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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

16 August - Blogs I'm Following

The View

10:27pm MDST

Toronto Family Found Housing 150 Alligators and Crocodiles

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 28 minutes ago
The founder of a Canadian zoo had a hard time believing owners of a Toronto home were living with 150 large alligators and crocodiles until he discovered it wasn’t just another reptilian urban myth. Bry Loyst of the Indian River... The post Toronto Family Found Housing 150 Alligators and Crocodiles appeared first on The Stream.

Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 hour ago
Early in the evening of July 4, Micaela Giles’s mobile phone started sounding alerts, and a series of messages straight out of a horror movie began scrolling down her screen. Her 19-year-old son told her that his Airbnb host in... The post Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions appeared first on The Stream.

Urban Gadabout: Exploring Calvary Cemetery and the L train -- plus fall schedules from the NY Transit Museum and MAS

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*First Calvary Cemetery occupies a commanding position on the Queens side of the borough's western border with Brooklyn. (Click to enlarge.*)* Mitch Waxman will be leading a Calvary walking tour on Saturday, August 22, 11am to (approx.) 1pm.* *by Ken* Awhile back Mitch Waxman devoted a *Newtown Pentacle* post to Queens's First Calvary Cemetery ("ordinary interpretation," August 5), when he called it "my favorite place in Queens." That post has taken such root in my head that I was delighted when he mentioned during his recent walking tour of Newtown Creek's Dutch Kills tributary t... more »

Best of the weekend

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
You don’t have to know much about the world’s most libertarian sport to enjoy this weekend’s best marks, moves, mistakes and goals. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

“While government power can increase monetary volume, it cannot enhance monetary value.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Over the weekend I was recommended a great wee monograph by former Friedman collaborator George Gilder, which makes, as the title says, a *21st Century Case for Gold.* Frankly, the case as Gilder makes it is frustratingly shallow (a gee-whiz mishmash of the ancient labour theory of value and up-to-the-minute cybernetics), but his criticism of the monetarist mainstream who have delivered us monetary mayhem is dead on: [image: image]This essay explains why monetary policy has not prevented the greatest recession since 1930 and is contributing even today to starving the real economy... more »

Paid for by U.S.-NATO

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
The ugly results of the US-NATO war project inside Ukraine..... particularly watch the 14 minute mark

RIP Julian, You Did Your Part  (H80thBDSS!) The Economy:  (3 Million Jobs Lost!)  "U.S. Wages Have Fallen EVERY Quarter of the 'Recovery'" (Fukushima Burning)  Who Will Say They're Sorry?  (Is It Finally Gonna Be Al?)

Realistically, this election might be the last opportunity to elect a climate president — a true leader on this issue, a leader with heft. . . . We need President Gore, and it’s almost mandatory. Julian Bond, a US civil rights activist and longtime chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP), has died aged 75. . . . As a Morehouse College student, Bond


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*'Bringing Back The Home': Jon Cleary Celebrates The Soul Of New Orleans ~NPR*

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. The filaments are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. *Click image for larger size.* The featured image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is presented in three colors chosen for scientific interest. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as ... more »

Gordon Brown and Power

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
Has Gordon Brown reached down from heaven and, like the vengeful Presbyterian God, smited Jeremy Corbyn with his great clunking fist? Well, no. The much-trailed *Power with a Purpose* speech wasn't the knock out some were hoping for, as if a talk could derail the Jeremy juggernaut anyway. Instead we had a thoughtful, nuanced and lengthy tour of the policy and ethics of the Labour Party. He asked the questions about what Labour is, its purpose, its direction of travel. In a way, it was less an attack on Corbyn - though one can easily be found in the historical vistas Gordon directs ... more »

Earthcycles live at Crow Fair!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Govinda of Earthcycles with Centerpole are live at the Crow Fair today, Sunday, until midnight! Govinda said they have a renovated RV made into a radio station! Listen now: http://www.crowvoices.blogspot.com/ . Photos by Govinda, live from the Crow Fair in Montana!

Chet Raymo, “A New ‘Creation” Oratorio”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“A New ‘Creation” Oratorio”* by Chet Raymo "Two centuries have elapsed since Joseph Haydn composed his magnificent "The Creation" oratorio.** *In all that time, no other musician has given us a better evocation of how the universe began. The famous C-major fortissimo chord of Haydn's oratorio- the glorious sunburst of sound that comes in response to the whispered words, "And there was light"- is an apt evocation of the modern astronomer's Big Bang. Still, we have learned a lot since Herschel's time about the universe's beginning and probable end. Maybe it's time for a musical upda... more »

ANALYSIS: Hit New Rap Movie Whitewashes Anti-Asian Hate

John Zmirak at The Stream - 6 hours ago
My Instagram and Facebook feeds have been filled with unwitting apologists for racism against Korean-American small-business owners. Heckuva job, Hollywood! Here’s how the poison is spreading. A savvy marketing team at Universal/Comcast Corp. developed a web toy that allows social... The post ANALYSIS: Hit New Rap Movie Whitewashes Anti-Asian Hate appeared first on The Stream.

How Keynes Almost Prevented the Keynesian Revolution

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by Mark Tovey* [image: Mises Daily Aug 15 2015]October 30, 1929. A brisk autumn’s day in Manhattan. The Savoy-Plaza Hotel’s thirty-three stories cast a long shadow over Central Park. At the base of the hotel a financier lies freshly fallen, motionless, while his last breath, wrenched from the lungs by force of impact, is now a red mist of gore in the air. Sirens and uniforms. The suicide spot quickly becomes crowded by spectators, who form a vision-impairing ring-fence of backs, much to the annoyance of elbow-throwers at the periphery. Winston Churchill stands at his ... more »

RIP Julian Bond, A Personal Hero

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Saturday night, Julian Bond, one of my personal heroes, passed away. I didn't realize he was 75; I always assumed he was my age, maybe a year or two older. I first met him in 1966, and I'm going to tell you about that in a minute. In more recent years we've both been on the board of People for the American Way, where he has continued to inspire me. He's inspired a lot of people. In fact, this morning Eric Holder tweeted "Julian Bond-- activist, icon. A great man who made the gains of the next generation possible and the nation better. We owe him much." From his days as the co-foun... more »

CENSORED NEWS: IEN: Youth call for DC civil disobedience to stop ...

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
CENSORED NEWS: IEN: Youth call for DC civil disobedience to stop ...: The Indigenous Environmental Network  •  PO Box 485  •  Bemidji, MN 56619 http://www.ienearth.org/ ... more »

CENSORED NEWS: Dine' Protesters Chase John McCain off Navajo Nati...

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
CENSORED NEWS: Dine' Protesters Chase John McCain off Navajo Nati...: By Nihigaal bee Iina Censored News Scroll down for video 'Chasing McCain off Navajo Nation' Diné taking act... more »


leftdog at Buckdog - 6 hours ago
[image: Progressive Bloggers] *COVERUP !!!* There is NO other way to describe it.

"Optimist, Pessimist, Realist..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true." - Ashleigh Brilliant

Midday Musical Interlude: Karunesh, “Endless Skies”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Karunesh, “Endless Skies” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hae1MQuk6B8

Netherlands, US & Germany withdrawing Turkey based Patriot Missile Batteries

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Also! Woe, woe woe for the transgender Turks - Standard Demonization via Identity Politics brought to us all by the CBC- Canadian Brainwashing Corporation. Payed for with Canadian taxpayer dollars Look at the bottom of this post for the identity politics spin. *First, pick your link for Patriot Missile news or peruse them all* *Link & Link & Link* Germany, the United States and the Netherlands all deployed Patriots in early 2013 after Turkey asked its fellow NATO partners for help in protecting its territory amid an escalating civil war in Syria. The Dutch ended their missio... more »

Dine' Protesters Chase John McCain off Navajo Nation

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Below: Click arrow to watch video! . NO MORE ALLOWING state or federal politicians and the corporations they represent entrance into our homelands By Nihigaal bee Iina Censored News August 14, 2015 Diné taking action in Window Rock to address John McCain's ecocidal and genocidal policies. This morning at the Navajo Nation Museum, members of various Indigenous

"There's a wideness in God's mercy/like the wideness of the sea"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Well, the controversial *Songs of Praise *from the illegal migrant encampment in Calais was broadcast tonight, and I suspect viewing figures will have been well up. The two items ran as described in the previous post. In the first we heard from some of the migrants and from Giles Fraser (so, yes, he was on after all). Giles described the migrants as being his brothers and sisters but avoided making any explicitly political points. In the second items we heard from Christian volunteers from England and France who had come to help the migrants. In fairness to presenter Sally Magn... more »

ABC News: “Highly Likely” a Backup Server Exists with Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Jay Richards at The Stream - 7 hours ago
The post ABC News: “Highly Likely” a Backup Server Exists with Hillary Clinton’s Emails appeared first on The Stream.

After reading Mike Whitney's analysis, I'm convinced that he has a correct view of Syria today and the two ways it can possibly turn out: Washington and NATO's next war or Vladimir Putin's plan for peace. Below, Paul Craig Roberts wonders if Washington may have "killed so many Muslims and destroyed so many countries and institutions that there is nothing left to organize against the Islamist Revolution?"

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 7 hours ago
------------------------------ *The Islamist Revolution * ------------------------------ August 16, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter This is an interesting analysis by Mike Whitney: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/14/is-putin-planning-to-sell-out-assad/ One question is: Can the Islamist Revolution unleashed by Washington be contained? Or have Washington and its NATO vassals killed so many Muslims and destroyed so many countries and institutions that there is nothing left to organize ag... more »

August 16: The family tree of Naziism

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
This is a topic easily misunderstood because we are taught to misunderstand it. So let's start gently... I have spent much of my life learning how to hate. I was taught that Germans were, by nature, hateful and evil. Japanese were even worse. Comic books regularly featured evil-looking Germans and Japanese confronted by tall, handsome and undoubtedly church-going Canadians. (Italians got off lightly in this, even though my elementary school had hundreds of Italian kids whose parents were fascist. I guess nobody took the Italians seriously.) Then, suddenly, the evil ones weren't ev... more »

Donald Trump's Position on Immigration Reform...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*in detail and in print for all to read. * *Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again* When politicians talk about “immigration reform” they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties. Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real imm... more »

What Free Planet needs now, is love sweet love!

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 8 hours ago
"It's the only thing, that there's just too little of..." I woke up with this song playing in my head this morning, and I have no idea why. So, I thought I'd share with you, dear reader or three, what I think this might mean. *WHAT FREE PLANET NEEDS NOW... and I don't mean The People. I don't mean, "Be more empathic to your fellow man," that's never gonna work. Hasn't worked yet, maybe never will. What the Free Planet needs, now, more than ever...* *...is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of. Love for your Free Planet, now can you muster that, at ... more »

Sunday Classics snapshots: Signposts on the steep path of Otello's downfall

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
[*Click to enlarge.*] Now and forever farewell, blessed memories! Farewell, sublime enchantments of her thought! Farewell, shining battalions; farewell, victories, flying arrows and flying steeds! Farewell, triumphant and sacred banner, and reveille ringing shrilly in the morning! The clamor and song of battle, farewell! The glory of Otello is here at an end! *Francesco Tamagno (t), Otello; piano. Victor, recorded February 2003 (digital transfer by Tim Ecker) -- for some notes on this recording, see below* *by Ken* We've been ruminating about and eavesdropping on Verdi and Boito's O... more »

Anthony Weiner 

LeDaro at LeDaro - 8 hours ago
Weiner is an old story. I found this interesting picture of him. He is quite a character. I decided to post it.

"As We Get Older..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"As we get older, we lose our enthusiasm and joy. We become dry and unhappy. Why? Because we lose our faith and innocence. Somewhere inside each of us, a child's joy, innocence and faith lie dormant. Rediscover them." - Mata Amritanandamayi

Dispatch from the Endocene, #9

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 10 hours ago
This photograph, captioned "Young men enjoying their brand new vehicle which topped at 25 miles per hour", is dated 1924 and placed in Ohio. It's remarkably crisp, and captures the intensity of the pleasure and excitement the driver and his passengers are feeling. They gaze forward expressing an almost delirious hypnotic trance, so enamored are they of their unexpected powerful mobility. I doubt that they could have been dissuaded from availing themselves of the car's intoxicating mystique, not even if they knew what the age of fossil fuels would usher in - the wars, the pollution... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for stopping by!

Psychology: “The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People”* by Theo Tsaousides Ph.D “Stephen Covey taught us the habits of highly effective people. We learned them, we applied them, and we benefitted greatly from them. David Allen taught us how to get things done. We learned the techniques and our productivity increased dramatically. But not everyone made gains. There are many people, in fact about 90%, who are still struggling with getting things done. And the reason is that their own habits prevent them from doing what it takes to achieve their goals. Theirs are the 7 habits of highly ineffec... more »

"The Deadliness of Certainty: Aphorisms"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Deadliness of Certainty: Aphorisms"* by Kathleen Parkerk "Freud recognized that human beings have a sex drive and even a death drive. Is it possible that we also have an aphorism drive? We do seem attracted to pat answers and pithy summation- especially from our politicians. It isn't enough to be wise or effective; one must be quotable. In fact, aphorism is the oldest written art form, according to aphorism expert and author James Geary ("The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism"). Before famed aphorists Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and Woody Allen put the party i... more »

"Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation" by George Washington "Biologists and sociologists tell us that our brains evolved in small groups or tribes. As one example of how profoundly the small-group environment affected our brains, research shows that one of the most powerful ways to stimulate more buying is celebrity endorsement. Neurologists at Erasmus University in Rotterdam report that our ability to weigh desirability and value doesn’t function normally if an item is endorsed by a well-known face. This lights up the brain’s dorsal claudate nucleus, which is involved in trust a... more »

Syria conflict: Marketplace air strikes 'kill 80' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
A small news story on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33952777 tells us of more civilians killed in Syria. Of course if this had been just one Palestinian killed by Israel the institutionally anti Israel BBC would deem this a headline piece of news, but as it's Muslim Arabs killing Muslim Arabs they're less interested. One line in that report caught my eye: 'United Nations figures show that over 220,000 people have been killed and more than nine million displaced in Syrian civil war since it began four years ago.' The scale of what's happening in Syria is i... more »

Number of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Flagged as Classified Grows to 60

Jay Richards at The Stream - 10 hours ago
While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned... The post Number of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Flagged as Classified Grows to 60 appeared first on The Stream.

Donald Trump

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
Donald Trumps' perception of himself versus public perception.

The Saker has posted "Warcrimes in Gorlovka - The Anna Tuv Story" - Must Watch

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Texas interviewed Anna Tuv shortly after the attack* *when she was still in hospital* *...they met again a month after the attack...* *when she was testifying about her ordeal* *on a Novorossian TV program.** Texas gave her some flowers* *...and her son a stuffed dog and a book*. Warcrimes in Gorlovka - The Anna Tuv Story Here is the video posted on the blog *Vinyard of the Saker* today. I am unable to upload it directly onto this blog. *The video recounts the horrific May 26, 2015 missile attack on a Gorlovka, Eastern Ukraine family...the Tuv Family. * I followed this story when "Te... more »

Cartoon: ‘Castro’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 12 hours ago
The post Cartoon: ‘Castro’ appeared first on The Stream.

Death Toll From China Chemical Blast Rises To 112

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Death Toll Rises to 112 From Tianjin Blasts, With 95 Missing* *The death toll from Wednesday’s blasts at a chemical warehouse in China’s port city of Tianjin has risen to 112, while 95 people are still missing, Xinhua reported.* Among the missing are 85 firefighters, Xinhua said, citing local officials. A total of 46 people have been rescued from the site, the latest a man in his 50s found 50 meters (164 feet) away from a “burst point,” Xinhua reported. He suffered a respiratory tract burn and was in stable condition, the news agency cited Li Jingmei, a Tianjin docto... more »

“The Sanctum of Self-Identity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“The Sanctum of Self-Identity”* by William Manson “This over-organized, techno-urbanized 21st century: we “live,” as it were, within enveloping enclosures– an ever-tightening mesh of interlocking institutional structures (1000’s of corporations, mega-banks, power plants, DoD, NSA, the Internet, etc.). Such is the over-arching scope and complexity of this “Mega-System” that a mere individual finds her unique identity virtually obliterated by the standardizing forces which surround her (“technology,” “finance,” “media,” “messages,” etc., etc.) Daily “life” has become a stream of sti... more »

"We All Know..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars... everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being." - Thornton Wilder

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” - Mark Twain "What happens to people living in a society where everyone in power is lying, stealing, cheating and killing, and in our hearts we all know this, but the consequences of facing all these lies are so monstrous, we keep on hoping that maybe the corporate-government-administration and media are on the level with us this time. Americans remind me of survivors of domestic abuse. This is always the hope that this is the very, very, very last time one's ribs get re-broken again." - Inga Muscio

"Passive Acceptance..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Final subsidy accounting rules published!

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 12 hours ago
On Friday, the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) published the final version of its new rules requiring governments to make reporting on subsidies a standard part of their financial reports (known as Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, or CAFRs). Since GASB determines the content of "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles," its new rules will have to be widely adopted. Subsidy reformers such as Good Jobs First did not get everything they wanted in the new rules, but their publication represents a gigantic step forward in subsidy transparency. In particular, every go... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday, everyone's favourite day for rest and relaxation... And just to piss off some of my favourite fans in the JIDF/Hasbara community (or what I call Clown College rejects), here comes my weekly rant.... First, yes it has been a very hot week across the northern hemisphere, and there are many out there including those in the fraud Global Warming community that are pointing to this week and saying "See... The planet is definitely warming".... I say to these idiots to just compare this last week to all other weeks this year where the weather across the planet ... more »

Divided Loyalties and Treason

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*"Are you suggesting that Dreyfuss was guilty...?" - Mark Lane (Levin) of US Army Intelligence * Obama the Anti-Semite? By Ali Gharib (source: LobeLog) There’s an odd, but not altogether surprising, line of attack developing against the Obama administration and other proponents of the Iran nuclear deal: that they are anti-Semites. How did this happen? The meme mostly owes to salvos from neoconservatives and other right-leaning publications lashing out; so far, the most notable of the attacks have come from the *Wall Street Journal*‘s opinion pages, the liberal-but-right-wing-on-Is... more »

The Russian Caspian Fleet

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
Capt Kirill Taranenko, the commander of the Russian fleet, met with Rear Admiral Afshin Rezaei Haddad, the commander of Iran’s fourth maritime zone in the port city. “The maritime relations between Russia and Iran will be expanded and we will go ahead with our official and unofficial visits to Iran,” Taranenko vowed, adding that the two sides plan to hold a joint naval exercise during their stay.

Rightwing Nuthouse: “5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week: Trump Prevails! Carson Goes off the Rails”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Trump Prevails! Carson Goes off the Rails”* Hoo boy, truth and reason are taking a serious beating these days. By Janet Allon “*1. True nutcase Ben Carson makes absurd pronouncements that now have to be taken seriously. *In a normal world, no one would have to take anything Dr. Ben Carson says seriously. The man has a well-documented history of saying certifiably insane things, notably that Obamacare is worse than slavery and that homosexuality must be a choice because people are raped in prison and come out gay. But ours is not a normal...more »

Who Will Be The First Republican(s) To Bow Out?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Is Darwinism at work inside the Republican Party? Beltway journalists have a new game-- speculating on who the first presidential contender to head for the exit will be. Yesterday, *Politico*, always a fount of Beltway conventional wisdom, was predicting it would be Rick Perry. They've finally stopped laughing about when Trump would bow out. Christie will certainly want to wait until after he fails in New Hampshire. And Rand Paul probably wishes he had never tossed his hat into the ring in the first place and is probably trying to figure out how to do this gracefully, without looki... more »

ANALYSIS: Why Chris Christie Got an ‘F’ on ThePulse2016’s Gay Marriage Report Card

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
Governor Chris Christie began his response to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling by saying he agreed with Chief Justice Roberts but quickly turned to the idea there’s nothing he plans to do about it: That being said, those five lawyers... The post ANALYSIS: Why Chris Christie Got an ‘F’ on ThePulse2016’s Gay Marriage Report Card appeared first on The Stream.

From Bananas to Phones: How Cheaper Yuan Could Reverberate

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 14 hours ago
HONG KONG (AP) – China’s unexpected move this week to lower the value of its tightly leashed currency, the yuan, sent shockwaves through global financial markets. The impact on consumers around the world and China’s neighbors will take longer to play out... The post From Bananas to Phones: How Cheaper Yuan Could Reverberate appeared first on The Stream.

Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Passes Away at Age 75

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 14 hours ago
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after... The post Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Passes Away at Age 75 appeared first on The Stream.

Pence Funded by Oregon’s Charter School Libertarian

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
By Doug Martin, Author of *Hoosier School Heist* *(Doug Martin is up for the Best Local Political Activist of the Year Award. Please go to NUVO and votefor him today and every day until August 21.) * The school privatizers are tossing money at Mike Pence right and left. The governor cashed in on a $25,000contribution on June 4 from John D. Bryan in Lake Oswego, OR. As I reveal in my book *Hoosier School Heist*, Bryan is the millionaire charter school/voucher champion who helped finance Walmart-Amway’s American Federation for Children in 2010 and 2011, a front-group which has funn... more »

ANALYSIS: China’s Devaluation: Much More Trouble to Come?

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
The People’s Bank of China appears to have caught itself in a conundrum of its own making: yesterday it announced a 1.9 percent devaluation of the yuan, and pledged to allow market forces to have more influence on the currency’s... The post ANALYSIS: China’s Devaluation: Much More Trouble to Come? appeared first on The Stream.

Arrived on Jeju

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Juyeon Rhee and I arrived in Gangjeong village on Jeju Island this evening. We were met at the airport by GN board member Sung-Hee Choi and her partner Koh Gilchun. We boarded a bus for the hour long ride from the airport to the village. (Juyeon who lives in New York City has been my translator and guide during my time in Korea so far. She is great fun to be with and a dear soul. We are both part of the US Solidarity Committee for Democracy & Peace in Korea.) Once we arrived in the village Sung-Hee took us to the now famous (if you've see The Ghosts of Jeju) food kitchen wher... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*UK: Pupils behaving badly* For a new teacher looking forward to starting a new post, there is one thought above all that brings fear and trepidation into his or her heart: will the kids behave? Indeed, how do teachers command the attention of 30 young people and hold sway over a classroom? To most adults, this prospect is their idea of hell. But, if teachers can master their nerves, teaching is their chance to make a real difference to the lives of their pupils. I don’t mean this in the sense of addressing society’s ills or challenging the injustices that the young face in the wo... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*How Amusing! A Warmist attack on Prof. Judith Curry that is totally lacking in substance* Unlike the Left, I am not afraid to hear what people with different opinions to mine say. So I read a fair bit of the stuff that emanates from the Green/Left. It's mainly amusing for its feeble reasoning and boiling anger but occasionally something seems worth mentioning. A recent attack on Judith Curry is a case in point. I won't reproduce the attack as it is mostly abuse and is full of foul language but I give the source below for those who wish to check. The attempted hit-piece is by... more »

Indonesian Airliner Carrying 54 Loses Contact over Papua

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian airliner carrying 54 people was missing Sunday after losing contact with ground control during a short flight in bad weather in the country’s mountainous easternmost province of Papua, officials said. A search for the... The post Indonesian Airliner Carrying 54 Loses Contact over Papua appeared first on The Stream.

Healing Through Forgiveness in Africa

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 16 hours ago
In the Rwandan genocide of 1994, more than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. Revenge killings took the family of Dr. Celestin Musekura, who then turned tragedy into an opportunity to create positive change. To that end, he created African Leadership... The post Healing Through Forgiveness in Africa appeared first on The Stream.

US, Japanese Cities Mark WWII End with Pearl Harbor Ceremony

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The mayors of Honolulu and Nagoaka, Japan — two cities linked by World War II — joined hundreds of people Saturday night to mark the 70th anniversary of the conflict’s end by watching a spectacular... The post US, Japanese Cities Mark WWII End with Pearl Harbor Ceremony appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: How American Government Became Encrusted with Subsidies

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America’s long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for nearly nine years, until fiscal 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after it... The post ANALYSIS: How American Government Became Encrusted with Subsidies appeared first on The Stream.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*‘We’re forgotten’: Outside New Orleans, Gulf eats away at entire coastal towns, residents’ livelihoods ~Cain Burdeau, AP* DELACROIX (AP) — Rocky Morales is watching his small Louisiana town of Delacroix slowly melt into the water. The woods where he played hide-and-seek as a boy are gone. It’s all water and mud back there now. So, too, is the nearby marsh where townsfolk once trapped for muskrat, otter and mink. Many of the fishermen who once lived here — his friends and relatives — have disappeared as well, fleeing behind the intricate levee system protecting New Orleans out of fe...more »

help my christian friend vote, or why the harper government must go

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
A friend of mine is undecided about which party to vote for in the upcoming federal election. She normally votes Conservative, but may not this time. She dislikes the Trudeau Liberals, and is deciding between sticking with the Conservatives or voting New Democrat. Strategic voting is not an option for her. She wants to vote with her conscience, something I applaud. My friend is a committed Christian, a person of deep faith with a strong moral compass and a clear sense of justice. She is a mother, also a working woman. I am privileged to know many people whose spirituality informs t... more »

Merging With the Angels

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Soren Dreier* - Angels will not enter unless you attune yourself to their presence in your life. The post Merging With the Angels appeared first on Waking Times.

Illegal Immigrant Accused in Triple Homicide in Florida Home

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
A 19-year-old illegal immigrant was being held without bail Saturday after the discovery of three bodies at a crime scene in a Florida home that veteran cops called “almost unimaginable.” Brian Omar Hyde appeared before a judge Friday on charges... The post Illegal Immigrant Accused in Triple Homicide in Florida Home appeared first on The Stream.

EXCLUSIVE: The Federal Government Tried before to Stop the Trafficking of Fetal Remains, and Failed

Linda Royall at The Stream - 16 hours ago
“We have gone down the proverbial slope,” said a legislative insider who had been involved in the congressional hearing held after the first baby body part scandal broke in 1999 and 2000. Roe v. Wade was “the first step. Now we have... The post EXCLUSIVE: The Federal Government Tried before to Stop the Trafficking of Fetal Remains, and Failed appeared first on The Stream.

Biden: Chattanooga Shooter Was ‘Perverted Jihadist’

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
US Vice-President Joe Biden has said the killing of four marines and a sailor in Chattanooga in July was the work of a “perverted jihadist”, despite no official determination of motive. Speaking at a memorial service in the Tennessee town,... The post Biden: Chattanooga Shooter Was ‘Perverted Jihadist’ appeared first on The Stream.

Trump Force One Lands at the Iowa State Fair

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
DES MOINES — There in the center of the sweaty, frothing mob of bodies and cameras and microphones, reaching and shoving and snapping away as state troopers guided the mass along the concourse, was the blonde-haired billionaire, his ruddy, sunken... The post Trump Force One Lands at the Iowa State Fair appeared first on The Stream.

Harper History, Part 8 – Senate reform / suspensions, Election Act

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
*2013 – 2014* Even with the ongoing Senate expense scandal, the Robocall investigation crawling along (much delayed by the presence of the Conservative lawyer at E.C. Interviews) another suspension of parliament for no apparent reason followed up by another massive austerity budget it was the (un)Fair Elections Act that got all the attention during this period. The closing or cuts to any number of federal programs and departments continued, many aimed at scientific, public safety and oversight areas, in an apparent effort to be able to 'balance' the budget just before the 2015 electi... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( August 16 , 2015 ) ..... Greece In Focus ( With The Third Bailout Reached Between Greece and The Institutions Sans IMF At This Time - Next Focus Will Be Greece's Implementation Of Agreed Reforms and October Debt Relief Talks With The IMF ) ...... Broader Europe ( Finland And Italy In Focus ) ...... Emerging Markets Items Of Note ! .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Greece..... *Etta* ‏@hey_etta 13m 13 minutes ago Another day, another beach[image: 👌]🏻 #*Greece* #sundayfunday [image: Embedded image permalink] *Olivier Drot* ‏@OlivierDrot 12m 12 minutes ago #Kalamata mana mou ! #Grèce #*Greece* #Sunset [image: Embedded image permalink] *Greek Reporter* ‏@GreekReporter 5m 5 minutes ago Tough Road Ahead for *Greece*, Eurozone After Bailout http://dlvr.it/BsSHRY #*Greece* *Kathimerini English *‏@ekathimerini 37m 37 minutes ago Merkel allies warily back *Greece* deal as parliament vote is set http:// dl... more »

Star Wars Themed Attractions Planned at Disney Parks

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney theme parks have their sights on a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars is getting its own themed lands at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disney CEO Bob Iger... The post *Star Wars* Themed Attractions Planned at Disney Parks appeared first on The Stream.

IN DEPTH: Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Workaholic Culture

David Mills at The Stream - 17 hours ago
“Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity … or even as an inner quiet. It is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness.” “We get... The post IN DEPTH: Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Workaholic Culture appeared first on The Stream.

EPA Reaps Whirlwind After Causing Toxic Spill

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say rivers tainted by last week’s massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine are starting to recover, but for the Environmental Protection Agency the political fallout from the disaster could linger. The federal agency’s critics... The post EPA Reaps Whirlwind After Causing Toxic Spill appeared first on The Stream.

China Blast Zone Evacuated Over Contamination Fear; 104 Dead

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
TIANJIN, China (AP) — New small explosions rocked a disaster zone in the Chinese port of Tianjin on Saturday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination and found several more bodies to bring the death toll to 104 in... The post China Blast Zone Evacuated Over Contamination Fear; 104 Dead appeared first on The Stream.

Inside NSA Surveillance of U.S. Citizens

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a decades-old program with the government, telecom giant AT&T in 2003 led the way on a new collection capability that the National Security Agency said amounted to a “‘live’ presence on the global net” and would... The post Inside NSA Surveillance of U.S. Citizens appeared first on The Stream.

How the Gospel Reshapes Evangelical Political Engagement

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 17 hours ago
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, speaks at the 2015 National Conference about how the gospel reshapes a community that, in turn, speaks to the world from consciences that are shaped by Scripture. You can watch the entire speech... The post How the Gospel Reshapes Evangelical Political Engagement appeared first on The Stream.

Chris Rea - Josephine (French Edit)

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 17 hours ago
While we await Gordon Brown's (clunking?) intervention into the Labour leadership debate, here's some proper poolside pina colada music. By the time you've seen this, hopefully the sun will have come back out.

Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage, US Finds

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June. “They told us that he married her, and... The post Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage, US Finds appeared first on The Stream.

Hottest Ticket in Washington? It’s for the Pope at Capitol

John Zmirak at The Stream - 17 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter Welch’s sister, Maureen, had better intelligence than the five-term Vermont congressman about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the United States and his historic address to Congress. “She called before the announcement and said, ‘The pope... The post Hottest Ticket in Washington? It’s for the Pope at Capitol appeared first on The Stream.

Canada's Economic Federation

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://free-stock-illustration.com/ Scott Clark and Peter DeVries write that the economy is not in good shape. It hasn't been healthy for the last seven years: The economy has been seriously underperforming for the past seven years and there’s little to suggest this will change over the next five. Business fixed investment, as a share of GDP, is virtually unchanged since 2008. The unemployment rate remains stuck around 7 per cent, and both the labour force participation rate and the employment rate are below 2008 levels. These trends ar... more »

Front-runners Trump, Clinton, Descend on Iowa State Fair

John Zmirak at The Stream - 18 hours ago
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths of funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive pack of media and onlookers, Donald Trump’s helicopter circled the fairgrounds in... The post Front-runners Trump, Clinton, Descend on Iowa State Fair appeared first on The Stream.

Out of order

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
Currently I'm down and out. The cause is not serious, but very inconvenient. ETBOL unknown.

The Selected Rejected

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 18 hours ago
DUDLEY HALL — “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion … according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling... The post The Selected Rejected appeared first on The Stream.

Mexico: UFOs Near Uxmal

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
*Source: SIPSE and Planeta UFODate: August 15, 2015* *Mexico: UFOs Near Uxmal* Jorge Moreno/SIPSE Merida, Yucatan - To my surprise, I learned that part of the Mérida-Uxmal Federal Highway had become a site for "UFO watching", or at least this is what a group of citizens from Merida and Ticul have been doing since they met earlier this year during the "Alerta Ovni" (UFO skywatch). Miguel Medina and Antonio Poot are natives of Merida and for a few months now have been meeting every 15 days with three others from the capital city and four youths from Ticul, heading to the Muna on-r... more »

Julia Galef and the Sleeping Beauty Problem

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Julia Galef is a statistician and the president plus co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality in San Francisco, an entity that fights against biases as well as paranormal phenomena. Two months ago, she posted her most popular YouTube video so far (over 60,000 views), one about the Sleeping Beauty Problem. The 4-minute video seems very comprehensible, concise, and powered by some beautiful cartoons. She presents both major answers to the Sleeping Beauty Problem that has earned about 5 previous TRF blog posts. Recall that in this controversial exercise, the sleeping beaut... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Ancora”

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

Weingarten on the CC$$: teachers just need more time and "training"

skrashen at Schools Matter - 20 hours ago
AFT President Randi Weingarten does not criticize the Common Core; we just need to give teachers more time and "training" to make it work. She attacks our "test-and-punish" fixation, but that is exactly what the Common Core is. Her solution appears to be more testing: the problem with evaluating teachers by test scores is that the measures are faulty and narrow. In other words, we need more and better tests! Her letter is in the New York Times. August 16, 2015. To the Editor: Re “Across Country, a Scramble Is On to Find Teachers” (front page, Aug. 10): We applaud you for shining a ...more »

Military Photo of the Day: August 16, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
A U.S. Army soldier carries a notionally wounded U.S. Marine Corps casualty during a training exercise in Yavoriv, Ukraine, on July 30, 2015. Thank you to the brave men and women of our military for their service and sacrifice. The post Military Photo of the Day: August 16, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 22 hours ago

Rand Paul Leaves the Campaign Trail for Eye Surgeries in Haiti

John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 day ago
This weekend, while the political world descends on Iowa’s state fairgrounds, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will be fixing cataracts 2000 miles away. As he’s done every summer recess since joining the Senate, Paul’s performing pro bono eye surgery. This year’s mission,... The post Rand Paul Leaves the Campaign Trail for Eye Surgeries in Haiti appeared first on The Stream.

The Once and Future Soong

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: random20.jpg] *Wherever you are, there are wedding photos.* The latest Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) poll shows that Hung is now at 13.9% support, consistent with other polls. With Hung fading and unlikely to recover, the race is shaping up to be a two-way contest between Tsai Ing-wen and James Soong, a mainlander and KMT heavyweight who left the KMT to found the PFP and run on his own in the 2000 election, which he nearly won. How well Soong does will depend on his ability to attract faction politicians out of the KMT and into his party. To do that, he is remakin... more »

President Watch: So that son of a bitch Warren G. Harding really did it!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Come 'n' get it, baby"?* *Don't believe your judgmental eyes. NYT reporter Peter Baker assures us that Warren G. Harding, who apparently had the ladies throwing themselves at him, "was seen by women of the time as attractive." Okay, noted. (Maybe when he was younger?)* *by Ken* Our Noah just seems to find these things. Or maybe they find him, I don't know. Either way, among his pass-alongs this week was this: *DNA Is Said to Solve a Mystery of Warren Harding’s Love Life* By PETER BAKER | Aug. 12, 2015 WASHINGTON — She was denounced as a “degenerate” and a “pervert,” accused of ... more »

WHY Is THIS Not A War Crime? Ukrainian Military Using (Banned) Phosphorous Bombs Against Civilians In Donbass Region

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
In the history of modern "warfare" we have seen again and again how some nations have defied international law and have used weapons that are supposed to be outlawed by international standards and "rules of war" against innocent civilian populations... Such was the case of course when the psychotic state of Israel used many American built and paid for weapons against civilians living in the open air concentration camp called the Gaza Strip last summer. In that "war" conducted almost exclusively against civilians, the psychos in the IDF forces used a wide range of high explosives an... more »

Dante's Inferno

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Dante's Inferno Anime

Who Are You ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 1055 is a dominant member of a small galaxy group a mere 60 million light-years away toward the intimidating constellation Cetus. Seen edge-on, the island universe spans about 100,000 light-years, similar in size to our own Milky Way. * Click image for larger size.* Colorful, spiky stars in this cosmic portrait of NGC 1055 are in the foreground, well within the Milky Way. But along with a smattering of more distant background galaxies, the deep image also reveals a curious box-shaped inner halo extending far above and below this galaxy's dusty plane.... more »

Hangar One and the Star Soldier

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
I have avoided talking about *Hangar One*sure that most people realized that it was more fiction than fact. I sometimes thought the lone fact was that there is an organization known as MUFON and everything else was pretty much invented for television ratings. That became more of a reality for me when I saw the latest episode, which is to say, the last one I saw but with the way they broadcast this stuff, I’m not sure what the last episode might have been. Anyway, I was just doing a video lap which is pushing the remote channel button looking for something interesting when I heard ab... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "There Is Time Left"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"*There Is Time Left"* "Well, there is time left – fields everywhere invite you into them. And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away from wherever you are, to look for your soul? Quickly, then, get up, put on your coat, leave your desk! To put one's foot into the door of the grass, which is the mystery, which is death as well as life, and not be afraid! To set one's foot in the door of death, and be overcome with amazement!” ~ Mary Oliver

"The Emblem Of Eternity..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time, effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” - Anne Louise Germaine de Stae

Chet Raymo, "The Ring of Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "The Ring of Truth"* by Chet Raymo "In Salley Vickers' novel, 'Where Three Roads Meet,' the shade of Tiresias, the blind seer of the Oedipus myth, visits Sigmund Freud in London during the psychoanalyst's final terrible illness. In a series of conversations, Tiresias retells the story of Oedipus - he who was fated to kill his father and sleep with his mother - a story at the heart of Freud's own theory of the human psyche. At one point in the conversations, as Tiresias and Freud discuss the extent to which our lives are fated, the question of immortality arises. Freud says of Oed... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"The Cost Of Knowing It..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There's a truth deeper than experience. It's beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabhakar told it to me, just as I'm telling it to you n... more »

"Cognitive Dissonance And the Human Mind"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Cognitive Dissonance And the Human Mind" by Dan Eden "When “Robbie” the robot was told to shoot a weapon at a man in the movie Forbidden Planet, his electronic brain sparked and short-circuited. His creator had programmed him to never harm a human and so the conflicting ideas paralyzed him. Human beings often are presented with opposing thoughts also, but our brains have developed a way of resolving these conflicts through a process call cognitive dissonance. We are taught, like “Robbie,” that killing is prohibited — but what about war? And many anti-abortionists support the deat... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom. It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom." - Richard Bach, “Nothing by Chance”

Iraq and Syria: How many foreigners fight alongside ISIS?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Link *& *Link & **Originating PDF* Just an informational kind of post. Where do the estimated 20,000 foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria come from, and how many of them are still out there? Top 10 countries by foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria *Country Number of fighters* *Tunisia 5000* *Saudi Arabia 2275* Jordan 2000 Russia 1700 *France 1550* *Turkey 1400 ?* Morocco 1200 Lebanon 900 Germany 700 United Kingdom 700 It can be assumed that the majority of the people who have travelled are with the Islamic State, accord... more »

Who Knew?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Why didn't we know about this beautiful monument given by the Russians? Isn't the answer rather obvious?


urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day ago
*Birth Of A New Earth* Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Listen closely as an Israeli rabbi tells his audience that "jews" are not from this planet and are here to conquer the Earth. The teachings of this rabbi would seem to indicate that the jews are an alien race (he comes right out and says this) created for the express purpose of destroying the real Creator's order and imposing onto the Earth the order of their luciferian god. Here is an excerpt from this must watch video that will help us all understand the nature of what we are up against. Rav Michael Laitman: In fact, we are not ... more »

My Honest Thoughts on Ravitch

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Someone sent me an email asking my honest thoughts on Ravitch. I did a quick search at SM, and here are some of them: Ravitch Finds Solace in Bernie's Education Policy Ignorance Aug 10, 2015 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 ... http://www.schoolsmatter.info/ Ravitch Rationalizes NEA/AFT/NPE Pro-Charter Position Jun 26, 2015 The anti-reformy groups and self-promoting individuals that crouch und...more »

Clear Choice For Democrats In The Open IL-08 Seat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
State Senator Mike Noland, progressive Democrat Now that Tom Cullerton has dropped out of the race to replace Tammy Duckworth as Representative from Illinois's 8th Congressional District-- Chicago's northwest suburbs, Elgin and Schaumburg-- there is a clear two-man choice. On the one hand you have corporate Dem Raja Krishnamoorthi, and on the other you have proven progressive state Senator Mike Noland, who Blue America endorsed in April. Krishnamoorthi is the kind of guy who says anything he thinks his listener wants to hear. His actions, though, speak louder than his recent panderin... more »

Is the U.S. Going To Do To Puerto Rico What Germany Is Doing To Greece?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Thursday, Nobel laureate in economics Joe Stiglitz and Mark Medish, a former Treasury official, penned on OpEd for the *Wall Street Journal* about the unfolding disaster in Puerto Rico, disaster that can be stopped before it spirals out of control. They are concerned that the U.S. is letting the island territory "fall prey to the claws of vulture creditors." German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently quipped to his American counterpart, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, that he would gladly trade Greece for Puerto Rico. He was referring to the debt crises in both places and in... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
My article on Kurdistan trying to re-write history of what happened to Iraq’s Yazidis in Sinjar was republished by eKurd. My article for the Daily Beast on Premier Abadi's reform agenda was mentioned in "The Iraqi prime minister introduces sweeping reforms, but what are his chances of success?" in The World Weekly.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Buy Nothing, Share With Your Neighbors

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 1 day ago
Peace House, a nonprofit focused on enacting social change locally, is encouraging neighbors to give their stuff away and take the stuff that others leave behind. The group is not alone in trying to create free item exchanges — formally... The post Buy Nothing, Share With Your Neighbors appeared first on The Stream .

August 15: I'm glad I read section A....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
Otherwise, I would never know that there's a man accused of drug smuggling who doesn't have a lawyer. And I would never experience the warm symbolism of the colour photo of the Irving Memorial Chapel as a reminder of how closely our economic masters are linked to the word of God. I always look at the obituary page because it's usually the most interesting one in section A. This time, struck by the number of relatively young people in the obituaries, I checked on life expectancies in New Brunswick. Most of the population is very similar to the rest of Canada in life expectancy - BUT...more »

Nutrition: "More Corruption Of Science"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"More Corruption Of Science"* by Karl Denninger "Uh, yep*... Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories. The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance N... more »

"Be Kind..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“You go up to a man, and you say, "How are things going, Joe?" and he says, "Oh fine, fine — couldn't be better." And you look into his eyes, and you see things really couldn't be much worse. When you get right down to it, everybody's having a perfectly lousy time of it, and I mean *everybody*. And the hell of it is, nothing seems to help much.” - Kurt Vonnegut “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” - Plato

Free Speech can cost you your job in Canada

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Brian Ruhe (right) taught Buddhism at* *Capilano University, BC, **prior to being fired* *for his political YouTube videos * *Brian Ruhe *was an instructor at a Canadian university in the Vancouver lower mainland. He taught Buddhism. Within the last few years, Brian started posting YouTube videos about his political beliefs. Watch the above video to learn what happened after Mr. Ruhe began to speak out about his belief that the "official" story behind the causes of WWII are revisionist and untrue. He is also concerned and has spoken out about Jewish world supremacy. That was his... more »

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