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Thomas Paine

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Monday, July 20, 2015

20 July - Blogs I'm Following

Map of the Spratly Islands.Map of the Spratly Islands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of various countries occupying the Spratly...Map of various countries occupying the Spratly Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Maritime claims in the South China SeaMaritime claims in the South China Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The South China Sea coast at Hainan.The South China Sea coast at Hainan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
9:08pm MDST

China Blames U.S. Incursions In The South China Sea For Tensions Between Washington And Beijing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 40 minutes ago
Chinese dredging vessels are allegedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands area in this still image from a video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and provided by the U.S. Navy May 21, 2015. Reuters/U.S. Navy/Handout *IBTimes:* *US Navy South China Sea Surveillance Flyover Harmed Bilateral Relations: Beijing Defense Officials* A high-ranking U.S. Navy officer acknowledged Monday he participated in a routine surveillance flyover of the disputed waters of the South China Sea Saturday. Chinese defense officials have responded by say... more »

Sure to be this summer's hottest ticket: Liberation Day in Pyongyang

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Gwangbokjeol* (literally "Restoration of Light Day"), also called as the *National Liberation Day* of Korea, celebrated annually on August 15, is one of the public holidays in South Korea. It commemorates Victory over Japan Day, which liberated Korea from colonial rule. Independent Korean governments were created three years later, on August 15, 1948, when the pro-Moscow Kim Il-sung was made first President of North Korea and pro-U.S. Syngman Rhee was made first President of South Korea. Gwangbokjeol was officially designated a public holiday on October 1, 1949 in South Korea and... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Long Piano Playlist”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
2002, “Long Piano Playlist” "Over 1 hour of relaxing, soothing piano music by the award-winning duo 2002, Pamela and Randy Copus. Other instruments include soft strings, low flutes, chimes." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqq5ELgfnYU Beautiful... soul-touchingly beautiful...

Colin James is still a know-nothing

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Colin James, the political pundit who could bore for New Zealand, has little in the way of acumen to redeem his turgid prose. Here’s part of his latest piece of political puffery, frothing about the forthcoming National Conference: *Throw in Bill English’s diversification of how the state does its business, which gives National more of a look than Labour as the party generating modern policy in a changing world. Delegates can celebrate the smaller state they yearn for and moralise about, and also feel the cabinet has innovative energy.* Oh yes. A “small” state, and constantly get... more »

Iran Claims That Their Ballistic Missile Program Is Not Covered By The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Illustrative photo of a Fateh-110 ballistic missile, taken at an Iranian armed forces parade in 2012. (military.ir/Wikimedia Commons) *Times of Israel/AFP*: *Iran says UN can’t ban ballistic missiles under nuke deal* After Security Council endorses pact, Tehran claims prohibition on missile development not relevant to world body, adds atomic watchdog won’t want to inspect military sites Iran said its ballistic missile program was not connected to the UN Security Council resolution adopted Monday, which endorses its July 14 nuclear accord with world powers. A statement from the I... more »

Obama Kneecaps Congress (Again)

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 1 hour ago
If only President Barack Obama were as hard-nosed and clever in undermining our adversaries as he is in kneecapping the U.S. Congress, the country’s strategic position might be transformed. The Iran deal went to the United Nations Security Council for... The post Obama Kneecaps Congress (Again) appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Attention America’s Suburbs: You Have Just Been Annexed

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 hour ago
It’s difficult to say what’s more striking about President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation: its breathtaking radicalism, the refusal of the press to cover it, or its potential political ramifications. The danger AFFH poses to Democrats explains why... The post ANALYSIS: Attention America’s Suburbs: You Have Just Been Annexed appeared first on The Stream.

Musical Interlude: 2002, “The Dreaming Tree”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
2002, “The Dreaming Tree” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_hOphl_fsg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its elongated appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away, but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years i... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“It's part of nature's built-in checks and balances, that while there may be times when you think you can't even help yourself, precisely in such moments there will always be someone else nearby... you can help, instead. Which, I think you know, is actually one of the fastest ways to help yourself. I sure feel better.” “I hope that helps,” The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

Paulo Coelho, "The Cry Of The Desert"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Cry Of The Desert"* by Paulo Coelho "As soon as he arrived in Marrakesh, Morocco, a missionary decided he would stroll through the desert at the city’s boundary every morning. On his first stroll he noticed a man lying on the sand, caressing the ground with his hands and leaning his ears towards the earth. “He is mad,” the missionary said to himself. But he saw the man every morning during his walks and after a month, intrigued by that strange behavior, he decided to approach the stranger. He knelt beside him and asked, in broken Arabic, “What are you doing?” “I keep the dese... more »

Chet Raymo, “Discorruption”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* “Discorruption”* by Chet Raymo “The great foundational poem of religious naturalism is Walt Whitman's “I Sing the Body Electric”. Not for the first time, of course, but for the first time with a modern voice, a poet sings of the material soul. How long we labored in the Judeo-Christian West with a distrust of the body, seeing in it something verminous and corruptible. How long we dreamed of flying free of the blood and visera and foul excretions- the immaterial soul like a whiff of luminous vapor, ascending. “Mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, roof of the mouth, jaws and jaw hinges.... more »

"A Test..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't." - Richard Bach, "Illusions"

Celebrities & the Art of Distraction

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Patrick Henningsen* - Hollywood is the land of illusion, and this faux reality is amplified throughout society. The post Celebrities & the Art of Distraction appeared first on Waking Times .

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
High Shoals, N. Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"I'll Bet..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

"The Dance Is Always There"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Dance Is Always There"* by Dr. Judith Rich “Many years ago, I had an important dream. In it, I was walking on a tightrope, wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase, and wearing high heels. As the dream unfolds, I'm watching myself from an enlightened observer's viewpoint; I'm cautiously making my way along the tightrope, every muscle tensed. My concentration is like a laser beam, every step carefully placed. Falling would bring certain death. There is no net. At least not one that I can see. But just beneath the tightrope, out of my view, for as far as the eye can see, a... more »

"The Human Need For A Higher Purpose"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Human Need For A Higher Purpose"* by Evolutionary Metaphysics "One of the more compelling reasons why some people hope for the existence of a purposeful creative process is because it can give a sense of meaning to their lives. Believing in a purposeful process is like having faith that our existence is orderly and meaningful, whereas to reject the possibility of purpose is like resigning yourself to the notion that our existence is ultimately meaningless, mindless, and possibly chaotic. The idea that consciousness has some kind of higher purpose has always been popular becau... more »

"Moving In Real Time: Fast-Forward Button"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Moving In Real Time: Fast-Forward Button"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We all want to press the fast forward button through pain, but in doing so we prolong important learning. We all go through times when we wish we could press a fast-forward button and propel ourselves into the future and out of our current circumstances. Whether the situation we are facing is minor, or major such as the loss of a loved one, it is human nature to want to move away from pain and find comfort as soon as possible. Yet we all know deep down that we need to work through these experiences in a co... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

Cuba Is Demanding The Return Of Guantanamo Bay

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Cuba seeks end to U.S. embargo, return of Guantanamo* Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Monday the historic restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations will only make sense if the United States lifts its comprehensive trade embargo and returns to Cuba the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in eastern Cuba. "The historic events we are living today will only make sense with the removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which causes so much deprivation and damage to our people, the return of occupied territory in Guantanamo, and respect for the sovere... more »

With Friends Like These…

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! July 20, 2015 The U. S. Senate has voted to accept its proposed version of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) by a bipartisan majority of 81 -17. The bill is a rewrite of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was reauthorized as No Child Left Behind in 2001. It now goes to Conference Committee which will try and reconcile the differences with the House version. The White House has threatened a veto if the bill becomes the House version. *Arne Duncan gave lukewarm support* for the Senate version, saying he hopes the c... more »

Planned Parenthood Warns More Undercover Sting Videos Could Soon Emerge — Some Likely Racially Charged

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Planned Parenthood told Congress Monday that a secretly recorded video released last week by an anti-abortion group is fraudulent and part of a years-long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion. The abortion provider also warned... The post Planned Parenthood Warns More Undercover Sting Videos Could Soon Emerge — Some Likely Racially Charged appeared first on The Stream.

4 Crazy Moments from Netroots Nation

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 3 hours ago
Last weekend, “progressives” from around the country met in Phoenix for their annual Netroots Nation conference. As you might imagine, it was a weekend full of bizarre moments and unbelievable statements, and a crowd that was completely out of control.... The post 4 Crazy Moments from Netroots Nation appeared first on The Stream.

Rafael Cruz: The Emissary

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 3 hours ago
“You really have to hand it to these progressives,” the speaker is saying. He’s stalking the front of the chapel, pacing left to right, hands lifting and slicing and jabbing at the air. “They come up with the greatest terms.”... The post Rafael Cruz: The Emissary appeared first on The Stream.

Christian Bakery Closed for Refusing Lesbian Wedding Cake Breaks Crowdfunding Record with $352K

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 3 hours ago
Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Oregon who were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony, have set a record... The post Christian Bakery Closed for Refusing Lesbian Wedding Cake Breaks Crowdfunding Record with $352K appeared first on The Stream.

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Kiev's Nazis Shell Hospital in Donetsk

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Special report by Patrick Lancaster on Hospital 23 in Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Hit by "Ukraine" shelling on July 19, 2015. In spite of the Minsk2 ceasefire agreement the US-NATO puppet government in Kiev still send their Washington trained, funded, and directed Nazi battalions to shell the innocent people in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. When will the American people be allowed to see this sad story on mainstream media? When will the long-ago sold out Congress do something to stop Obama and his out-of-control Pentagon from this systemic killi... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Work has to stop at proposed St. Tammany fracking site, parish says *

"Exclusive! Donald Trump's Military Record"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Right-Wing Moments This Week: Trump Confidently Says More Colossally Stupid Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"5 Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Trump Confidently Says More Colossally Stupid Things"* When this blowhard blows, there's no telling what will come out. by Janet Allon *1. Can Trump survive his latest idiocy? *When he isn’t combing over his hair, or counting his billions, Trump enjoys calling people losers. “Losers” may well be Trump’s favorite word, along with the phrase, “I’m really rich.” Calling people losers makes Trump feel terribly clever. It is his favorite comeback when someone insults him, like Jon Stewart. Or, say, John McCain. Yeupp, add John McCain to the pile of GOP... more »

Golfer Zach Johnson Praises God After Open Championship Win

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 3 hours ago
Today, golfer Zach Johnson won the Open Championship at St Andrews, the home of golf. In an emotional interview just moments after winning, Johnson fought back tears while praising God. “I felt great,” he said “I felt patient. I had... The post Golfer Zach Johnson Praises God After Open Championship Win appeared first on The Stream.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Christian Science Monitor editorial:* * After Iran, is North Korea next?* Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is based on faith in Iran changing in 10 to 15 years and becoming less threatening. His approach should now be tested with North Korea. President Obama took a leap of faith in concluding a nuclear deal with Iran. The deal’s restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program will end in 10 to 15 years. By then, Mr. Obama presumes, Iran will be a different country, one not interested in developing nuclear weapons. While Iran’s differences with the United States and other countries are ... more »

Quote of the Day: On mistaking mush for wise minds

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*“There are always a host of people who will hold firmly that the more qualified and tentative the judgement, the more well-balanced and sound it must therefore be. Mushiness of mind, especially in an eminent man, is all too often mistaken for wisdom.”* - Murray Rothbard, from the chapter ‘Henry Thornton: anti-bullionist in sheep's clothing,’ in his book *An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Slavo-Aryan Vedas about the Structure of the Universe and Human History

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 4 hours ago
[image: On the basis of the universe and the history of Mankind] This is an interesting item and introduces us to an apparent mass of slavic scriptures similar to those of the Vedas and may in fact be the source of same. I will pass on attempting to interpret any of this except to note that they seem to have gotten the concept of galaxy correct which is promising. Other parts are not so promising though. It is high time to assemble all the ancient scriptures of the ancient world as best we can and to attempt tentative translations. Recall just how difficult biblical research ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 20, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*CNN:* *U.S., Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations, reopen embassies* Havana, Cuba (CNN)One bitter holdover of the Cold War slipped into the history books at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations. For the first time since severing ties in 1961, they reopened embassies in each other's capitals. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla traveled to the Cuban Embassy in Washington to raise his country's flag, an event that Cuban government officials said would be broadcast live on the island's state-run TV. A Cuban delegation ... more »

Day Break at Fukushima Daiichi July 21, 2015

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
The sun rises to the left of the plant (not directly behind it).

IPR and Innovation 23, Letter to WIPO by 85 think tank leaders from 51 countries

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
Last night, today in the US, a coalition of 85 independent think tanks and institutes from 51 countries, led by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) sent a letter to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dir. Gen. Francis Gurry, about International Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection. The eight guidelines are as follows: *1. Rule of Law, Property, and a Transparent Political Environment are the Foundation of Fair and Prosperous Societies.* *2. Intellectual Property Rights are Affirmed in International Treaties as a Human Right.* *3. Intellectual Pro... more »

ANALYSIS: The Dodd-Frank Five-Year Anniversary Is as Bad as We Thought It Would Be

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 4 hours ago
When the Dodd-Frank Act took effect on July 21, 2010, critics were fast to predict that the 2,300 page-long legislation, which passed the House without a single Republican vote and received only three GOP votes in the Senate would fail.... The post ANALYSIS: The Dodd-Frank Five-Year Anniversary Is as Bad as We Thought It Would Be appeared first on The Stream.

Sphere Alliance Message #22Incoming Wave of Energy

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
As received by Denise... *20 July 2015* *Hello dear one; it is with joy and love that we say to you well done. * *This is not an easy task for you and your hesitation is well noted. * *There is so much that we must convey however, and there is little “time” for prepare humanity for what is to come. * *Indeed we said to you privately that the “wave” is scheduled by our calculations to arrive at the end of your July and the early August. This means for you in 10 to 15 days, there MAY be a lot of chaos because of the misunderstanding of the energy of the said ‘wave’ this new fre... more »

Texas Is A Big State; Expect It To Eventually Play A Big Role In Democratic Party Politics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
I was still a teenager the first time I ventured from home in New York to Texas. I had only passing interest in what I saw as a Big Oil-controlled fascist-oriented state where they killed JFK, but I was hitchhiking to Mexico and there was no way around it. It went as badly as I imagined it might. I was robbed of everything I had, then driven out into the desert by Texas police who pretended they were going to shoot my friend and me. Instead, they just left us. I don't think I went back to the state again for over two decades, and even then it took the beginning of Austin's "South... more »

Why England Slept - by John F. Kennedy

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago

African Refugees Continue To Flee To Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Ethiopian migrants walk on the side of a highway leading to the western Yemeni town of Haradh, on the border with Saudi Arabia. *Voice of America*: *African Refugees, Economic Migrants Still Head for Yemen* GENEVA — The U.N. refugee agency is warning refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa not to make the perilous journey across the Red Sea to Yemen. The UNHCR says thousands of people continue to arrive in the country despite the dangers. The latest United Nations figures put the number of civilians killed in Yemen since Saudi Arabia began its bombing campaign on March 26 a... more »

HIV postdoc faked data in published paper, 2 grants

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 5 hours ago
An HIV researcher has admitted to faking data in a published paper, a manuscript, and two grant applications, according to a notice released today by the the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Former postdoc Julia Bitzegeio faked data in a 2013 paper, published in the Journal of Virology, about how HIV adapts to interferon. In the paper, “the manipulation […] The post HIV postdoc faked data in published paper, 2 grants appeared first on Retraction Watch.

ONE YEAR LATER : MH17

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
A Helpful Wave of National Indignation : MH17 - The Full & Independent Investigation from Spike EP on Vimeo. *A "Remember the Maine" incident could be arranged in several forms: * We could blow up a drone (unmanned) vessel anywhere in the Eastern Ukraine. We could arrange to cause such incident in the vicinity of Donesk as a spectacular result of Russian attack from the air or land, or both. The presence of pro-Russian separatists merely investigating the wreckage could be fairly compelling evidence that the plane was taken under attack. The nearness to Donesk would add credibi... more »

Western leader says to defeat Jihadists the West must reject Islamist values

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Overnight a western political leader was finally making the case that Islamic values can’t be countered by denial, but must be fought with better values – with *western* values. It was not an American president however who outright rejected the “all-cultures-are-equal” multicuralism model, but a British Prime Minister, arguing that young Brits taken in by “the Islamic narrative” can only be avoided by attacking that narrative, by supporting other Muslims who attack it, and – in the end – by promoting a better one. He’s mushy on what that better “narrative” is and what exactly weste... more »

Walker Signs Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Monday to outlaw non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Walker called the measure a “reasonable standard,” according to The Associated Press. Pro-life activists support restricting abortion after 20 weeks, at the time they say that... The post Walker Signs Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks appeared first on The Stream.

Finding the Right Political Leaders Takes Time, Principles and Prayer

James Robison at The Stream - 6 hours ago
I have friends who are dismayed by how many presidential candidates there are. They worry that principled conservatives will waste all their energy competing with each other, and the temptation is to back “the strong horse” NOW and pressure all... The post Finding the Right Political Leaders Takes Time, Principles and Prayer appeared first on The Stream.

Cartoon: ‘The Compromise’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 6 hours ago
The post Cartoon: ‘The Compromise’ appeared first on The Stream.

No to NATO!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
A new survey conducted among eight countries in NATO reveals most citizens are not eager to fight in a US-NATO created war. People are not stupid - they are figuring out how things are going but most feel powerless to do much about it. The US (and Canada) are another story in this case. It largely goes to show what near total corporate domination of media has done to the citizens in North America. The majority are led by their nose into supporting US-NATO endless war. We should be thankful for the alternative media that helps us to get around the mind manipulation by the corpo... more »

CawRANT Events #9

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
UPDATE; July 20, *2015 - Have to add this update. Just watched a TV news report about the recent exchange of embassies between the US and Cuba. The Cuban Ambassador said the return to Cuba of the illegally taken land at Guantanamo was a priority for the process to keep moving forward. Kerry, for his part, said that the US would still be putting pressure on the Cubans about "human rights concerns". Guantanamo? Human rights concerns? lolololololololol. You can't make this stuff up, folks!* *Caw RANT Events #9* Oh, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! An unprecedented heat wave,... more »

July 20: What can I say?

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
The newspapers of the Irving press are designed, as a leading purpose to keep New Brunswickers in ignorance of what is going on in New Brunswick and around the world. So,we are trained to think that it's important that today is the birthday of Squeaky LaBeef. And that Charlie Hunnam gave a thoughtful birthday gift to Jessica Chastain. (Whoever all those people are.) There's also a front page story about a musician who enjoys travelling to concerts. Nor are the editorial and commentary pages any help. The editorial pretends to be about protecting our wildlife. But it's really ... more »

ANALYSIS: Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Social justice, as a concept, has existed for millennia — at least as long as society has had inequity and inequality and there were individuals enlightened enough to question this. When we study history, we see, as the American Transcendentalist... The post ANALYSIS: Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice appeared first on The Stream.

Australian Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 6 hours ago
A surfing competition in South Africa was canceled Sunday after championship Australian surfer Mick Fanning escaped a shark attack minutes into the event. Organizers of the J-Bay Open, the sixth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship... The post Australian Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition appeared first on The Stream.

For 90th Anniversary of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, Let’s Debate Darwin’s Doubt

David Klinghoffer at The Stream - 6 hours ago
July 21 marks the anniversary of the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial, decided 90 years ago in Dayton, Tennessee, in favor of the prosecution. A public high school teacher, John Scopes, was convicted and fined $100 for teaching in favor of... The post For 90th Anniversary of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, Let’s Debate *Darwin’s Doubt* appeared first on The Stream.

Zach Johnson Wins British Open in Three-Way Playoff

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Zach Johnson won The Open in a four-hole playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, the second major championship victory of his career. Johnson made a long birdie put on the 18th hole just to get into the playoff on... The post Zach Johnson Wins British Open in Three-Way Playoff appeared first on The Stream.

Yemen War News Updates -- July 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Yemeni fighters take Aden's Tawahi district from Houthis* Local fighters and army units backed by Yemen's exiled government have taken control of Tawahi, the last district of central Aden still held by the Iran-allied Houthi militia and its allies, a spokesman for the fighters said on Monday. Assisted by Saudi-led air strikes, the local forces broke months of stalemate in Aden last week by suddenly seizing the airport and advancing into other parts of the port city held by the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Late on Monday a car blast outs... more »

George Clooney Launches 'The Sentry' To Monitor Financing Of African Wars

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Actor George Clooney seeks to expose funding of Africa conflicts* LONDON, July 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collecti... more »

North Korea Has Had 6 Defense Ministers Since Kim Jong-un Took Control Of The Country 3 years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Timeline: North Korean Defense Ministers during Kim Jong Un’s Rule. *38 North:* The Rise and Fall of General Hyon Yong Chol Kim Jong Un dismissed Hyon Yong Chol as North Korea’s minister of defense around April 30, 2015—this much we know, but little else about his fate is certain. South Korean intelligence reported the following month that the regime executed Hyon, but in truth, it remains unclear today if he is dead or alive. If South Korean intelligence is correct, Hyon’s death would mark a grisly end to an illustrious military career and feed into Seoul’s narrative of a bloody... more »

Apache Warriors Sacrifice to Defend Oak Flat

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
By Sandra Rambler San Carlos Apache Censored News Apache Stronghold delegations have arrived in DC to defend Oak Flat. Please call Apache Stronghold and offer what assistance you can 928-200-4401

Conservative Columnist Files Police Report after On-Air Threat

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro has filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging battery against transgender Inside Edition reporter Zoey Tur. Shapiro filed the report Sunday morning, two days after a contentious exchange with Tur on the HLN... The post Conservative Columnist Files Police Report after On-Air Threat appeared first on The Stream.

Attack Of The Black Swans From Outer Space

William M Briggs at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Hostile aliens from outer space might attack! They’ll know we’re here because of our electronic emissions, which continuously bathe the earth in a soft glow. If these aliens discover us and manage to get here, it’s obvious that mankind is... The post Attack Of The Black Swans From Outer Space appeared first on The Stream.

46 Years After Moonwalk, Smithsonian Launches Spacesuit Preservation Effort

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
The National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. The campaign begins Monday, marking 46 years since Armstrong’s moonwalk in 1969. Conservators say spacesuits were built for short-term... The post 46 Years After Moonwalk, Smithsonian Launches Spacesuit Preservation Effort appeared first on The Stream.

Supplemental: What actually happened to Sandra Bland?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015Charles Blow selectively muses:* What ever happened to Sandra Bland, who recently died in a jail in Waller County, Texas? In his current New York Times column, Charles Blow asks that question. He focuses on Bland’s alleged suicide by hanging, not on her somewhat puzzling prior arrest. Why would Sandra Bland have taken her own life? Obviously, we have no way of knowing. Obviously, neither does Blow. At some length, this is Blow’s approach to the question. Warning! Thumbs on scales! BLOW (7/20/15): Last week...America and the social justice movement focused ...more »

Arthur Goldberg and the Six Day War

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Arthur J. Goldberg, another of the resolution's drafters, concurred that *Resolution 242 does not dictate the extent of the withdrawal*, and added that this matter should be negotiated between the parties: *"Does Resolution 242 as unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council require the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from all of the territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 war? * *The answer is NO. * *In the resolution, the words the and all are omitted. Resolution 242 calls for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the 1967 conflict, wit... more »

American educators just can't win

skrashen at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
The US won the Math Olympiad, but American educators just can't win: Instead of telling us how these young people did so well and celebrating their accomplishments, the Monitor’s report of the Olympiad reminded readers that US math scores are not at the top of the world. The article then presented suggestions for improvement in math education ("US wins Math Olympiad for first time in 21 years. Is math education improving?"July 19). We are always interested in improving our teaching methods, but pedagogy is not the main problem. The main problem is poverty. Study after study shows tha... more »

Newly-Obtained Cosby Deposition Sheds Light on Sex Assault Allegation -NBC

LeDaro at LeDaro - 7 hours ago
Crazy and a predator describes his life.

These 7 Mobile Apps Will Help You Find GMO and Additive-Free Foods

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Waking Times* - Know more about the foods you are purchasing. The post These 7 Mobile Apps Will Help You Find GMO and Additive-Free Foods appeared first on Waking Times.

Pentagon Chief Tries to Assure Israel after Iran Deal

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 8 hours ago
HUSSEIN LOOKOUT, Israel (AP) — On a hilltop lookout near Israel’s border with Lebanon, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered personal assurances Monday that the U.S. will help Israel counter Iranian support for the militant group Hezbollah. He called it... The post Pentagon Chief Tries to Assure Israel after Iran Deal appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Air Strike Kills 10 Afghan Soldiers In Friendly Fire Incident

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*News.com.au: **US helicopters strike checkpoint, killing 10 Afghan troops in ‘friendly fire’ attack* AN AIRSTRIKE by US troops has killed up to 10 Afghan soldiers at an army checkpoint in a Taliban-infested province south of Kabul, one of the deadliest episodes of “friendly fire” from foreign forces in recent years. The early morning raid in Baraki Barak district of Logar province comes as coalition forces increase air strikes on potential militant targets despite a drawdown of NATO forces after 13 years of war. The bombing marked the second such incident in the area since last ... more »

Life is Just a Ride, Make it a Better

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video - *Bill Hicks shares his perspective about how the mind perceives life and how to make it better. The post Life is Just a Ride, Make it a Better appeared first on Waking Times.

Is Saudi Arabia Threatening 'Military Action Without American Support' Against Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*MRC-TV*: *Saudi Prince Threatens 'Military Action Without American Support' Against Iran* In the first public criticism of the P5+Iran deal by a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, Prince Bandar bin Sultan told Lebanon’s Daily Star the deal would allow Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb and would “wreak havoc in the region." Covered in The Times of London, the prince also told Daily Star, "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal" Iran and Saudi Arabia are the two leading players in the Sunni/Shia ... more »

Israel Prepares For Possible Covert Iranian Nuclear Productions/Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A SATELLITE view of the Fordow nuclear plant. The plant will not be shut down under the Vienna agreement, but no enrichment will be allowed there. (photo credit:GOOGLE) *Jerusalem Post:* *Senior defense source: IDF preparing for possible covert Iranian nuclear production* Source says coming years represent opportunity to adapt IDF to future challenges; says military needs between 61 to 64 billion shekels a year to do this. The IDF is seeking government commitment to a multi-year defense spending plan - a commitment that has been absent for the past several years - as it prepar... more »

United Nations Security Council Votes Unanimously To Support The Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*VOA:* *UN Security Council Approves Iran Nuclear Deal * WASHINGTON - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously endorsed the agreement Iran and a group of six world powers struck last week to limit the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The 15-member Council quickly voted Monday morning. The five permanent, veto-holding Council members are signatories to the agreement, so the resolution was expected to be adopted. Now that it has been passed, the deal goes into effect after no later than 90 days. The next key milestone comes after the U.N. nuclear watchdog —... more »

James Bamford

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
David Irving is a big fan of James Bamford. *Wasn't Greece a military fascist dictatorship at the time?* *Thanks to a U.S.-NATO sponsored Coup against Papindreou...?* *Who were you working for at the time, James...?* Chapter 1 of the book The Death of a Democracy: Greece and the American Conscience by Stephen Rousseas Grove Press, Inc. - 1967, hard cover *Chapter 1 - The "New" Politics in Greece* "On the afternoon of April 20, 1967, in the Old Psychico section of Athens, Andreas Papandreou, a deputy in the Greek Parliament and former minister in the Center Union government of 19... more »

NATO Airstrike Accidentally Kills Afghan Troops

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 8 hours ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints on Monday in a restive province east of the capital, Kabul, killing seven Afghan troops in what an Afghan official described as an accident due to bad coordination.... The post NATO Airstrike Accidentally Kills Afghan Troops appeared first on The Stream.

Democrat’s Dig at McCain’s War Record Gets Fresh Scrutiny

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Fifteen years ago, Al Franken took a dig at John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War. “I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing,” Franken wrote in an essay about the 2000... The post Democrat’s Dig at McCain’s War Record Gets Fresh Scrutiny appeared first on The Stream.

Grayson Leads in Latest Polls

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* Short and sweet. Alan Grayson has a comfortable lead over Patrick Murphy in the Democratic race for Florida's open Senate seat (tentatively mid-March 2016). It's clearly not over, but what it seems ought to be true, is true. Florida Politics, which commissioned the poll (emphasis theirs): *Alan Grayson 30%, Patrick Murphy 23% in poll of Dem. primary for U.S. Senate* In the Democratic primary for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat, liberal *Alan Grayson* jumped ahead of his more moderate opponent, fellow Congressman *Patrick Murphy*, according to *new survey releas... more »

The Economy: "Prepare for Hormegeddon"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Prepare for Hormegeddon"* by Bill Bonner *"Managing Editor’s Note:* Bill sent the following note this morning… under the subject line “Uh oh.” "I'm on the Trans Canada railroad for the next four days. Alas, they tell me that the Wi-Fi isn't working. And the 3G or 4G only works sometimes. So… no Diary unless I can figure something out." Today’s essay is taken from his latest book, "Hormegeddon: Why Too Much of a Good Thing Leads to Disaster." "This book has a modest ambition: to catch a faint glimmer of truth, perhaps out of the corner of our eye. What truth? It is a phenomenon I ... more »

Debating the Iran Deal

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Iran and the global powers have a deal, but what is next? Can Israel’s allies on Capitol Hill derail the agreement? Can we expect the Israelis and the Saudis to respect the process hammered out in Vienna? And most importantly, how does this deal change the geopolitics of the Middle East?

Greece for Sale - Iceland Goes the Opposite Direction

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
This is how the global capitalists ruin a nation and destroy social progress. Austerity cuts force the dissolution of social programs and the selling of the public sector like rail systems, post offices, and the like. The greedy bankers want it all and they will turn the screws on any country (and their elected officials) to get what they want. Every now and then though some little mouse stands up to the dreaded giant pirate. Common Dreams reported last month: When the global economic crisis hit in 2008, Iceland suffered terribly—perhaps more than any other country. The saving... more »

Here’s the Company That Buys Aborted Body Parts from Planned Parenthood

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
In the gruesome and now viral video that shows a Planned Parenthood medical officer talking to undercover actors posing as biotech entrepreneurs about the prospects of buying fetal body parts, the name of one company pops up several times. In... The post Here’s the Company That Buys Aborted Body Parts from Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.

World News Briefs -- July 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.N. Security Council endorses Iran nuclear deal * The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement. The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the world's major powers. In return for lifting U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions, Iran will be subjected to long-term curbs on a nuclear program th... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Wikipedia *Shane Harris, Daily Beast*: *Exclusive: Russian Hackers Target The Pentagon* A sophisticated group of hackers, who earlier targeted the White House and State Department, have launched a stealth phishing campaign on the Pentagon. Hackers linked to Russia who penetrated the computer networks of the White House and the State Department have turned their sights on the Pentagon, The Daily Beast has learned. And this time the hackers are using more sophisticated technologies that make them exceptionally hard to detect and that allow them to cover their tracks. The Daily Beas... more »

A Look At How The Former Soviet Union Mapped The U.S. For Invasion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A 1980 map of San Diego made by the Soviet military. Kent Lee / East View Geospatial *Wired:* *The Soviet Military’s Eerily Detailed Guide to San Diego* During the Cold War, the Soviet military mapped the entire world in one of the most ambitious mapping projects ever undertaken (see this feature article for more about these amazing maps, and the unlikely group of scholars trying to figure out how they were made—and why). The maps are fascinating to look at, and for those of us who grew up during the paranoid days of the Cold War, seeing your hometown covered in cyrillic text is a ... more »

Russian Border Towns Near Ukraine Are 'Buzzing' With Military Activity

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Russian Town Near Ukraine, Once Quiet, Now Buzzes With Military Activity* GOLOVINKA, Russia — The southern Russian steppe in summertime typically offers a soul-lifting panorama of wheat fields and sunflowers, swaying in the breezes, and vast empty spaces. It is Russia’s big sky country, rural and calm. Normally, that is. One morning this spring, the serenity in this village deep in the Russian countryside near the Ukrainian border was broken by a loud, rumbling explosion intense enough to send out window-shattering shock waves. Soon, residents said, Russian sol... more »

Islamic State Escalating The Use Of Chemical Weapons Against The Kurds In Syria And Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Report*: *ISIS Is Firing More Chemical Weapons at Kurds, Report Says* Suicide and roadside bombs have also incorporated chemical agents The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has been using chemical weapons against Kurdish forces and civilians, according to an investigation in Iraq and Syria, including three known cases in the last month. On three occasions in the last month, ISIS used chemical munitions to fight the Kurds, adapting suicide bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to include chlorine and other chemicals, CNN reported according to research by two ...more »

U.S. Defense Secretary: Military Option Against Iran Still 'Open'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Euronews:** US: Iran nuclear deal leaves military option open* The US Defence Secretary Ash Carter arriving in Israel. has arrived in Israel on the first stop in a Middle East trip aimed at reassuring allies in the region about the Iran Nuclear deal. He is also due to visit Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Carter says he does not expect to he will persuade Israeli leaders to drop their opposition to the accord, but intended to explain some of its benefits. “This is a good deal. It removes a critical element of danger and threat and uncertainty from the region,” Carter said. “One of the... more »

Suspected Islamic State Suicide Bombing Attack Kills 28 In Turkish Town Near Kobani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Suspected Islamic State suicide bombing kills 28 in Turkish border town* At least 28 people, mostly young students, were killed in a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Monday in what officials said appeared to be a suicide bomb attack mounted by Islamic State militants. Television footage showed bodies lying beneath trees outside a cultural center in the mostly Kurdish town of Suruc in southeastern Turkey, some 10 km (6 miles) from the Syrian town of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State. The blast tore through a group of mostly universit... more »

Netroots Nation’s Group Identity Politics Disintegrates into Anarchy

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 10 hours ago
For years, the right has been frustrated by the left’s ability to unite various interest groups successfully as a force. The right hasn’t had as much success, with factions calling each other RINOs and lecturing about Reagan’s 11th Commandment. Now,... The post Netroots Nation’s Group Identity Politics Disintegrates into Anarchy appeared first on The Stream.

Two retractions cost economic historian book chapter and journal article

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Francisco Gómez Camacho has lost an introduction in The Journal of Markets and Morality of a 2005 issue “for improper use of published material without attribution, as well as a a chapter in a collection of 13 scholarly essays by Brill Publishers due to “serious citation issues.” The introduction — to a translation of another scholars’ work, Luis de […] The post Two retractions cost economic historian book chapter and journal article appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The Highway Bill May Provide a Pathway to Fully Defunding Planned Parenthood

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The multibillion-dollar fight to fund the nation’s highway systems could be facing a new hurdle: abortion politics. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) vowed Friday that he would force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood in the wake of a viral video... The post The Highway Bill May Provide a Pathway to Fully Defunding Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.

Obama Doubles Down on Using UN to Undermine Congress

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
News reports confirmed this week that President Obama intends to submit the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to the United Nations Security Council before allowing Congress a chance to scrutinize the deal. The reaction... The post Obama Doubles Down on Using UN to Undermine Congress appeared first on The Stream.

Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bill to Protect Human Life

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 10 hours ago
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill Monday that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. The governor’s signature makes Wisconsin... The post Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bill to Protect Human Life appeared first on The Stream.

Hung is now the candidate

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 11 hours ago
[image: DSC07293] *Making hay while the sun shines.* It seems unreal to write these words, but the KMT has settled on the candidate no one foresaw back in November: Hung Hsiu-chu, the former Deputy Speaker of the Legislature, now the Party's champion. Hung's out of control speech is now the Party's speech, her crazed coded comments the Party's opinion. The Party has already encoded the 1992 Consensus into its platform in an attempt to keep her reined in. But her colonial attitude towards the local peoples is going to continue to shine... I watched some of the KMT Congress which was ... more »

Adultery Website Hacked; Personal Information Posted

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online. In addition, the person or persons behind... The post Adultery Website Hacked; Personal Information Posted appeared first on The Stream.

Why the Marriage Debate Isn’t Over: An Interview With Ryan T. Anderson

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
I sat down with Ryan, Heritage’s William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, to talk about where he sees the debate going from here, what those who believe in traditional marriage need to do next... The post Why the Marriage Debate Isn’t Over: An Interview With Ryan T. Anderson appeared first on The Stream.

Planned Parenthood is Bizarro World’s Human Body Shop, But Obama is Not Superman

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 11 hours ago
The disclosure of Planned Parenthood’s sale of the body parts of aborted children reminded me of the Superman comics I read as a child. Some readers will remember the strange upside down world of the Bizarros who inhabited a planet called “Htrae”... The post Planned Parenthood is Bizarro World’s Human Body Shop, But Obama is Not Superman appeared first on The Stream.

New Rules for Religious Groups Opposed to Abortion ‘Counseling’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Religious groups that refuse abortion counseling no longer can get grants to help human trafficking victims unless they ensure the counseling is provided by a third party, under new guidelines by the Department of Health and Human Services. In guidance... The post New Rules for Religious Groups Opposed to Abortion ‘Counseling’ appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Trump’s GOP Candidacy ‘Blows Up’

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination. There had been considerable public evidence... The post ANALYSIS: Trump’s GOP Candidacy ‘Blows Up’ appeared first on The Stream.

Iraq Authorities Continue To Underreport Casualties In War Against Islamic State

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
For quite some time the Iraqi government has been reluctant to report full casualties. This started with Nouri al-Maliki who tried to promote himself as the law and order prime minister. The government would routinely under report those that fell in bombings and kept down the monthly death totals far below other agencies to make it look like security was improving under the premier. When the war broke out with the Islamic State both Baghdad and Irbil went into propaganda mode. That meant they kept up the practice of under reporting bombings, but also would rarely report losses amon... more »

Yuri Milner pays $100 million to find ETs

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*This ET entrepreneur established e-stores alza.cz and alza.sk* During an event that was made special by both Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking (video), it was announced that Yuri Milner is paying $100 million to the search of extraterrestrial civilizations in the next 10 years. Obviously, it is the largest donation to the SETI paradigm ever (before you beat it). See also: A Russian billionaire just donated $100 million to help find alien life (VentureBeat) The money is going to be used by SETI folks to access the Parkes Telescope in Australia and West Virginia’s Green Bank Telesco... more »

Phony War Hero McCain Again Exploits POWS for Political Aganda

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 11 hours ago
Senator John McCain, the poor helpless victim of an unconscionable attack on his wartime heroics by that mean man Donald Trump is talking on TV today and as has been the case for decades, exploiting his time spent as a POW for political purposes. The entire media onslaught - joined by nearly all of those who Trump is leading in the polls – is beginning to have the appearance of a setup. With the desperation of the Republican establishment to banish Trump from the debates and put up a firewall between his rise in the polls and their approved candidates, it was obvious that some dirt... more »

The Art of Fighting Without Fighting

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - The point of learning to fight is so that you don’t have to. The post The Art of Fighting Without Fighting appeared first on Waking Times .

McCain: Trump Owes Veterans an Apology

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain said Monday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn’t need to apologize to him for remarks about his long captivity in Vietnam, but should tell veterans and their families that he’s sorry. Trump, meanwhile, leveled new... The post McCain: Trump Owes Veterans an Apology appeared first on The Stream .

OUR SELECTIVE REPRESENTATIONS, OURSELVES: In the summer of 87!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015Part 1—The running of the (pit) bulls:* Compared to other developed nations, the United States has an extremely large number of fatal shootings by police. In fairness, we also have an extremely large number of fatal shootings by people who *aren’t* police. In Chattanooga last week, for example, we had one fatal shooting by police. It was preceded by five fatal shootings of the other kind. Most people would say that last week's fatal police shooting in Chattanooga was *justified.* In the last few years, we’ve all seen videotape of other fatal shootings by po... more »

Full Diplomatic Relations Have Officially Been Restored Between Cuba And The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Cuba to raise flag in Washington as embassy reopens after half a century* * Building was closed after diplomatic relations were cut off in 1961 * Foreign minister to conduct ceremony during his first trip to the US Diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba have been officially restored, with Cuba’s foreign minister set to take the hugely symbolic step of raising his country’s flag at a newly designated embassy in Washington later on Monday. Bruno Rodríguez, visiting the US capital for the first time in his life, will conduct the ceremony at the mansion which ha... more »

Black Hawk Maker Sold To Lockheed For $8 Billion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Air Force One is seen as a Black Hawk helicopter takes off at Bismarck Municipal Airport in North Dakota, June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing *The Guardian*:* Weapons giant Lockheed Martin agrees to buy Black Hawk maker for $8bn* Lockheed to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft, US military’s largest helicopter supplier, in its biggest buy in two decades – which government will examine closely Lockheed Martin, the largest US weapons maker, has agreed to buy United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft unit, the maker of Black Hawk helicopters, for more than $8bn, a source familiar with the nego... more »

Dispatch from the Endocene, #7

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 12 hours ago
Below is the transcript and links for the 7th Dispatch from the Endocene, which aired on Sunday, July 19. The podcast can be heard at the Extinction Radio website. My part begins at 1 hour 6 minutes into the broadcast. Many thanks to the hardworking producers, and all the other contributers, especially for the marvelous poetry from Rex Eagle and Benjamin the Donkey...enjoy! Welcome to the 7th Dispatch From the Endocene, and thanks for listening. Links to all the information I will mention will be found at the Extinction Radio website. There is never any lack of material when ... more »

New Mom Survival Kit

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Newborns are wonderful. Newborns are hard. Some of the most joyous and exhausting times have in my life have been when I had a newborn. I have cried tears of joy when my sweet baby smiled at me the first time, and tears of tiredness when I had been up for more hours than I can remember. Sometimes I look back and wonder how I made it through. The answer is amazing friends and few fabu... more »

Why Are ‘Customers’ So Angry About This New Book on Marriage and Religious Freedom?

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Is the debate about marriage over after the Supreme Court’s June decision to redefine marriage in all fifty states? That’s what some Amazon.com reviewers are insisting after a new book was released last week. The book, “Truth Overruled: The Future... The post Why Are ‘Customers’ So Angry About This New Book on Marriage and Religious Freedom? appeared first on The Stream.

Shelling from Iran-Allied Rebels Causes Yemen Death Toll to Double to Nearly 100

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 12 hours ago
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The death toll in Yemen from the Shiite rebel shelling of a town near the southern port city of Aden rose on Monday to nearly 100, the head of an international aid group said, describing it... The post Shelling from Iran-Allied Rebels Causes Yemen Death Toll to Double to Nearly 100 appeared first on The Stream.

Turkey: Suicide Blast Kills 28, Wounds Nearly 100 near Syrian Border, ISIS Suspected

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 12 hours ago
ISTANBUL (AP) — A midday explosion in Turkey’s southeastern city of Suruc near the Syrian border killed 28 people Monday and sent nearly 100 others to the hospital, Turkish officials said. The prime minister’s office gave the casualty toll in... The post Turkey: Suicide Blast Kills 28, Wounds Nearly 100 near Syrian Border, ISIS Suspected appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Ideas for Reporters Struggling to Cover Planned Parenthood

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Many years ago I interviewed for a reporting job covering government waste, fraud and mismanagement. The interview went well and my future employers mentioned that they’d had trouble keeping the position filled as many reporters had trouble coming up with... The post ANALYSIS: Ideas for Reporters Struggling to Cover Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.

VA’s Right Hand Doesn’t Know How Much Its Left Hand Is Spending

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Accounting is so inept at the Department of Veterans Affairs that officials there may be giving other federal agencies nearly $1 billion more than shows up on the spending ledgers. Worse still, the books are so poorly kept that it’s... The post VA’s Right Hand Doesn’t Know How Much Its Left Hand Is Spending appeared first on The Stream.

The Camp of the Saints...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
no - not the wonderful blog by the same name, but the book by Jean Raspail. Politically incorrect or prophetic? Just started reading this yesterday. In view of what's going on with illegal immigration, I'm voting prophetic. *From Wiki, because that's all I can handle this Monday morning:* *The Camp of the Saints* (*Le Camp des Saints*) is a 1973 French apocalyptic novel by Jean Raspail. The novel depicts a hypothetical setting whereby Third World mass immigration to France and the West leads to the destruction of Western civilization. Almost forty years after publication the book r... more »

The Republican Party Moves To Further Debilitate Public Education

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Last Saturday we marveled at how the Republicans were able to hoodwink the American people again, this time passing John Kline's reauthorization of the Bush Family's No Child Left Behind Act, disguised as the innocous-sounding "Student Success Act." Although hated by parents, teachers, students, Democrats, Republicans and independents, it passed the House 218-213. Every single Democrat voted NO, but only 27 Republicans had the guts to cross the aisle against the threats from Boehner and McCarthy and vote the way their constituents wanted them to. GOP phonies and cowards who have... more »

Gynecologic cancer researcher up to 13 retractions

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Noriyuki Takai, a gynecologic cancer researcher at Oita University in Japan, has lost another five papers. With a new total of 13, that means he’s now on our leaderboard. Three of the retractions are from the journal Tumor Biology, one is from the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, and one from Anticancer Research. Takai is the first author on all […] The post Gynecologic cancer researcher up to 13 retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

John Oliver on Food Waste

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
Saw this this morning: For more information, see here: *There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but the approximately 40 million tonnes of food wasted by US households, retailers and food services each year would be enough to satisfy the hunger of every one of them.* The irrigation water used globally to grow food that is wasted would be enough for the domestic needs (at 200 litres per person per day) of 9 billion people - the number expected on the planet by 2050. *If we planted trees on land currently used to grow unnecessary surplus and wasted food, this wou... more »

Greek Bailout Not Sustainable

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *In Greek crisis, one big unhappy EU family* BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The latest paroxysm of Greece's debt crisis has exposed growing rifts in the euro zone which, unless addressed soon, could lead to the break-up of European monetary union, the EU's most ambitious project. The most worrying sign for European leaders is that public opinion and domestic politics are pulling them increasingly in opposing directions - not just between Greece and Germany, the biggest debtor and the biggest creditor, but almost everywhere. Germans, Finns, Dutch, Balts and Slovaks no longer want... more »

Science Finally Breaking Through the Materialist Paradigm

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Phil Watt* - Science is taking a serious look at the extraordinary psychic human experiences. The post Science Finally Breaking Through the Materialist Paradigm appeared first on Waking Times.

Chattanooga Shooting: FBI Recovers Gunman’s Disturbing Diary

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 13 hours ago
With more than 30 FBI agents due to arrive today in Chattanooga, a diary belonging to the gunman and FBI interviews with his parents paint a picture of a disturbed, suicidal young man using drugs, preparing for bankruptcy and facing... The post Chattanooga Shooting: FBI Recovers Gunman’s Disturbing Diary appeared first on The Stream.

Human Rights aren’t Revolutionary? Good!

Wendy Wong at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Recently, Joel Pruce and Doutje Lettinga wrote contributions to openGlobalRights that lamented the non-revolutionary, and I would go so far as to say, anti-revolutionary tone that human rights have come to represent in global and local citizen politics. Both observers note the trend that international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) working on human rights have indeed, become […]

Take the Test

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago

In Remembrance Of Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
*For more information, please click on the link below:* *Alt Health Works*

How Could We Have Known: The Jews Who Voted For Obama per The Jewish Press

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'You want to tell me you really didn't know about Obama's hatred for the Jews and for Israel? Sorry, but I'm having trouble buying that story.' It's all here http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/how-could-we-have-known-the-jews-who-voted-for-obama/2015/07/20/0/

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 14 hours ago
*We’re not mentally ill – we’re teenagers* *A 14-year-old British girl tells teachers to stop pathologising pupils. She writes with great clarity and undoubted truth* It has recently been claimed that the number of girls in the UK aged 11 to 13 who are suffering from emotional problems increased by 55 per cent between 2009 and 2014. Some might think that this problem stems from a lack of support for kids at school, or from the ‘fact’ that young girls’ lives are becoming more difficult. But is this the case? I for one have to disagree. I am a 14-year-old pupil at secondary school... more »

When the Chattanooga Terrorist Struck ‘No One Panicked’ — Semper Fidelis

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A single “pop” cut through the quiet morning. Those who heard it had a moment to ponder the noise. On this ordinary Thursday, some thought a car had backfired, or maybe a tire had blown. Sgt.... The post When the Chattanooga Terrorist Struck ‘No One Panicked’ — Semper Fidelis appeared first on The Stream.

Post Nuclear-Deal, Ashton Carter Says Military Option against Iran Remains on Table

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
TEL AVIV — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter began a tour Sunday of Middle Eastern nations whose alliances with the United States have been strained by President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Carter is the highest-level U.S. official to visit... The post Post Nuclear-Deal, Ashton Carter Says Military Option against Iran Remains on Table appeared first on The Stream.

Greek Banks Reopen, Keep Cash Limits as Taxes Soar

Anika Smith at The Stream - 14 hours ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek banks opened their doors Monday for the first time in over three weeks, a move that the government hopes will help the economy get back to normal following a period dominated by fears over the... The post Greek Banks Reopen, Keep Cash Limits as Taxes Soar appeared first on The Stream.

King Edward VII and the American Civil War

Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
Born in 1841, Edward VII had the typical Saxe-Coburg-Gotha mug, like the current heir apparent. Edward VII was a pupil of *Lord Palmerston*, with whom he discussed *a Russian alliance during the mid-1860s. *The young Edward was also close to Palmerston’s stooge *Napoleon III, and the Empress Eugenie.* In that *1866 war*, Edward’s mother, Queen Victoria, sympathized with *Prussia*. But Edward supported *Austria*, even when *Austria was crushed by Prussia at Königgrätz.* In 1866, Edward favored what he called an Anglo-French Entente to contain Prussia. This was already the germ of t... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 14 hours ago
*CO2 is making the desert bloom* *Being politically correct, the authors try to say that increased rainfall could be bad somehow somewhere but if that is the only problem we have to be worried about everyone can sleep soundly at night* Live Aid took place 30 years ago this summer, raising £150million for drought-stricken regions of Africa. But the world inadvertently did something else to help: greenhouse gas increases brought back life-giving rains. A new study by scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading, UK, shows how increased greenhous... more »

No Jews involved

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
It’s a funny old world. The Times (£) has front page news! *Cameron crackdown on “anti-British’ Muslims.* “British Muslims who hold “intolerant ideas” and create a climate for extremism will become the target of a new clampdown to be announced by David Cameron today.In a landmark speech the prime minister will say that a failure of integration has meant that there are people born and raised in this country who do not identify with Britain. Outlining a five-year strategy to combat extremism, he will attack those who hold ideas “hostile to basic liberal values” and who promote “discri... more »

He Says He's Doing It For The Kids

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://thinkpol.ca/ Nothing the Harper government does is surprising anymore. The *National Post* reports: Number-crunching based on the last census shows that many of the ridings in line to get the biggest cheques from the newly increased Universal Child Care Benefit are in suburban Alberta and the all-important ridings that surround Toronto — and they usually have a history of tilting Tory. Only two of the top 20 destinations for the enriched UCCB payments landing on July 20 are locations where the opposition NDP would ... more »

46th Anniversary of the paradigm collision between Science Fact and Science Fiction

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago
I watched live as Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon. Like every 11 year old boy in the western world I was a part of the team that day. That sense of wonder and confidence in government, science and human will peaked for humanity July 20, 1969. If aliens landed in Times Square this afternoon people would be excited, but most sophisticated consumers of popular culture, would react by saying “what took you guys so long”. Most pundits look back at this accomplishment as proof we 21st century humans are moving backwards. Why are we not on Mars? Why does the US have to hitchhike t... more »

The Coming Greek Bank Nationalizations, Privitizations and Bail- ins

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*As I ended the earlier post from today: **The Man Who Cost Greece Billions* * Today the Greeks are 'rewarded' to huge price increase on everything. And their saviour, Tsipras, showed his true nature- That of the betrayer & destroyer of Greece and it's people.* The coming Greek bank nationalization, bail-in and privatization*Excerpted: read more at link directly above-* The banks are re-opening, though just for transactions, so people can pay their bills and their taxes, pay in cheques, that kind of thing. The cash withdrawal limit has been changed to a weekly limit of 420 EUR per ... more »

Melody Sheep Like Water starring Bruce Lee

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago
Water runs from my eyes for those that have never swam the drunken seas with fists of furry.

The Man Who Cost Greece Billions- Syriza: Cult of Personality/Charismatic Authority

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*The man who cost Greece billions* *Excerpt below interesting for the background on Syriza, Tsipras & his confidantes * *Meteoric rise* Born in 1974 a few days after Greece's return to democracy following seven years of military dictatorship, Tsipras joined the youth branch of the Communist Party when he was just 14. Three years later he moved to a more liberal-minded splinter group that would later be renamed Syriza. Until a renovation a few months ago, a portrait of Che Guevara hung outside Tsipras' office in Syriza headquarters in Athens. ( So, there is NO portrait of Che Guevar... more »

Scott Walker’s Distrust of Iran Shaped by Friendship with Ex-US Hostage

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a reason for aggressively opposing the nuclear deal with Iran — and it’s personal. Neither his foreign policy adviser nor a member of his inner circle has shaped the Republican... The post Scott Walker’s Distrust of Iran Shaped by Friendship with Ex-US Hostage appeared first on The Stream.

What Donald Trump Was Up to While John McCain Was a Prisoner of War

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
It was the spring of 1968 and Donald Trump had it good. He was 21 years old and handsome with a full head of hair. He avoided the Vietnam War draft on his way to earning an Ivy League degree. He was... The post What Donald Trump Was Up to While John McCain Was a Prisoner of War appeared first on The Stream.

Bad deals

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
We know certain things about Iran. It sponsors terrorism and perpetuates aggression by proxy, interferes in other countries’ affairs, and calls for “death” to America and Israel. We know it has a nuclear programme, which it claims is for peaceful purposes only. We know that economic sanctions have weakened Iran, and we assume that is what brought them to the table. Nobody believes Iran’s insistence that their nuclear programme does not involve developing nuclear weapons. Their repeated denials are nothing but a pantomime; experts say all those spinning centrifuges are pretty pointl... more »

Cuban Flag Raised at Embassy in Washington

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba’s blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country’s embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations. In sweltering heat and humidity, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez... The post Cuban Flag Raised at Embassy in Washington appeared first on The Stream.

Can My Dog Eat This? Something for Dog Lovers

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Take care of your friends.*

What To Do When the Foundations are Being Destroyed

Alan Eason at The Stream - 17 hours ago
DIANE SINGER — “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8). Over the years, I have... The post What To Do When the Foundations are Being Destroyed appeared first on The Stream.

The Fish is Red by Hinckle & Turner

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
*"From 1969 until 1984 two pallets of Farewell America languished in Montréal, in an unheated, bonded, government warehouse. Freezing cold winters and blistering hot summers—all fifteen of them. * *During this time the book became very tough to find and the price began to climb, eventually hitting more then $100.00—if you could find a copy. The scuttlebutt was that the F.B.I. had bought up all remaining copies and had them destroyed. This type of tactic had worked with two of William Turner’s books, The Fish is Red and The Assasssination of Robert F. Kennedy which Random House had... more »

Is John Kerry stupid or a liar?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/_bEJuXUd2Hk If he believes that because "they're not allowed to do that" , they won't then he's stupid. If he says it whilst knowing the true position then he's a liar. Any other options?

Engine, tech problems mar Atlantic destroyer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)]Canada's last destroyer is temporarily sidelined after a series of engine problems and other technical issues on the 43-year-old vessel caused senior navy leaders to worry the ship might not be able to continue operating. HMCS Athabaskan, the flagship of the country's Atlantic fleet, is undergoing a series of repairs in Halifax, according to Royal Canadian Navy documents leaked to the Ottawa Citizen. Earlier this year, the ship broke down in Florida because of engine problems. It later broke down in the Caribbean, again because of engine issues. ... more »

Powerful German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate for Algerian Navy to Start Sea Trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: MEKO A-200 AN frigate for Algeria]The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel appears ready to start her first sea trials according to ship spotter pictures. The vessel, designated MEKO A-200 AN Frigate, was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. The weapons fit selected by the Algerian Navy is quite powerfull for this type of vessel. The deal also included 6 AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 maritime helicopters. *Navy Recognition* learned during a visit at a Th... more »

Lockheed to buy United Tech's Sikorsky for over $8 billion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: MH-60R Romeo]Lockheed Martin Corp has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft for over $8 billion, two sources said on Sunday, cementing a deal that would confirm Lockheed's dominance in weapons making and giving the Black Hawk helicopter to the maker of the F-35 fighter jet. The deal will add further heft to Lockheed, which already has annual revenues of around $45 billion and dwarves its nearest competitors, the defense business of Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman Corp. It will make Lockheed less reliant on the $391 billion F-35 fighter jet business, whil... more »

Do You Understand How Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Other Wall Street Banks Profited from the Greek (EU) Debt Crisis?  (And the Analogies to It In the U.S. by the Same Predators)  Social Security Baloney Served!

From one of the wisest guys in our government we learn the truth impelling the secretiveness surrounding the banker deals. Not that these facts provide a big surprise by now. How Goldman Sachs Profited from the Greek Debt Crisis Robert ReichFriday, July 17, 2015 The Greek debt crisis offers another illustration of Wall Street’s powers of persuasion and predation, although the Street is

Hi-tech laser, microwave weapons on Indian Navy's wishlist

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Laser Weapon System, or LaWS]They may have achieved only 35-40% indigenisation in weapons and sensors on their warships so far, but that hasn’t kept the Indian Navy from fancying a future with weapons right out of the Star Wars films. A senior navy officer has told Hindustan Times that the force plans to develop and deploy high-energy lasers and high-power microwave weapons to reshape the future of combat. Lasers and microwaves are directed-energy weapons that discharge concentrated energy beams to destroy targets with minimum collateral damage. While laser weapons onboard... more »

BAE slashes cost of making Typhoon jet fighters as it seeks new export orders

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Eurofighter Typhoon]BAE Systems has slashed the cost of producing a Typhoon jet by 20pc over the past five years and slowed the production rate in an attempt to boost export orders for the supersonic fighter. The company, which builds the aircraft at its plant in Warton, Lancs, is seeking to win export customers as it closes in on providing the 160 jets ordered by the Ministry of Defence. So far the RAF has taken delivery of 129 of the twin-engine planes which, according to government data, cost £87m each. Read more

Ultra Electronics Sonobuoys fit for unmanned ASW capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RQ-4 Global Hawk]UK defence electronics firm Ultra Electronics is developing a new family of miniature passive sonobuoys that could be eventually deployed from unmanned aerial systems, according to this report. The new, 12 inch-long “F” sized sonobuoys use the company’s new multi-static technology, which assesses data from other sonobuoys and other energy in the water to provide an increased probability of detection. The “F” size sonobouys retain the same standard sonobuoy diameter of 4.875 inches, but are two-thirds shorter than the 36 inch-long “A” active sonobuoys used b... more »

Russia Orders 'Submarine-Killer' Be-200 Amphibious Aircraft For Production By 2020, Official Says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Beriev Be-200]The Russian navy plans to purchase a “submarine-killer” version of its Be-200 amphibious aircraft by 2020, an unnamed official said Sunday. President Vladimir Putin has made the modernization of Russia’s military aircraft a priority as part of a larger plan to revamp the armed forces by the end of the decade. The Be-200 aircraft’s anti-submarine version will help to replace the Russian navy’s existing fleet of Be-12 amphibious planes, a decades-old model that officials now consider obsolete, the source told Russian agency Sputnik International News. Current v... more »

Things Aristotle Was Completely Wrong About : Socrates

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*Socrates - Just Like Obama, John Coffey, OJ and Bill Cosby,* *As Usual, the World Fears a Powerful, Front-walking Black Man.* *“I will not allow the Athenians to sin twice against philosophy.”* *- Aristotle runs away.* *"We had an agent—a well-known American journalist—with a good reputation, who severed his ties with us after 1956. I myself convinced him to resume them. But in 1968, after the invasion of Czechoslovakia ... he said he would never again take any money from us".* *Major General Oleg Kalugin* *KGB,* *1992* I. F. Stone Interviewed aboout the Trial of Socrates *By I.F... more »

China's submarine force four times that of India and growing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: INS Chakra]A recent visit by an advanced Chinese Yuan-class submarine to Karachi, Pakistan, after traversing the Arabian Sea, worried Indian authorities concerned about China’s growing undersea-warfare capabilities—more than four times as large as India’s. The submarine, with 65 crew, spent a week in Pakistan, refuelling and restocking, before sailing back to China. Yuan-class submarines are diesel-electric, but unlike Indian conventional submarines, which must surface to “breathe” and charge batteries, they are capable of staying submerged for weeks. India now plans to lea... more »

Propaganda Wave Portends Invasion of Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*July 20, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - It was recently reported that US policymakers have signed and dated plans drawn up for the US invasion and occupation of Syria. The plan as described by the Fortune 500-funded Brookings Institution - a corporate think-tank that has previously drawn up plans for the invasion, occupation, and "surge" in Iraq - is to occupy border regions of Syria with US special forces to then justify a nationwide "no-fly-zone" if and when Syrian forces attempt to retake these "safe zones." The "safe zones" are to be used by various terrorists fronts Brookin... more »

Military Photo of the Day: July 20, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 20 hours ago
A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet refuels over Iraq between airstrikes on July 2, 2015. Thank you to all U.S. service members and their families. We especially pray for those taking the fight to the enemy in Iraq, Afghanistan and around... The post Military Photo of the Day: July 20, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

7 Tips For Spiritual Evolution That Your Life Can Depend On

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is a very sound process that all need to contemplate and implement, perhaps through maintaining an introspection diary. There are steps here and this gives the diary purpose. This needs to also be developed into a series of core questions that are addressed perhaps once per week. i would fit well into a weekly meditation session that you set aside for inside work. similar things should and could be done on other days but a weekly focused session is a good practise. Read slowly and then consider how you may use this to guide your own intentions.. . *7 Tips For Spiri... more »

Aerial Seed Bombers Can Plant An Entire Forest Of 1,000,000 Trees A Day

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I first came across this approach some thirty years ago with a chap who was using cross polymers to slowly absorb moisture after a seed ball landed on the ground. This appears to be a variation on the theme. All involve firing a three inch ball onto the ground that provides a temporary ideal growing media allowing the seed to sprout. Here they also entertain a canister that carries a packed and sprouted seedling to be effectively shot into the ground. I would like to see combinations used. A targeted seedling could lay out an effective grid of commercially valuable trees wh... more »

How Yersinia Pestis Evolved its Ability to Kill Millions via Pneumonic Plague

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is very interesting and warns us that any minor disease vector can be readily made much more dangerous simply by allowing the vector to sink deep into the flesh as happens here. Is this what flesh eating disease is doing? In the meantime we know better what to look for. Our knowledge of the plague has allowed us to mostly tame it, but the damage it did was horrific and compares to the slaughter that took place post conquest in the Americas. . *How Yersinia pestis evolved its ability to kill millions via pneumonic plague* *June 30, 2015 11.04am EDT* *http:... more »

We Pedge Allegiance To Mother Earth

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago

Transport Econ 15, On having 2 cars or more

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
Heavy traffic in many areas of Metro Manila is a daily reality. Here for instance, Roxas Blvd. in Pasay near the Baclaran Church. I took this one Saturday morning last month, I was on a pedestrian overpass. Because almost everyone experiences heavy traffic, then almost everyone has a proposed solution how to solve it, which is not really a bad thing. What makes things bad is when some people would propose solutions that will impose more restrictions on the rest of society. Like (a) prohibiting people from driving and using their own cars one day a week (aka plate "number coding" ... more »

MNN. SINGING FOR THE FAT LADY

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
. http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2015/07/20/singing-for-the-fat-lady/ --

Best marks, goals, kicks and umpire abuse, Rd 16

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 22 hours ago
You don’t have to know anything about AFL to enjoy this week’s best marks, goals, kicks,and pocket picking! Not just the world’s most libertarian sport, but also the toughest umpires…and number 2 you’re going to have to watch at least twice! Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

U.S.-Backed Offensive In Iraq's Anbar Province Is Faltering

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*L.A. Times*: *U.S.-backed offensive in Iraq gets off to a disappointing start * A U.S.-backed military offensive against Islamic State fighters faltered in its first week as several hundred militants entrenched in the provincial capital of Ramadi withstood punishing airstrikes and held off a far-larger force of Iraqi ground troops, senior U.S. and coalition commanders said Saturday. The slow going in what officials portray as a major test of efforts to bring Iraq's fractured security forces into a common front against the Sunni Muslim extremists comes as a truck bomb late Friday... more »

Special Greece Report ( July 20 , 2015 ) Early Morning Overview for Monday ! ( Banks re-open today with capital controls in place still ........ Fine commentaries and news on the general state of play politically /economically ....... socioeconomics factors touching upon Greece ..... Odds & Ends ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 22 hours ago
*Boing de Guayaba* ‏@BoingGuayaba 12 hours ago KASTELLORIZO *Sunrise* by YusufGurel ... *Sunrise* at Kastellorizo *Island*, *Greece*.. (Megisti) Meis.. [image: Embedded image permalink] *TradeWinds* ‏@TradeWindsLife Stunning *sunrise* this morning in Port Leone, *Island* of Kalamos, *Greece*. Captured by Simon & Diane #tradewindslife [image: Embedded image permalink] Tweets..... Two fine posts from Frances Coppola - lined up back to back for perspective .... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 15m 15 minutes ago fred walton retweeted Frances Coppola A ver... more »

Will Iran Change?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
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 »

What Did The U.S. Give Up To Get An Iranian Nuclear Deal?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
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 »

So these 4 drunks walked into a bar …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
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 »

U.S.A. FALSE FLAG NATION: Chattanooga Shooting Looks Like A FALSE FLAG

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
*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 »

U.S. Security Council To Vote On The Iran Nuclear Deal This Monday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

Climbing Mount Signal

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
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 »

Lee Camp feels obliged to go after The Donald, among many other concerns. Meanwhile, has The Donald gone too nutty even for nutty GOP basers?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*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 »

Heavy Shelling Resumes On The Rebel Held Ukrainian City Of Donetsk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*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 »

U.S. Navy Prepares To Deploy More Ships And Conduct More Exercises In Asia To Deter China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*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 »

Why the Best Young Actors Aren’t Americans

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
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 ISIS Stronghold in the Heart of Europe

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
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.

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Bittersweet”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Kevin Kern, “Bittersweet” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEGp4nrUIs4

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“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 p

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