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Sunday, August 9, 2015

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English: A map showing Russian claims in the A...
 A map showing Russian claims in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Traveling by reindeer, Arkhangelsk, R...English: Traveling by reindeer, Arkhangelsk, Russia. photomechanical print : photochrom, color. Svenska: Rensläde, Archangelsk i Ryssland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This image shows the Arctic as observed by the...This image shows the Arctic as observed by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 16, 2007. The image shows a record sea ice minimum in the Arctic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Arctic Ocean, submarine features Fran...English: Arctic Ocean, submarine features Français : Bathymétrie de l'océan arctique (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sample of old russian сensorship. Book "N...Sample of old russian сensorship. Book "Notes of my life by N.I. Grech", published in St. Petersburg 1886 by A.S. Suvorin. Censored text replaced by dots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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My grandmother loved words

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 minutes ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News My grandmother loved words. She was a dirt farmer in the old south. Each day she would work the word puzzles in the newspaper, challenged and awakened by those words. At the turn of the Nineteenth Century, she received a college degree in English. But she returned to the land. She never cut her hair or said unkind words about others. I aked her once if she could

Men, Fornication is for Cowards

Matt Barber at The Stream - 14 minutes ago
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:18 I had an interesting heart-to-heart with my dad the other day. We were... The post Men, Fornication is for Cowards appeared first on The Stream.

Russia Wants To Take Over The Arctic. Announces Arctic Military Modernization And Buildup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 40 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Business Insider:** This map shows Russia's game-changing militarization of the Arctic* As the Arctic warms, Russia is positioning itself to become the dominant player in a resource-rich and strategically positioned region. In order to capitalize on the oil and gas under the Arctic seabed and exploit new shipping routes as ice cover recedes, Moscow is undertaking a major military upgrade of its northern coast and outlying archipelagos. Its new bases — which include search-and-rescue stations, ports and airstrips, and military headquarters — are mean... more »

Protesters Shut Down Bernie Sanders Rally

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 hour ago
Protesters who claimed affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement stormed the stage during a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Seattle on Saturday, taking over the microphone and forcing Sanders to leave without ever speaking. Moments after Sanders... The post Protesters Shut Down Bernie Sanders Rally appeared first on The Stream.

Free Trade 50, the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement involving 12 countries in East and West Pacific, final negotiations collapsed last month. Reposting some relevant news and views about the issue. This chart is from FT.com. Some news reports on the subject. First, this old but long discussion in the Financial Times (FT). *(1) FT.com, *September 22, 2013. *"* *It is so difficult to envisage all 12 countries agreeing on such a complex agenda that some commentators have sought another explanation for the TPP. Many, noting the absence of China, regard it as a geopolitical club ... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Sunset"* “Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors which it passes to a row of ancient trees. You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you, one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth, leaving you, not really belonging to either, not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent, not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing that turns to a star each night and climbs– leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads) your own life, timid and standing high and growing, so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out, one moment your life is a ... more »

"The Small Beacon..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us." - , "The Fire Next Time"

"The Breton Fisherman's Prayer: On Destroying What We Love"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Breton Fisherman's Prayer: * *On Destroying What We Love"* by Robert C. Koehler “Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.” "The Arctic ice is melting at a record pace this summer — just one more measurable phenomenon indicating that extraordinary change in the global ecosystem is in progress. As the ice melts, and the vast polar reflecting surface diminishes, the planet absorbs more and more of the sun’s energy and... grows warmer. More ice melts. So what? Sitting at my desk in Chicago, I was tempted to opt out of caring about this — trend Republican, you might say... more »

Mexico's Economy Is Starting To Flop

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Washington Post*:* Mexico’s economy was supposed to soar. It’s starting to flop.* Largely lost amid the frantic scramble after drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s dramatic prison escape, one of the biggest leaps of faith for the Mexican economy landed with a flop. At the first auction last month to sell the rights to drill for oil in Mexico — as the country opens its oil industry to foreign investment for the first time in eight decades — the government sold just two of its 14 blocks. The disappointing showing for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s signature economic reform prompt... more »

The Undeclared U.S. - Iran Alliance In Iraq Is Starting To Fray

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Washington Post: *Expanding U.S. role in Iraq strains awkward alliance with Iran* The expanding U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq relies in part on an uneasy, arms-length partnership with Shiite militias backed by Iran — organizations that were once relentlessly effective killers of U.S. troops. Now, as the campaign enters its second year, there are signs that this awkward alliance may be fraying: militia threats of renewed attacks on U.S. personnel, a greater U.S. effort to bolster Sunni forces that are traditional adversaries of Iran and accusations... more »

Thousands Have Been Executed in The Past Year By The Islamic State In Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Deutsche Welle:** IS executed thousands since taking over Mosul* "Islamic State" militants have executed over 2,000 people in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, officials say. IS has reportedly circulated a list of the victims' names. The latest figure applies only to the region around Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, which was seized by IS in June 2014. "(IS) assassinated in cold blood ... 2,070 residents of Nineveh for ... not cooperating with them," Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said in a video posted on the ministry's website on Friday. The group compiled the l... more »

Black Pastors Ask Smithsonian to Remove Bust of Planned Parenthood Founder

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 2 hours ago
CNSNews.com) – A group of black pastors sent a letter to the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery asking that the bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger be removed from the museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, citing her support... The post Black Pastors Ask Smithsonian to Remove Bust of Planned Parenthood Founder appeared first on The Stream.

President Obama: Iran's Supreme Leader's 'Death To America' Rhetoric Won’t Derail Iran Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Obama Says Ayatollah’s Anti-U.S. Comments Won’t Derail Iran Deal* President Barack Obama shrugged off anti-American barbs and tweets from Iran’s Supreme Leader, calling Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “a politician” whose rhetoric won’t threaten a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program. “Superpowers don’t respond to taunts,” Obama said in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” set to air on Sunday. Obama added that he’s “not interested in a Twitter back-and-forth with the Supreme Leader.” In defending his push for an Iran deal, Obama reiterated the arguments he’s made for w... more »

In An Open Letter To President Obama 29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Dr. Richard L. Garwin at the Carnegie Institution for Science Washington on February 8, 2012. Press TV *New York Times*: *29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama* Twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists — including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers — wrote to President Obama on Saturday to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent. The letter, from some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts in the fields of nuclear weapons and arms control, arrives as Mr. Obama is lobbying Congress... more »

“I Write This As A Warning To The World”

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
*Doctors Fall As They Work* *Poison gas fear: All wear masks* *Express Staff Reporter Peter Burchett was the first Allied staff reporter to enter the atom bomb city. He travelled 400 miles from Tokyo alone and unarmed carrying rations for seven meals – food is almost unobtainable in Japan - a black umbrella, and a typewriter. Here is his story from Hiroshima. * 1945 In Hiroshima, 30 days after the first atomic bomb destroyed the city and shook the world, people are still dying, mysteriously and horribly – people who were uninjured by the cataclysm – from an unknown something ... more »

Iran Defends Activity At Its Parchin Military Site. Continues To Bar Nuclear Inspectors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) A satellite image released by U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) shows the status of the site at the Parchin military complex that has been linked to high-explosive work related to the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. *Reuters*: *Iran rejects accusations about military site as 'lies'* Iran's foreign minister said on Saturday that accusations about activity at its Parchin military site were "lies" spread by opponents of its landmark nuclear deal with world powers clinched last month. A prominent U.S. think-tank on ... more »

After our Award, Gatekeeper Project Censored threatens Lawsuit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Pioused Gatekeeper of Media Thinks it Owns the Words 'Censored News' By Brenda Norrell Censored News After receiving a Project Censored Award in 2008, Project Censored is now threatening to sue me because it thinks it owns the common words 'Censored News.' It shows the depth of degradation that even the so-called alternative media has succumbed to, attempting to strangle freedom and preside

Lifestyle Watch: Roz Chast shows us "How to Take a Nature Walk"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* Possibly this won't be of interest to you country-livers and fitness fanatics, though wise people know that they can always learn something from, you know, everything. And many of the rest of us would like at least to make a gesture toward a fitter lifestyle, and where better to start than with a nature walk? By amazing coincidence, *The New Yorker*'s Roz Chast, that fearless embracer of all things new and improved, has lately tackled this very subject, and as a public service we pass on Part One of what looks to be an ongoing project -- though perhaps *extremely* ongoing... more »

This Man’s Predictions in 1958 are Becoming Today’s Reality

WTStaff at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Video - *Here's a rare 1958 interview where Aldous Huxley talks about the future of the US. Alarmingly, his predictions are becoming modern-day realities. The post This Man’s Predictions in 1958 are Becoming Today’s Reality appeared first on Waking Times.

Stephen Harper's closing remarks- first debate

LeDaro at LeDaro - 4 hours ago
Sorry folks. Something has gone wrong. Watch the video and you will understand what I mean.

CawRANT Events #10

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 5 hours ago
*CawRANT Events #10* Well, folks, *the crow is Baaaaaaaack! Been gone so long that my RANTaciousness level is up to the boiling point....here goes:* Just returned from an out-of-province family reunion. One thing I learned about reunions is...when people are reminiscing about those members of the family who have passed on...it's nearly always about the kind people who did good deeds during their lives. In other words, all the education, all the career successes...and all the money earned mean squat...*it's the good we do that immortalizes us.* Upon my return, in reviewing the ge... more »

Obama Heads For Vacation at Elite Enclave Martha's Vineyard

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 6 hours ago
With Congress having already blown town for their latest extended vacation that taxpayers are on the hook for, the Emperor himself wasn’t far behind. Barack Obama is packing up the plantation for a trip to the posh enclave of the wealthy in Martha’s Vineyard and he is starting a day earlier than planned. One of the greatest perks of being POTUS, outside of the costly security, cool helicopter rides and that big white party crib at 1600 Pennsylvania NW is that when it comes to taking vacations the sky’s the limit. There is no shame on Barry’s behalf in making the jaunt up the coas... more »

thoughts on re-watching m*a*s*h, one of the greatest tv shows of all time

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
Can the comedy-before-sleep slot be filled with overt social and political relevance? We'll soon find out. After struggling through the last seasons of 30 Rock, I've rewarded myself by starting M*A*S*H from season 1, episode 1. (Thank you, Netflix!) It's no coincidence that M*A*S*H, one of the best and most daring sitcoms of all time, first aired in 1972. It was a time of great openness and risk-taking in mainstream movies, radio, and publishing. That risk-taking extended right down to network television, bringing realism and social commentary to a level previously unseen - and not... more »

Tory Decadence and the Trade Unions

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
This blog has had occasion to comment on the decadence and stupidity of our Tory party friends. This isn't an *ad hom* attack, it's a properly social scientific concept - honest. Its chief manifestation is the pursuit of policies detrimental to the interests of British business as a whole - and sometimes harmful to its own base in the most regressive, backward, and socially useless sections of capital - but serve the immediate interests of the Tory party and/or the clique that presently run it. Sometimes, it doesn't even do that. It springs out of genuine spite. A key exhibit in re... more »

Whitters Goes Pop

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Please feel free to make what you want of this (and I'm reserving judgement for the time being), but..... .....according to the Telegraph, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale warned the BBC within weeks of being appointed *not* to be pro-EU membership in the forthcoming referendum: In a letter dated June 15, Mr Whittingdale wrote to Rona Fairhead, chairman of the BBC Trust, seeking assurances over “impartiality” in the BBC’s coverage of the upcoming EU referendum. It is understood the Culture Secretary said the vote would be very “high profile” and that “timely” processes for dea... more »

Republican War On Women Turning Into Another Battlefront In The Republican Civil War?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from his for-profit GOP presidential forum today. "I am just not willing to give up being a decent person for Donald Trump," the notorious sexist pig Erickson told Red State attendees. Some applauded, some booed. But, ironically, Megyn Kelly had taken him on for his own grotesque misogyny last year on Fox (see video above above.) Planned Parenthood notes that Trump-slayer Erick Erickson compared pregnant women to “female animals” and called Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis "Abortion Barbie." Dave Zirin tweeted this morning... more »

Use and value renewable resources and services

risa bear at A Way to Live - 7 hours ago
Here is one of twelve collages on The Permaculture Principles and how they might be applied, especially in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Concepts from David Holmgren's *Essence of Permaculture.* *Five. * "Use and value renewable resources and services" My first thought when contemplating this principle was the adage: "reduce, renew, reuse, repurpose, recycle." And you do see some of that here: at 2. the harvest/forage bag has been made from a conference tote bag by snipping the handles at one end and sewing them to each other to make a shoulder strap, while at 3. the compost bi... more »

Conservative Daily Kos Bans Donald Trump from Big Event

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
As the establishment fully embraces the phony Democrat “war on women” in the latest attempt to stop the momentum of the Trump revolution, those who seek to curry favor with the GOP party bosses are falling over themselves to pitch in. Take for example the conservative website Red State which is soaking up headlines for banning the Donald from their big annual whoop de doo where he was to have been the top guest. Red State is the flip side of that den of iniquity of the great orange Satan over at Daily Kos. Like it’s yappy liberal sister, Red State has become an American Idol for b... more »

Attacked from the Rear: Lindsey Graham Calls for GOP to Dump Trump

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
The blood is in the water and the sharks are swimming in an orgiastic frenzy as the full fury of the establishment is turned on billionaire usurper Donald Trump. With Trump’s debate clash with Fox News bimbo Megyn Kelly – who is being treated like Mother Teresa today – triggering a shock and awe carpet bombing, sock puppet opponents are going in for the kill. The establishment is not about to let Trump wriggle off the hook again like he did when he deftly escaped the ambush over drooling old John McCain’s “war hero” hagiography. This time they are ready to crucify him upon the cr... more »

The BBC, UKIP and Calais

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Continuing with last night's *Newsnight....* The programme presented a report from Calais from BBC reporter James Clayton (who I think I'm now officially entitled to describe as "controversial"). *Newsnight* presented his report as being done at the instigation of a UKIP MEP, Mike Hookem. Whether it was or wasn't (and, obviously, like you, I've absolutely no idea), but... Mike was shown making his point about how easy it is for the illegals in Calais to breach the fences protecting the Channel Tunnel *but* James (of the BBC), doing his Jon Ronson impersonation, 'innocently' not... more »

Indian Villagers Kill Five People for ‘Witchcraft’

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 8 hours ago
Villagers in a rural part of eastern India have killed five women whom they accused of practicing witchcraft, police said Saturday. Police in eastern Jharkhand state said a group of assailants dragged the women out of their huts and beat... The post Indian Villagers Kill Five People for ‘Witchcraft’ appeared first on The Stream.

Attending A Harper Election Rally IS An Exercise In Authoritarian Control - So goes the nation under his watch!

leftdog at Buckdog - 9 hours ago
*Members of the public who attend Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s campaign events are being required to agree to a gag order before they can walk through the door, iPolitics has learned. * *While attendance is by invitation only, and attendees are vetted by the Conservative Party before receiving a ticket, those who want to attend a campaign event in person are also being asked to agree to a number of conditions including not to transmit any description of the event or any images from it. * *“Holder (of the confirmation of registration) is prohibited from transmitting or aidin... more »

Crying wolf, Newsnight-style

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Just to further an earlier point (one I made four days ago, using sticky back plastic)... Ian Katz's *Newsnight* seems to be becoming somewhat obsessive in labelling its features as "exclusives". I speculated the other day that this is probably because of the Savile/McAlpine fiascos and that *Newsnight *is now desperately trying to justify its existence by boasting as loudly as it can about every new 'scoop' that comes its way - however tenuous those claims to a 'scoop' may be. Last night's *Newsnight *added the QED to that speculative point (or so I reckon). It began with the... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "The bullion banks’ attack on gold is being augmented with a spate of stories in the financial media denying any usefulness of gold. On July 17 the Wall Street Journal declared that honesty about gold requires recognition that gold is nothing but a pet rock. Other commentators declare gold to be in a bear market despite the strong demand for physical metal and supply constraints, and some influential party is determined that gold not be regarded as money. Why a sudden spate of claims that gold is not money?" "The only possible explanation is manipulation." Blogger: Find out how they do it by reading this excellent article.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ *Supply and Demand in the Gold and Silver Futures Markets – Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler * ------------------------------ July 27, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter This article establishes that the price of gold and silver in the futures markets in which cash is the predominant means of settlement is inconsistent with the conditions of supply and demand in the actual physical or current market where physical bullion is bought and sold as opposed to tr... more »

Join Voices Against Privatizing Public Education's efforts to repeal the California charter school law

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
[image: Join Voices Against Privatizing Public Education's efforts to repeal the charter school law] There is a small grass-roots group that has been working diligently to create a ballot proposition to repeal the charter school laws. While a seemingly daunting task, there might not ever be another chance to do this before the privatizers eliminate public schools altogether (Eli Broad just announced his plans to cut LAUSD's public schools in in half). The group has an online petition that now has over 600 signatures. They also have a facebook group. Both of which are linked here: ... more »

Forecast For United States' Population To Go From 319 Million To 65 Million By 2025

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 10 hours ago
*No one seems to really know much about Deagel.com . . some say it is a U.S. Gov Think Tank, others say they are disinfo . . regardless, there has been a LOT of work and energy spent creating this website and forecast . . .* *An 80% Drop In U.S. Population Forecast By 2025* *The chart below seems to indicate a VERY LARGE HIT by NEXT YEAR* This is a projected Population Reduction in the U.S. of 254 million souls. *The projected Population Reduction for the whole World is 400 million.* *63.5% of the projected reduction of the World is projected to be in the U.S.* See Chart Below: ... more »

Federal Election: First Debate

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
As you can see Harper came well prepared.

New Blue America Congressional Candidate-- Bao Nguyen

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Today Blue America is endorsing progressive Democrat Bao Nguyen for the Orange County congressional seat being abandoned by Blue Dog Loretta Sanchez as she runs for the U.S. Senate. CA-46, once a deep red GOP hellhole represented by right-wing sociopath Bob Dornan, has changed drastically over the last couple of decades. The PVI is now D+9, and Obama beat McCain 59-39% and Romney 61-36%. When Sanchez first won the seat from Dornan in 1996, she squeaked in with 984 votes, 47-46%, in what was considered a stunning upset. Last year she was reelected against Republican Adam Nick, 58.6... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Aug 1 to Aug 8, 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Aug 1 to Aug 8, 2015"* By Bob Nichols (San Francisco) August 8, 2015 – Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it. *Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. 50 CPM is an alert level.* *RADIATION CPM* TIMES NORMAL BACKGROUND LEVEL CITY, STATE* 622 CPM, 124.4 Times Normal, Concord, NH. Gamma and Beta Radiation only. 372 CPM, 74.4 Times Normal, Boston, MA. Gamma only. 354 CPM, 70.8 Times Normal, New York City, N... more »

Options To Limit North Korea's Nuclear Program Are Non-Existent

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Images obtained by Yonhap News Agency show what North Korea claimed was a ballistic missile being launched from underwater near Sinpo, on the northeast coast of North Korean. Experts believe the claim they were launched from a submarine may be suspect. Photograph: KCNA/EPA *John McLaughlin, Yahoo News*: *Cheating on Nukes in North Korea* President Obama is pulling out the stops to defend last month’s Iran nukes deal, and there are good reasons to hope the bargain works out. But it’d be folly to deny the risks. Indeed, denial is futile, what with a cautionary example staring us rig... more »

The Sickness Of The So Called British 'Royal Family': Great Article From Whitewraithe - What Princess Diana Knew

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
It has been a long time since I last reported on the horrific actions and sickness of that most disgusting 'family' known as the Royal Family of the United Kingdom.... I have already shown in previous articles how disgusting the whole lot are, and how they have been responsible for murders, and especially pedophilia and horrific actions against innocent children.... To me, to this day I cannot understand how in the hell the good people of the United Kingdom put up with their insane antics? And why the British people have not put the whole lot of them in jail for their crimes against... more »

Friday Beaver - Comb over

Demeur at Demeur - 11 hours ago
(Couldn't find a beaver shot with a Trump hair cut so this 'll have to do.) Hola from the Donald What do you mean you're not thugs, drug smugglers, rapists and murders? Thought everybody knew that. We'll just build a wall, maybe electrify it and slap in a mote with alligators. All built by Mexicans to boot. Let us not forget to throw grandma off her Social security because you know Wall Street needs even more money to lose in that grand poker game they call the market place. Health care? Who needs health care? Are there no prisons? Are there no work houses? We'll just replace... more »

The Trump phenomenon

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*An interpretation of the Republican candidates* The 2016 Democratic Party nominee is likely to be Hillary Clinton – and Joe Biden has the highest chance to emerge as a formidable competitor. The Republican field is much broader. Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Huckabee, Pataki, Paul, Perry, Rubio, Santorum, Trump, Walker, and many others appear in the polls and debates. There certainly exists a perspective from which *all* these candidates are totally ordinary in comparison with Donald Trump. In a recent GOP presidential debate, Megyn Kelly of Fox News – an unusually smart woman for su... more »

'Today' passes on a joke

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
*Today *broadcast a decent cricket-based joke today (yes, I know!): What do call an Australian good with a bat? - A vet.

I don't believe it!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
A Donald McGill postcard Of course, the BBC *does* have a *Corrections and Clarifications *page (which few people other than me seem to be aware of). I don't think I'm being unfair if I highlight the latest entry there, as it's not untypical (and it made me laugh): *7 August 2015: Editorial Complaints Unit ruling: Britain’s Best Drives, BBC Four (broadcast 5 May 2015)* Having arrived at Scarborough beach on his tour of Britain (in a series originally broadcast in 2009), Richard Wilson remarked that there were “quite a lot of people who look – how can I put this nicely? – like they ... more »

The World's Deadly Obsession With Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
There's plenty to agree with in this article... http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/23/israel-hamas-middle-east-opinions-columnists-daniel-freedman.html This old comment by columnist Thomas Friesland for example: "Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But singling out Israel for opprobrium and international sanction–out of all proportion to any other party in the Middle Eas –is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest."

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory ~John Schwartz, NYTimes*

Two results for 'BBC Watch'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Talking about BBC bias and Israel... Hadar's *BBC Watch *has been achieving some results recently, getting the BBC to correct errors in two BBC website articles within the past week alone. *BBC Watch *is going from strength to strength at the moment. As ever though, it remains factual errors alone that the BBC seems prepared to acknowledge (largely behind the scenes). Admitting to bias seems to remain beyond them (except when 'admitting' being overly-accommodating to 'climate change sceptics'). And, as *BBC Watch *have been the first to point out this week, the corrections (inc... more »

Does School Start Too Early?

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 12 hours ago
The majority of U.S. middle and high schools start their school days too early, not letting young people get enough sleep for development and academic success, a new federal reportsays. A new report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease... The post Does School Start Too Early? appeared first on The Stream.

Tom Carey Doubles Down on the Roswell Slides

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 12 hours ago
Like so many others, I had thought we were done with the Roswell Slides. It seemed that the reading of the placard, the discovery of the documentation that supported all of that, and the retreat of some of the experts would be enough to kill it. It seemed as if we had all the answers, documented to a level that is rarely achieved in UFO research… and it appears that I would be wrong because there are always those diehards out there. Tom Carey, a major proponent of the Roswell Slides, appeared on the Paranormal Podcast 393 hosted by Jim Harold a couple of days ago. You can download t... more »

VIDEO: Escape From Isis

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago

NASA: Seats on Russian Rockets Will Cost Us $490 Million

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 13 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA told Congress on Wednesday that it will have to spend half a billion dollars to pay Russia to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden sent a letter to Congress saying the... The post NASA: Seats on Russian Rockets Will Cost Us $490 Million appeared first on The Stream.

As Trust in Polls Drop, So Has Willingness to Participate in Polls, Further Eroding Their Credibility

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 13 hours ago
One of the many claims of today’s polling industry is that it is the source of credible evidence about religion. It tells us week by week how many Americans regularly attend religious services, whether religion’s strength in our lives is... The post As Trust in Polls Drop, So Has Willingness to Participate in Polls, Further Eroding Their Credibility appeared first on The Stream.

Code-Cracking Gadget Lets Hackers Break into Your Car and Garage Without a Trace

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 13 hours ago
The next time you press your wireless key fob to unlock your car, if you find that it doesn’t beep until the second try, the issue may not be a technical glitch. Instead, a hacker like Samy Kamkar may be... The post Code-Cracking Gadget Lets Hackers Break into Your Car and Garage Without a Trace appeared first on The Stream.

A non-shabby 'Dateline'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Well, I must say that I enjoyed *Dateline London *today. It was one of those occasional editions where a wide range of different opinions was heard - and, even rarer, a genuine right-winger found a place on the panel. Especially enjoyable was the closing section on the man of the moment (no, not Alan Yentob): Jeremy Corbyn. *ConservativeHome*'s Alex Deane and the *New York Times*'s John Fisher Burns could scarcely believe their ears when the *Guardian*'s Rachel Shabi began arguing that Mr Corbyn occupies the centre ground of British politics. She stood her ground though, citing... more »

Supplemental: Candidate Fiorina drops L-bomb!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015Chris Matthews quickly collapses:* It has been a potent, never-ending theme over the past 23 years, especially during the Clinton/Gore/Clinton years. For whatever reason, the liberal world has shown little skill in dealing with this potent theme—or perhaps, little appetite for the fight. The potent theme arose again in Thursday’s undercard debate. On her way to an undercard win, Candidate Fiorina offered dropped these L-bombs during her closing statement: HEMMER (8/6/15): Carly Fiorina, closing statement. FIORINA: *Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, sh... more »

Erick Erickson trumped Trump from RedState Gathering...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*and has invited Megyn Kelly in his place. * He's blathering something about "decency" and says he doesn't want his daughters around someone like Donald Trump. He obviously thinks he's doing his manly duty by dissing Trump who dissed Megyn. Really, Erick? Be sure and show your daughters Ms Kelly's GQ photo spread, because nothing says "class" and "decorum" like posing in skin-tight underwear wearing red platform high heels. And after they look at the pics, maybe you can have them listen to her interview with Howard Stearn where we discover the size of her husband's penis. And w... more »

Mali Hotel Siege Ends, 12 Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Twelve dead as Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed* Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by United Nations staff and freed four hostages held there by suspected Islamist militants during a nearly 24-hour siege in which 12 people died. The gunmen had seized the Byblos Hotel in the town of Sevare, around 600 km (400 miles) northeast of the west African nation's capital Bamako, early on Friday and held off troops who quickly surrounded the building. The attack, far to the south of the Islamist militants' traditional desert strongholds, was the latest ... more »

Turkey On The Brink Of Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*John Beck, VICE News*: *'There Will Be a Civil War in Turkey': Welcome to Cizre, the 'Center of Kurdish Resistance'* The trenches have been dug in Cizre. Several feet wide and paired with mounds of earth and torn-up building material, they appeared blocking roads in this Kurdish enclave in southeastern Turkey after Ankara launched an intensive air campaign against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in July. Children play on them during daylight hours. But at night, when police move in, they're patrolled by groups of armed youths, who attempt to repel these official incur... more »

Links/Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
There's been enough written about the GOP debates, the various hangovers suffered by the various pundits and bloggers covering the GOP debates, and the battle between the odious Donald Trump and the odious Fox News to make the Internet explode. Therefore I am desisting. For now, anyway. I plan to go outside and get a lot of fresh air this weekend. No links needed. The stories are everywhere. Ditto for the Jon Stewart hagiography machine. The satirist for the ages is currently vying with Trump, that other satirist for the ages, for this week's Greatest Clicks award. In other news (n... more »

CERN, Carbon 7, Metatron's Cube, Giza, Saturn Connection ~ Anthony Patch w/ ETMN

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 15 hours ago
*CLICK HERE FOR MY PAGE DEDICATED TO CERN VIDEOS* Hangout Date: March 26, 2015 Description: By End Times Matrix News: AUTHOR Anthony Patch of 2048 Diamonds Joining us Re the #Airbus320 Crash and how it possibly relates to #CERN We will be discussing the Giza Pyramids connection to the occult and CERN in Our Opinion. How does this connect to the 7 planets the 7 chakras & #Carbon7 Will CERN OPEN A PORTAL Why is Cern shaped like 3 6’s #666 and will they try to bring in the 661 the 7th when the AX falls

Yesterday's Taliban Attacks Were The Deadliest 24 Hours That The Afghan Capital Has Seen In Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Afghan Capital Suffers Deadliest Day of Attacks in Years* *Three bombings in Kabul kill dozens, including one U.S. service member* KABUL—More than 50 people were killed in three separate bombings in Kabul, including a late-night attack on a U.S. forces base that left one service member dead, making it the single bloodiest day for the Afghan capital in recent years, local and foreign officials said Saturday. A car bomb exploded late Friday outside the headquarters of the U.S. military’s elite special forces in Kabul, triggering a firefight that continued fo... more »

Update: Florida's Senate Race

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Progressive icon Alan Grayson seems to be feeling pretty good about his ability to beat Chuck Schumer's Wall Street puppet, "ex"-Republican Patrick Murphy, in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up. After all, it's a *Democratic* primary and there is no one from the Florida federal delegation who better represents the values, hopes and aspirations of Florida Democrats than Grayson-- while even the tersest examination of Murphy's voting record shows him voting for the Boehner agenda far more frequently than for progressive initiatives. Murphy has been ... more »

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 15 hours ago
(NEWSER) – Intriguing archaeological finds highlight the week’s list of discoveries: Ancient Mystery Monolith Found Off Sicily’s Coast: Archaeologists have made quite the find off the coast of Sicily: a monolith that dates back about 10,000 years. It’s broken in... The post 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week appeared first on The Stream.

Weekend reads: Academic article brokering; favorite fieldwork bloopers; worst peer review ever

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
This week, we marked the fifth anniversary of Retraction Watch with the announcement of a generous new grant. We also covered the retraction of a slew of papers in a journal plagued by problems. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “[I]n an era where the rewards for publishing appear to outweigh the risk of being caught, […] The post Weekend reads: Academic article brokering; favorite fieldwork bloopers; worst peer review ever appeared first on Retraction Watch.

MENA Report - August 8 - 9 , 2015 - Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates - Involvement Of Turkey Complicating matters and Turkey's Focus On PKK Will Be Controversial ..... Yemen Proxy War Updates - not apparent progress being made as to wrapping up death dealing from the air , destruction of the country ..... Iran in focus - more just nuclear talk situation to consider here .... Libya updates - peace talks , chaos in country , ISIS watch , Qaddafi loyalists raising their heads too ..... AF- Pak item of note !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Links.... *Taliban Bombings Pound Afghan Capital, 40 Die* *Schumer's Opposition Not Likely to Kill Iran Deal* *Pentagon Downplays Failed Syrian Rebel Training* *IAEA Won't Give US Congress Confidential Docs on Iran Deal* *Israeli DM Slams Iran Deal, Talks Up Killing Scientists* *After Iran Deal, New Interest in Engaging Syrian Govt* *ISIS Captures 230 Civilians in Central Syria After Taking Town* 109 Killed in Iraq as Gov't Confirms Mass Executions in Mosul Iraqi Clerics Incite Protest Against Government Corruption UN Council Sets Stage for Inquiry to ... more »

RedState Editor Disinvites Trump from Conservative Gathering, Invites This Person in His Place

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Donald Trump’s invitation to speak Saturday at the RedState gathering was rescinded late-Friday by editor Erick Erickson as a result of the real estate tycoon’s “inappropriate” comment about Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Instead, Kelly was invited to take his... The post RedState Editor Disinvites Trump from Conservative Gathering, Invites This Person in His Place appeared first on The Stream.

ISIS Top Command Dominated by Ex-Officers from Saddam’s Army

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
BAGHDAD (AP) — While attending the Iraqi army’s artillery school nearly 20 years ago, Ali Omran remembers one major well. An Islamic hard-liner, he once chided Omran for wearing an Iraqi flag pin into the bathroom because it included the... The post ISIS Top Command Dominated by Ex-Officers from Saddam’s Army appeared first on The Stream.

The Lost Art of Playing Outside

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 16 hours ago
The negative effects that television and video games have on early brain development are well-documented. Unstructured play, on the other hand, has been shown to help children grow into creative,emotionally intelligent adults. But as technology encroaches on our lives, it... The post The Lost Art of Playing Outside appeared first on The Stream.

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Despite Problems, Mississippi Education Savings Accounts Show Promise* An innovative new education law in Mississippi expands school choice options for parents of special-needs students. After protests arose because the initial rollout of the law placed onerous burdens on parents who applied, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDOE) relaxed the restrictions, and the law is now showing great promise. Senate Bill 2695 set up a five-year pilot program for up to 500 parents per year in Mississippi to apply for educational savings accounts (ESAs) in order to customize the educat... more »

Britain's New Warships Are Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A computer-generated image of how the new Type 26 vessels will look Photo: BAe Systems/MoD/PA *The Telegraph:* *Cyber attacks 'as big a threat to new warships as missiles and torpedoes'* The new Type-26 Global Combat Ship has been designed to protect its weapons, engines and systems from cyber warfare. Hackers and cyber attacks pose as great a threat to Britain's hi-tech warships of the future as missiles and torpedoes, the man in charge of building the Navy’s new frigate has warned. Increasing levels of computer control and automation mean protecting vessels against electronic a... more »

Little Lies And Big Lies

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/ This week, we were treated to a surreal commercial of Stephen Harper standing in front of a monitor with the Netflix logo on its screen.“Something you may not know about me is that I love movies and TV shows,” he said. "I’m 100 per cent against a Netflix tax.” What was that again? And where did it come from? Tom Walkom writes: What’s puzzling is that he was speaking to a non-issue. Neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats have said they would tax digital services such as Netflix, a U.S. company that deliv... more »

Trump Insults Megyn Kelly Again, This Time on CNN

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday he can’t recall using words such as “dog,” ”fat” and “disgusting” to insult women he believes have slighted him, but such language litters his Twitter feed and other public comments... The post Trump Insults Megyn Kelly Again, This Time on CNN appeared first on The Stream.

“It’s Another Boy”: Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Always Lie

Robert Morrison at The Stream - 16 hours ago
A recent video from the Center for Medical Progress’s investigative journalism project shows abortionists using forceps to separate out the organs of an unborn child they have freshly killed. On television, of course, it’s only described as “fetal tissue” because... The post “It’s Another Boy”: Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Always Lie appeared first on The Stream.

Biden Expected to Decide about Presidential Race after Weeklong Retreat

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are retreating from Washington for a week in South Carolina with little on their schedule but a momentous decision to make: whether he should run for president. Biden’s advisers say... The post Biden Expected to Decide about Presidential Race after Weeklong Retreat appeared first on The Stream.

Target Removes Gender Labels From Kids Sections

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 16 hours ago
Target Corp. is removing gender labels from most of its children’s departments after customers complained about signs designating certain toys for girls. The kids’ bedding section will no longer feature boy and girl signage, and the toy department will be... The post Target Removes Gender Labels From Kids Sections appeared first on The Stream.

How Crony Capitalism is Slowing Global Economic Growth

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 16 hours ago
US productivity growth, at least as measured, has been in low gear for a decade. And especially so since the Great Recession, averaging just 0.6% annually from 2010 through 2014. We’re aren’t going to consistently hit 3% GDP growth, much... The post How Crony Capitalism is Slowing Global Economic Growth appeared first on The Stream.

ANALYSIS: How Not to Argue from Authority

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 16 hours ago
An article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on the just price of cancer drugs in the United States contains an odd reference to a nonexistent book by Aristotle. Unraveling the origins of this error reveals an almost farcical series... The post ANALYSIS: How Not to Argue from Authority appeared first on The Stream.

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Irrigated Farming traps carbon* *Will this make Greenies like irrigated farming and the associated dams? Unlikely. Their hatred of dams and farming is deeply irrational* Since the dawn of farming, humans have been accidentally creating a huge carbon sink that by now may store more carbon than all of the world’s living plants. But this sink is in the last place that you’d expect to find huge amounts of carbon – under the desert. That is the surprising conclusion of work done in one desert in China. If the findings are confirmed in other deserts around the world, it could prese... more »

How to Make Cancer-killing Dandelion Root Tea

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Video - *Dandelion root tea has been found to be a potential cancer-killer. Here's how to make it. The post How to Make Cancer-killing Dandelion Root Tea appeared first on Waking Times.

Twitter Abuzz: Unarmed College Football Player Shot by Police Officer in Arlington, TX after Ramming Car through Buick Dealership

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed a college football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said. The Tarrant County... The post Twitter Abuzz: Unarmed College Football Player Shot by Police Officer in Arlington, TX after Ramming Car through Buick Dealership appeared first on The Stream.

At End of Epic Colorado Theater Shooting Trial, A Surprise

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 17 hours ago
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison after at least one juror balked at the possibility of sentencing him to death for the massacre that claimed 12 lives and spawned a gut-wrenching... The post At End of Epic Colorado Theater Shooting Trial, A Surprise appeared first on The Stream.

Man Jailed for 30 Years in Thailand for Facebook Insults

RJ Moeller at The Stream - 17 hours ago
A Thai man has been jailed for 30 years for insulting the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom’s draconian royal defamation law. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, is protected by rules... The post Man Jailed for 30 Years in Thailand for Facebook Insults appeared first on The Stream.

Paradox: Targeted by Fox News, Donald Trump Bombs, Wins First Debate

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 17 hours ago
It’s a phenomenon like we’ve never seen before. Jeb Bush was the de facto leading candidate in the GOP primary, with the establishment money backing him and the glut of conservatives in the race lagging behind due to their splitting up... The post Paradox: Targeted by Fox News, Donald Trump Bombs, Wins First Debate appeared first on The Stream.

Economic News , Data & Views ( August 8 , 2015 ) - Ukraine Creditor Talks for debt restructuring head into a decisive phase with Talks set for San Francisco on August 12 , 2015 ...... Greece in Focus - Creditor Talks moving along - possible deal next week , Economic impacts for ongoing financial crisis , Refugee crisis increasing in intensity for Greece ..... Italy - the next crisis flash point after Greece ? Linda Yueh and Holger Zschaepitz explain why .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets..... *United for Ukraine* ‏@UnitedforUkr Jul 30 US Ambassador to #*Ukraine* @GeoffPyatt shares *photos* of "Donbas roadsides" from trip to Kramatorsk & Slovyansk *Ian56* ‏@Ian56789 1h 1 hour ago #Ukraine's massive economic collapse - down nearly 30% from 2014 For comparison *Greece* is down 26% since 2008 [image: Embedded image permalink] *Ian56* ‏@Ian56789 2h 2 hours ago *Ukraine*'s economy is in free fall, Q1 GDP got slashed by 17.6% http:// uk.businessinsider.com/ukraines-gdp-f alls-176-in-first-quarter-of-2015-2015-5#ixzz3iDCJ8ePw … #*Ukrai... more »

My Boundaries Will Protect You

James Robison at The Stream - 19 hours ago
— JAMES ROBISON — My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding … then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of... The post My Boundaries Will Protect You appeared first on The Stream.

Climate tricks 43, Interview at Sonshine Radio, DZAR 1026

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
* These are my answers to the guide questions for a live interview on “ECO-Hour episode,” DZAR 1026 Sonshine Radio Manila, 2-3pm today, hosted by Jomel and Rascille Laranas. *Climate alarmism vs climate realities* 1. What is your reaction on the research which said that 72% of Filipinos are very concerned about climate change? Are you one of the 72%? Why or Why not? àExpected. Many Filipinos and people in the world are stilled hoodwinked by the climate alarmism movement. 2. Should climate change or global warming be a cause of alarm among us? Or is the media pro... more »

The Russian-Harvard Privatization Back Story

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 20 hours ago
The Nation Through the late summer and fall of 1991, as the Soviet state fell apart, Harvard Professor Jeffrey Sachs and other Western economists participated in meetings at a dacha outside Moscow where young, pro-Yeltsin reformers planned Russia’s economic and political future. Sachs teamed up with Yegor Gaidar, Yeltsin’s first architect of economic reform, to promote a plan of “shock therapy” to swiftly eliminate most of the price controls and subsidies that had underpinned life for Soviet citizens for decades. Shock therapy produced more shock–not least, hyperinflation that hi... more »

T-50 PAK FA 5th Generation Jet Fighter’s Main Secret Revealed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]Despite a number of technical details and specs about the Russian Sukhoi PAK FA (also known as the T-50) fighter jet being known to the general public, the main mystery surrounding the newest aircraft still remains to be unraveled. It is with respect to what weapons the stealth fighter will carry. In an exclusive interview with the Russian TV channel Zvezda, Radik Bariev, head of the Chkalov Flight-Test Center of the Defense Ministry, spilled the beans on the PAK FA’s weaponry. Read more

US ship patrols South China, West Phl seas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Coronado (LCS 4) and USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3)]The most modern naval vessel of the United States military apparently sailed past the watchful eye of Chinese ships patrolling wide areas of the South China and West Philippine seas to dock smoothly here on Thursday. “We did not see any Chinese vessels. Our voyage was uneventful. There’s no problem,” said US Task Force Forager Commander James Meyer, whose men are here for a 10-day joint Asia-Pacific humanitarian mission in line with the United States military’s largest multilateral Pacific Partnership program aboard z Meyer... more »

US’s Saudi Oil Deal from Win-Win to Mega-Loose

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*August 8, 2015* (F. William Engdahl - NEO) - Who would’ve thought it would come to this? Certainly not the Obama Administration, and their brilliant geo-political think-tank neo-conservative strategists. John Kerry’s brilliant “win-win” proposal of last September during his September 11 Jeddah meeting with ailing Saudi King Abdullah was simple: Do a rerun of the highly successful State Department-Saudi deal in 1986 when Washington persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market at a time of over-supply in order to collapse oil prices worldwide, a kind of “oil shock in reverse.” In 1... more »

PLAAF plans to extend control to Western Pacific: report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: H-6K bomber]The People's Liberation Army Air Force intend to expand their area of control to the Western Pacific, according to a report by Vassily Kashin, senior research fellow at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, published on Moscow-based Sputnik News, cited by China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times. The source of the report is a leaked PLA Air Force report that the editorial team at Tokyo-based Kyodo News claim to have seen and which was subsequently heavily reported on in China's state media reports, which the Global Times cited as ... more »

Shining a light on Britain’s nuclear state

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]Two momentous issues facing David Cameron’s government concern nuclear infrastructure. The new secretary of state for energy, Amber Rudd, recently confirmed her enthusiasm for what is arguably the most expensive infrastructure project in British history: the Hinkley Point C power station. At the same time, a decision is pressing on a similarly eye-watering commitment to renew Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Ostensibly distinct, both of these issues are intensely controversial, extremely expensive, agonisingly protracted, and often accompanied by vicious poli... more »

24 scuttled Imperial Japanese Navy submarines found off Goto Islands

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: I-402 submarine]Twenty-four submarines that belonged to the former Imperial Japanese Navy have been found at the bottom of the sea near the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard said Friday. The submarines, including the I-402, the world’s largest submarine in World War II, were scuttled by U.S. forces after the end of the war. The exact location where the submarines were scuttled has now been identified, the coast guard said. Read more

BWorld 15, OFWs, MERS-CoV and the DFA

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in BusinessWorld Weekender. --------- *OFWs, MERS-CoV, the DFA, and helpful people* *AMONG the infectious diseases that have terrified people around the world since last year was the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV). It started in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and has killed many people there in 2014, and recently the disease has reached South Korea and killed some 36 people, infected nearly 200 others, and resulted in a lockdown and isolation of several small villages and hospitals with confirmed patients.* Among the people... more »

As sightings of Chinese submarines become frequent, Navy steps up guard in Indian Ocean region

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 039A (Yuan) class SSK]The Indian Navy is determined to control the Indian Ocean Region, the world's third largest water body, which it says is now a global economic highway. With two-thirds of the global oil, half of the container traffic and a third of the cargo traffic passing through it, the region holds a special significance for the entire world. For the navy this region is its backyard and it wants to be recognised as the chief security provider here. The key to dominating this vast expanse lies underneath, though, the stealthy domain of the submarine that can pa... more »

"A 360 degree point of view"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
*Pace *a comment at *Biased BBC*... Not content with broadcasting* Songs of Praise *from The Camp of the Saints in Calais, the BBC has also announced a docudrama about their hero Mark Duggan. The approach being taken can be judged with the following extract from the casting advert: “In this film we will try to find the man behind the gangster stereotype and understand the challenges he faced as a young black man from Tottenham’s Broadwater Farm Estate, an area which has lived in a state of semi-permanent siege since the murder of PC Keith Blakelock in 1985.” See http://www.bbc.c... more »

New production process makes PLA bioplastic cheaper and greener

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Costs do matter of course but get anywhere close and you will have a mandated market in which consumer products in particular will fit. We all want plastic that in the long term cannot truly survive. Today we have plastic that loses its integrity in about twenty years but still resists biological breakdown. Thus we have floating plastic dust in the ocean. We want to know that that can be made impossible or at least short lived. It is obviously a difficult problem but the winner will own the plastics market thereafter. This is actually great progress and should start showing... more »

Military Photo of the Day: August 8, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
A U.S. Marine engages his target during a shooting exercise aboard the USS Essex in the Indian Ocean on July 30, 2015. Thank you to this brave Marine for his service and to Cpl. Elize McKelvey for taking this excellent photo!... The post Military Photo of the Day: August 8, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.

Kennedy Assasination Pattern

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
What is presently interesting is that a number of witnesses have come forward to tell their stories in often self published books. This has produced a mass of hard data, impressions and people who saw something that they did not understand. Out of that it has come time to propose a conjecture regarding what actually took place. At least we will not try to stuff it all into the long failed and totally discredited lone gunman theory. Even then the lack of a fleshed out alternative conjecture has allowed other partial explanations to be discredited rather easily. So let us get ... more »

On July 20, 1999, My Life and My Nation Changed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Falun Gong is a mass Chinese movement that taps known traditions to support physical and mental health. It appears to have organized politically only in response to Chinese persecution. It is a worthy start to a global health movement that will support the continuing evolution of humanity. The potential spiritual aspects appear nascent and largely out of sight allowing maximum participation. That it can be built around spiritual study groups is an obvious and necessary next step in its evolution and that will bring it into the global main stream. In the meantime, it is the... more »

Mussel-inspired Surgical Glue Shuts Down Bleeding Wounds in 60 Seconds

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is great news. We have current solutions but this may be best of lot. It also avoids inflamation and scarring.Somehow i like the idea of closing a wound and then applying this glue before applying protection. It does not say whether cells can work though this glue but that hold true for any solution. Been able to quickly join wound edges is critical and stitching took as much time as well.It sounds like we will be able to close surgical wounds and then slap a glue patch on with scant complications.. *Mussel-inspired surgical glue shuts down bleeding wounds in 60 seconds* * B... more »

Country Trumped? Seems To Be  (So Tom Hayes Is Guilty. Who Else Is?)

Yes, there is an argument to be made for Donald Trump's triumph in the midst of the Republican fakers. He's the best. August 7, 2015 Trump’s Triumph: Billionaire Blowhard Exposes Fake Political System by Mike Whitney Last night’s FOX News GOP Presidential Debate Extravaganza featured the most riveting two-minute political exchange ever heard on national television. During a brief

Venezuela's Economy Is Now Facing Hyperinflation (And No Beer)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Hyperinflation looming in Venezuela: nearly 82% say they can't afford food* Lucrezia Fanelldi is 81 years old but she won't let go of her post as a secretary in a Caracas office because her pension is not enough to cover her most basic needs. “I just get the necessary, but things are more and more expensive each week,” she told Fox News Latino. “I used to buy fruits, but now I can’t because money is not enough. I am just buying lemons and drink them with water because I need vitamin C,” Fanelldi said in a recent afternoon while buying groceries in the Chacao food mar... more »

Is Iran Triggering A Middle East Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Bloomberg:** Iran Deal Didn't Trigger the Middle East Arms Race* Critics of the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal warn that, among other faults, it is setting off a new Middle East arms race. In Qatar this week, Secretary of State John Kerry seemingly admitted as much, saying that Washington had "agreed to expedite certain arms sales that are needed and that have taken too long in the past." And how: Just weeks after the pact was announced, Saudi Arabia signed up to buy 600 Patriot missiles from the U.S. at $5 billion, and it is expected to purchase 10 Sikorsky MH-60R nava... more »

Apply self-regulation and accept feedback

risa bear at A Way to Live - 23 hours ago
Here is one of twelve collages on The Permaculture Principles and how they might be applied, especially in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Concepts from David Holmgren's *Essence of Permaculture.* *Four.* "Apply self-regulation and accept feedback." Efficient or resilient systems require noting and correcting inefficient or non-resilient practices. My old anarcho-syndicalist labor cooperative, The Hoedads, ran on Robert's Rules of Order, but also appended to the end of each meeting a session borrowed from Communist Party committee work, known as "Crit-Self-Crit." We would each r... more »

Desain Kamar Tidur Gaya Amerika Terbaru di 2015

tegar sakti at Yaya Blog's - 23 hours ago
Desain Kamar Tidur Gaya Amerika - Kamar Tidur Gaya Amerika merupakan salah satu trend yg sedang in di jaman sekarang ini karena Model Kamar Tidur Gaya Amerika sangat diminati oleh kalangan Remaja dan Anak - Anak muda Indonesia untuk sekarang ini. Mungkin hal ini dikarenakan Hasil Desain Kamar Tidur Amerika kelihatan menarik, keren dan garang sehingga kelihatan macho dan laki - laki sejati. Namun

Save Your Vacation Memories

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 23 hours ago
Check out Vacation Memories by Debra Hawkins at Mode [image: post signature]

Aneka Desain Dapur Tradisional Terbaru 2015

cadangan at Yaya Blog's - 1 day ago
Aneka Desain Dapur Tradisional Terbaru 2015 - Dapur merupakan ruangan yang sangat penting dalam sebuah hunian. Dapur dikatakan ruangan yang penting dikarenakan dapur merupakan sebuah tempat untuk mengolah makanan dan manusia tentunya membutuhkan makanan setiap harinya bukan, namun tidak hanya itu saja dapur yang baik juga harus memiliki desain yang baik juga oleh karena itu saya akan coba

Desain Ruang Tamu Minimalis Terbaru 2016

Muhammad Khuzazi at Yaya Blog's - 1 day ago
Desain Ruang Tamu Minimalis Terbaru 2016 - Setelah dikesempatan sebelumnya kami telah membahas informasi seputar desain  meja makan bundar, sekarang ini kami akan membahas artikel yang berjudul desain ruang tamu minimalis terbaru 2016. Di era zaman yang serba modern, memudahkan kita untuk mencari berbagai macam informasi yang kita butuhkan. Mungkin dahulu apabila kita sedang ingin membuat sebuah

Contoh Desain Villa Minimalis Modern Terbaru 2016

D'lumberz Jakz at Yaya Blog's - 1 day ago
Contoh Desain Villa Minimalis Modern Terbaru 2016 |  villa adalah tempat yang indah dan juga menyenangkan , apalagi kalau letaknya di pegunungan pastinya akan membuat banyak orang betah jika berlibur dan juga menginap di villa tersebut, dan jika anda ingin mendesain vila anda dengan desain minimalis yang bisa mengundang banyak orang untuk mau menginap di villa anda, anda bisa melihat beberapa

Groundhog Day In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Video Title: U.N. urges inquiry to identify those behind Syria gas attacks. Source: Reuters. Date Published: August 7, 2015. Description:* The U.N. Security Council unanimously passes a resolution laying the groundwork for an inquiry that would assign blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria's civil war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Wasn't the chemical weapons issue settled two years ago? What is going on? This same script is being pulled out over and over again by the same discredited people. Will the United Nations Security Council come to a political decision or a fa... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*Scout: A Memoir of Investigative Journalist Michael C. Ruppert, with Against the Dying of the Light*

Galeri Contoh Desain Meja Makan Bundar Terbaru 2015

Chazy Chazz at Yaya Blog's - 1 day ago
Galeri Contoh Desain Meja Makan Bundar Terbaru 2015 - bagi anda yang sedang membangun sebuah rumah minimalis, mungkin anda akan tertarik untuk melihat desain meja makan bundar yang akan kami berikan pada kesempatan hari. mungkin diantara anda ada yang tertarik ingin melihat beberapa desain yang akan kami hadirkan kepada kesempatan hari ini, langsung saja jika begitu anda bisa langsung melihat

Dem Leaders Show Allegiance to Israel First

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama’s push to get congressional approval for the Iran nuclear deal has run into opposition, even after envoys from the UK, Germany and Russia told US lawmakers that rejecting the agreement would be a “nightmare.” In a statement posted to his website Thursday evening, New York Senator Chuck Schumer said he would endorse a Republican-drafted disapproval resolution “not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy,” but because he believed “Iran will not change.” Schumer is supposed to take over the leadership of the... more »

Today In History

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Hiroshima

Most Western Scientific Medical Research is Fraudulent

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Makia Freeman* - The evidence is clear... most medical research is compromised. The post Most Western Scientific Medical Research is Fraudulent appeared first on Waking Times.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Study: Corps decisions, not Orleans Levee Board, doomed canal walls in Katrina ~Mark Schleifstein*

No more "Daily Show with Jon Stewart"? Guess I'll have to get my debate coverage from "The Borowitz Report"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Plus: I advance my latest theory as to why allthese Republicans are "running for president"* *"[Jon] Stewart leaves behind a legacy of having raised the bar for political discourse — to jostle folks as they laugh at political folly, to remind people of the real-world consequences embedded in those punchlines, to demand that, amidst all late-night shucking-and-jiving, people in power should be held accountable for the state of our nation."* -- *Rolling Stone's Matthew Love, in* "How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV" *by Ken* The deck on the above-reference... more »

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