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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey Issues Sober Assessment of Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
*Washington Post*: *As Dempsey departs, he issues sober assessment of Middle East* Outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey showed last week how much his understanding of the Middle East will be missed when he steps down. In a blunt assessment given the Senate Armed Services Committee last Tuesday, Dempsey — who since 1991 has spent a good part of his career in the region — outlined the dilemma facing the Obama administration. “While our potential adversaries grow stronger,” meaning the Islamic State and Iran, “many of our allies are becoming increasingly dependent on the Un... more »

Israel And Saudi Arabia Unite Against The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
*The Telegraph:* *Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal* Iran's enemies unsettled by its deal with the West, but Bashar al-Assad of Syria says it is 'a great victory'. The nuclear deal with Iran caused fury in Israel and consternation around the region at the likely increase in influence and resources of a newly enriched Iran. Most telling was the loudest expression of support. "I am happy that the Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved a great victory by reaching an agreement," President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a message to his Iranian opposite num... more »

Sunni Arabs Are Now Seeing America Take The Shia Side In The Middle East's Sectarian War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
A staff removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of Unites States, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Robert Fisk, The Independent: **Iran nuclear deal: However the great and good represent it, America has now taken the Shia side in the Middle East's sectarian war* Obama hailed a 'more hopeful world...an opportunity to move in another direction' However much Bibi ... more »

Ayn Rand, "The Ethics of Emergencies"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
*"The Ethics of Emergencies"* by Ayn Rand "In the normal conditions of existence, man has to choose his goals, project them in time, pursue them and achieve them by his own effort. He cannot do it if his goals are at the mercy of and must be sacrificed to any misfortune happening to others. He cannot live his life by the guidance of rules applicable only to conditions under which human survival is impossible. The principle that one should help men in an emergency cannot be extended to regard all human suffering as an emergency and to turn the misfortune of some into a first mortg... more »

"10 Effective Ways To Simplify Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
*"10 Effective Ways To Simplify Your Life"* by Tejvan Pettinger "It is a good question whether modern society has led to an improvement in living standards. We have an unprecedented level of material prosperity, but often it seems to come at the price of increased complexity and stress. However, there is no reason why we cannot have the best of both worlds; taking advantage of modern technology and enjoying the simplicity of living in the present moment. If you feel life is too stressful and complicated these are some tips to simplify your life. *Give priority to the essentials of ... more »

"A True Manifestation..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"It's daylight, the sky is cloudy, and human beings believe that beyond the clouds lives an all-powerful God, guiding the fate of men. Meanwhile, look at your son, look at your feet, listen to the sounds around you: down here is the Mother, so much closer, bringing joy to children and energy to those who walk over her body. Why do people prefer to believe in something far away and forget what is there before their eyes, a true manifestation of the miracle?" - Paulo Coelho

"What Matter?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"What matter if this base, unjust life Cast you naked and disarmed? If the ground breaks beneath your step, Have you not your soul? Your soul! You fly away, Escape to realms refined, Beyond all sadness and whimpering. Be like the bird which on frail branches balanced A moment sits and sings; He feels them tremble, but he sings unshaken, Knowing he has wings." – Victor Hugo

Musical Interlude: Robert Palmer, "You're Gonna Get What's Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Robert Palmer, "You're Gonna Get What's Coming" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgIebIQLiiQ

When the truth accidentally slips out....

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
*Vancouver MP Wai Young...inadvertent truth teller* Conservative Vancouver Member of Parliament, Wai Young, recently mis-spoke herself. She told a church congregation in her riding that the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) knew about the "Air India Bombing" (a plane departing from Vancouver Airport on 23 June, 1985 blew up killing over 300 passengers off the Coast of Ireland) ahead of time. According to what she said in church...CSIS knew there was a bomb on board the plane *but was prevented by rules and policies governing the CSIS at the time, from telling the... more »

Musical Interlude: Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill" - https://www.youtube.com/

Ava Adore

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

Happy Birthday, Rembrandt!

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 hour ago
Four-hundred-and-nine years ago, on July 15 1606, Rembrandt van Rijn, better known simply as Rembrandt, was born. As the son of a miller, this Dutch master painter was born into humble circumstances, but became famous as a great artist in his... The post Happy Birthday, Rembrandt! appeared first on The Stream.

Restitution in Criminal Law

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Restitution in the criminal law comes in two forms. Restitution is intended to rehabilitate the offender by making him immediately responsible for the loss of the victim. It also gives the victim a speedy means of getting money back. Informal restitution is often part of a resolution arrangement in property offences where the prosecution is stayed or otherwise lessened if restitution is paid before the case gets to trial. Formal restitution is set out in sections 738 to 741.2 of the Criminal Code. Restitution can be ordered to require the offender to pay a sum of money to compen... more »

July 14: Wonderful!

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 2 hours ago
The US and Iran have signed a deal that Iran will not build nuclear weapons - something Iran wasn't doing, anyway. And will t his bring peace to the middle east? No. It won't even bring peace to Iran because both Israel and Saudi Arabia want Iran destroyed as a nation. Meanwhile, Israel has at least 200 nuclear weapons, and nuclear submarines to deliver them - anywhere. It has them as illegally as it would have been for Iran to have them if Iran were doing that. So what's going on? I don't know. I do know that American oil companies want control of Iranian oil. They also don't wan... more »

Ex-Planet Watch: He-e-e-e-re's Pluto!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*This photo is part of the binge of data New Horizons sent back yesterday before it stopped chattering with earth in order to focus on its up-close observation of Pluto. It was scheduled to reach its closest point to the "dwarf planet" at 7:50 this morning ET, and to check in with home at 8:53pm ET this evening.* *BREAKING NEWS: New Horizons phones home!* *Clearly this post was written before that fateful moment, at 8:53pm ET this evening, when the New Horizons spacecraft was scheduled to send a short data burst signaling the end of its communications blackout during its flyby of ... more »

U.S. High Schools Embrace the Sport of Rifle Shooting

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 4 hours ago
A growing number of high schools in states like Minnesota are adding rifle shooting as a new sport for students to participate in, according to Bloomberg. U.S. gun sales have begun to level after a spike caused by fears that... The post U.S. High Schools Embrace the Sport of Rifle Shooting appeared first on The Stream.

The Bilocation of Hillary Clone-Clinton

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 4 hours ago
Alcuin and Flutterby *Exploring what might be* In 2008, during the American presidential election campaign, US Senator Hillary Clinton's handlers began to get clumsy and she was seen in two different places at once on a number of separate occasions. And not just in Iowa and New Hampshire. Someone sees Hillary Clinton at a function across town at, say, 1.30pm. And then, when they compare notes with a Democratic Party co-worker later that day, they learn that Hillary was also seen back at the hotel at 1.30pm, three miles away. And her clothes were different, or her hair was diffe... more »

Russian Foreign Minister: With An Iranian Nuclear Deal In Place There Is No Need For Missile Defense In Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov *RT: **Lavrov: Russia expects US to abandon Europe AMD plans after Iran deal* Moscow hopes the US will fulfill its promise not to develop a system of missile defense in Europe after a deal with Iran has been reached, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Vienna on Tuesday. “We all probably remember that in April 2009 in Prague [US] President [Barack] Obama said that if the Iran nuclear program issue is sorted out, then the task of creating the European segment of the missile defense system will disappear,” Lavrov said at press confer... more »

Cartoon: ‘Voice Commands’

Henry Payne at The Stream - 4 hours ago
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Does Positive Thinking Free Us From the Matrix?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - Is it true that positive thinking can free us? The post Does Positive Thinking Free Us From the Matrix? appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Large, dusty, spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this rich telescopic image. The field of view spans nearly 2 degrees, or about 4 times the width of the Full Moon, toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. But X-ray and infrared observations reveal even more high energy emission and star formation in the core of NGC 4945. The other prominent galaxy in the field, NGC 4976, is an elliptical galaxy. Left of center, NGC 4976 i... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, Beyond Undoing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Beyond Undoing"* "Why, then have to be human? Oh, not because happiness exists, Nor out of curiosity... But because being here means so much; Because everything here, Vanishing so quickly, seems to need us, And strangely keeps calling to us... To have been Here once, completely, even if only once, To have been at one with the earth - This is beyond undoing." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo "Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from the March 9, 2006 issue of Nature. The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the... more »

Freedom is Key to Prosperity, and Texas Leads the Way

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 5 hours ago
Financial website Money-Rates.com has ranked the states, determining which are the easiest and most difficult in which to make a living. The results are far from surprising, and show that freedom is key to prosperity. The easiest states in which... The post Freedom is Key to Prosperity, and Texas Leads the Way appeared first on The Stream.

Labour and the Law of Costs: But doesn’t “Yoda” sound Chinese? [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
So the Labour Party probably figured they could make a splash with a bit of Asian-bashing, for which they’ll be pilloried for a few days but will be able to ride out because – underneath all the hooplah – despite all the criticism – after all the smoke has cleared –Labour thinks Joe & Josephine Voter will still be thinking in the back of their minds: “Hmmm, seems to me that if more Chinese are buying more of ‘our’ houses, then the prices of all ‘our’ houses will have to go up. Stands to reason.” Joe and Josephine, Labour hopes, will forget all they’ve heard about all the errors in... more »

Will The U.S. And Iran Now Become Allies?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Pool photo by Andrew Harnik *Leslie Gelb, Daily Beast:* *The Real Reason Obama Did The Iran Deal* The U.S. allows Tehran to keep its nuclear program with the secret hope that America’s foe will become a friend. Both Iran and the United States essentially got what they wanted from the 159-page nuclear deal agreed upon Tuesday in Vienna. The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s gains were more tangible than President Barack Obama’s. The Supreme Leader got significant sanctions relief for his ailing economy, the launch pad for Iran to become a more formidable Mideast power. Mr. Obama stretched I... more »

"The Problem With Proverbs"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Problem With Proverbs"* by Patrick Cockburn "My father, Claud Cockburn, invented a game in which participants made up national sayings that had to be completely meaningless but sound appropriate to their purported country of origin. An example could be the traditional Norwegian saying, “the tree is taller than the highest wave” or, as they say in India, “all is not nothingness, nor the nothingness all”. The idea for the game came to him on the top of a bus in London which was crawling along in a traffic jam. He overheard a passenger in the seat in front of him complain to a f... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Thanks for stopping by.

"In the Inbox"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"In the Inbox" *From: Coordinator of Volunteer Services: *"We have a young man, thirty-six, on hospice who has a very young child. They want someone to help him do a life review and perhaps put some pictures together for he and his wife so the child will know him. Call me if you are willing to do this." The next time, friend, your life seems too hard, check your Inbox. - Jose Orez

"How Fear Blocks Creativity: Protecting Your Flow"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"How Fear Blocks Creativity: Protecting Your Flow"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we feel safe, our creativity unfolds like a beautiful flower. To understand how fear blocks creativity, take a moment to imagine yourself telling a story. First, imagine telling the story to someone you love and who loves you. You probably feel warmth and energy as you fill in the details of your tale to your friend’s delight. Now, imagine telling the same story to someone who, for whatever reason, makes you uncomfortable. The wonderful twists and turns, the fine points and colorful images that... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Ben Caspit, Al Monitor*: *Israeli defense minister says Iran deal will set off nuclear arms race in region* By the afternoon of July 13, Jerusalem had come to terms with the fact that Iran and the superpowers had apparently reached an agreement. As far as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz are concerned, this is the moment of truth. The public debate will heat up intensely over the next few days, culminating in Netanyahu’s anticipated visit to the United States in September to attend the UN General As... more »

Twitter Reacts to Planned Parenthood Scandal

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 6 hours ago
This morning, we had the disturbing news that Planned Parenthood is actually selling the organs of aborted babies. I wish that were an exaggeration. Many took to Twitter to voice their disgust. From @DLoesch #DLRS pic.twitter.com/gq3xn3kFQn — Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch)... The post Twitter Reacts to Planned Parenthood Scandal appeared first on The Stream.

Leaked Document: Hundreds of Thousands of Vets Have Died Awaiting VA Care

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 6 hours ago
A new leaked document from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates 238,657 veterans have died while waiting for health care appointments. There are a total of 847,822 veterans on the enrollment waitlist, meaning a third have been declared deceased while in line... The post Leaked Document: Hundreds of Thousands of Vets Have Died Awaiting VA Care appeared first on The Stream.

World News Briefs -- July 14, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *‘Today a New Page Has Turned,’ Iran’s President Tells Nation* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said nuclear accord ushers in a ‘significant period’ TEHRAN—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed Tuesday’s nuclear deal with six world powers as a watershed in repairing relations with the West but cautioned that much work lay ahead to improve ties and implement the agreement. “Today a new page has turned,” Mr. Rouhani said in a speech aired on Iranian state TV. “Today is an end to the injustice and wrong, unfit accusations, and the beginning of a new develop... more »

6 Questionable Statements in Obama’s Iran Speech

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Obama gave an optimistic speech Tuesday morning, hailing a newly-reached nuclear deal with Iran as an historic accomplishment. Many have praised the new deal, and there’s a near-universal hope in the West that it will be successful in its goal of halting Iranian nuclear... The post 6 Questionable Statements in Obama’s Iran Speech appeared first on The Stream.

Deion Sanders Gives Paul Ryan Props in Anti-Poverty Fight

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
NFL Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders touted the authenticity of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s efforts to fight poverty Monday, saying Ryan’s not “trick or treating.” “There’s a lot of people trick or treating in these wonderful offices, and it’s not even October,” Sanders... The post Deion Sanders Gives Paul Ryan Props in Anti-Poverty Fight appeared first on The Stream.

Quote of the Day: On the climate war’s damage to science

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
“For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on in laboratories so I can tell interesting stories. It’s analogous to the way art critics write about art, but with a difference: we “science critics” rarely criticise. If we think a scientific paper is dumb, we just ignore it. There’s too much good stuff coming out of science to waste time knocking the bad stuff. * “*Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science... more »

Why Obama Wants to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
by Mike Whitney “It is essential to recognize that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapons program, nor does it possess a nuclear weapon. On February 26, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Ayatollah Khomenei, the supreme leader of Iran, ended his country’s nuclear weapons program in 2003 and “as far as we know, he’s not made the decision to go for a nuclear weapon.” This repeats the “high-confidence” judgement of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) that was first made in November 2007.” -Micah Z... more »

Institutional Aspects of the Iran Deal

Seth Weinberger at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
I woke up this morning to read (a few hours behind most of you…one of the few downsides to living in the Pacific Northwest is living behind the news cycle!) about the finalizing of a nuclear deal between the E3/EU+3 and Iran. I’ll leave it to others to analyze whether the deal is a good […]

The Business Book Every Student Should Read

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Over at Intercollegiate Review, John R. Inzero makes the case for Shakespeare’s Henry V as being the best business book any student could ever read. Many (many, many) years ago, I read all the business books that were hyped by... The post The Business Book Every Student Should Read appeared first on The Stream.

Planned Parenthood Counters Sting Video by Describing Sale of Baby Parts as ‘Tissue for Scientific Research’

Anika Smith at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Today Twitter exploded over a video that captures Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussing the sale of organs taken from the bodies of aborted babies. It’s a gruesome story and major news for anyone who... The post Planned Parenthood Counters Sting Video by Describing Sale of Baby Parts as ‘Tissue for Scientific Research’ appeared first on The Stream.

The Case Against Laptops in the Classroom

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Jennifer Senior, writing in New York Magazine, explains why it is so counter-productive for schools to allow laptops in the classroom. Last week, at the Aspen Ideas festival, there came an interesting little moment between Kentaro Toyama, a computer scientist,... The post The Case Against Laptops in the Classroom appeared first on The Stream.

Iran has a deal

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The negotiations were hardfought … … and conclusive: RELATED POSTS: - “[The crisis] began in 2002, when at a public press conference in Washington DC, an Iranian opposition group, the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MKO) exposed details of undeclared Iranian nuclear activities, which had progressed much further than anyone had suspected. At least, almost anyone. While it was the MKO that revealed Iran’s nuclear secrets to the world, diplomats in the know told me the information had come from Israeli intelligence. “It was perhaps a fitting start to a crisis that h... more »

Global freezing: ‘mini ice age’ by 2030- Carbon Tax/ Cap Trade wont save us

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Mini Ice Age Cometh Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach in Chicago as temperatures dipped well below zero on Jan. 6, 2014. Some 15 or so years from now, the “polar vortex” might not sound so bad. *European scientists warn that by 2030, a decade of winters with deep freezing temperatures could bring about a “mini ice age*” the likes of which hasn’t been seen in 370 years. Researchers at Northumbria University, led by Professor Valentina Zharkova, used mathematical models to predict solar activity will drop by 60% and trigger plunging temps around the world. Th... more »

Today's Nuclear Agreement Is A Huge Victory For The Iranian Regime

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement after a nuclear deal was reached between Iran and six major world powers, beside Vice President Joe Biden, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 14, 2015. Reuters/Andrew Harnik/Pool *WNU Editor:* To say that this is a huge victory for Iran is an understatement .... Iran got everything that they wanted .... and then some more. $100 billion in funds to be released. All sanctions to be removed over time .... including the arms embargo. The hundreds of Iranian officials who are under sanctions .... including those who h... more »

Can a book mostly bulk-bought by political hypesters to inflate "sales" qualify as a "best-seller"?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Plus: The irony of superliar Rafael "Ted fromAlberta" Cruz titling a book A Time For Truth* *Daily Kos caption:* "*A Time For Lies?*" *"This fake 'popularity' of conservative books is evidenced by the fact that 4 out of the 5 'bestsellers' in 2013 were by conservative opinion makers."Really? If 4 out of 5 of the most popular books are about conservative ideas then why did 5,204,364 more people vote for Democrats in the last 3 Nationwide Senate elections?"* *-- HealOurCountry, in the above-linked Daily Kos post* *by Ken* Remember when we were force-marched into a discussion of... more »

"True Knowledge..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"There is a difference between a question and a wonder. I would prefer to answer only questions that will be useful to you. A child looks up at the starry sky at night and wonders. He is filled with the joy of the mystery of creation. Why should I explain everything to you and take away that joy? I will not. The purpose of my words is to create silence, to create joy. I am not here to stuff your head full of knowledge. A child starts out innocent. You ask him something and he says, "I don't know." Then that child grows up and thinks he knows everything. I'll teach you something. I'... more »

Satire: “Poll: Palin Would Bring Much-Needed Dignity to Republican Field”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Poll: Palin Would Bring Much-Needed Dignity to Republican Field”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “The former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would bring much-needed dignity to the 2016 Republican field, a new poll shows. According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, Palin’s ability to articulate her positions on issues with precision and restraint is sorely lacking among other entrants in the G.O.P. race. Additionally, voters said that the former governor’s breadth of knowledge in the fields of economics, foreign affa... more »

That letter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Well, here we go (h/t *The Daily Telegraph*)!... ...an open letter to the PM from some celebs and BBC stars: The Prime Minister David Cameron 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Dear Prime Minister, We have seen that the Government has pledged to modernise the licence fee, return funding that had been diverted to pay for broadband roll-out, and increase the licence fee in line with inflation in return for the BBC taking on the costs of Licence Fees for the over 75's. The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We are writing to place on record at the very star... more »

The Value of Disagreement

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Writing at The American Conservative, Alan Jacobs lays out the moral and historical reasons for why more people should value thoughtful disagreement. In an excellent recent article, Mollie Hemingway wrote, “We are slowly forgetting how to dislike something without seeking... The post The Value of Disagreement appeared first on The Stream.

Miss USA Contestant Completely Bombs Political Correctness Question

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Miss USA contestants aren’t particularly known for their eloquent answers to serious questions, but it appears Miss Rhode Island has absolutely no idea what political correctness is. Anea Garcia was competing for the Miss USA crown Sunday night when she... The post Miss USA Contestant Completely Bombs Political Correctness Question appeared first on The Stream.

RBN Gnostic Media Radio: Aldous Huxley/The Ultimate Revolution: Loving Our Servitude?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*Gnostic Media RBN* *Jan plays the audio of Aldous Huxley's 1962 lecture at Berkeley, The Ultimate Revolution, exposing the Elite / MKULTRA agenda. Callers at the end. This is a must hear. * *Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:36:11 — 66.0MB) | Embed* Absolutely worth listening to! *Flashback to a post that has gotten a second or third wind online:* Aldous Huxley letter to George Orwell [image: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/03/07/article-2111440-068EE82C000005DC-166_226x364.jpg][image: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/03/07/article-2111440-0... more »

Africa: Slated For Western Economic Exploitation and Drone Policing

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
Two articles in yesterday’s the Wall Street Journal tell you all you need to know about US plans for Africa: Christina Passariello and Suzanne Kapner (2015, July 13). Search for cheaper labor leads to Africa. The Wall Street Journal, B1, B2. “Africa is the final frontier in the global rag trade—he last untapped continent with cheap and plentiful labor. Ethiopia’s garment sector has no minimum wage, compared with Bangladesh where workers earn at least $67 a month, according to the International Labor Organization. Garment workers in Ethiopia started at about $21 a month as of las... more »

ADHD Meds – The Gateway to Addiction

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Michael Whitehouse* - Prescribing drugs to individuals who don't need them is fueling mass addiction. The post ADHD Meds – The Gateway to Addiction appeared first on Waking Times .

Midday Musical Interlude: 2002, “Remember Now”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
2002, “Remember Now” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq4qjI8VVzg

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

John Oliver Questions Why Taxpayers Are Funding Plush Sports Stadiums

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is advocating that sports teams stop using public funding to build extravagant stadiums. Oliver cited the Miami Marlins, whose publicly-financed stadium includes an aquarium behind home plate. Detroit spent $444 million to construct a... The post John Oliver Questions Why Taxpayers Are Funding Plush Sports Stadiums appeared first on The Stream.

Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been living in the city John Paul II called “my beloved Cracow” for the past two and a half weeks, but it does strike me (and not only me) that the contemporary Vatican seems to have... The post Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II? appeared first on The Stream.

Gulf Island Reflections...

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*Ganges artwork - acrylic and pen on wood by S. Pendergast* *15 cm x 15 cm* *I call this "An Old Married Couple depicted as flowers"* Just a brief check-in, in the middle of some summer days off. Returned from a sailing trip to the Gulf Islands located in the Georgia Strait, off the BC West Coast last night. Visited *Snug Cove* on Bowen island, then *Silva Bay* on Gabriola Island, then *Ganges Harbour* on Salt Spring Island and then finally *Sidney Bay Marina* on Vancouver Island. A high tide brought us back to the Vancouver lower mainland yesterday evening after a near record 10 st... more »

You read it here first

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Steerpike at *The Spectator* has a 'scoop' today: He's 'revealed' that the BBC has 'vanished' an episode of *Panorama - *the one featuring U.S. pollster Nate Silver faring as badly as the UK's very own pollsters at predicting the 2015 UK general election. Steerpike accuses the BBC of "trying to cover it up" after having "lapped up" Nate Silver's predictions and "worshipping at the shrine of his date machine". Steerpike's piece of evidence to back this accusation up is a screengrab of the *Panorama *episode list on iPlayer showing that the 'withdrawal' of that episode is except... more »

The Economy: "Here It Comes!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Here It Comes!"* by Karl Denninger "Oh oh... "The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for June, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $442.0 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent (±0.5%)* from the previous month, but up 1.4 percent (±0.9%) above June 2014. Total sales for the April 2015 through June 2015 period were up 1.7 percent (±0.7%) from the same period a year ago. The April 2015 to May 2015 percent change was revised from +1.2 percent (±0.5%) to +1.0... more »

B.C. Birding Bliss

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 8 hours ago
I returned yesterday from another blissful weekend in BC. I didn't quite get a break from the haze of forest fires as you can tell from my photos below. (Much of this smoke is coming from forest fires in Jasper National Park.) The Cranberry Marsh in Valemount was a place I discovered last month and is fast becoming a favourite for bird watching. I spent a good part of Saturday morning there and this time around I did the 6km loop in reverse, spending most of my time on the sand dyke on the marsh's west side. The east side did reveal some pleasant surprises however as I spotted... more »

60th Anniversary of Russell-Einstein Manifesto Now Reinforced by Climate Change and Teilhard's Warning

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 8 hours ago
*Click on Photo to enlarge* *Sixty years after Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their manifesto about the growing threat of world war, the globe continues to face the prospect of nuclear annihilation coupled with the looming threat of climate change* *as well as* *Teilhard's ominous warning ~ Love one another or you will perish: Allen L Roland, PhD* *"**We have reached a decisive point in human evolution, at which the only way forward is in the direction of a common passion ~ Either we must doubt the value of everything around us, or we must utt... more »

"Freedom or the Slaughterhouse? The American Police State from A to Z"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Freedom or the Slaughterhouse? * *The American Police State from A to Z"* By John W. Whitehead “Who needs direct repression when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?” - Philosopher Slavoj Žižek "Despite the best efforts of some to sound the alarm, the nation is being locked down into a militarized, mechanized, hypersensitive, legalistic, self-righteous, goose-stepping antithesis of every principle upon which this nation was founded. All the while, the nation’s citizens seem content to buy into a carefully constructed, benevolent vision of life in Am... more »

"Nobody in Iran has threatened you for a very long time"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
*Honest Reporting *reports another 'BBC shocker' today. Danny Danon, Israel’s Minister of Science, appeared on the BBC World Service's *Newshour* earlier. In a remarkably loud voice, the BBC presenter challenged him in the following fashion: But you’re not under threat by Iran. Nobody in Iran has threatened you for a very long time. You’re harking back to a time when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened Israel directly. As *Honest Reporting *points out - with some graphic examples - this statement is simply untrue. Within the past year, Ayatollah Khamenei has unambiguously ... more »

"Hardliners"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Bethany Bell's piece on *PM* tonight reported various approving reactions to the Iranian nuclear deal, without labelling the speakers with anything other than their job titles. Then she moved on to those disapproving of the deal: But there's stiff resistance to the deal by *hardliners* in both the United States and Iran, and Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it's a stunning historic mistake. Tying together critics of the deal in the U.S. and Iran (*very* different groups of people) with the Israeli PM, and binding them all together under the somewhat pejorative bl... more »

House Pulls Coin Bill That Would’ve Benefited Group with Planned Parenthood Ties

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 8 hours ago
House GOP leaders yanked legislation from the floor on Tuesday to create a pink gold commemorative coin that would help raise money for breast cancer research. Heritage Action, an influential conservative group, urged Republicans earlier in the day to vote... The post House Pulls Coin Bill That Would’ve Benefited Group with Planned Parenthood Ties appeared first on The Stream.

Another Sign that Traditional Schooling Needs an Overhaul

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video - *This famous CE explains why he was dissatisfied with traditional schooling and started a small school that teaches without a grade structure. The post Another Sign that Traditional Schooling Needs an Overhaul appeared first on Waking Times.

Sexual Liberation on Campus and the Death of Freedom

Jim Tonkowich at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Minutes before the wedding in the movie The Philadelphia Story, the groom, George Kittredge (John Howard), accuses the bride, Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn), of having an “affair.” Angered by Kittredge’s accusation, Macaulay Conner (Jimmy Stewart), the other half of the... The post Sexual Liberation on Campus and the Death of Freedom appeared first on The Stream.

Vaughn Palmer and Michael Smyth, Deliberate Liars, Corporate Whores, The Great LNG Investment Dollar LIES!

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Christy Clark and big media keep splashing around the number $36 billion dollars, that is for spin purposes, Petronas has not committed to spend $36 billion in BC...Petronas`s commitment to BC spending is a mere $2 to $3 billion dollars.Every big media outlet in Canada are deliberately and with malice lying about the Petronas investment in British Columbia, ...Petronas`s LELU island proposed project is a mere $11 billion dollars ....$8 billion dollars worth of this investment is $dollars that will be spent overseas..Lazy Michael Smyth and Vaughn Palmer are com... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On The Iranian Nuclear Deal -- July 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Ankit Panda, The Diplomat:* *The Final Iran Deal Is Here: What Iran Gives Up, What Iran Gets* After 20 months of sustained negotiation, Iran and the P5+1 group of powers have reached a final agreement. Iran and the P5+1—a group including the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany—have reached a final agreement, a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) over Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement comes nearly 20 months after the November 2013 Joint Plan of Action, in which Iran made major technical concessions regarding the functioning of its civi... more »

Encountering Pluto

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
It's been a long wait for the *New Horizons* flyby of Pluto and its system, but what's nine years between friends? At the risk of sounding all *Star Trek* about it, every successful space mission sending robots to skim, orbit, or land on astronomical bodies are stupendous technical achievements that mark our growing capabilities. They are also important moments in securing our species collective futures. While one should be weary of science fiction that sees space as an escape from the environmental degradation the reckless pursuit of profit is bequeathing future generations, our lo... more »

The Economy: "What I Learned Over Dinner in Athens Last Night…"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"What I Learned Over Dinner in Athens Last Night…"* by Bill Bonner MADRID – "The Dow rose 217 points yesterday, even though Greece missed a $500-million loan payment to the IMF. And the country needs to come up with another $8 billion by July 20, when it’s scheduled to pay back the principal it owes on bonds held by the ECB. Greece reached an agreement with its creditors on Sunday night that would, in theory, allow it to tap further emergency loans. But in practice, there are two major stumbling blocks… First, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces rebellion in Athens. Many i... more »

This Deal Could Prevent Another War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."

Supplemental: Parker and Chozick frisk Candidate Clinton!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015In search of the Clinton rules:* Is Candidate Clinton facing a problem with a phenomenon known as “the Clinton rules?” On July 6, Jonathan Allen became the latest mainstream reporter to say that she actually does. At Vox, he listed his version of the “Clinton rules”—five rules the mainstream press corps allegedly follows in covering Candidate Clinton. Allen’s piece is underwhelming, largely because he largely follows the press corps’ “code of silence.” He lists five basic ways in which, he says, the press corps systematically mistreats Candidate Clinton. Bu... more »

Federal Appeals Court: Little Sisters Must Comply with Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that an order of Roman Catholic nuns must comply with Obamacare’s birth control mandate, the likely end to a years-long battle over the rule. The Court of Appeals for the Tenth District ruled that... The post Federal Appeals Court: Little Sisters Must Comply with Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate appeared first on The Stream.

PODCAST: John Zmirak Talks Bastille Day and the French Revolution’s Persecution of Christians

John Zmirak at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The French Revolution is nothing to celebrate; it launched radical nationalism, socialism, and the ruthless persecution of Christians that killed some 300,000 peasants in the Vendée , who resisted the government’s efforts to control the religious lives of citizens. Learn why... The post PODCAST: John Zmirak Talks Bastille Day and the French Revolution’s Persecution of Christians appeared first on The Stream.

GOP Blasts Homeland Security Chief over S.F. Murder

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry House Republicans blasted the Obama administration Tuesday over the release of an immigrant later charged with murder in San Francisco, and advanced legislation aimed at preventing such an event from happening again. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh... The post GOP Blasts Homeland Security Chief over S.F. Murder appeared first on The Stream.

School Funding Matters

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
Once again The Education Law Center and Bruce Baker shine a spotlight on what matters. NATIONAL REPORT CARD SHINES NEW LIGHT ON WHY FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING MATTERS Last month, Education Law Center released the 4th edition of the National Report Card, "Is School Funding Fair?" The picture is bleak: the vast majority of states are not funding public schools adequately or equitably; the fiscal retrenching connected with the Great Recession has not been reversed; and at-risk students are not being provided with the resources they need to succeed. Bottom line: disinvestment in public educa... more »

International Reaction To The Iranian Nuclear Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN:* *World reacts to historic Iran nuclear deal* (CNN)After nearly two years of negotiations, a deal has been reached on Iran's nuclear program. The agreement is a pivotal moment in relations between Iran, which was eager to end economic sanctions, and the West, which wants to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Here's how people around the world, from leaders to ordinary citizens, are reacting. *More News On International Reaction To The Iranian Nuclear Agreement* Arab states fear nuclear deal will give Iran a bigger regional role -- Washington Post Iran Deal Worries Mide... more »

U.S. Political Reaction To The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*VOA:* *US Presidential Candidates on Iran * WASHINGTON - Most Republicans running for their party's nomination in the 2016 presidential election have been strongly opposed to the nuclear deal with Iran. "Even former top Obama officials think emerging deal will ‘not prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapons capability’,” Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tweeted last week. Included in his tweet was a link to a New York Times article about a letter from five former White House advisors expressing concern about the potential deal. Florida Senator Marco Rubio was one of 47 Senate Re... more »

Israeli Reaction To the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Israel blasts Iran deal as ‘one of the darkest days in history’* JERUSALEM — Israeli leaders across the political spectrum condemned in stark apocalyptic language the Iranian nuclear pact announced by the United States and world powers Tuesday, calling it a historic mistake that frees Iran to sponsor global terror while assembling the expertise to build a nuclear bomb. “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted.” ... more »

Iranian Reaction To The Nuclear Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Press TV:* *Iranian Supreme Leader thanks Iranian nuclear negotiating team* Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed gratitude to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team for their efforts following the conclusion of Iran-P5+1 talks. The Leader made the comments in a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and his Cabinet on Tuesday, the day Iran and six world powers reached a conclusion to intensive nuclear talks. *WNU Editor:* From what I am reading and seeing .... the Iranians are celebrating. *More News On The Iranian Reaction To The Nuclear Agr... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 10 hours ago
*A truly pathetic British university* *Backed down after ridicule* Graduates at a top UK university have been banned from throwing their mortarboards in the air over fears the falling hats could cause injuries. Students at the University of Birmingham have been told they are not allowed to throw their black caps in the air in celebration because of health and safety concerns. Those set to graduate later this summer have been told they could be ejected from the ceremony if they are seen following the tradition. In an email, students were told: 'Throwing of caps is not to be permi... more »

President Obama's Remarks On The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Obama hails nuclear deal with Iran as a landmark* WASHINGTON — President Obama began making his case early Tuesday for the historic nuclear agreement with Iran, seeking to convince skeptics in Congress, Israel, and other Middle East nations. "Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region," Obama said during a dawn speech at the White House. "Because of this deal," the president added, "the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will no... more »

Iranian Nuclear Deal: News Roundup -- July 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* 'Iran have been given a licence to kill': Netanyahu blasts 'historic mistake' of agreeing Tehran nuclear deal as Israeli ministers condemn the 'surrender by the West to the axis of evil' * Major powers agree historic accord after a decade of on-off negotiations * Lead negotiator John Kerry says U.S. got 'the good deal that we sought' * United States, European Union and the UN agree to lift sanctions on Iran * Tehran accepts long-term curbs on its nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb * Israel reacts angrily to deal and vows ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN*: *Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program* Vienna (CNN)After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program. The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East. Representatives of Iran, the United States and the other nations involved in the marathon talks were holding a final meeting in Vienna on Tuesday. Obama praised the deal reached Tuesday ... more »

Mexico: Senior Citizen Allegedly Run Over by UFO

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 10 hours ago
*Source: Agencia de Noticias Imagen del Golfo and Planeta UFODate: July 14, 2015* *Mexico: Senior Citizen Allegedly Run Over by UFO* A senior citizen from the community of Faisán, belonging to the Paso de Ovejas municipality, was run over by an alleged UFO that tried to abduct him, according to the injured party. The incident occurred on the Salmoral - Paso de Ovejas segment of the state highway as the man identified as Francisco Acosta Tostado, 68, rode along in his bicycle. He was found in a prone position in the bushes on the side of the road, seriously injured and completely... more »

Russell Moore Blocked, Unblocked on Facebook after Validating Sting Video of Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Body Parts

The Editors at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention challenged Facebook after the social media service blocked his column about a story and sting video about Planned Parenthood illegally trafficking aborted fetal parts. Moore... The post Russell Moore Blocked, Unblocked on Facebook after Validating Sting Video of Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Body Parts appeared first on The Stream.

The Latest on the Mystery of ‘Baby Doe’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Fifty three million people have seen the computer-generated image of the little girl with the big brown eyes and brown hair. Seven hundred and fifty thousand have shared it. And yet, nearly three weeks since her remains were found along... The post The Latest on the Mystery of ‘Baby Doe’ appeared first on The Stream.

The "Augean Stable" — How Corruption Has Amended the Constitution

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Hercules starting to clean a 1,000-cattle stable that hadn't been emptied in 30 years. Like the U.S. government, says Gary Hart. (Hercules quickly gives up on the shovel.)* *by Gaius Publius* Not something you don't already know if you're a regular reader of these pages, but it's becoming more and more mainstream to deliver a radical* analysis of government in the U.S. That's why I found the following so interesting — the source is former U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Gary Hart. And believe me, this is a radical analysis. *But first*, two definitions. The *Augean... more »

House Votes Today on $4.75 Million Commemorative Coin Earmark for Susan G. Komen, Funder of Planned Parenthood

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Today, the House will vote on the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2722), introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) 8%. The bill would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins that would funnel up to $4.75 million to Dallas-based Susan G.... The post House Votes Today on $4.75 Million Commemorative Coin Earmark for Susan G. Komen, Funder of Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.

Firefox Blocks Flash, and Facebook Calls for Its Death

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Mozilla blocked Flash by default in its Firefox browser late Monday night, a day after Facebook’s (FB, Tech30) security chief called for Adobe to kill Flash once and for all. The Flash-bashing picked up last week after revelations that the... The post Firefox Blocks Flash, and Facebook Calls for Its Death appeared first on The Stream.

Emails Detail Wild Parties Hosted By Former EPA Official

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
If you’re an environmentalist, you’ll definitely want to go to “Goofest” put on by the EPA’s former policy administrator Michael Goo. Goofest was apparently a bigger occasion than the “killing of Bin Laden,” according to emails obtained by House Republicans.... The post Emails Detail Wild Parties Hosted By Former EPA Official appeared first on The Stream.

What 2016ers are Saying About Obama’s Nuke Deal

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Within hours of President Obama’s announcement of an agreement with Iran that he said would “stop” the Islamic regime’s march toward a nuclear bomb, most of the Democrats and Republicans who hope to succeed him had offered a response.... The post What 2016ers are Saying About Obama’s Nuke Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Obama Makes a Very Good Nuclear Deal … for Iran

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
We have a deal. It’s a deal worse than even we imagined possible. It’s a deal that gives the Iranian regime $140b in return for … effectively nothing: no dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear program, no anytime/anywhere inspections, no curbs on... The post Obama Makes a Very Good Nuclear Deal … for Iran appeared first on The Stream.

Activists Target Kid Rock over Confederate Flag

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
DETROIT (AP) — Activists in Detroit want General Motors to end the Chevrolet brand’s sponsorship of Kid Rock’s summer tour if the musician continues to display the Confederate flag at performances. Members of the National Action Network have been discussing... The post Activists Target Kid Rock over Confederate Flag appeared first on The Stream.

The Vitamin Found to Destroy Cancer Cells

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Barbara Minton* - Evidence is mounting that humble little vitamin E plays a big role in preventing breast cancer. The post The Vitamin Found to Destroy Cancer Cells appeared first on Waking Times.

Research Reveals the Importance of Your Microbiome for Optimal Health

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - The health of the body's microbiome is essential. The post Research Reveals the Importance of Your Microbiome for Optimal Health appeared first on Waking Times.

DIY Minion Shirts & Gift

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias There is nothing my baby loves more than Minions. She can say about 15 words and one of them is Minion. She loves them so much, that I can't walk by anything in the store that has a Minion on it without her pumping her fists in the air and shouting "Minion!" We are even considering braving the movie theater for the new movie because she loves them so much. We have some grandparent birthdays coming up in our family. We usually do pictures of our kids fo... more »

Iran Nuclear Deal is a Huge, Historic Gamble

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
In his opening to China more than 40 years ago, Richard M. Nixon made a huge Cold War gamble that he could forge a working relationship with a Communist country that had built a small arsenal ofnuclear weapons and clearly... The post Iran Nuclear Deal is a Huge, Historic Gamble appeared first on The Stream.

Planned Parenthood: Selling Baby Parts...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*against the law.* *I can't remember the last time I saw something as evil as this Planned Parenthood doctor shoveling food into her gaping maw while casually discussing selling livers, lungs, and lower extremities of aborted babies.* What have we become as a country? May I remind you all that our government hands over your tax dollars to this evil corporation every single solitary year. *This is a must watch video. * The video, made by the Center for Medical Progress, catches Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Military hardware on show during this year's National Army Day in Tehran *Richard Spencer, The Telegraph:* *Arms dealers set to profit from end to Iran embargo* Tehran will be looking to upgrade its arsenal as a phased lifting of the non-nuclear arms embargo is confirmed The phased lifting of the arms embargo on Iran that will accompany Tuesday's nuclear deal will be a boon to arms dealers and industrial exporters across the world. Under the broader sanctions programme, offensive weapons and a whole range of kit - some obvious like military aircraft but some much more general su... more »

Open Carry Banned in Whataburger Restaurants

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
A Texas-based fast food chain is going counter to Texas culture when it comes to gun rights. Whataburger, which has nearly 800 locations in 10 states, announced that Texas customers will be denied the right to open carry their weapons, even though the... The post Open Carry Banned in Whataburger Restaurants appeared first on The Stream.

Chief: Gunmen Tried to ‘Assassinate’ St. Louis Police Officer

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A gunman wearing a bandanna over his face opened fire on a uniformed St. Louis police sergeant before dawn Tuesday, peppering his windshield with at least a dozen rounds, and the police chief credited the officer’s... The post Chief: Gunmen Tried to ‘Assassinate’ St. Louis Police Officer appeared first on The Stream.

New Video Exposes Planned Parenthood Selling Body Parts from Partial-Birth Abortions

Anika Smith at The Stream - 13 hours ago
A chilling video was released today by the Center for Medical Progress as the culmination of a nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study of Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts. “I must admit I was speechless for close to... The post New Video Exposes Planned Parenthood Selling Body Parts from Partial-Birth Abortions appeared first on The Stream.

A Look At What Soldiers Of The Future Will look Like

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Ubisoft *Patrick Tucker, Defense One/Government Executive:* *What the Fighter of the Future Will Look Like* The next 15 years will change troops’ gear in virtually every respect, from body armor to communications to robot interactions. New technologies will replace a number of jobs in the next 15 years, but one occupation that’s unlikely to go away is the most dangerous one in the world—soldier. The Pentagon spends billions of dollars to make sure front-line troops are better armed and trained than any adversary they come across. But as commercial technology advances faster than t... more »

Mexico: Senior Citizen Allegedly Run Over by UFO

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 13 hours ago
Source: Agencia de Noticias Imagen del Golfo and Planeta UFO Date: July 14, 2015 *Mexico: Senior Citizen Allegedly Run Over by UFO* A senior citizen from the community of Faisán, belonging to the Paso de Ovejas municipality, was run over by an alleged UFO that tried to abduct him, according to the injured party. The incident occurred on the Salmoral - Paso de Ovejas segment of the state highway as the man identified as Francisco Acosta Tostado, 68, rode along in his bicycle. He was found in a prone position in the bushes on the side of the road, seriously injured and completely ou... more »

Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*July 14, 2015 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, "Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in fact, for war and regime change. Hysteria now sweeps the headlines across the Western media regarding a "historical nuclear deal" that "Obama made" that vindicates the Nobel Peace Prize he was "prematurely awarded" so many years ago. For those aware of the ruse at play, such sentiments are to be inevitably and com... more »

Overview of Displaced In Iraq, May 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
In June 2015 it was reported that over 3 million Iraqis had lost their homes. This tragedy began in January 2014 when open fighting broke out in Anbar after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki decided to shut down the protest site in Ramadi. It then accelerated after the fall of Mosul and Tikrit in June 2014, and then had several more surges as the Islamic State seized more territory in Anbar in late 2014 to the spring of 2014. Here is an overview of the displaced in Iraq in May 2015 based upon data published by the International Organization of Migration (IOM). IOM has not released re... more »

Netanyahu: Israel ‘Not Bound’ by Iran Nuclear Deal

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 14 hours ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister condemned Tuesday’s international nuclear agreement with Iran as a “stunning historic mistake” and said his country is not bound by the deal, strongly hinting that military action remains an option. Benjamin Netanyahu has been... The post Netanyahu: Israel ‘Not Bound’ by Iran Nuclear Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Obama’s Silence on Kate Steinle Murder is Deafening

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 14 hours ago
After Trayvon Martin was killed, President Obama spoke emotionally about his death, declaring “this could have been my son.” After Michael Brown was killed, Obama promised to ensure that “justice is done” and declared: “We lost a young man, Michael... The post Obama’s Silence on Kate Steinle Murder is Deafening appeared first on The Stream.

A Major Breakthrough In Colombia - FARC Peace Talks?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*L.A. Times*: *Picking up the pace of peace talks between Colombia, rebels* In an apparent concession to rebels with whom he is holding stalled peace negotiations, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has agreed to scale down military activities of his armed forces on the condition that the insurgents speed up the pace of the talks in coming months. In a press conference at the presidential palace here Monday morning, chief government negotiator Humberto De La Calle said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had agreed to “change the methodology” of the talks to q... more »

Herbs and Spices: Flavor Your Meals and Boost Your Health

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Meme - *Why pay for doctors' fees and prescription medications when you can stock your kitchen with these organic herbs and spices that you can use for a variety of ailments? The post Herbs and Spices: Flavor Your Meals and Boost Your Health appeared first on Waking Times.

It's All Hogwash

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.quotationof.com These days, Michael Harris writes, the Conservative majority in the Senate is sounding more and more like Donald Trump: If there is anyone left in the country who still believes that the place of sober second thought is an independent body, last week’s report from the Senate’s Security and Defence committee should open their eyes. It’s not the Red Chamber. It’s the Echo Chamber, amplifying the central message of the Conservative election campaign: be afraid, be very afraid. It is trash politics in all its ... more »

Pentaquark discovery claimed by LHCb

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Due to confinement, quarks are obsessive about the creation of bound states. Most typically, we have quark-antiquark pairs (mesons) and triplets of quarks (baryons). All of those states have lots of extra gluons and quark-antiquark pairs. *Quark bound states simpler than the pentaquark* The word "pentaquark" means "five quarks". They are hypothetical particles made out of five quarks-or-antiquarks. The Greek prefix is being used to remember the times when Greece was an advanced country, some 2,000 years ago. These bags of 5 particles have to contain 4 quarks and 1 antiquark, or v... more »

Greece's Financial Situation Far Worse Than Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Exclusive - Greece needs debt relief far beyond EU plans: secret IMF report* Greece will need far bigger debt relief than euro zone partners have been prepared to envisage so far due to the devastation of its economy and banks in the last two weeks, a confidential study by the International Monetary Fund seen by Reuters shows. The updated debt sustainability analysis (DSA) was sent to euro zone governments late on Monday, hours after Athens and its 18 partners agreed in principle to open negotiations on a third bailout programme of up to 86 billion euros in return for... more »

Wal-Mart Sued, Accused of Same-Sex Discrimination

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 14 hours ago
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses. Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering... The post Wal-Mart Sued, Accused of Same-Sex Discrimination appeared first on The Stream.

FROM THE TPP TO THE ACA: Liberal applause for some horrible numbers!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015Part 2—As judged by the global perspective:* Will the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership—the TPP—succeed in “killing huge swaths of working-class and middle-class jobs?” That’s what Rachel Maddow suggested, just one time, back in early May. But let’s face it! Within vast swaths of our own liberal tribe, we don’t seem to give a large hoot about such mundane concerns. Dearest darlings! On our own corporate liberal news channel, the TPP has largely been ignored, except when it’s been used as a feel-good partisan toy. But that’s the way “economic issues” tend t... more »

One Toke Over the Line: Race On to Develop ‘Pot Breathalyzer’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 14 hours ago
As cannabis bans are relaxed in more U.S. states, the race is on to develop an instant roadside breathalyzer for police to test drivers who may be taking the “high” road. Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc, founded by a retired Royal... The post One Toke Over the Line: Race On to Develop ‘Pot Breathalyzer’ appeared first on The Stream.

There is No Greek Deal ? Will the Greek government fall?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Here's an interesting perspective:* *From an economist named Meagan Greene of Manulife.* *She certainly presents much food for thought * *BTW: Will the Greek Government "fall"? * You saw the headlines Monday about a deal for Greece? *Well, there is no deal*.* There are a series of punitive and humiliating diktats from creditors that Greece must legislate into law by Wednesday or take a “time-out” from the eurozone.* *Once these creditor demands are met, then Greece will negotiate a new bailout deal.* That deal will very likely certainly be a failure for both political and economic... more »

Good News In Colorado-- Morgan Carroll Is Running For Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
CO-06 was redrawn some years ago as a true swing district. It snakes around the southern, western and northen suburbs of Denver and includes Aurora, Littleton and Centennial. Long a prime Democratic target, the PVI D+1 district is represented by Mike Coffman, who is far too right ideologically for the moderate district. Obama beat McCain in 2004 59-40%, and beat Romney 4 years later 52-47%. The DCCC selected their last candidate, Andrew Romanoff, despite a distinct lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy from the Hispanic community. Environmentalists were also wary of him because of... more »

Russian Tu-95 Bear Strategic Bomber Crashes In Siberia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Russian Tu-95 Bear Strategic Bomber. © Sputnik/ Jakutyn *RT:* *Russian Tu-95 Bear Strategic Bomber* A Tu-95 strategic bomber has crashed during training flight 80km from the city of Khabarovsk, eastern Russia, the Defense Ministry said. “The flight was being conducted without ammunition. The plane fell in deserted area, there is no destruction on the ground,” says a statement from the ministry. The crew ejected from the aircraft before the crash, it added. The incident happened near the aviation ground of Litovka, 60km from Khabarovsk, a source told TASS, adding that the suspecte... more »

Harper Lee’s Town Joyful, Anxious Over ‘Mockingbird’ Sequel

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 15 hours ago
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP)€ —” Judy May and her sister Julia Stroud drove back to their hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and snatched up the first two copies as Harper Lee’s new novel “Go Set a Watchman” as the book went on sale... The post Harper Lee’s Town Joyful, Anxious Over ‘Mockingbird’ Sequel appeared first on The Stream.

Can Court Clerks Decline to Do Gay Marriages? How It’s Playing Out in the States

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
A few cases of public employees who cite their faith in declining to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples have grabbed media attention, but similar concerns exist in scores of courthouses across America, a lawyer for a prominent Christian legal organization... The post Can Court Clerks Decline to Do Gay Marriages? How It’s Playing Out in the States appeared first on The Stream.

Military Veteran Amputee Inspires in Pro Golf Debut

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Chad Pfeifer, a retired United States Army Corporal, had his left leg amputated above the knee in 2007 after an explosion hit his patrol vehicle. He was serving in Iraq at the time. On Thursday, Pfeifer made his professional golf... The post Military Veteran Amputee Inspires in Pro Golf Debut appeared first on The Stream.

Iran Deal Signed - Now Will U.S. Bring 'Missile Defense' Home?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Iran has reached an agreement to significantly limit its nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. The agreement is between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States, and the European Union. The deal would not have likely been possible without the active participation of the Russian Federation. Israel and Saudi Arabia will likely try to kill the deal as will the Republican led Congress in Washington. Longtime peace worker Jan Oberg in Sweden writes about the deal: Why Iran in focus and not ... more »

Pentagon To Allow Transgenders To Serve Openly In The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Military to allow transgender members to serve openly* The Pentagon announced Monday that it will allow transgender members of the military to serve openly starting next year, marking an end to a long-standing policy that barred them from the armed forces. In an echo of the Defense Department’s repeal of the ban on gays in uniform four years ago, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had directed the armed forces to devise new rules over the next six months that would allow transgender troops to serve, except in situations “where objective, practical imped... more »

Closing Arguments to Begin in Colorado Theater Shooting Case

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting trial have one last chance to convince jurors that gunman James Holmes was either a cold, calculating killer or a man so overcome by psychosis that he could no longer... The post Closing Arguments to Begin in Colorado Theater Shooting Case appeared first on The Stream.

Meet The Escaped Murderous, Billionaire Drug Lord Mexico Can’t Keep in Jail

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Mexican officials are scrambling to capture a murderous, billionaire drug cartel kingpin who escaped from prison over the weekend, but who exactly is this man, how dangerous is he, and why is the entire country of Mexico terrified of him? Joaquin... The post Meet The Escaped Murderous, Billionaire Drug Lord Mexico Can’t Keep in Jail appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Military Announces Plan to Lift Transgender Ban

Anika Smith at The Stream - 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon’s current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military... The post U.S. Military Announces Plan to Lift Transgender Ban appeared first on The Stream.

Efficient Government

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
http://www.businessinsider.com/these-countries-have-the-most-efficient-governments-2015-7 http://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/favorite-german-words?slc=engmag-a10-info-germanwords-tb&utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=CON&utm_campaign=cd_engall_gen_cx1_germanwords

W.R.Hume Residence, by Walter Burley Griffin

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 16 hours ago
Unbuilt project for a site outside Melbourne, 1920 or earlier. Designed by Walter Burley Griffin for Walter Hume, director of Hume Pipe Co. (Aust) Ltd. Not very exciting spatially, but it was the first residential design in which Griffin used concrete pipes as columns. European “modernists” wouldn’t be so modern for at least a decade. Griffin’s aim with most domestic architecture was to modest dwellings allowing nature to dominate. The beautiful drawings by hiswife Marion Mahoney demonstrate the ethic perfectly. [Image from *Griffin Society*] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com ©... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Global warming forcing planes to spend up to 11 minutes longer in the air battling strong winds* *Another entertaining bit of nonsense. It may be that winds have got stronger in recent times but even the IPCC does not claim any upsurge in extreme weather as a result of climate change -- and there has been no climate change for 18 years anyway. This is at best just propaganda* Global warming might be creating a vicious cycle of rising temperatures as its effects exacerbate its causes. Strong winds caused by extreme weather are fuelling this rise as planes spend longer in the ai... more »

Pluto Close-up: Spacecraft Now Flying Past Icy Mystery World

Anika Smith at The Stream - 17 hours ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making. The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came... The post Pluto Close-up: Spacecraft Now Flying Past Icy Mystery World appeared first on The Stream.

Obama Warns Congress Not to Stand in Way of Iran Deal

Anika Smith at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heralded a historic nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday as an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a “new direction,” while sharply warning Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord.... The post Obama Warns Congress Not to Stand in Way of Iran Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Greek Leader Faces Dissent at Home over Rescue Deal

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced open revolt from some of his own ministers as he tried Tuesday to rally support for a financial rescue agreement that includes measures that will cause more economic pain for Greeks.... The post Greek Leader Faces Dissent at Home over Rescue Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Official Calls Teen’s Plane Crash Survival a ‘Miracle’

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
SEATTLE (AP) — A 16-year-old girl survived a small plane crash in the rugged mountains of north-central Washington state and then hiked through thick forest to reach safety in what one official called “a miracle.” But searchers were still looking... The post Official Calls Teen’s Plane Crash Survival a ‘Miracle’ appeared first on The Stream.

Son of Boston Police Captain Became ‘Obsessed with Islam,’ Planned to Bomb College, Broadcast Killings

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
BOSTON (AP) — The son of a Boston police captain has been accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the killings of students live online, extremist acts aimed at supporting the Islamic State... The post Son of Boston Police Captain Became ‘Obsessed with Islam,’ Planned to Bomb College, Broadcast Killings appeared first on The Stream.

Economic News , Data and View ( July 14 , 2015 ) - Broader Europe ( Economic Data Splash - ZEW July German Economic Sentiment Index , Industrial Output For EZ , Business Confidence - France and Italy , Italian Inflation data - June ) ...... Greece in focus ( Finding The Bridge Financing , State Of Play - Domestic Greece Politics and International Scene , Creditor Talk tidbits )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Broader Europe.... *Markit Economics* ‏@MarkitEconomics 1h 1 hour ago ZEW July German Economic Sentiment Index at 29.7 (31.5 in June); Current Conditions Index at 63.9 (62.9 in June) *Markit Economics* ‏@MarkitEconomics 1h1 hour ago Industrial output in #*eurozone* falls 0.4% m/m in May. #*Greece*: -5.1%. Full table here: http://ow.ly/i/bObP3 *Markit Economics* ‏@MarkitEconomics 2h 2 hours ago Business confidence in #*France* rises to highest since February 2014 http://ow.ly/PzR2b http://ow.ly/i/bO9oP *Markit Economics* ‏@MarkitEconomics 2h 2 hours ago Weake... more »

After Hard Negotiation, Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Reached, But Middle East Tensions Rise in Israel, Saudi Arabia

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 18 hours ago
VIENNA (AP) — After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement... The post After Hard Negotiation, Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Reached, But Middle East Tensions Rise in Israel, Saudi Arabia appeared first on The Stream.

This Should End the Debate. . . Aw, Fuck, Who Are We Trying to Kid?

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 18 hours ago
The thing about the repro rights beat is that nothing is ever settled. Well, it is, but the fetus freaks don't accept facts, evidence, studies, and so on and just keep stomping their feet and SHRIEEEEKING. It's been said many times: post-abortion syndrome is a myth, a myth whose origin is possible to date even (it was coined by Vincent Rue in 1981). And apparently I'm not the only one getting tired of covering this stuff. A headline at ThinkProgress today is "This Study Should End The Debate About Whether Women Regret Having Abortions." Here's the link. According to a new study tha... more »

The Iran deal is a new Munich Betrayal

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Today, July 14th, 2015, will be remembered as the date of the deal with Iran. The world powers officially lift all sanctions against Iran, allow Iran to export and import weapons, get much wealthier than it is now, keep all of its nuclear facilities, continue enrichment, and behave as if it were a legitimate regional power. Since 2023, there won't be any restrictions on enrichment at all. OK, I meant the updated photograph. IAEA (International Nuclear Watchdog) is immediately losing all access to nuclear sites and scientists. In the words of their president, all of Iran's goals... more »

Lockheed Martin’s JAGM Goes Two for Two in Latest Flight Tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)]Lockheed Martin demonstrated its multi-mode Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), engaging two laser-designated stationary targets during recent Government-led flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. In the first test, the missile flew four kilometers, engaged its precision-strike, semi-active laser and hit the stationary target. During the second flight, the missile flew four kilometers, acquired the target using its precision strike, semi-active laser while simultaneously tracking the target with its millimeter wave radar, and hit t... more »

Repentance to Good News

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 19 hours ago
DUDLEY HALL — “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said... The post Repentance to Good News appeared first on The Stream.

Two sides to every story

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
“Good News!” said the announcer this morning. “An historic deal has been stricken! “ Well, not exactly, but the announcement that the US and co have reached an agreement with Iran seemed to have been framed as though this was jolly good news. As a supporter of Israel, I’m inclined to take the view that it is no such thing, but seeing as I am only a relatively ill-informed member of the public I’ll leave it at that for now. When they said the deal was “to curb Iran’s nuclear programme” I thought, yeah, but I bet they ain’t reporting it like that in Tehran. They’ll be calling it a... more »

Corzine Skips &  Bankers Jubilant  (Greece's Dire Economic Straits Not Only a Tragedy, But a Lie)  Greece Greased by Greedy?  (Guerrillas Gone)

Wall Street (Corzine and buddies) up, Greased Street down? There seem to be lots of plans that the voters don't get to know. Until the next election perhaps? (If then.) Don't miss the commenters, many of whom live in Greece and are seeing this attack on the ground (and yes you'll need more than one drink). From Zero Hedge, Penny for your Thoughts, and Coyote-Prime: WaLL STReeT KiNG PiN EL

UK’s Cameron urges more UAV and surveillance SDSR spending

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RAF MQ-9 Reaper]UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said that more resources should be allocated to unmanned air vehicles and surveillance aircraft, indicating that the upcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) could include more spending on these capabilities. Ahead of a visit on 13 July to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire – the home of the UK’s surveillance fleet, including the armed General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper UAV – Cameron said that the UK’s recently pledged 2% GDP defence spending needs to be spent on key areas, including UAVs, special for... more »

Deal reached in Iranian nuclear talks

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Shahab-3 missile]Iran and six major world powers have reached a deal in nuclear talks, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. Reaching a deal is a major policy victory for both US President Barack Obama and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist elected tw... more »

Doing deals to prevent nuclear weapons being manufactured by rogue nations works, doesn't it?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Watching the Barack Hussein Obama administration do everything it can in order to placate Iran and come to a deal, any deal, that at least appears to restrict Iran's march towards nuclear weapons reminded me of another US Democrat President doing similar. Here's Bill Clinton from October 1994 on how his deal was going to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. That worked out well, didn't it? On October 9, 2006, North Korea announced it had successfully conducted its first nuclear test. An underground explosion was detected, its yield was estimated as less than a kiloton, and... more »

First F-16s Arrive in Iraq Under US Contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-16 Fighting Falcon]The first batch of U.S.-provided F-16s has arrived in Iraq, following a string of delays over security and other concerns. The big question overhanging the shipment, though, is whether the Iraqis can fly them. The Obama administration said Monday that the first group of Iraqi pilots has been trained. Read more

Who has airpower superiority in southern Africa?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-30SM Flanker]South Africa’s reputation as top gun when it comes to air power in the southern African region could be shot down by Angola and its powerful new Russian fighters. The west African country is set to take delivery of the first tranche of Sukhoi Su-30K fighters in the next six months and will have 12 in service by the end of next year. Gauteng Afrikaans daily Beeld approached military analyst Helmoed Heitman, retired SAAF and Indian Air Force pilot colonel Rama Iyer and a former officer commanding 2 Squadron for their views on how the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) Grip... more »

Russia Calls US Nuclear Bomb Test 'Provocative' Weeks After Putin Announced Arsenal Expansion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov]The U.S. military's test earlier this month of a B61-12 nuclear bomb in Nevada was an “openly provocative” attempt to antagonize Moscow, a top Russian official said Monday. Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov condemned the exercise just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his plan to expand Russia’s own nuclear arsenal. The U.S. Air Force and National Nuclear Safety Administration used an F-15E fighter-bomber to test-launch a warhead-less bomb July 1. Read more

A Formal Nuclear Deal With Iran Has Been Announced

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (L), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (2ndL), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (4thL), EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid (8thL), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (5thR), Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (4thR) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meet in Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks, in Vienna, Austria July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger *Reuters... more »

Boeing not exclusively teamed going into JSTARS battle

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-8A JSTARS]Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman’s JSTARS teams are in a “blackout period” awaiting an announcement by the US Air Force in late August or early September about which prime contractors will proceed to the first stage of the multi-billion dollar aircraft recapitalisation programme. The air force intends to select “up to three teams” for the forthcoming pre-development technology maturation and risk-reduction phase, meaning neither’s place is secure and one, or perhaps even two, primes could miss out. Northrop and Lockheed used last month's Paris Air Sh... more »

Northern Fleet Su-33’s Redeployed to Crimea for Training

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-33 Flanker-D]Three Su-25UTG aircraft and three Su-33 carrier-based fighters were redeployed from the Severomorsk-3 airfield of the Northern Fleet to the Saki airfield. The training sessions will take several weeks and include 10 flying shifts. Crews of the shipborne fighter regiment of the Russian Northern Fleet aviation began on Monday practical training at the NITKA range in Crimea, the press-office of the fleet reported. "Three Su-25UTG military training aircraft and three Su-33 carrier-based fighters were redeployed from the Severomorsk-3 airfield of the Northern Fle... more »

Retired Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger Reaches Texas For Scrap

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The former aircraft carrier USS Ranger has reached a South Texas shipyard where it will be taken apart for scrap and recycling. Spectators lined the shore as the Ranger was towed to the Port of Brownsville on Sunday. The Ranger left Bremerton, Washington, on March 5. International Shipbreaking Ltd. has been hired to dismantle the former U.S. warship. Read more

PLA's Type 075-class amphibious landing helicopter assault ship revealed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type 075 LHA]Photos of a model of China's new Type 075-class amphibious landing helicopter assault ship have recently been revealed on a Chinese military website, reports Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television on July 12. With a displacement of 40,000 tons, the Type 075-class amphibious landing helicopter assault ship has four take-off and landing spots dedicated to helicopters. Below the hanger of the vessel, there is a huge well deck designed to carry an unknown number of domestic air-cushioned landing craft. Read more

India in Talks With Russia on Purchasing Submarine Rescue Ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Project 21300 rescue ship Igor Belousov]Alexander Buzakov, the head of Admiralty Shipyards, said they had presented to Indian military representatives aboard a 21300-class vessel, the first ship of its kind to be commissioned by to the Russian Navy by the end of 2015. India has no ship capable of assisting nuclear and conventional submarines should they run into trouble at sea, the outlet noted. At present, its deep-sea rescue operations rely on foreign assistance. Read more

Attack submarines to amphibious planes: Japan's biggest companies bet big on exporting military hardware

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ShinMaywa US-2]Some of Japan's biggest companies, best known for motorcycles, washing machines and laptop computers, are pitching a new line of global products: military hardware. Quiet-running attack submarines. Amphibious search-and-rescue planes. Ship-mounted radar systems that use lasers to help pinpoint approaching enemies. After a ban on weapons exports that the Japanese government had maintained for nearly 50 years, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Hitachi, Toshiba and other military contractors in this semipacifist country are cautiously but unmistakably telling the world th... more »

Russian Black Sea Submarine Presence Revived As It Looks To Strengthen Military Position Near Crimea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Russian will send new diesel-electric submarines to its Black Sea port of Novorossiysk in 2016 as it looks to reinforce its naval presence in the region, reported the Russian news agency Tass. The naval base, which lies about 60 miles from the annexed Crimean peninsula, will alarm NATO and European Union (EU) leaders, who will see the move as an attempt to further legitimize Russia’s claimed ownership of the former Ukrainian territory and further evidence of the Kremlin reverting to a military stance reminiscent of the Cold-War. "The construction of a series of six Project 636 di... more »

Russia's Five Most Lethal Submarines as Seen by US Magazine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 636.3 (Varshavyanka) class SSK]Having recently published lists of Russia's deadly naval ships and dangerous military aircraft, the National Interest is back with a new best of compilation. Russia makes every effort to improve its nascent submarine fleet by upgrading Soviet-era models and offering brand new platforms, like Borei and Yasen. Let's take a closer look. *Akula-class submarine* Project 971 Shchuka-B or Bars, designated by NATO as the Akula, is a nuclear-powered attack submarine equipped with 40 torpedoes, mines and 12 RK-55 Granat cruise missiles. Read more

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras Faces Party Revolt And Public Opposition Over His Eurozone Bailout Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Greek PM Tspiras faces party revolt over bailout deal* Greece's leftwing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces a showdown with rebels in his own party on Tuesday furious at his capitulation to German demands for one of the most sweeping austerity packages ever demanded of a euro zone government. Just hours after a deal that saw Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euro ($95 billion) bailout, doubts were already emerging about whether Tsipras would be able to hold his government together. The ter... more »

The U.S. Navy Wants A Navy Of Robots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The Navy's new "yellow submarine" is one robot already under development. Source: U.S. Navy. *Motley Fool:* *Who Wants a Robot Navy? The Pentagon Does!* A little-noticed contract gives a big clue to where the Pentagon is heading. For years, we've been talking about the U.S. Navy's infatuation with robots -- everything from robotic helicopters to robotic fighter jets that can land on an aircraft carrier -- unaided. From swarming, remote-controlled small patrol boats sailing the seas to tiny submarines that look like fish. Granted, many of the Navy's experiments in the realm of robot... more »

A Look Inside The Pentagon's Cyber Boot Camp

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
From left: Miles Brinkley, 23, and Joshua Fisk, 26. Photographer: William Widmer for Bloomberg Businessweek *Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley, Bloomberg*: *Inside the Pentagon’s Boot Camp for Cyberwarriors* Drop and give me 20 lines of code. Inside the U.S. Navy’s Corry Station base in Pensacola, Fla., there’s a school that wouldn’t look out of place on any well-manicured college campus—except for a handful of buildings wreathed in barbed wire, with the windows bricked up. That’s to keep electronic signals from getting in or out. The buildings make up the Center for Information ... more »

Economic Theories That Have Changed Us: Game Theory

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: Game theory has a fascinating connection with poker. (iStock)] Game theory is an excellent structure but needs a better foundational understanding of the social nature of economic decision making. good luck on all that. It really needs to be mastered at the natural community level. In the meantime the world will continue to flounder sadly. I am completely convince that poverty can disappear while the global economy leaps in size. *Economic Theories That Have Changed Us: Game Theory* *By Partha Gangopadhyay, University of Western Sydney | June 30, 2015* *Last Update... more »

Scientists Discover New Fundamental Property of Light—150 Years After Maxwell

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Interesting. an idea passes over from the physical electrons to light itself and opens a set of tools to manipulate light. This will be useful. Our own central being is a light body so we know that stable complex structures are possible. now we need to master the art of building up such structures and working with them. Can we encode a trapped photon?. . *Scientists Discover New Fundamental Property of Light—150 Years After Maxwell* *By Clive Emary, University of Hull | June 30, 2015* *http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1411481-scientists-discover-new-fundamental-propert... more »

Enzyme Provides Built-in Protection Against Atherosclerosis

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: A study led by Yogen Kanthi, M.D., cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, is the first...] This begs the question of what to do next. Is CD39 driven by an age related deficiency? Is it related to say vitamin C? That consists of tying two linkages together but needs to be tested. Is there even a CD39 deficiency at all? How does it relate to Ginseng's effect on Blood chemistry? Those are the easy questions. At least we have a promising helper that can be potentially optimized.. *New research suggests ... more »

How Turmeric Will Light Up The Future

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: Turmeric] This is astonishing and unexpected. Better our command of the science strongly suggests that this will open up a huge range of available organic light sources that are not exotic at all. embedding something like this as a substrate in a clear plastic sheet becomes plausible along with a low energy profile. We are on the way to white light ceiling panels that cost little to operate. Who would have thought any of this coming out of the box? The payoff though is obviously the low energy profile. Add it to plasticized electronic circuits and flexi... more »

Military Photo of the Day: July 14, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
A Sea Hawk MH-60R helicopter fires flares near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration on July 11, 2015. Thanks to Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tom Tonthat for taking this spectacular photo! The post Military Photo of the Day: July 14, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Jeremy Corbyn loses his cool.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
Scratch the surface and what an angry little chap lies underneath. https://youtu.be/hOZZF5XCDBM I do love the way he compares Israeli politcicians with the genoicidal Islamist terrorists of Hmas and Hezbollah.

How to install LinkWithin gadget to Blogger

Peter at the original Blogger Tips and Tricks - 22 hours ago
LinkWithin has changed the way we install their Related posts widget to a Blogger.com blog. This is how you should do it. First, go to LinkWithin website. Copy-paste your blog address/url into the relevant field and select how many related posts you want to display (see screenshot below): [image: How to get Linkwithin gadget]How to get Linkwithin gadgetThen click GET WIDGET! Once you have done this, the LinkWithin gadget will be added to the list of gadgets for your Blogger.com blog. After clicking GET WIDGET! a page will popup showing the LinkWithin gadget in your Dashboard: [imag... more »

Is The U.S. Drone Campaign Against The Islamic State Working?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The Triton unmanned aircraft system completing its first flight from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California, May 22, 2013. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman/Alex Evers/Handout via Reuters *David Axe, Reuters:* *Why you’ll always lose with drones alone* The U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is having a devastating effect on the insurgent forces. That is, if you believe the Pentagon’s continuing tally of destroyed and damaged vehicles, facilities and troop formations. But the official statistics are meanin... more »

Can This Be the Solution to the Global Trash Problem?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *If each one of us treats trash the way this woman does, what type of world would we live in? The post Can This Be the Solution to the Global Trash Problem? appeared first on Waking Times.

Cartoon: ‘Famous Last Words’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 1 day ago
The post Cartoon: ‘Famous Last Words’ appeared first on The Stream.

Is the Civil War Over?

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 1 day ago
In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate... The post Is the Civil War Over? appeared first on The Stream.

Hillary’s Tired, Demogogic Economic Proposals

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton is a walking, talking cliche who spouts decades-old sound bites that were bad enough when her husband first delivered them but are painfully anachronistic today. Same old material, same old demagoguery. You would think a self-styled “progressive” would... The post Hillary’s Tired, Demogogic Economic Proposals appeared first on The Stream.

Fukushima Update July 13, 2015

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Another unhealthy looking sky over Fukushima Daiichi: Who knows what is happening at the plant? There was a spike in Iodine-131 in Gunma sewage sludge in May 2015 (reported by Optimal Prediction): http://optimalprediction.com/wp/iodine-131-detections-in-finland-and-norway-preceded-by-detections-in-japan/ Fukushima Daiichi also reported a spike in Iodine-131 in May 2015 *Significant level of I-131 detected from dry sludge of Fukushima sewage plant after rain in May http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/07/significant-level-of-i-131-detected-from-dry-sludge-of-fukushima-sewage-plant-after-... more »

Back to the Bazaar: Fact-Checking the BBC on Iran's Nuclear Program

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
Reporting on the Iranian nuclear program in the mainstream press has always been fraught with disinformation, misinformation, speculative shorthand, and myriad errors. The BBC is no stranger to such mistakes. In a new report from Vienna, where nuclear talks continue, the Beeb's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins attempts to give readers some historical context for Iran's nuclear

There Should Be No Sanctuary from the Law

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 1 day ago
According to the Wall Street Journal, the last serious attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws appears to have been made in 1982 by a retired Justice Department official named Ronald Gainer. He failed, but the estimate then... The post There Should Be No Sanctuary from the Law appeared first on The Stream.

The Time Has Come To Remove Canada`s Wannabe Hitler, Time to Remove Stephen Harper

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written by Grant G * Every Government website, including Weather Canada, there it is, a message from Stephen Harper, promoting him and the Conservative party, a Canada Day message from Harper and a 150 celebration message, and not the least, back-patting themselves over porky tax cuts, everywhere one looks Stephen Harper`s propaganda is front and center... Canada action plan signs littering every single infrastructure project site as well as endless Federal Harper Conservative partisan Government ads inundating television and radio costing Canadian taxpayers $hundreds of mi... more »

brave new world

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The Extreme Centrism of Hillary Clinton

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
Despite a speech being touted as "sweeping" and populist, Hillary Clinton's ingrained market-based approach to governance kept shining through like high beam headlights aimed at the yellow line in the middle of the road. She outlined her economic agenda on Monday in a talk at the carefully chosen progressive bastion known as the New School. Reciting the standard litany of ills -- erosion of the middle class due to globalization, crushing student debt, increasing wealth disparity, lack of child care for working mothers, and Wall Street malfeasance -- she managed to totally ignore h... more »

Hillary against the Uber Economy

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 1 day ago
Grandmothers may know best, as Hillary Clinton has put it in tweets, but judging by her latest economic speech, they don’t necessarily get or like Uber. The ride-sharing service is synonymous with the new efficiency and convenience enabled by information... The post Hillary against the Uber Economy appeared first on The Stream.

Wife of Bill Cosby Stands by Accused Husband

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
The wife of comedian Bill Cosby, Camille Cosby, has stated that she is standing by her husband who has been accused of raping multiple women. Despite over 40 women accusing him of sexual assault, and his admitting to drugging women... The post Wife of Bill Cosby Stands by Accused Husband appeared first on The Stream.

Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II?

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 1 day ago
Cracow — Perhaps it’s because I’ve been living in the city John Paul II called “my beloved Cracow” for the past two and a half weeks, but it does strike me (and not only me) that the contemporary Vatican seems... The post Has the Vatican Already Forgotten the Lessons of John Paul II? appeared first on The Stream.

“The Last Days Of 'Normal Life' In America”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Last Days Of 'Normal Life' In America”* by Michael Snyder “If you have got family and friends that you would like to visit before things start getting really crazy, you should do so within the next couple of months, because these are the last days of “normal life” in America. The website where I have posted this article is called “End of the American Dream“, but perhaps I should have entitled it “The End of America” because that is essentially what we are heading for. The debt-fueled prosperity that so many of us take for granted is about to come to a screeching halt, and we... more »

Comics Watch: After 25 years, "Bloom County" returns!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Berkeley Breathed posted this shot yesterday on his Facebook photo page yesterday (click to enlarge) with the note: "A return after 25 years. Feels like going home." (Presumably he's not referring to the apparatus on which he was creating Bloom County 2015.)* *by Ken* Bright and early today Noah passed along the *Chicagoist* post below with the note: "Looks like Opus and Milo just couldn't keep silent any longer!" And I realize that for a lot of people this is awfully exciting news -- when I looked early this afternoon, the post of the first new *Bloom County* strip in 25 years o... more »

This is a Coup

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The thing that drives me crazy is the self-congratulatory hugs and kisses between the EU banksters and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. It's clear that he sold his people out with this deal but he is enjoying it way too much - especially after he came to power campaigning against austerity! Where is the humility? Just goes to show how the EU oligarchies reach into opposition parties is huge. The Greek people must be stunned and furious after this betrayal by their own leadership. Very sad. It's truly a lesson to be careful with 'leaders' - they can turn on you and sell you... more »

Politics/The Economy: “The Troika And The Five Families”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Troika And The Five Families”* by Raul I Meijer “Personally, like most of you, I always thought Germany, besides all its other talents, good or bad, was a nation of solid calculus and accounting. Gründlichkeit. And that they knew a thing or two about psychology. But I stand corrected. The Germans just made their biggest mistake in a long time (how about some 75 years) over the weekend. Now, when all you have to bring to a conversation slash negotiation is bullying and strong arming and brute force, that should perhaps not be overly surprising. But it’s a behemoth failure all ... more »

British Government Wants More Drones And Special Forces To Combat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *Cameron vows to ramp up the fight against ISIS to 'destroy the fanatical extremist state at its source'* * PM says a review of military spending will boost UK's anti-terror firepower * Claims extra kit will ensure UK can 'destroy fanatical extremist state' * Defended record fighting ISIS, but added: 'I'm clear we need to do more' Britain needs to do more to 'destroy' ISIS in Iraq and Syria, David Cameron admitted today as he set out plans to boost spending on the SAS to fight the fanatics on the ground. The Prime Minister said an upcoming review of military spending ... more »

Pro-striver tax-cutting Osborne? He's hiked taxes by £47bn and cut tax credits for the working poor

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
SOURCE FINANCIAL TIMES: Osborne’s tax-cutting rhetoric masks £47bn increase in taxes overall When you heard George Osborne say six times in his Budget speech that he had moved Britain towards a “lower tax society”, he made a small but important mistake. He really meant “higher tax”. The independent Office for Budget Responsibility was crystal clear on the issue. Robert Chote, its chairman,

The Big Secret: REPUBLICANS Took Down The Confederate Flag In South Carolina

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
The media, and especially rightwing media (FOX, Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage, etc...), is telling us "the liberals" took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina. The big secret, if you actually count the votes in the South Carolina House, Senate, and the executive, is that more Republicans than Democrats voted to bring down the Confederate flag. Yes, it was the Republican HAT-TRICK: House, Senate, Governor The South Carolina House passed taking down the Confederate flag 94-20. Of the 94 take-down-the-flag votes, 48 Republicans voted yes to 46 Democrats. So Republicans out-voted ... more »

What Passes For School In Syria Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
JM Lopez, Al Jazeeera Al Jazeera: Magazine: *Syria's school of war* How a former school-turned-'military academy' is training children to fight in the country's civil war. Aleppo, Syria - Abdel Razzaq's 'military academy' is located in a former school in northern Syria's Aleppo province. It is where local boys come to receive two hours of training a day for three months before being sent off to the front. Eager to join their older brothers and fathers on the frontline of the Syrian civil war, the teenagers readying themselves to fight with the rebels are oblivious to the interna... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 13, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Bloomberg editorial:* *Greece Should Just Quit* Does Greece belong in the euro area? This fundamental question has divided Europe's governments for months, and still does. The deal just announced only pretends to resolve their disagreement. That's why it won't work. Enough is enough: Greece should leave the euro system. The terms forced on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last weekend have little chance of being accepted, carried out and sustained by this Greek government or its successors. Greece's parliament may accept them this week because it thinks the alternative is worse -- ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 13, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Iran, world powers push for Tuesday nuclear deal* Nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers were set to miss a midnight deadline on Monday to reach a final deal, but diplomats from all sides said they hoped for a breakthrough in the coming hours. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said an agreement was possible on Tuesday, but Western and Iranian officials warned that sticking points remain, including a U.N. arms embargo, and that things could still fall apart. The White House said significant issues remained to be resolved and Iran faced som... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“This sharp cosmic portrait features NGC 891. The spiral galaxy spans about 100 thousand light-years and is seen almost exactly edge-on from our perspective. In fact, about 30 million light-years distant in the constellation Andromeda, NGC 891 looks a lot like our Milky Way. At first glance, it has a flat, thin, galactic disk and a central bulge cut along the middle by regions of dark obscuring dust. *Click image for larger size.* The combined image data also reveal the galaxy's young blue star clusters and telltale pinkish star forming regions. And remarkably apparent in NGC 891's e... more »

Chet Raymo, “Making Peace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Making Peace”* by Chet Raymo "A May 18, 2012 issue of “Science” was devoted to human conflict. If I can summarize 60 pages of discussion: It's US versus THEM. It seems our long evolutionary history has favored group solidarity. Empathy and cooperation within the group; distrust and aggression toward those outside. The first groups were those of kin, tribes, and then ethnicity. As societies grew, groups identified themselves in more complex ways. Some researches would suggest that religions evolved as group adhesives. WE are moral, beautiful, enlightened, favored by God. THEY are ... more »

Empathy is Actually a Choice

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
One death is a tragedy. One million is a statistic. You’ve probably heard this saying before. It is thought to capture an unfortunate truth about empathy: While a single crying child or injured puppy tugs at our heartstrings, large numbers... The post Empathy is Actually a Choice appeared first on The Stream.

Illegal Immigration: Pastor Robert Jeffress and Dr. Richard Land Debate the Church’s Role

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said in a recent interview that liberal churches sometimes harbor illegal immigrants who might be a danger to society, but added that his First Baptist Church does not check the immigration status of people who... The post Illegal Immigration: Pastor Robert Jeffress and Dr. Richard Land Debate the Church’s Role appeared first on The Stream.

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