Iran's President Hassan Rouhani smiles while replying to a question during a news conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York September 26, 2014. Reuters/Adrees Latif *Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post: **Don’t expect Iran to change overnight* In selling the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has been careful to point out that it is just an agreement on nuclear issues. “[The deal] solves one particular problem,” President Obama explained in his news conference on Wednesday. And supporters and critics...more »
A security personnel asks reporters to leave a room where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) is meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) at a hotel in Vienna, Austria July 1, 2015. Reuters/Carlos Barria *Eli Lake, Bloomberg*:* Where the U.S. Caved to Get Iran to Sign* Now that the President Barack Obama and his administration are selling the Iran nuclear deal, they say U.S. negotiators held a firm line against Iran's last-minute push for even more concessions. But if you compare the deal today with what was described in a White House fact sheet on the ...more »
If it’s true that the drunk you is really just you with the bark off – the real person revealed without all the armour you normally wear out in public – then if there are only four kinds of drunks, as a study published in the *Addiction Research & Theory* journal suggests, then deep down there are only four kinds of people. So which one are you? 1. If you can "drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk," you're an *Ernest Hemingway drunk*—and you're in the majority. These are "drinkers who tend not to undergo drastic character changes or experience harms....more »
*If you believe this Chattanooga bullshit, I have this car over here to sell you...................* Whenever there's a big shooting by especially a "racist", "anti semite", or "muslim", before anything, the first question we must ask and debate is whether it's a government false flag hoax or not. THEN go onto other issues such as the confederate flag, gun control, radical islam, "terrorism", etc... The government/CIA/FBI/media are the biggest liars in the history of the earth and they do FALSE FLAGS to keep us talking about what they want to, not whether they did a false flag or n...more »
The U.N. Security Council is seen in session at U.N. headquarters in New York. *Voice of America:* *UN Security Council Set to Vote on Iran Deal * WASHINGTON — The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a vote for Monday morning on a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal. With all five permanent members of the Security Council involved in the marathon negotiations with Iran, the resolution's adoption is almost certain. The U.N. vote will come as U.S. lawmakers begin their own review of the historic deal. The Obama administration on Sunday sent the nuclear agreement to...more »
When I was 18 years old, me and two of my buddies decided that we were going to climb Mt. Signal. Even though it's only 2,300 feet to the top of Mt. Signal it looked like Mt. Everest to us. Being the young bucks that we were, we thought it the thing to do to prove our manhood. Temperatures in the Imperial Valley hit 90 to 110 during the day so we started early in the morning, figuring to make the summit by noon and get back down before nightfall. We started up one foot in front of the other, boulder by boulder, it was a good climb and we gained a hundred feet of altitude every ten...more »
*by Ken* At the top of the *Redacted Tonight* clip above, the great Lee Camp says: I don't want to do what I'm about to do. I really, really don't want to. I don't want to talk about Donald Trump. I *never* want to talk about Donald Trump. But now I feel like I *have* to, because he's running number one in the GOP poll of . . . likely words people have heard. Now, he won the freaking poll, but here's the thing. If you put Spider Man on that list, I guarantee you he will be number one with a bullet. All right? People are, "Yeah, I'm voting for Spider Man, because he took on Dr. Oc...more »
*VOA*: *Ukraine, Rebels Trade Blame Over Shelling* Ukraine's military and pro-Russian rebels are accusing each other of shelling residential districts in and near the war-shattered rebel-held city of Donetsk, after police on Sunday reported at least four civilians killed in the past 24 hours. Ukrainian military officials say they observed rebels firing missiles toward the city center and then redirecting fire toward Ukrainian troops dug in nearby. Spokesman Serhiy Halushko also said the army had intercepted rebel communications suggesting separatists were planning to shell the cit...more »
*The Telegraph: **US Navy prepared to ramp up Pacific presence to deter China* *The US Navy says it is preparing for "any contingency" surrounding territorial disputes in the Pacific * The United States moved to reassure its jittery allies in the Asia-Pacific that it has enough firepower to maintain stability in the region that has seen increased Chinese muscle-flexing in recent years. Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said that the US could increase deployment of combat ships, if necessary, and ramp up training exercises with its regional allies, includ...more »
Undoubtedly, there are many talented American actors working in Hollywood these days. The best of the most recent lot—the, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman—was 46 when he died of a drug overdose in 2014 and could hardly be lumped into the... The post Why the Best Young Actors Aren’t Americans appeared first on The Stream.
The Islamic State has established a stronghold in mainland Europe, a Sunday Mirror investigation reveals. Terrorists are secretly buying land in an isolated village, surrounded by deep woodland. Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training... The post The ISIS Stronghold in the Heart of Europe appeared first on The Stream.
“In the 1920s, examining photographic plates from the Mt. Wilson Observatory's 100 inch telescope, Edwin Hubble determined the distance to the Andromeda Nebula, decisively demonstrating the existence of other galaxies far beyond the Milky Way. His notations are evident on the historic plate image inset at the lower right, shown in context with ground based and Hubble Space Telescope images of the region made nearly 90 years later. By intercomparing different plates, Hubble searched for novae, stars which underwent a sudden increase in brightness. He found several on this plate and m...more »
*"Having Come This Far"* "I've been through what my through was to be, I did what I could and couldn't. I was never sure how I would get there. I nourished an ardor for thresholds, for stepping stones and for ladders, I discovered detour and ditch. I swam in the high tides of greed, I built sandcastles to house my dreams. I survived the sunburns of love. No longer do I hunt for targets. I've climbed all the summits I need to, and I've eaten my share of lotus. Now I give praise and thanks for what could not be avoided, and for every foolhardy choice. I cherish my wounds and their cur...more »
* “Yet…”* by Chet Raymo "My suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." - J. B. S. Haldane “Legend has it that after reciting his official recantation, kneeling on the floor of the Holy Office in Rome before assembled officials of the Inquisition, Galileo whispered, "And yet it moves." To save his life, or at least to avoid some dank dungeon and perhaps torture, the old man had publicly denied that he ever believed or taught that the Earth orbits the Sun, rather than the other way around. The public recantation was real...more »
*“Dogs Probably Feel Sorry For Us”* by Jennifer Viegas "Dogs appear to empathize with us, to the point that some therapy dogs even seem to take on the emotions of their sick or distressed human charges, according to a new paper in the latest issue of "Biology Letters." The matter is more complicated than you might think, because researchers need to tease apart true empathy from a phenomenon known as "emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is more of a knee-jerk reaction to various behaviors and other cues. For example, if you yawn, others near you, including dogs, might start to ...more »
"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse "Siddhartha" is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of a boy known as Siddhartha from the Indian Subcontinent during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. Hesse dedicated "Siddhartha" to Romain Rolland, "my dear friend". The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit l...more »
“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see and pursuing that vision.” - Howard Schultz
*"We Remember What Is Meaningful To Us"* by the Association for Psychological Science "We hold many beliefs about memory - for instance, if you study more, you learn more. We are also constantly making judgments about particular instances of learning and remembering - I'll never forget this party! That was easy to understand. I'll ace it on the test. But do beliefs influence judgments, and how do judgments affect memory performance? "There's a disconnect among beliefs, judgments, and actual memory," says Williams College psychologist Nate Kornell. Ask people to predict how or what t...more »
*"Just Thinking"* "Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window. No cloud, no wind. Air that flowers held for awhile. Some dove somewhere. Been on probation most of my life. And the rest of my life been condemned. So these moments count for a lot- peace, you know. Let the bucket of memory down into the well, bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one stirring, no plans. Just being there. This is what the whole thing is about." - William Stafford
*"Mountains: Keeping Things in Perspective"* by The DailyOM "From the top of a mountain, we are able to witness life from a different perspective bringing us a new awareness. Mountains have always captured our imaginations, calling us to scale their heights, to circle and worship at their feet, and to pay homage to their greatness. Mountains can be seen from thousands of miles away, and if we are lucky enough to be on top of one, we can see great stretches of the surrounding earth. As a result, mountains symbolize vision, the ability to rise above the adjacent lowlands and see beyo...more »
* “The Bird And The Cage”* by Paulo Coelho “Once upon a time, there was a bird. He was adorned with two perfect wings and with glossy, colorful, marvelous feathers. One day, a woman saw this bird and fell in love with him. She invited the bird to fly with her, and the two travelled across the sky in perfect harmony. She admired and venerated and celebrated that bird. But then she thought: He might want to visit far-off mountains! And she was afraid, afraid that she would never feel the same way about any other bird. And she thought: “I’m going to set a trap. The next time the bird ...more »
*"Free Will"* by Ayn Rand "That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call “free will” is your mind’s freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character. To think is an act of choice. The key to what you so recklessly call “human nature,” the open secret you live with, yet dread to name, is the fact that man is a being of volitional consciousness. Reason does not work automatically; thinking is not a mechanical process; the connecti...more »
"...and this is the weaving of human living: of whose fabric each individual is a part; each is intimately connected with the bottom and the extremist reach of time: and not one of these things nor one of these persons is ever quite to be duplicated or replaced: but each is a new and incommunicably tender life, wounded in every breath, sustaining for a while, without defense, the enormous assaults of the universe." - James Agee, "Now Let Us Praise Famous Men"
How often is it possible to agree with a Martyn Bradbury post? For me, it’s never happened before. Then astonishingly, over the weekend, I went from zero to two in as many minutes. First when he attacked the outrage of private prisons – “If you voted National or ACT at the last election, you voted for this [“fight club”] atrocity at Serco.” And so you did. You voted for the ultimate in cronyism: the actual privatisation of force, with all the temptation to corruption and abuse that goes with it. The moral argument against private prisons is that the concept puts the gun in the ser...more »
*"Chuck managed to get the entire 18 hours of Richard Wagner's 'Ring of Nibaloone--Nibalane--Nibalu--Nibalung' ... squashed ... down to just seven minutes"* *From Shirer :* "There are many weird twists of fate in the strange life of Adolf Hitler, but none more odd than this one which took place thirteen years before his birth. Had the eighty-four-year-old wandering miller not made his unexpected reappearance to recognize the paternity of his thirty-nine-year-old son nearly thirty years after the death of the mother, Adolf Hitler would have been born *Adolf Schicklgruber. * The...more »
Celebs and dodgy photos, eh? The latest pair to succumb in this fashion are ex-*Eastender* Daniella Westbrook and the chunky, hunky Dr Christian Jessen of C4's *Embarrassing Bodies*. In case anyone missed the last two editions of the *Daily Star Sunday*, both have been caught somewhat *in flagrante*. Daniella apparently became infatuated with a man she met on Instagram and sent him some samples from her adults only collection. Dr Christian was similarly skewered. A sent a gent he met on Grindr a series of snaps that left very little to the imagination. Some might say if you're a ce...more »
A South Korean intelligence agent found dead in an apparent suicide left a note denying his team had used spyware to tap the mobile phones and computers of private citizens in the latest scandal involving the spy agency. Police in... The post South Korea Spy Found Dead with Apparent Suicide Note Denying His Agency Uses Spyware on Its Citizens appeared first on The Stream.
July 19, 2015Greetings my friends and relatives,Most history classes will teach that United States' policy of Indian Termination was officially abandoned in the late 1960's. Native peoples know all too well that many of the policies and goals of "termination' persist to this day. The beliefs that Indigenous people should abandon our traditional lives and culture, surrender even more of
Those arms are made for huggin', not brawlin' On Friday, Republican gangster Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm, an ex-marine, ex-FBI agent, ex-congressman, and tough-talking reputed Mafia operative, was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison, the gentlest slap on the wrist to a thug who knows enough to turn the FBI inside out. I never read about Grimm's workout routines or days in the House gym, but if any of his new neighbors like his piercing blue eyes enough to try to play husband to him, they're going to have to fight for the privilege. He may look like a greasy blowhard to you, but r...more »
“How do you walk in those shoes?” That question is how Carly Fiorina kicks off her new video for Buzzfeed, “If Men Were Treated Like Women in the Office.” Women in the workplace can be defined by family, or find... The post Fiorina Turns the Tables in Funny Buzzfeed Video appeared first on The Stream.
*This one was unexpectedly candid about the DNA storage to and harvesting from Earth humans. Shades of the movie Jupiter Ascending. Heather Tucci-Jarraf told me privately after I arrived in Morocco in 2013 that DNA was the biggest export from this planet and that the elites had been profiting from it for sometime by exchanging it for technology and other resources. Kind of makes you rethink all those sperm banks, blood banks, fetal cells, umbilical cord and placenta collections doesn't it? Not to mention the massive DNA collection going on by police and other law agencies! * ...more »
Last week, a Michigan physician named Farid Fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison for prescribing unnecessary chemotherapy to hundreds of patients he had deliberately misdiagnosed with cancer. The motive was the usual one: pathological greed. Four years ago this month, an American secretary of state named Hillary Clinton traveled to Greece to prescribe what she called "chemotherapy" to millions of otherwise healthy Greeks. She deliberately misdiagnosed their economic suffering at the hands of Eurozone leaders as a disease to be cured, paradoxically enough, by those same banksters...more »
I am swimming in a warm pool right now or moments ago I think you can fob any exaggeration So cold and shocking my reality so many degree above ambient and y0u want to know did the real temperature in Celsius chained my mind about the bigot show? i HATE to admit no not really swimming in yur own private lake at 40 c is sheeple success with no Galveston parameters or measurement you defeated the heat in your back yard and while its not Napoleon you accomplished more than Dan Quayle if that is a bird I am sure it was full of professional sound and fury and in the end contained no intel...more »
Just to add something more about that Stewart Lee piece... Stew got a bit overwrought last week: Last Sunday, after I read in the Sunday Times of the culture secretary’s plans, I was stuck in traffic on the north circular with the kids. A new young writer called John Osborne, who I hadn’t heard of before, came on Radio 4 and told a half-hour story about childhood holidays that left all of us, aged four, eight and 47, spellbound. The kids noticed I was crying and asked why. I explained it was not just the quality of the work, but also that the government were dismantling the only...more »
Christians are called to live in the real, fallen world, not a wistful fantasyland where everyone tells the truth, secretly means well, and is just a winsome podcast or three-minute hug away from repentance and salvation. Stuff’s getting real out... The post Election 2016: The Little Sisters of the Poor vs. The Big Merchants of Baby Parts appeared first on The Stream.
*BBC:** Russian communists look to reinstate 'Iron Felix' statue* When the 11-tonne statue of Soviet secret police chief Felix Dzerzhinsky was toppled in Moscow in 1991 it was seen by many as a symbol of freedom. Just a few months later, the Soviet Union collapsed. Although the statue was given a new home in a sculpture park, Russian communists are campaigning for a referendum on returning it to its original spot and are confident they can gather enough support for an official vote. To his modern-day supporters, Dzerzhinsky was a true patriot. *Update:* 'Iron Felix' rears his ugl...more »
For sure you know what so embrace the suck if you do not want to send your children to Vietnam to correct some pipeline problem that the Japanese would have figured out with concerned before fuckushia Fukushima is the straw that broke technologies back Its not true everything we saw in glossy reviews Tech you can not start it in your car and you can not kill it in your nuclear meltdown.
I despise the Toronto Sun almost as much as I do the Irving press. So when I first read its story about a very, very young Princess Elizabeth being taught the Nazi salute, I though it despicable for a newspaper to run such a story about a child who had no idea of the meaning of what she was doing - and to run the story for pure sensationalism. I still think that, but...... ....when I saw the commentary on this in The Guardian, it put the story into a different context. And that was the difference between cheap sensationalism and intelligent journalism. Elizabeth did nothing wrong...more »
I am sure that most readers don't find German-Czech relationships to be important enough to deserve two TRF blog posts in a row. But I do so here's the second one. Seventy years ago, on July 21st, 1945, Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš began to release his post-war "Beneš decrees" which, most importantly, meant that almost all of the 3 million ethnic Germans were expelled from Czechoslovakia. It was an act of the government-in-exile (in London) that was retroactively approved by the Czechoslovak Parliament a year later. The expulsion was a specific implementation of some reorgani...more »
I'm not convinced that BBC Radio 4 journalist Michael Buchanan entirely buys the *Daily Express*'s take on things here: There's nothing a BBC reporter on Twitter likes more than mocking a right-wing tabloid, is there?
Fee and Chris work out the obvious way to saves lives... SOURCE TELEGRAPH: Consultants must work weekends to save lives, says health secretary Jeremy Hunt Hospital consultants will have to work at weekends under a seven day NHS, said the Health Secretary as he suggested that their refusal to do so is contributing to 6,000 deaths a year. Prime minister David Cameron has repeatedly raised
*Jon Vickers and Sena Jurinac as Florestan and Leonore(Covent Garden, 1961)* *From the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony*: *"Froh, froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen"* Gladly, like the heavenly bodies which he set on their courses, through the splendor of the firmament; thus, brothers, you should run your race, like a hero going to conquest. *Jon Vickers, tenor; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, cond. Westminster-MCA-DG, recorded June 1962* *Jon Vickers, tenor; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, cond. CBS/Sony, recorded Oct. 13-15, 197...more »
Nick Cohen (another of the BBC's supporters at the *Guardian*) isn't a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, or some of his supporters. His latest *Observer *piece worries about the closed minds and almost religious intolerance of the Corbyn camp, and compares such zealous camp followers to parts of the political Right: If you find the religious comparison far-fetched, spend a week reading the *Daily Mail* or *Telegraph*, and notice how Corbyn’s equivalents on right *[sic]* also fence themselves off from contrary arguments. They don’t allow one good word about the EU, BBC or trade unions to distu...more »
Subject: Docket HP12-001 TransCanada KXL Pipeline July 19, 2015 South Dakota Public Utilities Commission 500 E. Capitol Ave. Pierre, SD 57501 Wioweya Najin Win miye. My English name is Debra White Plume and my address is PO Box 325, Manderson, SD 57756. I am commenting on docket number HP12-001 regarding the TransCanada, Inc. KXL Tarsands Pipeline for the July 26, 2015
Last spring, I'd alerted many people on my mailing list about a promotional offer I was planning: Buy a paperback copy of *Tatterdemalion* and you'll get a free copy of the Scott Carson short story I was beginning. Disappointingly, I only got three takers on that offer. Then, after hitting a wall for a couple of months about how to end "The Kid", I finally knuckled down and finished it last week. Then I got another idea: Since it's a good 15,000 words-long, why not turn it into a small paperback and Kindle single (go the Kindle page and read a couple of sample pages)? ...more »
The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron holds the constituency directly to the north of my own (the fine Conservative-held seat of Morecambe and Lunesdale): namely, Westmorland and Lonsdale. Westmorland and Lonsdale is a seat you'd expect to be very safely Conservative - and it used to be a very safe Tory seat until Tim Farron won it by an extremely tight margin in 2005. By 2010, however, Tim had made it in a very safe Liberal Democrat seat - so safe that, despite a significant fall in votes, he still managed to win in 2015 by a comfortable margin. I remember very clearly driving th...more »
*Reuters*: *Russia's Putin orders formation of new military reserve force* Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine. The new reserve force has been discussed for several years and was first ordered by Putin in 2012 shortly after his re-election as President. The latest decree was published late on Friday. It will be distinct from Russia's existing military reserves because the part-time personnel will be paid a mon...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian navy deputy commander Mikhail Zakharenko while visiting military exercises in the Russia's Arctic North on board nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), August 17, 2005. *Foxtrot Alpha*: *Russia Can't Afford To Buy Its New Super Weapons* Russia may be coming to the realization that developing a high-tech weapon system is not the same as fielding it en masse, or even in relatively limited numbers. This appears to be the case for both the T-14 “Armata” tank, the T-50 5th generation fighter, and signs are possi...more »
A few years ago I went to New York with my husband and my mom. We had a blast and I came home with a stack of ticket stubs, brochures, pictures and buttons. I didn't know what to do with all of it, but I didn't want to throw it away. I came up with the idea of making a small box devoted specifically to the memories of that trip. A few years later I still love that box and it is so convenient to have everything all in one place. Out of the way if I need it to be, but easily accessible if I want to look at our memories. I knew I had created a family tradition — something small but ...more »
*The following is some questions I have had about Atlantis which I passed to Denise. There was also one private question which I am not publishing which was for my own understanding. My questions and comments are in red, Denise's comments in blue -AK* 19 July 2015 *I cleared my space and declared that only communication of pure love and absolute truth are welcome here.* *I asked to speak to an historian, or a record keeper. I saw a flash of a white ‘console’ with colored cubes of lights on top but it was so fast I could not make out if the colors were crystals or not. They te...more »
I was mentioned in “New Anbar campaign launched” by The Economist Intelligence Unit. My interview with Amb. Robert Ford on his time in Iraq and Syria was reprinted in Real Clear Defense and the Daily Journalist, and mentioned in War On The Rocks.
First, I am not sure what to make of this link and am interested in feedback: http://eagerlabassistants.com/foodtestresults.html Second, strange cam imagery today making me wonder whether TEPCO cams 1 and 4 are live. The TBS/JNN cam view was obscured with no corresponding change in the TEPCO cams. Perhaps it rained between the Daiichi site and the TBS/JNN cam location? Here is a link to screenshots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l9wruzmbw79qbhs/July%2020%202015.pdf?dl=0 July 19 23:58 One hour later July 20 00:54 View was almost fully obscured with no corresponding change in the TEP...more »
Just to 'bump up' an exchange on an earlier comments thread... ...and to update you on a story we covered in March 2014... *Anonymous, 19 July 2015 at 13:17* Speaking of Naughtie, was there ever any public statement from the BBC about him and his mate with the DNA business? http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/genetic-ancestry/interview *Craig, 19 July 2015 at 14:37* That's a very good question. We last heard about that on 9th March last year. From what I can see, the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit finally published its ruling on 15th April 2014, and this was then published on the ...more »
Several hundred activists clashed with Australian police in Melbourne in a rare display of violence in a country where immigration is a hot political issue. Police used pepper spray to try to keep the two sides apart after the anti-racism... The post Protesters Clash with Australian Police at Immigration Rally appeared first on The Stream.
Stanton S. Coerr, a Marine officer and veteran of the war in Iraq, feels that Americans do not need to keep thanking soldiers for their military service. A veteran’s service in a war is significant not because we are special,... The post 3 Reasons To Stop Thanking Me For My Military Service appeared first on The Stream.
Climateconversation has a post on the religiously-deluded (in fact insane) idea that climate skeptics have something wrong with their minds. A commenter mentioned the "latest GISS temperatures", which the alarmist cult claims debunks the "myth" of a "warming pause" over the last 20 years or so (I would claim there is no proof of any global warming over the last century--contrary to all the temperature data sets used in climate science--since my Venus/Earth temperatures comparison precisely confirms the Standard Atmosphere model, known for that century and more, and it allows for no...more »
John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Extermination and Sport You may have noticed that Genghis Khan (formerly known as John Whittingdale) was on *The Andrew Marr Show *this morning. Terrified BBC staff were seen cowering as the dreaded satellite link to the most destructive man in the history of humanity began its fateful and obedient work. The Great Khan spoke, seated on a throne from inside his own dark abode (like a vision from Hell). A miniature grandfather clock loomed behind, half-blocking a dull painting of a young man. These words thundered out quie...more »
I was always a Betty man Really ISIS like foes are not among stist those we have in the West come up against Al Queda was bad and for Osama to hide we must decide if it was Allah or the CIA that gave him such astounding relief that allowed him to abide like the worlds baddest dude with a world class bad attitude for more than a decade is a safe mansion in Pakistan located not a stones throw from the garden city that was one of the few places in that troubled shithouse poorly planned nation built on sand where gardens grew and the streets were not full of sewage filled no one could have p...more »
Talking about the *Guardian*'s vigorously pro-BBC campaigning... ...among today's fresh batch of BBC-defending, government-bashing pieces is a diatribe by the BBC's funniest comedian, Stewart Lee. His point is that the BBC entertain, informs and educates better than any commercial rival could possibly do that, that commercial values aren't what really matters, and that John Whittingdale's panel of eight experts contains a fair few of these commercial types who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Of course, he doesn't put it quite like that: And what a golden sh...more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif (R) as they arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in Montreux March 2, 2015. Reuters/Evan Vucci/Pool *Pepe Escobar, Asia Times*: *Historic Iran nuke deal resets Eurasia’s ‘Great Game': Escobar * This is it. It is indeed historic. And diplomacy eventually wins. In terms of the New Great Game in Eurasia, and the ongoing tectonic shifts reorganizing Eurasia, this is huge: Iran — supported by Russia and China — has finally, successfully, called the long, winding 12-year-long Atlanticist b...more »
Friday, Brooklyn Federal District Court Judge Pamela Chen gave Mafia thug-turned-congressman Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm, a very harsh dressing down-- very harsh. No one can ever accuse Pamela Chen of not being one harsh dresser-downer. "That this type of crime is common does not lessen its significance," the judge said. "Your moral compass, Mr. Grimm, needs some reorientation." She then gave him an astoundingly-- criminally-- light sentence, a mere 8 months, starting in mid-September. My sister and her family live on Staten Island, and in 2010 redistricting seems to have put our ...more »
*Statement from his Family:* "There are no words to describe our shock, horror and grief," Abdulazeez's family said in a statement cited by an NPR public radio journalist. "The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved," it added. *"For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence."* Expressing its condolences to the families of the victims, the Abdulazeez family also vowed to continue to cooperate with law enforcement. Big Pharma intoxication- Was...more »
Saturday, July 18, 2015 By Activist Post Former US General Wesley Clark went on MSNBC to promote detaining domestic 'radicals' or people 'disloyal to the United States' in internment camps for the duration of the war on terror. The host asked Clark "How do we fix self-radicalized lone wolves, domestically?" First, Clark cites people who lose a job or break up with a girlfriend as being especially dangerous. Next he tells us what he'd do to those who're disloyal to the U.S. during the war on terror. "In World War II, if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United St...more »
Sent to the Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2015 There is a consensus that No Child Left Behind didn't work ("Can two federal bills finally fulfill goals of No Child Left Behind?" July 19), but the congressional proposals for the new education law either focus on the wrong issues (federal vs. state authority) or keep bad features of NCLB (required annual high stakes testing). Study after study has shown that the main cause of low school achievement not a lack of local control or a lack of tests. The main cause is poverty. The level of poverty in some districts exceeds 95%. The best teac...more »
StemExpress, a biotech company with ties to Planned Parenthood, has been surreptitiously editing its website since the release of a video shining a light on its practice of buying the remains of aborted fetuses. Last Tuesday, the group Center for Medical Progress posted a video showing... The post Planned Parenthood’s Organ Purchaser is Changing Its Website after Release of Video appeared first on The Stream.
Not every man or woman who finds himself or herself sexually attracted to someone of the same sex is happy with that attraction. Parents of adolescents who show such tendencies may consider it best for the happiness of their child... The post IN DEPTH INTERVIEW: Psychologist Says Same-Sex Attracted Teens Can Change appeared first on The Stream.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leader says an “aggressive and confrontational speech” by Iran’s supreme leader shows that any expectations a nuclear deal would soften the militancy of the Islamic Republic were misguided. On Saturday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei... The post Israeli PM: Iran Leader’s Militant Speech Shows Nuke Deal’s Folly appeared first on The Stream.
NEW YORK (AP) — A dispute is simmering between the ride-booking service Uber and Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s City Hall, an increasingly pitched disagreement playing out on smartphones, over the airwaves and in the press over a fundamental question: Who... The post Bill de Blasio Uber Alles: NYC Mayor Fights to Restrict Taxi Competition appeared first on The Stream.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vast frozen plains exist next door to Pluto’s big, rugged mountains sculpted of ice, scientists said Friday, three days after humanity’s first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet. The New Horizons spacecraft team revealed close-up photos... The post ‘Beautiful Eye Candy': Frozen Plains in Pluto’s Heart appeared first on The Stream.
Together with fellow Marine veteran Gino Greganti and his wife Erin, Ian Michael is traveling across the country giving out hugs to military veterans at VA hospitals. Ian Michael knows the anxiety and isolation faced by combat veterans who have... The post Marine Travels Across the U.S. Giving Hugs to Military Veterans appeared first on The Stream.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness. The new reserve force has been discussed for several years and was first ordered by Putin... The post Putin Orders Formation of New Military Reserve Force appeared first on The Stream.
The Islamic State group has released one of its more revolting beheading videos to date, primarily because of the shockingly young age of the perpetrator. In the video, a boy wearing military fatigues and a black scarf around his head... The post Islamic State Group Releases One of Its Most Sickening Videos Yet Featuring a Young Child appeared first on The Stream.
*Infographic - *Here are 7 examples of some very beneficial superfoods, what they contain, and why they are good for you. The post 7 Superbly Beneficial Superfoods and Why They are Good for You appeared first on Waking Times.
Pornography is the public health crisis of the digital age. This is what a panel of experts concluded at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Capitol symposium as they discussed the harmful ramifications of pornography. Specifically, they evaluated pornography’s influence... The post Is This the Real War on Women? Looking at Porn’s Effects appeared first on The Stream.
*Trajectory Analysis of the Campus Serial Rapist Assumption* *I am not sure the issue addressed below is a major one but it is worth exploring -- JR* Kevin M. Swartout et al. ABSTRACT Importance: Rape on college campuses has been addressed recently by a presidential proclamation, federal legislation, advocacy groups, and popular media. Many initiatives assume that most college men who perpetrate rape are serial rapists. The scientific foundation for this perspective is surprisingly limited. Objective: To determine whether a group of serial rapists exists by identifying cohesi...more »
It says everything you need to know about the state of journalism. Last week, there was a brief flurry of excitement and incredulity when Sylvester Stallone reportedly announced that he was making a final *Rambo* movie (dubbed *Last Blood*) and the baddies he'd be mowing down were to be ... our friends Islamic State. There were a lot of red faces in the news room when a Stallone spinner intervened to deny the announcement. The original source was a spoof news site that ran with the headline "Sylvester Stallone to Employ ISIS Militants for New Rambo Film?". It would have taken but tw...more »
*Take a bow for the new revolution* *Americans are less inclined to be fooled again, or to “smile and grin at the change all around”* Paul Driessen From the outset, President Obama directed his powerful government agencies and congressional allies to help him “fundamentally transform” the United States. Too many of them were eager to nationalize the nation’s healthcare system, ignore or rewrite inconvenient laws, control the internet and political speech, implement new regulations that imposed enormous costs for few or illusory benefits, and shut down oil, gas and coal in favor of...more »
http://news.nationalpost.com/ Like Richard Nixon, Stephen Harper is obsessed with his enemies. That's why, Bob Hepburn writes, he continues to attack Justin Trudeau more than Tom Mulcair. Mulcair may be first in the polls. But Harper hates Trudeau because: First, Prime Minister Stephen Harper hates Trudeau and the Liberals. It’s a personal hatred, dating back to the 1980s and to Justin’s father, the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Harper’s right-wing ideology was forged forever during Trudeau’s reign when the young Harper felt ...more »
Most elections have been fought over the now-typical five-week period, but the 36 day writ period is merely a convention and we all know how much respect Harper has for parliamentary convention. Rumours are surfacing that *“The Conservatives are said to have a cunning plan to extend the campaign this time around for their own partisan advantage.”* The typical 36-day campaign (commencing Sept 13th) would limit the amount parties are able to spend to about $24-million, this would increase to around $45-million if the writ were dropped on Aug 9th or $40 million if the PM visits the gove...more »
Links.... *Ayatollah Khamenei Doesn't Fault Nuclear Deal* *ISIS Leader Orders Toning Down Graphic Videos* *Officials Say Yemeni Rebels Thwart Advance in Aden* *White House: Iran Sanctions Will 'Collapse' if Congress Rejects Deal* *Kurdish-US Alliance Against ISIS Stokes Resentment in Syria* *Syrian Army Ambushes 40 Rebels in City Near Lebanese Borders* *Sistani Tells Neighbors to Close Borders to Foreign Fighters* Tally From Friday Bombing Races Higher; 44 Killed Across Iraq in Fresh Attacks Water, Power Return to Syria's Aleppo After Three-Week Cut ...more »
Obama Administration Finds New Way to Let Criminal Banks Avoid Consequences Big Money Stalls Key Dodd-Frank Corporate Transparency Rule Rick Perry and Scott Walker Are Putting Your Money to Good Use Only “Lone Wolves” Commit Terror?Hastings’ Lessons From the Grave — Have We Learned Anything? Gerald Perdue • Here is an interesting timeline: April 15, 2013 - Boston bombing May 20,
[image: Boeing 767-2C (KC-46)]Boeing Co. said on Friday it will take a $536 million after-tax charge in its second-quarter results to deal with problems in the fuel system on the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker it is developing for the U.S. Air Force. The Chicago-based company said the charge, which amounts to 77 cents per share, would result in lower earnings for the full year. It said added funds were needed to cover higher costs for development, certification and initial production of the tanker aircraft, while keeping the $49 billion, 179-aircraft program on track for initial del...more »
[image: Phantom 3 Advanced drone]People's Daily run by the ruling political party of China, The Communist Party of China, has confirmed that the drone which was shot down by Pakistan was made in China. The drone was "recognised in Beijing as the Chinese made DJI phantom 3," the People's Daily said in a report on its website. The Phantom 3 Advanced represents the most intelligent, most powerful, and most accessible drone to date, the report said. The drone sells for $1,200. Read more
[image: BRP Ramon Alcaraz]A push by the Philippines to overhaul its obsolete military has ground to a halt just as the U.S. ally is striving to deter China in the disputed waters between them. A string of programs collectively valued at $1 billion stalled early last year, according to military officials and executives involved in Philippine defense deals. The delay underscores how the government’s efforts to transform the country’s derelict navy and air force have become mired in red tape, funding problems and corruption allegations. Read more
*Sound business practices more helpful than nationalism* The Czech media began to discuss an increasingly urgent issue recently raised by the prestigious Automotive News Europe magazine (ANE): the VW-owned Czech subsidiary, Škoda, is doing much better than the other brands in the corporation. *Škoda Vision C concept. The new generation of Škodas got pretty close to that. The design – contributed by the Škoda chief designer Jozef Kabáň who is Slovak – may beat other brands by its similarity to BMW etc. The vertical ribs on the front grille belong among the details that make it sex...more »
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]In a move aimed at boosting India's defence sector, 200 helicopters will be manufactured in the country with Russian collaboration as part of intensification and diversification of their strategic ties. The agreement, reached recently, is one of the several new defence projects on which the two countries are working on, including under the ambit of 'Make in India' programme, Indian Ambassador to Russia P S Raghavan told PTI here. He underlined that the decades-old defence cooperation with Russia remains vibrant despite India purchasing military equipment from...more »
The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. In the launch ceremony, speakers said the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters found in the Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to...more »
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33581753 is full of the sort of mental confusion that you'd expect from a 'news reporting' organisation whose world view is crumbling. Here are some long extracts from the BBC report with my comments.... ' The night before a gunman killed five US service personnel in Tennessee, he sent a text message linking to a religious verse about "declaring war", reports say.' A religious aspect, which religion? Maybe the BBC will deign to tell us. 'Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez also spoke out against conflicts in the Middle East, ac...more »
A U.S. Navy sailor greets his daughter on June 25, 2015, in San Diego after a 250-day deployment aboard the USS Milius. Welcome home to this hero and his fellow sailors! The post Military Photo of the Day: July 19, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.
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The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a... The post Jeb Takes on Those Who Want to ‘Plan … the Economy from Washington D.C. — People like Hillary Clinton’ appeared first on The Stream.
*This is a little bit outside what I usually post but given my background in airline reservation software I think its significant. I learned about skyscanner.net from Debbie, a friend I met in Morocco. Skyscanner is a pretty amazing little search engine for airline flights, its most amazing feature is the ability to put "anywhere" into the FROM or TO fields of the search, which pops up an amazing set of normally unseen flights sometimes at ridiculously low prices. Most travel agency type systems are slightly rigged by markets, usually priced differently from the perspective ...more »
*by Ken* Open House New York is probably still best known for the mid-October weekend that is one of NYC's great events, Open House New York, where the general public is offered rare, often this-time-only access to sites of all sorts in all five boroughs, and to talks, and to tours of projects of every description that are planned, or under construction, or recently completed -- always guided by people intimately involved with the site or project. The full schedule isn't announced until shortly before the great event, but bits of information may be dribbled out earlier, so you want...more »
The ISIS stronghold at Osve *Mirror:** ISIS set up stronghold in the heart of Europe as terrorists secretly buy land near an isolated village* Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West Islamic State have established a stronghold in mainland Europe, a Sunday Mirror investigation reveals. Terrorists are secretly buying land in an isolated village, surrounded by deep woodland. Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating t...more »
*"True American Hero:* *Trump Says He Heroically Avoided Capture in Vietnam by Staying in U.S."* by Andy Borowitz AMES, IOWA (The Borowitz Report)— "Presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed a little-known episode of personal heroism from his youth on Saturday, telling an Iowa audience that he narrowly avoided capture in Vietnam by remaining in the United States for the duration of the war. “The Cong were after me,” Trump said, visibly stirred by the memory. “And then, just in the nick of time, I got my deferment.” The former reality-show star said he had never shared his record...more »
A 120-millimeter mortar shell struck fortifications at a Kurdish military position near the Mosul Dam in June, arms experts said, sickening several Kurdish fighters who were nearby. Credit Conflict Armament Research and Sahan Research *New York Times:* *ISIS Has Fired Chemical Mortar Shells, Evidence Indicates* The Islamic State appears to have manufactured rudimentary chemical warfare shells and attacked Kurdish positions in Iraq and Syria with them as many as three times in recent weeks, according to field investigators, Kurdish officials and a Western ordnance disposal technic...more »
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a historic nuclear deal with world powers reached this week won’t change Iran’s policy towards the “arrogant” government of the United States. Khamenei said Saturday in a televised speech... The post Iran Says Nuke Deal Won’t Change its Stance Toward U.S. appeared first on The Stream.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump’s criticism Saturday that Sen. John McCain isn’t a war hero overshadowed his rivals’ quest for support among evangelical voters at an Iowa political gathering designed to showcase their conservative views. In their appeals to... The post Trump Grabs Headlines, Earns Outrage, for Scorning McCain’s War Record appeared first on The Stream.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rare summer storm helped firefighters advance Saturday on a wildfire that swept across a California interstate, torching vehicles and sending people running for their lives before burning property in a desert town. Light rain and... The post Rain Calms California Fire that Jumped Freeway, Burned Cars appeared first on The Stream.
*Daily Mail*: *Saudi Arabia arrests 431 suspected ISIS members 'planning attacks on mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission'* * Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it smashed terror cells linked to ISIS * Kingdom arrests 431 militants believed to be planning a wave of attacks * Ring said to be targeting worshippers, the police and a diplomatic mission * Saudi suicide bomber killed 27 in a mosque attack in Kuwait last month Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 suspected ISIS militants believed to have been planning a fresh wave of attacks on mosques, security forces and a dipl...more »
* while his daughters have only black friends.* A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.” Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites. This Orw...more »
*Oh, the horror!* *Is it any wonder that this photo "has sparked a furore in Britain"? It's terrifying! It's . . . . Oh wait, it's not this photo of Queen Elizabeth that's sparked the furore.* *by Ken* It's an understandable mistake, isn't it? I mean, Queen Elizabeth *smiling*? Aren't we more used to seeing the queen grumping and grouching, looking as is she'd like to slam whichever kitschy little handbag she's toting into the cranium of whoever's been presumptuous enough to approach her grumpy and grouchy royal self? But no, this isn't the image that's sparked the furore. It's *t...more »
------------------------------ *The Night Watchman * ------------------------------ July 18, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Whether True Or A Parody The Night Watchman Has A Valid Story And An Entertaining One THE NIGHT WATCHMAN Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job witho...more »
I really must just record, for the record, that one newspaper in particular is going hell for leather in defence of the BBC at the moment. It's quite extraordinary. Article after article is pouring out at that paper's website in defence of the BBC (alongside condemnation of the government and the BBC's commercial rivals). Some of it is caveated with claims that the BBC isn't perfect and may even be biased towards the Right (yeah, right!) but, still, the BBC must be saved from the Tories. Now which newspaper could that be? Is is *The Daily Mail*? No. Is it *The Daily Telegraph*? N...more »
“NGC 660 lies near the center of this intriguing field of galaxies swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces. Over 20 million light-years away, its peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings nearly perpendicular to the plane of a flat galactic disk. The bizarre configuration could have been caused by the chance capture of material from a passing galaxy by the disk galaxy, with the captured debris strung out in a rot...more »
*Film - *A documentary about the exploitation and slave trading of African children to harvest chocolate nearly ten years after the cocoa industry pledged to end it. The post The Dark Side of Chocolate appeared first on Waking Times.
*“The Wisdom of Hushpuppy”* by Missy Beattie "In the powerful film “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, Hushpuppy says: “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece… the whole universe will get busted.” The actress Quvenzhane Wallis as "Hushpuppy" *․* I think about these words as I lie in bed, laptop open, watching episode after episode of "Breaking Bad", a TV series in which nearly every action is a catalyst for depravity. The main character, Walter White, is a high school chemistry teacher, diagnosed with advanced lung...more »
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