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Thursday, July 16, 2015

16 July - Blogs I'm Following ( a.m.- older )

Greek politician Alexis Tsipras (center) among...Greek politician Alexis Tsipras (center) among his comrades, during a demonstration against privatization of Pension System. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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President Obama: Iran Nuclear Deal Good For U.S. National Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Obama defends Iran deal at White House press conference* President Obama on Wednesday described the agreement to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons in sweeping terms, making the case that it represented a fleeting opportunity for peace in an increasingly dangerous world. The deal is a “historic chance to pursue a safer and more secure world,” Obama said at a news conference. “It represents “an opportunity that may not come again in our lifetime,” he added. The Iran deal still faces a hurdle in Congress, where lawmakers will have 60 days to review and pa... more »

The Revenge Of The Lost Boys

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 19 hours ago
The Revenge Of The Lost Boys: Western societies are producing more and more Lost Boys, the fail-to-launch young men who carry dangerous social grudges. What’s going on with young American men? Another mass shooting has led to another round of... The post The Revenge Of The Lost Boys appeared first on The Stream.

Ants

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*Ants* *"Eastward of India lies a desert of sand…. There is found in this desert a kind of ant of great size—bigger than a fox, though not so big as a dog…. These creatures as they burrow underground throw up the sand in heaps, just as our own ants throw up the earth…. The sand has a rich content of gold, and this is what the Indians are after when they make their expeditions into the desert…. When the Indians reach the place where the gold is, they fill the bags they have brought with them with sand and start for home again as fast as they can go; for if the ants—if we can believe... more »

"The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has agreed to the One Percent’s looting of the Greek people of the advances in social welfare that the Greeks achieved in the post-World War II 20th century. Pensions and health care for the elderly are on the way out. The One Percent needs the money." -- Paul Craig Roberts ........ . “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both” -- Frederick Douglass

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 19 hours ago
------------------------------ *Greece: Sound and Fury Signifying Much — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ July 15, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Greece: Sound and Fury Signifying Much Paul Craig Roberts All of Europe, and insouciant Americans and Canadians as well, are put on notice by Syriza’s surrender to the agents of the One Percent. The message from the collapse of Syriza is that the social welfare system throughout the West will be dismantled. The Greek prime mini... more »

Going Out on a Limb....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
*Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is now a candidate for president. I believe he will be Hillary's choice for running mate* - I'm going to go out on a limb on this one but I predict that Hillary will pick former Virginia Senator Jim Webb as her running mate once she secures the Democratic Party nomination. During the Reagan administration Webb was Secretary of the Navy. He has also served as a US Senator from Virginia, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Counsel for the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Marine Corps officer. Over the years Webb has dabbled... more »

World News Briefs -- July 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Martin Schaefer, press officer of the German Foreign Ministry holds a signed copy of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear programme is pictured in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015. Reuters/Thomas Imo/photothek.net/Auswaertiges Amt/Handout via Reuters *Reuters:* *U.N. likely to vote on Iran nuclear deal next week: diplomats* The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote next week on a resolution to endorse the Iran nuclear deal and terminate targeted sanctions, but retain an arms embargo and ballistic missile technology ban, diplomats said. The Unit... more »

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Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 19 hours ago
http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-john-oliver-rails-publicly-financed-stadiums-20150714-story.html This is from the Los Angeles Times, and it's about taxpayer funded stadiums (and events centres). They are, according to the report, boondoggles for wealthy team owners who don't want to pay for the facilities. The team owners invariably claim that the new venues stimulate business, create jobs, and produce tax revenue - and profits to pay back the cost. That's why American taxpayers have spent 12 billion dollars in recent years to build stadiums and 'events centres' to ... more »

Obama: Iran Nuclear Deal is the Only Option

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 19 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously defended the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, casting the historic accord as the only possibility to avert a war with Iran and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. A day... The post Obama: Iran Nuclear Deal is the Only Option appeared first on The Stream.

Serena Williams, Racism & the Subjugation of Women

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
*Serena Williams wins the women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 11, 2015. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth (source; click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius* Dave Zirin, writing at *The Nation*, has a great under-the-radar catch regarding the vilification of women's tennis star Serena Williams. And like much of what Zirin writes (after all, he does work at *The Nation*), there are major social and political implications to this story. In particular: - The emergence of a once-in-a-century miracle of athletic talent and ... more »

Landmark Deal Reached to Curb Iran's Nuclear Program

LeDaro at LeDaro - 20 hours ago
I believe it is a great step forward to make Middle East somewhat safe. Only Israel is opposed to this deal which is baffling. Israel, a very small country, has over 200 nuclear war heads according to the former President of the U.S Jimmy Carter. Why Israel can have those horribly deadly weapons and not other countries in the Middle East? I believe none should have nuclear weapons. I also believe that no one in the world should have nuclear weapons. Countries like Russia and U.S. have so many nuclear weapons that each of these two countries can destroy life on the planet earth man... more »

Iroquois Women Stand up to the Corporate Colonial Criminals

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 20 hours ago
This article was just written by my friend Thahoketoteh of the Kanion'ke:haka, the Mohawk Nation of Turtle Island (Canada Inc)- for Mohawk Nation News You know what is the most ridiculous part of all of this? .... I mean, beyond the fact that the Corporate "Governments" are still trying to pull this bullshit. Lacrosse is a Game that was INVENTED by our First Nations People!!! They're holding the Lacrosse World Championships in Scotland.... and tell the First Nations teams that they can't play, because they don't have (and don't want, lol) a corporate employee identification num... more »

Greece : The Straw that Breaks the Euro Area- Full Integration or an Amicable Split

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 20 hours ago
I've been thinking about this for days now.. Knowing what I want to say and hoping it's understandable? *In a nutshell Greece (Tsipras) is the straw being used to break the camel’s back. The camels back being the European nations, their distinct histories and identities, being forced into a totally integrated union. **(Like the United States of America? See references below**) * *Or 2 "unions"* Oddly enough this has me thinking about all the phony Confederate flag hoopla- Erasing the history of people.... So despicable. *Idiom* *The idiom the straw that broke the camel's back, a... more »

Mohawk Nation News THOSE WONDERFUL IROQUOIS WOMEN!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
THOSE WONDERFUL IROQUOIS WOMEN! Posted on July 15, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. JULY 15, 2015. Our proud young people stood up to the powers that be. The Haudenosaunee under-19 women’s lacrosse team withdrew Thursday from the upcoming FIL U19 Women’s World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland. The corporatists say our Rotinoshonni-issued passports are not valid because

Can We Declutter Our Way to Christ?

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 20 hours ago
Can We Declutter Our Way to Christ? Kate Shellnutt of Christianity Today on the minimalism trend and the allure of living with less. One of the most gratifying experiences during my workweek is “inbox zero.” It’s when I have responded... The post Can We Declutter Our Way to Christ? appeared first on The Stream.

Military and Intelligence News Briefs -- July 15, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Roadside bombs have caused the majority of US combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. (US Army) *Military Times:* *Iran linked to deaths of 500 U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan* At least 500 U.S. military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were directly linked to Iran and its support for anti-American militants — a newly disclosed statistic that offers grim context for the Obama administration's diplomatic deal with the Iranian regime aimed at curtailing the rogue nation's nuclear ambitions. That figure underscores the controversy surrounding Washington's deal with Tehran, a long-soug... more »

Taliban Leader Supports The Afghan Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
FBI *BBC*: *Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghanistan peace talks* The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has backed peace talks with the Afghan government, in a statement released to the media. A message, marking the festival of Eid al-Fitr, made no direct reference to the talks but said Islam did not bar "peaceful interaction" with enemies. Afghan government officials last week met Taliban representatives in negotiations brokered by Pakistan. The Taliban have stepped up attacks on Afghan security forces. *WNU Editor*: If this is true .... it is a major shift ... more »

IRS Watchdog: 2015 Tax Season “Worst in Memory”

David Mills at The Stream - 20 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS provided poor customer service during this year’s tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama’s health law, a government watchdog said Wednesday. A new... The post IRS Watchdog: 2015 Tax Season “Worst in Memory” appeared first on The Stream.

Planned Parenthood’s Pitiful Defense of the Selling of Aborted Baby Parts

Michael Brown at The Stream - 20 hours ago
The video evidence is too clear to deny, as a powerful Planned Parenthood leader discusses the sale of baby parts — livers, limbs, tissue, and hearts — while casually eating her dinner, even describing how partial birth abortion is used to preserve those... The post Planned Parenthood’s Pitiful Defense of the Selling of Aborted Baby Parts appeared first on The Stream.

NAACP: ‘Sand-Blast’ Confederate Images Off Ga. Mountain

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 20 hours ago
It would take a monster of a sandblaster, and raise some highly uncomfortable questions about the selective editing of history, but the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP has called for the removal of the giant carving that depicts three leaders... The post NAACP: ‘Sand-Blast’ Confederate Images Off Ga. Mountain appeared first on The Stream.

Why Use Smart Meters When Analog Meters Are Safe?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 20 hours ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - Analog electric meters are proven to be safe, so why are they pushing smart meters on us? The post Why Use Smart Meters When Analog Meters Are Safe? appeared first on Waking Times.

Things Aristotle Was Completely Wrong About : The Human Soul

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
*"I'm a blood-sucking fiend! Look at my outfit!"* *"First of all, we must also put an end to that other and more disastrous "atomism" that one Christianity has taught best and longest, "the atomism of soul". * *Let this expression signify the belief that the soul is something indestructible, eternal indivisible that it is a monad, an atamon: this belief must be thrown out of science!"* *Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future* *Friedrich Nietzsche* http://spikethenews.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-frankfurt-school-why-modern-art-is.html *A Jarful of Sense-Impres... more »

The Art of Breaking Chains and Taking Names

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 21 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - Here’s the thing: you are a force to be reckoned with. The question is, what kind of force are you? The post The Art of Breaking Chains and Taking Names appeared first on Waking Times.

Yanis Varoufakis full transcript: our battle to save Greece

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
Yanis Varoufakis feels "on top of the world" now his part in the crisis talks is over. Photo: Getty http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2015/07/yanis-varoufakis-full-transcript-our-battle-save-greece *Yanis Varoufakis full transcript: our battle to save Greece* *The full transcript of the former Greek Finance Minister's first interview since resigning.* BY HARRY LAMBERT PUBLISHED 13 JULY, 2015 - 17:37 Read the report from Greece of our interview with Varoufakis here. This conversation took place before the deal. *Harry Lambert: So how are you feeling?* *Yanis Varoufakis:* I... more »

Natzweiler

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
*From Shirer :* In the murders in this field the Jews were not the only victims. The Nazi doctors also used Russian prisoners of war, Polish concentration camp inmates, women as well as men, and *even Germans. * The ”experiments” were quite varied. Prisoners were placed in pressure chambers and subjected to high-altitude tests until they ceased breathing. They were injected with lethal doses of typhus and jaundice. They were subjected to ”freezing” experiments in icy water or exposed naked in the snow outdoors until they froze to death. Poison bullets were tried out on them as... more »

Badass Bunnies, Scared Squirrels and us

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
We have a baby rabbit in our backyard. It’s unafraid of us. It comes out whenever we do and eats within a few feet of wherever we are. It’s a new one and we are watching it grow fat on our clover. Yesterday I saw it go after a squirrel, chasing it right out of the yard. It surprised me, as I’d only seen its peaceful, clover chewing side. I’ve heard a story of a rabbit that grabbed a squirrel, shook it and then kicked it with its hind leg! I guess your opinions of rabbits depend on your perspective – human or squirrel. Both would be accurate. This is not a story of rabbits. It is... more »

Trump Campaign: ‘The Donald’ is Worth $10 Billion

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has unveiled new documents setting his personal fortune at more than $10 billion. The businessman says he filed his personal financial disclosure with federal regulators on Tuesday afternoon. The figure makes... The post Trump Campaign: ‘The Donald’ is Worth $10 Billion appeared first on The Stream.

Cleveland Struggles to Cover GOP Convention Costs

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of an organizing committee says Cleveland must raise an additional $25 million to meet its money commitment for the 2016 Republican National Convention next July. Officials said they would raise $64 million in cash and... The post Cleveland Struggles to Cover GOP Convention Costs appeared first on The Stream.

Cheney: Iran Deal Brings World Closer to Nuclear War

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
Not since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki nearly 70 years ago has the world been closer to the use of nuclear weapons, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.... The post Cheney: Iran Deal Brings World Closer to Nuclear War appeared first on The Stream.

With The End Of Sanctions Iran Prepares To Dramatically Assist Its Mideast Allies Who Are Embroiled In War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *With More Cash, Iran Poised to Help Mideast Friends* As funds set to flow, Tehran and Washington find themselves fighting common regional enemy. Iran is widely expected to use some of the billions of dollars freed up by sanctions relief under the newly minted nuclear deal to aid regional partners hostile to Washington and its allies. But with the threat of extremist group Islamic State redrawing old battle lines in the Middle East, the Iranian and U.S. camps sometimes find themselves fighting a common enemy. Iran hopes to leverage better relations to secur... more »

The Russian Military Wants Their Own 'Terminator'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Фото: naked-science.ru *The Compass/Real Clear World:* *Russia Tries to Build a Terminator* Military robotics and unmanned systems are gaining popularity across the globe. The United States is the leading developer and user of various unmanned air, land, and sea systems, but other nations are not far behind in their desire to field these platforms. Over the past few years, Russia has made significant technological breakthroughs in the development and exploitation of unmanned systems, although their quality is the subject of domestic and international scrutiny. Most notably, Russia... more »

Group Defends Video That Caught Planned Parenthood Discussing Fetal Body Part Sales

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 22 hours ago
Planned Parenthood has issued a statement regarding allegations that the organization is profiting from the sale of fetal body parts after an undercover video emerged of one of its executives discussing the sale of fetal organs at Planned Parenthood affiliates.... The post Group Defends Video That Caught Planned Parenthood Discussing Fetal Body Part Sales appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Obama Leaves Pastor Saeed, Other Americans Behind with Iran Deal

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 22 hours ago
The worst case scenario has happened. The Obama administration has signed a deal with Iran — a deal that failed to secure the freedom of American Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans who remain imprisoned in Iran. It is unconscionable... The post ANALYSIS: Obama Leaves Pastor Saeed, Other Americans Behind with Iran Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Israel lobby, Jewish billionaires immediately trash Iran deal

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 22 hours ago
I thought there was no such thing as an "Israel lobby"? Isn't that a "bigoted, anti-Semitic canard"? *The Jewish Daily Forward* reports: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement it was “deeply concerned” that the deal “would fail to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon and further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror.” *The considerable clout of pro-Israel interests on Capitol Hill will play an important role in deciding the fate of the pact*, hammered out in Vienna after many months by Iran, the United States, Britain, China, Fra... more »

FROM THE TPP TO THE ACA: Krugman praises the ACA!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 22 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015Part 3—The things which don't get said:* The Affordable Care Act is the fruit of Democratic Party effort which dates, in its current iteration, to 1991. In that year, a string of presidential candidates spoke of the need for “universal coverage.” Twenty-four years later, how is the ACA doing in that and other regards? Last month, the ACA survived a major challenge in the Supreme Court. At the New York Times, Paul Krugman used the occasion to ask and answer that question. “The Affordable Care Act is now in its second year of full operation; how’s it doing... more »

Buy A Volvo, Ruin Your Marriage?

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 23 hours ago
Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist takes issue with the latest car-seat innovation from Volvo: a swivel chair that puts the child where the adults sit. Safety may be a primary consideration for Volvo but many Americans say the seat isn’t... The post Buy A Volvo, Ruin Your Marriage? appeared first on The Stream.

Jewish Peer Who Fled Nazis Is Rescuing Christians Fleeing Isis to Repay ‘Debt’

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 23 hours ago
A Jewish peer who fled occupied Austria as a child is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Christians from Syria and Iraq as a way of showing his gratitude to the religion whose members saved him from the Nazis.... The post Jewish Peer Who Fled Nazis Is Rescuing Christians Fleeing Isis to Repay ‘Debt’ appeared first on The Stream.

Are Recent College Graduates Poor Employees?

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 23 hours ago
In Australia, employers are reporting they would rather have employees who hail from farms and rural areas than college graduates from affluent backgrounds. The country kids who have worked on mum and dad’s farm from a young age will work... The post Are Recent College Graduates Poor Employees? appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: I.M.F. is Telling Europe the Euro Doesn’t Work

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 23 hours ago
It reads like a dry, 1,184-word memorandum about fiscal projections. But the International Monetary Fund’s memo on Greek debt sustainability, explaining why the I.M.F. cannot participate in a new bailout program unless other European countries agree to huge debt relief... The post ANALYSIS: I.M.F. is Telling Europe the Euro Doesn’t Work appeared first on The Stream.

Dem. Candidates Silent on Planned Parenthood Allegations

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 23 hours ago
Democratic presidential candidates were silent in the wake footage released Tuesday showing Planned Parenthood’s top doctor allegedly describing how the clinics sell the body parts of aborted babies. None of the declared Democratic presidential candidates — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,... The post Dem. Candidates Silent on Planned Parenthood Allegations appeared first on The Stream.

Cruz Calls for ‘Immediate’ Planned Parenthood Probe

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 23 hours ago
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling for a full investigation into Planned Parenthood after a high-level official was caught in an undercover video discussing the harvesting of aborted fetal tissue. “Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities... The post Cruz Calls for ‘Immediate’ Planned Parenthood Probe appeared first on The Stream.

New Wave Of Displaced From Iraq’s Anbar Faced Extrajudicial Killings In Baghdad

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 23 hours ago
Extrajudicial killings are part of life in Baghdad. Nearly every day a body is found shot and dumped in the capital. While some of these murders appear to be the work of insurgents, most look like the work of Shiite militias and vigilantes. The number of bodies dumped in the city goes up and down depending upon how much people feel threatened. During the summer of 2014 for example, after Mosul and Tikrit fell to insurgents there was a huge jump in killings, which then went down after the Islamic State was stopped in Salahaddin. Recently however, there was another sizeable increase ... more »

Nihigaal bee lina: On the good road to Monument Valley

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 23 hours ago
Nihigaal bee lina, Dine' walkers on Journey for Existence, are on the good road to Monument Valley, after being hosted by Shonto Begay, and a community gathering in Kayenta! They are walking to the Four Sacred Mountains, and speaking out in defense of Mother Earth.

You do meet the most lovely people on Twitter

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Today's total delight is *Dan Brimley @danbrimley* Telly Producer. Usually found under a pile of pitches. Full-time procrastinator, part time genius. For this tweet... I don't think Dan Brimley likes people pointing out that the BBC might just possibly be a little biased...

Sting Ray away as Navy’s newest helicopter Wildcat launches first torpedo

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: AW159 Wildcat]The Navy’s newest helicopter has fired a torpedo for the first time, dropping a Sting Ray into the waters of Falmouth Bay. A Wildcat of 825 Naval Air Squadron decamped from Yeovilton to Culdrose for two days on the ranges off the Lizard Peninsula to ‘play with’ the Fleet Air Arm’s main sub-hunting weapon. This is the Navy’s principal weapon in the fight against submarines leaving its rack on the Fleet Air Arm’s newest helicopter for the first time. Read more

How Hillary Clinton Could Widen the Gender Wage Gap

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 23 hours ago
One of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s flagship economic ambitions for getting more women in the workforce could have the opposite effect of widening the very gender pay she has campaigned so hard to narrow. Hillary on Monday urged employers... The post How Hillary Clinton Could Widen the Gender Wage Gap appeared first on The Stream.

Photos Apache Stronghold with Emanuel Baptist Church Members

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 23 hours ago
Rev. Dr. John Mendez, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, and Wendsler Nosie Sr. , Apache Stronghold  Photos courtesy Apache Stronghold. In the news: 1,200 attend ecumenical service in Winston-Salem before the start of N.C. election law trial Fran Daniel Winston-Salem Journal WINSTON-SALEM — The words, “This is our Selma. Forward together” echoed throughout Union Baptist

Time For Iowans To Retire Grassley? Meet Rob Hogg

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
Iowa's senior U.S. senator, Chuck Grassley, has been in Congress since 1975. Before that he was a state rep for 15 years. He won his U.S. Senate seat in 1980, and if he wins in 2016 and serves out his full term he will be 88. He's had an honorable political career, and although no one likes to talk about it above a whisper, he slips into senility more and more frequently, often very publicly. Iowans admire and respect him, and recent polls show he's the best liked of the state's political leaders. He has a 53% approval rating. Obama carried Iowa in 2008 (54-44%) and again in 2012 ... more »

Catholics: Are You a Cafeteria or a Feeding Tube Catholic?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 23 hours ago
Samuel Gregg’s respectful but critical analysis of the pope’s Bolivian economics farrago has had the predictable effect: It got him called a “dissenter” and an “ideologue” by the National Catholic Reporter’s all-purpose troll Michael Sean Winters. That dyspeptic leftist is... The post Catholics: Are You a Cafeteria or a Feeding Tube Catholic? appeared first on The Stream.

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The Mound of Sound Loses It

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
It's tragic really. But all his idle hours in retirement, studying up the grave dangers of anthropogenic global warming has unhinged "The Mound of Sound" aka "the Disaffected Lib" aka "Johnny - 'six gun' DiCosmo" aka "Juan Pacifico Ramirez" 's brain. (Actually, it's in poor taste to say he's become unhinged. Just as it's in poor taste for MoS to say that I've become an unhinged NDP-Thomas Mulcair groupee/partisan hack/deluded follower. Which he did. Which was in poor taste.) The MoS has gotten it into his pretty white head that the ONLY moral vote is a vote for the Green Party of ... more »

HAWAII: King's letter to President Obama on Mauna a Wakea

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Excerpt: King Edmund K. Silva, Jr., to President Obama . Read letter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5_XTSYd3ZeWdlQ3VW9LYUZoRnc/view?usp=sharing (If you have trouble accessing the link, please e-mail Censored News:  brendanorrell@gmail.com )

Rolling Carbon Fiber

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Unsprung weight is anathema to car engineering. Carbon Revolution brings to the marketplace some lighting technology. Another sign the future is rolling out everyday.

Yellen Warns First Fed Rate Hike Likely Later This Year

Anika Smith at The Stream - 1 day ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sees a number of encouraging signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter and says if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later... The post Yellen Warns First Fed Rate Hike Likely Later This Year appeared first on The Stream.

Mud, Rain, Debris Hamper Search for Kentucky Flood Victims

Anika Smith at The Stream - 1 day ago
FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Kevin Johnson last saw his son Scott wading through the rushing water with his 74-year-old grandmother on his back. Scott Johnson had already saved his father, his uncle and sister as a flash flood ravaged... The post Mud, Rain, Debris Hamper Search for Kentucky Flood Victims appeared first on The Stream.

Tsipras Braves Parliament on Aid as Greek Outlook Worsens

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras braved a revolt in his own party as parliament in Athens began to debate a bailout of up to 86 billion euros ($95 billion) that international officials have already suggested won’t be enough. With Greece’s... The post Tsipras Braves Parliament on Aid as Greek Outlook Worsens appeared first on The Stream.

You’ve Heard of Sanctuary Cities. But Do You Know What They Are?

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
In the wake of a San Francisco shooting that garnered national attention, the immigration debate has centered on sanctuary cities. Sanctuary policies differ from city to city, but generally the policies instruct city employees and law enforcement to not ask... The post You’ve Heard of Sanctuary Cities. But Do You Know What They Are? appeared first on The Stream.

Study links Prozac, Paxil use with birth defects

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://www.japantoday.com/category/health/view/study-links-prozac-paxil-use-with-birth-defects *Study links Prozac, Paxil use with birth defects* HEALTH JUL. 15, 2015 - 04:35AM JST WASHINGTON A sweeping U.S. government study of thousands of women has found links between the older antidepressants Prozac and Paxil and birth defects, but has cleared other popular treatments in the class, including Celexa, Lexapro and Pfizer’s Zoloft, which is the subject of a major lawsuit over birth defect claims. Earlier studies had raised questions about antidepressants in a class of drugs known as... more »

Loopholes In The Iranian Nuclear Deal?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Parchin military base (image from Google Maps) *Washington Free Beacon:* *Nuclear Deal Silent on Iran’s Parchin Military Plant, Bushehr* Loopholes, vague wording likely to complicate congressional approval The Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna contains no reference to the Parchin military facility where most of Iran’s past nuclear arms-related work was carried out. Additionally, the draft agreement made public on Tuesday contains no stated limits on Iran’s Russian-made Bushehr nuclear power facility that analysts say could produce plutonium for dozens of bombs. Also, the acc... more »

Tiokasin Ghosthorse joins Owe Aku Board

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Owe Aku International Justice Project Owe Aku Bring Back the Way Tiokasin GhosthorsejoinsOwe Aku IJPBoard Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands.  Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Vindictive British school staff can't take criticism* A father of five who posted a picture of a joke T-shirt making fun of his autistic son's school has today revealed police later visited him to ask if it was a threat to staff. Martin Gillingham, 47, claims a teacher at Matravers School in Westbury, Wiltshire, may have been monitoring his Facebook page and contacted police when they saw his message. Mr Gillingham posted a picture of a humorous slogan T-shirt, which read: 'I may seem calm and reserved, but if you mess with my kids I will break out a level of craziness that will ... more »






Death Is Your Probable Outcome if You Are On America's VA Waiting List

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill:* *Report: One-third of vets on pending medical care list already dead* An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died. A review of veteran death records provided to the Huffington Post found that, as of April, 847,822 veterans were awaiting healthcare and that of those, 238,647 were already deceased. The report was handed over by Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta He also sent copies to the House and Senate VA pa... more »

Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Body Parts, and Its Denials Don’t Wash

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 1 day ago
The video is gruesome and appalling. It purportedly shows a Planned Parenthood executive sipping a glass of wine in a Los Angeles restaurant while casually explaining how they sell body parts from aborted babies. The undercover video was filmed in... The post Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Body Parts, and Its Denials Don’t Wash appeared first on The Stream.

Image Gallery: The Latest from New Horizons’ Pluto Flyby

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
Image Gallery: The Latest from New Horizons’ Pluto Flyby The post Image Gallery: The Latest from New Horizons’ Pluto Flyby appeared first on The Stream.

Tim Huelskamp’s Plan for How Lawmakers Can Hold Sanctuary Cities Accountable

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
One conservative congressman thinks lawmakers should take action on sanctuary cities. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., believes lawmakers have a unique tool to use on the issue of sanctuary cities. “What we can do is use the power of the purse... The post Tim Huelskamp’s Plan for How Lawmakers Can Hold Sanctuary Cities Accountable appeared first on The Stream.

Fossilized

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
http://www.gambassa.com/ The Harper government is increasingly calcified. Old and tired, it clings to its dogma, even as the world changes. Lawrence Martin writes: It’s the biggest threat to the Harper government today. It’s become predictable in most everything it does, set in its ways, unwilling to change. It’s strange. The Conservatives know they are vulnerable to the change argument – they’ve fallen below 30 per cent support in many polls – but do little to counter it. Rather than bold new promises to make things better, we g... more »

The Wisdom Of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
*"When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot."–Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Lincoln Square Synagogue, Feb. 1998*

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Another stupid prophecy of doom* *Now we're running out of carbon! You can't win, can you? It reminds me of a Greenie scare in the '70s that said we are running out of phosphorus -- and we need phosphorus for our bones. Then there was a huge phosphate discovery in North Africa! So that one died. The lesson: Greenie estimates of available resources are self-important crap* Researchers have issued a chilling warning that life on Earth is unsustainable for humans unless there are major changes. Unless we slow the destruction of Earth's declining supply of plant life, civilizat... more »

US NED Ignores Saudi Barbarism

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
The Arabian Peninsula has been trapped in a time warp for nearly a century, thanks to the House of Saud and indomitable Western support. *July 15, 2015 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Some may find it curious, browsing the US State Department's National Endowment for Democracy (NED) website, reviewing the unending lists of faux-NGOs special interests in the West have propped up across the planet to project influence and political meddling into every corner of the planet under the pretense of supporting "freedom and democracy," to discover this meddling extends to nearly all nations exce... more »

A Nuclear Arms Race In The Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* What a few years makes .... I have been following Richard Engel's reporting for years and he always gave the benefit of the doubt to the White House when doing his reporting .... that is definitely no longer the case.

Majority Of Americans Do Not Trust Iran Sticking To Its Nuclear Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech to the nation in Tehran, Iran July 14, 2015. Reuters President.ir/Handout *Politico: **Poll finds majority of Americans do not trust Iran to stick to deal* A majority of Americans think Iran cannot be trusted to stick to the parameters of a nuclear agreement, according to a Monmouth University poll conducted in the days leading up to Tuesday’s announcement of a final deal. Among 1,001 adults nationwide, 55 percent said that they did “not at all” trust Iran to abide by terms of a nuclear agreement that would dismantle its program an... more »

This Man Saved The World On September 26, 1983

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* I have written extensively about Stanislav Petrov over the years .... even trying to meet the man about ten years ago .... but at that time he was not in the mood to meet anyone. It is good to see that the recognition that he so richly deserves is now happening to him .... because he truly did save the world on September 26, 1983. The BBC have just released a podcast on this unremarkable .... but very remarkable man .... *Could This Man Have Saved the World?* (BBC).

Success! U.S. Spacecraft Achieves Historic Pluto Flyby, Phones Home

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft got humanity’s first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home. Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after... The post Success! U.S. Spacecraft Achieves Historic Pluto Flyby, Phones Home appeared first on The Stream.

Former Auschwitz Guard, 94, Convicted on 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp was convicted Wednesday on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced to four years in prison. Oskar Groening testified during his trial at... The post Former Auschwitz Guard, 94, Convicted on 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder appeared first on The Stream.

At Comic-Con, Faith-Based Entertainment Stays in the Shadows

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
The annual San Diego based “nerd convention” known as Comic-Con has quickly become the preeminent kingmaker in pop-culture, but not for Christian content. What would Jesus do at Comic-Con? Perhaps work the miracle of getting some attention from the comics crowd.... The post At Comic-Con, Faith-Based Entertainment Stays in the Shadows appeared first on The Stream.

Why We Need to Save the Bees and How Much Food They Help Produce

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *Here's a presentation on the importance of bees and how their disappearance can affect human lives. The post Why We Need to Save the Bees and How Much Food They Help Produce appeared first on Waking Times.

USA & France Take Interoperability A Step Further With USMC V22 Tests On Board Mistral Class LHD

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: FS Dixmude and V-22 Osprey]On July 5th, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale - CEPA) led a certification campaign of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft on the Mistral class LHD Dixmude. The tests took place off the coast of Djibouti, an East Africa country where both France and the USA have permanent bases. The goal through this certification is to enhance interoperability between the French and American navies. Read more

Caravan To Midnight - Episode 268 CERN, The Super-Collider with Anthony Patch

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
Episode 268 – Counter Environmental Radical and Nefarious? Today we welcome Anthony Patch on board to explore CERN and find out what the Super-Collider is doing deep below the earth.

Arab World Worries Nuclear Deal Will Boost Iran’s Power

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 day ago
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The nuclear deal with Iran was met with a profound wariness in the Arab world, where concerns are widespread that the easing of its international isolation could tip the already bloody contest for power... The post Arab World Worries Nuclear Deal Will Boost Iran’s Power appeared first on The Stream.

Does greenhouse effect increase the fuel consumption by aircraft?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Bill Z. has pointed out a new remarkable story in the media based on an article in *Nature Climate Change*, Coupling between air travel and climate by Karnauskas & 3 pals from Massachusetts and Wisconsin. It's another totally mad paper from the global warming causes everything department. These individuals claim that global warming makes airplanes slower and increases their fuel consumption. The influence of AB on CD is nonzero for virtually all pairs AB and CD – except that the influences of most random things on most other random things are so tiny that no sensible person would ... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Locals lobbying for Pope Francis visit for Katrina / Federal Flood Anniversary ~WWLTV* *Mayor Landrieu spits on Algiers Point citizens over his rezoning extortion at town hall * *Wednesday Reads: Stolen Head, Captured Cow and Rufus T. Lightning Bug? ~Sky Dancing* *Thursday Evening Concerts in City Park ~St. John Boogaloo*


Special Greece Update ( July 15 , 2015 ) - State Of Play- Ever Changing ( Greece domestic politics , International And Troika Politics , IMF In Focus , Bridge Loan Financing Items - More Loans For Greece To repay Obligations to The IMF & ECB , Protests Return to Athens & Parliament Against Deal To Re-Open Talks , US Role Coming To Light Slowly , Vision Of A United Europe - Just A Proverbial Mirage ? )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Greece.... Evening Wrap....Much more at Tweet Feed ! *Daphne Papadopoulou* ‏@daphnenews 14m 14 minutes ago Govt sources said yestr the #*reshuffle* will not just be 4 ministers who disagreed with deal, but wider, for the better functioning of govt *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 1m 1 minute agoPhiladelphia, PA @*daphnenews* @*ninarei* @*NinaDSchick* @*NikiKitsantonis* Will be interesting to compare reshuffle moves vs NOs/Abstentions https:// docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d /1EAZVy4bC0YDOceksy7BpdypRgMf-sPTu_M_OAMvxnoc/edit#gid=0 … fred walton retweeted *NikiKitsanto... more »

CERN Mad D.E.W.~ Recreating The Big Bang: - Anthony Patch

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
[image: SeventhFrom Adam] SeventhFrom Adam This show is from March 19th, 2015 *CERN Video Playlist HERE*

Anthony Patch Suddenly Stops discussing CERN - - Why?

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
[image: SeventhFrom Adam] SeventhFrom Adam Due to recent "developments" and, Thanks to at least one great YouTube Channel (BrewingWaves) who has mirrored many of the End times Matrix News Hangouts with Anthony Patch discussing his research and conclusions regarding Cern, I am also going to be mirroring these Hangouts here on this channel. *CERN Video Playlist HERE*

The CERN Conspiracy w/ Anthony Patch

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
[image: SeventhFrom Adam] SeventhFrom Adam *Jun 13, 2015* The DAY OF THE LORD is a future time when God will dissolve and recede the heavens like a scroll, when the barrier between the spiritual, and the physical world will be no more. While this will usher in God’s wrath on earth, there are some today who are attempting to pierce the veil with very large, and expensive machines. If you’ve been following Gonz’ YouTube channel, Facelikethesun, you’d know that he’s been doing a series of videos called CERN WATCH, with an eye on the Large Hadron Collider, which is a particle acc... more »

AEC 15, ADR Institute discussion on trade and investments

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Yesterday afternoon, I attended a round table discussion on *“The Role of Exports and Foreign Direct Investments in Industrial Development”* sponsored by the Albert del Rosario (ADR) Institute (formerly Stratbase Research Institute), Tower Club, Philamlife Tower, Makati City. The convenor and main speaker was Dr. Epictetus Patalinghug (UP College of Business Administration, and a Trustee of ADR Institute). He presented many data about economic competitiveness in relation to the forthcoming ASEAN economic integration. Discussants were Dr. Gilbert Llanto (President of the PH Instit... more »

Pluto

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: The closest photo we've taken of Pluto.]

Lavrov: Russia expects US to abandon Europe AMD plans after Iran deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: ussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov]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 conference in Vienna. He said that Tehran and the P5+1 powers (the United State... more »

Afghan Air Force To Get Rocket Equipped MD 530F Helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
The Afghan Air Force will equip its MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters with air-to surface rockets. The MD Helicopters will be equipped with seven-tube M260 launcher for the 70mm (2.75 inch) rockets under a US $13.2 million contract awarded by the US Army, US department of Defense said in a statement Monday. The upgrade will be carried out on 19 helicopters added to the Mission Equipment Package (MEP) that already features twin FN Herstal 12.7 mm (.50 cal) Heavy Machine Gun Pods (HMPs). The installation that includes fixed forward weapon sights is said to be completed by 12 July 20... more »

Russian Tu-95 Bear Strategic Bomber Crashes in Khabarovsk Region

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Tu-95MS Bear]A Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber has crashed in the Siberian region approximately 50 miles from the city of Khabarovsk, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday. The aircraft was fulfilling training exercises and was unarmed. A search for the seven crewmembers has begun. “At 9:50 a.m. Moscow time [06:50 GMT] on July 14, 2015, a Tu-95 crashed during a planned training flight 80 kilometers from Khabarovsk. The flight was conducted without weapons,” the Defense Ministry said. Read more

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “My Orchid Spirit (Extragalactic)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “My Orchid Spirit (Extragalactic)” - https://www.youtube.com/

Ron Paul: Iran Deal an Important Step Towards Peace

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Both President Obama and President Rouhani took a page out of Jon Snow's book of wisdom and changed history by looking to the future with friendship in mind. It's not an easy thing for long-time ideological enemies to make peace, but it's the smart and constructive thing to do, especially when both sides have lots to gain. A U.S.-Iran war would be a disaster for all involved and achieve nothing but destruction and chaos. Bigger challenges confront both countries, the region, and the world: water crises, droughts, and other environmental problems, refugee crises, massive youth unem... more »

US, Japan ink deal for first batch of V-22 tiltrotor planes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: CV-22B Osprey]Japan has agreed to spend $332.5 million to buy an initial five V-22 tiltrotor planes built by Boeing Co and Bell Helicopter, finalizing the first international sale of the “Osprey” aircraft, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. It was the first tranche of 17 V-22s and 40 engines built by Britain’s Rolls Royce Holdings Plc that Japan plans to buy in coming years for a total value of about $3 billion, according to a May congressional notification by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). At the time, DSCA said the proposed sale will help Japan ... more »

Z-18F anti-submarine helicopter ready for service aboard Liaoning

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Z-18F Sea Eagle]China is ready to put the Z-18F anti-submarine medium helicopter aboard the Liaoning, the PLA NAvy's first aircraft carrier, according to the state-run Global Times on July 13. Designed based on the French Aerospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon, the Z-18, which was created by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC), is a medium transport helicopter. It is a single-rotor helicopter powered by three improved WZ-6 turboshaft engines and has a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tons. CAIC produced two types of Z-18 helicopters for the PLA's naval forces. Read more

After refit, Vikramaditya ready to join Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: INS Vikramaditya]Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will sail out of the harbour in Karwar after its first short refit and join the Navy in a week, Vice-Admiral P. Murugesan, Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff, said here on Tuesday. He was briefing presspersons on a seminar, “Innovation and indigenisation — sailing towards self-reliance” being organised by the Navy on Thursday and Friday. Vikramaditya, acquired from Russia for $2.3 billion, was commissioned into the Navy in November 2013 without the crucial air-defence systems. They are now being installed during the “guaranteed ... more »

Putin signs ‘right to be forgotten’ bill into law

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*The USA needs something like this in regards to personal profiling by data mining firms who aggregate personal and marketing data and sell the resulting profiles to governments, 3 letter agencies, corporations and the public with absolutely no audit trail as to where they got it, and no accountability for its accuracy, and no remedy for its removal. Search engines are only the public tip of this mass survellience ice berg. Most Americans are aware of the quantum leaps that have occurred in recent years in data mining software. -AK* http://rt.com/politics/273604-russia-putin-law... more »

No radioactive contamination from sunken subs in Barents Sea, say experts, but conditions must be monitored

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Project 645 class SSN - K-27]Russian and Norwegian scientists have tallied up 20 years of radiation studies in the Barents Sea, Kola Bay, as well as results of algae, sediments and other biological samples taken from the Novaya Zemlya Peninsula, Sayda Bay and Andreyeva Bay. The work has put a special focus on the K-27 nuclear submarine, which the Soviet Navy sank in the shallows of Novaya Zemlya 34 years ago. The K-27 has been in the spotlight ever since Russian naval sources revealed to Bellona in 2012 a catalogue of radioactive waste dumped at sea over the course of decade... more »

French firm DCNS release design of submarine it wants Australia to buy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Shortfin Barracuda class SSK]The French company, DCNS, has released details of its plans for the new submarine it wants to build for Australia. It’s a 4000 tonne, conventionally powered design based on of its Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarine. DCNS will call the Australia version the Shortfin Barracuda after the local species PPP of the ferocious fish. Read more

With six new nuclear attack submarines, India officially opens up on its undersea aspirations

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: RFS Severodvinsk (K 329), Project 885M (Yasen) class SSN]In a rare, official comment on the Indian nuclear attack submarine project, a top Naval officer has said that work has started on a new class of vessels after a government go ahead two months ago and the target is to shorten the developmental time to under 15 years. While India has traditionally shied from commenting on its nuclear fleet - for years the existence of the Arihant nuclear missile submarine was denied despite a large Indo-Russian team working on the project - the Navy has .. "The government has given app... more »

The Many Health Benefits Of Raisins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Source of the above poster: *Health Care Natural*

We Now Live In Nations Where......

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago




The carving: NAACP are counterparts of Taliban, ISIS

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
In March 2001, the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, two monumental statues from the 6th century carved into an Afghani cliff. Half a year ago, the Islamic State destroyed much of the Assyrian heritage including the Lamassu. I always found similar events heartbreaking. Whenever something like that happens, the civilized mankind loses a part of its soul, we are being disconnected from our history, from the answers to the question "where did come from" and "what extinct species, nations, and cultures used to live here". These heartbreaking events have been taking place in the ... more »

UK spare electricity capacity to fall this winter per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33527967 manages to warn of power shortages this winter but apart from this brief comment: ' EU regulations have forced older polluting power plants to close.' barely hint at the reasons. Maybe the last Labour government and its obsession with replacing proper power stations with windmills might be partially to blame.Perhaps we could all ask Ed Miliband to pay our surcharges for us.

Military Photo of the Day: July 15, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day ago
A Kentucky Air National Guard pilot hugs his daughters during a military homecoming ceremony in Louisville, Ky., on July 4, 2015. Thank you to this volunteer warrior for serving our country. Welcome home! The post Military Photo of the Day: July 15, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Three Ways to Think about the IMF’s Insistence on Debt Relief for Greece

Kindred Winecoff at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
According to the NY Times, the IMF has refused to participate in any new bailout program for Greece unless Hellas is receiving debt relief. Specifically, says the IMF, this relief must come in one of three ways to be determined by Greece and the Troika: reducing the amount of principal debt to be repaid (“writedowns”), […]

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day ago
Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill" - https://www.youtube.com/

Ava Adore

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Happy Birthday, Rembrandt!

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
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Does Positive Thinking Free Us From the Matrix?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Thanks for stopping by.

"In the Inbox"

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

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
2002, “Remember Now” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq4qjI8VVzg

"How It Really Is"

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John Oliver Questions Why Taxpayers Are Funding Plush Sports Stadiums

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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."

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