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*Yuri Gripas/Reuters* *Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast*: *U.S. Spends $600K Per Anti-ISIS Fighter* The Pentagon has spent roughly $36 million on its initial class of U.S.-trained rebels—or $600,000 per anti-ISIS trainee. The average fighter makes between $200-$400 a month, depending on his skillset. In all, officials have allotted $500 million for the training program. U.S. defense officials recently boasted that more Syrians signed up to receive U.S training and take on the self-proclaimed Islamic State since the inaugural class of only 60 fighters. As it turns out, the new class is sh...more »
Members of the Nusra Front, a group in Syria that is affiliated with Al Qaeda, near Aleppo last year. Nusra fighters have kidnapped the leader of a group of American-trained Syrian fighters. Credit Hosam Katan/Reuters *Michael Weiss and Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast:* *Pentagon Turns Its Anti-ISIS Rebels Into Cannon Fodder* Is Washington really trying to train a rebel army in Syria? Or are they just marking fighters for death—and worse? The Pentagon’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIS had already devolved into farce, with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter informin...more »
"The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image. *Click image for larger size.* Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral arms an...more »
*“12 Cliches to Live By"* by MensHealth.com "*1. It ain't over till it's over.* 2004. Red Sox down 0-3. If Mariano Rivera can let one slip, think how your buddy Phil's bladder quivers as he prepares to shank the serve on match point. On the flip side, when you're 1 point from victory, it's no time for experimentation. End it. *2. Do unto others.* It doesn't guarantee reciprocation, but you'll never lose. No one's going to scoff, "You delivered as promised? Congrats on being elected mayor of Chump City!" *3. You can't save someone from himself.* You can try - and you will - but yo...more »
"In the time of your life, live - so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unwor...more »
* “Squaring The Circle”* by Chet Raymo "Here is a little story about the best and worst of Western civilization. It can be summarized in one word: square. Yep, that's right. Square. The ninety degree corner, the plumb-bobbed line. Forget the squiggle, the wiggle, the curlicue, the arc. We're talking orthogonality here. We're talking perpendicularity. I was flying across the country the other day at 37,000 feet. From the Mississippi to the Rockies, for a thousand miles, as far as the eye could see, the land was ruled into one-mile squares, as neat as the tiles on your kitchen floor....more »
* "People Who Don’t Get It: Living with It"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When dealing with people who seem very unaware, remember that everyone must find their own way to awakening. You may be someone who understands the true nature of reality, perceiving deeply that we all emanate from the same source, that we are all essentially one, and that we are here on earth to love one another. To understand this is to be awakened to the true nature of the self, and it is a blessing. Nevertheless, people who just don’t get it are seemingly everywhere and, often, in positions of power. It...more »
*Jen Sorensen, Daily Kos Comics (click to enlarge)* *by Ken* This strip is so wonderful that it hardly needs amplification or commentary, though I think you're going to enjoy it even more after you've read Jen's own background note (see below). And I'm going to go a step farther, extracting the pearls of conservative wisdom Jen has incorporated here, just so you can hear them in isolation, and let them rattle around your head a little. I'm also going to preempt a bit of Jen's note by revealing that, beyond the obvious starting point of the death of Sandra Bland, the formulation he...more »
Taiwan was rocked yesterday with the news that a student protester, facing likely prosecution, committed suicide, allegedly after an abusive, pressuring visit from the principal of his school and zero support for his actions from his parents. In traditional style, he killed himself via carbon monoxide poisoning by burning charcoal, a favorite suicide method in Asia since it does not mar the body and is supposed to be painless (2007 post). Just the souls of those who learn of these senseless tragedies. The dead student had intended his suicide to drive action, and sure enough, prote...more »
Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks... The post ANALYSIS: Why the Death of Mullah Omar Could Be a Nightmare for Afghanistan appeared first on The Stream.
*"Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State"* by Carl Zimmer "I am going to do my best to hold your attention until the very last word of this column. Actually, I know it's futile. Along the way, your mind will wander off, then return, then drift away again. But I can console myself with some recent research on the subject of mind wandering. Mind wandering is not necessarily the sign of a boring column. It's just one of the things that make us human. Everybody knows what it is like for our minds to wander, and yet, for a long time psychologists shied away from ex...more »
*"The Evolution of a Dream" * "Dream is implanted into brain. Dreamer becomes thrilled. Dreamer becomes terrified. If no action is taken, terrifying thoughts grow into flesh-eating monsters. Dream is considered unrealistic. If action is taken terrifying thoughts are revealed to be paper tigers. Confidence soars, miracles unfold, and dreamer begins to saunter. The difference taking action will make in your life is more than can be comprehended. But, of course, this is also true of inaction. Either way, nothing remains the same." "Gr-r," The Universe "Thoughts become things....more »
The firestorm surrounding the release of the latest Planned Parenthood videos gained political momentum today as even moderate voices in the GOP joined in the chorus calling for an end to to the $528 million in government funding the organization receives... The post GOP Support Grows for Hardline Planned Parenthood Strategy appeared first on The Stream.
Fans and media members are skeptical of the most polarizing Philadelphia Eagle Tim Tebow, who was seen shirtless doing an unorthodox summer workout via Twitter on Wednesday. Many do not expect Tebow to make the team, but Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham... The post Eagles Teammate: Tim Tebow Will ‘Shock a Lot of People’ appeared first on The Stream.
The finger of blame for the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko “points unwaveringly” at two agents working for President Vladimir Putin, a lawyer for London police said at an inquiry into the killing. Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun are... The post Putin Agents Blamed for Spy Murder That Threatened London appeared first on The Stream.
Even while hating strip clubs, I had still, in at least a limited way, bought into the polite fiction that we tell ourselves because what we suspect—intimidation, violence, rape—is just too unseemly. And so it was at once validating and... The post ANALYSIS: Trafficking Flourishes in the Shadows of Adult Entertainment appeared first on The Stream.
*"The War On Cash: Why Now?"* by Charles Hugh Smith "You’ve probably read that there is a “war on cash” being waged on various fronts around the world. What exactly does a “war on cash” mean? It means governments are limiting the use of cash and a variety of official-mouthpiece economists are calling for the outright abolition of cash. Authorities are both restricting the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from banks, and limiting what can be purchased with cash. These limits are broadly called “capital controls.” *Why Now? *Before we get to that, let’s distinguish between physic...more »
*Related:* *PONI Live Debate: Global Zero + An Excerpt From "The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors And Their Quest To Ban The Bomb." * *Another Excerpt From "The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors And Their Quest To Ban The Bomb."* *An excerpt from, "The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors And Their Quest To Ban The Bomb" by Philip Taubman:* "If the United States ever sweeps away its Cold War cobwebs, how could it and other countries manage a nuclear countdown to zero? And once there, how could they sustain a nonnuclear equilibrium? Realizing that answers to these questions are a precondi...more »
WASHINGTON — Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the... The post Among the Ruins, a Case of Righteousness, and Christians Rescued appeared first on The Stream.
The DOH Advisory Council (AC) for the implementation of RA 9502 (Cheaper Medicines law of 2008) has already met twice this year. The second meeting was yesterday, but I did not know these meetings as I received no invitation. I only received the three documents for comments by the AC members: (1) "Declaration of Conflict of Interest" form, (2) Draft DOH Administrative Order (AO) on the constitution of the AC, and (3) Draft AO, Regulating the promotion and marketing of pharma and medical devices products. The AC Secretariat noted this and promised to invite me next time. Here ar...more »
*Video - *This video from "Immense Possibilities" discusses the need to save the bees and offers ideas of what we can do to save these small but important creatures. The post Here’s Why We Should Save Bees and How We Can Save Them appeared first on Waking Times.
*A random walk through a few things I was going to talk to you about this week, but ran out of time …* [image: image] [image: image]So the “Adam Goodes being booed” saga has now jumped the Tasman, even though no bastard here knows who he is. Still … you should. You really should. *Goodes no certainty to return* – AFL.COM.AU *Please fill me in on what has happened today in the Goodes booing issue?* – John Harms, FOOTY ALMANAC *Who was Adam Goodes talking to on Friday night?* – Peter Baulderstone, FOOTY ALMANAC, June 3 *Fans who boo G...more »
*Joseph Goldstein and Taimoor Shah, New York Times:* *Death of Mullah Omar Exposes Divisions Within Taliban* KABUL, Afghanistan — With word of Mullah Muhammad Omar’s death now getting out, most likely two years after the event, the world is catching up with a Taliban leadership crisis already in progress. The questions the Taliban are wrestling with include not just who stands to succeed Mullah Omar as leader, but whether anyone has enough support to keep the insurgency from splintering irrevocably, especially over the issue of peace talks, according to Afghan and Western official...more »
*Reuters*: *Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from Boeing 777* Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially providing some answers for families of those aboard last year's vanished flight MH370. Malaysian investigators are due in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by numerous aviation experts as part of a wing, is then due to be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said. *MIDDLE EAST* Iraq...more »
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg*:* Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal* Secretary of State John Kerry has been painting an apocalyptic picture of what would happen if Congress killed the Iran nuclear deal. Among other things, he has warned that “our friends in this effort will desert us." But the top national security official from one of those nations involved in the negotiations, France, has a totally different view: He told two senior U.S. lawmakers that he thinks a Congressional no vote might actually be helpful. His analysis is already having an effect on how members o...more »
* The four horsemen riding the ISIS apocalypse: Erdogan, Cameron, the NATO asshole whose name doesn't matter, and Obama. They will all get slayed by the sword of time and the arrows of justice.* *An excerpt from, "Nato backs Turkey on fighting Islamic State, PKK" Eyewitness News, July 29, 2015: * Nato gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force. Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the b...more »
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mustering hope for a “best-case scenario” in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized... The post Five Things to Know about the Search for the Missing Teen Fishermen appeared first on The Stream.
When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment — if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of... The post Flogging the Confederate Flag Where There is None appeared first on The Stream.
*Writing on the Wall-- Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal* (City Lights Books, 2015) Foreword by Cornel West Edited by Johanna Fernández *by Denise Sullivan* Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in jail longer than members of the millennial generation have been alive. Those who've followed his case---from the time he was a Philadelphia radio journalist, framed by police in 1981, through the wrongful death sentence he served until 2011 (when it was converted to a "slow death" or life sentence)---know he's served his time in the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution "ona move," to u...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *Nigerian General to Lead West African Coalition Against Boko Haram* *Maj. Gen. Iliya Abbah to lead army-in-waiting against Islamist militant group* ABUJA—Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed an army general to lead a coalition of West African counterterrorism troops, a step forward for a fast-forming international effort against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Maj. Gen. Iliya Abbah will lead the Multinational Joint Task Force, an army-in-waiting that will fight Boko Haram in the four countries in which it operates—Nigeria, Nig...more »
*Written by Grant G* A massive energy shift is under way, and it is a good shift for the world as a whole but another deadly blow to Christy Clark and the BC Liberals`s too-late LNG superpower fantasy.... I wrote how recently how experts are saying that near $300 billion in proposed/planned LNG liquefaction construction is surplus to the needs of the world... _________ *Study Reveals Surplus of Future LNG Projects* *A new global gas study published by the London-based Carbon Tracker Initiative, identifies $283 billion of possible liquefied natural gas projects to 2025 that ...more »
Our work at the Kyoto Space & Peace International Seminar began in earnest yesterday with excellent talks by several speakers. We mostly covered the growing US 'missile defense' (MD) deployments in Japan and South Korea and the implications for increased global instability as the Pentagon surrounds China and Russia with these offensive systems. Global Network board convener Dave Webb (also chairs the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) did a great job with a super illustrative PowerPoint presentation showing how MD works and all the places around the world that the US is deploy...more »
*THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015A simplified story instead:* This has become a very bad week for discussing Perfect Examples. That said, the simplification of narrative is all around us in the mainstream press. Routinely, our “journalists” transform complex stories into simpler tales which lead us to the moral judgments they like. For an example which carries high interest but minor consequence, the New York Times is at it again, transforming the “Deflategate” conundrum into a settled matter. Your assignment, should you choose to take it: Read this 1500-word, front-page report from yest...more »
It's embarrassing to see the front page headline on the Times and Transcript. It seems there's a huge fight over whether children have the right to travel on unilinigual school buses. And, in the story, nobody mentioned the only question that counts. How will bilingual buses affect the children? Nobody mentioned it - including the Times and Transcript. If the constitution permitted us to roll them to school with logs, would it be okay to do that? Or, perhaps, the constitution will permit us to tape the mouths of each language group on alternate days. Why are we fighting this as a ...more »
Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the pope to warn of “a form of genocide” and for campaigners to speak of “religio-ethnic cleansing”. The scale of attacks on Christians... The post Dying for Christianity: Millions at Risk Amid Rise in Persecution Across the Globe appeared first on The Stream.
Do not know what to say more than that being gobsmacked by the day where the sun rose crooked bought off by the big crooks or as Galileo would describe them idiots that burned me in a wooden throne Still the world turns and every day we discover new truths and we got to hope for the best because that is all we really got to keep us going to a new day I have seen darkness for a thousand years or in the case of the Chinese 6000 years of nightmares for humanity and I still have no fears about tommorwo cause that sun will keep on shinning no mater how hard I press on the the start bu...more »
Tax havens: Super-rich 'hiding' at least $21 trillion (£13tn) A global super-rich elite had at least $21 trillion hidden in secret tax havens by the end of 2010, according to a major study. The figure is equivalent to the size of the US and Japanese economies combined. The Price of Offshore Revisited was written by James Henry, a former chief economist at the consultancy McKinsey, for the Tax
*Washington Times:** Bitter feud between Turkey, Egypt undercuts U.S. hopes for Middle East* Two of America’s linchpin allies in the Middle East are bitterly feuding, complicating the Obama administration’s hopes of confronting Sunni Salafists and containing the ambitions of Shiite Iran. Egypt is accusing Turkey of working with the Islamic State on the Sinai Peninsula, a new low in the already poor relations between the two regional powers. Washington has finally coaxed Turkey into a greater commitment to take on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, across the border in ...more »
I think that the BBC news department have had a collective orgasm. The top news story on their world site, also third lead story on the main news site is that 'Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew'' The BBC are going big on this story, never mind that the perpetrator has been arrested, never mind that the Israeli government has denounced the attack. This is just the type of story that gets the BBC's collective juices flowing as they can use it as yet another excuse to vilify Israel, coincidentally increasing the amount of anti Semitic sentiment in the UK and aro...more »
*Voice of America:* *US, Turkey Differ Over How to Fight IS From Incirlik Air Base* Differences have emerged between Washington and Ankara over how to use a Turkish air base near the Syrian border in the fight against Islamic State militants. Ankara’s decision in recent days to open the Incirlik airbase to U.S. jets was reportedly described as a “game changer” by one U.S. official in the battle against IS. Incirlik is located 110 kilometers from the Syrian border, meaning U.S. jets could reach their targets much faster than from the locations they've been using. Anti-IS forces ma...more »
Merica is great in so many ways but sometimes i get giddy when I thinkaboot all the bad ways and know I am not American we do not have alot of real Canada in content. Goon is an icebreaker. Soon we will catch up to the Russkies for being not American. America is the best unfortunalty most of it is dripping down the leg of the planet. With no hope of establising paternatiy for the world abortion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that Defense Department policy does allow some military personnel to be armed while working at recruiting centers and ROTC offices. Carter directed the military branches Thursday... The post Pentagon Orders Security Review after Chattanooga Attacks appeared first on The Stream.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest admitted Thursday to “merely repeating” Planned Parenthood’s talking points when defending the abortion giant in the wake of the growing fetal body part selling scandal. Earnest also said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if representatives from... The post WATCH: White House Admits to ‘Merely Repeating’ Planned Parenthood Talking Points appeared first on The Stream.
*Defense One:* *Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles* The Kingdom’s request for additional interceptors could be the first of many new Mideast arms purchases aimed at warding off Iranian missiles. Just two weeks after Western nations and Tehran struck a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the Pentagon says Saudi Arabia wants to buy 600 new Patriot missile interceptors. The $5 billion-plus purchase is likely just the first of many more as America’s Middle Eastern allies arm themselves in response to the nuclear deal, which would lift Iran’s convention...more »
Scud missiles like those pictured here were fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemeni rebels during the ongoing armed conflict between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the ousted former government. An official on Wednesday claimed the Houthis bought them from North Korea. Getty Images *VICE News*: *North Korea Likely Supplied Scud Missiles Fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi Rebels* South Korean intelligence officials said Wednesday that around 20 Scud missiles fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi rebels and their allies originated in North Korea. "North Korea has sold missil...more »
*Wall Street Journal*: *Yemen Fighting Spreads as Cease-Fire Falters* Airstrikes and ground clashes have continued, dimming prospects for political solution. SAN’A, Yemen—Despite a five-day humanitarian cease-fire by a Saudi-led military coalition, violence has proliferated in Yemen, further dimming prospects for an imminent political solution. The Saudi coalition has been targeting Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels with airstrikes since March, and said it would continue to respond to provocations by the Houthis when it declared the truce on Sunday. The Houthis say they never agr...more »
In the fourth undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body bazaar, there are at least seven statements of guilt by one of their Colorado abortionists, Dr. Savita Ginde. That’s right, not just a couple of statements alluding... The post 7 Admissions of Guilt by Planned Parenthood in 4th Undercover Video appeared first on The Stream.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of... The post Philippine Church Accusing Singer Chris Brown Faces Own Legal Probe appeared first on The Stream.
Here I am I am on line and your talking to me I am your help semi professional at best but if you want to connect to the world through a monopoly I am you best chance baby and its I crime that doing my time I love you so much Soon Robots will do my job better because being a fake asshole selling you something undercover was a strain no human could take for more than 200 days
A handout picture from the Office of the Egyptian Presidency on July 30, 2015 shows President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Cairo. AFP *Daily Star/AFP*: *Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties* CAIRO: Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact in Cairo Thursday aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies. Relations have warmed since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, with Saudi Arabia offering billions in aid to Egypt and Cairo participating in a Saudi-led bombing campaign agai...more »
*New York Times:* *Finding on Whether Debris Is From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 May Take a Week* SYDNEY, Australia — It may be a week or more before investigators determine whether a piece of debris found on the island of Réunion came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a French official with knowledge of the investigation said on Thursday. The object, which appeared to be a wing flap torn from a jetliner, has been crated and sealed for shipment to France, the official said, but it is not expected to reach Paris for two or three days. It would then be forwarded to an aviation la...more »
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The fourth and most horrifying video has appeared exposing Planned Parenthood and its profiteering off of the bodies of unborn children it kills. In the most appalling moment in recent American history, we can now see for ourselves as abortionists pull... The post The 4th Video: Is This Planned Parenthood’s Bill Cosby Moment? appeared first on The Stream.
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Donald Trump turned a brief trip to a golf tournament in Scotland into an extension of his presidential campaign trail when he attended the Women’s British Open at his plush Turnberry resort on Thursday. The first... The post Donald Trump Campaigns … in Scotland appeared first on The Stream.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said... The post Iran to Ban U.S., Canadian Inspectors from Nuclear Sites appeared first on The Stream.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is retracting a paper that showed genetically engineered rice serves as an effective vitamin A supplement after a Massachusetts judge denied the first author’s motion for an injunction against the publisher. The journal announced plans to retract the paper last year following allegations that the paper contained ethical mis-steps, such […] The post Golden rice paper pulled after judge rules for journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Wednesday my doctor told me that I'm recovering from 9 months of cancer treatment much more rapidly and strongly than she expected. She was so overjoyed that she told me that instead of coming to the hospital for checkups twice a week, I can come twice a *month*. One thing that was really lucky for me is that I was diagnosed when I was 66, a year into my relationship with Medicare. As president of a division of TimeWarner, I had incredible health insurance (part of my employment contract). My coverage lacked for nothing. But-- except for some glaring omissions that Orlando Congr...more »
*“Really Microsoft?”* by Karl Denninger “You gotta be kidding me... “Starting today, Microsoft is offering most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users a free upgrade to the software giant’s latest operating system — Windows 10. But there’s a very important security caveat that users should know about before transitioning to the new OS: Unless you opt out, Windows 10 will by default share your Wi-Fi network password with any contacts you may have listed in Outlook and Skype — and, with an opt-in, your Facebook friends.” WHAT? You got to be kidding me; oh yeah, Microsoft claims this is "sec...more »
In fact, thousands of babies were born in Auschwitz, the vast majority of whom the Nazis killed virtually upon their emergence from the womb. In Poland, at least, Puc (pronounced Putz) is today the only known survivor able to represent... The post This Baby Was Born in Auschwitz—and Survived appeared first on The Stream.
Is it true that Islam is uniquely unreceptive to religious freedom? Comparative political science can offer some helpful perspective. An aggregate, satellite view does indeed show a dearth of religious freedom in Islam. A comparison between the world’s 47 or... The post Are Muslim Countries Really Unreceptive to Religious Freedom? appeared first on The Stream.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center, testifies on the Iranian nuclear deal recently brokered by the Obama Administration before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary of State John F. Kerry, left; Teasury Secretary Jack Lew, second from left; and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz joined Carter during the hearing. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett *Defense News:* *DoD to Congress: Iran Deal or No, Military Options Open* WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter continued the ...more »
*Voice of America: **China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea* China's Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region. China Defense spokesman Yang Yujun said Beijing has been angered by U.S. Navy and Air Force forays through waters it claims as its own, strengthened military alliances with the Philippines and others, and frequent military exercises in the region. Yang said the actions are creating risks of incidents in the air an...more »
*Al Jazeera*: *Afghan Taliban confirm death of Mullah Omar, say group has new leader* Afghan Taliban sources confirmed to Al Jazeera that its reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, is dead. They also said that a high meeting of the Shura Council was held Wednesday night and Thursday, where the ruling council decided to elect Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the head of the Quetta Shura, to be the new "Commander of the Faithful in Afghanistan.” The Pakistan Foreign Office tells Al Jazeera that it is postponing the second round of talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban in A...more »
*Brendan O'Neill, The Telegraph*: *The West is betraying the Kurds and allowing them to be massacred* Stabs in the back don’t get much nastier than this. For the past year, Western leaders have feted the Kurds of Northern Iraq, praising them as one of the few forces gutsy enough to face down the death cult of Isil. Now, those leaders turn a blind eye, or even worse give an active nod, to attacks on Northern Iraqi Kurds by the Turkish air force. Heroes one minute; fair game for massacre the next. In the long list of Western betrayals of former allies overseas, this one feels espec...more »
Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York to speak about the Iran accord. Credit Hilary Swift/The New York Times *Washington Examiner*: *Kerry on mission to soothe Arab allies* With the Iran nuclear deal behind him, Secretary of State John Kerry is off to the Middle East next week to discuss a topic many in the region and in Washington have complained is missing from the complex arrangement: a plan to deal with Tehran's disruptive behavior. Kerry will be in Cairo on Sunday to consult with Egyptian officials and will meet with Gulf Coop...more »
*New York Times*: *Britain Is Losing Against ISIS Recruitment Tactics* LONDON — When Tasnime Akunjee’s father, a university student from a middle-class family in Bangladesh, came to Britain in the early 1970s, he thought the streets of London would be paved with gold. Literally. “In those days, Britain had a powerful story to tell,” said Mr. Akunjee, a London-based lawyer. Once his father arrived, he said, he was shocked to find that he was walking on mere paving stones. But he quickly recovered. Golden sidewalks or not, Mr. Akunjee said, “he wanted to be part of it — they all did...more »
Vin Baker made more than $100 million during his 13-year NBA career. Now the 43-year-old father of four is managing a Starbucks in Rhode Island. And he’s happy about it. From The Providence Journal: The world’s tallest, and perhaps most... The post Ex-NBA Star Vin Baker Finds Redemption at Starbucks appeared first on The Stream.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels’ time in Philadelphia is ending. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects.... The post Pitching Ace Cole Hamels Traded to Texas Rangers appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON—Good news for Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Carly Fiorina. Mixed news for Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz. Bad news for Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson. And if anyone thought Donald Trump or Chris Christie were picking up... The post Who Do Evangelical Insiders Favor in 2016? appeared first on The Stream.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, says the... The post Drone Strike in Afghanistan Kills 20 ISIS Terrorists appeared first on The Stream.
Human trafficking victims are forced into sex slavery—at the average age of 13—in a number of ways. In some cases, girls are promised jobs in foreign countries, smuggled over borders, and then told that they have a “smuggling debt” to... The post Porn’s Dirty Little Secret appeared first on The Stream.
For Democratic leaders, the political logic of having Hillary Clinton as the party’s standard bearer in 2016 was, at least for a while, undeniable. President Obama could maintain middling approval ratings, but Clinton’s distance from political life as secretary of... The post ANALYSIS: Joe Biden ‘More Electable’ than Hillary Clinton? appeared first on The Stream.
*THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015Part 4—Maddow does not know elections:* Sometimes, we find the analysts hiding red, swollen eyes. One such occasion occurred last week. Incomparably, we asked them why they’d been crying again. Expressing their sympathy for a group we won’t name until tomorrow, they pointed to the following statement from last Wednesday evening’s Rachel Maddow Show. The passage comes from Maddow’s interview with Candidate Santorum. As we read it, the analysts began quietly sobbing again: MADDOW (7/22/15): If you don’t— *I had an interesting conversation with my staff th...more »
[image: Housewife Eclectic: How to Fold an Origami Paper Crane] I have loved Paper Cranes ever since I was a child. When I was in elementary school, my mom bought me a copy of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and I read it over and over again. It is the story of a young girl in Japan after the atomic bomb. When she is 12 years old she is diagnosed with Leukemia from radiation exposure. Sadako spent her time folding paper cranes inspired by the Japanese legend that one who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted one wish. She wishes to live. According to her family, Sadako folded 1,3...more »
We present a guest post from Tracy Tullis, author of a recent story in the New York Times that — as we reported — the editors said afterwards they “would not have assigned” to her if they’d known about her “involvement in a cause related to news coverage.” This is her side of the story. […] The post NYT journalist: I am not a neutral observer–can I still be a fair reporter? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Despite all the radical right-wing efforts to kill it and defund it and privatize it, Medicare has lived to celebrate its 50th birthday today. Ronald Reagan, himself a Medicare recipient in his interminable dotage, must be rolling in his grave. Ditto for chain-smoking Ayn Rand, whose lung cancer treatment was also covered by the single-payer health care program. In honor of Medicare's 50th, I propose lowering the eligibility age to 50, thence in rapid increments of five years every single month, culminating in automatic coverage for all citizens beginning at birth. I also propose do...more »
ATLANTA (AP) — Confederate battle flags were stealthily placed on the grounds of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, and authorities said Thursday they were looking for two white males who were recorded on surveillance camera leaving the banners... The post Confederate Flags Left at Church Near Atlanta MLK Center appeared first on The Stream.
Original here. An appreciation of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesJuly 29, 2015 William Ayers Last year my students—Chicago teachers and teachers-to-be, educators from a range of backgrounds and experiences and orientations—all read *The Beautiful Struggle*. I’d put Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir on the list of required readings because I thought it was a fitting and important educational book, a useful text for city teachers to explore and interrogate. Some students agreed; several did not. “What’s this got to do with teaching?” I chose it because it moved me, frankly, and I t...more »
Planned Parenthood claims on several of its websites that the organization’s web operations have been attacked by “extremists,” but this so-called hacking has all the hallmarks of an orchestrated public relations stunt. Numerous people on Twitter pointed to evidence suggesting... The post Bogus? Is Planned Parenthood ‘Hacking’ Claim a PR Stunt? appeared first on The Stream.
“This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists … I hope that as it gets attention that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If... The post ANALYSIS: State Department Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution appeared first on The Stream.
Count me among those who are appalled that a hunter thought it his prerogative to kill — for no good reason whatsoever — Cecil the African lion. He was a magnificent creature. It is truly a shame that he was... The post If Only Women Bore Lions: Protecting the Baby Killers appeared first on The Stream.
Some Republicans gleefully scripted Donald Trump’s political obituary in the wake of his scathing comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service earlier this month, hoping that his freewheeling presidential campaign had finally imploded. Predictions of his demise were apparently premature.... The post Trump Opens Huge Lead on Jeb Bush in New Reuters Poll appeared first on The Stream.
Nearly 30 years after much of the world's women got access to the "gold standard" of medical abortion, Health Canada has finally approved RU486 for Canadian women. (Remarkably, the news story does not "balance" the news by getting SHRIEKY quotes from fetus fetishists.) This is great, if long overdue, news for safety, privacy, cost, and convenience. Big Fetus® hates it, of course. Their long campaign, verging on the farcical at times (see Godwin's law), against it always was futile. SUZY ALL-CAPS repeats the usual lies about it: http://www.bigbluewave.ca/2015/07/ru-486-approved-in-c...more »
This happened, certainly not for the first time on Porter Airlines: *Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached.* *"He came down the aisle, he didn't actually look at me … or make eye contact. He turned to the gentleman across the aisle and said, 'Change.'"* *Flynn said she was confused at first, wondering why the man was speaking to the other passenger and gesturing toward her. The man didn't speak to her directly, but Flynn said...more »
The operation to retake Anbar province entered into its second week. Whenever there has been a large military offensive the press tends to concentrate on it, while neglecting security incidents in the rest of the country. That has resulted in two weeks with a very low number of attacks being recorded. That also usually means a drop in casualties, but three press reports gave a small glimpse into the losses in Anbar that kept those statistics up. The Baghdad’s forces are making steady progress in the governorate, although official propaganda often exaggerates how much. From July 2...more »
After initially likening dark-skinned refugees from war-torn and poverty-stricken Africa and the Middle East to diseased tunnel rats, the *New York Times* has belatedly and quietly changed the lead of its July 29 article, "Britain and France Scramble as Channel Becomes Choke Point in Migration Crisis." Here are the original opening paragraphs as prominently displayed on the top of the online home-page yesterday: *Britain and France scrambled on Wednesday to address the latest flash point in Europe’s festering migrant crisis after a second consecutive night in which hundreds of pe...more »
Women farmers protesting in Delhi RINF, Global Research, Countercurrents We are about to enter August. And that's a special month in India. Each year, on the 15th, the country commemorates the anniversary of independence from Britain. To mark the occasion, official public celebrations take place in Delhi with flag waving and fly-pasts, and the corporate media is awash with patriotic sentiments. Behind the scenes, however, agriculture, the very heart and soul of the nation, will continue to be restructured for the benefit of foreign interests, raising the question: just where does th...more »
The footage in the clinic starts with a crack. The crack of the baby’s skull. In the latest undercover video of horrors, Dr. Savita Ginde of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is caught on video discussing the sale of fetal body... The post Abortionist Admits ‘It’s a Baby’ In New Undercover Video appeared first on The Stream.
For the second time in a week, the Center for Medical Progress has a new video up featuring undercover footage inside Planned Parenthood. The newest video takes place at a Planned Parenthood mega-clinic and includes footage of Dr. Savita Ginde warning, “If you... The post 4th Sting Video: Planned Parenthood Doctor Discusses Fetuses Born Alive, Avoiding Legal Consequences appeared first on The Stream.
The tallbloke site has a post highlighting the introduction of quantum mechanics into the physics of atmospheric warming, by none other than Richard Feynman, who everyone rightly respects as a physicist. As it seems a popular idea now (the tallbloke post is a spin-off from the original on Hockeyschtick yesterday), here is my response: *I almost submitted a comment to the Hockeyschtick post yesterday, but decided who was I to keep others from stumbling their own way to the truth, when all I had was definitive evidence against the consensus theories and somewhat better physical insigh...more »
https://dcgmentor.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/ny-education-policy-is-for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder-a-tale-of-how-money-talks/ Although the NYT article leads with this headline, “Bloomberg Is NO Longer Mayor, but His School Agenda Thrives in Albany”, Kate Taylor has really highlighted how 2 major reformer lobby groups have bought Governor Cuomo and enough of the State Legislature to ensure their brand of privatization of schools wins the political battles in Albany. These two groups, StudentsFirstNY and Families for Excellent Schools, have basically written Governor Cuomo’s policies, sp...more »
WARWICK, England — When it comes to debates the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious debating society,” remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have included such luminaries... The post Upcoming Presidential Debates Not Exactly Oxford Union appeared first on The Stream.
This past Tuesday, I was a guest on *The Truth Traveler* with host Erin Dakins, which broadcasts on the *Genesis Communications Network*. Erin and I discussed the popular blog article I published in March entitled *Dear White People*, the Jewish assault on Western civilization, Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and the war on White people worldwide. You can download the first hour *here* and the second hour *here*.
A Ukrainian Catholic bishop has warned that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine between the central government of Kiev and allegedly Moscow-backed rebels is forcing millions of people to flee as refugees to escape starvation, poverty and destitution. “Huge numbers are... The post Ukrainian Crisis: Starving Elderly ‘Throwing Themselves From Windows and Bridges,’ Warns Catholic Bishop appeared first on The Stream.
To best understand the resolution North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows filed to oust Boehner as Speaker, let's go back to his message to Boehner last June and to Boehner's open secret of plotting against GOP "rebels"-- primarily members of the so-called Freedom Caucus-- with his pals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Meadows has been complaining, publicly, that Boehner's tyrannical leadership style has created "a culture of punishment and fear." And, taken to the extreme, that led to Boehner backing the failed multimillion-dollar campaign by Establishment Big Business Republicans...more »
Gilad Atzmon on Jewish Power - As with 9/11, It's the Left-Liberals Who Are the Problem from Spike EP on Vimeo. Chased by a Klezmer *By Gilad Atzmon* I am amused that as the Zionist smear campaign against me and my work has faded, the so called Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists, A.K.A AZZ (anti Zionist Zionists), are ever more infuriated by my thoughts. They are desperate to silence me. They don’t have a chance, but, let’s face it, they have some really good reasons. The recent events in Palestine have proved beyond any doubt my interpretation of Jewish nationalism and Jewish identity po...more »
Olivier Voinnet — a plant researcher who was recently suspended for two years from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) after an investigation by ETH Zurich and CNRS found evidence of misconduct — has issued his second retraction and two more corrections. PNAS posted the retraction earlier this week for a 2006 article after an inspection […] The post Voinnet notches second retraction, two more corrections appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Smoking Scimitar I knew you where hot since day one your blade was to fine to not have been crafted by the MAN with one foot on K street the other shoe well worn by Madison Avenue Using Robert Zimmerman AKA Bob Dylan to sell a phony war is a crime against humanity not a garden variety use of white phosphorous to burn to the bone misdemeanour in the court created by mustard gas The scumbags and terrorists can never escape the sun transparency will wash away the veneer someday revealing the simple greed and power that built a structure powered by hellfire that satisfied less than 1% of h...more »
Gas flares from an oil production platform at the Soroush oil fields with an Iranian flag in the foreground in the Persian Gulf, 1,250 km (776 miles) south of the capital Tehran. Reuters. *CNN*: *Some U.S. senators want to start oil war with Iran* As Secretary of State John Kerry tried to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress Tuesday, some U.S. senators were ready to start an oil war with Iran. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring a bill to lift the ban on exporting American crude oil. Send U.S. oil abroad, she argues, so America can "compete against our foes in a way ...more »
Smoking Scimitar I knew you where hot since day one your blade was to fine to not have been crafted by the MAN with one foot on K street the other shoe well worn by Madison Avenue Using Robert Zimmerman AKA Bob Dylan to sell a phony war is a crime against humanity not a garden variety use of white phosphorous to burn to the bone war crime The scumbags and terrorists can never escape the sun transparency will wash away the veneer someday revealing the simple greed and power that built a structure powered by hellfire that satisfied less than 1% of humans needs
The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) approaches Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit. America was traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on its maiden transit, "America visits the Americas." The ship was scheduled to be ceremoniously commissioned on 11 October 2014 in San Francisco, California (USA). Wikipedia *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat*: *US Navy Builds Largest-Ever Amphibious Assault Ship for F-35 Fighters* The America-class will be the size of other countries’ aircraft carriers. Over at mil...more »
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the... The post UVa Grads Sue *Rolling Stone* over Retracted Campus Rape Story appeared first on The Stream.
At least half of all fires at churches or houses of worship in the last 20 years were arson, including 29 so far this year, according to Pew Research. While the number of church fires has declined in recent years,... The post Arsonists Still Love to Burn Churches; 2,378 Torched Since 1996 appeared first on The Stream.
GlobalSecurity.org *Bloomberg:* *This Remote Island Is the Last Place Pilots Want to Land a Plane* The Air Force calls Shemya Island "a place to land in the middle of nowhere". Every commercial airline flight has a plan for diverting if necessary. But few pilots ever consider Shemya Island, a remote U.S. Air Force outpost 1,500 miles southwest of Anchorage, because there's so little infrastructure. The rocky island, about two miles by four miles, has a 10,000-foot landing strip—large enough for the biggest military cargo jets—and pretty much nothing else. Today, the island’s po...more »
Economist *Palmo Tenzin, National Interest: **This Is What Could Start a War between India and China* While everyone’s anxiously watching and analyzing the events unraveling in the South China Sea, there’s another resource conflict involving China that also deserves attention. In the Himalayas, China and India are competing for valuable hydropower and water resources on the Yarlung Tsangpo–Brahmaputra River. The dispute offers some important lessons for regional cooperation (on more than just water), and highlights what’s at stake if China and India mismanage their resource confli...more »
In 2004, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Theological Seminary, an openly homosexual faculty member brought a special address titled, “‘Do Not Be Conformed to This World’: Queer Reading and the Task of the Preacher.” Earlier this... The post A Seminary Descends into Sexual Anarchy appeared first on The Stream.
Whether or not the story generates major media attention, the Center for Medical Progress’ expose of Planned Parenthood’s participation in the harvesting and sale of fetal organs continues to feature major updates. Here are 10 of them. 1) Injunction On... The post 10 Important Developments in the Planned Parenthood Scandal appeared first on The Stream.
Rep. Mark Meadows, the conservative congressman pushing a motion to oust John Boehner as speaker, has insisted he does not like “being in the limelight.” However, his latest challenge to GOP leadership has catapulted his name across headlines, showing a... The post 13 Things You Should Know about the Man Who Wants to Oust John Boehner appeared first on The Stream.
*Freedom of Choice In Public Education and Housing Values* We recently saw an academic research paper that was published by 2 NC State Ph.Ds and a Texas Tech researcher that caught our eye. Simply titled School Choice: The Impacts on Housing Values* this paper examines various places where school choice has been implemented and comes to the conclusion that school choice leads to an equalization of housing values between poor and rich neighborhoods, mostly by lifting the property values of the poorer neighborhoods since they are no longer locked into low-performing assigned public ...more »
*Hillary on climate: A complete ignoramus* On Sunday, she promised two national goals if elected president. First, she would “set the United States on a path toward producing enough clean renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade.” Second, she would “initiate a process that would bring the total number of solar panels installed nationwide to more than half a billion before the end of her first term.” We truly hope she never sees that first term, because all that proposal will do is line the pockets of cronies in the solar-power industry. But hey, she’s got t...more »
What do you do when you can’t persuade the American people to embrace your values? You use government coercion to impose those values on people. And you get rich corporate elites to lobby government on your behalf. That’s what’s taking... The post How Rich Corporate Elites Are Lobbying Lawmakers to Crush Marriage Advocates appeared first on The Stream.
*Infographic - *Weeds are plants generally regarded as garden pests. However, there are beneficial weeds that are also known to have amazing healing properties. The post 10 Beneficial Weeds that Heal appeared first on Waking Times.
Hillary Clinton is friends with Planned Parenthood’s president and took a rare pause from her duties as secretary of state to keynote a Planned Parenthood gala, while her family foundation has worked with the group to promote birth control. So... The post Clinton’s Planned Parenthood Ties Run Deep appeared first on The Stream.
University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing, 25, now faces life in prison for shooting Samuel Dubose, 43, on the evening of July 19, roughly two minutes after pulling him over for failure to display a front license plate. At... The post University of Cincinnati Police Officer Who Shot Man During Traffic Stop Charged with Murder appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight... The post From Rents to Haircuts, Americans Start to Feel Price Hikes appeared first on The Stream.
http://www.macleans.ca/ Glen McGregor reports that Stephen Harper will skip Flora MacDonald's funeral: Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not attend the funeral of former external affairs minister Flora MacDonald, a pioneering political figure credited with leading the advance of women in modern Canadian conservative politics. Instead, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch will represent the government at the service on Sunday — the day, according to a CBC report circulating Wednesday, that Harper will ask the governor general ...more »
SYDNEY (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic... The post U.S. Official: Plane Debris in Indian Ocean Same Type as MH370, Possibly Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 appeared first on The Stream.
Pluto is larger than we thought Pluto’s diameter is larger than expected at 2,370 kilometres across. This is about two-thirds the size of Earth’s moon, giving Pluto a surface area comparable to Russia. The finding is significant because it means... The post Pluto: Ten Things We Now Know about the Dwarf Planet appeared first on The Stream.
*"Healing What Hurts: Freeing Up Energy"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we are carrying the burden of our unprocessed pain, sooner or later, it will inconvenience us. Many of us are going through our lives aware of a well of pain underlying our daily awareness that we’ve felt for so long we aren’t even sure where it comes from. It almost seems as if it’s part of who we are, or the way we see the world, but it’s important to realize that this pain is something that needs to be acknowledged and processed. The longer we sit on it, the harder it is to work through, and the more l...more »
We hear that there’s a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents, perhaps because Jews are now more likely to report them. (Or because of the negative way Israel and Jews are portrayed in the British media.) The Today programme announced this news clearly enough, but didn’t seem curious about the how, the why or the wherefore. Get an earful of Ajmal Masroor’s ugly Speech about Zionism and the Zionist Lobby. Do listen, at least for a few minutes. Masroor is one of the BBC’s go-to faces of normative, moderate Islam. He’s a frequent guest on The Big Questions. In his comfort zone, away fr...more »
"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am experienc...more »
Recovery? Not for most. Let's look at the data. We have an economic recovery, allegedly, one ongoing since June, 2009. Tell that to the millions of “discouraged workers” who have been unable to find a job, have given up looking for nonexistent jobs, and are not counted as among the unemployed as measured by the fake 5.3% rate of unemployment. The stock market, not too far below its highs,
[image: USS Freedom (LCS-1)]The US Navy's latest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS 23) will be named as USS Cooperstown, navy secretary Ray Mabus has announced. The new vessel will be named in honour of the veterans who are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown, New York. Currently, the US Navy is building two variants of the LCS, such as Freedom-class and Independence-class. Read more
[image: Orion 20 Wing In Ground Effect aircraft]A GEV, or ekranoplan, is a vehicle that is capable of being elevated above ground or water, but should not be confused with a hovercraft or aircraft, though it floats like both above surfaces. “The topic of ekranoplans is to be renewed with strike capabilities…and carry cruise missiles. Construction should begin after 2020 in the city of Nizhny Novgorod,” the Naval officer said. According to the officer, the Defense Ministry has issued tactical and technical requirements and development work is underway. Read more
[image: Iskander-M SRBM]Russia’s Central Military District has successfully test-fired Iskander-M operational-tactical missile systems, an official in the Russian armed forces announced Wednesday. The Kremlin has deployed several Iskander missiles to its territories over the past few months amid growing tensions with the West over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Iskander-M, a version of the Iskander tactical missile system, can hit targets located deep inside the enemy lines. Officially adopted by the Russian Army in 2006, the Iskander-M missile system has a firing range of up to...more »
Evening Wrap.... *NikiKitsantonis* @NikiKitsantonis 2h 2 hours ago After tense 12-hour session, Syriza central cttee decides on emergency congress in September. No party referendum on bailout deal Sunday. *Kathimerini English *@ekathimerini 3h 3 hours ago New sell-off timetable approved http://dlvr.it/BhcDnf [image: Embedded image permalink] *Kathimerini English *@ekathimerini 3h 3 hours ago ATHEX to reopen after bank IT tests http://dlvr.it/Bhc8hT [image: Embedded image permalink] *A Evans-Pritchard* @AmbroseEP 3h3 hours ago Tsipras has sold...more »
The first Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130J gunship made a historical entrance aboard Hurlburt Field on Wednesday — complete with a flyover and taxi underneath a fire truck water arch. The gunship, a heavily-armed, ground-attack aircraft, is one of the Air Force’s most advanced weapons. It’s known for its ability to shoot a large amount of cannon fire at night, as it’s equipped with smart bombs. “Air Force gunships have a 50-year history of calling Northwest Florida home starting with the AC-47 Spooky gunship from Vietnam,” said Lt. Col. Brett DeAngelis, commander of the ...more »
[image: Two Greek pilots and nine French personnel were killed after the crash in January]A carelessly positioned pilot’s checklist in the cabin of a fighter jet has been identified as the probable cause of the crash of a Greek F-16 in January during a Nato training exercise in southern Spain. The two Greek pilots and nine French personnel on the ground were killed as the plane veered sharply right and slammed into a parking area for planes shortly after taking off in Albacete on January 26. According to the investigation report, made public by the French defence ministry, the crash...more »
*Harmonizations come forth as chaotic envelopes are transcended* by ÉirePort Harmonizations come forth as chaotic envelopes are transcended. Flairs of brilliance succeed flares of emergence. Strains of solidness are experienced and exposed. Venerations of True *Counsel* are realized. Moderations relax. Heaven enters. ÉirePort | July 30, 2015 at 08:08 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vc
[image: TAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]Plans by Turkey and the United States to create an "Islamic State-free zone" in northern Syria along the Turkish border will serve Ankara's aims of stopping Kurdish militias from advancing in the area, analysts and Kurdish political leaders say. The plan follows significant gains by the Kurdish People's Protection Units militia (YPG) against the IS militant group in northern Syria. Last month, the YPG seized Tal Abyad, a key IS-held town, with the assistance of U.S. air strikes and Syrian Arab fighters. In doing so, the YPG cut off a major IS supply ...more »
[image: E-3A Sentry AWACS]Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS. The AWACS Next Generation Identification Friend or Foe (NGIFF) program office from Hanscom Air Force Base recently completed the first installation of the new AN/UPX-40 system, which also brings new enhancements onto an operational AWACS at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. "This operational installation marks a huge milestone for the AWACS program," said Nick Grudziecki, the NGIFF deputy program manager. "And it's only the first of many." Read...more »
[image: German P-3C Orion]Airbus Defence & Space is teaming with Lockheed Martin to provide a mid-life upgrade for the German navy’s eight-strong fleet of P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. The eight-year Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) contract will include re-winging the aircraft. This will be performed using mid-life upgrade kits that consist of an outer wing, centre fuselage and horizontal stabiliser. The kits will be provided by Lockheed’s overseas services corporation division in Marietta, Georgia, with integra...more »
Australia's regional air power dominance is assured with the delivery of the first of 12 RAAF EA-18G “Growler” electronic warfare jets. The first of the Boeing-built aircraft was unveiled during a lavish ceremony at the company’s St Louis production plant. As a brass band belted out patriotic tunes hundreds of guests including recently retired RAAF chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Boeing staff and a large contingent of RAAF officers including Air Combat commander Air Commodore Steve Roberton admired the most expensive Australian fighter jet to ever carry...more »
On July 28, 2015, thousands of people gathered in cities around the nation to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Under the banner of #WomenBetrayed, the rallies were a part of a growing national outrage over the barbarous actions of... The post Nancy Pelosi and the Scandal of Unfaithful Catholics in Public Life appeared first on The Stream.
SHEILA WALSH — I am very fond of sheep. I grew up on the west coast of Scotland with sheep all around me, field after field of white wool and incessant crying when things seemed a little off. They stick together like... The post The Beauty of the Bummer Lamb appeared first on The Stream.
People who follow this blog know that I’m not jumping on the wildlife conservation bandwagon. I taught a course on global wildlife conservation and have blogged about it repeatedly here on the Duck. So, here are my thoughts on Cecil the Lion, the lion killed by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, where I wade in […]
[image: USS America (LHA 6)]Over at military.com, Kris Osborne reports that the assembly of the second America-class amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli, is going according to plan, with a third of initial construction already complete. The ship “is approximately 30% complete. Fabrication has started on 211 units, 97% of all units, and 84 grand blocks are erected — 47% of the total,” according to a U.S. Navy spokesperson who provided Osborne with a written statement. Scheduled for launch in in July 2017 and with a tentative induction date set for December 18, the ship is specifica...more »
The largest section of the HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has been moved out of its dock hall, at BAE Systems yard on the River Clyde, for the first time. Lower block 04, the hull of the ship, weighs over 11,000 tonnes and is larger than a complete Type 45 destroyer. A single operator controlled nearly 2,000 wheels, moving at 1mph and taking over an hour to complete the move. Read more
On Jul 27, 2015, at 8:09 PM, john sturgeon wrote: The day before my 17th birthday, I went to bed everything was "normal". The next morning when I got up, something was seriously wrong, I didn't know what. By the end of the day, my Psyche had exploded and much of the unconscious content came to consciousness,.........(I didn't know this at the time, I had no vocabulary or understanding for what had happened to me). I was reduced to a prehistoric being but still was aware of what was happening to me, my identity, all feeling tones, mental and emotional lives were wiped out in j...more »
[image: Atago class DDG]The Japanese Defense Ministry has allocated money in the defense budget for two new 27DD project destroyers. The warships will be equipped with a modified AEGIS complex weapon system. The ships are planned to be equipped with not only an electromagnetic artillery installation (‘Railgun’), but also with a laser weapon complex designed to protect the ship. The laser weapons are currently being developed by the Technical Research and Design Institute of the Japanese Defense Ministry. Read more
On Jul 28, 2015, at 11:35 AM, Theo G wrote: If you're familiar with quantum physics and the double slit experiment, you'll know that when there is no observer, there's an interference pattern and when there is an observer, it has an outcome on the experiment. Essentially, the observer collapses the wave function of the particles and basically "creates" reality. I know of someone who feels they are the "observer", or as the Sphere Alliance puts it, the "Vessel of transmission", in this whole experiment and just wanted to know if I'm right. I've followed my intuition all my life, ...more »
On Jul 28, 2015, at 5:02 AM, Jeff Seligmiller wrote: Hello Bill, Long time follower. As I am sure many are, I am mesmerized by the "Sphere Alliance" messages. If I may ask of them: If we as Creator Gods use our spoken word to create, and what we may refer to as "non-physical" grants our creations. Who or what is that "non-physical"? Source? *WHY, DEAREST JEFFREY of the SHIP ALLIANCE, * *YOU are the NON-PHYISICAL that GRANTS YOUR CREATIONS> YOU/JEFFERY/ALL are the CREATORS/GRANTORS/BUILDERS.* *WITH JOY UNTIL WE MEET! * *END. Transmission.* Thank you Jeff Seligmiller W...more »
[image: Type 053H2G-class frigate painted white]China is converting two of its four obsolete Type 053H2G-class frigates into coast guard vessels to carry out maritime patrol operations in the disputed East China and South China seas, writes British naval expert Andrew Tate in a piece for the UK-based IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Photos posted on the internet indicate that the modification of the two vessels is taking place at a shipyard in Pudong, Shanghai. One of the vessels has had most of its armaments removed, including its YJ-83 anti-ship missile launcher, HQ-61 surface-to-air m...more »
[image: Hainan naval base] Hainan naval base The basic construction of China's second People's Liberation Army Navy aircraft carrier base on Hainan was completed in November 2014, according to an article in the August issue of Kanwa Defense Review, cited by the Chinese-language website of China's Global Times. The base incorporates a pier which can dock large ships on both sides, suggesting that both carriers can dock at the PLA Navy's carrier bases at the same time, according to the magazine. The magazine stated that the new base is 700 meters long, giving it the longest carrier b...more »
[image: Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM-1) Falcon (Navy photo: Daniel Moreno)]Crew members from Undersea Rescue Command (URC) and contractors from Phoenix Holdings International (Phoenix) completed an operational readiness evaluation (ORE) July 19, re-certifying the Navy’s deep sea submarine rescue capability. The submarine rescue system had undergone an extensive refurbishment period. The ORE, a component of crew certification, was the final step in a multistage process that enabled the URC-Phoenix team to become rescue-ready for worldwide submarine rescue. Read more
On Jul 28, 2015, at 1:47 AM, Armando Cuellar wrote: AK, I hope this is not much trouble for you, I am from Mexico City, Mexico, and read your blog everyday, I have followed the messages from the Alliance and if I could ask how come, I have not heard or read anything from the Alliance from people in Latin America. Is there no contact with anyone in Latin America? Thanks in advance for any comments. With love and joy Armando Cuellar. **** *DEAREST ARMANDO. YOU ARE THE ONE WE ARE WAITING FOR> NOW, GO within. * *THIS means to close your eyes, breathe deeply our LOVE for you and ALL H...more »
On Jul 27, 2015, at 11:39 PM, Anita Camera wrote: I have questions as well... One is about ships. Certain ship and names of commanders and other 'space' beings make me well up with emotion. The thought of being on a ship gives me the vibration of 'home', where I belong, and where I am in the right place with people who know me and appreciate me, and where I am more useful than here on this planet. How much of that is actually the case? I have always loved science fiction... ;-) *DEAREST ANITA-RA-TAE – Yes we share more of the name for the housing of your ESSENCE here amoung us. ...more »
It is difficult to know about Dr. Dee today. He is a key thread on the thin line of scholarship that passed from the Roman world through the middle ages long before the blossoming that took place a century later. Rather importantly his efforts supported later work in the occult and thus our present understanding. Curiously his work regarding angels was on the right track although the idea of an alphabet was a misdirection. Yet it shows his interests. He was a star and did well enough. We are only now beginning to appreciate the nature of the spirit world which he took for ...more »
This of course questions all we think we know and add that to Dark Matter and we have issues. I start with the concept of a Black hole anyway. We now have two more reasons to distrust the present models that we are relying on A Galaxy does look like a gravity well and the black hole explanation sounds correct. Yet imagine instead that Dark Matter is non compressible yet is generally packable instead. If well ordered it simply unwinds and carries of its gravitational component as a photon. Of course no one has ever seen a black hole but we do have packed galactic cores....more »
I could not believe what i am reading here. We have a built in bias to extract money from 'investors' to support marginal businesses owned by the State. Better, the State is the only supplier of such investments. What could possibly go wrong? It becomes impossible to run. This crash is going to end up with stocks trading at a deep discount to the real breakup value of the assets as happened during the Great Depression in the USA. Worse it is bleeding off private savings at the same time as it becomes likely that the Banks themselves will need a complete restructuring. The ...more »
It says something that this is now been run through clinical trials and the like in order to provide the underlying science that is always so useful. There is plenty of medical methodology that has never had such scrutiny. Acupuncture has actually reshaped western medical thinking in terms of the human nervous system and has encouraged often adventurous protocols and theories. All the better of course. Pain control is seriously subtle and often immune to chemistry. Thus working with the nervous system locally is an awfully good idea. Needles do exactly that. When looked ...more »
The dogs are clearly running and it appears that no one is immune. Thus China is going to completely clean house and stiffen social discipline. It will not work for too long and it is as certain that the collapsing market will reveal the need for a true free market to discipline crooks generally Now i understand Li Kai Cheng's departure. He would have known too many of those folks who are now losing and been forced to do business with them leaving him far too vulnerable. It was still a good time to leave anyway. I suspect that China will consolidate steadily now and perhaps ...more »
In the end we are now engaged in an impossiblity. Had the funds lent been expended creating viable assets and a strongly improved trade situation, then such debt might one day be addressed as debt. There is no sign of that. However you deal with it, the Germans end up owning assets unable to restore the debt and with citizens working overtime to tax them at every step. In the end the Greeks truly must clean up their own house and do one other thing. that is cede banking authority down to the community level to allow an expansion of cooperative credit that then expands the econ...more »
The future inside of ten years will see self driving cars using no gasoline or a heavy engine either and having a modest battery. We will also all have them and the cost involved in transport will plummet. This revolution will liberate millions of workers from transportation who are all capable and will flow naturally into supplying the needs of a population no longer needing to spend heavily on transport. It will be different but also richer. After that we will have the grav float that takes the place of the car and that will be also self driving. After all none of us hav...more »
The answer provided for the first objection is that this is a testing ground that simply can not be provided in the Astral plane as readily were advancing one's soul takes many times longer. Tghat happens to be a very acceptable answer. Otherwise we have chosen to fully disconnect as well for much the same reason.. The rest of the argument is a presentation of Satan who may simply not exist at all. Evil itself certainly exists but that is separated on death but still encouraged to advance. That there is an organized effort to impose this on Earth is...more »
However as this report bears out, the science is confirming the efficency of the protocol and also discovering how to apply it properly and well. Even then it is no trick for a victim to take charge of his own care and to implement a baking soda protocol himself. Here both maple syrup and blackstrap are positively indicated as carriers. That at least makes it easy to use at home We do not know yet if this will work for every cancer. I have doubts about leukemia for example and would like to see support there. It does not eliminate free cancer cells in the blood but it certain...more »
Wind power has become a creditable conventional power source. Integrated with battery storage and it will become even more efficient. The offshore rigs have also wonderfully proven themselves as well and supporting their expansion is appropriate public policy even though i know how to liberate all the energy we will ever need from dark matter. So long as conventional grid power has a market though, wind power and solar and geothermal all serve very well as none produce waste on an ongoing basis which remains the serious problem with coal in particular and less so for natural g...more »
[image: London policemen on ice skates on the frozen River Thames circa 1900] This is of course a long cycle phenomena that is capable of dropping solar radiation. We had posited a long cycle global shift in the Southern Ocean current as a climate driver but it is not able to drop solar radiation and unlikely to prove up very soon either. This one is much too soon and much more often as well. If truly cyclical then the time space of 2030 to 1645 is 400 years or so. That should mean that 1245 AD, 845 AD, 445 AD and 45 AD all were approximates for major cooling pe...more »
The most certain way in which to deliver a desired outcome is to either make it profitable or unprofitable. A baby can figure all that out. Prohibition makes the marketing and sale of drugs easy and highly profitable. Regulated access without significant penalties along with a vigorous tax regime suppresses the whole sector and makes it ordinary business. The public is looking for safer recreational drugs. Alcohol is marginal. Marijuana happens to be less so. Others are even better and need to be studied. The rest hurt you and that makes them naturally unattractive to th...more »
These reports are pretty typical and adds substantially to the data pool all confirming the whole pattern of the relationship between our physical existence and our spirit body. What pleases me however is the last story in which it is observed that the spirit in question actually transferred almost immediately upon his death a month after conception. This happens to be direct confirmation of a conjecture that i posted in which such spirit transference takes place around 49 days after conception. There may be some slight variation but this report effectively ...more »
My ongoing efforts on reviewing cryptid reports and unknown phenomena has yielded two serious new discoveries. The big one is the clear ongoing existence of the Giant Sloth. We are surely approaching four dozen such reports at the moment which is a lot and good enough to provide an excellent picture. of the creature. At least we had fossil antecedents to work from. The flying jellyfish is something that i produced out of the full cloth of the biology of the slime mold and known globs of biological debris. We did have the infamous swamp gas explanation regarding UFOs which ...more »
*Early Shots Show Impurities Dropping, But Not Yet Enough For High Fusion Yields* It appears that we are reducing impurities and we hope repeated firing will eliminate the oxygen in the system and allow Much lower levels of impurities. Otherwise this is going well enough and with the usual fussiness. I am so glad to see that cathode and fully appreciate just how difficult it is to manufacture. I would sooner take on the task of producing fusion. This is an remarkably important technology if achieved will provide us with the internal drive system we will need for star ships....more »
This is an excellent analysis of what is happening in China. Once again the king is failing to empower the credit worthiness of the bottom third of society. Until that is done you are fighting instability as we are in the USA in particular. all this suggests a long flat economy as they keep patching leaks. Maybe we can be surprised and we have a healthy internal economy that expands rapidly. It is possible. . * China caught between two evils as stock market collapses* * POLITICS | JUL 9, 2015 | BY GEORGE FRIEDMAN* *http://www.speroforum.com/a/XVAABQAZKJ39/76149-China-caug...more »
First this is all early days. Second, i do think that he is serious about this. And third he brings a wall of pure competence wrung from a lifetime of hard business dealing. He is a prick I want little to do with but at least he is our prick. Worse for all the other 'candidates' is that the voters know this after putting up with him for the past forty years. I suspect that he will be a slam dunk to enter the white house. I am also certain that he will outrage someone every day. This election has now become interesting and entertaining as well. Tell me who would you like...more »
In the end this explains the burgeoning Jewish population in Israel right after WWII. It was not all from Europe as there was simply no time to move so many so quickly. It also places the expulsion of Arabs into Gaza and Jordan in their proper perspective. Jewish homes and lands had been seized throughout the Middle East and made the same thing inevitable in Israel itself. In the middle of all this movement of peoples that included millions of Germans and millions of Poles as well an accepted practice arose that we do not attempt now. Out of it came a stable Germany, Poland...more »
Interpretation is always a challenge as we have no comparables to rely on and we pretty well now rely on astronomical arrangemnts. If so this all shows the long antiquity of the ideas that became the central meme throughout the early Altantaen world predating metal working and the Early Bronze Age. This was a large isolated and organized community that operated over thousands of years and certainly traded with and communicated with similar societies elsewhere. This also confirms the antiquity of arid land cultures throughout the region and that confirms that the much richer lan...more »
This is remarkable. It allows one to potentially treat the body or perhaps the organ in steps with full control. One gets the sense that we are a lot closer to restoring physical youth and health than anyone really is admitting. That will be a blessing to our civilization that we are not slightly prepared for but the indicators are all there. In fact, pending major life extension is the news story that no one is paying any attention to. Part of the treason is that few will actually be able to take advantage of this simply because their bodies may simply be too damaged. We h...more »
This story is compelling and pulls together a viable hypothesis regarding the mothman phenomena. We have the all important mind to mind communication. Please note mankind is likely the only creature out there that dies not rely on mind to mind. I have read a credible report stating as much. We are told that this strange repulsive creature is not native to our world and avoids us completely for safety reasons. I also think that our native big birds are also doing the same. What is important though is that the observations are nonconforming to any of the big b...more »
[image: Earth's inner core] This is important and the central iron core was identified twenty years ago. Now we have an additional core within the apparent iron crystalline structure that is also crystalline but oriented east west rather than north south. I would expect a different element and that may well be nickel. Again we are at the limits of our knowledge here. What is important is that such an object will have a different gravity signature that brings into question our own assumptions regarding gravity as well. . * The Earth’s inner core has an inner...more »
The take home here is that the Irish elk was been domesticated during the Early Holocene at least. This is important because this meant that while it was been hunted to extinction in the wild as was the Orox it survived as a source of milk, meat and plausibly as an important riding animal. That also explains their disappearance. Once the cow arrived, milk was more readily supplied and the animal was possibly far more tractable. That left them as riding animals and once again tractability was shaky if reports with moose are any guidance. Thus the emergence of a more useful ...more »
[image: A Chinese votive sword found in Georgia, USA. (Courtesy of the Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)] China had excellent seagoing ships during all the appropriate time periods. This meant that simply following the coast north eventually brought you around to Central America. Ultimately the Philippine Galleons exploited this natural great circle route. Ships were lost and we have evidence of just that as well. I have no sense that there were ever very many such commercial trips. On the Atlantic, it was the explosion of such shipping that made colonization and immigra...more »
[image: Falun Gong practitioners hold a banner in reference to organ harvesting of practitioners that is still happening today inside China. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)] We are now seeing international pressure ratchet up and this would never happen if the problem were actually been addressed, This is a true crime against humanity that has been willfully organized at the highest levels on a 'for profit' basis. China is not scared of the Falun Gong and as far as i can see, this does not apply to Islamic radicals. The wheels of justice are grinding against all those involved and may ...more »
Pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Navy Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith at Chattanooga National Cemetery on July 28, 2015. After attending the public memorial for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, who was also murdered in Tennessee, I... The post Military Photo of the Day: July 30, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.
[image: Russian Catfish submarine]The mystery vessel was found off the Swedish coast last week lying on the sea floor, its hatches closed. Cyrillic letters on the hull suggested it was Russian. In Sweden, where memories of the Cold War run deep, speculation swirled about whether the unidentified craft was a Russian submarine that had sunk while on a secret mission. Its age was not immediately obvious, and the Swedish authorities were unsure how long it had lain there, submerged and undetected. This week, the Swedish authorities said they had solved the mystery: The vessel was an im...more »
[image: Maquette of the Brazilian SSN]Brazilian federal police are investigating potential irregularities in a military program that aims to build a nuclear-powered submarine in partnership with France by 2023, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday. Folha said police searched for documents that could prove their suspicions of fraud in the program. The search was part of a wider probe that led to the arrests on Tuesday of two executives involved in building a nuclear power plant for state-run utility Eletrobras. Federal police did not respond to a request for comment and ...more »
I just posted an "ancient" screenshot (from 2012 or before) of unit 4 with a blue glowing orb inside here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/wondering-about-unit-2.html I was reviewing old newspaper clippings today of Fukushima and I thought I would share this report from March 19, 2011 published in the Wall Street Journal (Gautam Naik 3/19/2011 Next 48 Hours are Critical for Plant Getting 'Stable'): "Unit 4, where some 250 tons of used fuel are stored, 'remains a major safety concern,' the IAEA said on Thursday. The Vienna-based group said that had no information about the ...more »
Just one day ago, I did want to wait for a long time before I upgrade my Windows 7 laptop to Windows 10. And I wanted to use about 4 "less important" computers of my relatives or friends as guinea pigs. ;-) But the feedback by the converted ones has been so surprisingly flawless that I did join the early, first-day adopters, after all, and my own computer was the first one that was upgraded. Note that the upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 is free for 1 year. (You need to go from 8 to 8.1 first.) *And windows 10 is faster, better, and more modern.* If you are a Windows 7 ...more »
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33713259 on a sharp rise in anti-semitic incidents in the UK without ever mentioning the perpetrators or causes. I'd hazard a guess that a large number of the perpetrators were Muslim and one of the reasons is the anti Israel hysteria that the institutionally anti Israel BBC has helped create.
790668 Ontario Inc. v. D'Andrea Management Inc., 2015 ONCA 557:  The appellants argue that the motion judge made three errors in principle and was plainly wrong in making the cost order. First, the motion judge failed to give any or sufficient weight to the losing party's reasonable expectations as to costs. She awarded substantially more than the 60 per cent of the actual rate (amounting to $210 per hour) that the third parties had obtained on a previous partial indemnity costs award, on which they based their reasonable expectations.  The motion judge noted,...more »
On Tuesday I posted a comment about the mysterious light that always seems visible on unit 2's wall facing the viewer when seen on the TBS/JNN cam: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/mysterious-fukushima-unit-2.html Today I was going through some old screenshots and I came across this one (below) of unit 4 that was posted in April of 2012. I'm not sure when exactly the screenshot was taken, but what is noteworthy is the building damage visible on unit 2, above the tree line (and also the blue glow in unit 4 is noteworthy but I'm not focusing on that right now). I remember there...more »
*I suggest watching the movie "Jupiter Ascending" for a flavor the corporate nature of human farming on earth. -AK* *Updated 7/30/15 12:26 PM GMT: Changed wording on comment Per HTJ, to refer to Sphere Alliance Message #25. (the prior link was incorrect) -AK* *AK: Did the “Puppet Masters” profit from allowing access to data collection to humans on earth?* *Was there a commercial marketplace where outside data collectors “purchased rights” to install implants in [Earth] humans for research purposes? * *If so how long did they profit it from it and what form did such pr
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