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Saturday, June 20, 2015

20 June - Blogs I'm Following

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in th...The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in the cabin of strategic bomber ТU-160 before the beginning of military exercises by the long-range aircraft of the Air Forces and Northern Fleet, Chkalovsky Airfield, Moscow Region, Russia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. President Vladim...English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. President Vladimir Putin with US President Bill Clinton. Русский: МОСКВА, КРЕМЛЬ. С Президентом США Биллом Клинтоном. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: TOKYO. President Putin on a tatami at...English: TOKYO. President Putin on a tatami at the Kodokan Martial Arts Palace. Русский: ТОКИО. На татами во дворце спортивных единоборств «Кодокан». (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: GORKY-9. With first Russian President...English: GORKY-9. With first Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Русский: ГОРКИ-9. С первым президентом России Борисом Ельциным. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The View

10:29pm MDST

Russian President Putin Answers Questions From A Dozen International Reporters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 minutes ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Reuters Managing Editor Paul Ingrassia during a meeting with foreign news agency chiefs at the Boris Yeltsin presidential library in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 19, 2015. Reuters/Stringer *Reuters*: *After midnight in the library, Putin sets out his world view * *It was two minutes before midnight when Russian President Vladimir Putin finally entered the meeting room in the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, more than three hours late, to be interviewed by a dozen exhausted journalists.* *His retinue seemed wearily accustome... more »

Russia Eyes Greece As The Greek Debt Crisis Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 minutes ago
Daily Mail: *Greece, the front line of Putin's new cold war: As 'Grexit' looms, a leading historian argues the imperialist Russian leader sees a chance to swoop* * Energy-rich Russia is eyeing the Balkans as a strategic battleground as the country reaches crisis point * Putin is offering region a lucrative gas pipeline and other incentives to draw it away from the West * Greece has become one of the exposed nerves in the new Cold War between Washington and Moscow With all eyes on Athens watching to see if Greece’s government blinks tomorrow in its stand-off with the EU over its de... more »

Everyone Is Scared In Greece This Weekend

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 minutes ago
*Bloomberg*: *Weekend of Fear in Greece as Banks, People Live Day to Day* *Dorothea Lambros stood outside an HSBC branch in central Athens on Friday afternoon, an envelope stuffed with cash in one hand and a 38,000 euro ($43,000) cashier’s check in the other.* *She was a few minutes too late to make her deposit at the London-based bank. She was too scared to take her life-savings back to her Greek bank. She worried it wouldn’t survive the weekend.* *“I don’t know what happens on Monday,” said Lambros, a 58-year-old government employee.* *Nobody does. Every shifting deadline, ever...more »

Now That "THE MANIFESTO" Story Has Come Out, The South Carolina Shooting Is Beyond A Doubt A FALSE FLAG

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 55 minutes ago
*He should be holding a FALSE FLAG, not a REBEL FLAG !!!!!!!* Even though the South Carolina "shooting" by Dylann Storm Roof had all the hallmarks of a FALSE FLAG, I waited and waited and waited and waited and waited to come out and officially say it was a FALSE FLAG.................UNTIL "THE MANIFESTO" story just came out today!!! This shooting had all the hallmarks of the FORMULA FALSE FLAG, and I said these things BEFORE these stories came out. I said there would be (mix and match these) stories about: he was on psychotropic drugs, prior contact with FBI, somehow NSA/DHS didn't... more »

Review of Information About Fukushima

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 58 minutes ago
In 2012 I summarized information concerning the status of the plant: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/assembling-information-about-japan.html It is a worthwhile review, with sources carefully cited.

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours 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

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“What created the Waterfall Nebula? No one knows. The structure seen in the region of NGC 1999 in the Great Orion Molecular Cloud complex is one of the more mysterious structures yet found on the sky. Designated HH-222, the elongated gaseous stream stretches about ten light years and emits an unusual array of colors. *Click image for larger size.* One hypothesis is that the gas filament results from the wind from a young star impacting a nearby molecular cloud. That would not explain, however, why the Waterfall and fainter streams all appear to converge on a bright but unusual non... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "One Day"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"One Day"* "One day I will say the gift I once had has been taken. The place I have made for myself belongs to another. The words I have sung are being sung by the ones I would want. Then I will be ready for that voice and the still silence in which it arrives. And if my faith is good then we'll meet again on the road, and we'll be thirsty, and stop and laugh and drink together again from the deep well of things as they are." - David Whyte, "Where Many Rivers Meet" "The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see - i... more »

Chet Raymo, "Not A Single Sparrow Falls"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* "Not A Single Sparrow Falls"* by Chet Raymo "If you don't know this painting don't read beyond this first paragraph until you have examined it closely. The painting is titled "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus," or simply "The Fall of Icarus." It was painted about 1560 and is ascribed (perhaps erroneously) to Pieter Breughel. Icarus, of course, is the character in Greek myth, son of Daedalus, who flew with wax-attached wings too close to the sun. The wax melted and Icarus fell to his death. Yes, those are the lad's legs protruding from the sea at lower right. Funny fall, that. T... more »

"The 1,700-Foot Tsunami That Struck Alaska in 1958"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The 1,700-Foot Tsunami That Struck Alaska in 1958"* by Casey Kazan "On the night of July 7th, 1958, the world’s largest wave in recorded history engorged Alaska's Lituya bay, located about 250 miles west of Juneau in the Gulf of Alaska. It was 1,700 feet, or 520 meters -almost twice the height of the Eiffel Tower. The tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake, which caused an enormous landslide along the Fairweather Fault. The resulting crash of rock into water caused the largest wall of water in human history. The deadly wave hurtled at jet speeds and wiped out everythi... more »

"Singing To The Deer"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Singing To The Deer"* by Patricia Monaghan “At solstice, the woods were bright in a snowy way, the sky pearl gray above the stately maples and gnarled burr oaks. An Alaskan marooned in the urban Midwest, it took me years to find this nearby patch of relatively undisturbed land where I can sense the power of wildness. Now I go there often, watching the seasons unfold their changeful unchanging patterns in the increasingly familiar forest. I especially like to walk among the sleeping trees in the half-lit silence of winter dawns. The trail I follow winds and twists, new patches of ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Healing Past Hurt: Our Evolving Language"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Healing Past Hurt: Our Evolving Language"* by The DailyOm "We can create positive change by choosing not to use these words and phrases as we come across them in our vocabulary. There are many troubling phrases in our language that we use without considering their full meaning simply because they have been accepted into common knowledge. Even as our ideals progress, our language maintains some phrases from our past that no longer serve us, for example: Boys don't cry; good child; boys will be boys; problem child; illegitimate child; and many more. While these phrases may be used ... more »

Wanna run for president? The Koch brothers have some questions for you, so get a pencil

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*by Ken* There seems pretty general awareness -- certainly among the 2016 presidential wannabes -- that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, are likely to play a major role in arbitrating among the Republican contenders, with a view to getting the biggest bang for the presidential portion of the $889 million they and their network of like-minded contributors are already poised to dump into the 2016 elections. The *Washington Post*'s James Hohmann has gotten hold of a four-section, 25-question "survey" distributed Thursday to "all of the declared and likely presidential candidates... more »

"There Are Some Things..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” - , “Death in the Afternoon”

"A Silent Self Within Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“There is a silent self within us whose presence is disturbing precisely because it is so silent: it can’t be spoken. It has to remain silent. To articulate it, to verbalize it, is to tamper with it, and in some ways to destroy it. Now let us frankly face the fact that our culture is one which is geared in many ways to help us evade any need to face this inner, silent self. We live in a state of constant semi-attention to the sound of voices, music, traffic, or the generalized noise of what goes on around us all the time. This keeps us immersed in a flood of racket and words, a diff... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

"The Truth Will Not Set You Free"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Truth Will Not Set You Free"* by Psychology Today “We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.” by William Berry “We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.” This quote has been attributed to both the Talmud and Anaïs Nin (although an actual citation for neither quote can be found). This quote summarizes the idea that truth, the truth that one perceives, is subjective and can be wrong. We have long been taught that the truth will set us free, and that seeking the truth is a worthy goal. What if there is no absolute truth? What if there are... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Except for totally impulsive or psychotic behavior, every human decision comes down to the choice between two alternatives." - Jeff Duntemann

Satire: "Trump: Pope’s Call to Save Planet Masks Even More Reckless Call to Feed Poor"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Trump: Pope’s Call to Save Planet Masks* * Even More Reckless Call to Feed Poor"* by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – "The Presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted Pope Francis on Friday, arguing that the Pontiff’s recent call to save the planet had largely overshadowed his “far more reckless” call to feed the poor. “Look, if the Pope wants to spout off about climate change, that’s his prerogative, I guess,” Trump said. “But when he starts talking about feeding the poor, that is totally dangerous and irresponsible.Every other candidate is ripping the Pope’s commen... more »

“Your Radiation This Week, 6/20/2015”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Your Radiation This Week, 6/20/2015”* by Bob Nichols "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it. *Listed in Counts per Minute, a Count is One Radioactive Decay Registered by the Instrument. Partial Counts are noted. Uncounted radiation would make the actual Count higher. *Normal Background is 5-20 CPM. 50 CPM is an Alert level.* *RADIATION CPM* CITY/STATE * 488 CPM Concord, NH Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined. 342 CPM Boston, M... more »

OREGON: World Peace and Prayer Day with Chief Arvol Looking Horse

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
More info: http://worldpeaceandprayerday.com/

Stopping at Steady Eddy's

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 5 hours ago
*Saturday, June 20, 2015* -- Davis Bike Club ride led by John Whitehead. Group stops at Steady Eddy's Coffee House in Winters during a 60+ mile roundtrip.

A strange question from Anita Anand

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Finally tonight, please allow me to quote Anita Anand's introduction to today's *Any Answers. * Do *you* detect any whataboutery here? Now, with the grainy CCTV image of three Bradford women taking their nine young children to a war-zone in Syria still very fresh in all our minds, the question to you this afternoon: What should we do about ISIS's strengthening grip on *some* of our young people? Does the answer lie with the security services, with harsher laws or - as David Cameron suggested this week - with the Muslim community itself? And hang on a minute...with Thomas Evans... more »

Kerman, California UFO Case - An Update

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
As I had hoped, the Manuel Amparano sighting and burn incident has caused some good discussion and a few irrelevant points (let’s look at Stephenville, Hasting’s work and the Phoenix Lights… though I’m surprised that no one mentioned the Washington Nationals, the Lubbock Lights photographs and the Levelland Sightings in their wishes to see information on other cases). The discussion did take a nasty turn when it appears that some couldn’t read what I had posted and when I attributed an *International UFO Reporter* article to Dr. Michael Swords that he did not write. That article fo... more »

Evoking the image of St. Francis: E. J. Dionne Jr. on Pope Francis's environmental encyclical

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*"Like his namesake saint, he believes in the transformative power of simplicity and compassion." (E. J. Dionne Jr.)* *" 'We are not God,' the pope declares, and should not act as if we are 'usurping the place of God, even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.' Believers who disagree with the pope will have to grapple with his religious understanding and not simply dismiss his embrace of a thoroughly orthodox view that places the spiritual and the ethical ahead of the material."* *-- E. J. Dionne Jr., in his *Washington Post *column* "The pop... more »

"The Collateral Has Run Out" - JPM Warns ECB Will Use Greek "Nuclear Option" If No Monday Deal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-20/collateral-has-run-out-jpm-warns-ecb-will-use-greek-nuclear-option-if-no-monday-deal *"The Collateral Has Run Out" - JPM Warns ECB Will Use Greek "Nuclear Option" If No Monday Deal* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/20/2015 11:32 -0400 In Athens on Friday, the ATM lines began to form in earnest. (via Corriere) Although estimates vary, Kathimerini, citing Greek banking officials, puts Friday’s deposit outflow at €1.7 billion. If true, that would mark a serious step up from the estimated €1.2 billion that left the banking system on Thursday... more »

...the B Movie Set...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
From: https://www.facebook.com/evolvefestival/photos/a.401332512010.180522.112052962010/10151356062607011/?type=1&theater

Missing the Point

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Still, still, still sticking with my exhaustive review of this past week's *Newsnight *(please keep awake at the back there!)... The first part of Wednesday night's edition was given over to the Labour leadership debate. That, in itself, wasn't biased. The programme had broadcast a special edition on BBC Two earlier that evening, projecting the whole snoozefest to the world,... ...but the BBC always broadcasts such things. In 2001 and 2005 they broadcast various Conservative leadership events (*Question Time *especially). The BBC revels in such things. Two Labour types - Blai... more »

Laura Kuenssberg calls for moral action over the Med crisis

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Sticking with the theme of this week's *Newsnight* (regardless of how little you care)*....* Thursday's edition gave over its first quarter of an hour to roving BBC reporter Gabriel Gatehouse's report on the Mediterranean illegal immigrant crisis (or 'migrant crisis' as the BBC calls it). Gabriel is one of the BBC's finest reporters, but he's BBC to his fingertips - as we've noted before, here and here. He'll obfuscate for Islam and hymn the EU with the best of them at times. This report, observing with a bird's eye from within one of the immigrants' vessels, has earned him Tw... more »

Was the South Carolina Church Shootings a False Flag?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
Frankly, I have to force myself to delve into all the permutations and perambulations of this latest "Lone Nut run amok". All I will point out is that this episode (like all the previous ones) needs to be examined *primarily in terms of its timing*. Timing is everything with False Flags. This one (if it was one) was timed to go off *at exactly the same as the big St. Petersburg Economic conference in Russia. *The Conference has 6,000 business leader attendees from all over the world with Putin as a keynote speaker. Putin also made himself available for an unprecedented late nig... more »

How Politicians Buy Fake Supporters

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video* - It's election time again, and our politicians are getting busy to work on their public images. The post How Politicians Buy Fake Supporters appeared first on Waking Times.

Emily Does the Charleston

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Today's posts - as you may have noticed - have concentrated on this past week's editions of *Newsnight*. I think we've already found a high level of bias, but we could be accused of cherry-picking, couldn't we? So let's plough on through the rest of it (over the following posts)... Both last night's and Thursday night's editions discussed the murderous attack on a black church in Charleston by a white supremacist. I don't think the BBC can be accused of bias in giving such prominence to such a shocking foreign news story, and the testimony from one of the victim's friends, cou... more »

Amazing Discovery: Edible Plants ‘Talk’ To Animal Cells, Promote Healing

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - A groundbreaking new study reveals more about how plants communicate with humans. The post Amazing Discovery: Edible Plants ‘Talk’ To Animal Cells, Promote Healing appeared first on Waking Times.

Deagle: Population estimates for 2014 AND 2025..... very interesting!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 9 hours ago
*Edited 15 minutes after publishing to add:* *WEll well well..... not THAT is interesting to say the least!! So there I was, posting this article out to Facebook, and when I clicked post, the Picture/Description that came up, linked to www.deagle.com was:* *..... Deagle Web Solutions? hmmmmmmmm........ So, is this an elaborate con? Or an elaborate Cover up? I think we might want to keep an eye on this site.* ___________________________________________________________ As I have been pretty busy down different rabbit holes, I missed this article (actually a whole bunch of art...more »

June 20: How to recognize propaganda in the news.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 9 hours ago
It's on B7 of the Moncton Times and Transcript. It's a big story. "Crisis-hit Europeans say Greece must knuckle down with austerity like they did". For a start, the crisis-hit Europeans he refers to are a children's TV programmer, a salesman, a used-car salesman, a retired school-teacher. and a middle-aged office worker standing in a line somewhere. That's five people. The editor who wrote that headline might want to check google - 'Europe population' - it says there are more than five Europeans. In fairness, the article does offer one person who disagrees with that analysis. He ... more »

Some extremists worth understanding, some extremists not worth understanding

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Just sticking with *Newsnight*'s Secunder Kermani for a moment... Some of his previous *Newsnight *reports - especially his interviews with Islamic terrorists - have been highly controversial. (We've posted about them here and here, and even Dame Pauline Neville-Jones has complained about them). The accusation made against his kind of report - non-judgemental interviews with Islamic State and other terrorists - is that they give our mortal enemies the oxygen of publicity. Others think they do a valuable service in allowing us to listen in to our enemies' thoughts (though those tho... more »

Mario Draghi Responds To Zero Hedge: "There Is No Plan B"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*This is an older post, but still quit telling for the current moment... -AK* *Mario Draghi Responds To Zero Hedge: "There Is No Plan B"* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/04/2013 10:34 -040 *This happened earlier today, at the ECB press conference:* *Scott Solano, DPA:* Mr Draghi, I've got a couple of question from the viewers at Zero Hedge, and one of them goes like this: say the situation in Greece or Spain deteriorates even further, and they want to or are forced to step out of the Eurozone, is there a plan in place so that the markets don't basically collapse? *Is there some k... more »

A BBC reporter calls for the use of the term "terrorist"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Sorry, but it's BBC News reporter Steph Hegarty again on Twitter... ...here making explicit an undercurrent that seems (to me) to have been bubbling under the BBC's coverage of the racist atrocity in Charleston. And, boy, this one genuinely deserves to be described as "ironic": Good piece @nytimes now can we start calling this attack what it was in our headlines and straplines? http://t.co/Tl7HaiOgLc — Steph Hegarty (@stephhegarty) June 19, 2015 Given that the BBC is notoriously and almost pathologically reluctant to use the term "terrorist" in its reporting (describing it as a "v... more »

Humanity is Developing Survival Resistance to Government Lies

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - Humanity itself may now be experiencing a serious transformation to survive corrupt government. The post Humanity is Developing Survival Resistance to Government Lies appeared first on Waking Times.

Probably nobody but A-Rod thought he could come back at 39 -- it's been a sweet story

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said afterward that he knows Alex Rodgriguez likes the outside pitch, and this one wasn't quite where he wanted it. Soon enough it was where Justin really didn't want it -- in the seats, for A-Rod's 3000th career hit.* *by Ken* It's a different A-Rod who against most oddsmakers' predictions, after two seasons lost to that combination of injury and legal woes, staged a comeback this year at the age of 39 (he turns 40 on July 27). For once in his, er, "mature" career (by which I mean to separate out the early years when he was finding himself as a ma... more »

Private Prosecutions

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Most criminal cases are started when someone complains to the police and, following investigation, the police lay charges. That said, anyone can go before a Justice of the Peace and seek to have a charge laid against someone. Most commonly these are charges for assault although almost any criminal case can start this way. There is a two step process to laying a private information. First, the complaint appears before a Justice of the Peace and gives a sworn statement. That statement must set out the elements of a recognized criminal charge. The Justice of the Peace, once satisfie... more »

A Role Model for the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Michelle Obama visiting a school in (Bangladesh) Tower Hamlets, London That biased *Newsnight *coverage... ...of the 'missing' jihadi wives and children, who left ISBAD (the Islamic State of Bradford And Dewsbury) to join ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). (...as outlined in the previous post...) ...came in the same edition of *Newsnight *as that appalling Evan Davis interview with Israeli opposition leader, Tzipi Livni - which Sue rightly eviscerated here earlier this week. I saw some left-wing Twitterers using the hashtag *#bbcbias* against the BBC for simply interviewi... more »


skrashen at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Sent to the NY Times, June 20, 2015 Re: English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions (June 19, 2015). Those who write about the nonfiction/fiction controversy should read more nonfiction, specifically the research showing that reading fiction has a profound impact on language and literacy development, including vocabulary, spelling, and grammar. In a recent study, frequency of voluntary reading of both "middle-brow" and "high-brow" fiction was a very strong predictor of vocabulary size. All this makes reading "demanding" nonfiction texts possible. Studies also s... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
I have noticed in the past few days that War News Updates has been receiving a large amount of new visitors on top of the regulars who come by once or twice a day (over 11,000 just yesterday). I am humbled by this recognition, and I hope that my new readers are not disappointed by what they find and read in this blog. Just a heads-up to the new readers .... I made a promise to my GF that I would take it easy on weekends .... so blogging is always light on Saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays I always make a point of putting up 25 - 30 posts plus a daily brief summary on world news eve... more »

Canada is a non-entity Vassal State of the US - Putin

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Stephen Harper as a Roman Slave* Finally, Putin has had a chance to respond to Canadian Prime Minister's pronouncement a week or so ago that *Russia would never be allowed back into the G8 so long as Putin was the leader. *He took the time during the very successful St. Petersburg Economic Conference (with about 6,000 business leaders from around the world attending). During a late night session with the international media, Putin was asked by some Canadian journalists about Harper's dictat. This is what Putin said: Commenting on the recent G7 summit in Bavaria and the statement b... more »

Morris on the alleged Charleston shooting

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 11 hours ago
The YouTube commenter *108Morris108*, who I have been *criticized* and lambasted for citing in the past, recently released a video commentary regarding the alleged Charleston shooting and the agendas the elites are promoting as a result: I largely agree with Morris' commentary, and also question the officially sanctioned narrative explaining the purported Charleston shooting. The entire situation seems ludicrous to me, and many of the details of the alleged shooting are laughably absurd. As I wrote in a comment on *Aryan Skynet* the other day: Being the “conspiracy theorist” that... more »

Election 13, Bernard Ong's Analysis

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
I do not want to do serious political analysis of the coming May 2016 Presidential, Senatorial and local elections in the Philippines for several reasons. First, my hands are full with other papers to write and I often miss deadlines. Second, there is no single free market-leaning national candidate or political party. And third, there are so many analysts of this subject around, it is entertaining to read them, from the sensical ones to the absurd. So I resort to reposting the ideas of some friends whom I think make useful analysis. Below, some random thoughts posted by a friend ... more »

U.S. Marine Special Operations Are To Now Be Known As The 'Raiders'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CSM*: *US Marines resurrect historic Raiders name for Special Ops* *The Marines will rename eight branches of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command as Raiders at a ceremony on Friday.* *The Raiders are back. After years of controversy and dispute, an elite branch of the US Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders.* *The Marines will rename Marine special operations battalions as Marine Raiders at a ceremony on Friday, in honor of World War II units that were engaged in special operations.* *The name will be given to eight branches of Marine Corps Forces Specia... more »

Are U.S. Drone Strikes Working?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Shane Harris & Katie Zavadski, Daily Beast*: *Drones Turn al Qaeda Killers on Each Other* *U.S. airstrikes on the terror group are sowing paranoia within the terror group’s ranks about who among them may spying for the Americans, intelligence officials and terrorism analysts say.* *Jihadist social media accounts on Wednesday claimed that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemen division, had executed an alleged spy. Humam al-Hamid was blamed for the drone strike last week that killed AQAP’s top man. The claims that Hamid had tipped off the Americans to the lea... more »

A Year After The Establishment Of The Islamic State, The War Shows No Signs Of Ending

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Growth of terror: Since its formation as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 2013 - it has conquered regions of Iraq, Syria and recently Libya - while building support among marginalised Muslims in Turkey, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt's Sinai Province, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Algeria. Daily Mail *AFP*: *A year on, no quick fix to halt IS 'caliphate'* *Beirut (AFP) - A year after its establishment, the Islamic State group's self-declared "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq remains well-funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years t... more »

Waning Again

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Emissions are low again, after rising higher mid-week. I need to see if there is some sort of weekly pattern because it does seem emissions are usually lower toward the end of the week. Perhaps nitrogen injections on Wed or something keep them down Thur and Friday? Despite wet streets visible on the Futaba cam, the units 1 and 2 look pretty quiet today, with most visible emissions coming from common spent fuel pool and unit 3:

"We will continue to follow this story and report on all aspects in a sensitive way"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
No one from the BBC was prepared to appear on this week's *Newswatch *to face questioning from Samira Ahmed over the BBC's coverage of the 'British' jihadis. One viewer emailed the programme to say: I cannot believe how sympathetic the BBC news coverage was to the death of suicide bomber Talha Asmal. The BBC were so consumed with sympathising with him for being 'groomed' that his victims didn't even receive a mention. Indeed, that was the very thing that struck me about the BBC's reporting (and many others too, from what I've read elsewhere). The actual victims of Talha Asmal - ... more »

Supplemental: Matthews tells Maddow about Donald Trump!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015But first, some peculiar news:* On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump announced he was running for president. He made the kind of repellent speech he has been making for years. On that evening’s Maddow show, Trump’s remarks were completely ignored. After clowning about Candidate Walker, Maddow clowned about Candidate Trump. Alas! Maddow pretended that Candidate Trump had announced that he wants Oprah Winfrey as his running mate. She further said she’d be up all night hoping that Oprah could call her. Maddow cavorted and played the fool Tuesday night—the appro... more »

15 Million Americans Suffer From Food Allergies: Are GMOs to Blame?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Food allergies already affect more than 15 million Americans. What is the cause? The post 15 Million Americans Suffer From Food Allergies: Are GMOs to Blame? appeared first on Waking Times.

Even as I repost his lecture, Paul Craig Roberts is or soon will be presenting it in Delphi, Greece. And while of importance to the Greeks, you will read why it is of far greater importance to the citizens of the US and France. The message is that the neoconservatives that control both the US and its European vassals are looking toward the day when they can launch their nuclear attack on Russia and China with gullible Americans and Europeans becoming "collateral damage." The best, and perhaps only, way to avoid this horror is to ignore the lying "mainsteam media,” put away your cognitive dissonances, and make your voices heard in Washington and Paris. Digesting PCR's seminal lecture below can be your starting point.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Paul Craig Roberts’ Address to the International Conference on the European/Russian Crisis Created by Washington * ------------------------------ June 19, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Paul Craig Roberts’ address to the Conference on the European/Russian Crisis, Delphi, Greece, June 20-21, 2015 * Paul Craig Roberts, formerly Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy, Associate Editor, Wall Street Journal, Senior Research Fellow, Stanford Un... more »

The Arcturians: Top of the Ladder

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Top of the Ladder* as channeled from the Arcturians by Susan Lie Ph.D. Thought forms are the alphabet for Light Language. From the top of the ladder, everything appears different, as reality is no longer limited to the third dimension. From your new perspective, the physical world is something that you observe rather than live. From the bottom of the ladder, you can only perceive the physical world, but as you climb your "stairway to Heaven" you begin to perceive the same things in a different way. For one thing you begin to communicate via thought forms rather than individual... more »

The Metaphysical Effects of a Magnetic Pole Reversal

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Gregg Prescott* - Science has proven that the Earth is currently going through a magnetic pole reversal, so how will this affect us? The post The Metaphysical Effects of a Magnetic Pole Reversal appeared first on Waking Times.

BBC ignores another terror attack on Israelis – in English anyway

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
BBC Watch http://bbcwatch.org/2015/06/20/bbc-ignores-another-terror-attack-on-israelis-in-english/ have yet another example of how the BBC minimise coverage of terrorist attacks on Israel. The BBC is institutionally anti Israel, can anyone doubt that this is true?

If These Are The Iraqi Prime Minister's Allies, Why Is The U.S. Helping Him?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Abu Mahdi al Muhandis (left) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi’s hand is also extended. *Long War Journal:* *Iraq’s PM introduces US-designated terrorist to Iran’s President* *During yesterday’s meeting in Tehran between Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the former introduced the latter to Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the operations chief for the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Committee and a US-listed Specially Designated Global Terrorist.* *Muhandis, who the US government has described... more »

U.S. Nuclear Missiles Returning To Europe?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
In recent weeks, there has been growing concern about arms tensions between Russia and NATO. Washington is now considering stationing troops and equipment in Germany in response to Russian military rearmament. Here, Russian surface-to-air missiles at a military parade in Moscow. DPA *Spiegel Online*:* Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe* *Washington is once again talking about stationing nuclear warheads in Europe. Russia, too, is turning up the rhetoric. Europeans are concerned about becoming caught in the middle of a new Cold War.* *It's been more than three... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*New Orleans Saints Morning Break for Saturday, June 20* *10 Years After The Flood, New Orleans Public Housing Still in Limbo ~Katy Reckdahl, Next City* *Harold Battiste, New Orleans saxophonist, composer and educator, dies at 83 ~Keith Spera*

The Latest Racist/Classist StandardizedTest from ETS

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
A hundred years ago the first large scale IQ tests were devised by American eugenicists who saw testing as a surefire "scientific" way to sort, segregate, and mistreat "defectives," so that they would not mix and, therefore, stain the purity of the white middle class "germ plasm." The Alpha and Beta IQ tests were first administered to 1.75 million American military recruits at the outbreak of World War I. The underprivileged who scored poorly were sent off to be gassed in the trenches of France. Those middle class young men who knew that tennis courts had nets and what bowling bal... more »

Russia And Saudi Arabia Sign A Major Nuclear Power Cooperation Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) toasts with Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi after receiving a diplomatic credential from him during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin *Reuters:* *Saudi Arabia, Russia sign nuclear power cooperation deal* *Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, a Saudi government body in charge of such projects said.* *The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal on its we... more »

WikiLeaks Begins Releasing 500,000 Leaked Saudi Arabia Cables

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Time*:* WikiLeaks Begins Releasing Leaked Saudi Arabia Cables* *61,205 documents and cables leaked online Friday* *The transparency advocate site WikiLeaks began publishing leaked documents from the Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry on Friday afternoon, dumping over 60,000 classified documents into the public domain.* *A press release on WikiLeaks asserted that the 61,205 documents and cables leaked Friday would be the first publication of many for “The Saudi Cables. The group, led by Julian Assange, says it will release over half a million documents in batches over the upcoming week...more »

Israel's "humanitarian" play- Saving the Druze from Israel's own Islamic Terrorists

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
Israel: Presenting a narrative of " humanitarian intervention" in order to *land grab* I've added more. Scroll down. *FT* *Before we get to the latest news- keep in mind the info from two previous posts* *1) **Wider War in the Middle East: The Grim Reaper Smiles * *" empowering Israel, allowing Israel to steal more land- * *2)* *Israeli Minister calls on World to Recognize Golan Annexation* Reading on............ * Worries for the fate of the community have sparked an outpouring of sympathy among Israel’s estimated 130,000 Druze, who are concentrated in the Golan and the Galilee... more »

Blue America Billboard Trucks Spending July In Jeff Denham's And Jim Costa's Central Valley Districts

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Route 99, the Golden State Highway, splits off from the 5 Freeway just south of Bakersfield in southern California and stretches north to include a straight path through the Central Valley-- including all of CA-16 and all of CA-10, way into the north where it merges with the 5 again at Red Bluff. Even though the 99 goes through Elk Grove in Ami Bera's district south and east of Sacramento, Blue America is concentrating on just two districts-- and two odious congressmen-- with our billboard truck, CA-10 and CA-16. Both are blue districts that voted for Obama both times. CA-10 is re... more »

Osama Bin Laden’s Son Wanted A Death Certificate From The U.S. For His Father (They Refused)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Son of Osama bin Laden asked for his father’s death certificate. Newsx *Washington Post:* *Osama bin Laden’s son asked the U.S. government for his father’s death certificate. The U.S. said no.* *According to a recently leaked document, the son of al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, Abdullah bin Laden, sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia to ask for his father's death certificate.* *In response, the embassy wrote to Abdullah to inform him that there was no death certificate issued for the older bin Laden.* *The letter went on to suggest other ways that the al-Qaeda lea... more »

"OK, your point's well made"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
David Cameron's speech in Slovakia, where he said that some British Muslims quietly condone the beliefs of Islamic State, has drawn a range of widely differing responses from Muslim groups, counter-terrorism experts, politicians and others - some for, some against. Last night's *Newsnight,* however, choice only critics of the speech. First came a report from Secunder Kermani which juxtaposed clips from the PM's speech with reactions from the Muslim community": The first Muslim vox pop described it as "a mini attack on the Muslim community; the second said that Muslims on social me... more »

Four of Memphis's Worst Charters with the Best Political Connections Will Remain Open

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Since Gates and the oligarchs put Supt. Dorsey Hopson in charge of the charterization of public schools in Memphis, Shelby County Schools has been in a lather to close as many "low-performing" schools as possible. Early in 2014, Hopson was adamant that it all comes down to poor student achievement and that the children have suffered long enough. The emergency had been declared, and no one could wait another year or another month for low-scoring schools to improve. Early in 2013, eleven public schools were targeted for conversion, and in in 2014, thirteen more were put on the list f... more »

7 Morning Rituals To Empower Your Day

Waking Times at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Gilbert Ross - *Ancient traditions had understood very clearly the power that morning rituals have in creating and affirming a desired reality or outcome. The post 7 Morning Rituals To Empower Your Day appeared first on Waking Times.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*British schools inspectorate axes four in ten of its 'failing' inspectors in purge to boost quality of school visits * *Someone has inspected the inspectors, it seems* Ofsted is ditching four in ten of its inspectors because they are not considered good enough to judge schools reliably, it has been revealed. The education watchdog’s purge of 1,200 inspectors is part of a plan to improve the quality and consistency of its school visits and written reports. Headteachers welcomed the news but expressed frustration that schools had clearly been subjected to inspections by assessors ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Yes. I have read the latest encyclical* I put on a string of Bach cantatas to keep me in a serene mood while I read a very long document (over 100 pages) and below is what I found in it. Below are selected phrases and sentences as written by Pope Frank himself. You don't need to rely on journalists to interpret the document for you. You can do it yourself from his own politically relevant words that I have picked out. I believe they summarize the whole, as far as secular issues are concerned. I will have something to say about them following them: "faced as we are with glo... more »

Backradiation Reveals the Self-Delusion of Climate Scientists

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 15 hours ago
Here is my response to a comment on the Jo Nova site, about "backradiation" (a comment that called it "as good an explanation as any"): *"Backradiation" is NOT "as good an explanation as any." The radiation transfer theorists use it because it is needed to balance the supposed blackbody radiation (390 W/m^2 at 288K) they claim the Earth's surface emits, and scientists like Roy Spencer believe in it because their radiation meters allow them to think they are actually measuring such radiation, when they are essentially only reading the temperature expressed as the equivalent in blackb...more »

Declaration of Non-Consent: Public Notice, Re-Published June 20, 2015 gregorian

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
*Republished on June 20th, 2015 (Gregorian calendar) , as Public Notice * *I do NOT Consent to False Flag Events* *I do NOT Consent to Terror Tactics by Government Agencies* *I do NOT Consent to Violence Used Against MySelf or My Family* *I do NOT Consent to Invasion of My Privacy* *I do NOT Consent to Interference with My FREEDOM* *I do NOT Consent to ANY Person, Agency, Corporation, Group, or Entity Representing Myself in * *Any Way, Shape or Form* *I do NOT Consent to The Theft of My Creations* *I do NOT Consent to To Anything or Anyone who Limits MySelf in Anyway.* *I DO NOT... more »

New Technique Harnesses Everyday Seismic Waves to Image the Earth

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
This will be hugely important in the oil industry. Two forms of seismic working together will be able to produce an actual three dimensional picture that may even be accurate. The limitation for the oil industry is that it remains shallow. However that is not true for mining. This type of combined seismic may actually make it useful. Tight mapping of faults and density changes do matter in exploration drilling. It strikes me that this system can be tuned wonderfully to map lode deposits to a high level of resolution which has been missing. Extending to depth may still ta... more »

Global Climate on Verge of Multi-Decadal Change

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
At least they are now looking in the right place and please observe that we are anticipating a half degree decline which neatly offsets the half degree rise that produced the global warming hysteria. I also think that we are linked to a long cycle movement in the Southern Hemisphere that is possibly a thousand years long. That would nicely explain the recurring severe cold spells centuries apart. Fortunately for us we are still recovering from the last one so we have plenty of time to prepare. I do agree with the prognosis but lacked the convincing mechanism. It will take... more »

The Invisible Key to Methane Hydrates

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
This identifies an interesting possibility. it may be possible to induce nano bubbles and thereby speed up the formation of the hydrate itself. This would provide a nifty storage and transportation option clearly superior to present options. This is one of those potential options that you can actually see and feel while stymied in every way possible to actually exploit. Sort of reminds me of the original efforts to produce usable nitrogen. Even then, hydrates remain a comparably recent discovery and actual usage will easily survive even free energy itself. Any form of metha... more »

Important Advance in Nitrogen Fixing

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
We actually have progress on nitrogen fixing with grasses. This is huge news and that is how we can dump our dependence on chemical nitrogen. Obviously we want corn to successfully fix nitrogen. At the same time i would love to have a nitrogen fixing variety of twitch grass with a genomic trigger that causes it to expire in the same year. This particularly nasty weed is the principal reason we use Roundup. Yet it is capable of choking a field in one season and sending down deep roots as well. Having it then die without issue would provide a wonderfully organically charg... more »

Not With A Bang

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
James Moore left yesterday. And Don Meredith was booted from the Conservative Senate caucus earlier in the week. It looks like things are falling apart in Harperland. And, as she travels the country, Chantal Hebert writes that she's picking up on that vibe, too: In Ontario and British Columbia, the NDP has been on the move in the polls while Conservative support has stalled or declined. Ditto in Atlantic Canada The NDP and the Liberals have long been communicating vessels for opposition votes but there is more than the usual opposition arithmetic at play behind the deficit in s... more »

8 Produce Picks that May Improve Your Blood Pressure

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Meme - *Here are 8 vegetables high in nitrates may improve your blood pressure. The post 8 Produce Picks that May Improve Your Blood Pressure appeared first on Waking Times.

Saturday Interview: Rob Wallace

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
Rob Wallace is a councillor on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council as well as a (very) active campaigner. Away from politics, when he's not swilling tea and shouting at people on *FIFA*, Rob can be found tweeting here. *Have you made your made up about the Labour leadership?* Not 100% certain yet. I'm very keen to see more candidates talk positively about public services and issues such as immigration and the economy. *Is there anyone you wish was standing who isn't?* I've heard a lot of people I respect sing the praises of Dan Jervis and looking into his background and personali... more »

MENA Report - June 20 - 21 , 2015 ( Iraq & Syria Regional War , Yemen Regional Proxy War , Libya decent into hell , Iran Nuclear Talks - State of play... ) World Refugee Day - June 20th ! Keep those in need in your hearts and minds today !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links..... *Yemen Peace Talks in Geneva Collapse* *US Military Opposes New Combat Roles in Iraq* *State Dept: Iran ‘Supports Terror’ for Backing Anti-ISIS Militias* *Air Strikes Hit Elite Yemen Forces* *Hezbollah Kills Nine, Including ISIS Leaders, on Lebanon Border* 35 Killed in Iraq; Militants Diverting Euphrates River ISIS 'Causing Drought' by Cutting Water in Four Iraqi Provinces Both Sides Prepare for New Battle for Ramadi Iraq Chased ISIS Out of Tikrit – Getting Residents Back Is Still a Battle Syrian Rebels Set Eyes on Divided Aleppo Syria Pro-Govt Tribes Reject Jordan... more »

Economic News and Views - ( Saturday June 20 , 2015 ) - Greece Updates ( A wild and woolly week - but what else is new . Some great pieces to read from Mehran , Nick , Loukia & Natalie -- ICYMI ..... State of Play with Banks and Economy / Creditor Talks on Monday's - key meetings looming ahead ) .... News and views from broader Europe - amazingly , news happens elsewhere in Europe ! ( Spain , Italy , Russia and Ukraine in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets..... Greece..... *Karl Whelan* ‏@WhelanKarl 6h6 hours ago Some thoughts on the Greek situation prior to Monday's summit. "Greece, The Euro and Gunboat Diplomacy," https://medium.com/@WhelanKarl/gr eece-the-euro-and-gunboat-diplomacy-3193983d8336 … Medium [image: Photo published for Greece, The Euro and Gunboat Diplomacy] Greece, The Euro and Gunboat Diplomacy By Karl Whelan @WhelanKarl Original decision to provide a bail out is the source of the current crisis. Time for Europe to share the blame and fina… View on web *Manos Giakoumis* ‏@ManosG... more »

Mexico: UFOs Over Mayan Pyramids

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
*Source: SIPSE and Planeta UFODate: 06.20.2015* *Mexico: UFOs Over Mayan Pyramids* BY JORGE MORENO/SIPSE - MERIDA Yucatan - Many internationally-known researchers have associated UFOS with ancient cultures and have spoken about sightings over such archaeological sites as the Egyptian pyramids or South America's Easter Island. Yucatán is no exception, and similar cases have occurred in such sites as Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Acanceh. Whether it is due to the alleged energy the emerges from such pyramids as Uxmal and Chichen Itza, or as skeptics would have it, by mere coincidenc... more »

Navy awards Raytheon multi-year contract for AN/APY-10 radars for P-8A Poseidons

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AN/APY-10]The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a multi-year contract valued at $153 million to produce 53 maritime, littoral and overland surveillance radars for its fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The AN/APY-10 delivers accurate and actionable information in all weather, day and night, for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It offers a dedicated periscope detection mode, long-range detection and classification of maritime targets, and synthetic aperture for overland surveillance. Read more

China Builds the World's Fastest Tank Gun, Then Tries to Hide It

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: 125mm cannon tech demonstrator]While new tanks like the Russian Armata and Turkish Altay are taking the spotlight in the world of armored vehicles, China has a new tank gun that might just beat them all. The 127th Ordinance Institute, of the Central Northern University, handed over a new 125mm cannon to PLA officers at a June 10, 2015 ceremony. The Institute claims that the new multipurpose cannon will have the highest range, velocity and penetration power of any 120mm/125mm cannon in the world. Where the story gets more interesting is that by June 14, all references to t... more »

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Dodging or Driving the Rohingya Crisis?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*Image: Aung San Suu Kyi's "saffron monk" supporters are also rabidly racist, bigoted, and violent. They have been the primary belligerents calling for and carrying out the systematic displacement and genocide of the Rohingya people. Suu Kyi isn't dodging the crisis, she is driving it. * *June 20, 2015 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Bangkok Post has recently featured an AFP report titled, "Suu Kyi dodges Rohingya issue again," which claims: * In rare comments on Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged caution on granting citizenship to minori... more »

Navy Wants To Work With Air Force On New Nukes: VADM Benedict

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: UGM-133 (Trident II D5) ICBM]As the Air Force train pulls out of the station, the Navy’s running alongside asking to be pulled aboard. Both services will need to replace aging nuclear missiles sometime ca. 2030. They could save money by coordinating their modernization programs — but the Air Force is on a tighter schedule and the window of opportunity is starting to close. “Commonality [is] a topic that I’ve been pretty aggressively shopping around town to anyone who will listen to me,” said Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, the Navy’s director of Strategic Systems Programs. But w... more »

Embraer Defense & Security sells five A-29 Super Tucano to the Ghana Air Force

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: A-29 Super Tucano]Embraer Defense & Security and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Ghana have signed a contract for the acquisition of five A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training turboprops. The contract includes logistic support for the operation of these aircraft as well as the set-up of a training system for pilots and mechanics in Ghana that will provide the autonomy of the Ghana Air Force in preparing qualified personnel. The A-29 Super Tucano will be deployed for advanced training, border surveillance and internal security missions. Read more

F-35B Completes First Release of a U.K. Paveway IV Bomb

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The F-35 Lightning II program made aviation history June 12 as Royal Air Force (RAF) Test Pilot Squadron Leader Andy Edgell released two inert 500-pound dual mode Paveway IV precision-guided bombs over the Atlantic Test Ranges, the U.S. Navy reported. The inaugural weapons separation test of the Paveway IV conducted by the F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River, Md., Integrated Test Force (ITF) was a major milestone for the U.K. Royal Navy and RAF F-35 program. The test brought together the multi-role short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 fifth-generation stealt... more »

Vaccine Free Mom: Vaccination Caused Asthma, Anaphylactic Shock and Shingles

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
*Published on May 25, 2015* *http://www.StopMandatoryVaccination.com* - After witnessing three of her children have serious reactions to vaccination and after much research, Landee stopped vaccinating her children. The vaccines contributed to suppressed health, asthma, anaphylactic shock (which can cause death), shingles in the eye, ongoing sickness, hospitalizations, infections and other health problems. Once she stopped vaccinating, the health of her children returned. Find out why she no longer vaccinates her children and why she opposes mandatory vaccination. *VIDEO HIGHLIGH... more »

Russia built one of the most alarming antiaircraft systems in history — and won't say who it's sending it to

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: 9K333 Verba]One of Russia's most alarming new weapons capabilities may be on the move soon. Jane's reports that KBM, a state-owned armament company specializing in missile systems, recently presented its 9K333 Verba man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS). At an arms fair this week, the company announced that the weapon had been cleared for export — although KBM designer Gen. Velariy Kashin would not reveal the foreign buyer or buyers. Read more

The helicopter that doesn't need a pilot: US Navy reveals plans to use 40 full size helicopter drones for long range missions

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The Navy is poised to begin operational testing of its new MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS, a vertical take-off-and landing drone engineered for maritime missions and slated to deploy aboard the services’ Littoral Combat Ship by 2018, service officials told Defencetech. The MQ-8C is a larger, upgraded version of the currently existing MQ-8B Fire Scout, a vertical take-off– and landing unmanned system which deployed to the Pacific theater aboard the USS Fort Worth. The Navy has been conducting initial testing with two test MQ-8C aircraft as a step toward eventually acquiring up to 40 MQ-8Cs, ... more »

Navy deals with shortage of fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F/A-18 Hornet]The Navy’s fighter jet fleet has been flown hard during nearly 15 years of conflict in the Middle East. And with the next generation fighter years from being operational, the service’s F/A-18 Super Hornets and legacy Hornets must continue flying far longer than originally planned. The result: Too many jets are down for service-extending upgrades, and not enough are ready to fly. For now, Navy leaders say they can manage the shortfall of flyable jets by ramping up maintenance and putting extra flight hours on the airplanes that aren’t down for repairs. Resident... more »

Six new Cyclone maritime helicopters accepted by Ottawa after years of delays

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: CH-148 Cyclone]The Conservative government has formally accepted the first six of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Defence Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement Friday at the Shearwater air base in Nova Scotia in front of three of the Cyclones, which have been on the base for testing purposes. Finley said she realizes the arrival of the first helicopters in the $5.7-billion project has taken far too long. Read more

Russia is pouring troops and weapons into its European enclave

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Iskander-M SRBM]Russia is pouring troops and weapons -- including missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads -- into its western exclave of Kaliningrad at such a rate that the region is now one of Europe's most militarized places. A NATO official, writing to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity, said that Moscow is stationing "thousands of troops, including mechanized and naval infantry brigades, military aircraft, modern long-range air defense units and hundreds of armored vehicles in the territory." The military activity in Kaliningrad, which has no land connection to Russ... more »

USS Annapolis submarine to undergo engineering overhaul

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Annapolis (SSN 760)]The US Navy's Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has drydocked the Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS Annapolis (SSN 760), for maintenance work and several system upgrades. The new development is part of a planned 23-month long engineering overhaul of the submarine. Shipyard commander captain William Greene said: "Every docking is a precise evolution with exacting standards. "The docking team executed superbly, setting the project team up for a safe and successful start to the availability." Read more

Did China Just Build a New Midget Submarine?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Midget submarine at China’s Wuchang shipyard]The space snapshots captured the vessel berthed at the shipyard’s fitting out pier. According to imagery measurements, the vessel has a load waterline length of approximately 35 meters and a beam of approximately 3.5 meters. Although Jane’s Underwater Warfare Systems reports China fielding midget submarines, I have been unable to locate open source reporting suggesting China is currently building such a vessel. Alternatively, the boat could be for a foreign customer. Few additional details beyond those acquired via imagery are av... more »

New Russian Underwater Spy Robot to Trick Submarines, Evading Detection

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Glider-T underwater drone]The Russian robot submarine made an appearance at the international military forum, impressing with its new cutting edge technology. During the international military-technical forum ‘Army 2015’ the "Glider-T" underwater robotic vehicle was presented, the press service of the Joint instrument-making corporation reported. The new robot submarine with its torpedo-like appearance can navigate without the Glonass navigation system. "Glider-T" can operate in autonomous mode for up to 180 days and find its route without human intervention. Read more

$50billion canal in Nicaragua could allow Chinese submarines to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific undetected

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
A $50billion canal to be built by a Chinese tycoon in Nicaragua would be deep enough to allow submarines to pass through undetected. Billionaire Wang Jing has spearheaded what is one of the biggest engineering projects in the world and is three times the size of any other canal, yet shipping forecasters don't anticipate a need for such a route in terms of trading. Many believe that Wang, who has not disclosed who his investors are, may be backed by the Chinese Government who hope to get a foothold in the continent where business has traditionally been dominated by the US. Read more

June 19: Before you read this...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 20 hours ago
...read the site below. http://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/tax-avoidance-becoming-bigger-than-the-u-s-economy Many, many years ago, I often spoke with Diane Francis at CBC radio in Montreal as we both waited our turn to go on air. She was a tax expert, then working for E.P, Taylor and K.C. Irving, showing them how to avoid taxes. She has since been editor of Financial Post, and then a writer for it. She is the best in the business. And, when I knew her, she was certainly no left-winger. But this article is a stunning attack on the very rich, and how they steal our mone... more »

George Galloway and John Rentoul aren't in agreement

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This LBC piece just makes me detest George Galloway and Tony Blair even more. http://www.lbc.co.uk/galloway-convinced-blair-behind-chilcot-report-delay-111289


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 20 hours ago
*Alan Caruba is gone!* I knew him only by his writings, which I often put up here, but I did shed a tear when I heard the news. It is hard to imagine that I will be getting no more of his frequent feisty emails. He was a great battler against the global warming fraud and against nonsense of all sorts. There are tributes to him here and here

Tsai makes TIME

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Got good news and bad news for you'ns. The good news is that DPP Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen made the cover of TIME with an article on her that was highly positive. Considering all the crap published on DPP candidates in the last two elections, like this godawful turd from the NYTimes, that's progress. The Time piece is online in English and Chinese here. The bad news is that no progress was made on the reporting. Aside from the parts about Tsai, the entire piece is a quagmire of Beijing/KMT propaganda claims, commonplace tropes, errors of fact, misinterpretations, and pro... more »

Thomas Cahill on the People's Pope

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Pope Francis Uses Encyclical To Deliver Moral Message On Climate Change"* NPR, June 18, 2015: MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: The words from Pope Francis today are urgent and direct. He released his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment and climate change. Francis says our common home is sick, burdened and laid waste, and he's calling for an active response to a global crisis. The pope is directing this encyclical not just to Catholics, but as he puts it, to every person living on this planet. To talk more about Pope Francis's message, we called on John Carr. He ... more »

England is NOT Pakistan - honestly! Although you would be forgiven for thinking it is

Social-Freedom National-Justice at Social Freedom Through National Justice - 1 day ago
England is a fiefdom of the global zionist banking cabal. Ruled from the City of London, England is officially governed by the UK Parliament at Westminster, meaning for those who understand the semi-federal structure of the UK, that whereas Scotland has its own complete Parliament, Wales, Northern Ireland and London each have an Assembly, England has no representation of its own and is a vassal state controlled by imperialistic financial parasites. But be that as it may, this rant is not about the outrageous lack of democracy in England, rather about the lack of Englishness in En... more »

Mel Hurtig’s New Book The Arrogant Autocrat (A Testimonial on How Canada`s Democracy Was Poisoned)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
* Mel Hurtig’s New Book The Arrogant Autocrat Is Telling Canadians* *of A Real Life Horror Story * The not so sublime message contained within.....Part III *Written by Robin mathews* *Rats Rats are in the granary. Rats are in the hall. Rats are in The Council Room – So we’re putting out The Call. Use cudgels in the ... more »

NASA's Apollo Moon Landing Hoax: Russian Official Proposes International Investigation Into US Moon Landings

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
While everyone's attention has been (purposely) focused in on the "shooting" in Charleston, South Carolina, there has indeed been some significant happenings elsewhere in the world....One in particular was brought to my attention by a fellow truth seeker, and it concerns NASA's faked Apollo man on the moon missions from 1969-1972.... Greencrow, who writes the excellent blog: "Greencrow As The Crow Flies" at www.greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com, has taken some interest in the exposure of NASA's absolutely fraudulent Apollo man on the moon missions, with several most interesting a... more »

KMTitanic 12: Hung Hsiu-chu can see the Statue of Liberty

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: Rift_Jun_2015_343] *The Taitung 5 just north of Guanshan* *Fabrizio: I can see the Statue of Liberty already!... Very small, of course*. Deputy Speaker of the Legislature Hung Hsiu-chu, the putative candidate for the KMT, has clearly been sent by the Gods of China to flense the people of Taiwan in spiritual preparation for their annexation to the Motherland. Or so her attitude would suggest. Or maybe just sent by the gods to provide us bloggers and commentators with an endless supply of material for our blogs, the gift that keeps on giving... In response to a question about... more »

Has Ricky-Roo Santorum yet thought of any possible "rationale" for the Charleston AME church shoot-up besides hostility to religion?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
“You just can’t think that things like this can happen in America. It’s obviously a crime of hate. Again, we don’t know the rationale, but what other rationale could there be? You’re sort of lost that somebody could walk into a Bible study in a church and indiscriminately kill people,” Santorum told radio host Joe Piscopo Thursday on AM 970, a New York radio station. “It’s something that, again, you think we’re beyond that in America and it’s sad to see.” The former Pennsylvania senator pointed to what he described as anti-religious sentiment. “All you can do is pray for those an... more »

U.S. Plays Good Cop-Bad Cop in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
US policies in Ukraine have failed to achieve their goals. With violence flaring up again, and relations fraught with tensions, diplomacy seems to be the best option. But is there consensus in the US on the acceptable terms of a political settlement, and how are the dynamics of US internal politics likely to affect its policy toward Russia, especially as the 2016 presidential race heats up? Oksana Boyko is joined by Stephen Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University, to piece together these issues.

Un-selling the Soul: Turning the Tables on Guilt and Debt

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Gary 'Z' McGee - *Have no doubt, we are a conquered and enslaved nation, and debt is the method of our enslavement. The post Un-selling the Soul: Turning the Tables on Guilt and Debt appeared first on Waking Times.

15 Foreign War Movies That Everyone Should Watch

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*We Are The Mighty*: *15 best foreign war movies* *We on Team WATM agree that no matter how you feel about the countries depicted or the wars they’re fighting in these movies, without a doubt, all these films are better than The Hurt Locker.* *Here are the 15 best foreign war movies:* *WNU Editor:* Hmmmm ... I guess I now have my list on what movies to pick for Friday nights (at least those that are not copyrighted).

League for non-leaguies

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: image] Ahead of this week’s Origin game, life-time AFL fan Jan Courtin had a red-hot go at explaining rugby league to her fellow AFL fans: My understanding of rugby league is: · The men who play it are big brutes, and some have huge necks · Some, like Alfie Langer and Jonathon Thurston, are smaller brutes but can be very handy · Goalposts are two uprights with a horizontal cross-bar · A goal is a try and worth four points · A kick after the try becomes a conversion and is two points if it goes over the cross-bar · A point is two points but can also be a point, depending... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Hymn”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, “Hymn” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB7fnZ-AQNE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the above below. *Click image for larger size.* Close inspection of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Component stars would still remain near 100 solar masses, making ... more »

Kahlil Gibran, "The Madman"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Madman"* by Kahlil Gibran "It was in the garden of a madhouse that I met a youth with a face pale and lovely and full of wonder. And I sat beside him upon the bench, and I said, “Why are you here?” And he looked at me in astonishment, and he said, “It is an unseemly question, yet I will answer you. My father would make of me a reproduction of himself; so also would my uncle. My mother would have me the image of her seafaring husband as the perfect example for me to follow. My brother thinks I should be like him, a fine athlete. And my teachers also, the doctor of philosophy, ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Defeat"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Defeat"* by Paulo Coelho "Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf: ‘That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I’m alive, because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is in my sap, we are one thing.’ Does a man who spent years preparing to climb the highest mountain in the world feel defeated on reaching that mountain and discovering that nature has cloaked th... more »

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