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Thursday, July 23, 2015

23 July - Blogs I'm Following

10:25pm MDST

Seeking Sanctuary Sanity in U.S. Senate

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 24 minutes ago
July 1 was one of those evenings when you feel blessed to be in San Francisco, especially if you are strolling along Pier 14. But every reader knows what happened next: A bullet struck Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked... The post Seeking Sanctuary Sanity in U.S. Senate appeared first on The Stream.

The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT | Tribes gather in Houston for Thorne Dreyer’s 70th Birthday Bash and Rag Blog Benefit!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Event: Gathering of the Tribes in Houston What: Rag Blog Editor Thorne Dreyer’s 70th Birthday Bash & Rag Blog Benefit When: Sunday, August 2, 2015, 5-8 p.m. Where: Jasmine Room, Baba Yega Cafe Address: 2607 Grant St., Houston, Texas 77006 … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | Tribes gather in Houston for Thorne Dreyer’s 70th Birthday Bash and Rag Blog Benefit!

X-15 UFO

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

Gunman Opens Fire in Louisiana Movie Theater

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 hour ago
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lousiana on Thursday night, killing at least one person and injuring at least six others before shooting himself, officials said. The shooting took place at the Grand... The post Gunman Opens Fire in Louisiana Movie Theater appeared first on The Stream.

Huge Win for School Vouchers in North Carolina

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 hour ago
Backers of private school vouchers won a huge victory Thursday as the North Carolina Supreme Court narrowly endorsed a program that allows public school money to be spent providing vouchers to attend private schools. North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program, created in... The post Huge Win for School Vouchers in North Carolina appeared first on The Stream.

We Asked Companies about Their Donations to Planned Parenthood. Here’s How They Responded.

John Zmirak at The Stream - 2 hours ago
On Tuesday, The Daily Signal published a list of companies that donate or have donated directly to Planned Parenthood, either through grants or through matching employee gifts, according to 2nd Vote, a money-tracking website and app that looks at consumers and political... The post We Asked Companies about Their Donations to Planned Parenthood. Here’s How They Responded. appeared first on The Stream.

Kofi Annan On Global Warming: ‘The Living Would Envy The Dead’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan had a dire warning for future generations if nothing is done to stop global warming. Channeling former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Annan warned that “the living would envy the dead.” “I know that if... The post Kofi Annan On Global Warming: ‘The Living Would Envy The Dead’ appeared first on The Stream.

10 Things The Feds Could Buy With The $60 Billion Medicare Wasted

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 2 hours ago
When federal investigators visited the address listed for a Medicare provider last December, they instead found a fast food restaurant. That’s not unusual for federal investigators dealing with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the section of the Department... The post 10 Things The Feds Could Buy With The $60 Billion Medicare Wasted appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Vandalism Strikes Park Avenue Church in NYC, Former Home of EWTN TV Priest George Rutler

John Zmirak at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Renovation or vandalism? Something unedifying is under way at the Church of Our Saviour, on lower Park Avenue in Manhattan. This alert from a knowledgeable source came Tuesday morning and has been circulating: I am informed that having [been] officially... The post ANALYSIS: Vandalism Strikes Park Avenue Church in NYC, Former Home of EWTN TV Priest George Rutler appeared first on The Stream.

The Toxic Worldview Of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Moses gave us the Ten Commandments. Paul gave us the Epistles. And Ta-Nehisi gave us Between the World and Me. The new book by Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the form of a letter to his son, has been greeted... The post The Toxic Worldview Of Ta-Nehisi Coates appeared first on The Stream.

Greece: We Can't Trust Anyone Any More

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Demonstrators tell TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris why they oppose reforms demanded by Greece's creditors and why they support leaving the Eurozone. The statement that "We can't trust anyone any more" is likely shared by most people around the world as they see their own governments under control of the corporate banksters. What are we to do in this historic moment? The media won't help us....the politicians won't help us.....many of our fellow citizens are trapped in consumerism and by meaningless entertainment as the ruling oligarchies keep them distracted from the real issues. Armed ... more »

The Staggering Hypocrisy of Republicans

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Great Fuzzy Moments in Fuzzy Reagan History* *November 13, 1986*: *Saint Ronnie testifies he din't know nuttin' 'bout no money from arms sales to Iran being used to fund guerrillas in Nicaragua. Well, it always could be tricky figuring out what His Saintliness knew and didn't know.* *by Noah* Sure, hypocrisy often comes with being a politician of any stripe. It comes from choosing a lifestyle where pandering knows no bounds. Some humans want to be liked by everybody so much that they will willingly fall all over themselves to do so; never mind how foolish they may look to anyone wi... more »

#BringBackOurGirls, Feminist Solidarity and Intervention – Part One

Annick T.R. Wibben at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
This post, the first of a series on the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag campaign, draws on a keynote I just delivered at the University of Surrey’s Center for International Intervention‘s conference on “Narratives of Intervention: Perspectives from North and South” (#cii2015). On April 14, 2014, 276 girls between the ages of 15-18 years were abducted from a […]

All About St. Bridget

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Today is the feast day of St. Bridget (1303?-1373), a woman who began having visions of Christ at the age of seven. American Catholic says of her life: From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions... The post All About St. Bridget appeared first on The Stream.

With Gag Order Lifted in Wisconsin, Conservative Targets of Politically Motivated Midnight Raids Tell Their Stories

John Zmirak at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has forcefully terminated the John Doe investigations in Wisconsin, the targets of those probes can now speak openly of their experiences at the hands of politically motivated prosecutors. Some of those experiences began leaking... The post With Gag Order Lifted in Wisconsin, Conservative Targets of Politically Motivated Midnight Raids Tell Their Stories appeared first on The Stream.

Hillary Clinton Defends Planned Parenthood Amid Video Controversy

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Hillary Clinton defended Planned Parenthood on Thursday amid fallout over a pair of videos showing top officials discussing the transfer of aborted organs and fetal tissue. “For more than a century, Planned Parenthood has provided essential services for women,” Clinton... The post Hillary Clinton Defends Planned Parenthood Amid Video Controversy appeared first on The Stream.

Scientists Discover 12 New Potential Earth-Like Planets

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 2 hours ago
The latest update from NASA’s Kepler space telescope — designed to spot distant exoplanets — adds more than 500 new possible planets to the fray. That’s in addition to the 4,175 planets already found by Kepler. And of those 500 new potential... The post Scientists Discover 12 New Potential Earth-Like Planets appeared first on The Stream.

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “Eyes of Heaven”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Eyes of Heaven” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC0-RJ3P1G0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“How did we get here? Click play, sit back, and watch. A new computer simulation of the evolution of the universe - the largest and most sophisticated yet produced - provides new insight into how galaxies formed and new perspectives into humanity's place in the universe. The Illustris project - the largest of its type yet - exhausted 20 million CPU hours following 12 billion resolution elements spanning a cube 35 million light years on a side as it evolved over 13 billion years. The simulation is the first to track matter into the formation of a wide variety of galaxy types. As the... more »

The Price of Fetal Parts

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 3 hours ago
“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After... The post The Price of Fetal Parts appeared first on The Stream.

Cartoon: ‘All Lives Matter’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 3 hours ago
The post Cartoon: ‘All Lives Matter’ appeared first on The Stream.

Friday Morning Ramble

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*Here’s a few things I wanted to write more about this week, but ran out of time. First, the question of the week:* [image: image] Spotted this in the interview with Greens’s co-penis James Shaw. Definitely needs talking about more (remind me, someone): “Chris Finlayson has surprised me. He got nature's rights into New Zealand law with the Treaty of Waitangi settlements for the Whanganui River and Urewera. The idea that no one can own them, that they have the right to exist and not be degraded is an extraordinary principle that sets a revolutionary precedent in terms of how we go... more »

World News Briefs -- July 23, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Iraq deploys U.S.-trained troops to Ramadi fight for first time* Iraq has for the first time deployed soldiers trained by the U.S.-led coalition in their campaign to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants, the U.S. military said on Thursday. The disclosure came during an unannounced visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter to Baghdad, where he met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and underscored the need for capable Iraqi ground forces to battle back Islamic State. "We’re making some progress. We need to make more," Carter told U.S. troops gather... more »

Pope Francis ignites a revolt that will overthrow American capitalism

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 4 hours ago
More and more pieces coming out, and more notice being given. I know that you're probably sick of hearing about the Vatican and his popyness, but THIS is an important article. A LOT is being said. This is from Marketwatch- about as main stream as you can get, AND a leading financial news site.... just think about that for a minute. ON monday night on the Roundtable Discussion Lisa and I continued digging through the rabbit warren of ridiculousness: The Vatican et al. This article came out the next day. I just republished the Roundtable Discussion archive video HERE on RTS. Rea... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Sea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Sea”* “The pull is so strong we will not believe the drawing tide is meant for us, I mean the gift, the sea, the place where all the rivers meet. Easy to forget, how the great receiving depth untamed by what we need needs only what will flow its way. Easy to feel so far away and the body so old it might not even stand the touch. But what would that be like feeling the tide rise out of the numbness inside toward the place to which we go washing over our worries of money, the illusion of being ahead, the grief of being behind, our limbs young rising from such a depth? What would t... more »

Paulo Coelho, "The Mouse And The Books"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Mouse And The Books"* by Paulo Coelho "When I was interned in Dr. Eiras Hospital, I began to have panic crises. One day, I decided to consult the psychiatrist in charge of my case: “Doctor, I am overcome by fear; it takes from me the joy of living”. “Here in my office there is a mouse that eats my books”, said the doctor. “If I get desperate about this mouse, he will hide from me and I will do nothing else in life but hunt him. Therefore, I put the most important books in a safe place and let him gnaw some others. In this way, he is still a mouse and does not become a monster... more »

The "Wow" Signal

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
*Today I’d like to share a journal entry from this morning… What was on my mind is that it is beginning to feel like a circus of characters, when in fact we are One. This is an attempt to sort through some of the noise.* This time of conflicting messages is brought on by both confusion in acceptance, translation and point. Many are accelerating and by that is meant increasing, broadening, and expanding their range of potential awareness. It has been said by many that there is nothing that is not already known, nothing given that is not already there. This is always true. The na... more »

Chet Raymo, “The (Unattainable) Thing Itself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* “The (Unattainable) Thing Itself”* by Chet Raymo ․ “Clear water in a brilliant bowl, Pink and white carnations. The light In the room more like a snowy air, Reflecting snow. A newly-fallen snow At the end of winter when afternoons return. Pink and white carnations- one desires So much more than that. The day itself Is simplified: a bowl of white, Cold, a cold porcelain, low and round, With nothing more than the carnations there.” “Simplicity. Morning. Forty minutes till sunrise. Coffee. An English muffin. Sit on the terrace. The sky a deep violet... more »

"The Pear Tree"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Pear Tree"* "There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no, it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed... more »

"How to Give Yourself a Metabolic Tune-Up: 8 Tips for a Longer, More Energetic Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"How to Give Yourself a Metabolic Tune-Up: 8 Tips for a Longer, More Energetic Life" by Mark Hyman, M.D "Are you tired and worn out? Do you have sore muscles, fatigue and brain fog? If so, you might have metabolic burnout! Imagine if you could find a way to tune up your metabolism, increase your energy levels, think clearly and feel less achy. Imagine if you could prevent diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Imagine if you could heal fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Imagine if you could get to the roots of aging, slow the whole process and eliminate ... more »

On human relatations

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
I have been married to a wonderful woeman for a long time i may think about the flavour of the day but there comes a time where I grew up relatoion wise and thinkboot what more is life

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"The Most Precious Of Your Possessions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"You wake up in the morning and lo! Your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life. It is yours. It is the most precious of your possessions. No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive." - Arnold Bennett

ISIL’s/ISIS magazine slams Erdoğan, Turkey for first time.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Turkey day today at the blog. And I don't mean Thanksgiving. Sometimes it just happens! *What to make of this?* * A Turkish online magazine that supports the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has slammed Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the first time.* “Konstantiniyye” (the Ottoman word for Istanbul) published its second issue on July 17. *The magazine, which did not criticize or threaten Turkey in its first issue earlier this year, changed its tone dramatically as Ankara toughened its stance against ISIL.* *“[In this issue] we tried to explain that the stat... more »

Psychology: "Why Saints Sin and Sinners Get Saintly"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Why Saints Sin and Sinners Get Saintly" by PhysOrg.com "To many, when New York Gov. Eliott Spitzer fell from grace it seemed to make no sense at all. But a new Northwestern University study offers provocative insights that possibly could relate to why the storm trooper of reform - formerly known as the Sheriff of Wall Street - seemingly went from saint to sinner overnight. The study suggests that people with ample moral self-worth in one aspect of their lives can slip into immorality or opposite behavior in other areas - their abundant self-esteem somehow pushing them to balance o... more »

"Everything is Relative: Universal Feelings"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Everything is Relative: Universal Feelings"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Fully experiencing our own hurt is the gateway to compassion toward other human beings. Every day we hear stories of personal suffering and loss that far exceed our own. When we compare our situations to those of people living in war-torn countries or those who have lost their homes and livelihoods to natural disasters, it is tempting to minimize our own experiences of suffering. We may feel that we don’t have a right to be upset about the breakup of a relationship, for example, because at least we have ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Transhumanism – The Wholesale Redesign of Humanity

Waking Times at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video -* What is transhumanism and why are the military and the pharmaceutical industry interested in it? The post Transhumanism – The Wholesale Redesign of Humanity appeared first on Waking Times.

The Different Social Visions of Liberals and Conservatives

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 5 hours ago
The index before you is more than a book of statistics — more even than a diagnosis of America’s economy and culture. It is first and foremost a corrective to a misguided way of thinking about society that too often holds... The post The Different Social Visions of Liberals and Conservatives appeared first on The Stream.

The Roundtable Discussion- Monday July 20th Video and all the notes

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 5 hours ago
Here is the Archive Video from Monday July 20th, The One People Roundtable Show. I am posting all the info again here so that it's all nice and neatly in one big pile, lol. I've also included my Noahide law notes from my work room at the bottom. d We've been heading deep into the rabbit hole of the Vatican, Vatican Law, The Treaty of Verona and the Magna Carta, "The Crown", the ISO, and the Grand Jubilee Shemitah. It seems that for the past 2 months, not a week has gone by that we didn't get handed yet another clue to all of this vastly convoluted mess. *On Monday ni... more »

Is The Yemen War Shifting In Favor Of Saudi Arabia And its Allies?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
A Saudi military cargo plane is seen at the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden July 22, 2015. Reuters/Stringer *Reuters:* *Frontlines of Yemen's war shift in favor of Riyadh* The tide of Yemen's messy war has unexpectedly turned, handing a morale boost and possibly decisive military momentum to Gulf Arab-backed forces bent on ending the ascendancy of the Houthis, a powerful militia they see as a puppet of Iran. The loss of the strategic southern port of Aden in the space of just a few days is a spectacular reversal for the Houthis, a once obscure rural grou... more »

July 23: The Irving press does it again.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 5 hours ago
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. I have just finished writing by blog - twice. And twice I have lost it for no reason I can understand. This, a darkness falls, will be a brief summary. The commentary page has another commentary from yet another "think-tank" that spreads propaganda for billionaires. This one is the Canada West foundation and, again, it's pitch for the oil industy (but describing itself as a plea for Canadian unity. Yep. Just allow oil pipelines everywhere, and this will be a great country. It's far better written than the one that appeared yesterday. Thi... more »

Jeb! Admits He Wants To "Phase Out" Medicare... Bernie Has A Different Approach

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Yesterday I was released from the hospital after a successful stem cell transplant meant to keep me in remission after 9 months of cancer treatment. Science saved me. City of Hope saved me. Dr. Budde saved me. Jesus saved me. The love and support from my friends and family and neighbors saved me. And Medicare paid for it. I can't imagine what would have happened to me without Medicare. The bills were beyond comprehension. But maybe imagining what we would do without Medicare is something worth contemplating. After all, Trump isn't going to win the Republican presidential nominati... more »

HHS Rejects Planned Parenthood FOIA Request Because It’s ‘Not Newsworthy’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Earlier this week, Mary Hasson broke the news here at the Federalist that federal funds went to Planned Parenthood’s salad-munching, wine-sipping, organ-harvesting Dr. Deborah Nucatola for advice on “healthy baby” births. Hasson requested all communications and documents relevant to any... The post HHS Rejects Planned Parenthood FOIA Request Because It’s ‘Not Newsworthy’ appeared first on The Stream.

Prosecutor: Bland’s Autopsy Reveals No Evidence of Homicide

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 6 hours ago
DALLAS (AP) — The autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she died in a violent homicide, authorities said Thursday. Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam discussed details of the... The post Prosecutor: Bland’s Autopsy Reveals No Evidence of Homicide appeared first on The Stream.

Transpicuous News: Videos July 15th & 19th

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
Sorry for the delays in publishing the Archive Videos of last weeks Transpicuous News.... it's been one of "those" weeks. d July 15 News links: *Greece:* http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-14/tsipras-stunner-creditors-said-countries-under-bailout-there-no-point-holding-electi http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150714/1024599125.html#ixzz3fryK7c9C http://sputniknews.com/business/20150713/1024574525.html http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150713/1024572074.html http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2015/07/yanis-varoufakis-full-transcript-our-battle-save-greece http://www.zerohe... more »

Catch my latest with love

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
I hate duplicating but i want a copy, what a dilemma.

Turkey Will Allow U.S. Warplanes To Bomb Islamic State Positions From A Key Turkish base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
A Turkish F-16 fighter jet approaches the tarmac of Incirlik airbase in the southern Turkish city of Adana July 4, 2012. Reuters/Umit Bektas *New York Times:* *Turkey to Allow Use of Key Air Base for U.S. Warplanes to Bomb ISIS* AMMAN, Jordan — The United States and Turkey have reached an agreement in which manned and unmanned American warplanes will carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State from Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border, Obama administration officials said Thursday. The agreement, described by one senior administration official as a “game ... more »

Free Planet - KILL YOUR GODS - words from The Union

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
I had another nice long jog today, and a second back-and-forth session with The Union. I received a message, sure. But it was a dire message for mankind. It went something like this. Short and straight to the point. That was The Union's stark response to the simple question, "What shall be done to the Human Race to save Free Planet from ultimate rot and ruin?" I was aghast, and I'm sure The Union understood that I had no power to 'kill them all' as they had prescribed. But what did they mean by 'kill them all', who is the *THEM* in this context? The People of this planet? The Peop... more »

Summer Oddity Media Binge

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Giant Chicken Church built by one man in* *Indonesian Jungle - **Metaphor for a Truth Blog?* Some days *blogging is like jogging through quicksand*. *Google* can be soooooo slow and so can *Explorer*...depending on what subjects you're researching. As a blogger, I identified with the man in the Indonesian Jungle who built a "Chicken Church"--because a higher voice told him to. At times, I feel I'm also answering a higher voice--to spend a lot of time and energy on building something (this blog) that's a lot like erecting a chicken church in a jungle. A truth blog is also an isolat... more »

Study: Chemo Doesn’t Help End-Stage Cancer Patients

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
A new study finds that half of cancer patients received chemotherapy in their final months of life, even though the therapy — which can cause nausea, vomiting and other grueling side effects — had no chance of curing them. Doctors often prescribe chemo... The post Study: Chemo Doesn’t Help End-Stage Cancer Patients appeared first on The Stream.

The Moral Crisis of Cronyism and Corporate Welfare: An Interview with Peter Schweizer

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Peter Schweizer is the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a best-selling author. He is a partner in the Washington firm Oval Office Writers which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political... The post The Moral Crisis of Cronyism and Corporate Welfare: An Interview with Peter Schweizer appeared first on The Stream.

Scientist Warns the World to ‘Think Twice Before Replying to Aliens’

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Professor Matthew Bailes is based at Swinburne University in Melbourne — and is leading Australia’s efforts to find signs of extra-terrestrial life. But he warned that making contact with aliens capable of transmitting powerful signals to Earth over tens of thousands... The post Scientist Warns the World to ‘Think Twice Before Replying to Aliens’ appeared first on The Stream.

When, Not If: Big Earthquake to Eventually Hit Pacific Northwest

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are... The post When, Not If: Big Earthquake to Eventually Hit Pacific Northwest appeared first on The Stream.

Truth

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 23rd July)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 7 hours ago
Osborne ousts regulator boss who imposed record fines on the banks Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne ousted the U.K. finance industry’s top watchdog a month after saying the era of “ever-larger” fines for bank misconduct was over. Under Martin Wheatley, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a record 1.47 billion pounds in fines last year. In a speech last month, Osborne said

U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry Goes To Congress To Defend The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNN*: *Kerry to senators: No 'fantasy' alternative to Iran deal* Washington (CNN)A largely skeptical panel of senators grilled Secretary of State John Kerry over the Iran nuclear deal Thursday, as both sides tried out new lines of attack sure to be repeated throughout the agreement's 60-day congressional review period. Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that there is no "unicorn" or "fantasy" alternative if the U.S. rejects the deal, which the administration maintains will keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon but which many Republicans see as providing Iran a pa... more »

'Democracy' in the New Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky funded far-right MP (member of parliament) is buying votes from desperate and impoverished citizens by giving them bits of free food. This is the "freedom and democracy" that was celebrated by those 'jumping' at the maidan in Kiev. That coup d'etat was funded and directed by the CIA, USAID, US National Endowment for Democracy, and *$$$ *from the George Soros outfit called the Open Society Foundations. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland helped direct the whole 'revolution' (operation) that in fact only ... more »

Ariz Rep Gosar calls cops on Apache grandmothers

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News WASHINGTON -- Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar called the cops and had Apache Stronghold grandmothers escorted out of the building by Capitol Police. There's nothing like a trembling white man to make Geronimo proud. Read article: Rep. Gosar threatens Apache with arrest Save Oak Flat from copper mining: http://www.apache-stronghold.com/ .

Brit Hume’s Epic Takedown Of the Abortion Industry Gets Attention

Alan Eason at The Stream - 8 hours ago
On Tuesday, the day the second CMP (Center for Medical Progress) investigative video dealing with the Planned Parenthood “baby parts” business was released, a number of respected journalists broke the “objectivity” code and went on record with straight-from-the-heart, powerful monologues against the entire abortion... The post Brit Hume’s Epic Takedown Of the Abortion Industry Gets Attention appeared first on The Stream.

Study: Obama Policies Will Allow 87 Percent of Illegals to Stay in America

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
New immigration policies put in place by President Obama will not only allow a staggering amount of illegal immigrants to stay in America, but the programs will also afford them “a degree of protection” from deportation. The immigration enforcement policies... The post Study: Obama Policies Will Allow 87 Percent of Illegals to Stay in America appeared first on The Stream.

Atheists Force Removal of Christian Flag by Threatening Legal Action; Christians Rally

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Over 500 Christians rallied in support of religious freedom in Alabama on Saturday after a Christian flag that once flew over a local police department was forcibly removed amid threats of legal action from the nation’s largest atheist organization. The... The post Atheists Force Removal of Christian Flag by Threatening Legal Action; Christians Rally appeared first on The Stream.

Israel, Hamas Strange Bedfellows When it Comes to Reining in ISIS in Gaza

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Bitter enemies Israel and Hamas finally agree on something: If the growing presence of ISIS within Gaza is not contained, the terrorist group could touch off a repeat of the 50-day war that devastated the Palestinian territory last summer. The... The post Israel, Hamas Strange Bedfellows When it Comes to Reining in ISIS in Gaza appeared first on The Stream.

What Is The Side Deal Between Iran And The IAEA On Iran's Nuclear Program?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Hill*: *White House acknowledges ‘side’ deals between Iran, IAEA* National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the existence of side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Rice said the deals involve Iran accounting for past military uses of its nuclear program, but rejected GOP assertions that this represented “secret” side deals to the Iranian nuclear agreement. Rice said the documents between Iran and the IAEA are not public, but that the administration has been informed of their contents and will share details with members o... more »

Is Turkey Invading Syria, presently? Incirluk deal. More Turkish Police dead

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*Wow, are some wild claims going around or what!?* I've seen headlines in the 'alternative' media that leave me scratchin' my head? Where did this all come from? And so suddenly? As near as I can tell- based on multiple reports- Some NATO irregulars*-**brand ISIS-* undertook a provocative action against Turkish soldiers: *Note the very interesting reporting from Turkish Kurdistan: Ekurd.net* * Turkey’s military and Islamic State fighters have exchanged fire over the Syrian-Turkish border, killing one soldier*, Turkish media report. *The governor of Kilis province in Turkish Kurdista... more »

Supplemental: Page and Fineman get it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015About the way they’re getting it wrong:* Last night, in Hardball’s opening segment, Howard Fineman addressed his fellow pundits with a hint of disgust in his voice. What had Howard so annoyed? After a joke about Candidate Trump, he discussed the way the major news orgs were discussing no one but Candidate Trump. Howard almost seemed disgusted by the focus on Trump. He offered a pair of examples from Tuesday, the day before: FINEMAN (7/22/15): Chris, he is the sort of weird orange-haired Maypole— (LAUGHTER) FINEMAN: —around which everybody is dancing at t... more »

Remembering Charlie

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Sadly, our feline comrade left us today. What can I say about Charlie? In the 15 years he shared our lives he terrorised our ankles, wrecked a few sofa covers, and smothered us in a welter of ceaseless purring. Our Charlie, sometimes affectionately known as 'monkey' and 'shitbird' among other epithets not suitable for a family-friendly blog, was always a lively presence. In fact, he's one reason I began blogging. Many moons ago he too toyed with the idea of writing a blog - Charlie was to concentrate on the frivolous, nonsensical stuff while Gerald, his tail (don't ask), was going t... more »

Why Is The Pentagon Busy Training China's Military?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Sailors from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) run after unhooking a U.S. Navy UH60 Seahawk as it prepares to take off from the PLA ship Peace Ark during the multi-national military exercise RIMPAC in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry *William Johnson, Reuters*: *How the U.S. is training China’s military – while inching toward conflict* Despite tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea, the two nations’ militaries train together at a very high level. Current “mil-mil” engagements are robust, with China participating in the world’... more »

Chinese Soldiers Storm Replica of Taiwan Presidential Office

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Is Beijing doubling down on its longstanding threat to reclaim Taiwan by force? That’s a concern for some Taiwanese after China’s state broadcaster showcased a recent military drill that featured soldiers storming an apparent replica of the island’s presidential palace.... The post Chinese Soldiers Storm Replica of Taiwan Presidential Office appeared first on The Stream.

Chinese - Japanese Tensions Continue Over Boundary Disputes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters:* *China just gave Japan an ominous warning* Japan's release of pictures of Chinese construction activity in the East China Sea will only provoke confrontation between the two countries and do nothing for efforts to promote dialogue, China's foreign ministry said. In a defense review this week, Japan urged Beijing to stop building oil- and gas-exploration platforms close to disputed waters in the East China Sea and expressed concern that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japan's waters. *More News On Chinese - Japanese Tensions Continuing Over Their Bou... more »

Are We Getting Closer to Discovering a Distant Earth?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Could new discoveries of possibly habitable planets made by the Kepler space observatory help find proof of alien life on a distant Earth like planet? The post Are We Getting Closer to Discovering a Distant Earth? appeared first on Waking Times.

BBC Caught Lying About Syria Chemical Weapons Attack to Bolster Casefor War & Reigime Change (2013)

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
BBC Caught Lying About Syria Chemical Weapons Attack to Bolster Case for War & Reigime Change (2013) from Spike EP on Vimeo. *Media Manipulation and “Discrepancies”: BBC Admits Switching Pictures and Video Footage* *Response from Complaints Director, BBC Editorial Complaints Unit :* Dear Mr Stuart Thank you for your email. I hope I can clarify the points I was attempting to make. In your initial email to BBC Complaints you said: Please can you explain precisely why this change was made, why it was unacknowledged, what the source or sources of the substituted images were, w... more »

Water advice from a water warrior

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
*Water can flow or it can crash * Water runs from my eyes for those that have never swam the drunken seas with fists of furry Great Lakes are great if you like waste ponds with great capacity until they reach saturation and catch fiery Venturi effects consuming all the oxygen Water Water used to be everywhere with no thought given to getting a drink now our most brilliant minds are laser focused on charging for something so essential its more Mizi than gohan Corporations as people legally live but never drink and drive or do anything to stay alive so that puts the water dependent pe... more »

House Passes Bill to Crack Down on ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation aimed at punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill is a response to the shooting death in San Francisco of Kathryn Steinle,... The post House Passes Bill to Crack Down on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ appeared first on The Stream.

It’s Time for Blacks to Vote on Principles, Not Partisanship

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Since the 1960s, when Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a wide majority of black Americans have been passionate supporters of the Democratic Party. Today that support is something like blind loyalty, and with the... The post It’s Time for Blacks to Vote on Principles, Not Partisanship appeared first on The Stream.

Video: During A Military Drill Chinese Soldiers Storm Replica of Taiwan Presidential Office

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*WSJ*: *Palace Intrigue: Chinese Soldiers Storm Replica of Taiwan Presidential Office* Is Beijing doubling down on its longstanding threat to reclaim Taiwan by force? That’s a concern for some Taiwanese after China’s state broadcaster showcased a recent military drill that featured soldiers storming an apparent replica of the island’s presidential palace. Officials in Taipei have denounced the drill as harmful to the rapprochement of recent years between Taiwan and China, after decades of hostility following a civil war in the middle of the last century. Political and military e... more »

FBI Director: Islamic State Is A Bigger Threat Than al-Qaida

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*FOX News:* *Islamic State bigger threat than Al Qaeda, FBI chief says* The Islamic State terror group’s effort to inspire troubled Americans to extremism is a greater threat to the U.S. than an external attack from Al Qaeda, the FBI director said Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the group, commonly known as ISIS, has influenced a significant number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can’t travel to the Middle East to “kill where you are.” Twitter handles affiliated with the group have m... more »

Obama's Donors Flocking To Sanders, Romney's Going To Rubio

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* This is an interesting find. The underlying article is from *U.S. News*, as is the graphic above, and underlying that is analysis by Crowdpac, a "San Francisco-based political data-mining firm which analyzed the July presidential campaign finance reports." There's a nice interactive graphic on their site if you're inclined to play with the data. First, from the article; then a few notes (h/t dKos diarist LieparDestin; my emphasis): *Obama's Donors Flocking To Sanders, Romney's Going To Rubio* Bernie Sanders is drawing more of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign donors... more »

World News Briefs -- July 23, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Turkey sends fighter jets to Syrian border after soldier killed in clashes* Cross-border clashes appear to signal the first armed confrontation between Turkey’s forces and the terror group Islamic State Turkey has scrambled fighter jets to the Syrian border after one soldier was killed and two wounded in cross-border clashes which appeared to signal the first armed confrontation between the country’s forces and the terror group Islamic State. *MIDDLE EAST* Iraq launches offensive *to retake Anbar from ISIL*. UN envoy voices deep concern* over Syria barrel bombin... more »

Trump at U.S.-Mexico Border: Hispanics are ‘Going to Love Trump’

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 10 hours ago
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a whirlwind visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him — “they already do” — because as president he’d grab jobs back from overseas and... The post Trump at U.S.-Mexico Border: Hispanics are ‘Going to Love Trump’ appeared first on The Stream.

The Man Behind the Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest. For 30 months, as part of their “Human Capital”... The post The Man Behind the Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos appeared first on The Stream.

Ted Cruz Questions ICE Official: ‘There Is a Reason the American People Are Upset’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Sen. Ted Cruz questioned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about illegal immigration on Tuesday. Family members of victims of crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally testified at the hearing,... The post Ted Cruz Questions ICE Official: ‘There Is a Reason the American People Are Upset’ appeared first on The Stream.

MIlitary And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 23, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Heavily armed vigilantes patrol military centers to 'stop another Chattanooga': Citizen groups are now guarding at least five across the U.S. as top general admits the bases should be armed* * Volunteers - many of them veterans - have taken to guarding military recruitment facilities all over the country, which are gun-free * The protests are in response to the killing of five servicemen at a center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16 * Since the shootings Marines have been told to not wear uniforms at recruiting centers * Gen. Mark Milley said Tuesday that soldiers... more »

The Final Transition and Defeat of the Archons

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - The Universe attests to the eventual downfall of any and all controlling mechanisms. The post The Final Transition and Defeat of the Archons appeared first on Waking Times.

‘The Conservative Heart': A Q&A with Arthur Brooks

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
AEI President Arthur Brooks has a new book out, The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier and More Prosperous America. In it, Brooks offers a fresh vision for conservatism as a movement for social and economic justice — one... The post ‘The Conservative Heart': A Q&A with Arthur Brooks appeared first on The Stream.

New Islamic State Video 'Champions' Child Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Vocativ:* *ISIS Boy In New Video: "Give Me My Weapon"* For the first time, children speak at length directly into the camera ISIS’s official media wing in Iraq’s Dijla province released a new video Wednesday that boasts the terror group’s boy fighters and ups the ante of a bellicose propaganda campaign championing child soldiers. The video, called “The Cubs of Dijla” in a reference to the young boys being indoctrinated and groomed to fight, shows children as the clip’s primary speakers. They deliver monologues and recite verses of the Quran, marking the first time the Islamic Sta... more »

Middle East Countries Rush To Build Border Fences

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Bloomberg*: *Fences Rise Across Middle East as Jihadi Threat Rattles Leaders* As they confront the rising threat of modern jihadist violence, many of the nations most at risk are retreating behind one of the oldest forms of defense. Tunisia became the latest to invest in a border barrier after dozens of foreign tourists were killed in two attacks by Islamist militants trained in neighboring Libya and armed by smugglers. The fence and watch towers ordered by Prime Minister Habib Essid will for now stretch 100 miles inland from the coast along the most... more »

NIXON WAS A FRIGHTENED FELON ~ VICTIM OF HIS OWN PARANOIA AND A PRELUDE TO OUR OWN.

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
*Nixon in the cross-hairs in 1974* *(Click on photo to enlarge)* *Look at his eyes and you see the frightened look of a paranoid and insecure man who knows that his own tapes and fear based decisions have revealed in no uncertain terms that the game is up ~ his presidency is over. Tim Weiner’s remarkable new book**, **One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon was recently reviewed by Tom Engelhardt who correctly points out ~ Put it all together and you have something like a White House-centered, first-draft version of the way the national se... more »

Reversing The Edward Bernays Effect

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - How to end a century of lies and mass mind manipulation ushered in by one man... The post Reversing The Edward Bernays Effect appeared first on Waking Times.

Meet the Jew Who Built 5,300 Schools for Black Children in the 1900s Deep South

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, North Carolina, where he attended a school called Rosenwald. But... The post Meet the Jew Who Built 5,300 Schools for Black Children in the 1900s Deep South appeared first on The Stream.

Democrats Drop Jefferson, Jackson from Dinner Name

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are history in Connecticut. Under pressure from the NAACP, the state Democratic Party will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery. Party leaders voted unanimously Wednesday night... The post Democrats Drop Jefferson, Jackson from Dinner Name appeared first on The Stream.

U.S.-Trained Iraqi Troops Join the Fight Against ISIS

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
BAGHDAD (AP) — For the first time, Iraqi troops trained by the U.S.-led coalition have been added to the assault force Iraq is using to retake the city of Ramadi, a U.S. military official said Thursday. The news that about... The post U.S.-Trained Iraqi Troops Join the Fight Against ISIS appeared first on The Stream.

New Citizens Can Now Skip Oath to Defend the U.S.

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to declare that they will bear arms on behalf of the United States, as stipulated in the Oath of Allegiance. USCIS said new citizens... The post New Citizens Can Now Skip Oath to Defend the U.S. appeared first on The Stream.

Islamic State Now Threatening To Use Drones To Attack Public Events

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
This screenshot from a video released by ISIS shows the view of a town near the Turkish border after Islamic State militants attacked. FOX News *Express*:* Islamic State threat: Isis plotting to use drones to bomb crowds at major British events* ISLAMIC STATE (Isis) are plotting to use toy drones to bomb major events like football matches and music festivals in Britain, it emerged today. Terrorists want to use the unmanned machines - available for as little as £100 on the high street - to drop explosives on large crowds at popular sporting and cultural gatherings. Defence chiefs f... more »

The Swiftboating of Bernie Sanders

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
The criticism of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders comes in three distinct flavors, depending largely upon the source. 1. *Criticism from the center*. These are mostly cheap swiftboating attacks and straw man arguments coming from the mainstream media and Democratic Party insiders. The attacks are usually passive-aggressive, as in the *New York Times *ignoring him for long stretches and then coming up with the occasional dismissive "he can't possibly win, because we say so" tripe. They often reek of cheerful condescension. See this and this. Centrist critics are overly fond of ... more »

Data “mismatch” and author’s illness pluck bird sex-ratio study from literature

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Inaccessible data and an author’s illness are to blame for the retraction of a paper on sex ratios of baby finches, according to the authors. The paper, “Experimental evidence that maternal corticosterone controls adaptive offspring sex ratios,” published in Functional Ecology, outlined how a hormone in mother finches can “skew” the number of males vs females that […] The post Data “mismatch” and author’s illness pluck bird sex-ratio study from literature appeared first on Retraction Watch.

OUR SELECTIVE REPRESENTATIONS, OURSELVES: Reminiscent of the plague in Oran!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015Part 4—Concerning the size of the problem:* Here on our sprawling campus, Professor Cooper’s most recent post has had our youthful analysts thinking of Dr. Rieux. We’ve cuffed them aside and told them to stop. They can’t seem to shake their visions of Rieux, who was “caught off his guard” by the sheer size of an existential problem. Dr. Rieux is the main character in Camus’ famous novel, The Plague. Through her latest effort, Professor Cooper has the analysts thinking of the memorable passage where it suddenly occurs to Dr. Rieux that a series of fatal il... more »

Fight For Iraq’s Anbar Continues As Islamic State Launches Massive Car Bomb Campaign

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
The major security news in Iraq during the third week of July 2015 was the continued effort to retake the towns surrounding Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar. All the media coverage on that province meant that the rest of the country was neglected. That resulted in very few attacks being reported in the press, but there were actually just as many casualties during the third week as the week before. That was largely due to a huge wave of car bombs being launched the Islamic State, which started at the beginning of the month. While the government’s forces have made some progress in Anbar ... more »

"Human Nature: 5 Frightening Psychological Experiments"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Human Nature: 5 Frightening Psychological Experiments"* by Rebecca Sato "Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very, very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the 'noblest work of God.'" - Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth" "It’s a given that Earth cannot survive indefinitely, if for no other reason than that the sun will eventually expand and roast the planet. Of course, many scientists believe that by the... more »

America's Allies In The Middle East Want To Know 'What's Going On?'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*David J LynchDavid Lerman*: *Mideast Allies Ask 'What’s Going On?' as U.S. Sells Iran Accord* Any doubt that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has a tough job selling the Iran nuclear deal to Mideast allies was probably erased by an exasperated question from Jordan’s top military officer. “Sometimes it’s difficult for us to know what the U.S. strategy is,” General Mashal al-Zaben told Carter in remarks overheard by reporters during a photo opportunity Wednesday evening in Amman. “What’s going on?” Carter is traveling through the Middle East this week trying to demonstrate the... more »

The End of Capitalism Has Begun

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Paul Mason* - Capitalism is failing, so how do we visualize the transition ahead? The post The End of Capitalism Has Begun appeared first on Waking Times.

Black Lives Matter, Beginning in the Womb

Michael Brown at The Stream - 13 hours ago
“Black lives matter!” We have heard this chant in cities across America as protestors have drawn attention to acts of alleged police brutality against black Americans, including the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in the back. That chant... The post Black Lives Matter, Beginning in the Womb appeared first on The Stream.

Amazing Minion DIYs

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
My girls are obsessed with Minions. I have them coming out of my ears. My 1-year-old has a Minion shirt she loves so much that I find myself washing it at least three times a week so she can wear it as much as possible. Today I was pulling together awesome Minion projects for us to complete together and I wanted to share them with you too! DIY Minion Shirts DIY Minion Cereal Bowl Minion Marshmallows On Tablespoon Minion Paper Dolls by the Pink Door Mat Minion Cake Pops by Bakerella DIY Minion Puppets by I Heart Crafty Things. Minion Cupcakes by Eats Amazing Despicable Me Diy Ti... more »

Try the ‘Donald Trump Insult Generator’

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
Feeling left out that Trump hasn’t gotten around to insulting you or your friends? Here’s an app for that. Built on the real-live insults taken from the would-be President’s Twitter feed, @RealDonaldTrump, the generator below provides a Trump insult for... The post Try the ‘Donald Trump Insult Generator’ appeared first on The Stream.

5 Questions for ESPN’s Chris Broussard

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 13 hours ago
Chris Broussard is a name (and man) worth knowing. A talented columnist, a passionate reporter, and a gifted public speaker, Mr. Broussard has for the last decade covered the National Basketball Association for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network — ESPN, to you.... The post 5 Questions for ESPN’s Chris Broussard appeared first on The Stream .

Threatening Note Left on U.S. Service Member’s Windshield

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
The letter, written in all lower case, states: “dear american soldier, death to you coward women child killer and all the american military mohammad will show no mercy on you attacks will come full force death is to come to... The post Threatening Note Left on U.S. Service Member’s Windshield appeared first on The Stream.

Does Taylor Swift Have Bad Blood With China?

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 13 hours ago
China’s regime knew Taylor Swift was trouble when she walked in — and the singer might not be able to shake it off. Swift recently announced a line of China-exclusive merchandise promoting her “1989 World Tour,” which will include two November concerts in Shanghai. The... The post Does Taylor Swift Have Bad Blood With China? appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Was the Global Warming Pause Really Just a Myth?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 14 hours ago
Is the world still getting warmer? If so, how fast? Has there been a global warming ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ or not? Or has the recent warming rate been as fast, or even faster, than that measured in the 1990s? These are... The post ANALYSIS: Was the Global Warming Pause *Really* Just a Myth? appeared first on The Stream.

MLK’s Niece Says Her Uncle Would Be ‘Disturbed’ by Planned Parenthood Videos

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., told The Daily Signal that her uncle would have been “very disturbed” by the recent videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting of fetal body parts. “My uncle, Dr. Martin... The post MLK’s Niece Says Her Uncle Would Be ‘Disturbed’ by Planned Parenthood Videos appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Authoritarians Like Twitter, Too

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 14 hours ago
In May 2014, CNN aired footage of a Ukrainian helicopter being shot by pro-Russian militants. Taken with a cell phone camera and posted on social media, the video showed compelling evidence of the scale and technological sophistication of the Ukrainian... The post ANALYSIS: Authoritarians Like Twitter, Too appeared first on The Stream.

The New York Times Helps Planned Parenthood By Muddling Facts

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
The New York Times has recently put its full editorial weight behind Planned Parenthood, releasing an editorial decrying the “campaign of deception” launched by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and other actors in the anti-abortion movement. But in pushing... The post *The New York Times* Helps Planned Parenthood By Muddling Facts appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis’ Mixed Signals on Sexual Morality

John Zmirak at The Stream - 14 hours ago
July 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — If “actions speak louder than words,” as the saying goes, the message of Pope Francis on homosexuality is increasingly confusing. On the one hand, he has reiterated the Church’s teaching that marriage is reserved for... The post ANALYSIS: Pope Francis’ Mixed Signals on Sexual Morality appeared first on The Stream.

MSG – The Industry Secret That Causes Food Addiction

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - This is one of the most important reasons to never consume MSG. The post MSG – The Industry Secret That Causes Food Addiction appeared first on Waking Times.

Blue America Endorses Eric Kingson For Congress-- Co-Founder Of Social Security Works

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
A couple of months ago Blue America urged Eric Kingson, a nationally known Social Security expert and advocate and a professor of Social Work at Syracuse University, to run for the upstate NY congressional district centered around Syracuse, NY-24. This week he decided to run and we added him to our short list of progressive challengers who we feel would make a significant contribution to the country by a stint in Congress. The district, which includes Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne and part of Oswego counties, has a PVI of D+5, one of the bluest seats in the country held by a Republican,... more »

US Defense Sec. Carter Makes A Surprise Visit To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *Carter Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq * U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Iraq, which is fighting Islamic State militants with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes and training. Carter landed early Thursday in Baghdad, where he will meet with top Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi. Carter will also meet with Sunni leaders that the U.S. is trying to recruit in the battle against the Islamic State group, which controls parts of northern and western Iraq. Iraq is expected to so... more »

Cell biologist Hanna issues two errata; images mysteriously disappear from Imgur

Andrea Gawrylewski at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Cell biologist Jacob Hanna, the highly cited stem cell researcher currently at the Weizmann Institute of Science, has posted a long erratum for a 2005 paper in Blood for “inadvertent mistakes,” among other issues; soon after, Hanna’s team issued another erratum for a 2009 Cell Stem Cell paper. There’s more to tell: Last month, commenters […] The post Cell biologist Hanna issues two errata; images mysteriously disappear from Imgur appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Furor Grows over Feds Issuing Warrant-Less Subpoenas

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
A legal conflict is intensifying between federal officials and civil liberties advocates defending Americans’ medical privacy rights in a case that points to the increasingly frequent use by bureaucrats of judge-less, warrant-less subpoenas. As things stand now, the Drug Enforcement... The post Furor Grows over Feds Issuing Warrant-Less Subpoenas appeared first on The Stream.

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Secondary school crisis looms as pupil numbers soar by 20% in the next decade fuelled by immigration and baby boom* England's secondary schools risked being overwhelmed according to government predications that the number of pupils will soar by 20 per cent in a decade. The Department for Education expects there to be half a million more pupils by 2024 compared today, push the figure to almost 3.3million. Unions said schools are already 'stretched to their limits' and will struggle to cope with more children as triggered by a rising population and immigration. The number of chil... more »

IN RESPONSE TO: HOW CAN WE HELP STRUGGLING SCHOOLS?

David Greene at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Gary, If we look back at the history of urban public schools we see very clearly that when schools were in socioeconomically integrated neighborhoods, you didn't have failing schools, you had failing kids within those schools. The higher the general income levels of those schools, the lower the failure rates. Thus we saw great gains in lowering the "achievement gap" in the 60s and 70s. When those socioeconomically integrated (even though they may not have been ethniclly integrated) neighborhoods suffered from middle class and/or white flight we created huge pockets of poverty where a... more »

‘Kill the Poor’ — The Left’s Secret Love Affair with Eugenics

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having decided for some inexplicable reason to do a long interview with a fashion magazine (maybe it is her celebrated collection of lace collars), reaffirmed the most important things we know about her: her partisanship, her elevation... The post ‘Kill the Poor’ — The Left’s Secret Love Affair with Eugenics appeared first on The Stream.

Military Asks Militiamen Standing Guard over Recruiting Centers to Leave

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Militiamen from all over the United States have flocked to recruitment centers, in order to stand guard and protect personnel from potential threats. But the military is telling these volunteers to leave. Following the shooting in Chattanooga last week which left... The post Military Asks Militiamen Standing Guard over Recruiting Centers to Leave appeared first on The Stream.

Bombs Kill 29 as Nigerian Leader Says U.S. Hampering Fight against Boko Haram

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Bomb blasts at two bustling bus stations killed 29 people and wounded 105, officials said Thursday after Nigeria’s new president warned that the U.S. refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is “aiding and abetting” Boko... The post Bombs Kill 29 as Nigerian Leader Says U.S. Hampering Fight against Boko Haram appeared first on The Stream.

Pentagon Chief Visits Iraq as Plans Are Readied to Retake Ramadi

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Ashton Carter made his first visit to Iraq as U.S. defense secretary Thursday to review the military offensive against Islamic State extremists, including a plan to retake the town of Ramadi. After arriving in Baghdad, the Pentagon chief was scheduled... The post Pentagon Chief Visits Iraq as Plans Are Readied to Retake Ramadi appeared first on The Stream.

Federal Charges Including Hate Crimes, Obstructing Practice of Religion for Accused Shooter

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion. The prosecution,... The post Federal Charges Including Hate Crimes, Obstructing Practice of Religion for Accused Shooter appeared first on The Stream.

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Where has that pesky heat gone?* *Warmists are convinced that there is some unmeasured heat hiding somewhere but can't decide where. First it was in the Atlantic then in the Pacific. But Whoops! the Pacific actually seem to be cooling. Never mind. Voila! It's now in the Indian ocean. Story below mostly just modelling so mainly for laughs* The extra heat that has entered the Pacific Ocean during the period of slow surface warming since 1998 has been transferred to the Indian Ocean, reports a study published online in Nature Geoscience. The findings reconcile reports of an enh... more »

"Jon Stewart Skewers GOP Over Iran Nuclear Deal Complaints"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Jon Stewart Skewers GOP Over Iran Nuclear Deal Complaints"* by Dominique Mosbergen "Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been hogging the media spotlight of late, and “The Daily Show” has happily and unabashedly partaken in the Trump-extravaganza. But on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart said he wanted to try to give the Trump talk a break for one day. “We’ve been talking a lot about a certain Republican presidential candidate whose campaign has captured America’s inability to turn away from spectacular manmade disasters,“ Stewart said. “But much like incessant masturbation, eventua...more »

Kurdish PKK Claim Responsibility for Murder of 2 Turkish Police Officers

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Exactly as implied in yesterday's post:* Attack in Suruc,Turkey - KurdIShIS: Destabilizing Turkey The police officers were killed by the NATO/Israeli backed Kurdish militias * * *Two Turkish police killed close to Syria border* *Close to the Syrian border- Hmm...- what group of people are just across the border stealing the land of a nation, stealing the property and ethnically cleansing the people of Syria- Of course, the Kurds.* What ever their irrelevant excuse making for undertaking the hit on the two police officers,* the PKK are owning the killings. As their brothers in ar... more »

Planned Parenthood Worries Future Video Will Show it Dissecting Aborted Babies for Organs

John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Planned Parenthood has submitted a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee refusing to produce its scandalized Chief Medical Director, Deborah Nucatola, at a briefing to answer questions regarding potential illegalities she admitted to in a conversation caught on video by... The post Planned Parenthood Worries Future Video Will Show it Dissecting Aborted Babies for Organs appeared first on The Stream.

Uber Growth Unhampered in Surprise Deal with NYC

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Uber cars can continue to be a growing presence on the streets of New York City now that an agreement has been reached between the ride-hailing company and the city. Just before a City Council vote... The post Uber Growth Unhampered in Surprise Deal with NYC appeared first on The Stream.

Obama Administration to Defend Iran Nuclear Deal in Senate

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A trio of Obama administration officials will stand stalwart behind the Iran nuclear deal despite deep concern on Capitol Hill that Iran will try to evade nuclear inspectors and use billions from sanctions relief to further destabilize... The post Obama Administration to Defend Iran Nuclear Deal in Senate appeared first on The Stream.

Cuban Dissidents Feel Sidelined as U.S. Focuses on State Ties

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
HAVANA (AP) — In the seven months since the U.S. and Cuba declared detente, American politicians have flooded Havana to see the sights, meet the country’s new entrepreneurs and discuss the possible end of the U.S. trade embargo with leaders... The post Cuban Dissidents Feel Sidelined as U.S. Focuses on State Ties appeared first on The Stream.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*City Park construction destroys wetlands, violates Clean Water Act ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate* *Proposed ‘living wage’ ordinance draws support at New Orleans City Hall hearing ~Jaquetta White, N.O. Advocate * *Mississippi River expected to crest below flood stage ~WWL* *'Tiny House' craze hits New Orleans*

There's An Old Fashioned Word For That

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.markstrahl.com/ What passes for Conservatism these days is really Harperism. Those who know what Conservatism means are appalled by Pierre Poilievre's Travelling Payola Show. Certainly former Harper Party MP Brent Rathgeber is. He writes: There was a time when Conservatives would scoff at — or at least be embarrassed by — such huge expenditures, especially ones linked to the welfare state. But I truthfully can’t remember when that might have been. After seven consecutive deficit budgets, adding over $200 billion to the ... more »

Greece Clears Final Reform Hurdle before New Bailout Talks

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s radical left-led government saw off another revolt by rebels in the early hours of Thursday that should pave the way for the imminent start of bailout discussions with European creditors. The reforms to the judiciary... The post Greece Clears Final Reform Hurdle before New Bailout Talks appeared first on The Stream.

ECJ: utility discriminated against gypsies by making it harder for them to steal electricity

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
ČEZ is the dominant Czech power utility. More than 50% of the company is state-owned but the remaining stocks are enough to make ČEZ one of the two most intensely traded stocks at the Prague Stock Exchange. ČEZ owns various power plants and grids in the post-socialist Europe, too. And a complaint in the Bulgarian town of Dupnica/Dupnitsa has led to a rather incredible EU court verdict (see the full judgment here) that has shocked those Czechs who cared. Because my text would be almost identical to that of Dr George X [not Rachel] Doležal in the Reflex Magazine, I will translate h... more »

To Inspire - As Defined by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*To Inspire:* *For, what is it to inspire?* *To inspire is to lead another to an inner realm, an inner realm often avoided or better said, neglected.* *To go inward and upward as in the spire of a church building. Up and outward until one touches upon the place of before one's birth in this human existence that you call everyday living.* *Yes, everyday, yet more. It's in one's duties in the everyday that one meets one's greatest joy. The bird that lands nearby, the stranger with a smile, the chance happenings that in reality are not by chance at all.* *All are to lead you tow... more »

Nuland's Noble (Purposive) Mess (Where's the Oz Whiz Hiding Now?)  Wealthy Germans Forced Pensions of Poor Greeks Down to $94 Monthly As Scheming Americans Murder Ukrainians and DSK Back in Game

I hate to admit it but I just saw "The Fifth Estate," the "WikiLeaks" movie (on "Showtime" this week), for the first time (twice). See it if you haven't already. I recommend it highly. Benedict Cumberbatch plays quite an Assange. His portrayal had me jumping up and down in my seat (bed) repeatedly. Daniel Domscheit-Berg seems to have been just about the perfect second man in any creative (and

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch, No Injuries Reported

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: USS The Sullivans (DDG-68)]A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the U.S. Atlantic coast on Saturday, Navy officials have confirmed to USNI News. “On July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. (EDT) a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) test missile exploded after suffering a malfunction as it was fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) during a planned missile exercise off the coast of Virginia,” read a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command provided to USNI News. There were no reported inju... more »

India unhappy with US arms sales to Pakistan: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter]India on Thursday expressed concerns to the United States over the sale of missiles and attack helicopters to Pakistan while asking them to consider the impact on India’s security before firming up such supplies, The Economic Times reported. “Government has sensitised the US of our concerns on US military sales to Pakistan. Government has consistently conveyed to the US that it must take into account India, US relations and the impact on India’s security in deciding its military assistance to Pakistan,” Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma ... more »

Lockheed Martin Completes Sixth Open Mission Systems Flight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: U2 Dragon Lady]Lockheed Martin successfully integrated and flight tested seven Open Mission Systems (OMS) payloads in a span of less than three months into a U-2 Dragon Lady, marking the corporation’s sixth demonstration flight in support of the U.S. Air Force’s OMS vision. “This demonstration focused on communications relay capabilities and dynamic weapon retargeting within an OMS integration methodology,” said John Clark, director of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (the Skunk Works®). “This demonstration showed our ability to integrate mission capability ... more »

Free Download: Blaise Pascal,“Pensées"; or, "Thoughts On Religion”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"The eternal silence of infinite spaces frightens me. Why now rather than then? Who has put me here? By whose order and direction have this place and time been ascribed to me? We travel in a vast sphere, always drifting in the uncertain, pulled from one side to another. Whenever we find a fixed point to attach and to fasten ourselves, it shifts and leaves us; and if we follow it, it eludes our grasp, slips past us, and vanishes for ever. Nothing stays for us. This is our natural condition, most contrary to our inclination; we burn with desires to find solid ground and an ultimate ... more »

Jerusalem’s Light Rail. “I did it my way”

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
I hesitate to post more verbiage about the previous item, but I’m going to mention something else. Having read Adam Wishart’s responses to his critics on Twitter, in particular his insistence that the film, including the editing, was “his take” on the subject, I was surprised to see this item, which was published on March 16 on NPR. It’s called “A Rail Line That Crosses Jerusalem’s Divide, But Can’t Unite It.” I hadn’t noticed it before (we can all be a bit slapdash sometimes) but I came across it on Google while looking (again) to see if any other blogger or indeed any bona fid... more »

Economic News , Data And Views ( July 23 , 2015 ) - Greece Updates ( Greece Parliament Finishes Lightning Round Of Passing Required Legislation - Now Negotiations On Third Bailout Can Begin in Earnest / debt relief push back beginning / Greece offered carrots and sticks for more reforms / political developments - domestic politics in focus , economic data ) ...... Spain In Focus ( Economic and Demographic data of note , political updates of note ) ...... Portugal In Focus ( General Election set for October , political insights )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Big Tweet of the day....... *Yves Smith* ‏@yvessmith 7h 7 hours ago Mario Draghi: The ECB Has No Mandate To Ensure Checks Clear Or Credit Cards Work: By Nathan Tankus, a writer f... http://bit.ly/1GGZgkO Evening Wrap.... *Pieter Cleppe* ‏@pietercleppe 6m 6 minutes ago Pieter Cleppe retweeted Live Squawk Germany is happy to take losses on its lending to Greece, if there is # Grexit. The IMF refuses losses no matter what Pieter Cleppe added, *Live Squawk* @livesquawk IMF Chief Lagarde’s Push for Greece Debt Relief Sets Up Showdown With German C’llr Merkel -- BBG ... more »

Afghanistan Is Losing The War Against The Taliban

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Members of the Afghan Army Honor Guard after a funeral for their fallen comrades at the military hospital headquarters in Kabul in February 2014. A raid by the Taliban killed 21 soldiers in their bunks. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times *New York Times:* *Afghan Security Forces Struggle Just to Maintain Stalemate* KABUL, Afghanistan — After suffering setbacks and heavy casualties at the hands of the Taliban in 2014, Afghan security forces came into this year with what Afghan and Western officials acknowledge were relatively modest goals: hang on till the end of the figh... more »

Americans Overwhelmingly Do Not Like President Obama's Nuclear Deal With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
CBS News *Washington Post:** Other than Trump, Republicans, how was your poll?* The Post-ABC News pollsters caution that while Donald Trump leads the latest poll with 24 percent: “Support for Trump fell sharply on the one night that voters were surveyed following those comments. Telephone interviewing for the poll began Thursday, and most calls were completed before the news about the remarks was widely reported. Although the sample size for the final day was small, the decline was statistically significant.” Until we know if the Trump collapse has arrived, it is too early to desp... more »

Boeing Plans to Keep Super Hornet Line Open After Positive Signs From Congress, International Customers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F/A-18 Super Hornet]Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, the company told USNI News. The company builds both its F/A-18F Super Hornets and F-18G Growlers on the same production line, and the last planes the company had sold were 15 Growlers in Fiscal Year 2015 – enough work to keep the line open through the end of 2017, after the Navy and Boeing agreed to a production slowdown to allow more time for a decision on the future of the production line. In March, Dan Gill... more »

Germany, France, UK may bid for frigate contract for Australia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Newcastle]A fierce international competition to build a $20 billion frigate fleet is expected after the Abbott government dumped a tainted "low risk" option ahead of the release of next month's defence white paper. The plan, which was detailed by former Defence Minister David Johnston in May, last year would have utilised the hull of the troubled, 6500-tonne air warfare destroyer which is currently being built in Adelaide as the basis for the new fleet. The destroyer hull would simply have been fitted with lower capacity radar, armaments and combat ... more »

North Sea protected by ‘fishing boats and Twitter’

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RFS Kuznetsov and HMS Dragon]The Ministry of Defence is relying on fishing vessels and social media users to safeguard national security in the North Sea due to a lack of armed patrols in the area, according to the SNP. Angus Robertson, the SNP’s leader at Westminster, has called for a permanent maritime patrol base on the Clyde and a dedicated Scottish airbase amid “increasing foreign military operations close to UK territorial waters and airspace”. The UK has the only armed forces in northern Europe without maritime patrol aircraft, has not taken part in Nato northern mar... more »

Submarine workers locked and sealed inside nuclear tank in Plymouth's Devonport dock

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Astute class SSN]Two men have been accidentally sealed inside a submarine ballast tank in Plymouth, it has been reported. The BBC reports that the electricians were sealed inside by mistake and only saved when one of the men managed to get faint mobile phone signal. They had to climb the inside of the tank to reach a height where their phones received one bar of signal and they were able to message for help. Read more

7 Further Thoughts on Being A Better Job Market Candidate

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 20 hours ago
Amanda in her inimitable style has written some very persuasive guidance about the job market. Let me add a few thoughts about what else you can do to prepare. If you’ve already been socialized to want an academic job, then you better be ready for a rough slog. Unless you happen to be among the handful […]

MoD will be quizzed over submarines in sinking of French trawler Bugaled Breizh off Lizard Cornwall

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMS Turbulent (S87)]The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will be quizzed about the location of submarines near to a French trawler which sank 11 years ago. It is claimed by the families of the five crew that the fishing boat Bugaled Breizh was dragged under after its nets became entangled by a submerged submarine. All five on board were presumed dead after the boat from Loctudy sank south west of Lizard Point in January 2004. Read more

Egypt to receive German Submarines soon, a new French multipurpose frigate

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 209/1500 class SSK]Egypt is expected to receive two German submarines and a French global combat ship as part of comprehensive armament plans for the armed forces, the Commander of the Naval Forces Osama Rabie said on Wednesday. The announcement came during the graduation ceremony of the 66th class of the maritime college. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and other state officials attended the ceremony. Read more

Exclusive: DCNS Working on Electric Propulsion Variant of the BRAVE Replenishment Tanker

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: BRAVE replenishment tanker]Navy Recognition learned that DCNS and its partner STX France recently received a risk assessment contract from the French procurement agency (DGA) to study a fully electric variant of its BRAVE replenishment tanker design. Unveiled at Euronaval 2010, DCNS updated the design of the BRAVE support ship for Euronaval 2012. BRAVE served as the basis for the study contract won by DCNS and STX in 2012 as part of the future FLOTLOG program which aims at replacing the Durance class auxiliary/replenishment vessels in the French Navy. Read more

Military Photo of the Day: July 23, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the Maryland National Guard conduct airborne operations from 13,000 feet over Little Orleans, Md., on July 18, 2015. Thank you to Staff Sgt. Margaret Taylor for taking this wonderful photograph! The post Military Photo of the Day: July 23, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

After Wednesday's Classified Briefings U.S. Lawmakers Are Wondering if Sec. Of State Kerry Knows What Is In The Iran Side Agreements?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva January 14, 2015. Reuters/Rick Wilking *Washington Examiner:* *Lawmaker: Kerry doesn't know what's in the Iran side deal* After classified briefings Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry and other administration officials, lawmakers say they aren't satisfied with the explanation of side deals on Iran's nuclear program that weren't sent to Congress, and still want to see the original documents. Rep. Mike Pompeo said Kerry told lawmakers that he has not read t... more »

Making Sex Sacred: The First Pro-Life Message

Jennifer Hartline at The Stream - 23 hours ago
With the second video showing another Planned Parenthood abortionist haggling over prices for the baby body parts she procures, the shock and horror is growing, as the clinical, benevolent veneer is ripped off the abortion giant. Good. Still, are we... The post Making Sex Sacred: The First Pro-Life Message appeared first on The Stream.

Žižkov rocket finally launched to space

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Fun reading in the Guardian*: life and personality of John Conway, the world's most charismatic mathematician Russians and Americans are employing cosmodromes that are well-separated from the main centers of the civilization. The #3 country in space research, the Czech Republic (recall that Czechoslovakia was also the #3 country with a man in space, Mr Vladimír Remek, now the Czech ambassador in Moscow), decided that this setup was uneconomic. That's why our modern cosmodrome was built in Prague, in the neighborhood of Žižkov [zhish-koff]. *See Google Maps* This decision was ... more »

Why Selling Body Parts Should Shock No One

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 1 day ago
“… if we come to see ourselves as meat, then meat we shall become.” — Leon Kass, M.D., Toward a More Natural Science What is most shocking about an undercover video of a conversation between Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive,... The post Why Selling Body Parts Should Shock No One appeared first on The Stream.

Worst Summer Ice Arctic Conditions in 20 Years!! Summer Ice/Arctic

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
CCGS Amundsen re-routed to Hudson Bay to help with heavy ice Worst ice conditions in 20 years force change of plans to icebreaker research program The CCGS Pierre Radisson escorts the oil tanker Havelstern to Iqaluit July 17.* Tough ice conditions in area have delayed this summer's annual resupply, and have now derailed the CCGS Amundsen from its carefully planned summer research program. * *Tough Ice Conditions?* *The sun has been shining long and hard in the Arctic for the past couple of months- And still the ice persists? How is that possible? When we human have been warming the... more »

On Iran, listen to the euphony between crackpot right-wing raving in Israel and the crackpot raving of the American Likudniks

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Haaretz *illustrated the Yossi Verter piece referenced below with this remembrance of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu addressing Congress last March at the invitation of aspiring American Likudnik House Speaker "Sunny John" Boehner.* *"Sometimes it’s hard to know where Sheldon Adelson, the biggest Republican donor, ends and Netanyahu begins."* *-- Haaretz's Yossi Verter, in* "Netanyahu lost his Iran bet, but his next gamble may be disastrous" *by Ken* The braying jackasses of the American Right take on a somewhat different rhetorical character when their chorus is led by the ... more »

Los Angeles County Takes Step Toward $15 Minimum Wage

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 1 day ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is crafting a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years, with supporters arguing it will help lift the working poor into the middle class and... The post Los Angeles County Takes Step Toward $15 Minimum Wage appeared first on The Stream.

A Polish Nun to be Beatified

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
The beatification mass, at the John Paul II Sanctuary, will be celebrated by the Pope’s envoy, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Ludwika Szczęsna (she took the name Klara, in honour of St... The post A Polish Nun to be Beatified appeared first on The Stream.

Foreign Interests Found Funding Anti-Fracking Campaigns in America

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 1 day ago
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is active in left-leaning political campaigns and causes told me if he ever went public about all the corruption he’d witnessed, it would have a devastating effect on the Democratic Party. That made... The post Foreign Interests Found Funding Anti-Fracking Campaigns in America appeared first on The Stream.

Heather Tucci-Jarraf: "TURN ALL LIGHTS ON NOW!" and Sphere Alliance Reply (Message #25)

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*AK comments in red,* *Denise comments in blue. -AK* *On Jul 23, 2015, at 12:14 AM, Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf wrote:* *BEGIN TRANSMISSION* IN PURE LOVE AND GRATITUDE, WITH ALL I AM, FOR ALL I AM, ALL WAYS, ALWAYS, I AM TRANSMITTING NOW WITH COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY: I AM, and DO DECLARE NOW IN PURE LOVE AND JOY, that NO "FOR MALADIES", NO "PRO POSE ALL", NO "PRO CESSES", and NO "PRO TO COLS" ARE REQUIRED, REQUESTED, AND INNERTAINED TO INNERACT, BE, AND DO WITH ALL I AM. BE AND DO NOW IN PURE LOVE, JOY, AND FREEDOM. IN PURE LOVE, JOY, AND GRATITUDE WITH ALL I AM, I AM CONFIRMING "THE... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep" (Full Album)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, "Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep" (Full Album) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImNn7e9y6K0

"I Don't Pretend..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.” - Arthur C. Clarke • The Moody Blues, “Question” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP9iOqdxS8c

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Galaxies don't normally look like this. NGC 6745 actually shows the results of two galaxies that have been colliding for only hundreds of millions of years. Just off the below digitally sharpened photograph to the lower right is the smaller galaxy, moving away. The larger galaxy, pictured above, used to be a spiral galaxy but now is damaged and appears peculiar. Gravity has distorted the shapes of the galaxies. *Click image for larger size.* Although it is likely that no stars in the two galaxies directly collided, the gas, dust, and ambient magnetic fields do interact directly. In ... more »

Zdzisław Beksiński

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Zdzisław Beksiński

Do You Know Pluto?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
Alan Burdick and Nicola Twilley join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about the New Horizons mission to Pluto and what we’ve learned so far about the former planet. The post Do You Know Pluto? appeared first on The Stream.

The Liberal Option’s Answer to the Benedict Option

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
In his recent article on the Benedict Option, which I have argued in the past bears little resemblance to the historical basis it purports to stand on, Jeff Guhin puts the challenge thusly: “Liberalism has won,” he writes. “The sort... The post The Liberal Option’s Answer to the Benedict Option appeared first on The Stream.

The Protector: Honoring LCpl. Skip Wells, Killed in Chattanooga

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day ago
When someone was in danger, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells would defend them. “Skip was our protector,” Sprayberry High School band director Andy Esserwein said. As I sat in the packed bleachers of this Marietta, Ga., high school’s... The post The Protector: Honoring LCpl. Skip Wells, Killed in Chattanooga appeared first on The Stream.

Departing Army Chief: U.S. Could Have ‘Prevented’ ISIS Rise

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
The Army’s top officer told Fox News Tuesday it’s “frustrating” to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding “might have been... The post Departing Army Chief: U.S. Could Have ‘Prevented’ ISIS Rise appeared first on The Stream.

Amazing Grace Opens on Broadway

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
Broadway, you can say, has now experienced Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace, a stirring new musical about the man and story behind the cherished Christian hymn, officially opened this weekend at Broadway’s Netherlander Theater. Tony Award nominee Josh Young plays John Newton:... The post *Amazing Grace* Opens on Broadway appeared first on The Stream.

US Defence Secretary Meets With Saudi King To Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*: *Carter vows to help Saudi Arabia contain Iran’s regional ambitions* JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi and U.S. leaders agreed Wednesday to curb Iran’s military reach across the Middle East, amid fears that last week’s nuclear deal with Tehran would encourage it to pursue more aggressive regional ambitions. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter held talks with Saudi Arabia’s king and its defense minister in the seaside city of Jiddah, where Saudi officials have decamped for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, as he tours Middle Eastern nations anxious about the Iran acc... more »

Rep. Grijalva Addresses San Carlos Apache Rally Opposing Oak Flat Corporate Giveaway

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
July 22, 2015 Press Contact Dan Lindner (Grijalva) – (202) 225-2435 Rep. Grijalva Addresses San Carlos Apache Rally Opposing Oak Flat Corporate Giveaway Rep. Grijalva speaks at the San Carlos Apache's Rally to Save Oak Flat earlier today. WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today joined lawmakers, religious leaders and members of the San Carlos Apache tribe

Man Buys Undeveloped Negatives At an Auction and Makes an Important Find

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
Imagine this: perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades... The post Man Buys Undeveloped Negatives At an Auction and Makes an Important Find appeared first on The Stream.

Seattle Officials Join Push for Sharia-Compliant Mortgages, Loans

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
A proposal in Seattle meant to increase homeownership among Muslims by offering financing compliant with strict Islamic law — known as Sharia — is gaining ground in the latest test for local leaders trying to accommodate diverse religious beliefs. “We will... The post Seattle Officials Join Push for Sharia-Compliant Mortgages, Loans appeared first on The Stream.

Homeschool vs. Public School: How a Christian Parent Should Decide on Education

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
It’s a mistake to go into any important decision (including schooling choices for your kids) with biases or blind spots. Each major form of K-12 education has pros and cons. The key is to really know the strengths and weaknesses... The post Homeschool vs. Public School: How a Christian Parent Should Decide on Education appeared first on The Stream.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 22, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Zack Beauchamp, VOX*: *Why does Iran even have a nuclear program in the first place?* Iran has had a nuclear program since the country restarted it in the 1980s, has been under economic sanctions for it since the 1990s, faced the threat of war over it in the 2000s, and now has come through 20 grueling months of negotiations just to keep part of the program in place. On its face, Iran's nuclear program makes very little strategic sense. Though Iran insists the program is only for peaceful purposes, it's far beyond what's necessary to generate nuclear power. And it's never made se... more »

Is John McCain a war hero?

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
There really is no blog today. I have written it twice, and both times, somehow, have accidentally erased it, and cannot undo the damage. And at this hour, I'm not up to doing it a third time. And, no, I'm not proof reading this. I have to rush to pick up my daughter. Life is just one thing after another. But, I will mention just a few things. 1. take a look at the site below.It's video of a former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, who is more than the usual expert on China. He thinks a war with China is close because the capitalist U.S. has wanted to control China for over a ... more »

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