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Thomas Paine

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

Sunday, August 30, 2015

30 Aug - Blogs I'm Following

English: DOHA. With the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh ...

English: DOHA. With the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Русский: ДОХА. С Эмиром Катара шейхом Хамадом бен Халифой аль-Тани. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin meet

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 minute ago

Donald Trump and friend

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 minute ago

U.S. To Impose Sanctions On China For Cyberthefts

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 minutes ago
*Photo: *A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. REUTERS/EDGAR SU *Washington Post*: *U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts* The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. The U.S. government has not yet decided whether to issue these sanctions, but a final call is expected soon — perhaps ev... more »

Who Really Runs Who?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 minutes ago

Don’t Be Nice to Other Christians

David Mills at The Stream - 35 minutes ago
[image: Elephant in the room_compressed] Don't be nice to other Christians -- specifically those in other churches than yours. God doesn't want you to be nice to them. He doesn't want them being nice to you. Bad things happen when everyone is nice to everyone... more »

This Week's Massive Chinese Military Parade Is Raising Concerns Across Asia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Bloomberg:* *Xi's Military Parade Fans Unease in Region Already Wary of China* * President to reaffirm peace pledge while marking WWII victory * Procession of 12,000 troops demonstrates Xi's supreme power As Xi Jinping presides over thousands of goose-stepping troops marching down Beijing’s Changan Avenue -- or “Eternal Peace Street” -- on Thursday, the Chinese president will also proclaim his commitment to the world’s peaceful development. It’s a message China’s neighbors may find hard to swallow as it flexes its military muscle from the East China Sea to the Indian Ocean. The p...more »

Is The U.S. Interested In The Arctic?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Encyclopedia Britannica Inc./Wired *New York Times:* *U.S. Is Playing Catch-Up with Russia in Scramble for the Arctic* ABOARD COAST GUARD CUTTER ALEX HALEY, in the Chukchi Sea — With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top of the world, nations are scrambling over the Arctic — its territorial waters, transit routes and especially its natural resources — in a rivalry some already call a new Cold War. When President Obama travels to Alaska on Monday, becoming the first president to venture above the Arctic Circle while in office, he hopes to focus attention on the effect... more »

Will China Try To Hide Its Submarines In The South China Sea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*McClatchy News:* *China may be trying to hide its submarines in the South China Sea* For months, China’s visible construction of artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea has alarmed U.S. officials and many of China’s neighbors. For months, China’s visible construction of artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea has alarmed U.S. officials and many of China’s neighbors. What is happening under the water is also worrisome, say several defense and security analysts. China has a growing fleet of nuclear submarines armed with ballisti... more »

Hungary Blocks Refuge For Syrians Seeking Asylum In Europe

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Trump's wall will be much fancier Hungary's right-wing Fidesz Party won enough parliamentary seats in 2010 (263, more than two-thirds) to be able to ride roughshod over the country's post-Communist democracy. They were even able to change the constitution, although they have since lost two by-eletions and no longer have that power. The really far right party-- a neo-Nazi outfit called Jobbik-- came in third and won 47 seats. Right after the election Oszkár Molnár, Fidesz member of parliament, told the media that "I love Hungary, I love Hungarians, and I prefer Hungarian interests t... more »

History and the Economist *sigh* Banyan can't get anything right

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
[image: LanyuDanno_2015_359] *Another trip to Lanyu last week, which is why I've not been blogging....* Banyan at The Economist wrote on former President Lee Teng-hui's epic trolling of the KMT the last couple of weeks... let's take a look.... A 92-YEAR-OLD politician may be inured to insults, however outrageous his alleged transgression.* Even so Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s president from 1988 to 2000, may have been taken aback by the hostility to comments he made to a Japanese magazine this month.* [A total misreading -- Lee was trolling and well aware of how the KMT would react: in a w... more »

Moon Shot

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

“Marriage Overruled”: The Book We Didn’t Want to Need

The Editors at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: fork in eye_compressed_cropped] Imagine it was your task to write a book entitled, Why Sticking a Fork in Your Eye is a Very Bad Idea. You aren't an ophthalmologist, or a silversmith. You have passed through kitchens all your life without ever being... more »

Who Should The U.S. Support .... Turkey Or The Kurds?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A Kurdish resident holds a signs during a demonstration in support of the Peshmerga troops in front of the U.S. consulate in Erbil, north of Baghdad, August 11, 2014. (Reuters) Nahal Toosi, Politico: ISIL fight forces U.S. to choose between allies Syrian Kurds are serving as 'boots on the ground' against the Islamic State, but Turkey opposes their involvement. As the United States and Turkey launch airstrikes to oust the Islamic State from a stretch of northern Syria, they appear at odds over the role of a critical fighting force on the ground: the Syrian Kurds. Turkey insists tha... more »

And a weather eye

risa bear at A Way to Live - 3 hours ago
We are somewhat underwhelmed by the predicted and overdue "storm" so far. There have been only traces of rain. What we *are* getting is plenty of wind, as we can see from various upturned leaves and trees leaning eastward. Still hoping. It now smells like full-blown Fall. Today, I chopped the last of the cornstalks, and selected an ear to keep for seed, but it is backup. We'll be looking for another variety of sweet corn. Canning some pickled beets and apples and some tomato sauce while dehydrating kale, beet greens, squash blossoms, dandelion and false dandelion greens, and bak... more »

The Pentagon Has A Long History Of Organizing Manhunts To Snare Top Enemy Leaders And Terrorists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Sean Naylor, Defense One/The Atlantic*: *Inside the Pentagon’s Manhunting Machine* A brief history of Joint Special Operations Command, from Panama to the war on terror At the cutting edge of the U.S. military’s campaigns against al-Qaeda and its offshoots over the past 14 years has been an organization still unused to the spotlight. Born from the wreckage of the United States’s failed attempt to rescue its hostages in Iran in 1980, Joint Special Operations Command was created to provide a standing headquarters that could run similar operations in the future. But although JSOC (p... more »

Massive Natural Gas Field Discovered Off The Coast Of Egypt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Eni said the well could be one of the largest in the world *BBC:* *Italy's Eni discovers huge gas field off Egyptian coast* Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast. The company said the area was 1,450m (4,757 feet) beneath the surface and covered 100 sq km (39 sq miles). It could hold as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Eni said. The company says that the Zohr field "could become one of the world's largest natural-gas finds" and help meet Egypt's gas needs for decades... more »

French Intelligence Warns Of Civil Unrest And Terror Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
French security security services have warned that France be targeted with a 9/11-style attack or a strike on a passenger jet with a surface-to-air missile (like the one above) after a series of terror attacks in the country *The Telegraph:* *French intelligence fears Islamist 'missile strike on airliner' or 9/11-style attack* Army prepares for civil unrest as Islamist threat grows amid fears of September 11-style attack or missile strike on passenger airliner. French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passe... more »

August 30:betcha never heard of Garda World

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 3 hours ago
http://www.garda-world.com/ It's the world's biggest, privately owned "security" service. It does the usual security service stuff like providing guards for malls. It also provides more advanced security for ventures like invading countries, killing people on whichever side isn't the one that's paying it - in short, it trains and supplies mercenaries. Haven't heard of it? Gee, it's a big, Canadian company with its head offices in Montreal. It creates jobs. It creates so many I'm surprised Moncton City Council hasn't offered it money to come here. Harper generously sent them to Li... more »

Collective Insanity

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 3 hours ago
Source"The death of trees and shrubs is so blatantly egregious that I simply do not understand what sort of collective insanity allows the residents of this state to go about their daily routines without pausing to reflect on the implications of the ecosystem collapsing in front of their very eyes." ~ yours truly in California, July 2010, in *The Widening Gyre.* Below is the transcript for this week's eleventh Dispatch From the Endocene, airing on Extinction Radio. Photos are from the links at the end, to posts from 2010, 2011 and 2013 taken on the West Coast. Whether from cities ... more »

John Frazier's Photos Black Hills Unity Concert

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Thank you John Frazier for allowing  Censored News to share your great photos of the Black Hills Unity Concert. Photos copyright John Frazier

Learning from Europe: Intro

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
It almost sounds like a fairy tale now, doesn’t it: *There was a time, not long ago, when some [political and economic] commentators believed Europe was a model for the rest of the world.* Ha! Oliver Hartwich begins a series explaining why that much beloved fairy tale is having an unhappy ending. “Europe’s decay,” he says in this introductory piece, “is mostly due to the way Europe has been conducting itself.” *Europe … is not at the crossroads but is facing a dead-end. Or a cliff. A very steep cliff.* Since so much of the world has been eager to copy “that way,” it might be wor... more »

Farewell Oliver Sacks

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Oliver Sacks, author of *The Man How Mistook His Wife For a Hat *and *Awakenings* and very much else has died. [image: Oliver Sacks] J.K Rowling posted this morning: *The great, humane and inspirational Oliver Sacks has died. He wrote this recently. That's a life well-lived.* [image: Embedded image permalink] [Pic by Guardian] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Oliver Sacks (1933-2015)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*"Oliver Sacks, the world-renowned neurologist and author who chronicled maladies and ennobled the afflicted in books that were regarded as masterpieces of medical literature, died Aug. 30 at his home in Manhattan. He was 82."* *-- the lead of Emily Langer's Washington Post obituary* *"You are an abomination. I wish you had never been born."* *-- an observation made to Olliver Sacks, quoted by Emily Langer* *by Ken* The death of Oliver Sacks can't have surprised anyone, least of all Oliver Sacks himself, since he had gone as public as a person can (writing in the *New York Times*)... more »

The Siege of Philadelphia Public Schools

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
by Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! August 30, 2015 *“Whenever I see the school and the ruins, I wanna break into tears,” wrote Jacob Rodriguez, 17, who attended Fairhill from kindergarten through eighth grade.* *Kiara Villegas, 15, wrote on the wall: “They closed our school, for what reason though?”* Pencil statements of students from the closed Fairhill School in North Philadelphia in an art exhibit about the closing of 31 public schools in 2012. ***** “Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the school district, said, “We completely understand the feelings of the students a... more »

"You Have A Right To Be Here..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should." - Max Ehrmann

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2903 is only some 20 million light-years distant. Popular among amateur astronomers, it shines in the northern spring constellation Leo, near the top of the lion's head. That part of the constellation is sometimes seen as a reversed question mark or sickle. One of the brighter galaxies visible from the northern hemisphere, NGC 2903 is surprisingly missing from Charles Messier's catalog of lustrous celestial sights. *Click image for larger size.* This colorful image from a small ground-based telescope shows off the galaxy's gorgeous spiral arms traced by youn... more »

Chet Raymo, "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"* by Chet Raymo “On a Sunday afternoon years ago we tripped over the hill to the annual races on Beal Ban Strand, an afternoon of thundering excitement up and down the tide-washed sand, sleek and powerful horses ridden by young jockeys in gaily-colored silks. A good time was had by all, but I couldn't help but think of the events that occurred on those cliffs you see in the background of the photograph, just above the head of the jockey in white. In the year 1580, six-hundred Catholics- Spaniards, Italians and Irish, including women and children- were besie... more »

"How We Go THrough Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome." - Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Wakefield, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Time Will Pass Anyway..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” - Earl Nightingale

"Stop Waiting for Permission: Do What You've Been Resisting"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
* "Stop Waiting for Permission: **Do What You've Been Resisting" * by Robert Pagliarini “Whose permission do you need? Really, it's not a trick question. Who needs to give you the nod of approval before you can start a business, start dating after a bitter divorce, or write the book you've been talking about for the past nine years? Whose approval are you desperately seeking? Your spouse, a boss, friend, or expert in your field? Unless you're six years old, you don't need anyone's permission to create a better, fuller, richer life for yourself. Of course, it doesn't always feel that... more »

"Just Once..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too, just once. And never again. But to have been this once, completely, even if only once: to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Paulo Coelho, "The Law of Jante"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"The Law of Jante" by Paulo Coelho "'The Law of Jante?' Of course I had never heard of this, so he explained what it was. I continued on my journey and discovered it is hard to find anyone in any of the Scandinavian countries who does not know this law. Although the law exists since the beginning of civilization, it was only officially declared in 1933 by writer Aksel Sandemose in the novel “A Refugee Goes Beyond Limits.” The sad truth is that the Law of Jante is a rule applied in every country in the world, despite the fact that Brazilians say that “this only happens here,” and t... more »

We could do without a capital gains tax-- and without the morons who support it

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Australia has a housing bubble and a capital-gains tax. New Zealand has a housing bubble and no capital-gains tax. No connection there, you would have thought. Numb-nut morons Certified geniuses however suggest that the New Zealand government should embrace a tax on capital gains, in order to avoid the housing bubble we already have. The logic of the argument escapes me, just as the art of logic has clearly escaped long ago from these self-proclaimed genii proclaiming it. Writing in *The Australian* this morning, Henry Ergas observes *there is an iron law of Australian public po... more »

Quote of the Day: On the minimum wage

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“When you are unemployed, your wages are zero, regardless of what the minimum-wage law specifies.”* ~ Thomas Sowell, Fact-Free Liberals: Part II Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Get help

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[Hat tip Stephen Hicks] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Even with a wide-angled lens…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
…it looks good. Photographer Andrew Pielage describes it: *The Living Room at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin East in Winsconsin. It's incredible how Mr. Wright can design one room that is both a comfortable place for a party and an intimate room for two. I have experienced both of these in the Living Room over the past week.* Luck chap, Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

British forces hunt for Jihadi John in ‘combat burqas’ - SAS as ISIS, again!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*And now onto today's pièce de résistance!: British Forces "hunt" for Jihadi John in "Combat Burqas" Hopefully you all recall the news from August 1/15 , of British SAS Forces posing as ISIS? **SAS dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on jihadis- Humour?!* *Get a load of this latest news!* * Branded the "combat burqa", it is believed the outfits were funded with a 1.1 *billion pounds war chest unveiled last year by David Cameron British special forces are reportedly using stealth clothing dubbed as “combat burqas” in their hunt for feared Islamic State executioner Jihadi John... more »

Among 40 al-Nusra dead- Israeli & Jordanian officers killed in Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*Over 40 al-Nusra among Israeli, Jordanian officers killed in Syria* The Syrian air force killed a large number of Takfiri militant commanders, including senior Israeli and Jordanian officers, in airstrikes on terrorists' positions in the Southern province of Daraa, FARS news agency reported Saturday. At least 42 Al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorist commanders, *including 3 Israeli and Jordanian officers, *were killed in the Syrian warplanes' air raids in Daraa. *Jerusalem Post covered the report*- * 'Three Israeli officers killed in operation in Syria' Iranian media claims * Accord... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

“Do NOT Install Windows 10: Windows 10 Is Full Blown Electronic Tyranny, Turns On Microphone To Record Your Conversations, Collects All Data”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Do NOT Install Windows 10: Windows 10 Is Full Blown Electronic Tyranny, * *Turns On Microphone To Record Your Conversations, Collects All Data” * by IWB "Dr. Katherine Albrecht talks about how incredibly dangerous is Windows 10 to your privacy." *NOTE: *I do not permit any religious advocacy of any kind here. The final minutes of this video contain such material, but for the sake of the technical information provided this video stays. Simply skip the last 2 minutes, please. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLiozMpqV80 ◆ *"Windows 10: How To Stop It Spying On You & Logging Your A... more »

Desert Solitaire

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
Edward Abbey (1927 – 1989) was an eco-wordsmith whose work is often compared to the classics of Aldo Leopold and Henry Thoreau. His book *Desert Solitaire* has been called “the *Walden*of the southwest.” Abbey was born in Pennsylvania, and went to school in New Mexico. In 1956 and 1957 he spent the summers as a ranger at the Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah. It was a mind-altering experience. The young ranger fell in love with the desert, and kept extensive diaries. Like Leopold and Thoreau, he had profound reverence and respect for the natural world. All three watched i... more »

4 Strings - Turn It Around

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
I was going to write about Tony Blair (again) tonight, but lassitude and an anime binge (*Attack on Titan*, if you must know) intervened. Here instead is a trip 11 years back to one of that summer's most brilliant compositions.

"Not living up to EU ideals"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Radio 4's *Midweek *presenter Libby Purves has a piece in *The Times * called *I can’t be proud of a barbed-wired Europe*. Below the headline lies this summary of the piece: *Bickering about migrant quotas as women and children die in lay-bys or freeze in forests is not living up to EU ideals* "Europe should man its borders with kindness as well as wire", says Libby, living up to BBC ideals.

Mystery man in Bangkok bomb probe 'never said a word'

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*Notice the war mongering media is working very hard to connect the Bangkok bombing to Turkey?* Why would that be? Facetious. *It's obvious why! Is Turkey Heading to Partition? American Enterprise Institute* *In reality there is nothing concrete linking Turks, Erdogan, Ottomans or anything else to this bombing- Despite media and gatekeeper spin. Read on!* *Toronto Star* BANGKOK (Reuters) - The evidence seized by police investigating Thailand's deadliest bombing includes an *apparently* ( not convincing or overwhelmingly damning?) damning trove of explosives, fertiliser, and pile... more »

It's A Trumpy Sunday... Sorry

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Trump has made noises about taxing the rich and ending all the nonsense about trickle-down economics and how job creators shouldn't be taxed. Yesterday in Nashville, with deranged right-wing extremist Sharon Angle on hand, he even told a crowd he would protect their Social Security, which other Republicans refer to as a Ponzi Scheme, and their Medicare, which Jeb wants to phase out. Right after the news hit the wires, frustrated Republican commentator David Frum tweeted an interesting observation: Trump's campaign is certainly shock therapy, but if the GOP needs to be jolted awa... more »

The "harperman" Investigation

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 8 hours ago
So, Tony Turner is a federal scientist of some sort. As a private citizen he wrote a song called "harperman." (I'm listening to it for the first time as I type.) Anyway, it's anti-harper. And it has nothing to do with his work as a federal scientist. He's being investigated. Some lawyers are having a debate as to whether or not Turner's blatantly partisan performance is technically allowed, irrespective of the fact that stephen harper stole power through election fraud, is a war criminal, and a thug who rips up treaties and shows contempt for Parliament. At issue is whether Turner ... more »

Of Profs, Putin, pro-EU MPs and Prokofiev

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Boats An investigation of the BBC News website reveals that the most recent of their 'Viewpoint' features (where voices beyond the BBC are giving space on the BBC website) is: *Viewpoint: Treat refugees as a development issue*, by Prof Alexander Betts (Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University). Here's a flavour of it: Europe is facing a mass influx of refugees from outside the region for the first time in its history, as people flee persecution and conflict in countries such as Syria and Iraq. And its politicians are struggling to find a coherent response. At the European leve... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*The Oligarchs and the West* In the late 1980s, under Gorbachev, Generals Bobkov and Kondaurov sponsored several bright young “*Russian*’ entrepreneurs, and arranged for them to work with a group of consultants out of Switzerland know as Riggs-Valmet. This was the very same Riggs operation set up by George Bush in 1988 under the watchful eye of his brother and former National Security Council director. The names of these first generation oligarchs were : *Mikhail Khordokovsky* *Alexander Konanykhine* *Boris Berezovsky (Berezovskii)* *Roman Abramovich* Alexander Konanykhine would ... more »

Gen. Hamid Gul

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
UPI interview with Hamid Gul (Editor's note: After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, UPI's Arnaud de Borchgrave had an exclusive interview with former Pakistani Gen. Hamid Gul. In light of the role Gul is given in the recently released secret U.S. military documents, UPI republishes de Borchgrave's interview with Gul. The item was originally published Sept. 26, 2001.) -- (EXCLUSIVE) *RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The retired Pakistani general who is closest to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden contends the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washin... more »

Predicting the next juvenile revolution

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 9 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt The establishment, not so very long ago, had a healthy fear of juveniles. In the 1950s: A thousand conferences, agencies, committees, and newspapers alerted the country [USA] to the danger. Juvenile delinquency was the only rebellion around, and it had to be stopped.    Articles on teenage delinquency gushed forth. Experts labelled it a "national epidemic," projecting

A Family’s 20 Year Quest for Truth, Justice and the Border Dream

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
FNS FeatureA Family’s 20 Year Quest for Truth, Justice and the Border Dream By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSurAt the center of Paula Flores Bonilla’s tidy living room hangs a picture of daughter Maria Sagrario Gonzalez Flores. Taken in front of the border factory in Ciudad Juarez where Sagrario worked, the photo portrays a young woman with the look of someone who was headed for big things in

Steph returns!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Regular readers of this blog may be losing sleep wondering what's happening with 'Our Steph' (namely BBC's News's Steph Hegarty) on Twitter...given that we've not mentioned her for a while. Well, here are some of the BBC reporter's recent tweets, dripping (as ever) with BBC impartiality. Enjoy!: While we're at it can we stop with the line "looking for a new life" #migrants #refugees are looking for any life, its called survival.. — Steph Hegarty (@stephhegarty) August 28, 2015 Building fences against refugees is forcing people into the backs of trucks. — Steph Hegarty (@stephhegarty... more »

China Wants To Build Their Own SR-71 Spyplane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Lockheed Martin *Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest*: *Is China Getting Ready to Develop the World's Fastest Plane?* China’s military over the last twenty years has worked at breakneck speed to develop weapons platforms that have created a certain amount of concern in capitals all over Asia and in Washington. And if reports prove correct, Beijing might be able to add one more military marvel to its list of accomplishments—the world’s fastest plane. According to various reports, China is planning to develop a domestically crafted turbofan ramjet engine. Such an engine—at least in... more »

Man I love being crazy because the only other alternative is sane.

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
Man I love being crazy because the only other alternative is sane.

Roundtable Discussion: Shifting Time Lines.... WTF?!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 10 hours ago
It would seem that the article I published last week: "What Time is it Mr. Wolf?" opened the floodgates to a WHOLE lotta questions, and answered one major one for a whole lotta people: .... No. You're not going insane. Weird shit really is happening right now, lol. The two questions I asked in the article about How many US moon landings do you remember? and What is the Universal Donor Bloodtype? seem to have taken on a life of their own, at least on Facebook anyway! In the past two weeks I have probably spent at least 50 hours in conversations and discussion with several peopl... more »

Frontera NorteSur 'In Search of the Great New Mexico Chile Pepper'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
The border's great Frontera NorteSur has lost its funding. This article by Kent Paterson, one of its current swan songs, shows the wealth of knowledge of seasoned reporters, and the great loss for us all  when they are left without funding.  -- Censored News August 27, 2015FNS FeatureIn Search of the Great New Mexico Chile PepperBy Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur It was one of those splendid

Bumped to the Top -- Free Leonard Peltier!!!!

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*US First Nations Activist Leonard Peltier...falsely convicted--as a warning to his people* *In light of the 40th anniversary of the US project to pillory a US First Nations Activist...Leonard Peltier..*.Peltier was framed as a warning to any other First Nations not to get "uppity". At this point in history...they were also murdering other minority leaders...black leaders (Malcolm X and Martin Luther King) as well as non-zionist white leaders (the Kennedy brothers). The murderers are still "out there" and not brought to justice. *The US is still an occupied country. * Freeing L... more »

Russian President Putin Shows How He 'Pumps Iron' In A Gym

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Amazingly Putin managed to resist the urge to rip off his t-shirt, preferring to complete his whole workout without revealing his torso *Daily Mail*: *Putin launches a new arms race: Action man Vlad's latest photo stunt shows him and Russian PM Medvedev pumping iron in the gym (... but this time he keeps his shirt ON) * * Putin and his prime minister Dmitry Medvedev were busy working out in a gym in Bocharov Ruchei, Sochi * Vladimir Putin, 62, demonstrated his muscular arms but managed to keep his shirt on for his whole workout * The Russian President has previously been seen playi... more »

The Death Of MI6 Gareth Williams Just Got More Mysterious

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The Sun:* *Clinton secrets hacked by spy in bag* *EXCLUSIVE: Shocking new twist to the mystery five years on* THE MI6 spy found dead in a holdall had illegally hacked into secret data on Bill Clinton, The Sun on Sunday can reveal. Gareth Williams, 31, dug out the guestlist for an event the former American president was going to as a favour for a pal. The codebreaker — who had breached his security clearance — handed the list to the friend, who was also to be a guest. MI6 bosses raged over the data breach amid growing tensions with US security services over Mr Williams’s transatl... more »

Are There 35,000 Russian Soldiers In Eastern Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Business Insider/XX Committee: **Ukraine just published detailed intelligence of Russian troop movements and equipment* Today the office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko released via Twitter important details about the organization and structure of Russia’s occupying army in Southeastern Ukraine. The order of battle (ORBAT) information is clearly derived from a lot of intelligence, especially SIGINT (I say this as someone who used to do ORBAT intelligence for a living: this is well done). Since most of my readers know neither Russian or Ukrainian, I’m passing on what Kyiv... more »

Zis is What I Call Social Madness

Michael Brown at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Crazy guy in chains_compressed] In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like "ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr" in...more »

Why the Supreme Court is Not Supreme

Matt Barber at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: supreme court__1440940386_70.119.142.63] "Judicial activism occurs when judges write subjective policy preferences into the law rather than apply the law impartially according to its original meaning." - The Heritage Foundation To vocal opponents of judicial activism, this comes as little surprise. The U.S.... more »

It's Donald Trump, So You Can Bet There Are Always Plenty Of Strings Attached

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Donald and Charles-- mekhutonim Ernie Boch Jr. sells cars for a living. He's rich. He spreads his political contributions around, primarily among various types of Republicans. He gave the Massachusetts Republican Party and the NRSC $30,000 each and he gave the RNC $16,000. He's been a big supporter of both Mitt Romney and Scott Brown. Friday evening he held a fundraiser at his Norwood estate for Trump. Trump insists it wasn't a fundraiser, although, the minimum to get in was $100. He apparently thinks that if he tells the media there are "no strings attached" to the contributions he... more »

10 Sioux Indian Chief Quotes That Shatter Our Idea of ‘Modern’ Culture

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
The wisdom of Luther Standing Bear was an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Chief. The post 10 Sioux Indian Chief Quotes That Shatter Our Idea of ‘Modern’ Culture appeared first on Waking Times.

The BBC's "cutting-edge religion flagship"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
From *Sunday Morning Live *to Radio 4's much-loved *Sunday *(with Edward Stourton)... Well, I say 'much-loved' but the *Spectator*'s Damian Thompson was (like me) being highly sarcastic about it on Twitter overnight: That bit about religion at the Edinburgh Fringe featured a Muslim comic whose show was, he told Edward Stourton, designed to counter "Islamophobia". He told some jokes about fatwas, including one about bananas, which were (as far as I can see) merely lists of genuine fatwas. Quite where *his *creativity came into listing a few such mad fatwas I really can't say. ... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
In Canada we have a constitutionally protection freedom to say whatever we want. The Constitution says “Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms … (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication”. But that freedom of expression is not without limits. Some things are forbidden. So, for example, child pornography or hate speech is criminal even if there is a component of free expression involved. Another limit on free speech is defamation. You cannot go around telling lies about other people that ... more »

Anti-Democracy Democrats

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
The Democratic Party may have belatedly kicked Jefferson and Jackson out of its annual dinners for reasons of political correctness (having apparently just found out that both presidents were a tad on the racist side). But that doesn't mean the Democratic Party has suddenly changed for the better after its nearly two centuries of existence. To the contrary. Having just limited presidential primary debates to a maximum of six, and even threatened sanctions against any candidate who goes outside the party to hold informal debates, the 21st century Democratic Party is still operating... more »

Inseparable friends

LeDaro at LeDaro - 12 hours ago
Donald Trump and owl.

Stephen Harper's Dance Moves

LeDaro at LeDaro - 12 hours ago

Doubting Tommy

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Sticking like an obsessive-compulsive limpet to this morning's *Sunday Morning Live...* I really *don't *trust BBC programmes when they select a range of comments from viewers or listeners to represent a debate. Tommy Sandhu's selection of Twitter/Facebook comments during the immigration section this morning saw *two* comments making anti-mass immigration points and* three *comments making pro-mass immigration points. Now, we *know *that's *not* where the public are. And given the days when *SML *used to dare to conduct view polls, which almost invariably would produced outcomes ... more »

Canada Is Absolutely NO Longer A Free Nation: Canadian Government Suspends Scientist For Folk Song About Criminal Prime Minister Stephen Harper!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I have been saying it for quite some time now, and I definitely need to repeat it here again... I am so disgusted to call myself a Canadian these days! This once proud and truly free nation has fallen under tyranny and Canadians are right now being stripped of all of their freedoms, especially freedom of speech and freedom of the press.... It is terrible to see what the criminal Harper regime in Ottawa has done to this nation, and that he has the gall to actually try to be "re-elected" in the upcoming October 19th Federal Election... Honestly, if any Canadian votes for this criminal... more »

Excellent Overview of CIA History

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Diplomat, spy, Wall Street lawyer, philanderer, government overthrow specialist, Nazi collaborator, MKULTRA overlord, presidential assassin. This week on the Corbett Report podcast: meet Allen Dulles, fascist spymaster.


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Note: I have replaced the real names with their roles, as the 3d inbodyments of those First Energy Strings are currently making choices. Their power to affect humanity and Galactics is gone. -AK* [8/30/15, 4:30:28 PM] AK/Bill/Terran: DOES THE SPHERE ALLIANCE HAVE THE TEXT TO THE TREATY OF RIZQ SIGNED WITH THE CHINESE DRAGONS? *[8/30/15, 6:24:54 PM] DENICE: DEAR ONE/AK/COMMANDER TERRAN. THE TREATY OF RITZQ **[Rizq]** IS A FALSE CONSTRUCT. * *THAT IS, THERE WAS NO PLANET RITZQ **[Rizq]**. THERE IS NO TREATY. * *IT IS A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER, COVERED IN GLAMOUR* *[glamour magic]... more »

Breaking News Jones Spacman loses everhing

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
Jim Cramer called it the biggest loss since yesterday and everyone is kinda sad but Jones Spaceman it turned out was not one of us; conspiracy theorists blamed the head of Space Lizard Intelligence Sine Gawkers was the last word Jones Spaceman attempted to trademark through a really human realationship with a lawyer named 29 I dont know if he needs the busines but if you got failed dialthim crystals or any other kind of life changing] event he is the best the best the best lawyer in the world his only fault is he does not work for everyone membership has its privialages and to be part o... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, after a hectic week... It is now Sunday and time again for my rant that again I surely hope pisses off the Hasbara/JIDF agents that I do call my "favorite fan club"... I spent the last few days going over as much information as possible when it comes to the latest fraud shooting in Roanoke, Virginia, USA.... As I stated in my last article, I am shocked that most people still just do not get it! The criminals that run the US Government desperately want to remove the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution, which is of course the right for every citizen to b... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago

Chinese And Israeli Weapons Are Fueling The Conflict In South Sudan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Quartz*: *China’s largest weapons manufacturer is allegedly selling arms to South Sudan—again* China’s biggest arms manufacturer has been selling weapons to South Sudan’s government, whose military has been accused of a “scorched earth” campaign of razing entire villages, burning people alive, and raping children. According to a United Nations report released this week, the state-owned China North Industries, better known as Norinco, sold the South Sudan government $20 million worth of missiles, guided missile launchers, grenade launchers, almost 10,... more »

South Sudan's Ceasefire Is Breaking Down

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *South Sudan rivals trade accusations over new fighting* JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's rebels accused government troops on Saturday of launching attacks on their forces in the north of the country after a ceasefire that is part of a peace deal came into effect, a charge the government denied. It was the latest exchange of accusations since President Salva Kiir signed the pact on Wednesday that aims to end 20 months of conflict in the world's newest nation. *More News On The Conflict In South Sudan* South Sudan ceasefire takes effect after eleventh-hour clashes -- AFP ... more »

"That carnival, of course, is a celebration of multicultural Britain. And the UK is set to become even more diverse now..."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Going back to the start of today's *Sunday Morning Live*... We were greeting by some lively performers before Sian Williams appeared applauding them and saying, enthusiastically: Oh, a bit of Brazil to brighten *Sunday Morning Live*! Good morning, I'm Sian Williams with the Paradiso School of Samba practising for the Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow. We'll have more from them later on in the programme. That carnival, of course, is a celebration of multicultural Britain. And the UK is set to become even more diverse now became immigration has hit record levels, Now there are more ... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- August 30, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents* An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city. The attacks were the latest in an air campaign launched in March an alliance made up mainly of Gulf Arab states in support of the exiled government in its fight against Houth... more »

Surging in Japan

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
国会前に風船を使った巨大横断幕「安倍はやめろ!」が上がりました!! #国会前 #パノラマ - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA 360 degree image taken in front of the Japanese Diet (Parliament building). The folks are fired up to protect Article 9 - their peaceful constitution. The young people, who would be forced into an aggressive military fighting on behalf of US corporate interests, appear to be leading this effort across Japan.

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

The Silence is Becoming Deafening.

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 15 hours ago
A few weeks ago *I reported that* my local Conservative MP “will be declining to participate in any all-candidates meeting that follows the traditional format, one he says simply does not work. He says he would prefer a format where each candidate is given a few minutes for opening statements and then they go to a corner and take questions directly from voters.” This follows closely the mantra coming out of Con mouthpieces during the 2011 election *where there was a very long list* of Con candidates who refused to partake in all candidates meetings. Here's what spokesman Ryan Sparro... more »

Compassion As Defined by the 17th Karmapa

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
If it is difficult to read, please click on the above image to enlarge. For more info on the 17th Karmapa, please click on the link below: *http://kagyuoffice.org*

"When you read the Koran did that give you a greater understanding of the tenets of Islam and how peace-loving a religion it truly is?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
*Sunday Morning Live *featured an interview with Terry Waite, in the wake of his writing of a comic novel (yes, a comic novel called *The Voyage of the Golden Handshake*). I found what he had to say fascinating and found him personally charming, so it's well worth watching. Of course, this was a *SML *interview so there *had *to be some typical BBC agenda-pushing along the way. Amusingly however, one particularly blatant leading question *didn't* go according to plan. It came courtesy of BBC London, *Loose Ends *and BBC World Service presenter Nikki Bedi: *Nikki Bedi*: You said... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Jeb's College Plan Even Worse Than What He Recently Decried* If presidential contender Jeb Bush is looking to improve his standing among wary conservatives, his newest “idea” isn’t the way to do it. Let’s review: In January’s State of the Union, Barack Obama pitched a “free” community college plan, which Democrats quickly abandoned thanks to an upswell of negative feedback, including from Mr. Bush. During a visit to New Hampshire in April, Bush criticized the proposal, rightly opining, “The idea of giving something free — it’s political. It’s poll driven. Someone did a focus gro... more »

Time To Remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz As DNC Chair? WAY Past Time!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
There are far too many self-serving careerist Democrats in politics to be able to say Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the worst. But people do say it. And she is certainly *one of* the worst. When she was a state senator in Florida she cut a gerrymandering deal with the Republicans that gave her an unassailably Jewish congressional district made for her forever. In return the GOP got far more narrowly safe congressional seats than their share of the statewide vote would make reasonable. And in the state legislature, as in Congress, she was and has been a deal-maker with all the worst c... more »

Polish-American Jew Seeks to Build Memorial to Brave Poles Who Risked their Lives for Jews during the Holocaust

AP/VANESSA GERA at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Sigmund Rolat__1440936815_70.119.142.63-1] WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn’t even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused... more »

Teen Charged with Drowning 3-Year-Old to Make Room for Girlfriend’s Unborn Child to Live at Their Home

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: arrest__1440935470_70.119.142.63] LUFKIN, Texas (AP) -- An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17,...more »

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice Is In Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM House, Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 30, 2015. *VOA*:* Rice Meets With Sharif in Islamabad* U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is in Pakistan to meet with the prime minister and other top officials to discuss a range of topics, "particularly terrorist and militant attacks emanating from Pakistani soil," according to the U.S. State Department. After Rice met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday in Islamabad, the Pakistani leader's office said little about the content of the talks,... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Obama to push global-warming treaty in trip to Alaska* *Some awkward facts you won't hear from Obama: "Alaska’s summers are warm with temperatures that can reach into the 90°s. Ft. Yukon holds the all-time record with a sizzling 100°F temperature recorded in 1915. Many believe that the far northern part of Alaska would be the coldest. Actually, the record for Alaska (and the entire U.S. for that matter) was set in 1971 at Prospect Creek in the northern interior: a bone-chilling -80°F!"Alaskan temperatures have on average increased considerably in recent decades, far more so t... more »

Hope Is.......An Acronym

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago

Economic News , Data & Views ( August 30 , 2015 ) ..... Greece Election Updates ( Election Primer & First Look at Polls / Possible Coalitions from Q ; Today's newsworthy items of note touching on Sept 20th Snap Election ; Refugee situation updates - touching more so on Greece ) ..... Europe broadly ( Morning items from UK , Spain , Russia , Ukraine , Refugee situation - focus on broader Europe , Germany ) .........Asia In Focus ( China - various items of note ; Malaysian protests continue against corruption of Prime Minister ; Japan items of note - economic item , Tokyo protest over P.M Abe's security policies )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Evening tweets...... China and Asia about to step up to the plate later this evening .... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 4m 4 minutes ago Black(er) Monday Looms: Dow Futures Down 220 After J-Hole Speech & China Fold http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-3 0/blacker-monday-looms-dow-futures-down-220-after-j-hole-speech-china-fold … *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 2m 2 minutes ago fred walton retweeted George Chen Sounds like a financial pogrom ..... fred walton added, *George Chen* @george_chen BREAKING: China’s Public Security Ministry announced to have arrested 197 people for ... more »

A U.S. Soldier's Photo Gallery Of His Tour In Vietnam During The War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Getting ready: Pictured are a members of a mechanized infantry battalion riding on top of an armored personnel carrier ahead of a combat mission. Gaynor said the men rode on top because they feared being cooked if Viet Cong rocket pierced the armor and exploded inside *Daily Mail:* *Dawn patrols and downtime in America's ugliest war: One veteran's forgotten photos of Vietnam unveiled after 47 years, showing troops unaware of protests at home - and the many who never made it back * * Former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, now 70, took the images in 1967 and 1968 while deployed... more »

Rare Historical Photos In Color (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago

Are 30% Of Us Fools?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://www.quotesvalley.com/ Jeffrey Simpson writes that Stephen Harper's core of support is six percent: After all, Conservative bedrock support is reckoned to be about 30 per cent, or maybe a trifle higher. So if only 6 per cent of respondents said the trial improved their opinion of the government, we’re talking about only a fifth of the core. Yikes. Consider the picture of this government which has emerged in the wake of the evidence: The Duffy trial turned reality on its head. The trial was supposed to be about him and his beha... more »

Donald Trump Courts Tea Party Voters, Mulls 3rd Party Run

AP/ERIK SCHELZIG & JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump-900] NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday. “I think over the next couple of weeks you’re going... more »

Top Jeb Fundraisers Leave Campaign Amid Troubling Signs

Politico at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Jeb Bush3 - 400] Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned. There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants... more »

As Asylum-Seekers Flood in, Germany Struggles to House Them

AP/OLGA SYROVA at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: 1italy-migrants-refugees-asylum-seekers-1] BERLIN (AP) -- Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told... more »

What’s in a Billion? Facebook Users Hit Milestone in 1 Day

AP/BARBARA ORTUTAY at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Facebook profile] NEW YORK (AP) -- A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world’s largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh... more »

Pope Francis and the Trendy New World of ‘Omniscient Anonymous’ Journalism

Get Religion at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: hearing - 400] It may be time to introduce a new term into the world of writing, and alleged hard-news journalism in particular. First, a few notes about news craft. Normally, hard-news journalism is written in third-person voice in past tense, with a... more »

‘Sister Wives’ Cite Supreme Court’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage Ruling in Polygamy Case

AP/LINDSAY WHITEHURST at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: polyamory polygamy] SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A polygamous family says the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage shows that laws restricting consensual adult relationships are outdated, even if certain unions are unpopular. Kody Brown and his four wives argue... more »

Police Investigate Motive in Ambush of Houston Area Deputy

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Memorial Deputy Darren Goforth__1440934209_70.119.142.63] HOUSTON (AP) -- Investigators were trying to determine Sunday what may have motivated a 30-year-old man accused of ambushing a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy filling his patrol car with gas in what authorities believe was a targeted killing. Shannon... more »

Vatican: Heart Attack Killed Ex-Envoy Charged with Sex Abuse

AP/FRANCES D'EMILIO at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Nuncio] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic, who went on trial at the Holy See this summer for alleged sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, according to initial autopsy results, the Vatican... more »

‘Brother Ass’ or ‘Stupid Apes’? Transhumanism, the Imago Dei and Hollywood

National Catholic Register/Steve Greydanus at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: robot2 - 400] An old family friend of mine who enjoys playing Internet village atheist on Facebook often expresses his great hope to see his consciousness someday uploaded into cyberspace and to live out the ages in a virtual paradise of his own... more »

China Crisis detailed

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/9YVG4QaOXRM Oh not the one you were expecting!

What TIME is it Mr. Wolf?

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 18 hours ago
[image: Removing The Shackles] Friday, 28 August 2015 THIS is another major piece of information. And again, just like the "AI" shit, this is the next prime focus piece that is suddenly appearing in conversations. Lisa Harrison and I have been discussing "Timelines" on the One Peoples Roundtable Discussion for the past few months, but suddenly in the past two weeks this topic has come into hyper focus over and over again. Two nights ago I was up till after 3am on a call with Lisa discussing what we had begun to recognize as a huge shift in Time/Timelines that has taken pl... more »

(Artificial Unintelligence)  NC a Leader in Progressive Policies? Ask Duke  (Bucking the Market? Socialism for the Rich)  KKK's Rule of National Park Service Continues?  (Bush FEMA Treachery Pays!)

NC is a real leader in important matters today. Cutting taxes and unmercifully slashing the funding of state universities and public education institutions. Those outstanding legislators in the NC General Assembly raised taxes on citizens at the bottom of the wealth pyramid by passing lots of regressive taxes, and largely abolished those on corporations and other wealthy citizens. And the

Poll: Sanders within 7 Points of Clinton in Iowa, Favored by First-Time Voters

The Washington Examiner at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: 730x420-b194bae7b67ca941eebcd0448f01f17c__1440933024_70.119.142.63] Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who drew nearly 10,000 supporters to a campaign rally in the Midwest in early July, is now within 7 points of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register poll released... more »

The Greatest Visionary You Never Heard of: Jacque Fresco

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*Jacque Fresco, a visionary futurist, has a workable* * vision** for a new and transformed world.* http://news.wikinut.com/The-Greatest-Visionary-You-Never-Heard-of%3A-Jacque-Fresco/3pxytz3q/ *The Greatest Visionary You Never Heard of: Jacque Fresco* By Steve Kinsman, 3rd Aug 2012 Jacque Fresco, a visionary futurist, has a workable vision for a new and transformed world. Jacque Fresco was born March 13, 1916, in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to Turkish immigrant parents. Growing up, he was bored in school, feeling that public education was less than challenging.... more »

A Lakota Sioux Prayer

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago

GAIA PORTAL: Triumphal energetics are in process and continue to build

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*Triumphal energetics are in process and continue to build* by ÉirePort Triumphal energetics are in process and continue to build. Resonance of Light becomes the strength. Flash points averted, yet flashes are viewed. *Pardons have been arranged.* Frescoes of Higher Energies are now in formation. ÉirePort | August 30, 2015 at 07:17 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFU

Local Council By-Elections August 2015

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 19 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- July Average/ contest +/- July +/- Seats Conservative 14 5,287 14.2% -11.9% 378 -55 +2 Labour 14 10,773 28.9% -4.2% 770 +179 -1 LibDem 11 1,504 4.0% -10.6% 138 -206 +1 UKIP 12 1,441 3.9% -2.9% 120 -24 -1 Green 13 2,059 5.5% +2.0% 158 +61 -1 SNP* 7 14,128 37.8% +26.8% 2,018 +290 +1 PC** 1 179 0.5% -1.5% 179 -130 0 TUSC 2 117 0.3% +0.1% 59 -26 0 Ind*** 5 623 1.7% +0.0% 125 -38 -1 Other**** ... more »

Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
Free Planet has a new-ish Facebook presence... Such is the dominance of the MEME on that particular society-driving platform, Free Planet has been in inspiration mode of late: here are a few.

Whom Shall We Worship? — You Choose

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: Canaanites and Us] ERIC METAXAS (Breakpoint Radio) -- In the most recent issue of Biblical Archaeological Review, archaeologist Itzhaq Shai of Israel's Ariel University described what he characterized as "extraordinary finds that provided insights into the Canaanites and their religious world." The finds,... more »

Rightwing Nuthouse: "Trump Aside, 5 Right-Wing Nutjobs This Week: Ben Carson Hints of a 'War on Women's Insides'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"*Trump Aside, 5 Right-Wing Nutjobs This Week: * *Ben Carson Hints of a 'War on Women's Insides'"* And Peggy Noonan met a Dominican person! by Janet Allon *"1. Words come out of Ben Carson’s mouth that appear to make no sense. *Given his history of bizarre utterances, it should not come as a surprise that Ben Carson gave a speech on the steps of the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock on Thursday that made somewhere between little and no sense. He talked about troublemakers (apparently meaning Democrats) who keep saying Republicans are waging a war on women. "They tell you that there’s a... more »

Saab strikes technology cooperation with BPPT, ITB

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saab 340 AEW&C (Erieye)]Swedish defense and security giant Saab AB has signed two technology cooperation agreements that will mainly help foster the defense and aeronautics sectors in Indonesia. On Thursday, Saab chief technology officer Pontus de Laval signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) which was represented by deputy chairman for industrial technology design and engineering, Erzi Agson Gani. Under the terms of the MoU Saab and BPPT will cooperate broadly on defense technology such as aerospace,... more »

Combat Effectiveness of Yak-130 Enhanced

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Yak-130 Mitten]Irkut has demonstrated Yak-130 trainer aircraft fitted with laser rangefinder intended for visual identification of ground and surface targets and measurement of slant range to them at the MAKS-2015. Russia has upgraded the the Yak-130 (tail number 01)in a bid to showcase it as not just a trainer but also as a light attack aircraft to its foreign customers. According to a press statement on Aug 28, the presence of the laser range finder allows for combat use of the Yak-130 in difficult terrain (mountains, gorges), improve the accuracy of determining the coordi... more »

MAKS airshow highlights: No-runway plane, PAK FA 5G jet in action

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
This week Russia hosted one of the world’s biggest aviation events, the MAKS-2015 air show. RT looks back on the highlights of the expo, from the public aerobatics premiere of PAK FA, Russia’s first 5th-gen fighter jet, to historic WWII planes. The Sukhoi PAK FA is the Russian-made counterpart to the US F 22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II currently in the testing phase. While the general public could see it flying at previous MAKS air shows, this year the aircraft performed a complex aerobatics program, showcasing its supermaneuverability. Read more

Nigerian Military Plane Crashes In Kaduna, Killing All 7 On Board

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Nigerian Airforce ATR 42-500]The Nigerian Air Force said one of its aircraft crashed into a residential house in the state of Kaduna killing all seven people who were onboard, including four crew members and three passengers, the Associated Press reported. Saturday’s accident happened after the Dornier-228 aircraft had taken off from Kaduna Military Airfield Saturday morning bound for the country's capital, Abuja. The plane crashed into a house in the Ribadu area, AP reported, citing Commodore Dele Alonge, an air force spokesman. The bodies of those in the plane have been r... more »

USS Ronald Reagan completes sea trials, assesments

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)]The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Naval Base Coronado in San Diego after completing sea trials and a post hull swap assessment, Aug. 29. In order to prepare the ship for her upcoming patrol and to re-certify shipboard qualifications, the crew completed five days of drills and training. Carrier Air Wing (CVW-11) was embarked to assist. "Anytime there is a significant change of personnel the ship has to re-certify its flight deck and hangar bay,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate First Class Demetrius Davis, V-3 d... more »

Iran unveils more details on its new radar systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Bidar radar?]The commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbiya air defense base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili has unveiled more details about the new strategic radar systems which will become operational by September 1. The home-made radar systems dubbed Bina and Nazir are installed in two mountainous and plain areas, Esmaeili said. The radars are capable of detecting small flying targets as well as cruise and semi-ballistic missiles, the commander said, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported Aug. 29. Read more

PLA tests missile to protest Japan's second helicopter destroyer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JS Kawa (DDH-184)]In protest over the launch of Japan's second Izumo-class helicopter destroyer, China test-launched its Sunburn supersonic anti-ship missile during a naval exercise held in the disputed East China Sea on Aug. 27, according to the state-run China News Service. More than 100 warships, including the Russian-built Sovremennyy-class destroyer from the PLA's North, South and East Sea fleets were mobilized for the war game. In addition, PLA Air Force aircraft taking part in the exercise provided the warships an opportunity to coordinate with aircraft and submarine... more »

The Anita Anand Show

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Is it time to change the name of Radio 4's *Any Answers? *Shouldn't it be renamed *'Anita Anand' *and promptly shipped off to BBC Radio 5 Live as a phone-in show? Yesterday's *Any Answers? *was given over to the migrant crisis and, as ever, the voice (and reactions) of Anita Anand completely dominated proceedings. Just to recycle something I wrote earlier: I find *Any Answers* a weird programme to listen to because most of my focus is unstoppably drawn to Anita Anand - and specifically to how she is reacting to each caller. I actually find *Any Answers* quite a tense listen at... more »

Vietnamese amateur inventors may get financial support

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Truong Sa SSM]Quan explained that many of these inventors had never sourced official support. "Producing and operating submarines and aircraft must be registered with the Ministry of Defence," Quan said. "These inventions will not be allowed to put into use if their owners don’t register their works with relevant agencies." Quan also said that Vietnam now has no regulations on using the state budget to support initiatives by members of the public. Read more

First of six new Indian Navy submarines to be complete by 2016

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 75 (Scorpene) class SSK]After much delay, the process for constructing six new submarines for the Indian Navy can finally begin now after the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted a confidential report on the capacity of domestic shipyards to carry out the mammoth task. The DAC meeting on Friday was scheduled to take up the issue but it could not come up for discussion as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had to leave mid-way. Sources said the subject would be taken up at the DAC meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/in... more »

Bangkok bomb: Thai police charge man 'linked to Erawan blast' - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
'... national police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang downplayed any suggestion that the suspect was connected to terrorism. "He is a foreigner, but it's unlikely he is an international terrorist. It's a personal feud," Mr Somyot told a televised news conference.' Personal feud? More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34101309

Military Photo of the Day: August 30, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Army Helicopters-900] U.S. Army soldiers secure a landing area after exiting UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters during a training exercise in South Korea on Aug. 20, 2015. With tensions high on the Korean peninsula, we continue to pray for the thousands of brave Americans stationed... more »

Dear Mr. Trump: In the Wake of Planned Parenthood Videos, the GOP Needs Truly Pro-Life Candidates

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Lincoln monument] I hope and pray that any pro-abortion GOP candidates posing as pro-lifers will slip up and show their true colors, and that Christians committed to protecting the unborn will sit up, take notice, and act. Part of my prayer may have... more »

Russia, Germany, And France Seek A New Ceasefire In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Hollande, Merkel, Putin back bid for new Ukraine ceasefire* The leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday, but offered contrasting views of why February's peace deal is in trouble. Daily clashes between the two forces killing civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and separatists, have undermined the deal struck in the Belarus capital Minsk. Both sides have blamed the other for the violations. In separate statements, France's Francois Hollande and Germany's Angela Merkel said the three leaders backed ef... more »

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