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Clinton Spins, Trump Shouts and We Throw Up Our Hands

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 21 minutes ago
[image: SALT LAKE CITY - OCTOBER 25: Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks at a rally for the Utah Democratic party October 25, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Several Utah Democrats express surprised that Hillary came to Utah to speak ten day before the national elections, since Utah is considered a heavily Republican state. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)] As the dog days of summer wind down, it's fun, at least in a self-flagellating way, to look back at the political antics of the past month. Yes, you may complain, but you also have to admi... more »

DOD #TaiwanFail

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 27 minutes ago
According to the US DoD, Taiwan has no navy. This chart from this report being passed around Twitter as a "good" chart. Nope. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

"NOAA: July hottest month on record, and 2015 could be hottest year"

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 40 minutes ago
Like it or not, global warming keeps punching us in the face. Here is more data regarding how hot it has been this year worldwide by way of a CNN report: If you felt the heat this past July, you are hardly alone. July saw the highest average temperatures since record-keeping began -- globally, not just in the United States -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday. Globally, the first seven months of the year also had all-time highs. The latest global temperature data make it likely that *2015 will be the hottest year on record*, the agency said. N... more »

Duffy Days: Perrin, Harper

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 57 minutes ago
Well, if I were a lawyer and my client ignored my advice and did his/her own thing...well, don't come crying to me when it goes pear shaped, pal. "I was immediately taken aback by the prime minister's decision that if you simply owned $4,000 of real property, that made you a resident," said Benjamin Perrin, testifying at the Mike Duffy trial in Ottawa. Ouch. No PM's holiday card for Perrin,

Duffy days: Novak, Harper

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 57 minutes ago
"I've always loved you."

Biomedical Doctor Reveals Shocking ‘Suspicion’ Surrounding the Harvesting of Aborted Baby Organs

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Dr. Theresa Deisher__1440120506_70.119.142.63] A biomedical doctor who specializes in adult stem cell research revealed earlier this week that she has long suspected that some aborted fetuses are still alive when their hearts are harvested. Dr. Theresa Deisher, founder of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute and AVM Biotechnology, made the... The post Biomedical Doctor Reveals Shocking ‘Suspicion’ Surrounding the Harvesting of Aborted Baby Organs appeared first on The Stream.

The Immigration Swamp

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: border patrol - 900] “This was not a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.” -- Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6 WASHINGTON -- Not on anyone’s mind? For years, immigration has been the... The post The Immigration Swamp appeared first on The Stream.

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Spox Stumbles and Stammers over Deleted Emails

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Hillary Clinton Spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri__1440121772_70.119.142.63] The Clinton campaign is still groping for two sentences to put together to explain why Hillary's email server was wiped clean. Campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri appeared on CNN moments ago to try again to come up with an answer. Instead,... The post VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Spox Stumbles and Stammers over Deleted Emails appeared first on The Stream.

Planned Parenthood Facebook Users Slam Couple Seeking to Adopt

John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: danandrachel] Liberal priorities are so freaking screwed up. One of the things that absolutely do not understand about proponents of abortion (other than how they can in good conscience support the systemic murder of unborn children) is how hostile they are... The post Planned Parenthood Facebook Users Slam Couple Seeking to Adopt appeared first on The Stream.

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*George W. Bush, Bill Clinton to mark Katrina anniversary in New Orleans ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate *

It's bad enough that racist whitefolk lie about "Black Lives Matter" -- but to drag MLK Jr. into their lies?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*Seriously, "Minister Mike" Hucksterbee imagines himself as a custodian of the teachings of "the moral leader of our nation," as he's described aptly in the clip above, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.? Friggin' unbelievable.* *by Ken* I can't be the only one who has been taken aback by the widespread frenzy with which race-baiting whitefolk have responded to the Black Lives Matter phenomenon. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but for cripes' sake, it's a frenzy that is 100 percent without foundation, and while surely scads of people have pointed this out, the race-baiting whitefolk... more »

Cartoon: ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Ramirez - 082015 - weekend at bernie's] The post Cartoon: ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ appeared first on The Stream.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Nuclear Test. Sonicbomb *Mark S. Bell, Washington Post*: *Okay, so what if Iran does get nuclear weapons?* The recent Iranian nuclear deal is a historic agreement that could significantly delay, and perhaps prevent, Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But what if the deal fails? Either Iran or a future U.S. administration could ultimately walk away from this deal. What could Iran do with nuclear weapons if it were to acquire them? Pundits and scholars have tended toward extremes in answering this question. Optimists argue that nuclear weapons are not much use for anything other th... more »

World News Briefs -- August 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*SKY News*: *North And South Korea 'Trade Artillery Fire'* Reports say Pyongyang fired a shell at a South Korean border town, which prompted Seoul to respond with artillery fire. North Korea has fired a shell across the border into South Korea, prompting Seoul to respond with artillery fire, according to reports. The North is believed to have been aiming at a loudspeaker in a border town that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts recently, South Korean media said. In response, South Korea fired tens of 155mm artillery rounds at the location where the shell came from, the cou... more »

Friday Morning Ramble–18.08.15

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: image] *Auckland's "unbelievably friendly folk" were found to be some of the most "polite and accommodating" in the world. One reader was "invited by strangers to the Chinese Lantern Festival on a hill overlooking the city"; another local recommended taking "the ferry to the north shore Devonport suburb for the perfect combination of funky and shabby chic." Overall, most agreed that there were "absolutely wonderful people everywhere!" (And check out the ranking for Queenstown!)* Planners who can’t plan—a whole office full of them. *Independent Panel Slams Christchurch ... more »

Musical Interlude: David Arkenstone, “Heart of Spring”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
David Arkenstone, “Heart of Spring” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE72jT8Q3TI

"The World You Desired..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish... more »

Guest Post: Steve Zeltzer of Voices Against Privatizing Public Education report on Broad Foundation and colocation protests, and the support Rafe Esquith rally

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
*“The effect on education, of course, is obvious. It means that the concentrated power of the business classes will determine educational as well as other policies. That’s why you’re getting charter schools, cutting back of funding for state colleges, the corporatization of the universities. I mean, it’s across the board.” — Professor Noam Chomsky* [image: Voices Against Privatizing Public Education report on Broad Foundation and colocation protests, and the support Rafe Esquith rally] Voices Against Privatizing Public Education member Steve Zeltzer sent in the following reports o... more »

Israeli Agents Fire "Missiles" From Syria Back Into Israel, And Now Israel Is Attacking Syria!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
I could see this a mile away.... I just read an interesting report (link here) where it appears that the psychotic Israelis are at it again in their quest to start another war with one of their neighbors... And of course the primary target for their want for destruction is none other than Syria.... Of course earlier today comes reports that Israel was "attacked" by "rockets" fired from Syria back into Israel.... And as usual these "rockets" hit absolutely NOTHING and absolutely no "military targets" in northern Israel.... To me this is so laughable that gullible and stupid people... more »

do you see ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"A jewel of the southern sky, the Great Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light-years, one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions. Like the smaller, more northerly Great Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is easily visible to the unaided eye, though at a distance of 7,500 light-years it is some 5 times farther away. *Click image for larger size.* This gorgeous telescopic portrait reveals remarkable details of the region's glowing filaments of interstellar gas and obscuring cosmic dust clouds. Wider than the Full Moon in angular size, the field of view stretche... more »

Chet Raymo, “Things In Themselves, Myself Being Myself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Things In Themselves, Myself Being Myself”* by Chet Raymo “One of the consistent themes of this blog has been the search for "the thing itself," that is, a knowledge of reality that is not mediated by accidents of history, culture, religion, politics, or personal foibles and prejudices. Impossible, of course. We are always to some extent prisoners of our limited perceptual apparatus and the hard and soft wiring of our brains. Nevertheless, "the thing itself" remains the elusive Holy Grail of human knowing. Science is the most effective instrument we have yet devised to minimize ... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Morning Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Morning Poem"* "Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches- and the ponds appear like black cloth on which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your nature to be happy you will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imagination alighting everywhere. And if your spirit carries within it the thorn that is heavier than lead- if it's all you can do to keep on trudging- there is still somewhere deep within you a beast shouting that the earth is ... more »

Cop ‘Roid Rage: Are Steroids Behind the Worst Police Abuses?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*David J. Krajicek* - Are steroids to blame for so much police brutality? The post Cop ‘Roid Rage: Are Steroids Behind the Worst Police Abuses? appeared first on Waking Times.

Setting Science Free

WTStaff at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video - *Here's Part 1 of a talk by Rupert Sheldrake at the conference ELECTRIC UNIVERSE 2013: The Tipping Point, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The post Setting Science Free appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
President Park Geun-hye receives a briefing on North Korea shelling the South during a meeting of the National Security Council at Cheong Wa Dae, Thursday. Yonhap *Bruce Klingner, Daily Signal:* *There’s Rising Potential for a Tactical Military Clash on the Korean Peninsula* The greatest likelihood for military conflict on the Korean Peninsula is not from a full-scale North Korean invasion, but from a series of escalatory responses to a tactical-level skirmish. This is particularly true if an event occurs during already heightened tensions, as currently exists. Today’s inter-Kore... more »

Do you remember who you are?

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
What is being considered now is this concept of ascension, which, by all reports, is just more of what you are right now. In that arena, it can be called *expansion*. (Thank you KK!) You aren’t going anywhere. No one is higher up or going up. Everyone is expanding in their authenticity, right where they are. Your authentic self is love. You may be 16 or 66, blue eyed or black haired, tall or short, Plieadian or Lemurian and it doesn’t matter. Not now. Oh, it *looks *like it matters and each attribute will color your process. But that’s only cosmetic. Within – it’s all love –... more »

Trump-- It Can't Happen Here... Can It?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Before we get into today's little history lesson, let's take a minute to look at the brand new CNN poll and the brand new PPP poll (just for North Carolina). CNN polled Hillary against each Republican; she's ahead of them all. Registered voters only: *•* Hillary 52%- Jeb! 43% *•* Hillary 51%- Trump 45% *•* Hillary 52%- Walker 46% *•* Hillary 53%- Fiorina 43% They didn't bother with head-to-heads for third-tier candidates like Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Rand Paul, etc., and perhaps the PPP polling helps to explain why. Trump has all the momentum in N... more »

‘Defeating IS takes priority over Assad’ in new Syria plan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Wonder if this news had anything to do with Israel’s move on Syria. Make no mistake, Israel did attack Syria, yet again! *France24* For the first time in two years, Western powers opposed to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad managed to agree at the UN with Russia, a longtime supporter of the regime in Damascus, by focusing on a common enemy: the Islamic State group. The UN Security Council (UNSC)’s statement on Syria released on August 17 was hailed as a breakthrough by Western diplomats, who praised the world body for speaking with a united voice on the war-torn country. The UN’s most...more »

IDF Claims Largest Retaliation YET- "Retaliation" is the LIE/Desired attack is Truth

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*I've updated today's earlier post several time- So, time for a new one* *Ynet News * In refrence to todays retaliatory strikes the IDF officer said, "We attacked several kilometers into Syria, 5 or 6 sites with multiple targets within each site. Our attacks are much more severe this time around, in order to send a message and underlie the severity of this incident." "We still do not have intelligence confirmations regarding Syrian casualties from the strikes," he concluded *SANA* A Military source said on Thursday that at 6.30 P.M. an Israeli hostile helicopter launched sever... more »

“Fog: Coming Out of a Haze”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Fog: Coming Out of a Haze”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “We can all fall into a fog once in while, but know it will soon lift and the sun will shine upon you again. When we feel muddled and unfocused, unsure of which way to turn, we say we are in a fog. Similar to when we are in a fog in nature, we may feel like we can’t see where we’re going or where we’ve come from, and we’re afraid if we move too quickly we might run into something hidden in the mists that seem to surround us. Being in a fog necessarily slows us down by limiting our visibility. The best choice may be to pul... more »

The Daily "Near You"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Grays, Thurrock, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"Choices..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Except for totally impulsive or psychotic behavior, every human decision comes down to the choice between two alternatives." - Jeff Duntemann

"A Front Row Seat..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“You know what, I said it this way: when you're born in this world, you're given a ticket to the freak show. And when you're born in America, you're given a front row seat. And some of us get to sit there with notebooks. And I'm a notebook kind of guy: [pretends to be taking notes] "Oh, my God, did you see that? Did you see what he just did?" And I watch the freak show, and I kept my notes, and I make up stuff about it, and I talk about the freaks. And the freaks are all humans, and they are all like me, and we are all the same. I'm not better, I'm not different, I'm just apart now.... more »

“Ashley Madison Users Outed”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Ashley Madison Users Outed”* By Dailymail.com Reporter “Thousands of cheating spouses working in the highest quarters of the U.S. government have been identified in a major global hack of adultery dating site Ashley Madison. Millions of users of the cheaters' dating site Ashley Madison have been identified in the huge global hack. A 9.7 gigabyte data file of user's personal details was posted to the dark web on Wednesday. It includes private data including name, address, phone number and credit card details as well as sexual fantasies and profile photos. Names, ages, addresses, p... more »

ANALYSIS: Trump Hurts the Cause of Border Control

John Zmirak at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump__1439462495_70.119.142.63] Is it ever a bad thing to have a leading presidential candidate championing your cause? Immigration hardliners are understandably ecstatic that Donald Trump has come out with a plan taking their side of the contentious issue. Conservative columnist Ann Coulter,... The post ANALYSIS: Trump Hurts the Cause of Border Control appeared first on The Stream.

Bobby Jindal to Show Planned Parenthood Videos on Governor’s Mansion Lawn

John Zmirak at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Bobby Jindal - wikimedia-Gage Skidmore_Medium] Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office said Thursday (Aug. 20) that he plans to counter a Planned Parenthood rally planned at the Governor’s Mansion by playing controversial videos produced by an anti-abortion group. The videos Jindal’s office plans to play show Planned Parenthood officials... The post Bobby Jindal to Show Planned Parenthood Videos on Governor’s Mansion Lawn appeared first on The Stream.

Josh Duggar Admits Infidelity and Porn Addiction: ‘I Have Been the Biggest Hypocrite Ever’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: duggars - 400] Josh Duggar has confessed to cheating on his wife Anna amid reports he signed up for Ashley Madison, a website that specializes in facilitating extramarital affairs. Josh, 27, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar broke their silence Thursday... The post Josh Duggar Admits Infidelity and Porn Addiction: ‘I Have Been the Biggest Hypocrite Ever’ appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: Did Pro-Lifers Sin When they Fooled Planned Parenthood?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: daleiden] Planned Parenthood has had a very bad summer. This is the consequence of videos produced by David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in an undercover sting operation that provide convincing evidence that Planned Parenthood clinics sell body... The post ANALYSIS: Did Pro-Lifers Sin When they Fooled Planned Parenthood? appeared first on The Stream.

Mark Steyn talks to Sean Hannity about Donald Trump...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*interesting.* The good bits start at 2:30.

August 20: The return of fascism.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
Damn, Damn, Damn I've done it again. I've lost a whole blog just as I was finishing it. So this is going to be short. I do have a life - I think. As it happens there is almost nothing in the paper worth reading. If fact, I start the blog with a column from the New York Times about Harper and the Canadian election. I think it's gentle with Harper. But I'll explain that after you read it. It's from a reader, and I thank him for it. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/opinion/sunday/the-closing-of-the-canadian-mind.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad I think Harper is a fa... more »

China Now Has Its Own Version Of A B-52 Bomber

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
© Wikipedia/ Li Pang *David Axe, National Interest*: *Get Ready, America: China Has Its Own Lethal B-52 Style Bomber* Today just three countries operate long-range heavy bombers. Russia has 170 or so Bears, Backfires and Blackjacks. America fields 160 swing-wing B-1s, radar-evading B-2s and stalwart B-52s. China’s bomber force is smaller with around 130 H-6s. And most of the H-6s, copies of Russia’s Cold War Tu-16, lack the long range and heavy payload that many of the Russian and American bombers boast. But that’s changing. After years of work, the Chinese air force has reported... more »

The Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2015

John Zmirak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: censorship] Colleges in America are ultra-politically-correct breeding grounds for the suppression of speech. It's an awful and embarrassing state of affairs for a country which purports to offer freedom of expression. This past academic year, these schools were some of the most... The post The Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Working From Home is Still Rare in The United States

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: telecommute - 400] Working at home (also known as telecommuting) is still very much the exception rather than the rule in the United States, according to a recent Gallup poll. Even though more workers say they telecommute now than in previous years, its... The post Working From Home is Still Rare in The United States appeared first on The Stream.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

"The Global Economy’s Health Is Not That Complicated”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Global Economy’s Health Is Not That Complicated”* by Chris Vermeulen "The Federal Reserve Bank has printed trillions of dollars to monetize US government debt just to keep the government afloat. Any significant rise in interest rates will probably decimate US government finances, the fragile housing market and in the bond market it will cause a financial catastrophe through interest rate derivatives. This is a solid reason why the Fed will not raise any rates in any foreseeable future. The power to create money out of thin air is great! Should we give it to politicians and sec... more »

The Economy: "It Starts: Broad Retaliation Against China in Currency War"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"It Starts: Broad Retaliation Against China in Currency War"* by Wolf Richter "The biggest global “tail risk” is China’s deteriorating economy and an emerging market debt crisis, according to BofA Merrill Lynch’s monthly poll of fund managers. And 48% of them were expecting the Fed to raise rates, despite languid growth and low inflation expectations. Hot money is already fleeing emerging markets. Higher rates in the US will drain more capital out of countries that need it the most. It will pressure emerging market currencies and further increase the likelihood of a debt crisis in ... more »

A Federal Reserve Inspired Musical Interlude: Harry Chapin, “30,000 Pounds of Bananas”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Inspired by the "bananas" reference in the previous post, I couldn't resist! Nor should you. Enjoy! lol - CP Harry Chapin, “30,000 Pounds of Bananas” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfFM4Ilt4Rs

The Economy: "Welcome To The Fed's Theater Of The Absurd"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Welcome To The Fed's Theater Of The Absurd" * by Charles Hugh Smith "Back in the Roaring 1920s, a novelty song entitled "Yes! We Have No Bananas" (1923) was a major hit. The song made fun of a fruit vendor who answered "yes" to every query- even when he didn't have the requested item- for example, bananas. Today, in the Roaring Teens, the Federal Reserve has their own novelty tune: yes, we have no rate hikes. Just like the always-positive fruit vendor in the 1920s who answered "yes" to every question, the Fed answers "yes" every time someone asks if they are indeed going to raise... more »

Stephen Harper's whereabouts

LeDaro at LeDaro - 8 hours ago
Duffy case is having impact on Harper.

Supplemental: One of the oldest recorded tales!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015The night that pulled them through:* When you read The Iliad, you’re reading some of the world’s oldest recorded stories—and some of the most elemental. Novelists still revise and tinker with those first recorded stories. But The Iliad tells them in simplest form. Homer got there first. In the past week, we’ve been thinking again about “the night that rips our ranks to shreds or pulls us through.” It occurs in Book 9 of The Iliad, as it begins to appear that the Achaeans will have to abandon their plan to avenge the theft of Helen by taking Troy. Their l... more »

First Women to Complete Ranger School Praised as ‘Tough Soldiers’

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Ash Carter-900] FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) -- The two women who will graduate Friday from the Army’s elite Ranger School -- the first females to successfully complete the notoriously grueling program -- are “tough soldiers” who proved their mettle beyond a doubt,... The post First Women to Complete Ranger School Praised as ‘Tough Soldiers’ appeared first on The Stream.

The Iran nuclear deal has received very little scrutiny from the BBC, maybe it should

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Here's something that you won't read on the BBC: '... one of the side deals reached between Iran and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency provides for Iran to carry out its own inspection work at the Parchin military facility where the IAEA has long alleged it experimented with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms. The Iranians have been strenuously attempting to sanitize the site for years — which is bitterly amusing, since they evidently need not have bothered. Even the Iranians plainly didn't think they'd get away with a deal this ridiculous. It's akin to having... more »

Jeremy Corbyn's friends re-examined per The Jewish Chronicle

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The whole of this JC article is worth a read http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/142706/jeremy-corbyns-friends-re-examined but especially the end: 'On Tuesday, several anti-Israel activists signed an open letter attacking the JC. Signatories to the letter included Tony Greenstein, Professor Haim Bresheeth, Abe Hayeem, Miriam Margolyes, Professor Ilan Pappe and Michael Rosen. ... The signatories to the letter claimed Mr Corbyn had "nothing to apologise for" following his meetings with representatives of Hamas and Hizbollah. The letter continued: "Hamas was democratically elected i... more »

Angry Harper while answering a question in the Parliament

LeDaro at LeDaro - 9 hours ago
Mound, this is the best I could do. I hope you like it.

“Goodbye…”?: Editor pulls farewell editorial after deeming it “inappropriate”

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
We’ve unearthed a retraction of an editorial titled “Goodbye…”, pulled from Cognition, Technology & Work by its retiring editor after he decided it was “inappropriate.” The original text is not online. The note in its place reads, in full: This article has been retracted due to unintended publication. The author of the editorial is psychologist Erik Hollnagel, based at […] The post “Goodbye…”?: Editor pulls farewell editorial after deeming it “inappropriate” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

US Air Force’s Top-Secret Long-Range Bomber Is Already Busting The Budget

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Image Credit: Northrop Grumman *The Diplomat:* *US Air Force’s Top-Secret Bomber More Expensive Than Thought* The U.S. Air Force misstated the costs for its top-secret program in a report to Congress. The costs of the top-secret Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B)–likely to be designated B-3–have gone up due to a calculation error, according to the U.S. Air Force. The 2014 Department of Defense’s ten-year budget estimate for fiscal years 2015-2025 for the bomber program was $33.1 billion. This year’s estimate for fiscal years 2016-2026 jumped up to $58.4 billion. However, according ... more »

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Chief Defends `Secret Deal`With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *IAEA says report Iran to inspect own military site is 'misrepresentation'* The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief on Thursday rejected as "a misrepresentation" suggestions Iran would inspect its own Parchin military site on the agency's behalf, an issue that could help make or break Tehran's nuclear deal with big powers. Without International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmation that Iran is keeping promises enshrined in the landmark July 14 nuclear accord, Tehran will not be granted much-needed relief from international economic sanctions. Any indications that Iran's p... more »

Greek Prime Minister Has Resigned. New Elections Have Been Called In Greece

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves his office at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, August 20, 2015. Tsipras is due to meet senior advisers shortly to discuss whether to call early elections to quell a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party, a government official said. REUTERS/STOYAN NENOV *New York Times*: *Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Call New Elections, Officials Say* ATHENS — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece will call for national elections on Sept. 20 in a bid to consolidate his power and press ahead with the bailout plan he agreed to this summer with E... more »

North And South Korea Exchange Artillery Fire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Tensions rise as North and South Korea exchange artillery fire* South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds toward North Korea on Thursday after the North shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Seoul - the first exchange of fire in 10 months. North Korea did not return fire but warned Seoul in a letter that it would take military action if the South did not stop the loudspeaker broadcasts along the border within 48 hours, the South's Defense Ministry said. In a separate letter, Pyongyang said it was willing to offer an open... more »

Ashley Madison Reveals Compromising Details On Thousands Of Government And Military Personnel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Business Insider*: *Compromising details on thousands of military personnel have reportedly been leaked in the huge Ashley Madison hack* Highly compromising data on millions of people was leaked online on Tuesday, after the hack of the extramarital-affairs dating website Ashley Madison in July. It includes everything from email addresses and financial information to sexual fantasies. In short, it's a blackmailer's paradise. And according to one researcher, who goes by the Twitter handle t0x0pg, the dump contains more than 15,000 US military and governmental email addresses. *WNU... more »

Hamas Claims To Have 'Arrested' A Dolphin On Spying For Israel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Reports claim Hamas has nabbed an Israeli spy dolphin* According to a number of Israeli media reports, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has detained a dolphin it claims was equipped with "spying" devices by the Israeli military. The reports cite the Palestinian daily al-Quds, which quotes individuals in the Gaza Strip claiming that Hamas commandos had noticed and later captured a "suspicious" dolphin. They found, according to the Jersualem Post, a camera attached to the dolphin, in addition to a weapon that could fire small arrows. *WNU Editor:* I can see ... more »

GOP Leaders Demand Answers from 58 Planned Parenthood Affiliates

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood5 - 900] House Republicans leading the congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood sent a list of questions to 58 affiliate clinics Thursday, demanding details about their abortion procedures and whether they donate aborted fetuses for research. "Has anyone at your clinics ever modified or... The post GOP Leaders Demand Answers from 58 Planned Parenthood Affiliates appeared first on The Stream.

House Dem Probes Group Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: house dems - 400] The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into the anti-abortion-rights group that has targeted Planned Parenthood with a series of undercover videos. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Center for Medical Progress... The post House Dem Probes Group Behind Planned Parenthood Videos appeared first on The Stream.

Through Siri, God Answers Prayer of Teen Pinned Under Truck

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Siri - 400] When a Tennessee teen found himself pinned underneath his truck, he began praying aloud, asking God to rescue him from the potentially deadly situation -- and he believes that his prayers played a key role in helping save his life.... The post Through Siri, God Answers Prayer of Teen Pinned Under Truck appeared first on The Stream.

Carly Fiorina's Record Renders Her Unelectable

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Early this month we wanted to make sure people who don't live in California were aware of Carly Fiorina's actual record as a failed business executive and failed politician-- instead of just having to go by the tall tales she spins whenever she gets in front of a microphone. Yesterday Andrew Sorkin informed *NYTimes* readers that Fiorina's business record is anything but sterling. She claims she's not a politician, which is true if you define a politician as someone who wins elections. She ran and made her case to the voters... and lost, badly, and in a heavily Republican year. ... more »

Geopolitics/Economy: “Insouciance Rules The West”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Insouciance Rules The West”* by Paul Craig Roberts "Europe is being overrun by refugees from Washington’s, and Israel’s, hegemonic policies in the Middle East and North Africa that are resulting in the slaughter of massive numbers of civilians. The inflows are so heavy that European governments are squabbling among themselves about who is to take the refugees. Hungary is considering constructing a fence, like the US and Israel, to keep out the undesirables. Everywhere in the Western media there are reports deploring the influx of migrants; yet nowhere is there any reference to th... more »

The Economy: "The Fed Is Bluffing… Interest Rates Won’t Rise in 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Fed Is Bluffing… Interest Rates Won’t Rise in 2015"* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE, Maryland – "What did we tell you… The Janet Yellen Fed will not raise interest rates in any meaningful way anytime soon. Instead, she will announce new QE programs. Yesterday, red was showing up just about everywhere – U.S. stocks, European stocks, Asian stocks, emerging markets stocks, crude oil… But it could have been worse… U.S. stocks recovered some of their losses for the day, after the minutes of the most recent Fed meeting showed Yellen and team still won’t pull the trigger on a rate hike u... more »

If You Seek a Revolution ...

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
*Busy at the moment so no time for blogging, which is a touch annoying considering what's happening. Here then is another guest post, this time from Robin Wilde. Robin is from Sheffield and is backing Andy Burnham for leader, but he comes here not to proselytise but to let new members know (warn?) about the traditions they're likely to encounter.* With 300,000 people having just signed up for the Labour Party, I’ve come to wonder if they all know what they’re getting themselves in for. I don’t say that to be unkind or tribal - I want as many people as possible to belong to the Lab... more »

Stephen Harper on campaign trail

LeDaro at LeDaro - 10 hours ago

The Singing Revolution: Estonia’s Miracle against the Soviet Army

Anika Smith at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Youth forming a choir of 22-900] Twenty-four years ago today, Soviet troops arrived in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. They were sent to put a stop to what we now call the Singing Revolution. They failed. On August 20, 1991, the tiny Baltic state of Estonia... The post The Singing Revolution: Estonia’s Miracle against the Soviet Army appeared first on The Stream.

Spanish Public Radio Show Accuses Jews of Promoting Satanism

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: satanism - 400] A Spanish public broadcaster accused Jews of promoting Satanism. The assertion was the focus of a radio program titled "From the Inferno -- The Jewish People: Propagator of the Satan Cult" aired last month by the state-owned RTVE broadcaster as part... The post Spanish Public Radio Show Accuses Jews of Promoting Satanism appeared first on The Stream.

Mike Duffy addressing the judge

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago

Sleep Disorder

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
do not wake up refreshed and is that not the purpose of sleep if we need to hunt please give me sleep So in Zombie mode I wonder around looking for life in a population that is not around I am not at my best and I suck resources from every dimension of society Because I am a fucking Zombie and I can not think give me an easy problem today and I will eat your brain because you should have told me the answer that how I think Someone Somewhere Somehow is going to have to lead this tribe of disconnected citizens and Zombies to a working tribe good luck with that because we have a grea... more »

Zombie Steve

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
i do not wake up refreshed and is that not the purpose of sleep if we need to hunt please give me sleep So in Zombie mode I wonder around looking for life in a population that is not around I am not at my best and a suck resources from every dimension of society Because I am a fucking Zombie and I can not think give me an easy problem today and I will eat your brain because you should have told me the answer that how I think Someone Somewhere Somehow is going to have to lead this tribe of disconnected citizens and Zombies to a working tribe good luck with that because we have a great co... more »

I'll Take What I Can Get, .... But ...

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
So, after the contempt of Parliament, the assault on medical care for refugees, the disgraceful violation of First Nations' treaty rights, the torture cover-ups, the insane denial of global warming, the stolen election, the serial omnibus bills, the G-20 atrocity, the insults about how missing and murdered aboriginal women were "not high on [his] list of priorities," the spending of hundreds of millions on advertising for non-existent programs, the lying to Parliament about Canada's latest military adventures, ... after all that, it's the Duffy Scandal that sinks harper? The Duff... more »

Rigid bodies are prohibited by relativity

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
A vast majority of the answers I have posted on Stack Exchange did fine but I have experienced a highly unexpected opposition today – one about a basic problem in special relativity. The question by seeking_infinity was: Refer, "The classical theory of Fields" by Landau lifshitz (Chap 3). Consider a disk of radius \(R\), then circumference is \(2\pi R\). Now, make this disk rotate at velocity of the order of \(c\) (speed of light). Since velocity is perpendicular to radius vector, the radius does not change according to the observer at rest. But the length vector at boundary of dis... more »

Hurricane Danny Forms over Atlantic Ocean

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Hurricane Danny-400] Hurricane Danny finally intensified Thursday morning into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, well to the east of the Lesser Antilles in the central Atlantic Ocean. Microwave satellite imagery indicates Danny’s convection looks to be more solidly... The post Hurricane Danny Forms over Atlantic Ocean appeared first on The Stream.

Help, I am trapped inside the screen!!!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago

Nonsese thats importand you can not live without

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
whatever is the true sediment of the actual tribe today that is still linked to this plane which every scientist I know will testify will not go away except for an exception comet strike in a national newspaper You know the news the part of life you can never refuse cause there is an oft chance that man or women you been a bad sexless wonder again if as nowadays face book would know your gender and remove the chance to pretend

Daffy Trump

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Donald Trum to me is like a Disney character a cartoon in this world that is better than fantasy I give the Donald his due he took a sliver spoon lost it numerous times but still ended up with a glam on his arm I used to think he was a joke like the life of job but now I see its the way democracy should work TRUMP ideas are food for thought and maybe he is picking black heads on the body politic but he is for sure the first realisation of democracy since Teddy Rosevelt

Donald Trump virus in the realit disortion field

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Donald Trum to me is like a Disney character a cartoon in this world that is better than fantasy I give the Donald his due he took a sliver spoon lost it numerous times but still ended up with a glam on his arm I used to think he was a joke like the life of job but now I see its the way democracy should work TRUMP ideas are food for thought and maybe he is picking black heads on the body politic but he is for sure the first realisation of democracy since Teddy Rosevelt

Can The U.S. Destroy The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Wikipedia *Mark Pomerleau, The Hill:* *Can the US really destroy terrorist groups like ISIS?* The stated goal of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led global anti-Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) coalition, is to "degrade and destroy" the organization. However, some have taken issue with this policy as unrealistic, even questioning the feasibility of destroying the group altogether. This debate merits a wider reflection as to other U.S. battles with terrorism and whether terrorist groups can be fully destroyed at all. *WNU Editor*: A country lik... more »

The U.S. Navy's New Missile Weapon System Can Now Take Out An Iranian Swarm Attack Of Fast-Attack Boats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
STRIKE ONE, TWO, AND THREE! A THREE-BOAT SIMULATED ATTACK SQUADRON IS WIPED OUT IN SECONDS BY SHIPBORNE LONGBOW HELLFIRE ANTI-SHIP MISSILES. SOURCE: U.S. NAVY. *The Motley Fool*: *Defense Update Declares U.S. Navy Ready to Take on Iran* (And why that's bad news for Raytheon.) Faced with an increasingly aggressive Iran in the waters of the Persian Gulf, the United States Navy is looking for a few good missiles (to take them on). Luckily, it may have found the missiles it needs. Despite all the warm and fuzzy feelings engendered by the recent nuclear accord with Iran, Iranian warshi...more »

Israel says Rockets from Syria Hit. Long Range Attack? Updated!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
This is certainly not the first time that projectiles of on sort or another have crossed the Syrian border with Israel- You know on the illegally occupied territory.. But, Israel has made a claim that makes this latest news a bit more of a concern then usual. Of course, I will highlight the pertinent tidbit. *Israel says rockets that hit northern village fired from Syria* * Rockets that struck an northern Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday, causing no casualties, were launched from the Syrian Golan Heights, the Israeli army said. The statement described an ... more »

Psychiatry: Erase the Unique Individual

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Ther are over 300 mental disorders on the books, and an army of doctors to drug them. The post Psychiatry: Erase the Unique Individual appeared first on Waking Times.

Four Corners residents to BLM: Stop sacrificing us for dirty coal!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
. Four Corners residents tired of being sacrificed for dirty coal electricity, residents testified during BLM listening session Louise Benally, Big Mountain By Brenda Norrell Censored News FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Speaking out against the laws that target Native Americans and their natural resources, Native people told the Bureau of Land Management to make the change to renewable energy

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells in 30 Minutes

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Margie King* - Extra-virgin olive oil already has a reputation as a superfood, but it gets better. The post Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells in 30 Minutes appeared first on Waking Times.

GOP Furious over Reports of Iran Side Deal

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Iran nuclear talks] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal is flaring over revelations of a secret side agreement involving Iranian inspections. But House Democrats are shrugging off the report and claiming they have the votes to back up... The post GOP Furious over Reports of Iran Side Deal appeared first on The Stream.

Trump to Pope Francis: ‘ISIS Wants to Get You’

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump-400] Donald Trump isn't fond of Pope Francis's critiques of capitalism, and said he wouldn't be shy about throwing down the gauntlet if they ever did discuss the matter. In a televised interview that aired Wednesday night, CNN's Chris Cuomo asked... The post Trump to Pope Francis: ‘ISIS Wants to Get You’ appeared first on The Stream.

Awakening Bloodlines and Truth of All Colors

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Zen Garnder* - People are waking up from all walks of life and need to be welcomed and embraced. The post Awakening Bloodlines and Truth of All Colors appeared first on Waking Times.

PRETENDERS: A second report on those Iowa chops!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015Part 4—While skipping large matters of substance:* On Tuesday night, the PBS NewsHour was “back on the pork chops again.” Judy Woodruff closed the show with some fun from the Iowa fair: WOODRUFF (8/18/15): Finally tonight, our “NewsHour Shares” of the day. Something that caught our eye which might be of interest to you too. *Our senior politics producer, Bob Kovach, has been in Iowa to cover the presidential candidates. But he noticed a much more popular item at the Iowa State Fair*—the state’s iconic pork chop. He sent us this video postcard of the che...more »

Thirteen-year-old mathematics paper retracted for plagiarism

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A 2002 paper that investigates a kind of equation used to describe physical systems has been “has been detected to be a case of plagiarism.” Here’s the abstract of the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics (Zeitschrift für angewandte Mathematik und Physik) article, “Some blow-up results for a generalized Ginzburg-Landau equation,” We investigate the blow-up of the solution to […] The post Thirteen-year-old mathematics paper retracted for plagiarism appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Former President Jimmy Carter: Cancer Has Spread to Brain

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Jimmy Carter-900] ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer is on four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is “at ease with whatever comes.” “I’m ready for anything and... The post Former President Jimmy Carter: Cancer Has Spread to Brain appeared first on The Stream.

9-Year-Old Killed in Ferguson

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Jamyla Bolden - 400] FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) — Officers with the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old girl Tuesday night as she laid in her bed. The father of Jamyla Bolden said the girl was in her bed... The post 9-Year-Old Killed in Ferguson appeared first on The Stream.

Nashville Says No to More KIPPs

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
On Tuesday the Nashville Metro School Board voted to deny two new KIPP corporate reform schools in Nashville. Some school board members noted the type of punishing pedagogy that KIPP imposes, which no middle class parent would ever allow, and others noted the financial drain on the public system that pays almost $10,000 per student per year to KIPP, Inc. This courageous act represents a turning point in the proliferation of the abusive segregated miseducation that goes on in the No Excuses charter reform schools. Thank you, Metro school board, for leading the way. Story from t... more »

Arrest Leads to Underwater Tunnel Across U.S.-Mexico Border

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: This April 25, 2015 photo, from the U.S. Border Patrol and introduced as evidence in U.S. District Court, shows the exit canal from a tunnel from Mexicali, Mexico that Border Patrol agents said was used by Evelio Padilla, a Honduran national, to smuggle over 50 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. Padilla pleaded guilty Wednesday, Aug. 19, in federal court in San Diego to one count of possession of drugs with intent to distribute. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP)] CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) -- The arrest of a drug smuggler in scuba gear led to the discovery of a tunnel from Mexico that’s p... more »

Rep. Mia Love’s Powerful, Tearful Response to Planned Parenthood

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Mia Love - 400] “It’s absolutely horrific,” Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) told Lou Dobbs on his Fox Business show Wednesday night when asked for her reaction to leaked Planned Parenthood videos showing officials talking about selling fetal tissue. “I get a little emotional.” And she did,... The post Rep. Mia Love’s Powerful, Tearful Response to Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.

Harper In Wonderland

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
(This editorial, published in the Toronto Star, is bang on and a good expression of what's happening with our dishonest and highly corrupt Prime Minister: Stephen Harper’s Alice in Wonderland world: EditorialA surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial, and it is shredding the government’s credibility *Just how many impossible things do Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his scandal-tainted Conservative Party expect Canadians to believe before breakfast?* *A surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s bribery, bre... more »

Iraq’s Sadrist Deputy Premier Sacrificial Lamb To Anti-Corruption Protests

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Deputy Premier Bahaa Araji of the Sadr movement recently resigned upon orders from Moqtada al-Sadr. The day before he said he would walk all over those who accused him of corruption. Apparently Sadr took those charges more seriously than Araji. A few days later he was issued an arrest warrant making his humiliation over having to step down even worse. Araji was a long time Sadrist starting off as a Mahdi Army commander in Baghdad, before heading Sadr’s Ahrar bloc in parliament, and topped off by becoming the deputy prime minister in 2014. Despite their long history, Sadr sacrificed... more »

ISIS/Kurd Symbiosis: Conquer Istanbul/PKK Declares Autonomy Zone & US Silent

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
I've given up counting how many times the tag team of NATO backed Kurdish militias and NATO backed ISIS fighters have worked together to achieve the destabilization of a nation. Iraq. Syria. Now we can see that partnership is moving onto Turkey. For that destabilization of Turkey my readers have known was coming since last year! - Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey. - Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey - Kurd/ISIS Symbiosis: Maliki has evidence of Kurdish collusion when Mosul fell - *Pt-3: Destabilizing Turkey. Pre- ... more »

What Really Happens At Planned Parenthood When a Woman Doesn’t Want to Sign the Fetal Tissue Donation Form?

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood4 - 400] As debate continues over undercover Planned Parenthood videos that purport to show clinic workers discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, some have also expressed ethical qualms over the notion that tissue donation might be used as a motivating factor... The post What Really Happens At Planned Parenthood When a Woman Doesn’t Want to Sign the Fetal Tissue Donation Form? appeared first on The Stream.

Iowa Rally for Religious Freedom will be Streamed Live

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: religious persecution - iStock_000019220255_Large] On Friday, August 21, in Des Moines, Iowa, there will a huge rally to draw attention to the increasing persecution of religious Americans in business and the public square. Many predict that religious liberty could be the number one issue for Iowa caucus goers, many... The post Iowa Rally for Religious Freedom will be Streamed Live appeared first on The Stream.

Today at the Navy Base Gate

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

How Did The Party Of Lincoln Turn Into The Bastion Of Ugly Racism It Is Today?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
It's not that Republicans *overlook* Ronald Reagan's racism; it's part of why they adore him. My friend Guillaume watched the Fox debate with me. He's from Nîmes, but he follows American politics ardently. "They all want to be Ronald Reagan," he said. "Nothing else? *Ceci est tout simplement fou!*" When Hannity interviewed Trump (above), one of the softballs he tossed him was who his favorite president was. Trump hasn't lost enough of his marbles yet to say anything but Reagan. Well, I really like and knew a little bit Ronald Reagan, and I really liked him. You know, not only hi... more »

Tip the Balance Toward the Good

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*After our tea MiYoung gets us to try some meditation**At the coffee shop in Gangjeong village after a long day of fun**The water temperature was perfect. Our host MiYoung (center) has her sea diving mask on. You can tell which of the people are the white guys from Maine.**Jungmun beach on Jeju Island* Peace activism is not all work. Now and then we get to have some fun. Two days ago fellow Mainer Marlon Brando and I were taken to Jungman beach for a delightful swim. Our host was local Jeju Island native MiYoung whose mother was once a sea diving woman and in later life create... more »

A correction to a correction for stem cell researcher Jacob Hanna

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
A correction to a correction is the latest problem for highly cited researcher Jacob Hanna. The stem cell scientist — whose high-profile work has received scrutiny over the past year — has amended an earlier correction notice after a reader spotted an inadvertent “mistake.” We reported on the original correction, to the 2009 Cell Stem Cell paper “Metastable Pluripotent States in NOD-Mouse-Derived ESCs,” in July. The […] The post A correction to a correction for stem cell researcher Jacob Hanna appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Lessons from the Hacking of An Adultery Website

Michael Brown at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: marriage distress__1440075166_70.119.142.63] After making threats for weeks, anonymous hackers have released the private information of millions of users of the Ashley Madison website, billed as the "most successful website for finding an affair and cheating partners" and boasting that it is "the... The post Lessons from the Hacking of An Adultery Website appeared first on The Stream.

Clinton Emails That Sparked Intelligence Concerns Identified

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: hillaryclinton_071415getty__1440073241_70.119.142.63] Two key emails to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server that potentially contained classified information have been identified, according to reports. The emails have been in the public domain since May and according to Fox News -- which first... The post Clinton Emails That Sparked Intelligence Concerns Identified appeared first on The Stream.

Shielding Syrian Antiquities, to a Grisly Death at ISIS’ Hands

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Syrian troops Palmyra__1440074151_70.119.142.63] BEIRUT, Lebanon -- For decades, he was the bespectacled caretaker of some of Syria's greatest archaeological treasures. He explored the sprawling ruins in his hometown, named a daughter Zenobia after its ancient queen, and became so intertwined with its development... The post Shielding Syrian Antiquities, to a Grisly Death at ISIS’ Hands appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: What’s Conservative about Radical Traditionalism?

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Signing of The Declaration of Independence] There are deep flaws in the narrative of decline that blames the Founders' natural-law liberalism for today's cultural and political decay. For many years now, the litmus test of an American conservative has been whether he or she is committed... The post ANALYSIS: What’s Conservative about Radical Traditionalism? appeared first on The Stream.

EPA sent Navajos poisoned water after massive Animas gold spill

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Navajo President Russell Begaye shows the oil tainted water that the US EPA sent Navajos to drink and give to their livestock EPA sends Navajos poisoned water by way of oil and fracking trucking company By Brenda Norrell Censored News SHIPROCK, N.M. -- The US EPA sent Navajos poisoned water after the massive Animas gold mine spill, which the EPA was responsible for. 

Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
There is a perfect cross-section of food that is part comfort food and part crock pot. These dishes are incredibly satisfying and easy to prepare in advance, meaning you can come home after a busy day and enjoy a dinner that will make the whole family happy. This Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is one such meal. Beef stroganoff is delicious to begin with, but when the meat has been slow cooking all day long, it's incredible! *INGREDIENTS* 1 pkg egg noodles 2 lbs stew meat 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic salt 1½ cups beef broth 2 Tbsp W... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Credentialism is killing the classroom* “I wish college were like this!” I hear this exclamation over and over at the seminars put on by organizations like the Foundation for Economic Education and the Institute for Humane Studies. Attendees are blown away by the excellence of the content, the professors’ willingness to engage students even in free time, and the intelligence and interest level of the other participants. And it’s not just the students who see a difference. Faculty also talk about how these seminars are far better than typical college classes. What causes this di... more »

Zapatistas 'Truth and Justice Will Never, Ever, Come from Above'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Truth and Justice Will Never, Ever, Come from Above. Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico By Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés. Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. German, Italian and Spanish translations August 16, 2015 To the National and International Sixth: To the National Indigenous Congress: To those below in the world: To whom it may concern: It is once again

9 Arrested in St. Louis Protest over Shooting

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 635756278207549762-AP-APTOPIX-ST-LOUIS-POLICE-SHOOTING-75237280__1440072900_70.119.142.63] ST. LOUIS -- Police made nine arrests and used tear gas to clear a street when about 150 people gathered Wednesday evening to protest a shooting earlier in the day that left a black suspect dead. The crowd ignored police... The post 9 Arrested in St. Louis Protest over Shooting appeared first on The Stream.

3 Firefighters Die in Washington Blaze after Vehicle Crashes

Anika Smith at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: As flames rage on the ridge line above, firefighters wet down brush and other fuel above a home on Twisp River Road just after midnight, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Firefighters were in place trying to protect structures, and most residents were running irrigation sprinklers overnight in hopes of protecting their homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)] TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was likely caught by flames as they battled a blaze in Washington state, authorities said. Four other firefighters were injured. The casualtie... more »

Thai Military Says Global Terror Link ‘Unlikely’ in Bombing

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Royal Thai Police Bomb Squad__1440072454_70.119.142.63] BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand’s military junta said Thursday that this week’s deadly bombing in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people was “unlikely” to have been carried out by international terrorists. Police, meanwhile, said they suspected the plot was well-planned by... The post Thai Military Says Global Terror Link ‘Unlikely’ in Bombing appeared first on The Stream.

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*The End of the Arctic? Ocean Could be Ice Free by 2015* *So said well-known Warmist idiot Mark Hertsgaard in 2013 -- excerpt below. No need to say he is a false prophet, is there? Arctic ice has in fact become more extensive recently. What he says sounds so reasonable and well-informed. Paranoid schizophrenics often do. Though I think he is really just a publicity hound who will do and say whatever it takes to get noticed. He is known to be economical with the truth, cheerfully representing himself as being what he is not. Another one of his gems is that we are going to ... more »

In Mexico journalists are tortured and murdered, in US they stay home and plagiarize

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Ruben Espinosa By Brenda Norrell Censored News English with Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette While journalists are being tortured and murdered in Mexico and around the world, in the US, particularly in Indian country national news, the common practice is to hire paid stay-at-home plagiarizers. They let others take the risks, do the work and pay the costs, while collecting a

Will He Escape?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.slideshare.net/ If you wonder how conservatives -- real conservatives -- are reacting to Stephen Harper's cross country tour, read David Krayden over at *ipolitics*. Krayden writes that he will vote Conservative -- not because of Stephen Harper, but *in spite* of him and a campaign that is *all about* him: At any rate, it’s misleading to talk about a Conservative party campaign in 2015. This is a Stephen Harper campaign. If you understand that, you understand the thrust behind the ‘Just Not Ready’ ad: the veiled suggestion t... more »

S. Korea: Rival Koreas Trade Artillery Fire at Border

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: south korea north korea pyongyang__1440071907_70.119.142.63] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea’s military fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single artillery round at a South Korean border town, the South’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said in... The post S. Korea: Rival Koreas Trade Artillery Fire at Border appeared first on The Stream.

A Taste Test Between Real Meat Versus Vegan Meat Substitute

Waking Times at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video -* Could you tell the difference between vegan and real meat while blindfolded? The post A Taste Test Between Real Meat Versus Vegan Meat Substitute appeared first on Waking Times.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Rebuilt levees don’t meet goal to protect New Orleans against Category 5 hurricane ~Bob Marshall, The Lens*

Musical Interlude: Davy Spillane, Maire Brennan, “A Place Among The Stones (Celtic Circle)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Davy Spillane, Maire Brennan, “A Place Among The Stones (Celtic Circle)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cofvKWy_zlQ

SPHERE ALLIANCE MESSAGE #74 The Return of the Fairy Beings

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
From: Oliver Troll To: Denice Datum: 19 augusti 2015 18:07:55 CEST Subject: Some more questions... *Hi Denice,* *Today is probably one of the hottest days this summer with about* *31 degrees Celcius!* *For the SA! * *Look at the picture and the sky, note the* *thin clouds there. Usually clouds are not that thin but these are spread* *throughout a vast area. Almost looks like a thin veil!* *What are they?* *THESE EARTH CLOUDS are MOISTURE that is GATHERING FROM THE MAGNETICS OF THE MERGER. THIS INDICATES THAT A REALM/SPHERE/SHIP is ENTERING THAT AREA. IT SHOULD BE VISUAL SHORTLY. E...more »

GAIA PORTAL: Storms of transformation bring clear skies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*AK note: this seems to explain the amazing storms we've been seeing around the worlds and the amazing new skies. It also hints of confirmation of the Sphere Alliance messages we've been getting that the "fairy kingdom" is reentering Earth in Scotland and Scandinavia (to be posted shortly) and will be seen by Earth humans. There is much energetic changes occurring in Northern Europe and the Alps. Also in Hawaii and other locations. * *Storms of transformation bring clear skies* by ÉirePort Storms of transformation bring clear skies. Consciousness upgrades continue accelerated.... more »

Download, install, and use Stephen Hawking's firmware and voice

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
As a MSDN blog and others pointed out, Intel just open sourced Stephen Hawking’s speech system and it’s a .NET 4.5 WinForms app that you can try for yourself To make things short: if you're interested, go to this ACAT's Github page and download ACATSetup.exe (at the bottom, 253 MB) and run it as an Admin (or follow the detailed instructions above). ACAT stands for the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit. The application will use your webcam to track your face and gestures (cheek twitch) and trigger the UI. It hasn't been specified whether the video footage will be broadcast to the... more »

A rare space weather phenomena caught on camera: Gigantic jets outbursts on top of the Hurricane "Hilda"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/08/16/a-rare-space-weather-phenomena-caught-on-camera-gigantic-jets-outbursts-on-top-of-the-hurricane-hilda/ *A rare space weather phenomena caught on camera: Gigantic jets outbursts on top of the Hurricane "Hilda"* Posted by Elena Ugrin on August 16, 2015 Space weather A strong outburst of lightning from Hurricane "Hilda", in the Pacific Ocean, was reported by the National Weather Service on August 10, 2015. At first, the scientist thought the lightning was the so-called sprites phenomena, however, closer observation showed it was gigantic je... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( August 20 , 2015 ) ... Greece Updates ( Greece Bailout Approved , ECB Paid Today , Domestic Politics Now In Greater Focus - Snap Election Looms , Refugee Issue Looming Larger By The Day ) ...... Broader Europe ( Economic And Stock Bourse Items Of Note , Spain in Focus , Refugee Issue - More Than Just Greece & Italy Being Greatly Impacted , Currencies , Commodity Price Impacts ) ....... Emerging Market Items Of Note ( China , Oil Roiling Various E.M Currencies & Economies , North Korea Spat With South Korea In Focus , Turkey Politics & Growing Instability In Focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Greece..... Evening wrap..... *Proper Greek Analyst* ‏@countergreek 4m 4 minutes ago A triplet of supportive statements to Tsipras' decision by the EUCommission (Selmayr, Breidhardt & Moscovici) #*Greece* http:// mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0QP23Q20150820 … *Nick Malkoutzis* ‏@NickMalkoutzis 2h 2 hours ago Another roll of the dice from Tsipras tonight. He's gambling for stability, writes @nkonstan http://www.ekathimerini.com/200768 #Greece *NikiKitsantonis* ‏@NikiKitsantonis 5h 5 hours agoGreece Ex-minister Dimitris Stratoulis/Left Platform hinted at new par... more »

An Urgent Call To Prayer

Sheila Walsh at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Pray for women in the Middle East] SHEILA WALSH -- In the August 13th edition of the New York Times there was an article titled, “ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape.” It is the most disturbing piece I have ever read. We are familiar with the atrocity... The post An Urgent Call To Prayer appeared first on The Stream.

(Polls Rule)   Captain Donald Rides that Celebrity Host/Holy Ghost/Freak Show Train But Who's Driving?  "Only Fire and the Sword Can Dislodge Them"  (Hillary Spent?)  Voters DISSatisfied  (Venal Southern Governors and Their Stoopid Voters)  Western Insouciance Source of Murder of Innocents?  (U.S. Supports ISIS Jihadists) Reagan Respected Soviet Leadership

The Biggest Problem in the US Economy Today Posted by: Phoenix Capital... Post date: 08/19/2015 The American dream has become perverted into the equivalent of hoping to pick a winning economic lottery ticket: hoping that you somehow will become one of the lucky 0.00001% who strike it big... Children of the Rich: What Comes from Letting the Connected Pay No or Very Low Taxes Yes, Donald

Bits n Bites

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*Work crews out last week after the typhoon.* Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je went to the Shanghai Forum this week and announced... “This is an ever-changing world. Seven years ago, who would have thought that the iPhone would change the world? A year ago, who would have thought that I would become the mayor of Taipei? Just a month ago, who would have thought that I would be standing here in front of you today?” he said. “However, one thing remains unchanged, and that is the long-lasting friendship that Taipei and Shanghai have established.” Ko said that his stance on cross-strait relations... more »

China tests new long-range missile with two guided warheads

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: DF-41 ICBM]China conducted a flight test this month of its newest long-range missile that U.S. intelligence agencies say lofted two independently-targeted simulated nuclear warheads, according to defense officials. The launch of the DF-41 road-mobile missile Aug. 6 was the fourth time the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has been test-fired in three years, and indicates that the weapon capable of hitting U.S. cities with nuclear warheads is nearing deployment. The DF-41, with a range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles, is viewed by the Pentagon as Beijing’s... more »

Russia Agrees to Sell S-300 Missiles to Iran

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: S-300PMU2]Russia appears ready to sell advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, in spite of international sanctions banning the arms shipments to Iran. Reuters initially reported that Iran plans to ink a deal for four of the S-300 Russian missiles, possibly as soon as next week. “The text of the contract is ready and our friends will go to Russia next week to sign the contract,” Iran Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan reportedly said according to various news outlets. Read more

Pakistan, Russian sign attack helicopter deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mi-35 Hind]Pakistan and Russia have signed a deal for four Mi-35M combat helicopters to be used in the war against terror, a media report said Thursday. The Mi-35M boasts enhanced flight capabilities, and can be operated at high temperatures and in mountainous terrain, Xinhua reported quoting a Pakistan television report that quoted unnamed military sources. Pakistan and Russia had been involved in talks over the past one year to finalize the deal, sources said. Read more

Georgia Developing Non-Russian Su-25

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-25 Frogfoot]Georgia is developing a version of the Su-25 ground attack aircraft that replaces all the Russian-origin parts with European or Israeli substitutes. The effort is being undertaken by the state defense company Tbilaviastroy, which under Soviet times was the center of Su-25 production and now carries out repair and renovations of the aircraft. Hostile relations between Tbilisi and Moscow obviously hamstrung Georgia's work on the Su-25, which relied heavily on Russian-produced parts and subsystems. Read more

Turkey to gift Pakistan 34 jet trainers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: T-38 Talon]In a gesture of goodwill, Turkey has decided to provide 34 jet trainers to Pakistan as a gift. The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet trainer and it was the world’s first supersonic trainer and also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2015 in air forces throughout the world. The decision was conveyed by Turkish Commander of Air Force General Abidin Unal to his counterpart in Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman when they met recently. It is likely the planes would be handed over to Pakistan before the end of the year.... more »

Russian-made unmanned/manned drone set for display

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Chirok unmanned/manned drone]A full-sized prototype drone from Russia's United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation is to be displayed later this month. The unmanned/manned vehicle is the Chirok, a reconnaissance and combat hovercraft drone with cargo-carry capabilities. Rostec, the state-owned parent company of UIMC, says the UAV is made of composite materials, has a maximum altitude of more than 19,500 feet, a maximum range of about 1,500 miles, and a payload weight of 661 pounds. Read more

A successor to the storied U-2 spy plane is reportedly in development

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: U-2 Dragon Lady]Lockheed Martin is developing a successor to the storied U-2 spy plane, Flightglobal reports. Lockeed Martin's "Skunk Works," the office in charge of developing the company's high-end future defense systems, is in the planning stages for a spy plane that combines the best features of both Lockheed's U-2 and Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. The RQ-4 and the U-2 already perform similar operational roles. But the Global Hawk is more difficult to detect than a U-2 and is unmanned. Read more

Dirgantara to launch two maritime patrol aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: CN-235 MPA]State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) is set to launch two maritime patrol aircraft for the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) by the end of the year. DI president director Budi Santoso said there are currently three maritime patrol aircraft produced by DI and operated by TNI AL. “We will add two more maritime patrol units by the end of the year,” said Budi as reported by kontan.co.id. Read more

US to send one more Aegis-equipped ship to Mediterranean

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Vella Gulf (CG 72)]The U.S. will send an additional Aegis-equipped ship to the Mediterranean this fall to defend Turkey and other NATO allies against ballistic missile threats, Anadolu Agency reported August 19. Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Pamela Rawe told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that the additional deployment brings the total number of ship-borne anti-missile Aegis systems in the Mediterranean to four. “The U.S. is committed to the defense of our NATO allies, which includes Turkey,” Rawe said. Read more

Navy To Award Lockheed Martin Sole-Source Contract For Frigate Combat Management System

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Independence (LCS 2)]Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin for a combat management system for the future frigates, after the Navy determined the company is the only one capable of delivering the system without slowing down the rest of the acquisition program. The current Littoral Combat Ship fleet is split evenly between Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-variant hull design with the Combat Management System Component Based Total Ship System – 21st Century (COMBATSS-21) system and Austal’s Independenc... more »

Spain Approves New Generation Frigate Project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F110 class frigate]Spain has approved procurement of new-generation F-110 frigates to replace six Santa Maria-class frigates (F-80). The F-80s were commissioned into Spanish Navy service between 1986 and 1994. The Spanish Navy has already defined the requirements and undertaken concept studies for a new class of F-110 frigates with the country’s shipbuilding firm, Navantia, Forecast International reported Tuesday. A feasibility study conducted by Navantia between January and July of 2014 resulted in a baseline design of the ship, allowing the Spanish Navy to move on to the p... more »

Iran sells Turkey domestically-produced drones

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Iranian drone]Iran sells its neighbor Turkey drones that have been produced by an Iranian company and are suitable for inspecting overhead power lines. Ali Motamedzadegan, director of Mazandaran Science Park where the drone was designed and produced said the drone can alert the need for inspections of power transmission lines and is able to take photos and record videos of target sites, ISNA reported on August 19. In recent years, Iran has made several major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and syste... more »

Navy Adds $13.1 Million to Bath Iron Works Contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Coronado (LCS 4)]The Department of Defense on Friday awarded Bath Iron Works a $13.1 million modification to an existing contract to provide planning yard services for the entire Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship program. The award follows an $11.3 million modification announced in May. Under the original contract, scheduled to end in September, the Bath shipyard supported maintenance sustainment for LCS 2 and LCS 4 variant ships, BIW spokesman Matt Wickenheiser said in May. Read more

Future Frigates program: Only a fraction of $39b shipbuilding budget will come to South Australia, defence industry body says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMAS Arunta (F151)]Only a small portion of the Federal Government's recent $39 billion promise for shipbuilding will actually come to South Australia, a leading defence industry body says. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a new fleet of Navy ships would be built in Adelaide to replace the current ANZAC Class frigates, during a recent visit to the city. Mr Abbott said a frigate build would be brought forward to start in 2020, and result in 2,500 SA surface shipbuilding jobs. Read more

UK’s biggest submarine Artful docks at Faslane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMS Artful (S121)]Artful, a 7,400-tonne attack submarine, was received during a ceremony at the Faslane naval base near Helensburgh. The third boat in the seven-strong Astute Class was welcomed by Scotland’s senior naval officer Rear Admiral Jon Weale. Artful will be commissioned into the Royal Navy later this year, when she will officially become one of Her Majesty’s Submarines (HMS). Read more

Thailand Blasts: Has US Pivot to Asia Become a Brawl?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*August 20, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - An unprecedented terror attack unfolded Monday evening in Bangkok, Thailand leaving 20 dead and over a hundred injured. No single attack of this scale has been carried out in Bangkok before, prompting fears that Thailand's enemies have raised their campaign of sedition and violence to grisly new levels. The Western media has floated several possibilities, attempting first and foremost to focus on the prospect of terrorists, either from Thailand's troubled southern-most provinces, or from China's Xinjiang region. Thailand's southern-most p... more »

Military Photo of the Day: August 20, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Helicopter Landing-900] A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter practices deck landings on the USS Port Royal on Aug. 12, 2015. Thanks to Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Wilbur for capturing this breathtaking image! The post Military Photo of the Day: August 20, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Teenage ideologues

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
According to former *Newswatch* presenter Ray Snoddy... During fraught negotiations with the government over the licence fee, Lord Hall stated that the BBC would overshadow the Budget by publicly announcing the closure of BBC Two, BBC Four and local radio stations on either the day of the Budget or the day after the Budget. Apparently, this resulted in a partial climbdown by the government, which then agreed to that series of "mitigations", including the potential of unfreezing the licence fee in line with the consumer price index. Ray Snoddy isn't neutral on this, of course. He ... more »

Your Inner Purpose Is To Awaken - The Wisdom Of Eckhart Tolle

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
Source: *High Form Of Spirit G+*

Breaking news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
Two interesting new headlines have just appeared on the sidebar of our blog: I presume the BBC headline refers to Andy Murray, losing his temper no doubt during a match (as is his way) and taking it out on some passing haddock (as is also his way). As for the Sky headline, I'm guessing it refers to the former head of the Royal Institution, Baroness Susan Greenfield. If so, it's very nice of her to allow discounted homes to be build on her land.

Hunting the thought, Jew

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 22 hours ago
when when when does politics become a crime and worse than that for the body politic another institution that can be ran over like a bobcat in the rain hit on the plain by a six wheel drive SUV I grew up in a perfect world never knew about the pain everything was rosy and no thorns grew on me this experience fueled in me a great rise which I rode like a great wave until I missed a curl and asked for something more and then my world crashed and I realized just how unusual my life was before Life is slavery just like a cow except most society will not slaughter you instead they put ... more »

No Matter the Inelligen

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 22 hours ago
when when when does politics become a crime and worse than that for the body politic another institution that can be ran over like a bobcat in the rain hit on the plain by a six wheel drive SUV I grew up in a perfect world never knew about the pain everything was rosy and no thorns grew on me this experience fueled in me a great rise which I rode like a great wave until I missed a curl and asked for something more and then my world crashed and I realized just how unusual my life was before Life is slavery just like a cow except most society will not slaughter you instead they put you... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "The American people are not politically competent, and they are easily brainwashed by Washington’s propaganda. It has only taken two years for Washington’s demonization of Russia to convince hapless Americans that Russia is the Number One Threat to the United States. This unbelievable hogwash is constantly broadcast by the presstitute media and is now believed by a majority of the American Sheeple."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 23 hours ago
------------------------------ *US Has Been Planning To Wipe Out Russia Since 1945 * ------------------------------ August 18, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter US Has Been Planning To Wipe Out Russia Since 1945 Paul Craig Roberts An article on Sputnik by Ekaterina Blinova, http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150815/1025789574.html , provides a history of US and British plans to destroy the Soviet Union with nuclear weapons in the early post-World War II years before the Soviets got the bomb ... more »

For the longest time, the U.S. government-cum-mainstream-media claimed that Russia had attacked Ukraine. Finally when it became obvious that it hadn't, they accused Russia of giving armaments to the "separationists", i.e., Russian speakers whose ancesters lived that area for centuries. However, the U.S.-installed government in Kiev, armed by the U.S. and trained by NATO, had instantly broken the Minsk Agreement and now plans to attack with superior numbers and armaments, while Russia continues to seek peace.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 23 hours ago
------------------------------ *Minsk Agreement Has Failed — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ August 18, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Minsk Agreement Has Failed* *Will the failure lead to Putin’s failure?* Paul Craig Roberts It appears that the Russian government has made a mistake with regard to its approach to the breakaway Republics consisting of Russian peoples in former Russian territories who reject being governed by the anti-Russian coup government installed... more »

Rooster not soft when removing cox

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
An open letter to Bruce and DJ Except for you I would never have worked Microsoft word 2001 sitting on my computer for a long time not abused just not connected to me in 2015 my father told me son if you can not say something positive do not speak like the sun because under its glare you are no one I am an optimist at heart and while I acknowledge everyone has a dark part I know all people born on not just knowing proof that on this planat all participants are given a good heart Love the great hearts and the brave hearts and people like Rooster are making profits by making human nature ... more »

Boot Camp Not Benefits

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: welfare - 900] BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Since his party’s impressive election victory in May, Prime Minister David Cameron is moving quickly to fulfill his campaign promise to ensure welfare benefits are no longer a way of life for many of his fellow citizens.... The post Boot Camp Not Benefits appeared first on The Stream.

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “The Storm”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, “The Storm” "The Concert Event" Live Concert from Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas 2004 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ez-E8sPbU4

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“In cosmic brush strokes of glowing hydrogen gas, this beautiful skyscape unfolds across the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy and the center of the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan. The featured image spans about six degrees. *Click image for larger size.* Bright supergiant star Gamma Cygni (Sadr) to the upper left of the image center lies in the foreground of the complex gas and dust clouds and crowded star fields. Left of Gamma Cygni, shaped like two luminous wings divided by a long dark dust lane is IC 1318, whose popular name is understandably the Butterfly Nebula. The more c... more »

Woman’s Final Wish: Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Hillary Clinton] RUNNEMEDE, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman has used her obituary to make a final request to friends and family: Please don’t vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Elaine Fydrych’s husband said Wednesday she was a registered Democrat... The post Woman’s Final Wish: Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton appeared first on The Stream.

Media Matters: Journalists Must Abide By Gay Group’s Guidelines

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Media Matters: Journalists Must Abide By Gay Group’s Guidelines] Journalists must never "violate" the guidelines set by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) when writing stories about transgender people. "The Kansas City Star identified Dominguez as a 'man' in its initial report on the murder -- violating GLAAD and Associated... The post Media Matters: Journalists Must Abide By Gay Group’s Guidelines appeared first on The Stream.

The Petroleum Cartel

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
A 1952 U.S. staff report to the Federal Trade Commission titled, “The International Petroleum Cartel,” documented serious cartel like behavior in the global oil industry, yet all criminal and civil charges were ultimately dropped.[i]The report established that seven firms essentially dominated assets, reserves, production, and refining and noted that control was exercised directly and indirectly, through interlocking directorates, joint ownership of affiliates, intercompany crude purchase contracts, and marketing agreements. Over fifty years later, the Seven Sisters are reduced i... more »

What Ingredients are in Your Beer?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video -* The reason that beer companies in the US don’t disclose ingredients is simple: they don’t have to. So what's in your beer? The post What Ingredients are in Your Beer? appeared first on Waking Times.

LOLz: Taiwan Hunts Terrorist Bomber

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
...and you thought all those stories about Taiwan/Thailand confusion were apocryphal... from San Jose Mercury News... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Bill English’s 30-year plan

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The Kremlin used to write 5-year Plans—at the end of which they would admit that the last five years was not exactly a *total* success, but rest assured that the *next *five years would be glorious. Five years later, that same announcement would be made again. The Kremlin’s planners have now moved to Wellington and appear to be writing Bill English’s speeches—for he has just announced an exciting *Thirty Year* Infrastructure Plan, that “sets out New Zealand’s response to the infrastructure challenges we will face over the next three decades.” This would be something like the Auckl... more »

Glenn Beck Says ‘We Will Destroy Ourselves’ if We Don’t Realize This About Donald Trump’s Popularity

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Glenn Beck Says ‘We Will Destroy Ourselves’ if We Don’t Realize This About Donald Trump’s Popularity] Glenn Beck on Wednesday said he believes he knows why so many people are rallying around Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, even though Trump may not have the same values as many of his apparent supporters. "Here's what's happened to... The post Glenn Beck Says ‘We Will Destroy Ourselves’ if We Don’t Realize This About Donald Trump’s Popularity appeared first on The Stream.

On the electronic- and print-media campaign trail with Bernie Sanders

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Bernie talks about campaign finance, from a 37-minute interview with Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein.* *by Ken* It was a media experiment of sorts. "Days before Donald Trump helped draw twenty-four million viewers to Fox for the first Republican Presidential primary debate," Daniel Wenger begins a "Talk of the Town" piece, "Enter Sandman" (for subscribers only, I'm guessing), in the August 24 *New Yorker*, Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, took to YouTube for a new-media gambit. Broadcasting from a drab Washington, D.C., apartment, the Brooklyn-bred Democratic candidate delive... more »

Age of consent

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Sexual activity is a normal part of adult life. But it's a normal part of adult life - it's not something appropriate or normal for children. That means there is a age below which someone can never legally agree to any sexual activity. And agreement to sexual activity is always required. Unconsented to sexual activity at any age is always unlawful. The age of consent means the age at which a person can legally consent to sexual activity. Sexual activity means all types of sexual conduct ranging from kissing to fondling to sexual intercourse. In Canada the age of consent for sexu... more »

Basics: Tax Increment Financing Subsidies

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
Last week I made a presentation to the Colorado Assessors Association on tax increment financing (TIF) subsidies. With the organization's permission, I am sharing the PowerPoint presentation for my talk, as well as adding this introduction. The talk begins by putting TIF in the context of subsidies generally. As a subsidy, TIF is subject to the three main potential drawbacks of their use: Inefficiency, inequality, and environmental harm. These differing harms often call forth coalitions that prove the adage that "Politics makes strange bedfellows." One example was a joint appearanc... more »

7th Planned Parenthood Video Exposes Illegal Partial-Birth Abortion Activity

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: 7th Planned Parenthood Video Exposes Massive Illegal Partial-Birth Abortion] So far, the undercover videos by The Center for Medical Progress have revealed that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the sale of fetal body parts, a felony. Now, there is substantial evidence the abortion provider is manipulating its procedures and... The post 7th Planned Parenthood Video Exposes Illegal Partial-Birth Abortion Activity appeared first on The Stream.

Mooncake

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

7th Planned Parenthood Video Shows Baby Born Alive: There is No Defense Left

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Holly O'Donnell Ex-Procurement Technician] At five minutes and fifty-nine seconds into the video, I cried. After six videos from the Center for Medical Progress, I have heard and seen such horrifying things that I made it almost 6 minutes into this seventh video, third... The post 7th Planned Parenthood Video Shows Baby Born Alive: There is No Defense Left appeared first on The Stream.

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 20th August)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP admits using 'fake' claimants in benefit sanctions leaflet A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) leaflet featured one welfare claimant, "Sarah", who said she was "really pleased" a cut to her benefits had encouraged her to improve her CV. But after a Freedom of Information request by website Welfare Weekly, the DWP said they were not real claimants. The images used

Alex Jones Debates David Duke...My Take...

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Last night I was informed about an interesting debate that had occurred earlier that day between known schlock-jock and pompous radio talk show host, Alex Jones, and Dr. David Duke.... I actually decided late last night to listen to the entire "debate" and want to give my own two cents worth..... First, I want to present the Youtube video of this "debate" right here for anyone that has not heard it yet.... NTS Notes: OK, my take on this "debate"... First, I am not too happy by the actions and attitude by Alex Jones in this so called "debate"... He did everything possible from t... more »

"The Pain, The Glory..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.” - Paul Tillich

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 19, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Noah Feldman, Bloomberg*:* Iran Deal Is Shaping the Iraq War* Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, is taking severe steps to rid himself of his troublesome predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki. On the heels of a government shakeup, the latest move is a parliamentary report blaming Maliki and many of his political and military leaders for the fall of Mosul to Islamic State last summer. The report is going to be referred to a public prosecutor -- which means Abadi may be plotting a criminal prosecution. Maliki is fighting back, issuing a public statement repudiating the report. Given tha... more 

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