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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

21 June - Blogs I'm Following

English: photograph of the town of , in the Be...English: photograph of the town of , in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tempranillo vines, Clos la Plana vinyard, Pene...Tempranillo vines, Clos la Plana vinyard, Penedes region, Spain 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Israel Launches Air Strike Into Lebanon To Destroy A Crashed Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 minutes ago
*The Telegraph:* *Israel conducts air strike over the border in Lebanon to 'destroy its own downed drone'* *Israeli war plane reportedly struck a remote area in Lebanon’s western Bekaa region to destroy a drone which landed over the border * *Israel launched an airstrike strike in Lebanon in order to destroy its own drone which had crashed, according to reports.* *A blast in a remote part of the western Bekaa region in Lebanon took place on Sunday.* *An unnamed security source told the AFP news agency that the strike was launched to destroy one of Israel’s drones “that crashed in... more »

Greece To Face Its Creditors On Monday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 minutes ago
*Reuters*: *EU welcomes 11th-hour Greek proposals in 'forceps delivery'* *The European Union welcomed new proposals from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a "good basis for progress" at talks on Monday where creditors want 11th-hour concessions to haul Athens back from the brink of bankruptcy.* *EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker's chief-of-staff spoke of a "forceps delivery" as officials worked late into the night to produce a deal ahead of a summit of euro zone leaders in Brussels that they hope can keep Greece in the currency bloc.* *Giving no detail of a proposal he ... more »

The Poet: William Stafford, "Starting With Little Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 34 minutes ago
*"Starting With Little Things" * "Love the earth like a mole, fur-near. Nearsighted, hold close the clods, their fine-print headlines. Pat them with soft hands- Like spades, but pink and loving; they break rock, nudge giants aside, affable plow. Fields are to touch; each day nuzzle your way. Tomorrow the world." - William Stafford

Chet Raymo, “Desert Places”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 34 minutes ago
“Desert Places” by Chet Raymo “If there is a cognitive disconnect in contemporary culture it is between cosmic space and time and human space and time. Those folks who can seriously grasp the scale and age of the universe, with its tens of billions of observable galaxies and billions of years of evolutionary time, and still believe the universe (or its Maker) attends to them personally - well, they are more daring thinkers than me. Or more credulous. Which is why, I suppose that nearly half of Americans believe the universe is less than ten thousand years old - which is to say, tha... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 41 minutes ago
Sémalens, Midi-Pyrenees, France. Thanks for stopping by.

"Banish Mediocrity from Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 43 minutes ago
*"Banish Mediocrity from Your Life"* by Cheryl Wright "Are you satisfied with just getting by with the minimum of effort? But where is the deep-down heart-swelling satisfaction in that? Mediocrity is a life-stifling mindset that affects both the young and the old. We can only be successful if we rid ourselves of the tendency to perform at a mediocre level in all areas of our lives. It is only when we push ourselves and give our best can we appreciate our achievements and enjoy the benefits they bring. Success in life depends on the self-discipline that comes from approaching any p... more »

"The Chessboard..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 44 minutes ago
"The chessboard is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance." - Thomas Huxley

"No Reason..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 44 minutes ago
"Almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." – Steve Jobs

Psychology: "The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 51 minutes ago
*"The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"* by Divya Menon, Association for Psychological Science “People don't really care what they're doing - just as long as they are doing something. That's one of the findings summarized in a new review article published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science”, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. When psychologists think about why people do what they do, they tend to look for specific goals, attitudes, and motivations. But they may be missing something more general - people like to b... more »

Key U.S. Army Commander In The Middle East Has Been Reprimanded For Awarding A Defense Contract To His Friends

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
President Barack Obama, Army Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard and Army Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport walk to greet the crowd on Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, Texas, May 10, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Melissa Parrish *Washington Post*: *Key Army commander accused of steering a contract to ex-classmates* *A key Army commander in the U.S. war against the Islamic State has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for steering a defense contract to a firm run by two of his former classmates at West Point, becoming the latest high-ranking officer to land in trouble for personal miscond... more »

France Not Optimistic That An Iranian Nuclear Deal Will Be Done Before The June 30 Deadline

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. June 20, 2015. Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh *Reuters*: *France says Iran deal 'still not clear' as deadline nears* *France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday it was unclear whether an international deal could be reached on Iran's nuclear program by a June 30 deadline.* *Fabius has said he would meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday to assess where Iran stands ahead of the final round of talks on its nuclear program, which begin later in the week.* *"We need to be extremely firm, at the stage where we are now... more »

Iran's Parliament Votes To Bar International Nuclear Inspections Of Its Military Sites

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*The Guardian*: *Iran votes to ban access to military sites amid chants of 'death to America'* *If ratified, the bill would complicate a future deal over the country’s nuclear programme by making military sites, documents and scientists off limits* *With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America”, Iran’s parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear programme.* *If ratified, the bill could complicate ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – the U... more »

U.S. Navy Invests Big In Helicopter Drones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *The helicopter that doesn't need a pilot: US Navy reveals plans to use 40 full size helicopter drones for long range missions* ** The drone is based on the highly popular Bell 407 helicopter * ** Will be fitted with long range sensors and weapons* ** US Navy to order 40 of the drone craft to use * *At first glance, it looks like a perfectly normal helicopter.* *But Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout is missing one key thing - a pilot.* *The US Navy has revealed it is about to begin testing the pilotless copter for use of aircraft carriers. * *The Navy is poised to ... more »

Are we ready for the expanded Panama Canal? Believe it or not, the job is "90 percent done"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*by Ken* In the New York Harbor area we've had an ongoing awareness of the Panama Canal expansion that's been in progress, because the "New York" port -- which nowadays means almost exclusively New Jersey's adjacent Newark Bay ports, Port Elizabeth and Port Newark -- has known that it isn't equipped to accommodate the taller and deeper ships scheduled to be able to pass through the expanded canal. The most conspicuous manifestation of that unpreparedness has been the 1928-31 Bayonne Bridge, connecting the NYC borough of Staten Island to the NJ mainland. The bridge has barely bee... more »

Where is PC?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
A point to anyone who can tell me where I am ... A clue: It's the connection between Frank Lloyd Wright, Smith and Caughey's, and Auckland University's clock tower. [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

The Pentagon Wants To Defend Its Soldiers From Drone Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Screenshot from the Office of Naval Research YouTube video. *Baltimore Sun*: *U.S. military seeking ways to knock drones from the sky* ** When anyone can fly a drone, how do you stop them from harming American troops?* ** Drones are “game-changing” for war, and the Pentagon wants to know how to shoot them down* ** Lasers, electronic weapons and even nets — the race is on to find drone-killing technology.* *For years the United States has enjoyed almost exclusive use of armed drones, using them to strike enemies remotely and with impunity.* *But with adversaries — including ISIS — c... more »

The Sixth Extinction

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 4 hours ago
I didn’t rush to read Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, *The Sixth Extinction*, because I imagined it would be a gloomy expose on the unfortunate consequences of way too much half-baked cleverness — and it was. But it’s also a fascinating story about the long saga of life on Earth, and the unclever antics of the latest primate species. It’s an outstanding book. We have soared away into a fantasy world, where godlike humans spend their lives creating brilliant miracles. But when observed in a 450 million year timeframe, from this moment when a new mass extinction is gathering momentum, t... more »

Tariq Aziz - The Ba'athist Hess

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
*"Like other Nazi leaders this man is potentially a war criminal and he and his confederates may well be declared outlaws at the close of the war."* *Prime Minister Winston Churchill,* *Private Minute to Anthony Eden regarding Rudolf Hess,* *May 13 1941* *Deputy Prime Minister Aziz with President Sadaam Hussain* *Date Unknown.* *From PBS Frontline - The Gulf War (1996) :* "*Two months earlier **[ May 1990, at the Baghdad Arab Summit ]**, Saddaam Hussain had welcomed his ally and neighbour, the Emir of Kuwait.* *The Emir ruled one of the wealthiest countries on Earth - Kuwait owned... more »

Another Sphere Alliance Message... June 22, 2015 12:35 AM UTC

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
*Again I have no proof of this info, but the Sun did some unusual things today. I have learned over the past year that most of Denise's intuition is very very accurate... so I go on feel with this one... we shall see what happens this week. We don't have long to wait that much is for sure. -AK* *Update Sunday June 21st 2015* *From Denise* (*in Italics) in another communications Sunday.* *I sense humor. * *Yes you do . we are happy and joyful at your request. We have contacted you before. More than a decade ago. Do you recall? We are messengers not angels. You have heard and writ... more »

June 21: This wil be a short one..,.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 5 hours ago
.. because it's cold, wet, and miserable both inside and out. Besides, my children are taking me out so I can buy them their supper for Father's day. It's both alarming an disgusting to think about the news. In South Carolina, where a young man wearing confederate flag patches and mourning the decline of of the Ku Klux Klan burst into a Black church meeting and murdered nine people, the state refuses to lower or (better) to take down the confederate flag - the flag that idealizes Black slavery. The killer is not some oddball. Abusing and killing Blacks is mainstream thinking in whi... more »

Sunday Classics snapshots: Lucia's last happy snap

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti at the Met in 1987* *LUCIA*: Ah! On the breezes will come my ardent sighs. You will hear in the murmuring sea the echo of my grieving Thinking that I feed on sighs and grief, shed a bitter tear then on this ring. Ah, on this ring then! Ah, on this ring then! Ah, on that ring then! *Joan Sutherland (s), Lucia; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tullio Serafin, cond. Live performance, Feb. 26, 1959* *by Ken* I know we're making microscopic progress toward our goal, that other Verdian musical dramatization of the aging process (bes... more »

DPR Leader Speaks About U.S. Role in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
The self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine are based in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) - popularly called Donbass. Former coal miner Oleksandr Zakharchenko (leader of the DPR) comments on the Kiev's preparations for a new offensive against the huddled people near the Russian border who have been repeatedly attacked by the US-NATO war project during the past year. The Minsk ceasefire agreements are repeatedly violated by the Kiev regime - armed, trained, and directed by NATO. The crime of those in eastern Ukraine? They happen to live nea...more »

I bog and try to do it with some religion

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Why do I blog? Its because I want to be immortal. I think my posts are spongeworthy now, and will be as valuable in the future as an unopened bag of prision panties from Lynchfield. I blog to express myself in a malevolent evnviroment where I have no control over living in a hazardous area. I blog because as a history major I want the future students to realise there was a least one sane person currently. (I am not alone or even to be considered amongst the people who express this daily with heart) Make no mistake I am going to do this regularly because its my true voice and in this ... more »

"On the same streets smart clothes and bone-thin beggars in rags that hardly cover them"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Sticking with today's *Broadcasting House...* ...blog favourite Hugh Sykes was back on the BBC reporting from Addis Ababa on the "extraordinary" fall in infant mortality (for under-5-year olds) in Ethiopia - a fall of 50% since the turn of the millennium. This was the kind of report that *Today*'s editor, Jamie Angus, probably had in mind when he envisioned the need for more 'good news stories' from Africa... ...and Paddy O'Connell's introduction (to my surprise) put it down, in part, to "rapid growth and development" in the capital. (Natalie Bennett and Roger Harrabin on Line O... more »

Whats wrong with facebook and why does linked in not exnay that error.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Facebook in highschool for grown ups. Mostly for those who did not know that nobody is going to make you popular but yourself. In a high school ring that is amazingly effortless, but in the real world' that skill will mostly see you working' in a fast food joint where smiles are mandatory but its all like the NBA the draft comes and you are selected and some vapid airheads who have great tv hair and teeth that are no objectively score big contracts and become our voice of facebook heroes The baseline is that facebook is all high school so if you want to play with the pros you shoul... more »

Was diplodocus a herbivore or a carnivore? (And how do you pronounce it?)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Pachycephalosaurus Blogs like this can be relentlessly negative (and guilty as charged, I'm afraid, in recent months), so I'm going to keep on congratulating today's *Broadcasting House *on Radio 4. Why? Because Paddy O'Connell's interview this morning with a seven-year-old girl and dinosaur expert, called Briar-Rose, about her love of dinosaurs was an absolute joy to listen to. (I too was a youthful dinophile). Please listen to it for yourselves and if you don't laugh at Paddy's complete inability to take on board the word 'Parasaurolophus' (after struggling with 'Pachycephalosau... more »

Locality, nonlocality, and anti-quantum zealots

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
Quantum field theories and string theory, the two most viable types of quantum mechanical theories, respect the Lorentz invariance, the basic symmetry that defines Einstein's special theory of relativity. This symmetry guarantees that no information can be sent superluminally or instantaneously: there can't be any action at a distance. The relativistic locality ends up being equivalent to the relativistic causality: the cause must precede its effects, \(t\lt t'\), in all inertial systems. In quantum field theory (defined through the canonical quantization), we may derive the canonic... more »

Greek Radio 4 listener v German plutocrat

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I must give credit to today's *Broadcasting House *for its fascinating opening discussion of the Greek situation between a Greek and a German. My initial instinct was to distrust it. Why? Because Paddy O'Connell's framing of the discussion made it clear that this was a discussion between a female retired Greek pharmacist and the male former head of the German Stock Exchange - i.e. the Greek equivalent of a typical powerless Radio 4 listener (applause!) versus an influential German former top capitalist (boo!). However, the discussion - a 'non'-meeting of minds - was quite fascina... more »

Jeremy Bowen expresses an opinion

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
As we know, opinions spill out of some BBC reporters on Twitter. He may be right, he may be wrong (as Johnny Rotten might have said), but he's certainly expressing an opinion here... So please step forward, Mr Jeremy Bowen of the BBC: Amazed earlier watching US reporting from #Charleston that no one mentioned gun control. Obama just did. Who's going to listen? — Jeremy Bowen (@BowenBBC) June 18, 2015

The World According to Americans (at least the ones who have never traveled...)CC

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*I hate to say it but there is some truth to stereotype of American perceptions about the rest of the world... -AK* http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-20/world-according-americans *The World According to Middle-Aged Americans...* *CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE* *Source: Richmond.edu* *The World According to Young Americans...* *CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE* *Source: HappyPlace*

Politics and its Discontents: Some Days I Don't Have To Write Anything-Lorne

LeDaro at LeDaro - 10 hours ago
Original post by Lorne: *"Politics and its Discontents: Some Days I Don't Have To Write Anything: ... thanks to groups like this:"*

Harbor Watch: What would be cooler than a tugboat named for the Godfather of Soul?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*All photos by John Skelson (click to enlarge)* *by Ken* Alas, *that* James Brown was James *Joseph* Brown, and therefore presumably not, as photographer John Skelson notes, the "James E. Brown" for whom this brand-new Brown Towing vessel is named, one of the New York Harbor photographs John shared this week in what he describes as "A Good Week at the Office" in his regular Friday "Ship Spotting with Skelson" post for the Working Harbor Committee blog. Harbor people get excited by tugboats generally, so new ones are outta-sight thrills. John's pretty worked up, not just about this... more »

A brillo-iant BBC interviewer

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
You've got to hand it to Andrew Neil... Yes, he may be best buddies with his long-time colleague on BBC One's *This Week*, Diane Abbott, but that didn't stop him from giving her a thorough and forensic debunking on today's *Sunday Politics*. He then gave Conservative Liam Fox and UKIP's Steven Woolfe a very thorough grilling. If you didn't know his past, would you be able to tell his politics from his questioning? And yet because of that past he's the trump card played by defenders of the BBC who have - for years - cried "What about Andrew Neil?" when confronted with evidence of... more »

Back to the past

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Good grief, this week's *Dateline London *panel had a real 'throwback-to-the-bad-old-days-of-*Dateline*' feel to it. There was left-leaning Polly Toynbee of the *Guardian*, left-leaning French-Algerian writer (who usually writes in the UK for the *Observer *and *Independent*), very-left-leaning Greek expert Maria Margaronis (who writes in the UK mostly for the *Guardian*)....and *Bloomberg*'s mildly liberal (in American terms) Stryker McGuire. They discussed Greece and the euro and ISIS and its fellow travellers, with largely predictable results.

Earth-directed full-halo CME erupts from Region 2371 (possible portal and sphere ship?)

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*I ran the blue image (see farther below) through a high pass filter, and boosted the gamma and altered the hues... look **what popped out of the image... a portal behind the sun in the shape of an eye and a sphere ship? -AK* *CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE**Solarham.com issued these warnings...* *Here's SuspciousObserver's take on the latest CME:* Posted at; http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/06/21/earth-directed-full-halo-cme-erupts-from-region-2371/ *Earth-directed full-halo CME erupts from Region 2371 * Posted by Adonai on June 21, 2015 in categories Featured articles, ... more »

Drone Military Operations In The Future Will Focus On Clearing Hostile Air Defenses Before The Manned Bombers Arrive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Pierre Longeray, VICE News*:* Meet the Drone That Carries Out the Airstrikes Before the Airstrikes* *At the French Ministry of Defense's booth in the Paris Air Show this week, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) proudly displayed what will soon be the crown jewel of the French air force's aircraft fleet: an armed drone designed in collaboration with the UK that is expected to assist its fighter jets by 2030.* *This drone or UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) is called the "Future Combat Air System" or FCAS. Inspired by its French and British precursors — the nEUROn, deve... more »

Transpicuous News Report Tonight

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
In Preparation for Tonights Transpicuous News Report..... Transpicuous News, tonight at 9pm bdt/ 4pm edt, LIVE Stream on CCN HERE Or you can Watch TN LIVE right here on RTS or onf Facebook on the Removing The Shackles page!

A Look At How America Broke Its Drone Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Staff Sgt. john Bainter/USAF *David Axe, Daily Beast*: *How America Broke Its Drone Force* *The Pentagon’s generals amassed an unmanned armada. Then they ran it into the ground.* *In a tent at Nellis Air Force Base on the northern edge of Las Vegas, the officer in charge of a U.S. Air Force drone unit strolled into a meeting with the 20 or so pilots and sensor operators under his command. It was in the winter of 2005-2006, and the officer just wanted to try out some ideas he had for boosting unit morale, he recalled later in a conversation with an Air Force historian.* *But it wa... more »

Agent Orange: Toxin in Genocide of Indigenous Peoples

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Agent Orange sprayed in the US and Canada, prior to and after the Vietnam War By Brenda Norrell Censored News First published Feb. 28, 2011 and republished today upon request Agent Orange was sprayed on weeds, forests and crops in the United States and Canada before and after the Vietnam war, leading to new lawsuits over the resulting cancer and other diseases of those who were sprayed in

HAWAII Mauna Kea Warriors Resisting Renewed Construction Threat to Sacred Mountain

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Aloha Aina Warriors of Kailua-Kona RESPONSE TO THE TMT PROJECTS PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING INTENT TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION AND DESECRATION THIS WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2015 Media Contacts: Kamahana Kealoha s​acredmaunakea@gmail.com  Aloha mai kākou, Sacred Mauna Kea Hui would like to respond to the T​MT’s press release sent to local news media earlier tonight, June 20th 2015: "SMKH reaffirms

Flags of Our Fascist Fathers

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
If only Dylann Storm Roof had stayed in school and had less of an ego chronically stoked on pills and Internet hate sites, he might have scored a gun and a badge and a uniform in order to perpetrate his race war. With just a little more training and a little more discipline, he could have learned to be a slightly more circumspect executioner of dark-hued people. He could have blended into the official American system of allowable oppression of minorities. He might have developed the patience to wait for socially acceptable, state-sanctioned opportunities to take aim and fire. From ... more »

Say Sayonara to Camera Brands

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Phone cameras have destroyed the point and shoot market. Now phone camera accessories have upscale in the view finder. Your product is no logner relevant, please move along and take your empoyees with you. How long before the cell phone becomes the universal tri corder?


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*A heart centered approach to assist combat veterans with PTSD has not only proved effective but has led to inner transformation for many combat veterans in the past five years. I present a composite of two graduates of the Healing the Wounded Hearts (Band of Brothers) program in Northern California where **Johnny **finally came home to a life of meaning **, * *value** and framed in gratefulness**: Allen L Roland. Ph.D* *“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contribu... more »

The Pentagon Is Looking For A New Post-Cold War Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Middle East, accompanied by U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey (R), on Capitol Hill in Washington June 17, 2015. Reuters/Carlos Barria *Reuters*: *Pentagon chief to push U.S. allies to ditch 'Cold War playbook'* *U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will urge NATO allies to "dispose of the Cold War playbook" during a trip to Europe this week, as the alliance adapts to a new kind of threat from Russia in the east and Islamic State to the south, U... more »

Voices for Democracy

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 12 hours ago
*Voices-Voix is a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations*committed to defending our collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space. They have documented attacks against organizations, individuals and institutions that have raised their voices, to show the pattern of government silencing those who exercise their right to dissent. They have a *membership of over 200 *organizations and “encourage Canadians to raise their voices so that governments meet their core responsibilities to respect the equality, transparency and diversity of ... more »

R Billy a real pirate treasure

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
A captivating story about treasue hunting. For sale now.

Justice for the Penobscot River

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*Indian Island on the Penobscot River in Maine* I drove two-hours north yesterday and joined well over 100 others on Indian Island to support the Penobscot Nation in their current struggle with the State of Maine over their sacred rights to the river. A beautiful gathering was held that included native song, drumming, and dancing as well as talks by Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis and other tribal leaders. A brochure entitled 'Justice for the River' states: The Penobscot people are an ancient riverine culture that has lived in synergy with the river for thousands of years before the dis... more »

Self promotion

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Another of the BBC News website's top stories this afternoon (in 6th place, but now slipping down the pecking order), is: This links to a report about BBC boss Tony Hall's latest pronouncements (on the *Andrew Marr Show*) - pronouncements obviously so important that Lord Hall's website minions deemed them important enough to make the 'Most Important Stories' section of their home page. His Lordship seems intensely relaxed about Mr Whittingdale though: He added: "He's very direct about the BBC and the licence fee, but John Whittingdale's report when he was chairman of the DCMS (D... more »

In Defence of the Anti-Austerity Demo

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 13 hours ago
What do you do when you give up trying to change the world? There are two options. The first is to fade into private life and spend more time gardening, building a model railway, or indulging whatever other ever-so worthwhile pursuits. The other is to try and make a career as a professional naysayer. It's but a short hop from "why are you bothering, nothing ever changes" to full on apologising for the establishment you once railed against. And so yesterday's anti-austerity demo that saw many thousands take to the streets and command the headlines on an otherwise sleepy Saturday als... more »

The inevitable post about 'Sunday'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
The Pope Francis Fan Club's weekly magazine was out again this morning. It goes by the title of *Sunday *and its audio incarnation is broadcast on Radio 4 every Sunday morning. Not one but two features on this morning's programme took the doings of ( St.) Pope Francis as their starting point: Pope Francis goes to see the Turin Shroud, *Sunday* does a feature about the Turin Shroud; Pope Francis spouts off about global warming, *Sunday *devotes the opening and closing sections of the programme to discussing it, ending with a discussion with two admiring Catholics (chaired by a thir... more »

And on it goes...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
A new lead story on the BBC News website in the past hour - placed in 5th place, importance-wise - is... When you click in, the updated headline is: Yes, some lawyers representing one of the families have written to Keith Vaz shifting the blame onto the police and Keith has duly pronounced himself "concerned". And the BBC leaps into action. I'm very strongly tempted to swear at the BBC here, so here goes: Give it a f***ing rest, BBC! *P.S. *The solicitors in question are Khan Solicitors of Bradford. One of them featured on *Newsnight *last week, the firmly-bearded Balaal Huss... more »

More Signs That The U.S. - Israel Relationship Is Changing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*U.S. News And World Report:* *Does the State Department Terror Report Contain a Subtle Slap at Israel?* *A recap of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last year contains an unusual level of detail.* *The State Department's report on international terrorism released Friday contained a subtle rhetorical shift toward the United States' most staunch Middle East ally.* *The annual Country Reports on Terrorism analysis was dominated by the rise of the Islamic State group and incidents of worldwide terrorism. But it also contained an unusual implied criticism of Israel, a longtime frien... more »

Russia's Newest Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) Is Raising Concerns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Business Insider*: *Russia built one of the most alarming antiaircraft systems in history — and won't say who it's sending it to* *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.* *Update #1:* KBM... more »

Has Spain Escaped Its Debt Crisis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Alistair Dawber, The Guardian*: *As Greece stares into the abyss, has Spain escaped from crisis?* *Three years ago the country faced an Athens-style bailout. Now the shadow of collapse has lifted - but the young and jobless are still struggling* *Daniel Roman is feeling upbeat. Six months ago, the 38-year-old sommelier opened a small wine shop in the Mercado de la Cebada, a covered market in Madrid’s trendy La Latina neighbourhood. “I’m confident,” he says, as he serves two elderly customers from the counter. “Opening here was the natural next step for me. I’ve always wanted to b... more »

Conservative Politicians Tragically Pander To Racists

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
In 2000, George Bush and John McCain, battling out for the Republican nomination in South Carolina, both pandered to the racists and secessionists by encouraging the flying of the Confederate flag on the State Capitol dome. After McCain's real feelings about the flag slipped out a month before the primary-- he called it a ''symbol of racism and slavery"-- his handlers grabbed him and talked some reality into his head. The very next day he "corrected" himself by referring to it with the wease words that racists use: "a symbol of heritage." McCain lost anyway-- to a Bush who didn't... more »

Economic News , Data And Views ( June 21 , 2015 ) -- Greece Updates ( Tsipras presents new Greece proposals to Merkel and Hollande , Technical talks underway in Brussels , Tsipras meets with his Cabinet ahead of critical talks on Monday , GR Banks should open w/o problems Monday and over next few days , additional items to consider ) ..... Broader Europe items to consider - taking the temperature from around Europe on Greece , obvious highlight.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Tweets....... Greece ...... *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 6h 6 hours ago Creditors offer #*Greece* six-month bailout reprieve as Tsipras weighs response. http://gu.com/p/4a23n/stw *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 3m 3 minutes ago @Schuldensuehner Fish or cut bait time.... Greece’s international creditors are aiming to strike a deal to stop Athens defaulting on its 1 *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 2m2 minutes agoPhiladelphia, PA @*Schuldensuehner* debt and possibly tumbling out of the euro by extending its bailout by six months and supplying up to €18bn (£12.9bn... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is Sunday, June 21st, 2015... Father's Day, and time again for my weekly rant.... I first must state that I was extremely busy yesterday taking care of a lot of personal business and I had no time at all to update this blog with any articles... Yes, with the most recent "shooting" taking place in Charleston, South Carolina, on everyone's minds, there have been many amazing and informative articles coming out of the alternative media that have done their due diligence in exposing some of the lies that are being perpetrated by both the Jew spew media an... more »

Are We Heading For A Crash?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Telegraph:* *'It's time to hold physical cash,' says one of Britain's most senior fund managers* *It may be time to money under the mattress. High profile fund managers explain how to prepare for a 'systemic event' * *The manager of one of Britain’s biggest bond funds has urged investors to keep cash under the mattress.* *Ian Spreadbury, who invests more than £4bn of investors’ money across a handful of bond funds for Fidelity, including the flagship Moneybuilder Income fund, is concerned that a “systemic event” could rock markets, possibly similar in magnitude to the financ... more »

More trouble with polls

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
One more thing about this morning's *Sunday Morning Live....* The one regularly enjoyable thing about previous series of the programme was the weekly poll - which almost always 'went the wrong way' for the BBC, very amusingly. Just one example from last year. *Sunday Morning Live *asked the question, "Is immigration good for Britain?" The result , announced at the end of the show, was 11% saying 'yes' and 89% saying 'no'. One of the guests nearly fainted. And it kept on happening: - "Does the English Defence League represent a view that needs to be heard?", asked *SML.... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/06/google-chrome-listening-in-to-your-room-shows-the-importance-of-privacy-defense-in-depth/ Like reading lines from the movie *"Ex Machina"... sheesh... -AK* Posted on June 18, 2015 by Rick Falkvinge Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that* Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversa... more »

my feminism includes trans people. all women need to listen to each other.

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
The continuing liberation of transgender people is a marvel to behold. We are witnessing history, as trans people and their issues become part of the mainstream. From Chelsea Manning to "Transparent" to Laverne Cox, and of course Caitlyn Jenner, transgender people and issues have never been so front and centre. I don't do celebrity gossip so I don't know anything about the lurid lead-up to Jenner's coming out, but when the woman who cuts my hair asks me what I think about transgender people, I know something big is going on. There is more than one out trans person in the larger circl... more »

A possible message from the "Sphere Alliance"....

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
*This came from a woman in the USA who for the last year has remarkably accurate dreams about of some of the work we were doing, as well as events occurring around the world. And for that reason I post this...* *The first part is her dream, followed up by, for lack of a better word... a confirmation channeling... purportedly from the Sphere Alliance... something she's never sent me before. * *I don't usually publish predictions with dates, heard too many of them in my Christian youth. Time is a bit of an illusion and things tend to progress as they should in a sequence of even... more »

First Known Satellite Image Of The RQ-170 Sentinel Stealth Spy Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Foxtrot Alpha:* *RQ-170 Sentinel Stealth Spy Drone Caught By Satellite For The First Time* *The U.S. Air Force and the CIA’s famed but incredibly shy RQ-170 Sentinel has been caught on camera a few times in the U.S., including images of one supposedly forming up with an aerial tanker. It was also paraded around by Iran after its spectacular capture in 2011. Yet there are no known satellite images of it — until now.One of the satellites that the website TerraServer sources images from snapped the bat-winged drone sitting outside of a shelter at Creech Air Force Base on February ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*I chuckled at my son's sexist joke. Does this mean I should be forced to quit like that poor scientist?* By TOM UTLEY in England At the risk of destroying any hope our third son may have of a career in the politically correct world of academia, I’ll begin by repeating a joke he cracked nine years ago, when he was 14. It was a Bank Holiday Monday, and he had just switched on the TV hoping for his daily fix of news and views about the [soccer] Premiership. But to his horror, he saw that instead of the expected manly chat about his beloved Liverpool’s chances against West Ham, or M... more »

China Reveals The World's Fastest Tank Gun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A New Multipurpose Cannon The 127th Ordinance Research Institute's news 125mm tank cannon is the world' largest, with a barrel length over 7.5 meters and highly powerful shells. sy_wsh at lt.cjdby.net *Popular Science*: *China Builds the World's Fastest Tank Gun, Then Tries to Hide It* *125mm Shells Go at Mach 6* *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... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*The sixth mass extinction on Earth has officially begun and could threaten humanity's existence, famous false prophet says* *Ya gotta laugh. Paul Ehrlich just cannot give prophecy up, despite all his previous failed predictions. And the species loss count is highly speculative. New and previously uncounted species are still being discovered all the time. And straight-line predictions are rarely justified in the life sciences anyway. An ogive is a more common trendline, with an approach to an asymptote towards the end of it. In less precise but plainer language, an upwards tr... more »

Would Iran Defeat The U.S. In A War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Sept. 22, 2011: Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) in Tehran.Reuters *Zachary Keck, National Interest*: *Exposed: Iran's Super Strategy to Crush America in a War* *Iran would be able to impose prohibitive costs on the U.S. military, even before the occupation began.* *Since assuming office in 2009, President Barack Obama has consistently held that the United States would carry out airstrikes to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. This position is supported by the vast majority of... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Saints' Sean Payton expands on offseason culture change ~Mike Triplett, ESPN*

He Knows An Easy Mark

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Opposition to the Prime Minister is building. But Stephen Harper has always known that more voters despise him than support him. That's why the Fair Elections Act -- with its truly Orwellian title -- is now law. Linda McQuaig writes: Stephen Harper's re-election strategy depends on a lot of you not voting. And if you mess with his plan by showing up at the polling station on Election Day, he's prepared for that, too: he's made it a lot harder for you to vote. The prime minister has made it so much harder that "many tens of thousands" of Canadians may be denied their constitutiona... more »

The personal-collective liberation"Everything starts where it ends and Everything ends where it starts"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
*Translated from French -AK* *The personal-collective liberation* by Shaani Galand *Everything starts where it ends and Everything ends where it starts.* The key to changing unconsciousness is to change the inner state. If the consciousness puts finger on it, she grows up. And that's a cinch. Mind and Body is One. What manifests spirit manifests in the body. That which manifests in the body manifests in the mind. If you live your body through your consciousness, you instantly feel that some-thing trying to get your attention. *Everything starts where it ends and all ends where i... more »

"God's mercy is far greater than extremists you unfortunately bring onto the panel"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
*Sunday Morning Live* also (perhaps inevitably) did a feature on Ramadan, looking at whether the fasting time should be reduced to help "vulnerable people". Dr Usama Hasan of the Quilliam Foundation and smirking Islamist blogger Dilly Hussain got into an almighty scrap about it, talking across each other and flinging insults around ("heretic", "fringe", "ignorance", "extremism", "You are an ignorant extremist!") I have to say though, that Usama made a good point about BBC programmes like *Sunday Morning Live* in passing: God's mercy is far greater than extremists you unfortunat... more »

"Nick Robinson: Cameron threatened to close down BBC on election bus"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The *Guardian *reports the following this morning from BBC political editor Nick Robinson: In an interview with the Guardian, Robinson said he had “thought quite a lot” about comments Cameron made during the campaign, which were interpreted by BBC staff as a veiled threat and “another bit of pressure”, since first writing about them in his recently released book about May’s election. Robinson said his sources on the Tory bus said Cameron had responded to a BBC story about something he allegedly told his deputy, Nick Clegg, calling it “rubbish”, before going on to say: “I’m going ... more »

Humanity is Developing Survival Resistance to Government Lies

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 17 hours ago
Saturday, June 20, 2015*Activist Post* By Bernie Suarez Throughout nature it is well known that species will experience changes in its DNA and adaptations in its physical expression and behavior solely for the purposes of surviving in its environment. There are numerous examples in nature of species genetically and physically adapting to its environment for survival reasons. So it's not a far-fetched suggestion that humanity itself may now be experiencing a physiological mental and cerebral transformation which is changing its behavioral pattern and environmental response to the ph... more »

Advice from Julian Assange

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago

Jingle Hell

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
(h/t Not a Sheep) Well, this is different: It's a shame the late Sir Christopher wasn't our entry for the Eurovision Song Contest this year. We'd have walked it.

Navy transfers Kiran jet trainers to Air Force

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Kiran Mk2 jet trainer]The Navy has transferred nine Kiran jet-trainer aircraft from its inventory to the Air Force, which is facing an acute shortage of intermediate jet trainers. Naval sources have confirmed that the assets have been transferred from the Naval air station INS Hansa in Goa where the Kiran fleet is based. “The ab initio training takes place with the Air Force. The Navy now has the Hawk advanced jet trainers and so they [Kiran] have been transferred to the Air Force,” a senior Navy official said. Read more

The BBC can stop trembling again

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
That *Telegraph *piece by Bruce Anderson also makes it clear that those who expressed scepticism about John Whittingdale's much-touted eagerness to 'screw' with the BBC (as Tony Hall put it) were correct: John Whittingdale, the new Culture Secretary, is a sound Right-winger and a devoted Thatcherite. So when he was appointed, the BBC trembled. Were the Tories about to take their revenge on the corporation for decades of Left-wing bias? There were reports that the Prime Minister had told his new colleague to “sort out” the BBC. But any BBC executive who entertained such fears might ... more »

"And does glorifying battles of the past vanquish our dreams of a peaceful future?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
The blurb for today's *Sunday Morning Live* is quintessentially BBC-ish: Sian Williams hosts the ethical debate show. Is climate change the world's biggest moral problem? And does glorifying battles of the past vanquish our dreams of a peaceful future? That last question comes in the light of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and makes me think that Bruce Anderson, writing in the *Telegraph*, may have a point when he writes that the BBC... ...is infected by a metropolitan, politically correct groupthink, in which two assumptions are never questioned. The first is c... more »

Christopher Lee. A Heavy Metal Christmas

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/gVzOve8T39wnof Now that is odd...

Raw Coconut Macaroons Recipe from The Food Babe

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
Food Babe's Raw Coconut Macaroons Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins Serves: 12-24 Ingredients - 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes - 2 tablespoons maple syrup - 2 tablespoons coconut oil - ½ cup almond flour, more as needed - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions 1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. 2. Roll into desired shape (about 1 tablespoon or bigger if desired) 3. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate Notes To make chocolate macaroons, add 1 tablespoon cacao powder. **Please use a... more »

Ka-52 Alligator Attack Helicopter has Export Order: Rosoboronexport Executive

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Ka-52 Alligator (NATO: Hokum-A)]Russia has signed its first contract for the export of Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, the head of Rosoboronexport’s delegation said Thursday. “We have the Ka-52 in its export model and we have contracts for it, and it’s already being spun because it has a good, firm future,” Sergei Kornev was quoted as saying at the Paris Air Show by Sputnik International Thursday. Russia has been talking to Belarus to buy the Ka-52, widely believed to be a competitor to the Boeing Apache attack helicopter Read more

Russia’s MiG to Develop Fifth-Generation Jet Fighter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)]MiG aircraft-making company will develop a fifth-generation light jet fighter, company CEO Sergei Korotkov said during the 2015 Le Bourget Airshow. "Such a plane has not been ordered yet. But we continue to work on it. We know that there is a broad worldwide market for this type of aircraft," Korotkov said. He also pointed out that currently many countries across the globe use the MiG-29 aircraft, and they need a plane to replace it. Read more

Coast Guard cutter Healy heads out on Arctic expedition

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USCGC Healy (WAGB-20)]U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jason Hamilton, of Bainbridge Island, will lead a crew of 150 on an unprecedented expedition to study the Arctic Ocean. About 50 of those aboard will be scientists who will be collecting data on the Arctic Ocean, said Hamilton, who has been with the Coast Guard for 26 years and captain of the Healy for two weeks. What makes Hamilton's first expedition with the Healy unlike any other Arctic study is the international partnership to create a baseline for the area's biogeochemical cycles — the cycles of chemical elements and compoun... more »

India to plug holes in sky with web of radars

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Il-76 Phalcon]India is slowly but steadily building a fully-automated surveillance network to make its airspace, which still has many gaping holes in central and peninsular mainland as well as island territories, as secure as possible in the years ahead. By progressive integration of all airborne and ground-based civilian and military radars around the country, the aim is to ensure any intrusion by a hostile aircraft, helicopter, drone or micro-light is detected as soon as it takes place. "This, in turn, will make it possible to swiftly launch counter-measures, which can ... more »

Battle to win £2bn deal to replace Britain's Nimrod spy planes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Defence groups call for a fair fight in race to land expected contract to replace Nimrod jets that were controversially scrapped. Defence companies are lining up to offer a replacement for the Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, with the Government expected to announce a deal for a new fleet of jets by the end of the year. Military insiders say it is a case of “when, not if” the scheme worth up to £2bn will be revealed, though it is likely to come when the current Strategic Defence and Security Review Security (SDSR) reports in the winter. Read more

Turkey Completes Ay-class Submarines Upgrade

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Ay class SSK]Turkey has completed upgrades on two Ay-class submarines, contractor STM, an Ankara-based defense technologies company, said. The modernization project comprising renewal of Electronic Support, Attack and Search Periscopes and Inertial Navigation Systems has been carried out by STM as the main contractor and applied successfully on TCG DOĞANAY (S-351) and TCG DOLUNAY (S-352), AY- Class submarines. The project has been started in 2011. The modernization process of TCD DOLUNAY Submarine completed successfully on April 09, 2014 and TCD DOĞANAY’s finished on April ... more »

Fatal car crash on crowd in Austrian city of Graz per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33211479 that: 'At least three people are dead and dozens injured after a man drove his car into crowds in a square in Austria's second largest city of Graz. The driver has been arrested, though police say there were no indications the attack was motivated by terrorism. Part of the city was sealed off, with large numbers of ambulances and helicopters sent to the scene. The square in Graz was hosting an event related to the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is being held nearby.The regional governor confirmed that three peop... more »

Then and Now: Shuishe Village at Sun Moon Lake

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
National Historic Monuments of Taiwan on Facebook sent around a pic of Shuishe village from Sun Moon Lake in the late 1920s or 1930s, it looks like. Shuishe is on the north side of the lake and is now occupied by big hotels, including the Lalu Sun Moon Lake, and a pier. Today it looks like this, from Streetview: The hills are still visible on the right side, but of course the village is gone. Interestingly, a friend pointed out to me, the Japanese English versions all refer to the aboriginal villages as "savage" villages in English, but the Japanese language uses the term used toda... more »

Over 350 Scientists & Medical Proffessionals Call For Ban On Glyphosatee

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
GLOBAL BAN IS IN ORDER: Over 350 international scientists and medical professionals have signed onto a letter calling for a global ban on glyphosate. And the list is growing. "We, the undersigned international scientists and medical professionals, call on governments at all levels to ban the spraying of glyphosate herbicides. As professionals who have read the literature on glyphosate herbicides and their effects, we have concluded that they are causing irreparable harm. The World Health Organization’s recent reclassification of glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” is only ... more »

Some Sunday Morning Reading

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Who needs a BBC paper review when you've got *ITBB*'s very own selection from the Sunday papers - well, from *The Sunday Times *anyhow? Curiously, all of this morning's selection relate to the BBC. First, here's Rod Liddle on *Top Gear*: They most definitely did ask Clarkson back — but having been compared to Jimmy Savile he mysteriously decided to tell them to stuff it. Clarkson’s replacement is the personable and gingerish Chris Evans. Evans does not have Clarkson’s sharp wit, mordant and indecent humour or air of grouchy rebelliousness. He is, however, what the BBC execs came ... more »

Kate Braun : Summer Solstice brings the longest day, shortest night

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
Light and dark are opposites that represent the balance we strive for in our daily lives. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | June 20, 2015 Sunday, June 21, 2015, is the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day … finish reading Kate Braun : Summer Solstice brings the longest day, shortest night

Bridge Over Troubled Water...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 23 hours ago
*Simon and Garfunkel's biggest hit.* Garfunkel said he *"created a monster"* in his friendship with Simon. No you didn't, Art. Paul Simon wrote that song! We will, however, let you sing it. Words to inspire...

Russian President Putin Answers Questions From A Dozen International Reporters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 b

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