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Academia isn’t Baseball

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 minutes ago
This is a guest post by both Nexon and Patrick Thaddeus Jackson. Standard disclaimers apply. Cullen Hendrix’s guest post is a must read for anyone interested in citation metrics and international-relations scholarship. Among other things, Hendrix provides critical benchmark data for those interested in assessing performance using Google Scholar. We love the post, but we worry […]

Debating Covert Intervention and the Democratic Peace

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 minutes ago
One reason that Patrick I stepped down as a permanent contributors to the Duck of Minerva was to develop ISQ Online as a forum for intellectual exchange surrounding International Studies Quarterly pieces. I think readers of the Duck will find the exchanges there interesting, and so I’ll be using (abusing?) my ‘standing guest’ privileges to call […]

Marilyn Katz : Don’t dunk that cookie!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 24 minutes ago
As Nabisco ships 600 jobs out of Chicago to Mexico, maybe it’s time to give up Oreos. By Marilyn Katz | The Rag Blog | August 11, 2015 CHICAGO — I may have to give up one of my longest-standing … finish reading Marilyn Katz : Don’t dunk that cookie!

Establishment Must Quit Obsessing Over Trump

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 38 minutes ago
It’s time that the sophisticated analysts who pride themselves in their ability to discern nuance realized that Donald Trump’s popularity and his defenders are more nuanced than most people imagine. Because Trump is outrageous compared with the usual presidential candidate,... The post Establishment Must Quit Obsessing Over Trump appeared first on The Stream.

Fox Debate: Unfair and Unbalanced?

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 38 minutes ago
Twenty-four million people tuned in to watch the first primetime debate among 10 Republican presidential candidates. What were they expecting, a love-in? Some conservative critics dumped on Fox News with a vitriol usually reserved for liberal media. David Brody of... The post Fox Debate: Unfair and Unbalanced? appeared first on The Stream.

Clear Daytime TBS Screenshots Indicate New Structures

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
I finally was able to capture a clear, daytime screenshot from the TBS cam. Lots of new construction evident. Are those new tanks up front? I also have a good screenshot of unit 4 taken a moment after the one above (Aug 11 6:24 AM) Did the crane collapse?

Like Puppets On A String

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Pakistan is siding with the Taliban over Afghanistan. Turkey is siding with ISIS over Kurdistan. Both NATO allies are making huge geopolitical mistakes as well as errors in moral judgment. The Taliban and ISIS are passing phenomenons, while Afghanistan and Kurdistan are geopolitical and demographic realities that can't be wished away.* Erdogan has chosen ISIS over the Kurds. It always turns out bad when racism or religious sectarianism drive your country's foreign policy rather than geostrategic reasons. It's not a smart bet to side with a hate-driven terrorist group filled with i... more »

Musical Interlude: The Moody Blues, “Gypsy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
The Moody Blues, “Gypsy” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWuwUhSis1U

The Himalayan Supplement so Nutrient Rich it’s Known as the ‘Nectar of God’

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - From the cracks in between the rocks of the Himalayas oozes a tar-like substance called Shilajit. The post The Himalayan Supplement so Nutrient Rich it’s Known as the ‘Nectar of God’ appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“To the eye, this cosmic composition nicely balances the Bubble Nebula at the lower right with open star cluster M52. The pair would be lopsided on other scales, though. Embedded in a complex of interstellar dust and gas and blown by the winds from a single, massive O-type star, the Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is a mere 10 light-years wide. * Click image for larger size.* On the other hand, M52 is a rich open cluster of around a thousand stars. The cluster is about 25 light-years across. Seen toward the northern boundary of Cassiopeia, distance estimates for the Bubble Neb... more »

"If The Earth Were Only A Few Feet In Diameter..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"If the earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it. People would walk around it marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools, and the water flowing between the pools. People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball and at the creatures in the water. The people would declare it sacred bec... more »

Google folds itself into a new "entity" called "Alphabet" -- in search of new ways to suck?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*A sneak peek at the planned logo for "Alphabet," the"collection of companies" Google has folded itself into* *"Google now touches nearly every aspect of Internet connected life thanks to its search engine, e-mail service, YouTube and Android smartphone operating system. But it's also turned its eye away from those core products to try and answer the larger questions about what technology can do for society at large."* -- *Hayley Tsukayama,* Washington Post *consumer-technologywriter, in* "Google becomes part of a new company, Alphabet" *by Ken* Time for a quick question, Hayley... more »

Will Russia's Sukhoi T-50 Be A Tough Adversary For Both The F-22 And F-35 (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor*: late last night I posted a story asking the question .... *Can The U.S. Air Force's F-35 Defeat Russia's New Jet Fighter?* Surprise .... surprise .... others are now asking the same question .... *The Russian Sukhoi T-50 is going to be a tough adversary for both the F-22 and F-35*. (Aviationist).

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "What We Want"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"What We Want" * "What we want is never simple. We move among the things we thought we wanted: a face, a room, an open book and these things bear our names- now they want us. But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises. We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning our arms ache. We don't remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun." ~ Linda Pastan, "Carnival Evening"

California’s Progressive Policies Drive More into Poverty

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 2 hours ago
Across the nation, progressives increasingly look at California as a model state. This tendency has increased as climate change has emerged as the Democratic Party’s driving issue. To them, California’s recovery from a very tough recession is proof positive that... The post California’s Progressive Policies Drive More into Poverty appeared first on The Stream.

Saudi Arabia Wants To Buy Weapons From Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) attends a meeting with Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammad Bin Salman at the Konstantin (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg. Grigory Dukor / Reuters *IBTimes*: *Saudi Arabia And Russia Military Teaming Up? Riyadh Wants Russian Weapons After Years Of Buying From The Pentagon* Saudi Arabia is looking to scale back its reliance on U.S. weapons and could turn to Russia as an alternative supplier, according to a Monday report from the Interfax news agency. However, the sheer scale of Riyadh’s defense relationship with the U.S. means that su... more »

New Reality Show ‘So You Think You Can Preach’

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 3 hours ago
Hundreds of lay preachers seeking a spot in the limelight are now lining up to appear on a new reality show billed, “So You Think You Can Preach” for a chance to win $25,000, a new car and a lifetime... The post New Reality Show ‘So You Think You Can Preach’ appeared first on The Stream.

Iraq Vets Organize To Oppose The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *Iraq Vets Take On Obama Over Iran Deal* A group of Iraq war veterans is launching a million-dollar effort to oppose President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, trying to counter the president's argument that those who are against the deal are in favor of war. Obama has said recently that there are only two camps: those who support the deal versus those who would prefer a bloody and costly war like the conflict in Iraq. The new ad campaign complicates that, asserting that the deal itself will lead to more war. And the voices putting forth that case do not pr... more »

KIPP Shirts For Sale, Unused

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Somebody got smart (click image to enlarge).

Tó Bei Nihi Dziil 'Water is our Power' Teach-in

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Image by Julius Badoni Contact: Colleen Cooley, ccooley22@gmail.com Janene Yazzie, neneyazzie@gmail.com Tó Bei Nihi Dziil (Water is Our Power) A People's Teach-in Addressing: Community Empowerment, Our Homelands, Water Security, and Sovereignty Window Rock, AZ - On August 13, 2015 from 10 am – 3 pm at St. Michaels Chapter, we invite our communities to come together for a "

Donald the Whiner

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 4 hours ago
Donald Trump is given to superlatives, so let’s do him the honor of pronouncing him the most fabulous whiner in all of American politics. By Trump’s own account, he’s the baddest, smartest thing going, except if you ask him a... The post Donald the Whiner appeared first on The Stream.

David McReynolds : The Republican debate and the raw ego of Donald Trump

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
The most glaring problem was how little this group understands the world in which we now live. By David McReynolds | The Rag Blog | August 10, 2015 NEW YORK — My assumption is that most of you watched the … finish reading David McReynolds : The Republican debate and the raw ego of Donald Trump

Seattle Weighs New ‘Violence’ Tax on Gun Owners

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 5 hours ago
The Seattle City Council is expected to cast a final vote Monday on legislation that adds new taxes and regulations on firearms and ammunition sold in the city. The legislation, which passed unanimously Wednesday by the Education and Governance Committee, would... The post Seattle Weighs New ‘Violence’ Tax on Gun Owners appeared first on The Stream.

“Shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Young folk who’ve never seen socialism up close, and Martyn Bradbury, should be keeping their eyes on Venezuela – the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, a once-prosperous country that has and is being turned to ruin by socialism. Latest news from the hell-hole: “shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity.” *It’s the law of the jungle in Venezuela, as shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. As the shortage crisis worsens, more and more angry mobs are raiding the nation’s supermarkets, looting whatever basic goods they can find… ... more »

Surprise Announcement? Al Nusra Will Not Fight to Make an ISIS Free Zone

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*What?! A surprise announcement. I don't think so. Nice spin, though.* *Here's the news:* *1. Al-Nusra has a strong foothold against ISIS in northern Aleppo province, but, has announced "surprise withdrawal"* *2. **Al Qaeda in Syria leaves area where Turkey seeks buffer* *3. Nusra announces surprise withdrawal from frontline against ISIS* * It said the decision was being taken to avoid cooperating with a US-Turkish plan to create an IS-free zone in northern Aleppo province, along the Turkish border.* * Al-Nusra is a key opponent of IS in the northern province of Aleppo along w... more »

Baby Maker

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Produce no waste

risa bear at A Way to Live - 5 hours ago
Here is one of twelve collages on The Permaculture Principles and how they might be applied, especially in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Concepts from David Holmgren's *Essence of Permaculture.* *Six.* "Produce no waste." 1. Gather barn bedding, leaves, grass clippings, kitchen wastes, aged humanure, woodlot waste -- anything that is compostable, does not pass along disease, undesirable chemicals or plastic. 2. Heap and turn, or bin and worm. There are good texts on ways to do so. Keep under cover in rainy weather to prevent leaching out. 3. Distribute. Make enough to feed all... more »

Entering The Angelic Realms

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Soren Dreier* - Maybe we badly need to co-work with the angelic realm once again. The post Entering The Angelic Realms appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington August 5, 2015. Obama told U.S. Jewish leaders it was likely rockets would fall on Tel Aviv if the nuclear deal was blocked and military action ensued, one of them said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Max Fisher, VOX:* *Obama opens up on Iran* What he's learned about war, Republicans, and his own foreign policy Toward the end of our meeting with President Obama, one of us asked whether the Iran nuclear deal might change the future of that country's poisonously anti-A... more »

World News Briefs -- August 10, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Islamic State claims Iraq car bombs that kill nearly 60* At least 58 people were killed and more than 100 wounded on Monday in two blasts in eastern Iraq claimed by Islamic State in a province once considered mostly free of them. In January Iraqi officials declared victory over the insurgents in Diyala province, which borders Iran, after security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries drove them out of towns and villages there. But the militants have remained active. An explosion at a market in Huwaidar, about 4 km (2.5 miles) north of the provincial capital of Baquba, kill... more »

President Obama Continues To Defend His Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CNN: **Obama's Iran deal continues to look safe, despite opposition* (CNN)As President Barack Obama vacations in Martha's Vineyard, the fate of his legacy-sealing Iran nuclear deal may be on the line in Israel, where a large contingent of House Democrats wrapped up a weeklong trip of meetings on Monday with officials strongly opposed to the deal. Still, the relaxing president might be breathing slightly easier knowing the accord still seems to be safe in Washington. Despite high-profile opposition to his landmark accord negotiated with the extreme Middle Eastern regime, including... more »

Fox News Asked Zero Questions on the Economy

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 5 hours ago
Better luck next time. While pundits debate the political fall-out of the Fox News Republican debate last week, the 25 million Americans who tuned into the debate have probably already concluded they were short-changed. During the entire two hour prime-time... The post Fox News Asked Zero Questions on the Economy appeared first on The Stream.

Trump: Ailes Promises I’ll Be ‘Treated Fairly on Fox’

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 5 hours ago
Just when it looked like there would be no letup from Trump’s bashing of Fox News and Megyn Kelly following last week’s GOP debate, Fox News chief Roger Ailes appears to have stepped in to smooth things over. Trump’s reaction... The post Trump: Ailes Promises I’ll Be ‘Treated Fairly on Fox’ appeared first on The Stream.

Google to be Part of New Holding Company, ‘Alphabet’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 5 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, which has been expanding far beyond its original business of Internet search advertising, is changing its operating structure by creating a new holding company called Alphabet. The company says its new structure will give more... The post Google to be Part of New Holding Company, ‘Alphabet’ appeared first on The Stream.

How the 1% Provides the Standard of Living of the 99%

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
George Reisman explains the role of great fortunes in a capitalist economy. No, not exploitation, but further prosperity: The overwhelming majority of our contemporaries, ranging from the illiterate to the highly educated, are utterly ignorant of the role of privately owned means of production—capital—in the economic system. As they see matters, wealth in the form of means of production and wealth in the form of consumers’ goods are essentially indistinguishable. For all practical purposes, they have no awareness of the existence of capital and of its importance. Thus, capitalis... more »

White House Pushing for Quick Release of Gitmo Prisoners. Is Ash Carter Pushing Back?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
Half of the Gitmo detainees have been cleared to leave — if the defense secretary signs the papers to actually let them go. The White House wants to quickly cut the number of detainees at Guantánamo Bay. One man is standing in... The post White House Pushing for Quick Release of Gitmo Prisoners. Is Ash Carter Pushing Back? appeared first on The Stream.

The Kochs Have Chosen The GOP Nominee: Scott Walker

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
The Koch brothers have settled on their ultimate puppet for the GOP nomination, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. (They seem to have made a deal with Adelson to put Rubio in as his running mate.) That's how a plutocracy works. The billionaire class Bernie Sanders has been railing against calls the shots and the rest is just bread and circuses for the masses. Last week, we saw how Walker's poor personal financial choices and his record of criminality have been completely overlooked by the Koch network, eager to get a craven lapdog of their own into the White House. They're also ove... more »

Faith on the Runway

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
It’s an understatement to say that Mayra Gomez is passionate about the intersection of faith and fashion. Gomez, co-founder of Christian Fashion Week (CFW), says her life changed when she, a full-time model, met her husband Jose, a full-time pastor.... The post Faith on the Runway appeared first on The Stream.

On Marriage, Protect Freedom for All

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 6 hours ago
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, the question is: who deserves to be coerced by the government to embrace the Court’s new definition of marriage, or penalized for declining to do so? The answer: No one.... The post On Marriage, Protect Freedom for All appeared first on The Stream.

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Sean Payton's Monday Review*

Flag

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The flag? No, I just don’t care at all, just as long as NZ’s flag doesn’t get confused for Al Qaeda’s. Nice diversion though, isn’t it. PS: No surprise however to see the 40 selected by the official “flag consideration panel” as being “mediocre.” I feel obliged to mention architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s observation about the winners of architecture competitions: *He never went in for competitions because the people who judged competitions shouldn't be judging competitions; they should be building themselves, so they were only average architects. And people who went in for competi... more »

Report: China’s Been Reading Emails of Top Obama Admin Officials Since 2010

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 7 hours ago
China’s cyber spies have accessed the private emails of “many” top Obama administration officials, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and a top secret document obtained by NBC News, and have been doing so since at least April 2010.... The post Report: China’s Been Reading Emails of Top Obama Admin Officials Since 2010 appeared first on The Stream.

In a First, California Agrees to Pay for Transgender Inmate’s Sex Reassignment

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
California is first in the nation to agree to pay for a transgender inmate’s sex reassignment operation, but the state’s settlement of a recent court case sidesteps the question of whether such surgery is a constitutional right. The state concedes... The post In a First, California Agrees to Pay for Transgender Inmate’s Sex Reassignment appeared first on The Stream.

Songs of Provocation

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Well, the *Daily Mail *is giving its haters at the BBC a right good going-over tonight regarding that *controversial **Songs of Praise *from Calais. Aled Jones, originally mooted as its presenter, has, it seems, walked on air over to ITV; so Magnus Magnusson's daughter Sally has started where Aled *didn't* finish and landed in the migrant camp today instead, with just one pass (from Aled). As their starter for ten (to mix BBC quiz metaphors) in goes the *Mail, *fists flying in several directions: An Eritrean priest, who lives in the camp and runs the chapel set to feature in th... more »

Fan mail

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Always nice to get focussed attention from astute critics of the human condition. Like this, from commenter socialisthashashin this morning: *[image: _Quote5]You finally are slithering out of your Hole Cresswell. You'll be exposed as the Jew Rat you are ... You and your Gay buddy Linzey, whom is an ex communist party member as well as Tavistock trained and a Fabian Society POS.. Move to ISRAEL, you piece of Human Garbage , Cresswell. You and the rest of Linzeys crowd will end up behind bars soon enough, as the world is waking up FAST to you and your Jew rat multiculturali... more »

Why Have Some Civil Rights Groups Flipped on Standardized Testing?

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! August 10, 2015 In 1947, as a student at Morehouse College, an eighteen-year old Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an article for the student newspaper *The Maroon Tiger*. In the article, *The Purpose of Education*, he explained his vision of what education should be. He said education should not be about equipping students “with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses”. He continued, education must also be about more than training for a career, stating, *“Education must also train one for q... more »

Beware the Sulfur! Ghost of Chavez warns Putin re September UN speech

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*The Sulfurous UN in NYC* Stephen Lendman is reporting on his blog that both* Obama *and *Putin* have agreed to address the UN General Assembly next month (September, 2015). Deceased former *President Hugo Chavez* of Venezuela is turning in his grave and wanting, I am sure, to warn Putin not to tread on those unhallowed grounds. Watch this video of Chavez speaking....that I am unable to upload directly onto my blog. In it, he warns then newly elected Obama about the dangers that await him if he tries to act "like Kennedy". Well, we all know what happened...Obama, rather than fol... more »

"What Is Sleep?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"What Is Sleep?" By Siri Hustvedt "I am convinced that during bouts of insomnia I have sometimes slept without knowing it. The thoughts of waking seem to mingle with thoughts that may be part of sleep. Has the clock moved too quickly? Did I doze off? Some years ago in a rented house in Vermont, I couldn’t sleep and lay awake listening to the sounds of mice in the walls, bears that sounded like owls calling to each other in the woods and the wind in the trees. I then dreamed I was lying awake on the very bed where in fact I was sleeping, but someone had broken into the house. Becaus... more »

Profits Are Sky High For New Pot Businesses In DC

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 8 hours ago
The marijuana-related business market in the District of Columbia is booming after the city legalized possession of pot in February. Companies that provide cannabis-infused drinks for cocktail parties, consultants that sell and rent the equipment needed to grow marijuana indoors,... The post Profits Are Sky High For New Pot Businesses In DC appeared first on The Stream.

Ferguson Under State of Emergency Day After Suspect Shot Near Rally

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death was punctuated with gunshots and police critically wounded a black 18-year-old accused of opening fire on... The post Ferguson Under State of Emergency Day After Suspect Shot Near Rally appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Why Animal Lovers Should Abhor Planned Parenthood

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
It’s been a while since anyone chatted as matter-of-factly about repurposing human body parts as Planned Parenthood officials did in those undercover videos captured by David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress. In the words of one doctor caught on film,... The post ANALYSIS: Why Animal Lovers Should Abhor Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.

Russia Is Now In A Reecession

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Russian GDP Shrinks 4.6% as Oil Slump Risks Deeper Recession* Gross domestic product contracted 4.6 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier after a 2.2 percent decline in the previous three months, the Federal Statistics Service in Moscow said on Monday, citing preliminary data. That was worse than the median forecast for a 4.5 percent slump in a Bloomberg survey of 18 analysts. The Economy Ministry had projected that output shrank 4.4 percent in the period, calling it “the lowest point” for Russia. The rout on commodities markets has overshadowed the first... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Choices..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or hate. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live. Or die. Live or die. That's the important choice. And it's not always in our hands." - "Derek", “Grey’s Anatomy” "Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. Every time you don't throw yourself down the stairs, that's a choice. Every time you don't crash your car, you re-enlist." - Chuck Palahniuk

Chet Raymo, “Thinking About Thinking”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Thinking About Thinking”* by Chet Raymo “It is not easy to live in that continuous awareness of things which alone is true living," wrote the naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch. And, of course, he was right. Our brains are separated from the world by a permeable membrane. Attention flows outwards. Sense impressions flow inwards. Of this two-way traffic- this awareness- we create a soul. At this moment, as I sit at my desk on a hillside in the west of Ireland, I try to be aware. Sunlight streams across my computer keyboard; eight minutes ago these photons were on the surface of the sun... more »

Why Did Seattle Restaurants Lose 1,000 Jobs? Report Blames The Minimum Wage

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 8 hours ago
According to a report released Sunday by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the $15 minimum wage has caused Seattle restaurants to lose 1,000 jobs — the worst decline since the 2009 Great Recession. “The loss of 1,000 restaurant jobs in... The post Why Did Seattle Restaurants Lose 1,000 Jobs? Report Blames The Minimum Wage appeared first on The Stream.

The Bowdlerising Broadcasting Corporation

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
This is seriously getting out of hand... One of the top news stories of the day is the conviction of a 14-year old schoolboy for stabbing a black supply teacher, Vincent Uzomah, in what everyone agrees was a racist attack. The BBC News website's article contains the following striking passage: Speaking outside court, Mr Uzomah said: "As a Christian, I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain on to me and my family. "It was, however, important for the law to run its course and for a strong message to be sent out, especially to kids of similar tendencies, tha... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- August 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Anti-Houthi fighters seize districts in central Yemen* Fighters opposed to Yemen's dominant Houthi movement seized six districts in the central province of Ibb on Monday, residents and officials said, bringing them closer to the group's stronghold in the capital Sanaa. Tribal gunmen and Sunni Islamist militias loyal to Yemen's exiled government took control of the areas in heavy clashes with the Shi'ite Houthis, in the latest of a series of northward gains with the backing of Gulf Arab air strikes and weapons. The northernmost district overrun, al-Qafr, is 125 km (80 m... more »

The History of Iran's Nuclear Ambitions (Video Made Five Years Ago)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Obama to Iran: "No Nukes For You!"* *An excerpt from, "29 Leading Scientists Back Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal" by Tanya Basu, Time, August 9, 2015:* Twenty-nine of America’s leading scientists—from Nobel Prize winners to nuclear experts—co-signed a letter supporting President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal on Saturday. “We consider that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) the United States and its partners negotiated with Iran will advance the cause of peace and security in the Middle East and can serve as a guidepost for future non-proliferation agreements,” the lett... more »

David Icke, The Lizards and The Jews

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
David Icke, The Lizards and The Jews from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"If David Icke is telling people thaf Twelve-foot lizards equal Jews, it would make me feel very much as though I had something to worry about if David Icke came to town - if he believes that his Twelve-foot lizards are Jews."* * Ronson - "Yeah, but the question is, does he believe that...?"* * "That's a good question! If he just believes they're Twelve-foot lizards, there's probably reason to be concerned about his about his health... If he believes they're Twelve-Foot lizards that represent Jews, there's reason to ... more »

Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Then & Tomorrow

Mark Tooley at The Stream - 9 hours ago
Last week commemorated 70 years since the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended WWII. This week will recall Japan’s eventual surrender, as the Emperor overruled his governing military chiefs who wanted a national fight to the death. A... The post Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Then & Tomorrow appeared first on The Stream.

Afghanistan's President Blames Pakistan For Recent Bomb Attacks In Kabul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail) / Reuters *New York Times:* *Afghan President Points Finger at Pakistan After Bombings in Kabul* KABUL, Afghanistan — Under pressure after a wave of deadly bombings in the Afghan capital, President Ashraf Ghani on Monday accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to mass gatherings of Taliban fighters in its territory, where such attacks are planned. Mr. Ghani’s words, a sharp break from the conciliatory tone he had taken toward Pakistan for much of his first year in office, came just hours after a suicide car-bomb struck... more »

Bishop Jakes, Could You Clarify Your Stance on Homosexuality?

Michael Brown at The Stream - 9 hours ago
Bishop Jakes, with real interest, I watched your interview with Marc Hill, and the one thing that was clear was that you did not answer with clarity. Given your stature as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the... The post Bishop Jakes, Could You Clarify Your Stance on Homosexuality? appeared first on The Stream.

Proof that Global Media Corps and their Advertisers Manipulate the News

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video -* Global media corporations do not care about the truth or your right to know the truth. They only care about advertising dollars and putting on a show. The post Proof that Global Media Corps and their Advertisers Manipulate the News appeared first on Waking Times.

Jon Donnison and the "refugee" who makes the world's best coffee

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
For all of us who've been following the career of the BBC's reluctant Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison, his latest BBC report will come as no surprise at all: Nor will you be surprised, on viewing JD's report, that the "refugee" bringing such benefits to the benighted Ozzies is captioned as: "Born in Bosnia. Fled the Balkan Wars for Australia". Are you (like me) detecting a not-so-hidden message here, given events in Calais?: Think of all the potential coffee-makers *we *could have if we let in these "refugees", "fleeing wars" around the globe, into our country? What Jon Donni... more »

Houston Churches Sue City for Trying to Take Their Private Property

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The Houston Housing Authority found itself in the middle of a sticky lawsuit this week when the agency tried to use eminent domain to “steal” two historic churches’ property as part of an urban renewal project. A Texas attorney representing... The post Houston Churches Sue City for Trying to Take Their Private Property appeared first on The Stream.

Tesla Is Hemorrhaging Money Despite Millions In Gov’t Subsidies

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 10 hours ago
Liberal entrepreneur Elon Musk’s business ventures have benefited from nearly $5 billion in government subsidies in the past few years, but apparently that’s not enough taxpayer support to stop his electric car business from losing $4,000 on every vehicle it sells. Tesla... The post Tesla Is Hemorrhaging Money Despite Millions In Gov’t Subsidies appeared first on The Stream.

Midday Musical Interlude: Seal, “Crazy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Seal, “Crazy” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A-hqZf7xQs

"Feeling Overwhelmed: Breathing into Order"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Feeling Overwhelmed: Breathing into Order"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Always know, the Universe works in perfect order and you are never given more thank you can handle. Sometimes we may feel like there is just too much we need to do. Feeling overwhelmed may make it seem like the universe is picking on us, but the opposite is true: we are only given what we can handle. Difficult situations are opportunities to be our best selves, hone our skills and rise to the occasion. The best place to start is to take a deep breath. As you do, remind yourself that the universe works in ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Is There Even ONE Democratic Senator With The Guts And Wisdom To Ask That The Decision To Make Schumer-As-Leader Be Revisited?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Pro-war fanatics Schumer and Cruz After joining forces with the extreme right to derail the Iran nuclear deal, Chuck Schumer has been widely criticized by progressive groups-- but heartily congratulated by the likes of Tailgunner Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush. Jeb and Cruz love reminding people they're not scientists, although they're loath to admit they will oppose fact-based reality whenever it's in conflict with the GOP's narrow partisan agenda. I doubt whether either of them, or their new ally Schumer, cares that 29 of the nation’s top scientists-- including Nobel laureates, veteran mak... more »

Scotland Announces Ban On Growing GMO Crops

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Waking Times* - Scotland is the latest country to revolt against GMO's. The post Scotland Announces Ban On Growing GMO Crops appeared first on Waking Times.

The Economy/History: "America’s Other “Shock and Awe” Campaign"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"America’s Other “Shock and Awe” Campaign"* by Bill Bonner TIVOLI, New York – "As expected… in the summer we feel the tremors. The earth rumbles. The markets grumble. A little explosion here… another there. But not a Hiroshima. Not so far. Commodities have crashed. Chinese stocks have gotten smoked too – down about 30% from the top. And Greek stocks are in meltdown mode. In the U.S., there’s been no mass sell-off. The S&P 500 remains close to all-time highs. But a few big stocks have fallen hard. Apple, Twitter… When will they “drop the bomb?” Next week? Next month? Never? As alwa... more »

“Jonathan Pollard Traitor Release”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Jonathan Pollard Traitor Release” * by Sartre “The history of the Jonathan Pollard spy case usually breaks down to the views of the person doing the analysis. If one holds favorable sentiments for Israel, sympathy towards Pollard usually surfaces. Contrary if one maintains an abiding loyalty towards the United States, the facts of the spying and treasonous betrayal are overwhelming. In the end, the final assessment proves that the notion of being a “Duel Loyalist” is preposterous. It is absurd that an authentic American can be a Zionist and provide actual national security secre... more »

No Riches For Workplace Bitches

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
Or so proclaims a new report, shockingly not written by Donald Trump, but commissioned by a billionaire every bit as misogynistic as Donald Trump. * The research shows that when women are equally as aggressive as men in workplace communication, their perceived deserved compensation drops twice as much as men’s—by up to $15,088 a year—and their perceived competency plunges by 35 percent. * Two hacks-for-hire, Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, purport to have remotely studied 11,000 women in office settings through a psy-ops outfit they call VitalSmarts, an offshoot of TwentyEighty ... more »

Cheesy Chicken and Rice with Bacon Bake

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
School is just around the corner and that means it's time for some quick-fix meals at night that are filling, yet easy to prepare. For me, that often means a crockpot meal, or something I won't have to battle the kids to eat (seriously, is there anything more exhausting than trying to convince your kids to eat?). This Cheesy Chicken and Rice with Bacon Bake is straight-up homestyle cooking. It's comfort food that's tasty, and the kids will eat it without fighting. Even my picky eater ate it and liked it. Plus, it has bacon. So, win! *INGREDIENTS* 1/2 lb. bacon 4 Tbsp butter 1/4 ... more »

Global Swarming

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
I haven't heard that Matthew Correspondent's bit yet (though I heard him asking Andrew Mitchell about the government's use of language during the big 8.10 interview, getting Mr Mitchell to distance himself from such pleb-like language)... ...but surely even Matthew Correspondent would be hard pressed to beat his colleague Robin Brant's contribution to today's *Today *programme (at around 6.40 am): *James Naughtie*: On the other side of the argument, I see the chief executive of Refugee Action, a charity supporting refugees, Stephen Hale, as saying that there's too much conflation... more »

The Strange ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The Black Lives Matter movement is a bizarre new phenomenon that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Instead of addressing real issues of racism, the activists focus on a few incidents where a black person has gotten into a... The post The Strange ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement appeared first on The Stream.

ISIS Executes 19 Women Who Refused to Have Sex with Fighters

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
The Islamic State Group has reportedly executed 19 women in Iraq’s Mosul for refusing to have sex with fighters, a Kurdish Democractic Party (KDP) official claimed, according to the Daily Mail. The official further added that women were held hostage... The post ISIS Executes 19 Women Who Refused to Have Sex with Fighters appeared first on The Stream.

British Sniper Saves Boy, Father from Islamic State Beheading with Half-Mile Shot

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
A British special forces sniper saved the lives of a boy and his father who were about to be beheaded by Islamic State jihadists by firing a shot at the head of the executioner from his position more than half... The post British Sniper Saves Boy, Father from Islamic State Beheading with Half-Mile Shot appeared first on The Stream.

Ukraine Reporting Heavy Tank Battles And Heavy Shelling With Pro-Russian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Ukraine reports heaviest shelling by eastern rebels since February* Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels on Monday of carrying out the heaviest artillery attacks on government positions in six months and warned of signs the conflict was escalating despite a ceasefire deal. The military said 400 rebel fighters supported by tanks had attacked government forces around the village of Starohnativka, 50 km (30 miles) north of the Kiev-held port city of Mariupol. The rebels denied attacking government troops. Control of Mariupol could help the rebels form a corridor to the Cri... more »

Leadhorse Choctaw 'Authority is Forever throughout the Universe'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Authority is Forever throughout the Universe By Leadhorse Choctaw August 10, 2015 at 12:01pm The Royal Bloodline Head Chief and the Royal Bloodline Star Clan Mother who share and protect the universe expect a visit from Kings. The reason this is expected is that every year at this time in the universe is the time of kings the time of the lion or leo in the stars which is the authority

The Last Avatar – A Call for a Global Awakening – Upcoming Film Release

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Very powerful, deeply loving and empowering medicine for the heart, mind, soul and spirit. The post The Last Avatar – A Call for a Global Awakening – Upcoming Film Release appeared first on Waking Times.

Stalemate In Anbar As Islamic State Carries Out Mass Executions In North Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
The major security news in Iraq at the start of August 2015 was that the operation to clear Anbar had stalled. Despite government reports that the Islamic State’s defenses in the province were collapsing, the security forces, Hashd al-Shaabi and tribes found themselves fighting over the same towns that they had cleared just a few weeks or days before. The Islamic State also carried out mass executions in Kirkuk and Ninewa costing the lives of over 450 people, and there were setbacks in Salahaddin as well. Despite the insurgents being on the defense, the overall situation has not c... more »

Religion and politics

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
Major religion’s total followers in the world are: Christian: 2.6 billion (with b.) Muslims: 1.6 billion Jews : 13 million only. 6 million Jews live in Israel and rest of the 7 million are spread around the world especially in U.S, Canada and European countries. Yet Israel/Jews control the foreign policies of U.S. Canada, Germany, Britain and some other European countries. Our current Prime Minister Harper is a lapdog for Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama does not dare to do anything which may look against Israel. Previous presidents of U.S. were the same way. Obama is also fighting fo... more »

Climate Tricks 44, Scary predictions in 2009

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
We should be scared, very scared, very worried, of "man-made" warming and climate change. Hence, we should send more money to governments, the UN, Al Gore, WWF,Greenpeace, other planet saviours. We should accept more government environmental regulations, taxation, energy cronyism, and they will save the planet for us. Below are predictions by some noted climate crusaders. Links and screen shots of headlines are given for verification. Enjoy. Err, be worried. :-) --------- On January 2009 (6 1/2 years ago), top climate alarmist US scientist James Hansen said we should have "global ... more »

Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Systems

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - Apathy is for cowards. Empathy is for heroes. The post Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Systems appeared first on Waking Times.

Pilot Episode: Harper Knows Best

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 11 hours ago
The Canadian summer has long been known as our political silly season. Which may explain why Election 42 is proving to be so bizarre already. "Harper promises to a tax credit for businesses on wages paid to apprentices" No, not that one. "Stephen Harper unveils home renovation tax credit" No, not that one either. "Stephen Harper vows to outlaw travel to 'places that are ground zero for

Russian Economy Plunges as Oil Prices Collapse

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 11 hours ago
Russia’s economy shrank the most since 2009 after a currency crisis jolted consumer demand, while a selloff in oil threatens to drag the country into a deeper recession. Gross domestic product contracted 4.6 percent in the second quarter from a... The post Russian Economy Plunges as Oil Prices Collapse appeared first on The Stream.

Colorado Mine Spill 3 Times Larger Than Believed, Feds Say

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 11 hours ago
DENVER (AP) — The yellow plume of contaminated wastewater that spilled from an abandoned Colorado mine and flowed downstream toward two other states is three times larger than originally estimated, federal officials say. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used better... The post Colorado Mine Spill 3 Times Larger Than Believed, Feds Say appeared first on The Stream.

The Economy: "The Sad Truth About the State of the Financial System Today"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The Sad Truth About the State of the Financial System Today"* by Phoenix Capital Research “For six years, the world has operated under a complete delusion that Central Banks somehow fixed the 2008 Crisis. All of the arguments claiming this defied common sense. A 5th grader would tell you that you cannot solve a debt problem by issuing more debt. If the below chart was a problem BEFORE 2008… there is no way that things are better now. After all, we’ve just added another $10 trillion in debt to the US system. Similarly, anyone with a functioning brain could tell you that a bunch of ... more »

Report: Chinese Hackers Have Been Reading Obama Administration's Private Emails Since 2010

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*NBC News*: *China Read Emails of Top U.S. Officials* China's cyber spies have accessed the private emails of "many" top Obama administration officials, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and a top secret document obtained by NBC News, and have been doing so since at least April 2010. The email grab -- first codenamed "Dancing Panda" by U.S. officials, and then "Legion Amethyst" -- was detected in April 2010, according to a top secret NSA briefing from 2014. The intrusion into personal emails was still active at the time of the briefing and, according to the senior o... more »

Former Head Of Tthe US Defense Intelligence Agency: Rise of Islamic State Was ‘A Willful Decision’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Who is to blame for the rise of ISIL?* Michael T Flynn, the former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, on how to deal with ISIL and Iran. Mehdi Hasan goes Head to Head with Michael T. Flynn, former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, on how to deal with ISIL and Iran. In this Head to Head special from Washington DC, Mehdi Hasan challenges retired Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, on the rise of ISIL, the War on Terror, torture, and how to deal with Iran. Flynn was the former head of the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and a commander of J-SO... more »

Islamic State Video Shows A New Method That They Are Employing To Execute Prisoners

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Appalling: the victims are forced to knee where the bombs have been secretly hidden by the ISIS militants Daily Mail: *Sickening video reveals Isis’s new method of execution: Ten prisoners made to kneel above bombs that have been buried in the ground * * ISIS militants bury bombs in the ground before blowing up their prisoners * The Khorasan killings were filmed in an unknown location in Afghanistan * The video claims the ten prisoners had committed acts of 'apostasy' * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT They have burnt men alive and drowned prisoners in metal cages but now ISIS have released ... more »

World News Briefs -- August 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills nine* Two women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants. The NATO member has been in a heightened state of alert since starting its "synchronized war on terror" last month, including air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq. It has also rounded up hu... more »

Dr. of Commonsense reportering on Obama and Michelle

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Michelle showing off her powerful arms and shoulders * C'mon, folks...what's with Michelle's powerful arms and shoulders? Compare them to Obama's arms and shoulders. And Michelle appears to be *very angry* in this video from Dr. Commonsense (who is, incidentally, one of my very favourite Americans of all time). As he says...she's coming on like a commando...she's the boss! Let me speculate. Michael is very angry that she is being kept under wraps and not allowed to finally be "her true self"...as was promised when she signed up for this gig several decades ago. She's taking more... more »

Trump’s Party: Is He Really a Republican?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
What, exactly, makes Donald Trump a Republican? In the opening of last Friday’s Republican presidential debate, Trump refused to rule out running for President as an independent if he did not get the Republican nomination. He refused to pledge to... The post Trump’s Party: Is He Really a Republican? appeared first on The Stream.

Rule of Law in the Regulatory State

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 12 hours ago
About a month ago, I participated in a conference at Hoover, inspired by the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. There were lots of interesting papers. I participated in a panel on “The Future of Freedom, Democracy, and Prosperity” with... The post Rule of Law in the Regulatory State appeared first on The Stream.

Writer: I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice after Planned-Parenthood Videos

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
The only thing I hate more than talking about abortion is writing about it. It’s no accident that, in 2000 columns over a quarter century, I have never — ever — written about abortion. I’ve avoided the topic like a... The post Writer: I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice after Planned-Parenthood Videos appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Conservatism, Free Markets, and America’s Post-Obama Economy

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Instead of settling for damage control, now is the time for conservatives to outline a far-reaching pro-market economic reform agenda. Not only should conservatives explain how America’s economy can be changed in ways that promote lasting growth and wider prosperity,... The post ANALYSIS: Conservatism, Free Markets, and America’s Post-Obama Economy appeared first on The Stream.

Mohawk Nation News 'Tobacco Road'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
TOBACCO ROAD Posted on August 7, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. AUG. 7, 2015. Quebec is once again trying to force their colonial jurisdiction over the kanion’ke:haka [Mohawk] tobacco industry. They are trying to eliminate the Mohawks as competition in the tobacco trade. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Inc. MCK pretend to resist while trying to regulate us on behalf of

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Al Jazwera:* *US-trained Syrian fighters refusing to fight* Division 30 is accusing Pentagon of misrepresenting its mission, saying they signed up to fight ISIL not al-Nusra Front. Syrian fighters trained by the United States are now refusing to fight. In the past few days, five of the US backed recruits have been detained by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. A sixth recruit has reportedly been killed. The US-backed group, Division 30, is accusing the Pentagon of misrepresenting its mission. The fighters say they signed up to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan... more »

Missing Dog Reunited with Family After 9 Years

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 12 hours ago
A dog that has been missing for nine years was reunited with his owners at the Foothills Animal Shelter Saturday. The latest owner of the 10-year-old boxer mix recently moved to Denver from out of state and could no longer... The post Missing Dog Reunited with Family After 9 Years appeared first on The Stream.

Spirituality May be Tied to Easier Cancer Treatment

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 12 hours ago
Cancer patients who report more religiousness or spirituality may also experience fewer physical symptoms of cancer treatment and more social connection. The new analyses reviewed previous studies of spirituality involving more than 44,000 cancer patients altogether. The studies varied in... The post Spirituality May be Tied to Easier Cancer Treatment appeared first on The Stream.

Cartoon: ‘The Democrat Bench’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 12 hours ago
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Torre de Manila, rule of law vs high political noise

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
I have not been following closely DMCI's Torre de Manila condo project and the political opposition hurled against it for being a "photo bomber" against the iconic Rizal monument in Luneta Park, Manila. An Inquirer report yesterday said that *"If the court rules against the Torre, it signals that one can lose one's property if enough people make noise."* I think that is a correct assessment. And if the court rules against the Torre, Congress should pass a new law that condominium developers should get a permit of approval from some NGOs, on top of many other permits from differen... more »

Resisting the Censors, Gatekeepers and Powermongers

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Censored News Photos By Brenda Norrell Censored News It is more annoying than anything. First, Project Censored gives me an award in 2008. Then, they use my work without paying for it in a book. Then they use my work at other times without asking. Now, they threaten to file a lawsuit against me eight years after the award because they think they own the words 'censored news.'  The whole

Authors withdraw immunology study, no reasons given

Ross Keith at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Researchers have withdrawn a 2010 article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry about an immune regulator. The paper was pulled without any explanation (in standard JBC style). Here’s the complete notice: This article has been withdrawn by the authors. The study’s authors were based out of Shandong University Medical School, Jinan General Hospital of Jinan Command […] The post Authors withdraw immunology study, no reasons given appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Hidden Obamacare Tax Hits All Americans (And It Goes Up Every Year!)

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
All Americans who bought health insurance policies this year — not just those enrolled in Obamacare – face a 41 percent increase in excise taxes because of hidden fees contained in an obscure section of the Affordable Care Act, according to an investigation by The... The post Hidden Obamacare Tax Hits All Americans (And It Goes Up Every Year!) appeared first on The Stream.

Trial Wraps up for Washington Post Reporter Held in Iran

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran more than a year ago and charged with espionage appeared in court for a final hearing on Monday, with a verdict expected in the coming days in a trial... The post Trial Wraps up for *Washington Post* Reporter Held in Iran appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Conservatism, Free Markets and America’s Post-Obama Economy

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 13 hours ago
Regardless of who becomes America’s forty-fifth president in January 2017, the new chief executive and Congress will face considerable social, foreign policy, and economic challenges. That’s true of any president and legislature. The economic problems, however, will especially be formidable: not,... The post ANALYSIS: Conservatism, Free Markets and America’s Post-Obama Economy appeared first on The Stream.

25 GOOD Reasons Why Steve Harper Is BAD For Canada

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
*1. Contempt for Canada * *2. Cheated in the 2006 Election* *3. Turned Canada's Surplus into Debt * *4. Wants US-style bank deregulation * *5. Opposes universal health care * *6. Harper shut down Parliament. Twice. * *7. Wants to replace the stable CPP with the untested PRPP * *8. Shut down Women's and Minority advocacy groups * *9. The Economic Action plan has been to the benefit of the super rich * *10. Fraud. One of Harper's top aides, Bruce Carson - convicted of 5 counts of fraud* See them all at ... *WHY NOT HARPER?*

Swarm of the day

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
"Matthew Correspondent" I don’t know how it came about that Matthew Price was co-hosting Today this morning with James Naughtie. He’s been openly expressing his pro-immigration sentiment recently, so when he mentioned David Cameron’s use of the word ‘swarm’ several times, it jarred. Let’s hear the argument for indiscriminate immigration if that’s what he believes in, not constant snidey references to ‘swarm’. Oh how irritating it is when people get away with lazy innuendo instead of honest debate. I hope he isn’t going to be a permanent fixture on Today.

Al Qaeda In Syria Withdrawing From Proposed U.S. - Turkish Safe Zone'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Al Qaeda in Syria leaves area where Turkey seeks buffer* The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front says it has quit frontline positions against Islamic State north of Aleppo and ceded them to other rebels, leaving an area of northern Syria where Turkey wants to set up a buffer zone. A Nusra Front statement dated Sunday criticized a Turkish-U.S. plan to drive Islamic State from the Syrian-Turkish border area, saying the aim was to serve "Turkey's national security" rather than the fight against President Bashar al-Assad. The United States and Turkey last month announced their in... more »

Restaurant food left over... be given to the poor?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
There are proposals that government should force restaurants and bake shops to donate their unsold food and bread, or "hardly touched" food, to the poor and hungry, before they close their shops. that this is better than throwing the food away. After all, there are many hungry people in the country, or in the world. Is this fair? Sounds fair, but I will not support it. For two reasons. One, food safety, even if "hardly touched" after being served to customers who paid for it, it may have some saliva contamination, that may pass some diseases to other people. Two, and more import... more »

U.S. Deploys 300 Personnel And 6 F-16s To Incirlik Air Base In Turkey To Join The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *U.S. Deploys F-16s to Base in Turkey to Expand Campaign Against Islamic State* *Air Force has sent six F-16s and about 300 military personnel to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.* The U.S. Air Force has deployed a small detachment of F-16 fighter aircraft to a base in Turkey as part of a deal with Ankara to step up strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria, the Pentagon said. The detachment, which arrived at Incirlik Air Base, includes six F-16 “Fighting Falcons,” support equipment and about 300 military personnel, the Pentagon said on Sunday. The air... more »

Turkey And The U.S. Are Now Facing Some Hard Decisions On What To Do In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Kurdish Role in Fighting ISIS in Syria Is Crucial to U.S., but Is Alarming Turkey* HASAKA, Syria — Green drapes were drawn against the sun, cloaking the room where members of a Syrian Kurdish militia huddled around walkie-talkies, assiduously taking down GPS coordinates. Talal Raman, a 36-year-old Kurdish fighter, worked on a Samsung tablet, annotating a Google Earth map marked with the positions of the deserted apartment buildings and crumbling villas from where his colleagues were battling Islamic State fighters south of this northern Syrian town. He pinpoint... more »

Clinton to Propose $350 Billion College Affordability Plan

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 14 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling for a “new college compact,” Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday will unveil a $350 billion plan aimed at making college more affordable and reducing the crushing burden of student debt. At a town hall meeting in... The post Clinton to Propose $350 Billion College Affordability Plan appeared first on The Stream.

The Atom Bomb, Suffering and Nagasaki’s Christian Ghandi

Michael Cook at The Stream - 14 hours ago
At 11:02 on the morning of August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded over St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, in the Nagasaki suburb of Urakami. The brick neo-romanesque building collapsed instantly, vaporizing, incinerating and crushing two priests hearing confessions and an... The post The Atom Bomb, Suffering and Nagasaki’s Christian Ghandi appeared first on The Stream.

Post Typhoon shorts and links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
Solidarity.tw sent around this pic of cosplayers using the downed trees left by Soudelor as props... it could have been worse. There's plenty of damageporn around the net, easy to find. I'm not linking to any. Except for a few mountain communities that were pretty hard hit, especially scenic Wulai, it was a pretty moderate typhoon, blowing things around and raining hard. I drove home on the motorcycle, was nearly blown down a couple of times. Lots happening. China's economy is slowing, even as Taiwan's exports are falling. That's bad news for locals. Until the US restores its middl... more »

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David Greene at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
That’s Rich. Across Country A Scramble Is On To Find Teachers: (NYT 8/10/15) 10*Monday*Aug 2015 Posted by David Greene in Uncategorized *≈ Leave a comment* [Edit] *[image: images]This is no surprise. For years we have been predicting the demise of a great profession because of so–called “reform”. Ms. Rich writes a great deal in this article about this shortage but neglects to point out how changes in education over the past 15 years created this problem.* *I’ve drawn on quotes from my book (Doing The Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks (published in December 2013) or posts that are at least ... more »

Actions speak louder than words

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Ever since Plebgate, Golliwog-gate and Swarm-gate I’ve been ambivalent over exaggerated frenzies about the intent behind the meaning of a particular word. Even Jeremy Corbyn’s infamous use of the term ‘friends‘ for Hamas and Hezbollah seems far less important than his actions, namely befriending terrorist organisations with the explanation that you need to talk to the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah in order to secure ‘peace.‘ Stephen Sizer meets Nabil Kaouk, a top Hezbollah official and militant commander, in Lebanon k I wonder if this principle also applies to ISIS? Corbyn’s in... more »

Fukushima Webcam Update August 10, 2015

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
I'm still watching the cams, albeit with limited results. TEPCO cams 1 and 4 are still accessible. Emissions have been heavy overall the last week, although they were less yesterday than today: I cannot tell if the crane is folded in the screenshot below or whether there are two cranes: Unfortunately, I've had lots of trouble with the TBS cam. Last week it worked for me but every time I pulled it up during day time hours the "fog" entirely obscured the view. I had hoped to get a daytime view because it looks at night as if new construction has occurred, which is not visible on ... more »

Ravitch Finds Solace in Bernie's Education Policy Ignorance

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Diane Ravitch uses some of her best reverse logic to try to justify the NPE/AFT/NEA/Fairtest embrace of the federal capitulation on ESEA to states rights proponents and paternalistic corporate welfare kings. Yes, Bernie signed on to the Alexander/Murphy public education giveaway. Where do you think a good liberal like Bernie would get his advice on education issues? I would guess that he would would probably sniff the political winds and go with what the corporate union presidents have signaled. Obviously, Bernie and Diane have much more in common than I thought. If Ravitch wer... more »

The worm has turned: Nematode study retracted for misidentification

amarcus41 at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The authors of a paper on parasitic nematodes have retracted the article because they misidentified the organism in question, so “the possibility of misleading readers was high.” The paper, “Histopathological features of Capillaria hepatica infection in laboratory rabbits,” appeared in Toxicologic Pathology in 2009 and came from a lab at Huntingdon Life Sciences, in Cambridgeshire, […] The post The worm has turned: Nematode study retracted for misidentification appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Explains the Tissue Donation Process

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
For eight years, Abby Johnson, who used to work for a branch of Planned Parenthood, didn’t just witness the fetal tissue donation process — she participated in it. During her tenure at a southeast Texas clinic — the same location... The post Former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Explains the Tissue Donation Process appeared first on The Stream.

Policymaking Gone Global: Learning to Work with NGOs

Maryam Z. Deloffre at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Policy schools prepare students to work in the public policy realm, most often training students for positions in government. But policymaking is an increasingly diverse field, policy issues span the globe and multiple–state and non-state–actors take part in decision-making and policy implementation. How should we teach global policy-making in policy schools? In a recent article […]

Monday Morning: Is Trump Still The Frontrunner?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
There really was only one reason Nielsen could report that the Fox News GOP debate was "the most watched primary debate in history, averaging a whopping 24 million viewers from 9 to just past 11 pm." Trump. Yesterday Trump was on virtually every Sunday morning gabfest-- except Fox's (which was busy pushing well-spoken nitwit Carly Fiorina, who insisted California, rather than, say, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the country). This is significant because Fox had been inflating the Trump bubble for the sake of ratings and has given Trump *by far* the most airtime of an... more »

Mexico: A UFO Over Morelia

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
Our friend and colleague *Claudio Mora* of *La Esfera Azul* informs us of the following: "In the early morning hours of August 4, 2015, around 7:00 a.m., an unidentified flying object was seen and photographed - in two separate images - over the Altozano region of Morelia (Mexico). A strange, loud and long explosion was also reported, and was heard in various parts of the city." Video at: *https://youtu.be/cLdBBYA-Ph8* Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

Violence Escalates In Turkey. U.S. Consulate In Istanbul Targeted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Terror in Turkey as twin attacks on the U.S. consulate and a police station rock Istanbul: Six officers are killed in a wave of blasts over the country's bombing campaign against Kurdish militants* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * Suicide bomber detonated car packed with explosives at police station injuring ten people including three officers * Two militants were killed and one officer died as clashes continued on the streets of the city throughout the night * U.S. consulate was attacked by two militants, one of them a woman who was captured after shoot-out with police ... more »

Trump’s Criticism of TV Host Popular with GOP Stirs Backlash

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Donald Trump already slammed the president, the Democratic Party and his Republican rivals in the race for the White House, as well as immigrants from Mexico, the Chinese and Sen. John McCain for being a prisoner of war. To that... The post Trump’s Criticism of TV Host Popular with GOP Stirs Backlash appeared first on The Stream.

Disorientation

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 15 hours ago

Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would 'dishonour' her per Mirror Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would 'dishonour' her The father stopped the rescue team from saving her because he preferred that she die than be touched by a strange man. ' Oh for heaven's sake. More here http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/father-daughter-drown-rescued-male-6226135?ICID=FB_mirror_main

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Judge: NY Teacher Exam Not Discriminatory Just Because Minorities Score Lower* A federal judge in New York has deigned to allow a teacher licensing exam which tests rudimentary academic skills and knowledge. Judge Kimba M. Wood issued her ruling Friday, reports The New York Times. In June, Wood had struck down another test of basic knowledge used by New York City to vet potential teachers. Wood concluded that the test illegally discriminated against racial minorities because members of racial minorities scored lower on it. Members of racial minorities also score lower on the te... more »

NBC Online Poll Shows Big Debate Bounce for Cruz, Fiorina

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
Following Thursday’s Republican debates, an overnight poll shows Donald Trump maintaining his edge over the crowded field of Republican candidates. The survey also finds a majority of Trump supporters say they would vote for him as an independent candidate for... The post NBC Online Poll Shows Big Debate Bounce for Cruz, Fiorina appeared first on The Stream.

Malaysia to Verify if Debris in Maldives Came from Plane

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said Monday that debris has been found in the Maldives and that it will send a team to the Indian Ocean island nation to determine whether it came from a plane. Last week,... The post Malaysia to Verify if Debris in Maldives Came from Plane appeared first on The Stream.

Will The White House Succeed In Closing Guantanamo?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Mandel Ngan/Pool/Reuters *Tim Mak & Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast:* *The Pentagon Is Keeping Half of Gitmo Locked Up—Against The White House’s Wishes* Half of the Gitmo detainees have been cleared to leave—if the defense secretary signs the papers to actually let them go. The White House wants to quickly cut the number of detainees at Guantánamo Bay. One man is standing in the way: President Obama’s Defense Secretary, Ash Carter. Carter and the White House are increasingly at odds about how to whittle down the number of detainees held in Guantánamo Bay, hampering the administrati... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*EPA meddling Causes Massive Spill of Mining Waste Water in Colorado, Turns Animas River Bright Orange* The EPA says it was using heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine on Wednesday morning when it accidentally released an estimated 1 million gallons of mining waste into a creek. The waste spewed from the creek into the Animas River north of Silverton, Colorado, turning the water an opaque orange color reminiscent of boxed mac and cheese. The wastewater released contains heavy metals including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum, Ostrander said. The EPA is... more »

Trump’s Policy Approach a Mystery Amid Lack of Detail

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump’s position on health care? Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “with something terrific.” On what to do with the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the country illegally? “We’re going to have... The post Trump’s Policy Approach a Mystery Amid Lack of Detail appeared first on The Stream.

Donald Trump’s Run Is a Schoolboy Prank Gone Out of Control

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 16 hours ago
I had a column all planned out on Donald Trump as America’s Id, the place in the psyche where Freud put primal, repressed and pre-rational drives. He saw these drives as essential but dangerous, in need of constant control by... The post Donald Trump’s Run Is a Schoolboy Prank Gone Out of Control appeared first on The Stream.

Supplemental: We’ve been called away from our desk!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015On a mission of national import:* We’ve been called away from our desk on a mission of national import involving the proper functioning of the United States federal government. Our mission takes us to a top-secret federal facility in the western reaches of the greater Shepherdstown, West Virginia metropolitan area. More than that cannot be disclosed concerning our location. We had hoped to complete our current series, “23 Years Later,” before leaving on this mission. We weren't able to make that happen. Preparation, our dear Watson! We plan to finish that ... more »

What Have They Got That He Ain't Got?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Michael Harris writes that the Harper campaign has begun with some strange twists: I’m not sure what democracy is anymore in Canada, but I’m pretty certain it's got nothing to do with agreeing to get frisked and letting people and dogs mess with your junk before you attend a political event. Do they even do that in Myanmar? Harper The Great and Powerful, he writes, is beginning to look like the Cowardly Lion. Even once firm supporters of Mr. Harper are turning on him. John Robson announced in Friday's *National Post* that he wouldn't be voting Conservative this time around: Pow... more »

Can The U.S. Air Force's F-35 Defeat Russia's New Jet Fighter?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*News.com.au*: *Video shows Russia’s next generation warplane, the T-50, being put through its paces* CAN Australia’s next generation combat jet beat this? Possibly not. Video footage of Russia’s new T-50 stealth fighter shows the extreme manoeuvrability the F-35 is up against. Earlier this year a damning report from an F-35 test pilot revealed the troubled $400 billion dollar single-seat stealth fighter was easily outmanoeuvred by a two-seat 1980s vintage F-16D combat jet. As recently as last week, the success of modern Russian designs appear to have won some vindication when In... more »

Oil Is Splitting Iraq Apart

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Image from AC Democracy *Loveday Morris, Washington Post:* *A new fight over oil shows why it’s so hard to keep Iraq from splintering* BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdish region has begun to sell oil independently of the central government, a move that is exacerbating divisions in the country as it struggles to turn back Islamic State militants. The Kurdish region last month stopped transferring oil to the state as it had promised to do under a landmark deal in 2014. Kurdish officials argued that payments from Baghdad had not been sufficient. Instead, the region exported more than 600,000 ba... more »

British Special Forces Are Operating In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
SAS snipers are targeting IS personnel in Iraq. (British Army sniper pictured). Sniper rifles available to British Special Forces include the L115a3 (.338 Lapua Magnum), the L82A1 (.50 BMG) and the L121A1 (.50 BMG). Image by Sgt Anthony Boocock, RLC © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2008 used under open government licence *Express.co.uk:* *Hero SAS sniper saves father and eight-year-old son from being beheaded by ISIS maniac* A HERO SAS sniper gunned down a knife-wielding Islamic State (ISIS) maniac just as he was trying to brutally behead a father and his young son. The brave British ma... more »

Fiorina Fundraising Spikes after Debate

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Claiming a spike in fundraising since Thursday night’s debate, Carly Fiorina threw a punch at Donald Trump while also making an appeal to voters currently inclined to support him. “We certainly have seen an uptick in financial support. We’ve seen... The post Fiorina Fundraising Spikes after Debate appeared first on The Stream.

Man Shot in Ferguson after Attacking Police During Protest

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A man who opened fire on officers in Ferguson, Missouri, on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death was critically wounded when the officers shot back, St. Louis County’s police chief said early Monday. Chief Jon... The post Man Shot in Ferguson after Attacking Police During Protest appeared first on The Stream.

Frank Gifford, NFL Celebrity Player and Broadcaster, Dies at 84

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Frank Gifford, a gleaming hero of sports and television in an era when such things were possible, who moved seamlessly from stardom in the Giants’ offense to celebrity in the broadcast booth of “Monday Night Football,” died on Sunday at... The post Frank Gifford, NFL Celebrity Player and Broadcaster, Dies at 84 appeared first on The Stream.

The Triumph of the Cross

Alan Eason at The Stream - 16 hours ago
ROBERT LYNN — When is the last time you sang, “Onward, Christian Soldiers”? I’ll bet it’s been quite a while. Or perhaps you recall the old VBS song that children used to sing: I may never march in the infantry Ride... The post The Triumph of the Cross appeared first on The Stream.

Idaho Court Strikes Down Ag-Gag Law

Waking Times at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video -* Idaho animal welfare wins, as U.S. District Court judge strikes down an ag-gag law that criminalized the filming of animal abuse on factory farms. The post Idaho Court Strikes Down Ag-Gag Law appeared first on Waking Times.

Economic News , Data and Views ( August 10 , 2015 ) - Updates on Creditor Talks , Details on Greece Economy , Refugee situation ..... China in focus - Stock markets fly today amidst more Regulator moves and poor economic data sparking hopes for more stimulus. , business news of note

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Evening wrap.... *Yannis Koutsomitis *@ YanniKouts 58m 58 minutes ago # *Greece* primary surplus targets, as agreed with the Creditors: 2015: 0% 2016: 0.5% 2017: 1% Where is the austerity? *Alex Andreou *@ sturdyAlex 2h2 hours ago Tsipras draft law to abolish tax Exemptions for all political appointees (incl. Ministers) and cut salaries by 15-30%. Good news. # *Greece* *Foreign Policy *@ ForeignPolicy 3h 3 hours ago Greece needs the bailout cash to meet an Aug 20 deadline. Once again, Berlin stands in the way, @ *davidcfrancis* reportshttp: // atfp.co/1L2uDhW... more »

Marxist Group Attacks U.S. Consulate in Istanbul

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
ISTANBUL (AP) — Two assailants opened fire at the heavily protected U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul on Monday, touching off a gunfight with police before fleeing the scene, Turkish media reports said. One of the assailants, a woman, was later... The post Marxist Group Attacks U.S. Consulate in Istanbul appeared first on The Stream.

Musical Interlude: Armik, “Moorea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Armik, “Moorea” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNrfXE6em_0

Navy Eager to Send Warships to Jeju Island

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
*Outgoing Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Korea Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti (R) speaks in an interview on Aug. 5, 2015, next to her successor, Rear Adm. William Byrne. (Yonhap)* SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- The United States Navy wants to send its ships to South Korea's naval base on the southern resort island of Jeju once constructed for navigation and training purposes, the outgoing head of the U.S. naval forces stationed here said Wednesday. "The U.S. Navy 7th Fleet really likes to send ships to port visit here in South Korea," Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti said in a group interview fo... more »

China Unveiled its First VLFS Project Similar to the US Military Mobile Offshore Base Concept

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
China unveiled its first "Very Large Floating Platform" project which appears to be a 21st century iteration of the US Military "Mobile Offshore Base" concept. The project was unveiled to the public during the "National Defense Science and Technology Achievements" exhibition held recently in Beijing. It is reported that the very large floating structures (VLFS) is thousands of meters long and made up of floating modules connected together. It can be assembled as required and used as a floating pier, logistics base and airport. A large floating island or airport or sea base can be ... more »

Moroccan king set to seal submarine deal during Moscow visit

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Project 677 Lada Class / Project 1650 Amur Class SSK]Morocco is expected to conclude negotiations to obtain the country’s first submarine from Russia during King Mohammed VI’s upcoming visit to Moscow. According to reports, Morocco and Russia are close to reaching a deal on the price tag of the Russian-made Amur 1650 submarine. Negotiations have been postponed several times since the deal was proposed in 2013. “The forthcoming visit of His Majesty the King has a historical and strategic importance,” said Moroccan ambassador to Russia Abdelkader Lachheb, according to Sputnik... more »

U.S. F-16s arrive at Turkish air base for anti-ISIS ops

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Incirlik Air Force Base The U.S. deployed six F-16s and roughly 300 airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to support operations against the Islamic State. The small detachment of F-16s arrived at Incirlik on Sunday from Aviano Air Base, Italy, according to a post on U.S. European Command's Facebook page. Turkey recently agreed to allow the U.S. to use Turkish air bases to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State. Those bases are much closer to parts of Syria controlled by the Islamic State than U.S. air bases in the region. Read more

Armed AW-109Es to act as ‘air amphibious support’ assets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Aside from providing eyes to its parent frigates, the armed AgustaWestland AW-109E “Power” helicopters will also be useful as “air amphibious support” assets, according to Philippine Navy public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna. The latter is an offensive military operation that uses naval ships to project ground and air power onto a hostile or potentially hostile shore at a designated landing beach. The aircraft are armed with 20mm auto-cannon pods and rocket launchers. Read more

Frigates for Algeria under construction in Shanghai

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: C28A class FS]A photo posted on the internet indicates that China is constructing two C28A class corvettes based on the F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate for Algeria at Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai, according to the Sina Military Network based in Beijing. China agreed to provide three C28A corvettes to Algeria under a contract signed in March 2012. Each of the ships is equipped with a 76 mm NG-16-1 gun, an eight-cell FM90 launcher for HQ-7 short-range air defense missiles, two quad launchers of C-802A anti-ship missiles, and two seven-barrel 30 mm Type 730 close-in weapo... more »

Report: Sweden's National Defences Have Vanished, and Russia is Laughing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
A couple of decades ago, Sweden had a strong military. Its air force was one of the capable in the world, its navy had dozens of ships and submarines, and artillery guarded the coastlines from a multitude of secret mountain hideaways. Now, after a number of fatal decisions, based on the belief that wars in Europe were a thing of the past, most of its military is gone and Sweden has virtually no means of protecting itself. According to Sweden’s Supreme Commander Sverker Göransson, we can, at best and in five years, defend ourselves in one place for one week. Read more

Chinese subs and frigates may be Egypt's best choice: Sina

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 033 (Ming, Romeo) class SSK]Chinese submarines and other naval vessels may once again be the best option for Egypt as it looks to update its fleet, says the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. The Egyptian Armed Forces, one of the 40-plus militaries around the world equipped with Chinese weapons, recently conducted a series of large-scale live-fire exercises. The naval portion of the drills featured China's Type 037 corvette and Type 024 class missile boat, both of which are capable of firing anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles. Read more

Chemotherapy Drugs are Derived from World War I Nerve Gas Chemicals

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The actual history of the toxins used in chemo has hardly been made available to young doctors. In fact omission is the favorite tool of the whole industrial chemical industry. This item addresses that shortcoming. Of course some omissions are completely valid and innocent. After all common table salt is sodium and chlorine, neither of which you wish to meet raw. That is also a warning that most chemicals have potentially noxious components nicely neutralized in combination. Yet Nerve gases are end products with serious effects not necessarily mastered as well. It is hard t... more »

Three Types of Telepathy [Plus One]

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It makes some sense that our emotions are been communicated from our gut based nervous system independently of the mind. However i do also know that images are also transmitted among animals. Thus we all share the ppo0tential for mind to mind communication. What may slow us is a simple lack of an alphabet of meaning. Let us think about that.What thoughts do we want to communicate mind to mind? -Let us eat. - Let us sleep - Let us walk together - Let us hoe this bed. etc. Do we need useful symbols for say Let us? Spiritual communication engages the higher mind directly once ... more »

Abortion is Never Medically Necessary to Save a Mother’s Life, This Case Shows Why

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: pregnantwoman40] Now that we have been introduced to industrial grade fetus harvesting as presently practiced, we may as well toss this particular pro abortion argument under the wheels as well. We have had two generations of abortion on demand and the truth has become rather apparent. It is infanticide on demand and it is been applied as a form of birth control for the convenience of the mother regardless of society's desire or needs. There is much more that we can do for mothers. We need to do much more and we need to be smarter. Yet this has been true for thousa... more »

No Scientist Alive Today Who Understands Macroevolution

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
In short it simply does not exist in the form traditionally imagined and that is because we have been missing critical information. That critical information happens to be our core discovery within this blog. It is that all physical life in the universe is operated by logic machines formed as part of 'Dark Matter' or the spirit - astral body as i have carefully defined in earlier posts. That happens to be were all physical choices are mostly made including chemistry, cellular activity and how it is all put together. Environmental opportunities are recognized and a parent stock su... more »

Military Photo of the Day: August 10, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
Paratroopers move into their loading zone as rotor wash from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter causes a dust cloud at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg on Aug. 4, 2015. Thank you to these soldiers for their service and also to Capt. Adan... The post Military Photo of the Day: August 10, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Drip drip drip

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
I love graphs, charts and the like. Which is why this one struck me as rather biased... Look at what the left believe in compared to the right, and ask which side children would plump for...

Learning Discernment ( Aprendiendo a discernir ) - A Quote from Roxana Jones

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
“Learning Discernment” It’s so easy for the mind to convince us it is our heart. Discern… your heart is the only one that can show you the way. Subscribe to empower your life: https://healthruwords.com/subscribe/ #healthruwords #inspirational #healing #quote #quotes#quoteoftheday #selflove #love #spiritual *https://healthruwords.com/inspirational-pictures/learning-discernment/* “Aprendiendo a discernir” Es tan fácil para la mente convencernos de que es nuestro corazón. Discierne…tu corazón es el único que te puede mostrar el camino.

Comcast, Al Sharpton Beat $20B Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 22 hours ago
A California judge has made short order of a $20 billion lawsuit that accused Comcast and Time Warner Cable of racial discriminating through the licensing of cable channels. The legal action fails because the National Association of African-American Owned Media... The post Comcast, Al Sharpton Beat $20B Racial Discrimination Lawsuit appeared first on The Stream.

(Trump's Bankruptcy Universalism)  In America, Only the Rich Can Afford to Write About Poverty

Donald Trump's bankruptcies should be studied in depth by all who think there's something wrong with having nations (or individuals?) survive bad choices. Trust me. You want to do what Trump did, not the other (what Greece and the rest of the world are being encouraged to do). During the foreclosure crisis, banks and their allies savaged homeowners who “walked away” from mortgage debt. They

Ask the God Question

David Mills at The Stream - 23 hours ago
The question must have left even some conservatives squirming in their seats like a four-year-old who needed a bathroom break twenty minutes ago. It will have left liberals snorting, groaning, gagging, rolling their eyes or grinning at the thought of... The post Ask the God Question appeared first on The Stream.

U.S. Intelligence: Islamic State Planning Mass Casualty Attacks Against The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*CNN:* *ISIS seen building capacity for mass casualty attacks* Washington (CNN)Some in the U.S. intelligence community warn that ISIS may be working to build the capability to carry out mass casualty attacks, a significant departure from the terror group's current focus on encouraging lone wolf attacks, a senior U.S. intelligence official told CNN on Friday. To date, the intelligence view has been that ISIS is focused on less ambitious attacks, involving one or a small group of attackers armed with simple weapons. In contrast, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has been v... more »

Pseudoskepticism is used by the troll community to disrupt the truth

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 23 hours ago
Not Even Wrong An apparently scientific argument is said to be not even wrong if it is based on assumptions that are known to be incorrect, or alternatively theories which cannot possibly be falsified or used to predict anything. The phrase was coined by the early quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli, who was known for his colourful objections to incorrect or sloppy thinking. The term pseudoskepticism (or pseudo-skepticism) denotes thinking that appears to be skeptical but is not. The term is most commonly encountered in the form popularised by Marcello Truzzi, through his Journal of S... more »

South Korea Accuses North Korea For last Weeks' Landmine Explosion That Wounded Two Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
South Korean soldiers patrol along the DMZ. CNN *CNN:** South Korea warns North will pay 'harsh price' over DMZ landmine blast* The South Korean military says North Korea will pay a "harsh price" for a landmine blast that wounded two South Korean soldiers last week. "North Korea will pay a harsh price proportionate to the provocation that North Korea made," said Maj. Gen. Koo Hong-mo, director of operations of the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.N. forces on Monday said North Korea was behind a landmine explosion last week that wounded two South Korean soldiers in the demilitariz... more »

Saddam Hussein's Former Army Officers Now Run The Islamic State's Military And Intelligence Operations In Iraq And Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Daily Mail/AP: *The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's military and intelligence operations in Iraq and Syria * * Intelligence source said 100 to 160 former Iraqi army officers with ISIS * The 2003 US led invasion of Iraq led Saddam Hussein to allow foreign fighters to join the resistance against the invaders * ISIS's deputy leader Abu Muslim al-Turkmani was an Iraqi army major Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's milit... more »

Santa Barbara Horror Film Featuring College Killer Sparks Backlash

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
Thousands have signed a petition against indie horror film “Del Playa,” asserting that the movie, featuring a college killer, too closely resembles the 2014 Isla Vista killings. “Del Playa,” directed by Shaun Hart and produced by Berger Bros. Entertainment, follows... The post Santa Barbara Horror Film Featuring College Killer Sparks Backlash appeared first on The Stream.

Satellite Images Show China Staging A Mock Invasion Of Taiwan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Image Credit: Victor Robert Lee, Digital Globe and Airbus Defense & Space *Victor Robert Lee, The Diplomat:* Satellite Imagery: China Staging Mock Invasion of Taiwan? Images from an Inner Mongolia training base show what looks like a replica of central Taipei. A time series of satellite images confirms that in 2014 and early 2015 China constructed for military training purposes a building that closely resembles Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building in Taipei. The new building, at the PLA’s expansive Zhurihe combat training base in Inner Mongolia, is situated on a newly constructed... more »

These Seven Countries Are Now Facing Bankruptcy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*USA Today:* *Seven countries near bankruptcy* Puerto Rico defaulted on its $58 million debt repayment this week for the first time in its history. With its failure to repay creditors, the commonwealth joins the ranks of countries and governments burdened by crippling debt levels and extremely low credit ratings. Moody's Investors' Service rates seven countries Caa1 or worse, several tiers lower than Ba1, which still carries a significant credit risk. These countries are approaching or have narrowly escaped bankruptcy. Ukraine is rated Ca, which is currently the lowest credit ratin... more »

Catching up with Ian Welsh -- on character and ideology, understanding the world, and applying the Golden Rule

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Ken* I trust everyone is keeping up with our friend Ian Welsh now that he's posting on his contribution-fueled superschedule. Of course he's been chiming in on the expectable subjects, like the pulverizing of Greece by the German-led avenging angels of the Eurozone (in which connection, by the way, I heartily recommend Ian Parker's *New Yorker* profile of former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, "The Greek Warrior"; if you're pressed for time, the subtitle, "How a radical finance minister took on Europe -- and failed," tells the story in a nutshell). And lately he's pro... more »

Can Google's Search Algorithm Influence Elections?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Adam Rogers, Wired*: *Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency* IMAGINE AN ELECTION—A close one. You’re undecided. So you type the name of one of the candidates into your search engine of choice. (Actually, let’s not be coy here. In most of the world, one search engine dominates; in Europe and North America, it’s Google.) And Google coughs up, in fractions of a second, articles and facts about that candidate. Great! Now you are an informed voter, right? But a study published this week says that the order of those results, the ranking of positive or negative stories on t... more »

Russia's New 'Spy Ship' ‘Track And Locate’ Gaps In US Missile Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The ship was commissioned into the Russian navy during a large naval parade attended by President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad on Sunday. Pavel Rebrov / Reuters *Moscow Times:** Russia Launches Cutting-Edge Spy Ship to Track U.S. Missile Defense* Russia inducted a new-generation spy ship into the Northern Fleet on Sunday during navy day celebrations. The new vessel will be tasked with monitoring U.S. anti-missile defenses on the high seas, a navy spokesman said. The ship is known as the Yury Ivanov, the lead boat of the Project 18280 intelligence sh... more »

PCP

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“When I was young PC meant ‘Police Constable.’ Nowadays, I can’t seem to tell the difference…”* - Manic Street Preachers, ‘P.C.P.’ *“…political correctness: that strange, nebulous world of safety and compliance that seems to be binding us all in hoops of steel at the moment.”* - Stephen Fry Well-meaning young folk offended by Donald’s Trump’s offensiveness have latched onto his attack on political correctness, saying “political correctness is a phony idea,” that it doesn’t really exist as a concept – that being “sorry for being un-PC" is simply “a way to shift the responsib... more »

Innovation Has Made Building Barriers Around FOBS And Bases Much Easier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*We Are The Mighty*: *The most important battlefield innovation is not a weapon* Great aircraft and vehicles aren’t very useful without somewhere to park them, and troops need good cover to keep them safe from attacks. So, for all the innovations coming out of DARPA and the weapons being developed by the military, it’s the humble Hesco barrier that became an icon of security in Iraq and Afghanistan. The barriers are a staple of deployed-life where they formed many of the outer perimeters and interior walls for NATO installations. *WNU Editor:* It certainly beats filling up sandbags.

The Unseen Consequences of Zero-Interest-Rate Policy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post by Ronald-Peter Stöferle* [image: The Unseen Consequences of Zero-Interest-Rate Policy] In a dynamic economy, an action not only triggers just one effect, but always an entire series of different consequences. While the cause of the first effect is easily recognizable, the other effects often occur only later and no such recognition occurs. Frédéric Bastiat described this phenomenon in 1850 in his ground-breaking essay “What Is Seen and What is Not Seen”: *In the economic sphere, an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of eff... more »

Al Gore and the Pillar of Fire

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Skyfire-a dance of giants from chris tangey on Vimeo. September 11 2012. A freak natural event occurs in the middle of nowhere. Incredibly, only minutes before it begins just 300 meters away, a TV cameraman already has his camera on a tripod and rolling on something else. Al Gore tries to buy the video, and is rejected, twice..... and a global firestorm of coverage and controversy ensues. Original music by the Netherlands' Tjerk de Groot copyright 2013 vision copyright Chris Tangey 2013 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the ... more »

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Musical Interlude: Justin Hayward, “I Heard It”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Justin Hayward, “I Heard It” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7ONxsCbDqE&list=PLF6BBBB6ABA85A3EC

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What created the Waterfall Nebula? No one knows. The structure seen in the region of NGC 1999 in the Great Orion Molecular Cloud complex is one of the more mysterious structures yet found on the sky. Designated HH-222, the elongated gaseous stream stretches about ten light years and emits an unusual array of colors. *Click image for larger size.* One hypothesis is that the gas filament results from the wind from a young star impacting a nearby molecular cloud. That would not explain, however, why the Waterfall and fainter streams all appear to converge on a bright but unusual non... more »

AFL: The best 10

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
You have to know very little about the world’s most libertarian sport to enjoy this weekend’s best marks, moves, goals and fumbles … and Adam Goodes. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Hibakusha

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

President Obama Is Doing Right By America And The World By Distancing His Regime From The Extremists At AIPAC

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*AIPAC's decline into madness began years ago. Now they're just being called out on their lunacy by the most powerful man in the world. And it's about damn time. Photo Source.* *An excerpt from, "Fears of Lasting Rift as Obama Battles Pro-Israel Group on Iran" by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times, August 7, 2015: * WASHINGTON — President Obama had a tough message for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, the powerful pro-Israel group that is furiously campaigning against the Iran nuclear accord, when he met with two of its leaders at the White House this ... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Shape of Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Shape of Night”* by Chet Raymo “In Shelley's “Prometheus Unbound”, the Earth speaks these wonderful words: “I spin beneath my pyramid of night Which points into the heavens, dreaming delight, Murmuring victorious joy in my enchanted sleep; As a youth lulled in love-dreams faintly sighing, Under the shadow of his beauty lying, Which round his rest a watch of light and warmth doth keep.” Beautiful words, but beautiful too that the poet has fixed in his mind's eye a geometry that was first imagined by astronomers in the ancient Near East. Night as a ... more »

"Life Is Hard?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Life is hard? True- but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in our bodies." - Edward Abbey

"The 12 Rules of Survival"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "The 12 Rules of Survival"* by Laurence Gonzales "As a journalist, I've been writing about accidents for more than thirty years. In the last 15 or so years, I've concentrated on accidents in outdoor recreation, in an effort to understand who lives, who dies, and why. To my surprise, I found an eerie uniformity in the way people survive seemingly impossible circumstances. Decades and sometimes centuries apart, separated by culture, geography, race, language, and tradition, the most successful survivors–those who practice what I call “deep survival”– go through the same patterns of... more »

The Poet: Eugene O'Neill, "Free"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Free"* by Eugene O'Neill "Weary am I of the tumult, sick of the staring crowd, Pining for wild sea places where the soul may think aloud. Fled is the glamour of cities, dead as the ghost of a dream, While I pine anew for the tint of blue on the breast of the old Gulf Stream. I have had my dance with Folly, nor do I shirk the blame; I have sipped the so-called Wine of Life and paid the price of shame; But I know that I shall find surcease, the rest my spirit craves, Where the rainbows play in the flying spray, 'Mid the keen salt kiss of the waves. Then it's ho! for the plunging deck of... more »

"Something You Already Know..."; "No Special Hurry..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where yo... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“Dry bar” ends in tears

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
I hate to see a fellow losing money, but that aside this is a good-news story from shot to show: [image: image] The “dry bar” opened recently but “has shut its doors after only five weeks of business on Karangahape Rd.” Co-owner Grady Elliott said “the bar had a few customers but they drank water and little money was passed over the counter. “Non-alcoholic bars and clubs were emerging internationally,” says the* Herald*’s story, “with establishments in London, New York and Sweden tipped as ‘the next big thing’ by overseas media [but] … it seems Aucklanders are not so keen.” No... more »

“NZ has imposed some of the world's strictest blasphemy laws by stealth”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Did you know National’s Minister of Injustice Amy Adams’s new Harmful Digital Communications Act, “intended to stop cyber-bullying, could have the effect of landing a person in jail for two years for committing blasphemy...” *The Act stated digital communications "should not denigrate an individual by reason of his or her colour, race, ethnic or national origins, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability." [Mark Honeychurch, the the New Zealand Humanist Society's president,] said the law would effectively impose some of the world's strictest penalties - including fin... more »

Free Download: D. L. Rosenhan, "Being Sane in Insane Places"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Was The 'Thud Experiment'?"* by Century of the Self "The Rosenhan experiment, also known as the the 'Thud experiment', was a famous investigation into the validity of psychiatric diagnosis conducted by psychologist David Rosenhan in 1973. It was published in the journal Science under the title "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Rosenhan's study was conducted in two parts. The first part involved the use of healthy associates or "pseudopatients" who briefly simulated auditory hallucinations in an attempt to gain admission to 12 different psychiatric hospitals in five different

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