag a new one off eBay, assuming UKIP doesn't get voted in and ban trade from all non-UK companies, that is.' Ridiculous!

“Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings”

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*This is not a post about “ Stairway to Heaven”*- That doesn't mean we can't listen to the song before we jump into this topic. An 8 minute musical intro. Or listen as you read, whatever! *Brief digression: **I absolutely hated this song in my younger years- It was so overplayed, I cringed when it came on the radio!* So your either listening to this or have listened and are reading attentively? Whichever? *We are talking about words having two meanings. * You might ask - *So what’s the problem with words having two (or more) meanings?* Well,* the problem is you and I could wrongl... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks at the opening of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015 in the military-patriotic recreation park Patriot in Kubinka, Moscow Region. (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf) *National Post/Washington Post*:* Missile for missile, tank for tank: Putin says he will match any Western military buildup in Eastern Europe* *MOSCOW — Russia would swiftly respond to any moves by the United States to build up military resources in Eastern Europe by fortifying its western border with more troops, tanks, planes and missile systems, a defense ... more »

American Election Update

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Donald Trump declares his candidacy for the US Presidency* Who are these jacklegs, highbinders, wirepullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, boodle artists, four-flushers, and animated cuspidors offering themselves as worthy of the nation’s highest office? TJ O'Rourke I've been building towards posting an update on the US Presidential race for some weeks now but, as with many of my posts...some event is needed to trip the wire before the post gets completed and published. This time, it's Donald Trump's declaration that he is going to run for President of the US. He h... more »

Ex-Soldiers Joining The Islamic State Are Giving ISIS Needed Miltiary Experience

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Photo via VICE News documentary "The Islamic State" *Washington Free Beacon:* *Islamic State Gains Military Expertise From Ex-Soldiers* *Defection of Tajik colonel a possible ‘game changer’.* *The recent defection to the Islamic State (IS) of a special operations colonel in Tajikistan and the group’s infiltration of the Malaysian military are raising new concerns that the Islamist terror group is gaining military expertise, according to U.S. officials and experts.* *Col. Gulmurod Khalimov, a commander of the Interior Ministry security unit known as OMON, disappeared in April and... more »

Why Is Mexico Is On A Military Buying Binge?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Soldiers keep watch on a military truck outside a ranch where a gunfight between gunmen and federal forces erupted in Michoacan on May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alan Ortega *Washington Post:* *What’s behind Mexico’s military buying binge?* *MEXICO CITY--It started with 27 rail cars full of ammunition rolling down the tracks into MexicoThat load of 30 million bullets was soon followed by fleets of Black Hawk helicopters and thousands of Humvees: in all more than $1 billion of American military equipment sold to Mexico within the past two years.* *In a security relationship between Mexic... more »

MISTAKENLY TAKEN FOR SMART: Maddow analyzes Trump!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015Part 1—Sadly, we’re with Stupid:* Large chunks of our political journalism fit an unfortunate profile. The coverage in question is deeply lunk-headed. But for reasons involving culture and marketing, it’s mistakenly taken for smart. (And for honest, sincere!) A great deal of this lunk-headed coverage occurs in the New York Times, a famous newspaper which markets itself to upper-end readers as high-toned, elite—and smart. That said, did you hear the one about Candidate Rubio’s four (4!) traffic tickets? Did you read the Times’ recent report about his “overs... more »

We have plenty of things to worry about...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*Rachael Dolezal is not one of them.* Maybe "worry" is not the correct word. After all, to worry about something that you can't do anything about is rather pointless. Actually, all worry is rather pointless. Would "concern" be a better word? Oh dear, now I've got another thing to be worried or concerned about. Rachael showing off her latest creation from basket weaving 101Rachael is a strange little creature and has already used up her 15 minutes of fame. Like the pull we feel to look at a traffic accident, I just had to watch a *video of her interview with Matt Lauer,* who i... more »

7 Year Anniversary of Musings On Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
After having researched and written about Iraq for several years I finally decided to make my work semi-official by publishing them on blog. That was 7 years ago today. Since then I have worked tirelessly to share my ideas with the world and networked with just about everyone I could think of that was involved in Iraq. I’d like to thank all the readers of Musings On Iraq and everyone that I’ve talked to and who has helped me along the way. Hopefully I’ll have several more years of writing ahead of me and will continue to find more people interested in a country that has gone throug... more »

The Economy: “You Have Been Lied To And Refused To Wake Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“You Have Been Lied To And Refused To Wake Up”* by Karl Denninger “Here it comes folks. For the last seven years I have been warning people, replete with example after example, about the fact that literally nothing was fixed after 2008. 2008 was a replay of the same scam that blew up in 2000, albeit on a larger scale. Let's put some scale on this. The Internet bubble was a tiny piece of the overall economy, perhaps 2% or so. It was marked by abject fraud on a grand scale; the IPOing firms during the "go-go" years of 1997-1999 had collectively claimed some 100x global GDP in their... more »

Are Russian Soldiers Taking Selfies In Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*VICE News*: *Selfie Soldiers: Russia Checks in to Ukraine* *As the conflict in Ukraine continues, so too does Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of any Russian involvement. But a recent report from think tank the Atlantic Council used open source information and social media to find evidence of Russian troops across the border.* *Using the Atlantic Council's methodology, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky follows the digital and literal footprints of one Russian soldier, tracking him from eastern Ukraine to Siberia, to prove that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukrai... more »

NATO To Russia: 'Here Are The Phone Numbers To Call In The Event Of An Emergency'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*ITAR-TASS*: *NATO hands over emergency contact numbers to Russian side — diplomat* *VIENNA, June 16. /TASS/. NATO has handed Russia a list of telephone numbers to be used in emergency situations but no other contacts have taken place so far, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said on Tuesday.* *"Everything looks very brief. Telephone numbers that you can call in emergency situations have been handed over to the Russian side. That’s all," Meshkov told TASS.* *Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that all military communication channels between Mosc... more »

Storm van Leeuwan still causing a Storm of Green Errors.

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 13 hours ago
He's back. After several years of invisability, Green advocate Dr. Becky Martin is using arguments based on the infamouse Storm-Smith paper on the CO2 emissions of nuclear power. Since Philip Smith, Storm van Leeuwan's colaborator, is no longer with us, it is up to Jan William Storm van Leeuwan to hold down the fort. Dr. Becky martin recently relided on sources that utalized Storm-Smith to argue that nuclear is not a low carbon energy sources. Wrong, Dr. Martin. The Nuclear Green Revolution: Storm van Leeuwen I think this is a good example of how LCA and EROEI analysis are methods ... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, The Royal Albert Hall Concert

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, The Royal Albert Hall Concert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8N2569jSg

Islamic State Unleashes A Wave Of Car Bombs During 2nd Week of June 2015 In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
During the second week of June the Islamic State (IS) unleashed a new wave of car bombs in Iraq. On top of that IS carried out another mass execution in Ninewa, while a large number of bodies were discovered in Kirkuk. On the government side it was still trying to clear Garma in Anbar and take back the Baiji Refinery and surrounding area in Salahadddin. In the second week of June 2015 there were 127 incidents reported in the press. That was just around the 131 from the previous week. Attacks have been very low for the last month. At the start of the year there was an average of 2...more »

China To Finish Its South China Sea Land Reclamation But Will Continue To Build Military Facilities On These Islands

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times*: *China to Halt Its Building of Islands, but Not Its Projects on Them* *BEIJING — China announced on Tuesday that it would soon halt island-building projects around some reefs and shoals in disputed waters of the South China Sea but that it would continue constructing military and civilian facilities on those outcroppings.* *The announcement may have been intended to ease tensions with the United States, which has strongly criticized the building of the islands and has sent surveillance flights close to the sites, to the chagrin of the Chinese military. The const... more »

Roundtable Discussion June 15th Video: Special report tonight at 11bdt/6edt

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
Tonight we will be doing a special show on CCN. With everything that has happened in the past few days of insanity, we will be doing a review of everything that has been happening with the issue of the ITNJ's Ceramony for signing their new constitution, the Vatican announcement, and more of the research that is coming to light, almost moment to moment. Please join Mel Ve, Lisa Harrison and I, with special guests on CCN tonight for the LIVE Stream broadcast at 11pm Engand time, or 6pm EDT. Again, if you wish to be part of the converation, please go to the watch live page on Lisa's...more »

Surfing the Cesspool: Political Science Rumors and the LaCour Scandal

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
This is a guest post submitted by Chris Barker, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southwestern College For the past three weeks, “Political Science Rumors” (PSR) has been on fire over a falsified data scandal involving Michael LaCour’s research showing that the presence of a gay canvasser changes how respondents report feeling about gays. The scandal […]

F-35 News Updates -- June 16, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The U.S. Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin's F35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-35B test aircraft BF-2 flies with external weapons for the first time over the Atlantic test range at Patuxent River Naval Air Systems Command in Maryland in a February, 2012. Photo: Reuters *Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Marines One Test From Putting F-35 Combat Jet into Active Service* *The Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 is also being bought by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy* *LE BOURGET, France—The U.S. Marine Corps will put the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program through one more m... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
“At that time also there appeared a certain man of magic power … if it be meet to call him a man, [whose name is Jesus], whom [certain] Greeks call a son of [a] God, but his disciples [call] the true prophet … he was a man of simple appearance, mature age, black-skinned (melagchrous), short growth, three cubits tall, hunchbacked, prognathous (lit. ‘with a long face’ [macroprosopos]), a long nose, eyebrows meeting above the nose … with scanty [curly] hair, but having a line in the middle of the head after the fashion of the Nazaraeans, with an undeveloped beard.” [2.104] *"Th... more »

Al Qaeda In Yemen Confirms That Its Leader Was Killed In A US Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC:* *Yemen al-Qaeda chief al-Wuhayshi killed in US strike* *Al-Qaeda has confirmed that Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of its offshoot in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.His death was announced by the AQAP group in an online video. His successor was named as military chief Qasim al-Raymi.Wuhayshi was seen as al-Qaeda's second-in-command and was a former personal assistant to Osama Bin Laden.He built one of the most active al-Qaeda branches, say US officials.In Yemen, resurgent al-Qaeda militants have seized territory and infrastructur... more »

Vatican's New "Earth Constitution" and Planetary Court..... Where have I heard that before?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
I had just finished the Live stream of The Roundtable Discussion last night.... just sat down to relax at 1:30 am for the first time yesterday, when this appeared in my news feed. THIS is MAJOR MAJOR news. You all know my view of Coincidence- ie: it doesn't exist. THIS is NOT "Coincidence". Given all of the information we've been discussing on TN last week and the Roundtable last night, and the Data Dump I just published this morning.... No.... this is NOT Coincidental. Ignore the words "Climate change" and focus on what is being said under the cover of the "Global Warming" lie... more »

C-51 Meeting Two - Back to the Shit

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
So, last time, Megan Leslie of the NDP got to have an adult conversation with the spokespersons from the BCCLA and Greenpeace. Now we're back to a harpercon, so things will probably descend into madness and stupidity ... *Mr. LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat, CPC): * Thank you, Mr. Chair, and I thank the witnesses for coming to talk about this very important bill. I will be sharing my time with Ms. James and I'd like to let her go ahead of me, before I finish up. *Ms. Roxanne James: * Thank you, LaVar. And thank you, Mr. Chair, and thanks to our witnesses. I just wan... more »

Bernie Vs The Koch Clown Car

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
We may not be hearing much from Ted Cruz in the mainstream media lately-- not that I want to look a gift horse in the mouth-- but he and his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination are still very active on the fringes of the far right. So, for example, despite the fact that nearly 80% of likely voters support expanding Social Security benefits, he told his inbred core of crackpot true believers that Bush was right to try to privatize Social Security and give it to Wall Street. "I… think you've got to give George W. Bush some real credit-- he showed remarkable courage… ... more »

Avocado-derived molecule attacks leukemia at its roots

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
A molecule found in avocado has shown promise as a potential drug to treat a form of leukemia (Credit: Light Imaging/University of Waterloo) http://www.gizmag.com/avocado-molecule-leukemia-roots/38016/ Avocado-derived molecule attacks leukemia at its roots By Nick Lavars *June 15, 2015* Brimming with nutrients, antiooxidants and healthy fats, avocado – otherwise known as nature's butter – carries a multitude of health benefits inside its coarse, leathery skin. But new research is now pointing to what could be its most valuable secret yet. A Canadian scientist has discovered a lipid i... more »

Who Are the Thugs?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

Rozali vs Johnson: disagreements on Twitter mob's hunt on Hunt

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
Sir Tim Hunt, a Nobel prize winner in biology, was rapidly fired from numerous British and European scientific and scholarly institutions because 9,000 km away from London, he told an audience that even in the lab, opposite sexes mostly attract and women cry more often than men. While committing his blasphemy, Hunt totally forgot to point out that science, it's a girl thing, and it's all about the lipstick – the official definition of science according to the European Commission. It is unnecessary for me to repeatedly explain what I find so crazy about the event. The American Thin... more »

Russia To Expand Its Nuclear Arsenal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*RT:* *Putin: 40+ ICBMs targeted for 2015 nuclear force boost* *Over 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles will be delivered to Russia’s strategic forces in 2015, President Vladimir Putin announced at the opening ceremony of the Army-2015 Expo, an international military forum held near Moscow.* *“This year, our nuclear forces are going to get more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of penetrating all existing, even the most advanced missile defenses,” the Russian president said, adding that the state would persist in paying specific attention to realization of a... more »

More Fallingwater

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
The most famous house next to the white one.

Greece: Tsipras Slams "Criminal" IMF In Defiant Speech

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Tsipras Slams "Criminal" IMF In Defiant Speech [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/16/2015 08:22 -0400 In the wake of reports that Greece could be headed for a "Lehman Weekend" complete with capital controls and an "emergency" Sunday meeting, the headlines are coming fast and furious on Tuesday morning, with *Tsipras calling the IMF's stance "criminal" and Merkel digging in for the worst.* - TSIPRAS SAYS TIME FOR EUROPE TO CONSIDER FUTURE OF EURO AREA - TSIPRAS SAYS *OLIGARCHS NOT PENSIONERS SHOULD PAY FOR CRISIS* - TSIPRAS SAYS ECB INSISTS ON TA... more »

For Too Many Deceive And Seek To Prosper At The Expense Of Others - A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*For too many deceive and seek to prosper at the expense of others. All can prosper through co-operation. All can share the riches of your world as all share in the limitless riches of Spirit. For too long a few have convinced the many to follow a hollow direction. One devoid of love and caring for each other. As you thought yesterday, the parent sends the troubled child for therapy once a week for an hour session and expects miracles to occur, rather than giving the child love and attention and an active schedule of work or exercise on a daily basis that will eventually result i... more »

U.S. Planning Major Military Basing in Poland

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
The Daily Mail reports: Russia last night warned that it will build up weaponry on the EU's borders if the US stations tanks and heavy arms in Poland. A Moscow defence ministry official called the US plans reported in Washington 'the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and Nato since the Cold War'. General Yuri Yakubov said: 'Russia will have no option but to build up its forces and resources on the western strategic front.'

Voting For Your Own Executioner!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 16 hours ago
Periodically, I look at what is happening in the formerly great United States of America, and especially the clowns that are vying for the office of President.... I have been troubled in trying to figure out the American mindset that they continue to rely on a crooked two party system where both sides, both Democrat and Republican, are criminals and crooks.... Both sides absolutely do nothing more than kiss Jewish ass and pledge their undying devotion to the criminal and psychotic state of Israel above and beyond the American citizens that are gullible enough to vote them into offic... more »

Protect the Arctic from Drilling

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
*Maine Peace Walk: Militarization of the Seas * * Pentagon’s Impact on the Oceans* *October 9-24 * *Ellsworth, Maine to Portsmouth, New Hampshire* The Pentagon has the largest carbon footprint on our Mother Earth. Waging endless war consumes massive amounts of fossil fuels and lays waste to significant environmentally sensitive places on the planet – particularly the oceans. The oceans are inhabited by a multitude of different life forms, from microorganisms to whales, many of whom are able to sense sound and use it to find food, navigate, communicate, and avoid predators. Navy s...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*British schools are cheating in exams to boost their league table position* Schools are cheating the exam system to boost their league table performance, investigators have found. Teachers have altered exam answers, inflated GCSE marks and even told pupils to copy coursework from textbooks. Whistleblowers told Channel 4’s Dispatches programme that the practice is well known but few teachers will speak out as they fear for their careers. One headmaster who was caught altering Sats papers said he was later told by another head: ‘The only thing you did wrong was you got caught.’ I... more »

ITNJ, Magna Carta, Treaty of Verona, Shmita, Grand Jubilee: The DATA Dump

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 17 hours ago
This is the Data dump from the past few days of research. I'm sorry my friends, I do not have time to go through this all and clean and tidy it up, check spelling, and organise it into sections, beyond what it already is. I'm putting this out as a WHOLE, All the pieces we've been looking through. Yes it is a massive amount of data to sift through, but I felt it necessary for the public to see it all, and then discern for themselves what they feel is relevant. Magna carta: [10:53:20 AM] D.Breakingthesilence .: opening line of the Magna Carta: "JOHN, by the grace of God King... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Our scorched Earth in 2100: Nasa maps reveal how climate change will cause temperatures to soar* *That the Warmists keep issuing these extreme prophecies is compellingly reminiscent of chiliastic religions. Warmism is merely the latest of the many doom religions that have sprouted over the centuries. It is pure religious faith. You HAVE to be religious to think you can predict the future. Scientists can't.* New data released by Nasa scientists is revealing how temperature and rainfall patterns around the world may change by the year 2100. Using climate change predictions b... more »

Does Israel not count?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
This BBC article about the latest British Muslim terrorist includes this 'fact': Abdul Waheed Majid, from Crawley in West Sussex, was the first British man to carry out a suicide bombing, attacking the city of Aleppo in Syria in February 2014 Except that's not the case, so I have complained to the BBC thus: 'Your Complaint Type of complaint: BBC News (TV Radio and website) What is your complaint about: BBC News website URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-33126132 Complaint category: Factual error or inaccuracy Contacted us before: No Complaint title: Factual error in repo...more »

When The Leaving Was Good

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
As Stephen Harper seeks his fourth mandate, Geoff Stevens writes that he knows neither love nor respect: This will be difficult, I know, but try to imagine you are Stephen Harper. You are prime minister of Canada. You are approaching your 10th anniversary in that high position. You have won three consecutive general elections and are looking to make it four in a row on Oct. 19. With your majority in Parliament, you have more power and control today than an American president. You rank among the most successful political leaders in Canadian history. Yet something is wrong. Su... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
"A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

China Dumps Record $120 Billion In US Treasurys In Two Month Via Belgium

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-15/china-dumps-record-120-billion-us-treasurys-two-month-belgium China Dumps Record $120 Billion In US Treasurys In Two Month Via Belgium [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/15/2015 20:31 -0400 Those who have been following the saga of "Belgium's" US Treasury holdings learned last month that the "mysterious buyer" behind Belgium's Euroclear was, as some speculated, China all along. Nowhere was this more evident than when showing an overlay of China and Belgium's combined TSY holdings versus China's forex reserves. Th... more »

Kurds Worried War Crimes Accusations Could Ruin Their Image

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
That is an actual headline to one of the articles I will link below! *Note to Kurds in Iraq and Syria: Worried about your image? Don't commit war crimes!* I think their image was ruined way back when they mass killed, raped and stole Assyrian property? Maybe that's just me? Perception is everything in this world. Dam the facts all to hell! I however prefer facts to spin. We're going for facts today! The repeated claims, from a myriad of sources regarding Kurdish abuses, while embroiled in their latest dalliance with the elites, going back minimally a year ago makes very clear the n... more »

Peace With With You - A Guest Post by Pam Bickell

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*Source:Notes Along The Path Blog*


jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 18 hours ago
There was a planned Twitter bomb that started at 3 yesterday called #NoMoreBushes, timed to coincide with Jebbie's hardly surprising announcement that he was throwing his jester cap in the ring. Usually, I avoid Twitter bombs but how could yours truly ignore this one? Now thanks to Jeb Bush, I'm not going to be able to get the sound of a calliope out of my head. #NomoreBushes — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) June 15, 2015 So, Jebbie, you were for the Iraq War before you were against it? http://t.co/HazQPyDoDB #NoMoreBushes #Hillary2016 — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) June...more »

Singer catches a beer while crowdwalking, and drinks it!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
At Pinkpop Festival 2015 in Holland, John Coffey lead singer David Achter de Molen catches a beer, thrown from the crowd, while crowdwalking, and drinks it! Seriously cool!

Greek government should be actively sidelined before June 30th

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*Grexit before June 30th preferred, Syriza must be dealt with as a terrorist organization* I think that virtually all the non-Greek negotiators who have had the "pleasure" to talk to Syriza have understood what I was saying from the beginning. It makes absolutely no sense to negotiate with these individuals. At most, you can waste lots of time, great amounts of money, and get entangled with their dirty tricks so that you put your well-being and the well-being of your nation at risk, too. Nothing they ever promise may be trusted. They are lying pretty much 24 hours a day. The constan... more »

BWorld 5, Transportation Bureaucracy and Uber

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
(This is my article last week in BW Weekender) *AMONG the major complaints of passengers of regular taxis are (a) drivers who are choosy about faraway or traffic-congested destinations, (b) the risk of being mugged or molested by the driver as well as the general lack of safety, and (c) dirty or foul-smelling taxi units.* Uber, a technology-based system of ride-sharing, was introduced in the United States in 2009 and soon enough adopted in other countries. In February 2014, the company and its services came to Manila. What are the features, advantages, and disadvantages of this mod... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( June 16 , 2015 ) Broader Europe In Focus (European Court OfJustice Approves ECB OMT Bond Buying Plan , Bond Markets / Equities Reveal Risk Aversion And Yet The Euro Shows Strength today ? ) ..... Greece Updates ( Keeping An Eye On Debt Talks Bouncing Ball - State of Play for different scenarios... )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Tweets.... *Jonathan Algar* ‏@jonathanalgar 43s 44 seconds ago *ECB WINS EU TOP COURT BACKING FOR 2012 OMT BOND-BUYING PLAN *Peter Spiegel* ‏@SpiegelPeter 2m 2 minutes ago Key section of press release announcing #ECJ has ruled @ecb's sovereign bond-buying programme legal. #OMT [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 2m 2 minutes ago Risk aversion trade continues: #Dax drops another 0.9% after open. Now down 12% from Apr high. [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 37m 37 minutes ago #Euroz... more »

Boeing, Qatar Confirm Purchase of Four C-17s

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: C-17 Globemaster III]Boeing and the government of Qatar recently signed an agreement for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forces’ (QAF) existing fleet of four and help meet their ongoing airlift requirements. “We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet to enhance worldwide operations,” said General Ahmed Al-Malki, Deputy Commander, Qatar Emiri Air Force and Chairman of The Airlift Committee. Read more

US Army fires TALON Laser Guided Rockets from Apache helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: TALON Laser Guided Rocket (LGR)]Raytheon Company, working with the U.S. Army, successfully completed a series of TALON Laser Guided Rocket shots during recent tests. Firing 25 rockets from both Apache D and E models, the series will help define the Army's small guided munitions requirement and acquisition strategy while also developing combat tactics, techniques and procedures for use with guided Hydra-70 rockets. "TALON remains the lowest cost and most flexible guided rocket option for the warfighter," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon's TALON Laser Guided Rocket program dire... more »

Russia Develops 'Microwave Gun' Able to Deactivate Drones, Warheads

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: BUK-M1 (SA-17 Grizzly)]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 electronics of UAVs and the warheads of precision weapons, according to a representative of t... more »

Beechcraft re-christens AT-6 as Wolverine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AT-6B Wolverine]Textron Aviation has rechristened its Beechcraft AT-6 light attack aircraft as the “Wolverine”, while the company’s Cessna Grand Caravan EX special mission aircraft has made it’s Paris debut. Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense Company, says that the airframer wanted to differentiate the armed AT-6 from the T-6 Texan trainer. “We wanted a name that was appropriate, relevant, and cool,” says Bartlett. “The wolverine is a territorial, defensive type of animal.” Read more

IAI Says Interest in 767-300ER Tanker Growing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Israeli Aircraft Industries says that there is growing interest in the conversion of Boeing 767-300ER airliners into aerial refueling tankers. The company’s Bedek division has five customers for the conversion program and the first aircraft should enter service in 2017. Brazil is known to be one of those, having ordered two aircraft to replace the Boeing 707-based KC-137s the country’s air arm operated until October 2013. Last August, IAI began flight testing an ex-American Airlines 767-300ER with an IAI-developed fly-by-wire refueling boom system, and it plans to carry out a serie... more »

Jaguar Fighter Aircraft Crashes Near Allahabad, Pilots Eject Safely

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
A Jaguar fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed this morning near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Both the pilots managed to eject safely. The plane which had taken off at 7:25 am from the Bamrauli air strip in Allahabad was on a routine training sortie. The pilots reportedly sent signals to the ground staff that there was some major technical glitch with the aircraft. Read more

Piaggio Adjusts Focus Towards Defense

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead]Piaggio, the Italian producer of Avanti business turboprop, is nudging its focus toward the defense business, company CEO Carlo Logli has stated. Ever since United Arab Emirates investment firm Mubadala took the majority stake in the manufacturer in May 2014, the company has moved to “consolidate its civil turnover” and pay increased attention to the defense sector, Logli, told Aviation Week at the Paris Air Show. He said the company before the takeover was in a “very poor” situation, with two outdated factories, which have been consolidated into one... more »

Northrop Grumman Unveil NATO AGS Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
NATO recently expanded its joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability with the help of Northrop Grumman and its industry partners. Together they recently unveiled the first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft in Palmdale, California, according to a news release. The wide area surveillance Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is part of a broader system of systems solution designed to advance the Alliance’s ISR needs during various missions. Read more

SecAF James: Russia Is ‘Biggest Threat'; F-22s May Come Soon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James]Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James came out swinging today here, forcefully telling reporters that she was here and traveling throughout Europe tp deliver a message of reassurance in the face of a “resurgent Russia.” “I would say, the biggest threat on my mind [is] the activities of Russia,” she said when asked by a reporter what is the biggest threat America faces. “That’s a big part of why I am here in Europe to hold these discussions.” She mentioned the two B-2 stealth bombers now at Fairford Air Base in the U.K., as well as older ... more »

Sweden Denounces Russia's 'Unpredictable' Airspace Provocations, Purchases NH90 Helicopter For Anti-Submarine Warfare

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: NH90 Caiman]The head of Sweden's air force is warning of Russia's "very dangerous" tactics and increased air activity in the Baltic region, Defense News reported Sunday. Amid the growing Russian presence, Sweden plans to add a number of aircraft, including its first NH90 helicopter for anti-submarine warfare. Maj. Gen. Micael Bydén denounced tactics Russian pilots are using near Swedish airspace, reporting that Swedish air force countermeasures are up 50 percent over the last two years. "As trainee pilots we flew 10 km from borders and we expect them to do it, but after Cr... more »

Boustead cuts steel on Malaysia's first littoral combat ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: SGPV-LCS]Malaysia's Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has completed a steel-cutting ceremony for the country's first Second Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship (SGPV-LCS) vessel, a company spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 15 June. The ceremony, held at the company's shipyard in Lumut on 12 June, was attended by Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri. "The first LCS vessel is expected to be completed in early 2019, with subsequent vessels at 10-month intervals thereafter," said the company. Read more

Heron UAS set for Australian civilian skies

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RAAF Heron UAV]IAI Heron unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are on the verge of making their debut in Australian civilian air space. The RAAF and Airservices Australia have signed a memorandum of agreement that sets the stage for the establishment of procedures for UAS operations in civilian air space without significant impact on civil air traffic. “The MoA aids both Airservices and the air force by facilitating the initial operation and integration of remotely piloted aircraft into civil airspace, based on the air force’s matu... more »

GA gets $737m for Navy catapult

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: EMALS launch]General Atomics in San Diego has been awarded $737 million by the Defense Department to develop the launch and landing system for the John F. Kennedy, an aircraft carrier to be built in Virginia. About 45-percent of the work will be done in San Diego, where the company operates a major engineering center. The rest will be spread among General Atomics plants and affiliates in at least nine states. Work is expected to last until late 2022. Read more

Navy engineer admits trying to leak plans for new aircraft carrier to Egypt

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)]A Naval engineer admitted Monday that he tried to leak drawings of the military’s new aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government — a plot that was foiled because the engineer was actually corresponding with an undercover FBI agent. Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 36, of Yorktown, Va., pleaded guilty in federal district court in Norfolk to attempted espionage, acknowledging that he gave computer drawings of the USS Gerald R. Ford to an agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer. As a part of his plea, Awwad will face a sentence of from between eight t... more »

Left-wing anti-Semitism is anything but a new phenomenon per Daniel Hannan

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
'The essence of Judaism and the root of the Jewish soul is expediency and self-interest; the God of Israel is Mammon, who expresses himself in the lust for money. Judaism is the embodiment of anti-social attitudes.' The words of Karl Marx that the left hide away. Read the whole of Daniel Hannan's article, it's of interest... More here http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100281615/left-wing-anti-semitism-is-anything-but-a-new-phenomenon/

Muskox Boost Arctic-mire Carbon Uptake

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
A full global restoration of muskox herds is to be deeply desired and i suspect inevitable. We are barely hunting them now and it makes excellent sense to begin herding them. We learn here that they are instrumental in breaking up the moss problem and possibly eating it as well. Certainly raindeer will eat the moss. Add in healthy wolf populations and careful husbandry and we can produce an annual fleece which is superior and a significant meat and by product supply as well. combined with reindeer herding and we have a significant economic base for a large population of folks... more »

Underground City of Giants Discovered in the Grand Canyon?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Here we go again. Yet we learn that there is only one report and one report alone. This story did not have legs or it was immediately suppressed and that seems likely even because no formal retraction was attempted. Remember that the best way to protect a secret is to shut up. This site would have been picked clean a long time ago if it were not protected and a simple guard station solves the problem for anyone anytime. An archeologist would also have the immediate credibility to get support for that at least.. A careful reading conforms with all the information i have gat... more »

Sensational Herbs for Dream Recollection & Spirit Communication

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
We do have Ayahausca but here we have other interesting candidates to consider. They are all apparently much gentler and likely much less effective as well but can certainly act as training wheels. If you can try them out, tell us about the effects. It all helps the cause of education. The purpose is to release the vision of the inner eye and we all need all the help we can get. all good . *7 Sensational Herbs for Dream Recollection & Spirit Communication* *http://humansarefree.com/2015/06/7-sensational-herbs-for-dream.html#more* *Herbs and plants are an integral part of t... more »

Stopping A Migraine With Salt In A Second?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Nice story line that quickly morphs into a pitch for Himalayan salt. However, i do think that redressing mineral imbalances is an excellent place to start when it comes to treatment for any disease or issue as it allows your blood to do its job. I personally would prefer to consume a package of Dulse instead or even eat a dish of oysters. We do know that mineral and salt deficiency will produce a headache so at least this eliminates that option safely. If you are lucky, then it may turn out to be good enough. *Stopping A Migraine With Salt In A Second* *December 8, 2014 67... more »

BAE pulls pin on patrol boat bid

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: BAE Systems]Australia's biggest defence company BAE Systems won't be bidding to build new patrol boats on grounds it would not be viable to rebuild a workforce for a $600 million project it might not win. BAE was the first company to put its hand up for the work but indicated on Tuesday the timing was all wrong. Even if a tender was awarded in the first quarter of 2017 - and there's no guarantee BAE would win - production would not start for about a year. Read more

Barak-8 on Target

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Barak 8 launcher]Following successful trials late last year, IAI’s Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile is being delivered to customers, and is also now fielded with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). The company does not discuss its customers, but acknowledges that the missile has been procured by Israel and India, plus others. Non-Israeli sources state that the Barak-8 has been adopted by the Indian Navy, which already employs the Barak-1, for service aboard its latest frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers. Read more

Welcome New Guest Bloggers!!!

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 22 hours ago
After much anticipation, nail-biting anxiety, rumors and speculation, we are finally able to announce our new team of guest bloggers!! Below are the eight amazing minds you will see posting regularly over the next six months.* Please make them feel welcome!! Seth Weinberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics & Government at […]

France receives second multi-role frigate

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
The French Navy has received its second multi-mission FREMM frigate from shipbuilder DCNS. The Provence, delivered in Brest, had been ordered on behalf of France by OCCAR, or the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation, a European intergovernmental organization that facilitates and manages collaborative armament programs. "The delivery of the FREMM Provence represents an opportunity to applaud the industrial and technological prowess of DCNS and its subcontractors," said Anne Bianchi, director of FREMM programs. "We are proud to deliver this second ship to the French Navy." R... more »

Road disruption warning in Barrow as plans to move Astute nuclear sub casings are revealed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Astute bow transport]Drivers are being warned of traffic disruption in Barrow as two huge casings for nuclear submarines are transported through the dock area of the town. BAE Systems say a casing which will form part of the fifth Astute class submarine will be transported from Associated British Ports (APB) to the Devonshire Dock Hall via Michaelson Road and Bridge Road on Wednesday at 2.30pm. The same route will be used for a second casing will be transported from ABP to the Devonshire Dock Hall on Thursday at 9:15 am. Read more

Navy: CVN-79 Contract Has Lowest Ceiling Price Ever; R&D Investment Will Take Out Further Cost

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79)]The Navy’s recently awarded contract for the construction of the next aircraft carrier has the lowest price of any nuclear carrier (CVN) fixed-price contract, and for a ship that is much more complex and capable than its Nimitz-class predecessor, the program executive officer for aircraft carriers told reporters Monday morning. Rear Adm. Tom Moore said the pair of awards – a contract modification and a new contract totaling $4.29 billion – for remaining design and construction for the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) is “probably the best CVN fixe... more »

Curtiss-Wright Awarded $480 Million in Contracts For Virginia Class Submarine Program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced today that it has been awarded contracts valued at over $480 million when fully funded to supply pumps, valves, generators and propulsors for the U.S. Navy's Block IV Virginia Class Submarine Program. The Navy's Block IV contracts cover 10 submarines, two per year from fiscal years 2014 through 2018. Thus far, more than $330 million of funding has been allotted to these contracts, with the remaining funding to be provided incrementally. The Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Systems (EMS) Division facilities in Cheswi... more »

Subs contract should be ‘local, privatised’: Tony Shepherd

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]One of the Abbott government’s key economic advisers has recommended that the next generation of submarines be built privately in Australia rather than tendering the $20 billion-plus project to Japan, France or Germany. Tony Shepherd, a former head of the Business Council of Australia who was appointed to conduct the National Commission of Audit, says the submarines could be built in Australia for not much more than overseas and would offer a huge strategic advantage. “Local construction gives us a much larger degree of independence than a build in an over... more »

The Pentagon Wants To Genetically Modify Animals For Military Use

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Benjamin Soloway, Foreign Policy*: *You Don’t Have to Watch ‘Jurassic World’ to See Bioengineered Animal Weapons* *Hollywood tends to favor lively narrative intrigue over accurate scientific particulars, and the Jurassic Park franchise is no exception. The latest installment, Jurassic World, revisits the series’ core plot points: Dinosaurs, brought back into existence through science, wreak havoc in a jungle setting, leaving dead bodies and lessons about hubris in their wake. As with the original, released in 1993, many have taken issue with the science of the movie. The film’s d... more »

A Look At A Sniper Team In The Ukraine Rebel Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Crack shot: Mrs Gimrakova claims she has killed 24 Ukrainians during the 15-month conflict in the country *Rock Morin, Daily Mail:* *EXCLUSIVE: Ukrainian female sniper reveals how she went from tax worker to pro-Russian executioner who killed two prisoners as they begged for their lives after telling them: 'I have to kill you for my children's sake'* ** Oksana Gimrakova has killed 24 Ukrainians since joining separatist army* ** Her husband claims Kiev government has a $200,000 bounty on her head * ** He told how she executed two PoWs during battle for disputed Ukraine city* ** She ... more »

The Taliban And The Islamic State Have Better Weapons Than U.S. Marine Sniper Teams

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Washington Post: *US Marines: Our Sniper Rifles Are Outdated on the Battlefield* It was the summer of 2011 in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, and mission after mission, Sgt. Ben McCullar of Third Battalion, Second Marines, would insert with his eight-man sniper team into the berms and dunes north of the volatile town of Musa Qala. Sometimes they would fire at a group of enemy fighters, sometimes the enemy would fire at them first, but almost immediately, McCullar explained, their team would be pinned down by machine guns that outranged almost all of their sniper rifles. ... more »

China's Recent U.S. Hack Penetrated A Database Holding Sensitive Security-Clearance Information

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM,) pictured June 5, 2015, suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers. The office handles employee records and security clearances Gary Cameron/Reuters *John R. Schindler, Daily Beast:* *China’s Hack Just Wrecked American Espionage* *It's tough enough to be an undercover spy in the age of the Internet. China's hack of American personnel files just made it much, much harder.* *The mega-hack of the Office of Per... more »

Save the Date: This Friday …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
Auckland fans of the work of artists Jasmine Kamante and Jesper Sundwall, of which there are a few who are regular readers here, will be thrilled to know they will be showing *new work* on Friday at Newmarket’s Railway St Studios, as part of the Dornwell Group show. [image: image] Your only excuse for non-attendance is that you’ll be going to the NZSO’s/Simon O’Neill’s Wagner Gala at the Town Hall – to experience live the famously beautiful highlights from Wagner’s operas *Siegfried* and *Götterdämmerung* that changed opera forever. But if I can make both, *then so can you*. See y... more »

Cue Card Libertarianism: Feminism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
*The Universe* - http://www.tut.com/

"It's You..."

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

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Photo today: Blocking Shell oil rig bound for the Arctic in Seattle By Brenda Norrell Censored News English, with Dutch translation below by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette 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

What Does The Islamic State One-Finger Salute Mean?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
BREAKING: Kayaktivists in Seattle Blockade Shell’s Alaska-Bound Oil Rig Media release - June 15, 2015English, with Dutch translation below by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette 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

In her opinion...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 

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