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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

9 June - Blogs I'm Following

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Quote of the Day: On traffic jams

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 29 minutes ago
*“A traffic jam is a collision between free enterprise and socialism. Free enterprise produces automobiles faster than socialism can build roads and road capacity.”* - Andrew Galambos Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Them Jewels

Leonid Basin at GlobaLove Think Tank - 46 minutes ago

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Deep Still Blue”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 58 minutes ago
2002, “Deep Still Blue” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3lcidv5ZrE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“In this stunning vista, based on image data from the Hubble Legacy Archive, distant galaxies form a dramatic backdrop for disrupted spiral galaxy Arp 188, the Tadpole Galaxy. The cosmic tadpole is a mere 420 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation Draco. Its eye-catching tail is about 280 thousand light-years long and features massive, bright blue star clusters. *Click image for larger size.* One story goes that a more compact intruder galaxy crossed in front of Arp 188 - from right to left in this view - and was slung around behind the Tadpole by their gravit... more »

Chet Raymo, “On Beauty”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“On Beauty”* by Chet Raymo “I frequently muse about works of art in these postings. These have ranged from the highly abstract to the ultra-realistic, from the Middle Ages to the present. Often they have been paintings that I used for a while as a desktop on my computer, such as the work above, "The Cornish Coast," by the early-20th-century British impressionist Laura Knight. I pick these desktop images on a whim- Vermeer's "Milkmaid," Homer's "Cracking the Whip,' or Caravaggio's "Rest on the Flight Into Egypt," for example- and then slowly come to understand what it was that attra... more »

"To Survive..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“To survive you must surrender without giving in, that is to say, fully accept the reality in all its horror and never give up the will to survive. That allows you to quickly adapt to the situation and dedicate yourself to the present moment rather than wallow in denial. As you run out of options and energy you must become resigned to your plight. Like it or not you must make a new mental map of where you are, not where you wish you were. To survive you must find yourself, then it won't matter where you are. - Laurence Gonzales, “Deep Survival”

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Newport Beach, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Things"* "Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth." - Harald Bell Wright, “The Uncrowned King”

“Blue Skies: The Sky Is Blue Even on a Cloudy Day”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Blue Skies: The Sky Is Blue Even on a Cloudy Day”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Darker days are just as much a part of life as are the days graced with sunshine. When we refer to a “beautiful day,” we are often describing a day that is sunny, clear, and without a cloud in sight to mar a sky that is a brilliantly perfect blue. We find ourselves bouncing along, light in spirit, free from worries, and enjoying the moment. That is, until the clouds begin to form. The sky may turn grey, and a fog may roll in. Puffs of white take on whimsical, darker shades, and our beautiful day dis... more »

"This Beautiful Tribute To A Dog And His Man Will Have You In Tears"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"This Beautiful Tribute To A Dog And His Man Will Have You In Tears"* by Ryan Grenoble "When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy." So says photographer Ben Moon (quoting writer David Dudley) in this deeply moving tribute to Denali, his late dog. It suggests we can learn a lot from dogs, including the best way to greet the ones we love. The soulful, and at times humorous, short video recalls Moon and Denali's adventures together- from the carefree moments to the deathly realizations and back again- narra... more »

The UK Referendum on an EU exit - Rigged against Freedom

Social-Freedom National-Justice at Social Freedom Through National Justice - 1 hour ago
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has hinted that 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the freedom referendum. Why? Because, he correctly states, the coming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU is one which will impact upon the future of the country. If the voters say No to Freedom and Yes to EU Slavery (just as the rigged vote in Scotland gave the impression that the people had willingly opted for keeping on the shackles of London), then life will become ever worse and the peoples of the British Isles will have signed the death warrant of their childrens' future... more »

Very Clear View of Fukushima Today, Very Low Visible Atmospheric Emissions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
What happened? Yesterday the emissions were trending upwards. Did TEPCO workers succeed with some project or is it simply that the fissioning fuel is having a respite? What ever the reason, I'm always happy to see lower emissions: Fukushima Dairy recently reported that TEPCO has changed the way it calculates atmospheric emissions, leading to much higher readings and calling into question over four years of previous emission readings: Fukushima Diary (June 6 2015) Still 960,000 Bq/hour of Cesium 134 and 137 AND 2,336,000,000 of noble gas discharged from Fukushima. Available... more »

So, we all had a housing boom … [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Yes, every country that borrows money into existence enjoyed a housing boom on the back of that money… *[image: clip_image001]* The OECD is just pointing out that, unlike some of those other places, ours was maybe more dramatic, and hasn’t yet had a real bust. The OECD’s stark property warning says: Dramatic house price growth is burdening Kiwi households with debt and putting the nation's financial stability at risk, the OECD warns. A biennial New Zealand economic survey report released today urges policymakers to increase Auckland housing supply, invest in infrastructure a... more »

Will Democratic Constituency Groups Finally Start Holding Conservative Democrats In Congress Accountable For Their Bad Votes? Ask Kathleen Rice

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I was born in NYC and my parents moved to Nassau County when I was a kid so they could raise me and my sisters in the suburbs. That's a typical story for folks who live in Nassau County today. My folks moved to Valley Stream first and then out to Roosevelt, both of which are in NY-04, the Nassau County district represented by conservative New Dem Kathleen Rice. And Rice, a former Nassau County District Attorney, has a similar story. Her NYC family moved out to Long Island when she was a child as well. Rice, who had just run as the conservaDem against progressive Eric Schneiderman... more »

Iran Is Spending Billions Trying To Prop Up The Syrian Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Assad *Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *Iran Spends Billions to Prop Up Assad* *Iran is spending billions of dollars a year to prop up the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to the U.N.'s envoy to Syria and other outside experts. These estimates are far higher than what the Barack Obama administration, busy negotiating a nuclear deal with the Tehran government, has implied Iran spends on its policy to destabilize the Middle East.* *On Monday, a spokeswoman for the U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told me that the en... more »

Kiev Shells Civilians to Intimidate Them

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Colonel-General Vladimir Ruban explains Ukraine army's artillery strategy to intimidate civilians by shelling them - but admits it is not working. It's called terrorism and the US-NATO are backing this strategy by their Kiev regime puppet government.

What You Don’t Know about the Federal Reserve System

WTStaff at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Film - *Much of the public is kept in the dark about the history behind the US Federal Reserve and how it functions. Here are some facts that you probably don't know about the Fed. The post What You Don’t Know about the Federal Reserve System appeared first on Waking Times.

"How It Really Is Not"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Despite the universal insanity prevailing anymore, even I had to pause and wonder whether this could really be the subject of a genuine scientific study, considering we have so few other problems to deal with... - CP "Did a Study Find ‘Men’s Beards Are Filled with Poop’?" - http://now.snopes.com/

Islamic State Took Control Of The Iraqi City Of Mosul One Year Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Iraqi City of Mosul Transformed a Year After Islamic State Capture* *Beneath a veneer of order, residents live in fear* *In Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, the extremist group is working day and night to repair roads, manicure gardens and refurbish hotels. Iraq’s second-largest city has never looked so good thanks to strict laws enforced by the Sunni militants.* *But beneath that veneer, the group metes out deadly punishments to those who don’t comply with a long list of prohibitions imposed over the year since it took control of Mosul on June 10, 2... more »

“Derp: The Powerful Forces Behind Rampant Intellectual Dishonesty"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Derp: The Powerful Forces Behind Rampant Intellectual Dishonesty"* But those forces can be fought, and the place to start fighting is within yourself. By Janet Allon “In his quest for the perfect metaphor for the deep intellectual honesty about economics that he frequently bemoans, Paul Krugman borrows a term from "South Park" in Monday's column. The word is "derp." At first, it looks like a typo when he writes, "we live in an age of derp and cheap cynicism." "Derp," for the uninitiated, comes from the show "South Park" and for Krugman it provides a little shorthand term for an "... more »

June 9: A few points of journalistic integrity..

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 5 hours ago
Read the lead story on p.1 about how a "noted economist and public policy analuyst" says we must pay higher taxes and perhaps cut services to avoid New Brunswick going broke. The noted person is, of course, Richard Saillant, director of The Canadian institute of public policy and public administration at U de Moncton. Noted? Do we call Francis the "noted" pope? Ever seen an article referring to the "noted" Stephen Harper? the "noted" president Obama? There's a reason you don't see those. .First, ff you have to say a person is "noted", then he almost certainly isn't. Secondly, "not... more »

Report: 1,000 Additional U.S. Soldiers To Be Deployed To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CNN:* *U.S. considering 1,000 additional troops in Iraq* *Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama's administration is considering sending up to 1,000 additional forces to Iraq, with many of them focused on training Iraqi troops, a senior U.S. official told CNN.* *The United States anticipates Iraq adding military training sites, so some of the additional forces would be used for security.* *The military has proposed other options that would involve fewer troops, the official said. But the number of additional forces would likely reach around 1,000 if new training locations are ope... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 9, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Samuel Oakford, VICE News:* *A Year After Its Bloody Offensive, Iraqis and Syrians Take Stock of Islamic State* *One year after the so-called Islamic State's lightning advance across northwestern Iraq, the extremist group maintains wide control over many Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria. As a fuller picture of the group's detailed and meticulously planned military network has emerged in recent months — alongside documentation of its atrocities and likely genocide crimes — experts are predicting a protracted and bloody fight to dismantle the so-called caliphate it rules over in both ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 9, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*ABC News*: *Mosul, Iraq's Second-Largest City, Remains Under ISIS Control 1 Year Later* *On the night of June 9, 2014, ISIS invaded the city of Mosul in Iraq. After four days of advances by the militant group on an estimated 60,000 Christians who once lived in Iraq’s second-biggest city, many in the religious minority fled to escape an unknown enemy and imminent persecution.* *Abandoned homes are now locked up and marked “Property of Islamic State” in Arabic, while women who remain in Mosul are harshly controlled by ISIS militants. * *MIDDLE EAST* Islamic State attacks govern... more »

H.G. Wells

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
H.G. Wells' Things to Come (1936) from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"The Brotherhood of Efficiency. * *The Freemasonry of Science." * “In 1928, the leading British Round Table strategist, H.G. Wells, wrote The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution (New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company). The Open Conspiracy is Wells' Mein Kampf —a recipe for how to establish a world government that would, over time, perhaps even over generations, recruit individuals and set up institutions to create a world "directorate" to run a "new world order." Wells does not stand in opposition to f... more »

"Fractals R Us"

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
Surrounded in the lush green of our little backyard, I inhale the blossoms. Life absorbs my senses and it’s a challenge to focus while breathing in butterflies amidst a cacophony of birds. There are little ones – a rabbit, a robin and a newborn neighbor each peeks out at their first summer. Days like this remind me why we came. Diverse and gorgeous, each day rises with its own ambitions. Life is full and complete. Just listen. This thing we are all doing and going through is remarkable yet so mundane. I’m beginning to understand life is just like that. All of it. Before t... more »

So why would you want to amalgamate councils anyway?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
There are many lessons that could be drawn from super-sizing Auckland’s council. I’m astonished that one of them from different parts of the country is still “let’s do that too.” What? Are they *blind*? Sure the bureaucrats’ bureaucrats at the Local Government Commission are always going to want more power for bureaucrats. Why wouldn’t they? But why would a ratepayer, a home-owner, a would-be builder (to take just a few) want to replicate in their own places the disaster Rodney Hide and John Key bequeathed to Auckland? So thank goodness that the push to amalgamate councils aroun... more »

Pentagon Spokesman: We Need 'Strategic Patience' As We Fight Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon*:* Pentagon: ‘All Of Us Need Strategic Patience’ As We Fight Islamic State* *Rear Adm. John Kirby on Tuesday defended the Obama administration’s actions in Iraq and urged “strategic patience” in the war with the Islamic State, prompting disbelief from other panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.* *“We have a strategy” to degrade and defeat IS, Kirby said, walking back a Monday comment by President Obama that “we don’t yet have a complete strategy.”* *Obama was widely criticized for the admission, which mirrored a similar comment from 2014. The Washington Post’s...more »

The Fall Of Idlib To Syrian Rebels (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: From regular reader Mlacix .... *"Here is a video called "Victory Tidings 2", which is made by the Islamic Front and other rebels, mostly from Idlib and North Hama countryside. The recent (uploaded 2 hours ago, so it's still fresh) video showing the capture of Idlib. It's propaganda but still could be interesting for some".* This is a well video shows the brutality of the conflict and the battles that led to the fall of Idlib to the rebels. The link to the video* is here* .

The Ancient Sites In Iraq And Syria Are Being Destroyed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *The unbelievable damage Islamic State has done to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria* *As the Islamic State continues its efforts to create a "caliphate," killing thousands in its path, the group is also pursuing another campaign: the destruction of historic sites.* *The militant group has destroyed numerous sites that have high historic and cultural value. And the destruction is never a coincidence -- as my colleague Ishaan Tharoor writes:* *The militants espouse a radical, puritanical strain of Sunni Islam whereby all shrines or holy sites that honor beings les... more »

The Punch Bowl Stays

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Peter Schiff* It is well known that I don’t think much of the ability of government officials to correctly forecast much of anything. Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke have made famously clueless predictions with respect to stock and housing bubbles, and rank and file economists from their U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, the “Fed,” have consistently overestimated the strength of the economy ever since their forecasts became public in 2008 (see my previous article on the subject). But there is one former Fed and White House economist who has a slightly better track record..... more »

UN Omits Israel from List of Nations that KILL Children

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
The *U*seless *N*ations, strikes again... *- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest list of parties that kill or injure children in armed conflict does not include Israel * lackey Ban Ki *Check out the stats:* Ban said in the annual report to the U.N. Security Council and the General Assembly that 2014 saw a dramatic increase in violence against children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -* at least 561 youngsters killed and 4,271 injured, almost all Palestinians a*nd the vast majority during last summer's war in Gaza. It cites 4 Israeli youngsters killed and 22 injured. *Isra... more »

Will The Billionaires Get To Pick The Next President?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Last week we looked at the History Channel's account of the pivotal election of 1896 ("Wall Street vs Main Street, 1896"), which pitted populist icon William Jennings Bryan (D-NE) against Wall Street shill William McKinley (R-OH). McKinley was hand-picked as the GOP nominee by the three most powerful oligarchs in America-- John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan-- along with plutocrat Ohio Senator Mark Hanna. They then endeavored, successfully, to steal the election for McKinley. (The self-styled aristocrats eventually got their comeuppance when McKinley was assassina... more »

Another Major Syrian Military Base Falls To Rebel Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Washington Post:** Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad* *BEIRUT — Rebels announced the capture of a strategic army base in southern Syria on Tuesday, in the latest of several sweeping offensives by forces battling President Bashar al-Assad.* *A coalition of moderate rebel factions known as the Southern Front took control of the Brigade 52 base by early afternoon, spokesman Issam al-Reis said. Brigade 52 is the largest military installation in Daraa province, which borders Jordan, and is key to the defense of northern routes leading to the Syria... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Fellow converts to sharks might like to listen to Brett Westwood's interesting documentary about our toothy chums on today's Radio 4. The main thing I took away from his programme was the extraordinary power the media can have - and by 'the media' I mean everything from BBC News to Hollywood - to significantly change our perceptions of the world. And sometimes falsely and dangerously so. Up till 1975 sharks were mere bit part players in films (the odd Hemingway adaptation excepted), and no one was unduly scared of them. Then came *Jaws. * Suddenly sharks went from being barely t... more »

Top U.S. General: No Iraq Strategy Overhaul But More Training Sites

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives to deliver a statement after a welcoming ceremony in Tel Aviv June 9, 2015. Reuters/Baz Ratner *Reuters:* *U.S. weighs more Iraq training sites but no strategy overhaul* *U.S. President Barack Obama is weighing expanding the number of training sites for Iraqi forces as a way to bolster the battle against Islamic State, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, a move that could mean deploying more U.S. forces.* *But General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a small group of re... more »

Top U.S. Military And CIA Officials Travel To Israel To Reassure The Government On U.S. Commitment

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Moshe Ya'alon meets with US Joint Chiefs of Staff head Martin Dempsey in Tel Aviv on June 09, 2015. (Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv) *YNet News*: *Heads of CIA and US military visit Israel ahead of Iran deadline* *Talks with Israeli defense chiefs said to focus on mechanisms to ensure Iran adheres to nuclear deal. CIA Director John Brennan paid a visit to Israel last week, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top security officials to discuss the emerging agreement with Iran over its nuclear program and ways to ensure that it adheres to its terms.His unpublicize... more »

Fifth Circuit Issues Temporary Stay of Judge Brady's Ruling to Release Albert Woodfox

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 7 hours ago
*MEDIA COVERAGE:* *Daily Mail UK* *II* *El Paso Times / AP* The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has just issued a temporary stay of Judge Brady's order to give Albert's attorneys time to respond to the appeal. Though there will be no freedom for Albert tonight, we remain confident that Judge Brady's ruling is rooted in strong legal precedent and that justice will finally prevail for Albert sooner than later. We will do our best to keep you updated as things develop.

Tim Minchin: A***l sex and G*d

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
So, if you’re a religious person, or easily offended, then you might want to pop out for about five minutes … Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Propaganda in Our Digital Era

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*V. Susan Ferguson - *With no meaningful understanding of our place in this world and our connection within the greater cosmos, modern man needs endless propaganda, "to help us face our condition." The post Propaganda in Our Digital Era appeared first on Waking Times.

Russia And The West Are No Longer Talking To Each Other

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Fred Weir & Anna Mulrine, CSM*: * NATO and Russia aren't talking to each other. Cold war lessons forgotten?* *Several times during the cold war, miscommunication almost led to nuclear conflict. Now, amid tensions over Ukraine, Russia and the West are showing a new failure to communicate.* *Washington; and Moscow — Knowing your enemy doesn't just win the war. Sometimes, it also can be critical to keeping the peace.* *Such was the case in 1983, during a massive NATO drill to test the alliance's capabilities to respond to a Soviet invasion of western Europe. Unknown to its planner...more »

Russian Jets 'Buzz' U.S. And NATO Ships In The Baltic Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Russian Jets Overfly NATO Mission In Baltic Sea, Captured On Video By US Sailor* *During a scene that would not be out of place in a Cold War blockbuster, Russian jets flew over a large NATO maritime exercise consisting of dozens of ships and aircraft that were operating in international waters in Baltic Sea on Monday evening. A sailor from USS San Antonio, an amphibious assault ship, was able to capture the moment, showing two unidentified jets flying at low altitude and high speed over the ships. The footage was published on Youtube by the U.S. Navy.* *“Sailors and... more »

Venezuela-Guyana Tensions Flare Over Oil Find In Disputed Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The Economist *The Guardian*: *Guyana says Venezuela threatens 'peace and security' over oil and border row* *Potentially valuable oil discovery in waters claimed by Guyana sets up conflict as Venezuela extends territorial claims further into Atlantic Ocean* *A potentially rich oil discovery off the northern coast of South America has rekindled a border dispute between Guyana and its much larger neighbour Venezuela.* *On Monday Guyana’s ministry of foreign affairs accused Venezuela of posing a “threat to regional peace and security” with its recent decree extending its territori... more »

Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 9 hours ago
*June 10, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Since ancient times an army required significant logistical support to carry out any kind of sustained military campaign. In ancient Rome, an extensive network of roads was constructed to facilitate not only trade, but to allow Roman legions to move quickly to where they were needed, and for the supplies needed to sustain military operations to follow them in turn. *Image: The other half of the war is logistics. Without a steady stream of supplies, armies no matter how strong or determined will be overwhelmed and defeated. What explains then... more »

The Cost of Doing Business

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Scrooge McDuck (aka the Canadian Federal Government with your Tax Dollars)* The other day I happened to catch a bit of investigative TV news. Normally, I don't watch anything newsworthy on TV cause it just raises my blood pressure. But I got caught up watching this *CTV W5 *story because it was about a *BC businessman who made his money doing import and export. *His adult daughter was involved in his business with him. One day a few years ago, they both got served with warrants for arrest. Apparently the *Canadian Border Services Agency *was charging them with exporting restricted ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 9, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*VOA*: *China Slams G-7 Criticism on Sea Claims* *China on Tuesday slammed the Group of Seven (G-7) nations for making "irresponsible remarks" about Beijing's disputed territorial claims in the East and South China Seas.* *In a statement at the end of a summit in Germany on Monday, G-7 leaders expressed concern about Asian maritime tensions and called on all sides to respect international law.* *"We strongly oppose the use of intimidation, coercion or force, as well as any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo, such as large-scale land reclamation," the G-7 stat... more »

George Orwell

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

The Economy: "The Firing Squad for General Petraeus?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Firing Squad for General Petraeus?"* by Bill Bonner "We are working our way through our series, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Our premise: In a world where everyone is a lawbreaker, it’s hard to spot the real criminals. (Go here to catch up on Part I and Part II.) You are probably as disgusted by the bad and the ugly as we are. So today, we touch briefly on the good. Yes, there are good people all around us. Private life is full of them. A good gardener. A good clergyman. Even a good banker. But in public life, a good man is hard to find. You can search the nation’s capi... more »

Supplemental: We the people speak!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015Then too, we may sometimes get stampeded:* Who should be the Democratic nominee for president next year? In our view, the question is a bit premature. That said, we’ve been struck by suggestions people have made in the comments to recent Frank Bruni columns. Bruni’s columns have inspired some liberals and progressives to reject the idea of voting for “the lesser of two evils.” We’d be disinclined to vote for someone we regarded as “evil” too. That said, we’ve been struck by some suggestions from people who aren’t real high on Candidate Clinton. In response t... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 9, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *US Military Head: More Training Weighed for Iraq Forces * *The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday the overall U.S. strategy in fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq is not in question, but added President Barack Obama is considering further action, including expanding training sites for Iraqi forces.* *General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a small group of reporters during a trip to Israel that it was still "to be determined" whether more U.S. forces might be needed in such a scenario.* *The comments come a day after Obama... more »

Exercises to Switch on the Brain for Anyone Dealing with ADD and ADHD

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Video - *Simple, quick and effective exercises based on concepts of Kinesiology to help when dealing with dyslexia, ADD and/or ADHD. The post Exercises to Switch on the Brain for Anyone Dealing with ADD and ADHD appeared first on Waking Times.

There Will Be No U.S. Aircraft Carriers In The Middle East Later This Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Marine Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, watches an AV-8B Harrier take off from the USS Essex. The amphibious assault ship is to arrive in the Middle East in weeks, and will be there through the end of the year. (Photo: Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm/Navy) *Navy Times*: *Navy to pull carrier from Central Command this fall* *The Navy plans to pull its carrier presence out of the Middle East temporarily this fall, which will sideline the Navy's premier airstrike platform for the first time since the outbreak of Operation Inherent Resolve.* *The break in... more »

Is President Obama Smoking Again?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Talking #elmau #g7 #cosedilavoro #germania A photo posted by Nomfup (@nomfup) on Jun 7, 2015 at 8:03am PDT *Washington Post*: *Let President Obama have a cigarette, already* *A photograph of President Obama with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has whirred the long-dormant "Is Obama smoking?" conspiracy machine back to life. Posted to Instagram by Renzi's spokesman, it shows the two leaders standing on a balcony adjacent to an office, as one might if he didn't want to smoke indoors. And Obama's holding … something in his hands. Something roughly cigarette-pack-shaped, and he's ... more »

Russia Grounds Its Entire Tu-95 Bear Bomber Fleet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 plane is photographed by the Norwegian air force over international waters off Norway, Aug. 17, 2007. The same type of aircraft was spotted off the coast of Japan on Mar. 20. Reuters/331/332-SQUADRON/Scanpix *Deutsche Welle:* *Russia grounds Tu-95 bombers after engine fire* *Russia has grounded its Tupolev long-range bombers after one caught fire and ran off the runway during training, according to the Defense Ministry. The plane, able to carry nuclear missiles, had no ammunition on board. At least five Russian servicemen were injured on Monday duri... more »

Von Neumann-Wigner interpretation was just "verbally spiced" original Copenhagen

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*Is the hamburger in your stomach a part of you?* *And can your brain predict its own future behavior?* In a discussion about the tiny added value of QBism, Gordon made an interesting point: that my "interpretation" of quantum mechanics is equivalent to Wigner's, after all. If you want to see what kind of an "interpretation" he means, open Von Neumann–Wigner interpretation (Wikipedia) It's the interpretation summarized by the slogan "consciousness causes collapse of the wave function". The point of John von Neumann and Eugene Wigner was that only "consciousness" is the level of phys... more »

Human Studies Condemn Ultrasound

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Kelly Brogan, M.D. - *The ultrasound has slipped stealthily into the experience of nearly every pregnant woman alive today. But is it safe for expectant mothers and their babies? The post Human Studies Condemn Ultrasound appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Training Base For Iraqi Soldiers Hasn't Seen A New Recruit In Weeks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
US Army soldiers training Iraqi troops at the Taji base, north of Baghdad (AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye) *The Hill: **US training base in Iraq hasn't seen a new recruit in weeks* *The U.S. mission in Iraq has stalled at one of five coalition training sites because the central government has not been sending new recruits, according to defense officials. * *Baghdad has not identified or sent any new recruits to the Al Asad air base in western Iraq for as many as four to six weeks, defense officials said Monday. * *The U.S. is currently training 2,601 Iraqi forces, but none of them ... more »

The Liberal Mind: Willful Ignorance...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*is not unheard of, and it's why trying to have a discussion with a liberal is a waste of time. * *Willful ignorance* is the state and practice of ignoring any sensory input that appears to contradict one’s inner model of reality. At its heart, it is almost certainly driven by confirmation bias. *source* *Confirmation bias* is the tendency for people to (consciously or *un*consciously) seek out information that conforms to their pre-existing view points, and subsequently ignore information that goes against them, both positive and negative. *source* I'll admit that everyone, conser... more »

Dave's EU-Turns

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
A month into Dave's second term at it's handbags at dawn in the Tory party already. What a shame. Rattled by last week's announcement of 50 No-Ultras that they exist, Dave did a characteristic *volte-face*. In an attempt to appear tough and in control - his re-election campaign did, after all, promise "strong leadership" - he declared that all ministers would have to toe the party line when the referendum comes round. Then, 24 hours later with much gnashing of teeth, he'd changed his mind. Except, of course, all along he'd been "clear" that his threat to use collective cabinet respo... more »

Living Magically: The Art of Chewing Life Up and Spitting it Out

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee - *The world doesn’t need more obedient followers, sycophants, and bootlickers. It desperately needs more disobedient dreamers, mythmakers, and jokesters, living life magically. The post Living Magically: The Art of Chewing Life Up and Spitting it Out appeared first on Waking Times.

The Only Solution to Climate Change — Outlaw Fossil Fuel Production

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*How much carbon we could dig up if we really wanted to (source; after Hansen, Fig 2). Left scale, in billions of tons of emitted carbon. Right scale, in ppm of atmospheric CO2.* *by Gaius Publius* I once had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with one of our leading progressive politicians, someone who is on the right side of everything I care about, including climate change. As we were discussing solutions to the climate problem, I mentioned the carbon industry and said, "You realize, fixing the climate crisis means we have to kill the carbon industry, right?" She (or he) stop... more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Sometimes here on “Is the BBC Biased?” Craig and I recommend that readers might like to progress onwards and upwards to BBC Watch for a more in-depth version of a topic we’ve blogged. Let’s call ours ‘the beginner’s version’ whereas Hadar’s is ‘advanced’. Sometimes we have to wait a day or two, but today BBC Watch has posted part one of a detailed exposition of Avi Shlaim’s contribution to this programme, and I have to say it was worth waiting for. I devoted but a single paragraph to prof. Shlaim, but now, please go to BBC Watch and read the full Monty. ******* There was a speci... more »


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 12 hours ago
美国派侦察机于上周飞临中国正在扩建的南沙岛礁上空,遭到中国海军的反复警告。美表示今后可能派出力量进入这些岛礁的12海里范围,从而引起战略界和舆论界对中美可能在南海爆发军事冲突的担心。 那么这种军事冲突实际发生的可能性有多大,以及它们会在什么样的情况下发生呢?还有,一旦发生,它们的烈度会有多高呢? 首先要看到,随着美军从间接支持菲越到直接向中国在建岛礁发出挑衅,中美两军发生冲突的可能性的确比过去大了。两国在战略上无法释怀,美军在战术上逐渐制造两军摩擦的临界点,除非中国无限退让,否则这种趋势的结果将是危险的。 中国不可能无限退让。那么就要看中美将如何设置各自在此轮南海博弈的底线,以及双方是否能够清楚、尊重对方的底线。 中国最重要的底线显然是要把岛礁建设继续下去,直到它们完工。如果美国的底线就是中国必须停工,那么中美南海一战将无可避免,而且冲突的烈度会高于人们通常理解的“摩擦”。 此外中国还有一个底线,那就是美国要尊重中国在南海的领土主权和海洋权益。美国这 方面有一条公开的底线,即美在南海享有“航行自由”。中美的这两条底线对应了各自的原则,但实际操作中双方有一定回旋余地。中美是否会因此而冲突起来,既 取决于一些战略考虑,也会受战术上的临时性因素影响。 如果美军是想“骚扰”一下中国,向地区展示美国力量在南海的存在,并因不想真打起来而对自己的挑衅行为保持一定克制的话,那... more »

Should We Nuke Russia?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Has the level of public education gotten so bad in the US that people don't even know what it means to attack another country with nuclear weapons?

The labor market gets tighter

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago
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Links/Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Not Everyone Hates Citizens United, particularly local TV stations, pithily writes Michael Socolow in *Slate*: *For local broadcast channels and their it-bleeds-it-leads newscasts, the Supreme Court might as well be that mythic relative who leaves you an unexpected fortune in his will. The cascade of political money to your local channel began for real in 2012. That year, according to the Pew Research Center, local television stations received $3.1 billion in political advertising revenue. That was 48 percent more than was spent just two years earlier (before Citizens United) and re... more »

Animals Australia - ISRAEL live export investigation

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 13 hours ago
*HERE'S YOUR HUMANE KOSHA MEAT TRADE* imagine if this was your pet dog or cat, or one of your children... *Hidden cameras set up by Animals Australia investigators have captured harrowing vision of routine abuse inside one of Israel’s biggest abattoirs. Inside its walls Australian cattle face the terror of a full inversion (or Kosha, ed) slaughter box. Tipped upside down, panicked and unable to move, their throats were sawn open before being hoisted fully conscious by one leg. With necks agape and bleeding, animals’ tails were broken in an effort to force them to move. Others slipped...more »

The Truth About The "War" In Eastern Ukraine: Ukrainian Army Is Definitely Targeting Civilians!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have been saying since last year that the "war" in eastern Ukraine is absolutely NOT a war at all... It is a brutal and cold blooded act of murder against civilians..... The criminal US puppet regime in Kiev has been attacking and shooting civilians in the eastern provinces of Ukraine who's ONLY crime was to run a legal and very binding referendum last year where they decided legally to separate from Ukraine itself and go their own way.... According to all aspects of international law including the parts about a people's right to "self determination" these people have every righ... more »

Osgoode Hall Law Prof., Ron Atkey (speaking for himself)

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
*Mr. Ron Atkey (Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, As an Individual): * Thank you, Mr. Chair. Members of the committee, I'm honoured to be invited to appear before you regarding this important bill, which has certainly captured the attention of so many Canadians from across the country and internationally My interest and background concerning this subject is set forth in my short form resumé that is attached to my speaking notes in both official languages. In the interests of time, I'm going to omit that information from my opening statement, a... more »

Editor`s Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Stuck in meetings this morning. Regular blogging will return later today.

The U.S. State Department Contradicts President Obama By Saying That There Is A Strategy To Combat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Photo: *U.S. State Department building in Washington June 5, 2009. Reuters/Jim Young/Files *Politico:* *State Dept.: Yes, the U.S. does have a strategy in Iraq* *Actually, the United States does have a strategy to fight the Islamic State, a State Department spokesman says.* *In separate television appearances on Monday and Tuesday, State spokesman John Kirby clarified President Barack Obama’s remark that the United States does not “yet have a complete strategy” for defeating the Islamic State.* *“The president was referring yesterday to a specific plan to improve the training and... more »

Former CIA Director David Petraeus Has Some Powerful Friends

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Former CIA Director David Petraeus. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Bloomberg: *Petraeus Had Friends in High Places as Leak Sentence Loomed* An array of friends in high places came to the aid of retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus as he faced sentencing for providing classified data to his mistress, newly released court papers show. Senator Lindsey Graham and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair were among almost three dozen people who wrote a federal judge urging leniency for Petraeus. The former general was sentenced to two years probation after he ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Chef James Cullen, formerly of Trèo, hired for NOCCA Institute's Press Street Station ~Tod A. Price*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*In Katrina's aftermath, New Orleans truly chaotic, but what reports were fact -- and fiction? ~Gordon Russell* *Katrina: The Debris - Green Dot ~WWNO* *Opening of new Orleans Parish Prison postponed again ~N.O. Advocate * *Equity, transparency undercut by holdouts against OneApp school admissions process ~Jacob Landry, The Lens *

How Do We Get Out From Behind the Ecological Eight-Ball?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*This is the logo for the Pando Populus web site. Pando is the name of the largest and oldest organism on the planet - a giant quaking aspen tree, spread over more than a hundred acres, 80,000 years old, connected by a single root system* *Here are my 14-pages of notes from the conference I just attended in Clermont, California. While I agree with most of these thoughts from various presenters some of it I could quibble with but it’s all worth sharing. A few of the thoughts are mine from the ‘Track’ I presented in.* - Learn more about ‘Process Studies’ - Ecological civi... more »

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: ‘Unrealistic’ For President Bush To Pursue Democracy In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Donald Rumsfeld: George W. Bush Was Wrong About Iraq* *The former U.S. defense secretary says that the former president was mistaken to insist on trying to “fashion a democracy in Iraq.” * *When it comes to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, hindsight continues to turn up its share of surprises. * *Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one of the staunchest defenders of the Iraq war, said in an interview with the Times of London that his boss, former President George W. Bush, was wrong to try to create democracy onto Iraq. * *“The idea that we could fashion a democracy i... more »

Russian Developers Reveal Their Plans For The "Gear Of The 'Soldier Of The Future,"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Informing.ru *IBTimes: **Russian Military News: Ratnik-2 Future Soldier Gear Includes New Machine Gun, Androids* *Russian developers are creating plans for Ratnik-2, a future-soldier gear system, as the successor to Ratnik, its most recent form of advanced combat gear which was completed in 2015. Andrei Grigoryev, the head of the Russian government's Prospective Research Foundation, told Sputnik News Monday Ratnik-2 will be finished between 2025 and 2030, and a Russian military android that was previously shown in January would be ready by the end of the year.The project is mean... more »

Iraq Reaches Another Record High In Oil Exports In May 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
Iraq has been steadily increasing its oil exports in 2015 to new record highs. This has been accomplished due to the deal between the central and Kurdistan regional governments. The country has also benefited from a steady rise in prices as well. Still, Iraq is not making its marks set in the 2015 budget meaning that its financial problems will continue. In MayIraq exported an average of 3.145 million barrels a day. That was a record high and surpassed April’s 3.077 million barrels, which itself was the previous high. That was made possible by the southern Basra ports exported 2.6... more »

EVER SO SLOWLY WE TURN: Rachel thinks Candidate Christie’s too fat!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015Part 2—The Times does one hopeful a favor:* Last Saturday, the New York Times performed its latest favor for the Republican party. The favor took the form of the Times’ latest inane, less-than-obsessively-honest “news report.” This report concerned the driving record of a leading Republican hopeful. The candidate in question is Marco Rubio. His troubling record behind the wheel had the Times upset. Concerning the Times, you must know this—workers at the famous newspaper often seem a bit Coneheaded, something other than human. Their sheer inanity seems to kn... more »

Duncan Creates Race to Bailout Online Diploma Mills

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Race to the Top was a $4.35 billion bribery scheme to fund the corporate education reform movement for a few years. We are living with the consequences today with Common Core, test based teacher evaluation, state education department austerity to pay for technology, and the proliferation of segregated charter "broken windows" chain gangs to behaviorally sterilize poor children. Now Duncan has announced another corporate welfare plan, this time to bailout the for-profit Corinthian College. Taxpayers will pay off the student loans for Corinthian students that amount to $3.5 billion.... more »

Don't Forget To Vote Today-- If You Live In Virginia

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Today is primary day in Virginia, although most of the hot races involve teabaggers, inspired by Dave Brat's win over Eric Cantor, challenging Establishment Republicans in the state legislature, including, for example, House Speaker William Howell. However, the race we are more concerned with is for the Democratic nomination for the House of Delegates in the 79th District-- much of Portsmouth and parts of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Suffolk. There voters will choose between the most right-wing Democratic Delegate in Virginia, Johnny Joannou, and a progressive challenger, Portsmouth Cit... more »

Gates Manufactures Another Astroturf Common Core Group in NY

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
The only remaining supporters of the Rotted Core are those who stand to profit in some way from the continuation of the manufactured failure of public education and the denial that poverty is a factor in student learning. The 80 billion dollar geek's latest gift to New York. Story here: . . . in reaction to the growing movement to opt students out of Common Core-based state tests and ramped-up campaigns by parent groups and teachers unions across the state, High Achievement New York is building its own countercoalition. The group has been building a network of support from teache... more »

Chomsky's, Aaronson's, nuts' MIT fossil fuel divestment campaign

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
On June 19th and 20th, the 2015 European Capital of Culture, my hometown of Pilsen, will host the Days of Jerusalem which should show us the Israeli capital as a source of culture. It is a completely apolitical event but you may imagine that the anti-Semites or anti-Zionists tend to get upset as soon as someone mentions the forbidden word, Jerusalem. So you shouldn't be surprised these anti-Israel activists created a petition against the event. Some film directors and singers have endorsed it and so did my former colleague in the Harvard Society of Fellows named Noam Chomsky, a far ... more »

The answer my friend

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Free electricity blowing in the wind. Windmills have huge maintanence issues. Another clever person has tossed their hat into the wind.

Turkey's New Government can 'Freeze" Russian Pipeline Transit Deal

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Recall* - the NGO ballot counters in place for this election. *Recall-* the HDP party is an identity politics party whose star leader has curious western connections... If you missed that info- * Stealing an AKP win? HDP = Divisive Identity Politics- NGO's counting ballots* *Continuing-* *Trend News Agency* *Over the next 45 days, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will have to form a new government.* Despite that the political parties don’t intend to join a coalition government with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), *Davutoglu said in his last statement that ... more »

Who Judges Our Lives on Judgment Day?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Randi G. Fine - *No one can live our lives for us. Each of our souls must essentially travel the eternal journey alone. The post Who Judges Our Lives on Judgment Day? appeared first on Waking Times.

Heal Yourself Naturally by Massaging These Key Pressure Points

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Meme - *Massaging these key pressure points may help heal many of your ailments. The post Heal Yourself Naturally by Massaging These Key Pressure Points appeared first on Waking Times.

All lights are not created equal!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
The Son of Dyson makes a better light.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The College Board's Sabotage of American History* A stellar group of American historians and academics released a milestone open letter yesterday in protest of deleterious changes to the advanced placement U.S. history (APUSH) exam. The signatories are bold intellectual bulwarks against increasing progressive attacks in the classroom on America's unique ideals and institutions. Moms and dads in my adopted home state of Colorado have been mocked and demonized for helping to lead the fight against the anti-American changes to APUSH. But if there's any hope at all in salvaging local...more »

Say Nothing. Do Nothing.

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.macleans.ca/ It's interesting to compare Stephen Harper to the much reviled Brian Mulroney. Michael Den Tandt writes: Back to Mulroney who, at the time he stepped aside in 1993, was considered the most popularly disliked Canadian leader ever. “He bugs us still,” wrote Peter C. Newman years later. Controversy followed Mulroney everywhere. His cabinet was a revolving door of ministers moving in and out due to various infractions and peccadillos. There was Meech, the rise of the Bloc, Charlottetown. Later there was, of cour...more »

BBC Panorama Programme: Promoting GMO And Cultivating Ignorance

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 16 hours ago
RINF, Global Research, Countercurrents "There is no global or regional shortage of food. There never has been and > nor is there ever likely to be. India has a superabundance of food. South > America is swamped in food. The US, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe are > swamped in food (e.g. Billen et al 2011). In Britain, like in many wealthy > countries, nearly half of all row crop food production now goes to > biofuels... China isn't quite swamped but it still exports food... No > foodpocalypse there either." Jonathon Latham I wasn’t expecting much. So I wasn’t disappointed when ... more »

BBQ Chicken Wonton Bowls

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
It's amazing how delivery makes all the difference. Whether it's a joke, service or food, delivery is essential. These BBQ Chicken Wonton Bowls are all about delivery. The wonton bowls are tiny and portioned, making this a great dish for parties or family dinner. And they can be eaten in just a few bites, making them light and fun. While this couldn't be considered a straight-up Asian dish, it's a great mix of BBQ and Asian flavors, which makes for delicious food! *INGREDIENTS* 2-3 chicken breasts 1/3 bottle BBQ sauce 12 wonton wraps 3/4 package coleslaw 1/3 bottle Ken's Steak Hous... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Global warmer Michael Milillo replies to skeptic Joseph Bast* *I put up yesterday Joe Bast's comment on the the ramble about global warming by apparent Catholic Michael Milillo. Rather surprisingly, Milillo has replied to Bast -- see below. But he does not quote a single fact or statistic about climate. If there was any room for doubt, Milillo now makes clear that for him it is all about authority. Papal authority and global warming authority are his guiding lights. Blind respect for authority gave us the armies of Nazism and Communism so Milillo is a disturbing phenom... more »

NWO Schedule of Implementation

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 17 hours ago
http://redefininggod.com/nwo-schedule-of-implementation/ Here is the current Schedule of Implementation for the multilateral/multipolar New World Order as best as I can discern it at this time. As we go forward, I will add more details and supporting material to this page and will modify the timeline as I detect changes in globalist preparatory propaganda. *[Mod 1.6 – 6 June 2015: The June 4-18 timeframe has been expanded]* *First Half of 2015:* *> June 4 – July 1: *During this timeframe, tapped-out Greece owes 4 separate payments to the IMF totaling over 1.5 billion euros. These p... more »

5 Enlightening Reasons to Embrace the Power of Meditation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Christina Sarich - *When you read these 5 excuse-busting motivations, you’ll want to find at least twenty minutes a day to clear your mind and take some cleansing breaths. Meditation is that good for you. The post 5 Enlightening Reasons to Embrace the Power of Meditation appeared first on Waking Times.

A Voyage to the Land of the Living Dead

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
[*While looking through the INEXPLICATA archives, I came across one of our most popular features from the pre-Blogspot days: an article about zombies written by contributing editor Manuel Carballal, who visited the island to look into Haiti's occult practices, much as he had done earlier in Cuba. Although we often receive complaints about straying from ufology into other areas of the unknown, it is precisely this diversity - and the fearless journalism of reporters like Manuel Carballal - that have made INEXPLICATA stand out since 1998 -- SC*] *Voyage to the Land of the Living D... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"You are not on earth to make things happen. You are not on earth to spread the love. You are not on earth to make it a better place or to learn acceptance of the things you cannot change. You are not on earth to find your soul mate or your purpose. You are not on earth to put the needs of others before your own. And you are most certainly not on earth to suffer, pay penance, be tested, or judged. Did I leave anything out? You are on earth because in your loftiest state of being, perched high above the wonderment, at the pinnacle of your glory, you wondered what it would be like, ... more »

“The Plan”, the organization, Pre-existence, Lucifer and his hierarchy expelled from the heavenlies, Atlantis, Mind Control, DID, programmed alters, Alice Bailey, ascended masters and more.

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 18 hours ago
Beyond the Physical Realm Momentary Zen with Zen Garcia, Dan Duval and Carolyn Hamlett Part 1 *This painting of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon * *very much resembles the Atlantis I was transported to.* Topics covered on this program: “The Plan”, the organization, Pre-existence, Lucifer and his hierarchy expelled from the heavenlies, Atlantis, Mind Control, DID, programed alters, Alice Bailey, ascended masters and more. Part 2 will be in about a month.

Neuropsychological and Electronic No-Touch Torture Report Based on “The Torture Memos” and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Declassified “Torture Report”

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 19 hours ago
By Robert Duncan, A.B., S.M., M.B.A., Ph.D. 04/2015 Download: PDF, DOCX | Visit drrobertduncan.com. Torture is a horrific topic and most minds will turn away from it because it can’t be comprehended that humans can be motivated, or computer programs can be run to do this to other sentient beings. Just when we believed we were becoming more civilized as a culture, the technology for torture has advanced more than a hundred fold in recent decades. This summary will get into ‘the minds of the dishonorable monsters’ of the psychology of torture. Those like Dick Cheney who helped a... more »

CSOs and State 21, Patient Organizations, PAPO and HealthPRx

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
During the 2-days Medicines Transparency Alliance-Philippines' MeTA National Forum 2015 last February 17-18 held at Bayleaf Hotel in Manila, I noticed a significant change in NGOs involvement in public health discourse: a shift in active involvement from what I would call as "ideology-based" NGOs to "patients-based" NGOs. What is the difference between the two? For me, the ideology-based NGOs tend to be more vocal against multinational and innovator pharma companies, against strong intellectual property rights (IPR) like patents of newly-invented medicines and vaccines, against p... more »

Inaugural CFP: The Rising Dragon, a journal of Pacific Rim culture and media studies

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
[image: IMG_0005] *A hunting spider on my door screen.* *UPDATE*: I contacted them about the obvious pro-China name, but they wrote back and said it's a japanese dragon illustration, dragons are common in pacific rim cultures (so why not make it plural? Or use another word to describe the dragon?), and there's a strong personal reason for it. Since they already have a full blown apologetic for the extremely unfortunate name, don't bother contacting them, it will only annoy them. From H-Asia... there is also a call for video stuff below the fold: Inaugural CFP: The Rising Dragon, a jo... more »

Schumer: Germany selects MEADS, Lockheed Martin for $4.5B missile defense deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Germany has selected MEADS as its future missile defense system in a deal worth up to $4.5 billion that is expected to provided a boost to Lockheed Martin and its plant in suburban Syracuse, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he was informed of the decision Monday afternoon by the German Embassy in Washington. MEADS, or the Medium Extended Air Defense System, was developed as part of an international consortium led by NATO partners in the U.S., Germany and Italy. Read more

Russia grounds Tu-95 bombers after engine fire

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tu-95MS Bear D]Russia has grounded its Tupolev long-range bombers after one caught fire and ran off the runway during training, according to the Defense Ministry. The plane, able to carry nuclear missiles, had no ammunition on board. At least five Russian servicemen were injured on Monday during a failed takeoff of a Tu-95 bomber in the Amur region, some 9,000 kilometers (about 5,600 miles) east of Moscow. "According to information from the scene, several crew members received injuries of varying degree while leaving the plane and were hospitalized," the Russian Defense Min... more »

Kremlin Rushing to Cover Its Tracks on MH17 (Op-Ed)

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: BUK-M1 (SA-17 Grizzly)]Real experts take their time when conducting an investigation. They begin their work as quickly as possible, and then methodically gather and analyze the evidence — never allowing bias to influence their work — and wait until the time is right to announce their findings. By contrast, the experts at Russian defense firm Almaz-Antey remained strangely silent when top Defense Ministry generals vehemently blamed Ukrainian attack aircraft for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the Donbass 11 months ago. The Russian experts likewise held thei... more »

Homemade Sports Drink (Without The Nasty Artificial Ingredients!) by The Food Babe

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
Refreshing Super Hydration Juice Prep time 5 mins *Total time* 5 mins Serves: 1 Ingredients - 1 cup chopped seedless watermelon - 1 apple, cored - ½ cucumber - 2 stalks celery - 1 orange peeled - 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce Instructions 1. Wash all fruits and vegetables and place into a large bowl. 2. Place all ingredients through your juicer. 3. Clean juicer immediately. Notes **Please choose all organic ingredients if possible** *For more information:* *The Food Babe*

Kuwait set to buy Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets from Italy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: EF2000 Eurofighter Typhoon]The Kuwaiti Government has began talks with Italy to purchase Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets, in a bid to upgrade the country's air force capabilities. According to a source, this possible deal would see the purchase of two squadrons of fighter planes and around 24 to 28 of the twin-engine jets, The Wall Street Journal reported. The deal, which is expected to worth more than €4bn, could also cover pilot training and other related items. Read more

Economic News , Data and Views ( June 9 , 2015 ) - Broader Europe ( EU Referendum stirs chaos within Tories and Cameron , HSBC looks to cut 25,000 job globally to save 5 BN annually , Major fuel fire near Kiev , Data splash - Austria and Germany ) ... Latest Greece Updates ( Greece submits latest plan to Troika , Greece economy presently reflective - to an extent , recession commencing in Q4 2014 { compounded by uncertainty and acrimony earlier - as per Nick Malkoutzis } , Greece revenue shortfall increased by 650 MN in May - delay in corp tax and lower VAT , Grexit warning from Tsipras even as kick the can nine month extension floated , Strong earthquake rattles Athens

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Tweets.... Broader Europe .... The Greek Analyst retweeted *Eric Maurice* ‏@er1cmau 10m 10 minutes ago EU referendum: David Cameron in chaos over whether to force ministers to quit over vote | via @Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopic s/eureferendum/11660425/EU-referendum-David-Cameron-in-chaos-over-whether-to-force-ministers-to-quit-over-vote.html … Graeme Wearden retweeted *Jill Treanor* ‏@jilltreanor 2h 2 hours ago HSBC moves to cut 25,000 jobs globally http://bit.ly/1IAj4gA *Fabrizio Goria* ‏@FGoria 3h 3 hours ago HSBC eyes $5bn in annual cost... more »

Swedish Defence Minister coming with fighter plane offer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saab Gripen NG]Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist is arriving in New Delhi on Tuesday on a four-day visit during which he is expected to offer the Gripen NG fighter aircraft or a possible joint collaboration in manufacturing the single engine light combat planes. Hultqvist, who will arrive on Thursday night, will also visit the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) units in Bengaluru. He is scheduled to hold talks with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on June 10. Read more

News On China's Hacker Attack Of U.S. Government Data Centers Far More Serious Than Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Breitbart:* *Chinese Hackers Easily Defeated Secret US Government Security System* *The news about the massive data breach of the Office of Personnel Management, and other federal agencies, by Chinese hackers just keeps getting worse. Estimates of the scope of the breach have increased since the initial reports on Friday, while the ability of the attackers to bypass state-of-the-art defensive software is frightening. Even so, some experts are saying the damage could have been contained if the government had taken better precautions to protect the pilfered data.The damage estima... more »

Romania pays EUR 25 mln for NATO’s new spy plane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RQ-4 Global Hawk]Romania will contribute some EUR 25 million to NATO’s purchase of four new Global Hawk 40 spy planes. The country will be able to use the planes whenever needed, reports local Digi24. The Global Hawk 40, which was dubbed “The Eyes in the Sky” is the most advanced espionage plane produced to this day. The plane offers real-time military and surveillance information and can be controlled from any part of the globe. It flies at over 18 kilometers and has a 30-hour autonomy. One hour of flight costs some USD 23,000. Read more

The Navy's premier airstrike platform could be sidelined from the Middle East for a month or two

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)]In a bid to give sailors some much needed rest and perform routine maintenance, the Navy plans on pulling back its aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf, David Lartner reports for Navy Times. After the recall of the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, there will be a month or two gap in presence before the USS Truman aircraft carrier arrives in the Gulf and undertakes the Roosevelt’s role. This gap in operations will occur in the midst of Operation Inherent Resolve and the continuing air strikes against ISIS throughout Syria and Iraq. Read more

BAE to overhaul destroyer Kidd

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Kidd (DDG 100)]The Defense Department is awarding BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair $36.6 million to overhaul Kidd, a destroyer that last year helped with the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is believed to have crashed into the South China Sea. The contract comes less than a month after BAE was awarded $36.9 million to upgrade and repair Lake Champlain, an aging cruiser that has made many deployments to the Persian Gulf. Like its neighbor to the south -- General Dynamics-NASSCO -- BAE has been experiencing a boom in business at its yard in Barrio Logan. ... more »

Frigates with Russian power plants to be delivered by USC to RF Navy in early 2020

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov) class FS]In late 2017 – early 2018, Rybinsk-based enterprise Saturn (NPO Saturn, a company in United Engine Corporation) will start supplying gas-turbine engines for RF Navy ships under construction at the shipyard of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). Frigates with power plants manufactured under the programme on phasing out of imports are scheduled for the delivery in early 2020, USC says. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Defence and the United Shipbuilding Corporation have jointly developed a detailed programme f... more »

L’Albatros heads for home after 31 years patrolling the Indian Ocean

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: FS L’Albatros (P681)]The French Navy offshore patrol vessel Albatros (P681) arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday 3 June, having completed her final Indian Ocean patrol. For 31 years, the 47 year-old Albatros, based in Port-des-Galets, Reunion Island, has been patrolling the French Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the southern Indian Ocean, north of the Antarctic. Commander Riaz Akhoune, Officer Commanding Albatros, told defenceWeb that they has just endured some really rough seas and cold temperatures whilst performing a three-week surveillance patrol in the EEZ off the island... more »

'Subs off Norway can hit Moscow in 17m': Putin

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ohio class SSBN]Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of the threat posed by US submarines "on permanent alert" off Norway. ”They are equipped with missiles that can reach Moscow in 17 minutes," he told Italy’s Il Corriere della Sera newspaper. "And you would call us aggressive?“ Putin’s comments came after Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Friday said that Norwegian involvement in Nato’s Missile Defence System was “necessary”, committing her country to taking a role in the network, a move certain to irritate Russia, which sees the system’s role out as an act of aggressio... more »

The new Russian torpedo: ‘Skhval’ 2.0?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Skhval torpedo]Modernization of the Russian armed forces has made it to the shores of the sea. After a programme to augment combat capabilities of the Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft and announcement of plans to upgrade equipment on the Tu-142 aircraft and Ka-27 helicopters, the next step is to design completely new anti-submarine weaponry. Updating radio-electronic components of aircraft will ensure reliability of the search for enemy submarines, and new torpedoes will hasten their annihilation. So, what will the new Russian torpedo be like? Shamil Aliev, Chief designer at D... more »

Clyde warship project ‘vital’ to defend Britain

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Mr Fallon was at the BAE shipyard in Govan, Glasgow, to “cut the steel” on the latest warship project there, the construction of the patrol vessel HMS Medway. He also was given an update on the progress of the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales. The US has recently urged European countries to do more to defend themselves against increased military activity from Russian premier Vladimir Putin’s armed forces and the growing unrest in the Middle East. Mr Fallon said: “We have the fifth-biggest defence budget in the world, the biggest in Europe but the United States wants all Europea... more »

Pakistan nearing assembly stage of S20 submarine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 039A (Yuan) class SSK]Pakistan is preparing for the assembly of the S20, the export version of China's Type 039A Yuan-class diesel-electric submarine equipped with air-independent propulsion, according to a Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works official cited in the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review. This is the first time for a Pakistani official to reveal the nation's intention to purchase the Chinese submarine, according to the report. Pakistan completed its technical negotiations with China about importing six S20 submarines, though an agreed means of payment has de... more »

Indian MIG-29K Finally Arrive at Vizag

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MiG-29K aircraft at Vizag]The latest space snapshots acquired by the commercial satellite firm DigitalGlobe show eleven of the carrier-based aircraft parked on the south apron of the airbase at Vizag. It appears the aircraft arrived since previous imagery was taken in March. Two Hawk Mk 132 trainer and a new aircraft hangar (under construction) were also visible on imagery at the time of capture. For the past few years India has been talking about putting a MIG-29K squadron at Vizag’s naval air station, INS Dega. Vizag is home to India’s Eastern Naval Command and its strate... more »

A Simple Question for Minimum Wage Advocates Would you be okay with this?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
The quibbling goes on and this is an economist. talking. The whole thing wrong with the minimum wage meme is that its implementation must be done by establishing a default labor bid. That is a price point in which everyone with a day of idle time can go to and use. We have already established a fair price point for an hourly rate of $15.00. That can easily be linked to a percentage discount from the average wage. However, that price point becomes meaningless if it cannot be accessed. For that i have thought long and hard and have come to understand that access needs to... more »

A Bionic Lens Can be Inserted

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
What is coming our way is a broad set of tools able to essentially upgrade the human body. Obviously arresting aging is high on the list and reversing cellular age is an other obvious improvement. Yet none of that is worth much if we also do not upgrade our bodies as much as is plausible. What is do see coming is a daily auto isometric muscle stimulation system that is built in. such a system would produce a naturally strong sculpted body and superb health along with an excellent night's sleep. Add in regrown teeth protected with nano carbon tubes and ultimately a skeleton equa... more »

This Slinky Lookalike “Hyperlens” Helps us See Tiny Objects

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This represents a likely hundred fold improvement in optical resolution. We will be able to look at useful particles very close to the all important world of zero to 100 nanometers were such particles can penetrate cells. This technology is already at 250 nm. Getting it down to five is not that far away and may even not be impossible with this protocol. None of this was slightly imaginable not too long ago. Bravo. We are so much closer. *This Slinky lookalike “hyperlens” helps us see tiny objects* *The image (above) shows a metamaterial hyperlens. The light-colored slive... more »

Boeing Unveils EMP Weapon

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
I suspect that the humanpilot is now on the fast track to obsolescence. We obviously can build fighter planes to operate without a pilot and soon will. In the meantime we can fly thousands of drones packing a similar punch. A tactical EMP weapon was always on the drawing board and it now appears that the technology has arrived to make it possible. This means that all aircraft will need to be hardened, assuming that it is possible. Air space penetration now changes radically. A cloud of drones makes the attack on all strategic electronics, effectively kicking the door ope... more »

Devonport nuclear base warned over safety

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
Devonport contractor Babcock International refits Britain's nuclear submarine fleet Devonport naval base has been warned of legal action after a worker received a dose of radiation amid a series of safety breaches. Radioactive cooling water was also mistakenly discharged into a submarine reactor compartment, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) reported. Reporting of safety incidents at the base, which refits Britain's nuclear submarines, was "below standard". Read more

Why The Greek Debt Crisis Is Going To Continue

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Ian Wishart,Nikos Chrysoloras, and Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg*: *If You Think Greece’s Crisis Will End Soon, Think Again* *Frustrated by Greece’s cat and mouse game with its creditors? Get used to it.* *Even if Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras clinches as much as 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) from a bailout tranche creditors are withholding, he’s going to need another cash infusion shortly thereafter.* *What will ensue is a renewed battle after almost five months of trench warfare. The beleaguered country requires a third bailout of about 30 billion euros, according to Nomura Inte... more »

Watch "Olympic Cyclist Vs. Toaster: Can He Power It?"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
Energy is leverage. Useable energy is man’s means of multiplying his own puny physical efforts well beyond what would otherwise be possible. How puny? Well, how many Olympic cyclists does it take to toast a single slice of bread? Energy production is essential to human civilisation. *Real* energy production. [Hat tip Paul Van D.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Interview with Czecho-Slovak anti-Maidan Legion in Donbass

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
Every war is a serious matter and it polarizes the world's public opinion. Even civil wars unavoidably attract volunteers. It was the case of the civil war in Spain 80 years ago and it is the case of the civil war in Ukraine, too. In the West, we often hear anti-Russian tirades. You don't have to go too far. The G7 leaders provide us with a sufficient amount of these hateful and deluded insanities. For obvious reasons, the Russian nation is the second nation after Ukraine that is most affected by the civil war in Donbass. However, it doesn't mean that members of other nations don't ... more »

Christy Clark Orders Up Two LNG Articles(Dissecting The Bafflegab)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written by LNG analyst Grant G (just for you Brad Zubyk)* I swear that every time bad news comes out about BC`s LNG wet dream a few days later a bunch of LNG, stale, vague articles ooze out from beneath the corporate echo chamber.... http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Opinion+Uncertainty+grows+over+deal/11112497/story.html#ixzz3cL0xURJI http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2015/05/26/Hughes-Natural-Gas-Report/ http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2015/06/04/BC-LNG-Prospects-Report/ It`s almost like Christy Clark and Rich Coleman go a begging for a headline...It has happened again...The below ... more »

Where's Kerry? Update

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*John Kerry Rides his Bicycle in Lausanne, Switzerland* More than a week has passed since John Kerry fell off his bike (some say it was a stationary bike...others say Kerry was participating in a bicycle marathon) and broke his leg while on business in Europe. I'm amazed at the lack of interest and/or information about this powerful man--who was suddenly removed from the geopolitical scene during a time of unprecedented international tension, brinkmanship and turmoil. I have only been able to find one update. Alternate media journalist Wayne Madsen says this about Kerry: "Secreta... more »

How China And The U.S. Could Go To War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A color guard of US and Chinese flags awaits the plane of China's President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland in this April 12, 2010 file photo. President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy on Thursday that would expand the US military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force as the Pentagon seeks to reduce spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/File *Robert Farley, National Interest*: *3 Ways China and the U.S. Could Go to War in the South China Sea* *Here are three ways in which tensions in the S... more »

McIntyre Lies about Christina Graham Firing

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Story here.

Are interest rates too high or too low? [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Are interest rates too high or too low? A comment by Roger Garrison from 2002, when the world was trying to recover from the ‘original’ DotCom bust, is still relevant today … … ‘Keynesian stabilisation policy’ should be seen for the oxymoron that it is. Keynesian policies don’t ‘stabilise’ the economy; they Keynesianise the economy. That is, a policy-driven economy mimics the unstable behaviour that Keynes thought to be characteristic of a market economy. So now the central bank has ratcheted the federal-funds rate down to 1.75%, with medium- and longer-term rates coming dow... more »

Ralph Zurmuhle, "Epitaph"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ralph Zurmuhle, "Epitaph" "Epitaph" solo piano composition by Ralph Zurmuhle coupled with wilderness spirit imagery by Cecil Whitt. Video produced by Sam Henegar of Still Waters Imagery And Media, Inc.

U.S. Army's Public Website Hacked By The Syrian Electronic Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WSJ: **Army Website Goes Offline as Pro-Assad Group Claims a Hack* *Twitter account in name of Syrian Electronic Army allegedly claimed responsibility* *WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army’s website was taken offline Monday afternoon, and a Twitter account claiming to be a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army alleged it had hacked the site.* *The Syrian Electronic Army is a network of hackers who back embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.* *Attempts Monday afternoon to load the Army’s website resulted in a “network error” message. The websites of each of the Pentagon’s ...more »

An Incredible True Story of Artificial Clouds and Weather Modification

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Film - *This short film gives a glimpse into weather modification and the effect it's having on our world. The post An Incredible True Story of Artificial Clouds and Weather Modification appeared first on Waking Times.

GOP Bonehead Scott Walker Bones Up On Foreign Policy-- Gets It All Wrong

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Republican hopefuls running around Iowa Sunday were using American foreign policy as a prop in their fierce intra-party battle for the presidential nomination-- just the way they are exploiting every other important issue, from immigration reform to equality under the law for minorities. It's all up for demagoguery in Iowa. Unindicted Jersey criminal Chris Christie is promising to make marijuana illegal again in Colorado and Washington if he's elected. Scott Walker told primitive Iowa GOP gatherings that he'd back a constitutional amendment preventing gays and lesbians from marryi... more »

BREAKING!: Judge Brady orders Albert Woodfox's Unconditional Release & Retrial Banned!! (Stay Tuned for Updates)

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 1 day ago
*MEDIA COVERAGE:* *CNN* *II* *Los Angeles Times* *II* *Times-Picayune* *II* NY Times / AP & *Toronto Star* *II* *Spiegel Online* *II* *BBC* *II* *Guardian UK* *II* *Amnesty International USA* *II* *Christian Science Monitor* *II* We are ecstatic to announce that late this afternoon Judge Brady granted the unicorn of habeas rulings--an "unconditional writ" ordering Albert's immediate release and barring a retrial. He argues that this extraordinary remedy is merited due to the following 5 factors: "Mr. Woodfox's age and poor health, his limited ability to present ... more »

Israel's Tech Capabilities Are Drawing Attention From The World Leading Tech Companies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Wall Street Journal*: *Israeli Army Builds a Desert Outpost—Tech Firms Follow* *EMC, Oracle, Lockheed and others open offices near future home of cybersecurity commandBE’ER SHEVA, Israel—A global tech hub is sprouting in the Israeli desert.Over the next decade, Israel’s army is moving a large portion of its offices—including those of many of its key technology commands—out of the greater Tel Aviv area and relocating them some 60 miles south, to this city in Israel’s rock-strewn Negev desert. Many of the world’s biggest tech companies are fo... more »

Macro Econ Update

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
My sister's accounting and auditing firm, Alas Oplas and Co., CPAs (AOC) has produced a new monthly publication, the Business and Economic Update. Issue no. 1 for this month was released last week. I helped in producing that paper. In the coming months, the publication will tackle sectoral issues like energy, trade and investment, healthcare, agriculture, public finance, and so on. AOC has many local clients, and some multinationals, doing business in different sectors of the PH economy. The firm is also affiliated with BKR International, a global network of accounting and auditin... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Colorful NGC 1579 resembles the better known Trifid Nebula, but lies much farther north in planet Earth's sky, in the heroic constellation Perseus. About 2,100 light-years away and 3 light-years across, NGC 1579 is, like the Trifid, a study in contrasting blue and red colors, with dark dust lanes prominent in the nebula's central regions. *Click image for larger size.* In both, dust reflects starlight to produce beautiful blue reflection nebulae. But unlike the Trifid, in NGC 1579 the reddish glow is not emission from clouds of glowing hydrogen gas excited by ultraviolet light from... more »

Chet Raymo, “Yet”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Yet”* by Chet Raymo “I mentioned here several times recently Ursula Goodenough's “The Sacred Depths of Nature.” I just noticed a line in the book that I underlined when I first read it a dozen years ago: "It's all very complicated." It's in the chapter on Sexuality, and we all know that sex is complicated. However, the same sentence might have been in any other chapter of the book - Origins of Life, say, or Awareness, or Emotions and Meaning, or Multicellularity and Death. It's all very complicated, and the more we learn about it all, the more complicated it gets. And anyone who ... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?"* "Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches of other lives- tried to imagine what the crisp fringes, full of honey, hanging from the branches of the young locust trees, in early morning, feel like? Do you think this world was only an entertainment for you? Never to enter the sea and notice how the water divides with perfect courtesy, to let you in! Never to lie down on the grass, as though you were the grass! Never to leap to the air as you open your wings over the dark acorn of your heart! No wonder we hear, in... more »

"I Rescued A Human Today”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "I Rescued A Human Today”* by Rescue Me Dog "Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about m...more »

"The Best Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I *love* living. I have some problems with my *life*, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far. - Neil Simon, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, 1970

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Waynesville, North Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"A Conspiracy Fact"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"A Conspiracy Fact"* by Tina Dupuy "I’ve been assured my in-laws don’t read my column. However, because of their mix of shame, guilt and blame, I’ll be vague on some details. They’ve fallen on hard times. No one wants to talk about it, let alone have it written about and syndicated. But I think their story is illustrative. My in-laws live in a generic suburb of modest mid-century tract homes in the middle of strip mall sprawl. They have a well-attended lawn; two mid-range cars in the driveway, a loyal lab mix sleeping on the porch. They both worked in middle management in not-impo... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived.” - Bertrand Russell

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