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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2 June - Blogs I'm Following

World Intellectual Property Organization HQ in...World Intellectual Property Organization HQ in Geneva (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Time to say Goodbye

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
Recently, writers of several television programs have announced the end of the series. When asked why, they replied that "it was time". That is how I feel about Reduce Footprints ... it's time for me to end the series. It's been a terrific run. Since 2008, generous readers have shared their knowledge and experiences with me. In turn, I've tried to research various issues and open them up for discussion. Together we've done our best to live a green life and encourage others to do the same. We have much to be proud of. While there is, and will always be, more to say about the envir... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Pamela and Randy Copus are the duo known as 2002. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards and a wind instrument called a WX5. Both musicians also provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a "virtual choir" with a celestial, angelic quality.” 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqLFemZOOg&feature=related

Talking intellectual property

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
It's long and it's not perfect, but this interview with occasional NOT PC guest poster Dale Halling is a fascinating ramble around some of the thornier and least understood elements of patent law, copyright and the validity of intellectual property -- the key to which (as with all property) is not whether or not something tangible is produced, but *whether or not a new value is brought into the world*... Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy. The Coma Cluster of Galaxies pictured above is one of the densest clusters known - it contains thousands of galaxies. Each of these galaxies houses billions of stars - just as our own Milky Way Galaxy does. *Click image for larger size.* Although nearby when compared to most other clusters, light from the Coma Cluster still takes hundreds of millions of years to reach us. In fact, the Coma Cluster is so big it takes light millions of years just to go from one side to the other! Most galaxies in Coma and other clusters are ell... more »

Chet Raymo

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Republics of Virtue”* by Chet Raymo “Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (1743-1794) was one of the greatest scientific lights of his time, the so-called "Father of Modern Chemistry," who, among many other things, made important contributions to the chemistry of life. He was very much a person of the Enlightenment, who believed in the scrupulous use of language, the primacy of reason over the emotions, and the empirical foundations of truth. Of one of his theories he had this to say: "Perhaps I shall be obliged to make some modification in the doctrine that I have presented…I shall not ... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“There is always something to be happy about. Truly happy. And if you have the audacity to find it and the courage to make it your focus, in spite of the countless temptations to do otherwise, you will have learned well, your life will be transformed, and all things will be added unto you. Trust me, I have connections.” "End" game, The Universe - http://www.tut.com

Psychology: “The Dark Side of Goal-Setting”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Dark Side of Goal-Setting”* by PsyBlog “I wouldn't be surprised if you are fed up with hearing about goal-setting. I am. Goal-setting has become a personal, corporate and political fetish. Modern workers are frequently subjected to performance reviews in which they must set themselves goals to work towards. The fact that these targets are frequently idiotic or meaningless seems to be irrelevant. Whole countries are now run on targets. Here in Britain, like elsewhere, politicians have become obsessed with goal-setting. Goals have been set for everything, from economic indicato... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.” - Marc Estrin

10YearsAgo: Free trade makes strange bedfellows

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Somebody reminded me over the weekend that I've been blogging for over ten years now -- which is sort of sad, and also sort of an achievement.The strange thing in all that time is that while names and faces change, the arguments are often the same old arguments. Consider this post from out of the archives, from ten years ago this week ... No Right Turn is more eloquent than Rod Donald when it comes to arguing against Helen Clark's free trade deal with China: As for the wider issue of whether we should be pursuing free trade with a totalitarian shithole like China, the rest of Clark'... more »

Testing Fever in the UK

skrashen at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Michael Rosen published an open letter to Nicky Morgan, UK Education Secretary in the Guardian: *Dear Ms Morgan: this isn’t education, it’s testing, testing, testing * *Some quotes:* "A secondary pupil in year 9 can expect to be doing a sit-down test at the rate of one a week for a whole year. The system is becoming instruct-and-test over smaller and smaller time spans." "At the very moment when the human condition is at its most curious, when the environment we adults construct can as easily foster that curiosity as slap it down, you are guaranteeing that many parents will focus on... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg*: *Why Islamic State Keeps Winning* *When Islamic State seized Iraq’s largest northern city of Mosul almost a year ago, tribal leader Hekmat Suleiman was sure the extremist militants wouldn’t expand further into his hometown.* *“We bet Islamic State won’t have what it takes to last,” Suleiman said in October during a visit to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, smoke rising from his shisha water pipe. “We’ve reached the beginning of the end of extremism.”* *He was wrong. His hometown of Ramadi fell last month, three days before... more »

She Was Nina Simone 24/7... A Revolutionary As Well As The High Priestess of Soul

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
"How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?" asks asserts Nina Simone in the breathtaking new documentary *What Happened, Miss Simone*, which will start streaming on Netflix June 26. The Apollo Theater was the scene of the NYC debut of the film Monday night, which featured a mini concert tribute from Lauryn Hill. Rolling Stone described the film as tracing "the life of the iconic singer and activist from her childhood classical training to her triumphant late-Eighties resurgence. Using recordings of Simone interviews and glimpses of diary entries to tell the tale, the fi... more »

Capitalism Defused the Population Bomb

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Guest post by Chelsea German* *Capitalism Defused the Population Bomb**Food production is booming* Journalists know that alarmism attracts readers. An article in the British newspaper the *Independent* titled, “Have we reached ‘peak food’? Shortages loom as global production rates slow” claimed humanity will soon face mass starvation. Just as Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb predicted that millions would die due to food shortages in the 1970s and 1980s, the article in 2015 tries to capture readers’ interest through unfounded fear. Let’s take a look at the actual s... more »

Waking Up From The Biggest Illusion In The World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - Part of our human experience is deceiving. Can we stop feeding the illusion? The post Waking Up From The Biggest Illusion In The World appeared first on Waking Times.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”* by Marc Chernoff "These questions have no right or wrong answers, because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer. 1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 2. Which is worse, failing or never trying? 3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? 4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? 5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? 6. If happiness was the national currency, what k... more »

“10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn”* by Martha Beck “In the past 10 years, I've realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I'm most grateful to have unlearned: *1. Problems are bad.* You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You learned that problems- comment se dit?- suck. But people without real problems go mad and invent things like base jumping and wedding planning. Real problems are wonderful, each carrying the seeds of its own solution. Job burnout? It's steering you ... more »


urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 4 hours ago
By Paul McGuire June 2, 2015 NewsWithViews.com Our entire planet is convulsing from the massive changes coming to our economic, political, and religious systems. Watching our television news and social media, millions of people are simply overwhelmed by events; it is as if our collective unconscious is being infected with dread and despair. Images of ISIS terrorists wearing black robes and masks beheading journalists and innocent women in their attempt to establish a new Islamic caliphate are both horrific and barbaric. In response to this terrorist threat from an extreme Islamic ... more »

Stephen Harper Directs Health Canada To Bury Head In Sand(Unmuzzle CKNW`s Drex)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 5 hours ago
Written by Grant G CKNW`s Drex show...6:00 PM to 10:pm weekdays....Drex`s show has had an advertiser advertising medical marijuana.. Health Canada under Stephen Harper`s direction has forced CKNW`s Drex to stop advertising medical marijuana, .... CKNW`s management has prevented Drex from commenting on this situation.. http://www.theprovince.com/health/Health+Canada+tells+CKNW+stop/11102947/story.html Drex, ....That is his radio name...The article linked above went out of their way to give readers Drex`s real name...Why was that necessary? ....It`s called Stephen Harper inti...more »

Letter from VFP to Okinawan Officials

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Tarak Kauff, Veterans for Peace board member, presenting a letter of support from the Veterans for Peace. June 1, 2014. Okinawa Governor Onaga was represented by Hideo Henzan, Director of Okinawa Prefecture Office in Washington, D.C. Video by Regis Tremblay.

World News Briefs -- June 2, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Sepp Blatter, Under Investigation, to Resign as FIFA President* *Sepp Blatter, who was re-elected last week for a fifth term as president of world soccer’s governing body, said Tuesday that he would resign his position as law enforcement officials confirmed that he was a focus of a federal corruption investigation.* *Mr. Blatter had for days tried to distance himself from the controversy, but several United States officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that in their efforts to build a case against Mr. Blatter they were hoping to win the cooper... more »

Come and protest the rates rises!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*You may have noticed that rates in Auckland are going up, up, up -- and then up again some more.* *You may not have known however that there will be a public meeting next week to oppose the iniquitous rates increases ...* AUCKLAND RATES MEETING JUNE 10 Grey Lynn resident Ray Calver is part of a group of concerned ratepayers organising the Auckland Rates Increases Public Meeting to be held next Wednesday, June 10. There is widespread anger at the imposition of an average 9.9% rates increases across Auckland. It particularly hurts those in poorer parts of Auckland where residents of... more »

Pol. Ideology 64, Big World Government or Smaller Countries and Governments?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
I am reposting portions of a great piece written by a friend, Jayant Bhandari. Jayant is a Canada-based Indian consultant who constantly travels the world looking for investment opportunities, particularly in the natural resource sector, and advises institutional investors about his finds. I met him about three years ago when he came to Manila. Jayant also runs a yearly seminar in Vancouver entitled "Capitalism & Morality." --------------- World Government, or Smaller Countries? Some believe that we are rapidly moving towards a world government. The European Union was one of the mo... more »

It's About Obsessions

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
Stephen Harper is a man obsessed. He's obsessed by Alberta bitumen. He's obsessed by the Liberal Party -- particularly the name Trudeau. And he's obsessed with punishment -- most particularly, the punishment of Omar Khadr. Gerry Caplan writes: Under the Geneva Conventions, which govern the rules of war, soldiers who kill other soldiers in battle are not committing crimes. Otherwise, how could we have civilized wars? It was only some time after 9/11 that George W. Bush unilaterally decided that al-Qaeda fighters weren’t legitimate wartime combatants entitled to this protection. So ... more »

Bump to the Top--In light of FIFA President Sudden Resignation

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
*FIFA Political football .... wrap up? Or, just end of first half?* *UPDATE #2: June 2, 2015 US is investigating Blatter...the US, which has one of the most corrupt, bought and paid for judicial systems in the world. The game is over. The US has killed FIFA and international Football--Soccer. Oh, and the kicker (no pun intended) "Europe Plots to hold 'Alternative World Cup' and boycott Russia. * *UPDATE: June 2, 2015 *Sepp Blatter suddenly resigns. Is he being blackmailed? We know everyone else with any degree of power is. Money threatened to be withdrawn unless Blatter r... more »

Apache Resistance at Oak Flat June 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago

Serbia - Color Revolution and the Future of the Region - Joaquin

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Title: Serbia - Color Revolution and the Future of the Region - Joaquin. Source: 108morris108. Date Published: May 31, 2015.

Steve Russell : Use writing talent without losing it

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
The acid test of good writing is how it sounds when read aloud. When you write like an artist, people would pay to hear your words recited. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | June 2, 2015 This goes … finish reading Steve Russell : Use writing talent without losing it

FIFA Update: Sepp Blatter Resigns after election win?!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Sepp Blatter: Fifa president's resignation speech in full Sepp Blatter: wins and then resigns. Why? "*I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency* and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and the great sport of football. "I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want to do only what is best for Fifa and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but Fifa's challenges are not. Fifa needs a profound overhaul. *"While I have a mandate from the... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Don't laugh too hard, Republicans, you know what's coming... lol "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell." - Harry S. Truman

Did John Oliver bring down FIFA's Sepp Blatter? Or was it the heat on smarmy FIFA Sec'y Gen'l Jérôme Valcke? Or maybe heat from other sources?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*The June 2014 FIFA report* *Sunday night's "FIFA II" update* *In Sunday night's "FIFA II" update, John made a heartfelt plea to FIFA's commercial sponsors: "Please! Make Sepp Blatter go away! I will do anything!" (And he demonstrated the point.)* *by Ken* On Sunday night's *Last Week Tonight*, John Oliver returned to the subject of FIFA, of which he did such a devastating takedown last June on the eve of the World Cup in Brazil. Obviously recent developments called for a further look, and John didn't overlook the now-famous (I hope) $6,000-a-month Cat Apartment in Trump Tower, r... more »

The Agendas Behind HAARP Weather Control Programs

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Film - *Our atmosphere is now a weapon!!! Weather is being manipulated through intense regular chemtrail spraying and HAARP technology. Here's a film that investigates the agendas behind these programs. The post The Agendas Behind HAARP Weather Control Programs appeared first on Waking Times.

June 2: Lord, love a duck.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
Banner headline, page 1. "Events centre still in holding pattern". Translation - "nothing has happened". And so we get a big story on the front page, telling us that nothing has happened. And the rest of the story tells us nothing we didn't know already. Apparently, Smirky Goguen is working on the case for us to get federal money for the centre. But. as usual, he is quoted as saying nothing in particular and, as for him intervening with Harper, it's hard to believe that Harper even knows who he is. The continued story from that headline is on A4 with it's own headline 'We are close... more »

Showing Love in Phoenix

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Good for the many open-hearted people in Phoenix, Arizona! Wonderful act of love and community building!

The Economy: “Armstrong Is A Fool”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Armstrong Is A Fool”* by Karl Denninger “You can get so married to your so-called "models" that you fail to run what they predict through the basic "sniff test" filter. That usually winds up being disastrously wrong, but the pressure to not do that is extreme because if you do and the red light comes on your model is blown up and you're forced to face having put forward something for years (or in Armstrong's case, decades) that is now a blown thesis! The prospect of the Federal Reserve remaining on track to raise interest rates later this year is still settling in, yet people f... more »

Iran's Nuclear Stockpile Continues To Grow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Geneva on Saturday. Credit Pool photo by Susan Walsh *New York Times:* *Iran’s Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations* *WASHINGTON — With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during ... more »

PIgs at a thouf not even descrbed and invisible to scrutiny

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Yah servants of the Queen with a Royal get out a jail card. Blessed is Canada my country but for the most part is has been ruled by absolute nitwits, now I may pick and choose the guns I want to fire but in World War One we had the Ross rifle which was useful in battle as a bayonet holder, we had Sir Sam Hughes cash in on that, and we still call him Sir, Next disaster to hit the Canadian people via the ideological highway was the cancellation of the Avvro Arro. Examine it round or flat it killed a huge sector of advanced thinking and production that we could have owned as a small c... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Katrina: The Debris // Incredible By Modern Standards ~Eve Troeh, WWNO*

If Syria And Iraq Breaks Apart Will Lebanon Be Next?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC* *Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post*: *If Syria and Iraq Become Fractured, So Too Will Tripoli and North Lebanon* *BEIRUT -- The talk now is all about whether Syria and Iraq will end up as divided states. The impetus for such speculation derives firstly from the latest Saudi, Qatari and Turkish joint resolve to mount huge numbers of jihadists on Syria's borders. According to two senior political figures I spoke to, up to 10,000+ Wahhabist/Salafists (predominantly An-Nusra/Al Qaeda) have been gathered by the intelligence services of these latter states, mostly non-Arabs from Ch... more »

Unfinished Business

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
A Vince Vaughan, Owen Wilson Movie without both of them. Vince plays it straight and Owen is played by Dave Franco. This movie about international road warriors on a quest to get the handshake was very funny. It cracked me up big time, often. Some very clever gags and ideas realised. sienna miller was kind of wasted by the camera looking hot but not projecting anything interesting. It should be a breakthrough movie for Director Ken Scott. I may be late to the parade because he already has a significant body of work. I mark comedy hard because its so hard to be funny ha has, and so... more »

The Economy: "A Much Bigger Threat Than Our National Debt"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"A Much Bigger Threat Than Our National Debt"* by Bill Bonner "The markets are acting as though it was already summer. They are wandering around with little ambition in either direction. Meanwhile, we’ve been wondering about… and trying to explain… what it is we are really doing at the Diary. We expect a violent monetary shock, in which the dollar – the physical, paper dollar – disappears. But why? *Credit Bubble, the Sequel: *As you know, we tend to take the side of the underdogs… as well as half-wits, dipsomaniacs, and unrepentant romantics. But currently, we are standing up fo... more »

Gilad Atzmon explains the subversion of the pro-Palestine cause by the Jewish left

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 9 hours ago
*Editor's note*: *Gilad Atzmon*, an internationally renowned musician, philosopher, and writer born in Israel, is currently on a speaking tour to *promote his latest book* entitled *A to Zion: The Definitive Israeli Lexicon*, as well as address the Jewish subversion of the pro-Palestinian movement. On Monday, May 11th, Atzmon spoke at a public library in San Diego County, an event I was able to attend. We had a nice conversation and I was able to ask him a question following his presentation. What follows is a Q&A I conducted with Atzmon via email shortly after his speech in San Die... more »

Growing Fears Of An Accidental Israel - Hezbollah War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Hezbollah members holding Hezbollah and Lebanese flags during a rally in Dahiyeh, south of Beirut. Photo by Haaretz Archive *FOX News*: *Experts fear 'accidental' war between Israel, Hezbollah* *Hezbollah has long threatened Israel, but sources in the Jewish state fear that if an all-out war happens near the Lebanon border, it will happen not by design, but by accident.* *Fighting on so many fronts, especially in chaotic Syria, where Iran has dispatched Hezbollah to help President Bashar al-Assad's forces, could increase the chances of a rogue element firing rockets into Israel sim... more »

Caitlyn Jenner and Punching Downwards

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
If the inhabitants of these fair islands get the politicians they deserve, can the same be said about the professional commentariat? I feel moved to ask because Brendan O'Neill, the *faux* ra-ra-revolutionary turned tedious troll has indecently exposed his idiocy, or his cynicism depending on how you see these things. Let's step back away from things for a moment and consider the object of O'Neill's ire, the newly-named Caitlyn Jenner. Quite apart from her politics, which are iffy; and the privilege wealth has brought her, which is considerable; many millions who've tracked the pre... more »

Meeting 2 of C-51 Hearings

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 9 hours ago
Here we are! Let's get to it! *The Chair (Mr. Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings, CPC)): * Good morning, colleagues, and welcome to our witnesses here today. This is meeting number 54 of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Today we are continuing our study of Bill C-51, An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts. ... more »

Supplemental: Was Gore “the lesser of two evils?”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015How that language looks now:* The following question may have currency in the coming year. Back in November 2000, was Candidate Gore the lesser of two evils? For ourselves, we’re inclined to think that the statement was basically foolish. That said, many people were making the statement at the time. In October 2000, that included Michael Moore, whose later film about health care we very much admired: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (10/14/00): Speakers assailed Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore as ideologically similar candidates in the pocket of corporate... more »

UFOs - The Never Ending Saga

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
There was a time when I believed that once a sighting had been solved, once a real solution had been offered, we could eliminate that case from our files. We wouldn’t have to worry about it because we all knew what the answer was. That was back when I was younger and somewhat naïve. Today I see us still talking about the so-called Philadelphia Experiment as if it wasn’t an admitted hoax. That’s right, the man who originated it, Carlos Allende, or if you wish to use the name he was born with, Carl Allen, admitted that he had Carlos Allende aka Carl Allenmade the whole thing up in an ... more »

Christie's Educationgate

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
Governor Chris Christie is trying to put the final nail in the coffin of New Jersey's public schools. It's time for an investigation into what's going on in Trenton and follow the money. Educationgate isn't far behind Bridegate. We can only hope. While everyone is up in arms over the great sucking sound that is TPP, few having been paying attention to the great sucking sound as money is siphoned away from public schools crumbling under the weight of punitive testing and accountability. Christie should be brought to justice for his latest move to starve public education and the poores... more »

Who are the education assassins?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
SUSAN OHANIAN'S POWERFUL LETTER TO THE NY TIMES: The headline of Frank Bruni's column (The Education Assassins: May 31, 2015) is an attention-grabber, but plenty of people who work in public education will tell you that the real assassins of public ed can be found within the US Department of Education and their foundation allies, people who wouldn't last ten minutes in the reality of being shut up in a classroom with 28 seventh graders. It is past time for the merry band of commentators at the *New York Times*to acknowledge that the huge disagreement with the US Department of Edu... more »

Israel Prepares For the Day When Assad Is No Longer In Power In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
UN peacekeepers monitor the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border from an army post at Mount Bental in the Golan Heights last July (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90) *Haaretz:* *Rebel advances in Syria leave Israel contemplating life without Assad* *IDF deputy chief of staff says Syrian army ‘has ceased to exist’ and that Hezbollah’s casualties are significantly higher than previously believed.* *Israel’s defense establishment has started keeping an even closer eye on Syria’s civil war, given the growing assessments that President Bashar Assad’s regime is having trouble rep... more »

A Veteran Against War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
The film follows the story of S. Brian Willson, a Vietnam veteran and trained lawyer, whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary non-violent pacifist. In 1986, Brian and several veterans fasted for more than 40-days on the east steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest against the war in Central America. Then on September 1987, Brian and other Veterans Peace Action team members sat on the tracks to protest the Naval weapons train carrying missiles and bombs bound to be used against peaceful civilians in Central America. The train did not slow down for the protester... more »

TPP in the House — So Far, Not Enough Votes

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*TPP — the "free trade" deal that isn't about freedom and isn't about trade. What is it about? Higher prices, Internet watchdogs, fewer jobs. Watch to learn more.* *by Gaius Publius* As you may know, the Fast Track legislation needed to force TPP, the next NAFTA-style trade deal, through the Congress has passed in the Senate. (Fast Track is officially called "Trade Promotion Authority" or TPA. There are way too many acronyms in this part of the world, as you'll soon see.) If Fast Track becomes law, TPP will be almost impossible to stop, since Fast Track gives the current president... more »

Iran's Top Quods Commander Is Promising A 'Surprise For Syria'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
RGC Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani said the world will be surprised by upcoming events in Syria. *NOW Lebanon/Business Insider*:* Iran's military mastermind promises a 'surprise' in Syria* *Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani has vowed that upcoming developments in Syria will soon “surprise” the world, Al-Quds al-Arabi reported.* *“The world will be surprised by what we and the Syrian military leadership are preparing for the coming days,” the state Islamic Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) quoted him as saying, according to the London-bas... more »

Iran President Vows To Back Syria 'Until The End Of The Road'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Times of Israel:* *We’re committed to Syria, says Rouhani* *Iran will support Syrian President Bashar Assad “all the way to the end,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying by news agencies in the Islamic Republic.* *“The Iranian nation and government will stand by the Syrian nation and government to the end of the crisis,” Rouhani tells Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham. “Tehran does not forget its moral commitment to Syria and will continue providing support and assistance on its own terms to the Syrian nation and government,” he says.* *Stressin... more »

The ‘Muscle of the Soul’ may be Triggering Your Fear and Anxiety

Waking Times at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Brett Wilbanks* - This often neglected muscle is our most psychologically significant muscle. The post The ‘Muscle of the Soul’ may be Triggering Your Fear and Anxiety appeared first on Waking Times.

Syrian Civil War News Updates -- June 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Syrian insurgent advances put Assad under pressure* *Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean President Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war.* *Losses in the north, east and south to groups including al Qaeda's Syrian arm and Islamic State may test Assad's hold over western parts of the country that are the most crucial to his survival.* *After his loss of Palmyra, a symbolic and militarily strategic city, and nearly all of Idlib province, he appears to be circling his wagons more closely to a west... more »

Military Purges Continue In North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Farm No. 1116, under KPA (Korean People's Army) Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on June 1, 2015. Reuters *IBTimes*:* Kim Jong Un Military Purge Continues As North Korea Dictator Replaces Veteran Defense Chiefs* *Kim Jong Un is replacing North Korea's veteran military officers with defense chiefs closer to his age, reported Strategic Digest magazine Tuesday. The generational shift is the supreme leader's latest overhaul of the North Korean military amid reports that Kim... more »

Secretary of State John Kerry: 'Islamic State Is ‘No More A State Than I Am A Helicopter’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter on September 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski) *CNN:* *Kerry: ISIS 'is no more a state than I am a helicopter'* *Washington (CNN)Fresh off a biking accident that left him with a broken femur, Secretary of State John Kerry told allies in the fight against ISIS that the terrorist organization is "no more a state than I am a helicopter."Speaking via telephone to the summit he was scheduled to attend before his bike accident scrubbed those plans, Kerry forcefully pushed back against any notion that ISI... more »

Kick it out

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
I switched on the radio in the night, as you sometimes do when you can’t sleep. It was a documentary called “The Documentary” and the episode was a story about the Tibetan Women’s Football team, the “Snow Lionesses”. It seems a motley crew of aspirational young Tibetan women football players had travelled from afar to a training camp, where they were to be coached with the aim of playing a match in Delhi in the hope of Tibetan women’s footie being recognised by FIFA. You know that amusing (to us) habit people have in certain countries, mainly Africa, of naming children after stra... more »

Diaper Blow Out Car Kit + Nominate A Cause

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
It doesn't matter what kind of diapers you use, blowouts are a part of life. Switching to Huggies Snug and Dry Ultra has made a huge difference for us, but I still like to be prepared with everything that I might need. With my first baby, I carried around a HUGE diaper bag, it was heavy and full of everything I thought I would need. I discovered later that it was just as easy to keep a lot of those things in my car and just keep the essentials with me. It has made my life easier and my purse lighter. Here is what I keep in my diaper kit: - Diapers (I use Huggies Snug and Dry Ult... more »

Bruce Jenner: Distraction du jour...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*I'll keep this simple and short, which is still more than this story deserves. * No, Bruce, you're not a woman no matter how much silicone you cram into your chest or how many evening gowns you wear. *A question:* Bruce claims he's always been attracted by women. His multiple marriages and a gaggle of kids seems to back this statement up with facts. I also read somewhere that he doesn't plan on having his winkie removed. Does that mean he's a lesbian? The amazing thing about this is the people who are jumping on the "Caitlyn" band wagon and calling him brave and courageous. He'... more »

World News Briefs -- June 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leaves after delivering a speech at plenary session during the Asian African Conference in Jakarta April 22, 2015. Reuters/Beawiharta/Files *Reuters*: *Iran's Rouhani vows to back Syria 'until the end of the road'* *Iran will back Syria's President Bashar al-Assad until the end, Iranian news agencies quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying, signaling undimmed support for Tehran's Arab ally following major gains by armed opposition factions in recent weeks.Syria's military is under some of the toughest pressure it has faced in the four-year confl... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 2, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Buk M1 air defense system. © ITAR-TASS/Vladimior Zinin *ITAR-TASS:* *Russian arms producer ready to stage experiment to prove Buk-M1 missile hit flight MH17* *Russian arms manufacturer's CEO said images of the area taken at the moment of the disaster from US satellites "would certainly provided a clear answer to the question who is to blame"MOSCOW, June 2. /TASS/. Russia’s weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antei is prepared to stage an experiment at its own expense proving that the Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17 was downed by a missile launched with a Buk-M1 system, the concern’s CE... more »

The CIA Mastermind Who Overthrow The Taliban In 90 Days After 9/11 Believes That President Obama Is Doing A 'Lousy Job' In The War Against ISIS

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Henry Crumpton. CBS 60 Minutes *The Hill*: *Henry “Hank” Crumpton, the former CIA official who led a covert team of operators in Afghanistan after 9/11, believes the Obama administration is doing a “lousy job” in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). * *“I don’t think they understand the kind of war they need to fight,” Crumpton told The Hill in a recent interview.* *“They’re waging the war they want to fight but not the one that will lead to success.” * *“It’s very safe politically; they want to control everything in Washington,” said the 58-year-old fo... more »

Israel Has Just Bought A Lot Of Bombs, Missiles, And "Smart Bomb" Kits

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Bunker buster bombs like this one are the biggest thing on Israel's weapons shopping list recently -- but they're not the only thing. Photo source: U.S. Air Force. *The Morley Fool*: *America Sells Israel 32,100 High-Tech Bombs and Missiles. 3 Guesses Why...* *What if they held a war and everybody (in the Middle East) came? Lately, that seems to be what we're seeing happen in the Middle East.* *They've got Houthis running amok in Yemen, with Saudi fighter jets screaming overhead, and Iranian warships trying desperately to get into the mix. Freedom fighters battling Bashar in Syria... more »

Allies Meet With The Iraqi PM In Paris To Discuss Strategy To Battle The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) and members of the anti-Islamic State coalition meet at the French Foreign Minister in Paris, France, June 2, 2015. Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday accused the international coalition fighting Islamic State of not doing enough to tackle the group. REUTERS/Stephane De Sakutin/Pool (Pool/Reuters) *Washington Post:* *U.S. and allies meet to discuss strategy to battle powerful Islamic State* *PARIS – Iraq’s prime minister called Tuesday for vastly stepped-up international efforts to help his nation combat the Islamic State, saying that Iraq wa... more »

5 Reasons The Most Dangerous Drug Is Not Illegal

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Marco Torres* - Hundreds of millions of people indulge in one of the most dangerous drugs which is sold right over the counter. The post 5 Reasons The Most Dangerous Drug Is Not Illegal appeared first on Waking Times.

The Truth About Ukraine: George Soros Is The Puppet Master In Ukraine

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have always been puzzled about the so called "revolution" in Ukraine and how just last year the democratically elected government in Kiev was unceremoniously overthrown by US led forces and a US controlled puppet regime put in its place.... The result has been an unmitigated disaster for Ukraine and especially its people.... The criminals now in control have destroyed the Ukrainian economy and have been conducting a brutal war of slaughter against their own people and even trying to instigate a much bigger conflict against Russia. Basically Ukraine has turned into a nightmare si... more »

LHC experiments to explore new frontiers in physics tomorrow

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
*Guest blog by LHC, a collider at CERN* Let me first thank to Luboš for this great opportunity to inform you about my new work. Webmasters at CERN were equally kind but no one reads their web pages. *Breaking news, Wednesday morning:* ATLAS published a new paper with a 3.4-sigma excess (locally) in the \(WZ\) channel for the mass of \(2\TeV\). It's 2.5 sigma globally and could be due to a \(W'\) boson of that mass if real. Intriguingly, last July, CMS published a hint supporting a \(2.1\TeV\) \(W_R^\pm\) boson with right-handed couplings! Early tomorrow morning Prague Summer Time, ...more »

THE SMELL OF TOTAL WAR: No insinuation left behind!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015Part 2—The unexplained cries of the Haitian protesters:* In Sunday’s New York Times, public editor Margaret Sullivan discussed some reader complaints about the newspaper’s coverage of Candidate Clinton. In response to the reader complaints, Sullivan had spoken to Carolyn Ryan, the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief. She had also spoken to Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor. According to Sullivan, the gods are well pleased with the coverage! According to Sullivan, Baquet “characterized the campaign coverage as ‘pretty fabulous’ in an email to me and ... more »

Therapeutic Whole-Brain Radiation Treatment Causes Memory Problems and Cognitive Decline

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Yesterday I found an interesting article in the WSJ that demonstrates that ionizing radiation causes memory problems and cognitive decline. Indeed, the study described in the article concluded that entire-brain radiation should only be reserved for patients who are unresponsive to other treatment, including the standard one-dose radio-surgery using a gamma knife. Patients who underwent both the standard one-dose radio surgery AND entire brain radiation suffered significant neurological problems and died, on average, 3 months earlier than patients who received the one-dose gamma ... more »

Why the Right to Vote in the United States is a Fraud

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Pao L. Chang* - What if your so-called right to vote in America is actually about slave registration? The post Why the Right to Vote in the United States is a Fraud appeared first on Waking Times.

Seek Simple Soulutions.......by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
Source: http://www.photographyblogger.net/bold-dramatic-landscape-photography-by-marc-adamus/ *It is truly a deception of words that fuel the fires of your own destruction as a species. Solutions? Solutions are already in you and others. Seek simple solutions. For truth is nothing more than the ability to see the reality of the problem and apply action that will correct or adjust events or circumstances to a workable outcome.* M.N. Hopkins

More Photos from Okinawan events in Washington

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
*Protest at the White House on Monday by Okinawan people and their supporters. They will return on Tuesday and Wednesday for more protests* *Talking about US deployments of 'missile defense' systems on Okinawa before the Sunday welcoming dinner* *Shaking hands with Okinawan Gov. Onaga**Veterans for Peace delegation at the Sunday dinner welcoming Okinawan political leaders to Washington* Bottom three photos by Ellen Davidson.... top photo by Rachel Clark

Ninewa’s Governor Nujafi Dismissed By Iraq’s Parliament

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
Ninewa’s Governor Atheel Nujafi was dismissed from office at the end of May 2015. Parliament voted him out using the provincial powers law over a number of issues including his recent trip to the United States, corruption, and alleged ties to the insurgency. Nujafi first came into office in 2009 when his al-Hadbaa party swept into power. Since then he has steadily lost support topped off by him having to flee Mosul in the face of the Islamic State’s 2014 onslaught. His fall from grave was due to his unpopular policies, opposition to Prime Minister Haider Abadi, and a declining bas... more »

New Dems And Blue Dogs Whining It Costs Them More To Run For Congress Than It Costs Real Democrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Writing for *Stars and Stripes* and the *Washington Post* Sunday, Anne Kim, an operative for Wall Street's deceptively named Progressive Policy Institute (a pro-corporate/anti-worker New Dem outfit that was founded by the DLC to promote neoliberal ideas like NAFTA and the TPP), decries how much more it costs reactionary Democrats-- New Dems and Blue Dogs-- to run for election than it costs real Democrats. It costs the Democrats who support the Republican/Wall Street agenda double what it costs actual Democrats to run for office. Kim's research finds that the fake Dems "spent rough... more »

Why Is FBI Flying Surveillance Aircraft Over US Cities?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
IBTimes: *FBI Spying on Americans Using Aircraft Fitted With Cellphone Surveillance Equipment: Report* The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been spying on Americans across the country, using a fleet of about 115 aircraft fitted with high-tech surveillance equipment registered under 13 fictitious companies. In an investigative report, The Associated Press found that the FBI had carrying out surveillance using low-flying planes such as Cessna 182T Skylane aircraft in at least 30 cities that included Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis and Southern Califo... more »

How ISIS was created in Bucca, a PC prison camp

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Where was the Islamic State born? In The New York Post, novelist Brad Parks offers a staggeringly precise, maybe even accurate, and captivating answer – one building on the memories of a former prison guard Mitchell Gray. As a guy who knows Arabic, he worked in Camp Bucca, a detention facility in Iraq, near the border with Kuwait, created in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The U.S. journalists used to be thrilled with things like Abu Ghraib, a prison near Baghdad where the U.S. Army tortured a couple of the very evil guys. But you have probably never heard of Camp Bucca... more »

Pentagon Releases Video Of Russian Fighter Jet Buzzing U.S. Destroyer In The Black Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Pentagon denies Russian media reports that U.S. Navy warship acted 'aggressively' and caused six military aircraft to be scrambled over the Black Sea* ** U.S. Navy has released video footage of Russian military aircraft flying past guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea on Saturday* ** Russian state news agency RIA claimed that six Su-24s had forced the warship to head away from territorial waters on Saturday* ** Pentagon said the incident was a routine encounter and the Russian aircraft were unarmed * ** 'Su-24 attack aircraft demonstrated to the American... more »

U.S. Special Forces Soldiers To Get Personal Drones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Special forces soldiers to get personal drones: 'Elite squads' testing tiny stealth spy craft that fits in the palm of a hand* ** Black hornet craft already being used by British forces in Afghanistan* Can fly 1km from operator and stay aloft more than 25 minutes* Has three cameras and even thermal cameras to fly at nightUS Soldiers could soon get personal drones small enough to fit in the palm of their hand. Army Special Forces are testing the tiny 'black hornet' drones.The 18-gram craft has three cameras and even thermal cameras to fly at night.It can fly... more »

#1 Arms Supplier to Global Insurgent Groups? USA! USA! USA!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
It appears the US is still # 1 in at least one category. That category being the producer of mass.... Murder. Mayhem. Destabilization. Death. Misery. The USA beats all others hands down. *"The world is awash with weapons. From Syria and Iraq, to the deserts of the Sahel, to the Nigerian bush, it’s a good time to be a guerrilla fighter — in no small part because it’s so outrageously easy to acquire the kind of weaponry necessary to carry out insurgent warfare"* *That fact of 21st century life is made clear by the most recent edition of the Small Arms Survey: Weapons and the World, a... more »

With The Ukraine Crisis Continuing There Are Fears That The Frozen Transdniester Conflict Could Heat Up

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
BBC *Radio Free Europe*: *With Russia Boxed In, Frozen Transdniester Conflict Could Heat Up* *The Ukrainian parliament's vote this month to break off most forms of military and intelligence cooperation with Moscow over the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine threatens to upset an uneasy peace in Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region.* *The Verkhovna Rada voted on May 21 to scrap a series of bilateral agreements on military cooperation with Russia, including a key provision that allows Moscow to send forces by land across Ukraine to the breakaway region.* ... more »

Google keeps audio records of your 'OK Google' requests

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Did you ask Google for something ridiculous? Go back and hear it. http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/02/technology/android-voice-dictation/index.html Google keeps audio records of your 'OK Google' requests By Jose Pagliery Remember all those times you spoke to your smartphone, said "OK Google..." and asked a question? Or tapped the microphone to dictate a text message? Chances are, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) kept every audio recording. And you can play them back to yourself. This is one of things some Google users were surprised to discover on Monday, when Google launched its new "M...more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason nominated for George Halas Award ~Christopher Dabe*


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*WV teacher threatened with fine for violating Michelle O’s school snack rules* Students and parents are rallying to the defense of a teacher who is accused of violating federal school snack rules. The Williamson PreK-8 teacher, who was not identified, would give her students “wrapped candy” as a reward for their hard work and good behavior. Because the practice was an alleged violation of the federal rules championed by first lady Michelle Obama, Mingo County Schools Director of Child Nutrition Kay Maynard “placed a call to officials at the West Virginia Department of Education ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*More Warmist lies* *What they say is cautiously worded. They know they are skating on thin ice. They say only that CO2 is causing changes. But how is CO2 supposed to cause anything? Only through its alleged effect on global temperature. And there have been NO global temperature changes for over 18 years. So the effects that they allege CANNOT be caused by temperature changes. Things that don't exist don't cause anything. Does CO2 make it rain through some other mechanism? Crickets! That rainfall has improved in much of Africa is not disputed. But it is certainly not a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Bobby Jindal wants to do to America what he did to Louisiana ~Egberto Willies, Daily Kos* *Con-Profit Group Continues To Insist Louisiana’s Creationism Law Isn’t About Creationism ~CenLamar* *Residents urged to take hurricane season seriously despite flood protection upgrades ~WVUE* *Barataria Land Bridge, Large-Scale Barataria Marsh Creation Project Underway ~Restore MS River Delta* Barataria Land Bridge, Large-Scale Barataria Marsh Creation Project Underway - See more at: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/06/02/barataria-land-bridge-large-scale-barataria-marsh-creat... more »

Breathtaking Bamboo Homes Like You’ve Never Seen Before

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *You've never seen buildings like this. These stunning bamboo homes in Bali twist, curve and will surprise at every turn. The post Breathtaking Bamboo Homes Like You’ve Never Seen Before appeared first on Waking Times.

Remembering Charles Kennedy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 17 hours ago
Turning on BBC News this morning, I was thrown by the sad passing of Charles Kennedy. Not being a LibDem and living hundreds of miles from his constituency (as was), I never had occasion to bump into him in real life. Like most other political people the Charlie Kennedy I knew was the kindly presence on *Have I Got News For You*, *Question Time*, and (whisper it) *This Week*. Perhaps by virtue of the media work, he could lay claim to one of those rarest of commodities. In an age where politicians and politics are almost universally spurned, among those who paid attention he was alm... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( June 2 , 2015 ) - Greece Updates ( After a Monday full of rumor , innuendo , Emergency Meeting by Creditor Groups , Government Meetings to assess Negotiations and Creditor Talks - Tuesday finds the state of play still at - status unchanged , no deal , redlines still in place , both sides still far apart on critical details and major issues ) ...... For Broader Europe , rising yields one major item to keep an eye upon , data splash for various countries in EZ , keep eyes on the euro , yen and dollar today - as well !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Tweets.... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 32s 33 seconds ago zerohedge retweeted FxMacro IMF has softened its insistence for a Greek debt haircut (from the ECB), which Greece demands zerohedge added, *FxMacro* @fxmacro Eurozone governments and the IMF have agreed to press Greece for far-reaching economic overhauls, while the IMF has softened its insistence The Greek Analyst retweeted *Peter Spiegel* ‏@SpiegelPeter 18m18 minutes ago If #Greece deal can be reached on current bailout tranche, extension could "repurpose" €10.9bn HFSF funds over summer http://on.ft.com/1cviFha *Pete... more »

NOSInt on a short break

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
I'll be away for a couple of days (again). Next update, Sunday June 7 2015.

NSA 'Reform' Explained (In 1 Cartoon)

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-01/nsa-reform-explained-1-cartoon Presented with no comment... Source: Sputnink News

To Understand The Vaccine Scam, Follow The Money

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*For more information. please click on the link provided below:* *Child Health Safety*

Northrop Grumman Completes US Navy CANES Shipboard Networking Milestone

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program's design, development and limited deployment phase for the U.S. Navy. CANES is a programmatic and technical consolidation of five legacy shipboard network programs. CANES provides a modern, common computing environment across the fleet to upgrade cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence (C4I) and streamline logistics. "We are honored and proud to contribute significantly to this critical component of the Navy's modernization pla... more »

Lockheed F-35s get first role in major military exercise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet will drop weapons and take part in a major U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, another milestone for the Pentagon's largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The exercise, called "Green Flag West," tests the U.S. military's ability to engage in air-to-surface conflicts and helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready for combat. Several F-35 A-model jets, along with a host of other warplanes and other weapons, will participate in the exercises. Read more

AF Chief Scientist: Air Force Working on New Hypersonic Air Vehicle

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Scientists with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Pentagon's research arm are working to build a new hypersonic air vehicle that can travel at speeds up to Mach 5 while carrying guidance systems and other materials. Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said the service wants to build upon the successful hypersonic test flight of the X-51 Waverider 60,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in May of 2013. Endsley said the Air Force and DARPA, the Pentagon's research entity, plan to have a new and improved hypersonic air vehicle by 2023. Read more

Ultra Electronics tunes in to demand for electronic warfare with $265m US deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: EA-18G Growler]Ultra Electronics is to buy the electronic warfare division of US company Kratos Defence & Security Solutions as it bids to expand its presence in the fast-growing sector. Ultra Electronics hopes to cash in on America stepping up spending in electronic warfare (EW) to counter Russia’s renewed military activity and new threats emerging from China. The FTSE 250-listed defence technology group will pay up to $265m (£174m) for Kratos’ Electronic Products Division (EPD), which manufactures systems used in radar, missiles and communications. Read more

US approves possible $1.7 bln sale of E-2D early warning planes to Japan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye]The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Japan of four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft built by Northrop Grumman Corp, a deal valued at around $1.7 billion, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The deal includes the aircraft, four engines, radars and other equipment, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notification to lawmakers. Source

Russia's Mistral Deal Was Sunk From the Start

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Putin, Mistral Cartoon]As expected, initial negotiations broke down over the question of how much France should compensate Russia for canceling delivery of two Mistral helicopter carrier ships after this country annexed Crimea. Moscow stated that the offer from Paris was totally unacceptable. A short time later, the head of shipbuilding for the Russian Navy, Captain Vladimir Tryapichnikov reported that "our military-industrial complex is fully capable of building such a ship. We are now designing a new type of large amphibious assault ship. It is taking shape in the final sta... more »

HMS Queen Elizabeth takes first delivery of 500 tonnes of fuel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: HMS Queen Elizabeth]Work on HMS Queen Elizabeth has taken a major step forward following the delivery of 500 tonnes of fuel. The aircraft carrier, which will be based in Portsmouth, is likely to arrive at the naval base at the end of next year. The fuel delivery was a significant stage in the fitting-out process of the warship, which will be the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy. Read more

Navy Researching Firing Mach 5 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
The U.S. Navy’s deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at five times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Using rounds initially designed for the service’s emerging electromagnetic railgun, Naval Sea Systems Command are now in early testing phases of using the planned hyper velocity projectile (HVPs) with the service’s existing gunpowder-based deck guns found on almost every U.S. Navy surface ship, NAVSEA told USNI News. The HVPs from a traditional deck gun will be slower than one launched from a railgu... more »

European Leaders Gather To Discuss The Greek Debt Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*New York Times*: *European Leaders Assemble for Urgent Meeting on Greek Crisis* *ATHENS — As the Greek government faces a looming debt payment, top European leaders met in Berlin on Monday night to reach a consensus over what to do about Greece, signaling the urgent need to unlock emergency financing for the cash-starved country and avoid a devastating default.* *But a growing political backlash in Greece adds to the uncertainty about whether a deal can be sealed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces increasing dissent within his leftist Syriza party over creditors’ demands for a...more »

US Sec. of State John Jerry Flies Back To The U.S. In A C-17 After Breaking His leg

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Air Force for one: Massive military transport plane that usually carries 100 troops picks up US Secretary of State John Kerry to bring him home after he breaks his leg cycling* * * Transport plane flew to Geneva Airport to pick up Kerry and flew to Boston* Landed in Switzerland on Monday after leaving base in Ramstein, Germany* Carrying 'additional military medical personnel in keeping with standards' * Kerry arrived on East Coast to undergo treatment for leg at Massachusetts General Hospital A US military C-17 transport aircraft that usually carries at lea... more »

Russian Military To Deploy Bastion Anti-Ship Missile Complexes In Arctic In 2015

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: K300P Bastion]In its latest move to enhance the combat readiness of its Northern Fleet, Russia will deploy new Bastion anti-ship missile complexes in the Arctic in 2015, a senior military official announced Monday. The coastal defense missile system is reportedly designed to destroy various enemy ships, including landing squadrons, convoys, carrier strike groups and single vessels. “There will be a considerable renewing of equipment and armament for the coastal forces and this year Bastion coastal missile defenses will be received from production,” Admiral Vladimir Korolev... more »

Confirmed: India to Buy Only 36 Rafale Fighter Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale M]Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar confirmed on Sunday that India will only purchase 36 instead of 126 Rafale fighter jets from France, an announcement that appears to finally bury the much hyped “mother of all defense deals” for good. The 126 Rafale aircraft are “way too expensive” and “economically unviable and not required,” the defense minister told local press over the weekend. Purchasing the fighters would have been “a very steep slope to climb financially (…) we are not buying the rest. We are only buying the … 36,” Parrikar added. Yet India c... more »

S. Korea, U.S. start joint anti-submarine naval drill

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong]South Korea and the United States have staged a joint anti-submarine naval drill to tackle North Korea's threats, sparked by the North's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, the Navy said Monday. The two allies kicked off the largest-ever combined anti-submarine exercise Saturday that will run through Wednesday in waters off South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju. "The drill is aimed at deterring submarine-related provocations and beefing up the Navy's capacity to protect a southern maritime pathway, a key factor in maintaining ... more »

ASC ‘not the only option’ for building Future Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: ASC]Defence chiefs told Estimates that though ASC has the pre-eminent workforce now, it might not be right for a newly designed submarine. They also conceded the Government could override the results of the competitive evaluation process and pick a different international partner. Estimates also heard that the $10 billion Future Frigates could be built offshore rather than in SA and that there are delays affecting the $10 billion LAND 400 project — which SA is competing against Victoria to win. Read more

Navy Alert to Chinese Nuclear Submarine Threat in Indian Ocean

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Type 093 (Shang) class SSN]Convinced that the presence of a Chinese nuclear powered attack submarine in the Indian Ocean in the last few months is part of a carefully choreographed exercise to expand its military presence in the region, senior Navy Officers have told NDTV that they don't accept the assertion that China's submarine deployment has been in aid of the anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. Navy Sources have told NDTV that while no Chinese nuclear submarine has been actively tracked trying to probe India's territorial waters, there is a recognition that a ... more »

Quote of the Day: On the right to privacy ...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
*"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."* - Edward Snowden, from the article 'In One Quote, Snowden Just Destroyed the Biggest Myth About Privacy' [Hat tip Julian Pistorius] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Is Now The Time To 'Kick ISIS's Ass'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Rodi Said/Reuters *Dean Obeidallah, Daily Beast:* *It's Time to Send in the Troops to Kick ISIS’s Ass* *I don’t want to sound like a neocon, and troops aren’t the only answer. But enough’s enough. People need help that only we can provide.* *ISIS is truly winning. It’s that simple. And unless we change our approach, they will continue to take more land, grow in recruits, and slaughter more people, especially Muslims, on a daily basis.* *That’s not just my sentiment, but also the view of Laith Alkhouri, a NBC News counterterrorism expert and director of research and analysis for th... more »

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://adaptingtograce.com/2015/06/01/the-meek-are-activating-and-inheriting-the-earth-from-gaia/ *The “Meek” are Activating and Inheriting the Earth – from Gaia * 01 Monday Jun 2015 Posted by EM Meyer Audio File below. An unexpected message this morning… It is directed to Mother Earth’s Team Leaders – formally known as “The Meek that shall inherit the Earth”. She explains that this is how you were viewed in the old world (matrix). In the New Earth, you’re pretty much a bunch of kickass leaders. I could feel it! Wow. If you are feeling lost or down, or doubting your original ... more »

HILARION May 31, 2015

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


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

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

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

"Mad Max": The New Dark Ages Are Here

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

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

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
“The underground is not a place but a way of life. You can be underground most anywhere, from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Hermosa Beach, California.” — Bryan Burrough By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | June … finish reading Jonah Raskin : Stormy Weather: A Rag Blog interview with Bryan Burrough, author of ‘Days of Rage’

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *China's Military Isn't Worried About Obama* *Chinese military officials attending a major security conference in Singapore over the weekend made clear that they have no intention of halting their aggressive activities in the South China Sea, and they are confident that U.S. President Barack Obama is not going to be able to stop them.* *At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, several senior officials from the People’s Liberation Army made a rare appearance to mingle with leaders of Asian and Western governments, think tanks and corporations. It was a ra... more »

Wall Street vs Main Street, 1896

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller and JP Morgan helped steal the 1896 presidential election for Wall Street's dedicated servant, Ohio Governor William McKinley. Democrat William Jennings Bryan-- "the Great Commoner"-- was, in many ways, his day's Bernie Sanders. Bryan vowed to put the predatory oligarchs behind bars if he won. 90% of the eligible voters turned out. Industrialists told their workers not to show up for work if Bryan won. Bryan won rural areas, including the entire South and most of the West-- 22 states to McKinley's 23. The History Channel account above, should loo... more »

How the FDA Wages War on People’s Health

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Film - *A film that reveals how the FDA, along with other US organizations, control the food that we eat and undermine our rights to safer and cheaper medications. The post How the FDA Wages War on People’s Health appeared first on 

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