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Thursday, July 9, 2015

9 July - Blogs I'm Following

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In Praise of Soccer Moms

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 16 minutes ago
The inspiring march of the U.S. Women’s National Team to the World Cup championship has elicited a fair amount of cultural commentary. Advocates of Title IX—the 1972 law requiring equal treatment of female athletes—claim that it set the U.S. apart... The post In Praise of Soccer Moms appeared first on The Stream.

How Yelp is Giving You Bad Advice

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 18 minutes ago
Where can you devour an elk burger smothered in melted cheese and onion rings? Which diner has the greasiest loaded potato skins? It’s no secret that many of us turn to crowdsourced sites to gather information and weigh options. Quantcast... The post How Yelp is Giving You Bad Advice appeared first on The Stream.

Estrangement from the Truth a Problem for Hillary

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 18 minutes ago
Hillary Clinton lies. This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren’t on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad... The post Estrangement from the Truth a Problem for Hillary appeared first on The Stream.

The Trainwreck Behind ‘Yes Means Yes’

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 18 minutes ago
Over the past few years, American powerbrokers have developed a charming tendency to obsess over favored topics (putting “diversity training” at the top of the federal Office of Personnel Management’s priority list, for instance) while ignoring the colossal and urgent... The post The Trainwreck Behind ‘Yes Means Yes’ appeared first on The Stream.

The Death of the Hippies

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 18 minutes ago
The photographer Joe Samberg remembers how drugs destroyed the Telegraph Avenue scene and effectively ended the movement Hippies started. In 1967, just after the Summer of Love, The Atlantic published “The Flowering of the Hippies,” a profile of San Francisco’s... The post The Death of the Hippies appeared first on The Stream.

Civil(ian) Military Integration & The Coming Problem for International Law

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 30 minutes ago
In late May, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) released a white paper on China’s Military Strategy. This public release is the first of its kind, and it has received relatively little attention in the broader media. While much of the strategy is of no big surprise (broad and sweeping claims to reunification of Taiwan […]

Animal Brains Connected up to Make Mind-Melded Computer

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 55 minutes ago
For the first time, a team has networked the animal brains of multiple species to form a living computer that can perform tasks and solve problems. Two heads are better than one, and three monkey brains can control an avatar... The post Animal Brains Connected up to Make Mind-Melded Computer appeared first on The Stream.

Woof

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago

Musical Interlude: 2002 (Pamela & Randy Copus), “Oceans of Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
2002 (Pamela & Randy Copus), “Oceans of Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Z6A8ur334

Wikileaks Exposes Trade Deal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 2 hours ago
[image: Wikileaks Exposes Obama’s Fake Trade Deal – Only 5 Of The 29 Chapters Are Actually About Trade] The idea of international tribunals is an obvious extension of State practice but is also missing the safeguards built up over centuries of experience. This happens to be a huge leap and one that we can expect the Chinese in particular to game as they have also gamed other international agreements. What it calls for is a conferance of these parties aimed at producing an international legal framework that is also enforceable on both China and the USA and folks on the public ... more »

Coke and Pepsi Are Trying to Sell You Pretend Craft Soda

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 2 hours ago
I grew up thinking coca cola was bullet proof as a business. I used to think the same way about a lot of other great successful businesses as well that have all hit the future with a dull thump. What we are seeing here is the same type of panic we saw when those other business hit serious resistance. The beverage giants will continue but they will also continue to contract. After all you can buy water in a bottle and stevia sweetened tea with a shot of glucose for energy is something we can drink much more safely. The bottom line is that the consumer is looking for way... more »

Jane Goodall and Steven Druker Expose US Government Fraud over GMOs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 2 hours ago
[image: steven druker] I have covered this book indirectly in an earlier post, however we now have the endorsement of Jane Goodall. It tells a story of profound scientific corruption working through the regulatory system to the benefit of those prepared to pay well. What has been sold is the reputation of the FDA. The destruction of that reputation is now almost complete and we find country after country now taking a long second look at what they have bought on trust. It is a sad day. This provides all the anti GMO information anyone needs. . *Jane Goodall and Steven Druke... more »

Optical Illusions: The Challenge of Tracing Human Origins

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 2 hours ago
What this emphasizes is that our dating methods simply fail us as often as they work. Our understanding of geological process is also deeply flawed and we have been outright ignoring inconvenient anomalies for far too long. Then again we have been ignoring the moon. I do not like deus ex machina explanations but i also get frustrated by studied ignorance when inconvenient facts show up. It is obvious that the earliest expression of the primate linage spread out almost immediately worldwide and then additionally speciated to its heart's content. Thus we have a broad distri... more »

Locals feel the chill as gentrification looms over a block in Upper Manhattan's Washington Heights

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*The west side of Broadway between 161st and 162nd Streets* *by Ken* Even as Jane Jacobs described the process of organic neighborhood revival she called "unslumming" in *The Death and Life of Great American Cities*, she recognized that it could go haywire if all spoils were allowed to go the highest bidder. What we later came to call "gentrification" bears a superficial resemblance to Jane's "unslummng," but one difference is that gentrification pays no heed to the energies of the local residents whose faith in their neighborhood gets the process started -- and another difference... more »

obedient workers

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

The Impassioned Speech that Helped Remove the Confederate Flag from the SC Capitol Grounds

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 2 hours ago
A South Carolina representative made waves late Wednesday night after giving an impassioned four-minute speech calling for the state to take down the Confederate flag. A Republican from Summerville, Rep. Jenny Horne’s speech was immediately prompted by a desire to halt a series of... The post The Impassioned Speech that Helped Remove the Confederate Flag from the SC Capitol Grounds appeared first on The Stream.

Jersey Jazzman: More Obnoxious Charter School Propaganda

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: More Obnoxious Charter School Propaganda: Make it stop! MAKE IT STOP! State Sen. Shirley Turner recently introduced legislation seeking a moratorium on expanding enrollment for New... more »

Access to Justice means reasons in Small Claims (POA?) need not be as detailed as SCJ

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd. v. Peel Condominium Corporation No. 231, 2015 ONCA 520: [33] The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that access to justice is a significant and ongoing challenge to the justice system with the potential to threaten the rule of law. In *Hryniak v. Mauldin*, *2014 SCC 7, [2014] 1 S.C.R. 87, *at para. 1, the court held: Ensuring access to justice is the greatest challenge to the rule of law in Canada today. Trials have become increasingly expensive and protracted. Most Canadians cannot afford to sue when they are wronged or defend them... more »

Prejudicial evidence in judge alone trial

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
In judge alone trials evidence or submissions on evidence that might well lead to a mistrial before a jury are far less likely to lead to a mistrial. So see today's decision in R. v. Laine, 2015 ONCA 519: [59] The trial judge then concluded this discussion with the following: This is a judge alone trial. Submissions are not evidence. I have not and will not consider this as a case of alleged recent fabrication. It does not arise on the evidence. What is alleged is fabrication, pure and simple. The application is therefore dismissed. [60] The appellant can point to not... more »

New Horizons, Pluto and Us

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 4 hours ago
WASHINGTON — We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God,... The post New Horizons, Pluto and Us appeared first on The Stream.

Friday Morning Ramble

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
A few things I wanted to yammer about earlier this week, but didn’t get the chance … [image: Embedded image permalink] “It would be ... interesting ... to run ROI calculations on these degrees taking into account opportunity costs of years spent in training.” *Student loans* – Eric Crampton, OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR Don’t upset Winnie’s witches. *NZ First insider – Hell hath no fury like a Martin scorned* – DAILY BLOG “Preliminary findings show Maori is not an active form of communication on the marae” - Time to face facts. *Reversing the decline in speakers of te reo Māori* – SCO... more »

Mercatus Rankings Again Confirm: Low Tax States Do Better

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 5 hours ago
Yet another study has confirmed what we already knew — states with lower taxes do better. Today, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University unveiled its latest report, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition. The report ranks states on their overall... The post Mercatus Rankings Again Confirm: Low Tax States Do Better appeared first on The Stream.

monument to the flying saucer

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, it is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude, as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. It also has 25 lightning rods.... more »

The Bombing of PanAm Flight 103: Case Not Closed By William Blum (March 2001)

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
The Bombing of PanAm Flight 103: Case Not Closed By William Blum – Published March 2001 The newspapers were filled with pictures of happy relatives of the victims of the December 21, 1988 bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. A Libyan, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, had been found guilty of the crime the day before, January 31, 2001, by a Scottish court in the Hague, though his co-defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted. At long last there was going to be some kind of closure for the families. But what was wrong with this picture? What was wrong was that the evi... more »

Stop This War on Civilians in Ukraine!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Anna Tuv from town of Korolenko in eastern Ukraine tells the story of shelling by Kiev military (funded, trained and directed by US-NATO) that killed her daughter and husband.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“What’s happening outside this cave? Nothing unexpected – it’s just the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy passing by. As the Earth turns, the band of our Galaxy appears to rotate and shift along the horizon. *Click image for larger size.* The featured image was taken by a photographer who professes a passion for locating sea caves, and who found this spectacular grotto in Leo Carrillo State Park near Malibu, California, USA. After some planning, he timed this single shot image through the 10-meter high cave entrance to show the Milky Way far in the distance. In the foreground, sev... more »

The "Get LaRouche" Taskforce

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
Political Hit Get LaRouche The Man in the Iron Mask from Spike EP on Vimeo. The John Train “Salon” Delivered Perjured Testimony in the “Get LaRouche” Trials Among the crucial evidence illegally withheld from defense attorneys in both the Boston and Alexandria federal prosecutions of Lyndon LaRouche and associates was a June 26, 1986 FBI memorandum from the SAC Boston to the FBI Director. The document was only released, in redacted form, on April 5, 1991, as the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by LaRouche. The documents is now on file with the Fourth C... more »

It's Just Identity Politics Gone Mad...

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
Oh, please tell me they're joking... ...I've always made fun of the fact that they always seem to add an extra letter onto the catch-all Gay acronym every 5 years, but this.... This is just taking the piss. Sir Humphrey Appleby: "*Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: * *To create a disunited Europe. * *In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. * *Divide and rul... more »

Kenneth Arnold and the Null Hypothesis

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
It has become an article of faith among some that the Kenneth Arnold sighting with its misreported description of a flying saucer is the genesis of modern UFO shape. Arnold had said that the objects he saw moved with a “motion like that of saucers skipping across a pond,” which reporters took to mean that Arnold had seen disk-like objects. Skeptics have pointed out this error, suggesting that Arnold had not seen a disk, but crescent-shaped or heel-shaped craft. Others, coming after Arnold, used this error in their descriptions of UFOs because that was what had been so widely reported... more »

South Carolina Governor: Confederate Flag Comes Down Friday

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state’s “relic room” on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement. Compelled to act... The post South Carolina Governor: Confederate Flag Comes Down Friday appeared first on The Stream.

Pope Francis and the Communist Crucifix

David Mills at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Now we see Francis’s unhappy face, said one Facebook reader, commenting on the video that shows the President of Bolivia giving the pope a crucifix made out of a wooden hammer and sickle, once the symbol of the Soviet Union and... The post Pope Francis and the Communist Crucifix appeared first on The Stream.

This is a serious question: Are right-wingers CAPABLE of telling the truth about anything?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Q: What's wrong with this picture?* *by Ken* The answer to the question "What's wrong with this picture?": It's fake. At Right Wing Watch, Brian Tashman posted this tweet (also posted to the tweeter's Facebook page) by "right wing 'intellectual' Dinesh D'Souza," along with the note "D’Souza isn’t the only conservative to post the picture, despite the fact that it’s fake," and an update: D'Souza changed the Facebook post to read: "Even if the #ConfederateFlag was edited into this Hillary photo, WHAT is going on with those glasses and that hairdo?" And, oh yes, they posted the ac... more »

The Poet: Maya Angelou, "When Great Trees Fall"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"When Great Trees Fall"* "When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their... more »

Chet Raymo, "It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"It"* by Chet Raymo "A Howard Nemerov poem might be twelve pages long or twelve words long. He was equally adept at the epic and the aphorism. He could be serious or fun. Sometimes both at the same time. Consider the following poem, called "A Life," which I quote in its entirety. (How does "fair use" apply to something so short?) "Innocence? In a sense. In no sense! Was that *it?* Was *that* it? *Was* that it? That was it." Now I hear my spouse's voice whispering in my ear: *What's all this musing about death lately? Why all this late-life pessimism? ... more »

"Curious..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want." - Mr. Spock

Midday Musical Interlude: Stevie Wonder, "As"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Stevie Wonder, "As" “We all know sometimes life's hates and troubles Can make you wish you were born in another time and space. But you can bet you life times that and twice its double That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed. So make sure when you say you're in it but not of it You're not helping to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell. Change your words into truth and then change that truth into love, And maybe our children's grandchildren And their great-great grandchildren will tell... I'll be loving you.” - Stevie Wonder, "As"

GOP Senators Join Dems to Lift Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 7 hours ago
Three Senate Republicans, including vulnerable incumbent Mark Kirk of Illinois, helped Democrats advance a repeal of the so-called global gag rule that restricts U.S. funding to humanitarian organizations that provide abortions. In a Senate Appropriations Committee markup Thursday, Kirk and... The post GOP Senators Join Dems to Lift Abortion ‘Gag Rule’ appeared first on The Stream.

Quote of the day: On altruism & internet lynch mobs

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“This is what led Preston to the phenomenon of altruistic punishment which, briefly stated, is the manner in which people will punish perceived wrongdoers despite not personally being affected by the wrongdoing. Brain scans show that when we punish somebody for violating a social norm, we are rewarded with feelings of self-satisfaction. … * *the internet can overload this sense of righteousness, leading users to take leave of their sense of proportion. There’s a lot to be said for the idea. … * * “An entirely foreseeable result of this is that zealous punishers have little ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Setting up my new computer system and re-installing my software (and data) is going to take far longer than what I had thought. The problem is that I need to retrieve some data from my dead drive, and I am using TestDisk to get my latest stuff. Unfortunately .... at this rate .... I am going to be busy for the next few hours. It looks like blogging will only return later tonight. :(

John Kerry: U.S. Will Not Be Rushed Into An Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNN:* *Kerry warns U.S. willing to walk away from Iran nuclear talks* Washington (CNN)Secretary of State John Kerry made clear Thursday that he was not afraid to walk away from the negotiating table as he addressed looming questions about the Iranian nuclear deal currently in the works. "We are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever. We also recognize that we shouldn't get up and leave simply because the clock strikes midnight," Kerry said from Vienna, where the talks are taking place. The deal's deadline has been extended twice, and both U.S. and Iranian officials hav... more »

Mexico: "Webcams Mexico" Cameras Pick Up UFO Over Colima's Volcán de Fuego

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 7 hours ago
*Source: Periodista Digital and Planeta UFODate: 07.09.15* *Mexico: "Webcams Mexico" Cameras Pick Up UFO Over Colima's Volcán de Fuego* *It is cylindrical in shape, moves from right to left in an ascending position, and no one knows what it is.The State Civil Protection Unit asked the general population to avoid any activity in a five kilometer radius of the crater.* The object was picked up by fixed-position cameras belonging to Webcams de Mexico on Saturday, July 4 2015. These cameras record activity around Colima's Volcán de Fuego. Volcán de Fuego expelled incandescent mater... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 9th July)

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 7 hours ago
Is Britain sitting on a £200bn buy-to-let time-bomb? Landlords borrow vast sums to fund property empires More than two million people are now private landlords. That’s up by 600,000 since the financial crash. In 2000, less than two per cent of mortgages in Britain were buy-to-let. Now there are an astonishing 900 BTL mortgages available, and they account for 15 per cent of all home loans.

The Gmarriage Dialogue: A Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Argument in One Act

William M Briggs at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Jeremy: David! How are you? You have to congratulate me! David: Jeremy, well I’ll be. I haven’t seen you in ages. Congratulations! What am I congratulating you for? Jeremy: I got married! David: That is worthy of celebration. Fantastic news!... The post The Gmarriage Dialogue: A Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Argument in One Act appeared first on The Stream.

Putin’s Witch Hunt Targets ‘Foreign Agents’ and Intellectuals

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 8 hours ago
The Russian president’s witch hunt to stamp out Western influences is full of dangerous contradictions for scientists, students, and the future of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the attack again, this time against “foreign agents”: Russian NGOs and... The post Putin’s Witch Hunt Targets ‘Foreign Agents’ and Intellectuals appeared first on The Stream.

“Together On Earth: Seeing The Bigger Picture”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Together On Earth: Seeing The Bigger Picture”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “We have created imaginary boundaries, sectioning ourselves into countries and states, forgetting that in reality we are all living together. Seeing an image of the planet Earth taken from space inspires awe in many of us, since we can clearly see the connectedness of all of us who live upon this planet. We have created imaginary boundaries, sectioning ourselves into countries and states, forgetting that in reality we are all living together, breathing the same air, drinking from the same water, eating f... more »

FBI Director: July 4th Terror Plots Thwarted by Arrests

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 8 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI stopped several potential acts of violence in the month before the July 4 weekend, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. Comey said he believes that some of the more than 10 people arrested during that... The post FBI Director: July 4th Terror Plots Thwarted by Arrests appeared first on The Stream.

Pope Francis Not Amused by ‘Communist Crucifix’

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 8 hours ago
La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales on Thursday presented Pope Francis with a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on the hammer of a hammer and sickle... The post Pope Francis Not Amused by ‘Communist Crucifix’ appeared first on The Stream.

Selfie is the Arab World’s Hot New Show, And ISIS Hates It

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
One satire TV show is causing a stir in the Middle East, mocking Islamic State, confronting the Sunni-Shiite divide and sparing no taboo. Precisely because Selfie confronts such dicey topics, daring to satirize the gruesome jihadi organization, it has garnered impressive ratings. But backlash has been... The post *Selfie* is the Arab World’s Hot New Show, And ISIS Hates It appeared first on The Stream.

China crashing. Greece wiped out and three key websites not absolute, what does it mean

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Very little it seems the masters of the univers vontrol the pagent like the queen

Agenda 21 is Real, Far Creepier than Area 51, and is Coming Soon to a Suburb Near You

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 8 hours ago
You’ve heard of Area 51: the super secret government site around which all manner of far-fetched conspiracy theories have swirled for decades. You may not have heard of Agenda 21, which would be unfortunate because Agenda 21 involves something like an... The post Agenda 21 is Real, Far Creepier than Area 51, and is Coming Soon to a Suburb Near You appeared first on The Stream.

Supplemental: Take your pick about Candidate Clinton!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015Fearful, annoyed or evasive:* In our view, Hillary Clinton made some news in Tuesday’s interview with CNN. As the interview started, CNN’s underwhelming Brianna Keilar asked the world’s least useful political question: *Why do voters seem to like your opponent so darn much?* Such questions are rarely useful. But the second Q-and-A produced some actual news: KEILAR (7/7/15): *Senator Sanders has talked about how, if he's president, he would raise taxes.* In fact, he said to CNN's Jake Tapper, he would raise them substantially higher than they are today, on b...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Alma, Arkansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Ask, Instead..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"So don't ask yourself what people want. Ask instead, What is true? What really inspires me, excites me? What will really help people and take away their confusion and suffering? It's sort of a funny, crazy way to go, but I think it's the only way to bring water to the wasteland Joseph Campbell described. When I read something truthful, something real, I breathe a deep sigh and say, "Fantastic - I wasn't mad or alone in thinking that, after all!" So often we are left to our own devices, struggling in the dark with this external and internal propaganda system. At that point, for some... more »

"Afformations: Change Your Life!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Afformations: Change Your Life!"* by Noah St. John, Ph.D. "Afformations are empowering questions (NOT “affirmations”) that immediately change your subconscious thought patterns from negative to positive. The staggering realization I made was that you create your reality in two ways: by the statements you say to yourself and others, and by the questions you ask yourself and others. Traditional success teachers have focused a great deal of energy telling you to change your statements; no one had fully realized, or shown how to harness, the awesome power of what happens when you cha... more »

“How to Fight Stress and Burnout on the Cheap”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“How to Fight Stress and Burnout on the Cheap”* By Ashley Davis Bush "It was a series of upending life events over a period of years — some bad, some good, all unexpected and disorienting — that gradually propelled me into a state of mind-numbing, body-exhausting burnout. First, there was my husband’s cancer, his surgery, and the seven months spent watching him suffer through the spirit-breaking ordeal of chemotherapy. During those months, I’d prayed and cried and white-knuckled my way through an endless, dark valley of alternating fear, anguish, and desperate hope. But then it wa...more »

UNHCR: Refugees Fleeing Syria Have Crossed The Four Million Mark

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*L.A. Times:* *The number of Syrian refugees has topped 4 million, UN says* With no end in sight to Syria’s civil war, the number of people who have fled to neighboring countries has surpassed 4 million, according to United Nations figures released Thursday. “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.” *More News On Syria's Refugee Crisis* M... more »

Oregon Paying for 15-Year-Olds to Get Sex-Change Operations

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 9 hours ago
The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed. But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many... The post Oregon Paying for 15-Year-Olds to Get Sex-Change Operations appeared first on The Stream.

M25 brought to a standstill by illegal immigrants who jumped from a lorry per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
A staggering story headlined: 'Moment M25 was brought to a standstill by illegal immigrants who jumped from a lorry and ran across eight lanes of traffic' This is getting ridiculous... More here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3155087/M25-brought-standstill-illegal-immigrants-jumped-lorry-ran-eight-lanes-traffic.html#ixzz3fPtOzIrm

Old Before Your Time? People Age at Wildly Different Rates, Study Confirms

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
If the school reunion was not proof enough, scientists have confirmed that people grow old at radically different rates, with some aging much faster than their fresh-faced former classmates. A study of nearly one thousand 38-year-olds found that while most... The post Old Before Your Time? People Age at Wildly Different Rates, Study Confirms appeared first on The Stream.

After Another Delay, Kerry Threatens to Quit Iran Nuke Talks

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 9 hours ago
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Thursday to walk away from nuclear talks as he signaled that diplomats won’t conclude an agreement over the coming hours — another delay that this time could complicate American efforts... The post After Another Delay, Kerry Threatens to Quit Iran Nuke Talks appeared first on The Stream.

Goldfrapp - Lovely Head

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
I was going to spend this evening throwing together a riposte against this nonsense from Mary Creagh. Perhaps if I'm at a loose end over the weekend I might still. In the meantime I'm taking the evening off blogging duties, so let's revisit a track that evokes muggy days and weird summers.

Struggling home from work thanks to the Tube strike? Here's something to sing along with - NSFW Language warning and some atrocious spelling in the on screen lyrics

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Also £30k annual salary for a tube train driver? Behind the times, nearer £50k now.

Talking Drones & Navy Airshow in Brunswick

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*A US military drone visited 'Brunswick Landing' several years ago. There have long been rumors that drones might some day be a key part of the operation at the former Navy base in Brunswick, Maine* *Report on PeaceWorks/VFP Meeting with MRRA about Upcoming Airshow September 5-6* On July 8 three members of PeaceWorks and Maine Veterans for Peace- VFP (Rosie Tyler Paul, Dan Ellis & Bruce Gagnon) met with three representatives from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) – the quasi-government agency empowered to turn the former Brunswick Naval Air Station into “Bruns...more »

Protocols for a perfect life

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Protocols for a perfect life are not written down its to hard to translate into human something so transmorative no one must feel and emphasise the universe and become one with thyself At the start point life can accelerate towards the goal but there is no tender and there is no score there is only the game and the players and the love and the fact at the end of the day the whole crazy scheme is imaginary and in reality very insane Food and water and sleep and sex if your lucky some music and fine lititure if your living in a Star Trek universe great cinema these friendships and prec... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

“Earth Economics Is Upside Down”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Earth Economics Is Upside Down”* by Carl Herman “Accelerating technology can and should provide: • more personal freedom from labor, • more beauty in infrastructure and nature, • greater joy in our freedom to create and explore our beautiful, powerful, and diverse virtues (something like “resource-based economics” as researched by The Venus Project). We know what we have is in contrived Orwellian opposition of what leadership should create. We know that what we receive is literal criminal fraud: • increasing national and total debts from having what we use for money created as d... more »

Big OOPS from the President....

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=21659 Published on Jul 7, 2015 At a Pentagon press conference today President Obama made a SHOCKING admission. Was it a slip of the tongue or a Freudian Slip? The White House was quick to correct him, but we've heard that before.

Hillary Scurries from Sanctuary Ship after Supporting it For Years

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco’s refusal to hand over to... The post Hillary Scurries from Sanctuary Ship after Supporting it For Years appeared first on The Stream.

Jade Helm 15, Controversial Military Exercise, to Open Without Media Access

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Jade Helm 15, the controversial Special Operations exercise that spawned a wave of conspiracy theories about a government takeover, will open next week without any media allowed to observe it, a military spokesman said. Embedded reporters won’t be permitted at... The post Jade Helm 15, Controversial Military Exercise, to Open Without Media Access appeared first on The Stream.

Alan Grayson: Why Democratic Voters Stay Home

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Jane Wyatt, formerly of *Father Knows Best*, as Spock's mother Amanda Grayson in the original *Star Trek* series. Does this mean Spock and Alan Grayson are future relatives? * *by Gaius Publius* Just a short piece on the stay-at-home phenomenon among Democratic voters. Many of us have written about it, including myself, as a rejection of the wealth-serving direction of the mainstream of the party. As someone said to me lately, "If Democrats want my vote, they should give me someone I can vote for." I was therefore interested to see Alan Grayson's thoughts on the subject. Where d... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #12

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*My oldest asked me to watch a video and claimed he was born too early. After I watched it, I assured him he is right on schedule!* * Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.* *This experience came after a message that I planned to hold for a while, it seemed like it was too good to be true.* *Guess they had to assure me through my son!!!* 8 July 2015 *At work, had a nudge from our friends to look up the definition of hope and joy. They asked me to replace Hope with Joy. I can see the difference.* *Hope:**a feeling of expectation and des... more »

“Clarke and Dawe’s 2-Minute European Debt Crisis”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“Clarke and Dawe’s 2-Minute European Debt Crisis” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5QwKEwo4Bc

The Economy: "A Desperate Message from Beijing…"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"A Desperate Message from Beijing…"* by Bill Bonner LONDON – "This morning, a desperate message from our analyst in Beijing puts us in a lighthearted mood: "I'm sure you must have heard about the recent disaster in the Chinese stock market. It's my first time experiencing something like this. And it shocked me. It's like the world is suddenly turning upside-down. Everyone is running for themselves. People here feel hopeless, as they see so many government bailout plans fail. There are so many rumors I can't tell what’s true and what’s not. Some even said that it was U.S. capital s... more »

Catholic Church Wins Big in Liberal California Legislature

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Catholic Church, often out of step with California’s liberal Legislature, notched a prominent win at the statehouse this week after aligning with advocates for the disabled and medical groups to defeat a proposal to allow... The post Catholic Church Wins Big in Liberal California Legislature appeared first on The Stream.

Sean Salter Creates Patriotic Art with a Twist

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 11 hours ago
In an America marked by growing disunity, there’s a need for art that brings us back to basics, that remind us what America is really about. We are fresh off the Fourth of July, barbecues and beaches are the order... The post Sean Salter Creates Patriotic Art with a Twist appeared first on The Stream.

Heavy Fighting In Four Of Iraq’s Provinces During Start Of July 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
There were a high number of security incidents in Iraq during the first week of July. That was due to heavy fighting in Anbar and Salahaddin. The Islamic State (IS) also launched large attacks upon the Kurds in Kirkuk and Ninewa, and continued its terrorist campaign in Baghdad as well. The violence during the week kept casualties high in Iraq. The press reported 162 attacks in Iraq from July 1-7, 2015. The real number is always much higher. That was the same amount as the last full week of June. Those were the highest amounts of weekly attacks since the middle of May. Baghdad a... more »

Bakers Who Refused to Make Lesbian Wedding Cake Told to Pay $135K by Monday — or Else

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Two Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by July 13 or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home. Aaron and Melissa... The post Bakers Who Refused to Make Lesbian Wedding Cake Told to Pay $135K by Monday — or Else appeared first on The Stream.

Feds to Make Marriage Benefits Available to Same-Sex Couples

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the government will make federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples following a Supreme Court decision last month that legalized same-sex marriage. She says the Justice Department will work to make sure... The post Feds to Make Marriage Benefits Available to Same-Sex Couples appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Medicare to Pay Doctors for End-of-Life Counseling

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
It seems to me that this should be part of a physician’s job anyway, but in a technocracy, everything must be coded and tallied. Thus, Medicare is planning on paying doctors to engage in advance planning and end-of-life discussions. The post ANALYSIS: Medicare to Pay Doctors for End-of-Life Counseling appeared first on The Stream.

Glitches abound in the ethernet...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*and the stock market shuts down, planes don't fly, and the Wall Street Journal vanishes.* Sounds mighty fishy to me. It also points to how dependent we are on the internet. What would happen if there was a real cyber attack? For one thing, I wouldn't be doing any shopping as I rely almost exclusively on the internet for most purchases. On the other hand, I wouldn't be wasting time reading news sites and blogs every day. Seems like a fair trade, and since I just bought my favorite lipstick online, saving me from a trip to Macy's, I'm set for awhile. Which brings me to prepared... more »

Some odd photos from Canada

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
By American Kabuki Here's some photos I got from Arthur in Ontario Canada... I don't really know what it is. Could be oversaturated CCD pixels in the chip on the toshiba laptop camera, could be image compression artifacts, but I haven never seen this particular pattern in that kind of thing before. I do a lot of photo shop work with images (nearly ever blog post I do). If any of you have any insights on this labyrinth pattern in this violet light, drop me an email. Reminds me a bit of 2D QR bar codes you might see on a FEDEX package... encoded light? Is the hologram of the illus... more »

Copy Cat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
I grew up in a home that had a side of bread for nearly every meal, so naturally I love bread of all types. Unfortunately, my wife's not a big bread fan. And bread takes a long time to make, usually involving advanced preparation. So I sadly don't get bread that often. Thank heavens for biscuits! They satisfy the bread craving and are quick and easy to prepare. And no biscuit quite compares to those delicious Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. Thankfully they're easy to make on your own — though eating them will make you crave lobster and crab... *INGREDIENTS* 2 cups flour 1 Tbsp bakin... more »

Map: Over 200 ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in 32 States

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
There are over 200 “sanctuary cities” in 32 states that give safe harbor to illegal immigrants, even violent ones with felony records like the man accused of killing a San Francisco woman last week, according to a new analysis. The... The post Map: Over 200 ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in 32 States appeared first on The Stream.

Congress Passes Bill Creating ID Cards for Veterans

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs is on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk. The House approved the bill unanimously late Tuesday. Supporters say the bill... The post Congress Passes Bill Creating ID Cards for Veterans appeared first on The Stream.

More Soldiers Could Lose Jobs Due to Political Gridlock

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and... The post More Soldiers Could Lose Jobs Due to Political Gridlock appeared first on The Stream.

Lehman Brightman's Son Lakota Killed

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Censored News sends sincere condolences to the family of Lehman Brightman whose son was killed in California. Lakota Brightman is the brother of Quanah Parker Brightman. Lehman Brightman, Lakota, is the founder of United Native Americans and has spent his life working and struggling for Native American rights. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_28445757/

The Magical Power of Expectations

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Frank M. Wanderer* - Our world appears in the space of Consciousness, and the dance of the varied forms takes place in it. The post The Magical Power of Expectations appeared first on Waking Times.

Donald: I Don't Regret Nothing!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
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THEY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Some serious thoughts on the giant trade deal!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015Part 4—What Krugman has said:* How well do you understand the issues which underlie the debate about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership? We don’t understand those issues very well. In part, that’s because we spend time every night watching The One True Liberal Channel. Consider what we’ve been told on the Maddow Show, the channel’s increasingly embarrassing flagship program. In early May, we were told that “labor and Democrats and people on the left and people in the center are opposed to that trade deal in considerable numbers.” We were told that thi... more »

Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals

WTStaff at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Arjun Walia* - These popular children's vitamins may contain harmful chemicals. The post Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals appeared first on Waking Times.

Sexism in Political Science

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
There is a discussion on PSR about sexism in political science, with most folks concurring that it is still an issue with some deniers pointing out that support groups for women are exclusive, too. Um, yeah. How to address such discussions? I go to my standard operating procedure: what have I seen over the years? […]

Thomas Piketty: ‘Germany Has Never Repaid its Debts. It Has No Right to Lecture Greece’

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
File photo of Thomas Piketty. Credit: Universitat Pompeu Fabra http://thewire.in/2015/07/08/thomas-piketty-germany-has-never-repaid-its-debts-it-has-no-right-to-lecture-greece/ *Thomas Piketty: ‘Germany Has Never Repaid its Debts. It Has No Right to Lecture Greece’* By Die Zeit on 08/07/2015 *This forceful and important interview which is of enormous relevance to not just Greece, Germany or Europe but to India and English-speaking people all across the world, has been translated from the original German by Gavin Schalliol and is being published by The Wire in arrangement with Die ... more »

July 9: Just a short on today...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 13 hours ago
...as I'm off to the shore with my children and grandchildren. Luckily, there's almost nothing to say about the Irving press today. The editorial is yet another simple-minded piece of local boosterism and, again, it's about money rather that people. Norbert has a fairly balanced column about the Greek economic crisis. Well, almost fairly balanced. He blames both sides for the confrontation. But he can't help singling out 'ideologues of the left' who are spewing out venom about those poor, misunderstood bankers (who actually are the major cause of the crisis.) Would he ever dream of... more »

Deadly Nuclear Legacy

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
A huge legacy of the cold war hulks on the shores of Enewetak atoll in the south Pacific: the Runit Dome, housing 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris left behind after 12 years of US nuclear tests. According to a report by the US Department of Energy, soil around the dome is already more contaminated than its contents. Now locals, scientists and environmental activists fear that a storm surge, typhoon or other cataclysmic event brought on by climate change could tear the concrete structure wide open, releasing its contents into the ocean.

How Bernie Sanders Threatens to Derail Hillary’s Coronation

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 14 hours ago
Trying to create a presidential persona and a rationale for running, Hillary Clinton re-launched her campaign at a memorial to FDR. She used the glorious setting of Four Freedoms Park to summon Roosevelt’s legacy and frame her theme as “Four... The post How Bernie Sanders Threatens to Derail Hillary’s Coronation appeared first on The Stream.

12 Tweets About Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson’s Decision to Delay Sex Until After Marriage

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson is known on the field as a short but tenacious player who has already broken multiple NFL records. Off the field, he’s known for his love of others, devout faith, and now, his decision to... The post 12 Tweets About Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson’s Decision to Delay Sex Until After Marriage appeared first on The Stream.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The computer that I use for this blog has just crashed. Off to get a new one. Blogging will return in a few hours. *Update 14:00 EST*: My hard drive has been giving me problems for the past few weeks .... and it finally crashed today (thank God I am always doing a backup). I am now loading the software that I need in my new system, and I will probably be back to blogging within the hour.

Alan Grayson Just Made It Official-- He's Running For The U.S. Senate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Blue America started a Draft Alan Grayson ActBlue page to encourage Florida's most progressive elected official to run for the U.S. Senate seat Marco Rubio is abandoning to run for president or vice-president. Over 440 people contributed. Today, with Grayson's official announcement that he is indeed running for the seat, Blue America launched a new Grayson page, Alan Grayson For U.S. Senate. The short video above, explains eloquently in his own words why he has made this decision and we urge you to watch in through and take it to heart. He starts with the experiences from a sickly... more »

Greece: The Euphoria After Sunday’s ‘No’ Vote Is Fading Fast

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A manager tries to shut the door of a bank as hundreds of pensioners line up outside a National Bank in Athens, in early July. Now Greece if facing the prospect of banks being closed or merged, bailout or not. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/Reuters *Wall Street Journal:* *Fear Grows in Greece as Decisive Hour Nears* As creditors express skepticism and capital controls bite, many Greeks find euphoria after Sunday’s ‘no’ vote fading fast. Greece requested a new three-year bailout from its skeptical eurozone creditors and pledged some economic overhauls on Wednesday, but the euphoria some Greeks fe... more »

Most Greeks Banks Are Doomed Bailout Or Not

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
People line up at an ATM outside a Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis *Reuters*: *Exclusive: Greek banks face closures, bailout or not - sources* FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Some large Greek banks may have to be shut and taken over by stronger rivals as part of a restructuring of the sector that would follow any bailout of the country, European officials have told Reuters. European leaders will gather on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage agreement with Greece after months of acrimonious negotiations that have taken the country to the brin... more »

Greek Crisis: Taking down Germany, Shoring up Oligarchs and Worse?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*H/T to tal who left links for two very interesting articles about the Greek 'crisis' Definitely material worth considering* *tal July 7, 2015 at 4:52 PM* *Here are two article that more-or-less support this view:* *Thanks tal! * I think, but am not certain, that tal is suggesting these article support the view that the Greek crisis is being stoked to take down Germany and the other European nations. Related to a comment by Greg Bacon: *Greg BaconJuly 4, 2015 at 2:40 AM* * Greece is being used as a test for the rest of Europe and the USA, to see what needs to be fine-tuned in the... more »

7 Big Truth Benders in Hillary Clinton’s CNN Interview

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Commentators, pundits and journalists the world over were quick to point out that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first television interview since her April 12th presidential campaign announcement was full of misleading statements and outright lies. Here are seven... The post 7 Big Truth Benders in Hillary Clinton’s CNN Interview appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Offers Billions in Arms to Ease the Mideast’s Iran Anxieties

Anika Smith at The Stream - 15 hours ago
An agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program could create a bonanza for U.S. defense contractors who already are benefiting as the Obama administration tries to assuage Israeli and Gulf Arab concerns by cutting deals for more than $6 billion in... The post U.S. Offers Billions in Arms to Ease the Mideast’s Iran Anxieties appeared first on The Stream.

Joint Chiefs Nominee: Time to Reassess Our Strategy against ISIS

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The Marine general nominated to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. and its coalition partners are making moderate progress in the fight against the Islamic State extremist group but... The post Joint Chiefs Nominee: Time to Reassess Our Strategy against ISIS appeared first on The Stream.

Walker Presents New Test for Rubio

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Scott Walker’s formal launch of his White House bid on Monday will open a new challenge for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Early polling results and fundraising figures suggest the Wisconsin governor is in the huge GOP field’s top tier for... The post Walker Presents New Test for Rubio appeared first on The Stream.

Space Sluts

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Space Sluts in outer space Zero G working through the human cargo departing a dying planet still procreation Everyone dreaming of fucking pneumatic pathways to the stars is disappointed to find a way a better berth on a fragile lifeboat with no safe harbour in site Space Sluts in Zero G Space Sluts in Zero G the ultimate golden age fantasy living large in outer space ironic contrasting comedy while the mothers on earth wasted the delivery

Something Has Gone Off The Rails

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://delimiter.com.au/ The Harperites want to build a memorial to "the victims of Communism." They're getting a lot of push back -- about where they plan to build it and what it looks like. But, Jeff Sallot writes, people are victims of other people, not "isms": The people the Harper government wants to honour are victims of human rights abuses perpetrated by identifiable individuals. The abusers have names, like Lenin, Stalin, and Tito and Mao, Ceaușescu and Pol Pot, Castro and Kim Il-sung. All came to power in their homel... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Scott Walker didn’t finish college. Would that make him a bad president?* *Nope. Our research shows college degrees don’t matter in politics* Next week, Scott Walker is expected to announce that he’s running for president. When he does, he’ll give voters a decision many have never faced in their lifetimes: should you vote for someone without a college degree for President of the United States? These days it’s rare for someone without a college diploma to get picked for an internship, let alone stand for the highest office in the country. Walker’s opponents have sparkling resumes ... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*"From each according to his ability and to each according to his need"* *Karl Marx? Check. But it is also the message of a pontifical ignoramus: Pope Frank. The asshole obviously knows no history. Does he not know the vast evils that have been done under the mantle of that slogan? A Marxist nut for a Pope: Just what the world needs* Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage today after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the... more »

Wednesday’s Big Tech Breakdowns Have Some Yearning for Our Robot Overlords

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When technology breaks down now, people’s lives go haywire, too. Wednesday’s confounding confluence of computer outages at United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and The Wall Street Journal delivered a jolting reminder about our deepening... The post Wednesday’s Big Tech Breakdowns Have Some Yearning for Our Robot Overlords appeared first on The Stream.

Economic News , Data and Views ( July 9 , 2015 ) Broader Europe .... Italy in focus ( Italian youth employment hits 42.7 % , GDP forecasts for 2015 ( 0.6% ) and 2016 (1.5% ) , additional items of interest for Italy ) ...... Spain in focus ( Political items of note as Spain moves toward Elections later this year ) ..... Items of note touching on Russia ..... Greece in focus ( Economic items , Updates for Domestic and International Politics , focus on Creditor Talks )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets.... Overview...... *Jonathan Ferro* ‏@FerroTV 5h 5 hours ago Morning Note: 1. Greece's midnight deadline. 2. BoE ZZZZzzz 3. China bans major stock holders from selling... [image: Embedded image permalink] Broader Europe .... *Ansa English News* ‏@ansa_english 32m32 minutes ago OECD says Italian growth 'timid', youth unemployment 42.7%: GDP rises of 0.6% and 1.5% forecast for 2015, 2016 http://bit.ly/1UDVq6M *Ansa English News* ‏@ansa_english 2h 2 hours ago Italy stronger than 2012 says Padoan: Minister says reforms, return to growth offer protection... more »

A Comprehensive Paleo Diet Guide

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Infographic - *Keeping to to the Paleo diet, an ancestral approach to eating, is said to reduce foods that cause systemic inflammation, wreck our guts, and derail our natural metabolic processes. The post A Comprehensive Paleo Diet Guide appeared first on Waking Times.

More Than 4 Million Refugees Have Now Fled Syria, UN Says

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
ISTANBUL (AP) — The number of Syrians who have fled abroad since the outbreak of civil war in their country has risen to more than 4 million, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 years, the United Nations... The post More Than 4 Million Refugees Have Now Fled Syria, UN Says appeared first on The Stream.

Jeb Bush Outlines Border Security Plan, Responds to Trump

Anika Smith at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Bush shrugged off the back-and-forth Wednesday night, calling Trump’s comments part of “this weird little controversy that I’m not a big party to” before outlining his border security plan and reiterating that he supports a path to legal status for... The post Jeb Bush Outlines Border Security Plan, Responds to Trump appeared first on The Stream.

Greece Rushing to Finalize Reforms and Remain in Euro

Anika Smith at The Stream - 16 hours ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government was racing Thursday to finalize a plan of reforms for its third bailout, hoping this time the proposal will meet with approval from its European partners and stave off a potentially catastrophic exit from... The post Greece Rushing to Finalize Reforms and Remain in Euro appeared first on The Stream.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Has Executed 70 Officials So Far

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a “reign of terror” that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father’s early rule, South Korean... The post North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Has Executed 70 Officials So Far appeared first on The Stream.

Joe Eaton is the Greatest Actor Ever: ROC won war over Japan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
I am laughing too hard to blog today, because everyone is sending around this absolutely hilarious video from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about how everyone owes a debt to the ROC for its victory in the War against Japan. Lucky they pulled the US' chestnuts out of the fire, eh? Take a five minute break, which will either render you LMAO at the hilarious boners in here, or fired up at the hypocrisy and lies. Either way, I'm sure you will admire Joe Eaton's ability to deliver these lines with a completely straight face. The other videos on that channel TRENDING TAIWAN are pretty ... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #11

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*July 9, 2015* *A received by Denise* *They had a little fun with me this morning at 6 am! * *What would you take as a souvenir from this experience? * *I thought there are lots of things to remember earth by, but I thought a globe would probably be the best item. * *With laughter, they "showed" me the following image. * *Yes, I had one of those as a child.... didn't everyone? How perfect to sum up this experience! * *BTW, that doesn't mean we are going anywhere any time soon, not unless we choose to :)*

Hillary Clinton Shown to be Making False Claim on Benghazi Subpoena

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton’s credibility came under new assault on Wednesday when the Republican-led House special committee on Benghazi released its March 4 subpoena to refute the former secretary of state’s claim that she was never subpoenaed to... The post Hillary Clinton Shown to be Making False Claim on Benghazi Subpoena appeared first on The Stream.

South Carolina Approves Removing Confederate Flag from Statehouse Grounds

Anika Smith at The Stream - 17 hours ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner. A bill pulling down the flag... The post South Carolina Approves Removing Confederate Flag from Statehouse Grounds appeared first on The Stream.

Lyse Doucet - Children of the Gaza War

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
I missed this programme last night, so will watch it now and (as live) blog it. What am I expecting? Well as this is a BBC production and the BBC is 'unbiased by Charter', I am expecting a totally unbiased examination of the subject. Let's see... We open on destroyed buildings and then a scene in 'Gaza City, July 2014' of a Palestinian ambulance being apparently attacked whilst being filmed. The screen goes black and then we see a smiling Palestinian boy who suddenly looks sad, then two girls as the doleful tones of the BBC's Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet are heard,... more »

Iran Nuke Talks Lurch Toward (Another) Deadline

Anika Smith at The Stream - 17 hours ago
VIENNA (AP) — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program lurched toward another deadline on Thursday with diplomats reconvening amid persistent uncertainty and vague but seemingly hopeful pronouncements from participants. As the talks entered a 13th day in Vienna, Iran’s President Hassan... The post Iran Nuke Talks Lurch Toward (Another) Deadline appeared first on The Stream.

50 Reasons Not To Vaccinate Your Children

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
*50 Reasons Not To Vaccinate Your Child* End All Disease, 18 October 2012 *1**.* There is no scientific study to determine whether vaccines have really prevented diseases. Rather disease graphs show vaccines have been introduced at the end of epidemics when the disease was already in its last stages. In case of Small Pox the vaccine actually caused a great spurt in the incidence of disease before public outcry led to its withdrawal. *2.* There are no long-term studies on vaccine safety. Very short-term tests are carried out where the vaccinated subjects are checked against another... more »

What the papers say

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Now I’ve done my review, I need to do a review of the reviews of it that have appeared in the press. Andrew Billen (Times/paywall) is one of those (rare) reviewers who sometimes sees things from an independent angle. He isn’t completely taken in, as the other somewhat gullible reviewers often are in the mainstream press. For example, his review (July 6th) of “A song for Jenny”, (one family’s experience of their daughter’s murder in the 7/7 terrorist attack on London) bucked the trend. The Guardian’s verdict of that drama was so gushing that I hastily skipped to the comments bel... more »

Next gen S-350 mobile mid-range missiles to make Russian air defense impenetrable

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: S-350 Vityaz]Russian air defense is getting ready to deploy S-350 Vityaz mobile SAMs to replace outgoing versions of S-300 anti-aircraft systems. The core of the new system features missiles with state-of-the-art active radar-homing warheads. Everything is ready for the production of Russia’s brand-new medium to short range mobile S-350 Vityaz anti-aircraft missile complex. The system will replace S-300ps SAMs, which are armed with outdated V55R missiles due for decommissioning by the end of the year. “The next generation S-350 systems will be operational in the nearest pos... more »

Northrop Grumman’s Naval Combat Drones Get Lifeline

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: X-47B UCLAS]The Navy has decided to hold off sending its X-47B combat drones to an aviation museum. For now, the Northrop Grumman aircraft will be kept in flying condition pending high-level decisions on how to move forward. “The Navy is examining a range of potential follow-on activities involving the X-47B air vehicles,” Navy Capt. Beau Duarte, program manager for unmanned carrier aviation, told National Defense in a statement. Duarte in April broke the news that the Navy would donate to a museum or mothball the carrier drones — dubbed Salty Dog 501 and Salty Dog 502 — eve... more »

Panel finishes talks to buy 4 more P-8I aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: P-8I Neptune]Talks between the Navy and Boeing for four additional P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft are at an advanced stage with the Cost Negotiating Committee (CNC) having recently completed the negotiations. The Navy already has eight aircraft on order. Ministry sources told The Hindu that cost negotiations have been completed recently and the file would soon be sent to the Defence Ministry's finance wing. From the finance wing, the file will go to the Finance Ministry before being put up for final approval before the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the Prime ... more »

Ivar Giaever: a skeptical AGW Nobel talk on the climate

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Ivar Giaever's name has appeared many times on this blog. He's the Norwegian-born Nobel prize winner in physics for superconductivity. I learned about this recent talk he gave in Lindau Global warming revisited (Ivar Giaever, 2015, video) from ClimateDepot, FoxNews, and Bill Z. convinced me to spend half an hour and listen to it. It's fun and it's recommended! He makes a very clear case for the assertion that the global warming movement is a totally irrational religion of a modern type. The temperatures have been remarkably stable – 0.3% change in a century (on the kelvin scale,... more »

Boeing gives India 3 more months to seal defence chopper deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AH-64E Apache]US aviation major Boeing Company has accepted India’s request to maintain its quotation price for Apache and Chinook helicopters at $2.5 billion (Rs 15,000 crore) for another three months. The price quoted by the American major had expired on June 30, 2015. Sources told FE: “A decision is expected soon, hence, the company was requested to extend the price deadline for at least three months. So far, the price deadline has been extended at least 10 times since 2013 for 22 Apache AH-64E Apache and 15 Chinook CH-47F.” Boeing had extended the validity of the price q... more »

Chinese combat women pilots date Flying Leopard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: PLAAF women pilots]The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released photographs of the first batch of women pilots, who undertook flying missions recently. The photos have been published in online edition of People's Daily. It is also shared on their Facebook page. They are from the first batch of female combat pilots with duel degrees. They flew the ‘Flying Leopard,' a fighter bomber, on July 2. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) selected 33 women from more than 150,000 high school graduates in 2008. Read more

US predicts 42,000 unmanned Chinese military planes by 2023

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Yi Long (Wing Loong) UAV]The United States claims its arch superpower rival China is poised to become the world leader in unmanned military aircraft with up to 42,000 pilotless aircraft aloft by 2023. According to the United States Defense Department’s latest report on China’s military build-up the “Middle Kingdom” will spend more than $10 billion on land and sea based unmanned aircraft. These will include fixed wing and rotary aircraft to conduct surveillance, attack and even air combat missions. Read more

USS Kauffman to return from final frigate cruise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Kauffman (FFG 59)]The destroyer Oscar Austin will return to Norfolk on Friday, and will be followed by the frigate Kauffman two days later. The destroyer is wrapping up a successful eight-month independent deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleets, but its older brother is likely to steal the headlines. This marks the final deployment for the Kauffman and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of frigates. It is scheduled for decommissioning in October, and will be the last frigate to decommission. Cmdr. Michael Concannon is Kauffman's 18th and final skipper. A machinist's mate who r... more »

Kongsberg Maritime sonar chosen for Swedish Navy fast patrol boats

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tapper class PB]Swede Ship Marine will install new Kongsberg Maritime sonar systems as part of a major rebuild and lifetime extension of five patrol boats for the Swedish Navy. The new sonars will replace the previous model SIMRAD SS576 sonars first installed in 1996 on board the Tapper-class (or Bevakningsbåt 80), with the purpose to protect and patrol Swedish coastal waters. With 22 meters in length and a displacement of 62 tons, the Tapper-class Fast Patrol Boats operate in extremely shallow water, and require sonars capable of high performance in such environments. Re... more »

Thai Consulate Attacked in Turkey Latest Blow in US-China Proxy War

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*July 9, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Mobs brandishing the blue and white flag of the fictional state of "East Turkistan" located in present-day Xinjiang, China, attacked and destroyed the Thai honorary consulate-general in Turkey's capital of Istanbul. The attack came after Thailand's decision to deport Chinese Uighurs being trafficked through Thailand back to Turkey or China depending on their citizenship. *Images; Allegedly "Turkish people" stormed Thailand's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, yet the mob was clearly carrying the blue and white flag of the non-existent state of "E... more »

Love Gov: Protection from Jobs

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 20 hours ago
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Russia Developing Multipurpose Missile Launchers For New Warships, Air Defense To Get Self-Homing Warheads

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Project 22350 (Leader) class DDG]Russia is currently working on a multipurpose missile launcher, which will be equipped on new warships for the Russian navy. The latest report comes at a time when Moscow continues to beef up its military strength with new missiles, despite the country’s struggling economy. According to Technodynamika, a subsidiary of the state-owned corporation Rostec, the new multirole launchers will be able to fire ship-borne missiles of different classes from a single launching tube, Russia’s RIA Novosti reported. NATO warships are also equipped with simi... more »

US Navy's P3 Orion on PH Navy's wishlist

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Take a peek inside one of the US Navy's spy plane —the P3 Orion aircraft. The P3 Orions were used during the Cuban missile crisis and the Cold War. But now, P3 Orions patrol the South China Sea to safeguard the United States' economic interest. Carmela Fonbuena reports. We’re inside one of the US Navy’s P3 Orion aircraft. It’s a rare opportunity to see inside this long-range maritime patrol aircraft that has been in the wish list of the Philippine Navy. Read more

Australia needs ambition to build world-class submarines, SA leader says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Jay Weatherill]Australia should have the ambition to keep a submarine industry that can make the "most sophisticated equipment on the face of the planet", South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill has said. In an impassioned plea to build submarines at home amid fears the Abbott government continues to lean towards sending the work offshore, Mr Weatherill said high-end manufacturing was just the kind of industry that should be encouraged. "There is almost nobody that thinks it's a good idea to spend $50 billion in somebody else's country, especially when you're crying out to ... more »

Massaging the message

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
On the surface many viewers will have concluded that Lyse Doucet’s film* “Children of the Gaza War” *was even handed. Superficially she went some way towards ticking some of those 'for balance' boxes. The footage of Israeli children looking worried will have been enough to convince determinedly anti-Israel viewers that the film was ‘pro-Israel’. But of course, the people she’s actually treating as the ‘children of the Gaza war’ are us. We are being led like lambs, and what good will that do? Earlier yesterday evening I watched the tail end of Jon Snow’s latest Back to Gaza film on ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: July 9, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
A group of U.S. Army soldiers sprint to their objective during platoon live-fire training on July 3, 2015, at Tactical Base Gamberi in eastern Afghanistan. As millions of Americans prepared to celebrate the Fourth of July, these soldiers and thousands... The post Military Photo of the Day: July 9, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State Is Failing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
This image posted on a pro-Isis Twitter account depicts members of the group holding the distinctive banners. BBC *David Kilcullen, Strategist/Real Clear Defense:* *It's Time to Recognize a Failing Strategy* In the Islamic State (ISIS), we face a determined enemy melding terrorism and guerrilla warfare with an expansionist, state-building agenda and a mastery of online propaganda. And no country has yet mustered the political will or strategic understanding to defeat the group. In strikingly similar speeches on both sides of the Atlantic on 6 July 6, US President Barack Obama and ... more »

A Sunni Awakening In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Sunni volunteers carry weapons during a parade as they prepare to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, in the town of Amiriyah Fallujah in Anbar province, on January 8, 2015. (Reuters) *The Independent*: *Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants * They have seen their people slaughtered, their communities terrorised and dispossessed and their ancestral lands laid to waste. Now, some of the most influential tribal leaders in Syria have come together to t... more »

Evangelicals Are Strangers in America — and Everywhere

Rob Schwarzwalder at The Stream - 23 hours ago
Jonathan Rauch, one of the more thoughtful writers of the Left, has called Evangelicals “the last gay marriage hold-outs.” He posits that “most American Catholics support gay marriage. So do most mainline Protestants.” A few immediate responses: The Catholic Church... The post Evangelicals Are Strangers in America — and Everywhere appeared first on The Stream.

Introduction to double field theory 2/2

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Exceptional field theory* *Guest blog by Olaf Hohm of MIT* This is the second part (the first part was here) of a guest blog on double field theory (thanks again to Luboš for giving me this opportunity). I will introduce the extension of double field theory to 'exceptional field theory', a subject developed in collaboration with Henning Samtleben, and explain how it allowed us to resolve open problems in basic Kaluza-Klein theory that could not be solved by standard techniques. Exceptional field theory is the completion (in a sense I shall make precise below) of a research progr... more »

Move School Opening to September

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
It has been raining since Saturday last week. Downpour in the morning, then the Sun showed up in the afternoon. The rains were back at night, until whole day of Sunday. Last Monday, it was cloudy but Mr. Sun would peep somehow. Later that day, the rains are back, all afternoon classes have been suspended. Last Tuesday, it was warm and sunny, there were classes, nice to see the Sun again for several hours. Then downpour by night, until yesterday whole day, and classes were suspended Metro Manila wide by the Department of Education (DepEd). Last night, DepEd announced another class ... more »

They Hate Us, But Who Cares?

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 1 day ago
In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Places in the Heart, actress Sally Field famously gushed, “You like me; you really, really like me.” The latest in a long history of surveys examining... The post They Hate Us, But Who Cares? appeared first on The Stream.

The Lonely Parent: Should Young Children Have Email Accounts?

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
Writing at Acculturated.com, blogger Naomi Schaefer Riley examines what it means for young children to have access to the internet and email accounts. Preschool is three days a week for two hours and fifteen minutes, but for some parents, that... The post The Lonely Parent: Should Young Children Have Email Accounts? appeared first on The Stream.

NTS On A Short Break

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have always said that sometimes personal and family business overtakes our lives and it does take precedence over everything else... I have been on many projects over the last while and have several more that have now taken up much of my time, and away from writing at this blog... I will be taking a short break to clear up personal, and work business, and afterwards will be resuming writing articles at this blog... During my absence, I do recommend again that everyone take a look at the superb work put out by those who I call the "Best Bloggers That I Know" that I have listed on t... more »

Jim Gilmore to Become 17th GOP Presidential Candidate

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day ago
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore will announce a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination next month. Gilmore said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he plans to announce his candidacy in... The post Jim Gilmore to Become 17th GOP Presidential Candidate appeared first on The Stream.

Guest Post By Oren Jacobson-- Would Thomas Jefferson Recognize American Democracy Today?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Looks like we lost Oren Jacobson as a candidate against Lipinski, at least for the this cycle, but we've gained a sharp and dedicated new correspondent from Chicagoland. Last week he shared his reflections after Obama's speech in Charleston. This evening his topic is reflections on the Declaration of Indpendence as it has evolved and continues to evolve*.* His targets are the evils of systemic partisan gerrymandering and the predponderant influence of Big Money on out electoral system and their impact on American electoral democracy.* *American (r)Evolutionby Oren Jacobson* Eac... more »

The National Cathedral’s Confederate Window Problem

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. wants to remove two stained glass windows honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which is an Episcopal Church institution but serves as... The post The National Cathedral’s Confederate Window Problem appeared first on The Stream.

green onions

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

China Report ( July 9 , 2015 ) -- Morning Update - Bounce back ! Prior News Items - More Carnage ( Chinese Regulators pulling levers and pushing buttons to contain carnage as margin calls roll in and early stock halts are announced , Carnage in China roiling the Regional Bourses as well , Scapegoating well underway by China's Gov't , Stock market crash hitting car sales and real economy , Overview of ongoing crash ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
And what happens when you go to sleep ? *The Guardian *‏@guardian 2h 2 hours ago *China* *stocks* bounce back after days of panic selling among investors http://trib.al/vGDMEUi Terrormonitor.org and 16 others follow *China Xinhua News* ‏@XHNews 4h4 hours ago What a day for #*ChinaStocks*! Long-awaited jump on repeated supportive measures. Recover 5.8% after filling -3.8% gap [image: Embedded image permalink] *George Chen* ‏@george_chen 8h 8 hours ago BREAKING: China's Public Security Ministry, China Securities Regulatory Commission discussing plan to take ... more »

What Will Iran Do With An Extra $100 Billion?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Rick Wilking/Reuters Tim Mak, Daily Beast: Obama Admin Fears Iran Deal Will Release Billions for Terror Attacks Any nuclear deal with Tehran is going to mean a huge influx of cash for Iran. And even the White House is worried that could mean new funds for Tehran’s terror proxies. A nuclear agreement with Iran could give Tehran a $100 billion financial windfall—a sum that even the Obama administration is concerned could be used to finance terrorism against American interests. Iran has billions in assets frozen by an international sanctions regime led by the United States and other... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Another Answer Came"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, "Another Answer Came" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILt_GZqJzjQ&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Like delicate cosmic petals, these clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula and dutifully cataloged as NGC 7023 this is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers. Still, this remarkable image shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. * Click image for larger size.* The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characte... more »

close encounters

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Chet Raymo, “In Place of Belief”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“In Place of Belief”* by Chet Raymo “A lightning storm the other night, slipping down from Florida. For an hour we sat on the terrace and watched the northern sky blaze with pyrotechnics, the best we'd ever seen, almost continuous rivers of electricity streaming between the clouds, clouds heaped like mountains and lit from within. After some particularly sky-filling explosions we could not resist applause. From horizon to horizon, from Andros to San Salvador the streamers ran, trailing their rumbles of far-off thunder. So much energy! Energy entirely beyond the human capacity to c... more »

Life Skills: “8 Lessons I Learned This Birthday”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“8 Lessons I Learned This Birthday”* by Amy Chan "Recently, I celebrated another birthday. As I look back at how quickly time passes, I am amazed at how much can change in a matter of a year. I think we go through cycles of change - when the complete unexpected throws you off your equilibrium -giving you the opportunity to reassess and recalibrate. This past year was one of those cycles for me - and slowly but surely the pieces that were thrown up in the air are falling into place. At a time of reflection, I'd like to share with you some of the things I have learned. *1. The diff... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "And Yet..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"And yet, though we strain against the deadening grip of daily necessity, I sense there is this mystery: All life is being lived. Who is living it then? Is it the things themselves, or something waiting inside them, like an unplayed melody in a flute? Is it the winds blowing over the waters? Is it the branches that signal to each other? Is it flowers interweaving their fragrances or streets, as they wind through time?" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Paulo Coelho, “The Porcelain Vase And The Rose”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Porcelain Vase And The Rose”* by Paulo Coelho “The Grand Master and the Guardian shared the administration of a Zen monastery. One day, the Guardian died and a replacement had to be found. The Grand Master gathered together all the disciples in order to decide who would have the honor of working at his side. ‘I am going to set you a problem,’ said the Grand Master. ‘And the first one to solve that problem will be the new Guardian of the temple.’ Once this briefest of speeches was over, he placed a small stool in the middle of the room. On it stood a priceless porcelain vase c... more »

Iran's Foreign Minister: 'Never Threaten An Iranian'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif talks to media from bacon of the Palais Coburg Hotel, venue of the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on July 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBAN *Daily Star/AFP: **'Never threaten an Iranian': nuclear talks get feisty* VIENNA: A top-level meeting at the Iran nuclear talks this week was a stormy affair, Iranian media reported Wednesday, with the country's foreign minister warning: "Never threaten an Iranian." The altercation happened Monday evening as foreign ministers from Iran and six major powers including US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Vi... more »

Never mind Greece, WTF is going on with China's plunging equity markets?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Droll washingtonpost.com caption*: "*The Extraordinary League of Punditry requires this stock photo of an investor looking at a red screen when writing about the ongoing turmoil in Chinese equity markets.*" *"The rout in Chinese shares has erased at least $3.2 trillion in value, or twice the size of India’s entire stock market."* *-- from Bloomberg's report* yesterday, "Chinese Trading Suspensions Freeze $1.4 Trillion of Shares Amid Rout" *by Ken* "Nothing to see here," reads the deck on Tufts Professor Daniel W. Drezner's washingtonpost.com post "The politics of China's stock mark... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Boise, Idaho, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to finish, is an artistic animation of the Big Bang, a trip across the early universe, the formation of the Earth and Moon, the emergence of multi-celled life and plants, the rise of reptiles and dinosaurs, a devastating meteor strike, the rise of mammals and humans, and finally the rise of modern civilization. The minute movie ends with a flyover of the modern skyscraper and a human... more »

"All About The Folly..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Archimedes said, "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the Earth"; but there isn't one. It is like betting on the future of the human race - I might wish to lay a bet that the human race would destroy itself by the year 3000, but there is nowhere to place the bet. On the contrary, I am involved in the world and must try to see that it does not blow itself to pieces. I once had a terrible argument with Margaret Mead. She was holding forth one evening on the absolute horror of the atomic bomb, and how everybody should spring into action and abolish it, but she was getting so furious abo... more »

The Preferential Option for Myself

Jason Jones & John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 day ago
Read what some self-proclaimed “social justice Christians” are writing these days, and spilling on social media, and you’ll discover an odd phenomenon. The people we have in mind will grab a headline that somehow connects to poverty — perhaps a... The post The Preferential Option for Myself appeared first on The Stream.

"Useful Transformation: Make Change Work for You"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Useful Transformation: Make Change Work for You"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we experience change in our life we can control our response and reaction to the changes that are happening. Transformation is a universal constant that affects our lives from the moment we are born until we leave earthly existence behind. At the root of all growth, we find change. Occasionally, change and the circumstances leading up to it are a source of extraordinary joy, but more often than not they provoke feelings of discomfort, fear, or pain. Though many changes are unavoidable, we should... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 8, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Heather Timmons and Gwynn Guilford, Quartz:* *The global fallout from China’s stock market crash may be coming your way* China’s market downfall has been dramatic and painful for the investors involved. But so far there has been little immediate impact on the rest of the world, because China tightly limits foreign investment in mainland stocks. China’s stock markets are, for the most part, a mom and pop affair—about 80% of the trading that happens in Shanghai and Shenzhen is done by Chinese individuals. They represent at most 14% of the total Chinese population. *Commentaries, A... more »

World News Briefs -- July 8, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *Think Greece's economy is the one in trouble? It's CHINA that's facing financial meltdown and the biggest stock market crash since the Great Depression* * Nearly $3trillion wiped off Chinese stock markets in just the last few weeks * Government and investors launched campaign to prop up tumbling shares * Booming stock markets had more than doubled in the year to mid-June * Experts draw parallels with the credit booms that led up to the 1929 crash * Analyst: 'I've never seen this kind of slump before. Don't think anyone has' China's tumbling stock markets plunged even... more »

China's Stock Market Crash Continues -- News Updates July 8, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian:* *Chinese stock markets continue to nosedive as regulator warns of panic* Main markets open sharply down as nearly 700 companies request their shares be suspended in unprecedented move China’s stock exchange regulator has imposed severe limits on stock market selling, having earlier warned of panic in the market as a range of recent government measures failed to prevent stocks plummeting a further 6%. After 10 minutes of morning trading a wave of listed companies’ shares had been suspended across China’s two stock markets after they dropped by the daily limit of 10... more »

Hedges on Sanders

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the role of violence in revolution and the Bernie Sanders campaign. The comments on Sanders begin at 16 minutes into the video. Worth watching.

Christianity After Obergefell, When the First Amendment Doesn’t Help

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 1 day ago
The hoof beats of antichristian persecution are now heard in a land which once recognized that human rights do not come from kings, courts or tribunals, but from the Creator, now that in Obergefell v. Hodges the Supreme Court has step... The post Christianity After *Obergefell*, When the First Amendment Doesn’t Help appeared first on The Stream.

A Look at the Release of the Immigrant Charged in Pier Killing

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city of San Francisco has come under fire after it released a Mexican immigrant in the country illegally despite a request by federal immigration authorities to keep him in custody so they could deport him... The post A Look at the Release of the Immigrant Charged in Pier Killing appeared first on The Stream.

Chief Justice Roberts Receives Low Approval Ratings from Republicans, Conservatives

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling, conservatives aren’t John Roberts’ biggest groupies. Half of Republicans and 55 percent of self-identified conservatives disapprove of Chief Justice John Roberts’ job in the Supreme Court, according to a recent Morning Consult... The post Chief Justice Roberts Receives Low Approval Ratings from Republicans, Conservatives appeared first on The Stream.

Cartoon: ‘Atlas, Greek Titan of Debt’

Henry Payne at The Stream - 1 day ago
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Talking about NZ inequality continues to increase [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Everybody knows that inequality has been rising in New Zealand since the time the term was invented. We know this because the commentariat tell us so. They tell us often: *The last few years have shown a sharp rise in the number of newspaper articles devoted to inequality. … Inequality is clearly seen as a serious and rising problem. The only problem with that is that the data says otherwise.* What’s that? *Work by both the Ministry for Social Development and Treasury shows that while inequality rose through the reforms of the late 80s and early 90s, it since plateaued or even ... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #9 - July 4th Freedom from Tyranny is a Choice

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
As received by Denise 4 July 2015 *I am pure love I only accept messages of pure absolute love and truth.* *We are here to celebrate with you. * *It is true that you cannot see us but we can see you. * *Your joy is spreading and rubbing out the fear, the fake fear, the proposed fear. * *It is this day that in your country you celebrate your freedom from tyranny. * *What if we told you there was never any tyranny? Then there would be no reason to celebrate this day. The tyranny, the supposed tyranny was planned by a few to create this system, this illusion that you live in ... more »

George Osborne's Decadent Budget

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Let's scotch a myth that's been multiplying like typhus in news about the so-called emergency budget. George Osborne is no "political genius". Take a look at the measures he's outlined. All of them are imprinted with his partisan political economics designed as traps for the Labour Party. The cut on corporation tax - any attempt to reverse it is a tax on business. Increasing the inheritance tax threshold - a reversal appropriates a chunk of a lifetime's hard work. Opposing the extension of the MOT is punishing car ownership. Wanting to see public sector salaries rise above 1% is "p... more »pm MDST

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