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Monday, September 14, 2015

13 Sept - Blogs I'm Following Late

Can Jeremy Corbyn Stem The Tide Of Neoliberalism And Militarism?

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 8 minutes ago
Global Research, RINF, CounterPunch, Countercurrents Jeremy Corbyn has won the British Labour Party’s leadership election by a landslide. Corbyn comes from the left of the party, a party that over the past 30 years has shifted further to the right whereby it has become regarded as ‘Tory-light’ – a slightly watered down version of the Conservative Party. Labour has signed up to ‘austerity’, neoliberalism, US-led wars of imperialism and has ditched any commitment to public ownership of key sectors of the economy. Tony Blair helped create ‘New Labour’, which fully embraced privatisati... more »

The New York Times Failed To Mention A Single Word About 9/11 On The 14th Anniversary Of The Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 minutes ago
On the 14th anniversary of the attacks, the NYT fails to mention a single word about 9/11 on page 1. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/fE7y29h7JH — Jan Crawford (@JanCBS) September 11, 2015 *WNU Editor*: Every other major newspaper did .... but not The New York Times.

9 Reasons Why Trump Is Rising

Steve Deace at The Stream - 17 minutes ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered for the rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, which featured conservative pundits and politicians.] A man I really respect and like, Bobby Jindal, has decided to become the next to try and take on Donald Trump. If you’re going to take on Donald Trump, you have to understand first and foremost why he has... more »

Because SCIENCE: Homophobia Now Being Labeled a ‘Mental Disease’

William M Briggs at The Stream - 17 minutes ago
[image: Crazy man in straight jacket compressed cropped] So now “homophobia” is being called a “mental disorder,” where “homophobia” is defined in part as holding to the traditional, natural law and religious understanding of same-sex attraction and acts. A new paper by Giacomo Ciocca and others was picked... more »

U.S. And Israel Quietly Begin Talks After The Passing Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel hold a joint press availability in the Oval Office July 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *Haaretz:* *Away From Spotlight, Israel and U.S. Begin post-Iran Deal Security Talks* Israeli and American officials say initial, unofficial talks will turn into higher-level discussions in coming weeks, and culminate in November when Netanyahu and Obama meet in Washington. With no public announcements, keeping a low profile and unofficial status, Israel and the United States began two weeks ago talks aim... more »

Is Hillary Clinton Too Hawkish To Be The Democratic Party Nominee?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Does it comes as news to anyone that establishment Democrat Hillary Clinton is an unabashed hawk? It shouldn't. She may be in the party that favors-- or at least pays lips service to-- peace, but she's really always been ready to prove how tough she is by sending American kids off to fight for corporate interests. It's fair to call her policies militaristic and aggressive and to point out that she hasn't learned a lesson after her defeat the last time she ran for president, when many Democrats refused to vote for her because of her support for George W. Bush's unprovoked attack o... more »

Clashes Break Out Between Police And Rioters At Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*BBC: **Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque sees Israeli-Palestinian clashes* Israeli police clashed with Palestinian youths after entering the al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem. Police say they entered the site "to prevent riots". They were reported to have used tear gas and stun grenades, and were attacked with rocks and fireworks. Similar clashes took place at the end of July. Al-Aqsa is one of Islam's holiest sites and is in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site also revered by Jews. *More News On Sunday's Riot At Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque* Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque damaged ... more »

Colombia Accuses Venezuela Of Sending Military Jets Into Colombian Airspace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, left, gives a speech next to Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas at the presidential palace in Bogota September 9, 2015. Reuters/Efrain Herrera/Colombian Presidency/Handout *BBC*: *Venezuelan military jets 'entered Colombian airspace'* Colombia has said that two Venezuelan military jets entered its airspace without warning or authorisation. The planes encroached into Colombian airspace twice on Saturday morning, according to the defence ministry. They reportedly flew over a border military base in the Alta Guajira region before returning ... more »

The Book of Luke, Stewardship and Money

Oikonomia Network at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: The Book of Luke, Stewardship and Money] What is the purpose of money? Is it for our survival? For our status, significance, or success? Is it for the service of ourselves or for the service of others? In a talk for the Oikonomia Network, theologian Darrell Bock sets...more »

Egyptian Security Forces Accidentally Killed 12 Mexican Tourists And Egyptian Guides In The Western Desert

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Egyptian forces kill Mexican tourists in error* Ministry confirms deaths of 12 Mexicans and Egyptians travelling in convoy during fighting in the western desert. Egypt's police and military have killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and injured 10 others by accidentally shooting at a Mexican tourist convoy while engaging fighters in the country's western desert, according to the interior ministry. The ministry did not give the exact number of Mexicans killed, or indicate whether the vehicles were targeted by automatic weapons or aerial bombardment, in Sunday's incident. ... more »

How Corbyn might encourage the Conservatives to make a case for capitalism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Incredible scenes from the Labour Party leadership election announcement Margaret Thatcher’s electoral hegemony during the eighties was almost certainly helped by by the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition across that whole period being completely unelectable. Neither shambolic Marxist Michael Foot nor the Welsh Windbag who followed him were ever seen as seriously electable by the British public, giving Thatcher more space that she otherwise might have enjoyed to pursue her programme. Current Conservatives are now crowing that British Labour’s election of aging Trot Jeremy Co... more »

Is China About To Cancel President Xi Jinping’s Upcoming U.S. State Visit?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Obama retaliation could spur China to call off state visit* Sanctions punishing China for hacking U.S. companies could drive Beijing to cancel President Xi Jinping’s upcoming U.S. visit, according to experts and former administration officials. The Asian power is increasingly anxious about the potential of economic penalties ahead of what’s seen as an important summit for the future of the U.S.-China relationship. “The Chinese right now are getting very concerned because they understand this will create embarrassing optics around the visit for them,” said Samm Sacks, ... more »

U.S. Poll: No Support For President Obama's Iran Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*CNN:* *Poll: Americans skeptical Iran will stick to nuclear deal* Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama's big policy win this week -- preventing Congress from blocking the nuclear agreement with Iran -- may do little to improve his sagging approval ratings. A new CNN/ORC poll finds 59% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the U.S. relationship with Iran, and about half would have preferred Congress reject the deal. Few believe Iran will abide by its terms, and a growing number consider the country a serious threat to the U.S. Most Americans think Iran will ultimately violate ... more »

#RefugeeCrisis: Bonus Quote of the Day

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
From Bryan Caplan’s latest piece on ‘The Prohibition of Evacuation’: * In practice, of course, the world's governments brutally discourage **cross-national evacuation**. Suppose you foresee natural or social disaster for your country. If you **wisely try to get out Dodge**, the world's **immigration restrictions* *dog you at every turn* *. Once disaster hits, you might be able to apply for refugee status. But as we've seen, that's a long shot. The safe countries may eventually take you in if the mood strikes them. But it's an uphill political battle. Whatever you think a... more »

A Look At The Islamic State's Territory Gains And Loses Since The U.S. Bombing Campaign Began

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic:* *How ISIS Territory Has Changed Since the U.S. Bombing Campaign Began* An animated illustration of a stalemate. In an address to the nation this time last year, President Barack Obama outlined a plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. It was the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and at that point the United States had already been bombing ISIS in Iraq for about a month, having intervened as the group menaced the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and threatened to wipe out the Yazidis, a religious minority. In late August and ... more »

Sunday report: Fun with Michael and Gloria Schultz and "Cooley High" -- plus a first ride on the No. 7 to "34 St Hudson Yards"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Cochise and Glynn Turman as Preacher, the central characters of Cooley High, and two of only three professional actors the budget permitted -- along with Garrett Morris as the teacher Mr. Mason* *by Ken* There's a scene in *Cooley High* where one of the central characters, the Chicago vocational-high-school student Cochise, played by the pre-*Kotter* Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, comes home and searches for a letter he's expecting -- the verdict on his college basketball scholarship. It's not with the mail on the bureau, so he asks his mother, who asks him if ... more »

#RefugeeCrisis: “Let them help”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Some years ago when a tanker-load of refugees was left floating out near Christmas Island while Australian Prime Minister John Howard used the demonisation of the human beings thereon to help win him an election, I pointed out it was the welfare state leaving these people out there to die, and suggested that the philosophy of libertarian self-responsibility offers a simple solution to this crisis and other refugee crises to come: i.e, sponsorship. New Zealand currently accepts 750 refugees annually [which figure is still the same now as it was in 2001], housing them, feeding them,... more »

Iran's Supreme Leader Threatens America In A New YouTube Video

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
If any war happens... https://t.co/YerjNPYdzc — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 13, 2015 *WNU Editor*: He is not subtle about it either.

“Fourth Turning: Crisis Of Trust”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Fourth Turning: Crisis Of Trust”* by James Quinn “Imagine some national (and probably global) volcanic eruption, initially flowing along channels of distress that were created during the Unraveling era and further widened by the catalyst. Trying to foresee where the eruption will go once it bursts free of the channels is like trying to predict the exact fault line of an earthquake. All you know in advance is something about the molten ingredients of the climax, which could include the following: • Economic distress, with public debt in default, entitlement trust funds in bankrup... more »

#RefugeeCrisis: Just making shit up

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Truth has neither been the first nor the only casualty of the Syrian civil war, but anyone spending any time on social media in recent days seeing the stories and pictures spewing out purporting to show all manner of dastardlineness committed by refugees from the war will know that truth is among the most recent casualties—and the spew-load tells us the most about about those ready and eager to embrace the untruth. As I discovered here the other day, neither actual facts nor actual stats are apparently necessary if you’re simply ready to collectivise people. So I enjoyed this, jus... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago

Ben Carson: The Alternative Non-Politician

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Dr. Ben Carson announces his presidential candidacy] Donald Trump may have cost Jeb Bush and Scott Walker front-runner status in national polls on the Republican presidential primary, but he has been a veritable fairy godfather to Ben Carson. Recent polling put the retired neurosurgeon in second place,... more »

The Visitors

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

“Let your yes mean yes, your no, no, and otherwise, just shut it.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
John Lydon used to say why talk in riddles when straight-talking will do. “Pardon me for being direct,” he’d say. Good advice. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Always good advice. A friend was telling me recently about a fellow figure from the Renaissance character, one Pietro Aretino, author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer (apparently) – who gained a reputation for straight-talking even when arse-licking might have been more to his advantage. *“I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for t... more »

Thats a FUcking Tower

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Yep Fractal Design, Asus powered computer hand assembled by caring Christians

Indian Journalist M. J. Akbar Explains India's Rise And Pakistan's Slide Since Independence In 1947

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Wikipedia: * "M.J." Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author besides being the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand. He was the Editor-in-Chief and then Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian, a weekly newspaper that he founded, until he left to join politics full-time. He has remained associated with the leading media houses and periodicals in India including India Today, Headlines Today, The Telegraph. The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle among others. *Video Title: How India went so ahead of Pakistan since 1947? Source:... more »

Don't Dream It's Over

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Not Need the News Way

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
I grew up with a face telling me a truthful talkng head it was likely bullshit but it did not stain today its all crap24/7 some corporation selling something subtlely beneath the headlines and they wonder why the planet is dying for humans

Man the Hunted

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
Not long ago, I came across a book that looked interesting, *Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution*, written by two anthropologists, Donna Hart and Robert Sussman. Almost half of the book discussed the many varieties of man-eating predators who for millions of years have enjoyed transforming our delicious ancestors into steaming feces. Would it shed light on the drastic reduction in man-eating predators? Would it explain why we plunged into our disastrous experiment with tool making, which has brought us to the brink of planetary disaster? It did not, but it ... more »

what good does it do

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
If your smarter than the world everyday if only a few thousand people listen to what you say

Israel: A Major Instigator in the Syrian refugee crisis.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*Before we get to Israel's very large, one could say it's starring role in the Syrian refugee crisis, have you noticed that the 9/11 anniversary has passed and not coincidentally so has the overblown drama of Russia's "dirty forces" in Syria? I mentioned that as a possible factor in all the dramatics. Fear reinforcement * *Cutting to the chase: Ramzy Baroud* *Excerpts: * Yarmouk was not established until 1957, and even then it was not an ‘official’ refugee camp. Many of its inhabitants were squatters in Sahl al-Yarmouk and other areas, before they were brought to Shaghour al-Basa... more »

Quotes of the Day:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Two quotes from a very good piece on the myth of memes—on how copyright allegedly stifles the creativity of their “authors” … *“[T]he assertion that copyrights “stifle creativity” is an oxymoronic claim because the author who derives, works around, and creates anew will always be more creative than the author who copies and pastes.* … and how the web is supposedly cost-free: *"[O]ne of the most common misconceptions out there ... [is] ... the apparent “freeness” of the Web. I say apparent because none of this Web stuff is free; it’s just that most people don’t pay attention to th... more »

Just in case you didn't grasp the obvious ...

Dave at The Galloping Beaver - 8 hours ago
Stephen Harper thinks his own supporters are too stupid to see past his monotonously unaltered talking points regarding his intransigent and shameful approach to a global refugee and displacement crisis. (You can find the oft repeated talking points right here). First, he tells us that a majority of these refugees come from a "Terrorist War Zone", as though that is somehow unique. The truth of

A portent?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The BBC News website reports that Labour MP Ivan Lewis has been pushed out of his shadow NI secretary role in Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle, despite his willingness to serve his new leader. What that BBC article *doesn't *report is that Mr Lewis had raised concerns about JC's record on anti-Semitism and that Mr Lewis is Jewish and that (for some reason) he was pretty much the first to be pushed out of the Corbyn door.

Yes, Bernie Sanders Can Win-- The Democratic Nomination AND The Presidency

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The Clinton team has bragged to their allies in the media that Hillary has nothing to worry about because she has a "Southern firewall" and she has more than 400 of the 700 so-called "super delegates," the anti-democratic vehicle the Democratic Party uses to make sure it's next to impossible for a non-insider to get anywhere at the convention. Tough for Bernie, who, like victorious new Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, depends on actual and informed voters, not on party hacks and insiders and the sold-out media. Over the weekend, one of the most talked-about articles was a *Washi... more »

Young Girls Violins

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Well thats China or any place where music becomes seen because someone knows something YOU HAVE TwO HANDS WHY NOT usE THEM uSE them to make music with your mind and body operating as one oh baby I am so proud of you\ for making that beautiful sound

Ireland Day in Canada but I am still a dry Pouge

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
As climate change comes and we all go really dry or extreely wet I wll let it pass me by menatally I am just well wishihing you well sitting in my stall like a race horse with good oats out running any curse with my black bueaty its a race that i run everyday and thats why I am never afraid or never pray

Coats off to Hugh!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
If there's one thing I dislike more than BBC bias it's people being shamelessly dishonest about BBC bias, from whichever side. Despite a few 'aberrations', I've mostly stuck to slagging off veteran BBC reporter Hugh Sykes here at *ITBB*. I *do* think his bias shows in his reporting, and have tried to prove it (hopefully successfully). Hugh is a prolific Twitterer and his recent tweets (like his less-recent tweets) have left me in no doubt whatsoever as to where he's coming from: the *bien pensant *Islamophile Left. He's BBC to his fingertips after all, so that's hardly surprisin... more »

Hugh Hewitt: A Liberal Newspaper’s Portrait

David Mills at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Hugh Hewitt] Hewitt is now the most influential conservative journalist in Republican presidential politics, the thinking candidate's Rush Limbaugh and the brain to Matt Drudge's secretive brawn. A Richard Nixon protege who served for six years in the Reagan administration, the 59-year-old... Continue reading *“Hugh Hewitt: A Liberal Newspaper’s Portrait”* at *theguardian.com*.

Is Sky as bad as the BBC?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Many people hereabouts think that Sky News has become as bad as BBC News, and I'm rather inclined to believe them. However, here is a piece of counter-evidence - the second story on the Sky News website at the moment: And here's the start of the Sky report: Refugees heading to Greece on people smugglers' boats are given a 'migrants handbook' packed with tips, maps, phone numbers and advice about getting across Europe. Among discarded life jackets and punctured rubber dinghies, Sky News discovered a tattered copy of the unique travel guide washed up on a beach on the Greek islan... more »

If only...

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 9 hours ago
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, *The Gulag Archipelago* The paintings in this post are by the Kennis & Kennis, twin brothers who specialize in reconstructing animals who are now extinct. They also have a gallery with photos of their amazing sculptures at their... more »

Do All-Male U.S. Marine Infantry Units Outperformed Teams With Women?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Navy secretary criticizes controversial Marine Corps gender integration study* The Navy secretary took issue with the Marine Corps’ controversial gender integration study released Thursday, saying that he questioned some of its findings and still believes the military would be best with all jobs open to women. In an interview with NPR, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus commented on the study, which found that combat units integrated with female Marines typically did not move as quickly or shoot as accurately, and that women were more than twice as likely to suffer inju... more »

Sept. 13: A note on patriotism as promised - with just a bit about Syria

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 10 hours ago
Leaders of both Democrats and Republicans want to block Russia from delivering weapons to Syria. Assad and Syria need these weapons to save the country from ISIS. But the U.S. and Saudi are themselves fighting ISIS – or so they say. So why should they refuse weapons supplies from Russia for the Syrian government to fight ISIS? Is it because the U.S. intends to openly go to war against Assad or ISIS or both to add what is left of Syria to the American Empire? It could be. Both parties have been making statements that sound like that. It would be insane to do so. The American military... more »

U.S. Puppet in Kiev Reads His Script

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
The US-NATO puppet Poroshenko dutifully reads the lines written for him by the public relations team in Washington and Brussels. His bragging about having one of the "one of the strongest and one of the bravest armies on the continent" is worth a good laugh. He does tell the truth when he says the drama is still far from over as the US Army will be staying in western Ukraine to train Poroshenko's "brave" Army as it continues to attack innocent civilians in the eastern Donbass near the Russian border. These US directed war crimes are disguised as a fight against an aggressive Russ... more »

Thanks for the Blues

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
I've got to thank my mom for the love of music from Porgy & Bess to Mario Lanza in our younger years she was always singing even during the hard times but life took a toll on her and her good mind and broken heart turned dark and rageful the singing stopped can't ever stop singing the blues

Another BBC reporter caught in the act

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Here's another *YouTube *video that shows a BBC reporter going 'above and beyond' as regards the migrant crisis. (Please feel free to share). Here the BBC reporter goes out of her way to show her support for a pro-migration, pro-Palestine speaker (who brings "a flavour of Gaza" to Exeter) at a 'pro-refugee rally' in Exeter: The video was posted by someone who accidentally caught the BBC reporter unawares in the act of filming. The *YouTube* poster was clearly taken aback by a BBC reporter's off-camera display of apparent strong pro-immigration (or, maybe, anti-Israel) bias: Watc... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again, and as usual....Time for my weekly rant.... I have been extremely busy this last week with work demands and of course still doing major work around the house... It does seem never ending... And on top of all that, I came down with a wicked cold on Friday that put me out of commission yesterday. I finally had some time to rest and try to give my body time to recuperate... Feeling a bit better today and much to the chagrin of my better half, here I am typing away on my laptop doing my rant..... Yes, it was indeed the 14th anniversary of that true ... more »

Al Qaeda's Chief Urges More Attacks Against The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Al Qaeda leader calls on young Muslim men in the US and the West to copy Boston Bombers and Charlie Hebdo killers with more homegrown attacks * * Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri makes the call to arms in an audio recording * He also urges militant groups to establish a greater unity in their jihads * Suggests Muslims take inspiration from Tsarnaev and Kouachi brothers * Al-Qaed struggling to keep up with ISIS’ powerful propaganda presence The leader of Al-Qaeda delivered a sinister message to young Muslim men in the United States and other Western countries, encouraging them ...more »

Thespian Robot Applying for Screen Actors Guild Card

The Daily Mail at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: screen actors guild] Could a robot win an Oscar someday? A robot has taken the first step towards becoming a working actor by applying for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. The robot, whose acting style could be considered stiff, is named IRB 2400.... Continue reading *“Thespian Robot Applying for Screen Actors Guild Card”* at *dailymail.co.uk*.

Beautiful Music...Reflections on my 308th post...... and bbl?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*A beautiful and inspiring video* Readers are invited to watch this video--celebrating modern technology at its zenith--while listening to the above "Epic" music video. The music is also great to listen to while you're browsing through blogs...or, while you're reading *some thoughts and reflections I've expressed below...as I passed the 300 posts milestone several posts back. *I was going to do a "reflections' post last week, but got caught up posting about the *"Perfect Storm"* I predicted for late September and then posting about the* 9/11 yearly anniversary*. Speaking of the 9... more »

It's a grand day for a subway-line opening -- but then, after two years of waiting, what day wouldn't be?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*by Ken* After all the delays (about two years' worth), not to mention all the cost (the price tag we're hearing is "nearly $2.4 billion"), it's hard to believe that the day is finally here: the opening of the extension of the No. 7 line west and south from Times Square to 11th Avenue and 34th Street (last noted here). There's a celebration of the opening of the new Hudson Park, built in the area of the new western terminus of the No. 7, sponsored by the HY/HK (Hudson Yards/Hell's Kitchen) Alliance, scheduled to begin today at 11:30 -- timed to coincide with the ribbon-cutting fo... more »

Germany Announces Emergency Border Controls To Stem The Tide Of Migrants Pouring Into The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
People hold a welcome banner as they wait for migrants arrival at Schoenefeld railway station, south of Berlin, Germany, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/HANNIBAL HANSCHKE *New York Times:* *Germany Announces Emergency Border Controls Amid Migrant Crisis* VIENNA — Germany announced on Sunday that it was invoking emergency powers to start protecting its borders, seemingly reaching a point of overload after greeting with open arms tens of thousands of migrants pouring into Europe, and urging other European nations to do the same. At a news conference Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ... more »

How Awe Makes Us More Generous

DailyGood at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: awe generous happy free__1442146323_70.119.142.63] What do the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, and gazing at distant stars all have in common? They can awaken a deep appreciation for the world around us and inspire a profound sense of awe. This sensation is often accompanied by... Continue reading *“How Awe Makes Us More Generous”* at *dailygood.org*.

BBC bias, yesterday, Today, and tomorrow per Christopher Booker in The Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
This part of Christopher Booker's column caught my eye: '... on a whole range of issues, from the EU to climate change, the BBC is so lost in its own groupthink that it simply does not recognise just how biased it is. And the point about people who have become caught up in groupthink is that, whenever anyone dares question it, they can only respond with a flood of angry intolerance ... ' I think that sums up the BBC to a T. More here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/11859875/BBC-bias-yesterday-Today-and-tomorrow.... And More clear bias every day on all of the BB... more »

Man Detained in String of Phoenix Highway Shootings Not Prime Suspect, Police Say

AP/JACQUES BILLEAUD at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Phoenix Freeway shooting 2015-09-12 at 6.40.07 AM copy] PHOENIX (AP) -- Investigators kept pressing ahead with leads about a string of Phoenix freeway shootings as authorities announced that a man questioned in connection with them is not the prime suspect. A 19-year-old man from a Phoenix suburb who... more »

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