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Friday, July 10, 2015

10 July - Blogs I'm Following

10:30pm MDST

Political Twitter Fun

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Did you know there's such a thing as TwitterAudit? I didn't either. You enter "any Twitter screen name," and it estimates "How many of your Twitter followers are real?" I just found out that none of the Democratic presidential candidates follow @potus on Twitter, and that TwitterAudit {"not affiliated with Twitter in any way") considers 57% of Chris Christie's Twitter followers fake, which makes plenty of sense to me. There's also a Twitter Primary, from Spokeo, and Trump is routing all other GOP contenders. Everybody loves a good train wreck. If the primary was held on twitter, ... more »

A Noble Man - R.I.P.

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Omar Sharif (born Michel Demitri Chalhoub 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award and won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award. Sharif's first English-language film was in the role of Sharif Ali in David Lean's historical epic Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. This performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, as well as a shared Golden Globe Award for Ne... more »

BWorld 10, Greece crisis, pension and rule of law

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in BusinessWorld Weekender. *Greece’s debt crisis and lessons for thePhilippines* AFTER piling more than 300 billion euros of public debt, Greece could not pay some of the maturing obligations. It defaulted paying $1.6 billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week. How did Greece and its people dig this deep hole of debt? By living beyond their means, by overspending each year without exception, for decades. It also did not follow many of the conditions of its lenders, especially on spending cuts and revenue increases, a.k.a. “austerity... more »

Higher Education For Your Ass

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
I think I've mentioned before that I am of the opinion that modern western universities bear a certain portion of responsibility for the mess the world finds itself in. Highly educated chemists work for Monsanto and are actively involved in developing products that are rapidly decimating the pollinators of the planet. Highly educated geo scientists are busily seeing to the destruction of

“The Dark Side of Goal-Setting”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours 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 »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“The spiky stars in the foreground of this sharp cosmic portrait are well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years. Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the pair engage in close encounters. Cataloged as Arp 273 (also as UGC 1810), the galaxies do look peculiar, but interacting galaxies are now understood to be common in the universe. In fact, the nearby large spiral Andromeda Galaxy is known to be some 2 million light-years away and approaching the Milky Way. *Cli... more »

Tsipras "Serfs" the Greek People?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*This sure doesn't read as a positive considering the referendum. The election. * *The election promises. The tough talk. The heartfelt talk. Etc., * *12:35 a.m.* In a speech with a strongly personal tone, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he negotiated as hard as he could and admits his government had made mistakes during his barely six-month tenure as he fought to win bailout funds for his debt-ridden country. Speaking in a late-night parliament session, Tsipras described the last few months as a war in which difficult battles were fought and some were lost. "Now I have the feeli... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours 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 "Thoughts become thing, choose the good ones." - http://www.tut.com

"The Purpose Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy." I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” - Leo C. Rosten

Paulo Coelho, “The Cycle of Nature”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Cycle of Nature”* by Paulo Coelho “In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat: there is only movement. The winter struggles to reign supreme, but, in the end, is obliged to accept spring’s victory, which brings with it flowers and happiness. The summer would like to make its warm days last for ever, because it believes that warmth is good for the earth, but, finally, it has to accept the arrival of autumn, which will allow the earth to rest. The gazelle eats the grass and is devoured by the lion. It isn’t a matter of who is the strongest, but God’s way... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China. Thanks for stopping by.

The Wild, Weird and Creepy Story of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 5 hours ago
Science confirms the physical benefits of yoga, but the mental risks are considerable. The waistline contracts, but the critical sensibility may wither. The blood pressure falls, but the Downward Dog may lead to prostration before gurus. I should know. Ten... The post The Wild, Weird and Creepy Story of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West appeared first on The Stream.

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Friday budget meeting with sheriff offers preview of next week’s citizen meetings ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens*

Criticism Spreading Re Corporate Teachers' Unions

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
With charts and graphs, novelist Sarah Darer Littman makes some astute observations and asks some good questions about Randi's role in the corporatization of schools. Here is a clip: I’ve been commenting privately for years that the unions don’t need the Koch Brothers to destroy them — they are doing a good job of that themselves by working against the interests of their own rank-and-file membership. I speak in particular of AFT President Randi Weingarten, who reportedly pulled in an AFT income of over half a million dollars in 2014, while the average teacher salary in the United S... more »

Chet Raymo, “Then To The Elements Be Free”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Then To The Elements Be Free”* by Chet Raymo “Be cheerful, Sir. Our revels are now ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on: and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.” “Surely one of the most beautiful passages in all of dramatic literature... more »

"Some Of Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

“Divergent Directions: Coping with People You Dislike”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Divergent Directions: Coping with People You Dislike”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “When we are forced to deal with people we dislike, a great learning opportunity is being put forth to us. As much as most of us wish we could exist in harmony with the people we encounter throughout our lives, there will always be individuals we dislike. Some simply rub us the wrong way while others strike us as deliberately unaware. We may judge others as too mean or abrasive for us to interact with them comfortably. Yet no person should be deemed a villain because their beliefs, opinions, mann... more »

Five Things All Atheists Should Know About Religion

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
As an atheist who engages in secular activism and is active within the atheist community. I’m also doing doctoral work in the cognitive science of religion, and I’m sad to see so many atheists who have misguided and ignorant views... The post Five Things All Atheists Should Know About Religion appeared first on The Stream.

Hillsong’s Brian Houston on His Father’s Child Abuse: ‘A Nightmare that Would Change My Life’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Hillsong’s Brian Houston has detailed his own slide toward depression after discovering that his father had sexually abused underage children. In an edited extract from his new book Live Love Lead, Houston describes first learning of his father’s crimes in 1999.... The post Hillsong’s Brian Houston on His Father’s Child Abuse: ‘A Nightmare that Would Change My Life’ appeared first on The Stream.

Half of All Americans Believe Discrimination Against Christians is a Serious Problem in the U.S.

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Nearly 50 percent of Americans believe discrimination against Christians in the U.S. has become as big of a problem as discrimination against other ethnic and religious groups, according to a new survey published by the Public Religion Research Institute. Forty-nine... The post Half of All Americans Believe Discrimination Against Christians is a Serious Problem in the U.S. appeared first on The Stream.

GOP White House Hopefuls Share Their Pro-Life Views

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 6 hours ago
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to distinguish themselves in front of an important group of social conservative activists, Republican White House hopefuls on Friday used the National Right to Life Convention to share personal stories and detail the abortion restrictions... The post GOP White House Hopefuls Share Their Pro-Life Views appeared first on The Stream.

From NJ to Maine, Big Rat Bastard Gummers of a feather flock together: Part 1, "The Idiot Thug Running Maine"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Oh no, there are two of them!* *Notice how even if you overlap Big Rat Bastard Gummers LePage and LeKrispy by about two-thirds, you still can't fit them in a single frame! Similarly, we're not going to be able to squeeze their current high jinks into a single post.* *"Paul LePage has become a terrible embarrassment to the state I live in and love."* *-- Maine's most famous citizen, novelist Stephen King* *by Ken* As the *Bangor Daily News*'s Mario Moretto reported last week from Becky's Diner in Portland, "On a rain-slickened patio above a bustling diner, Maine Gov. Paul LePage o... more »

Larry Elder- Lawn Jockey to Irv Rubin and the Terrorist Jewish Defense League (JDL)

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*"When I began working with best- selling author and KABC talk show host Larry Elder in 2012, he would repeatedly tell me that the reason for our partnership was not my writing skills, which he admired, nor my filmmaking/editing abilities, which he always put to good use, but rather my good nature. “You always seem to be happy and loving life,” he would tell me. * *Larry is a lawyer as well as a brilliant political thinker. He has a mind like a steel trap. So it was a feather in my cap that I fooled the shit out of him with that whole “happy and loving life” thing.* ******* *Dur... more »

July 10: 198.7 billion dollars....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
..the amonnt Mr. Irving donates to charities? No. Average collection for the whole congregation on a Sunday at the Irving Chapel with special music and coffee? No. 198.7 billion dollars is what the Canadian wealthy had in offshore bank accounts to avoid taxes in. 2014. (And that doesn't include many billions in other tax dodges.) 2015 should take it well over 200 billion since the number has been going up each year. Professor Saillant, I'm sure, will want to add this to his highly respected book on New Brunswick's deficit. And perhaps Professor Savoie will raise this in his next ... more »

ANALYSIS: The Decline of US Power?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Standing on the Washington Mall at the turn of the new millennium, it was impossible not to be struck by America’s power and global pre-eminence. Victory in the Cold War made it the hegemon in a unipolar world. Few argued... The post ANALYSIS: The Decline of US Power? appeared first on The Stream.

In Bolivia, Pope Spins a Dark Theory of Modernity, Progress, Capitalism

John Zmirak at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Even by the standards of this pontiff, Pope Francis’s speech yesterday in Bolivia to a crowd that included the country’s president wearing a jacket emblazoned with the face of a mass-murderer (Che Guevara, in case you needed to ask: we... The post In Bolivia, Pope Spins a Dark Theory of Modernity, Progress, Capitalism appeared first on The Stream.

Pecs appeal

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Yanis, with Mark Mardell (in a blond wig) riding behind I had a bad night's sleep last night. Far too much time spent monitoring the BBC for bias made me dream about Radio 4's *Front Row. *I imagined them reporting a new *Mills and Boons* line of novels for gay men. And this is what I imagined (and, yes, please brace yourselves for some gay erotica).... A few hours after his surprise resignation, I chanced upon Yanis sitting in a cafe surrounded by friends. Naturally I wanted a word. During this brief and trivial conversation, I was entranced not only by his warm smile and eng... more »

Sexism in Political Science, part II: The Very Least One Can Do

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
Last night, I posted this about sexism in political science. It has gotten a pretty strong response getting 10x as many hits (so far) as my usual post, lots of retweets by female political scientists, and some sharing on facebook. The sharing on facebook came with props as my female political science friends were happy […]

Freedom Fades when We Forget What It is and Let Ideology Co-opt It

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 7 hours ago
As a nation last week, we celebrated the Declaration of Independence, which announced our freedom from Great Britain. But what is freedom, anyway? Our debates aren’t worth a dime without knowing what we’re seeking to protect and nourish in our... The post Freedom Fades when We Forget What It is and Let Ideology Co-opt It appeared first on The Stream.

Agency’s Request for 52,000 Rounds of Ammo for Hoover Dam Prompts Inquiry

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
In a move that’s prompting questions about the stockpiling of weapons by the federal government’s nonmilitary agencies, the Bureau of Reclamation wants to buy 52,000 rounds of ammunition for use in law enforcement at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. After... The post Agency’s Request for 52,000 Rounds of Ammo for Hoover Dam Prompts Inquiry appeared first on The Stream.

John Humphrys: "Now if that is not the definition of a terrorist, I’m damned if I know what is"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
One of the great things about the blogosphere is the spirit of sharing it so often engenders... ...(and thinking about that spirit makes me want to put some flowers in my hair and listen to Neil Young and Creedence Clearwater Revival)... ..so - in that spirit - I'm going to share something that True Too posted today at *Biased BBC*: namely a video featuring John Humphrys [at a highly entertaining Intelligence Square debate about the importance (or otherwise) of English grammar], and his [True Too's] excellent transcriptions - which are [and I've checked!] accurate: First, here's ... more »

Joey, of Country Duo Joey + Rory, Undergoes Cancer Surgery

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 8 hours ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joey Feek, of the husband-and-wife country duo Joey + Rory, is recovering after surgery to treat a reoccurrence of cervical cancer. Band manager Aaron Carnahan said Friday that the singer underwent surgery on Thursday at the Cancer... The post Joey, of Country Duo Joey + Rory, Undergoes Cancer Surgery appeared first on The Stream.

HarperCollins Refutes NYT Claim That Ted Cruz Tried To Game Bestseller List

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Publishing giant HarperCollins is publicly pushing back against the New York Times’ claim that Ted Cruz’s new book, A Time For Truth, was disqualified from its bestseller list because sales were limited to “strategic bulk purchases.” In a statement provided... The post HarperCollins Refutes NYT Claim That Ted Cruz Tried To Game Bestseller List appeared first on The Stream.

Oregon Agency Inadvertently Admits Rules Used to Fine Bakers Unneeded, Mostly Unused

John Zmirak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) wants to make it clear to everybody that when it ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake, that this money... The post Oregon Agency Inadvertently Admits Rules Used to Fine Bakers Unneeded, Mostly Unused appeared first on The Stream.

Progress: Dozens of Pro-Life Bills Passed in States in 2015

John Zmirak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For the fifth year in a row, pro-life laws are continuing to be signed in large numbers at the state level. According to a new report by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 51 pro-life... The post Progress: Dozens of Pro-Life Bills Passed in States in 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Niki Ashton vs. harpercon fuckheads on Greece

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 8 hours ago
Niki Ashton is one of the NDP MP's who I like. Recently she was on Twitter cheering the Greek people's rejection of the austerity conditions attached to the latest bail-out package (a bail-out for Greece's creditors really, not for Greece). She wrote: "NO to austerity! YES to democracy!" It's long been a problem for me that since I don't watch mainstream news at all and read very little of mainstream print news, I have no way of understanding the world-views of the ignorant deluded fools who imagine that the neo-liberal, 1%, bankster financial crisis is the fault of the last vest... more »

FBI ‘Error’ Allowed Dylann Roof to Buy Gun Used in Charleston Massacre

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
The FBI said Friday that the man accused of killing nine African American parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston should not have been able to purchase a gun. Officials said a background check failure allowed Dylann Roof to... The post FBI ‘Error’ Allowed Dylann Roof to Buy Gun Used in Charleston Massacre appeared first on The Stream.

Obama’s Nominee to Head Medicare, Medicaid Agency Faces Questions of Cronyism

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
An Obama administration official who faces questions surrounding potential conflicts of interest due to his work in the medical services field has been nominated to serve as head of the agency tasked with overseeing Obamacare. The White House announced yesterday... The post Obama’s Nominee to Head Medicare, Medicaid Agency Faces Questions of Cronyism appeared first on The Stream.

An Apology

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Confession time... We had an overnight comment a couple of days ago from someone disagreeing with our take on Lyse Doucet's *Children of the Gaza War* documentary. He argued - from what I saw of his comment - that the programme had a pro-Israel bias, saying (among other things) that the BBC shows Israeli women as 'people like us' whilst showing Gazan women as 'the other', dressed up to the eyeballs in hijabs. Waking up early yesterday morning (and I do mean 'early'), I blearily switched on my tablet (rather than the laptop I prefer to blog on) and checked out the 'Dashboard' her... more »

*Donald Trump for president*

LeDaro at LeDaro - 9 hours ago
*NBC News' Katy Tur took on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in a 1-on-1 interview Wednesday - and things got little bit heated.* He is a crazy man. Can you imagine him being the president of the United States? Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Who Dares Stand Up to Uncle $ham?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Headline News:* Washington claims Russia is biggest threat to U.S.!! How dare the bear care about what is happening along its border! Uncle *$*am over dosing again on steroids and exceptionalism is swinging his nuclear club wildly throughout eastern Europe showing Moscow who is boss The 'boss' is a sick dude megalomaniac with the world's biggest military to go along with his supersized balls The boss man rooted deeply in genocide slavery fascism imperialism is one dangerous corporate cat If you watch boss *$*am closely you see his method of operation he blames the other for what... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #13 Questions and Answers

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
As received by Denise 10 July 2015 *Cleared my space. Only pure, absolute, unconditional love and truth are welcome here.* *Yes we perceive many, many questions. This is good and we shall address them one at a time.* *AK Question submitted via Denise:* *Can two aspects of the same Eternal Essence (the unique energetic signature of a single multidimensional being) exist in the same energetic realm…just wondering if there is some quantum principle that requires two beings to be in separate realms… * *The question of one aspect of eternal essence existing in two realms at once is... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Do I really need to comment? Look around...

Feds Spent $2 Million to Have Wives Nag Men about Chewing Tobacco

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
Since 2012 the government has spent nearly $2 million on a campaign to get women to nag the men in their lives to quit using smokeless tobacco. The National Institutes of Health has sponsored a continuing grant for the Oregon... The post Feds Spent $2 Million to Have Wives Nag Men about Chewing Tobacco appeared first on The Stream.

The Immigration Secessionists: How Sanctuary Cities Defy Federal Immigration Law

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 9 hours ago
It turns out that everything we’ve heard about the evils of states and localities defying federal law is wrong. So long as a jurisdiction is sticking its thumb in the eye of the federal government on behalf of illegal immigrants... The post The Immigration Secessionists: How Sanctuary Cities Defy Federal Immigration Law appeared first on The Stream.

Chris Bryant calls Rona Fairhead a "lame duck"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
If you care.... According to the *Guadrian*, Labour's shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has called for the head of the Head of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead. He says she's a "lame duck". “The BBC Trust, and in particular the chairperson, needs to be robust and able to tell the government home truths. The BBC are the embodiment of the independence of the BBC … And I am mystified that nobody has chosen to resign.” Oh dear, another politician bossing the 'independent' BBC around! Please excuse me while I go and stock up on the popcorn... more »

Choosing an angle

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Talking a few screengrabs from the home pages of the BBC, Sky and ITV News websites tonight shows the same story leading each broadcaster's online news coverage. It also shows, however, some differences in focus, with ITV and Sky taking somewhat different tacks to the BBC. ITV's coverage is straightforward. Its main story is: *Brits begin flying home from Tunisia after terror alert* British holidaymakers are returning home from Tunisia today after the Foreign Office warned a further terrorist attack 'highly likely' And its accompanying stories are: * Ireland government advises a... more »

Do not cut my cock off

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
YOU and me doing the greatest thing ever and in that dream we are all chiese hippy that crossed the strait because the man we loved said emphatically I do not want my cock cut off

the importance of SITRAP

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Talking all kinds of nonsee is a luxury in a evereney and toay on my s s cren I see every emegiancis and its trendig many nodes are\ down and what seems to be a black cloud has desinded over the subjec area we got lots of things we can do before we call in sTEPHEN king

Jonathan Dimbleby commits "a serious breach of the Editorial Guidelines on Impartiality"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
You may or not have spotted this (as I believe only the *Guardian *and the *Daily Mail *have covered the story), but the BBC Trust has issued a rare damning verdict on a high-profile BBC presenter - namely Jonathan Dimbleby: *Trail for Any Questions? In Today, Radio 4, 29 May 2015* *Summary of finding * The Committee considered the serious editorial breach which occurred during a trail for the programme* Any Questions?* on Radio 4’s Today programme. In the trail, the* Any **Questions? presenter Jonathan Dimbleby included information on the charity he had *helped to establish in me... more »

"Expect the climate change deniers to get fired up"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
It's going to be cold(ish) in parts of #Australia this weekend. Expect the climate change deniers to get fired up. pic.twitter.com/oDfHNzWL1D — Jon Donnison (@jondonnisonbbc) July 10, 2015

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
My new computer system has been hacked. It figures .... I made the fatal error of answering emails and visiting forums before I installed my security programs and firewalls. I am not a happy person. I will now have to clear my hard drive again and .... well you get the picture. This is going to take a while. I will update my progress every few hours. *Update July 10, 2015 18:45 EST*: I have made the decision that I will need to restore my computer to it's factory settings. I am backing-up everything that I have, but it will mean that I will be offline till Sunday. I still have my ... more »

For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages.... The post For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy appeared first on The Stream.

Where U.S. Army Soldiers are Losing their Jobs

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The Army announced post-by-post numbers of soldiers it expects to cut at about 30 installations. Some posts will lose thousands of soldiers. The post Where U.S. Army Soldiers are Losing their Jobs appeared first on The Stream.

Piketty: "Germany Has Never Repaid Its Debts; It Has No Standing To Lecture Other Nations"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Thomas Piketty, author of *Capital in the Twenty-First Century* (source)* *by Gaius Publius* This is yet another piece about Greece, much shorter, but long on irony served cold. Thomas Piketty is the author of the ground-breaking study of wealth inequality that came out last year, *Capital in the Twenty-First Century*. He's also French, and François Hollande, who ran as a critic of austerity, has been off and on in agreement with Merkel's hard stance against Greece, as the interview reveals. (For what it's worth, French banks are involved along with German ones as investors the EU... more »

THEY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Maddow’s take on the giant trade bill!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015Part 5—Nancy Pelosi’s the best:* Is Paul Krugman actually right about that proposed “trade thing?” Over the past eighteen months, Krugman has said that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership just isn’t that big a deal. He has said that both sides are overstating the likely effects of the proposed deal. He has said it *won’t* kill a boatload of jobs, the way progressives have been saying. But he also says that the TPP wouldn’t be especially good for the country or the world. Is Krugman right about the TPP? Like you, we have no idea. Like you, we watch The Ra... more »

Synchronicity and the Secret of the Co-creator

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Robert Torres* - If you believe synchronicity is simply coincidence, then read on. The post Synchronicity and the Secret of the Co-creator appeared first on Waking Times.

You Are Doing It Wrong

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (also a former colleague) has compared Greece’s situation to “fiscal waterboarding” at the hands of its creditors. Thomas Piketty has accused Germany of forgetting its own post-World War II experience with debt relief. When I read some of the appeals to Germany and the European Union on Greece’s debt situation, […]

World Gone Crazy today

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Its a crazy quilt stupid Thank God in his/ her LGBT innovate wisdom for getting us through this week with less than a million casualties of the great life Every week many million people die no one tracks this and you know why I generally agree dead people have little left to contribute so why use bandwidth on them I just want to take the time I have provided if your still reading this to pay tribute to some fallen soldiers who battled life and won. Louis Tannebaum died and I rocked with his cassette player and many more div ices entrepreneurs are our fuel and we need them always in... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Indian 'Deadly' Detail at Onondaga'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
INDIAN “DEADLY” DETAIL AT ONONDAGA Posted on July 10, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 10 July 2015. A meeting of those of us clients dropped by the lawyers, the lawyers for the other ongwe’hon:weh, the NYS Attorney General’s office, met at G. Nugent’s office [not the INDIAN hater Ted] in Syracuse. It was about the NYS Attack in Onondaga in 1997. [See video] A

Angel whispers, wrinkled eyes...

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
There is something about us humans. Regardless of circumstance, we have this one “instant happiness” button. It is eye contact. It is each other. It is an eye wrinkling smile. It is a heartfelt grin. Happiness comes from connection In considering why we are here, not just now, but every now, it occurs to me that it may be in the re-discovery of that rush – over and over, moment after moment. It is available to everyone and can be offered or received without payment or expectation. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” is true in so many ways. I crave you, without even being co... more »

N.Y. Times Keeps Cruz Off Bestseller List

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The New York Times informed HarperCollins this week that it will not include Ted Cruz’s new biography on its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two... The post N.Y. Times Keeps Cruz Off Bestseller List appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Honored With NYC Ticker-Tape Parade

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Confetti is blanketing Manhattan’s “Canyon of Heroes” as the U.S. women’s soccer team — fresh off their World Cup triumph — is feted by thousands of fans Friday morning. Members of the women’s team waved from floats to the throngs... The post U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Honored With NYC Ticker-Tape Parade appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Personnel Chief Resigns over Data Hack

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government’s personnel office resigned abruptly on Friday, bowing to pressure for her to step down following a massive government data breach on her watch. Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of... The post U.S. Personnel Chief Resigns over Data Hack appeared first on The Stream.

Why I Rejoiced When the Flag Came Down!

Harry Jackson at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The South Carolina decision to remove the Confederate flag from the State House was an important and timely decision. It was right to do in memory of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and his denomination’s struggle against racism. It was right to... The post Why I Rejoiced When the Flag Came Down! appeared first on The Stream.

What was the weather forecast, I'll have to watch the video again - A Friday Night Rule 5 Post - NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Apparently Mexican weather lady Yanet Garcia is an internet phenomenon, I have no idea why!

Transcendental Meditation Enables the Mind to Express these Important Qualities

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Video - *The regular experience of Transcendental Consciousness, gained during the practice of the transcendental meditation technique, provides nourishment for all aspects of life—for our mind, body and spirit. The post Transcendental Meditation Enables the Mind to Express these Important Qualities appeared first on Waking Times.

The Economy: “Don’t Feed the Zombies…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Don’t Feed the Zombies…”* by Bill Bonner LONDON – “Want to know what happened yesterday? Read the newspapers! There are three big news stories today… *No. 1:* The Greeks are making a “last ditch” effort to get more money from their creditors. After countless delays, it looks as though the spark and the fuse will come together this weekend. Things could get hot. Your intrepid reporter loves a financial blow-up. So he’ll make his way to Athens tomorrow to see it for himself. *No. 2:* We’ll let the Financial Times tell it – “Rebound in China equities spurs rally in U.S. and acros... more »

How to Respond to the Rising Tide of Anti-Christian Hatred

Michael Brown at The Stream - 11 hours ago
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage, which effectively codifies Bible believers as bigots, the attack on core Christian values has reached fever pitch. This is no surprise. I and many others have been warning that this... The post How to Respond to the Rising Tide of Anti-Christian Hatred appeared first on The Stream.

“The Benedict Option Means Precisely What I Choose It to Mean at Any Given Moment”

John Zmirak at The Stream - 11 hours ago
I wrote last week on the “Benedict Option,” a nebulous cultural strategy which its popularizer, Rod Dreher, describes as an “inchoate phenomenon in which Christians adopt a more consciously countercultural stance towards our post-Christian mainstream culture.” It’s named after St.... The post “The Benedict Option Means Precisely What I Choose It to Mean at Any Given Moment” appeared first on The Stream.

Whites expected to applaud their own demographic displacement

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 11 hours ago
*"Hurray, hurray! Finally!"* the anti-White, anti-American, Jewish-instigated Marxists and their supporters shouted following *the official announcement*: "Latinos" (or, as the always insightful and powerful author of *Modern Heretic* puts it, "la-teen-ohs") have officially displaced White Americans in California. The *LA Times* reports: The demographers agreed: At some point in 2014, Latinos would pass whites as the largest ethnic group in California. Determining when exactly that milestone would occur was more of a tricky question. Counting people isn't like counting movie ticket... more »

Reclaiming the Rule of Law after Obergefell

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Justice Kennedy’s reasoning in Obergefell is fully encapsulated by his first line: Americans have a constitutional right “to define and express their identity.” Of course, this right is contingent on their defining only those things to which the Supreme Court... The post Reclaiming the Rule of Law after Obergefell appeared first on The Stream.

Indigo Skyfold Pilot Reveals the Truth Behind Chemtrails

WTStaff at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Video - *A former USAF pilot gives a bare-all account of his experience when he was still flying Aerosol Tankers as part of the secret Indigo Skyfold Program. The post Indigo Skyfold Pilot Reveals the Truth Behind Chemtrails appeared first on Waking Times.

Iran Deal Uncertainty

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
The U.S. and Iran appear to be on the cusp of a historic deal which could end decades of animosities and ensure a nuclear weapons-free Iran. But with political forces mobilizing on Capitol Hill to torpedo the deal, and both sides pushing for last-minute concessions, the likelihood of a breakthrough remains unclear. Does President Obama have enough political capital to ensure the sustainability of an eventual deal, and what are the broader geopolitical implications of the agreement? Oksana is joined by Trita Parsi, the President of the National American Iranian Council, to analyse ... more »

Deception online: Media in Indian country and corporate criminals

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
The theft of Native American land and water rights is accelerating. The failure of the media in Indian country to be present is accelerating the theft by Congress and corporate criminals. By Brenda Norrell Censored News The failure of the media in Indian country to be present and cover the news is accelerating the theft of land and water rights in Indian country. While stay-at-home

ANALYSIS: On Socialist Death Spirals

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Here in the world of capitalism, we are accustomed to the idea that the economy grows every year. Sometimes the growth is 4 percent in a year, and sometimes it’s only 1 or 2 percent, but it is rare to... The post ANALYSIS: On Socialist Death Spirals appeared first on The Stream.

Boko Haram Offers to Free 200-Plus Chibok Schoolgirls in Exchange for Militant Leaders

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
The Nigerian terrorist outfit Boko Haram has offered the release over 200 kidnapped schoolgirls who were abducted from a boarding school over a 14 months ago in exchange for the release of multiple Boko Haram militant leaders who are being... The post Boko Haram Offers to Free 200-Plus Chibok Schoolgirls in Exchange for Militant Leaders appeared first on The Stream.

American Samoa Hesitates on Same-Sex Marriage

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage. As the Pacific island’s attorney general reviews the decision, legal observers and gay rights... The post American Samoa Hesitates on Same-Sex Marriage appeared first on The Stream.

World News Briefs -- July 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*VOA*: *Iran Nuclear Talks Will Continue Into Saturday * VIENNA — Foreign ministers from Iran and major world powers will reconvene in Vienna Saturday for talks on Tehran's nuclear program after blowing past yet another deadline to reach a comprehensive deal. "We are making progress, it's painfully slow," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said before leaving Vienna Friday. Echoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's assessment of the talks, Hammond added, "There are still some issues that have to be resolved." *MIDDLE EAST* Iraq's Shi'ite militias target *Falluja in Anbar... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*U.S. Department of Defense:* *Dunford Faces Senators Considering His Nomination as Chairman* WASHINGTON, July 9, 2015 – Russia, China, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, North Korea are just a few of the situations that the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have to deal with, and the president’s choice -– Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. -– discussed these and more during his confirmation hearing today. Dunford, currently the commandant of the Marine Corps, spent almost three hours before the Senate Armed Services Committee. If confirmed by the Senate, Dunford would succee... more »

Fukushima Update: Pink Skies and Heavy Emissions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
The pink sky is from yesterday, taken from the Futaba cam: Heavy emissions visible now on both TEPCO cams. It is not raining. TEPCO cam 4 looks particularly bad:

Links/Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
*Wall Street Powers Higher on Greece Hopes*: because The Market is a sadist. *Greek crisis worse than the Great Depression*: Plutocrats of the World, unite! *Tsipras Just Destroyed Greece*: It seems that the popular referendum against neoliberalism was just a head fake, and that the Syriza leader never really expected hoi polloi to reject austerity. Perhaps the lefties over at the World Socialist Website were right about Tsipras being an Obama clone all along. I hear tell that the Masters of the Universe might even give him a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes, using the l... more »

Defeat of Federal School Vouchers Sets Up CorpEd Pols to Approve Massive Charter Package

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
During the legislative process that produced NCLB in 2001, school vouchers were voted down in both houses more than once. This hollow victory for public ed advocates gave Dems the political cover they needed to vote for NCLB, which was an underhanded declaration of war on public education in America. Now the same process is underway in Washington, as Alexander's phony plan for federal school vouchers has been handed a defeat, as planned. No doubt the Dems will beat their chests and then sign on to Act II of the ESEA public school privatization plan, which will give free rein and ... more »

Friday Beaver - Please stand by

Demeur at Demeur - 13 hours ago
The beaver is off today while he fixes a few computer problems. He may be back next week with a few surprises. In the mean time it looks like Greece caved and more austerity is on the way. We shall see. Haven't researched the full agreement. Bank fails later

The 6 Biggest Threats to the Amazon Rainforest

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Michael Whitehouse* - The Amazon rainforest is facing utter destruction. The post The 6 Biggest Threats to the Amazon Rainforest appeared first on Waking Times.

Will He Prorogue The Election?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
Things are not going as planned. The two big timbers in Stephen Harper's election platform -- the economy and national security -- are rotten. The economy is nothing to crow about. Michael Harris writes: Joe Oliver appears to have stayed out in the sun too long. It is not a recession, Oliver said, but an opportunity for the government’s Economic Action Plan, the undead of Harper policy, to come to the rescue. The Flat Earth Society are rationalists from the Enlightenment compared to the voodoo coming out of Ottawa these days on the economy. The masters of the economic universe s... more »

London Marks Battle of Britain’s 75th Anniversary

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
Aircraft, including Hurricanes and Spitfires, have flown over Buckingham Palace to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The planes belong to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. A specially... The post London Marks Battle of Britain’s 75th Anniversary appeared first on The Stream.

Professor at DSU Suggests Changes, Says Name ‘Dixie’ Has Ties to Confederacy

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
ST. GEORGE, Utah – State officials across the country are removing confederate symbols from public places, and now a Dixie State University professor says there should be changes in Utah. Dannelle Larsen-Rife believes Dixie State University should officially cut ties... The post Professor at DSU Suggests Changes, Says Name ‘Dixie’ Has Ties to Confederacy appeared first on The Stream.

Actor Omar Sharif Dies at 83

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
CAIRO (AP) — Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor with the dark, soulful eyes who soared to international stardom in movie epics, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, died Friday. He was 83. Sharif died of a heart attack in a... The post Actor Omar Sharif Dies at 83 appeared first on The Stream.

Iraqi Troops, Militias Repel Islamic State Attack on Town in Anbar

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 13 hours ago
BAGHDAD (AP) — Government forces and Shiite militiamen repelled an Islamic State group attack Friday that left 10 soldiers dead in western Iraq’s Anbar province, officials said. The militants attacked the government-held town of Khalidiyah with mortars and five suicide... The post Iraqi Troops, Militias Repel Islamic State Attack on Town in Anbar appeared first on The Stream.

New Poll: Donald Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
The Republican horserace continues to be a contest of multiple candidates – with frontrunners sometimes ahead by only a few points, and no one dominating the race. In this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll, businessman Donald Trump leads among Republicans, ahead of... The post New Poll: Donald Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field appeared first on The Stream.

The prognosis here for the Greeks is not so nice as PCR supposed. If they are to escape the worst (which is now looking unlikely), then they must adopt some of Ellen Brown's options. Though Americans don't know it, the same must be done in the US, because when the big-name banks collapse, as they must, they will "bail in", i.e., dip into your savings accounts.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ “Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power”: The Challenge and Promise of Greece Posted on July 9, 2015 by Ellen Brown Original here *Banks create money when they make loans. Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and its economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees to its ailing businesses. Greece could provide an inspiring model of sustainable prosperity for the world. But it is being strangled by a hegemonic p... more »

Statistical Charts Of Security In Iraq One Year After Fall Of Mosul

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Recording violence in Iraq is never easy. That’s especially true now. There are certain provinces that don’t get much coverage in the press. The government is withholding most of its losses and only announcing victories because it is in propaganda mode with the war against the Islamic State. That means the casualty counts presented here are probably only a fraction of what’s actually happened. The attack numbers might be a bit more accurate, but still missing a lot. That being said these are charts on violence recorded by Musings On Iraq since the fall of Mosul in June 2014. *V... more »

The case for (some) walls

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
The BBC and the Times make a good case for WALLS. *Tunisia has announced plans to build a wall along its border with Libya to counter the threat from jihadist militants.*It would stretch 160km (100 miles) inland from the coast, and be completed by the end of 2015, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told state TV.The gunman who killed 38 people in an attack on a beach resort is believed to have received training in Libya.Tunisia declared a state of emergency following the attack last month.The Tunisian army would build the wall, which would have surveillance centres at certain po... more »

Put your feelings aside

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
We get caught up in semantics, such as 'what should we call Islamic State if we don’t want to look as if we’re legitimising the aspirations of a bunch of savages or allowing them to be perceived as representatives of Islam for fear of alienating The Muslims?' One argument posits that there can be no confusion about what is meant by ‘Islamic State’, since that is what the movement calls itself. The suggested alternatives don’t resolve those issues because they retain the offending words ‘Islamic’ and ‘State’ save the one that is an acronym for 'Islamic State' in Arabic. I couldn’t giv... more »

First Chapter of New Harper Lee Novel Now Available Online

Anika Smith at The Stream - 14 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) — We know this much so far about Harper Lee’s new book: Atticus Finch is 72 and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis; Scout is a grown woman who has a suitor most anxious to marry her. And Scout’s older... The post First Chapter of New Harper Lee Novel Now Available Online appeared first on The Stream.

Hamas violations of laws

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
'... Hamas has been guilty of far more violations of the laws of war and humanitarian law, - 18 other violations by my count. Using medical facilities and ambulances for military purposes. Booby trapping civilian areas. Fighting while not in uniform. Using the local population as human shields. Recruiting and exploiting children. Stealing humanitarian aid. Using the uniform of the enemy. Threatening journalists. Mistreating the dead.' More here http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/hamas-commits-another-war-crime-but.html but not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC.

Monsanto Has Known Since 1981 That Glyphosate Promotes Cancer

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - A researcher discovered a cover up about Monsanto and toxic Roundup. The post Monsanto Has Known Since 1981 That Glyphosate Promotes Cancer appeared first on Waking Times.

Has Trump Branded His Own Arsenic Yet?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
I'm a casual guy, part of why I like living on the West Coast. I was never much of a slick dresser and avoided ties as much as possible. But when fate threw me into a TimeWarner presidential job, I wound up with offices in New York and London as well as L.A. and I had to represent our company in countries where suits and ties were important status symbols for executives. Over the years I tried to casualize the culture everywhere I could, but... I had to wear ties too. In Milan, where our Italian company was headquartered, I discovered Ermenegildo Zegna. Their ties were elegant an... more »

Segregated Housing and the Results That Follow

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
In an excellent piece at Alternet, Richard Rothstein turns his attention to conditions that made racial incidents in Ferguson and Baltimore entirely predictable. The history of U. S. housing for non-whites is one of labeling, containment, and exclusion, and all of it has been and continues to be inspired, funded, and embraced by federal and local governments. Today we see the same discriminatory model used in the institutionally-racist policies applied to education in the No Excuses charter hellholes that celebrate segregation, containment, close policing, and psychological steril... more »

Photos Apache Stronghold Caravan: Superior and Red Rocks to South Dakota!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Friday, July 10, 2015: Join the Apache Stronghold Caravan today on Rosebud in South Dakota! By Wendsler Nosie, July 9, 2015: "We were at the Crazy Horse Memorial, giving the Oak Flat sign unifying in solidarity with people in Minnesota. All throughout the country the people are taking a stand with the Apache Stronghold. Everyone send us the Oak Flat sign to keep the prayers and motivation

Incoming Top U.S. General: 'Russia is Top Military Threat'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Joint Chiefs Chairman Nominee Says Russia Is Top Military Threat* Marine Commandant Joe Dunford says Ukraine can’t counter Russian aggression without lethal military assistance. WASHINGTON—Gen. Joe Dunford, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the Pentagon’s top military officer, said Thursday he believes Russia poses the biggest threat to U.S. national security and that Ukraine won’t be able to counter Russian aggression unless it is provided with lethal military assistance. Amid potential threats that include China, Islamic State, Iranian influence... more »

Yemen: Unconditional Ceasefire Announced Until The End Of Ramadan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Yemen's warring parties endorse truce from midnight as fighting rages* Yemen’s main warring factions endorsed a U.N.-brokered humanitarian truce from midnight on Friday although heavy fighting on the ground and Saudi air strikes carried on relentlessly. The week-long truce will end at the same time as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and aims to get aid to some 21 million Yemenis. All sides said they hoped a full ceasefire would follow. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement since late March in a bid to re... more »

Smart Meters and Domestic Surveillance

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
Smart meters are proving to be extraordinary surveillance devices. The post Smart Meters and Domestic Surveillance appeared first on Waking Times.

The Economist : The Future of Mind Control (2002)

Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
*‘The ‘secret society’ was organized on the conspiratorial pattern of circles within circles. * *The ROUND TABLE worked behind the scenes at the highest levels of British government....'* In his book *None Dare Call it Conspiracy*, *Gary Allen* writes: “*THE ROUND TABLE* organization in England grew out of the life-long dream of gold and diamond magnate *CECIL RHODES* for a ‘new world order’. “Rhodes’ biographer, *Sara Millin*, was a little more direct. As she puts it: ‘the government of the world was Rhodes’ simple desire’.” “Quigley quotes: ‘In the middle 1890’s Rhod... more »

Judge Who Declines to Do Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ Says Civil Rights Struggle Inspired His Career

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
A Toledo judge who declined to officiate at the wedding of two women Monday has apologized to the couple for a 45-minute delay, explaining that his “personal and Christian beliefs” compelled him to ask that another judge step in. Judge... The post Judge Who Declines to Do Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ Says Civil Rights Struggle Inspired His Career appeared first on The Stream.

How the Nazi Telegram that Helped Drive Hitler to Suicide was Nearly Forgotten in a S.C. Safe

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 15 hours ago
It is one of the most crucial documents from the most pivotal moment in the most terrible war. A treasonous telegram from No. 2 Nazi Hermann Goering to none other than the fuhrer himself. A message that, along with the advancing Allied... The post How the Nazi Telegram that Helped Drive Hitler to Suicide was Nearly Forgotten in a S.C. Safe appeared first on The Stream.

Far Worse than Reported: 22.1 Million People Compromised in Hacks of Government Databases

Anika Smith at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Two major breaches last year of U.S. government databases holding personnel records and security-clearance files exposed sensitive information about at least 22.1 million people, including not only federal employees and contractors but their families and friends, U.S. officials said Thursday.... The post Far Worse than Reported: 22.1 Million People Compromised in Hacks of Government Databases appeared first on The Stream.

Creditors Call Greece PM’s Bluff, Tsipras Folds, Backs New, Harsher Deal

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Left-wing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought his party’s backing for a harsh new austerity package Friday to keep his country in the euro — less than a week after urging Greeks to reject milder cuts... The post Creditors Call Greece PM’s Bluff, Tsipras Folds, Backs New, Harsher Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Typhoon-blown news....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*A singer in a temple procession.* We are in the midst of a typhoon, and China Post has issued one of the most classic Taiwan pics evah: wedding photos in the typhoon. Meanwhile another gale of news these last few days. First, on Wed, the pro-KMT China Post, offered the story of KMT insiders' dissatisfaction with the China policy of their presumptive presidential candidate, Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu. According to the local United Evening News, KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) has discussed Hung's proposed "one China, same interpretation" policy stance — which is seen by... more »

5 Ways Our Ancestors Used To Get Rid of Headaches Naturally

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Karen Foster* - 5 simple, natural ways to get rid of headaches that used to be fairly common. The post 5 Ways Our Ancestors Used To Get Rid of Headaches Naturally appeared first on Waking Times.

Crisis In Venezuela. No More Beer!!!

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Global Post:* *Now it’s serious! Venezuela is almost out of beer* *LIMA, Peru — Throughout their country’s descent into political and economic crisis, Venezuelans of all stripes have at least been able to rely on one thing: drowning their sorrows in beer.* *Locals of the sweltering South American nation love to down the kinds of heavily chilled light lagers popular from Mexico to Argentina.* *But pretty soon Venezuela could run dry. And that could be even more devastating than it sounds.* *How did it come to this?* *For one, brewery workers are on strike demanding higher wages. ... more »

Nihigaal bee lina Walkers Pass Dirty Coal Power Plant on Navajoland

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Nihígaal bee Iiná is hosting their third Block Party in Kayenta this weekend at the Kayenta Skate Park! The event starts at 4 pm rez Time. There will be live bands, free food, info sessions, and workshops! Invite your friends and come meet the Walkers and other presenters! Kayenta Skate Park, Navajo Nation, 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, July 11, 2015! The Journey for Existence

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Honoré: BP deal like an oyster — raw, no pearl*

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*New Orleans City Council begins process for removing Confederate monuments ~Jaquetta White, N.O. Advocate * *Confirmed: Fort Polk to lose 388 troops ~WWL* *French Bliss: Bastille Day Storms NOLA by Lucy Leonard ~NOLA DEFENDER*

How Sanctuary Policies Have Directly Led to 1000s of Crimes against Americans, Including Murder

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
There has been a fiery debate over the past few weeks about illegal aliens and crime, which has intensified with the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a seven-time felon and five-time deportee as the direct result of... The post How Sanctuary Policies Have Directly Led to 1000s of Crimes against Americans, Including Murder appeared first on The Stream.

The Very Unfunny Truth Bill Cosby has Taught Us

Jennifer Hartline at The Stream - 16 hours ago
It seems very likely that Bill Cosby is not the kind of man we thought he was. While he hasn’t been convicted of a crime, and perhaps never will be, there is a growing mountain of accusations, and now sworn... The post The Very Unfunny Truth Bill Cosby has Taught Us appeared first on The Stream.

South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Comes Down

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many... The post South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Comes Down appeared first on The Stream.

Iran: Other Side Changing Demands, Making Nuclear Talks Tough

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
VIENNA (AP) — The Iran nuclear talks turned Friday from talk of progress to a blame game, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing the United States of shifting its demands. He dismissed a warning that the U.S. is... The post Iran: Other Side Changing Demands, Making Nuclear Talks Tough appeared first on The Stream.

Jeb Bush’s New Challenge: How to Spend $114 Million

Anika Smith at The Stream - 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush has shattered political fundraising records with a $114-million haul in the first six months of the year, an extraordinary total designed to instill a sense of shock and awe into his Republican competitors. Now he... The post Jeb Bush’s New Challenge: How to Spend $114 Million appeared first on The Stream.

US Personnel Chief Resists Calls to Resign Following Massive Data Hack

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government’s personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch. Katherine Archuleta, director of the... The post US Personnel Chief Resists Calls to Resign Following Massive Data Hack appeared first on The Stream.

IPR and Innovation 22, The USTR 301 Report 2015 and the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
Last May 1, the US Trade Representative released the *2015 Special 301 Report. *an annual review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement of U.S. trading partners around the world, For many years, the Philippines was on the Watch List of this report until 2013. By 2014, the Philippines was taken off the list, a good news for the country and its technology-based investors, local and multinational. Here is the cover of the 2015 Report and the Asian economies that are still on the watch list. I copy-pasted on paint the cover and the table of content... more »

Cartoon: ‘Basic Economics’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 17 hours ago
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Rejoicing in Repentance

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 17 hours ago
DUDLEY HALL — “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) Growing up I was a member of a Baptist church that scheduled a “revival” each... The post Rejoicing in Repentance appeared first on The Stream.

You Are A Work of Art

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
Source of poster: http://spontaneouspika.blogspot.se

Rubble Rousing

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Having created the neologism “Rubble rousing” I would like to highlight a post on the blog *Five Minutes for Israel* where there’s a very handy reference guide for anyone who finds him/herself face to face with Jon Snow or Yolande Knell, or anyone else who tells you the reason for Gaza’s continuing devastation and dereliction is The Siege. (which of course technically the blockade is not.) *Written in Cement*Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?In her BBC dispatch, *Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?*, BBC NEWS, 8 July 2015, on the pace of rebuilding in Gaza she totally ignores eight... more »

Greece Special Report ( July 10 , 2015 ) Here's what we know presently ( Greece has submitted its Proposals to the Creditors , who have begun their assessments. Greek Gov't will begin the process of moving " Prior Actions " through Parliament , Key Eurogroup set for Saturday - the make or break session - key news and views touching upon " very fluid " state of play ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Evening Wrap...... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 5m 5 minutes ago This just gets better and better: 15 Syriza Lawmakers Who Voted ‘Yes’ Say They Oppose Bailout Plan. Manos Giakoumis retweeted *MacroPolis* ‏@MacroPolis_gr 33m33 minutes ago Greek Parliament approves measures, authorises Tsipras & Tsakalotos to negotiate with lenders: 250 in favour, 32 against & 8 abstain #Greece *Nick Malkoutzis* ‏@NickMalkoutzis 24m 24 minutes ago Questions now if Tsipras can continue with this set-up or whether he needs new MPs/coalition/elections. Also, will lenders trust him ... more »

Royal Moroccan Navy Ordered a 50 Meters LCT Landing Craft Tank from PIRIOU Shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Piriou 50 meters LCT (Landing Craft Tank)]French Shipyard PIRIOU based in Concarneau (Brittany) has just won a contract with the Royal Moroccan Navy for a 50 meters LCT (Landing Craft Tank) which will be operated in the coastal waters of Morocco. This new unit will be built in France with delivery expected in mid-2016. The contract also includes training in Concarneau for the first crew (for both operation of the vessel and maintenance training). Pascal Piriou, CEO of the group, said: "This first contract with the Royal Moroccan Navy is not only a great honor but also the co... more »

It's a Free Planet, not a Corporate Empire

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*damn right!*Look up into the sky, what do you see? "God!" That's the probably going to be the majority view, "We look up into the sky, beyond the clouds, out into the infinity of open space. We see the workings of the divine. We see a hand of creation. We see spirituality manifest." How, and why? You're looking too far into the misty-eyed godma-sewer. Your minds have been shattered and your belief system corrupted by those much cleverer and manipulative than you. If it weren't for godma, and other forms of fascist brain washing to make you comply, there'd be no wars, there'd be n... more »

Russian Naval Cruisers Fire Supersonic Cruise Missiles in Sea of Okhotsk

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Slava class CG]Russian Navy cruisers from the Pacific Fleet have fired supersonic Moskit cruise missiles during exercises in the Sea of Okhotsk, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Eastern Military District said Friday. "Ships from the Primorsky Joint Forces entered the sea to complete a set of tasks after transferring from the Sea of Japan into the southern region of the Sea of Okhotsk. The cruisers held a number of exercises in air defense and developed skills in firing missiles in the region," Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said. On July 6, Martov announced mi... more »

Lockheed Martin Completes 100th THAAD Interceptor

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: THAAD Interceptor]Lockheed Martin delivered the 100th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in a recent ceremony at the company’s Troy, Alabama, facility. THAAD is a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and is highly effective at protecting America’s military, allied forces, citizen population centers and critical infrastructure from short- and medium-range ballistic missile attacks. “The 100th interceptor delivery is a tribute to the brilliant men and women who have devoted countless hours engineering, developing and ma... more »

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 20th and final NH90 to Finland

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Finnish NH90-TTH]Airbus Helicopters and Patria, the company responsible for the local assembly of the NH90, marked the important milestone of the delivery of the 20th and last serial NH90 during a ceremony with the customer at Patria’s facility in Halli, Finland. “These helicopters are used for various tasks of the Finnish Defense Forces such as national defense, international crisis management and for SAR missions” said Jussi Ristimäki, FDF Program Manager for the NH90. The very first flight of a Finnish NH90 took place in the Airbus Helicopters facility in Marignane in 200... more »

Is Real Democracy Movement Starting to Flower - Coup d'Etat in Slow Motion?  (N'Grexit?  Icky Vicky Nuland Visits Greece (After Vacation in Ukraine) Making It Easier To Steal Faster - So What's the Grecian Formula Now?)  3 Fraud Epidemics Foreshadowed Financial Crisis (Endemic Fraud at Elite Financial Institutions)  Rotten Core of Banking Exposed:  Global Outrage  (But Very Little Re-Regulation)  Follows HSBC Revelations (China Off?) No Jobs, No Retirement In U.S.

Jebbie's Campaign Platform Is More Punishment for Those at the Bottom (Workers Just Need to Work More Hours to Get Ahead He Whines) Dubya (Still Alive and Kicking) Thinks Being Paid a Million Dollars Plus Expenses to Speak to Wounded Iraq and Afghanistan Soldiers Is Insufficient Remuneration for his War Service to Grateful Country U.S. Has Contrived Orwellian Opposition To What Real

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up, 7/10/2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up, 7/10/2015"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Have you ever noticed this many strange things going on at the same time? The Iran nuke deal is going poorly. Greece is looking like it will be plunged into an even bigger depression. China stock market has turned from hero to zero in a huge market plunge in the last few weeks. The US stock markets are gyrating up and down with big swings. There is major hacking going on from stock exchanges to the US government, and Obama and Congress are busy setting up secret trade deals and secret directives. What is going on?... more »

Malaysia Airlines MH17: Russia rebukes push for UN tribunal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: SA-17 Grizzly (BUK-M1)]Malaysia has asked the United Nations Security Council to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine, but Russia dismissed the move on Thursday. Malaysia, a member of the 15-member council, distributed a draft resolution late on Wednesday, which it hoped could be adopted later this month, diplomats said. It is a joint proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014 with 298 passengers on board,... more »

U.S. approves a $1.9B arms sale to Israel; analysts say it’s probably meant to offset objections to Iran nuke deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Guided Bomb Unit-28 (GBU-28) BLU-113 Penetrator]An agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program could create a bonanza for U.S. defense contractors who already are benefiting as the Obama administration tries to assuage Israeli and Gulf Arab concerns by cutting deals for more than $6 billion in military hardware. The details of a potential deal being negotiated between Iran and six world powers — China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and U.S. — would determine what steps the U.S. takes to help its allies. A nuclear agreement is likely to prompt Mideast partners to seek impro... more »

Poland’s Patriot Deal Includes Interim U.S. Deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Patriot PAC-3]The U.S. government will guarantee the defense of Polish airspace for up to two years by placing U.S. Army Patriot PAC-3 batteries in Poland until that country receives the first two of its own eight batteries. Poland selected the Patriot system last April, in preference to the MBDA France/Thales Sol-Air Moyenne Portée/Terrestre (SAMP/T) system firing Aster 30 missiles. Poland’s PAC-3 batteries will each have three fire units, loaded with a mix of the Raytheon PAC-2 GEM-T and Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE) missiles. Read more

A first: Nuke sub Arihant to test-fire N-capable missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Arihant]Nuclear-powered submarine, INS Arihant, will undergo its first-ever underwater missile firing test and also conduct deep diving tests this year. The missile, code named ‘B-05’, is of medium-range variety capable of carrying a nuclear-tipped warhead, making it New Delhi’s first Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM). INS Arihant is classified as a ship submersible ballistic, nuclear (SSBN) submarine. In comparison, China has five such operational SSBNs and the range of Beijing’s missile is much more than ‘B-05’. Read more

Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for Marine Corps H-1 Lot 12 Helicopter Upgrades

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AH-1Z Viper]Northrop Grumman Corporation was recently awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps' H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH‑1Z aircraft. These aircraft are expected to be the first to benefit from the latest model in the FlightPro™ product line. The period of performance for this Lot 12 contract is slated for October 2016 through October 2017. Read more

Australia Not To Operate F-35B Fighters For LHDs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RAAF F-35 Lightning II]Australia has dropped plans to operate Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft for its Landing helicopter Ship (LHD) HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. According to a report published by Australian Financial Review, the proposal to operate F-35B STOVL fighter was dropped on the basis of cost and complexity and the number of modifications needed to LHDs. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had asked to evaluate operating the F-35B fighter from the LHDs as part of the Defense White Paper deliberations. The Defense Ministe... more »

Manning Centre for Building American Majority

Alison at Creekside - 20 hours ago
Last month in Ottawa, PM Stephen Harper and House Leader Peter Van Loan quietly met with Scott Walker, the anti-SSM anti-abortion anti-union Wisconsin governor whose imminent 2016 Republican presidential candidacy is already teetering atop a pile of Koch Bros. dark money. When Glen McGregor reported on the meeting yesterday, PMO spokesey Stephen Lecce came out of his little spokesbox and said "These are not the droids you are looking for," and went back inside again. Harper and Walker have so much in common to talk about - union-busting and voter suppression legislation, campaign... more »

Love Gov: A Remedy for Healthcare Choices

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 20 hours ago
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U.S. Offers Billions In Arms To Allies In The Middle East Worried About An Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Bloomberg*:* U.S. Offers Billions in Arms to Ease Mideast’s Iran Anxiety* An agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program could create a bonanza for U.S. defense contractors who already are benefiting as the Obama administration tries to assuage Israeli and Gulf Arab concerns by cutting deals for more than $6 billion in military hardware. The details of a potential deal being negotiated between Iran and six world powers -- China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and U.S. -- would determine what steps the U.S. takes to help its allies. A nuclear agreement is likely to prompt Mideast ... more »

Shoutng Matches At The Iranian Nuclear Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *New Tensions Emerge in Iran Nuclear Talks* Heated exchanges took place among foreign ministers as Washington and Tehran struggled to overcome remaining hurdles to a final agreement. VIENNA—Tensions in the nuclear talks between Iran and six powers have boiled over in recent days, producing heated exchanges among foreign ministers as Washington and Tehran struggled to overcome remaining hurdles to a final agreement, according to people involved in the talks. The German and British foreign ministers returned to the Austrian capital Wednesday evening as Western... more »

Hungary’s Gripen fighters intercept two aircraft in Slovenian airspace

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JAS-39 Gripen]The Hungarian Defence Forces' two Gripen fighters have intercepted and identified two aircraft above Slovenia in two separate missions. The missions, which are flown from Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary, are part of its commitments to Nato. Hungary, in collaboration with Italy, has been performing air policing duties in Slovenian airspace since October 2014. Read more

The third bailout: can Greece be trusted?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Since the January elections in Greece that were won by Syriza, a Marxist movement, and especially in recent 6 weeks, there have been about 19 deadlines – the really "last" moments before which a deal has to be signed else... Tsipras and his comrades didn't pay any attention to these deadlines. They didn't care about the closure of the banks, need for capital controls, and the default to the IMF, either. For the first time, however, the Greek government seems to be serious about their concessions. Perhaps the elimination of Yanis Varoufakis has changed their moods and they started to... more »

DRDO chief: increase the production rate of missiles and it now one of the main thrust areas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AGNI III IRBM]Among the various issues faced by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), one is to increase the ‘production rate of missiles’ and it will now be one of the main thrust areas. Dr S Christopher, secretary, department of defence research and development-cum-director general, said that with respect to various varieties of missiles, the focus would be on both – the quantity as well as quality for all the variants. Currently, the production rate is just about 20% of the potential which, he insisted, has to be harnessed to full. The DRDO is now em... more »

First Female Divers Crew and Operate a Dual-Mode Underwater Vehicle

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Proteus DMUV]Huntington Ingalls Industries' Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV). Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG's Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Mallet and Raff are certified as rescue divers. They have undergone extensive training with Proteus and assist with its maintenance. To prepare ... more »

Japan Interested In Joining NATO Missile Consortium: Report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM)]Japan is interested in joining a NATO missile building consortium that would give Tokyo its first taste of a multinational defense project, a move the U.S. Navy is encouraging because it could pave the way for Japan to lead similar partnerships in Asia, sources said. The 12-country NATO consortium oversees development and shares the costs of the SeaSparrow missile, an advanced ship-borne weapon designed to destroy anti-ship sea-skimming missiles and attack aircraft. The missile is made by U.S. weapons firms Raytheon and General Dynam... more »

Military Photo of the Day: July 10, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
A senior U.S. Marine drill instructor commands her platoon during their final drill evaluation on South Carolina’s Parris Island. It’s hard for civilians like me to imagine the rigors of basic training, especially in South Carolina’s piercing summer heat. We... The post Military Photo of the Day: July 10, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

A Boy's Non-Terrestrial Experience

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a remarkable story. It conforms to other reports and to things we are learning as well. Again this boy is grabbed with a tractor beam and then elevated toward a craft overhead. This is not a unique story except his report is very clear. The voice again tells of bad times to avoid. Yet this man has lived a life and has noticed no such thing. This claim has been made often and it seems to be part of a script and can now be dismissed. It is more interesting that they respect a rule to ask permission which is applied even to a six year old boy. Much more interestin... more »

Pornucopia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The only thing that can be said for sure about civilization and sexuality is that civilization is disturbed by sexuality and no successful uniform solution has ever appeared. Do observe that i exclude the sexuality of non civilizations. Sexuality begins there with puberty with some fanfare and multiple partners is accepted until bonding occurs and that is also usually limited to several years. That protocol happens to be in direct conflict with what makes a civilization. That happens to require long periods of education demanding managed abstinence at the least. Finding ... more »

The Jihadist Trap of Here and Now

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Essentially any putative war lord can declare jihad and attract an army of thugs with essentially the tacit and active support of greater Islam to draw upon. This has led to a game of whack a mouse for Western forces and local forces of questionable loyalties. The conflict that truly erupted on 9/11 has dragged on for a full fifteen years or so and we have now seen the entirety of the jihad trick bag. It is actually not much to look at except that it brings devastation to any area claimed or contested. It has destabilized central governments everywhere and worsened effor... more »

How to Make a Battery That Lasts Practically Forever

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What makes it interesting today is that the better components are available. However it is too much hardware when we have better solutions. I presume reversal is also possible as well and that salt would be wise to improve efficiency. The picture is robust, but likely too much. A twelve volt battery with quarter inch bars and quarter inch foam would do as well i think and pack hexagonally as well. It would likely last a year as well. May be worth trying and it may even be useful. . *How to Make a Battery That Lasts Practically Forever* *http://worldtruth.tv/how-to-make-... more »

Germany Backs Down. Greece Blinks And Submits New Proposals Two Hours Before Deadline

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*The Telegraph*: *Greek deal in sight as Germany bows to huge global pressure for debt relief* Angela Merkel faces a defining moment in her political career as chorus of voices push for Greek debt relief. Germany is at last bowing to pressure as a chorus of countries and key institutions demand debt relief for Greece, a shift that could break the five-month stalemate and avert a potentially disastrous rupture of monetary union at this Sunday’s last-ditch summit. In a highly significant move, the European Council has called on both sides to make major concessions, insisting that t... more »

Tunisia to build 'anti-terror' wall on Libya border per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33440212 that: 'Tunisia has announced plans to build a wall along its border with Libya to counter the threat from jihadist militants. It would stretch 160km (100 miles) inland from the coast, and be completed by the end of 2015, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told state TV.' Strangely the BBC aren't quite as upset by this anti terrorist wall as they are by the security fence and wall built by Israel to keep Palestinian terrorists out of Israel. I wonder why...

In Praise of Soccer Moms

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 1 day ago
The inspiring march of the U.S. Women’s National Team to the World Cup championship has elicited a fair amount of cultural commentary. Advocates of Title IX—the 1972 law requiring equal treatment of female athletes—claim that it set the U.S. apart... The post In Praise of Soccer Moms appeared first on The Stream.

How Yelp is Giving You Bad Advice

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
Where can you devour an elk burger smothered in melted cheese and onion rings? Which diner has the greasiest loaded potato skins? It’s no secret that many of us turn to crowdsourced sites to gather information and weigh options. Quantcast... The post How Yelp is Giving You Bad Advice appeared first on The Stream.

Estrangement from the Truth a Problem for Hillary

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton lies. This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren’t on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad... The post Estrangement from the Truth a Problem for Hillary appeared first on The Stream.

The Trainwreck Behind ‘Yes Means Yes’

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 1 day ago
Over the past few years, American powerbrokers have developed a charming tendency to obsess over favored topics (putting “diversity training” at the top of the federal Office of Personnel Management’s priority list, for instance) while ignoring the colossal and urgent... The post The Trainwreck Behind ‘Yes Means Yes’ appeared first on The Stream.

The Death of the Hippies

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
The photographer Joe Samberg remembers how drugs destroyed the Telegraph Avenue scene and effectively ended the movement Hippies started. In 1967, just after the Summer of Love, The Atlantic published “The Flowering of the Hippies,” a profile of San Francisco’s... The post The Death of the Hippies appeared first on The Stream.

Civil(ian) Military Integration & The Coming Problem for International Law

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
In late May, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) released a white paper on China’s Military Strategy. This public release is the first of its kind, and it has received relatively little attention in the broader media. While much of the strategy is of no big surprise (broad and sweeping claims to reunification of Taiwan […]

Animal Brains Connected up to Make Mind-Melded Computer

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
For the first time, a team has networked the animal brains of multiple species to form a living computer that can perform tasks and solve problems. Two heads are better than one, and three monkey brains can control an avatar... The post Animal Brains Connected up to Make Mind-Melded Computer appeared first on The Stream.

Woof

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago

Musical Interlude: 2002 (Pamela & Randy Copus), “Oceans of Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002 (Pamela & Randy Copus), “Oceans of Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Z6A8ur334

Wikileaks Exposes Trade Deal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: Wikileaks Exposes Obama’s Fake Trade Deal – Only 5 Of The 29 Chapters Are Actually About Trade] The idea of international tribunals is an obvious extension of State practice but is also missing the safeguards built up over centuries of experience. This happens to be a huge leap and one that we can expect the Chinese in particular to game as they have also gamed other international agreements. What it calls for is a conferance of these parties aimed at producing an international legal framework that is also enforceable on both China and the USA and folks on the public ... more »

Coke and Pepsi Are Trying to Sell You Pretend Craft Soda

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I grew up thinking coca cola was bullet proof as a business. I used to think the same way about a lot of other great successful businesses as well that have all hit the future with a dull thump. What we are seeing here is the same type of panic we saw when those other business hit serious resistance. The beverage giants will continue but they will also continue to contract. After all you can buy water in a bottle and stevia sweetened tea with a shot of glucose for energy is something we can drink much more safely. The bottom line is that the consumer is looking for way... more »

Jane Goodall and Steven Druker Expose US Government Fraud over GMOs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: steven druker] I have covered this book indirectly in an earlier post, however we now have the endorsement of Jane Goodall. It tells a story of profound scientific corruption working through the regulatory system to the benefit of those prepared to pay well. What has been sold is the reputation of the FDA. The destruction of that reputation is now almost complete and we find country after country now taking a long second look at what they have bought on trust. It is a sad day. This provides all the anti GMO information anyone needs. . *Jane Goodall and Steven Druke... more »

Optical Illusions: The Challenge of Tracing Human Origins

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
What this emphasizes is that our dating methods simply fail us as often as they work. Our understanding of geological process is also deeply flawed and we have been outright ignoring inconvenient anomalies for far too long. Then again we have been ignoring the moon. I do not like deus ex machina explanations but i also get frustrated by studied ignorance when inconvenient facts show up. It is obvious that the earliest expression of the primate linage spread out almost immediately worldwide and then additionally speciated to its heart's content. Thus we have a broad distri... more »

Locals feel the chill as gentrification looms over a block in Upper Manhattan's Washington Heights

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The west side of Broadway between 161st and 162nd Streets* *by Ken* Even as Jane Jacobs described the process of organic neighborhood revival she called "unslumming" in *The Death and Life of Great American Cities*, she recognized that it could go haywire if all spoils were allowed to go the highest bidder. What we later came to call "gentrification" bears a superficial resemblance to Jane's "unslummng," but one difference is that gentrification pays no heed to the energies of the local residents whose faith in their neighborhood gets the process started -- and another difference... more »

obedient workers

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The Impassioned Speech that Helped Remove the Confederate Flag from the SC Capitol Grounds

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
A South Carolina representative made waves late Wednesday night after giving an impassioned four-minute speech calling for the state to take down the Confederate flag. A Republican from Summerville, Rep. Jenny Horne’s speech was immediately prompted by a desire to halt a series of... The post The Impassioned Speech that Helped Remove the Confederate Flag from the SC Capitol Grounds appeared first on The Stream.

Jersey Jazzman: More Obnoxious Charter School Propaganda

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: More Obnoxious Charter School Propaganda: Make it stop! MAKE IT STOP! State Sen. Shirley Turner recently introduced legislation seeking a moratorium on expanding enrollment for New... more »

Access to Justice means reasons in Small Claims (POA?) need not be as detailed as SCJ

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd. v. Peel Condominium Corporation No. 231, 2015 ONCA 520: [33] The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that access to justice is a significant and ongoing challenge to the justice system with the potential to threaten the rule of law. In *Hryniak v. Mauldin*, *2014 SCC 7, [2014] 1 S.C.R. 87, *at para. 1, the court held: Ensuring access to justice is the greatest challenge to the rule of law in Canada today. Trials have become increasingly expensive and protracted. Most Canadians cannot afford to sue when they are wronged or defend them... more »

Prejudicial evidence in judge alone trial

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
In judge alone trials evidence or submissions on evidence that might well lead to a mistrial before a jury are far less likely to lead to a mistrial. So see today's decision in R. v. Laine, 2015 ONCA 519: [59] The trial judge then concluded this discussion with the following: This is a judge alone trial. Submissions are not evidence. I have not and will not consider this as a case of alleged recent fabrication. It does not arise on the evidence. What is alleged is fabrication, pure and simple. The application is therefore dismissed. [60] The appellant can point to not... more »

New Horizons, Pluto and Us

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 1 day ago
WASHINGTON — We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God,... The post New Horizons, Pluto and Us appeared first on The Stream.

Friday Morning Ramble

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
A few things I wanted to yammer about earlier this week, but didn’t get the chance … [image: Embedded image permalink] “It would be ... interesting ... to run ROI calculations on these degrees taking into account opportunity costs of years spent in training.” *Student loans* – Eric Crampton, OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR Don’t upset Winnie’s witches. *NZ First insider – Hell hath no fury like a Martin scorned* – DAILY BLOG “Preliminary findings show Maori is not an active form of communication on the marae” - Time to face facts. *Reversing the decline in speakers of te reo Māori* – SCO... more »

Mercatus Rankings Again Confirm: Low Tax States Do Better

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
Yet another study has confirmed what we already knew — states with lower taxes do better. Today, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University unveiled its latest report, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition. The report ranks states on their overall... The post Mercatus Rankings Again Confirm: Low Tax States Do Better appeared first on The Stream.

monument to the flying saucer

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, it is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude, as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. It also has 25 lightning rods.... more »

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