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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3 June - Blogs I'm Following

10:04pm MDST

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 minutes ago
“Large, dusty, spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this rich telescopic image. The field of view spans nearly 2 degrees, or about 4 times the width of the Full Moon, toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus. * Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. But X-ray and infrared observations reveal even more high energy emission and star formation in the core of NGC 4945. The other prominent galaxy in the field, NGC 4976, is an elliptical galaxy. Left of center, NGC 4976 ... more »

"Is Life Embedded in the Cosmos?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 minutes ago
"Is Life Embedded in the Cosmos?" by Luke McKinney . "A recent mathematical analysis* says that life as we know it is written into the laws of reality. DNA is built from a set of twenty amino acids - the first ten of those can create simple prebiotic life, and now it seems that those ten are thermodynamically destined to occur wherever they can. For those unfamiliar with thermodynamics, it's the Big Brother of all energy equations and science itself. You can apply quantum mechanics at certain scales, and Newtonian mechanics work at the right speeds, but if Thermodynamics says somethi...more »

"Illusions And Seagulls..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 minutes ago
"There is a family of us who have this yearning for a kind of excellence that we can manifest every day of our lives, a family who wants to believe we're not pawns, we're not victims on this planet, that knows we have the power within us here and now to change the world we see around us!" "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." - Richard Bach, "Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah" "If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then wh... more »

Chet Raymo, “Sailing to the Moon”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 minutes ago
*“Sailing to the Moon”* by Chet Raymo “It's like fishing in the dark. Our thoughts are the hooks, Our hearts the new bait.” "And so, China has soft-landed a rover on the Moon. A splendid achievement of which that nation must be very proud. I'm proud too, for humankind. I think of what Thomas Merton wrote in “Thoughts in Solitude”, at a time when some far-seeing rocket scientists were considering the real possibility of going to our sister satellite: "What can we gain by sailing to the moon, if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves." I've read much of w... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 minutes ago
Bomoseen, Vermont, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Better Angels Of Our Nature"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 minutes ago
*“The Better Angels Of Our Nature: * * How Charles Dickens Influenced Abraham Lincoln" * by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. “Here’s the story of an obscure but beautiful quotation from Charles Dickens that found its way into the First Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln. n 1861, before his inauguration, Lincoln showed a draft of what he intended to say to William Seward, his Secretary of State. Seward recommended that Lincoln conclude with conciliatory words, and sketched out a few sentences for Lincoln to consider. Seward’s rough draft, which has been preserved, contains the expression “... more »

"A Different Drummer..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 minutes ago
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Henry David Thoreau

The Poet: Matthew Arnold, "Growing Old"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 minutes ago
*"Growing Old"* "What is it to grow old? Is it to lose the glory of the form, The lustre of the eye? Is it for beauty to forego her wreath? Yes, but not for this alone. Is it to feel our strength - Not our bloom only, but our strength - decay? Is it to feel each limb Grow stiffer, every function less exact, Each nerve more weakly strung? Yes, this, and more! but not, Ah, 'tis not what in youth we dreamed 'twould be! 'Tis not to have our life Mellowed and softened as with sunset-glow, A golden day's decline! 'Tis not to see the world As from a height, with rapt prophetic eyes, And heart ... more »

"If Only- Locating The Underlying Cause"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 minutes ago
*"If Only- Locating The Underlying Cause"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Once you’ve taken the time to inquire within, you can begin to make changes that address the deeper issue. Often, when we’re unhappy, we fall into the habit of thinking that, if only one or two particular things in our life would change, everything would be fine. We might focus on the fact that we need a new car, or a raise, or a change in our living situation. We dwell on this one thing and strategize, or complain, or daydream about what it would be like to have it. Meanwhile, underneath the surface, the rea... more »

"In dreams begin responsibilities"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
*Ten years ago, this was what I was blogging about...* Why don't people get excited about freedom? I'm not talking about the people who used to risk everything going over the Berlin Wall to freedom, or those Cubans who in a bid for freedom brave shark-infested seas on inner tubes ... I'm talking about most people in most modern democracies who have happily traded their liberty for a little temporary security, and in most cases have ended up with neither. As Bob Jones once asked when fronting a party promoting 'Freedom and Prosperity!', why is it so easy to promote prosperity, and so ... more »

The ‘Big 6′ Chemical Companies Now Make 50,000 Different Pesticides

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Christina Sarich* - With 50,000 types of pesticides, who are the real vermin here? The post The ‘Big 6′ Chemical Companies Now Make 50,000 Different Pesticides appeared first on Waking Times.

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘Hustle’ is Brit series where lovable rascals con greedy, rich bastards

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
A fine cast, tricky plots, and snappy dialogue make this program a fun, compelling pleasure. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | June 3, 2015 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Hustle’ is Brit series where lovable rascals con greedy, rich bastards

It's too hard for U.S. media to keep track of people killed here by police. but The Guardian is managing to do it from the U.K.

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*A screenshot of the control panel of *The Guardian*'s interactive website that keeps track, as it says, of "People killed by police in the US" -- tallying, as of this afternoon, 470 nationwide year-to-date. Note that there's also a map view. (Click to enlarge.)* *by Ken* "Can you imagine any entity in our so called free press doing something like this?" Johnny Morales asks in "The Guardian UK embarrasses All US Media but will we notice?," posting on Daily Kos as *johnnyintexas*. "This" is a comprehensive gathering of information about killings by the police in the U.S., viewable ... more »

5 Signs That You’re Outgrowing Yourself

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - Our culture celebrates destruction over evolution, and it our challenge to overcome this. The post 5 Signs That You’re Outgrowing Yourself appeared first on Waking Times.

5 Books That Will Decrease Your Dependency On Big Pharma

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - With these six amazing books, you will be able to create your own herbal medicine and decrease your dependency on big pharma. The post 5 Books That Will Decrease Your Dependency On Big Pharma appeared first on Waking Times.

Innovate or Die

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[image: Image result for addison wiggin] *Guest post by **Addison Wiggin**, who catches up with futurist Juan Enriquez...* ------------------------------ *“The problem with the French is… they don’t have a word for ‘entrepreneur.’” *– rumoured to have been uttered by President George W. Bush to British Prime Minister Tony Blair “I get up in the morning,” our friend Juan Enriquez told us during an interview one day late in 2011, “I read the paper and see all the bad things going on with the debt, deficits, wars and the economy. Then, I step into a lab and see all the potential break... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 4th June)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 2 hours ago
Child benefit STAYS while I'm PM: Cameron slaps down Iain Duncan Smith plan to limit hand-out to two children Number 10 said the Prime Minister would stick to his pre-election pledge to protect the child benefit entitlement for the next five years. Welfare Minister Duncan Smith’s proposals had included limiting payments to the first two children, as well as cutting benefit for the first child

What Greece Can Learn From The Defaults Of Other Countries

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Jennifer RyanAlex Tribou, Bloomberg*: *Here's What Defaults Did to Other Countries as Greece Teeters* *History offers hints for Greece's future* *By Friday, we may know whether Greece has reached a debt deal with its creditors. A failure could trigger a default and raise the prospect that it becomes the first country to leave the euro currency union.* *The history of previous economic cataclysms suggests that changes in currency values can work as escape valves that quickly, though not painlessly, relieve pressure on an economy. Massive depreciations allow countries to become mo... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*The Lens loses public records lawsuit against city of New Orleans ~Marta Jewson* *Brad Pitt non-profit ‘Make it Right Foundation’ sued by recipient of new home claiming it is unlivable ~Louisiana Record*

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian*: *Congress passes NSA surveillance reform in vindication for Snowden* *Bulk collection of Americans’ phone records to end as US Senate passes USA Freedom Act* *The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, ushering in the country’s most significant surveillance reform since 1978 two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations to the Guardian.* *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 3, 2015* In war on IS, solutions may be everywhere -- CSM Editorial Why We Aren't... more »

News from CERN: "It is time for new physics!"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
These are exciting times for physics, *Today, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started delivering physics data for the first time in 27 months. After an almost two year shutdown and several months re-commissioning, the LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. This marks the start of season 2 at the LHC, opening the way to new discoveries. The LHC will now run round the clock for the next three years.* The "unprecedented energy" of 13 TeraElecton Volts is almost double that ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Spying Will Continue in Another Form

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
President Barack Obama signed the USA Freedom Act into law late Tuesday, following a 67-32 Senate vote that pushed through the legislation earlier that day. Gayane Chichakyan has more details and looks at how much this law will reduce surveillance.

Germany's Key Role in U.S. Drone War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Ken Jebsen discusses the U.S. Ramstein base in Germany on his radio show KenFM. A campaign has sprung up to press the government of Germany to order the closure of the US drone satellite relay station at Ramstein Air Base, a station that is central to US drone attacks globally.

“Jon Stewart's Definitive Takedown of Our Endless Middle East Stupidity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Jon Stewart's Definitive Takedown of Our Endless Middle East Stupidity”* *Strong Language Alert* by Janet Allon "Learning curves are for pussies!" Jon Stewart lamented on Tuesday's show. He was referring to the fact that the U.S. never learns, well, a goddamned thing about the Middle East. In a definitive takedown of U.S. policy in the region for as long as anyone alive can remember, Stewart really laid it on the line. Virtually every time we have sent arms to rebels, or those we perceived as good guys, they have them turn into enemies. We backed the Mujahadeen and they morphed int... more »

Spain: U.S. Investigated Strange Sightings in Madrid

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 5 hours ago
*Date: 06.03.2015Source: ABC - Madrid and Planeta UFO* *Spain: U.S. Investigated Strange Sightings in Madrid* Having reached the first half of the 20th century, Madrid became one of the red-dotted locations on the world map of unidentified flying objects, the ones commonly known as UFOS. This is how it is reflected by the Project Blue Book website, regarding certain files declassified in early 2014 that the study of eight cases in Spain under the auspices of the U.S. Army. Four of these were in Madrid. The files, a minimum number among the 140,000 collected in the website, make ... more »

Cutting Edge Humans

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
An alarm bell sang out all morning in the neighborhood here: “pay attention”, *“pay attention”, “PAY ATTENTION”, “PAY ATTENTION!!!” *With each blast, a peacefully gorgeous day is interrupted. The contrast is startling. The sparrows too, tap and chirp incessantly from the wires and the gutters and the rooftops – sending Morse code sequences of warnings. What is the message? After a while, the screaming laughter of schoolchildren unravel part of the story. Not a real alarm, but a hand-held siren as part of an *end of the school year* field day. Yet the birds have not given up. ... more »

Wild Bill: Bruce Jennercide

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
*sums it up nicely. *

World News Briefs -- June 3, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters: **Ukraine forces, separatists fight first serious battles in months* *Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine's defense minister said an attempt by rebels to take the eastern town of Maryinka had been thwarted.* *The Ukrainian military said the Russian-backed rebels had tried to advance using tanks and up to 1,000 fighters west of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, in the most significant escalation of the conflict in about three months and in defiance of a ceasefire deal.* *Estimates of casua... more »

Hoyer Shows His True Colors Again-- Spoiler: Not Blue

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Intimates of Nancy Pelosi's say that as much as she wants to retire as Democratic leader, she won't do it while there is a chance Steny Hoyer will get the job. Most House Democrats know that if Hoyer ever becomes Speaker-- God forbid-- all legislation will be filtered through K Street and nothing will ever get done. Hoyer is a Beltway lobbyist favorite. The only current member of the House who has taken more in legalistic bribes from lobbyists than Hoyer ($982,932) is Boehner ($1,238,821). The next most corrupt are notorious crooks Charlie Rangel ($847,353) and Don Young ($735,782)... more »

Quote of the Day: 'On this premise, it’s wrong to even consider something like a gender change...'

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*"According to most conventional or traditional approaches to morality, you must accept yourself as God or Nature made you. On this premise, it’s wrong to even consider something like a gender change, even if it were even easier to attain than it currently is.** "I reject this premise, as must anyone who benefits from tampering with nature as we know it. Human beings alter their bodies and their environments in ways to achieve better results for themselves all the time. That’s the whole point of both science and capitalism: to enable personal growth and human advancement, for th... more »

Finally, a reason to feel sorry for telemarketers...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
But is it even possible to feel sorry for accountants? Pic source: An otherwise rubbish article from *The Economist*. [Hat tip Sylvester Kuo] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Economics for Real People: No seminar tonight ... but Chris Berg

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Sadly, our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group report that this week students will be doing what students sometimes do, i.e., working, so there will be no Econ Group seminar tonight... Hi everyone, There will be* no* Economics Group seminar this week, due to the fact that we are now all busy with assignments and preparing for exams. Economics Group seminars will resume in late July, when *semester two* begins. We already have some great speakers lined up for the coming semester's programme of seminars! In the meantime, however, remember that later this month we are co-host...more »

Excising Critical Thought Via McDonaldization of Education

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
The Washington Post imagines a dystopic future where only the elite are educated while the children of the masses are taught a pre-given curriculum, that no doubt would be purged of truths unrelated to efficiency and compliance: "At some point, it’s possible to imagine a scenario where the top, highest-paid human talent migrates to the nation’s most elite universities, while robots take over the teaching and training of students in community colleges or vocational schools, where most of the emphasis is on learning certain very specific skills that can be used over and over again i... more »

A View from Germany

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Global Network board member Regina Hagen interviewed on my latest edition of *This Issue*. Regina lives in Darmstadt, Germany and speaks about Ukraine, NSA surveillance, EU space policy, austerity in Greece and more.

Pentagon's Anthrax Scandal Continues To Grow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*CNN:* *Pentagon: 51 labs in 17 states with questionable anthrax* *Washington (CNN)The Pentagon may have unintentionally shipped live anthrax samples to 51 labs in 17 states and the District of Columbia, as well as three foreign countries, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced Wednesday.* *Work said he expects the numbers of labs suspected of receiving live anthrax to go up as the Pentagon continues its investigation into the shipments, some of them made via FedEx. When put in the mail, the samples were not believed to contain live samples of the disease.* *There have...more »

Amnesty International: Rampant Abuse By Nigeria's Miltiary In Its War Against Boko Haram

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters: **Amnesty says Nigerian military responsible for deaths of 8,000 prisoners* *More than 8,000 people have died while being detained by Nigeria's armed forces during the campaign against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, allegations the military denied.* *The group said many of the prisoners were executed and others died due to starvation, overcrowding, torture and denial of medical assistance.* *Boko Haram's six-year insurgency has killed thousands and left 1.5 million people displaced. The group wants to establish an Islamic cal... more »

Jog On, Tommy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
It's been a while since this blog last acquainted itself Tommy Sheridan, but the acquittal of the Andy Coulson at his perjury trial also means re-dredging his spurious allegations regarding one of the saddest periods in Scottish radical history. It might be worthwhile revisiting the road to today's events. For readers who weren't around or have long filed the Sheridan saga under 'do not re-open', here's a wee re-cap. On a winter's evening back in 2004, the executive of the Scottish Socialist Party met with Tommy Sheridan who, at that time, had been an MSP since 1999 (he was joined ... more »

daring greatly

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who ... more »

When will an unauthorized internet search make a jury verdict unsafe?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
R. v. Farinacci, 2015 ONCA 392: [51] This problem has affected trials in many jurisdictions. As observed in *R. v. Thompson* [2010] EWCA Crim 1623, by the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: The use of the internet has expanded rapidly in recent years and it is to be expected that many, perhaps most, jurors, will be experienced in its use and will make habitual reference to it in daily life. It has already impacted on the court in cases such as *R v Karakaya* [2005] EWCA Crim 346, [2005] 2 Cr App R 77, *R v Marshall* [2007] EWCA Crim 35 and *R v Thakrar* [2008] EWCA Crim 2359... more »

June 3: As expected....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
...the Irving press does not have what are surely the two, biggest stories of the day. The first one is a story from a source I would have normally have treated with caution but for the fact that large parts of it are already available and have been for months. Australia is planning to carry out provocative naval exercises near waters that China claims (the South China Sea). No, Australia is not planning to invade China. But it is certainly setting up the conditions for an 'incident' which could provoke a war between the US and China, a war that would almost certainly turn nuclear. ... more »

Poll: Americans Are Now Equally Blaming President Obama And President Bush For The Disaster In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
President Bush meets with President-elect Obama in 2008 (White House) *Amber Phillips, Washington Post:* *On Iraq, President Obama is getting as much blame as George W. Bush* *In 2008, Barack Obama ran as the presidential candidate opposed to the war in Iraq. In 2011, he said troops would be gone from Iraq by Christmas. In 2012, he was elected to a second term.* *In 2015, amid more beheadings and destroyed ancient Iraqi and Syrian cities, an increasing number of Americans disapprove of the president's handling of the Middle East's most pressing terrorism threat, the Islamic State ... more »

The Economy: “France Is a Dead Country”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“France Is a Dead Country”* by Bill Bonner “Old people, they should be killed at birth.” Boris Vian "Still nothing to report from the financial markets. The Dow and S&P both ticked up about a half a percentage point yesterday. And gold has been hovering around $1,190 for over a week. Is everyone at the beach already? Are investors waiting for something to happen? We don’t know… Meanwhile… “France is a dead country.” A young man gave it to us straight. “If you are young and you have any ambition, you leave France. You go to London, or the U.S.A., or China. There’s no point stayin... more »

NSA Reform or Foreign Policy Signaling? Maritime Provisions in Title VIII of the USA Freedom Act

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
With much attention being given to the passage of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, there is some odd silence about what the bill actually contains. Pundits from every corner identify the demise of section 215 of the Patriot Act (the section that permits the government to acquire and obtain bulk telephony meta data). While the […]

Supplemental: Candidate Clinton, talking the Bible!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015As reported by virtually no one:* In Sunday’s New York Times, public editor Margaret Sullivan discussed the newspaper’s campaign coverage. Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan was quoted saying this: SULLIVAN (5/31/15): As for the articles focusing on the candidates’ personalities and quirks, she defended them unapologetically. (A few of these took the form of listicles—among them “5 Things You Might Not Know About Hillary Clinton”—that some readers told me they found beneath The Times’s standards.) *“The vote for president is the most personal vote that A... more »

Iraq Has Lost Equipment To The Islamic State At A Staggering Rate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
The image posted on Twitter by a self-proclaimed Oxford student shows the alleged Humvee transported from Iraq to Syria. (Photo courtesy: Twitter) *Peter Van Buren, Reuters:** Dude, where’s my Humvee? Iraq losing equipment to Islamic State at staggering rate* *Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when Islamic State overran the northern city of Mosul in June 2014, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday in an interview with Iraqiya state television. Coupled with previous losses of American weapons, the conclusion is simple: The United States is effectively ... more »

A Look At How The Islamic State Has Mastered Social Media To Advance Its Agenda

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
"IS" propaganda tweet. Twitter has suspended this account *Deutsche Welle*: *Tweets as weapons: How 'Islamic State' is fighting its battles... digitally* *Terrorist organization "Islamic State" is more than just simply savvy when it comes to using the internet as a propaganda tool. But what can be used to fight against such a profound social media strategy and smart users? * *You can watch this war happening while safely thousands of miles away. Sitting in front of your computer and logged into Twitter, Facebook and Instagram you can watch it almost in real time. The conflict provo... more »

Former Members Of Saddam's Military Are Joining The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi in Anbar province, May 14, 2015. Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the provincial government compound in the city of Ramadi in western Iraq on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The insurgents attacked Ramadi overnight using six suicide car bombs to reach the city center, where the Anbar governorate compound is located, police sources said. REUTERS/Stringer *Malcolm W. Nance, The Intercept: **ISIS Forces That Now Control Ramadi Are Ex-Baathist Sa... more »

Here’s How a “Nut” Turns into a Leader and Starts a Movement

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But leadership is over-glorified. Don't be afraid to be the first, lone follower...here's why. The post Here’s How a “Nut” Turns into a Leader and Starts a Movement appeared first on Waking Times.

Islamic State War News Updates -- June 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*VOA*:* Islamic State ‘Entrenching’ in Syria, Iraq * *WASHINGTON — Underestimated on the battlefield, the group known as the Islamic State is aiming to surprise the Western world again, trying to develop a state-like infrastructure that could help sustain its self-declared caliphate.* *Obama administration officials consistently have dismissed such concerns, insisting Islamic State has yet to create anything close to the civic and financial systems associated with a well-functioning state.* *They argue the group’s ambitions will outpace its resources over the long term, which, co... more »

How Mainstream Is Bernie Sanders?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Bernie Sanders, making the One Percent wish he were gone (image source; image artist; more images here)* *by Gaius Publius* How mainstream is Bernie Sanders? This question will come up a lot as Sanders gains traction in Iowa and elsewhere. The charge will be that a "socialist" is too far to the left for American voters. Buried in the question is an assumption — that the "mainstream" opinions of those asking the questions and funding the campaigns (the billionaires and their millionaire employees in the media) are also the mainstream opinions of the American voters. That assumptio... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'You're a Bad Boy, Murray Sinclair'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
YOU’RE A BAD BAD BOY, MURRAY SINCLAIR! Posted on June 3, 2015  Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. June 3, 2015. Judge Murray Sinclair of the private Truth and Reconciliation Commission Inc., reminds us of the Warren Commission on the cover-up of the Kennedy Assassination. You were authorized by our butchers, the CROWN, to complete their goal of getting away with

Printable Dino Play Mat

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
The traveling with kids fun continues today with this super fun Dinosaur Play Mat. This mat gives a background for play with small dinosaurs. My girls absolutely love it, it was a fantastic electronic free road trip activity! You will need: - The printable found here - A laminator and laminating Sheets, I use this one and love it! - a binder pouch to keep the dinosaurs in - small dinosaurs - magnet tape for the back of the play mat - cookie sheet to play on (I bought mine at the dollar store) Print the printable on a sturdy card stock, then laminate for extra... more »

The Monsanto – Autism – Parasite Connection

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Dr. Matthew Buckley* - How do our bodies defend themselves against parasitic infections, and what role to pesticides play? The post The Monsanto – Autism – Parasite Connection appeared first on Waking Times.

PEI: Tiny Step Forward but Not Nearly Enough

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
First, the good news. After more than 30 years, the women of Prince Edward Island have regained a tiny bit of autonomy. The Province of P.E.I. has made arrangements with Moncton Hospital to provide access to abortions without a referral from a doctor or Health PEI. The new system will allow P.E.I. women to call a toll-free number and make an appointment for an abortion at the Moncton N.B. hospital. Like women in the rest of Canada, PEI women will now be able to make up their own damn minds about their reproductive lives and *self-refer* for abortion. The new arrangements also mean t... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 11 hours ago
*In 1960 I patrolled the South China Sea in my all weather Navy Interceptor F3H Demon and often crossed paths with Communist MIG 15 Interceptors but in a similar non-combat role but now 55 years later, the times have changed, the war drums are beating and the setting for a Bay of Tonkin false flag incident on the South China Sea could well begin World War Three as well as engulf the far east, including a reluctant Japan, in military if not nuclear conflict: Allen L Roland, Ph.D* *"The question is: how bad do things have to get before you will do something about it? Whe... more »

Islamic State Is Using Water As A Weapon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:** Islamic State militants use water as weapon in western Iraq* *Islamic State militants have closed gates of a dam on the Euphrates River in western Iraq, reducing the water and giving them greater freedom of movement to attack government forces downstream on the southern bank, local officials said.* *The militants have redirected the flow of water to their advantage on the battlefield around the city of Ramadi. But the tactic also threatens southern provinces with drought and the water has been reduced to worrying levels, the officials said.* *The Euphrates has acted... more »

World News Briefs -- June 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Seeking compromise deal, Greece warns it might skip IMF payment* *Greece's international creditors signaled on Wednesday they were ready to compromise to avert a debt default even as Athens warned it might skip an IMF loan repayment due this week.* *Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits Brussels later on Wednesday to see senior European officials, where he is expected to hear the terms of the plan drawn up this week at a meeting of top leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.* *With time running out, and looking to draw a line under months of acrimonious n...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 3, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*VOA*: *New US Law Puts Curbs on Surveillance Programs * *The bill signed into law by President Barack Obama ends the government's massive collection of telephone call data intended to prevent terrorist attacks, part of a national security program that had expired earlier this week.* *The controversial surveillance program was part of a bill given final passage earlier Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, after being approved by the House several days earlier. The measure also reauthorizes two other national security programs that had lapsed earlier this week.* *Military And Intelligence ... more »

U.S. State Departmentl: Coalition Air Stikes Have Killed 10,000 Islamic State Fighters In 9 Months

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC*: *Islamic State conflict: 10,000 militants killed in nine months - US* *More than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since an international coalition began a campaign against the group in Iraq and Syria, the US says.* *Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told France Inter radio the coalition had seen "a lot of losses" within IS in the past nine months.* *"It will end up having an impact," he added, but warned IS remained resilient and capable of taking the initiative.* *He spoke after the coalition met in Paris to discuss its strategy in Iraq.* *More Ne... more »

South Korea Test Ballistic Missile That Can Strike Anywhere In North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times*: *South Korea Says It Tested Missile That Can Strike Anywhere in North* *SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea successfully test-fired on Wednesday its first ballistic missile with a range far enough to hit any part of North Korea, Defense Ministry officials said.* *With President Park Geun-hye watching, two missiles blasted off from a test site on the west coast of South Korea. The government released a photograph of a missile being fired from a tube mounted on what appeared to be a vehicle, suggesting that the model tested was a prototype for a mobile missile system... more »

RCMP Police, desperate to justify "terrorism" budget...set up heroin addicts as patsies in bomb scheme

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Canadian Terror Patsies John Nuttall and Amanda Korody* *screenshot from an undercover cop video* Well, the "verdict" in the Canadian Terror Patsies trial came down in Victoria, British Columbia yesterday--but it was a bit of a false ending. The Jury found the couple (John Nuttall and his common law wife Amanda Korody) *guilty* of "attempted murder" (planting canisters of fake fertilizer bombs) in the bushes on the grounds at the BC Legislature. The judge said, however, that she was not going to submit the conviction for "registration" until July, when she brings down her decisi... more »

THE SMELL OF TOTAL WAR: The Times donates, then takes away!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015Part 3—Clinton’s $2.5 billion:* The horrific state of New York Times journalism can’t be discussed in the press. The guild has rules—and a code of silence. That code is strictly observed. That said: Even by New York Times standards, last Saturday’s “Happy Hearts Fund” front-page news report was a masterwork of insinuation. For starters, let’s consider the way it began. *Insinuation watch: Please cry for Indonesia* Deborah Sontag’s front-page report was the latest attack on the obvious greed of You Know Who and her “distasteful” husband. By her second para... more »

As Ukraine Goes, So Goes Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Maine's Governor Paul LePage is a bully. He began his first term (elected in a 2010 three-way race with 38% of the vote) with a bang. One of his first moves was to make headlines across the nation by refusing to meet with NAACP leaders in Maine - telling them to "Kiss my butt". From then on it's all been down hill. Gov. Rampage was amazingly reelected in 2014 in another three-way race with 48%. He became popular with some across the state by his constant attacks on the poor, 'illegal aliens', welfare cheats, and taxes. The governor is currently embroiled in a big legislative ... more »

The War That No One Is Talking About

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Nathaniel Ross Kelly, Real Clear Defense/War Is Boring*: *The Bloodiest Conflict No One is Talking About* *The culture of impunity in South Sudan — the world’s youngest nation — has spawned a civil war with no official body count. While government forces and rebels kill, rape and terrorize civilians, the United Nations refuses to estimate the death toll and ignores sites of mass burials.* *Forgotten among the carnage is a new generation of trauma victims, waiting for peace and justice or, at the least, a time and a place to mourn the ones they’ve lost.* *This is part one of a fo... more »

Is the ship of State making a majestic turn?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*Picking over a plowed field.* A friend of mine flagged this passage in the recent State Department briefing on the visit of Tsai Ing-wen to the US. It uses some interesting language... QUESTION: Yes. A couple, Taiwan. MS HARF: Uh-huh. QUESTION: As you know, the opposition – the head of the opposition party in Taiwan, Ms. Tsai Ing-wen, visited here with United States. MS HARF: Will be visiting, I think. QUESTION: Here in this town, yeah. MS HARF: In the – yes, correct. QUESTION: Yes, yes. And does any U.S. official, including State Department and White House, plan to meet her? ... more »

Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-musk-subsidies-20150531-story.html *Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies* By JERRY HIRSCH MAY 30, 2015, 8:00 AM Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from *an estimated $4.9 ... more »

Despite A Drop In Attacks Casualties Remain High In Iraq In 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Two contradictory trends have been occurring in Iraq this year. First, the number of reported security incidents have been slowly going down. That hasn’t had any real effect upon casualties however, which have remained relatively the same for the last five months. This has been due to mass executions and a new wave of car bombs. May 2015 was a perfect example of these on going security issues. There has been a slow decline in the number of attacks in Iraq. In January there were 815 incidents. Over the next three months attacks went down to just over 600 per month. Then in May ther... more »

Ukrainian Bloggers Are Using Social Media To Track Down Russian Soldiers Who Are Fighting In The East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Photos, shared widely over social media, have shown purported Russian troops in Ukraine. *Radio Free Europe:* *Ukrainian Bloggers Hunt Down Russian Soldiers In War-Torn East* *Since conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine a year ago, Russia has adamantly denied any involvement in the bloody standoff pitting Ukrainian government forces against separatist rebels.* *President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as "nonsense" claims that Russia is fomenting unrest in the region by sending soldiers to back the insurgents.* *In Ukraine, however, a motley crew of investigative bloggers is har... more »

Beware of carbon tax ‘love fest’- Big Oil and the UN partner up- Be careful what you wish for...

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
You may just get it! - Unpleasant consequences and all*.* *"When Big Oil joins campaigns for a carbon tax it’s a sure sign the rest of us are going to pay"* Just how we are going to 'pay' is yet to be seen.* I agree with the warning issued by, **Terence Corcoran, though he too is playing his fake oppositional role.* He begins by quoting Linda McQuaig- a woman whose books I own and have read- Though I now realize she is just another part of the gatekeeper left- Like Rabble here in Canada, also. An *ism/schism group,* promoters of the phony right/ left dialectic. It’s odd how the ‘... more »

Tensions Persist In Ukraine's Second Largest City Of Kharkiv

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Radio Free Europe*: *Symbols of Ukraine's Strength Hide Tensions in Kharkiv * *KHARKIV, Ukraine -- Beside an overpass eight kilometers from the center of Kharkiv lies a newly dug network of trenches lined with bark so fresh the sap still oozes out.* *Regional Governor Ihor Raynin told RFE/RL of state-of-the-art fortifications being built here to guard against an invasion from Russia, 30 kilometers up the road, and in the south to ward off any advance by Moscow-backed separatists from the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.* *But Oleksandr Zalyvan, a military adviser who once served w... more »

Yes, Multimillionaire Jeb Bush Wants To Raise The Retirement Age For Working People To "68 Or 70"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
New York's 24th Congressional District-- basically Syracuse plus a chunk of central New York from Oswego to the Finger Lakes to Rochester's eastern suburbs-- turned blue in the '90s. The PVI is D+1 and Obama beat McCain 56-42% and then beat Romney by an even greater margin, 57-41%. The Democratic congressman, Dan Maffei, was a wishy-washy New Dem who never embraced core progressive values and tended to vote with the GOP on crucial roll calls too frequently for grassroots Dems to countenance. After electing him in 2008, they abandoned him in 2010, allowing a crackpot teabagger to ... more »

Fighting Flares Up In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN:* *Separatists, government forces clash in eastern Ukraine* *(CNN)Heavy artillery fire was reported around Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, in what observers described as some of the worst fighting in the months since a shaky ceasefire was declared.* *The Ukrainian General Command media office said that separatists fired heavy artillery from Donetsk city toward Mariinka early Wednesday. Mariinka has been controlled by Ukrainian government forces and sits on a strategically vital western highway to the city's west, where checkpoints mark the end of separatist-cont... more »

Those Magnificent G-Men in Their Flying Machines

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
(Optional mood music here.) No need to worry that the TSA has been shockingly revealed as nothing but security theater, no need to fret over the slight delay in getting the hilariously-named USA Freedom Act passed to make cosmetic changes in the storage facilities used for your phone records and emails. The FBI has got all of you covered. Literally. The AP reveals that the government, in what can only be described as paranoid overkill, has deployed a veritable domestic air force of low-flying planes to spy on you and your cell phone calls. To give themselves legal cover, the FBI ha... more »

WikiLeaks offers $100K bounty for trade text © Provided by The Hill WikiLeaks offers $100K bounty for trade text

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Never good news when the President won't even tell Congress what's in it... -AK* http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/wikileaks-offers-dollar100k-bounty-for-trade-text/ar-BBkCzDG?ocid=UP97DHP *WikiLeaks is offering $100,000 for the text of President Obama's trans-Pacific trade deal.* Kevin Cirilli The transparency organization released a video on Tuesday asking for donations to crowdsource the funds. Labor unions and progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have heavily criticized the administration for not being transparent as it seeks to negotiate the Trans-Pacific... more »

Maybe Ukraine Is Changing For The Good?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CSM: **Clean sweep? Ukraine cans all its bribe-hungry traffic cops.* *The country's traffic police are notorious for pulling motorists over to extract bribes. Following a model that worked in Georgia, Ukraine is terminating the entire department and replacing them with new, Western-style patrol cops.* *Kiev, Ukraine — Ukraine’s blue-uniformed traffic police have a reputation for being nothing short of state-sponsored bribe takers.* *Across the country’s highways, the officers stand on the side of the highway and wave their white batons to signal random motorists to pull over. Fr... more »

Russian Maker Of The Buk Missile Says MH17 Was Shot Down By An Older Missile That Is In The Ukrainian Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Moscow Times*:* MH17 Was Not Shot Down by Russian Missile – Russian Defense Firm* *The Russian maker of an anti-aircraft missile widely thought to be behind the destruction of a civilian airliner over east Ukraine last summer presented evidence Tuesday that suggested that Ukrainian forces were responsible for the attack.* *Almaz-Antey, Russia's largest defense contractor, announced its findings as the basis for a court appeal against EU sanctions placed on the firm last year in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, which caused the death of 298 people.* *WNU E... more »

The Hearing Sensitive and the Quantum Enveloping of Words

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Julian Wash* - You ARE the words you use, and their real meaning is embedded in a collapsed waveform of expression. The post The Hearing Sensitive and the Quantum Enveloping of Words appeared first on Waking Times.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Leftist Censors Strike Again -- at a Las Vegas high school * *School administrators have denied Angelique Clark the right to form a Students for Life club at West Career and Technical Academy* I have often maintained that threats to freedom of expression in this country come predominantly — probably exclusively — from the political left. The censoring of a pro-life student club in a Las Vegas high school is a recent egregious example. Angelique Clark, a sophomore at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, says the Clark County School District denied her application to c... more »

FIFA: Israel & That Sudden Resignation? Linked or Not? Russia 2018

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
In the post from yesterday I stated: "* I'm less inclined to believe this has much to do with Israel."* *Here's why: Palestinians dropped their bid to ban Israel from FIFA days ago!!* * It was reported May 29th/2015 that the Palestinian delegation withdrew their challenge- * *So, how could that issue have been a factor in the sudden resignation of Sepp Blatter? * *If anything this resolution between Israel and the Palestinians should have bolstered Blatter's presidency, but, it didn't.This fact suggests to me that this is about Russia.* *Times of Israel** OR Al Jazeera * * Take n... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Is India’s Heat Wave Climate Change?* by Emily Atkin *Emily says so below. I am sure Emily is a dear little soul but she would fail basic logic. As I wrote a couple of days ago about India: "Just one problem: Even Warmist scientists admit that there has been no terrestrial warming for 18 years. So how can something that doesn't exist cause anything?"But I am a lover of the facts, the whole facts and nothing but the facts so let me mention something more. The graphs below say it all. India has just come out of an unusually COLD and wet winter. It loo... more »

The Truth About Vaccines: Vaccines -Weapons Of Mass Destruction!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
I and others have been absolutely appalled by the recent moves by first the state of California in passing laws FORCING parents to have all school aged children vaccinated or not be allowed to attend classes, and then second with the US Congress itself wanting to pass new mandatory legislation to have everyone across the United States of America forced into accepting vaccinations or else face penalties or even jail time! It is so shocking and amazing to see how our society has become so brain dead that most of the sheep out there will abide by these horrendous laws and allow thems... more »

Glimpsed particles that the LHC may confirm

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
The LHC is back in business. Many of us have watched the webcast today. There was a one-hour delay at the beginning. Then they lost the beam once. And things went pretty much smoothly afterwards. After a 30-month coffee break, the collider is collecting actual data to be used in the future papers at the center mass of \(13\TeV\). So far, no black hole has destroyed the Earth. It's possible that the LHC will discover nothing new, at least for years. But it is in no way inevitable. I would say that it's not even "very likely". We have various theoretical reasons to expect one discov... more »

Top 10 Healthiest Vegetables that are Actually Affordable and Taste Great

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video - *Top 10 healthiest vegetables...ranked not just on their health attributes, but also on price, convenience and overall flavor. The post Top 10 Healthiest Vegetables that are Actually Affordable and Taste Great appeared first on Waking Times.

It Will Take Another Government

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://rabble.ca/ Yesterday, Justice Murray Sinclair tabled the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The report's 94 recommendations are wide ranging. Tim Harper writes: The commission has called on the federal government to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, something to which the Conservatives now merely “aspire.” It wants a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation, it wants Pope Francis to come to Canada within a year to issue an apology for the role of the Ca...more »

Step 2 Easy Turn Coupe Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
My 1-year-old has been DYING for one of these! She loves them so much. I am so excited to bring you, with a bunch of other bloggers an awesome giveaway for this popular toy! *Welcome to the Step2 Easy Turn Coupe Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro!* It's that time of year! School is out and the days are long, so it's time to get outside and play! That's why I've teamed up with some other awesome bloggers to bring you a giveaway that's sure to please your little ones this summer and beyond. We're giving away a Step2 Easy Turn Coupe! Details of the Step2 Easy Turn...more »

Canada's $650 trillion Indian Trust Fund: Are the Funds still There?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
This is an older article- from February 2014, BUT..... thsi information is VERY relevant right now. I While I cannot verify some of the information in this Sputnik "Voice of Russia" radio show, the basic facts are extremely important and valid: **The government of Canada IS a Corporation* **The United Nations was created by the Bankers in the City of London.* **The "Indian Trust Funds" DO exist- yet I have no confirmation of the amount of money IN those "Trusts".* Is it the thefts of these funds that has been keeping this collapsing financial system afloat? This article publish... more »

If you could see magnetic fields

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
found here: http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=18607

Judge Lord Burns rules that Andy Coulson has no case to answer in his perjury trial…

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Judge Lord Burns rules that Andy Coulson has no case to answer in his perjury trial. Oddly I can't find this news on the anti Conservative BBC website.

Aliens by Stephen Hawking

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 18 hours ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 18 hours ago
*Rusty pumps keep rusting, Corps yawns ~Matt McBride * *Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority to discuss flooding issues in Kenner ~WDSU* *Corps to begin armoring levees with high-tech mesh ~Ryan Naquin, WAFB* *Flood authority talks hurricane readiness, levee sinkage plans ~WVUE*

Since 1966 the governing party has never got more than a third of the total electorate's votes

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
ELECTION RESULTS SINCE 1946 ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY: If You Felt Like Your Vote Didn't Count for Much on 7 May, You're Not on Your Own 50% of all votes in the election (15million) went to losing candidates, while 74% of votes (22million) were 'wasted' - i.e. they didn't contribute to electing the winning MP. At the same time, 331 of our 650 MPs were elected on under 50% of the vote,

Economic News and Views ( June 3 , 2015 ) Greece Updates ( Tsipras meets with EUC Chief Juncker amidst a flurry of exchanged proposals between Greece and Troika , ultimatums from both sides , questions on Friday's IMF payment being made and time running out for a near term resolution ) ........ Broader Europe - bond market turbulence continues after Tuesday debt markets routs ..... Opec and ECB on deck ........ Data from Germany , Italy Spain and France to consider

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Tweets... Special alert - *Markit Economics* ‏@MarkitEconomics 4m 4 minutes ago All #PMI press releases can be accessed here: http://ow.ly/NNZYz Greece ...... *The Greek Analyst* ‏@GreekAnalyst 4m 4 minutes ago The Greek Analyst retweeted Live Squawk *Drum roll* #Greece The Greek Analyst added, *Live Squawk* @livesquawk Head of Eurogroup Dijsselbloem to meet Greek PM Tsipras tonight in Brussels - Bloomberg *The Greek Analyst* ‏@GreekAnalyst 2m 2 minutes ago #*SYRIZA* MEP @*papadimoulis*: "Whoever expects a split, break and fall of SYRIZA's govt, will grow old waiting... more »

Top U.S. Oficial: U.S. And Allies Are Winning The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*BBC:* *Iraq coalition winning against IS, says US* *Iraq and its allies are pursuing "the winning strategy" to combat Islamic State in Iraq, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said.* *Mr Blinken said air strikes and supporting Iraqi forces was the right way to tackle the IS threat.* *Ministers from 20 countries debated the issue in Paris - though Russia, Iran and Syria were absent.* *Iraq's prime minister said other countries had a duty to support it in its struggle against IS.* *Haider al-Abadi earlier called the advance of IS a "failure" of the world.* *But at a ... more »

President Obama: Under My Presidency The U.S. Is ‘The Most Respected Country In The World’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Real Clear Politics*: *Obama: Under My Leadership "The United States Is The Most Respected Country On Earth"* *On Tuesday, President Obama hosted a discussion at the White House with a group of 75 young Southeast Asian Leaders on themes of civic engagement, environment and natural resources management and entrepreneurship. The group is the first cohort from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellows Program.* *In a a question and answer session that took place, the president was asked how he would like the world to remember him. He said that he wants Americans...more »

President Obama Does Not Believe That A Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal Will Happen Under His Watch

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *CNN*: *Obama says Israeli-Palestinian peace deal unlikely under his watch* *Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview Tuesday that the potential for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal during his remaining time in office was slim.* *"I don't see a likelihood of a framework agreement" in the next 18 months, Obama told Israel's Channel 2.* *Obama had been asked about the prospects for a peace arrangement under the current Israeli and Palestinian leadership. Duri... more »

President Obama Signs Bill That Reforms NSA Surveillance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*VOA*: *Obama Signs Bill Reforming Lapsed Surveillance Program * *CAPITOL HILL - President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a bill to reform and restart the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, a program that expired earlier this week.* *The president said the USA Freedom Act "protects civil liberties and our national security."* *The legislation mandates that private telecommunications companies, rather than the National Security Agency, will collect and retain phone records nationwide. Federal authorities will need a court order to review those records and look for po... more »

Wars In Pakistan And Afghanistan Have Left 150,000 Dead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Afghan policemen carry a casualty from the blast Photo: REUTERS *CNN:* *War casualties in Afghanistan, Pakistan total 149,000, new study says* *(CNN)Tuesday's militant attack on a group of aid workers in Afghanistan, resulting in nine deaths, is yet another instance of the enormous toll of the ongoing violence in the region.* *A new study from the Costs of War project at Brown University estimates 149,000 war-related deaths, with an additional 162,000 serious injuries, in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001. And even these numbers don't tell the whole story, which includes signifi... more »

"I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords."

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Remember the Simpsons, 1994, "Deep Space Homer"? A radio announcer thinks the Earth is going to be taken over by giant space ants and says: “One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.” United Opt Out did not welcome the common core overlords but launched a counterattack. And it is working. unitedoptout.com

Time to say Goodbye

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

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

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

Talking intellectual property

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

"A Look to the Heavens"

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

Chet Raymo

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

The Universe

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

Psychology: “The Dark Side of Goal-Setting”

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


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

10YearsAgo: Free trade makes strange bedfellows

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Somebody reminded me over the weekend that I've been blogging for over ten years now -- which is sort of sad, and also sort of an achievement.The strange thing in all that time is that while names and faces change, the arguments are often the same old arguments. Consider this post from out of the archives, from ten years ago this week ... No Right Turn is more eloquent than Rod Donald when it comes to arguing against Helen Clark's free trade deal with China: As for the wider issue of whether we should be pursuing free trade with a totalitarian shithole like China, the rest of Clark'... more »

Testing Fever in the UK

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Michael Rosen published an open letter to Nicky Morgan, UK Education Secretary in the Guardian: *Dear Ms Morgan: this isn’t education, it’s testing, testing, testing * *Some quotes:* "A secondary pupil in year 9 can expect to be doing a sit-down test at the rate of one a week for a whole year. The system is becoming instruct-and-test over smaller and smaller time spans." "At the very moment when the human condition is at its most curious, when the environment we adults construct can as easily foster that curiosity as slap it down, you are guaranteeing that many parents will focus on... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg*: *Why Islamic State Keeps Winning* *When Islamic State seized Iraq’s largest northern city of Mosul almost a year ago, tribal leader Hekmat Suleiman was sure the extremist militants wouldn’t expand further into his hometown.* *“We bet Islamic State won’t have what it takes to last,” Suleiman said in October during a visit to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, smoke rising from his shisha water pipe. “We’ve reached the beginning of the end of extremism.”* *He was wrong. His hometown of Ramadi fell last month, three days before... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
"How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?" asks asserts Nina Simone in the breathtaking new documentary *What Happened, Miss Simone*, which will start streaming on Netflix June 26. The Apollo Theater was the scene of the NYC debut of the film Monday night, which featured a mini concert tribute from Lauryn Hill. Rolling Stone described the film as tracing "the life of the iconic singer and activist from her childhood classical training to her triumphant late-Eighties resurgence. Using recordings of Simone interviews and glimpses of diary entries to tell the tale, the fi... more »

Capitalism Defused the Population Bomb

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post by Chelsea German* *Capitalism Defused the Population Bomb**Food production is booming* Journalists know that alarmism attracts readers. An article in the British newspaper the *Independent* titled, “Have we reached ‘peak food’? Shortages loom as global production rates slow” claimed humanity will soon face mass starvation. Just as Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb predicted that millions would die due to food shortages in the 1970s and 1980s, the article in 2015 tries to capture readers’ interest through unfounded fear. Let’s take a look at the actual s... more »

Waking Up From The Biggest Illusion In The World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - Part of our human experience is deceiving. Can we stop feeding the illusion? The post Waking Up From The Biggest Illusion In The World appeared first on Waking Times.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”

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

“10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn”

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


urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
By Paul McGuire June 2, 2015 NewsWithViews.com Our entire planet is convulsing from the massive changes coming to our economic, political, and religious systems. Watching our television news and social media, millions of people are simply overwhelmed by events; it is as if our collective unconscious is being infected with dread and despair. Images of ISIS terrorists wearing black robes and masks beheading journalists and innocent women in their attempt to establish a new Islamic caliphate are both horrific and barbaric. In response to this terrorist threat from an extreme Islamic ... more »

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

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Written by Grant G CKNW`s Drex show...6:00 PM to 10:pm weekdays....Drex`s show has had an advertiser advertising medical marijuana.. Health Canada under Stephen Harper`s direction has forced CKNW`s Drex to stop advertising medical marijuana, .... CKNW`s management has prevented Drex from commenting on this situation.. http://www.theprovince.com/health/Health+Canada+tells+CKNW+stop/11102947/story.html Drex, ....That is his radio name...The article linked above went out of their way to give readers Drex`s real name...Why was that

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