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Monday, July 6, 2015

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Musical Interlude: Isaac Shepard, “Letting Go”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 minutes ago
Isaac Shepard, “Letting Go” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcc0BWe5SDA&feature=related

Best marks, goals, kicks and blunders, Rd 14

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 minutes ago
You don’t have to know anything about AFL to enjoy this week’s best marks, goals, moves and blunders! There’s no other game like this. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 minutes ago
“M7 is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars on the sky. The cluster, dominated by bright blue stars, can be seen with the naked eye in a dark sky in the tail of the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). M7 contains about 100 stars in total, is about 200 million years old, spans 25 light-years across, and lies about 1000 light-years away. *Click image for larger size.* The above deep exposure was taken from Hakos Farm in Namibia. The M7 star cluster has been known since ancient times, being noted by Ptolemy in the year 130 AD. Also visible are a dark dust cloud and li... more »

Chet Raymo, “Spooked”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 minutes ago
*“Spooked”* by Chet Raymo “The word everyone uses is "spooky." What they are talking about is entanglement, the spooky heart of quantum mechanics. You create a pair of subatomic particles, photons say, and send them on their separate ways. The particles seem to know what is happening to each other on their separate journeys. An activity performed on one particle can instantaneously change the properties of the other particle, no matter how far apart. And -this is the kicker- apparently instantaneously. Their fates are "entangled." In the latest test of entanglement (reported in the... more »

"Give Us Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 minutes ago
*"Give Us Courage"* "Give us courage, gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare us to our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"What Life Requires..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 minutes ago
“Life does not require us to be consistent, cruel, patient, helpful, angry, rational, thoughtless, loving, rash, open-minded, neurotic, careful, rigid, tolerant, wasteful, rich, downtrodden, gentle, sick, considerate, funny, stupid, healthy, greedy, beautiful, lazy, responsive, foolish, sharing, pressured, intimate, hedonistic, industrious, manipulative, insightful, capricious, wise, selfish, kind or sacrificed. Life does, however, require us to live with the consequences of our choices.” - Richard Bach, "Running From Safety"

Paulo Coelho, "Relax And Pay Attention"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 minutes ago
*"Relax And Pay Attention"* by Paulo Coelho "Sometimes we keep on waiting – with patience, resignation, courage – and still, things around us don’t move. But since this is the path we chose, it seems impossible that life’s blessings are not working in our favor. It provokes, therefore, a deep reflection about what we call “results:” our destiny is manifesting itself in a way we are not able to fully comprehend. Jorge Luís Borges wrote a masterly short story about this issue. He describes the birth of a tiger that spends great part of its life in the African wildness but ends up bei... more »

"A Chime Of Words..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 minutes ago
"Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people." - Logan Pearsall Smith

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 minutes ago
Waynesville, North Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Pope Francis’ Dr. Strangelove Craves One World Government Run by “Experts”

William M Briggs at The Stream - 17 minutes ago
Who’s up for a one-world government run by radical ecologists? Herr Professor Doktor Hans Joachim, a.k.a. John, Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Commander of the British Empire, prophet of doom, avowed atheist, and the most prominent... The post Pope Francis’ Dr. Strangelove Craves One World Government Run by “Experts” appeared first on The Stream.

“Life's Crossroads: How To Thrive in Times of Change”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 minutes ago
*“Life's Crossroads: * *How To Thrive in Times of Change”* by Linda Durnell “Life's crossroads create opportunity for us to choose between different options, and when we see someone embracing the moment when choices are decided upon, it can be awe-inspiring. A crossroads is about change. Choices must be made - not just when things are not working out as we had planned, but also during positive moments when we must choose to continue the course or veer off into something new. When we experience an ending in a marriage, a change in careers, political upheavals, the end of childrearin... more »

The Poet: John Glenday, "Concerning the Atoms of the Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 minutes ago
*"Concerning the Atoms of the Soul"* "Someone explained once how the pieces of what we are fall downwards at the same rate as the Universe. The atoms of us, falling towards the centre of whatever everything is. And we don't see it. We only sense their slight drag in the lifting hand. That's what weight is, that communal process of falling. Furthermore, these atoms carry hooks, like burrs, hooks catching like hooks, like clinging to like, that's what keeps us from becoming something else, and why in early love, we sometimes feel the tug of the heart snagging on another's heart. Only th... more »

Tiny Little Spiders

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 21 minutes ago
Tiny little spiders coming into view tiny little spiders coming down on you.

"7 Steps to Treat Depression Without Drugs"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 minutes ago
"7 Steps to Treat Depression Without Drugs" Why Antidepressants Don't Work for Treating Depression by Dr. Mark Hyman "Here's some depressing recent medical news: Antidepressants don't work. What's even more depressing is that the pharmaceutical industry and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have deliberately deceived us into believing that they DO work. As a physician, this is frightening to me. Depression is among the most common problems seen in primary-care medicine and soon will be the second leading cause of disability in this country. The study* I'm talking about was publishe...more »

Greece Votes No To The EU And The Euro

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
*BBC*: *Greece votes 'no' and gambles its future* *Greek voters have delivered a defiant response to Europe. Political leaders and heads of government had lined up to warn the Greeks that a "no" vote would be a vote to leave the euro. It did not deter them. Indeed many voters seemed to revel in their resistance.* *The European Project is now facing its gravest crisis.* *The size of the "no" vote surprised the Greek government. In the end the voters agreed with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the country's creditors were trying to "asphyxiate" the Greek economy. They bought hi... more »

rtod

laura k at wmtc - 1 hour ago
Revolutionary thought of the day: Scargill's got the megaphone and he launces intae one ay his trademark rousin speeches that tingles the back ay ma neck. He talks about the rights ay working people, won through years of struggle, and how if we're denied the right to strike and organise, then we're really nae better than slaves. His words are like a drug, ye feel them coursin through the bodies around ye; moistening eyes, stiffening spines and fortifying hearts. As he wraps up, fist punched into the air, the 'Victory to the Miners' chant reaches a fever pitch. Irvine Welsh, *Skagbo... more »

USA Beats Japan 5-2 for Record Third Women’s World Cup Title

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 2 hours ago
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — 5:51 p.m.: The United States has won its third Women’s World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Americans became... The post USA Beats Japan 5-2 for Record Third Women’s World Cup Title appeared first on The Stream.

Jewish billionaires line up behind Clinton

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 3 hours ago
According to a recent report published in the *Jewish Telegraph Agency*, Jewish billionaires George Soros and Haim Saban, two of the most politically influential plutocratic internationalists influencing American elections on the Democratic side of the political spectrum, have donated $3 million to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Other wealthy Jewish plutocrats have followed suit, greasing the wheels of the Clinton campaign. The *JTA* reports: Jewish billionaires George Soros and Haim Saban reportedly have donated a total of $3 million to the presidential campaign of ... more »

The U.S. Stuns Japan with FOUR Goals in the First 15 Minutes of World Cup Final

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 3 hours ago
The U.S. stuns Japan with FOUR goals in the first 15 minutes of World Cup final The post The U.S. Stuns Japan with FOUR Goals in the First 15 Minutes of World Cup Final appeared first on The Stream.

July 5: I'm starting this very late - it'll be short and off the usual track.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 3 hours ago
I was watching a film about the American revolution. It was the usual malarkey about how the British were cruel, and Americans were nice, and Americans invented democracy and freedom and equality and all those good things. British soldiers of the time were often cruel. That's true. They were pretty much the scum of the earth, Glorious stories were written about them. But few women in Britain at the time would willingly marry a soldier. And American revolutionary soldiers and militias were pretty much cut from the same cloth. And democracy and freedom had been developing and even o... more »

Oxi To Austerity

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 4 hours ago
That's Greek for the unmistakable overwhelming *No* to the banking cartel currently trampling all over democracy, all over the world, one nasty grind of the hyper-capitalistic heel at a time. The Greeks not only stood up for themselves, they just did the whole rest of the world a giant favor, too. They exercised some good, old-fashioned, bottom-up democracy. They spoke out against a group of very powerful, very sadistic people who thought that they could exercise their will through the instillation of fear and mass suffering. The pluto-sadists still do think that, but at least they... more »

Quote of the Day: When democracy will fail …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*"Democracy will fail when people begin to think they can vote themselves rich."* - PJ O'Rourke Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

For once I beat Paul Craig Roberts to a post. Never mind only by 10 minutes or that I just pasted up a page from the Guardian, whereas he sat down and wrote a thoughtful article. As I started to read his post I began to wonder if I got the story right. But near the end we began to converge ...and we both mentioned the "Evil Empire" (you can guess which one we were speaking of).

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ *Greeks Vote NO To EU-Imposed Austerity Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ July 5, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Greeks Vote NO To EU-Imposed Austerity Paul Craig Roberts With 90% of the votes counted, the Greek people have voted 61% to 39% against accepting the latest round of austerity that the EU is trying to impose on the Greek people for the benefit of the One Percent. What is amazing is that 39% voted for the One Percent against their o... more »

Photos Apache National Caravan Begins to Save Oak Flat!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
. By Sandra Rambler San Carlos Apache Censored News History is the making today as our spiritual run began from Dzil Ncha Si An (Mount Graham) and stopped below Shgla'sha en route to Chi'Chil'Bilda'Goteel (Oak Flat) then by caravan to Washington, D.C. Tribal elders shared their words of wisdom and blessed all those traveling in the spirit of our ancestors and keeping our Apache Spirit

ANALYSIS: How the Greek Crisis Could Happen Here

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Most Americans look at the rerun of the Greek euro crisis with something between smug amusement and condescending disapproval. When will those profligate Greeks get their economic house in order and stop looking to others to bail them out? But,... The post ANALYSIS: How the Greek Crisis Could Happen Here appeared first on The Stream.

Winnemem Wintu Protest Governor’s California Water Summit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Photo of protest against the California Water Summit in front of the Westin Hotel in Sacramento on June 30 by Dan Bacher. More photos at: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/07/04/18774455.php Winnemem Wintu and Allies Protest Governor’s California Water Summit  by Dan Bacher  Censored News The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, other tribal representatives and their allies rallied,

U. S. NSA Base in New Zealand

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
THE 5th EYE preview from CUTCUTCUT Films on Vimeo. A teacher, farmer and priest break into the Waihopai spy base deflating a giant radome in an act of disarmament, against New Zealand’s role in the US-led War on Terror. A millionaire internet mogul and alleged copyright pirate fights extradition to the US only to discover he was illegally spied on by the same shadowy agency that runs the base, on behalf of the American FBI. With the rise of the surveillance state in the digital age, new battle lines are drawn in new territories, and the enemy is sought out closer to home.

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Levees.org Levee Breach Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting!*

Food Watch: 23 minutes with legitimately legendary food writer Mimi Sheraton

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*by Ken* The other day I was making an effort to tame my monstrously swollen e-mail inbox, and came across this podcast from WNYC's "The Sporkful" (which boasts that "it's for eaters, not for foodies"), in which "Sporkful" keeper Dan Pashman interviewed the legendary food critic and writer Mimi Sheraton live onstage at the Food Book Fair in Brooklyn in May. Mimi has always been one of my most trusted and valued food writers, and I knew I wanted to clear the necessary 23 minutes to listen to the interview, and finally I did, and I'm glad I did. It's a treat to hear her still going... more »

The Unholy Lunacy of Israel-Bashing Churches

John Zmirak at The Stream - 6 hours ago
The campaign to isolate and delegitimize Israel picked up ammunition last week when the United Church of Christ called for divestment from companies it says profit from the occupation of Palestinian territories. Two other Protestant denominations, the Episcopal Church and... The post The Unholy Lunacy of Israel-Bashing Churches appeared first on The Stream.

Oregon Declares War on Christianity

Michael Brown at The Stream - 6 hours ago
In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake... The post Oregon Declares War on Christianity appeared first on The Stream.

Tax Experts Confirm Obama Lawyer’s Threat to Churches’ Exemption

John Zmirak at The Stream - 6 hours ago
The dust had barely settled on the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling before some critics began ramping up suggestions that churches that are theologically opposed to gay marriage deserve to lose their tax-exempt status — a proposal that conservative attorneys... The post Tax Experts Confirm Obama Lawyer’s Threat to Churches’ Exemption appeared first on The Stream.

The day I interviewed to be a sex worker

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 6 hours ago
One summer day when I was a young reporter in Kamloops, my bosses at the newspaper sent me off to pretend I wanted to get hired as a lingerie model. The advertising department at the paper had been running classified ads seeking young women interested in working as lingerie models. The paper wanted the advertising revenue, but was worried the real nature of the business was prostitution. So they sent me off to pretend to be a job applicant so I could report back to them, a task that I accepted without hesitation. The interview was in a hotel room at The Dome, a fairly p... more »

Acropolis Now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 20.05.34]*The new Drachma? How long?* *“Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so…”* “Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared to have any further negotiations with the Syriza government.” *German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro* – James Forsyth, SPECTATOR “Yesterday the embattled Greeks delivered still more body blows to the rotten regime of Keynesian central banking and the crony capitalist bailout state to which it is... more »

Greece Votes No: What Now?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
In time, they might come to call it the Tsipras Gamble. With an impossibly weak hand, no one seriously thought Syriza could pull it off. The verdict of the bail out referendum was predicted to be close, so close that it might well have been Syriza as opposed to Greece heading for the exit door. Predictions were made and screeds written on the genius/idiocy of Tsipras, but whatever side one took everyone inside and outside Greece forecast a tight vote (including, um, me). That, it was suggested (and indeed, was actively hoped-for in some quarters) would have tied the hands of the Gre... more »

Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/05/us-eurozone-greece-idUSKBN0P40EO20150705 Markets | Sun Jul 5, 2015 4:30pm EDT Related: WORLD, GREECE *Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'* ATHENS BY KAROLINA TAGARIS AND LEFTERIS PAPADIMAS Greeks voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to reject terms of a bailout, risking financial ruin in a show of defiance that could splinter Europe. With nearly half of the votes counted, *official figures showed 61 percent of Greeks rejecting the bailout offer.* An official interior ministry projection confirmed the figure as close to the expect... more »

Kulturkampf

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*"Between Berlin and Rome" from Kladderadatsch, * *16 May 1875. * (Pope:) *"The last move was certainly very unpleasant for me; but that doesn't yet mean the game is lost. I have one more very fine move up my sleeve!" * (Bismarck:)* "It will also be the last, and then you are mated in a few moves - at least for Germany." *Note the caricaturist's error in orienting the chessboard by placing white squares on players' left. *"Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which We have defined, let him know that he has fallen away compl... more »

Rally Against U.S. X-Band Radar in Kyoto

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Report from Kyoto: On July 4 the Kyoto Coalition against the US X-band Radar Base held a rally in central Kyoto, Japan. The rally got larger participants than before. In fact, recent crackdown against the coalition expanded people’s concerns on the US base in Ukawa, Kyotango-city, where is located on northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. People shared the latest situation there through the presentation from local activist in Ukawa, and then marched on central Kyoto. The base is one of important parts of the global US Missile Defense (MD) network. On coming July 30 – August 1, the an... more »

The Watusi

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*Genesis 6* *King James Version (KJV)* 6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 *That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.* 3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 *There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same ... more »

Arnold Schoenberg's 2 tone music

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Oh dear, the spell is broken! Radio 4's often spellbinding *Something Understood *was talking about 'desire lines' this morning and its most regular presenter, Mark Tully - the ultimate in BBC authoritative voices - played us a waltz by Arnold Schoenberg. As the music played, the infallible voice of Mark Tully re-entered, saying: McFarlane writes of physical paths, paths on the ground. Arnold Schoenberg was one of the first to tread a metaphorical path which led to the adoption of a new musical technique, two tone music - like this composition from his Five Piano Pieces called 'Wa... more »

Four-Times Deported Illegal Alien Kills Wife with Hammer

John Zmirak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Breitbart Texas has exclusively confirmed that a man who confessed to murdering his wife with a hammer in Laredo, Texas is a four-time deported illegal immigrant who would not have been in the U.S. had he not been able to... The post Four-Times Deported Illegal Alien Kills Wife with Hammer appeared first on The Stream.

Why we all love an alternative universe

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
The reason is simple because for most people this one sucks so bad an alternative could not be worse join my fan club We got a perfect planet but not content with fucking up each other we got to go after that evnviroment as well If you put humans in a gilded cage what would it look like and how much real estate would be invested for eventual waste we are that stupid we can not take yes for an answer and so it goes and so it goes I got a Jesus stick today in fact I got two becks I double dipped at a chance to go to heaven with simple wood What I leaned is that crazy people have money a... more »

#Ramadaninaday

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Guzzy Khan, a teacher from Coventry Talking about the predictability of *Sunday Morning Live*... Here was how the *SML* website framed the central debate today: In the run-up to the commemorations of the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, prime minister David Cameron has called on Britain to be 'more intolerant of intolerance'. The week also saw the launch of new counter-extremism requirements for teachers in schools. Teachers' unions have spoken out about confusion and nervousness in the classroom. Is this the right way to fight extremism? Or do strategies like Prevent furthe... more »

Sacred Geometry and the Five Platonic Solids

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Meme - *Overview of the five platonic solids that comprise Sacred Geometry and how they correlate with the five elements of fire, earth, air, water and ether. The post Sacred Geometry and the Five Platonic Solids appeared first on Waking Times.

Webcam Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
TBS/JNN cam is down. Futaba cam view shows darkness over Fukushima. No rain but a few puddles are visible in the traffic intersection. TEPCO cams 1 and 4 are showing heavy 'fog' like conditions, with TEPCO cam 1 view tinted yellow:

UPDATE: "OXI" 61% "No"...Orthodox world gives 5th "No" to Anglo-Zionist Empire

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*UPDATE: July 5, 2015 - Must read analysis by Paul Craig Roberts. The Greek result is so positive on so many levels, it's almost too good to believe. "Been down so long, it seems like up to me." Could this actually be the beginning of the end of the ziofascist cabal?* *The final results of the Greek Referendum are in and it's a definitive "No"*. As Saker sums it up very well...it's actually the 5th time the Orthodox world has said "No". *Early Greek Referendum Results say 60% voted "No" to Troika Bailout "Offer"* Polls in Greece are now closed and the counting has begun...earl... more »

Special Report ( Post Two ) Greece Referendum - July 5 , 2015 - NO Appears to Set For A Surprisingly Large Win Today - Confounding Prior Polls . Next On Tap - Contemplation Of How This Impacts On Future Talks With The Troika , What Happens Now With Greece's Banks and Financial Conditions , How does the ECB Address ELA Now that Greece Has Voted NO , How Do The Troika " Partners " Deal Not Just With Greece , But Each Other (In Particulat , Where Does The IMF Stand With Its Troika Brethren ? ? ? )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
*Edward Harrison* ‏@edwardnh 23m 23 minutes ago Good mood, music playing in Athens at 8pm after polls closed [image: Embedded image permalink] Official Results as they roll in..... Retweeted 357 times *The Guardian *‏@guardian 10m 10 minutes ago #*Greece* *referendum* *results* with 40.96% votes reported: no (61.08%), yes (38.92%) http://trib.al/lm5rwlS #Grefenderum Edward Harrison retweeted *Lorcan Roche Kelly* ‏@LorcanRK 1m 1 minute ago Over a quarter of votes counted. Still solid 60:40 No:Yes [image: Embedded image permalink] Derek Ga... more »

P.S.

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
When I described British Muslim convert/soon-to-be BBC presenter Myriam François-Cerrah yesterday as "a familiar face on the BBC's *The Big Questions* and *Sunday Morning Live*", little did I expect that this morning's *Sunday Morning Live *would feature...Myriam François-Cerrah. She didn't just plug her forthcoming BBC programme but was also there in her usual capacity - to pontificate on everything from counterterrorism in the classroom to blood donation. I *should* have expected it really. It was all *very* predictable.

VITAS

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

"How It Really Was, Is, and Will Be"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country." - Gore Vidal

“The Pentagon’s 2015 Strategy For Ruling the World Through Endless War”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The Pentagon’s 2015 Strategy * *For Ruling the World Through Endless War”* By Mike Whitney “On Wednesday, the Pentagon released its "2015 National Military Strategy," a 24-page blueprint for ruling the world through military force. While the language in the report is subtler and less incendiary than similar documents in the past, the determination to unilaterally pursue US interests through extreme violence remains the cornerstone of the new strategy. Readers will not find even a hint of remorse in the NMS for the vast destruction and loss of life the US caused in countries that p... more »

Snapshots

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Nikki Bedi As for how the BBC has covered George Osborne's plans for the BBC to pay for the free licence fees of over-75-year olds (today's lead story in *The Sunday Times*)... ...well, all I can offer are certain snapshots from watching last night's paper review on the BBC News Channel and this morning's *Andrew Marr Show* and from listening to *Loose Ends, Broadcasting House *and Mark Mardell's *The World This Weekend *on Radio 4. The first snapshot, concerning last night's *The Papers *on the BBC News Channel (presented by that nice Gavin Grey),... more »

Greek Referendum: Does a Landslide NO win = No Win? Mandate for Greek Exit?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*The Latest! It looks to be a massive win for the NO vote.* *A clear mandate for Greece to exit the Euro tyranny. * Greek Referendum Results: Landslide Win for No Vote in Greece The first official estimation for Sunday’s Greek referendum results show a victory for the NO vote with a 61% against a 39% YES vote with 46% of the votes counted, according to The Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction. This is a very significant victory for the Greek government, which was campaigning in favor of the NO vote arguing that it will strengthen Greece’s negotiating power in i... more »

The Cartoonish Rafael "Ted" Cruz Imitates Some Cartoon Characters. How Appropriate!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*by Noah* I'm sure that Rafael's handlers thought that the above clip of their boy attempting to imitate *Simpsons* characters might serve to somehow humanize him to voters. Either that or they secretly hate him. However, after viewing this clip, my only other thought is the cold truth that repugs don't do the humor thing very well, especially when impersonations are involved. If you doubt that, try to remember the spectacle of Karl Rove doing his pathetic, might as well be black face, rap dance at the press correspondents dinner several years ago. If that doesn't convince you,... more »

The Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling and Going with the Flow

John Zmirak at The Stream - 10 hours ago
I started the day on Bill Bennett’s radio show, which is always fun. Jonah Goldberg was on before me, and advanced the proposition, after the Supreme Court’s almighty constitutional bender last week, that it wasn’t so bad; conservatives who just... The post The Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling and Going with the Flow appeared first on The Stream.

Canada Court Denies Christian Law School Accreditation Due to University’s Rule against Gay Sex

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 10 hours ago
A Canada court has upheld the denial of accreditation to a Christian law school, holding the private school’s prohibition of homosexual behavior is sufficiently discriminatory that its degrees can be invalidated for that reason alone. Trinity Western University is a 4,000-student, evangelical Protestant college... The post Canada Court Denies Christian Law School Accreditation Due to University’s Rule against Gay Sex appeared first on The Stream.

The Economy: “Stop Lying, Or We Will All Start Dying”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Stop Lying, Or We Will All Start Dying”* by Karl Denninger “We have long passed the point where you can simply lie more often, more-outrageously and with greater emphasis and hope for good things to come of it. The "paper it over and pretend it never happened" nonsense has gutted economies worldwide. Here is the truth and it cannot be evaded: If you spend more than you take in you create debt. That debt must be serviced and ultimately must be paid down. The servicing of the debt requires that you spend somewhat less in the next period of time, and the paying of the debt requires... more »

The Adrian Dix Playbook

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
Shorter Mulcair and Trudeau: "We like the way the BC NDP and Adrian Dix did it and that's how we're going to do it too." Oh goody. Why can't some adults take over for these little boys. They're on their way into a gun fight armed with an all day sucker. Idiots. 

Children of the Gaza War

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
There's a programme coming up on BBC Two this Wednesday from Lyse Doucet called *Children of the Gaza War*. The programme's website contains the following blurb about it: Children in Gaza and across the border in Israel have lived through three major conflicts in six years. In the summer of 2014, more than 500 children were killed in a 51-day war, all but one of them Palestinian. Almost every child in Gaza lost a loved one. More than a third were left traumatised. On the Israeli border, children lived in constant fear of rocket attacks and underground tunnels. Lyse Doucet follow... more »

These things can wait

risa bear at A Way to Live - 11 hours ago
It has been over 90F out, and sometimes 100F, for over a month, seems like. The ground is complaining mightily, and now trees are beginning to shrink away from the sun. We anticipated this for several years and were more often wrong than right, but this year the garden's timing -- with things planted in March and April that traditionally are planted on Memorial Day weekend hereabouts -- has been impeccable. So we are bringing in green beans, runners, zukes, cukes and tomatoes, and I have even eaten a ripe apple. The garden pests have also cranked their calendar forward, but for on... more »

Living a ridiculous existance

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I dont know about the other people but thats the way I feel about you and me and thats why I love you so much soulmates in the looney bin of life

It looks as if John Humphrys will be in trouble with 'Feedback' again

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Talking of Christopher Booker... It looks, from another of his articles, as if poor John Humphrys might be on the receiving end of another *Feedback* slagging-off again soon: But nothing last week better conveyed the desperation of the warmists to convince us that the world is hotter than ever than a remarkable item on Tuesday’s *Today *programme, when Lord Deben (aka John Gummer), bursting with self‑righteousness, broke the record for the largest number of absurd claims ever squeezed into a single three-minute interview: such as telling us that Bangladesh will soon be so intolerab... more »

What George told Andy

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Here, for the record, is what George Osborne told Andrew Marr about his plans for the BBC this morning: *Andrew Marr*: A little bit of local housekeeping. There are some various cheerfully menacing stories about the BBC all over the - and the budget - all over the newspapers today. Standing back a little bit, what kind of BBC would you like to see? *George Osborne*: Well look, the BBC is a really important national institution and a fantastic broadcaster that produces some of the best television and radio in the world, and we want to give it a sustainable future in an age where ... more »

Permission of the Gods

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
It used to be harito alger now its smart parents and a childish obsession for the rest of us its wage slavery really thingaboot the race to the lowest denomiator in the invervese proportianal universe its like making an applicance that lasts I grew up on MASH and loved SONY and now SAMSUNG and LG are my new partners that I never knew Its all so confusing really how could Sony drop the ball they invented?

Smashing Pumpkins Ava Adore

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
It has nothing to do with human relationships so genius. We must never be aprart!

Abortion Access in the Maritimes

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
Here at DAMMIT JANET! we have blogged extensively (compulsively?) on abortion access, especially in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Now, VICE has produced a 33-minute documentary on abortion access in the Maritimes. Abortion has been a legal medical procedure in Canada for more than 25 years, but in spite of that, access varies widely across the country. Urban residents are far likelier to have easy access to the procedure, while rural people may face extra costs and time requirements like travel and figuring out where to go. In this edition of VICE Canada Reports, Sarah Ra...more »

Harvestig Intellecutal Power for those that have never been in prison

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
working at a a call centre 24/7 and one thing I know about this fact is that the customers are being served in the best possible way yes they have supercomputer of human delelopemetn working for minimum wage working on their temporary discomfort Hey man we all care i and my Friends often have to haled back the tears on good calls to speak out of school if you make an ass hole approach we will try our best but at the end of day you will still be an ass hole so we have gathered all this good people to help others like 311 so why when we bring so much joy can we not be paid just a smidgen o... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday... The expected attack by the Israeli Mossad and US CIA created and directed group known as "ISIS" in the United States on the 4th of July did not happen yesterday as many had predicted.... And it is time for my weekly rant... Yes, the regular media and the alternative media was filled over the last week with predictions that the fraudulent "terrorist" group called 'ISIS' was going to do something nasty in the continental United States for the American 4th of July holiday, and...Nothing happened! I did not put out any reports about this impending "attac... more »

What Evan Davis said in 2003

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
There was a sentence in one of Christopher Booker's latest *Sunday Telegraph *articles which caught my attention: ....we must never forget that equally mad campaign some years back, led by the BBC and politicians such as Michael Heseltine, Chris Patten and Kenneth Clarke, to get Britain into the euro. *In 2003 the BBC’s Evan Davis famously made a documentary explaining how happy the Greeks were at last to have a currency that was “stable” and “quite secure”. *All these people were carried away by one of the greatest acts of collective make-believe of our time. As the resulting tra... more »

Cant drive

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
I cant drive anymore and there is no particualr reasom just its nof fun anymore and I could rant for hours on this but the consumer reflcetion departmet would rule me a freak and my x brand car would still have never come up to expectains but all this is not true because I drive a Honda Honda Toyota and I do not know about Mazda never please become a marketing driven company because I like to drive your cars and they have been loyal friends like a dog or cat that can live forever with help Everthing above is pure Bull hockey which by the way the trend of the NHL to wander into the WF... more »

Fact of the day

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Apropos of, well, I'm not quite sure... Did you know that the BBC is presently working on improving maternal health in Uttar Pradesh, India? I learned that from a recent tweet from *Today* editor Jamie Angus, who's just been in Delhi meeting colleagues at BBC Media Action who are working on the project. Sara Chamberlain, Head of Information Communication Technology for BBC Media Action in India, put it this way late last year: I’m exhausted, on the verge of illness and we’re very, very tired in the India office – but – we’re EXCITED! Why? Because in the last month, the Minist... more »

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs To Alleviate Aches and Pain For Good

WTStaff at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Carly Fraser - *Beat chronic inflammation, the root cause of almost every illness, by making a slight shift in your lifestyle, supplementing with anti-inflammatory herbs, and removing inflammatory foods from your diet. The post Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs To Alleviate Aches and Pain For Good appeared first on Waking Times.

Dropping in and out of employment

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Thats the norm for the future prepare for the storm because some people can deal with this but its an ulcer for most that was preventable if we took a correct course The lords and ladies who could not get a degree even if it was paid for because the school would be so ashamed rule the world take care my friends that you do not get the sword Fuedilism has been re applied the court jester has been replaced by the IT guy as the most valuable member We are living under an oppressive thumb I know this because I was fortunate I grew up when goverment was well it was an institution boosti... more »

New Technology Blasts Weeds Without Round Up

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - A new technology available for farmers could replace Monsanto's carcinogenic glysophate. The post New Technology Blasts Weeds Without Round Up appeared first on Waking Times.

We Create Creation

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Soren Dreier* - We create creation. And hereby we create both illusion and reality. The post We Create Creation appeared first on Waking Times.

War Scenario Simulation: F-35 No Match Against China's Air Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Source: Lockheed Martin. David Axe, War Is Boring:* One Analyst Predicted the F-35's Dogfight Failure* John Stillion has some radical ideas about aerial warfare During mock dogfights over the Pacific Ocean in January, a U.S. Air Force F-35 stealth fighter struggled to get a clean gun or missile shot at a 1980s-vintage F-16D, according to an official pilot’s report that War Is Boring obtained. Turning the tables, the F-16 easily maneuvered behind the bulky F-35, even sneaking up on the radar-evading jet when its test pilot found his rearward view blocked by the plane’s poorly-desi... more »

Hillary Says She Never Used Pot When She Was Young... And Doesn't Plan To Now

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
I started using pot when I was very young. And about 5 years later I quit, when I was pretty young too. Overall it was a good experience-- with some drawbacks-- and I have no regrets that it was a big part of my life, especially when I was in college. I've had no regrets since I swore it off on December 1, 1969, on the border between Pakistan and India. But about 45 years later I began treatment for cancer. The treatment-- chemotherapy-- is devastating and the side effects are horrific. Many of my friends and neighbors urged me to alleviate those side effects with medical mariju... more »

Obama: Freedom is Paid for by Men and Women of US Military

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the “incredible blessings” in the greatest country on earth. He says “freedom is not free” but is paid for by all the men and women... The post Obama: Freedom is Paid for by Men and Women of US Military appeared first on The Stream.

2 People Dead, 3 Missing After Boat Capsizes in Ohio River

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky authorities say two people have been killed and three remain missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit the Clark Memorial Bridge and capsized in the Ohio River. Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick... The post 2 People Dead, 3 Missing After Boat Capsizes in Ohio River appeared first on The Stream.

Press Roped Down By Aides at Hillary Clinton Event

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
The press was roped down by aides today at Hillary Clinton event in New Hampshire. Photos of the press corps following Clinton at a July 4 parade were shared today on Twitter and Snapchat. The post Press Roped Down By Aides at Hillary Clinton Event appeared first on The Stream.

Is The U.S. Military Training Neo-Nazis In Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters *Will Cathcart and Joseph Epstein, Daily Beast*: *Is America Training Neonazis in Ukraine?* *Officially no, but no one in the U.S. government seem to know for sure.* *There are no doubts about the neo-Nazi and white supremacist background of the Azov Battalion, a militia that has positioned itself at the forefront of the fight against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. As the founder and head of the battalion Andriy Biletsky once put it, “The historic mission of our nation in this critical moment is to lead the White Races of the world in a f... more »

Who Really Runs Ukraine - Read the Fine Print

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*Click on the letter for a clearer view*

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Tookie Dookie and Gam bot E kud iss sigh; with a new trademark unassalable patent for Steve copyright

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
If I every see, read, right, tweet or twitter any future medium the words Legal Pearl I am going to sue. I want an nickel every time that combo is used deal. Legal Pearl *a rare time that a lawyer works on a legitimate legal case. Or a lawyer actually doing legal work.* Try me, I will get a lawyer that will suck your case out of your brain through your flared nostrils and turn it into cash on the table.

Ukraine Crisis News Updates -- July 5, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*BBC*: *Ukraine crisis: Rally in Kiev urges war on eastern rebels* *About 1,000 Ukrainian pro-government fighters and far-right supporters have marched through the centre of the capital, Kiev.* *Many burned tyres and wore balaclavas; some carried white supremacist flags.* *They called on the government to end the Minsk ceasefire accord and declare war on pro-Russian rebels in the east.* *The demonstrators say the Russian government is bringing troops and equipment into Ukraine, a claim that Russia has always denied.* *Many in the rally were from volunteer battalions and were dres... more »

New Blogs June/July 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 15 hours ago
Oh look, the summer has brought with it a nice range of new blogs. 1. brianblackblog (Labour) (Twitter) 2. davesoapbox (Unaligned/mental health) (Twitter) 3. Liz Kendall: A Fresh Start (Labour) (Twitter) 4. Local Government Worker Activists (Unaligned) (Twitter) 5. Making Workers Pay (Unaligned/Anti-Cuts) (Twitter) 6. Nora Mulready (Labour) (Twitter) 7. Sean Henry (Labour) (Twitter) 8. The Hand & Mouse (Unaligned) (Twitter) 9. The Voice for Change (Labour) (Twitter) 10. Trouble in Unison (Unaligned/Unison) Also featuring this week are a couple of others that don't quite meet the criteria...more »

Trojan Horse at the gates in Greece: How Ironic, how Iconic, how harbinger for democracy

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
OXI is a new Greek word I know and the world will soon have one more real way to say NO in the collective vocabulary thats been totally hijacked with Orwellian words and Frank Luntz reality distortion field commands The terrorism on language has been feckless but effective and not never a crime pity Truthyness dont cut the grass when the lawnmore is out of gas was purchesd on credit at wall mart anyway and the plantation refuses to go electric because its all losses in the first quarter Economics is the dismal science because its not science at all its more like writing a third testa... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*An End to Colleges’ Racial Discrimination in Admissions?* The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to finally get rid of racial discrimination in college admissions. The court agreed this week to review, for a second time, Abigail Fisher’s case against the University of Texas at Austin in its new term this fall. This comes at a time when racial preferences in college admissions, practiced by universities across the county, are under fire. Several new lawsuits are making their way up through the lower courts challenging the use of preferences at Harvard and the University of Nor... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
* Is the BP settlement enough for environmentalists?* *Photos: Krewe of Kolossos Boat Parade 2015* *Audubon Society: America's oldest bald eagle lived to see resurgence in species*

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Red Tape on Steroids — the Obama War on Consumers* Consumers and businesses won big at the Supreme Court on Monday. The justices struck down an Environmental Protection Agency regulation on coal-plant emissions on the grounds that the EPA failed to consider whether the costs outweighed the benefits. Not the cost to government, mind you. The cost to us, as consumers and business owners, to comply. The Court's 5-4 decision in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency is a setback for the Obama administration, but an important protection for the rest of us. Federal over-regulatio...more »

America Needs A New Strategy When it Comes To Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his dacha outside Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Leslie Gelb, Daily Beast:* America’s Losing Russia Strategy* Confronting Putin isn’t enough to restore peace on Russia’s borders. What’s needed is Détente Plus. American hawks flapped their wings with joy when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced recently that more military muscle would be deployed to the Baltics and Eastern Europe, and as word seeped out of significant covert U.S. military aid to Ukraine. And the hawks glo... more »

Seven Reasons Why “Getting Government Out of the Marriage Business” Won’t Work

John Stemberger at The Stream - 16 hours ago
At first glance, it sounds nice to say we should “get government out of the marriage business.” Marriage, as far as the state is concerned, would be merely a private relationship contract, with no reference to the lasting features of... The post Seven Reasons Why “Getting Government Out of the Marriage Business” Won’t Work appeared first on The Stream.

If the Feds Demand Same-Sex Marriage, What Will Our Pastors Do?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
If the logic of same-sex marriage as a constitutional right is pushed to the limit — and its giddy supporters show no sign of restraint, looting the culture like a horde of victorious Vikings — the federal government could soon strip orthodox... The post If the Feds Demand Same-Sex Marriage, What Will Our Pastors Do? appeared first on The Stream.

Deadly Strikes by US-led Coalition Targeting Islamic State in Raqqa

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, the coalition and the group said Sunday. At least... The post Deadly Strikes by US-led Coalition Targeting Islamic State in Raqqa appeared first on The Stream.

Egyptian President: Egypt has Foiled an ISIS ‘State’ in Sinai

John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with... The post Egyptian President: Egypt has Foiled an ISIS ‘State’ in Sinai appeared first on The Stream.

Russian President Putin's Independence Day Greeting Calls for US-Russia Dialogue

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect* *Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day.* *Putin said U.S.-Russian relations remained important for solving global crises. The two countries have disagreements over the conflict in Ukraine, defense matters and democracy.* *"In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between th... more »

Argentina: 50th Anniversary of the Argentinean Antarctic UFO Sighting

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Source: Clarin (Argentina)Date: July 4, 2015* *Argentina: 50th Anniversary of the Argentinean Antarctic UFO Sighting* *The UFO That Paraded Across the Antarctic and Triggered the Argentinean Psychosis* By Guillermo dos Santos Coelho It had all of the ingredients. An exotic locale, experienced witnesses and a season that was ripe for fostering the imagination, shortly before man’s arrival on the Moon. It is for this reason that the UFO which paraded across the Antarctic 50 years ago was a landmark that had pride of place in the covers of all of Argentinian dailies, triggering a ... more »

What Benefits Can You Get from Fermented Foods?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Infographic - *A great overview of some of the better-known fermented foods, how they benefit the body, and suggestions on how to eat them. The post What Benefits Can You Get from Fermented Foods? appeared first on Waking Times.

Voting In Greece Underway (Live Updates)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Voting In Greece Underway (Live Updates)* Watch live: Greek referendum -- The Telegraph Greek bailout referendum: Live Reporting: BBC The Latest: Germany: A 'no' win won't make debt talks easier -- AP Greek referendum: Osborne warns UK not immune from European turmoil – live -- The Guardian Fears a major Greek bank is hours from collapse as EU threatens to withdraw euro after 'No' vote -- The Telegraph Greece votes in bailout referendum LIVE UPDATES -- RT Greece Debt Crisis: Referendum Vote Live Stream, Where To Watch And Check For Updates On Greek Debt Vote -- IBTimes

Today Greeks Vote on High-stakes Bailout Referendum

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in a referendum on their nation’s financial future, with opinion polls showing that residents were evenly split on whether to accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans or... The post Today Greeks Vote on High-stakes Bailout Referendum appeared first on The Stream.

There Are Reasons For Harper's Slide

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.chicagotribune.com/ Six months ago, it looked like the prime minister was well on his way to his fourth mandate. The public supported his entry into the war on ISIS. They were scared of the terrorists Mr. Harper said were just outside the gates. And the economy seemed to be doing well. But, Michael Warren writes, things have changed: Today we are losing that war and public support has dropped dramatically. It’s becoming clear the only way to defeat ISIS militarily is to put allied troops on the ground. But that’s too cont... more »

Harper History, Part 6B – Budget Reintroduced - More Secrecy

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
May 2011 – summer 2012 The first few months of the Harper majority made it clear that the long forgotten “open and accountable” promise given when first coming to power is exactly the opposite of the regimes actual intentions. There are repeated attempts to put even the most innocuous committee deliberations behind closed doors, inaccurate or out right refusal to release financial information or estimates and massive pieces of legislation tabled covering a multitude of issues with no corrections or amendments permitted. The Canadian federal budget for the 2011–2012 fiscal year was... more »

Psywar - Full Documentary

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 17 hours ago
The real battlefield is your mind How did the land of the free and the home of the brave arrive at a place where citizens could be manipulated with such efficiency and on such a massive scale? This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the "elitist theory of democracy" and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.

Pope to Christians: Put Aside Divisions Amid Persecution

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world. “The blood of... The post Pope to Christians: Put Aside Divisions Amid Persecution appeared first on The Stream.

Syrian Troops Besiege Islamist Militia

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border of Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria’s air forces, activists and official media outlets reported. The capture... The post Syrian Troops Besiege Islamist Militia appeared first on The Stream .

Parades, Hot Dogs, Pit Spitting Contests: America Celebrates 4th of July

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations: ___ MUSIC, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS ON... The post Parades, Hot Dogs, Pit Spitting Contests: America Celebrates 4th of July appeared first on The Stream.

Hispanic Leaders Demand that GOP Candidates Denounce Trump

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump’s comments while others have ignored... The post Hispanic Leaders Demand that GOP Candidates Denounce Trump appeared first on The Stream.

Jeb Bush Takes Trump’s Immigration Comments ‘Personally’

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought. “I don’t think he represents the... The post Jeb Bush Takes Trump’s Immigration Comments ‘Personally’ appeared first on The Stream.

Military Photo of the Day: July 5, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 18 hours ago
We greatly admire the brave, selfless path these Sailors and Marines took to becoming Americans. We congratulate this entire group of naturalized U.S. citizens and thank them for protecting us! The post Military Photo of the Day: July 5, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Russian Air Defense Forces Fire Pantsir-S1 Missiles at Contest

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
Russian air defense forces conducted air defense drills using the Pantsir-S1 air defense system in the Republic of Buryatia, as part of the professional competition "Keys to the Sky — 2015." The Pantsir-S1 air defense system has been shipped to eight countries, including most recently Iraq, which made several large purchases from Russia to assist in its fight against ISIL. According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, international orders for the export version of the system have been booked up to 2019. Read more

Tests of Extended Range Missiles for S-400 Almost Finished

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler)]Official tests of extended range missiles for advanced S-400 Triumf air defense systems are in the final stage, the head of the Russian Air Force's anti-aircraft missile troops said Saturday. "The official tests of this missile are in the final stage. I think that in the near future they will be successfully completed," Maj. Gen. Sergey Babakov told the Russian News Service radio. The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is a Russia's next-generation anti-aircraft weapon system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial tar... more »

Taiwan holds military display to commemorate ROC victory in WWII

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
The Republic of China armed forces staged a military display on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROC's 1945 victory in the War of Resistance against Japan. The event, which took place at an Army base in Hukou, Hsinchu county, was presided over by Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou and attended by senior government officials, foreign officials posted in Taiwan and many others. In his address, Ma praised the contribution of ROC soldiers and officers who fought in the war and said they will never be forgotten. Read more

Enhanced Weapon Configuration for Saudi F-15SA

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Enhanced F-15E ground attack weapons carriage]Boeing has recently released images depicting weapon configurations developed for the F-15, that are likely to support the F-15SA, the most advanced variant of the F-15E fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The F-15SA brings improved performance, enhanced situational awareness and increased survivability at a lower total life-cycle cost. Avionics advancements include a Digital Electronic Warfare Suite, Fly-By-Wire flight control system, an Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system and Active Electronically Scanned... more »

Russian bombers seen off Swedish coast

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Tu-22 Blinder]“Two Jas Gripen planes followed the planes and monitored them,” said Marie Tisäter, duty officer at the Swedish Armed Forces. “They did not violate Swedish airspace.” Other nations also reportedly sent up planes to follow the Russian bombers but Tisäter would not disclose the identity of the other nations. “It is our task to keep track of what is happening in our neighborhood. It is not a serious event but something that happens quite often. We often help with other countries' operations in the Baltic Sea and they also help us.” The past year has been one of he... more »

Ken O'Keefe's tenth year anniversary issue - Bombings gets shit done - Horse has bolted legislation

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
Psychopath pathological liars in power? Wow, that Ken O'Keefe is just asking for trouble... "Only our (full and unconditional) CONSENT can bring about a Free Planet," that is the only truth we deny ourselves.

Free Planet is the only truth we deny ourselves

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
You look up into the sky, what do you see? GOD! That's the majority view, "When we look up into the sky, beyond the clouds, out into the infinity of open space," we see the workings of the divine. We see a hand of creation. We see spirituality manifest. You're mistaken, my friends, and worse you're looking too far into the misty-eyed godma-sewer where your dumbed-down-educational back-whippers are happy with their job of keeping your mind shattered and your belief system corrupted. If it weren't for godma, and other forms of fascist brain washing to make you comply, there'd be no ... more »

US anti-sub drone boat to counter China's maritime expansion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The US Navy's anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel can provide a significant boost to US tracking capabilities against China and Russia at sea. The boat was specifically designed to hunt diesel-electric submarines, reports the Tokyo-based Diplomat. Diesel-electric submarines are being widely procured by states with objectives opposed to the national interests of the United States, such as China and Russia. The US Navy does not operate diesel-electric submarines, though they are cheaper and quieter than their nuclear big brothers, said Gady. "While not capable of... more »

BBC News as usual reporting very selectively on Cuba

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The last sentence of this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-33398655 on a rare Fidel Castro appearance is incredibly one-sided even for the BBC. 'Relations had been frozen since the early 1960s when the US broke links and imposed a trade embargo on Cuba.' Why did the US break links and impose a trade embargo? Was there no cause? For the lefty activists at the BBC facts as usual are subservient to a cause.

Kalashnikov presents: New assault boats showcased in St. Petersburg

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Kalashnikov Concern showed off its new military assault boats for the first time at the International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS 2015) in St. Petersburg, giving attendees the chance to come aboard and check out the new vessels. Visitors were able to see a BK-10 assault landing boat, a BK-9 assault support boat and a BK-16 multipurpose amphibious boat up close. Kalashnikov staff even gave some visitors the opportunity to handle the new machine guns installed aboard the crafts. Read more

Light - 陽

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
" 陽 " (yō, or hi). It is translated as light, sun(太陽), etc. This character is written by Kanzi, Semi-cursive script. Etymology : Phono-semantic compound 阜 (hill) + 昜 (rising) This character reminds me the sun. It is a very bright space. Kanji are given various image to people. It is a profound information transmission. Source: http://www015uppso-netnejpcalligraphy.blogspot.se

China Air Force Deploys Drone for First Time to Monitor Work in Xinjiang Quake

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Yi Long (Wing Loong) UAV]China's air force has sent off a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on July 3, Friday, to monitor rescue and relief work, the first time that the country had used an unmanned aircraft to undertake such a task, according to a report by Reuters. The report said that China's ambitious drone program is part of modernization efforts for the world's largest armed forces, which it intends to use at home and also for export. According to a statement from the air force posted on the Defense Ministry's website, the single... more »

Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, July 5, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills. The two-week "Talisman Sabre" exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state involves 30,000 personnel from the US and Australia practicing operations at sea, in the air and on land. Some 40 personnel from Japan's army – the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) – will join the American contingent, while more than 500 troops from New Zealand are also involved in the e... more »

Russia rebuilding and repairing its navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Varshavyanka class SSK]Russia’s shipbuilding industry is not in good shape, as the delays in refitting the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier as the Indian Vikramaditya showed. The United Shipbuilding Corporation has had integration problems and some shipyards have not been modernised since the Soviet period. Additionally, certain elements of the rearmament programme could be delayed as a result of the ending of defence cooperation with Ukraine. While the industry is not likely to meet the targets set by the current armament programme, it will probably be able to produce 50-7... more »

\({\rm SmB}_6\) seems more stringy than a plain topological insulator

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Natalie Wolchover wrote an interesting Quanta Magazine article Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists about a research direction in condensed matter physics that is important for many reasons – and the apparent links to AdS/CFT are among them. Suchitra Sebastian, a female Indian physicist, and 15 co-authors (Cambridge UK, Florida, New Mexico) just published some experimental findings in Science. She claims that the crystal of samarium hexaboride \({\rm SmB}_6\) – named after the six boring Greek Samaritans who discovered it ;-) – behaves in even stranger ways than previously believe... more »

BWorld 9, Poitical populism vs. tax realism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
* This is my article in BWorld last Friday. *Political populism vs. tax realism* THE 2016 general elections are just 10 months away. It is natural that people are discussing who should lead this country of 103 million people by that time. And more often than not, political and economic ideologies determine, whether explicitly or implicitly, people’s criteria in choosing and supporting their candidate/s. The Philippines has a personality-oriented politics, not philosophy- or ideology-oriented. This is also true of other countries, to be sure. Political parties have come and gone, an... more »

It's impartiality, Jon, but not as we know it

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
BBC Australia Correspondent Jon Donnison continues to sound off on Twitter. Here's his latest opinion - critical, as ever, of the Australian government: Forget Asian century, Australia stuck in 20th century.Minister warns Oz seen as 'decadent' if gay marriage legalised. http://t.co/8UXJrY4B4X — Jon Donnison (@jondonnisonbbc) July 5, 2015

Capitalism Has Become Socially Dysfunctional. Paul Craig Roberts' prologue: "If you have not read John Perkins’ book, Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man, you should. The book is easy to read and explains clearly from the inside how US corporations deceive foreign governments into debts that they cannot service or repay and then use the IMF and World Bank as looting mechanisms and reduce the indebted countries to penury. Capitalism has become a socially dysfunctional system focused on pillage and not on the growth of consumer income that sustains and grows markets for goods and services. Once the last prospect is looted, there is nothing left to sustain capitalism. In this interview John Perkins describes the looting process in Greece. Tomorrow the Greek people face the same decision that the people in Iceland and Ireland faced. In Iceland the people rejected the debts and refused to pay them. Now Iceland is recovering. Somehow the feisty Irish were brainwashed into accepting austerity programs so that the looting of Ireland could continue, and Ireland continues to suffer. Sunday will tell us if Greeks have learned from the examples."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 22 hours ago
------------------------------ How Greece Has Fallen Victim To "Economic Hit Men" Zero Hedge July 4, 2015 *“Greece is being ‘hit’, there’s no doubt about it,” *exclaims John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, noting that “[Indebted countries] become servants to what I call the corporatocracy … today we have a global empire, and it’s not an American empire. *It’s not a national empire… It’s a corporate empire, and the big corporations rule.*” *Via Truth-Out.org*, *John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, discusses how Greece and other eurozone c... more »

Dead Again - Donate Organs  (Do Some Evil?)  Abject Failure of Iraq/Afghanistan Wars Leads to Viet/Iraq/Afghan Syndrome? But Not To Worry  (Google Pulls Ads When War Reporting/Photography Shown)  Sure! They're the GOOD Guys!  And There's No Escaping Them

Suckers gonna suck. We've got to get rid of them all. From their final song last evening to a fantastic second night in Chicago. Tears a-flowin' at any moment this evening. Billy, Bobby, Mickey and Phil say this really is the last Dead show. And they are SOLD OUT (forever). It's hard to believe I will never dance around in a circle again with flowers in my hair among loving "strangers

China Stock Market Travails ! Special Update - July 5 , 2015 - In Case You Missed It , China's Markets Have Been Spinning Wildly Out Of Control , Not Unlike a Satellite Falling To Earth - Can The PBOC , Chinese Government And Financial Community Hold Things Together ? Stay Tuned !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 22 hours ago
Tweets..... Chinese stck markets - we should have known this was a false dawn.... *People's Daily,China* ‏@PDChina Jul 3 Crimson clouds at sunset hang in the sky over the #GreatWall in Luanping county, North *China*'s Hebei province, July 1 [image: Embedded image permalink] *EMerging Equity* ‏@EM_Equity 5m 5 minutes ago Chinese Authorities Arrest Man for Spreading Suicide Rumors Amid Stock Market Rout: CCTV http://reut.rs/1M2VgQK *SoberLook.com* ‏@SoberLook 2m 2 minutes ago 28 Chinese firms suspend IPO plans - http://www. shanghaidaily.com/business/28-Ch i... more »

Special Report On Greece ( Post One- Morning Coffee Edition ) - July 5 , 2015 - Referendum Day Begins - Overview Of Background information , News And Opinions - Broad Brush !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 23 hours ago
Tweets..... Very early post - Election morning ! *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 11s 11 seconds ago fred walton retweeted *Russian Market As expected , Greece fulfilling its civic duties with class and dignity ! fred walton added, **Russian Market* @russian_market GREEK INTERIOR MINISTRY: NO PROBLEMS AT ANY POLLING STATIONS *Loukia Gyftopoulou* ‏@loukia_g 1m 1 minute ago Voting #Greece #Greferendum The Referendum has begun ! *Edward Harrison* ‏@edwardnh 43s 44 seconds ago Mostly just another Sunday in Athens so far. Lots of tourists. Lots of police. No unr... more »

Burundi's Refugee Crisis Is Growing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Voice of America*:* Fearful Refugees Struggle as Burundi Teeters on Edge of Chaos * *MAHAMA, RWANDA — The white tents stretch almost to the horizon, lined up in neat rows across the red-clay and gnarled-tree landscape of eastern Rwanda, like an army encamped for invasion.* *This, however, is an army of fear and uncertainty: tens of thousands of Burundians who have fled the deepening political chaos in their home country, and created one of Africa’s worst refugee crises.* *Ruth Niyongere is one of at least 27,000 now living at the United Nations-administered camp near the town of... more »

Tunisia Declares A State Of Emergency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*:* Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack* *Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country "in a state of war".* *Last week's attack, three months after the deadly Islamist assault on the Bardo museum in Tunis, has shocked the North African country emerging into a democracy following its 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising.* *Tunisia's emergency laws temporarily give the government more executive flexibility, hand the ar... more »

The World's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic | Climate Central

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
The World's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic | Climate Central

Hung: I can't say that the ROC exists

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: DSC07238] *Hung isn't going to be on many local candidate billboards, but the DPP's Tsai Ing-wen is going to become very familiar.* Current KMT presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu's Cross-Strait policy is a thing of joy to her opponents. Hung's foreign policy, she explained the other day, is that her One China, same interpretation means that the PRC recognizes the existence of the ROC. Then moments later she said that, well, that would mean a two state existence, which is incompatible with her foreign policy (story). She must be nuts, right? But these are not "foreign polic... more »

Islamic State Uses The Historic Roman Amphitheater At Palmyra To Execute 25 Syrian Soldeirs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Harrowing footage: Child executions were forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers in Palmyra *Daily Mail:* *Slaughter in the Roman amphitheatre: Horrific moment ISIS child executioners brutally shoot dead 25 Syrian regime soldiers in front of bloodthirsty crowds at ancient Palmyra ruin* ** ISIS has released a video of a mass slaughter of regime soldiers in Palmyra* ** The condemned men are lined up on their knees on the amphitheatre stage* ** Child executioners, with pistols in hand, stand behind the condemned men* ** A giant ISIS flag hangs in the backgro... more »

what i'm reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
I've just finished two truly excellent works of nonfiction: *Wild* and *Zeitoun*. Both books read like fiction, with clean, clear writing and page-turning suspense. Both document almost unbelievable, out-sized events, in one case likely unique, in the other - horribly - anything but. I highly recommend both books. I didn't expect to like *Wild*. Something about the phrase "best-selling memoir" just turns me off. But when the book was chosen as one of my Library's "Raves and Faves," I was intrigued. Those are always excellent books. (I'm quite proud that all five of my Raves and Fave... more »

Flying Saucers and Kenneth Arnold

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
(Blogger’s Note: Yes, I’ve touched on this before but in the last week or so the MSM, that is to say Time, published a UFO story that made the point that flying saucer was based on an error so of proving there is nothing to the sightings. I thought I’d take another run at this idea.) I have seen recently more suggestions that the term, “Flying Saucer,” is a misnomer because Kenneth Arnold wasn’t describing the shape of the objects he saw but their motion through the air. Reports from June 1947, however, seemed to indicate that some objects were saucer shaped, and others, who were bu... more »

July 4: We'll start with what isn't in the Irving news.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
For some reason, our news media have had little to say about Israel. So try the site below. It's from Haaretz, an Israeli paper, and one of the few intelligent and honest news media that are available in English http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/bye-the-beloved-country-why-almost-40-percent-of-israelis-are-thinking-of-emigrating.premium-1.484945 As I read this, I thought of friends who live much of the year in Israel. When they returned to Canada, I asked them whether they had enjoyed their time in Israel. The response was "Have you ever lived in a war zone?" That, and economic pr... more »

At 68 Patti Smith Still Has The Revolutionary Zeal Of A Twenty Year Old. Do You?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
A few days ago, writing for *The Nation*, John Nichols covered Patti Smith's European concert tour, which marks the 40th anniversary of the release of her groundbreaking debut LP, *Horses*, by marveling at how the veteran rocker is giving Europe a masterclass in focused protest rock that puts younger artists to shame. Her patter between songs sounds something like a cross between Bernie Sanders and Alexis Tsipras. Go Patti! At 68, Smith remains a vital and provocative artist with a radical message for the 21st century: “We are all being fucked by corporations, by the military! ... more »

Quote of the Day: "The New Testament v the American Revolution" [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
"It is impossible to square the kind of violent rebellion that America’s revolutionary creators advocated and engaged in with the actual meaning of the scripture and accurate interpretations thereof. "The New Testament demands complete submission and obedience to the state; submission to the emperor; payment of taxes; and submission to evil—including violent aggression. Considerations of things such as "due process" and "no taxation without representation" are simply alien to the New Testament. "The Declaration of Independence is a moral argument for rebellion against an unjust s... more »

Republicans don't know what to do about The Donald; Democrats THINK they do

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The Donald makes rabbit ears!* *by Ken* On Wednesday, as I dared to "dream of a day when we won't have The Donald to kick around anymore," I quoted a couple of chunks from Noah's June 17 post, "Political Groundhog Day: This Time Trump Actually Officially Declares He's Running": I expect The Donald to do well in these here upcoming Clown Car Debates that everyone is talking about. He is, if nothing else, a crowd-pleasing entertainer. His jingoism, simplistic quarter-baked answers to complex multi-layered problems, and his extensive bigotries play well to the brainwashed pitchfork... more »

Chemical Manipulation of Humanity: Why Are We Allowing This To Be Done To Us ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*My suggestion as always is to vote with your dollars*- Don't buy these products and contact the companies that manufacture them to inform them of your reasons & intent to deny them your hard earned dollars. You can make many of these products yourself and/or you can purchase cleaner products- The choice is yours and mine. Don't wait for politicians or alphabet agencies to act in your best interest. They won't. You have to act in your best interest. *Alternet* *There are around 84,000 chemicals on the market*, and we come into contact with many of them every single day. And if that... more »

Happy 4th Of July To All Of My American Readers

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Yes, it is Independence Day in the United States of America... Two hundred and 39 years ago, the American colonies declared their independence from the British Crown and Empire and a nation was born on the principles of freedom and liberty for all of its citizens... That is what the American people have long been led to believe... But in reality the original colonies never did become "independent" of the British Empire, and even today most Americans are truly unaware that the United States of America is actually still very much subservient to the British crown, and that the American... more »

Richard Dreyfuss

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
'Krippendorf's Tribe' Goes Off the Path, Back in Time If you thought that blackface went out with Al Jolson, you're wrong. If you thought "jungle bunny" humor of tales set in "darkest Africa" or way up the Amazon went out with serials, B-pictures and Tarzan, you're wrong. "Krippendorf's Tribe" revives all those old demeaning racist stereotypes in the most horrible ways--and at the very moment when the world's few remaining isolated native populations face extinction. Tastelessness can be hilarious if it is sufficiently affectionate and substantially funnier than it is offensive. Th... more »

Russia Mulls New Sanctions against Western Nations

David Mills at The Stream - 1 day ago
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation’s security chief said Friday, pointing at Finland as a possible target. The tough statement appears to herald a new round in spiraling Russia-West... The post Russia Mulls New Sanctions against Western Nations appeared first on The Stream.

Billionaires Saban and Soros Pour $3M into Hillary Clinton Campaign

David Mills at The Stream - 1 day ago
Saban, an Israeli Hollywood mogul, gave Priorities USA Action, Clinton’s super PAC, $2 million, while Soros, a Jewish, Hungary-born business magnate, donated $1 million, according to Politico’s article published Thursday. Clinton’s super PAC, which is dedicated to airing ads supporting... The post Billionaires Saban and Soros Pour $3M into Hillary Clinton Campaign appeared first on The Stream.

Say What?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

Fingers Crossed For Greece

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
I'm hoping the people of Greece voted resoundingly to kick the "Troika" in the nads.

Smoke Around Thickwood

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day ago
It seems I jumped the gun a little bit the other day about the haze we have been getting from all the forest fires. While it did clear up for a bit, a shift in the wind brought it back yesterday. We're having a good bout of off and on rain this today though which my lawn I'm sure really appreciates. I took a break from my book early yesterday evening to take a stroll around my neighbourhood. I'm not sure how well I was able to capture the conditions here but I did my best. From my backyard deck... Signal and Wolverine looking east... At Westview School looking west... East... more »

FBI WANTS PIRATE BAY LOGS TO EXPOSE COPYRIGHT TROLLS

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*"The most frightening words in the English language, We're from the government and we want to help you!" - Ronald Reagan" -AK * http://torrentfreak.com/fbi-wants-pirate-bay-logs-to-expose-copyright-trolls-150703/ FBI WANTS PIRATE BAY LOGS TO EXPOSE COPYRIGHT TROLLS BY ERNESTO ON JULY 3, 2015 BREAKING *Over the past months two Pirate Bay co-founders have been questioned by Swedish police, acting on behalf of the FBI. The officers were looking for information on Pirate Bay backups and logs as part of an investigation into the honeypot scheme of the notorious Prenda copyright t... more »

Jeremy Corbyn and the Trade Unions

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
There were howls of dismay on my Twitter feed last night. And it wasn't all because Heather Watson lost a close fought match with Serena Williams. It had something to do with this: that the GMB and Unite look all set to endorse Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for the Labour Party leadership. And the people doing the moaning? Mostly Liz Kendall supporters. It's a strange turn about, considering a number of PLP Blairites view Unite as some sort of latter day manifestation of the Militant Tendency. Why are they up in arms about their designated enemy's leadership preference? On the one hand... more »

PeaceWorks in Bath July 4 Parade

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Bath, Maine calls itself the 'City of Ships' where Navy Aegis destroyers are built. So today for the July 4 parade, the largest parade in Maine with more than 10,000 watching, our local PeaceWorks group did an entry of peaceful ships. The ships were designed by Maine artist group called ARRT! (artists' rapid response team) with photos by Peter Woodruff. Thanks to all those who came and participated with us, it was a great day! Remember many activists often complain that we are 'always preaching to the choir' but being in these parades helps us reach the community at large with ... more »

My Independence Day Open Letter to Government

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
By Bernie Suarez Today I want to openly declare to the current control system what Independence Day means to me and why it is the most important holiday of the year. *Dear controlling (federal) government, * Do you know what today is? That's right. It's the one day of the year where we the little people celebrate Independence from you the larger control system. That is after all at the heart of Independence Day. This is the day when individuals with a conscience, not groups like government and corporations but individual human beings get to reminisce on the idea of freedom. And... more »

Babooshka

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
As I've said before, the BBC's self-criticising programmes (a fine idea in principle) range from the utterly feeble (*Points of View*) to the barely tepid (*Feedback*) to the sometimes-decent-but-somewhat-hidden-away ( *Newswatch*). Following on from an earlier post, this week's *Feedback *(the barely tepid one) followed its strange segment promoting complaints that the BBC wasn't being anywhere near PC enough over immigration... ...by plugging BBC comedy (at length), and then indulging some humourless Radio 2 listener who, some time after hearing the news bulletin on the *Chris Ev... more »

CawRANT Events #8

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*CawRANT Events #8* The Pacific North West Coast is well into the third week of an unprecedented scorcher. This heat wave, no doubt, is having a serious effect on our rain forests. You can almost hear the trees crying out in thirst. Time for a *RANT!* First, to a couple of housekeeping matters...back in early June, I posted a story about a cocaine bust in the US that turned out to be bogus. It was one of those stories that you really hoped was true, because it would have torn the lid off the drug smuggling over the Mexican border that we all know is going on by the CIA. Even Jef... more »

'Murica - fuck yeah !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
"Team America: World Police"

Happy 4th of July

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
Fox's in

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