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Sunday, July 12, 2015

12 July - Blogs I'm Following

English: Diagram explaining the principle of i...English: Diagram explaining the principle of industrial unionism in terms of opposing battle fronts of the working and master classes and their organisation within a large factory of the period. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A 1911 Industrial Worker (IWW newspap...English: A 1911 Industrial Worker (IWW newspaper) publication advocating industrial unionism that shows the critique of capitalism. It is based on a flyer of the "Union of Russian Socialists" spread in 1900 and 1901. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Poster published by the Industrial Workers of ...Poster published by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Australia against conscription in 1916. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
cartoon from May, 1919 periodical One Big Unio...cartoon from May, 1919 periodical One Big Union, published in Revolutionary Radicalism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One Big Union stickerOne Big Union sticker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Greek Debt Crisis -- News Updates July 12 - 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 minutes ago
Tense talks: Eurozone leaders appear to looking at a new bailout figure of between 82 and 86 billion euros *Daily Mail:* *Marathon talks in bid to save the euro: Leaders hold tense negotiations through the night as Greece prepares to accept a raft of demands to avoid banks meltdown * * Tsipras keen to strike a deal with European creditors tonight * A Cabinet reshuffle is set to go ahead in Greece if a deal is struck * A statement is expected to be released soon by European leaders * A new bailout figure of 82 billion to 86 billion euros has emerged Eurozone leaders were thrashing o... more »

Not #Grexit but #Greviction?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Even in the Eurozone hall of monetary mirrors there is only so long you can keep eating your cake and have someone else unwillingly pick up the tab for it. Greece may not exit; it may simply be evicted. *Five months of negotiations in which its left-wing Government destroyed goodwill among creditors that have lent it hundreds of billions of dollars have cost Greece dearly in its frantic attempts to save its economy. With its banks closed, cash machines rationing withdrawals to just 60 ( $99) a day, pharmacies running short of drugs and businesses teetering on bankruptcy, sa... more »

The Industrial Workers of the World

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), members of which are commonly termed "Wobblies", is an international, radical labor union that was formed in 1905. The union combines general unionism with industrial unionism, being a general union itself whose members are further organized within the industry of their employment. The philosophy and tactics of the IWW are described as "revolutionary industrial unionism," with ties to both socialist and anarchist labor movements. The origin of the nickname "Wobblies" is uncertain. The IWW promotes the concept of "One Big Union", and conte... more »

TV Watch: Stephen Colbert continues the countdown to September 8

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Since we haven't seen much of each other since** December, Stephen asks, "What've you guys been doing?" ("Me, I've been busy," he says.) Here he shaves off the beard he adopted after finding it by the highway, which helped earn him the cover of Homeless Sea Captain Monthly. The beard had to come off, he explains, because on CBS, it turns out, "Tom Selleck's moustache has a noncompete clause."* *by Ken* I know I just saw a post somewhere by someone who couldn't believe he'd only just discovered that Stephen has started a podcast. But I lost the link, and in trying to refind it, I ... more »

Business 360--26, Nepal earthquake and lessons from it

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
* This is my article for the business magazine in Kathmandu, June 2015 issue. *Earthquakes and economic growth* The people of Nepal are still recovering from the huge destruction of the 7.8 earthquake (EQ) last April 25 plus succeeding tremors that occurred almost daily. Those tremors have killed 8,000+ people and injured thousands more. Some hard lessons must be learned and relearned from those events. And not only for Nepal but many other developing countries, in particular, other Asian countries in the “Pacific Ring of Fire.” *One*, EQs are part of nature, part of the continui... more »

TIME Admits ISIS Bringing Arms, Fighters in From NATO Territory

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 2 hours ago
Activist Post Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming Sunday, July 12, 2015 By Tony Cartalucci Late last year, Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks per day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing across the Turkish border into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). The border crossing near the Turkish city of Oncupinar, approximately 100km west of the Syrian city of Kobani is apparently only one of many such crossings where ISIS fighters, weapons, and materiel move dire... more »

Dick J. Reavis : We are the New Union Army!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
It’s time to wear our colors as we work to help finish the Civil War. By Dick J. Reavis | The Rag Blog | July 12, 2015 In a recent book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement, professor, SNCC veteran, … finish reading Dick J. Reavis : We are the New Union Army!

How come ISIS only attacks Israel’s enemies? This Video Explains It All !!!

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 2 hours ago
Jul 3, 2015 How come ISIS only attacks Israel’s enemies – EXPLAINED

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Apocalypse Des Animaux” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Vangelis, “Apocalypse Des Animaux” -

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“What's going on in the center of this spiral galaxy? Named the Sombrero Galaxy for its hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane and a bright halo of stars and globular clusters. Reasons for the Sombrero's hat-like appearance include an unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. *Click image for larger size.* Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are ac... more »

Chet Raymo, "Free Will?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Free Will?"* by Chet Raymo “In an essay in the 14 May, 2009 issue of “Nature”, German biologist Martin Heisenberg asks the question: "Is free will an illusion?" And he answers: No. We are free, says Heisenberg, if our actions are self-generated, and not mere responses to external stimuli. But how can they be self-generated in a world of cause and effect? As befitting the son of Werner Heisenberg, father of the Uncertainty Principle, Martin invokes the stochastic nature of quantum mechanics. Presumably, randomly firing neurons equal free will. One does not have to be consciously ... more »

"The Human Condition..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition." - Albert Ellis

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "What We Want" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"What We Want" * "What we want is never simple. We move among the things we thought we wanted: a face, a room, an open book and these things bear our names- now they want us. But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises. We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning our arms ache. We don't remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun." ~ Linda Pastan, "Carnival Evening"

Paulo Coelho, “We Are The Revolution”; "Declaration of Principles" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“We Are The Revolution”* by Paulo Coelho “My literature is totally committed with a new political attitude – human beings in search of their own identity. We are the revolution taking place. We are responsible for the world in every sense– political, social, moral. We are responsible for the planet. We are responsible for the unemployed. Of course, we can blame the banks, the disaster that irresponsible people created in the financial system, the political repression, the inability of the Govts. to hear what people have to say. But this will not help the world to become a better p... more »

Foxman: "anti-Semites" jealous of astounding Jewish success & control

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 4 hours ago
*The Jewish Daily Forward* has published a rather revealing Q&A with Abe Foxman, the outgoing national director of the Anti-Defamation League, conducted by Jewish journalist and author Tuvia Tenenbom. The Q&A begins: *Tuvia Tenenbom: Let me ask you, is the state of anti-Semitism better or worse after the last 28 years since you became national director of the ADL? Or the last 50 years?* *Abraham Foxman:* The answer is “yes” to both. On one hand it’s better and on one hand it’s worse. *Explain.* I’d say that in the United States it’s significantly better; it’s gotten better in the ... more »

Top 10 ramble links

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
I always take a quiet side-bet with myself which links from my Friday Morning Ramble will prove most popular over the weekend, and which will barely get touched. A few of you have asked me as well. This week I only scored moderately well, mostly because I thought news of the flatworm that uses 'hypodermic penis' to inject sperm into its own head would rank astonishingly well. But instead you were mostly drinking the hard stuff and keeping it local, because … 1. Reversing the decline in speakers of te reo Māori 2. NZ First insider – Hell hath no fury like a Martin scorned ... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Roswell, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugh Pavletich blames the incompetent council. But who’s really to blame?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Exorbitant rates rises are only part of the severe imposition on Auckland home-owners. Housing commentator Hugh Pavletich blames the incompetent council: *If Auckland was a normal housing market, like most in North America, house prices would be at or below $300,000 for those on $100,000-a-year household incomes. Thanks to the incompetent Auckland Council, an Auckland family with a household income of $100,000 is forced to pay $820,000 for a house. The council is forcing them to pay an extra $520,000 for the house and this new study calling for more apartments in the... more »

Satire: "Walker Assures G.O.P. Voters He is as Horrible as Trump" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Walker Assures G.O.P. Voters He is as Horrible as Trump"* by Andy Borowitz MADISON, WISCONSIN (The Borowitz Report) – "Serving notice that he intends to go toe-to-toe with the controversial real-estate mogul, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker used the official announcement of his Presidential candidacy to assure Republican voters that he is as horrible as Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has grabbed a lot of headlines over the past few weeks by spewing bigotry and venom,” Walker told an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. “I want to make it clear that when it comes to those things, I take... more »

The Economy: “The Latest On Greece” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Latest On Greece”* by Karl Denninger “Now the screws really are being turned. It is reported that demands from the Troika now include: *Direct* veto authority over the government's budget and spending programs. AND €50 billion worth of "assets" deposited in Luxembourg to be held as "available for sale" without further act of the Greek Parliament should the Troika not get whatever they want both now and in the future. I remind everyone that there is no possible way that lending the Greeks another €100 billion, which is now what the estimates are up to, will ever lead to the... more »

Mark Thornton Joins Tom Woods to Discuss Drug Decriminalisation in Portugal

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Followers of Curwen Ares Rolinson – whose numbers appear to be legion! – might appreciate this interview with Mark Thornton, expanding on today's *Mises Daily *article reviewing the cases of Portugal and Washington state, and askin: have the fears of the prohibitionists been realised? *Mark provides some additional details on how the decriminalisation program has worked in Portugal, contrasting decriminalisation with the legalisation that has been implemented in Colorado and Washington State.* Good listening. [Conversation starts at 2:30] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © ... more »

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Don't they wish?! *lol ;-)*

"If Only!" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*So...* *Pot calling the kettle black, Donald?*

Rightwing Nuthouse: “8 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week That Rival Trump's Nonsense” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“8 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week That Rival Trump's Nonsense”* by Janet Allon *“1. Marco Rubio vows to oppress women worldwide: *Marco Rubio will not rest until women all over the world no longer have the right to choose abortion. As president, he would see to it that women in other countries were just as oppressed and pregnant as the ones right here at home. He made this vow during a speech before the National Right to Life Committee’s annual convention in New Orleans on Friday. He even compared the fight against abortion rights to the fights to end slavery and for women’s suffr... more »

All our houses are belong to #YellowPeril

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
In the 1800s ethnic Chinese living in New Zealand were taxed simply for being Chinese. On Saturday, you would be forgiven for thinking there were a modern move afoot to tax ethnic Chinese for living in New Zealand homes. On Saturday the *Weekend Herald* splashed bungled Labour Party “research” across the front page – declaring on basis of foreign-sounding surnames from a single unnamed real-estate agent that foreigners should be banned from buying “our” houses. I’m sure you’ve already heard that. And I’m sure you, like I did, wondered how desperate Labour must be to want to tap Wi... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Hurricane Katrina transformed New Orleans, the region's makeup after unrivaled exodus in U.S. ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate *

Republicans Find a Big Ol’ Pot of Perversion and Terrorism at the End of Every Rainbow!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Featuring Tom DeLay and his fabulous future world of"12 New Perversions"! Plus: Mike Huckabee in chaps!* *Uh-oh, looks like the republican God has some punishing to do.* *by Noah* It's summertime, the time of beastly hot weather, which is often relieved only by big storms. At the end of those storms, one can often see a rainbow. To normal people, a rainbow is something beautiful. To republicans, rainbows are ugly things that equate to perversion and even terrorism, especially if those rainbows take the form of flags. This past week, while so many of us, even a few South Carolina... more »

Institutionalized Sociopathy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
Greg Miller, “Inquiry: Psychologists group colluded with Pentagon, CIA on interrogations,” The Washington Post (July 10, 2015), Leaders of the American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with officials at the Pentagon and CIA to weaken the association’s ethical guidelines and allow psychologists to take part in coercive interrogation programs after t... more »


Italian ‘Banksy’ exposes ‘masterminds of spying’ in street art campaign

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago *Italian ‘Banksy’ exposes ‘masterminds of spying’ in street art campaign* Published time: July 12, 2015 12:37 Images from An Italian artist has declared a ‘brush-and-ink’ war on mass surveillance – he looks for private photos of high-ranking US intelligence officials, reworking them in a stencil technique. He then posts them on walls in capital cities across the globe. Turin-based conceptual artist, Paolo Cirio, is targeting key figures “in scandals regarding secret intelligence operations,... more »

July 12: religion without morality. professions without ethics.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
No, this will not be Sunday's sermon. It will be about the collapse of religious and of professional ethics in the western world. I group the two together because we are living through a disappearance of morality in religion, and a disappearance of ethics in the professions For evidence of the disappearance of morality in religion, just check the faith page of any Saturday issue of the Irving press. But morality is important because without rules to govern our behaviour as a society, we won't have a society very long. But the clergy who write for the Faith page pretty much ignore m... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
[March 10, 1779] Gentlemen, A Ship having been fitted out from England before the Commencement of this War, to make Discoveries of new Countries, in Unknown Seas, under the Conduct of that most celebrated Navigator and Discoverer Captain Cook; an Undertaking truely laudable in itself, as the Increase of Geographical Knowledge, facilitates the Communication between distant Nations, in the Exchange of useful Products and Manufactures, and the Extension of Arts, whereby the common Enjoyments of human Life are multiplied and augmented, and Science of other kinds encreased to the Be... more »

Harriet Harman's Tax Credit Debacle

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
The Labour Party is a mass organisation. Under its banner you find all kinds of people harbouring all kinds of views. It could hardly be otherwise, given the roots it has in the labour movement representing the sectional interests of otherwise quite disparate occupational groupings. It is also a party that has to reach beyond its natural support at election time in order to win. Hence there is a fundamental political contradiction that's sat at the heart of the party since its inception. Should one follow principles or try and chase votes? Can Labour try and set the political weath... more »

Mexico: Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman Escapes through Tunnel

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 8 hours ago
MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a scheme befitting a caper movie, Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area... The post Mexico: Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman Escapes through Tunnel appeared first on The Stream.

Relationship between Astrological Planets and Life

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Infographic - *Here's an infographic that explains how the positions of the astrological planets in the sky affect nearly every aspect of a person's life. The post Relationship between Astrological Planets and Life appeared first on Waking Times.

Argentina: Hunter Claims He Shot "An Extraterrestrial"

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 9 hours ago
*Source: Nuevo Diario Web de Santiago del EsteroDate: July 12, 2015* Argentina: Hunter Claims He Shot An Extraterrestrial "They are grey and have four fingers on their hands and four toes on their feet. They stand approximately a meter and fifteen centimeters," says Alberto Tavernise, who says he was later abducted. The uncanny story could be the plot of a science fiction film. However, it concerns the dramatic story told by a resident of the community of Luan Toro, located 20 kilometers south of Santa Rosa, La Pampa. Alberto Tavernise, 59, shared his experience with Cronica - an... more »

Archidiaconus Asemnes

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
This morning's *Sunday *doesn't call for a long post this week. It didn't do anything outrageously biased, and even (most unusually for *Sunday*) featured something of interest to British Hindus - along with Sikhs, the forgotten religious minority of Radio 4's *Sunday*. Other than that, there was coverage of sex abuse in the Anglican Church; an interview about Srebrenica; a report on the discontent of some in the U.S. at the Obama administration's reluctance to help minorities in the Middle East (Christians, Yazidi, etch) - and the administration's refusal to associate the violenc... more »

Successful Sea Trials Royal Australian Navy's NUSHIP Adelaide LHD

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 10 hours ago
[image: NUSHIP Adelaide (L01)]NUSHIP Adelaide will dock at BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard tomorrow following successful initial sea trials and first docking at the RAN base at Garden Island in Sydney. The sea trials were conducted from 17 to 26 June on the voyage to Sydney and then during the voyage back following the successful docking. NUSHIP Adelaide will dock at BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard tomorrow following successful initial sea trials and first docking at the RAN base at Garden Island in Sydney. Read more

Shark Watch: This year, Discovery Channel indicated, some of its "Shark Week" programming may actually have been TRUE!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
* caption:* "*This photo from Discovery Channel shows a great hammerhead, one of the largest sharks in the world, during an episode of Shark Week.*" " *Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives was the highest-rated program in 'Shark Week' history. Even though the network ran a disclaimer saying it was fake, experts like [the University of Miami's David] Shiffman were unimpressed." 'It was presented in such a way that you could very easily watch it and not know it was fictional,' he says."* *-- from Neda Ulaby's NPR report on Discovery Channel's "Shark Week"* "*No one in this wor... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #15 In the Energy of Love and Joy, You Make the Best Decisions

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*As received by Denise* *This one was very interesting! I am not sure if the math abstract is even relevant, but I included it because it showed me a different perspective of these three words. . .even though it is very complex, I still now at this moment, feel their humor at my reference to Dr. Seuss. I guess my filters are showing!* 12 July 2015 *Had a short thought exchange early this morning about “Choices” and the future and why stay in Joy. * *There was a quick reply of something like: we deal with possibilities, probabilities, and eventualities. * *It felt like a Dr. ... more »

Abe the Andalusian and the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Those nice bearded chaps at CAGE aren't at all happy with Andrew Gilligan of the *Telegraph *today for his article, *By day, at heart of counter-terror policing. And by night, preacher of extremism*. Here's what got up their noses: The Government watchdog which inspects police forces’ readiness for terrorism admitted that it employed one of Britain’s most notorious Islamic extremists. For almost two years Abdullah al Andalusi, led a double life, the Telegraph can reveal. By night, he taught that the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was “no different to ... more »

NASA’s New Horizons Gives Final Closeup of Pluto’s Puzzling Dark Spots

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Pluto, the underdog of planetary science, finally gets its time in the spotlight this week. As the New Horizons spacecraft nears its historic rendezvous with the icy space object Tuesday morning, it is providing scientists and the public with the... The post NASA’s New Horizons Gives Final Closeup of Pluto’s Puzzling Dark Spots appeared first on The Stream.

It's Sunday: Let's talk about Donald Trump, Click Bait, and some nifty products...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*because no one else is - particularly when it comes to The Donald.* After hitting the major news sites like Drudge, Townhall, Bad Blue, et al, as I do most mornings, I headed off to Feedly. My feed is in "title only" mode so I can scroll through hundreds of article titles quickly. I've winnowed my feed down to 251, which is still a substantial amount. I was curious about how many people would remark about the speech on illegal immigration Trump gave in Phoenix yesterday. It was pretty much crickets. Yesterday, I saw someone say, "Let's face it, Trump is a buffoon." Ah, no, I ... more »

The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT | Bill Fletcher Jr. speaks in Austin on the struggle for justice

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Event: Talk by Bill Fletcher Jr. Topic: From Ferguson to Jerusalem: The Struggle for Justice Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7 p.m. Where: St. James Episcopal Church Address: 1941 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78721 Sponsors: Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | Bill Fletcher Jr. speaks in Austin on the struggle for justice

Pebbles From A Lonely Beach - A Vaccine Injury Story

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 11 hours ago
Pebbles from a lonely beach by Jagannath Chatterjee Sane Vax, Inc. 11 July 2015 *(First published in Medico Friend Circle Bulletin: Issue 363-364, January-February 2015)* I am here to try and write about my experience with the fond hope that it will help parents, doctors and caregivers understand what their loved ones, patients or wards are going through. It will not be a pretty picture. What people with health issues go through has never been fully described in any medical textbook, cannot be mapped through clinical tests, is not subject to rational thinking, and does not l... more »

Supporting the People of Palestine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Dud Hendrick from Veterans for Peace about his recent trip to Palestine.

It's all Greek to...everyone

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
It's a curious thing, but I really don't think that bloggers or commenters who post about BBC bias have ever quite got to grips with the seemingly endless Greek debt crisis. I've rarely seen posts at any of my favourite haunts laying out an in any way convincing case against the BBC's coverage, *vis a vis* bias. That's not to say that there haven't been* lots* of comments berating the BBC for bias over the issue but they rarely seem very specific (except over Robert Peston, who's widely assumed to be pro-EU rather than pro-Syriza)... ...and I'm simply not seeing the usual phalanx... more »

Global Surveillance Industry

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal adviser to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He and CCR brought the first case challenging the Guantanamo detentions and continue in their efforts to close Guantanamo. He taught at Yale Law School, and Columbia Law School, and was President of the National Lawyers Guild. His current books include Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in the Twenty-First Century America, and Who Killed Che? How th... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
I’m cited in the following books: *Finding Peace in Iraq, Volume 2* by Thomas Hill and Alex Munoz, *Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria* by David Romano and Mehmet Gurses, and *A Revolution in Tropes: Alloiostrophic Rhetoric* by Jane Sutton and Mari Lee Mifsud. My article on Iraq's June oil exports and breakdown of budget deal with the Kurds was reprinted in The Daily Journalist. My interview with Sara Pursley on whether Iraq is an artificial state was reprinted in Real Clear Defense.

Pentagon mission: Conquer the whole world or, if not possible, destroy the entire earth with a nuclear war that they themselves bring about and start all over ...that is if any of them survive.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ July 10, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World Paul Craig Roberts The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015. The document announces a shift in ... more »

Gaza 'debate'

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
When someone mentioned one of Gerald Kaufman’s unhinged remarks the other day I failed to realise that he had made them during a parliamentary debate on Gaza, which took place on 8th July in Westminster Hall. It was aired again on the parliament channel this morning, where I happened to see it. The most striking thing by far was the poverty of oratorical competence. It was staggeringly bad. You can see it on the iPlayer. The Gaza debate was brought to us by Holly Lynch, Lab. It was supposed to be about the UN report into the 2014 Gaza conflict, but it strayed into other areas - ‘... more »

Hillary Clinton’s Hedge Fund Son-In-Law

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
*By Doug Martin at Hoosier School Heist Blog* A while back, Hillary Clinton, speaking the talk of the working class as all Wall Street DC Democrats do, lashed out at top hedge fund managers for “making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined.” Hillary’s statement was mere deception. Not because it wasn't the truth; but because Hillary happens to love hedge fund managers and banksters. Hedge fund managers seek to privatize education and steal pensions from teachers, as I detail in my book *Hoosier School Heist*, and wipe out what is left of the middle class. And ... more »

Minnesota Reactionary John Kline Manages To Reauthorize Hated "No Child Left Behind"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Everybody hates No Child Left Behind, right? (Except Jeb!, whose family has made a fortune off it.) Democrats hate it, and most Republicans say they hate it. But it was reauthorized-- albeit with the narrowest of votes, 218-213-- on Wednesdsay. Twenty-seven Republicans bucked their party leadership and voted against the bill introduced and pushed down America's throat by the most anti-education chairman of the Education Committee in American history, John Kline of Minnesota. His misleadingly titled "Student Success Act" drove a diverse segment of Republicans running across the ai... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday.... And time again for my weekly rant.. Well, I am back... Sort of.... I am still suffering from a bit of "burn out" and will probably be taking it a bit easier over the next while..... I will be posting for the next while but a bit more sporadically.... The fact is that I have been enduring a very grueling work schedule over the last while, and that has been coupled with high demands at home for work around here and of course some renovations... It was taking its toll on me and considering that I am indeed 55 years of age, it has been taking a bit lon... more »

TIME Admits ISIS Bringing Arms, Fighters in From NATO Territory

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
*July 12, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Late last year, Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing across the Turkish border into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). The border crossing near the Turkish city of Oncupinar, approximately 100km west of the Syrian city of Kobani, is apparently only one of many such crossings where ISIS fighters, weapons, and materiel move directly under the watch and apparent assistance of NATO. *Image: ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Sucking the life out of the academy* The British government’s latest plans for the future of higher education were revealed last week when the newly appointed universities minister made his first speech. Jo Johnson, the less famous brother of London mayor Boris, wants ‘Teaching at the heart of the system’. Johnson minor is not proposing to replicate the elite academic education he benefitted from while at Eton and Oxford. There are no plans to extend access to the ivory towers, the pursuit of knowledge and learning for its own sake to everyone who wants it. Instead, today’s unive... more »

Pope Francis Finishes Politicized Grand Tour of Latin America

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Pope Francis will put into practice his insistence that the world’s poor not be left on the margins of society by visiting a slum outside Asuncion on the final day of his three-country South American tour.... The post Pope Francis Finishes Politicized Grand Tour of Latin America appeared first on The Stream.

Why Martin Luther King Jr. Would Have Opposed Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Matt Barber at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Ever notice how the secular left conveniently omits the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a devout Christian minister? Though he and other Christian leaders have, no doubt, welcomed aid and support from honorable and like-minded secularists, it... The post Why Martin Luther King Jr. Would Have Opposed Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ appeared first on The Stream.

The Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling is on the Wrong Side of Nature, Evolution and God

Frank Turek at The Stream - 15 hours ago
We’ve been told that people who want to maintain the man-woman definition of marriage are “on the wrong side of history.” They thought opponents of Soviet communism were also on the wrong side of history, but bracket that off and... The post The Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling is on the Wrong Side of Nature, Evolution and God appeared first on The Stream.

Rubio Revisits Childhood in Vegas, Calls Putin a Criminal

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called Russian President Vladimir Putin a criminal on Saturday in a presidential campaign speech less focused on foreign and domestic policy than recounting his parents’ immigrant experience to voters in his childhood... The post Rubio Revisits Childhood in Vegas, Calls Putin a Criminal appeared first on The Stream.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*More failed prophecy. BOM bombs out again* *The BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) is Australia's great temple of the global warming faith Climate is the sum of weather so big failures to predict the weather cast great doubt on predictions about the climate. The forecast for Eastern Australia below issued last Friday is a case in point. It was headed: "Antarctic blast begins to bite: Heavy snow falls in southern states, 90km/h blizzards set to batter NSW and drivers urged to stay off the roads as temperatures plummet to lowest in 15 YEARS"In fact: At mid-afternoon in Brisbane... more »

Long an Amnesty Advocate, Now Trump Rides Border Chaos to Popularity

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump criticized U.S. immigration and trade policies on Saturday in speeches that veered from accusing Mexico of deliberately sending criminals across the border to professing respect for the Mexican government and love for... The post Long an Amnesty Advocate, Now Trump Rides Border Chaos to Popularity appeared first on The Stream.

The Last Chance for Greece to Stay in the Euro?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece will have another, possibly its last, chance Sunday to convince skeptical European creditors it can be trusted to enact wide-ranging economic reforms that would safeguard its future in the euro. After more than eight hours of... The post The Last Chance for Greece to Stay in the Euro? appeared first on The Stream.

Democrats Tack on Confederate Flag Ban to Spending Bill

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The dispute in Congress over the Confederate flag threatened Friday to upend House Republican plans to move forward on routine spending legislation, amid concerns that Democrats could hijack the bills to debate the flag. House Republican aides... The post Democrats Tack on Confederate Flag Ban to Spending Bill appeared first on The Stream.

Special Greece Update ( Sunday July 12 , 2015 ) EVENING UPDATE - POTENTIAL TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ! - EG Sunday Morning and Leaders Summit Sunday afternoon and continuing into the evening / night on tap today.... Key news and views on same !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Tweets..... El-foldo .... *Ian Traynor* ‏@traynorbrussels 51m 51 minutes ago #*greece* #*euco* gr needs 7bn short-term over next month. remember the 2010 efsm? EUcomm can raise 60bn using it. that's what they're mulling - Tweets - Tweets & replies - Photos & videos 1. *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 1m1 minute ago fred walton retweeted Gregor Peter Talks update pieces coming together ..... fred walton added, *Gregor Peter* @L0gg0l Spiegel: - Temporary Grexit off the table - Greece ok with IMF on board - Bridge financing from SMP, b... more »

25 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar that You Might Not Know

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Meme - *Many believe that you can use as a non-toxic product to clean your home and enhance the appearance of your hair and skin, as well as improve your health and well-being. The post 25 Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar that You Might Not Know appeared first on Waking Times.

Typhoon Pounds China with Heavy Rains; 1.1 Million People Evacuated

John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon pounded the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rainfall, submerging roads, felling trees and forcing the evacuation of 1.1 million people. Typhoon Chan-hom slammed ashore with winds of up... The post Typhoon Pounds China with Heavy Rains; 1.1 Million People Evacuated appeared first on The Stream.

National Televised Debate set for October.

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
The group of networks known as the broadcast consortium, including CBC News, *has set the English-language debate for Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET, and the French-language debate for Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET*...... despite an ongoing boycott by the Conservative Party. In a news release, the consortium which includes CTV News, Global News, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec and CBC News, said the broadcasters maintain their invitation to the Conservative Party, who have thus far declined, to participate. Some criticism has been heard regarding the time slot alloca... more »

A Running Gag

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago Yesterday, at a campaign stop in Pickering, Stephen Harper claimed the Canadian economy was in bad shape because the global economy isn't doing well: "Let me just state clearly what the situation is, there has been a downturn and the reason for that has been the downturn in the global economy," Harper said in Pickering, Ont. "It's really that simple. Look around the world, we have another crisis downturn in Europe, we have a very significant slowdown and some other related economic problems now in China, we had very negative first quarter growth in the... more »

Greek banks to go bankrupt Monday if no debt deal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Pensioners wait in front of a National Bank branch to receive part of their pensions at an Athens neighborhood, in Greece July 9, 2015. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)Pensioners wait in front of a National Bank branch to receive part of their pensions at an Athens neighborhood, in Greece July 9, 2015. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) Greek banks to go bankrupt Monday if no debt deal – FT Published time: July 10, 2015 16:08 Edited time: July 10, 2015 17:09 As cash withdrawals from Greek banks reach €100 million a day *the country’s banking... more »

Greece Disaster Shows Unavoidable Consequences of Socialism

Stephen Moore at The Stream - 17 hours ago
The Greek citizens have rolled the dice and voted overwhelmingly to reject the “austerity” referendum. This was a way for voters to stick a finger in the eye of their creditors. The left around the world has responded to the... The post Greece Disaster Shows Unavoidable Consequences of Socialism appeared first on The Stream.

(Same As the Old Boss)  Peace Has Not Come (Yet) To Greece's Payers/Minions  (Germany Never Repaid Its War Debts?)   Does Syriza Have A Mandate?  (Stop Selling Children To Bankers)

Greek Bailout Offer Passes Same As the Old Boss - Alexis Tsipras How Germany Reconquered Europe Yanis Varoufakis: Germany Won't Spare Greek Pain It Has An Interest in Breaking Us Stop Selling Your Children to Bankers Greece'd: We Voted "No" to Slavery, But "Yes" to Our Chains German Pot Calls Greek Kettle Black A Hostage Situation: Greece Yields to Austerity Demands Just Days After

‘Issues of credibility & trust’: Eurogroup adjourns without reaching Greece deal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem (2nd L) gestures as he talks to ministers during a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2015 (Reuters / Francois Lenoir)Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem (2nd L) gestures as he talks to ministers during a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2015 (Reuters / Francois Lenoir) *‘Issues of credibility & trust’: Eurogroup adjourns without reaching Greece deal* Published time: ... more »

Half-naked stockbroker performed 'vigorous' solo sex act in Kensington Gardens toilet per Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Vigorous masturbating makes sense, vicious much less so... Different strokes for different folks (pun intended) 'Court hears Thomas Boyd, 61, emerged from a cubicle 'viciously' pleasuring himself in front of a history lecturer A retired stockbroker pleasured himself in front of a shocked American academic in the public toilets in Kensington Gardens, a court heard.History lecturer Dr Tom Sebrell was stunned to see a half naked Thomas Boyd, 61, emerging from a cubicle, jurors heard. The former stockbroker was allegedly staring at the uncomfortable Dr Sebrell, who lives in west Lon... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Creole Tomatoes ~The Raging Pelican* *Hiring problems plague efforts to reform Orleans Parish Prison ~Jim Mustian, N.O. Advocate *

Is the BBC biased?: The case for (some) walls

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Is the BBC biased has a great article pointing out the obvious truth that for the BBC, and others, building security walls to keep out Islamist terrorists is fine, unless the wall is built by Israel, in which case it's an apartheid wall

"Please do not touch!"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
From this morning's paper review on the BBC News Channel: *Gavin Esler*: Let's move onto somebody else who's on the naughty step, which is the BBC, it would appear. *The Sunday Times*... *James Rampton, The Independent*: The whole BBC! *Gavin Esler*: The whole of the BBC! "The Tories give the BBC reform ultimatum. Demands for broadcaster to stop chasing viewers" and very interesting kind of panel of people who are going to comment to the Culture Secretary on how the BBC should function in the future... *Shyama Perera, journalist*: And do you know, Gavin, I'm old enough to rememb... more »

How Do We Live In Times Like These?

Sheila Walsh at The Stream - 18 hours ago
SHEILA WALSH — During the Roman persecution of the Jews in the second century, Rabbi Akiva was once asked why he persisted in teaching God’s Word when doing so meant risking torture and death. “Let me tell you a parable,”... The post How Do We Live In Times Like These? appeared first on The Stream.

Russia Working To Resume Tu-160 Nuclear Bomber Production: Report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Tu-160 Blackjack]Russian authorities are working to relaunch production of the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-160 "Blackjack" supersonic nuclear bomber, a Russian defense ministry official reportedly said Friday. "We are already working quickly [on the project], we have created a working group, scheduled monthly meetings with the Industry and Trade Ministry on how the work is progressing and appointed chief designers," Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov told RIA Novosti, cited by the Moscow Times. Only 16 of the Soviet-era aircraft were built before production ceased in the 1990s. ... more »

Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine for airplanes, spacecraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Assume the brace position. Boeing has received a patent for, I kid you not, a laser-powered fusion-fission jet propulsion system. Boeing envisions that this system could replace both rocket and turbofan engines, powering everything from spacecraft to missiles to airplanes. The patent, US 9,068,562, combines inertial confinement fusion, fission, and a turbine that generates electricity. It sounds completely crazy—and it is completely unrealistic given our current mastery of fusion, or lack thereof—but, in the future perhaps, this could be a rather ingenious solution. To begin with,... more »

"It never fails to turn a bit of a rumpus into an existential crisis"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
And sticking with *The Sunday Times *for one last post... Stephen Robinson's review of *Getting Out Alive *by former BBC News boss Roger Mosey begins with a revealing story: There is a good anecdote in Roger Mosey’s memoir of a BBC career when he and senior colleagues are gathering at Heathrow for a business-class junket to America. In a scene straight out of W1A (the BBC’s satire of its beyond-parody institutional absurdities), they spot a sinister pair lurking near the check-in, reviewing photographs of the BBC hierarchy. They assume they are Daily Mail reporters out to expose t... more »

Ukraine Seeks American Javelin Missiles For Giving Up on Nuclear Weapons

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: FGM-148 Javelin]Ukraine has sought a thousand US-made Javelin shoulder-fired missiles for giving up on its nuclear warheads arsenal in the past. "We need to understand that we must be prepared for any situation in the southeast. And also need to understand that Ukraine, which gave (up) 1,240 nuclear warheads, should have the right to receive, if necessary, at least a thousand Javelins", Ukraine’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the US Valeriy Chaly was quoted as saying by Ukraine's Mirror Weekly newspaper on Friday. On Thursday, US Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Nominee Josep... more »

Effort to overhaul nuclear missile system expected to begin this fall

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Nuclear launch control simulator]The Air Force will take a major step toward overhauling its Cold War-era nuclear missiles this fall, with plans to field hundreds of the weapons even as it must comply with a treaty calling for reductions alongside Russia. The service expects to spend $62.3 billion over 30 years on 642 missiles, 400 of which would be operationally deployed, according to an Arms Control Association review of internal Air Force documents. The service had 447 deployed missiles as of last fall, and the reduction would keep the Air Force within New START reduction... more »

Marines drop first bombs from F-35B in test runs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]Marine pilots recently dropped dozens of live bombs from the F-35B joint strike fighter for the first time, bringing the aircraft a step closer to its long-anticipated rollout. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 dropped 30 bombs over five days without a hitch in late June near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. It was a first for the squadron testing the aircraft's capabilities, and Marines said they can hit targets in little- to no-visibility. That showed that the F-35B is ready and able to conduct direct strikes in a battlefield environment, , said ... more »

Competition for China's future helicopter being held in Beijing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: VA-075 and JY-8]The Future Helicopter Designer Competition held which began on July 8 in Beijing and is sponsored by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China will decide what kind of military helicopter the country will develop over the next five years, reports state-run Global Times. Wu Ximing, the chief helicopter designer of AVIC; Hong Jiao, the director of AVIC's helicopter Research and Development Center; and his deputy, Xu Chaoliang are the three major competitors. Each will have to present their ideas of what China's future helicopter should look like before Aug. 20... more »

Boolean logic is sufficient to work with quantum mechanics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Even though a whole "community" of would-be scientists nurture a religion based on the (scientifically debunked) dogma that there is something incomplete or unsatisfying about quantum mechanics, quantum mechanics has worked extremely well for 90 years and it really takes a few lines to fully and rigorously describe its general rules and check that they don't suffer from any flaw. Quantum mechanics is a framework to produce predictions – or construct valid statements – about Nature our of some known facts about Nature. According to this framework, every physical system is described b... more »

A hopeful sign?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
The lead story in *The Sunday Times r*eports that the BBC will be told to return to its public service roots and scrap ratings-grabbing programmes like *The Voice.* According to the paper, this week's government green paper will also: • Open the door to a replacement for the £145.50 licence fee, with a household tax, subscription payments and a means-tested licence fee all on the table • Say that the BBC Trust should be scrapped because it cannot be a cheerleader and regulator at the same time and propose that either Ofcom or a new regulator takes over • Suggest that the BBC w... more »

Navy has no sailors for new aircraft carriers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)]An online campaign group made the stark warning amid concerns Armed Forces are facing even more cuts with another Defence Review scheduled for later this year. Save The Royal Navy believes the service will be hard pushed to man even one of the massive ships because of the depleted number of sailors. The organisation also expressed concerns the record low staffing levels will lead to “dangerously small crews” while uncertainty over the number of aircrafts on board the carriers and lack of escort vessels could leave them vulnerable to an attack. Read... more »

A Month On, Dornier Data Recorder Found 950 Metres Under Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Do-228 MPA]Over a month after the Coast Guard’s Dornier aircraft went missing, setting in motion an unrelenting and uninterrupted search operation involving ships, submarines, advanced remotely operated vessels, planes and satellites, the efforts finally succeeded on Friday with the recovery of the flight data recorder (FDR), cockpit voice recorder and the wheel of the aircraft from about a kilometer under sea off the Pichavaram coast in Cuddalore district. However, there was still no information on the fate of the three crew members who were on board the aircraft when it va... more »

Graphs at a glance : Osborne renames the National Minimum Wage to the National Living Wage? The minimum wage is a matter of legislation. The living wage is a matter of opinion.

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
How much is a "Living Wage"? MPs salivating at their 2015 pay increase bleat that they can't live on £67k a year.  Few (if any) MPs say they do the job for the money, public service being their declared incentive. But apparently they need an extra 10%, lifting their basic salary to £74k in 2015, to 'live on'. MPs need £74k per year, but George Osborne has decided for the rest of the nation the

Defence industry to use Irish military to test more products under Coveney plan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Irish Minister for Defence Simon Coveney]The international defence industry is to have increased access to the Irish Defence Forces for product testing, under plans to be brought to Cabinet next week by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. The Minister has been working on a White Paper setting out his aims. "We are planning to do a lot more of it, to actually link defence infrastructure and the skillset of the defence forces, with innovators in the private sector so that actually we can create products that are good for defence," Coveney told the Sunday Independent. Read more

Indian Navy to soon invite tenders for six conventional submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Scorpene class SSK]The Indian Navy will soon invite tenders for building six conventional submarines after a high-level committee of the Defence Ministry submitted its report identifying shipyards capable of executing the about Rs 60,000 crore project. "The Committee has visited all the shipyards in the country and has submitted its report recently. It is under consideration of the Defence Ministry," defence sources said. Though they remained tightlipped about the name of shipyards that have been shortlisted, the sources said a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued soon... more »

Love Gov: Keeping a Close Eye on Privacy

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 20 hours ago
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LHC matches the whole atmosphere in the number of produced Higgses

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
The LHC just passed 1,000 inverse microbarns per second [live] (divide 1,000 by 31.69 to get the value in "inverse femtobarns per year" – yes, it would be 30 inverse femtobarns per year). Thanks to Phil Gibbs. So it may be a good time for some musings about "how much stuff the LHC creates". Jonathan Butterworth of ATLAS just posted a funny little comment in his Guardian blog: Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time, high in the sky He mentions the bachelor thesis by Josua Unger who has calculated how many Higgs bosons are created in the atmosphere due to the coll... more »

Military Photo of the Day: July 12, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 20 hours ago
A severely ill child and his dad are escorted toward a fighter jet during a tour of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State. The special tour was part of the Make-A-Wish program. Thank you to Make-A-Wish and our... The post Military Photo of the Day: July 12, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Synthetic Hitler : The Making of a Bavarian Candidate

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
*"In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written, "the kingdom of God is within man" -- not one man, nor any group of men, but in all men"* *The Bavarian Candidate* Synthetic Hitler - Made in UK : The Making of a Bavarian Candidate from Spike EP on Vimeo. * "I, Herodotus of Halicarnassus, am here setting forth my history, that time may not draw the color from what man has brought into being, nor those great and wonderful deeds manifested by both the Greeks and the barbarians, fail of their report, and together, with all of this, the reason why they fought one another."* ... more »

Down with BBC imperialism!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
There's a *lot* of BBC-related stuff in today's *Sunday Times*, including a in-depth report by Tim Rayment headlined *Taming the BBC beast.* Among other things, the piece crisply lays out why the BBC's long-standing imperial ambitions are such a problem: On the day ITV was launched in 1955 a young woman died in The Archers. Her life ended horribly as she tried to save a horse from a fire and for 48 hours heartbroken listeners jammed the BBC switchboard, overshadowing the dawn of commercial television. A new instinct had joined the BBC’s Reithian values of public service broadcasti... more »

Asian free market websites, Part 4

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 23 hours ago
How popular are the free market think tanks and institutes in Asia, at least online? I checked four years ago to answer that question. Today, out of curiosity, I checked again and here is what I discovered. Shown are their global ranking -- out of several hundred million sites and blogs in the planet. 1. Korea Economic Research Institute (KERI), Seoul, headed by Dr. Tae-shin Kwon, represented by Dr. Choi Byung Il in various EFN Asia conferences. 2. Unirule Institute of Economics, Beijing, headed by Dr. Mao Yushi; often represented by Dr. Feng Xingyuan in various ... more »

Three views of success -- from Dilbert's Wally, Tyrell Wellick (of "Mr.Robot"), and the great Robert Benchley

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*DILBERT by Scott AdamsJuly 9: "Hard Work Is Necessary For Success"* [*Click to enlarge.*] *"I take Life as it comes, and although I grouse a great deal and sometimes lie on the floor and kick and scream and refuse to eat my supper, I find that taking Life as it comes is the only way to meet it. It isn't a very satisfactory way, but it is the only way. (I should be very glad to try any other way that anyone can suggest. I certainly am sick of this one.)"* *-- Robert Benchley, in "A Little Sermon on Success"* *"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. But give a man a bank and he can ... more »

MENA Report ( July 11 , 2015 ) - General Comment For The Day -- " Cry " Havoc " and let slip the dogs of war. That this foul deed shall smell above the earth . With carrion men, groaning for burial ( Julius Caesar - Act 3 , Scene 1 ) - - - Iraq - Syria Regional War Updates.....Iran Nuclear Talks ...... Yemen Regional Proxy War ... Libya " Fuster Cluck " - is peace really at hand ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Tweets..... *Iran Talks Extended to Monday Amid Deal Reports* *Panic in Fallujah as Militias Prepare to Attack* *Despite Ceasefire, Saudi Airstrikes Pound Yemen* *US Says Afghan ISIS Planning Attacks Against NATO Troops* Airstrikes Kill Civilians; 154 Killed in Iraq Hezbollah, Syrian Govt Clash With Rebels in Zabadani Turkey Arrests 21 Suspected ISIS Members At War With ISIS, Iraq Is Pumping More Oil Than Ever Before Iraq..... Retweeted 345 times *CNN* ‏@CNN Jul 10 Military analysts: Donald Trump's plan to bomb *Iraq*'s oil fields not a good one [... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image. *Click image for larger size.* Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral arms ... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “The Eskimos Have No Word for ‘War’” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Eskimos Have No Word for ‘War’”* “Trying to explain it to them Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene. Their houses, like white bowls, Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes Of night and day. They listen politely, and stride away, With spears and sleds and barking dogs To hunt for food. The women wait, Chewing on skins or singing songs, Knowing that they have hours to spend, That the luck of the hunter is often late. Later, by fires and boiling bones In streaming kettles, they welcome me, Far kin, pale brother, To share what they have in a... more »

"Mad People..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the cat: "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here." - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Chet Raymo, “Embracing the Seventh Art” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Embracing the Seventh Art”* by Chet Raymo “The medieval university curriculum was divided into two parts- the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic), and the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy). One might argue, and many do, that these seven liberal arts might still constitute a satisfactory education. And certainly, what the medievals understood about grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry and music has not substantially changed. Rhetoricians can still be inspired by Cicero. Einstein learned his geometry from Euclid. We listen to medieval music with u... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“No Escape from Existential Reality” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“No Escape from Existential Reality”* by Sartre "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick "Finally agreement! No one can dispute the reality that we all will die. Since most choose to block out this fate or find it discomforting to consider, the roots of denial are sown. Refusal to confront the one great similarity that all humans share, is a trait that has greatly affected our political and social lives. Life is to be lived, no doubt. But how you live it greatly depends upon how you treat the final ending. Death, freedom, existential ... more »

"You Better Decide..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“A wise man once said you can have anything in life, if you sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is, nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle you better decide how much you're willing to lose." - "Grey's Anatomy"

Vaccines: an ideal covert op to genetically re-engineer humans

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
Saturday, July 11, 2015 *Why is the government so maniacal about injecting vaccines?* By Jon Rappoport The reference is the *New York Times*, 3/15/15, “Protection Without a Vaccine.” It describes the frontier of research. Here are key quotes that illustrate the use of synthetic genes to “protect against disease,” while changing the genetic makeup of humans. This is not science fiction: “By delivering synthetic genes into the muscles of the [experimental] monkeys, the scientists are essentially re-engineering the animals to resist disease.” “’The sky’s the limit,’ said Michael ... more »

T. E. Lawrence

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Things Aristotle Was Completely Wrong About : Australia

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Francis Bacon and his tribe buggered science and the result of this was empiricism."* *Lyndon H. Larouche Jr. * *of U.S. Army Intelligence* *Terra Australis Incognita* *aka The Counterweight Continent* *(N.B. : Please note the presence (and existence) of the * *Lost Continent of Mu **("Coo!") on this chart)* *Il designo del discoperto della Nova Franza * *by Paolo Forlani, ca. 1566* *Meteorology* By Aristotle Written 350 B.C.E Translated by E. W. Webster "There are two inhabitable sections of the earth: one near our upper, or nothern pole, the other near the other or south... more »

Civilian Casualties and Operation Protective Edge

Tom Gregory at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Waking up the other day to discover that I was a duck was a rather disconcerting experience. They say the condition is only temporary, but there is a danger that I will forever be seen as a bit of a quack. Nevertheless, the opportunity to blog at the Duck of Minerva is a great privilege […]

Super R-Type for the Super Nintendo

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
*R-Type*. There was a point in time when that name was synonymous with horizontally-scrolling shooters. When it hit the arcades in 1987, the splash it made was huge. It wasn't the first of its kind, and by that time the acquisition of power-ups were pretty standard too. What marked it off was three things. Its unique selling point was the use of 'The Force', a bolt-on indestructible droid that could be attached to the front or back of your ship and used to absorb bullets in those tricky moments. It could also be fired out front to operate semi-independently - a very handy thing to ... more »

A good day

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I always prefer *Dateline London *when it has a broad range of political opinions. Alas, it doesn't happen too often. Today's edition, however, *did* contain a decent spread of opinion - from centre-left to centre-right (via a pro-Saudi journalist and an American liberal)... ...and the centre-right guest (Conservative Home's Alex Deane) engaged in plenty of sparring with the two left-liberals (including Michael Goldfarb). It's so much better when *Dateline *isn't just a left-leaning love-in. That's when it becomes worth watching.

ESEA and the New Jim Crow Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
A few years back Michelle Alexander wrote an amazing book, *The New Jim Crow. . .*, that remains so relevant today. It is about a new form of exclusion, segregation, and separation of African-Americans based on racist policing and "justice" systems that incarcerate and then turn black men, in particular, into lifelong "untouchables" who are kept from participating in voting, legitimate employment, educational opportunities, and even public housing. Today we have a minor league farm system for this adult form of institutionalized dehumanization, and like the adult version, it is ful... more »

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

From NJ to Maine, Big Rat Bastard Gummers of a feather flock together: Part 2, Our old pal, the Big Rat Bastard Gummer of NJ

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Yes, it's not one but two Big Rat Bastard Gummers, last week in Becky's Diner in Portland, Maine, where the Pine State's gummer endorsed the gummer of the Garden State for president.* *by Ken* In yesterday's Part 1, we focused on the twice-elected "Idiot Thug Running Maine," a figure who to an almost unique degree combines rolling-in-the-aisles buffoonery with the ability to strike terror in the hearts of citizen students of American government and American society. A man who might be the fraternal twin of the original Big Rat Bastard Gummer of NJ. The original Big Rat Bastard G... more »

Anita's Dance

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Anita Anand's weekly introductions to *Any Answers? *are, I think, proving to be something of an untapped bonanza for BBC bias hunters. She just doesn't seem able to stop herself from thinking inside a certain (left-leaning) box, however hard she appears to try. This week's introduction started well, with a careful balance of talking points: Good afternoon. Welcome to *Any Answers?* So, the big question for you this afternoon: How will the Budget affect *you*? With the changes to tax credits, a new national living wage, inheritance tax, student maintenance grants, will you be b... more »

"WTF is this fancy pants load of politically correct crap from Manchester?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I will admit that I'm loath to let last night's *Newsnight* pass without comment, however inconsequential my thoughts about it may be. After all, I wasted a good half an hour of my life watching it, and I want some return from that ordeal! The programme ignored the news completely (despite being called *Newsnight*) and focused instead on the arts scene in Manchester - a few miles away from the BBC's Salford residence: namely the Manchester International Festival (abbreviated by *Newsnight* to MIF - though many a Twitter user claims to have misread that as 'MILF'). Poo and pubic c... more »

2015 Week 28 Education Odds and Ends

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*“Our rulers don’t just want exclusive control over the governance and finances of our schools, they want to control both what is taught and by whom.” — Robert D. Skeels* Deasy not given his due An EdSource piece by the respected Carl Cohn makes the tired old case for "breaking up" Los Angeles Unified School District. Cohn lists multiple recent missteps in his case — MiSiS cRiSiS and Pearson/iPad scandal among them — but never once mentions the common denominator of all the missteps, perhaps because of EdSource's sources of funding. I addressed Cohn's lack of attribution thusly: ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Marie Keyworth For those tracking the BBC's obsessive interest in Gaza, today's *From Our Own Correspondent *- a particularly egregious programme in that respect - ended with yet another yarn from that particular unoccupied territory. It came courtesy of a BBC reporter whose previous reporting from Gaza has left a lot to be desired before, impartiality-wise: Marie Keyworth. The story was a heart-warming, romantic one - a tale of stolen kisses - set, BBC-style, against a heart-breaking story of fear and depression, caused by Israeli bombs during last year's conflict - and fear of I... more »

July: There is nothing in today's Irving press worth commenting on.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
This is the equivalent of a class newspaper for grades six and seven. Even the Commentary by Gwynne Dyer is a pretty bland one for most Canadian readers. I'm becoming convinced that the Irving press accepts only those Dyer commentaries which are tame and remote - interesting for the reader who avidly follows world news, but likely to be skipped by general readers. Bill Belliveau has a column in which he urges readers to vote Liberal - without giving a single reason why they should. He ends with an attack on Mulcair because Mulcair was once interview for a job with the Conservative... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #14

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*This just came in as I was thinking about the nature of my son's "summer" cold. This virus is quick and mean and the mucus is so thick and sticky it is hard to breathe and swallow. I cleared my space and declared that only messages of absolute unconditional and pure love and absolute truth are welcome.* 11 July 2015 *You have a question about viruses? A virus is simply an aberration sent into your system. It may contain codes to alter your genetic make-up; it may be “man” made or nature made. All things come from Source. This virus that you perceive is not the problem. ... more »


LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago

Liberal U.S. Magazine Touts Trip To Meet Cuban Spies Who Killed Americans

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 1 day ago
The Nation, one of America’s premier left-wing magazines, is advertising a trip to Communist Cuba where it touts that visitors will be able to meet spies who helped kill Americans. An email sent out Friday invites loyal friends of The Nation to purchase one... The post Liberal U.S. Magazine Touts Trip To Meet Cuban Spies Who Killed Americans appeared first on The Stream.

"Complicity..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago


LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago

Radio 4's 'Feedback': Not in my name

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I have to say that I listened to the opening section of this week's *Feedback *with growing astonishment. Why? Well, because Radio 4's *Newswatch* equivalent, instead of acting as a fair mirror of listeners' complaints and compliments, went off instead on an extended editorial... ...and to say that presenter Roger Bolton gave a biased account of the deal between the government and the BBC over the licence fee would be something of an understatement. Where Roger stood on the subject was *not *exactly left to the listeners' imagination here, to put it mildly. It was crystal clear.... more »

Only Love Has the Power to Help You Discover this Simple Truth

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *A short video about waking up from the illusion of separation and discovering that love is the very fabric that creates you and this universe. The post Only Love Has the Power to Help You Discover this Simple Truth appeared first on Waking Times.

Confederate Flag Removed From South Carolina’s Statehouse Grounds

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago
*There was a massive outburst of emotion as South Carolina brought down one of the most divisive symbols in the nation from its Capitol grounds.* NBC. It should have been done long time ago.

Gaza: “The 51-Day Genocide” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The 51-Day Genocide”* by David Swanson "Max Blumenthal’s latest book, "The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza," tells a powerful story powerfully well. I can think of a few other terms that accurately characterize the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza in addition to “war,” among them: occupation, murder-spree, and genocide. Each serves a different valuable purpose. Each is correct. The images people bring to mind with the term “war,” universally outdated, are grotesquely outdated in a case like this one. There is no pair of armies on a battlefield. There is no battlefield. There ... more »

The Stable

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Elections are the horse race all show pure entertainment political consumerism they keep us diverted our energies occupied We quit watching the magic hands of the ruling oligarchies as they make war and steal us blind Mr. Big has a deep bench inside the stable with eager men and women of many colors ambitious chomping at the bit ready for the big race Mr. Big seeds all government business public organizations and political parties with his jockeys It’s like stocking a lake with trout before fishing season begins The leaders we are allowed to pick from are stable stock all hav... more »

More Greece Analysis

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Quagmire and fiasco are only two words to describe the condition of the European Union and the eurozone after the democratic choice of the Greek people. CrossTalking with Joshua Tartakovsky, John Laughland, and Theofanis Exadaktylos.

"How Donald Trump Sees The Globe" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How Donald Trump Sees The Globe"* by Aaron Nemo "Over the centuries, countless cartographers have dedicated their lives to tirelessly assembling an accurate representation of our globe. Ignore those idiots: It's Trump time! Feast your eyes upon our estimation of the ultimate map as perceived by the lone presidential candidate ever to utter the phrase, "Somebody's doing the raping." *Click image for larger size.* - ◆ *Related:* "Donald Trump Is the Clown in Charge: Sorry, GOP, You Created Him, Now He’s the Face of Your Party" - ◆

Here's a shocker: The Sarah Palin Channel goes SPLAT! (But don't worry, you can now get crapnews from Princess Sarah for free!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*No, the "*LEARN MORE*" link in the above screen grab (click to enlarge) isn't live. It's a video you can watch by going to the Sarah Palin Channel website.* *by Ken* "The who-what channel?" you say. "Uh, the Sarah Palin Channel? Oh, right, I vaguely remember that. Sorta." Ah, it was only a year ago that this breakthrough in America media was announced to great fanfare -- or at least as much fanfare as a a heavily over-fanfare-laden media world could muster. You could get a month's worth of content from America's Princess at a monthly rate of a mere $9.95, or a full doggone year ... more »

Portugal’s Experiment in Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Success

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Mark Thornton* - It is a happy anniversary for the Portuguese, but a scary one for all the drug warriors around the world. The post Portugal’s Experiment in Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Success appeared first on Waking Times.

21 Life Changing Lessons to Learn From Confucius

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Luminita Saviuc* - The wisdom of the ancient sage Confucious. The post 21 Life Changing Lessons to Learn From Confucius appeared first on Waking Times.

Greece should rent Crete to Eurozone for 100 years, €325 billion

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
In the morning, it seemed extremely likely that the new Greek proposed €53.5 billion bailout was going to be accepted. Positive voices were heard from the EU and IMF authorities. However, the finance ministers who discuss the issue tonight are much less enthusiastic. For example, Slovak finance minister Peter Kažimír has said that the proposal reminds him of a time machine. It would have been good for the completion of the 2nd bailout but it's probably no good for a 3rd bailout because the economic conditions continued to further deteriorate, as I have often warned. Moreover, the... more »

BROOKINGS VIDEO: Syria and Iraq: The Future Prospect of JIhadism

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago

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