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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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200 Retired U.S. Generals And Admirals Have Sent A Letter Urging The U.S. Congress To Reject The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 minutes ago
Delegations of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sit around the negotiations table during their meeting in Vienna November 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Joe Klamar/Pool *Washington Post*:* Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal* A group of nearly 200 retired generals and... more »

US and UK Politics are Mirror Images

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 9 minutes ago
[image: SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally for supporters at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on August 25, 2015 in Southampton, England. Jeremy Corbyn remains the bookies favourite to win the Labour leadership contest which will be announced on September 12 after the ballots close on September 10 (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)] LONDON -- It’s remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ. Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Torie... more »

The World's 5 'Best' Defense Firms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 43 minutes ago
*Robert Farley, National Interest: **The Real Top Guns: The World's 5 Best Defense Firms* After the end of the Cold War, the defense industry witnessed a wave of consolidations, sparked by a speech given by Deputy Secretary of Defense William Perry in 1993. In a talk later dubbed “The Last Supper,” Perry suggested to a group of defense industrialists that the number of major firms should shrink by about half, from fifteen to seven or eight. Perry, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and others within DoD reasoned that the defense industry of the 1980s was far too large to sustain on a ... more »

The Economy: Must Watch! "Plunge Protection Team Losing Control of Markets- Jim Sinclair'

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*MUST WATCH!* *"Plunge Protection Team Losing Control of Markets- Jim Sinclair"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Legendary gold expert Jim Sinclair says what is going on right now in the stock market is just the warm-up act. Sinclair contends, *“This is a pre-crash, and we are not making it through September without the real thing.* Everybody is on credit. Main Street is on credit. This seems to be a bubble of historical proportion when it comes to the amount of money supporting the accepted lifestyles as being the new normal. Raising interest rates is impossible today. The market... more »

Vampire of the Vanities

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 hour ago
(graphic by Kat Garcia) The conventional wisdom that New York Times columnist David Brooks sucks has taken on a whole new meaning with his most recent mishmash of a piece, titled *The Big Decisions*. The fact that he deliberately hides the conservative think tank source of the funding for the author whose book on "transformational research" he peddles is just one of the problems with the column (more on that later.) It's what poses as the subject matter. Let Count Brookula speak for himself: *Let’s say you had the chance to become a vampire. With one magical bite you would gain i... more »

Can The U.S. Fight A Two Front War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steam in formation during their military manoeuvre exercise known as Keen Sword 15 in the sea south of Japan, in this November 19, 2014 handout provided by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/U.S. Navy/Handout *One News Now: **Forget two-front war, U.S. can't fight one* A national defense analyst says the U.S. military has lost its ability to fight a prolonged conventional war because of President Obama. "Thirty years ago, we had 350,000," Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) says of t... more »

Four Americans in France Show the World What it Means to be a Man

Owen Strachan at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Spencer Stone Train Attack France US Airman__1440330847_70.119.142.63] The jaw of the world dropped this past week when news broke of a thwarted shooting on a French train. Childhood friends Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler were vacationing in France and taking the train into Paris. Not... more »

Alice Embree : METRO | Race and police in Austin

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Hundreds of concerned citizens gathered and directed questions about police violence to Mayor Adler and the Austin Police Department. Video filmed and posted to YouTube by Travis County Democratic Party volunteer Robert Sheldon. This is the first of five parts. … finish reading Alice Embree : *METRO* | Race and police in Austin

Let's not deprive the NRA of credit for the near-certainly that we won't have any serious debate about gun control

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
[*Click to enlarge.*] *by Ken* I don't suppose there are champagne corks popping today at NRA HQ. They're too modest. But even though today's incident notched only two more casualties, the fact that *it happened on live TV* was a big win for gun nuttery. Just like the upcoming presidential election seems finally have to have been hijacked by the reality-substitute unreality of "reality TV," so now have the gun nuts invaded the tube. I have no interest in looking at, and certainly no intention of reproducing, any images from this morning events. So instead I've given you the "titl... more »

Why Did China Amass Its Tanks At The North Korean Border This Weekend?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
This photo, showing the transport of a 155 mm self-propelled gun, was variously identified as having been taken near the North Korean border and outside of Beijing. (Credit: Weibo/ 北京人不知道的北京事儿) *Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat:* *Why Did China Amass Tanks at the North Korean Border?* Was it simply good preparation — or was Beijing trying to send a message to Pyongyang? Even as North and South Korea engaged in hours of talks over the weekend, in the hopes of defusing tensions, China was apparently making its own preparations for a worst-case scenario on the Korean peninsula. On Satur... more »

Donald Trump anounces his candidacy for the president of U.S

LeDaro at LeDaro - 2 hours ago
I don't understand what is he saying. :)

On-Air Shooter’s Manifesto Suggests Racial Motivation

ABC News at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Bryce Williams manifesto - 400] A man claiming to be Bryce Williams called ABC News over the last few weeks, saying he wanted to pitch a story and wanted to fax information. He never told ABC News what the story was. This morning, a fax... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Philippines Seeks U.S. Military Assistance To Protect Their Resupply Missions In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*VOA*: *Philippines Seeks US Help to Protect Troops in Disputed Sea* Senior U.S. and Philippines military officials have met in Manila, in an effort to expand defense ties as tensions worsen around China's disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea. The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, was received with full military honors Wednesday at the Philippines armed forces headquarters. Harris and his Philippine counterpart, General Hernando Iriberri, discussed security issues, including the South China Sea, according to Philippines military spokesman ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Inside Story/Al Jazeera*:* Is peace really possible in South Sudan?* South Sudan President Salva Kiir has signed peace deal but after 20 months of conflict many doubt agreement will hold. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has signed a peace deal that it is hoped will end 20 months of war. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and brought the world's newest country to the brink of famine and economic collapse. Rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal last week, but President Kiir had, until Wednesday, expressed reservations. *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials... more »

Scott Adams: Why Trump is Winning

Dilbert Blog/Scott Adams at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Art of the Deal Cover text] There is an eerie consistency to Trump’s success so far. Is there a method to it? Is there some sort of system at work under the hood? Probably yes. Allow me to describe some of the hypnosis and persuasion methods... more »

"I Wish You Enough"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am experienc... more »

The acoustics inside the tunnel are great!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
So why wouldn’t you? Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqLKYhhfA_Q&list=RDMMRqLKYhhfA_Q Ludovico Einaudi, “The Royal Albert Hall Concert” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8N2569jSg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“What are those strange blue objects? Many of the brightest blue images are of a single, unusual, beaded, blue, ring-like galaxy which just happens to line-up behind a giant cluster of galaxies. Cluster galaxies here typically appear yellow and- together with the cluster's dark matter- act as a gravitational lens. A gravitational lens can create several images of background galaxies, analogous to the many points of light one would see while looking through a wine glass at a distant street light. *Click image for larger size.* The distinctive shape of this background galaxy- which is ... more »

Chet Raymo, "Know Thyself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Know Thyself"* by Chet Raymo "The ancient Greek aphorism, attributed to Socrates and others. Good advice, I'm sure. If only we knew what it means. Is it the same as the "examination of conscience" we were asked to perform as young Catholics? "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." Well, yes, it is good to ask ourselves if we have lived up to our highest moral aspirations. But surely "Know thyself" means more than that. Does it mean to be aware of our self-awareness? That is to say, not to act impulsively, but reflectively. Thoreau's "I went to the woods because I wished to live... more »

Free Download: Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy." - Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet" • "The Prophet" Presented by Paul Coughlin "When I first came across this text I was deeply touched by it's wisdom and spiritual depth - it seemed to offer that timeless advice just at the right moment... I've used it when I couldn't find the words t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Suwanee, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Lives They Lead..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.” - James Baldwin, “No Name in the Street” (1972)

"We Deny..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"We deny that we're tired, we deny that we're scared, we deny how badly we want to succeed. And most importantly, we deny that we're in denial. We only see what we want to see and believe what we want to believe, and it works. We lie to ourselves so much that after a while the lies start to seem like the truth. We deny so much that we can't recognize the truth right in front of our faces." - "Dr. Meredith Grey," "Grey's Anatomy"

"Not Made For Defeat..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” - Ernest Hemingway, "The Old Man and the Sea"

"The Denial of Death"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Denial of Death"* by Ernest Becker “The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity - designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man... the irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we shrink from being fully alive." "Yet, at the same time, as the Eastern sages also knew, man is a worm and food for worms. This is the paradox: ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

The ISIS Threat to Turkey? It's serious. Destabilizing Turkey continues apace!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*The ISIS Threat to Turkey* Islamic State last week released a new video calling for a jihadist front in Turkey and encouraged Turks to “*conquer Istanbul” and return the country to “true Islam” * -*Turkey was accused* of offering direct or indirect help to Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. -*Turkey was also accused* of not preventing the transport of supplies for IS leader -*Turkey was also accused* of allowing wounded jihadist fighters to be treated in Turkish hospitals in the south. *Flashback:* * ISIL’s/ISIS magazine slams Erdoğan, Turkey for first time.* *Flashb... more »

Paul Craig Roberts searches for the possible ways that the stock market might settle down again. On one hand, "The belief that a hike in interest rates is in the cards keeps the US dollar from losing exchange value in relation to other currencies, thus preventing a flight from the dollar that would reduce the Uni-power to Third World status." But "On the other hand, the stock market decline last Thursday and Friday could indicate that the players in the market have comprehended that the stock market is an artificially inflated bubble that has no real basis. Once the psychology is destroyed, flight sets in." And "If flight turns out to be the case, it will be interesting to see if central bank liquidity and purchases of stocks can stop the rout."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ *Central Banks Have Become A Corrupting Force — Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler * ------------------------------ August 23, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Central Banks Have Become A Corrupting Force Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler Are we witnessing the corruption of central banks? Are we observing the money-creating powers of central banks being used to drive up prices in the stock market for the benefit of the mega-rich? These questions came to ... more »

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Ordering Kentucky Clerk to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

AP/Claire Galofaro & Adam Beam at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Ordering Kentucky Clerk to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses] MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons. She stopped issuing marriage...more »

Some frightening alcohol statistics

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
In the debate that ended in passing David Seymour’s bill allowing you to watch rugby in a bar (yes, people, that’s the kind of place we live in; where a law must be passed so you can watch sport with a drink in your hand), National’s Chris Bishop presented some frightening statistics about New Zealand drinking. New Zealand ranks only 96th in the world for our rate of alcohol consumption. Our binge drinking rate is only *half* that of Australia’s, and only *one-sixth* that of Britain’s. That is appalling. What is even worse is is that young people are drinking much less. There a... more »

Pew Study Finds Orthodox Similar to Evangelical Christians — Not Other Jews

Forward at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Orthodox Jews - 400] Wearing black hats or donning small yarmulkes, Orthodox Jews represent a distinct subgroup within the Jewish community -- more observant, more conservative and more insular. But the revelation in a report released today by the Pew Research Center is that... more »

The Epistemology of Climate Forecasting for 8 Year Olds and the Coming Cooling.

Dr Norman Page at Climatesense-norpag - 6 hours ago
* 1. Introduction* Leif Isvalgaard said in a comment on a WUWT post: August 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm "If you cannot explain your finding to an [attentive] eight-year old, you don’t understand it yourself." I agree entirely. Miriam - Webster defines Epistemology as " the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity " "In the Novum Organum (the new instrumentality for the acquisition of knowledge) Francis Bacon classified the intellectual fallacies of his time under four headings which he called idols. The fourth o... more »

World News Briefs -- August 26, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with 'powder keg' of anger* Two television journalists were killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, shot by a suspect who was a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a "powder keg" of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States. The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway hours after the shooting. Flanagan, who was African-American, died later at a hospital, police said. *MIDDLE EAST* U.S. ... more »

The Company You Keep-- American Nazis Endorse Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
The mob of angry white Republicans who have propelled Trump to the top of the Republican heap may not care that his businesses are intimately tied to the Mafia, and they actually *lionize* him for his misogyny, his racism and his compulsive lying. But how do they feel about old-style fascism? About 10 days ago we looked at the many similarities between Trump's ascension and Mussolini's, due primarily to a willingness-- or eagerness-- to exploit the frailties and hopes of frightened, angry, confused supporters. More recently the comparisons between Trump and Hitler have started spr... more »

Today’s random medical scare-story …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[Hat tip Shaun Holt] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

A Catholic Tug of War in the US Awaits Pope Francis

Crux at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: pope francis] When Pope Francis starts his US road show next month, Catholics to his left and right will all be hoping to pull him a bit closer to their own causes. From the environment to the economy and everything in between,... more »

51 Bodies Found in Hull of Migrant Ship Off Libya

AP/Nicole Winfield at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this photo provided by the Swedish Coast Guard, migrants are boarding the ship Poseidon after being spotted in a fishing boat off the Libyan coast Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Swedish ship Poseidon rescued 439 survivors aboard a wooden ship, discovering in the hull the corpses of 51 migrants who died, probably of asphyxiation, making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing in hopes of reaching Europe. (Swedish Coast Guard via AP Photo) MANDATORY CREDIT] ROME (AP) -- A Swedish rescue crew cut up the deck of a migrant boat north of Libya Wednesday to make a grisly discovery in... more »

A Look At The European Fighters Who Have Volunteered To Fight In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Euromaiden Press *VICE News:* *Meet the European Fighters Who Have Gone to War in Ukraine* There are European soldiers fighting amid the rubble of Shyrokyne in Eastern Ukraine. They shoot from half-destroyed hotels and sleep in the basements of war-ravaged homes. Artillery fire colors the hill behind the town black, and darkens the sky with gray smoke. Machine guns sputter day and night, and there is occasionally the crack of a sniper rifle as soldiers dart between abandoned houses, hotels, apartment buildings, and trenches. The pro-Ukrainian Azov Regiment and the group of Europea... more »

Have Thousands Of Russian Soldiers Been Killed In The Ukraine War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Forbes:* *Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled* Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties i... more »

Another Hero: Moogalian Recounts Train Attack in French Magazine Interview

AP/Greg Keller at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Fourth Hero from the Paris Train Attacks Identified: Mark Moogalian Did 'What Was Right in His Heart,' Says His Sister] PARIS (AP) -- The first inkling Mark Moogalian had that something was amiss on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris was when he saw a man dragging his suitcase into the bathroom. “I saw a young guy who... more »

US Stocks Close Up 619 Points After Afternoon Surge

AP/Tommy Kalikas at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Stock market - 900] U.S. stocks are closing sharply higher, giving the stock market its best day in close to four years. Stocks are rebounding from a six-day slump that was prompted by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy. The Dow Jones... more »

Slaying the Hydra: Can Virtue Heal the American Right?

The Public Discourse at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Herakles and the Hydra Water Jar (Etruscan, c. 525 BC) - Herakles clubs the Hydra, while a crab assists it by attacking Herakles] We've come to that agonizing point in our political process when each political party must choose its champion. Republicans are trying to decide in whose hands to place their party's fate. Perhaps the uninspired but reassuringly American Scott Walker? The... more »

#BustRacism Hashtag Asks Gallery to Remove Bust of Margaret Sanger

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Margaret Sanger] A group of black pastors have asked the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery to remove a bust of Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood Founder and known Eugenicist, from their "Struggle for Justice" exhibit. Today, the Media Research Center organized a Tweetfest, asking... more »

Columnist Answers Questions on the Pro-Life Movement

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: North Carolina OKs Bill for 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period] The recent Planned Parenthood videos have turned many conversations to abortion the past few weeks, many are rushing to judgement, making assumptions on what others believe. It is refreshing to see people asking and answering questions in a respectful way... more »

NFL Player, Wife Will Keep Unborn Baby Despite Defect: ‘Who Are We to Determine a Baby’s Life?’

CNSnews.com at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: NFL player - 400] NFL fullback Evan Rodriguez and his wife Olivia are expecting a little girl in December, who has a rare birth defect, anencephaly. The couple has been speaking out about the diagnosis and their decision to keep their baby girl despite... more »

Quote of the Day: On NZ’s modern-day entrepreneurship

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“It appears we are creating a generation of New Zealanders whose sole experience of entrepreneurship is writing a great application for government funding.” *~ Max Christofferson, ‘Jumping on the taxpayer bandwagon’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Rad Racer for the Nintendo Entertainment System

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
I cannot tell a lie, I do like my racing games. However, while nearly every platform since the days of the humble Spectrum have been spoilt for automobile-related gaming treats, there is one notable omission: the mighty NES. Considering it was the best selling home system ever for a time, this is as baffling as it is disappointing. Off the top of my head and as far as UK/European releases go, there's *RC Pro-Am*, *Turbo Racing*, *Galaxy 5000*, *Micro Machines*, and that's - apart from the subject of this post - about it. A mystery to be sure, but technical limitations can't be the c... more »

Christian Candace Cameron Bure Joins The View

ABC News at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: The View] The Cast of ABC's The View has had another shakeup. Joy Behar will be rejoining the cast, and Paula Faris and Candace Cameron Bure are new additions. Bure, an outspoken Christian, has appeared on the show as a guest host,... more »

‘God Allowed Us to Make it Through’

The Christian Chronicle at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Church of Christ - 400] NEW ORLEANS -- Ten years after Hurricane Katrina waged war on the Gulf Coast, Christians in hard-hit New Orleans are looking back -- and ahead. Frank J. Harden, an elder of the Louisa Street Church of Christ, recalls fleeing 260... more »

TN Drops to 46th in ACT Scores

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
In 2014, Arne Duncan's favorite corporate education experimental state soared from 46th to 43rd among states on composite ACT scores. This year Tennessee has returned to its previous cellar level at 46th. The average composite score, which is 19.8, is 0.1 of a point above where it was in 2012, and it is far below the 21 needed to apply for a Hope Scholarship or to attend the University of Tennessee--which requires and ACT of 24.

Owe-lympic Myths: Health and Fitness Legacy

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
There are many myths about Olympics among the millionaire hucksters' talking points. On the NoTO2024 website, the Top Ten are listed. I'm going to take a few of these on, not necessarily in order. *Myth 8: The Olympics will make us healthier* Studies have shown that hosting the Olympics has no measurable impact on fitness and sports participation levels following the Games. There is, however, evidence that funding gets pulled from other regions in the country, causing cutbacks to sports funding that hurt participation. The claim that Olympics would bolster a healthier, more active ... more »

Why Nobody Believes The Oil Companies, Why Nobody Trusts The Media To Tell The Truth

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 8 hours ago
A couple of little stories and tweets caught my eye in the last couple of days.. CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in an article published in the Calgary Herald.. ____________ Alberta drilling rig count decline linked to NDP's royalty review *The provincial government’s royalty review is likely worsening the activity-dampening effects of six-year-low crude prices, industry observers say, as an industry rig count drooped to its lowest level since the spring slowdown this week.* *Numbers posted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors show ... more »

Meet the New Public Face of Abortion-on-Demand: Satanists

National Review at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: satanic statue - 400] One story is interesting, two stories even more so. But six stories are a trend, in this case a particularly appropriate one: Satanists are become a leading public voice for abortion rights. In their mockery of Christianity they reveal the... more »

Iraqi Kurds Continue Their Military Advance Against Islamic State Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters walk with their weapons as smoke rises from the site of clashes, south of Daquq, north of Baghdad August 26, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER *Reuters*: *Kurds take 10 villages from Islamic State in north Iraq* Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes drove Islamic State militants out of 10 villages in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Wednesday in an offensive to secure their territory to the north, Kurdish military sources said. The assault began at dawn in the Daquq area, around 175 kilometers (110 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. By evening, Ku... more »

August 26: Lies and damn lies

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
I am not familiar with the site I post below. It was sent to me by a reader - and I send it on because it shows a high degree of experience in military matters, and it is the only credible explanation I have ever seen of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 that was shot down over Ukraine, with the killing of all aboard. This happened over a year ago. Scientific experts have been examining the wreckage for a year, and say that they have not yet determined the cause of the crash. I cannot believe that. There was a photo that appeared even in the Irving press. It showed lines of parall... more »

You’ll be Shocked to See How Much Profit GMO Companies are Earning

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video - *An expert on the business of GMO seeds speaks about how much GMO companies might make from just one bag of genetically-modified seed. The post You’ll be Shocked to See How Much Profit GMO Companies are Earning appeared first on Waking Times.

John Whittingdale on BBC bias: "Do I think there is general bias towards the left? No"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
John Whittingdale advancing on Broadcasting House (as imagined by Roger Bolton of 'Feedback') The BBC's 'nemesis' John Whittingdale has been speaking at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Here are some of the things he said, as quoted by the *Independent *and the Guardian: This idea that there is an ideological drive to destroy the BBC is just extraordinary, the people rushing to defend the BBC are tilting at windmills, they are trying to have an argument that has never been started, certainly not by me. Britain's image abroad is enormously strengthened b... more »

Supplemental: Back inside the “I, Claudius” scam!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015While haplessly letting it happen:* By now, it’s fairly obvious. We’re back inside an “I Claudius” bubble. Here’s what we mean by that: In 1976, the Robert Graves novel became a massively popular PBS series. In each format, Graves’ entity created a fascinating picture of the way politics can work—more particularly, of the way the public can be deceived about the way their republic is functioning. On the PBS series and in the novel, we were taken behind the scenes of the Roman republic. We saw what was actually happening inside the halls of power—and we... more »

A New U-2 Spy Plane Is In The Works

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
U.S. Air Force *Flight Global*: *Lockheed Skunk Works designing next-gen U-2 spy plane* Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is designing a next-generation high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) surveillance airplane, known internally as RQ-X or UQ-2, as an optionally-manned successor to the U-2 and Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. U-2 programme officials told reporters at the Skunk Works headquarters in Palmdale, California, that its engineers have been mulling designs for stealthy HALE platform that would combine the best of the U-2 and its unmanned rival, the Global Hawk. *WNU Editor:*... more »

Syrian President Bashar Assad Is Confodent That Russia And Iran Will Continue To Support Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Times:* *Syria’s Bashar Assad says Russian and Iranian support won’t wane* Syrian President Bashar Assad says Iran-back Hezbollah fighters are playing a completely legitimate role in bolstering Syria’s military against terrorists and that he has “strong confidence” Russia will also continue to support his embattled regime. In a rare interview that aired Tuesday night on Hezbollah’s Lebanon-based al-Manar television network, the Syrian leader also said that Iran’s support for his government will not wane as a result of the recent nuclear accord reached between Tehran a... more »

Thanks to Andrew Coyne

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 8 hours ago
I've already said on this blog that I have little respect for the man's economic views. But when it comes to defending Parliament against the serial outrages of stephen harper, I give a tip of my hat to Andrew Coyne. Yesterday he wrote a valuable commentary about the Duffy scandal. Its main source of value is its serving as a counterweight to all the idiotic attempts by harpercon hacks to deny the scandal of the Duffy-Wright bribe. ("So Wright repaid the taxpayers instead of Duffy himself. What's the big deal?") Coyne summarizes what other clear-headed critics of harper have been ... more »

Pentagon Probing Alleged Distorting of War Intelligence

AP/Robert Burns at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: US Central Command - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. defense official says the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group. The official was... more »

A mess: PLOS mistakenly publishes rejected ADHD-herbicide paper, retracts it

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
PLOS One has retracted a paper that links the most commonly used herbicide to ADHD, after it was “published in error.” According to the note, the paper was “editorially rejected following peer review and consultation with the Editorial Board,” but ended up going through the production process anyway. When we contacted the authors, they filled us in […] The post A mess: PLOS mistakenly publishes rejected ADHD-herbicide paper, retracts it appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Satire: "Nation Needs Cheaper Way to Find Worst People"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Nation Needs Cheaper Way to Find Worst People"* by Andy Borowitz MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)— "With U.S. Presidential elections now costing more than five billion dollars, there must be a cheaper way to find the worst people in the country, experts believe. According to Davis Logsdon, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota, the United States could use current technology to find the nation’s most reprehensible people at a fraction of the five-billion-dollar price tag. “Any search for the worst people in the country should logically begin one place: on Twitter,”... more »

"The BBC: Some of the news, some of the time"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Same old, same old (h/t ObiWan): Which of the following reports (one from Sky, one from the BBC) do you find more informative? *BBC News report:* *Manchester girl, 16, pleads guilty to terror charges* A teenage girl has pleaded guilty to two terror offences including possessing "recipes for explosives" and a bomb-making guide. The 16-year-old, from Manchester, admitted the charges at the city's Magistrates' Court. She was arrested in April following an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit. The inquiry also led to the arrest of a boy, 14, who admitted inv... more »

Conservatives Want a Candidate Who Passes the “Emotional Purity” Test

Frontpage Magazine at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson2 - 400] The GOP is panicking. And it should be. Conservatives are sending an angry unambiguous message to the party. The message can be read not only in the rise of Donald Trump, but also in the rise of Ben Carson. Republican... more »

The "Heroic" Kurds: Syrian Kurds- The Pressure and the Penalties

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
Syrian Kurds: The Pressure and the Penalties *Dedicated to those who just can’t face facts when it comes to the the reality vs the mythos of the Kurdish people. The illusion of unity. The tyranny of PYD & PKK. And of course the NATO strong arm that allows for the subjugation of persons who had it better under the Assad government. * *“The grass has not grown greener in Syria under the harsh edicts of the PYD. Syrian Kurds do not want to have no alternatives other than to choose between Daesh and the PYD”* Daesh *&* the PYD- Curious word choices. I would've thought it should be Daes...more »

Shiprock: For the families 'Water is Life'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago

“They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy”* by John W. Whitehead “All is not as it seems. In this week's vodcast, John W. Whitehead looks back on John Carpenter's iconic film 'They Live' and examines the striking parallels between Carpenter's nightmarish vision of reality with the current, perilous state of America.” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mog7sIipans *Related:* “The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism” - https://www.rutherford.org/

The Economy: "This Is the Start of the Sell-off, Not the End"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"This Is the Start of the Sell-off, Not the End"* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE, Maryland – "Is Donald Trump broke yet? We don’t know. But at the end of the first quarter, investors held about $24 trillion in stocks. Stock prices are down about 10% since then... leaving the rich $2.4 trillion less rich. Government bonds have generally gone up. Junk-grade corporate bonds have gone down. And real estate? It takes longer to react. Real estate is not “marked to market” immediately. Buyers and sellers discover prices slowly. *Phony Wealth: *The “wealth” created in Stage III of the U.S. cre... more »

Kerman Police Officer Adds His Perspective

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
This is one of the reasons I love the Internet. Before it existed we were stuck with expensive telephone bills as we attempted to track down and interview witnesses in UFO cases. When we could afford to do so we might travel long distances to interview a witness in person. Today cell phones have eliminated the telephone charges and allow us to find witnesses much more cheaply and easily. We are able to confirm information that has been published by others and get to the bottom of some of those UFO reports. Illustration of the UFO encounter. And, in some cases, the witness himself pro... more »

Sanders Up Big in New Hampshire; Biden Worried About Clinton's Electability

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*June 2007 — Clinton and Biden confer during a Democratic primary debate at Howard University. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo; source) * *by Gaius Publius* A newsy piece as we watch the shifting winds. First, there's a new PPP poll of New Hampshire voters with a Trump-centric headline — "Trump up big in NH; Sanders leads Clinton" — but for me the biggest story is Sanders' large and broadening appeal (my emphasis throughout): There's been a big shift on the Democratic side since April as well. *Bernie Sanders now leads the field in the state with 42% to 35% for Hillary Clinton*... more »

Bishop E.W. Jackson Speaks Out on the Margaret Sanger Bust, Racism and Planned Parenthood

Alan Eason at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Bishop E.W. Jackson] Bishop E.W. Jackson is a prominent spokesman for Christians of all backgrounds, but has risen to national prominence as a leader of black pastors who are unafraid to confront the critical issues in American culture and politics. A graduate of the University... more »

Who Owns the Skies?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*NASA films "Red Sprite" over Mexico thunderstorm* Recently a Vancouver woman reported that she was spied on while she sunbathed on her West End Balcony. A drone rose up in the skies adjacent her balcony and recorded her on its camera while she was topless. This was treated by the main$tream media as a humourous "oddity" and became nation-wide news. I thought it was a disturbing and portentous event that got me thinking about a question that, I believe, will become one of the most contentious questions of the future--if humanity does have a future: *Who Owns the Skies?* This art... more »

Colombians Flee Venezuela As Border Tensions Increase

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC*: *Colombians leave Venezuela in droves over border crisis* More than 1,000 Colombians who were living in Venezuela have crossed into Colombia as a border spat between the two neighbours intensifies. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a border post near the city of Cucuta. He also announced that Colombians living illegally in Venezuela would be deported. The move followed an incident last Wednesday when smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez is due to meet her Colombian count... more »

Caste Riots Turn Deadly In India

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Sydney Morning Herald*: *Riots turn deadly in India as Patel clan demands inclusion in government quotas* Ahmedabad: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm after a rally that drew half a million members of a powerful clan resulted in a night of rioting that left six dead and dozens of buses and police stations torched. Protesters from the influential Patel, or Patidar, community gathered on Tuesday to demand inclusion in government programs for the disadvantaged, but the demonstration erupted into mob violence, as agitators threw stones, battled police and set... more »

Peace Deal Signed In South Sudan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) gestures as he leaves after attending peace talks with the South Sudanese rebels in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/TIKSA NEGERI *Reuters*: *South Sudan president signs peace deal despite concerns* South Sudan's president signed a peace deal on Wednesday to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony that he had "serious reservations". President Salva Kiir, who has led South Sudan since it seceded from Sudan in 2011, had asked for more time for consultations last wee... more »

World News Briefs -- August 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A tweet apparently from the shooter of WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward appears to show the shooting during a live broadcast from Bridgewater Plaza August 26, 2015. Handout via twitter *Reuters*: *Virginia TV journalists killed in on-air shooting; suspect shoots self* Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview, and authorities said the suspect appeared to be a disgruntled current or former employee of the TV station. Police pursued the suspect and in the late morning, an ABC local affiliate ... more »

Gunmen in Afghan Uniforms Kill 2 U.S. Soldiers

AP/RAHIM FAIEZ at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Helicopter in Afghanistan-900] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A man wearing an Afghan security force uniform opened fire Wednesday inside a base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers in what appeared to be the latest so-called “insider attack” to target foreign troops or... more »

Suspected Terrorist Arrested for 1996 Khobar Towers Attack

AP/KEN DILANIAN at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Khobar Towers-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Ahmed al-Mughassil, described by the FBI in 2001 as... more »

We Are the People We’ve Been Waiting For

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Phillip J. Watt* - If you haven’t figured it out yet, there’s a global awakening going on. The post We Are the People We’ve Been Waiting For appeared first on Waking Times.

Stephen Harper getting ready for Thanksgiving and October 19, 2015 elections

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
It is hoped that after October 19, 2015 he will have a lot of time to dance preferably in Calgary, Alberta. Update: Dance with music:

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Oshkosh Wins $6.75 Billion Military Contract to Replace Humvee* Company wins over rival bids from Lockheed Martin, AM General to provide Joint Light Tactical Vehicles Oshkosh Corp. on Tuesday won a $6.75 billion contract to build almost 17,000 new light trucks to replace aging Humvees for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, cementing the future of its defense business. The Wisconsin-based company was chosen over competitors Lockheed Martin Corp. and AM General LLC to build as many as 55,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs, over the next 25 years to rep... more »

Pentagon Investigating If Islamic State Intelligence Analysis And Reports Were Altered To Present A More 'Positive View'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A fighter jet aboard the United States aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Gulf this month. Carrier-based aircraft are conducting a bombing campaign against the Islamic State. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times *New York Times:* *Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted* WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several offi... more »

Just How Many Garbage Patches are There in Our Oceans? See for Yourself

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Watch the evolution of trash in the oceans over the years... The post Just How Many Garbage Patches are There in Our Oceans? See for Yourself appeared first on Waking Times.

Nevada Chooses Vouchers from Resegregation Toolbox

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Conservatives love to embrace "choice" as long as they get to do the choosing for everyone else. This self-centering rule applies universally, whether we are talking about women's reproductive rights or educational rights for the poor. And that which conservatives cannot control, they would rather destroy. This is the essence of necrophilic personality that Erich Fromm described--one driven to embrace death, rather than to allow for any lack of control. In necrophilic Nevada, for instance, the state legislature has just passed a school voucher plan that increases opportunities fo... more »

Liberal Hypocrisy on the Subject of Constitutional Tinkering

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Constitution2 - 900] When is it outrageous to amend the Constitution? Donald Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination, wants to overturn the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship. Whether out of panic or sincerity, a number of other Republican candidates... more »

Cartoon: ‘Classifieds’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 11 hours ago
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BUMPED TO THE TOP: UPDATED DUE TO CONFIRMATION that Chemtrails are Made Out of Coal Ash

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*UPDATE: August 26, 2015 This is one of my most popular posts. That's why it gives me great pleasure to update it today with confirmation that the thesis presented is true and is finally being accepted by the public. What happens when the government gets caught doing something illegal? Well, it just retroactively legalizes the formerly illegal activity!* After a long regulatory process, the EPA published a final ruling in December 2014, which establishes that coal fly ash does not have to be classified as a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)... more »

Tropical Storm Erika Approaching the Leeward Islands: May Reach Florida

The Weather Channel at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Tropical Storm Erika - 400] Highlights Tropical Storm Erika is currently about 285 miles east of Antigua. Tropical storm warnings have been expanded as far west as Puerto Rico, including the Virgin Islands and most of the northern Leeward Islands. Erika is expected to remain... more »

Report: Suspect in Va. Journalist Murders was Ex-Reporter

ABC News at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams] Police have named a reporter they are seeking in relation to the on-air shooting that left two dead this morning in Virginia. Vester Lee Flanagan, who is known professionally as Bryce Williams, has been identified by the Augusta County Sheriff’s... more »

HAPPILY ANCHORED: In the mouthing of dogmas!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015Part 2—Reciting what leaders have said:* As it turned out, Kevin Drum made a valid point. He’d read a piece at the New Republic denouncing the use of the term “anchor baby.” The term is offensive, the piece had said. But according to Drum, the piece in question never explained *why* the term is offensive: DRUM (8/21/15): I'm curious about something. Last night I read a longish piece at TNR by Gwyneth Kelly titled “Why ‘Anchor Baby’ Is Offensive.” I was actually sort of curious about that, so I read through it. But *all the article did was provide a bit... more »

First author refuses to sign PNAS retraction after “key findings” are not reproduced

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Two out of the three authors of a PNAS paper on mutations underlying lung diseases are pulling it after failing to reproduce key findings. The paper, published in 2012, investigated how mutations in lung surfactant genes induce molecular changes that lead to lung pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer might work. But follow-up work revealed problems. In […] The post First author refuses to sign PNAS retraction after “key findings” are not reproduced appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Meeting God as an American

Library of Law and Liberty/David Paul Deavel at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: american] When I meet God," wrote Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009), "I expect to meet him as an American. Not most importantly as an American, to be sure, but as someone who tried to take seriously, and tried to get others to... more »

Fox News Scores Big Court Win Against TVEyes

The Hollywood Reporter at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: fox news] On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York gave Fox News a partial win in an important copyright dispute that could influence the future of the news business. Fox News has been taking on a media monitoring service called TVEyes,... more »

Student: I’m a Duke Freshman. Here’s Why I Refused to Read ‘Fun Home.’

The Washington Post at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Duke University - 400] As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned "Fun Home," a... more »

Lürssen subcontracted French shipyard Couach to built 79 Interceptors for Saudi Arabia Coast Guard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: Lürssen FPB-41 patrol boat]German shipbuilding company Lürssen has subcontracted French Shipyard Couach to built 79 15-meters interceptor vessels for the coast guard of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The information was first revealed by our colleagues from Le Marin, a French weekly newspaper specialized in maritime news. According to Le Marin, the information was made official, Monday, August 24, by the French shipyard's management team during a staff meeting. Read more

How Life on Our Planet is Affected by Conscious Intention of the Sun

WTStaff at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Video - *Philosopher Gregory Sams discusses the idea that the sun is a living, conscious entity whose intention brings life to our planet. The post How Life on Our Planet is Affected by Conscious Intention of the Sun appeared first on Waking Times.

TV Stations Increase Security after Attack on Va. Journalists

NBC New York at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: NYPD-400] The NYPD is dispatching additional officers to TV stations across the city as a precaution after a television reporter and photographer for a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, were killed in a shooting during a live television report Wednesday morning,... more »

Forget Bears: Here’s What Really Kills People at National Parks

Washington Post at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: national parks - 400] The National Park Service maintains internal records of annual fatalities at the parks, and researchers have studied them from time to time in recent years. Here are the important things to know: 1. You are not going to die at a national... more »

Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, and the World Championships

The New Yorker at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Mo Farah - 400] Nicholas Thompson: Malcolm, it's a pleasure to be chatting with you about track again. And, wow, what a spectacular opening weekend at the World Championships. Malcolm Gladwell: Where to begin? I know that this sentence has never been uttered in normal conversation before,... more »

Crisis Over Iraq’s Kurdish Presidency Favors Barzani

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is facing a political crisis over what to do with President Massoud Barzani. His term ended on August 20, 2015, but he remains in office. His Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is pushing for a political deal between party bosses to extend his term for a second time, while the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change list wants to limit the president’s powers and change the KRG to a parliamentary system. The two sides refuse to budge from their positions leading to a deadlock, which work’s to Barzani’s advantage. The KDP, PUK and... more »

Source Light – A Lucid Dream

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*INTERESTING TIMING... -AK* http://adaptingtograce.com/2015/08/25/source-light-a-lucid-dream/ *Source Light – A Lucid Dream* Tuesday August 25, 2015 Posted by EM Meyer I wanted to share a lucid dream here before it fades. In the early morning hours of 8/23, I entered a lucid dream. I was looking at the sky when a huge fireball was speeding toward the earth. I felt no fear. While looking at the center of the ball of fire, I felt it “see” me. It then cracked open like an egg and the flash instantaneously pierced my heart and the entire multiverse at the same time. I couldn’t open ... more »

The Song of the Butterfly - A Collaboration of: Istvan Sky Kék Ég, Estas Tonne, Pablo Arellano and Indrė Kuliešiūtė.

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
Published on July 14, 2014 While attending Everness Festival in Hungary we were invited by artist Istvan Sky Kék Égto to visit his Surya Sangíta Asram. There four beautiful souls met together and by improvising created the musical adventure you are witnessing now. Music made by Collaboration of: Istvan Sky Kék Ég, Estas Tonne, Pablo Arellano, Indrė Kuliešiūtė. Video made by Geri Dagys *More info about artists:* Estas Tonne - http://estastonne.com Pablo Arellano - http://pabloarellano.org Istvan Sky Kék Ég - http://facebook.com/istvan.sky.3 Indrė Kuliešiūtė - http://facebook.com/... more »

Palace Intrigues

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
The punditocracy's second-favorite topic this week (after Trumpmania) is whether Joe Biden will run, and if he runs, whether he'll pick Elizabeth Warren as his running mate. Also, rumors are flying that, not so very much behind the scenes, President Obama is doing everything in his power to mess with the Hillary Clinton candidacy. (After all, it is his FBI -- not the GOP -- that has picked campaign season as the optimal time to begin combing through all her emails. As if Obama didn't know that for the whole time that she was Secretary of State she was using a private account.) Mach... more »

Only Ted Cruz Benefits From An Ugly Brawl Between Jeb And Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Texas fascist Ted Cruz is counting on Jeb Bush and Donald Trump to destroy each other so that the nomination falls into his own lap. With the Koch machine growing tepid about the pathetic performance of their preselected puppet, Scott Walker, and Rubio, the Adelson candidate, unable to get any traction, Cruz is growing more and more confident by the day... as long as Trump disappears. As Dana Milbank explained in his *Washington Post* column yesterday: Attempting to out-conservative Trump is folly-- even if the guy is a former liberal who nakedly reinvented himself for this campai... more »

The Man Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Videos

Politico at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: pro-life2 - 400] The man behind the guerrilla attack on Planned Parenthood -- nearly three years in the making, with hundreds of hours of secret recordings -- says he always planned to build his campaign one video at a time. And his strategy... more »

IRS Discloses 2nd Private Lois Lerner Email Address in Probe to See if the IRS Targeted Conservative Non-Profits

Blake Neff at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Lois Lerner IRS__1440595681_70.119.142.63] The IRS has revealed the existence of yet another personal email address used by former IRS Director Lois Lerner. The second email, registered to the name "Toby Miles," was revealed in a court filing made late Monday by the IRS as... more »

The Way You Dress at Work Matters

The Federalist/Rich Cromwell at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: dress] One of the great shames of my life is that about once per week, I wear shorts to work. I steadfastly refused to give in for as long as I could, but eventually the threat of heatstroke and the fact... more »

Journalists Murdered on Live TV in Virginia; Suspect Dies in Hospital

AP/STEVE HELBER, PAM RAMSEY & JONATHAN DREW at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: wdbj-alison-and-adam] MONETA, Va. (AP) -- A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene.... more »

Air Force Secretary Announces F-22 Raptors Will Deploy to Europe to Reassure Allies

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Air Force Secretary Deborah James__1440594292_70.119.142.63] F-22 Raptors will soon arrive on the scene in Europe as part of a NATO effort to deter Russian aggression, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James confirmed Monday. "We are announcing that we will very soon deploy F-22s to Europe...as part of the... more »

Here’s How Hurricane Katrina Changed Schools in New Orleans

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Katrina charter school aftermath New Orleans__1440592087_70.119.142.63] NEW ORLEANS--For all its devastation, Hurricane Katrina swept into this city an opportunity to embark on one of the greatest education experiments in America. In the aftermath of the 2005 storm, instead of rebuilding a public school system where roughly... more »

ANALYSIS: Pregnant Couples Defend Aborting Babies With Down Syndrome: “Loving Kids Like That is a Waste”

Life News at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: down syndrome girl__1440594882_70.119.142.63] Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) -- By now, most pro-lifers have heard the cruel and elitist comments made by Richard Dawkins about aborting Down syndrome babies. Dawkins claims that the "ethical" choice is to abort all babies with Down syndrome, even though... more »

in which i help a skunk and it kind of says thank you

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
My apologies to wmtc readers who saw this on Facebook, but this story must be recorded on this blog! Yesterday morning the dogs were barking at the back door, really going nuts, and not settling down. Checking to see what was going on, I got quite a surprise. A skunk with a container stuck on its head was running in circles, frantically trying to get the thing off. What to do?? I wanted to help it, but I'm not keen on getting skunked! Our dogs have been sprayed *many* times over the years; our suburban landscape is full of skunks. Watching this poor creature run wildly around the l... more »

Gunmen In Afghan Uniforms kill 2 NATO Troops. Taliban Seize District In Helmand Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *NATO troops killed in Afghanistan's Helmand, Taliban grab district* The Taliban seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday despite U.S. air strikes to repel them, and two NATO soldiers were shot dead by uniformed men on an army base in the area, a stronghold for militants and opium. The district of Musa Qala fell after the Taliban over-ran police and army posts in an offensive that lasted several days. Three U.S. air strikes on Saturday killed up to 40 militants, but they regrouped and chased government officials out of town. Elsewhere... more »

Keeping Good Company - A Quotation by Epictetus

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago

Navy Trying to Kill Gangjeong Village

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
I was invited to come to Jeju City today to appear on live radio show for 20 minutes at 6:00 pm. As we were preparing to leave Gangjeong village we looked into the sky as a formation of Navy Blue Angel war planes came screaming over the village. For the next 15 or so minutes they went back and forth directly over Gangjeong doing various stunts. One of the stunts brought the planes very low in an ear splitting maneuver. The Navy was sending a message to Gangjeong village. The message was loud and clear. "We own you now. Your village will become a war base. There is nothing yo... more »

Diederik Stapel ups count to 55 retractions

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Dutch social psychologist and well-known fraudster Diederik Stapel is up to 55 retractions. He remains secure in his spot at #4 on our leaderboard. The “fraudulent” Social Cognition article found, according to its abstract, that the more positively you perceive yourself, the less you need to compare yourself to other people. Conversely, negative thoughts were linked to […] The post Diederik Stapel ups count to 55 retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Stillness in the Storm: RIP Julian Robles

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
It was with deep sadness that I woke up this morning to the news that Julian Robles, partner of Justin Deschamps at Stillness in the Storm, passing on to the next adventure. I got to know Justin and Julian in Aouchtam Morocco on our wild roller coaster ride. The first time I really met Julian was our second night in Aouchtam.... on the beach for a wintery bonfire, and we discovered that we were both equally pyromaniacs, lol..... Justin, Julian and I spent the evening laughing and trying to fine fuel on a woodless beach to keep the fire burning!! Julian and I may not have always a... more »

UFC Fighters Experience Marine Corps Martial Arts

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* One more reason why no one should mess around with the U.S. Marines.

These 3 Charts Illustrate How Enormous The U.S. Air Force Really Is

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The B-52 with all its ammunition. (Tech Sgt. Robert Horstman/US Air Force) *Business Insider:* *These 3 charts show just how enormous the US Air Force really is* The US has the largest and most powerful Air Force in the world. The US Air Force operates more than 5,000 aircraft, and the air service flies more than just fighters and bombers. The Air Force also runs missions ranging from surveillance to aerial refueling to supply airlift, each of which requires a specialized aircraft. The following graphics from CI Geography shows every aircraft in the US Air Force as of August (you ... more »

A Look At How The Pentagon Spends Its Billions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Business Insider*: *Here's how the US military spends its billions* The US military is unquestionably the dominant force on the planet. From the greatest advances in technology to a massive network of military alliances, the US military retains a substantial lead over the militaries of every other country on the planet. And the backbone of this military greatness comes in large part from the economic prosperity of the US and the incredible funding that the Pentagon receives. In 2015, the US will have a declared military and defense budget of $601 b... more »

Roundtable Discussion Aug 24 Video: D & Sue Rhoades

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
Here is the Archive Video of the One People's Roundtable Discussion from Monday August 24, 2015 Monday night I had a discussion with Sue Rhoades, from Adventures into Sovereignty and formerly a member of The ITNJ American Team. Sue and I discussed various aspects of what took place over the past two months within the ITNJ and the reasons behind her resignation. More importantly, we discussed how we move forward and create a new foundation to build solutions that are not based on the current system of corruption, control and fraud. Creating actual NEW changes and NEW beginnings f...more »

Meet 5 Key Democrats Who Could Determine the Fate of the Iran Deal

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Senator Patty Murray__1440593555_70.119.142.63] Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington announced support for the Iran deal Tuesday, following on the heels of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to further President Barack Obama's growing support in the Senate. The announcements mark a setback to Republican-led efforts... more »

Wall Street Set to Rise on Open but Other Markets Languish

AP/ELAINE KURTENBACH at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: An investor holds a fan as she monitors share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai on August 26, 2015. Shanghai stocks closed down 1.27 percent in volatile trading on August 26, extending days of falls despite a central bank interest rate cut aimed at boosting the flagging economy and slumping shares, dealers said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)] TOKYO (AP) -- Wall Street was expected to rise sharply on the open Wednesday, though most other global markets languished amid worries over longer-term problems with China’s economy. After a hu... more »

No Ordinary Election

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ This is no ordinary election. Ralph Surette has been around quite awhile and he's seen a lot of governments. And, he writes, the Harper government is no ordinary government because of its bewitching power, now installed in the Canadian psyche, capable of leaving even the opposition parties afraid of its power over public opinion, and functioning beyond the grasp of the mass media that have, to date, been incapable of telling the real story about Harper. For those who go on, sometimes in awed tones, abo... more »

Transpicuous News Aug 23 Video

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
Sunday night's Transpicuous News ran quickly through a review of some of the major news stories of the past two weeks, then I focused on the pig piece that I believe is the one that is being distracted from: Earth's Wobbling Tilt. Due to some.... unforseen issues, I wasn't able to get into a lot of the pieces of info on this subject on Sunday night, but I will be getting into this much further later this week, in a conversation with Lisa and perhaps a few other friends. d

My Song Today

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
I was asked to sing a song at the Navy base gate this morning at the end of the human chain. This is the one I sang. The words I plugged in were: I ain't gonna let no Navy base turn me around..... I ain't gonna let no Blue House [South Korean equivalent of White House] turn me around.... I ain't gonna let no White House turn me around.....

U.S. Air Force's Top General Denies Reports That The F-35 And The A-10 Are Going To Square Off In Close Air-Support Tests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A-10 Warthogs fly in formation. Business Insider *DoD Buzz:* *Welsh Dismisses F-35, A-10 CAS Contest as ‘Silly Exercise’* The U.S. Air Force’s top military man rejected the idea of comparing how the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet and the Cold War-era A-10 Warthog attack plane perform in close air support tests. During a conference last week in Arlington, Virginia, Curt Cook, an air warfare specialist for the Pentagon’s office of the director of operational test and evaluation, called for the so-called comparative tests in late 2017 or 2018 to evaluate how often the ... more »

A Look At Why The B-1 Bomber Was The Perfect Weapons Platform To Use During The Battle For The Syrian Town Of Kobani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
B-1 Bomber (Photo: Airman 1st Class Charles Rivezzo/Air Force) *Air Force Times:* *Inside the B-1 crew that pounded ISIS with 1,800 bombs* For almost five months, B-1 crews from the 9th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, focused on one town — Kobani in Syria — in the battle against the Islamic State group. Kurdish forces were entrenched in their own city as waves of Islamic State fighters advanced. The enemy was “sending troops there constantly,” said a weapons systems officer from the 9th Bomb Squadron identified for security reasons only as Scram. “They were very will... more »

U.S. To Deploy B-2 Bombers To Guam To Support South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
B-2 Bomber (Photo: Bobbie Garcia/Air Force) *Air Force Times:* *B-2s to deploy to Guam in support of South Korea* The Air Force will send three B-2 bombers to Guam as part of a normal rotation to bolster ally South Korea, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Monday. "We are in the process right now of deploying three B-2s on a scheduled rotation to Andersen Air Base in Guam," Welsh said. "We continue to have airmen stationed on the Korean Peninsula who are there full time who are ready for whatever might happen, and they are ready everyday." Welsh declined to say when the bombers w... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Rape trial casts harsh light on 'sex traditions' at elite US boarding school* A prefect at an elite US boarding school is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl as part of a competition among sixth-form boys to take the virginity of younger female students in their final days before graduation. The trial of Owen Labrie, a 19-year-old who was bound for Harvard, has cast a harsh light on hidden traditions and sexual escapades at St Paul's, a $56,000 a year school whose alumni include John Kerry, the US secretary of state. Labrie allegedly told police after his arrest last year that ... more »

Income Inequality and Poverty Aren’t the Same Thing

Forbes/Henry Frankfurt at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: income inequality] There is very considerable discussion nowadays about the increasingly conspicuous discrepancy between the incomes of wealthier Americans and the incomes of those Americans who are less wealthy. President Barack Obama has declared that income in-equality is the greatest political challenge of... more »

The Untangled Gathering: Fall of the Empire Symposium

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
* "....For Hitler had lost no time in exploiting the Reichstag fire to the limit. On the day following the fire, February 28, he prevailed on President Hindenburg to sign a decree “for the Protection of the People and the State” suspending the seven sections of the constitution which guaranteed individual and civil liberties. Described as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state,” the decree laid down that: Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of ass... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*How strong is the link between global warming and California drought?* *Easy answer: No link at all. For a start, drought is a normal occurrence in California. Second, since there has been no global warming for 18 years, it cannot be influencing anything. Things that don't exist don't have effects. None of that is confronted by the lamebrain below. He just regurgitates the usual data-free Leftist propaganda. And thirdly, there is no significant drought. Releasing dam water to flow straight out to sea for various crazy Greenie reasons is why there is a shortage of water for... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago

Journalist Kicked out of Trump Press Conference, Comes Back and Debates Trump on Birthright Citizenship, Wall and Deportation

Real Clear Politics at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Trump Jorge Ramos debate birthright citizenship__1440589020_70.119.142.63] Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took on Donald Trump at a press conference held by the Republican presidential candidate in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday evening. The two went head to head for five minutes over birthright citizenship, how Trump would build... more »

Fire Crews Eye Weather as Heat, Wind Build in Parts of West

AP/NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Washington wildfires Okanogan__1440589607_70.119.142.63] SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to breathe,”... more »

I Love to Tell the Story

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: I love to tell the story] DUDLEY HALL -- "Are you Pre, Post, or Ah?" It was the first day of my freshman year and I was in the religion department at the university. An upperclassman was asking about my view of eschatology and I didn't... more »

An Anchor Baby is Born in America Every 93 Seconds

Breitbart at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: anchor baby] One out of about every twelve newborns in the United States is an anchor baby, or the U.S.-born child of illegal migrants, according to a Pew Research Center study. This means that one anchor baby is delivered every 93 seconds, based on... more »

Ted Cruz: “Birthright Citizenship as a Policy Matter Doesn’t Make Sense”

Real Clear Politics at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz-400] Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks about birthright citizenship in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think birthright citizenship as a policy matter doesn’t make sense,” Cruz said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’...more »

No Vaccine Mandates in Canada!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Being aware that vaccines are chock full of endocrine disrupting chemicals, dna from monkeys, pigs etc, and fully believing in the individual/parental right to choose the appropriate medical care, I can in no way shape or form see* the implementation of a vaccine mandate as anything but state sponsored tyranny and terrorism*. Canadians have taken it lying down as their free speech rights have been eroded will we now bend over for forced medical treatments knowing full well that vaccines are not the panacea they have been promoted as? *Link for petition* The Canadian Medical Associa... more »


Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago

Fail Proof Scones

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
I was given honey butter to try for this post. I wasn't compensated and all opinions and recipes are my own. Every October, my family has a big get together. As kids it was full of elaborate meals, homemade cinnamon rolls and scones. I can't even tell you how much we loved the scones. My mom used to have to double and triple the batch to keep up with the five hungry mouths who could eat them as fast as she could fry them. I have always thought that making scones had to be hard. Any time I have to let dough rise I am wary, but this dough is so easy to work with that these truly are fa... more »

U.S. Student Who Helped Stop France Terror Attack Arrives Home

AP/DON THOMPSON at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Anthony Sadler France Train Attack__1440588393_70.119.142.63] SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- An American college student who along with two friends helped stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris returned home to California. A relaxed Anthony Sadler, 23, walked off a commercial... more »

NATO: Men in Afghan Uniforms Kill 2 Foreign Troops at Base

AP/RAHIM FAIEZ at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Afghanistan NATO__1440586682_70.119.142.63] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two NATO service members before being shot dead themselves, the international force said. NATO offered few details about... more »

Authorities: Teacher ‘Did a Miraculous Job,’ Calmed Teen Who Held Classmates Hostage

AP/JONATHAN MATTISE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: AP_high school gun evacuation Philippi__1440587720_70.119.142.63] PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) -- With 29 terrified students looking on, a West Virginia high school teacher managed to calm a 14-year-old student who pointed a gun at her in her classroom, giving a police chief time to arrive and convince... more »

Jimmy Carter’s Peace in the Face of Death

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Jimmy Carter - 900] When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well. It was the same last Thursday when former President Jimmy Carter, who will... more »

Gunman in High-Speed Train Attack Charged with Terrorism

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: France Train Attack] PARIS (AP) -- The Moroccan suspect in a foiled attack on a high-speed train is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday that Ayoub... more »

GOP Should Worry Less About Trump and More About Itself

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] Commentators and political consultants are working overtime to divine why Donald Trump’s candidacy is explosively successful despite his breaking all the established rules. They’re outthinking themselves. They say he is a flash in the pan, the darling of disaffected independents,... more »

Why Do Many Jews Support the Iran Deal?

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: iran x israel] The more one knows about the Iran deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is not a deal so much as it is a fraud. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a fraud is “something that is... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( August 26 , 2015 ) - Today's Subject Matters : Broader european matters of note and concern ; Ukraine in focus ; Greece matters of note - economic , domestic and international politics ; Refugee situation expanding , hypocritical politicians and nations on display ; Asia and China - a lot going on and read all about it !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Europe ...... Broadly..... *RANsquawk* ‏@RANsquawk 4m 4 minutes ago EUR continues its downward trend after EUR/CHF broke its 200DMA at 1.0802...No Tier 1 data out of Europe for the rest of today #*fx* #*Euro* *Open Europe* ‏@OpenEurope 52s 53 seconds ago #*Macron*: EZ status-quo means dismantling the Eurozone, de facto: http:// openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/ french-economy-minister-treaty-change-just-a-matter-of-timing/ … #*EUreform* *Open Europe* ‏@OpenEurope 2m 2 minutes ago #*Macron*: There will have to be Treaty change eventually - but probably not before "... more »

(Trump's Flapdoodle? Many Desperation Projects)  U.S. Banks Flying Greek Flag?  (Bryan Burrough's Frauds)  Fiorina's Fools  (More Income for the Very Rich!)  Homegrown Terrorists:  New US Draconian Laws Usher in New World Order?

Birgitte Nyborg! Why are the men who run American TV seemingly terrified of actually letting a smart, well-qualified woman be the focus of a television show? Let alone allowing a strong woman to portray a confident and successful political leader? "Learn to speak Danish!" And watch "Borgen" on Link TV. You won't regret it. And speaking of regrets. I haven't spent much time thinking about

Finland ready to experience the end of work

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Juha Sipila, Finnish politician and entrepreneur, has risen to the post of prime minister from May 29 this year. *Note the following was translated to English from Italian by Google Translate. -AK* http://www.wallstreetitalia.com/article/1821471/lavoro/finlandia-pronta-a-sperimentare-la-fine-del-lavoro.aspx *Finland ready to experience the end of work* WSI | Posted July 21, 2015 | 13:29 Now Form of universal income would be the first time in Europe. It might even get a thousand Euros per month, making the use a "lifestyle choice". HELSINKI (WSI) - The Scandinavian countries are kn... more »

R.I.P. Jovan Julian Robles | "Because we know the truth, it is up to us to be the change"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*Yesterday was indeed a big day, one passed, one was re-born who had passed in 2013. * *Justin and Julien were very kind friends to me in Morocco during some very difficult moments last summer. Justin and Julien always remained steadfast kind friends to me, absent any judgement, belief in rumor brought in by disinfo agents, or preconception of who I BE or what others said I BE. I will always be grateful to both men. **They have both done outstanding blogging work and Julien's photography was always absolutely amazing. * * -AK* *"... in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, for ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Levees.org historical marker commemorates flooding of Lower 9th Ward ~Cain Burdeau, Fort Wayne Journal* ~Sandy Rosenthal, president of Levees.org, said her group wants to make sure Katrina is properly remembered. The group has long pushed to, as members have put it, *"bust the myths of the flooding during Katrina."* The group has sought to expose the engineering failures by the Army Corps of Engineers that led to the flooding of more than 80 percent of New Orleans. Rosenthal said the new plaque is *"both a commemoration of a pivotal moment in history and a memorial to those lost. For... more »

A Weak Christian Response to Iranian Nukes That Could Make War More, Not Less, Likely

Mark Tooley at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Ramirez-032015-Iran Nukes] The National Council of Churches has organized a letter of religious voices effusively praising the Iran nuclear deal and urging Congress to support supposedly the “most robust monitoring and inspection regime every negotiated” that “moves us a step closer to... more »

Planned Parenthood and the Gift of Death

John Zmirak at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Adam] Yesterday I was privileged to attend a summit of the Watchmen, a national group of civic-minded pastors organized by that warrior for truth Tony Perkins. Then this morning I turned on my computer to find a fresh glimpse into hell... more »

Stephen Hawking "solves" the information loss paradox again

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*Value not clear but he builds on some very interesting recent research* Stephen Hawking has visited Stockholm where he announced a paper that will be released in 30 days or so. You may watch the video of his 9-minute talk at a Swedish page. And you may check reports from Sabine Hossenfelder and the Nude Socialist. Recall that in mid 1970s, Hawking backed Bekenstein's idea that black holes have a nonzero entropy because the black holes also have a nonzero temperature. They radiate just like the black bodies. The process that makes this radiation is possible is the Hawking evaporatio... more »

Amazon.com annexes us to China

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
*Good News! You can now buy Kindle eBooks directly from Amazon.cn.* Searching for books on Amazon.com from my desk in Taichung, Taiwan, when I got this crap. Bottom pick shows HELP with a help line in China, in simplified characters. _______________________ [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!

Newest early warning radar-carrying helicopter Ka-35 authorized for service

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Ka-31 Helix]The Russian Armed Forces have authorized for service the newest early warning radar-carrying helicopter Ka-35, a source in the defense-industrial complex has told TASS. "The Ka-35 has passed all tests and has been authorized for service," the source said. The source recalled the previous generation helicopter Ka-31, developed for performing early warning functions. Read more

Belarus Strengthens Its Air Force With Russia's Reluctant Support

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Yak-130]Last week, the Belarusian army newspaper Vo Slavu Rodiny published an article praising the newly received Russian warplanes. However, these Russian aircraft are a step backward compared to the equipment that Belarus already had. President Lukashenka recently publicly complained that the Kremlin had refused to give Belarus a dozen aircraft. The Belarusian authorities therefore are delaying the establishment of a Russian airbase in Belarus. Minsk trying to convince Moscow to give it newer aircraft. According to an article published by the Russian news agency Sputnik on... more »

Russia Developing Yet Another Fifth Generation Fighter Jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Russia Fifth Generation Fighter-Jet]Turns out, the dreaded Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA is not the only fifth-generation fighter jet under development by Russia. The PAK FA is expected to enter services in 2017. But the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG is developing yet another cutting-edge lightweight fifth generation fight jet. The new lightweight fighter jet will be based on Mikoyan Project 1.44 (NATO reporting name: Flatpack), reports Sputnik News. Read more

Unmanned helo sets endurance record

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-8C Fire Scout]An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter system has set a new flight record for itself during endurance flight testing by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. The record set was 11 hours in a 150 nautical mile flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. The test was part of a series of capability tests used by the Navy to validate their concept of operations and previously tested performance parameters. Read more

Israel seeks more special mission-adapted G550s

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: G550 Eitam]Israel’s air force wants to increase the number of its airborne early warning and electronic intelligence-gathering systems based on the Gulfstream G550 “Nachshon” business jet. Speaking to Flightglobal recently, a senior air force officer said the two special mission variants are a main pillar of many current operations, and added: “We want more of them.” Israel currently operates G550-based “Eitam” AEW platforms (pictured) and ELINT-roled examples named “Shavit”. Read more

Forget two-front war, U.S. can't fight one

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)]A national defense analyst says the U.S. military has lost its ability to fight a prolonged conventional war because of President Obama. "Thirty years ago, we had 350,000," Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) says of the U.S. armed forces. "Now we're down to 60 to 65,000 and most of those are not fighters." F-16 fighter aircraftThe Pentagon announced last year that the U.S. military would shrink to numbers the mirror pre-World War II levels. Read more

Russia's navy is falling apart

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Admiral Kuznetsov and HMS Dragon]On May 8, 2014, the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon sailed from the naval base at Portsmouth on an urgent mission — to find and follow the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov and six accompanying vessels steaming through the English Channel. "A Russian task group of this size has not passed by our shores in some time," said Rex Cox, Dragon's captain. True, the Russian navy had been more active in recent months. Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula with its strategic ports and asserted itself with troop, ship, and warplane deploym... more »

First aircraft launch of BrshMos missile to occur in 2016

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: BrahMos Equiped Su-30MKI]The first launch of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter will be carried out in early 2016, head of Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace enterprise Sudhir Mishra told RIA Novosti Tuesday. Speaking at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS air show outside Moscow, Mishra told RIA Novosti that first flights with a launcher went well. "After this, a test launch of a mock missile will be carried out, and then final testing with a regular missile from a plane. We hope that this will take place in the beginning of 2016," M... more »

Belgian Navy’s NH90 helicopters reach initial operational capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The Belgian Navy's 40th Squadron has reached initial operational capability with three new NH90 Nato frigate helicopters (NFH), enhancing the country's search and rescue capabilities. The new helicopters are expected to replace the existing Sea King helicopters in the search and rescue (SAR) role by 2018. The fourth NH90 is expected to be delivered next year. The Belgian Ministry of Defence said that the next training phase will commence for the initial operational capability for maritime operation as part of the last stage of initial operational provision. Read more

China’s navy expands its replenishment-at-sea capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: PLA Navy Type 903A replenishment ship]China's navy, from its founding in 1949 to the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis, was focused on preventing Taiwan from becoming formally independent. This goal did not require long-distance operations that would require an at-sea resupply capability. Now, however, Beijing has declared its status as a global maritime power. Amateurs, it is said, talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics. The leaders of China's navy, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), apparently have finally understood the vital role played by logistics in an... more »

Saudi Arabia to Pay for Submarine Morocco Will Buy from Russia: Source

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Amur 1650 (Lada) class SSK]According to Russian website, Russia behind the Headlines (RBTH), the submarine deal is most likely to be paid for by Saudi Arabia. Morocco is seeking to acquire the Russian-made Amur 1650 submarine during King Mohammed VI’s forthcoming visit to Moscow by the end of 2015. By acquiring the submarine, Morocco is trying to bolster its navy and compete with its main regional rival Algeria, which already has four submarines and by 2017 is expected to receive another two. Read more

India-Australia Drills Targeting Submarines Rattle China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-3C Orion]India and Australia will focus on anti-submarine warfare in their first ever joint naval exercises, signaling a growing strategic relationship to counter China’s increased activity in the Indian Ocean. The war games next month off India’s Visakhapatnam port in the Bay of Bengal will include exercises to protect a tanker from a hostile attack submarine. The area is near waters where China deployed a nuclear-powered submarine for the first time last year, as well as the Sri Lankan port where another unit surfaced twice. That caused a diplomatic uproar. There’s the “... more »

U.S. says N. Korea taking steps to de-escalate tensions

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Kim Jong Un]The United States has seen North Korea taking steps "both on land and at sea" to de-escalate heightened tensions after reaching a peace agreement with South Korea, the Pentagon press secretary said Tuesday. The agreement, reached early Tuesday, defused tensions that had spiked sharply following last week's exchange of artillery fire and sparked fears of a major clash as the North showed signs of provocative moves, such as special forces moving to front-line areas and submarines leaving their bases. "As this agreement moved forward, we have seen at least on the p... more »

Military Photo of the Day: August 26, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Afghanistan helicopter-900] An American helicopter pilot salutes Afghan air force pilots battling insurgents in eastern Afghanistan on August 20, 2015. Thank you to every U.S. service member who is serving and sacrificing in Afghanistan and around the world.

Submarines contract: Japanese delegation in Adelaide for public relations offensive

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]A Japanese defence adviser has conceded the country needs to improve its public relations in order to win the contract to build Australia's next fleet of submarines. A delegation of Japanese government and industry officials is visiting Adelaide as part of lobbying efforts. Japanese defence adviser and former submarines commander Yoji Koda said Japan initially failed to understand the public relations game its competitors were playing. Read more

Gaillard vs Ferrara 1981: are these discussions sane?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*A sickeningly direct perspective into the feminist manipulations within the Academia* A month ago, the achieved phenomenologist Mary Gaillard (Berkeley) released her book "A Singularly Unfeminine Profession: One Woman's Journey in Physics". As you can imagine, the title has a similar effect on me as a red towel has on a bull. I am even inclined to think that the title – and probably much of the content – is considered repulsive by most of the potential readers. Amazon.com only offers two short reviews – one five-star review (saying "great read" and "fantastic") and one one-star re... more »

Last Night in Gangjeong Village

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 21 hours ago
We gathered last night at the peace center in Gangjeong village for my talk and then a party. It was a lovely night with some great songs by three different activists and then some good food. I reminded those assembled that the Global Network would remain active in our solidarity work opposing the Navy base in their village. I've just packed my bags and need to head to Jeju City for a radio interview on station there this afternoon. Also the largest online Jeju Island news outlet ran a story about my talk last night. I'll post the link once I get it. This morning I was in a m... more »

Fukushima August 26 1:58

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 22 hours ago

USA Today Shills For Anonymous Pentagon Officials on Fantasy Iran Attack

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 22 hours ago
Tom Vanden Brook (USA Today) USA Today's Pentagon correspondent Tom Vanden Brook reports today that an American attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would set the program back about two years, and would have to be carried out "with as many as 1,000 aircraft sorties over several days to a week" and employ the constantly-hyped Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000 pound bunker buster bomb

Barak's Iran Attack Hype: More Anti-Deal Bluster With No Substance

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 22 hours ago
The New York Times' Jodi Rudoren has published an article claiming Israel was on the brink of attacking Iran at least three times between 2010 and 2012, according to recordings released publicly by biographers of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who also served for years as Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu's Defense Minister. Here's the headline: The broadcast of taped recordings

U.S. Air Force Brushes Off $27 Billion Accounting Error On The Projected 10-Years Cost For Its Next-Generation Bomber

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Boeing *Fiscal Times*:* Air Force Brushes Off $27 Billion Accounting Error* r Force leaders on Monday shrugged off concerns that the service got the projected 10-years cost of its next-generation bomber wrong to the tune of more than $27 billion. Last year, the Air Force told Congress the estimated cost for developing the Long-Range Strike Bomber from fiscal years 2015 to 2024 would be $33.1 billion. This year, the service put the price tag at $58.2 billion between fiscal 2016 and 2026, a 76 percent increase. The service has since said the actual cost should have been $41.7 billio... more »

Ukraine Claims That Both Germany And France Have Laid Down 'Red Lines' For Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
© Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian president's press service/TASS *ITAR-TASS:* *Kiev says Ukrainian, French, German leaders laid down "red lines" for Russia* *Russia's crossing the "red lines" could prompt a resolute reaction from the international community which refers "not only to sanctions"* KIEV, August 25. /TASS/. Talks between leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin on Monday focused on "red lines" Russia must not cross, a senior Ukrainian administration official said on Tuesday. "It is very important that we have discussed red lines that, if crossed, could prompt a res... more »

Thorne Dreyer : RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Harry Targ, Glenn Smith & Roger Baker, Eve Spangler, Mary Bock, and Jeff Nightbyrd interviews Thorne Dreyer

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
We discuss the worldwide rise of resistance; the bizarre state of politics; Palestine and Zionism; smart phones and citizen journalism — and we turn the tables on the birthday boy. Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | August … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Harry Targ, Glenn Smith & Roger Baker, Eve Spangler, Mary Bock, and Jeff Nightbyrd interviews Thorne Dreyer

Bumping into Vada

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 23 hours ago
Vada real Vada especially appropriate she is not my girl but you have to love the name all the same it describes her Which is not hard or easy cause she cant help being more beautiful than anything but always looking like everything you want to see is a person totally true behind and in front of the girl truth is real Real Vada I will take that escalator and be happy with a destination in a world where we are both alive this space and time chronology places our sides on differant destination in alternate universes that never will collide Small gestures mean a lot in this great big ... more »

Bumping into Vada

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 23 hours ago
Vada real Vada especially appropriate she is not my girl but you have to love the name it describes her Which is not hard or easy cause she cant help being more beautiful than anything but always looking like everything you want to see is a person yet the girl is for real Real Vada I will take that escalator and be happy with a destination in a world were both alive in this space and time chronology places our sides in alternate universes with no chance of collisions pushing dark matter aside Small gestures mean a lot in this great big world and her acts of kindness make her a star ... more »

Is Russian President Putin About To Removed From Office?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council. One European expert estimates that at least a third of Russia's diplomats work for Putin's intelligence agencies. Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters *Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes*:* Is A Slow Putsch Against Putin Under Way?* A quarter century after the fall of the USSR, Kremlinologists sense a putsch in the air, despite Vladimir Putin’s overwhelming approval ratings. The tea leaves say that the Kremlin elite, dubbed by some as Politburo 2.0, is currently deciding whether Putin should go before h... more »

Who gives a darn about some stupid slurry wall? The folks responsible for keeping the Hudson River out of the World Trade Center, for one

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The original design of the WTC "bathtub" (click to enlarge)* A *slurry wall* is a technique used to build reinforced concrete walls in areas of soft earth close to open water or with a high ground water table.[1] This technique is typically used to build diaphragm (water-blocking) walls surrounding tunnels and open cuts, and to lay foundations. *-- from the Wikipedia article on "Slurry wall" (links onsite)* *by Ken* *Ay-ay-ay*, you're probably thinking. We aren't really going to be yammering on about a subject as tedious-sounding as a *slurry wall*, are we? You bet we are. A s... more »

Quote of the Afternoon: There’s no ‘I’ in team?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“He understands that there is no ‘I’ in ‘team.’ Like Wendell Sailor however, he is also keenly aware that there are five in ‘individual brilliance’.”* ~ Peter Flynn on the brilliance of Geelong’s Stevie J. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Bill Meacham : IDEAS | The anti-realist vegetarian

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Once you realize the socially constructed nature of morality, you get to choose whether or not to buy into it. By Bill Meacham | The Rag Blog | August 25, 2015 I venture to guess that most people are moral … finish reading Bill Meacham : *IDEAS* | The anti-realist vegetarian

MENA Report - ( August 25 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War - Turkey , Lebanon and Jordan feeling various degrees of stress presently ..... Libya continues falling apart off to the side .... Yemen Regional Proxy War continues unabated !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Links.... *Turkey 'Tipped al-Qaeda to US-Trained Fighters'* *Saudis Turn Blind Eye as Qaeda Gains in Yemen* *NATO Troops Back in Combat as Taliban Gains Grow* *Turkey and US to Launch 'Comprehensive' Anti-ISIS Attack* *Saudis: Taiz a 'Disaster Area' After Houthi Shelling Kills 14 Civilians* Dozens Executed in Mosul; 106 Killed Across Iraq Iraq's Most Fearsome Shia Militia Leader Speaks Out Iraqi Forces Clash With ISIS in Push for Anbar Al-Qaeda Abducts Kurdish Commander Near Aleppo ISIS Accelerates Destruction of Antiquities in Syria Anti-Government Protesters March... more »

Customs Bureaucracy 3, Balikbayan box controversy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
The balikbayan box controversy stirred by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) plan to conduct random physical inspection of the boxes seem to have tapered off. The President intervened and ordered the BOC to stop its plan. It is a bit condescending for BOC head Bert Lina to ask the OFWs to be honest when he knows that many BOC personnel are very dishonest and corrupt. See comments below. Demanding honesty from the public is understandable, but demanding honesty from the bureaucracy is even more important. This post from Philippines Shocking History last August 22 helped stir the controver... more »

August 24: An apology...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
I missed yesterday's blog because life became chaotic for the day. I didn't need the world's chaos to add to it. Luckily, I found only one column in the August 24 paper worth reading. It was Steve Malloy's column. At first, I thought it a waste of time; but that was the fault of a really bad headline by the editor, "NB should beware the danger of addictive drugs". I thought that sounded, at best, trite. However, Malloy's column is much, much better than that. I strongly advise reading it. The editorial, as usual, takes the gold medal for brainlessness. It's an orgy of ecstasies ab... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, "Celestial Harmony"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, "Celestial Harmony" - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image. Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral arms and young star clusters. *Cli... more »

"Which Would You Choose?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If you knew that hope and despair were paths to the same destination, which would you choose?" ~ Robert Brault

"Lakotah Instructions for Living"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Lakotah Instructions for Living"* "Friend do it this way - that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind. And if you do it that way, the Power Of The Universe will come to your assistance, if your heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do affects everything in the universe. If you do it that way - that is, if you truly join your heart and mind as One - wha... more »

Chet Raymo, “Work Of The Heart”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Work Of The Heart”* by Chet Raymo “In 1914, at age 39, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a substantial body of published work behind him. "Work of sight is achieved," he wrote; "now for some heart work." That's more or less what I have been doing on this site for the past three years: heart work. For seventy years it was sight work: looking, reading, teaching, writing books. Now I'm more interested in trying to discern the contours of the journey, the shape of the landscape I have traversed. How did the things seen fit together? How did the fit determine what things were seen? Hear... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"Three Words..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on." - Robert Frost

"Buying Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Buying Time" Author Unknown "A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” “Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man. “Daddy, how much money do you make an hour? “That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily. “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy. “If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.” “Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"True life mastery is more a function of knowing what to want, than knowing how to get what you want. Anyone can get stuff, but it usually takes an old soul to choose their stuff wisely." "What?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

Ukraine Corruption Makes Any Debt Deal Impossible To Work

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*: *Ukraine Is Too Corrupt for Debt Deal to Work* Ukraine is reportedly close to a deal with its private creditors, who may accept a 20 percent haircut. This is an uneasy compromise that would solve little, because the government continues to fail where it really matters: cutting corruption and bringing the country's huge shadow economy into the tax system. Ukraine's private creditors, led by asset manager Franklin Templeton, are talking with U.S.-born Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko about restructuring $19 billion of debt. Ukraine's $17.5 billion ba... more »

U.S. Deploying F-22s To Europe For The First Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US air force F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters are to be based in Europe. Photograph: US air force/Reuters *The Guardian/Reuters*:* US sends F-22 fighter jets to Europe as part of Ukraine response*: Warplanes will train alongside Eurofighter and other Nato aircraft as ‘Russia’s military activity continues to be of great concern’, says air force secretary The US is to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe as part of efforts to support eastern European members of the Nato alliance unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. “Russia’s military activity in the Ukraine continues to be o... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Noah Smith & Marc Champion, Bloomberg*: *Debate: How Dangerous Is Iran?* A few weeks ago, Bloomberg View economics writer Noah Smith wrote a blog post on his website, noahpinion, arguing that Iran was a fundamentally weak country. He bounced his idea off Bloomberg View's international affairs specialist, Marc Champion, who disagreed. They took the exchange online. Noah: Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal often talk about Iran as a powerful, ascendant adversary and claim that the deal would make it even stronger. Now, I'm no expert on foreign policy, but I know a little about econ... more »

Here top economist Michael Hudson explains what is now going on with the stock market. It isn't what you think. It's about the rich trying to get richer. But Michael believes that the less rich won't lose very much of their stock market savings (if well selected). This blogger, guided by Jim Rickards the author of Currency Wars and The Death of Money, believes that gold and silver perchased now will fly when the dollar crash comes. But be sure to buy the physical metal or else buy shares of outfits that are in control of a lot of these metals and haven't fallen into debt waiting for the crash, e.g., Royal Gold (RGLD) and Silver Wheaton (SLW).

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash* Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks * - August 25, 2015* https://youtu.be/D0EPfMAYy1A *Bio* Original here Michael Hudson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics ... more »

Bread Not Circuses Redux

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
If you follow me on Twitter, I apologize. I've been a total pain in the ass lately in my lonely effort to get Torontonians in particular and Canadians in general riled up about a proposed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Though it's lonely work, I'm finding lots of interesting stuff. And today I found some stuff that is actually encouraging. In 1989-90, Toronto's millionaire hucksters were really pushing to get the 1996 Summer Olympics, which were ultimately awarded to Atlanta. Opposed to them was a coalition of women's groups, anti-poverty and housing activists, and labour unio... more »

Quotes of the Morning: Before & after the 1929 crash

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
One of Colin Seymour’s hobbies is collecting nonsense. There are few more nonsensical prognostications than folk either side of the event that’s on everyone’s mind this week: the Great Wall St Crash that began in earnest on October 24, 1929. Here’s what some numb-nuts had to say, with the times they said them indicated on Colin’s chart above. They offer a great example of hubris when humility would be far more appropriate. Because these people had much to be humble about … 1. "We will not have any more crashes in our time." - John Maynard Keynes, leading British economist, ... more »

How CNN May Keep Carly Fiorina Out of the Next Debate Anyway

Hot Air at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Carly Fiorina2 - 400] You may recall that one of the big stories out of the first GOP debate (once you'd waded through all of the Trump news from the main stage) was the general approbation received by Carly Fiorina for her performance in... more »

ANALYSIS: Is Polyamory Next?

The American Interest/Robert George at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: polyamory2 - 482] The Youngs are women in a committed relationship who love and care for and look after each other. They share domestic duties and financial responsibilities. They share a bed and make love. They have a child (courtesy of sperm donation... more »

World News Briefs -- August 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A F/A-18E/F Super Hornets of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VFA-211) lands on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier in the Gulf June 18, 2015. REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED *Reuters:* *U.S. reports 36 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria* The United States and its allies carried out 36 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Monday, a U.S. military statement said. Islamic State fighters, weapons and vehicles in Iraq were hit in 31 strikes in various areas, including 12 near Tuz, said the statement issued on ... more »

Levels of irony

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
At Stony Run, we are no strangers to wildfire. I fought fires in the early eighties, and one of those got *up close and personal*. We've seen fires occur near here, such as those around Oakridge in the nineties and more recently, and especially the Clark Fire on Fall Creek, five thousand acres, which brewed up a very nuclear looking smoke and steam cloud some twelve miles from here. 2015 is a major fire year in the Northwest, but oddly enough, though we are as dry as a desert nothing of note has (knock on wood) happened in our area. Well, almost. What *has* happened is a major smoke... more »

Urgent Update from Big Mountain, Bahe's SheepDog Media with BMIS

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Update from Big Mountain, Bahe's SheepDog Media By NaBahii KeediniihiiCensored News Date: Aug 25, 2015 2:28 PM U  R  G  E  N  T     U  P  D  A  T  E August 25, 2015 Excessive Laws to Livestock Confiscation at Big Mountain on Black Mesa We all have to live with regulations whether we live in the urban or rural areas, and permits may apply as to how many pets we should

Trump And Cruz Aren't The Only Politicians In The Hemisphere With Fascist Tendencies

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Corrupt right-wingers Otto Pérez Molina and Stephen Harper When I was a DJ at KSAN in San Francisco, the program director once told me that the day I felt I had played a song so many times that I couldn't stand hearing it again was the first time most listeners ever absorbed it. Nevertheless, for the sake of my own sanity, I have to take some time off from writing about Trump, at least for the rest of the day. I was thinking about writing about another fascist strongman instead, Guatemala's grotesquely corrupt president, Otto Pérez Molina. Funny how right-wing extremism and corrupti... more »

A Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Most Sensitive Emails

Politico at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Hillary Clinton7 - 400] Hillary Clinton stored at least 63 emails on a private server that have now been deemed classified by the State Department, a collection of messages that contains diplomatic information not normally discussed in public. The messages already released contain just... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 25, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
People's Liberation Army soldiers rehearsing Saturday for the Sept. 3 parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. PHOTO: REUTERS *Wall Street Journal*: *China Reveals Guest List for Big Military Parade* Many Western nations have been reluctant to send leaders or troops China released the guest list for its World War II Victory Day parade, providing a snapshot of its growing clout in many parts of the world while showing the strains the event is placing on relations with the U.S. and its allies. The military parade through Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3 m... more »

Alice Dreger Resigns from Northwestern University Following Pathetic Censoring by Management

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 1 day ago
Today, I learned that Alice Dreger, professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, internationally celebrated for her work on the practices and policies around intersex and ambiguous sex conditions, especially in small children, yesterday chose to hand in her letter of resignation, following a pathetically prude and spineless piece of ham-handed censorship of her and a colleagues' work by her own medical school dean, Eric Nielson last year, and subsequent lack of university provost, Daniel Linzer, to assure her that... more »

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