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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

17 June - Blogs I'm Following

10:09pm MDST


greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
*Greencrow Selfie with Obama* US Secretary of State John Kerry has recovered from his bicycle accident and is back making public statements. In his first foray back into the public arena it almost appears like he had some "re-education" during his convalescence. Kerry has regressed to repeating the same old "Get rid of Syria's democratically-elected leader Bashir Assad" mantra that the world thought had been put to rest last year...as in "Assad is using chemical weapons on his own people." The Obama/Netanyahu regime will never give up on their Syrian Wet Dream and Kerry is ... more »

Political Groundhog Day: This Time Trump Actually Officially Declares He's Running

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
From *The Guardian*: *Guardian caption*: "*Donald Trump also claims he would build a 'great, great wall' on the Mexican-American border to prevent the country from not sending the 'right people' across.*" *by Noah* Political Groundhog Day came again yesterday as, for at least the fourth time since 1988, Donald Trump, the political world's equivalent of Puxsutawney Phil, climbed out of his hole and threatened to grace us with up to a year and five months more of his sickening megalomania, virulent blowhardness, incessant birther claims that President Obama is not an American, and ... more »

Musical Interlude: Brule, “The Star People: A Message For All Of Humanity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Brule, “The Star People: A Message For All Of Humanity” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jlllL4gzps

Musical Interlude: Brule, "A Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures (Live at Mt. Rushmore)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*Brule, "A Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures (Live at Mt. Rushmore)"* "This concert reflects the combination of traditional American Indian musicality with modern electronics to produce an amazing listening and visual experience. The Native dancers blending with the infectious melodies incorporating rhythm of the Indian Spirit and the soul of past generations. The musicianship is excellent while the presentation adds to the depth of the music. It is very hard to categorize this concert but let it be said you will not soon forget it. The entire experience is mesmerizing and... more »

Wanker, Not Anchor

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
I just got the breaking-news email from the *New York Times*: Lyin' Brian Williams is being kicked downstairs to MSNBC from his coveted anchor spot at the network. He will reportedly only be allowed to read breaking-news items at relatively rare intervals on the supposition that it would be exceedingly hard to insert a lie or a joke into only one or two telepromptered paragraphs. But never say never. No word whether he will endure a salary cut from his reported $10 million-a-year contract. No word either on how many low-level reporters and crew will have be fired to make room for th... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Can a picture of the sky be relaxing? A candidate for such a picture might be this image taken from Cape Schank, Victoria, Australia. The frame is highlighted by a dreamlike lagoon, two galaxies, and tens of thousands of stars. The rock cropping on the left may appear from this angle like a human head, but the more famous rock structure is on the far right and known as Pulpit Rock. *Click image for larger size.* Across the top of the image runs a distant stream of bright stars and dark dust that is part of the disk of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. On the right, just above Pulpit Roc... more »

Rumi, "Don't Blame Fate!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Everything you do has a quality which comes back to you in some way. Every action takes a form in the invisible world, which may be different from how you thought it would appear. A crime is committed, and a gallows begins to be built. One does not look like the other, but they correspond. Accept the results of what you’ve done in anger, or for greed, or to elevate your ego. Don’t blame fate!" - Jalal–ud–Din Rumi

"Quantum Entanglement- Spooky Action At a Distance"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Quantum Entanglement- Spooky Action At a Distance" by Bernard d'Espagnat "In this photo montage of actual quantum images, two laser beams coming from the bright glare in the distance transmit images of a cat-like face at two slightly different frequencies (represented by the orange and the purple colors). The twisted lines indicate that the seemingly random changes or fluctuations that occur over time in any part of the orange image are strongly interconnected or "entangled" with the fluctuations of the corresponding part in the purple image. Though false color has been added to the...more »

UPDATE ON BREAKING NEWS: CIA Agents Caught Red-Handed Smuggling Cocaine into US. Gary Webb can now finally RIP

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 2 hours ago
The search of the vehicle revealed 36 packages of cocaine, all marked with the symbol of the Sinaloa Cartel, representing a black scorpion. Cocaine finances CIA NWO Clandestine Operations SORRY, FOLKS...IT LOOKS LIKE THIS WEB SITE IS A HOAX. TOO BAD...BECAUSE THIS (CIA DRUG RUNNING) IS THE TRUTH...GUESS IT WAS A SLOW NEWS DAY FOR THE DYSINFO BOYZTWO CIA AGENTS ARRESTED BY MINUTEMEN WHILE CROSSING MEXICAN BORDER WITH 1300 POUNDS OF COCAINE El Paso| A group of minutemen watching the Mexican Border for illegal migrants and drug traffickers, have proceeded to the citizen arrest of two ... more »

"People Who Don’t Get It: Living with It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* "People Who Don’t Get It: Living with It"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When dealing with people who seem very unaware, remember that everyone must find their own way to awakening. You may be someone who understands the true nature of reality, perceiving deeply that we all emanate from the same source, that we are all essentially one, and that we are here on earth to love one another. To understand this is to be awakened to the true nature of the self, and it is a blessing. Nevertheless, people who just don’t get it are seemingly everywhere and, often, in positions of power. It... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Paulo Coelho, "Rebuilding the World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Rebuilding the World" by Paulo Coelho "A father was trying to read the newspaper, but his little son kept pestering him. Finally, the father grew tired of this and, tearing a page from the newspaper – one that bore a map of the world – he cut it into several pieces and handed them to his son. ‘Right, now you’ve got something to do. I’ve given you a map of the world and I want to see if you can put it back together correctly.’ He resumed his reading, knowing that the task would keep the child occupied for the rest of the day. However, a quarter of an hour later, the boy returned w... more »

The Threat of the BDS Movement

Seth Weinberger at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Hello there! I’m very excited to be blogging here at Duck of Minerva for the next several months, and I’d like to thank all the full-time Ducks for the opportunity! For my first post, I thought I’d address something I’ve been thinking about ever since a student asked about it in my US Foreign Policy […]

"To Test You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars." - Robert Brault

Chet Raymo, "Suckled in a Creed Outworn"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Suckled in a Creed Outworn" by Chet Raymo "Sitting on the beach over the winter with my pal Dwight, we kept track of the Moon, Sun and tides. He's insatiably curious. I showed him - with diagrams in the sand - how the Alexandrians of the 3rd centiry B.C.E. determined the sizes and distances of the Sun and Moon. It's a fabulous story, which I told in "Walking Zero: Discovering of Cosmic Space and Time Along the Prime Meridian." It is almost a cliche to say that Western civilization was created by the Greeks. Our government, law, art, music, architecture, literature, drama, histori... more »

Swarm: Backlash of Awakening Humanity

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 3 hours ago
[image: Zen Gardner - Alternative News Blog] - - - by Zen Gardner Jun 16, 2015 The self appointed elites are on the run. We are clearly freaking them out. The astounding rate of our awakening is not anything they were expecting nor counting on. That’s not surprising, considering their arrogance, but search any subject you wish to pursue and you’ll find that despite their algorithms, distorting mechanisms and surveillance they cannot stop the onslaught of truth coming from humanity itself. This is a reality to be encouraged about. We are a tide of Truth coming at t... more »

Kilgallen and Lane

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
*"Dorothy began corresponding with Mark Lane. Lane, who had been requested by Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, represented her son to the Warren Commission. Dorothy was strong in her belief that there was more to the story and Lane agreed with her dubiousness. She said to Lane during one of their meetings after he broached the subject of possible danger if she dug too deeply: They’ve killed the president, the government is not prepared to tell us the truth, and I’m going to do everything in my power to find out what really happened.* *The two worked together as Dorothy attempted ... more »

Obama will spew forth greenhouse gases on same day Pope releases encyclical on environment...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 3 hours ago
*and how much do you want to bet he'll play a game of golf while he's in LA on a course that gobbles up tens of thousand of gallons of water?* And let's not forget; when he flies to LA for a fundraiser, a cargo plane accompanies Air Force One with all his cars. You know, those great big gas-guzzling SUV'S. Meantime, his wife is still jetting around Europe with her sullen little daughters and her mother. Your tax dollars hard at work. Obama Schedule || Thursday, June 18, 2015 White House Dossier by Keith Koffler *10:00 am ||* Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing *12:1... more »

This Common Activity Could be Putting up to 60 Lbs of Strain on Your Spine!

Waking Times at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Meme - *Surgeon reveals how much extra weight you could be putting on your spine performing this one simple common activity. The post This Common Activity Could be Putting up to 60 Lbs of Strain on Your Spine! appeared first on Waking Times.

Productivity Commission pisses on property owners

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
So the Productivity Commission has thrown their hat in the ring to “solve” the housing affordability crisis. Two things caught my eye in their recommendations. One was for more tinkering. The other was for confiscation. Of the first, as Michael Reddel summarises at Croaking Cassandra, “there seems to be a too-ready sense that government is the source of on-going solutions, rather than the source of the underlying problems.” These are people who appear never to have heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences. *The report doesn’t mainly focus on getting government (central and lo... more »

House Votes Down Withdrawal from Iraq/Syria

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
*U.S House of Representatives**FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 370* (Republicans in roman; Democrats in *italic*; Independents *underlined*) *H CON RES 55* YEA-AND-NAY 17-Jun-2015 4:06 PM *QUESTION:* On Agreeing to the Resolution *BILL TITLE:* Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria YeasNaysPRESNVRepublican... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
After being in meetings and presentations all day your humble Editor feels drained (if not dead) right now. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*More staff cuts ahead for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ~Kevin Allman, Gambit*

6 Manufactured Problems That Are Behind 6 Major Globalist Agendas

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez - *Many believe that world "leaders" are manufacturing global problems to instill fear in the public. Are we being duped? The post 6 Manufactured Problems That Are Behind 6 Major Globalist Agendas appeared first on Waking Times.

Rachel Dolezal and Transracialism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
You've probably heard by now of Rachel Dolezal, a little-known NAACP activist from Washington State who, after years of presenting as an African-American was outed by her parents as a white woman. My immediate thoughts were that this represented the logical culmination of identity politics understood in terms of a cultivation of a radical/activist self. I've been on and seen footage of plenty of demonstrations where young people wear Palestinian scarves to express their solidarity. I've seen quite a few wearing them away from any protest activity too as a means of left wing identit... more »

Worst Environment Secretary In UK History Picks A Fight With Neil Young Over GMOs

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Plus: The Donald rips Neil off* Owen Paterson is a right-wing imbecile, a prominent climate change denier and the Conservative Member of Parliament for North Shropshire in England -- an area of the West Midlands so politically backward that it has elected a right-winger to every Parliament since 1832, when it was first established. Paterson was UK secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs from 2012 to 2014 and until this week was best known for his hysterical opposition to the banning of fox hunting. Now the man *The Guardian* dubbed "the worst environment s... more »

Against Eco-pessimism: Half a Century of False Bad News

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Pope Francis's new encyclical on the environment (*Laudato Sii*) warns of the coming environmental catastrophe ("unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us"). It's the latest entry in a long literary tradition of environmental doomsday warnings.* *In contrast, Matt Ridley, bestselling author of Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Rational Optimist, who also received the 2012 Julian Simon Memorial Award from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says this outlook has proven wrong time again. This is the full text of his acceptance speech. Video i... more »

June 17: Let's talk about the real news first...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
I mean, Section A news is a stinker even by Irving standards. The big, ta-da story is that the FIFA tournament has put the world spotlight on Moncton. Yes, from Beijing to Capetown to New York, everybody is talking about Moncton. Then there's "Promoters hope for big turnout at AC/DC show". Look, all you editors, news is when promoters DON'T hope that the turnout at a show will be big. ("(Hey, everybody. The show is lousy. Don't come.") Now, that would be a story. From there, it just get plain sloppy with "Grocer wants to direct more food to hungry". Don't they have any proofreaders... more »

Friday Morning Ramble:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Forty years on, the co-writers of that haunting melody reprise it in a new collaboration. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Getting Ready for War with Russia - Yankees Go Home!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
US war games in Poland with NATO allies getting ready to push toward conflict with Russia. Very dangerous strategy that the US-NATO are developing. Ukrainian protesters demonstrated outside the US embassy in Kiev, Wednesday, demanding that US soldiers leave western Ukraine (where they are training "National Guard" units made up of neo-Nazis) and stop interfering in the domestic affairs of the country. They chanted "Yankees Go Home".

Nihígaal bee Iiná Walkers Begin Third Part of Journey to Sacred Mountains

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Photo by Orlando Begay By Nihígaal bee Iiná Censored News This Sunday, June 21st, we will begin the third installment of our journey to each sacred mountain that encompasses our home land. Here is a tentative schedule of where we'll be and what to expect as we arrive to each community. We will cover over 450 miles on this walk, and will see first hand the impacts of uranium

Migrants Shot, Others Missing, at Arizona Sonora Border

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Attacked and Lost in the Sonoran Desert Migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador were fired on, some died, others fled to ranch, between Altar and Sonoyta, while as many as 100 remain missing.By Frontera NorteSur Censored News Amnesty International and migrant advocacy organizations are demanding answers to the whereabouts of a group of Central American migrants that reportedly vanished June 2

The negative approach

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
“*Israel is viewed negatively in much of the world........ and certainly so in the UK*” announced Evan Davis as he introduced an ugly interview with MK Tzipi Livni on Newsnight. *“And certainly so in the UK?” * Well, that may be the case in some circles, and it certainly is so at the BBC. At least Evan Davis is open about it. Now that we’ve got that straight, let’s unpack this. Where the BBC’s Israel related output is concerned, this implies that allowances must be made for the ‘negativity’ of much of the world, both in respect of the BBC’s claim to impartial reporting and in respec... more »

Synchronicity, Myth and the New World Order

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Charles Eisenstein - *Looking out upon the horrid ruin we have made of the planet, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that some nefarious force has hijacked civilization. The post Synchronicity, Myth and the New World Order appeared first on Waking Times.

Breaking: Indigenous confront Shell drilling rig at sea

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. Inflatables, with First Nations activist Audrey Siegl on board, approaching Shell's Polar Pioneer

I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *We need to open our minds and educate ourselves that exam results aren't the barometer of success and that we can't let them decide our fate. The post I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate appeared first on Waking Times.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 9 hours ago
Sins of Omission: Stories the Media Overlook Jenna Orkin, Court Dorsey (*Project Unspeakable*) and Rob F. ( *Worldwatchers.info*) discuss the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King as well as the environmental disaster of 9/11 and other stories distorted or shunted by the mainstream media.

Tribal Rights Ignored in South Dakota KXL Permit Certification

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Tribal Rights Ignored in South Dakota  KXL Permit Certification SD Public Utilities Commission Precludes Consideration of Aboriginal Title in KXL Permit Certification Hearing By Indigenous Environmental NetworkCensored News Tribal Nations, traditional treaty council members and grassroots leaders are outraged over the decision to exclude aboriginal rights and

Supplemental: Barbaro transforms himself at the Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015Seems to be identifying as the younger Frank Bruni:* Everyone is asking the question! Can Rachel Dolezal transform herself from “white” to “black?” In our view, the answer is no, unless she wants everyone to think she’s constantly lying. That said, a seamless bit of transjournalism seems to be taking place at the New York Times. Michael Barbaro seems to have started identifying as the younger Frank Bruni! Today, Barbaro’s fawning profile of Candidate Bush seems to come straight from the work of Bruni in 1999 and 2000, when *he* was raving about *that* era... more »

The T Rump Has Landed on America's Face!

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
(By Cyril Blubberpuss, Esq.) I was telling my chauffeur yesterday right after I instructed him to run over the feet of some McDonald's $15 an hour protesters, "It's high time we had a billionaire for President instead of one who just wants to buy a president." Then, like a big, orange Venus by some latter-day Botticelli, Donald Trump, Double Weave himself, comes descending down an escalator at Trump Plaza like a bored mall husband looking for the food court. And seriously, how nakedly a douchebag does one have to be to announce a presidential candidacy in a giant, penis-sh... more »

Things You Didn’t Know About Vitamin C

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
* Heather Callaghan - *Dr. Suzanne Humphries shines light on the confusion surrounding vitamin C, its best sources and supplementation. The post Things You Didn’t Know About Vitamin C appeared first on Waking Times.

Corporations Paid a (Very Small) Bundle to U.S. Senators to Fast-Track the TPP Bill

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Senators asking big spenders at Monsanto to pony up* *by Gaius Publius* While we're waiting for the Fast Track drama to deliver its next non-final event, I thought I'd offer some background. The big money behind the scenes is paying a lot to get this bill past the goal line (but as you'll see, not a *whole* lot). The Guardian offers this report (my emphasis): *Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill * A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and as Congress hotly debates the biggest trade dea... more »

A Good Climate Policy: You Can't Get There From Here

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 10 hours ago
Climate Etc has another post featuring sociologists/psychologists, "Against Consensus Messaging", where a commenter made the ridiculou claim that "consensus is an important part of the scientific method." My response to that comment, and to the blog's host, Dr. Judith Curry: *The scientific method only encompasses the discovery and objective verification of truth--a true understanding of a thing, a system or a process. Consensus is just a collective opinion about a thing, and has only a potential, tangential relation to the scientific method, a potential that is not realized unless ... more »

World News Briefs -- June 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Yemen peace talks remain deadlocked* *UN special envoy begins shuttle diplomacy in Geneva to bridge differences, while rival sides trade blame for sabotage.* *The United Nations is scrambling to get Yemen peace talks in Geneva moving with both the exiled government and the Iran-backed Yemeni rebels accusing each other of trying to sabotage the process.* *The UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, began shuttle diplomacy in Geneva trying to bridge differences between warring parties, but both sides still refuse to sit at the same table and spell out c... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
I'd call this guy a clown, but real clowns would be too outraged...

"The Glorious Imbecility of War"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Glorious Imbecility of War"* by Bill Bonner "The U.S. stock market continues to lollygag along… Nothing much has changed so far this summer… bar another new panic over Greece. Today, on the eve of the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, we do not celebrate war. Only a fool would celebrate something so horrible. But we pay our respects to the glorious imbecility of it. War may be dreadful, little more than a racket in many ways, but it is also a magnificent undertaking. It engages the heart and the brain at once and exposes both the genius of our race and its incredible st... more »

Pregnant, Parenting, and Pro-Choice

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
I've been on the reproductive rights/justice beat a long time and I can't make up my mind. Are fetus freaks really really stupid or really really deluded? I realize these are not mutually exclusive. Also that some in the antichoice movement, especially the leadership, are decidedly neither, but rather prey on the ignorance and gullibility of their followers to make a living. But in the main, I just can't decide. Are more of them dumb than demented? Or the other way around? Current case in point: The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, to give it its complete title, is a woman... more »

Kerry Update: "If you don't succeed the first time, try, try again."

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Greencrow Selfie with Obama* US Secretary of State John Kerry has recovered from his bicycle accident and is back making public statements. In his first foray back into the public arena it almost appears like he had some "re-education" during his convalescence. Kerry has regressed to repeating the same old "Get rid of Syria's democratically-elected leader Bashir Assad" mantra that the world thought had been put to rest last year...as in "Assad is using chemical weapons on his own people." The Obama/Netanyahu regime will never give up on their Syrian Wet Dream and Kerry is ... more »

Greek Debt Committee Just Declared All Debt To The Troika "Illegal, Illegitimate, And Odious"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-17/greek-debt-committee-just-declared-all-debt-illegal-illegitimate-and-odious *Greek Debt Committee Just Declared All Debt To The Troika "Illegal, Illegitimate, And Odious"* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/17/2015 11:24 -0400 It was in April when we got a stark reminder of a post we first penned in April of 2011, describing Odious Debt, and why we thought sooner or later this legal term would become applicable for Greece, because two months ago Greek Zoi Konstantopoulou, speaker of the Greek parliament and a SYRIZA member, said she had esta... more »

Emissions Remain Elevated

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
AT 23:55 June 17 AT 1:11 June 18 Dry streets visible on Futaba cam: Fukushima's radiation monitoring data posted on Netc.Com shows green readings at Daiichi and Daini, with Daiichi's highest reading at 87,000 nsv/hr when ordinarily this one reads between 91-94,000.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A Russian serviceman walks past the Buk-1M missile system at the Army-2015 international military forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) *Washington Post:* *Russia to increase nuclear arsenal as U.S. plans more firepower in Europe* *MOSCOW — Russia announced Tuesday that it will expand its nuclear arsenal, sparking concerns about a renewed arms race as old Cold War rivals Moscow and Washington plan to increase their military capacity amid rising tensions over Ukraine.* *Russia will acquire 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles “capable of ... more »

"There are own goals. And then there's over head volleying it into your own net from forty yards out"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Here are two takes on the same video - a 50 second video from the Israeli Foreign Ministry. First, here are a couple of comments from *Biased BBC*: TrueToo June 17, 2015 at 10:56 am Haven’t managed to read much of the thread so I hope the following hasn’t already been posted: The Israeli Foreign Ministry posted this animation mocking the coverage of Gaza by ‘journalists:’ http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/26799/Default.aspx Scroll down a bit for the video. - D1004 June 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm Simply brilliant ! Only lacking a bbc voice,( that could be arranged... more »

"Jewish Earmark" set to double in 2016

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 11 hours ago
As if we needed *any more proof* that the *entire "Homeland Security" paradigm* of American domestic security policy operates *as a Jewish racket*, we have even more courtesy of *The Jewish Daily Forward* this morning. According to the *Forward*, the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee has *"voted to more than double funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $25 million for the coming year." *Virtually all of the funds allocated to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program go to Jewish organizations for "security" purposes. The *Forward* is even bold enough to ... more »

Warning of attack in South America

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 11 hours ago
This post is not about Bolivia, save for mention of one person who passed away there in 2012; Antonio Escobar, an Argentine diplomat. He, like Ivan Heyn, died in what some doubt was a suicide that winter. Heyn's death was more well known, as he was a finance minister accompanying the president to a conference in Uruguay. The press in the West ignored both. The public quickly moved on. One person who had doubts about their deaths stayed around to look at his own list of suspects, one of whom is a British citizen. And quite a few Argentinians might not have a problem believing that a ... more »

"Are You?

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

The Sham Within the Fraud

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
In a sane and equitable democratic system, Rachel Dolezal probably never would have made the cut in the Great Frauds in the History of Snake Oil. But since this is an insane hyper-capitalistic country running on the fumes of consumerism and identity politics, Rachel is the hot trending topic this week. The spectacle of a white woman passing as black is not unique in our history, but you wouldn't know it from all the mass media hysteria surrounding this story. Whether she is psychologically troubled or cynically opportunistic or altruistically sincere, Rachel Dolezal has done anybo... more »

Genetic Link Found Between Mental Illness and Creativity

Waking Times at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Arjun Walia - *A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience has discovered a genetic link between mental illness and creativity. The post Genetic Link Found Between Mental Illness and Creativity appeared first on Waking Times.

Canada's Top General: Military Sexual Misconduct Due To 'Biological Wiring'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CBC*: *Military sexual misconduct due to 'biological wiring,' Gen. Tom Lawson tells CBC News* *General made comments during exclusive interview with CBC's Peter Mansbridge* *Sexual harassment is still an issue in the Canadian Forces because people are "biologically wired in a certain way," Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson told CBC News on Tuesday, drawing outrage from opposition politicians and on social media.* *After CBC aired excerpts of his comments, Lawson quickly backpedalled and apologized for what he called an "awkward characterization."* *More News On Canada'...more »

Squabbling Over The Scraps

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 12 hours ago
I dashed up to the Cape to see the parents for a weekend - my dad is a pyromaniac. We grilled sugarsnap peas and asparagus from the local farmstand, and lobsters. Back home, the roses began blooming. We have had plenty of rain, which seems to leave them spotted. Sometimes they wilt before they fully bloom. And I have been busy with Airbnb guests, making breakfasts of omelets or French toast or this one, with lemony crepes. At the end of this post you can listen to the most recent episode of Extinction Radio, with many excellent reports and interviews. My fourth Dispatch From the E... more »

Top NATO General And NATO Sec. General Discuss How NATO Is Meeting New Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Phillip Breedlove. NATO Photo *Jens Stoltenberg And Philip M. Breedlove, WSJ: **How NATO Is Meeting New Threats* Our new Spearhead Force is up and running, and a 30,000-man Response Force is next. This month more than 15,000 troops from 22 nations are taking part in Allied Shield, a series of exercises designed to test the strength and readiness of NATO and allied armed forces. In the Baltic Sea, 50 ships and submarines and more than 50 aircraft from 17 countries are taking part in our 43rd B... more »

When Russians simply parrot and "improve" Soviet propaganda

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
*The 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia was neither legitimate nor helpful* There is a lot of propaganda in the West but a documentary that Rossiya 1, a major Russian TV station, aired last month makes us sure that propaganda is equally alive and well in Russia. The 44-minute documentary was called "The Warsaw Pact: Pages Declassified" ("Варшавский договор. Рассекреченные страницы") and the part dedicated to the invasion into Czechoslovakia starts at 13:45 and ends at 25:00 or 28:00, depending on what you count. The film is rather incredible from the viewpoint of Czech and Slovak ... more »

Boeing Wants To Sell The U.S. Air Force's Fleet Of A-10s To Allies Abroad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from Bagram Air Base flies a combat mission over Afghanistan, in this handout photograph taken on June 14, 2009, and obtained on May 20, 2014. The aging aircraft is now being readied for a possible sale to overseas air forces. Reuters/Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson/U.S. Air Force/Handout via Reuters *DoD Buzz*: *Boeing Looks to Sell Retired A-10 Warthogs Abroad* *PARIS — As the U.S. Air Force pushes to retire its fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, Boeing Co. doesn’t want the planes to waste away in the Arizona bone yard – it wants to sell them ab... more »

Another Leisurely Look at the C-51 Hearings

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
Look, I know that the bill passed. Just like I know nobody is reading this! But I'm finding this an informative, entertaining diversion. So I'ze gonna keep on doin' it. Like, I figured out why harpercon stooge (Payne?) "shared his time" with fellow harpercon stooge Roxanne James. It's because if he, himself had monologued for his entire alloted time, someone would have pointed it out. So they divided it up into two self-serving monopolizations of the Committee's time and avoided having to actually debate with the adults with less of a fuss. What am I going to read today? *The C... more »

Is The World Running Out Of Fresh Water?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *New NASA data show how the world is running out of water* *The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people — are being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides the most detailed picture yet of vital water reserves hidden under the Earth’s surface.* *Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the dec... more »

Precarious Situation of Iraq’s PM Abadi, Interview With Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform’s Sajad Jiyad

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi took office in September 2014 under the worst of circumstances. His predecessor Nouri al-Maliki felt like he should receive a third term, but after the insurgency’s summer offensive and U.S. pressure he was forced to stand aside for Abadi. The Islamic State (IS) held two of Iraq’s largest cities Mosul and Tikrit and large swaths of the northern and western part of the country. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) had disintegrated in the face of IS’s onslaught, and it took a fatwa from Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani to rally volunteers into the new Has... more »

Candida: How To Eliminate It Naturally

WTStaff at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Karen Foster- *Here's a detailed look into what candida is, symptoms and natural ways of treating it. The post Candida: How To Eliminate It Naturally appeared first on Waking Times.

MISTAKENLY TAKEN FOR SMART: Rachel Maddow’s Two Faces of Kasich!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015Part 2—Our own absurd dumpster fire:* How dumb can it get when cable news star Rachel Maddow presents her “campaign coverage?” Consider her recent, puzzling presentation about the two faces of Kasich. John Kasich is in his second term as governor of Ohio. As Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports in today’s New York Times, it seems increasingly likely that he will enter the Republican White House race. Kasich is 63. Because he entered the House at age 31, he’s been around a long time. Kasich was chairman of the House Budget Committee during the Gingrich revolution ...more »

Is the US Complicit in Ethnic Cleansing in Syria? Yes, Obviously!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*The obvious and only answer is YES!* Yes the US is complicit in the ethnic cleansing going on right now in Syria. I of course wouldn’t limit it to just this one incident. In order to be complicit, *choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity*, the US needs partner in crime. Which they have in their allied Kurdish groups (Not all Kurds, but, some are extremely vile, despicable and treacherous) The Nation report *harkens back to a US airstrike* made in Syria, *called in by Kurdish militias*, which resulted in large civilian c... more »

Blue America Trucks To Roll Across California

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Blue Dog Jim Costa voted with the GOP to pay for TPP with cuts to Medicare Big Business/Wall Street-oriented conservatives in California from both parties voted to fast-track the job-killing TPP last week. All of California's Republicans and most of the state's Blue Dogs and New Dems voted badly on the package of bills. So did a couple of normal Democrats-- Sam Farr, Anna Eshoo and Karen Bass. Most California congressmembers voted against the trade deal. These were the California Members who voted against the interests of their own constituents instead: *•* Karen Bass (D-L.A.) *•* A... more »

Conflicts Cost 13 Percent Of World GDP

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Guardian*:* Global cost of conflict reaches $14.3tn, says report* *Global Peace Index shows wars wreaking havoc on economies as world spends more than 13% of GDP on costs related to violence* *The world’s steady shift away from peace and into conflict inflicted a $14.3tn (£9.21tn) cost on the global economy last year, as nations ramped up military spending and more people were driven from their jobs, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI).* *Fighting in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan had wreaked havoc on economies and helped push the level of peace in the world to its ... more »

NATO Responds To Russian President Putin's Nuclear Moves

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Independent:* *Nato calls Russia's plan to boost its nuclear arsenal 'sabre-rattling' * *The criticism comes after the US announced plans to deploy tanks and heavy weaponry in Nato member statesNato has accused the Russian government of “sabre-rattling” after President Vladmir Putin announced plans to add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to its nuclear arsenal in 2015.Mr Putin said the missiles will be able to "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems", and that 70 per cent of the nation’s military equipment would... more »

Support Okinawa Movement to Stop U.S. Base Expansions

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
In Henoko on Okinawa two US Marine V-shaped runways will extend out into pristine Oura bay covering a total area of 205 hectares. Of this total area, 160 hectares is to be in-fill, dredged from the sea. Already large concrete blocks weighing as much as 45 tons were dropped on 75 seabed sites destroying 94 colonies of coral. Okinawans regularly protest at base gates and try to block sea construction operations in their kayaks. Like on Jeju Island, South Korea they are manhandled and arrested by the Japanese government.

8 Ways to Unplug With Your Kids

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
Unplugging is hard. My husband and I both work in social media and so our phones are constantly buzzing with things that need to be taken care of. As much as I love my smart phone and my ability to work anywhere, sometimes I wish we could take a step back from the time where everyone can reach us every second of the day. We have certain rules in place in our house, no phones at the dinner table and such, trying to give our family the much needed time away, but sometimes, it doesn't seem like enough. This last week, I decided I was going to unplug for the whole day. Nothing would g... more »

Russian President Putin: Moscow Will Respond To 'NATO Deployments'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russian president Vladimir Putin. (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev) *RT:* *Moscow will respond to NATO approaching Russian borders ‘accordingly’ – Putin* *If NATO threatens Russia’s territories Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly, said President Vladimir Putin. This comes after he announced Russia's strategic forces will be getting over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015.* *“If someone threatens our territories, it means that we will have to aim our armed forces accordingly at the territories from where the threat is coming. How else could it be? It is NAT... more »

The KMT Rules

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*I didn't know that if you water rattan, it grows.* James Hilton remarks in *Lost Horizon* that the Chinese manage to combine official rigidity with unofficial flexibility. I got a dose of that this morning, when I presented my standing ticket and asked if there was a seat on the train, which there always is. The ticket seller, an older man with one of those flat, sincere faces, tapped a stubby finger on a notice posted on the window. "Can't make changes within one hour of the train leaving." I made a few tart comments that cast aspersions on the ancestry and good behavior of the... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*'Teach British values in schools', says head of Ofsted* The teaching of British values in schools is vital to help prevent pupils being lured abroad to join ISIS, the head of Ofsted said yesterday. Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of schools, insisted that young Muslim pupils ‘need to believe that they belong to our society’ and have a future here. This will help stop them from falling for the promises made by terrorists in Syria and Iraq. The former headteacher warned that schools which fail to promote British values – such as tolerance for other faiths – will be failed by ... more »

North Korea Says That It Is Experiencing The Worst Drought in 100 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *North Korea 'hit by worst drought in 100 years'* *State news agency says 30% of rice fields have dried up after lower than average rainfall in May* *North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture.* *The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought had caused about 30% of its rice paddies to dry up. Rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.* *“Water levels of reservoirs stand at the lowest, while rivers and streams are getting dry,” it said in a re... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Warmists still longing for Zion* *Their Zion is an actual increase in global temperature. "2015 May Bring Long-Awaited Step-Jump In Global Temperatures", says paid propagandist Joe Romm. But the figures he is getting his kicks from are the much-massaged surface records. Strange that he doesn't mention the much more accurate satellite data which shows that this year and last are nowhere near record temperatures. * Historically, the global temperature trend-line is more like a staircase than a ramp. We now appear to be headed for a step-jump in global temperatures — one that ... more »

Former NSA Head: Impact Of Edward Snowden's Leaks On Data-Collection Efforts Have Been Minimal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *He is mocking the new restrictions that have been imposed by the US government on NSA data collection .... and he is correct .... the new restrictions are a joke. I also agree with his analysis on whether Edward Snowden was helped by an intelligence agency when he collected the data and made his leak public .... there is zero evidence that he was.

Former CIA - NSA Head: This Is How China Will Use The Latest Cyber Hack To Recruit Spies In the U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Hill*: *Ex-CIA head: ‘Shame on us’ for allowing government hack* *The historic theft of millions of government workers’ data was “honorable espionage work” and a “legitimate foreign intelligence target,” according to former CIA Director Michael Hayden.* *“This is not ‘shame on China.’ This is ‘shame on us’ for not protecting that kind of information,” Hayden, who also previously served as head of the National Security Agency, said at The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network meeting in Washington on Monday evening.* *WNU Editor:* He makes sense.

Allan Dulles, Heinrich Himmler and the Failed Assassination of AdolfHitler

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
Christ, there's *tonnes* of evidence for this one... And it appears that he was REPEATEDLY warned by Washington that his codes were compromised and the Germans were probably reading every single thing he sent (which they were), and he kept on doing it anyway. Incompetence theory....? Even the Finns were reading it - and although they never formally joined the Axis, Finland was most assuredly a German ally and would have been sharing military intelligence with Berlin. The Soviets and Finland agreed an armistice during 1944 (at Yalta, it was agreed that the Finnish-Soviet confl... more »

He Doesn't Practice It At Home

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.slideshare.net/ Eight hundred years ago this week, King John was forced to sign the Magna Charta. But today, Errol Mendes writes, King Stephen is trying to place himself above the document which is the foundation of parliamentary democracy: And yet, in the actions of the Harper government we see all too many instances of powerful people trying to set themselves above the law. How else can one read an attempt by the government to hide inside a massive omnibus budget bill a law that would retroactively invalidate an inv... more »

Why Bananas Should be a Part of Your Daily Diet

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Meme - *Learn why bananas continue to be categorized as one of the best foods in the world. The post Why Bananas Should be a Part of Your Daily Diet appeared first on Waking Times.

Economic News Data and Views ( June 17 , 2015 ) - Special focus Greece ( State of play on Wednesday , ahead of important EWG Meeting , as Debt Truth Committee meets in Athens , ahead of Tspiras meeting with Putin in Moscow to discuss energy cooperation between Greece and Russia )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
**Russian Market* ‏@russian_market 50m50 minutes ago Kazimir mentions default for Greece and says "Euro members are ready to talk with Greece until last day" Tweets.... Greece.... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 37m 37 minutes ago DIJSSELBLOEM: TOLD *GREECE* DEAL CAN'T BE REACHED ON LAST DAY. We'll find out in 13 days *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago Russian Budget Assumes No Financial Aid for *Greece*: Siluanov *Paul Mason* ‏@paulmasonnews 9m 9 minutes ago Clearly governor of Greek Central Bank and government in complete breakdown of confidence. Rare in... more »

Islamic Militance 2, ISIS Threats in South East Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
Last month, I attended this conference at Edsa Shangrila. I learned there that the main sponsor was the Office of the President; I thought it was the RSIS in Singapore because all the key speakers were from that institute. The speakers in the morning session were Ahmed Hashim, Bilbeer Singh, and Joseph Franco, all from RSIS. Reactors though were all from the Philippines -- Dr. Clarita Carlos, Ma. Antonina Leong, and B/Gen. Carlito Galvez. The 3 speakers from Singapore were fine, articulate, but while A. Hashim's paper was good, I was not impressed by the two other presentations. I ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*U.S. cities running out of water ~Thomas C, Frohlick* *Animal Rescue: High heat can harm pets’ health ~Tracy D. Howerton, The Advocate * *Longer Red Snapper season? ~WWL*

Saanich-Gulf Islands - perhaps not quite Ground Zero after all

Alison at Creekside - 17 hours ago
Saanich Gulf Islands in 2008 is widely perceived by many to be "ground zero for election fraud in Canada", as Elizabeth May puts it. Not only did the perps successfully pull it off but Elections Canada's botched investigation demonstrated it could be done in future elections with impunity. The scam comes in two parts. (Wet coasters may want to skip this bit.) 1)Robocalls Environmentalist and SGI Lib candidate Briony Penn lost in the 2008 election when robocalls from the US spoofed the NDP campaign number and encouraged SGI voters to vote for the NDP candidate who had very publicly dr... more »

US Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the-horizon'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: USS Desert Ship (LLS-1)]The U.S. Navy's USS Desert Ship (LLS-1) crew fired a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 at a medium-range supersonic target, successfully engaging the simulated 'over-the-horizon' threat. This mission was the next in a test series for Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA), a program designed to link U.S. Navy ships and airborne sensors into a single network. "This flight test is yet another demonstration of SM-6 providing the U.S. Navy with critical defensive capabilities against emerging threats," said Capt. Michael Ladner, Program... more »

New AIM-9X Sidewinder missile completes Operational Test and Evaluation live fires

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: AIM-9X Sidewinder]The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company completed operational testing and evaluation live fires of the AIM-9X® Sidewinder Block II infrared air-to-air missile. Testing and evaluation consisted of 16 planned shots against a mix of full-scale and sub-scale targets. The U.S. government is now finalizing approval, acceptance and delivery of Block II missiles to the U.S. services and foreign allies for later this year. "The AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II builds upon the proven reliability of Block I with significant advancements that improve handling, loading, in-flight... more »

Thales and Textron AirLand announce successful integration of I-Master radar on Scorpion jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Scorpion Jet]Thales and Textron AirLand announced today at the International Paris Air Show 2015, that they have successfully jointly integrated Thales’ I-Master radar on to Textron AirLand’s Scorpion Jet(tm). The addition of the radar into the Scorpion’s mission system compliments the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor suite which already includes a high end EO/IR capability. Having integrated the multi-mode radar into Scorpion within just two weeks, the first flight trials took place in late May. Combined with an EO/IR camera, I-Master adds long ra... more »

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Bombardier Join Forces For JSTARS Recap Program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: JSTARS Recap business jet platform]Raytheon Company and Bombardier have teamed with Lockheed Martin to deliver a low-risk, affordable solution for the United States Air Force’s JSTARS Recapitalization program. Embracing the United States government’s desire for strong industry partnerships, the Lockheed Martin-led team will provide the Air Force capabilities superior to the current JSTARS. The team will also deliver a true open system architecture to allow the government to own the technical baseline for future upgrades and reduce life cycle cost. “Our track record of perfor... more »

Belarus Tests Secretive Rocket Launcher System in China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Polonez rocket launcher]Belarus tested its new Polonez rocket launcher system in China, which has a considerably greater range than Soviet-made Smerch systems and could indicate a secretive development between the two countries which lasted over a decade. The Belarusian multiple rocket launcher system (MLRS) Polonez has passed tests in China, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's press service reported on Tuesday. Very little is known about the system, which was first publicly presented at the May 9, 2015 Victory Day Parade in Minsk. The system's publicly declared spe... more »

Putin Says Russia to Boost Nuclear Arsenal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Topol-M (SS-27) ICBM]President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will boost its nuclear arsenal by more than 40 intercontinental missiles this year, in a move likely to further unnerve the West. The declaration from the Kremlin strongman came as Russia reacted with fury to reports that the U.S. is planning to bulk up its military deployments in eastern Europe, with tensions between Russia and the West are at their highest since the end of the Cold War over the conflict in Ukraine. "This year the size of our nuclear forces will increase by over 40 new intercontinental b... more »

Jeffrey Smith and IRT on Tour with Neil Young! - July 2015

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
*Neil Young pictured here with Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson's son).*Jeffrey Smith's Lecture Tour 2015 The following events have confirmed keynote, workshop, or other presentation by Jeffrey Smith. Contact organizers directly as appropriate for registration and additional information. Local times are listed. *Jeffrey Smith and IRT on Tour with Neil Young!* The rocker takes on GMO-producing chemical company Monsanto on latest LP,"The Monsanto Years" and on the Rebel Content tour this summer with the new song "Rock Starbucks, a coffee shop." *Jeffrey Smith, Director of the Institute f... more »

Attack Aircraft Put on Alert for Training Exercises in Russia's South

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-25SM Frogfoot]More than a dozen Russian Su-25 Frogfoot air support jets from the Southern Military District have been put on alert for training exercises in the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District’s press service announced Wednesday. “Units from the airbase were put on high combat alert and ground service units have developed the action plan for flight preparations. During the exercises, the pilots will conduct tasks on low-elevation flights, search for hidden movements of military equipment, and dodge anti-aircraft d... more »

P&W completes first F135 engine start in Italy's first F-35A aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-35A AL1]Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has successfully completed the first engine start and ground run of its F135 engine in Italy's first F-35A aircraft, AL-1, at the F-35 Final Assembly Check-Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Italy. The F135 engine test was supported by the joint team of P&W, Lockheed Martin, Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, and the Italian Ministry of Defense (MOD). P&W was contracted to deliver ready-to-install engines to Alenia Aermacchi for the AL-1. Read more

India, Russia talks on to modernize Su-30MKI fighters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKI Flanker]Russia and India are discussing comprehensive modernization of the Su-30MKI fighters, Konstantin Biryulin, head of the Russian delegation, said at the 51st International Paris Air and Space Show. Responding to a question from TASS about modernization of the Indian Su-30 MKI fleet of fighters, Biryulin, the Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, said, “together with our Indian partners, we are now holding talks on the comprehensive modernization of the Su-30MKI aircraft, which were delivered about 20 years ago”. “The m... more »

No 10 Emails Self Destruct In Three Months - the BBC's reaction to reading this Sky News story

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Imagine your a BBC newsoid and you read this article on Sky News http://news.sky.com/story/1503590/no-10-emails-self-destruct-in-three-months here's what I'd imagine your thoughts would be... 'Emails sent from Downing Street computers self-destruct within three months in a system, it has been disclosed.' Hold on, this could be big, get me Liberty on the phone. 'Under a system, which makes it more difficult for the public to get answers from Freedom of Information requests, messages vanish unless people actively save them.' Can we get Shami Chakrabarti onto the lunch time news? ... more »

RSAF to add four C295W to its service

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Airbus Defence & Space has identified Saudi Arabia as the customer for four C295Ws, with the medium transports to be operated by the nation's interior ministry. “The C295W has been chosen based on its demonstrated excellent operational capabilities in hot and severe conditions, and its proven affordable maintenance and operational costs,” an Airbus spokesman said. The company gave no details about when the aircraft will be handed over. The Royal Saudi Air Force currently operates four earlier-generation CN235s, with the transports having been produced in 1986 and 1987. It also has... more »

Selex ES to provide SAGE electronic warfare system to Indonesia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: CN235 MPA]Selex ES has signed a contract with US-based prime contractor Integrated Surveillance and Defense Inc. (ISD) to provide a SAGE 600 digital Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system for the Indonesian Air Force. The system will be delivered in September for integration onto a maritime patrol mission system for an Indonesian Air Force Airbus CN-235 aircraft. SAGE is an electronic warfare system for RF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It passively collects emitter data from RF sources at a tactically significant range, compares them with an emitt... more »

Coast Guard to Upgrade HC-144A Aircraft to HC-144B Configuration

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HC-144A Ocean Sentry]The Coast Guard is upgrading its fleet of 18 HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft with new avionics. The HC-144As will be modified as they go “through a maintenance period to address obsolescence issues,” said Chad Saylor, a Coast Guard spokesman. “The key change is replacement of the cockpit control and display unit, which is used in flight management and serves as the primary avionics computer for communication control, navigation and equipment monitoring,” Saylor said. “All 18 aircraft will be upgraded.” Read more

Grown-Up Surveillance Capabilities For Junior-sized Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Vulcanair P68 multi-mission aircraft]Airborne Technologies’ latest venture is a King Air for Croatia. Other aircraft and systems can be optimized to the customer’s requirements. Although it is showing a surveillance-configured Vulcanair MMA in the static park, this week’s big news from Airborne Technologies (Static B4) is its selection by Croatia to provide a Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprop twin fitted with the Airborne LINX package. Once it has acquired a new King Air from Beechcraft Berlin, the company will convert the aircraft at its Austrian headquarters and effect de... more »

Blog Changes

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
By American Kabuki I am changing the look and format of the blog, please bear with me today as some elements of the blog may be misaligned or in odd places. I will be correcting this throughout the day. If worst comes to worst, I'll just reload the old look.... PS: one of the issues I can see already is a bandwidth issue with the sliding images in the header... since my bandwidth is not all that fast myself... that little annoyance is making itself known early...

Navy Plans to Fire Lasers from Carriers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Laser Weapon System, or LaWS]The Navy plans to outfit is new Ford-class aircraft carriers with a wide range of laser weapons to shoot down incoming missiles and eventually provide offensive fire power, senior service official said. With this future in mind, the Ford-class carriers are built with three times the electrical power generating capacity compared to Nimitz-class carriers, Moore said. The USS Ford is able to generate 13,800 volts of electrical power, more than three times the 4,160 volts that a Nimitz-class carrier generates, said Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, Program Ex... more »

Aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford suffers temporary catapult setback

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Ultimately, they did manage to pull off a few successful tests of the Gerald R. Ford's new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, two hours after eighteen members of the media were escorted off the aircraft carrier, and driven off shipyard property. During the time media were present, the plan was to launch a 15,000-pound sled 300-feet off the end of the Ford, into the James River, to replicate what it wold be like to launch an airplane. But it didn't happen. Leaders vowed they'd get to the bottom of the problem, described as an "electrical circuit system fault." "We will at the... more »

Russian Firm Designs New Warship to Replace Sanctions-Slain Model

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Project 20382 (Tiger) class FS]A Russian naval design bureau is creating a new class of military vessels, news agency TASS reported Tuesday, in effect replacing a design that was recently scrapped because of its dependence on foreign components. The new design will be based on the Tiger-class (Project 20382) corvette, a family of small warships built in Russian shipyards for export to customers in Southeast Asia. The Russian navy is now interested in the vessels, which were designed by the St. Petersburg-based Almaz design bureau, said Alexander Shlyakhtenko, the company's C... more »

Australian navy mulls $1bn deal for Fire Scout helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-8C Fire Scout]The navy is considering buying ­futuristic unmanned helicopters to operate from its new warships to greatly boost the potency of the fleet. The full-size helicopter drones would be the first of their kind used by the Royal Australian Navy and would enhance its ability to conduct intelligence and reconnaissance operations. The fleet of helicopter drones, which could cost more than $1 billion, would work in tandem with the navy’s 24 new MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters now arriving in Australia under a $3.2bn deal. Read more

Could Chimps Cook?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Good lord! get a grip already. Set up a simple gas range that cannot be easily broken and provide a cast iron fry pan. show them a couple of times and then get out of the kitchen and observe. After they learn the obvious lessons they should do fine. It may take a couple of tries but having chimps cooking up their own food will teach us more about chimp cognition than a thousand rat trials which is what is described here. The animals do mature into adept tool users who only need a hint to catch on. Treat them right and we may even succeed in a better level of communication.... more »

How Islamic State Victories Shape the Syrian Civil War

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is what war looks like when there is no organized large stabalizing force available. as i posted years ago, the best strategic move would be to then rotate the US ground army into Kurdistan up against the Iranian border. The threat real and implied would have focused everyone's mind wonderfully while allowing a loyal base of operations to grow stronger. It still needs to be done. The only thing certain now though is that such a move would be opposed by every available faction and that alone makes it correct. Everyone one has an ante in this tribal pot and the only s... more »

Bee Crisis: More Than 40 Percent of Honey Bee Colonies Lost

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
What is going on is outrageous. Have we learned nothing? It is impossible for Bayer to admit guilt because they are then liable to one of the greatest losses ever inflicted on agriculture. All these companies will be driven into bankruptcy. The cause was completely clear with excellent science back in 2007 when i first began to cover this problem. since then they have blanketed the entire farmland of North America with this stuff and have done so repeatedly. The stuff is persistent and impacts all wild insects. It has decimated the monarch butterfly population in the same wa... more »

'I Wished They Had Killed Me'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
And just what actionable intelligence was acquired? The answer is none. The reason for none is that the individual had none and he had no likely ability to have any. A fundamental aspect of a secret organization is to operate in small cells unable to betray any other cell. If paranoid enough you use drop boxes and cutouts to prevent identification. For all that, the only useful intelligence held will be useful briefly and must be acquiesced immediately. After that, the whole purpose of torture is just that torture for torture's sake. All participants have met the standard ... more »

The Economy: Greg Hunter, "Next Financial Calamity Unavoidable- John Embry"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Next Financial Calamity Unavoidable- John Embry"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "John Embry, Senior Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management, says there is no doubt another financial calamity is coming. In fact, Embry says, “It’s unavoidable. It’s inevitable is the word I would use. There is no getting out of it. If you thought 2008 was bad, and I thought it was terrible, this time, there is no ammunition left. You can’t take interest rates any lower. All you can do is print even more money. That really didn’t work the last time. The safety nets are largely gone if we ... more »

Leaked paper: Should Greece cut defence spending?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HS apanikolis (S 120)]One of the oddities of Greece’s bailout programme has been that, despite five years of punishing austerity, its military budget remains amongst the highest in the EU. Early in the crisis, the issue became controversial during a dispute over whether Athens should follow through on a contract to purchase German-built diesel submarines – a move that was criticised as a way to curry favour with Greece’s largest creditor. More recently, the far-left government of Alexis Tsipras raised questions when it agreed to sign off on a €500m programme to upgrade five ... more »

Trident whistleblower William McNeilly 'discharged' from Royal Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ID card William McNeilly]The Trident safety whistleblower, William McNeilly, says he has been dishonourably discharged from the Royal Navy to protect its public image. In a nine-page report posted online, the former nuclear submariner attacks “military deceivers” and naval “spin doctors” for downplaying his allegations about multiple safety and security lapses. “It is shocking that some people in a military force can be more concerned about public image than public safety,” he says. Read more

Russia To Finish Building ‘World’s Stealthiest’ Submarines By 2023

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 885 (Yasen) class SSN]Russia is going to complete building a series of seven Yasen-class nuclear submarines by 2023. The confirmation comes from Vladimir Dorofeyev, CEO of the Malakhit Marine Engineering Design Bureau. It is believed that the Yasen-class vessels are the “stealthiest submarines” in the world. The submarines will be 13.5 meters wide, 119 meters long and 9.4 meters high. They will have a maximum speed of 31 knots submerged and 16 knots surfaced. The Yase-class submarines, touted as a deserving counterpart to the Seawolf- and Virginia-class submarines ow... more »

Mises on the Quantity Theory of Money

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 21 hours ago
[image: Embedded image permalink] *Weird factoid: US$1 = **Zimbabwe* * $250,000,000,000,000 (i.e., 250 trillion). So apparently quantity does matter, n’est ce pas.* Some folk think money or credit conjured out of thin air somehow has no effect on prices. They explicitly repudiate what’s called “the Quantity Theory of Money.” The basic idea of the Quantity Theory of Money is that more money chasing the same number of goods leads to higher prices. Or, conversely, that every new dollar that enters the economic system devalues the purchasing power of every existing dollar. And, in tr... more »

June 16: Queen furious as Camilla cheats on Charles...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 21 hours ago
Who could possibly care? And yet, many people do. Supermarkets sell thousands of these brainless gossip mags at the checkout counters every day. So, to find out the really important things going on in the world today, I turn to the Irving press. "Province's 1st girls' team happy to see women's soccer in city". "Province, feds exchange harsh words over Moncton events centre"."Moncton urges use of smaller garbage cans". And a big story, "Nova Scotia man to be sentenced in Moncton ATM attempt". "Shediac restaurants urged to get creative with lobster during festival." Oh, how I long fo... more »

Pentagon Using Social Media To Influence World Opinion Against Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Philip Ewing, Politico:* *Pentagon’s YouTube war with Russia* *After Russian jet buzzes U.S. warship, Defense Department posts video to sway public opinion.* *The West’s simmering standoff with Russia has prompted the Pentagon to reach for a new weapon: YouTube.* *Defense officials have concluded it’s no longer enough to lodge formal complaints when Russian bombers probe U.S. air defenses off Alaska, fighters barrel-roll around American reconnaissance aircraft over Eastern Europe, or attack jets buzz American warships at sea — especially since Russia’s state-funded media commo... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 H... more »

Mandatory Vaccinations Are Coming

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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